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10 mindblowingly futuristic technologies that will appear by the 2030s

Two decades is not a lot in the grand scheme of things, but owing to accelerating change we can expect to see the emergence of some fairly disruptive …

Smartwatches don't have to be ugly and this concept is proof

It's safe to say that in 2014, we're not short of smartwatches. But how many do you actually want to wear? That's a question that manufacturers are finally starting to ask themselves. It's also a question that Creoir -- who designs products for brands like Nokia and Jolla -- is trying to answer …

House passes bill to let you unlock your phone, but there’s a catch

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>The House of Representatives passed a bill on Tuesday that says consumers have the right to unlock their mobile device for use …

Sprint launches Wi-Fi calling, turning the Galaxy Mega, S4 Mini into IP phones

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Samsung<p>In the next few weeks, Sprint(s s) customers with a Samsung Galaxy Mega or a Galaxy S4 Mini will get an …

New Google WiFi app could automatically log you into Starbucks and other private hotspots

Google is working on a new WiFi app that could take a lot of the drudgery out of accessing wireless hotspots. According to our sources, the search giant has built Android and iOS versions of an app that automatically authenticate and connect to its free hotspots inside Starbucks stores or wherever …

This Man Says He Can Speed Cell Data 1,000-Fold. Will Carriers Listen?

Steve Perlman is ready to give you a personal cell phone signal that follows you from place to place, a signal that's about 1,000 times faster than …

Visa and MasterCard use Android KitKat to make mobile payments easier

Visa and MasterCard are trying to make mobile payments a lot more accessible today as they both announce support for a new way to pay over NFC. Both companies are beginning to allow their cards to be stored in the cloud for NFC payments, letting even more consumers check out at stores just by …

Ubuntu phones arriving in 2014 from Meizu and BQ Readers

Canonical is finally poised to enter the mobile market. After years of teases, promises and demos, the company has locked up the first two manufacturers of Ubuntu phones. Meizu and BQ Readers will be releasing handsets with the Linux-based OS installed on them sometime in 2014. Details about …

Fujitsu tap-and-wave glove works where touchscreens don't

Combining NFC, gesture recognition, and a wireless link could give people access to computing operations in areas where keyboards and touch screens aren't practical.<p>Touch screens were just the start.<p>User interface experimentation is blossoming as new sensors liberate computing devices from …

Windows 8 designer: Why Microsoft forced Metro on us all

A purported UX designer for Microsoft reveals why the "love it or hate it" Metro environment is the default in Windows 8.<p>Microsoft designed its Metro, aka Modern, interface for "your computer-illiterate little sister, for grandpas who don't know how to use that computer 'dofangle' thingy, and for …

Tynker plans launch of its teach-kids-to-code iPad app at SXSW

Young kids can acquire foreign languages extremely rapidly. How about computer languages?<p>Education experts are putting pressure on schools to introduce students to programming concepts. Teachers can now access a slew of new apps and online tools, which have emerged in recent years to teach children …

VMware Navigates High-Wire Act

VMware shows strong profits in fourth quarter, renewed strength as IT spending revives. Commoditization? What commoditization?<p>Looks like you've hit …

The Next Big Thing You Missed: A Would-Be Dropbox Meant to Thwart the NSA

BitTorrent was best known as an internet protocol that let people swap pirated movies and music at the expense of big Hollywood studios and record …

NoRoot Firewall Controls Internet Access for Apps

Android: Most of the apps on your Android device probably require a data connection, and you may not even know when they are sending or receiving …

This iQi Hack Shows Why Apple Hasn’t Bothered With Wireless Charging

iQi is a hardware add-on that brings the tech Apple hasn’t — wireless charging (using the Qi standard) — to your iPhone without the need to put it in a bulky case. Think of it as akin to Bill Gates’ quest for sensation enhancing graphene condoms. Or, er, having some cake and eating it.<p>The slender …

Back to the future: Nike designer touts 2015 arrival for Marty McFly's Power Laces

Back in 2011, Nike MAGs brought the futuristic looks of Marty McFly to the feet of sneaker collectors. There was just one problem: the fashionably-lit footwear from <i>Back to the Future II</i> was lacking its key feature. Well, now it seems that the iconic Power Laces will finally arrive in 2015. Nike …

What Google really means when it calls Android 'open'

Google loves to woo app makers to Android by whispering the sweet sounds of "openness" and "open source" in their ears. While that's not entirely accurate, they heed the call for good reasons.<p>"The question of how you define 'openness' depends on what you want 'openness' to mean." <br>--Avi …

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How to make your iPhone faster

Advertisement<p>16 Comments<p>Credit: Gigaom Illustration<p>Is your iPhone(s aapl) running slower than it used to? While iPhones seem to hold up fairly well …

BBM For Android v2.0 Goes Live: Free Voice Calls Between BBM Users, New "Channels" Feature, Content Sharing, And More

Say what you will about BlackBerry's viability as a company, but the Canadian smartphone firm's messaging app is quickly shaping up into a powerful …

Google's Voice Search on Android Gets Contact Relationships

Google today announced a new Google Now feature: setting and referring to relationships for your Android contacts. Instead of scrolling through your contacts, or referring to them by their name, you can now just say “Ok Google, call Mom” or “OK Google, send a text to my wife.”<p>I don’t have a wife, …

Clickdrive Is One On-Board Device To Rule All Your Driving Apps

Clickdrive wants to be the first open platform device that connects all driving apps and aftermarket monitors. The small black box, which plugs into an adapter under your steering wheel, lets you run several apps simultaneously from your smartphone, directly on the device itself, or on Clickdrive’s …

TimePIN: constantly changing lockscreen PIN provides extreme security

For many Android users, device security is extremely important; whether to protect personal data or corporate secrets, enabling lockscreen authentication is the first step to preventing unauthorized use. For many, the Android Pattern Lock is favored, but passwords, PINs, and more are available. …

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bRight Switch brings Android to the humble light switch

Is there no end to places where you can find Android? Not only is our favorite mobile operating system found in phones, tablets, media players and mini HDMI sticks, to name a few, but it is now coming to the humble light switch.<p>bRight switch is a crowd sourcing funded project, which just reached …

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Broadcom's new chips could put fast LTE in your budget smartphone

While entry-level smartphones are getting to be quite good these days, few of them have fast LTE; many have to make do with either basic LTE or 3G. If Broadcom is successful with its just-revealed M320 and M340 system-on-chip designs, though, advanced 4G could soon be very affordable. The new chips …

Automated Device Brings "And/Or" Rules for Androids with Easy Setup

Android: Apps like Tasker are fantastic to turn your Android into an automated beast, but even with Tasker's new UI, they can be a little daunting. …

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Here are the 10 stupidest things you’re doing with your smartphone

By now, we’re sure you know that your phone is basically a physical briefcase for your digital identity. Yet so few of us treat it that way.<p>As hackable as our phones are — and as mind-numbingly ignorant as most of us are about social media privacy settings — we still manage do commit a multitude of …

[New App] Chainfire Releases Pry-Fi Proof Of Concept Allowing Users To Avoid Potentially Shady Wi-Fi Tracking (Root Only)

Privacy and technology maintain a tenuous relationship, and the balance between convenient features and personal security is always one worth keeping …

Net neutrality petition gets a million signatures

The advocacy group Free Press, along with a broad coalition of organizations, has delivered the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) a petition with a million signatures asking to restore the federal protections for net neutrality that were struck down in court two weeks ago.<p>The petition shows …

4 Steps to Starting a Web Business Without Knowing Coding

<i>Eddy Lee, Ph.D, is a venture capitalist investing in Silicon Valley and Singapore. He is also a Consulting Assistant Professor at Stanford University.</i><p>So you have a great idea for a new mobile app or Web service—but you don’t know anything about coding or developing. You might have started searching …

Pebble's smartwatch app store arrives on iOS Monday, Android soon after

Pebble shipped its new all-metal "Steel" smartwatch earlier this week, and now reveals that app store updates for its iOS companion software will roll out on Monday (the Android version is about to launch in beta and will follow soon after). Until now, wearers have had to hunt through a myriad of …