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Microsoft HoloLens Gets Face Wearables Right

I attended Microsoft’s big event last week in Redmond where they made a number of product announcements, one of them called HoloLens. HoloLens is Microsoft’s own head-mounted device that is worn like a large set of goggles. Their solution is designed to be unique in many ways and Microsoft is doing …

Microsoft flips 'Switch' campaign to help new Surface Pro 3 buyers leave MacBooks behind

​How well is the Surface Pro 3 doing? Microsoft doesn't share numbers, but apparently the third time's the charm. And if a new Microsoft initiative …

California puzzles over safety of driverless cars

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because …

iPhone 6 Plus Makes A Good Long-Term iPad Replacement

Here’s the most unequivocal statement I can make about the iPhone 6 Plus after long-term use: it makes the iPad Mini unnecessary.<p>Like many iPad owners, I was used to carrying around the Mini in addition to a phone. Out of habit, I continued to do so after I started using the 6 Plus. That didn’t …

Orkut, we hardly knew ye: 10 tech products we lost in 2014

Every year, the tech industry brings us unexpected surprises and long-predicted changes, and among those ups and downs are usually a few endings to …

Why the sharing economy could be the internet’s most divisive revolution yet

Concerns are growing that the supposedly benign philosophy behind the new wave of internet star names such as Airbnb and Uber simply disguises a rapacious business model<p>You can not only find someone online willing to rent you a room in their house, but someone who will share their car, their desk, …

New Final Fantasy XV trailer shows off more crazy and weird road trip action

We've got to be honest: We don't really know much about the plot of the upcoming <i>Final Fantasy XV</i>, but we're irresistibly drawn to the idea of a road trip movie in a fantasy world. There's just nothing like pulling to the side of the road and piling out of the car to beat down a crew of dudes in …

My year of the iPad: The wrap-up review

Earlier this year, I wrote about how I expected 2014 to be the Year of the iPad for me. In the article, I focused on two main things: music-making …

'Halo 5: Guardians' Multiplayer Beta Review: A Possible Return To Form

I had to double check my email when I saw an early beta invite for Halo 5′s multiplayer that started this weekend. What on earth was 343 doing giving out beta invitations in December 2014 for a game that was supposed to be coming out in Fall 2015?<p>In short, changing the conversation, and trying to …

Holiday Gift Guide: A Stylus for Your iOS Device

Every iOS user can use a stylus once in a while, no matter what Steve Jobs said. Some games are easier to play if your finger (and hand) don't obstruct the view. Sometimes you might need to draw or sign a signature. Here are some styluses that work well:<p>The Cosmonaut from StudioNeat is a hefty …

How To Speak User

In homage to my TC colleague Alex Wilhelm’s recent entrepreneurial lexis magnum opus, How To Speak Startup, I present its fantastical companion: How To Speak User.<p>Spend an above-average amount of time using digital services and the fabric of reality starts to resemble a curtain that can be pulled …

5 waves of technology disruption that are just getting started

Changes in technology are happening at a scale which was unimaginable before and will cause disruption in industry after industry. This has really begun to worry me, because we are not ready for this change and most of our leading companies won’t exist 15–20 years from now. Here are five sectors to …

Amazon and Netflix buy full-page ads in NYT to promote Web TV series

Netflix and Amazon.com are going old-school in their attempts to gain viewers for their Web TV series, with both companies taking out full page ads …

The Future Of Biometric Marketing

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Cavan Canavan is a co-founder of the motion tracking technology company FocusMotion.</i><p>The current smartwatch and fitness device space is stagnant. The offerings and the devices are a commoditized mess with companies competing for the same consumers – with the same features. There must …

4K video recording comes to Microsoft Lumia devices with Denim update

Microsoft has started rolling out its 'Denim' software update for Lumia devices, bringing an improved camera and more abilities for Cortana, the …

Apple releases new public OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 beta (build 14C81h)

Readers report Apple has started rolling out a new public beta release of its 10.10.2 OS X Yosemite beta (build 14C81h). Developers received the third build of 10.10.2 earlier this month (build 14C81f).<p>Today’s beta release follows beta 3, which was released earlier this month. Not much seems to …

Minuum Keyboard 3.0 brings Material Design and multilingual support

Few virtual keyboards push the boundaries of creativity as far as Minuum Keyboard. Whether you have a giant screen, compact screen, or even a smartwatch, Minuum aims to help you with your typing needs. It’s text prediction is surprisingly accurate, and it’s easy to get used to. The keyboard is …

Material Design

Watch the first steps of a robot inspired by stick bugs

They grow up so fast, don't they? It was just a few years ago that HECTOR the stick bug robot was little more than a twinkle in Bielefeld University's eye, and it's already taking its first steps. Okay, so this isn't <i>quite</i> a tear-jerking moment, but it's still an important achievement in robotics. …

Google Has Buried Some Little-Known Tricks In Hangouts That Will Liven Up Your Chats

There are a few fun tricks hidden inside Hangouts, Google's chat product.<p>Everyone using Hangouts has access to a bunch of emoji, but you can shock your friends my making a few unlisted animations appear if you know the secrets:<p>Try typing "LMAO," "happy birthday," or "woot:"<p>Here's one to break out …

New wearable tells your DVR to record a show when you doze off at the TV

Watching TV is already one of the top things to do when you're feeling lazy, and soon it'll require even less effort. UK telco Virgin Media is set to trial a new wristband that monitors your pulse and can tell when you've fallen asleep. It'll then beam a message to your TiVo and tell it to pause …