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Your corporate internet nightmare starts now

<i>Boop boop beep boop — *snap* — boop boop.</i> You stare at the decaying paint chips on your bedroom ceiling while that stupid jingle loops again. It’s the only ringtone that comes free with your AT&T phone, and you hear it everywhere. You hear it when you wake up. You hear it when you’re walking down …

The One Word You Need To Understand Facebook's Acquisition Of Virtual Reality Headset Maker Oculus

At a high conceptual level, what is Facebook’s business model? I think the best short answer is that Facebook is and wants to be <b>a media platform.</b><p>Both words here matter. Facebook is a media company because its business model is based on capturing your attention. And Facebook is and wants to be a …

Here's why Amazon Prime can afford to raise prices

In terms of scale, speed, and streaming extras there is no comparable offering<p>Yesterday morning Amazon emailed it customers to let them know that its Prime delivery service, after more than nine years, was getting its first price hike, from $79 a year to $99. In some ways it seemed like a risky …

Tesla Evaluating ‘Judicial Remedies’ To Oppose Direct Sales Ban In New Jersey

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has taken to the company blog today to oppose a ruling by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission that it would no longer be able to sell directly to customers. The ban was put into place utilizing a law designed to protect franchise owners from outside pressures by car …

NailSnaps App Will Make Custom Nail Art From Your Instagram Photos (VIDEO)

This is one fail-safe way to make sure no one has the same nail art as you.<p>NailSnaps is an app that will let you import your own Instagram photos to create unique, one-of-a-kind nail stickers. The app lets you arrange the photo to either create a continuous image across the nails, or zoom-in on one …

The 6 Most Important Tech Bombshells Coming This Year

After years of meteoric gains fueled by category-busting product launches like the iPod, iPhone and iPad, Apple’s revenue growth has slowed. Apple’s …

Consumer Technology news, analysis, how-to, opinion and video.

Are you sitting down? Probably. The results of anonymous, aggregated, global Fitbit user data reveals that the U.S. needs to seriously step up its …

Consumer Tech

Here's What A Quadcopter and GoPro Camera Captured In San Francisco

Christmas time is truly a majestic time no matter where you are, but one photographer wanted to share his experience in the city that he loves. Using a radio-controlled quadcopter along with a GoPro camera, Beto Lopez navigated through the City by the Bay on Christmas Eve to capture what San …

10 New Skills You Can Learn in 6 Months

If you're entering the job market or a new industry, you may find your resume lacking in skills and experience — especially if you just graduated …

Get a 3D Printed Figure of Yourself

Did you get an Xbox One for the holidays? Are you still amazed at how much it has transformed your sedentary life? Well, chalk this up as another …

3D Graphics

Comic Book-Inspired Head Protectors : HD100 Helmet

There are some very creative and badass motorcycle helmets currently on the market, but the HD100 Helmet has got to take the cake. Not only is it …

Comic Books

Tech industry sales forecast uneven for 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — As the consumer tech industry kicks off 2014 at its annual convention in Las Vegas, it's looking forward to a year in which it is expected to grow twice as fast as the U.S. economy.<p>Yet pockets of weakness remain in tech sectors, where new technologies are replacing the old.<p>As that …

Spotify and YouTube Are Just Killing Digital Music Sales

Since the iTunes Store launched in 2003, digital music sales have been viewed as the music industry’s saving grace in the face of declining physical …

If Everyone Is Buying Chromebooks, Who Is Using Them?

The rise of the Chromebook has Microsoft worried, as Forbes’ Jason Evangelho explains. A recent study by the NPD Group says that the Chromebook platform has reached 9.6% share in North American business and institutions, and 21% of the associated notebook sales market. But if the Chromebook …

Amazon’s Rough Christmas

Amazon may have had one of its best Cyber Mondays in reported history, but it doesn’t mean that the holiday shopping season went off without a hitch.<p>The company had some trouble getting all of its orders delivered on time for Christmas, after promising customers the same speedy delivery as usual. …

Power play: why your electric bill may be changing soon

In the near future, power companies may have to decouple electricity use from prices<p>Americans are buying bigger homes, using more appliances, and firing up more data centers than ever before. You’d expect electricity demand to skyrocket accordingly, but the trend is actually the opposite. Total …

Archos will debut multiple 'Pebble-like' smartwatches at CES, starting at less than $50

There's one more interesting nugget in today's jam-packed Archos press release. Alongside the home tablet, scale, weather system, activity monitor, et al. is a very brief mention of a smartwatch -- a "selection of" smartwatches, actually. There's not much info here, save for the fact that at least …

Mobile App Growth Is Now In DECLINE

For those of you who believe the mobile economy is still in gold rush/bubble territory — an industry whose greatest growth years are in front of it — think again.<p>Flurry, one of the larger mobile ad companies, measured device activations and app download traffic over Christmas and discovered that …

$0 Profits Couldn't Hold Back This Year's Tech Darlings

<b>Listen · 4:46</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>Zero. That's the total amount of revenue created by Snapchat in 2013. It's the total profit collected by Twitter. And it's roughly how much Apple's stock price has increased between early last December and now.<p>Which makes you wonder: With all these …

Four New Tech Trends That Should Be Huge In 2014

Obviously, the most interesting events of 2014 can't be predicted. They will be left turns that no one expected. In 2013, it was things like Edward Snowden, the contract system admin who leaked secret documents about the NSA's spying tactics. Or Google buying eight robotics companies including one …

Netflix Knocks a Dollar Off Its SD Streaming Service for New Users [Updated]

Netflix has cracked down on password sharing this year (the streaming service has a $12-per-month plan if you want to stream on four devices …

'Back' To The Future: Same old song for Phony Romo

Theres no "I" in "back." Look it up. Go ahead. I'll wait.<p><i>It's our obligation to remind you that these strong takes are presented as PARODY. Sorry, not sorry. All spelling errors are intentional, we think. -Ed.</i><p>Stop me if youve heard this before folks: Tony Romo is going to decide not to show up …

What We Know About Tony Romo's Back Surgery

The Dallas Cowboys announced that Tony Romo had back surgery on Friday morning. He was placed on injured reserve and is done for the season, including the playoffs. The Romo story has been one of the more confusing ones over the course of the last week, so let's take a look at the major questions …

NFL

Star Wars Death Star Wall Tiles | HiConsumption

Tom Spina Designs (yes the same guys responsible for the Han Solo Carbonite desk), are returning to the galaxy far, far beyond with this set of Star …

Microsoft labels US government a ‘persistent threat' in plan to cut off NSA spying

Microsoft is unveiling an aggressive plan today to combat government surveillance. Brad Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel, says the software giant shares the concerns of its own customers about government surveillance of the internet, and is planning to address them with improved encryption, legal …

How To Swear Around The World

"How to Swear Around the World” is a funny guidebook to(you guessed it), swearing in another language. The essential phrasebook will help you become …

The Auris freeDa Turns Your Sound System Wireless [Deals]

Upgraded to the iPhone 5S or 5C but still have a speaker dock with a 30-pin connector? The folks at Auris feel your pain. That’s why they’ve designed a way for you to enjoy your music without ever worrying about dock compatibility again.<p>The Auris freeDa is a small Bluetooth® receiver that connects …

Tech Trends

Amazon drones will face constant threats… from snipers and birds

In addition to meeting whatever requirements the Federal Aviation Administration may have in place for such projects, Amazon Prime Air drones may …

How to Cure Stage Fright: The Science Behind Public Speaking

<i>This post was originally published on the ooomf blog.</i><p>“Europe's leading digital technology conference”It's happening, Join 15k digital minds to shape what's next for your businessI'm interested<p>Palms sweaty. Heart racing. You know the feeling. Whether it’s five people or 50, public speaking is a …

AirTame Wireless HDMI Dongle: I Stream, You Stream, We All Stream - Technabob

Most computers nowadays have HDMI ports that let you beam your display to a TV, monitor or projector using an HDMI cable. But what if you could do …