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Why Some Internet Users Are Paying a Fee for More Privacy

Why Some Internet Users Are Paying a Fee for More Privacy

psphotograph/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Would you pay an extra fee for more Internet privacy? AT&T's high-speed fiber-optic service U-Verse has offered that option to customers since the launch of its GigaPower product. But is it worth it?Here's how this privacy option works: On top of the $70 a month customers pay, you can opt into AT&T Internet Preferences to select a "premier offer" for an extra $29 a month. Then, those customers will receive what AT&T calls individually tailored advertising. In other words, customers who don't choose AT&T's ad-supported model pay an extra $29.First introduced in 2013 in Austin, Texas, the company announced this week that the 1-gigabit-per-second service is available in Kansas City, Missouri. The AT&T GigaPower network is also available to customers in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, and Raleigh-Durham and Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The company has announced plans to expand to 11 additional markets, including Atlanta, Chicago, Miami and Cupertino, California.Its new service uses search terms entered, Web pages visited and links clicked to help advertisers target ads on websites and email messages, the Wall Street Journal reported, and the tracking will stay in place even if you clear cookies or use an ad-blocking program. Whether you opt in or not, AT&T says in its privacy policy that it may continue to collect Web browsing information for "limited" purposes, such as AT&T advertising and offers.Since AT&T offered the GigaPower service more than a year ago, the "vast majority" have opted for the ad-supported model, AT&T spokeswoman Gretchen Schultz told ABC News."We offer our customers some of the fastest Internet speeds available and do so in a way that ensures they have a clear choice," she said.While AT&T's option to customers is rare among large tech companies, Adam Levin, founder of Identity Theft 911, said he prefers firms offer more privacy in general. His company specializes in online privacy, including identity theft recovery services."Privacy should be the default setting, not the premium setting," Levin said. "What's next, will we be charged for the air we breathe?"There may be other alternatives for the privacy-conscious, such as a VPN (virtual private network) that can cost about $40 a year."A VPN isn't a cure-all -- it's good for security, but not necessarily privacy," Levin said. "If you're sending all of your traffic through a VPN, there's is nothing to stop the VPN service from also monitoring or storing your information."These services may offer one layer of protection when using public networks, such as the Wi-Fi network in a Starbucks."Some services out there have good track records for privacy protection, but you need to do your homework and vet any VPN company thoroughly before you trust them with your data," Levin said.

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Mixed Day on Wall Street as Unemployment Claims Decline, Walmart Announces Minimum Wage Increase

Mixed Day on Wall Street as Unemployment Claims Decline, Walmart Announces Minimum Wage Increasetarabird/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Thursday was a mixed day on Wall Street, with two of the three major indices posting small losses, as one of the largest corporations in the U.S. announced it would increase the minimum wage for its workers.The D...

Facebook Feature Can Now Change Your Photos

Facebook Feature Can Now Change Your Photos

Facebook(NEW YORK) -- If your dream is to add puppies, palm trees or dinosaurs to your Facebook photos, then you're in luck.Facebook is rolling out a new feature Thursday that allows users to dress up their photos with stickers before uploading them to the social network.The update is available for Facebook's iOS and Android apps. When users begin the photo upload process, they'll be able to press a new sticker icon that will bring up a menu of graphics they can choose to add to a photo.After selecting a sticker, the user can determine how big they want it to be and where it should be placed on their photo.After that, users are free to press upload and show off their creations.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Delivers a New Year’s Message

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Delivers a New Year’s Message

Stephen Lam/Getty Images(PALO ALTO, Calif.) -- Say what you want about his accent, but Mark Zuckerberg's Mandarin lessons are clearly paying off.

The Facebook CEO, who charmed a crowd in China last October by speaking in their native language, released a video Thursday in Mandarin wishing his followers a Happy Lunar New Year.

"This is a moment of renewal and celebration each year. I hope you have a wonderful time surrounded by friends and family, and I hope that the Year of the Sheep brings you health and happiness," Zuckerberg wrote in English below the video, which has garnered nearly 2 million views and more than 123,000 likes since it was posted Thursday morning.

Post by Mark Zuckerberg.

The 30-year-old billionaire has been busy running his company and learning Mandarin, something he chose as his "personal challenge" in 2010. Zuckerberg said one reason why he wanted to learn the language was so he could communicate with some of his wife's relatives.

Zuckerberg's dedication to learning the language caught the attention of Bill Gates, who said in a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" last month that he feels "pretty stupid that I don't know any foreign languages."

"I took Latin and Greek in high school and got A's and I guess it helps my vocabulary but I wish I knew French or Arabic or Chinese," he said.

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Walmart Raises Hourly Wage for 500,000 Employees

Walmart Raises Hourly Wage for 500,000 Employees

Walmart(BENTONVILLE, Ark.) -- Approximately 500,000 Walmart and Sam's Club employees will be getting a pay raise this year.Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. announced on Thursday that full-time and part-time associates at its U.S. stores will see their wage go up to $9 an hour by April. That's $1.75 above the current federal minimum wage."Today, we announced comprehensive changes to our hiring, training, compensation and scheduling programs, as well as to our store management structure. These changes will give our U.S. associates the opportunity to earn higher pay and advance in their careers," Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. President and CEO Doug McMillon said in a statement.By Feb. 1, 2016, the Bentonville, Arkansas-based company said associates' pay will bump up to at least $10 per hour.

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Tax Tip: Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

Tax Tip: Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

jrwasserman/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Identify fraud is one of the biggest concerns many people have when it comes to filing their taxes.  And for good reason."Tax refund fraud is one of the biggest businesses in America today," says Kevin McCormally of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. He recommends filing early because the longer you wait, the greater the opportunity for crooks to file a fraudulent return on your behalf.That's not the only thing to watch out for.Internal Revenue Service spokesman Eric Smith says, "There are people pretending to be from the IRS, calling people and really behaving in a way that folks in the IRS don't behave." Specifically, Smith says, any caller that asks you to pay by phone using your credit or debit card is the telltale sign of a scam."We will never call you and demand that you pay your tax debt in a particular way," Smith says. He adds, "if you owe the IRS money, you generally know."If you do get scammed, though, don't call the IRS. Instead, call the office of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

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Jobless Claims Decline to 283K

Jobless Claims Decline to 283K

http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/eta20150262.pdf(WASHINGTON) — Jobless claims were slightly lower last week, decreasing by 21,000, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the Labor Department.For the week ending Feb. 14, the number of people filing for benefits dropped to 283,000. The previous week, claims stood at 304,000.The Labor Department said there were no "special factors" impacting that week's figures.The four-week moving average also dropped lower by 6,500 to 283,250.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Fed Still Holding Off on Raising Interest Rates

Fed Still Holding Off on Raising Interest Rates

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The nation's central bank is balking at boosting record-low interest rates anytime soon.That was the gist of the minutes from the Federal Reserve's last policy meeting in late January in which officials felt that increasing rates banks lend one another "might damp the apparent solid recovery in real activity and labor market conditions."Since the Great Recession took hold in 2008, rates have stayed at or near zero percent.There was speculation that the Fed would raise short-term rates as early as June but policymakers apparently felt that was premature.According to the minutes, the chief concern among some officials is low inflation, which suggests that wage growth is weak. However, higher inflation might return with a vengeance if the Fed doesn’t eventually raise interest rates amid a growing economy.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Hungry Shoppers Buy More Stuff

Hungry Shoppers Buy More Stuff

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) -- In a study that retailers will no doubt find interesting, researchers at the University of Minnesota say that shopping on an empty stomach is probably not the wisest idea for budget-conscious consumers.To put it simply, hunger makes people purchase more articles, whether at a supermarket or a department store.Lead researcher Alison Jing Xu contends that hunger pangs don’t make things more appealing inasmuch as they trigger the sheer desire just to buy something.Xu says that shoppers sometimes experience a kind of buyer’s remorse after the fact as people try to figure just why they bought what they bought.The U. of Minnesota team based their findings on five different studies involving participants who either were allowed to take home free stuff or had gone shopping at a large department store.In all the studies, those who were hungry tended to pick up more things than the participants whose appetites were satisfied.The fundamental message for consumers then is to make sure you’ve got something in your stomach before beginning any shopping excursion.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Today’s Appliances Are Not Built to Last, Study Finds

Today’s Appliances Are Not Built to Last, Study Finds

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- When an appliance breaks down in your home and you mutter to yourself, “They don’t make things like they use to,” take some solace in the fact that you’re absolutely right.The National Association of Home Builders and Bank of America conducted a study of the lifespan of household appliances and sure enough, things that you assume will last forever won’t be around as long as even the average Chihuahua.For instance, a gas-range now has a life expectancy of 15 years. It was 19 years two decades ago. Clothes dryers? You’re lucky now if you can eke 13 years out of them and the same goes for the expensive double-door refrigerator that you can almost keep a side of beef in. And trash compactors? Maybe six years.While it’s true what you buy now doesn’t last as long as the old days, there’s still an important trade-off. Newer appliances are far more energy efficient than your mother’s dishwasher so you may be saving a lot more on energy bills even if you need to replace that contraption more often.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

How One Chef Is Tapping into Our Craving Centers to Build a Burger Empire

How One Chef Is Tapping into Our Craving Centers to Build a Burger Empire

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Umami, a mysterious rich, savory taste -- the fifth taste, in fact -- is found in many foods we crave, from parmesan cheese and soy sauce to pizza and fried chicken.Adam Fleischman, a former finance guy turned amateur chef, has built a burger empire on tapping into that umami taste.“We’re selling a $1 million a week of burgers,” he said.With around 25 restaurants open -- Fleischman said he has lost track -- in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago and New York, he has muscled his way into an already crowded burger market, competing with the likes of Shake Shack, Five Guys and Five Napkin Burger.Just one of Fleischman’s bizarre creations include a pumpkin spice latte burger. He also uses parmesan cheese, truffles, caramelized onions and a special house ketchup blend as toppings. While it all might seem a little out there, the concept is all based around turning the burger into a perfect vehicle for a taste explosion of umami.“I basically just looked at a chart of how much glutamates were in certain foods, and then picked all the top 10 that have the most glutamates and then used those to make the burgers,” he said. “My first idea was pizza, but pizza required special ovens and training...So I started working with burgers.”Glutamates are natural amino acids that are the main component in many proteins, making certain savory foods delicious. We taste “umami” through the amount of glutamates in foods, starting at birth.“We are absolutely designed, genetically programmed to be umami cravers because that triggers our brains that this is a food that's going to deliver the necessary protein that we need to sustain our function of our bodies,” said Ihab Bishay, a food scientist with Ajinomoto, an industry leader in umami flavoring.Western science first recognized umami as the fifth taste in 2009, after salty, sweet, bitter and sour -- all based on receptors on the human tongue. But umami was first discovered in 1908 by a Japanese chemist, who figured out a way to mass produce it in a laboratory setting and called his creation “MSG,” often associated with Chinese food.While MSG has long been accused of causing “Chinese restaurant syndrome,” with headaches, dizziness and fatigue, Bishay says the syndrome “has been debunked, pretty clearly among all the regulatory and scientific community.”ABC's Nightline checked the claims and found that a majority of studies, many sponsored by producers who use it, show that MSG is safe to consume, and only a tiny percentage of the population actually has a sensitivity to large servings on an empty stomach. Bottom line is MSG is FDA approved, and it’s used in hundreds of food products from Doritos, to Stove Top stuffing to Campbell’s soup.But Fleischman said he has never used MSG in his restaurants. “I don't have anything against it,” he said. “But I don't use it because to me it's not creative.”

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Paparazzo-Turned Proposal Planner Helps Couples Pop the Question in a Big Way

Paparazzo-Turned Proposal Planner Helps Couples Pop the Question in a Big Way

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Proposing is the ultimate gesture of love, the prologue to “I do,” and now there is a booming business around making popping the question as perfect as possible. With the wedding industry now topping $55 billion a year, more and more couples are spending big money for proposal services, creating new opportunities for entrepreneurs. British-born James Ambler, 35, is an expert in capturing those once-in-a-lifetime moments. He a former paparazzo turned Shark Tank entrepreneur. His company, Paparazzi Proposals, works with wedding hopefuls to capture the proposal moment. His base price for a proposal scenario, which includes portraits of the magic moment, starts at $495 and can go up from there. Ambler offers proposal setups that are as extravagant as bringing in a team of photographers, hooking up multiple GoPros, drones, flowers and a live band. “It depends on how deep your pockets are,” he said. “We've had proposals in the tens, twenties of thousands of dollars.” Ambler earned his photography chops filming celebrities, but when a blocked artery required him to have open-heart surgery at age 28, he said it gave him a serious wake-up call. He said he decided then to launch his own business, shooting photos for regular Joes. Since Ambler appeared on Shark Tank in 2013, he said his proposal planning business is up 400 percent, even though he ended up not signing a contract with the Sharks in the end. He now makes about $150,000 in sales annually, he said. And he’s not the only proposal business in town. Proposal planner Sarah Pease is the owner and creative director of a business called Brilliant Event Planning, also in New York City. Her packages start around $2,000 for a planned proposal. Ambler will set up times for multiple proposals on a single day, and said this year’s Valentine’s Day was like his Black Friday. On Feb. 14, 2015, Ambler planned five proposals in New York City, and then hired other photographers to set up two more planned proposals in San Francisco and one in Paris, all in the same day. “It’s been crazy busy,” he said. “But typically the busiest months are November and December.” So far, Ambler said he has helped 700 couples get engaged, and has a 100 percent success rate -- meaning everyone has said “yes” at the end. Even now, Ambler said the big moment isn’t about the glitz or even the money spent. “I tell my guys all the time, it doesn’t matter about the cost, or the glamour. It’s all about the gesture of asking the woman of your dreams to marry you,” he said.

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Girl Scout Cookie Fans May Have to Wait Because of Thin Mints

Girl Scout Cookie Fans May Have to Wait Because of Thin Mints

Photo by John Moore/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Attention Girl Scout cookie fans: Your Tagalong and Samoa orders might take a little longer than expected. The culprit for a slight delay on deliveries to a small percentage of customers is the ever-so-popular Thin Mints, which are back ordered this season. Little Brownie Bakers, the Kellogg-owned company that makes and manufactures Girl Scout cookies, are behind in producing the minty, chocolate-coated cookies, which have been in high demand since they made their debut in 1940. Because of Thin Mint production shortages, Little Brownie Bakers has rescheduled deliveries of all cookie varieties to the affected troops from March 16 to March 21. "During our busiest point in the season, our bakers make about 9 million Thin Mints," Girl Scouts USA told ABC News. The organization, which began in 1912, reportedly sells around 200 million boxes of cookies each season. About 25 percent of boxes ordered are the popular Thin Mints. As of now, Girl Scouts USA said 6 percent of its 112 Girl Scout councils are affected by the back order. Jennifer Thompson, senior director of marketing and communications of Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey, told ABC News that all customers who bought Thin Mints from the 2,000 troops in her council will be experiencing a delay. "Little Brownie saw they weren’t able to keep the initial delivery dates," she said. "The only cookie affected right now is the Thin Mint cookie. We’ve been told by Little Brownie that the cookies will be a little delayed, but they are assuring that they are working 24-7 to fulfill every order." Kris Charles, a Kellogg company spokeswoman, issued the following statement to ABC News: “While overall demand for Thin Mints has been greater than expected this season, we are working to ensure every order is delivered in a timely manner.” The overwhelming amount of cookie sales aren't upsetting the Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey troops, though. "It is a function of exceeding what we thought they'd do this year, which is great for the girls," Thompson said. Because they're fulfilled differently than traditional orders, cookies ordered online through Digital Cookie will not be impacted by delivery delays.

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Samsung Going Head to Head with Apple Pay

Samsung Going Head to Head with Apple Pay

Prykhodov/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Samsung is ready to challenge Apple Pay. The Korean electronics company announced Wednesday it is buying mobile payments start-up LoopPay, setting up another head-to-head match-up with its perennial rival. In its current form, LoopPay is available as a phone case or a key fob. However, the acquisition sparks the possibility that the technology could be integrated into one of Samsung's future smartphones. "Our goal has always been to build the smartest, most secure, user-friendly mobile wallet experience, and we are delighted to welcome LoopPay to take us closer to this goal," said JK Shin, president of Samsung, said in a statement. Here's a breakdown on how LoopPay, in its current form, differs from Apple’s mobile payments solution. What the Customer Needs Using Apple Pay for purchases at brick-and-mortar stores requires an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. For LoopPay, the user will need a card retailing for $49.95. Various phone cases can also be purchased to hold the card. How It Works For Apple Pay, all users have to do is position their iPhone near one of the readers at a store, hold their finger on their Touch ID and they're good to go. The simple, swift checkout motion is made easy due to the Near Field Communication antenna in the iPhone 6, which connects with the payment point to complete the transaction. A vibration and a beep will let users know that checkout was successful. When checking out, LoopPay users can either press a designated button on their device or open the LoopPay app. From there, they select the card of their choice, tap it on the credit card reader and they're all set. While Apple's rollout requires stores to have NFC readers, LoopPay can work on most infrastructures already in place, according to its website. Security With Apple Pay, a device account number and a dynamic security code are used to complete the transaction. LoopPay said it encrypts all customer data and stores it behind a locked PIN and password.

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Mixed Day on Wall Street as Stocks Inch Back from Records

Mixed Day on Wall Street as Stocks Inch Back from Records

JaysonPhotography/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A mixed day on Wall Street, after an explosion at a West Coast refinery has analysts predicting an increase in gas prices in California. The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished the session on Wednesday at 18,029.85, down 17.73 from its open. The Nasdaq, though, finished up 7.10 to close at 4,906.36. The S&P 500 fell by 0.66 points to close at 2,099.68. Exxon Mobile shares hit trading-session lows on Wednesday, after an explosion at a refinery in Torrance, California. The incident has industry analysts already predicting California gas prices could jump by ten cents this week.Under Armor clothing still thinks Muhammad Ali has a lot of commercial fight left in him. The company announced on Wednesday a brand of Ali's branded and inspired products with another company that bought the fighter's estate and licensing rights two years ago. The company is already selling a limited-edition Under Armor T-shirt with Ali’s image.

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Samsung Galaxy S6: You May Be Able to Charge It Anywhere

Samsung Galaxy S6: You May Be Able to Charge It Anywhere

Samsung(NEW YORK) -- Samsung is showing off its advances in wireless charging, weeks before the company is set to reveal "what's next" at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.The electronics company hasn't revealed what is on the agenda, but the invitation included a shadowy profile shot of what appeared to be a curvy device -- sparking the possibility that Samsung could unveil its Galaxy S6 smartphone with a design change on March 1.The timing of a blog from Seho Park, Samsung's principal engineer, has led to speculation that the new Galaxy S6 could include multiple wireless charging standards, allowing users to juice up their devices almost anywhere."Samsung will accelerate to democratize this wireless charging technology with compelling smartphones. With our upcoming Galaxy smartphones, users will be able to enter a new wireless world like never before," Park wrote.Given the release of a new chip last year to support multiple charging standards, Park said he expects 2015 will be a game-changing year for wireless smartphone charging."Two or three years ago, wireless charging was only twenty to thirty percent as fast as wired charging. But since then, we have been able to double the charging speed," he wrote.While Samsung hasn't commented on whether the technology may be in the mystery product they're set to unveil next month, the company's Twitter dropped a big hint that consumers can expect something faster:

 

I discover more when I make fewer stops. I am #TheNextGalaxy. pic.twitter.com/6MjAnX8czj

— SamsungMobile (@SamsungMobile) February 17, 2015

 

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Housing Starts Drop 2% in January

Housing Starts Drop 2% in January

sculpies/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Housing starts dropped to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.07 million last month, a 2 percent drop from December, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday.Bad weather was partly to blame for the decline, especially in the Midwest."We saw a big drop in single family construction in the Midwest. And consistent with our builder confidence measure, that was almost certainly weather related," Robert Dietz of the National Association of Home Builders said.Despite the drop, Dietz said he expects a good year ahead."The January numbers were down but we consider ourselves in a good position because the weather-related impact should be temporary and the growth that we see going forward is good because we see demand-side growth and builders remain confident," he said.

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DeLorean iPhone Case Lets Your Phone Fly “Back to the Future”

DeLorean iPhone Case Lets Your Phone Fly “Back to the Future”

Bandai(NEW YORK) -- The fictional Marty McFly would surely be first in line to purchase a Back to the Future inspired iPhone case that turns an iPhone 6 into the movie's flying DeLorean.Bandai, a Japanese company, showed off its miniature DeLorean iPhone case in a new video teasing the product, which is expected to go on sale this summer for around $50.True to form, the DeLorean has neon blue lights. When the user receives a call, the car's headlights will flash, prompting them to pick up the call and speak into the undercarriage of the DeLorean.The release of the new case is timely, since in the movie Back to the Future Part II, Marty McFly travels way into the future, to Oct. 21, 2015.

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Apple Watch: What We Know About the Wearable

Apple Watch: What We Know About the Wearable

Apple Inc.(NEW YORK) -- The wait for the Apple Watch is almost over -- but there are still plenty of unanswered questions about the highly anticipated wearable device."One of the biggest surprises people are going to have when they start using it is the breadth of what it will do," Apple CEO Tim Cook said last week at a conference, according to the Wall Street Journal.The watch comes equipped with Apple Pay and a rich ecosystem of apps that can help keep the wearer informed with nuggets of information throughout the day, about things such as a dinner date or a flight delay.While there are still some unknowns, here is what we know so far from Apple about its flagship wearable:When Does It Go on Sale?Apple has not specified the exact date consumers will be able to finally strap the highly anticipated wearable on their wrists, but we know it's coming sometime in April.What Are the Different Choices?The Apple Watch is expected to begin at a price point of $349 and will come in three editions: Apple Watch Sport, the standard Apple Watch and a luxury gold edition. Consumers can expect to pay more for the high-end versions.Apple is reportedly working on a redesign of its stores that will create an even more alluring environment for people browsing for an Apple Watch, according to a New Yorker profile of Jony Ive, Apple's senior vice president of design.What Makes It Different from Other Smart Watches?While other wearables focus on a touch screen, Apple is making navigation on the watch head easier by letting the users move the digital crown to toggle between apps.The wrist is "a very interesting place" because users can glance at it while "you can't glance at a lot of other places on your body," Cook told ABC News' David Muir in an exclusive interview after the watch was announced last year."You can measure a lot of things from there and you can just get, honestly, a tidbit today of what all it can do," Cook said. "But I think it's huge."How Big of a Hit Could It Be?Apple could sell as many as 20 million of its watches this year, according to a forecast from CCS Insight, a technology analysis company."This highly anticipated smart watch will create a frenzy of demand, catapulting it almost instantaneously to be the most successful smart watch ever," a CCS Insight blog post predicted.

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Google Doodle Celebrates Italian Physicist Alessandro Volta

Google Doodle Celebrates Italian Physicist Alessandro Volta

Google(NEW YORK) -- Happy birthday, Alessandro Volta!A geeky Google Doodle showing an animation of a battery honors one of the forefathers of electrical science.Volta is widely credited with having invented the modern battery -- a discovery he made around 1799 when he put strips of zinc and silver metal on a disc of damp cardboard and learned it created an electrical current. The Italian physicist's voltaic pile was instrumental in paving the way for the modern battery.Even if you haven't heard of Volta, his impact is evident in our daily battery-powered lives. The term volt, a measure of electrical potential, is a wink to Volta's contribution to electrical science.

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