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Tumblr’s New Explore Button Makes It Easy To Discover Content From Its 214M Blogs

Tumblr has more 214 million blogs on its network, and its users are closing in on 100 billion posts published. That’s a hell of a lot of content, and today the Yahoo-owned company added a new discovery feature to help users find what’s interesting to them on the service, which is reportedly the …

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Tablets

Microsoft Is Losing Xbox One Momentum Due To 343's 'Halo: Master Chief Collection' Misdeeds

Earlier this month, I wrote a piece saying that there was a never better time to buy an Xbox One than now. That was in the wake of Microsoft announcing a price cut of many of their most popular bundles from $400 down to $350, which, factoring the cost of a game you’d buy anyway, made the effective …

Assassin's Creed

Rumor: Next-gen HTC flagship is codenamed ‘Hima’, Snapdragon 810 in tow

It’s not unusual to get conflicting “scoops” on unreleased devices from different sources. Especially with several months likely left until the …

Apple in Full Support of Naming Alabama Anti-Discrimination Bill After Tim Cook

Alabama Representative Patricia Todd is introducing a new anti-discrimination bill that will share a name with Apple CEO Tim Cook. Called the Tim Cook Economic Development Act, the forthcoming bill aims to put an end to work-place discrimination based on sexual orientation.<p>Todd was inspired to name …

Equality

Samsung mobile division executives dismissed from posts

Top level Samsung executives may have managed to escaped the axe in Samsung’s latest reshuffle, but dozens of other executives have not been so lucky. The under-performing mobile division has been hardest hit, with dozens of executives relieved from their posts in the past week.<p>Mobile unit …

Samsung

Google Gets Thousands Of Girls To Program The White House Christmas Tree Lights

The 92nd annual White House Christmas tree lighting ceremony is getting a tech twist this year. Over 300,000 people, mostly young girls, participated in Google’s Made with Code campaign to program the way the lights will dance on the 56 official White House Christmas trees during this evening’s …

Christmas

5 Pictures of Black Friday Crowds that Look Suspiciously Like Curt Smith from Tears for Fears - The Stack Sidebar

Well, Stackers, Black Friday and Cyber Monday have both come and gone, with the dust finally starting to settle. All across ‘Merica, there were …

There Are About Eleventy Deals Ending This Week - The Stack Sidebar

Stackers, bad news. The deal graveyard is going to be getting much more crowded this week, because we’ve got absolute oodles (oodles, I tell you!) of …

The Grid Raises $4.6M For Its Intelligent Website Builder

The team behind The Grid is developing a website builder that uses artificial intelligence to automatically create new sites based on the content you provide. The company ran one of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns for a software product earlier this year, but the team also went out to …

Web Design

Nova Launcher 3.3 brings Lollipop-style app drawer cards

Unlike the <i>other</i> major mobile OS, that prefers to keep things kosher, Android allows for an unlimited amount of user customized creations. Don’t like the icons? Download an app and change them (or buy an LG G3). Don’t like the design? Download an app and change it! Change is for the better, and …

Android Lollipop

Have your mobile data available across all of your devices with IDrive [Deals]

If you are like most, you use a multitude of mobile devices. Your data – files, emails, and contacts – are likely spread out, with some on one device, other files on another, and so on.<p>Now you can easily place all of your data in one convenient location to be accessed by almost any device at any …

Mobile

Science discovers how to make the "perfect" chocolate coating

As anyone who has taken a candy bar out of a car glovebox on a hot day can tell you, heat is not a friend to chocolate. And it's not just a matter of …

Google Chromecast Leapfrogs Apple TV as the Aging Media Player Loses Ground to Rivals

Amid persistent rumors of substantial upgrades, the current Apple TV is beginning to show its age, losing ground in the streaming media device marketplace to rival Google Chromecast and Roku in the first three quarters of 2014, according to market researcher Parks Associates as reported by <i>CNET</i>. …

Smart TV

Amazon Echo review

The smart speaker that can control your whole house<p><b>The Good</b> Amazon's voice-activated smart home speaker is undeniably futuristic, but it's also practical and accessible. With a rapidly growing slate of features, integrations and use cases, it's easy to get excited about the Echo's potential.<p><b>The Bad</b> …

Amazon

Steve Wozniak is about to become a reality TV show

Steve Wozniak has played a lot of roles over the last three decades – engineer, Apple co-founder, Segway polo champion, and university professor – but Steve is about to jump into an all new realm: Realty TV show host.<p>The Apple co-founder is reportedly tag-teaming with <i>Mythbusters’</i> co-host Kari Byron …

Steve Wozniak

Appliance Science: The tasty physics of microwave ovens

Ever since humans first dropped a chunk of mammoth meat onto a fire and liked the result, we have been looking for new ways to cook things. One of the more recent developments in this race to taste is the microwave oven, which uses microwave radiation to heat and cook your food.<p>Because it uses less …

Wi-Fi

How to bring Kinect-like gesture control to your Apple TV

We know that Apple is interested in giving the Apple TV Kinect-like motion sensing abilities — they bought the 3D motion tracking company behind the tech last year, after all — but who knows when, if ever, it will actually come to living rooms.<p>If you want to start waving your way through your Apple …

Smart TV

Last Chance to Savor the Flavor on These Two Juicy Deals - The Stack Sidebar

We’re going to give you this warning now so that when the time comes, you’re ready. This week, two amazing StackSocial deals are headed to a big farm …

Looking to fix your AT&T-branded Nexus 6? Here's how to fix the top 6 problems

Launching a Nexus with full carrier support never seems to work out well, especially if you want it free of all carrier bloat and add-ons. All of the carriers have done pretty well in keeping things simple with the Nexus 6 thus far, but AT&T decided to take a different direction with their variant. …

Android Lollipop

Flipboard Adds The Wall Street Journal To Its News Discovery Apps

Flipboard has spent the last several years tying to convince publishers the value of having their content show up in its apps. Today the Wall Street Journal, one of the last major holdouts in the U.S., will allow Flipboard users to view its news stories there.<p>For Flipboard, the addition of WSJ …

Digital Media

Luxury Watchmakers Cracking Down on 'Pirated' Smartwatch Faces

As smartwatches based on Android Wear and other operating systems continue to proliferate, users have been increasingly looking to download digital likenesses of high-end watch faces onto their favorite wearable tech devices. The luxury watchmakers behind the real-world design of the digital "fake" …

Smartwatches

Homescreen Is Betaworks’ Latest Experiment-Turned-Product

When someone picks up their phone to take a peek, I can’t help but take a peek, too. Whether it’s a perfect stranger on the train or the girl I’ve had a crush on for months, I can’t help but look.<p>With the latest product out of betaworks, you can take that curiosity to a whole new level.<p>It’s a …

Startups

The Nikkor 6mm Fisheye Lens Looks Bonkers, Can See Through 220º - The Stack Sidebar

Major camera manufacturers have always liked to show off by creating weird and wonderful lenses that have, at best, very niche practical uses, but …

For Black Friday, Apple’s iPhone 6 deal shines in sea of meh

Americans are four days away showing how grateful they are for the biggest shopping day of the year, and to draw in more upgrades than ever, Apple is giving away $50 iTunes gift cards with the purchase of every iPhone and iPad.<p>Continuing its huge (RED) promotion announced yesterday, Apple will dole …

Black Friday

Jolla's crowdfunded, open source tablet raises $1.2M in two days - SlashGear

It was only a few days ago that Jolla, a startup from Finland, launched its Indiegogo campaign to crowdfund a new tablet powered by their open source …

Could Fitness Be The Killer App For Google Glass? Race Yourself Crowd Funds £100K For GlassFit App

With Google Glass yet-to-launch publicly, the jury is still out on what will be the wearable computer’s killer apps. With its hands-free operation, pedestrian navigation and points-of-interest seem an obvious use-case. But perhaps exercise could be another. That’s certainly the opinion of …

Google Glass

eBooks Could Finally Inch Past Print In 2018

PricewaterhouseCoopers analysts are predicting (again) that ebooks could soon edge out print as publishers’ most lucrative products. What does this mean? Essentially that a ebook popularity and pricing stabilizes, users will spend more on bits than they will on pulp. The resulting switch could be …

eBooks

"Bond-Inspired" LaserWatch Is Ideal for Escape From Evil Masterminds - The Stack Sidebar

We’ve all been there. A happy commute to work on your speed boat, complete with summer breeze and ocean spray, is rudely interrupted when some …