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  • Apple CEO Tim Cook Addresses The iPad’s Continued Lack Of Sales Growth

    Apple CEO Tim Cook Addresses The iPad’s Continued Lack Of Sales Growth

    During today’s earnings call for Apple’s fiscal Q4 2014, CEO Tim Cook took time to address the iPad’s performance at length. Cook referred to a lot of the general kinds of negative feeling around iPad performance circulating around media and analysts, and brought up his own perspective on the product category. “I take a step back on iPad,” he said. “I know… Read More

  • Apple Sold 39.3M iPhones During The iPhone 6 Launch Quarter, 12.3M iPads And 5.5M Macs

    Apple Sold 39.3M iPhones During The iPhone 6 Launch Quarter, 12.3M iPads And 5.5M Macs

    Apple’s earnings for the final quarter of its fiscal 2014 year are out, and boy did they sell a lot of iPhones. The hardware quarter saw 39.3 million iPhones sold, along with 12.3 million iPads and a very respectable 5.5 million Macs, with the fading iPod category bringing up the rear with 2.6 million sales. iPhone growth year-over-year is the most impressive stat here, and it’s… Read More

  • iMac With Retina 5K Display Review: Meet The Best Desktop Computer Available

    iMac With Retina 5K Display Review: Meet The Best Desktop Computer Available

    Apple’s newest iMac has the best display ever on a computing device. Let’s just get that out the way right at the start: You won’t find a better screen anywhere else, period. The 27-inch, 5120×2880 screen has a PPI of 218, or roughly equivalent to that of the MacBook Pro with Retina display, but the specs on paper, while impressive in their own right, can’t convey… Read More

  • What You Need To Know To Get Started With Apple Pay

    What You Need To Know To Get Started With Apple Pay

    Apple Pay is now available for anyone to use, provided they’ve got all the prerequisites, both for physical stores and for online transactions. But you can’t just walk up to your local brick-and-mortar store and wave your iPhone and walk out with whatever you want – that would be theft. Instead, you’ll need the following to be in place to have a happy Apple Pay… Read More

  • iOS 8.1 With Apple Pay Now Available, Here’s What Else It Brings To Your iPhone And iPad

    iOS 8.1 With Apple Pay Now Available, Here’s What Else It Brings To Your iPhone And iPad

    Apple’s iOS 8.1 arrives today, and it brings with it some impressive new abilities. First and foremost, at least in terms of its long-term impact, is probably the introduction of Apple Pay, the new mobile payment solution built into iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. But 8.1 also offers the ability to send/receive texts and phone calls from your phone on your… Read More

  • The Oscult Is An iPad-Connected Ultrasound Machine

    The Oscult Is An iPad-Connected Ultrasound Machine

    Healthcare in developing nations is a problem just aching for a solution. But it’s a big problem. Chipping away at that predicament is a company called Oscadi. Oscadi has created a piece of hardware, called Oscult, that allows you to perform an ultrasound by simply plugging their device into an iPad. The company claims that up until now, more than 60 percent of the world does not have… Read More

  • Skin Buttons Are Working Buttons Projected Onto The Skin

    Skin Buttons Are Working Buttons Projected Onto The Skin

    The folks at Carnegie Mellon’s Future Interfaces Group have made something really cool. Essentially, they are using small lasers to paint icons onto your skin through the bottom of a watch. The icons are touch sensitive and can be projected in any shape. The team consists Gierad Laput, Robert Xiao, Xiang Chen, Scott E. Hudson, and Chris Harrison, researchers at CMU’s… Read More

  • The Super-Slim Kindle Voyage Is A Great Travel Companion

    The Super-Slim Kindle Voyage Is A Great Travel Companion

    In 1935, Sir Allen Lane and V. K. Krishna Menon founded Penguin Books, a company dedicated to producing high-quality, small-format paperback books for the world market. These small, well-made little books introduced some amazing fiction, philosophy, classical thought and spiritualism to a hungry audience, and the low price made it easy to build a library of amazing titles that could fit into… Read More

  • #GamerGate Is The Future Of Troll Politics

    #GamerGate Is The Future Of Troll Politics

    I’ve refrained from talking about GamerGate because the entire thing has been so baffling. The hysteria and name-calling seemed counter-productive and, as a veteran of many flame wars (see BlackBerry, Notion Ink, and Palm) I saw all the signs of a tempest in a teapot that was run through forums and IRC channels and dedicated to putting down dissenting views in favor of… Read More

  • Autonomous Boats Are Helping The Navy Swarm On Threats

    Autonomous Boats Are Helping The Navy Swarm On Threats

    I rarely like to focus on military robots but this video is fascinating. It talks about the SWARM program, a system for controlling multiple boats in a body of water and ensuring they don’t crash into each other and can easily swarm on another ship as needed. These boats, which are connected via software called Control Architecture for Robotic Agent Command and Sensing, can be armed but… Read More

  • MilkzUpBottle Is Yo For When You’re Out Of Milk

    MilkzUpBottle Is Yo For When You’re Out Of Milk

    I’m not great at being an adult. If I’m lucky enough to have milk in the fridge for my cereal, it’s normally gone bad. Luckily, a hack at yesterday’s Disrupt EU Hackathon can tell you everything you need to know about your milk situation. It’s called MilkzupBottle and it’s a combination of a plastic bottle, a USB connector, an LED light, and a basic… Read More

  • iMac With Retina 5K Display First Impressions: A Screen In Which To Lose Oneself

    iMac With Retina 5K Display First Impressions: A Screen In Which To Lose Oneself

    Apple’s new iMac boasts a screen with an almost preposterous resolution of 5180×2880 pixels, which makes it the world’s highest resolution display. The screen is the key ingredient here, despite changes under the hood, and after a couple of days of use, it’s still the screen that (stating the obvious here) catches my eye. Amid the flurry and elbow-throwing of the… Read More

  • Convergence In The Internet Of Things Is Priming The Tech World For A Major Cultural Shift

    Convergence In The Internet Of Things Is Priming The Tech World For A Major Cultural Shift

    To anyone who is tuned into the tech world, it should not come as earth shattering news that machine-to-machine (M2M) technology and the Internet of Things have hit a major convergence point in the tech industry. What is fairly new however is that the two have become so closely intertwined with each other that you can no longer think about one without thinking of the other. Read More

  • Bag Week: The Pad & Quill Attache

    Bag Week: The Pad & Quill Attache

    If life was like Toy Story, and when we fell asleep, all of our inanimate objects suddenly came to life, the Pad & Quill Attache bag would be some super combo of both Woody and Buzz Lightyear. Socially, this bag would be the head honcho. With a beautiful, hand-crafted (and signed by that hand) leather exterior, the Attache laptop bag feels slightly Old-World. It’s a classic… Read More

  • Bag Week: Herschel Little America Mid-Volume Select Backpack

    Bag Week: Herschel Little America Mid-Volume Select Backpack

    The new Herschel fall lineup includes the Heritage we reviewed earlier in bag week, but there are also new looks for the Little America. The smaller mid-volume version of this bag, in a Select color and material finish combination, might be more the speed of those with smaller backs, or who just don’t need a massive amount of storage space, and the signature Little America… Read More

  • Watch These Tiny Robots As They Fly Well With Others

    Watch These Tiny Robots As They Fly Well With Others

    The quadccopters at the University of Pennsylvania GRASP Lab are truly trained to follow the golden robot rule: fly with others as you’d fly with yourself. Thanks to researchers Yash Mulgaonkar, Gareth Cross and Vijay Kumar, we can see how close these little flying robots are to their noble goal. Read More

  • Apple Begins Taking Pre-Orders For iPad Air 2 And Mini 3

    Apple Begins Taking Pre-Orders For iPad Air 2 And Mini 3

    Apple revealed new iPad models on Thursday, and they all go on sale starting today via Apple’s online store. Today is just the beginning of pre-sales, with iPads officially shipping to pre-order customers and arriving in stores sometime “late next week,” according to Apple. Pricing for the new iPad mini, which is essentially the same as the existing model with Touch ID added… Read More

  • MasterCard Will Borrow A Touch ID Trick For Fingerprint Scanning Credit Card

    MasterCard Will Borrow A Touch ID Trick For Fingerprint Scanning Credit Card

    Apple isn’t the only company using biometrics to authenticate payments and purchases – Apple Pay partner MasterCard wants to make fingerprint scanning something even people without an iOS device can use to digitally ‘sign’ for contactless transactions. The credit card company is launching the “world’s first” fingerprint-enabled credit card with… Read More

  • The Current State Of The Apple SIM, And Its Possible Future

    The Current State Of The Apple SIM, And Its Possible Future

    Apple unveiled new gadgets on stage today, but they didn’t discuss one of its most interesting new innovations – the Apple SIM. As detailed earlier by TechCrunch, the new SIM card lets you switch between participating carriers, which include AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint in the U.S., and EE in the U.K. So far, those are the only carriers who have signed on, but Apple is likely… Read More

  • Alpine’s Slick New Headphones Make You Feel Your Beats

    Alpine’s Slick New Headphones Make You Feel Your Beats

    I’ve spent the better part of today playing with the new Alpine Headphones, a $299 pair of cans that promise to make you feel your music with the company’s “Full Frequency Immersion” technology. An Alpine spokesperson told me that the product is “targeted to millennials,” which I assume means that they’re designed to give the “oh my god my… Read More

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