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Pivotal Living hopes you'll pay $12 a year to use its fitness tracker

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 20:19
Fitness trackers come a dime a dozen and worse, they all seem to do the same thing: monitor your step count, calorie burn and sleep quality. As it happens, the Life Tracker 1, the first device from a startup called Pivotal Living, does all these...

Google partners with Jane Goodall to capture Tanzania's chimp heaven

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 19:49
Google has joined forces with the Jane Goodall Institute to bring Street Views of Gombe National Park and its numerous chimpanzees. Using portable Trekkers, Google's intrepid photogs captured thousands of 360-degree images in the jungles where...

Jawbone's Drop lets you build music playlists using tweets

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 19:46
At Twitter's Flight mobile developer conference, Jawbone just announced a new app called Drop, which lets you and your friends create and manage playlists with tweets. Hosain Rahman, Jawbone's CEO, says that this would be very useful in party...

Pandora lets artists know just how well their music is doing

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 19:22
Many musicians put their tunes on Pandora in the hopes that they'll build an audience, but how are they supposed to know it's working? That's what the streaming service's new Artist Marketing Platform (AMP) aims to solve. The initiative gives...

Twitter trades passwords for phone numbers with Digits login

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 18:45
At its mobile developer conference in San Francisco, Twitter just announced Digits, a brand-new way to log in to apps with just your phone number. Instead of going through the tedious process of signing up with an email and password or using one of...

Google's 'Inbox' is a smarter take on email, created by the Gmail team

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 18:06
If you're anything like us, Google's Gmail has an iron grip on your life. Google's looking to create a whole new iron grip with a new app from its Gmail team, and it's called "Inbox." What is it? That's a good question -- Google's made a demo slash...

The NSA can now use Samsung's Galaxy phones for classified work

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 18:01
Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets have just become the first consumer mobile devices approved by the US National Security Agency (NSA) to carry classified documents. The edict covers most of its newer Galaxy devices, including the Galaxy S5, Galaxy...

New Sky+ app pushes pictures from your mobile devices to the big screen

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 17:40
For anyone with a Sky+HD box, the Sky+ app for Android and iOS gives you a handy way to manage recordings while away from home, and lets you use mobile devices as substitute remotes when you're plonked in front of the TV. Now, with an updated version...

Daimler sells its stake in Tesla as its EV partner grows up

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 17:33
They grow up so fast, don't they? It seems like just yesterday (well, 2009) that Daimler bought a stake in Tesla to give it a boost and secure a partner for electric car development, and the German automaker is now selling that stake a mere five...

Offended by the 'Hatred' trailer? You're a hypocrite (and that's a good thing)

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 17:00
This week, a game about a genocidal maniac was announced. There's a video trailer for the game that depicts ultraviolent bedlam: a murder spree of innocent victims, many begging for their lives. So it's basically another week in video games, then?...

'Dorothy' lets you click your heels to hail a cab

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 16:41
What if you could click your red heels to get home, like Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz? A new wearable concept -- aptly dubbed "Dorothy" -- might let you do just that. It consists of a small clip called "Ruby" that attaches to your shoe and...

Congress won't pass a law letting the FBI access your encrypted data

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 16:16
Just because FBI director James Comey believes his agency has a right to see your phone's encrypted data doesn't mean he'll get his way. Members of Congress from both major parties, including House Representatives Darrell Issa and Zoe Lofgren as well...

Samsung's big Galaxy Tab 4 gets the Barnes & Noble treatment

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 15:46
We weren't terribly fond of Samsung and Barnes & Noble's first tablet mashup, but it seems at least a few people were. If you happen to fall into that category, congratulations -- that odd couple has something else that might be up your alley. The...

iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 now available in certain UK stores

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 15:20
Apple began accepting online orders for the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 shortly after the new tablets were announced last week, but if you'd rather not wait for a delivery, you can pick one up in-store as of today. Apple's own retail outlets now have...

iMac with Retina display review: A best-in-class screen makes it worth the high price

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 15:00
When Apple held one of its big keynotes last week, it was easy to think of it as "iPad day." Sure enough, the company announced some upgraded tablets, but it was a desktop, of all things, that stole the show. Though the new 27-inch iMac with Retina...

Smart earpiece with biometric sensors wants you to ditch your fitness bands

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 14:28
Yes, there are a lot of wearable devices that can monitor your activities and health, but an earpiece called SensoTRACK claims to be able to do it all. By "all," we mean it can measure respiration and heart rates, detect oxygen saturation in your...

Nielsen and Adobe are teaming up to apply TV-style ratings to the internet

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 13:44
You've probably heard of the Nielsen Ratings, which are the figures relating to the number of people who watch a particular TV series. It's these statistics that Hollywood uses to decide if your favorite show gets a second season or if it'll only...

Uber brings its larger-car option to London and Manchester

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 13:15
We haven't heard much out of Uber since it reduced the price of trips across London in its standard vehicles a few months ago. Today, the disruptive taxi service is back on our radar with the announcement of a new fleet of vehicles intended to serve...

Hands-on with the Xbox One's TV tuner

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 13:00
The Xbox One's €29.99/£24.99 TV Tuner is now available, but it's far from just a glorified channel changer for Microsoft's console. As we mentioned, it came out only in Europe because many of us across the pond get our TV fix from over-the-air...

Avegant Glyph personal theater headset gets closer to market

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 13:00
When we first saw the Avegant Glyph earlier this year, it was still in its alpha stage. The home theater headset that literally looks like a pair of chunky headphones for your eyes did impress us with its stunning visuals, but the overall thing was...

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