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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iTunes DRM Removal

How to kill the DRM in your old iTunes purchases in 4 easy steps

By on March 24, 2014 at 11:47 AM.

How to kill the DRM in your old iTunes purchases in 4 easy steps

Less than a decade ago, digital rights management (DRM) debates were as common and heated as online privacy debates are today. Apple’s iTunes was, of course, the biggest digital music distribution center that utilized DRM, but in 2009 Apple finally caved and ditched its digital file-protection solution. But what about all the music people purchased before 2009 that is digitally locked to just a few devices? As it turns out, dumping the DRM on your old iTunes purchases is remarkably easy. More →

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Best iOS Driving Apps MetroMile

This iOS app may solve one of the most annoying problems with city life

By on March 20, 2014 at 3:03 PM.

This iOS app may solve one of the most annoying problems with city life

If you live in a city and you own a car, chances are you’ve gotten an annoying parking ticket because you forgot to move your car off your street on the day your city rolls through it with a street sweeper. The good news, however, is that driving statistics app MetroMile is working on a new system that will send an alert to your smartphone on the day your street is due to be cleaned. More →

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Pandora Radio Subscription Price

Pandora is about to get a lot more expensive – even for current subscribers

By on March 19, 2014 at 9:45 AM.

Pandora is about to get a lot more expensive – even for current subscribers

If you are a regular Pandora user toying with the idea of subscribing to the streaming music provider’s paid “Pandora One” service, it’s time to pay up. Pandora on Tuesday evening confirmed that it will soon increase the cost of its subscription service to $4.99 per month. The bump from the current $3.99 rate represents a 25% increase, but there’s good news and bad news: the good news is that current monthly subscribers will be locked in at $3.99. The bad news, however, is that those who pay the discounted annual rate of $36 per year will be forced into a monthly $3.99 plan. This rate will be discounted from the upcoming change in Pandora’s monthly subscription plan, but it will represent a 33% price increase from the current annual rate. More →

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Amazon Prime Price Increase

Amazon faces a surprisingly strong backlash against Prime price hikes

By on March 18, 2014 at 2:32 PM.

Amazon faces a surprisingly strong backlash against Prime price hikes

Amazon is about to raise the price of its Prime subscription service from $79 to $99 per year, and although the increase is likely worth it, Amazon has been trying to prepare its customers for the price hike for the past couple months. In January, Amazon hinted that it may increase the Prime subscription price to as high as $119 per year. With the final price settling at $99 per year, Amazon was hoping its customers who love Amazon Prime would be more amenable to the price increase. It turns out this has not worked out so well. More →

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