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It’s Time to Discard Digital

<b>Why is there no common definition of ‘Digital’?</b>Like all buzzwords, “Digital” is starting to get my goat. Everyone uses it, in every context, thinking …

Microsoft Surface Studio review: a beautiful invader of Apple's base

Touch, pen, and Dial all in one display<p>The last desktop PC I owned was a 2009 iMac. I now use a laptop every day for work, connected up to two monitors and a keyboard and mouse. Desktop computing hasn’t really changed for nearly 40 years of boring beige or black PCs, but Microsoft’s new Surface …

We put Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, and Cortana through a marathon of tests to see who's winning the virtual assistant race — here's what we found

As the Web diminishes and the Amazon Echo continues to be a runaway hit, all the big players are convinced that talking to an AI will soon become the dominant way we interact with our computers.<p>So they've started building. Apple has Siri, Amazon has Alexa, Microsoft has Cortana, and Google has the …

Vue tries to replace your Fitbit, headphones, and prescription glasses

Vue are prescription, crowdfunded glasses that launched on Kickstarter today and function as a fitness tracker, bone conduction headphones, and a Bluetooth mic for phone calls. The glasses pair with phones through a companion iOS / Android app, so wearers can also track their glasses if they lose …

The 'Apple of China' just showed us what the iPhone 8 could look like

The Mi Mix, which will go on sale in China starting next month, has incredibly thin borders around its large 6.4-inch screen, making it look almost as if the entire front surface is the display.<p>Indeed, the Mi Mix's design closely matches rumors about Apple's next iPhone, which is also said to have …

Top 10 Technologies Driving the Digital Workplace

<b>Ambient knowledge</b> is the proactive, algorithm-driven delivery of customized information based on an employee’s activities and preferences. It also …

The dream of a fully connected future is starting to look like a nightmare

For as long as there’s been an internet, its evangelists have assured us increased connectivity will yield a brighter future.<p>The web, they’ve said, will bring us closer through new forms of mass communication, connect us to business and government to give us more power over our lives, and deliver a …

Internet of Things

Here's Why Google Home, Not Amazon Echo, Is The Future of Home Automation

It’s official. Google has finally entered the race for home automation. So far, the only premium choices available for integrating the different devices in your smart home were Amazon Echo and Apple Home. That meant choosing between a flawed monopoly and a smartphone application. No matter which …

Amazon Echo

These new wireless earbuds are even cheaper than AirPods

Let the race to the bottom begin<p>You’ve probably never heard of Erato. They’re one of the many companies that tried to sell people on the idea of truly wireless earbuds before big names like Samsung or Apple jumped into the market. The company’s first foray into hardware, the $300 Apollo 7s, were …

Google is secretly creating a new OS that's not based on Linux

Here’s a bit of unexpected Friday news: Google is building a completely new operating system. As in, not just an upgrade to Android or Chrome OS, but instead, a new system that’s not derived from the Linux kernel.<p>It’s called Fuchsia. While Google hasn’t officially announced anything about the OS, …

Underwater Traffic Tunnel World's 1st Tunnel to be built by Norway

<b>Underwater Traffic Tunnel to be built by Norway</b><p>If we can build sky-high super highways, so why it’s impossible to make underwater traffic tunnel? …

This illustrator is giving '80s movies a gloriously modern twist

LONDON — Ever wonder how different things might have been for E.T. if he'd visited earth in 2016? Or what the duties of a modern-day RoboCop might …

Movies

British man uses Eminem lyrics to complain to store, gets the perfect reply

LONDON — When it comes to customer complaints, it's getting harder and harder to be creative.<p>There was that guy who tried to claim money from The …

Eminem

7 Steps To Start An Instagram Marketing Campaign From Nothing

Instagram has consistently risen in popularity since the moment it exploded on the scene. Today, it’s home to more than 500 million users, and is the second-most popular social media platform in the world, next to Facebook. Clearly, there’s a huge marketing opportunity here; if you can capture even …

Misfit Ray review: style for miles

For all of its promises to help and enrich our lives, wearable tech is often very needy. Smartwatches constantly ping us asking for our attention; fitness trackers want us to get up and move around; and everything needs to be charged all the time. It’s no surprise many fitness trackers end up in a …

Tips and tricks for using Facebook's super-popular chat app, WhatsApp

Facebook-owned WhatsApp has swelled into a messaging behemoth, with more than a billion users every month.<p>The app prides itself on its simplicity, but there are some extra tips and tricks you should make sure to take advantage of:

Marvel’s New Han Solo Comic Shows Star Wars’ Smuggler at His Cocky Best

Here’s the thing about <i>Star Wars</i>’ favorite malcontent: saving the day is only something Han Solo does when he has to save his own ass.<p>Out today from …

Luke Skywalker

Google’s Project Ara is about more than just modular phones

I had exactly half an hour with four people from the Project Ara team at Google I/O to extract as much information as I could about the mission to actually launch a modular phone. So I rattled off as many questions as I could at a rat-a-tat pace, and the Ara team had answers for nearly all of …

Fact-checking in a ‘post-fact world’

You are about to read a newspaper article. Do you care whether all the facts in it are true? If so — what could convince you that they are or are not? A friend? A neutral website? Someone in authority?<p>If you aren’t really sure, then welcome to the world of fact-checking. In the past several years, …

Fact Checking

Mathpix will solve handwritten math equations for you

The first of its kind<p>Today is the first time in a decade that I actually wished I was back in school. Mathpix is an iOS app that can recognize and answer handwritten math equations in seconds. Open the app, point the camera toward your math problem (you'll need legible handwriting, or it won't work …

Google says more premium Chromebooks will launch later this year

If you thought Chromebooks were mainly low-end devices, you may be right — but Google wants to change your mind about that. Starting later this year, there will be more high-end Chromebooks in the wild.<p>At a session during Google I/O, the company confirmed it was working with partners like Samsung …

Google chief: we are moving from “a mobile first to an AI first world” - Mobile World Live

Following last week’s predictions by Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai showed that the search giant has a vision about artificial …

The Best Chrome Extensions for Google Drive

These browser add-ons will make you even more productive using Docs, Sheets, and Slides.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn …

9 iPhone cases that do more than just protect your phone

iPhone cases are a dime a dozen. Check any online marketplace, electronics store or kiosk at your local mall and you’ll be met with hundreds of options, all based on no more than a couple dozen designs. Options aside, originality is typically lacking.<p>Offering a unique iPhone case is rare these …

Gear & Gadgets

Amazon opens up the software for Alexa-controlled smart homes

Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa has already grown into a viable platform for voice-activated smart home control. Now, Amazon is introducing new, open software that will make it easier for smart home gadgets to hop aboard that platform.<p>The software is a new addition to the Alexa Skills Kit called …

Smart Homes

Autofocusing contact lenses? Today's chip research peeks into tomorrow's gadgets

In the 1960s, about the only place you'd see a computer chip was in a mainframe the size of a refrigerator. Today, chips are in car keys, passports, toothbrushes, greeting cards and stuffed animals.<p>No wonder Imec, the Belgian design organization that helps industry partners develop computer chip …

Clean Energy

The career advice no one tells you

Most people have “okay” jobs. We go to work, do what we have to do from 9 to 5, come back home, maybe hang out with friends, and do it all over again the next day. There’s nothing wrong with this.<p>But some people perform at a totally different level. They’re the people who land executive level …

Google’s smartwatch king has a 50-year vision for the future of Android Wear

The size of technical components is becoming ever-smaller, and the group wanted to figure out what could theoretically be achieved with a wearable technology platform.<p>So they attached their phones to their wrists and wandered the halls of Google, where they worked, pretending they were watches. …

Twitter is making it easier for businesses to receive messages from customers

Twitter wants to help you talk to brands<p>Twitter is one of the fastest ways to shame businesses into responding to your complaints. So it makes sense the social network would roll out new tools to improve two-way conversations with companies who want to use Twitter for online customer service. …