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The Latest Gear VR Ad Follows A Very Important, And Necessary, Narrative

Whether you can find a Samsung Gear VR in time for the holidays or not, the company behind the mobile virtual reality accessory keeps releasing ads that follow a very important narrative for the future of VR. The ad is extremely well done, and focuses on games this time.<p>As I’ve noted, most of the …

Virtual Reality

Facebook Messenger for Business for a better Customer Support

Managing a Facebook Page is a crucial social strategy for many business owners today, and now Facebook wants to make it easier to interact with customers right from their own websites. An update to the Page Plug-in lets businesses add a message box and event information to their page.<p>The new …

Social Media

Todoist is bringing its popular productivity app to Windows 10

Todoist's take on the to-do list is handy for keep your daily agenda organized, and now it's available for Windows 10 users. The free productivity app is available for Microsoft's operating system as a preview, syncing those important tasks across mobile and desktop devices. And yes, it will update …

Here are the important numbers that make up the TPP

The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal has been struck between the U.S. and 11 other Pacific Rim economies, marking the largest trade deal signed …

Here’s When the New Microsoft Office Is Coming Out

The latest version of Microsoft Office will be released on Sept. 22, the company confirmed Thursday.<p>A Microsoft release said that the new software …

Microsoft's Surface is still an iPad, according to NBC's Al Michaels

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>This is how hard it is to break a brand.<p>As far as so many people are concerned, all tablets are iPads.<p>It doesn't matter who makes them or what they're called. The word "tablet" is merely a tech industry …

Dell's next XPS 12 looks like a Microsoft Surface rival

Wondering why Dell is cool with selling Microsoft's Surface Pro when it doesn't have a direct equivalent right now? This might be why. <i>Giga</i> claims to have leaked details of a reborn XPS 12 that would ditch the convertible laptop design in favor of the Surface's tablet-plus-keyboard combo, right down …

Square Just Open Sourced Their Sleek Credit Card Identifier

Every now and again, you still end up at a checkout page asking for you to select Visa or Mastercard, and to type your numbers into tiny fields separated by dashes. *shivers*<p>Apparently, the payment processing giant Square feels our pain, because they’ve released their JavaScript code for a field …

Research tool can save phone battery by intelligently killing apps

Even if you're a task-killing ninja, there are still plenty of apps that somehow bite into your battery life. And that problem can be even worse when your phone is asleep, when you can't even tell which apps are being battery hogs. A new tool called Hush, which was developed by Purdue researchers, …

Fancy new smart lock can see who’s at your door

Electrics giant Westinghouse is getting into the connected-home game, and its first offering is a smart lock that looks like it should be seeing if it can’t lock down a stabilizer in a <i>Star Wars</i> X-Wing.<p>The Nucli (which is pronounced “new-klee” and not “nuck-lee,” regardless of how your brain sees …

27 must-have travel apps for every step of your journey

Travel is one of the industries that has completely transformed by the smartphone evolution and as a result, there is an abundance of ingenious apps designed to make your trips easy to plan, cheaper, well-informed and more enjoyable.<p>Short of literally packing your bags and rooting out your …

Apps

The 8 Most Walkable Beach Towns in America

These quaint locales are best seen by foot.<p>It may not feel like it outside, but summer is starting to wind down. And what better way to spend the few weeks of the season than by sauntering down the boardwalks and sandy beaches of the country's most pedestrian-friendly shore towns?<p>Redfin recently …

Beaches

Windows 10 will save Microsoft from itself after the Windows 8 disaster

But Windows 10, which officially launches on Wednesday, July 29th, is a real return to form for Microsoft. And it may have saved Microsoft from itself.<p>Windows 8 was a flop, by most standards. Circa 2014, the 13-year-old Windows XP was still more widely used than the two-year-old Windows 8. In fact, …

Windows 10

Spectre: Daniel Craig in the trailer for the new Bond film

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Google Said To Take On Kayak, Skyscanner And Others With Its Own Airfare Comparison Tool

Google is reportedly working on an airfare comparison site, according to Ryanair founder Michael O’Leary speaking to the Sunday Independent. O’Leary was much more candid about Google’s upcoming plans than the search giant itself is ever likely to be, describing Mountain View’s intent to build a …

Galaxy S5 specs purportedly confirmed: “2K” display, 16MP camera, metal and plastic versions

Never one to do things small, Samsung looks like it is really planning to push the envelope with the Galaxy S5. SamMobile claims to have information …

Goodbye Twitter fridges, hello 3D-printed food

At CES 2014, the smartest home appliances aren't smart at all<p>CES has long been the best place in the world to find a bunch of insane and impractical home appliances. Last year saw the category reach its drunk-on-tech nadir, best exemplified by Samsung's incongruous efforts to push Evernote onto …

PayPal starts testing seamless online store checkouts

PayPal can be a hassle for online shopping when you have to leave a store's site just to finish your transaction. Purchases should be much simpler once PayPal finishes rolling out its new In-Context Checkout, though. The technology lets you enter all your billing and shipping info through a pop-up; …

Samsung foldable AMOLED display secretly show-off at CES

There was plenty on show at this year’s CES, but it seems that Samsung was also sneaking around the event with some new secret technology. Samsung was reported showing off a prototype foldable AMOLED display to selected guest behind closed doors.<p>Samsung Display showcased a 5.68 inch high resolution …

Dropbox outage sparked by buggy server upgrade

Dropbox is pinning the blame for its Friday outage on a glitch in its server upgrade process.<p>The file storage and sharing site went offline on Friday and continued to suffer problems even after returning to life over the weekend. The remaining issues were corrected and the core service was restored …

CONFIRMED: The DEA Struck A Deal With Mexico's Most Notorious Drug Cartel

"El Vicentillo" being presented to the media in Mexico City on March 19, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar An investigation by El Universal found that between the years 2000 and 2012, the U.S. government had an arrangement with Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel that allowed the organization to smuggle …

Mexico

How the “internet of things” will replace the web

<i>The second in a series.</i><p>We’ve already written about why 2014 is really, finally the year that the “internet of things”—that effort to remotely control every object on earth—becomes visible in our everyday lives.<p>But most of us don’t recognize just how far the internet of things will go, from …

Internet of Things

Microsoft's 2014 makeover: It's all up to the next boss

Somebody's got to be up for this job.<p>Months after Steve Ballmer announced plans to step down as chief executive, Microsoft heads into 2014 still searching for the right candidate. In the last few months of 2013, several names of rumored CEOs-in-waiting got bandied about -- Ford CEO Alan Mulally and …

Winter storm power cuts: Frustration grows with tens of thousands still in the dark

Tens of thousands of people awoke Saturday to a sixth day without power, after freezing ice storms plunged homes and businesses from Michigan to Maine and into Canada into darkness.<p>Utility officials said Friday it could be days before power is restored, forcing people who already endured a frigid …

Articles about angular futuristic house georgia on Dwell.com - Dwell

The Decatur, Georgia, residence belonging to two book authors is an angular exercise in creating a dynamic structure.<p>Every week, we highlight one amazing Dwell home that went viral on Pinterest.<p>Each week, we tap into Dwell's Instagram community to bring you the most viral design and architecture …

Architecture

Researchers plan to develop a 3D printer that prints graphene

3D printers are becoming compatible with new materials all the time, including metals, paper, resin and even pizza ingredients. So it was only a …

Best Buy offering between $200 and $350 for Microsoft Surface trade-ins

As it has previously done for iPads, Best Buy is now running a trade-in promotion for Microsoft's Surface tablet. The retailer is guaranteeing that customers will receive a gift card worth at least $200 when they trade in a working Surface at a participating Best Buy location. The most Best Buy …

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