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How to Be Happy: 10 Science-Backed Ways to Become a Happier Person

A boatload of research offers practical advice you can use to start being happier today.<p>Science has landed a probe on a comet hurtling through space, wiped smallpox from the face of the earth, and split the atom. Surely research can come up with a few ways to make humans happier.<p>Thanks to the …

iPhone SE review: today’s tech, yesterday’s design

Apple releases holiday gift guide featuring iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Beats accessories and more

Apple has launched a holiday gift guide microsite today, featuring Apple products and accessories targeted at a wide variety of audiences. The list is separated into six main sections: Gaming, Photography, Music, Fitness, Learning and Travel. Naturally, Apple prominently features its own devices in …

Headphones

At GitHub You Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Office, But There Is A Nice One If You Do

If you want to work for GitHub, the software development collaboration hub built on the open source Git project, you have to be independent and able to work outside the confines of what most organizations would consider normal operational guidelines.<p>You don’t have to come to the office. In fact, …

Turkey blocks access to Reddit under controversial censorship law

The Turkish government has officially blocked access to Reddit. Users first reported last night that they were unable to access the social media site, and as of Saturday the ban still appears to be in effect. It's not clear how long the block will remain in effect.<p>An official government site …

Airbnb Covers Extended Stays of Stranded Paris Travelers

The lodging company offers to cover the costs of extended stays of guests experiencing travel delays.<p>Friday night’s terrorism attacks took place at the same time that Airbnb was hosting a significant event in Paris. Now it’s helping its hosts cover the cost of extended stays of travelers who may be …

This man has been tasked with turning Facebook into a best friend that can get you whatever you need

As humans, we think machines understand us. We type in a search term into Google or the name of a city into the weather app, and the information is displayed before us.<p>But, we're not really using what is considered "natural language."<p>It's the difference between searching for the weather in a city …

Artificial Intelligence

Why people are freaking out at Snapchat today

This hasn't been a good week for Snapchat.<p>News that the startup got a 25% markdown from a big investor dominated the first half of the week.<p>And on Friday, Snapchat released a new version of its app that makes people pay to keep using certain "Lenses," a special type of photo filter.<p>When users saw …

T-Mobile announces Binge On, a free video streaming service that doesn't use up your data

John Legere took the stage at today’s Uncarrier X event Los Angeles to announce its plan to change the way each of us consume video on our mobile devices. Well, each of us that are T-Mobile subscribers anyway.<p>The announcement had a heavy video focus and featured the arrival of a new feature that …

Facebook Explains Why it Activated Safety Check for Paris Attack

Facebook on Saturday sought to tamp down criticism that it had rolled out its widely-used Safety Check feature amid the terrorist attacks in Paris …

Facebook should allow users to create their own 'Causes' filter

Following an update that allowed users to add a French flag filter to show support for victims of the Paris attacks, many are criticizing Facebook for being quick to display support for one nation but not for other crises happening around the world.<p>While we shouldn’t discount the lives lost in …

Same-sex Marriage

Snapchat Tries Another Way to Make Money: More In-App Purchases

Snapchat is selling lenses now, too.<p>Snapchat is trying to figure out how to turn its 100 million-plus daily users into daily contributors to its bottom line, and it’s throwing all kinds of ideas at the wall to see what sticks.<p>On Friday it started testing another: A “lens store” where users can pay …

Airbnb Hosts Never Have to Set Their Own Prices Again

On Thursday, a new set of tools for Airbnb hosts will go live, amid the happy fanfare of 5,000-odd home-sharers gathering at the the company’s annual …

Qualcomm flexes Snapdragon 820's muscles as upcoming rollout draws near

The chip that will power some of 2016's biggest smartphones just got a sneak preview in New York City.<p>Eight months after its initial announcement earlier this year during Mobile World Congress 2015 in March, Qualcomm's demoed its latest Snapdragon 820 chipset during a New York press event today. …

Mophie launches new line of aluminum battery packs with Bluetooth monitoring in tow

External battery packs are everywhere nowadays. With so many different options when it comes brand, size and price, it can be quite difficult at times to figure out which one is right for you and your mobile devices. Mophie is one of the best brands in the battery industry, consistently providing …

Gear & Gadgets

The iPad Pro doesn't seem to be an Apple 'Pro' device as we know it

In name alone, the iPad Pro suggests it’s something more than <i>just</i> a tablet — and it is. Big, powerful and already with some great apps, the iPad Pro is Apple’s stab at robust computing away from the desktop.<p>And it’s definitely for pros — just not every pro, and definitely not <i>this</i> pro.<p>Blockchain and …

Fossil acquires wearable maker Misfit for $260 million

Watchmakers and wearables unite<p>Fossil Group has agreed to acquire Misfit, maker of wearable activity trackers for $260M in a major deal uniting traditional watchmakers with Silicon Valley talent. Fossil Group says it plans to begin incorporating Misfit's technology into products resembling …

Skype's filters bring some life to your video messages

The Skype team doesn't have it easy these days -- it not only has to compete with legions of live chat apps, but also the back-and-forth video messaging of Snapchat. What's it going to do? Fight on Snapchat's home turf, apparently. Microsoft has released Skype updates for Android and iOS that let …

Facebook helps Tor’s hidden sites get official recognition

Today the Tor Project and Facebook announced that .onion web addresses, which allow anonymous users to browse online through Tor, have been formally recognized by the Internet Engineering Task Force. The IETF is responsible for determining which domains are designated as "special use domains," a …

Apple Shows Off Its First-Ever Piece Of Virtual Reality Content With U2 Music Video

After staying relatively quiet on the future of virtual reality, Apple has made its first foray into the space via a 360-degree U2 music video made available on the Vrse app.<p>The music video is part of a larger Apple Music partnership with U2 called “The Experience Bus,” which is basically an …

Microsoft is merging Outlook and Sunrise into a single app

Big news from Microsoft today: it’s officially merging its email app Outlook (formerly Accompli) with calendar service Sunrise in the coming months.<p>According to The Verge, the apps will slowly converge, with the first preview of the merge appearing in an Outlook update for iOS users today. In …

Apps

Google Maps shows what it knows about everywhere you've (ever) been

Google's Location History feature keeps track of the places your mobile device has been (if you opt-in and turn it on) and now you can look back through that data with "Your Timeline." Rolling out on the desktop and Android versions of Google Maps, its gives you an easy-to-navigate look at your …

This tiny Irish tech startup thinks it can defeat Apple’s new ad-blocking plan

Safari is roughly 25% of all internet browsers, and the nightmare scenario for web site owners would be if all those users discovered just how much better and faster the web is once you block all the ads. With iPhone and Apple users suddenly not seeing ads, many publishers could go out of …

Digital Advertising

Flipboard Has Filed To Raise Another $50M

Flipboard’s 75 percent jump in the last six months has it clocking in at over 70 million monthly active users. And it looks like that is not the only recent bump for the startup: It appears to have quietly raised another $50 million in funding.<p>[Update: Flipboard has confirmed our story.]<p>We were …

Amazon's handyman service expands to new cities

Amazon's handyman service is getting a spit-shine.<p>The e-commerce company said Wednesday that Amazon Home Services -- its hub for hiring plumbers, painters and electricians through its website -- has expanded to 11 new US cities, including Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington, DC. The new …

Report: Samsung Galaxy Note 5 to get August 13 unveiling in New York City

For some time now it’s been predicted that Samsung will skip the noise of IFA in September and choose to launch the Galaxy Note 5 in August. We had heard previously that Sammy was planning an event for its flagship phablet on August 12th. Business Korea, however, stepped in this morning with its …

Galaxy Note

Microsoft pilots hybrid not-quite-email, not-quite-IM iPhone app – ahead of Windows Phone

Microsoft has today launched Send, an experimental iPhone app that offers a kind of cross between email and instant messaging. Microsoft says that it is designed for “brief, snappy communications” where you want an instant response but also want to retain a record of what was said within Outlook. …

Apps

Cuba Libre! Airbnb Stays In the Country Are Free This Week

With the Cuban Embassy reopening in Washington, D.C., this week, room-sharing service Airbnb says it will cover the cost for U.S. travelers booked to …

This is what the OnePlus 2 looks like

The OnePlus 2 phone is set to launch in less than a week, but you can get a good look at the device right now, courtesy of Chinese wireless regulator Tenaa.<p>You’ll notice a fingerprint reader below the screen on the front. Engadget noted that the back has a camera with a similar configuration to …

Mobile Technology

LG denies Google investment rumor that sent its stock soaring

Here’s an interesting story out of South Korea today: LG had to issue a statement to refute “market speculation” about Google acquiring a stake in it.<p><i>Reuters</i>, <i>CNBC</i>, and the <i>Korea Herald</i> report that rumors about Google possibly buying a large stake in LG Electronics have sent the company’s stock …