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Ben Zigterman

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Smartwatch concept design from Creoir

Video: Even smartwatches designed with beauty in mind are still ugly

February 26th, 2014

Pretty much every smartwatch that has been released so far has been ridiculously ugly. Most of them feature a rectangular screen that many consider to be too large for a wrist. Both the Pebble smartwatch and the Samsung Galaxy Gear suffer from this problem. To fix this, Engadget noted that the design firm Creoir, which …

Arizona Anti-Gay Bill Apple

Apple urges Arizona governor to veto discrimination bill

February 25th, 2014

On Monday, Arizona’s Legislature passed a bill that would let businesses refuse service to gays and lesbians. Governor Jan Brewer has until Friday to sign or veto the bill. Unsurprisingly, this bill has generated a huge storm of controversy. Not even everyone who voted for the bill still supports it, as after hearing the outcry …

Firefox OS Smartphone $25

Mozilla plans to mow down rivals with an army of $25 smartphones

February 24th, 2014

Mozilla has teamed up with Chinese manufacturer Spreadtrum to try to create a $25 smartphone that runs Firefox OS. They aim to make a phone that will feature the Cortex A5-based SC6821 chipset, which was developed by Spreadtrum and supports WCDMA and EDGE networks. Noticeably absent is support for 4G LTE and the device’s screen …

Phone carriers lost $33 billion

How Verizon, AT&T blew their chance to be WhatsApp

February 21st, 2014

Facebook’s purchase of WhatsApp does a good job of showing just how much the wireless carriers failed to capitalize on messaging. It was their game to lose, with SMS built in as the default messaging client on just about every phone. If they had drastically lowered their prices, they could be where WhatsApp is today. …

iPad Smart Cover Patent

Apple has bold plans for its iPad Smart Cover

February 20th, 2014

Since 2011, Apple has been selling Smart Covers for its line of iPads. While they cleverly lock and unlock the iPad, they have not evolved much from their original incarnation. This could be fine, except that the competition is constantly showing how much more can be done with tablet accessories.

Yahoo investment smarter Siri

The quest to build a better Siri

February 19th, 2014

Since Marissa Mayer became CEO, Yahoo has been on a bit of a roll and has released several well-reviewed apps (Weather, News Digest, Sports, etc.) while also bringing Flickr back from irrelevance. According to MIT Technology Review, Yahoo has even bigger plans with its recent announcement that it is investing millions of dollars to develop …

Futuristic car UI concept

Video: This is what iOS in the Car should look like

February 19th, 2014

Touchscreen car displays are notorious for being terrible. Either the screen isn’t very responsive to touches or the interface is incredibly clunky. Of course, both Google and Apple are aware of this. Apple is working on iOS in the Car, a feature of iOS 7 that allows cars to tap into the music and navigation …

Basis smartwatch sale

Meet the smartwatch maker that’s begging to be bought out by anyone

February 17th, 2014

Basis, a company that sells health-monitoring smartwatches, is hoping to be bought by Apple… or pretty much anyone, for that matter. According to a report from TechCrunch, the San Fransisco–based company is seeking a “sub-hundred million” price and has reportedly talked about a potential sale to Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Samsung.