You walk up to your front door, and it unlocks as it recognizes the key fob in your pocket. It's cold outside, but the air on the other side of your threshold is a toasty 74 degrees because the thermostat fired up your furnace the instant you (your phone, more accurately) crossed the 20-mile geofence you drew around your home. As the door swings open, your recessed lighting illuminates your path to the kitchen, everyone's first destination when arriving home after a long day at work. A glance at an app on your phone, linked to the fitness tracker on your wrist, shows your daily calorie quota will accommodate a glass of wine with dinner.
These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.
It's practically guaranteed to happen: Sometime during Winter Break or a drawn-out family holiday gathering, your kids are going to get bored and ask if they can play with your iPhone or iPad. But you don't want them to spend their alone-time with your precious device making pricey in-app purchases or "playing around" in your work email, and you probably also don't want them to spend six hours ignoring Grandma to play Candy Crush.
Where is Apple's 12 Days of Christmas 2014? Cancelled, it seems.
It used to be all the rage to photograph in excruciating detail the "unboxing" of a new piece of gear, especially hardware that few people (or no one else) yet had. Unboxing was great, but it's sort of like a wedding or a birth: The actual event is relatively brief, and the really important stuff comes afterwards, as you spend years together.
The iPhone 6 is too big. I've heard that as much as I've heard praise for the new, larger iPhones, which have in any case outsold prior iPhones. But for those who miss the ease of slipping their smartphone into a pocket or using it one-handed, Apple could be planning an 'iPhone mini' for 2015--in other words, a return to the prior model's 4-inch display size.
It's Christmas, and the group known as Lizard Squad just discovered its heart is three sizes too small.
Microsoft has finally made it easier to chat with others working on the same document inside Office Online.
Sony is partnering with Samsung to bring its PlayStation Now game streaming service to select Samsung Smart TVs in 2015.
Stop me if this sounds familiar: One of my family's holiday traditions involves all of us sitting around the table fiddling with our phones, occasionally looking up to eat or drink, while my mother (futilely) attempts to get us to talk to each other. Er...yeah.