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Robot Butlers are Not a Fantasy. Experience Them Now.

The future is now at Starwood’s Aloft brand hotels. We first told you about Starwood’s plans to allow you to check into your room with only your smartphone instead of a room key. Now, they’ve introduced A.L.O. (pronounced “el-oh”), their electronic “Botlr.” In this role, A.L.O. the Botlr will be on call as a robotic operative, [...]

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Uber Launches Corner Store To Deliver Necessities To Your Door In Minutes

Uber is great. You download the app and input credit card information. When you need a car, use the app to request it and it’ll be at your door sometimes in less than 10 minutes. The driver will take you wherever you need to go, and your card will be billed. No need for cash. [...]

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Two Ways to Read Your Facebook Messages Without Downloading ‘Messenger’ App

Earlier this month, Facebook rolled out a new change to its mobile apps that requires you to download the Facebook Messenger app in order to read and respond to messages sent on its network. That move caused concern for a lot of folks, considering the exhaustive list of permissions the Messenger app requires. Many have [...]

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Know Your Rights: It’s Perfectly Legal to Take Photos and Videos of Police in All 50 States

In light of the civil unrest and chaos happening in Ferguson, Missouri right now, I thought it’d be timely to give you some facts regarding your rights, as an American, to photograph the police. Many of us here are photography enthusiasts, and plenty others take photos out in public. Here are the specific things you [...]

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After 34 Years With Microsoft, Steve Ballmer Steps Down

In a letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella this week, Steve Ballmer, the company’s 30th employee, announced that he’s stepping down from the Board of Directors, effective immediately. This comes just six months after Ballmer stepped down as the company’s CEO, a position he held since 2000. Despite these moves, he still holds (and plans [...]

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How To Train Your Brain With Games

Playing was encouraged when we were kids. It helped us learn things about the world—play helped us think and grow. So what happened? I’ll tell you: work. But you still need to challenge your brain to be your best. Bring back play and improve your gray matter with these three brain-building apps: Elevate: Your Personal [...]

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Moto 360 Smartwatch Price and Features Confirmed Early by Best Buy

Over the weekend, a product page for the Moto 360 smartwatch went live for a short time on Best Buy’s website. It’s since been pulled down, but not before the Internet took screenshots. From the product page, we’ve gleaned a complete list of features, as well as a $249 price for the upcoming Android Wear-powered [...]

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How To: Stop Videos From Automatically Playing in the Facebook App for iPhone

If you’re tired of scrolling down through your News Feed and having videos automatically start playing, the good news is: there’s a fix. While it may not seem like much, especially if you don’t watch the full video, letting these play can slowly but surely eat up your data allowance for the month if you’re [...]

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Motorola Plans September 4th Event to Unveil New Moto X, Moto G, and Moto 360 Smartwatch

The first part of September is shaping up to be a huge week for smartphone announcements this year. On September 3rd, Samsung will show off the latest Galaxy Note 4 for the first time. We now know that the next day, Motorola has its own press event scheduled in Chicago to announce the new Moto [...]

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Oh Look, Microsoft Made Its Own Snapchat Clone Called WindUp

Windows Phone users often get left out when it comes to new apps, as developers look to launch mainly on Android and iOS. Point in case: there’s still no official Snapchat app for Windows Phone 8. Instead, you’re left with a few unofficial choices that independent developers have hacked together (6Snap, and Snapchat for Windows [...]

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