Living in Tech

The latest gadgets, games and toys, not to mention the generally cool stuff we do outside of work.

Watch This iPhone 6 Unboxing Go Totally Weird

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Some people find product-unboxing videos entertaining; others dismiss them as the worst kind of clickbait. “Do we really need to sit through five minutes (or more than a dozen slideshow images) of some random tech reporter popping open a cardboard box?” the latter asks. Upload Your ResumeEmployers want candidates like you. Upload your resume. Show them you’re awesome. According to the various tech publications that keep producing unboxing videos, the answer is apparently “yes,” probably because the amount of clicks… continue…

The Latest Novelty in Phone Apps: Talking

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It seems as if there’s an app for everything these days. Want to send someone a message that self-destructs in five seconds? At least a dozen apps will help you out with that. Want to play a game with a kid on the other side of the world? The Google and Apple app stores offer hundreds of options for making that happen. With all the apps and baked-in functionality available on smartphones, it’s sometimes easy to forget that the devices… continue…

Larry Ellison’s Best Quotes: A Retrospective

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Contrary to some published reports, former Oracle CEO Larry Ellison isn’t really retiring. Although he’s turned over the chief-executive reins to co-presidents Safra Catz and Mark Hurd, he retains the CTO and executive chairman positions, which means he maintains an iron grip over the IT giant’s technology portfolio. Catz and Hurd will keep on doing what they’ve been doing—in Catz’s case, handling Oracle’s finance, legal and manufacturing concerns, while Hurd deals with sales—only they’ll report to Oracle’s board instead of… continue…

Do Not Toss Your iPhone 6 in the Microwave

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Wave Hoax
Placing your iPhone in the microwave will destroy the phone, and possibly the microwave. While that might seem obvious to some people, others have fallen for the “Wave” hoax making its way around online. The fake advertisement insists that the new iOS 8 allows users to charge their iPhones by placing them in a “household microwave for a minute and a half.” Click here for iOS jobs. Microwave energy will not charge your smartphone. To the contrary, it will scorch… continue…

Microsoft’s Clippy Making a Comeback?

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Remember Clippy? The animated character tortured many a Microsoft Office user during its late-90s heyday, popping up uninvited to “help” write letters and other documents. Microsoft finally administered Clippy a well-earned coup de grâce in the mid-2000s, but not before it had evolved into a cultural laughingstock. Click here to find Microsoft-related jobs. Like the nigh-invincible creature in a horror movie, though, Clippy is back from the dead… sorta. The next version of Office won’t feature an animated paperclip bounding… continue…

Rest in Peace, iPod Classic

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Apple iPod Classic
The iPod Classic officially passed away this week at the age of 12, a victim of inevitable obsolescence. Apple removed the iPod Classic from its online store Sept. 9, the same day it unveiled its latest iPhones and the new Apple Watch. Considered a revolutionary device upon its release in October 2001, the iPod’s mechanical spin wheel and tiny screen made it seem like an antique over a decade later. Click here to find Apple-related jobs. While it took a… continue…

Will Microsoft Wreck ‘Minecraft’ by Acquiring It?

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Microsoft is reportedly in discussions to purchase the studio behind the popular game Minecraft for $2 billion, according to The Wall Street Journal (which drew its information from an anonymous source). Markus Persson, who goes by the online handle Notch, wasn’t expecting to set the video-gaming world on fire when he released the Minecraft beta in 2010. The game was a side-project, something he cobbled together in his free time. Once the game became a hit, he quickly grew ambivalent… continue…

Google Employees Used Perks to Live House-Free

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In a bid to keep its employees on campus for as long as possible, Google’s Mountain View headquarters offers a variety of perks, including free food, gym facilities, and dry cleaning. But according to Business Insider (which drew its sourcing from a Quora thread), some employees are using those perks to never leave the office. “[One] guy lived in the camper for 2-3 years. Showered at the gym. Did his laundry on campus. Ate every meal on campus he could,” wrote… continue…

Apple Watch Promises New App Ecosystem

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Apple Watch
To nobody’s surprise, Apple CEO Tim Cook and other company executives unveiled two new iPhones and a “smart watch” at a high-profile Sept. 9 event in California. The iPhone 6 boasts a 4.7-inch screen (1334 x 750 pixels); its larger cousin, the iPhone 6 Plus, measures 5.5 inches (1920 x 1080 pixels). Despite the larger screens, both phones are thinner than previous iPhone models: The iPhone 6 is 6.9mm thick, while the iPhone 6 Plus is a positively slim 7.1mm.… continue…

Apple’s iPhone 6: Last-Minute Rumor Roundup

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Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past few weeks, chances are pretty good you’ve heard that Apple is hosting a little shindig tomorrow, where it’ll almost certainly unveil the new iPhone. Click here to find Apple-related jobs. What’s less clear—at least to anyone who doesn’t work at One Infinite Loop—is what the next iPhone will offer in terms of features. Let’s break down the latest rumors: Size: Of all the current rumors, this one seems all-but-confirmed: Apple… continue…