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Foxconn Set to Deploy Robots to Help Assemble the iPhone

At a recent shareholder meeting, Foxconn CEO Terry Gou announced that the company will soon deploy robots to help assemble devices, noting that Apple will be the first company to use the service, reports <i>IT Home</i> (Google Translate, via <i>GSMDome</i>).<p>Named "Foxbots", each robot will be able to assemble an …

The Exercise That Can Improve Your Posture

Banish your desk-jockey slouch with this one move<p>Chances are, you're reading this while sitting at your desk or hunched over your smartphone. Unfortunately, both positions can wreak havoc on your posture. "It doesn't matter how brawny your upper body is," says BJ Gaddour C.S.C.S., author of <b>Your</b> …

5 Easy Ways to Start the Day Right

Not everyone is a morning person. Yet if you want to breeze through your (great) day, it helps to start off with a streamlined, successful morning. Get your mind and body in a good place, and the world is your oyster. It’s only going up from here.<p><b>Plan the Night Before</b>If you want to greet the day …

The Blackphone ships -- built for stealth

The Blackphone, the first smartphone focused on privacy, began shipping Monday. Designed for users primarily concerned about privacy and data protection, the Blackphone carries a high price tag: $629, with no subsidy available through cellphone carriers.<p>"There's a market out there of people who …

Giving Samsung tablets another chance with the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4

Samsung's tablets haven't done much for me in the past; outside of the slick Galaxy Tab 7.7, they've rarely had exciting designs or brisk performance. However, the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 caught my eye. It has an iconic (if very Galaxy Note 3-like) look, solid specs and the sharpest display on a tablet …

Are we in a tech bubble? VCs say yes and no

Everyone has an opinion about whether the current state of startups in Silicon Valley is actually a bubble — a sort of history-repeating feeding …

Review: OWC Mercury Elite Pro Mini dual-drive external enclosure with RAID

One of the reasons I like Macs is that their useful life tends to be significantly longer than that of a typical Windows machine. This is especially true of the pre-Retina MacBook Pro models, where it’s trivial to upgrade both the RAM and the drive.<p>I’d previously swapped out the 750GB hard drive …

Maybe tablets were better than desktops all along

With Apple’s mobile and desktop platforms growing closer in iOS 8 and Yosemite, I started wondering: Is the laptop inherently better for computing than a tablet, or does it just seem that way because we’re so used to the folding form factor?<p>Could it be that, if the iPad had launched before the Mac …

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Silicon Valley works to fix its diversity problem

Contributors:<p>Share Tweet<p><b>Share</b> Silicon Valley works to fix its diversity problem<p>share tweet Linkedin Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email<p>Google, Facebook, Yahoo, and LinkedIn have each published diversity reports in recent weeks that outline gender and ethnicity statistics within their workforce ranks. The …

Hands-on with Motorola's elegant Moto 360 smartwatch

Motorola isn’t quite done with the final design of its Moto 360 smartwatch, but the firm says it wanted to be present at the official coming out of Google Wear here at yesterday and today’s Google I/O in San Francisco. Funny thing is, many people are more interested in the smartwatches than they …

Hands On With Google’s Incredibly Clever Cardboard Virtual Reality Headset

Each year at I/O, Google gives all of the developers in the audience a gift. Some years it’s a tablet. Some years it’s a laptop.<p>This year? It was a piece of cardboard. Yeah, yeah, they gave attendees some other stuff, too — but that cardboard!<p>Once you tear the seal on Google’s lil’ slab of …

Round vs. square: Smartwatch design divide steals Google I/O spotlight

The most divisive debate rippling through the smartwatch community is not about software, price point, or battery life. Rather, it centers on a simple design choice: should watch faces be round or square?<p>That couldn't have been more evident than when Google Senior VP Sundar Pichai wrapped up the …

Watch 20syl's strangely hypnotic new music video

Directed by Mathieu le Dude and French producer 20syl, the hypnotic music video for "Kodama" is all hands. Much of the three-minute clip consists of anonymous appendages migrating from one instrument to another, sometimes pausing to casually snap their fingers. There are also some stranger moments …

The Surface Pro 3 is nigh-on impossible to repair, just like its ancestors

If you had dreams of upgrading your shiny new Surface Pro 3, you'd better shelve them. The crew at iFixit has torn down Microsoft's latest slate, and it proves just as daunting to repair as both of its predecessors. About the only replaceable part is the solid-state drive, and there's a good chance …

Thanks to tablets and better TV tech, there are more gadgets but they’re using less energy

Americans are buying more gadgets than ever before, but those gadgets are not using more energy collectively. Why not? Well, according to a new …

Matching Google, Microsoft ups OneDrive free storage to 15GB

Things are getting cloudier at Microsoft. Office 365 or OneDrive users are about to see their cloud storage lockers get bigger.<p>Microsoft says it will now give OneDrive users 15GB of free cloud storage, up from the previous 7GB allotment.<p>This bring’s Microsoft’s OneDrive offering into parity with …

Microsoft Will Give Up to $650 When You Trade Your MacBook Air for a Surface Pro 3

Can the brand new Windows-powered tablet / laptop hybrid replace your MacBook?<p>Microsoft wants to help you get rid of your MacBook Air. For a limited …

Google I/O to showcase new smartwatches

Marissa Mayer Reportedly Made Ad Execs Wait For 2 Hours Because She Overslept

Marissa Mayer had a tough time at Cannes this year.<p>The <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reports that the Yahoo CEO was scheduled to meet a group of ad executives …

Singapore Is Planning The World’s Largest Floating Solar Farm

“The vast majority of photovoltaic installations in Singapore will obviously be on rooftops, but even those are limited,” says Thomas Reindl, deputy …

With PlayStation TV and PlayStation Now, Sony Takes More Steps Away From Traditional Consoles

The PlayStation TV, via Sony.<p>Sony made a couple of interesting announcements at their annual E3 press conference last night. One was for a streaming …

Apple Is Trying To Hire 1,000 New Ad Execs — Here's Why Many Of Them Are Saying 'No'

So now the company is trying to hire 1,000 new ad execs to plot and execute its $1.1 billion ad account. That's a lot of new people: "they were just dialing numbers," one exec told Ad Age.<p>Working at Apple ought to be the job of a lifetime ... but many execs are saying "no" because Apple isn't the …

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What Gardening Can Teach You About Being an Effective Leader

Neighborhood Centers CEO Angela Blanchard tells us how the discipline required to tend a garden has helped her make the right practical and strategic decisions for her organization.<p>Neighborhood Centers CEO Angela Blanchard is growing a lot in her communities. She oversees the largest charitable …

Is Some Tech Too Addictive?

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>Nir Eyal is the author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products. He writes about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business at NirAndFar.com.</i><p>Addiction can be a difficult thing to see. From outward appearances, Dr. Zoe Chance looked fine. A professor at the Yale …

This Redesigned Cap Turns Any Water Bottle Into A Vegetable Garden

The kit itself is fairly simple–a regular bottle cap is replaced with a small tube that holds the plant and a fibrous core that draws water …

Vegetable Gardens

The iPhone 6 Had Better Be Amazing And Cheap, Because Apple Is Losing The War To Android

And if that is the case, can a mobile device that serves such a small minority of the planet stay relevant in the years to come? To put it in its bluntest terms, what is the point of launching the new Candy Crush Saga on a platform that hardly anyone — in a global sense — uses?<p>The question is not …

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Samsung Chromebook 2 review: A $400 laptop never looked so good

Chromebooks seem to be having a moment. Which is odd, because for a while there, nobody seemed to be giving them a chance. Since the first Chromebook came out, about three years ago, Chrome OS devices have gotten flak for not being able to do as much as Windows machines. And to be fair, they …

LG G3’s first teardown reveals how easy it is to fix

You have seen us get our hands all over the LG G3, compare it to multiple competitors and giving you our very own firm opinions on LG’s device of the year. Our friends at UBREAKIFIX are also not afraid of getting personal with the LG G3, but they have taken things a step further.<p>Leave it to the …