TSOLife is a place where your story can live long after you do

David Sawyer knows two very interesting things about his grandfather: he ran track fast enough to qualify for the Olympics and he once saved two men drowning at sea while working on a lobster boat. But the details that would make those two events precious stories for generations to come were never shared. When Sawyer’s […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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Pro Tip: Max out your iPhone battery life with this extreme trick

My iPhone 6 Plus is a battery hog. I routinely get around 12 hours off of one full charge. I carry around external battery packs to make sure I’m not short when it matters. I’d do pretty much anything to increase the amount of battery I have left at the end of the day, including […]

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Hand stabilizer will put the ‘Pro’ in your GoPro films

The GoPro action camera has turned average consumers into cinematic artists. But sometimes the star is not the camera itself, but the accessory that helps the camera get that award-winning clip. A new handheld stabilizer by áetho could be the next star, preventing jerky footage with a professional smoothness that uses sensors to adjust to […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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Scrap that bulky tripod for easy-to-use Pakpod

Two things about me as a photographer: I hate tripods and I will never tell another photographer what they must carry with them. Both changed when the Pakpod arrived in the mail. Weighing 15 ounces, the PakPod has legs that can quickly extend and lock in crazy asymmetrical positions with the turn of a single […]

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Drop test shows iPhone 6s is tough, but not unbreakable

“Stronger glass on a molecular level,” blah, blah, blah. Drop your Apple iPhone 6s and the screen can still crack. David Rahimi, host of the PhoneBuff channel on YouTube, flew to Australia to get his hands on an iPhone 6s and 6s Plus before the rest of the world to put both phones through a […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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iPhone case adds e-ink to its backside

We want our iPhone case to look pretty and protect our investment. Beyond that, we ask nothing of it. One technology company wants its case to do a little more, though. OAXIS is launching a case that also serves as a second screen, an e-ink display that gives you time, allows you to receive important […]

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Lensbaby your way to dreamy iPhone photos

We love our iPhone cameras because it takes away the need for technical know-how and leaves us with nothing but fun for our photography. But sometimes fun needs to be turned up a notch. Enter the Creative Mobile Kit from Lensbaby, a two-lens package that turns any scene into a dreamy state of smeary colors […]

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Facebook Testing Siri Competitor ‘M’ Inside Messenger App

Facebook today rolled out a new virtual assistant called „M“ inside its Messenger app for a limited number of users in the Bay Area, reports Wired. „M“ is powered by both artificial intelligence and Facebook employees, enabling Messenger users to ask questions and complete tasks such as making restaurant reservations, ordering birthday flowers or discovering the best places to go hiking in California.

Using „M“ is as simple as beginning a conversation with the assistant through the Messenger app, at which point it will begin providing you with recommendations or ask further questions to narrow down your request. Unlike Siri, „M“ does not have a gender, nor it is possible to know whether you are being helped by a bot or a real Facebook employee – but Facebook aims to make sure that every request is answered.

„M“ aims to take on Siri, Google Now, Cortana and a growing selection of virtual assistants as the „first stop for anyone looking to do or buy anything“:

It won’t take long for Messenger’s users to realize M can accomplish much more than your standard digital helper, suspects David Marcus, vice president of messaging products at Facebook. “It can perform tasks that none of the others can,” Marcus says. That’s because, in addition to using artificial intelligence to complete its tasks, M is powered by actual people.

Marcus believes that „M“ will slowly expand beyond the Bay Area and eventually reach all of Messenger’s 700 million users around the world.

Facebook Messenger [Direct Link] is free on the App Store for iPhone.



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Were damning anecdotes about Amazon workplace fair?

In the news business, a story that has legs stays in our heads, conversations and spins off follow-up headlines. Such was this week’s major newspaper expose describing Amazon as a hellish pressure cooker where employees cry at their desks. Not everyone agreed with The New York Times piece that drew this conclusion after interviews with […]

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