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Jawbone's new Up3 is its most advanced fitness tracker ever

Jawbone loves data. It loves collecting more data; it loves collecting better data. Data is what makes the Up platform turn, what helps it turn its product from simple trackers into devices that subtly nudge you toward a better, healthier life. Today, Jawbone is launching a high-end product …

The Costanza Principle: Better Decisions Through Your Inner Contrarian

When it comes to making strong, objective decisions, you're about the last person on earth you should trust. So today, we're taking a page from …

The Scam Of Olive Oil, And Its Antidote

Here’s the hard truth: the olive oil in your pantry, the one you bought for its health benefits and for some sliver of the seductive Mediterranean lifestyle, is most likely a scam.<p>A scam, meaning it probably contains less actual olive oil than you’d ever imagine. A scam, meaning it’s likely been …

Gaming the App Store: The Start of an Indie Ice Age

<b>The following blog post, unless otherwise noted, was written by a member of Gamasutra’s community.<br>The thoughts and opinions expressed are those of</b> …

Tim Cook advises climate change deniers to get out of Apple stock

In his job as Apple CEO, Tim Cook is mostly known for having a demeanor that's in some ways antithetical to that of Steve Jobs. Instead of bombast and bold claims, Cook's soothing Southern-tinged speech and steely temperament have marked him as a man whose head could be nothing but level. That is, …

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Microsoft experimenting with free version of Windows 8.1

Microsoft is currently experimenting with a free version of Windows 8.1 that could boost the number of people using the operating system. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell <i>The Verge</i> that the company is building "Windows 8.1 with Bing," a version that will bundle key Microsoft apps and …

Yota's latest E Ink smartphone takes a great idea and makes it pretty

YotaPhone is an Android smartphone with a regular touchscreen on one side and an E Ink display on the other. It's been around for well over a year now, and in our time with previous prototypes we've been impressed with its premise, if not Yota Devices' execution. At MWC this year, the Russian …

Ghostbusters, the greatest movie ever made about Republican economic policy

AP Photo<p>The death yesterday of Harold Ramis, the co-writer and co-star of <i>Ghostbusters,</i> has prompted encomiums for the iconic 1980s film.<p><i>Ghostbusters</i> is a favorite of mine as well. But I just can’t believe how few people recognize the movie—which was released 30 years ago this June—for what it is: a …

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Tory Eurosceptics urge: tell Angela Merkel we are serious about leaving EU

Angela Merkel should be made aware during a visit to London this week that the rising tide of Euroscepticism in Britain could cause the country to leave the EU, Tory MPs said on Saturday night.<p>The German chancellor will address both houses of parliament on Thursday and meet the Queen, during a …

How Facebook Will Squeeze $19 Billion Out of WhatsApp

The $19 billion Facebook just paid to acquire the WhatsApp messaging service is a staggering figure. But it's even more shocking when you consider …

Still or sparkling water? The world has spoken, and it’s not even close

People drink far more still bottled water than sparkling water these days, and the gap has been growing fast, according to market research firm Canadean. Global per capita bottled non-carbonated water consumption has grown from about nine liters (300 fluid ounces) per person in 1999, to nearly 27 …

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Volvo Tech Will Allow Packages To Be Delivered To Your Car

Privacy pitfall, or crazy convenient?<p>Today in the _I-probably-could've-thought-of-that _tech sub-category: Volvo will let package delivery employees into customers' cars, because it sucks trying to be home when a package gets delivered.<p>Instead of the more straight-forward route of arming every UPS …

The World According To Vladimir Putin

The worldview of Russian President Vladimir Putin could be summed up along these lines:<p>Moscow's precipitous decline in global influence since the Soviet breakup must be reversed. Russia must be respected as the dominant power in former Soviet republics like Ukraine. Russia is entitled to a strong …

Is Venezuela's Government Tightening Its Grip on the Internet?

While protests sweep the streets of Venezuela, the nation's government is quietly taking measures to quell the uprising in cyberspace, reportedly …

Google Now is watching you on Chrome

Google Now is the notification centre on Android and iOS that knows all about you. It knows you're taking a flight later and that it's running late. …

WhatsApp 'turned down Google in favour of Facebook'

Google CEO Larry Page reportedly offered to buy WhatsApp in a last-ditch attempt for more than $19 billion, but was turned down<p>Google is reported to have offered to buy WhatsApp in a last-ditch attempt for more than $19 billion, but was refused by the WhatsApp co-founders.<p>Jan Koum and Brian Acton …

Point Your iPhone at Something You Like, and Amazon's New App Buys It

Amazon just keeps making it easier for you to buy everything on the web. If the company continues to have its way, you'll never need to go to the …

Taco Bell will start taking orders via smartphone later this year

Fourthmeal is going mobile. Later this year, Taco Bell will start accepting orders via smartphone, according to trade publication <i>Nation's Restaurant News</i><i>.</i> Rather than turn elsewhere for an existing mobile ordering solution, the fast food chain has reportedly spent more than two years perfecting its …

Two-Thirds of U.S. Consumers Own Smartphones

Two-thirds of U.S. consumers currently own smartphones, up significantly from 44% in 2011, according to a new report. In fact, nationwide smartphone …

How to Boost Your Brand's Snapchat Game

It's getting difficult to recall the days when Snapchat was considered just a sexting app.<p>Artists, comedians and journalists have claimed the …

How Instagram took over New York Fashion Week

Fashion Week was once the sole purview of the elite. Celebrities, socialites, and editors of powerful magazines like Vogue would descend on New York to get first-looks at what designers had in store for the upcoming season. Allowing the hoi polloi in was strictly verboten. But then the internet …

Roguelike Hashtag Dungeon allows you to generate content with a tweet

<i>Hashtag Dungeon</i>, an upcoming roguelike from developers Kieran Hicks and Sean Oxspring, will give players the power to generate their own levels with the help of Twitter.<p>Described as a game reminiscent of <i>The Binding of Isaac</i> and The Legend of Zelda, <i>Hashtag Dungeon</i> is a top-down bullet hell roguelike …

Kickstarter crowdfunding website hacked

<b>Online crowdfunding website Kickstarter has said that hackers obtained some of its customers' data.</b><p>The site was hacked earlier last week, but the breach has been repaired, chief executive Yancey Strickler said.<p>The hackers got some passwords, phone numbers and email addresses, but "no credit card …

Apple Launching Updated iPad Air in 2014, No 12.9-Inch iPad or New iPad Mini Until 2015

Apple may be preparing to introduce an upgraded iPad Air this year and will likely hold off the release of a 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" and a newer iPad mini until next year, KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo states in a new research note. The analyst believes that a new iPad Air with an A8 processor and Touch …

Incredible 3D GIFs Created with a Simple Visual Effect

Animated gifs seem to be everywhere these days, but some gif creators are taking the visual experience of viewing quick clips of silent motion to another level. By carefully adding a couple of solid-colored (typically white), vertical lines to the moving images, an incredible three-dimensional …

Pa. woman admits killing man she met on Craigslist, claims she killed others

A Pennsylvania woman has admitted to killing a man she met through a Craigslist advertisement and claimed to have killed more than 20 other people across the country.<p>Miranda Barbour, 19, claims in an interview with the Daily Item of Sunbury, Pa., to have killed at least 22 other people in Alaska, …

Paul files class-action suit vs. NSA

Sen. Rand Paul on Wednesday officially filed his class-action lawsuit against the Obama administration over National Security Agency data collection, joining with two prominent tea party leaders to make the announcement.<p>Paul, a libertarian-leaning Kentucky Republican and potential presidential …

Here's Conan O'Brien's Vision For Microsoft If He Was Named Its CEO

Late-night talk show host Conan O’Brien is a tad disappointed that he wasn’t selected to become Microsoft’s next CEO — then again, he was never really up for consideration anyway. In a post on LinkedIn today, the comedian shed some insight into what a possible Conan reign at the software company …