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Latest Blogs from Shelly Palmer
Ello, the upstart social network that’s grown in massive popularity of the past week, was down for 35 minutes on Sunday. Whether for maintenance or more nefarious purposes, it isn’t outwardly explicit. According to its current status page, the site is investigating the caus...
After you’ve returned from a trip it’s time to start working on a slideshow of your adventures. Or not. Grabbing all those photos and putting them into a slideshow is a pain. But soon, Facebook might do all that hard work for you. Reader Alesandro Simić tipped us off to the new Trips S...
Given the avalanche of new smartphones this fall, there’s a good chance that your data use is about to spike as you put that fresh hardware through its paces. If so, AT&T might just have you covered. It’s running a promo between September 28th and October 31st that doub...
Multiple Windows 9 reports have suggested that Microsoft is considering releasing the upcoming platform as a free download to certain existing Windows users. Some said that Windows 8 will get Windows 9 free of charge, while others claimed the company is also considering some sort of sp...
Last week, the Internet erupted with photos of bent iPhone 6s, and a very-viral video of a guy creasing an iPhone 6 Plus with his bare hands. It seemed like a serious concern, yet everything about the uproar was highly unscientific. We don’t like unscientific, so we promised then that ...
Do you take vitamins? Feel them working? Well, any added benefit from a calcium or iron supplement might be in your head. The blog FiveThirtyEight reports on surprising new data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The survey finds it’s hard to tell the value of v...
Right after the iPhone 4 was released (back in June 2010), people noticed that holding the device in a normal, natural way caused it to drop calls. I remember this well because not only was it a fact that I personally verified, but it was a fact the late Steve Jobs “Lenny Bruced&...
  Facebook first began testing a “Buy” button within the News Feed in July, and payments startup Stripe has been tasked with powering the technology, Re/code has learned. The “Buy” button, which allows Facebook users to purchase goods that are featured in ads or posts on the socia...
The first scientific study of driving while texting with Google Glass found that the hands-free eyewear is no safer to use on the road than a smartphone. “When you look at how fast people react to an unexpected traffic event – how fast they slam on their brakes, we didn’t find a statis...
Apple has responded to concerns about “Shellshock,” a pair of vulnerabilities in versions of the GNU Bourne-Again Shell (bash), issuing a statement that the company is “working to quickly provide a fix” to the vulnerability. However, a company spokesperson said that most Mac OS X users...
BitTorrent says it’s ready to help musicians and other creators start selling digital content. On Friday, the company announced a new “paygate” feature for Bundles, which are promotional packages of content shared through BitTorrent by publishers or the artists themselves. Even before ...
Amazon’s Kindle Voyage is the company’s best e-reader ever. Its biggest improvement over the Kindle Paperwhite is in its screen, which has a resolution of 300 pixels per inch. The text is more clear and crisp than ever, making it the best reading experience ever on an electronic device...
By now you’ve probably heard about #Bendgate, the silly name for an issue that some new iPhone 6 Plus owners have been reporting where the device warped while in their pockets. So far the problem seems to be fairly isolated, but we struck up an Apple support chat anyway to see how it’s...
Netflix subscribers around the world watch more than 90 minutes of video from the streaming service every single day on average, according to new estimates from The Diffusion Group, which also reported this week that the overall amount of Netflix streaming has increased 350 percent ove...
Instagram’s first update to its timelapse app Hyperlapse will let you create mini-travelogues of your face hurtling through the world. Hyperlapse now lets you capture timelapses with the front-facing camera to create what Instagram calls a #Selfielapse. The app also now supports iPhone...
Imagine you just dropped your phone in your toilet. Quick — what do you do? If you said race to the kitchen to throw your phone in rice, you’re probably like most people. According to a new study from TekDry, though, using rice to dry your phone doesn’t actually get the job...
Decades from now, maybe we’ll forget about smartphones and start communicating via electronic telepathy. In a new experiment, scientists were able to show that one person could communicate to another–thousands of miles away–without typing or talking. The technology is...
Are you debating whether or not to upgrade to iOS 8? Software launches can be buggy, but iOS 8 can do a bunch of cool things iOS 7 can’t – especially when it comes to texting and typing. The best new addition to iOS 8 may be the option to install a third-party keyboard. That... Read Mo...
Last week we launched a discussion starter, proposing that the CMO should lead HR (or at the very least have a seat at the table), and the responses have been amazing — ranging from absolute agreement to arguing that we are totally off the mark. This week, we want to look at some...
Vizio officially launched its P-Series 4K TVs on Tuesday night, which start at $999 for a 50-inch set and go up to $2,499 for a 70-inch set — the first mainstream 4K TVs to be that aggressively priced. To celebrate, the company held a party in a New York art gallery, where the TVs were...
Shared rides are becoming all the rage, with new transportation companies all offering their users a way to lower fares while splitting their commute with a stranger. One of the first services to focus on that capability was a startup called Hitch, which launched before Lyft Line, befo...
Another Windows 7 cutoff approaches. After October 31, Microsoft will no longer provide its PC partners or systems builders with copies of Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium or Ultimate to preinstall on new PCs. This means that computer manufacturers will be able to continue to sell th...
Now that iOS 8 is on the loose, Apple users are receiving much-improved versions of their favorite apps, designed to take advantage of new iOS features – like the ability to create custom widgets in the Notification Center. On Tuesday, file-sharing application Dropbox rolled out its iO...
If you build it, they will come. And attack. Earlier this year, I was brainstorming with Greg Martin, the founder and chief technical officer of ThreatStream, a Google Ventures-backed security startup, about finding a way to show the global nature of attacks against industrial-control ...
Google clearly landed on a fantastic formula when it built Chromecast, and that product’s standout success has led other companies to push out their own HDMI dongles in recent months. Roku’s got its $49.99 Streaming Stick, and now Microsoft is trying to create a worthy comp...
After more than a year of building hype for its mobile wallet, Clinkle has finally gone public with its app and payments service – and it’s nothing like the wallet we were told to expect. What it delivered was a Visa prepaid debit card – that’s right, a piece of plastic – and an accomp...
There’s a lot that’s new in Apple’s just-released iPhone 6, but one feature hasn’t changed: Faked fingerprints can still fool the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Security on the Touch ID fingerprint reader has been tightened, but only marginally, said Marc Rogers, ...
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...