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Apple, Combining a TV Box and Smart Speakers Isn't Going to Fix Your Smart Home Woes

Listen, Apple’s great at a lot of things, but building smart home gadgets ain’t one of them. In fact, its dismal offerings in that space are a glaring weakness—especially when you look at the strides Google and Amazon have made in recent years. Apple is well aware of that, and it looks like it might try to change its…Read more...
Tags: Smart Speakers, Home Automation, Mark Gurman, Google, Ios, Apple Music, Technology Internet, Technology, Internet Of Things, Apple TV, Ipad, Alexa, Homekit, Computing, Siri, Homepod


Flappy Bird comes to Mac as clever interactive notification

One developer has brought mega-popular game Flappy Bird to the Mac in an ingenious way -- by integrating it into a completely interactive notification.
Tags: Apple, Computing, News, Flappy Bird, Gaming, Mac, MacOS


Apple said to be developing Apple TV/HomePod combo and iPad-like smart speaker display

Apple is reportedly working on a couple of new options for a renewed entry into the smart home, including a mash-up of the Apple TV with a HomePod speaker, and an integrated camera for video chat, according to Bloomberg. It’s also said to be working on a smart speaker that basically combines a HomePod with an iPad, providing something similar to Amazon’s Echo Show or Google’s Nest Hub in functionality. The Apple TV/HomePod hybrid would still connect to a television for outputting video, and woul...
Tags: TC, Apple, Apple Inc, Apple TV, Assistant, Computing, Hardware, HomePod, iOS, iPad, Portable Media Players, Siri, Smart Speaker, Speaker, Tablet Computers, Touchscreens


Best Prime Day MacBook Deals 2021: What to expect

Prime Day is coming soon and we've got all the insight into what to expect from the Prime Day MacBook sales.
Tags: Apple, Computing, Deals, Amazon 2021, Apple deals, Commerce 2021, MacBook Air, MacBook deals, Macbook Pro, Prime Day 2021


Google Will Shut Down the Google Shopping App for iOS and Android in a Few Weeks

If you liked shopping with the Google Shopping app on iOS or Android, you better switch over to the web version. Google is reportedly shutting down its Shopping app in a few weeks. Read more...
Tags: Google, Google Shopping, Android, Software, Google Allo, Google Drive, Google Hangouts, Computing, Alphabet Inc, Technology Internet, Technology, Cross Platform Software, Google Voice


Microsoft Is Reportedly in Talks to Scoop Up AI Firm Nuance Communications for $16 Billion

Microsoft is in advanced talks to acquire Nuance Communications, an artificial intelligence firm whose speech recognition tech helped develop Apple’s Siri virtual assistant, for as much as $16 billion, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters. Read more...
Tags: Nuance Communications, Microsoft, Nuance, Speaker Recognition, Mark Benjamin, Speech Recognition Software, Linkedin, Zenimax Media, Technology Internet, Stephen Elop, Business Finance, Software, Health Medical Pharma, The Microsoft, Computing, Siri


Flappy Bird Has Been Revived as an Interactive MacOS Notification

Flappy Bird hasn’t graced the Apple App Store in years, not since its meteoric rise in popularity back in 2014 before its creator just as swiftly took it offline. Now the furiously addictive mobile game has been reincarnated in a form no one expected: an interactive macOS notification. Read more...
Tags: Macos, Flappy Bird, Bird, Video Game Clones, Software, Macos Big Sur, Neil Sardesai, Imessage, Computing, Dino Runner, Technology Internet, Technology, App Store, Playcanvas, Macintosh




The Mac Pro promised modularity at launch. Two years later, has it delivered?

Two years after its all-encompassing 2019 redesign, has Apple’s Mac Pro lived up to its promise of modularity? We asked two pro users to find out the truth.
Tags: Apple, Mac, Trends, Computing, Mac Pro, MPX Modules


APKPure app contained malicious adware, say researchers

Security researchers say APKPure, a widely popular app for installing older or discontinued Android apps from outside of Google’s app store, contained malicious adware that flooded the victim’s device with unwanted ads. Kaspersky Lab said that it alerted APKPure on Thursday that its most recent app version, 3.17.18, contained malicious code that siphoned off data from a victim’s device without their knowledge, and pushed ads to the device’s lock screen and in the background to generate fraudulen...
Tags: Google, Android, Google Play, Security, Apps, Technology, Privacy, Tech, Smartphones, Software, Computing, Bank, App-store, Sdk, Mobile App, Online Advertising


How to Navigate the New Google Play Store Interface

A new Google Play Store interface is rolling out now for all Android users. It looks mostly the same as before, but reorganizes the store’s layout and streamlines the menus, so finding your way around the app will be different. Here’s a quick tour of the Google Play Store app’s new design, noting where the various…Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Google Play, Google Play Store, Smartphones, Software, Computing, Lifehacks, Operating Systems, Menu Bar, New Google, Technology Internet, Hospitality Recreation, Ios Version History




How to Use a USB-C Hub to Upgrade Your Chromecast With Google TV

The Chromecast with Google TV is one of our favorite gadgets for getting audio and video content up on an HDMI-equipped big screen, but its capabilities can be extended even further with the right accessory—specifically, a USB-C hub.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Technology, Android TV, Usb, Chromecast, Software, Computing, Smart TV, VLC Media Player, Dongle, Sideloading, Networking hardware, Digital Media Players, Google TV, Technology Internet


Uninstall This Android App, Which Gave You Malware Instead of Netflix

In what is becoming a recurring ritual, Google has removed a scammy Android malware app from the Google Play Store. This time, the offending culprit is FlixOnline, a malware app that roped people in by pretending to offer them free Netflix access. Its banishment from the Play Store is great, but the onus is on you to…Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Google Play, Social Media, Malware, Whatsapp, Software, Netflix, Computing, Lifehacks, Operating Systems, Mobile Applications, Communication Software, Instant Messaging Clients, Cross Platform Software, Technology Internet


Immersion cooling to offset data centers’ massive power demands gains a big booster in Microsoft

LiquidStack does it. So does Submer. They’re both dropping servers carrying sensitive data into goop in an effort to save the planet. Now they’re joined by one of the biggest tech companies in the world in their efforts to improve the energy efficiency of data centers, because Microsoft is getting into the liquid-immersion cooling market. Microsoft is using a liquid it developed in-house that’s engineered to boil at 122 degrees Fahrenheit (lower than the boiling point of water) to act as a heat ...
Tags: TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Microsoft, Azure, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Bitcoin, SaaS, Computing, Energy Efficiency, Data Center, Liquid Cooling, Energy Consumption, Moore, Redmond


What to expect from Google I/O 2021

Google I/O is back as a virtual event and free to everyone who wants to attend.
Tags: Google, Android, Mobile, Gaming, Wearables, Cars, Trends, Features, Computing, Home Theater, Smart Home, Google I/o, Health & Fitness, Io, Google I/O 2021


Education nonprofit Edraak ignored a student data leak for two months

Edraak, an online education nonprofit, exposed the private information of thousands of students after uploading student data to an unprotected cloud storage server, apparently by mistake. The nonprofit, founded by Jordan’s Queen Rania and headquartered in the kingdom’s capital, was set up in 2013 to promote education across the Arab region. The organization works with several partners, including the British Council and edX, a consortium set up by Harvard, Stanford and MIT. In February, researche...
Tags: Security, UK, Email, Education, Server, California, Stanford, Linkedin, Tech, Spokesperson, Mit, Harvard, United Kingdom, Computing, Jamaica, Jordan


Twitter said to have held acquisition talks with Clubhouse on potential $4B deal

Twitter held talks with Clubhouse around a potential acquisition of the live drop-in audio networking platform, with a deal value somewhere around $4 billion, according to a report from Bloomberg. TechCrunch has also confirmed the discussions took place from a source familiar with the conversations. While the talks occurred over the past several months, they’re no longer taking place, though the reason they ended isn’t known according to the report. It’s also worth noting that just a few days ag...
Tags: Startups, TC, Apps, Twitter, Social Media, Tech, Bloomberg, Software, Monetization, Computing, M&a, Freeware, Internet Culture, Social Network, Operating Systems, Clubhouse


Did Intel admit defeat against Apple M1 processor in latest ad?

Intel claimed that the MacBook Pro is powered by the world's best processor in a marketing attempt to promote its own 11th Gen CPU rather than Apple's M1 chip.
Tags: Apple, News, Trends, Intel, Computing, Processors, CPU, Processor, Macbook Pro, M1, 11th Gen, Apple M1


An Android App That Promised Free Netflix Shockingly Just Highly Annoying Malware

So-called pirating apps have been around for years—and they have likely gained popularity since covid-19 put us all indefinitely on the couch, phone in hand, awaiting a reason (that never comes) to stop streaming. Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Malware, Whatsapp, Software, Security Breaches, Computing, Computer Virus, Operating Systems, Mobile Applications, Communication Software, Instant Messaging Clients, Aviran Hazum, Cross Platform Software, Technology Internet


How to Sabotage Your Zoom Call so You Can Peace the Eff Out

After a year of remote work, spending hours on Zoom attending countless meetings that could have been emails has simply become a way of life. That’s why you need Zoom Escaper, a plug-in that allows you to “self-sabotage” your audio stream, giving you a good excuse to disconnect from time-wasting video chats without…Read more...
Tags: Technology, Computing, Lifehacks, Zoom, Microphone, Web Conferencing, Videotelephony, Technology Internet


Google I/O 2021 Kicks Off Virtually on May 18

Following Apple’s WWDC announcement and Microsoft’s Build reveal, Google has announced a date for its own developers conference, Google I/O 2021, which will kick off virtually on May 18.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Science, Technology, Microsoft, Chrome Os, Computing, Google Io, Google Pixel, Google Nest, Pixel Buds, Pixel 5, Jon Prosser, Technology Internet, Outline Of Google


Apple Tightens Its Rules Around Its New Anti-Tracking Tech

Apple’s offering a bit more clarity surrounding the anti-tracking tech that’s going to debut this spring. On Wednesday, a company spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch that Apple’s so-called App Tracking Transparency (ATT) protocol will crack down on all identifiers an app might use to track you—not just identifiers…Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Facebook, Science, Technology, Software, Itunes, Computing, App Store, Apple Inc, Mobile App, Technology Internet, Apple Id For Advertisers


How to Banish the Ghost of Google Play Music From Your Phone

The Google Play Music service is dead, but the app still haunts many Android devices. Its icon remains on the launcher and its data takes up space in the internal storage, but opening the app simply takes you to a screen with the message “Google Play Music is no longer available.”Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Google Play, Google Play Store, Google Drive, Software, Computing, Lifehacks, Google Maps, Operating Systems, Mobile App, Google Play Music, Alphabet Inc, Entertainment Culture, Technology Internet


UK Launches New Watchdog to Police Big Tech's Ad Market Monopoly

The UK government launched a new watchdog agency on Wednesday that will be tasked with keeping an eye on Big Tech companies like Google and Facebook, according to an announcement published online. The stated goal of the new watchdog is to police the “concentration of power among a small number of firms” in the world…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, UK, Science, Media, Ebay, Advertising, Social Media, Companies, Computing, News Corp, World Wide Web, Business Finance, Big Tech, Andrea Coscelli


Apple, We Know the AirTags Are Coming. Let's Go Already

We know Apple’s AirTags must surely exist, because credible rumors and leaks about them have been trickling into our news feeds for what seems like forever. The latest rumor, however, provides a glimmer of hope that we might see these things in our lifetime.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Ipad, Science, Technology, Ipads, Computing, Tablet Computers, Apple Watch, Apple Inc, Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, HomePod, AirTag, Airtags, Ios 14, Technology Internet


Esri brings its flagship ArcGIS platform to Kubernetes

Esri, the geographic information system (GIS), mapping and spatial analytics company, is hosting its (virtual) developer summit today. Unsurprisingly, it is making a couple of major announcements at the event that range from a new design system and improved JavaScript APIs to support for running ArcGIS Enterprise in containers on Kubernetes. The Kubernetes project was a major undertaking for the company, Esri Product Managers Trevor Seaton and Philip Heede told me. Traditionally, like so many ...
Tags: TC, Enterprise, Microsoft, Developer, Tech, Javascript, Software, Computing, Linux, Microsoft Windows, Kubernetes, Vms, Esri, Gis, Silverlight, Powell


How to Enable Google Chat Conversations in Gmail

Google Chats is officially replacing Hangouts in Gmail. Gmail’s Chat integration first launched for Google Workspace and enterprise Google accounts last year, but is now available for general users on Android and in web browsers. (Sorry, iOS is not yet supported.)Read more...
Tags: Google, Technology, Gmail, Software, Computing, Lifehacks, Google Hangouts, Google Talk, Google Chat, Google Workspace, Cross Platform Software, Technology Internet, Gmail Interface




Use This Free Web-Based Teleprompter for Your Next Video

If you’re looking to make a video and don’t like speaking off the cuff, there’s a free Teleprompter utility to help out—all you have to do is pull up their website in your browser and copy and paste whatever script (or notes) you’ll want to scroll on your screen. You can adjust the speed of the scrolling and the text…Read more...
Tags: Technology, Computing, Lifehacks, Scrolling, User Interfaces, Teleprompter, Prompter, Television Technology, Teleprompter Corporation, User Interface Techniques, Technology Internet, Cut Copy And Paste



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