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50 Things That Happened Because of Star Trek

As Gene Roddenberry’s franchise boldly soldiers into its sixth decade, we pick out half a hundred things that wouldn’t exist without his greatest enterprise.<p>It was half a century ago, in Earth years, that pop culture and real science were first struck by the bold, influential rays of <i>Star Trek.</i> When …

Android's Now on Tap can now translate any on-screen text

Google sure took its own sweet time bringing its Now on Tap feature to Android Marshmallow, which surfaces contextual information based on the contents of your screen when you long-press the home button. But now that it’s out, the search giant is constantly adding functionality to make it worth …

Sony's new universal remote packs a low-power e-ink display

After a successful campaign on Sony’s own First Flight crowdfunding platform, the company’s Huis remote controller features an e-ink screen that displays only the buttons you need to operate your TV, audio system, lighting and air conditioners.<p>The Huis (pronounced “house”) offers some notable …

Report: Apple testing iPhone 7 models with USB-C, multi-touch 3D Touch, dual cameras, more

The iPhone 6s launched just two months ago, but rumors surrounding its successor are already circulating. Earlier rumors have claimed that the device will feature a waterproof and dustproof design, as well as a new casing material. Now, G For Games reports that Apple is currently in the process of …

New Samsung patent shows off a phone that unfolds into a tablet (with bonus Apple cameo)

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has just published an application from Samsung (via 9to5Mac) that attempts to patent a foldable electronic device. It’s likely that one of the examples depicted in the application represents the company’s upcoming foldable smartphone, dubbed Project Valley.<p>First …

Samsung files patents for a scrollable smartphone, a folding tablet, and more

Over the past year, we’ve seen an assortment of Samsung patents filed for all kinds of digital devices that most can dare only dream of. The latest offerings are perhaps the most impressive yet. They were discovered by Patently Mobile, who has requested that tech sites covering the story limit use …

We don't need a thinner iPhone

If that means killing the headphone jack<p>If a report from the Japanese blog <i>Macotakara</i> is to be believed, Apple is planning on getting rid of the headphone jack in the next iPhone. As it attempts to once again shrink its flagship device, Apple is reportedly planning on shipping EarPods that connect …

AT&T to increase price of grandfathered unlimited plans in February (Updated)

AT&T subscribers who previously had unlimited data plans back in the iPhone 3G era and have managed to hang onto that plan are in for their first price increase in seven years, a source with knowledge of the matter has informed <i>9to5Mac</i>.<p><b>Update:</b> AT&T has now publicly announced the change. Additional …

Here’s What You Get with a 1950s Plastic Toy Camera Lens on a Sony a7II

Photographer Mathieu Stern found an interesting way to shoot digital photos through the plastic lens of a 1950s toy camera. After removing the back …

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Apple Loop: New iPhone 7 Leaks, Tim Cook's Report Card, iPad Pro Frustration

Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes the iPad Pro’s lack of vision, Tim Cook’s ‘CEO Report Card’, more OLED rumors around the iPhone display, wondering if Apple should buy the rights to ‘NFL Thursday Night Football’, thoughts on the Mac App …

This technology is 100 times faster than Wi-Fi

That's the equivalent of downloading 18 movies in the blink of an eye. Li-Fi, or light fidelity, is now moving to trials in the real world, with office tests in Tallin, Estonia achieving speeds of 1 GB per second, 100 times the speed of traditional Wi-Fi.<p>For those who remember 56k modems, Wi-Fi …

Apple launches streaming service on rival Google’s Android

In its quest to become the world's streaming music leader, Apple is extending an unlikely olive branch to its mobile-world rival, Google.<p>On Tuesday, an early beta version of the Apple Music streaming service was made available on Google's highly popular Android mobile operating system for the first …

Death and violence 'too intense' in VR, developers admit

If you're above the age of 18 and have played a video game in the last six months, you have probably carried out unspeakable acts: murder, …

Amazon delivery drivers sue for employee benefits and compensation

Four Prime Now delivery drivers in LA have filed a lawsuit against Amazon for making them work like employees when they were being compensated as contractors. According to <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> and <i>The OC Register</i>, the suit explained that the plaintiffs should have received employees' benefits, …

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Sick of Facebook Candy Crush invites? Mark Zuckerberg says they’re working on it

Having already revealed a bunch of new sentiment buttons to appease the millions of people who had asked for a “dislike button,” Facebook is turning its attention to one of the next most frequently requested features: an easy way to block all those darn invites to play Candy Crush Saga.<p>Taking to …

Samsung Galaxy View User Manual Appears Online

We have already seen a number of leaked photos and heard the majority of the specifications for the new Samsung Galaxy View tablet, Samsung has yet …

Coming Soon: Twitter's Plan to Make Money Off People Without Twitter Accounts

Twitter plans to show ads on its homepage to people who don't have Twitter accounts.<p>Twitter’s user base isn’t growing, at least not significantly, and now the company is ready to hang its hat on a grand theory it has been pitching for more than a year: That it can make money from the millions of …

The UK government says schools can still use Dropbox despite the recent Safe Harbor ruling

The Safe Harbor ruling was a decision by Europe's top court to strike down the Safe Harbor scheme previously used to legitimise the transfer of data from Europe by US companies, spurred on by the revelations that the NSA spies on almost all internet traffic.<p>Companies have subsequently been …

Snyder's-Lance buying Diamond Foods in $1.27B deal

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Snyder's-Lance is buying Diamond Foods in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $1.27 billion, adding to its roster of healthier snacks.<p>Diamond owns Emerald snack nuts and Diamond of California culinary nuts, as well as Kettle Brand potato chips, Pop Secret popcorn. …