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Elgato Becomes Latest Company to Launch Thunderbolt Docking Station

Since late 2012, a number of accessory manufacturers have released docking stations taking advantage of Thunderbolt technology to allow users to connect a number of different types of devices to their machines with a single cable. Matrox was the first to reach market with its DS1, and similar …

Behind Cortana: How Microsoft aims to stand out with its personal assistant

SAN FRANCISCO — You might not know when you use a Windows Phone with Microsoft’s new Cortana personal digital assistant, but lots and lots of computing is happening silently to make it all work.<p>After listening to you speak into one of these Cortana-equipped phones, Microsoft is matching your words …

Intel Releases $99 “Minnowboard Max,” An Open-Source Single-Board Computer

Not to be outflanked by rivals, Intel has released the $99 Minnowboard Max, a tiny single-board computer that runs Linux and Android. It is completely open source – you can check out the firmware and software here – and runs a 1.91GHz Atom E3845 processor.<p>The board’s schematics are also available …

Meet Cortana, Microsoft's Answer To Siri And Google Now

At an event unveiling the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update, Microsoft finally took the wraps off Cortana, the company's answer to Siri and Google Now.<p>Named after the artificial intelligence character in the “Halo” games, the voice-controlled digital assistant is powered by Microsoft’s Bing search …

Google Maps Is Taken Over By Pokémon In April Fools' Prank

Google is starting April Fools' Day a bit early this year.<p>The company's maps division announced in a video published on Monday, Mar. 31, that it's got a new job opening. The title? Pokémon master.<p>In order to find the best Pokémon master, Google has developed a Pokémon Challenge that is what it …

April Fools' 2014 roundup: selfie-taking drones, smartgloves and more

For the last 24 hours (and likely the next 12), excitable company execs have been barraging our inbox, YouTube and your social media networks with their best shenanigans. Love it or loathe it (and you're probably starting to loathe it by now), the April Fools' tradition continues, even stronger, in …

Tech giants lose round in wage-fixing suit

Judge Koh clears the path to trial for a class-action lawsuit alleging wage-fixing and collusion by tech juggernauts, one that could lead to sweeping changes in Silicon Valley.<p>US District Court Judge Lucy Koh on Friday quashed a request for summary judgment by defendant tech firms in a lawsuit …

Class Action

Is the Oculus Rift sexist?

In the fall of 1997, my university built a CAVE (Cave Automatic Virtual Environment) to help scientists, artists, and archeologists embrace 3D immersion to advance the state of those fields. Ecstatic at seeing a real-life instantiation of the Metaverse, the virtual world imagined in Neal …

Virtual Reality

Canadians Will Get a Taco Bell Breakfast Menu If and Only If They Take Justin Bieber Back

Yesterday, Taco Bell rolled out its highly anticipated breakfast menu and, naturally, the chain’s president, Brian Niccol, took to Reddit to host an …

Taco Bell

What Apple products are in the pipeline?

Bloomberg's Adam Satariano discusses Microsoft unveiling Office software for the iPad and what to expect from Apple's WWDC event<p><i>Source: Bloomberg</i>

We may already know how we will cure death—but should we?

A pair of advocates—they do legitimate research too, but their ardor is so intense, it’s hard to call them scientists—believe that they will, within their lifetimes, make ours the first generation of humans to live forever.<p>Their quest is elegantly laid out in <i>The Immortalists</i>, a new documentary …

Singularity

Apple To Launch 4.7- And 5.5-Inch iPhone As Soon As September, Report Claims

Apple is said to be readying to release its next iPhone in both 4.7- and 5.5-inch screen sizes, with a launch as early as September, according to a report by Japanese business news publication Nikkei today. The production cycle is already ramping up, with component makers producing elements like …

Realmac teases upcoming Reminders feature in popular ‘Clear’ task app

Fantastical isn’t the only app with a new version on the way. Realmac Software, makers of the popular to-do list app Clear, have been hyping the addition of Reminders functionality since late last year and expected to ship the update around this time. Realmac says its still fine tuning the …

New Xbox One notifications let you know when other gamers think you're being a jerk

The Xbox One's simplified Reputation system aims to keep like-minded gamers playing together, and now the folks in Redmond plan to notify you if you fall of out the community's good graces. Are you the sort of player who doesn't ruffle too many feathers? You'll be just fine -- the occasional bad …

The 2005 Steve Jobs ultimatum that became the iPhone

In 2005, Greg Christie was working on the device that would become the iPhone, and running out of time. As a senior software engineer at Apple, Christie had been given an ultimatum by Steve Jobs: bigger ideas and bigger concepts for the iPhone's software in two weeks, or else the project would be …

Instagram Hits 200 Million Users

It's a testament to Instagram's success that when Mark Zuckerberg revealed the photo-sharing service had crossed the 200-million-user milestone, it …

reShoot for iPhone gives you a second chance at movie magic

Shooting video is a challenge because its very flexibility is often a liability: cinematic freedom comes at a time consuming, complex price. Inevitably you shoot too much, like too little, and consume hours attempting to salvage bad footage. Sometimes you wish you could just start all over …

RoomScan app creates floor plans just by tapping walls

Turn your iPhone into a magic tape measure with this surprisingly adept tool.<p>Shopping for furniture? Need to figure out how much paint you need for a living-room makeover? Planning to sell your house? These and other activities can benefit greatly from having a floor plan, but who's got time to …

Apps

LG shows another photo of its Android Wear-powered G Watch

On Twitter today, LG UK released another photo of the G Watch that was first announced alongside Google's Android Wear platform last week. The photo is an upgrade from the first one the company released at the time of the announcement, which showed the smartwatch's face shrouded in black. At a …

BatteryBox portable charger promises to keep the juice flowing even after five years

A new portable battery promises to carry enough juice to charge eight iPhones and keep your MacBook Air going for 12 hours, <i>five years</i> after you buy it. Unlike others that lose their capacity over time, BatteryBox uses a new energy management system called BatteryOS that monitors what's going on …

NASA Published The Clearest Panorama Of The Milky Way Ever Created

NASA has released an interactive mosaic of infrared images of the Milky Way. It is the "clearest infrared panorama of our galactic home ever made," according to the voiceover in the video below.<p>The zoomable image is a composite of more than 2 million photos taken the by the Spitzer Space Telescope …

Universe

What If Your Phone Knew What You Wanted Before You Asked?

With Siri, Apple promised a system that could fulfill the long-held promise of AI. But to many experts in the field, the system is a letdown. One startup thinks it can do better.<p>Editor’s Note<p>This is part of Co.Exist’s list of World Changing Ideas of 2014. Read more here.<p>“For decades, technologists …

Christian Bale Top Choice to Play Steve Jobs in Biopic Written by Aaron Sorkin

Director David Fincher, who is in talks to direct the Aaron Sorkin-scripted Steve Jobs biopic based on Water Isaacson’s biography, is hoping to cast Christian Bale in the leading role as Steve Jobs, reports <i>TheWrap</i>.<p>Though Fincher has not yet officially signed on to direct the film, he has allegedly …

Microsoft claims DirectX 12 will improve Xbox One games, won't require new PC components

Microsoft just announced DirectX 12, the latest version of the company's graphics APIs, at the 2014 Game Developers Conference. The reveal wasn't a surprise. What's surprising is that Microsoft says that existing computers, smartphones, and the existing Xbox One game console will see boosts in …

Samsung files patent for a transparent camera display

First came OLED, then came curved. Now, Samsung has filed a patent for a see-through screen on a digital camera so you can stare into your subject's …

Flazio, An Italian Web-Design Engine, Lets You Build A Site Through Your Facebook Page

Website creation software is a dime-a-dozen. You press a button, type in some jazz, and come up with a one page website for you and yours. But what if I said there was something that could make it even easier? Flazio, a service made by Sicilian brother and sister team Elisa and Flavio Fazio, can …