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Point Your iPhone at Something You Like, and Amazon's New App Buys It

Amazon just keeps making it easier for you to buy everything on the web. If the company continues to have its way, you'll never need to go to the …

iCPooch Is A Remote Treat Dispenser & Pet Facetime Terminal For Absent Dog Owners

Last summer we covered Petzila’s answer to keeping a pet pooch happy when you’re not at home: a remote treat dispenser called PetziConnect which also let absent dog owners view and talk to their pooch while delivering treats from afar. Fast forward a few months and prepare to greet iCPooch: another …

The Most Realistic iPhone 6 Concept We’ve Seen Yet [Gallery]

Even though it feels like the iPhone 5s just came out, the rumor mill is already churning out little bits on the iPhone 6: a supercharged camera, a bigger display and a ton of sapphire crystal glass.<p>A number of designers have presented both wacky and plausible mockups for what the iPhone 6 might …

Mobile Technology

Apple's Smartwatch Is Starting To Look A Lot More Like A Fitness Tracker

If and when Apple ever comes out with a wearable computer, the term “watch” may not necessarily apply.<p>According to reports, Apple is going whole hog into health and fitness for its long-rumored wearable device. This morning, a new job listing on Apple’s website called for a “User Studies Exercise …

Want to bend the fabric of space and time? There’s an app for that

<b>(PureSolution via Shutterstock)</b><p>Mainstream scientists scoff at paranormal research. But what might happen if we mobilize the smartphone hive mind?<p>Andrew Leonard<p>January 30, 2014 8:18pm (UTC)<p>It doesn't take much to set off my bullshit meter. But here's a guaranteed strategy for success: Send me an …

5 Smart Home Companies to Watch in 2014

If 2013 was the year smart home became sexy again, 2014 is the year it will go mass market.<p>And while service providers with managed home services are a big part of why smart home is reaching a wider audience, here are some other interesting companies helping to lead the charge in 2014.<p><b>Revolv</b><p>A few …

This Crazy App Turns A Magazine Into An Interior Design Tool

Using a magazine for scale, this App lets you virtually design a room, then buy the furniture.<p>A few months ago, Ikea released an unbelievable app. When you placed the company’s catalog anywhere in your home, it could appear as one of a few different pieces of furniture on your iPad screen. In a …

Camera makers are desperately trying to stay a step ahead of smartphones—and failing

The best camera, experienced photographers say, is the one that’s with you—and the truth of that adage is spelling doom for many of the world’s camera brands, who are desperately trying to stay afloat as their businesses are eroded by the omnipresent smartphone.<p>The average point-and-shoot has …

Cameras

Why game developers must wait for the coming wearable computing breakthrough

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: Ars Technica<p>On Christmas, game website Polygon released a feature that painted a picture of how wearable technology …

Corning is now ready to make 3D Gorilla Glass for wearable devices

Corning's Gorilla Glass is useful for protecting the (mostly) flat screens of smartphones, but it's not a great fit for the curvy world of wearables. The company is prepared to change with the times, though, as it just announced that it can manufacture 3D-shaped Gorilla Glass. Its newly available …

Polaroid unveils an adorable, tiny cube camera for action shots

Polaroid's Socialmatic isn't the only surprise to come from the faded photo brand at this year's CES. The company also showed off a line of four action cameras, including an adorable new 35-mm cube camera called the C3. It will ship for $99 later this summer. For its small size, the camera is …

What do BlackBerry, Qualcomm and Nokia have in common? The connected car

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: GigaOM<p>At CES on Tuesday, BlackBerry’s QNX Software Systems(s bbry) revealed two new high-profile partners to help it …

Grillbot: FINALLY, a Grill-Cleaning Robot

What a time to be alive!<p>I don’t know about you, but I’m sick – SICK – of cleaning my grill by hand like some sort of unbelievably handsome wild …

Window-Washing Robot? Yes, Yes, a Thousand Times Yes

For those of you keeping score, we’ve got robots that clean our floors, robots that clean our grills, and robots that clean our windows using a …

Beats Music arrives January 21st, family plan exclusive to AT&T customers

Trent Reznor and Jimmy Iovine's streaming music service is nearly here. On January 21st, Beats Music will arrive on iOS, Android, Windows, and the web for a $9.99 monthly subscription. The service, originally known as Daisy, uses a combination of algorithms and human curation to suggest songs, and …

Take Better Photos With The Ultimate iPhone Photographer’s Lens Kit [Deals]

Apple revolutionized your iPhone’s camera with the introduction of the 5S, but now you can unlock its full potential with what’s being offered through this Cult of Mac Deals.<p>With <b>The Ultimate iPhone Lens Kit</b>, smartphone photography has never been this versatile. This package arms you with six …

Mobile Photography

iPhone 5s Owners Using 20% More Cellular Data Than Last Year's iPhone 5 Owners

Owners of the iPhone 5s, Apple's latest flagship smartphone, are using significantly more data than iPhone 5 owners consumed last year -- twenty percent more, according to a new research report from JDSU (via <i>TechCrunch</i>), in what the writer of the study called an "unprecedented increase" in uplink …

Apple Is Already Way Ahead In Mobile Payments

Pundits (including me) have been predicting Apple’s entry into the mobile payment space — using a smartphone instead of a credit card to buy stuff in the real world — for years.<p>It hasn’t been a hard prediction to make. The financial rewards are enormous, and Apple has filed multiple patents around …

FinTech

Animated iWatch Concept Is the Most Realistic You've Ever Seen

Although Apple remains tight-lipped about any plans to release a wearable device, the persistent rumors and concept mock-ups continue to stir …

Your iPhone is ruining your sleep

The biological reason you need to stop bringing your cell phone to bed<p>Some people might say that sleep is wasted time. Clearly, they haven't heard that sleep is where you put your memories away for safe keeping, give your genes a chance to chill out, and give your brain a rinse.<p>That's why taking …

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Apple Online Store lists Smart Case and Cover for older iPads as discontinued (Update: no longer discontinued)

<b>Update: A few hours after these listings appeared on the store, Apple has reversed course and no longer lists either case as discontinued. However, both cases are now only available in gray rather than the full range of colors that were previously available.</b><p>Despite keeping the iPad 2 around for yet …

Keep Track Of Your Kids On Halloween With Two Amazing New Apps [Daily Freebie]

Keeping tabs on your brood this Halloween? Sure, you could use Apple’s Find My Friends. But it doesn’t have as many cool features as these two new apps, and it also can’t track Android phones — while these two apps can.<p>The first is Verizon Messages, which incorporates location sharing features from …

Apps

Video: Every iPhone Ever Gets Speed Tested Side-By-Side

Sure, each new iPhone is faster than the last.. <i>on paper</i>. But how do these speed increases actually translate into day-to-day use? It’s one of life’s oldest questions; one that scholars and scientists have spent billions trying to answer, to no avail.<p>Fine. Maybe not. But it is <i>something</i> that’s cool …

KnowRoaming

For those who travel abroad, there's always a pang of jealousy when locals are able to switch on their phones upon landing, without a thought of excessive fees. While smartphones make a great travel companion—especially abroad where maps, translators and staying connected with home can make or …

Mobile

The amount most people are willing to pay for an app is $0—until they’ve actually downloaded it

Now that more than half of all iPhone users have downloaded and perhaps even figured out iOS 7, users are busy re-downloading their favorite apps. Many of those apps have been substantially re-written for the new operating system, a process that costs time and money. That’s why some apps, like …

Apps

In Italy, Uber Launches Free WiFi In Cars With WiMan

Uber, the company that makes hailing a car and paying for it as easy as dropping a pin on a smartphone, has recently launched a new feature that brings another level of luxury and service to the experience, Wifi in cars.<p>Through a partnership with Italian startup WiMan, Uber in Italy now offers free …

New York Subway Trains May Finally Get Wi-Fi And Cellphone Service

Taking the New York City subway to and fro work every day can be tedious — without Internet connectivity or cellphone service on the train, it is a herculean task to pry yourself away from your email or Facebook updates and impossible for people to reach you.<p>Now New York’s transport authorities are …