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What Are Widgets, Plus How to Add Them to iPhone's Today View

Beginning with iOS 8, iPhone users finally got the ability to customize their interface by adding widgets for iPhone to the Notification Center. We can still add widgets in iOS 11, these days to what Apple calls the Today View, which can be accessed by swiping right on the first Home screen on your …

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Samsung Chromebook 2 review: A $400 laptop never looked so good

Chromebooks seem to be having a moment. Which is odd, because for a while there, nobody seemed to be giving them a chance. Since the first Chromebook came out, about three years ago, Chrome OS devices have gotten flak for not being able to do as much as Windows machines. And to be fair, they …

If You Want Fewer Facebook Friends, This App Will Help

Despite what your Facebook profile might indicate, it's pretty unlikely that you have hundreds (or thousands) of friends who you desperately want to stay in touch with. In fact, if you've been on Facebook for a while, chances are you've amassed a collection of strangers you couldn't even pick out …

I Heart My National Park: Yosemite

Both the solitude of the alpine ridge and the throngs of the valley are part of the experience when you visit <b>Yosemite National Park</b>. “No temple made with human hands can compare with Yosemite,” wrote John Muir, whose crusading led to the creation of the park.<p><b>Kari Cobb</b> has been a ranger at the …

These are the places in the US where people still don’t have smartphones

Smartphones: In the US, they’re everywhere, right? Not quite, suggests a new interactive map assembled by mapping company Esri, based on data from consumer research firm GfK MRI.<p>People who live in cities are way more likely to have smartphones. Darker counties represent higher smartphone ownership. …

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PayPal unveils Beacon: a USB stick that powers hands-free checkout (video)

PayPal's offered its Here service since last year to simplify buying items in brick-and-mortar shops, and today they've just unveiled their latest crack at in-person shopping: a USB stick dubbed Beacon. Business owners running a compatible Point of Sale system (Booker, Erply, Leaf, Leapset, Micros, …

iPhone 5S To Ring In The New With Expected Fingerprint Sensing Home Button

Tuesday will tell, but multiple rumors are pointing to a subtle design distinction for the forthcoming iPhone 5S. Along with new Gold and Graphite colors, the home button is expected have a new look signifying the inclusion of a fingerprint scanner within.<p>FOX News anchor (and now app developer) …

Google racing to encrypt data transfers in response to NSA surveillance

Google is stepping up efforts to encrypt information flowing between its own data centers as a response to surveillance programs waged by the NSA and other intelligence agencies around the world. "It's an arms race," Eric Grosse, Google's vice president for security engineering, tells <i>The Washington</i> …

Lenovo CEO gifts $3 million from his own bonus to junior employees, again

Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing is spreading the wealth around again this year, giving away some $3.25 million from his personal bonus to the company’s employees around the world, reports Bloomberg. That’s an extra $250,000 over the $3 million he gave away in an identical gesture last year, and will …

Teardown Reveals Google’s Moto X Costs $221 to Build

As the first smartphone to be completely designed since Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility, there are a lot of expectations riding on the Moto …

LG's 55-inch curved OLED TV hits Germany for 8,999 euros this week

Following its availability at several Best Buy locations across the US, LG's 55-inch curved OLED TV is finally making its way to Europe. The company today announced that it'll arrive in Germany this week for 8,999 euros (roughly $12,000), with wider availability and pricing set to be announced in …

iPhone 5S release dates, specs keep pouring in

It's up to Apple now to top or debunk the flood of iPhone 5S rumors, but many of the rumors seem credible.<p>We have iPhone 5S release dates, colors, and specs. Did I leave anything out?<p>Oh yeah, I forget to mention that they're all just rumors. But there's little left to the imagination these days …

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Apple's Plan to Change How You Watch TV Forever

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Years of halting negotiations with cable companies haven’t gotten Apple much closer to its grand …

PS4 Pre-Orders Already Beating PS3 Holiday Sales

This next console generation is already different from any previous console generation, and not just because of Call of Duty’s dog. Despite the swirling notion that dedicated games consoles are under fire from tablets, smartphones and a range of exciting new gaming devices, Sony’s PS4 press …

Behold, the Samsung Galaxy Golden Android flip phone

Samsung goes new-age retro with an Android-powered smartphone in a design from a bygone era. Don't look for this in the United States anytime soon.<p>Samsung must believe that good things come in pairs. Just a week after introducing the quad-core Samsung Hennessy flip phone for China, the electronics …

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US Director Of National Intelligence Launches Tumblr Site “IC On The Record” To Assuage Surveillance Concerns

The U.S. office of National Intelligence launched a new site today to promote government transparency in the wake of the months-long scandals surrounding the National Security Agency’s surveillance tactics.<p>“In June, President Obama requested that Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper …

Qualcomm's Snapdragon: Not Your Granddad's Mobile Processor

You may know — or think you know — what a mobile processor is. It’s the brains inside a phone. It runs everything else. And that’s about right for a first pass.<p>But what we have today inside a smartphone is not your granddad’s processor. Not at all.<p>First, a mobile processor is not a brain, but a …

Here's what Samsung's iWatch rival could look like

This is what the Samsung Galaxy Gear could look like. The mock-up above shows what we could expect from the hotly-anticipated smart watch that talks …

Microsoft’s Surface Tablets ‘Officially a Flop’

Lots more bad news for Microsoft and their Surface tablets this week. Microsoft’s most recent financial results filing (for their fiscal year that ended June 30 of this year) show a total of $853 million in revenue from Surface sales – which some are saying is less than they’ve spent on marketing …

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Packaging for a rumored budget iPhone 5C shows up online

It's uncertain whether the image is the real thing, but many Apple watchers expect the company to reveal a "budget" iPhone in the fall.<p>As Apple's fall product reveal approaches, alleged images of the new iPhone parts are appearing with greater frequency. The latest is plastic packaging for an …

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Nvidia’s Project Logan Aims to Bring High-End Desktop Graphics to Mobile Devices

In recent years, mobile devices have come a long way in being able to pull off the kind of computing feats once reserved for desktops and …

Verizon Wireless Teams Up With Motorola to Revive Droid Brand With Trio of New Devices

Verizon is updating its Droid line with three new devices, the Droid Maxx, Droid Ultra and Droid Mini, all made by Google’s Motorola unit.<p>The launch …

Rumor Recap Ahead Of Google's Moto X Launch

The launch of the much-anticipated Moto X smartphone is set for next week at a press event in New York City. The Moto X is the latest high-end phone from Motorola Mobility, but more to the point is the first new handset design initiated since the company was acquired last year by Google for $12.5 …

Google And Apple May Bring Us A Console War We Didn't See Coming

Last night, the Wall Street Journal brought us news that Google has now set its sights on making its own Android-based video game console. The kicker? This is supposed to be in response to Apple doing the very same thing.<p>Google and Apple video game consoles? Are the Xbox One and PS4 dead already? …

America the Beautiful: 50 States in 50 Photos

At 3.79 million square miles (9.83 million km2) and approximately 315 million people, the United States is the third largest country by land area and …