Author Archives: Gizmodo

Intel Coined the Term iPad Back in 1994

January 29th, 2014 | by Gizmodo

S Apple is notoriously protective of their intellectual property. Even going so far as suing Samsung in a high-profile fight over the iPhone and iPad designs


Report: Apple’s Expanding Mobile Payment to Physical Goods

January 25th, 2014 | by Gizmodo

The Wall Street Journal is hearing rumors that Apple wants to expand its mobile payment capabilities beyond iTunes purchases, moving into the space dominated by names like Square , PayPal , and Google . With over 575 million registered iTunes users, it's almost surprising that Apple hasn't already given those users a way to pay for 3rd party online purchases through an iTunes account. The company dabbled in making a payment feature for Passbook , but never saw those intentions through.


iOS 7′s Reboot Bug Will Be Ironed Out… But Not Until iOS 7.1

January 23rd, 2014 | by Gizmodo

iOS 7, perhaps the most divisive software update in Apple's history of mobile devices, has suffered from one particularly annoying bug since launching last September. Random restarts have plagued a number of users, and finally Apple is doing something about it. A substantial number of users have reported unexpected reboots of their iOS 7-packing iPhones (myself included)


The Truth Behind Apple’s Latest iPad Ad

January 22nd, 2014 | by Gizmodo

S Apple's latest iPad advert shows the tablet being used by helicopter rescue pilots, storm chasers, ice hockey coaches, musicians, Bollywood filmmakers, scuba divers, rock musicians and artists. But let's face it, you're using it on the toilet, aren't you? The above, from Doghouse Diaries , pretty much nails it


iOS in Your Car Could Look Pretty Great

January 21st, 2014 | by Gizmodo

S One of the big revelations from the iOS 7 debut was that Apple's working on an in-car version of the mobile operating system . Now app developer Steve Troughton-Smith has tweeted some images of what iOS could, and should , look like when it hits your dashboard


Apple May Have Figured Out How to Make FaceTime Work With Bad Internet

January 16th, 2014 | by Gizmodo

S A new invention filed by Apple with the US Patent and Trademark Office is so simple but clever that it's amazing it's not been done before: Cook & Co. suggests that it could insert doctored or pre-recorded images into FaceTime chats on crappy connections to keep the conversation smooth. The patent , called "Video transmission using content-based frame search," suggests that video frame data could be used to help reduce the amount of data being sent between devices during video calls.


Why Nest Is Worth Every Penny

January 13th, 2014 | by Gizmodo

The news today that Google is buying smart thermostat-maker Nest for $3.5 billion seemed slightly unhinged ; why overbid for what's still, at present, a niche product? The answer is so simple it's barely worth a shrug: because it can, because it needs to, and because if it didn't, someone else would have. From a financial standpoint, $3.5 billion for a company whose most recent—and even then jaw-dropping—valuation was around $2 billion not two weeks ago seems modestly insane


All The Camera You Need Under $300, Apple TV, Storage [Deals]

January 13th, 2014 | by Gizmodo

S The Sony NEX-3NL was a great camera when it hit the market for $500, but at under $300, this deal is unmissable for anyone looking for a great portable camera, ready to downsize their DSLR, or interested in diving into an interchangeable lens ecosystem for the first time. Retractable power zoom lens, tilting LCD, 16MP, and unprecedented value in this price range.


From Dream to 3D Reality: The Fascinating Origins of Pixar

January 13th, 2014 | by Gizmodo

S Before a story about toys, before monsters went corporate, before anyone went searching for Nemo , and before twenty seven Academy Awards, Pixar was a high-end computer hardware company whose clients included the government and the medical community. The story of Pixar isn't exactly full of superheroes , adorable robots, or talking bugs.


Explore Old Manhattan In Pics From Street Photographer Bill Cunningham

January 10th, 2014 | by Gizmodo

S A few years ago, a documentary came out that introduced longtime New York legend Bill Cunningham to the world at large. The film was fantastic—now streaming on Netflix !—and made it pretty much impossible not to fall in love with the octogenarian photographer who, for decades, has biked boldly through the Big Apple's crowded avenues capturing people with style. Turns, out, he damn good at capturing buildings with style, too.


Google Is Taking Android to the Car With Audi, GM, Honda and Hyundai

January 6th, 2014 | by Gizmodo

S Google has just announced that it's joining forces with Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai and Nvidia to create the Open Automotive Alliance. In other words, it's planning to take Android to the automobile. According to Google , the new alliance is "aimed at accelerating auto innovation with an approach that offers openness, customization and scale".


Digital Music Sales Just Dropped for the First Time Since iTunes

January 3rd, 2014 | by Gizmodo

In 2013, digital music sales declined for the first time since Apple launched the iTunes Store 10 years ago. Are streaming music services like Rdio and Spotify to blame? Nielsen SoundScan just released its annual music sales numbers and while none of the news is good, the digital music sales numbers are particularly troubling to the recording industry


A Rainbow USB Cable With Every Charging Adapter You Need—Also Nokia

January 1st, 2014 | by Gizmodo

S It may seem a little opulent, but a lot of us won't leave home with at least our smartphone—maybe even two—and a tablet. And eventually one of them is going to need a battery boost, so instead of carrying charging cables and adapters for every single device, toss this single colorful USB adapter in your bag and you're all set


The Design Genius Behind the NYT Mag Is Leaving to Revamp Apple

December 30th, 2013 | by Gizmodo

S Bad news for New York Times readers, great news for anyone who's sick of rolling their eyes at Apple's unbearably twee ad campaigns: Arem Duplessis , the Design Director at the NYT Magazine, is leaving his post to become Creative Director at Apple. You may not have heard of Duplessis, but you've almost certainly seen his work


WSJ: Google and Audi Are Working on In-Car Android

December 30th, 2013 | by Gizmodo

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google has been working with Audi to develop in-car entertainment and information systems based on Android—and the pair plan to make an announcement at next week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The newspaper explains that the announcement will also detail collaborative efforts with other manufacturers—it specifically names Nvidia, for instance—in order to "establish Android as an important technology for future vehicles." According to the Journal's sources , the new Android initiative will "allow drivers and passengers to access music, navigation, apps and services that are similar to those widely available now on Android-powered smartphones." Last June at its 2013 developers conference, Apple announced its plans to integrate iOS into the car dash , and has garnered support from BMW, Mercedez-Benz, GM and Honda in the process.


I would totally buy this awesome Apple curved HDTV

December 27th, 2013 | by Gizmodo

S Tim Cook says that Apple has BIG plans for 2014. Everyone is assuming that it will finally be the fabled Apple TV set. Our friend Martin Haje k joined forces with Andrew Ambrosino to make this awesome curved Apple TV set which supposedly would reduce glare and reflection


This Year’s 20 Must-Have Mac OS X Utilities

December 26th, 2013 | by Gizmodo

S Each year I round-up my top list of applications and utilities used the most throughout the year. Without further introduction, here are all the utilities that have been especially useful in enhancing my productivity during 2013. S 1Password ($49.99): After Dropbox, 1Password is the second application I usually install on every new device


Adding More Layers is Apple’s Patent-Suggested Plan For Fixing Maps

December 20th, 2013 | by Gizmodo

It's slowly getting better, but try as it might, Apple just can't top Google's Maps service when it comes to digital cartography That's not to say it isn't still keeping up the chase though — a newly uncovered patent points towards a raft of new features Apple has planned for the troubled service. The "Interactive Map" patent points towards a fresh layering system for the company's iOS Maps app, going far deeper than what's currently offered.



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