It's easy to forget that some of the technology we use is, to paraphrase a great author, nearly indistinguishable from voodoo. One reader wrote in asking for some clarification about lossless compression, and I explain the magic in this week's column. I also look at a question about iOS device backups, and one about missing audiobook chapters in iOS.
It's back-to-school time, and one thing that's struck me over the past few years is how our kids' school-supply lists have changed. Sure, they still include pencils, crayons, and markers--though not as many as before--as well as requests for tissues, hand sanitizer, and other classroom sundries. But these days, our lists also include headphones. Every student is expected to bring his or her own headphones.
Uber envisions all apps with maps to jump on board with its new API, but some just don't make sense.
Malware hiding in dorm rooms
Xiaomi may have been crowned the number one smartphone vendor in China, but it is Oppo who will sell its smartphones to the western world first with an Australian launch scheduled within the fortnight.
As college classes resume at the start of another school year, Comcast hopes to teach some students a lesson of its own--having access to cable TV is a hard habit to break. In a move designed to build loyalty among people in their late teens and early 20s, Comcast is launching Xfinity On Campus. The IP-delivered service lets college students living on campus watch live and on-demand TV on their laptops, tablets, and smartphones.
With the new Glass OS version, users will be able to scroll through their full address books and add favorites more easily.
As part of the push toward hardware flexibility that Microsoft announced in February, seventeen third-party Windows Phones are now either in production or will be announced shortly, a senior Microsoft executive said late Wednesday.
When is Siri coming to the Mac? Rumour has it you could be speaking to your computer soon. Here's the latest Siri for Mac speculation.
The Opera browser signs an important deal to power the aging Asha phones that Microsoft inherited in its Nokia deal.