This Wildly Nerdy App Gives Android Wear Watches Super Geek Powers

Maybe you've heard of Tasker. If so, welcome nerd. If not, it's a robust but complex Android app that lets power-geeks (like me) program their rooted phones to do just about anything. Now, thanks to a Tasker plug-in called AutoWear, you can extend that sort of ludicrous control to an Android Wear smartwatch. » 2/27/15 10:50am 45 minutes ago

A Same-Day Delivery Startup Brought Me a Fish We Both Assumed Would Die

No one ever needs a live pet fish, three gallons of water, a fish tank, a heater, food, and various fish home accoutrements at a moment's notice. And yet, at 11am on a Tuesday, I texted a stranger and told them I needed all of this, and yes, I needed it today. Three hours and $200 later, my new friend arrived. » 2/25/15 2:15pm Wednesday 2:15pm

Astropad Is An App That Pretty Much Replaces Graphics Tablets

For as long as I've owned a Macbook and an iPad (read: two years), I've been searching for a way to connect the two together, marrying touch sensitivity and portability to a proper operating system in some kind of post-Jobsian tech utopia. And as long as I've been trying, every half-assed solution has sucked — until… » 2/20/15 1:16am 2/20/15 1:16am

How to Keep Your Android Device's Screen From Ever Going to Sleep

There are times when you don't want your smartphone's screen to automatically dim after a few seconds—working from a recipe, showing off photos, studying your social media strategy—but there's no way to do this natively on stock Android (the most you can extend the delay to is 30 minutes). If you need your display on… » 2/11/15 2:34pm 2/11/15 2:34pm

This App Tells You The Probability Of Your Plane Crashing

'Rational expectations' is a term commonly thrown around by economists trying to work out why people do stuff. It's based on the idea that individuals weigh up the pros and cons of a certain action, and use that to make a decision. It's one of the fundamental underpinnings of a free market economic model, but as this… » 2/07/15 1:00pm 2/07/15 1:00pm

How Adblock Plus Is Becoming a Source of Internet Advertising

Before Adblock Plus bloomed into existence in 2006, going anywhere online could be a flashing, ad-filled nightmare. Adblock Plus offered a way out of the commercial chaos, and blocked ad revenue from websites in the process. But now it's opening up the gates — and allowing a few choice advertisers through, for a price. » 2/05/15 3:38pm 2/05/15 3:38pm

Google and Uber Might End Up Duking It Out Over Self-Driving Taxis

Google may have invested some major funds in Uber over a year ago, but according to Bloomberg, it's looking to churn out a rideshare app of its own. This comes just after news that Uber is looking to edge in on Google's self-driving car game with the Uber Advanced Technologies Center. In other words, both companies… » 2/02/15 5:22pm 2/02/15 5:22pm

Reading App Permissions Aloud Can Make You Realize How Scary They Are

Most people don't bother reading the terms and conditions when they download apps. They're boring! The downside of swiping and tapping without actually looking is that we often allow broad access without thinking, like downloading an app that wants to read all your text messages and not even knowing you did it. This… » 1/27/15 3:37pm 1/27/15 3:37pm

Pushbullet Is a Fantastic App Every Phone Should Have

Pushbullet isn't new, but since I installed it maybe a year ago, it has sneakily gotten a lot better, especially for Android phones. And as I used to it to text from my browser for the umpteenth time yesterday, it struck me how great it's really become. So maybe you've heard already but let me fire off a reminder: You… » 1/27/15 11:50am 1/27/15 11:50am