Living in Tech

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

Apple’s New iPads Face a Challenging Market

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Apple iPad
Apple has kicked off production on its next generation of iPads, according to a new report from Bloomberg. In addition to a new version of the full-sized iPad, Apple reportedly has a refresh of the 7.9-inch iPad Mini in the works. Bloomberg’s anonymous sources believe the devices will arrive on store shelves by the end of 2014, where they will join a new iPhone (which Apple could unveil Sept. 9) and the long-rumored “iWatch.” Click here to find iOS-developer jobs.… continue…

Why Silicon Valley’s ‘Attitude’ Isn’t Such a Bad Thing

Anti-Gentrification Party
In Silicon Valley they think differently, and if that leads to arrogance, so be it. At least that’s what Bloomberg Businessweek’s Joel Stein implies in his long meditation on the area’s outlook on technology, money and changing the world. For better or worse, technology is driving the area’s economy: Private pay and benefits are rising more quickly there than in any other major metropolitan area in the country, reports the Oakland Tribune. “The Bay Area has one of the strongest… continue…

IBM Trying to Make a ‘Human’ Computer Chip

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Brain
While even a modestly powered processor can crunch numbers at speeds much greater than anything possible by the human brain, our grey matter possesses unique abilities that have (at least so far) eluded all attempts to replicate in silicon, such as intuitive leaps and creativity. A machine can calculate Pi to the millionth digit, but if you want a truly off-the-wall solution to a perplexing conundrum, you’ll need a human being (preferably jacked up on a lot of caffeine). After… continue…

Push for Pizza: The App That Does Exactly One Thing Well

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Push for Pizza App
Ordering food via a smartphone? Easy, thanks to a growing variety of apps like GrubHub, which allow you to order takeout (or delivery) from a plethora of restaurants. But a group of teenagers decided to make the process even simpler—provided you really, really, really like pizza. Click here to find app-developer jobs. Like many a minimalist smartphone app, Push for Pizza cuts everything down to the essentials: push the giant pizza logo, select a nearby pizzeria, choose a pizza, and… continue…

Windows 9: What Will It Look Like?

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Microsoft Charms
Once upon a time, Windows provided a reliable source of revenue for Microsoft. But with Windows 8 reportedly losing market-share, and millions of people refusing to move from the aged Windows XP to a more modern platform, the future of Windows seems a little cloudy. In order to regain momentum, Microsoft is working feverishly on a version of Windows that will convince everybody still on Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8 to upgrade posthaste. But what will this new platform,… continue…

Apple’s Next iPhone Coming Sept. 9: Reports

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Apple iPhone 6
Apple will launch the next iPhone on Sept. 9, according to Re/code.  The Wall Street Journal also confirmed that date, citing an unnamed “person familiar with the matter.” Whenever Apple’s launched an iPhone, the devices have typically gone on sale a few days after the announcement. Click here to find iOS-related jobs. Rumors have circulated for months that Apple would release one or two new iPhones in the autumn time frame, with much of that scuttlebutt suggesting that the company… continue…

Windows 8: It’s a Disaster

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Windows 8
When Microsoft released Windows 8 in 2012, it hoped that the operating system would quickly eclipse its predecessors. In light of that, it wouldn’t be untoward to describe Windows 8’s marketplace performance as a disaster: Not only does the platform continue to lag behind Windows 7 and Windows XP, but new data from Net Applications hints that it’s actually lost incremental market share over the past two months. Click here to find Windows-related jobs. “While in June Windows 8′s user… continue…

Want Laptop Privacy? Wear This ‘Compubody Sock’

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Sternlab Compubody
Ever sat on a crowded airplane or bus with your laptop open, craving a little privacy as you typed an email or watched a terrible movie? One valiant innovator has a solution for exactly that dilemma, and it’s a bit more, shall we say, enveloping than one of those privacy filters you slide over your screen. The “Compubody Sock,” which anyone with knitting skills can make at home, is a giant sock-hoodie-bag in which you place your laptop or tablet,… continue…

How HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ Inspired a Real-Life Formula

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In the HBO show Silicon Valley, a group of intrepid programmers build a startup around an ultra-speedy compression algorithm, and quickly find themselves challenged by a Google-like tech titan that wants to conquer the same technology segment. For the show’s creators, however, the plot’s focus on code created a challenge: how to explain to a broad audience—in a non-pedantic way—that some compression algorithms are speedier than others? Silicon Valley isn’t Star Trek, where the screenwriters could write pages of impressive-sounding… continue…

What Weird Al Sees May Surprise You

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Weird Al
Some might say that nothing demonstrates the power of social media more than Weird Al Yankovic’s album “Mandatory Fun” hitting the top of Billboard’s chart. But that would be cynical. After all, a lot of work goes into making goofy things great. The folks at the Verge put together this video featuring excerpts from eight of Weird Al’s older parodies, synced up with the work that inspired him. It’s cool to see how well they fit together. If nothing else,… continue…