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The Language of the State of the Union

An interactive chart reveals how the words presidents use reflect the twists and turns of American history.<p>“He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union,” stipulates Article Two of the Constitution, “and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he …

Political Science

How to Stay Calm and Smash Your next Public Presentation

<i>Anthony Rose is Co-founder and President at Beamly, the social and content network for television. His latest venture, UTD removes the friction in how people connect by uncovering the common ground between them.</i><p>At some point you’re going to be asked, or given the opportunity, to do a public …

How Google can unlock a trillion-dollar opportunity while improving search relevance

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: Ponsulak/Shutterstock<p>It’s every searcher’s dream to get actual answers to their search queries, instead of search …

LG tweeted its Bendgate joke from an iPhone

Brands were quick to pile on the iPhone 6 Plus Bendgate controversy this week with a heavy serving of scathing tweets and jokes, except in LG’s case, it can’t get enough iPhone either.<p>LG – makers of the curved LG G Flex smartphone – bragged on Twitter that its phone “doesn’t bend, it flexes… on …

Watch video proof of iPhone 6 Plus' serious bending issue — a reason to wait before buying

A week ago, I made the case for why I’m never an early Apple adopter. The last four generations of iPhones had serious problems in the first production batch. Now it appears that some iPhone 6 Plus phones could be experiencing the worst defect of the series: The phone bends and distorts under …

Motorola reported to launch Skip 2.0, a Bluetooth key fob that unlocks your phone

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Droid Life<p>When Motorola launched the Moto X a year ago, it also debuted the Skip, a small NFC clip used to unlock the …

YouTube TV app revamped ahead of Android TV

Android TV may be in the pipeline, but YouTube isn’t letting the grass grow under its metaphorical feet, with an update to the streaming app to …

Smart TV

New Google Chrome Experiment Takes You into Space

Google has launched a new Chrome Experiment focused on ISEE-3, a small NASA spacecraft that has roamed the Solar System for 36 years. The craft has now been turned into a ‘citizen science’ project thanks to a crowdfunding campaign.<p>The ISEE-3 is set to pass the Moon tomorrow and to mark this, Google …

KERO Power Annex Slimline External Smartphone Battery (video)

Keeping your smartphone juiced up when away from the grid can be tricky sometimes without the need for an external battery, and sometimes you don’t …

Apple Uses An Ugly Google TV Remote To Teach Employees What Not To Do At Apple

Apple has an internal university where it teaches employees about what makes Apple special.<p>In the classes, Apple explains business and design decisions it has made in the past to provide guidance for current employees.<p>New York Times reporter Brian X. Chen spoke with Apple employees who took the …

Google TV

Acer's Chromebook 13 lasts a stunning 13 hours on a charge

Until now, if you wanted a Chromebook with a full HD display, you only had one option: the 13-inch Samsung Chromebook 2. Want epic battery life? Yep, all roads lead to Samsung there, too. Well, not anymore, anyway. Acer just announced the Chromebook 13, and it matches Samsung nearly spec for spec …

Apple and Samsung Agree To End All Non-U.S. Patent Disputes

Apple and Samsung have agreed to drop all non-U.S. litigation. The announcement came late Tuesday in a release first reported by the Financial Times. In the joint statement, the two tech giants said they “…have agreed to drop all litigation between the two companies outside the United States.”<p>This …

Is Android becoming a monopoly? Europe may believe so

Android has truly become an authority in the mobile market. A powerful operating system that costs nothing to the manufacturer and brings unlimited options to the consumer is hard to beat, a fact that is confirmed by last quarter’s marketshare reports. Google’s mobile OS has reached another …

Android News

Snowden faces uncertain future as Russian visa expires

Edward Snowden’s temporary Russian visa expired today.<p>Snowden bolted to Moscow after numerous countries rejected his request for asylum one year ago. At the last minute, Russian president Vladimir Putin granted the former National Security Agency systems administrator a one year visa. He’s been in …

Researchers achieve 5TB-per-second fiber-optic network milestone

While you’re busy pining away for Google Fiber, a group of researchers at the Technical University of Denmark have been busy putting it to shame. …

Unlocking phones in the US will soon be legal

Congress passes unlocking bill, and Obama plans to sign<p>Consumers in the US will soon be able to legally unlock their phones for use on other wireless networks. The House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill this afternoon legalizing cell phone unlocking, following the lead of the US Senate …

Verizon to Begin Spot Throttling of High-Usage Customers on Unlimited LTE Plans

Following a report by <i>Droid Life</i> yesterday, Verizon has now confirmed to <i>Gigaom</i> that starting October 1 the carrier will begin spot throttling of certain high-usage customers connecting to carrier's LTE network. The policy affects users on grandfathered unlimited data plans that are no longer offered …

Netflix partner says Verizon slows traffic

The battle over Netflix streaming speeds is still raging.<p>Level 3 (LVLT), a firm Netflix (NFLX) and others pay to deliver traffic to Internet service providers, joined the fray Thursday, accusing Verizon of refusing to upgrade its infrastructure to boost lagging streaming speeds.<p>Netflix has been …

Google gently tells users to blame ISPs for poor YouTube performance

Google is now gently suggesting who users should blame when YouTube videos fail to stream smoothly. A new pop-up bar that reads "Experiencing interruptions? Find out why" is now showing under some YouTube videos when playback gets choppy. Clicking on the bar takes users to Google's relatively new …

US soccer star Clint Dempsey is also a rapper by the name ‘Deuce’

Standout U.S. forward Clint Dempsey got into the record book on Monday when he scored one of the fastest goals in World Cup history, also becoming …

USA vs. Ghana in 2014 World Cup Becomes ESPN's Most-Viewed Men's Soccer Match

It's too bad soccer will never catch on in the United States, right?<p>According to John Ourand of Sports Business Journal, the U.S.' 2-1 win over Ghana was the highest-rated soccer match ever on ESPN, coming in at 11.093 million viewers:<p>Ourand also reported that another 1.4 million viewers watched …

Soccer

Samsung Arabia wishes luck to Landon Donovan for Portugal match

Landon Donovan is still the biggest name in American soccer. He's just not playing for the U.S. at the World Cup.<p>Samsung Arabia wishes luck to Landon Donovan for Portugal match<p>06/22/2014<p>Landon Donovan is still the biggest name in American soccer. He's just not playing for the U.S. at the World …

Soccer

Six Flags Unveils Tallest, Fastest and Steepest Wooden Roller Coaster

After much anticipation from thrill seekers and coaster enthusiasts, Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois has finally unveiled its newest …

Chasing clicks (and bucks), Facebook gives its column ads another makeover

Facebook is preparing to roll out its redesigned column ads — and marketers should brace themselves for higher prices.<p>Beginning early next week, folks on Facebook will begin to see a revised ad format in the column to the right of the “News Feed,” the company announced in a blog post today. …

Facebook's company trip to Africa leads to more efficient Android app

Facebook recently rolled out an update for Android devices that's supposed to speed things up for users. If that update delivered on its promise, then you've got the company's trip to Africa to thank -- that's how Facebook's engineers got a taste of how slow the app can be on low-end phones with …

These Two Guys Built Dropcam To Catch A Dog — And Just Sold It For $555 Million

Late Friday, Google's Nest announced that it was buying Dropcam for $555 million in cash.<p>Dropcam is a five-year-old San Francisco company, founded by two engineers from Xobni, Greg Duffy and Amir Virani. (Xobni was an email inbox app sold to Yahoo in 2013 reportedly for more than $30 …

Startups

Google's Nest Labs acquires Dropcam for $555M

In deal independent from Google, smart-device maker buys startup to expand its brand into home security and video monitoring.<p>Home automation company Nest Labs will acquire the video-monitoring startup Dropcam, which makes Web-connected home security cameras, in a deal worth $555 million in cash. …

Home Automation

Google Adds a Home-Monitoring Startup to Its Creepy Arsenal

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>After weeks of speculation, Google is reportedly buying the security camera startup Dropcam, which …

Apple’s iWatch Could Be The Next Big Sports Fashion Accessory

Sports sells gatorade, and sports sells sneakers, and sports sells clothing and hats and TV trays and bottle openers and anything that has enough surface area to hold a logo. But can sports sell the concept of the smartwatch? That’s what Apple might find out beginning in October, the rumored launch …

Super cheap Smart Home kit brings automation to the masses

If you're wondering when home automation might tip into the Walmart-level mainstream, here's a sign: Archos' Smart Home starter kit is now on sale. Along with two cameras, two movement tags and two weather tags, they're throwing in a controlling tablet, all for $250 -- or $25 each for the cameras …