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20 Free Open Source Applications I Found in Year 2017

It is time to share a list of the best 20 Free and Open Source Software I found during the year 2017. Some of these programs may not be new in that …

Google's New Text-to-Speech AI Is so Good We Bet You Can't Tell It From a Real Human

See if you hear a difference between Tacotron 2 and human speech.<p>Can you tell the difference between AI-generated computer speech and a real, live human being? Maybe you've always thought you could. Maybe you're fond of Alexa and Siri but believe you would never confuse either of them with an …

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The ultimate guide to customizing the ultimate Android home screen

One of the best things about Android is how flexible its interface is: customizing your home screen to suit your usage habits and preferences only takes a few taps, and the possibilities are endless. Here are just a few choice examples of custom home screens from the Android theming community on …

What were the biggest tech stories of 2017?

Recode’s Kara Swisher and The Verge’s Lauren Goode count down the Top 10 news items of the year on the latest Too Embarrassed to Ask.<p>As the world prepares to say goodbye (and good riddance) to 2017, it’s shocking to think just how much happened in tech this year: The new U.S. president made …

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Google's new text-to-speech system sounds convincingly human

Get ready for the little person living inside your phone and speaker to sound a lot more life-like. Google believes it has reached a new milestone in …

Source code for Apple’s legendary Lisa operating system to be released for free in 2018

You’ll soon be able to take a huge trip down memory lane when it comes to Apple’s computer efforts. The Computer History Museum has announced that the source code for the Lisa, Apple’s computer that predated the Mac, has been recovered and is being reviewed by Apple itself…<p>The announcement was made …

13 Film References in 'GTA V' You Might Have Missed

<i>Grand Theft Auto V</i> has already shattered records, including best selling video game in 24 hours and fastest video game to gross $1 billion. <i>GTA V</i> …

Publishers Nervously Await The Facebook "Correction"

Traffic is up, and things are going great. And now some people are starting to worry. "We got the sense they didn't even really know how this massive beast they have actually works ... that they can make or break entire companies."<p>Recent changes to Facebook's News Feed algorithms have lavished …

Book Excerpt: How Minecraft Creator Markus Persson Almost Took a Job at Valve

In September 2010, Minecraft was just over a year past its initial, unfinished release. A “full” version wouldn’t come out for 14 more months. If not …

Pandora adds alarm feature to iOS app, lets you trade clock radio buzzing for the Buzzcocks

Granted, this might not be for everyone. Some need that infernal clock buzzing to get out of bed -- particularly on a cold winter's day like today -- but for those who prefer to be lulled awake by machine-curated internet radio, Pandora's followed up its recent sleep timer feature with an alarm …

Honda Boosts iOS Car Integration with New HondaLink Services for 2014 Civic, 2015 Fit

Following last week's announcement of Siri "Eyes Free" integration for select Honda and Acura vehicles, Honda today held a Google Hangout to announce even deeper integration for the 2014 Honda Civic and 2015 Honda Fit.<p>The new Civic, which goes on sale tomorrow, and the upcoming Fit, which launches …

Olloclip Releases New 3-in-1 Macro Photo Lens for iPhone 5s and iPhone 5

Olloclip has released a new 3-in-1 quick-connect macro photo lens for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5, giving users the ability to shoot subjects up close with 7x, 14x, and 21x macro modes. The lens itself is designed from an anodized aluminum material that houses the coated, multi-element optics, and …

Apple Store iOS App Updated With Free Holiday Playlist

Apple started offering free apps, books, and music via its Apple Store app back in August and today the company has updated the app in the U.S. with a list of holiday songs that can be downloaded for free within the app.<p>The playlist includes the following songs:<p>- Ave Maria, Il Volo<br>- Children Go …

Apple Tops Dell as Most Sought After Desktop Computers

According to new a survey done by market research firm Parks Associates (via <i>CNET</i>), Apple desktops have become the most sought after desktop computers this holiday season, beating out longtime holiday desktop leader Dell and other competitors such as HP and Acer. This marks the first time that Apple …

Apple's Stock Hits New 52-Week High as Roller Coaster 2013 Nears Its End

With just a few weeks left in 2013, Apple's stock has finally rebounded to set a new 52-week high of $575.14 earlier today, although it has since pulled back by a few dollars. Apple's stock price peaked at just over $700 back in September 2012 before beginning a slide that took the price to under …

Demolition at New Apple Campus 2 Well Underway

Construction on Apple's Campus 2 project is underway, with the company continuing its demolition of existing buildings on the site. Demolition began soon after Apple obtained its ancillary permits following an initial unanimous October approval of the project from the Cupertino City Council.<p>Road …

Apple's App Store Usage Numbers Suggest iOS 7 Adoption at 74%

After less than three months on the market, iOS 7 is installed on some 74 percent of devices connecting to the App Store, according to a chart posted on Apple's App Store support page for developers.<p>The company puts iOS 6 adoption at 22 percent, and older OS versions at just 4 percent. The data …

Apple Updates Apple Store App with Support for iBeacon Systems

The <i>Associated Press</i> is reporting that Apple will be launching iBeacon technology in its 254 U.S. retail stores today, with Apple quietly launching an over-the-air update to its Apple Store app to support iBeacon receivers in its retail locations. The official move follows a report last month …

Early Experiences with Apple Retail Store iBeacon Technology Prove Mixed

Earlier today, Apple launched its "iBeacon" initiative in its U.S. retail stores, allowing users of the company's iPhone app to opt in to receiving location-specific notifications and access to other information while browsing in the stores.<p>Following the announcement of the new system, ISI analyst …

Apple Asking for $16M in Legal Fees After Samsung Patent Victory, Has Paid Lawyers More Than $60M

Following the second victory in its long-running patent lawsuit with Samsung, Apple has filed a motion asking the judge to order Samsung to pay nearly $16 million in legal fees (via Dan Levine).<p>Apple says that its lawsuit with Samsung is "an exceptional case" and that there was overwhelming …

What We Expect for iPhone 6

The iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c have only been out for a few months, but attention is already turning to Apple's plans for the next generation of iPhone, likely to appear in late 2014. Rumors have indicated that a larger, perhaps curved, display may be one of the key features of the next iPhone, which …

Apple Offering 32-Inch 4K Sharp Displays in European Online Apple Stores [Updated]

In its European Apple Online Stores, Apple has begun offering a 32-inch Sharp "4K" Ultra HD LED monitor. Retailing for £3,499.00 or approximately $5,700, the monitor has been available in the U.K. and other European countries since on or before November 30.<p>The 32-inch IGZO display, which has a …

Apple and Other Tech Companies Call for Government Surveillance Reform

Apple, along with seven other U.S. technology companies such as Microsoft, Facebook, and Google, have published an open letter urging President Barack Obama and members of Congress to reform government surveillance tactics, reports <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. The letter, which can be found on a website …

China Mobile to Begin iPhone Pre-Orders on December 12

China Mobile has stated that it will begin taking preorders for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c this coming Thursday, December 12 on its website and at some of its locations in Shanghai, reports <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. The move was revealed through a screenshot of a section on the company's website …

iPhone 5s Nears 100% Availability in Apple's U.S. Retail Stores

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster today issued a new research report claiming that supplies of the iPhone 5s in Apple's U.S. retail stores have reached "100% availability", showing that his survey of 60 locations revealed full availability of all color/capacity/carrier combinations.<p>Based on our …

Square Debuts New Card Reader Developed by Former Apple Lightning Connector Designer

Square today unveiled a newly redesigned Square Reader, which is approximately 45 percent thinner than the previous version and more accurate at reading credit and debit cards thanks to a new slightly wider but tapered design.<p>As noted by <i>Wired</i>, Square's new ultra thin card reader was developed under …

iTunes Match Expands to Finland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden [Updated]

Apple has recently expanded iTunes Match availability to several Nordic countries, according to both reports on Twitter and tip from a <i>MacRumors</i> reader.<p>iTunes users in Finland, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden now have access to the service, which has a yearly price of 249 kr in Denmark, Sweden, and …

Latest Google Search app will return spoken results in Japanese, German and French

Commencez à parler à votre téléphone<p>Although the feature has been available for some time for English speakers, Google Search (aka Google Now) will …

Samsung reportedly developing 8 + 10-inch AMOLED screens for future tablets

In the early days of the Galaxy Tab line, Samsung released a couple of Android tablets with AMOLED screens — the Galaxy Tab 7.7 and 8.9 — but since …

From the forums: What's new in Android 4.4.1?

Android 4.4.1 is upon us, and the first maintenance release of KitKat is rolling out now to certain Nexus devices. The big news that everyone's …