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How I learned to love the selfie stick

How I learned to love the selfie stick

iPhone selfie sticks used to appeal to me about as much as taking photos with an iPad. I didn't think it was possible for me to loathe an accessory more, and when I first saw it, I literally face-palmed. Yet the impossible has happened: I went on vacation and quickly found myself on a mad search...
OS X Yosemite review: 3 months later

OS X Yosemite review: 3 months later

Three months ago Apple senior vice-president of software engineering, Craig Federighi, stood up on the Town Hall stage and said OS X Yosemite would be available that very day. We posted our OS X Yosemite review as soon as it went live, based on almost four months of beta testing. And we've had an...
Vector 73: Nous sommes Charlie

Vector 73: Nous sommes Charlie

Vector is a news and analysis show focusing on the biggest stories, hottest trends, and most important issues in technology and popular culture. On this week's show, Guy mutes us. Dave reads our reviews. Charlie Hebdo. Golden Globes. Tribalism. Comedy. David Cameron vs. Snapchat and WhatsApp....
Apple reaches settlement in class action suit over wage suppression

Apple reaches settlement in class action suit over wage suppression [updated]

Update: Reuters has just reported that the final amount of the settlement is $415 million. Original Story: Apple, along with several other tech companies, has reached a settlement deal today in a class action suit concerning anti-poaching policies that may have suppressed wages among tech...
MacIT Conference dates announced for July 14-16

MacIT Conference dates announced for July 14-16

While the plug on Macworld was sadly pulled after last year's event, the fun is still set to continue with this year's MacIT conference, which just had its dates announced for July 14-16 of this year at the Santa Clara Convention Center in California. If you're unfamiliar with MacIT, here's a...
Zano is a swarm-capable autonomous mini drone controlled by your phone

Zano is a swarm-capable autonomous mini drone controlled by your phone

We're no strangers to smartphone-controlled flying machines around these parts, especially those of us who have wandered the halls of CES, but the folks at Zano are promising something wildly different form the current experience with their mini quadcopter. While most flying experiences with...
Kubi 2.0 is all about quick setup and seamless telepresence

Kubi 2.0 is all about quick setup and seamless telepresence

It has been a bit since we last checked in on the folks at Revolve Robotics, and they have certainly been busy. The Kubi telepresence robot has been upgraded to version 2.0, and the upgrade is all about smoother software and a better connection experience. Since the experience is once again good...
Orbotix gets kids into robots with Ollie and SPRK

Orbotix gets kids into robots with Ollie and SPRK

We've jokingly referred to the robotic toys made by Orbotix as the world's best cat toys, but the truth is there's a ton that can be done with these little rolling robots. Sphero has a huge third party following with dozens of apps that let you do everything from roll your ball in an augmented...
Pioneer's NEX stereos are much more than just CarPlay

Pioneer's NEX stereos are much more than just CarPlay

For years there's been this growing sentiment among smartphone users who have to drive on a regular basis, and that sentiment usually involved being able to just dock your phone in the car and use the larger screen in the dash to use the things your phone already does very well. As cool as it...
Swift jumps up 46 spots on the RedMonk programming language rankings

Swift jumps up 46 spots on the RedMonk programming language rankings

Apple's new programming language, Swift, was introduced just over six months ago at WWDC 2014 and yet it's already leapt 46 spots up the RedMonk programming language rankings, going from 68 to 22 in just one quarter. Poised to become a top 20 language on the charts, it highlights what's so...
Things for iPhone and iPad updated with Notification Center widget, more

Things for iPhone and iPad updated with Notification Center widget, more

Cultured Code's Things has been updated on both iPhone and iPad, adding a widget to the Notification Center. You can use the widget both the view your current tasks and start new ones. The Things widget will show you the tasks that currently sit in the Today section of the app. You can mark...
WWE Immortals fights its way onto the App Store

WWE Immortals fights its way onto the App Store

Wrestling fans are in for a pretty cool treat today. NetherRealm Studios, the developers behind Injustice: Gods Among Us, just announced that WWE Immortals has been released for iOS. The game allows you to play supernatural, supercharged versions of your favorite WWE stars such as John Cena,...
Odd Squad: Blob Chase wants to make learning math fun

Odd Squad: Blob Chase wants to make learning math fun

PBS Kids has released Odd Squad: Blob Chase for iPad, a new educational game geared towards children ages 5-8. The first app based on the Odd Squad brand, Blob Chase tries to teach basic math concepts by making them fun and engaging. The objective in Blob Chase is to get blobs into their...
Ingress

Google wants to reward you with medals for bringing new players to Ingress

Ingress, the GPS-based adventure game from Google's Niantic Labs, wants its current players to encourage their family and friends to join in. It will do so with a new Recruiter Medal that will reward the "agents" of Ingress for their efforts in this area. Google says Ingress players can access...
iBooks seeing 1 million new users every week thanks to iOS 8

iBooks seeing 1 million new users every week since launch of iOS 8

Apple's iBooks ebook store is getting more and more popular. On stage today at the Digital Book World Conference, Apple's iBooks Director Keith Moerer said that the ebooks platform is seeing an average of 1 million new users per week, which he attributes partially to Apple embedding iBooks into...
Blossom wants to make your sprinkler system smarter

Blossom wants to make your sprinkler system smarter

Everything wants to be smarter at CES this year, including sprinkler systems. If you have a sprinkler system connected to your home, you know that managing the included system takes a strangely significant chunk of time, unless you just leave everything on timers and let whatever happens next...
Excel for iPad

Office apps for iPhone and iPad now support VoiceOver for reading and editing

Microsoft has updated the Office apps for the iPhone and iPad, specifically Word, Excel and PowerPoint, to version 1.5. This update will allow users to read and edit documents in all three apps using the VoiceOver feature in iOS. This should allow users that are visually impaired to have...
Be My Eyes lets anyone volunteer to help blind people see

Be My Eyes lets anyone volunteer to help blind people see

Be My Eyes is a new app for the iPhone and iPad that lets sighted people help blind people see. The app is both for those that need help and for those that want to help, connecting them with both audio and video through the Be My Eyes network. When you request help from Be My Eyes, which can...
How to manually update iTunes Match on your Mac or PC

How to manually update iTunes Match on your Mac or PC

iTunes Match is a great way to access all your music from all your devices. It can also free up precious storage space. While music purchases should automatically sync with your iTunes Match subscription, there may be a time or two when music is missing on one device or another. If this ever...
Apple Store

Apple has five new stores in China on tap for the new year

Apple plans to open four more new retail stores in China in the next several weeks, according to the company's retail head Angela Ahrendts. Apple opened a new store location in the city of Zhengzhou last week. In an interview with the state-run news agency Xinhua, Ahrendts said that these new...

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