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Apple’s Rumored Smart Speaker Might Not Be An Echo Killer–Or Even A Smart Speaker

If Apple is diving into the category Amazon created, it may be less about taking on the Echo and more about building out its HomeKit connected-home vision.<p>There are plenty of reasons to take rumors of a new Apple “smart speaker” seriously. Such a product would not only answer a clear desire among …

Automation

New study finds Apple Watch to be most accurate at measuring heart rate, calorie tracking subpar

A new study out of Stanford University today dives deep into the accuracy of modern fitness trackers, including the Apple Watch. The study, which consisted go 60 participants, takes a look at how accurate fitness trackers are at measuring heart and calories burned…<p>In addition to the Apple Watch, …

Wearable Tech

Got $4 million? You could own the bag that Neil Armstrong carried moon rocks in

Traveling to, landing on, and exploring the moon is still one of mankind’s greatest accomplishments, so the historical significance of any object …

Neil Armstrong

1Password adds a travel mode to frustrate snooping customs agents

If you travel a lot, especially internationally, a new worry being added to the pile is the threat of being forced to unlock your phone for a customs agent. 1Password has a handy solution for this in the form of Travel Mode, which temporarily deauthorizes a device to access your passwords and …

iOS

Tompor: FTC declares war on tech support scams

Carolyn Aronson got caught not once, but twice, by tech-support scams, to the tune of $800.<p>The first time, she was trying to download Windows 10 for free back in 2015. But a dire-looking warning popped onto the screen.<p>"All of a sudden, my computer just went nuts," said Aronson, 74. "I'm rattled at …

Identity Theft

All the keyboard shortcuts you’ll ever need for Safari on iPad

Safari on the Mac is almost entirely controllable by the keyboard. You can open tabs, navigate forms on the page, and search through pages. And even if there’s no built-in shortcut, the Mac lets you add custom shortcuts to any menu item. The iPad isn’t quite so well-served, but you’d be surprised …

iOS

Apple Has Revealed The Secret Techniques Behind Taking The Perfect iPhone Photo

Make the most of that fancy new iPhone 7<p>For most people (not us, we're brilliant), when it comes to taking photos on their iPhone, it's mostly a case …

Apple

Nearly all WannaCry victims were running Windows 7

Roughly 98 percent of PCs hit by the ransomware attack were running Windows 7, says security firm Kaspersky Lab.<p>The WannaCry ransomware attack takes advantage of a vulnerability in out-of-date versions of Microsoft Windows. The worst hit so far: people using Windows 7.<p>Over the past week, the world …

Microsoft

Change Your Passwords: 560 Million Email Credentials Have Been Leaked

You know by now that you should be changing your passwords regularly— every day there seems to be another cyber security crisis. If you haven’t …

About SOS on Apple Watch

Siri calls 911, helps save man injured by exploding cottage

A man caught in an explosion couldn't dial 911 for emergency assistance. But Siri could.<p>Something goes wrong. You're in a crash. You're in an fire. …

iOS

Why you should start using a VPN

Why do you need to start considering a Virtual Private Network (VPN) service? Oh so many reasons...<p>Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) aren't new but …

How to listen to Apple Music on multiple devices at once

How do you can listen to Apple Music on multiple devices at once? Easily, but you'll need a family plan!<p><b>Update May, 2017:</b> Added new screenshots and …

iOS

32 books that will make you a more well-rounded person

Do you aspire to be one of those people who knows at least a little bit about everything?<p>There's any easy way to do it: Read everything!<p>You can't …

Books

Thanks to AI, Computers Can Now See Your Health Problems

Patient Number Two was born to first-time parents, late 20s, white. The pregnancy was normal and the birth uncomplicated. But after a few months, it …

Machine Learning

50 Books Recommended by This Year's TED Speakers

The much-buzzed-about conference generated a gargantuan list of intriguing book recommendations.<p>TED is one of the world's premier cultural events, providing not just a chance for the thousand or so attendees to hear from some of the smartest people around, but also opening up this knowledge to …

Books

Reading books is a major key to success. Here’s how you make it a habit

I’ve said it many times: Reading books is a major key to success. The mega-rich and successful like Bill Gates and Elon Musk devote extraordinary amounts of their time to reading. Musk even attributes his knowledge of how to build rockets to his reading repertoire, and studies have proven that …

Harvard Business Review

5 Unconventional Leadership Books You Need to Read

"Today a reader, tomorrow a leader."<p>"Today a reader, tomorrow a leader."<i><br>Margaret Fuller</i><p>Want to know one of the "secrets" to becoming a better leader? Become a more voracious reader.<p>One of the best ways to "stand on the shoulders of giants" is to read. We hear it all the time--that the most …

Leadership

'WannaCry' ransomware attack: What you need to know

Richard Devine, writing for Windows Central:<p><b>What is WannaCry?</b><p>WannaCray is a piece of ransomware that infects computers with the intent of monetary …

Ransomware

Apple is bringing iTunes to the Windows Store

Apple is planning to bring its iTunes desktop app to the Windows Store. In a surprise announcement at the Build developer event today, Microsoft revealed it has been working with Apple to get iTunes listed in the Windows Store. It might not sound like an important addition, but iTunes is one of the …

Microsoft

Everything Microsoft announced at Build 2017

So Microsoft’s annual Build developer conference came and went, and the computing giant unveiled a number of initiatives aimed at the software engineers and web developers of the world.<p>From Windows 10 to Cortana and bots, here’s a quick recap of everything announced at Build 2017.<p>Embracing the …

Microsoft

How Google Took Over the Classroom

CHICAGO — The sixth graders at Newton Bateman, a public elementary school here with a classic red brick facade, know the Google drill.<p>In a social-science class last year, the students each grabbed a Google-powered laptop. They opened Google Classroom, an app where teachers make assignments. Then …

Education

New Graduates: These Are The Unspoken Rules Of The Workplace No One Tells You

Entering the workforce for the first time can be a shock to the system. Here’s what you need to know.<p>Graduation is an exciting (and scary) time; you’re leaving a world where you know all the rules and entering into a world where what’s expected of you often isn’t so clear cut. The rules that truly …

The Workplace

How To Protect Yourself From The Global WanaCry Ransomware Attack [Updated]

The WanaCry ransom screen.[/caption]<p>A ransomware variant called WanaCrypt0r 2.0, also known as WanaCry or WCry, has locked up over 75,000 computers in 99 countries in the last 24 hours according to cybersecurity company Avast. The National Health Service in the UK, Spanish telecommunications …

Cybersecurity

11 reasons why Apple and Adobe should fear the new Microsoft

Commentary: The mixed-reality capabilities of Microsoft's Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, as well as its recent Windows 10 S debut, make the competition seem very behind the times.<p>It looks to me like Microsoft has wrestled control of our creative future from Apple and Adobe.<p>When you combine …

Microsoft

Turn your Apple Watch into the cutest retro Mac for just $10

• Published on: May 11, 2017<p>Charging your Apple Watch doesn’t have to be boring, especially not with this awesome stand. Elago’s W3 stand charges your …

Shopping

The Dream Job Is a Myth. Focus Instead on Living Your Best Life.

You find your true calling by explore opportunities for happiness and growth.<p>We're told to follow our dreams, pursue our passions and be extraordinary. But what if we haven't yet figured out what we're meant to do?<p>We millennials were told we can be anything we want. Unfortunately, that unlimited …

Happiness

This Israeli startup has a battery that can charge an electric car in 5 minutes

Israel’s StoreDot has done a lot of interesting stuff with battery technology, but what it’s demonstrating today at CUBE Tech Fair in Berlin is for the history books.<p>The company is launching its new FlashBattery technology, which promises to allow you to charge an electric car in just five …

Batteries

How to Clean Up and Optimize Your Sluggish Mac

GIF<p>Your Mac is running a little slow these days. It takes forever to boot up. You have to delete something just to download that file attachment from …

Apple