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Use Meet Me Halfway for Android to find a meetup spot

When you're trying to meet up with a friend or family member, it's sometimes hard to decide on a halfway spot. You may prefer a restaurant that's near you, and the same may be true for the person you want to meet. Meet Me Halfway is an app to help find the places in the middle of two points, so travel is equal for both people.

Grab a copy of Meet Me Halfway for your Android device. The app is available for Android 2.2 and up.

Put in your address, or a point near, … Read more

Apple goes big with a $14 billion stock buyback

Apple took advantage of investor disappointment with the company's first-quarter financial results to accelerate its stock buyback plans.

The company repurchased $14 billion of its own shares in two weeks, according to The Wall Street Journal. Apple CEO Tim Cook told the Journal Thursday that he intends for the move to be both "aggressive" and "opportunistic."

"It means that we are betting on Apple. It means that we are really confident on what we are doing and what we plan to do," Cook told the Journal. "We're not just saying that. … Read more

Chrome's next target: Your meeting room

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- Armed with a plethora of hardware weapons, Google wants to take over meeting room teleconferencing systems with a low-cost Chromebox for Meetings.

Announced on Thursday, the new system provides what Google calls a compelling suite of hardware and software tools to get more businesses to buy into video-conference calls. The system retails for $999 per meeting room, includes a new Core i7-powered Chromebox, remote control, microphone-speaker combo, and high-definition Webcam, and is available immediately in the US.

"We want to redo the meeting room," Caesar Sengupta, the vice president of product management for Chromebooks, … Read more

Fantastical 2 is the calendar app you wish Apple would have made

Fantastical 2 is one of those apps you look at in the App Store and think looks nice, but you can't justify spending money on something that only duplicates what the default iOS calendar app does.

The truth is, it does duplicate Apple's calendar app, but the real value comes in the form of the features it adds to your calendar. And there's no shortage of features in Fantastical 2.

Painless setupOnce you've installed Fantastical 2 you'll need to grant the app access to some of your personal information. Instead of requiring you to log … Read more

The 404 1,395: Where, OK Glass, where is the pulmonary artery? (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Of course Applebee's is going to replace waiters with tablets.

- Charting the popularity of tech through hip hop lyrics. More graphs on Medium.

- The secret meeting that changed rap music, and destroyed a generation.

- A surgeon's review of Google Glass in the operating room.

- With new USB connector, no more wrong-way-up cables.… Read more

Bill Gates: Microsoft has met with 'a lot' of CEO candidates

So much for the stereotype of the four-eyed nerd with a calculator for a heart. Microsoft chairman Bill Gates struggled to fight back tears as he told shareholders Tuesday that the company has met with "a lot" of CEO candidates in its hunt to find a replacement chief executive for the outgoing Steve Ballmer.

"It's a complex role to fill," Gates said, adding that both he and his lifelong friend and business associate Ballmer "share a commitment" to securing the right CEO to lead the company, choking up momentarily.

It had to be … Read more

The latest Keynote is a complete overhaul that will improve your presentations

Keynote is Apple's presentation software that lets you choose a template, create and edit slides, add animations and transitions, and has numerous charts, tables, and graphs to get your message across. Keynote is one of three apps from Apple's productivity suite that also include Pages and Numbers.

Like the other new iWork apps that were released in October, 2013, Keynote was built from the ground up for both iOS and Mac, with the iOS version seeing improvements, while the Mac version has lost some features to give both a level playing field. Due to a backlash of user … Read more

Get face to face with original 'Star Wars' artifacts

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- When George Lucas made "Star Wars" in 1976, he probably never imagined that artifacts from that film and the five that followed it would one day inspire a touring exhibition meriting the same fine-arts treatment as a Van Gogh show.

But that's exactly the case with "Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination," a show that opens this Saturday at The Tech Museum of Innovation here. And though the exhibition has been touring for the last eight years, making its way through 19 other American cities, it has never before shown in … Read more

Power outage halts Microsoft's financial analyst meeting

In the middle of Microsoft's closely-watched annual financial analyst meeting, a blown fuse shorted out some of the power in the company's Redmond, Wash., campus headquarters, causing the meeting's live stream to go dark.

Shortly after the live stream was interrupted, Microsoft tweeted this news:

Fuse blew in the building. Power went down. Should be restored shortly

— Microsoft News (@MSFTnews) September 19, 2013

This year's financial analyst meeting is most likely one of Microsoft's most closely watched annual meetings to date with speakers including CEO Steve Ballmer, CFO Amy Hood, and COO Kevin Turner. There … Read more

Review: Conduct effective Web presentations and seminars using GoToWebinar

GoToWebinar comes bundled with GoToMeeting and presents an easy solution for conducting online seminars and presentations in real time. This program is particularly suitable for large audiences as you can invite up to 1,000 attendees. Even though the free version is a full-featured 30-day trial for one organizer and 100 attendees, be aware that in order to try out this program you will need to enter credit card information up front. After the 30-day trial is over, you will be charged $99 a month for unlimited Webinars.

After the installation, you can start by creating and scheduling your first … Read more