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Apple tech could help you use your iPhone while in motion

Trying to tap a precise spot on your iPhone while you're walking, jogging, or riding in a car can be a challenge. Apple may have a solution in the works via a new patent.

Awarded to Apple by the US Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday, a patent dubbed "Variable device graphical user interface" envisions an interface that changes and adapts in response to your movement. The goal is to enlarge or adjust certain on-screen elements so they're easier to tap while you're on the go.

Accelerometers, gyroscopes, and other sensors would detect your motion … Read more

Apple aims to clobber Web page spoofers

Apple has cooked up a novel way to thwart cybercriminals who serve up malware via spoofed Web pages.

A patent application called "Graphical user interface element incorporating real-time environment data" published Thursday by the US Patent and Trademark Office describes a method to automatically update your browser's interface in real time. Okay, so how would that impede Web page spoofers?

To trick people into visiting malicious Web sites, the bad guys can mimic or spoof parts of your browser's GUI (graphical user interface). Clicking on a link or entering log-in credentials on one of these spoofed … Read more

Review: CrystalClear Interface for Mac helps you customize the look of your Mac

CrystalClear Interface for Mac enables you to customize your desktop experience by changing the look of your windows and altering the OS X theme. This app performs its main function, offering you plenty of interface customization options, and initiating themes as expected. It's a premium program that comes with a 15-day trial version.

Although it's rather big for a program of its kind (around 130MB) CrystalClear Interface for Mac installs fairly quickly. To install it properly, though, you will have to close every running program and then restart your system. After installation, the program shows as a drop-down … Read more

Enter Australis: Mozilla streamlines Firefox's look

Mozilla took a major step Monday to launch a significantly revamped look for Firefox Monday, a project months in the making called Australis that will unify the browser's look across personal computers, tablets, and phones.

Australis brings a new look to the frame around the Web page: curvy tabs, more emphasis for the tab you're using and less for the one you're not, and graphical menu that looks more like a grid of apps than a list of options.

At Australis landed in the nightly version of Firefox for browser testers on Monday, taking its first step … Read more

LinkedIn Pulse is finally here, but can the two services work together?

LinkedIn Pulse (iOS|Android) lets you browse the news from your favorite Web sites using a new interface and connects with LinkedIn in an attempt to bring news and industry professionals together. LinkedIn acquired Pulse in April 2013, and this is the first launch of the new app.

In bringing the two services together, you get a couple extra features on both, but it's important to note this isn't a unified experience -- just that each of the services get some features from the other. In the LinkedIn Pulse app, you can pull in stories from industry influencers, … Read more

What will recorded music sound like in 2050?

Last weekend in NYC John La Grou was a keynote speaker at the Audio Engineering Society convention. He based some of his assumptions about how recorded music will evolve on Moore's Law, which states that the number of transistors squeezed onto integrated circuits doubles approximately every two years. That prediction was made in 1965, and if anything, Moore underestimated the cost savings we've enjoyed. La Grou rolled out statistic after statistic that painted a rosy future for music, gaming, and film tech advances in the coming decades.

La Grou believes that highly advanced gestural control and brain/machine … Read more

What do you want to see in the next Mac OS X? (poll)

In my review, I thought Mac OS X Mavericks was a worthwhile update with a bunch of new features, new apps brought over from iOS, smarter interface elements, battery-saving technologies, and security improvements. Best of all? It's free. To me, there isn't any reason not to update.

But my review brought about another question: Where can Apple go from here? Aside from minor tweaks to smooth out the rough edges, what's left to improve that we don't already have? It's a question that I'm sure the folks at Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Linux are … Read more

Yahoo Mail gets a welcome face-lift for iOS 7

Yahoo Mail for iOS received a face-lift for iOS 7 in the latest version, and with new themes and conversation views, it's a must have for anyone whose primary e-mail account is with Yahoo.

Improved look and layout Following the new simplified design schemes of the main Yahoo app and Yahoo Weather, Yahoo Mail now has a new look to fit with iOS 7. But in Yahoo Mail, you have the ability to change the theme by selecting a premade background. Most of the themes are photos and patterns that show up in the background, and your inbox takes … Read more

Google acquires hand-gesture interface startup Flutter

Flutter, a company that makes a hand-gesture interface for simple media, announced Wednesday it's been acquired by Google.

The 3-year-old startup uses a device's built-in Webcam to detect users' hand gestures, allowing them to control the playback of music and videos on a variety of applications with the swipe of a hand. The app, which the company describes as the "Kinect for iOS X," is also available for the Windows operating system.

Flutter CEO Navneet Dalal announced the acquisition in a home page note that said the company would continue to update the app.

"Today, … Read more

Tesla's Elon Musk goes 'Iron Man' with in-thin-air, gestural design process

As if a sexy electric car; a sideways-flying, reusable rocket ship; an 800 mph subway; and a Martian metropolis weren't enough, mad scientist Elon Musk now wants to build an "Iron Man" suit.

Well, not exactly.

But the film was apparently the inspiration for Musk's latest foray into science nonfiction. The Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO tweeted on Friday that he and his people have "figured out how to design rocket parts just w hand movements through the air" and that next week he'll be posting a video that demonstrates the process. … Read more