How The New Cold War Is Improving Your Navigation

Ever contemplated going to war with America, but been thwarted when the Great Satan switched off your access to its navigation satellites? That’s potentially a real problem for China and Russia, but the real victor in this navigational arms race might be you; it’s improving the quality of location data on your phone… » 4/29/15 6:50pm 4/29/15 6:50pm

Watch All the Ways Apple's Tried to Teach Us How to Use Its Products

The Apple Watch starts hitting wrists today with one of the most incredibly enormous user guides ever produced for an Apple product: 23 topics, almost 100 pages, not even including the 10 videos to teach people how to use this thing. Apple started creating “guided tours” for its new products back in 1984—here are some… » 4/24/15 3:40pm 4/24/15 3:40pm

PopSlate Lightning Review: This iPhone Case Has An E-Ink Screen in Back

What does the back of your phone look like? Is it covered by a case? Either way, I’m willing to bet it looks the same every day. What if you could personalize it with the push of a button, wirelessly beaming your favorite photos to an e-ink screen that lives in a special iPhone 6 case? Say hello to the PopSlate. » 4/21/15 1:00pm 4/21/15 1:00pm

Homescreen Voyeurs Rejoice, This App Lets You Gawk at Other iPhones

Admit it, whenever you see someone using their iPhone you’re always trying to sneak a peek of what apps they’ve deemed important enough to put on their homescreen, and what kind of wallpaper they’re using. Now thanks to an iOS app called #Homescreen that allows users the world over to share and stare at… » 4/14/15 10:10am 4/14/15 10:10am

The New Smart ForTwo May Have The Best Smartphone Integration Of Any Car

I’m actually pretty excited about the newly redesigned Smart ForTwo. It’s based on the new Renault Twingo, and that platform is about as close to my ideal modern Beetle as anyone is likely to make any time soon. But what I want to point out is a detail, albeit a big one — the Smart’s phone dock system looks really… » 4/02/15 3:05pm 4/02/15 3:05pm

Does Apple Ruin Your iPhone on Purpose? The Conspiracy, Explained

Every year, Apple tempts the world with a new, expensive iPhone, hailed as the fastest and best iPhone ever. You buy it. And then, just in time for the next Fastest iPhone Ever to hit stores, the one in your pocket feels crummier and more sluggish than ever. Coincidence? Or conspiracy? » 3/12/15 3:40pm 3/12/15 3:40pm

Topps' New App Lets You Trade Star Wars Cards With Anyone On Earth

Books, magazines, comics, even photographs have already all made the move to digital. And finally, 65 years after coming up with a clever way to boost gum sales, Topps is bringing its iconic trading cards into the digital world with a new Star Wars app that lets collectors trade cards with anyone else on earth with an… » 3/12/15 9:18am 3/12/15 9:18am

All the Very Personal Data Apple's ResearchKit Will Collect About You

Apple just announced the details of the new open source software framework that will make it easier for medical researchers to access data about millions of potential subjects. ResearchKit sounds amazing—and potentially riddled with security concerns. Will Apple make it easier for adversaries to access your health… » 3/09/15 5:40pm 3/09/15 5:40pm