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  • 'Minecraft' comes to the Xbox One on Friday (2014-09-03 01:34:35)
    Minecraft set sales records on the Xbox 360 when a downloadable version was released in 2012, and this week the blocky world-building phenomenon comes to the console's successor. Minecraft: Xbox One Edition will be released on Friday, featuring bigger levels and more downloadable content.
  • United Internet to buy KKR's stake in Versatel for $769 mln (2014-09-03 01:20:00)
    German internet service provider United Internet said on Wednesday it had agreed to acquire buyout group KKR's 74.9 percent stake in cable group Versatel for about 586 million euros ($769 million) in cash. United Internet, which already controls 25.1 percent of Versatel, had said last month it was considering a complete takeover of the company, which owns Germany's second-largest fiber optic cable network with a length of about 37,000 kilometers. The purchase price and repayment of Versatel's 361 million euros of net debt will be financed by new loans, United Internet said in a statement. It said Versatel was expected to post flat 2014 revenues of about 548 million euros and an increase in earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization to about 164 million from 155 million euros.
  • India's smartphone wars: Google's Android One adds to Samsung's worries (2014-09-03 01:18:34)
    By Nivedita Bhattacharjee MUMBAI (Reuters) - Google Inc's partnership with three Indian phone makers is set to rev up fast-growing demand for lower priced smartphones, and spell more trouble for Samsung Electronics which is rapidly losing share in emerging markets. Micromax Infomatics Ltd, Karbonn Mobiles and Spice Group are the first phone manufacturers to sign up for Google's Android One initiative, which provides specifications for key hardware parts. The aim is a vast improvement in quality that would lead to a surge in demand for low-end Android phones. Currently many cheap emerging market smartphones run different and somewhat customized versions of the Android operating system, which along with the many variations in hardware make apps on those phones prone to glitches.
  • 'Minecraft' hits Xbox One this Friday and an upgrade only costs $5 (2014-09-03 01:16:00)
  • YouTube and Guillermo del Toro will make one director's nightmares a reality (2014-09-03 01:02:00)
  • Baidu boosts location-based platform with new services, $10 million investment (2014-09-03 01:00:56)
    By Paul Carsten BEIJING (Reuters) - Baidu Inc launched on Wednesday a service that helps retailers advertise on the smartphones of nearby users as China's dominant search engine company expands its location-based technology to drive growth. Baidu currently makes most of its income from desktop-based search advertising and has lagged peers such as Tencent Holdings Ltd in capitalizing on the popularity of mobile internet in China, the world's largest market for smartphones. "In the mobile era consumer behavior is changing, and the mobile Internet has given us new businesses and opportunities," said Robin Li, Baidu's chief executive, during the launch of the Baidu Connect service.
  • Celeb hacking scandal shows digital vulnerability (2014-09-03 00:47:12)
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — To keep private pictures private, never upload them online.
  • Lenovo built a ludicrously heavy, 17-inch, touchscreen gaming laptop (2014-09-03 00:01:02)
    Gaming laptops have always been huge boat anchors with questionable design decisions and plenty of power underneath the hood. In recent years, however, companies like Alienware and Razer have attempted to put the gaming laptop on a bit of a diet, slimming things down and muting the design language a bit. Lenovo, on the other hand, is taking things in a different direction.
  • Giant, fire-breathing animatronic dragon storms the Bastille (well, Nantes) (2014-09-02 23:43:27)
    La Machine's latest animatronic puppet is a giant, walking, fire-breathing dragon that took to the street of Nantes, France for a spectacular test debut.>
  • Humanoid robots with a heart to be sold in the US next year (2014-09-02 23:33:13)
    Advertised as the "first personal robot with emotions," Pepper is SoftBank's attempt at introducing affordable androids to the common man. According to Bloomberg, US residents can look forward to purchasing a Pepper of their own from Sprint stores by next summer, following its Japanese release in February.
  • Samsung's Smart Home tech is apparently enough to make KITT the robot car jealous (2014-09-02 22:51:00)
  • Google starts quantum computing research project (2014-09-02 22:47:41)
    (Reuters) - Google Inc said a research team led by physicist John Martinis from the University of California Santa Barbara will join the company to start a project to build new quantum information processors based on superconducting electronics. The Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab is a collaboration between Google, NASA Ames Research Center and the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) to study the application of quantum optimization related to artificial intelligence. (http://bit. ...
  • This clever hotspot wants to end your mobile data roaming woes forever (2014-09-02 22:45:00)
    Hailing from Denmark, Anqor is an interesting new mobile hotspot whose aim is to fix all data roaming problems for frequent travelers and deliver a steady Internet connection for a significantly decreased cost, thus helping them cut those expensive data roaming charges while abroad. The device, however, is far from being commercially available, as it’s currently raising money on Kickstarter to become a real product. Anqor needs £250,000 to succeed (or over $412,000), and with 30 days to go left in the campaign, it has already raised almost £7,000. Interestingly, Anqor promises an instant connection to the best network available in a new country without the user having to worry about buying local SIM cards to enable the service. Instead, the
  • LibreOffice for Mac review (2014-09-02 22:32:17)
    Use six feature-rich apps for document production and data processing
  • LibreOffice for Windows review (2014-09-02 22:25:00)
    Enhance your document production and data processing with feature-rich apps
  • Netgear's ultimate WiFi router gives you full speed on any frequency (2014-09-02 22:12:00)
  • Google working on super-fast 'quantum' computer chip (2014-09-02 22:03:41)
    San Francisco (AFP) - Google said it is working on a super-fast "quantum" computer chip as part a vision to one day have machines think like humans.
  • Yes, HBO is bringing back 'The Wire' in HD (2014-09-02 21:52:00)
  • Yes, HBO is re-airing 'The Wire' and this time it's in high-definition (2014-09-02 21:52:00)
  • Halliburton will pay $1.1 billion to settle Deepwater Horizon oil disaster lawsuits (2014-09-02 21:42:02)
    Halliburton has agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle much of its part in 2010's Gulf of Mexico oil rig disaster. The incident killed 11 people, and resulted in the largest oil spill in this history of the US after offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon exploded. Halliburton was responsible for cement mixture used to seal the oil well, which ended up being faulty. The agreement, which requires approval from a federal judge, covers claims against Halliburton as part of BP's 2012 class action settlement, as well as punitive damages claims on property and in the commercial fishing industry. The agreement also removes Halliburton's liability for compensating members of the 2012 BP settlement.
  • Apple lists the top 10 reasons apps get rejected (2014-09-02 21:36:34)
    What gets an app rejected from the iTunes app store? Apple has released a breakdown of what developers are doing wrong.>
  • Windows XP is enjoying a very strong life after death (2014-09-02 21:30:11)
    When Windows 8 launched in 2012, Microsoft struggled to convince users that they should make the switch. The new UI was unfamiliar and unresponsive, the critical reaction was skeptical at best and most importantly, there wasn’t really anything wrong with Windows 7. In fact, two years later, Windows 7 still has an enormous lead over Windows 8, but with the latest software update, Microsoft has finally started turning users around on the new OS. FROM EARLIER: Good riddance to Windows 8: Microsoft will unveil Windows 9 next month According to the latest data from StatCounter, Windows 8.1 became the fourth most popular operating system over Windows 8 in August with a 7.46% market share. OS X barely topped out Windows 8.1
  • Netflix has bought the rights to 'Gotham' before the show has even premiered (2014-09-02 21:20:35)
    Netflix is getting very, very aggressive with its streaming deals. After picking up The Blacklist for a reported $2 million per episode, Netflix now has the rights to the upcoming TV show / Batman prequel Gotham before the show has even aired its first episode. According to Deadline, the deal between Netflix and Warner Bros. spans all Netflix territories (both present and future) and was "put in motion" soon after a successful May screening of the pilot in Los Angeles (our own take on the pilot wasn't quite as glowing).
  • Celebrity hacking clouds Apple's upcoming product launch (2014-09-02 21:17:52)
    By Christina Farr and Edwin Chan SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc has often displayed uncanny timing, with its well-orchestrated end-of-year iPhone releases. In the wake of the breach, cybersecurity experts and mobile developers have called out inadequacies in Apple’s and, more generally, cloud-services security. Thousands have taken to Twitter to express their frustrations with the company. Some security experts faulted Apple for failing to make its devices and software easier to secure through two-factor authentication, which requires a separate verification code after users log in initially.
  • This tiny, bipedal robot can somersault and run faster than a toddler (2014-09-02 20:50:00)
  • Letter to the editor: 'The Ercoupe flies beautifully in crosswinds' (2014-09-02 20:35:38)
    One of the planes I mentioned was the Ercoupe, an unusual model from the middle of the 20th century that dispenses with the foot pedals normally used to control the rudder; I also mentioned that the odd configuration could cause trouble in a crosswind landing where rudder authority is critical, but reader (and Ercoupe owner) Rich Green wrote in to disagree: You mention that the Ercoupe is tricky to land in a crosswind but that is not accurate. Ercoupe drivers often fly in crosswind conditions that ground Piper, Cessna, Beech, and others with rudders.
  • Yelp escapes extortion lawsuit unscathed, except for its reputation (2014-09-02 20:23:00)
  • ​BioShock (2014-09-02 20:22:39)
    One of the greatest first person shooters of all time, BioShock comes to iOS
  • Apple: Some nude shots taken from stars' accounts (2014-09-02 20:17:47)
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Apple said Tuesday that hackers obtained nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and other female celebrities by pilfering images from individual accounts rather than through a broader attack on the company's services.
  • It looks like the iWatch still isn’t close to being ready for mass production (2014-09-02 20:15:29)
    So it looks like we’re going to get our first glimpse of the iWatch (or at least some kind of Apple wearable computer) on September 9th. However, it’s also looking more and more like we’re going to be in for a long wait before we’ll actually have a chance to buy the device. Digitimes‘ sources now say that the iWatch “is still under engineering verification testing (EVT) stage and has to still go through production verification testing (PVT),” which means there’s almost no chance that the device will release before the end of the year. FROM EARLIER: Here comes the iWatch — First Apple wearable computer reportedly set for September 9th reveal What’s more, Digitimes‘ sources say that Apple could
  • The queen misses eye contact, blames cell phones (2014-09-02 20:14:01)
    England's Queen Elizabeth II really doesn't like the sea of cell phones with which she's confronted these days.>
  • Home Depot probes possible customer data theft (2014-09-02 20:09:26)
    Home-improvement retailer confirms it is investigating "unusual activity" related to customer data but does not confirm a breach occurred.>
  • Tomorrow Daily 045: Apple's spaceship campus progresses, Amazon revives 'The Tick,' and more (2014-09-02 20:08:34)
    On today's show, we take a look at Apple's newest campus during the early stages of construction (it's huge and looks really cool), watch a tiny robot run on two legs, and happily freak out about Amazon bringing "The Tick" back, even if it's only for one pilot episode.>
  • Google satellite exec reportedly leaves company (2014-09-02 20:04:09)
    Greg Wyler, a key executive in the company's efforts to deploy Wi-Fi beaming satellites, has made an "abrupt" departure, according to news reports.>
  • Tap millions of copyright-free book images via Flickr (2014-09-02 19:51:54)
    More than 2.6 million images from public domain e-books have been uploaded to Flickr as part of an Internet Archive project -- with 12 million more to come.>
  • 'The Lord of the Rings' film trilogy will be accompanied by a 250-person orchestra in NYC next year (2014-09-02 19:41:15)
    Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy was lauded by critics and fans alike on many fronts: it was a better realization of Middle-earth than most thought popular, and it was clear that an incredible amount of detail went into every facet of the films. One particular facet — composer Howard Shore's excellent score — will get its due in April 2015 when the entire trilogy is screened alongside a live orchestra performance at New York City's David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. The films will be projected on huge screens set above 250 musicians, including a full symphonic orchestra, choruses, soloist, and conductor Ludwig Wicki. On Saturday the 11th, The Fellowship of the Ring will be shown as a matinee;
  • The 'Lord of the Rings' films will be accompanied by a 250-person orchestra in NYC next year (2014-09-02 19:41:15)
    Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy was lauded by critics and fans alike on many fronts: it was a better realization of Middle-earth than most thought possible, and it was clear that an incredible amount of detail went into every facet of the films. One particular facet — composer Howard Shore's excellent score — will get its due in April 2015 when the entire trilogy is screened alongside a live orchestra performance at New York City's David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. The films will be projected on huge screens set above 250 musicians, including a full symphonic orchestra, choruses, soloist, and conductor Ludwig Wicki. On Saturday the 11th, The Fellowship of the Ring will be shown as a matinee;
  • 'Celebgate' attack leaks nude photos of more than 100 celebrities (2014-09-02 19:21:11)
    What appeared to be genuine nude photos of more than 100 celebrities were published online over Labor Day weekend, 2014, in a mass attack dubbed "Celebgate." The celebrities pictured included Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence, who confirmed the photos were real, and pop star Ariana Grande, who said they were fake, among dozens of other A-list actors and musicians. The photos were first posted on the forum 4chan and then circulated on the Reddit subsection r/TheFappening. Apple says the hack was caused "by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions," and not a breach of its systems. Hundreds of nude, semi-nude, and revealing pictures of female celebrities were leaked overnight after being stolen from their private collections.
  • Engadget Daily: The deal with, iCloud celebrity photo leak and more! (2014-09-02 19:14:00)
  • EE tries to upstage its rivals with improved pay-as-you-go tariffs (2014-09-02 19:01:00)
  • Apple reportedly agrees to iPad mini price cuts to prevent further market share drop (2014-09-02 19:00:14)
    Apple has reportedly agreed to lower the price of its Wi-Fi-only 16GB iPad mini that’s usually priced at $299 in order to counter slower iPad sales this quarter. Digitimes says that the iPad maker has recently “cooperated” with U.S. retailers including Best Buy and Amazon to cut the iPad mini’s price. Best Buy currently sells the tablet for $199.99, while a new iPad mini can be purchased for as low as $230 on Amazon right now. Even so, the iPad mini’s price is still listed at $299 on the company’s website, and there appears to be no proof the tablet will receive a matching price cut in Apple’s official store. The company has yet to slash the official price of an
  • Peek-a-boo! Astronomers spot 'T-Rex' of galaxies (2014-09-02 18:56:15)
    By using the world's preeminent telescopes, astronomers peer behind a curtain of dust to find a giant star-making factory known as "Sparky.">
  • Marvel's 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' is back with more beards and shadows (2014-09-02 18:50:34)
    Marvel's much-hyped TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which followed the adventures of a fictional spy organization dedicated to keeping the world's superheroes and supervillains under control, had a mixed first season last year. Critics didn't love or hate the series and ratings were all over the place. But no matter: we live in a time where caped crimefighters are in high demand on all screens, and so, here is your first look at Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season two, which premieres Tuesday, September 23rd at 9 ET.
  • Explore the world of 'Destiny' through Google Street View (2014-09-02 18:39:00)
  • Robin Williams' daughter returns to Twitter after suffering threats and abuse (2014-09-02 18:32:34)
    Zelda Williams, the 25-year-old daughter of the late actor Robin Williams, publicly said she was deleting Twitter from her devices last month after becoming victim to a deluge of abusive comments in the days following her father's suicide on August 11th. The sustained harassment, coming from several users in particular, was so bad that one of Twitter's executives later said the company was evaluating changes to curb future incidents. She posted her first tweet in almost a month yesterday, linking to a post on her Tumblr blog quoting writer/actor Harvey Fierstein, who worked alongside her father in Mrs. Doubtfire.
  • Charity turns down Reddit's pity money for looking at stolen celebrity photos (2014-09-02 18:31:52)
    Reddit users raised more than $5,000 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation earlier today, but the organization doesn't want a dime. The reasoning? The money was raised on r/TheFappening, the now-infamous section of Reddit where more than 100 celebrity nude photos, the result of an iCloud hack electronic break-in (or maybe many iCloud electronic break-ins), were widely distributed. Here's the joke: masturbation may reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
  • Apple says its systems not to blame for celebrity photo breach (2014-09-02 18:21:52)
    By Edwin Chan and Christina Farr SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The week before a crucial launch of its new iPhone, Apple Inc said intimate photos of celebrities including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence were leaked online through the apparent hacking of individual iCloud accounts. Apple rushed to restore confidence in its systems' security, saying the celebrity photo scandal that also ensnared swimsuit model Kate Upton, actress Kirsten Dunst and possibly dozens more was the result of targeted attacks on accounts storing personal data and not a direct breach of Apple systems. "We have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet," Apple said in a statement. "None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple's systems including iCloud or Find My iPhone." The celebrity hacking that came to light over the long Labor Day weekend nevertheless ranks among the highest-profile public fiascos for Apple in recent years.
  • Digital juke box maker TouchTunes explores sale: sources (2014-09-02 18:18:22)
    TouchTunes Interactive Networks, a digital jukebox company that lets customers pick songs they want to hear in restaurants and bars, is exploring a sale that could fetch roughly $500 million, people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. TouchTunes, whose investors include British private equity firm 3i and venture capital firm VantagePoint Capital Partners, is working with investment bank Moelis & Co to help find a buyer, said the people, who asked not to be named because the matter is not public. TouchTunes, which is run by veteran music executive Charles Goldstuck, a former president of BMG, has its digital juke boxes in 73,000 bars and restaurants in North America and Europe. Founded in 1998, the company has licenses to play songs from major music labels such as Universal Music Group, EMI and Sony Music, according to its website.
  • Watch this ram headbutt a drone. Then watch him headbutt the pilot (2014-09-02 18:15:53)
    "The lack of humility before nature that's being displayed here staggers me... What's so great about discovery? It's a violent, penetrative act that scars what it explores." — Dr. Ian Malcolm
  • Jet-engine maker Pratt & Whitney accuses titanium supplier of fraud (2014-09-02 18:12:47)
    United Technologies Corp unit Pratt & Whitney has sued a titanium supplier for fraud, after questions over the material led Pratt to briefly suspend delivery of its engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Pratt said that A&P Alloys Inc, in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, "intentionally submitted certifications falsely representing the pedigree and quality of its material," according to court documents filed in U.S. Representatives of Pratt and the F-35 program office both said last week the material did not pose a risk to flight safety.
  • Netflix viewers can tip off Facebook friends to shows (2014-09-02 18:07:51)
    Netflix on Tuesday began letting people share shows they love at the online streaming television service with friends from leading social network Facebook. After watching a film or television show episode at Netflix, viewers will be asked whether they would like to recommend it to friends at Facebook, according to director of product innovation Cameron Johnson. People are shown profile pictures of their Facebook friends, and can pick those whom they wish to recommend shows.
  • Iranian President says internet access is crucial for his country (2014-09-02 18:06:00)
  • Wear the sands of Tatooine on your wrist (2014-09-02 18:01:10)
    This limited-edition watch features sand from the "Star Wars" set of Tatooine in Tunisia, and is proudly worn by none other than Chewbacca himself.>
  • Concur Technologies considers sale of company: Bloomberg (2014-09-02 17:58:43)
    (Reuters) - Travel management and expense software maker Concur Technologies Inc is exploring sale of the company and has approached Oracle Corp and Germany's SAP SE, Bloomberg reported citing people with knowledge of the matter. The company is working with an investment bank on the sale, the report said. The stock closed at $100.95 on the Nasdaq on Tuesday, valuing the company $5.7 billion. Concur spokeswoman Danielle Adams said the company does not comment on rumors or speculation.
  • All signs point to a mid-November release for GTA V on PS4, Xbox One and PC (2014-09-02 17:45:24)
    Now that we know for sure that Grand Theft Auto V is still on track to be released for the PS4, Xbox One and PC this fall, all that’s left for Rockstar Games to announce is the release date. There have been a few hints about the exact date the game would be released in the past, but after several online retailers temporarily listed the same date this week, the puzzle pieces are beginning to fall into place. Earlier this summer, Danish retailer Coolshop accidentally changed the December 31st, 2014 release date of Grand Theft Auto V (a typical placeholder for any game without a firm release date) to November 14th before swiftly correcting its mistake. Now Exertis Gem and Littlewoods, two
  • Sound off! Have fitness trackers and wearables improved your health? (2014-09-02 17:38:00)
  • US court hears debate in NSA phone records case (2014-09-02 17:33:42)
    NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer defending the government's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records found himself facing tough questions Tuesday from appeals judges wanting to know whether the program will inevitably lead to, as one judge put it, the government's study of "every American's everything."
  • Beware! 8 sinister consequences of Google and Amazon drones (2014-09-02 17:24:48)
    If Google, Amazon, and Facebook usher in a new era of urban delivery drones, will we lose more than we gain? Crave's Eric Mack sees danger ahead for everything from Spam to Slurpees.>
  • Celebrities' nude shots removed from some websites (2014-09-02 17:19:21)
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — As federal investigators worked Tuesday to determine who stole and posted nude photos of several female celebrities online, the images continued to be removed from various sites.
  • You won’t have to worry about fragmentation on Google’s latest Android initiative (2014-09-02 17:10:45)
    Google may have an Android fragmentation problem but the company will finally get to push software updates without interference from device makers and mobile operators to a certain kind of new product, CNET reveals. Google plans to release frequent and timely updates to Android Wear-based smartwatches, including the Moto 360, G Watch R, G Watch or Samsung Gear Live, which lack software complications such as OEM customizations and carrier influences that prevent Google from releasing simultaneous updates for all Android smartphones. According to the company, the updates will be delivered via the Android Wear application installed on the smartphone the smartwatch is paired with, and a first such update is soon expected to be rolled out. “There will be several [updates] before the
  • Making a beer selection at happy hour has never been easier (2014-09-02 17:08:00)
  • In light of celebrity hacks, how to protect data (2014-09-02 17:06:24)
    NEW YORK (AP) — The circulation of nude photographs stolen from celebrities' online accounts has raised questions about the security of storing information over the Internet.
  • Japan's ISS Kirobo robot is lonely in space (2014-09-02 16:49:44)
    The humanoid robot created to keep astronauts on the International Space Station company seems to have caught a case of intergalactic ennui. Cheer up, Kirobo!>
  • Celebs, beware: Those nude selfies will be hacked and shared (2014-09-02 16:44:25)
    Celebrities will continue to take nude photos of themselves and certain hackers will try their damnedest to uncover the goodies. All the more reason, say security experts, to fix bad habits.>
  • Hackers are using Google's antivirus tool to test their attacks (2014-09-02 16:41:00)
  • Apple says celebs hacked in 'targeted attack' (2014-09-02 16:34:51)
    Apple said Tuesday a "targeted attack" led to the release of nude photos of celebrities including Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence but insisted there was no breach of its cloud storage system. "After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet," Apple said. "None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple's systems including iCloud or Find my iPhone. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved."
  • Home Depot probes possible credit card data breach (2014-09-02 16:28:16)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Home Depot may be the latest retailer to suffer a credit card data breach.
  • Kyocera's sapphire screen is tougher than we expected (2014-09-02 16:16:00)
  • Home Depot investigating potentially massive credit card hack (2014-09-02 16:12:54)
    Home Depot could be the latest major company to have customer credit card data siphoned off and sold online. Security researcher Brian Krebs writes that multiple banks have said the chain might be the source of a batch of credit and debit cards currently being sold in an online black market. "I can confirm we are looking into some unusual activity and we are working with our banking partners and law enforcement to investigate," said Home Depot spokesperson Paula Drake in a statement to Krebs, saying that it was too early to tell whether there had in fact been a breach.
  • Now there’s a simple way to find all of the most gorgeous looking Android apps (2014-09-02 16:00:35)
    Google is clearly very proud of both its upcoming Android L release and the Material Design UI that it wants Android developers to use to make their apps look better than ever. 9to5Google points us to a new page on the Google Play store that’s intended to highlight all of the best looking Android apps that have been living up to the standards that Google set for its developers with the launch of Material Design. RELATED: New concept gives us a tantalizing peek of how fantastic our favorite apps will look on Android L “Attention to detail makes an app truly beautiful: transitions are fast and clear, and layout and typography are crisp and meaningful,” Google writes in explaining why it’s choosing
  • Boost Mobile cuts prices, doubles data in limited offer (2014-09-02 16:00:06)
    The offer, which is valid between Wednesday and November 3, is available to both new and existing customers.>
  • How to guard your iCloud from hackers (2014-09-02 15:59:12)
    Hackers attacked the iCloud accounts of some celebrities, so it's time to boost your own cloud-security awareness. CNET's Bridget Carey offers tips on keeping your account secure and explains why deleting a photo doesn't always truly delete it.>
  • Apple says celebrity photo breach targeted, not due to its systems (2014-09-02 15:50:08)
    By Edwin Chan SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc said on Tuesday the online posting of intimate photos of Hollywood celebrities were targeted attacks on their iCloud accounts and that none of the cases it investigated had resulted from a direct breach of its systems. Apple's response came after the photos of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and other female entertainers emerged over the Labor Day Weekend. "We have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet," Apple said in a statement. "None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple's systems including iCloud or Find my iPhone." The breach comes as Apple prepares to launch a new iPhone next week and, more importantly, as smartphones increasingly become the repository for far more sensitive healthcare, banking and other personal data.
  • Apple: Celeb photo attack was targeted, not widespread breach (2014-09-02 15:47:36)
    Hackers accessed celebrities' iCloud accounts through targeted attacks on usernames, passwords, and security questions -- something Apple says is "all too common on the Internet.">
  • The 404 Show 1,544: iCloud leak investigation, Sony's QX1 pro lenses for your smartphone (podcast) (2014-09-02 15:47:27)
    Today we'll discuss what the celebrity photo leak has taught the world, why you can't use only emojis to communicate and Sony's QX1 pro lenses that can fit your smartphone.>
  • 'Big players' from US and China reportedly interested in OUYA (2014-09-02 15:44:00)
  • Apple: celebs hacked in 'targeted attack', no iCloud breach (2014-09-02 15:38:35)
    Apple said Tuesday a "targeted attack" on some user accounts led to the release of nude celebrity photos but that it found no breach of its cloud storage system. "After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet," Apple said. "None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple's systems including iCloud or Find my iPhone. The statement was the first since the release at the weekend of private, nude pictures of dozens of celebrities including actress Jennifer Lawrence and top model Kate Upton.
  • The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store (2014-09-02 15:33:13)
    iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending September 1, 2014:
  • Unlike Siri, Cortana plays well with others (2014-09-02 15:29:19)
    Commentary: Microsoft's virtual assistant has the ability to hand off voice commands to mobile apps, a welcome compromise that could benefit users and developers.>
  • Apple Blames 'Targeted Attack,' Not iCloud, for Celebrity Photo Hack (2014-09-02 15:29:14)
    After hackers stole and released several dozen female celebrities' personal photographs over the Internet this weekend, Apple has finally responded in full.  In a new statement by the company, the company says iCloud, which stores multimedia taken on Apple products, and the Find My iPhone feature, which allows users to track a missing device, were not hacked. We wanted to provide an update to our investigation into the theft of photos of certain celebrities. When we learned of the theft, we were outraged and immediately mobilized Apple's engineers to discover the source.
  • This is what caffeine does to your brain (2014-09-02 15:24:48)
    Why do regular coffee drinkers seem to need more and more coffee to maintain the buzz? Can coffee actually kill you? An AsapSCIENCE video has answers.>
  • Meizu's MX4 is a big phone that's surprisingly comfy to hold (2014-09-02 15:19:00)
  • Explore Destiny’s incredible virtual worlds using a cool new Google Maps-style tool (2014-09-02 15:10:54)
    There are several notable game releases this month, such as Disney Infinity 2.0 and Hyrule Warriors, but none have received more buzz than Bungie’s massively multiplayer first-person shooter, Destiny. Activision, the game’s publisher, has spared no expense when it comes to marketing Destiny — a stroll through Times Square might be the most prominent evidence of this. Now Destiny is taking a page from Google Maps for a unique experiment that will allow fans to explore the worlds of Destiny before it launches. Destiny Planet View is “the first time a video game world has been mapped using Google technologies.” When you open up Planet View, you’ll be greeted by a voiceover introduction and three separate locations to which you can travel: the
  • Revamped Google for Work puts new spin on courting businesses (2014-09-02 15:04:38)
    Ten years after the search giant started eyeing business customers, it's doing some rebranding to catch the eye of people bringing their devices to work.>
  • Apple says iCloud wasn't breached in celebrity photo leak (2014-09-02 14:54:00)
  • The Yoga of Data Roaming (2014-09-02 14:49:17)
    So there I was, living the good life in San Miguel de Allende just a few weeks ago, enjoying the slow lane, mucho tiempo, hot springs, frosty margaritas, blue skies, and super-conscious of just how inexpensive everything was in my new found attempt to simplify my life when Caroline, one of my colleagues, sends me an email explaining how we just...
  • Apple provides key new details on the massive iCloud hack of nude celebrity pics (2014-09-02 14:46:02)
    Apple is needless to say not very happy that some hackers figured out how to swipe a trove of nude celebrity pictures that were uploaded onto iCloud but the company is insisting that the problem has nothing to do with iCloud’s overall security. FROM EARLIER: Claimed hacker behind iCloud nude photos theft says it took ‘months’ of planning to pull off heist 9to5Mac has just published an official statement sent out by Apple in which the company offers key details about how some users’ iCloud accounts were compromised. The company says that after investigating the hack, it’s determined that the hackers involved used a “very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too
  • Apple denies iCloud breach in celebrity nude photo hack (2014-09-02 14:41:19)
    Apple says that the mass theft of nude celebrity photos that were released over the weekend did not occur because of a breach in any Apple systems, including iCloud. Apple says, however, that certain celebrities were the subject of targeted hacking attempts that focused on compromising their usernames, passwords, and security questions — a common and well-tread technique across the web. "We were outraged and immediately mobilized Apple’s engineers."
  • Facebook said to bring back some face-recognition features in the EU (2014-09-02 14:36:00)
  • Google renames enterprise division Google for Work (2014-09-02 14:31:32)
    Ten years after the search giant started courting business customers, it's rebranding as it tries to take advantage of consumers taking their devices to work.>
  • YouTube just added a great new feature that every video creator will love (2014-09-02 14:30:17)
    Have you ever made a popular YouTube video and said to yourself, “Man, imagine if everyone who watched this and liked it decided to send me a buck?” Well now they’ll have an opportunity. Android Police has a very good rundown of a new feature that Google is trying out in four different countries that will let you tip your favorite video creators to give them a little extra cash to go along with their ad revenues. DON’T MISS THESE: The 4 brilliant new YouTube features that Google revealed this week YouTube gets a cut of the action, of course — for every donation made in the United States, YouTube takes $0.21 plus 5% of the total donation. So donating
  • U.S. judge approves DOJ settlement with eBay over tech hiring (2014-09-02 14:28:23)
    Under the deal, announced earlier this year, eBay said it would not make deals with other technology companies about poaching each others' employees. District Judge Edward Davila approved eBay's agreement with the U.S. Six companies including Apple and Google settled with federal authorities in 2010 over non-solicitation deals, without paying money. An eBay representative could not immediately be reached for comment.
  • Toilet seat with built-in fan sucks out the stench (2014-09-02 14:27:09)
    Bad bathroom odors are conquered by Fresh Air Plus, a toilet seat with a fan and exhaust pipe that banishes smells to the outside.>
  • Google Enterprise is being renamed Google for Work (2014-09-02 14:26:08)
    Enterprise is a boring word. Today it announced that Google Enterprise is bring renamed Google for Work, a much friendlier name that actually does a better job of describing what the product is — a series of tools for, you know, work, rather than whatever a nebulous enterprise is. Google offers a lot of products as part of its business program, from its familiar apps to cloud services, and none of that is changing as part of this rebranding.
  • Thoma Bravo to take Compuware private in $2.5 billion deal (2014-09-02 14:14:31)
    Software maker Compuware Corp, under pressure from investors for more than a year over its poor performance, agreed to be taken private by investment firm Thoma Bravo LLC in a deal valued at about $2.5 billion. Compuware's shareholders will receive $10.92 per share, comprising $10.25 in cash and 67 cents in shares of Covisint Corp, in which the company owns an 83 percent stake. The offer represents a 17 percent premium to Compuware's closing on Aug. 29. Shares of Compuware rose as much as 12.8 percent to $10.55.
  • SoftBank's humanoid helper robot will come to the US within a year (2014-09-02 14:09:00)
  • Apple investors not deterred by reported iCloud hack (2014-09-02 14:06:16)
    Granted, the iWatch doesn't happen every year (or even this one), but notoriously fickle Apple investors are running with the bulls despite speculation putting the company at the center of a major hacking story. Guess they see this as proof that celebrities love 'em some iPhone cloud storage.
  • The one big reason you may want to hold off on upgrading to iOS 8 (2014-09-02 14:05:57)
    Apple fans are understandably excited about the release of iOS 8 later this fall, but as with any major update, there might be a few kinks to work out before the latest version of the mobile operating system is running smoothly. Business Insider spoke with app-testing company Applause CMO Matt Johnston about the risks of upgrading as soon as the update goes live. FROM EARLIER: Here are all the reasons why Apple might have rejected your app According to Johnston, most developers have taken advantage of Apple’s adaptive layout tool in order to ensure that their apps will be ready for iOS 8, regardless of the size of the new iPhone 6 display, but others are waiting until the official announcement on
  • Majority of Executives Believe Attackers Will Overcome Corporate Defenses (2014-09-02 14:04:00)
    Many technology executives don’t have a favorable outlook on their ability to sideswipe cybercriminals, according to research conducted by McKinsey and World Economic Forum.The research also shows that both big and small businesses lack the ability to make sturdy decisions, and struggle to quantify the effect of risk and resolution plans....
  • U.S. judge approves settlement in eBay case over tech hiring (2014-09-02 14:00:28)
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Tuesday approved a settlement in a lawsuit between federal antitrust authorities and eBay Inc over allegations that eBay agreed it would not solicit employees from a rival company. Under the deal, announced earlier this year, eBay said it would refrain from making deals with other technology companies to not poach each others' employees. (Reporting by Dan Levine; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)
  • Google's corporate products division changes name (2014-09-02 13:58:42)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is hoping a new brand will help sell more of its services to other companies.
  • Celebrity photo breach heightens online security warnings (2014-09-02 13:48:47)
    Celebrity representatives and security experts used the online posting of intimate photos of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and other female entertainers to sound new warnings on Tuesday about the dangers of storing data on the Internet. Martin Garbus, a New York trial lawyer who over the years has represented actors Al Pacino, Sean Connery, Robert Redford and others, said worried clients had approached him after the apparent mass hacking over the weekend. "Everything on your iPhone, whether it be phone calls, message texts, pictures, is all available." Garbus said clients started to contact him after intimate photos of Lawrence, a star of "The Hunger Games" movie franchise and a best actress Academy Award winner for "Silver Linings Playbook," and other high-profile women came to public attention on Sunday. Personal photos of Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kate Upton and American actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead were also posted on the image-sharing forum 4Chan.
  • Wellograph's fashionable fitness tracker is now on sale (2014-09-02 13:43:00)
  • Here are all the reasons why Apple might have rejected your app (2014-09-02 13:40:38)
    Although the App Store is occasionally subjected to a flood of ridiculous clones, Apple is notorious for its strict guidelines for reviewing apps before they can be put up for sale. It’s not uncommon for noted app developers with multiple successful releases on the App Store to have to resubmit an update after Apple finds a bug or something objectionable within the app. In order to make the process easier for developers in the future, Apple has added a page to its developer website for the express purpose of letting developers know why their apps are being rejected. The following is a list of the most common issues Apple finds when reviewing apps: Crashes and bugs Broken links Placeholder content Incomplete information Inaccurate descriptions
  • Can 3D-printed anatomy help save lives? Detours episode 2 debuts tomorrow (2014-09-02 13:40:13)
    Come along with The Verge for the second season of Detours. We’ve traveled across the country to find the people, groups, and companies that are solving America’s problems in new and unconventional ways. Check in for new dispatches every Wednesday.
  • Open WebOS reborn as LuneOS for mobile devices (2014-09-02 13:25:11)
    The operating system is an open-source alternative to Android and the many other operating systems available on mobile devices right now.>
  • Woman impaled while texting and driving (2014-09-02 13:24:40)
    A Colorado woman says she looked down at her phone for just a moment. Her truck struck metal railing, which pierced her vehicle -- and then her.>
  • The year’s best sci-fi game might be a 2D space shooter (2014-09-02 13:20:36)
    Top-down space shooters are all about avoidance, but historically that means staying away from enemies and their waves and waves of bullets. It doesn't have Destiny's epic scope, but Velocity 2X might just be harder to put down.
  • Galaxy Note 4 tipped to have same price as the Note 3 (2014-09-02 13:15:46)
    Samsung will finally unveil the Galaxy Note 4 phablet on Wednesday during a special media event in Berlin, Germany, but reports offering details about the handset are still coming in. Russian publication has learned from a senior official from the local Media Markt retailer that the price of the upcoming phablet in the region will be the same as the Galaxy Note 3. FROM EARLIER: New Galaxy Note 4 leak shows handset for the first time ever According to the publication, the Galaxy Note 4 will cost exactly as much as its predecessor in the region, or 34,990 rubles (around USD $934). The phone should start selling at some point in late September or early October in Russia. Samsung has yet to
  • We're live at IFA 2014 in Berlin! (2014-09-02 13:15:00)
  • Vortex Features LG G3 Display for New VR Headset (2014-09-02 13:14:15)
    It's time to add another name to the growing list of companies looking to push the boundaries of virtual reality. Unveiled at PAX Prime in Seattle, Vortex VR's VRTX I headset uses the display from the LG G3 to create a standalone virtual reality experience. The VRTX I is essentially a head-mounted system that relies on the user to supply their own display, in this case an LG G3.
  • Join us next Tuesday, September 9th for Apple's iPhone 6 and iWatch event (2014-09-02 13:11:08)
    Apple product launches are always heavy on buzz, but the event dialed in for September 9th has the hype level off the charts: besides a bigger iPhone (or two) with an all-new design, we're expecting to see the first glimpse of the company's wearable. The iWatch — or whatever it ends up being called — may not launch until 2015 according to the latest reports, but you don't build a three-story structure in front of a big theater where you launched the original Macintosh just to show off a new phone. ...
  • Turkey hosts Internet forum despite 'abysmal' web freedom record (2014-09-02 13:04:59)
    Turkey on Tuesday began hosting a major UN-backed forum on Internet governance despite criticism of its "abysmal" record for limiting Internet rights. The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is an annual global gathering that aims to bring together governments, activists and business to discuss how to regulate and encourage use of the web. "We need to spread knowledge and share the benefits of the Internet through bridging the digital divide," said UN Assistant Secretary General Thomas Gaas as the four-day meeting opened. Yet the choice of Istanbul as the venue for the meeting has been highly contentious, given Turkey's patchy record on Internet freedoms which included temporary bans on YouTube and Twitter this year.
  • 4D Batman roller coaster tosses you to Gotham and back (2014-09-02 13:00:38)
    A new ride coming to the Six Flags theme park in Fiesta, Texas, will have you gliding around like the Caped Crusader. Those with weak stomachs need not apply.>
  • Radiohead has released new music through their trippy app (2014-09-02 12:51:00)
    Radiohead have some new music out this week, but it isn't on sale or available for download in any of the usual places. Instead, the band has updated their trippy PolyFauna app with a bunch of new sounds and visuals for the first time since its release back in February. The app was initially a companion to Radiohead's 2011 album The King of Limbs, warping one of its tracks into an eerie soundtrack while listeners floated through strange landscapes on screen. Radiohead are planning to head into the studio this month, and this app could be a first taste of what those new recordings will sound like.
  • Microsoft just accidentally teased the upcoming Windows 9 (2014-09-02 12:50:50)
    Microsoft has accidentally confirmed in China that at least a Technical Preview version of Windows 9 is going to soon be unveiled by posting a teaser message and picture on Weibo, CNBeta reports. FROM EARLIER: Big Windows 9 leak reveals ‘awesome’ upgrade pricing for XP and Windows 8 users “Microsoft’s latest OS Windows 9 is coming soon, do you think the start menu at the left bottom will make a come back?” Microsoft China asked on Weibo, showing a Windows 9 logo image (above) that was later removed. Of course, one of the major features of Windows 9 is the return of the Start menu, something the company already confirmed is happening. In early April at Build 2014, Microsoft teased the new Windows
  • Follow Reddit's crazy AMAs from its official app (2014-09-02 12:47:00)
  • We'll be live from Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 event tomorrow at 9AM ET (2014-09-02 12:44:43)
    On Wednesday morning at IFA in Berlin, Samsung's likely to announce its next Galaxy Note, show off its newest wearable, and potentially reveal a new thing or two as well. Don't miss a thing.
  • Microsoft's Operating System Strategy Isn't Going According to Plan (2014-09-02 12:43:09)
    Microsoft isn't having a great Tuesday. According to new data released Tuesday by StatCounter, 24 percent of all PCs connected to the Internet still use the antiquated operating system. Here's the StatCounter report on OS changes worldwide over the past year, showing Windows 8.1 nudging past Windows 8 as Windows XP slowly declines: StatCounter
  • Russian space-sex gecko experiment fails (2014-09-02 12:41:43)
    A mission to learn about the sex life of geckos in orbit took a bad turn when what should have been heaven in space turned into a reptilian tragedy.>
  • 5 Trends Shaping the Future of Work (2014-09-02 12:34:16)
    Since the dawn of business there has been a certain style of how and when work should be done. It flows from the top down: beginning with the organization, to the managers, and then employees. In this case organization refers to C-level executives and key stakeholders; those at the very top of the business. This group of people has been making...
  • GM to launch cars that nag you to death? (2014-09-02 12:26:57)
    A report suggests that Detroit is to install technology that monitors your distracted driving. At what point does the tech itself become too much of a distraction?>
  • Listen 2 Prince: two brand new songs now available for streaming (2014-09-02 12:26:30)
    A little over a year ago, Prince gave up his war on the internet and joined Twitter by way of his band 3rd Eye Girl. A few months later, he brought the Dave Chappelle basketball-and-pancakes sketch full circle. In March 2014, he joined Instagram. It was epic. That month he also released a duet with Zooey Deschanel, which premiered on New Girl after the Super Bowl.
  • Here comes the BlackBerry Passport: BlackBerry announces major September 24th event (2014-09-02 12:25:40)
    The iPhone 6, the Galaxy Note 4 and the Moto X+1 aren’t the only major flagship phones that are going to be released in September. BlackBerry has just announced that it’s holding a major media event on September 24th that will almost certainly feature the new BlackBerry Passport handset. FROM EARLIER: BlackBerry says its square phone is already stealing back iOS and Android users In its invitation, BlackBerry only tells us that the event will help us “see the bigger picture,” which in all likelihood is a sly reference to the BlackBerry Passport’s 4.5-inch square display with a resolution of 1,440 x 1,440 pixels that BlackBerry has boasted is perfect for doctors who want to look at x-rays of lungs
  • YouTube now lets you tip your favorite video makers (2014-09-02 12:21:00)
  • Apple iPhone 6 allegedly flaunted in hands-on video (2014-09-02 12:12:33)
    Video claims to show Apple's expected 4.7-inch iPhone 6 with a next-gen A8 processor and near-field communication.>
  • Samsung releasing a curved soundbar to match its curved TV (2014-09-02 12:02:57)
    Clearly, everything else is going to have to curve to accommodate it, and fortunately Samsung is ready to help out. Samsung is releasing a curved soundbar this week that's designed to sit beneath and perfectly match any of its large, curved TVs. Called the HW-H7500 Curved Soundbar, it includes 8.1 channels is going on sale for $799.99.
  • Hands on: This is how awesome widgets are going to be in iOS 8 (2014-09-02 12:00:41)
    Apple has fought the idea of adding widget support to its iOS platform for years, in theory because the company decided battery life was more important than zero-tap access to information. Some agree with that stance while others would rather have the option of using widgets on their iPhones and iPads, but now Apple has finally come up with a compromise. In iOS 8, Apple’s next-generation mobile platform that will be released to the public later this month, developers can create widgets for their apps that will reside on the Today panel in iOS’s Notification Center. It’s not quite as practical as a home screen widget might be, but at least it’s something. While the world waits for iOS 8 to be
  • Android Wear updates will let you leave your phone at home (2014-09-02 11:54:00)
  • Turkey hosts Internet forum, despite online crackdown (2014-09-02 11:53:23)
    Turkey has begun hosting a major UN-backed forum on Internet governance, despite sharp criticism that it is one of world's leading offenders on limiting Internet rights. The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is an annual meeting set up by the United Nations that aims to bring together government, activists and business to discuss how to regulate and encourage use of the Internet worldwide. He said the forum strived to help government officials and civil society "to better access the benefits of the Internet for all." Yet the choice of Istanbul as the venue for the meeting has been highly contentious, given Turkey's own patchy record on Internet freedoms which included brief bans on YouTube and Twitter this year.
  • Reddit's new app eases the pain of reading AMAs (2014-09-02 11:46:29)
    Reading Reddit's Ask Me Anything chats on the Web can be challenging, but a new mobile app attempts to clear up the confusion.>
  • Court strikes down Uber car service in Germany (2014-09-02 11:46:08)
    Uber had already been banned in Berlin, but the Tuesday's court ruling means the car service could be shut out nationwide.>
  • Here’s a great Galaxy Note 4 feature that might be coming to future iPhones (2014-09-02 11:35:21)
    Apple is giving both of its operating systems major facelifts this fall with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, but after 44 new patents were granted to the company on Tuesday, it’s clear that these updates are only the beginning. Patently Apple is focusing on a few of the most significant patents, starting with moving radial menus, a feature found on Samsung’s Galaxy Note line of phablets. FROM EARLIER: 5 huge changes iPhone 6 owners will have to adapt to The patent is specifically for a computer program which will determine if the user is too close to the edge of the screen when attempting to open a radial menu either through touch or with a mouse. Radial menus would serve
  • It's Time To Extend New Technology Into War (2014-09-02 11:34:35)
    With all of the conflicts going on around the world, the US is finding itself spread very thin among its enemies. Russia is on Ukrainian soil, ISIL is in Syria and Iraq, and Somalia is still brewing, many years after the US Blackhawk incident. We have seen the use of distance technology in war, from its implementation in robotic surgery to the...
  • Top South America hackers rattle Peru's Cabinet (2014-09-02 11:34:17)
    LIMA, Peru (AP) — The Peruvian hackers have broken into military, police, and other sensitive government networks in Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Venezuela, defacing websites and extracting sensitive data to strut their programming prowess and make political points.
  • Native Instruments reveals new keyboards for 'Komplete' freaks (2014-09-02 11:29:00)
  • New leak may confirm a crucial 5.5-inch iPhone 6 specification (2014-09-02 11:10:34)
    It’s a fact: Bigger phones need bigger batteries. This is why we’ve been hoping that Apple, which has been taking shots from Samsung over the iPhone’s subpar battery power, would really up its game when it comes to putting a high-powered battery into its 5.5-inch iPhone 6. And now a new leaked photo from shows that our prayers may have been answered as it appears Apple will include a 2,915mAh battery in its first-ever phablet. FROM EARLIER: Apple might want to start taking gripes about the iPhone’s battery life seriously For comparison, recall that Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 features a 3,200 mAh, which is slightly more powerful than the purported 5.5-inch iPhone 6 battery. However, we should also remember that Apple’s
  • 'The Wire' is finally being remastered in HD, and it's probably coming to HBO this week (2014-09-02 11:10:12)
    HBO's The Wire, aka that show you've been saying for years you'll watch because all your friends won't shut up about it, is coming back. According to a promo video found by Polygon editor Arthur Gies (as noted by HBO Watch), a marathon of this series will be broadcasted on HBO Signature weeknights at 8PM starting September 4th, "remastered in for the first time in high definition."
  • Engadget giveaway: win an HTC One M8 courtesy of MapHook! (2014-09-02 11:00:00)
  • $48 worth of awesome paid iPhone apps that are free right now (8 apps total) (2014-09-02 10:45:25)
    BGR celebrated Labor Day this year by bringing you $55 worth of great paid iPhone and iPad apps that were free for a limited time. In fact, a few of the apps we shared on Monday are still free if you hurry. With each new day comes a new batch of iOS app sales, however, and we’ve sifted through all the junk to bring you the cream of the crop. Today’s batch of paid apps gone free includes eight apps that are worth a combined $48, but they’re all free if you download them right away. These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way
  • Google plans multiple Android Wear updates as Apple's wearable looms (2014-09-02 10:40:07)
    Google's first update to Android Wear is coming this week, and several more will follow it before the end of the year as Google moves to quickly iterate on its new wearable software platform. In an interview with CNET, two leading Android engineers lay out what we should expect to see in some future updates. Google previously teased details of this in a Google+ post. Support for GPS and Bluetooth headsets is in the works
  • What you can expect at IFA 2014 (2014-09-02 10:40:00)
  • Robot Dramas: Autonomous Machines in the Limelight on Stage and in Society (2014-09-02 10:37:27)
    A scene from the 1921 play, R.U.R. showing robots interacting with humans. The play was the first to use the word "robot" (which in Czech means "drugdery").Like most Americans, I grew up on a steady diet of fictional robots. They were occasionally friendly or cooperative, often murderous, typically clumsy and tone-deaf to human emotions and...
  • Compuware agrees to private equity sale (2014-09-02 10:28:31)
    (Reuters) - Business software maker Compuware Corp agreed to be bought by private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo LLC in a deal valued at about $2.5 billion. Compuware shareholders will get $10.43 per share in cash at a premium of 11.6 percent over the stock's Friday close of $9.35, the companies said in a joint statement. (Reporting by Supantha Mukherjee in Bangalore; Editing by Joyjeet Das)
  • Windows 9 accidentally plugged by Microsoft China (2014-09-02 10:27:01)
    The upcoming new version of Windows received an unintentional pitch with a brief post and logo courtesy of Microsoft China.>
  • Everything we know about the 3 huge flagship phones you’ll see unveiled over the next week (2014-09-02 10:20:16)
    This past summer was not an exciting time for new smartphones by any stretch of the imagination but September is already promising to make up for it in a big way. Over the next week alone, we’re going to get our first official looks at Apple’s iPhone 6, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 and Motorola’s Moto X+1, each of which by itself would be the most significant smartphone launch since the unveiling of the LG G3 all the way back in May. To help you keep track of all these new devices, we’ve put together a quick overview of everything we know and everything we think we know about the iPhone 6, Galaxy Note 4 and Moto X+1. The iPhone 6 We’ll start
  • Renesas says may cut more jobs, but restructuring past halfway (2014-09-02 10:19:56)
    By Sophie Knight and Reiji Murai TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese chipmaker Renesas Electronics may cut more jobs as it finishes a massive restructuring that is focusing its business on the automotive and industrial sectors and has pulled it back into the black after years of losses. Remaining steps will focus on selling factories and exiting businesses announced in a 2012 restructuring framework, updated a year ago, with about 40 percent of the plan still to be implemented, Renesas Chairman and CEO Hisao Sakuta told a media round table on Tuesday. "If there's a mismatch between what the company is trying to do and what an individual wants to do, people will probably be quitting." Renesas, hit hard when a March 2011 earthquake shut a key chip plant for months and sent customers looking for other suppliers, has already cut more than 10,000 jobs and racked up 350 billion yen ($3.3 billion) in cumulative net losses over the last four financial years. Last week, Renesas unveiled a chip using new technologies that it aims to eventually apply to autonomous driving, which merges together feeds from cameras fitted to the car to create a 3D image and can detect pedestrians within several meters of a vehicle.
  • Epson dives into fitness wearables with heart and run trackers (2014-09-02 10:19:00)
  • Facebook’s Report Abuse button has become a tool of global oppression (2014-09-02 10:16:29)
    It's a Facebook raid, conducted on July 12th against an independent Vietnamese news site called the Khmer Krom News. The strategy is simple — rack up enough abuse reports to knock the site off Facebook, effectively cutting it off from its audience. This isn't the first time activists have run into trouble on Facebook. The button is designed to protect Facebook users from the same threats and abuse that often run rampant on Twitter and Tumblr, but as the raid shows, that protection can also be used as a tool for stifling dissent.
  • North Korean tactics in cyberwarfare exposed (2014-09-02 10:13:43)
    An HP report suggests the reclusive country's cyberwarfare capabilities are rapidly making it a threat to Western systems.>
  • Imagination Technologies to ARM: anything you can do, our new chips can do better (2014-09-02 10:00:00)
  • This is our best look yet at the fully assembled iPhone 6 (2014-09-02 09:55:56)
    Apple will unveil the iPhone 6 in a week during a special media event that has already been confirmed by the company, but that doesn’t mean the iPhone 6 leaks have stopped. In fact, after Feld & Volk last week released a video showing a fully assembled 4.7-inch iPhone 6 model (with help of the available alleged iPhone 6 components that can already be found in the wild), YouTube channel Rozetked has posted an even longer video showing a similarly assembled iPhone 6 unit, complete with commentary. FROM EARLIER: Watch a fully assembled iPhone 6 boot up for the very first time While in this video the iPhone 6 doesn’t boot up like in the previous short video posted by Feld
  • Netflix teams up with Facebook to make recommending movies faster (2014-09-02 09:46:00)
  • Welcome to Verge 2.0 (2014-09-02 09:32:14)
    You might notice something a bit different about The Verge today. There’s no more mobile site, no tablet site, no desktop site — there’s just one Verge for everything. Think of it like Verge Hack Week, but for the site itself.
  • iPhone 6 Video Shows Fully Assembled Design (2014-09-02 09:31:22)
    As the Sept. 9 launch date approaches for the iPhone 6, a new video has surfaced showing what appears to be the fully assembled design of Apple's highly anticipated sequel. Using leaked parts, the device is bigger than the iPhone 5s (as expected) and also sports rounded edges. The body represents a stark departure from the iPhone 5 and 5s, which has a chassis with squarer edges.
  • 5 huge changes iPhone 6 owners will have to adapt to (2014-09-02 09:30:01)
    It’s almost time to breathe a big sigh of relief, Apple fans — we’re now exactly a week away from seeing Apple unveil what very well may be the most hotly anticipated iPhone models the company has ever built. Consumers have been clamoring for years for iPhones with significantly larger displays, and in 2014 it looks like they’ll finally get what they want. Apple is expected to unveil two new iPhone models that will launch this fall, a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and an even bigger 5.5-inch iPhone phablet. As much as people have been looking forward to new iPhones with larger displays, however, there are some big adjustments that will have to be made and we’re not entirely certain that everyone has
  • Google's Android Wear team: We'll update early and often (2014-09-02 09:29:54)
    The tech titan has "several" updates to the Android Wear OS coming by year's end, with the first due this week. Here's a hint of what to expect.>
  • Windows 8.1 continues to inch along (2014-09-02 09:26:30)
    Microsoft's latest OS keeps gaining users, according to Net Applications, but progress is still coming at a snail's pace.>
  • Uber banned across Germany (2014-09-02 09:21:00)
  • Google says Android Wear about to get even smarter (Q&A) (2014-09-02 09:10:51)
    The search giant hasn't said much about its OS for wearable devices since a demo in June. CNET sat down with two of the project's head engineers to find out what's new.>
  • Claimed hacker behind iCloud nude photos theft says it took ‘months’ of planning to pull off heist (2014-09-02 09:05:46)
    Hacking into iCloud and swiping nude photos of various celebrities isn’t a one-night operation — it apparently takes months of planning. The Daily Mail notices that a man who has claimed responsibility for this week’s big iCloud photo heist has posted details about how long it took to supposedly pull off the hack. The man, who is now apparently being investigated by the FBI, apparently headed up a group of hackers who were collectively responsible for the theft. FROM EARLIER: Nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande and others leak in alleged iCloud hack “This is the result of several months of long and hard work by all involved,” wrote the hacker. “We appreciate your donations and applaud your excitement. I will soon
  • 64GB iPhone 6 may adopt sapphire screen as test -- analyst (2014-09-02 09:02:59)
    Apple may test the waters of a sapphire-screened phone by limiting the tough but pricey material to a single version of the next iPhone this year, claims analyst Gene Munster.>
  • Sonos adds full Wi-Fi compatibility with latest software update (2014-09-02 09:00:17)
    A free software upgrade finally allows Sonos streaming music systems to connect directly to home Wi-Fi networks.>
  • You can now unplug Sonos kit from the router (2014-09-02 09:00:00)
  • Now TV comes to the Chromecast (2014-09-02 08:53:00)
  • Into the black hole: an interview with comics author Grant Morrison (2014-09-02 08:45:02)
    More than almost anyone, Grant Morrison has plumbed the weirdness that lies at the heart of comics. With the first issue out tomorrow, we talked to Morrison about myth-making, originality, and the dark undercurrents of modern fiction.
  • Digitsole's smart insoles keep your tootsies warm as you walk (2014-09-02 08:45:00)
  • Women in Business: Q&A with Barbara Rivera, President and General Manager of Public-Sector Business at Experian (2014-09-02 08:37:25)
    Barbara Rivera is the President and General Manager of Public-Sector Business at Experian. Rivera drives strategy and execution across Experian's public-sector business within the North American market. She has worked with firms including IBM, SAP and Oracle and also formed alliances with system integrators and consulting organizations that...
  • Enter for your chance to win an iPad Mini and more! (2014-09-02 08:31:25)
    Just answer one simple question and you'll be entered to win both the Mini and a sweet Bracketron accessory bundle.>
  • When it comes to apps, tablet users are bigger spenders (2014-09-02 08:20:00)
    The nearly $100 billion app market may not be dominated by tablets, but slate owners spend more on average for content than their smartphone counterparts.>
  • Both Apple and FBI confirm investigation of nude celebrities photos fiasco (2014-09-02 08:15:10)
    Personal data from various celebrities – nude photos and videos allegedly belonging to many well-known personalities from various entertainment businesses – have been stolen by a hacker or group of hackers and posted online a few days ago, an event known online as “the Fappening.” While some celebrities denied the leaked pictures, others confirmed their existence, and it looks like both Apple – whose iCloud service might have been somehow compromised in this particular hack – and the FBI are investigating the matter, The Register reports. FROM EARLIER: Nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande and others leak in alleged iCloud hack Even though a massive iCloud hack that could put at the risk personal data for millions of users is very
  • Both Apple and FBI confirm investigation of nude celebrity photos fiasco (2014-09-02 08:15:10)
    Personal data from various celebrities – nude photos and videos allegedly belonging to many well-known personalities from various entertainment businesses – have been stolen by a hacker or group of hackers and posted online a few days ago, an event known online as “the Fappening.” While some celebrities denied the leaked pictures, others confirmed their existence, and it looks like both Apple – whose iCloud service might have been somehow compromised in this particular hack – and the FBI are investigating the matter, The Register reports. FROM EARLIER: Nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande and others leak in alleged iCloud hack Even though a massive iCloud hack that could put at the risk personal data for millions of users is very
  • Sony is about to make compact camera lenses compatible with your smartphone (2014-09-02 08:09:50)
    Sony's Smart Lenses were a delightful surprise at last year's IFA trade show in Berlin. The idea of transforming a smartphone into a capable camera by strapping a high-quality lens and sensor to it was immediately appealing, however Sony's execution with the actual hardware and software was less thrilling. Sony Alpha Rumors has the first images of a purported QX1 smartphone accessory. It's said to be splitting up the image sensor from the lens, making it possible to attach any one of Sony's growing range of E-mount lenses that are used on its Alpha series of mirrorless cameras.
  • Sony's about to strap an Alpha lens to your smartphone (2014-09-02 08:09:50)
    Sony's Smart Lenses were a delightful surprise at last year's IFA trade show in Berlin. The idea of transforming a smartphone into a capable camera by strapping a high-quality lens and sensor to it was immediately appealing, however Sony's execution with the actual hardware and software was less thrilling. Sony Alpha Rumors has the first images of a purported QX1 smartphone accessory.
  • 'What If?': A terrific combination of the ridiculous and real (2014-09-02 08:00:06)
    Learning how science and the world work is rarely is as much fun as in this book from Randall Munroe, the creator of the XKCD comic. It's good for kids and adults.>
  • EU regulators scrap antitrust case against MathWorks (2014-09-02 07:55:54)
    European Union antitrust regulators scrapped on Tuesday an investigation into MathWorks sparked by a complaint the U.S. The European Commission opened an investigation in March 2012 to assess whether MathWorks' alleged actions had prevented competing products from functioning with its software. "The Commission decided, as a result of the formal investigation, to close the antitrust proceedings," the EU competition watchdog said in a statement, without providing details. MathWorks products are used in the auto, aerospace, telecommunications, electronics and financial services industries.
  • Sony's next smartphone-mounted camera will let you change lenses (2014-09-02 07:55:00)
  • Ferguson police trial body cameras following mass protests (2014-09-02 07:44:03)
    Police in Ferugson, Missouri have begun wearing on-body cameras, following the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown last month. Police Chief Tom Jackson tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that his department received about 50 body cameras last week from two companies, Safety Visions and Digital Ally. Brown's death, at the hands of Ferguson officer Darren Wilson, and the department's heavy-handed response to protesters have stoked a national debate over police aggression and brutality. Other police departments in the St. Louis area have adopted wearable cameras following Brown's killing, with advocates pushing for legislation that would make the devices mandatory.
  • Cortana makes fun of Siri in brand new TV commercial (2014-09-02 07:30:25)
    Microsoft is back at making fun of Apple products in a new TV ad that stars Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana, the two voice-activated virtual assistants available on iOS and Windows Phone, respectively. In the new commercial, Microsoft is actually using the verbal duel between the two assistants to promote the HTC One (M8) for Windows – a recently released high-end handset – by comparing it to Apple’s existing flagship handset, the iPhone 5s. FROM EARLIER: Cortana vs. Siri vs. Google Now: The ultimate showdown continues Microsoft emphasizes in the new ad Cortana’s ability to hunt information from various sources, linking the user’s calendar with traffic information, while also focusing on the phone’s  hardware (its dual front-facing speakers in this case). At
  • When it comes to app spending, tablet users pay more (2014-09-02 07:29:09)
    The nearly $100 billion app market may not be dominated by tablets, but they're an important part.>
  • Why Galaxy Note 4 is a must-win for Samsung. Hint: Big-screen iPhone (2014-09-02 07:08:11)
    Apple is expected to launch its own big-screen smartphones a week after Samsung's Unpacked event, putting more pressure on the Korean electronics giant.>
  • Philips' Hue Beyond brings smart lighting to lamps and table lights (2014-09-02 07:00:00)
  • NASA explains why you won't get a drone delivery anytime soon (2014-09-02 06:39:00)
  • Xiaomi sells 40,000 Redmi 1S phones in 4 seconds in India (2014-09-02 06:18:25)
    The Chinese company appears to be unable to keep up with demand for its phones in India -- leading to complains on Facebook about the "limited" quantity of its stocks.>
  • Are the first Android One smartphones about to launch? (2014-09-02 06:02:40)
    Google has sent out invitations for "an exciting new announcement," scheduled to take place on September 15 in India. Although Google is being coy about what to expect at the event, first reported by NDTV, the timing and the location suggest that it will be for the unveiling of the first truly affordable Android One smartphones developed for emerging markets.  Android One is Google's plan to put good smartphones in the hands of the next 1 billion consumers and is essentially a hardware template that manufacturers can follow in order to make affordable phones -- i.e., roughly $100 -- that aren't overwhelmed by Android software and offer a satisfying user experience. To help keep costs down, Google is sharing its formidable resources with manufacturers that sign up to Android One and will also be working with local network providers to create affordable data plans and with local developers to support the creation of locally relevant apps.
  • Photos show the Xperia Z3 compact is (another) chip off the old block (2014-09-02 05:48:00)
  • Court halts ridesharing service Uber in Germany (2014-09-02 05:45:42)
    BERLIN (AP) — A court has issued an injunction barring ridesharing service Uber from operating in Germany, the latest shot in the company's fight with taxi drivers.
  • Frankfurt court bans Uber taxi services across Germany (2014-09-02 05:01:04)
    By Eric Auchard FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A regional German court has issued a temporary injunction against Uber, the U.S.-based online chauffeur service, saying its drivers lacked necessary commercial permits, potentially barring the company from operating in cities across Germany. San Francisco-based Uber, which allows users to summon taxi-like services on their smartphones, has faced regulatory battles and court injunctions from its early days, even as it has expanded rapidly into roughly 150 cities around the world. In its ruling, the Frankfurt Regional Court said the company could no longer offer its Uber and UberPop phone apps to connect drivers with passengers, stating that Uber's network of drivers lacked the necessary commercial licenses to pick up passengers. German law only allows drivers to pick up passengers without a commercial license if the driver charges no more than the operating cost of the trip.
  • Reddit's new official app is the best way to read AMAs (2014-09-02 04:59:58)
    Reddit's AMA (Ask Me Anything) section is one of the most popular areas of the site, but the Q&As themselves can be a little difficult to read — not every question gets answered, other users jump in with their own thoughts, and threads can quickly balloon out of control. Now Reddit has addressed the issue by releasing a free mobile app that streamlines the reading process and makes for a much better experience overall. The AMA app lets you filter out questions that weren't replied to by the (often celebrity) thread starter, meaning you can read the whole thing more or less as a straight interview.
  • BBC launches kid coding lessons as schools increase focus on computing (2014-09-02 04:42:00)
  • Samsung coats its new smartwatch in Swarovski crystal, so now you'll want it (2014-09-02 04:29:00)
  • Sony's Xperia Z3 Compact appears in leaked photos (2014-09-02 04:21:22)
    We already had some idea that Sony would reveal a new line of Xperia products at this year's IFA show in Berlin — the company itself teased a mysterious series of rectangles last week — and now it looks like the smallest model has surfaced in greater detail. Sony has a press conference scheduled for 4.15PM Berlin time (10.15AM Eastern time) on Wednesday, so it's likely we'll find out more by then.
  • Microsoft just teased Windows 9 by mistake (2014-09-02 04:11:14)
    Microsoft hasn't officially discussed Windows 9 yet, but its Chinese division is keen to get people talking about the upcoming OS. In a Weibo posting today, Microsoft China asked "Microsoft’s latest OS Windows 9 is coming soon, do you think the start menu at the left bottom will make a come back?" A Windows 9 logo accompanied the post before it was quickly removed, and Chinese site Cnbeta spotted it. It was clearly a mistake, but the wording suggests Windows 9 is indeed "coming soon."
  • Microsoft's latest Siri vs. Cortana ad aims to find the fairest voice assistant of them all (2014-09-02 03:03:50)
    Mirror mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all? It starts with Siri "feeling pretty, oh so pretty" while staring into a mirror, before Cortana appears with Jen Taylor's unmistakable voice to subtly mock Apple's robotic tone. These types of comparisons aren't new for Microsoft as the company has used Siri to compare iPads to Windows 8 tablets. Microsoft also reignited the Mac vs. PC conflict last month with a new Surface Pro 3 ad that saw its latest tablet go head-to-head with the MacBook Air.
  • Korean carrier upgrades eel farm, makes the Internet of (slimey) Things (2014-09-02 02:56:00)
  • LG and Samsung keep gluing crystals on their products and we don't know why (2014-09-02 02:16:19)
    Curved TVs have already been criticized for being gimmicky and superfluous to user needs, but it seems manufacturer LG has been inspired to go one better in the pursuit of absurdity — it's covered a curved OLED TV in Swarovski crystals. The model, which LG chooses to call "luxurious" and "quite simply gorgeous" rather than "an upsetting monument to tackiness," is on show at Berlin's IFA technology show this week.
  • webOS port renamed LuneOS, focuses on Nexus 4 and HP TouchPad (2014-09-02 01:14:00)
  • webOS granted a second mobile life as LuneOS (2014-09-02 01:14:00)
  • Hubble captures breathtaking picture of dark and light nebulae (2014-09-02 01:10:43)
    Hubble has captured a stunning photo of a baby star in close proximity to both a light nebula and a dark nebula overlapping.>
  • My Mixtapez Music & Mixtapes review (2014-09-02 00:47:00)
    Download and Stream your favorite Artist, Dj's, producers, & Groups
  • Movies by Flixster review (2014-09-02 00:42:15)
    Find show times and theaters, buy tickets, and watch movie trailers on your Android device
  • Monster Job Search review (2014-09-02 00:38:00)
    Find your next job anywhere, anytime
  • MyRadar Weather Radar review (2014-09-02 00:32:00)
    MyRadar is the fastest, easiest-to-use, no-frills application that displays animated weather radar around your current location, allowing you to
  • Moovit review (2014-09-02 00:25:00)
    Choose the fastest route every time when you need to ride public transport smarter
  • Music Volume EQ review (2014-09-02 00:19:45)
    Make your music more engaging with an equalizer, bass boost and virtualizer effects
  • At Bat Lite review (2014-09-01 23:38:41)
    The #1 sports app of all-time, MLBcom At Bat, returns with Spring Training
  • Drone sneaks peek at Apple's 'spaceship' campus in progress (2014-09-01 23:28:28)
    A Go Pro strapped to a quad copter offers the best look yet at Apple's "Campus 2," currently under construction.>
  • Sound Wallet can keep your Bitcoins secure with vinyl-based encryption (2014-09-01 23:22:00)
  • Personal Finance review (2014-09-01 23:15:10)
    Track, budget, and manage your money from your phone with Mint for Android
  • Marvel Comics review (2014-09-01 22:45:20)
    Meet your favorite comics characters on your Android device
  • PhraseExpress USB Edition review (2014-09-01 22:27:18)
    Eliminate repetitive typing and manage frequently used text snippets from Windows PC
  • LG's Swarovski-encrusted OLED TV is a thing that exists (2014-09-01 22:18:00)
  • Become a living room fighter pilot with life-sized cardboard cockpit (2014-09-01 22:12:14)
    Ever wanted your own jet fighter? Perhaps a life-sized cardboard cockpit with enough space for your gaming chair and rig is the next best thing.>
  • Apple Launches Investigation Into Celebrity iCloud Hack (2014-09-01 21:45:34)
    This weekend, a number of celebrities had their privacy invaded when a hacker obtained personal photographs from various digital devices, and began spreading them across the Internet. Among those affected were Ariana Grande, Aubrey Plaza, Bar Rafaeli, Jennifer Lawrence, Kaley Cuoco, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst, Victoria Justice, and many more. Jennifer Lawrence's photographs, which were perhaps the most widely circulated from the batch, were all stolen from an iCloud account.
  • Man dumps liquid nitrogen on his head in most dangerous Ice Bucket Challenge video yet (2014-09-01 21:15:33)
    The band members of Spinal Tap always talked about “the fine line between stupid and clever,” and that’s about all we can think of while watching this latest Ice Bucket Challenge video produced by chemist Muhammad Qureshi, who decided to one-up everyone else who has taken the challenge so far by pouring liquid nitrogen all over his head. FROM EARLIER: Stephen Hawking delivers the most heartwarming Ice Bucket Challenge video yet For those of you who don’t know your science, nitrogen has to be very cold before it becomes a liquid — it has a boiling point of −321 °F and a freezing point of −346 °F, so any liquid nitrogen you encounter will be within that temperature range. Because Qureshi knows what he’s doing, however, he
  • NASA is building an air traffic control system for drones (2014-09-01 21:04:06)
    NASA is developing an air traffic control system for drones. The New York Times reports the US space agency is working on creating a management system for vehicles that fly at around 400 to 500 feet off the ground — much lower than conventional aircraft — at its Moffett Field base around four miles from Google's Mountain View headquarters. The system would check for other low-flying drone traffic, help the small unmanned vehicles avoid buildings, and scan for adverse weather conditions that might knock a drone out of the sky. NASA's drone traffic control centers will be automated While the drone system would follow the same principles as full-fledged air traffic control, the NYT says its control center would be fully automated.
  • Elgato announces $50 Avea smart lightbulb and Eve smart home sensors (2014-09-01 21:03:00)
  • Jennifer Lawrence, failed by the Web (2014-09-01 20:45:47)
    We've all been naive to believe that there is any sort of true security on the Web. The case of the mass leaking of naked celebrity pictures is just one example.>
  • Sony announces adorable 'Dragon Quest' limited edition PS4 (2014-09-01 20:24:03)
    At a press conference in Tokyo yesterday, Sony and Square Enix announced Dragon Quest Heroes for PlayStation 3 and 4, the first game in the impossibly-big-in-Japan series to hit PlayStation platforms in close to a decade. It's a Dynasty Warriors-style action game produced in collaboration with Koei Tecmo, and could give Sony a sales boost next year; All of this is fairly interesting if you're a Dragon Quest fan or are into Japanese games.
  • Customize your PS4 and PS Vita with themes in the next major updates (2014-09-01 20:00:19)
    The success of the PlayStation 4 in the international market has been well-documented, but that doesn’t mean Sony’s latest home console is without its own unique flaws. In our review last fall, we noted that the app stream on the dashboard was going to become problematic as the PS4’s library began to expand, yet Sony still hasn’t found a way to address the issue in any of its recent updates. In the meantime, the company plans to distract us with dashboard themes. Sony announced at its pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference that themes will be coming to the PS4 and PS Vita. The themes will allow PS4 owners to customize their home screens with new wallpapers, icons and sounds based on their favorite
  • What's on your HDTV: NFL, 'Drunk History', 'Boardwalk Empire', 'Trailer Park Boys' (2014-09-01 19:17:00)
  • The latest iPhone 6 leak assembles parts into the best video yet (2014-09-01 19:04:36)
    There's been no shortage of parts leaks and even "leaked" iPhones assembled from various parts on the internet in the past few weeks. As 9to5Mac notes, you can also get a (brief) look at the white front panel and compare the space gray color to the iPhone 5S (spoiler: the colors look very similar.) Everybody is expecting both a 4.7-inch iPhone and a 5.5-inch version at Apple's event on September 9th, not to mention the iWatch.
  • HTC's Nexus tablet could get a Microsoft Surface-style keyboard cover (2014-09-01 18:53:19)
    For several months, rumors have been pointing toward a new Google Nexus tablet supplied by HTC — possibly in conjunction with the release of Android "L" — and a new report from Android Police suggests that there could be a high-tech cover to go along with it. The cover is said to have several creases on on side so that the tablet can be propped up at one of a number of angles (similar to Apple's Smart Covers, among others), while the other side would have a full QWERTY keyboard. The keyboard cover has been front and center at every Microsoft Surface launch; with Android, though, not so much.
  • Don’t worry, GTA V is still coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC this fall (2014-09-01 18:45:30)
    One of the most anticipated next-gen titles of the holiday season is already out… but just not on the platforms we want it. Rockstar Games announced at E3 2014 that Grand Theft Auto V would be making the transition to the PS4, Xbox One and PC this fall, but three months later, we haven’t heard or seen any new signs of the highly anticipated port. Rumors began to spread that GTA V might be delayed, but Rockstar wants to ensure fans that the game is still on track. One fan took to the Rockstar Support forums to express his concern that GTA V wouldn’t make it to PC by the end of the year. This was the developer’s response: I’m
  • More than one in three wild boar in Germany are too radioactive to eat (2014-09-01 18:17:02)
    If you've going to Germany to experience Oktoberfest for beer and sausages this fall, chances are you might want to stay away from the boar while you're there. A new study from the German government, reported by The Telegraph, shows that more than one in three wild boar killed by hunters in the region are too radioactive to be safe for humans to eat. Since 2012, hunters in the Saxony region of Germany have had to get any wild boar they kill tested for radiation. In one year, the state reports that 297 of 752 boar tested contained more than the safe limit of 600 becquerels of radioactive material caesium-137 per kilogram for human consumption.
  • Inquiries begin into nude celebrity photo leaks (2014-09-01 17:38:40)
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The FBI said Monday it was addressing allegations that online accounts of several celebrities, including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, had been hacked, leading to the posting of their nude photographs online.
  • Why Beats headphones are so ridiculously overpriced (2014-09-01 17:30:43)
    Beats headphones aren’t exactly beloved in the audiophile community and yet Dr. Dre’s company still gets away with charging an obscene $300 per pair for its Beats Studio Headphones. Why? A new MKBHD video that went viral over the weekend does a nice job of breaking things down: Basically, Beats can get away with charging so much more for its headphones thanks to the magic of branding. MKBHD sharply observes that Beats was the first headphones company to really take branding and packaging seriously, which is appropriate enough seeing as how the company that just bought Beats for $3 billion is also well known for its branding and packaging prowess. Having Beats founded by Dr. Dre is also obviously a
  • Apple reveals the the most common reasons that it rejects apps (2014-09-01 17:22:00)
  • Apple reveals the most common reasons that it rejects apps (2014-09-01 17:22:00)
  • Apple 'actively investigating' iCloud link to celeb photo leak (2014-09-01 17:01:00)
    Company's online storage service said to be source of a large cache of private nude celebrity images.>
  • 4 hilariously awful Kickstarters that you will not believe are real (2014-09-01 16:15:55)
    Kickstarter has become a wonderful way to watch hilariously deluded people fail to achieve their completely ridiculous dreams. Thanks to the dedicated crew at Reddit’s /r/shittykickstarters community, we’ve found for more incredible anti-gems for you to check out that will hopefully never find enough suckers to get successfully funded. Free AC Wow! Free air conditioning! That sounds awesome! Tell me how you do it! Oh wait. You just drilled holes into the top of your fridge and used some tubes to funnel the freezer’s cool air through an air conditioner unit? And you think this is actually going to save you money without completely wrecking your freezer? Oh my. The Free AC Kickstarter project has mercifully been halted, likely after the inventor
  • Apple 'actively investigating' alleged hack that revealed nude celebrity photos (2014-09-01 16:14:22)
    Apple says it is "actively investigating" an alleged exploit to its iCloud service that allowed hackers to post dozens of private celebrity photos to public message boards this weekend. "We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report," said an Apple spokesperson to Recode. Among the pictures posted to the Reddit and 4chan message boards were nude photos of celebrities Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst, and numerous other models, actresses, and athletes. Though it hasn't yet been confirmed that the pictures came from iCloud accounts, reports have speculated that the hackers used a recent tool called iBrute, which can repeatedly try different combinations of passwords on Apple's Find My iPhone service until one of them works.
  • Apple 'actively investigating' and FBI 'addressing' alleged hack that revealed nude celebrity photos (2014-09-01 16:14:22)
    Apple says it is "actively investigating" an alleged exploit to its iCloud service that allowed hackers to post dozens of private celebrity photos to public message boards this weekend. "We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report," said an Apple spokesperson to Recode. Among the pictures posted to the Reddit and 4chan message boards were nude photos of celebrities Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst, and numerous other models, actresses, and athletes. Meanwhile, as Hollywood Reporter notes, the FBI is also paying attention, releasing the following statement that promises that it is "addressing the matter." What precisely "addressing" means is as yet unclear:  "The FBI is aware of the allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful release of material involving high profile individuals, and is addressing the matter.
  • EU urged to convert TV frequencies to mobile broadband (2014-09-01 16:01:05)
    The EU should convert a whole spectrum of television and radio frequencies for use by mobile broadband by around 2020 as smartphone use soars, a report said on Monday. Former World Trade Organization chief Pascal Lamy's report on the changing face of the media said the 700 Mhz spectrum should be "repurposed" for wireless broadband. Lamy, a former EU trade commissioner, told reporters his was "a sort of peacemaking mission" between broadcasters and the mobile phone industry over use of the UHF (Ultra High Frequency) spectrum. He wanted to limit the impact on radio and TV broadcasters while freeing up space for the rapidly growing use of mobile phones and the Internet in general, particularly for viewing content once only available on TV.
  • Google set to reveal Android One budget phone hardware in India on September 15th (2014-09-01 15:58:00)
  • ​Iliad allies could sweeten bid to buy T-Mobile USA (2014-09-01 15:35:50)
    The French company doesn't want to pay more on its own, but is rounding up allies to help persuade Deutsche Telekom to sell its controlling interest in the US carrier.>
  • Even more proof that Motorola is making the next Nexus smartphone (2014-09-01 15:30:42)
    After numerous reports revealed that the Motorola Shamu is actually the next Nexus smartphone, and that the Nexus 6 smartphone may be quietly released as the Nexus X later this year, Phone Arena has discovered even more proof that Motorola is indeed working on such a device. FROM EARLIER: Two very different Nexus X models might launch this year A prototype Motorola Shamu handset (model number XT1112) has been listed on Zauba, a website that tracks imports and exports in India. The listing does not mention any details about the device, but it does note the Shamu comes from the United States and it’s being shipped to India “for demo purposes.” Furthermore, the shipping manifest says that two Shamu units
  • John Oliver turns to YouTube to thank, spank commenters (2014-09-01 15:28:53)
    In a YouTube special, the HBO comedian marvels at the commentary he incites. It's already received some erudite comments.>
  • UKTV will copy Amazon, ask viewers which shows it should make (2014-09-01 14:57:00)
  • This iPhone case makes it easier than ever for thieves to steal your ATM PIN (2014-09-01 14:45:08)
    In light of this weekend’s massive celebrity photo leak, mobile security is bound to be a major topic of discussion in the weeks to come. How can we keep our private data safe if actors and actresses whose lives often revolve around keeping things private are this vulnerable? With the amount of information we store on our phones, in our email, in cloud storage, we’re always going to be at risk, but there are ways that hackers can get private data from us without accessing any of our devices. At the beginning of the year, thermal imaging company FLIR announced the FLIR One, an iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s-compatible case with a infrared camera. Although there are plenty of legitimate uses for an infrared camera, there
  • Awesome Android keyboard coming to iOS 8 to make your iPhone 6 seem even bigger (2014-09-01 14:20:48)
    One of the most interesting features of iOS 8 – at least to some potential iPhone buyers – is support for third-party keyboards, which Apple is ready to introduce for the first time ever. Once iOS 8 is officially released following the iPhone 6 announcement next week, various third-party keyboards will likely be launched in the App Store, including one particular app that’s already popular on Android devices. Dubbed Minuum, the keyboard app offers Android users access to a predictive keyboard that also happens to take up a lot less space on the screen than any other keyboard app in order to free up more screen real estate for the content the user is actually interested in seeing while typing. Minuum has even come
  • NASA is building the largest rocket of all time for a 2018 launch (2014-09-01 14:15:02)
    NASA has worked on some inspiring interplanetary projects in the last few years, but few have been as ambitious as the simply-named Space Launch System, a new rocket that will be the largest ever built at 384 feet tall, surpassing even the mighty Saturn V (363 feet), the rocket that took humanity to the moon. Last week, NASA announced that the Space Launch System, SLS for short, is on track to perform its first unmanned test launch in 2018. After that, NASA says the rocket could be used to reach Saturn and Jupiter. At the moment, even getting off the ground would be progress: since the retirement of the Space Shuttle in 2011, NASA has been left without any domestic capability to launch American astronauts into space;
  • Opportunity rover is getting reformatted after ten years on Mars (2014-09-01 13:59:00)
  • Leak reveals HTC Nexus 9 launch details and accessories (2014-09-01 13:55:39)
    Google’s upcoming Nexus 9 tablet is yet to be confirmed, but the high-end HTC-made tablet keeps appearing in more and more reports. Also known as Volantis, Flounder or HTC T1, the device is expected to arrive in the coming months, likely alongside a new Nexus smartphone in time for the Android L launch. Meanwhile, @upleaks, who has provided many Nexus 9 details in the past, has posted more details about the device’s launch, listing some accessories for the tablet in the process. FROM EARLIER: New Nexus 9 leak confirms key hardware details “The WiFi variant of HTC T1 coming to soooooo many countries, include Korea and Japan,” the tipster said, adding that the LTE version of the tablet will also be
  • EU seeks rivals' feedback on Facebook, WhatsApp deal (2014-09-01 13:47:12)
    By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators are asking Facebook's rivals and telecoms operators whether the world No. 1 online social network's proposed $19 billion bid for mobile messaging startup WhatsApp will lead to price hikes and curb innovation. The move came after Facebook sought EU approval for the deal, the largest in its 10-year history, which will give it a strong foothold in the fast-growing mobile messaging market and pit it against telecoms companies. The European Commission said on Monday it will decide by Oct. 3 whether to clear the deal unconditionally, demand concessions or extend the preliminary review into a wider probe. In a questionnaire sent to third parties and seen by Reuters, the EU regulator asked if the deal would have a negative, neutral or positive impact on users and customers in mobile messaging and social networks.
  • Video: Drone captures amazing bird’s-eye view of Apple’s new spaceship campus (2014-09-01 13:30:12)
    We’ve all seen photos of the new spaceship-like headquarters Apple is building in Cupertino, California right now, but none of us have seen it quite like this. YouTube user “jmcminn” last week posted a video he shot using a DJI Phantom 2 “drone” equipped with a GoPro Hero 3+ video camera. The video gives us the first bird’s-eye view of Apple’s Campus 2, which is currently under construction in Cupertino. The video is incredibly clear and it shows us exactly how unique and interesting (in other words, bizarre) Apple’s futuristic new spaceship campus is shaping up to be. The full drone video is embedded below.
  • Sending nude selfies is increasingly common behavior (2014-09-01 13:26:42)
    Hundreds of nude and revealing photos of female celebrities were released onto the internet last night by a hacker. A separate study from Purdue University found that among 21 year olds, 80 percent had sent or received a sext and 46 percent had sent a nude selfie.
  • DIY Dalek and dapper Time Lord battle in 'Japanese Doctor Who' (2014-09-01 13:07:50)
    Dalek with legs? Cybermen in Spandex? Sonic Screwdriver as a sword flute? Crave chats with the "Japanese Doctor Who" filmmaker Joshua Kahan about why he gave the popular British sci-fi show the Tokusatsu touch.>
  • Would you pay $400 for an iWatch? (2014-09-01 13:05:51)
    Given how not-so-well most smartwatches have sold so far, Apple would have to be crazy to charge $400 for the iWatch unless it brought something truly new to the table… right? Re/code’s sources say that Apple execs “have discussed charging around $400 for the company’s new wearable device” although that’s apparently just one of many price points under consideration for different device types. In fact, pricing for the iWatch is apparently still very much up in the air and Re/code’s sources still aren’t sure whether Apple will even unveil any pricing at all during its September 9th event when it will show off its first wearable computer alongside the iPhone 6. Unlike the iPhone 6, which has practically been leaked to death
  • NASA to reformat Mars rover's memory from 125 million miles away (2014-09-01 12:57:15)
    NASA's long-running Mars rover Opportunity is going to have its memory reformatted in an attempt to resolve a series of recurring errors that have been interrupting its work for a day or two at a time with some frequency over the last month. The rover, which is now over 10 years old and well beyond its original mission lifetime, reset itself over a dozen times last month because of what NASA says is likely an issue with worn-out flash memory that it's attempting to store data in. Pieces of flash memory can wear out after repeated use, and it's possible that the rover is still attempting to use these worn-out parts of its memory. "The flash reformatting is a low-risk process, as critical sequences and flight software are stored elsewhere in other non-volatile memory on the rover," John Callas, project manager for NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Project, says in a statement.
  • UK police threaten companies that sell domains to piracy sites (2014-09-01 12:52:00)
  • Elgato Eve will monitor the air in your house, works with iOS 8 HomeKit (2014-09-01 12:45:48)
    Elgato's upcoming smart home tech promises to measure the quality of air in your home, as well as energy and water consumption.>
  • Here’s how all those celebrity nudes might have been stolen (2014-09-01 12:40:59)
    After a massive breach that saw hackers steal nude pictures and videos from phones belonging to various celebrities, fingers have been pointed at Apple’s iCloud as the potential point of access. Now, various reports have emerged detailing the way these phones may have been obtained, and revealing Apple’s involvement in the process. FROM EARLIER: Nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande and others leak in alleged iCloud hack Online publication The Next Web reveals that hackers aware of an iCloud security issue (found in the Find My iPhone service) and may have taken advantage of it to break into the phones of the affected celebrities, who include Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Kate Hudson and many more. Apparently, a Python script was posted on Github last Monday that
  • Why Galaxy Note 4 is a must-win for Samsung? Hint: Big-screen iPhone (2014-09-01 12:21:29)
    Apple is expected to launch its own big-screen smartphones a week after Samsung's Unpacked event, putting more pressure on the Korean electronics giant.>
  • 5 more awesome Android apps you may not have heard of (2014-09-01 12:15:20)
    Because you can never have enough apps in your life, we’ve decided to comb through a recent thread of new Android app recommendations over at Reddit’s Android community and pluck out the best gems for your enjoyment. Some of these apps have been out for a while but some of them are brand new so don’t be shocked if they come with bugs. That said, they’re all highly rated and you can be sure the developers will issue patches to fix any reported issues people may find. And without further ado, here are five more terrific Android apps you may never have heard of. Moon+ Reader Pro Moon+ Reader Pro is a widely acclaimed book reader app that’s won praise for
  • Physicist shows why your WiFi sucks in that one room (2014-09-01 12:12:00)
  • Google may reveal first low-cost Android One phones at September 15th event (2014-09-01 12:02:07)
    Google has begun working with hardware manufacturers to help them easily produce low-cost Android Phones, and the first phones built as part of that effort could see a release soon. Google is holding an event in India on September 15th, according to NDTV, and it seems likely that it'll take this opportunity to focus on these new phones. The phones come as part of Android One, a reference program announced back in June that allows manufacturers to make phones based on inexpensive hardware designs put together by Google.
  • Vodafone ditches Phones4u to go all in with Dixons Carphone (2014-09-01 11:58:00)
  • Say hello to men who hate the NSA but love invading the lives of women (2014-09-01 11:56:52)
    Over the weekend someone released hundreds of revealing photos of celebrities that appear to have been stolen from private storage. The last time, a man named Christopher Chaney illegally accessed more than 50 email accounts to steal nude photos and was later rewarded with 10 years in prison. Take the members of Reddit, for example. If you're not familiar with Reddit, this is the best way I know how to describe it: it's an "anything goes" online message board where the loudest voices belong to misogynistic trolls who value anonymity over decency.
  • Say hello to men who hate NSA spying but love invading the privacy of women (2014-09-01 11:56:52)
    The last time, a man named Christopher Chaney illegally accessed more than 50 email accounts to steal nude photos and was later rewarded with 10 years in prison. Take the members of Reddit, for example. If you're not familiar with Reddit, this is the best way I know how to describe it: it's an "anything goes" online message board where the loudest voices belong to misogynistic trolls who value anonymity over decency. In reality, "anything goes" is a bit of hyperbole, since the site does have two major rules: no child porn, and no posting "personal information." And because Reddit is a special place, its ban on posting personal information will protect you unless you happen to be an attractive woman that lots of people want to see naked.
  • Say hello to men who hate NSA spying but blame women for being spied on (2014-09-01 11:56:52)
    The last time, a man named Christopher Chaney illegally accessed more than 50 email accounts to steal nude photos and was later rewarded with 10 years in prison. Take the members of Reddit, for example. If you're not familiar with Reddit, this is the best way I know how to describe it: it's an "anything goes" online message board where the loudest voices belong to misogynistic trolls who value anonymity over decency. In reality, "anything goes" is a bit of hyperbole, since the site does have two major rules: no child porn, and no posting "personal information." And because Reddit is a special place, its ban on posting personal information will protect you unless you happen to be an attractive woman that lots of people want to see naked.
  • Iran president urges clerics to tolerate Internet (2014-09-01 11:46:31)
    Iran's president urged the country's clerics Monday to be more tolerant of the Internet and new technologies, which are often the target of criticism by influential hard-liners in the Islamic Republic. ...
  • Next-gen flagship Moto X+1 leaks in new photos (2014-09-01 11:25:45)
    Motorola is set to announce a handful of new products later this week during a media gathering that BGR will be attending, but it looks like the star of the show has made an early appearance. TK Tech News on Monday posted photos it claims show the upcoming Motorola Moto X+1, and the images appear to be authentic. There are a few interesting takeaways from the photos. First, it looks like Motorola may have its exotic case backs ready for launch this time around. Early buyers of last year’s Moto X didn’t have access to fun materials like wood, and reports suggest that this year’s model will be available in even more unique finishes. The new photos show the Moto X+1 with
  • Will the 'iWatch' be worth $400? (2014-09-01 11:06:33)
    Reports suggest that Apple's team is considering charging a premium for the company's first wearable technology device. And while all 'idevices' come with a hefty price tag, charging so much for a smartwatch would mean that Apple would be putting it on a par with brands like Tissot and Breil, rather than Samsung or Fitbit.
  • What you need to know about the world's most popular game streaming service, Twitch (2014-09-01 11:00:00)
  • Here’s another way the iPhone 6 might disappoint you (2014-09-01 10:35:54)
    We hope you weren’t getting your hopes up too much that Apple was going to just give you a cool new reversible USB cable when you bought the iPhone 6. 9to5Mac directs our attention to a new research note from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who says that Apple’s new reversible USB Lightning connector won’t be shipping with the iPhone 6 and it’s not clear whether Apple plans to release the new connector at all. Kuo says that Apple believes the reversible USB connector will offer only “limited improvements to overall user experience” and thus won’t be worth the extra money to ship with the iPhone 6. FROM EARLIER: The most disappointing rumor about the iPhone 6 may have just been confirmed
  • Mars rover to get a long-distance memory wipe and reformat (2014-09-01 10:16:48)
    NASA aims to correct a series of problems with the Opportunity rover's memory by giving it a reformat from far, far away.>
  • Asus says it will unveil the best-looking Android Wear smartwatch yet on Wednesday (2014-09-01 10:15:01)
    Asus says that it's built the best-looking Android Wear smartwatch to date and that it plans to fully unveil it just two days from now, according to Taiwan's Central News Agency. Called the ZenWatch, this will be Asus' first Android Wear smartwatch, and it'll reportedly be sold for less than $199 — potentially making it less expensive than competing watches from Samsung and LG. It's also reported to include voice control features in English and, eventually, in Chinese, but it's not clear how those would differ from the built-in commands that are already used to control Android Wear watches. The watch will reportedly come in one size and can be used even without being paired to an Android phone, but that's about it in the way of details right now.
  • $55 worth of awesome paid iPhone apps you can now download for free (7 apps total) (2014-09-01 10:10:45)
    It’s Labor Day, and what better way to celebrate than by downloading a bunch of great paid iPhone and iPad apps for free? We’re starting off September on the right foot with seven nifty paid iOS apps that are all on sale for free for a very limited time. See anything you like? You’d better hurry, because these awesome sales could be over at any time. As a side note, there are still a few freebies from our last post in this series, and you can get them now if you hustle. These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long
  • My Banned Word Holiday Rant (2014-09-01 10:02:44)
    According to the US Department of Labor (, Labor Day (the first Monday in September) is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our...
  • Physics' best-known lectures are now available to everyone on the web (2014-09-01 10:02:00)
  • Alibaba IPO planned for week of September 8, report says (2014-09-01 09:48:33)
    The Chinese e-commerce giant is reportedly set to launch its blockbuster IPO in the US in the very same week Apple is expected to bring us the iPhone 6.>
  • 5.5-inch iPhone 6 shell shown off in hands-on video (2014-09-01 09:45:03)
    We can finally see it now — the light at the end of the tunnel. The seemingly unending flood of leaks and rumors surrounding Apple’s next-generation iPhone 6 handsets will, in fact, soon come to an end. Apple is scheduled to unveil one or both new iPhone models next week during a big press conference on September 9th and then we can finally move on… to iPhone 6s rumors. In the meantime, however, we can expect plenty more leaks between now and next Tuesday, the latest of which examines the aluminum housing said to be from Apple’s upcoming 5.5-inch iPhone phablet. FROM EARLIER: Watch a fully assembled iPhone 6 boot up for the very first time French blog on Monday published a video
  • Xbox One Asia launch: Everything you need to know (2014-09-01 09:31:01)
    The Microsoft console is finally arriving in the region. How much will it cost in each country? Which games are available? All the answers are here.>
  • Nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande and others leak in alleged iCloud hack (2014-09-01 09:20:55)
    With just over a week to go until the iPhone 6 is finally unveiled, Apple’s most important product launch of the year, the company may have a major scandal to deal with that’s directly related to its iOS ecosystem. Mashable reports that hackers managed to break into a number of iCloud accounts belonging to certain celebrities, and alleged nude photos and even compromising videos have been posted as a result. It’s not clear how the hack was possible or whether or not iCloud was indeed hacked by a malicious third party interested in stealing such sensitive information in order to sell it online. The hackers first took to 4chat to tease the “goods,” revealing they managed to access handsets belonging to quite a
  • Samsung vows to expand Smart Home platform, add third-party gadgets (2014-09-01 09:18:01)
    Samsung's connected home tech will shortly be getting a boost, the South Korean tech giant has promised, with a software development kit due later this year.>
  • Study: Social networks are making you distrustful and unhappy (2014-09-01 09:17:00)
  • Piggyback tech: Winning tack for Nook and Windows Phone? (2014-09-01 09:04:31)
    Commentary: Microsoft and Barnes & Noble have both brought key software to alternative devices that have a solid footing. But just one has a clear-cut edge.>
  • Major card companies are signed on for Apple’s iPhone 6 payments solution (2014-09-01 08:45:38)
    The iPhone 6 is widely expected to include an NFC chip that will enable mobile payments on the device, a move Apple is finally ready for. In addition to leaks that seem to prove the iPhone 6’s hardware will support wireless payments, fresh reports from Bloomberg and Re/code indicate that Apple has recruited the three major credit card providers to back its iPhone wallet plans. FROM EARLIER: Watch a fully assembled iPhone 6 boot up for the very first time Bloomberg has learned from a person familiar with the matter that Apple has inked deals with Visa, MasterCard and American Express, which will be confirmed during the iPhone 6’s September 9th media event. Re/code also confirms that at least American Express is on
  • Sony's RX10 camera now shoots higher-quality video at a lower price (2014-09-01 08:33:00)
  • Former Bitcoin coder and ALS patient is now being cryonically frozen (2014-09-01 08:00:16)
    Renowned cryptographer Hal Finney, known for his work on PGP encryption software and on early Bitcoin development, has passed away on Thursday following a five-year battle with ALS – a terrible disease that’s currently enjoying a viral funding campaign thanks to the “Ice Bucket Challenge” meme – but the programmer hoped that one day technology will heal him. According to Wired, Finney has become an early adopter of a kind of tech that’s only seen in movies, human cryopreservation. In other words, his body will be frozen and kept in that state until a solution comes along to revive him, if that ever happens. After his death was pronounced, Finney’s body as flown in Arizona to the Alcor Life Extension
  • This 'Find My iPhone' exploit could be to blame for celebrity photo hacks (2014-09-01 07:32:00)
  • 'Find My iPhone' exploit could be to blame for celebrity photo hacks (2014-09-01 07:32:00)
  • Watch this Batman-inspired remix of 'The Incredibles' trailer (2014-09-01 07:29:03)
    Dark, gritty, and violent, yet thoughtful and thought-provoking — such has been the style of Christopher Nolan's Batman films, and it has now been applied to Pixar's 2004 superhero movie The Incredibles. The resulting trailer mixes music from The Dark Knight with a menacing voiceover from antihero Syndrome to build up tension toward an explosive, though inconclusive, finale. Whereas the family-friendly original reached its predictable happy ending, this darker reimagining of The Incredibles leaves you guessing as to the eventual fate of the superhero protagonists.
  • Sony wooing Japanese to PS4 with Dragon Quest (2014-09-01 07:16:05)
    TOKYO (AP) — Sony is trying to woo Japanese game fans to the PlayStation 4 home console that went on sale in November in the U.S. and Europe, but didn't arrive at stores here until February.
  • Samsung needs a hit with Galaxy Note 4 as Apple preps its own phablet (2014-09-01 07:00:05)
    Apple is expected to launch its own big-screen smartphones a week after Samsung's Unpacked event, putting more pressure on the Korean electronics giant.>
  • 'Summer Lesson' is the questionable Project Morpheus VR title from the 'Tekken' team (2014-09-01 06:42:00)
  • Japan firm showcases 'touchable' 3D technology (2014-09-01 06:11:46)
    Technology that generates touchable 3D imagery was unveiled in Japan Monday, with its developers saying users could pull and push objects that are not really there. "Touching is an important part of human communication but virtual reality has until now been lacking it," its chief executive Natsuo Koda told a press conference. "This technology will give you a sense that you can touch objects in the 3D world," said Koda, a former Sony researcher on virtual reality. It works by fooling the brain, blending the images the eye is seeing with different patterns of vibration created by a small device on the fingertip, said Norio Nakamura, the inventor of "3D-Haptics Technology" and chief technical officer at the firm.
  • The opening scene to 'Apocalypse Now' started as a piece of trash (2014-09-01 05:48:37)
    Tim Appelo of The Hollywood Reporter quotes Francis Ford Coppola on the unlikely origins of the opening sequence to Apocalypse Now, on the film's 35th anniversary:
  • EU regulators to decide on Facebook, WhatsApp deal by Oct. 3 (2014-09-01 05:48:24)
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union antitrust regulators will decide by Oct. 3 whether to clear world No. 1 online social network Facebook's $19 billion offer for mobile messaging startup WhatsApp, the European Commission said on Monday. Facebook requested EU approval last week, the Commission's website showed. The EU competition watchdog can either clear the deal unconditionally, demand concessions or extend the preliminary review into a wider probe. Facebook expects to close the deal, its largest in its 10-year history, this year. U.S. ...
  • Apple partnering with AmEx and Visa on mobile payments service (2014-09-01 05:23:28)
    New reports claim that a new virtual wallet is almost certainly going to be one of the iPhone's biggest new features. According to Re/Code, "Apple has reached an agreement with American Express to work together on its new iPhone payments system" and the new feature will enable owners to make digital payments in physical stores without a credit or debit card.  Apple CEO Tim Cook has made no secret of his desire to do something innovative or creative with the 500 million+ iTunes accounts with connected credit cards at his company's disposal, and the inclusion of a fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 5S -- the company's current flagship smartphone, launched 12 months ago -- was seen by many as the first step towards Apple moving into mobile payments, allowing consumers to use their handsets in lieu of a physical wallet, cash or credit card.
  • The Big Picture: A living sculpture made from 'programmed' wooden balls (2014-09-01 05:02:00)
  • New Apple iPhone to have 'mobile wallet' function: Bloomberg (2014-09-01 04:47:48)
    (Reuters) - Apple Inc plans to enable its next iPhone to become a mobile wallet by allowing owners to securely make mobile payments in a store with the touch of a finger, Bloomberg said on Sunday, citing a person familiar with the situation. The agreement includes participation by Visa Inc., MasterCard Inc and American Express Co and will be announced Sept. 9 along with unveiling of the next iPhone, according to the source, who Bloomberg said asked not to be identified because the talks are private.
  • Microsoft teases its Lumia 730 ‘selfie phone’ with a selfie (2014-09-01 04:44:15)
    Microsoft started teasing its Lumia 730 "selfie phone" last month with an invite to a press conference in Berlin on Thursday. While the invite teased "join us for more face time" and a Lumia camera, Microsoft has posted a fresh teaser today that’s simply a selfie photo. In an obvious nod to what Microsoft devices chief Stephen Elop previously described as a "selfie phone" during a private internal company meeting, it’s clear Microsoft is preparing to unveil its Lumia 730 on Thursday. While Microsoft's selfie teaser photo looks impressive if it came from the front-facing camera of the Lumia 730, it's not clear if this is simply a marketing photo.
  • Watch PS4 streams on your Vita with upcoming app (2014-09-01 02:58:00)
  • Watch Sony PS4 streams on your Vita with upcoming app (2014-09-01 02:58:00)
  • Reported iCloud hack leaks hundreds of nude celebrity photos (2014-09-01 02:29:49)
    Hundreds of nude, semi-nude, and revealing pictures of female celebrities were leaked overnight after being stolen from their private collections. Hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, and pop star Ariana Grande were among the celebrities apparently shown in the pictures, which were posted on infamous web forum 4chan. It's unclear how the images were obtained, but anonymous 4chan users said that they were taken from celebrities' iCloud accounts.
  • Heart Bot can draw an artistic rendition of your heartbeat (video) (2014-09-01 02:29:00)
  • Japan says electronics OK during take-off and landing (2014-09-01 02:25:24)
    Japan on Monday relaxed a ban on the use of electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets in flight, following similar moves by the United States and the European Union. From Monday, passengers were allowed to use a wide range of mobile electronic devices if they were switched to "flight mode" during the take-off and landing of newer planes, the transport ministry has said. This disables cellular service, so passengers will still not be able to make calls or send texts. The changes came after similar decisions by the US and European Union last year, and after Australia last week relaxed similar rules for passengers on Qantas and Virgin Australia.
  • China gives Microsoft 20 days to provide explanation in anti-trust probe (2014-09-01 02:03:19)
    A Chinese anti-trust regulator said on Monday it has given Microsoft Corp 20 days to reply to queries on the compatability of its Windows operating system and Office software suite amid a probe into the world's largest software company. The State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) questioned Microsoft Vice President David Chen and gave the company a deadline to make an explanation, the agency said in a short statement on its website. SAIC also repeated that it suspected the company has not fully disclosed issues relating to the compatability of the software and the operating system. "[A] special investigation team conducted an anti-monopoly investigation inquiry with Microsoft Vice President Chen Shi (David Chen), and required that Microsoft make a written explanation within 20 days," the SAIC said in a statement on its website.
  • Total Video Converter Pro for Mac review (2014-09-01 00:33:15)
    All-in-One Excellent Audio / Video Converter and DVD Burner on Mac
  • Rhapsody review (2014-09-01 00:23:53)
    Listen to ALL THE MUSIC YOU WANT on your Android for one low monthly price
  • Sharepod for Mac review (2014-09-01 00:17:57)
    Copy music and playlists from an iPod, iPhone or iPad to iTunes
  • Listen to a song made from recording thousands of industrial machines (2014-09-01 00:11:00)
  • Scribus for Mac review (2014-09-01 00:08:35)
    Open-source desktop publishing solution
  • Memory Clean review (2014-09-01 00:04:17)
    Memory Clean is the ultimate app for optimizing your Mac's memory and is best used after you have finished using a memory (RAM) intensive app or game
  • Flip Player for Mac review (2014-08-31 23:59:03)
    Play, import, convert and export Windows Media video and audio files on your Mac
  • Duplicate Detective for Mac review (2014-08-31 23:54:15)
    Comprehensive duplicate file finder
  • BetterSnapTool for Mac review (2014-08-31 23:47:18)
    "Snap" windows to corners or sides of the screen
  • YoWindow review (2014-08-31 23:26:05)
    Watch weather just like the view from the window
  • ¿Comprarías el iWatch a US$400? (2014-08-31 21:59:26)
    Ejecutivos de Apple ya tienen en mente el precio, o los precios, del iWatch, que podría venir en distintas versiones, según el sitio de noticias de tecnología Re/Code.>
  • Amazon's war on e-books, LG's G Watch R and other stories you might've missed (2014-08-31 21:03:00)
  • AnandTech founder Anand Shimpi retires from journalism to join Apple (2014-08-31 20:05:38)
    If you've built your own PC at any time over the past decade and a half, chances are you'll have come across AnandTech in the course of your research. Founded by a precocious teenager way back in 1997, the tech news site has grown from covering motherboards and other PC components to offering some of the most in-depth technical analyses of mobile devices today. Widely respected for his enormous experience and expertise, the site's founder and editor Anand Lal Shimpi revealed over the weekend that he was retiring from technology journalism, and now his next destination has been revealed: Apple Inc. An Apple representative has confirmed the hire for Recode, though there's predictably little information to go on beyond the fact that one of tech journalism's most authoritative figures has joined one of the industry's true giants.
  • Samsung has a soundbar that matches your curved TV (2014-08-31 19:00:29)
  • ​Apple teams with top credit cards for iPhone 6 payments, reports say (2014-08-31 17:43:45)
    Apple is partnering with American Express, Visa, and MasterCard on a mobile wallet system expected to be introduced with the iPhone 6 on September 9, according to two different reports.>
  • Alibaba IPO planned for week of Sept. 8, report says (2014-08-31 17:38:45)
    The Chinese e-commerce giant is reportedly set to launch its blockbuster IPO in the U.S. the very same week Apple is expected to bring us the iPhone 6.>
  • 'Dota 2' is on the front page of today's New York Times (2014-08-31 17:22:02)
    The lead photo on the front page of today's New York Times is of this July's $10 million Dota 2 tournament, The International.
  • WordPress review (2014-08-31 17:14:07)
    Get your own Web site up and running with this open-source blogging platform
  • Xara Photo & Graphic Designer review (2014-08-31 17:08:08)
    Work with drawing, photo editing, and page design tasks of any complexity
  • Tab Mix Plus review (2014-08-31 17:02:47)
    Duplicate and control Firefox tabs in ways you never thought possible
  • Paint.NET review (2014-08-31 16:58:24)
    Create and edit photos using layers, effects, and other tools
  • NoScript review (2014-08-31 16:53:56)
    Protect your computer from Java vulnerabilities while surfing with Firefox
  • N review (2014-08-31 16:49:48)
    Leap from daring heights and avoid deadly robots in this free 2D platformer with 500+ levels
  • JetAudio Basic review (2014-08-31 16:43:03)
    Play video and audio files, convert to other file formats, burn CDs, download Youtube video
  • Google Earth review (2014-08-31 16:38:37)
    View satellite pictures, maps, terrain, buildings and other global imagery
  • Google Drive review (2014-08-31 16:33:26)
    Create, share and keep all your stuff in one place
  • Homemade exoskeleton lets a man lift big cinder blocks with ease (2014-08-31 16:32:00)
  • Free Studio review (2014-08-31 16:29:44)
    Convert and edit video, burn video on discs, and share it with friends
  • FocusWriter Portable review (2014-08-31 16:26:27)
    Get a word processor that manages and simplifies your work
  • SuperDuper for Mac review (2014-08-31 16:20:39)
    Backup, clone, and restore your information
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom review (2014-08-31 16:12:58)
    Create images that inspire, inform, and delight
  • Foxit PhantomPDF Standard review (2014-08-31 16:08:30)
    Edit, organize, collaborate, share, sign, and protect PDF documents
  • Foobar2000 review (2014-08-31 16:04:46)
    Listen to music on your computer
  • This university's library doesn't have a single paper book (2014-08-31 15:17:02)
    Bookless libraries aren't quite so far-fetched as they used to be. Florida Polytechnic University, opening for the first time this fall, features a $60 million, Santiago Calatrava-designed main building with a library that doesn't hold a single paper book within its walls. Instead, the library has space for reading, desks for doing work, and a number of desktops, laptops, and tablets readily available. It joins a small handful of universities that have opened such libraries in recent years. Instead of books, the library has a deal with publishers that lets students access a title once for ...
  • Will Apple's iWatch actually be called iWatch? (2014-08-31 14:50:11)
    We're already used to the concept of smartwatches. Is that one reason why Apple will not call its rumored new gadget a watch?>
  • 'The Tick' live-action series to return on Amazon? (2014-08-31 14:32:32)
    Will Patrick Warburton return as the blue superhero "The Tick?" Amazon Studios may be bringing back the comic book-based comedy for a new generation of fans to quote and cosplay. Spooon!>
  • Citizen journalism game will show how your photos change the story (2014-08-31 14:24:00)
  • ​Apple, AmEx teaming on iPhone 6 payments system, report says (2014-08-31 14:08:49)
    Recode cites unnamed sources saying American Express has agreed to work with Apple on a payments feature expected to be introduced with the iPhone 6 on September 9.>
  • Cómo exportar tus contactos en Skype (2014-08-31 14:00:06)
    Si has decidido cambiar de cuenta en Skype, asegúrate de tener una copia de tu lista de contactos para importar a tu nueva cuenta. Aquí te mostramos cómo.>
  • Last night on 'Doctor Who:' journey to the center of a Dalek (2014-08-31 13:00:03)
    For this season of The Doctor, Ross and Kwame Opam will be sounding off on each episode in a series of emails we'll be publishing on the site. After a season premiere all about Peter Capaldi finding himself as the new Doctor, "Into the Dalek" is his first true post-regeneration adventure. Or rather, it's more of a parable: an outrageously weird story that serves to highlight a darker truth of the Doctor's own soul. "The Doctor goes literally into his worst enemy to try and understand good and evil... and comes out learning about the good and evil in himself."  It's a great pitch for an episode that mostly pulls it off.
  • Apple reportedly reaches agreement with American Express for iPhone mobile payments (2014-08-31 12:31:27)
    Apple is widely expected to reveal a mobile payments system alongside the iPhone 6 at its press event on September 9th. The system — supposedly designed to take on Google Wallet, Isis, Paypal, and others — would allow you to use your phone to pay for items at the cash register, and it appears Apple's gained a strong ally in its quest. Recode reports that American Express has agreed to "work together" with Apple on the rumored payments system. American Express is one of the major companies Apple will have to make partnerships with if it hopes to make a truly comprehensive and compelling alternative to traditional credit cards. The Information previously reported that Visa had also reached an agreement with Apple.
  • Apple reportedly reaches agreements with Visa, MasterCard, and American Express for iPhone mobile payments (2014-08-31 12:31:27)
    Apple is widely expected to reveal a mobile payments system alongside the iPhone 6 at its press event on September 9th. The system — supposedly designed to take on Google Wallet, Isis, Paypal, and others — would allow you to use your phone to pay for items at the cash register, and it appears Apple's gained some strong allies in its quest. Bloomberg reports that Visa, MasterCard, and American Express have agreed to work together with Apple on the rumored payments system. Recode and The Information previously reported that American Express and Visa, respectively, had reached agreements with Apple.
  • A spaceship in Cupertino: Apple's journey to build a new headquarters (2014-08-31 11:37:17)
    Apple is a stupendously wealthy company, and it's in the middle of building a new corporate headquarters befitting of that success. The Norman Foster-designed Campus 2 — commonly referred to as "The Spaceship" due to its distinctive circular design — will add 2,800,000 square feet of office space to the company's Cupertino, California operations, and it will hold more than 12,000 employees. It will also be entirely powered by renewable energy, thanks to one of the largest solar arrays ever designed for a corporate campus. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs oversaw the building's design before his death, but the campus has struggled to get off the ground.
  • Apple is reportedly teaming up with American Express on iPhone payments (2014-08-31 11:07:00)
  • Apple is reportedly teaming up with American Express on iPhone payments (update: MasterCard too) (2014-08-31 11:07:00)
  • Apple's new spaceship is looking more like a landing site (2014-08-31 11:04:02)
    When it's complete, Apple's Campus 2 will resemble an enormous space disc descended upon the leafy suburbs of Cupertino, but as of today, it's looking more like a dustbowl landing site. Still, just seeing the outline for the futuristic new headquarters is impressive, with the nearby blocks of housing giving a good sense of the grand scale at which Apple's next home is being built. ...
  • Innovating laziness: the rise of the remote control (2014-08-31 11:00:00)
  • See author Thomas Pynchon's hand-written edits to his 'Simpsons' script (2014-08-31 10:29:57)
    Famed — and incredibly reclusive — author Thomas Pynchon no less than shocked fans when he came out of hiding to make two separate celebrity appearances on The Simpsons in 2004. As you might have expected, his appearance was anything but ordinary: not only did his character appear with a paper bag over his head, but executive producer Matt Selman has revealed that Pynchon modified the script that was faxed to him. He wrote in some of his character's better jokes, including puns that refer to his novels (see: "The Frying of Latke 49" and "V.-Licious"). ...
  • ¿Es el universo un holograma 2D? Científicos buscan la respuesta (2014-08-31 10:00:05)
    El reconocido laboratorio Fermilab realiza un experimento para contestar la pregunta: ¿es nuestro universo una ilusión óptica creada por la difracción de la luz?>
  • Telecom Italia in a bind after losing GVT bid battle (2014-08-31 10:00:04)
    By Leila Abboud, Pamela Barbaglia and Stephen Jewkes PARIS/LONDON/MILAN (Reuters) - Telecom Italia has lost a promising path to earnings growth by failing to secure Brazilian broadband business GVT and may now turn from hunter to hunted in a fast-consolidating telecoms industry. Winning the auction for French media company Vivendi's GVT was vital for both Telecom Italia and its rival, Spain's Telefonica, as their European markets have been shrinking. Italy was gripped by a mobile price war for much of last year, revenue is falling and competition remains tough. Telecom Italia lost out to Telefonica as it could not afford to top its 7.45-billion-euro offer for GVT.
  • Inhabitat's Week in Green: biofuel, supersonic submarine and a 3D-printed home (2014-08-31 10:00:00)
  • When Bluetooth speakers bank on features (2014-08-31 07:00:22)
    With so many premium portable Bluetooth speakers offering good design, good audio and loud playback, companies have turned to unique functionality to stand out in the crowd.>
  • The surprising rise of YouTube lyrics videos (2014-08-31 07:00:18)
    A user-generated trend catapulted to industry-embraced phenom, low-budget clips displaying song lyrics are starting to eclipse their big-budget brethren -- and may address a yearning lost in the streaming shift.>
  • Synaptics: Get ready for more smartphones with fingerprint readers (2014-08-31 07:00:14)
    In an interview, Synaptics CEO Rick Bergman talks about the opportunities that stem from the Internet of Things and describes his idea of the holy grail of biometric sensors.>
  • IRS calling? Nope. It's a scam (2014-08-31 07:00:11)
    CNET's Charlie Cooper got a call one day from the IRS -- or so the caller claimed. But it was an all too common social-engineering scam. And you could be next.>
  • Race to gigabit Internet service takes off (2014-08-31 07:00:06)
    Four years after the National Broadband Plan, communities and carriers are deploying next-gen infrastructure that will bring gigabit speed Internet to homes, universities, and businesses.>
  • Watch a remote-controlled fighter jet evade a missile (2014-08-31 06:23:00)
  • Swatch prefers go-it-alone route for smartwatch plans (2014-08-31 05:20:31)
    By Silke Koltrowitz BIEL (Switzerland) (Reuters) - Swatch Group is happy to go it alone with a launch next year of watches with "smart" features to compete with so-called wearable gadgets from the big tech companies, a market potentially worth $93 billion. Swatch Chief Executive Nick Hayek said these new watches might allow the wearer to count the number of steps they take and calories they burn. "All the big technology firms want to work with us and I don't rule out that we are or could be collaborating in some areas. Apple Inc has just invited media to a "special event" next month, fuelling speculation it might present a much-anticipated "iWatch." The possibility of an iWatch launch is partly responsible for Swatch shares losing almost 15 percent so far this year, lagging a 3 percent rise in the European sector.
  • Charlie Shrem to plead guilty to federal charges related to Bitcoin transactions (2014-08-31 03:51:02)
    One of the most prominent names in Bitcoin will plead guilty to multiple federal charges in a New York court next Thursday, September 4th. According to Reuters, Charlie Shrem, an entrepreneur who's made millions off of Bitcoin, has made a plea deal with authorities regarding charges that he illicitly transacted Bitcoin with users of the underground marketplace Silk Road. Shrem's lawyer tells Reuters that he will plead guilty to the charge of unlicensed money transmission, which carries a maximum prison sentence of five years. It is not yet know if Shrem's co-defendant, Robert Faiella (who allegedly purchased Bitcoins from Shrem before marking them up for sale on Silk Road), will also plead guilty.
  • Flaw lets hackers break your WiFi router's security with one guess (2014-08-31 02:12:00)
  • Company behind 'Settlers of Catan' actually made the fake board game from 'Parks and Recreation' (2014-08-30 23:12:03)
    The Cones of Dunshire is every Parks and Recreation fan's favorite made-up board game, but it turns out wildly complex game isn't quite as fictional as we all thought. Mayfair Games, the publishers of German board game favorite Settlers of Catan, worked with the show's producers to design the basic version of Cones used in season six.
  • Perfect Viewer review (2014-08-30 23:10:19)
    Perfect Viewer is a very fast image/comic viewer *Support image file format JPEG,PNG,GIF,BMP *Support archive file format
  • review (2014-08-30 23:07:20)
    Send and receive emails in your Outlookcom account on the go
  • Openmix: a tiny mobile accessory that lets you play pretend DJ (2014-08-30 23:01:00)
  • OoVoo Video Call review (2014-08-30 22:24:24)
    Free 6-way group video calls on your Android phone
  • OfficeSuite 7 (PDF & HD) review (2014-08-30 22:13:22)
    Bring your office with you and stay productive wherever you go
  • NPR News review (2014-08-30 22:07:43)
    NPR News The portable NPR and public radio station player for your Android
  • Photo Collage Maker review (2014-08-30 21:59:30)
    Select a few photos and instantly get a photo collage
  • Photo Editor Pro review (2014-08-30 21:54:26)
    Edit your photos on the go
  • Nike+ Running review (2014-08-30 21:49:27)
    The most popular running app is now available on Android, for free
  • NHL GameCenter review (2014-08-30 21:44:53)
    Get National Hockey League news on your Android device
  • Feedback Loop: UI annoyances, remotes and speed-reading apps! (2014-08-30 20:26:00)
  • Amazon is resurrecting Patrick Warburton as 'The Tick' for new pilot (2014-08-30 20:01:03)
    In 2002, Fox cancelled superhero TV show The Tick just eight episodes in. Now, over a decade later, Amazon Studios is giving the show a second chance. According to The Wrap and People, star Patrick Warburton (Rules of Engagement, Ted, Seinfeld) has made a deal with rights holders Sony Television to produce a pilot for a rebooted version of The Tick.
  • Amazon is resurrecting 'The Tick' with Patrick Warburton for new pilot (2014-08-30 20:01:03)
    In 2002, Fox cancelled superhero TV show The Tick just eight episodes in. Now, over a decade later, Amazon Studios is giving the show a second chance. According to The Wrap and People, star Patrick Warburton (Rules of Engagement, Ted, Seinfeld) has made a deal with rights holders Sony Television to produce a pilot for a rebooted version of The Tick.
  • Twitter makes it easier to decide who you'll follow first (2014-08-30 17:55:00)
  • 'Dungeons & Dragons' mobile game may let you create a world to battle in (2014-08-30 17:30:02)
    Here's the thing: you can't really make Dungeons & Dragons into a video game. Backflip Studios, the developer behind DragonVale, announced at PAX this afternoon that it's creating a mobile D&D game. Namely, it sounds as though players will be able to create (or at least modify) the game world that they're about to play in, essentially bringing over some of the creativity that the traditional game affords its players.
  • Apple reportedly planning multiple wearables, most expensive model might cost $400 (2014-08-30 16:57:36)
    Unidentified sources now tell Recode that there won't be a single Apple wearable device — or "iWatch" as many observers have decided to call it — but rather multiple models at different price points. According to the report, executives have discussed offering a model for as much as $400 — significantly more than the competition. LG's and Samsung's Android Wear-powered models cost $199.99 and $229 respectively. Samsung's Gear 2 costs $299.99. It's not clear how many models will be available, but it wouldn't be surprising to see less expensive versions of the device with different screen sizes, or perhaps less-impressive specifications. A Wall Street Journal report from this past June suggested that Apple would be able to hit multiple prices by offering models with different size screens.
  • These Pizza Hut cats want to serve and entertain you (2014-08-30 15:45:47)
    Pizza Hut Japan has a new Web series -- "Pizza Cat" -- about cats running one of its restaurants. We'll take extra mozzarella with that meow, thanks.>
  • Review roundup: Intel's 8-core Haswell-E is the fastest desktop CPU ever (2014-08-30 15:30:00)
  • Obama: Social media makes us see how messy the world is (2014-08-30 14:47:36)
    Speaking at a Democratic Party fund-raiser, the president says social media lets us see the minute details of the world's hardships.>
  • Alienware just built the Mac Pro of gaming PCs (2014-08-30 14:28:02)
    Apple's new "trash can" Mac Pro is pretty wild, but Alienware might have just snatched back the title for craziest desktop PC with its new Area-51. Gone is the rectangular tower desktop of old — in its place, Alienware's made a funky, hexagonal machine. Similar to Apple, Alienware claims the design for its new desktop has some practical benefits beyond just looking insane.
  • Coin customers left fuming after getting shut out of beta program (2014-08-30 13:30:48)
    Unless customers got their orders in early -- and we mean very early -- they'll now have to wait until spring 2015 to get their hands on Coin's all-in-one credit card.>
  • Space Shuttle Discovery First Launched 30 Years Ago (2014-08-30 13:11:43)
    Discovery Was NASA's Third Space Shuttle
  • IRL: A tablet holder for using your device in bed (2014-08-30 13:00:00)
  • See the special effects that bring 'Game of Thrones' to life (2014-08-30 12:41:02)
    Game of Thrones didn't get much love from the Emmys last week — it only won just four technical awards out of 19 nominations — but there's no denying what an impressive achievement the series is. Its creators have brought a massive, fantastic world to life on TV in a way that only film has in the past, and much of the credit goes to the special effects companies that make it all possible. Montreal-based visual effects studio Rodeo was among those honored on Monday, and now it's released a video showing off its work for season four of the show.
  • See the visual effects that bring 'Game of Thrones' to life (2014-08-30 12:41:02)
    Game of Thrones didn't get much love from the Emmys last week — it only won just four technical awards out of 19 nominations — but there's no denying what an impressive achievement the series is. Its creators have brought a massive, fantastic world to life on TV in a way that only film has in the past, and much of the credit goes to the visual effects companies that make it all possible. Montreal-based visual effects studio Rodeo was among those honored on Monday, and now it's released a video showing off its work for season four of the show.
  • Back to School 2014: The 13 best accessories (2014-08-30 12:00:00)
  • Super-sized Rocket and Groot re-created in Lego (2014-08-30 11:10:21)
    Rocket Raccoon and Groot from "Guardians of the Galaxy" look even cooler when made out of hundreds of Lego bricks.>
  • Un app para Google Glass puede leer tus emociones (2014-08-30 11:00:06)
    Un instituto de investigación alemán adapta su software de reconocimiento facial para las controversiales gafas inteligentes de Google.>
  • The Weekender: Labor Day Weekend edition (2014-08-30 10:30:12)
    For those of you not popping Molly at Electric Zoo in New York this Labor Day weekend, Budweiser and Live Nation (with plenty of help from Jay Z) are throwing the annual Made in America Festival. This year, however, the event is taking place in both Los Angeles at Grand Park and over Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Headlining acts include Kanye West, The National, Weezer, and Kendrick Lamar, and tickets are still available. Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang recently unveiled a new, massive installation in Shanghai's Power Station of Art meant to comment on China's ongoing pollution crisis.
  • Scientists discover why mozzarella is the ideal pizza cheese (2014-08-30 10:27:00)
  • Filling the palmtop void (2014-08-30 10:00:05)
    The palmtop has gone away, but some people could still use an integrated pocketable typing device.>
  • Recommended Reading: The (second) rise of virtual reality (2014-08-30 09:30:00)
  • Dell says its curved monitor will help make you a better gamer (2014-08-30 08:22:00)
  • Family, Friends, and Technology (2014-08-30 07:55:27)
    Are people less friendly than they used to be? Being a clergyman, my family and I moved often. I have never lived long enough in one town or city to compare the current attitudes of people with how individuals and families felt and acted in the past, say thirty-five or forty years ago. It usually takes that long for basic living habits of...
  • Family, Friends and Technology (2014-08-30 07:55:27)
    Are people less friendly than they used to be? Being a clergyman, my family and I moved often. I have never lived long enough in one town or city to compare the current attitudes of people with how individuals and families felt and acted in the past, say thirty-five or forty years ago. It usually takes that long for basic living habits of...
  • 6 reasons why you'll eventually want voice over LTE (2014-08-30 07:00:06)
    CNET's Maggie Reardon discusses the short-term hurdles associated with the deployment of voice service over carriers' 4G LTE networks. In the end, the transition to an all IP-based voice network will be worth it.>
  • Twitch's peak viewing numbers rival CNN and MTV's prime-time audience (2014-08-30 04:11:00)
  • Here's how Google's Project Loon retrieves its internet balloons (video) (2014-08-29 23:52:00)
  • ALS Association abandons its effort to trademark the 'ice bucket challenge' (2014-08-29 23:03:03)
    Following backlash, the ALS Association says it's given up on its attempt to trademark both "ice bucket challenge," and the "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge." In a note on its Facebook page today, the ALS Association said it understood people's concerns over any one group owning those phrases, adding that it planned to withdraw both applications, which were filed earlier this week. We've received several messages regarding the trademark applications we filed. We filed for these trademarks in good faith as a measure to protect the Ice Bucket Challenge from misuse after consulting with the families who initiated the challenge this summer. According to the group, the trademark effort was originally intended to keep would-be fraudsters from cashing in on the success of Ice Bucket Challenge.
  • Home-made vibrating gloves train your finger muscles to touch type (video) (2014-08-29 22:32:00)
  • 'Party Down' comes to Hulu Plus, first five eps are on free Hulu (2014-08-29 21:13:00)
  • Twitter actualiza método de inscripción por primera vez en 3 años (2014-08-29 20:55:33)
    La red social que anima a sus usuarios a comunicarse en 140 caracteres o menos busca simplificar su interfaz para ganar más usuarios.>
  • See the gorgeous luxury submarine made by a former James Bond villain (2014-08-29 20:33:31)
    For the past 18 years, a company called DeepFlight has specialized in creating high-end, recreational submarines for well-off aquatic adventurers. As the company proudly notes on its website: "DeepFlight personal submarines are ideal toys for superyachts, resorts, and tour operators because of their capability to open up the undersea world in three dimensions." In an added twist that seems almost too good to be true, the company was founded by Graham Hawkes, a longtime British marine engineer who built and piloted a submarine that attacked James Bond in the 1980 film For Your Eyes Only. Hawkes and DeepFlight were recently the subject of an enthralling Betabeat profile, in which the founder relates stories of piloting his craft with the likes of Richard Branson (Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tom Perkins is another DeepFlight submarine owner).
  • Microsoft will not hand over overseas email, despite order (2014-08-29 20:20:08)
    By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A judge on Friday lifted a suspension on her order directing Microsoft Corp to turn over a customer's emails stored overseas to U.S. Microsoft in particular was stung by revelations last year by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden and has been at pains to prove to customers that it does not allow the U.S. Preska had delayed enforcement of the government's search warrant so Microsoft could appeal. Preska agreed, saying her order "merely confirmed the government's temporary forbearing of its right to stay enforcement of the order it secured." She added that "the fact the court has not closed this case cuts against Microsoft's argument" that her order was final and appealable.
  • Netflix says it lost customers thanks to slow streaming on Comcast (2014-08-29 20:15:32)
    Why did Netflix decide to cave in and pay Comcast for a better direct connection to its network? Because apparently slow Netflix streaming on Comcast was costing the company customers. CNN reports that Netflix this week explained to the Federal Communications Commission that the quality of Netflix streams on Comcast had become so poor that the company had no choice but to pay up for a better connection. “For many subscribers, the bit rate was so poor that Netflix’s streaming video service became unusable,” Netflix told the FCC. “Some of them canceled their Netflix subscription on the spot, citing the unacceptable quality of Netflix’s video streams and Netflix’s inability to do anything to change the situation… We had to do something to
  • Engadget Daily: Google's delivery drone, Nintendo's new 3DS handhelds and more! (2014-08-29 20:15:00)
  • Drone tours Napa earthquake damage (2014-08-29 19:57:01)
    A quadcopter's close aerial footage of the destruction caused by this week's 6.0 California earthquake in wine country shows the potential of drones in disaster areas.>
  • Star Apps: Nervo (2014-08-29 19:39:07)
    Mim and Liv Nervo take work hard, play hard to heart.
  • HTC's plasticky One E8 lands in the US courtesy of Sprint (2014-08-29 19:33:00)
  • Nintendo just announced a new console, but not the one you were expecting (2014-08-29 19:30:17)
    It’s been a trying year for Nintendo as the Wii U struggles to compete with the PS4 and Xbox One, but with the holiday season approaching, the company has a few tricks up its sleeve to entice fans. Unfortunately, those plans do not include an upgraded home console on par with the next-gen system from Microsoft and Sony. Instead, Nintendo revealed the New Nintendo 3DS during a Japanese Nintendo Direct on Friday. The New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS LL will feature new shoulder buttons, a second analog stick and brightly colored buttons to match the old Super Nintendo controller. The internal hardware has been upgraded as well — with a new CPU, the handheld will be able to play
  • Exclusive: Bitcoin promoter to plead guilty to unlicensed money transmission (2014-08-29 19:15:25)
    By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bitcoin entrepreneur Charlie Shrem has reached a plea deal to resolve U.S. Shrem, the former vice chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation, will plead guilty next Thursday in New York federal court to unlicensed money transmission, Marc Agnifilo, his lawyer told Reuters in an email. Prosecutors had previously charged Shrem with operating an unlicensed money transmitting business, money laundering conspiracy and failing to file suspicious activity reports with government banking authorities. Federal authorities shut down Silk Road last year, though a new Internet marketplace under the same name was launched in November.
  • Friday Five (2014-08-29 19:04:31)
    The week's top five most interesting software releases.
  • Browse astronaut photos taken from the ISS with this handy map (2014-08-29 18:56:00)
  • Samsung pits the Galaxy Tab S against the iPad Air in latest ad (2014-08-29 18:45:58)
    Samsung’s latest tablet, the Galaxy Tab S, is one impressive piece of hardware. It’s received rave reviews from the press, consumers seem to love it and it even outclasses the iPad in many respects. In order to prove that last point, Samsung took to the streets of New York with an iPad Air and a Galaxy Tab S to see which device the average consumer would choose. Being a Samsung ad, you probably won’t be surprised which tablet New Yorkers were most impressed by, but it is worth noting why people were drawn to the Galaxy Tab S. The trait that seems to stand out the most is the tablet’s size — the Tab S is extremely lightweight at just
  • Secret's CEO says he can keep your secrets (Q&A) (2014-08-29 18:38:51)
    Secret-keeper-in-chief David Byttow talks about why people love the app, why the definition of "secret" changes on the Internet, and whether people are jerks.>
  • Reanudan la filmación de 'Star Wars' con un Harrison Ford recuperado (2014-08-29 18:37:08)
    Harrison Ford, recuperado de su accidente en el set, volvió a los estudios Pinewood para terminar su parte como Han Solo en 'Star Wars: Episodio VII'.>
  • CME Group smartphone game lets students 'beef up' on ag economics (2014-08-29 18:33:55)
    By Julie Ingwersen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Bovine avatars with funny hats in an app are being corralled into helping to teach young people in the United States about agricultural markets and risk. The CME Group futures exchange launched the app, called "Risk Ranch," for tablets and smartphones as an electronic version of a board game called "Commodity Carnival" - first bought to state fairs in 2013 by CME and the 4-H youth organization. "We heard from educators who asked us, 'How can I get this in my classroom?'" said Laurie Bischel, CME's executive director of corporate marketing and communications.
  • Bridge the gap between your phone and computer with these apps (2014-08-29 18:27:25)
    Sync your smartphone and computer without cables using these apps.>
  • Digital Ally says camera inquiries up five-fold after Ferguson shooting (2014-08-29 18:24:06)
    (Reuters) - Digital Ally Inc forecast full-year revenue of about $22.5 million, encouraged by a "five-fold" rise in inquiries for its wearable cameras from police departments in the aftermath of the fatal shooting in Ferguson this month. The fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, sparked demand to hold law enforcement officials accountable and in turn fueled interest in companies such as Digital Ally and Taser International Inc. The company's 2014 revenue forecast was first reported by USA Today on Thursday, citing Chief Executive Stanton Ross, according to a regulatory filing on Friday. Digital Ally said on Thursday it had received its first camera order after the Ferguson incident from the Michigan police department.
  • Con HERE maps, Samsung se alía con Nokia (2014-08-29 18:21:26)
    Nokia anunció el lanzamiento de su aplicación como exclusiva para dispositivos Galaxy de Samsung. ¿Dónde queda Google en la jugada?>
  • Microsoft might be interested in acquiring the most popular custom Android build ever (2014-08-29 18:20:33)
    Many Android users unhappy with what the mobile operating system has to offer have looked at various custom ROMs based on Google’s latest OS version that offered additional tools to improve their overall mobile experience. CyanogenMod is one such Android-based build that become so popular in recent years that its founder decided to turn it into a business, Cyanogen Inc. That company is apparently now tracked by various tech industry giants that are highly interested in the mobile business, The Information has learned, including Microsoft. In addition to Microsoft, whose CEO Satya Nadella actually had a sit down with Cyanogen, Amazon, Samsung and Yahoo are also monitoring Cyanogen “to see whether it becomes a potential partner or acquisition target.” While it’s clear why
  • So what is it like to drive with Nissan's Smart rearview mirror? (2014-08-29 18:17:00)
  • Tablet sales slow as PCs find footing (2014-08-29 18:08:57)
    Tablets won't eclipse personal computers as fast as once thought, according to studies by market tracker International Data Corporation (IDC). IDC on Friday cut its forecast for shipments of tablets and "two-in-one" devices combining tablet and laptop features to 233.1 million, saying growth would be about half of what was originally predicted. "When we look at the global picture, it would be easy to say that the tablet market is slowing down," said IDC research director for tablets Jean Philippe Bouchard. While shipments in mature markets such as North America and Western Europe were forecast to remain flat, those in emerging regions were expected to climb overall by 12 percent.
  • Intel hires senior Qualcomm exec to boost mobile business (2014-08-29 18:00:13)
    By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Chipmaker Intel Corp has hired Amir Faintuch, a senior executive at rival Qualcomm Inc , to step up efforts in mobile and Internet-connected gadgets. Hiring a senior executive from a major competitor is rare for Intel, which is known in Silicon Valley for its insular culture, and it reflects the eagerness of the Santa Clara, California, chipmaker to improve its struggling mobile business. Faintuch, who previously oversaw Qualcomm's networking and connectivity businesses as president of Qualcomm Atheros, is joining Intel as a senior vice president and co-general manager of the Platform Engineering Group, Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy said on Friday.
  • Rock Bands, Startups and Discovering the Next Big Idea (2014-08-29 17:57:53)
    For the past few years, whenever I meet a new startup, I treat them like a rock band. Not only because I believe startups are rock stars, but because I have learned -- from my experience as the owner of an indie record label and as an early-stage investor -- that there are a lot of similarities between the two.BandmatesEvery band has to have a...
  • The Xbox One update you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived (2014-08-29 17:55:32)
    The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have been incredibly successful up to this point, but there’s no question that the new consoles would have benefitted greatly from a little more time in development before launch. By lacking a few key features, both consoles felt unfinished, but Microsoft has been hard at work getting the Xbox One up to speed. The latest update might be the most significant one yet. As we noted earlier this month, the September update for the Xbox One is bringing a media player to the console. The Media Player app will let you play a wide variety of files from a USB device, even more than the Xbox 360 supported. The Party app has also received an upgrade,
  • 'Star Wars' update: Filming resumes after Ford's recovery (2014-08-29 17:46:04)
    Harrison Ford, now healed after an accident on the set, returns to Pinewood Studios to finish filming his role as Han Solo in "Star Wars: Episode VII.">
  • Nokia just released a huge update for its innovative Android app (2014-08-29 17:30:40)
    On June 19th of this year, Nokia was reborn. The company that had been known for years as a cell phone pioneer had sold off its devices business, and the world was waiting to see what new paths Nokia might take. There are a few, as it turns out, but one of them saw the company release a surprisingly innovative new Android app this past summer, and it just got a big update that users will love. Earlier this week, Nokia announced on its Z Launcher blog that the like-named app, which is the first stand-alone Android software Nokia has ever released, has been improved in several key areas. For those who did not see the original news, Nokia’s Z Launcher app is
  • Yahoo Mail for Android now lets you filter emails while on the move (2014-08-29 17:27:00)
  • Snapchat lets you watch and create group videos of live events with 'Our Story' (2014-08-29 17:21:01)
    Snapchat isn't just for sharing slices of your life with your friends anymore. Anyone in the world with Snapchat can then open their app, find the collection of snaps from that event, and watch it as a single Snapchat Story.
  • U.S. judge lifts suspension on Microsoft overseas email seizure (2014-08-29 17:19:15)
    By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A judge on Friday lifted a suspension on her order directing Microsoft Corp to turn over a customer's emails stored overseas to U.S. District Court in Manhattan had on July 31 upheld a magistrate judge's ruling on the emails, which have been held in a data center in Ireland. Preska had delayed enforcement of the government's search warrant so Microsoft could appeal. Preska agreed, saying her order "merely confirmed the government's temporary forbearing of its right to stay enforcement of the order it secured." She added that "the fact the court has not closed this case cuts against Microsoft's argument" that her order was final and appealable.
  • Samsung just released another new teaser video for the Galaxy Note 4 (2014-08-29 17:05:57)
    Samsung can’t wait to unveil the Galaxy Note 4, one of the most anticipated handsets of the second half of the year. The company has proven its eagerness with the numerous Galaxy Note 4 video teasers the company posted on YouTube in the last few days. After highlighting S-Pen features in a few videos, a unique selling point for the Galaxy Note phablet family, and telling various stories of happy Galaxy Note users, Samsung has released one more Galaxy Note 4 teaser with a few days to go until its official announcement. FROM EARLIER: Samsung shows off Galaxy Note 4’s not-so-secret weapon in new teaser video In the short 1-minute video, Samsung is building up anticipation for the Galaxy Note 4,
  • NFL Mobile review (2014-08-29 17:04:27)
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  • NBA Game Time 2012-13 review (2014-08-29 16:58:17)
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  • Facebook tuning mobile search at social network (2014-08-29 16:53:28)
    Facebook on Friday said it is dabbling with letting members using smartphones or tablets search for past posts of friends at the leading online social network. Facebook is testing using keywords to find old posts, the California-based company said in an email response to an AFP inquiry. Search results remain true to sharing settings used when posts were made, meaning people are only shown content they are permitted to see, according to Facebook. Facebook early last year launched "Graph Search" that helps members using desktop computers or laptops better navigate the vast amount of information at the social network, which is not available on Web search engines such as Google.
  • Google tests drone delivery, iPhone 6 may have NFC (2014-08-29 16:52:56)
    Look up in the sky for a special delivery from Google's Project Wing, keep waiting for that "iWatch," and expect the iPhone 6 to include mobile payments with NFC.>
  • Cable companies want to stop the best internet in America from growing (2014-08-29 16:52:14)
    A group representing giants in the cable industry is trying to shut down two municipalities' proposals to expand their public broadband networks, arguing that public broadband has a "mixed record" and can be harmful to taxpayers, despite these two networks already being successful where they're already operational. Laws in 20 states prevent municipalities from from creating their own broadband networks — much to the pleasure of private cable companies, which have shown an impressive dedication to avoiding any competition and any suggestion that their service is merely a utility. Municipalities have on occasion created their own public networks to make up for shortcomings from local internet providers, and it's easy to see why private providers wouldn't want that around.
  • Lyft says Uber's recruiting tactics caused drivers to lose money (2014-08-29 16:51:53)
    Earlier this week, The Verge's Casey Newton published exclusive details of Uber's "Operation SLOG," an aggressive campaign aimed at recruiting drivers away from its competitor Lyft. Now the company claims that Lyft drivers taking calls from SLOG recruiters saw their hourly earnings drop by as much as 48 percent, as a result of unusually short rides and a huge surge in cancelled pickups. Under Operation SLOG, Uber contractors booked rides with Lyft drivers with the sole purpose of striking up a conversation and signing them up to work for Uber.
  • Navfree review (2014-08-29 16:51:27)
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  • Video: aparece un iPhone 6 vivito y coleando (2014-08-29 16:51:27)
    Por primera vez desde que comenzaron los rumores, aparece un video que muestra un iPhone 6 totalmente ensamblado e incluso encendido. ¿Será real?>
  • Use YouTube to queue videos for Chromecast viewing (2014-08-29 16:44:00)
  • The Galaxy Note didn’t ‘kill’ the iPhone… but it may be hurting the iPad (2014-08-29 16:40:03)
    It has been clear for a year that tablet market growth has been slowing down a lot faster than anyone expected. But nevertheless, the latest IDC numbers are a stiff shock. The firm’s previous forecast for 12% tablet sales growth this year was already really low considering how hot the growth was as recently as in 2013, when the segment expanded by more than 50%. But now IDC has cut its projection in half, as the brand-new estimate for 2014 global tablet sales growth is a pitiful 6.5%. What’s even more stunning is that no growth is expected to take place in North America and Europe during this year. The tablet market was phenomenally fast to take off, but it seems
  • The 5 Most Common Digital Marketing Strategies (2014-08-29 16:28:04)
    In a digital age, where most users have computers and mobile devices, accessing websites, social networks, and other online media, has become part of day-to-day living. Thus, many companies have adopted digital marketing strategies to continue to promote their products and services to these users via these channels. According to global...
  • With Mac Chrome beta, Google emphasizes speed, simplicity (2014-08-29 16:22:12)
    Google released its 64-bit Chrome Windows first, but it's moving Mac users to the new version faster. The promise: a memory, security, and performance boost.>
  • Sorry, Google – Samsung’s Galaxy phones really need to see other maps (2014-08-29 16:20:37)
    A new episode in the complex Google-Samsung love affair was written on Friday, as Nokia announced that its Here maps service will be available free of charge (via a licensing agreement) to Samsung Galaxy handset owners. Samsung inked this exclusive deal with Nokia even though Galaxy handset users already have access to one of the best mapping products in the world, Google’s own Google Maps. The two giants are supposed to be tied in a partnership that’s stronger than ever, but that didn’t stop Samsung from making several moves that show the company is not happy to simply follow Google’s rules – in order to get Google’s apps on Galaxy phones, including the popular Google Play Store and Google Maps, Samsung has to basically
  • Snapchat's photo-sharing live feed is finally ready for the masses (2014-08-29 16:12:00)
  • Google levanta el vuelo con proyecto de drones repartidores (2014-08-29 16:05:17)
    Amazon no es la única compañía experimentando con drones. Google revela Project Wing, un proyecto destinado a entregar paquetes con naves no tripuladas durante situaciones de crisis.>
  • T-Mobile lleva Uncarrier 7 a San Francisco el 10 de septiembre (2014-08-29 16:01:44)
    El evento de la telefónica ocurre un día después del esperado evento de Apple, donde presentaría nuevos dispositivos. ¿Coincidencia o plan con maña?>
  • The most disappointing rumor about the iPhone 6 may have just been confirmed (2014-08-29 15:52:35)
    There’s no shortage of hype for the upcoming iPhone 6 although that doesn’t mean the device won’t be disappointing in some ways. The most disappointing rumor we’ve heard about Apple’s upcoming flagship phone is that it will only feature 1GB of RAM at a time when most high-end smartphones have long moved onto using 2GB of RAM or more. FROM EARLIER: Here’s an iPhone 6 leak that will leave you disappointed MacRumors takes a look at the newest leaked picture of the iPhone 6’s A8 processor and says that it appears the chip will only have 1GB of RAM after all. How does MacRumors know this? One of its forum members pointed out that the leaked photo appears to show that
  • Space whiskey returning to Earth soon (hurry, please) (2014-08-29 15:49:16)
    Vials of whiskey were sent to space in 2011 as part of an experiment aboard the ISS. Now the sweet spirits are coming home, and Crave's Eric Mack says they can't get home quick enough.>
  • Sound Off! Are you sticking with Facebook Messenger? (2014-08-29 15:45:00)
  • Sprint ofrece el HTC One E8 por sólo US$100 con contrato (2014-08-29 15:39:35)
    El teléfono, disponible de inmediato, es una versión más barata del teléfono insignia HTC One M8.>
  • How the rise of mobile apps is making everything easier (2014-08-29 15:35:19)
    There was a time when Googling for “how to erase background in Photoshop” meant something. Budding graphical wizards understood that software existed to accomplish fantastical things such as removing a background and coloring it with something else, but the process was complicated. It required supremely expensive software, plenty of time for research, and the patience of Job. But it was easier than doing it by hand, so we were grateful. I also recall quite vividly the first time I set out to slice a segment of an MP3 I had in order to create a ringtone. I wasn’t keen on paying $0.99 for the convenience of having some store deliver the clip in question directly to my phone, so I
  • PicsArt review (2014-08-29 15:28:22)
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  • Period Calendar review (2014-08-29 15:23:21)
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  • Nascar Mobile '13 review (2014-08-29 15:19:41)
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  • The future of IFTTT includes paid plans and hardware harmony (2014-08-29 15:18:00)
  • AT&T sues Cox Communications for patent infringement (2014-08-29 15:12:13)
    AT&T is suing Cox Communications for infringing eight patents dealing with network quality after the regional cable provider ignored its complaints about the issue and made "billions" off of the technology, according to a new lawsuit. In the suit filed Friday in Delaware federal court against Cox and more than 30 of its regional units, AT&T said that Cox had been warned about the claims of patent infringement as far back as 2009. AT&T claims the patents were infringed in Cox's use and sale of digital video recorders, set top boxes, Internet and telephone systems, according to the lawsuit.
  • MyCar Locator Free review (2014-08-29 15:11:36)
    Use MyCar Locator to remember where you park and guide you back to your car
  • HTC lanzaría un reloj inteligente en septiembre: rumor (2014-08-29 15:11:08)
    La fabricante de dispositivos de Taiwán posiblemente trabaja en un 'smartwatch' Android llamado el HTC CWZ, según @upleaks.>
  • This is why your favorite tech site has a horrible pro-Apple bias (2014-08-29 15:10:21)
    Pretty much everyone who has ever written anything about technology has, at one point or another, been called an “iSheep” who is “so bias (sic) in favor of Apple!” But while accusations of “pro-Apple bias” occur so often that they’re practically meaningless, that doesn’t mean Apple doesn’t have a brilliant strategy for monitoring and manipulating media coverage about the company that is lightyears beyond what Amazon, Microsoft or even Google do. 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman, who’s about as good an Apple reporter as you’ll find, has just written an extensive series about Apple’s PR operations and how it springs into action to stomp out any stories that paint the company in a negative light. To cite one particular example, Gurman describes
  • Netflix review (2014-08-29 15:04:49)
    Use your Netflix account to access streaming movies and TV Shows, right on your device
  • Family Identity Theft Is Ugly (2014-08-29 14:50:26)
    Identity theft isn’t just the stuff of exciting movie and TV dramas; this happens in real life—and often. In fact, that Target breach that made headlines, Neiman Marcus, those 1. 2 Billion records the Russian cyber gang hacked: all identity theft.In 2012, according to one research firm, 12.6 million people in the U.S. alone were victims of...
  • Doctor Loo, the toilet of choice for Time Lords (2014-08-29 14:50:24)
    The Warmley Waiting Room Cafe in the UK recently outfitted a replica Tardis with a Victorian-style bathroom. Because even the Doctor needs to take care of business sometimes.>
  • Imágenes: el iPhone 6 junto a su procesador A8 y chip NFC (2014-08-29 14:48:50)
    El iPhone 6 hará su debut oficial el 9 de septiembre, pero si no puedes esperar más, mira estas imágenes que vuelven a revelar su diseño y algunos de sus componentes.>
  • OpenTable review (2014-08-29 14:47:11)
    Find available tables, make reservations instantly and discover restaurants
  • iPhone 6, la sacudida que necesitan los pagos móviles (2014-08-29 14:44:04)
    Tras años de promesas incumplidas, el rumorado acogimiento por Apple de una forma efectiva de hacer pagos móviles podría estremecer la industria.>
  • Google's Megan Smith rumored as America's next CTO (2014-08-29 14:42:00)
  • Period Tracker review (2014-08-29 14:39:51)
    View your current and future period dates, ovulation and fertile days
  • Google moves Mac Chrome users to 64-bit, sans old plugins (2014-08-29 14:25:02)
    Google released its 64-bit Chrome Windows first, but it's moving Mac users to the new version faster. The promise: a memory, security, and performance boost.>
  • Watch a fully assembled iPhone 6 boot up for the very first time (2014-08-29 14:20:34)
    No one has gotten their hands on an iPhone 6 yet, but luxury retailer Feld & Volk managed to cobble together enough loose components to put one together itself. In the video below, you can see the fully assembled 4.7-inch iPhone 6 in action for the very first time, from the protruding camera to the odd plastic inserts that we just can’t stand. FROM EARLIER: New iPhone 6 photo leak shows fully assembled housing… and it’s still ugly Not only do we get an early sneak peek at what could be the next iPhone, Feld & Volk has even managed to get its device to boot to the “Connect to iTunes” screen that appears when an iOS device is activated. At
  • Pic Stitch Collage Maker review (2014-08-29 14:13:20)
    Mmake collages with your wonderful photos
  • 3D-printed mesh gives man with half a skull hope for recovery (2014-08-29 14:13:00)
  • Pixlr Express review (2014-08-29 14:09:14)
    More than 600 effects, overlays, and borders to personalize any image, free
  • El próximo teléfono Xperia de Sony va camino a Sprint y Softbank: informe (2014-08-29 14:04:02)
    La gigante de la telefonía japonesa SoftBank nunca antes había vendido un producto de la línea de 'smartphones' y tabletas Xperia.>
  • My Tracks review (2014-08-29 14:03:19)
    Record and share your GPS tracks with My Tracks
  • This is the iPhone 6 component leak you’ve been waiting for (2014-08-29 13:50:08)
    We’ve seen plenty of iPhone 6 component leaks so far but this one is a lot more exciting than your average flex cable. Via, GeekBar has posted some new pictures on its Weibo page that purportedly show the iPhone 6’s A8 processor for the first time. FROM EARLIER: Leak may reveal crucial details about the iPhone 6’s A8 processor As you can see in the picture above, it looks like the A8 chip is going to be slightly bigger than the older A5 chip, which isn’t surprising since it will both pack more of a punch and be part of a larger smartphone. It’s too bad that GeekBar couldn’t compare it to a more recent chip such as the
  • Which cheap tablets are worth buying? (2014-08-29 13:47:00)
  • Microsoft Remote Desktop review (2014-08-29 13:38:01)
    Connect to a remote PC and your work resources from almost anywhere
  • T-Mobile pegs Uncarrier 7 on Sept. 10, a day after iPhone event (2014-08-29 13:35:22)
    T-Mobile is hoping to draft behind Apple's event on Sept. 9, but don't expect any direct connection to the upcoming iPhone.>
  • Check out these insane new bikes from designer Philippe Starck (2014-08-29 13:34:24)
    Industrial designers love to be provocative almost as much as they enjoy being original. Fulfilling both briefs with a furious disregard for common sense, leading French designer Philippe Starck has this week unveiled a new range of electric bikes.
  • MeetMe review (2014-08-29 13:26:54)
    Chat with new people and make friends with people in your area
  • Android is beating iOS in a way that Google will never brag about (2014-08-29 13:25:14)
    Google and Apple never hesitate to brag about things that their platforms supposedly do better than one another but we have a hard time imagining Google bragging about beating iOS in this particular metric. UberGizmo directs our attention to a new report from Pornhub showing that more porn traffic now comes from Android phones than from iPhones. As you can see, Android phones accounted for nearly half of all porn traffic detected by Pornhub, while iPhones followed close behind at just over 40% of traffic. Predictably, the also-rans in the mobile platform wars, BlackBerry and Windows Phone, accounted for a meager portion of all porn traffic and posted percentages in the low single digits. However, we wouldn’t be shocked to see
  • The voice of Mario and Luigi has brought Nintendo's plumbers to Instagram (2014-08-29 13:23:34)
    There's no telling how Nintendo feels about the whole thing, but voice actor Charles Martinet has brought the iconic characters of Mario and Luigi to life on Instagram. Martinet has taken a liking to carrying Mario and Luigi toys around and voicing conversations between them based on what's going on in the real world. Most gamers first heard his instantly recognizable Mario voice in Super Mario 64, and he's stayed around for basically every Mario game since. Aside from Mario and Luigi, he's also voiced their evil counterparts Wario, Waluigi, and other characters.
  • Ikea's catalog now uses 75 percent computer generated imagery (2014-08-29 13:20:08)
    Browsing through an Ikea catalog is basically a modern adult's version of playing make-believe, letting you imagine just how gorgeous your apartment will never be. The surprising fact was noted by the The Computer Graphics Society, which spoke at length with Ikea about why it's eschewing photography for digital renders. Basically, it gives Ikea's designers a lot more flexibility, and it removes hurdles associated with getting products shipped around the globe in time to photograph them when on a deadline. Ikea actually said back in 2012 that it was moving toward having a quarter of its catalog be CG in 2013, so, seemingly, it had quite a bit of success with that.
  • The Big Picture: a heat map of the 'entire' internet (2014-08-29 13:14:00)
  • HTC rumored to launch smartwatch in September (2014-08-29 13:13:19)
    Taiwanese device maker may be working on an Android Wear-based smartwatch called the HTC CWZ, claims rumor page @upleaks.>
  • Medscape review (2014-08-29 13:12:39)
    Medscapes FREE app now available for Android
  • Teacher tweets she wants to 'stab some kids' (2014-08-29 13:07:39)
    A teacher is reprimanded by her California school district after tweets that mentioned her trigger finger was "itchy.">
  • El iWatch ​saldría a la venta hasta el próximo año: reporte (2014-08-29 13:06:53)
    Aunque su presentación al mundo sería el 9 de septiembre, Apple esperaría unos meses más para comenzar a venderlo, informó el sitio Re/Code.>
  • Women venture capitalists underperform men, say Harvard academics (2014-08-29 13:05:27)
    By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - (This story corrects spelling of Emily Weisburst's name in second paragraph) Women venture capitalists underperform their male counterparts by some 15 percent, according to a new Harvard University study, but the performance differences have narrowed over time and in firms that employ more than a single female venture partner. “We find that female venture capitalists significantly underperform their male colleagues,” wrote Paul Gompers, Vladimir Mukharlyamov and Yuhai Xuan of Harvard and Emily Weisburst of the University of Texas at Austin in their study, “Gender Effects in Venture Capital.” They blamed the performance difference in part on a lack of mentoring by male colleagues.
  • Watch NASA's 3D-printed rocket part survive a 6,000 degree test-firing (2014-08-29 13:03:57)
    Using a technology known as "selective laser melting," NASA was able to create a rocket injector — the part that shoots fuel into a rocket engine — out of just two separate components, instead of the 163 that were required using traditional manufacturing techniques. So far, NASA's tests of its 3D-printed rocket injector seem to be going well: this week, the agency announced that the injector recently survived a 6,000-degree Fahrenheit test-firing at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Watch the test for yourself in NASA's video above and it's easy to see the sky-high potential of 3D printing and other similar additive manufacturing technologies.
  • Tech Retrospect: Apple event preview and smartwatch overload (2014-08-29 13:00:05)
    Everything (well, almost) you need to know about Apple's September 9 event, plus more smartwatches than you have wrists. All that and more in this week's rundown of tech news.>
  • The ugliest phone Samsung ever made (2014-08-29 13:00:04)
    Maybe we should stop whining about the fact that the Galaxy S5 looks like a band-aid — things could be much worse. Redditor Vastrax reminds us of a Samsung released more than a decade ago that we’ve tried to wipe from our memories because it was so ugly that it even makes HTC’s notoriously hideous Evo 4G LTE look stylish by comparison. Yes, we’re talking about the Samsung SPH-N270, a phone whose Wikipedia page informs us was designed in close collaboration with the design team from the Matrix films as a collector’s item for fans of the film. The phone’s overall design is so antithetical to simplicity that if you shoved it in Jony Ive’s face he’d hiss at you while his
  • High-tech pipe organ to blow minds at famed SF theater (2014-08-29 12:57:27)
    The city's Castro Theatre, known as much for its colorful organ concerts as its quirky film offerings, will house a massive $700,000 pipe-digital hybrid featuring a sample library used in the film industry.>
  • T-Mobile's next 'Uncarrier' announcement coming September 10th (2014-08-29 12:56:30)
    T-Mobile is going to try shaking up the wireless industry again on September 10th. The carrier has just sent out invitations for an "Uncarrier 7.0" event taking place at one of its own stores in San Francisco early next month. There's no big stage show this time, and T-Mobile's tagline for the upcoming news is: "This time it's personal." The event's scheduled to kick off at 1PM PT / 4PM ET, and we'll be bringing you whatever announcements John Legere and Co. make to set T-Mo apart from the competition once again. In case you've forgotten, some of T-Mobile's previous "Uncarrier" initiatives have included a move away from two-year service contracts, 200MB of free tablet data each month, free international data coverage, unlimited music streaming that doesn't affect data usage, and more.
  • Emoji-only messaging app arrives, we can't even (2014-08-29 12:49:00)
  • 'Twin Peaks' 8-bit intro is not what it seems (2014-08-29 12:46:35)
    The Great Northern Hotel waterfall, the Bewick's Wren, and the welcome sign from the opening credits of "Twin Peaks" get a fitting NES tribute.>
  • The iPhone 6 is so hotly anticipated that it’s making people crazy (2014-08-29 12:35:53)
    After months upon months of rumors and leaks, Apple’s upcoming new iPhone 6 will finally be unveiled at a press conference on September 9th. And it’s a good thing, too — anticipation for Apple’s new iPhone models has boiled over and it’s now making people completely crazy. FROM EARLIER: New iPhone 6 photo leak shows fully assembled housing… and it’s still ugly How crazy is it making people, you might ask? So crazy that they are spending time analyzing Apple’s media invitation for its upcoming press conference in an effort to dig for clues. People do this every year, of course, but this year Apple fans have gone completely overboard and are just making up ridiculous things in an effort to drum
  • The 13 movies and TV shows we're most looking forward to this fall (2014-08-29 12:34:32)
    Now, we'll admit, we haven't been particularly thrilled by any of them so far — Constantine and Gotham, in particular, have rocky starts — but they all have potential, and we're excited to see how DC plans to start bringing its heroes to life. Agents of SHIELD had a rocky start before hitting a creative stride during the final six episodes of its first season, when the series really began to address the fallout from Captain America: The Winter Soldier. With Marvel Studio's film success continuing unabated, Agents of SHIELD (along with a new show, Agent Carter, premiering in January) will undoubtedly be setting the stage for the studio's next blockbuster, Avengers: Age of Ultron — and that's definitely worth sticking around for. David Fincher's next thriller is all about uncertainty.
  • AT&T offers $100 credit for adding a new line (2014-08-29 12:32:32)
    Both new and existing customers can get the $100 credit, as the carrier looks to boost its smartphone revenue. Customers who sign up for a new line must also sign up for the AT&T Next device program.>
  • Apple's anticipated wearable reportedly won't ship until 2015 (2014-08-29 12:26:00)
  • Consumers pick Galaxy Tab S over iPad Air (in Samsung ad) (2014-08-29 12:23:35)
    On the streets of New York, people are realizing that Samsung's new tablet is thinner and just plain better. At least in this Samsung ad they are.>
  • Muy pronto podrás comprar el OnePlus One sin invitación (2014-08-29 12:16:31)
    ¿Te mueres por un OnePlus One pero no tienes invitación? Es probable que pronto será mucho más sencillo hacerte de este teléfono inteligente.>
  • Sprint grabs lifeline with rural U.S. roaming deals (2014-08-29 12:15:54)
    By Marina Lopes and Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With plans for a T-Mobile US Inc merger in tatters, Sprint Corp is expanding a roaming program with rural cellphone companies that could provide a much-needed way for the debt-laden wireless carrier to cheaply increase its footprint. In March, Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son struck a roaming deal with the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA), which represents many U.S. Sprint and CCA plan to announce another batch of individual agreements to expand the roaming partnerships at an industry trade show in early September, CCA President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Berry said this week. When Son announced the mutual roaming agreement, many industry observers shrugged it off as a sweetener to soften U.S.
  • You won’t be able to buy an iWatch until 2015 (2014-08-29 12:10:06)
    It has been all but officially confirmed that Apple will introduce its hotly anticipated wearable device at the press event on September 9th, but you probably won’t be able to get your hands on one until next year. According to Re/code, sources close to Apple say that the iWatch won’t hit the market for at least another few months. FROM EARLIER: New report claims Apple might delay the iWatch until 2015 “It’s not shipping any time soon,” said one source. It’s not clear when exactly Apple plans to bring its wearable to the market, but it will almost certainly be after the holiday season, sometime in early 2015. As with any Apple rumor, none of this has been confirmed by
  • Oracle loses bid to restore $1.3 billion SAP verdict, could get new trial (2014-08-29 12:02:58)
    (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Friday rejected Oracle Corp's bid to restore a $1.3 billion jury verdict in its long-running copyright dispute with German software company SAP SE, and said Oracle may choose to either accept a lower amount or face a new trial. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said jurors used "an undue amount of speculation" in awarding $1.3 billion in damages in 2010. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton in Oakland, California, erred in concluding that the verdict was too high and that Oracle deserved only $272 million of damages, a sum Oracle rejected. Writing for a three-judge 9th Circuit panel, Judge William Fletcher directed Hamilton to offer Oracle a choice of $356.7 million of damages or a second trial.
  • The Alienware Area-51 gaming rig just got one hell of a redesign (2014-08-29 12:00:00)
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  • Apple's wearable reportedly won't ship until 2015 (2014-08-29 11:55:23)
    There's a reason Apple's wearable device hasn't leaked out yet: it won't be shipping to consumers anytime soon. According to Recode, the iWatch (or whatever Apple ends up calling it) isn't scheduled to hit retail shelves until early next year — several months after its world debut on September 9th. The wait won't be much fun for Apple's fans, but it holds true to the strategy Apple uses when announcing its biggest products. Tim Cook has repeatedly said that Apple still places huge importance on the element of surprise, and the delay between announcement and shipping prevents unwanted leaks from manufacturing plants and / or the FCC.
  • How to Redefine Your Marketing Strategy in Today's Tech Drenched World (2014-08-29 11:53:23)
    "There's many a slip twixt cup and the lip" is erroneously attributed to Shakespeare throughout history.The origins can be traced back to Greek mythology and culturally juxtaposed by Emelio Estevez in the flick, "Young Guns" from the late 80′s.Regardless of the cultural reference points, this quote should be a powerful reminder for any...
  • Maps reveal how climate change is poised to drown Louisiana (2014-08-29 11:48:09)
    The fragile state of coastal Louisiana's defenses against rising seas were laid bare nine years ago to the day, when Hurricane Katrina made landfall in New Orleans.
  • Even more iPhone 6 reports detail one of its most important features (2014-08-29 11:41:42)
    Unlike previous iPhone generations, the iPhone 6 will pack an NFC chip that will offer users access to wireless payments and possibly other neat NFC-related tricks, a feature that has only been available on smartphones running other operating systems so far. After a Wired story on Thursday confirmed the NFC features of the iPhone 6 – something previous components leaks also hinted at before – reports from The Financial Times and well-known insider John Gruber have further detailed Apple’s NFC plans for the iPhone. FROM EARLIER: iOS 8 beta 5: Here are some neat new tricks in Apple’s latest iOS beta The Times has learned from people familiar with the matter that Apple will use NFC technology from NXP, the
  • Telltale Games releases new details about 'Game of Thrones' video game series (2014-08-29 11:40:43)
    Telltale Games has released a few new details for its episodic video game adaptation of Game of Thrones, which it confirmed late last year. In addition to reposting an earlier trailer, Telltale added a teaser banner that quotes a section of the fifth Song of Ice and Fire novel, A Dance with Dragons, about Deepwood Motte, a castle in the north of Westeros that plays a relatively small part in several of the books. The fourth season of the Game of Thrones TV adaptation concluded this summer, and if Telltale holds to its release date of 2014, the game's first chapter will arrive before we see a fifth.
  • Adobe Photoshop Mix lets you undo mistakes, nab Dropbox files (2014-08-29 11:32:00)
  • AT&T ofrece crédito de US$100 por añadir una línea (2014-08-29 11:27:22)
    La oferta aplica a clientes nuevos y existentes de la telefónica, pero debe ser hecha a través del programa de financiamiento AT&T Next.>
  • Nuevo reporte confirma NFC en el iPhone 6, iWatch (2014-08-29 11:24:13)
    'The Financial Times' indica que el iPhone 6 tendrá conectividad NFC para servicio de pagos móviles. Un 'wearable' de Apple también la tendría, aunque para otros fines.>
  • AT&T offers $100 bill credit for adding a new line (2014-08-29 11:19:55)
    Both new and existing customers can get the $100 credit, as the carrier looks to boost its smartphone revenue. Customers who sign up for a new line must also sign up for the AT&T Next device program.>
  • No app will ever look this sexy on the Moto 360 (2014-08-29 11:16:29)
    Motorola’s upcoming Moto 360 smartwatch is easily the most beautiful device this emerging category has ever seen. In a market cluttered by ugly square watches, Motorola chose a round design and premium materials in an effort to stand apart from the crowd. It worked — quite well, in fact. It actually worked so well that rival device makers Samsung and LG are already copying Motorola’s design. As beautiful as the Moto 360 is, however, it has an annoying flaw that will ensure no apps on the Android Wear-powered smartwatch will ever look as beautiful as the Instagram for Android Wear concept you see in the image above. Graphic designer Aleksandar Nikcevic recently mocked up his vision of what Instagram might look like on
  • Forget NFC, Toshiba is plotting high-speed TransferJet for smartphones (2014-08-29 11:14:29)
    The company's plans for the wireless transfer technology start with USB adaptors, but the ultimate goal is embedding TransferJet into smartphones.>
  • El mundo entero quiere un teléfono inteligente más grande (2014-08-29 11:11:51)
    A solo días de conocer el iPhone 6 y el Samsung Galaxy Note 4, múltiples encuestas aseguran que el público en general se muere por pantallas gigantes.>
  • 'Elders' visit Italy, ride roller coaster with Oculus Rift (2014-08-29 11:09:57)
    Watch as senior citizens slip on the virtual reality headset and get a tour of a villa in Italy and get stuck in a haunted house in this Fine Brothers video.>
  • Meet the man building the Fort Knox of bitcoin (2014-08-29 11:06:17)
    We sat down with Xapo CEO Wences Casares to discuss why he thinks such extreme measures are necessary and how he sees bitcoin changing the world. I think bitcoin will allow us to see 6.3 billion people banking on their cell phones.
  • Sprint offers free international WiFi calls for your next overseas jaunt (2014-08-29 11:03:00)
  • Algorithms will start hunting down extra-loud TV commercials next year (2014-08-29 10:47:45)
    Some TV commercials are about to get even quieter. Back in 2011, Congress passed a law requiring that commercials aren't broadcast any louder than the TV shows airing around them, and now the FCC is making some minor adjustments that'll help to better enforce that. Since the beginning of the rule's enforcement in late 2012, a commercials' loudness has been determined by its average volume — but beginning next June, that'll change.
  • Apple, chipmaker work to add NFC pay tech to iPhone 6 -- report (2014-08-29 10:47:30)
    Dutch chipmaker NXP will provide the chips required to support the short-range wireless tech known near-field communications, according to the Financial Times.>
  • Angry Birds maker Rovio taps new CEO for 2015 (2014-08-29 10:45:45)
    Mikael Hed will step down as chief executive at the end of the year, turning the reins over to Pekka Rantala.>
  • $37 worth of awesome paid iPhone apps you can get for free right now (8 apps total) (2014-08-29 10:45:14)
    Another week is coming to an end and it’s been a huge one for iPhone and iPad owners looking to save some money on great apps. We’ve shared dozens of apps with you this week that are worth a combined $232, and every single one was available for free. In fact, some apps from Thursday’s post are still free. Now, we’re going to bump this week’s total up to nearly $270 with eight more paid iOS apps you can download right now without paying a cent. These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These
  • The Life And Times of MSN Messenger, As Told Through MSN Emoticons (2014-08-29 10:40:51)
    No more winks, nudges, or shoddy modem connections cutting into your emoticon battles with your best friend (everyone did that, right?): Microsoft's MSN Messenger will officially be signing off Oct. 31. 
  • IDC slashes forecast for tablet shipments (2014-08-29 10:29:07)
    Emerging markets are still showing interest in new tablets, but that isn't enough to sustain IDC's prior forecast for this year.>
  • World's first government-backed digital currency to launch in December (2014-08-29 10:29:00)
  • Nintendo Announces More Powerful 3DS (2014-08-29 10:18:45)
    Nintendo never seems satisfied releasing only one version of a console, and its 3DS is no exception. The announcement came via today's Nintendo Direct video stream in Japan. The company will release the New Nintendo 3DS (16,000 yen;
  • ORA-1 Glasses to Put Android On Your Face (2014-08-29 10:18:35)
    A developer version of the wearable has hit Kickstarter, where you can pre-order a unit starting at $300. One of ORA-1's standout features is its ability to run lots of Android apps natively. The current list of ORA-1 ready apps includes dedicated AR experiences like Wikitude, Layar and AR Invaders, as well as common smartphone social apps like Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare.
  • Trademarking charity: ALS Association wants to own 'Ice Bucket Challenge' (2014-08-29 10:13:56)
    No one could've predicted what a sensation the Ice Bucket Challenge would become. The ALS Association wants complete control over "ice bucket challenge" whenever the three words are being used for charitable fundraising purposes. The move is raising some eyebrows, but it's not hard to understand where the ALS Association is coming from.
  • Nintendo launching 'amiibo' with 12 characters (2014-08-29 10:03:26)
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pikachu and Link will be among the first characters coming to "amiibo."
  • The 404 Throwback Ep. 109: Where we do it it slowly... (podcast) (2014-08-29 10:00:06)
    Here's a classic 404 rerun documenting the first instance of Japanese space beer. (Original air date: 5/29/08)>
  • New trailers: 'The Pyramid,' 'Winter Sleep,' 'Rosewater,' 'Harmontown,' and 'The Connection' (2014-08-29 10:00:02)
    Each week's new trailers are starting to look more and more different as we head out of the summer. Forget Michael Bay's explosions — we're stepping toward October's horror films and this winter's award contenders. We've got a bit of all that below, along with some other fun films that are coming up ahead. The Pyramid
  • Vodafone catches up to the crowd with 4G on pay-as-you-go (2014-08-29 10:00:00)
  • Tesla opening up 400 EV charging stations across 120 Chinese cities (2014-08-29 09:56:00)
  • The funniest thing you’ll see today: Elderly people react to the Oculus Rift (2014-08-29 09:55:05)
    “My God, I’m not going to electrocute myself, am I?” That was the initial reaction of an elderly gentleman when one of The Fine Brothers handed him an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and asked for his reaction. One elderly woman wondered aloud if the Rift was a “space mask” or “something you wear for the Ebola crisis.” The Fines are known far and wide for their reaction videos on YouTube, which show kids, teens or the elderly reacting to different things. Recent offerings that were particularly hilarious include teens reacting to the Internet of the 1990s and elderly people reacting to Google Glass. Now, the Fine Brothers are back and they’ve brought the Facebook-owned Oculus Rift VR headset with them. Needless to say,
  • Smartphones are about to get awesome again (2014-08-29 09:34:16)
    You’d be forgiven for feeling a little jaded about the rate of innovation in smartphones over the past couple of years. A 4-inch iPhone still dominates the consumer landscape, HTC is still designing beautiful but flawed masterpieces, and Samsung is still the world’s foremost purveyor of cheap plastic. It’s as if we’ve been stuck in a long winter hibernation, waiting for the next wave of real excitement to awaken us to the awesome power and potential of smartphones. Never in the history of their rancorous competition for users’ hearts and minds have the roadmaps of iOS and Android aligned as perfectly as they have now.
  • Why this week’s massive TWC Internet outage was worse than you thought (2014-08-29 09:30:50)
    Time Warner Cable suffered a massive Internet outage this week that left more than 11 million customers without Internet access for approximately three hours. No biggie, though, these sorts of things happen every now and then… right? Well, maybe. But MIT’s Technology Review has talked with some experts who say that TWC’s big outage this week raises some troubling questions about its overall infrastructure. FLASHBACK: Time Warner Cable is suffering a massive Internet outage right now To start with, Technology Review notes that it seems a single human error was somehow able to cascade throughout TWC’s entire network and leave it crippled for hours. David Erickson, a cofounder of networking software company Forward Networks, says that such mistakes are “entirely preventable” while implying
  • 'Angry Birds' maker crowns a new CEO as it reaches a crossroads (2014-08-29 09:30:00)
  • Go Directly to Fail: Worst Tech Product Ideas Ever (2014-08-29 09:25:27)
    Android and clamshell computing go together like black licorice and mayonnaise. What users really need on a laptop or desktop is a user interface that works really well with a keyboard and touchpad or mouse and provides plenty of windows for multitasking. Try staring across the keyboard at the slim, single-pane Facebook app.
  • Toshiba to introduce high-speed, wireless TransferJet tech to the West (2014-08-29 09:21:29)
    The company's plans for its transfer technology start with USB adaptors, but the ultimate goal is embedding TransferJet into smartphones.>
  • MSN Messenger will finally, definitely be dead in October (2014-08-29 09:11:00)
  • SoftBank's first Sony smartphone deal takes aim at U.S. market (2014-08-29 09:08:17)
    The deal could give a much-needed boost to Sony's struggling mobile division, which last month said it no longer expected to make a profit in the year to next March. SoftBank, Japan's second most valuable company, is pushing price cuts and promotions at Sprint while unveiling joint smartphone offerings to shore up the No. 3 U.S.
  • New iPhone 6 photo leak shows fully assembled housing… and it’s still ugly (2014-08-29 09:05:21)
    We have good news and we have bad news, Apple fans. The good news is that you’ll soon finally be able to get your hands on an iPhone with a significantly larger display, as Apple has sent out invitations to its big iPhone 6 event set to take place on September 9th. The bad news is that from the looks of things, the new iPhone with a significantly larger display is also going to be significantly uglier than its predecessor. FROM EARLIER: Will the iPhone 6 really be as hideously ugly as we’ve seen in leaks? Several months ago, iPhone 6 schematics leaked from Foxconn and we’ve seen iPhone 6 mockups pop up all over the place ever since. These mockups all
  • New Nintendo 3DS models sport NFC and extra buttons (2014-08-29 09:01:07)
    The updated 3DS devices, currently for Japan only, also feature a stronger CPU than existing models and are built to support custom covers.>
  • Get a Sony Vaio Tap 11 hybrid PC for $379.95 (2014-08-29 08:42:06)
    Originally $800, this refurbished 11.6-inch tablet includes a keyboard, kickstand, and 128GB SSD.>
  • MSN Messenger is shutting down after 15 years of memories (2014-08-29 08:37:59)
    Microsoft’s MSN Messenger, or Windows Live Messenger as it’s now known, will be fully retired on October 31st. The software maker originally announced its plans to shift users over to Skype last year, but Microsoft kept the service running in China. MSN Messenger started off life in 1999 as a rival to AOL’s AIM service. Both companies battled over chat dominance, and Microsoft engineers reverse-engineered AOL's chat protocol to allow MSN Messenger to sign into AIM, a process that AOL wasn't happy with when Microsoft first released its instant messaging client.
  • Apple is building a huge, mystereous structure for the iPhone 6 event (2014-08-29 08:30:44)
    Apple on Thursday officially confirmed what we already knew —that the iPhone 6 fall announcement event will take place on September 9th — by sending out a simple press invitation that featured the date of the event and a cryptic message that read “wish we could say more.” In addition to inviting the media to the highly anticipated iPhone event, Apple has also been doing something else, MacRumors reports, and that’s building some sort of giant structure for the iPhone 6 unveiling. FROM EARLIER: Here comes the iPhone 6: Apple sends invitations to September 9th event Apple is going to host the iPhone 6 announcement at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts at De Anza College in Cupertino, which is also
  • Cazadores de ofertas: Juegos gratis con la compra del Xbox One (2014-08-29 08:30:42)
    Ahorra hasta US$60 en juegos o accesorios con equipos de la popular consola, con o sin Kinect.>
  • Nintendo introduces new 3DS and 3DS XL handhelds (2014-08-29 08:17:25)
    Nintendo is finally adding a second analog stick to its handhelds as part of a major refresh to the 3DS line. The company already sells the Circle Pad Pro add-on to allow for dual analog control of games like Monster Hunter, but until now has not offered an all-in-one option for gamers. The new designs, introduced during a Japanese Nintendo Direct video event today, have tiny analog pads just above the action buttons.
  • Nintendo is making two new versions of its 3DS portable console, arriving in Japan this October (2014-08-29 08:17:00)
  • Tado hopes to put its smart thermostat in more homes with new retail partner (2014-08-29 08:10:00)
  • iPhone 6 -- the jolt that mobile payments need (2014-08-29 07:57:02)
    Apple's rumored embrace of true mobile payments may finally shake up how we pay for goods and services after years of empty promises.>
  • Nokia's HERE Maps is coming to Android as a Samsung exclusive (2014-08-29 07:57:00)
  • Toshiba pushes TransferJet in the West, wants it embedded in smartphones (2014-08-29 07:48:36)
    Toshiba's plans for new high-speed wireless transfer technology start with USB adaptors. The company has grander goals for the obscure TransferJet tech, however.>
  • Google’s secret same-day delivery drone program is not so secret anymore (2014-08-29 07:45:18)
    Search, mail, maps, Android, glasses, Internet balloons, self-driving cars, robots, satellites and drones are just a few of the many products Google has to offer, or has started working on, with the latter being the company’s latest revelation. According to The Atlantic, Google is very interested in same-day delivery options, and already has a two-year old drone product – now not a secret anymore – to tackle this particular desire from users. Google is not the only company looking to offer same-day deliveries – the company is already offering such services in certain markets albeit not via air – as Amazon has unveiled its drone program a few months ago. Google’s drone project is called Project Wing, and relies on a
  • Get strangers to deliver the bad news with 'Somebody' messaging app (2014-08-29 07:36:00)
  • What to expect at Apple's upcoming event (2014-08-29 07:05:49)
    After months of speculation, the world's most secretive consumer technology company has finally sent out the official invites to an event on September 9, where the unveiling of the iPhone 6 is expected to take place. Back in May, when Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, sat down with Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg at the inaugural Code Conference, he said: "We've got the best product pipeline that I've seen in my 25 years at Apple." The statement got Apple's fans very excited and hinted that a host of new devices, including another truly innovative product in the mold of the original iPod, iPhone or iPad, were on their way. The new phone looks set to have a 4.7-inch display, much larger than the one found on the current flagship iPhone 5S, and Apple is also expected to offer a ‘phablet' version of the device with a 5.5-inch display and as much as 128GB of space on board for productivity, music and video storage.
  • Angry Birds maker Rovio names new CEO (2014-08-29 07:03:57)
    Finland's Rovio, the maker of the Angry Birds mobile game, said it has hired Pekka Rantala from beverage maker Hartwall to take over as its new chief executive by the beginning of next year. Current CEO Mikael Hed, son of board chairman Kaj Hed, will join the company's board of directors as well as take on the role of chairman at Rovio's animation studios. After scoring a global breakthrough with Angry Birds in which players use a slingshot to attack pigs who steal birds' eggs, Rovio has expanded the brand into an animated TV series and merchandising of toys and clothing. Rovio said several years ago it could go public in Hong Kong or New York, but has later said it was not planning an initial public offering any time soon.
  • 4 'iWatch' alternatives Apple could unveil on Sept. 9 (2014-08-29 07:00:14)
    Apple may show off a wearable device at its September iPhone event. But don't call it an iWatch just yet. Here's what else Apple watchers say the company could be cooking up.>
  • Play-Fi takes on Sonos in wireless audio (2014-08-29 07:00:05)
    Commentary: Sonos has done a great job of keeping competition at bay over the years, but a new industry initiative promises to crank up the volume on multiroom audio.>
  • Unfiltered America: one Instagram account is documenting the Everyday USA (2014-08-29 06:58:55)
    David Guttenfelder returned to the US last month after spending the previous 20 years working as a photojournalist overseas. His career with the Associated Press had taken him to far flung places across the globe — Nairobi, Tokyo, North Korea — so his return should have marked a homecoming for the Iowa native. “The United States kind of feels like a foreign country to me,” Guttenfelder says. “I’ve never worked here as a photographer before.
  • Wear next for wearables? in CNET UK podcast 401 (2014-08-29 06:58:23)
    Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of wearable technology, from watches to woolly wares. This week the team look forward to the big trend at this year's IFA.>
  • You can still win a free Moto 360 with a Yo, as company apologizes for epic contest fail (2014-08-29 06:50:42)
    Motorola has decided to use the viral, yet-not-really-necessary, Yo “messaging” app to promote the upcoming Moto 360 smartwatch, and offer 20 lucky fans the chance of winning the device during the promotion. All a smartphone user had to do to try and win the gorgeous Moto 360 was to simply send a “Yo” to Motorola, but the contest ended badly for many participants, and now the company wants to make up by giving away an extra batch of Moto 360 units. What Motorola did once the contest was over was to contact winners on Yo to tell them they have won the device. But the company also contacted many other people telling them they’ve also won. When the users accepted
  • US researching implants that'll help your body and mind heal itself (2014-08-29 06:43:00)
  • Samsung navigates away from Google with Here maps for Galaxy phones (2014-08-29 06:32:28)
    Google Maps may be one of the undeniable strengths of the Android platform, however Samsung has decided to offer an alternative in the form of Nokia's Here maps. A beta version of Here for Android will be made available exclusively for Samsung Galaxy devices when the newly announced Gear S smartwatch hits stores in October. The partnership bringing Here to Samsung's Android smartphones is just an extension of the same licensing agreement that provides the mapping functionality on the Korean company's Tizen-powered smartwatch. Google and Samsung's relationship has been growing increasingly fractious in recent times.
  • Chinese e-commerce rivals challenge Alibaba (2014-08-29 06:12:55)
    BEIJING (AP) — China's biggest property developer, Wanda Group, and Internet giants Baidu and Tencent unveiled a new e-commerce venture Friday in a challenge to industry leader Alibaba Group ahead of its U.S. stock offering.
  • China to offer tax breaks on electric cars, limited mostly to local brands (2014-08-29 06:08:31)
    China said on Friday it would offer tax breaks on purchases of electric cars predominantly made by Chinese automakers, in its latest policy measure to boost green vehicles in the world's biggest auto market, amid rising concern over pollution. Last month, the official Xinhua news agency reported the government would stop levying sales tax on approved models of green cars from Sept. 1. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology posted on its website on Friday a list of 17 vehicles from 11 automakers, including one model each from the China joint ventures of Nissan Motor Co Ltd, General Motors Co and Daimler AG. The moves comes as China renews its push to popularize all-electric cars and heavily electrified so-called plug-in hybrid cars.
  • Google Lunar XPrize: Part-Time Scientists visit the moon in Germany (2014-08-29 06:00:05)
    Eighteen teams are in a race to get to the moon, with a $30 million payoff. Team Part-Time Scientists recently explored a simulated lunar surface in Bremen, Germany.>
  • Samsung denies child labour at Chinese supplier (2014-08-29 05:52:23)
    South Korea's Samsung Electronics has refuted fresh allegations by a labour protection watchdog that one of its suppliers in China hired child workers. New York-based China Labor Watch (CLW) claimed in a report Thursday that Samsung supplier HEG Technology had hired people under the age of 16 at its facility in Huizhou, China. Samsung, however, insisted that a recent onsite investigation found no underage or student workers at the facility. "The investigation found that there were no child workers nor student workers working in the Samsung Electronics production line at HEG," the company said in a statement e-mailed to AFP on Friday.
  • Oculus Rift turns rollercoaster ride into a virtual shooter (2014-08-29 05:51:00)
  • Singapore switches on super-fast 100Gbps network for researchers (2014-08-29 05:36:05)
    The country's new SLIX network will allow rapid transmission of data between researchers -- and let students in partner universities enjoy super-fast Internet speeds.>
  • Nokia's Here map app arrives on Tizen, before Android Wear (2014-08-29 05:27:53)
    Nokia's Here powers turn-by-turn navigation on the new Samsung Gear S, powered by Tizen.>
  • Brazil arrests 'greatest destroyers' of the Amazon rainforest (2014-08-29 05:26:33)
    Authorities in Brazil this week arrested members of a criminal gang that they described as "the greatest destroyers" of the Amazon rainforest. As the BBC reports, the organization allegedly logged and burned enormous swathes of the rainforest and sold public Amazon lands for farming, resulting in estimated damages worth more than $220 million, according to the Brazilian Federal Police. Most of the Amazon lies within Brazil's borders, and deforestation rates have increased alarmingly in recent months. In 2009, Brazil pledged to reduce deforestation rates by 80 percent by the end of this decade, though its efforts have been hampered by poor enforcement and widespread corruption.
  • SoftBank, Sprint to offer Sony Xperia smartphone for first time: sources (2014-08-29 05:20:13)
    By Yoshiyasu Shida and Reiji Murai TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese wireless operator SoftBank Corp will offer a Sony smartphone for the first time, selling a soon-to-be-launched Xperia in Japan, and in the United States via its unit Sprint, sources with knowledge of the matter said. The deal could give a much-needed boost to Sony's struggling mobile division, which last month cut its outlook and said it did not expect to make a profit in the year to next March. Sony faces stiff competition from low-cost Chinese smartphone makers, and its mobile unit has a limited presence in the key U.S. Four sources told Reuters that a Sony flagship Xperia smartphone would be available from SoftBank in time for Japan's winter holiday shopping season.
  • Tesla, Chinese firm plan 400 charging stations (2014-08-29 05:17:26)
    BEIJING (AP) — Tesla Motors Co. and a state-owned Chinese phone carrier announced plans Friday to build 400 charging stations for electric cars in a new bid to promote popular adoption of the technology in China.
  • Australia's consumer watchdog sues US games giant Valve (2014-08-29 05:00:35)
    Australia's consumer watchdog Friday said it was taking online US video games giant Valve to court for allegedly making "false or misleading representations" and refusing to offer refunds. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said Valve Corporation, which operates digital video games distribution platform Steam for more than 65 million customers worldwide, allegedly breached local consumer law. "Valve may be an American-based company with no physical presence in Australia, but it is carrying on business in Australia by selling to Australian consumers, who are protected by the Australian consumer law," the ACCC said in a statement.
  • Chrome update lets you share your browser, not your history (2014-08-29 04:52:00)
  • China's Tencent shuts messaging accounts after censorship rules-state media (2014-08-29 04:40:36)
    China's Tencent Holdings Ltd has suspended more than 300 accounts on its WeChat mobile messaging app and banned around 40 others as government restrictions on spreading political news online take effect, state media said on Friday. Earlier this month, China imposed new rules on what kind of information can be spread via instant messaging apps as well as restrictions on accounts which can broadcast news to large numbers of followers. Of the 357 accounts closed down by Tencent as of August 25, 46 were permanently banned while the rest were suspended, the official Xinhua news agency said on its microblog.
  • Pregame film study shifts to phones, tablets (2014-08-29 04:05:57)
    Oklahoma cornerback Zack Sanchez had just found out the Sooners would be facing Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Shortly thereafter, his game prep began. On his cell phone.
  • Xbox One update rolling out with new media player and SmartGlass app improvements (2014-08-29 03:41:20)
    Microsoft’s big September update for Xbox One is rolling out to consoles today, just under a month after the company made it available to select beta testers. The update includes a number of improvements focused at the TV integration on the Xbox One, including a boot to TV option, live TV mini guide, and an expansion of Microsoft’s OneGuide TV guide data to Brazil, Mexico, Austria, and Ireland. The biggest feature is a new media player app that allows Xbox One owners to play files from attached USB devices. Codec support is robust, and Microsoft plans to support formats like animated GIFs and MKV by the end of the year.
  • Watch Edgar Wright's most hyper-dramatic movie close-ups (2014-08-29 03:40:55)
    It's pretty easy to work out when you're watching an Edgar Wright movie: the British director has a penchant for using close-ups to tell little visual jokes, making mundane objects hilariously important with crash-zooms and portentous music. Filmmaker Jaume R. Lloret, who previously cataloged every death in Quentin Tarantino's movies, has pored through all of Wright's films to catalog his use of close-ups. The resulting video shows his use of the technique in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and the director's "Cornetto trilogy" — Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World's End.
  • Militants use off-the-shelf drones for surveillance and propaganda (2014-08-29 03:21:00)
  • Apple working with NXP for pay-by-touch technology in new iPhone: FT (2014-08-29 03:11:45)
    (Reuters) - Apple Inc is working with Dutch chipmaker NXP Semiconductors NV to add secure near-field communications (NFC) technology into the next iPhone, which would enable the smartphone users to pay by touch, the Financial Times reported, citing people familiar with Apple's plans. NXP will provide the secure near-field communications chips that will allow an iPhone to connect with payment terminals or ticketing systems, the daily reported. Apple has invited media to a "special event" in its hometown of Cupertino, California, on Sept. 9, when the iPhone maker is expected to unveil the latest versions of its best-selling smartphones.
  • Crave giveaway: $100 gift certificate to online art market Nuvango (2014-08-29 03:00:05)
    If you're tired of boring old cases and skins, enter to win a free shopping spree at this massive online gallery featuring original work by artists from around the globe.>
  • The reason LG software stinks (2014-08-29 02:50:01)
    Janko Roettgers at GigaOM writing about LG's failure to capitalize on webOS:
  • Mathway review (2014-08-29 01:45:16)
    Solve your math problems anywhere, anytime
  • Google stops showing who wrote what in its search results (2014-08-29 01:31:00)
  • Miegakure lets you use the 4th dimension to solve puzzles (2014-08-29 01:26:29)
    An upcoming platform game lets you twist space to access two, three and four dimensions.>
  • Run with Map My Run for Android review (2014-08-29 01:20:44)
    Winner of the Best Running App 2012 Reader's Choice
  • Sony quietly starts selling Digital Paper E Ink tablet online (2014-08-29 00:37:52)
    Sony has very quietly started selling its 13.3-inch e-reader, Digital Paper, via the web to US addresses.>
  • Loud TV commercials will get quieter starting next June (2014-08-29 00:27:00)
  • China's Wanda, Tencent, Baidu to set up $814 million e-commerce company (2014-08-29 00:26:28)
    By Paul Carsten BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Dalian Wanda group and Tencent Holdings Ltd said on Friday they would set up a 5 billion yuan ($814 million) e-commerce joint venture with Baidu Inc , as the firms push into the high-growth e-commerce sector. The joint venture, to be registered in Hong Kong, will be 70 percent owned by privately-held Wanda, while Chinese internet giants Tencent and Baidu will hold 15 percent respectively, Wanda and Tencent said in separate press releases. China is the biggest e-commerce market in the world, with its No. 1 player, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd [IPO-BABA.N], transacting more goods than Inc and eBay Inc combined.
  • Somebody app delivers messages via the nearest human (2014-08-28 23:56:57)
    Somebody is a messaging app that sends the message, not to you, but the closest Somebody user to you -- who then has to hunt you down to deliver the contents.>
  • Alibaba opens fifth data center for public cloud business (2014-08-28 23:22:45)
    Alibaba Group Holding Ltd said on Friday it will open a fifth data center in Shenzhen to service AliCloud, the latest sign of its growing investment in the small but potentially lucrative cloud computing business. Established in 2009, AliCloud posted $38 million in revenue during the quarter ending June, a relatively small slice of Alibaba's $2.54 billion in total revenue for the quarter, according to Alibaba's financial disclosures filed ahead of its imminent initial public offering in New York. AliCloud, which has been likened to a budding version of the cloud service run by Alibaba's U.S. AliCloud's new data center will serve "large and small companies, financial institutions and other third parties in southern China," the company said in a statement on Friday.
  • LG is getting out of plasma TVs too, expect an official announcement soon (2014-08-28 23:05:00)
  • China's Wanda, Tencent, Baidu to set up $814 million e-commerce company: Wanda (2014-08-28 23:00:38)
    By Paul Carsten BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Dalian Wanda group said on Friday it would set up a 5 billion yuan ($814 million) e-commerce joint venture with Tencent Holdings Ltd and Baidu Inc, as the firms push into the high-growth e-commerce sector. The joint venture, to be registered in Hong Kong, will be 70 percent owned by privately-held Wanda, while Chinese internet giants Tencent and Baidu will hold 15 percent respectively, Wanda said in a press release. China is the biggest e-commerce market in the world, with its No. 1 player, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd [IPO-BABA.N] transacting more goods than Inc and eBay Inc combined.
  • Despite backlash, Uber says it's rapidly expanding (2014-08-28 22:06:42)
    As the ride-sharing service could face investigations from antitrust regulators for its shady recruiting tactics, it moves into 24 more cities.>
  • MapQuest review (2014-08-28 21:53:33)
    Get voice GPS navigation, live maps and traffic updates
  • LCD Soundsystem's frontman is transforming tennis data into tunes (2014-08-28 21:51:00)
  • Danse miserable: Group wants to make a funky remix of hellish Comcast calls (2014-08-28 21:45:40)
    Does misery have a time signature? That’s what open-Internet advocacy group Public Knowledge is trying to find out with a new contest that asks participants to take audio recordings from various nightmarish Comcast customer service calls and mash them up into a remix that will presumably be danceable and catchy. FROM EARLIER: The most brutal Comcast call yet – customer gets shuffled through 6 reps, issue remains unfixed “We challenge YOU to remix Comcast’s repeated examples of poor customer treatment into something unique and creative,” Public Knowledge explains. “Take one or more of the recent highly publicized customer service calls with Comcast (or go to town with one of your own experiences) and let your imagination go to work. We
  • MapFactor review (2014-08-28 21:37:24)
    Find your way to your destination with turn-by-turn GPS navigation
  • Los mejores 'smartphones' por US$100 o menos (2014-08-28 21:32:26)
    ¿Quieres gastar poco y no sabes qué teléfono inteligente comprar? Revisa esta lista de los mejores celulares disponibles con contrato por US$100 o menos.>
  • magicApp: Free Calls review (2014-08-28 21:23:33)
    Get unlimited local & long distance calling to the US and Canada with magicApp
  • Amazon's 4K streaming service is coming in October (2014-08-28 21:23:02)
    There isn't that much to watch on 4K TVs these days, but one more big name is getting into the action — Amazon Instant Video will support 4K video streaming from October. The first hardware partner is Samsung, which will be including Amazon's 4K service on its UHD TVs worldwide as well as expanding availability of Netflix's 4K content across Europe, in a wide-ranging initiative first announced at CES in January.
  • 'Startups' latinas demuestran su talento pero les falta el dinero (2014-08-28 21:18:53)
    La aceleradora de negocios Manos Accelerator gradúa su segunda promoción de emprendedores, quienes tornan la vista hacia el futuro.>
  • Magic Piano by Smule review (2014-08-28 21:09:51)
    Magic Piano, now on Google Play
  • Los hackers de JPMorgan alteraron información bancaria: reporte (2014-08-28 21:07:40)
    El ciberataque a la cadena de bancos puede haber afectado a siete instituciones financieras; la FBI y el Servicio Secreto de EE.UU., sin embargo, no han confirmado la magnitud del ataque.>
  • U.S. banking group says unaware of any 'significant' cyber attack (2014-08-28 21:07:02)
    The group, known as the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center, or FS-ISAC, includes all major U.S. "There are no credible threats posed to the financial services sector at this time," the group said in an email to its members. FS-ISAC told members in the email that it decided not to raise its barometer of threats facing banks during a regularly scheduled conference call on Thursday.
  • Here are the 3 free games you’ll get on Xbox One and Xbox 360 in September (2014-08-28 21:00:48)
    Xbox One owners have a lot to look forward to this fall, from a healthy supply of third-party releases to some huge console exclusives, but the one title that loyal Xbox fans can’t wait to pick up is Halo: The Master Chief Collection. With over 100 multiplayer maps and four complete campaigns, the collection is going to be one of the best deals of the holiday season, but the package doesn’t contain everything. That’s where next month’s Games with Gold comes in. During the month of September, Microsoft is only offering three free games to Xbox Live Gold subscribers, but they’re all incredibly. Xbox 360 owners are going to get Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine, a top-down stealth game, and Halo: Reach,
  • Mozilla starts testing sponsored tiles in Firefox Nightly's new tabs (2014-08-28 20:55:00)
  • WHO says ebola outbreak may infect 20,000 before it can be stopped (2014-08-28 20:31:56)
    The World Health Organization says a total of more than 20,000 people may be infected with ebola in West Africa before the virus is contained. The United Nations agency released a new roadmap for dealing with the outbreak today, designed to respond to the "urgent need to dramatically scale up the international response" to the rapid proliferation of the disease. The document says the ebola virus is spreading much faster than the WHO had anticipated, and would cost at least $490 million to control. The cost has risen partly because the rate of infection is increasing: the WHO says more than 40 percent of ebola infections in West Africa occurred in the last 21 days, and in some places, the number of infected people may be two to four times higher than reported.
  • A giant atlas of every living thing in the Southern Ocean (2014-08-28 20:31:38)
    A team of international scientists has spent four years painstakingly cataloguing every known living organism in the Southern Ocean.>
  • ​Valve hit with legal action in Australia over misleading consumers (2014-08-28 20:30:38)
    Valve will face Australia's Federal Court over claims it misled customers about refunds and guarantees on Steam games.>
  • Sprint is offering a great way to save money on calls when you’re overseas (2014-08-28 20:15:30)
    Amazing but true: Sprint really does seem to be stepping up its game when it comes to offering more value for customers. Sprint on Thursday announced that it will offer free Wi-Fi calling to customers who travel overseas and who call the United States, Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands. As you might have guessed, Wi-Fi calling lets you make phone calls using your local Wi-Fi network so you don’t have to use a carrier’s cellular network. This obviously eliminates the need for international roaming and thus will save you money on roaming charges as long as you’re within range of a working Wi-Fi hotspot. FROM EARLIER: Sprint brings down the hammer with $60 unlimited plan… but there are some catches
  • Google building fleet of package-delivering drones (2014-08-28 20:13:28)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's secretive research laboratory is trying to build a fleet of drones designed to bypass earthbound traffic so packages can be delivered to people more quickly.
  • Engadget Daily: Apple's September 9th iPhone event, LG's G Watch R, and more! (2014-08-28 20:13:00)
  • US looking to Google's Megan Smith to be chief tech officer? (2014-08-28 20:11:40)
    As the search for the country's new CTO gets under way, one report says the choice could be the vice president of Google X.>
  • Tomorrow Daily 044: NASA advances its SLS program, Leap Motion for VR, and a 3D-printed castle (2014-08-28 20:08:04)
    On today's show, Ashley and Khail talk about NASA's newest milestone in their journey to Mars, Leap Motion Controller's newest VR accessory, and a 3D-printed castle.>
  • Google stops displaying content authorship in search results (2014-08-28 20:07:21)
    Google finds that presenting author information in search results wasn't as useful as it had expected.>
  • Google spreads its wings, moving into drone deliveries (2014-08-28 20:04:22)
    Amazon isn't the only tech giant experimenting with drones. The search company has unveiled Project Wing, which is focusing its efforts on disaster relief, at least for now.>
  • Tomorrow Daily 044: NASA advances their SLS program, Leap Motion for VR, and a 3D-printed castle (2014-08-28 20:03:49)
    On today's show, Ashley and Khail talk about NASA's newest milestone in their journey to Mars, Leap Motion Controller's newest VR accessory, and a 3D-printed castle.>
  • Google tests using drones to deliver goods (2014-08-28 19:47:11)
    Google on Thursday said it is testing using drones to deliver items bought online, putting its own spin on similar efforts by Internet retail titan Two years of research into what Google referred to as "Project Wing" was capped this month with test flights delivering candy, water, medicine, dog treats and other items to two farmers in Queensland, Australia. "Self-flying vehicles could open up entirely new approaches to moving goods," California-based Google said in a blog post disclosing the project. Project Wing drones were described as having more in common with Google's self-driving car than remote-controlled aircraft used by hobbyists.
  • Apple flagship store in San Francisco fills with protestors (2014-08-28 19:33:15)
    Demonstrators occupy the tech giant's downtown retail shop to speak out against alleged underpaying of contract employees.>
  • Facebook is testing keyword search on older posts (2014-08-28 19:33:00)
  • Leak: Here’s Hollywood’s new plan to attack movie pirates (2014-08-28 19:30:54)
    Hollywood hasn’t had much luck curtailing movie piracy over the past several years, but a new draft of anti-piracy legislation could be a frightening sign of things to come as studios and executives run out of options. TorrentFreak reports that the Australia Screen Association is heading up the draft, but Disney, Paramount, Sony, Universal and the Motion Picture Association are just a few of the other names attached to the legislation. According to the draft, Australia stands accused of being the “worst offender of any country in the world” when it comes to Internet piracy. “Australians have become internationally renowned as being the most active internet pirates of US television and movie content, having the highest rates per capita of unauthorised
  • U.S. startups get OK for smartphone-based heart tracking (2014-08-28 19:23:22)
    By Christina Farr SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - For a growing U.S. Food and Drug Administration for mobile applications that monitor patients from home, a step forward for a nascent digital health industry that has pressed for more clarity from the agency on regulations. AliveCor said it received the FDA's approval to detect serious heart conditions in electrocardiogram (ECG) readings taken from a mobile device. "Atrial fibrillation is very hard to identify," said Euan Thomson, AliveCor's chief executive.
  • The Microplane Cube Grater solves grating puzzles in the kitchen (2014-08-28 19:23:00)
    The Microplane Cube Grater features three different grating surfaces. The kitchen accessory stores inside the catch cup.>
  • Google tests airborne drones to deliver goods (2014-08-28 18:59:01)
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc is developing airborne drones capable of flying on their own and delivering everything from candy to medicine, the Internet company said on Thursday. The effort, which Google calls Project Wing, will take years of development to create a service with multiple vehicles flying multiple deliveries per day, Google said. The project represents Google's latest effort to expand its reach beyond Web pages and into the real world with projects including self-driving cars, solar-powered balloons and same-day home delivery services. Google rival Amazon. ...
  • Google's Megan Smith considered top choice for U.S. technology chief: Bloomberg (2014-08-28 18:50:15)
    (Reuters) - Longtime Google Inc executive Megan Smith is a top candidate for the role of United States' chief technology officer, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter. Smith is vice president at Google's secret lab "Google X" which is devoted to "moon shot" projects such as driverless cars and Google Glass smart eyewear and overseen by co-founder Sergey Brin, according to her LinkedIn profile. She led many of the company's early acquisitions, including picture service Picasa and Keyhole and Where2Tech, whose technologies drove Google Earth and Maps. The chief technology officer advises the U.S.
  • Google shows off 'Project Wing' delivery drones (2014-08-28 18:47:00)
  • Teaser video suggests Dyson’s new robot vacuum cleaner may spy on you at all times (2014-08-28 18:45:02)
    Dyson has published a short 25-second video teaser on YouTube that shows the company’s next product – or at least what that product is able to observe around it. Called the “Dyson project N223,” the device should be unveiled on September 9th and it’s likely a robot vacuum cleaner whose only purpose will be to regularly clean your home rather than spying you at all times, as the video suggests. The video seems to indicate that the upcoming N223 device has panoramic cameras and has a relatively low profile. In fact, one such robot might actually be spotted on the floor of that particular Dyson lab, although it’s cleverly redacted. Dyson’s interest in robotics is no secret, which could be one
  • JPMorgan hackers altered, deleted bank records, says report (2014-08-28 18:43:31)
    Investigation into attack on JPMorgan Chase may have expanded to seven of the world's top banks, amid a report that hackers altered records.>
  • With IPO coming, Lending Club starts pulling out the stops (2014-08-28 18:40:04)
    Apparently feeling some competitive urgency, the dominant peer-to-peer lending company has accelerated its expansion -- and reversed its profitability for now.>
  • Google's 'Project Wing' is a secret, drone-based delivery system (2014-08-28 18:36:58)
    Google has been working on self-driving cars for some years now, but the company has just revealed that it is working on yet another ambitious and autonomous vehicle project. According to the BBC and The Atlantic, the secretive Google X team has been working for two years on Project Wing, a drone-based delivery system that sounds a lot like the Amazon drones that CEO Jeff Bezos announced last year. Instead, it sounds like Google envisions using these drones in disaster relief scenarios — they could theoretically deliver supplies to areas in need.
  • The Xbox One is ready to play your music, videos and even GIFs (2014-08-28 18:24:00)
  • This Diddy remix of a Smashing Pumpkins song took 16 years to release (2014-08-28 18:20:17)
    There was a time — 1998, to be precise — when the Smashing Pumpkins and Diddy (then Puff Daddy) were two of the biggest acts in the industry. Despite their musical differences, they even came together for a collaboration, with Diddy remixing two of the band's songs from their Adore album. A few years ago, one of the remixes finally popped up, a funkier version version of the Pumpkins' song "Perfect." Now, after 16 years, Rolling Stone has premiered the other, a remix of the track "Ava Adore." While the original is darkly romantic, with electronic instruments that throb along under Billy Corgan's lyrics, the Diddy version is more hopeful, with soaring strings and acoustic guitar.
  • PS4 and Xbox One are fighting back against mobile and PC gaming (2014-08-28 18:10:17)
    Over the last several years, there has been a paradigm shift in the gaming industry. Consoles, unchallenged for years as the PC market faded, slowly started to lose ground as smartphones and tablets became competent gaming platforms. Suddenly, everyone was playing games on their mobiles devices, from casual fans to hardcore gamers. Things got even more contentious when Steam hit the scene, bringing triple-A and indie developers alike back to the PC in droves. As the last generation stretched on and on for nearly a decade, it looked like the era of home consoles might finally be coming to a close, but Sony and Microsoft aren’t going down without a fight. Based on the latest data from The Independent Games
  • Leap Motion entra al mundo de la realidad aumentada (2014-08-28 17:58:58)
    La plataforma de reconocimiento gesticular lanza su primer visor para desarrolladores; el visor se puede comprar en la tienda digital de la compañía por US$19.99.>
  • Verizon lanza el celular Motorola Luge, su versión prepago del Razr M (2014-08-28 17:52:38)
    Sin mucho ruido, la proveedora de telefonía más grande del país relanza el teléfono de Motorola para quienes no quieren firmar un contrato.>
  • Keurig's coffee brewer 'DRM' has already been defeated (2014-08-28 17:50:47)
    Maybe getting past Keurig's DRM-protected brewing system won't be so challenging after all. Keurig Green Mountain incensed many third-party coffee pod makers with its decision to lock down the Keurig 2.0 system with the coffee equivalent of DRM earlier this year. The move was widely viewed as a desperate attempt by Green Mountain, which purchased Keurig in 2006, to protect its profits and stop other companies from putting out imitation K-Cups at much cheaper prices.
  • Crave Ep. 172: Google Glass app detects age, gender, mood (2014-08-28 17:44:21)
    Why speak to people to find out how they're doing when you can just use ​facial-recognition software? And if that doesn't work out, try watching goldfish play Street Fighter.>
  • Microsoft vows to clean up its crapware-infested Windows app store (2014-08-28 17:35:54)
    A recent report has revealed that the Windows app store filled with crappy apps and deceitful wannabe software that can trick the user into paying for an application that looks like the real thing. It also said Microsoft may be well aware of the situation, as the company both encouraged app developers to deliver Windows Store apps in bulk, and manually approved them. It appears Microsoft is well aware of its Windows Store problem indeed, and the company said on its Windows blog that it will finally restore order to its Windows Store. FROM EARLIER: How Microsoft filled its Windows Store with app scams waiting to steal your money The company revealed that it has already removed 1,500 apps from the Windows Store from developers that failed to
  • The 'Kill Switch': A Win For Privacy Protection and Public Safety (2014-08-28 17:35:25)
    For an ever-growing number of us, our lives are in our smartphones. Whether we realize it or not, our phones contain large amounts of private information -- everything from frequent flyer numbers to bank account passwords -- that could be damaging if it fell into the wrong hands. California took an important step in protecting that private...
  • Lose It! review (2014-08-28 17:23:04)
    Succeed at weight loss with Lose It
  • Microsoft's 2008 recruitment videos are a dark '90s acid trip (2014-08-28 17:21:04)
    In 2008, working with the production team at Digital Kitchen, Microsoft created two psychedelic recruitment videos. Both are like Barbarella meets William Gibson meets a 1992 VHS you found somewhere. Brad Abrahams, who worked at Digital Kitchen and posted the videos, wrote that the latter "was so weird [Microsoft] didn't know what to do with it." The only explanation is that it was ahead of its time.
  • Ukraine rallies the Twitter troops as Russia invades (2014-08-28 17:16:00)
  • NATO releases satellite imagery of Russian forces in Ukraine (2014-08-28 17:08:27)
    NATO is releasing satellite imagery today that it says depicts Russian troops engaging in military operations within Ukraine. Russia has slowly been encroaching on Ukraine since earlier this year, and its actions are increasingly beginning to look like an invasion — even if no one is willing to say it. "Over the past two weeks we have noted a significant escalation in both the level and sophistication of Russia’s military interference in Ukraine," brigadier general Nico Tak, of NATO's crisis center, says in a statement. "The satellite images released today provide additional evidence that Russian combat soldiers, equipped with sophisticated heavy weaponry, are operating inside Ukraine’s sovereign territory."
  • WEF unveils 'crowdsourcing' push on how to run the Web (2014-08-28 17:05:07)
    The World Economic Forum unveiled a project on Thursday aimed at connecting governments, businesses, academia, technicians and civil society worldwide to brainstorm the best ways to govern the Internet. WEF, which each year gathers the global elite in the plush Swiss ski resort of Davos, launched its NETmundial Initiative in a bid to build on the outcome of a large conference in Brazil in April that called for a transparent, multi-stakeholder approach to running the Web. The WEF project aims to put the goals decided upon in Brazil into action by bringing as many voices as possible into the growing global debate over how to govern the Internet without jeopardising its diversity. The platform will basically enable "crowdsourcing with the best experts in the world" to help determine the path forward on a wide range of issues, enthused Pierre Nanterme, a member of the WEF steering board and chief executive of management consultancy giant Accenture.
  • ​Microsoft promete limpiar su tienda de aplicaciones (2014-08-28 17:01:18)
    La tienda de apps en Windows Phone tiene un serio problema de apps engañosas, pero Microsoft dice tener a la mano escoba y recogedor.>
  • Finding a sapphire iPhone 6 might be easier than you thought (2014-08-28 17:00:37)
    It looks like the back-and-forth regarding whether or not there will be sapphire in the iPhone 6 display is going to continue until Apple finally answers the question once and for all on September 9th. 9to5Mac shared an investment note on Wednesday from PTT Research Forensics stock analyst and GTAT investor Matt Margolis in which he claims that every 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will come with a sapphire display, but only high-end 4.7-inch models will get the sapphire treatment. FROM EARLIER: Spanish carrier claims Apple will charge more for both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 “According to sources close to Foxconn’s manufacturing operations the iPhone 6 will come built with sapphire cover screens in both sizes,” he wrote. “These sources have
  • Eyes on Apple for 'next big thing' on Sept. 9 (2014-08-28 16:51:51)
    Apple gadget lovers hungered for the "next big thing" on Thursday after the iconic company fired off invites to a mystery unveiling on Sept. 9. Fueling rampant speculation regarding what the company has in store was the fact that the event will be held in the same performing arts center in Silicon Valley where late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs introduced the Macintosh computer in 1984. Flint Center for the Performing Arts on a college campus near Apple's headquarters in the California city of Cupertino has greater seating capacity than venues the company has traditionally used for media events. "Clearly, putting the event in a larger venue and erecting some mysterious building sends cues it is something dramatic and important," Forrester analyst Frank Gillett said of Apple's preparations.
  • Heavy buying in EZchip shares, options after company withdraws from events (2014-08-28 16:51:24)
    By Saqib Iqbal Ahmed and Soham Chatterjee NEW YORK/BANGALORE (Reuters) - Israel-based EZchip Semiconductor's shares rose 10 percent on Thursday and there was a spike in bullish options bets after the chipmaker canceled expected appearances at upcoming brokerage conferences, sparking talk of a possible deal for the company. There is "no news but there has been recent speculation that EZCH could likely be an acquisition candidate," Jay Srivatsa of Chardan Capital Markets said. EZchip's management canceled plans to attend two separate industry events hosted by Roth Capital and Brean Capital scheduled for Sept. 3, said Ehud Helft, investor relations representative for EZchip.
  • Before Apple's big event, Samsung and LG tease new smartwatches (2014-08-28 16:49:09)
    Perhaps Samsung and LG are worried Apple might reveal an iWatch? Both companies promote updated smartwatches -- the Samsung Gear S and the LG G Watch R -- even though each just launched new models last month.>
  • Motorola and Yo just screwed up their Moto 360 giveaway really badly (2014-08-28 16:48:42)
    Lots of people (including a Vox Media employee) are reporting that they received notices congratulating them on winning on a Moto 360 smartwatch moments ago, only to be told that all the watches were gone once they tried to redeem the prize by entering an email address. Reports of the problem are coming in across Twitter, and complaints are piling up on Motorola's Google+ page.
  • The US government might finally let someone else supply scientists with pot (2014-08-28 16:45:39)
    Since 1968, the University of Mississippi has been the only source of marijuana that scientists in the US can use for federally-approved medical research. With its contract set to expire next year, the National Institute on Drug Abuse is now accepting bids from anyone with a 12-acre pot farm who meets the very specific requirements. Don't get your hopes up, though — chances are very high that Mississippi will win the contract again. While marijuana is becoming more acceptable at the state level — both Washington and Colorado have legalized it for recreational use, while more than dozen others have decriminalized and / or legalized it for medical use — the federal government still classifies it as a Schedule I drug.
  • Windows Phone is still going nowhere fast (2014-08-28 16:44:05)
    Windows Phone diehards can deny it all they want, but the numbers don’t lie: The past year has been one of stagnation for their favorite platform. Following a report from IDC that showed Windows Phone shipments had actually declined year-over-year, we have another report from Kantar Worldpanel that shows Windows Phone’s growth for the past year has been largely stagnant at best. FROM EARLIER: 3 ideas for rescuing Windows Phone As you can see in Kantar’s chart below, while Windows Phone did make some progress in some markets, the overall trend is that it’s been going absolutely nowhere for the past 12 months. Basically, you have declines in France and Germany that have almost completely offset gains in the U.K.,
  • JPMorgan and other US banks reportedly hit by cyberattack (2014-08-28 16:44:00)
  • Far Out! Company Tracks Space Junk (2014-08-28 16:39:01)
    New Facility Will Use Lasers to Track Space Debris
  • 'ArtLifting' site uplifts the homeless by selling their art (2014-08-28 16:38:08)
    An online marketplace that celebrates and sells creations by homeless and disabled artists has turned to Kickstarter for help expanding its do-good reach.>
  • Virtual insanity: 60 years of VR in pop culture (2014-08-28 16:37:56)
    The peculiar portrayals of VR through pop culture history
  • The 404 Show 1,543: Apple's invite has our minds in the gutter (podcast) (2014-08-28 16:34:21)
    Bridget Carey joins us to talk all about living rocks, Disney's drone dreams, and the truth about Hello Kitty.>
  • Knee Defender inventor: It protects computers and babies (2014-08-28 16:33:54)
    In justifying his device's existence, Ira Goldman tells MSNBC that the device is not being used to "hog space.">
  • Apple solicita patente para una base superfuerte para el iPhone (2014-08-28 16:30:20)
    La tecnología le permitiría a los usuarios del iPhone conectarlo a una base a través del cable Lightning sin preocuparse de la fuerza a la que lo sometan cuando desconectan el dispositivo.>
  • You have to check out these crazy CIA spy gadgets from 50 years ago (2014-08-28 16:24:19)
    Have you ever watched a James Bond or Mission Impossible movie and wondered if any of those absurd gadgets could actually be put to use in the real world? Well as it so happens, the spies on the silver screen aren’t too different from our own Central Intelligence Agency of the mid-1900s. CNET has cobbled together a slideshow of some of the most fascinating pieces of spy tech in the history of the CIA — some of them need to be seen to be believed. The bug you see above you is one of the highlights of the CIA Museum Artifacts collection. The Dragonfly Insectothopter, as it is known, was the first insect-sized flying vehicle to ever be developed by
  • The littlest Rapture: we played 'BioShock' on an iPhone (2014-08-28 16:21:51)
    BioShock is an absolutely classic video game, and anyone who likes action games should play it at some point in their life. Its "underwater Ayn Rand" premise is great, it contains one of the most memorable video game speeches of all time, and the combination of conventional weapons, psychokinetic powers, and hacking is open-ended without being too complicated. It's an ambitious goal, and in the interest of pursuing the most mobile mobile experience out there, we skipped the iPad and played through the first level on an iPhone 5S.
  • The new SportsCenter app makes sure you don't miss live events (2014-08-28 16:14:00)
  • Leftover Boeing 787 parts are becoming football shoulder pads (2014-08-28 16:08:44)
    Instead of throwing out the trimmings from the giant sheets of composite material used to make the 787 Dreamliner, Boeing is giving them a decidedly more terrestrial second life. Russell Athletic announced the expansion of a partnership with Boeing this week, in which Russell gets Boeing's carbon fiber seconds to make its CarbonTek football shoulder pads. ...
  • HTC One M8 para Windows llega a T-Mobile esta Navidad (2014-08-28 16:08:14)
    Los fans de Windows Phone podrán comprarse, o regalar, uno de estos teléfonos celulares de alta gama durante la época navideña.>
  • Six years in, the mobile app market is already mature (2014-08-28 16:04:36)
    It’s tough to remember an iPhone without third-party apps, but sure enough, the ability to download from the App Store didn’t arrive until iOS 2.0 in the summer of 2008. Though the iPhone 3G wasn’t nearly the global phenomenon that the iPhone brand as a whole is today, it was still quite clear that what Apple had just opened was the modern-day gold rush. Curious users flocked to the App Store on a daily basis — back in my time at Engadget, a few editors even pored through every single app release on a given day to see what was worth downloading. Now, with thousands being published every 24 hours, that same tactic is simply untenable. Just over six years
  • 'ArtLifting' site uplifts homeless artists by selling their art (2014-08-28 16:03:28)
    An online marketplace that celebrates and sells creations by homeless and disabled artists has turned to Kickstarter for help expanding its do-good reach.>
  • The world wants a bigger iPhone and big smartphones in general (2014-08-28 15:58:08)
    The launch of a bigger iPhone 6 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 phablet are just days away, and multiple surveys say supersized phone screens are exactly what the public craves.>
  • Samsung lanza unos audífonos que se convierten en collar (2014-08-28 15:52:22)
    Los audífonos también se pueden utilizar como un collar que vibra para notificar de un nuevo mensaje en tu teléfono inteligente.>
  • Sony tienta y da pistas de 3 dispositivos Xperia (2014-08-28 15:49:39)
    En un video de promoción, la gigante de electrónicos da un vistazo rápido de tres siluetas. ¿Será que presentará tres dispositivos durante su evento de prensa el 3 de septiembre en IFA?>
  • Proveedor de Samsung en China empleó menores de edad: informe (2014-08-28 15:49:12)
    Samsung niega acusaciones de la organización China Labor Watch de que su proveedor chino HEG Electronics contrate a niños menores de 16 años.>
  • HTC's One M8 for Windows is coming to T-Mobile, too (2014-08-28 15:46:00)
  • Here’s what Apple has to do to sell Woz on the iWatch (2014-08-28 15:45:16)
    Apple cofounder and all around geek legend Steve Wozniak is not a fan of most smartwatches he’s seen so far. In fact, Wozniak revealed earlier this year that he so hated Samsung’s first-generation Galaxy Gear that he decided to sell the device on eBay after less than a day. In a new interview with CNET, the man affectionately known as Woz reveals what he thinks Apple should do to bring get people to buy its first-ever wearable device. MORE ON THE iWATCH: Here comes the iWatch — first Apple wearable computer reportedly set for September 9th reveal “I personally want a larger screen that can do more of what my iPhone does,” Woz tells CNET. “The small 1.5-inch by 1.5-inch screens
  • Modern magic: World's first 3D-printed castle (2014-08-28 15:42:03)
    A man in Minnesota built a 3D printer and used it to make a beautiful castle rise from the earth layer by layer. There's no dragon -- yet.>
  • Sprint permite llamadas gratis por Wi-Fi desde el extranjero (2014-08-28 15:32:30)
    Los clientes que estén viajando en el extranjero podrán hacer y recibir llamadas sin ningún costo de EE.UU., Puerto Rico y las Islas Vírgenes.>
  • 10 ways the Internet overanalyzed Apple's invitation (2014-08-28 15:31:06)
    Apple's September 9th invitation is out, and as the yearly tradition follows, some people took to analyzing the invitation. In some cases, folks of the Internet took it too far.>
  • Instagram explains what makes its awesome new Hyperlapse app possible (2014-08-28 15:25:48)
    Instagram has just released a new iOS app for video-taking enthusiasts, Hyperlapse, that lets them easily create awesome time-lapse videos and share them with friends. Now, the company has explained the nifty technology behind its new app in a detailed blog post. “Time lapse photography is a technique in which frames are played back at a much faster rate than that at which they’re captured. This allows you to experience a sunset in 15 seconds or see fog roll over hills like a stream of water flowing over rocks. Time lapses are mesmerizing to watch because they reveal patterns and motions in our daily lives that are otherwise invisible,” the company writes, explaining that it created the app so regular
  • It didn't take long for a company to crack Keurig's K-Cup lockdown (2014-08-28 15:19:00)
  • Watch David Fincher's normcore ads for The Gap (2014-08-28 15:18:48)
    David Fincher is the Academy Award-nominated director of the upcoming film Gone Girl and previously The Social Network, Zodiac, The Game, as well as several other fine films. He's also, recently, the director of a new series of ads for The Gap's fall clothing line, a campaign called "Dress Normal," which embraces the brand's longtime status as an arbiter of normcore. They are not quite as dark or moody as Fincher's feature films, but they certainly get the point across: normal is the new cool.
  • Samsung supplier factory found to use child labor, watchdog says (2014-08-28 15:09:23)
    But Samsung says allegations China-based supplier HEG Electronics employes children under the age of 16 at its facility are false.>
  • David Lynch says he let Kanye West down because he couldn't come up with a good music video idea (2014-08-28 15:06:00)
    David Lynch was going to direct a Kanye West music video, but the project ultimately fell through after Lynch couldn't figure out any good ideas for it. "I feel I let him down a little bit," Lynch tells The Daily Beast. Lynch said in an interview last year that the Yeezus track "Blood on the Leaves" was a favorite of his, and that apparently led to him and West meeting up.
  • Spanish carrier claims Apple will charge more for both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 (2014-08-28 15:03:04)
    How much are you willing to pay for a bigger iPhone, Apple fans? G for Games directs our attention to a new report out of Spain that claims both the 4.7-inch version and the 5.5-inch version of the iPhone 6 are going to cost more than the iPhone 5s. SURVEY: Apple fans — will you spend an extra $100 to get a bigger 5.5-inch iPhone? Spanish publication MovilZona says that Spanish carrier Telefonica is claiming that the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will cost €750 (USD $988) while the 5.5-inch model will cost €950 (USD $1,252). G for Games points out that this is more expensive than the €699 (USD $921) that Apple is now charging for the 16GB iPhone 5s in Spain, so if
  • Amazon Plans 4K Content for October (2014-08-28 14:58:12)
    Early adopters who own 4K TVs are largely both delighted with the picture quality and frustrated by the lack of things to watch in UHD. If they can hold out until October, they'll find a few new selections, as Amazon's original shows will start streaming in full 4K resolution.
  • Queen of whimsy Miranda July releases Someone, an app that sends messages through strangers' bodies (2014-08-28 14:58:02)
    For those delicate situations when Snapchat is too intimate yet Secret's too anonymous, magical human and happy-accident enthusiast Miranda July has just released her first app. As seen below in a characteristically twee short film — which was released at the Venice Film Festival today — once downloaded, the app sends your message not to its intended recipient, but to the closest Somebody user nearby. It's a little like Invasion of the Body Snatchers, except not sinister because this is Miranda July, the artist who brought you the most endearing cybersex scene of all time in You and Me and Everyone You Know.
  • Microsoft Ejects Junk Apps from Windows Store (2014-08-28 14:56:51)
    Microsoft came under fire last week for not curating the Windows Store as well as it should have, letting thousands of dangerous copycat apps roam free. Yesterday (Aug. 27), the company announced it had taken the criticism to heart and expelled more than 1,500 shady apps from both the Windows Store and the related Windows Phone Store as part of a new initiative to keep a closer eye on its digital marketplaces. Todd Brix, a general manager for the Windows Store, wrote up a blog post detailing Microsoft's efforts to keep its storefront clean and relatively free of scams.
  • America's CTO steps down to become government adviser in Silicon Valley (2014-08-28 14:56:00)
  • ​LG, Samsung revelan nuevos relojes inteligentes (2014-08-28 14:52:08)
    El Gear S, de Samsung y el G Watch R, de LG, llegarían al mercado a fines de año. El primero tiene pantalla curva; el segundo, una cara redonda.>
  • New Samsung smartwatch won't need companion phone (2014-08-28 14:51:28)
    NEW YORK (AP) — With the holiday shopping season coming, Samsung and LG unveiled small improvements to their computerized wristwatches to try to sway shoppers.
  • The mystery of Death Valley's sailing stones has been solved (2014-08-28 14:46:29)
    On a cracked lakebed in Death Valley called Racetrack Playa, there are a collection of boulders, some weighing several hundred pounds, that clearly, mysteriously, move. Hurricane force winds, sliding sheets of ice — and, of course, aliens — were all contenders, but then last December the cousins Richard Norris and James Norris caught the rocks in the act. In a paper published in Plos One, they describe watching a thin layer of ice break into large panes and get pushed by a light wind against the boulders, which then began to slide through the mud at about 15 feet a minute.
  • BLOG EN VIVO: evento de Apple del 9 de septiembre de 2014 (2014-08-28 14:44:22)
    En esta presentación de la gigante de Cupertino esperamos hasta dos iPhones de mayor tamaño: el iPhone 6 de 4.7 y 5.5 pulgadas. Acompáñanos en nuestra cobertura en vivo el 9 de septiembre.>
  • Nokia will have its revenge on the smartphone industry (2014-08-28 14:41:06)
    Business Korea has just published a very provocative piece that depicts a monstrous troll attacking its home country’s pride and joy, Samsung. That troll, you’ll be surprised to learn, is Nokia. The reason for this is easy to understand: Samsung may be forced to pay one of the history’s biggest patent royalty sums to Nokia, and fellow Korean electronics titan LG is not scot free, either. What unleashed the beast in the Finnish company was its decision to sell its handset division to Microsoft a while back. As long as Nokia was a phone company, it was bound by a web of cross-licensing deals limiting how much it can charge for its thousands of handset-related patents. Nokia needed to use both essential and
  • Deutsche Telekom could part with T-Mobile for $35 a share (2014-08-28 14:39:57)
    T-Mobile's majority owner has already rejected one offer from French carrier Iliad and watched its deal with Sprint fall apart.>
  • New iPhones expected at Sept. 9 Apple event (2014-08-28 14:37:38)
    Apple Inc invited media to a "special event" in its hometown of Cupertino, California, on Sept. 9, when the iPhone maker is expected to unveil the latest versions of its best-selling smartphones. Apple's typically cryptic invitation read: "Wish we could say more." It came on a simple black-and-white background dominated by the company's familiar corporate logo. Apple was expected to unveil larger 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens for iPhones, a move thought to be driven in part by the success of larger devices by rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. Tech blog Re/code also reported Apple may introduce its long-awaited smartwatch. Apple uses its September events to showcase its most important products.
  • Infamous: First Light review: Highlighting the heroine (2014-08-28 14:21:54)
    Despite being one of the standout console exclusives of 2014, Infamous: Second Son had one egregious flaw — we never got to know any of the secondary characters. Some of the best moments of the Infamous series revolve around the interactions between the protagonist and his companions, but Sucker Punch failed to flesh out the colorful cast in Second Son. Infamous: First Light is how they’re going to fill in the blanks. First Light is basically a condensed version of Second Son (…hence the name). There’s the (scaled-back) open world environment, the side missions, the collectables and even the melodramatic narrative. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the story — it just doesn’t have much time to breathe. First Light
  • Join CNET Wednesday for Sony's IFA 2014 live blog (2014-08-28 14:20:05)
    We'll be live-blogging Sony's announcements from the IFA 2014 trade show in Berlin. Here's how to follow along, and find out what time Sony's bash begins in your timezone.>
  • Stephen Hawking delivers the most heartwarming ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ video yet (2014-08-28 14:02:47)
    No one is more aware of how hard it is to live with ALS than Stephen Hawking, the world’s most famous physicist who has been suffering from an ALS-related condition for decades now. Because of this, we knew it was only a matter of time before we saw Hawking pop up in an “Ice Bucket Challenge” video of his own to help raise funds for finding a cure for ALS. FROM EARLIER: Elon Musk engineers the most elaborate ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ contraption we’ve yet seen Unfortunately, Hawking said that he couldn’t take the Ice Bucket Challenge himself because he had pneumonia last year. However, he did recruit his three children Robert, Lucy and Tim to take the challenge on his
  • 25 of the most amazing Hyperlapse videos we've seen so far (2014-08-28 14:02:39)
    Hyperlapse is the newest standalone app from Instagram, and it's attracting plenty of praise for bringing easy time-lapse capabilities and unmatched image stabilization to the mobile world in a simple way. It's not only the newest way to make the mundane look cool, it's inspiring fresh takes on mobile videos — and it's only two days old.
  • Researchers figure out how to turn bad memories into good ones (in mice) (2014-08-28 13:51:00)
  • ​Oficial: Apple confirma evento para el 9 de septiembre (2014-08-28 13:49:46)
    La espera terminó. Apple envió las invitaciones para un evento el 9 de septiembre. ¿Conoceremos por fin el iPhone 6?>
  • If we ran Amazon Studios, here are the shows we would make (2014-08-28 13:43:37)
    Today, Amazon Studios posted a fresh batch of five TV pilots as part of its year-old, semi-crowdsourced production efforts. This third season, which includes two hour-long dramas and three half-hour comedies, indicates a stepping up on Amazon’s part, particularly in terms of who’s behind the camera: this time around, the roster includes Shaun Cassidy, creator of American Gothic, Marc Forster (World War Z), and Steven Soderbergh, who in his return from “retirement" has really taken to the small screen. As it’s done before, Amazon Studios is soliciting feedback from the pilot’s viewers and says it will use that input to decide which shows go on to produce full seasons — basically, a more transparent version of the big advantage companies like Amazon and Netflix have when it comes to measuring their users’ interest in real-time. See below for our picks — Hi, Amazon! More of Ron Pearlman’s craggy forehead, please! — and our best guesses as to what the Great TV Algorithm picked up on that led to these shows.
  • Netflix reportedly picks up NBC's 'The Blacklist' for $2 million per episode (2014-08-28 13:23:19)
    Netflix adding a TV show to its streaming library isn't usually a big deal, but things are a little different when that show is one of a major network's biggest new titles. Deadline reports that Netflix is picking up streaming right for NBC's The Blacklist, which became a breakout success last year and reportedly saw around 12 million viewers on each episode. Its first season will reportedly begin streaming next weekend on Netflix, which is the only place that it'll be found online for a while. The series, which follows a fugitive who partners with the FBI to track down other criminals, will begin its second season on NBC in late September.
  • Microsoft now lets you record gameplay with Xbox One SmartGlass (2014-08-28 13:23:00)
  • The single most mind-blowing fact about Samsung’s Gear S (2014-08-28 13:20:05)
    Even if you have no intention of buying Samsung’s latest smartwatch, you should at least step back and appreciate what a marvel of engineering it actually is — and we’re not just talking about the nifty curved display. Analyst Neil Shah points out that many of the Gear S’s key hardware specifications are nearly identical to those of the iPhone 4S, the hugely popular Apple smartphone that was released less than three years ago. FROM EARLIER: The first non-Android Samsung smartphone is here and it actually goes on your wrist Indeed, the Gear S’s major specs — a dual-core 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 3G, 802.11n Wi-Fi and A-GPS connectivity — do match up exactly with the iPhone 4S, although
  • Join CNET Wednesday for Galaxy Note 4 live blog (2014-08-28 13:17:09)
    "Critically important" Unpacked event is expected to feature a new Galaxy Note and more on Samsung's 3G smartwatch alongside other products. We'll be live streaming from Berlin.>
  • Apple reportedly building huge, three-story structure at site of September 9th event (2014-08-28 13:14:40)
    Apple has a lot to showcase on September 9th, and apparently it's not sparing any expense for the big occasion. MacRumors reports that Apple has quietly been building a massive, three-story structure at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts, the venue that's hosting Apple's event. The area, which is on De Anza College's Cupertino campus, has been barricaded off and is said to be surrounded by security. Could Apple be planning some high-production demonstrations for its latest products and software like HomeKit? With over 2,000 seats, the Flint Center dwarfs other venues that Apple typically chooses for these events.
  • Tech is replacing fashion for teens (2014-08-28 13:02:44)
    The prevailing argument among media types is that Apple's $3 billion purchase of Beats makes sense if Apple is trying to transform from primarily a technology company to a fashion brand, perhaps akin to Yves St. Laurent and Burberry (both companies from which Apple hired big name executives). A New York Times piece on the back-to-school shopping habits of the coveted teen demographic reveals that, in fact, technology is quickly becoming more of a status symbol than fashion. "Clothes aren’t as important to me," said Olivia D’Amico, a 16-year-old from New York, as she shopped at Hollister with her sister and a friend.
  • The iPhone 6 you’re waiting for might not be unveiled on September 9th (2014-08-28 13:01:22)
    Apple is expected to announce its new iPhone 6 models on September 9th during a special media event that’s yet to be confirmed, and that could also bring the introduction of the company’s first smartwatch. But a new report from China says that only one iPhone 6 model will make it to the show. FROM EARLIER: Key details about the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 confirmed in major new leak has learned that the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 version will not be unveiled at the event, and instead Apple will only launch the 4.7-inch smartphone and an 8GB version of the 16GB iPhone 5s. The 5.5-inch iPhone 6’s announcement will be delayed according to the publication’s sources, to a date that’s yet to be
  • Stop ruining my escapist fantasies, Sarkeesian haters (2014-08-28 13:01:07)
    Earlier this year, I passed on buying Watch Dogs, a game I had been tentatively excited about for over a year. There were a lot of reasons for this, but one specific plot point clinched it: Aiden Pearce was yet another man motivated by villains killing a woman (or in this case, a girl) he cared about. The general concept (originally identified in comics) of female characters being killed in order to motivate a male hero is known as "women in refrigerators," and it's one of many similar narrative devices discussed by one of the internet's most harassed women, Anita Sarkeesian. Sarkeesian's individual examples are fair game for debate, but the overall feeling seems to be that by identifying tropes like the dead girlfriend or damsel in distress at all, she's trying to destroy what makes video games enjoyable.
  • NFL Mobile gets Sunday afternoon streaming for Verizon customers (2014-08-28 12:58:00)
  • LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy is making electronic jams from tennis (2014-08-28 12:41:58)
    LCD Soundsystem, the punk-electronic dance band helmed by singer-songwriter James Murphy, broke up in 2011, but Murphy has been occupying his time with various side projects ever since. Now he's teamed up with IBM to orchestrate the US Open, working with a developer to automate electronic-music algorithms that create sounds based on data from the matches.  Every match so far has a beat, and it'll continue until the Open ends on September 8th. The results are gorgeous but ambient, although Murphy will apparently be remixing them into something more tuneful soon.
  • Apple iPhone 6 event officially set for Sept. 9 (2014-08-28 12:41:00)
    Invites from the Cupertino, Calif., electronics giant give almost no hints, saying "wish we could say more." But the general consensus is that Apple will unveil its next smartphone.>
  • Apple definitely isn’t suing Samsung over these things (2014-08-28 12:40:45)
    Here’s an accessory that you definitely can’t accuse Samsung of copying from anyone else. In addition to announcing its Gear S smartwatch earlier on Thursday, Samsung also took the wraps off a new set of headphones designed to compliment the device that are certainly original, to say the least. FROM EARLIER: The first non-Android Samsung smartphone is here and it actually goes on your wrist Samsung’s new Gear Circle is an accessory that looks like a pair of headphones combined with a necklace and it’s the first device of its kind we can recall seeing. Samsung says the accessory was designed with “a magnetic lock which clasps around the user’s neck when not in use, as well as a vibrate function
  • Hello Kitty is not a cat? (2014-08-28 12:40:11)
    Thanks to an anthropologist's unusual discovery, we now know the iconic cartoon character is considered by Sanrio to be a girl, not a cat. Goodbye, Kitty. Hello...what exactly?>
  • Apple Finally Sets the Date for its iPhone Event: September 9 (2014-08-28 12:36:50)
    After months of rumors (some more accurate than others), Apple has finally sent out invitations to their next big launch party. Press invites went out on Thursday for an event on September 9 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time. While the teasing invite doesn't specify why everyone should come running to San Francisco in two weeks, all signs point to the official announcement of the next iPhone (or iPhones.)
  • Apple invites media to September 9 event; new iPhones anticipated (2014-08-28 12:36:06)
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc invited media to a "special event" in its hometown of Cupertino, California, on Sept. 9, when the iPhone maker is expected to unveil the latest versions of its best-selling smartphones. The launch date came as no surprise, as it had been widely reported. Apple was expected to unveil larger 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens for iPhones, a move thought to be driven in part by the success of archrival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd with its larger devices. Tech blog Re/code also reported Apple may introduce its long-awaited smartwatch. ...
  • Neuroscience proves nobody likes CGI (2014-08-28 12:31:00)
  • Apple seeks patent for dock that gives iPhone super strength (2014-08-28 12:26:43)
    The technology lets users plug an iPhone into a dock with the Lightning connector and not worry about how much force or torque they place on it to remove the device.>
  • Exec eats off floor to sell vacuum cleaner (2014-08-28 12:26:30)
    The Symphony All-In-One is, according to maker Bissell, so good at cleaning away germs that, well, its brand manager gets down and proves it. In the subway. There's a caveat though.>
  • 'Doctor Who' set to officially become a blockhead (2014-08-28 12:26:16)
    BBC teams up with Microsoft to bring "Blocktor Who," a "Doctor Who"-themed Minecraft expansion to the Xbox 360 next month.>
  • Here comes the iPhone 6: Apple sends invitation to September 9th event (2014-08-28 12:15:56)
    This is it, boys and girls… the biggest smartphone of the year is about to be unveiled. Apple on Thursday sent out invitations to a special press conference that will be held on September 9th. Needless to say, at least one next-generation iPhone — the iPhone 6 — is expected to debut. Another recent report claimed that we’ll also see Apple’s first wearable device revealed during the event. Of course, nothing is confirmed until Apple executives hop on stage, so stay tuned to BGR for full coverage of everything that’s announced during the press conference.
  • Here comes the iPhone 6: Apple sends invitations to September 9th event (2014-08-28 12:15:56)
    This is it, boys and girls… the biggest smartphone of the year is about to be unveiled. Apple on Thursday sent out invitations to a special press conference that will be held on September 9th. Needless to say, at least one next-generation iPhone — the iPhone 6 — is expected to debut. Another recent report claimed that we’ll also see Apple’s first wearable device revealed during the event. Of course, nothing is confirmed until Apple executives hop on stage, so stay tuned to BGR for full coverage of everything that’s announced during the press conference.
  • Apple's next iPhone event confirmed for September 9th (2014-08-28 12:11:00)
  • Apple officially holding event September 9th: 'wish we could say more' (2014-08-28 12:08:12)
    Well this is cryptic. Apple has confirmed that it's holding an event in Cupertino on September 9th, complete with a typically confusing-but-also-probably-revealing tagline: "wish we could say more."
  • Review: These are the new smartphones your carrier doesn’t want you to know about (2014-08-28 12:00:55)
    Top telecom companies make a killing in the United States. AT&T and Verizon combined to pull in more than $64 billion in revenue during the most recent quarter alone, yielding about $13.3 billion in combined operating income. Wireless represents the biggest business for each of the nation’s top carriers, and high-margin smartphone sales play an important role in maintaining growth. If smartphone sales start to move away from carriers, they stand to lose a huge amount of money in the long run. This could be one of several reasons we now see carriers actively promoting new smartphone purchasing options. But what happens if handset companies start successfully selling their own devices directly to consumers at ridiculously affordable prices? One fresh new
  • Los reportes sobre el iPhone 6 son ciertos, afirma experto (2014-08-28 11:57:23)
    El profesor Neil Alford informa que los videos filtrados del iPhone 6 en donde se ve una pantalla muy resistente, hecha de zafiro, parecen ser legítimos.>
  • T-Mobile will offer HTC's One M8 for Windows this fall (2014-08-28 11:55:38)
    If HTC is serious about investing in Windows Phone once again, it makes sense that the company would want to spread its cards out. Verizon's exclusivity window isn't believed to be very long; So if you're on either T-Mobile or AT&T, the wait should be manageable. As we said in our review, many people would be better off picking the Android version of HTC's gorgeous metal smartphone.
  • HP is recalling six million laptop cords because they could start fires (2014-08-28 11:47:56)
    If you bought an HP or Compaq laptop between September 2010 and June 2012, listen up, because this concerns you: the power cords sold with those laptops are being recalled after reports of overheating and property damage. Although it doesn't appear there's anything wrong with the laptops themselves, some of the cords — specifically the AC adapter, the part that connects the wall to the power brick — are prone to overheating: there have been 29 complaints of overheating cords and 13 complaints of resulting property damage.
  • Alibaba revenue accelerates ahead of IPO (2014-08-28 11:47:29)
    Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's [IPO-BABA.N] revenue accelerated in the April-to-June quarter on strong gains in its mobile business, providing investors with what may be the final glimpse of the Chinese e-commerce company's financials before its expected landmark market debut. Alibaba, whose IPO could be the largest ever by a technology company, said mobile revenue was roughly a third of its total transaction volume in the three months ended June 30, up from 27.4 percent in the first three months of the year. Revenue in the June quarter increased 46 percent year-on-year to $2.54 billion, a faster pace than the 38.7 percent revenue growth that Alibaba posted in the previous quarter. Net income attributable to Alibaba's ordinary shareholders nearly tripled to $1.99 billion, or 84 cents per share, in the quarter.
  • How to find out which apps are killing your iPhone’s battery life (2014-08-28 11:35:37)
    Relatively poor battery life is one of the biggest complaints people have about Apple’s iPhone lineup, and the iPhone 6 isn’t really expected to make any huge advancements in this area. The next-generation iPhones are indeed expected to have bigger batteries than current models, but they’ll also have larger displays and other new power-gulping features. As much as people complain about battery life, few actually make an effort to adjust their usage patterns in an effort to extend each charge as long as possible. For those interested in getting more out of their batteries, there’s a nifty new iPhone app that will be a huge help. SEE ALSO: 15 tips for squeezing as much battery life as possible out of your
  • Diddy, Rick Ross, and 10 other rappers recorded an amazing song for slain Ferguson teen (2014-08-28 11:35:32)
    A group of 12 top rappers, including Diddy, Rick Ross, and 2 Chainz, have come together to record a song in memory of Michael Brown, the black teenager who was fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson earlier this month. The recording of "Don't Shoot" was organized by The Game, who tells Rolling Stone that he had an easy time getting everyone together to record this after the events in Ferguson. The song also features Fabolous, Wale, DJ Khaled, Swizz Beatz, Yo Gotti, Curren$y, Problem, King Pharaoh and the R&B group TGT, who sing the hook. "I am a black man with kids of my own that I love more than anything, and I cannot fathom a horrific tragedy like Michael Brown's happening to them," The Game tells Rolling Stone.
  • Apple's new iPhone might really, seriously have NFC this time (maybe) (2014-08-28 11:32:00)
  • iPhone 6 will reportedly feature NFC and Apple's own mobile payments platform (2014-08-28 11:22:53)
    Apple has long resisted adding NFC to the iPhone, but it appears the company will finally be embracing the technology as part of a huge push into mobile payments planned to coincide with the launch of iPhone 6. Wired reports that Apple's next smartphone(s) will feature an all-new mobile payments platform that will compete directly with Google Wallet, the carrier-backed Isis service (which is still due to undergo a rebranding), and other alternatives. NFC — short for Near Field Communication — will reportedly be part of that strategy, though other specifics about Apple's plan to help consumers replace their wallets with iPhone remain unclear. In July, The Information reported that Apple was actively holding talks with credit card companies and banks regarding its mobile payment ambitions, with one source saying Visa had signed on to support the effort.
  • Apple lanzaría en septiembre servicio de pagos móviles: reporte (2014-08-28 11:16:38)
    El rumoreado servicio viene en camino y aparecería el mismo día que el iPhone 6 y el iWatch: 9 de septiembre.>
  • This surreal iPad game blends Donald Duck and Salvador Dali (2014-08-28 11:15:54)
    In 1947's "Sleepy Time Donald," Donald Duck goes about his day while sleepwalking. Klaus Pedersen and his team thought that would make for a perfect video game. Back to Bed, which launched earlier this month on Steam and is available today for iPad, blends this idea with the world of Surrealist art to create a fantastically unique experience. It's Walt Disney meets Salvador Dali in the form of an original and charming puzzle game.
  • Another major new iPhone 6 feature was just confirmed (2014-08-28 11:10:42)
    Apple fans who have insisted for years that the iPhone doesn’t need NFC… get ready for an iPhone with NFC. Unnamed sources tell Wired that Apple has decided to include an NFC radio in its upcoming iPhone 6 and that the technology will be used to facilitate mobile payments. FROM EARLIER: Apple’s decision to ignore NFC is looking better every day Wired points out that while Apple has certainly taken its time when it comes to enabling NFC-assisted mobile payments on its flagship smartphone, there have definitely been strong hints that something like this has been in the works for a while. “Over the years, the company has filed a number of patents relating to an e-wallet platform,” Wired explains. “One, published
  • 'BioShock' arrives on iOS with a heavy price tag (2014-08-28 11:03:00)
  • Library of Congress cooks CDs in quest to save them (2014-08-28 10:57:17)
    In an attempt to preserve its collection of more than 500,000 CDs, the Library of Congress is doing some torture testing.>
  • Sony teaser hints at 3 Xperia devices for Sept. 3 event (2014-08-28 10:55:58)
    A silhouette and a count of 1, 2, 3 suggest that Sony has more than one device up its sleeve for next week's IFA unveiling.>
  • Amazon, Twitter and Instagram Will Click4Life to Fight AIDS, Will You? (2014-08-28 10:49:26)
    The landscape of the Internet has been given an overhaul. Last year, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) signed off on a program that would change the way we use the Internet forever. Quite simply, this new program has allowed companies and organizations to own and operate their own piece of the Internet, just like...
  • Apple, Motorola lead upcoming parade of shiny new gadgets (2014-08-28 10:49:06)
    Rumored new phones, tablets and smartwatches from Apple, Motorola and Sony could shake up the mobile market next month.
  • JP Morgan podría ser la víctima más reciente de 'hackeo' (2014-08-28 10:47:03)
    El FBI investiga una violación informática en uno de los bancos más grandes del mundo y que pudo haber involucrado malware en la computadora de un empleado.>
  • Vivendi, Telefonica in talks over Brazil business (2014-08-28 10:45:21)
    MADRID (AP) — French media conglomerate Vivendi said Thursday it would begin exclusive talks with Spanish telecoms company Telefonica for the sale of its Brazilian operator Global Village Telecom, or GVT, after the Spanish company raised its offer to 7.45 billion euros ($9.82 billion) from 6.7 billion euros.
  • 9 awesome paid iPhone apps that are now free downloads (a huge $65 value!) (2014-08-28 10:45:17)
    If you follow along with our daily features on paid iPhone and iPad apps that are available as free downloads for a limited time, you’ve gotten your hands on an unbelievable $167 worth of paid iOS apps so far this week without paying a cent. But this week isn’t over yet, and today we have another nine apps worth a combined $65 that you can download for free. More than $230 worth of paid iOS apps for free in just four days? That’s right, ladies and gentlemen. These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free.
  • Microsoft to clamp down on ‘misleading' apps (2014-08-28 10:43:27)
    Over 1500 Windows Phone apps have already been removed as part of a concerted effort from Microsoft to police the quality and legitimacy of titles uploaded to the Windows Store. In recent weeks a number of publications have run stories expressing concern that there was a growing number of bogus, spammy or outright malicious apps appearing in the Microsoft Windows Phone 8 app store as it built up its inventory to get up to speed quickly with the million+ titles on offer for Android and Apple device owners. In a blog post published Wednesday, the company's Todd Brix said: "Earlier this year we heard loud and clear that people were finding it more difficult to find the apps they were searching for; The company has begun by removing 1500 apps altogether but, in order to give developers the benefit of the doubt it is also initiating changes to its policies that will outlaw apps from having misleading titles and copycat icons.
  • Get a zBoost Soho Max cell-phone signal booster for $199.99 (2014-08-28 10:41:24)
    Normally $100 more, this dual-band booster promises much better indoor signal strength for both CDMA and GSM phones.>
  • Dangerous prank brings SWAT team down on gamer (2014-08-28 10:38:00)
  • The LG G Watch R is the most exciting gadget I've ever hated (2014-08-28 10:37:51)
    Analog watch hands aren't dead: consider a round, full-color display with hands above, or a transparent OLED with hands underneath, for instance. The technology is close, and designers are fully aware that they need to get there.
  • This is the greatest 'Star Trek' selfie ever taken (2014-08-28 10:36:45)
    Somehow, perhaps by some warping of the space-time continuum caused by the events of JJ Abrams' time traveling Star Trek movie, cast members from The Next Generation recently met up with Captain Kirk here on Earth for the Wizard World Comic-Con in Chicago and took the following photo, which has been deemed a "selfie." (Technically a groupie, but we're not going to alert the Federation about it or anything.)
  • Nadella plans China trip amid antitrust probe -- report (2014-08-28 10:35:51)
    The Microsoft CEO's itinerary has not been disclosed, but the reason for his trip may be to delve a bit deeper into the antitrust investigation in China.>
  • Samsung Gear S Touts Curved Display and 3G Connectivity (2014-08-28 10:32:10)
    After the arrival of smartphone-dependent wearables like the Gear 2 and Gear Live, Samsung's smartwatch line is ready to step out on its own. Launching this October, the Samsung Gear S touts a rich display and 3G connectivity for using apps and getting notifications when your Android phone is nowhere near. Touting Samsung's most stylish smartwatch design yet, the Gear S has a 2-inch, curved AMOLED 360 x 480-pixel display that sits atop a black or white rubber wristband.
  • Scientists are recording the sound of the whole planet (2014-08-28 10:27:03)
    In a few weeks, sensors in Indiana will go online that will record, in the words of Bryan Pijanowski, every sound the Earth makes. The array of microphones, geophones, and barometric gauges will run for a year, taping everything from the songs of birds arriving in the spring to the vibrations of the continent as ocean waves pound the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. A color-coded spectrogram of 24 hours of noise in the Australian bush, by Michael Towsey of the Queensland University of Technology.
  • Microsoft OneDrive for Android now lets you mix business with pleasure (2014-08-28 10:23:00)
  • Don’t listen to e-cig companies that claim you can vape vitamins (2014-08-28 10:22:46)
    Can you really vape vitamins? VitaCig is a "nicotine-free e-cig that delivers a water-vapor mixed with vitamins and organic flavors." All VitaCigs are said to contain Vitamins A, B, C, E, and CoQ10, an enzyme complex the American Cancer Society says may have beneficial health effects but has not been adequately studied. To start, the amount of vitamins in each VitaCig is low to negligible. Inhalation is also an inefficient way to ingest vitamins, says John Newsam, a chemist with Tioga Research and a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), because the particles must be very small in order to travel deep into the lungs where there is close contact with blood vessels.
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook review: good for reading, but hardly the best budget tablet (2014-08-28 10:01:00)
  • Samsung supplier factory found to use child labor (2014-08-28 10:00:10)
    China-based supplier HEG Electronics, which also works for Lenovo, has over 10 children under the age of 16 working at its facility, according to China Labor Watch.>
  • Leap Motion wants to be a window to the real world for VR headsets (2014-08-28 10:00:03)
    One of the best features of VR headsets also happens to be one of its greatest shortcomings. Yet it also means that interacting with the real world requires removing it from your head. San Francisco-based Leap Motion has come up with a solution: you attach its $79.99 infrared camera sensor to the front of your headset, and use software to display live video of the real world right in the mask. Today it's putting its hat in the ring to be the go-to camera for VR headsets.
  • Google Maps tracks every single step you take – here’s how to stop it (2014-08-28 09:55:29)
    Google Maps has completely changed the way people navigate the world. Without having to pay a dime, users are able to find almost any location on the planet, learn about it, and even navigate to it. Of course, “free” always comes at a price with Google as we have discussed at length in the past, and sometimes Google collects far more data than most people are aware. Google’s various services always detail data collection in their terms and conditions, but we all know just about no one actually reads those lengthy jargon-filled disclaimers. When it comes to Google Maps in particular, you might be shocked at how much private data the app collects — even while it’s not open. FROM EARLIER:
  • Two very different Nexus X models might launch this year (2014-08-28 09:30:35)
    Unlike in previous years when it only released one Nexus smartphone at a time, Google might be changing its tune this year as the company may have plans to launch two different sized Nexus X models, both made by Motorola. FROM EARLIER: Accidental Nexus X store listing reveals new details Phone Arena reports that Motorola is apparently testing 5.9-inch and 5.2-inch versions of the Moto S, and the one that will actually launch depends on the public’s reaction to the upcoming Moto X+1 flagship handset. “A source close to the supply chain,” claims that Google will pick up the unused devices, and launch a second Nexus X this year, specifically the smaller, 5.2-inch Moto S version that it would repurpose for its Nexus needs.
  • China Unicom, Telecom expand 4G network trials to 40 Chinese cities (2014-08-28 09:30:19)
    China Unicom and China Telecom, the country's No.2 and No.3 mobile carriers, have received government approval to test their 4G high-speed networks in a total of 40 cities, up from 16 previously, they said on Thursday. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, which allowed both mobile operators to test their new LTE hybrid network beginning in June, approved 24 additional trial cities including Beijing, Tianjin, Guangzhou, Dongguan and Xiamen. China Unicom and Telecom's 4G networks are expected to provide a significant boost to their businesses as subscribers sign up for the faster and costlier service. The carriers also hope to recoup some subscribers lost to China Mobile, the country's largest carrier, which obtained its 4G license in December and already boasts 20 million 4G subscribers.
  • Artist Kyle McDonald builds a video mirror with a thousand faces (2014-08-28 09:29:18)
    Artist Kyle McDonald has done a lot of pieces that play with how technology can track and connect people in ways that they might never realize. Sometimes, these are meant to be unsettling: Conversnitch put secret microphones in public places and transcribed the conversations they captured to Twitter, and People Staring at Computers brought him scrutiny from the Secret Service. In 2013, McDonald was commissioned to create an art installation in Korea.
  • Online fashion retailer Zalando gets makeover as eyes listing (2014-08-28 09:27:40)
    By Emma Thomasson BERLIN (Reuters) - Zalando unveiled a new advertising campaign, website, packaging and apps on Thursday - and gave a deeper insight than ever before into the inner workings of Europe's biggest online fashion player as it prepares for a likely listing. "Zalando is entering a new phase," said co-founder David Schneider. The Zalando team declined to comment on speculation of an initial public offering (IPO) on Thursday, with board member Ruben Ritter sticking to the standard line that a listing remained an option for the company.
  • IBM lets scientists pay to play with its thinking supercomputer (2014-08-28 09:27:00)
  • G Watch R or the Moto 360: what's your favorite round smartwatch? (2014-08-28 09:19:25)
    Late last night, LG released the first images of its second Android Wear smartwatch, the G Watch R. Coming mere months after the introduction of the rectangular and uninspiring G Watch, this new wearable is much more smartly designed and — LG makes a big point of this — uses the full circle of its round display.
  • Chipmaker CSR rejects Microchip approach, shares soar (2014-08-28 09:06:55)
    By Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's CSR has rebuffed an approach from Microchip Technology , saying its U.S. "The price proposed by Microchip has been rejected and the board is considering its options for the company," CSR said in a short statement on Thursday. CSR, short for Cambridge Silicon Radio, specializes in connectivity, with its chips used in products such as speaker docks and Apple-owned Beats headphones. Microchip, which makes memory and analog chips, agreed to buy Taiwanese wireless product maker ISSC Technologies Corp for $328.5 million in May. Buying CSR could cost it nearly 10 times as much, analysts said.
  • Make your phone look like the Galaxy Note 4 right now (sort of) (2014-08-28 09:05:41)
    In case you missed the months of rumors and the handful of teaser videos posted earlier this week, Samsung is finally going to unveil its brand new Galaxy Note 4 next week during a big press conference ahead of the annual IFA trade show. The Galaxy S5, Samsung’s flagship for the first half of the year, was a bit of a dud and it left Android fans wanting more. If the rumors leading up to next week’s big reveal are any indication, Samsung is about to deliver. But you don’t have to wait for the new king of phablets to launch to make your current handset (sort of) look like the upcoming Galaxy Note 4. FROM EARLIER: Samsung shows off Galaxy Note
  • Mystery of Death Valley's sailing stones solved with GPS and time-lapse (2014-08-28 08:56:00)
  • JPMorgan probes possible cyber attack; reports other banks hit (2014-08-28 08:50:58)
    (Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co is investigating a possible cyber attack and working with law enforcement authorities to determine the scope, a company spokeswoman said on Thursday morning. The bank was taking additional steps to safeguard sensitive or confidential information, though it did not see unusual fraud activity at this time, company spokeswoman Trish Wexler said. JPMorgan disclosed the investigation after the FBI said Wednesday evening it was investigating media reports earlier in the day that several U.S. "We are working with the United States Secret Service to determine the scope of recently reported cyber attacks against several American financial institutions," FBI spokesman Joshua Campbell said in a statement late Wednesday.
  • With Gear S watch, Samsung tinkers -- and tempts fate (2014-08-28 08:46:12)
    Samsung's latest smartwatch includes its own cellular radio and can work independently of a smartphone. But is that what consumers really want?>
  • Steve Wozniak: un 'wearable' de Apple será difícil de vender (2014-08-28 08:39:53)
    El co-fundador de Apple cree que la empresa llevará los dispositivos de vestir a otro nivel, pero será difícil convencer al público en general.>
  • JPMorgan and other banks hit with mysterious ‘sophisticated cyberattack’ (2014-08-28 08:30:34)
    JPMorgan and at least four other unnamed U.S. banks have been targeted by hackers, The New York Times and Bloomberg report, although it’s not clear what the purpose of this “sophisticated cyberattack” really was. FROM EARLIER: Your credit card might already be for sale on the black market The hackers apparently broke into the networks of the banks, where they managed to extract “gigabytes of data,” including checking and savings account information. Bloomberg says the attack might be politically motivated, with Russian hackers targeting U.S. banks in response to the Ukraine crisis-related sanctions against Russia, but the Times says the FBI and security experts have not reached that conclusion yet. The cyber heist might be related to economic espionage, or the hackers
  • Is Dyson going to release a robotic vacuum cleaner? (2014-08-28 08:22:00)
  • JPMorgan confirms it is investigating possible cyber attack (2014-08-28 08:04:23)
    BOSTON (Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co is investigating a possible cyber attack and working with law enforcement to determine the scope, company spokeswoman Trish Wexler said. The bank is taking additional steps to safeguard sensitive or confidential information, though it not seeing unusual fraud activity at this time, she said. (Reporting by Jim Finkle)
  • Sony teases new Compact tablet and smartphone to accompany next week's flagship Xperia launch (2014-08-28 07:59:20)
    Sony is teasing new devices ahead of next week's press conference at the IFA trade show. A video promoting the event features a trio of silhouetted devices, implying we should expect a new flagship phone and tablet along with a smaller phone. Elsewhere in the video, you'll find cryptic messages pointing to some of the strengths of Sony's Xperia line.
  • Cazadores de ofertas: ahorra US$35 en el reloj inteligente Pebble (2014-08-28 07:53:36)
    Controla tu música y checa no sólo la hora, pero también tus mensajes, correos y alertas desde tu muñeca.>
  • LG’s Moto 360 ‘killer’ is out even before Motorola fully unveils its awesome device (2014-08-28 07:45:40)
    Motorola managed to turn quite a few heads with the Moto 360 smartwatch, an Android Wear device that took the most basic watch design and further enhanced it by adding smart features. However, while Motorola is yet to fully disclose all the details about Moto 360, LG is already out with its second Android Wear smartwatch, which also happens to be a Moto 360 rival, at least when it comes to design: the G Watch R. The smartwatch features a circular 1.3-inch plastic OLED (P-OLED) display with 320 x 320 resolution, 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, 410mAh battery and Android Wear under the hood. The G Watch R is also IP67 certified for dust and
  • Inside Goodwill's game-filled tech thrift shop (2014-08-28 07:39:00)
  • Inside Goodwill's game-filled tech thrift shop, The Grid (2014-08-28 07:39:00)
  • China Telecom expands 4G network trial to a total of 40 Chinese cities (2014-08-28 07:29:33)
    China Telecom has received government approval to test its 4G high-speed network in a total of 40 cities, up from 16 previously, the carrier said Thursday. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, which allowed China Telecom to test its new LTE hybrid network beginning in June, approved 24 additional trial cities including Beijing, Tianjin, Guangzhou, Dongguan and Xiamen. China Telecom's 4G network is expected to provide a significant boost to Telecom's business as subscribers sign up for the faster and costlier service. The carrier also hopes to recoup subscribers lost to China Mobile, the country's largest carrier, which obtained its 4G license in December and already boasts 20 million 4G subscribers.
  • The LG G Watch R - time to get fashionable (2014-08-28 07:09:27)
    The South Korean company's second attempt at a smartwatch is all about dialing up the style rather than trying to replace a smartphone or trying to second guess what other companies are going to be integrating into their intelligent timepieces. Announced on Thursday at the same time as Samsung revealed its latest smartwatch, the Gear S, the LG G Watch R is focused on accentuating a smartphone's use, rather than trying to replace it. Samsung's new smartwatch on the other hand, can connect to the internet, run apps and make phone calls without ever having to connect to a handset. Explaining why LG has gone for form rather than function with its latest wearable, and why it has launched two watches in such close succession, Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, said: "What we've noticed in the year of the wearable is that this is a category that can't be compared to smartphones and tablets.
  • Amazon will stream in 4K starting this October (2014-08-28 06:59:00)
  • Amazon's original shows will stream in 4K starting this October (2014-08-28 06:59:00)
  • Samsung bets on 4K Amazon and Netflix streaming to make UHD TV more tempting (2014-08-28 06:51:20)
    The Korean tech giant wants to persuade you to fork out for 4K by offering movies and TV shows from Amazon and Netflix in eye-watering detail.>
  • Samsung launches a smartphone-replacing smartwatch (2014-08-28 06:10:43)
    Announced on Thursday ahead of the IFA (Europe's largest consumer tech show, which gets underway on September 5), Samsung's latest attempt at creating a smartwatch that appeals to the affluent and fashionable rather than just technophiles is as focused on style as it is on connectivity. "Samsung is leading this exciting and rapidly developing wearable category through progressive innovation," said JK Shin, CEO and head of IT & mobile communication at Samsung Electronics.
  • 'Maison of Cards'? Netflix greenlights first French original show (2014-08-28 05:56:35)
    Netflix, ahead of a push into mainland Europe next month, plans to produce its first original series based and created in France, one of its biggest new markets.>
  • A sheep dog's herding instinct may teach robots a lesson in crowd control (2014-08-28 05:56:00)
  • All this ping pong table needs to throw a rave is a strobe light (2014-08-28 05:03:00)
  • Telefonica ups bid to create Brazil's top operator (2014-08-28 05:02:22)
    MADRID (AP) — Spain's telecommunications company Telefonica has raised its offer to buy Brazilian operator Global Village Telecom, or GVT, from French media conglomerate Vivendi to 7.45 billion euros ($9.82 billion) from 6.7 billion euros previously.
  • Experimental app can detect jaundice in newborns with just a snapshot (2014-08-28 04:44:00)
  • Judge rejects Apple bid for injunction against Samsung (2014-08-28 04:42:55)
    Apple won a $120 million jury verdict against Samsung earlier this year over three Apple patents. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, on Wednesday denied Apple's request to stop Samsung from selling infringing features on its smartphones related to those patents. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.
  • Sky Sports News HQ app comes to Now TV boxes (2014-08-28 04:27:00)
  • Microsoft CEO Nadella to visit China amid antitrust probe: source (2014-08-28 03:54:35)
    By Gerry Shih and Paul Carsten BEIJING (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella is set to visit China in late September, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday, as the Chinese government conducts an antitrust investigation into the world's largest software company. It is not clear if Nadella, who took over as Microsoft CEO in February, will meet with any Chinese government representatives as part of his visit, or try to resolve issues with the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), one of China's antitrust regulators.
  • Scientists catch Schrödinger's cat with quantum physics (2014-08-28 03:52:00)
  • Square in talks for $200 mln funding: Bloomberg (2014-08-28 03:43:04)
    (Reuters) - Mobile payment startup Square Inc, co-founded by Twitter Inc Chairman Jack Dorsey, is in talks to raise $200 million, at a valuation of $6 billion, Bloomberg reported, citing a person with knowledge of the matter. Some of the funding is expected to come from the Government of Singapore Investment Corp (GIC), which will push Square's valuation up from about $5 billion earlier this year, the report said. ( Square and GIC were not immediately available for comment. ...
  • Dyson's secret device is probably a robot vacuum cleaner (2014-08-28 03:36:10)
    British appliance company Dyson has teased its latest product with a cryptic YouTube video. It's not yet clear what the device — codenamed project N223 — will do, but it seems fairly likely that it's going to be a Roomba-esque robotic vacuum cleaner. Dyson invested $8.2 million in robot research Founder James Dyson suggested his company would be building a robotic cleaner in an interview with BBC News in February, saying "mastering [robotic vision] will make our lives easier and lead to previously unthinkable technologies." The inventor almost launched an automated vacuum in 2001, backing out of the project only when it became apparent the device was too heavy and expensive.
  • AllCast's media streaming app is coming to iOS 'slowly but surely' (2014-08-28 03:15:00)
  • Lo que esperamos en IFA 2014: celulares, relojes, gafas y más (2014-08-28 03:11:39)
    IFA 2014, uno de los eventos más importantes de la tecnología de consumo, comienza el 5 de septiembre, pero días antes las empresas comenzarán a presentar sus nuevos productos y novedades.>
  • BLOG EN VIVO: Samsung Unpacked 2014 — Galaxy Note 4 (2014-08-28 03:04:43)
    A partir de las 9 a.m. EST este miércoles, 3 de septiembre, estaremos en vivo desde Nueva York para traerte todos los detalles del evento de Samsung, donde se espera que presente el Samsung Galaxy Note 4 y más.>
  • A Better Finder Rename for Mac review (2014-08-28 02:54:11)
    Powerful file, photo & music renaming utility
  • Airmail for Mac review (2014-08-28 02:49:13)
    Send your mail with lightning speed
  • Researchers working on nanobots that directly attack tumors to cure cancer (2014-08-28 02:45:00)
  • Apple GarageBand for Mac review (2014-08-28 02:44:52)
    Learn to play an instrument, write music, record a song
  • Apple FaceTime for Mac review (2014-08-28 02:38:17)
    Make video calls to iPhone 4, the new iPod touch, or another Mac
  • Audio Hijack Pro for Mac review (2014-08-28 02:29:37)
    Add DSP effects to any Mac app with audio content
  • Samsung unveils smartwatch that can make calls (2014-08-28 02:24:10)
    Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday unveiled what it said was the first smartwatch capable of making and receiving calls without a mobile phone nearby, in the South Korean firm's latest effort to find a new growth driver. Samsung is hardly alone in pushing wearables, which have yet to catch on with consumers. Rival Apple Inc is expected to launch its own device this year and LG Electronics Inc on Thursday announced its new G Watch R smartwatch featuring a circular plastic OLED screen, a stainless steel frame and leather strap. Samsung's new smartwatch, called the Gear S, differs from its predecessors with a bigger 2-inch (5 cm) curved display and offers features like WiFi connectivity, pedestrian navigation and a built-in GPS.
  • ObjectDock review (2014-08-28 02:20:04)
    Place favorite Web links, program shortcuts, and widgets on a fun, animated, and easy-to-use dock
  • SketchUp review (2014-08-28 02:11:45)
    Create 3D models and upload them to Google Earth
  • Microsoft explains how it's getting rid of fake Windows Store apps (2014-08-28 02:02:00)
  • Total Video Converter review (2014-08-28 02:01:52)
    Convert any formats video to iPad, iPhone, AVCHD, Blu-Ray, DVD
  • Leawo iTransfer review (2014-08-28 01:56:10)
    Copy and transfer data files among iOS devices, iTunes, and computer
  • Electric Sheep review (2014-08-28 01:41:50)
    Create and share the work of abstract animations by morphing on your PC
  • Attempts to stop catastrophic climate change are proving futile, says UN report (2014-08-28 01:26:03)
    A draft of a new UN report seen by The New York Times warns that our planet is at risk of "severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts" if the world's governments don't quickly alter their course and do more to limit the emissions of greenhouse gases. The report, drafted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, says that we are already nearing a temperature at which the ice sheet covering Greenland is expected to begin melting — an unstoppable process that could raise global sea levels by 23 feet and bring other extremes of climate including heat waves and torrential rain.
  • Bitcoin shows staying power as online merchants chase digital sparkle (2014-08-28 01:07:07)
    By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss and Michael Connor NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bitcoin is catching on at U.S. "Retail payments aren't broken."     There are also worries about bitcoin's volatility: its price in U.S.
  • The Olympus PEN E-PL7 is a Micro Four Thirds camera for selfie addicts (2014-08-28 01:00:03)
    Olympus has just announced the PEN E-PL7, the latest of its Micro Four Thirds cameras to pair vintage style with modern specs. Priced at $699 with a 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 kit lens, Olympus says this camera has been tailored for selfie shooters who also take their regular photography seriously. Tap it, and the camera will snap a picture just one second later. You can also get a bit more creative with striking a pose by setting custom intervals and telling the camera exactly when you want it to fire off a shot.
  • Olympus' newest mirrorless camera is built for selfies (2014-08-28 01:00:00)
  • BioShock releases on iOS (2014-08-28 00:59:41)
    2K Games' critically acclaimed 2007 first-person shooter has launched for iPhone and iPad.>
  • Samsung unveils Gear S, a smartwatch with curved display (2014-08-28 00:42:28)
    The Tizen-based smartwatch sports a 2-inch super AMOLED display and 3G connectivity.>
  • China supplier of Samsung, Lenovo denies using child workers (2014-08-28 00:35:11)
    BEIJING/SEOUL (Reuters) - A China-based supplier for Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Lenovo Group Ltd said on Thursday it had never hired child laborers, denying allegations by a U.S.-based activist group. Samsung Electronics also said it had found no children or students working on the Samsung production line at the Huizhou-based factory of supplier HEG Technology, which was cited as violating China's labor laws by the New York-based watchdog China Labor Watch. In a statement, China Labor Watch said it had found more than 10 children working at the HEG factory during an investigation that took place in July and August. The watchdog said it had shared the evidence with Samsung last week and that Samsung demanded the supplier pay some students' wages.
  • Dyson video teases mystery tech (2014-08-28 00:30:42)
    It looks like Dyson is gearing up to release a fancy new product onto the market. Whatever could it be?>
  • Water-powered phone chargers are coming to downtown Seoul (2014-08-28 00:26:00)
  • FBI, Secret Service investigate reports of cyber attacks on U.S. banks (2014-08-27 23:36:42)
    Federal Bureau of Investigation said it is investigating media reports that several U.S. "We are working with the United States Secret Service to determine the scope of recently reported cyber attacks against several American financial institutions," FBI spokesman Joshua Campbell said in a statement late on Wednesday. JPMorgan Chase & Co was the victim of a recent cyber attack, according to two people familiar with the incident who asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the matter.
  • Heat Seek temperature monitors want to keep NYC tenants warm, bring scummy landlords to justice (2014-08-27 23:29:00)
  • Samsung's latest wearable is a vibrating necklace that plays music (2014-08-27 23:02:18)
    Alongside the Gear S smartwatch, Samsung today announced the Gear Circle, a pair of wireless earphones that can pair with your smartphone and vibrate to alert you to calls and notifications. Samsung says Gear Circle users can also use the wearable device's Bluetooth connection to listen to music on their smartphone, or issue voice commands. When not in use, the new earphones can either be stuffed away in your pocket, or worn proudly around your neck: the device has a metal clasp that means the Gear Circle can double as an impromptu necklace. Samsung has shown the Gear Circle in three colors so far — black, blue, and white — and said that the device will start rolling out to global markets in October.
  • HBO could make a fortune by making cord cutters’ dreams come true (2014-08-27 22:30:34)
    HBO has a brand-new reason to offer a standalone online streaming service other than making cord cutters very happy — it could also rake in huge sums of money. Ars Technica points out that a new research note from Barclays Capital analyst Kannan Venkateshwar, who projects that HBO could generate an additional $600 million per year by offering its content online and apart from cable bundles. FROM EARLIER: HBO inches closer to making cord cutters’ dreams come true Venkateshwar thinks HBO has two options for making a standalone content streaming service that would let it preserve its relationships with cable providers: First, it could offer a service that would let users stream content between 6 months to 12 months after
  • Samsung announces curved Gear S smartwatch with 3G (2014-08-27 22:27:02)
    Not to be outdone by LG's teaser of the new G Watch R, Samsung has revealed the next iteration in its own smartwatch family: the curved-display Gear S. This new smart wearable features a curved 2-inch Super AMOLED display, not unlike that found on the Gear Fit, and is similarly built around Samsung's own software, this time in the form of Tizen. Aside from the larger screen, the Gear S differs from what we've seen so far in offering 3G connectivity of its own, meaning you can keep it synced up to your smartphone even when the two devices aren't close enough to maintain a Bluetooth connection.
  • Samsung's Gear S smartwatch doesn't need a phone to get online or make calls (2014-08-27 22:27:00)
  • The LG G Watch R is a round, retro smartwatch with good looks to spare (2014-08-27 22:00:02)
    So LG went back to work, and came up with a beautiful, round smartwatch of its own. LG promises that it's viewable in sunlight and clear from any angle, and the plastic also comes with some durability benefits — the G Watch R works in up to a meter of water for up to 30 minutes. This device looks perhaps more like a normal analog watch than any other we've seen before, including the Moto 360. Of course, it's not an analog watch.
  • LG officially reveals circular G Watch R with improved design and familiar features (2014-08-27 22:00:00)
  • HP is still having trouble making PC components that won’t kill you (2014-08-27 21:45:51)
    HP has been on fire over the past year… and that’s not a good thing. HP announced this week that it will be recalling roughly 6 million AC power cords that were sold between September 2010 through June 2012 after discovering that the cords are liable to overheat and catch on fire. HP says that the affected power cords shipped with “HP and Compaq notebook and mini notebook computers, as well as with AC adapters provided with accessories such as docking stations.” Customers who sent their power cords back will have replacement cords shipped to them at no cost. FROM EARLIER: School faces ‘unmitigated disaster’ after buying students HP tablets HP has seemingly had a lot of problems in recent history
  • Pentax's latest DSLR has glowing LEDs to tell you what mode it's in (2014-08-27 21:33:00)
  • Hackerspaces help techies turn ideas into reality (2014-08-27 21:28:41)
    MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Inside a nondescript garage-like workshop nestled between restaurants, a flower shop and jewelry stores along Main Street, ideas are taking shape.
  • LinkedIn review (2014-08-27 21:20:42)
    Get on-the-go access to your professional network with LinkedIn
  • Two Chinese firms among potential bidders for STATS ChipPac (2014-08-27 21:15:06)
    Two Chinese firms are among companies which have approached STATS ChipPAC Ltd about acquiring it, the Singapore provider of technology services said on Thursday. STATS ChipPAC, which has a market value of $1.2 billion and is majority owned by state investor Temasek Holdings [TEM.UL], identified Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Technology Co and Tianshui Huatian Technology Co as possible bidders. The Singapore company, which provides semiconductor packaging design and assembly solutions, had said in May that it had received approaches by some companies but had not identified them. The Chinese companies, which were first named by Bloomberg news on Wednesday, each have a market capitalisation that is only slightly bigger than STATS ChipPAC.
  • Life360 - Family Locator +more review (2014-08-27 21:03:40)
    Life360 turns your phone into the ultimate safety device
  • IBM launches Watson system for research, hopes for breakthroughs (2014-08-27 21:03:32)
    By Marina Lopes WASHINGTON (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp on Wednesday launched a computer system that can quickly identify patterns in massive amounts of data, an ability that IBM said should hasten breakthroughs in science and medical research. The computer system, Watson Discovery Advisor, understands chemical compound interaction and human language and can visually map out connections in data, the company said in a statement. Some researchers and scientists have already been using Watson Discovery Advisor to sift through the sludge of scientific papers published daily. Sanofi, a French pharmaceutical company is working with Watson to identify alternate uses for existing drugs.
  • Eric Schmidt’s curious advice: ‘Know your competition, but don’t copy it’ (2014-08-27 21:00:37)
    In the latest edition of Talking Schmidt, a series where 9to5Google analyzes Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s most baffling quotes, we take a look at Schmidt’s upcoming book, How Google Works. In order to promote the book, Schmidt took to Google+ and posted the following image. The cartoon is accompanied by the following message: “Playing catch-up with the competition can only ever help you make incremental gains. It will never help you create something new. It’s important to understand what’s going on around you, but the best way to stay ahead is a laser focus on building great products that people need.” Of course, the irony here is that Google’s “hard lemonade” sure does taste a whole lot like the lemonade those other
  • NASA's massive Space Launch System rocket is slated for a 2018 launch (2014-08-27 20:51:00)
  • iWatch Watch: Device May Hit the Market in Early September (2014-08-27 20:43:25)
    Re/code's John Paczkowski believes we will see an iWatch much sooner than expected: September 9. This is the same date some speculate the iPhone 6 will be officially announced.
  • KK Emoji Keyboard review (2014-08-27 20:37:41)
    Customize your messages with smiles, stickers and more
  • Exclusive: Microsoft CEO Nadella to visit China amid antitrust probe - source (2014-08-27 20:33:54)
    By Gerry Shih and Paul Carsten BEIJING (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella is set to visit China in late September, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday, as the Chinese government conducts an antitrust investigation into the world's largest software company. It is not clear if Nadella, who took over as Microsoft CEO in February, will meet with any Chinese government representatives as part of his visit, or try to resolve issues with the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), one of China's antitrust regulators.
  • Kitty Play EX review (2014-08-27 20:31:45)
    Customize the look of your android device from a variety of themes
  • Kingsoft Office Free review (2014-08-27 20:27:00)
    Create, view, edit, and share documents on android phone or tablet
  • HTC announces the world's first 64-bit Android phone (2014-08-27 20:23:49)
    Around a year ago, Apple announced the iPhone 5S, the first and so far only phone to run on a 64-bit processor. Now, as noted by AnandTech, HTC has announced the first Android phone to make use of the same ARMv8 technology that Apple's A7 chip employs. Unlike the iPhone 5S, though, HTC's Desire 510 is a pretty budget-conscious affair;
  • Amazon Kindle review (2014-08-27 20:17:00)
    Read Kindle books on your Android devices
  • At least Microsoft’s new cardboard Surface Pro 3 won’t run into overheating issues (2014-08-27 20:15:14)
    Microsoft has managed to build a sort-of-working cardboard version of the Surface Pro 3 tablet/laptop hybrid, sending units to schools in Australia as part of its Surface Pro 3 international launch celebration. However, the unit is not actually functional, and only features a small working display powered by a low-resolution MP4 player that highlights the device’s main features, The Verge reports. As a result, the cardboard Surface Pro 3 is in no danger of running into any overheating problems, since it’s made of paper. The actual Surface Pro 3 actually has some overheating issues, which Microsoft is promising to fix, PCWorld says. Specifically, the Core i7 versions of the device have been reported to overheat, with users experiencing loud fan noise, increased heat, and
  • Get your car to tell you what's wrong with a $50 dongle (2014-08-27 20:09:00)
  • Hyperlapse from Instagram review (2014-08-27 20:08:19)
    Create amazing time lapse videos
  • Engadget Daily: HTC One for Windows, 3D-printed 'bump keys' and more! (2014-08-27 19:50:00)
  • Microsoft is cracking down on fake Windows Store apps (2014-08-27 19:41:54)
    Microsoft's Windows and Windows Phone app stores have faced several issues with fake and scam applications over the years, but the software maker appears to be finally cracking down. After recent reports highlighting scams that lead people to pay for useless apps that are typically free, Microsoft's Windows Apps and Store general manager, Todd Brix, says the company will be enforcing its policies more strictly in future. While Microsoft made some changes earlier this year to its app certification requirements, Brix says Microsoft has been conducting a review of the Windows Store to find apps that don't comply with the guidelines. Microsoft's policies state names need to be clear and icons must be differentiated to avoid being mistaken with others.
  • Groupon sales reps can't pursue overtime pay class action (2014-08-27 19:34:40)
    A Chicago federal judge on Wednesday said Groupon Inc sales representatives cannot pursue a class-action lawsuit over the Internet commerce company's failure to pay for overtime before and after its 2011 initial public offering. District Judge Edmond Chang said the roughly 1,500 representatives' claims, job duties and alleged injuries were too disparate to justify letting them sue as a group over allegations that Groupon violated Illinois' minimum wage law. Chang noted that Groupon did eventually adopt more uniform management policies, and that these could "serve as markers" for the plaintiffs to pursue a smaller class action. More than 100 Groupon sales representatives are pursuing related claims under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Kik Messenger review (2014-08-27 19:33:57)
    Chat with friends and browse the Internet with a single app
  • Here are all the free PS4, PS3 and PS Vita games you can download in September (2014-08-27 19:30:05)
    As the holiday season draws closer, the game release schedule is going to pick up to a pace that might not be safe for your wallet. Call of Duty, Halo, Battlefield, Dragon Age, Super Smash Bros. — that vacation you were planning may have to wait until next year. Thankfully, Sony is taking a little bit of the pressure off with its latest collection of free games for PS Plus members on the PS4, PS3 and PS Vita. PS4 owners in search of manic 2D fun are in luck: Velocity 2X and Sportsfriends are free on PlayStation 4 this September. Velocity 2X is the brand new sequel to the well-received Velocity Ultra, a 2D shoot ‘em up with a few unique mechanics. 2X
  • Kid Mode: Free Games + Lock review (2014-08-27 19:27:51)
    #1 App for Kids
  • Spotify Connect's seamless streaming arrives on smart TVs (2014-08-27 19:14:00)
  • iMapMyWalk+ review (2014-08-27 19:12:48)
    iMapMyWALK+ tracks the route, distance, pace, and more in real-time using GPS
  • GPS Navigation Be-on-Road review (2014-08-27 19:05:22)
    Get to your desired destination with this free GPS android navigation
  • Move over, Pebble: The Coolest Cooler is now the biggest Kickstarter campaign ever (2014-08-27 18:55:34)
    The Coolest Cooler took Kickstarter by storm a while ago, emerging as an interesting, yet unexpected project that could in theory raise more money than the Pebble smartwatch, which pulled in $10,266,845 in pledges in its time, setting the record for the crowd-funding website. And now, the Coolest Cooler has managed to beat that record a few days before its campaign wraps up. The Coolest Cooler project convinced nearly 49,000 backers to submit pledges, helping the company raise over $10,366,000 as of the time of this writing. The Kickstarter campaign is still available to users who haven’t purchased a smart cooler yet, and still want to order one. A best-case estimate said not too long ago that the Coolest could reach a
  • Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 tablet lands in 25 more countries (2014-08-27 18:40:00)
  • Instagram shows how Hyperlapse stabilizes your jittery videos (2014-08-27 18:18:00)
  • Lockheed Martin is building a facility in Australia for tracking space debris (2014-08-27 18:16:02)
    Space debris is a serious threat to satellites, and Lockheed Martin is now teaming up to further help keep satellites safe as they orbit around the planet. The firm is partnering with Electro Optic Systems (EOS) to build a facility in Australia that they say will increase the world's ability to track space debris by 25 percent — if not more. EOS says that, so long as the debris is tracked, satellites will be able to avoid it, which will be increasingly important as the value of tech up in space continues to grow.
  • Reports: FBI probes JPMorgan hack (2014-08-27 18:15:28)
    The FBI is investigating a hacking attack on JPMorgan Chase and at least one other bank, according to reports citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter. A report on said Wednesday that ...
  • Apple to unveil 'iWatch' on September 9: report (2014-08-27 18:11:46)
    Apple will unveil an "iWatch" in September with the maker of the iPhone finally embarking on its much-rumored foray into wearable computing, technology news website Re/code said Wednesday. Apple is believed to be planning a September 9 event at which it will introduce the iWatch, along with new-generation iPhone 6 smartphones with increased screen sizes. The company has not sent out invitations to such an event, nor -- as is standard Apple practice -- has it commented on reports it will even take place. Apple's next-generation iPhones are rumored to have screen sizes stretched to 4.7 and 5.5 inches and have faster processors.
  • Apple loses bid to block sales of 9 Samsung phones (2014-08-27 18:11:37)
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge has rejected Apple's attempt to block the sale of several older Samsung smartphones that copied features in the iPhone.
  • This 'Counter-Strike' livestream was interrupted by a real-life SWAT team (2014-08-27 18:11:02)
    A YouTube feed of a Counter-Strike game took an unexpected turn today, when it was interrupted by a very real SWAT team that happened to be sweeping the building. The gamers in the video are part of The Creatures, a group based in Littleton Colorado that publishes videos to YouTube and Twitch, and since the broadcast was in progress during the raid, their entire arrest ended up on the livestream.
  • Breaking news: Hello Kitty is not a cat (2014-08-27 18:03:41)
    Your childhood has been torn asunder by the Gods that once gifted you. In preparing a Hello Kitty retrospective for the Japanese American National Museum, University of Hawaii Anthropologist Christine R. Yano was given one major correction by Hello Kitty owners Sanrio (via LA Times):"Hello Kitty is not a cat. She's a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She's never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature. She does have a pet cat of her own, however, and it's called Charmmy Kitty."
  • Boston Children's Hospital preps surgeons with custom 3D-printed models (2014-08-27 17:55:00)
  • Comcast says it has to smother competition to protect poor people (2014-08-27 17:45:41)
    Ever wonder why America’s two biggest cable providers don’t bother competing with one another? Or why you have only one choice for Internet service in your neighborhood? Or why cable prices have been rising at more than triple the rate of inflation? Well, wonder no more. Ars Technica flags some recent filings sent to the Federal Communications Commission sent by Internet service providers CenturyLink and RCN that detail how Comcast works tirelessly to keep them out of its markets and then justifies its actions as a favor to poor people. FROM EARLIER: Comcast thinks you’re even stupider than Verizon does In its filing to the FCC opposing the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, CenturyLink says that Comcast has been “uniquely and extraordinarily
  • Motorola and Yo are giving away 20 Moto 360 smartwatches (2014-08-27 17:44:32)
    Yo, the minimalist messaging app that can send only a single word ("yo") to your friends, is holding a Moto 360 giveaway with Motorola. All it takes is downloading Yo (Android / iOS) and adding "MOTOROLA" to your contacts in the app. To be honest, the pricing for Motorola's fancy smartwatch isn't much of a mystery anymore.
  • Hail nearby medics with the GoodSAM smartphone app (2014-08-27 17:34:00)
  • In democracy and disaster, emerging world embraces 'open data' (2014-08-27 17:30:27)
    By Jeremy Wagstaff SINGAPORE (Reuters) - 'Open data' - the trove of data-sets made publicly available by governments, organizations and businesses - isn't normally linked to high-wire politics, but just may have saved last month's Indonesian presidential elections from chaos. The embrace of open data has had few tangible benefits, but created a buzz and fostered a culture that prodded Indonesia's election commission to tweak the way it handles vote results.
  • Workday raises revenue forecast as software subscriptions jump (2014-08-27 17:29:51)
    Workday Inc reported a better-than-expected 74 percent rise in quarterly revenue due to strong growth in subscription for its Web-based human resources and financial management software, and the company raised its full-year revenue forecast. Workday's shares rose about 3 percent in extended trading. The company's subscription revenue jumped 77 percent in the second quarter, accounting for three-quarters of total revenue. Workday said in June that insurance provider Unum Group subscribed to its financial and human resources software to manage nearly 10,000 employees.
  • Study: Facebook and Twitter Are No Place for Political Debate (2014-08-27 17:29:46)
    Here's what social media is for, according to most people: Posting updates about your lunch, liking other people's updates about their lunch, getting follows, following other people, indulging in your vanity, stalking your exes, and oh, sharing videos of you dumping ice water on yourself.  Here's what it's not for, according to most people: political debate.   Probably because there isn't enough space on Twitter .... and because all of your Facebook friends will unfriend you if you spew political opinions. The rise of social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, has introduced new spaces where political discussion and debate can take place.
  • Mega-IPO to rekindle the 'bromance' behind Alibaba's rise (2014-08-27 17:18:59)
    By Paul Carsten BEIJING (Reuters) - Masayoshi Son's nose for an investment has turned a $20 million start-up punt on Alibaba into a stake worth maybe $50 billion or more as the Chinese e-commerce giant co-founded and led by Jack Ma heads to what could be the biggest U.S. Son, CEO of Japanese telecoms firm SoftBank Corp, also put money into a young Yahoo Inc, co-founded by Jerry Yang, in 1995, and Yahoo's subsequent investment in Alibaba saw Ma, Son and Yang build Alibaba Group Holding Ltd [IPO-BABA.N] into one of world's biggest internet companies as China's e-commerce market took off.
  • Now you have an awesomely stupid way to get the gorgeous Moto 360 before anyone else (2014-08-27 17:17:35)
    It’s an unlikely pairing: The world’s smartest looking smartwatch and the world’s stupidest mobile app. And yet they have indeed teamed up, because mobile app Yo has just announced that “Motorola is going to use the Yo platform to release their long awaited Moto 360 smart watch.” And yes, this promotion is just as awesomely stupid as you think it is. FROM EARLIER: How some lucky people are about to get the gorgeous Moto 360 for free “Potential customers have 24 hours to subscribe to Motorola’s Yo username ‘MOTOROLA’ in the Yo Index,” explains Yo. “Tomorrow, at 12pm CST, Motorola will send a Yo to all of their subscribers. That Yo will contain a link for an early chance to
  • Alibaba earnings leap on cusp of stock market debut (2014-08-27 17:15:49)
    Just weeks ahead of its expected debut on the New York Stock Exchange, Chinese Internet colossus Alibaba reported that its quarterly profit nearly tripled on surging revenue. Alibaba Group made a profit of nearly $2 billion on revenue of $2.5 billion in the quarter ending June 30 according to updated documents filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Alibaba's services are similar to a mix of those offered by US Internet titans eBay, PayPal and The strategy has given Alibaba an enviable profit margin as an online middleman of sorts.
  • 'Doctor Who' is coming to 'Minecraft' on Xbox 360 next month (2014-08-27 17:10:00)
  • ​Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2015 review (2014-08-27 17:02:45)
    Protect your PC against e-threats; shield your privacy and digital identity
  • BlackBerry teams with Verizon to keep business away from Android and iOS (2014-08-27 16:56:58)
    BlackBerry hasn’t had too much luck with its recovery efforts over the past several months, but there are still plenty of businesses that depend on the Canadian company’s devices and services in order to function. As BlackBerry struggles to regain momentum in the smartphone market, it is looking for ways to hold on to its existing clients, which is why a partnership with Verizon could be huge for enterprise customers. Verizon announced this week that if a business decides to stick with BlackBerry, it will receive up to $150 in bill credits for every legacy device it upgrades. BlackBerry is hoping that more businesses will be willing to stay on board with BlackBerry 10 smartphones and BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10. The bill credits can be put towards BlackBerry
  • 'Party Down' will stream exclusively on Hulu starting this Friday (2014-08-27 16:55:54)
    Here's something to do for this Labor Day weekend that doesn't involve inclement weather: stay inside and watch Party Down on Hulu. Starz's cult comedy ran for two seasons starting in 2009, earning critical acclaim but never finding a large enough audience to keep going. The show enjoyed a brief stint on Netflix before getting pulled a few months before Starz left Netflix entirely. Starting this Friday, the entire Party Down series returns to the internet as an exclusive to Hulu — and the first five episodes will be free for non-subscribers (though likely still ad supported) for a limited time.
  • Twitter wants everyone to know how many people read their tweets (2014-08-27 16:48:00)
  • Telecom Italia says knows nothing of Oi initiative on TIM Brazil (2014-08-27 16:44:24)
    Telecom Italia, Italy's biggest phone group, said in a statement on Wednesday it had not been contacted by Brazil's Grupo Oi over its plans to take over Telecom Italia's local unit TIM Participacoes. Earlier in the day, Oi had said in a statement it had hired bank BTG Pactual to explore the possibility of acquiring Telecom Italia's 67 percent stake in the unit. Telecom Italia said in a statement late on Wednesday it was "completely extraneous" to the OI initiative, about which it knew nothing. The statement came at the end of a board meeting during which Telecom Italia discussed the possibility of making an offer for Vivendi's Brazilian broadband unit GVT.
  • We are about to find out if our universe really is a hologram (2014-08-27 16:32:40)
    What could be the most important scientific experiment of our lifetime is about to begin. The so-called Holometer Experiment at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory aims to determine whether our perception of a three-dimensional universe is just an illusion. Do we actually live on a 2D plane, as a holographic projection? There is a well-established theory that states we are indeed living in a hologram, with a pixel size of about 10 trillion trillion times smaller than an atom. This has certain implications, some of which are quite sinister, even unspeakably horrific. The argument about the nature of the universe hinges on something that 99.99% of people are not able to comprehend even on the most superficial level — namely,
  • Sound off! Do you use any speed-reading apps? (2014-08-27 16:30:00)
  • Pandora's radio app for Glass lets you tune into Haim using your head (2014-08-27 16:14:00)
  • JPMorgan attacked by Russian computer hackers: report (2014-08-27 16:12:40)
    (Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co and at least one other bank were attacked by Russian hackers in mid-August and the FBI is investigating whether the assault was in retaliation for U.S.-government sponsored sanctions against the country, according to a report by Bloomberg News citing two unnamed sources. The attack resulted in the loss of sensitive data and authorities are investigating whether it was linked to recent infiltrations of major European banks, the report said, citing one of the sources. ...
  • Wrangling push notifications: Control your phone before it controls you (2014-08-27 16:08:00)
    If you’re reading this, you’ve probably been there. Buzzed, dinged, and blooped to death. For as incredible as smartphones are, their ability to notify you about anything and everything can quickly become a nightmare. Early on, in simpler times, it was a common technological courtesy for your phone to notify you whenever a call, text, or email was inbound. We branched out a bit with instant messaging, and if you were really crazy, you might even ask the ESPN app to ping you whenever your favorite team recorded a W. Notifications are a huge part of why smartphones have become more than just assets — they’re extensions of our brains. They’re digital assistants. They’re there to remember things for us,
  • Malcolm Gladwell to write pilot for TV medical drama (2014-08-27 16:04:02)
    Everyone’s favorite pop sociologist has just been contracted to pen a TV show: as New York Magazine reports, Malcolm Gladwell will be co-writing The Cure, an American medical thriller starring a "young, impulsive" black neurologist. Gladwell, whose five books about behavioral science and psychology have sold more than 4.5 million copies worldwide, will be taking point on the story, which involves the main character "taking the law into her own hands" as she fights to cure some sort of ghastly disease. An act of individual heroics outside the system is an obvious hook for Gladwell, who recently explained to an interviewer at Forbes that many of Americans’ health care woes could be solved if patients lived healthier lives rather than relying on what he considers an at times over-regulated health care industry. The author and celebrity New Yorker columnist has also, for many years, maintained close ties to the world he’ll be writing about — in 2004, he posted a 6,492-word disclosure statement to his website in which he described the conflict of interest at play as he simultaneously wrote about the pharmaceutical industry and received tens of thousands of dollars from health care companies as payment for speaking engagements.
  • Malcolm Gladwell to write TV medical drama (2014-08-27 16:04:02)
    Everyone’s favorite pop sociologist has just been contracted to pen a TV show: as New York Magazine reports, Malcolm Gladwell will be co-writing The Cure, an American medical thriller starring a "young, impulsive" black neurologist. Gladwell, whose five books about behavioral science and psychology have sold more than 4.5 million copies worldwide, will be taking point on the story, which involves the main character "taking the law into her own hands" as she fights to cure some sort of ghastly disease. An act of individual heroics outside the system is an obvious hook for Gladwell, who recently explained to an interviewer at Forbes that many of Americans’ health care woes could be solved if patients lived healthier lives rather than relying on what he considers an at times over-regulated health care industry. The medical industry is an obvious hook for gladwell
  • Everything you wanted to know about how Instagram's Hyperlapse app works, and more (2014-08-27 16:00:03)
    Instagram released a new separate app yesterday called Hyperlapse, which allows you to make timelapse videos quickly, easily, and with impressive automatic image stabilization technology (meaning that your videos will look smooth and won't betray your shaky, caffeine-addled grip). Today the company, owned by Facebook, released a lengthy blog post describing the technical features that underpin the app. It's pretty geeky, but if you're a programmer, videographer, or just interested in how it all works, have a read.
  • Rdio, Songza and other music services won't eat your T-Mobile data (2014-08-27 15:56:00)
  • Republicans hope this elephant and a busted video game will help 'win back the Senate' (2014-08-27 15:50:08)
    Many people believe the Republican Party has a fairly good shot of taking back the US Senate this November. You play as Giopi (get it?), a pixelated elephant who looks like he belongs in the good 'ole 16-bit era, but is instead doing his best to persevere in a modern world. Giopi says he's a hopeful GOP volunteer just trying to cut through the "red tape and regulations" standing between Republicans and a Senate majority that would help the right push its legislative agenda.
  • Brazil telecom battle heats up as Oi tries to buy, split TIM (2014-08-27 15:49:30)
    By Luciana Bruno and Leila Abboud RIO DE JANEIRO/PARIS (Reuters) - Brazil’s Grupo Oi SA unveiled plans on Wednesday to take over Telecom Italia's local mobile unit, in a move sources said was aimed at breaking up the country’s second-biggest wireless carrier and upstaging merger bids by foreign rivals. Oi said on Wednesday that it hired Brazilian investment bank and shareholder Grupo BTG Pactual SA to explore alternatives to acquire Telecom Italia SpA's 67 percent stake in TIM Participações SA, the country's second biggest wireless carrier. Oi's plan is to bring in Mexico's America Movil SAB de CV and Spain's Telefonica SA in a deal to split TIM three ways, easing the financial and regulatory burdens of consolidation, according to two sources who asked not to be named due to the sensitivity of the deal.
  • U.S. judge rejects Apple bid for injunction against Samsung (2014-08-27 15:46:24)
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Wednesday rejected a bid from Apple Inc for a permanent injunction against Samsung Electronics Co Ltd over three Apple patents that went to trial earlier this year. The ruling, from U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, denied Apple's request to stop Samsung from selling infringing features on its smartphones. (Reporting by Dan Levine; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)
  • Incredibly cool GoPro video shows what it’s like to speed through Arizona canyons on a jet ski (2014-08-27 15:45:09)
    What we love about GoPro videos is that they give us a first-person look at incredible sights and daring stunts that we ourselves might not want to go through. A terrific GoPro video recently posted on YouTube shows us some gorgeous footage of a man on a jet ski zipping through the water that winds through Mountain Sheep Canyon at Lake Powell, which is locate across both Arizona and Utah. FROM EARLIER: Watch this crazy GoPro video of a man leaping off a four-story building The video was filmed using a GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition and it’s of such a high quality that it almost looks like you’re playing a racing game while you’re watching it. Anyone hoping for the video to
  • Trolls drive Anita Sarkeesian out of her house to prove misogyny doesn't exist (2014-08-27 15:41:27)
    Earlier this week, feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian posted the latest in a series of crowdfunded videos called Tropes vs. Women, devoted to aggregating and analyzing games that portray women as damsels in distress, ornamental eye candy, incidental victims, and other archetypes that tend to be written in service of and subordinate to male players and characters. The videos — which are essentially subjective cultural criticism — come with transcripts and lists of the games mentioned, making it possible to check them and critique her analysis, which can be reasonably disagreed with in places.
  • The Times of India wants access to its journalists' social networks (2014-08-27 15:38:00)
  • Best New Apps: Hyperlapse (2014-08-27 15:37:02)
    Instagram might be best known as and endless stream of pictures of your friends' meals, but their new standalone video app Hyplerlapse aims to change that. It just takes one tap to start recording, lets you pick your playback speed after, and easily shares your video to Instagram and Facebook. With few controls, the creativity really comes from how you use Hyperlapse.
  • Samsung employees were told to literally never look down on the chairman (2014-08-27 15:34:07)
    Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee has a truly formidable presence within South Korea, but his presence within his own company is apparently something else altogether. Bloomberg reports that, during one visit to a factory, workers were told that they shouldn't watch through the windows as he entered the building, because they should not look down at him. Bloomberg reports that Lee is still in the hospital after a heart attack in May, and his apparent successor, his son and Samsung Electronics vice chairman Jay Y. Lee, doesn't seem to command that level of respect — not yet, at least. Though his son has made a mark within Samsung — he's said to be responsible for putting Samsung components inside of Apple products — his specific accomplishments reportedly aren't all that obvious to the public, and perhaps throughout the company as well.
  • Are you proud of yourself, @savedyouaclick? (2014-08-27 15:31:23)
    Today, my friends at published a terrific 5,000-word feature about the legacy of the Sopranos, framed around one very exclusive piece of reporting: series creator David Chase told reporter Martha Nochimson whether Tony Soprano dies at the end of the show, a question that fans have debated endlessly in the decade since the series famously ended on a hard cut to black.
  • Online peer-to-peer banker LendingClub files for IPO (2014-08-27 15:26:49)
    (Reuters) - LendingClub Corp, the world's largest online marketplace directly connecting borrowers and investors, filed with U.S. Peer-to-peer (P2P) lending allows investors to lend directly to individuals and businesses and uses low-cost online platforms to cut out banks. The P2P lending industry rose to prominence during the global financial crisis, plugging a hole left by the reluctance of cash-strapped banks to lend to small businesses. The traditional banking system has been hurt by the high underwriting and servicing costs associated with lending to small businesses, creating an opportunity for non-traditional lenders to cater to the growing demand for alternate financing.
  • This is the phone Sony will launch to take on Apple’s iPhone 6 (2014-08-27 15:25:34)
    After several years of complete and total domination by Samsung and Apple, a handful of rival device makers are finally starting to see some gains in the global smartphone market. Huawei and Lenovo have experienced some solid growth in recent quarters, and up and comer Xiaomi is among a handful of smaller Asian companies seeing big gains in that region. Meanwhile, Sony has continued to struggle despite launching several solid smartphones over the past couple of years. The fall and the coming holiday shopping season are expected to be the hottest period in Apple’s storied history, with a record holiday quarter expected on the back of the iPhone 6, 5.5-inch iPhone phablet and iWatch. To combat the new iPhone 6, which is widely expected
  • 'All Together Now' is a Fox sitcom about friends who unplug (2014-08-27 15:21:00)
  • 5 labor-saving apps (2014-08-27 15:05:34)
    Work smarter, not harder with these productivity picks.
  • Casio's newest G-Shock has a giant dial for (complicated) music control (2014-08-27 15:00:00)
  • Alibaba's revenue growth surges in latest quarter (2014-08-27 14:56:40)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Alibaba's quarterly revenue growth is surging again, a development that should help the Chinese e-commerce company sell its shares in what could become the technology industry's most lucrative IPO.
  • Samsung Confirms Galaxy Note 4 Via Videos (Report) (2014-08-27 14:53:41)
    Samsung today published four videos showing off the features of its Note phablet that seem to imply that the Note 4 will arrive on Sept. 3. MORE: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Rumors: Specs, Design, Release Date The other three clips are fun, 1.5-minute-long clips featuring the lives of blogger/model Marta Pozzan, musician/spiritual healer Diva Dompe and barber/artist Dayday Wannaslip.
  • iWatch Launching With iPhone 6 on Sept. 9 (Report) (2014-08-27 14:53:37)
    The iPhone 6's unveiling date has been all but confirmed to be Sept. 9, and it's not the only new gadget we might see that day. According to reports from Re/code, Apple's long rumored iWatch will be revealed alongside its smartphone cousin, in what could be one of Apple's biggest product launch events yet. While this latest report conflicts with rumors about the iWatch's purported October launch window, it makes a whole lot of sense for Apple to debut its first-ever wearable alongside the highly anticipated iPhone 6.
  • Time Warner Cable suffers major outage; New York launches probe (2014-08-27 14:42:47)
    The outage to all of its Internet customers across 29 states began at about 4:30 a.m. EDT, said company spokesman Bobby Amirshahi. The outage came at a critical time for Time Warner, which is working to win FCC approval of a $45 billion proposed merger with Comcast Corp, the largest U.S.
  • 'BioShock' will be available on iOS tonight for $14.99 (2014-08-27 14:39:05)
    BioShock on iOS is a true testament to how far mobile gaming has come. The iOS version stays true to the original, with the entire story presented here just as it was on last-gen consoles and PC way back in 2007. Progressing through BioShock using touch controls sounds a bit unwieldy, though developer 2K China has tried to ease the experience by ramping up auto-aim and making your on-screen enemies easier to hit. BioShock for iOS has been priced at $14.99, which still falls below the $19.99 Steam is charging for the classic PC version right now.
  • Companies will pay you to give up privacy on your devices (2014-08-27 14:39:00)
  • It looks like Apple’s iWatch may come with a painful compromise (2014-08-27 14:35:24)
    Despite the fact that the iWatch represents Apple’s first dive into an “exciting new product category” since it unleashed the original iPad back in 2010, the new device isn’t Apple’s most hotly anticipated launch this fall. In fact, it likely falls into the No. 3 spot behind the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone phablet. Consumers and investors alike are still waiting anxiously to see Apple’s take on wrist-worn wearables, but a new report suggests that the company may have been forced to forgo its typical no-compromise approach to mobile devices, and the result could be a big letdown for users. DisplaySearch analyst Charles Annis issued a note recently that explores some key issues surrounding Apple’s upcoming debut smartwatch. Considering the firm’s focus — displays
  • Pill Identifier review (2014-08-27 14:33:24)
    Identify those loose pills which you are not sure of, using Pill Identifier App Get the detailed description of over 10000 medications found in
  • Google Slides review (2014-08-27 14:29:04)
    Create, edit, and collaborate with others on presentations
  • Expedia Hotels & Flights review (2014-08-27 14:24:55)
    Use your phone or tablet to find the best flight to anywhere in the world
  • Here's how digital effects give 'Game of Thrones' its grand scale (2014-08-27 14:22:00)
  • This smart thermostat wants to turn up the heat on slumlords (2014-08-27 14:19:25)
    "Our technology is giving the legal system power to make these codes actually mean something," says founder William Jeffries (who, full disclosure, is also Verge reporter Adrianne Jeffries' brother). If the project succeeds, it could open up a new way for the city to fight slumlords and protect tenants. As it stands now, the biggest problem for tenants is gathering enough evidence. You need a city inspector to properly document the low temperatures, but the inspectors are stretched thin, appearing in a 36-hour window that often comes while tenants are at work.
  • Microsoft thinks you’ll pay $150 for something you didn’t want to spend $100 on (2014-08-27 14:14:37)
    One of the smartest moves Microsoft made this year was unbundling the Kinect from the Xbox One. The Kinect is an intriguing device, but lacking significant support from virtually every game released on the Xbox One up to this point, gamers in the market for a new console saw the $500 price tag and decided to take their chances with the PlayStation 4 instead. Sales picked up though once the Xbox One dropped to $400 and now Microsoft is finally ready to reintroduce the Kinect as a separate product. Here’s the catch: the standalone Xbox One Kinect is going to cost $149.99. This might elicit a sigh of relief from early adopters who felt cheated when Microsoft backtracked on its Kinect requirement earlier this
  • CM Security Heartbleed Scanner review (2014-08-27 14:12:43)
    Scan your system and accounts to make sure everything is secure
  • Disney's drone research eyes better parades and floating screens (2014-08-27 14:01:00)
  • Chadder review (2014-08-27 14:00:51)
    Send encoded private messages to your friends
  • Saving the future with open-sourced food (2014-08-27 13:58:37)
    At MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Caleb Harper’s CityFARM demonstrates the future of food production. He grows plants through aeroponics, a system that produces plants without soil.
  • Apple is reportedly unveiling its wearable device on September 9th (2014-08-27 13:57:00)
  • AccuWeather Platinum review (2014-08-27 13:52:37)
    Stay connected to the latest weather conditions
  • This $33 smartphone is the first-generation iPhone of 2014 (2014-08-27 13:52:33)
    Earlier this week, Mozilla unveiled its first-ever low-end smartphone for customers in India: the Intex Cloud FX. At just $33, the Firefox OS device is one of the cheapest smartphones on the market, but how do its specifications stand up to other cheap phones in emerging markets? The Cloud FX is clearly not meant to compete with the Galaxy S5 or the iPhone 5s, but there is one Apple handset it might be able to go toe-to-toe with. Shortly after the announcement of the Cloud FX, Phone Cruncher realized that the specs of the phone seemed vaguely familiar. That’s because they are nearly identical to the specs of the first-generation iPhone released in 2007. Everything from the RAM to the display size
  • How to feed the cities of the future (2014-08-27 13:51:45)
    At MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Caleb Harper’s CityFARM demonstrates the future of food production. LEDs fill in for the sun and ladybugs (purchased on Amazon) occasionally make an appearance. The environment nurtures plants that have twice the nutrient density of their conventional counterparts.
  • LendingClub files for IPO (2014-08-27 13:42:34)
    (Reuters) - LendingClub Corp, the world's largest online marketplace connecting borrowers and investors, filed with U.S. regulators for an initial public offering of common stock. Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs & Co and Citigroup are the underwriters for the offering, the company said in a preliminary prospectus filed with the U.S Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday. ( The company did not disclose the number of shares it planned to offer or their expected price. (Reporting By Sudarshan Varadhan; Editing by Simon Jennings)
  • Jabra's pulse-tracking earbuds tout Bluetooth connectivity for fewer tangles (2014-08-27 13:42:00)
  • Apple's iWatch is almost definitely coming on September 9th (2014-08-27 13:34:23)
    Apple's long-awaited wearable device, often referred to as the iWatch, will debut alongside two new iPhones set to be unveiled on September 9th. Rumors have long pointed to Apple's wearable putting a big focus on health, so that tidbit isn't exactly a revelation. Daring Fireball's John Gruber first floated the September 9th unveiling earlier this month, but later indicated he was kidding and had "no idea" whether Apple's wearable is indeed coming on that date.
  • Here comes the iWatch: First Apple wearable computer reportedly set for September 9th reveal (2014-08-27 13:32:41)
    While we still don’t know when Apple will release its first-ever wearable computer, it now seems likely that we’ll at least get our first look at it next month. Re/code’s John Paczkowski, who also was the first to report on the iPhone 6’s grand September 9th unveiling, now reports that Apple is going to announce a wearable computer of some kind alongside the iPhone 6 at the same event. FROM EARLIER: Here comes the iPhone 6: Apple event officially set for September 9th Paczkowski claims that “the new device will, predictably, make good use of Apple’s HealthKit health and fitness platform.” and “will also — predictably — make good use of HomeKit, the company’s new framework for controlling connected devices —
  • 1Weather review (2014-08-27 13:32:27)
    1Weather Real-time global forecasts & alerts plus timely local weather tweets
  • One publisher dumped Amazon and had its best revenue year ever (2014-08-27 13:21:17)
    Amazon has been in a heated battle with the publisher Hachette for a few months now, and the general consensus is that Amazon has very little to lose while Hachette has a quite a bit to lose — a relationship with the biggest seller of books, to be specific. Modern life without Amazon has always sounded like a big problem for any publisher, but apparently that's not the case for all of them. In a big profile today, Business Insider looks at the case of Educational Development Corporation (EDC) — the publisher of titles like Everyone Poops — which has managed to break free from Amazon and actually succeed on its own.
  • Kickstarter has a new king: Coolest, an all-in-one cooler (2014-08-27 13:19:00)
  • Samsung continues to explain how hard it is to make an iPhone 6 ‘killer’ (2014-08-27 13:15:01)
    After explaining a few days ago how hard it is to make an iPhone 6 “killer” – the partially metallic Galaxy Alpha is considered Samsung’s response to the incoming 4.7-inch iPhone 6 – Samsung is back with more marketing nonsense in a second post on the company’s blog that further explains the way Samsung designed this new phone. FROM EARLIER: Samsung explains how hard it is to make an iPhone 6 ‘killer’ From the get-go, Samsung says that with the Galaxy Alpha, the company “has taken a new approach to smartphone design. “More specifically, the three distinctive design characteristics of the Galaxy Alpha are metal frame, curved corners, and the finish.” Just like in the previous post, Samsung fails to mention the plastic on the
  • Scientists raised these fish to walk on land (2014-08-27 13:13:33)
    "I used to look at fins and their motion, and I always thought it was so interesting and complex," says Emily Standen, lead author of a study published in Nature today, and an evolutionary biomechanics researcher who now works at the University of Ottawa. To find out exactly what might have happened when aquatic animals first moved to land, Standen and her colleagues took 111 juvenile Polypterus senegalus — a fish species that goes by the common name Senegal bichir, or "dinosaur eel" — and raised them for eight months in a terrestrial environment. "There’s anecdotal evidence that they move on land from ephemeral pond to ephemeral pond [when they dry up]," Standen says, "but they don’t do it voluntarily." Still, that was more than enough to attempt to raise these young fish on land. "We used high-speed video to analyze their movements at the end of the eight-month period," Standen says.
  • Time Warner Cable reports major outage; New York launches probe (2014-08-27 13:07:26)
    The outage to all of the company's residential and business Internet customers began at about 4:30 a.m. EDT, said Time Warner Cable spokesman Bobby Amirshahi. "During our routine network maintenance, an issue with our Internet backbone created disruption with our Internet and On-Demand services," he said via email. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered the state's Department of Public Service to investigate the disruption as part of its pending review of the company's $45 billion proposed merger with Comcast Corp, the largest U.S. “Dependable Internet service is a vital link in our daily lives and telecommunications companies have a responsibility to deliver reliable service to their customers,” Cuomo said in a statement.
  • Are Killer Robots on the Rise? (2014-08-27 13:04:49)
    A recent New York Times article warned of the future dangers robots could pose to the humans who work alongside them. The article cited the 33 deaths robots caused in the industrial setting over the past 30 years. While any death is unfortunate, let's put that number into perspective. In the U.S. alone, there are 80 deaths due to auto accidents...
  • Russia wants to ban films that make it seem oppressive or silly (2014-08-27 12:56:00)
  • How to guarantee you get today’s trade-in value for your phone even after the iPhone 6 launches (2014-08-27 12:50:45)
    While months of leaks and rumors have painted what appears to be a very extensive picture of what we can expect from Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6, nothing is certain until the next-generation iPhone is finally unveiled on stage early next month. Well, almost nothing is certain. There are a few things we know beyond the shadow of a doubt, and one of them is the fact that there will be a massive influx of used smartphones being sold and traded in as people upgrade to the new iPhone 6. All those trade-ins inevitably drive used phone values down, but as it turns out, there is a simple way to guarantee that you get today’s higher value for your current smartphone even if
  • Intel's tiny 3G modem will put always-on data in your smartwatch (2014-08-27 12:31:00)
  • Next-gen iPad Air rear shell shown up close in major new leak (2014-08-27 12:25:15)
    The next-generation iPad Air isn’t generating nearly as much hype as the upcoming iPhone 6 but it’s still nice to see Apple-releated leaks every now and then that have nothing to do with the company’s next flagship smartphone. has gotten its hands on some newly leaked pictures of the next-generation iPad Air that show us the new tablet’s rear shell up close. FROM EARLIER: Bloomberg: The 12.9-inch ‘iPad Pro’ is real and it’s coming next year While these new pictures don’t tell us much new, says they “confirm that among other things the back microphone is now placed alongside the image sensor of the tablet rather than the center of the upper part, [and] that the volume control buttons are
  • An oral history of virtual reality: 18 insiders on its past, present, and future (2014-08-27 12:13:39)
    When Facebook bought virtual reality company Oculus in early 2014, virtual reality blew up. While game and movie studios began reimagining the future, others looked back at the “old days” of VR — a loosely remembered period in the 1990s when gloves and goggles were super cool and everyone was going to get high on 3D graphics. But things were never so simple. We spoke to 18 key VR innovators about their work and dreams. What follows is over two decades of memories and visions for what the future could be.
  • David Lynch's Ice Bucket Challenge video is very Lynchian (2014-08-27 12:05:53)
    The camera opens on a man in a fully buttoned black shirt standing in front of a red wall, squinting into the sun. He pours a shot of espresso into a metal bucket, raises a trumpet, and begins to play Somewhere Over the Rainbow, badly. Someone off stage pours the bucket of espresso over the man’s head, followed by a bucket of ice water.
  • Alibaba revenue soars ahead of IPO (2014-08-27 12:01:24)
    China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd [IPO-BABA.N], which is expected to go public in New York as early as next month, reported a 46 percent jump in quarterly revenue as growth in the world's largest e-commerce market shows no signs of slowing. Alibaba accounts for about 80 percent of all online retail sales in China, where rising internet usage and an expanding middle-class helped the company generate gross merchandise volume of $296 billion in the 12 months ended June 30. Alibaba had 279 million active buyers at the end of June, up 50 percent from a year earlier. "Our current focus is on increasing mobile (gross merchandise volume) and user engagement," Alibaba said in a U.S.
  • Phone scams cost Americans $8.6 billion last year – here’s how to protect yourself (2014-08-27 12:00:32)
    Truecaller, which bills itself as the world’s largest verified mobile phone community, on Wednesday released the results of a new survey that helps shed light on how serious a problem phone scams are in the United States. According to the company’s findings, approximately 17.6 million Americans were scammed out of an estimated $8.6 billion in 2013 alone, with 7% of respondents having lost an average of $488.80 each due to scam calls. “$8.6 billion lost per year through U.S. phone fraud is simply a staggering number and shows the need for greater vigilance among Americans when it comes to protecting themselves from scam artists operating over the phone,” Truecaller CEO Alan Mamedi is quoted in a press release as having stated.
  • Summer review: the 9 movies and TV shows you need to watch (2014-08-27 12:00:03)
    There just isn't that much room in your life for, say, binge-watching the most depressing show of the year or keeping up with the latest Tom Cruise vehicle. This summer was also pretty huge for TV shows, seeing director Guillermo Del Toro start up a series and Kiefer Sutherland reprise his role as a counterterrorism agent for one more season of 24. Filmed intermittently over the course of 12 years, Boyhood actually shows its star as he grows from a child up into an adult. Rather than throw violence upon violence up at the screen, Dawn is defined by a pervasive tension that keeps viewers on edge, waiting for someone to slip up and throw the world into chaos.
  • Don't forget to enter our Back to School 2014 sweepstakes! (2014-08-27 12:00:00)
  • HTC One M8 for Windows review (2014-08-27 11:55:18)
    The classic Oreo cookie is a wonderful thing. It has the same unibody, aluminum design, same 5-inch, 1080p display, same high-end, quad-core Qualcomm processor, same 2GB of RAM, same 32GB of storage, same microSD card slot, same 4-megapixel UltraPixel camera with same secondary depth sensor (aka HTC’s Duo Camera).
  • It's come to this: new sitcom is based around people not using their cellphones (2014-08-27 11:51:06)
    What on Earth would a modern sitcom look like if all of its main characters didn't use a cellphone? The show comes from two producers of the Fox sitcom Dads, which was widely criticized for racism in its first episode, continually received poor reviews, and was finally canceled after its first season.
  • Arch Venture Partners raises $400 million fund (2014-08-27 11:47:00)
    Chicago-based Arch Venture Partners raised a $400 million fund to invest in early stage companies, the firm announced Wednesday, underscoring renewed investor confidence in the once moribund life sciences sector. Arch is best known for healthcare and biotech, with portfolio companies including Agios Pharmaceuticals Inc, Bluebird Bio and Receptos Inc. Those companies held initial public offerings last year and have since more than doubled their prices.
  • Microsoft will sell Xbox One's Kinect camera for $149 starting October 7th (2014-08-27 11:41:47)
    Back in May, Microsoft finally relented and unbundled Kinect from Xbox One, a move that allowed the company to bring its console's price down to $399. But Microsoft doesn't want anyone forgetting about Kinect; starting October 7th, the company will sell it as a standalone product for $149. For that price, you'll get both the camera and Dance Central Spotlight. "Kinect remains an important part of the Xbox One experience," Microsoft reiterated today. The company is encouraging gamers to step up to what it calls the "premium experience" that's made possible with Kinect. ...
  • Xbox One's Kinect goes for $150 on its own October 7th (2014-08-27 11:41:00)
  • Uber eyes aggressive expansion in Germany despite bans (2014-08-27 11:39:42)
    From now until the end of the year, it expects to double the number of subscribed users in Germany, after growing fivefold so far in 2014, the company said. Currently, Uber is operating in Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Frankfurt and Duesseldorf. Other German cities are also considering a ban, according to media reports. Uber has faced regulatory obstacles in a number of European cities as well as legal challenges from taxi companies hoping to keep new competition out.
  • One of the iPhone 6’s most interesting new features just leaked for the first time (2014-08-27 11:25:32)
    Apple’s next-generation iPhone 6 is now less than two weeks away from its official unveiling, if a report from a solid source and Tuesday’s big leak are to be believed. With the phone expected to launch the following week on September 19th, it makes sense that the components contained within the hotly anticipated handset are now leaking like crazy. Earlier this week, we saw a China-based cell phone parts retailer post a number of parts said to be destined for inclusion in either the iPhone 6 or the 5.5-inch iPhone phablet set to launch alongside or shortly after Apple’s flagship iPhone. Now, the retailer has added a different component that happens to be one of the iPhone 6’s most interesting new
  • GoPro's $60 'Fetch' harness captures a dog's perspective of the world (2014-08-27 11:18:33)
    There's now an official GoPro harness designed to help attach the company's action cameras to your dog and capture the world from a canine's perspective. GoPro says the former should produce unique over-the-head footage of your pet running around the dog park, barreling through a training course, or playing fetch.
  • Access to Technology for All Women in Turkey (2014-08-27 11:11:55)
    It is no doubt Turkey's women are tech savvy. They're laughing all over social media at conservative ideals and throwing slippers to oppose violence against women in Turkey. Women with access to technology and the know-how are taking Twitter by storm, turning to online means to surpass the lack of transparency in local media and tell the world...
  • Check out these amazing secret ’70s photos from Blondie's Chris Stein (2014-08-27 11:07:19)
    Apparently Blondie photographer Chris Stein has been sitting on a cache of killer flicks from decades past he hasn't shared with the world until now. Being in one of the coolest bands in the world gave him access to basically everyone else cool, so he's got photos of everyone, up close and personal. Read the interview he gave to Smithsonian about his new photo book and check out a slideshow of great shots.
  • It's Time for Schools to Upgrade Both Technology and Pedagogy (2014-08-27 11:06:13)
    Teaching methods, in some schools, haven't changed much since this picture was taken (Creative Commons License)As students return to school, it's time to think about absolute necessities like pens, paper, school clothes, a laptop or tablet and, of course, a learning network that enables them to interact with fellow students and teachers.Okay,...
  • Watch 13 of the internet's best 'Simpsons' videos (2014-08-27 11:03:39)
    The Verge community — that's you — is currently helping us review every episode of The Simpsons. We've also asked several Vox staffers to contribute their thoughts on the show's legacy.
  • The 46-year-old sex toy Hitachi won't talk about (2014-08-27 11:01:00)
  • Ratan Tata invests in Indian online retailer Snapdeal (2014-08-27 11:00:35)
    MUMBAI (Reuters) - Ratan Tata, the former chairman of India's salt-to-steel Tata conglomerate, has bought a stake in Indian online retailer Snapdeal, the company said on Wednesday, joining a list of funds who have invested in the country's growing e-commerce industry. Snapdeal, an online marketplace that facilitates transactions between third party suppliers and customers, did not give the size or financial details of the deal. ...
  • Top-secret project could produce the most exciting Android phone ever made (2014-08-27 11:00:04)
    Forget the OnePlus One — there could soon be a brand-new Cyanogen-enhanced Android phone coming that will blow other Android phones away. Per Engadget, Cyanogen and a mysterious startup called Nexbit have announced that they’re working together on “something really cool,” although they never specify what that “something” actually is. There are some very good reasons to think it’s going to be a killer new Android phone, however. FROM EARLIER: In a potential major blow, HTC loses the man behind its gorgeous smartphone designs The biggest reason to think this is that Nextbit boasts a strong roster of talent that’s been poached from Amazon, Google and HTC, highlighted by former HTC exec Scott Croyle. For those of you who don’t recall,
  • Steam competitor GOG is getting into the movie selling business (2014-08-27 11:00:00)
  • The biggest Kickstarter ever failed the first time around (2014-08-27 10:53:02)
    The Coolest, a tricked-out cooler with a built-in blender, speakers, and USB charger, just set the record for the most-funded Kickstarter campaign ever. "When I launched my first campaign for the Coolest last November, I thought that if you started with a good enough idea, people would find it and success was inevitable," Grepper told GeekWire. "When the campaign failed, I took a hard look at what went wrong.
  • Time Warner Cable hit by service outage for almost two hours (2014-08-27 10:51:57)
    The outage, which the company said was caused by routine network maintenance, affected 2 percent of the routed networks in the United States, according to Renesys, a U.S. It was not known how many customers lost Internet service or cable television service. Time Warner Cable provides Internet services to about 11 million customers nationwide. Spokesman Bobby Amirshahi said the outage occurred at around 4:30 a.m. EDT (0830 GMT), with services “largely restored” at around 6 a.m. EDT.
  • Prime-time Twitch is bigger than CNN, MSNBC, and MTV (2014-08-27 10:44:14)
    The New York Times had a great data-driven article this morning about just how big Twitch has become. One year ago the video game live-streaming platform wasn't even equal to HLN in size. Fast-forward to this summer and Twitch is bigger during prime-time hours than CNN, E!, or MSNBC, with occasional spikes that put it above MTV as well.
  • $68 worth of awesome paid iPhone apps you can get for free right now (8 apps total) (2014-08-27 10:41:19)
    This has been an incredible week so far for paid iPhone and iPad apps that have gone on sale for free. Between Monday and Tuesday alone, we shared $99 worth of iOS apps with you that all could have been downloaded for free thanks to limited-time sales from the developers — in fact, a bunch of Tuesday’s apps are still free if you move quickly. Today, we’ve got eight more iOS apps for you that are worth a combined $68, but they’re all free downloads right now for a limited time. These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long
  • Dropbox Pro plan now offers 10x the storage for the same price (2014-08-27 10:29:00)
  • New leak reveals iPhone 6’s release date (2014-08-27 10:20:27)
    After a Chinese carrier confirmed a few days ago that it’ll soon sell Apple’s iPhone 6, posting a concept image for the handset in the process, Chinese publication PCInLife said on Weibo that the Unicom version of Apple’s iPhone 6 will be launched in the country between September 16th and September 19th. FROM EARLIER: An Apple carrier partner just confirmed the iPhone 6 The iPhone 6 is expected to be unveiled on September 9th during a special media event that’s yet to be confirmed by Apple, and hit various markets, including U.S. and other initial launch markets the following week. Specifically, the iPhone 6’s release date is expected to be September 19th, the second Friday following the phone’s unveiling on September 9th. Similarly, in past
  • Japan lab unable to replicate stem cell results (2014-08-27 10:12:16)
    TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese laboratory that retracted a paper reporting a potentially major breakthrough in stem cell research said Wednesday its researchers have not managed to replicate the results.
  • How to sneak a Tesla into Russia for just 6.5 million rubles (2014-08-27 10:09:48)
    In much of the Western world, the Tesla Model S is becoming a normal sight in traffic; In Russia, on the other hand, a Model S attracts the attention of pretty much everyone. Tesla doesn’t do business there, so when Dmitry Grishin — the wealthy 35-year-old entrepreneur behind internet mega-portal — navigated hell and high water to bootleg one into Moscow, his hard-fought prize made the cover of Автомобили magazine. “They’re all geeks, programmers,” Grishin says.
  • Kobo Aura H20 E-Reader Is Bathtub Ready (2014-08-27 10:07:46)
    What book-lover hasn't at least thought about bringing their e-reader into the bath, shower or even the pool? How many have ruined ereaders this way? But bathtub reading isn't a problem with the new $180 Kobo Aura H20, a waterproof E Ink e-reader that can survive being dunked in more than 3 feet (1 meter) of water for 30 minutes, assuming its port cover is closed.
  • Slimmer MacBooks Coming by 2015 (Report) (2014-08-27 10:07:34)
    Apple's ultra-slim MacBook Air could soon be shedding even more bulk. According to reports from Digitimes, the Cupertino, California-based hardware giantcould launch thinner MacBook models by the end of this year, or at some point in 2015.
  • Berlin bans car service Uber (2014-08-27 10:06:28)
    By Bethan John BERLIN (Reuters) - Berlin has banned car service Uber, which allows users to summon a ride on their smartphone, for not offering drivers and vehicles licensed to carry passengers, or full insurance cover, the German capital said. Uber said on Thursday it would appeal against the decision, accusing Berlin of denying its people choice and mobility. Competition is good for everyone and it raises the bar and ultimately it's the consumer who wins," said Fabien Nestmann, German General Manager at Uber. Uber Technologies Inc is a hugely successful San Francisco-based company valued at $18.2 billion.
  • T-Mobile adds Songza, Rdio, others to Music Freedom; Google Play Music 'later this year' (2014-08-27 10:05:51)
    Apparently T-Mobile remains unfazed by net neutrality concerns over its Music Freedom initiative; Users of Songza, Rdio, Grooveshark, AccuRadio, Black Planet, and Radio Paradise can now stream endless music from those services, and none of that listening will count against their data plan. Today's batch joins a list that already included Spotify, Pandora, iTunes Radio, iHeartRadio, Slacker Radio, and other popular streaming products.
  • Alibaba revenue jumps on strong China demand (2014-08-27 10:02:44)
    (Reuters) - Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's quarterly revenue jumped 46.3 percent to $2.54 billion due to a rise in domestic sales. Net income attributable to ordinary shareholders nearly tripled to $1.99 billion, or 84 cents per share, for the first quarter ended June 30. ( Revenue from its China commerce retail business increased 45.8 percent to $2.04 billion. The company — expected to go public as early as next month — said Chairman Jack Yun Ma owned 8.8 percent ordinary shares and Softbank Corp had a 34.1 percent stake, as of June 30. ...
  • Hot new Galaxy Note 4 teased by Samsung in these four new videos (2014-08-27 10:01:12)
    With the Galaxy S5 having been something of a dud for Samsung, its upcoming new phablet launch couldn’t possibly be more important. The supersized smartphone space is now heating up to the point where even Apple can’t ignore it anymore, and Samsung’s top spot in the phablet world is at risk for the first time. Apple is expected to launch a brand new iPhone with a 5.5-inch display at some point before the holidays this year, leaving Samsung precious little time to spread the word about its next-generation Note-series phone, which is set to be unveiled next week during a press conference. Samsung has teased its new Galaxy Note 4 several times in the lead-up to next week’s event, and now the
  • Brazil telecoms battle heats up as Oi steps in (2014-08-27 09:58:26)
    By Robert Hetz and Leila Abboud MADRID/PARIS (Reuters) - The battle over Brazil's telecoms market is heating up, with the country's biggest fixed-line firm Oi signaling it may make an offer for Telecom Italia's local mobile business. The move throws a potential wrench into the bidding war for Vivendi's Brazilian broadband unit GVT, which both Telecom Italia and Spain's Telefonica are pursuing to bolster their mobile businesses in the country - number two Tim Brasil and number one Vivo respectively. Brazil's leading telecoms groups are jostling for position as they seek to increase their customer bases and gain ownership of high-speed fixed networks. Oi wants to spur consolidation in mobile, which would reduce the number of operators from four to three and potentially take some of the heat out of the competition - a pattern seen in markets such as Austria, Germany and Ireland.
  • China's Wanda, Tencent and Baidu team up for $813 million e-commerce deal: sources (2014-08-27 09:57:17)
    China's privately-held Dalian Wanda Group is set to launch a 5 billion yuan ($813 million) e-commerce joint venture with domestic internet giants Tencent Holdings Ltd and Baidu Inc, according to two sources familiar with the investment. The e-commerce venture, which will be 70 percent owned by Wanda and 15 percent held by Tencent and Baidu respectively, is set to be announced later this week, the people said. The venture will unite three of China's most powerful non-state companies. For Wanda, the tie-up with Tencent and Baidu opens the door to new opportunities in the world's biggest e-commerce market as the rise of smartphones creates new business opportunities.
  • Dropbox lowers prices, adds new features as cloud storage competition heats up (2014-08-27 09:40:41)
    With so many viable options on the market, it can be difficult to settle on a single cloud storage solution. Not only does each service offer its own unique set of perks, the prices are dropping so quickly that it’s tough know how to get the best deal. Dropbox has made that decision even more difficult by matching Google Drive’s offering of 1TB for $10 a month for Pro users. Until this week, Google Drive was in a class of its own. Dropbox Pro users were previously able to choose between 100GB for $10, 200GB for $20 and 500GB for $50. Box and OneDrive users have similar options, but as a result of the new pricing, Dropbox has eliminated its tiers
  • Time Warner Cable says botched 'maintenance' caused nationwide internet outage (2014-08-27 09:40:34)
    It's probably a good thing that Time Warner Cable schedules its network maintenance for really early in the morning. Nationwide outages are fairly uncommon — especially when you're talking about an ISP the size of Time Warner Cable, which provides high-speed broadband to 11.4 million residential customers. Just spoke to Time Warner Cable customer service, TWC is down and out nationwide.
  • A cooler just beat Pebble's record for highest-funded Kickstarter project (2014-08-27 09:40:10)
    The Pebble smartwatch, a shining example of ingenuity being supported by crowdfunding, has held the record for highest-funded Kickstarter campaign for over two years now, not even being surpassed by cult hits like Veronica Mars.
  • High-res imaging satellite demos what it can do with crystal clear pics of Madrid (2014-08-27 09:36:00)
  • How does BMW sell an armored car? By shooting it dozens of times (2014-08-27 09:31:38)
    Earlier this week at Moscow's International Auto Salon, BMW rolled out an armored version of its largest SUV, the X5 Security Plus. BMW actually offers three different levels of protection on different armored models — Security, Security Plus, and High Security. The company says it "drives exactly the same as any other Sports Activity Vehicle from BMW" — apart from the fact that you're driving on some extraordinarily dangerous roads, of course.
  • The Wii U is actually worth buying now (2014-08-27 09:17:31)
    My colleague Dieter Bohn is wondering whether to buy a Wii U. I'm here to convince him that he should.
  • New report details launch time frame for the thinnest MacBook ever (2014-08-27 09:10:27)
    Apple is reportedly working on its slimmest MacBook laptop yet, something various reports have claimed in the past, but Digitimes now says the unidentified MacBook will launch either in the fourth quarter of the year or in 2015. FROM EARLIER: There’s a chance that the Retina MacBook Air might be ready for Christmas after all According to sources from Apple’s Taiwan-based supply chain, production of components has already begun in small volumes, although other details have not been revealed regarding the device. It’s not clear at this time whether the new MacBook will be part of the Air or Pro families – both laptop lines have been refreshed this year, offering slightly improved performance and cheaper prices – but it’s likely the laptop
  • Would the world be any better without any privacy? One guy wants to find out (2014-08-27 09:07:00)
  • Dropbox slashes pricing and boosts storage as competition intensifies (2014-08-27 09:00:03)
    Almost from the day it launched, Dropbox has been arguably the best storage and file syncing service on the market — and it's also been among the most expensive. Founder Drew Houston has often said that Dropbox customers aren't focused on the price, so long as they get a service that works. Today Dropbox announced a revamped version of its paid offering for individuals, called Dropbox Pro, that costs $9.99 a month for 1 terabyte of storage.
  • Apple May Grow iPad Line with 12.9-inch Model (2014-08-27 08:48:36)
    Apple has already explored smaller tablets with its 7.9-inch iPad Mini, so there's nowhere left to go but up. A new report from Bloomberg claims that Apple is developing a giant 12.9-inch iPad which could be ready as early as spring 2015. Bloomberg cites knowledgeable sources claiming that Apple has been working with suppliers for over a year to perfect a larger format for its tablet line.
  • HP Recalls 6 Million Potentially Dangerous Power Cords (2014-08-27 08:48:27)
    If you're using an HP or Compaq laptop, stop and unplug your power cord now. Hewlett Packard is recalling its LS-15 AC power cords that were distributed with HP and Compaq-branded notebooks and accessories as the cords are a potential fire and burn hazard. Check if your power cord is one of the affected by looking for the label "LS-15" molded onto the AC adapter end of the cord.
  • Time Warner Cable claims routine maintenance caused nationwide outage (2014-08-27 08:39:00)
  • The funniest thing you’ll see today: ‘Exclusive first look at the brand new iPhone 6′ (2014-08-27 08:35:34)
    The iPhone 6 is far from being official, but numerous leaks have revealed many details about the upcoming Apple smartphone. Maybe too many – and that’s what seems to be the subliminal message of a short video that’s currently making the rounds of YouTube, having an “Is this the new iPhone 6?” extremely catchy title. FROM EARLIER: Yet another key iPhone 6 component leaks Created by Chicago improve group Second City Network, the hilarious video makes fun of all these iPhone 6 leaks that have flooded the web in past months, especially videos detailing the unreleased smartphone. The video has everything it needs from a tech guy – “Doldo411” – explaining the ins and outs of the new iPhone 6
  • Lockheed Martin to track space junk from the Australian Outback (2014-08-27 08:08:00)
  • New Nexus 9 leak confirms key hardware details (2014-08-27 07:50:29)
    Various reports have so far detailed the HTC-made Nexus 9 that Google is expected to soon launch, and TKTechNews, a source of plenty of mobile leaks in the recent past, has now provided an alleged screenshot of CPU-Z running on the tablet that appears to confirm processor details for the high-end device. FROM EARLIER: The Nexus 9’s beastly 64-bit processor may have just been unveiled According to the image, the Nexus 9 will pack a 2.5GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra K1 Denver processor, which is in line with what previous reports about the tablet said in the recent past. The Tegra K1 Denver has been recently unveiled by NVIDIA, with the company saying it’ll be the “first 64-bit ARM processor for
  • London to start trialling wirelessly-charged buses (2014-08-27 07:34:00)
  • Chrome for Windows finally optimized for high-res displays two years after Mac version (2014-08-27 07:10:55)
    While Windows 8-powered laptops have been pushing display resolutions higher and higher, there’s been one piece of desktop software that has lagged behind: Google Chrome. Despite updating Chrome for Mac to support the first Retina MacBook Pro after just a month, Google has taken around two years to bring full support to Windows. Chrome for Windows users have had to settle for registry hacks, or optional flags to get various forms of high-DPI support, but the latest Chrome 37 release enables it fully by default. Alongside the high-DPI update, Chrome 37 also supports Microsoft’s DirectWrite font rendering technology.
  • South Korea's Daum, Kakao shareholders approve merger (2014-08-27 07:09:58)
    By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Shareholders of South Korean internet portal operator Daum Communications Corp and messaging app company Kakao Corp on Wednesday approved a merger of the two firms in an all-stock deal that values Kakao at more than $3 billion. Kakao's KakaoTalk is the undisputed chat leader in South Korea, but its global user base is far smaller than the likes of Facebook Inc's WhatsApp or Naver Corp's Line. The merger with Daum, South Korea's No. 2 internet search company, will give Kakao new lines of revenue and boost its resources for overseas expansion. ...
  • Time Warner Cable Is Down Nationwide (2014-08-27 07:08:21)
    Time Warner Cable is experiencing major outages at this time. People are over the country are reporting disruptions in service for the cable internet.
  • Time Warner Cable Experienced a Major Internet Outage This Morning (2014-08-27 07:08:21)
    This post has been updated.
  • Time Warner Cable is suffering a massive nationwide service outage [updated] (2014-08-27 07:05:49)
    Apparently tired of seeing Comcast hog all the bad publicity this past month, would-be merger partner Time Warner Cable has leapt back into the spotlight by delivering a nationwide Internet service outage. As Business Insider reports, TWC customers are complaining that their Internet service is down from coast to coast and an outage map posted on Twitter seems to show that this outage affects just about every customer in TWC’s footprint. To make matters worse, TWC’s website is completely down as well and phone calls to the company are yielding nothing but busy signals. There’s been no word yet on what’s causing the outage or when you can expect it to get fixed but we’ll be sure to post details from the
  • Time Warner Cable is suffering a massive nationwide service outage (2014-08-27 07:05:49)
    Apparently tired of seeing Comcast hog all the bad publicity this past month, would-be merger partner Time Warner Cable has leapt back into the spotlight by delivering a nationwide Internet service outage. As Business Insider reports, TWC customers are complaining that their Internet service is down from coast to coast and an outage map posted on Twitter seems to show that this outage affects just about every customer in TWC’s footprint. To make matters worse, TWC’s website is completely down as well and phone calls to the company are yielding nothing but busy signals. There’s been no word yet on what’s causing the outage or when you can expect it to get fixed but we’ll be sure to post details from the
  • Imagination Technologies will give its 'Raspberry Pi on steroids' away for free (2014-08-27 07:00:00)
  • An e-book at bath time (2014-08-27 06:55:13)
    In fact, Kobo's CCO, Michael Tamblyn claims that the motivation behind building the device was existing customer demand.  "We are most interested in those people who put books at the center of their lives -- what they want to see next, what gets them excited.
  • You might want to hold off on that $50 T-Mobile iPhone deal (2014-08-27 06:50:53)
    T-Mobile will cut the prices of iPhones by up to $50 starting with August 27, TmoNews has learned from a leaked internal document, including older iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S models, but also the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s. FROM EARLIER: Walmart is now selling the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c at huge discounts Specific prices for these devices have not been listed, but various iPhone versions are part of the promotion (as seen in the image below) when it comes to storage capacity. The discount will apparently vary depending on chosen iPhone, although it’s not clear what devices get the maximum discount. T-Mobile is likely trying to get rid of some existing iPhone stock before the upcoming iPhone
  • LG's big screen phone-of-the week gets a laser camera (2014-08-27 06:11:00)
  • Godzilla stomps back in ultra HD, wires intact (2014-08-27 06:09:27)
    TOKYO (AP) — At a humble Tokyo laboratory, Godzilla, including the 1954 black-and-white original, is stomping back with a digital makeover that delivers four times the image quality of high definition.
  • Lawmakers call for a cellphone ‘kill switch’ (2014-08-27 06:02:08)
    A new law signed this week by Gov. Jerry Brown makes California the second state to mandate a remote "kill switch" for all smartphones—but at what cost to the Constitution?
  • Microsoft built a 'working' Surface Pro 3 out of cardboard (2014-08-27 05:56:18)
    Microsoft has created a cardboard replica of its Surface Pro 3 tablet. It might not be as impressive as the giant Surface tablet the company erected in London last year, but the cardboard version has its very own working display. A small section lights up to show off the specs of Microsoft's latest tablet, powered by a low-res MP4 player. The software maker has been sending its cardboard Surfaces to various schools in Australia as part of a marketing effort to mark the launch of the Surface Pro 3 in 25 countries tomorrow.
  • Murdoch newspaper blasts typewriter sounds to motivate reporters (2014-08-27 05:22:22)
    As the Independent reports, a large speaker in the middle of the Times' London newsroom has begun playing audio of typewriter sounds as a way to motivate the paper's reporters. The track begins with the sound of a lone typewriter, before gradually building to a crescendo of furious tapping and punching as the print deadline nears. @johnnypaige @SophieWarnes no I love it greatly, especially with it being so close to my desk — Jules Mattsson (@julesmattsson) August 26, 2014 News UK, the Times' publisher, described the move as a "trial," with deputy head of digital Lucia Adams telling the Independent that it all began as "a playful idea." Reaction from Times reporters appears to be mixed — one staffer unsuccessfully tried to turn the speaker off — but former Times journalist and University of Central Lancashire lecturer Michael Williams said it could help reconnect today's reporters with the excitement of a bygone era.
  • 3D-printed 'bump keys' are a tech-savvy lockpicker's best friend (2014-08-27 05:03:00)
  • Tokyo's Shibuya gets a big-screen Google voice search terminal (2014-08-27 04:00:00)
  • China's Wanda, Tencent and Baidu team up for $813 million e-commerce deal-sources (2014-08-27 03:50:04)
    China's privately-held Dalian Wanda Group is set to launch a 5 billion yuan ($813 million) e-commerce joint venture with domestic internet giants Tencent Holdings Ltd and Baidu Inc, according to two sources familiar with the investment. The e-commerce venture, which will be 70 percent owned by Wanda and 15 percent held by Tencent and Baidu respectively, is set to be announced later this week, the people said. The venture will unite three of China's most powerful non-state companies. For Wanda, the tie-up with Tencent and Baidu opens the door to new opportunities in the world's biggest e-commerce market as the rise of smartphones creates new business opportunities.
  • Kobo's waterproof e-reader brings ebooks to your bathtub (2014-08-27 03:47:23)
    Kindle might be the more popular brand, but Kobo's latest e-reader has one up on Amazon's device — you can read it underwater. Kobo says its new Aura H20 is certified to be able to spend up to 30 minutes in one meter of water, making it ideal to use at the beach, in the bath, or as the company's slightly unsettling press images suggest, after synchronized swimming training sessions. Finally something to read after synchronized swimming practice! #AuraH20 — Kobo (@kobo) August 26, 2014
  • Hackerspaces used to turn ideas turn into reality (2014-08-27 03:44:50)
    MESA, Ariz. (AP) — At HeatSync Labs, the tables are littered with computer chips, pens, pads and tools while the room is abuzz with the chatter of would-be inventors hoping to change the world — or just make cool things. They are part of a growing global movement of so-called hackerspaces.
  • HP recalls 6 million laptop power cords after reports of burns (2014-08-27 03:26:00)
  • Video games come of age as spectator sport (2014-08-27 03:09:57)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Video games have been a spectator sport since teenagers crowded around arcade machines to watch friends play "Pac-Man." And for decades, kids have gathered in living rooms to marvel at how others master games like "Street Fighter II" and "Super Mario Bros."
  • Apple makes its mobile ads longer, bigger (2014-08-27 02:31:00)
  • NASA's 'Swarmies' are a squad of smaller, less intelligent rovers (2014-08-27 01:28:00)
  • Your social networks discourage you from speaking out on politics (2014-08-27 01:04:00)
  • China Telecom profit rises as mobile data grows (2014-08-27 00:34:29)
    BEIJING (AP) — China Telecom Ltd., one of the country's three main state-owned carriers, says its profit rose 11.8 percent in the first half of the year as its Internet and mobile data businesses grew.
  • Australia will let flight passengers use electronics gate to gate (2014-08-27 00:32:00)
  • TellSpecopedia breaks down how ingredients affect your health (2014-08-26 23:47:00)
  • Showtime Anytime brings live and on-demand streaming to Apple TV (2014-08-26 22:52:00)
  • Chipmaker Qualcomm may face EU antitrust probe: sources (2014-08-26 22:40:53)
    By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Qualcomm, the world's No. 1 mobile chipmaker, may face a European investigation related to a four-year-old complaint from a subsidiary of rival Nvidia Corp, three people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. An EU probe would come at an awkward time for Qualcomm, which is seeking to end an investigation by China's pricing regulator into monopoly practices. "The Commission may open a case after the summer," said one of the sources, who declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter. British cellphone chipmaker Icera, acquired by Nvidia Corp in 2011, took its grievances to the European Commission in June 2010, accusing Qualcomm of anti-competitive behavior.
  • Cyanogen and a startup made up of veterans from Google, Amazon and HTC are building 'something really cool' (2014-08-26 22:05:00)
  • Brilliant new GoPro accessory will let you see the world from a dog’s eye view (2014-08-26 22:00:48)
    Love wacky GoPro videos? Well just wait until the Internet gets its hands on a terrific new GoPro accessory that lets you hook up your camera directly to your beloved pooch. The new GoPro Fetch is a dog harness that will let you securely strap on a GoPro camera to your dog’s back or around its neck, all without weighting the canine down. Once the camera is mounted, it can then be used to film footage that shows what your dog sees when it’s chasing squirrels, digging holes or sniffing at any number of disgusting things. The Fetch harness comes with two mounting slots that you can use, so technically you could strap two different cameras up to your dog
  • The Big Picture: a 3D-printed castle (2014-08-26 21:29:00)
  • HTC's Desire 510 claims to be the company's cheapest LTE device yet (2014-08-26 21:24:00)
  • Science just gave us another great reason to legalize pot (2014-08-26 21:15:00)
    We’ve learned about a couple of good medical benefits to marijuana this year and now it seems there’s another one: Using medicinal marijuana makes it less likely that you’ll become hooked on painkillers. CNN reports that a new study published this in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal finds that states that have legalized medicinal marijuana have significantly fewer deaths from painkiller overdoses. FROM EARLIER: Could pot be good for your heart? In all, the study found that states that had legalized medical pot experienced around 1,700 fewer painkiller overdose deaths in 2010 than what would have happened if those states didn’t make medical marijuana legal and available. “We found there was about a 25% lower rate of prescription painkiller overdose deaths on
  • Nintendo's new 'Mario Kart 8' add-ons put Link and Luigi on the same track (2014-08-26 20:57:00)
  • Does Swatch desperately need an iWatch rival? (2014-08-26 20:30:15)
    Despite dismissing smartwatches in the recent past and denying that it’s working with Apple on future iWatch versions, Swatch is actually developing its own smartwatch, The Wall Street Journal has learned, hoping to better compete against the wide range of devices already available in stores — and particularly against the upcoming Apple iWatch, a looming threat for the company. Swatch’s smartwatch will be released in 2015, more than 10 years since its previous failed experience with similar devices, and is expected to integrate various new features including the “usual” fitness functions, among other things. Specific details aren’t available about the Swatch smartwatch, and it’s not clear what operating system it will run. However, analysts see Swatch as a vulnerable target for existing smartwatch makers, as the
  • Motorola's next Moto G smartphone poses for photos (2014-08-26 20:29:00)
  • This is not the iPhone 6 (2014-08-26 20:04:00)
  • Engadget Daily: Instagram's Hyperlapse, messaging's mission impossible and more! (2014-08-26 19:48:00)
  • Netflix opposes Comcast-TWC merger in gigantic 256-page FCC petition (2014-08-26 19:45:59)
    Netflix has filed a 256-page petition with the FCC asking the regulator to deny the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable because it would cause “serious public interest harm.” FROM EARLIER: Netflix rails against ISPs even as it agrees to pay off yet another one for better connections Netflix has defended Net Neutrality numerous times before, all the while having to ink interconnect deals with four major ISPs (including Comcast and TWC) to ensure its customers get an enjoyable movie streaming experience. In its lengthy FCC petition, Netflix explains that a Comcast-TWC giant would have huge leverage over Netflix, Hulu and other competing providers, as it would not only be in a position to charge these services fees for faster service, but also provide competing video-on-demand services
  • Uber's anti-Lyft 'shave the stache' recruitment revealed (2014-08-26 19:31:00)
  • Snapchat valued at $10 bln: reports (2014-08-26 19:08:54)
    US media on Tuesday reported that Snapchat was valued at $10 billion based on funding pumped into the startup by a powerhouse Silicon Valley venture capital firm. The valuation came from a move by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers to invest $20 million in Snapchat, according to The Wall Street Journal and technology news website Recode. A $10 billion valuation for Snapchat was a hot topic last month after unconfirmed reports that Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba was considering investing in the mobile-messaging startup.
  • Flappy Bird creator finds out how brutally hard the app market is (2014-08-26 19:00:15)
    Last February, the world was consumed by Flappy Bird mania. The retro-looking, infuriatingly hard mobile game from Vietnam became the top app in 80 countries, generating tens of millions of downloads and a media frenzy that drove its creator to remove the app from iTunes completely. The Flappy Bird genius, Dong Nguyen, claimed the app was too addictive for some consumers and he could no longer sleep because of its gigantic success. Last week, Mr. Nguyen debuted a new game preceded by massive publicity storm. Swing Copters is even harder than its predecessor and demands absolute concentration and hours of practice — the formula that made Flappy Bird irresistible half a year ago.  But after five days, it’s already clear
  • Kobo's Aura H20 lets you read in the bath (2014-08-26 19:00:00)
  • AT&T merges wireless and business units led by de la Vega (2014-08-26 18:38:31)
    By Marina Lopes WASHINGTON (Reuters) - AT&T Inc is merging its wireless and business divisions into a single unit led by Ralph de la Vega, former chief executive of the company's wireless segment, a spokesman for AT&T said on Tuesday. The announcement comes as cable companies try to lure business customers away from traditional telecommunications carriers. To become a more seamless competitor, AT&T has been combining its wireline and wireless operations, including customer care and network operations. Glenn Lurie, who headed AT&T's emerging enterprises and partnerships unit, has been promoted to chief executive officer of AT&T's wireless segment, reporting to de la Vega, AT&T spokesman Brad Burns said in an email.
  • Apple's iOS ads are about to take over your whole screen (2014-08-26 18:38:31)
    Apple's assuredly making phones with bigger screen sizes, and ahead of that, its ads are getting bigger too. Today the company announced two new ad formats for developers as part of its iAd platform: full-screen interstitial banner ads, and pre-roll videos.
  • 8TB hard drives have arrived (2014-08-26 18:32:00)
  • Investors reportedly buying into Snapchat at $10 billion valuation (2014-08-26 18:30:35)
    It may have seemed strange when Snapchat turned down Facebook's reported $3 billion buyout offer last year, but here's the reason why: the startup is now raising money at a valuation of nearly $10 billion, according to The Wall Street Journal. Back in May, the venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins reportedly committed to investing up to $20 million in Snapchat at this high valuation. Snapchat has raised several rounds of funding prior to this, but all at a lower valuation.
  • Kleiner to invest in messaging startup Snapchat at near-$10 billion valuation: report (2014-08-26 18:18:49)
    Venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byer has agreed to invest in fast-growing messaging startup Snapchat at a valuation close to $10 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing people with knowledge of the matter. At least one other strategic investor has committed to joining the latest round of funding, the Journal cited two of the people as saying. If the deal goes through, Snapchat would join a select club of tech startups with valuations of $10 billion or more, including car-ride service Uber and rooms-to-let startup AirBnB. Snapchat is similar to a new crop of popular mobile messaging apps that compete with established Internet services such as Twitter Inc's and Facebook.
  • Thousands of Android phones are being hijacked by terrifying ransomware (2014-08-26 18:15:04)
    Android users beware — another major malware threat has taken the mobile world by storm. According to San Francisco-based security firm Lookout, nearly 900,000 Android phones have been targeted by a form of ransomware called “ScarePackage” in the last 30 days, The New York Times reports. “This is, by far, the biggest U.S. targeted threat of ransomware we’ve seen,” Jeremy Linden, a senior security product manager at Lookout told the Times. “In the past month, a single piece of malware has affected as many devices in the U.S., as a quarter of all families of malware in 2013.” If you’ve never been infected with ransomware before, consider yourself lucky. Ransomware locks you out of your device and overlays a message on the screen which
  • Link and a Tanooki suit are coming to 'Mario Kart 8' (2014-08-26 18:13:30)
    Nintendo UK's official store has a listing for an upcoming downloadable pack of content for Mario Kart 8, due in November. Link, from the Legend of Zelda, will be a playable racer, as will Mario in a Tanooki suit. MK8 is already the best Mario Kart ever, and now it's about to give Super Smash Bros a run for its nostalgic money.
  • A look at what unfolded during Engadget Live Boston (2014-08-26 18:10:00)
  • This iPhone 6 'leak' video is hilarious and perfect (2014-08-26 18:08:09)
    Especially because I saw the headline "Is this the new iPhone 6?" and clicked on it like a maniac, and then I sat for two minutes and twenty seconds (not including the pre-roll ad) and watched every single second of Doldo411 telling me about the new iPhone 6. The iPhone 6 is in it.
  • TiVo beats estimates on strong subscriber growth (2014-08-26 17:48:34)
    (Reuters) - Digital video recorder maker TiVo Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue due to strong growth in subscribers through cable TV partners such as Virgin Media in the UK, ONO in Spain and Com Hem AB in Sweden. TiVo's subscriptions rose by a third to 4.8 million in the second quarter ended July 31. Demand for the company's set-top boxes is high from cable TV customers as these devices allow access to online video services such as Hulu, Netflix Inc's Netflix and Google Inc's YouTube. TiVo, whose clients include DirecTV, is trying to partner with more cable TV operators to grow its business.
  • The World Health Organization is officially against e-cigarettes (2014-08-26 17:43:00)
  • A flop for the ages: Fire Phone estimated to have sold 35,000 units at most (2014-08-26 17:30:10)
    As many people have predicted, Amazon’s Fire Phone looks like a flop of the first order, although we’ll never know for sure just how big of a flop it’s been since Amazon wisely won’t release sales figures for the device. To make up for this lack of concrete data, The Guardian’s Charles Arthur has done some guess work using data provided by both Chitika and ComScore to come up with an estimate for Fire Phone sales and the numbers are even uglier than we could have imagined. FROM EARLIER: Will Amazon’s Fire Phone flop finally kill flagship carrier exclusives? By combining Chitika’s findings that the Fire Phone has accounted for only a tiny blip of North American mobile traffic since its
  • ​Chrome's latest stable release brings 64-bit Windows support out of beta (2014-08-26 17:22:00)
  • 3 Best Practices to Drive Mobile Engagement With Push Notifications (2014-08-26 17:21:51)
    Driving consumer engagement in apps has become a top challenge for mobile marketers and developers. Because it's so expensive and difficult to get noticed on the App Store in the first place, making sure you engage any consumer who has already downloaded your app is essential. On mobile phones, "push notifications" are one of the best and most...
  • AT&T Mobility names Glenn Lurie as its new CEO (2014-08-26 17:15:44)
    AT&T Mobility has a new CEO: Glenn Lurie has been promoted to lead the second-largest US carrier. Essentially, de la Vega now sits between Lurie and AT&T's main boss, Randall Stephenson. As CEO of the mobility unit, Lurie will continue to report to de la Vega.
  • This year's Burning Man is being livestreamed right now (2014-08-26 17:13:24)
    Have you been noticing a lot of vacation auto-responders this week? That's because everyone you're trying to email is at Burning Man, the arts-and-crafts-and-drugs festival set in the middle of the Nevada desert. Luckily, you don't have to feel too left out: this year, organizers are streaming the whole show live on the internet. You can see the Man, looming enormously over the flat dusty plain known as the playa, and the Burners, bustling around Black Rock City on tandem bikes and art cars. Be sure to tune in on Saturday, August 30th, at 9PM PT, when they actually burn the Man.
  • The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store (2014-08-26 17:10:57)
    App Store Official Charts for the week ending August 25, 2014:
  • Geezer Masters Techno-Speak (2014-08-26 17:05:45)
    Technology, for anyone born after 1980, is part of your language. But the rest of us? It's like learning to speak in tongues. And learning curves do not always move smoothly upward.Suppose you grew up thinking a drop down window simply had a broken sash cord -- if you were born after 1980 you probably don't know what sash cords are anyway --...
  • Technology and Marketing Battling for C-Suite Supremacy (2014-08-26 17:04:30)
    For the past 20+ years, there may have been no two positions in an organization more disconnected than marketing and technology.Even as companies began to take on marketing automation and tools for email marketing, social media and other marketing activities, it wasn't at all uncommon for marketing to manage their tools while IT put their...
  • Picdeck is the web app for people obsessed with Instagram (2014-08-26 16:55:35)
    As its name and functionality would suggest, Picdeck is inspired by Tweetdeck, the Twitter client favored by journalists and media types, which is not directly related to this project. Unlike Tweetdeck, Picdeck doesn't support multiple accounts yet, limiting its overall usefulness. As cofounder Murat Multu wrote to me: "Imagine a column for Wembley Stadium or Ferguson etc...We've nearly finished location columns so that will go in soon.
  • Watch a man weep tears of joy when he finds out he’s getting Google Fiber (2014-08-26 16:55:25)
    What was the happiest day of your life? The day you got married? The day you saw your newborn child for the very first time? The day you graduated college and knew you had a bright future ahead of you? Not for this man. For this man, the happiest day of his life appears to be when he found out he’d finally be able to ditch his current Internet provider for Google Fiber. Earlier this week, YouTube user Dus10125 was taking a walk with his Pasta Chips after work when he suddenly came upon “the most beautiful sight a man has ever seen in his entire life.” That’s right: a truck carrying a bunch of fiber cable. “Thank the gods! Thank them!” he exclaimed, as
  • Glenn Lurie named CEO of AT&T Mobility as it merges with Business group (2014-08-26 16:55:00)
  • Spotify's Top 10 most streamed tracks (2014-08-26 16:49:42)
    The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, August 18 to Sunday August 24 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.
  • This App Could Help Kids Develop Healthy Eating Habits (2014-08-26 16:48:23)
    There are numerous apps out there to help adults track their food consumption and lose weight, but what about an app that helps children develop healthier eating habits?Joanna Struber joined HuffPost Life host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani to discuss the kid-friendly food tracking app she founded, Kurbo. “Food tracking is a great way to pay...
  • 'Pokken Tournament' is the Pokémon brawler you've been dreaming of (2014-08-26 16:40:00)
  • Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks (2014-08-26 16:37:54)
    The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, August 18 to Sunday, August 24 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.
  • Hilarious Google Now trick fools your phone into adopting a British accent (2014-08-26 16:35:28)
    Ever wish that your Android smartphone could sound a tad more posh? Well now there’s a way. YouTube user shadow321337 has posted a new video that shows how you can trick Google Now into adopting a British accent in the easiest possible way: By speaking to it in a British accent. FROM EARLIER: This could be the best new Google Now feature we’ve seen in months AND DON’T MISS THESE: Here are some terrific Google Now tricks you may not know about Over at Reddit, shadow321337 explains that you can get Google Now to speak both American-style English and British-style English by setting the device to have two different locales of the same language. Once you do this, you can talk to
  • A physics experiment might soon tell us if we're living in a 2D hologram (2014-08-26 16:27:24)
    Unfortunately, until recently, a 2D universe wasn’t something we could verify. Now, thanks to an experiment recently launched at Fermi National Laboratory in Illinois, we might finally be able to determine how the universe stores the information we interact with everyday — and whether we’re living in a hologram. "For thousands of years we have assumed that space is made of points and lines," said Craig Hogan, director of Fermilab’s Center for Particle Astrophysics, in email to The Verge.
  • Hangouts in Gmail finally floats online friends to the top (2014-08-26 16:17:00)
  • Bloomberg claims a 12.9-inch iPad is coming next year (2014-08-26 15:51:00)
  • This is Uber's playbook for sabotaging Lyft (2014-08-26 15:42:18)
    Uber is arming teams of independent contractors with burner phones and credit cards as part of its sophisticated effort to undermine Lyft and other competitors. Using contractors it calls "brand ambassadors," Uber requests rides from Lyft and other competitors, recruits their drivers, and takes multiple precautions to avoid detection. The effort, which Uber appears to be rolling out nationally, has already resulted in thousands of canceled Lyft rides and made it more difficult for its rival to gain a foothold in new markets. Uber calls the program "SLOG," and it’s a previously unreported aspect of the company’s ruthless efforts to undermine its competitors.