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  • Soon, everybody will be a data scientist

    Posted September 2, 2014 - 4:19 pm

    Consumers are being given the tools to measure and analyze their bodies, activities, environments and more.
  • Find special characters in Google Drive by drawing them

    Posted September 2, 2014 - 2:37 pm

    A neat way to add special characters or symbols to your documents
  • Alienware reveals new Area-51, Nintendo announces New 3DS

    Posted September 2, 2014 - 6:03 am

    Also a few notes from Sony's pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference.
  • Question

    How to upload PS4 gameplay videos to YouTube?

    Posted September 1, 2014 - 8:02 pm

    One of the neat features on the PS4 is that you can easily record gameplay videos of yourself. One of the not so neat things is that there is no easy way to upload those videos to YouTube.
  • Question

    How to use PS3 controller to play games on Android devices?

    Posted August 29, 2014 - 9:44 pm

    I’ve heard that you can use a PS3 controller to play games on Android phones and tablets. This would be great, since the main drawback to many mobile games it the terrible compromise of using a touchscreen as a controller.
  • 4 free mobile apps for finding parking

    Posted August 29, 2014 - 12:22 pm

    Frustrated by spending too much time searching for parking? I've got four free apps to help cut the frustration and find you a spot fast.
  • Slideshow

    Heading back to school? Try these 11 terrific tech tools.

    Posted August 29, 2014 - 11:30 am

    We've found some cool devices for your academic adventures, including innovative ways to power your smartphone, a tiny but powerful portable speaker and a new app that helps you share your notes.
  • The best (and worst) cities in the U.S. for tech workers

    Posted August 29, 2014 - 11:26 am

    If you work in tech, this is where the jobs and best tech living are (and aren't)
  • Slideshow

    ITworld cartoons 2014: The year in geek humor (so far)

    Posted August 29, 2014 - 7:30 am

    Each week, ITworld's Phil Johnson pokes fun at the tech world's top news and newsmakers
  • Between DragonCon and PAX, Labor Day Weekend is the best weekend of the year for geeks

    Posted August 29, 2014 - 6:05 am

    Here's how to keep tabs on happenings at DragonCon and PAX remotely. Also the XBox One September update arrives early, and brings with it some handy SmartGlass improvements
  • 5 iOS apps to easily manage your Twitter account

    Posted August 28, 2014 - 3:11 pm

    Twitter is useful for more than following your favorite celebrities. It's a powerful professional tool for keeping up on industry news, interacting with influencers, and marketing yourself. But when you use it this way, managing your Twitter account can feel like a full-time job--unless you have the right app, of course. Here are five iOS apps that make it a lot less work.
  • How to free up space on a packed hard drive

    Posted August 28, 2014 - 3:04 pm

    Reader Donna Vincent has a lot of files and little remaining storage space. She writes:
  • Samsung Gear S watch sports 3G, LG G Watch R gets curvy

    Posted August 28, 2014 - 3:01 pm

    Samsung and LG have announced more smartwatches ahead of next week's IFA trade show in Berlin, with an emphasis on connectivity and curvy faces.
  • Amazon's efforts to test drones for package delivery gain support

    Posted August 28, 2014 - 2:44 pm

    The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), which represents the nascent commercial drone industry in the U.S., has thrown its considerable weight behind a bid by Amazon to test drones for use in the online retailer's proposed Prime Air package delivery service.
  • Voice Search Smackdown: Ooloo vs. Siri vs. Google Now

    Posted August 28, 2014 - 2:35 pm

    Ooloo is a new, free voice search app for iOS and Android, and it relies on actual humans to answer your questions 24/7. I tested the iOS app and compared the answers I received to answers from Apple's Siri and Google Now (on an Android smartphone).
  • Chromebook Pixel revisited: 18 months with Google's luxury laptop

    Posted August 28, 2014 - 2:32 pm

    Is it crazy to pay $1300 for a Chromebook? Some reflections after a year and a half of living with Google's luxurious Pixel.
  • Mac, Chromebook gains soften PC industry decline

    Posted August 28, 2014 - 2:21 pm

    Although forecasts for PC shipments have brightened, much of the improvement stems from bets that Chromebooks and Macs will make up a larger part of this year's market.
  • A bigger iPhone could push phablet explosion

    Posted August 28, 2014 - 2:17 pm

    Big smartphones with screens larger than 5.5-in. will make up nearly a third of the entire smartphone market in 2018, IDC said.
  • Apple to hold press event on September 9

    Posted August 28, 2014 - 1:29 pm

    We've heard rumor after rumor, but now it's official: Apple will be holding a press event on September 9, kicking off at 10 a.m. Pacific/1 p.m. Eastern. Invitations dispatched to press on Thursday morning were even more cryptic than usual, with a white-on-white Apple logo, the date, and a message reading "Wish we could say more."
  • Review

    The 10 best laptops of 2014 (so far)

    Posted August 28, 2014 - 1:27 pm

    We're more than seven full months into 2014, and with back-to-school shopping season underway and the holidays looming, it's a perfect time to take stock of the year in laptops thus far.
  • Leap Motion reveals bid to become Oculus Rift's head-mounted VR controller

    Posted August 28, 2014 - 1:21 pm

    Leap Motion may have a new lease on life thanks to inexpensive virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift.
  • Why old iPhones become sluggish over time

    Posted August 28, 2014 - 1:15 pm

    One of the unusual consequences of being in the computer business is that I tend to own more devices than the average person. Therefore, when a family friend recently broke her iPhone 4s, I didn't hesitate to visit the Tabini Museum of Antique Handsets and Tablets in my basement and dig out my old iPhone 4 to lend to her for a few weeks. After all, with a new model all but certain to be announced by mid-September, it would make little sense to purchase a new handset before then.
  • Question

    how do i find "open in" on my ipad

    Posted August 28, 2014 - 12:41 pm

    i clicked on the box with the arrow pointing up but it does not appear on the list
  • Rhapsody unRadio is no Pandora One killer but it's free (for some)

    Posted August 28, 2014 - 9:47 am

    In June, Rhapsody and T-Mobile announced Rhapsody unRadio, a subscription streaming music service. This isn't the first time we've seen such an arrangement. Mobile carriers and music streaming services are increasingly getting together in this one-hand-washes-the-other kind of way (as evidenced by the relationships between AT&T and Beats Music and Sprint and Spotify). Getting free or less-expensive music streaming is a perk that might attract customers to a particular carrier, and pre-packaging the services with specific data plans increases the services' visibility.
  • The Apple customer-support site that's built just for you

    Posted August 28, 2014 - 9:44 am

    You've got a Mac, an iPhone, maybe an iPad or two in your household, and you have a problem. Maybe one of them's got a cracked screen, and you want to find out if it's still under warranty (and what that warranty covers). Maybe one of them won't start up, and you want to find out what to do. Maybe you just have a question that requires an Apple expert. Turns out you can find out all that and more in one place--a place that a lot of Apple users have never heard of.
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