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After Mobile: Smarter TVs

This week, Microsoft took a $900 million charge against its Surface effort, showing that the idea of merging PCs and tablets has not resonated with consumers. At the same time, growth in mobile phones and tablets is still increasing while PC sales are dwindling. The PC has now moved to a work tool; …

Should Microsoft keep bashing Apple, Google?

Despite financial disappointments, Microsoft has offered a new, more aggressive stance toward competitors. Instead of telling people that Apple is bad, should Microsoft start telling people why it's good? Or is that too hard?<p>When I think of Microsoft these days I think of a slightly aging mastiff …

Jelly Bean

The Guy Who Designed Twitter's Logo Only Made About $3

He designed it for iStockPhoto, a subscription-based site that offers thousands of pictures for customers to use in designs and other projects.<p>When the Twitter founders were browsing the site in search of a company logo, their decision to use Oxley's bird earned him three or four dollars, but it …

Graphic Design

Brazil referee decapitated after stabbing player

<b>Football spectators in northern Brazil decapitated a referee after he fatally stabbed a player for refusing to leave the pitch, officials say.</b><p>An angry mob stormed the field during the amateur game in the state of Maranhao and stoned Otavio da Silva to death before severing his head.<p>Police said the …

Crime

Nile Ranger charged with rape, to appear in court next month

Former Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger has been charged with rape, police have confirmed.<p>Former Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger has been charged with rape and will appear in court next month.<p>Northumbria Police announced the news after the force opened an investigation, saying in a …

Mario Gómez's arrival signals Fiorentina's reemergence as Serie A challengers

Thanks to some outstanding work on the transfer market, Fiorentina have turned from relegation contenders to Scudetto challengers in the space of a single season.<p>It was only this time last year that Fiorentina were breathing heavy sighs of relief, having narrowly escaped relegation to Serie B. Up …

"Bubble Soccer" Brilliantly Combines Soccer And Bubble Wrap

It's sumo wrestling mixed with soccer.

Cristiano Ronaldo Should Remain at Real Madrid for Remainder of Career

Cristiano Ronaldo still has a lot to prove at Real Madrid. While he's undeniably had great personal success since making the move from Manchester United, his club has played second fiddle to Barcelona in La Liga play and hasn't yet achieved Champions League glory.<p>And as much as a player of …

This Tiny, Portable Laptop Stand Will Finally Fix Your Posture

“The Roost–stop hunching over your laptop,” I read, back and neck aching as usual. I had been working at my laptop like a gargoyle since early in the morning. But in the Roost, a laptop stand that’s raised almost $100,000 on Kickstarter, I’ve finally found a solution.<p>My main issue with most laptop …

Latest Samsung Galaxy S4 Ad Takes Bite Out of Apple With … Dancing Ninjas?

Samsung certainly hasn’t been shy about taking a swing at Apple in its TV commercials, but I don’t … I don’t even know where to begin with this …

Samsung Galaxy

Purported low-cost iPhone model spotted; Jelly Bean knockoff packs Snapdragon 600 CPU, sells for $199

<i>Low-cost iPhone-based Basic Bear knockoff | Image Credit: Techdy</i><p>The low-cost iPhone has reportedly been spotted, with a peripherals maker revealing design details for the device in an in-house produced video – but there’s a twist: an Android-running smartphone has already been adapted to fit inside …

Mobile Technology

Apple makes boffo battery life new killer tech spec

All-day battery life has become the sine qua non of any new thin and light laptop worth its salt, thanks to Apple's newest MacBook Air.<p>Apple hasn't lost its touch yet. Not if it can take a two-and-half-year-old design and turn it into one of today's hottest laptops.<p>That would be the 2013 MacBook …

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs Sony Xperia Z Ultra: By the numbers

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has held its own against some stiff competition in the past, but with its successor still a few months away, a rather large shadow has loomed upon it. The Sony Xperia Z Ultra might just be the Galaxy Note 2’s biggest competitor yet, and in more ways than one.<p>So after …

Phones

News Corp. Introduces A New Kind Of Interactivity To The Classroom

The media giant has launched Amplify and its student-focused Amplify Tablet and spent three years trying to win over skeptics in the education industry. Has it paid off?<p>Joel Klein joined News Corp. in 2010 to help shape the future of education, but educators were still focused on his past. He’d …

How to make your Bluetooth speaker sound better

Try the Audiophiliac's simple experiments, and you might get better sound. It's easy to do, and it's free.<p>One great thing about Bluetooth speakers is you can use them to learn about how room size and acoustics affect a given speaker's sound quality. Experiment with placement and you'll quickly …

If You Think Apple Customers Are Loyal Now, Watch And See What's In Store

<i>Third in a series</i><p>People who use competing products just don’t get the loyalty of Apple users. “<i>What is so special about the iPhone? That Macbook Air? An iPad Mini?”</i> The product specs rarely seem extraordinary, yet customers love them. Even in Korea, Apple scores higher on customer satisfaction than …

What the First Arrest Captured on Google Glass Really Means

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>On July 4th, documentary filmmaker named Chris Barrett took his newly acquired pair of Google …

Rihanna Drunkenly Sings at a Karaoke Bar in Germany

Currently out in Europe on her <i>Diamonds World Tour</i>, Rihanna hit up a local karaoke bar the night after her gig in Cologne, Germany where she, let’s …

Does Macklemore Really Thrift Shop?

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are chart-topping rap sensations. In a special rebroadcast, they sat down last year with guest host Celeste Headlee to talk about their latest album 'The Heist' a few months before their fame hit its biggest heights.<p>Transcript<p>CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:<p>This is TELL ME MORE from …

Rap & Hip-Hop

New 'Steve Jobs' Grade Schools Will Use iPads Instead Of Books, Blackboards, And Everything Else

It will open up 11 schools where the only tool students and teachers will use is the iPad.<p>The idea of an iPad-centric school is so wild, these schools have been informally nicknamed as "Steve Jobs schools," reports Marco Evers at Dutch site, Spiegel Online.<p>Evers writes:<p>Some 1,000 children aged four …

Steve Jobs

CHART OF THE DAY: Where Android's Growth Is Now Coming From

Android's growth is now coming from cheap, no-name smartphone makers, a ccording Needham analyst Charlie Wolf.<p>Samsung's share of the Android market has stalled around 40%, while the ultra-low-cost Android phones are taking share quickly.

Android Phones
HTC One

Best Windows Phones: the iPhone and Android alternatives to consider

Pros<p>Windows Phone has become a respectable third contender in the smartphone market, offering a compelling range of software and hardware designs to …

When It Comes To Food, Technology Is Changing The Game

We are at the beginning of the most radical transformation of our food industry since the Green Revolution. Until now, food innovation — including agricultural production, processing, distribution and retail — happened in the laboratories and strategy shops of a few select multinationals. These …

This Glove Could Help Deaf-Blind People Communicate With Anyone, Anywhere

And the research behind it could change how we all interact with computers and with each other.<p>Michael Scaturro<p>On the hottest day of the summer so far in Berlin, Tom Bieling, a 32-year-old doctoral candidate, walked quickly down a corridor on the second floor of a science building mere blocks away …

Google “Gay” For A Fabulous Easter Egg

In celebration of equal rights, the proudly gay-friendly search giant has hidden a fabulous easter egg for users who search “gay.” This isn’t the first time Google has come out in support of gay marriage. Just about every year, they issue a statement or release a video or tool to help support …

Equality

Google is working on new tech to eliminate all child porn on the Web

Search and mobile superpower Google is working on new technology that would effectively purge all images of child pornography and abuse from most of the Web.<p>Google disclosed new efforts to fight online child exploitation in a blog post yesterday. The company committed $5 million to “eradicate …

Gael Monfils hits an absurd, totally unnecessary trick shot

What on Earth just happened?<p>This, via The Changeover, is going to make your brain hurt a little:<p>I really can't comprehend what I'm looking at, but I do know that Gael Monfils is a special individual and only he is capable of such nutty wizardry.