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Use AirDrop to share files between OS X Yosemite and iOS 8

When you need to move files quickly between two Apple devices, AirDrop is an incredibly useful tool. It started out as a Mac-to-Mac thing, and then iPhone-to-iPhone, but with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, AirDrop becomes even more powerful: Now you can share files from Mac to iPhone (or iPad) and vice …

Operating Systems

Beyond step counting: How Apple HealthKit could bring a cultural shift around health

We’re at the end of the beginning of a consumer-centric health revolution — and so far, it’s been pretty boring.<p>With Apple and its partners still not saying a whole lot about how HealthKit and its Health app will work, and with HealthKit’s favorite end point, the Apple Watch, still not available, …

Where are my iPhone photos? How to use the new photo management features in iOS 8

Advertisement<p>13 Comments<p>While there are many new features that have been added to both the camera and the photos app on iOS 8 (flagging favorite …

Ralph Lauren introduces iPhone-connected ‘Polo Tech’ fitness tracking shirt

Ralph Lauren has announced it’s about to introduce a new iPhone-connected, sensor-filled Polo shirt capable of tracking and sending biometric data directly to your smartphone.<p>The Ralph Lauren Polo Tech shirt features sensors knitted into the core of the product to read biological and physiological …

You can steal data from a computer by touching it

Normally, breaking a PC's security involves either finding security exploits or launching brute force attacks, neither of which is necessarily quick or easy. However, a team at Tel Aviv University has come up with a potentially much simpler way to swipe data from a computer: touch it. If you make …

MIT students figure out how to make delivery-by-drone a reality

The same day that Amazon announced a trial run of its delivery by drone service in India, a couple of MIT researchers released a new study that shows how to keep delivery drones running efficiently — and it’s funded by Boeing.<p>A team of researchers have developed what is essentially a health kit for …

4 ‘cyberhealth’ strategies for boards

Cybersecurity made it onto the list of the top five concerns of U.S. electric utilities this year, according to a new Black & Veatch survey. And less than a third of respondents said they’re equipped to handle an attack.<p>And it’s not just energy companies that are worried. Boards of hundreds of …

USB Type-C and Thunderbolt 3: One port to connect them all

CNET editor Dong Ngo explains USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 and the significance of these peripheral standards.<p>Look around your house and chances are you have at least a few devices that use Universal Serial Bus. On average, some 3 billion USB ports are shipped each year, making it by far the most …

Thunderbolt

Tom Hanks just released a typewriter app for iPad

Tom Hanks has made it well known that he's one of the few remaining typewriter diehards, but today he's taking that passion digital. He's releasing an iPad app called Hanx Writer that recreates the typewriter experience on a tablet: keys clack, the paper moves side-to-side, and new sheets need to …

Camoji lets you tap your iPhone to record reaction GIFs

Camoji, a new iPhone app, makes it extremely easy to send animated GIFs to your friend.<p>The app follows a trend of overly simplistic interfaces, relying on swipe gestures for you to get around. When in camera mode, you just tap to record up to five seconds of video.<p>The app then processes it into a …

Why Apple could break up with Intel over the Mac

When Apple announced its 64-bit A7 processor, I dismissed the speculation that this could lead to a switch away from Intel chips for the Macintosh line for a homegrown “desktop-class” chip. I might have been wrong.<p><b>“I don’t know exactly when, but sooner or later, Macs will run on Apple-designed ARM</b> …

MacBook Pro

A Radar For Your Bike, So You Don’t Have To Have Eyes In The Back Of Your Head

How do you improve the bike light? We’ve seen a few new ideas recently: lights embedded in wheels or installed in helmets, lights that project an image on the road or even lights that let you see what the road surface is like.<p>Franz Struwig’s Backtracker is another new take. His light idea is based …

Helmets

Samsung's new UHD TV is the first to go from flat to curved on command

Samsung's new TVs have pressed 4K and curved frames as features, but what if you want one that's only curved sometimes? That's where a bendable TV comes in, and Samsung says it will release the industry's first one on August 1st in Korea. We got a peek at an 85-inch version in January at CES (check …

TouchPico Projector Turns Any Wall Into a Touchscreen

Handheld projectors are nothing new, but TouchPico from TouchJet offers a new twist that could be useful: the ability to turn any flat surface into …

Tiny device aims to tell you if your drink has been spiked

The creators of a device designed to identify if your drink has been spiked have launched on Indiegogo with the aim of raising $100,000. Similar in size to a pack of gum, the pd.id can be dunked into a drink, blinking red after a few seconds if a contaminant is found. According to founder J. David …

20 of the Best WordPress Plugins For a More Powerful Blog

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>There’s a saying you’ll often hear around Buffer’s content team: “There’s probably a plugin for that!”<p>We’re often chasing new ways to work smarter, faster and more productively—and the same is true of our Buffer blog.<p>We’re quick to grab any and all …

How one man bypassed internet congestion and fixed his Netflix streaming

On today's internet, the shortest route is sadly not always the best<p>Colin Nederkoorn, a startup CEO living in New York City, was unhappy with his Netflix service. He pays Verizon for FiOS service that promises 75Mbps down. But when he tried to stream video, it was a miserable experience, with …

Control high-speed photography from your phone with this camera trigger

High-speed photography can be daunting if you're not a seasoned pro. You may have a fast camera and flash, but you probably don't have the gear (or people) you'd need to get that frozen-in-time look in most situations. MIOPS' new camera trigger might make it easier to take high-speed shots all by …

No service? goTenna hardware and iOS app let you text off-the-grid

If you’ve ever been on a hike, out of the country, or at a crowded concert with no service, goTenna is aiming to be your connectivity solution. The hardware accessory combined with an application for both iOS and Android says it will allow you to create a local network that works reliably. The …

With new TSA rules on laptops and cellphones, keep chargers handy

How many times have you boarded a flight with a dead cellphone or laptop?<p>Under new<p>TSArules, if you do so when returning to the U.S. from abroad, you'd better keep your charger or mobile battery pack in your carry-on bag — or risk having your electronic devices confiscated.<p>Travelers on direct …

Gear & Gadgets

This self-cleaning car tech could change everything

Rich chocolate syrup on a pure white car would usually be the trigger for a trip to the detailing shop, but this time around there’s something …

TabiMouse app turns iPhone into a mouse for the iPad

You've got an iPhone and an iPad, but you don't have a mouse to use <i>with</i> the iPad ... or do you? Actually, Tabitop's new TabiMouse app converts an …

Google Glass hack allows brainwave control

<b>Google Glass has been hacked so that it can be controlled by brainwaves.</b><p>By combining the smart glasses with an electroencephalography (EEG) headset, the software makes it possible to take a picture without moving a muscle.<p>London-based start-up This Place said the tech could be utilised in …

Google Glass

A Remote-Controlled Birth Control Implant

You can switch it on and off. And it works for up to 16 years.<p>It's a whole new level of set it and forget it. Researchers are testing a remote-controlled implant that releases daily doses of hormonal birth control into the body, <i>MIT Technology Review</i> reports. The implant is designed to last up to 16 …

Remote Controls

Recommended Reading: Colombia's high-tech World Cup training and testing Facebook

<i>Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you'll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read.</i><p><b>Colombia's High-Tech Advantage in its World Cup Match Against Brazil</b><br>by Matt …

Boston's solar-powered benches can charge your phone

Soofas are coming to parks next week<p>Visitors at select Boston-area parks will soon be able to sit, relax, and charge their mobile devices. Dubbed "Soofas," these solar-powered benches will also disseminate location-based information such as noise, temperature, and air pollution levels through a …

Siri May Get a Whole Lot Smarter, Very Soon

Apple's voice assistant Siri isn't exactly known for accuracy, but the company is reportedly looking to make her much smarter. And soon.<p>Apple is …

Chinese government hackers are coming for your cloud. Heres how to stop them

Putter Panda is coming for the data in your cloud.<p>Panda is thought to be a hacker working for Chinese signals intelligence. More specifically, China’s People Liberation Army, 3rd Department, 12th Bureau, Unit 61486. Panda and the unit was unmasked by ‘Net intelligence outfit Crowdstrike on …