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Rumors have been circulating for a while that Microsoft is planning to incorporate its personal digital assistant, Cortana, into the next major version of Windows. On August 11, those rumors turned up a notch, with Neowin.net reporting that internal “dogfood” builds of R...
OpenTable on Monday announced plans to launch its mobile payments service in 20 new cities before 2015, following a pilot test in San Francisco. The company’s “pay with OpenTable” pitch mirrors the description of countless other “check, please” payment apps; it entices users to pay for...
Booking a haircut or a pedicure still requires you to call ahead most of the time. It’s weird. You can make restaurant reservations on OpenTable, and you can order a pizza without having to talk to a bored employee using Seamless/GrubHub. But, in 2014, there still isn’t a s...
Build a better water balloon, and the world will slosh a path to your door — or so it seems. Think I’m all wet? Check out the Kickstarter campaign for a product whimsically named Bunch O Balloons, which fills 100 water balloons in less than a minute. Texas entrepreneur Josh Malone hope...
If I had to buy an Android phone today, I’d run to the store and pick up an LG G3. It is, without question, the best Android-powered smartphone available right now. The LG G3 was built around a personal assistant feature called Smart Notice. Smart Notice takes the best features of the ...
On Sunday, a letter denouncing Amazon’s tactics in the ongoing negotiations between it and book publisher Hachette ran as a paid, full-page advertisement in the New York Times. Signed by more than 900 authors, the “Authors United” letter calls Amazon out for blocking sales of Hachette ...
If you want the fastest broadband Internet in the US, consider moving to Virginia. That’s the takeaway from a new bit of research from communications firm Broadview Networks, which ranks average broadband speeds for all 50 United States and the District of Colombia. Virginia tops the l...
Please understand I don’t mean the next line with any disrespect. But no one wants to hire you. You’re not a bad person or anything. You might be nice, charismatic and willing to start at the bottom. You may also have a stellar resume and solid experience at a first or second job (wher...
What a difference a week makes. At our Innovation Series breakfast this past week, I was planning to discuss my recent article, The “New” Media Landscape: CNBCUTWC, 21stCFTW, ATTDirecTV, T-Sprint. We sent out our pre-breakfast discussion guide just as the Twenty-First Centu...
Netflix doesn’t want anyone to know how many people watch its original shows, like “House of Cards” and “Orange Is the New Black.” But until a few months ago, at least one company had a pretty good idea — and shared it publicly. Now Netflix has plugged that leak. Procera Networks, a br...
Yahoo users may have benefited most from the “Snowden effect.” The tech company was a laggard when it came to security practices until the NSA leaker’s disclosures made clear the extent to which weak security practices by tech companies are being exploited by talented hackers. It’s sin...
Late last month, a Siamese cat named Coco went wandering in his suburban Washington, DC neighborhood. He spent three hours exploring nearby backyards. He killed a mouse, whose carcass he thoughtfully brought home to his octogenarian owner, Nancy. And while he was out, Coco mapped dozen...
Out here in the woods, at the end of not one but two dirt roads, in a shack equipped with a picture of the Dalai Lama, a high-speed data line and a copy of Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience,” Amazon’s dream of dominating the publishing world has run into some trouble. Douglas Preston, who ...
How many times have you asked a friend to call your phone because you can’t find it? Whether it slipped behind a couch cushion or was left in a jacket pocket, there are plenty of hiding spaces that phones love to hide in. Thanks to a new app called Marco Polo, however, finding your pho...
Summertime presents an opportunity for students to allow their full creativity to flourish. These five mobile apps dabble in everything artistic from drawing to video editing to playing music. Let your kids unleash their inner artist via these wonderfully creative apps before they go b...
If there’s one thing the App Store is saturated with, it’s messengers: WhatsApp, of course, but also Facebook’s, and Snapchat, and Hangouts, and Line, and Kik, and all the rest. So why would Pinterest, a social network for exploring your interests, spend time building a messenger? The ...
During his keynote and a press conference that followed here at the Black Hat information security conference, In-Q-Tel Chief Information Security Officer Dan Geer expressed concern about the growing threat of botnets powered by home and small office routers. The inexpensive Wi-Fi rout...
While your fingers are in firmly in control of hand-held devices, they’re guided strictly by your eyes — and Microsoft thinks that’s a waste of your sense of touch. Researcher Hong Tan found that using so-called haptics to add tactile sensations to screens can have so...
Twitter has announced that its Promoted Tweets ad platform has been revamped to allow businesses to better specify the type of campaign they want to run across the social network. From Thursday, small-to-medium size businesses (SMBs) and Twitter API partners can access objective-based ...
While Apple’s Siri has been an iOS staple since 2011, the tech has yet to make the jump to OS X. An exhaustive new patent filing, however, details a very similar desktop version of the virtual assistant that can perform dictation, high-level system commands and even act as a R...
Football fans will soon have another way to catch up on their team’s games, thanks to a new app from the NFL called NFL Now. The app, which launched Wednesday on the web as well as mobile and connected devices, wants to make NFL action available in a lean-back mode: NFL Now will presen...
Netflix has surpassed HBO in subscription revenue, CEO Reed Hastings proclaimed on his Facebook page Wednesday. Netflix subscription rates have been consistently on the rise this past year–from just above $500 million to nearly $1.2 billion in the past year–while HBO’s subs...
Google and Barnes & Noble are joining forces to tackle their mutual rival Amazon, zeroing in on a service that Amazon has long dominated: the fast, cheap delivery of books. Starting on Thursday, book buyers in Manhattan, West Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area will be able ...
There really isn’t such a thing as being too secure online, and Google is trying something new to get more website owners thinking about keeping their users’ information safe. After a few months of experimentation, the search giant now considers how secure a site is when it...
If you’ve ever wanted to turn household objects (or yourself!) into interactive 3D models, all you need is an iPad and the Itseez3D app. Designed to work with the Occipital’s 3D Structure sensor, the Itseez3D app lets you turn people, furniture, toys and more into interacti...
With its huge music library and recent acquisition of music-data specialist The Echo Nest, Spotify was already a force to be reckoned with in the streaming music space. Now, an intern at Spotify has published a blog post explaining his work to step up the company’s game even more by in...
In its latest effort to boost advertising by small businesses, Google said its YouTube unit had acquired Directr, a mobile-video app used by small businesses to create marketing videos. No purchase price was disclosed. Directr offers a mobile app for Apple’s iOS platform that makes it ...
Google has acquired Emu, a new mobile messaging application that just exited beta earlier this year. Emu was at heart an IM client, but it differentiated itself from the crowded market with smart features that incorporated a virtual assistant not unlike Siri to automate tasks based on ...
Starting in 2015, the NYU Game Center, a department within the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, has just announced they’ll be offering bachelor of fine arts degrees in video game design. Only 20 students will be accepted into the selective program, which offers courses including “...
Lyft’s handy for a night on the town or while you’re running errands, but the ridesharing startup wants to be a more regular part of your day–twice a day, preferably. Targeting commuters, Lyft introduced a new product in San Francisco on Wednesday. The new feature, Ly...
After a ten year journey through space, the European Space Agency’s satellite Rosetta has finally rendezvoused with Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko—making it the first satellite to ever begin orbiting a comet. Referred to by ESA scientists as “the sexiest, most fantastic mi...
I see a concerning pattern forming in the marketplace. Agencies are bracing for change as advertisers heavy up on programmatic, often in-house, according to a recent report. But that wasn’t the first piece to address this topic. I believe this is a troubling trend for all parties, not ...
Doctor on Demand announced on Wednesday a desktop browser version of its video service for on-demand doctor’s visits. The company has also closed a $21 million Series A funding round and signed a partnership with Comcast that will offer the cable company’s employees free access to the ...
After years of hitting sour notes with artists, Pandora seems to have struck the right chord at last. The Internet’s biggest streaming-music service, Pandora unveiled its first hand-in-hand partnership with music creators and distributors on Wednesday through Merlin, a group repr...
Amazon may be the biggest name in the world of e-books, especially with its new Kindle Unlimited service, but it’s far from the only game in town. Oyster and Scribd offer similar – and arguably better – services for about the same price. But another company is silently making a push to...
Sprint has ended talks to acquire T-Mobile, a person with knowledge of the matter said, as regulatory concerns outweighed the potential benefits of a deal. The third-largest U.S. wireless company plans to name a new chief executive as soon as tomorrow to replace Dan Hesse, who has led ...
A Russian crime ring has amassed the largest known collection of stolen Internet credentials, including 1.2 billion user name and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses, security researchers say. The records, discovered by Hold Security, a firm in Milwaukee, in...
When I broke into my neighbor’s home earlier this week, I didn’t use any cat burglar skills. I don’t know how to pick locks. I’m not even sure how to use a crowbar. It turns out all anyone needs to invade a friend’s apartment is an off switch for their conscience and an iPhone. This......
While apps like Seamless and Postmates have made it easier than ever to order food with almost no hassle, sometimes having to look through options is just too much of a pain. With Push For Pizza, five teens from Brooklyn have created an app that makes it simpler still to get sustenance...
When it comes to high-tech features, luxury car drivers get all the love. It’s true for massage seats, neck warmers, and self-parking systems. And it’s true for head-up displays, which project information onto a car’s windshield, so the driver can see how fast she’s going and what song...