After last week announcing House of Cards season two will premiere February 14th 2014, Netflix has released a full trailer hinting at the story arcs for the new season. The trailer comes just hours after the political thriller was nominated for four Golden Globes.
Pebble has released a software update that dramatically improves the smartwatch's alarm clock functionality and adds a much-requested feature. Firmware version 1.14 finally includes a Do Not Disturb setting similar to the one Apple introduced with iOS 6; it lets users specify a period of time where the watch won't receive notifications so as to prevent unwanted disruption.
Bill Gates prioritizes disease eradication over the proliferation of internet access and uses his vast wealth for the purposes of malaria research. It's perhaps not a surprise, then, that his favorite books of 2013 are all pragmatic works of non-fiction question that how the modern world was built, and how to make it better. His picks appear to echo his logical world-view, valuing fairness, balance, and understanding. The World Until Yesterday, written by Jared Diamond about hunter-gatherer lifestyles, "doesn't romanticize tribal life," instead displaying the author's desire to "find the best practices and share them. Paul Sabin's The Bet discusses a $1,000 wager between professors about whether human quality of life would become better or worse over time, but does it "without ridiculing either proponent."
Though we're sure Google tries to keep its products like Now and Docs as easy to use as possible, who has the time to learn every single feature? That's likely why Google just launched Tips, a site that uses its info card trope to help you dive more deeply into all 13 of its consumer products. For instance, if you choose Google+, one card suggests you can "make your still photos not so still," and reveals step-by-step instructions when you flip it along with each device it supports.
JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli startup is trying to combat a common fear for international travelers: getting socked with hundreds or thousands of dollars in unexpected roaming charges for using cellphones away from home.
Context-sensitive interfaces like Aviate and Google Now are on the rise in the Android world, and Cover is taking advantage of that spotlight by releasing its dynamic lock screen on Google Play as a public beta. The updated front end works much as it did in the invitation-only test, automatically changing app shortcuts and settings as you move from place to place. It's also easy to peek into apps or switch between them.
Remember when Apple and Foxconn pledged to improve working conditions, increase wages and limit work weeks to 60 hours? Turns out they're still working on that. According to a recent investigation by China's Fair Labor Association, Hon Hai Precision (Foxconn's official name) is "not in compliance" with laws limiting overtime to 36 hours a month.
Just two months ago, Google looked poised to skate free in the European Union’s antitrust probe into whether the search giant was unfairly favoring its own sites and services in its search results. The Wall Street Journal reports, however, that EU officials may scrap their proposed settlement with Google after rival tech companies and consumer groups blasted the deal for not going nearly far enough to restrict Google’s powers to unfairly hurt its competitors. If the EU’s antitrust officials can’t come up with a settlement that finds favor with both Google and its rivals then it could issue a formal complaint that the Journal says would end up “unleashing a legal process that could culminate in large fines for the U.S.-based