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CARROT Alarm is a sadistic new alarm clock app that probably won’t murder you in your sleep

The makers of the CARROT to-do manager launched a new app this morning that is sure to haunt your dreams. CARROT Alarm is apparently the offspring of an alarm clock app and a sadistic AI reminiscent of <i>Portal</i>‘s GLaDOS, and boy does it want you to get out of bed…<p>CARROT Alarm uses a combination of …

How-to: Strengthen your iOS device’s security with a multi-numeric passcode

While many of us know about and use the simple four digit passcode or more complex alphanumeric passcode to secure the data on our iOS devices, I recently discovered an interesting option built right into the system that I find to be more secure than a simple passcode and more convenient than an …

Phone screens could soon be visible in direct sunlight and even fight germs

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>What is unusual about this sheet of glass?<p>Advertisement<p>That circle in the center isn’t actually a hole; it received a new …

In Chicago, the birthplace of the nuclear age (pictures)

LEMONT, Ill. -- If it's possible to pinpoint the moment when the nuclear age began, it was December 2, 1942. Under the stands at the University of Chicago's Stagg Field, inside a closed-off squash court, 49 of the world's best physicists watched as the first-ever nuclear reactor went critical. And, …

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Google+ catches up to competition, lets you follow favorite websites with new button

It's hard to believe, but while Google+ has had share buttons and +1 buttons, its has never had a follow button that users could embed on their own webpages until today. Facebook and Twitter introduced their respective follow buttons in 2011 — Facebook's was once called a subscribe button. As one …

An iPhone Flight App Straight Out Of The Pan Am Era

A new app called Flying aims for convenience but also hopes to bring back some of the wonder to air travel.<p>When you strip away the hassle of security checks, lost luggage, inevitable delays, and that dope next to you who won’t stop hogging the armrest, air travel is <i>amazing</i>. We step into a winged …

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How to Use Google Plus

While Google Plus isn't quite in the same league as Facebook, it's growing fast—in May 2013, Time reported that Google Plus had approximately 190 million active members. Ready to sign up? Learning how to use Google Plus is easy, especially if you already have a Google account.<p><b>Adding Yourself to</b> …

iOS 7 beta supports Google contacts syncing without using CardDav

According to Google’s current documentation, syncing Google contacts with an iOS device requires setting up an additional CardDAV account. However, as discovered by 9to5Mac reader Nikhil, iOS 7 Beta makes it easier than ever to sync contacts using the same on/off switches as Mail, Calendars, and …

Google Hangouts iOS app updated w/ clickable links, invites via SMS, performance improvements, more

Google has just rolled out a nice update to its recently released Hangouts app for iOS. Version 1.1.1 of the app now includes the ability to send and click on URLs within the app, support for inviting friends to Hangouts via SMS, and much more.<p>Also included in the updated app is official support …

The surreal beauty of some Apple Maps glitches

The launch of Apple Maps may not have been Apple’s finest hour, with CEO Tim Cook forced to apologize for the mess, but Peder Norrby, founder of the Swedish computer graphics company Trapcode, says some of the glitches have a surreal beauty to them.<p>Norrby has created a Flickr collection of some of …

The laptop backpack to rule them all: ‘Hercules’ from ECBC [Review]

It feels like I’ve gone through dozens of laptop backpacks over the years. Either the zipper breaks in a disastrous way, the bottom tears, or the weight becomes hard to bear. But that may be about to change with the new Hercules Laptop Backpack from ECBC.<p>Right off the bat, I’m going to mention the …

Review: Charlie Brown’s All-Stars iPad Storybook App

Who doesn’t love Charlie Brown? Here’s some good news for anyone who didn’t answer ‘me’ to that question. <b>Charlie Brown’s All-Stars</b> is a brand new iPad storybook app that celebrates friendship, team spirit, and the ultimate underdog when it comes to baseball teams and players.<p>This app is published …

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Top 5 must-have Android tablet apps

Want the most from your Android tablet experience? Here are five apps that everyone should have.<p>Even the most die-hard Android fan has to admit that it has taken Android quite a while to catch up to Apple when it comes to quality tablet-optimized apps. You can't blame Google entirely, though. With …

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Sync two iPhones on one computer

Learn how to share a computer between two iOS devices while keeping your content separate and private.<p>I've actually lost track of all the iOS devices I have. From iPhones to iPads and iPods, there are a few generations of mobile Apple gadgets populating my home that are occasionally adopted or …

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Here are 10 apps all new Android owners should have (video)

So you’ve got a new Android device! Congratulations, and welcome to the Android world! Now you need some good apps to put on that bad boy, and we’ve got a list of the 10 ten best apps you should be installing on your Android device first. As per the norm, if you’d rather watch the video just head …

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Amulet camera records your life, stores it in cloud

ParaShoot is a compact, wearable prototype camera that can record at intervals or continuously. Slap on a custom cover to make it cute or fashionable.<p>"The destruction of music through YouTube is enormous."<p>That's what pianist Krystian Zimerman told an audience in Germany when he stopped his …

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Smart Cargo: On-Board Magnetic Storage for the iPad

The <b>Smart Cargo</b> is a very interesting looking new iPad companion that’s the first to offer on-board magnetic storage for iPad accessories. There’s a Kickstarter project for the Smart Cargo due to go live next Monday (6/10) and we’ve got details on some early bird project backer options that will get …

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Price Drops: 1Password for iPad & iOS 50% Off

<b>1Password</b>, the excellent password manager app for iPad and iOS, is on sale at 50% off for a limited time. It’s available right now at $8.99 – down from its standard price of $17.99.<p>Apparently the team at AgileBits, makers of 1Password, have got a bad case of WWDC fever – and part of the cure is a …

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How to install Adobe Flash Player on an Android device

It’s been a long while now since Android ditched Adobe Flash in favor of HTML5, aiming to provide a better, faster, and more secure browsing experience. Of course, there’s still a great deal of content on the web that utilizes Flash. If you want to have access to this legacy content on your mobile …

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New iOS 7 concepts imagine Jony Ive’s ‘very flat’ iOS redesign [video]

Since we’ve posted our exclusive details on what Apple and Jony Ive has in store for iOS 7, there have been a ton of great concepts popping up that take into account the company’s new “very flat” approach to redesigning the OS. The first concept, above, comes to us from Simplyzesty.com’s art …

1Password for iOS updated to version 4.2 with new features and fixes

1Password 4, the popular login manager for iPhone and iPad has been updated to version 4.2 today. The new version sports a bunch of new features and bug fixes, including the ability to search for items in your vault by their URL, improved sharing of vault items, and more. This update also features …

Share files between your Android device and a Mac with Droid NAS

Droid NAS for Android allows Android devices to show up in Finder for Mac, so you can transfer files between them over Wi-Fi.<p>You can share files between your Android device and a Mac by using a USB cable and running Android File Transfer on your Mac. If both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi …

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Set up Reading Mode on the Galaxy Note 8

Reading Mode needs to be configured to work on more apps than just Google Play Books. Here's the quickest path to happier eyes.<p>Using a tablet as an e-reader can save you money and lighten your load while on the go. Unfortunately, a lot of tablets aren't optimized for reading text for long periods …

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More “BadNews” for Android: New malicious apps found in Google Play | Ars Technica

The code family used to push malware circulated as early as June 2012.<p>The family of Android malware that slipped past security defenses and …

Young appmakers can't count on a job for life

The most effective lies bear the ring of truth. Consider the current dogma that for youngsters to earn a good living is to brain up, get IT skills …

Need a Big, Honking Telephoto Lens for Your iPad? Here’s One

Well here’s a category of iPad accessory I have to admit I just don’t ever think about – add-on lenses for the iPad camera. In this case a big, slightly silly looking, telephoto lens. It’s <b>The iPad Telephoto Lens</b>, from Photojojo.<p>I got a PR approach about this one this morning, and I really like the …

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Making the change from iPhone to Android as easy as possible

Moving your stuff from your iPhone to an Android phone doesn't have to be exceptionally laborious. Here's how you can make that transition smoothly.<p>Is iOS starting to feel a bit stale for your taste? It's something I'm hearing more and more as I talk to iOS users, or former iOS users. With some …

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