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So, you want to buy a domain name. Who do you go to first? GoDaddy? NameCheap? Whoever happens to have a sale going on right now? How about Google? For the past few years, anyone looking to Google to buy a domain has been met with this support page, which proclaims that “Google itself ...
Thousands of crumbling bridges, millions of gaping potholes, billions of dropped calls, limited bandwidth, a fragile electric grid, antiquated nuclear power plants, water and sewer systems that are decrepit and dangerous. This is not the foundation for another “American Century”; it is...
Sure, 3D printers that can spit out chocolates, create shoes, handcraft cars and help astronauts sound fun and magical, but a lot of scientists are working to make models that aren’t just fun. They’re developing 3D printers that can also save and change lives by printing ou...
Google’s Chromecast streaming stick could soon get competition from an unexpected source: Mozilla has secretly been working with a partner on a Chromecast-like streaming stick that is powered by Firefox OS. The project was supposed to be under wraps for at least a few more weeks, but T...
The curled metal fixtures set to go up on a handful of Michigan Avenue light poles later this summer may look like delicate pieces of sculpture, but researchers say they’ll provide a big step forward in the way Chicago understands itself by observing the city’s people and s...
If you’ve traveled and tried to get on the Internet, you’ve probably seen some pretty suspicious looking Wi-Fi networks with names like “Free Wi-Fi” and “Totally Free Internet.” Those are likely access points you’d best avoid. But there’s...
  When Comcast’s ad sales division Spotlight revealed a partner deal with Rubicon Project earlier this month, it underscored the multiple system operator’s (MSO) push to power the TV buy through both programmatic and direct sales channels. It was a pivotal moment for Comcast. Digi...
Google has been in talks to acquire video search startup Baarzo, according to sources with knowledge of the company. However, those sources were less clear about whether the companies had reached a final agreement. (One suggested that the deal had closed, the other was noncommittal. A ...
Netflix recently signed deals with Comcast and Verizon to improve streaming quality for its customers. There’s still work to be done, though, and streaming quality can often be shaky. Netflix wants you to know what’s wrong if you have a less-than-good stream, which is why it updates it...
Dropcam, the popular home monitoring camera startup, will be acquired by Nest, maker of smart thermostats and smoke detectors. The deal is worth $555 million in cash. Nest itself was just purchased by Google just four months ago for $3.2 billion. But the company says it is undertaking ...
With Google I/O coming up in just a few days, it’s time for a second edition of The Google Tracker, what we hope will be a bi-yearly look at what’s going on at Google HQ. Just like last time, we’ll have a potent mix of news, (good) rumors, and a bit of informed specul...
Who works a ’9-to-5′ these days? For most of us, the idea of an eight-hour workday is an illusion. Even if a job description only stipulates eight hours a day, there’s always extra work after 5 pm, whether we have to do it at our desks or from home. A ’9-to-9′? That’s more like it. Whe...
Amazon finally unveiled its long-awaited smartphone, the Fire Phone. #epicfail #at&texclusiveareyoukidding #tooheavyandawkward #toolate #seenitbefore #wherearetheapps #shouldhavecalledzuckandaskedfirst #jeffwhatwereyouthinking Built around the Amazon Prime experience, the Fire Phon...
On Tuesday, news broke that YouTube would begin blocking videos from artists on indie labels that had not signed on to its new terms, a set of contracts it’s making partners agree to before it launches a paid streaming service later this year. Fans and artists were understandably...
When Microsoft unveiled its Surface Pro 3 tablet last month many had expected the company to also reveal a smaller Surface Mini device, but that never happened. Reports suggested that Microsoft canceled its plans to launch the Surface Mini just days before its event in New York City. M...
Apple is planning multiple versions of a smartwatch likely to be launched in the fall, people familiar with the matter said, as the company tries to counter wearable devices from Google, Samsung and others. The new wrist device from Apple will incorporate more than 10 sensors including...
As expected, Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 is now available in Microsoft’s store and through various retail partners such as Best Buy, Staples and Tiger Direct. Microsoft previously said the Surface Pro 3 with either a Core i3 or i7 chip would be available by the end of August, but in a bl...
Of the many announcements made at Apple’s recent Worldwide Developers Conference, one that did not garner as much attention concerned the pre-installed weather app on the iPhone. The look, feel and data has been provided to Apple by Yahoo for many years, part of a deal that sends a lot...
A Georgia Tech student, together with two of his roommates, claims to have hacked Yo, the Poke-like app that has set some of Silicon Valley alight (though not others) in the last 48 hours. The student emailed TechCrunch detailing what he alleges is the results of the hack: “We can get ...
Your Amazon Prime subscription just got even more bang for its buck. Amazon recently launched its music streaming service, Prime Music. Included in an Amazon Prime subscription, Prime Music includes access to more than one million songs, as well as playlists based around artists, genre...
The “internet of things” refers to the idea of turning everyday objects around us into responsive data devices. It’s one of the hottest ideas in tech right now — even if we’re totally lacking the resources we need to support it. Speaking at Gigaom’s Structure event in San Francisco, fo...
When students delve into anatomical and molecular concepts in biology, they learn about complex processes that impact our everyday lives. Touchscreen devices bring more vitality to this process, as apps can help students better visualize and experiment with concepts first learned in th...
Smartphones and tablets are playing a key role in the consumption of online videos, a new study from video technology company Ooyala shows. During the first quarter of 2014, 21 percent of all online video-plays around the world were completed through mobile devices or tablets, Ooyala r...
Google has announced that it will provide up to $50 million for organizations that can help encourage more girls to take an interest in computer science at an early age. Revealed as part of its newly launched Made with Code initiative, the cash will be used for things like “rewarding t...
Facebook is turning its attention to users in emerging markets, and Africa in particular. The company has retooled its Android app to bring a multitude of speed and performance improvements to those with low-end devices and modest internet connections. Earlier this year, the company ra...
The Apple TV hasn’t evolved much over the last couple of years. Sure, it’s gotten a handful of new apps, but the format—locked down, bland—has stayed the same since its 2010 redesign. But while Apple didn’t talk about its set-top box much at its developer conference t...
Taiwan’s Quanta Computer Inc will start mass production of Apple Inc’s first smartwatch in July, according to a source familiar with the matter, as the tech giant tries to prove it can still innovate against rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. The watch, which remains unnamed...
Netflix is already working on a dizzying number of original shows, but it’s just added a new genre to its growing repertoire of exclusive content. Starting in early 2016, the company will premiere a talk show hosted by comedian Chelsea Handler, featuring guest interviews and jokes abou...
Twitter has announced it’s acquiring live-TV clipping service SnappyTV, a platform used by broadcasters and rights-holders to edit and distribute snippets of live TV across the social sphere shortly after they’re first aired. Launched in 2010, San Francisco-based SnappyTV has been been...
If you have an iPhone, you probably know a lot of what Siri can do. But there are still a couple tricks Siri has up its sleeve that most iOS users may not know about. If you’ve got World Cup fever, Siri may be your best friend over the next few weeks. Siri is able... Read More
T-Mobile has decided to set music streaming services free. The “Un-carrier” said it will offer subscribers unlimited access to the top six music streaming services including Pandora, Slacker, iHeart Radio and Spotify without incurring data charges on their 4G plans. Samsung’s Milk Musi...
AT&T has begun mailing out letters to customers affected by a data breach that allowed employees of a “service provider” to access customer account information, including customers’ dates of birth and Social Security numbers. The data was exposed in April through a system used to o...
Yo. It seems so simple. So mindless. It’s only slightly less boring than “Hey” or “Hi,” if only because of some perceived aggression or excitement attached to it. But Yo is anything but simple. If you haven’t been following along on Twitter, Yo is the hottest new app that will leave yo...
On the heels of Kenneth Cole’s pioneering use of Google Glass for its Mankind fragrance campaign, I have set my sights on turning wearable technology from a niche-marketing tool into a mainstream activity. Joined by industry experts for a panel on wearable technology at Brooklyn’s rece...
The FBI is buying a 3D printer for research into improvised explosive devices (IEDs). In a notice posted last week, the FBI announced its intention to purchase a $19,000 Stratasys Objet24 3D printer, saying that the device would be used to “support the advanced technical exploita...
Wi-Fi LED lightbulbs are cool — I’m currently enamoured with a pair of LIFX bulbs I’m testing for an upcoming smart home post, along with those from competitor Philips. But you know what might be even cooler? Lightbulbs that double as wireless multi-room and music-reacting speakers. Th...
Adobe aims to establish itself as more of a service platform with a focus on mobile first and the largest overhaul of Creative Cloud desktop applications to date. All 14 desktop applications in Adobe’s creative suite get an upgrade. The company is also introducing a new Creative SDK li...
GIFs have finally come to Twitter. On Twitter’s website as well as its iOS and Android apps, you’ll be able to watch a GIF in your timeline by clicking a play button that shows up over top of them. GIFs won’t animate automatically, likely to prevent you from downloadi...
Alongside the introduction of the current Apple TV design in fall 2010, Apple launched AirPlay. In short, AirPlay allows a user to watch a movie, listen to a song, or view a photo on an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch (or Mac in some cases) and stream that content to the Apple TV. AirPlay typ...
If you find yourself misplacing things like your bags or keys all the time, Tile is here to help. Tile, a crowdfunding sensation last year, is a lost-item finder that you activate with your iPhone then attach to just about anything. Powered by Bluetooth, Tile “sings” to you when you’re...