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  • Tribunal seals end of failed Volkswagen-Suzuki partnership (2015-08-30 05:40:05)
    BERLIN (AP) — Volkswagen AG and Suzuki Motor Corp. say an arbitration tribunal has formally put an end to a failed alliance between the two companies to develop green cars, and Suzuki will buy back the 19.9 percent stake that Volkswagen held.
  • Amazon's Echo speaker plays music from multiple accounts (2015-08-30 05:09:00)
  • Phone data can predict infectious disease outbreaks (2015-08-30 02:02:00)
  • Eight ways to make usability testing simple and speedy (2015-08-30 00:14:00)
    Usability testing for applications need not be an overbearing, expensive exercise. A UX expert describes a different way.
  • 'Mortal Kombat X' won't be coming to last-gen consoles after all (2015-08-29 23:11:00)
  • NASA simulates Mars mission by locking up people in a tiny dome (2015-08-29 21:32:00)
  • At a virtual reality expo, VR comes in many forms (2015-08-29 20:46:23)
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A few inches above the floor, a man is suspended from a swing-like apparatus pretending he's flying over a mountain. Around the corner, a woman is defending herself against a horde of zombies with a make-believe gun. Several feet away, two guys are seemingly racing in cars over 100 mph while both sit still.
  • Europe fails on electronics recycling goals (2015-08-29 20:17:22)
    By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - Only a third of Europe's electronic waste is properly recycled, with vast numbers of cellphones, computers and televisions illegally traded or dumped, a study led by the United Nations and INTERPOL said on Sunday. Sweden and Norway were close to European targets of collecting and recycling 85 percent of all electrical and electronic waste, at the top of a ranking in which Romania, Spain and Cyprus were bottom with less than 20 percent, it said. European rules demand recycling of "e-waste", products with a plug or a battery, to recover metals such as gold or silver and avoid release of toxins such as lead or mercury.
  • BlackBerry's Android-powered Venice phone surfaces in the wild (2015-08-29 20:04:00)
  • ​Formula 1 racing: Sensors, data, speed, and the Internet of Things (2015-08-29 19:40:00)
    The CIO of Williams Martini Racing explains how the famous team instruments both cars and drivers in the quest of win.
  • Microsoft prevails over an 8-year-old attempt to block its phone sales (2015-08-29 18:31:00)
  • This material could be used to instantly heal punctures in a spacecraft (2015-08-29 18:03:39)
    Researchers have been working on creating self-healing materials for a while now, and if you look around YouTube, you can find a handful of videos of them in action. The material is an almost liquid resin that hardens as soon as it's exposed to the slightest bit of oxygen. The study was published this week in the American Chemical Society's ACS Macro Letters.
  • Electronics-sniffing dog found thumb drive with ex-Subway pitchman's porn stash (2015-08-29 17:33:18)
    Technically Incorrect: Jared Fogle, who pleaded guilty to child pornography charges, had his porn collection discovered by a dog whose nose can differentiate between a thumb drive and an iPad.
  • Yellowstone comment card shows guest isn't smarter than the average bear (2015-08-29 17:20:16)
    An image that's gone viral shows what's allegedly a visitor's request that the park train its wild bears to make appearances for guests. Why not teach them to juggle and ride unicycles as well?
  • HBO is working on a new anthology series that's just about family drama (2015-08-29 17:00:02)
    Anthology series are the hot new format on TV. It's a weird name, but the term just describes shows like American Horror Story and True Detective that change their cast, setting, and story from season to season, while still maintaining the same themes and structure. For the most part, we've seen anthology series focus on specific genres, like horror and mystery, but now HBO is beginning to bring it something a bit simpler: family dramas.
  • NASA chief: Congress needs to support commercial crew program (2015-08-29 16:58:00)
  • Verizon confirms that existing contract customers can still get phone upgrades (2015-08-29 16:00:00)
    Verizon stopped offering on-contract plans to new customers this month, but it failed to do a good job of explaining what that meant for people who were already on a contract. Now Verizon is clearing all of that up with a new blog post discussing what existing contract customers will and won't be able to do. Perhaps of greatest interest: Verizon says that these customers will still be able to renew their contracts and buy phones at subsidized prices.
  • Tidal claims Apple prevented it from streaming a Drake performance (2015-08-29 15:29:00)
  • Tidal may have pretended that Apple shut down its livestream of a Drake show (2015-08-29 15:01:01)
    If you opened up Tidal last night, you would have found it streaming Lil Wayne’s Lil Weezyana Fest in New Orleans. As Drake took the stage for a brief set, Tidal cut its stream and put up a message. "Apple is interfering with artistry and will not allow this artist to stream," it said. The message highlighted what appeared to be a very strict move by Apple to protect its partnership with Drake, especially given that some proceeds from the concert are headed to a charity for communities still dealing with the effects of Katrina. The New York Post's Page Six even said that Apple had sent Tidal legal letters stating it could be sued for up to $20 million if Drake were to appear.
  • Tidal blames Apple for shutting down its livestream of a Drake show (2015-08-29 15:01:01)
    If you opened up Tidal last night, you would have found it streaming Lil Wayne’s Lil Weezyana Fest in New Orleans. As Drake took the stage for a brief set, Tidal cut its stream and put up a message. "Apple is interfering with artistry and will not allow this artist to stream," it said. The message highlighted what appeared to be a very strict move by Apple to protect its partnership with Drake, especially given that some proceeds from the concert are headed to a charity for communities still dealing with the effects of Katrina. The New York Post's Page Six even said that Apple had sent Tidal legal letters stating it could be sued for up to $20 million if Drake were to appear.
  • Popping champagne cork causes emergency landing of jet (2015-08-29 14:38:36)
    Technically Incorrect: A member of the cabin crew opens a champagne bottle. The cork flies into the plane's ceiling. The oxygen masks drop. Oh, woe.
  • HTC's Peter Chou takes another job at a visual effects company (2015-08-29 14:00:02)
    HTC's former CEO is still staying with the beleaguered phone company, but he's taking on another role at another firm: executive director for Digital Domain. The move makes sense for both Chou and HTC, actually, as the HTC is ramping up to make its Vive VR headset a serious contender. Some kind of partnership between HTC and Digital Domain would make sense too, as Digital Domain has been doing more VR work lately.
  • The many (surprisingly realistic) hacks of 'Mr. Robot' (2015-08-29 14:00:00)
  • Top chips exec Weili Dai sees 'hopeful' future for women in tech (Q&A) (2015-08-29 13:26:02)
    Dai, co-founder of chipmaker Marvell and one of the US' wealthiest women, says that with a better ecosystem of support and encouragement, women will be able to contribute their natural talents to tech.
  • Xiaomi adopts round-the-clock sales model in Brazil (2015-08-29 13:23:58)
    Company abandons event-based sales approach in the country
  • Dung beetles use cues in the night sky to roll balls of poop in straight lines (2015-08-29 13:00:03)
    Dung beetles get shit done. Even in the dead of night, these poop-eating creatures can roll balls of fecal matter in a surprisingly straight line like it's the easiest task in the world. But don't be fooled; dung beetles have an advanced internal GPS system that guides them at night. Now, scientists have finally figured out how that navigation system works.
  • Here's our best look yet at BlackBerry's upcoming Android slider (2015-08-29 12:31:00)
    Here's a phone that could make you want to switch back to BlackBerry. Over the past few months we've been hearing that BlackBerry is at work on an Android slider featuring one of its famous keyboards, and a few early renders have even leaked out. From the looks of it, the slider seems to be running an only lightly modified version of Android Lollipop, which is, as always, good news.
  • Top Windows Phone news of the week: WM10 8GB minimum, Insider ends soon, lots of Insiders (2015-08-29 12:00:03)
    This week in Windows Phone we heard about the minimum memory requirement for Windows 10 Mobile, that quite a few have participated in the Insider Program, and that said program is coming to an end.
  • Flamboyant Tesla Watch steampunkifies your wrist (2015-08-29 12:00:03)
    Calling all steampunk adventurers, pirates, scientists and Victorian ladies. Your outrageously large vacuum-tube-decorated wrist watch has arrived here.
  • Verge Fiction: An excerpt from Kim Stanley Robinson's Aurora (2015-08-29 12:00:01)
    Kim Stanley Robinson is the author of the Mars Trilogy, The Years of Rice and Salt, 2312, and many other award-winning works of science fiction. It takes quite a few tacks to get out of the little bay and into the wider expanse of Long Pond.
  • How I stopped worrying and learned to love 'neckbuds' (2015-08-29 11:30:02)
    Around-the-neck wireless earbuds are unavoidable these days. You step on a subway platform, and you see them. You go to the gym, and you see them. You pass your mail carrier on your street, and you see them. Even in the face of that ubiquity, I'm still not sure what to call them — and I'm not alone. When we recently polled Verge readers on what to call these Bluetooth fashion crimes, the winning name was: "I just like clicking buttons!" (Thanks, Ross.)
  • Sony just unveiled a gigantic remote control with a full-sized built-in speaker (2015-08-29 11:10:23)
    Sony this past week took the wraps off a crazy and new TV remote control with a full-sized built-in speaker. Needless to say, this is likely the biggest and most ridiculous TV remote you’re ever going to see. While we can certainly appreciate the idea behind this contraption, it certainly won’t win any awards for industrial design anytime soon. DON’T MISS: Is this the man who hacked Ashley Madison? If you’re at all intrigued about this device, dubbed the SRS LSR 100, well we have some bad news for you. This gargantuan remote will only be available in the Japanese market. Spec wise , the remote has a battery life of 16 hours, a headphone jack, large accessible controls, and extremely minimal
  • Big toys for the big kid in all of us (2015-08-29 11:00:00)
  • Ask Stoya: What do women want? (2015-08-29 10:30:01)
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  • Top iOS news of the week: Possible SEC trouble, Apple event, iPhone as wireless thumb drive (2015-08-29 10:00:03)
    This week in iOS the Apple event was confirmed, we heard that Tim Cook may have risked the ire of the SEC, and that an iPad Pro may help the PC hybrid segment.
  • Who needs a big moment at the 2015 VMAs? (2015-08-29 10:00:00)
    If there was ever a show defined by its performances, it’s this one: Britney, Christina, and Madonna kissing! Britney lurching her way through "Gimme More" like an exhausted husk just a few years later! Beyoncé rubbing her growing belly while her loyal subjects applaud the future princess! Even at an advanced age — this is the 32nd annual show — the VMAs are expertly engineered at least one memorable moment a year. Can they silence the haters with a performance that brings out something new in their music? Demi Lovato: Demi has a ton of goodwill thanks to the success of "Cool for the Summer," but she could use a defining, powerful vocal performance to drive the song home.
  • Recommended Reading: Should we be concerned robots will take our jobs? (2015-08-29 09:30:00)
  • Leaked iPhone 6s photos show two important new features (2015-08-29 09:00:38)
    The iPhone 6s is nearly here and 9to5Mac has posted some new leaked photos that give us a look at two of the device’s key new features: Force Touch and a larger FaceTime camera. Force Touch is the technology that Apple introduced with the Apple Watch that lets users execute different commands on a touch display depending on how hard they press on it. The larger FaceTime camera, meanwhile, is designed to help users take higher quality selfies and will even come with its own flash to make it easier to take selfies in the dark. RELATED: iPhone 6s: New report reveals every single detail on new 12MP camera Here is the front panel of the iPhone 6s laying on top of
  • If it has wheels, it's not a hoverboard (2015-08-29 09:00:02)
    Wiz Khalifa was arrested for riding one at the airport. Jamie Foxx brought one on Fallon. The New York Times used the headline "Wiz Khalifa Arrested For Refusing To Get Off Hoverboard." But he wasn't on a hoverboard.
  • ICYMI: portable laser cannons, robotic tackling dummies, and fungus furniture (2015-08-29 09:00:00)
  • The NSA can keep spying on phone call metadata through November (2015-08-29 08:06:00)
  • To stop next Spam King, Facebook program helps firms share security info (2015-08-29 08:00:05)
    The company's ThreatExchange program hopes to break longstanding barriers to companies talking about the cybersecurity threats they face. Early indications show they're willing to play along.
  • Your phone is too big: Our favorite videos of the week (2015-08-29 08:00:04)
    A roundup of our favorite CNET videos covering news, gadgets and more.
  • Top Android news of the week: Note 5 pen flaw, Fire Phone firings, lots of watches coming (2015-08-29 08:00:04)
    This week in Android saw a flap emerge about Note 5 S-Pens, rumors appeared of a number of smartwatches to launch at IFA, and Amazon fired the engineers behind the Fire Phone flop.
  • Intel camera gives robots 3D vision (2015-08-29 07:24:04)
    Bot-maker Savioke announces an open-source wrapper for Intel's RealSense Camera, adding another low-cost 3D sensing solution to the roboticist's toolkit.
  • Slack ties in with Windows 10's notification center (2015-08-29 07:04:00)
  • HTC's Peter Chou joins visual effects firm behind 'Iron Man 3' (2015-08-29 03:53:00)
  • Construction drones can keep track of progress and lazy workers (2015-08-29 03:18:00)
  • Supercookies are back, and they're as unappealing as ever (2015-08-29 00:18:37)
    Supercookies are back in force. But if supercookies are so great for consumers, why aren't mobile carriers bragging about using them?
  • ​In tussle over rideshare supremacy, Uber and Ola target any business on wheels (2015-08-28 23:43:03)
    This strategy may soon prove to be an Achilles heel than a significant leg-up as simplicity and focus rather than 'being everywhere' often wins the game
  • Google Search starts connecting you directly to plumbers, locksmiths (2015-08-28 23:34:00)
  • Robot staff at Japanese hotel spell doom for service sector jobs (2015-08-28 23:30:06)
    This Japanese hotel may give you a glimpse of what is going to happen to many service industry jobs in the future
  • NASA's Pluto probe is heading for the Kuiper belt (2015-08-28 22:47:00)
  • Razer is making its own customizable Xbox One controller (2015-08-28 21:13:00)
  • The Big Picture: Google Maps hack creates crazy custom art (2015-08-28 20:23:00)
  • Amazon is testing changes that would make Prime less appealing (2015-08-28 20:15:04)
    If you make purchases on Amazon even semi-regularly throughout the course of the year, Amazon Prime is probably worth the price of admission. Free shipping is an incredibly tempting offer, but according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, your home address might soon affect which items qualify for Prime’s best perk. DON’T MISS: The most miserable one-star Yelp reviews of the world’s most incredible places The report claims that Amazon is currently testing a program nicknamed “Ship by Region” which would allow sellers to decide which regions they’re willing to sent to without charging for shipping. Even if a customer subscribes to Amazon Prime, the seller won’t have to provide free shipping if the distance between the item and the customer is
  • Google begins advertising home services in search results (2015-08-28 20:06:18)
    Google is starting to make it easier to find plumbers, locksmiths, cleaners, and other home service workers. The listings include a phone number for the business, customer ratings, basic details on their services, and a photo of someone who represents the company. The idea is that you can now just search for "lock repair" and immediately get a locksmith's number, rather than having to look through search results — or, you know, turn to another competitor like Amazon.
  • Researchers make a living circuit out of bacteria (2015-08-28 19:52:00)
  • See what it's like to get smacked by a grizzly bear in this GoPro video (2015-08-28 19:44:12)
    Need an image to spark your nightmares tonight? This first-person video of a grizzly bear taking a swipe at a camera with its gigantic claws should do the trick.
  • iOS Game of the Week: ‘Lara Croft GO’ is the perfect mobile puzzle game (2015-08-28 19:30:12)
    I thoroughly enjoyed Hitman GO, the first mobile game from Square Enix Montreal. At least, I thoroughly enjoyed the concept of Hitman GO — boiling down a game to its base elements and slapping those elements on to a board game. It sounded ingenious, but it never clicked with me the way that I expected it to. MORE GAMING: Sage Solitaire: Your next addiction is now free to download on the App Store Lara Craft GO is another story. Taking the same basic formula and applying it to the Tomb Raider franchise, the Canadian studio has perfect what it set out to do with Hitman GO. The art is more expressive, the puzzles are more satisfying and I ended up feeling
  • Twitter publicly announces goals for hiring diversity in 2016 (2015-08-28 19:24:00)
  • Acorn (2015-08-28 19:19:26)
    Image editor focusing on simplicity
  • Google's self-driving cars might be too good at braking for cyclists (2015-08-28 19:01:52)
    Google's self-driving cars are cautious by design, but in at least one instance, it may be a bit too much. The cyclist apparently came to a stop at a four-way intersection moments after a Google car did, but the cyclist remained standing on their bike.
  • DARPA wants to launch and land Gremlins on moving planes (2015-08-28 18:53:00)
  • Netflix 4K content leak: One episode of Breaking Bad weighs in at 18GB (2015-08-28 18:45:30)
    4K content has been available on Netflix for quite a while, but this week, pirates finally found a way to bypass the copy protection system for the Ultra HD shows, resulting in the first major leak. DON’T MISS: Samsung will pay you $200 to dump your iPhone TorrentFreak reported on Friday that the first episode of Breaking Bad in 4K had begun making the rounds on private torrent sites. Weighing in at a whopping 17.73GB, the video resolution is purported to be at 2160p with a bitrate of 41.3 Mbps, which means that unless you’ve got a killer rig, you probably won’t be able to run it smoothly on your computer. The High-Bandwidth Digital Copy Protection (HDCP) system in place for the
  • Inside Google's master plan for faster, sharper streaming video (2015-08-28 18:33:55)
    Google is working on a new technology called VP10 that will allow it to squeeze higher-quality video over broadband and mobile networks. And thanks to patent issues with a rival standard, it has a chance to catch on.
  • Why Apple is joining forces with the Pentagon (2015-08-28 18:20:56)
    Looking to harness the collective brainpower of Silicon Valley, the Pentagon is joining forces with Apple, Boeing, Harvard, and a slew of other entities to create cutting edge wearable technology for the military. DON’T MISS: A new revelation from that leaked iPhone 6s box (no, it’s not good news) According to Reuters, the goal of the initiative is to create a flexible piece of technology, laden with sensors, that can be either worn by soldiers or even molded to the outside of a fighter jet. The new technology aims to use high-end printing technologies to create stretchable electronics that could be embedded with sensors and worn by soldiers, a defense official said, and could ultimately be used on ships or warplanes
  • Ashley Madison courted several buyers, landed none before attack (2015-08-28 18:17:06)
    By Allison Martell and Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - The owner of adultery website Ashley Madison had already been struggling to sell itself or raise funds for at least three years before the publication of details about its members, according to internal documents and emails also released by hackers as part of their assault on the company in recent weeks. Avid Life Media announced on Friday that CEO Noel Biderman, who founded the website in 2001, had left the company with immediate effect, the latest sign of the wrenching impact on the company of the attack that led to the disclosure of sensitive data about millions of clients.
  • Jeep hackers get new jobs at Uber's autonomous-car lab (2015-08-28 18:16:00)
  • Netflix on Wii U finally catches up to every other box in your living room (2015-08-28 18:04:08)
    The Wii U is home to some truly amazing games. Wii U users can now create and sign into individual profiles — something other Netflix devices have had for a long, long time. The entire user interface has been refreshed and is far more responsive, according to reports at the NeoGAF forums, and Netflix on Wii U also now supports autoplay.
  • AMD explains the technology behind its smaller, faster GPUs (2015-08-28 18:00:39)
    The Radeon R9 Nano, which chipmaker AMD announced this week, delivers high-end gaming in a card that fits in smaller, less power-hungry systems. At a chip conference earlier this week, AMD talked about the development of the new memory technology behind it.
  • Twitter sets modest goals to diversity its workforce (2015-08-28 17:56:21)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter is setting modest goals to diversify its workforce while it fights a proposed class-action lawsuit that says the online messaging service discriminates against its female employees.
  • U.S. International Trade Commission clears Microsoft of patent infringement (2015-08-28 17:56:18)
    By Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp avoided a potentially costly setback to its financially troubled mobile phone business on Friday as the U.S. International Trade Commission declined to block the import of its devices in a longstanding patent dispute. The decision rejected a ruling in April by a U.S. trade judge who found that Microsoft had infringed two InterDigital Inc wireless patents, and recommended an import ban. The commission's action is good news for Microsoft, which has been struggling to compete with popular Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd devices.
  • Pentagon joins Silicon Valley in 'flexible' tech hub (2015-08-28 17:55:15)
    The Pentagon is building a tech hub in Silicon Valley to help create new gadgetry for the supersoldiers of the future as well as tech-savvy consumers. A plan unveiled Friday called for a new Manufacturing Innovation Institute to be based in San Jose, California to work on new kinds of flexible technology that can be used both on the battlefield or for civilian health, smart homes and cities. The $171 million plan announced by Defense Secretary Ashton Carter will get $75 million in federal funds, and bring together electronics and semiconductor companies like Applied Materials, Apple, United Technologies, Hewlett-Packard and Qualcomm with users of the technology such as Boeing, General Motors, the Cleveland Clinic, Corning and Motorola.
  • New leak may reveal the 2015 Nexus 5’s official release date (2015-08-28 17:55:02)
    Android fans have been patiently waiting for Google to release a followup to 2013’s Nexus 5, which has become one of the most beloved Android phones ever made. A new report claims that Google is finally going to fulfill their wishes by launching a proper Nexus 5 successor just over a month from now, presumably to coincide with the official launch of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. FROM EARLIER: LG launched an awesome iPhone keyboard and I want it right now G for Games directs our attention to a new report from Korean website MKPost that claims the new Nexus 5 will officially launch on September 29th, or roughly 11 days after Apple is reportedly releasing the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. The
  • Twitter sets goals toward making its workforce more diverse (2015-08-28 17:53:11)
    ​Following the lead of other tech heavyweights, Twitter shares its plans for hiring more women and minorities between now and 2016.
  • Exclusive: Russia's Kaspersky threatened to 'rub out' rival, email shows (2015-08-28 17:52:09)
    By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - In 2009, Eugene Kaspersky, co-founder of one of the world's top security companies, told some of his lieutenants that they should attack rival antivirus software maker AVG Technologies N.V. by "rubbing them out in the outhouse," one of several previously undisclosed emails shows. As previously reported by Reuters, the plan involved creating fake virus samples and malware identifications to fool competitors into disabling or deleting important files, thereby creating problems for their customers.
  • Doing Business in Nigeria: How Technology Is Changing the Way We Operate (2015-08-28 17:40:30)
    Africa is rising and technology is changing the way we do business. We as entrepreneurs have a responsibility to operate at the highest level of professionalism and excellence. The next wave, the new generation of entrepreneurs have a crucial role in ensuring the sustainability of Africa's new narrative and its direction in the competitive...
  • NASA selects New Horizons’ next destination after Pluto (2015-08-28 17:36:23)
    After flying by Pluto on July 14th, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has a new destination. The mission team has selected another object in the Kuiper Belt — the region of icy bodies that orbits the edge of the Solar System — for the probe to explore next. 2014 MU69 is an ideal candidate for further exploration, because it will cost less fuel to reach than other Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs), said New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern, in a statement.
  • Apple has some wild ideas for improving your iPhone’s headphones (2015-08-28 17:30:49)
    Apple will unveil the iPhone 6s in less than two weeks that we hope will bring over a slew of improvements, both big and small. But the company is also studying additional technologies that could further improve a user’s iPhone experience that won’t necessarily make it into the next-generation iPhone models. DON’T MISS: New free iPhone app will change the way you use email – watch the video if you don’t believe us According go a newly discovered patent application, Apple is studying a new bone conduction technology for wireless headphones that might one day be sold alongside new iPhones. Published on Tuesday by USPTO, the System and method of improving voice quality in a wireless headset with untethered earbuds of a
  • Playdate: Exploring a galaxy far, far away in 'Disney Infinity 3.0' (2015-08-28 17:30:00)
  • Netflix for the Wii U adds new features like individual profiles (2015-08-28 17:14:00)
  • Razer's new $150 Xbox controller is built for e-sports (2015-08-28 17:01:02)
    Today Razer announced its Wildcat controller, which it describes as "a pro-gamer-validated, tournament-grade, console controller." It was built specifically with e-sports in mind, and Razer even consulted with pro gamers during the design process. Razer says that you can re-bind any button on the controller depending on your needs. The Wildcat is also made of materials like aircraft-grade aluminum (for the triggers) and reinforced high carbon steel (for the analog sticks) just in case you're especially rough on your controller, and it comes in a garish shade of Xbox green that should fit nicely with your other accessories.
  • The best thing about this wearable is its hypothetical-zombie-apocalypse video (2015-08-28 17:01:02)
    Razer is rolling out the new Nabu smartband, a $100 activity tracker with an OLED display. The "Nabu" name might not sound familiar to you — it doesn't have nearly the brand awareness that Fitbit or Jawbone do. If you do recognize it, you might be thinking, "I thought the Nabu came out last year." And you would be right: Razer announced the first Nabu band at CES 2014, and then later shipped the Nabu X, which we reviewed here.
  • NYC taxis to compete with Uber (2015-08-28 16:58:36)
    New York cab companies are set to launch an app of their own, one billion people visit Facebook in a day, Chrome sets end date for Flash support, and HTC's Vive VR headset is delayed.
  • Uber hires two security researchers to improve car technology (2015-08-28 16:53:35)
    By Joseph Menn and Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] has hired two top vehicle security researchers, the company said on Friday, additions to its staff that come as the ride-hailing service ramps up its work on technology for self-driving cars. Charlie Miller, who had been working at Twitter Inc, and Chris Valasek, who worked at security firm IOActive, left their jobs on Friday and will join Uber next week. Miller and Valasek won wide attention this month after demonstrating that they could hack into a moving Jeep.
  • FAA starts testing its drone safety app (2015-08-28 16:49:00)
  • Uber hires hackers who remotely hijacked a Jeep (2015-08-28 16:46:53)
    Security researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek caused a stir last month when they found a way to remotely hijack Chrysler vehicles, using a Jeep Cherokee in an impressive, frightening demonstration. Now it looks like they'll be moving on to Uber, as Reuters reported today that the duo have accepted new positions at the company's Advanced Technology Center. Miller has since confirmed the move on Twitter:Looking forward to starting Tuesday with the great team at @Uber Advanced Technology Center. Should be a cool challenge and a lot of fun.— Charlie Miller (@0xcharlie) August 28, 2015
  • Why Android 6.0 Marshmallow is an even bigger deal than Google’s letting on (2015-08-28 16:40:41)
    Both iOS 9 and Android 6.0 Marshmallow have been tagged as incremental upgrades that are mostly looking to add stability improvements without overwhelming us with new features. But Android fan Salman Ahmad makes the case that Marshmallow is actually a bigger deal than a lot of people — including Google — are giving it credit for being. FROM EARLIER: If Apple had released the flawed Galaxy Note 5… To back up his point, he lists dozens of new features that are coming to Marshmallow that should have Android users excited. Here they are: • Now on Tap • Permissions Management • SD Cards can be “merged” with internal storage • Android Pay • Native fingerprint authentication • Automatic app data backups • App Links (you’re going to see less
  • Rocket League sells 1 million copies on Steam (2015-08-28 16:30:28)
    In all, the game has been downloaded more than 5 million times.
  • The next Apple TV remote may have Wii-like motion controls (2015-08-28 16:24:39)
    Apple is widely expected to introduce an overhauled version of the Apple TV next month, and one of the big changes is supposed to be in how you control it. Already we've heard reports about a new remote with a touchpad and microphone, but now TechCrunch is reporting that it will do even more: the remote will supposedly be motion sensitive. The implication, of course, is that the Apple TV could become a major new competitor in casual gaming.
  • Kraftwerk takes techno pop into the third dimension (2015-08-28 16:22:00)
  • Nintendo@PAX: Wii U gets 'F-Zero'-style racer, 'Kerbal' and more (2015-08-28 16:18:00)
  • Boeing’s incredible drone-killing laser cannon can destroy UAVs mid-flight (2015-08-28 16:15:06)
    Drones are everywhere these days. They’re at your local park, they’re in the ocean, they’re hovering over the White House lawn, and they may even be hovering overhead armed with tear gas. In a world that’s becoming increasingly drone friendly, there are some serious safety considerations that shouldn’t be ignored. Specifically, government and military officials have cautioned that drones might soon be outfitted with explosives or chemical weapons and flown into either public or sensitive spaces. With that in mind, Boeing recently developed a portable laser cannon that can eviscerate unwanted and pesky drones mid-flight. In the future, these types of lasers might be installed in all sorts of locations, including airports and sensitive military installations. DON’T MISS: Is this the
  • Feds win fight for access to indicted Paul aide's Gmail (2015-08-28 16:13:38)
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Federal prosecutors prevailed Friday in their yearlong fight to force Google Inc. to turn over the emails of an indicted Republican consultant with close ties to Ron and Rand Paul.
  • Netflix’s 4K video reportedly cracked, Breaking Bad episode posted online (2015-08-28 16:13:07)
    Pirates might have managed to break the copy protection on Netflix's Ultra HD video. TorrentFreak reports that a 4K copy of the first episode of Breaking Bad has been posted to a private torrent tracker site. The Verge hasn't verified the existence of the file, which is supposed to be nearly 18GB, and TorrentFreak doesn't report testing it firsthand. Netflix started offering 4K, or Ultra HD, content in April of 2014, starting with its political drama House of Cards.
  • Movie version of Borderlands game will take you back to Pandora (2015-08-28 16:09:07)
    Get ready to dance along with Claptrap. Lionsgate is planning to make a movie based on Gearbox Software and Take Two Interactive's Borderlands video game series.
  • This app will improve your Windows 10 experience and it’s completely free (2015-08-28 15:55:33)
    It can be difficult to separate the successes of Windows 10 from its failures in regards to user privacy, but the latest operating system from Microsoft is one of its best yet. I’m constantly surprised by how few issues I’ve run into since upgrading to Windows 10, but despite its relative stability, there are still a few things I’d change if I had the ability to do so. READ MORE: The latest Windows 10 privacy scare revolves around family accounts If you have some gripes with Windows 10, you might want to check out Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4 for Windows 10, the latest release from The Windows Club. It’s a tiny program with a file size of just 495KB, but it offers over
  • Dartmouth's robotic tackling dummy is a mechanized Weeble-Wobble (2015-08-28 15:51:00)
  • 5 Secrets of All Successful Product Presentations (2015-08-28 15:37:53)
    Buying a used car or delivering a presentation to a large group -- what tweaks you more? Presentations are a necessity for product managers, but they usually aren't something that folks look forward to giving (or attending). But if you want to make it big in product management, you are going to need to get good at them. Really good.After...
  • Uber hiring two security researchers to improve technology: source (2015-08-28 15:36:24)
    By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Private ride service Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] is hiring two top vehicle security researchers as it ramps up its work on technology for self-driving cars, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday. Charlie Miller, who has been working at Twitter Inc, and Chris Valasek, who quit Friday at security firm IOActive, will be announced Monday as new hires at the fast-growing company looks to expand its technology effort, the person said. Miller and Valasek won wide attention this month after demonstrating that they could hack into a moving Jeep.
  • The next-gen Apple TV could be the most exciting product Apple has released in years (2015-08-28 15:30:28)
    I’ll admit that I haven’t been all that hot about Apple’s two newest products. Let’s start with the Apple Watch: I have never had less interest in an Apple product in my entire life than I have in the Apple Watch. And as for Apple Music, I simply don’t see the point of it when Spotify already does everything it does, but better. The new Apple TV set-top box that Apple will reportedly unveil next month, however, has me very intrigued. DON’T MISS: The most miserable one-star Yelp reviews of the world’s most incredible places Unlike the subscription-based music streaming business, where Apple got into the game very late, the subscription-based TV streaming business is just heating up. Netflix is a
  • AMC is putting zombies on a plane in a new Walking Dead special (2015-08-28 15:29:44)
    There's never really a good place to run into a bunch of zombies, but on a plane might be the worst. The half-hour episode will take place in the same time period as Fear the Walking Dead, Entertainment Weekly reports. The episode is also something of a teaser, because one surviving character from the airplane special will appear again on the second season of Fear the Walking Dead.
  • Chrome will block obnoxious Flash ads starting September 1st (2015-08-28 15:28:00)
  • U.S. court hands win to NSA over metadata collection (2015-08-28 15:21:11)
    By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Friday threw out a judge's ruling that would have blocked the National Security Agency from collecting phone metadata under a controversial program that has raised privacy concerns. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said there were not sufficient grounds for the preliminary injunction imposed by the lower court. The ruling was a setback for privacy advocates but did not reach the bigger question of whether the NSA's actions were lawful.
  • This week's most important songs: Justin Bieber, OMI, and more (2015-08-28 15:21:08)
    Richard D. James has been on a tear since making a comeback with last year’s Syro, his first full-length as Aphex Twin in 13 years. The EP-length Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2 followed shortly after, and now James is back with Orphaned Deejay Selek 2006-2008, his first release as AFX in almost a decade.
  • Seventeen-year-old sentenced to 11 years in prison for pro-ISIS Twitter account (2015-08-28 15:18:29)
    Today, a federal court sentenced a 17-year-old Virginia resident named Ali Shukri Amin to 11 years and four months in prison for supporting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, commonly known as ISIS. Amin ran the @Amreekiwitness Twitter account, which published pro-ISIS messages to a relatively small following, as well as directing followers how to make Bitcoin donations to the group. In one effort that proved particularly crucial to the prosecution's case, Amin arranged for an ISIS supporter to travel to Syria.
  • 9 Hollywood Robots That Will Never Take Over Content Marketing (2015-08-28 15:00:16)
    Robots may take over the world someday, but I guarantee this bunch won't be taking over content marketing anytime soon.(credit: flickr.com)1. Hal 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey because he hates humanity.One of the most critical parts of being successful in content marketing is showing that you at least have a general desire to help other...
  • NASA really doesn’t want to rely on Russia to take astronauts to space anymore (2015-08-28 14:52:17)
    NASA administrator Charles Bolden is very disappointed in Congress — and he's letting everyone know it. Today in Wired, Bolden published an open letter to the law-making body titled, "Congress, Don't Make Us Hitch Rides With Russia. Love, NASA." In the letter, he criticizes Congress for not giving NASA the funding it needs for its Commercial Crew Program — the initiative to send US astronauts back into space on American rockets.
  • iPhone 6s launch: These are the 5 iPhones Apple will be selling in September (2015-08-28 14:50:27)
    Apple will announce the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus on September 9th, with the devices expected to go a little over a week later on September 18th. But what happens to the rest of Apple’s iPhone lineup once the new models are released? DON’T MISS: A new revelation from that leaked iPhone 6s box (no, it’s not good news) Sources familiar with Apple’s plans have told 9to5Mac that Apple will sell five iPhone models in stores this fall, including the 2013 iPhone 5s, the 2014 iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and the brand new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. The blog says that while a new 4-inch iPhone 6c is indeed in the works, the phone wasn’t completed in time
  • 'Mighty No. 9' team aims to calm angry backers with exclusive demo (2015-08-28 14:47:00)
  • Microsoft's Windows 10: Business users may get patch details after all (2015-08-28 14:39:00)
    Microsoft looks to be rethinking its stance against providing detailed Windows 10 patch and update information, at least for business customers.
  • Apple, Boeing, MIT, and more partner with Pentagon to improve flexible electronics (2015-08-28 14:30:30)
    A consortium of top tech companies, laboratories, and universities is partnering with the Department of Defense to improve the manufacturing of flexible electronics, which could one day end up in aircraft, health monitors, military tools, or consumer electronics like wearables. The department is awarding the consortium, known as the FlexTech Alliance, $75 million over five years, with other sources, including universities, non-profits, and state and local governments, contributing an additional $96 million. The consortium is composed of well over 100 organizations, with key partners including Apple, Boeing, GE, GM, Lockheed Martin, Motorola Mobility, and Qualcomm, among many others.
  • ‘Captain America: Civil War’: Here’s what side your favorite heroes will choose (2015-08-28 14:25:36)
    After capping off Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the light and friendly Ant-Man, Marvel is diving back into the deep end early next year with Captain America: Civil War. The story of the film is relatively complex, but all you really need to know is that Captain America and Iron Man will butt heads, and the Avengers will split in their wake. On Thursday, we finally found out how the teams will shake out on the big screen. READ MORE: Major plot details revealed for Marvel’s mysterious ‘Luke Cage’ Netflix series Jeremy Renner took to Twitter yesterday to unveil a few key pieces of concept art for Civil War, showcasing the two teams that will duke it out
  • 'XCOM 2' delayed until February 2016 (2015-08-28 14:25:00)
  • When Is A Pivot The Right Thing To Do? (2015-08-28 14:10:17)
    Let's face it -- situations change. When you started your company, you knew the market, had a plan and probably executed it with precision and focus. Even if you did everything right and had a good, solid run, you may find yourself facing a changing business environment. So, before you hunker down and try to power through the change, here is a...
  • Ridley Scott confirms his next movie is Prometheus 2 (2015-08-28 14:08:05)
    Ridley Scott just can't leave space alone. In a recent interview with Empire, the The Martian director stated plainly that his next project is the sequel to 2012's Prometheus. For those who don't remember, Prometheus served as a kind of pseudo-prequel to the Alien franchise. Starring Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender, the film delved into the origins of intelligent life on Earth as well as how the iconic Xenomorphs can into being. While the movie itself was a bit of a mess, it was still a financial success, paving the way to a new franchise running parallel to the Alien mythos.
  • Babolat and PIQ team up for a pair of wrist-worn tennis wearables (2015-08-28 14:00:00)
  • Rocket League sells 1 Million on Steam (2015-08-28 13:59:36)
    In all, the game has been downloaded more than 5 million times.
  • LawBreakers gameplay video showcases Gears of War creator's new FPS (2015-08-28 13:59:30)
    Get a quick overview of the characters in the game and what they can do.
  • Bungie teases Destiny: Taken King's new raid, the game's biggest ever (2015-08-28 13:59:28)
    King's Fall is "objectively and emphatically our biggest raid yet."
  • XCOM 2 delayed until 2016 (2015-08-28 13:59:24)
    Originally slated to launch in November, the PC game is now coming February 2016.
  • How the Ashley Madison Hack Might Impact You (2015-08-28 13:56:25)
    By Jocelyn Baird, NextAdvisor.comBy now, you've probably heard about the hacking and subsequent release of user information from infamous dating website Ashley Madison (which uses the motto "Life is short, have an affair"). If you aren't in the loop, a group of unknown hackers broke into the website's database and stole the personal and...
  • Buzz Aldrin's Master Plan for Colonizing Mars (2015-08-28 13:50:04)
    Leave it to Buzz Aldrin to come up with a grand plan for colonizing Mars. Aldrin, 85, who was the second person to walk on the moon in 1969, is teaming up with the Florida Institute of Technology to create an actionable plan for getting humans to Mars in the next quarter century. Mars is located approximately 140 million miles away from Earth, which translates to about nine months of space travel to get to the Red Planet.
  • Ashley Madison Hack: CEO Noel Biderman Is Stepping Down (2015-08-28 13:50:04)
    Noel Biderman, the CEO of Avid Life Media, the parent company of adultery website Ashley Madison, is stepping down from the company in the wake of an unprecedented hack that left 37 million customers exposed. Nicknamed the "King of Infidelity," Biderman was the chief operating officer of the former parent company of Ashley Madison. When the adultery website was sold to Avid Life Media in 2007, Biderman became president of the new parent company.
  • Many psychology experiments aren't replicated, study shows (2015-08-28 13:48:58)
    Technically Incorrect: A research study involving attempts to confirm the results of 270 studies in the top-ranking scientific journals of 2008, 64 percent of studies weren't confirmed.
  • Apple's music service losing key player as exec resigns (2015-08-28 13:48:13)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's online music subscription service is losing a key player as millions of listeners near the end of a free three-month trial period that has drawn mixed reviews.
  • How to become the next minor reality celeb: ask for retweets (2015-08-28 13:46:44)
    Here's how people used to score Hollywood representation with little more than wit and a Twitter account. Open an account, make topical jokes, follow thousands of comedians, flatter those more famous than you to curry favor and get retweets, repeat. With luck, dedication, and a good sense of humor, the aspiring comic had a diminutive, but real shot.
  • If Apple had released the flawed Galaxy Note 5… (2015-08-28 13:40:50)
    The media just loves to take the ball and run with it when Apple makes mistakes. Meanwhile, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 issues weren’t even covered by mainstream media. That leaves us wondering… what would the reports have looked like if Apple had released the Note 5? Apple is in trouble. The company once revered for their revolutionary products now finds itself in the midst of a design panic. In case you missed it, the company’s recently released Galaxy Note 5 suffers from a critical design flaw that truly underscores how the company is reeling in the absence of Steve Jobs. DON’T MISS: Samsung will pay you $200 to dump your iPhone The Galaxy Note 5 comes with a stylus, undoubtedly a
  • Defense Dept. turns to Apple, Lockheed Martin for wearable tech (2015-08-28 13:38:21)
    The US government is teaming up with the private sector and academia to make sure the country keeps up with the rapidly advancing wearable tech market.
  • HTC Vive launches this year, but the bulk will be released in 2016 (2015-08-28 13:35:14)
    Electronics maker HTC will launch the Vive in "limited quantity" this year and follow that up with a wide launch in the first quarter of 2016.
  • Are We too Stupid for Google? (2015-08-28 13:25:00)
    Ten years ago, I e-mailed a friend and asked him if he wanted to see the movie Walk the Line.He did, so I sent him the following note. "Cool, starts at 2:30. Meet you in the lobby at 2:15."He responded, "OK. What time?"I stared at my screen. Emails stack, meaning you can see previous messages in the body of the current note. Which is exactly...
  • Ashley Madison parent CEO quits after huge infidelity data hack (2015-08-28 13:22:35)
    By Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - The chief executive of infidelity website Ashley Madison's parent company Avid Life Media has left, just over a week after hackers leaked data about millions of its clients in a massive cyber assault. Avid Life said on Friday the departure of Noel Biderman was by "mutual agreement" and its existing senior management team would take over until a new CEO is appointed. On Aug. 18, hackers who claimed to be unhappy with its business practices released the Ashley Madison customer data, and police probing the breach said it had sparked extortion attempts and at least two unconfirmed suicides.
  • Google Chrome drives another nail in Flash’s coffin (2015-08-28 13:15:23)
    Ding, dong, Adobe Flash is almost dead! With execs at major tech companies calling for Adobe to set a firm death date for Flash, Google has taken a more proactive step to push Flash into its grave. Ars Technica informs us that starting on September 1st, Google’s Chrome browser will start auto-blocking any ads that use Flash as their programming language. Videos that use Flash will still work on Chrome, however any “non essential” bits of Flash will be blocked. RELATED: I disabled Flash on my computer and I haven’t enjoyed the web this much in years This is crucial because Flash-based ads are still a huge part of the reason why Flash is still alive. Blocking these ads might push advertisers
  • On Beauty Behind the Madness, The Weeknd goes from enigma to pop star (2015-08-28 13:11:41)
    The man born Abel Tesfaye began his career as a mystery. Curiosity about who, exactly, The Weeknd was skyrocketed, fueled by Tesfaye’s initial refusal to give any press interviews or even show his face. By the time The Weeknd’s first studio album, Kiss Land, came out in the fall of 2013, he had signed to a major label (Republic) and formed his own imprint (XO).
  • Virginia teen gets 11 years for ISIS support on Twitter (2015-08-28 13:09:00)
  • Appeals court reverses ruling that found NSA program illegal (2015-08-28 12:53:04)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday ruled in favor of the Obama administration in a dispute over the National Security Agency's bulk collection of telephone data on hundreds of millions of Americans.
  • The BGR Show: Episode 20 – This plane is going down and Hillary can’t save us (2015-08-28 12:50:23)
    Why are we talking politics? Why are we talking about planes? Why are we even recording ourselves talking? Tune in for the biggest and best BGR Show ever with a special guest who’s completely new to the show, Zachary Epstein. Huge thanks to Casper for sponsoring our show this week! I have been sleeping on a Casper mattress for a couple of months and it’s the best mattress I’ve ever tried. Better than all of my previous foam mattresses, which each cost well over double the price of a Casper. The best part is Casper mattresses start at $500 and you can get $50 off your order by visting casper.com/bgr and using the discount code BGR at checkout. iTunes Link
  • 'Hunger Games,' 'Twilight' studio is doing a 'Borderlands' movie (2015-08-28 12:48:00)
  • CEO of Ashley Madison parent steps down in wake of hacking scandal (2015-08-28 12:45:51)
    Noel Biderman has left Avid Life Media as the company grapples with the fallout from a hack and the revelations of customers' personal information.
  • Angry Birds maker's float seen less likely despite mobile games growth (2015-08-28 12:45:42)
    By Liisa Tuhkanen LONDON (Reuters) - The often touted but regularly delayed stock-market listing of Rovio, creator of the hugely popular "Angry Birds" mobile game, could be even more distant after this week's warning of lower earnings and a planned cull of more than a third of its staff. While the mobile games market as a whole is thriving and looks set to grow to more than $35 billion in 2017, according to research firm Newzoo, Rovio's woes typify the difficulty established players have in changing with the times. "They lost their moment ... You need to list when your games are working well," said Thomas Alzuyeta, analyst at Gilbert Dupont, noting a drop in interest in the game franchise that debuted in 2009.
  • Payments glitch at HSBC leaves thousands of Britons without wages (2015-08-28 12:42:25)
    By Matt Scuffham LONDON (Reuters) - Thousands of Britons failed to receive their wages on Friday when a problem at Europe's biggest bank HSBC prevented some of its business customers from making payments. The glitch affected payments made by the companies through Britain's Bacs system, which processes electronic transactions. "Approximately 275,000 payments have been affected, including payments to customers of other banks," HSBC said.
  • Court ruling on NSA data collection shows program is constitutional: White House (2015-08-28 12:36:24)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. appellate court decision on the National Security Agency's collection of phone metadata was consistent with the Obama administration's stance that the intelligence gathering programs are constitutional, the White House said on Friday.
  • No hoverboard, no problem: Buy McFly's skateboard instead (2015-08-28 12:36:05)
    Marty McFly's hoverboard antics may get all the glory, but he had a much more reliable method of transportation: a skateboard, now available as a replica.
  • Boeing's portable drone-destroying laser uses an Xbox controller (2015-08-28 12:27:00)
  • It’s not just Windows 10, Windows 7 and 8 are also tracking you – here’s how to stop them (2015-08-28 12:25:50)
    Windows 10’s warm reception has been sullied by concerns over data collection, usage tracking and spying, which is enabled in the new operating system by default. In fact, many people have avoided updating to Windows 10 solely due to concerns surrounding these issues. We told you how you can opt out of much of these data-collecting features, and we also pointed you to six free tools that will help stop other Windows 10 functions that may compromise your data. But as it turns out, Windows 10 isn’t the only Microsoft operating system collecting your data without your knowledge. DON’T MISS: A new revelation from that leaked iPhone 6s box (no, it’s not good news) Since the initial wave of Windows 10 privacy concerns washed
  • Twitter sets public goals for increasing diversity in its workforce (2015-08-28 12:21:36)
    Twitter today made public its hiring goals for increasing diversity in its workplace, committing to increasing the number of women and minorities on its staff and encouraging the world to hold it accountable. "We want the makeup of our company to reflect the vast range of people who use Twitter," said Janet Van Huysse, vice president of diversity and inclusion, in a blog post. The move comes amid growing complaints that women and minorities are woefully underrepresented in the world's biggest tech companies.
  • YouTube as you know it is about to change dramatically (2015-08-28 12:21:07)
    The way you experience YouTube may be dramatically different before the end of the year. According to multiple sources, the world’s largest video-sharing site is preparing to launch its two separate subscription services before the end of 2015 — Music Key, which has been in beta since last November, and another unnamed service targeting YouTube’s premium content creators, which will come with a paywall. Taken together, YouTube will be a mix of free, ad-supported content and premium videos that sit behind a paywall.
  • The Vergecast 168: iPhone 6s, Ashley Madison, and the Note 5 (2015-08-28 12:16:09)
    This week on the podcast, we discussed Apple's upcoming iPhone event, where we're expecting the iPhone 6S and a whole lot more. We also talked a bit about the Ashely Madison hack, the Note 5 stylus design flaw, and the upcoming IFA tech conference. We were also joined by Nicola Fumo from Racked, who turned the Hypedesk into a Hype Jungle. If the previous sentence doesn't make sense, well, you'll just have to listen to hear what codeine does to a podcast.
  • Appeals court overturns earlier ruling against NSA surveillance (2015-08-28 12:09:36)
    The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has overturned an injunction against the US government's phone surveillance program. Today, the court handed down a decision in Klayman v. Obama, a lawsuit arguing that the NSA's mass collection of phone records is unconstitutional. It found that there was not enough evidence that the lawsuit's subjects were actually under surveillance, reversing a decision made in late 2013.
  • Windows 10 tips and tricks (2015-08-28 12:08:53)
    The latest version of Microsoft's main operating system is full of hidden shortcuts and behaviors.
  • Apple exec Ian Rogers, the main brain behind Beats1 radio, departs (2015-08-28 12:08:20)
    The tech giant loses the executive who built the Beats1 radio channel, the most lauded feature of the Apple Music subscription streaming-music service.
  • Here's our first look at Cliff Bleszinski's 'LawBreakers' in action (2015-08-28 12:02:00)
  • U.S. court hands win to NSA over metadata collection challenge (2015-08-28 11:58:58)
    By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Friday threw out a judge's ruling that would have blocked the National Security Agency from collecting phone metadata under a controversial program that has raised privacy concerns. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said there were not sufficient grounds for the preliminary injunction imposed by the lower court. The three-judge panel concluded that the case was not moot despite the change in the law and sent the case back to U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon for further proceedings.
  • Facebook must obey German law even if free speech curtailed: minister (2015-08-28 11:57:53)
    By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - Facebook will have to abide by German laws banning racist sentiment even if it might be allowed in the United States under freedom of speech, Justice Minister Heiko Maas said in an interview with Reuters. Maas, who has accused Facebook of doing too little to thwart racist and hate posts on its social media platform, said that Germany has zero tolerance for such expression and expects the U.S.-based company to be more vigilant. "One thing is clear: if Facebook wants to do business in Germany, then it must abide by German laws," Maas told Reuters.
  • Borderlands is being turned into a blockbuster movie (2015-08-28 11:57:27)
    Every few years, Hollywood takes another chance on video game adaptations. The post-apocalyptic shooter is having its space western world transformed into a movie for Lionsgate, the studio behind the Hunger Games franchise. Avi Arad and Ari Arad are on board as producers, which tells you at least one thing: this movie should be big. The Arads are pretty much exclusively behind blockbuster films, some — like Iron Man and Sam Raimi's Spider-Man — better than others — like Fantastic Four (2005), Fantastic Four (2015), and Marc Webb's Amazing Spider-Man.
  • Ashley Madison CEO steps down in wake of hacking (2015-08-28 11:52:31)
    NEW YORK (AP) — The CEO of the company that runs adultery website Ashley Madison is stepping down in the wake of the massive breach of the company's computer systems and outing of millions of its members.
  • After Uber and Airbnb, meal-sharing sites under fire in France (2015-08-28 11:45:28)
    First taxis rose up against Uber, then hotels challenged Airbnb and now, restaurants in France are taking on meal-sharing sites they believe create unfair competition and could sap jobs. The websites, where hosts offer to cook a meal at their homes for a price of their choosing, are increasingly popular among travelling food-lovers who want to meet locals on top of the usual tourist visits, particularly in gourmet havens like France. Spooked by the success of Airbnb in the accommodations sector, restaurant owners in France are getting concerned that they will take some of their business away.
  • To regulate or not to regulate? EU to launch study on Uber (2015-08-28 11:45:22)
    By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Brussels will launch a study in September of the taxi-hailing app Uber, in an effort to settle the legal disputes that have pitched the U.S. start-up against conventional taxis across Europe, three people familiar with the matter said. Since opening in Paris in 2011, San Francisco-based Uber has run into vehement opposition from taxi drivers, who complain it competes unfairly by bypassing local laws on licensing and safety. Uber has responded by submitting complaints to the European Commission against German and Spanish court bans as well as a new French law on taxis, the so-called Thevenoud law.
  • Pentagon dives into advanced wearables with Apple, Harvard and others (2015-08-28 11:39:00)
  • Samsung will pay you $200 to dump your iPhone (2015-08-28 11:35:39)
    For a period of time, Android seemed like an unstoppable juggernaut. The mobile platform’s global market share skyrocketed each quarter at breakneck speeds, leaving rival platforms in the dust behind it. Then, in 2014, Apple finally released iPhones with bigger displays to combat the supersized screens Android users had been enjoying for years. As a result, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that Android users were switching to the iPhone faster than ever, and the company’s holiday quarter was the most profitable quarter any company has even reported. Now, Samsung is starting to fight back. MUST READ: A new revelation from that leaked iPhone 6s box (no, it’s not good news) Samsung hoped that launching new flagship phones made out of premium materials
  • Ashley Madison parent company CEO quits after infidelity data hack (2015-08-28 11:29:26)
    By Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - Noel Biderman, the chief executive of infidelity website Ashley Madison's parent company Avid Life, has left the company, weeks after hackers launched a cyber assault that leaked sensitive data about millions of clients. The Canadian company was rocked by the release of Ashley Madison customer data on Aug. 18 by hackers who claimed to be unhappy with its business practices. The data dump contained email addresses of U.S. government officials, UK civil servants, and workers at European and North American corporations, taking already deep-seated fears about Internet security and data protection to a new level.
  • Enroll in Buzz Aldrin’s space institute and help colonize Mars (2015-08-28 11:25:59)
    Colonizing Mars is on everybody's to-do list these days. NASA plans to send astronauts to the Red Planet in the 2030s — and SpaceX will unveil its plans for a future Mars settlement later this year. Now, famous Apollo 11 crew member Buzz Aldrin is aiming for our planetary neighbor as well.
  • Huawei aims high with $800 gold-plated Watch (2015-08-28 11:25:00)
  • Leak: A closer look the most important new feature in the iPhone 6s (2015-08-28 11:10:15)
    The web is buzzing with iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone 6c leaks, and there are less than two weeks to go until Apple launches its 2015 iPhones. A new image leak gives us an even better look at a unique iPhone 6s feature and the hardware required to support it. MUST READ: A new revelation from that leaked iPhone 6s box (no, it’s not good news) Called Force Touch, and already available on Apple Watch and select MacBook models, the feature lets users initiate different actions on the display (or touchpad) by modifying the pressure applied on the screen. To trigger Force Touch menus, the display of the iPhone 6s needs specialized hardware components attached to the screen. Apple news
  • Huawei Watch preorders suggest Android Wear will soon support iPhone (2015-08-28 11:06:13)
    The Huawei Watch, another nice-looking, round Android Wear smartwatch, is now up for preorder at Amazon. Pricing starts at $349 for a stainless steel model with black leather strap and goes all the way up to $799 for a gold-plated stainless steel watch with matching gold-plated steel band. That's soundly Apple Watch territory, so it'll be interesting to see what type of demand exists for an ultra-premium Android Wear device. Amazon says the Huawei Watch will begin shipping September 2nd.
  • Hasbro wants to crowdfund your party game ideas on Indiegogo (2015-08-28 11:00:00)
  • What's in a billion? Facebook users hit milestone in 1 day (2015-08-28 10:55:01)
    NEW YORK (AP) — You, your mom, your grandma and elementary school buddy Lawrence might have been some of the billion people who logged in to Facebook on Monday — the first time that has happened in a single day. That's right, one billion people, or one-seventh of the Earth's population.
  • 8 awesome paid iPhone apps on sale for free today (2015-08-28 10:45:34)
    All good things must come to an end, and this was a good week for paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free. There are still a few freebies in yesterday’s post if you hurry back to grab them, and today we have eight fresh new paid iOS apps that are now on sale for a very limited time. MUST READ: A new revelation from that leaked iPhone 6s box (no, it’s not good news) 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 sales could end an hour from now or a week from now —
  • Ashley Madison boss steps down following hack (2015-08-28 10:42:00)
  • The world's longest tunnel is almost finished (2015-08-28 10:38:48)
    At more than 35 miles long, the Swiss Gotthard Base Tunnel is set to be the longest railroad tunnel in the world, and now it's just about here. Construction for the project is nearly finished, and tests are set to begin October 1st, the Swiss newspaper Tribune de Genève reported. The tunnel, which started excavation in 1999, will speed travel times across the Swiss Alps, ultimately connecting Zurich and Milan with trains moving at top speeds of more than 150mph.
  • Advanced troubleshooting steps for Apple Mail (2015-08-28 10:36:01)
    Jesus Vigo covers some advanced troubleshooting steps for Apple OS X Mail to reinitialize or reset Mail back to factory defaults without reinstalling OS X.
  • Even critically acclaimed indie games get delayed (2015-08-28 10:30:00)
  • Ashley Madison parent company CEO stepping down (2015-08-28 10:25:19)
    Noel Biderman, formerly CEO of Ashley Madison parent company Avid Life Media, is stepping down. Avid Life Media released the news in a short statement this morning. The news comes slightly over a week after hackers posted information from tens of millions of profiles on Ashley Madison, which is aimed at men and women looking for affairs.
  • UK police arrest teens for using Lizard Squad's paid DDoS service (2015-08-28 10:20:00)
  • New trailers: Star Wars, The Martian, Ash vs Evil Dead, and more (2015-08-28 10:10:51)
    Maybe it's because we're moving out of summer movie season, but this was actually a kind-of sort-of slowish week for trailers! That said, a few big upcoming titles made a lot of noise without showing very much — like, yes, Star Wars — and a number of films that are a bit more under the radar had room to do their thing the rest of the week. Also, there's a fashion film with David Beckham. So that's cool. Check all of this week's best out below.
  • UK arrests teens for using Lizard Squad rent-a-DDoS service (2015-08-28 10:10:07)
    The NCA has arrested six young people for allegedly buying into the hacktivist groups' Lizard Stresser tool.
  • How much should we trust tech companies? (2015-08-28 10:00:00)
  • Watch the first gameplay footage from Cliff Bleszinski’s new game LawBreakers (2015-08-28 09:59:11)
    After months of hints, teasers and newsletters, we finally got a first look at LawBreakers, the new game from Gears of War designer Cliff Bleszinski. LawBreakers is a free-to-play, multiplayer online FPS for PC with several classes to choose from as players take part in five-on-five battles in a universe where gravity isn’t much of a concern. DON’T MISS: Couple asks Internet for some Photoshop help, hilarity ensues In the gameplay trailer, the wide range of mobility is on display, with characters swinging across the map, boosting to the tops of buildings and leaping dozens of feet into the air. Bleszinski has said that players will need to do everything they can to stay off the ground in this fast-paced game, as
  • Acer brings two low-cost smartphones to the U.S. (2015-08-28 09:53:08)
    Acer America has announced that two unlocked Android smartphones will be available in the US by next month. Two handsets from Acer -- the Liquid Jade Z and Liquid Z410 -- will be available in the United States from September. Acer has kept costs down with inexpensive hardware, the old Kitkat version of Android and limited storage (although doubling the memory only costs $20).
  • Investors still in the dark as cyber threat grows (2015-08-28 09:42:17)
    By Simon Jessop and Ross Kerber LONDON/BOSTON (Reuters) - Investors are being poorly served by a haphazard approach from fund managers to the growing threat of cyber crime damaging the companies in which they invest, with a lack of clarity from the businesses themselves compounding the problem. Banks have led the way in developing cyber defenses and some top fund managers have ramped up pressure on companies to do more, but the broader picture is less encouraging. "I don't see any visible stand asset managers are taking, like they do on other social responsibility items," said Malcolm Harkins, information security chief at U.S. cyber security start-up Cylance Inc. The soft underbelly of companies outside the banking sector was exposed again this month when hackers leaked details of nearly 37 million clients of Ashley Madison.
  • Sprint takes aim at AT&T, offers a year of free service to DirecTV customers (2015-08-28 09:40:48)
    Sprint is offering a year of free cell phone service to DirecTV subscribers that switch to its network. The deal — which includes unlimited talk, text, and 2GB of data — is a direct shot across the bows of rival AT&T, which recently acquired the satellite TV provider for $49 billion. AT&T has been offering DirecTV customers up to $500 a line if they switch to its service, but Sprint is hoping to outbid them with its new deal (valid until September 30th).
  • Study maps where golden eagles are safe from wind turbines (2015-08-28 09:40:00)
  • A new revelation from that leaked iPhone 6s box (no, it’s not good news) (2015-08-28 09:32:48)
    Earlier this week, a photo of purported retail packaging for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6s was posted on a Chinese gadget blog. The leak was dismissed at first — just as the iPhone 6’s retail packaging was dismissed when it first leaked last year — but then people realized that the photo was likely genuine. Who cares? It’s just a box, right? Not quite. The leaked retail packaging actually revealed a few important things about Apple’s upcoming new iPhones, and now the leak has offered one more revelation. DON’T MISS: New free iPhone app will change the way you use email – watch the video if you don’t believe us First, let’s recap what we learned from the initial leak. If the packaging
  • Sony's Xperia Z5 smartphones will include a fingerprint sensor on the side (2015-08-28 09:31:29)
    All three will stick to Sony's tried and true design language, which is a spartan and squarish combination of metal rails and glass. You can get your best look at the new phones at the Xperia Blog (naturally), which uncovered some promotional images that Sony let slip. In the US, Sony's phones have had more of a cult following than a huge customer base — mostly because Sony hasn't been effective at getting the things into market here.
  • Watch the first gameplay trailer for Cliff Bleszinski's LawBreakers (2015-08-28 09:28:59)
    Earlier this week former Gears of War designer Cliff Bleszinski finally unveiled his much anticipated new game, a free-to-play, multiplayer shooter called LawBreakers. LawBreakers will be the first release from Bleszinski's new 40-person studio Boss Key, and it's a five-on-five, team-based shooter where law enforcement squares off against criminals.
  • HSBC says 275,000 payments affected by technical issues (2015-08-28 09:18:56)
    HSBC said about 275,000 transactions had been affected by problems which prevented some of its business customers making payments on Friday, resulting in thousands of Britons not receiving their wages. "There has been a fault in the information used to process some payments from HSBC business customers. About 275,000 payments have been affected including payments to customers of other banks," an HSBC spokesperson said.
  • Watch this self-healing material handle a bullet (2015-08-28 09:18:00)
  • Bringing your own smartphone to Verizon: What you need to know (2015-08-28 09:17:53)
    CNET's Marguerite Reardon says the wireless industry is offering more choices for how you buy devices and gives her advice on figuring out what works best for you.
  • Innovation of the week: Watch this flexible phone control apps as it bends (2015-08-28 09:01:40)
    In 2013, Samsung launched the Galaxy Round smartphone with a flexible display… though the phone really didn’t have any legitimate reason to exist. As we’ve seen happen a few times in the years since Samsung first entered the smartphone market, the company created a consumer device that included new technology it had been developing, but the company didn’t bother to first determine how that new technology might be made useful. We’ve seen a few phones with flexible displays launch since then, the most recent among them being the Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy S6 edge plus. Of course, while curved edges on a smartphone display supply a great differentiated look, they don’t offer much utility. Now, however, there’s a phone that
  • ICYMI: Turbine sunbather, NASA stress test and an aquatic hedge trimmer (2015-08-28 09:00:00)
  • Google adds Public Alerts for hurricane season (2015-08-28 08:41:09)
    Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, Google adds weather trackers, safety advice and more features to its search results.
  • Sprint's offering a year of free service for DirecTV customers (2015-08-28 08:36:00)
  • Sony's IFA 2015 press conference: Join us Sept. 2 (live blog) (2015-08-28 08:33:08)
    The Japanese company will talk up its latest gadgets during an event in Berlin. The invite hints at a broad array of devices, from smartphones to cameras to TVs.
  • Couple asks Internet for some Photoshop help, hilarity ensues (2015-08-28 08:30:09)
    Asking the Internet for help, advice, or guidance can sometimes bring out the worst in people. Other times, it results in nothing short of comedic gold. In a hilarious example of the latter, a couple returning from a nice vacation asked Imgur for some online Photoshop help in removing a volleyball-playing kid from the background of an otherwise romantic photograph. Not missing a beat, the Internet masses got to work and fired Photoshop right up, only they weren’t the least bit interested in removing the kid from the photo. On the contrary, they harnessed their creative energies and came up with some absolute gems. DON’T MISS: New free iPhone app will change the way you use email – watch the video if
  • Russia's MTS teams up with Google to promote mobile Internet (2015-08-28 08:13:54)
    Russia's biggest mobile phone operator MTS said on Friday it had teamed up with Google Inc to help grow the use of mobile Internet and will get a share of the search site's advertising revenues in Russia. Under a strategic agreement, MTS will feature Google's voice search in its ad campaigns and retail stores, and a relevant application will be pre-installed on the main screen of Google's Android-based smartphones sold in the MTS retail chain. "MTS will share with Google the cost of mobile Internet promotion and get money from Google's search services under a revenue-sharing scheme," an MTS spokesman said.
  • Microsoft shoots down Xbox One Mini rumor (2015-08-28 08:02:00)
  • Marijuana might not be shrinking your brain after all, study says (2015-08-28 08:00:05)
    Decreased brain volume in marijuana users may have more to do with genetic predisposition than casual pot use, a study says. Is that why stoners remember what time "SpongeBob SquarePants" airs?
  • Brad Wheeler: Accidental CIO. IU VP. Fitness buff. (2015-08-28 08:00:03)
    Brad Wheeler, Indiana University's vice president for information technology and CIO, spoke with TechRepublic about his career in ed tech and how the echo effect plays into IT.
  • Zero Day Weekly: IBM says block Tor, Google undermines ATS, much ado about Windows 10 (2015-08-28 07:49:57)
    Notable security news items for the week ending August 28, 2015. Covers enterprise, application and mobile security, reports and more.
  • British payments glitch at HSBC leaves thousands without wages (2015-08-28 07:47:16)
    HSBC reported a computer glitch on Friday which it said prevented some of its British business customers from making payments, leaving thousands of workers without wages ahead of a three-day weekend. The problem affected outgoing payments being made by some businesses that bank with HSBC, making it impossible for them to pay staff. "We are aware that some customers are experiencing issues with expected payments today.
  • Turstworthy iPhone 6s report says no to sapphire glass, yes to ‘pink’ option (2015-08-28 07:45:57)
    The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus leaks keep pouring in, with more and more unofficial details being offered surrounding Apple’s upcoming smartphones with less than two weeks to go to the 2015 fall iPhone event – Apple has already issued press invites for the iPhone launch, which will be its biggest yet in terms of attendance. After detailing the camera specs for the iPhone 6s and the new Motion wallpapers, 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman followed up with a new report that explains Apple’s glass display choices for the new handsets, the color options and Force Touch. DON’T MISS: New free iPhone app will change the way you use email – watch the video if you don’t believe us Apple reportedly considered using sapphire
  • Windows 10's white Title bars may soon be history with the return of the Windows Insider Program (2015-08-28 07:41:24)
    Greg Shultz laments the lack of color in Windows 10's title bars, but he looks forward to the return of color as evidenced by the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10525.
  • Nokia strikes China joint venture for 'swift approval' of Alcatel-Lucent merger (2015-08-28 07:34:21)
    Nokia hopes to win the approval of China's regulators with a new joint venture with Chinese investment firm Huaxin.
  • Nokia agrees on 'Shanghai Bell' joint venture with China Huaxin (2015-08-28 07:26:24)
    Finnish telecom equipment maker Nokia said it had agreed to create a Chinese joint venture with Huaxin in a move that could pave the way for China's approval for Nokia's proposed takeover of Alcatel-Lucent . The joint venture, to be named Nokia Shanghai Bell, will be built upon a similar, long-time joint venture between France's Alcatel-Lucent and China Huaxin, which is a state-owned Chinese investment company.
  • Pro tip: Mirror your Android device on your PC with ease (2015-08-28 07:11:12)
    Jack Wallen shows you how to make your daily Android interaction, while you're at your desk, a bit more efficient by mirroring the device screen on your monitor with the help of Vysor.
  • DeNA wants you to stream your Android phone to the world (2015-08-28 07:11:00)
  • The 404 Throwback, Ep. 89 (podcast) (2015-08-28 07:04:02)
    Today's show is a throwback to 2008 when Russ Frushtick first appeared on the program. We're back next week with a new show. Enjoy!
  • Acer announces two unlocked, dual-SIM Android phones starting at $129 (2015-08-28 06:59:00)
    The flagship phone segment can be cutthroat, so Acer is bringing two phones for those not wanting to spend a lot to avoid a carrier contract.
  • Facebook just reached an amazing milestone, and you were probably a part of it (2015-08-28 06:50:06)
    Late on Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg published a post announcing that the world’s largest social network had reached an impressive new milestone: on Monday, August 24,  for the first time in site history, one billion users used Facebook in a single day. DON’T MISS: Huge leak details another new iPhone 6s feature you’re going to love To put this figure into perspective, consider these two data points. First, Zuckerberg points out that 1 out of every 7 people on earth logged into Facebook during a 24 hour period. Second, back in 2012, 1 billion users visited Facebook actively each month. In a relatively short period of time, Facebook successfully jumped from a popular social networking site into a global brand with tremendous
  • Boeing shows off its portable drone-killing laser (2015-08-28 06:45:04)
    Boeing has been researching ways to disable drones with lasers for a while now, and this week, the defense contractor released new footage (below) of its Compact Laser Weapons System: a portable, tripod-mounted device that can burn a hole in a UAV or a quadcopter in seconds. The system is essentially a less-powerful version of Boeing's High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD), a truck-mounted laser that can destroy mortars in mid-flight. Although HEL MD might one day be deployed on the battlefield, its compact cousin is intended to keep drones away from sensitive areas, according to a report from Wired.
  • ​Google to hit pause on Flash ads in Chrome on September 1 (2015-08-28 06:38:49)
    Time's up for companies using Flash ads to reach 15 percent of the world's desktop browsers.
  • Adobe issues hotfix patch for ColdFusion vulnerability (2015-08-28 06:34:35)
    The XXE security flaw could result in user information leaks and theft.
  • EMC's potential: VMware, then HP Enterprise yet still trail cloud trend (2015-08-28 06:25:03)
    EMC and VMware are reportedly pondering ways to get back together. Such a deal would cost the combined entity time as the enterprise market transforms and may only lead to a HP Enterprise merger.
  • EMC mergers ahead: First VMware, then HP Enterprise. Will time run out? (2015-08-28 06:25:00)
    EMC and VMware are reportedly pondering ways to get back together. Such a deal would cost the combined entity time as the enterprise market transforms and may only lead to a HP Enterprise merger.
  • Developers can test Android Auto apps without buying a Bentley (2015-08-28 06:18:00)
  • Daimler's self-driving 18-wheelers ready to take to the autobahn (2015-08-28 06:10:39)
    Don't worry though - these rigs still have a human driver onboard.
  • Pentagon funding new high-tech venture (2015-08-28 06:09:17)
    NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter will announce Friday that the Pentagon is funding a new venture to develop cutting-edge electronics and sensors that can flex and stretch and could be built into clothing or the skins of ships and aircraft.
  • Pentagon teams up with Apple, Boeing to develop wearable tech (2015-08-28 06:09:10)
    By David Alexander NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (Reuters) - The Pentagon is teaming up with Apple, Boeing, Harvard and others to develop high-tech sensory gear flexible enough to be worn by people or molded onto the outside of a jet. The rapid development of new technologies is forcing the Pentagon to seek partnerships with the private sector rather than developing its technology itself, defense officials say. "I've been pushing the Pentagon to think outside our five-sided box and invest in innovation here in Silicon Valley and in tech communities across the country," Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in prepared remarks on Friday.
  • Key Apple suppliers seeking stake in Taiwan chip packaging firm (2015-08-28 06:02:28)
    Iphone assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd will buy a 21 percent stake in Siliconware Precision Industries Co Ltd (SPIL), both firms said on Friday, days after another Taiwan-based Apple Inc supplier also said it wanted to buy into the chip packaging firm. The rivalry over SPIL, the industry's third-largest packager, comes as companies in the chip industry seek to overcome the technological challenges raised by the Internet of Things, where everyday products are monitored and controlled online. In a joint stock market filing with SPIL, Hon Hai, the world's largest contract electronics maker, said it would buy the 21 percent stake in SPIL via a share swap.
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 5 vs. Edge+: Advantage, stylus (2015-08-28 05:59:04)
    The conventional wisdom is that the Samsung Galaxy Edge+ would top its more business-focused sibling Note 5. However, the stylus wins in the end.
  • 'Google is in denial': Rivals throw down oral hearing challenge over antitrust case (2015-08-28 05:32:00)
    The Microsoft backed lobby Icomp says Google should show up at an oral hearing if it's so confident of its claims denial
  • Google adds some visual flair to Android app searches (2015-08-28 05:05:00)
  • Vine adds music feature for seamless looping (2015-08-28 04:52:57)
    Video looping app Vine has added a new music feature that allows users to add a soundtrack to their six-second clip. Called Snap to Beat, the program includes a catalogue of songs that users can choose from to create a seamless loop for their video. In response to popular demand, users can now also see the name of the song and artist on Vine vidoes.
  • Google adds hurricane tips to personalized search results (2015-08-28 04:32:01)
    Google this week introduced a new set of features to better alert and inform users about major storms. The company announced the changes in a blog post published yesterday, as the US enters hurricane season and marks ten years since Hurricane Katrina made landfall.
  • Apple loses Ian Rogers, the executive responsible for crafting Beats 1 radio (2015-08-28 04:26:06)
    One of the key executives behind Apple's Beats 1 radio has resigned just two months after the "worldwide, always on" service launched, reports The Financial Times. Ian Rogers was formerly the CEO of Beats Music and joined Apple along with fellow Beats executives Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine when the iPhone-maker bought the company in May last year. The FT says that Rogers' decision to leave Apple is unexpected, with the long-time music executive said to be moving to work in an unrelated industry for a company based in Europe. The FT notes that Rogers was responsible for spearheading the development of free radio service Beats 1, hiring DJ Zane Lowe to front the station and shaping its varied shows and playlists.
  • 'Work went on, of course': Why the German parliament took itself offline for three days (2015-08-28 04:10:11)
    Following a significant hack attack, the Bundestag's IT systems went dark for an upgrade.
  • Tencent's kids smartwatch is both cute and connected (2015-08-28 03:40:00)
  • Vine helps everyone add pro-level music to their videos (2015-08-28 03:21:00)
  • Nintendo gives Shovel Knight the first indie Amiibo (2015-08-28 03:11:55)
    Shovel Knight is one of the best indie games available for Nintendo systems, with beautifully observed reverence for NES-era design. And it looks like Nintendo has noticed, because Yacht Club Games is now the first indie developer to have been bestowed with its own Amiibo.
  • Crave giveaway: Onanoff Sound Cover iPad case with built-in speakers (2015-08-28 03:00:03)
    This portable carrying case for the iPad Air 1 and 2 boosts your device's sound while also keeping it dressed up and protected on the go.
  • INDEX: Award -- Show me the Money (2015-08-28 02:32:52)
    Announcement of the INDEX: Award is much more than a loud rally for promoting high-impact and beautifully formed design solutions. The Index Award is backed by the largest monetary design award and guides the most promising finalists from design solution to business opportunity, with $460,000.00 currently distributed among five winners, PEEK...
  • Xbox boss dismisses rumors of an Xbox One Mini (2015-08-28 02:27:21)
    Earlier this month, it was rumored that in addition to revealing new tablets, fitness bands, and smartphones, Microsoft would use its upcoming October launch event to show off a slimmer Xbox One. Sources familiar with Microsoft's October plans told The Verge last week that the company is planning to use the event to lift the lid on two new Lumia handsets, the Surface Pro 4, and a Microsoft Band 2. Chinese tech site WPDang had claimed that the so-called Xbox One Mini would drop the ability to play Blu-rays, and would be both quieter and smaller than the current model, weighing in at about a third the size.
  • Days numbered for barcodes as shoppers demand more data (2015-08-28 02:09:00)
    By Emma Thomasson BERLIN (Reuters) - Growing demand for more information about the products we buy could mean the end of the simple barcode - the blocks of black and white stripes that adorn most objects for sale and are scanned five billion times a day. First used on a pack of Wrigley's Juicy Fruit chewing gum in 1974 in a store in Ohio, barcodes have revolutionized the retail world, allowing cashiers to ring up products much faster and more accurately, while also streamlining logistics. The basic barcode is just not up to the job.
  • China's Unigroup chairman visiting U.S. to discuss Micron bid: sources (2015-08-28 01:52:31)
    WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) - The chairman of China's Tsinghua Unigroup traveled to the United States this week to meet with board members of Micron Technology and try to revive a politically fraught takeover bid of the U.S. chipmaker, people familiar with the matter said. Micron dismissed an informal $23 billion offer by state-backed investment firm Unigroup in July on the presumption that the U.S. regulatory committee that reviews foreign acquisitions of sensitive U.S. companies would block the deal on national security concerns, sources have said. In August, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer of New York called on the inter-agency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) to reject Tsinghua’s acquisition attempt, citing Micron’s role in making chips used in U.S weapons systems.
  • NYC cabs will test app-based system to challenge Uber (2015-08-28 01:32:00)
  • Facebook sees a billion users in a single day (2015-08-28 01:05:00)
    "We just passed an important milestone," chief executive and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg said in a post on his Facebook page. It was the first time that a billion people used Facebook in a single day, according to Zuckerberg. "When we talk about our financials, we use average numbers, but this is different," Zuckerberg said.
  • Inabox announces AU$1.4 million profit drop on back of Anittel purchase (2015-08-28 00:17:48)
    The wholesale telco provider has announced a loss of AU$351,000 on revenues of AU$64 million, due to the acquisition of two rivals in 2014.
  • Vine faces the music with new audio editing and discovery tools (2015-08-28 00:05:51)
    While Vine is known for visuals, the video-sharing app is increasing its focus on music with new features that help users create seamless audio loops and identify songs in other people's videos.
  • Discovery launches short-form VR videos, starting with sharks (2015-08-27 23:58:00)
  • Naver putting off Line IPO timing decision until markets improve: CFO (2015-08-27 23:36:46)
    By Joyce Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's largest web portal operator Naver Corp won't decide on when to IPO its messenger app service unit Line Corp [IPO-LINE.T] until its earnings and market conditions improve, Naver's CFO said on Friday. Hwang's comments were in answer to questions prompted by a Wall Street Journal report on Thursday that said that Japan-based Line had scrapped its plans for an initial public offering (IPO). Documents for Line's IPO continue to be under review by authorities in both the United States and Japan, CFO Hwang In-joon told Reuters, but said markets were currently too volatile to give a timetable for the listing.
  • NSW transport taskforce pushes for regulatory framework changes (2015-08-27 23:35:29)
    The Point to Point Transport Taskforce has called for changes to the current regulatory framework to reduce red tape and level the playing field for the taxi industry and other point to point transport services.
  • The most hilarious revelation about the Ashley Madison hack yet (2015-08-27 23:15:57)
    Was Ashley Madison a website full of married guys who spent their time trying to hook up with bots and/or other guys whom they thought were women? Gizmodo has taken a look at some of the leaked data about the website and has found that the reality is it’s “like a science fictional future where every woman on Earth is dead, and some Dilbert-like engineer has replaced them with badly-designed robots.” RELATED: Things are getting worse and worse for Ashley Madison Gizmodo took a look at female profiles on the site and discovered that most of them were never used at all after they were created. In fact, the site estimates that roughly 12,000 of the 5.5 million registered female accounts are
  • Sony isn't intentionally keeping 'Until Dawn' off of Twitch (2015-08-27 22:38:00)
  • Turing Robotics' liquid metal phones to ship out in December (2015-08-27 22:09:00)
  • Sage Solitaire: Your next addiction is now free to download on the App Store (2015-08-27 22:00:49)
    What if I told you that solitaire needed a reboot? You’d probably call me crazy, but then I’d know that you hadn’t given Sage Solitaire a chance yet. Sage Solitaire is the latest game from legendary iOS game designer Zach Gage, whom you might know from SpellTower, one of the best word games to ever appear on mobile devices. And did I mention it’s free? Because Sage Solitaire is free. SEE ALSO: Everything we expect to see at Apple’s big iPhone 6s event Here’s how this remixed version of solitaire works: In Single Deck mode, you’re dealt nine stacks of cards, constituting an entire deck. Your goal is to clear those cards by making hands: pairs, straights, flushes — basically everything you know
  • CSIRO swallows NICTA to form Data61 (2015-08-27 21:54:00)
    Australia's two notoriously under-funded science and tech research organisations have announced that they will be creating a new entity under the auspices of the CSIRO.
  • Naver still preparing to IPO Line, but markets must improve: CFO (2015-08-27 21:52:44)
    SEOUL (Reuters) - Naver Corp is still preparing an IPO for its messenger app service unit Line Corp , but earnings and market conditions must improve, Naver's CFO said on Friday. Documents for Line's initial public offering continue to be under review by authorities in both the U.S. and Japan, Hwang In-joon told Reuters, but said markets were currently too volatile to give a timetable for the listing. (Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing By Tony Munroe and Miral Fahmy)
  • Vine can now put perfectly looping music over your videos (2015-08-27 21:44:21)
    Vine is getting into music. With an update rolling out Friday, Vine will begin letting its users add music to their videos. The music will be selected and licensed by Vine — it's not yet clear whether you'll be able to dig into your private library to put "Bad Blood" over everything.
  • Expect a 'limited number' of HTC Vive VR headsets this year (2015-08-27 21:39:00)
  • ​Woolworths' transformation project puts dent in FY15 earnings (2015-08-27 21:35:16)
    Woolworths reported it spent part of AU$425.9 million on its total transformation project during the 2015 financial year, which resulted in total group net profit after tax dropping by 12.5 percent.
  • Watch Usain Bolt get mowed down by cameraman on Segway (2015-08-27 21:23:27)
    Technically Incorrect: You always thought Segways were dangerous, didn't you? The gold medal sprinter thinks they're deadly.
  • Inmarsat says new broadband network offers bright sales prospects (2015-08-27 21:08:10)
    By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Britain's Inmarsat Plc said Friday's expected launch of its third Global Xpress satellite will allow it to offer mobile broadband service to customers in the remotest regions, giving airline passengers the ability to stream movies and update social media on flights worldwide. Chief Executive Officer Rupert Pearce said Inmarsat, the leading provider of satellite communications, was in final preparations for the launch. The launch was initially scheduled for June but got delayed after a failure by Inmarsat's rocket launch partner, International Launch Services, in May. Pearce said the company had worked hard to control any risks on the launch by performing its own rigorous quality assurance.
  • ACCC approves Optus NBN deal (2015-08-27 20:54:00)
    Australia's consumer watchdog has given the green light for NBN to take ownership of Optus' HFC network, with the telco to also transition its customers over to the NBN.
  • You probably can't get Valve and HTC's VR headset before next year (2015-08-27 20:47:04)
    The HTC Vive, a headset developed in conjunction with Steam giant Valve, is one of the most promising VR solutions yet, and we were expecting it to come out sometime this year. In a press release announcing the company's presence at the PAX Prime expo, Valve says that "HTC will offer the first commercial Vive units via a limited quantity of community and developer systems" later this year, "with larger quantities shipping in calendar Q1 2016." Developer units have been available for free since May. Q1 2016 is, if you're keeping track, when the first consumer version of the Oculus Rift is set to ship, and Sony's Project Morpheus PS4 headset is also planned for release in the first half of the year.
  • Facebook hits 1 billion users in one day (2015-08-27 20:44:46)
    The social network has recorded 1 billion logins during a single day, with Mark Zuckerberg labelling the moment an 'important milestone'.
  • Major plot details revealed for Marvel’s mysterious ‘Luke Cage’ Netflix series (2015-08-27 20:30:21)
    Following the success of Daredevil earlier this year, Marvel fans are desperate for more information on the rest of the Netflix series set to launch in the coming months. We know that Jessica Jones will hit the streaming service before the end of the year, but on Wednesday, we got a sneak peek at the third Marvel series coming to Netflix, courtesy of Heroic Hollywood. READ MORE: Video explains the science behind the Lexus Hoverboard According to Heroic Hollywood’s Umberto Gonzalez, production for Luke Cage will begin next week, and Willis Stryker a.k.a. Diamondback will be the main villain of the show. Interestingly, Diamondback was also set to go up against Luke Cage in an unproduced script for a movie starring the thick-skinned hero in
  • Flexible phone concept bends to control apps (2015-08-27 20:22:00)
  • Outsmarting the machine, the future of IT jobs (2015-08-27 19:58:00)
    One of the main reasons IT exists is to automate low-level work, however that often translates into eliminating jobs. In a world boasting digital disruption, how will the role of an IT worker change?
  • ​TSG hitches US launch of Debitsuccess to Azure (2015-08-27 19:55:00)
    Recurring payments platform rolled out on Azure for elasticity and payment security compliance.
  • Facebook is trying to make it easier to stop video piracy (2015-08-27 19:47:00)
  • The latest Windows 10 privacy scare revolves around family accounts (2015-08-27 19:45:35)
    I’m not sure we’ve gone a week without a new story about Windows 10 invading our privacy, and this week is no exception. Earlier this week, The Independent noticed that Windows 10 will automatically send parents detailed logs of their childrens’ Internet activity by default if they open up a family account on the computer. There’s no warning for either the children or the parents that this is happening, which raises some very serious questions about Microsoft’s right to decide what information parents have access to. READ MORE: Illegal torrent download sites ban Windows 10 over privacy worries Now, it’s worth saying up front that there are certain things that parents might want or need to know about their children, especially if their
  • Twitch meets Periscope with new streaming app Mirrativ (2015-08-27 19:42:38)
    Mirrativ lets you stream games and more directly from your phone or tablet.
  • What you missed at Engadget Live Los Angeles! (2015-08-27 19:25:00)
  • Watch three astronauts repark a Soyuz capsule on the ISS (2015-08-27 19:15:04)
    Two Soyuz capsules are currently docked at the ISS — one at the Poisk module and one at the Rassvet module.  The one at the Poisk module is being moved to free up the port, since it’s facing Earth. Cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko, along with NASA astronaut Scott Kelly will move the Soyuz capsule between 3:12AM ET and 3:37AM ET on Friday.
  • GameStop says new game launches to drive strong second-half growth (2015-08-27 19:13:26)
    GameStop Corp said it expected robust revenue growth in the second half, helped by a strong slate of video game releases and growth in its mobile and consumer electronics businesses. The world's largest retailer of video games and related products said on Thursday it expected its fourth quarter to be particularly strong as highly-awaited games such as "Star Wars: Battlefront" and "Fallout 4" are scheduled for launch. Activision Blizzard Inc's "Destiny: The Taken King", Microsoft Studios' "Halo 5: Guardians" and Ubisoft's "Assassin's Creed: Syndicate" are set to be released in the third quarter.
  • Direct Messenger is an unofficial app for sliding into Twitter DMs (2015-08-27 19:08:51)
    Twitter has been making a lot of changes to direct messages lately, including removing the 140-character limit, and letting you chat with strangers, send URLs, and create groups. Direct Messenger is an unofficial Twitter app with a singular purpose — it lets you send and receive direct messages. Once you link Direct Messenger to your Twitter account, the home screen shows you a list of your previously exchanged direct messages.
  • CAD software maker Autodesk's forecast disappoints (2015-08-27 19:01:42)
    (Reuters) - Autodesk Inc, the maker of computer-aided design (CAD) software, cut its full-year profit and revenue forecast for the second time this year, sending its shares down 7 percent. Autodesk also reported lower-than-expected quarterly revenue as its licensing revenue declined because of the company's shift to a cloud-based subscription model. The company forecast an adjusted profit of 60-72 cents per share for the year ending Jan. 31, well below the average analyst forecast of $1.04.
  • LG launched an awesome iPhone keyboard and I want it right now (2015-08-27 19:00:06)
    LG’s newly unveiled Rolly Keyboard is one of the most impressive new smartphone accessories I’ve seen all year. Although it has the look of a Kickstarter project, the Rolly is a foldable, or rollable, full laptop keyboard that can connect to up to two devices at the same time via Bluetooth to increase your productivity while on the go. DON’T MISS: Video explains the science behind the Lexus Hoverboard Rolly seems to be right up the alley of Microsoft’s Universal Foldable Keyboard that’s also supposed to be highly portable. Microsoft’s solution is to fold the keyboard in two, whereas LG transforms its accessory into a stick that can be easily hidden away in your already-tech-filled backpack or purse. According to
  • 'Star Wars' #ForceFriday event is an 18-hour, live unboxing stream (Tomorrow Daily 233) (2015-08-27 19:00:03)
    Ashley and Khail wonder what kinds of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" toys will be unboxed next week during a global live stream, send kudos to the Open Bionics team for their 2015 UK James Dyson award and see what future-fashion designer Anouk Wipprecht and Audi have been up to. #TDUnbox
  • The Big Picture: It's always sunny in Brooklyn (2015-08-27 18:56:00)
  • One billion people used Facebook on Monday (2015-08-27 18:55:34)
    During just a single day, roughly one out of every seven people on earth logged in to the social network, says Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
  • How Maisie Williams from 'Game of Thrones' ended up in 'Doctor Who' (2015-08-27 18:55:30)
    We all know Maisie Williams as Arya Stark from "Game of Thrones," but it was a role in a made-for-TV movie that led "Doctor Who" execs Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin to cast her in Season 9.
  • The Dexcom G5 lets diabetics track blood sugar on their phone (2015-08-27 18:26:00)
  • Free or discounted software licenses and cloud resources for students and educators (2015-08-27 18:19:30)
    Get ahead of the class by using these offers for free or discounted software licenses and cloud resources available to university students and educators around the world.
  • Facebook celebrates one billion users in single day (2015-08-27 18:02:07)
    Facebook boasted of a new benchmark Thursday in its seemingly inexorable march to Internet ubiquity: a billion people used the social network in a single day. "We just passed an important milestone," chief executive and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg declared in a post on his Facebook page. "When we talk about our financials, we use average numbers, but this is different," Zuckerberg added.
  • Facebook's Instagram adds new photo sizes to keep users, attract ads (2015-08-27 17:54:08)
    By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Instagram has added new layout options in addition to its signature square for pictures and videos in a bid to attract more advertisers and to stop users defecting to more flexible services such as Snapchat. The move is the first major alteration to the photo-sharing, social media service since Facebook Inc bought it for $1 billion in 2012, and addresses the wishes of many of its 300 million users, who have been constrained by the square format. "It boils down to giving advertisers and users more options," said Debra Aho Williamson, a social media marketing and advertising analyst.
  • Nielsen is now tracking ratings for nearly 1,000 streaming shows (2015-08-27 17:53:56)
    Netflix is notorious for not providing audience numbers for its streaming programs, instead leaning on subscriber growth to give observers a sense of how well its efforts are doing. Nielsen hopes that the data it shares can help studios negotiate for higher licensing fees from services if the shows that stream online are shown to do well. Nielsen started measuring viewership data on streaming sites last winter as a means of giving major studios like Twentieth Century Fox and NBCUniversal a clearer sense of how streaming affects their revenue.
  • Apple becomes the second-biggest wearables maker, behind Fitbit (2015-08-27 17:51:00)
  • Apple to introduce next iPhone Sept. 9 (2015-08-27 17:40:20)
    Now that a date's been announced, a ton of new iPhone rumors are swirling. Also, strange new data emerges from the Ashley Madison leak, and Instagram says goodbye to the square photograph (sort of).
  • 'Batman: Arkham Knight' launch drives GameStop's profit beat (2015-08-27 17:37:48)
    (Reuters) - GameStop Corp, the world's largest retailer of video games and related products, reported higher-than-expected quarterly revenue and profit, helped by new releases such as "Batman: Arkham Knight" and "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt". The company's shares rose about 5 percent in extended trading on Thursday. "Batman: Arkham Knight", the last installment of Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment's "Batman Arkham" trilogy, was the top video game by units sold in June, the month it was launched, according to market research firm NPD Group. ...
  • Huge leak details another new iPhone 6s feature you’re going to love (2015-08-27 17:30:15)
    Apple Watch users who are in love with the Motion watch face — the one where an animation of a flower, butterfly or jellyfish pops up on the screen each time you check the time — should know that Apple is reportedly bringing the same kind of animated UI to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. DON’T MISS: New free iPhone app will change the way you use email – watch the video if you don’t believe us Coming from the often accurate Mark Gurman from 9toMac, the report says Apple will offer iPhone 6s buyers a “spiced up set of animated wallpapers” that will work similarly to what’s available on the Apple Watch. Animated wallpapers have been seen by two sources who
  • Playdate: We're screaming through the teen-horror of 'Until Dawn' (2015-08-27 17:30:00)
  • Apple may launch new iPhones at Sept. 9 event (2015-08-27 17:27:10)
    Apple Inc on Thursday invited journalists to a Sept. 9 event, where it is expected to unveil new iPhones and potentially a new version of its Apple TV set-top box. The email invitation includes a colorful Apple logo with the sentence "Hey Siri, give us a hint," referring to Apple's popular digital voice assistant. The company traditionally announces its new iPhones in September.
  • The Wirecutter's best deals: A Roomba, studio monitors and more (2015-08-27 17:16:00)
  • UK songwriter society sues SoundCloud over copyright: FT (2015-08-27 17:15:41)
    (Reuters) - Britain's largest music copyright collective PRS for Music has sued SoundCloud for copyright infringement, saying the online audio-streaming firm did not agree on a licensing deal, the Financial Times reported. The newspaper said PRS for Music, which represents about 100,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers, said it had “no alternative” but to sue SoundCloud for copyright infringement since the music service refused to agree a licensing deal. "Following five years of unsuccessful negotiations, we now find ourselves in a situation where we have no alternative but to commence legal proceedings against the online music service SoundCloud," the society wrote in a letter to its members, according to the newspaper.
  • For the first time, 1 billion people used Facebook in a day (2015-08-27 17:04:57)
    For the first time, a billion people used Facebook in a single day on Monday. CEO Mark Zuckerberg marked the occasion with a post on his Facebook page, saying that one out of seven people on Earth logged ...
  • iPhone 6c is reportedly so similar to the iPhone 5c that it can use old cases (2015-08-27 16:56:25)
    Often referred to in reports as the “iPhone 6c,” Apple’s rumored 4-inch new iPhone has been featured in many leaks lately. A new report now suggests that the handset will be so similar to the 2013 iPhone 5c that existing cases for the previous-generation iPhone will match the upcoming new model. DON’T MISS: The secret way to land a job at Google Previous reports said the iPhone 6c will be a metal 4-inch device rather than a plastic handset like the iPhone 5c. But GizmoChina says its sources have revealed the iPhone 6c will have the same design as the iPhone 5c, though it’s not clear whether that means the new model will also be made of plastic. GizmoChina further says the news comes directly from
  • Office 365 overtakes Google Apps for cloud-based productivity adoption: Bitglass (2015-08-27 16:53:31)
    Last year Google had more than double the market share of Microsoft, but the software giant is now leading Google by nearly three percent.
  • Facebook draws 1 billion users in a single day (2015-08-27 16:51:55)
    Today Facebook announced a huge milestone: a billion people used the service Monday, founder Mark Zuckerberg said in a post. "On Monday, 1 in 7 people on Earth used Facebook to connect with their friends and family," he wrote. The sheer size of Facebook's active user base dwarfs other social networks. "A more open and connected world is a better world," Zuckerberg wrote.
  • 1 billion people used Facebook on Monday (2015-08-27 16:49:00)
  • No, Microsoft is not spying on you with Windows 10 (2015-08-27 16:41:00)
    The Windows 10 privacy agreement doesn't mean Microsoft is secretly stealing the data from your hard disk. Where do people come up with these crazy ideas?
  • Assassin's Creed Syndicate ships on PC a month after consoles (2015-08-27 16:39:14)
    Release date pinned to November for "stability and optimising."
  • Just Cause 3 dev diary explores all the chaotic fun of destruction (2015-08-27 16:39:08)
    See what happens when you cut loose in the open-world game.
  • PS4's Uncharted 4 reaches development milestone (2015-08-27 16:39:06)
    The actors for Sully and Elena have completed their motion-capture assignments for the upcoming PlayStation 4 exclusive.
  • Xbox One not getting Star Wars Battlefront console bundle (2015-08-27 16:39:03)
    Electronic Arts confirms that PlayStation fans will be the only ones getting a special edition console.
  • Buy Spock's uniform, Fizzgig and a Dalek at massive sci-fi auction (2015-08-27 16:37:40)
    An original '60s Spock costume goes up for bid alongside a treasure trove of sci-fi and fantasy movie and television artifacts.
  • I see your Resting Bitch/Dick Face and raise you a Permanently Arched Eyebrow (2015-08-27 16:32:00)
    In the summer of 1997, when I was eleven years old, my mom and grandmother and I made a road-trip pilgrimage to the suburbs of Chicago to visit my late second cousin and her husband. For the most part, this was a pleasant visit; I idolized my second cousin, an extremely sophisticated ad exec with effortless fashion sense who would later give me my first New Yorker subscription. At that time I was at peak adolescent awkwardness, a too-tall babyfaced half Asian tomboy still too uncomfortable with my physicality to deviate much from a uniform of oversized tees and baggy boys shorts. ...
  • 'Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5' was designed with YouTube in mind (2015-08-27 16:30:00)
  • Apple probably won’t introduce an iPhone 6C next month (2015-08-27 16:29:17)
    It's a very safe bet that Apple will introduce an iPhone 6S and an iPhone 6S Plus at the event it's holding two weeks from now, but it's been an open question about whether we'll see a smaller phone — perhaps an iPhone 6C — too. According to 9to5Mac, while we might see a new 4-inch iPhone eventually, it won't be coming in September. The site reports that Apple is working on a phone with the same display size as the iPhone 5, 5S, and 5C but with the internals of the iPhone 6. It makes sense that Apple would want to differentiate its product line this way, but it seems as though people looking to move up from the iPhone 5S without changing size will have to wait.
  • Autodesk buys SeeControl, eyes Internet of things role (2015-08-27 16:29:00)
    Autodesk buys SeeControl for its Internet of things management platform and plans to integrate it with its design software for manufacturing and building.
  • This amazing Optimus Prime birthday cake changes shape (2015-08-27 16:28:32)
    Man, kids today don’t know how good they have it. Video games are insane, drones are available from Toys”R”Us, and birthday cakes.. well, birthday cakes not only look like Optimus Prime, they transform like Optimus Prime as well. Behold, a transforming birthday cake a loving father made for his son’s 6th birthday party. DON’T MISS: The secret way to land a job at Google All the more impressive is that the cake construction is sturdy enough as to not fall to pieces when put into motion. The brilliance of the contraption and the stellar baking effort aside, make sure to keep an eye out for the jaw-dropped reactions of the kids at the party. Curious about how this was all carried
  • How do we stop killers from exploiting social media? (2015-08-27 16:24:12)
    The shooter yesterday, at Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta, Virginia, optimized his murders for attention. Mass shootings are violence that is meant to be disseminated. Consider the Charleston church shootings, in which a white supremacist killed Clementa C. Pinckney and eight others.
  • Splunk tops Q2 estimates, crosses 10,000-customer mark worldwide (2015-08-27 16:22:34)
    After signing more than 500 new customers last quarter, Splunk also posted a much stronger outlook for Q3 sales.
  • Kim and Kanye settle lawsuit against YouTube co-founder for $440,000 (2015-08-27 16:17:54)
    Nearly two years after their bombastic fairytale proposal in San Francisco's AT&T Park, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have won a settlement from the tech pioneer who secretly filmed it for his flopping startup. West and Kardashian's suit against YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley will be dismissed once Hurley pays the couple $440,000. Hurley taped the festivities and released the resulting video on MixBit, his collaborative video editing app, despite signing a confidentiality agreement.
  • It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Superman flying on a drone (2015-08-27 16:12:09)
    This guy strapped a Superman toy to a DJI Phantom 3 drone and captured the Man of Steel flying around Victoria Park in London and presumably saving the day.
  • Google details new runtime permissions in more secure Android 6.0 Marshmallow (2015-08-27 16:08:42)
    The company is showing developers how easy it is to ask for app permissions when running an app. Don't get too excited yet: It will take time to update apps and get Android 6.0 on your device.
  • 'Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5': something new, something borrowed (2015-08-27 16:00:00)
  • Microsoft delivers Windows 10 PC build 10532 to Insiders (2015-08-27 15:59:00)
    Microsoft has made its second Windows 10 test build since the company released the PC version of Windows 10 to manufacturing available to testers.
  • Apple's Sept. 9 Event: Here's What to Expect (2015-08-27 15:52:17)
    Apple's invitation gives a hint as to what might be on the agenda for Sept. 9. The invite features an Apple logo intertwined with the redesigned Siri interface already available on the Apple Watch and slated for fall's iOS 9 release, along with the words, "Hey Siri, give us a hint." That would seemingly point to products tied into Apple's voice-powered digital assistant. Apple typically releases new phones in the fall — in fact, the Sept. 9 event will take place a year to the day that Apple took the wraps off the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
  • Tesla Model S P85D is so amazing it broke Consumer Reports’ rating system (2015-08-27 15:45:35)
    Tesla’s all-wheel-drive Model S P85D might just be the best car on the planet, at least according to Consumer Reports. In fact, Tesla’s top of the line Model S performed so well during testing that it quite literally broke Consumer Reports’ testing scale, initially scoring 103 on a 100 point scale. Subsequently, the publication was forced to implement a few changes to its scoring scale just to account for the Model S. DON’T MISS: New free iPhone app will change the way you use email – watch the video if you don’t believe us Now we all know that the all-wheel-drive Model S is blazing fast and remarkably powerful. With Insane Mode enabled, it can go from 0-60 in just 3.2
  • New estimate: Apple shipped 3.6 million watches last quarter (2015-08-27 15:33:49)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A new report estimates Apple shipped 3.6 million watches in the last quarter — more than some analysts have estimated and enough to change the competitive landscape for fitness bands and other wearable gadgets.
  • Compare the new Moto 360 against its larger predecessor (2015-08-27 15:26:00)
  • Hands-on: Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S2 packs a ton of power into a surprisingly thin frame (2015-08-27 15:19:32)
    There is no flagship model of the Galaxy Tab S2. That’s what a Samsung representative told us yesterday after unveiling one of the lightest tablets I’ve ever held in my hands. Both the 8-inch and 9.7-inch models of the Tab S2 are equally important to Samsung, and at first glance, you can see why: they’re sleek, they’re thin and they’re vibrant. DON’T MISS: Galaxy Note 5 ‘Penghazi’ – what really happens when you insert the S Pen the wrong way? The 9.7-inch model that I left with is not only a fantastic looking device with its 2048 x 1536 Super AMOLED display, it’s also the most powerful tablet that Samsung has ever built. By including the Exynos 5433 processor, which you might recognize from the
  • Here's your first look at Michael Fassbender in 'Assassin's Creed' (2015-08-27 15:17:18)
    Yahoo Movies posts an exclusive glimpse of what Michael Fassbender will look like as Callum Lynch in the upcoming "Assassin's Creed" movie.
  • A surprising number of psychology studies can’t be reproduced (2015-08-27 15:17:11)
    Researchers ought to be able to duplicate the findings of other scientists’ work, but a new study suggests that many published psychology results can't be recreated. A huge, collaborative research project attempted to recreate 100 studies that were recently published in major psychology journals, and it found that only 39 of those studies' results could be replicated. In January 2014, the National Institutes of Health announced it would create new initiatives to address these concerns, but there still aren't widely established reproducibility guidelines.
  • Shrunken version of iPhone 6 reportedly won't be coming this year (2015-08-27 15:05:26)
    Rumors of a 4-inch iPhone 6C have been circulating, but a tech blog reports that this device won't be ready for Apple's upcoming press event next month.
  • Sprint offers DirecTV customers a free year of service (2015-08-27 14:59:27)
    The offer is targeted at rival AT&T, which just closed its acquisition of DirecTV and began offering its own bundles of discounted wireless and satellite TV services.
  • The best of Public Access Vol.11: Welcome home (2015-08-27 14:57:00)
  • The Social Entrepreneur Interview Series: Meet Erwan Kezzar of Simplon (2015-08-27 14:55:34)
    Every day, social entrepreneurs from around the world are seizing opportunities others miss to improve broken systems, innovate and develop solutions to change society for the better. Over the past few months, I've traveled to India, Brazil, Southeast Asia, East Africa, Western Europe and the U.S. to visit 50 NGOs and social enterprises with my...
  • Everything we expect to see at Apple’s big iPhone 6s event (2015-08-27 14:54:15)
    Apple on Thursday set September 9th as the official date for its fall 2015 iPhone launch. While Apple’s newest smartphone will be the highlight of its event, we’re expecting to see a lot more from the pride of Cupertino this year than just another phone. Below we’ll go over the biggest things we’re likely to see at Apple’s event on September 9th. RELATED: iPhone 6s: New report reveals every single detail on new 12MP camera The iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus These are the twin bells of the ball, although we don’t expect them to look too different from the two smartphones Apple released last year. The most recent leaks indicate both smartphones will feature 12-megapixel cameras that can
  • Evernote Food is shutting down, and that's terrible (2015-08-27 14:52:24)
    The only reason I used Evernote is going away on September 30th, when the company shuts down recipe app Evernote Food. Launched in 2011, the iOS (and later Android) app was a food-focused complement to Evernote's main note-clipping service. Evernote Food probably wasn't the single best recipe management tool, but unlike other dedicated cooking apps, it was built on the agnostic and flexible Evernote base service, and it let you search a selection of surprisingly good recipe blogs straight from the app. If you're like me, you'll have a little over a month to make sure everything is synced before you have to go back to flipping through the "recipe" tag on your vanilla Evernote app, between periodic nagging about upgrading your account.
  • TechRepublic welcomes Dan Patterson, Senior Writer (2015-08-27 14:51:00)
    The TechRepublic team is excited to introduce the newest member of our staff--a writer who's going to help us in our mission to serve useful information to the planet's smartest tech readers.
  • Watch Batman's kill count rise in this supercut video (2015-08-27 14:48:21)
    Video depicting the movie version of Batman wiping out criminals reminds us all never to get on the Caped Crusader's bad side. Also, stay clear of his reckless driving.
  • Apps to kick off your fantasy football season (2015-08-27 14:43:00)
    With a few friends and a couple of apps, you can start your own fantasy football league.
  • Brand-new ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ footage revealed on Instagram (2015-08-27 14:35:26)
    Yes! Star Wars’ official Instagram account sent the geek world into a frenzy on Thursday by posting snippets of never-before-seen footage from The Force Awakens. Let’s do a picture-by-picture look at the new footage. RELATED: The new Star Wars trailer is amazing… but I’m still terrified the movie will stink Here’s the full video that we see on the Star Wars Instagram feed: Now let’s look at some screencaps. This clearly looks like a whole bunch of imperial Storm Troopers lined up with two Sith lords in the center. Obviously it seems the Empire isn’t quite dead after all despite the death of the Emperor in Episode VI. That’s actress Daisy Ridley, who plays the character Rey, standing in front of what looks like a retooled R2-D2-style
  • IT unions: The wrong approach to achieving a noble goal (2015-08-27 14:33:59)
    TechRepublic readers suggest that forming a union is the only way to prevent poor working conditions for IT pros. Patrick Gray presents his case against unionized IT.
  • The Big Picture: A nebula with the grace of a butterfly (2015-08-27 14:31:00)
  • Chrome is getting more aggressive about silencing autoplay videos (2015-08-27 14:28:08)
    Chrome is getting more aggressive about that least popular web feature: autoplay video. A new post from engineer François Beaufort laid out Chrome's new approach, which will block playback as long as a given autoplay video is in a background tab. The browser will still load the video as soon as the tab is opened, but it won't start it until you visit the page itself, hopefully preventing the usual surprise when a late-loading video starts up in the background.
  • Sea levels are rising and show no signs of stopping (2015-08-27 14:27:02)
    Sea level rise due to warming oceans and melting ice is by now unavoidable. According to new NASA research released this week, sea levels have risen an average of almost 3 inches since 1992. "Given what we know now about how the ocean expands as it warms and how ice sheets and glaciers are adding water to the seas," explained Steve Nerem, lead of NASA's new Sea Level Change Team, "it’s pretty certain we are locked into at least 3 feet of sea level rise, and probably more. Research does show that sea level changes vary around the world.
  • iPhone 6s: Force Touch and Other Big Changes on Way (2015-08-27 14:24:09)
    Apple is gearing up for the next versions of its smartphone. Invites have gone out for Apple's September 9th event, and we can only assume it means the rumors about the next iPhones will be put to rest then. From a sharper camera and more memory to the addition of Force Touch technology found in other Apple hardware, here's what we know about Apple's iPhone 6S and 6S Plus so far.
  • In Spain, Google Street View car targeted by tomato throwers (2015-08-27 14:22:11)
    All it wanted was to capture the aftermath of Spain's annual Tomatina festival, but in the end, the Google Street View car turned out to be a ripe target for tomato throwers. The car's windows and mirrors as well as its cameras were damaged, Spanish media said, but Google said no-one had been injured. "The Street View team went to the Tomatina festival where they were going to collect images after the tomato fight," the company said.
  • Watch John Boyega wield a lightsaber in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015-08-27 14:18:02)
    Star Wars: The Force Awakens is coming this December, but other than a glimpse of Kylo Ren last year there's been little footage of lightsabers in action. That's changing today with our first glimpse of a new character wielding one of the brilliant laser swords: John Boyega's Finn.
  • Samsung Pay beta arrives on every major carrier but Verizon (2015-08-27 14:08:00)
  • Sprint offers DirecTV customers free year of phone service (2015-08-27 14:07:46)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Sprint is offering DirecTV customers one free year of cellphone service in a bold move aimed at the satellite TV company's new owner, AT&T.
  • Scary iPhone malware can spy on you even after you close infected apps (2015-08-27 14:07:21)
    A rather scary piece of iPhone malware would let an attacker spy on a target using an approved App Store app without the person’s knowledge. In fact, the malware app could continue to gather data for the hackers — or for a spy agency — even after the infected app is closed by the user. Apple apparently fixed this huge vulnerability beginning with iOS 8.4.1, but earlier iOS builds are still affected. DON’T MISS: New free iPhone app will change the way you use email – watch the video if you don’t believe us If you stop using an app and minimize it to the background, the app stops working after about three minutes to save processor power and thus battery life. But the Ins0mnia bug, discovered
  • German justice minister tells Facebook to take racism more seriously (2015-08-27 14:01:56)
    Germany's minister of justice and consumer protection is urging Facebook to respond more proactively to racist material, as the country faces anti-refugee protests and violence. Bloomberg, Reuters, Der Tagesspiegel, and other news outlets have obtained a letter sent by minister Heiko Maas to Facebook's European public policy director Richard Allan, alleging that the company has failed to listen to users who flag hate speech. "Facebook users are, in particular, complaining increasingly that your company is not effectively stopping racist 'posts' and comments despite their pointing out concrete examples," Reuters quotes from the letter. Maas apparently took issue with users reporting boilerplate responses from Facebook, telling them that the content didn't violate community standards but not providing more concrete reasons.
  • Apple will host next iPhone launch Sept. 9 (2015-08-27 14:00:01)
    The electronics giant has sent out invitations to an event next month in San Francisco, where it's expected to show off the next iPhones and a new Apple TV box.
  • Google rejects 'unfounded' EU antitrust charges of market abuse (2015-08-27 13:54:11)
    Google Inc has rejected EU antitrust charges that it abused its market power, exposing the company to the risk of a hefty fine if it does not alter its business practices. The company's comments came after the European Commission in April accused it of distorting internet search results to favor its shopping service, harming both rivals and consumers. "Economic data spanning more than a decade, an array of documents and statements from complainants all confirm that product search is robustly competitive," Kent Walker, Google's general counsel, wrote in a blog on Thursday.
  • Apple lines up Sept 9 event, seen unveiling new iPhones (2015-08-27 13:47:53)
    Apple Inc on Thursday invited journalists to a Sept. 9 event, where it is expected to unveil new iPhones and potentially a new version of its Apple TV set-top box. The email invitation includes a colorful Apple logo with the sentence "Hey Siri, give us a hint," referring to Apple's popular digital voice assistant. The company traditionally announces its new iPhones in September.
  • The Vergecast will be live today at 4:30PM ET! (2015-08-27 13:46:51)
    Siri, give us a hint. No, seriously, quit teasing us, your hints are very nonspecific. Is it bigger than a breadbox? Is it animal, vegetable, or mineral? What happens if I Force Touch it? Ok, fine, we'll wait until September 9th. But we're going to talk about it today, anyway, on The Vergecast.
  • Cops in North Dakota can now arm Drones with tasers and tear gas (2015-08-27 13:44:43)
    The idea of weaponized drones might sound like something you’d see in a sci-fi movie, but you might end up seeing it in the real world before you know it. Following the passage of a new bill in North Dakota, police in that state now have the green light to launch and use drones armed with a variety of non-lethal weapons, including rubber bullets, tear gas, pepper spray, and tasers. DON’T MISS: New free iPhone app will change the way you use email – watch the video if you don’t believe us Speaking to how backwards our governing bodies can be at times, the original aim of the passed bill was to require police to obtain a search warrant before using
  • Apple patent application ups the ante on noise-canceling headphones (2015-08-27 13:41:58)
    The company is looking into bone conduction technology that would improve voice communications in a wireless earphone system.
  • How Words Like Butt-Dial and Redditor Make It Into the Oxford English Dictionary (2015-08-27 13:40:05)
    Redditor, shareable and butt-dial are among the latest words to join the Oxford English Dictionary, which keeps the definitive record of words that have permeated the English language. Clifford Sofield, an assistant editor at Oxford English Dictionary, told ABC News a team of editors is responsible for evaluating new words that may have gained a place in the vernacular to determine if they meet an established set of standards to be added to the dictionary.
  • Instagram no longer thinks it's hip to be square (2015-08-27 13:37:00)
  • Randy Pitchford on Battleborn, the new genre-busting game from the makers of Borderlands (2015-08-27 13:22:21)
    Gearbox Software is no stranger to skepticism. When the company first started showing 2009's Borderlands to people, it was greeted with incredulity and the well-intentioned advice to "just do more Brothers in Arms." Now, millions of sales later, and with Borderlands 2 distinguishing itself as publisher 2K Games' best-selling title, few would question the wisdom of developing that madcap game. If Borderlands was unusual for its combination of frenetic first-person shooter action with the more strategic elements of role-playing games, Battleborn is even less amenable to genre classification because it tries to also integrate elements of multiplayer online battle arena games.
  • Apple will stream its iPhone event to Windows 10 users (2015-08-27 13:22:11)
    For the first time in years, Apple is planning to stream its iPhone event to Windows users. A webpage for the September 9th iPhone event reveals that Apple will support Windows 10 PCs with the Microsoft Edge browser. Typically, Windows users have had to result to using VLC or another media app just to access Apple's stream during a big iPhone or iPad unveiling.
  • Evernote shutting down its Food apps for iOS and Android (2015-08-27 13:22:00)
  • Apple schedules new product event for Sept. 9 (2015-08-27 13:16:19)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple has announced plans for a new product event on Sept. 9 in San Francisco, where the giant tech company is expected to show off new iPhones and other gadgets.
  • Apple event set for Sept 9 in San Francisco (2015-08-27 13:15:39)
    San Francisco (AFP) - Apple on Thursday sent out invitations to a Sept. 9 media event, hinting that Siri virtual assistant software in its mobile devices will play a role.
  • Twitter tries to lure in users as it searches for CEO (2015-08-27 13:10:22)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter's most urgent task is naming a new CEO. But the most formidable one is convincing enough people that its service is essential, easy to use and not just meant for celebrities, 16-year-olds and news junkies.
  • iPhone rumors: everything we think we know about the new Apple iPhone 6S (2015-08-27 13:04:42)
    Apple's September iPhone event has been announced, and we're now weeks away from the unveiling of the iPhone 6S — plus, perhaps, a couple of surprises. One of the most annoying things about the iPhone is its tendency to latch onto Wi-Fi networks even when there's a very poor signal. Join a Starbucks network or your cable company's public Wi-Fi just once, and the phone will often try to hop back on even in passing.
  • Sennheiser unveils magical mystery marble something (2015-08-27 13:03:01)
    The mysterious product celebrates 70 years of the family-run German audio company.
  • You can now post full-size landscape and portrait photos on Instagram (2015-08-27 13:00:02)
    Visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris, as I did last year, and you’ll see tourists contorting themselves to try and fit the length of the monument into Instagram’s iconic square frame. When you access your photo gallery from within the updated app, you’ll now see a format button above the camera roll. You can use this button to toggle between square and full-size images.
  • Sharks, skateboards, survival debut on Discovery VR network (2015-08-27 12:53:07)
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Discovery is unleashing the first videos for its virtual reality network, Discovery VR, a fledgling service that is testing the limits and capabilities of the immersive format.
  • Google: EU is 'wrong as a matter of fact, law, and economics' (2015-08-27 12:51:00)
  • Siri's hints about Apple's iPhone event are a giant tease (2015-08-27 12:48:39)
    Apple just announced its big iPhone event for September 9th. Usually blogs are delicately picking apart the invite image for hidden clues, but this time Apple has involved Siri for some additional fun. If you ask Siri "give me a hint" then the digital assistant will tease you about Apple's event next month.
  • Google rejects EU anti-trust charges as 'wrong' (2015-08-27 12:44:39)
    US Internet search giant Google on Thursday rejected accusations by EU anti-trust regulators that it illegally abuses its market dominance, in its first formal reaction to allegations by Brussels earlier this year. "We believe that the statement of objections' preliminary conclusions are wrong as a matter of fact, law, and economics," Google general counsel Kent Walker said in a blog post, referring to the European Union's official complaint filed in April. By standing its ground in the formal response, Google leaves the daunting decision to further pursue one of the world's most far-reaching companies to EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, a steely Dane and Europe's top anti-trust regulator.
  • German justice minister asks Facebook to delete racist posts (2015-08-27 12:42:03)
    BERLIN (AP) — Germany's justice minister says he wants Facebook to delete racist content faster amid a surge in anti-migrant pages and comments on the social networking site.
  • Leaked photo of iPhone 6s Plus retail box brings one potential reason to worry (2015-08-27 12:37:44)
    Apple’s iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are expected to be announced on September 9th, during a yet-to-be-confirmed Apple media event that should already be in the works. Meanwhile, the constant stream of iPhone 6s leaks keep pumping out more rumors, with some more believable than others. A photo of a supposed retail box for the iPhone 6s Plus was taken somewhere in China recently, and it might bring some details that iPhone users won’t appreciate: the new iPhones might have smaller batteries than their predecessors. DON’T MISS: New free iPhone app will change the way you use email – watch the video if you don’t believe us According to cnBeta, the iPhone 6s Plus retail packaging shows an image of the device with a fish wallpaper
  • Apple sends invites to September 9 event: New iPhones likely inbound (2015-08-27 12:32:00)
    It's nearly time for new iPhones: Apple is holding a special event at the Bill Graham Auditorium where it will likely debut the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.
  • Apple's iPhone 6S and 6S Plus event takes off on September 9th (2015-08-27 12:29:00)
  • Huawei brings online smartphone brand Honor to Europe (2015-08-27 12:25:27)
    Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] brought its youth-focused mobile phone brand Honor to Europe on Thursday with the launch of the Honor 7, a handset that has chalked up sales of more than 1.5 million in China since June. Huawei, the world's number three smartphone maker according to Gartner, has invested heavily in the past couple of years to establish Honor as a standalone brand challenging Beijing-based Xiaomi Inc [XTC.UL] in appealing to digitally savvy consumers. George Zhao, president of Huawei's Honor brand, said the handsets would be mainly promoted and sold online in Europe, as they were in China.
  • iPhone 6S might sport animated wallpapers like Apple Watch (2015-08-27 12:22:00)
  • Apple iPhone event announced for Wednesday, September 9 (2015-08-27 12:16:50)
    Apple has just announced its traditional fall iPhone launch, sending out invitations to the press for an event on September 9th at 10AM PST, as expected. The company is expected to unveil a new pair of smartphones: the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. Not much is known about what the new devices might offer in the way of upgrades, but it's a good bet that the displays will incorporate Force Touch — technology that allows for force-sensitive touches and has already appeared on the Apple Watch and newer MacBooks.
  • Google says EU anti-trust accusations 'wrong' (2015-08-27 12:09:34)
    US Internet search giant Google on Thursday rejected accusations by EU anti-trust regulators that it illegally abuses its market dominance, in its first formal reaction to allegations by Brussels earlier this year. "We believe that the statement of objections' preliminary conclusions are wrong as a matter of fact, law, and economics," Google general counsel Kent Walker said in a blog post, referring to the European Union's official complaint filed in April. By standing its ground in its formal response, Google leaves the daunting decision to further pursue one of the world's most far-reaching companies to EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, a steely Dane and Europe's top anti-trust regulator.
  • Google rejects EU anti-trust allegations as flawed (2015-08-27 12:03:40)
    BRUSSELS (AP) — Google has rejected a complaint by Europe's competition watchdog that the Internet giant is abusing its dominance in Web search to promote its own products.
  • Leaked photos give us the best look yet at new Moto 360 (2015-08-27 12:01:13)
    Earlier this month, an FCC report indicated that Motorola may be set to offer two versions of the next Moto 360. A new image posted by the HelloMotoHK Google+ account shows what seems to be a smaller Moto 360, set alongside the original for comparison. While Motorola still hasn’t officially released any details, both the 360S and 360L are listed as having Bluetooth, Bluetooth LE, and Wi-Fi connectivity, according to documents submitted to Brazilian telecoms agency Anatel. Earlier leaks showed the new watch with a dark finish and band, while this one clearly has a silver casing and brown leather strap, indicating that Motorola will again offer a few color variations with the new watches.
  • MacBooster 3 for Mac (2015-08-27 12:00:03)
    Free up hard drive space, protect Mac from malware and virus, and speed up Mac system performance
  • Shortcut app Workflow now works in the iOS Notification Center (2015-08-27 12:00:00)
    One of the best shortcut apps on iOS just got an added boost of functionality, because Workflow now offers widget integration with Apple's Notification Center. If you've never used it, Workflow is an app where you can program a chain of instructions to accomplish all sorts of actions. You can create a workflow that gives you directions to all your day's meetings, or summon up the closest coffee shops, or make a GIF from one of your videos.
  • 6 gadgets to help you keep track of your kids (2015-08-27 12:00:00)
  • iPhone 6s: New report reveals every single detail on new 12MP camera (2015-08-27 11:53:30)
    Last year’s iPhone 6 had a terrific camera despite the fact that its resolution checked in at only 8 megapixels. With this in mind, we have very high expectations for the iPhone 6s’s camera, as a new report from 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman offers us crucial details on the camera’s specifications and features. FROM EARLIER: ‘The Martian’ recruits physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson to narrate a brilliant guerrilla marketing video First Gurman confirms Apple has upgraded the camera’s resolution from 8 megapixels to 12 megapixels, but that’s just the start. The camera will also be the first iPhone camera to offer support for recording 4K videos, which is a feature Samsung has had on its phones since last year with both the Galaxy S5
  • This is either Michael Fassbender in Assassin's Creed, or a really weird poster for Steve Jobs (2015-08-27 11:52:43)
    Michael Fassbender is an actor. A very good actor. The first time you saw him was probably in Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds. Or maybe X-Men: First Class, when he played Young Magneto. And if you're like me, you've watched as he's gone on to show up in pretty much everything. Shame (Sex-addled Fassbender). Prometheus (Robot Fassbender). Frank (Weird Fassbender). Steve Jobs (Turtlenecked Fassbender). And here's the thing about him: even when the movie is not so great, Fassbender almost always is.
  • iPhone 6S will reportedly feature 12-megapixel camera, 4K video recording (2015-08-27 11:49:40)
    The iPhone camera is finally upping its megapixel count. 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman reports that the next major flagship from Apple will feature a 12-megapixel camera, an increase over the 8-megapixel approach the company has stuck with for years. As iPhones have kept loyal to the 8-megapixel sensor, Android makers like Sony, Samsung, and LG have produced some fairly remarkable 16-megapixel smartphone cameras.
  • Amazon is now developing a Galaxy Quest TV series (2015-08-27 11:45:46)
    By Grabthar's hammer, Galaxy Quest is heading to Amazon. According to Entertainment Weekly, the new series based on the 1999 sci-fi cult classic is in development at Amazon Studios. The project is currently in its earliest stages, and a pilot hasn't yet been announced. However, the news should certainly excite fans of the original film.
  • South African prototype may solve solar power problem (2015-08-27 11:40:41)
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — By thinking small, a group of South African scientists may have pioneered solar technology that has stumped internet giant Google.
  • The best new feature on the iPhone 6s may have just been confirmed in iOS 9 code (2015-08-27 11:40:32)
    In less than two weeks, Apple will hold its annual new iPhone launch event, with the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus being the obvious stars of the show. The keynote is also supposed to bring several other announcements covering various other new Apple products. Many reports have so far suggested different specs and features that will supposedly be included in the new iPhones, and leaked images and videos have also shown purported iPhone 6s components. Like each iPhone generation to date, the new iPhone will have one defining new feature, and it may have just been confirmed in existing iOS 9 code. DON’T MISS: Does iOS have a bloatware problem? Developer Hamza Sood, who has made a name for himself by finding traces of upcoming features in iOS code,
  • We built a robot to help you win The New Yorker’s cartoon caption contest (2015-08-27 11:38:06)
    Elaine pulls out a copy of The New Yorker, points to a cartoon and says, "I don't get this." "Me neither," Jerry says after some inspection. Generate a caption as many times as you’d like — then, submit it to The New Yorker.
  • Google says EU antitrust charges are unfounded (2015-08-27 11:34:00)
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Google, the world's most popular Internet search engine, rejected on Thursday European Union antitrust charges that it abused its market power, saying they lacked any economic or legal basis. "Economic data spanning more than a decade, an array of documents and statements from complainants all confirm that product search is robustly competitive," Kent Walker, Google's general counsel, wrote in a blog. ...
  • Google Chrome may ease auto-playing video headaches (2015-08-27 11:33:00)
  • SoundCloud is being sued by a UK licensing company for not paying royalties (2015-08-27 11:17:10)
    Performing Rights Society for Music (PRS), a group that represents musicians and publishers in the UK, is suing SoundCloud for failing to obtain the proper license to host PRS members' music on its platform. The group, which licenses music to organizations and distributes the resulting royalties to artists, insists that SoundCloud needs a "PRS for Music license" to legally stream the music of members in the UK. Without the license, SoundCloud is not properly compensating PRS members for their work, PRS claims.
  • 7 awesome paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time (2015-08-27 11:17:01)
    You want paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free? We’ll give you paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free. Wednesday’s list included eight solid apps that included a little something for everyone, and there are still a few freebies in there if you hurry. Today, of course, we have a fresh list for you. This one includes seven paid iOS apps that are normally all paid downloads, but right now you won’t pay a cent. DON’T MISS: Does iOS have a bloatware problem? 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 sales could
  • Samsung Pay US beta launches for all carriers except Verizon (2015-08-27 11:16:24)
    Samsung Pay will formally launch in the United States late next month, but if you want to try it before that, there's now a beta you can register for. It's open to anyone who owns a Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, Note 5, or S6 Edge+ on all major carriers except for Verizon. Unfortunately, the nation's biggest mobile provider is only willing to say that it's "evaluating" Samsung Pay at this time, and Verizon could very well miss the September 28th launch.
  • Microsoft Snip annotates screenshots with voice notes and scribbles (2015-08-27 11:01:00)
  • Uber China closes $1 billion fundraising round: sources (2015-08-27 10:55:59)
    BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc’s China arm has closed its $1 billion fundraising round early, according to two people with knowledge of the matter, with investors still hopeful for the U.S.-based ride service despite strong domestic competition in the car-hailing market. Investors in Uber’s Chinese unit include Hillhouse Capital, Asia’s biggest hedge fund, Chinese Internet giant Baidu Inc, China CITIC Bank Corp Ltd, China Life Insurance Co Ltd, Ping An Insurance Group Co of China among others, said one of the people. A spokeswoman for Uber declined to comment. ...
  • New free iPhone app will change the way you use email – watch the video if you don’t believe us (2015-08-27 10:52:59)
    If I had a dollar for every time a company emailed me with news of a “revolutionary” app or product that will “change the way” people do whatever it is this particular thing addresses, I would be retired on a beach somewhere right now. But alas, I’m sitting in my office with an inbox full of annoying PR pitches instead. Every once in a while, however, something crosses my desk that actually does deliver on the lofty claims posed by the public relations firm that emails me, and such is the case with a new free iPhone app that was just released on Thursday. DON’T MISS: Does iOS have a bloatware problem? The app in question is called Geronimo, and it just launched for
  • iPhone 6S will reportedly have animated wallpaper like the Apple Watch (2015-08-27 10:52:05)
    9to5Mac is reporting that at least one thing separating the iPhone 6S from its predecessor will have to do with wallpaper. Similar to Apple Watch (and Android's live wallpaper feature), the next iPhone will reportedly support animated backgrounds. "For the new iPhone, we are told the types of motion wallpapers range from sets of animated fish from a koi pond to colorful arrays of smoke," wrote 9to5Mac's reliable Mark Gurman.
  • UK's Playtech mulls deals in online gambling, trading businesses (2015-08-27 10:48:41)
    Playtech Plc, the online gaming and betting software provider founded by Israeli billionaire Teddy Sagi, is still hungry for acquisitions even after having spent over $1 billion this year on its foray into forex trading. Isle of Man-based Playtech has made three acquisition with the aim of carving a niche in currency trading, while the gambling industry consolidates to combat higher taxes and tougher regulation in Britain. "We definitely intend to continue considering certain additional M&A opportunities going forward, for both gaming and online CFD trading," Chief Executive Mor Weizer told Reuters.
  • Apple filed a patent for noise-cancelling wireless earphones (2015-08-27 10:36:44)
    On Thursday, August 27, Apple's patent application for earbuds with noise-cancelling sensors was published. According to a patent application published Thursday (filed back in February) and spotted by Apple Insider, Apple has filed a patent for wireless earbuds that cancel out noise using sensors and bone conduction technology. The patent outlines Apple's plans to create wireless earphones (earbuds) with a multitude of sensors that monitor sound vibrations (the user's voice, wind, external noises etc.) using bone conduction -- enabling the device to correct and improve sound quality and levels continuously.
  • ‘The Martian’ recruits physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson to narrate a brilliant guerrilla marketing video (2015-08-27 10:31:52)
    The Martian, a new science fiction movie starring Matt Damon and directed by Ridley Scott, is one of the most anticipated movies coming later this year. Whether or not the film is actually any good, there’s no doubt it’s already received a first-rate marketing effort and its latest guerrilla marketing video is by far its coolest yet. MUST READ: #TrumpBible is the funniest thing on the Internet this week – here are the highlights It seems the film has recruited famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson to make a new video in which he describes the spaceship Hermes’ first trip to Mars approximately 15 years from now. The scientist’s hair in the video is noticeably grayer than it is today, a nod to
  • Microscopic 'fish' could clean toxins from your bloodstream (2015-08-27 10:30:00)
  • Apple Watch nips at Fitbit's heels in wearables race (2015-08-27 10:25:24)
    In just three months, Apple has come within striking distance of market leader Fitbit, shipping an estimated 3.6 million Apple Watches.
  • Want to fly a drone for work? Go get a hot air balloon license (2015-08-27 10:09:46)
    Several days a week over the past month, Alon Sicherman has found himself sitting upright in bed at 4:45AM in a motel near a town called Poughquag, in upstate New York, asking himself the same question: what the hell am I doing? Sicherman, a freelance photographer who lives in New York City, about two hours by car from Poughquag, does not want to fly balloons for a living, or even for fun. "It’s absurd," Sicherman said after I had joined him and his instructor, Bill Hughes, on a recent training flight.
  • Does iOS have a bloatware problem? (2015-08-27 10:06:16)
    When it comes to tech coverage, Forbes is generally a pretty mixed bag. The site publishes content from a huge number of contributors, some of whom know their stuff, and some of whom are great for some comic relief and little else. On Wednesday morning, I read a post on Forbes that fell into the former category. It was a nice quick post about Android bloatware, and it explained why future Android devices may have less of it. The post was well written, made a few good points, and offered a good quote from a VP of engineering at Google for support. Then, Forbes’ social media editor completely ruined the post for me with a single tweet. DON’T MISS: Free app completely
  • The newest Tomb Raider is a beautiful mobile puzzle game (2015-08-27 10:04:21)
    The mobile game took the core of the Hitman franchise — sneaking around and killing people — and turned it into digital board game, where a cold-blooded assassin was just a piece you moved around a board. It was weird, but it worked, and resulted in one of the best mobile puzzle games around. Now Square Enix has done the same with another unsuspecting blockbuster franchise: Tomb Raider.
  • Digital Business Transformation is a Team Sport (2015-08-27 10:04:11)
    Matt Preschern is Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of HCL Technologies, a US$6.0 billion global information technology services company. As the company's CMO, Matt leads all marketing functions including global business and strategic marketing, sales enablement and corporate communications. HCL Technologies has over 106,000...
  • Logitech is launching two new gaming headphones (2015-08-27 10:01:02)
    The gaming products and accessories provider has introduced two new headphones: the G633 and G933 Artemis Spectrum.
  • Mini review video: our verdict of the Galaxy Note 5 in under a minute (2015-08-27 10:00:00)
  • German justice minister takes aim at Facebook over racist posts (2015-08-27 09:59:36)
    Germany's justice minister has accused Facebook of doing too little to thwart racist posts and hate comments on the social media platform and has proposed a meeting next month in Berlin with top officials from the company in Europe. In a letter to Facebook public policy director Richard Allan in Dublin obtained by Reuters, Heiko Maas said he had received many complaints from users that their protests on racist posts have been ignored. "Facebook users are, in particular, complaining increasingly that your company is not effectively stopping racist 'posts' and comments despite their pointing out concrete examples," wrote Maas, a member of the center Social Democrats (SPD).
  • That week I tried to unplug from Slack (2015-08-27 09:50:08)
    Several months ago, I started to get this familiar loss-of-control feeling with Slack, and I started to wonder if there's a hidden cost to being hyper-connected at work. How much do I really depend on Slack? In the two years since it launched, Slack has become a major force in group communication, used by over a million people daily and worth an estimated $2.8 billion.
  • Hangry Redditor rage-quits cat cafe: All enter Oxford Dictionary (2015-08-27 09:45:43)
    The Oxford Dictionary welcomes a swarm of new entries, including matcha, mecha, subreddit and manic pixie dream girl.
  • AP sues over access to FBI records involving fake news story (2015-08-27 09:45:11)
    The Associated Press sued the U.S. Department of Justice Thursday over the FBI's failure to provide public records related to the creation of a fake news story used to plant surveillance software on a suspect's computer.
  • Major UK music body sues SoundCloud over unpaid royalties (2015-08-27 09:41:00)
  • The best superhero movies this summer didn't have any superheroes at all (2015-08-27 09:27:26)
    As if it couldn’t let the final days of summer draw to a straggling close without showing off just a little bit more, Universal Pictures announced this morning that it had set a new domestic box-office record, racking up $2.113 billion in box office receipts over the course of the year thus far. It’s an impressive feat, capping off a summer movie season in which Universal held four of the top 10 domestic box office spots, easily holding off rivals like Disney despite the spandex-clad power of Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man. Sure, the studio had the runaway success of Jurassic World, but it also bolstered its slate with diverse successes like Pitch Perfect 2 and Straight Outta Compton.
  • Facebook to meet German government on Internet hate-mongering (2015-08-27 09:25:06)
    Facebook on Thursday accepted an invitation from Germany's justice minister to discuss doing more to purge the social network of racist posts after widespread complaints from users. In a letter to Facebook's European subsidiaries, Justice Minister Heiko Maas suggested a meeting with company executives on September 14 to talk about "improving the effectiveness and transparency of your community standards". Facebook's German unit agreed to meet Maas, saying in an email sent to AFP it "takes his concerns very seriously".
  • Apple fast closing in on wearable device maker Fitbit: IDC (2015-08-27 09:24:42)
    (Reuters) - Apple Inc, which launched the Apple Watch in June, is within striking distance of leader Fitbit Inc in the wearable devices market, market research firm IDC said. Apple shipped 3.6 million Apple Watches in the second quarter of 2015, just behind Fitbit's 4.4 million wearable fitness and health trackers, IDC said. The Apple Watch, which sports many health-related features and apps, is seen as the biggest rival to Fitbit's trackers.
  • Apple shipped 3.6 million Apple Watches last quarter, says IDC (2015-08-27 09:22:50)
    With only a single product to its name, Apple has already taken the number two spot in the global wearables market, according to market analysts IDC. The agency's quarterly wearable report claims that Apple shipped a total of 3.6 million units in the second quarter of 2015, putting it just behind market leader Fitbit, shipping 4.4 million devices. Not only is the Apple Watch the company's debut product in the market, but it's also so much more expensive than the competition.
  • 'Rapture' game soundtrack pulled from out-of-touch UK charts (2015-08-27 09:22:00)
  • Video explains the science behind the Lexus Hoverboard (2015-08-27 09:20:19)
    A couple of months ago, Lexus introduced its rideable Hoverboard to the world in a YouTube video. We couldn’t be certain whether or not it was a prank, as no one actually rode the floating skateboard in the video, but earlier this month, we finally got to see the Hoverboard in action. It was incredible, but even with video proof, it’s still hard to believe it’s real. MUST READ: 10 killer jailbreak tweaks that add features regular iPhone users wish they had And the fact that some of us are still struggling to come to grips with the device might be exactly why Lexus decided to release a new video last week about the science behind the Hoverboard. “Hovering, in general, is
  • Where the tech elite go to eat (2015-08-27 09:17:22)
    For Road Trip 2015, CNET uncovers where tech workers -- everyone from programmers to CEOs to venture capitalists -- line up for lunch in downtown San Francisco.
  • New York City's taxi industry insiders made an app to compete with Uber (2015-08-27 09:14:10)
    The introduction of Uber to New York City has destabilized the taxi industry. The value of medallions has been cut nearly in half, pushing medallion owners into financial distress. Meanwhile swathes of yellow cabs are now sitting idle, as drivers flock to Uber.
  • Dell revives the Alienware 18, upgrades its smaller gaming laptops (2015-08-27 09:00:00)
  • ICYMI: User-generated Golf ads, motocross bionics and machine gun traps (2015-08-27 09:00:00)
  • Alienware's gaming laptops and X51 desktop get faster specs and extra features (2015-08-27 09:00:00)
    Over recent years, Alienware computers have become increasingly reasonable options for anyone who's looking to get into PC gaming but is unable or unwilling to build a rig from scratch (which will, of course, usually be cheaper for those with the time and ability). First up is the X51, Alienware's mid-range desktop PC that offers impressive power in a package roughly the size of an Xbox One — previous models have won a lot of fans (myself included) for providing a strong PC gaming experience in a single, simple box. The first new models include Intel Skylake i5k or i7k processors, DDR4 RAM, and optional liquid cooling support, which is quieter and more efficient than a traditional fan system and allows for safer overclocking.
  • 10 killer jailbreak tweaks that add features regular iPhone users wish they had (2015-08-27 08:55:29)
    Apple’s upcoming next-generation iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are going to add some fantastic new features to the company’s smartphone lineup, but there are some great features iPhones will never have out of the box. It’s not because Apple wants people to miss out on these experiences, per se, but rather that Apple focuses on features that will appeal to the broadest range of users. Of course, that’s why we have the jailbreak community. DON’T MISS: Coin launches new second-gen smart card with NFC; all current users get free upgrades Jailbreak developers fill in every gap they can think of when it comes to features and functionality that may be considered missing from iOS. Apple’s new iOS 9 software will add
  • Tesla's Model S P85D is so good it broke Consumer Reports' rating system (2015-08-27 08:45:54)
    How good is Tesla's Model S P85D? Insanely good, says Consumer Reports, with the electric sedan performing better than any other car the magazine has reviewed and breaking its rating system in the process. "The Tesla initially scored 103 in the Consumer Reports' Ratings system, which by definition doesn’t go past 100," said Consumer Reports.
  • Rollable keyboard folds into portable stick for mobile devices (2015-08-27 08:43:04)
    LG has created a portable keyboard for tablets that rolls into a stick slim enough to fit in a purse or briefcase. To be unveiled at the IFA 2015 show in Berlin in October, the Rolly Keyboard is designed as a slim, portable accompaniment to tablets by folding up along four rows. The keyboard also features a built-in stand to support smartphones and can hold tablets upright, turning the whole of the ensemble into a makeshift desktop device.
  • Choose Android or Windows 10 Mobile with upcoming budget phone from Archos (2015-08-27 08:40:00)
    A phone will be unveiled at IFA in September by French company Archos with a choice of OS.
  • Huawei's emerging virtualization solutions for emerging markets, but not exclusively (2015-08-27 08:37:51)
    Huawei's virtualization offerings are having a big impact in emerging markets. Find out why it's a disruptive alternative vendor for these regions and possibly for others.
  • Solitaire gets a much-needed makeover in this new mobile game (2015-08-27 08:32:04)
    More specifically, he’s not a fan of the way the game has changed as it shifted from a physical card game to perhaps the most played video game of all time, thanks to the version that comes bundled with every copy Windows. "I love the building blocks of Solitaire," he explains, "but I do hate modern Solitaire. Out today on iOS, it’s called Sage Solitaire, and I can’t stop playing.
  • Microsoft Snip brings Windows screenshots to life with voice and ink (2015-08-27 08:28:02)
    Microsoft has a new Office tool that's really useful if you regularly take screenshots. Microsoft Snip, available in beta now, allows Windows users to capture screenshots and then annotate on them and record audio over the top. It can turn an ordinary screenshot into a screen tutorial, or just a neat way to share your thoughts about a document or image over the web.
  • Mobile operators unite against WhatsApp in Brazil (2015-08-27 08:26:29)
    Telecom firms in Brazil are preparing a report to convince the government that the app is illegal
  • Intel, Yuneec partnership bets on drones of the future (2015-08-27 08:21:55)
    The PC maker believes a new partnership with Yuneec will result in "game changing" drones.
  • Ten ways the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 excels for business use (2015-08-27 08:17:14)
    The Samsung Note line has always appealed to those looking to have a mini computer in their hands and the Note 5 continues that tradition with advanced hardware and software features.
  • The hidden cost of those 'free' gambling apps (2015-08-27 08:15:03)
    Some of the most downloaded and highest-grossing video games in leading app stores use casino motifs for their designs, raising questions about the potential dangers of gambling apps.
  • WSJ: Amazon axes hardware projects after Fire Phone failure (2015-08-27 08:13:00)
  • Can Samsung get unstuck from Galaxy Note 5 design flaw? (2015-08-27 08:06:57)
    The smartphone's stylus gets jammed when you insert it backwards into the storage slot, which can break it permanently. It's a problem some research analysts say harkens back to Apple's iPhone design uproar.
  • Intuit releases QuickBooks app for Windows (2015-08-27 08:05:04)
    The free tool allows users to access their QuickBooks Online account via an app on their Windows desktop, rather than having to go through an app within a web browser.
  • Russia banned Wikipedia because it couldn’t censor pages (2015-08-27 08:01:01)
    This week, the Russian government briefly blocked access to Wikipedia over a page about charas, a form of cannabis. Roskomnadzor, the country's communications watchdog, ordered Wikipedia to delete the page last week, saying it contained information on how to prepare and use charas, but the site refused. Wikipedia was inaccessible for many users in Russia on Monday, though the block was short-lived.
  • Lenovo's folding its own smartphone division into Motorola (2015-08-27 07:23:00)
  • A mobile version of Photoshop to launch in the fall (2015-08-27 06:57:35)
    Compulsive selfie-takers may be interested to know that come October, they'll be able to Photoshop-erase their blemishes and make their thighs thinner -- or bigger -- straight from their mobile devices.
  • NASA's 3D-printed rocket pump passes brutal stress test (2015-08-27 06:50:00)
  • Malaysia to block websites 'promoting' rally against PM (2015-08-27 06:12:46)
    Malaysia's government said Thursday it will block access this weekend to websites that disseminate information about a major demonstration that will demand the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak over graft allegations. Bersih, Malaysia's leading alliance of independent NGOs, rights groups and reform advocates, vows to bring out tens of thousands of people in the capital Kuala Lumpur and two other cities on Saturday and Sunday. The government will block websites that "promote, spread information, and encourage people to join" the demonstration, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) said in a statement.
  • McDonald's politely declines Burger King's offer of world peace (2015-08-27 05:52:04)
    Yesterday, Burger King sent McDonald's an open letter proposing that the two fast food chains team up to create a hybrid "McWhopper" burger to celebrate Peace Day on September 21st. Burger King suggested that the "ceasefire" would take place at a single pop-up shop halfway between the corporations' headquarters, with all proceeds going to the Peace One Day charity. It's not clear what "something bigger" might be, but it's at least fun to watch McDonald's respond to the offer without, you know, implying that they're somehow against world peace.
  • Ashley Madison hack: How much user data did 'Paid delete' function obliterate? (2015-08-27 05:50:19)
    Ashley Madison has insisted the site's $19 paid delete feature removed all account information, but a new report suggests otherwise.
  • Leaked data shows women on Ashley Madison were mostly fake (2015-08-27 05:45:00)
  • UK's Playtech says still in the market for acquisitions (2015-08-27 05:32:38)
    (Reuters) - Playtech Plc, an online gaming and betting software provider founded by Israeli billionaire Teddy Sagi, is looking for more acquisitions to add to the three it has already made this year. "We definitely intend to continue considering certain additional M&A opportunities going forward, for both gaming and online (contract-for-difference) trading," Chief Executive Mor Weizer told Reuters. Playtech, which counts Betfair Group Plc, William Hill Plc and Paddy Power Plc as its licensees, earlier this year forayed into the forex trading market by buying a majority stake in TradeFx.
  • ​Burnt once, Amazon lays off engineers behind the Fire phone (2015-08-27 05:32:00)
    Amazon is scaling back and cutting projects at its secretive hardware development group Lab126.
  • Woman in China robbed, molested by Uber driver: report (2015-08-27 05:14:04)
    Chinese police have arrested an Uber driver suspected of robbing and molesting a female passenger at knifepoint, state media reported, sparking concern over the safety of increasingly popular but loosely regulated hire cars. A spokeswoman in China for the San Francisco-based company behind the ride-hailing app did not answer repeated phone calls on Thursday or reply to an email requesting a comment. Safety concerns over the country's ride-hailing app market came under the spotlight in China in June when a driver was detained for sexually assaulting a drunk female passenger who had used an app to get a hire car.
  • UK reprimands kids' sites using peer pressure to sell memberships (2015-08-27 05:07:53)
    Two of the most popular websites for children in the UK are Moshi Monsters and Bin Weevils: communities that offer young internet users a range of games, activities, and social features built around rosters of cartoon characters. In twin rulings on Wednesday, the ASA said that both Moshi Monsters and Bin Weevils promoted paid memberships to children in an unfair manner, directly exhorting them to spend money. In the ruling against Moshi Monsters, the ASA noted that phrases such as "Members are going to be super popular" and "The Super Moshis need YOU" put undue pressure on younger players.
  • Star Wars radio dramatizations resurface in the latest Humble Bundle (2015-08-27 04:53:30)
    In case the slew of Star Wars books, comics, video games, and toys on the horizon won't fulfil your appetite for things from a galaxy far far away, the newest Humble Bundle offers a way to hear Star Wars as you probably haven't before. The pay-what-you-want deal is offering the radio dramatization of Episode IV, along with audiobook retellings of some of the more successful expanded universe comics, for a few cents. Pay more than the average donation price and you'll also get the radio dramatization of The Empire Strikes Back.
  • Amazon is the next US streaming video service to launch in Japan (2015-08-27 04:40:00)
  • Intel bets over $60m on future drone development (2015-08-27 04:31:10)
    The PC maker believes a new partnership with Yuneec will result in "game changing" drones.
  • Apple iOS flaw Ins0mnia hides malicious apps which run forever (2015-08-27 03:52:26)
    The security vulnerability allows malicious apps to run in the background with no timeout.
  • Restraint over retweeting urged in Virginia attack video (2015-08-27 03:36:55)
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The online reaction spread quickly as expected after a killer posted video of his attack on two former co-workers in the midst of a live news broadcast.
  • North-South tension causes internet censorship in Korea: Is it justified? (2015-08-27 03:34:15)
    South Korea can boast one of the world's fastest average internet connection speeds, but the country also rates highly in censorship stakes.
  • Microsoft renders for flagship Lumia phones leaked online (2015-08-27 03:31:00)
  • Amazon Prime steps up to battle Netflix in Japan (2015-08-27 03:30:31)
    Amazon has announced it will bring video streaming to Amazon Prime customers in Japan, just days after Netflix announced it was partnering with a local telecommunications provider in the country.
  • Acer founder says open to takeover amid stock price slide (2015-08-27 03:20:16)
    Acer Inc founder Stan Shih said he would welcome a takeover of the struggling Taiwanese computer maker after a steep fall in its share price, while warning any potential buyer would pay a heavy price. "Welcome," Shih told reporters in response to a question about whether Acer would be open to a takeover. Acer has reported steep on-year sales falls in recent months, including a 33 percent drop in July.
  • Amputees decry Medicare payment overhaul for artificial feet (2015-08-27 03:09:13)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Boston Marathon bombing survivor and a former U.S. senator who lost a leg serving in Vietnam have joined an industry campaign to block new Medicare requirements for artificial legs and feet.
  • Online criminals attacking Australians on the rise: FireEye report (2015-08-27 03:06:54)
    FireEye's latest threat report showed 35 percent of organisations were exposed to advanced persistent threat during the first half of 2015, an increase from the same period last year.
  • How to edit Microsoft Office documents stored on Google Drive (2015-08-27 02:28:12)
    Andy Wolber shows you how to edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents stored on Google Drive from your desktop or mobile device.
  • 'Assassin's Creed Syndicate' hits PCs on November 19th (2015-08-27 02:28:00)
  • Firefox extends itself to Chrome (2015-08-27 02:27:06)
    In a move to be more like its more popular cousin, Firefox is looking to Chrome for help. Jack Wallen offers his opinion about this move.
  • Apple revamps retail store displays, removes iPad Smart Signs (2015-08-27 02:25:32)
    Apple Retail Store visitors have long been able to get information on products from iPads on every table. That isn't the case any longer. Jordan Golson explains.
  • Toshiba to tap Shiseido adviser as new head of board: sources (2015-08-27 01:59:53)
    Toshiba Corp is set to pick Shiseido Co adviser Shinzo Maeda to head its new board to improve corporate governance in the wake of a massive accounting scandal, two people familiar with the plan said on Thursday. The Japanese conglomerate on Aug. 18 proposed a fresh 11-member board with seven external directors, including Maeda, and left vacant the chairman post, previously held by President Masashi Muromachi. At an extraordinary shareholders' meeting scheduled next month, Toshiba will propose changing its corporate code to allow external directors to head the board and preside over its meetings, the people said, declining to be identified because the decision remains confidential.
  • Government recruiting tech jobs for Digital Transformation Office (2015-08-27 01:57:04)
    The Australian government's digital office is hiring workers to help build and maintain the myGov portal.
  • Paleontologists find adorably chubby missing lizard link (2015-08-27 01:13:53)
    A new species of lizard from the Late Cretaceous era links New World lizards with those from the Old World for the first time.
  • Piracy prevention vs. policing: Industry debates piracy code, website blocking (2015-08-27 01:02:00)
    Despite wide-ranging agreement that content availability can reduce online copyright infringement, at the behest of the government, 'education' and punitive measures are continuing to be pushed amid unresolved debates on cost sharing.
  • North Dakota cops will be first in nation to use weaponized drones (2015-08-27 00:57:00)
  • Drawing the line on acceptable use of cell phones in public (2015-08-27 00:31:09)
    A new survey outlines how technology is blurring the etiquette rules for what is often private use in public or social settings.
  • Amazon Prime Video joins Netflix in Japan this fall (2015-08-27 00:29:43)
    In Japan, globally popular internet video streaming services are like buses — you wait forever then two show up at once. Following Netflix's recent announcement that it'd come to Asia for the first time with a Japanese launch on September 2nd, Amazon has followed suit by saying that Prime Video will be available in the country this fall.
  • LG's new Rolly wireless keyboard turns into a pocket stick (2015-08-27 00:15:46)
    LG just announced the "Rolly," a Bluetooth keyboard that folds up along the four rows of keys to create a wand-like device that can be tossed in a purse or pocket. LG is hardly the first electronics company to introduce a foldable, ultra-portable wireless keyboard — or even the first to introduce a gadget called the Rolly — but it might be the first to market either as a stick for your pocket.
  • Panasonic to shut battery factory in Beijing, cut 1,300 jobs (2015-08-27 00:10:44)
    Japanese electronics giant Panasonic Corp on Thursday said it will stop making lithium-ion batteries at its factory in Beijing this month, cutting 1,300 jobs as part of a move to focus on higher-margin products such as electric car batteries. "The global market for these products has been shrinking," Panasonic spokeswoman Yayoi Watanabe said, adding the closure was more about global technology trends rather than the recent turmoil that has battered Chinese markets. Finland's Nokia, which sold its mobile phone business to Microsoft in 2014, was the main customer of the plant in its early days, according to the Nikkei business daily.
  • The Canon EOS M3 is coming to the United States (2015-08-27 00:02:02)
    When Canon debuted the EOS M3 in February, it looked like the company had made its most photographer-friendly mirrorless camera yet. While it seemed the camera would make its way to the United States eventually, now we know it will for sure: the Canon EOS M3 is will be sold in the US this fall. If you're unfamiliar with the M3, the mirrorless camera has a 24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor (the size found in most entry-level DSLRs), Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, and 49-point hybrid phase-detection autofocus.
  • Canon's EOS M3 mirrorless camera is coming to the US (2015-08-27 00:00:00)
  • Colorful 3D cancer models show how tumors grow (2015-08-26 23:27:00)
  • Stephen Hawking challenges everything we thought we knew about black holes (2015-08-26 23:15:21)
    Those of us who were raised on science fiction shows and books know that black holes are something to be avoided since they will inevitably suck your spaceship into an infinitely dense void from which nothing — not even light — can escape. However, physicist Stephen Hawking has proposed a new theory about black holes that suggests they not be as all-powerful as we once thought, although you still would never want fly into one. RELATED: Stephen Hawking uses theoretical physics to comfort heartbroken One Direction fans New Scientist reports that Hawking this week told an audience at a public lecture in Stockholm, Sweden that “if you feel you are in a black hole, don’t give up… there’s a way out.” What is
  • Contract wins nearly double Empired's FY15 earnings (2015-08-26 22:55:19)
    Perth-based IT service provider Empired has recorded AU$11 million in EBITDA, and AU$130 million in revenue for FY15, thanks to securing AU$65 million in contracts throughout the year.
  • LG made a solid, roll-up keyboard for your tablet or giant smartphone (2015-08-26 22:40:00)
  • ​Vocus' acquisitions drive FY15 revenue growth (2015-08-26 22:34:05)
    Vocus Communications' acquisitions of FX Networks and ASG's Bentley datacentre has helped increase the company's revenue by 62 percent for the 2015 financial year.
  • Amazon reportedly laying off engineers after Fire phone flameout (2015-08-26 22:27:15)
    "Dozens" of engineers have been dismissed in recent weeks from the secretive lab behind Amazon's consumer hardware, the Wall Street Journal reports.
  • Leaked flagship Microsoft Lumia images show typical Windows phones with a couple new features (2015-08-26 22:13:14)
    Microsoft recently announced major personnel reductions in the mobile division, while stating it was focused on bringing new flagships. Leaked images show a couple possible new devices.
  • Australian National Facial Biometric Matching Capability expected next year (2015-08-26 22:12:00)
    The Australian Attorney-General's Department has said it expects the National Facial Biometric Matching Capability to be up and running by mid-2016.
  • Adobe's next mobile photo editor could be revealed in October (2015-08-26 21:56:00)
  • Obi reveals its first two low-cost smartphones from former Apple CEO John Sculley (2015-08-26 21:31:00)
    It’s been more than 30 years since John Sculley became the CEO of Apple, where he presided over some of the company’s biggest hits — and the controversial ouster of its co-founder, Steve Jobs. Sculley was forced out of the company in 1993 after a series of missteps, but he never left the world of tech. Sculley’s latest venture is Obi Worldphone, a new mobile device manufacturer attempting to take advantage of the billion people expected to upgrade over the next three years from low-end "starter" smartphones to more full-featured models.
  • Former Apple CEO John Sculley launches a line of stylish smartphones (2015-08-26 21:30:00)
  • Hangry Redditor rage quits cat cafe: All enter Oxford Dictionary (2015-08-26 21:19:47)
    The Oxford Dictionary has welcomed a swarm of new entries, including matcha, mecha, subreddit and manic pixie dream girl.
  • Amazon lays off engineers and curbs hardware development after Fire phone flop: WSJ (2015-08-26 21:01:26)
    Amazon has laid off "dozens" of engineers who worked on its failed Fire phone as part of a broader curtailment of its hardware development center, Lab126, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. The Silicon Valley-based Lab126 still has several projects in the works, according to the WSJ. A "high-end computer for the kitchen," codenamed Kabinet, is reportedly designed to act as a home hub and can be controlled with voice commands for a variety of functions, similar to Amazon's recent Echo speaker.
  • Cloud subscriptions move beyond one quarter of all MYOB customers (2015-08-26 20:54:36)
    First half financial results for MYOB have pointed to a successful start in its switch from boxed software seller to cloud accounting provider.
  • Google's been recruiting programmers based on their search habits (2015-08-26 20:54:00)
  • What to do if you find a massive ancient whale skull in a Virginia swamp (2015-08-26 20:48:44)
    The skull of a baleen whale that lived more than 5 million years ago was pulled out of a swamp in a part of the United States that used to be underwater. No, it's not Seattle in April.
  • Amazon to launch video streaming service in Japan (2015-08-26 20:31:44)
    (Reuters) - Amazon.com said on Wednesday it plans to launch its video streaming service in Japan for members of its Prime paid service as it gears up for Netflix Inc's planned entry into the country in September. Prime membership, which costs 3,900 yen ($32.50) a year in Japan, provides members other services such as the option to choose a delivery date for online purchases for free. Amazon plans to offer a broad video lineup including U.S. and Japanese films, TV shows and cartoons in Japan.
  • Leaked images reveal Microsoft's new flagship Lumia phones (2015-08-26 20:31:29)
    Microsoft is preparing to launch two new Lumia flagship devices at an event in October. While we've seen some images emerge along with full specifications, Evan Blass (Evleaks) has published what appears to be official press renders for both devices. Codenamed Cityman and Talkman, Microsoft is expected to name its new devices the Lumia 950 (Talkman) and Lumia 950 XL (Cityman). The leaked images show both devices, with a slight hump for the camera at the rear. Both sport a simple Windows logo at the back, and a mostly square look. ...
  • Windows 10 is the smash hit Microsoft badly needed (2015-08-26 20:30:20)
    Although Microsoft is still a powerhouse in the tech world, it still really needed Windows 10 to be a hit, if for no other reason than to wash the bad taste of Windows 8 out of everyone’s mouths. It looks like Windows 10 has delivered on that promise: Yusuf Mehdi, the corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Windows and devices group, announced on Wednesday that Windows 10 has been installed in more than 75 million machines since its launch less than a month ago. DON’T MISS: The secret way to land a job at Google In addition to the revelation about 75 million machines running Windows 10, Mehdi also revealed the following factoids: “Windows 10 is running in 192 countries, virtually every country on
  • Americans think it's rude to stay glued to your phone, do it anyway (2015-08-26 20:27:00)
  • Chinese smartphone makers launch trade-in programs to boost sales (2015-08-26 20:06:00)
    A number of well-known handset brands in China are promoting their own trade-in programs amid lacklustre smartphone demands in the market.
  • iPhone 6s looks set to win over even more Android converts (2015-08-26 20:05:03)
    Apple isn’t going to overtake Android in terms of market share anytime soon, but the company’s upcoming iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will apparently continue to hurt Google where it hurts most. A recent study from Phoenix and SessionM’s mXP platform reveals that as many as 12% of Android users are interested in the upcoming iPhone models and are considering a switch instead of sticking with or upgrading to a new Android device. DON’T MISS: Samsung Galaxy Note 5 review More than 39,000 users responded to just one question “Are you planning on buying the new iPhone this fall?” on August 11th. The question was sent to more than 12 million mobile device users, with thousands of responses coming
  • Dish and Sinclair agree in principle on new contract (2015-08-26 19:46:46)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Dish Network and Sinclair Broadcast Group, one of the largest TV broadcasters in the U.S., said Wednesday they've agreed on the outline of a new contract, one day after Sinclair's channels went dark for Dish customers.
  • The Big Picture: 'Mass Effect' Reapers invade Los Santos (2015-08-26 19:46:00)
  • Candy Crush Saga guru gets record investment to make virtual gaming real (2015-08-26 19:36:45)
    The $6 million bet on Resolution Games is Silicon Valley's largest yet on a company looking to create virtual reality games.
  • This VR chair revolves 360 degrees vertically (Tomorrow Daily 232) (2015-08-26 19:30:02)
    Ashley and Khail talk about how YouTube Gaming might help Twitch, watch a crazy full-body VR machine that even simulates full vertical revolutions and wish they could visit an interactive exhibit in Tokyo featuring 60,000 LED lights.
  • YouTube Gaming is a great reminder of everything YouTube already does (2015-08-26 19:27:08)
    YouTube is already a big player in live video. YouTube is already a big player in gaming. As of today, Google is promoting the intersection of the two with YouTube Gaming, a dedicated site and separate app that's supposed to directly compete with Twitch's popular streaming platform. In practice, the problem YouTube Gaming needs to solve isn't separating video games from Carly Rae Jepsen (who has a small but respectable place in its search results, thanks to a Just Dance 4 track and some Minecraft parody songs.) It's separating the different kinds of gaming content that's easily available on YouTube.
  • What do Edward Snowden and Elton John have in common? Crustaceans (2015-08-26 19:19:26)
    A newly discovered crayfish gets named after the NSA leaker and an amphipod after the singer of "Crocodile Rock." Now whose name are we going to use when we find a new species of crocodile?
  • Infltr gives Instagram addicts millions of editing options (2015-08-26 18:57:00)
  • Bing is hiding an awesome easter egg in its search results (2015-08-26 18:55:43)
    For most people, Bing hasn’t yet come close to supplanting Google as their search engine of choice. But Microsoft’s Bing team, to its credit, keeps on plugging away, slowly but surely refining and improving their search results over time. Bing is also getting a bit better at harnessing some of that search whimsy that Google has seemingly perfected over the course of many years. In the most recent example, there’s an awesome easter egg the Bing team has hidden in its search results that you might want to check out and play. DON’T MISS: Bigger Surface Pro: Microsoft is working on Retina MacBook and MacBook Pro killers Here’s the scoop. If you mosey on over to Bing.com and do a search for
  • Vodafone NZ slips further into the red (2015-08-26 18:53:00)
    The costs of Vodafone's NZ$840 million TelstraClear buyout persist in its latest financial results.
  • Just how real are mobile beacons? (2015-08-26 18:51:29)
    Beacons are one of the most hyped technologies in marketing, but how real is their impact?
  • A close look at NASA’s Orion spacecraft after its parachute test (2015-08-26 18:45:40)
    On Wednesday, NASA dropped a test version of its Orion spacecraft out of a military transport aircraft flying over the Arizona desert. It was a test to see if the Orion could still land gently when its systems malfunction — and it seems the vehicle passed. NASA invited The Verge along to the Yuma Proving Ground, where this "drop test" took place.
  • Major cancer breakthrough: Doctors solve long-standing mystery of how to stop cancer from growing (2015-08-26 18:30:29)
    Cancer is a terrifying disease that researchers around the globe are obsessively working to cure. Now scientists from the USA have made a breakthrough discovery related to how cells replicate in cancer patients, how to put a stop to the process, and even how to reverse a tumor. DON’T MISS: iPhone 6c leak gives us hope iPhone 6s will correct major iPhone 6 ‘flaw’ What happens in a healthy organism is that cells are constantly replicating and replacing themselves with identical copies. A mechanism inside the body handles growth to make sure cells don’t overproduce. When that mechanism malfunctions in an organ, the cells don’t stop growing, and they develop into tumors. Usual treatment involves a combination of surgery, chemotherapy,
  • Gemalto says mobile revenues in second half to be hit by U.S. closure (2015-08-26 18:26:37)
    Mobile chip and smart card maker Gemalto said the closure of its U.S. mobile payment service Softcard in the second half would limit its mobile revenue growth as it posted a 33 percent rise in first-half profit from operations.
  • Education startup HotChalk in talks to raise new funding: sources (2015-08-26 18:22:04)
    HotChalk, an educational technology startup, is in talks to raise at least $75 million from private investors, valuing the company at roughly $500 million to $800 million, according to people familiar with the matter. The company, which helps universities and colleges create online degree programs, has hired Citigroup Inc to assist with the fundraising, said the people, who asked not to be named because the matter is private. Representatives from Citi and HotChalk declined to comment.
  • Samsung's latest tablet, the Galaxy Tab S2, is all about speed (2015-08-26 18:21:33)
    Announced last month, the Tab S2 is the first "premium" Android tablet we've seen in some time. Despite a metal frame (the actual back has a soft-touch feel), it's also impressively thin and light compared to last year's model, measuring 5.6-millimeters (noticeably thinner than my Galaxy Note 5) and weighing 9.4 ounces (8.0-inch model) or 13.8 ounces (9.7-inch model). Samsung has sought to address one of the glaring issues of this tablet's predecessor: performance.
  • Hands-on with Samsung's shrunken-down Galaxy Tab S2 (2015-08-26 18:19:00)
  • Watch every punch Jason Statham has ever thrown in this awesome supercut video (2015-08-26 18:05:53)
    There are plenty of wickedly strong men and women starring in action movies nowadays, but few throw punches quite as often as Jason Statham. The perennial tough guy, Statham made a name for himself as a leading man in The Transporter series before going on to receive bigger parts in movies like Furious 7 and well-received 2015 comedy Spy. SEE ALSO: Insane deal: $10,000 worth of free Android apps from Amazon’s new Underground service Being a man of few words, Statham speaks with his fists for a great deal of the time he appears on screen, which is why the following video makes perfect sense. After featuring a few of Jason Statham’s interesting weapon choices in a video last week, YouTube user Burger
  • The Blind Spot: Virtual Internships (2015-08-26 17:45:57)
    We use technology to do everything from diagnosing diseases, to seeing what the people we grew up with are up to, and even finding the closest bathroom. Technology is used in the world of business as a collaboration tool and facilitates the existence of a global marketplace. We are already known for outsourcing entry-level telecommuting jobs to...
  • Public urinators beware: San Francisco tests out wall paint that will deflect pee back on your pants (2015-08-26 17:37:07)
    People who think it’s cool to pee in public alleyways may be about to receive a rude awakening. Quartz brings us word that the city of San Francisco is experimenting with a special kind of paint for walls and other outdoor surfaces that will repeal liquids back from whence they came. You know what this means: Peeing on a wall in San Francisco could soon have the unintended side effect of peeing on your own pants. DON’T MISS: Google Maps tricks that will completely change how you use the app The paint is called “Ultra-Ever-Dry,” and is produced by a company called Ultratech International, which describes its paint as “a revolutionary hydrophobic that repels water and refined oils using nanotechnology.” A spokesperson for
  • Cult classic 'Deadly Premonition' gets deluxe PS3 box set (2015-08-26 17:28:00)
  • 'Star Wars' and Daft Punk collide in funky mashup (2015-08-26 17:12:51)
    Darth Vader wears an LED helmet and Boba Fett rides a light-up skateboard as the electronic music dance party of Daft Punk collides with the "Star Wars" universe.
  • This infuriating story shows how Amazon treats some employees like complete garbage (2015-08-26 17:11:55)
    Major tech companies are ruthlessly competitive pressure cookers where employees are expected to log in much more than 40 hours a week. That said, there are still standards of decency to which most of them adhere, and that’s why it’s been so disturbing to see evidence over the last couple of weeks that Amazon is a needlessly cruel working environment that goes well beyond any horror stories we’ve ever heard from former Apple, Google or Microsoft employees. BACKGROUND: Amazon CEO responds to bombshell report about how miserable it is working for Amazon Julia Cheiffetz, a former Amazon employee who worked at the company for more than three years before moving on last summer, has written a heartbreaking and infuriating post on Medium that explains how Amazon treated
  • VMware names new CTO amid executive churn (2015-08-26 16:57:00)
    VMware also made Ray O'Ferrell its chief development officer, meaning he will not only lead the company's technology team, but he will oversee the company's R&D business units as well.
  • Web tool measures your Reddit friends' bigotry (2015-08-26 16:57:00)
  • Fresh leak suggests next-gen Nexus 5 might be even cheaper than you think (2015-08-26 16:48:11)
    Google plans to release two Nexus handsets this year, according to a number of reports that have probably covered all the main details about the handsets. LG made a new Nexus 5 for Google while Huawei built a new Nexus 6. Both handsets have been featured in numerous image leaks, with reports saying the new Nexus smartphones will both bring new features including fingerprint sensors and a USB Type-C connector. Now, a new leak shows an extensive specs list for one of the handsets, seemingly confirming some of the past leaks and suggesting that the new Nexus 5 could be even more affordable than we thought. DON’T MISS: Another huge leak: iPhone 6s specs and release date detailed by wireless
  • Tech In Search of More Style (2015-08-26 16:38:39)
    The desire to personalize your cell phone has been part of our lives for many years now; from being able to select ring tones that were like Pac-Man sound effects, to turning your smartphone into minions. In all the craziness that's out there in the market, however, there is still a place for style and high-end fashion. One of the first...
  • AT&T says that showing extra ads to hotspot users was just a test (2015-08-26 16:36:47)
    AT&T says that it's no longer inserting extra ads into websites that people visit over some of its Wi-Fi hotspots. "We trialled an advertising program for a limited time in two airports (Dulles and Reagan National), and the trial has ended," AT&T tells Recode. A computer scientist studying at Stanford exposed the practice on Tuesday, writing in a blog post that while at the Dulles Airport he noticed AT&T placing popup and banner ads on websites, including those from educational organizations and the government.
  • Review: Narcos is the next great Netflix show (2015-08-26 16:36:38)
    Enter Narcos, Netflix’s latest original series — and the service's first big dramatic swing since the Wachowskis’ polarizing Sense8. Led by executive producer and director José Padilha (2014's RoboCop), the series tracks the rise and fall of "King of Cocaine" Pablo Escobar, and the bloody drug war between the American Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Colombia’s notorious Medellín Cartel. It’s Netflix’s next great show, making the case that, as the streaming service aims to expand into 200 countries through next year, its international ambitions are worth the effort.
  • Which gaming laptops are worth buying? (2015-08-26 16:30:00)
  • Workday tops Q2 sales expectations as it surpasses 1,000-customer mark (2015-08-26 16:16:00)
    Workday CFO Mark Peel responded with a Q3 revenue guidance range hovering around Wall Street expectations.
  • Facebook testing personal digital assistant inside Messenger (2015-08-26 16:13:26)
    By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc is testing a personal digital assistant called "M" within its Messenger service that can answer questions with live human help and perform tasks such as buying gifts online and booking restaurants. M is "powered by artificial intelligence that's trained and supervised by people," David Marcus, vice president of Messaging products, wrote on his Facebook page on Wednesday. Rival services like Apple Inc's Siri, Google Inc's Google Now and Microsoft Corp's Cortana rely entirely on technology to answer questions.
  • 5 Ways Technology Can Benefit Your Grandparents (2015-08-26 16:13:01)
    Although millennials are largest users technology, it can be easy to overlook the opportunities computer and mobile devices have to help those 65 and over. Today, 60 percent of seniors are online, growing at more than six percent every year. As technology adoption rates increase among this demographic, below are five ways technology can be...
  • Ever wanted to look at a millipede’s genitals? (2015-08-26 16:11:20)
    Scientists discovered a new species of millipede in Spain — and thanks to 3D imaging, they didn't have to cut it open to see how it works. The millipede in question is a humble species that the researchers named Ommatoiulus avatar — in honor of its digital twin. It's "one of thousands of new species being discovered every year all over the world," says Brian Metscher, a biologist at the University of Vienna and a co-author of the study, published today in Plos One. The avatar was generated by taking multiple X-ray images of the millipede at different angles and then combining them.
  • Uber's Latest Move Into the World of Self-Driving Cars (2015-08-26 16:10:04)
    Uber's latest move into the world of self-driving cars is taking the ride-hailing service to Arizona. Partnering with the University of Arizona's College of Optical Science, Uber will focus on safety and mapping technology for driverless vehicles, company officials said. "We’re still in the early days of what’s possible – and I look forward to working with Arizona to make the next step of that journey a reality," Brian McClendon, vice president of advanced technology for Uber said in a statement.
  • Former Game of War dev arrested for allegedly stealing trade secrets (2015-08-26 16:07:05)
    42-year-old Jing Zeng detained as he attempted to board a plane to China.
  • Witcher 3 sells 6 million copies (2015-08-26 16:06:55)
    CD Projekt Red's open-world RPG reaches new sales milestone.
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider collector's edition comes with 12" Lara Croft statue and more (2015-08-26 16:06:42)
    The £110/$150 premium bundle also comes with a model of her jade necklace, and more.
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Xbox One beta suffering from code redemption issues (2015-08-26 16:06:30)
    Microsoft and Activision are working to fix the problem "ASAP."
  • Madden NFL 16 patch coming soon to fix bugs and more (2015-08-26 16:06:19)
    EA Sports to deploy a new patch "as soon as possible."
  • This is the worst password from the Ashley Madison hack (2015-08-26 16:03:03)
    After cracking 4,000 passwords, one decrypted password floated to the top of the list. And it's not for the first time.
  • You can spend a day watching Star Wars toys get unboxed live on YouTube, if that's what you're into (2015-08-26 16:00:12)
    Disney Consumer Products and Lucasfilm have announced an expansive global unveiling of Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys, one spanning 18 hours and 12 countries leading up to the toys' availability for purchase on September 4th. All of the toy reveals will be broadcast live on Star Wars' YouTube channel, and the companies have enlisted YouTube personalities from around the world to help with the unboxing taking place in each city. This is a crass, frivolous exercise — it's Disney and Lucasfilm inviting fans to spend a whole day celebrating the impending moment at which they can cough up various sums of money for hunks of fancy plastic.
  • The Product Manager vs. Project Manager (2015-08-26 15:59:10)
    It was a big day. I was presenting a new product idea to the executive team. After speaking with dozens of customers, the product team knew that we had touched a nerve. This idea would be an excellent way to increase our market share against our competition.I walked into the conference room ready to go. I confidently shared our strategic...
  • Dog emoji keyboard encourages you to adopt real pups (2015-08-26 15:56:00)
  • Facebook adds Siri rival to Messenger (2015-08-26 15:47:10)
    The social-networking giant launches its artificial intelligence-based personal assistant to compete with Apple's Siri and Google's Now. Can it beat out the other guys?
  • Yahoo to devs: Forget the browser; mobile is all about apps (2015-08-26 15:37:09)
    Yahoo's reinvention as a mobile app platform continues as U.S. consumers now spend 90 percent of their mobile device time in apps, and not in the browser.
  • Watching a spacecraft fall in the desert (2015-08-26 15:33:26)
    Two red-and-white parachutes hold the vehicle aloft, like giant circus tents attached to strings. In the desert where many things struggle to survive, today the Orion spacecraft is triumphant. The newest crew capsule developed by NASA was just dropped from 35,000 feet as part of the so-called Minimum System Test.
  • A Conversation With Bryan Johnson (2015-08-26 15:30:10)
    At a small café in Nolita in the heart of New York, following this year's Effective Altruism Global, the entrepreneur and investor talks about his entrepreneurial journey and his goal of rewriting the operating systems of life. Bryan Johnson, entrepreneur extraordinaire, made a decision at age 21 and never looked back. He told his family and...
  • The shaky science of shattering the moon in 'LawBreakers' (2015-08-26 15:30:00)
  • Android Pay partners think Google's new mobile wallet has already launched (2015-08-26 15:24:19)
    Something strange is going on with the rollout of Android Pay. Google's own partners are under the belief that the company's second take at a mobile wallet, unveiled earlier this year, is available to consumers right now. McDonald's recently sent around an internal memo signaling it would launch today, and when I walked over to Subway for lunch moments ago (I know, I know), the above sticker was right on the front door. The Consumerist recently noted that Subway's website also indicates it's already supporting Android Pay. One of the biggest fast food chains in the United States is advertising for a service that no one can use — yet.
  • A guide to recovering deleted files from iCloud (2015-08-26 15:16:49)
    Losing data in the cloud is a tragically hopeless feeling. Although Apple’s iCloud service is incredibly convenient for accessing files between different devices without having to manually move them around, we’ve all heard the horror stories of files being inexplicably lost or accidentally deleted. Thankfully, Apple knows that we all make mistakes, so there’s a way to get the data back. READ MORE: iPhone 6c leak gives us hope iPhone 6s will correct major iPhone 6 ‘flaw’ On Wednesday, TechRepublic published a short guide explaining how to recover deleted files, contacts or calendars from iCloud, a feature that Apple added to its service just a few short months ago. First off, in order to see the deleted files, simply head to iCloud.com, sign
  • A look inside Google's new OnHub wireless router (2015-08-26 15:05:57)
    Last week, in Amazonian fashion, a new Google product suddenly appeared on the internet: a wireless router, the bastion of (and scapegoat for) all at-home internet experiences. Its unveiling may have been sudden, but the $200 router, called the OnHub, has actually been in the works for a couple years now.
  • Windows 10 spreads to more than 75 million devices (2015-08-26 15:05:36)
    Microsoft said Wednesday that Windows 10 has spread to more than 75 million devices since the new operating system was released less than a month ago. The US software colossus is intent on seeing the new-generation operating system aimed at computers, mobile and other devices running on a billion gadgets. Windows 10 is powering more than 90,000 different computer and tablet models, including some that date back to the year 2007, Microsoft's corporate vice president of marketing for Windows and devices, Yusuf Mehdi, said in a series of tweets.
  • State Department officials routinely sent secrets over email (2015-08-26 15:01:50)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The transmission of now-classified information across Hillary Rodham Clinton's private email is consistent with a State Department culture in which diplomats routinely sent secret material on unsecured email during the past two administrations, according to documents reviewed by The Associated Press.
  • New game from 'Gears of War' creator breaks the moon (2015-08-26 15:00:00)
  • For the love of God, put me on the Iron Maiden plane (2015-08-26 14:50:49)
    For the third time, Iron Maiden will contract a jumbo jet for their world tour — and Bruce Dickinson, the band's vocalist, will probably be flying. The four-engine jet is double the size of the 757 that Dickinson has previously piloted on Maiden tours, and triple the weight.
  • Pocket now recommends stories and videos you might like (2015-08-26 14:50:06)
    Pocket, one of the best save-for-later reading apps out there, today announced that its "recommendations" feature, previously in beta, is now rolling out to all users on Android, iOS, and the web. The app's focus has generally been on its pared-down, minimalist approach to saving content you've already found, but recommendations take the idea one step further.
  • Mini review video: our verdict of the OnePlus 2 in under a minute (2015-08-26 14:49:00)
  • Facebook adding virtual assistant to Messenger app (2015-08-26 14:40:33)
    Facebook on Wednesday began testing a Messenger app virtual assistant that the leading social network said goes beyond artificial intelligence programs already on the market. The personal digital assistant -- dubbed "M" -- completes tasks along with seeking out information at the behest of users. "Unlike other AI-based services in the market, M can actually complete tasks on your behalf," Facebook's David Marcus said in an online post.
  • Adobe will introduce a new Photoshop for iOS this October (2015-08-26 14:39:46)
    Adobe is without question the place to go for image editing on the desktop. Adobe has been trying to change that over the past couple years as it rolls out more and more free mobile apps that break out some of its most impressive desktop features. According to CNET, Adobe is working on a new Photoshop-branded app for the iPhone and iPad that'll be introduced as a free app this October, with an Android version coming later.
  • Grim forecast for computer, tablet sales takes a turn for the worse (2015-08-26 14:35:31)
    A glut of inventory, Microsoft's offer for free upgrades to Windows 10 and an overall stagnant market combine for a projected decline in sales.
  • All aboard Van Beethoven, where Oculus Rift meets the 19th century (2015-08-26 14:34:33)
    The LA Phil will soon take Beethoven to the streets, in a truck fitted with a virtual-reality headset that immerses listeners in 360-degree, 3D Beethoven.
  • Insane deal: $10,000 worth of free Android apps from Amazon’s new Underground service (2015-08-26 14:32:36)
    We all love free apps and games – in fact, we constantly offer you tips on iPhone and Android apps that are available free of charge for a limited time. But Amazon has decided to step up its free apps game by launching an entirely new mobile application that gives you fast access to a collection of apps “that are actually free,” and that happen to be worth more than $10,000 combined. DON’T MISS: The U.S. Navy is working on a drone that can fly and swim underwater The app is called Amazon Underground, and you have to install it on your device to get the apps. “Many apps and games that are marked as ‘free’ turn out not to be
  • PayPal expands One Touch checkout service as competition mounts (2015-08-26 14:28:15)
    One Touch allows shoppers to store account information in order to complete subsequent purchases with just a single click. Visa and others are also ramping up similar services.
  • Spheric social app connects you to business people you should know (2015-08-26 14:25:03)
    Spheric aims to revolutionize the way we meet, network, and connect. If you are on an extended layover somewhere, Spheric can find people valuable to your professional network within close proximity to you.
  • So you want to develop on a Chromebook... (2015-08-26 14:22:56)
    If you're looking to make use of a Chromebook for developing, Jack Wallen has a few tools you might want to look into to make the job successful.
  • Tackling goes high-tech at Dartmouth with new dummies (2015-08-26 14:19:01)
    HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — On the Ivy League campus of Dartmouth College, even the football tackling dummies are smart.
  • French woman wins disability grant for 'gadget allergy' (2015-08-26 14:15:35)
    A French court has awarded a disability grant to a woman claiming to suffer from a debilitating allergy to electromagnetic radiation from everyday gadgets such as cellphones. The applicant, Marine Richard, 39, hailed the ruling as a "breakthrough" for people afflicted by Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS). The condition is not recognised as a medical disorder in most countries, including France, but sufferers insist that exposure to mobile phones, wifi routers, televisions and other gadgets cause them anything from mild discomfort to life-ruining disability.
  • Facebook dabbling with digital personal assistant in Messenger app (2015-08-26 14:13:21)
    Say hello to "M." Not exactly the head of a secret intelligence service, there is some artificial intelligence involved.
  • We’re giving away a custom ‘Gears of War: Ultimate Edition’ Xbox One! (2015-08-26 14:13:10)
    In celebration of the release of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on Xbox One, we’re teaming up with the Xbox team and Ultimate Edition developer The Coalition to give away a custom painted console you won’t find in stores. Here’s what one lucky winner will be receiving in the mail: 1 custom painted 500GB Xbox One designed by The Coalition Art Director Chris Matthews 1 Standard Wireless Controller painted to match the console 1 Kinect Sensor 1 digital full-game download of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition — Deluxe Edition In order to enter the contest, simply follow the rules in the Rafflecopter widget below. We’ll be running the contest from midnight ET tonight through midnight next Monday, so be sure to get your entries in
  • The Funk Awakens in Darth Punk, a 'Star Wars'/Daft Punk mashup (2015-08-26 14:10:33)
    Darth Vader wears an LED helmet and Boba Fett rides a light-up skateboard as the electronic music dance party of Daft Punk collides with the "Star Wars" universe.
  • Google inviting very small number of developers into futuristic Project Soli (2015-08-26 14:09:50)
    Google's Project Soli, first demonstrated at I/O earlier this year, is making its way to developers — albeit very slowly to start. The company has sent out applications to what it says is "a small number of developers" who may be interested in receiving an alpha Soli dev kit. "We are working on a larger solicitation later this year for the beta release." So no, for now Google isn't letting any random developer get in.
  • Coin 2.0 handles NFC payments with your stored credit cards (2015-08-26 14:03:00)
  • Coin's newest credit card replacement adds built-in NFC (2015-08-26 14:03:00)
  • Obama will raise cyber security concerns with China's Xi: White House (2015-08-26 14:01:35)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Wednesday that President Barack Obama will "no doubt" raise concerns about China's cyber security behavior when he meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping next month. Obama will host Xi at the White House in September for a state visit. The United States has alleged Chinese hackers have stolen information from U.S. computer servers. (Reporting By Julia Edwards; Editing by Bill Trott)
  • A simple blood test may predict breast cancer relapse (2015-08-26 14:00:01)
    A blood test might soon be able to tell if women who have been treated for early-stage breast cancer are at risk for relapse. Women who test positive for tumor DNA after having undergone surgery and chemotherapy are 12 times as likely to relapse compared with women who test negative, according to a study published in Science Translation Medicine today. Given that tumor DNA can be detected months before an actual clinical relapse occurs, it's possible that doctors might one day be able to use this test to predict and then defer a relapse — or even prevent one from happening altogether.
  • Police in North Dakota can now use drones armed with tasers (2015-08-26 13:58:29)
    Police in North Dakota are now authorized to use drones armed with tasers, tear gas, rubber bullets, and other "non-lethal" weapons, following the passage of Bill 1328. Sponsored by Rep. Rick Becker (R-Bismarck), the bill was originally intended to limit the police’s surveillance powers, and banned all weapons on law enforcement drones. Then a policy lobby group was allowed to amend the bill, though, at which point it only banned lethal weapons, writes The Daily Beast.
  • Facebook 'M' makes Messenger your personal assistant (2015-08-26 13:38:00)
  • The secret way to land a job at Google (2015-08-26 13:35:17)
    So let’s say you want to work for Google. In all likelihood, you might think achieving this will involve finding a job listing on its careers page, writing up a cover letter, sending in an up-to-date resume and hoping for the best. However, there’s a secret way to land a job at Google that’s actually much more interesting than the usual approach. DON’T MISS: Coin launches new second-gen smart card with NFC; all current users get free upgrades Max Rosett has written an essay over at The Hustle about the sneaky way Google recruited him after he did a search for “python lambda function list comprehension,” which programming geeks know is a search related to a specific programming language. After searching for this
  • Facebook's Siri-like personal assistant is called M, and it lives inside Messenger (2015-08-26 13:29:02)
    Facebook has launched its own personal assistant, and you'll find it right inside an app you're already using every day: Messenger. Today marks the introduction of M, which VP David Marcus describes as "a personal digital assistant inside of Messenger that completes tasks and finds information on your behalf. It's powered by artificial intelligence that's trained and supervised by people." Previous rumors indicated there would be a human component to Facebook's approach.
  • YouTube’s answer to Twitch has finally launched (2015-08-26 13:25:00)
    Just before E3 this year, YouTube announced that it was getting into gaming in a big way, with its own stand-alone video site that would take on Twitch. Called YouTube Gaming, the service was expected to launch some time this summer — and it looks like tomorrow will finally be the day. YouTube has been interested in gaming for sometime, and reportedly attempted to acquire Twitch last year, before ultimately losing out to Amazon.
  • ​Appliance Science: The compressed chemistry of carbonation (2015-08-26 13:17:52)
    What puts the fizz into fizzy drinks? Appliance Science looks at the science behind carbonated drinks like soda, pop, Coke or Pepsi.
  • Tackling goes high-tech at Dartmouth (2015-08-26 13:17:07)
    HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — On the Ivy League campus of Dartmouth College, even the football tackling dummies are smart.
  • Hearthstone is becoming increasingly cost-prohibitive, but Blizzard refuses to adapt (2015-08-26 13:16:46)
    Hearthstone is one of my favorite games in years. I complete my daily quests every day of the week, I pore over upcoming cards when Blizzard (finally) announces a new adventure or expansion, and I check HearthPwn on a weekly basis to make sure my decks are up to snuff in an increasingly cutthroat meta. But as I opened my 31 packs from The Grand Tournament expansion on Monday with the gold I’d been saving up for over two months, I couldn’t help but wonder why Blizzard refuses to give its always-growing player base a chance to catch up. DON’T MISS: Coin launches new second-gen smart card with NFC; all current users get free upgrades Along with Hearthstone, I also play SolForge,
  • Adobe aims to bring Photoshop to mobile masses with upcoming app (2015-08-26 13:07:47)
    Dubbed Project Rigel, the mobile app will let people retouch photos on iPhones and iPads. It is slated to make its debut at Adobe's developers conference in October.
  • Swype's new 'Star Trek' themes let you explore the final frontier of keyboards (2015-08-26 13:00:02)
    Have you ever dreamed of tapping on Captain James T. Kirk's face while messaging your bae? Thanks to a bundle of new themes available for Swype's Android keyboard, you can do just that. The 19 new Star Trek themes, which include characters and ships from both the original series and Star Trek: The Next Generation, are available for purchase within Swype's theme store starting today, with prices ranging from $0.99 to $1.99 and bundles available for $2.99.
  • Auto-Tune cows moo like rap stars (2015-08-26 12:56:42)
    Mooove over, T-Pain! Watch this udderly amazing viral video of cows mooing with an Auto-Tune twist. The steaks are high on which cow knows how to milk the spotlight like a real rap star.
  • A skeptic's look at ClearSky's storage array replacement (2015-08-26 12:56:25)
    Cloud-based storage startup ClearSky is making a bid to replace your on-premises storage array. Keith Townsend breaks down his concerns about the approach.
  • Amazon Underground gives you really, truly free apps (2015-08-26 12:56:00)
  • Spain axes fine over image of illegally-parked police car (2015-08-26 12:54:18)
    Spanish officials have scrapped an 800-euro fine against a woman for posting a picture on Facebook of an illegally-parked police car after admitting the image did not contravene a controversial security law. The offending picture, which was posted online last month, showed a police car parked in a disabled parking space in a town in the southeastern province of Alicante, accompanied by critical remarks using strong language. The police said the officers were rushing to stop vandals in a nearby park, and quickly filed a complaint against the woman, citing controversial new legislation known as the citizens' security law.
  • Verizon launches Hum, a smart device for your dumb car (2015-08-26 12:45:12)
    The mobile-app-supported Hum allows people to monitor a vehicle's health and to contact nearby roadside assistance. Out of the box, Hum works with over 150 million vehicles.
  • Ultimate guide: 10 ways to improve battery life on your smartphone and laptop (2015-08-26 12:44:12)
    To be perfectly frank, battery technology is infuriating. Think about how different the world would be if improvements to battery tech progressed as quickly as other areas. Unfortunately… science. It’s annoying that we even have to think about battery life as often as we do, but the fact of the matter is if we spend some time making a few key tweaks and optimizing things, it can have a significant impact on battery performance in our laptops and smartphones. DON’T MISS: How to access Windows 10’s secret Start Menu We constantly post guides that focus on milking the batteries in your gadgets for all they’re worth. A few simple changes can mean the difference between making it home just in time to charge
  • Two guys drove a Tesla almost 500 miles on a single charge (2015-08-26 12:42:44)
    Bjørn Nyland and Morgan Tørvolt made the trip in Denmark by doing what's called "hypermiling." It's an (unpleasant) hobby of making your car run at maximum fuel (or in this case, electrical) efficiency.
  • 'Butterfleye' triples crowdfunding target in under 24 hours (2015-08-26 12:31:55)
    The activity-based home security camera launched on Indiegogo on August 25.
  • NASA crashes a third airplane for science on live TV (2015-08-26 12:30:00)
  • Crowdsourcing Dystopia (2015-08-26 12:28:59)
    This article originally appeared in TechCrunch.Violent extremism starts with an idea and an entrepreneur.On offer is a belief system that promises to upend the status quo, to change the world and take you with it. Investors commit at different levels from different places, but everyone involved belongs to a unified cause. Once in, you're a team...
  • Amazon removes 'Free App of the Day', introduces 'Underground' (2015-08-26 12:26:48)
    The new Amazon Underground app was quietly rolled out Wednesday, August 26, and the popular Free App of the Day section was removed. It may look like Amazon has removed its "Free App of the Day", but the service exists in a new format in the new app aggregator, Underground. The feature regroups all of Amazon's apps, games and in-app items that cost absolutely nothing: no hidden charges, no paying for extra levels.
  • Verizon is making it easier to use unlocked iPhones and Nexus 6s on its network (2015-08-26 12:26:42)
    Verizon has a history of making it pretty difficult to start using an unlocked phone on its network, but that's apparently starting to change. According to 9to5Mac and FierceWireless, Verizon has confirmed that it's beginning to activate phones, tablets, and other devices that were purchased through other companies and have since been unlocked. Verizon did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Because of the technology and wireless frequencies that Verizon uses, devices that are designed for other carriers may not work as well when hooked up to Verizon.
  • Hyundai teases N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo 'sustainable' race car concept (2015-08-26 12:17:36)
    Futuristic race car concept will likely only make tracks in the virtual world of Gran Turismo, but its highlighting of Hyundai's long-promised N performance sub-brand has real-world importance.
  • Artificial Intelligence Catches Fire in Ethiopia (2015-08-26 12:16:23)
    Young Ethiopian with robot whose AI software was created in his country. (courtesy of iCog Labs)Ethiopia is an unlikely but thriving center of artificial intelligence R&D. A local company works for global customers and the government is all for it.By: Christina Galbraith Ethiopia has come a long way from its nightmare past of famine and...
  • LawBreakers is the next game from Gears designer Cliff Bleszinski (2015-08-26 12:14:23)
    Gears of War lead designer Cliff Bleszinski has a new game and it's a free first-person shooter called LawBreakers. It's a five-on-five multiplayer PC game where law enforcement squares off against criminals, and Bleszinski says that the three main pillars of the game are "gangs, guns, and gravity." The game will have a major focus on characters, and half of the playable cast will be female. LawBreakers is the first from Bleszinski’s new studio Boss Key, which he formed after parting ways with Epic Games in 2012, the studio behind the original Gears and influential games like Unreal Tournament.
  • Make Digital Disruption Your Biggest Competitive Advantage (2015-08-26 12:12:28)
    In 1983, I identified digital disruption as one of twenty technology-driven Hard Trends that would increasingly shape the future at an exponential rate, and at the same time drive economic value creation.  Today, as more and more industries and businesses become disrupted, it is important to understand that digital disruption happens in...
  • Turkey's 4G tender outstrips predictions with bids of $4.5 billion (2015-08-26 12:07:52)
    By Tulay Karadeniz ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's auction of 4G mobile phone frequencies lured a higher than expected 3.96 billion euros ($4.5 billion) worth of bids, the agency running the process said on Wednesday, showing the appeal of Turkey's youthful and growing market. The bids from Britain's Vodafone, and Turkish duo Avea and Turkcell, the only three operators in Turkey, will be subject to an approval process before a final decision on allocations is made. Turkey's mobile phone industry is a growth sector servicing a young and data-hungry population, noted Jonathan Friedman at global risk consultancy Stroz Friedberg.
  • Coin launches new second-gen smart card with NFC; all current users get free upgrades (2015-08-26 12:00:02)
    Coin was the first company to announce a smart card solution capable of replacing all of the credit cards in your wallet with a single device that could securely store account data and switch between accounts on the fly. The company attracted a huge amount of attention from the media and raised millions through a crowdfunding campaign, but then things took a turn. Coin ran into manufacturing issues and missed its target launch date, angering would-be early adopters in the process. Now, Coin is looking to make amends in two key ways. First, the company is preparing to launch a new second-generation smart card with new features never seen before in any rival offerings. Second, and most importantly, Coin will provide
  • Coin starts shipping new version of its credit card device with NFC and improved performance (2015-08-26 12:00:02)
    Coin, the buzzy but troubled company whose signature product seeks to replace your credit cards with a single piece of plastic, will begin shipping the second version of its card today. Coin 2.0 includes an NFC chip to enable contactless payments.
  • Dear Veronica: Geocache hunting and cord killing (2015-08-26 12:00:00)
  • Samsung announces US pricing and availability for new Galaxy Tab S2 (2015-08-26 11:48:57)
    On August 26, Samsung announced the US retail prices and shipment dates of the new Galaxy Tab S2.
  • Microsoft says Windows 10 now on 75 million devices (2015-08-26 11:45:14)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft says its new Windows 10 software is running on more than 75 million computers, tablets and other devices — less than a month since the operating system was released.
  • Hands-on with the £129 WileyFox Swift (2015-08-26 11:41:00)
  • Free app completely reimagines Android notifications – and it’s awesome (2015-08-26 11:35:45)
    Android’s notification system is pretty great. In fact, it’s so great that Apple “borrowed” a number of key features when it revamped its own iOS notification system a few years ago. Smartphone platform companies “borrow” from each other all the time of course, and it’s easy to see why Android was the inspiration for Apple’s current notification system in iOS. But as great as Android notifications are, there’s clearly room for improvement. DON’T MISS: How to access Windows 10’s secret Start Menu Regardless of how good something is in Android, there are always developers who will continue to work to make it even better. That’s the beauty of Android: Almost anything can be tweaked. Such is the case with notifications. A new
  • Co-Founder, Mentor and Toptal Freelance Developer: The Climb From Intern to Senior Engineer (2015-08-26 11:34:45)
    Two weeks into his first post-college internship in 2000, Toptal freelancer Sanjin Cabaravdic was promoted from intern to lead software developer in a single day.That's a little like being a passenger on an airplane and then being told to build one as soon as it lands.It's just not supposed to happen. So how did it happen to Sanjin?Sanjin had...
  • Review: 'Metal Gear Solid V' a technical, tactical marvel (2015-08-26 11:28:46)
    In an early mission in "Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain" (Konami, for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC, $59.99), the player is tasked with assassinating a corrupt colonel who's up to no good. While such a chore is standard fare for a video game, "Phantom Pain" provides dozens of ways to off the military leader.
  • Some Dish channels go dark due to spat with their owner (2015-08-26 11:26:43)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Dish said Wednesday that 129 local stations in 79 different markets have gone dark for its customers because of a fight with the channels' owner, Sinclair Broadcasting.
  • N64 classic Turok: Dinosaur Hunter is being remastered for PC (2015-08-26 11:21:52)
    Dust off that bow and arrow: Turok is making a comeback. Turok: Dinosaur Hunter — the cult classic Nintendo 64 shooter about killing dinosaurs, which first launched in 1997 — and its sequel are being remastered for PC, with updated graphics and "other improvements." The new versions are being developed by Night Dive Studios, a developer that specializes in revamping classic games for modern hardware. The studio previously worked on ports of System Shock 2 and I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream, among others.
  • Malaysia will use RFID stickers to track vehicles (2015-08-26 11:21:00)
  • To Screen or Not to Screen With Kids Under 2 (2015-08-26 11:08:56)
    Barney was the best babysitter for many, many parents (especially me when I was trying to take a quick shower!), and even then, we were guilt-ridden putting our kids in front of a screen. But, looking back, why? Barney sang, entertained, and taught kids about sharing, friendship, and tolerance. Today's question is a much bigger one when it...
  • Beach House and Destroyer grapple with the past on two new records (2015-08-26 11:08:27)
    Whether that means staring down some perceived creative peak — "They’re fine, but I like their old stuff a lot better" — or grappling with new commercial realities, the same question looms in the background: how do you keep moving forward? To paraphrase Stephen Malkmus, you can’t quarantine the past — you can accept it and allow it to infuse your work, or you can try to lock it behind a door and move forward. Dan Bejar is releasing his 11th LP as Destroyer, Poison Season, and nearing the 20th anniversary of his ramshackle debut We’ll Build Them a Golden Bridge.
  • High-end Gravity gym taps fitness tech for top-level execs (2015-08-26 11:03:30)
    This exclusive gym in Singapore uses both social and technological incentives to keep executives working out.
  • iPhone 6s vs. iPhone 6: Metal housings compared in new leaked photo (2015-08-26 11:02:23)
    Design-wise, the iPhone 6s is supposed to be a minor update to last year’s iPhone 6 model, in line with Apple’s way of doing things when it comes to iPhone launch cycles. At least that’s what the many purported iPhone 6s component leaks have claimed so far. One more unofficial image originating from China shows the metal cases of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus next to their iPhone 6 equivalents, suggesting that earlier reports have indeed been on point. DON’T MISS: iPhone 6c leak gives us hope iPhone 6s will correct major iPhone 6 ‘flaw’ Published by French tech blog iPhonote, the image features the metal housings from the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus wrapped in protective film.
  • Grab the first-generation Lytro camera, now 59 percent off (2015-08-26 11:00:00)
  • Meet TobiWan, the voice of Dota 2 (2015-08-26 10:59:20)
    For a great many e-sports fans, that buddy is a man named Toby Dawson. Going by the handle of TobiWan, he has been the signature English voice of Valve’s Dota 2 since its modest beginnings as a fan-made Warcraft mod called Defense of the Ancients. Toby was the play-by-play announcer for the first Dota 2 tournament that Valve ever organised — the $1.6 million International in 2011 — and could most recently be heard commentating on the grand finals of this year’s International 5 (TI5, where, contrary to Donald Trump’s contestations that the USA is always losing to China, an American team triumphed over strong Chinese competition to claim the title).
  • Toby Dawson: the unabridged interview (2015-08-26 10:58:35)
    Toby Dawson, better known by his gamer handle TobiWan, is one of the most prominent names and voices in the Dota 2 scene. He served as the play-by-play announcer for the grand finals of the recent Dota 2 International Championships in Seattle, and sat down with me this past week for a chat about his career and the game he loves.
  • 6 Ways to Break Your iPhone Addiction (That Actually Work) (2015-08-26 10:45:40)
    By: Wil FultonCredit: iStock/Minerva StudioThe average smartphone user checks their phone a whopping 110 times a day. This thought echoed through my mind as I was eating breakfast in my apartment the other morning, the smooth sounds of Lionel Richie permeating the air, my trusty phone in hand. I was texting, sipping my 1% milk, eating, talking...
  • Russia's next space station trip will take days, not hours (2015-08-26 10:44:00)
  • 8 awesome paid iPhone apps on sale for free today only (2015-08-26 10:39:55)
    Paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free are a dime a dozen, but weeding through all the iOS apps that go on sale each day is a huge pain. Of course, that’s where we come in. BGR scours the App Store for the best app sales each day, and today we’ve come up with a solid list of eight paid iPhone and iPad apps that are all on sale for free right now. Of course, if eight aren’t enough, you can always head back to yesterday’s post where you’ll find a few more apps that are still on sale. DON’T MISS: How to access Windows 10’s secret Start Menu These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made
  • Amazon launches Underground to promote free apps and games (2015-08-26 10:39:42)
    Amazon launched a new shopping app on Android called Underground, which is a collection all of the free apps offered throughout the Amazon Appstore. Underground gathers and displays apps and games that are "actually free" as Amazon calls it — with no hidden costs like in-app purchases. Amazon says users of Underground have access to over $10,000 in free apps and in-app purchases through Underground that would normally cost them if purchased through Amazon's regular Appstore. To keep you from paying the in-app fees some of the apps and games in Underground routinely charge, Amazon has worked out a deal with developers where it pays them on a per-minute played basis.
  • Angry Birds maker Rovio plans deep job cuts as profits fall (2015-08-26 10:36:19)
    By Jussi Rosendahl HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finland's Rovio, maker of mobile phone game Angry Birds, forecast its earnings would fall for a third consecutive year and said it planned to slash up to 39 percent of its workforce to try to improve its prospects. Rovio has failed to create new hit games since the 2009 launch of Angry Birds, the top paid mobile app of all time, though it has tried to capitalize on its most successful brand by licensing its use on string of consumer products. The company is pinning its hopes on an Angry Birds 3D movie, due for release in May 2016 and which the company believes will yield new licensing deals.
  • IDC expects steeper 8.7 percent PC shipment decline this year (2015-08-26 10:31:33)
    (Reuters) - Research firm International Data Corp said it expected 2015 PC shipments to fall steeper than its earlier forecast due to a large inventory of notebooks and the impact of a strong dollar. IDC on Wednesday forecast PC shipments to fall 8.7 percent this year, higher than its earlier estimate of a 6.2 percent decline. PC shipments are expected to start growing again in 2017 led by the commercial market, with consumer shipments continuing to decline through the end of 2019, the research firm said.
  • Finally: Non-Verizon iPhones, Nexus 6 allowed on the carrier's network (2015-08-26 10:31:00)
    It's about time: Those "open access" requirements on Verizon go back to the 2008 auction for 700 MHz spectrum.
  • Library app lets you check out 'The Walking Dead' and other digital comics (2015-08-26 10:22:00)
  • Burger King just proposed the unthinkable (2015-08-26 10:20:37)
    Other than Coke-vs.-Pepsi, I can’t think of a fiercer food company rivalry than McDonald’s-vs.-Burger King. Because of this, I was astounded to see that Burger King has asked McDonald’s to join it in creating a super sandwich to celebrate International Day of Peace called the McWhopper. FROM EARLIER: Thousands of Popcorn Time users targeted by anti-piracy group “Burger King genuinely wants to unite with McDonald’s on September 21st, 2015 to prepare and serve the McWhopper to get the world talking about Peace Day,” Burger King writes on the McWhopper website. Burger King has several different ideas for how to execute this plan, including having the McWhopper available in one pop-up store in Atlanta, which just happens to be the midway point between McDonald’s headquarters in
  • Barcelona mayor's tourism crackdown puts Airbnb in firing line (2015-08-26 10:17:05)
    By Adrian Croft BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona's new mayor is picking a fight with home rental websites as she tries to crack down on uncontrolled tourism that she fears could drive out poor residents and spoil the Catalan capital's charm. Ada Colau is threatening to fine firms like Airbnb and Booking.com if they market apartments from tourists without a number showing that they are on the Catalan tourism register. "Everybody must comply with the same game rules," Colau told Reuters in Barcelona's city hall.
  • Windows 10 is on 75 million PCs after only one month (2015-08-26 10:13:00)
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ review: beauty in curves -- with a cost (2015-08-26 10:00:00)
  • Rovio announces more layoffs in effort to focus on games (2015-08-26 09:58:12)
    The decline of Angry Birds maker Rovio continues, as today the game developer announced another set of layoffs, with plans for up to 260 job cuts totalling more than 30 percent of the studio's workforce. The Finnish game developer said something similar last October, when it announced the layoffs of up to 130 employees amid slow growth and declining revenue. The current round of layoffs will apply companywide, excluding those employees working on the upcoming Angry Birds animated movie, which is due to hit theaters next year.
  • Server sales: US leaps forward as Europe falters (2015-08-26 09:57:04)
    Sales of servers are showing good signs of recovery in the US, but not in Europe.
  • Samsung has new 360-degree wireless speakers and a better app (2015-08-26 09:39:00)
  • Here is the badass truck replacing the US military's aging Humvees (2015-08-26 09:34:43)
    The High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle — the HMMWV, or Humvee — is a stalwart of the battleground. If you asked someone to draw a military truck, they'd almost certainly draw this classic machine, which is almost older than a millennial (1984!) and gained such a pop culture following at one point that civilians started buying them. The US military has been keen on retiring Humvees for some time, and it has finally awarded the $6.7 billion contract to replace them to Wisconsin-based truck maker Oshkosh, which expects to make about 17,000 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs) over the course of the deal.
  • Shadowrun: Hong Kong is where nostalgia meets novelty, plus cyborg elves (2015-08-26 09:33:04)
    The series was one of the earlier Kickstarter video game reboots, with an impeccable geek pedigree — it’s a successor to a video game adaptation of a 25-year-old tabletop role-playing game, set in a world that mixes J.R.R. Tolkien’s supernatural races with William Gibson’s ‘80s futurism.
  • Europe faces up to flight safety threat posed by drones (2015-08-26 09:32:33)
    By Victoria Bryan and Peter Maushagen BERLIN/FRANKFURT, Germany (Reuters) - No-drone zones, software to block flights into sensitive areas and registration rules are among proposals from European regulators and aviation experts to ensure growing numbers of drones don't case dangerous run-ins with passenger aircraft. The use of civil drones, whether for commercial purposes such as crop surveillance, monitoring of natural disasters, photography or just as a fun leisure activity, is rising. The UK's CAA issued a warning last month after seven incidents where drones had flown near planes at different British airports in less than a year.
  • Thousands of Popcorn Time users targeted by anti-piracy group (2015-08-26 09:30:18)
    With an intuitive and easy to use interface, Popcorn Time has become the go-to service for users who, let’s be honest, want to pirate TV shows and movies. Underscoring how much easier the service is to use than traditional BitTorrent clients, the ascension of Popcorn Time has resulted in an absolute explosion in piracy since its 2014 launch. Norway in particular has experienced a huge increase in piracy, with some estimates claiming that 15% of the population there has viewed pirated content within the last 12 months. DON’T MISS: How to access Windows 10’s secret Start Menu Not surprisingly, Norway is extremely vigilant about trying to keep piracy under control. That being the case, TorrentFreak is reporting that the Rights Alliance — an anti-piracy group
  • Love them or loathe them, emails are here to stay: survey (2015-08-26 09:27:37)
    Despite the popularity of instant messaging, texting and social media, the poll showed that email is the top communications tool at work and will grow in importance over the next five years. In the online survey, comprising 400 U.S. white-collar, adult workers, nearly half of the respondents said they think their use of emails for work will increase in coming years. "Email is and will remain a cornerstone of the workplace culture," said Kristin Naragon, of computer software company Adobe Systems Inc, which commissioned the poll.
  • Verizon's Hum can turn your '97 Stratus into a connected car (2015-08-26 09:20:00)
  • Windows 10 is now installed on 75 million PCs after just four weeks (2015-08-26 09:14:41)
    Microsoft released Windows 10 four weeks ago today, and now the company is providing a fresh update on its upgrade figures. 14 million machines had been upgraded to Windows 10 within 24 hours of the operating system release last month, and that figure has now risen to more than 75 million in just four weeks. Microsoft has been rolling out Windows 10 in waves, as a free upgrade for Windows 8 and Windows 7 users. While it's difficult to compare exact figures between Windows 10 and Windows 8, Microsoft "sold" 40 million licenses of Windows 8 a month after its debut.
  • How to access Windows 10’s secret Start Menu (2015-08-26 09:05:41)
    Did you just wake up from a month-long nap? News flash: Windows 10 is here! Microsoft’s hotly anticipated next-generation desktop and tablet operating system was released to the public nearly one month ago, and the response so far has been overwhelmingly positive. Sure there have been a few speed bumps on the road (here are 5 common problems people are having with Windows 10 and how to fix them) and sure the launch has had a scandal or two (Windows 10 is spying on almost everything you do, but here’s how to stop it) but by and large, people love Windows 10… because it’s not Windows 8. One of the most talked about new features in Windows 10 is the Start Menu,
  • PC shipments to fall 8.7 percent this year: IDC (2015-08-26 09:05:23)
    (Reuters) - Research firm International Data Corp forecast a steeper fall in PC shipments in 2015 due to a large inventory of notebooks and the impact of a strong dollar, and said demand would not stabilize until 2017. IDC expects shipments to fall 8.7 percent this year, compared with its earlier forecast of a decline of 6.2 percent.
  • How Google Calendar just got better for business travelers (2015-08-26 09:04:59)
    Travel data in Gmail will automatically create calendar events for Google Apps users. Will it raise the privacy issue with Google again? Probably.
  • ICYMI: Firework autocannon, Sony drone, and manga noodle bots (2015-08-26 09:00:00)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 pre-orders start today (2015-08-26 09:00:00)
  • Why cloud security is your next big, expensive, headache (2015-08-26 08:55:00)
    Spending on cloud security tools like encryption and access management is rocketing thanks to worries over sensitive data hosted by cloud providers.
  • Giving Minecraft a story (2015-08-26 08:51:54)
    Calling Minecraft a popular video game is an understatement — it’s more like a cultural phenomenon. It’s been used as an educational tool and a social hub, and last year Microsoft spent $2.5 billion to acquire Mojang, the studio behind the game. Minecraft is essentially an open sandbox, without a traditional narrative guiding you.
  • Former 'Game of War' exec arrested for stealing company secrets (2015-08-26 08:34:00)
  • The U.S. Navy is working on a drone that can fly and swim underwater (2015-08-26 08:30:52)
    Always on the lookout for new and creative ways to gather information in hard to reach locations, the United States Naval Research Laboratory (USNRL) has quietly been developing a drone that can not only fly through the air, but also swim underwater. Called “Flimmer”, the device has been under development for about two years, with research being spearheaded by Dan Edwards who works in the Vehicle Research and Tactical Electronic Warfare section within the USNRL. The Vehicle Research Section, according to the Navy, is “dedicated to advancing the state-of-the-art in unmanned systems technology.” And Flimmer, if anything, seems to fit that bill. Now the way Flimmer works is seemingly simple enough to belie its true complexity. The device takes off like any other
  • Samsung responds to Galaxy Note 5 S-Pen flaw (2015-08-26 08:27:00)
    If you insert the S-Pen stylus into the Galaxy Note 5 the wrong way there's a good chance that you'll damage the pen or the device. Samsung's advice: Follow the instructions in the user guide.
  • Sony launches remote-speaker hybrid in Japan (2015-08-26 08:04:32)
    Sony has launched a new speaker attached beneath a TV remote, according to The Verge.
  • ​Google reopens Map Maker in 51 countries, adds 'regional lead' moderators (2015-08-26 08:02:00)
    Map Maker is back for a total of 51 countries, including the US and UK, but users in dozens of nations won't be able to access it until Google finds new regional leads.
  • Amazon's one-hour delivery comes to Seattle (2015-08-26 08:00:16)
    Amazon Prime customers in the Seattle area can now get one-hour delivery on "tens of thousands" of products -- everything from paper towels to televisions and even beer and wine.
  • You're doing cloud wrong: 99% of companies aren't optimized, says new study (2015-08-26 08:00:03)
    A Cisco-sponsored study by IDC said that the second wave of cloud adoption is imminent. However, it indicated that most businesses aren't taking advantage of cloud the way they should be.
  • HP rolls out 3PAR all-flash arrays, steps up pricing assault (2015-08-26 07:45:03)
    HP rolled out all-flash systems starting at $19,479 as it aims to push more solid-state storage in the enterprise.
  • Watch Sony's new drone take off like a chopper (2015-08-26 07:41:29)
    Technically Incorrect: Claiming its prototype drone can fly for 2 hours, and at 106 mph, Sony sends the gadget up, up and away.
  • Velostrata introduces public/private cloud software; takes funds (2015-08-26 07:36:20)
    By Eric Auchard FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Velostrata, a year-old start-up founded by a successful Israeli software entrepreneur, on Wednesday revealed plans to offer hybrid cloud software that lets organizations offload local business data more securely to public cloud services. In addition, Velostrara said it had raised $14 million in early stage, Series A funding from established venture financers Norwest Venture Partners and 83North, which previously operated as the Israeli arm of Greylock Partners. Velostrata said its software promises to remove barriers to adopting Internet-based storage by combining elements of lower-cost off-site cloud services with the control of keeping business data secured on local datacenters.
  • Angry Birds maker Rovio sees lower earnings and plans 37 percent job cull (2015-08-26 07:34:30)
    Finland's Rovio, maker of hit mobile phone game Angry Birds, forecast a drop in earnings this year and said it planned to cut more than a third of its workforce, to focus on core businesses and help safeguard its long-term prospects. Rovio has failed to create new hit games since the 2009 launch of Angry Birds, the No. 1 paid mobile app of all time, though it has tried to capitalize on its most successful brand by licensing its use on string of consumer products. The company is also pinning its hopes on an Angry Birds 3D movie, due for release in May 2016 and which the company believes will yield new licensing deals.
  • Only Sony could make this TV remote and speaker hybrid (2015-08-26 07:32:00)
  • All nine hours of The Hobbit's extended trilogy will hit theaters in October (2015-08-26 07:20:22)
    The Hobbit trilogy is returning to select theaters in the US, with screenings of the films' extended editions scheduled for this October. According to a report from Variety, the three-night event will be screened in 500 venues, with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey showing on October 5th, The Desolation of Smaug on October 7th, and The Battle of the Five Armies on October 13th.
  • China ramps up cybersecurity ahead of WWII anniversary parade (2015-08-26 06:37:52)
    Virtual private network provider Astrill has warned users that its service may falter as the government increases online restrictions ahead of the 70th Victory over Japan Day celebration.
  • Advanced filament is key to 3D printing revolution (2015-08-26 06:35:03)
    Polymaker CEO argues that better filament, and not necessarily better desktop machines, will unlock the disruptive potential of 3D printing.
  • It's time for short-sighted vendors to take a longer view or lose customers (2015-08-26 06:32:31)
    Vendors need to build loyalty and relationships, and look beyond quarterly sales figures when dealing with customers.
  • ​Apple loses 'swipe to unlock' patent battle in Germany's top court (2015-08-26 06:32:00)
    Germany's top court for patent disputes agrees that Apple's 'swipe to unlock' feature on iOS devices should never have qualified for a patent.
  • 'Angry Birds' studio cuts another 260 jobs (2015-08-26 06:27:00)
  • Coding for the challenges of the Arab world: Palestine's growing startup scene (2015-08-26 06:05:24)
    In Palestine, incubators and funding for tech startups are on the rise.
  • Flourishing marijuana trade is leaving Denver short on warehouse space (2015-08-26 06:00:02)
    The Wall Street Journal reports that Denver, a central hub for transportation of goods across the country, is experiencing a shortage of warehouse space due to increased demand from marijuana producers. Cresa Partners, a real estate brokerage firm, reports that as much as a third of new warehouse space leased in Colorado over the past 18 months has gone to marijuana growers and distributors.
  • LG's non-curved 4K OLED TVs are finally here (2015-08-26 05:59:00)
  • China's ZTE first half profit jumps 43 percent on domestic 4G network growth (2015-08-26 05:52:52)
    HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE Corp on Wednesday posted a 43 percent rise in first-half net profit as 4G growth in China and improving margins in its global equipment business offset weaker smartphone sales at home. Profit reached 1.6 billion yuan ($249 million) in January-June, matching a preliminary estimate released in July, the firm said in a statement. Revenue rose 30 percent in its mainstay telecoms equipment arm and fell 4.3 percent its handset business. ...
  • Seven arrested over multimillion-dollar ‘internet brothel' Rentboy.com (2015-08-26 05:50:54)
    The owners of Rentboy.com describe their business as "the world's largest male escort site," but federal authorities claim that it is, in fact, an "internet brothel." On Tuesday, law enforcement officers arrested the site's chief executive and six employees, charging them with promoting illegal prostitution. Each defendant faces up to five years in jail and fines of up to $250,000, although Rentboy.com's chief executive Jeffrey Hurant maintains that the site is a legal business which allows escorts to advertise their company and be paid for their time in return.
  • Hacker bares all: 3D printed shoes the latest weapon in enterprise attacks (2015-08-26 05:37:00)
    Is clothing the next threat to enterprise security?
  • Amazon UK will waive delivery fees if you pick your order up (2015-08-26 05:32:00)
  • Russian extends travel time to International Space Station (2015-08-26 05:26:16)
    MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Federal Space Agency says the next manned trip to the International Space Station will be extended from the usual six hours to two days.
  • ​Microsoft unveils $37 internet-connected Nokia 222 with two-megapixel camera (2015-08-26 05:15:00)
    As Microsoft cuts jobs in its mobile divisions, the company has released two new internet-connected Series 30 phones aimed at first-time buyers.
  • Sony's new speaker is a TV remote (2015-08-26 05:04:10)
    After light bulbs, Sony is continuing its quest to stick speakers in unexciting household objects today with the SRS-LSR100. Described on the company's website as a TV speaker that you can keep close at hand, it's basically a TV remote grafted to the top of a speaker — the idea is that you can control your TV and continue listening to shows without having to stay in front of the screen. The speaker communicates with the TV by using a wireless dongle, and has a large volume dial on the right that can be pushed in to mute the sound.
  • KLM and Schipol invest in IoT startup that uses mesh networking to keep tabs on kit (2015-08-26 04:58:00)
    The Dutch startup will be aiming to take its Internet of Things platform to new markets.
  • Microsoft signs deals to take advantage of fitness wearables (2015-08-26 04:57:16)
    Wearable fitness devices are all the rage these days, and Microsoft has been making deals to ensure its place in the market. Mark Kaelin explains.
  • Impoverished 'Star Wars' company to hold merchandise telethon (2015-08-26 04:57:00)
  • How to recover deleted iCloud data (2015-08-26 04:56:26)
    iCloud is a great place for storing data to be synced between multiple devices. However, if you lose this data, it could be devastating. Find out how to recover deleted data through iCloud.
  • Pro tip: How to create folders in the Lollipop app drawer (2015-08-26 04:55:20)
    If you've upgraded to Lollipop and miss the ability to create folders in the app drawer, Jack Wallen may have the solution for you.
  • Game of War executive arrested for allegedly stealing trade secrets (2015-08-26 04:48:17)
    An employee of Machine Zone, the developer of hugely popular mobile app Game of War: Fire Age, has been arrested after allegedly stealing trade secrets from the company. The Wall Street Journal reports that Jing Zeng, who worked as the firm's director of global infrastructure, was intercepted by FBI agents as he tried to board a plane to Beijing. The Wall Street Journal says that Zeng then tried to use the data as a bargaining chip to secure himself a bigger severance payment when he was confronted by his colleagues.
  • GitHub combats DDoS cyberattack (2015-08-26 04:00:33)
    The code repository has mitigated a new DDoS attack following a crippling salvo experienced in March.
  • Qualcomm to sell L-Band UK spectrum to Vodafone, Hutchison (2015-08-26 03:58:34)
    (Reuters) - Chipmaker Qualcomm Inc said it agreed to sell its UK L-Band spectrum to Vodafone Group Plc and Hutchison 3G UK Ltd in two separate deals. Qualcomm said Vodafone and Hutchison 3G would buy 20 MHz each of the spectrum from its unit Qualcomm UK Spectrum. The company had put the spectrum known as L-Band up for sale in June. The spectrum can be used to boost the downloading capacity that mobile operators provide to customers. Qualcomm did not disclose the terms of the deal announced early Wednesday. ...
  • Airbnb starts collecting tourist tax in Paris, its most popular destination (2015-08-26 03:48:07)
    Airbnb has announced that it will begin collecting tourist tax in Paris on behalf of its hosts. The result, says Airbnb, should be an easier hosting process in Paris — the service's number one destination, with more than 50,000 listings — as well as more money for the city. "We are grateful for our strong relationship with the French Authorities and are proud to launch this simplified tax process in our number one city," Nicolas Ferrary, Airbnb's director in France, said in a press statement.
  • Symantec protects IoT devices against zero-day cyberattacks (2015-08-26 03:21:06)
    The firm's new critical system protection portfolio is specifically designed for Internet of Things devices.
  • Self-driving trucks to be used for highway construction in Florida (2015-08-26 03:11:00)
  • Managed cloud services bolsters Bulletproof solid full year revenue (2015-08-26 03:04:16)
    Bulletproof reported a 59 percent lift in revenue following strong results from its managed public cloud business.
  • Intel's 5x5 mini-motherboard includes socket to allow CPU upgrades (2015-08-26 02:45:03)
    Unlike its tiny Next Unit of Computing form factor, the company's slightly bigger new board gives you the ability to swap processors, though you're still limited to integrated graphics.
  • Australian banks are focused on internal security: SailPoint (2015-08-26 02:41:42)
    With an Australian banking customer base including ING Direct and Westpac, Texas-based identity and access management firm SailPoint said that there is an increasingly strong focus on protection from internal attacks.
  • Major leadership changes signal uncertainty in China's telco market (2015-08-26 02:40:00)
    Changes in the top seats at China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom are the most significant in a decade, and may negatively impact the smaller players in the short term.
  • 3D-printed robotic prosthetic wins 2015 UK James Dyson Award (2015-08-26 02:35:58)
    The low-cost, 3D-printed Open Bionics robotic prosthetic hand has been awarded top prize in the UK James Dyson Award.
  • China's smartphone market barely growing: IDC (2015-08-26 02:25:05)
    The smartphone market in once red-hot China has lulled, with shipments out of the country expected to grow just 1.2 percent year over year in 2015, down from 19.7 percent in 2014, according to IDC.
  • SK Hynix to spend $26B on two new chip plants (2015-08-26 01:45:00)
    South Korean chipmaker will build two advanced memory chip manufacturing facilities, which will begin producing NAND flash units in 2023.
  • Light-based data transmission can replace wires in hospitals (2015-08-26 01:27:00)
  • ​iiNet pulls the plug on Fetch TV (2015-08-26 01:15:07)
    iiNet's on-demand service TV with Fetch is no longer available for purchase on the company's website.
  • Video: Mario Skate is the Mario Kart spinoff we deserve, but will never see (2015-08-26 00:35:47)
    Mario has been known to dabble in multiple pastimes, including soccer, golf and tennis (which he’ll be returning to in Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash on Wii U this holiday season), but one thing we haven’t seen Mario and his Mushroom Kingdom companions do is skate. At least, we hadn’t until this week. SEE ALSO: This free Android app does something awesome that no iPhone can On Monday, YouTube user Corridor Digital uploaded a short video using real actors and CGI effects to simulate a race in the (sadly) non-existent game of Mario Skate. All the mainstays of the Mario universe are present, from the coins to the Thwomps to the ongoing rivalry between Mario and Luigi. Now Nintendo just needs to start
  • 3D-printed dresses take inspiration from the Audi A4 luxury car (2015-08-26 00:21:25)
    Fashiontech maven Anouk Wipprecht has designed a series of dresses based on the technology and design of the new Audi A4.
  • Boundaries shift in the U.S. on what cellphone use is rude: survey (2015-08-26 00:07:55)
    By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Do you text or otherwise engage with a small screen during a social gathering? The Pew Research Center survey on shifts in what is acceptable in an always-wired world found 82 percent of American adults say that using cellphones hurt conversation in social gatherings. Lee Rainie, Pew's director of Internet, science and technology research, said the survey underscored big issues about how technology is disrupting longstanding rules on human interaction.
  • PayPal expands One Touch program to new markets in Europe, Australia (2015-08-26 00:04:46)
    PayPal Holdings Inc said on Tuesday it would expand its One Touch payments product to 13 new markets in Europe and Australia, bringing a simpler check-out to online shoppers and merchants. PayPal, which separated from eBay Inc last month, is a formidable player in the fast-growing payments industry, which has attracted new entrants like Apple Inc. The company said "millions" of consumers had already enabled One Touch to make payments on desktops and through mobile apps in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada and that half of the world's top 100 online retailers were already using the program. Existing PayPal users can opt-in to use One Touch once and then no longer be required to re-enter their billing and shipping information into shopping apps or websites that support PayPal in their checkouts.
  • Verizon's Hum will turn your beater into a connected car (2015-08-26 00:01:01)
    Verizon is announcing Hum today, a two-piece hardware system bundled with a phone app and monthly plan that give basically any old car (1996 or newer) OnStar-like capabilities, ranging from stolen vehicle tracking to Check Engine light remote diagnosis.
  • Intel chips to help pinpoint cause of bee colonies' deaths (2015-08-25 23:57:00)
  • China's BAT dominate mobile user engagement (2015-08-25 23:27:00)
    Country's three biggest internet companies -- Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent -- account for close to 60 percent of time spent on mobile devices, with users spending 18.2 hours a week on online activities.
  • Microsoft curbs sign-ups for Xbox One previews (2015-08-25 23:07:00)
  • VMware Fusion is ready to put Windows 10 on your Mac (2015-08-25 22:26:00)
  • Have a Samsung smart fridge? Your Gmail credentials might be at risk (2015-08-25 22:05:01)
    With each passing year, more and more everyday objects are being outfitted with network connectivity. This type of futuristic world — dubbed The Internet of Things — promises to make our lives a whole lot easier in ways we never imagined possible even just a few years ago. Of course, with every great technological advancement comes newfound security risks. Case in point: researchers recently uncovered a security flaw in a Samsung smart fridge which can compromise a user’s Gmail credentials. As to why you might need a refrigerator with an 8-inch Wi-Fi enabled display that can browse the web, mirror what’s on your phone, and even run apps, well, that’s a topic for another day. DON’T MISS: Another huge leak: iPhone
  • ​Biometrics: The password you cannot change (2015-08-25 21:58:29)
    Having the same password for everything is a big no-no in the security world, so what makes biometrics any different?
  • Verizon makes it easier to bring (some) phones to its network (2015-08-25 21:42:00)
  • 'Splatoon' is getting a 61-tune soundtrack in Japan (2015-08-25 21:04:00)
  • Steve Ballmer is a clueless NBA owner, says Bill Simmons (2015-08-25 21:00:10)
    Technically Incorrect: The former ESPN star, now heading to HBO, believes the former Microsoft CEO is out of his depth as a sports owner.
  • Siri can be a life saver… literally (2015-08-25 20:55:03)
    Siri probably isn’t the most frequently used feature on your iPhone. It’s occasionally hard of hearing, it’s rarely more convenient than simply unlocking your phone and finding the information you need, and it can be obnoxious to attempt to use it in public. But in a moment of desperation, Apple’s digital assistant could save your life. READ MORE: Sony just unveiled an amazing drone that can fly 106 MPH Forbes contributor Amit Chowdhry wrote this week about a few instances in which Siri was the key to saving an individual’s life. The most recent incident occurred earlier this month in Tennessee, when eighteen-year-old Sam Ray found himself trapped underneath his truck when a jack collapsed while he was working trying to make repairs. As
  • Etsy's mobile apps now let you find local sellers and events (2015-08-25 20:41:00)
  • ​Strong sales boost NextDC revenue by 85 percent (2015-08-25 20:38:49)
    The positive momentum that NextDC experienced during the first half of the 2015 financial year continued to carry on for the period ending 30 June 2015.
  • U.S. startup seeks crowdfunding to produce business jet (2015-08-25 20:33:40)
    By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - XTI Aircraft, a Denver, Colorado-based aerospace startup firm, launched an equity crowdfunding campaign on Tuesday to raise $50 million to fund the production of the TriFan 600, a six-seat fixed wing jet that can take off and land like a helicopter. XTI was founded in 2009 by David Brody, the former chairman and chief executive officer of AVX Aircraft Co, who developed and patented the concept for the new business jet. The company's leaders include Jeffrey Pino, the former president of Sikorsky Aircraft, a unit of United Technologies Corp that is being sold to Lockheed Martin Corp, and Charles Johnson, the former president of Cessna, the business jet maker owned by Textron Inc. The group's chief engineer is Dennis Olcott, the former chief engineer at Adam Aircraft, and for the PiperJet program.
  • Twitter just made it more difficult to hold politicians accountable (2015-08-25 20:20:21)
    Nothing ever really disappears on the Internet. It’s both terrifying and fantastic, depending on the circumstances — and on which end of the stick you’re on. Once an article is published… once a photo is leaked… once a tweet is tweeted… it’s out there forever. In the case of politicians who have a tendency to tweet without stopping to think first and consider the ramifications of what they’re about to post, the permanency of the Internet can help the public see these elected officials’ true colors. Interestingly, however, Twitter just made it slightly more difficult for us to hold politicians accountable — and the company used the worst possible logic in doing so. DON’T MISS: 7 surprising things you never knew about
  • Watch 'Game of Thrones' fan's amazing tribute to Jon Snow (2015-08-25 20:20:05)
    This "Game of Thrones" superfan made a pretty awesome tribute to the now former lord commander of the Night's Watch, Jon Snow, who may or may not be coming back to Westeros for Season 6.
  • Researchers may have found a cancer cell's 'off' switch (2015-08-25 20:09:00)
  • Physicist Hawking says there's a way out of a black hole (2015-08-25 20:08:36)
    In a speech in Stockholm, renowned scientist Stephen Hawking says black holes "are not the eternal prisons they were once thought." That's the easy version of his musings on the topic.
  • Airbnb expands China team as local user population explodes (2015-08-25 20:05:00)
    Despite many local counterparts, Airbnb is growing fast in China to answer increasing demand for lodging overseas.
  • What's on your HDTV: 'Gears', 'Mr. Robot' finale, 'The Carmichael Show' (2015-08-25 19:55:00)
  • Things are getting worse and worse for Ashley Madison (2015-08-25 19:45:03)
    As we’ve mentioned before, notorious cheating website Ashley Madison is extremely screwed. If you still somehow believe that Ashley Madison will somehow come out of its massive hacking crisis unscathed, then you’ll be sobered by two new developments in the story.  RELATED: Ashley Madison puts out $500,000 bounty on hackers who ruined its business The first development is entirely predictable: Lawsuits from angry users have started rolling in. Reuters reports that “Ashley Madison and its parent company have been sued in federal court in California by a man who claims that the companies failed to adequately protect clients’ personal and financial information from theft, saying he suffered emotional distress.” We’re sure this will be the first of many, many lawsuits against
  • Build a 'Fantastic Contraption' in virtual reality with the Vive (2015-08-25 19:27:00)
  • Scientists discover new reef that might be even bigger than the Great Barrier Reef (2015-08-25 19:10:25)
    You know Great Barrier Reef off the eastern coast of Australia that you’ve seen in countless videos and pictures? Well, it turns out there’s yet another similarly impressive reef that’s located near the same country. DON’T MISS: Another huge leak: iPhone 6s specs and release date detailed by wireless carrier rep The Great Barrier Reef in Queensland is part of the UNESCO World Heritage, and Mashable reports that it might have an actual rival located in the south of Australia. Officials from Parks Victoria said that the newly exposed Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park reef near Melbourne can match the Great Barrier Reef in terms of the abundance of coral, sponge and fish. The problem with the Victoria reef, however, is
  • California may ban drones from trespassing over private property (2015-08-25 19:09:12)
    The California State Assembly yesterday passed legislation that would make drone operators guilty of trespassing if they fly their UAVs over private property. The bill (SB-142) still faces a vote in the senate, but if signed, will make flying a drone below 350 feet over private property without the consent of the property owner illegal. This means that, if this bill is signed, drone hobbyists in California will only be able to fly their drones within a small band of airspace — between 350 feet and 400 feet.
  • Joseph Joseph Scoop & Pick serves olives and more (2015-08-25 19:09:04)
    The Joseph Joseph Scoop & Pick is a serving utensil that features an integrated skewer. The two-part construction makes it easy to snag slippery olives.
  • Vinylify makes individual record pressings affordable (Tomorrow Daily 231) (2015-08-25 19:00:02)
    Ashley and Khail discuss a new service that hand cuts vinyl records on demand, a first-person shooter that made its debut on Chatroulette and a robot attempting to learn how to make pancakes. #TDAlbum
  • Internet tool fights censorship by making banned data look 'normal' (2015-08-25 18:57:00)
  • That 'Twin Peaks' music you like is coming back in style (2015-08-25 18:53:51)
    Award-winning composer Angelo Badalamenti from the original "Twin Peaks" series will reportedly once again bring his tunes to the Showtime reboot.
  • Rio de Janeiro city council votes to ban Uber (2015-08-25 18:49:54)
    By Stephen Eisenhammer and Rodrigo Viga Gaier RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday became the latest city to move against Uber as its city council voted to ban unregulated ride-sharing services. The decision still needs to be approved and signed by the Mayor Eduardo Paes within the next 15 days to become law. In a statement, San Francisco-based Uber Technologies Inc said it would continue to operate normally in the city and that the vote was one against technology and the right of citizens to choose how they get around.
  • Irony: NSA worried hackers with super computers might break current encryption standards (2015-08-25 18:35:12)
    The National Security Agency (NSA) has a bunch of sophisticated tools at its disposal to conduct massive data collection operations all in the name of doing good – and that’s definitely something you’d want from your intelligence agencies. Ironically, the NSA is already worried about the advanced computers that might be available to humans in the not so distant future, which could be used by hackers to break the complex cryptography that makes possible encryption.  DON’T MISS: Another huge leak: iPhone 6s specs and release date detailed by wireless carrier rep Why is this ironic? Because the NSA and other spy agencies want to break that encryption that protects your communications and are unhappy when online services and products can protect
  • Injured toucan gets beak repair courtesy of 3D printing (2015-08-25 18:32:26)
    A custom prosthetic beak-piece helps a toucan rescued from animal smugglers eat and groom normally once again.
  • A unique twist on Android for broke college kids (2015-08-25 18:32:00)
  • Guy spots super-rare 'living fossil' a second time -- 30 years later (2015-08-25 18:24:59)
    One scientist says it might be the "rarest animal in the world," and he's just seen it in the South Pacific three decades after his first sighting.
  • ​Air New Zealand drives digital transformation through analytics (2015-08-25 18:17:00)
    Airline reports record result, increases capital spending on to technology by 50 percent over three years.
  • The One Sign Your Startup Will Make You Rich (2015-08-25 18:07:22)
    Who is going to be the next unicorn? Everyone always want to know. You hear news stories about them all the time -- these mythical companies that seem to appear from nowhere, bolstered by massive funding rounds and billion-dollar valuations.Stories of unicorns can easily discourage the entrepreneur who is just trying to get his business...
  • YouTube Gaming aims to be the most popular streaming site in town (2015-08-25 18:04:00)
  • Every free Xbox One and Xbox 360 game you can download in September (2015-08-25 18:00:07)
    We’re about to enter the busiest holiday video game release season of the new console generation, but that doesn’t mean that Microsoft is going to stop giving away free games at the beginning of the month. SEE ALSO: Every free PS4, PS3 and PS Vita game you can download in September On Tuesday, Microsoft announced the Games with Gold collection for September, which includes the Xbox One definitive edition of my game of the year for 2013: Tomb Raider. Stunningly attractive platformer The Deer God will also be free for Xbox Live Gold subscribers, and Xbox 360 owners will be treated to Battlestations: Pacific and Crysis 3. Check out all four free games below: The Deer God (Xbox One) Originally $14.99 |
  • Uber to roll out mapping vehicles in Arizona (2015-08-25 17:55:41)
    The ride-hailing company partners with the University of Arizona to boost its mapping and safety technology, leading to more speculation about self-driving cars.
  • Google Map Maker returns to the US, UK and over 40 other countries (2015-08-25 17:50:00)
  • 5 effective leadership styles for managing data scientists (2015-08-25 17:49:04)
    A contingency model holds the keys to increasing your odds of successfully leading a team of data scientists. Get details about the model's five decision-making styles.
  • Formula One is working on a closed cockpit design to keep drivers safer (2015-08-25 17:44:45)
    The news comes just two days after IndyCar driver Justin Wilson suffered a fatal blow to his head from debris caused by an accident, though F1 was reportedly discussing testing the idea before Wilson's death. The idea of introducing a closed cockpit to F1 isn't new, and this will not be the first time that the FIA has tested closed cockpits in a real-world setting. In 2011, the FIA's Institute for Motor Sport Safety and Sustainability fired a 20-kilogram tire and wheel at a partial cockpit shield and a full jet fighter canopy, both made of polycarbonate.
  • ​Certifi-gate is alive, well, and hiding in a Google Play-approved app (2015-08-25 17:41:06)
    If you have this app, you should uninstall it immediately.
  • Go get your $900 flamethrower now before the government bans them (2015-08-25 17:35:25)
    Last month, we brought you exciting news that a company called XMatter has started selling flamethrowers on the consumer market for surprisingly affordable prices. What made this even more amazing was the fact that selling such flamethrowers to Ma and Pa America is 100% legal and without restrictions in all but two states. However, Ars Technica reports that some governments have suddenly realized that giving people unrestricted access to flamethrowers that can spit fire 50 feet in the air might not be a great idea… and this revelation has only sparked more people to pick up flamethrowers while they’re still legal. RELATED: Meet the amazing $174 gadget that lets you shoot fireballs from your wrists “Business is skyrocketing higher than ever due to
  • Ashley Madison users in US sue cheating website over breach (2015-08-25 17:32:10)
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eight people across the U.S. who registered to use Ashley Madison are suing the website for cheaters after hackers released personal and detailed information of millions of users, including financial data and sexual proclivities.
  • Amazon's same-day delivery comes to Seattle (2015-08-25 17:31:52)
    Amazon Prime customers in the Seattle area can now get one-hour delivery on "tens of thousands" of products -- everything from paper towels to televisions.
  • Hear Nolan North as Destiny's new Ghost in this Taken King teaser video (2015-08-25 17:27:45)
    Watch the video to also see a brief glimpse of the new Dreadnaught Strike and more.
  • Xbox One and Xbox 360 Free Games With Gold for September 2015 Revealed (2015-08-25 17:27:23)
    Here's the full lineup of free games for Xbox One and Xbox 360 coming in September.
  • Access to Xbox One preview program just got more difficult (2015-08-25 17:27:11)
    Microsoft is scaling back the volume of invitations, as the program is reaching a "near-capacity" level.
  • GTA 5 looks jaw dropping with this PC Mod (2015-08-25 17:26:57)
    Toddyhancer takes the presentation of Rockstar's open-world to the next level.
  • Watch Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain's launch trailer (2015-08-25 17:26:42)
    Check out this impressive video for Konami's upcoming stealth-action game.
  • Uber's self-driving car efforts get help from the University of Arizona (2015-08-25 17:26:00)
  • Best Buy to expand sales of Apple Watch to all its stores next month (2015-08-25 17:21:45)
    The electronics retailer will start selling the Apple Watch at all 1,050 of its stores by the end of September.
  • One more major Windows 10 hassle: Upgrading your computer might mess with your free Windows 10 activation (2015-08-25 17:10:49)
    Windows 10 is one of the most praised, Microsoft products of the year, but the new operating system isn’t providing users with a hassle-free experience. Privacy concerns, upgrade bugs, massive data consumption, and future update worries are just of the few instances where Windows 10 has proven to be quite an annoying new OS. In case that’s not enough, there’s one more reason to worry about your free Windows 10 install, especially if you’re the kind of PC user who constantly upgrades his or her desktop. DON’T MISS: Another huge leak: iPhone 6s specs and release date detailed by wireless carrier rep Every time you change the hardware of your computer, especially major components, there’s a chance that Windows 10
  • Google Calendar is getting much smarter for business users (2015-08-25 17:05:23)
    Google Apps users are going to start having an easier time managing their calendar. With an update rolling out this week, Google Calendar will begin automatically grabbing events that it detects in Gmail — like flights and hotel or restaurant reservations — and adding an entry for them. Those entries are supposed to stay updated, too, should there be a change in plans or a delay. Google says that basically any ticketed event should be detected.
  • New flu vaccine protects test animals from multiple strains (2015-08-25 16:59:00)
  • Motion-powered safety light brightens up night runs for joggers (2015-08-25 16:55:58)
    The Million Mile Light skips the batteries and instead uses a runner's motion to power the bright LEDs.
  • The iPhone 6s leak we’ve been waiting for: Partially assembled device caught on video (2015-08-25 16:46:24)
    We’re very close to the launch of the iPhone 6s and now MacRumors has obtained several images and a video that show the partially assembled device along with many of its key innards. This is without a doubt the leak we’ve been waiting for all summer. DON’T MISS: Another huge leak: iPhone 6s specs and release date detailed by wireless carrier rep The video of the iPhone 6s lasts under two minutes but it nonetheless shows the entire device booting up to the screen with the Gear icon. After the device starts to boot up, the person in the video then opens it up to show us its various components including its logic board, its LTE baseband modem and its radio frequency transceiver
  • Illinois man denies cancer drug smuggling conspiracy charge (2015-08-25 16:41:09)
    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An Illinois man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to conspiring with an online Canadian pharmacy to smuggle mislabeled, unapproved and, in two cases, counterfeit prescription drugs into the U.S. to sell to doctors.
  • What major problem will your next phone have? (2015-08-25 16:40:56)
    Seriously, you can practically set your watch by it: a new model comes out, and a few hours later, there's a YouTube video of someone damaging the hologram generator just by gently twisting the atomic memory core.
  • A light-hearted game of mass murder in 'Party Hard' (2015-08-25 16:34:00)
  • US girls are more likely to be obese than Canadian ones (2015-08-25 16:25:02)
    Though the US and Canada have a lot in common, American children are still more likely to be obese.
  • ‘Penghazi’ is the Galaxy Note 5’s first official ‘scandal’ (2015-08-25 16:20:22)
    The Galaxy Note 5 is an amazing new Samsung handset. The Korean giant applied the same design recipe it used successfully on the Galaxy S6 to create its best phablet so far. However, the phone does appear to have one unexpected critical flaw that can damage the device: Inserted the wrong way, the device’s S-Pen can permanently ruin the smartphone, as a new video reveals. DON’T MISS: New iPhone 6s leak suggests we’ve hit the limit for how thin an iPhone can be As Android Police discovered, the S-Pen can break pen detection and/or get “hopelessly stuck” if you insert it the wrong way. Sure, this can be fixed by simply making sure that you put the S-Pen back the proper
  • YouTube’s answer to Twitch finally launches tomorrow (2015-08-25 16:18:55)
    Just before E3 this year, YouTube announced that it was getting into gaming in a big way, with its own stand-alone video site that would take on Twitch. Called YouTube Gaming, the service was expected to launch some time this summer — and it looks like tomorrow will finally be the day. YouTube has been interested in gaming for sometime, and reportedly attempted to acquire Twitch last year, before ultimately losing out to Amazon.
  • Samsung's Gear S2 makes its Instagram debut on an exec's wrist (2015-08-25 16:08:00)
  • James Franco will play a 'tech billionaire' in a movie with Bryan Cranston (2015-08-25 16:07:53)
    Bryan Cranston — goofy dad on Malcom in the Middle and ruthlessly cold dad on Breaking Bad — will play a dad in an upcoming comedy with noted academic James Franco, The Wrap reports.
  • Uber to work with UofA on mapping, self-driving cars (2015-08-25 16:00:40)
    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Uber is partnering with the University of Arizona to develop mapping technology as the ride-hailing company expands its research of driverless car technology.
  • Caught on video: 12-year-old trips and falls into a $1.5 million painting (2015-08-25 15:55:16)
    A 12-year old in Taiwan got more than he bargained for while visiting an art show in Tapei over the weekend. While on a semi-leisurely stroll, our hapless protganist lost his balance for a quick second, only to clumsily lean on an exceedingly expensive oil painting from the 17th century to regain his footing. DON’T MISS: Another huge leak: iPhone 6s specs and release date detailed by wireless carrier rep In doing so, he partially ruined a $1.5 million Paolo Porpora piece called “Flowers.” Not to worry, paintings of this stature are typically insured and “Flowers” most assuredly was. Which is to say, the 12-year old won’t be on the hook for restoring the piece back to its original form. The Telegraph notes that
  • Google could track potholes to help you avoid them down the road (2015-08-25 15:42:14)
    Google has filed a patent for a way to track potholes across the United States, using your car's GPS navigation system and other sensors to detect damaged portions of a road, put that information into a database, and then use it to determine a less bumpy route. Google could monitor the vibrations your car is subjected to when you rumble over a pothole, and cross reference that with GPS data — something that is standard on most cars these days. By doing this in many cars, Google could pinpoint where potholes have sprung up while also canceling out anomalies.
  • Samsung faces S-Pen, Galaxy Note 5 flap: Design flaw or overblown? (2015-08-25 15:39:40)
    If you put the Samsung S-Pen Stylus in the Galaxy Note 5 the wrong way you may break the pen and possibly the device. Does Samsung face a brand or engineering hit?
  • Video shows the Galaxy Note 5 can’t keep up with the iPhone 6 despite superior hardware (2015-08-25 15:30:40)
    If you were to pit the Galaxy Note 5 against the iPhone 6 in terms of raw specs, the Note 5 would clobber Apple’s 2014 flagship phone. As we’ve seen in the past, however, hardware specs don’t tell us everything we need to know about a phone’s performance. DON’T MISS: More proof that the new Moto X is the phone Android fans have dreamed of all year A YouTuber with the account name DroidModderX ROOT Master (in other words, not an Apple fanboy) recently decided to pit the Galaxy Note 5 against the iPhone 6 in a speed test for opening up various applications. Despite the fact that the Note 5 has 4GB of RAM and the iPhone 6 has just 1GB of
  • Explore the world's economy in Harvard's trippy 3D map (2015-08-25 15:17:00)
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    Front row, Rohini Chopra, first USCTO Aneesh Chopra, USCTO Megan Smith, Coach Kathy Kemper, IFE Founder & CEO, Dep. USCTO and round 1 PIF, Ryan Panchadsaram, round 2 PIF, Jackie Kazil, IFE Innovation Steward, Dr. Amy Geng, PIF co-founder, John Paul Farmer, PIF round 3, Lea Shanley, former USCTO and PIF co-founder, Todd ParkPresident Obama...
  • 'Star Trek Beyond' cast delivers touching tribute to Leonard Nimoy (2015-08-25 15:11:20)
    On the final week of a charity campaign that will also put one "Star Trek" fan in the next movie, the cast and crew put together a tribute to Nimoy featuring one of his favorite causes.
  • Amazon expands Prime Now, offers U.S. alcohol for first time (2015-08-25 15:08:49)
    Amazon.com Inc said on Tuesday it will begin delivering wine, beer and spirits to U.S. customers for the first time as part of its speedy delivery service, Prime Now. The online retailer is expanding Prime Now, its one- and two-hour service, to Seattle, where the company is headquartered, and offering alcohol deliveries there. Amazon Prime, the company's $99 per year shopping membership program, offers free two-day delivery on millions of items.
  • Facebook 'Spam King' pleads guilty after sending more than 27 million messages (2015-08-25 15:06:49)
    Sanford Wallace, known as the "Spam King" after charges alleged he sent 27 million fraudulent Facebook messages, has plead guilty to fraud and criminal contempt charges, Bloomberg reports.
  • Just in time for the iPhone 6s, Best Buy confirms AppleCare is coming to its stores (2015-08-25 15:05:47)
    Multiple reports said that Best Buy was going to strengthen its ties with Apple by selling AppleCare extended warranties on top of its own protection plans for Apple products, including the iPhone. Rumors said that Best Buy would add AppleCare to its lineup of in-store offerings in time for the iPhone 6s release, and the company’s CEO has just confirmed that AppleCare is indeed coming to Best Buy. DON’T MISS: Another huge leak: iPhone 6s specs and release date detailed by wireless carrier rep Best Buy was rumored to be planning to sell AppleCare in stores starting September 13th, or just a few days after the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are supposed to be announced – assuming the September 9th keynote event date
  • Samsung's Gear S2 smartwatch looks really good on Instagram (2015-08-25 15:04:58)
    Samsung wants everyone to remember that it has a new smartwatch coming. Over the past two weeks, Samsung has been releasing glimpses (and a fashion shoot) of the Gear S2, and today we're getting another look at it — one that's probably a lot more representative of how the watch will actually look. On Instagram, the studio head of Samsung Design America has shared a photo of the watch on his wrist.
  • Chinese smartphone market expected to cool this year: report (2015-08-25 15:03:08)
    The once-hot smartphone market in China is expected to cool this year, growing a meager 1.2 percent, according to a report released Tuesday. The China smartphone market grew 19.7 percent last year and accounted for nearly a third of all new handsets shipped, according to the International Data Corporation's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker report. "China clearly remains a very important market," said IDC program director Ryan Reith.
  • The sound of getting hacked is apparently Thunderstruck by AC/DC (2015-08-25 15:02:13)
    At a press conference yesterday about the Ashley Madison hack, Toronto police distributed a flyer to the assembled reporters with the lyrics to AC/DC's "Thunderstruck." The music mystery lasted a short while, before it was revealed that Ashley Madison employees came to work on July 12th (well before the data was made public) to the song blaring from the office's computers along with a "threatening message" from the hackers to publish private data belonging to millions of its users. Back in 2012, security researcher Mikko Hypponen received an email in which an Iranian scientist reported hearing the song coming from their computers.
  • Pioneering surgery gives man world's first 'bionic' penis (2015-08-25 14:53:00)
  • Facebook’s Moments app will automatically create music videos out of your photos (2015-08-25 14:51:20)
    Facebook's photo sharing app Moments, which launched in June, today added a video feature. With this update, Moments will automatically create a photo montage, complete with music, using any grouping of six or more pictures. Moments aims to rescue all those photos languishing on your phone, using face recognition to suggest tags, and letting you sync the selected photos with your Facebook friends. The app's new video feature is similar to other apps like Flipagram, which also lets you create photo stories set to music.
  • Can Postmates pull off universal one-hour delivery? (2015-08-25 14:35:25)
    Over the last five years, a booming new industry has developed: on-demand delivery services that let you order over the web, or with a mobile app, from merchants that up until now were only accessible if you went to the store. Postmates describes itself as the largest of these companies, the software service at the heart of a fast-growing business.
  • Postmates wants to pull off universal one-hour delivery (2015-08-25 14:35:15)
    The on-demand industry is growing quickly and Postmates is attempting to do delivery from anywhere within an hour. We interviewed CEO Bastian Lehmann about his plans to keep up with the competition.
  • Uber will partner with University of Arizona for self-driving car research (2015-08-25 14:34:21)
    Uber is setting up a new self-driving car project at the University of Arizona, according to an email sent out today to university employees. The news comes just months after a major hiring push for Uber's Pittsburgh center, which many complained had hired so many experts away from the local robotics lab that they had effectively gutted competing projects. According to a statement from Arizona's governor, the partnership will focus on the optics systems necessary for mapping and safety, and will result in a number of Uber's test vehicles taking up permanent residence in Arizona.
  • Cablevision will sell streaming CBS, Showtime to cord-cutters (2015-08-25 14:28:00)
  • University student pleads guilty to making Android spy app (2015-08-25 14:22:43)
    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Carnegie Mellon University student who hoped to sell enough malicious software to infect 450,000 Google Android smartphones pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal law meant to prevent hacking of phones and computers.
  • Facebook's Moments app now automatically creates movies from your photos (2015-08-25 14:13:00)
  • South Korea regulators finally OK Microsoft's Nokia deal (2015-08-25 14:02:41)
    The country's competition watchdog gives Microsoft the green light, under several conditions, after 21 months of review.
  • This free Android app does something awesome that no iPhone can (2015-08-25 14:02:15)
    Smartphones can be used to control computers remotely with the right apps installed on both devices, but there may be cases where you want to do the opposite – control a smartphone from a computer. One new app for Android allows users to do exactly that, manage the Android device from a computer. The app, however, is only available for Android devices, which means it can’t be used to operate an iPhone or any other iOS devices. DON’T MISS: Major technological advancement yields a printer that could change the face of 3D printing Dubbed Vysor, the app was created by Koushik Dutta, a well-known developer who has made various other interesting Android apps, including AllCast, Rom Manager, Voice Plus and others. The Vysor web app
  • Seven New Yorkers arrested over 'Internet brothel' (2015-08-25 14:01:58)
    Seven New Yorkers were arrested and charged with promoting male prostitution on Tuesday through an "Internet brothel" offering sex to paid-subscribers across the world, prosecutors said. Website rentboy.com hosts thousands of paid advertisements from men, primarily offering prostitution internationally and in cities across the United States, prosecutors said. The US government was working to shut down the site but it was still accessible Tuesday, offering services in countries as diverse as Afghanistan, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates.
  • Apple updates Logic Pro with the last synthesizer you'll ever need (2015-08-25 13:56:53)
    Apple's professional music-creation app Logic Pro X has just received a big upgrade, and with it is one of the most ambitious software instruments the company has ever released. The highlight feature of Logic 10.2 is Alchemy, a software synthesizer originally developed by Carmel Audio before Apple snapped the developer up earlier this year. Alchemy can do a little bit of everything: it can create sounds using samples or multiple types of synthesis, including virtual versions of old-school analog synths.
  • Stephen Hawking believes he knows how information escapes black holes (2015-08-25 13:48:00)
  • TuneIn radio app starts $8 tier with MLB, soccer, audiobooks (2015-08-25 13:46:05)
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — TuneIn, the app that gives users free access to thousands of live radio stations around the world, is launching an $8-a-month premium subscription service that throws in ad-free listening, audiobooks and live play-by-play coverage of Major League Baseball and soccer from the Premier League and the Bundesliga.
  • Watchdog: US Ambassador Kennedy used private email (2015-08-25 13:42:31)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior staff at the U.S. Embassy to Japan, including Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, have used personal email accounts for official business, an internal watchdog said in a report Tuesday. Some emails contained sensitive information.
  • Ashley Madison users in US sue cheating website (2015-08-25 13:41:51)
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eight people across the U.S. who registered to use Ashley Madison are suing the cheating website after hackers released personal and detailed information on them and millions of other users, including credit card numbers and sexual preferences.
  • Google Map Maker is now online again in over 50 countries (2015-08-25 13:37:51)
    Google continues to reopen Map Maker, bringing it back to 45 countries today including the US. Map Maker was shut down in May after a series of embarrassing user edits began showing up on the public Google Maps. The tool allows anyone to make changes to geography and listings on Google Maps, which is helpful for keeping local maps up to date but leaves a lot of room for abuse.
  • And the fastest charging smartphone is.... not the iPhone 6 (2015-08-25 13:25:00)
    Now that most of the recent Android phones -- including some low-cost models -- support fast charging, Apple's iPhone has to play catch-up.
  • Donald Trump hurls more hissy-tweets at Megyn Kelly (2015-08-25 13:24:44)
    Technically Incorrect: If you thought Twitter couldn't resemble high school any more than it already does, Donald Trump would like to (dis)abuse you.
  • NASA's latest Ceres photo shows a strange, conical mountain (2015-08-25 13:24:00)
  • Majority of developers have never built mobile apps, survey reveals (2015-08-25 13:19:00)
    Survey of 3,000 IT professionals finds those that do build mobile apps only do about one a year; UX and process constraints are issues.
  • Turn any television in your house into a huge touchscreen with this $130 gadget (2015-08-25 13:16:18)
    The way we interact with screens has changed drastically over the past few decades. We rarely go more than a day without touching the display of a smartphone, a tablet or a touchscreen computer, so it only makes sense that one day our TVs will begin to move in the same direction. With the Touchjet WAVE, you won’t have to wait any longer. DON’T MISS: Major technological advancement yields a printer that could change the face of 3D printing Having already received over $400,000 in funding (a solid 400% of the team’s original $100,000 goal), the WAVE can mount on any TV up to 80 inches with an HDMI port, runs any Android app you can throw at it and connects to Wi-Fi for
  • Ashley Madison facing another class action suit (2015-08-25 13:06:50)
    An anonymous Ashley Madison user has filed a potential class action lawsuit against parent company Avid Life Media, alleging that the company failed to take "necessary and reasonable precautions" to prevent hackers from breaching the company's files and releasing millions of user profiles. "John Doe," who filed the suit in a California district court late last week, claims to have signed up for the cheating-focused Ashley Madison dating service in 2012. Doe argues that Avid Life Media should have implemented better security around customers' records, which included details like their dates of birth, location, and physical attributes.
  • Many U.S. drivers ignoring new tech features in cars: survey (2015-08-25 13:02:17)
    By Alexandria Sage SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Drivers are steering clear of some new technology in cars, according to a survey released Tuesday, raising questions about whether car makers are moving too quickly to incorporate sophisticated technology. Carmakers are adding everything from remote car unlocking to self-parking systems in their newest models as they try to make vehicles more connected to the Internet and more automated. It was not used by 43 percent of respondents and followed by mobile routers that turn a car into a Wifi hot spot, unused by 38 percent.
  • Jimmy Kimmel shows how scary virtual-reality Facebook might be (2015-08-25 12:54:45)
    On Monday's episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live," Jimmy took an Oculus Rift VR headset prototype for a spin, showing off what social networking might look like in virtual reality. Shudder.
  • Is your phone one of the fastest-charging smartphones in the world? Check out these test results (2015-08-25 12:51:41)
    When purchasing a new smartphone, one of the specifications you’re probably most concerned about is battery life. You want to know that your shiny new device isn’t going to die halfway through the work day, but unfortunately, battery life doesn’t seem to be improving at the same rate as the rest of the hardware. So you’ll be hard-pressed to find a phone with incredible battery life, but what about a phone that charges so fast that you forget about the fact you have to plug it in at the end of the day? READ MORE: New iPhone 6s leak suggests we’ve hit the limit for how thin an iPhone can be On Monday, Tom’s Guide tested six popular flagship smartphones to see
  • How Google Is Changing The Way We Think (2015-08-25 12:48:50)
    Google, the humble search engine, has grown a lot over the years.It’s an advertising powerhouse, building a series of products that run our lives -- like Gmail, Google Maps, Android, Chrome -- and under its new umbrella corporation, Alphabet, the company is developing products like driverless cars and surgical robots that promise to...
  • Top German court rejects Apple touchscreen patent appeal (2015-08-25 12:45:07)
    Apple Inc patents covering the "slide to unlock" feature on smartphones are invalid, Germany's highest appeals court ruled on Tuesday, reaffirming a 2013 decision rejecting the U.S. company's claims by a lower court. The ruling by the Federal Court of Appeals in Karlsruhe covers one of the Apple iPhone's most popular defining features, of which makers of rival Android-based phones have developed their own versions. In a statement, the appeals court said it confirmed a ruling by the lower Federal Patent Court that canceled Apple's German patent, based on the technique's similarity to a phone released by Swedish company Neonode Inc a year before the iPhone's 2007 launch.
  • Amazon's one-hour delivery service arrives in Seattle (2015-08-25 12:40:00)
  • Samsung on Galaxy Note 5's broken stylus slot: read the manual (2015-08-25 12:39:02)
    This year's Galaxy Note 5 is an outstanding device — combining power with grace, and utility with handsome looks — but it also has a pretty major design flaw. The phone's stylus can be inserted into its silo in both orientations, which is a change from previous S Pen designs, and one of those orientations can result in permanent damage to the Note's functionality. If you are unfortunate enough to slide your S Pen in the wrong way, you'll have a hard time unjamming it from the slot (though eventually you should be able to pry it away), but more importantly, you might disable the Note's stylus detection feature.
  • The Apple Watch will be available at all Best Buy locations next month (2015-08-25 12:31:55)
    Apple's three-month exclusive on sales of the Apple Watch is over, so the device is finding its way onto the virtual and physical store shelves of a few new retailers. Now Best Buy, which was the first national retailer outside of Apple to sell the Apple Watch, is already expanding the device's availability. Apple Watches will be available at all Best Buy locations by the end of September, the company shared during an earnings call yesterday.
  • iPhone 6s: Apple might be planning its biggest iPhone event yet (2015-08-25 12:26:00)
    Apple hasn’t yet sent out invitations for its rumored September 9th iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus launch event, but the company is already reportedly preparing for a massive fall press conference bigger in scope than any previous announcements. DON’T MISS: New iPhone 6s leak suggests we’ve hit the limit for how thin an iPhone can be According to Hoodline, Apple may be the mysterious company that rented Bill Graham Civic Auditorium from September 4th to September 13th to host a “private event,” also described as a “trade show” in applications filed with the Planning Department. Security guards and SFPD are patrolling the area around the building and aren’t able to share more details about the event. The venue will be
  • McAfee Mobile Security (2015-08-25 12:24:44)
    Protect your Android device with award winning antivirus, privacy and security software from McAfee
  • Airbnb starts collecting taxes in Paris, its biggest market (2015-08-25 12:20:49)
    After firing up tax collection in a handful of US cities, the home rental service brings the toll to France.
  • Verizon's mythical Droid Maxx 2 gets pictured (2015-08-25 12:20:00)
  • The Sensel Morph wants to be a bigger, better version of Apple’s Force Touch trackpad (2015-08-25 12:00:02)
    Earlier this year, Apple opened up some interesting new ways of controlling the MacBook by giving it a trackpad that could detect how hard or soft you were pressing. Now a new company, Sensel, is trying to take that idea a few steps further. Sensel's trackpad is called the Morph.
  • You can use a real paintbrush with Sensel's Morph trackpad (2015-08-25 12:00:00)
  • Review: 'Until Dawn' adds clever twists to teen horror genre (2015-08-25 11:51:42)
    Years of horror movies have taught us the proper response to an invitation to spend a weekend at a cabin in the woods: No thanks.
  • More people play fantasy football than live in the 18 least populated states combined (2015-08-25 11:42:26)
    A Forbes article from last year claims 33 million people participate annually in fantasy football. That’s more people than the populations of Kansas, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, West Virginia, Nebraska, Idaho, Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Montana, Delaware, South Dakota, Alaska, North Dakota, Vermont, Wyoming, and Washington, DC combined. Now consider that most of fantasy football’s growth has happened in just the past 15 years thanks the to advent of online leagues.
  • Sony just unveiled an amazing drone that can fly 106 MPH (2015-08-25 11:40:14)
    Sony this past year partnered up with a Japanese robotics company called ZMP to establish a new drone company called Aerosense. While the joint partnership understandably raised a few eyebrows at first, Sony believes that it can leverage its expertise in camera and communications technologies to make an impact in the burgeoning drone market. On Monday, Sony released video footage of a drone prototype borne out of its relationship with ZMP. Suffice it to say, this isn’t your everyday $150 Quadcopter. And trust us when we say that that’s a good thing. DON’T MISS: iPhone 6s leak: Major details revealed on the device’s camera For starters, the drone looks like, well, it looks exactly like a miniature airplane. Not to worry, though, the
  • Don't stick your Samsung Galaxy Note 5 stylus in backwards (2015-08-25 11:40:00)
  • Highlights from Verge Hack Week 2015 (2015-08-25 11:38:50)
    All in all, there were over 50 Hack Week-related experiments this past week, ranging from visualizing government secrecy to making a Twitter bot that automatically generates TV recaps. To be a fan of, or even just have a healthy interest in Lana Del Rey is to enter a world and mythology every bit as dense and geekable as something by George R.R. Martin.
  • Cablevision lines up the beginning of a premium TV package for cord cutters (2015-08-25 11:38:02)
    TV networks like HBO and Showtime have been starting to offer online subscriptions, and they've been turning to internet providers to help sell them. The latest partnership is between Cablevision and CBS, giving Cablevision the ability to offer Showtime and CBS All Access to subscribers of its Optimum internet service. This is CBS's first internet distribution deal, and it makes it very clear that it'll be following the same path that HBO has taken — selling subscriptions directly to consumers and falling back on internet providers to sell even more.
  • The Uber effect: government report shows London's private taxi boom (2015-08-25 11:30:00)
  • Playdate: Taking stock of 'Gears of War: Ultimate Edition' (2015-08-25 11:20:00)
  • Just in time for the iPhone 6s, leaked photos appear to show HTC’s blatant iPhone 6 ripoff (2015-08-25 11:15:57)
    If you thought companies like Samsung and Xiaomi were shameless with their iPhone ripoffs, wait until you see what HTC has been cooking up behind closed doors. Nothing has been confirmed just yet, but newly leaked photos appear to HTC’s new flagship smartphone for the second half of 2015… and by the looks of things, it’s basically an iPhone 6 that runs Android. And once again, we have to ask… why does every Android phone company think it can be Apple? DON’T MISS: Major technological advancement yields a printer that could change the face of 3D printing Apple is about to unveil its next-generation iPhone 6s early next month, and it looks like HTC will follow closely behind with a new iPhone 6s
  • Streaming radio app TuneIn adds MLB broadcasts and commercial-free music (2015-08-25 11:00:05)
    The streaming radio app TuneIn is continuing to move beyond traditional radio. It's adding a paid offering today that'll give listeners access to over 40,000 audiobooks, 600 commercial-free music stations, and most notably live sports broadcasts from Major League Baseball, with the ability to listen to all home and away MLB feeds. Baseball fans can already subscribe to audio feeds directly through MLB — and at a much cheaper price — which is why this is part of a larger package that TuneIn intends to keep building.
  • TuneIn Premium streams live sports, music and audiobooks for $8 a month (2015-08-25 11:00:00)
  • The medical abortion works — so why aren't more women using it? (2015-08-25 10:53:39)
    I found out I was pregnant during a routine gynecological exam after I mentioned my period was a few days late. My doctor told me she’d need to collect a urine sample anyway, so they’d test it just to be sure. I wasn’t worried. I’d only been off hormonal birth control for a little over a month after staying on it for many years, and I’d read it sometimes takes months to resume regular ovulation. My boyfriend and I had one slip up, but that single incident seemed like a long shot. So when the doctor came back into the room with a upbeat "yup, you’re pregnant," I was (perhaps stupidly) shocked.
  • More proof that the new Moto X is the phone Android fans have dreamed of all year (2015-08-25 10:50:49)
    Earlier this week, we pointed to a preview of Motorola’s 2015 smartphone cameras that claimed the new devices have cameras worthy of being in the same conversation as the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the LG G4. Now we’ve stumbled upon an older but more thorough look at the Moto X Style’s camera that was posted by Digital Photography Review late last month. The review is long but it makes clear that the new Moto X cameras are capable of holding their own with the top cameras of Samsung and LG. RELATED: The 2015 Moto X looks like the phone that could make me love Android again Overall, the Moto X Style’s camera scored only behind the Galaxy S6 in Digital Photography Review’s rankings. What’s
  • Netflix is begging for teen eyeballs with two new movies from YouTube stars (2015-08-25 10:49:44)
    According to The New York Times, Netflix is licensing two recent feature films made by popular YouTube personalities. By obtaining the rights to comedy duo Smosh's Smosh: The Movie and Jenn McAllister and Lauren Luthringshausen's mistaken identity adventure Bad Night, Netflix is trying to capture young people who've never thought of cable — or even TV in general — as a primary source of entertainment. "We want shows or movies that a particular demographic is going to love," said Erik Barmack, Netflix's vice president for global independent content.
  • Amazon's Prime Now delivery service launches alcohol sales in Seattle (2015-08-25 10:46:27)
    Amazon's one-hour delivery service, Prime Now, is expanding to cover new markets including the online retailer's hometown of Seattle, Washington. Beginning today, Prime Now is also spreading to Amazon Prime subscribers in Bellevue, Redmond, and Kirkland. More importantly, Seattle marks the first location in the United States where Amazon will bring you wine, beer, and liquor on demand.
  • Luigi will always be a second place, runner-up, wannabe Mario (2015-08-25 10:42:24)
    A few years ago, it seemed Luigi — brother of Mario, hunter of ghosts, possessor of no surname — would finally assert himself as something more than a milquetoast other guy. In 2013, Luigi's fans linked arms to celebrate the secondary figure in the Year of Luigi, and the back-up plumber landed his own console game. Passion from those 12 months seeped into 2014, in which Luigi's shady side-eye in Mario Kart 8 revealed him to be more than the pushover we'd always assumed him to be.
  • ​Everyone is a CIO: How tech complexity may bolster Best Buy (2015-08-25 10:30:00)
    Best Buy is betting that consumers will need integration help amid connected homes and the Internet of things. Can the retailer be a systems integrator for the masses?
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 5 review: the best big phone just got better (2015-08-25 10:30:00)
  • 10 awesome paid apps that are all on sale for free for a limited time (2015-08-25 10:25:37)
    Yesterday’s list of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free was a solid one indeed, and you can still find a few great freebies in that post if you hurry back. Today might only be Tuesday, but we’ve already got a massive list for you: 10 paid iOS apps that are all on sale for free for a limited time. As always, these sales could be over at any minute, so be sure to grab anything that looks appealing right away. DON’T MISS: Major technological advancement yields a printer that could change the face of 3D printing These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no
  • Microsoft prototypes DisplayCover: A Surface keyboard with e-ink display (2015-08-25 10:05:34)
    Adding an energy-efficient e-ink touch display can free up additional screen space on the main display by moving menu options and app shortcuts to the keyboard.
  • Russian Internet watchdog orders ISPs to block Wikipedia (2015-08-25 10:01:38)
    The country's Roskomnadzor federal agency has instructed Internet providers to block a page about a kind of cannabis, but most can only block the entire site.
  • Another huge leak: iPhone 6s specs and release date detailed by wireless carrier rep (2015-08-25 10:00:32)
    In a few weeks, Apple will announce the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. The brand new iPhones will be available for preorder on September 11th, according to recent leaks, with in-store sales set to begin on September 18th. This launch date has now been further supported by a China Telecom representative, who made several comments about the new iPhones on social media. DON’T MISS: New iPhone 6s leak suggests we’ve hit the limit for how thin an iPhone can be According to a post on Weibo, the iPhone 6s will be released at some point between September 18th and September 25th – both these days are Fridays, which is when new iPhones are usually released in retail stores. Design-wise, the person
  • Steam competitor GOG Galaxy now lets you 'rollback' troublesome game updates (2015-08-25 10:00:03)
    If you use PC gaming service GOG Galaxy, though, that won't be a problem anymore. Galaxy previously made updates an optional feature, and this new addition takes things a step further. "With the newest update to GOG Galaxy, we're giving our users more control over their games and patches," explains GOG's Piotr Karwowski.
  • GOG Galaxy lets you roll back broken or unwanted updates (2015-08-25 10:00:00)
  • eSports gets its first major UK bookmaker (2015-08-25 09:52:00)
  • This might be HTC's late-2015 flagship phone (2015-08-25 09:45:00)
  • Meet Wileyfox, an 'edgy' new mobile brand powered by Cyanogen (2015-08-25 09:32:05)
    Launching in London today, the new company is set to take on the smartphone market with budget hardware and unusual Android software.
  • One Direction are tired: four years of 1D, by the numbers (2015-08-25 09:30:01)
    If you were wondering if that weird sound you heard late Sunday evening was all of tween Twitter crying out in an anguished wail, rest assured you're not crazy: the members of One Direction are going their separate ways. According to People, the four remaining members of the world's leading boy band — that's Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, and Harry Styles — are planning an extended hiatus, one that's set to begin next March. One Direction is still on track to release their as-yet-untitled fifth full-length later this fall, but they won't be touring to support the new music, and they'll be separated for at least a year once their remaining commitments are complete. It's hard not to regard One Direction's impending hiatus as symptomatic of their status as the digital era's dominant boy band, and the insanely amplified workload that entails.
  • VMware brings Windows 10 support with launch of Fusion 8, Workstation 12 (2015-08-25 09:30:00)
    The company is releasing new versions of its virtualization products for Mac and PC that includes support for the latest Windows OS and an enhanced graphics engine.
  • Leaked photos show Droid-branded Moto X Play for US customers (2015-08-25 09:20:37)
    This weekend, we heard that the Android Moto X Play and Moto X Pure Edition smartphones might be making their way to US shores, rebranded as new Droid handsets from Verizon. Now, newly leaked images published by Android Police appear to show a Droid-branded Moto X Play, or, at least, an as-yet unreleased handset with near-identical specs to the Motorola device that will be available in non-US markets. The would-be Droid Maxx 2 (which has swapped its usual red livery for a blue, fish scale pattern) has 2GB of RAM, a 21-megapixel camera, a 5.5-inch 1080p display, and a Snapdragon 615 SoC.
  • Mozilla to fire suspected employee posting hate speech on Reddit (2015-08-25 09:20:00)
  • New report reveals Office 2016 for Windows release date (2015-08-25 09:10:39)
    Office users waiting for the big 2016 update from Microsoft should be thrilled to hear the company may be gearing up for a September 22nd release for its new Office suite. The new Office 2016 software for Windows follows a similar version for Mac, which was released in July. DON’T MISS: New iPhone 6s leak suggests we’ve hit the limit for how thin an iPhone can be According to German tech site WinFuture, Office 2016 will be available initially to both home and professional users. Microsoft is currently working on a final release candidate build, The Verge has learned, though the company has yet to make any announcements regarding its launch plans. Office 2016 for Windows will include a colorful new theme identical to what’s available on
  • NASA will test the Orion spacecraft’s landing system with failing parachutes tomorrow (2015-08-25 08:55:09)
    Tomorrow, NASA will drop its Orion crew capsule out of a plane flying at 35,000 feet over the Arizona desert, and two of its five parachutes will fail. Orion is the next generation of NASA spacecraft that will take humans into space — and perhaps on to Mars. It will ride into space atop the Space Launch System (SLS) — a monster rocket NASA is currently building to facilitate deep-space exploration.
  • Sony's next phone is yet another rectangular slab (2015-08-25 08:51:00)
  • Caught on film: Android runs smoothly on the BlackBerry Passport (2015-08-25 08:41:00)
    A pure Android interface with BlackBerry's own apps and hardware may be just what the company needs to boost device sales.
  • Major technological advancement yields a printer that could change the face of 3D printing (2015-08-25 08:35:25)
    While the technology has certainly generated plenty of buzz over the past few years, 3D printing is still quite a young space. Advancements in 3D printing are coming hot and heavy — just think about how affordable this technology is now, for example. Nearly anyone with a need for a 3D printer can now purchase one for just a few hundred dollars. But affordability is hardly the only area where huge advancements are being made in 3D printing. DON’T MISS: 7 surprising things you never knew about Google A group of engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created a prototype of what may quite literally end up being a game changer for 3D printing. “Multimaterial printing” is the term for
  • Two new Cyanogen smartphones hit the market: Wileyfox launches Storm and Swift (2015-08-25 08:07:00)
    New smartphone entrant Wileyfox has launched a 5.5-inch phablet and five-inch smartphone for the US and Europe.
  • Salesforce revamps user interface with new Lightning experience and design system (2015-08-25 08:02:00)
    The company says the new Lightning will offer users an entirely new way of interacting with its signature CRM platform.
  • Advertising malware rates have tripled in the last year, according to report (2015-08-25 08:01:01)
    Ad networks have been hit with a string of compromises in recent months, and according to a new report, many of the infections are making it through to consumers. A study published today by Cyphort found that instances of malware served by ad networks more than tripled between June 2014 and February 2015, based on monthly samples taken during the period. It's just a random sampling, since a given visitor will only see a fraction of the total ads served by a site, but the results show a clear upward trend in malware activity on ad networks.
  • Comcast to offer gigabit Internet nationwide by 2018 (2015-08-25 08:00:19)
    Though maligned for its customer support and billing practices, the one thing Comcast decidedly does well is offer fast Internet service. In recent nationwide testing, SpeedTest.net found that Comcast is the fastest nationwide ISP in the country. And now comes word that the company’s fast Internet is about to get a whole lot faster. During a recent interview with FierceCable, Comcast VP of network architecture Robert Howald said that Comcast has plans to offer gigabit Internet service to all of its customers by 2018. DON’T MISS: New iPhone 6s leak suggests we’ve hit the limit for how thin an iPhone can be As it stands now, Comcast is looking to upgrade its DOCSIS 3 technology (Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification) to DOCSIS 3.1. If
  • Hortonworks introduces DataFlow, acquires Apache NiFi-backer Onyara (2015-08-25 08:00:04)
    Hortonworks is betting big on Apache NiFi, acquiring Onyara, the commercial entity behind it, and releasing DataFlow, a separate subscription alongside the Hadoop-based Hortonworks Data Platform.
  • 4 aspects of the Salesforce Lightning redesign that will impact your business (2015-08-25 08:00:03)
    Salesforce recently announced a redesign of its flagship product called the Lightning Experience. Here are the four updates that matter the most.
  • ICYMI: Massive Minesweeper, Android 4 BlackBerry and more (2015-08-25 08:00:00)
  • BBC's license fee study muddies the debate it tries to solve (2015-08-25 07:52:00)
  • Microsoft keeps the candybar dream alive with the Nokia 222 (2015-08-25 07:42:00)
  • Hydrogen fuel cell powered iPhone: Don't hold your breath for it (2015-08-25 07:40:00)
    All jazzed up that your next iPhone could be powered by a hydrogen fuel cell that can last an entire week without needing a recharge? Don't hold your breath for it.
  • BT tests ultrafast 330Mbps G.Fast broadband (2015-08-25 07:33:39)
    But don't hold your breath waiting for it to reach you anytime soon, as telco hints it will only start national rollout next year.
  • One minute of silence is now the most popular song in Austria (2015-08-25 07:32:02)
    A one-minute long silent recording is creating a lot of noise in Austria, drawing renewed attention to the country's refugee crisis. The track, titled "Schweigeminute (Traiskirchen)," rocketed to the top of Austria's iTunes charts after it was released on Friday, unseating German DJ Robin Schulz on the strength of pre-orders alone. "Schweigeminute" ("minute's silence," in German) is the brainchild of Austrian artist Raoul Haspel, who launched the project out of frustration with the government's refugee policy, and its failure to improve conditions at the Traiskirchen facility.
  • This could be HTC's next 'hero' smartphone (2015-08-25 07:22:51)
    Back in June, HTC CEO Cher Wang promised that her beleaguered company would launch a new "hero product" this October, revitalizing its core smartphone business. Now, newly leaked images via Twitter account OnLeaks suggest that this device (codenamed Aero) seems to be taking a leaf out of Apple's design book. Photos purportedly showing the front and rear of the forthcoming smartphone reveal a case that's extremely similar to the back of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
  • Useful accessory for the road warrior: Belkin Travel Rockstar (2015-08-25 07:07:48)
    This small gadget coming soon from Belkin packs a wallop with two grounded AC outlets, a fast-charging USB port, surge protector, and an internal battery for charging phones.
  • Newest edition of Office 2016 expected to land next month for Windows users (2015-08-25 07:06:39)
    Microsoft is reportedly set to launch its Office 2016 suite for Windows in September.
  • Philips solves Hue’s biggest problem with new dimmer switch (2015-08-25 07:00:03)
    Philips continues to expand its popular Hue lineup of ingenious lighting products with the introduction of its first wireless dimmer. The four-button (on/off, dim up/down) dimmer can be stuck to the wall just like the Hue Tap wireless switch. It’s also notably thinner than the $59.95 Tap as a result (11mm vs. 25mm) and costs just $39.95 for the dimmer and one Philips Hue warm white (2700K) bulb which usually costs $19.95 when purchased separately.
  • At this bar, you get tipsy just by breathing (2015-08-25 07:00:01)
    Some tried to take selfies, others sipped cocktails out of halved human skulls. People have been queueing up outside this building since the end of July, when the pop-up bar Alcoholic Architecture opened its doors to the public. Bompas & Parr, the eccentric design firm that created the installation, describes it as "the world's first alcoholic weather system for your tongue" — a place where "mixology meets meteorology." For an entrance fee of £10 (£12.50 during peak hours), visitors can spend an hour drinking potent cocktails and getting lost in "the cloud": a small room filled with vaporized gin and tonic.
  • Goldgenie launches iPhone 6s customized with diamonds (2015-08-25 06:48:53)
    Along with gold, rose gold and platinum, a luxury customization service will encrust the latest iPhone 6s with 800 diamonds. It hasn’t even hit the market yet, but Goldgenie is opening pre-orders for its 24K gold, rose gold and platinum iPhone 6s collection August 31. The newest iteration of the iPhone, which is expected to be lighter and thicker than its predecessor and incorporate the Force Touch feature, launches at the end of September.
  • ​Google Cloud Storage now swallows posted tapes, USBs, and hard drive backups (2015-08-25 06:23:00)
    Businesses on poor internet connections have a new postal option for moving large volumes of data to Google Cloud Storage.
  • Security flaws exposed in Dolphin, Mercury mobile browsers (2015-08-25 06:22:59)
    Vulnerabilities exist in the Android mobile browsers which could allow for remote code execution or arbitrary read/write access.
  • 'Spam King' guilty of posting 27 million Facebook messages (2015-08-25 06:08:00)
  • ​The dawn of the modular computer (2015-08-25 05:58:00)
    Tomorrow's datacenter will be modular. Are you ready for what that means for how you build and run applications?
  • Breaking the Galaxy Note 5 is as easy as reinserting the stylus backwards (2015-08-25 05:52:06)
    Owners of Samsung's new Galaxy Note 5 should be careful about how they handle the device's stylus. According to reports from various outlets, reinserting the Note 5's S Pen into the smartphone the wrong way can permanently disable the handset's stylus detection feature. This means that functions like quickly taking notes when the phone's screen is off, or automatically accessing the S Pen's radial menu no longer work.
  • Russia cancels short-lived Wikipedia ban (2015-08-25 05:41:44)
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Tuesday canceled a ban on the Russian-language Wikipedia, which barely lasted a few hours and caused a storm among Russian online users.
  • Meet Wileyfox: An 'edgy' new mobile brand powered by Cyanogen (2015-08-25 05:29:41)
    Launching in London today, the new company is set to take on the smartphone market with budget hardware and unusual Android software.
  • Meet WileyFox, Britain's answer to OnePlus (2015-08-25 05:20:00)
  • This Microsoft concept puts an e-ink Start menu on a Surface keyboard (2015-08-25 05:19:29)
    Microsoft is experimenting with a new Surface keyboard concept. While the software giant has hinted at Surface blades accessories in the past, this new concept comes directly from Microsoft's applied sciences group that is responsible for the current Surface display and keyboards. Microsoft provides a number of examples for having a multi-touch display above the keyboard, and a particularly compelling one is having Photoshop tools appear contextually to make it quicker to switch while you're using a stylus.
  • Microsoft's MobileFusion app turns an iPhone into a portable 3D scanner (2015-08-25 05:17:00)
    Microsoft Research has developed an algorithm that turns an iPhone 6's camera into a 3D scanner that can produce high-quality 3D models in about 20 seconds.
  • Trend Micro Maximum Security 10 review (2015-08-25 05:00:03)
    Stop viruses and spyware automatically before they reach your computer
  • How Tim Cook reversed Apple's plummeting stock price (2015-08-25 04:50:35)
    Apple's CEO emailed CNBC's Jim Cramer to reassure investors that all is well. Jordan Golson explains.
  • The irony: Ashley Madison plotted hacking rivals to stay ahead of the game (2015-08-25 04:49:49)
    Leaked emails in the Avid Life data breach suggest the site's CEO was more than happy for employees to steal emails from rival companies.
  • Office 2016 for Windows expected to launch on September 22nd (2015-08-25 04:42:14)
    Microsoft is planning to launch its Office 2016 suite next month. After releasing a Mac equivalent in July, Microsoft's Office 2016 for Windows won't provide many major changes over the existing version. WinFuture reports that Office 2016 for Windows will arrive on September 22nd, for home and professional users initially. The new desktop release includes a new "colorful" theme that's identical to the latest Mac, iOS, and Android apps.
  • This NASA test crash montage is surprisingly zen (2015-08-25 04:40:00)
    When NASA wants to test how well a space ship will survive a crash landing it just drops it. The footage above, shot at NASA's Langley Research Center in Vancouver, shows various craft and modules that have been hoisted up the center's 240-foot metal gantry before being dropped back down on the end of a pendulum — landing either on a dirt floor or in a deep pool of water. The facility itself has been in use since 1965 when it was known as NASA's Lunar Landing Research Facility.
  • Mirror your Android device on your Mac or PC with Vysor (2015-08-25 04:35:00)
  • Amazon brings HDR video streaming to the UK (2015-08-25 04:25:00)
  • The biggest Star Wars spaceship casts a shadow the size of Manhattan (2015-08-25 04:01:00)
    The Super Star Destroyer Executor was, after the Death Star, Star Wars' second-biggest beast. While we see the former crash into the latter in Return of the Jedi, it's tough to tell exactly how big the ship — taken by Darth Vader as his personal flagship — was in real terms. The picture provided shows the Executor stretching most of the length of Manhattan.
  • Sony's Aerosense unveils enterprise drone prototype (2015-08-25 03:57:40)
    The drone symbolizes Sony's shift from consumer to enterprise technology.
  • NetApp's new CEO pushes ahead with data fabric strategy (2015-08-25 03:34:01)
    Newly-appointed NetApp CEO George Kurian has said that as the company looks to turnaround its business revenue, its data fabric strategy will be a key driver.
  • Neil Young's Pono is having expansion and funding troubles (2015-08-25 02:40:00)
  • Cutting-edge 3D printer prints in 10 materials simultaneously (2015-08-25 02:35:31)
    MIT engineers have built a 3D printer that can print in 10 different materials at once, streamlining the manufacturing process.
  • Telstra signs multimillion-dollar deal with rail company (2015-08-25 01:54:29)
    The Australian telco will provide voice and data services for the ARTC to track and maintain freight train services across the country.
  • South Korea's Fair Trade Commission finally OKs Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia (2015-08-25 01:51:21)
    The competition watchdog gives Microsoft the green light, under several conditions, after 21 months of review.
  • Uber is turning San Francisco cabs into buses (2015-08-25 01:33:15)
    Uber is testing new bus-style "Smart Routes" in San Francisco, TechCrunch reports, offering discounts on rides if passengers are willing to be picked up and dropped off along popular roads. The feature is open to people using UberPool, the company's ridesharing service, with the Smart Routes appearing on the Uber app's map as green lines. The company says the new Smart Routes are part of its "ongoing efforts to increase the efficiency of driver-partners' time spent on the road while helping riders save time and money." In practice, drivers operating along these routes will function like a miniature version of a bus, as UberPool — introduced last year — already splits the cost of rides by sharing them with strangers.
  • Nevada man pleads guilty to sending spam to Facebook users (2015-08-25 01:12:43)
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Federal officials say a Nevada man has pleaded guilty to sending more than 27 million spam messages to Facebook users.
  • How colliding satellites created Saturn's craziest ring (2015-08-25 01:06:27)
    Saturn's outermost ring is the most active ring in the solar system. New models reveal how it came into being.
  • The new Olympus E-M10 Mark II is a tiny metal powerhouse of a camera (2015-08-25 01:01:01)
    Olympus is one of a handful of companies taking on the likes of Canon and Nikon by producing high-quality mirrorless cameras. Over the last few years, its OM-D line of cameras was one of the first to offer affordable mirrorless cameras with advanced controls, and many other companies followed suit. Olympus then took aim at the more casual photographer last year when it introduced the E-M10 — a tiny, mirrorless, Micro Four Thirds camera that offered a ton of power for relatively cheap.
  • Olympus' E-M10 II mirrorless camera is small, but feature-packed (2015-08-25 01:00:00)
  • Survey: Recalls make Americans less satisfied with cars (2015-08-25 00:37:40)
    DETROIT (AP) — Americans are less happy with their cars and trucks than at any time in more than a decade, and it's largely because they're getting sick of dealing with recalls.
  • EA totally, completely outcrazies itself for Madden 16 launch (2015-08-25 00:20:38)
    Technically Incorrect: Colin Kaepernick as Al Pacino from "Scent Of A Woman." Rob Gronkowski as, well, what is that? Now this ad is what might be called a launch. Or a very strange lunch.
  • Philips' latest Hue kit gives you wireless light dimming (2015-08-25 00:00:00)
  • 'Bit.Trip' limited vinyl soundtrack loaded with killer indie games (2015-08-24 23:53:00)
  • Google can upload your thumb drives to its cloud storage (for a price) (2015-08-24 23:10:00)
  • Combating DDoS defence buck passing: Nexusguard (2015-08-24 23:07:31)
    When it comes to cyber security in Australia, DDoS attacks are not at the forefront of concern and Australian businesses need to step up, according to Nexusguard.
  • Watch Sony's prototype drone do a vertical takeoff (2015-08-24 23:00:00)
  • Alibaba unveils big data cloud platform (2015-08-24 22:53:00)
    Chinese internet giant's cloud business, Aliyun, launches what it's touting to be "China's first artificial intelligence platform", which will facilitate analysis of large volumes of data to predict user behavior.
  • Not-so-instant messaging: The oldest message in a bottle is found 108 years later (2015-08-24 22:45:24)
    We live in a world where we crave instant results, instant iMessage responses and immediate rewards. And technology makes it all happen. Just pull whatever smartphone you favor out of your pocket and you’ll get lots of digital content to keep you entertained, and – most importantly – access to instant communications. But that wasn’t the case in the more distant past, when other messaging techniques were the norm, including messages in bottles. The oldest such message was found on a beach in Germany this April, after being released into the sea sometime between 1904 and 1906. DON’T MISS: Samsung Galaxy Note 5 review Unfortunately, this message from the past isn’t a passionate love letter, a desperate call for help or a
  • The Big Picture: Saturn illuminates the surface of its icy moon (2015-08-24 22:40:00)
  • Ashley Madison puts $377,000 bounty on hackers' heads (2015-08-24 22:39:56)
    Police suspect two suicides are related to the release of information stolen from the relationship-cheating website.
  • Australian government to overhaul spectrum laws (2015-08-24 22:34:00)
    The Department of Communications has said it will go along with recommendations to revamp spectrum allocation and licensing laws in order to bring them in line with modern communications infrastructure.
  • SK Hynix to spend $26 billion for two new South Korea chip plants (2015-08-24 22:24:30)
    SK Hynix Inc, the world's No. 2 DRAM chip maker, on Tuesday said it plans to spend 31 trillion won ($25.94 billion) to build two new chip plants in South Korea, aiming to update its production technologies to boost competitiveness. The firm, which competes with rivals including Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, Micron Technology Inc and Toshiba Corp, said the plants would be completed by 2024 but did not comment on what they would make or when they would begin production. The memory chip industry has enjoyed robust profits in recent quarters, in part due to careful capacity management by major manufacturers like Samsung and SK Hynix.
  • Ashley Madison CEO allegedly wanted to hack competitor after executive discovered security hole (2015-08-24 22:20:05)
    An internal email conversation from 2012 between Ashley Madison’s CTO Raja Bhatia and Noel Biderman, the CEO of the site’s parent company Avid Life Media, reveals that the duo might have hacked one of their competitors, writes Brian Krebs of Krebs on Security. The conversation allegedly took place between January 2012 and July 7th, 2015 — less than two weeks before the hacker group Impact Team publicized their break-in on July 19th. The cache of emails leaked by Impact Team shows that Bhatia told his colleagues that he had found a security hole in Nerve.com, an online magazine about sex, relationships and culture that had also launched a dating service, writes Krebs.
  • Uber tests picking up passengers along specific routes (2015-08-24 22:20:00)
  • ​Reality check for SaaS firms bent on hyper-growth (2015-08-24 22:19:00)
    Low valuations for New Zealand's SaaS stars will not be helped by the collapse of Mako Networks.
  • Ashley Madison, parent company sued in U.S. over data breach (2015-08-24 22:12:48)
    (Reuters) - Infidelity website Ashley Madison and its parent company have been sued in federal court in California by a man who claims that the companies failed to adequately protect clients' personal and financial information from theft, saying he suffered emotional distress. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles by a man identified as John Doe, seeks class-action status. The lawsuit accuses Ashley Madison and parent company Avid Life Media Inc, which is based in Toronto, of negligence and invasion of privacy, as well as causing emotional distress.
  • Watch Jon Stewart bash John Cena with a chair on WWE SummerSlam (2015-08-24 22:00:58)
    Unless you’re really into professional wrestling, you might have missed Jon Stewart hosting WWE SummerSlam over the weekend. Stewart is a self-proclaimed wrestling fan, so it wasn’t a complete shock, but it’s crazy to think that this is the comedian’s first gig since retiring from The Daily Show earlier this month. FROM EARLIER: Watch ‘The Walking Dead’ season 6 preview trailer right now His hosting duties were announced a while ago, but no one was sure whether or not he’d get back in the ring after his infamous entanglement with Seth Rollins during a previous match. But to the glee of everyone in attendance at SummerSlam, Stewart climbed into the ring to save Seth Rollins before John Cena finished him off. Donning a
  • ASUS and Samsung make the fastest-charging smartphones (2015-08-24 21:55:00)
  • Russia bans all of Wikipedia over an article about hashish (2015-08-24 21:35:00)
  • NBN October map update extending to three-year outlook (2015-08-24 21:17:16)
    NBN CEO Bill Morrow said on Monday that the next update to the NBN rollout maps will increase information from 18 months to 36 months.
  • Comcast: We’re ready for 4K distribution today (2015-08-24 21:15:39)
    While there’s no disputing that the picture quality of 4K content is absolutely breathtaking, the transition to a 4K world isn’t going to happen overnight. For starters, 4K HDTVs are relatively expensive and remain something of a curiosity for most mainstream consumers. Even though the price of 4K sets have gone down dramatically in the last 12 months alone, the percentage of 4K sets in living rooms remains small. Even more limiting is the fact that most content today simply isn’t being produced in 4K. While Netflix is committed to shooting all of its original programming in 4K — and even 6K in the case of House of Cards — they are in the minority. Furthermore, because 4K is so data heavy,
  • Using your old gear with 'Rock Band 4' on Xbox One will cost you (2015-08-24 21:10:00)
  • Intel and CSIRO create RFID bee backpacks with Edison (2015-08-24 20:53:52)
    Intel is equipping Australian honey bees with RFID 'black box' chips to track the movements of the insects to discover why their populations are declining.
  • Consumer Reports explains why you should stop cooking burgers medium rare (2015-08-24 20:30:01)
    Everyone loves eating a juicy hamburger that’s nice and red on the inside. However, a new study from Consumer Reports warns that eating non-organic ground beef medium rare could leave you very susceptible to several food-related illnesses due to a high concentration of bacteria in the meat. DON’T MISS: We can’t stop laughing at this video of a guy who strapped an electrode massager to his face Specifically, Consumer Reports notes that more than 13 tons of ground beef got recalled this year after it was found that the meat contained E. coli O157:H7, a bacteria that can lead to “abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea, vomiting, and in some cases, life-threatening kidney damage.” The publication notes that ground beef is particularly prone to being affected by
  • Visa says its users more likely to complete online purchases (2015-08-24 20:21:19)
    Visa Inc said on Monday online shoppers using its payment service are 17 percentage points more likely to complete their purchases than those using PayPal. Visa Checkout, which allows shoppers to store their payment information without having to re-enter it every time they make a purchase online, said 66 percent of its enrolled customers completed their transactions after putting items in their shopping cart compared to 49 percent of PayPal Holdings Inc's Express Checkout customers. The data was collated for Visa by retail analytics firm ComScore Inc. PayPal's online payment service offers a similar convenience by allowing customers to log into their accounts on a merchant's website.
  • GoGo gets the green light for its next-gen in-flight internet (2015-08-24 20:18:00)
  • Police capture drones carrying pot, guns and, um, porn DVDs to jail (2015-08-24 20:15:06)
    Technically Incorrect: In Maryland, law enforcement arrests two men who were allegedly planning to drop all sorts of contraband into jails.
  • Sony unveils drone prototype that looks like a miniature airplane (2015-08-24 20:14:18)
    Sony announced last month that it was teaming up with ZMP Inc, a Tokyo-based robotics company, to create commercial drones. The company, called Aerosense, will use drones to survey and inspect areas that are difficult to access. According to Aerosense the drone will be able to carry objects up to 22 pounds, and fly for more than two hours at a maximum speed of about 106 miles per hour.
  • Banksy's dystopian theme park looks delightfully depressing (Tomorrow Daily 230) (2015-08-24 20:05:19)
    Khail and Ashley discuss the weird theme park Banksy created alongside dozens of other artists, check out a special new paint that doesn't fade, crack or retain heat and watch MIT's new 3D printer use glass as a printing material.
  • Found after 108 years: Message in a bottle set afloat for science (2015-08-24 19:49:46)
    It took over a century for a long-lost message in a bottle to wash up on shore, and it may be the oldest ever found. There was even a reward involved.
  • Startup Insider: How aCommerce CEO Paul Srivorakul Plans to Automate eCommerce in Asia (2015-08-24 19:39:01)
    Startup Insider is a series of articles with the goal of helping aspiring founders and entrepreneurs understand the ins and outs of starting a startup. We hope to dig deeper and showcase stories, advice and lessons from founders, investors and other key players in the growing startup ecosystem all over the world. You can sign up to stay up to...
  • Startup Insider: How CEO Paul Srivorakul Plans to Automate eCommerce in Asia (2015-08-24 19:39:01)
    Startup Insider is a series of articles with the goal of helping aspiring founders and entrepreneurs understand the ins and outs of starting a startup. We hope to dig deeper and showcase stories, advice and lessons from founders, investors and other key players in the growing startup ecosystem all over the world. You can sign up to stay up to...
  • The outsider's perspective: How Christine Nixon tackled Victorian Police (2015-08-24 19:38:43)
    As a keynote guest of Gartner's, ex-Victorian Police Chief Commissioner Christine Nixon discussed the similarities between the business model she followed to what is currently practised when fighting the war on business security.
  • Twitter blocks website saving politicians' deleted posts (2015-08-24 19:24:47)
    The Politwoops website that saved tweets deleted by politicians said Monday that Twitter had blocked its access to the social media giant, halting its operations across 30 countries. The Open State Foundation started Politwoops in the Netherlands in 2010, and its collection of deleted tweets proved a frequent source of embarrassment for politicians, as well as a useful tool for journalists. It said Twitter was also blocking Diplotwoops, which screens deleted messages by diplomats and embassies worldwide.
  • Security researcher who hacked moving Jeep leaves Twitter (2015-08-24 19:19:34)
    By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The security researcher who hacked into a moving Jeep earlier this year has resigned as an engineer at Twitter Inc after three years on the job, a person familiar with the matter said. Charlie Miller, a former National Security Agency hacker who is the one of the world's best-known security experts, declined to comment on his departure or say what he would do next. A Twitter spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment.
  • Spectacle for Mac review (2015-08-24 19:18:31)
    Organize your windows with keyboard shortcuts
  • 'Super Time Force Ultra' comes to PS4 and PS Vita on September 1st (2015-08-24 19:18:00)
  • Mozilla CEO threatens to fire person responsible for anonymous hate speech on Reddit (2015-08-24 18:51:35)
    An anonymous person complaining about "social justice bullies" at Mozilla will be fired if the person is discovered to be an employee, the company's CEO said today. Speaking at Mozilla's weekly public meeting, Mozilla CEO Chris Beard said Reddit user aioyama had "crossed the line" in a series of postings about women at the company, including recently departed community organizer Christie Koehler. In a series of tweets earlier this month, Koehler complained about Mozilla's lack of diversity in the workplace and its failure to address accessibility issues.
  • BlackBerry Passport shown running Android in new video (2015-08-24 18:43:08)
    BlackBerry's Android-powered smartphone is allegedly due later this year, but the company may also be rejigging one of its recent devices to run Google's OS. A video showing the BlackBerry Passport very clearly running Android Lollipop has surfaced. In the non-English clip above, you'll see the silver phone cycle through the Android home screen, app drawer, and Google Play.
  • Outrun the Glitch and avoid ghosts in Pac-Man 256 endless runner (2015-08-24 18:31:42)
    Bandai Namco's new game Pac-Man 256 is a highly addictive maze where you help Pac-Man avoid ghosts and outrun the glitch.
  • Exclusive Ideagen Interview with Causecast CEO Ryan Scott (2015-08-24 18:28:24)
    Causecast: Changing Employee Engagement Exclusive Ideagen Interview with Ryan Scott, CEO and Founder of CausecastOur interview with Ryan Scott, founder and CEO of Causecast was enlightening. Causecast is an organization that works to "to connect companies and their employees with the causes they care about. Our Community Impact Platform...
  • OpenStack's newest sugar daddy looks to private cloud to save its bacon (2015-08-24 18:21:00)
    Intel just went big on OpenStack, but not out of a love of freedom.
  • Facebook's 'Donate Now' button makes it easy to help non-profits (2015-08-24 18:18:00)
  • Driverless truck meant to improve safety in work zones (2015-08-24 18:15:43)
    BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — Roving construction crews - the kind you see blacktopping a road, painting lines, inspecting a bridge or installing a traffic signal - are often protected from oncoming traffic by a specialized truck outfitted with a crash barrier.
  • You can download Cortana for your Android device right now – here’s how (2015-08-24 18:15:09)
    Back in May, Microsoft announced that its digital assistant Cortana would be expanding to platforms other than Windows in the future. It began with a closed beta on Android in July, and today, Microsoft has revealed that the beta is now open to the public, free to download on Google Play. READ MORE: Windows 95 is 20 years old – here’s a look back at its cheesy, over-the-top-launch “The Cortana app can do most of the things Cortana does on your PC or on a Windows phone,” writes Microsoft’s Susan Hendrich. “With the app, you can manage your hectic lifestyle by setting and getting reminders, searching the web on-the-go, tracking important information such as flight details as well as starting and completing tasks
  • Where Are the Free-Range Digital Parents? (2015-08-24 18:09:35)
    I've been a fan of the free-range parenting movement for quite some time and I hope that I can confidently say I am raising two free-range kids.I meet many like-minded parents who want to teach their children to be confident, competent, and responsible individuals and they realize that means allowing them freedom along the way.So I am always...
  • Two arrested for allegedly trying to fly a drone with porn and drugs into Maryland prison (2015-08-24 17:59:11)
    Maryland State Police arrested two men today suspected of trying to use a drone to smuggle porn and drugs into a prison, the Associated Press reports. The arrests — the latest in a string of similar cases — reportedly came when police found a Yuneec Typhoon drone in the suspects' possession, along with synthetic marijuana, porn DVDs, tobacco, and prescription drugs, according to the AP. According to the AP, the secretary of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services now plans to ask for "$350,000 to $400,000" for each of the state's 27 correctional facilities — enough, he says, to build some form of anti-drone technology into the facilities.
  • Every new movie and TV show you can stream on Netflix this week (August 23 – August 29) (2015-08-24 17:50:42)
    It’s that time of the week again, and BGR is bringing you a roundup of the best new Netflix movies and shows for your streaming pleasure. A lot of your time is wasted by looking around Netflix for something you haven’t seen yet, so this update will save you some precious ticks on the clock. DON’T MISS: Use this app to stop Netflix and YouTube from eating all your monthly mobile data August 23rd Girl Meets World: Season 1 August 27th Byzantium (2012) White God (2014) August 28th Inspector Gadget: Season 2 Narcos: Season 1 Once Upon a Time: Season 4 Revenge: Season 4 August 29th Ride (2015) Be sure to check back every week to find out which new titles are making their way to
  • Asus ZenFone 2 and Galaxy S6 rank as fastest-charging smartphones in test (2015-08-24 17:49:39)
    With user-replaceable batteries now (mostly) a relic of smartphones past, a lot of companies are making a big deal about how fast their handsets can charge up. Both Samsung and Motorola would have you believe their latest (and in Moto's case, upcoming) phones are best in class. Asus also fared really well in the 15-minute test, so even a quick charge at your local Starbucks should buy you a decent amount of time.
  • In Toshiba scandal, the 'tough as nails' target setter (2015-08-24 17:40:46)
        It was this leadership style that propelled the former philosophy student's rise to the top of Toshiba after an inauspicious start as a local hire in Tehran. Nishida, Toshiba's president from 2005 to 2009, was at the helm when it began a pattern of "continual inappropriate accounting treatments", an outside panel of investigators hired by Toshiba concluded in a report released last month. The panel said Nishida, and his successors Norio Sasaki and Hisao Tanaka, pushed division heads too hard with unrealistic targets, prompting the divisions to turn to questionable accounting tactics for seven years until a whistleblower notified the securities regulator in early 2015.
  • One flu shot could soon protect against any strain (2015-08-24 17:39:10)
    Scientists are getting closer to developing a vaccine that protects against multiple types of flu viruses, according to two separate studies published today in Nature Medicine and in Science. The new vaccines generated strong immune system responses against the deadly H5N1 "bird flu" and the H1N1 virus in mice, ferrets, and monkeys, according to the Associated Press. If the techniques used to make these vaccines can be applied to human vaccines, these drugs could provide broad protection against multiple flu strains — perhaps even against some that have yet to emerge.
  • Cat purr noise generator: All the purr, none of the fur (2015-08-24 17:35:17)
    Get your feline fix with an online noise generator that soothes your soul with the sound of a cat purring.
  • Two suicides may be linked to Ashley Madison hack: police (2015-08-24 17:33:17)
    The Ashley Madison hack has sparked "spin off" crimes including extortion and may have led to two suicides, Canadian police said Monday, as the adultery website's parent company offered a sizeable reward for leads on the culprits. "As of this morning, we have two unconfirmed reports of suicides associated to the leak of Ashley Madison customer profiles," Toronto police Staff Superintendent Bryce Evans told a news conference.
  • Apple's stock cuts losses after CEO emails on China business (2015-08-24 17:32:15)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple shares helped lead the stock market on a steep dive Monday morning, but the tech giant made a partial recovery after CEO Tim Cook assured a popular Wall Street commentator that his company is still doing well in China.
  • How to Power Network Like a Relationship Coach (2015-08-24 17:30:52)
    As life becomes more digital, networking can feel increasingly awkward. Wait, can't we just text? Walking into an event where you know no one, and introducing yourself to a stranger can seem intimidating if you don't do it much. But the truth: Business is still all about who you know. (Yes, I'm talking to you too, millennials.) As the founder...
  • Wynyard Group readies new cyber-crime platform, ASX listing (2015-08-24 17:28:00)
    New Zealand-based crime analytics software company announces an increased $17.6 million first half loss.
  • MIT's newest 3D printer spouts 10 materials at a time (2015-08-24 17:18:00)
  • Irony: Popular illegal download service wants you to pay for its software (2015-08-24 16:40:50)
    Apps that allow users to download torrent files are usually used for grabbing copyrighted content that’s illegally hosted online. Most such apps are available as free downloads, but one popular torrent app is exploring options to make its users pay for the app. DON’T MISS: Google Maps for Android has an awesome new feature – download the update right now According to Torrent Freak, uTorrent is toying with the idea of charging its users. The free app has some 150 million monthly users and BitTorrent Inc., the company behind it, says it will test various alternatives during the weeks and months ahead while assuring users that it will offer options to several different budgets. The move is meant to help
  • The Ethics of Innovation and Devices for Good (2015-08-24 16:11:17)
    © UNICEF/JallanzoWRITTEN BY:Blair Palmer, UNICEF Innovation Lab Lead: San FranciscoSibi Marriot, UNICEF Humanitarian Policy SpecialistWhat if your design for good is really doing harm?As part of a blog series surrounding the Wearables For Good Design Challenge, Blair Palmer, UNICEF Innovation Lab Lead: San Francisco interviewed UNICEF...
  • 'GTA V' video editor is coming to the PS4 and Xbox One next month (2015-08-24 16:00:00)
  • Twitter's decision to ban archiving of politicians' deleted tweets is a mistake (2015-08-24 15:47:21)
    Twitter’s commitment to transparency appears to end when it makes the powerful uncomfortable. Back in 2012, Twitter decided to allow the Sunlight Foundation to collect and curate deleted tweets from lawmakers and people seeking public office in order to hold them accountable by preserving their public statements on the record. "We are the free speech wing of the free speech party," Twitter's former CEO Dick Costolo famously said that same year.
  • Apple CEO comments as shares plunge, then recover (2015-08-24 15:41:36)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple shares helped lead the stock market on a steep dive Monday morning, but the tech giant recovered in dramatic fashion soon after CEO Tim Cook assured a popular Wall Street commentator that his company is still doing well in China.
  • FTC has power to police cyber security: appeals court (2015-08-24 15:40:17)
    A U.S. appeals court said the Federal Trade Commission has authority to regulate corporate cyber security, and may pursue a lawsuit accusing hotel operator Wyndham Worldwide Corp of failing to properly safeguard consumers' information. The 3-0 decision by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia on Monday upheld an April 2014 lower court ruling allowing the case to go forward. The FTC wants to hold Wyndham accountable for three breaches in 2008 and 2009 in which hackers broke into its computer system and stole credit card and other details from more than 619,000 consumers, leading to over $10.6 million in fraudulent charges.
  • Microsoft's prototype keyboard cover has an e-ink touchscreen (2015-08-24 15:33:00)
  • Illegal torrent download sites ban Windows 10 over privacy worries (2015-08-24 15:25:42)
    Microsoft has a mini PR mess on its hands when it comes to Windows 10’s default privacy settings. Microsoft can and will collect all kinds of data from your Windows 10 computer, much of it without your explicit knowledge. However, the company is not quietly covering up these data collection features and is instead explaining to users why they’re in place while offering them measures to disable some of the spy tools. Recent reports have also uncovered a troubling provision in Microsoft’s terms of service that suggests the company may forcefully remove and/or prevent users from enjoying copyrighted content that has been downloaded illegally on machines running Windows 10 and counterfeit hardware. Torrent sites that provide access to illegal digital content, including movies, TV shows,
  • Microsoft is turning the iPhone's camera into a 3D scanner (2015-08-24 15:24:35)
    Microsoft wants the camera on the back of your phone to do more than take 2D photos. A new project from Microsoft's research lab is turning the average smartphone's rear camera into a 3D scanner — one that can automatically create 3D models that are supposed to be good enough for printing. Some of the models created in the demo video look rough, but they're pretty impressive when you consider that the iPhone wasn't designed to make them.
  • Naming babies after Darth Vader is more common than you realize (2015-08-24 15:20:36)
    Did Anakin Skywalker have to go to the dark side? Some parents seem to think they can raise happier kids with the same name.
  • Cricket expands international calling options to Latin America (2015-08-24 15:16:13)
    The new add-on options provide customers with options to call more countries in South and Central America.
  • Ashley Madison suicides: Punishing users for site's bad security is evil (2015-08-24 15:15:00)
    Judgmental glee over the Ashley Madison disclosure is widespread. But Canadian police reported today that two people outed in the hack have committed suicide.
  • More details about Gears of War creator's next game coming this week (2015-08-24 15:06:08)
    See a teaser trailer for Cliff Bleszinski's next game right here, right now.
  • Stephen Colbert's first 'Late Show' guests include Tesla and Uber CEOs (2015-08-24 15:05:00)
  • Every free PS4, PS3 and PS Vita game you can download in September (2015-08-24 15:00:44)
    For the first time in the history of the Instant Game Collection, PS4 owners were able to pick one of the two games they’re getting for free in September. Between Grow Home, Armello and Zombie Vikings, Grow Home unsurprisingly won out (which makes sense since it’s already been well-received by PC gamers). DON’T MISS: Until Dawn review: Choose your own nightmare Good news for fans of the other two games though — Armello and Zombie Vikings will both be 30% off for PS Plus members from September 1st – 15th. Sony also revealed the five other games that will be free to download on PS4, PS3 and PS Vita for PlayStation Plus members starting next month, so read on to find
  • GTA V's Rockstar Editor will have new features for PS4/Xbox One launch (2015-08-24 14:53:53)
    New gameplay for the GTA Online Freemode also teased.
  • Here's why Rock Band 4 standalone disc is more expensive on Xbox One than PS4 (2015-08-24 14:43:03)
    Harmonix explains why the Xbox One version will cost $20 more than the PlayStation 4 edition.
  • Twitter shuts down accounts monitoring politicians' deleted tweets (2015-08-24 14:42:00)
  • LG jumps ahead of the trade show pack, announces new tablet (2015-08-24 14:35:03)
    In an attempt to grab attention ahead of next month's IFA trade show, LG teases its new G Pad II 10.1 tablet.
  • 4 reasons cybersecurity now requires an analytics-driven strategy (2015-08-24 14:33:45)
    It's time to rethink your IT security strategy. ESG points out the benefits of the new analytics-driven cybersecurity approach.
  • Before Google Now on Tap, Microsoft opens public beta of Cortana for Android (2015-08-24 14:30:10)
    Microsoft is taking a shot across the bow of Google Android by broadening availability of Cortana, both to help users and to gain valuable user data.
  • Microsoft rolls out first public preview of SharePoint Server 2016 (2015-08-24 14:28:00)
    Microsoft has released the first technical previews of SharePoint Server 2016 and a new cloud hybrid search offering for SharePoint 2013 and 2016.
  • Microsoft celebrates Windows 95’s birthday with a free Rolling Stones song (2015-08-24 14:27:48)
    Windows 95 launched 20 years ago today to the beat of "Start Me Up" by the Rolling Stones. It became the theme tune of a massive launch that saw thousands of people lining up at midnight to purchase a copy of Windows 95 on a CD-ROM. Microsoft spent millions on Windows 95 advertising, and "Start Me Up" featured in most TV commercials at the time.
  • Ashley Madison offers $376,000 bounty to help find hackers (2015-08-24 14:17:00)
  • PlayStation Plus free games of September 2015 for PS4, PS3, and Vita (2015-08-24 14:14:20)
    Six new games come to Plus, including four for PS4.
  • GTA V's in-game video editor is coming to PS4 and Xbox One (2015-08-24 14:13:52)
    When Grand Theft Auto V launched on PC after numerous delays, it came with a number of great features that weren't available to console gamers, including an editor for making your own in-game videos. That's set to change next month, however — Rockstar announced that the editor will be on its way to both Xbox One and PS4. The tool, known as the Rockstar Editor, lets players record in-game footage, and then customize it with different camera angles, sound effects, and music, and then share them online.
  • ​BitTorrent tracker blocks Windows 10 users (2015-08-24 14:09:14)
    If you use BitTorrent a lot, you may want to re-think moving to Windows 10. BitTorrent sites are starting to block Windows 10 users.
  • Infosys announces three new service lines Ai Ki Dō (2015-08-24 14:08:08)
    New Ai Ki Dō service offerings provide a high potential path to growth for clients.
  • Apple's Cook reassures investors on China, stock boomerangs (2015-08-24 14:04:42)
    Apple Inc's Chief Executive Tim Cook took an unusual step of reassuring shareholders on Monday in comments to CNBC about the iPhone maker's business in China ahead of a dramatic 13 percent drop and rebound in its stock that put it in positive territory. Chinese consumers are critical to fueling demand for iPhones, and a slump in the country's stock market and Beijing's recent devaluation of the yuan have shaken Apple investors already worried about slowing growth in the world's No. 2 economy. With Chinese stocks plunging close to 9 percent earlier on Monday, Cook took the rare step of commenting on the health of Apple's business midway through a financial quarter.
  • The FTC can regulate companies with bad cybersecurity, court rules (2015-08-24 13:59:20)
    The FTC will be able to continue regulating companies that put users at risk with bad cybersecurity, a US appeals court ruled today. Reuters reports that the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia decided the FTC has broad leeway to police companies' "unfair" practices, including failure to monitor security flaws that can lead to data breaches. The ruling stems from a 2012 lawsuit by the FTC against Wyndham Worldwide Corp, which operates major hotel chains. After a string of three data breaches, the FTC argued that Wyndham's security practices had put customers at risk.
  • Twitter adds desktop notifications to direct messages on the web (2015-08-24 13:59:00)
  • Watch The Weeknd bury himself alive in his video for 'Tell Your Friends' (2015-08-24 13:50:51)
    Abel Tesfaye is getting ready to cap off his rise to pop stardom with a new album, Beauty Behind the Madness, and he's kicking off his release week with a new single and video, "Tell Your Friends." If you were worried that Tesfaye had lost his lecherous edge after placing a few singles near the top of the charts, allow him to reassure you: he's still "singing 'bout popping pills, fucking bitches, living life so trill." This and other bits of flagrant shit-talk are delivered in a sweet choirboy's tenor over a classic piece of Kanye West production, a combination that makes for a delicious bit of musical supervillainy. In the song's video (directed by Grant Singer), you can watch Tesfaye bury himself alive before shooting someone and driving away from the scene of the crime while listening to his own music.
  • New iPhone 6s leak suggests we’ve hit the limit for how thin an iPhone can be (2015-08-24 13:50:36)
    Apple’s new iPhone 6s handsets are going to be unveiled during a September 9th event, a reliable source revealed not to long ago, and should hit stores by September 18th, with preorders supposedly beginning on September 11th. While Apple is carefully guarding iPhone 6s information, many leaks have so far offered details about the specs and design of the phone, including some images of the handset. The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are expected to be similar to their predecessors when it comes to overall design but a new report is suggesting the new handsets will differ when it comes to one critical aspect: thickness. DON’T MISS: iPhone 6s leak: Major details revealed on the device’s camera According to
  • Look who's Tarkin: 'Star Wars' prequel 'Rogue One' could re-create Peter Cushing in CGI (2015-08-24 13:45:55)
    Cushing, who played villainous military officer Grand Moff Tarkin in the first "Star Wars" movie, died in 1994. Is this a fitting tribute to a beloved actor, or special effects gone mad?
  • FTC has authority to police cybersecurity: U.S. appeals court (2015-08-24 13:37:39)
    A U.S. appeals court said the Federal Trade Commission has authority to regulate corporate cybersecurity, and may pursue a lawsuit accusing hotel operator Wyndham Worldwide Corp of failing to properly safeguard consumers' information. It arose from three breaches in 2008 and 2009 in which hackers broke into Wyndham's computer system and stole credit card and other personal details from more than 619,000 consumers, leading to over $10.6 million in fraudulent charges. Noting the FTC's broad authority under a 1914 law to protect consumers from unfair and deceptive trade practices, Circuit Judge Thomas Ambro said Wyndham failed to show that its alleged conduct "falls outside the plain meaning of 'unfair.'" Wyndham brands also include Days Inn, Howard Johnson, Ramada, Super 8 and Travelodge.
  • CEO says Apple growth still 'strong' in China (2015-08-24 13:25:56)
    Apple is still seeing "strong growth" in China despite fears about an economic slowdown which have sparked a global market rout, chief executive Tim Cook said Monday. Cook responded to a query from CNBC about the sharp drop in Apple shares amid the market upheaval in China and around the world. "As you know, we don't give mid-quarter updates and we rarely comment on moves in Apple stock," Cook wrote to CNBC's Jim Cramer in an email released by the cable channel.
  • Stephen Colbert’s first ‘Late Show’ guests to include Elon Musk and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick (2015-08-24 13:25:50)
    With the loss of Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart, Comedy Central is certainly going through a late night transformation. And while Stewart is, believe it or not, now wrestling in the WWE, Colbert will be taking over David Letterman’s old Late Show spot on CBS come September. Given the cult like following Colbert has amassed in the last few years, it’s going to be extremely interesting to see how he fares against the likes of Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon. With the show’s first episode set to air on September 8, CBS today released the full slate of guests set to appear on the show during its first week in production. DON’T MISS: The crazy reason why no company can truly
  • Cortana officially arrives on Android via public beta (2015-08-24 13:21:00)
  • Motorola's new camera is a massive upgrade over anything it's done before (2015-08-24 13:11:29)
    For all its leadership in making Android phones more accessible and affordable to the masses, Motorola has never been able to count itself among the best cameraphone makers. The Chicago-based company has made an unfortunate habit of making really great phones with truly terrible cameras. This year, however, Moto promised — nay, guaranteed — that things would be different as it introduced a new 21-megapixel camera in its top-tier Moto X Style / Pure and Moto X Play devices.
  • Look who's Tarkin: 'Star Wars' prequel 'Rogue One' could recreate Peter Cushing in CGI (2015-08-24 13:10:39)
    Cushing, who played villainous military officer Grand Moff Tarkin in the first "Star Wars" movie, died in 1994. Is this a fitting tribute to a beloved actor, or special effects gone mad?
  • Two people may have committed suicide after Ashley Madison hack: police (2015-08-24 13:04:25)
    By Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - At least two people may have committed suicide following the hacking of the Ashley Madison cheating website, Toronto police said on Monday, warning of a ripple effect that includes scams and extortion of clients desperate to stop the exposure of their infidelity. Avid Life Media Inc, the parent company of the website, is offering a C$500,000 ($379,132) reward to catch the hackers. In addition to the exposure of the Ashley Madison accounts of as many as 37 million users, the attack on the dating website for married people has sparked extortion attempts and at least two unconfirmed suicides, Toronto Police Acting Staff Superintendent Bryce Evans told a news conference.
  • 5 apps Apple should buy to make the iPhone even better (2015-08-24 13:00:04)
    Every week, we point you in the direction of some of the App Store’s best free offerings. You’ve probably downloaded a few of the apps just to see whether or not you’d actually use them, but some apps are so incredibly useful that it’s hard to imagine why they don’t come standard on every smartphone. READ MORE: Apple announces a program to replace blurry iPhone 6 Plus cameras Last Friday, VentureBeat put together a list of ten apps that are good enough to be core smartphone features. It’s a list worth checking out, but if you don’t own an Android device, much of the list won’t apply to you. We’ve combed through the list to find a few iPhone-specific apps while adding
  • Back to School Guide 2015: Picks under $500 (2015-08-24 13:00:00)
  • Do not dismiss hard drives in the data center just yet (2015-08-24 12:57:09)
    Data-center SSD technology is interesting performance-wise, but it is not as cost-effective as we are led to believe. Find out why from the experts.
  • Ad Network Hooks Up Dating-Site Users with Malware (2015-08-24 12:47:36)
    An ad that ran last week on the website of online match-making service Plenty of Fish (PoF.com) may have muddied the waters of the dating pool by dropping malware on users' computers. The malicious advertisement was distributed by an ad network placing ads on PoF.com, and used Google's URL shortener to redirect visitors to a series of websites that ended with the Nuclear browser exploit kit, which infects systems (mostly Windows PCs) through vulnerabilities in widely used browser plug-ins such as Adobe Flash Player, Silverlight, Adobe Reader and Java.
  • Apple to replace some iPhone 6 Plus cameras over blurry photos (2015-08-24 12:39:12)
    (Reuters) - Apple Inc said it would replace a limited number iPhone 6 Plus phone cameras due to faulty back cameras that take blurry photos. The affected phones were mostly sold in a 4-month period between September 2014 and January 2015, Apple said on its website. The company, whose shares were set to open at their lowest this year on Monday, said a small component in the affected 6 Plus's iSight back camera may fail.
  • LG G Pad II Maxes Out on Display Resolution (2015-08-24 12:37:25)
    IFA, the Berlin tech expo, doesn't open until September 4, but LG could wait to announce what it will be showing off. Thenew LG G Pad II is a 10.1-inch Android tablet that improves upon the original version by upping specs in nearly every way. No prices have been revealed yet.
  • Galaxy Note 5 vs. iPhone 6 Plus: Which is the smartphone world’s real camera king? (2015-08-24 12:35:47)
    When it comes to making world-class smartphone cameras, the real battle normally boils down to Apple and Samsung. PhoneArena last week had its readers participate in a blind camera comparison between the Galaxy Note 5, the iPhone 6 Plus, the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro and last year’s Galaxy Note 4. It turns out that the Galaxy Note 5 doesn’t just take the best pictures of any previous Galaxy Note handset, but it takes the best pictures of any other smartphone on the market today. DON’T MISS: iPhone 6s leak: Major details revealed on the device’s camera In total, pictures taken with the Note 5 received the most votes from PhoneArena readers among all devices, although we should note that the Note 4 wasn’t
  • BlackBerry Passport sports Android in demo video (2015-08-24 12:28:00)
  • Visa: Consumers using it online finish transactions more than those using PayPal (2015-08-24 12:27:44)
    Visa Inc said on Monday online shoppers using its payment service are 17 percent more likely to complete their purchases than those using PayPal. Visa Checkout, which allows shoppers to store their payment information without having to re-enter it every time they make a purchase online, said 66 percent of its enrolled customers completed their transactions after putting items in their shopping cart compared to 49 percent of PayPal Holdings Inc's Express Checkout customers. PayPal's online payment service offers a similar convenience by allowing customers to log into their accounts on a merchant's website.
  • Skateboarder collects coins, outruns turtle shells in Mario Kart spoof (2015-08-24 12:22:16)
    Watch this skater dressed as Luigi do an impressive run during which he outpaces turtle shells, collects coins and uses turbo boots to try to beat Mario's record.
  • Microsoft releases Cortana for Android beta (2015-08-24 12:14:28)
    An early version of Microsoft's Cortana app for Android leaked last month, but the software maker is now making it official. Microsoft is releasing a beta of Cortana for Android today for anyone to download and install. Microsoft has been gradually tweaking and improving Cortana for Android since its release to a limited amount of testers last month.
  • Ashley Madison owners promise $379,000 bounty for information about hackers (2015-08-24 12:12:30)
    Avid Life Media is offering a CA$500,000 (around US$379,000) bounty for information on the hackers behind its massive security breach, which Toronto police now say could have resulted in two suicides. As reported by the BBC and Reuters, police acting staff superintendent Bryce Evans announced the bounty at a press conference this morning. Evans also said that the police had two unconfirmed reports of suicides tied to the leak of customers' account data, without giving more details.
  • Windows 95 is 20 years old – here’s a look back at its cheesy, over-the-top-launch (2015-08-24 12:00:55)
    20 years ago today, Microsoft launched Windows 95 and forever changed the way people across the world use computers. While Apple enthusiasts will be quick to tell you that many of the more well-received Windows 95 features had long been available on the Mac, the far-reaching impact of Windows 95 simply can’t be overstated. Because the Mac at the time had a rather insignificant marketshare, Windows 95, for many people, represented their first introduction to the world of modern computing. DON’T MISS: Google is finally solving Android’s bloatware problem For those old enough to remember, Microsoft’s Windows 95 launch was a cultural event that unapologetically lodged itself into the mainstream news cycle.  Backed by a multi-hundred million dollar ad campaign in the $300 million range,
  • Back to school: Google spruces up Classroom for short and long term assignments (2015-08-24 12:00:09)
    Weaving together Google Drive, Docs and Gmail, Classroom was designed to streamline online communications and collaborations between teachers and students.
  • Box eyes education industry with unlimited storage offer (2015-08-24 12:00:03)
    Preceding the education sector, Box most ​recently rolled out a tailored line of service for the financial industry in February.
  • The gorgeous faces and stunning cinematography of 'Until Dawn' (2015-08-24 12:00:00)
  • IBM Watson helps a UK business get bottom line analytics in minutes instead of weeks (2015-08-24 11:55:00)
    After migrating its analytics to IBM Watson, a UK company's IT team gets data reports much faster, allowing them to more actively monitor operations against KPIs.
  • Google Maps gets another cool new feature that has nothing to do with navigation (2015-08-24 11:40:45)
    Google Maps is one of the most used mobile and desktop apps around but not all of its awesome features are necessarily meant to prevent you from getting lost in a strange city. For example, Google recently unveiled a new Maps feature called the Project Sunroof initiative that uses Google Maps data to help you determine if you should invest for solar panels for your house. And now it looks like Google may have yet another new Maps feature that has little to do with step-by-step navigation. DON’T MISS: The crazy reason why no company can truly emulate the taste of Coke Incorporated from Google’s now-dead Tablescape service, the new feature will let users take food-related photos and see them right inside the application. The feature might be
  • Genetic test maker RainDance withdraws IPO plans (2015-08-24 11:36:23)
    RainDance Technologies Inc, a maker of gene-based tools to detect cancer and inherited diseases, said it planned to withdraw its initial public offering due to adverse "market conditions". The move by RainDance, which filed for an IPO of up to $60 million in February, comes on the day of a sell-off in global equities following a slump in Chinese stocks.
  • Apple's China business strong in July and Aug: Cook to CNBC (2015-08-24 11:36:06)
    Apple Inc's China business experienced "strong growth" in July and August, Chief Executive Tim Cook told CNBC on Monday, seeking to assuage investor concerns over the company's prospects in a market considered critical for its growth. IPhone activations in China had accelerated over the past few weeks and the App Store in China had its best performance of the year over the past two weeks, Cook told CNBC in an emailed response to questions about Apple's business in China. A slump in China's stock market, slowing economic growth and Beijing's move last week to devalue the yuan have added to Apple's investors' concerns about rising competition from local rivals Xiaomi Inc [XTC.UL] and Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL].
  • Here's what the Huawei Nexus phone may look like (2015-08-24 11:35:42)
    Leaked images suggest a round fingerprint sensor and camera bump for the 5.7-inch handset. Add in Project Fi support and a reasonable price and Google might have a potential hit seller.
  • Nintendo is once again open to movies based on its games (2015-08-24 11:26:00)
  • Happy 20th birthday, Microsoft Windows 95 (2015-08-24 11:14:13)
    Twenty years before it launched Windows 10 -- in a very different time and place -- Microsoft launched Windows 95.
  • Carly Rae Jepsen is an actual vampire: an investigation (2015-08-24 11:12:08)
    This week, Carly Rae Jepsen released her third studio album, E*MO*TION, to critical acclaim and widespread popular interest. Hints of Jepsen's TRUE NATURE date all the way back to "Call Me Maybe." Revelations scholar William Tapley first explained the link in his seminal 2012 video "The Apocalypse Arrives Gangnam Style!" According to Tapley, the INESCAPABLE COUPLET "here's my number / so call me maybe" in fact refers to the antichrist figure Mabus (first predicted by Nostradamus in the year 1555), identifying himself (herself?) by invoking 666, the number of the beast.
  • Elon Musk and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick will be guests on Stephen Colbert's Late Show (2015-08-24 11:07:44)
    Stephen Colbert's first two Late Show guests will be George Clooney and Jeb Bush — exactly the kind of guests you would expect: very famous, very topical, and practiced on the talk show circuit. Both make for very interesting additions to Colbert's first week.
  • You know the stock market is in trouble when Tim Cook is emailing Jim Cramer (2015-08-24 11:02:51)
    Stock markets around the world have been posting big losses for the last few days. At the heart of the current slide is an issue which could impact many tech companies: economic weakness in China. Two weeks ago China's government made an aggressive move to devalue its currency.
  • Until Dawn review: Choose your own nightmare (2015-08-24 11:00:25)
    I’ve never really been a fan of horror movies. The characters are vapid and dull, violence for the sake of violence rarely entertains me and the big twist is never as exciting as I hope it’ll be. I have nothing against the genre, it’s just not my thing, which is why I was so surprised to find myself unable to step away from the TV until I finished Until Dawn in a single sitting. DON’T MISS: Amazing reaction video: PS4 exclusive ‘Until Dawn’ scares people out of their seats Until Dawn has a lot riding on its shoulders. Not only is it one of the last original exclusive titles for the PlayStation 4 in 2015, it’s also the first triple-A title from Supermassive
  • Until Dawn combines the best of horror films and games on PS4 (2015-08-24 11:00:01)
    The best horror movie of the year might just be a video game. Though it’s available on the PlayStation 4, and you play it with a controller, Until Dawn is really as much a film as it is a game; borrowing from some of the biggest horror franchises around, like Saw to Evil Dead, it combines the tropes into a terrifying experience that’s both familiar and unique. But it’s that added layer of interactivity — the fact that you actually have some measure of control over the events — that makes Until Dawn something special. ...
  • The real horror of 'Until Dawn' is that Sony sent it to die (2015-08-24 11:00:00)
  • Before he self destructed: chronicling the fall of 50 Cent (2015-08-24 10:48:17)
    There was a time when Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson was unavoidable. The album made Rolling Stone’s list of the top 50 albums of the decade and became one of the most commercially successful rap albums of all time. Your grandmother knew who 50 Cent was.
  • 8 awesome paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free for a limited time (2015-08-24 10:40:33)
    It’s a very, very bad Monday to have money in the stock market, so why don’t you cheer yourself up a bit by getting some paid iPhone and iPad apps that are on sale for free right now for a limited time? Check them out below and beat those Black Monday blues! DON’T MISS: U.K. company makes hydrogen-powered iPhone battery that can purportedly last a full week 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 sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee
  • Citymapper travel app tells you the best place to get on the train (2015-08-24 10:33:00)
  • Windows 95 is 20 years old today (2015-08-24 10:32:36)
    It was software, and not just any software: Windows 95. Microsoft’s Windows 95 release on August 24th, 1995 was a highly anticipated launch. Jay Leno helped launch the software alongside Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, with a lot of jokes and the appearance of the entire Windows 95 development team on stage.
  • Amazon Aurora: What's available and what's missing in the MySQL alternative (2015-08-24 10:17:21)
    Amazon Aurora is a new database service on the AWS cloud that is a competitor to MySQL. Get the facts to determine if it's a good fit for your next project.
  • Labour party joins calls for BT and Openreach breakup (2015-08-24 10:15:00)
  • Scientists create a 'wormhole' for magnetic fields (2015-08-24 10:10:00)
  • Before new models launch, Tim Cook says China iPhone activations are accelerating (2015-08-24 10:09:00)
    China is bucking the conventional consumer wisdom as people aren't holding off on buying iPhones just before the next models arrive.
  • Can technology make a hearing-centric world more accessible? (2015-08-24 10:05:36)
    Most humans live in a hearing-centric world, which means that the needs and preferences of people who are deaf or people who have some form of hearing loss are often overlooked. On this week's episode of Top Shelf, you'll see how Gallaudet University researchers are using motion capture technology and interactive apps to ensure that children who are deaf are exposed to language at an early age. Then, you'll meet the owner of Digital Media Services — a company that does closed captioning for Hulu, Netflix, and even for Nicki Minaj music videos.
  • Apple's China business strong in July and August: Cook to CNBC (2015-08-24 10:03:56)
    (Reuters) - Apple Inc's China business experienced "strong growth" in July and August, Chief Executive Tim Cook told CNBC on Monday. Cook said, in an emailed response to questions about the company's business in China, iPhone activations in China had accelerated over the past few weeks and the App Store in China had the best performance of year for over the past two weeks. Cook's comments come amid concerns about the economic growth in China, which is Apple's second-biggest market and a key growth region for the company.
  • Tech Gadgets for College Students - Back to School Gift Guide (2015-08-24 10:01:20)
    The college students of yesteryear packed their laptop computer and a graphing calculator when they went off to school in late August. Today's tech-focused coeds take a large array of tech gadgets with them to campus. From Bluetooth speakers and keyboards to drones, fitness wearables and Go-Pro cameras, the 21st century undergrad makes Elroy...
  • Tech Gadgets for College Students: Back to School Gift Guide (2015-08-24 10:01:20)
    The college students of yesteryear packed their laptop computer and a graphing calculator when they went off to school in late August. Today's tech-focused coeds take a large array of tech gadgets with them to campus. From Bluetooth speakers and keyboards to drones, fitness wearables and Go-Pro cameras, the 21st century undergrad makes Elroy...
  • Intel's Edison joins the quest to save the bees (2015-08-24 10:01:03)
    Tiny radio-frequency identification chips attached to bees will be paired with Intel Edison boards to monitor the bees' activities and help the fight against colony collapse disorder.
  • The crazy reason why no company can truly emulate the taste of Coke (2015-08-24 09:50:15)
    Not to brag, but I’m something of a soda connoisseur. While I admittedly can’t discern the various notes or hints of oak (that’s a thing, right?) in varying types of wine, I’m pretty adept at all things soda related. Which is to say, I enjoy partaking in the timeless art of tossing back a few cans of the real thing every now and again. You can keep your coffee, your trendy tea, and even your horrid Kale juice. Me? I’ll stick with Coke. Want to spend some time talking about why Coke tastes better coming out of a glass than a bottle? I’m game. DON’T MISS: Man builds incredible DIY overhead control panel for his computer that must be seen to be
  • RainDance Technologies withdraws IPO plans (2015-08-24 09:49:09)
    (Reuters) - RainDance Technologies Inc, which makes genomic tools to detect cancer and inherited diseases, said on Monday it plans to withdraw its initial public offering, citing "market conditions". The move by RainDance, which had filed for an IPO of up to 60 million in February, comes on a day when all three major Wall Street indexes moved into correction territory. The company joins others such as Expro Oilfield Services, S1 BioPharma and casual dining chain J Alexander's LLC which have decided against going public so far this year. It was not clear from RainDance's filing with the U. ...
  • Whatever happened to Microsoft's Windows Update for Business? (2015-08-24 09:49:00)
    Microsoft announced its Windows Update for Business plan a couple months ahead of the Windows 10 launch. So what and where is it?
  • The Mega Yarn Yoshi Amiibo is coming to take over the world (2015-08-24 09:44:00)
  • Website that save politicians' deleted tweets suspended (2015-08-24 09:36:57)
    The Politwoops website that saves tweets deleted by politicians said Monday its operations have been closed down in the 30 countries where it was active after Twitter blocked its access to the social media site. "On Friday night, August 21, the Open State Foundation was informed by Twitter that it suspended... access to Diplotwoops and all remaining Politwoops sites in 30 countries," said the Open Foundation, which started Politwoops in the Netherlands in 2010. Twitter switched off Politwoops in the United States in May and the Open Foundation voiced fears it may happen elsewhere.
  • U.K. company makes hydrogen-powered iPhone battery that can purportedly last a full week (2015-08-24 09:25:17)
    Now this is intriguing. The Telegraph over the weekend reported that U.K.-based tech company Intelligent Energy has invented a new type of smartphone battery that runs on hydrogen and can purportedly last a week per charge. MUST READ: Do this now: A step-by-step guide for encrypting your Android phone Intelligent Energy has already created a modified version of the iPhone 6 that uses its patented hydrogen battery technology. The firm has added small vents to the back of the modified iPhone that let out water vapor waste produced by the battery. The battery itself is runs on hydrogen gas that is “refuelled via an adapted headphone socket,” The Telegraph writes. Even more intriguingly, The Telegraph believes that the company is “working closely with Apple” on the
  • Tech money drives San Francisco building boom, pushes others out (2015-08-24 09:24:37)
    As part of Road Trip 2015, CNET follows how new skyscrapers with rising office rents have come to define a new era in the city by the bay. The winners: tech. The losers: pretty much everyone else.
  • 'Star Fox Zero' swoops onto Wii U on November 20 (2015-08-24 09:21:00)
  • How to Hire a JavaScript Developer (2015-08-24 09:20:05)
    JavaScript is everywhere. From fancy reactive interface elements on a website to nifty features in robust offline-capable, geolocation-based web applications - JavaScript powers them all. But its usefulness is not limited to the front-end alone. JavaScript has crept into the back-end of some of the most popular and performant web services that...
  • The Gears of War remake proves it’s still one of the best Xbox games (2015-08-24 09:18:43)
    It’s easy to dismiss Gears of War. Gory video games about neckless space marines shooting reptilian aliens tend not to be my thing. Its blend of breathtaking visuals and innovative combat made it the first essential Xbox 360 game, and the series remains one of Microsoft’s most important nine years on.
  • Huge leak: The first real photos of 2015’s Nexus 6 (2015-08-24 09:00:16)
    Not long ago, what seemed to be the first real photo of the new Nexus 5 leaked and it showed a device that resembled the previous schematics that were reportedly sent to manufacturers. Since then, detailed concept renders of the new LG Nexus 5 and Huawei Nexus 6 have been published online, supposedly revealing the final designs of the two new Nexus handsets. However, real pictures of the Huawei phablet only surfaced online early on Monday. DON’T MISS: Google is finally solving Android’s bloatware problem Published on Google+ by a user Tiesen Fu, the images show a smartphone that has Nexus and Huawei branding on the back and that features the same design elements that were suggested in previous leaks. A
  • Apple recalls some iPhone 6 Plus models over blurry photos (2015-08-24 08:56:57)
    (Reuters) - Apple Inc is recalling a limited number iPhone 6 Plus phones due to faulty back cameras that take blurry photos. The affected phones were mostly sold in a 4-month period between September 2014 and January 2015, Apple said on its website. The company, whose shares were set to open at their lowest this year on Monday, said a small component in the affected 6 Plus's iSight back camera may fail.
  • Android Pay coming to US on August 26th, according to McDonald's (2015-08-24 08:48:00)
  • Do this now: A step-by-step guide for encrypting your Android phone (2015-08-24 08:35:10)
    It seems like every week there’s a major new vulnerability found in Android. What makes this even worse for users is that it will likely take them forever to get desperately needed patches thanks to Android’s fragmented and decentralized software upgrade system. All the same, there is something that you can do right now to improve the security of your Android phone’s data: You can enable encryption on your device. RELATED: Use this app to see if your Android phone is vulnerable to the ‘Stagefright’ bug Ars Technica has written up a very useful guide for encrypting multiple different kinds of devices and we found its section on Android encryption particularly important since encryption isn’t enabled on devices by default. To enabled
  • Twitter shuts down 30 sites dedicated to saving politicians' deleted tweets (2015-08-24 08:29:32)
    Twitter has shut down a network of sites dedicated to archiving deleted tweets from politicians around the world. The sites — collectively known as Politwoops — were overseen by the Open State Foundation (OSF), which reported that Twitter suspended their API access on Friday, August 21st. Twitter reportedly told the OSF that its decision was the result of "thoughtful internal deliberation and close consideration of a number of factors," and that the social media site didn't distinguish between politicians and regular users. "Imagine how nerve-racking — terrifying, even — tweeting would be if it was immutable and irrevocable?" Twitter reportedly told the OSF.
  • $300 Cyanogen-powered ZUK Z1 coming to Europe, US in September (2015-08-24 08:22:00)
    A new budget smartphone with high-end specs is set to arrive next month.
  • New Samsung phones, BlackBerry Venice and iPad Pro rumors, Amazon Echo (MobileTechRoundup show #352) (2015-08-24 08:21:04)
    Samsung launched a couple new phones, BlackBerry may have a new phone coming, and Apple may be targeting the enterprise with a new iPad.
  • Nexus 5 photo leak points to a significant front-facing camera upgrade (2015-08-24 08:10:35)
    In the very near future, Google will launch two new Nexus devices, including the new LG Nexus 5 and the Huawei Nexus 6. Many leaks have so far revealed details about the design, specs and features of the upcoming smartphones, and a new report gives us no information about the Nexus 5’s front-facing camera. DON’T MISS: Google Maps for Android has an awesome new feature – download the update right now Dutch tech news site TechTastic found a selfie taken with a device identified as “bullhead” that’s made by LG. That particular internal codename is associated with the new Nexus 5, assuming past leaks are accurate about Google’s Nexus plans. Found on Google+ on a profile belonging to a Google employee who
  • The Oppo R7 Plus has what the Galaxy Note 5 lacks (2015-08-24 08:06:33)
    In spite of being one of Samsung's best smartphones to date, the Galaxy Note 5 left a few people disappointed with its move to a smaller battery and away from microSD storage expansion. Oppo is now stepping in to fill the void left by the Note by introducing the 6-inch R7 Plus, a smartphone with a 4,100mAh battery and a microSD option. The R7 Plus comes in a unibody enclosure made out of a magnesium-aluminum alloy, which is punctuated by a 13-megapixel camera module and a fingerprint sensor on the back.
  • Microsoft's Windows 95 launched 20 years ago today (2015-08-24 08:05:49)
    Twenty years before it launched Windows 10 -- in a very different time and place -- Microsoft launched Windows 95.
  • Data center black magic: Load balancing and its impact on your business (2015-08-24 08:00:03)
    Business leaders shouldn't be in the dark on important tech. Here's a brief introduction to load balancing and how it affects their businesses.
  • Happy 20th birthday, Windows 95! (2015-08-24 08:00:00)
  • Impact Team: Ashley Madison 'blackmailed' users, not us (2015-08-24 07:47:03)
    The hackers behind the Ashley Madison data breach say the company made $100m in fraud a year.
  • Microsoft's Hello facial detection system tells twins apart (2015-08-24 07:36:17)
    Microsoft's new login system for Windows 10 recognizes your face -- and reportedly can distinguish you from your identical twin.
  • BBC to stop using Met Office weather data after 93 years (2015-08-24 07:25:00)
  • Leaked images reveal Huawei's Nexus with an unusual camera bump (2015-08-24 07:19:41)
    Leaked images purportedly showing a 5.7-inch Nexus smartphone being built by Huawei have revealed an intriguing bump housing the device's camera. Photos posted on iNexus.co claim to show the larger of the two Google Nexus smartphones rumored to be released later this year, with the images following leaks earlier this month showing what might be the smaller, 5.2-inch device being built by LG. A small circle on the rear of both handsets appears to be a rumored fingerprint scanner.
  • Torrent tracker bans Windows 10 over 'terrible privacy policy' (2015-08-24 07:17:00)
  • LG unveils its most advanced G Pad tablet model (2015-08-24 07:16:46)
    Following on the heels of the unveiling of its second generation 8-inch G Pad earlier this month, LG announced on Monday that it has come out with a new version of the Android tablet. The 10.1-inch G Pad II comes with a larger display at 1920 x 1200, plus a boost in hardware with 2 GB of RAM and a 2.26 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor. The new tablet also offers several software features, such as an e-reader mode to ease the eyes when reading, and a multitask feature to use two apps side-by-side.
  • The American Computer and Robotics Museum: A gem in the Treasure State (2015-08-24 07:11:00)
    After 25 years it's still going strong.
  • Ashley Madison hack raises bigger privacy, legal issues (2015-08-24 06:54:07)
    The hacking incident involving the infidelity web site Ashley Madison shows how perilous privacy expectations are in the digital age, leading one Washington Post writer to label the incident as the “Pandora’s box” of Internet privacy cases.
  • uTorrent client considers ways to make users pay (2015-08-24 06:52:48)
    There will be an option for every budget, but the freeware version will likely be no more.
  • Apple announces a program to replace blurry iPhone 6 Plus cameras (2015-08-24 06:50:49)
    Apple finally acknowledged that there’s a slight problem with certain iPhone 6 Plus models that affects one of the most important features of the phone: The rear camera. Back in November, some unhappy buyers explained in Apple’s Support Community forums that the phablet’s camera has focus issues that lead to blurry pictures and videos. Apple is now ready to replace those cameras, assuming your device qualifies. DON’T MISS: Google Maps for Android has an awesome new feature – download the update right now This isn’t a recall but a free “iSight camera replacement program for iPhone 6 Plus,” as Apple explains it on its website. “Apple has determined that, in a small percentage of iPhone 6 Plus devices, the iSight camera
  • 'Experiment, incubate, pivot': Making the most of disruptive technology (2015-08-24 06:46:04)
    How can established businesses embrace disruption before it sinks them? Tech chiefs share their secrets.
  • Sharp in talks with Foxconn to spin off display business (2015-08-24 06:20:29)
    The plans involve Sharp overhauling the unit with potential investment from other parties.
  • Huawei Nexus leak reveals a weird camera hump (2015-08-24 06:10:00)
  • Wiz Khalifa forced to the floor and handcuffed for riding a ‘hoverboard’ (2015-08-24 06:08:43)
    Rapper Wiz Khalifa was forced to the ground and handcuffed at Los Angeles international airport on Saturday after refusing to dismount his "hover board" — a self-balancing, two-wheeled scooter. Video footage posted to Twitter and Instagram shows Khalifa talking with US customs officials before being pushed to the floor and handcuffed by three officers. Khalifa later tweeted about the incident, saying: "All because I didn't want to ditch the technogy [sic] everyone will be using in the next 6 months.
  • Police foil potential gun attack on Pokemon World Championships (2015-08-24 05:52:39)
    Police in Boston have arrested two men on suspicion of threatening to attack the Pokemon World Championships. As Motherboard reports, Kevin Norton and James Stumbo were arrested on Saturday after police were tipped to threats that the men posted on Facebook. Norton, 18, and Stumbo, 27, drove from Iowa to participate in the tournament, and had previously posted a photo of a shotgun and an AR-15 rifle on the trunk of their car.
  • ​Amazon kills off Flash ads amid industry push towards HTML5 (2015-08-24 05:41:00)
    Amazon says it's ditching Flash ads for its own advertising platform thanks to browser settings in Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.
  • Smartphones, tablets and connected bracelets: it’s a busy fall for Microsoft (2015-08-24 04:57:36)
    According to Chinese website WPDang, two high-end smartphones using Windows 10, a new Surface Pro tablet and a Band 2 bracelet could all be presented by Microsoft at a special event in October. The most spectacular announcement should concern two high-end smartphones, codenamed "Talkman" and "Cityman," which will be the very first to operate using Windows 10. As far as photos go, these smartphones are expected to come equipped with a 20MP camera (new generation PureView) and a 5MP camera (with Flash LED), both equipped with retina scanners to identify users.
  • LG’s 10-inch G Pad II offers the improvements its 8-inch sibling didn’t (2015-08-24 04:26:31)
    Earlier this month, LG quietly unveiled the second generation of its 8-inch G Pad for the South Korean market — a rather uninspiring Android tablet with low specs that barely improved on the original 8-inch G Pad. Thankfully though, the company isn't just sticking with the basics for its Android tablets, and today announced the 10.1-inch G Pad II, which offers beefier hardware including a 1920 x 1200 display, a 2.26 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, and 2GB of RAM. There's an e-reader mode that reduces blue light output to supposedly stop your eyes hurting, a multitask feature for using two apps side by side, and each tablet comes preloaded with Microsoft Office for Android Tablet and 100GB of free OneDrive storage for two years.
  • Pokemon players arrested after bringing guns to World Championships (2015-08-24 04:22:00)
  • BT outbowls Sky to show England's next Ashes series (2015-08-24 03:50:00)
  • South Korean watchdog gives Microsoft-Nokia approval after long patent abuse review (2015-08-24 03:28:25)
    South Korea's Fair Trade Commission has approved Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia under conditions that put a number of restrictions on Redmond's use of patents against local companies.
  • ACCC cuts call, SMS charges for telcos (2015-08-24 03:07:53)
    The ACCC has made the final decision on how much telcos can charge each other for receiving calls and text messages on their networks.
  • LG's latest 10-inch Android tablet comes with a sharper screen (2015-08-24 02:28:00)
  • Uber unhappy over apparent WeChat ban in China (2015-08-24 02:13:00)
    US ride-sharing service is no longer accessible via China's most popular messaging app following the merger of local rival Kuaidi Dache, which is funded by WeChat owner, Tencent.
  • Awesome nebula cradles a runaway star (2015-08-24 01:41:35)
    Hubble has captured a glorious picture of a brightly burning, fast-moving star and the wind-blasted nebula around it.
  • ​Telstra Health secures new hospital contracts in Asia (2015-08-24 01:34:00)
    Telstra Health has secured four new contracts with hospitals in Malaysia and Thailand where it will be responsible for implementing its CloudMed Arcus hospital information system.
  • Ashley Madison hack sends shivers through hook-up, porn sites (2015-08-24 01:03:50)
    By Josephine Mason TORONTO (Reuters) - Larry Flynt, a defender of free speech and sexual freedom if there ever was one, has this advice for anyone worried by the hack of infidelity site Ashley Madison: Muzzle yourself. It might be too late for many people who, lured by a supposed cloak of digital anonymity, have shared their innermost wishes, fetishes and fantasies on hook-up and porn sites. In exposing the Ashley Madison accounts of as many as 37 million users, hackers released a cache of potentially embarrassing and damaging data.
  • Your food porn could have a new home on Google Maps (2015-08-24 00:58:13)
    It seems like Google wants to know what you had for dinner. According to Android Police, the company is testing a new feature in its Maps app that will detect when photos are taken at restaurants and other places that serve food, and offer to attach them to the establishment's location. For now, the feature is reportedly only available to Local Guides at "level three and above" — meaning people who've contributed more than 50 reviews as part of Google's Local Guides program. The company trialed a food photography service called Tablescape earlier this year, but closed the app down in June, saying it would invest resources into other projects.
  • After two years of Android, is it time to switch back to iPhone? (2015-08-24 00:54:58)
    David Gewirtz has been using an Android phone for the past two years, but wonders whether it's time to consider Apple again. In this detailed article, he looks at the many factors that go into deciding on a phone and compares the two ecosystems. It's something you'll want to read.
  • Gorgeous glass objects created with a 3D printer (2015-08-24 00:49:53)
    Researchers from MIT have created a 3D printer that is able to create objects out of glass.
  • Intel's next frontier: Powering robots (2015-08-24 00:38:38)
    Intel largely missed the mobile revolution, but the company is now looking past mobile to robots and IoT. And in the process, it's also looking more like a software company.
  • Intel puts engineering and financial muscle behind OpenStack with $100m Mirantis funding boost (2015-08-24 00:01:03)
    The OpenStack open-source cloud-computing platform stands to gain more enterprise features thanks to a major financial and engineering deal between Intel and Mirantis.
  • Twitter bots are trying to silence Mexican protesters (2015-08-23 23:47:00)
  • NBN to cost up to AU$56bn in peak funding (2015-08-23 22:54:59)
    NBN has announced that it will cost between AU$46 billion and AU$56 billion in peak funding to roll out Australia's national broadband network.
  • Rapper Wiz Khalifa arrested for allegedly refusing to dismount hoverboard (2015-08-23 22:00:10)
    Technically Incorrect: Claiming it was "all because I didn't want to ditch the technology everyone will be using in the next 6 months," Khalifa undergoes some physical restraint at the hands of the LAPD.
  • Myer builds digital strategy with new chief digital and data officer (2015-08-23 21:50:28)
    Myer's newly-created role of chief digital and data officer will be filled by former Coles online general manager Mark Cripsey.
  • The 'Uncharted' PS4 collection isn't just a quick-and-dirty port (2015-08-23 21:50:00)
  • Quickflix backs out on Chinese content company acquisition (2015-08-23 21:37:25)
    Streaming-video company Quickflix has cancelled its plans to acquire a Chinese content company, less than a month after revealing a 14 percent drop in customer base for Q2 due to the launch of Netflix in Australia.
  • iiNet boosts net profit and revenue by 11 percent in final results (2015-08-23 20:54:00)
    iiNet reported that during the 2015 financial year total profit reached AU$70 million, due to an increase in customer numbers, and an expansion in products and services.
  • Lumia Camera works on non-Microsoft phones, with a catch (2015-08-23 20:16:00)
  • NBN doubles revenue and users in AU$1.1bn loss (2015-08-23 19:58:15)
    Over the past twelve months, NBN has more than doubled its revenue to AU$161 million as costs also appear set to rise for the network rollout.
  • NBN doubles revenue and users in AU$1.5bn loss (2015-08-23 19:58:00)
    Over the past twelve months, NBN has more than doubled its revenue to AU$161 million as costs also appear set to rise for the network rollout.
  • Eight advanced tips for Word headers and footers (2015-08-23 19:35:47)
    Susan Harkins shares tips for pushing the header and footer envelope.
  • Google wants to help you post food photos on Maps (2015-08-23 18:45:00)
  • Select the best cloud storage solution for your Mac business (2015-08-23 18:09:21)
    Numerous cloud storage options are now available to Mac businesses. Here are a few quick tips on selecting a cloud partner matching your business needs.
  • Bill Maher on Airbnb: Who actually wants strangers in their house? (2015-08-23 18:00:02)
    Technically Incorrect: The comedian takes to his HBO show to excoriate the sharing economy as nothing more than the desperate economy, where Americans are merely trying to adapt to increasing inequality.
  • UK's BT accuses U.S. telecom rivals of hurting competition: FT (2015-08-23 17:44:11)
    (Reuters) - A BT Group Plc executive has called for the United States to require its telecommunications companies to allow access to their networks at regulated prices, similar to rules in place in the United Kingdom, the Financial Times reported on Sunday. Bas Burger, president of the British company's Americas unit, told the newspaper that a lack of regulation has hampered competition in the United States, where AT&T Inc and Verizon Communications Inc control about 80 percent of the telephone and broadband lines used by homes and businesses. Burger said BT Group must charge customers more because it has to pay large fees to the U.S. rivals to carry data over these wires.
  • Chorus points finger at regulator as profit plummets (2015-08-23 17:34:16)
    A long-running stoush with market regulator the Commerce Commission is taking a financial toll.
  • Moto X Play reportedly coming to Verizon as the Droid Maxx 2 (2015-08-23 17:12:00)
  • Android Smart lock: Should you be using it? (2015-08-23 16:12:46)
    Android Smart lock is a handy way to make gaining access to your device easier. But is this at the cost of security? Find out what Jack Wallen thinks about this issue.
  • This sheepdog is my blissful YouTube oasis (2015-08-23 16:01:02)
    It's one of my favorite videos from my favorite channel on YouTube: a vlog named WayOutWest that captures life on a smallholding in Ireland. Before you watch the video yourself, I should warn you that this is Good YouTube. Now, I know most people's definition of Good YouTube is more often cute animals or well-timed pratfalls, but I think it's most meaningful as a sort of low-level, long-term escapism.
  • ESPN freezes top writer's iPhone and laptop after accidentally firing him (2015-08-23 16:00:02)
    Technically Incorrect: A technical error leads to Adam Shefter suddenly discovering he is technologically bereft.
  • Windows 10's face detection isn't easily fooled by twins (2015-08-23 15:40:00)
  • The lyrical universe of Lana Del Rey, charted (2015-08-23 14:30:02)
    To be a fan of, or even just have a healthy interest in Lana Del Rey is to enter a world and mythology every bit as dense and geekable as something by George R. R. Martin. Blue hydrangeas are the dizzying Carcosa-spirals of Lana Del Rey fandom. Lana Del Rey sings about Chateau Marmont trysts, drug trafficking in Florida, and taking up with a biker gang.
  • British telecoms giant BT accuses U.S. rivals of hurting competition: FT (2015-08-23 14:02:58)
    (Reuters) - BT Group Plc's Americas unit president has called on the United States to require that telecoms rivals allow access to their networks at regulated prices, the Financial Times reported Sunday. Bas Burger, president of the British provider's Americas operation, told the Financial Times a lack of regulation has hampered competition in the United States, where AT&T Inc and Verizon Communications Inc control some 80 percent of the telephone and broadband lines used by homes and businesses. Burger said BT Group must pay large fees to the U.S. rivals to carry data over these wires, which is forcing BT to charge customers more.
  • BlackBerry's Android phone should include a ton of BB10 features (2015-08-23 14:02:00)
  • Need to take down a drone? A munitions company offers firepower (2015-08-23 13:31:25)
    Technically Incorrect: An Idaho company says its products protect against drone-based privacy concerns and terror.
  • Detest Uber's surge pricing? Some drivers don't like it either (2015-08-23 13:22:53)
    The practice of tripling, quadrupling and quintupling ride fares in times of high demand may face limits from New York City officials. Many drivers might be OK with that.
  • Out of juvie, into nature: California youth run wild webcams (2015-08-23 13:22:35)
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Harry Grammer, the CEO of a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that works with young adults, wanted to give kids recently out of the juvenile justice system real jobs and marketable skills.
  • Camera comparison: Galaxy Note 5 vs iPhone 6 Plus (2015-08-23 13:00:02)
    Earlier this week I scotch-taped an iPhone 6 Plus to a Galaxy Note 5 and headed into Times Square to test out the cameras, head-to-head. Both have excellent cameras, and though I suppose I'm tempted to give a slight edge to the iPhone, it's not an easy call. Samsung's is tuned to handle low-light a little more aggressively, while the iPhone tends to make its shutter as fast as it can while still bringing in enough light to get a usable image.
  • This disorienting on-board camera is the best way to watch F1 (2015-08-23 12:01:02)
    Formula 1 has posted an on-board view of Nico Rosberg's fastest lap time ahead of Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix at Spa, and it's a good one: Spa is a complex, nuanced course as it is, but when you're watching it unfold at triple-digit speeds facing backward from Rosberg's front wing, it's even better. Roughly the first minute of the hot lap is from the wing's vantage point, followed by a more traditional behind-the-driver view — still great, but I wouldn't mind trying to watch an entire Grand Prix from that wing camera at some point.
  • What to put in your bag before the world ends (2015-08-23 11:01:02)
    You can tell a lot about a person by what’s in their bug-out bag. Although you might want to hold off buying the bag until you’ve got your other essentials together, start out with an idea of what kind of container you want to carry your stuff in.
  • The After Math: A robot fights for funding, vaping's vote of confidence (2015-08-23 11:00:00)
  • Verizon's Droid Maxx 2 will reportedly be a US version of the Moto X Play (2015-08-23 10:01:02)
    When Motorola told us that it had no plans to bring the Moto X Play to the US nor to sell the Moto X Pure Edition in carrier stores, we knew that another pair of shoes would drop: the Droid line of phones on Verizon. Typically, these phones are tweaked and rebranded versions of what Motorola sells elsewhere, and now Phandroid is reporting from sources that Verizon will be going back to that same playbook. The Droid Turbo 2 is another Verizon exclusive, and last year's model was essentially a souped-up version of the last Moto X. This year, expect the same, with at least a couple key changes: wireless charging and a Plastic OLED display.
  • Inhabitat's Week in Green: 'Star Wars' parks and solar sports cars (2015-08-23 10:00:00)
  • The Verge Review of Animals: the giant water bug (2015-08-23 09:00:01)
    "Nature is, above all, profligate," says Annie Dillard, author of that hollow-frog fable you just read. One of the things nature has tried is the giant water bug, which belongs to a family of insects formally known as Belostomatidae.
  • 'Pac-Man' embraces mobile with an endless running game (2015-08-23 06:25:00)
  • Delivery Hero will only decide on IPO next year (2015-08-23 06:22:24)
    By Nadine Schimroszik BERLIN, August 23 (Reuters) - One of Europe's biggest start-ups, Germany's Delivery Hero, the online food takeaway service, has ruled out a stock market listing for this year but could be ready by next year, its chief executive said in an interview.
  • ASUS makes a Zenfone 2 with a whopping 256GB of storage (2015-08-23 02:36:00)
  • Japan's Sharp in LCD tie-up talks with Taiwan's Hon Hai: sources (2015-08-23 02:13:14)
    By Reiji Murai TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Sharp Corp is in talks with Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co for a tie-up in its struggling flat-panel display business, according to two sources familiar with the discussion. Under the proposed plan, Sharp would spin of the display business into a separate unit ahead of investment from Hon Hai and possible cash injections from other entities, including the state-directed Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, the sources said. The talks come after Sharp's chief executive, Kozo Takahashi, last month said he was open to major restructuring of Sharp's liquid crystal display (LCD) and consumer electronics businesses as investors and analysts clamored for an overhaul.
  • Will technologists digitize themselves out of jobs someday? (2015-08-22 23:49:00)
    New Deloitte study asserts technology has created more jobs than those destroyed. IT opportunities have grown substantially, but will automation, cloud and mobile sustain or reverse this trend?
  • Android lock patterns as predictable as common passwords (2015-08-22 23:43:00)
  • Swatch plans multiple smartwatches, but they'll be simple (2015-08-22 21:27:00)
  • Hacking Team breach leads security researchers to unexpected insights (2015-08-22 20:20:27)
    When the Hacking Team breach presented security researchers and hackers with information about exploits at the same time, the race was on. Find out the results.
  • Nintendo patent hints at a return to disc-free game consoles (2015-08-22 19:29:00)
  • Nintendo patent filing hints at a return to disc-free game consoles (2015-08-22 19:29:00)
  • Cell phone video shows cop allegedly trying to force driver to buy fund-raising tickets (or else) (2015-08-22 18:27:05)
    Technically Incorrect: A Philadelphia cop is taken off street patrol after stopping a motorist and then uttering some seemingly incriminating dialogue.
  • TSA inadvertently shows the dangers of master baggage keys (2015-08-22 18:02:00)
  • Ashley Madison hack should serve as your IT security wake-up call (2015-08-22 17:41:00)
    When making the case for investing more money in IT security, reference the Ashley Madison hack as an example of what you don't want to happen at your company.
  • Swatch trademarks Apple's 'One More Thing'? (2015-08-22 17:30:10)
    Technically Incorrect: A Swiss trademark webpage appears to confirm that the watch manufacturer has not only trademarked Steve Jobs' favorite phrase, but is also trying to trademark "Tick Different."
  • The Big Picture: Curiosity takes a 'belly selfie' on Mars (2015-08-22 16:31:00)
  • She's Changing the Way Our Kids Surf the Web (2015-08-22 10:27:12)
    The Internet is a behemoth, and it's growing every day. So how is a child to make sense of it all? How can she find what she needs as she writes, say, a school report on the solar system? Dr. Eleni Miltsakaki is trying to help.Her company, Choosito, analyzes the "linguistic content of every website in a real-time search to tell you the reading...