Zachary Kratochvil

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11 Tiny Design Features That Show Apple's Insane Attention To Detail

Many of these details go unnoticed by the average Apple user, or are only useful to a relative handful of people using the product.<p>Some features are handy while others are purely cosmetic, but Apple included them anyway.<p>Here are the best of these little design flourishes.

Watch This Man Turn a DeLorean Into a Monster Truck, a Limo, and a Hovercraft

Avoid flat-spotting and choose your own tire-storage adventure.<p>John Z. DeLorean's DMC-12 began with an ambitious idea—a Wankel-powered sportscar—that was whittled down by production pressures and other issues to become a not-particularly-sporty shadow of DeLorean's dream. It became an icon in spite …

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Obama Signs E-Label Act To Remove Logos From Phones

Your next phone might drop the ugly logos on the back altogether, with President Barack Obama officially signing the E-Label act into law today.<p>The E-Label act means that most of those logos on the back of your phone can be displayed using software instead of on the device itself. This means that …

How to Convert PDF Text to Word Free on Mac OS X

How to convert text in a PDF into Microsoft Word format on Mac OS X using the Automator app.<p>You can convert text in a PDF into copiable text to be …

AgileBits Unveils 1Password App Extension for iOS 8

AgileBits has announced a new 1Password App Extension for iOS 8.<p><i>Thanks to Apple’s incredible new developer features in iOS 8, third-party apps can</i> …

Microsoft's 'one Windows' -- what it really means

Microsoft executives have struggled to explain for the past year or more where the company is going with Windows.<p>Thanks to a passing comment yesterday by CEO Satya Nadella during Microsoft's fiscal fourth quarter earnings call, the struggle is continuing.<p>"We will streamline the next version of …

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Apple reportedly working on 12-inch Retina MacBook and 4K display for release this year

Apple's OS X Yosemite is coming this fall, so it should be no surprise that the company is readying new hardware to go along with it. <i>9to5Mac</i> reports Apple's current projects include a 12-inch MacBook featuring a pixel-dense Retina display and "a much thinner and slightly lighter aluminum body." The …

12-Inch MacBook Air to Begin Production in 3rd Quarter 2014

Digitimes reports that Apple's new 12" MacBook Air will enter mass production in the 3rd quarter of 2014. Quanta Computer is reportedly responsible for the assembly of the new machine which falls in between the 11" and 13" MacBook Air lines. Their sources have not heard of any changes to the …

This Smart Cup Can Identify Any Beverage You Pour Into It

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Vessyl is the smartest cup you didn't know you needed. There's nothing tech people love as much as …

Beats goes after runners, gym goers with new Bluetooth ear buds

Headphone maker Beats Electronics is launching a $200 pair of wireless ear buds that the company says would survive six days of sweaty, hour-long workouts without needing a recharge.<p>Athletes are already among the most prominent users of the earmuff-like, single-side-cord Beats headphones. It’s hard …

Will The Last BlackBerry User Turn Off The Flashing LED Light?

Today I switched from a BlackBerry Q10 to an iPhone 5s. After almost singlehandedly trying to save the physical QWERTY, I feel compelled to explain why.<p>It isn’t because of the ribbing I get from my TC colleagues every time BlackBerry issues more bad news. It isn’t because the only people I know who …

'Tile,' The Gadget That Makes Sure You Never Lose Anything Ever Again, Is Now On Sale To The Public

Imagine tapping into a large group of strangers to help you track down a stolen bike.<p>After months of hype, a company called Tile has this week started shipping a device that can help you do just that. (You can buy Tiles here.)<p>Just attach the $25 device to an object, and your smartphone will find it …

Psy's "Gangnam Style" Poised to Hit 2 Billion Views

Reaching 1 billion views is so 2012.<p>Just when it appeared that Psy’s “Gangnam Style” had been safely relegated to wedding receptions and Bar Mitzvahs, the music video that introduced K-Pop to the masses appears poised to shatter its own record. The video, which set the high watermark of 1 billion …

Microsoft announces 12-inch Surface Pro 3, wants to replace your iPad & MacBook

Today during Microsoft’s Surface event in New York City, the company just unveiled its new 12-inch, Core i7 Surface Pro 3 tablet and it spent much of its presentation comparing it to the iPad and MacBook Air. Microsoft is pitching the 9.1mm thick tablet– the thinnest Intel Core product ever made– …

Surface Pro 3 hands on: Better laptop, yes; better tablet, maybe

Advertisement<p>35 Comments<p>As I walked back from Microsoft’s Surface event earlier today, one question kept creeping into my mind: Did Microsoft(s MSFT) …

Watch Lockheed Martin's laser weapon take down boats from a mile away

It's good that Lockheed Martin's ADAM laser can shoot down drones and rockets, but there are threats much closer to Earth -- say, small boat crews bent on destroying large warships. Never fear, though, as we now know that ADAM can take care of those targets as well. Lockheed has successfully …

Review roundup: Best waterproof iPhoneography cases

This week we check out the best iPhone cases for using underwater. And seeing as the only reason to take an iPhone underwater is to snap pictures, we’re looking specifically at the camera capabilities.<p>The Candidates<p>The <b>Survivor+Catalyst</b> from Griffin is the lightest and slimmest of the bunch, and …

6 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With Your Graphing Calculator

Fun Things to Do on a Graphing Calculator<p>1. Draw something.<p>2. Play games.<p>3. Collect data.<p>4. Upload photos.<p>5. Write full sentences.<p>6. Create and save …

When will Apple kill the iPod?

Physical music formats were so 20th century, so we put our music on computers. But even that was too much of a burden, so music is going up, up, and away, into the cloud and streaming. The iPod Classic is firmly rooted to the ground, and I like it that way.<p>I can live without Siri, iCloud, a camera, …

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As iPods fade out, Apple's iTunes turns up the volume

Apple's iPod business has shrunk to the point where the company no longer even mentions it among its main product list at quarterly earnings. And while unveiling this year's latest iPhones last month, Apple rolled out a new iPod color without little fanfare.<p>Some way to treat a product that sold26.4 …

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iWatch May Ultimately Replace iPod, No iPod Updates Expected in 2014

A research note (via <i>Barrons</i>) from Christopher Caso, an analyst with Susquehanna Financial Group, reiterates previous analyst reporting about the iWatch, saying Apple is looking to enter production with a pair of screen sizes in the fourth quarter of 2014.<p>Caso says Apple has production targets of …

How The iWatch Could Finally Kill The iPod

When Apple reveals its Q2 2014 sales numbers later today, few people are expecting any miracles: Mostly, Wall Street expects that growth will have stalled. All the more reason why Apple needs a major new product like the iWatch to give them some of their mojo back.<p>One business that everyone</i> …

Sprint's cellphone for kids lets parents keep a close watch

Many parents are comfortable with giving cellphones to teens, but young kids are a different story -- how do you introduce them to mobile technology without also exposing them to all kinds of dangers? Sprint thinks its new WeGo phone is a good answer to that dilemma. The simple, rugged design not …

Thermodo Transforms Your Smartphone Into a Thermometer

When a crowdfunding campaign not only meets its funding goal but smashes it to smithereens, you know the idea has struck a chord with consumers.<p>With $336,018 raised of its initial $35,000 goal, it’s clear that the Thermodo has resonated with many across the Web. And one year after we first reported …

Happy Birthday, iPad. Four And All Grown Up

iPad spread through schools like a mutant winter flu, capturing 94% of the education market by the end of 2013

Thermodo turns your smartphone into an instant thermometer

Today’s smartphones offer countless apps to check the weather, find out upcoming forecasts, or even get alerts when it’s about to rain or snow. But no app can tell you exactly what the temperature is right where you stand. That’s why Robocat, the developers of Haze and other smartphone weather …

Why The Microsoft Surface Just Died Last Week

Would I purchase the Microsoft Surface? Not anymore. And I’m not sure that you should either.<p>I’m looking for a new laptop and the Surface has been one of the top contenders. I like it a lot. And although a slow seller for Microsoft it’s been gaining in popularity and many reviewers have given it …

George Lucas explains how he invented lightsabers

Lightsabers, as Obi Wan Kenobi once said, are an elegant weapon for a civilized age. In <i>Star Wars</i>' galaxy, they're graceful and otherworldly things. In ours, as the 15-minute <i>Birth of the Lightsaber</i> featurette shows, they were little more than sticks onto which the movie's visual effects artists …

Nintendo killing off online play for DS and Wii

Nintendo is terminating "certain online functionality" for the Wii, DS and DSi including online play, matchmaking and leaderboards for many of its …

Windows XP's retirement driving PC demand in US, says Citi

The end is near for Windows XP support, which has triggered an uptick in PC demand, according to Citi Research.<p>In case you've been living under a rock, support for Windows XP is ending on April 8. Corporate America is probably aware of this more than any single entity, pushing up demand in an …

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