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Report: iPhone to Get Built-in Song Identification Features

Bloomberg is reporting that the next version of Apple’s iPhone software — iOS 8 — will bring with it the ability to tell you which song is playing …

RunKeeper gets into the step-tracking game with Breeze

When it comes to being fit, it's really the small stuff that counts. You can go to the gym as much as you want, run five miles every morning -- but if you eat like crap, drive yourself to the corner store and take the elevator every morning to your 2nd floor office, it'll be all for naught. …

Ubuntu 14.04 is ready for a world filled with high-resolution touchscreens and tablets

Has it truly been six months already? It feel like just yesterday we were kicking the tires on a fresh install of Saucy Salamander. Now Canonical is pushing out the latest version of its popular Linux distro. Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (code named: Trusty Tahr) is part of its long term support series which …

Why Is Facebook Blue? The Science Behind Colors In Marketing

Turns out, something as simple as tweaking the color of a button changes user behavior or endears people to your product. Buffer’s Leo Widrich explains the importance of color in website and brand design.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2013. Click here to see the</i> …

Social Media

Oculus Rift helps dying woman experience the outside world virtually

Game artist Priscilla Firstenberg used an Oculus Rift dev kit to help her grandmother experience the outside world before passing away, The Rift Arcade reports.<p>Cancer patient Roberta Firstenberg had become too weak to enjoy her favorite pastimes or walk around her yard. At the time, Priscilla — who …

HTC hires Samsung exec who made Galaxy the 'next big thing'

HTC has hired Paul Golden, the chief marketing officer at Samsung US when its devices were becoming known as the "next big thing." Golden, whose LinkedIn page says he "created and launched the highly successful Galaxy brand," was at Samsung between 2008 and 2012, a time in which the Korean company …

Apple iCloud sparks divorce cases

Apple’s iCloud is providing a new way for people to learn whether their partners are cheating on them<p>Cloud-based software, including Apple’s iCloud, is providing a new way for people to learn whether their partners are cheating on them, according to a leading divorce lawyer.<p>Sam Hall, family law …

iPhone 6 renders based on recent case leaks show off rumored edge-to-edge screen

Nowhereelse.fr has commissioned designer Martin Hajek to mockup the iPhone 6, using the most recent leaks about the upcoming device.<p>The renders, shown above, use the supposed iPhone cases pictured on Wednesday and leaked schematics from late March to envisage the look of the future iPhone. …

Runkeeper’s Breeze Is A Beautifully Designed Step-Tracking App

As a guy running upwards of seven miles a day to get in shape for his imminent nuptials, Runkeeper is my favorite exercise tracking app, but you have to consciously remember to use it. But Runkeeper now has a new trick up its sleeve: Breeze, an activity tracker that taps into your iPhone 5s’s M7 …

Runkeeper

Cortana vs. Siri: Battle of the Virtual Assistants

With Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft is taking on Siri, Apple's chatty assistant in the iPhone. In Microsoft's corner is Cortana, a brand-new virtual …

Smart Headphones Could Be The Answer To Wearable Technology For The Masses

The Intelligent Headset from Danish audio specialists GN can do just that using built-in sensors that relay information to a smartphone or tablet and allow the headset to know where and what you are facing at any time.<p>"It took us under two years to develop the headphones, which are based on our …

Headphones

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Review: A Skinny and Powerful Android Slate

When Sony unveiled the Xperia Tablet Z, it offered a glimpse of the future for full-size Android tablets. Sleek, light and waterproof, the 10.1-inch slate was a true iPad competitor.<p>Twelve months later, the company is back with its replacement. Although the Xperia Z2 Tablet looks almost identical …

Optical zoom could be coming to HTC smartphones next year

“Huge advances” in camera optics are coming to HTC devices within 12-18 months, said the company’s top camera specialist.<p>In an interview with Vodafone’s UK blog, Symon Whitehorn, Director of Special Projects at HTC, said optical zoom on smartphones is within reach for the Taiwanese company. …

Phones

After big payday for WhatsApp, more app makers resort to “growth hacking”

When Facebook(s sb) acquired popular messaging service WhatsApp for an eye-popping $19 billion, other app makers took notice. And, fearful of missing …

NASA just crashed a satellite into the moon on purpose

You might remember NASA's LADEE as the satellite where the administration tested a new broadband-fast laser communication system for sending data back to Earth. Now, however, the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer is no more, since NASA just crashed the craft into the surface of the …

10 hidden Galaxy S5 features, according to Samsung

The Galaxy S5 has been on the market for a week now, and with dozens of reviews and hands-on posts hitting the web, fans of the device probably already know about its main features.<p>But Samsung reckons there are some hidden features on the Galaxy S5 that you might not be aware of, and helpfully …

Apps

Alleged iPad Air 2 Front Panel with Integrated Display Shown in New Photos

Following the leak of an alleged iPhone 6 front panel earlier this week, the iPad is now getting its turn with a pair of photos showing what is said to be a front panel for the next-generation iPad Air, shared by Dutch site <i>One More Thing</i> [Google Translate]. Notably, the part appears to include an …

Phone Thefts Soar as Kill-Switch Debate Heats Up

Smartphone thefts rarely make national news anymore—unless the victim was seriously hurt or killed during the robbery.<p>But the crime spree has not gone away. It seems to have gotten worse.<p>About 3.1 million Americans had their phones stolen last year, according to a just-released national survey by …

Wireless

Project Ara: our best look yet at Google's new modular smartphone

This week in Mountain View, Google held its first-ever developer conference for Project Ara. Developed by a small team within the company called ATAP staffed with ex-DARPA engineers and some of the brightest minds at Google, Ara is a mission to make a modular smartphone. It'd be the last phone you …

Windows Phone 8.1 review: Microsoft's mobile OS finally feels whole

Android, iOS, Windows Phone. Each of these mobile platforms had to start somewhere, and none were anywhere near perfect on the first try. Fortunately, each OS gets better with every iteration until, at some point, it all just <i>clicks</i>. Arguably, Windows Phone just came of age with its latest update, …

11 Android Apps to Make Notifications More Interesting

I love Android as much as the next non-Apple owning guy, but there are times when I get bored of using the same old operating system, and seeing the same boring old Android notifications.<p>Thankfully, there’s no shortage of different ways to liven things up without having to root your phone, or in …

NASA sending Google's Project Tango smartphone to space to improve flying robots

An experimental NASA robot could get a big upgrade thanks to Google. The two parties have been working together to integrate Google's Project Tango smartphone prototype — which can detect and map the world around it using a series of sensors — onto NASA's SPHERES — brightly colored, …

Audio engineering pioneer John Meyer: Stop chasing the next big thing, and go with FLAC instead

John Meyer may be making really expensive loudspeakers, but when it comes to high-end audio, the audio engineering pioneer prefers free. FLAC, the …

Why carry a big power brick when you can tote the world’s smallest laptop adapter?

It’s not unheard of for a laptop review to ding the product for a surprising reason: A bulky power adapter. What’s the point of carrying a light slim …

Future big data analysts will know everything you did today

Debates are raging about whether big data still holds the promise that was expected or whether it was just a big bust. The failure of the much-hyped Google Flu Trends to accurately predict peak flu levels since August 2011 has heightened the concerns.<p>In my mind, there is no doubt that data …

Tech Retrospect: Google drones and Amazon phones

If you're worried about all that information Google knows about you, the notion of Big G buying a company that builds automated, high-altitude drones might raise a few alarms. The company is called Titan Aerospace, and though we won't judge you if your mind wanders toward a creepy future of AdWords …

Hackers Use Heartbleed Bug to Attack 'Major Corporation'

Hackers took advantage of the Heartbleed vulnerability to break into a major corporation’s network, less than a day after the bug was brought to the public’s attention, security experts told The New York Times.<p>Officials with Mandiant, an Alexandria, Va.-based network security firm, said in a blog …

Galaxy S5 is Very Good But Not Amazing

After spending several days using the new Samsung Galaxy S5, I’m generally impressed but not overjoyed. It’s a solid phone and an incremental improvement over last year’s Galaxy S4 but it’s not a game changer.<p>Still, there are some features worth mentioning. Although I haven’t yet dunked mine in …