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Facebook readies a News Feed redesign for mobile - here’s what’s changing
If we could play a word-association game with Facebook, we'd probably say "blue" and "squares" as our go-to description of the social media giant's mobile app.That may soon to change to "grey" and "circles,"...
The best free online text editor 2017
Many everyday tasks that once required specialist software can now performed using convenient web apps. Text editing is a perfect example. All the processing and cacheing can be done locally on your own...
Microsoft's Dictate app puts dictation directly inside Office
Anyone with an interview to transcribe, a long essay to write, a speech to caption, or perhaps some kind of typing disability has likely wished at some point that they could just turn their words, or...
12 best Android apps and games, according to Google
IFTTT, meaning “If This Then That,” enables all sorts of automation with your phone. It's integrations with a wide array of apps allows it to do things like open your garage door and text your significant...
The best free PDF editor 2017
PDF (portable data file) is a format designed for sharing data that will look and behave exactly the same way on any device, using any software. Most office software and photo editors let you export documents...
Nitro PDF Reader
Windows 10’s built-in PDF reader is very simple – you can use it to view and print documents, and not much else – so it’s well worth downloading a third-party tool like Nitro PDF Reader. Nitro PDF ReaderDownload...
10 Touch Bar tools that will change the way you use your MacBook Pro
Yes, your MacBook Pro might be geared for serious business use, but that doesn’t mean you need be confined by the demands of fusty adulthood. Instead, the Touch Bar wants you to seize hold of your down-with-the-kids...
Microsoft is bringing in-game chat transcription to Xbox One and Windows 10
Microsoft will soon introduce a new feature to Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs called Game Chat Transcription.When enabled, the feature will work in two ways: players will be able to turn their chats from...
Yahoo's new chatbot will send reminders and set shopping lists for your family
Yahoo may have wrapping up that Verizon acquisition on its mind these days, but the internet firm apparently found the time to build a chatbot designed to coordinate logistics between family members.Yahoo's...
FCC tries something new: Making proposals public before voting on them
reader comments 22 Share this story Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai yesterday announced a seemingly simple step to make the FCC's rulemaking process more open to the public: the FCC...
Windows 10 gets an e-book store with nifty features to give it the edge
Microsoft is really rolling out the Windows 10 preview builds at a swift pace now, and the latest one to arrive brings with it a full-on e-book store (which was leaked earlier this week) along with some...
Watch out for this ‘rainbow flag emoji’ text that will cause your iPhone to crash
A single text message is wreaking havoc on iPhone users once again, thanks to a bug which causes the phone to temporarily freeze and restart after receiving a specific message made up of several emoji...
This text can crash your iPhone
As if receiving a text from an ex isn’t bad enough, now there’s a far worse kind of unwanted message to worry about. This one can crash your iPhone.YouTube channel EverythingApplePro highlights a sequence...
Firing by text message: taboo or the way of the future?
Brandon Cardinal loved his job at a highway convenience store in Northern Alberta – until he was abruptly fired in a text message a few hours before his next shift.“My manager texted me just before lunch...
How to protect yourself from a sneaky new iPhone hack
It’s a hack that will make you never want to leave your iPhone unattended again – even if it’s locked and you’re passcode “protected.”This newly discovered glitch in iOS 10 allows anyone to send text messages,...
Download of the day: PhraseExpress
PhraseExpress works as a universal autocomplete tool, saving you time and effort by inserting commonly used phrases and other text into any program when you type a particular shortcut. You can also use...
Top 10 Word 2016 tips
IntroductionWe dare say you're a dab hand with Microsoft Word. You can write a letter. You can perform admin tasks. Maybe you're even capable of pulling off a flawless mail merge. But many of us don't...
Windows 10 command line tricks
How to use the command lineThe Windows Command Prompt is powerful yet often overlooked. It harks back to the days of DOS and the command-line, and continued to feature in early versions of Windows.Over...
Clever hacks to make your iPhone better
Life doesn't have to be a series of fights with your phone's Web browser. WSJ's Joanna Stern reveals the best hidden tricks for the iPhone's mobile Safari and Android's Chrome. Photo/video: Drew Evans/The...
12 Favorite Atom Tips and Shortcuts to Improve Your Workflow
Atom is the code editor released and maintained by the GitHub team. Released in 2014, the “Sublime Text killer” has over 1.1 million monthly users, and it’s no surprise: easily expandable, customizable...
Make Your Own Responsive SVG Graphs & Infographics
A few weeks ago I talked about making this Star Trek vs. Star Wars chart in SVG using the free Boxy SVG vector editor. We also talked about the power of clean, well-written SVG. I want to take that idea...
Using Android Text-to-Speech to Create a Smart Assistant
In this tutorial I will show you how to create a simple Android App that listens to the speech of a user and converts it to text. The app will then analyze the text and use it as a command to store data...
Teaching Your Raspberry Pi to Speak with IBM Watson
[caption id="attachment_131105" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Artwork by SitePoint/PatCat, Logo rights: IBM and Raspberry Pi Foundation[/caption] It turns out there's a lot you can do with a Raspberry...
10 jQuery Text Highlighter Plugins
This popular article was updated in May, 2016, to reflect the current state of text highlighter plugins. Many applications or websites provide a way for users to search for specific terms. To make this...
Google adds Tap to Translate text feature for Android
You can now Tap To Translate inside Google Translate on an Android phone.(Photo: Google) NEW YORK—Google has just added new capabilities to its Translate app that the company says will makes it simpler...
MenuMe turns menu text into photos
At the TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2016 hackathon, a team of engineers from MasterCard teamed up to create an app that can help travelers visiting a foreign country better understand what food is being...
Giphy rolls out keyboard for iPhones
The logo for GIF website Giphy.(Photo: Giphy) Having already launched its own app and successfully integrated with Twitter, the popular website Giphy is setting sights on your smartphone keyboard. On Tuesday,...
Starbucks launched its own keyboard app so you can text emojis of unicorns drinking coffee
Can the latest app from Starbucks become the next Kimoji? Nah, probably not. But the company this week has released its first consumer-facing app that’s solely focused on entertainment, as...
Your texts are not as secure as you think
Embed Share WhatsApp says its 1 billion messages are now encrypted end to end. USA TODAY tech editor Laura Mandaro explains what that means and whether your favorite messaging service has the same level...
Shopify acquires messaging app Kit CRM
OTTAWA – E-commerce company Shopify Inc.has acquired Kit CRM Inc., a messaging app that helps businesses with online marketing.Kit, which operates via text message, runs targeted ads and posts updates...
ShakeSpeak app will now let you talk like William Shakespeare
Comments By: IANS | London | Published:April 8, 2016 12:19 pm An app for mobile phones was launched on Thursday which allows users to text like William Shakespeare. An app for mobile phones was launched...
Worried about walking and texting? Try Conan O'Brien's seeing-eye helpers - CNET
Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.The perfect solution. And helps to employ others too. Team Coco screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET Multitasking...
Facebook is getting better for the blind thanks to clever AI - CNET
Enlarge ImageAutomated alt text for photos posted on Facebook. Facebook Studies have shown that blind people often feel excluded or even isolated on social media when they're unable to fully join in on...
School’s awkward Easter text typo
Blame it in autospell: A school in the United Kingdom sent an embarrassing text message to parents. THE parents of a primary school in the United Kingdom didn’t see this Easter message coming. A text sent...
Pay celebs to text or video message you with TipTalk
It has never been worth it for celebrities to respond to their endless digital fan mail — until now. TipTalk lets them set a price for a private text, photo or video response. The idea is that...
WhatsApp for Android gets text formatting, improved file share and more
Comments By: Tech Desk | Published:March 18, 2016 12:30 pm WhatsApp for Android update brings support for formatting text, adding bold and italics to messages. It will also show the progress for a chat...
Crowdsourced project aims to add text-to-speech to Wikipedia
An open source project hopes to draw on crowdsourced contributions to make Wikipedia more accessible by adding text to speech synthesis that will enable users of the online encyclopedia to have portions...
Cola launches its app for smarter, more interactive text messages
Do you sometimes get the feeling that you’re having a looooooong text conversation to accomplish some fairly simple planning? I’ve certainly had tedious back-and-forths where I’m...
Quick Tip: Fixing the font-weight Problem on Hover States
Have you ever tried to change the value of the font-weight property on link states? If yes, you may have noticed that the text shifts. In this quick tip, we’ll first learn what causes this undesired behavior...
No More Voicemail is an app that kills voicemail so callers have to text you instead
Voicemail is so last century. The idea of phoning someone then leaving a rambling message when they don’t pick up seems decidedly antiquated in the age of instant connectivity, where friends,...
Powerful domestic violence Super Bowl ad shows one text can make the difference - CNET
Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.Enlarge ImageA text conversation between friends. And then... No More; YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET...
How to use Pebble's new Send Text app on Android - CNET
Earlier this week Pebble released an update to its Pebble Time apps for iOS and Android, as well as new software for the watches. Among other things, the update improved upon the company's Health activity...
Hackable PDF Typesetting in Ruby with Prawn
Installing Prawn If you're running a Rails operation, LaTeX isn't the most convenient approach for generating documents. There are some gems available, but it's really nice when the logic and the presentation...
Clickers beware: 'CrashSafari' will kill your iPhone
How your browser history will look after visiting Crashsafari. This list goes on for many, many pages. Devin Coldewey / NBC News This history and URL overload leads mobile browsers to crash and desktop...
Analysis: How Snapchat and Stephen Fry can save Twitter
New features and big namesThere's turmoil at Twitter. Four of its executives have revealed they will be stepping down – news that comes just three months after founder Jack Dorsey took back the corporate...
Take a letter, Siri. Can my iPad handle long-form dictation?
Voice dictation, the technology that listens for words spoken into a microphone to interpret them into digital text, tends to yield mixed results -- producing flawless text one time and then ridiculous...
China's Twitter ends 140-character cap
Sina Weibo - China's most popular micro-blogging platform - is dropping its cap on the number of letters, numbers and symbols its members can write in a single post. Until now, the social network had been...
Microfluid experiment could bring tactile tablets for vision impaired
In the future, might iPads, Kindles and other tablets be more useful to the vision impaired? What's Hot on ZDNet How to block Windows 10 upgrades on your business network (and at home, too) Linux and...
How to make everything bigger in Windows 10 - CNET
Sarah Jacobsson Purewal/CNET Windows 10 has had some issues with display scaling on high-resolution screens -- you may have noticed that some of your legacy apps on Windows 10 have (or had -- they've...
‘My girlfriend is sleeping with my dad’
Deception ... A British man described being ‘broken’ upon discovering his dad had been having an affair with his girlfriend. Picture: Facebook/Imgur A MAN was allegedly left shocked after finding an explicit...
Twitter Contemplates Lifting 140-Character Limit
News that Twitter is contemplating lifting the 140-character limit on tweets and expanding to 10,000 has been met with mixed reaction in its estimated user base of 300 million. The story was first posted...
Jack Dorsey explains longform tweet rumours with Twitter essay
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has seemingly confirmed rumours that the social network could introduce a 10,000 character limit on tweets.Rumours that Twitter would explore ways to allow users to post article-length...
Twitter appears ready to expand beyond 140-character tweets
SAN FRANCISCO – Twitter appears ready to loosen its decade-old restriction on the length of messages to give its users more freedom and make its service more appealing to a wider audience. CEO and co-founder...
Create your own 'Star Wars' title crawl - CNET
Ready for some fun? The Star Wars Crawl Creator, a Web app recently added to Starwars.com, lets you channel your inner Abrams (or Lucas, if you're old-school) to create one of those iconic text blocks....
5 things you didn't know your tablet could do
Here's the scenario: You open that rectangular present sitting under the Christmas tree. One whiff of that new tablet smell and you know it’s going to be great. You quickly power it up, get it on Wi-Fi,...
Adobe Post (iOS) review - CNET
As part of its "storytelling" series of free standalone iOS apps, which currently consists of Adobe Voice and Adobe Slate, the company jumps into the "social graphics" (for want of a better term) market....
Bucket, A Travel Planner That Automatically Creates Recommendation Lists, Expands Nationwide
Early Facebook employee and longtime travel aficionado Julia Lam began studying consumer travel habits over a year ago to see how people planned their vacations and business trips. What she found...
Pastebin, The Text Sharing Website, Updates With An Emphasis On Code
Pastebin, now home to 95 million “active” pieces of text, has gotten a complete overhaul including a new mobile friendly site that lets coders share snippets of text on their phones....
Ending a text message with a period makes you seem like a jerk, study shows
The world of text-based messaging is no place for proper punctuation, according to a newly released American study — unless, of course, you want to be seen as a jerk. Researchers from the department of...
Super-literate software reads and comprehends better than humans
IN A lab next to the river on New York’s Upper West Side a computer will soon start reading. It is part of a cadre of computers that are learning to read more like humans, helping us digest and understand...
Amazon Fire HD 10 (2017)
Amazon takes a lot of the spots in our best cheap tablets round-up, proving the company is perfecting its affordable tablets with respectable specs on board and super low prices.The Amazon Fire HD 10...
Founded in 2011 to support online gaming, Luxembourg-based G-Core Labs now offers powerful management hosting packages and a very capable, enterprise-level CDN.G-Core's network covers more than 40 locations...
Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro
Update: The Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro is now available. We've updated our early impressions with pricing and availability information. Stay tuned for our full review to see if this one's worth checking out.Original...
Apple Watch 3
The leaks were all true: the Apple Watch 2 has been given an update just a year after launch, but with only a minimal set of changes.The new device isn't a huge upgrade on the previous iteration by any...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark