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Apple Watch Starts Shipping in April — Not surprisingly, Apple fans were very eager to get their hands on larger iPhones. Cupertino announced today that it sold a record 74.5 million iPhones during the fourth quarter. That's almost double the 39.3 million iPhones the company sold in the third quarter, though buyers were undoubltedly waiting for the fall launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple's latest large-screen smartphones.

Luna Smart Mattress Is Your Lazy Dream Come True — Climbing into a cold bed at night is just as unpleasant as finding an empty coffeepot in the morning. Luna hopes to change all that with its smart mattress cover. Luna adjusts your bed's temperatures, tracks your sleep patterns, and connects to home devices.
Jan 27, 2015

That smart mattress I got to see last week, it's called Luna. It's pretty cool, unless you like your bed warm.,281…

14 Striking Photos of Snow Under an Electron Microscope — Winter is awful and depressing and cold. The season's ONE redeeming value is that it can be kinda pretty. And that's just on the macro scale. It gets even more interesting when you look really close! Electron microscopes have been around for the better part of a century.
Jan 27, 2015

Snowflakes under an electron microscope look both exactly and nothing like what you expect. #Snowmageddon2015

Jan 27, 2015

Neat-o: 14 Striking Photos of Snow Under an Electron Microscope

Jan 27, 2015

RT @PCMag: See what snow looks like under an electron microscope: [Very little snow.]

G Data Total Security 2015 — Some years ago I started using the term "mega-suite" for a product that adds useful security tools over and above those found in the same vendor's entry-level security suite. Lately I've run across a few whose set of features was pretty sparse, despite occupying the mega-suite position.
Jan 27, 2015

G Data Total Security 2015 is a proper mega-suite, with a ton of features. Good price but some features don't shine.,281…

Former Opera CEO Launches Rival Vivaldi — More than three years after Jon von Tetzchner left Opera, the former company chief has introduced a new browser. Dubbed Vivaldi, the service is fast, functional, flexible, and aims to put the user first. It features things like Quick Commands for searching settings, history, open tabs, and bookmarks with a single keyboard shortcut.

Get Organized: Clean Up Gmail Contacts — "Where's the address book?" That's one of the most common question new Gmail users seem to ask. If a whole lot of people can't even find their Gmail/Google Contacts, you'd better believe the system is not amazingly intuitive or easy to manage.

Snapchat Helps You 'Discover' More Than Your Friends' Weird Pics — Snapchat wants to help you "Discover" more than your friends' latest goofy photos. The app today added a new service that pulls in photos, videos, and articles from publications and networks like National Geographic, People magazine, Comedy Central, The Food Network, and ESPN. Discover also features Snapchat's own content.

Kevlar-Covered Batteries Could Prevent Phone Fires — Researchers at the University of Michigan have discovered a way to prevent overheating smartphones-and possibly save your life. Using nanofibers from bulletproof-vest material Kevlar, the scientists found that a thin layer covering a smartphone battery can counter electrical currents.

Why Google Cardboard Is the Only VR Headset You Need — Google Cardboard has, on more than one occasion, been referred to around this office as "the poor man's virtual reality headset." Of course, the PCMag office isn't like other offices-we get to play with all the latest toys before the rest of y'all.

Twitter Adds Group Direct Messages, Video Editing — Twitter is as collaborative as it is rapidly changing, which is why the company is rolling out group Direct Messaging and a new mobile video experience. Take a conversation private or keep in touch with multiple people and brands via the new group message feature, which promises the same privacy of Direct Messages, but in a shared space.

Microsoft Surface Stats; Cablevision Wi-Fi Phone Service; China iPhone Sales — Topping tech headlines on Monday, Microsoft posted 8 percent year-over-year revenue growth in the second quarter. Quarterly Surface revenue exceeded $1 billion for the first time, and the Xbox One was the top-selling game console in the U.S. market over the holidays.

Shooting the Impossible: Giving Modern Polaroid Film a Try — Polaroid manufactured its last pack of film in 2008, an analog casualty of the digital revolution. Smartphones weren't nearly as advanced as they are today, and nobody knew what an Instagram was in 2008, but inexpensive compact digital cameras and D-SLRs just didn't leave enough room in the marketplace for Polaroid to continue selling expensive instant film.

Just One More Test! — Killer Tests Being a PC Magazine Labs staffer requires energy, enthusiasm, curiosity, and of course, energy. Intent on testing the living daylights out of Microsoft Windows 95 for our issue of September 26, 1995, former PC Magazine Labs software technical director (and current executive editor) Ben Gottesman led a 17-member team through the most intense testing effort ever performed here.
Jan 26, 2015

@harrymccracken found some of it here. (I was a little off with my quote, but close enough).…

LG Genesis (U.S. Cellular) — The LG Genesis, U.S. Cellular's latest Android device, is a massive, horizontal flip phone and the spiritual successor to the LG enV Touch (4 stars) over on Verizon. It's ideal for anyone who can't decide between a full touch screen phone, a keyboarded phone, or a Sidekick-like texting device.
Jan 26, 2015

I did that four years ago in a PCMag phone review and no one noticed. Dropped over a dozen song titles:,281… @chrislhayes

Windows 10: What's New in Security? — Security took a backseat at Microsoft's Wednesday Windows 10 event, but that doesn't mean Redmond hasn't made any security tweaks. Windows 10 has a "very long list of enhanced security features developed into this new codebase along with a massive amount of new attack surface introduced with this new platform," Kurt Baumgartner, a senior researcher at Kaspersky Lab wrote in a blog post.

Ecobee3 Smart WiFi Thermostat — When you think of digital home thermostats, the Nest Learning Thermostat is probably the first product that comes to mind. But before Nest burst onto the scene in 2011, Canadian-based Ecobee had already introduced a smart thermostat two years earlier.
Jan 26, 2015

RT @alexandergcolon: Looking for a smart thermostat? The Ecobee3 just replaced the Nest as our top pick,281…

Jan 26, 2015

Looking for a smart thermostat? The Ecobee3 just replaced the Nest as our top pick,281…

Norton Identity Safe (2014) — Some folks are reasonably concerned about handing their sensitive logins over to a password manager from a company they've never heard of. Will the company be around in a year? Will it keep private data secure? Name recognition should be no problem with the free Norton Identity Safe (2014), and it turns out to be quite an effective password manager.
Jan 26, 2015

There's NO excuse for not using a password manager, not when there are free tools like Norton Identity Safe (2014),281…

AT&T Celebrates 100 Years Since First Transcontinental Phone Call — On Jan. 25, 1915, Alexander Graham Bell picked up the telephone in New York to call his assistant in San Francisco. The first transcontinental phone call-placed through the American and Telegraph Company (also known as AT&T)-helped to kick off the opening of the Panama Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) and San Francisco's World's Fair.

20th Anniversary PS4 Auction Pulls in Big Bucks — Sony's special-edition 20th anniversary PlayStation 4 earned ¥15.135 million ($128,000) in an online auction. The Japanese arm of Sony has promised to match the winning bid and send all proceeds to the international nonprofit Save the Children Japan.