Apple iCloud Vs. Google Vs. Microsoft

How Apple blew its shot to rule the cloud

By on May 13, 2014 at 12:30 AM.

How Apple blew its shot to rule the cloud

Although “Apple is doomed” stories are overblown and ridiculous, that doesn’t mean there aren’t areas where Apple has significantly fallen behind the competition. One of these areas is in the realm of online services, where Apple has failed to develop anything close in scope or quality to Microsoft’s Office 365 or Google’s Google Maps. More →

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Gmail Help Tips Tricks

7 tips to help you optimize and organize your Gmail

By on May 2, 2014 at 10:15 AM.

7 tips to help you optimize and organize your Gmail

For many email users, Gmail seemed like a gift from the heavens when it first debuted in April 2004. Compared to other popular email services at the time it was unique, simple and free, and it offered far more storage than any rival service. Fast-forward to 2014 and Gmail is still one of the top email services in the world, but it has also gotten far more complex. Gmail was all about making people’s lives easier in 2004 but now, 10 years later, it’s a feature-packed service with so many great value-adds that it’s easy to miss things in all of that clutter.

Thankfully, there are plenty of great guides out there to help you optimize and organize Gmail so you can ensure that you’re getting the most out of Google’s great free email service. More →

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Google Maps Street View 4D

Awesome new Google Maps feature lets you live in the past

By on April 23, 2014 at 11:20 AM.

Awesome new Google Maps feature lets you live in the past

Google Maps’ Street View has always been known for its gorgeous and immersive 3D panoramic images, but now it looks like the feature is about to go 4D. A new Google Maps feature announced on Wednesday will give you the option to look at some locations’ entire histories in Street View so you can see how they’ve changed and evolved over the past few years. You can access this “way-back machine” for Google Maps by clicking on a new clock icon that appears on the lower left-hand side for some Street View images. More →

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How To Make Siri Better

Hackers make Siri vastly more useful by modifying it to control Nest, Spotify

By on April 17, 2014 at 11:00 AM.

Hackers make Siri vastly more useful by modifying it to control Nest, Spotify

Siri is getting a lot of competition from Google Now and Microsoft’s Cortana these days, but some young hackers have just made Siri much more useful, even if they did so without Apple’s permission. Engadget draws our attention to GoogolPlex, a new hack for Siri developed by a quartet of freshmen at the University of Pennsylvania that lets you use Apple’s voice-enabled personal assistant to adjust the temperature on your Nest thermostat or to shuffle through your Spotify playlist. More →

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Microsoft Clippy Returns On Cortana

Microsoft brings back Clippy… but don’t worry, it’s not what you think

By on April 15, 2014 at 10:30 PM.

Microsoft brings back Clippy… but don’t worry, it’s not what you think

Unlike some tech companies out there, Microsoft has the ability to laugh at itself. WPCentral has found that asking Microsoft’s new voice-enabled personal assistant Cortana about the company’s last “personal assistant” for Microsoft Office will get Clippy to pop up on your smartphone display and thank you for asking about him. More →

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Gmail Help

5 great tricks every Gmail user needs to know

By on April 11, 2014 at 12:18 PM.

5 great tricks every Gmail user needs to know

Google changed the game when it launched Gmail almost exactly 10 years ago. The service offered a terrific minimal interface, plenty of storage and best of all, it was free. Gmail has evolved quite a bit since then, of course, and it now includes tons of new features that attempt to improve the user experience. Google has added so much to Gmail over the years, however, that there is probably a laundry list of great features that you don’t even know about. More →

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Windows Phone Cortana Early Review

Windows Phone skeptic says Cortana ‘blows away Siri and Google Now’

By on April 3, 2014 at 2:43 PM.

Windows Phone skeptic says Cortana ‘blows away Siri and Google Now’

Voice-enabled personal assistants are cool things to have but are they really an important enough feature to get people to change platforms? ZDNet’s Matthew Miller, who was initially worried that Microsoft’s new Cortana service would be another “me-too” product that copied Siri and Google Now, now says that after trying it out this week that it’s the real deal and it could win over some iOS and Android coverts. More →

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Google Street View Angkor Wat

Now you can tour one of the world’s greatest wonders up close with Google Street View

By on April 3, 2014 at 10:40 AM.

Now you can tour one of the world’s greatest wonders up close with Google Street View

As anyone who has played any of the Civilization games knows, Angkor Wat is an incredible temple complex located in Cambodia that was built in the 12th century and that still stands as one of the most amazing wonders of the world. And now thanks to the magic of Google Street View, we can see it up close without ever having to leave our houses. More →

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Cupcake ATM New York City

The world’s sweetest ATM dispenses cupcakes, not cash

By on March 28, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

The world’s sweetest ATM dispenses cupcakes, not cash

Is a 3D chocolate printer too rich for your blood? If so then Sprinkles Cupcakes has a slightly cheaper way to satisfy your sweet tooth with technology. Per AdWeek, it seems that Sprinkles has launched a Cupcake ATM in New York City that will dispense boxed cupcakes to you for $4.25 a pop. The ATM can hold an impressive 760 cupcakes at one time and features several popular flavors including red velvet, Cuban coffee, banana dark chocolate and cinnamon sugar, AdWeek says. For Sprinkles’ sake, however, we hope that the company has upgraded its Cupcake ATMs around the country from Windows XP, or else it could see hackers easily swiping all of its delicious treats once Microsoft ends support for the platform next month.

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Can BlackBerry Make Money With BBM

BlackBerry’s big moment: Can it make money with BBM?

By on March 26, 2014 at 3:55 PM.

BlackBerry’s big moment: Can it make money with BBM?

The messaging app market has really started to heat up after Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19 billion and after Alibaba’s investment in the far more obscure Tango granted it a $1 billion valuation. As popular entries like Viber, WhatsApp and Tango have found big strategic partners, the number of stand-alone messaging apps with more than 100 million registered users has dwindled. BBM and Kik are among the most notable indie messaging apps left looking for sugar daddies and their futures will hinge upon whether they can show real potential to generate revenue. That’s why BBM is now at such a crucial juncture: It is dipping its toes in the advertising market for the first time.

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Disconnect search engine app launch

New app lets you search through Google without being tracked

By on March 25, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

New app lets you search through Google without being tracked

After Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks, Internet privacy is on everyone’s minds. One way in particular that people are looking for privacy is through their search engines. Google and Bing’s business models depend on using your search requests to serve up personalized ads. Alternative search engines such as DuckDuckGo have tried to fight this by promising not to track its users. A new search engine, called Disconnect, is tackling search privacy with a different approach. Instead of trying to build its own search engine, which would have difficulty competing against Google or Bing, Disconnect routes your searches through a proxy before the major search engines receive your request. This way, it looks to Google or Bing like the search request is coming from Disconnect and they never know any information about you.

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Gmail Email Snooping

It’s not just Microsoft: Apple and Google can also read your emails

By on March 24, 2014 at 1:05 PM.

It’s not just Microsoft: Apple and Google can also read your emails

People concerned with online privacy had a field day last week when it was discovered that Microsoft accessed a French blogger’s Hotmail account and read his emails in order to assess his involvement with an alleged theft of Windows trade secrets. As numerous reports pointed out, Microsoft’s Hotmail and Outlook.com terms give the company the right to access and read users’ emails, and bloggers lashed out at Microsoft as a result. As it turns out, however, Microsoft isn’t the only tech giant that reserves the right to read your private correspondence. More →

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