Facebook is bringing back F8, the company's major developer conference, for the first time in almost three years
The F8 conference is scheduled for April 30 at the Design Concourse in San Francisco, and Facebook expects more than 1,500 developers from around the world to be in attendance
Facebook doesn't host F8 conferences on a set schedule; the last F8 took place in September 2011. But that doesn't mean the company takes the conference lightly Read more...More about Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, F8, Sxsw, and Andy Samberg
Building a camera is not easy. I know this because I spent nearly two hours during a recent weekend trying to put together the Lomography Konstruktor, a DIY 35mm film SLR (single-lens reflex) camera.
Lomography is widely known for its toy cameras. The Diana and Fisheye Baby are two popular toy cameras that come to mind. And while buying a film camera instead of a digital one today is akin to buying a bulky CRT television instead of a flatscreen high-definition TV, that hasn't stopped Lomography from releasing cameras that try to bring back the nostalgia of the bygone analog days. With a low $35 price, is the Konstruktor more toy than camera? Read more...More about Reviews, Diy, Cameras, Tech, and Gadgets
We deserve better. It's a common refrain among video game developers who work with major publishers. Churning out the latest iteration of Call of Duty or Assassin's Creed takes its toll: inflated workweeks and 12-hour days, lists of notes and changes from the faceless entities of EA and Activision and the like, with simultaneous requests to pick up the pace — all the while making a tiny percentage of the game's profits, not knowing if there will be another job when the project ends.
"The publishing people all watch [a game] and then make passive, aesthetic appraisals of active, functional aspects of a game," wrote an anonymous developer, delivering a blistering attack of major game publishers. "This is because the bulk of execs can't and don't want to play or understand how games work." Read more...More about Gaming, Developers, Features, Publishers, and Video Games
Admit it: You saw the headline and snickered. But this sh*t is real, man
Apps and handling your "business" go together like, well, nobody's business. For proof, look no further than the study that once found 16% of cellphones have poop on them. And, like all universal human truths, this one's even been immortalized in a song: Paul the Trombonist's catchy — and oh-so-aptly titled — "Playing With Your Phone While Sitting on the Toilet."
But let's be real: Not just any app will do when you doo-doo, and that even goes for some of our favorites. Take Twitter, for example. Great app. Full of information, links and longreads. But getting sucked down that rabbit hole can be problematic, and not just because you'll be late to your next appointment — too much time on the pot can lead to hemorrhoids. And no one wants those Read more...More about Apps, Features, Toilet, Apps Software, and Mobile
When it comes to smartphone purchases, men and women want the same thing: not too expensive, intuitive features and holds a charge like a champ.
However, there are subtle differences between men and women's preferences in a new phone. According to a new Nielsen survey conducted in more than 58 countries, female respondents cared more about price, contract terms and camera capabilities; men gravitated toward attributes such as operating system, screen size and processor speed.
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The video started off like any other high concept fashion video would: a beautiful woman in a scenic restaurant, a whispered narration reciting a poetic script, bacon raining down from the sky — wait a minute, bacon rain?
Image: Oscar Mayer
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Oscar Mayer announced this week that it will be releasing an alarm clock that wakes you up to the sounds and smells of bacon. Bacon lovers everywhere rejoiced while vegetarians threw up a little in their mouths. Either way, we were all a little weirded out.
However, nothing prepared us for LG's bizarre video promo for the new G Flex curved phone. It has since taken the ad down, but it featured one of the most nightmare-inducing hand prosthetics ever seen in a phone ad. Read more...More about Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Social Media, Technology, and Bacon
AUSTIN, Texas — If you need any more proof that iBeacon is one of the hottest technology trends of 2014, look no further than this year's SXSW festival
The official SXSW mobile app is powered by iBeacon — Apple's name for the innovative Bluetooth LE (aka Bluetooth Smart) technology that allows two-way communication to take place between devices. We've seen iBeacon implementations in retail environments and at stadiums, but this is one of the first times we've seen iBeacon technology utilized at an event like SXSW.
iOS users who download the official SXSW app can take advantage of iBeacon in select sessions and when picking up their badges. For instance, when the user is in the vicinity of the SXSW registration area, the user will get a notification containing their Registration QuickCode. Read more...More about Sxsw 09, Bluetooth, Marketing, Tech, and Apps Software
The wireless price war is ongoing, but T-Mobile may have just shot itself in the foot. The so-called "un-carrier" is giving customers on its Simple Choice plan more data, although for those who like everything unlimited, the price just went up by $10 a month.
T-Mobile is overhauling its Simple Choice plan, which it launched a year ago when it did away with wireless contracts, into four different levels (there are currently three). While every plan includes unlimited talk, text and data, limits apply on how much of that data can travel on the carrier's high-speed 4G network, and how much can be used for tethering another device, such as a laptop. Read more...More about T Mobile, 4g, Hspa, Tech, and Mobile
Samsung is the latest company with music on the brain
The manufacturer is going up against iTunes Radio, Pandora and Spotify with its newly-announced ad-free radio service called Milk Music. The service, which is powered by Slacker and includes a library of 13 million songs, is only available for download via the Google Play store if you have a Galaxy smartphone or tablet. Even if you have an Android device, you won't be able to download the app without a Samsung Galaxy-branded device.
Similar to how you would use an old radio dial to find stations, Milk Music lets you to move your finger over the touchscreen to tune between the stations. You can choose from about 200 curated stations — everything from pop hits ('80s, '90s, etc.) to jazz. You can star songs you like, add them to playlists and pick stations based on artists. A nice perk is that you don't have to sign up for an account or even log in via a social network to gain access Read more...More about Music, Samsung, Internet Radio, Tech, and Apps Software
For Apple users with a 4K resolution monitor, you're in luck: the next OS X Mavericks update for Macs will reportedly bring Retina support to the high-resolution displays.
While running on what's referred to as a pixel-doubled resolution, Macs can now intelligently scale resolution for 4K displays in the same way they do for the current Retina displays in the MacBook Pro line. Previously, Mac users with a 4K display could view content on the high-res display, but with irregular scaling on some elements (e.g., tiny icons).
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According to 9to5Mac, Apple rolled out its new OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 update to developers on Friday, with Retina scaling for 4K included. Mac users can set up their ultra-high-definition 4K displays to run the software at a pixel resolution (3,840 pixels) double what it is now, for a much sharper experience. Read more...More about Mobile, Apple, Os X, Retina Display, and 4k
London is a big city with a rich history, containing a population of more than 13 million people. I fell in love with it when I worked there as a motorcycle dispatch rider for more than 15 years, and it's a love affair that continues today.
Even though I haven’t lived in London since the late '90s, I still know where to go on a big night out. But so do a lot of other people who don’t have the same understanding of the city — all it takes is a smartphone with the right apps.
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This seems a betrayal of the city it took me years to learn, but one has to move with the times. While these apps won’t necessarily find a word-of-mouth backstreet bar that is perfect to hit before a gig, they will give you a great experience when going out in London. Read more...More about Mobile, Apps, Features, London, and Apps Software
Whether you prefer the iPad, Galaxy Tab or Kindle Fire, the tablet market has become a big part of the mobile computing landscape. In fact, studies show that 42% of American adults currently own tablets, and sales reflect it.
Market intelligence firm IDC released two forecasts on Thursday: one for tablets and one for PCs, which suggest tablets will outsell PCs by next year. Although the tablet market's growth rate is slowing, PC sales are declining even more.
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Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you in the know on what's happening around the world. Today, we're looking at five important stories
Crimea will vote on March 16 to determine whether it will secede from Ukraine and join Russia. If voters choose to remain part of Ukraine, it will be with enhanced local powers.
A man was arrested and brought to trial after recording a video up the dress of an undercover police officer in Massachusetts. But the law there only prohibits photographing nude or partially nude individuals, so the court ruled in the man's favor
Spotify wants you to spend more time discovering music on its platform, so it just bought the company that's been helping you do so for years.
Spotify announced it is buying music data company The Echo Nest as a part of a greater effort to grow its global music-streaming service. The financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.
The Echo Nest, founded in 2005, is known for web crawling and data mining to determine what people want to listen to and make music suggestions. It's already been working with Spotify for years, but also provides its services to MTV, BBC, Nokia, VEVO and other companies. Read more...More about Music, Echo Nest, Spotify, Business, and Startups
Will that late-afternoon latte make it harder for you to get to sleep tonight? Jawbone's new caffeine-tracking app can tell you, letting you know how your caffeine intake may be affecting your sleep patterns.
Called UP Coffee, the app cleverly displays how much caffeine is currently in your system with a graphic that looks like a flask filled with droplets. Every time you have a caffeinated drink — not just coffee as beverages like soda and tea are included as well — just tell the app, and more droplets pour in. As the flask fills up, a small analog-style needle will creep ever closer to the "Edgy" zone, letting you know you might want to take a, um, coffee break. Read more...More about Apps, Coffee, Jawbone, Tech, and Apps Software
LG's first curved phone, the G Flex, is out, and the company wants you to know it's the "most human phone ever." Apparently, the best way to do that is with a very odd ad, with facial hair and other body parts making an appearance in unsuspected places
Let's get something straight: we like the idea of a "human" phone, but if that means the phone feels like an ear and a beard is growing out of your hand, we may be inclined to pass.
Love or hate the ad, the G Flex is out there, with a 6-inch screen, a 13-megapixel camera, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. If a vertically curved screen is what you crave, it's probably your best bet right now Read more...More about Ad, Advertising, Tech, Mobile, and Lg G Flex
Credit and debit cards have significantly cut back on the amount of cash people carry with them at a given time. But what if you could reduce the number of cards you carry to just one — or even eliminate your wallet entirely?
In the latest video of our Mobile Minute series, Client Insights Manager Samantha Cruz discusses mobile payment technology, and the effects it will have on retailers and consumers alike.
If you think mobile payments are just a trend, think again. "Whether it's designer-made, or made of pleather, Pew research sees wallets being obsolete by 2020," says Cruz. Read more...More about Mobile, Developers, Technology, Nfc, and Google Wallet
Here's a stat we've heard over and over: 58% of American adults own smartphones. Pair that with the fact that digital culture permeates almost every aspect of our lives, and we can already assume the average person spends a lot of time with gadgets.
According to a new cross-platform report from Nielsen, our suspicions are confirmed: The average American adult spends 11 hours per day with electronic media. That includes watching the age-old activities of watching TV and listening to the radio — which, surprisingly, are the top two digital activities in the average American adult's day.Mobile, Gadgets, Tv, Tech, and Chart Of The Day
Over the past few months, various phone companies have unveiled "ultra-secure" smartphones, ostensibly in response to growing concerns about digital privacy in the wake of allegations from former NSA analyst Edward Snowden. Now, one company is making that connection plainly obvious by nicknaming its privacy device the "Snowden Phone."
FreedomPop, a company that sells free wireless service, is launching a phone — formally called the Private Phone — that will secure all voice calls and texts with 128-bit encryption. It also provides VPN for anonymous web browsing. Since it runs on FreedomPop's network, which makes use of some of Sprint's unused capacity, the company is letting users change their phone number whenever they want. Read more...More about Security, Tech, Apps Software, Mobile, and Nsa
Gmail just got a lot faster for iOS users.
Google rolled out an update to Gmail's iOS app Wednesday that added background refresh and a simpler sign-in process.
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With the update, Gmail now loads messages in the background so users can view new emails the second they get a push notification. Previously, users would have to wait for new messages load after launching the app.
"The app now fully supports background app refresh, which means your Gmail messages will be pre-fetched and synced so they’re right there when you open the app," Google said in a blog post announcing the update. Read more...More about Google, Gmail, Ios, Tech, and Apps Software