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The year's most exciting innovations in software

Ted Cavanaugh<p>Technology<p>A digital assistant that knows you, an AI that'll help you land a date—what a wonderful world!<p><i>This article is a segment of 2017's Best of What's New list. For the complete tabulation of the year's most transformative products and discoveries, head right this way.</i><p>Google …

Machine Learning

The Nine Slides That Matter From Mary Meeker's State of the Internet

Everyone hates drab PowerPoint presentations—unless, of course, that drab presentation is Mary Meeker's Annual Internet Trends Report. The famed …

Why every photo storage startup dies or gets acquired

Picturelife didn't want to sell, but it had to<p>In November 2013, when the photo storage service Everpix went down, the CEO of rival Picturelife offered assurances to his company’s customers. "We have lots of cash and ramping revenue," Picturelife CEO Nate Westheimer said in a tweet. "All signs say …

Forget digital: children are still into books and board games

Children are more likely to watch TV, read a book and play board games than spend their time on video games and mobile apps<p>The image of a teenager sans smartphone might be consigned to the history books, but the digital revolution has not yet reached children, a new report has found.<p>The top …

India’s Fascinating Tree Root Bridges Grow Stronger Every Year

In the wettest place on Earth, the village of Mawsynram in Meghalaya, India are some of the most fascinating bridges you'll ever see. These “living bridges” are formed by locals who have trained the roots of rubber trees to grow into natural bridges. They are sturdy enough to far outlast man-made …

Bridges

Pathgather Raises Looks To Bring Social Networking To Learning Management

Companies feeling they aren’t getting enough out of their learning management systems now have a new tool that may help with the recent financing and launch of Pathgather.<p>In the learning management space roughly 61% of companies that use services are looking to change them, according to Eric Duffy, …

Apple's HealthKit will join medical trials -- report

Apple's HealthKit, which enables health-related apps to share data with doctors, will be used in medical trials at two universities, according to a new report.<p>Stanford University Hospital and Duke University are organizing health trials that will rely on HealthKit to collect and disseminate data on …

Tim Cook says Apple tries to not collect data: ‘You’re not our product’

The second part of Tim Cook’s interview with Charlie Rose is scheduled to air tonight on PBS, and as a teaser the show has released a short video of the CEO explaining that Apple’s stance on user privacy and company transparency is basically to never become like Google.<p>“You are not our product,” …

Tim Cook

Smartisan's CEO wants to be the next 'Steve Jobs of China'

Xiaomi's regular channeling of Apple -- from its stage presentations all the way to disguising Aperture's icon as a phone's camera -- has earned its CEO Lei Jun the "Steve Jobs of China" nickname. Or rather, "Lei Bu Si," a Chinese combination of "Lei" and "Jobs." It's also a double entendre -- …

MSI (almost) has the thinnest pro laptop ever

Bragging rights are a tricky thing. It's easy to <i>say</i> that you're the first or best, but backing up that claim is another matter. Take MSI's brand new WS60, for example. The company bills the 15-inch laptop as the "world's thinnest and lightest mobile workstation," and it's definitely on the …

Original Macintosh Team Gathers to Celebrate 30th Anniversary with Stories, Demos and Laughter

Last night, over 100 members of the original Mac team gathered to celebrate the Mac's 30th anniversary in De Anza College's Flint Center, where Steve Jobs first introduced the Macintosh 30 years ago. The event was focused around three separate panels: the conception of the Mac, the building of the …

Android Not Far Beyond iOS in Quality Educational Applications

Think Android tablets and phones lack quality educational apps? Think again.<p>appoLearning, which curates the best educational apps for iOS and Android devices, conducted the first head-to-head comparison of top apps for educational categories for the iPad, iPhone, Android tablet and Android …

New ‘liquid metal’ will let you print circuits on paper, T-shirts, or even leaves

Three Chinese scientists say they’ve found a way to create a metal that’s liquid at room temperatures, can be printed as if it was ink in ordinary, everyday desktop printers, and will adhere to surfaces as diverse and supple as rubber, paper, cotton T-shirts, or a leaf off an oak tree.<p>Need an RFID …

Developing Enterprise Apps Isn't as Boring as it Sounds

<i>Sinclair Schuller is the CEO and co-founder of Apprenda. Prior to Apprenda, Sinclair held positions at Morgan Stanley, Eden Communications, and consulted for the State University of New York’s (SUNY) vast IT systems.</i><p>Why are the so-called “alpha developers” all the rage right now?<p>In a recent …

Microsoft yanks its hilarious anti-iPhone commercial (video)

Microsoft recently yanked a series of commercials that pretty much ridicule rival smartphone maker Apple. (If you haven’t seen any of them yet, I’d highly recommend checking out the embedded video below if you feel like a good laugh.)<p>The premise of the commercial series overall is that there’s a …

Apple demoed the iPhone 5S with a game because kids are dumping PCs and consoles for gaming

Why did Apple give so much time in its announcement of the new iPhone 5S to a demo of a game, Infinity Blade 3, when the primary consumers of a phone as pricey as the new iPhone 5S are likely to be adults?<p>The answer is two-fold: First, most gamers are in fact adults, so Apple knows who it is …

Mobile Devices

Tim Cook gives his views on collaboration at Duke’s Fuqua school (and 6 other videos)

We discussed Tim Cook’s speaking at Duke’s Fuqua Business school on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of his MBA back in April. This weekend, Duke published insightful snippets of the remarks he made and they are incredibly insightful. Perhaps most interesting was Cook’s views on …

Dropoff in PC Sales Is Accelerating and Tablets Are the Culprit, Says IDC

Market researcher IDC said Tuesday that global PC sales will fall 7.8 percent in 2013, charting a decline far worse than the 1.3 percent decrease it …

Batteries

Just Mobile’s aluminum AluBase, HeadStand, and AluRack reviewed

As we previously noted, Just Mobile sells a series of accessories, mainly for Apple products, made out of carefully crafted aluminum designs. These designs and materials are akin to what Apple builds for its own products, therefore Just Mobile accessories are at the top of the wish lists for many …

Apple’s Problem Isn’t Skeuomorphism, It’s Services

So iOS 7, it seems, is going to do away with much of the skeuomorphic design that has crept into the operating system and its utilities. Jony Ive, rumor has it, has done away with all the textures and real-world analogs in iOS 7 and has switched to a flat design instead. Good for him, but if that’s …