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Stephen Shankland / CNET: G.fast technology, which enables gigabit speeds on DSL, expected to arrive in homes by 2016 — Lowly DSL poised for gigabit speed boost — Internet service providers are getting a new option called G.fast that can extend the lifespan of existing copper phone lines yet again.
Mark Spoonauer / Laptop Mag: iPad Air 2 benchmarks: excels in Geekbench compared to Samsung Galaxy Tab, Nvidia Shield, Sony Xperia Z2, strong on 3DMark but not best — Apple iPad Air 2 Review — Editors' rating: — The Pros — Super-thin design; Superior anti-reflective display; Much faster A8X chip …
Kyle VanHemert / Wired: Leeo launches $99 Smart Alert Nightlight, alerts you via mobile when smoke/CO2 alarm sounds — A Fire-Safety Nightlight That Offers a New Take on the Smart Home — The Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight is not the stuff of soft-focus smart home dreams. It won't vacuum your floor, or start your coffee pot when you wake up in the morning.
Molly Wood / New York Times: Apple Pay: Seamless in Stores, but Quirky Online — AFTER I used Apple Pay for a day of shopping in stores, a few things became clear: The new payment system is convenient, problem-free and even fun. — The same can't be said for using Apple Pay to shop via apps on my phone or tablet.
Jonathan Vanian / Gigaom: Google exec: Chromecast V2 is coming; users have cast 650 million times — Google's Mario Queiroz said that 650 million people have now hit the cast button. An API for developers will let them build custom apps for Backdrop. — Three months ago, Google claimed that Chromecast users …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Product Hunt Gets Social With Twitter-Like User Profiles, Following Features And Notifications — Product Hunt, the Andreessen Horowitz-backed aggregation site currently focused on surfacing new tech products and startups, is now turning itself into something of a social network this morning …
Nilay Patel / The Verge: iPad Air 2 review: great hardware, but lacks multiuser, multitasking support, tablet-specific features — Apple iPad Air 2 review — What is an iPad? — When Steve Jobs introduced Apple's tablet in January 2010, he delivered an unequivocal answer. “The iPad, if you were to sum it up …
Walt Mossberg / Re/code: iPad Air 2: best iPad ever, but only a modest evolutionary improvement over the Air — Apple iPad Air 2 Review: It's Better, but Is It Better Enough? — I am a tablet lover and, more specifically, an iPad lover. I use my iPad and iPad mini every day for a variety of things …
What is an iPad?
When Steve Jobs introduced Apple’s tablet in January 2010, he delivered an unequivocal answer. “The iPad, if you were to sum it up, is our most advanced technology in a magical and revolutionary device at an unbelievable price,” he said. The words appeared on the screen behind him as he said it, and then he repeated the line. Magical and revolutionary. It became one of Jobs’ most iconic phrases. What he was really saying was even simpler: the iPad is the future.
For the past few years, most of the technology world has ruled by a cold, hard truth: to get the best thing, you pretty much had to get the biggest thing. Every Android phone was bigger than the last, and the smaller ones were always disappointing. Apple, though, staunchly resisted this trend. The iPhone is smaller than competing phones — even the new iPhone 6 is smaller than your average Android flagship — but still very much top of the line. And last year, the iPad mini 2 (née iPad mini......
For years you've been able to report inaccurate or otherwise lacking information from Apple Maps listings. The company has also employed what's known as "ground truth" personnel, people whose job it is to verify the company's data. Now Apple's putting some of that work in the hands of businesses that want to get information about particular locations into its Maps app. Today the company quietly launched Apple Maps Connect, a tool designed for business owners to both verify and submit new info...
Yesterday, Apple released iOS 8.1, and along with it, the company’s new mobile payments service. Apple Pay isn’t the first of its kind — we’ve seen options from Google and others for years. But it is the first one that works natively on the iPhone, and so we installed it on an iPhone 6 and spent the afternoon trying to find out what we could and couldn't buy with it.
Getting set up on Apple Pay is really easy: once you've installed iOS 8.1 on an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, you have to add your credit...
Headed to the World Series? You'll be able to buy a hot dog and beer at the concession stands using an iPhone 6 — or Google Wallet, for that matter. MasterCard and MLB Advanced Media have announced that contactless payments are now supported at Kauffman Stadium and AT&T Park. They're the first professional sports venues to roll out support for Apple Pay, which became widely available to consumers with yesterday's launch of iOS 8.1.
NFC payments have of course been around for years now, but it...
Software company Adobe has implicitly voiced support for vitriolic "consumer revolt" Gamergate. After being asked by Gamergate supporters to drop sponsorship for Gawker Media, the company said that it was not actually an advertiser, but would ask Gawker to remove an Adobe logo from its site. Gamergate supporters were protesting a series of tongue-in-cheek tweets by Gawker-affiliated Valleywag editor Sam Biddle, jokingly calling to "bring back bullying" of nerds. "Adobe stands against bullying...
Microsoft is starting to bring some of its useful Windows Phone features directly into Windows 10. The software maker released an update to its Windows 10 Technical Preview earlier today, and the latest build now includes the same Action Center (Notification Center) from the phone side of Windows. alongside DataSense and Battery Saver. All three features come directly from the latest versions of Windows Phone and underline Microsoft’s plans to offer Windows 10 across PC, tablet, phone, and Xb...
Space has never sounded better (literally it hasn't, as it is a near vacuum where sound waves don't propagate). NASA launched its first official SoundCloud account last week in time for Twitter's introduction of embeddable audio clips, and already the space agency has posted over 60 recordings from current projects and famous historic missions. The actual audio of NASA astronaut Jack Swigert saying "Houston, we've had a problem" on Apollo 13? It's here.
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HONG KONG — On one side of a conference room in Hong Kong on Tuesday night sat five people in their 20s, dressed in jeans and black T-shirts bearing the words “Freedom Now.”
On the other side were representatives from the government, besuited and decades older than their counterparts.
See also: Artist Sketches Hong Kong Protests After Selling Everything for Wanderlust Dream
These were the first talks between students who have spearheaded street protests in Hong Kong for more than three weeks ...
Some people use makeup to hide blemishes or enhance their appearance. Others use it to completely transform themselves.
Freelance makeup artist Lucia Pittalis defies gender and age to completely transform her appearance into musicians, film characters and pop culture figures. Pittalis not only masters facial structure, but also somehow captures her subject's essence, dressing perfectly to play the part
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SYDNEY — Australians are being warned to prepare for another devastating bushfire season this year, particularly in New South Wales.
A new report by the Climate Council, which was abolished by the Abbott government and is now funded by public donations, warned the length and severity of the bushfire season is increasing year on year.
"Record-breaking heat and hotter weather over the long term in NSW has worsened fire weather and contributed to an increase in the frequency and severity of bush...
Battle Rounds are complete
But in a week filled with fierce competition, there were no doubt some KO's
So which duos were at the top of The Voice mountain of talent? These are the three best performances of the week:Beth Spangler and Mia Pfirrman
This mega-battle of powerhouses could have been a trainwreck, honestly. Whenever a coach chooses a belty, stylized song for a duo, I get worried. Those types of songs are incredibly hard for the performers to make their own and you run...
Poor Teddy. At least you can still get by on your looks.
Teddy — who is "not the brightest dog in the world," according to his owner — tries to retrieve his precious ball from between the spokes on the back of a kitchen chair. For a gleaming moment, he barely figures out how to go around to the front, but he sadly still ends up defeated by his wooden foe.
It's okay, pup. You'll get it one day.
‘Dawson's Creek’ Is Infinitely Better With Dachshunds
'Internet Trolls' Musical Gives Upbeat Tune ...
The deadliest mountaineering disaster in Nepal's history occurred last week, when the remnants of Tropical Cyclone Hudhud pushed moist air up against the tall peaks of the Himalayas. The result, as the air climbed the rocky mountainsides while cooling and condensing as it did so, was a staggering 6.5 feet of snow at a time of year when foul weather is rarely seen
The blizzard and related avalanches struck right when hundreds of relatively inexperienced climbers from around the world come to t...
Vine just made it easier for its users to discover and share new videos.
The iOS version of the app was updated Tuesday with new discovery features that allow users to find new videos, regardless of how many users they follow.
See also: 11 Vines for When You Can't Contain Your Excitement
Vine users can now follow specific channels, a feature first introduced last year that categorizes videos based on broad themes such as animals, comedy, DIY, food or style. Now, when you select a particular c...
"Just because you're flying on the ground doesn't mean it isn't fun at all, doesn't mean it isn't fun at all. No, and foreheads ain't the only place you can get scars that make you special," Sebastian Milla raps at the end of his Harry Potter-themed song
His "Snitches and Seekers" rap, featured in the just-released Mudbloods documentary, is about the fictional international sporting event called Quidditch, which students on campuses everywhere have turned into a real-life club sport with broo...
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This velvet worm is so cute it's named for Totoro. Too bad it's a slime-spewing killer.
The post A Velvet Worm Named for Totoro appeared first on WIRED.
Google announced today that it is acquiring cloud hosted database company Firebase. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Google will continue to offer Firebase’s services as part of its Google Cloud Platform line. “If you’re a developer who has built an app on top of Firebase, nothing will change for you and you […]
The post Google Acquires Cloud Database Company Firebase appeared first on WIRED.
The newspapers love using neuroscience findings to make us feel bad about our less salubrious habits. Earlier this year they had a field day with a study that purported to show time spent watching online porn shrinks the brain. Even more recently, we were warned about multi-tasking with our digital devices: “Multi-tasking makes your brain smaller,” exclaimed […]
The post Beware, Playing Lots of Chess Will Shrink Your Brain! appeared first on WIRED.
Traditionally, CFOs love developers because they create product. We tend to invest in developers, and expect efficiency from sysadmins. That’s because CFOs often see IT as a cost center, and sysadmins as the people who keep the lights on. Devs are seen as creating innovation, while sysadmins are there to make sure that innovation runs, […]
The post Why CFOs Should Embrace SysAdmins appeared first on WIRED.
How many times have you been sick and tried to get an appointment with your doctor, only to find out that he or she had no openings for the next three days? Or maybe you got sick over a weekend or in the middle of the night, when your doctor’s office was closed, and had […]
The post Could Virtual Care Heal the Health System? appeared first on WIRED.
The LEEO nightlight is just the first in what will be a series of connected devices designed for regular people.
The post A Fire-Safety Nightlight That Offers a New Take on the Smart Home appeared first on WIRED.
The UNI tablet case uses gesture recognition technology to translate sign language into audible speech.
The post New Tablet Case Recognizes Sign Language and Translates It Into Text appeared first on WIRED.
Vine’s six-second looping videos can be endlessly entertaining, given the Vines in your feed are actually worth watching. In an effort to get its users spending more time in their home feed (and checking out interesting Vines they may not otherwise see), Twitter-owned Vine updated its app today so you can follow channels. Vine introduced […]
The post Vine Makes It Easier to Discover Videos With New Channels Feature appeared first on WIRED.
For Apple, China has been a great many things. Vendor. Partner. Customer. Competitor. Now perhaps one more thing can go on the list: Attacker.
Following Friday's debut of the latest iPhone 6 in China, hackers spent the weekend targeting Apple’s iCloud data storage service. Apple acknowledged that it has suffered "intermittent organized network attacks" trying to glean user data when they sign in to iCloud.
As for who the perpetrator may be, security experts have one prime suspect in mind: the...
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has spent close to two and a half years at the helm without articulating any particularly clear strategy for revitalizing the hodgepodge of a Web company. Now, pressured by activist shareholders who want her to cut costs and send its Alibaba-IPO windfall back to investors, Mayer has basically announced that she plans to ... do more of what she's been doing.
During the company's quarterly earnings call on Tuesday, Mayer defended her strategy of acquiring startups—the maj...
The latest version of Apple's operating software for its Mac computers, OS X Yosemite, turns out to be just a bit leaky where some of your personal information is concerned. Yosemite, it turns out, is configured by default to send local-search terms and your location information back to Apple and its third-party search partners.
See also: What's Apple Going To Do With All Its Loose Ends?
Apple acknowledged that it does g...
I know, I know. We're all supposed to be celebrating the miracle of Apple Pay right now. That's too bad.
After conducting several transactions with Apple's new payments service, my conclusion is that Apple Pay makes the same mistake that several past attempts at reinventing payments made: It doesn't solve any real problems for consumers.Problem No. 1: Getting Set Up
To use Apple Pay to pay in stores, you need an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus that's been upgraded to iOS 8.1. There are many reasons you migh...
Everything is better when it’s handcrafted—apparently even music. Google is unleashing digital DJs and playlists based on moods and circumstances on its Google Play Music app as part of its integration of Songza, which Google acquired earlier this year.
See also: Get Ready For The Streaming-Music Die-Off
On Tuesday, the company announced that Google Play Music subscribers can now choose music playlists keyed to a particular time of day, certain feelings, or a specific activity. These "radio sta...
In the past 50 years, no fictional time-traveling humanoid alien has done more to secure humanity's past and present than the Gallifreyan Time Lord known as The Doctor. Now in his 12th incarnation (or 13th, if you count the War Doctor), he teams with his most fearsome foe to secure humanity's future ... teaching children how to code.
See also: How To Raise The Next Zuckerberg: 6 Coding Apps For Kids
Well, children who live in the UK, anyway.
Voiced by the magnificent 12th Doctor Peter Capaldi,...
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Move over Scarlet Johansson, because Blast Theory's coming out with a new virtual life coach/stalker/overly attached girlfriend to put in your pocket. Her name is Karen, and while she may not possess the Scarjo raspy sex-voice as heard in the A.I. love story Her, she will psychologically profile you.
Blast Theory, a group of artists in Brighton, UK, who focus on interactive projects, were interested in how they m...
Apple needs a serious update to its iPad line more than ever. True, it announced a perfunctory set of upgrades last week (although that included the utterly minimalist refresh of its iPad mini). But in the wake of miserable iPad sales for its July-September quarter, you have to be wondering if that's anywhere near enough.
See also: Don't Bother Buying The iPad Mini 3
Quarterly iPad sales clocked in at 12.3 million units, a 13% decline over the year-earlier quarter. Over the trailing twelve mon...
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