Welcome to Day 3 of our series about quitting the Big Five. We started the week looking at giving up on Amazon. Yesterday, we examined whether it would be practical to quit Facebook. Today is probably the biggest challenge: can we give up Google? I'm basing my series on a project running on Gizmodo. Reporter Kashmir Hill attempted to go cold turkey from Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google and Microsoft, one each week. Also on ZDNet:I'm not as brave as Ms. Hill. I'm not stopping any services. Instead, each day this week, I'll look at one of the Big Five and let you know how far I think I could go in quitting (or how locked in I am). Saying goodbye to Google Ms. Hill said that quitting Google screwed up everything. I'll be even more blunt. No, there's no way I could quit Google. First, I live out of Gmail. Gmail is the single most important communications tool I have. It's an absolutely essential part of how I make my living. I have all my email in it going back to even before there was … [Read more...] about Quitting the five tech giants: Could you say goodbye to Google?
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Here are the best gadgets and games of the last 12 months, as picked by the industry and public in the EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards. Whittled down from hundreds of products Pocket-lint reviewed this year, the final 20 products are the best of the best in their categories. Whether you're looking for advice on a smartphone to buy or the number one laptop to get, this is the ultimate and definitive list of the best products launched in 2018. So check out what you should be putting on your Christmas and Birthday lists in the months to come. And if you already own any of the chosen few, well done, you've picked a winner already. We've made it easier for you to get your hands on these winners, by partnering with Amazon.There is a nice new Amazon icon on the top right of the page that leads to you straight to the Amazon Pocket-lint store, in either the US or the UK - ideal for getting your hands on these winners.Best gameGod of WarTo reinvent such a well-known game series … [Read more...] about Best tech of 2018: Phones, tablets, smartwatches, laptops, games and more
With the sheer deluge of online creativity this hellish year has inspired, picking the “best” memes of 2018 feels a little futile. Do you pick the most creative ones? The most popular? The most influential? The ones that became part of our everyday vocabulary? The most emblematic of where we’re at as a culture? Go with any one of these, and you’re letting a lot of really excellent memes go unrecognized. In 2018, a lot of memes, viral videos, and all-around excellent content was shared among the staff of The Verge. A Slack channel — #goods-tweet — was even made for them, a happy place we could all visit to take a moment away from the aggressive grind of the day’s news, to celebrate Tumblr teen ingenuity, viral tweet genius, and the perfect Gritty meme. The memes we shared there were a reminder of why we continue to log on every day, despite mounting evidence that the internet is Bad. So instead of publishing a roundup of the best memes of 2018, … [Read more...] about The best memes of 2018, according to The Verge staff
Article Contents1 Featured App1.1 Photo Wall FX - Live Wallpaper2 Apps2.1 Tapatalk HD Beta2.2 Redbox Instant by Verizon2.3 Press (Google Reader)2.4 MightyText - SMS from Tablet2.5 AntennaPod2.6 RockPlayer22.7 VUDU Movies and TV2.8 Bitcasa2.9 Small Call2.10 Kii Keyboard2.11 InDrive: Custom Car Home2.12 ABBYY TextGrabber + Translator2.13 Wave Alarm2.14 USB Audio Recorder PRO2.15 ÜberConference2.16 Ibotta2.17 Twist2.18 Wallaby2.19 Sing! Karaoke2.20 KoolrPix Studio Image Editor2.21 9x9.tv2.22 AFWall+ (Android Firewall)2.23 Movie Twist2.24 Flock2.25 Sharable2.26 Norton Zone Cloud Sharing2.27 Archos Video Player2.28 Booksy: learn to read platform2.29 Amazon Instant Video-Google TV2.30 Times Square Official Ball App2.31 Google Santa Tracker2.32 Christmas Clock3 Live Wallpapers3.1 It’s a Small World4 WTF App(s) Of The Week4.1 Sacred Guns4.2 Battle Cats5 Know A Worthy New App? Let Us Know! Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that … [Read more...] about 33 Best (And 2 WTF) New Android Apps And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (12/15/12
On May 30, 2008, a research team armed with GPS units, notebooks, and binoculars set out into a dense patch of jungle in Indonesian Borneo. An oil palm company had commissioned them to survey the area for important environmental and cultural assets that might be impacted should the forest be converted into a plantation. They had no idea, however, that an “exceptional herpetofaunal discovery” awaited them that morning, they later wrote. As midday approached, the sweating group decided to take a break from their uphill trek to have lunch next to a shallow, rocky stream bed. Glancing at the creek between bites, one of the local team members spotted something of note: a brownish-yellow reptile, about a foot long, that he referred to simply as kadal—the generic Indonesian word for “lizard.” The partially submerged creature had the elongated, snakelike body of a Chinese dragon, the facial features of a cartoon dinosaur, and the pronounced scales of a … [Read more...] about How a Reclusive Lizard Became a Prize Find for Wildlife Smugglers