The iPad Air 2: Better Than Last Year, But Worth the Bother?

First things first: Apple’s new iPads are perhaps the highest quality tablets on the market today. The newly released iPad Air 2, a top-of-the-line model, is faster than its predecessor, which was already more powerful than most rivals. The design is minimalist and extraordinarily thin, even thinner than last year’s iPad Air. Also, this new model and the iPad Mini 3 include TouchID and the…

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Google Wants to Reinvent How Email Works

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — 10 years ago, Google took the wraps off Gmail, the popular email client used by many millions the world over. Since email is now vibrating in pockets as regularly as texts or phone calls, the Internet goliath is reevaluating how your inbox ought to look and work. The result is Inbox, a new application that Google…

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Hands On with Skype Qik

Not content with face-to-face phone calls, Skype also wants to be the Snapchat of instant video. These days Skype is pretty much the de facto standard when it comes to consumer-grade VoIP and video calls, letting you talk to your friends in real time. Apple’s FaceTime has won over some iGadget users, but if you…

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How Facebook Can Help When Disaster Strikes

Facebook’s 1.32 billion users already update their friends and family on their jobs, vacations and clothing choices. Now, with a new feature launched by the social networking site Wednesday, users can update people about their safety during disasters. With “Safety Check,” users can let friends and family know whether they’re safe when an earthquake, hurricane…

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Best Friends Stay Together With Skype

This year, Skype introduced three short stories that focus on family and friends keeping in touch over long distances. Their accounts are wildly different, heartfelt approaches to living apart from loved ones. The most remarkable was that of Sarah from Nappanee, Indiana, about her unique friendship with Paige from Auckland, New Zealand. When Sarah’s mother…

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