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Third-party widgets have been a staple on Android for years, but they’ve finally made their way to iDevices with iOS 8. Sort of, anyway. Apple still won’t let you install widgets to your home screen, but you can add some widgets to your Notification Center. Here’s what to do. First, ma...
In just a couple years, your MacBook Air or Surface Pro could look obsolete. Denizens of the future won’t understand why you have so many gaping holes in your machine. Why would you need a full-size USB socket, a magnetic charging port, and a video output when you can cram them a...
A platform upgrade always comes with its fair share of bugs, and per Apple Forums, one of the issues popping up with iOS 8 is slow Wi-Fi. But fear not, apparently there’s an easy fix. Now, not everyone is experiencing sluggish internet connections on iOS 8—some of our staffers sa...
The risks were clear to computer experts inside Home Depot: The home improvement chain, they warned for years, might be easy prey for hackers. But despite alarms as far back as 2008, Home Depot was slow to raise its defenses, according to former employees. On Thursday, the company conf...
By now you’ve no doubt downloaded and installed the shiny new iOS 8 on every device you own that can take it, but what if Apple doesn’t know best? What if some of the new features are a hindrance rather than a help? You can’t turn back the clock completely, but you ca...
PayPal said today that a subset of North American merchants that accept payments online using PayPal can now accept bitcoin as a payment method, too. Bitcoin acceptance will be limited to those merchants that use Paypal to sell digital goods, such as ringtones, games and media. These s...
Businesses have always had to manage their reputation; the only things that have changed are the medium, the speed at which information is transmitted and the number of people that are reached by that information. Your reputation used to be what you said about yourself in your advertis...
SMS Audio, the headphone and accessories brand started by 50 Cent, recently announced that its SMS Audio Sport Collection line of headphones is now available at SMSAudio.com. These headphones were designed to stay put during physical activity, and feature professionally-tuned drivers a...
Valve is changing Steam in a big way, overhauling the front page and adding some brand new features that will drastically change the way we find and buy PC games on the ubiquitous digital store. The revision—which Valve is calling the Steam Discovery Update and which went live on Monda...
Over the past year, it’s become a lot easier to buy bitcoin, thanks to services such as Coinbase. And thanks to retailers such as Overstock.com and TigerDirect, it’s now a lot easier to to spend them online. But there’s still one big pothole in bitcoin’s bumpy road to mainstream adopti...
One of the most convenient and exciting new features in iOS 8 is “Bundles.” Located in a new section of the App Store, “Bundles” lets developers package together multiple apps that you can download with a single tap. Right now, most of the best-selling bundles are collections of games....
Microsoft has announced a new self-serve program for students at eligible schools that allows them to sign up for a free Office 365 license on their own. The offer is available first in the US and will roll out globally later this year. The new program builds on the Student Advantage i...
Earlier this year, Apple bought Beats Music and Beats Electronics for $3 billion. Since then, CEO Tim Cook has gone out of his way to rave about the Beats Music subscription service, which sells all-you-can-eat music for $10 a month. So why would Apple plan to shut down Beats Music, as...
It’s still nearly impossible to get HBO, or any other pay-TV channel, without subscribing to a pay-TV package that gives you a bundle of channels, whether you want them or not. But the people who sell you TV are starting to tinker with the model, at least at the margins. Several pay-TV...
Apple keynote presentations are a mecca for new product announcements, where CEO Tim Cook and his fellow VPs discuss every little detail of the newest iPhone — well, maybe not every little detail. There is only so much time for Apple to discuss new products, and they only have time to ...
Kickstarter announced several updates late Friday to its terms of use and policies for crowdfunded projects, according to a blog post at the company’s site. The terms of use are not changing much about the spirit of the platform, but the update provides more detailed guidelines f...
We’ve seen robotics improve by (literal) leaps and bounds recently, but what about more nuanced things, like a fine sense of touch? Researchers at MIT and Northeastern University are showing off a new fingertip version of the GelSight sensor, a cube-shaped attachment that uses a ...
On January 26, 1979, “The Dukes of Hazzard” television show premiered on CBS on the East Coast. The show was poorly reviewed and, worse still, the TV ratings were just okay. As the legend goes, the president of CBS, who was in New York that night, saw the show for the first time and wa...
We’ve put Apple’s Siri through the wringer, and have given Google Now an all-access pass to our data, all the while documenting our experiences to offer you the best tips and tricks out there for intelligent assistant apps. Now it’s Cortana’s turn. Cortana is Microsoft’s virtual assist...
Oculus gave the world the first look at its new prototype Crescent Bay at the Oculus’ Connect conference, and I got the very first hands-on demo. Crescent Bay has a faster frame rate, 360-degree head tracking, and integrated headphones, plus it’s lighter. Oculus also announced the new ...
2014 is the year of the emoji. Within the last year we’ve seen an emoji social network, emoji on Twitter, emoji music videos, and even an emoji city. And now, emoji is on your Pebble smartwatch. The feature comes as part of firmware 2.5,which you can install now. The new firmware...
Verizon began rolling out its Advanced Calling service earlier this week, enabling voice over LTE (VoLTE) capabilities for select devices that support the service, which includes the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.  Numerous iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users are reporting that the VoLTE servic...
  When Alibaba stopped trading its shares on Friday, the Chinese e-commerce company had officially logged the biggest Initial Public Offering (IPO) in US history, raising $21.8 billion in its first day on the New York Stock Exchange. The company’s earnings give it a market c...
The London School of Economics. World-renowned. Prestigious. Giant embarrassment. In late August, the university accidentally sent an email to 200 students with a bizarre error: (picture) Did you catch the name of the email recipient? Aa-Kung Fu, Panda Tiger Test Test Classify this one...
Data is more powerful in the presence of other data. That is a hard, fast, immutable law. But what do you do when you run out of first party data (the data you collect yourself)? Or, what if you simply don’t have enough meaningful data to build the model you need for your particu...
For an illuminating glimpse of government power in action, it’s hard to beat the fines the Justice Department threatened to level against Yahoo if it didn’t comply with a secret and sweeping surveillance request in 2008. News coverage of the case, for which documents were unsealed last...
3D printers are far from a perfect technology at this point, but one of their most glaring issues is that their printing capacity is limited to the size of the machines. The print head on a 3D printer can only travel so far, which is why moving it onto a wheeled platform that’s c...
A few weeks ago, the world went crazy when reports surfaced that Facebook Messenger was snooping on you. Reporters, hackers, and users alleged that, because Messenger had the permission to use your camera, monitor your location, or (on Android) read your text messages, that it was doin...
Someday soon, users may be able to interact with their favorite websites even when these sites aren’t accessible, thanks to a new browser standard called Service Workers being developed by Google. With Service Workers, “We can make sure when you go to your site, it always feels respons...
Last night, researchers at Malwarebytes noticed strange behavior on sites like Last.fm, The Times of Israel and The Jerusalem Post. Ads on the sites were being unusually aggressive, setting off anti-virus warnings and raising flags in a number of Malwarebytes systems. After some diggin...
Sling Media recently announced support for Chromecast through the Slingplayer apps on iPhone, iPad and Android phone, with plans to bring support to Android tablets “very soon.” Each of these apps now has an integrated ‘Cast’ icon, which also shows Roku devices on you...
The recent iPhone 6 and Apple Watch unveiling makes one thing perfectly clear: Apple has no interest in the several billion people who don’t own smart devices. It doesn’t care if you can’t afford its products and services. Apple is focusing solely on an affluent audience. If you want t...
Home Depot said Thursday that the security breach it reported this month allowed cyberthieves to cull information from 56 million credit and debit cards, far worse in terms of data loss than a similar attack late last year on the Target store chain. The malicious software, or malware, ...
Before you stop reading and scoff at the idea, this is a conversation starter around how to jump-start grassroots innovation. I am sure that all of you have had great (and not so great) HR experiences and we want to hear them. Tell us how you would improve (anonymity will be respected)...
Following last week’s announcement that iPhones would support Wi-Fi Calling, and that T-Mobile would get it right away, all the other carriers have been forced to make their plans for the service known. Lo, Verizon will get the service, albeit, a little reluctantly. Fierce Wirele...
What exactly is an Apple Watch? No one – not even Apple – knows. It may be a gateway to health and wellness, sports and fitness, quantified self or personal navigation. It may be none of these things. It may be a platform for app developers or a failed attempt at a user interface. As.....
Selling yourself requires both: Strong Plot, and Interesting Narrative. Living in Saratoga Springs, NY, and going to the oldest racecourse in the United States, I became a fan of announcer Tom Durkin, who communicates information and increases excitement during every race. Tom, recogni...
Amazon might not have a security issue at Audible but they do have one on their main website. A security researcher has reported, and I can confirm, that Amazon has a security hole on the “manage Your Kindle” page – one which is relatively easy to fix. Thanks to this hole, a hacker can...
Smart home thermostats are becoming quite common and, for the Nest at least, downright popular. But most of these systems only monitor from one direction—that is, the user remotely checking the home. The new Ecobee 3 system, however, works both ways; the device is watching its watchers...
What’s in a name? As it turns out, a lot. That’s the thinking behind Handybook’s decision to rebrand itself simply as “Handy.” The two-year old company, which provides on-demand home services via a web and mobile app, wants to become the definitive brand in the category… and it believe...