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Ask.com's service might annoy many today thanks to its uncanny ability to show up as a toolbar option in many installers, but back in the day, when it was still known as Ask Jeeves, many considered it to be one of the coolest services going. Amidst much competition, Ask's usage declined over time, and as it became clear that the company wasn't... Read more...
Apple's Siri might not be for everyone, but there's no denying that sometimes, it could prove to be a boon for finding out important, time-sensitive information fast. I must imagine, though, that there are some things Siri's Cupertino creator never planned on it being asked - such as where to hide a body... Read more...
Google is aggressively working to improve the speed with which we access the Internet. Google Fiber is one of its better-known efforts because it directly benefits regular users: Google Fiber provides the citizens of many major U.S. cities with affordable Gigabit Internet access. Now, the company is joining forces... Read more...
A couple of weeks ago, reports hit the Web claiming that Chinese phone maker Xiaomi was sending user info back to home base. At the time, the company's head of global expansion, ex-Googler Hugo Barra, claimed that no such thing was going on. But late last week, Finnish security firm F-Secure posted proof to the Web... Read more...
Facebook has long been under fire for its seemingly lackluster care to user privacy, something that became a hot topic this past week as the company forced its mobile users to transition to its Messenger app in order to have messaging capabilities. Well, as hard as it might be to believe, there are some instances when... Read more...
Even as a rabid Android fan, there's one aspect of Apple's iOS that attracts me: The aesthetics. This is especially true since the release of iOS 7; yes, that particular release became the butt of many jokes thanks to its heavy use of gradients, but as a bit of a color freak, it appealed to me. For those Android users... Read more...
It might be called the HTC Volantis, but what it's set to become is the next tablet in Google's Nexus line. Dubbed Nexus 9, this 8.9-inch tablet is expected to feature a 2048x1440 resolution (281 ppi), 2GB of RAM, 16 and 32GB storage options, an 8 megapixel camera at the back and a 3 megapixel one up front... Read more...
Just over a week ago, we warned of the pending deadline for the forced transition to Facebook's Messenger app for those who wanted to continue having messaging capabilities. In that post, I wrote, "I personally believe that Facebook shouldn't force this transition, because not everyone (including me) wants to have two... Read more...
One of the necessary evils of website ownership is understanding at least a little bit about search engine optimization - SEO for short. Poor practices could make your site fall into the virtual abyss, while good practices can have the opposite effect: Search engines could begin favoring you. While no one outside of... Read more...
We talked last week about the latest security issue to plague Google's ultra-popular Android OS, which at the time topped-off what seems like a never-ending list of issues researchers raise about the OS. With a just-released Cisco report, it looks like not a thing is going to change, much to Google's chagrin, I'm... Read more...
One of the most frustrating realizations as consumers is knowing that you just purchased the wrong item, or that the item doesn't live up to your expectations. Heck, it might not even work at all. Where mobile marketplaces are concerned, running into this issue is common. When an app costs only a buck or two, people... Read more...
We may never know for sure what Google had originally planned for a trio of mystery barges scattered in waters on both sides of the coast. According to numerous reports, Google is selling at least one of those four-story ships while it contemplates what to do with the remaining two. Speculation around the web is that all three were to be floating... Read more...
At a time when many are still in awe of the speeds that can be reached with Google's Fiber service, Danish researchers have come along to show us what those fiber wires can really do. The "High-Speed Optical Communications" team at DTU Fotonik in Lyngby, Denmark, have managed to secure a world record by achieving a... Read more...
For most of us, getting access to the Internet regardless of where we are isn't that challenging. If we're on-the-go, we can use our mobile phone, while at home, we can enjoy high-speed connections that let us do a variety of important and fun activities. In many countries, though, access to the World Wide Web isn't... Read more...
Microsoft recently rolled-out an upgrade to free OneDrive accounts, but is only now sending out emails to its users to notify them of it. Previously, the company gave any new sign-up 7GB of storage for free; that's now been bumped to 15GB, to match Google with its Drive service. Both are a vast improvement over Dropbox, which offers a mere... Read more...
Where PC cooling is concerned, you can't get much more standard than copper - it's simply everywhere. Even if you're using an OEM box, chances are it at least has a copper base, and while it might not have many or any fins, your notebook will have a large copper heatpipe. So if copper is that effective, why not create... Read more...
Google's Android OS has received its fair share of flack over the past couple of years for its security issues, but sometimes, it's not the company or its OS at fault: It's the third-party developers. Proof of that can be seen from the results of a recent study conducted by the same firm, Codenomicon, that discovered... Read more...
Driverless, autonomous car technology is quickly proliferating as multiple companies have stated publicly that they’re planning to roll them out within the next several years. Other companies such as Intel are working hard on technology to go in autonomous cars, too. But it’s not just American and European companies diving in--China’s... Read more...
Google’s acquisition of Twitch, the increasingly popular video game broadcaster, is complete. The deal was first announced back in May, and Google has signed the all-cash offer of a billion dollars. Suddenly, the YouTube juggernaut is even more powerful and expansive. According to VentureBeat’s sources... Read more...
For as impactful as Google has been on the world in a positive manner, it takes its fair share of flack. From privacy concerns to revamping its search algorithms, plenty of people aren't the fondest of Google. Over in the European Union, privacy officials have continued to slam Google regarding its "takedown" program... Read more...
Has it been a year already? Time flies when you're streaming fun, and apparently Google's low cost Chromecast dongle is celebrating its first birthday. As parents are apt to do about their little ones, Google used the occasion to brag about its streaming stick by pointing out that people have hit the cast button more... Read more...
The Red Laser app is “a free shopping app for iPhone, Windows Phones, and Android that has been downloaded over 30 million times” according to its own description, and now Google Glass users can use the app to scan barcodes and get online price comparisons with the high-tech spectacles. That’s surely handy when trying to... Read more...
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