Read top magazines for free on your Android phone or tablet with Google Currents. Topics include News, Sports, Entertainment, Business, Lifestyle, and more. Familiar titles such as Popular Science, Forbes Now, and TMZ are presented in a familiar page-turning format with high-quality images and text comparable to print editions, only they're free to read in Currents, either online or in high-speed offline editions. You can subscribe to titles, too. Currents incorporates a lot of Google features, such as Google Search for breaking news as well as Google's blog, feeds, and translation tools. An optional widget also delivers breaking … Read more
When humans see a dog wagging its tail, we pretty much equate that with a happy dog. It turns out that a dog's tail may be much more expressive than we realize. Research has shown that happy dogs tend to wag more to the right, while anxious dogs go more to the left. A new study published in the journal Current Biology delves into the question of whether other dogs read this response.
This asymmetry of wagging is traced back to left- and right-brain action. Researchers showed dogs videos of other dogs, or silhouettes of dogs wagging their tails, with a preference in one direction or another. The viewing dogs had their heart rates measured and were monitored for their responses.… Read more
Hao123 Current takes an average Internet browser and successfully improves it with colorful bookmarks and basic gesture controls. This app initially seems appealing because of the clean and modern design, but it ultimately doesn't deliver a more effective way of browsing the Web.
Hao123 Current installs easily but the setup can take some time. The app is fully customizable to the user's preferences. It consists of a home screen and a browser. The home screen includes slots that can be filled with various links and information such as latest news and Facebook and Twitter updates, daily horoscope, weather … Read more
Editors' note: This post has been updated with new and better alternatives to fit your news-reading style.
Hear that? That's the sound of millions of news junkies on the Web scrambling to find an alternative to Google Reader.
As you may have heard, Google Reader will be no more starting July 1. Unfortunately for many of us, the search giant has announced that it will shutter its much-maligned -- though still widely used -- RSS reader, which will no doubt leave many users in a tizzy, searching for other ways to subscribe to their favorite feeds. Sure, Google Reader … Read more
Current Caller ID is an almost fiendishly clever app. It feeds your contacts' social-media updates right to your Android phone. Even if Aunt Matilda's status update about her recent purchase of an iPhone 5 fell under your Facebook radar, you'll be able to quickly get up to speed when she calls you for tech support.
For friends and colleagues who use Twitter and let apps access their Facebook pages, the Current Caller ID app works very well. If a good chunk of your contact list falls into that category, then the app can add a lot to your experience. … Read more
Wednesday's top headlines are served with a low-fat triple shot of mobile news:
You may wonder why it matters that Square partnered with Starbucks. Customers could already pay for coffee by using the Starbucks app and show their phone screen to the barista. And how much time does that really save compared to taking out your wallet?
This deal is all about awareness. Seeing the Square logo in stores will help people get more comfortable with the idea of phones being a wallet replacement. Apple will also be pushing this concept in iOS 6 with the Passbook app that … Read more
According to Google, the top requested features for Google Currents were international availability and quicker syncing, and with today's jump to version 1.1, Google has made these requested features a reality.
First, Google Currents is now available globally. This means that no matter where you are, if you can download an app through Google Play or the iTunes App Store, you can download Google Currents. What's more, readers can also add their favorite local blogs to Currents, giving them a truly international experience.
Second, Google Translate is now seamlessly integrated with Currents, which perfectly complements the new … Read more
In its haste to make it look like it had everything in hand following its firing of high-profile anchor Keith Olbermann today, Current TV made a fairly embarrassing faux pas: It promoted the wrong Twitter ID for the mercurial Olbermann's replacement, former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer.
It would be one thing if the Internet TV channel had simply given out an incorrect Twitter ID. But according to Mediabistro, Spitzer doesn't even have a Twitter account. Current TV has been suitably red-faced in the aftermath of the ID mishap, telling Mediabistro, "Our apologies that this was incorrect … Read more
NASA has released a computer visualization project called "Perpetual Ocean" that presents a data-created time lapse of the Earth's ocean and sea surface currents over a two-year period.
The animation (see below) shows the globe slowly spinning as white swirls curl and move in the water around landmasses. It looks as if Vincent van Gogh had painted into the oceans -- from the Gulf of Mexico to the Indian Ocean to the Black Sea.
Using NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's computational model called Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean Phase II ( ECCO2), scientists simulated … Read more
A popular TV show and movie discovery app just got a major update during CES that adds social components to its already full-featured cable listing arsenal.Peel Personal TV Show Guide (free) is an app that changes the way you watch TV by gathering your personal preferences and giving you recommendations on your iPhone based on the data.
The polished interface of Peel asks you a few questions upon launch so it can deliver the type of shows you'll want to watch and tell you when they will show in your area. On first setup, the app has you choose your cable service, and then lists out several categories like Drama, Comedy, and Kids, and asks you to reorder the list by your personal preference with your favorites at the top. You'll then reorder a list of sports in the same fashion. When you're finished, you'll see the main interface of the app, with recommended shows that are currently playing in your area based on your preferences.
What we really like about Peel is how it lays out movies and shows by category so you can browse based on your mood at the moment.… Read more