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February 26 2014

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February 14 2014

Google Adds 'Relationships' Option to Voice Search on Android

Another piece of Google's voice search puzzle fell into place on Tuesday as the search giant announced that Android users will now be able to voice search on their smartphones by relationship terms in addition to name searches

The update, as described by Google, will bring up any contact you've designated as having a particular familial connection to you in the "relationship" field in your contacts tool on Android. This additional functionality is meant to allow a user to now speak a phrase such as "call mom," or "text sister" to initiate those actions without the user needing to say the person's name as it's listed in their contacts Read more...

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February 11 2014

Why Klout Had to Change — and Why You Shouldn't Count It Out

When was the last time you checked your Klout score? And more importantly, did you really care about it?

The answer to that question could help explain why, late last week, Klout gave itself a whole new business model. Now it won't just measure your score and offer dubious perks, it will also provide you with a stream of content you'll most likely to want to share, actively boosting your score. It went from playing the referee to playing the coach

During a conversation with Mashable, Klout founder and CEO Joe Fernandez insisted that the new service change is "not a pivot" — rather, it is a response to the most common question he had been asked by users for five years: How can I boost my Klout score? "We always knew the Klout score was the foundation," Fernandez says. "We think of this as extending our value proposition." Read more...

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January 23 2014

12 Premium Photoshop Plugins for Designers

Adobe Photoshop is still the tool of choice among many web designers, simply because it provides a versatile, powerful platform to help us produce beautiful and unique artwork.

It has its limits, however, and at times we need access to functionality that doesn't exist within Photoshop natively. This calls for additional software, in the form of plugins, that integrate easily and extend Photoshops capabilities.

With so many add-ons available, it can be frustrating to research the best ones to download and install, which is why we've done the legwork for you. This list covers 12 premium Photoshop plugins that can improve your workflow, save time, increase efficiency and give you more creative freedom. Read more...

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January 22 2014

Apple Promises to Fix iOS 7 'White Screen of Death'

Since Apple released iOS 7, its completely revamped operating system for the iPhone, reviews have been mixed but mostly positive. However, a glitch that has quietly plagued iPhone users — the “white/black screen of death,” a bug that abruptly soft reboots the smartphone — will finally be addressed in a future iOS 7 update.

"We have a fix in an upcoming software update for a bug that can occasionally cause a home screen crash," Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller told Mashable.

Some of the first reports of the glitch began to crop up as early as September on Apple’s discussion forums, and subsequently appeared on various social media channels like Twitter Read more...

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Nifty Art Site Is Snapchat Meets DeviantART

Online photo tools such as Snapchat allow users to share images that are meant to be seen only for a limited time, creating a sense of urgency for viewers. But what if there was a similar tool for another, less casual visual medium, like art?

Enter Slash Temp, a Japanese site that lets anyone post their artwork for a finite period of time. But its dynamics are a bit more fluid than Snapchat. In fact, the easiest way to explain Slash Temp is to describe it as Snapchat meets Reddit meets deviantArt.

Once a user posts a piece of art on Slash Temp, it will only remain visible for 24 hours — that is, unless someone comments on the image. Once this occurs, one hour for every typed character is added to the artwork's shelf life. For example, an eight-character comment adds eight hours to an image. So, an extremely popular piece of art could live on the site indefinitely, as long as the comments keep coming Read more...

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Apple's 'iOS in the Car' System Screenshots Show Up on Twitter

Apple announced iOS in the Car last year, but so far the company’s official web page for the product still sports a “coming soon” message. However, on Tuesday one developer based in Europe tweeted what appears to be an early look at Apple’s in-car system in action.

Posted by Dublin, Ireland-based Steven Troughton-Smith, the screenshots show off several images of the iOS in the Car version of Apple Maps, most likely displayed via the iOS Simulator toolkit that developers use to test apps

Although unconfirmed by Apple, this early look at the in-car version of iOS offers users a peek at a completely different take on the company's mobile operating system, as well as an early look for for the developers planning to create apps for the new mobile environment Read more...

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January 21 2014

10 Programming Languages You Should Learn in 2014

The tech sector is booming. If you've used a smartphone or logged on to a computer at least once in the last few years, you've probably noticed this.

As a result, coding skills are in high demand, with programming jobs paying significantly more than the average position. Even beyond the tech world, an understanding of at least one programming language makes an impressive addition to any resumé.

The in-vogue languages vary by employment sector. Financial and enterprise systems need to perform complicated functions and remain highly organized, requiring languages like Java and C#. Media- and design-related webpages and software will require dynamic, versatile and functional languages with minimal code, such as Ruby, PHP, JavaScript and Objective-C Read more...

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January 16 2014

This App Tracks Your Face to Control a Game

Gesture interface controls may be taking off in the world of console gaming (Kinect) and desktop environments (Leap Motion), but the dynamic is still struggling to find its place in the world of mobile. That may be about to change thanks to a new app that allows you to control you phone through face-tracking

Israel-based Umoove not only offers a face-tracking app, but it also has an eye-tracking app in the works as well (see video below).

"The beta of the EyeSDK [software development kit] is also already being integrated with some of our partners," Umoove CEO Yitzi Kempinski told Mashable Read more...

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January 15 2014

Why 'Her' Is the Best Movie Ever Made About the Singularity

The pop-culture tuning fork known as the Academy Awards will reveal its film nominations on Thursday, and if the recent Golden Globes win by Her on Sunday for best screenplay is any indication, the film’s writer and director, Spike Jonze, may score his first-ever Oscar win

But the film, which depicts a man in the not-too-distant future who falls in love with his computer operating system, may be less important as an epic love story and far more relevant as the best and most widely accessible film we’ve seen about an idea known as the Singularity

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January 14 2014

Google Chrome Can Now Identify Your Most Annoying Tabs

An new feature in Chrome that first surfaced back in November has finally emerged from beta testing and is now available to all.

The new feature adds a set of icons to your Chrome tabs that help you track down a particularly annoying web page that may be buried in layers of tabbed pages

For example, if a buried web page suddenly begins playing audio from auto-play advertisement, now instead of furiously hunting for the offending page inside the stack, you can just look for the tab displaying the speaker icon

Similarly, you can now track down buried web pages that happen to be using your webcam or sending video to your television via a red dot icon or blue square icon respectively Read more...

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January 09 2014

3D Printer Injects Sculptures Into Jell-O Shots

Early adopters of 3D printer technology are still struggling to find creative uses for the devices beyond one-off prototypes and weird toys. But a new model could be just the kind of fun twist 3D printing needs to go mainstream: it creates tiny 3D figures inside Jell-O shots.

The laptop battery-powered device was created by Netherlands-based software developer Jeroen Domburg, who cobbled it together as a cool treat for a friend’s 25th birthday party

Back in 2012, Domburg received well-deserved attention when he created a Raspberry Pi-based, fully functional miniature gaming console with a 2.4-inch display. Read more...

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January 08 2014

Ford Announces Automotive App Developer Conference

This week’s International CES usually serves as a platform for companies to unveil their cutting-edge technology, but Ford has instead taken the opportunity to announce its own tech-centric event

The Ford Developer Conference is designed to bring third-party developers together to exchange ideas about the burgeoning automotive-app ecosystem

Attendees will also be able to test out some of Ford's newest development tools, which target the latest version of the company's SYNC Applink 2.0; the platform facilitates in-vehicle, voice-controlled apps that work seamlessly with iOS, Android and BlackBerry devices Read more...

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December 26 2013

The Beginner's Guide to Your New iPad

There’s nothing like that first euphoric moment just after unboxing your new iPad Air or Retina iPad mini.

What usually follows is five to 10 minutes of marveling over the care and consideration Apple design chief Jony Ive put into the packaging. That includes playing with those tiny plastic doodads you’ll inevitably have to discard at some point.

But that was all just a tease leading up to the good stuff. Finally, after all the highfalutin commercial spots, media hype about supply shortages and unsuccessful attempts by competitors to sully the iPad's image, you finally have one of your very own. Now you’re just wondering how to harness all that pencil-thin tablet power sitting in your hands. Read more...

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December 19 2013

Google Glass Unveils Winkfeed RSS and Weather Alert Apps

Google unveiled on Wednesday new Glass apps that offer different content-consumption options on the device.

The tech giant announced three new apps in an official Google+ blog post: the Wall Street Journal Glass app, Weather Alert, and Winkfeed.

Winkfeed is an app that allows Glass users to pull in their favorite RSS news feeds to display on their devices. One feature in the app, which is currently only available to select beta testers, monitors major social trends on the Internet, keeping you updated on breaking news as it happens. Read more...

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December 18 2013

Google Glass Lets You Wink to Snap a Photo

Google Glass owners got a surprise on Tuesday when Google revealed its iOS version of MyGlass a bit too early

The company subsequently removed the app from Apple’s App Store, but later unveiled a new round of Glass updates (along with an explanation regarding the app store mishap). Included was a controversial feature that allows users to wink to snap a photo

The wink to snap a photo feature was previously enabled via an app called Winky. It led critics of the device to wonder if the tool was intended to take surreptitious photos of people in public spaces Read more...

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December 17 2013

Google Pulls MyGlass for iOS From Apple App Store

Google made its MyGlass app for Google Glass available for Apple’s iOS on Tuesday — however, just minutes after going live, its App Store page mysteriously disappeared

UPDATE, Dec. 17, 4:03 p.m. EST: Following the sudden removal the iOS version of the MyGlass app for Google Glass on Tuesday, Google has posted an explanation on its Google+ page. At the bottom of a post detailing several Google Glass software updates, the Glass team wrote:

Great news iPhone fans, the iOS app is ready, but we need you to have this month’s Glass update first before it will work. We know we spilled the beans a bit too soon, but we’ll let you know when it’s available for download later this week. Read more...

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