The iPhone 7 might actually be in trouble
Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus may or may not be "boring" like rumors suggest, but there's another reason Apple's new phones could be in trouble...
One of the best things about the expansive Marvel Cinematic Universe is that the writers and directors are free to make clever references to comics, TV shows and other movies. Some are painfully obvious, but others require a highly trained eye for detail to pick out, occasionally requiring viewers to pause and take a closer look.
It’s official: there’s nowhere to hide.
Companies like Facebook and Google are happy to offer you their services for free, but free always has a cost on the internet. Advertising pays the bills, and these big companies separate themselves from the pack by serving up ads that are better targeted than other networks. How do they target so well? By tracking you as you make your way across the web and building a profile that helps determine which ads you’re most likely to click.
Some people don’t want to be tracked by Facebook, so they don’t register an account with the site. But thanks to some major changes rolling out now, on one will be able to hide from Facebook tracking. More →
Verizon’s first Motorola Droid smartphone helped set in motion a series of events that would ultimately see Android become the most popular mobile platform on the planet. Now, nearly seven years later, Droid branded smartphones are barely a blip on the radar. The market has been flooded with hundreds and hundreds of different Android models, and they’re led by Samsung’s Galaxy lineup and the double-digit billions the company spends on marketing and advertising. In fact, you might have even forgotten that Droid phones exist at this point, unless you’ve been to a Verizon Wireless store lately.
All that could change soon enough, however, because a new leak suggests that Verizon and Motorola’s upcoming Droid refresh may be one of the hottest new Android phones of the year. More →
The beauty of competition in the wireless router space is that prices are driven down so fast that you can always afford the latest and greatest tech. A perfect example is the TP-LINK AC1200 Wireless Dual-Band Wi-Fi Router, which offers lightning-fast speeds of up to 867Mbps and great coverage to reach further in your home than your current router. It’s brand new, it has a killer 4.3-star customer rating on Amazon, and it’s already on sale for just $59.89 shipped. More →
You don’t have to watch Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope to relive the first episode in what turned out to be one of the most important film series in movie history. Instead, you can scroll down a single image that measures 403.5 feet long if you want to go through everything that happens in that first epic movie. More →
A jury found that Google’s use of the Java programming language in Android is legal, in a patent battle that lasted some six years. Oracle, which owns Java, argued that Google stole code to build a mobile operating system that ended up being the most popular smartphone OS in the world. Google prevailed over Oracle in 2012, but a year later a court found that software APIs can be copyrighted, which meant Oracle could revive its legal battle against Android.
Google didn’t just save Android with this win, avoiding a huge financial hit in the process – a win for Oracle could have forced Google to cough up as much as $9 billion. The victory is also important for future patent battles that cover copyrightable software. More →
Adobe products can become extremely costly, especially if you need more than one. But, with the Adobe KnowHow All-Inclusive Photography Bundle, you get 13 Courses with over 65 hours worth of top quality photography and image editing training. More →
Augmented reality might factor in to the future of firefighting.
This week, a team from the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), a research institute in Switzerland, revealed the smart visor they have been working on that will help firefighters see through smoke and darkness while simultaneously freeing up their hands and allowing them to do their jobs with less constraints.
For those who think that Google and Amazon have effectively already won the market for AI home assistants, you might not want to sleep on Apple just yet. Though Siri is not without its fair share of limitations, its functionality and feature-set has improved by leaps and bounds over the past few years. And looking ahead, a report from The Information earlier in the week claimed that Apple has some grand and ambitious plans for its intelligent assistant.
Apple’s pressure-sensitive 3D Touch feature didn’t find its way to the cheaper iPhone SE, probably because of the cost of a touch-sensitive panel. But what if the SE — and any other phone with a speaker and mic — could have their own, slightly MacGuyver version of 3D Touch?
Smartphones and tablets can control anything and everything these days, which is pretty awesome. The “Internet of Things” craze means most items in your home can be connected to the internet, and practically anything that can be connected to the internet can be controlled by iOS or Android. But sometimes controlling things with your phone is a pain in the butt. You have to find the right app, wait for it to open, and then you’re using up battery life unnecessarily.
Maybe you should snag the Logitech Harmony Home Companion / Home Control instead. It can control up to eight devices in your home, and it’s on sale on Amazon fro just $129.99 through Saturday, May 28. More →
Independently, playing video games and watching movies are immensely enjoyable activities. But when the two mix, the result is often an exercise in disappointment. Likely rooted in Hollywood’s never-ending effort to print money without exercising an ounce of creativity, movie executives always seem keen on taking whatever video game happens to be hot at the moment and turning it into a movie. Even in the face of ridicule and a string of box office failures, we’ll likely never see Hollywood stop trying to turn popular video games into hit films.