This Is the Smart Home of the Future

February 18, 2018

Don’t worry: Technology may come and go, but some things never change. In the not-so-distant future, cars will drive themselves and men may become obsolete (sorry, guys), but home will always be home. It’ll just be a heck of a lot smarter. Photographer: Evan Ortiz/Bloomberg Granted, some tech is better than other tech. No one needs a Wi-Fi-connected juice press that doesn’t actually juice anything. Gadgets that offer real utility—like a…


Google launches a lightweight Gmail Go app for Android

February 17, 2018

Google has added a notable addition to its line of “Go” edition apps – the lightweight apps designed primarily for emerging markets – with the launch of Gmail Go. The app, like others in the Go line, takes up less storage space on users’ smartphones and makes better use of mobile data compared with the regular version of Gmail. The app also offers standard Gmail features like multiple account support,…


How to Manage Your Privacy on Fitness Apps

February 9, 2018

Think of your fitness tracker like a personal trainer—one that happens to live on your smartphone. There are things you want it to do, like monitor your heart rate, your pace, the time it took for you to complete your last sprint, and whether your sprints are getting faster over time. And then there are things you don't particularly want it to do, like stalk your every move and follow…


The Formula for Phone Addiction Might Double As a Cure

February 4, 2018

In September 2007, 7 5 students trod into a classroom at Stanford. Ten weeks later, they had collectively amassed 16 million users,$ 1 million dollars in publicizing income, and a formula that would charm a generation. The class–colloquially known as “The Facebook Class”–and its instructor, BJ Fogg, became Silicon Valley fictions. Graduates went on to work and blueprint concoctions at Uber, Facebook, and Google. Some even started fellowships with their…


Demonized Smartphones Are Just Our Latest Technological Scapegoat

January 24, 2018

As if there wasn’t enough angst in the world, what with the Washington soap opera, #MeToo, false nuclear alerts, and a general sense of apprehension, now we also have a growing sense of alarm about how smartphones and their applications are impacting children. In the past days alone, The Wall Street Journal ran a long story about the “parents’ dilemma” of when to give kids a smartphone, citing tales of…


People are going nuts over this app that lets you find your art doppelgnger

January 18, 2018

Have you ever look at a painting in a museum and thought “that could be me”? You’re not the only one. People on Twitter are obsessed with a new feature in the Google Arts and Culture app, which allows users to upload selfies of themselves, then matches them against famed portraits and works of art from throughout history. It’s a win-win: You get schooled in art from past centuries and a clever new profile…


Tinder tests a new feature that uses A.I. to suggest who to Super Like

December 5, 2017

If you’ve ever rapidly swiped through Tinder, you know that sometimes your fingers can get away from you- and, all of a sudden, you’ve Super Liked someone without “ve been meaning to”. Oops! Tinder today is addressing that trouble with a new aspect now researching in hand-picked groceries that will form Super Liking a more intentional event. Called “Super Likeable, ” the peculiarity will pop up at random epoches in…


Peering Inside Google’s $19 Billion Black Box

October 15, 2017

There's a $19 billion black box inside Google. That's the yearly amount Google pays to companies that help generate its advertising sales, from the websites lined with Google-served ads to Apple and others that plant Google's search box or apps in prominent spots.  Investors are obsessed with this money, called traffic acquisition costs, and they're particularly worried about the growing slice of those payments going to Apple and Google's Android…


Microsoft Paint to be killed off after 32 years

August 17, 2017

Long-standing basic graphics editing program, used throughout childhoods since the 1980s, has been marked for death Microsofts next Windows 10 update, called the list. Paint 3D. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian Falling under the deprecated column for apps that are not in active development and might be removed in future releases, Microsoft Paints ticket has been called and now its only a matter of time before it is removed…


Amazon launches Themes, a feature for filtering Customer Reviews by popular terms

August 5, 2017

Amazon has quietly launched a new feature called Themes, designed to make it easier for shoppers to navigate a products customer reviews. Now, in the Amazon mobile app, youre able to see which words have been used the most frequently across the reviews left by other customers, and then tap a button to hop straight to a filtered selection of reviews that include that term. To find a products themes,…