Living in Tech

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

Where Are All the Women Execs?

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How many U.S. companies have at least one female executive on staff? According to a new report from marketing-data company Infogroup Targeting Solutions, a mere 27 percent fit that description. The one region bucking that trend is the San Francisco Bay Area, where Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Emeryville all boast higher percentages of women executives. “Silicon Valley is actually faring really well [in] comparison to the balance of the U.S.,” Andrea Haldeman, Infogroup’s senior vice president of sales, told Fortune… continue…

How Apple Watch Is Like an Ancient Timepiece

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Apple Watch Charger
Apple CEO Tim Cook admitted during a Q&A at the WSJD Live Conference that the upcoming Apple Watch would need to be charged once a day. Apple had spent the past month playing coy about the Apple Watch’s battery life, which led some pundits and bloggers to hope that the company had figured out a way to make the device’s battery last at least a few days between charges. Given the sophisticated hardware (the small form-factor packs in a heart-rate… continue…

Leaked Screenshots Hint at Next Office for Mac

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Office for Mac 2015
It’s been four years since Microsoft refreshed Office for Mac OS X, and it looks like a new version of the productivity software is in the pipeline for release next year. Leaked screenshots of an internal Microsoft PowerPoint presentation posted on Chinese website CnBeta (and reposted on The Verge) suggest that Office for Mac 2015—or whatever its official name—will closely align with the most current version of Office for Windows. It will feature a retooled ribbon and support for Retina… continue…

The Economic Impact of Apple’s iPhone 6

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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…