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9 augmented reality iPhone apps you should try

A new view of the worldImage by Niantic<i>Pokémon Go</i> may be the popular face of augmented reality (AR) apps—upon its debut last July, the game became an …

Augmented Reality

Use Notes app to plan your vacation

Here’s the worst way to organize any task: email. You can’t put everything in one place, and even if you could, you could never find it. Apple’s built-in Notes app, on the other hand, is the perfect place to store all those snippets of info you accumulate when planning something like a vacation. …

Evernote

GLMs, CPUs, and GPUs: An introduction to machine learning through logistic regression, Python and OpenCL

Welcome! As a mentee in the ChiPy mentorship program I will be writing a few blog posts about my project — which was to learn how to implement a …

Overcast just fixed the Apple Watch’s missing podcast support

Overcast, one of the best and most popular podcast apps for iOS, has a new update out that lets you send individual podcasts to the Apple Watch so you can listen to them even when you're not in the vicinity of your phone. Apple's own Podcasts app doesn't let you do this, although you can send a …

Smartwatches

Introducing New World Lenses

How to secure your Apple and iCloud accounts

Keep hackers at bay<p>With high-profile data hacks regularly hitting the headlines, you might be wondering what you can do to keep your own data safe. The answer, as it turns out, is quite a lot. We've previously covered how to protect your Facebook, Google, and other accounts. Now it's Apple's …

iOS

20 helpful Amazon Echo voice commands for you to try

"Hey Alexa, listen up!"<p>Since its introduction at the end of 2014, the Amazon Echo has done an excellent job of blending simplicity and intelligence—so much so that shouting voice commands across the living room almost seems normal now (or at least Google thinks so).<p>The brains behind the Echo (and …

Amazon

iTunes finally lets you watch movie rentals across devices

The next major update for iTunes has arrived.<p>Along with unveiling new iPads and iPhones, today Apple released a new software that finally brings cross-device movie rentals to iTunes.<p>In the new iTunes 12.6 update, Apple is introducing a new feature called “Rent once, watch anywhere” that allows …

iOS

Amazon Argues Alexa Speech Protected By First Amendment In Murder Trial Fight

An Amazon Echo device is displayed at the Ford booth at CES 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 5, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)<p>Amazon is sticking to its guns in the fight to protect customer data. The tech titan has filed a motion to quash the …

Amazon Echo

Twelve ways to make yourself a Gmail genius

Transfer money, search more accurately, or engage with your appliances: tips and tricks to enhance and customise the world’s most popular webmail service<p>Show me what I want to see<p>Want to see more of your inbox at a glance? Click the cog-wheel at the upper right of the Gmail web interface, then …

Lifehacks

Alexa can control your TV with a Logitech Harmony. Here's how

I don't need the remote control. When I want to turn on the TV, pause a movie or change the volume, I can just say the magic words aloud.<p>It wasn't particularly easy to set up, and it didn't come free -- you'll need patience and one of a specific set of pricey Logitech Harmony universal remote …

Smart Homes

6 key tips for keeping hackers out of your smart home

If forecasts and research firms have it right, pretty much everything in your home might soon be connected to the internet, from your fridge to your …

VPNs

Amazon Echo: 20 Best Skills in the Alexa App

Amazon Echo: 20 Best Skills in the Alexa App<p>The Best Skills from the Alexa App<p>The Alexa app store is quickly growing with over 10,000 goofy, useful, …

How To Fix Broken Headphones Using These Simple Soldering Steps

I have recently begun teaching myself how to solder with the hopes of crafting my own DJ controls in the near future. I had many, many questions when …

Most Popular Featured Desktops of 2016

Every week, we feature customized desktops submitted by readers that show off beautiful wallpapers, great customization, and UI tweaks. Sometimes …

Video Converter HandBrake 1.0.0 released

HandBrake 1.0.0, a new version of the popular open source cross-platform video converter, was released on December 24, 2016.I reviewed HandBrake for …

Software

Five ways AI could change your life

Artificial intelligence is unavoidable these days.<p>Companies like Google, Apple and Facebook are all investing in building the technologies — long the …

Meta’s New AR Glasses Let You Touch The Virtual World

The $949 headset, which is shipping now, lets you interact with digital objects without the need for physical controllers.<p>It takes automakers many years to go from design concept to showroom-ready cars, and by the time designers see their new vehicles in the flesh, it’s often too late to make any …

Augmented Reality

17 hidden useful tricks and shortcuts for your new Apple TV

Apple<p>The Apple TV 4, which came out last fall, is one of the most advanced media streamers on the market.<p>As opposed to older Apple TV models, the latest version can install apps and is a fairly sophisticated computer that you can hook up to your flat screen television.<p>You can tell if you have the …

Smart TV

Do You Think Your ISP Is Cheating You? These Speed Test Sites Will Help You Prove It

Internet service providers like to make a lot of claims about upload and download speeds when you sign up, but do you ever wonder how those numbers …

This Hovering DIY Tablet Holder is Crazy Easy to Make

Soon you could be in bed with a tablet hovering above you.<p>If you're getting ready to spend a weekend in bed avoiding relatives as much as possible, there's no need for you to watch Netflix uncomfortably. DaveHax created a simple tablet stand you could DIY in just a few hours.<p>All you need is …

Tablets

Gartner's Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends For 2017

<b>Gartner, Inc.</b><p>Increasingly, the world is becoming an intelligent, digitally enabled mesh of people, things and services. Technology will be embedded …

Intelligence

25 Practical Blogs To Sharpen Your Coding Skills

Learn from the people who create and experiment. Photo credit: Tirza van Dijk/StockSnap.io<p>The coding world might seem overwhelming at times – but when you pop, you can’t stop. So you might think you already know a lot, but there are always ways to sharpen your coding skills.<p>In the days of fast …

Programming

Apple Considers Wearables Expansion With Digital Glasses

Apple Inc. is weighing an expansion into digital glasses, a risky but potentially lucrative area of wearable computing, according to people familiar …

10 Business Podcasts You Should Be Listening To (If You Aren't Already)

The definitive list of awesome business podcasts.<p>We've all heard by now that the most successful people read extensively. Bill Gates, Mark Cuban, Elon Musk. They all credit at least some of their success to regularly devouring books.<p>But for those of us who don't have the time, or simply want to …

Podcasting

Why you might want to disable iOS 10's lock screen widgets

With lock-screen widgets, I can call home, text my wife, glance at my calendar, check a score, Shazam a song and perform many more helpful actions all without unlocking my iPhone. These widgets are incredibly convenient and my favorite thing about iOS 10.<p>This added convenience, however, sometimes …

iOS

iOS 10 tips: Rich notifications enable tvOS text entry from iPhone's lock screen

With rich notifications in iOS 10, users can now view and interact with alerts from a variety of apps directly from the lock screen. One of the more …

iOS

Apple CEO Tim Cook thinks augmented reality will be as important as 'eating three meals a day'

Apple CEO Tim Cook continues to talk about augmented reality like it's the next major computing platform after the smartphone.<p>During a talk with Republican Senator Orrin Hatch over the weekend in Utah, Cook gave his most detailed answer yet about how Apple is approaching the technology, which uses …

Augmented Reality

13 Things You Can Do with MacOS Sierra You Couldn't Before

MacOS Sierra is here and available for everyone —well, at least anyone who owns a Mac made in the last six years. If you’re wondering what’s new in …

iOS