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Microsoft just gifted the world’s most promising mobile phone market to Google

Feature phones—those things without touchscreens or internet connections known colloquially as dumbphones—aren’t dead yet. But if Google and Microsoft get their way, they are are not long for this world. Smartphones outsold feature phones for the first time in 2013.<p>This week, Microsoft announced …

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Check your Google Drive and Alerts: they might look different

Want a preview of Material Design, Google’s(s goog) new company-wide look? It’s going to make its proper debut on Android L this fall, but you can …

This is Project Athena: A new Chrome OS interface work-in-progress

We stumbled on to code references for Google’s Project Athena last month and now you actually can what it is for yourself. The Chromium OS team is …

Google to fix Chrome for Windows bug that drains laptop batteries

Google is promising to fix a bug in Chrome for Windows that has been draining laptop batteries for years. The problem was first reported in 2010, but a recent investigation by <i>Forbes</i> has bumped the issue to the top of Google’s Chrome bug report list. Chrome’s battery drain problem affects Windows …

How long can the Galaxy S5 Ultra Power Saving Mode extend battery life?

Samsung’s enthusiasm over their Galaxy S5’s Ultra Power Saving Mode has been apparent since the device’s announcement. This mode is said to do wonders with battery life, often extending it by multiple days, something that is simply unheard of in today’s smartphones. Samsung has decided to offer us …

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31 Awesome Mini Ponds To Complete Your Outdoor Décor

Water is the source of life, it’s so refreshing and so natural in every space! Backyard ponds, fountains and other water bodies that can enliven your …

Our nanny, the photographer Vivian Maier

"Honestly, my reaction when this process started was, oh, they're doing a movie on my crazy nanny who I never really liked," says Joe Matthews. The nanny's name was Vivian Maier, and she looked after Joe, his sister Sarah and brother Clark in the Chicago suburbs for three years in the 1980s.<p>The …

Google Docs Gives Us A First Taste Of Google’s New Design Language

Last month, Google debuted a new design language they’re calling Material Design. It won’t roll out in full until the release of their next Android OS (called Android L). But today, you can spot some its principles manifesting in an update to Google Drive, along with its companion sites Docs, …

Russia spotted editing Wikipedia page about downed Malaysia Air jet

A Twitter bot that keeps watch on Wikipedia pages edited by those inside the Russian government spotted major changes to an entry about yesterday's crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which killed all 298 people on board. <i>The Telegraph</i> reports that a Russian language page about Boeing 777 …

Want to Make a Family Portrait More Exciting? Just Add a Lightning Strike to the Background!

Now <i>there’s</i> a family portrait you don’t see every day. Photographer Kelly DeLay captured the photo above showing himself and his family standing in …

Americans don't want small Windows tablets, says largest PC maker

Lenovo stops selling two of its smallest Windows tablets in the US<p>Small Windows tablets have gotten a cool response from US customers, Lenovo said today. The top PC maker currently manufactures two 8-inch Windows 8 tablets: the ThinkPad 8 and Miix 2, which have both been available for a number of …

12 DIY Projects & Crafts So Cute You’ll Want to Eat Them All Up --> http://on.apttherapy.com/MehweA Get ready for tiny things, baby animals and all manner of cuteness. Don't resist — it's futile on a Friday. Just let the next twelve images and ideas wash over you and make you very, very happy.

10 Dresser Do-Overs Anyone Can Handle --> http://on.apttherapy.com/EKL6ng Each of these DIY projects or before-and-afters have one thing in common: They're totally achievable. The techniques in this post — changing out hardware or adding a patterned front — can be done to any dresser in your home for a near-instant pick me up.

Google & Apple: ‘If you charge for in-app goodies, you can no longer call your app free’

Looks like Google and Apple are finally responding to pressure around changing the way they deal with games that offer in-app purchases — thanks to some nudging from the European Commission, of course.<p>The EU asked both tech giants to change how they sell these game apps, specifically after …

EU praises Google, chides Apple over in-app purchases

Tech giants have been in the crosshairs of regulators both in the United States and overseas for their consumer protection practices. On Friday, the European Commission released a statement complimenting Google and chastising Apple in their efforts to curb in-app purchases made by children without …

Light Field Photography to Replace DSLRs? Lytro Says Yes

On July 31, photographers will finally be able to wrap their hands around the Lytro Illum, the world’s first pro-level light field camera. Unlike the DSLRs that everyone is now used to, the Illum lets you create what Lytro calls “living pictures,” derived from the camera’s sensor and lens, …

Google shows off Project Athena, a preview of Chrome OS’s future look

Attention Chrome fans: Chrome OS will be getting a new look soon.<p>A current Google Chromium OS project named Athena will eventually become the new Chrome OS user experience, according to screenshots Google employee François Beaufort shared on Google+.<p>The new design has a stacked windows interface …