Internet users spend more time on social networks and blogs than any other category of sites — often while procrastinating. Millions of users are downloading apps to block themselves from getting distracted by social media.
An Australian restaurant owner wants to replace the most common word in the English language, "the," with a new symbol. He wants to create more space for typing, texting and Twitter. But will this character be as popular as the ampersand, which sometimes replaces "and" with the symbol "&"?
Paul Stoute says his 14-month-old daughter recently used his smartphone to tap her way through the app's purchasing prompts and bought herself an early Sweet 16 present — a vintage car. The Internet is full of stories of technology getting the better of both buyers and sellers.
We watched Apple's unveiling of its latest line of MacBooks, operating systems and products so you didn't have to. Among the upgrades: the new iTunes Radio music streaming service — and Siri can now be a man.
Advertisers want to hear what you have to say, and many are about to roll out new kinds of ads you can actually have a conversation with. Marketers are hoping to leverage the power of voice and the kinds of technologies that power Apple's Siri to start selling us all sorts of things.
Drinks columnist David Wondrich is seen on Esquire's new Talk to Esquire app, which allows users to interact with several of the magazine's columnists through voice recognition.
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Yahoo recently bought Summly, a news-summarizing app, for $30 million. But the company is ditching the app and only keeping the small team and the algorithm that drive it. So could this signal a change in companies buying fewer actual products and services and instead taking gambles on algorithms?
Nick d'Aloisio displays his mobile application Summly, which Yahoo recently purchased for a reported $30 million. But the Internet company is killing the app and integrating the algorithm that drives it into its own technology.
For a fee, Silent Circle erases messages from both the receiver and the sender's phones. The app's creators got the idea after hearing an all-too-familiar story: A friend of theirs inadvertently read a text meant for someone else.
A new smartphone app allows users to document falling precipitation in their location. The mPING app aims to help weather officials program radar to determine exactly what's falling near you. For example, is it hail or mixed rain?
Twitter's Vine video app is just 2 weeks old, but it's already been updated to add a 17+ rating. However, any user can just click "OK" to get around the age limit. Internet safety advocates say social media sites aren't doing enough to protect younger users from inappropriate material.