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70% of People Worldwide Pronounce ‘GIF’ With a Hard ‘G’



You can’t imagine how painful it was to write this headline. For those of us who are correct human beings, our brain juices boil to hear that hard “G.” And don’t throw Obama in our faces; he’s not the inventor of the GIF, after all.

Regardless of what’s right, 70% of the world pronounces it “ghif.”

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Dyson Enters Humidifier Market, Says Other Humidifiers Make You Sick



Dyson thinks your humidifier is gross.

You might use in a humidifier, especially in the colder months, to help with dry skin, nosebleeds and other winter ailments. But these machines don’t treat the water they disperse into the room. So Dyson thinks they can act as a sort of germ cannon that could actually contribute to cold- or flu-like symptoms, rather than preventing them.

To stop that, the British company — better known for its…

Apple Pay: The Real-World Test



It’s finally here: Apple Pay arrived on Monday as part of iOS 8.1, which turns the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus into mobile payment machines. Just install the update, add a credit card to Passbook, and you’re good to start buying stuff with your iPhone.

At least that’s the theory, but is it really that convenient? We decided to check out how Apple Pay works in the real world by adding cards from various banks and using it at a few…

How to Use Apple Pay: What You Need to Know



Apple Pay, Apple’s take on the digital wallet, is finally here. If you have an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, you can officially start buying things with the touch of a finger and by waving your phone over an enabled Point of Sale (POS) system.

But for all the excitement, what do we really know about Apple Pay? Why is it different from other systems, like Google Wallet and tap-to-pay credit cards?

Credit card support

Apple launched Apple Pay…

Report: Microsoft Poised to Launch Smartwatch With 2-Day Battery



Microsoft‘s first attempt at a high-tech watch, back in 2004, was perhaps a little ahead of its time

But now it’s 2014, and the tech company is planning to launch a new smartwatch in the coming weeks, according to a report in Forbes.

The smartwatch is expected to include common health-tracking features, like distance traveled, as well as a continuous heart rate monitor. You’ll be able to sync the device with…

iOS 8.1 Available for Download: Apple Pay Launches, Camera Roll Returns



Apple users can now download the latest version of iOS 8, and with it comes a handful of new features, including Apple Pay, iCloud Photo Library, device continuity (accessing whatever you need on every device) and the return of the Camera Roll.

iOS 8.1 comes just a few weeks after the launch of the first iteration of iOS 8 for iPhones and iPads, as well as the aborted release of iOS 8.0.1, the update that locked cellular service and Touch ID functionality for many iPhone users before it was…

The Sincerity Machine Is a Typewriter That Only Writes in Comic Sans



Comic Sans has long been the red-headed stepchild of the font world.

But one artist says the typeface may not be as bad as everyone thinks. Pittsburgh-based artist Jesse England created the Sincerity Machine, a typewriter that only types in Comic Sans, to prove his point.

England insists that the much-maligned font is simply misunderstood. “It’s a mark of sincerity from those who do not have graphic design experience,” he…

iPad Photographers, Flickr Has Finally Come to iPad



If Apple’s new photo-friendly tablets aren’t satisfying enough, iPad photographers just got another tool to up their game.

Photo-sharing platform Flickr rolled out an update Saturday, adding a long overdue iPad application that is iOS 8 and iPad Air 2 ready.

The latest version of Flickr has been optimized for iOS 8 and Apple’s Retina displays. The app can display photos in high resolution — up to 3 million pixels per image, according to…

New Program Will Test Air Traffic Control for Drones



How do you keep small drone aircraft safe in the world’s busiest national airspace? One idea is to have them use cellphone networks to feed data back to an air traffic control system made just for drones.

A startup called Airware is working with NASA on a project exploring how to manage the swarms of commercial drones expected to start appearing in U.S. skies. The four-year program will create a series of prototype air traffic management systems and could shape how widely commercial drones…

Apple HomeKit Likely Won’t Launch Until Next Year



Apple wrapped up its big product announcements for 2014 this week with the arrival of new iPads, iMacs and OS X Yosemite software. CEO Tim Cook made it pretty clear on stage that the company is done with its major news for the year, and industry insiders tell Mashable the same thing.

So if all is said and done for 2014, where in the world is HomeKit and why didn’t see an Apple TV software update, which is rumored to include HomeKit compatibility and be the hub of the smart home platform) at…

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