If you’re one of the millions of individuals around the world that suffers from the daily frustration of plugging in a USB cable the wrong way then prepare yourself to be overcome with relief and hysterical excitement. The USB 3.0 Promoter Group has today announced the finalization of a specification that defines a new type of USB cable, bringing to an end the anger and confusion that’s felt by us all on a daily basis.

Continue reading... »

The fact that, some time ago, Facebook decided to separate the Messenger segment of its service into a standalone mobile app wasn’t too much of an issue when it initially went down. After all, users could still easily continue to communicate using the official app, and the Facebook Messenger app was a convenient service dedicated to IM only. However, as users have noticed over the past couple of months, Facebook for iOS and Android is now a message-free zone, which, aside from being inconvenient, seems a tad unnecessary. Luckily, there’s a way to circumvent the limitation, and whether you’re rocking Facebook Messenger for Apple’s iOS or Google’s Android platform, you’ll find a fairly simple workaround below.

Continue reading... »

Microsoft has been on the Web for 20 years, and to celebrate, has given us a throwback in the form of its first ever live webpage. As you’d expect, it looks more than antiquated, and as well as demonstrating how far things have come along both in terms of design and the complexities of the Web through the past two decades, makes us feel incredibly grateful that we don’t have to see sights, or sites, like it anymore.

Continue reading... »

Even though Uber had its fair share of naysayers from the get-go, it has established itself as a genuine threat to the ordinary cab, with folks happy to pay for the efficient, smart, high-end travel. Only what started out as a plush experience has become gradually more affordable, and today, Uber has launched UberPool, a service that connects strangers riding similar routes and allowing them to share the fare.

Continue reading... »

The Internet is not a safe haven as it once was, with many online attacks happening on an almost daily basis. If that thought brought you to the edge of your seat, then today’s report might leave you with your jaw hitting the floor.

Continue reading... »

They do say that the devil is in the details, but we’re not sure that many people will have gone to quite the extremes that it seems someone on Facebook’s design team did when left along with the icon that hides a user’s notifications.

Continue reading... »

Smartwatches and fitness bands are all the rage right now, with large companies like Fitbit, Nike and Motorola throwing their hats into the ring in an effort to be the device that sits on your wrist and monitors your movement or, in the case of the more adventurous devices, acts as an extension of your smartphone.

Continue reading... »

Even though we presumed that all of the avenues for a popular IM app had already been explored, the guys at Snapchat had other ideas, and over the past couple of years, particularly among the younger, college-age generations, it has continued to thrive. With Facebook having already made the purchase of Instagram and, more recently, WhatsApp, it’s clear that Mark Zuckerberg and his social company wants to flex its considerable clout in this industry and go head-to-head with a new app by the name of Bolt.

Continue reading... »

As part of its continuing effort to focus on user-experience and force the majority of mobile users of its service to download and install the official Messenger app, Facebook has reiterated the fact that the built-in chat and messaging functionality will soon disappear from the main Facebook app. The Palo Alto based social network has plied significant resources into developing and improving the Facebook mobile experience over the last twenty-four months, with the standalone Facebook Messenger app spearheading that internal initiative. Over the next few days users who still have access to the chat functionality within the main Facebook app will be receiving notifications to warn them of the impending change.

Continue reading... »

When Apple recently announced its latest financial results, there was little to get too excited about. Big sales are a given these days for Apple, but with new products not expected for another month or two, the analysts that like to make so much noise just haven’t had too much to feed on, making this particular call even more boring than usual.

Continue reading... »

There’s a new service in town that hopes to make our hotel room-buying experience a more informed affair, especially if functional Wi-Fi is high on your list of priorities.

Continue reading... »

Saving links to be read later may seem like a simple, forgettable feature but as apps like Instapaper and Pinboard have already proven that there’s plenty of use for such a feature. Now, two years after buying Instapaper competitor Spool, Facebook has launched its very own read-it-later service.

Continue reading... »

George Hotz, the famed iPhone jailbreaker and Android, PS3 hacker, has just joined Google’s Project Zero team of hackers. Better known as Geohot, he was the guy who successfully jailbroke first iPhone. He was also the first to jailbreak PlayStation 3 which landed him with a lawsuit from the Japanese outfit, and for responding with a rather hilarious rant / rap aimed at his accusers, he will forever go down in Internet folklore.

Continue reading... »

Tesla has revealed some key details regarding its next-gen electric car, which will get a full-on showcasing in 2016 before hitting the sales channels at some point in 2017. Named the Model 3, it will cost around £30,000, or $35,000 for those in North America, and although we’re accustomed to electric cars offering a fairly basic driving experience greatly inferior to that of a more traditional set-up, this environmentally-friendly beast will rival the likes of the 3 Series BMW for both style and, Tesla hopes, general performance.

Continue reading... »

If you’re a user of Google’s very efficient, feature-rich Gmail service, you mightn’t know that, in actual fact, you have two different email addresses through which you can be reached. This ideal if, say, you wish to make two accounts for a specific site or service, but want all notifications and correspondence to be sent to the same inbox, and although many of you will already be aware of this little tip, it’s still a useful one to know.

Continue reading... »

Any mobile gadget looking to attain FCC certification must, at this moment in time, have certain details branded onto the product itself, stating that said device has indeed been approved. However, the agency has today relaxed these rules somewhat, and mobile devices, including the Apple iPhone, may no longer need these details to be etched onto each and every unit as standard.

Continue reading... »

Google Now is still very much a work in progress, and even though it has evolved significantly since its introduction a couple of years ago, it’s always going to have its imperfections. One such case is when, rather irritatingly, the voice recognition feature cannot properly comprehend what you’re saying, and if you’re asking a long question, having to repeat the entire speech becomes cumbersome even at the second time of asking. Now, though, thanks to an update, you can correct just the word that Google Now has failed to latch onto by using a simple command, and although it’s rare for the polished service to mishear anything anyway, it’s a good little tip to know.

Continue reading... »

Following on from the news that the TSA was banning air passengers from boarding flights with gadgets that were powered down or could not be turned on, the UK’s Department for Transport has followed suit, with certain flights and routes set to enforce similar action on gadgets that appear not to be in use.

Continue reading... »

The Uber luxury travel services has created a bit of furore among regular taxi drivers, with many, quite understandably, up in arms about the ominous threat to their livelihoods. Now, cabbies in New York City have even more reason to be worried, with the new UberX service actually coming in cheaper than your everyday NYC taxi.

Continue reading... »

If you’ve been on an airplane in the last ten years, then the chances are you’re already well aware of some of the rather overzealous restrictions that are being enforced upon air travellers. Mothers forced to prove that baby milk is indeed just that by drinking it is a story we’ve all heard before, but now it seems that the US Transportation Security Administration isn’t content with just making sure liquids are as they appear, anymore.

Continue reading... »

Subscribe To Redmond Pie

Subscribe to RSS Feed Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Google+ Follow us on YouTube