Living in Tech

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

The Economic Impact of Apple’s iPhone 6

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Apple iPhone 6 Plus
How much do the latest iPhones add to the U.S. economy? Michael Feroli, the chief United States economist for JPMorgan Chase, told The New York Times that Apple’s smartphones could contribute “one-quarter to one-third of a percentage point to the annualized growth rate of the gross domestic product.” That’s quite a bit, in the context of this country’s $16.8 trillion GDP. Click here to find iOS development jobs.  Over at Forbes, Tim Worstall pushed back against Feroli’s estimate, claiming that… continue…

IKEA’s ‘Shining’ Spoof Would Make Kubrick Laugh

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IKEA Singapore
A few of you may have seen this video already, but in light of Halloween it’s well worth revisiting: Some splendidly twisted soul at IKEA Singapore decided to recreate the more iconic bits of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining in the store’s labyrinthine hallways. While it’s nowhere near as freaky as the original film (and how could you top Jack Nicholson with the axe?), the 90-second spot manages to pack in a lot of visual zingers into its short running time.… continue…

Is Google Glass Dying?

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Google Glass
A year ago, Google Glass seemed poised to alter the technology world in fundamental ways. The augmented-reality eyeglasses had a growing legion of early adopters—dubbed “Explorers” by Google—walking the streets of major cities; several large companies, including OpenTable and The New York Times, were working on apps for the device’s tiny screen. Some people couldn’t get enough of Google Glass. Tech evangelist Robert Scoble famously wore his unit in the shower. A 31-year-old Navy serviceman went through “Glass withdrawal” after… continue…

Online Harassment All Too Common: Report

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Pew Data
Nearly three-quarters of Internet users have seen someone harassed online, while 40 percent have been the targets of such abuse, according to new data from the Pew Research Center. Those statistics should come as no surprise to anyone who spends significant amounts of time online, especially in light of the recent “Gamergate” controversy. Some 27 percent of those targeted said the harassment took the form of being called offensive names; another 22 percent said that someone had tried to publicly… continue…

Daily Tip: Your Email Has a Delete Button

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Sometimes it’s good to let go. Thanks to the inexpensiveness of cloud-based storage, anybody can keep a decade’s worth of email without worrying about whether they’ll have to delete some of it to make room for more. And people do store everything—sometimes to their detriment. How many times have you keyword-searched your email for a particular message, only to surface a dozen or hundred emails that had little relevance? While going back and nuking thousands of ancient emails would probably… continue…

The Weirdness of Microsoft Garage

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Microsoft Garage
Back in the day, Microsoft employees had to hide their iPhones, lest senior management see them toting a competitor’s device. Nor was that the only case of Microsoft showing a corporate aversion to rival products: Former CEO Steve Ballmer refused to launch Office for the iPad, for example, for nearly four years after Apple’s bestselling tablet made its debut. But under new CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft has made some pretty big changes in how it interacts with outside platforms and… continue…

Check Out This Real-Life Hoverboard

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Hendo Hoverboard
Remember the hoverboard from Back to the Future II? Of course you do—it’s the one thing from the movie’s future that everybody wanted in real life. Now a group of engineers claim to have built a working hoverboard, and they’re raising funds for it on Kickstarter. The first 10 people to pony up $10,000 or more will receive production units, which can support the weight of one human being up to 250 pounds and float roughly an inch above the… continue…

Microsoft Smartwatch Imminent: Report

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Samsung Galaxy
Microsoft is the latest tech company attempting to beat Apple to the market with a “smartwatch,” according to Forbes. The magazine’s anonymous sources suggest that Microsoft will launch a “smartwatch” at some unannounced point in the next few weeks. The software will reportedly integrate with Google Android smartphones and iPhones in addition to Windows Phones, which is probably for the best considering Microsoft’s share of the smartphone market remains negligible. According to the Forbes report, the hardware may measure the… continue…

Why Apple Needs to Win in the Cloud

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Apple Continuity
Apple officially has cloud religion. Its latest Mac OS X upgrade (“Yosemite”) introduces Continuity, a feature that blurs the line between the company’s desktops and mobile devices. Users can take phone calls on their Mac, or seamlessly transfer documents for further editing between laptop and tablet. Yosemite also encourages users to rely on Apple’s iCloud Drive to store documents and other vital files in the cloud. Click here to find Mac-developer jobs. Apple didn’t have an easy road to the… continue…

The Biggest Office Desk You’ve Ever Seen

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Barbarian Group Big Desk
Think your office desk is pretty big? It has nothing on the 4,400-square-foot monstrosity that marketing firm The Barbarian Group installed in its New York City office. In addition to lots of flat surfaces for employees to work, the desk features a variety of curves and arches for them to walk through or even hang out underneath. Whether or not the monster desk actually fosters collaboration and creativity, it certainly features more square footage than most apartments. And it would… continue…