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What LochteGate Teaches Us About Travel

Photo by JD Lasica/Flickr<p>Somebody's in trouble...<p>How to travel better in the wake of an Olympic-sized scandal<p>Every four years, we look to the Olympic …

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Meet the new middle class: robots

Baxter is the very model of a modern-day employee.<p>Eyebrows furrowed in quiet concentration, he's quick to learn skills that can be used to package bottles or move products on factory lines. He's easy to train and gentle, meaning no safety cage is needed to work nearby. And he'll toil round the …

China set to become world’s largest robot market

The Tile Finally Gets Device Tagging-And-Tracking Right

There are tons of iPhone-detectable device trackers, widgets that let you find your lost items using an app. But the Tile might just be the first one to get it all right. It will let you find things you lost down the back of the sofa, but it also has some other killer features.<p>Tile is a tiny …

Four reasons why Apple’s Passbook is growing on retailers

Advertisement<p>8 Comments<p>Credit: Starbucks<p>We still have no leader in mobile payments, but when it comes to digital gift cards Apple’s Passbook is doing …

New roaming caps introduced into European Union member countries, data prices the big winner

Good news this morning for travellers within the EU; new caps have been introduced on how much mobile carriers can charge for roaming within member …

Why smartwatches are the real future of mobile payments

<i>Skooks Pong is SVP of technology at Synapse.</i><p>It’s no secret that while smartphone adoption in the U.S. continues to rise – now accounting for 57 percent of the mobile market according to comScore – rollout of in-store mobile payments has been slow and fragmented. Some experts attribute it to …

Apple May Have Figured Out How To Fix Siri So That You'll Actually Want To Use It

That's because your voice commands are being transferred to Siri's brain, which is online in the cloud, before an answer is delivered back to you.<p>But 9to5Mac believes Apple is working on a fix that could make Siri much faster. The site reports:<p>Apple is testing a local, offline version of Dictation …

Siri

Task List App Maker Any.Do Joins The Smart Calendaring Race With New “Cal” App

Any.DO, makers of a smart task app for mobile, is today launching its next creation out of private beta. The company’s new Cal app for iPhone is now available and is designed to integrate with the task app, as well as sync with other mobile calendaring services, including Google, iCloud and …

iOS 7's iBeacons could solve indoor mapping, make shopping better, and kill NFC

With all of the focus on iOS 7’s UI changes, the more substantial developer-facing advances (details of which are still under NDA) haven’t been getting quite as much attention. Some of the most promising improvements are being made to the system’s support for Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), …

Apple hiring developers for next gen payment platform to help retail ‘enter new markets’

Apple today posted a job listing on its website looking for a Payments Software Engineer that will “help build a next generation payment platform.” Apple says the payment system will consist of integration of payment devices, middleware and acquirers that will “push the boundaries in new markets …

Imagine How Incredible iOS 8 Would Be With This Revamped Notification Center [Video]

We’re still at least six months away from the debut of iOS 8, but designer Sam Beckett has come along already with a very enticing look at one hot feature that could be in store for all of us: interactive notifications. And boy, do they look rad.<p>As you know, currently, notifications in iOS 7 are …

Eric Schmidt makes 2014 predictions, says mobile has won

While he’s not busy writing instructions on how to lead a tech company or guides for switching from iPhone to Android, Google chairman Eric Schmidt has taken some time out to provide Bloomberg TV with his predictions for 2014. Schmidt has a history of bold public statements, but his predictions for …

ERGO app makes it possible unlock a phone with your ear

When it comes to keeping your phone safe from prying eyes or would-be thieves, using a lock screen is a must-have security practice. There are plenty of different kinds of unlocking methods to choose from including pins, patterns, face unlock and a traditional password. We are also starting to see …

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Android's Favorite Keyboard Could Be Coming to iOS

SwiftKey, Android's most popular keyboard app, could soon be coming to iOS in the form of a note-taking app.<p>An image leaked on Twitter Thursday shows …

Video Walkthrough of iOS 7.1 Visual Tweaks and Improvements

iOS 7.1, released this morning, includes several notable features, like support for CarPlay, a fix that improves the reliability of Touch ID, and a fix for a bug that caused crashes to the home screen.<p>Along with those major enhancements, the update also offers a slew of minor visual tweaks and …

Researcher claims iOS 7 (including current 7.1.1) does not encrypt email attachments, Apple aware of issue

Security researcher Andreas Kurtz has discovered that versions of iOS 7, including iOS 7.1.1 (the current release), iOS 7.1, and iOS 7.0.4 do not encrypt email attachments in the bundled Mail application. This is an issue itself, but more worrisome as iOS, according to Apple, is supposed to encrypt …

Google Wallet Is Coming To Glass

Google Wallet is coming to Glass soon. According to a source close to the company, Google is currently testing a way for Glass users to send money to their friends through Wallet by simply using their voices to ask Glass to “send money.” The company is testing this service internally right now, but …

Hyper launches the first Made-for-iPhone/iPad USB flash drive w/ built-in Lightning connector

Hyper— we’ve reviewed some of its MacBook batteries and iPhone accessories in the past— is today announcing the first Made-For-iPhone/iPad/iPod touch (MFi) flash drive that includes a built-in Lightning connector. Unfortunately you can’t get your hands on one just yet, but you can preorder through …

Google acquires Word Lens app recently featured in Apple’s iPhone ad “Powerful”

Google just bought the company behind a smartphone app called Word Lens that visually translates text in real life scenarios right on your device using the camera and some behind-the-scenes intelligence.<p>With Word Lens, we’ve seen the beginnings of what’s possible when we harness the power of mobile …

Many users experiencing a hidden /Users folder after upgrading to OS X 10.9.3, here’s how to fix

<b>Update</b>: The glitch may be related with the latest versions of Find My Mac and iTunes, according to testing by The Mac Observer.<p>Since upgrading to OS X 10.9.3, some users are reporting that their /Users folder is now hidden. This means the folder is no longer visible when looking at the root of the …

You won't need roads with this $85,000 hoverbike

With Hyperloop still a twinkle in Elon Musk's eye, we've got to look elsewhere for our futuristic transport. Thankfully, Aerofex has stepped up with its Aero-X, a hoverbike that is finally scheduled to launch in 2017. Two users can ride this motorbike-like vehicle, where the wheels have been …

Robots Are Caring for Elderly People in Europe

The machine uprising looks a lot less threatening when their main task is to care for old people.<p>Images: GiraffPlus<p>Judging by recent surveys, most people seem to think that robots that are actually useful will lead to some sort of apocalyptic machine uprising. But look past the military bots and …

Robotics

These Robots Are Poised To Make Your Science Fiction Dreams A Reality

Technological development has historically taken its cues from science fiction.<p>Indeed, several classic sci-fi tropes are already part of our reality today. We already have street-legal flying cars and immersive virtual worlds, and Google even revealed that it was at one point working on a …

Science Fiction

The Mathematics of Murder: Should a Robot Sacrifice Your Life to Save Two?

It happens quickly—more quickly than you, being human, can fully process.<p>A front tire blows, and your autonomous SUV swerves. But rather than veering left, into the opposing lane of traffic, the robotic vehicle steers right. Brakes engage, the system tries to correct itself, but there’s too much …

Driverless Cars

Tip of the Day: How to Use AirPlay with Your Apple TV

If you own an Apple TV and you're not using AirPlay, you're missing out! You can easily see pictures and videos on your iDevice on your TV screen with just a few taps.<p>First, make sure your iPhone or iPad is on the same Wi-Fi network as your Apple TV.<p>Next, bring up Control Center on your iDevice and …

Smart TV

Smart cushion reads your vitals, nags you not to slouch or stress

There are fitness trackers that help monitor your pulse and assess your health, but most of them require you to move around with an awkward thing strapped to your wrist or chest. The Darma smart cushion, however, only requires that you sit on it. Utilizing thin 1mm sensors that can detect even the …