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  • Opinion: Drive less, pay less: Metromile pay-per-mile insurance comes to San Francisco

    San Francisco drivers have a car insurance problem that car data startup Metromile could solve. Residents of this fair city tend to pay more for auto insurance, because the bean-counters assume a higher rate of dents, thefts, and broken glass.

  • Opinion: Court ignores Fox's Aereo argument, rejects request to stop Dish Anywhere

    Fox may have been able to get the courts to knock out Aereo's streaming TV service. But Dish Network is proving to be a decidedly formidable adversary.

  • Opinion: Shazam adds full in-app song playback for Rdio subscribers

    Shazam, an app that identifies songs just by listening to them, is giving special treatment to users who pay for streaming music services such as Rdio.

  • Opinion: Bring back the classic Gmail experience with Old Compose

    I wasn't a big fan of the overhauled Gmail experience when Google rolled it out last year, and I'm still not. Floating windows, changes to the way previous messages are threaded in replies, new out-of-the-way positions for formatting tools--gah. What's worse, while Google allowed users to stick with the traditional Gmail compose experience when the new look was first rolling out, that feature has since been snuffed. Now, it's floating boxes or nothing.

  • Opinion: Lyft's brand of ride-sharing might not fly in New York City

    Lyft drivers are regular people using their own cars in the 60-plus cities where the app operates, but New York City says that ride-sharing model won't fly. The app, which had planned to launch in Brooklyn and Queens on July 11, had to delay its rollout after Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sought a temporary restraining order.

  • Opinion: Listen to the Comcast customer service call from hell

    So this is what it takes to be voted the worst company in America. Anybody who has ever disconnected a service or canceled a gym membership over the phone knows just how stubborn representatives can be in their quest to keep your patronage, but tech media host Veronica Belmont and former Engadget editor-in-charge and (oh, the irony) current AOL employee Ryan Block stumbled into a new circle of customer "service" hell when they called Comcast to cancel their subscription--and he caught the insane, intense exchange on tape.

  • Opinion: Android Wear apps already outnumber Google Glass apps

    Google Glass may have captivated our imagination for a few years, but Android Wear is what has developers excited. Just two devices are currently available running the wearables platform and already the number of explicitly Wear-supporting apps exceeds the app catalog for Google Glass, a statistic first reported by Android Central.

  • Opinion: World Cup sets social media records with tons of talk on Twitter and Facebook

    It's no surprise that a global sporting event like the World Cup was the most inescapable topic on the Internet for its month-long duration--that's pretty standard for international news, especially when competition is involved.

  • Opinion: Now you can see your Facebook friends' confessions on Secret

    Anonymous app Secret doesn't want to be a playground for early tech adopters anymore. Six months in, Secret's founders have grander ideas in mind for the controversial service, starting with friend-finding.

  • Opinion: The game isn't over yet for Gameover malware

    In early June the U.S. Department of Justice revealed that the Gameover Zeus (GOZ) botnet had been disabled thanks to the success of a joint effort dubbed "Operation Tovar." The celebration appears to have been premature, though, as security researchers have already discovered a resurgence of Gameover malware infections.

  • Opinion: Call Google, Ford shows wearable car tech any DIY-Maker-Faire geek could do

    Here's something else to blame on Google Glass. Wearables are insanely trendy, even though many haven't proven their usefulness (or even shipped).

  • Opinion: 5 reasons to buy the OnePlus One

    OnePlus is a relatively unknown smartphone manufacturer, but its One smartphone truly is a fantastic deal - if you can get hold of it. Here we list five things that make the OnePlus One an infinitely better deal than any other 2014 flagship smartphone.

  • Opinion: Take dragons on your next road trip with Microsoft's new Dragons Adventure game

    When I was a kid, lengthy road trips meant my parents would fling one of those invisible ink travel activity books toward the back seat of the car and hope that the puzzles would keep me occupied until we reached our final destination. Microsoft thinks today's kids need dragons to keep them at bay when it's time to get from Point A to Point B.

  • Opinion: What about Windows, Mr. Nadella?

    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella demoted Windows to a handful of terse mentions deep in his 3,100 all-hands strategy email of last week.

  • Opinion: SoundCloud gets Sonos integration, record deals possible

    SoundCloud is getting integrated with Sonos music systems, as it reportedly tries to become more than just a place for music you haven't heard of.

  • Opinion: Why Samsung needs to move beyond Android -- and Google

    Samsung depends on Google's Android OS, but needs to find a way to differentiate itself from rivals who also use Android if it's to grow and thrive.

  • Opinion: Wi-Fi sprinkler controller Skydrop uses weather data to know when to water

    One bummer about being an adult is suddenly having to pay for stuff that used to be provided for you. I remember being ticked off that I had to start paying for my own toilet paper when I moved out of the dorms, for example, and another rude awakening happened last summer when I bought my first home and got my first water bill. Suddenly saving water had higher stakes than it did when I was renting.

  • Opinion: Speed up your PC's boot time by finding the worst startup offenders

    One of the pains of Windows is how long it takes for an older PC to startup. Sometimes this can be caused by hardware problems like a faulty hard drive, but more often than not the culprits are all those programs trying to activate at boot.

  • Opinion: Musk donates $1m to help build Nikola Tesla Museum

    Elon Musk recently made good on his promise to support the g*dd*n Tesla Museum honoring Nikola Tesla, the Serbian-American inventor and physicist whose life inspired the electric car company. The Tesla Motors founder and CEO will donate $1 million towards the construction of the Tesla Science Center in New York and promises to build a Tesla Motors Supercharger in the museum's parking lot.

  • Opinion: ID cards and implants: convenient or a step too far?

    If you could have a chip implanted or carry around an ID card that meant you never again had to prove your ID, remember logins and passwords and so on, would you do it? That's the question we put to more than 4,000 visitors to PCAdvisor.co.uk, and the results might surprise you.

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