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It’s sexy time: Hookup apps coming to Apple Watch

When you’re talking about a device like the Apple Watch — which allows you to send something as intimate as your heartbeat to another person — it’s inevitable that hookup apps aren’t going to be far away.<p>That’s exactly what WatchMe88 represents: an app designed to alert fellow Apple Watch-owners in …

Smartwatches

Windows 10 preview now includes new Outlook mail app and theme tweaks

Microsoft is releasing a new preview of Windows 10 today with some additional features and changes. While a previous build leaked with new Outlook Mail and Calendar apps, Microsoft is providing them officially today in build 10061. Microsoft is borrowing the new swipe actions from its Outlook for …

Uber And Lyft Get Green Light In Portland

The ride-hailing services win the right to operate in Oregon's largest city — temporarily.<p>After months of legal wrangling, Uber and Lyft have negotiated a deal to operate in a city that's proven notoriously difficult for the ride-hailing companies to crack: Portland, Oregon.<p>Tuesday night, the …

Pew: 'Smartphone-Dependents' Often Have No Backup Plan For Web Access

Looking back on the clunky desktops of home offices, smartphones have expanded the definition of what it means to "go online." With all of the apps and mobile capabilities available to us now, it's no surprise that smartphone ownership has grown.<p>Almost two-thirds of Americans now own a smartphone, …

Demographics

Basis Peak: The Important Features Of The Apple Watch For Less

$199 Basis Peak has the most important features of the Apple Watch.<p>I admit it. The Apple Watch is beautiful, especially if you opt for the models that start at $599. I really like the look of the $699 33mm Stainless Steer Case with Milanese Loop. I also think that Apple did an amazing job on the …

Smartwatches

President Obama Authorizes Sanctions for Cyber Threats

Recent cyberattacks, the Sony Pictures one in particular, have catalyzed a renewed look at how governments and companies deal with hacking, especially from foreign countries.<p>In light of this, President Obama has today signed an Executive Order which authorizes targeted sanctions against individuals …

Cyber-attacks

Galaxy S6 And Galaxy S6 Edge Hide Samsung's Broken Promise

The reviews are in and the critical reaction to Samsung’s radically overhauled new flagship smartphones is overwhelmingly positive. The problem is most reviews have missed one massive flaw. You shouldn’t be surprised, Samsung has been promising the exact opposite…<p>Contrary to initial reports, both …

Gear & Gadgets

Logitech Launches Button-Filled MX Master Wireless Mouse

The mouse is your physical link to the digital world. Yes the keyboard is there too. But more than any other device, the mouse is how your interact in a world of zeros and ones.<p>But that world is getting more and more complex and the regular ol’ two button mouse with a track wheel can’t hold a …

Gear & Gadgets

With Windows 10, Do Laptops Need Touch? (Dell Has Some Thoughts)

How necessary is touch for Windows laptops? Maybe not quite as necessary as PC suppliers and consumers thought a couple of years ago.<p>I’m using two Windows laptops with touch capability right now. Here’s the 140-character-or-less version of my need for touch: I barely use it. And many Dell customers …

Hewlett Packard

Samsung Galaxy S6 Active And S5 Mini Can Cripple Samsung's Masterplan

With the Samsung Galaxy S6 ready to go on sale next month, the marketing machine is starting the engines and the campaign will move into high gear ahead of the launch day. So why is it dangerous news that AT&T has just made the Galaxy S5 Mini available for purchase?<p>This is Samsung’s halo principle …

Phones

‘Hey Siri’ in iOS 8.3 allows for automatic speakerphone calls

Apple has made a small, but helpful, change in the way that iOS 8.3 can make phone calls via Siri. With the launch of iOS 8.0 last fall, Apple added a feature to Siri that allows users to activate the service hands-free by saying the phrase “Hey Siri” if the phone is plugged into power. However, if …

iOS

HTC One M9 Review: an Incredibly Capable Handset, but Not Exciting

HTC seems to have a bizarre phenomenon on its hands. It keeps designing flagship handsets that win design awards and the heart of many a tech reviewer, but fail to actually propel the company to the sort of performance of some of its rivals. Or even its early success with the Desire range at the …

Phones

Vector smartwatches promise a 30-day battery life

Tag Heuer's Android Wear device wasn't the only smartwatch at this year's Baselworld. Other devices were also shown and launched during the annual luxury watch fair in Switzerland, including the new Vector Watch. It's slated to come out in two different shapes -- Luna with a round face and Meridian …

Android 5.1 starts hitting Nexus devices

T-Mobile shows the latest Android OS as available for the Nexus 5, while Sprint says it's rolling out the update for the Nexus 6.<p><b>Correction at 6:30 a.m. PT March 13:</b> <i>The information about the Nexus 4 and 7 reflected inaccurate information on T-Mobile's web pages. A T-Mobile spokesperson says that</i> …

Darkroom For iOS is The Photo App You Always Wanted

Darkroom, a new photo app for iOS which was released today, hopes to bring some pro-level tools to the iPhone and absolutely delivers.<p>Photo apps are my jam. I love photo apps. I’ve been testing Darkroom for a few months and have <i>finally</i> found the perfect photo editing app.<p>Darkroom is just like …

Mobile Photography

Jeff Gordon to retire after 2015 NASCAR season

The NASCAR legend will no longer run the full schedule and compete for championships following the 2015 season.<p>Jeff Gordon, one of NASCAR's all-time greats, will make 2015 his last full-time season. Making the announcement in a press release, Gordon said he is not retiring and while he may continue …

The Internet will vanish, says Google's Eric Schmidt

Technically Incorrect: Speaking at Davos, Google's executive chairman explains that we'll all be experiencing our digital connections as a seamless part of our everyday world.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>Digitally speaking, we're not …

Eric Schmidt

Verizon: Don't expect us to offer a data rollover plan

Verizon CFO Fran Shammo says the carrier won't be following AT&T and T-Mobile's lead.<p>Don't hold your breath for Verizon Wireless to counter AT&T and T-Mobile with a data rollover program.<p>That's according to Verizon Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo, who said the nation's largest wireless carrier …

Microsoft announces Office 2016, coming in the second half of 2015

At its Windows 10 event yesterday, Microsoft unveiled the touch-optimized version of Office. Today, the company offered more details about that version, and then snuck in another announcement: The next desktop version is under development, it is called Office 2016, and it will be generally …

Software

The Age of Unicorns

Stewart Butterfield had one objective when he set out to raise money for his startup last fall: a billion dollars or nothing. If he couldn’t reach a …

Venture Capital

Google Adding 'Word Lens' Camera Translation and Conversation Mode to Translate App

Google today announced a forthcoming update to its <i>Google Translate</i> app for iOS that will bring instant camera-based translation and automatic language recognition to Apple's mobile devices. This will be Google's first update to the translation app in nearly a year.<p>The updated translation app …

Apps

Apple Watch will reportedly go on sale in March

Apple has consistently said that the Apple Watch would launch in early 2015, and now we're getting more details on how that launch might play out. <i>9to5Mac's</i> Mark Gurman (who just dropped a scoop on a potential new 12-inch MacBook Air) is back at it again, this time saying that the Apple Watch will …

Apple’s next major Mac revealed: the radically new 12-inch MacBook Air

Apple is preparing an all-new MacBook Air for 2015 with a radically new design that jettisons standards such as full-sized USB ports, MagSafe connectors, and SD card slots in favor of a markedly thinner and lighter body with a higher-resolution display. Sources within Apple, who have used internal …

USB Type-C

Japan Apple Stores Kick Off 'Lucky Bag' Sales with MacBook Air, iPads, iPod Touch Featured

Apple's retail locations in Japan have begun sales of the "Fukubukuro", also known as a "lucky bag", which offer an assortment of products at a steep discount. Japanese blog <i>Mac Otakara</i> (Google Translate) was present at the Apple Store in Nagoya to discover the exact content of the various bags …

Google Translate

Google's self-driving car takes a big step forward

Google said Monday that it has taken another big step forward in developing self-driving cars by building a fully functioning prototype of its own …

How Android 5.0 lets you get raw for better photos

Programmers have begun unlocking a new feature in Google's new Lollipop mobile OS: the ability to shoot photos in raw format, which adds new flexibility in image quality.<p>For more than a decade, photographers using traditional cameras have been able to get higher image quality by "shooting raw." The …

Mobile Photography

Department Of Defense Tests A Bullet That Can Steer

Precision on the smallest scale<p>Since the first gun appeared on a battlefield, bullets have dealt death in straight lines. As the shortest distance between two points, lines are great, but they mean enemies can hide behind walls or buildings and not get hit, a clearly undesirable prospect for anyone …

Jaguar's 'Ghost Car' Navigation System Is Straight Out Of Science Fiction

Jaguar just unveiled a proposed new navigation system that's unlike anything we've ever seen.<p>Most modern navigation systems instruct drivers using a series of arrows or at best a pictographic representation of a highway exit. However, Jaguar's new experimental system abandons the arrows and instead …

Jaguar Land Rover

See the U.S. Navy's terrifying new laser weapon in action

The U.S. Navy’s latest laser is ready to be used in combat, Pentagon officials announced Wednesday, after overseeing a three-month test of the …

This Giant Tree Protects Urban Wildlife By Keeping It Floating Away From Dangerous People

City waterways could provide more space for new habitats in which urban nature can flourish.<p>As cities sprawl and get more crowded, most don’t have much space left for urban wildlife–at least not on land. A Dutch architect plans to begin using city waterways to build floating habitats for …

Ecology