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Microsoft rolls out surprise Christmas ad showing Apple some love

Under normal circumstances, the sight of Microsoft store employees facing down their Apple counterparts on the Fifth Avenue plaza outside the Cupertino company's famous glass cube store might have you thinking a full-on fist fight was about to kick off.<p>The scene appears in Microsoft's new Christmas …

16-year-old inventor launches new smartphone lens

The young entrepreneur has sold 4,000 Magnibands and is hoping for a Christmas 'surge' in orders<p>Toby Liew, a 16-year-old A-level student from Gillingham, Kent, has created a macro lens that fits on most available smartphone models, which he hopes will become the next consumer technology "it" gadget.<p>…

iPhone 6s Plus somehow batters Galaxy Note 5 in real-world speed test

When it comes to specifications, Apple’s latest iPhones look like they’re lagging far behind their Android-powered rivals. But thanks to …

Make your MacBook chime like an iPhone when you plug it in to charge

The iPhone and iPad have made a cute little chime noise when plugged it into charge since their inception, but the Mac has no such noise as it uses the MagSafe light indicators to show charging status. This changed with the new 12-inch Retina MacBook which doesn’t have MagSafe so it uses the iOS …

OS X

Improve your design and dev skills: 89% off SitePoint Premium

Improving your digital skills is a rewarding experience, with the right tuition. SitePoint is renowned for its high quality content, and you can enjoy unlimited access for an entire year via <i>TNW Deals</i> for just $19. It’s a part of the TNW Deals Summer Blowout Sale, packed with great deals to end the …

This Unassuming Kitchen Tool Blocks Wi-Fi So You Can Take Back Mealtime

Sick of family members blankly staring at their smartphones at the dinner table? Give them the grind -- the anti-tech pepper grind.<p>The creative masterminds at Australian pasta sauce maker Dolmio have cooked up a pepper grinder that looks like your standard wooden pepper mill, only it does something …

Spices

Microsoft says Cortana is a much better girlfriend than Apple's Siri

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>"I'm just blown away by how well she knows me."<p>This is, apparently, every man's dream for the perfect relationship. To be known is, it seems, to be loved. And Siri simply isn't a great lover.<p>These aren't my …

7 great uses for an old phone or tablet

Upgrading to a new smartphone or tablet always feels like Christmas morning, but it also leaves you with an old gadget that’s taking up space. Usually, nothing is wrong with it. You just don't need it anymore.<p>Or do you? Before you decide to sell it or give it away, there are some very cool things …

Clear out an HDMI port for Intel’s $149 Compute Stick

Here at the Consumer Electronics Show, Intel is trying to cram its chips into every possible product, ranging from drones and door locks to watches …

CES

Grumpy Cat's new movie shows she should have stayed a meme

Sometimes the internet takes things too far.<p>Grumpy Cat, neé Tardar Sauce, was born in 2012, and because she happens to have feline dwarfism, she has a distinctly pissed off face. The kind of face made for image macros meant to express the inherent truth of life in the age of late capitalism: that …

Google Just Released A Cute Video Teasing The Name Of Android 'L'

Google is expected to release the latest version of its mobile operating system sometime this month, and the company just published a fun video teasing the new name.<p>Google traditionally names its products after sweet treats — KitKat, Jelly Bean, Ice Cream Sandwich, Honeycomb, Gingerbread, etc. — …

Samsung Trolls iPhone 6 Plus in Sarcastic New Ad

By now, everyone knows that Apple recently unveiled the iPhone 6 Plus with a larger 5.5.-inch display — an announcement that has left rival Samsung …

Nokia saw the future, but couldn't build it

Everything that Apple and Google are today, Nokia wanted to become<p>There was once a time when my search for a new phone would start (and likely finish) with a visit to Nokia.com. The Finnish company had the widest choice, the best designs, and the most respected brand around the world, so it was …

Microsoft makes it easier for students to get Office 365 at no cost

Back when it launched the Student Advantage program, Microsoft made it possible for 35,000 educational institutions across the globe to receive free access to Office 365. As part of that, students and teachers alike could get a subscription to the productivity software at no cost to them, so long …

Mom invents app to stop teens from ignoring parent phone calls

A Houston mom was fed up with her teenage son ignoring her calls and texts to his mobile phone. She’d call and call and he’d never pick up. Her texts seemed to be sent into a black hole.<p>Sharon Standifird decided something needed to be done and figured she could use modern technology to get Bradley …

Flappy Bird's Official Sequel 'Swing Copters' Is Arriving Later This Week

Swing Copters promises to be just as hard (if not harder) than its flapping predecessor, but the premise is simple: Fly as high as you can without hitting the swinging hammers.<p>Just as Flappy Bird only allowed you to fly up or down, Swing Copters only lets you fly left or right, creating a …

Microsoft reignites Mac vs. PC conflict for new Surface Pro 3 ads

Microsoft is bringing the Mac vs. PC battle back with full force today. While the company targeted the MacBook Air at the launch of the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft’s latest ads place both devices head-to-head. It’s a style that’s similar to how Microsoft has targeted the iPad and even Siri recently, …

Virgin Mobile lets you customize your family's prepaid phone plan

In the US, prepaid cellphone service tends to be a like-it-or-leave-it proposition that rarely fits perfectly, especially for families. Virgin Mobile may have a smarter approach in store; it's launching Custom, a prepaid family plan that lets you tailor usage to your liking. You can put as many as …

Microsoft pits Siri against Cortana in new Windows Phone 8.1 ad

Microsoft is focusing on Apple’s Siri digital assistant in one of the first Windows Phone 8.1 commercials. It’s another return to the Mac vs. PC war, as Microsoft chooses to mock Siri in an effort to showcase Cortana for the first time. The new commercial sees an iPhone 5S pitted against a low-end …

Check Out The Sleek Los Angeles Headquarters Of Beats Electronics, The Company Apple Bought For $3 Billion

Even though it's now part of the Apple empire, the new Beats office has none of the glass-and-steel minimalism we've come to expect from Apple.<p>Instead, it's bright and fun, with intensely colored seating areas and listening stations where you can try out headphones.<p>There aren't too many outrageous …

Marvel's giving you the key to over 13,000 comics for 99 cents

To celebrate the start of Comic-Con tomorrow in San Diego, Marvel is kicking off a promotion that provides an all-you-can-have pass to its entire digital library for less than a dollar. There are a few caveats, as expected, but not enough to make the offer seem any less attractive. According to …

Kids Are Legit Worried Their Parents Are Addicted To Smartphones

From Instagram to "Candy Crush" to plain old texting, it's no secret that young people are obsessed with their mobile devices. But kids apparently think parents are tech-obsessed, too.<p>According to a survey released Tuesday, 69 percent of children in the United Kingdom feel their parents are …

How to Text Your Friends When You Have No Service

We’ve all been there. You’re in a situation where you don’t have service and you really need to send a text: on a trip in the middle of nowhere, stuck in your apartment during a serious blackout or at a concert where the signal is spotty. GoTenna is a lifesaver/game changer of a new gadget that …

Innovation

New Samsung ad says ‘we’ve had it for two years’ to those anticipating iPhone 6’s larger screen

Samsung is continuing its approach of pushing anti-iPhone ads on its YouTube channel. Today’s ad showcases two friends, an iPhone user and a Galaxy S5 user, speaking to each other about the upcoming iPhone 6’s larger screen. “Dude, iPhone might be getting a bigger screen” excitedly states the …

A Little Girl Wrote Google A Letter Asking To Give Her Dad A Day Off, And Google Responded

Here's some advice on how to get some time off from work: Have your daughter send a really cute letter to your employer, asking them to give you a day off.<p>Bonus points if the letter is written in crayon.<p>One little girl decided to give her dad a hand. She wrote his employer, which happens to be …

Cute

Chrome Is Now More Popular Than Internet Explorer

Google Chrome has edged out Microsoft's Internet Explorer in the ongoing battle of the browsers, according to Adobe Digital Report (ADI) data.<p>The …

How to Share Files Between User Accounts on Windows, Linux, or OS X

Your operating system provides each user account with its own folders when you set up several different user accounts on the same computer. Shared …

Linux

Australia could have a high-speed rail network by 2025

<i>(Credit: BZE)</i><p><b>A joint report that took two years has found that a high-speed rail network connecting Australia's east coast from Brisbane to Melbourne</b> …

Microsoft will use pop-ups to warn Windows XP users to upgrade

Microsoft is planning to use pop-up warnings to entice Windows XP users to upgrade. The software maker is ending support of XP on April 8th, and will start distributing notices next week to machines running the 12-year-old operating system. Pop-up warnings will appear on March 8th following the …