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Ben Zigterman

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Computer Vision Syndrome infographic and video

How to avoid wrecking your vision while staring at a computer screen

March 27th, 2014

Nowadays, we spend nearly 6 hours each day staring at a display, whether it’s a desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet. After looking at screens all day, your eyes may start to feel a bit off, which means you may be suffering from a condition called Computer Vision Syndrome, or CVS. Symptoms of CVS include headaches, dry …

Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit Operating System

Samsung designed an entirely new OS just for the Gear Fit

March 26th, 2014

Samsung is currently flooding the market with wearable devices. It sells the Galaxy Gear 2, which is its full-featured smartwatch, alongside the Gear 2 Neo, a cheaper and less feature-packed smartwatch. These two devices run a custom operating system designed by Samsung called Tizen. This was a switch from Android, which powered the initial Gear smartwatch. …

Disconnect search engine app launch

New app lets you search through Google without being tracked

March 25th, 2014

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 …

Windows XP ATM SMS malware

The ultimate heist: Hackers use SMS to get ATMs to pump out cash

March 25th, 2014

Microsoft is dropping support for Windows XP on April 8th, and with 95% of all ATMs still running XP, this could become a major problem for any banks that haven’t signed agreements to keep support running past the deadline. And today, we learned of an ATM attack that could be easily fixed if the ATMs …

iOS 7 Mesh Network Feature

This new iOS 7 feature could change how we connect to the Internet

March 24th, 2014

Last week, we told you about a new messaging app from Open Garden called FireChat whose key feature is that it doesn’t need an Internet connection to work. It creates a mesh network between users and the Internet with a new protocol in iOS 7 called Multipeer Connectivity Framework. As Cult of Mac points out, as this …

BlackBerry 10.3 Leaked Screenshots

Leaked screenshots show us BlackBerry’s potential Siri rival

March 24th, 2014

Despite BlackBerry’s dismally low market share in the U.S., it is still working on the next version of its operating system. And now we know what it will look like, thanks to some leaked screenshots picked up by PhoneArena. It looks like the new OS will feature an “Intelligent Assistant” that will presumably work like Siri or …

Apple TV Update

This is what the next Apple TV should look like

March 21st, 2014

Last year, Tim Cook said Apple will be entering a new product category, and ever since he said that, people have been wondering if TVs are Apple’s next target for disruption. Of course, there have been rumors of a new Apple TV for years, but in the past few months these rumors have reached a …

Apple iPhone 6 camera

The one spec Apple is willing to ignore in the iPhone 6

March 20th, 2014

In the race to beat each others’ specs, phone manufacturers are packing their devices’ cameras with as many pixels as possible. Nokia’s Lumia 1020 exemplified this trend with its 41-megapixel camera. And yesterday, it looked like Oppo would top this with the 50-megapixel camera in its Find 7, although it turns out that it is …

Time Warner Cable Retail Store

Time Warner Cable looks to Apple to improve its terrible reputation

March 19th, 2014

Time Warner Cable doesn’t exactly have the best reputation. Its customer satisfaction is incredibly low, ranking second to last behind only Comcast in a survey taken last year. Its customer service is routinely criticized and it tied with AT&T for the worst customer service in another survey earlier this year. Its proposed merger is incredibly unpopular, …

Why Apple skipped NFC

Apple’s decision to ignore NFC is looking better every day

March 19th, 2014

For years, Apple pundits’ favorite game was to guess when the iPhone would finally support NFC, or Near Field Communication. If only Apple would support NFC, then mobile payments would take off, and we could finally stop paying cash and credit cards. But Apple never did support NFC and it appears it made the right decision: According to GigaOm, major …