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Air Berlin's latest iOS app can push boarding passes to your Pebble

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 16:35

Still carrying a paper boarding pass when you travel? Air Berlin's got a new way to go green this Earth Day. The airline's iOS app now sports Pebble integration, letting you display boarding passes and flight information on your smartwatch.

It's Easy Being Green with Wireless Tech

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 16:30
It was the great muppet philosopher Kermit the Frog who first proclaimed in 1970 that "it's not easy bein' green." While that may have been true decades ago, with the swipe of a screen to control your thermostat or the automatic rerouting of delivery vehicles to avoid traffic and save gas, wireless innovation is making a fibber out of one of America's most beloved environmental icons. Today, mobile technologies empower all of us--from small households to large businesses--to make little changes that add up to big savings for our environment and our wallets. Consider this one fact: Just a

See the Android Wear-powered G Watch from every angle on LG’s website

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 16:25

The next generation of Android smartwatches is right around the corner, and LG is first in line with the slick G Watch. A few images have made their way into the wild, but LG’s new preview site explores the wearable device in even greater detail, revealing a few features along the way. At the top of the page, you can see the color options for the device: Stealth Black and Champagne Gold. Further down, LG highlights some of the features of the Android Wear software that will power the G Watch, from reminders to GPS navigation. Android Wear will also retain the “Ok Google” voice command functionality of Android smartphones and tablets. One seemingly unannounced detail appearing on the page is the

1Password's iOS and Mac apps get better sync and edit features

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 16:08

If you use 1Password, you might be worried about the security of your private data, what with all the talk about Heartbleed. Fortunately, the software's developer, AgileBits, says 1Password isn't affected by the OpenSSL exploit, but some of the sites you visit probably are. That's why the company built a service called Watchtower, which allows you to check the vulnerability of sites you frequent.

1Password's iOS and Mac apps get better sync and edit features

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 16:08

If you use 1Password, you might be worried about the security of your private data, what with all the talk about Heartbleed. Fortunately, the software's developer, AgileBits, says 1Password isn't affected by the OpenSSL exploit, but some of the sites you visit probably are. That's why the company built a service called Watchtower, which allows you to check the vulnerability of sites you frequent.

T-Mobile’s ‘Uncarrier’ attacks don’t stop AT&T from posting strong earnings in Q1 2014

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 16:07

AT&T has come under a constant barrage of criticism from rival T-Mobile over the past year but so far it hasn’t affected the carrier’s bottom line. In its Q1 2014 earnings report released Tuesday, AT&T reported earnings of $0.71 per share on $32.5 billion in revenue, which beat the consensus estimate of $0.70 per share on $32.41 billion in revenue. What’s more AT&T also posted a net addition of 625,000 postpaid subscribers on the quarter, which the carrier says represents its best Q1 for net postpaid additions in five years. Including prepaid subscribers, AT&T added more than 1 million net subscribers on the quarter. AT&T’s full press release follows below.   AT&T Reports Strong Results in First Quarter while Investing in Growth Transformation

WhatsApp now has 500 million active users

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 16:05

WhatsApp just announced that its messaging app is now used by 500 million people around the world. When Facebook announced plans to acquire WhatsApp in February, the service had already crossed 450 million active users, so it's quickly jumped by tens of millions since then. Selling to Facebook hasn't slowed growth much The milestone is significant since it's halfway to the "goal" that Mark Zuckerberg mentioned when announcing the massive buyout.

Sub records detailed images of WWII wreck

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 16:03

BOSTON (AP) — An unmanned submarine has recorded some of the most detailed images of two American ships that sank off the coast of England during World War II, according to the Massachusetts company that surveyed the wreckage to mark the disaster's 70th anniversary.

Finally, you can customize the face on your Sony Smartwatch 2

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 15:41

Sony has added new features to its Smartwatch 2 since its arrival last year, but there was one glaring omission. With the most recent update though, users can finally fine-tune that watch face with simple drag and drop motions. Customizable faces can sort widgets for displaying info including date, weather, calendar, battery level and more.

Twitter rolls out redesigned user profiles to everyone

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 15:37

After several weeks of testing its redesigned profiles, Twitter has today rolled out the new look to all users. The comprehensive overhaul has made Twitter's profiles much more visual and akin to what you'd expect to see on Facebook or Google+. Twitter is encouraging its users to customize these with their personal photos, but the company is also offering some default cover images if you can't find a good one of your own. Unfortunately there's not an equally fast way of getting to lists — something power users may not like about the all-new profiles.

Upcoming Galaxy S5 version with 2K display further detailed in new report

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 15:30

After having been caught online recently in a benchmark test and in a shipping manifest – even though Samsung has officially denied developing such a device – the Galaxy S5 model with a 2K (or QHD) display, also known as the “Galaxy S5 Prime,” has further been detailed in a new report. SamMobile has apparently been able to confirm that the handset, dubbed internally as the Samsung KQ, is in its “middle- to late- phase of development.” The publication said that KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who was first to explain the contradicting Galaxy S5 rumors that detailed Full HD and a 2K Galaxy S5 versions by revealing Samsung is working on multiple Galaxy S5 variants, was right about Samsung’s Galaxy S5

Barnes & Noble's new app wants to change how you study

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 15:18

Back in my day, we carried backpacks loaded with six or seven textbooks... up a hill... both ways in the snow. Once we got to class, we had to take all our notes in equally large notebooks. A new app from Barnes & Noble called Yuzu is making life easier for kids these days, offering youngsters all the books without the chronic shoulder pain.

T-Mobile trolls BlackBerry again, offers BlackBerry users a sweet deal on Samsung phones

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 15:05

T-Mobile under CEO John Legere never, ever stops trolling. Now that BlackBerry has decided to completely cut the “Uncarrier” off from selling its devices, 9to5Google points out that T-Mobile has decided to hit back by giving yet another special offer to BlackBerry fans by offering them gift cards of up to $200 if they switch to a new Samsung smartphone such as the Galaxy S5 or the Galaxy Note 3. This isn’t a short-term offer, either: Any T-Mobile customers who bought a BlackBerry at any time up until April 3rd this year can take advantage of this deal from now until the end of the year. This direct targeting of BlackBerry customers with offers for rival phones was what got T-Mobile

In honor of Earth Day, Google expands 'Giving through Glass' program

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 14:53
In honor of Earth Day (today, that is), Google's announcing another wave of its Giving through Glass program for non-profit organizations. The program, originally launched late last year, equips groups including the World Wildlife Fund and Give ...

Video: Samsung proves the Galaxy S5 can survive almost anything in new ad

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 14:40

Samsung’s ad blitz for its latest flagship smartphone has begun in earnest and the company is producing TV spots for just about every notable feature of the Galaxy S5. The latest commercial shines a spotlight on the S5′s water and dust resistance, taking direct hits from watering cans, squirt guns, baking powder, a bottle of juice and a few other potentially ruinous substances without sustaining any harm whatsoever. We’ve already seen third-party torture tests that have literally put the Galaxy S5 through the ringer without causing any permanent damage, so it’s no surprise that Samsung would want to boast about the survivability of the device. That said, it remains to be seen whether or not the durability of the S5 will give it

Amazon's Smartphone May Use Tilt Gestures

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 14:40

No one likes finger prints and smudges all over their smartphone screen. Amazon might have a solution, if you believe the latest reports. Amazon's hotly rumored smartphone may sport a combination of cameras and sensors that let you navigate the device by tilting.

Lytro's Illum Light Field Camera Fixes Focus After Capture

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 14:40

Lytro today unveiled its second so-called light field camera, a system that lets you refocus a picture after it has been taken. The Illum is an upgrade from its predecessor, and you can pre-order it now for $1,499 (retail $1,599 after July 15). You may never have heard of light field cameras, since the technology has mostly been limited to labs and specialized studios until Lytro brought it to consumers in 2011.

Digital Shadow Mines Facebook to Learn Your Secrets

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 14:40

The "Watch Dogs" know — or at least they want you to think they do. "Digital Shadow" is a website, and accompanying Facebook app, that analyzes your Facebook posts and pictures, then presents that information as part of a promotion for the upcoming video game "Watch Dogs."  Set to be released May 27 on PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox 360 and One, and PC for $59.99 (Wii U release date coming later), "Watch Dogs" is an action/adventure game in which players take the role of a rogue hacker who exploits the social networks, databases and surveillance equipment around him to achieve his own goals. 

Security Takes the Stage at SXSW: Key Takeaways

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 14:33

I want to share with you my top SXSWi security takeaways, gathered from some interesting and engaging panels and discussions at the festival.

Inside the Supreme Court for Aereo's last stand

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 14:22

The Supreme Court heard arguments today for and against Aereo, the startup that streams broadcast television to subscribers over the internet without paying copyright fees to broadcast networks. The court didn't give many indications of which way it will rule, but the questions centered around a few themes: the impact of the ruling on cloud computing, whether Aereo is transmitting content or merely providing equipment, and whether the company's antenna farm is more than a sleight of hand to skirt copyright law. Broadcasters including ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox sued Aereo two years ago, alleging that the company should have to pay fees to deliver their content, just as cable and satellite networks do. Justices Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor seemed most concerned that a ruling against Aereo would endanger cloud services such as Google Music or Dropbox, a question that remained unsettled by the close of the arguments.