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Runtastic races past 30M app downloads and 25M mobile users as it launches its hardware in the US

Fitness app developer and community Runtastic has announced it has passed 30 million downloads and that it is expanding its own hardware line into the US.<p>Runtastic’s core is a self-titled running app which competes with services like Runkeeper, but Runtastic is taking a very wide-reaching approach …

Now Is a Horrible Time To Buy a Laptop

So your trusty laptop is starting to show its age. No one can blame you for wanting a new one, but we've got just one piece of advice: <b>WAIT</b>. This is a …

Reverse Showrooming: Best Buy, Amazon And The Internet Sales Tax

My four year old Sony laptop died last month. Okay, I killed it, but it was only criminally negligent homicide—the zipper on the old backpack I’d inherited from one of my kids pulled open and my laptop went crashing onto a hard floor.<p>So last Friday, I started shopping for a new one. In the process, …

Apple Photographer Details the Process of Capturing Product Photos

Apple is well known for the simple, no-frills product photos that highlight its lineup of mobile devices and as it turns out, a lot of work goes into capturing those images. <i>The Verge</i> interviewed Peter Belanger, a photographer who has worked with Apple for years, to shed some light on Apple's …

Test Drive: From Gamer to Racer

The ballad of Bryan Heitkotter, a man who turned Gran Turismo into a dream job<p>Bryan Heitkotter isn't a superstar. Not to most people. He's a guy, a normal-looking dude in his early 30s, not ugly, but not a stud either. He lives in Fresno, the same city where he grew up. His parents live nearby. …

Why Every Startup Should Hire A Senior Designer As Soon As Possible

Any emerging startup with a bold, innovative product can be held back by a lack of attention or focus on design.<p>Andy Budd is a UX designer and CEO of Clearleft, a digital design agency based in Brighton, England. He took to the stage at The Next Web Conference today to deliver a keynote on the …

Samsung Galaxy S4 review

Years ago, people either bought an iPhone or “a Droid." Verizon’s marketing power, those insane robot ads, and maybe that just-close-enough naming convention made the carrier's Android phones virtually synonymous with their operating system.<p>But now I hear people every day saying "Oh, is that the …

What Our Gadgets Will Look Like a 100 Years From Now

Some objects age gracefully. Think the design of products from 1960's era Braun. Or some of Apple's stuff. But that's just the design that stays …

10 Apps That Made My Life Better

Apps

Mailbox email app for iPhone removes reservation system following scaling improvements

The Mailbox for iPhone email application no longer has a reservation system, its developers announced today. The developers say that improved scaling contributed to this.<p>Good news! Mailbox is now available without having to wait in line. After 10 weeks of around-the-clock hard work, our engineering …

Phoenix Q&A with Billboard

A Pocket-Size Solution for Enjoying More Entertainment on the Go

Tablets and smartphones have made it easy to stay entertained during your travels. You can fill up a device with music and movies to enjoy on the …

Gear & Gadgets

L Magazine names 8 more 'Bands You Need to Hear'

by <b>Bill Pearis</b><p><b>Parquet Courts, SXSW 2013</b> (more by Amanda Hatfield)<p>It’s that time of year again, when <i>The L Magazine</i> picks their all-NYC “8 Bands You …

Sasquatch! reveals 2013 set times

Coachella gave attendees 72 hours to formulate a schedule. Sasquatch! is a lot more generous: the festival has unveiled its schedule some 43 days …

Spotify Is Paying Something Like $400,000 per Day to Advertise on YouTube

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Spotify is giving ones of its competitors $400,000 per day to advertise on its homepage. At least …

An iPhone Lover’s Take On The Facebook Phone

“This is not a Facebook Phone.” Yeah, whatever. The HTC First is the first phone that has Facebook partnering up with an OEM to bake an Android pie with Facebook Home filling, so I’m calling it the Facebook Phone. There will be more. This is just the first. And guess what?<p>It’s really good.<p>Sitting …

Branchez - "That Ish"

If you’ve been following trends in electronic music for the last year and a half, you’re probably about ready to never hear the word trap again. Good …

How a banner ad for H&R Block appeared on apple.com—without Apple’s OK

Someone, somewhere is injecting banner ads into webpages on the sly.<p>Robert Silvie returned to his parents' home for a Mardi Gras visit this year and …

Why Google Should Rethink Its Approach to Sponsored Content

Native advertising is changing the economics of digital journalism, offering publishers an alternative to the ever-more-devalued display ad. And Google doesn’t want any part of it.<p>In recent weeks, the web giant has issued warnings to publishers to keep sponsored articles — the kind where the …

Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) – “The Light Is Not Afraid Of The Dark” P. Kanye West

Because the Internet is actually great sometimes, we’re now hearing the proper studio version of that previously unreleased Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def) …

Hear Hucci Flip "California Dreamin'" into a Trap Song

DAMN SON.<p>Young Hucci just hit 20K on Facebook. To celebrate, the 17-year-old British producer flipped The Mamas and The Papas’ classic into an …

All the Best Fake Websites TV Shows Have Dreamed Up

The Internet is great and all, but the fake Internet on TV is even better. This mashup from Slacktory takes you on a whirlwind tour of all the best …

T-Mobile tipped to rollout carrier update bringing LTE to unlocked iPhone 5 users

Something interesting appears to be afoot for unlocked iPhone users on the T-Mobile network. T-Mobile announced not long ago that it would be …

Samsung’s Platform Play Likely More Valuable As A Bargaining Tool, Analyst Suggests

When Samsung revealed its new Galaxy S4 flagship smartphone, it literally did a lot of song and dance about its own unique software features, with nary a peep on the built-in Google Android improvements and features brought by the use Jelly Bean 4.2 on board. I argued that it could be a signal that …

12 Useful 'Easter Eggs' Hidden In Your iPhone

Apps

How the internet is making us poor

Everyone knows the story of how robots replaced humans on the factory floor. But in the broader sweep of automation versus labor, a trend with far greater significance for the middle class—in rich countries, at any rate—has been relatively overlooked: the replacement of knowledge workers with …

Economics