Living in Tech

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

Apple’s iPhone 6: What to Expect

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Apple’s latest pair of iPhones will reportedly begin mass production in July and August, according to a new report. While many a rumor about the notoriously tight-lipped Apple should be taken with a sizable grain of salt, a number of reliable sources over the past few months have insisted that the next iPhone generation will feature 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch units, the better to compete with popular “phablets.” Many of those sources also suggest that Apple will release at least one… continue…

You Can Use Facebook’s New App… If You’re Famous

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Facebook has a new mobile app for sharing updates and photos. The one catch: it’s only for famous people. Facebook Mentions allows “actors, athletes, musicians, and other influencers” (in the words of the app’s iTunes page) to “discover and join conversations on Facebook.” Celebrities—or, presumably, their assistants and handlers—can use the app to monitor conversations among fans, host live Q&A sessions, and start conversations with other influencers. Click here to find app-developer jobs. The app will only work for those… continue…

5 Simple Ways to De-Stress

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Technology has never been a nine-to-five business, and that’s especially true today. Whether your office is in some corporate park or your basement, deadlines are aggressive, demands for updates are incessant and email follows you wherever you go. While there’s no magic way to make the craziness stop, you still need to step back and get your breath each day. But how? Here are five simple suggestions that can help build a barrier between your work and home life, and… continue…

How Many iWatches Will Apple Actually Sell?

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If you believe the ever-churning rumor mill, Apple will unveil its long-awaited “iWatch” in late 2014. But how many units will the “smartwatch” actually sell? According to Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty, Apple could rack up sales of 30 million to 60 million units within the iWatch’s first 12 months of release. How does she arrive at that astronomical figure, especially considering that no “smartwatch” currently on the market has proven a breakaway hit? “Brand loyalty” to Apple, Huberty wrote,… continue…

Chromebooks and Cheap Windows PCs: It’s War

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In a bid to counter the rising number of Google Chromebooks on the market, Microsoft plans on releasing a series of ultra-cheap Windows laptops near the end of the year. Hewlett-Packard, Toshiba and Acer will issue laptops priced between $199 and $249 for the holiday shopping season, all with wildly different specs—the Acer Aspire ES1, for example, will feature a 15.6-inch screen paired with a 2.16 GHz Intel Celeron processor, while Toshiba’s unit will boast an 11.6-inch screen. “We are… continue…

BlackBerry Betting That Square Will Be Hip

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To say that BlackBerry has cruised a rough road in recent years is a major understatement: Not only did the company witness its market-share decimated at the combined hands of Google and Apple, but its highest-profile attempt to reverse that decline—BlackBerry 10 OS—underperformed with businesses and consumers. In a bid to stave off total collapse, BlackBerry retrenched as a niche IT firm focused primarily on the enterprise. But the company hasn’t wholly abandoned its once-ubiquitous mobile devices: Not only has… continue…

Take a Look at the Daily Routines of 26 ‘Creative Legends’

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We all want to be more creative. Can altering our daily routine encourage the innovative parts of our mind to kick into higher gear? Click here for jobs that require a little creativity. A new interactive graphic by Podio (posted on Shortlist.com) offers some insight into the regular habits of 26 “creative legends,” including Maya Angelou, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Vladimir Nabokov and Pablo Picasso. Little about their routines overlapped, except that—surprise, surprise—the majority liked to sleep at night and engage… continue…

Larry Page Thinks You’ll Only Work Part-Time for Our Robot Overlords

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Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin rarely sit down together for a joint interview, but venture capitalist Vinod Khosla managed to get them both onstage for nearly an hour last week. It was not an occasion for small ideas, with the pair discussing everything from healthcare and search to machine learning and the need for companies to tackle massive problems. (A complete transcript is available, as is video.) In contrast with most other tech companies, which choose to focus… continue…

The Next Big Threat to the Internet

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Here’s cause for a little Monday optimism: A majority of experts interviewed by the Pew Research Internet Project think the Internet will remain free in coming decades. Unlike most Pew surveys, which are randomized and meant to represent a broad swath of the American population, this latest research is described as a “canvassing,” with hundreds of technology experts invited to leave their opinions on the future of the Internet. To those 1,400 willing to submit to questioning, Pew opened with… continue…

Yes, You Can Play Tetris on a T-Shirt

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While most video games are forgotten within weeks of their release, Tetris has endured for more than 30 years. Major elements in the game’s longevity are its simplicity and extreme addictiveness; that it’s appeared on many types of hardware, from PCs and Nintendo Game Boys to smartphones and calculators, has also helped it stay in the public eye. Now, three decades after it hit the market in the former Soviet Union, Tetris has broken new ground again: Mark Kerger, whom… continue…