Google on Wednesday announced Gmail version 4.7 for Android users. The new version, which is currently rolling out, adds the ability to edit your out of office response, send any file type (including ZIP files!), and the ability to print e-mails on devices running Android 4.4 KitKat. The process is now superconvenient and extremely easy to complete.In order to set up your out of office message, make sure you've downloaded the latest version of Gmail on your Android device. As Google has been doing recently, it's a staged roll out, so it might take some … Read more
Like all brilliant racing games, the backbone of Neo Drift Out, New Technology is its cars: many old-school arcades stick you in generic Porscherrarighini blobs, but since Drift Out actually carried WRC licensing, you'll get to choose from a few authentic icons. Back in '96, having real-world cars in a racing game was cooler than the other side of the pillow.
There are three rides in Drift Out: the Toyota Celica, the Mitsubishi Lancer, and the Subaru Impreza, each with a rating for Speed, Control, and Body. There isn't any real discernible difference between 'vehicle dynamics'...it's … Read more
Apple's latest iPad hits stores on Friday, which has already arrived in some parts of the world.
That includes Hong Kong, where the device has sold out online -- about two hours after it became available for sale. Before that, new orders faced estimated one- to two-week delivery times.
That hasn't been the case in some other countries where the new tablet is available, including Australia, which is three hours ahead of Hong Kong and still listing 24-hour ship times for new buyers. The same goes for Japan, Singapore, and mainland China where the tablets also went up … Read more
At the end of this month, I'll turn the last page of the longest single chapter of my life: 13 years at CNET (minus a brief departure in 2003 to O'Reilly Media), during which I've done just about every editorial job possible, and developed a career that was completely unexpected, wonderful, and enriching. I've grown up at CNET, and now I've decided to leave the nest.
I'll be pursuing independent projects that I'm extremely excited about. More details on that will be forthcoming, and you can check my blog, TheMolly, for more.
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At least one big-name data broker thinks I'm an Asian who owns a cat and a boat and loves to travel. Sounds like someone who leads a much more interesting life than I do.
That's the profile Acxiom revealed when I plugged my name, address, and other information into the data broker's free AboutTheData.com service. The beta of the service was released last week.
Mine is one of hundreds of millions of profiles Acxiom sells to advertisers and other public and private organizations, which explains all those yachting ads I'm being served up. For the … Read more
The idea behind Time Out is that 15 minutes of computer-free time is the perfect way to reset the mind and get a "time out" from thinking without diving head first into distracting activities like checking Facebook or playing video games. Designed by a teacher to keep kids off the computer for long stretches, it also works to remind the adult user it's time for a stretch.
The app comes as a script that you can run at any time by double-clicking the unzipped file. It comes with the Windows version, as well, so you can install … Read more
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- What if the asteroid that ended the age of the dinosaurs actually missed Earth?
That's the central "what if" at the heart of Pixar's "The Good Dinosaur," the hit animation studio's next film, which will be released in May 2014.
At the D23 Expo, Disney's fan-fest, on Friday the entertainment giant unveiled the most details yet on "The Good Dinosaur," as well as its summer 2015 film, "The Inner Mind," and fall 2015's "Finding Dory."
If the teasers Pixar showed during the … Read more
Initial orders of Google's brand new Chromecast wireless video-streaming dongle are now gone, though some users are still having luck getting one.
The $35 dongle, which plugs into the HDMI port of televisions and lets users stream content from multiple device platforms, is now listed as "coming soon" with no option to order it from Google's online store. Shortly after sales went up, it was listed to ship between August 2 and August 7, down from the 1-2 days for initial orders.
The device's availability has fluctuated throughout the early hours it was on sale. … Read more
While browsing the Internet on desktop computers, people may have seen a little blue icon floating near ads. This clickable icon, dubbed "AdChoice," is meant to give users information about targeted ads and the data collected by ads; it also gives users a Do Not Track option. Now, the group that brought AdChoice to desktop is developing the same icon for mobile.
The group behind the icon, Digital Advertising Alliance, or DAA, is a coalition of advertisers, publishers, and marketers that has been working to increase transparency on the Web and create controls for online advertising.
AdChoice for … Read more
Over the years, "Ender's Game" author Orson Scott Card has written screed after screed railing against gay marriage.
Here's just a selection: In 1990, he wrote an essay defending a Georgia law against sodomy, even in private. In 2004, he argued that gays have the legal right to marry, just not each other. In 2008, he published a long article arguing that homosexuality is a mental illness and a dysfunction, and that gay marriage would spell the end of democracy in the U.S. In 2012, he argued (incorrectly, at least in the U.S.) that no laws remained that discriminated against gay people.
In response to this well-documented history, queer geek organization Geeks Out called for a boycott of the upcoming sci-fi film "Ender's Game," which is based on Card's 1985 book, a mainstay of geek teen libraries since its release. "Stand against anti-gay activism and deny Orson Scott Card your financial support by pledging to skip Ender's Game," Geeks Out said. … Read more