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  • Gorgeous iOS 9 features imagined in new concept video (2014-11-28 07:45:24)
    Apple is not done updating iOS 8 with new features and fixes, and the company is expected to release at least a couple of major iOS 8.x updates in the near future, but some people are already thinking ahead of what the future iOS 9 operating system might have to offer. Such is the case for Ralph Theodory, who posted on YouTube a lengthy video showing various interesting feature he believes iOS 9 should come with. FROM EARLIER: Check out this gorgeous steel iPhone 6s concept inspired by the Apple Watch From visual changes that should improve the overall aspect of the iPhone 6 (and other supported models), and let users further customize their device — such as being able
  • Yandex browser's tidy new interface puts Web apps first (2014-11-28 07:39:13)
    A subdued address bar and revamped new-tab page gives the browser a clean look that the Russian company says is better suited to Web apps.>
  • Leaving Las Vegas: Uber suspends operations in Nevada (2014-11-28 07:35:00)
  • Narrative Science lands $10 million in funding, USAA as customer (2014-11-28 07:30:00)
    Narrative Sciences, which has software that can analyze data and build a narrative around it, adds another large financial services customers. We caught up with the top execs to talk shop.
  • Sony's e-paper watch is a thing of minimalist beauty (2014-11-28 07:29:03)
    Two days ago, we heard of Sony's plans to build a watch made entirely of e-paper — one where the band and the watch face would both change in response to the user's wrist gestures. It sounded wild and provocatively different, but what we really wanted to know was what it looked like. As it turns out, that watch is already in the public eye, though Sony's involvement had until now been kept clandestine so as to judge the product on its own merits. Say hello to the FES Watch.
  • Auto launch apps when plugging into your Android device (2014-11-28 07:25:45)
    Jack Wallen shows you how to auto-launch applications when plugging in headphones, USB, or power cables with the help of Plug In Launcher.
  • How to make the most of bringing the iPad to work (2014-11-28 07:10:05)
    Whether a company supplied iPad or you're bringing your own to work, here's how to do it right.
  • Online shopping spree could create delivery problems (2014-11-28 07:05:41)
    By Esha Vaish and Aastha Agnihotri (Reuters) - Britons are being warned to place online holiday-season gift orders much earlier this year to avoid disappointment, as doubts emerge about the ability of delivery companies to handle an expected surge in volume. UK online sales this holiday season are expected to jump 18 percent, according to the Centre for Retail Research (CRR), as more shoppers use mobile apps to order clothing, books and gadgets. ...
  • Sony Pictures corporate files stolen and released in cyberattack (2014-11-28 07:00:05)
    Sony Pictures Entertainment's internal network was reportedly hijacked this week, and it seems corporate data has leaked on to the web.
  • British people are fighting over Polaroid TVs (2014-11-28 06:55:21)
    Black Friday is officially a thing in the UK this year, and it’s turning normally mild-mannered Brits into maniacs. While retailers across the pond have attempted to woo Black Friday shoppers over the past few years, it has reached record levels of mayhem today as British people are at war over Polaroid TVs. Yes, Polaroid TVs, the brand that still exists because other manufacturers create devices and slap the Polaroid logo on them.
  • EU wants to divide and conquer Google (2014-11-28 06:50:50)
    The European Parliament on Thursday voted to break up Google, Reuters reports. The motion against Google, which already has its fair share of legal troubles in the EU, was “overwhelmingly backed” — 384 votes for and 174 against — although it’s not exactly clear what that means for the giant corporation’s search business. FROM EARLIER: The iPhone 6 might be low-res, but Apple’s highest-resolution device ever is coming soon The EU apparently wants to break Google’s monopoly on search in the region, but also find ways for U.S.-based tech companies to avoid tax-dodging loopholes. Google basically owns search in the region, having a 90% share of the market, which prompted competitors to ask the EU to look into Google’s search-related
  • How the Samsung Galaxy Note got its pen in CNET UK podcast 412 (2014-11-28 06:50:42)
    The Samsung Galaxy Note almost came with a toothpick, we're going back to "Jurassic World", and BT has its sights on O2 -- or maybe EE.>
  • Jolla's $1m assault on the tablet market: Is the world ready for a new kind of slate? (2014-11-28 06:37:15)
    Finnish mobile company Jolla has taken Indiegogo by storm with a crowdfunding campaign for its upcoming tablet device.
  • Solar panels improved with Blu-ray tech, won't play 'Pacific Rim' (2014-11-28 06:15:00)
  • GoPro flies towards consumer drone market (2014-11-28 06:01:06)
    The wearable video camera creator is taking its business plans a step further by experimenting with consumer drones.
  • Samsung staff fear the axe in annual reshuffle (2014-11-28 05:23:06)
    Staff are working overtime while facing potentially high job losses following Samsung's poor financial year.
  • Windows 10 consumer reveal tipped for January (2014-11-28 05:10:27)
    It looks as if the New Year is going to start with the return of the Start Button.
  • Germany backs Blackberry's purchase of Secusmart (2014-11-28 05:10:15)
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany has approved Canadian smartphone maker Blackberry's planned acquisition of Secusmart, the encryption technology of which is used to protect the mobile devices of top politicians including Chancellor Angela Merkel. The deal is part of new Chief Executive John Chen's effort to enhance Blackberry's appeal for security conscious clients such as government agencies as it seeks to regain ground lost to Apple's iPhone and rival devices powered by Google's Android operating system. ...
  • Stupid Hackathon produces zany projects that no one needs (2014-11-28 05:07:00)
  • LG G Watch discounted for Black Friday/Cyber Monday via Google Play (2014-11-28 03:01:03)
    As the holiday shopping season moves into full swing, the tech giant offers a sweet deal on a premium Android Wear device, along with incentives on many more.>
  • Crave giveaway: iPhone 6 accessories aplenty (2014-11-28 03:00:03)
    Win $250 worth of fun iPhone accoutrements, including a case, a cleaning tool, a speaker and a little Bluetooth remote that lets you take smartphone photos without holding your phone.>
  • Google's Black Friday Android Wear promotions: $99 LG G Watch and $50 Play Store credit (2014-11-28 03:00:02)
    Beginning now and running through midnight on Monday, Google is throwing two deals into the three ring circus of Black Friday (and Cyber Monday). Both are angled towards getting you to buy an Android Wear smartwatch. One of the original Android Wear devices, the LG G Watch, will be on sale for just $99.
  • Razer's smart wristband is finally arriving December 2nd (2014-11-28 02:26:00)
  • Apple's Black Friday deals go live with up to $100 of iTunes credit (2014-11-28 02:11:28)
    Apple has activated its Black Friday deals in the United States. Buy an iPod, an iPad, Apple TV, a Mac, or selected Beats headphones from the company's online store, and you'll also receive a special edition Product RED iTunes gift card worth between $25 and $100. Purchasing an iPod touch, iPod nano, Apple TV, or a pair of qualifying Beats by Dre headphones will get you a $25 voucher.
  • UK politicians want social networks to explain their terms more clearly (2014-11-28 01:47:00)
  • Korea's Pantech shows signs of life with new phablet (2014-11-28 01:32:30)
    Despite its new phablet, the Pop-up Note, selling out in half a day, the handset maker has failed to find a buyer after filing for bankruptcy earlier in August.>
  • The world's largest solar power plant is now up and running (2014-11-28 00:58:00)
  • Staff fear the chop in Samsung Electronics annual reshuffle (2014-11-27 23:58:51)
    By Se Young Lee and Sohee Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - Insiders say staff at Samsung Electronics have never been so anxious ahead of the annual reshuffle, as a weak smartphone performance and its worst earnings in three years are expected to cost many jobs. As is customary for Korean businesses, Samsung is expected to announce its annual personnel changes in early December, a ritual that even in good times means weeks of distracting uncertainty for staff facing promotion, transfer or the sack. The last of those options looks more likely after third-quarter operating profit fell by nearly two thirds. ...
  • Lego car becomes an avatar for a worm (2014-11-27 23:33:00)
  • Three UK owner considers fighting BT to buy EE or O2 (2014-11-27 23:22:00)
  • Kim Dotcom says he's broke (2014-11-27 22:50:00)
  • LG's mobile division is getting a new CEO, too (2014-11-27 21:54:00)
  • FAA report shows spike in drone-related air traffic incidents (2014-11-27 20:38:00)
  • How one man built the awesome Chromecast accessory Google should have made (2014-11-27 20:30:15)
    Chromecast is a very cool way to stream content from your smartphone or PC onto your television. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with a remote control that you can use to manage the device from your couch. GigaOM brings us the story of Chromecast fan Jeff Bower, who decided to take matters into his own hands and build his own remote control to use with Google’s popular streaming USB stick. Bower’s remote was built around a Raspberry Pi model B that he hooked up to a case and buttons using connector wires. The total bill of goods for the remote was a little more than $55, the majority of which went toward buying the Raspberry Pi, which Bower also programmed to
  • We should be able to see George Brandis' metadata (2014-11-27 20:13:06)
    There is a major difference between law-enforcement agencies and media accessing metadata, but arguably that changes when it comes to politicians using taxpayer-funded phones.
  • eBay wants to put interactive mirrors in dressing rooms (2014-11-27 19:49:02)
    To reach the brick-and-mortar world, eBay is turning to interactive mirrors. Because shopping wasn't stressful enough before the mirrors started talking to you. The mirrors are being modeled at the Rebecca Minkoff store.
  • Ebay's new 'smart stores' feel like the future of shopping (2014-11-27 19:32:30)
    Over the last year eBay’s brand has struggled a bit. It was hit with a massive security breach and announced that it was spinning out PayPal, a divorce precipitated by the overwhelming investor sentiment that eBay was holding PayPal back. Still, the company has show steady growth and profit, giving it the breathing room it needs to try and reinvent itself. Its newest adventure takes eBay into the world of offline retail: a partnership with the designer Rebecca Minkoff for a new "smart stores" in New York and San Francisco.
  • These gorgeous photos perfectly capture the infuriatingly sad story of global warming (2014-11-27 19:15:49)
    Global warming is a hotly debated topic around the world, as many people are still not convinced Earth’s climate is being affected by human activity. Business Insider has put up a collection of 17 gorgeous pictures that tell an infuriatingly sad story: global warming is affecting our lives in various subtle and not-so-subtle ways. FROM EARLIER: Global warming has never been explained quite so beautifully “Glaciers around the world are losing ice at unprecedented rates thanks to rising global temperatures. Here, the Perito Moreno glacier in Argentina experiences an unexpected rupture,” the publication explains, showing an amazing picture of a melting glacier (first image below). Melting ice also affects local ecosystems, with polar bears having to eat their own cubs
  • Japan's Hayabusa 2 spacecraft will soon start its journey to a carbon-rich asteroid (2014-11-27 19:07:00)
  • Lego Christmas tree lights up Sydney (2014-11-27 18:55:28)
    A 10-metre tall Christmas tree built out of Lego stands tall in Sydney, Australia to celebrate the holiday season.>
  • Ubisoft is working hard to take EA’s crown as the world’s most hated gaming publisher (2014-11-27 18:00:39)
    For a long time, we didn’t think any company could ever rouse the gaming community’s ire as much as EA does on a regular basis. That said, Ubisoft has made a number of blunders recently that show it has definite ambitions for taking EA’s crown as the world’s most hated gaming publisher. RELATED: These are the most ridiculous Assassin’s Creed Unity glitches Like a lot of game publishers this year, Ubisoft has released several massively hyped games that have generally failed to live up to expectations, most notably Watch Dogs and Assassin’s Creed Unity. But what has set Ubisoft apart has been its use of review embargoes to keep potential bad news about its games down until after gamers have
  • National Museum of Computing opens EDSAC display, recreating 1949's top computer (2014-11-27 17:53:05)
    The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park has unveiled its ongoing construction of a replica of Cambridge University's EDSAC computer (1949-58), which helped pioneer novel concepts such as "programming" and "users".
  • Slingbox will now suggest YouTube videos based on what you're watching (2014-11-27 17:42:00)
  • Check out Staples’ special Cyber Monday tech deals – everything you need to know (2014-11-27 16:45:25)
    Staples is getting ready to kick off its Black Friday 2014 sales, but the company has also prepared special offers for December 1st, or Cyber Monday. Just like its Black Friday deals, available starting with Thanksgiving Day, Staples’ Cyber Monday offers will actually begin a day earlier on November 30th, when buyers will be able to buy various discounted gadgets on Staples.com. FROM EARLIER: GameStop’s game-filled Black Friday 2014 sale is finally official The company has highlighted several Cyber Monday deals on a special page on its website (see links in the source section below): $149.99 Asus X205 laptop ($100 off) $39.99 Nobis 7” 8GB tablet ($20 off) $99.99 Dell 24” monitor ($100 off) $329.99 Asus T100TAM-C12-GR detachable laptop Up
  • Galápagos conservation organization may go bankrupt over souvenirs (2014-11-27 16:24:02)
    The Charles Darwin Foundation, a 50-year-old conservation organization on Galápagos Islands faces an uncertain future. The CDF has helped prevent the extinction of the iconic Galápagos giant tortoises, after they were threatened by rats. The organization has been financially shaky for yearsThe Galápagos Islands famously inspired Darwin's masterpiece on evolution, On the Origin of the Species.
  • Audi says an EV sedan with Tesla-like range is coming in 2017 (2014-11-27 16:01:00)
  • Hackers force message on websites via US firm (2014-11-27 15:34:42)
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A U.S. firm that helps connect more than 700 companies with customers through social media says a Syrian group hacked the company's web address to upload a message to other websites.
  • Get your cash ready for some unbelievably hot eBay Cyber Monday deals (2014-11-27 15:30:47)
    In addition to publishing its crazy Black Friday 2014 deals, eBay has also spilled the beans on some if its upcoming Cyber Monday deals, revealing some of its plans for December 1st. According to the company, the “Cyber Monday Frenzy” will start on Sunday, November 30th, at 9:00 p.m. PST, with deals coming up every hour, “while supplies last.” FROM EARLIER: eBay’s Black Friday sale has some of the craziest deals we’ve seen – everything you need to know Here are some of the first Cyber Monday deals published in eBay’s first flier for the event (as seen in the image following the list below): 25% off iTunes codes $90 Staples digital gift card (10% off) $249.99 Nintendo Wi U
  • The world's largest video-game collection is up for sale again (2014-11-27 14:43:00)
  • Online deal site Livingsocial reveals big Black Friday deals (2014-11-27 14:15:54)
    Livingsocial has no intention of letting top rival Groupon have all the fun, and the site has just revealed a wide range of special deals that will be made available to members for Black Friday 2014. Membership is free, of course, and since all of Livingsocial’s normal deals offer huge discounts below standard retail prices, you can imagine how deep the discounts will get as the site looks to reel in shoppers looking for Black Friday deals. DON’T MISS: Best Buy’s huge early access sale for Black Friday 2014 starts today While Groupon’s Black Friday deals were a bit heavier when it comes to gadgets and other consumer electronics, location-based deal peddler Livingsocial still has several hot deals ready for Black
  • Japan's Hayabusa 2 spacecraft heads to a carbon-rich asteroid soon (2014-11-27 14:07:00)
  • Wireless chip cures your staph infection then dissolves away (2014-11-27 13:56:00)
  • The 10 hottest Black Friday deals at Walmart – online shopping starts on Thanksgiving Day (2014-11-27 13:40:43)
    Just like Best Buy, Walmart has kicked off Black Friday 2014 online sales on Thanksgiving Day and is offering buyers the chance of purchasing various products for a discounted price from the comfort of their own homes. The retailer has already published its massive Black Friday offer, revealing it has prepared some interesting tech deals for customers looking for electronic devices on Black Friday. FROM EARLIER: The ultimate Black Friday 2014 cheatsheet Moreover, Walmart is also ready to match the prices of its competitors, which should be good news for buyers who prefer to do all their holiday shopping at the giant retailer. That said, here are some of the hottest deals Walmart has to offer this Black Friday: $179 16GB
  • Watch the magic of sound and science in 'Cymatics' (2014-11-27 13:23:02)
    Tallying up nearly two million views across Vimeo and YouTube in two weeks, my favorite thing on the internet today is still "Cymatics," a music video from Nigel Stanford from his new album Solar Echoes. Stanford put together a series of science experiments that demonstrate how sound can move matter around and combined them into a pretty solid music track and a very awesome video. ...
  • Here’s what to do if your iPhone storage gets clogged by mysterious ‘Other’ data (2014-11-27 13:05:53)
    If you use your iPhone to do a lot of different things, you may find that it has a huge block of storage space that’s being taken up by data that only gets categorized as “Other.” One iPhone owner on Reddit had a particularly acute case of “Other” data storage woes and found that this mysterious data accounted for nearly 38GB on his 128GB iPhone 6. Based on the recommendations of other iPhone users in the thread, here are some things you should do if you find that this mysterious data is taking over your device. RELATED: 5 awesome tricks that will make your iPhone run much smoother  First, go through all your old Messages threads on the phone and delete
  • Western media websites hacked by Syrian Electronic Army (2014-11-27 13:05:42)
    LONDON/TORONTO (Reuters) - The websites of British and North American media organisations and retailer Wal-Mart's Canadian unit were hacked on Thursday in a suspected attack by the Syrian Electronic Army, an amorphous hacker collective that supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Among media sites hit were London newspapers the Daily Telegraph, Independent and Evening Standard. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and New York Daily News also said they had fallen victim to the hack. ...
  • YouTube Music Key is the streaming service for people who don't like streaming services (2014-11-27 13:00:00)
  • Syrian Electronic Army attack spreads pop-ups across news sites (2014-11-27 12:47:36)
    "You've been hacked" messages appear at CNBC, the Boston Globe and UK newspapers. The attack comes through an Internet address hijacking involving startup Gigya.>
  • Slingbox now suggests YouTube videos based on what you're watching (2014-11-27 12:42:00)
  • The first trailer for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' is coming to iTunes tomorrow (2014-11-27 12:14:00)
  • China Internet giants in tit-for-tat battle for users (2014-11-27 11:53:50)
    China's version of Twitter, Weibo, has effectively banned users from promoting the country's most popular messaging app WeChat on its platform as the two Internet giants battle for users.
  • Twitter to start tracking users' mobile apps (2014-11-27 11:38:28)
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Twitter Inc will begin tracking what third-party apps are installed on users' mobile devices so the social media company can deliver more tailored content, including ads, the company said late on Wednesday. The feature, called "app graph," will allow the company to see what other applications users may have installed on phones or other devices. ...
  • Multi-sourcing offers benefits, but complex to manage (2014-11-27 11:36:06)
    Mega IT outsourcing deals spanning multiple years are no longer a fad due to business concerns over vendor lockin and lack of transparency, but multi-sourcing models are also challenging to manage and require additional resources that companies may not have.
  • This simple trick will help you save even more money on Black Friday (2014-11-27 11:30:58)
    On top of buying significantly discounted electronic devices on Black Friday 2014, there’s an additional way to save money on your Christmas shopping by purchasing your desired products online rather than in-store, and having them shipped to your door free of charge. FROM EARLIER: Forget Black Friday, Thanksgiving Day is when all the best sales are this year Online publication Rather Be Shopping has put together a massive guide on stores offering free shipping on holiday shopping, no matter the order size. The list, available in full at the source link, packs details for more than 45 retailers, including companies that’ll offer buyers special tech deals this Black Friday. The extensive list of companies ready to offer free shipping on Black Friday
  • Say goodbye to (most of) those arcane symbols on your gadgets (2014-11-27 11:29:00)
  • Liam Payne's selfie angst deserves your sympathy (2014-11-27 11:15:59)
    Liam Payne is a member of One Direction and therefore in very high demand for selfies with fans. Yes, you are tempted to watch this loop over and over, to see Payne's face drop for the tiniest moment between fans before flashing another (possibly fake?) smile.
  • Download $130 worth of awesome paid Android apps for free ahead of Black Friday (2014-11-27 11:05:41)
    Amazon isn’t only offering its customers countless special Black Friday 2014 online deals on physical goods right now, as the giant retailer has also put together a collection of 39 paid Android apps and games, a combined value of over $130, and is offering them all free of charge to Android users during Black Friday. FROM EARLIER: Amazon’s crazy pre-Black Friday sale is live right now – new deals every 10 minutes This isn’t the first time Amazon has offered premium Android apps as free downloads, as the company often makes available to users such free app bundles. That said, here are Amazon’s 39 Android apps included in this special Black Friday app sales promotion that can be downloaded right now, a
  • A huge iPhone 6 Plus bug might end up being fixed by Samsung (2014-11-27 10:45:28)
    Samsung will reportedly increase the number of components it supplies to Apple, as the South Korean giant will apparently provide additional iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch parts, according to Business Korea. Specifically, Apple has apparently discussed NAND flash memory supply with Samsung, looking to do away with the triple-level cell (TLC) NAND flash used in 128GB iPhone 6 versions and SK Hynix, Toshiba and SanDisk TLC NAND modules in 64GB iPhone 6. These modules are believed to be causing certain performance issues for some users. FROM EARLIER: New tests suggest Apple skimped on a key iPhone 6 component and it’s causing problems Recently, reports have revealed that higher capacity iPhone 6 handsets that have large application libraries experience constant
  • Here are 10 hottest Best Buy Black Friday deals that you can get right now (2014-11-27 10:20:24)
    While in-store Black Friday 2014 sales will start on Thanksgiving evening, many of them will begin selling products at Black Friday prices throughout Thanksgiving Day. Such is the case with Best Buy, which has already started taking Black Friday orders on its online store and is even selling out online stock for some items already. FROM EARLIER: The ultimate Black Friday 2014 cheatsheet Here are some of the 10 huge Best Buy Black Friday deals you should check out on Thanksgiving: 55-inch Samsung LED 4K Ultra HD TV – $500 off iPad Air 2 – $100 off on any model GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition camera – $184.98 off Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Bundle with Extra controler ($70 off) Galaxy S5 smartphone
  • Microsoft to unveil Windows 10 consumer features at January event (2014-11-27 10:10:01)
    Microsoft is planning to detail the consumer features of Windows 10 at an event in January. While Microsoft will be present at the Consumer Electronics Show in early January, sources familiar with the company’s plans tell The Verge that Microsoft will hold a separate press event in late January to unveil the consumer preview of Windows 10. Microsoft previously promised "early 2015" for a discussion on consumer features, and it appears the company is on track.
  • Here’s a crazy Black Friday sale very few people know about (2014-11-27 09:55:12)
    Black Friday sales have completely spilled over into Thanksgiving Day, and the chaos is already underway across America. But while your friends and family are out battling crowds of crazy shoppers, you’re warm and comfy at home or at a relative’s house. And you’re not worried about missing all of those brick and mortar doorbuster sales today at Best Buy, Walmart, Target and more, because you know that the Internet is home to Black Friday 2014 deals that are as good or even better than what you’ll find out in stores. We have already told you everything you need to know about awesome online Black Friday sales from Amazon, eBay, Samsung and others, and now we’re back with another big
  • EU lawmakers urge regulators to break up Google (2014-11-27 09:47:29)
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union lawmakers overwhelmingly backed a motion on Thursday urging anti-trust regulators to break up Google, the latest setback for the world's most popular Internet search engine.
  • Windows 10 will play your .MKV and .FLAC files all on its own (2014-11-27 09:43:00)
  • Arctic Monkeys and Pink Floyd spinning record sales of vinyl records (2014-11-27 09:37:18)
    Two distinct types of music lovers are buying LPs in numbers not seen since the 1990s.>
  • Is it time to say 'goodbye' to the iPhone 5C? (2014-11-27 09:31:51)
    A new report claims that 2015 will be the end of the road for Apple's colorful handset.
  • What one recent iPhone convert still misses about Android (2014-11-27 09:30:58)
    Although many online forums are dominated by hardcore iOS or Android fanboys, there are some levelheaded people out there who can see the plusses and minuses of each platform. Business Insider’s Jillian D’Onfro recent picked up a new iPhone and, while she thinks it’s a fantastic device overall,  she still misses some things about her old Android device. RELATED: Here’s what happens when a diehard Android fan uses the iPhone 6 for two straight weeks The biggest things that D’Onfro seems to miss are really related to how well Android integrates with Google’s own hugely popular set of mobile apps such as Gmail. She also finds that she misses the Google Keep note-taking app, which isn’t available on iOS. Another
  • Techies U R Da Best (2014-11-27 09:22:21)
    Just for the record: I'm thankful for my family, my work, my country, and those fighting to keep me safe. I deeply appreciate the gift of a beautiful sunrise, a long walk on the beach, a swim in the ocean, and every day I get to be on the planet with my three over sized, goofy dogs Polly, Dorothy and Hank.But I want to offer a special thanks...
  • Renewables are now Scotland's biggest energy source (2014-11-27 09:09:00)
  • 12 new Netflix movies to stream on Thanksgiving (2014-11-27 09:00:01)
    Netflix no longer has every movie you can dream of: instead, it offers a curated selection, with new movies usually being added by the month. The trouble is, it isn't always obvious what good films have made their way onto the service just by browsing around. We've taken a look through the past few months' additions to pick out 12 movies — some new, some classics — that are worth watching if you haven't gotten around to them yet.
  • The 6 best movies to see in theaters Thanksgiving weekend (2014-11-27 09:00:01)
    The good news this year is that there are some pretty great movies to see right now. A compelling thriller built around a wonderful performance by Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game makes for a great mixture of history and excitement as it runs through the life of mathematician Alan Turing during his time as a World War II codebreaker.
  • 5 iPhone apps to help you pass the time over the Thanksgiving holiday (2014-11-27 08:55:32)
    Thanksgiving is a double-edged sword. It’s one of the few opportunities we have during the year to gather around a table with our family members and eat an enormous meal, but the enraging political discussions, pointless disagreements and awkward interactions are all but inevitable. When you need a few minutes to compose yourself, there’s nothing better than a distracting app on your iPhone, so be sure to load up these five apps before you head out to eat turkey on Thursday. DON’T MISS: 5 incredible iPhone and iPad apps you have to check out right now Kingdom Rush Origins Currently $2.99 on the App Store. Kingdom Rush: Origins is the third installment of the award-winning Kingdom Rush saga, loved by millions and earning accolades
  • European Parliament vote promotes idea of a Google breakup (2014-11-27 08:38:22)
    A resolution calls on Europe's competition regulators to consider "unbundling" Google's other commercial services from its search business. The vote sends a signal -- but it's only symbolic.>
  • James Cameron's 'Avatar' sequels will stick to 48 frames per second (2014-11-27 08:35:00)
  • Steam’s Black Friday game sale includes ‘thousands’ of deals available right now (2014-11-27 08:30:46)
    Steam on Wednesday kicked off its Black Friday 2014 game sales, offering gamers significant discounts on various titles. Steam’s  “Exploration Sale” is available to users from November 26th through December 2nd (the sale ends at 10 a.m. PST on that day). DON’T MISS: T-Mobile’s massive Black Friday sale has been announced – here’s what you need to know “The Steam Exploration Sale is here! For the next six days, take advantage of huge savings throughout the Steam store on thousands of titles. Plus, discover new and recommended games on your personalized Exploration Sale page here. Check back each day for new Daily Deals,” the company said in a short blog post. The company has highlighted various game deals in its
  • India's Karbonn comes to the UK with an Android One phone, a wing and a prayer (2014-11-27 08:30:00)
  • How and why to move your media to Google Drive (2014-11-27 08:03:22)
    Did you know that moving videos and images to Google Drive not only improves access to the files but also reduces your on-site storage needs? Andy Wolber explains.
  • EU piling pressure on Google to change ways (2014-11-27 08:02:43)
    BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union institutions are piling pressure on Google to change the way it operates its business and applies EU rules.
  • Europe votes in favor of breaking up Google (2014-11-27 08:02:18)
    The European Parliament has today approved a non-binding resolution calling for the "unbundling of search engines from other commercial services" in order to ensure "competitive conditions within the digital single market." This proposal stirred up plenty of discontent when it was revealed a week ago, but it has been affirmed in its original form today, including the controversial unbundling provision. ...
  • Video: Apple is not done releasing funny iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus ads (2014-11-27 07:45:31)
    After showing off the gaming and Continuity features of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in a couple of new ads featuring voice overs from Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon earlier this week, Apple on Wednesday released one more similar commercial, the seventh in the series, which highlights a different feature, voice texting, which is available on iOS 8-compatible devices. FROM EARLIER: Video: Check out Apple’s hilarious new iPhone 6 commercials In addition to regular iMessage texting, voice text lets users record short messages and send them to their friends and family. As Timberlake and Fallon explain it, the feature is really useful for highlighting sarcasm, singing a message, or avoiding really tough-to-spell words — though on the latter, Apple’s
  • How to easily key out green screen in The GIMP (2014-11-27 07:42:46)
    Jack Wallen shows you how to easily "key out" a green screen from a still image in The GIMP.
  • 'Star Trek' began filming 50 years ago (2014-11-27 07:33:12)
    The crew of the Enterprise walked in front of cameras for the first time on 27 November 1964 -- but the legendary TV show nearly didn't make it to the screen.>
  • EU lawmakers urge regulators to get tough on Google (2014-11-27 07:26:21)
    By Foo Yun Chee and Philip Blenkinsop BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union lawmakers overwhelmingly backed a motion on Thursday urging antitrust regulators to get tough on Google and other Internet search engines and consider breaking them up. The resolution in the European Parliament (EP), the strongest public signal of Europe's concern with the growing power of U.S. tech giants, was passed with 384 votes for versus 174 against. ...
  • Ridesharing firm Uber suspends operations in Nevada (2014-11-27 07:07:15)
    (Reuters) - Ridesharing company Uber suspended its operations in the U.S. state of Nevada late on Wednesday in a setback that it said would cost nearly 1,000 jobs. Companies such as Uber allow passengers to summon cars using apps on their smartphones, rather than calling a taxi company, and have gained popularity in dozens of U.S. cities over the past few years. ...
  • Android Pay mobile payments solution coming soon, but not from Google (2014-11-27 06:50:10)
    Apple’s Apple Pay mobile payment app available on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus saw huge popularity after launch, injecting new life into the NFC-based payments business. Google, and others, have included such features in Android devices for years, but they never really took off. In fact, only recently, Apple’s competitors confirmed they witnessed an increase in Android smartphone-generated transactions after Apple Pay became available on this year’s iPhones. FROM EARLIER: Great news: Apple Pay will soon be accepted by a lot more small businesses On top of that, Want China Times citing Shanghai’s China Business News says that an Android Pay product is currently in development in China, but Google isn’t backing it up. Instead, China’s UnionPay, the largest card
  • Nordstrom's smart fitting room helps you find fresh outfits (2014-11-27 06:47:00)
  • Pro tip: Easily remove a lost device from your Google account (2014-11-27 06:38:06)
    Jack Wallen introduces you to a simple way to remove Android devices from your Google account.
  • Virgin Media customers can now access the Sky Movies Android app (2014-11-27 06:27:00)
  • Internet-connected device sector deals accelerating, report finds (2014-11-27 06:19:39)
    By Eric Auchard FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Investment in the fast-growing market for Internet-connected devices gathered pace this year and is set to attract more top U.S. technology and telecoms buyers of firms active in the market, a report from a merger advisory firm said on Thursday. Corporate finance adviser Hampleton Partners' report said that $9.4 billion has been spent in the past three years to acquire so-called "Internet of Things" suppliers, with $5 billion, or more than half of the total, in the first nine months of 2014. ...
  • Now Moto 360 owners can buy new bands at will (2014-11-27 05:57:00)
  • 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' trailer will be on iTunes on Friday (2014-11-27 05:40:55)
    The first look at JJ Abrams' new entry to the "Star Wars" saga will appear online as well as in theatres.>
  • 4oD iOS app now supports AirPlay and HDMI mirroring (2014-11-27 05:29:00)
  • Are GoPro camera drones coming? (2014-11-27 05:08:04)
    A Wall Street Journal report claims that the leading action camera company is planning to take its product range to another level, literally.
  • The new Victoria's Secret sports bra connects directly to heart-rate monitors (2014-11-27 04:49:00)
  • Twitter takes note of other apps on smartphones (2014-11-27 04:48:53)
    Twitter on Wednesday said it would begin tracking which other applications people have installed on their mobile devices in a bid to better target ads and content.
  • Amazon cuts Fire phone price to ignite sales (2014-11-27 04:06:35)
    Amazon on Wednesday slashed the price of Fire mobile phones that stalled after launch early this year, becoming a drag on the US online retail titan's bottom line.
  • Vinyl certainly isn't dead (2014-11-27 04:03:00)
  • Adidas adds Nokia's MixRadio to its miCoach Smart Run watch (2014-11-27 04:00:00)
  • European Union wants Google to extend 'right to be forgotten' worldwide (2014-11-27 03:01:00)
  • European Parliament passes vote asking for Google to be broken up (2014-11-27 02:17:00)
  • LG to launch its own take on the Surface Pro (2014-11-27 01:59:10)
    Unsatisfied with its previous attempts at a hybrid range, ​LG Electronics is planning to launch a new hybrid with a detachable keyboard that resembles Microsoft's Surface Pro 3.>
  • LG names new mobile boss in annual reshuffle (2014-11-27 01:54:42)
    LG Electronics, South Korea's second largest handset maker, has appointed a new executive to spearhead its mobile business and expand on recent global success.>
  • Opera is working on a subscription-based storefront for apps (2014-11-27 01:52:00)
  • Adam West: 'If I didn't love Batman, I'd be a little bit strange' (2014-11-27 00:37:16)
    The inimitable Adam West talks about playing Batman once again for a special level based on the much-loved 1960sTV show in LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, and why he's the "luckiest actor in the world".>
  • Listen to Microsoft Sam sing 'The Piña Colada Song' (2014-11-27 00:27:00)
  • The art and science of the bottom of a whisky glass (2014-11-26 23:56:20)
    Photographer Ernie Button discovered a world of beauty -- and fluid science -- in the residue of evaporated whisky.>
  • Adam West: "If I didn't love Batman, I'd be a little bit strange" (2014-11-26 23:46:17)
    The inimitable Adam West talks about playing Batman once again for a special level based on the much-loved 1960sTV show in LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, and why he's the "luckiest actor in the world".>
  • Guillermo Del Toro has finished the script for DC Comics' 'Justice League: Dark' movie (2014-11-26 23:37:23)
    Guillermo Del Toro has reportedly finished writing the script for a film interpretation of DC Comics' Justice League: Dark, the comic book series that combines the talents of heroes such as Swamp Thing, Hellblazer's John Constantine, and Zatanna. According to Forbes, Del Toro's movie, tentatively titled Dark Universe, has gone to Warner Bros. for evaluation, but it's still very early in the process. Should it make it through to production, and should Del Toro sign on to direct, the movie might not see release until 2018, so packed is the Pacific Rim director's schedule.
  • India's Tech Mahindra snaps up US's Lightbridge (2014-11-26 23:07:07)
    Outside of its acquisition of Satyam, this is the most significant purchase that TechM has made towards its ambition of becoming a global IT player
  • Adidas adds Microsoft's MixRadio to its miCoach Smart Run watch (2014-11-26 23:00:00)
  • LG GizmoPal wearable lets kids call their parents with one button (2014-11-26 22:54:00)
  • Why next year’s GoPro videos could be the craziest you’ve ever seen (2014-11-26 22:15:14)
    2014 has been an amazing year for wild-and-crazy GoPro videos and it looks like 2015 could be even crazier. The Wall Street Journal reports that GoPro is working on a line of consumer drones that have GoPro cameras equipped and that would let GoPro fans take amazing aerial videos. RELATED: Amazing video shows NASA astronauts placing a GoPro inside a floating water bubble “The company plans to start selling multi-rotor helicopters equipped with high-definition cameras late next year, aiming for a price tag between $500 and $1,000, according to these people,” writes the Journal. “The entry of a big consumer-electronics brand to the drone market signals how mainstream — and lucrative — the industry has become in just a few years. Consumers
  • Microsoft may have accidentally announced that it's buying email app Acompli (2014-11-26 21:57:05)
    Microsoft may have just accidentally announced that it is acquiring email startup Acompli. A post, authored by Microsoft corporate vice president Rajesh Jha, appeared on the company's official blog today. The post has gone now, after being screenshotted for posterity by TechCrunch, but the fact that an early draft of an announcement was apparently erroneously published could indicate that a deal between the two companies is complete or in its final stages.
  • CBS to broadcast your social media posts alongside Macy's parade (2014-11-26 21:35:00)
  • Getting OpenStack Ready for the Enterprise (2014-11-26 21:17:05)
    The latest OpenStack User Insights survey showed more than half of production OpenStack deployments use Linux as the host operating system. Co-engineering OpenStack and Linux can provide a more stable, reliable and higher-performing cloud platform.
  • GoPro is reportedly making camera-equipped drones (2014-11-26 20:58:00)
  • Use this Google Now trick to add countdown timers to important events (2014-11-26 20:45:54)
    One of the best things about Google Now is that it literally gives us no excuse to miss or be late for important events. Not only does it give you reminders about when your events are but it also gives you traffic reports that will help you find the fastest route to your event’s destination. Now Android Police has uncovered yet another Google Now trick that will give you yet another way to keep track of some events: Countdown timers. RELATED: Here are some more Google Now tricks you may not know about Essentially, Android Police found that these countdown timers are based on your reminders. Unfortunately, it appears that these reminders aren’t yet tied to your Calendar app yet so
  • AT&T's fiber Internet rollout will continue, kinda (2014-11-26 20:34:30)
    The company tells the FCC that it will go forward with its current GigaPower fiber network plans but that it's still waiting to hear what happens with Net neutrality in Washington.>
  • The US bill to phase out wonky symbols on the back of gadgets is now a law (2014-11-26 20:30:02)
    The legislation designed to do away with printing various symbols and regulatory compliance numbers on our gadgets in favor of displaying those things within software has been signed into law. President Obama today signed the the E-Label Act, which was introduced by senators Deb Fisher (R-NEB) and Jay Rockefeller (D-W.VA) in July, and quickly made its way through both the House and Senate this fall. It allows manufacturers to put things like FCC symbols, ID numbers, and other labeling in a software menu, instead of physically printed or labeled on a device.
  • Samsung might have to pay even more for infringing Apple patents (2014-11-26 20:00:14)
    Even though Samsung and Apple have settled their international patent disputes, the lawsuits in the U.S. are far from being a distant memory. Apple has largely won the two major trials in American courts, with Samsung having to pay more than $1 billion in combined damages; though both sides have appealed various verdicts in these trials. Following the second, less-successful, win against Samsung, Apple has also asked the court to rule in its favor regarding ongoing royalties for Samsung products found to infringe three specific patents that a jury already found to have been infringed by older Samsung devices. FROM EARLIER: Apple needs Samsung more than ever for the future iPhones and iPads Online publication FOSS Patents reports that Judge Judy Koh, who oversaw
  • Engadget Daily: Deepak Chopra, the deal with Black Friday, and more (2014-11-26 19:26:00)
  • Dirt-cheap Android tablets from Best Buy, Walmart, elsewhere found to ship with major security flaws (2014-11-26 19:15:11)
    Many retailers are ready to offer buyers various interesting deals on smartphones and tablets this year on Black Friday, but not all products are safe for consumers, new research from security company Bluebox Labs reveals. Apparently, certain dirt-cheap Android tablets might come with major security vulnerabilities on board. FROM EARLIER: Here are all the most annoying Android 5.0 Lollipop bugs – and how to fix them “Bluebox Labs purchased over a dozen of these Black Friday ‘bargain’ Android tablets from big name retailers like Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Kmart, Kohl’s and Staples, and reviewed each of them for security,” the company wrote on its blog. “What we found was shocking: most of the devices ship with vulnerabilities and security misconfigurations; a few even
  • Samsung Elec shares up sharply on $2 billion share buyback plan (2014-11-26 19:11:36)
    SEOUL (Reuters) - Shares of South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd opened sharply higher on Thursday on the news that it will buy back $2 billion of its own stock. Samsung shares were up 5.8 percent as of (7.02 a.m. EST) after opening 6 percent higher. Samsung announced the buyback plan, its first since 2007, after market close on Wednesday. (Reporting by Se Young Lee; Editing by Stephen Coates)
  • Astronauts on the ISS are feasting on irradiated turkey for Thanksgiving (2014-11-26 19:02:02)
    While millions of Americans are about to gather around a table topped with turkey, stuffing, and all other sorts of Thanksgiving fare, two in particular are preparing for a much different meal. Almost 300 miles above the Earth's surface, NASA Astronauts Terry Virts and Barry Wilmore are building a "feast" with their four weightless international colleagues aboard the International Space Station. The orbiting astronauts didn't have a special meal delivered to them, rather they've compiled one with some of the core menu foods that the ISS is stocked with: irradiated smoked turkey, thermo-stabilized candied yams, freeze-dried cornbread dressing, and a cranapple desert.
  • First budget Android One phone arrives in UK, but faces stiff competition (2014-11-26 19:01:03)
    The Sparkle V from Indian firm Karbonn Mobile is the first phone to launch in the UK that follows Google's Android One spec for low-cost smartphones -- but it's not as cheap as you might think.>
  • After Uber's stumble, is it Lyft and Sidecar's time to shine? (2014-11-26 18:58:57)
    Both Lyft and Sidecar see significant bumps in business after Uber's publicity blunders, but it appears it'll take more than a boycott to oust the top dog.>
  • Twitter is now tracking the apps you download (2014-11-26 18:53:52)
    Twitter has announced that it has started collecting data on the apps its users download and install on their smartphones.>
  • This brilliant ad makes the best case we’ve seen for buying the Moto X (2014-11-26 18:30:27)
    Ah, if only the Moto X had always been supported by this kind of awesome ad campaign, it might have sold more units. Motorola has posted a brilliant ad for the 2014 Moto X that shows us just how much fun it can be to customize our own phone. FROM EARLIER: Motorola has an awesome Moto X Cyber Monday deal that’s too good to pass up The ad follows a somewhat ridiculous Motorola fan named Ben who is constantly making changes and adjustments to his new Moto X through the Moto Maker online portal. Every time he makes a change, a doppelgänger working in a cartoonish replica of a Motorola factory must scramble around to implement last-minute fixes. Ben doesn’t hesitate
  • Tomorrow Daily 093: Underwater cities, MST3K's new website, robot guards and more (2014-11-26 18:04:33)
    On today's show, we discuss a Japanese design firm's plans for a futuristic underwater city, the newest way to watch your favorite Mystery Science Theater episodes, and a fleet of robot security guards.>
  • Ubisoft apologizes for 'Assassin's Creed' bugs with free add-ons and games (2014-11-26 17:55:00)
  • The colorful iPhone 5c will reportedly be discontinued next year (2014-11-26 17:45:22)
    Apple’s plastic iPhone 5c, launched in late 2013 as a more affordable iPhone option alongside the iPhone 5s, is going to be discontinued next year. The news comes from MacRumors and cites a report from Taiwan’s Industrial and Commercial Times. FROM EARLIER: Despite the iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung is still America’s phablet king Apparently, Apple is getting ready to stop iPhone 5c production in mid-2015, with Apple suppliers Wistron and Foxconn looking to wind down production for the handset. The report is in line with earlier claims from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has been often right about Apple’s unannounced plans. Kuo said that iPhone 5c and iPhone 4S production would end in 2015 after certain promotional plans are over. The iPhone 5c has been
  • US tightens smog limits in bid to protect health (2014-11-26 17:27:00)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a fresh confrontation with Republicans, the Obama administration on Wednesday proposed stricter emissions limits on smog-forming pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness. The move fulfilled a long-delayed campaign promise by President Barack Obama but left environmental and public health groups wanting more.
  • 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' trailer will be online on Friday too (2014-11-26 17:07:59)
    You won't have to head to the movies to see the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Friday. Star Wars' official Twitter account sent out a message this afternoon saying that the trailer would be published Friday on iTunes.
  • AT&T told to stop boasting about how ‘fast’ its 3Mbps service is (2014-11-26 17:00:39)
    We really do have to give AT&T’s marketing team credit for this one. When they had to come up with a clever way to pitch their company’s less-than-blazing 3Mbps U-Verseservice to consumers, they put an absolutely brilliant spin on it and dubbed it “the fastest Internet for the price.” In other words, while the service itself wasn’t at all fast, it might be sort-of fast relatively speaking because you’re just paying $30 a month for it. RELATED: AT&T hit with a major lawsuit for throttling its ‘unlimited’ data users Unfortunately for AT&T, the National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Council of Better Business Bureaus also thinks that this claims is rather misleading. As Ars Technica reports, Comcast actually ratted AT&T out to the NAD
  • What to get when you've got a budding hipster in your life (2014-11-26 17:00:00)
  • Sparing no expense, 'Jurassic World' features Gear smartwatch (2014-11-26 16:57:30)
    Samsung products find a way into the latest "Jurassic Park" movie, Amazon launches Local Services, and Twitter tests coupon offers.>
  • GoPro to release consumer drones next year, report says (2014-11-26 16:53:50)
    The company's line of action cameras is already popular with drone enthusiasts. Now GoPro wants to sell aircraft as well.>
  • Tomorrow Daily 093: Underwater cities, MST3K's new website, robot guards, and more (2014-11-26 16:49:22)
    On today's show, we discuss a Japanese design firm's plans for a futuristic underwater city, the newest way to watch your favorite Mystery Science Theater episodes, and a fleet of robot security guards.>
  • Reading Harry Potter gives clues to brain activity (2014-11-26 16:42:22)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Reading about Harry Potter's adventures learning to fly his broomstick activates some of the same regions in the brain we use to perceive real people's actions and intentions.
  • AT&T tells FCC its threat to halt fiber rollout is only for new projects (2014-11-26 16:40:00)
  • Twitter now tracks other apps you've installed (2014-11-26 16:33:22)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter said it is now tracking what other apps its users have installed on their mobile devices so it can target content and ads to them better.
  • Deja vu: New report says the iPhone 6s might have a special kind of glass cover next year (2014-11-26 16:15:18)
    Apple launched the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus just a couple of months ago, but a new report from Focus Taiwan seems to reveal an interesting deal for future iPhone generations, as detailed by China Economic Weekly. The publication also seems to confirm a recent report that said Foxconn is urgently building a display factory to handle only Apple orders, with special emphasis on the next-gen iPhone models. FROM EARLIER: Foxconn is urgently building a new $2.6B display factory just for Apple According to the publication, Foxconn has signed an agreement with the Zhengzhou city government in Henan Province to build a 133-hectare factory next to an iPhone 6 assembly plant. Interestingly, the new factory will supposedly manufacture sapphire displays for next-generation iPhones. Even
  • Technology to the Endangered Language Rescue? (2014-11-26 15:49:32)
    Much has been written on how technology is helping endangered languages. Creative as they are, online dictionaries, mobile apps, interactive graphics and dedicated keyboards can't by themselves resuscitate or maintain a language. But as part of a larger cultural revitalization effort, technology can help. As William Brennan wrote last...
  • Twitter will track which apps you use on your phone (2014-11-26 15:49:00)
  • Elonis v. US: Are 'We the People' Useful Idiots in the Digital Age? (2014-11-26 15:45:29)
    Back in the heyday of the old Soviet Union, a phrase evolved to describe gullible western intellectuals who came to visit Russia and failed to notice the human and other costs of building a communist utopia. The phrase was "useful idiots" and it applied to a good many people who should have known better...That's you and me, folks, and it's how...
  • EU wants 'right to be forgotten' applied globally (2014-11-26 15:43:05)
    Privacy watchdogs in Europe say the controversial ruling, which affects only local European versions of Google's search engine, should be applied more broadly.>
  • WinZip 19 review (2014-11-26 15:36:29)
    Zip and unzip files, protect them by encryption, connect to cloud services, and back up your data
  • Pokemon is killing Nintendo (2014-11-26 15:30:38)
    The end of November period brought just about the worst possible news for Nintendo: The latest Pokemon games sold a dazzling 1.5 million units in Japan during launch week. RELATED: How ‘Last Blockbuster Syndrome’ dooms empires like Nintendo It’s a massive number in a market where few titles manage to crack the 100,000 unit barrier during their debuts. The hot Pokemon rollout helped once again revive the aging 3DS portable console sales, boosting the weekly unit sales number to 83,000. This is more than seven times higher than weekly sales of Sony’s flagship PS4 console in Japan. This toxic triumph was precisely what Nintendo did not need. The company requires shock therapy to force its hidebound executives to abandon their preposterous
  • Keyboard-shaped waffle iron: Take a bite out of type (2014-11-26 15:25:55)
    The world's geekiest waffle iron has launched on Kickstarter, to bring waffles in the shape of computer keyboards to your breakfast table.>
  • 10 unbeatable Black Friday shopping apps (2014-11-26 15:14:16)
    These apps help you find the best savings for the items on everyone's wish lists.
  • 4 Great Online Tools for Music Lovers (2014-11-26 15:06:11)
    Music is the cornerstone of human culture. No matter who you are or what you do, a great song can make you feel happy. A certain track can remind you of unforgettable experiences, like your first kiss, honeymoon, or the birth of your child.In this new age of technology, you don't have to listen to the same tunes every day or wait for the radio...
  • Here's why GoPro wants to make its own drones (2014-11-26 15:02:58)
    GoPro, the maker of the popular action cam, is reportedly working on its own line of consumer drones with plans to launch sometime next year. The unit will be priced somewhere between $500 and $1,000, putting it into competition with drones from DJI, Parrot, and 3D Robotics.
  • Uber CEO must turn over emails in gratuity lawsuit, U.S. judge rules (2014-11-26 15:02:53)
    By Dan Levine OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - Uber Chief Executive Travis Kalanick must disclose some of his emails to plaintiff lawyers in a lawsuit accusing the car service of misleading customers about how it shares gratuities with drivers, a U.S. judge said on Wednesday. An Uber customer filed a proposed class action lawsuit against the company earlier this year, saying an advertised 20 percent gratuity is "false, misleading, and likely to deceive members of the public" because Uber keeps a substantial portion of the money. ...
  • Icelandic hacker says guilty of stealing money from Wikileaks (2014-11-26 15:00:12)
    REYKJAVIK (Reuters) - An Icelandic computer hacker and former associate of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange unexpectedly pleaded guilty on Wednesday to embezzling 30 million Icelandic crowns ($240,000) from the organization. Sigurdur Thordar­s­son's courtroom plea is the latest twist in the saga of Wikileaks, which released thousands of secret U.S. embassy cables in 2010 and 2011, deeply embarrassing Washington. Known as 'Siggi the Hacker', Thordar­s­son has previously said that he turned an informant for the U.S. ...
  • T-Mobile’s massive Black Friday sale has been announced – here’s what you need to know (2014-11-26 14:55:28)
    T-Mobile has announced more details about its upcoming Black Friday 2014 sale, revealing that it’s preparing a variety of smartphone, tablet, accessories and other deals for its subscribers. FROM EARLIER: These are the hottest pre-Black Friday deals you’ll find today “It’s been a record-shattering year of Un-carrier revolution against a humbug wireless industry − and we’re closing the year strong. Millions of Americans have responded to our drumbeat of Un-carrier moves by making us the fastest growing wireless company in the nation,” the company said. “And we’re saying thank you by making it easier and more affordable than ever to stay connected during the holidays and for years to come.” Some of T-Mobile’s Black Friday deals include a $5 Stateside international
  • Promote your app on social more effectively with this PHP redirect (2014-11-26 14:46:10)
    A simpler way to get your app users to the right app store when promoting it on social media is to use this PHP redirect script.
  • 'Serial' is getting a second season (2014-11-26 14:44:24)
    Serial, the wildly successful true crime podcast from Sarah Koenig and the creators of This American Life, is getting a second season. From the official Serial blog:
  • US warns about spyware that many believe it wrote (2014-11-26 14:38:00)
  • Amazon sale offers unlocked Fire Phone for $199 (2014-11-26 14:35:10)
    As part of its holiday promotions, Amazon knocks $250 off the price of the unlocked version of its Fire Phone.>
  • Who would win in a fight, Batman or Darth Vader? (2014-11-26 14:30:24)
    It's Batman vs. Darth Vader in this epic superpower beat-down from Machinima Prime. Will Batman fall to the dark side, or will the Caped Crusader bring the Sith lord to justice?>
  • Whatever you do, don’t buy these 3 smartphones this holiday season (2014-11-26 14:20:04)
    People want electronics for the holidays now more than ever, with tablets and smartphones being some of the most popular gifts to get. While seemingly everyone wants an iPhone or iPad, there are other devices that are just as good. With the National Retail Federation showing that the average person will spend more than $800 this year for Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa gifts, it’s important to make sure every dollar counts. As such, there are quite a few devices that aren’t worth your time and you should avoid buying for anyone, including your mortal enemies. Here are three phones to avoid buying this holiday season, at any cost, even if they’re free. DON’T MISS: Amazon’s crazy pre-Black Friday sale is live right now –
  • The 20 best Black Friday deals (2014-11-26 14:15:45)
    Black Friday is right around the corner, and there are plenty of great deals to be had. We've been covering the deals for weeks now, but if you want to cut through the mess and just score the best deals you can find, you've come to the right place.
  • Tomorrow Daily 092: Mistletoe drones, Europa in HD, real-life bacon meme and more (2014-11-26 14:06:54)
    On today's show, we debate the usefulness of drones inside restaurants (especially drones carrying mistletoe), check out Europa in stunning HD and watch a beloved bacon internet meme come to life via a laser printer hack.>
  • Tibco merger vote can proceed despite $100 million error: judge (2014-11-26 14:06:49)
    By Nate Raymond (Reuters) - Tibco Software Inc can proceed with a shareholder vote next week on its proposed $4.2 billion buyout by private equity firm Vista Equity Partners, despite an erroneous share count that initially overvalued the deal by $100 million, a Delaware judge said. Delaware Chancellor Andre Bouchard on Tuesday ruled that a shareholder seeking a preliminary injunction had failed to establish that Tibco and Vista agreed the merger would be consummated for an overall amount rather than at a price per share. ...
  • Canada just joined Twitter, eh (2014-11-26 14:01:29)
    Canada joined Twitter today, and it did it in the best way possible. Whoever's running the official @Canada account could have said "sorry" for being late to the party, but instead the country that spawned Mike Myers, Dan Aykroyd, and Ryan Reynolds played to its strengths and decided to laugh at itself. Of course, Canada couldn't join Twitter without also creating a French language account that mirrors @Canada's English tweets.
  • Black Friday: a brief history of madness and discounts (2014-11-26 14:00:00)
  • Amazon sale slashes price of unlocked Fire Phone to $199 (2014-11-26 13:53:59)
    In the wake of feeble demand for its Fire Phone, Amazon is running a fire sale for the device via a special limited promotion.>
  • James Cameron says the 'Avatar' sequels will make you 'shit yourself with your mouth wide open' (2014-11-26 13:49:43)
    Prolific documentary filmmaker James Cameron has only directed three feature-length films in the last 20 years: True Lies (1994), Titanic (1997), and Avatar (2009). Before that, he made The Abyss, Aliens, and the first two Terminator films. And every single one of those films was a huge box office success for its time — the last two films each crossed the $2 billion mark worldwide.
  • Here’s a sneak peak at Apple’s new Beats commercial (2014-11-26 13:48:18)
    BGR has just learned through multiple sources that Apple is set to release a celebrity-packed commercial for the company’s new Beats Solo2 headphones either today or tomorrow. The video itself looks like something Beats would have done on its own, but it definitely has an Apple-like feel and vibe to it, which actually works quite nicely with the Beats theme. Look for Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Funkmaster Flex, Big Sean, Nicki Minaj, Fabolous, Norman Reedus, Serena Williams, Alesso, Victor Cruz and more. It also looks like the video was shot with only iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices, all with only the front-facing camera as part of something Apple’s doing called the #SoloSelfie campaign. Here’s the full spot: UPDATE: It
  • How much Turkey Day stuffing would fill your house? Find out here (2014-11-26 13:36:30)
    The Movoto bloggers are at it again -- this time calculating not how much stuffing you need to feed your house guests, but to fill your house itself.>
  • Steam celebrates Black Friday with deals on 'Watch Dogs, 'Civilization,' and more (2014-11-26 13:34:46)
    Steam is getting in on the Black Friday fun with a huge collection of great deals dubbed the "Steam Exploration Sale." It includes a pretty massive selection of games — Valve says there are "thousands of titles" on sale — and features some big-name new releases for cheap. You can grab Watch Dogs for only $29.99, for example, or Civilization: Beyond Earth for $34.99. Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami's new game, The Evil Within, might just be the best deal, at only $22.60. ...
  • Behind Google's Europe woes, American accents (2014-11-26 13:30:41)
    By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - When EU politicians call for the break-up of Google, it can sound like sour grapes, the anti-American backlash of an aging Europe envious, and fearful, of the wealth and growing power of young U.S. tech giants. But should any American take time on Thanksgiving to scoff at Thursday's non-binding vote in the European Parliament, when lawmakers may urge EU regulators to get tough with the search engine Goliath, they should know that behind the EU antitrust probe of Google stand not only Europeans but U.S. competitors. ...
  • U.S. court rejects Motorola Mobility price-fixing appeal (2014-11-26 13:25:53)
    By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Wednesday rejected Motorola Mobility LLC's attempt to hold several Asian suppliers liable under U.S. antitrust law for fixing prices of mobile phone displays sold to its foreign units. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago said Motorola Mobility, a unit of Lenovo Group Ltd, could not invoke U.S. antitrust law because its foreign subsidiaries had been the "immediate victims" of a conspiracy to boost prices on liquid crystal display screens. ...
  • Black Friday outweighs Thanksgiving on social media, suggests Salesforce data (2014-11-26 13:23:06)
    So much for all those recipes listing dozens of new ways to cook stuffing and pumpkin pie.
  • 7 awesome paid iPhone apps that are now free for a limited time (save $32!) (2014-11-26 13:20:56)
    We have less than a day to go before Thanksgiving is here, and you should thankful for BGR’s series on paid iPhone and iPad apps that are on sale for free for a limited time. We save you hundreds of dollars each week by sharing the best paid apps that go on sale for free, and yesterday’s post has a few gems that are still free downloads if you hurry. Today, however, we have seven new paid apps on sale and if you’re quick, you won’t have to pay a cent for any of them. DON’T MISS: eBay’s Black Friday sale has some of the craziest deals we’ve seen – everything you need to know These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have
  • Screeny is the screenshot-deleting iPhone app we have wanted all our lives (2014-11-26 13:16:44)
    One of the iPhone's cleverest features is its ability to take a screenshot of the device just by holding down two buttons. I take screenshots every day, of all kinds of things: errant tweets that I know are about to be deleted, mobile boarding passes for a flight home, or images from the web that I might want to share in a story or on social media. The problem is that these screenshots are useful for about 24 hours — but I never go back to delete them, because iOS doesn't offer a way to sort through them. Screenshots are the main reason my camera roll looks so cluttered.
  • Give thanks they haven't forced net neutrality yet (2014-11-26 13:16:06)
    Worse than a solution looking for a problem, the campaign to regulate ISPs aggressively is based on lies. Netflix and one transit ISP were the source of performance problems earlier this year.
  • OnePlus is opening a retail store in China (2014-11-26 13:16:00)
  • GameStop’s game-filled Black Friday 2014 sale is finally official (2014-11-26 12:55:55)
    GameStop on Tuesday officially announced its Black Friday 2014 deals, publishing the full Black Friday ad on its website, even though it had leaked online a few days ago. The company is offering many gaming-related deals this Black Friday, but buyers will also be able to buy smartphones, tablets and other consumer electronics from GameStop. FROM EARLIER: Here are all of the best Xbox One and Xbox 360 Black Friday deals Most GameStop locations will open their doors at 12:01 a.m. local time on Black Friday, with the company saying that buyers who do not want to wait until midnight to take advantage of the deals can purchase their desired items online on Thanksgiving Day, and receive free shipping on all purchases.
  • Samsung Electronics to buy back $2B in shares (2014-11-26 12:42:58)
    The move is viewed as part of Samsung's plan to placate shareholders that have grown increasingly concerned about its declining smartphone business.>
  • Pour Klingon Bloodwine at your holiday table (2014-11-26 12:41:02)
    Trek-themed wines sure to liven up any gathering are available for preorder at Vinport.com.>
  • AT&T says fiber spending pause affects only new commitments (2014-11-26 12:31:48)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - AT&T Inc sought to clarify to U.S. regulators its plans to pause investments in high-speed Internet connections until "net neutrality" rules are settled, saying in a letter on Wednesday that the plans related to new and not existing commitments. The Federal Communications Commission earlier this month pressed the company to explain its plans to stop investing in high-speed Internet connections in 100 cities until the agency sorts out new "net neutrality" rules for how Internet service providers manage web traffic on their networks. ...
  • Sony Prepping Fully E-Paper Smartwatch (Report) (2014-11-26 12:31:21)
    As smartwatches become more and more like mini-phones on our wrist, Sony's next move in the wearables space could be taking things back to basics. According to a report by Bloomberg, the Japanese tech giant is preparing a simplistic, fully e-paper smartwatch that prioritizes stylish looks over robust functionality. This description brings to mind Sony's recently released SmartBand Talk, which is a thin fitness band that uses a minimalist e-ink display.
  • 5 awesome Android Lollipop features you’ve probably never heard of (2014-11-26 12:30:57)
    By now we’re all very familiar with the big features Google added to Android with its Lollipop release, highlighted by the addition of its gorgeous Material Design user interface. Droid Life, however, has dug below the surface and has unearthed some lesser known gems in Lollipop that we think are really worth highlighting. FROM EARLIER: Here are all the most annoying Android 5.0 Lollipop bugs – and how to fix them Droid Life goes over a lot of great features in its in-depth Lollipop review but the five most intriguing from our perspective are: The Do Not Disturb mode that gives you the ability to tell your phone to stop sending you notifications at a given time. This works very
  • Healthcare.gov signed up 462,125 people in one week (2014-11-26 12:29:44)
    The first week of open enrollment for 2015 healthcare plans began on November 15, and Healthcare.gov seems to have handled the rush without breaking. The Obama Administration is reporting that 462,125 people signed up for plans through the site in the first week of open enrollment, and nearly half of them had not purchased plans through the site before. The White House has made huge changes to the site since the disastrous launch, pulling together experts from across the country for a two-month marathon rebuilding effort.
  • Your robot bartender has arrived bearing cocktails (2014-11-26 12:26:14)
    Somabar's automated craft-cocktail appliance on Kickstarter wants to put a robo-bartender in every home.>
  • GoPro to roll out consumer drones: WSJ (2014-11-26 12:19:02)
    (Reuters) - Wearable camera maker GoPro Inc is developing its own line of consumer drones, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The multi-rotor helicopters, priced between $500 and $1,000, will go on sale late next year, the Journal said. GoPro was not immediately available for comment. The company already provides the cameras used in many drones. (Reporting by Anya George Tharakan and Sai Sachin R in Bangalore; Editing by Kirti Pandey)
  • GoPro reportedly planning to launch consumer drones next year (2014-11-26 12:11:48)
    GoPro will soon be manufacturing drones. The Wall Street Journal reports that the company, known for its hugely popular line of action video cameras, will release consumer drones "late next year." GoPro's drones will be multi-rotor helicopters that carry high-definition cameras likely resembling those used in existing devices like the GoPro Hero. According to the report, GoPro is aiming to price its consumer drones between $500 and $1,000, an aggressive range that could immediately shake up the consumer drone market. Companies like DJI and Parrot have established an early foothold in that business, but GoPro's reputation and dominance of the action cam market will likely put its future competitors on the defensive immediately.
  • Forget Black Friday, Thanksgiving Day is when all the best sales are this year (2014-11-26 12:05:30)
    Spending time with family and reflecting on what we’re most thankful for on Thanksgiving may soon be a thing of the past in America, where the deeply discounted deals Black Friday is known for has spilled over to Thanksgiving Day. The Associated Press cites data from research firm MarketTrack and Adobe’s market research arm in reporting that the best deals of the season will be available not on Black Friday this year, but one day earlier on Thanksgiving. DON’T MISS: Amazon’s crazy pre-Black Friday sale is live right now – new deals every 10 minutes BGR has spent the past two weeks telling you everything you need to know about Black Friday 2014 to get the best deals around, and there is absolutely
  • Security needs to be essential component of smart grid (2014-11-26 12:01:57)
    Consumers and companies alike need to understand what's at stake if security is not a major consideration of the smart grid.
  • Engadget's Black Friday 2014 roundup (2014-11-26 12:00:00)
  • Hands-on with Android Lollipop on an upgraded 2014 Moto X (2014-11-26 12:00:00)
    Motorola is already rolling out its latest firmware updates to bring customers to Lollipop.
  • Stricter smog rules make healthier citizens, EPA chief says (2014-11-26 11:55:59)
    The US Environmental Protection Agency released a proposal for new ground-level ozone emission standards today. The new standards will cut smog-causing ozone pollution levels from 75 parts per billion down to between 65 and 70 parts per billion. This change, EPA administrator Gina McCarthy writes in CNN Money today, could lead to healthcare benefits of up to $38 million by 2025.
  • Revamped Firefox to play up new search options (2014-11-26 11:41:56)
    Mozilla's open-source browser now makes your search-engine choices more prominent. That could speed up specialty searches with sites such as eBay or Wikipedia.>
  • Whatever you do, don’t buy these 3 tablets this holiday season (2014-11-26 11:40:55)
    Electronics seemingly become a bigger part of holiday gift shopping every year, with people expected to spend an average of more than $800 in 2014 on gifts, according to the National Retail Federation. Though most will want the latest iDevice to show to their friends, there are still many other options out there, including some you should stay away from to help make sure every dollar counts. Here are three tablets to avoid buying this holiday season, at any cost, even if they’re free. DON’T MISS: The ultimate Black Friday 2014 cheatsheet Coby Kyros When you’re doing some last-minute shopping, and you might be in a drugstore such as CVS or Rite-Aid picking up holiday cards or last-minute gift cards, there might be the
  • Colligo Exchange challenges the mobile collaboration market (2014-11-26 11:40:25)
    Colligo builds on their mobile collaboration app experience with the launch of Colligo Exchange.
  • Tumblr is now the world's fastest growing social media site (2014-11-26 11:27:01)
    The popularity of social media shows no signs of slowing. In fact every major social network on the web from LinkedIn to Google+ has seen its active user numbers swell since the start of 2014.
  • Why Venture Capitalist Investors Should Care More About Human Rights Values (2014-11-26 11:26:41)
    In the aftermath of the revelation that technology start-up Uber would consider using its private customer data, such as travel logs, to track down the private lives of reporters, the word "values" was bantered around a lot by the media. Paradoxically, Uber Senior Vice President Emil Michael--who suggested "digging up dirt" on reporters--later...
  • After seven years, you can finally own The Keyboard Waffle Iron (2014-11-26 11:17:00)
  • Try a different kind of gift wrapping this year: music! (2014-11-26 11:12:02)
    Most people seem to approach the holiday season in a manner that Henry Ford would be proud of: packaging up every gift in the same cheery wrapping paper and accessorizing it with a prewritten greeting card. What I experienced was the aural equivalent of wrapping paper: an added sensory decoration to make the experience of receiving more pleasurable.
  • You will love and hate the latest 'Geometry Wars' (2014-11-26 11:10:03)
    The best Xbox 360 game isn't actually BioShock or Halo or Mass Effect 2 — it's something a whole lot simpler. Geometry Wars, and its excellent sequel, were pure, amazing arcade games that turned high-score-chasing into something wonderful. It was like the whole 3D game thing was just a fad, and these simple, ridiculously fast shooters were what games were meant to be. With Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions, the series has lost some of that purity, thanks to two significant additions: three-dimensional levels and a challenging campaign, which make the game simultaneously refreshing and frustrating.
  • First 'Game of Thrones' Season 5 teaser all about Arya (2014-11-26 10:57:05)
    With Season 5 still several months away, the "Game of Thrones" hype machine has started with the first official teaser trailer from Westeros.>
  • The Supreme Court is about to tackle online threats for the first time (2014-11-26 10:53:40)
    On December 1st, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Elonis v. United States, the first case about online threats to reach the highest level of judicial review. It’s a timely case, coinciding with increased attention around the online harassment of women—from Caroline Criado-Perez to Zoë Quinn and the other women targeted by Gamergate. The case has the potential to broadly change what kind of online speech can be prosecuted.
  • eBay’s Black Friday sale has some of the craziest deals we’ve seen – everything you need to know (2014-11-26 10:50:19)
    We have already covered all the crazy Black Friday sales from the nation’s top retailers including Best Buy, Walmart, Target and more. We also told you about a number of incredible Black Friday 2014 sales that have already begun. For example, Amazon is offering new lightning deals every 10 minutes, Best Buy’s early access sale began on Tuesday, and Target’s early Black Friday sale kicked off on Wednesday morning. But eBay is the one website we can always count on for huge deals all year round, and the site has just announced a number of crazy deals offering discounts that are even better than the auction prices we normally see on eBay. DON’T MISS: 23 big Black Friday sales you can shop right
  • Get 100 free MP3 albums from Microsoft (2014-11-26 10:48:36)
    "We'll see your one free album, Google, and raise you a hundred!" The catch? Windows 8 and Windows Phone users only.>
  • Samsung says its ChatOn messaging service is staying put (2014-11-26 10:34:00)
  • EU wants its 'right to be forgotten' to erase Google search data around the world (2014-11-26 10:31:29)
    European Union regulators want Google to extend the controversial "right to be forgotten" to searches worldwide, including those made on Google.com, according to The Wall Street Journal. The right to be forgotten was put into place following a court ruling earlier this year and requires Google to remove search results about people in Europe should a person deem those results to be irrelevant, outdated, or inaccurate. Google has begun removing links across European domains, but the EU now wants to see those removals extend to all of its domains so that the block can't be circumvented.
  • The best action camera (2014-11-26 10:22:20)
    Action cameras aren’t just for crazy stunts. We test GoPro’s Hero 4, Sony Action Cam Mini and more to find the best one.
  • Pro tip: Fix Android data sync issues (2014-11-26 10:20:50)
    Data sync issues on your Android device? Jack Wallen walks you through a quick solution.
  • Apple to kill off iPhone 5C production next year, report says (2014-11-26 10:16:30)
    Production of the lower-cost iPhone will cease during the middle of 2015, claims Taiwan's Industrial and Commercial Times.>
  • EU watchdogs to apply 'right to be forgotten' rule on Web worldwide (2014-11-26 10:15:40)
    By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European privacy regulators want Internet search engines such as Google and Microsoft's Bing to scrub results globally, not just in Europe, when people invoke their "right to be forgotten" as ruled by an EU court. The European Union's privacy watchdogs agreed on a set of guidelines on Wednesday to help them implement a ruling from Europe's supreme court that gives people the right to ask search engines to remove personal information that is "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant". ...
  • MacMall reveals big Black Friday sale with huge savings on Apple gear (2014-11-26 10:10:14)
    This year, like every year, Apple’s own Black Friday sale really isn’t anything to speak of. The company is offering Black Friday shoppers some Apple Store gift cards along with big purchases, but you won’t find any significant savings at the Apple Store. Fortunately for Apple fans, it’s a completely different story over at MacMall, which is offering shoppers huge savings for Black Friday 2014 on nearly every Apple product and accessory you can think of. MORE BLACK FRIDAY DEALS: Visit our Black Friday 2014 hub! A percentage of certain purchases made at the Apple Store on Black Friday this year will benefit AIDS research, which is obviously a great thing to do this holiday season. Of course, you can also
  • Singapore C2C online marketplace snags $6M Series A funding (2014-11-26 10:08:06)
    Consumer-to-consumer e-commerce site, Carousell, secures US$6 million in its latest round of financing and will be looking to expand into the region including Malaysia, Indonesia, and Taiwan.
  • Obama administration sets stricter smog standard (2014-11-26 10:08:04)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration took steps Wednesday to cut levels of smog-forming pollution linked to asthma, lung damage and other health problems, making good on one of President Barack Obama's original campaign promises while setting up a fresh confrontation with Republicans and the energy industry.
  • Sony's new A7 II full-frame mirrorless camera comes to the US on December 9th (2014-11-26 10:00:03)
    It won't be long before you'll be able to get your hands on Sony's recently-announced A7 II full-frame mirrorless camera: the electronics company announced today that it will arrive in the US on December 9th starting at $1699. Sony says that eager customers can place preorders for the new camera starting today, though the orders won't actually ship until December 9th. The A7 II improves on its ground-breaking predecessor in a number of ways, even though it still has the same 24-megapixel sensor.
  • The new Sony A7 II camera arrives in the US next month for $1,700 (2014-11-26 10:00:00)
  • Video: The first teaser for Game Of Thrones Season 5 is finally here (2014-11-26 09:55:44)
    We still have a few months to go before the hotly anticipated fifth season of Game Of Thrones premieres, but HBO is already starting to get fans excited for the Spring 2015 premiere of season 5. On Tuesday afternoon, the official Game Of Thrones Twitter account posted a short video to Twitter along with a cryptic message. “The raven brings #TheSight. Receive the power at: ThreeEyedRaven.com,” the tweet read. The linked website allows users to sign up for updates delivered via SMS or on Twitter, but no other information was provided. The Game Of Thrones Season 5 teaser video that accompanied the tweet is embedded below. The raven brings #TheSight. Receive the power at: http://t.co/9fNrrJIGHG https://t.co/LknnRX0f4D — Game Of Thrones
  • Learn JavaScript if you want to land a web development job (2014-11-26 09:54:19)
    Veteran developer Tony Patton lists five reasons why he believes JavaScript is the first language a person should learn if they want a job in web development.
  • Microsoft believed to be company levied $137M in China tax case (2014-11-26 09:53:16)
    A company identified only as "M" in a China news story owes $137 million for back taxes, according to a report.>
  • The 7 games you can play with the whole family this Thanksgiving (2014-11-26 09:41:03)
    Maybe you're waiting for the turkey to finish cooking. Maybe the meal's over and you're all together in the living room staring silently at a wall. Whatever the case, if you're looking to spend quality time with your friends and family this Thanksgiving and you want to beat them in a friendly competition, here are seven games we'd recommend — no consoles required.
  • The 6 mobile games that will help get you through Thanksgiving (2014-11-26 09:40:24)
    Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year, a chance to spend a few days with family and friends and enjoy an amazing meal. But there's also a lot of downtime, whether it's due to travelling across the country or hiding to avoid your uncle droning on about how the Bears are terrible this year. Luckily, there's an easy way to enjoy yourself, even when you're not stuffing your face with turkey — and it's right there in your pocket. Mobile games are a great way to kill time, and no matter if you only have a few minutes or a few hours, there's something out there to keep you occupied. ...
  • Microsoft rolls out Bing Maps traffic guesstimation worldwide (2014-11-26 09:38:00)
  • Xbox Slashes Prices for Black Friday (2014-11-26 09:35:46)
    The Xbox One has generally lagged behind the PlayStation 4 in sales, but Microsoft is doing everything in its power to close that gap for the 2014 holidays. Microsoft has just launched an Xbox Black Friday page, detailing a variety of impressive deals on Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles, games, peripherals and online subscriptions. While it's not an exhaustive list of every Xbox deal debuting on Black Friday, it's an excellent place to start if you're in the market to pick up Microsoft's latest console.
  • Samsung's Eyecan+ is an Eye Controlled Mouse (2014-11-26 09:35:33)
    A volunteer group of engineers at Samsung has devised an effective and affordable method for disabled people to use computers. The Eyecan+ is a portable unit that attaches to the bottom of a monitor and detects your eye movements to launch tasks onscreen.
  • Malware Bites Malwarebytes: Company Forums Hacked (2014-11-26 09:34:30)
    Anti-malware maker Malwarebytes revealed last week that its user forums had been hacked into earlier on Nov. 10. The hackers apparently exploited a vulnerability in the third-party service that hosts Malwarebytes' forum. Malwarebytes' forums, located at https://forums.malwarebytes.org, are run by a company called Invision Power Services, using a platform called IP.Board.
  • CuBox is a Tiny XBMC Set-Top Box in a 2-inch Cube (2014-11-26 09:34:22)
    If Roku, Chromecast, Fire TV and the Nexus Player are all simply too dumbed-down/user-friendly for your taste, you could always try the $100 CuBox TV instead. This tiny (2 x 2 x 2 inch) streaming box uses Kodi and XBMC software platforms to give hardcore technophiles a streaming device to call and make their very own.
  • Target’s early Black Friday sale is going on right now (2014-11-26 09:30:53)
    Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines. It’s only Wednesday but Black Friday 2014 has officially begun. Early Black Friday sales have kicked off at dozens of retailers across the country, and even online retailers are getting in on the action. Most notably, Amazon is currently hosting a massive number of limited-time lightning sales, with new sales being made available every 10 minutes. And now, nationwide retail giant Target has joined the fun with an early Black Friday sale that has already begun. DON’T MISS: Amazon’s crazy pre-Black Friday sale is live right now – new deals every 10 minutes Target on Wednesday kicked off an exciting early Black Friday sale that offers big savings on a number of products. Per BFAds, here are
  • How video game remakes do retro right and wrong (2014-11-26 09:21:40)
    Halo doesn’t look as good as you remember.
  • MacMall's Black Friday Apple deals include $40 off iPad Air 2 16GB, $798 MacBook Air (2014-11-26 09:19:05)
    Unlike Apple itself, this retailer is offering discounts on all iPads and Macs, including at least $200 savings on the Mac Pro.
  • Review: 4 shopping apps that will save you money (2014-11-26 09:12:43)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Want to save some cash while holiday shopping? The best tool can be a smartphone packed with the right apps.
  • First impressions of the Sony SmartWatch 3: Capable of hitting the road alone (2014-11-26 09:07:00)
    Most Android Wear devices only show the time after separating from an Android phone. The new Sony SmartWatch 3 includes integrated GPS, NFC, and Wi-Fi, as well as offline music playback.
  • Get $140 off of an unlocked Moto X in Motorola's Cyber Monday sale (2014-11-26 09:06:52)
    If you've been fancying a new Moto X, but haven't yet committed to the purchase, you might want to wait a few more days: Motorola announced that it will be selling the unlocked second-generation Moto X for $140 off this coming Monday as part of its Cyber Monday promotion. That brings the price down to $359 for a 16GB model (or $409 for the 32GB version) without a contract. It's one of the best deals on one of the best Android phones you can buy today.
  • Check out this gorgeous steel iPhone 6s concept inspired by the Apple Watch (2014-11-26 09:05:22)
    Apple released new iPhone models only a couple of months ago with completely new designs compared to predecessors, including the larger displays many buyers wanted. But that doesn’t mean designers out there have stopped creating gorgeous iPhone concepts for the future, with Grisha Serov posting an iPhone concept on Behance that’s made of steel and seems to be inspired by the Apple Watch to some extent, but also by the current iPhone 6. FROM EARLIER: This incredible iPhone 8 concept is the most beautiful smartphone you’ve ever seen As all iPhone concepts, this “iPhone EDITION” design also proposes some changes that Apple will likely never make, such as the removal of the Home button, which comes with fingerprint-scanning features on current iPhone
  • UK watchdog rules that YouTube Oreo ads take the biscuit (2014-11-26 09:05:00)
  • Senator Tom Coburn agrees that Bitcoin is not legal currency (2014-11-26 09:00:00)
    Senator Tom Coburn's office finally got around to answering my letter concerning the illegality of Bitcoin. I'm happy to report that he agrees with me that Bitcoin is illegal in the United States.
  • 4 apps to help you take notes (2014-11-26 08:45:00)
    The next time you have to write something down quickly, try one of these 4 apps for taking notes.
  • Microsoft unveils Surface Pro 3 Black Friday bargains (2014-11-26 08:39:19)
    Microsoft is knocking the price off of some models of the Surface Pro 3 and Surface 2 for the holiday shopping season.
  • Target teases surprise doorbuster deals ahead of Black Friday 2014 (2014-11-26 08:30:43)
    Target has already announced its Black Friday 2014 deals, but the giant retailer is ready to offer additional savings to customers, listing on its website a Black Friday “Surprise Doorbusters” page that includes various products that weren’t initially included in the retailer’s Black Friday ad. Mysteriously, however, their prices will only be revealed on Thanksgiving Day. FROM EARLIER: The iPhone 6 might be low-res, but Apple’s highest-resolution device ever is coming soon As BFAds explains, it’s not clear whether these particular doorbuster deals will be available in retail stores, online-only, or both in-stores and online. Here are the products included in Target’s Surprise Doorbusters sale: Westinghouse 32″ 720p 60Hz DLED HDTV (DWM32H1Z1) LG 24″ 720p 60Hz LED HDTV (24LB4510) Magnavox 40″ 1080p
  • Netflix's December line-up comes early this year (2014-11-26 08:22:03)
    Beginning December 1st, Netflix Instant subscribers will be able to enjoy a fresh crop of movies and television shows. Decider recently published a catalog of the anticipated titles. Two of the most enticing names in this repository of entertainment options are arguably comedy Anchorman 2 and The Wolf of Wall Street, the Academy Award-winning black comedy inspired by debauched stockbroker Jordan Belfort. Social media sweetheart Sharknado 2: The Second One will also be available, along with short-film-turned-feature-length horror film Oculus, which pivots about an antique mirror.
  • 'Game of Thrones' teasers begin with Arya Stark's darkness (2014-11-26 08:08:55)
    We're still months away from the debut of the fifth season of Game of Thrones, but the tantalizing hints about what's to come have already begun. First up is a brief video snippet featuring Arya Stark. She broods, she stabs, she dashes through the shadows, and she speaks the words, "I see a darkness in you." It's all very ominous and as yet indeterminate (at least for those of us who haven't read the books), though it seems to mark only the start of a series of such snippets, which will be distributed to fans who visit the newly introduced Three Eyed Raven website. ...
  • 'Abandoned in Place': Forgotten space launch sites left to the sands of time (2014-11-26 08:02:04)
    Photographer Roland Miller has made it a mission to document space launch sites abandoned across America.>
  • Don't call it a fire sale: Amazon's Phone is now $199 (2014-11-26 08:01:00)
  • And now for some good news... Check out Facebook's homegrown datacenters (2014-11-26 08:00:00)
    The world's largest social network earlier this year dished the details on its global datacenters, which are grounded in open source and energy efficiency.
  • The intelligent knife that helps surgeons sniff out cancer (2014-11-26 07:52:51)
    The story of the intelligent knife that helps surgeons extract tumours by analysing what tissue they are extracting as they are cutting.
  • Motorola has an awesome Moto X Cyber Monday deal that’s too good to pass up (2014-11-26 07:45:14)
    Buyers looking to score a cheaper flagship smartphone this holiday season should definitely check out Motorola’s upcoming Cyber Monday offer for the 2014 Moto X handset, one of the best Android devices of the year. FROM EARLIER: Android 5.0 hits the world’s best Android phone from the nation’s top carrier The company has already published a Cyber Monday savings registration page, where it reveals that buyers will receive $140 off a no-contract Moto X smartphone on December 1st. Furthermore, customers who choose to purchase the handset with a new contract from their favorite carrier will only have to pay $0.01 for the handset. On top of the impressive Moto X discount, Motorola is also prepared to shave 30% off Moto
  • You can now buy an unlocked Amazon Fire Phone for $199 (2014-11-26 07:44:02)
    Amazon is clearly trying to recover from the lacklustre performance of its flagship Fire Phone. Featuring a 2.2GHz processor and a 13-megapixel camera, the unlocked 32GB model now costs $199, a far cry from the original $649 price tag. Every purchase will still come with unlimited cloud storage for images taken with the Fire Phone and a full year of membership to Prime, valued at $99.
  • Review: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro (2014-11-26 07:42:06)
    It's hard to fit this giant Android tablet into a conventional slot. The pico projector is a first for an Android tablet and very cool, if a bit difficult to use.
  • Six Clicks: The best Internet TV gadgets of 2014 (2014-11-26 07:32:05)
    There is no single best device, but here's the best of the best.
  • Pro tip: Use AirDrop to send files between Mac and iOS devices (2014-11-26 07:27:22)
    Cory Bohon explains how you can use AirDrop to send and receive files on your iOS and Mac devices over the air very easily and without any previous configuration.
  • Google Chrome drops support for early Intel Macs (2014-11-26 07:17:05)
    Google is transitioning its Chrome browser to 64-bit, which means that Mac owners running older Intel hardware will need to find a new browser or risk running an unpatched browser.
  • Chromecast expands to include Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, and more (2014-11-26 07:16:41)
    Chromecast users are going to be spoiled for choice with the addition of seven new apps. Fans of humor both coarse and sophisticated will be able to find entertainment with Comedy Central, which features programs like The Daily Show and South Park. Meanwhile younger audiences can select between Sesame Street Go and Nickelodeon. For a more age-agnostic experience, there is Epix, ENCORE Play, and the South Asian-centric YuppTV to choose from. Finally, TuneIn will be providing access to over 100,000 radio stations.
  • Sony Pictures' computers are still locked as hackers demand equality (2014-11-26 06:51:00)
  • Massive surveillance operations possible with explicit help from telecom companies (2014-11-26 06:50:38)
    U.S. and U.K. spy agencies including the NSA and GCHQ, respectively, have performed a variety of sophisticated spy operations, collecting massive amounts of personal data, as many Edward Snowden leaks revealed in the past year. German publication Süddeutsche Zeitung has published a new report that reveals that as far back as 2009 the GCHQ, and thus also the NSA, had massive access to submarine cable links around the globe with help from now Vodafone-owned Cable & Wireless. FROM EARLIER: The most advanced malware yet has been spying on you for years “A joint investigation by NDR, WDR, Süddeutsche Zeitung and Channel 4 based on documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden, reveals that Cable & Wireless actively shaped and provided the
  • Is the LG G3 Voice Mate worthy of replacing Google Now? (2014-11-26 06:31:49)
    Jack Wallen puts the LG G3 personal digital assistant through the paces to see if it is a worthy replacement for Google Now.
  • GoPro to start manufacturing in Brazil (2014-11-26 06:16:06)
    Local production of the action cameras could lower prices by up to 30 percent.
  • Xiaomi slows expansion to focus on India and Indonesia (2014-11-26 05:33:51)
    The Chinese smartphone maker is scaling back its launch ambitions to focus "a ton of effort in India and Indonesia," which are rapidly expanding.>
  • EE owners confirm takeover talks with BT (2014-11-26 04:42:47)
    LONDON (Reuters) - EE's German and French owners confirmed on Wednesday they were in talks to sell Britain's biggest mobile network operator to BT as part of a wider review of its options. Fixed-line operator BT said on Monday it was in talks with both Telefonica's O2 and a rival operator about buying a mobile business. A source familiar with the situation had said EE, owned by Deutsche Telekom and Orange, was the other party. Analysts believe EE, which holds 33. ...
  • Digital copyright issues are affecting car modifications (2014-11-26 04:23:00)
  • Samsung Electronics to buy back $2 billion in shares (2014-11-26 03:39:30)
    SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Wednesday announced a $2 billion share buyback plan, its first since 2007, following investor calls for higher returns against a backdrop of rapidly declining profits. The world's largest smartphone maker will buy back 1.65 million common shares and 250,000 preferred shares to stabilise its share price and boost value for shareholders, it said in a regulatory filing, its second-largest buyback ever. ...
  • AP sources: Gov't to set stricter smog standard (2014-11-26 03:17:41)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The stricter smog standard proposed by the Obama administration joins a string of historic — and controversial — moves by the administration to improve air quality.
  • Vine adds push notifications to track your favorite users' new videos (2014-11-26 03:13:12)
    Users of Vine's apps can now receive push notifications when their favorite users post a video. The latest update to the video-sharing social network's iOS, Android, and Windows apps introduces a small star button on user profiles. Touch the star on a favorite user's profile and you'll track their new videos as they're uploaded, being notified of new Vines with both a notification in your activity feed inside the app, and a push notification to your device.
  • Skype now lets you videocall while doing other things on your Android phone (2014-11-26 03:12:00)
  • Apple's virtual reality ambitions tipped in new job listing (2014-11-26 02:32:03)
    While third party developers work on transforming iPads into imitation Oculus headsets, Apple is searching for a virtual reality app engineer. As spotted by Mashable, the company recently put up a job listing that foreshadows some interesting possibilities.
  • Sony reportedly planning stylish watch made entirely out of e-paper (2014-11-26 01:43:49)
    Next year could see the release of a Sony watch made out of e-paper, according to a report in Bloomberg. The watch is said to prioritize style over the functionality of complex wearable gadgets like the Apple Watch and Sony SmartWatch, using e-paper for both the face and the wristband. The precise e-paper technology is unclear; the Pebble smartwatch has an LCD marketed as "e-paper", for instance, whereas Central Standard Timing's CST-01 watch uses Kindle-style E Ink.
  • 5G is on the cards for Huawei and partnered South Korean service providers (2014-11-26 01:39:40)
    Huawei has partnered up with South Korean service providers SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus to deliver 5G technology.>
  • The CIA and Homeland Security want to delete almost all their emails (2014-11-26 01:29:00)
  • Baidu develops 'smart bike' and its operating system (2014-11-26 01:12:05)
    The Dubike could navigate, monitor riders' health, and allow them to build up their own social networks.
  • Australia's data-retention plans look increasingly out of touch (2014-11-26 01:07:05)
    The tide is turning against mass digital surveillance, both politically and commercially, but is Attorney-General Brandis capable of even noticing, let alone changing, course?
  • Abandoned in Place: Forgotten space launch sites left to the sands of time (2014-11-26 01:02:00)
    Photographer Roland Miller has made a mission of documenting the abandoned space launch sites left abandoned across America.>
  • Blinkbox extends offline movie and TV playback to Android tablets (2014-11-26 00:57:00)
  • China's Google will launch a smart bike later this year (2014-11-26 00:36:00)
  • Personal Tech Products Designed Specifically for Seniors (2014-11-26 00:33:51)
    Dear Savvy Senior,Can you recommend any tablets, smartphones or computers that are specifically designed for seniors? I would like to buy a device for my technology-challenged grandmother so she can get online and keep up with her grandkids better, but it needs to be super simplified so she can use it.--Holiday ShopperDear Shopper,There are...
  • If you've ever wanted a video-based contacts list, now's your chance (2014-11-26 00:28:00)
  • Flipkart tries to out-muscle its competition with another $600m injection (2014-11-26 00:20:06)
    Just when you thought the crazy bout of money raising in e-commerce was temporarily over, Flipkart has apparently done it again. Is there a method to this madness?
  • Great Content is Embedded in your Business DNA (2014-11-25 23:36:52)
    In today's media drenched, smartphone always on world, smart content is the lifeblood your business.Smart content is visual, informative, topical and written so it resonates with and engages your customers, with built in calls to action that don't get in the way of your brand messaging.To be successful, make "rinse and repeat"t one of your...
  • HBO teams up with Tencent to sell its TV shows in China (2014-11-25 23:28:00)
  • Here's how to watch what's happening in Ferguson and across the United States tonight (2014-11-25 23:18:50)
    Protests that began in Ferguson, Missouri are sweeping the United States tonight, after a grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for shooting Michael Brown on August 9th. People in cities spanning both coasts are marching in protest of Brown's death, shutting down highways, and being confronted by police. And many are providing live accounts of the events in their area. Everyone can watch now.
  • EE confirms it's also talking to BT about a possible sale (2014-11-25 23:08:00)
  • Megaupload's Dotcom says extradition fight leaves him bust (2014-11-25 23:04:52)
    WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom, one of the world's most wanted cyber fugitives, says his nearly three-year fight against extradition to the United States to face online piracy charges has left him broke. Dotcom, the New Zealand resident who once flaunted a fleet of vintage cars, a fully staffed rented mansion and globe-trotting holidays, said that his wealth had evaporated due to mounting legal fees which had resulted in the departure of most of his legal team. ...
  • Samsung to speed up restructure by selling defense business (2014-11-25 22:45:48)
    As part of its group-wide restructuring plan to focus on electronics, finance and construction, Samsung is selling its defense and military affiliates for almost $2 billion to South Korean compatriot Hanwha.>
  • Does Verizon realize it made a huge net neutrality mistake? (2014-11-25 22:30:20)
    Both AT&T and Comcast — two companies that are not exactly fond of net neutrality regulations — reportedly tried to warn Verizon against suing the Federal Communications Commission over its 2010 net neutrality rules. The carrier went through with it anyway and now there are signs it’s feeling regret. RELATED: Verizon’s greed may have finally gone too far Ars Technica notices that Verizon now says that it won’t sue the FCC again if it simply tries to reinstate its 2010 rules, despite the fact that Verizon successfully got them tossed out of court for being built on shaky legal ground. It’s rather amusing that Verizon thinks that the FCC will just go back to its old regulations by promising to
  • Uber said to be near funding round that doubles its valuation (2014-11-25 22:25:24)
    Ride-sharing startup is close to a $1 billion funding round that would give it a valuation as high as $40 billion, Bloomberg reports.>
  • NASA is the first to 3D-print objects in space (2014-11-25 22:19:09)
    Astronauts aboard the International Space Station came a step closer to self-sufficiency yesterday by successfully manufacturing the first 3D-printed part to be produced in space. The printer, installed aboard the ISS last week by NASA commander Barry "Butch" Wilmore, was used to produce a replacement plastic faceplate for its own extruder system using a technique called additive manufacturing. NASA says the project is "paving the way for future long-term space expeditions," — by demonstrating that replacement parts for repairs could be produced in space, the space agency shows that astronauts may soon not have to wait for supplies to reach them from Earth, potentially allowing them to travel further from our planet's surface.
  • Skype now lets you videocall while doing other things on Android (2014-11-25 22:12:00)
  • Facebook, Twitter ruining Christmas, says bishop (2014-11-25 22:05:08)
    A British bishop insists he will write 60 traditional cards a day and hand deliver as many as he can. He says Christmas should be personal.>
  • Pew Research: You know the internet, but you might not 'get' it (2014-11-25 21:58:00)
  • Google’s latest security tool lets you easily deactivate any connected devices (2014-11-25 21:45:09)
    There’s a decent chance that if you read BGR and other technology blogs on a regular basis, you own multiple connected devices. Most of these devices are probably connected to your Google account as well, especially considering the fact that Gmail has become one of the primary email services for work and personal use. But could you list every single device that currently has access to your Google account? READ MORE: You have to try this hidden game in Google’s mobile Chrome browser Thanks to the latest security tool from Google, you’ll never have to. On Monday, Google added a Devices and Activity dashboard to all user accounts. It lists each and every device that has access to your account, giving you the
  • Samsung Group sells shares in chemical, defense arms for $1.7 billion (2014-11-25 21:09:00)
    By Joyce Lee and Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's Samsung Group said on Wednesday it is selling stakes in four chemical and defense firms for 1.9 trillion won($1.72 billion) to Hanwha Group, the latest move in the massive task of restructuring the country's largest conglomerate. Samsung Group is reorganizing its business empire as the children of Samsung Electronics Co Ltd chairman and patriarch Lee Kun-hee, 72, who has been hospitalized since May following a heart attack, prepare to take over the family enterprise. ...
  • Working Lego particle accelerator finds the Minifigs Boson (2014-11-25 21:04:09)
    Have you ever wondered what the building blocks of the universe might be? Perhaps they're Lego bricks.>
  • BlackBerry offers up to $550 if you ditch your iPhone for a Passport (2014-11-25 20:55:00)
  • Apple ad teases gamers, annoys gamers (2014-11-25 20:42:25)
    Apple's latest ad, in which Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon behave as you might expect gamers to, causes online ructions among some gaming devotees.>
  • Samsung thinks you need a house full of Galaxy gadgets to brighten your Christmas (2014-11-25 20:15:37)
    Samsung on Tuesday released a new promo video to kick off the holiday season, highlighting several Galaxy-branded devices and other Samsung products, with the help of famed Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, the celebrity couple the company already used in a different ad in mid-September. FROM EARLIER: Video: Check out Apple’s hilarious new iPhone 6 commercials “From wearing matching PJ’s and sweaters to over-the-top decorating, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard know how to do it big for the holiday season. This year, they’re inviting you over to ring in the holidays with their family,” Samsung writes. The company is using several new Galaxy devices in the two-minute long video, including the recently released Galaxy Note Edge, the Gear S smartwatch,
  • Firefox will let you search specific websites with one click (2014-11-25 20:12:00)
  • Tomorrow Daily 092: Mistletoe drones, Europa in HD, real-life bacon meme, and more (2014-11-25 20:08:47)
    On today's show, we debate the usefulness of drones inside restaurants (especially drones carrying mistletoe), check out Europa in stunning HD, and watch a beloved bacon internet meme come to life via a laser printer hack.>
  • This peculiar cup could give astronauts the espresso experience in space (2014-11-25 19:59:58)
    A specially designed "space cup" would let astronauts sip their espresso in Zero-G style aboard the ISS.>
  • Mark Zuckerberg schedules second Q&A with the public (2014-11-25 19:50:41)
    The Facebook CEO will host another ask-me-anything session with the public, on December 11.>
  • One of Sony's first 'new' ideas is a smartwatch that's all e-ink (2014-11-25 19:44:00)
  • NASA completes first successful in-space 3D-printing project (2014-11-25 19:43:59)
    The 3D printer installed aboard the International Space Station has successfully printed its first object: a part for the printer itself.>
  • 'Did you break this?' Lenovo Yoga ad pranks stunned shoppers (2014-11-25 19:37:31)
    See the look on consumers' faces when a faux Lenovo employee snaps a competing laptop in two right in front of them and then tries to pass off the blame.>
  • Samsung Group says to sell 4 units to Hanwha Group for $1.7 billion (2014-11-25 19:31:18)
    SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Group said on Wednesday it is selling stakes in defense firm Samsung Techwin Co Ltd and three other units for 1.9 trillion won ($1.72 billion) to Hanwha Group units. Samsung Group said in a statement Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, Samsung C&T Corp and other Samsung affiliates decided to sell a 32.4 percent stake in Samsung Techwin to Hanwha Corp for 840 billion won, and a 57.6 percent stake in Samsung General Chemicals Co Ltd to Hanwha Chemical Corp and Hanwha Energy Corp for 1.06 trillion won. ...
  • Despite the iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung is still America’s phablet king (2014-11-25 19:30:48)
    Although 2014 has been a pretty bad year for Samsung overall, the company can still take solace in the fact that people still seem to love its gigantic phones more than any other models — including the iPhone 6 Plus. Chitika has done some analysis of North American smartphone traffic from devices whose displays measure in at 5 inches or greater and has found that despite the added competition from Apple this fall, Samsung is still America’s phablet king. DON’T MISS: Our Galaxy Note 4 review “With Samsung’s sizable number of offerings in the segment, it’s no wonder that users of its larger-screened smartphones drive more than 77% of all phablet-based Web traffic within North America,” Chitika writes. “However, current usage statistics
  • Engadget Daily: Yoga 3 Pro, the 'day one patch,' and more! (2014-11-25 19:28:00)
  • AMD says Carrizo is coming, but real action may be in 2016 (2014-11-25 19:05:05)
    AMD is trying to regain its mojo in PCs. Last week the company updated its mobile roadmap and provided the first details on two chips slated to ship next year. Bu the next big bets for AMD won’t arrive until 2016.
  • NASA is 3D printing objects in space (2014-11-25 18:53:00)
  • Watch the first trailer for Jurassic World right now (2014-11-25 18:45:20)
    Against all odds, there’s going to be a fourth Jurassic Park movie in 2015. Jurassic World has been in various stages of production at Universal Pictures since 2001, but it finally began picking up steam over the past few years, casting Guardians of the Galaxy’s Chris Pratt in the lead role. Until now, the plot of the movie has been a well-kept secret, but the official trailer released on Tuesday tells us all we need to know about Jurassic World. 22 years after the events of the first film, Jurassic World, a dinosaur theme park, has opened on Isla Nublar. The dinosaurs appear to have been tamed, which has given researchers the opportunity to experiment on them, eventually leading to the creation of
  • Star Apps: 'The Imitation Game' (2014-11-25 18:43:55)
    'Downton Abbey' actor Allen Leech and screenwriter Graham Moore chat about unsung WWII hero and computing pioneer Alan Turing.
  • HP ends fiscal year with mixed earnings report (2014-11-25 18:30:31)
    But CEO Meg Whitman tells investors the software maker is entering 2015 with the "strongest portfolio" in a decade.>
  • Twitter lets merchants offer deals to its users (2014-11-25 18:21:41)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter is expanding its reach into commerce with a new tool called "Offers."
  • Why Apple’s sapphire iPhone display plan may have been doomed from the start (2014-11-25 18:20:10)
    It’s pretty clear that something went very wrong between Apple and its bankrupt sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies over the past year. That said, Technology Review points out that there are good reasons to believe that Apple’s sapphire display plan for the iPhone 6 may have been doomed from the start because it seems both Apple and GT Advanced underestimated the major difficulties involved in mass producing large sapphire screens. RELATED: The saga of Apple and its bankrupt sapphire supplier gets weirder by the day “Producing sapphire requires a very clean environment, but ongoing construction at the factory meant that sapphire was grown ‘in a highly contaminated environment that adversely affected the quality of sapphire material,’ according to GT,” Technology
  • Don't forget charisma when hiring an IT leader (2014-11-25 18:15:49)
    When looking for IT leaders, technical and management skills generally top the criteria. However, in many situations, charisma and an ability to relate to stakeholders is equally or more important.
  • Nice 'stache Watson: First look at 'Sherlock' special goes Victorian (2014-11-25 18:12:34)
    Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman don vintage clothes and hairstyles for a sneak peek at the upcoming "Sherlock" special. Will the lads be time-traveling or attending a costume party?>
  • Intercambia un iPhone por una BlackBerry Passport y obtén hasta US$550 (2014-11-25 18:07:39)
    La promoción parece una idea prometedora para la atribulada empresa canadiense pero, ¿convencerá a los dueños de un iPhone?>
  • US expresses 'concern' over EU proposal to break up Google (2014-11-25 18:04:38)
    The United States Mission to the European Union says antitrust issues should not be "politicized.">
  • Sizing up what Apple's $700B market cap could buy (2014-11-25 17:59:44)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's market value surpassed $700 billion in Tuesday trading, an unprecedented milestone among U.S. companies.
  • Two people have been arrested for leaking 'The Expendables 3' (2014-11-25 17:57:40)
    Two men have been arrested in connection with the leak of The Expendables 3 this past July. Two arrests have been made in the UK, with authorities claiming that the suspects managed to steal a digital advance copy of Expendables 3 before illegally distributing it to pirates everywhere. "The public need to be aware that piracy is not a victimless crime," said Danny Medlycott, head of the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit — the UK's anti-piracy police.
  • Is this mystery satellite Putin’s secret space weapon? (2014-11-25 17:55:50)
    An oddball Russian satellite that launched to orbit last May is now raising suspicions. The so-called Object 2014-28E was put into orbit at the same time with several communications satellites, but Russia has not elaborated on its purpose. The object has been maneuvering in a precise way and it’s possible its purpose is to clear out space junk or refuel other satellites. RELATED: Clock ticks for mankind as ‘Cyberdyne’ goes public But the worry here is that this may be part of Russia’s program to develop satellite-killing weapons in orbit. Soviet Russia started an “Istrebitel Sputnik” program aimed at creating orbital weaponry decades ago, but the development was iced in the ’90s following the collapse of the Soviet system. Russia has
  • Twitter in talks to buy Bieber-backed selfie app Shots: CNBC (2014-11-25 17:47:33)
    (Reuters) - Twitter Inc is in talks to buy Shots, a selfie photo-sharing app, CNBC reported, citing a source close to the Justin Bieber-backed company. The microblogging website is particularly interested in the app's more than 3 million users, nearly two-thirds of whom are women under 24, CNBC said. (http://cnb.cx/1AQ7U34) A Twitter spokesperson said the company does not comment on rumor and speculation. Shots could not be reached immediately for comment. (This version of the story was refiled to fix media coding.) (Reporting by Abhirup Roy in Bangalore; Editing by Savio D'Souza)
  • TuneIn brings over 100,000 radio stations to your Chromecast (2014-11-25 17:39:00)
  • Sony to offer partial refunds for gaming console (2014-11-25 17:36:31)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people who bought the handheld gaming console PlayStation Vita are in line for a partial refund from Sony because of questionable claims in its advertising.
  • How to stop your friends from seeing when you read their Facebook and WhatsApp messages (2014-11-25 17:30:32)
    Texting apps on smartphones are very popular with users, and third-party social apps with instant messaging features are gaining ground as well. But most of them also come with one annoying feature, at list for some people, that lets senders know the recipient has read the message. The “read receipts” feature can be turned off on most popular instant messaging apps, though not on all of them, with Facebook being one such example. FROM EARLIER: How to stop Facebook from eating your iPhone’s precious storage space Thankfully, Lifehacker has put together a list of things users can do to turn off read receipts on Facebook, so that their contacts no longer know whether their messages have been delivered and read. The one
  • 4K TV shipments soar to 6.4M in 2014 (2014-11-25 17:27:22)
    After several slow quarters, a report from DisplaySearch on global TV shipments suggests consumers may be ready for new TVs.>
  • HP fourth-quarter revenue drops on weak enterprise demand (2014-11-25 17:23:01)
    (Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co said its quarterly revenue fell in almost every business segment over the year, calling into question its plans to jumpstart growth by splitting off enterprise services from its traditional computer and printing units next year.
  • The Big Picture: cooling molten metal in space (2014-11-25 17:14:00)
  • The 404 Show 1,586: Giving thanks to tech, Jurassic World, BlackBerry Hail Mary (podcast) (2014-11-25 17:08:09)
    It's our last show before Thanksgiving and the guys are discuss what tech they're thankful for. Plus, we'll try and understand how anyone could have thought making another Jurassic amusement park was a good idea.>
  • HP earnings show continued struggle (2014-11-25 17:06:59)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Co.'s latest earnings report shows that despite three years of efforts to turn its business around, the venerable tech giant still has a lot more work ahead.
  • LG is already rolling out Lollipop for its best phone of the year (2014-11-25 17:05:27)
    Just as previously teased, LG’s top Android handset of the year is receiving its official Android 5.0 Lollipop update a lot faster than initially expected, with the company having already announced that the Korean version of the G3 is ready to be upgraded to Google’s latest Android version. FROM EARLIER: How to add Adobe Flash support to Android 5.0 Lollipop LG said that the update will be available to all G3 buyers in Korea later this week, either as an over-the-air (OTA) download from the three major mobile operators in the region, or directly from the company’s website. Android 5.0 Lollipop is a major Android update, bringing users a new design language called Material Design that Google will employ in all
  • Conquer Black Friday by shopping online (2014-11-25 16:57:37)
    There's no shame in staying home when online deals are aplenty on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Bridget Carey highlights trends in this year's deals, and how stores are competing with Amazon.>
  • Jurassic World's monster is a genetically modified Jimmy Buffett #brand (2014-11-25 16:45:55)
    The Verge has obtained irrefutable evidence that legendary chillbro Jimmy Buffett is behind the mayhem in the upcoming film Jurassic World. In the screenshot above, you can clearly see children running away from a Margaritaville, proving either that a genetically modified dinosaur parrot or Buffett-raptor hybrid is on the loose.
  • Facebook Fabric: An innovative network topology for data centers (2014-11-25 16:45:55)
    Facebook's engineers introduced a revolutionary way of moving bits around a data center, and showcased it in their new Altoona, Iowa facility.
  • Microsoft to pay China $140 million for 'tax evasion' (2014-11-25 16:41:12)
    SEATTLE (Reuters) - China has levied about $140 million in back taxes from Microsoft Corp in the first major case concerning cross-border tax evasion in the country, as regulators ramp up pressure on U.S. corporations doing business there. According to an article published by China's Xinhua official news agency on Sunday, an unnamed U.S. multinational must pay the Chinese government 840 million yuan ($137 million) in back taxes and interest, as well as more than 100 million yuan in additional taxes a year in the future. ...
  • 'Jurassic World' brings the Galaxy Gear back to life (2014-11-25 16:38:30)
    Evolution is a brutal and unforgiving mistress. The Jurassic Park movies have always offered a brief escape from its clutches for a few select dinosaur species, but the new Jurassic World is bringing back some deprecated technology as well: the Samsung Galaxy Gear. Though only a year old, this smartwatch has already had its operating system swapped out and been turned into a freebie to be given away with smartphone purchases. Discarded by its maker and replaced by newer and better models, the Gear may aptly be regarded as the dinosaur of the fast-developing smartwatch industry.
  • Sony to refund some customers after misleading PS Vita ads (2014-11-25 16:37:00)
  • You have to check out this unique iPhone app that adds a game to your Today widgets (2014-11-25 16:36:49)
    Apple’s massive iOS 8 update was released this past September and developers are still updating their apps to take full advantage of the thousands of new capabilities Apple added in its new mobile software. In fact, developers will continue to add new features made possible by iOS 8 for many months to come. One of the most interesting new user-facing features added in iOS 8 is the addition of Today widget support, which is a battery-friendly compromise that adds widget functionality to iPhones and iPads but moves it off of the home screen. And now, a new app has brought what is definitely one of the most fun and creative Today widgets we’ve seen so far. DON’T MISS: Amazon’s crazy pre-Black Friday sale
  • OmniFocus for Mac review (2014-11-25 16:36:00)
    Personal task management
  • Audacity for Mac review (2014-11-25 16:26:00)
    Audio editor/recorder with effects, mixing, & unlimited undo
  • 10 Important Trends in Startup Internet and Technology Business (2014-11-25 16:22:36)
    We are entering an exciting new era for innovation and technology that is full of unmeasurable potential and opportunity. Not only does this apply specifically to the internet, but goes beyond it in many areas of business and technology. For the startup, investment and job markets, it means a climate for fresh new areas. For legacy businesses,...
  • Survey shows many of you have no idea how much you’re paying for your smartphone (2014-11-25 16:18:21)
    One of the interesting things about smartphone subsidies is that they’ve essentially convinced many people that they’re getting a steal when they buy a smartphone for $200 with a two-year service agreement, even though they’re making up the difference by being obligated to pay the carrier’s contract rate over the next 24 months. Now gadget trade-in website Gazelle has shared some new survey data with us that suggests many us are completely clueless when it comes to how much we’re really paying for our smartphones. RELATED: Is America getting over its smartphone subsidy addiction? Gazelle recently conducted a survey of 1,000 smartphone buyers and asked them whether they knew that the prices they were paying for their phones with two-year
  • Are your tweets any good? Twitter is experimenting with mobile tools to figure that out (2014-11-25 16:16:59)
    A new tool in Twitter's official mobile app lets users see a variety of metrics about their tweets, but not everyone has access to it, and it's not clear whether it'll ever roll out to the entire user base.
  • Ridley Scott won't direct 'Blade Runner' sequel (2014-11-25 16:11:07)
    A sequel to Blade Runner has been in the works for a few years now, but it appears that Ridley Scott no longer plans to direct it. In comments to Variety, Scott is reported to have said that he will be producing, but not directing, the sequel to Blade Runner, unlike what's been planned up until now. The change of course is likely due to the full plate of films that Scott has been lining up.
  • Sound off: Show us your used and abused phones! (2014-11-25 16:00:00)
  • A Psychological Principle That Can Instantly Increase Your Motivation (2014-11-25 15:57:28)
    One of the longstanding political debates in the United States concerns public education; no matter what changes we make to the system, there always seem to be plenty of problems to fix. Hiring high quality teachers and regularly evaluating them is a major issue in particular. In 2010, a group of economists set out to tweak the educational...
  • Technology, Communication and Religion (2014-11-25 15:56:53)
    Many a pundit has suggested that the Internet has stirred -- or is a symptom of -- the greatest technological revolution since the dawn of the industrial age, or even the invention of the printing press in 1448. In fact, they could well be understating the impact of technological advances in all areas of our life, including our spiritual...
  • This is Google's massive Android billboard in Times Square (2014-11-25 15:55:13)
    Google staked a claim in one of the most ad-saturated neighborhoods in the world this week with a billboard the width of a city block. After signing a long-term deal with Vornado Realty Trust reportedly worth millions, the company began advertising on the biggest billboard in New York City's Times Square — over 20 million pixels big.
  • Here are two ways your iPhone might be killing you softly (2014-11-25 15:51:24)
    For many people nowadays, smartphones such as the iPhone (and any other similar device running Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and other mobile operating systems) are ubiquitous, must-have, devices that offer instant access to information and entertainment. And while they’re certainly important gadgets that come in handy during modern-day life, they can also have some negative effects on the human body The Register reports, quoting two different studies. FROM EARLIER: The iPhone 6 might be low-res, but Apple’s highest-resolution device ever is coming soon Chief of spine surgery at New York Spine Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine Kenneth Hansraj has discovered that looking down at a smartphone for texting and other purposes puts added pressure on the user’s neck. “As the head tilts
  • IDC: Tough year for tablets, not as bad as thought for PCs (2014-11-25 15:48:30)
    In 2014, growth in global tablet shipments is taking a steep dive, as consumers upgrade less often than expected. PC shipments, on the other hand, are enjoying a brief easing of their decline.>
  • Let's Encrypt initiative to provide free encryption certificates (2014-11-25 15:32:09)
    A consortium led by Mozilla, Akamai, Cisco, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation will open a certificate authority in 2015 to offer free encryption certificates to increase encrypted online traffic.
  • Vine now lets you know when your favorite users post clips (2014-11-25 15:32:00)
  • Here are all of the best Xbox One and Xbox 360 Black Friday deals (2014-11-25 15:27:39)
    Microsoft’s push to get the Xbox One into as many homes as possible this holiday season is getting more aggressive every week. On Tuesday, Major Nelson published an article on the Xbox Wire rounding up every Xbox One and Xbox 360 Black Friday deal that the company and its retail partners have on offer. FROM EARLIER: These are the best Black Friday game console deals available From November 27th – 29th and on December 1st, all Xbox One consoles and bundles without Kinect will be on sale for $329. That’s a $70 savings from the original price, one which Microsoft believes could turn the tables this holiday season. Microsoft is also offering a slew of discounts on the Xbox Store, including digital game
  • That's no moon, it's a Death Star Bluetooth speaker (2014-11-25 15:22:35)
    Be part of the Treble Alliance and take control of your music sound system with the iHome Death Star Bluetooth speaker from ThinkGeek.>
  • I'm sorry I called you an asshat, Mark Cuban (2014-11-25 15:04:40)
    This morning I wrote an op-ed responding to stuff that Mark Cuban had said in published interviews and on Twitter. I thought his position on net neutrality and internet fast lanes were hypocritical, given his personal history with internet startups. I also called him an asshat, which was childish. I let my anger about this issue show and I'm sorry about that Mark.
  • FCC orders T-Mobile to stop covering up how slow your connection is (2014-11-25 15:03:43)
    T-Mobile’s move to hide throttled customers’ actual data speeds has just been shot down. Per Ars Technica, the Federal Communications Commission this week said that T-Mobile can no longer exempt speed test results from its wireless data caps. RELATED: T-Mobile stirs up net neutrality debate again, but AT&T’s plans are even worse Previously, T-Mobile lifted data cap restrictions on speed tests so that customers who exceeded their monthly LTE data limits would get speed test results that would show them what their speeds were like at LTE levels and not the 128Kbps speeds they were actually getting. “As part of the agreement, T-Mobile will send text messages to customers that will enable them to more easily get accurate speed information, place direct
  • Dropbox's Carousel will offer to delete local photos you've backed up (2014-11-25 15:03:00)
  • Frog eye salad, Nevada? Map dishes favorite Thanksgiving sides by state (2014-11-25 14:59:04)
    The New York Times and Google team up to display the most commonly googled holiday recipes in every state. What the heck is a pig pickin' cake, North Carolina?>
  • How much do you know about how the Internet works? (2014-11-25 14:57:41)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Most people can recognize Microsoft founder Bill Gates and know that hashtags belong in tweets, but are confused about whether having a privacy policy means that a company actually keeps consumer information confidential, according to a new Pew Research study released Tuesday.
  • Black Friday 2014: get some of EA's best PC games for cheap (2014-11-25 14:56:40)
    Electronic Arts is celebrating Black Friday early, offering some of its best PC games for cheap through its Origin digital store. You can grab select titles for as much as 75 percent off, and there's a pretty sizeable selection of titles to choose from, including relatively new releases like Titanfall, Need for Speed: Rivals, and The Sims 4. But if you really want a great deal, you can snag classics like Mirror's Edge and Dead Space for $4.99, or Bejeweled 3 and Alpha Centauri for just $2.49 each. Check out Origin for the complete list.
  • New Words With Friends review (2014-11-25 14:55:00)
    World's Most Popular Mobile Word Game
  • Excellent iOS apps for Black Friday (2014-11-25 14:48:41)
    The biggest shopping day of the year is gearing up to be a madhouse at the stores, but with the right apps you can map out your shopping strategy and get the best deals before they're gone.>
  • Blood Sport project vows to game on despite Kickstarter suspension (2014-11-25 14:48:16)
    A crowdfunding project developing gaming hardware that draws real blood plans to keep working to turn its prototype into a blood-donation system after Kickstarter suspended its campaign.>
  • Paper by FiftyThree review (2014-11-25 14:46:08)
    EVERYTHING BEGINS ON PAPERApp of the Year & Apple Design Award WinnerPaper is the simplest way to express your ideas You dont need to know how to
  • Hunt down Black Friday deals with these Android apps (2014-11-25 14:44:05)
    Four hand-picked Android apps can help you scope out Black Friday deals and save money while you shop.>
  • Microsoft may recruit Apple to help stick a dagger into Google’s search business (2014-11-25 14:42:43)
    If Yahoo and Microsoft have anything to say about it, Google won’t be the default search engine for the iPhone in 2015. According to The Information, Apple’s contract with Google, the contract which allows Google to remain the default search engine in the Safari mobile and desktop browser, is up next year. It’s unclear whether or not Apple is actively looking to replace Google, but Yahoo and Microsoft have reportedly both begun pitching their search engines to Apple’s senior VP Eddy Cue. READ MORE: Google just agreed to a major settlement with an Apple-backed patent consortium Safari might not be the most popular browser available, but it would be a huge get for Bing — which also happens to power Yahoo — if Microsoft or Yahoo
  • Get HTC's odd little Re Camera for half price this weekend (2014-11-25 14:39:02)
    HTC's first foray-dedicated action camera, the Re Camera, may not be worth the $199 the company normally asks for it. But starting at midnight Eastern this Friday (9PM PT, Thursday) and running through next Monday, you can pick up the Re Camera for $99, or half of the regular price. That's less than competing options from GoPro and others, and if you've been wanting to check out the Re Camera without spending a ton of money, here's your best opportunity yet. ...
  • In India, digital payments could zoom into high-trajectory growth within the next two years (2014-11-25 14:37:39)
    Experts say digital payments in India are at a sweet spot and are nearing an inflection point, with totals expected to reach $20 billion by December 2014.
  • Soon-to-be-banned Chrome browser plug-ins get reprieve (2014-11-25 14:36:58)
    Changing Web usage is hard. Google has granted a few extra months of leeway to those who rely on a handful of popular plug-ins, such as Silverlight, to extend what their browser can do.>
  • Comcast wants customers to track and rate its technicians (2014-11-25 14:27:00)
  • This Kanye West / Sam Smith mashup is a must-listen (2014-11-25 14:24:19)
    In case you forgot, Kanye West's 2007 hit "Can't Tell Me Nothing" is a classic, steeped in some moody, hard-hitting braggadocio. But take out the thumping bass and Young Jeezy and replace them with Sam Smith's orchestra on "I'm Not the Only One" and you have what sounds a great deal more introspective than the original product. Soundcloud remixer Carlos Serrano slammed the two tracks together recently, and it's amazing how well the mix works. Some might say it's better than either original song. Have a listen.
  • Here are all the most annoying Android 5.0 Lollipop bugs – and how to fix them (2014-11-25 14:21:11)
    The gradual rollout of Android 5.0 Lollipop has been an exciting one, but as with any major software upgrade, there are a few bugs that will need quashing in the coming weeks and months. We’ve covered a few of these bugs recently, including the accidental removal of Silent Mode and the unfortunate persistence of recent apps to stay open after being swiped away. DON’T MISS: Android Lollipop might have another serious bug affecting Nexus smartphones Not all of these bugs have solutions at the moment, but David Nield of Gizmodo’s Field Guide has written a how-to guide for fixing some of the most common issues that Android users have been running into since updating to Android 5.0. One issue that we haven’t
  • Why did Steven Spielberg invent a new dinosaur for Jurassic World? (2014-11-25 14:20:44)
    I am an unabashed Jurassic Park fan. I vividly remembering jumping out of the car and running into the theater when the first movie came out in 1993, and I vividly remember jumping into my car and driving away from the theater as fast as possible when the last movie came out in 2001.
  • Kurt Cobain documentary with unreleased music coming to HBO (2014-11-25 14:12:27)
    A Kurt Cobain documentary is coming to HBO next year with never-before-heard music recorded by the late Nirvana frontman. The "first fully-authorized" documentary about Cobain, titled Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, comes from director Brett Morgen. But unlike other films dealing with the rock star, Morgen's documentary will contain recordings and home movies of Cobain that even Nirvana's most dedicated fans haven't heard or seen.
  • Old Spice recruits dads for creepy sequel to stalking-moms ad (2014-11-25 14:10:31)
    Just in time for for Thanksgiving, Old Spice shows what happens when both parents stalk their sons. Can this ad achieve the fragrant heights of its predecessor?>
  • Best Buy has a huge Nexus 9 deal for you… but there’s a catch (2014-11-25 14:00:25)
    On top of the many Black Friday 2014 discounts on a variety of electronic devices that Best Buy has already prepared for you, the retailer has a special promotion that targets a special kind of customer: the Android tablet fan. Buyers looking to purchase Google’s recently released Nexus 9 for a significantly discounted price will be happy to hear that Best Buy is ready to offer them a discount of at least $100 on the high-end Nexus tablet… but there’s a catch. FROM EARLIER: Uh-oh: It looks like the Nexus 9 might have a ‘Bendgate’-like flaw of its own In order to take advantage of the deal, customers have to turn in a working tablet with a display that is still
  • Spotify is a freight train Taylor Swift can't stop (2014-11-25 13:58:51)
    Taylor Swift renewed the ongoing debate about whether Spotify, and streaming music services in general, are a good or bad thing for the artists whose music they carry. Swift's label pulled her catalog shortly after the release of her new album, and accused Spotify of paying a pittance for her spins. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek fired back in his own blog post, saying Spotify has paid out $2 billion in royalties to artists so far and that this number was poised to grow rapidly.
  • Amazon now connects you with local contractors (2014-11-25 13:58:00)
  • What does 3D printing need? More cowbell (2014-11-25 13:50:17)
    You can now 3D-print your own musical instruments, thanks to a collection posted on Makerbot's Thingiverse website.>
  • Holiday tech support: quick fixes for all your family's gear (2014-11-25 13:44:00)
    As we leave our glowing multi-monitor gaming rigs behind on our journey home for the holidays, many of us will be recruited to fix a wide variety of gadgets and technology. It's the burden that we bear as the "technology gurus" of our families, and though it can be an irksome role, helping your loved ones cohabitate with their gear can be a rewarding and educational experience. You don't have to let your title as the de facto tech expert turn your holiday into a struggle with your family's gadgets. ...
  • Android 5.0 hits the world’s best Android phone from the nation’s top carrier (2014-11-25 13:41:40)
    Now this is an interesting development. Rarely do you see a fresh new Android update reach a carrier-branded smartphone before the update is even finished rolling out to “pure Google” devices. Even more rare is a scenario where a Verizon Wireless smartphone is among the first handsets in the world to be updated to the latest and greatest version of Android. It just so happens that the stars were aligned perfectly on Monday evening, however, and the world’s best Android phone was updated to Android 5.0 at the nation’s top wireless carrier. DON’T MISS: I just replaced every credit card in my wallet with Coin Late on Monday, Verizon Wireless began rolling out Android 5.0 Lollipop to second-generation Moto X handsets. For
  • Taylor Swift leaving Spotify was great news for YouTube (2014-11-25 13:40:37)
    Taylor Swift is the music industry's biggest and best-selling star. Unfortunately for Spotify, she also happens to hate the idea of fans streaming her songs for free. But Swift has no problem letting those same people watch her music on YouTube and Vevo. And in the aftermath of Swift's Spotify exit, internet users everywhere have seemingly developed an insatiable urge to watch her videos. Over and over again. Nielsen has been tracking Swift's YouTube views in recent weeks, and they've been shooting upward all month after her entire discography was pulled from Spotify on November 3rd.
  • Twitter Offers delivers discounts you can nab from tweets (2014-11-25 13:26:00)
  • Twitter now lets businesses stuff coupons in tweets (2014-11-25 13:10:21)
    Rather than clipping out coupons, you'll now be able to start picking up discounts right on Twitter. Twitter is today introducing a service in the US called Twitter Offers, which allows companies to provide in-store and online deals and discounts right from a tweet. The deals will appear in promoted tweets, and anyone on Twitter will just have to click a button to claim them.
  • 'Twitter Offers' to let you cash in on retailer promotions (2014-11-25 13:10:04)
    Twitter tests new advertising feature that lets retailers tweet special offers that Twitter users can apply directly to their credit card for money-back savings.>
  • 'Jurassic World' trailer lands early: later there's running and screaming (2014-11-25 13:00:51)
    The full trailer for the Chris Pratt-starring sequel to "Jurassic Park" has been revealed early -- watch it here.>
  • Lyft's new offering lets you take passengers only during your commute (2014-11-25 13:00:00)
  • Sony Pictures computer system down after reported hack (2014-11-25 12:56:34)
    (Reuters) - Sony Pictures Entertainment said its computer system was down for a second day on Tuesday, following media reports of a major hacking attack aimed at the film and television studio. Before Sony Pictures' computers went dark on Monday, the screens displayed an image of a red skeleton with the phrase "Hacked By #GOP," according to the Los Angeles Times. The hackers warned the unit of Sony Corp that they had obtained "secrets" that they would leak on the Web, the newspaper reported. "We've already warned you, and this is just a beginning. ...
  • Forget ‘Bendgate’ – does the iPhone 6 have a major problem with scratched screens? (2014-11-25 12:55:56)
    Just when the hoopla around bent iPhone 6 Plus models was starting to die down, AppleInsider brings us word that some iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users are finding that their phones’ screens scratch much more easily than earlier iPhones. RELATED: Apple said ‘Bendgate’ only affected 9 iPhone 6 units – here’s a video of over 300 bent iPhones “Multiple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users have taken to Apple’s Support Communities forum to report issues with the handset’s display cover glass, which they claim is more prone to scratching than previous iPhone models,” AppleInsider writes. “The thread… started on Sep. 23 with user jake.underwood26 saying his iPhone 6 Plus exhibited visible scratching near the display’s corners after ‘extremely’
  • Samsung's 'eye mouse' enables users to control their computer with a glance (2014-11-25 12:53:24)
    Now in its second generation, Samsung's EyeCan+ will help people with disabilities create documents and browse the Web using only eye movements.>
  • Sony to give customers refunds following misleading PS Vita ads (2014-11-25 12:52:08)
    Sony has agreed to a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission after being charged with making misleading claims about the capabilities of the PS Vita. Those claims — which Sony described as "game changing" features in ads around the time of the Vita's launch — pertain primarily to how the handheld would be able to interact with the PlayStation 3.
  • Microsoft drops AT&T Lumia 635 smartphone to $39 -- off contract (2014-11-25 12:43:25)
    The only catch? The phone is currently out of stock online, though Microsoft promises it will be available for Black Friday.>
  • Apple could ditch Google for Bing or Yahoo next year (2014-11-25 12:42:00)
    Google risks losing its spot as the default search provider in Apple's Safari browser next year, according to a report from The Information. The latest extension of a deal that's put Google Search in the hands of iPhone owners since 2007 is set to expire in 2015, and Mountain View rivals Microsoft and Yahoo are already making a case for change with Apple's leadership. Microsoft wants Bing to be the default option out of the box, and Yahoo is vying for the same spot.
  • Check out this molten ball of metal levitating in outer space (2014-11-25 12:41:12)
    The ESA has put a levitating furnace on the International Space Station. Getting it to work right required a bit of shaving cream.>
  • New iPhones push Apple's market cap past $700B (2014-11-25 12:35:18)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Apple, already the world's most valuable company, surpassed $700 billion in market capitalization Tuesday as its stock hit another all-time high.
  • One of the first true computers is finally on public display (2014-11-25 12:34:00)
  • FTC settles ad allegations on PlayStation Vita gaming console (2014-11-25 12:32:23)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sony Computer Entertainment America has agreed to settle allegations it misled consumers about features of its PlayStation Vita handheld gaming console, the Federal Trade Commission said on Tuesday. As part of the settlement, Sony will stop making the inaccurate claims and will give people who had purchased the device either a $25 refund or $50 voucher to buy other games, the FTC said. ...
  • The holidays are almost here: These are the best smartphones you can buy (2014-11-25 12:30:19)
    Back at the start of the year after Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S5, I suggested that smartphone fans might be in for another boring year in 2014. In some ways, 2014 was boring; we really didn’t see anything that introduced truly novel or revolutionary new features added to smartphones this year. But phones still progressed in 2014, growing faster, sleeker and more powerful than they have ever been before, and there were some terrific phones that launched this year. As we move into the holiday shopping season, here are the five best high-end smartphones you can buy. Motorola Droid Turbo Among the five smartphones on this list, Motorola’s Droid Turbo is the youngest. It is also the most impressive on
  • NSA partners with Apache to release open-source data traffic program (2014-11-25 12:26:05)
    The National Security Agency has released a new open-source program for data network interoperability.
  • Share Thanksgiving with Tiny Hamster (2014-11-25 12:21:52)
    The YouTube star returns for a holiday feast of miniature turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and two types of pie.>
  • Samsung seeks broad US ban on Nvidia products (2014-11-25 12:21:36)
    In a new suit with the US International Trade Commission, Samsung asks the agency to bar from the US dozens of Nvidia devices, graphics cards and processors.>
  • The next city to get Google Fiber may have just been revealed (2014-11-25 12:15:25)
    Google Fiber fans eagerly awaiting news of the high-speed Internet service’s next major location may be in luck. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that Google Fiber has filed a franchise application with the state of Tennessee, which signals that “the company is moving forward with plans for gigabit speed Internet in Nashville.” RELATED: Google explains why it’s taking its sweet time bringing Google Fiber to your city “Google Fiber intends to begin to offer video service for purchase or provide new broadband Internet service,” Google wrote in its official filing. Google announced earlier this year that it’s contemplating expanding Fiber to as many as nine new major metropolitan areas: Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, Phoenix, Portland, Raleigh-Durham, San Antonio, Salt Lake City, and San
  • Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review: Stroke of genius in a black slab world (2014-11-25 12:15:00)
    Samsung's latest large screen smartphone offers a unique experience that has made me more efficient. The second edge display looks great and offers more than you might think at first.
  • Watch the first official 'Jurassic World' trailer (2014-11-25 12:08:23)
    It's here! The Jurassic World trailer has dropped, two days ahead of the promised Thanksgiving debut. Here, we finally see the park open to the public. However, the scientists running the park made a gamble by creating a genetically engineered hybrid dinosaur that's highly intelligent and, to quote Chris Pratt's character, "will kill anything that moves." We'll get to see this new super dinosaur wreak havoc on June 12th, 2015.
  • Sony settles with gov't over gaming console ads (2014-11-25 12:04:38)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sony is settling government charges that it misled consumers about its PlayStation Vita hand-held gaming console.
  • Inside the Nexus 6 (2014-11-25 12:04:05)
    Time to take a look at what makes Google's new Nexus 6 tick.
  • U.S. FTC settles ad allegations on PlayStation Vita gaming console (2014-11-25 12:03:13)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sony Computer Entertainment has agreed to settle allegations that it misled consumers about features of its PlayStation Vita handheld gaming console, the Federal Trade Commission said on Tuesday. As part of the settlement, Sony will stop making the inaccurate claims and will give people who had purchased the device either a $25 refund or $50 voucher to buy other games, the FTC said. ...
  • Trade in an iPhone for a BlackBerry Passport and get up to $550 (2014-11-25 12:01:34)
    The trade-in promotion is a promising idea for the struggling company, but will iPhone owners go for it?>
  • Prince has mysteriously vanished from social media (2014-11-25 12:00:06)
    For reasons that a unclear at the moment, some of Prince's social media accounts have vanished from the internet. Writer Anil Dash noticed the change earlier this morning:
  • These are the hottest pre-Black Friday deals you’ll find today (2014-11-25 12:00:03)
    Black Friday is just days away but you can get some outstanding deals on gadgets and electronics if you act right now. BFAds.net has compiled a huge list of all of the best pre-Black Friday deals available on Tuesday and we’ve picked out some of the highlights for tech fans and listed them below. FROM EARLIER: Best Buy’s huge early access sale for Black Friday 2014 starts today Apple 27″ iMac with Retina 5K Display (MF886LL/A) – $2299.99 at B&H Photo Sony Action Video Camera (HDRAS20/B) – $98.00 at Amazon Samsung 40″ 1080p 120Hz LED Backlit Smart HDTV (UN40H6203AFXZA) – $377.99 at Amazon Changhong 50″ 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV (LED50YC2000UA) – $349.99 After Rebate at Newegg Staples In-Store Coupon: 20% Off
  • Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro review: slim and sexy comes with some trade-offs (2014-11-25 12:00:00)
  • Sony Pictures hackers say they want 'equality,' worked with staff to break in (2014-11-25 11:59:15)
    The hackers who took down Sony Pictures' computer systems yesterday say that they are working for "equality" and suggest that their attack was assisted or carried out by Sony employees. In an email responding to inquiries from The Verge, a person identifying as one of the hackers writes, "We Want equality . Sony doesn't. It's an upward battle." The hackers' goals remain unclear, but they used the attack yesterday to specifically call out Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton, referring to him as a "criminal" in a tweet.
  • Despite modest PC market gains, tablet market expected to slow on iPad decline (2014-11-25 11:54:05)
    This year will see the first full year of decline in iPad shipments, according to new figures, sending a signal to the rest of the tablet market.
  • Apple's market cap tops $700B for the first time (2014-11-25 11:53:13)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Apple's market capitalization surpassed $700 billion for the first time Tuesday morning.
  • Flash Player update beefs up older fix (2014-11-25 11:46:06)
    Adobe's much-patched software receives "additional hardening" against a vulnerability patched silently last month.
  • Apple Hiring VR Experts to Battle Samsung (2014-11-25 11:44:56)
    The next Samsung-Apple smartphone battle could take place in the world of virtual reality. With Samsung's Gear VR headset slated to hit stores in a few weeks, Apple has created a new job listing for app developers well-versed in virtual reality, suggesting that it may not be long before we're strapping iPhones to our heads.
  • Buyers flock to the mobile web: Why developers should care (2014-11-25 11:37:38)
    Apps were supposed to have killed the web, so why are so many people buying from mobile websites?
  • $53 worth of awesome paid iPhone apps you can now download for free (8 apps total) (2014-11-25 11:35:16)
    Black Friday week has everyone in deal mode, and we’ve got plenty of deals for you to enjoy here on BGR. We always share great paid iPhone and iPad apps that are available for free — a few from yesterday’s batch as still free if you hurry — and today we have yet another list of nifty paid iOS apps that are on sale for a limited time. As always, make sure you hurry if you want to download them without paying. DON’T MISS: Best Buy’s huge early access sale for Black Friday 2014 starts today 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
  • Microsoft and Yahoo vie for control of Safari's search (2014-11-25 11:32:00)
  • We deserve better excuses for killing people in video games (2014-11-25 11:30:02)
    First-person shooters are notorious for the paper-thin motivations of their heroes — typically, muscular bald men who will execute an entire continent if someone puts their country in danger or stuffs their female colleague in a fridge. To step around the moral glue trap of a genre that relies on casual murder, many game developers quickly bury their excuse in a compact expository monologue, or they just make the villains Nazis or zombies. Because those, culturally speaking, are equally subhuman and okay for the killing.
  • Artificial Intelligence and life beyond the algorithm: Alan Turing and the future of computing (2014-11-25 11:27:02)
    Turing is not just a historical figure; his work is still crammed with relevance - and tricky questions.
  • The strange world of computer-generated novels (2014-11-25 11:24:33)
    It’s November and aspiring writers are plugging away at their novels for National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, an annual event that encourages people to churn out a 50,000-word book on deadline. But a hundred or so people are taking a very different approach to the challenge, writing computer programs that will write their texts for them. It’s called NaNoGenMo, for National Novel Generation Month, and the results are a strange, often funny look at what automatic text generation can do.
  • Singapore shoppers spend $1.1B via mobile (2014-11-25 11:21:05)
    Online shoppers are spending US$1,861 a year on their purchases with the bulk of their expenditure going toward travel bookings, according to figures released by PayPal.
  • South Asia: On the Cusp of Regional Connectivity (2014-11-25 11:17:33)
    As South Asian leaders gather in Kathmandu this week for the 18th Summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), there is growing expectation for the discussions to result in stronger economic and energy connectivity in the region and opportunity for enhanced regional collaboration on a host of other areas. While it is...
  • The holidays are almost here: These are 10 of the best accessories you can buy (2014-11-25 11:10:44)
    Picking out a smartphone is a tremendously difficult chore considering all of the great choices out there, but picking the right accessories for your phone can be even more difficult. Why? Because instead of choosing from a dozen or so solid choices, there are hundreds or even thousands. With the holidays fast approaching, we dug through the crates and selected 10 of the best mobile accessories money can buy. Looking for the perfect gift? Looking to treat yourself this holiday season? You can’t go wrong with any of the great devices on this list. FROM EARLIER: 10 cases that will protect your iPhone 6 without ruining Apple’s gorgeous design Motorola Moto Hint Motorola spent the second half of 2014 showing us
  • Completely Out of Control: Technology Gone Amok (2014-11-25 11:09:51)
    In the 1980's, because I taught at USC, my family and I were fortunate to live in Manhattan Beach, a small beautiful jewel of a city in Southern California that borders directly on the Santa Monica Bay. Thus, we were greatly saddened to learn from a close friend who has a teenage daughter at Mira Costa High School, the same school from which...
  • Researchers used Jackie Chan's 'Police Story 3: Supercop' to improve solar cells (2014-11-25 11:02:33)
    As far as threequels go, Jackie Chan’s 1992 movie Police Story 3: Supercop has done pretty well for itself. It has a 7.3 rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 6.9 on IMDb. But those ratings have nothing to do with Northwestern University researchers’ decision to purchase three copies of the flick in Blu-ray for their lab. According to them, the film was just a means to an end — a random purchase that helped them discover that the etchings that cover Blu-ray discs can actually improve the way solar cells absorb light.
  • Comedy Central bringing 'Key and Peele' and 'South Park' to Chromecast (2014-11-25 11:00:00)
  • Apple’s market cap hits $700 billion – but is this the end? (2014-11-25 10:45:26)
    Apple’s market capitalization hit $700 billion during Tuesday morning’s trading session, which is a lot of moolah. It’s more than the value of the entire Russian stock market combined. It’s more than the annual gross domestic product of Sweden, home to such powerhouse companies as Ikea, Volvo, Ericsson, H&M, Spotify, Astra Zeneca and Assa Abloy, the world’s leading lock brand. The Cupertino-based company also now towers over ExxonMobil, which used to be the world’s most valuable company. Poor Exxon is stuck at around $400 billion. DON’T MISS: Best Buy’s huge early access sale for Black Friday 2014 starts today For really old people, this seems eerily familiar. Back in 1999, one of the big news items in the business world was the moment
  • Microsoft can't explain why its Surface tablet needs a pen (2014-11-25 10:43:14)
    What can you do in 30 seconds? If it’s an advertisement for the Surface, the answer is: a lot. For the past two years, Microsoft has been showing the tablet running the full version of Office, editing photos in Adobe Photoshop, and converting into either a tablet or a notebook on the fly. But one thing Microsoft hasn’t been able to do very well in 30 seconds is explain why the Surface needs a stylus, which in an era of stroking our screens has long seemed antiquated.
  • Apple Watch: 27.8 million units in 2016? (2014-11-25 10:42:05)
    The "global number of addressable wrists" could be the market opportunity for Apple Watch, argues one analyst.
  • Tweak the LG G3 Quick Settings and QSlide bars to perfectly fit your needs (2014-11-25 10:36:37)
    If you're the proud owner of an LG G3 Android smartphone, Jack Wallen shows you how to get the most out of the Quick Settings and QSlide bars.
  • Singapore firms struggling to support cloud (2014-11-25 10:35:05)
    Businesses in the Asian country face unexpected performance and downtime issues with their cloud deployment, and call for more external support and tools to deal with the challenges, reveals global survey.
  • Sonim launches XP7 rugged Android smartphone campaign for outdoor enthusiasts (2014-11-25 10:34:05)
    The Sonim XP7 is an Android smartphone that you can take with you on your adventures and know it will survive the elements. The extremely long battery life also assures you make it through the weekend.
  • Mark Cuban made billions from an open internet. Now he wants to kill it (2014-11-25 10:30:01)
    Over the last few weeks, billionaire and former tech executive Mark Cuban has become increasingly vocal on the subject of net neutrality. In an interview with The Washington Post yesterday, Cuban said that he was in favor of creating "fast lanes" on the internet that would ensure the quality of certain services. He’s a man who has always had plenty of opinions, and he’s certainly entitled to them, but in this case, it’s worth pointing out what a hypocritical asshat he sounds like, pushing a position that would have been a death blow to the very startup that made him so rich in the first place. ...
  • NASA launches $5 million contest to find CubeSats for deep space missions (2014-11-25 10:30:00)
  • United States says EU's Google case should not be politicized (2014-11-25 10:13:44)
    By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The United States voiced concern on Tuesday over a draft plan by two EU lawmakers to break up Google Inc , saying politicians should not influence the EU's antitrust inquiry into the world's most popular Internet search engine. The U.S. Mission to the European Union said in an email it "noted with concern" the call for competition regulators to consider splitting search engines from other Internet services. ...
  • The holidays are almost here: These are the best tablets you can buy (2014-11-25 09:55:49)
    When Apple’s iPad first started blowing up and other consumer electronics companies rushed to copy it, tablets were seen as the next huge growth market. Fast-forward to 2014 and we’re already seeing sales growth slow to a crawl. For many, tablets are nonessential devices and they also don’t needed to be upgraded as frequently as a smartphone, so it makes sense that the market for slates is much smaller. Of course, tablets are still fantastic devices for millions of consumers out there. They also still make great holiday gifts, so here are the five best tablets on the market. DON’T MISS: The ultimate Black Friday 2014 cheatsheet Apple iPad Air 2 Apple’s brand new iPad Air 2 is the best tablet on the
  • Thanksgiving travel woes? There's an app for that (2014-11-25 09:54:49)
    Traveling by plane, train or automobile can be a headache. Mixing in Thanksgiving can make it a throbbing migraine. Technology provides some pain relief in the form of apps to let you know which roads are clogged, what gate your flight leaves from and whether trains are running on time.
  • Unwrap the first picture from the "Doctor Who" Christmas special (2014-11-25 09:51:32)
    The festive episode will be titled "Last Christmas". And when season 9 returns, it'll include an episode written by only the fifth female writer in the show's history.>
  • Connect the dots: Uskape is building a unified tool for the way we work (2014-11-25 09:51:00)
    All of our workplace tools are digital, but they aren't integrated, which wastes time and energy. That's a problem Uskape wants to solve.
  • Get an Urge SoundBrick Plus portable speaker with NFC for $36.99 (2014-11-25 09:35:20)
    Normally $70, this popular speaker comes in your choice of cheerful colors. Plus: a free Imagine Dragons album!>
  • The branded bug: Meet the people who name vulnerabilities (2014-11-25 09:33:05)
    Opinion: As 2014 comes to a close, bugs are increasingly disclosed with catchy names and logos. Heartbleed's branding changed the way we talk about security, but is making a bug 'cool' frivolous or essential?
  • The stunning 'Lumino City' is a video game made of paper instead of polygons (2014-11-25 09:30:50)
    For the past three years, State of Play, a small studio in London, has been building a 10-foot-tall miniature city out of paper, cardboard, and lots of little lights. There are houses and gardens, and at the center there's an 8-foot-tall water wheel, powered by a custom set of motors and built using cardboard cut by lasers. It's a huge, intricate world, and starting next week it's one you'll be able to explore in a video game with the launch of Lumino City.
  • Best Buy’s huge early access sale for Black Friday 2014 starts today (2014-11-25 09:30:02)
    We’re now just a few short days away from full-on Black Friday 2014 madness, but as anyone who has been following BGR’s Black Friday coverage knows, the deals began a long time ago. Retailers across the country and online vendors have turned up the heat on pre-Black Friday sales in an effort to boost revenue this shopping season, and it certainly seems to be working. Of course, that also means you don’t have to wait for Black Friday or even Thanksgiving Day to roll around to save money, and now Best Buy has kicked off its big early access sale for one day only. DON’T MISS: Amazon’s crazy pre-Black Friday sale is live right now – new deals every 10 minutes
  • Develop WatchKit applications for Apple Watch: What you need to know (2014-11-25 09:26:37)
    WatchKit gives developers early access to the tools needed for developing apps for Apple Watch. Cory Bohon dives into the specifics about these types of apps.
  • Argos opens its first click-and-collect store on the Tube (2014-11-25 09:25:00)
  • Bah Humbug: Microsoft's affordable smartphone strategy dashes hopes for a real flagship (2014-11-25 09:13:00)
    Microsoft has yet to launch a single flagship model across all major US wireless carriers in the history of Windows Phone. Their focus on the low- to mid-range market may be part of why Windows Phone market share remains low.
  • Samsung admits defeat with failed WhatsApp competitor (2014-11-25 09:09:03)
    Shaken up by a recent downturn in phone sales and profitability, Samsung is now reassessing all aspects of its operations and "streamlining its business units." That's turning out to be bad news for the company's cross-platform messaging app ChatOn, which, it has been determined, "isn't a business that can show improvement in the future." Multiple Samsung officials are cited by The Korea Times in a report that says ChatOn will be gradually phased out on a region-by-region basis as Samsung looks to cut its losses and focus on more profitable ventures. Official notification of Samsung's Video service being shuttered. ChatOn is joining Samsung's range of media consumption hubs that were shut down this summer after failing to make a dent in the lead of more established content distributors like Amazon, Apple, and Google.
  • Facebook video draws Thanksgiving ads from Macy's, others (2014-11-25 09:07:05)
    By Jennifer Saba NEW YORK (Reuters) - Macy's Inc, which traditionally kicks off the U.S. holiday shopping season with a nationally televised parade in Manhattan, also will join a handful of other companies this year parading their ads on Facebook's fledgling video feeds. As the social media platform slowly rolls out its premium video offerings to advertisers, Macy's will launch its online video ads Thursday evening. ...
  • BlackBerry will pay you up to $550 to dump your iPhone 6 for the Passport (2014-11-25 09:05:55)
    Do you want to be super productive with a rugged phone that will help you work wide and do real work? Even better, do you want to get $550 to buy it just for trading in your wimpy, un-wide iPhone 6? There’s great news for you, then. Per 9to5Mac, BlackBerry has announced a limited-time offer that will give you up to $550 if you trade in the iPhone 6 for the Passport. VIDEO: BlackBerry explains why your iPhone is too wimpy to ‘work wide’ The trade-in value of the iPhone 6 depends on the storage size, carrier and condition of the model you’re turning in, so we assume you’d have to have a 128GB iPhone 6 without any major scratches to
  • Forget your keys? There's an app for that. (2014-11-25 09:03:28)
    Alexis Ohanian explores the August Smart Lock, an app for your smart home that allows you to send keys to anyone you’d like.
  • Small Empires: Forget your keys? There's an app for that (2014-11-25 09:03:07)
    Crafted by the legendary Yves Behar, the August lock is a gleaming, modernist beauty. Because the "keys" to the lock are just some code executed by a phone, you can use the app to send "keys" to anyone you like.
  • Doctors, haircuts, even kittens -- now on demand, via your smartphone (2014-11-25 08:40:12)
    An explosion of on-demand apps gives a modern twist to some old traditions and even delivers us some new ones we didn't know we needed.>
  • What is the future of communication? (2014-11-25 08:30:49)
    How do we want to communicate with each other? This week we look at chat tools, from WhatsApp to the Star Trek communicator.
  • Sony Pictures Network Held Hostage by Unknown Hackers (2014-11-25 08:30:09)
    Activity at Sony Pictures has reportedly ground to a standstill, with most employees' computer screens replaced by an eerie picture of a skeleton overlaid with the title "Hacked By #GOP."  The image, a photograph of which was posted to Reddit today by someone who claims a friend at Sony Pictures sent it to him, also claims that Sony Pictures' "secrets" will be leaked online at 11 p.m. GMT tonight (6 p.m. EST). According to the original Reddit post, the skeleton image has appeared on "every computer all over Sony Pictures nationwide." Sony Pictures Entertainment is a Culver City, California-based motion-picture and television production company, one of the Big Six Hollywood studios, and a division of Japanese technology and entertainment giant Sony. Sony Pictures has told its employees to turn off their computers and disable W-Fi on their mobile devices, Variety Magazine reported.
  • Video: Check out Apple’s hilarious new iPhone 6 commercials (2014-11-25 08:30:07)
    Apple has released a couple of new 30-second iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus TV commercials, following the same theme it has used for various similar clips: The company is basically highlighting certain iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus features with the help of the same two celebrities who did voice overs for the previous ads, including Justing Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon. FROM EARLIER: Your iPhone 6 has a hidden feature that Apple never mentioned The new ads hilariously present two particular iPhone 6 features, including gaming and Continuity. While Apple has always stressed the gaming abilities of its iPhones, Continuity is a feature that doesn’t work on iPhones unless users also own other Apple-made hardware, such as an iOS 8-compatible iPad
  • The Big Future: What comes after texting? (2014-11-25 08:30:02)
    How do we want to communicate with each other? This week's Big Future looks at chat tools, from WhatsApp to the Star Trek communicator. If we could get past the tangle of carriers and spectrum rights, what kind of communicator would we actually want to use? It turns out, science fiction may have this particular gadget all wrong.
  • Black Friday 2014: The best deals in comic books (2014-11-25 08:28:47)
    Fans of more literary pursuits won't be left in the cold this Black Friday. Those looking to inflate their digital stash of comic books may be pleased to learn that two major publishers will be offering major discounts for some of their most acclaimed works.DARK HORSE
  • Soon-to-be-banned Chrome browser plugins get reprieve (2014-11-25 08:09:25)
    Changing Web usage is hard. Google has granted a few extra months of leeway to those who rely on a handful of popular plugins, such as Silverlight, to extend what their browser can do.>
  • Survey shows tablet productivity gains, but also flags up room for improvement (2014-11-25 08:04:06)
    Buyers and users of business tablets in Europe report productivity increases of 30-33 percent, but over two-thirds remain less than completely satisfied with the tablet experience.
  • 'Steve Jobs' movie finds another home and a new star (2014-11-25 07:58:00)
  • Google takes over Times Square with massive, interactive Android billboard (2014-11-25 07:45:00)
    Even though Android is the dominating smartphone platform when it comes to market share, enjoying huge popularity in many markets, Google appears to be interested in heavily promoting it this holiday season, especially now that Android 5.0 Lollipop, the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9 have all been launched. Google has taken its Android video commercials — the ones telling the audience that Android is supposed to offer user a unique experience — to a whole new level, Android Central reports, renting ad space on a huge, over 25,000 square feet, billboard in Times Square. FROM EARLIER: One country’s desperate battle to erase Google, Netflix and Uber from existence Google has booked the space through the New Year, and while it’s not clear how
  • Cumberland Farms embraces Apple Pay, to add in-app pay-at-the-pump (2014-11-25 07:32:16)
    The convenience store chain Cumberland Farms talks to TechRepublic about Apple Pay and its future plans.
  • Luke Stowe: Evanston's digital services coordinator. Public servant. Music lover. (2014-11-25 07:30:03)
    Luke Stowe tells TechRepublic about the many digital avenues he helps shape for residents and for the city of Evanston, Illinois.
  • BlackBerry offers up to $550 trade-in value for iPhone to Passport switchers (2014-11-25 07:24:00)
    BlackBerry has a few Black Friday deals worth considering, including a way to trade in your iPhone and receive bonus value if you purchase a Passport.
  • Apple handing out iTunes gift cards for iPad, Mac sales on Black Friday 2014 (2014-11-25 07:19:05)
    For the second straight year, the company will give out the cards instead of discounting its products. All iPads will come with a $50 card, and all iMac and MacBook purchases will include a $100 card.
  • Tricky Regin malware poses biggest threat outside US (2014-11-25 07:11:24)
    The hard-to-detect malware is a Swiss Army knife of clandestine tools to extract information from targets in non-English speaking countries, experts say.>
  • The most advanced malware yet has been spying on you for years (2014-11-25 06:50:55)
    Security researchers have discovered a highly advanced malware program, called Regin, that have been used for spying purposes for at least six years. First discovered by Symantec and confirmed by Kaspersky, the security threat is believed to be the work of a government, considering the massive resources behind it and its sophisticated features, rather than a program devised by hacker groups interested in stealing data and/or money from regular Internet users. FROM EARLIER: ‘Dirtbox’ planes masquerade as cell towers to collect smartphone data in sophisticated spying ops “An advanced spying tool, Regin displays a degree of technical competence rarely seen and has been used in spying operations against governments, infrastructure operators, businesses, researchers, and private individuals,” Symantec writes. “It is
  • Google makes it easy to see every device logged into your account (2014-11-25 06:32:00)
  • Terms of Service, book review: A field guide to big data and privacy (2014-11-25 06:31:06)
    This entertaining and original publication explains the implications of sharing personal information in the era of big data analytics, through the medium of the graphic novella.
  • Samsung's 'eye mouse' is the nicest thing it's ever done (2014-11-25 06:30:02)
    A volunteer group of Samsung engineers has developed a second generation of the company's EYECAN eye-tracking technology, which is designed to allow disabled people to navigate a computer interface. EYECAN+ dispenses with the original's need for glasses and is now just a self-contained unit that slots in under a computer's monitor. Once hooked up, it presents the user with a series of options, which can be highlighted with a look and "clicked" with a blink. ...
  • At China online coming-out party, Beijing spells out Internet control ambition (2014-11-25 04:56:47)
    By Paul Carsten WUZHEN, China (Reuters) - China showed governments and the planet's biggest tech firms last week its vision for global Internet governance - clean, controlled and choreographed. Public officials and firms worth $2.5 trillion in market value, from Apple Inc to Facebook Inc, got first-hand exposure in the postcard-perfect town of Wuzhen as China showcased its first 'World Internet Conference' (WIC). ...
  • Apple teams with (RED) to fight AIDS (2014-11-25 04:50:50)
    Apple on Monday teamed with the (RED) campaign founded by U2 singer Bono to raise money to fight AIDS.
  • Sony to cut TV, smartphone lineup; sees growth in PlayStation, image sensors (2014-11-25 04:05:25)
    By Reiji Murai TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's loss-making Sony Corp plans to slash its TV and mobile phone product line-ups to cut costs, counting on multi-billion dollar revenue surges for its buoyant PlayStation 4 and image sensor businesses over the next three years. Having lost ground to nimbler rivals like Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd in consumer electronics, Sony said on Tuesday its goal for TV and smartphones is to turn a profit, even if sales slide as much as 30 percent. ...
  • Samsung reveals new eye-tracking mouse for the disabled (2014-11-25 03:52:00)
  • Google's latest: A spoon that steadies tremors (2014-11-25 03:23:15)
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Just in time for the holidays, Google is throwing its money, brain power and technology at the humble spoon.
  • Luxury brands are going after imitation smartwatch faces (2014-11-25 03:16:46)
    Big name brands are trying to cull the Internet's crop of imitation luxury watchfaces for wearables like the Moto 360. According to TorrentFreak, companies like Armani, Michael Kors, Tissot, and Omega have been disseminating cease-and-desist notices to websites and individuals hosting digital likenesses of their work, and providing as little as 24 hours to comply.
  • Plug-in turns your browsing history into a searchable database (2014-11-25 02:17:00)
  • Cisco renews its commitment to India (2014-11-25 01:37:05)
    Spending US$1.7 billion on things like R&D and training and establishing a US$40 million seed fund are just a few of the things the networking giant is doing to cement its future in the country
  • Ohio college is building a drone arena for its students (2014-11-25 01:07:00)
  • Michelle MacLaren to direct new Wonder Woman movie (2014-11-25 00:21:05)
    "Breaking Bad" and "Game of Thrones" director Michelle MacLaren is on deck to direct the new Wonder Woman starring Gal Gadot.>
  • Omnipresenz lets armchair explorers control real human avatars (2014-11-25 00:00:00)
  • Oculus CEO says more products with Samsung on the way (2014-11-24 23:54:56)
    Oculus VR founder and CEO Brendan Iribe anticipates a continual close relationship with Samsung Electronics and said more joint products were on the way.>
  • Windows 10's app store will be workplace-friendly (2014-11-24 23:46:00)
  • FCC orders T-Mobile to stop misleading throttled customers about speeds (2014-11-24 23:29:00)
  • Researchers link carrier-focused malware to US and UK spy agencies (2014-11-24 22:59:00)
  • Amazon will now deliver to your local Post Office (2014-11-24 22:59:00)
  • SUSE gets live patching (2014-11-24 22:58:06)
    Using SUSE Linux means never having to say 'reboot'.
  • Universal acquires Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs biopic (2014-11-24 22:34:17)
    Rumors of Universal Pictures taking over Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs biopic have proven true. A studio spokesperson confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that a deal has been reached less than a week after Sony Pictures dropped the movie. Rights to the project were reportedly priced at over $30 million.
  • Take a drone tour of Chernobyl's creepy-beautiful decay (2014-11-24 22:23:54)
    A filmmaker took to 30-year-old disaster site Pripyat, Chernobyl equipped with a camera, a drone and a GoPro.>
  • Why Woz isn’t surprised people will pay more than $500,000 for an ancient Apple-1 (2014-11-24 22:15:15)
    Apple’s oldest artifacts have become some of the most coveted technological relics in the world, but the company’s two remaining co-founders haven’t reached a consensus on whether or not they’re surprised by the rabid attention surrounding each and every auction that springs up. READ MORE: The most hilariously named ex-Apple employee is auctioning off his old business card “It doesn’t seem that unusual at all,” Steve Wozniak said in an interview with Computerworld last week. “It’s the largest brand in the world, so many people know Apple, and the Apple-1 is so rare. But it’s also because the world’s changed since Apple was started.” The third (and significantly less well-known) Apple co-founder, Ron Wayne, has a different perspective. “I’m just amazed, to be perfectly candid,”
  • Samsung Electronics wins $3 billion Vietnam project license (2014-11-24 22:10:05)
    HANOI (Reuters) - South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has secured a license to invest $3 billion to expand its production in northern Vietnam, the Vietnamese government said. The license was awarded on Nov. 17 in Thai Nguyen province, where Samsung Electronics has been operating a $2 billion smartphone plant, the government said in a statement issued late on Monday, without giving further details of the project. Samsung Electronics has said it plans to invest up to $3 billion for its handset business in Vietnam as part of its strategy to cut costs and better compete with Chinese rivals. ...
  • Sony Pictures hack takes computers down studio-wide (2014-11-24 22:04:00)
  • Some photographers bristle over Flickr's selling of photos (2014-11-24 22:00:58)
    According to the Wall Street Journal, some photographers are upset the Yahoo-owned site is selling prints of photos they meant to give away for free.>
  • Obama's action looks to bolster foreign tech workers, students (2014-11-24 21:58:07)
    While details of when and how this is going to happen is still to be detailed, H1Bs and foreign graduate students looking to land tech jobs both appear to benefit.
  • Michael Brown's family: 'ensure that every police officer working the streets in this country wears a body camera' (2014-11-24 21:43:58)
    Ferguson, Missouri has been the center of a broad conversation about racially biased policing, police militarization, and the US justice system since August 9th, when Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson. The Brown family's plea has been echoed by civil rights activists and others who believe that the public needs a more rigorous record of police behavior in light of racially biased brutality and other abuses.
  • The ‘sexy’ BlackBerry Passport is now available in two new colors (2014-11-24 21:30:38)
    The BlackBerry Passport isn’t selling as well as the iPhone 6 but it has a dedicated and passionate following, including one tech reporter who described the device as “sexy.” And now loyal BlackBerry fans have two new options to make this “sexy” device look even more colorful as BlackBerry has announced that you’ll soon be able to get the Passport in both red and white. RELATED: Are you man enough for the BlackBerry Passport? “We are thrilled with the positive reception the BlackBerry Passport has received since we launched in September,” explains BlackBerry CEO John Chen. “The introduction of the red and the white BlackBerry Passport colors underscores our commitment to break through the sea of rectangular, all-touch devices, offering
  • Apple fights back against claims that Siri is distracting drivers (2014-11-24 20:45:08)
    Back in October, researchers from the University of Utah released findings which showed smartphone personal assistants weren’t much safer than texting while driving. They found hands-free technology to be distracting and overly-complex, harping on Siri specifically as one of the least intuitive methods of interacting with technology through voice commands. READ MORE: This incredible heartwarming story shows us how amazing Siri can be Nearly two months later, The Wall Street Journal has published an in-depth piece about hands-free technology, including Apple’s response to the October study. Apple argues that the researchers did not make use of two of Siri’s most useful new features while testing it for the study. “CarPlay and Siri Eyes Free intuitively use your vehicle’s native controls so you don’t need to
  • Gamer captains an amazing starship from his living room (2014-11-24 20:34:51)
    Using a custom rig that includes three projectors, this gamer has transformed his gaming space into a full-sized cockpit for Elite: Dangerous.>
  • Underwater robot reveals the mysteries of Antarctic ice (2014-11-24 20:24:22)
    An underwater robot has been used to produce the first detailed, high-resolution 3D maps of Antarctic sea ice.>
  • T-Mobile agrees to reveal customers' throttled speeds (2014-11-24 20:24:12)
    Under agreement with FCC, the carrier will provide customers with tools that accurately gauge the connection speeds they are experiencing after reaching their monthly data caps.>
  • Tomorrow Daily 091: Functioning Spider-Man gloves; a bloody, crazy Kickstarte; and more (2014-11-24 20:23:13)
    On today's show, we check out a watch with a laser onboard, a bus powered by poop, breakthrough Spider-Man gloves that let the wearer scale a glass surface, and the (now-suspended) Blood Sport Kickstarter campaign.>
  • Holy photo! There are 2,000 rabbis in that selfie (2014-11-24 20:15:52)
    Orthodox rabbis attending an annual conference take their traditional group picture the newfangled way, with a giant selfie stick, a wide-angle lens and a drone to capture the whole thing.>
  • Museum Selfie-ishness (2014-11-24 20:06:54)
    Recently, at the Museum of Modern Art with my niece, I found something unexpected blocking my favorite Van Gogh: a young woman standing with her back six inches away from the canvas, taking a "selfie." As we strolled around the galleries, I spotted more of them. Selfies in front of the Jackson Pollack. Selfies in front of Monet's Water Lilies....
  • Frightening new malware targets your password manager (2014-11-24 20:00:37)
    If you thought hackers gaining access to just one of your online accounts was troublesome, you’ll be terrified to know that the next frontier might put your entire online identity at risk. IBM’s Security Intelligence reports that a new configuration of the Citadel trojan has been designed to start keylogging when specific password managers begin running on an infected user’s computer. FROM EARLIER: Scary new malware uses a Gmail trick to steal your data “Because the configuration file instructs the malware to capture keystrokes related to widely used password management and authentication solutions, we can’t know who, exactly, is the target of the attack,” writes IBM. “It might be an opportunistic attack, where the attackers are trying to see which type of
  • This pocket-sized gesture controller aims to replace your mouse (2014-11-24 19:38:00)
  • How to stop Facebook from eating your iPhone’s precious storage space (2014-11-24 19:15:56)
    If you use the Facebook app regularly on your iPhone, you might notice that it’s gradually taking up more and more storage space on your device. Business Insider’s Matthew Stuart notices that Facebook keeps expanding the amount of storage it takes up on his iPhone the more he uses it because Facebook opens up links within the app on its own internal browser instead of on an external browser like Chrome or Safari. Facebook has designed its app so that whenever you open a webpage posted by a friend on the Facebook app, it will cache the entire page on your device. This is obviously a problem since the more pages you visit, the more space gradually gets eaten up. RELATED: Facebook is probably
  • The Sound of a Cosmic Touchdown (2014-11-24 19:03:00)
    If a spacecraft lands on a comet 330 million miles away, and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?
  • Building Education Hubs in Emerging Markets (2014-11-24 18:55:39)
    Kytabu - named after the Swahili word for "book" -- is a digital textbook application that is changing the way African students are learning. Launched in Kenya in 2012 by founder Tonee Ndungu and CEO Paul Mugambi, the app provides low cost mobile textbook subscription services on both Android and Windows platforms that allow students to "lease"...
  • Engadget Daily: HTC RE review, Redbox increases rental pricing, and more! (2014-11-24 18:52:00)
  • Big leak reveals more about the 5.4-inch Xperia Z4 and 5.9-inch Z4 Ultra (2014-11-24 18:30:59)
    Sony has been stuck in a holding pattern for the past few years when it comes to new smartphone releases, but a leak last month seemed to indicate that the Xperia Z4 might be the company’s next huge step forward. Unfortunately, a recent tip sent to PhoneArena points to a much more modest set of specs. READ MORE: Hands on with Sony’s Xperia Z3v, the phone that dares not innovate According to the source, Sony is going to unveil both the Xperia Z4 and the Xperia Z4 Ultra at CES in January. This doesn’t come as much of a surprise, but the tipster included a list of specifications for both phones as well. The Xperia Z4 is expected to feature a 5.4-inch
  • 'Breaking Bad' director Michelle MacLaren will direct 'Wonder Woman' (2014-11-24 18:25:09)
    Wonder Woman has finally found a director. According to The Hollywood Reporter, television director Michelle MacLaren has signed on to develop and direct the film, due out in 2017 with Gal Gadot in the title role. Batman v. Superman director Zack Snyder has been tapped to produce. The decision makes MacLaren the first female director to helm a tentpole superhero film in recent years, and only the second overall.
  • eBay retires stand-alone, same-day delivery apps (2014-11-24 18:23:00)
  • OK Go plans to release an album as DNA (2014-11-24 17:56:00)
  • Microsoft is tormenting America with its most annoying Surface ad ever (2014-11-24 17:45:31)
    Microsoft has made a lot of improvements to its Surface tablets ever since they launched in 2012. However, the marketing for the device has remained criminally awful and the ad that popped up on my TV during football yesterday might have been the single most annoying ad ever made by anyone. RELATED: Microsoft fires more shots at Apple in its new Christmas ad I’ve seen ads before that have made me want to turn off my TV or even throw something at it. But this ad made me want to fire rocket-propelled grenades at my television until it was a heap of ash. If you have the guts to watch it yourself, here it is: Yes, Microsoft thought it was
  • One country’s desperate battle to erase Google, Netflix and Uber from existence (2014-11-24 17:20:51)
    The French don’t play. Ever since Minitel bit dust, the continental power has been hopping mad about American domination of Internet services. And over the past weeks, attacks on U.S. giants have escalated from Paris to Lille. RELATED: Netflix finally kicks off its next attack on Europe, starting in France Netflix is right now in the middle of an ambitious European expansion drive that started in Scandinavia and is fanning out south. Sure enough, France’s Association for the Protection of Consumers and Users has now sued Netflix for “malicious and illegal clauses.” These include changing the terms of contract without informing consumers, not offering information of guaranteed minimum quality and writing contract clauses in English. No doubt this is only the opening salvo
  • Palo Alto Networks posts Q1 sales surge (2014-11-24 17:06:05)
    First quarter sales were up 50 percent and Palo Alto Networks raised its sales forecast for the second quarter.
  • 'Retweets equal laughs': Why comics can't get enough of Twitter (2014-11-24 16:55:53)
    With a format tailor-made for one-liners, Twitter has become the world's biggest stand-up comedy club. TV comedy writers and an original "SNL" cast member tell Crave why the tweet's the thing.>
  • Watch the jaw-dropping, unseen video of the Antares rocket explosion (2014-11-24 16:55:09)
    Late last month, NASA’s unmanned Antares rocket, filled with 5,000 pounds of cargo intended for the International Space Station, exploded seconds after liftoff. At the time, news sources only had access to amateur footage, but now that the proverbial smoke has cleared, professional photojournalists have finally had a chance to collect their equipment from the launch site. PREVIOUSLY: This is what it’s like to be ejected from a spaceship 50,000 feet in the air “Normally, launch photojournalists retrieve their gear within 1-3 hours after liftoff, once the launch complex is deemed safe; however, in the case of Orb-3, doing so was obviously not an option,” writes Mike Killian of AmericaSpace. Shortly after the complex was sealed off, NASA’s Incident Response Team went in to
  • Nuance Q4 solid, outlook for year light (2014-11-24 16:55:05)
    The natural language understanding software maker says its fiscal 2015 will be back-end loaded as it transitions to a cloud model.
  • A new project promises to turn your iPhone into a VR headset (2014-11-24 16:49:00)
  • Brocade's Q4 strong, ends fiscal year on a high (2014-11-24 16:46:05)
    The networking virtualization and data storage provider managed to churn out its most profitable year in its corporate history for fiscal 2014.
  • Give a toast to the solar system with the ThinkGeek Planetary Glass Set (2014-11-24 16:43:42)
    The ThinkGeek Planetary Glass Set is a set of 10 drinking glasses made to look like the Sun and the planets -- even Pluto.>
  • Great iOS apps for planning Thanksgiving dinner (2014-11-24 16:39:07)
    Whether you're running the kitchen on the big day or just bringing a side dish or wine, I've got the perfect apps to make your holiday dinner better.>
  • Candy Crush fills up Facebook with video ads (2014-11-24 16:34:05)
    The sequel to the popular puzzle game finds success with mobile ads, Google Maps adds new features in time for holiday travel, and Redbox raises DVD rental prices.>
  • Your guide to new titles on Netflix this week: November 23rd – November 29th (2014-11-24 16:30:23)
    It’s that time of the week again, and BGR is bringing you a roundup of the best new content on Netflix 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. MORE NETFLIX: Your guide to new titles on Netflix this week: November 16th – November 22nd November 23rd Happy Christmas (2014) November 25th Beyond the Edge (2013) Running from Crazy (2013) War Story (2014) November 26th VeggieTales in the House (2014) Bomb Girls: Season 3 (TV) November 27th Bill Cosby 77 (2012) November 29th The One I Love (2014) Trailer Park Boys 3: Don’t Legalize it (2014) Be
  • Hackers shut down Sony Pictures' computers and are blackmailing the studio (2014-11-24 16:28:20)
    Today, employees across the Sony Pictures offices were greeted with a strange picture as they tried to login to their computers. Since this afternoon, computers at the company have been completely unresponsive, showing a glowering CGI skeleton, a series of URL addresses, and a threatening message from a hacker group that identifies itself as #GOP. Dozens of Sony Twitter accounts were also commandeered to tweet out similar messages, although Sony seems to have regained control of those accounts. Early reports from Sony employees suggest the studio has yet to regain computer access.
  • Symphony Commerce orchestrates online sales for fast-growing merchants (2014-11-24 16:27:05)
    Fueled by another $21.5 million in venture backing, the company's touts its tight integration with inventory, logistics and marketing processes.
  • T-Mobile agrees to help users accurately test for reduced data speeds (2014-11-24 16:23:23)
    T-Mobile will begin giving its customers clearer information about when they're placed on reduced data speeds. Under a new agreement with the Federal Communications Commission, T-Mobile will provide customers with a link to a speed test when they're placed on reduced data speeds so that they can accurately see what kind of service they're getting. The updated policy was announced today and will go into effect within 60 days. The agreement is meant to clarify potential confusion around how T-Mobile has handled network speed tests.
  • Helios wireless headphones get their charge from the sun (2014-11-24 16:15:29)
    The Helios headphones on Kickstarter are geared toward removing the dual annoyances of cords and having to keep your headphone battery charged.>
  • Despite loss, Workday beats Q3 earnings expectations (2014-11-24 16:13:05)
    Workday's Financial Management portfolio also surpassed the 100-customer milestone during the quarter.
  • Clippit slices footage from live TV for sharing amongst your pals (2014-11-24 16:12:00)
  • FAA said to be imposing strict rules on commercial drone use (2014-11-24 16:10:24)
    The FAA's anticipated ruling is expected to impose a number of tough restrictions for operators such as requiring licenses and limiting flights to daylight hours.>
  • Living in a Time of Constant Change (2014-11-24 16:08:30)
    It is said: "There is no constancy in life, except change." This is abundantly true for women. Over the past 50 years, women have made enormous progress in all aspects of American life. From politics to the arts and entertainment, from business to sports, women are represented at every level. However, women are largely absent in one of the...
  • Are Android Password Manager Apps Secure? (2014-11-24 16:07:26)
    Do you use a password manager on your mobile device? To prove this, Australian researcher Xiao Bao Clark has created an Android app called ClipCaster. Without even requiring any permissions, ClipCaster can "sniff" passwords from many password managers, and display those passwords in unencrypted plain text.
  • Regin Spyware Likely Made by NSA, UK (2014-11-24 16:07:20)
    Britain's GCHQ and the United States' National Security Agency are probably behind the newly discovered Regin super-spyware, evidence gathered by four different security firms indicates. The clues include the countries and industries targeted (and those not targeted), internal file names and the working hours kept by Regin's developers. Regin is linked to a GCHQ operation described in NSA documents leaked by Edward Snowden, and it bears similarities to both the Stuxnet worm, used against Iran in 2010, and the Flame spyware, which mapped out the Iranian networks Stuxnet attacked.
  • Unidentified country likely behind spying software (2014-11-24 16:06:44)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Cyber-security researchers say they've identified a highly sophisticated computer hacking program that's been used for several years to spy on banks, telecommunications companies and government agencies around the world.
  • The holidays are almost here: These are the best wireless speakers you can buy (2014-11-24 16:05:48)
    In-home speaker systems have made a huge comeback over the past couple of years. Wireless has made all the difference, of course, because it makes listening to music at home easy and convenient. Gone are the days when streaming music throughout your house required thousands of dollars worth of equipment and professional installation. Now, you just need to purchase a few wireless speakers. Since the category has become so popular though, the number of options on the market has ballooned. Weeding through them all and finding the right speaker can be very difficult, so we’ve done or best to identify the five top options that will appeal to the widest range of users.  DON’T MISS: The holidays are almost here: These are
  • Big data will enhance healthcare, but to whose benefit? (2014-11-24 15:57:30)
    Big-data technology will eventually underpin the healthcare system, though to what extent and what that means to patients are questions needing to be asked.
  • Why Seniors Need the Internet More Than Anyone (2014-11-24 15:45:28)
    Baddie Winkle isn't wearing any pants. But she does have on a giant T-shirt tessellated with images of Queen Bey."I nominate Beyoncé for the ice bucket challenge!" the 86-year-old proclaims, dumping a cauldron of frigid water over her head.Since tweeting this Vine video Aug. 31, it's been retweeted over 1,300 times. No big deal for the badass...
  • The 404 Show 1,585: Black Seadevils terrorize the subconscious (podcast) (2014-11-24 15:43:58)
    The world's greatest Bridget Carey joins Ariel and Iyaz to decipher smart phone apps, Star Wars trailers, and deadly toys.>
  • Must-have Android apps for holiday cooking and baking (2014-11-24 15:43:08)
    Keep your sanity in the kitchen this holiday season with these helpful Android apps.>
  • ASML: Next-gen chipmaking tool ready for production in 2016 (2014-11-24 15:41:06)
    EUV lithography is one of the keys to the future of chipmaking. Over the years it has missed many deadlines and there are still big issues. But ASML says it is making progress and it's now just a matter of "when, not if."
  • One of the world’s best gadget reviewers reveals his favorite 2014 smartphones (2014-11-24 15:40:14)
    Over the past year, we’ve repeatedly highlighted the work of Marques Brownlee, who has emerged as one of the best gadget reviewers on the planet. On Twitter Monday, Brownlee revealed his five favorite smartphones released this year, in no particular order: The Google Play Edition of the HTC One M8, the OnePlus One, the iPhone 6 Plus, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Nexus 6. RELATED: In-depth video review shows you all of the OnePlus One’s best features As you can see from the above list, Brownlee seems to like big phones. The HTC One (M8) is by far the smallest device on this list and it measures in at 5 inches. All of the other devices, from the
  • Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch joining the cast of 'True Detective' (2014-11-24 15:40:01)
    True Detective season two finally has its female leads. Actors Rachel McAdams and Kelly Reilly are both joining the cast for the show's second outing, alongside Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell. Friday Night Lights alum Taylor Kitsch will also round out the cast.
  • Winning the war against bots (2014-11-24 15:24:21)
    The lowly bot has evolved into something that can in fact be an agent of malicious intent.
  • These are the 25 best inventions of 2014 (2014-11-24 15:15:46)
    2014 might have seemed a bit boring if you weren’t paying attention, but it was actually a pretty busy year for scientists and inventors. Think about it… skating legend Tony Hawk actually rode a real-life hoverboard. If that were the only crazy invention of 2014 it would still have been a pretty awesome year, but there are plenty of other fantastic inventions that were introduced over the past 11 months as well. DON’T MISS: I just replaced every credit card in my wallet with Coin TIME Magazine leafed through its virtual pages to dig up all of the coolest inventions of 2014, and it came up with the 25 best inventions of the year. The star of the show for geeks and “Back to
  • New social network Tsu signs one million users in just five weeks (2014-11-24 15:13:06)
    Tsu has been celebrating passing its one millionth user. But what is so different about the social media platform that has so many users flocking to sign up?
  • Don't Move: An innovative security tool to safeguard your stuff (2014-11-24 15:11:48)
    "Don't Move" is a sensor that attaches to objects and alerts you if they're moved. Find out what it can do and how it works.
  • DreamWorks 'Home': Can Rihanna and Sheldon Cooper save us all? (2014-11-24 15:10:50)
    Watch this two-minute trailer for "Home," a DreamWorks Animation film about an alien named Oh who befriends a teenage Earthling while on the run from his species.>
  • Portable Shadowball packs physics into every punch (2014-11-24 15:05:34)
    A ball with a crust, mantle and core just like the Earth itself might be the future of how boxers and anyone looking to get fit will train.>
  • Smart wallet puts an end to lost cash and dead phones (2014-11-24 15:00:00)
  • Here are some of the the best and worst deals you’ll find on Black Friday (2014-11-24 14:45:49)
    Just because there will be a lot of Black Friday sales going up later this week, that doesn’t mean you should take advantage of all of them. Rather Be Shopping has put together a list of the best and worst deals for this year’s Black Friday and explains which product sales you should jump at and which ones you should avoid at all costs. MORE BLACK FRIDAY DEALS: Visit our huge Black Friday 2014 hub! When it comes to gadgets and electronics, Rather Be Shopping says that you should avoid trying to find a high-quality television on Black Friday. While there will be plenty of sales for second-tier TVs this week, the big brand names likely won’t get significant discounts,
  • Verizon is rolling out Android 5.0 Lollipop for the 2014 Moto X (2014-11-24 14:42:01)
    Verizon has today started rolling out Android 5.0 for the second-gen Moto X. Motorola released Lollipop for the Pure Edition of its flagship smartphone earlier this month, and Verizon's managed to follow that up with little delay. There's no mention of VoLTE support or other network optimizations in Motorola's changelog, so it's not yet clear if Moto X owners can now use voice and data simultaneously on Verizon's cellular network.
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 said not selling as well as S4 (2014-11-24 14:41:56)
    Samsung reportedly sells 40 percent fewer Galaxy S5 phones than expected during its first three months on sale, prompting a change in mobile strategy and possible management shake-up.>
  • Oscar Isaac will reportedly play villain in 'X-Men: Apocalypse' (2014-11-24 14:41:22)
    Bryan Singer may have found the X-Men franchise's next great villain. Variety reports that Inside Llewyn Davis star Oscar Isaac is set to play the ancient mutant Apocalypse in X-Men: Apocalypse, due out in May 2016. Isaac could soon join the likes Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender when the film starts shooting in April of next year.
  • Samsung's 4K-ready NX1 camera finally comes to the US (2014-11-24 14:32:00)
  • Apple looks set to disappoint you again on Black Friday (2014-11-24 14:20:47)
    As we’ve mentioned before, you shouldn’t buy things at the Apple Store on Black Friday if you’re expecting a bargain. AppleInsider reports that Apple’s Black Friday gift card program is back this year, as it once again seems that Apple won’t be offering any in-store Black Friday discounts on its products. FROM LAST YEAR: A dark Black Friday for Apple fans “Purchasing any of Apple’s iPhone lineup — including the iPhone 5c, 5s, 6, and 6 Plus — will net a $50 gift card, though they are limited to two gift cards per household,” writes AppleInsider. “iPad buyers will receive the same with the same restriction, while consumers bringing home an iPod nano or iPod touch will have a $25 gift card
  • Cognitive computing leads to the next level of big data queries (2014-11-24 14:20:05)
    Cognitive computing analyzes how the brain works and approximates human intelligence. Find out how businesses might benefit from this new frontier in data analytics.
  • EU digital tsar warns monopolists; Google foes play down call for break-up (2014-11-24 14:11:44)
    By Alastair Macdonald and Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union's top official for digital markets said on Monday he was concerned that big tech companies may be abusing dominant positions, but he also said investigations into Google must not be rushed. As sponsors of a European Parliament motion seeking action to rein in Google played down suggestions the U.S. Internet search firm should be broken up, European Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip told Reuters that he suspected some major companies were abusing their power in the digital market. ...
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop to sweeten LG G3 in South Korea this week (2014-11-24 14:03:54)
    Latest flavor of Google's mobile OS will soon reach South Korean G3 owners, with Europe and North America next on the list.>
  • A Steam Machine without Valve: life with the iBuyPower SBX (2014-11-24 14:00:00)
  • Google for Work bolstered with new security dashboard, wizard (2014-11-24 13:56:05)
    Google Apps corporate subscribers can look forward to some new specials that will hopefully keep sensitive data even more secure beyond the holidays.
  • The holidays are almost here: These are the best headphones you can buy (2014-11-24 13:55:40)
    Even if you’re not a self-described audiophile, you can certainly appreciate the difference between a pair of headphones that sound good and a pair that doesn’t. In fact, headphones are probably the one category of accessory where you really shouldn’t skimp, because you absolutely get what you pay for. Of course, that doesn’t mean you need to spend $1,000, $600 or even $400 to get a fantastic pair of high-end headphones ahead of the holidays this year. In this post, we have collected six fantastic options that each deliver incredible sound without breaking the bank. DON’T MISS: 10 cases that will protect your iPhone 6 without ruining Apple’s gorgeous design Bowers & Wilkins C5 Series 2 The market for in-ear headphones has never
  • Black Friday success may improve with Google Shopping on your smartphone (2014-11-24 13:45:05)
    Millions will take part in Black Friday deals this Friday and many of these shoppers will have their smartphone in hand. Google updated their mobile search results to help make your day successful.
  • Gaming system that draws real blood suspended by Kickstarter (2014-11-24 13:42:40)
    A gaming project that draws real blood when you take virtual damage takes a blow after Kickstarter suspends the campaign's funding.>
  • 5 incredible iPhone and iPad apps you have to check out right now (11/24) (2014-11-24 13:30:27)
    We’re trying something new this week. In addition to our regularly scheduled paid apps gone free, we’re going to introduce you to some of the best premium iPhone and iPad apps as well — apps that are worth a few of your hard-earned dollars. This week, we’ve combed through Apple’s Apps for (RED) collection to find the very best apps for you to download. Plus, all of the proceeds collected from the participating apps from November 24th – December 7th will be donated directly to the PRODUCT(RED) campaign. There’s never been a better time to pick up some of the App Store’s best games and productivity tools. DON’T MISS: 8 awesome paid iPhone apps you can get free right now (save $72!) GarageBand Currently $4.99
  • Watchmakers are cracking down on bootleg smartwatch faces (2014-11-24 13:24:00)
  • Feel the Antares rocket explosion in close-up, lens-shattering footage (2014-11-24 13:19:52)
    New video footage from October's accidental explosion of an Antares rocket shows the intense force felt at the launch pad.>
  • IoT should be the Cloud of Things, according to Pertino's Todd Krautkremer (2014-11-24 13:17:00)
    Pertino CMO Todd Krautkremer believes the Internet of Things should be called the Cloud of Things, since you can only derive its full benefit through cloud computing and storage.
  • Microsoft sues IRS for details of probe on internal transactions (2014-11-24 13:16:43)
    By Dan Levine (Reuters) - Microsoft sued the Internal Revenue Service on Monday, seeking information about a law firm hired by U.S. tax authorities in a review of how the software company books sales between subsidiaries. The lawsuit, filed in a District of Columbia federal court, says the IRS entered into a contract this year with Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, which specializes in litigation. The agency is paying Quinn Emanuel more than $2 million in connection with its examination of Microsoft Corp's tax returns between 2004 and 2009, the court filing said. ...
  • Latest Snowden leak shows UK, US behind Regin malware, attacked European Union (2014-11-24 13:12:05)
    Two governments working together are said to have developed the state-sponsored malware that attacked the European Union. Guess what? One of the makers was an EU country.
  • AT&T went out of its way to make the Nexus 6 worse – here’s how to fix it (2014-11-24 13:05:10)
    If you bought a Nexus 6 from AT&T, you may have noticed a few unwelcome additions to the device such as assorted bloatware programs and default ringtones that you don’t want. MashMobility.TV has created a terrific video that tells you how to fix all of the unwanted changes that AT&T made to the Nexus 6, including how to reset default ringtones, how to reenable tethering, how to remove AT&T bloatware and how to get past AT&T’s SIM card lock on the device. RELATED: This might be the single most annoying thing about the Nexus 6… but there’s an easy fix First, the video shows you how to remove the AT&T logo on the back of the device using nail polish remover, a
  • Slack alters privacy policy to let bosses read your messages (2014-11-24 13:00:02)
    Slack, the fast-growing workplace communication tool, announced today that it will begin selling a new tier of service in January aimed at large enterprises. Slack Plus, as the tier is called, will offer a handful of new tools aimed at system administrators. But there’s one feature every Slack user needs to know about: companies that subscribe to the Plus plan will be able to request every message that employees have sent on the service from that point forward, including direct messages to coworkers and a history of any changes you made to your messages.
  • HBO is going after Scientology with a new documentary (2014-11-24 12:58:13)
    The tell-all book about the Church of Scientology Going Clear has reportedly been made into a HBO documentary that could premiere as soon as the Sundance Film Festival in January. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney is directing the film, which will "feature new revelations about the controversial religion and its famous followers Tom Cruise and John Travolta."
  • It may be the age of cloud, but IT workloads just keep growing (2014-11-24 12:54:06)
    Are IT departments being crushed by increasing digital business demands? A survey of 470 IT professionals suggests this may be the case.
  • Black Friday is a day of death and destruction in this parody trailer (2014-11-24 12:48:24)
    While Black Friday often turns ugly as shoppers fight over limited inventory of discounted goods, it could be a lot worse, if this horror film is any indication.>
  • Regin nation state malware research revealed by security companies (2014-11-24 12:48:06)
    Symantec wasn't the only company following Regin. Kaspersky and F-Secure have something to say about who was hit. Regin also spies on GSM cellular networks.
  • Google gives mobile shoppers some help ahead of Black Friday (2014-11-24 12:46:03)
    Google's mobile search will deliver more shopping details and a 360-degree view of certain products.>
  • T-Mobile's data-free streaming adds Google Play Music and more (2014-11-24 12:42:00)
  • Sony pulls 'sexy doctor' PS Vita ad, reports say (2014-11-24 12:36:12)
    An ad for PS Vita, in which a female doctor appears to equate gaming with masturbation, reportedly appears on Sony's YouTube channel and then disappears.>
  • On Twitter, it's always open-mic night, and comics can't get enough (2014-11-24 12:31:42)
    With a format tailor-made for one-liners, Twitter has become the world's biggest stand-up comedy club. TV comedy writers and an original "SNL" cast member tell Crave why the tweet's the thing.>
  • Huge pre-Black Friday sales kick off at 5 major stores (2014-11-24 12:20:39)
    Here at BGR, we have made it our mission to save you as much money as possible this holiday season. You’ll find everything you need to know about the crazy Black Friday sales being held by major retailers like Best Buy, Walmart, Target and more in our huge Black Friday 2014 hub, but we’re also sharing plenty of deals from other retailers and early sales like the crazy pre-Black Friday sale going on right now at Amazon. But Amazon isn’t the only big company getting a jump on Black Friday this year, of course. MORE BLACK FRIDAY DEALS: Visit our huge Black Friday 2014 hub! Here are five other stores that have kicked things off early for Black Friday 2014 and
  • Google Maps Features to Ease Thanksgiving Travel (2014-11-24 12:20:00)
    Google Maps released a few new updates this month that could come in handy just in time for the Thanksgiving rush.The latest iteration of the Google Maps app for Android now offers users the weather. While it's not necessarily that helpful for traveling to Grandma's house 20 miles away, having the extra guidance could make all the difference for holiday road trips.Another subtle but helpful Android update: Tap the pin that comes up for your destination, and you'll be treated to more details about the area. ...
  • Q&A: How AppFutura plays developer matchmaker (2014-11-24 12:01:06)
    The Barcelona, Spain-based startup functions on a premise that's pretty simple: It hooks businesses up with developers who are best fit to fulfill their app needs.
  • Warner Bros. is turning Stephen King's 'The Stand' into a four-part epic (2014-11-24 11:55:41)
    The Stand is one of Stephen King's best regarded works, and it's only natural that Hollywood should want to adapt it for the screen. Now, though, it looks like the book is getting the Hobbit treatment. In an interview with Kevin Smith last week, director Josh Boone said that he plans on adapting the book in four parts, describing his vision as "highest level you can do it at, with a cast that’s going to blow people’s minds."
  • Your iPhone 6 has a hidden feature that Apple never mentioned (2014-11-24 11:55:30)
    Apple tends to be pretty thorough when it comes to breaking down all the bells and whistles that it adds to its new devices but it turns out the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus both have a feature that Apple never bothered to mention: The ability to play back 4K video. The Unofficial Apple Weblog points us to a recent discovery the developers of Mac video upload app WALTR, who found that the A8 processors found in Apple’s new iPhone models offer 4K video playback, despite the fact that Apple never once announced this feature. RELATED: Check out this list of more than 30 awesome hidden iOS 8 features So why hasn’t Apple made a big deal out of its new
  • Disney courts Star Wars fans on the internet and then slaps them in the face (2014-11-24 11:49:28)
    This week, large swaths of Star Wars fans will pay upwards of $15 for a ticket to The Penguins of Madagascar and walk out before the movie even starts. None of this takes into account the elephant in the room: that someone will inevitably manage to record the trailer with their smartphone and upload it on YouTube / DailyMotion / Vimeo / Google Drive, and that it'll spread faster than lawyers can catch it.
  • New York City's ambitious free Wi-Fi plan sounds great, unless you live in a poor neighborhood (2014-11-24 11:46:01)
    Last week an ambitious public Wi-Fi project called LinkNYC was unveiled: an effort that will erect up to 10,000 pillars offering free wireless internet and domestic phone calls to New York City's residents and visitors. It's a bold public-private partnership that has been sold to the people as a program that "will be built at no cost to taxpayers." CityBridge, the company behind the project, says it will even "generate more than $500 million in revenue for the city over the first 12 years." That all sounds great — except it's not the municipal Wi-Fi dream we were promised. Today the NY Daily News revealed that many of the Wi-Fi kiosks throughout the city will provide speeds 10 times slower than the advertised gigabit speeds.
  • Facebook for work coming in January: report (2014-11-24 11:39:25)
    For anyone making a new year's resolution to cut back on social media use, a new challenge might arise in early 2015 -- in the workplace, as Facebook's new work-focused site is now being tipped to go live as soon as this January.
  • Five affordable apps for managing software licenses (2014-11-24 11:33:00)
    A misplaced license can create way more trouble than you have time to deal with. Here are five handy apps that can help you sidestep all that frustration.
  • Google reaches out-of-court settlement in UK defamation case (2014-11-24 11:30:49)
    LONDON (Reuters) - Google Inc said on Monday it had reached a settlement with a British businessman over defamatory postings in its search results describing him as a pedophile, a murderer and a money-launderer. Former Morgan Stanley banker Daniel Hegglin, who said he was subjected to years of defamation by unknown users, had sued the Internet giant to have it block links to the abusive material that appeared on several thousand websites. Google had asked him to provide a list of web links to be removed. ...
  • The ultimate Black Friday 2014 cheatsheet (2014-11-24 11:30:10)
    With Black Friday 2014 fast approaching, buyers looking to score some amazing Black Friday deals should already be preparing for the major sale event of the holiday shipping season in order to make sure they’ll actually be able to buy the discounted items they’re looking for. Over the past two weeks, most major retailers in the U.S. have already revealed details about pre-Black Friday events, Black Friday sales, and even Cyber Monday deals. To help make sense of all the madness, BGR has prepared a handy Black Friday “cheatsheet” to help you get ready for in-store doorbuster shopping. You’ll find tons of information for Black Friday 2014 events already announced by a variety of retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, Target, Walmart
  • Redbox rentals will get a price hike on December 2nd (2014-11-24 11:24:00)
  • Nexus 6 teardown reveals solid repairability score (2014-11-24 11:07:59)
    The device scores a seven out of 10 for repairability, according to iFixit, thanks to its standard screw size and easily replaceable components.>
  • 8 awesome paid iPhone apps you can get free right now (save $72!) (2014-11-24 11:05:38)
    While people are always on the hunt for good deals, Thanksgiving week is known for being the one week each year that people devote the most time to bargain hunting. Retailers across the country offer some of their best sale prices of the year to woo customers, but you don’t need to battle crowds to get deals this week. In fact you can save $72 right now without moving an inch, because we’ve got a great list for you today showcasing eight nifty paid iPhone and iPad apps that are on sale for free. DON’T MISS: I just replaced every credit card in my wallet with Coin These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free
  • T-Mobile adds Google Play Music, Xbox Music, SoundCloud, and others to Music Freedom (2014-11-24 10:55:56)
    The list of music services that won't impact your data plan on T-Mobile is getting much longer today. The carrier has added Google Play Music, Xbox Music, SoundCloud, and 11 other music apps to its Music Freedom initiative. "Today we’re taking another huge step toward our ultimate goal of including every streaming music service in the program," said T-Mobile CEO John Legere.
  • Five Ways You'll Be Hacked On Cyber Monday (2014-11-24 10:54:23)
    According to a June 2014 study by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the likely annual cost to the global economy from cybercrime could reach $575 Billion. It's a big number. Here are a five ways hackers will try to get you to contribute to it while you enthusiastically search for the best deals on Black Friday and Cyber...
  • Drones and virtual reality headsets are a delicious combination (2014-11-24 10:53:24)
    We got a drone's-eye-view of flight with the new Parrot Bebop.
  • Pinc Turns Your iPhone 6 Into VR Headset (2014-11-24 10:50:26)
    Samsung's Gear VR isn't the only device looking to bring mobile virtual reality to the masses. Toronto-based agency Cordon Media is building Pin? While it looks like little more than a thick iPhone 6 shell at first glance, Pin?
  • Google settles with ex-banker over online abuse (2014-11-24 10:47:10)
    LONDON (AP) — Google has agreed to a settlement with a former Morgan Stanley banker who sued the search engine over defamatory Internet posts.
  • 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' trailer debuts Friday (2014-11-24 10:46:37)
    Brace yourselves, "Star Wars" fans. The trailer for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" will land at nine Regal Theater locations across the US.>
  • New AppleCare program targets the enterprise (2014-11-24 10:44:00)
    AppleCare for Enterprise addresses larger organization's IT needs. From help desk support to hardware replacement, the new program offers corporate IT departments much to love.
  • Smartwatches, Galaxy Note Edge, Android tablets (MobileTechRoundup show #333) (2014-11-24 10:42:05)
    There are plenty of smartwatch options and in MoTR #333, Matthew and Kevin discuss one that may be best for them. They also chat about a couple of surprising new Android-compatible tablets.
  • The FAA wants you to have a pilot's license to fly commercial drones (2014-11-24 10:42:00)
  • First truly immersive video game hardware drains your blood when you get shot (2014-11-24 10:40:45)
    Forget Oculus Rift. Of course, it took Canadians to develop a true break-through in video gaming immersion technology: Blood Sport hardware. From Justin Bieber to Rob Ford, the world has recently started learning about the dark side of our seemingly gentle northern neighbor. Now comes gaming hardware that reroutes the electrical signal meant to trigger the rumbling sensation in the game controllers… instead, turning on blood collection system that is actually hooked into player’s veins. In many shoot’em up gamess, the rumble system is used to signal tothat a player has been shot. With Blood Sport hardware, the result of carelessness or bad tactics is actual physical blood loss. The device apparently isn’t quite as sinister as it seems, or so its
  • Redbox's rental prices are going up (2014-11-24 10:35:46)
    Redbox has always been aggressive about pricing. The Wall Street Journal notes that Redbox is trying to buck stagnant financial performance it's seen in recent months, and more expensive rentals are just one part of the company's revised approach. Other upcoming changes include a Netflix-like recommendation system and "more efficient" stocking of kiosks, so expect Redbox's selection of older films to become more limited.
  • Apple to ring in 71.5M iPhone sales in holiday quarter -- analyst (2014-11-24 10:33:15)
    But sales will sink to under 50 million in the first quarter of next year, forecasts KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.>
  • System76 Sable Touch: The state of touch support in Linux (2014-11-24 10:32:00)
    Jack Wallen addresses the state of touch screen support in Linux via a piece of stellar System76 hardware.
  • Stealthy Regin malware is a 'top-tier espionage tool' (2014-11-24 10:21:24)
    Regin's behavior suggests that the newly uncovered and "highly complex" spying threat came from a nation-state, Symantec reports.>
  • Coin Beta hands-on: The digital credit card is here (2014-11-24 10:21:04)
    We used Coin Beta in the real world and did some shopping. We can't exactly leave our wallets behind just yet though.
  • My experience with Coin Beta in the real world (2014-11-24 10:20:29)
    The whole process took about 10 minutes for just the first card (my debit card), but the second two — an American Express card and a Crisp restaurant loyalty card — gave me no trouble. Unsurprisingly, the clerk was intrigued by my new digital credit card.
  • Here’s where to find the best Black Friday deals on Apple’s iPhone 6 (2014-11-24 10:15:42)
    Apple launched its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets this past September, and the company enjoyed record September-quarter sales as a result. If you’re an Apple fan who managed to exercise restraint and hold off on buying a next-generation iPhone, however, prepare to be rewarded handsomely. Apple’s own Black Friday deals are always pretty lackluster, but this year several Apple retail partners are taking matters into their own hands. Black Friday 2014 brings with it a number of awesome deals on Apple’s iPhone 6, and we’ve collected four widely-available bargains in particular that you’ll want to make note of. DON’T MISS: 10 cases that will protect your iPhone 6 without ruining Apple’s gorgeous design First up, the nation’s top brick
  • BlackBerry Black Friday promo offers $200 off an unlocked Passport, $275 off Z30 (2014-11-24 10:10:00)
    The BlackBerry Passport is the best BlackBerry smartphone ever and this week you can pick one up for just $499. The one year old BlackBerry Z30 is also priced low for the next week.
  • Automakers aim to drive away car computer hackers (2014-11-24 10:04:59)
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Against the team of hackers, the poor car stood no chance.
  • HTC RE Camera review: a fun personal shooter with room to grow (2014-11-24 10:00:00)
  • Black Friday 2014: the best gaming deals for PS4 and Xbox One (2014-11-24 09:35:38)
    One year in, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 finally have some amazing games, from Alien: Isolation to Middle earth: Shadow of Mordor. So now is a good time to get in on the action — and Black Friday is a great chance to go next-gen for cheap. And with the release of games like Mario Kart 8 and the new Super Smash Bros., you might want to finally grab a Wii U, too. There are a lot of very similar bundles available at different outlets, so it's just a matter of choosing what works best for you. Here are some of the best gaming deals around to help you prepare for the shopping onslaught. ...
  • Formula E: The electric car race generates buzz in Malaysia (2014-11-24 09:33:27)
    As the Formula One season ends, a new series takes its place -- but instead of internal combustion engines, these new cars pack lithium-ion batteries and motors that sound like TIE Fighters.>
  • Ampere Puts Women First (2014-11-24 09:30:57)
    When launching their lingerie company, Ampere, in 2012, co-founders Jiabei Chen and Yun Ah Lee wanted to change the way women think about and shop for intimate apparel. Now, as they look ahead at the second anniversary of the company, the fashion entrepreneurs are reflecting on some of major lessons they've learned along the way. They responded...
  • Amazon’s crazy pre-Black Friday sale is live right now – new deals every 10 minutes (2014-11-24 09:25:15)
    Black Friday is the biggest shopping event of the year each year, but only rookies actually wait until the day after Thanksgiving to start taking advantage of big Black Friday sales. We have shared everything you need to know about Black Friday 2014 sales from major retailers like Best Buy, Walmart, Target and more, but we also told you about Amazon’s huge pre-Black Friday sale that offers hundreds of deals on all kinds of different products. Well, that massive sale is now underway and new deals will be made available every 10 minutes on Amazon’s special Black Friday page. MORE BLACK FRIDAY DEALS: Visit our huge Black Friday 2014 hub! Here are some of the crazy deals Amazon is offering in the days ahead of
  • Pro tip: Sort table data in a Word document (2014-11-24 09:21:42)
    Sorting isn't a common task for Word users, so it might seem like a foreign idea. Susan Harkins shows you how to quickly sort table data.
  • Digital crime thrives in Brazil (2014-11-24 09:17:06)
    Online cybercrime 'schools' and a vast array of products and services focused on those wishing to enter the life of digital crime are more easily available in Brazil than any other country, says study.
  • The FAA's upcoming small-drone rules could be brutally restrictive (2014-11-24 09:11:14)
    The Federal Aviation Administration's forthcoming drone rules might require all operators to have a license and limit flights to daylight hours, according to a new report in The Wall Street Journal, which cites sources familiar with the rule-making process. The report says that licenses "likely to be proposed" would be comparable to traditional pilot's licenses, requiring dozens of hours in the cockpit of a manned aircraft. The Journal also expects the new rules to limit flights to under 400 feet and within sight of the person at the controls.
  • 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' trailer to debut Friday in theaters (2014-11-24 09:09:22)
    The first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be debuting in a small number of theaters across the US on Friday. A New York Times report from 1998 says that a trailer running just over two minutes long for The Phantom Menace played on 75 screens in 26 states and had fans showing up to theaters just to watch it and then leave before their movie started.
  • The Big Picture: our clearest view yet of Europa, Jupiter's icy moon (2014-11-24 09:01:00)
  • How to add Kinect-like gesture controls to your Apple TV and other devices for $129 (2014-11-24 09:00:23)
    Clicking buttons on a remote is so 2013. In 2014 and beyond, gadget makers are turning their attention to voice commands and gesture controls as the preferred method of navigating on-screen interfaces and controlling the various devices in your home. But what about all of the devices you already own that don’t support gestures and voice commands? Companies are hard at work on accessories that will drag your old devices kicking and screaming into the future, and one such offering has just been unveiled that will add Kinect-like gesture support to your Apple TV, Nest thermostat and more. DON’T MISS: I just replaced every credit card in my wallet with Coin “Every device in our homes, from the TV to the
  • The potential cost of frequent iOS app updates (2014-11-24 08:59:05)
    Some developers are updating their iOS apps often, and that can result in an unexpected cost for users.
  • Salesforce opens App Hub in Desk.com (2014-11-24 08:54:05)
    Salesforce said the hub is designed to be a one-stop-shop for SMBs looking to integrate various customer support tools, such as Twilio SMS, MailChimp, to their service cloud.
  • Update on Samsung's security policy (2014-11-24 08:51:06)
    Samsung's mysterious security update service is still a mystery a month later.
  • Here's the first song from Giorgio Moroder's comeback album (2014-11-24 08:43:38)
    As long and glorious as Giorgio Moroder's list of credits may be, many of us will likely have only heard of him after his successful collaboration with Daft Punk on last year's Random Access Memories. The man who popularized the synthesizer in the 1980s was clearly stimulated by that experience and he has now announced plans to release his first studio album in over 30 years in the spring of 2015. ...
  • EU lawmakers to vote on Google break-up motion on Thursday (2014-11-24 08:42:34)
    By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU lawmakers will likely vote on Thursday on a motion proposing the break-up of Google and other Internet technology companies, increasing political pressure on the bloc’s antitrust regulators to take a stronger line on the group. The parliament has no power to dismember a firm. But the vote, underlining widespread concern among EU politicians about American dominance of the Internet industry, would be a significant public challenge to Google's business in Europe. ...
  • Will Samsung's scaling back be enough? (2014-11-24 08:42:02)
    In an attempt to right their sinking ship, Samsung is about to scale way back. Jack Wallen offers up what he believes is a much better solution for the giant in the industry.
  • Enter for your chance to win* one of three quad-copters! (2014-11-24 08:38:36)
    This StackSocial-sponsored giveaway will let three lucky readers fly off into the sunset -- literally.>
  • Get an HP Stream 13 laptop and gift card for $199 shipped (2014-11-24 08:37:40)
    Plus: an Amazon Fire TV Stick for just $24.99 -- assuming supplies last the morning.>
  • Confessions of a smartphone thief (2014-11-24 08:34:05)
    Almost 2 billion people around the world use smartphones -- typically worth hundreds of dollars a pop on the black market. A former smartphone thief explains their allure to street criminals.>
  • Recharge your phone in 30 seconds? Israeli firm says it can (2014-11-24 08:29:09)
    By Ori Lewis and Rinat Harash TEL AVIV (Reuters) - An Israeli company says it has developed technology that can charge a mobile phone in a few seconds and an electric car in minutes, advances that could transform two of the world's most dynamic consumer industries. Using nano-technology to synthesize artificial molecules, Tel Aviv-based StoreDot says it has developed a battery that can store a much higher charge more quickly, in effect acting like a super-dense sponge to soak up power and retain it. ...
  • Sequel to 2014′s most exciting Android phone detailed in big leak (2014-11-24 08:15:26)
    There were several fantastic Android smartphones that debuted in 2014. What started as a very boring year for smartphone fans ended up packing much more action than we expected, thanks in large part to a handful of surprising Motorola handsets and a few other gems that launched in the second half. But there was one smartphone that most people in America have probably never heard of that ended up being the most exciting Android handset of the year for serious Android fans, and its sequel may have just been detailed for the first time. DON’T MISS: Droid Turbo review: Motorola had to leave Google to become the king of Android We typically pass over reports that cite just one single source
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop embraces the enterprise (2014-11-24 08:15:00)
    With version 5.0, Android makes the work of enterprise admins much easier. Security is stronger and more standardized. Android fragmentation is crumbling.
  • How NASA will launch four spacecraft at once to study magnetic fields (2014-11-24 08:02:00)
  • The three traits of a successful startup CEO (2014-11-24 08:00:03)
    Being the CEO of a startup requires a distinct skill set. Here are three traits that differentiate startup CEOs from their corporate counterparts or other startup roles.
  • And now for some good news... Here are the strangest Nokia phones ever made (2014-11-24 08:00:00)
    Just ten years ago, Nokia's phones were diverse, innovative, and in some cases downright strange — as the company tried to meet every customer's demands.
  • Engadget UK giveaway: win a GoPro Hero4 Black Edition courtesy of Tagstr (2014-11-24 08:00:00)
  • Drones? What could possibly go wrong? Plus can China cripple our power networks? [Government IT Week] (2014-11-24 07:41:05)
    ZDNet's David Gewirtz has been warning about China and the risk to US infrastructure for years. The NSA now seems to agree. Plus the FAA was to restrict commercial drones, which we all knew was inevitable. Plus lots more government IT news from the world over that's both interesting and appalling.
  • Chiny Driscoll: Exec-turned-entrepreneur. Big data guru. Aspiring travel agent. (2014-11-24 07:33:00)
    Big data expert Chiny Driscoll told TechRepublic about leaving her corporate gig at IBM to found a startup, and why it's the most fulfilling job she's ever had.
  • Apple expands participation in World AIDS Day (2014-11-24 07:30:57)
    For the past several years, Apple has been recognizing World AIDS Day in-store and online. This year, it's greatly expanding its World AIDS Day activities.
  • The world’s most accurate Apple analyst says Apple is about to crush its iPhone sales record (2014-11-24 07:30:36)
    Things have been going pretty well for Apple’s iPhone business this year and this holiday shopping season is shaping up to be its biggest yet. Per 9to5Mac, KGI Securities has released a new research note estimating that Apple will sell 71.5 million iPhones this holiday quarter, headlined by blowout sales from the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. That figure would crush the record 51 million iPhones Apple sold last year during the holiday quarter. RELATED: Apple might sell more than 200 million iPhone 6 units in FY2015 “Strong iPhone shipments in 4Q14,” KGI writes. “We forecast overall iPhone shipments will surge 82% QoQ to 71.5mn units in 4Q14, given robust demand for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The
  • Glassdoor report: The gender pay gap in tech is still a problem (2014-11-24 07:30:04)
    Glassdoor compiled data from 25 large tech companies and found disparities in reported salary and satisfaction among men and women.
  • Windows 10 won’t be Windows 6.4 (2014-11-24 07:22:28)
    An old quirk in Windows is going away with the release of Windows 10. Microsoft has revealed that the upcoming release of Windows 10 will include a change that makes the Windows NT kernel jump to version 10.0. While Windows 8.1 was Windows NT 6.3 and Windows 7 was Windows NT 6.1, the numbering scheme will now match both the version and marketing names.
  • FAA to impose restrictions on commercial drone use (2014-11-24 07:09:06)
    The FAA's anticipated ruling on commercial drone use is expected to impose a number of tough restrictions.
  • CERN's letting everyone look at its Large Hadron Collider data (2014-11-24 06:53:00)
  • 3D Systems snaps up 3D design firm Cimatron (2014-11-24 06:19:06)
    Signed for approximately $97 million, the deal will give 3DS valuable portfolio additions surrounding 3D production and CAD solutions.
  • Samsung reportedly sold 4 million fewer Galaxy S5s than Galaxy S4s (2014-11-24 05:46:00)
  • Samsung considers management shuffle in mobile shake-up (2014-11-24 05:42:05)
    Samsung's management team may pay the price after a difficult year and a decrease in mobile market share.
  • Terrifying Black Seadevil makes its video debut 3 miles below the surface (2014-11-24 05:14:04)
    Researchers in California have recorded rare images and video of a Black Seadevil — a mysterious and rather hideous female anglerfish that lives in some of the deepest corners of the ocean. The fish was observed on November 17th by scientist Bruce Robison and his team at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. To capture it on film, they sent a remotely operated vehicle named Don Ricketts into the Monterey Canyon, some 19,000 feet below the surface of the ocean.
  • Apple to donate profit portion from Black Friday for AIDS fight (2014-11-24 05:02:05)
    The tech giant has promised to release a portion of profit gained from Friday's shopping event to help in the global fight against AIDS.
  • UK wants internet providers to identify who's using their connections (2014-11-24 04:40:00)
  • Galaxy S5 sold 40 percent fewer units than Samsung predicted: WSJ (2014-11-24 04:31:04)
    A report in The Wall Street Journal claims that Samsung's Galaxy S5 flagship phone has performed below expectations. The US is, however, Samsung's biggest market. Samsung reportedly overestimated how much stock would be needed, leading to an increased advertising spend to get rid of units that were "piling up in warehouses."  Last month the company promised to "fundamentally reform" its smartphone portfolio after reporting plummeting profits and revenue.
  • Singapore IT depts not coping with user demand for collaboration tools (2014-11-24 04:25:05)
    Most IT heads in the country are struggling to meet growing employee demands for communications tools, and are further challenged by their organization's directive to prioritze these needs below others.
  • Singapore IT heads not coping with user demand for collaboration tools (2014-11-24 04:25:05)
    Many IT teams in the country are struggling to meet growing employee demands for communications tools, and are further challenged by their organization's directive to prioritze these needs below others.
  • Chope gobbles up F&B startup to save diners queue time (2014-11-24 03:46:04)
    The Singapore-based restaurant booking site acquires another local startup, Appic Technologies, adding a queue-monitoring app to its service.
  • Do you need to break the bank to get a good phone? (2014-11-24 03:32:29)
    NEW YORK (AP) — It might seem as though everyone has an iPhone or Galaxy smartphone. But many customers are eschewing the best cameras and screens — and their top-end price tags — and choosing models that can get the job done at less than a third of the cost.
  • Can iPad conquer the enterprise? Only if Apple has the guts to license iOS (2014-11-24 01:20:06)
    With consumer iPad growth tapping out, Apple needs to do the unthinkable to push into line of business applications and vertical markets.
  • BT is in talks to buy back O2 (2014-11-24 01:07:00)
  • Seattle police get help publishing body camera videos online (2014-11-24 00:44:00)
  • Apple to donate portion of holiday sales to AIDS fight (2014-11-24 00:07:19)
    During the two-week campaign, proceeds from the sales of 25 apps with exclusive new content will be donated to fight the disease.>
  • Pinc is a whimsical VR iPhone case that tracks your hands (2014-11-24 00:00:02)
    There are as many kinds of VR headsets as there are proposed uses for the nascent technology. It's a brightly-colored iPhone 6 case with what looks like a pair of flat swim goggles inside, held in place by a thin elastic band. "We almost approached VR as an accessory," says creator Milan Baic.
  • Hubble spots stellar nurseries in swirling spiral galaxy (2014-11-23 23:40:03)
    Hubble has captured a new image of barred spiral galaxy NGC 986, located in the heart of the constellation Fornax.>
  • How would you change Samsung's Galaxy S4 Active? (2014-11-23 22:55:00)
  • Apple partners with major app developers to raise money for AIDS research (2014-11-23 22:23:00)
  • Push Button, Receive Bacon comes to life (2014-11-23 21:51:48)
    The famous Push Button, Receive Bacon meme has been brought to life by a team of hackers who repurposed an old laser printer.>
  • Plex is making media streaming among multiple users a lot easier (2014-11-23 21:47:00)
  • Tweet 10,000 times, and Edward Norton and God show up (2014-11-23 21:23:42)
    An unaired "SNL" sketch reveals what happens when you've written 10,000 tweets. You get a celebrity kiss, a visit from Woody Harrelson dressed as God and an elaborate music-dance routine.>
  • Apple partners with app developers for major Product RED fundraising effort (2014-11-23 21:18:24)
    Apple is set to embark upon one of its largest philanthropic efforts ever. Starting this week, the company is launching a massive AIDS fundraising campaign for Product RED in partnership with some of the largest app developers in the iTunes App Store. During the two-week period from now through December 7th, money spent on qualifying apps or in-app purchases will be entirely donated to the AIDS-fighting charity — neither developers nor Apple will take a cut.
  • SnapJet lets you print your smartphone snaps as Polaroids (2014-11-23 21:14:19)
    A new device seeking funding on Kickstarter uses Polaroid technology to let you wirelessly print photos from your smartphone.>
  • Records reveal net neutrality chats between FCC and telecoms (2014-11-23 20:57:00)
  • Which nation-state is behind the sophisticated, stealthy Regin malware? (2014-11-23 20:47:05)
    Symantec researchers are impressed by Regin, which has been conducting high-level surveillance campaigns worldwide since 2008. Is it state-sponsored?
  • Uber solves its India problem with Paytm link-up (2014-11-23 20:11:05)
    Using Paytm's mobile wallet may have put it back in business in the country, but it may have lessened the uniqueness of Uber's service offering when compared to the company's rivals.
  • Sophisticated malware has been spying on computers since 2008 (2014-11-23 18:58:00)
  • SUSE invests in software-defined storage (2014-11-23 18:08:05)
    SUSE, the enterprise Linux company, is working on its own storage solution using open-source Ceph: SUSE Storage.
  • Here's why 'Too Many Cooks' is tailor-made for the internet (2014-11-23 17:05:00)
  • Nation state spying malware revealed (2014-11-23 17:02:05)
    Symantec researchers are impressed by Regin, which has been conducting high-level surveillance campaigns worldwide since 2008. Is it state-sponsored?
  • Highly-complex malware has secretly spied on computers for years, say researchers (2014-11-23 16:10:02)
    Security researchers have discovered one of the most advanced pieces of malware ever created — and it's been in use since at least 2008. Symantec researchers published their findings today on a new Trojan they're calling "Regin."
  • Silicon Valley's culture of liquid amorality — water will find its way (2014-11-23 15:02:05)
    Much has changed over the past decade...
  • 4K, gaming and a tale of two monitors (2014-11-23 15:00:00)
  • Intel could rise 30 percent over next two years: Barron's (2014-11-23 14:46:22)
    (Reuters) - Shares in microprocessor maker Intel Corp could rise more than 30 percent to $48 over the next two years, Barron's reported in its Nov. 24 edition.
  • Stealth malware found spying on telecoms, energy sectors (2014-11-23 14:39:59)
    Regin's complex nature suggests a nation state is behind the cyberespionage tool's development, Symantec reports.>
  • Sony's pulled PS Vita ad is embarrassing for everyone (2014-11-23 14:30:07)
    It should be noted first that Sony already pulled the ad from their YouTube channel, so they might have received some early criticism for running it. The "everyone is a gamer" coda earns Sony some points. The innuendo makes that clear enough, even if Sony subverts it.
  • Telecom firms call for change to BT's business broadband 'monopoly' (2014-11-23 14:04:40)
    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's biggest telecoms service providers have filed a complaint to media regulator Ofcom demanding greater competition in the business broadband market, where they say BT has an effective monopoly.
  • NBA Owner Vivek Ranadivé: Welcome to Civilization 3.0 (2014-11-23 14:02:20)
    "A little bit of the right info, just a little beforehand, is more valuable than all the info in the world, 6 months after the fact." - @VivekWhat does a software-run businesses and a professional basketball team have in common? According to Vivek Ranadivé, CEO of the software company Tibco and lead owner of the Sacramento Kings, a lot....
  • The rise of the robotic servant (2014-11-23 13:00:00)
  • Sing Christmas carols with R2-D2 cookie jar (2014-11-23 12:19:54)
    Grab a Star Wars gingerbread cookie from this R2-D2 treat jar and be rewarded with beeping carols of "Jingle Bells," "Deck the Halls" and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas.">
  • Computer spying malware uncovered with 'stealth' features: Symantec (2014-11-23 12:07:54)
    (Reuters) - An advanced malicious software application has been uncovered that since 2008 was used to spy on private companies, governments, research institutes and individuals in 10 countries, anti virus software maker Symantec Corp said in a report on Sunday. The Mountain View, California-based maker of Norton anti virus products said its research showed that a "nation state" was likely the developer of the malware called Regin, or Backdoor. Regin, but Symantec did not identify any countries or victims. ...
  • New teaser gives us our first look at 'Jurassic World' (2014-11-23 11:12:30)
    The first Jurassic World trailer isn't set to arrive until Thanksgiving, but Universal is giving us our first taste of the film right now. The latest teaser includes the very first footage from the film seen yet, and that includes glimpses of dinosaurs, Chris Pratt, the park, and some crazy new vehicles that make the multi-colored Jeeps of old seem mundane by comparison. If there's one takeaway from the 20 seconds of video, however, it's that the filmmakers have worked hard to go back to the series' roots. ...
  • Elon Musk shows off rockets with 'X-wings' and landing pads in the sea (2014-11-23 11:04:06)
    Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk couldn't resist showing off some of his new toys on Twitter yesterday. First up is the latest version of SpaceX's reusable Falcon 9R rocket, which is now fitted with a set of four independently-adjustable fins. Or, as Musk described them: real-life X-wings. The grid fins are designed to deploy only after takeoff, when they'll work together with thrusters to help the rocket maneuver itself into position for those spectacular vertical landings. ...
  • Inhabitat's Week in Green: magnetic hoverboard, cardboard robots and a Toyota Prius camper (2014-11-23 10:00:00)
  • Does bad behavior really hurt business? (2014-11-23 09:19:18)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Silicon Valley seems to have more than its share of companies behaving badly. Among up-and-comers in the tech world, privacy abuses and executive gaffes have become viral sensations. But is all that bad behavior actually bad for business?
  • Pebble updates bring support for 80 languages and notifications for all Android apps (2014-11-23 08:22:00)
    Pebble continues to release firmware and smartphone application updates to improve their smartwatch experiences. The latest Android update is sure to please Pebble owners.
  • UK police: up to 5 terror plots foiled this year (2014-11-23 08:04:42)
    LONDON (AP) — The head of London's police force says as many as five terror plots were foiled this year, as he warned of increasing pressure on resources amid the rising threat.
  • Video games aren't all guns and gore; artistic titles are on the rise (2014-11-23 07:00:03)
    Video games made by small studios have an effective tool in their arsenal when it comes to setting themselves apart.>
  • castAR team ships out first pair of AR glasses, more to follow soon (2014-11-23 06:56:00)
  • Microsoft Strategy Vice President Teper: 'Minecraft is a development tool' (2014-11-23 05:04:05)
    Microsoft Corporate Strategy Vice President Jeff Teper talks about Microsoft's thinking on everything from its Minecraft acquisition, to how the leadership team is evaluating what's core to the company.
  • 3D printing technique will put electronics into just about everything (2014-11-23 03:14:00)
  • Eminem releases massive free mixtape online (2014-11-23 03:01:02)
    Do you want 66 free songs from Eminem's label, Shady Records? You can now download Shady Classics, a 66-track mixtape put together by DJ Whoo Kid that represents some of the material that couldn't fit on the upcoming Eminem compilation album Shady XV. It also has some Eminem freestyles, though don't expect too much brand new material: the rapper's manager tells MLive.com that "there’s not a bunch of new stuff on there or anything.
  • Alienware's Alpha game console is ready to invade your living room (2014-11-22 23:58:00)
  • Kohler introduces odor-eating toilet seat (2014-11-22 22:57:08)
    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Blow out the candle and ditch the aerosol can.
  • Macintosh designer is selling $1,900 replicas of Apple's legendary pirate flag (2014-11-22 22:41:01)
    Gift-giving season is right around the corner, and we know just the perfect gift for the Apple nut in your life. No, it's not an iPhone case or a new iPad Air. It's a $1,900 hand-painted pirate flag.
  • Why celebrities are suing video game studios, the Fire HD 6 and other stories you might've missed (2014-11-22 22:02:00)
  • SpaceX's reusable rockets get help from 'X-wing' fins and drone ships (2014-11-22 19:45:00)
  • ESPN bans Twitter use for baseball writer who defended evolution (2014-11-22 19:18:51)
    Keith Law gets into a Twitter debate with former pitcher Curt Schilling on the subject of evolution vs. creationism. ESPN confirms Law's Twitter use has been suspended but won't say why.>
  • ESPN: No more tweeting for baseball writer who defended evolution (2014-11-22 19:15:06)
    Keith Law gets into a Twitter debate with former pitcher Curt Schilling on the subject of evolution vs. creationism. ESPN confirms Law's Twitter use has been suspended but won't say why.>
  • The Verge Playlist: the weird nomenclature of the pop-punk and emo revivals (2014-11-22 19:00:02)
    The last few years has seen a big return of two particular music scenes: emo and pop-punk. Both had big moments in the recent decades — emo in the 90s, and pop-punk at the turn of the century — but the early aughts saw the most popular bands from each scene "make it" while the rest of them broke. From the bands' names (Tigers Jaw, A Great Big Pile of Leaves, Andrew Jackson Jihad) to the album titles (Have You Seen My Prefrontal Cortex?, Chicago Bowls), and especially the song titles below, you couldn’t get any weirder if you cut up a dictionary and stirred up the pieces.
  • The best Apple iPad Air and mini tablet deals of Black Friday 2014 (2014-11-22 18:27:06)
    Sales on these devices don't always yield big discounts, but here's how to save a little on these popular holiday gifts.
  • 3D Robotics' new drone can follow you around, carry a mirrorless camera (2014-11-22 17:21:00)
  • Watch Pippin sing the final song in 'The Hobbit' trilogy (2014-11-22 16:28:01)
    When the credits roll on The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies next month, Peter Jackson's wonderful 15-year journey through Middle Earth will be complete. It will be a bittersweet moment, and it looks like Jackson's queued up the right music to send off the two trilogies. Billy Boyd — who played smooth-singing Pippin in the original trilogy — will lend his musical talents to the credits sequence, and you can hear the final song right now. Warner Bros. ...
  • Chris Pratt to star in film adaptation of 'Cowboy Ninja Viking' graphic novel (2014-11-22 15:43:02)
    Chris Pratt might have already nailed the role of the Walkman-loving Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy, but Universal hopes he has another superhero — or three — up his sleeve. The studio has signed Pratt to star in an upcoming film adaptation of Cowboy Ninja Viking.
  • In new ad, Microsoft insists Siri is incompetent (2014-11-22 15:15:21)
    What good is a digital assistant if she can't tell you to leave early because of traffic reports? That's a question asked by Microsoft at any rate.>
  • Checking out Photoshop for Chromebooks: Network-computing revived (2014-11-22 14:47:33)
    Adobe Photoshop Streaming runs on a Google server instead of your PC. Remember Sun Microsystems' motto "the network is the computer"? CNET's Stephen Shankland takes a look.>
  • The New Security Robot Watching Over Silicon Valley Is Less RoboCop and More R2-D2 (2014-11-22 14:28:00)
    The jobs of security guards—and possibly police, down the road—might be in jeopardy thanks to a new robot that hit the pavement this week in Silicon Valley.
  • New music recommendations: Pusha T, Colleen Green, TV on the Radio, and more (2014-11-22 14:00:02)
    Every week, a veritable flood of new music is released to the world, and with it the tyranny of choice rears its ugly head. There's only so many hours in the day, so where do you focus your listening energies? That's where our Verge New Music Recommendations come in: it's our entirely subjective, non-comprehensive attempt to throw the favorite new songs and albums we've stumbled upon this week your way. Of course, we're barely skimming the surface here — feel free to throw an auditory discoveries you've made this week in the comments, and get busy listening. Chumped — Teenage Retirement
  • Need a laugh? 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' outtakes make it so (2014-11-22 12:59:01)
    Geordi has a giggle fit, Picard gets trampled by Bev Crusher, and Riker chases a shipmate in the most hilarious way possible in a new blooper reel.>
  • Behind the scenes of a drone orchestra (2014-11-22 12:42:23)
    New mini-documentary shows how launching a squadron of costumed drones over the heads of a live audience "was like a military operation.">
  • Here are some of the best bloopers from 'Star Trek: TNG' season 7 (2014-11-22 12:16:01)
    Captain Jean-Luc Picard cursing up a storm. Commander Riker chasing an ensign down the Enterprise corridors. Season 7 of Star Trek: TNG must have been a wild time for the cast and crew. Uproxx got their hands on a clip from the upcoming Blu-ray, due out December 2nd, and it's absolutely hysterical. We just wonder what Worf is up to in all of this. Take a look.
  • Top iOS news of the week: Beats Music, Apple fined, new iOS 8 (2014-11-22 12:00:00)
    This week Apple confirmed Beats Music will be wrapped up in iOS, the company was fined for violating patents, and iOS 8.1.1 was released.
  • Great news: Apple Pay will soon be accepted by a lot more small businesses (2014-11-22 11:30:32)
    So far we’ve heard a lot about Apple Pay support at major retailers, but what about the small businesses in your neighborhood? CNN reports that help for them is on the way because Square founder Jack Dorsey says that the company is working on adding support for Apple Pay to its popular payments system. RELATED: Use this app to find every place near you that accepts Apple Pay For those of you who don’t know, Square is used by small merchants across the country to process credit card payments on iPhones and iPads. It’s particularly useful for people who are always on the move, such as artists who are presenting their work at galleries or farmers who sell their produce at farmers’ markets,
  • Ex-BlackBerry CEO Heins: 'I have no regrets' (Q&A) (2014-11-22 11:21:08)
    A year after exiting BlackBerry, Thorsten Heins weighs in on his time at the smartphone maker and dishes on his current phone.>
  • Sony asked the public to redesign its logo in 1981. It didn't work out. (2014-11-22 11:16:16)
    Once upon a time, Sony decided that its now-iconic logo was due for a redesign. The year was 1981, and Sony was on the cusp of a revolution — the first Walkman was released just 18 months earlier. What better time to redesign a logo dating from the ‘50s? But the company didn't enlist a design team to come up with a new logo. No, Sony decided to make the redesign a public spectacle.
  • Philae comet lander is sleeping, but not quiet (2014-11-22 10:46:00)
  • The Weekender: on starfish, mind games, and 'The Shining' (2014-11-22 10:30:01)
    Good morning, and welcome back to The Weekender. Our weekend journey is just now starting, so thank you for choosing us for your travels. As you may recall, this was the 47th week of the year 2014 on the planet known colloquially as Earth, otherwise known as Terra in other inhabited star systems. It was not a quiet week, as you might imagine. Below you'll find your itinerary, carefully crafted for your pleasure; stories from the week passed and recommendations for the days ahead. Now. Please sit back and relax as we take you on a journey through time and space. ...
  • Samsung asks the US government to block NVIDIA's chips (2014-11-22 10:01:00)
  • Why Comcast is pushing broadband data caps that nobody wants (2014-11-22 10:00:07)
    Do you want your home broadband services to have strict data caps like the ones on your mobile data plans? Of course you don’t! But that isn’t stopping Comcast and Time Warner Cable from pushing them anyway. RELATED: Time Warner Cable insists you’ll love data caps, no matter how many times you say ‘no’ In case you didn’t know, Comcast this fall started a trial run of capped broadband plans in several markets in the south, including major markets like Atlanta, Nashville and Charleston. The lowest data caps are set at 300GB per month, which the company believes should be enough for the vast majority of its users. The company explains that it’s trying to shift over to capped broadband
  • What we learned about Intel this week (2014-11-22 09:49:05)
    Intel's annual meeting with analysts this week didn’t answer all of my questions--detailed product roadmaps seem to be a thing of the past for chipmakers. But we did learn a lot about where Intel is headed.
  • Yahoo continues to improve media experiences with Cooliris acquisition (2014-11-22 09:47:05)
    Yahoo's Flickr photo service is one of the best places to backup, store, and share your photos. Yahoo just acquired Cooliris, an app developer with a namesake app that brings together photos.
  • Recommended Reading: Silicon Valley's role in government surveillance (2014-11-22 09:30:00)
  • Artist imagines Hogwarts in a galaxy far, far away (2014-11-22 09:00:03)
    What if your favorite "Star Wars" characters went to Hogwarts? Artist James Hance is back with his fantastic mashups, and shows us what "Star Wars" characters would look like in the Potterverse.>
  • Top Android news of the week: Lollipop not so sweet, Dropbox in Office, Nokia rises (2014-11-22 08:00:00)
    This week we had reports of Lollipop rendering devices useless, Office for Android getting Dropbox support, and Nokia released an Android tablet.
  • One year in, here's what our readers think of the Xbox One (2014-11-22 08:00:00)
  • Here's a machine that turns water into synthetic gasoline (2014-11-22 06:55:00)
  • Google's Chromecast works better with Chromebooks, looks better with NASA (2014-11-22 03:33:00)
  • You can finally watch Microsoft's 'E.T.' documentary on Xbox (2014-11-21 23:02:00)
  • Aereo loses battle, cord-cutters may win war (2014-11-21 22:39:06)
    Aereo, the company that tried to bring over-the-air TV to the Internet, has filed for bankruptcy, but now the companies that fought it are bringing their shows to the Internet.
  • Chromecast works better with Chromebooks, looks better with NASA (2014-11-21 22:33:00)
  • The FCC won’t decide net neutrality’s fate this year (2014-11-21 21:45:01)
    The net neutrality debate is poised to extend well into 2015, as this crucial matter is neither on the FCC’s agenda on Friday, nor in its December session, FCC spokeswoman Kim Hart said. Apparently, FCC’s Chairman Tom Wheeler is “caught” between the wishes of the White House and the needs of Internet service providers. FROM EARLIER: The funniest thing you’ll see today: Porn stars explain net neutrality The FCC received well over 4 million comments on net neutrality this year, with many people and Internet companies being against Wheeler proposal of “fast lane” Internet access. On the other side, companies like Comcast and other ISPs would like to be able to charge companies that offer various services that require fast
  • You can use Twitter activity to track unemployment (2014-11-21 21:16:00)
  • Seattle police body cameras plan revived by deal with anonymous programmer (2014-11-21 21:15:26)
    By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Seattle police plan to outfit officers with body cameras was back on for early December after the agency struck an unusual deal with an anonymous programmer whose massive public-records requests threatened to cripple the program, police said on Friday. The programmer, who operates a YouTube channel of 911 calls, surveillance and police footage, had bombarded the department with requests for video content from police cameras, which the department said it lacks the funds and staff to quickly fulfill. ...
  • Samsung files ITC complaint to block Nvidia chips from U.S.: Bloomberg (2014-11-21 21:09:22)
    (Reuters) - South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission seeking to block computer-graphics chips made by Nvidia Corp from the U.S. market, Bloomberg reported. Samsung had accused Nvidia of infringing several of its chip-related patents and for making false claims about its products, counter-suing after Nvidia filed a suit against the company in September. The Korean company's lawsuit came after Nvidia accused it and rival Qualcomm Inc of infringing patents on its graphics-processing unit (GPU). ...
  • Office Depot's Black Friday deals include $179.99 Dell and $159.99 Toshiba laptops (2014-11-21 21:08:33)
    Office Depot kicks off its Black Friday sales on Thursday, November 27th with deals on Dell and Toshiba computers, and a ton of Android tablets. The big attraction on Black Friday proper is a Toshiba laptop that's $120 off its normal price. More of the deals arrive on Thursday, including up to $300 off a Dell Inspiron notebook, up to $100 off some Samsung Galaxy Tab models, and a handy 20 percent off $50 worth of iTunes gift cards.Be sure to read the fine print
  • Orchestra uses 24 GoPro cameras to give you an amazing up-close look at its performance (2014-11-21 21:00:13)
    It’s always nice to see orchestras try to embrace new technology to build more of an audience for classical music and the Czech Philharmonic has to decided to take things to another level by using 24 different GoPro cameras to give us a first-hand look at what it’s like to perform in a concert hall as a professional musician. RELATED: New ad shows how Finnish conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen uses the iPad to compose masterpieces The video shows the orchestra performing the first few minutes of Richard Strauss’s Death and Transfiguration and it gives you a look from multiple vantage points, including from behind the conductor’s podium, to behind the timpani and percussion section, to directly across from the first violinist. The orchestra says the 24
  • George Lucas trades sci-fi for fantasy in 'Strange Magic' musical trailer (2014-11-21 20:30:28)
    Who says all quests worth watching happen in space? Filmmaker George Lucas brings the hero's journey into the forest with his madcap musical fairy adventure, due out in January 2015.>
  • New leak gives another look at what Lollipop will look like on your HTC One (M8) (2014-11-21 20:15:52)
    There have been a lot of great Android phones released this year but we still have a soft spot in our hearts for the HTC One (M8), which really saw HTC make some excellent refinements and improvements to its already outstanding hardware design. And the good news is that the One (M8) will soon get a whole lot better with the addition of Android 5.0 Lollipop, which is one of the best new releases of Android we’ve seen yet. RELATED: New leak shows what your HTC One (M8) will look like with Android 5.0 Lollipop On Twitter, ROM developer 
  • Does Flywheel exec shakeup spell trouble? CEO says no (2014-11-21 19:58:12)
    With new leadership and a $12 million funding round, the taxi-hailing app guns for ride-sharing rivals like Uber and Lyft.>
  • Engadget Daily: Google's EU antitrust battle, Amazon's Fire HD 6, and more! (2014-11-21 19:36:00)
  • Video: Cortana takes on Siri yet again in Microsoft’s new commercial (2014-11-21 19:30:53)
    Microsoft might not be able to compete with Apple when it comes to smartphone sales, but that isn’t stopping the PC giant from repeatedly claiming that its personal assistant is superior to Siri. In the latest commercial from Microsoft, Cortana and Siri have yet another conversation. This time around, Cortana is curious to find out how Siri has changed since moving over to the iPhone 6 Plus. As expected, Siri’s answers are less than satisfying. Cortana wants to know if Siri is now capable of giving reminders based on the person calling or texting. Nope, Siri just got bigger. How about traffic alerts based on traffic reports in the area? Also no. Although it’s true that Cortana has some unique functionality that can’t be matched
  • Amazon reportedly developing a new weapon to combat Netflix (2014-11-21 18:45:37)
    In order to better compete against rivals like Netflix, Amazon may launch a free, ad-supported streaming video service at some point early next year, The New York Post has learned. FROM EARLIER: Everything you need to know about Amazon’s crazy Black Friday doorbuster deals Not many details about the new service are available at this time, and it’s not known what Amazon will call it, but it’ll apparently be available for free and will not be tethered to Amazon Prime, which already offers unlimited video streaming to subscribers. “If they do an ad-supported service, they will decouple it from Prime and that is a Netflix killer,” Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter said. “It won’t be $99 a year. Who wouldn’t switch
  • Candy Crush is taking over your Facebook feed -- again (2014-11-21 18:27:53)
    The latest puzzle game from King.com is making waves on mobile devices, and its advertising campaign on Facebook has reached millions of people.>
  • Netflix picks up Tina Fey's first show since '30 Rock' (2014-11-21 18:21:18)
    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Tina Fey and Robert Carlock's first show since they made 30 Rock together, was supposed to be coming to NBC this Spring. That is, until tonight: Netflix just announced that it has picked up the show for two seasons and will premiere the 13-episode season this March in all Netflix territories. Kimmy Schmidt stars Ellie Kemper as the survivor of a doomsday cult who starts over in New York — yes, it's a comedy. The show also stars 30 Rock's Jane Krakowski, Titus Burgess, and Carol Kane (Fey, notably, is not billed a regular cast member).
  • Can bitcoins catch on with consumers? This VC's betting on it (2014-11-21 18:06:17)
    Silicon Valley investor Adam Draper is refocusing his accelerator program solely on bitcoin, in hopes of taking the currency mainstream.>
  • European Parliament may propose Google break-up in draft resolution (2014-11-21 18:05:25)
    (Reuters) - The European Parliament is preparing a non-binding resolution that proposes splitting Google Inc's search engine operations in Europe from the rest of its business as one possible option to rein in the Internet company’s dominance in the search market.
  • Microsoft is bringing chat to its Word and PowerPoint web apps (2014-11-21 18:05:02)
    Collaborating with co-workers using Office Online is about to get a bit easier: Microsoft is bringing chat to the web versions of Word and PowerPoint. The Skype-powered chat is more or less the same thing Microsoft has already rolled out across Outlook.com and OneDrive. Chat should be a nice complement to the real-time editing that Microsoft brought to its Office web apps in 2013.
  • Telltale’s first Game of Thrones video game trailer will give you the chills (2014-11-21 18:00:54)
    Very few TV shows in the past decade have attracted as large and diverse of an audience as Game of Thrones, so it’s not surprising that video game developers would want to take advantage of the popularity of the brand. Sadly, not many have found success, but Telltale Games wants to turn that trend around. READ MORE: This looks like the video game ‘Game of Thrones’ fans have been craving for years On Thursday, Telltale released the first trailer for its Game of Thrones adventure game, a six-episode series which follow House Forrester, one of the houses that hasn’t yet appeared in the HBO series. The trailer is not only our first look at the game in action, but also serves as the
  • Before protests, Hong Kong news sites were hit with the largest DDoS ever (2014-11-21 17:59:20)
    While protestors were filling the streets of Hong Kong, there was another kind of gridlock flooding the city's independent media sites. A new report from Forbes says the protests saw the largest denial-of-service attacks on record, reaching up to 500 gigabits per second according to the web optimization network CloudFlare. The first attacks occurred before the central Chinese government's "white paper" on Hong Kong's elections, which is widely credited with setting off the protests.
  • Howard the Duck has officially made a comeback (2014-11-21 17:56:46)
    The world has forgiven Howard the Duck. Howard's appeared here or there since then, including a limited run in 2007. Marvel is bringing Howard the Duck back in a comic book series launching this March by Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals) and artist Joe Quinones.
  • The Scary Merry Mistletoe Drone (2014-11-21 17:53:32)
    According to legend, Alan Stillman had one goal in mind when he founded T.G.I. Friday's, the neighborhood casual franchise that now boasts nearly a thousand outposts. "It seemed to me that the best way to meet girls was to open up a bar," Stillman said in 2010.
  • Sound Off! Do ridesharing privacy issues make you nervous? (2014-11-21 17:50:00)
  • Barbie fails as computer engineer (2014-11-21 17:49:05)
    Barbie apparently fails as a computer engineer as Mattel removes 'Barbie: I can be a Computer Engineer' book from all sales outlets.
  • Barack Obama still uses a BlackBerry (2014-11-21 17:37:14)
    "I forgot my Blackberry" President Obama yells to reporters as he boards Marine One. pic.twitter.com/KPTz3qgBvs— Doug Mills (@dougmillsnyt) November 21, 2014
  • Crave Ep. 184: Watch Tony Hawk do endless 360s on a hoverboard (2014-11-21 17:28:20)
    Tony Hawk visited the Arx Pax labs in Los Gatos, Calif., to take a spin on the Hendo hoverboard.>
  • European Parliament to call for breakup of Google, report says (2014-11-21 17:24:45)
    The Internet giant faces yet another tussle with European officials, who want Google to split off its search business.>
  • FCC is taking its time with net neutrality because 'the big dogs are going to sue' (2014-11-21 17:24:21)
    Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler is getting blunt about why we don't have net neutrality rules yet: "The big dogs are going to sue regardless of what comes out," he said today, according to Reuters. Internet providers are pretty staunchly against the type of heavy regulations that net neutrality advocates want to see, and it's expected that they'll oppose any light regulations too, simply because it would restrict them from doing various things with their businesses, like giving certain websites and apps preferential treatment. The reason that we don't have net neutrality rules right now is because Verizon sued over the last set of rules and won in court earlier this year.
  • Google Maps offers more info about destinations and alternate routes (2014-11-21 17:17:00)
  • One of the best Xbox One exclusives of the year is free tomorrow – but there’s a catch (2014-11-21 17:15:41)
    If you own an Xbox One and you haven’t picked up Sunset Overdrive yet, you’re missing out on one of the most fun games of 2014, but don’t run to GameStop quite yet. To celebrate the first year of Xbox One, Microsoft is giving away Sunset Overdrive this weekend. The catch? You’ll only have access to the game for 24 hours. DON’T MISS: Our Sunset Overdrive review Starting this Saturday, November 22nd at 12:01 a.m. ET, anyone with an Xbox Live Gold subscription will be able to download the entirety of Sunset Overdrive free of charge. That means that you can blast through the campaign, play a few rounds of the game’s multiplayer Chaos Squad mode and possibly even fit lunch in
  • Formula E returns this weekend (2014-11-21 17:15:16)
    It’s been two months since Formula E made its thrilling debut, but the all-electric racing series is finally back this weekend with its second race. This time, it stops in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The race will broadcast live in the United States on FOX Sports 1 at 1AM on Saturday and at 6AM on ITV in England, so many viewers will need to catch it at an odd hour (FIA has a list of worldwide broadcast partners here).
  • Jupiter's moon Europa looks embryonic in 'remastered' NASA photo (2014-11-21 17:07:42)
    NASA has also released a brand-new video that describes why the icy moon's vast sea might just be the perfect place to find life beyond Earth.>
  • Star Apps: Jena Malone (2014-11-21 16:50:20)
    'The Hunger Games' actress sings 'I'm OK.'
  • GameStop attracts bearish options bets after weak results hit shares (2014-11-21 16:46:56)
    By Saqib Iqbal Ahmed NEW YORK (Reuters) - GameStop Corp's shares fell 13 percent on Friday, a day after the company posted disappointing quarterly results, and its options attracted bearish bets as traders appeared to be preparing for a further slide in the share price over coming months. Shares of GameStop, the world's largest retailer of video game products, closed down $5.68 at $37.86 on Friday on the New York Stock Exchange and contracts volume on its options surged to 104,000, or seven times the norm. ...
  • Hate ads? Pay Google to block them for you (2014-11-21 16:29:41)
    Google is testing an ad-blocker service, Amazon may be inserting ads into streaming video, and Comcast lets you track the cable guy.>
  • The 404 Show 1,584: Google Contributor, JFK has a drone problem, San Francisco's poo map (podcast) (2014-11-21 16:21:24)
    We're back in the studio today! Join us for a very special episode complete with a full tour and the start of our Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Xbox One bundle!>
  • Apple's $450 million ebook settlement receives final court approval (2014-11-21 16:13:00)
    Apple has received final court approval to settle a class-action lawsuit over claims that it harmed consumers by fixing the price of ebooks, according to Reuters. The settlement could have Apple paying $450 million — $400 million to consumers and $50 million to lawyers — but that's only so long as Apple's ongoing appeal of the federal ebook price-fixing verdict does not result in an overturned ruling, which previously found it guilty. In the event that the ruling is overturned, Apple will only owe $50 million to consumers and $20 million to lawyers.
  • FCC Chairman says fear of lawsuits is holding up Net Neutrality (2014-11-21 16:07:00)
  • These 3 stores are offering the biggest Black Friday gadget discounts (2014-11-21 16:05:35)
    If you’re planning on buying gadgets this Black Friday and you want to find the biggest discounts, then your best bet may be to try Walmart, Newegg and Best Buy first. Mobile shopping app ShopSavvy, which lets its users track major sales at different retailers across multiple brands, has just given us some data about which retailers are offering the biggest average discounts on gadgets this Black Friday. It turns out that Walmart is offering the biggest average electronics discount at 44.5% off, followed by Newegg at 42.7% off and Best Buy at 38.2% off. For more great Black Friday deals, visit our Black Friday 2014 hub! Of course, these are just averages across multiple different types of electronics and it doesn’t
  • These smart clothes know how big your hips are (2014-11-21 15:52:42)
    LikeAGlove smart garments act like high-tech personal shopping assistants, checking your measurements and finding you clothes that fit.>
  • Walmart's Cyber Monday deals include a $998 4K Samsung TV, PlayStation 4 bundles, more (2014-11-21 15:49:23)
    Walmart has already announced its Black Friday deals, but now it's following them up with more blowouts for Cyber Monday. As expected, the best deals can be found on TVs, though Walmart says it has over 500 deals for the week starting on Saturday, November 29th — more than twice as many as last year. The best deals will hit on December 1st, however, so be careful when shopping at work so your boss doesn't notice. (Some links will not be live until the deal is available, so be sure to check back at Walmart's site if you can't find what you're looking for right now.)
  • How to add Adobe Flash support to Android 5.0 Lollipop (2014-11-21 15:40:50)
    There is absolutely no question that Adobe Flash took a massive hit when late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs made it his personal mission to crush the shaky web tech and replace it with HTML5. Flash will someday be completely extinct as a result of that crusade, but it’s still hanging on for the time being and many websites will continue to make use of Flash for years to come. People always talk about how phones and tablets are replacing desktop and laptop computers, but can they really be considered a suitable replacement if they can’t even properly display the millions of websites that still use Flash? If you have an Android device and want to truly experience everything various websites have to
  • European parliament may propose search services split in threat to Google (2014-11-21 15:40:35)
    By Alexei Oreskovic and Julia Fioretti (Reuters) - The European Parliament is preparing to call on regulators to consider splitting Internet search from other commercial services, according to a draft motion seen by Reuters, escalating a longstanding effort to curtail Google Inc's dominance of the industry. European politicians have grown increasingly concerned about Google's and other American companies' command of the Internet industry, and have sought ways to curb their power. ...
  • This is how you make phones work 100 feet underground (2014-11-21 15:36:28)
    Anytime your phone signal briefly drops, it's annoying — even if it happens somewhere as technically challenging as Lincoln Tunnel, which connects New Jersey to Manhattan. Never mind the fact that you are, at any given moment along its 1.5-mile stretch, surrounded by 21-ton rings of iron and submerged close to 100 feet below the Hudson River: not being able to post a tweet or text a friend in one spot is enough to forget that it was possible just a few feet ago. So what exactly makes it possible?
  • This Seinfeld/Evanescence mashup won't save you from the nothing you've become (2014-11-21 15:33:28)
    There's so much going on in this demented and utterly essential mashup of the Seinfeld theme and Evanescence's 2003 classic Bring Me to Life that it demands examination. At first it's just silly. Incongruous. "Imagine Kramer as Daredevil," you might joke. But, after a few listens, you realize how dark things are.
  • Apple offers peek at Apple watch capabilities (2014-11-21 15:32:13)
    Apple this week offered a sneak peak at how developers will be able to create powerful apps for its upcoming smartwatch.
  • Holiday Chromebook Shoppers to Get 1TB Drive Space (2014-11-21 15:16:24)
    If you were on the fence about getting a Chromebook this holiday season, Google just announced a sweet deal that could be the final push you need. The company will be giving 1TB of free Google Drive storage to anyone who purchases a new Chromebook before the end of the year. This is huge for Chromebook lovers, considering how much Chrome OS relies on the cloud to get things done.
  • Big Black Friday sale offers great prices on over 200 gadget accessories (2014-11-21 15:15:59)
    If you plan on buying a new television or computer during one of the Black Friday sales events next weekend, we’d be remiss not to clue you in on a good spot to shop for accessories as well. Starting next week, online retailer Monoprice will put 215 products on sale, from microphones and headsets to routers and monitors. READ MORE: Here is everything on sale at Walmart for Cyber Monday We won’t know the full extent of the sale until it officially kicks off next week, but here are some of the best deals that Monoprice has in store for its customers: Premium 5.1-Ch. Home Theater System with Subwoofer: $229.86 -> $179.99 Bluetooth Hi-Fi On-the-Ear Headphones with Built-in Microphone in White: $29.85 -> $18.99 Dual Port Battery
  • Apple $450 million e-book settlement gets final court approval (2014-11-21 15:14:58)
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday gave final approval to Apple Inc's agreement to pay $450 million to resolve claims it harmed consumers by conspiring with five publishers to raise e-book prices. During a hearing in Manhattan, U.S. District Judge Denise Cote approved what she called an "unusual" accord. It calls for Apple to pay $400 million to as many as 23 million consumers if the company's appeal of a ruling finding it liable for antitrust violations is unsuccessful. ...
  • European Parliament proposing Internet search-service unbundling (2014-11-21 15:14:48)
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The European Parliament is preparing to call for the separation of search engines from other commercial services to ensure a level playing field for the Internet industry, according to a draft motion seen by Reuters on Friday, presenting a threat to leading search engine Google Inc. The draft motion does not mention any specific search engines, though Google is by far the dominant search provider in Europe. Earlier on Friday, the Financial Times cited a draft motion as calling for a break-up of Google. ...
  • Micrcosoft is adding Google Drive-style chat to Office Online apps (2014-11-21 15:09:00)
  • The 404 Show Giveaway: Xbox One Call of Duty Advanced Warfare 1TB Bundle (2014-11-21 15:05:54)
    Microsoft and CNET's The 404 Show are teaming up to give one lucky winner the Call of Duty Advanced Warfare 1TB bundle! Enter for your chance to win* now!>
  • Mozilla’s balance sheet shows uncertainties ahead as lucrative Google deal ends (2014-11-21 15:01:06)
    Mozilla's financial report for 2013 shows a company that was able to grow quickly thanks to a three-year royalty deal with Google. But as that deal ends and Yahoo moves in as the new partner, can Mozilla find a way to grow?
  • Tracking tactful leopards on the prowl near human homes (2014-11-21 14:51:37)
    Researchers tracking leopards found them to be quite good neighbors, despite their ability to tear other large mammals to shreds.>
  • A comprehensive guide to repairing the iPhone 6 all by yourself (2014-11-21 14:50:25)
    Something incredible happened with the iPhone 6 — the do-it-yourself repair gurus at iFixit actually gave it a respectable score for repairability. Normally, Apple’s products prioritize lightness and thinness over repairability and the devices are often loaded with strangely designed screws and glued-in batteries. But this time iFixit found that the device was surprisingly easy to fix on your own, provided you have the right tools and know-how. To celebrate this monumental achievement, iFixit has put out the most comprehensive self-repair guide for the iPhone 6 that we’ve seen yet and it will hopefully ensure that you never have to take your device to the Apple Store if it’s in need of a fix. VIDEO: How to fix iPhone 6′s
  • The EU has a plan to break up Google (2014-11-21 14:48:27)
    Google has been the target of repeated anti-trust scrutiny in Europe over the last decade. Today Financial Times is reporting that the European parliament is on the verge of taking even more drastic steps, preparing a plan that would call for the break up of the search giant, specifically the "unbundling search engines from other commercial services."
  • 3 Killer Photo Apps: Moldiv, Cycloramic & Snapseed (2014-11-21 14:45:51)
    As smartphone cameras continue to get better, mobile photography will amaze us even more. Social media has made us addicted to telling stories, and photos bring those stories to life. It's not just about taking a good picture anymore. With the right photo app, you can transform memories into works of art.So, get off the default settings of your...
  • Handy Android apps for hassle-free holiday travel (2014-11-21 14:38:43)
    If you're hitting the road (or skies) this holiday season, these three Android apps can make your journey less of a headache.>
  • Europe is about to go nuclear on Google (2014-11-21 14:35:40)
    It turns out the Europe’s “right to be forgotten” regulations against Google were only the beginning. The Financial Times reports that the European Union’s parliament is working on a proposal to force Google to unbundle its major search business from all its other services. In other words, it sounds like Google will have to keep data on what you search for separate from all of the other services it offers, such as Gmail, Google Maps and more. It also sounds like Google would be prohibited from giving favorable treatment in its search results to its own services. RELATED: Google is facing Android antitrust issues in Europe “A draft motion seen by the Financial Times says that ‘unbundling search engines from
  • Country Music Association finds streaming is better for sales than radio (2014-11-21 14:34:00)
  • Video streaming service Aereo files for bankruptcy (2014-11-21 14:26:05)
    By Tanya Agrawal and Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Aereo Inc, the online video streaming company backed by media mogul Barry Diller, has filed for bankruptcy protection. The Chapter 11 filing on Thursday night came five months after the U.S. Supreme Court said Aereo violated broadcasters' copyrights by capturing live and recorded programs on miniature antennas and transmitting them to subscribers who paid $8 to $12 a month. That decision effectively forbade New York-based Aereo's business model, an attempt to offer a less-expensive alternative to cable television. ...
  • Here’s who is tracking your smartphone – and how to stop them (2014-11-21 14:20:08)
    One of the problems with smartphones is that spy agencies and advertisers can use them to collect data and keep tabs on users, as many reports have shown in the last 18 months. While companies such as Apple and Google have started encrypting iPhone and Android devices by default, prompting the U.S. government to heavily criticize their encryption practices, that doesn’t mean smartphones are now free from spying. FROM EARLIER: Why the government keeps telling you iPhone encryption will eventually kill a child Those of you who want to take additional steps to protect your data should check out WhoIsHostingThis’ massive infographic that reveals more details covering who can spy on your handset, how it’s done and what steps can be taken to
  • European Parliament calls for Google's breakup to end ongoing antitrust probe (2014-11-21 14:20:06)
    Europe's parliament is reportedly ready to call for Google's breakup, three years into a probe investigating the company's business practices.
  • Villainous James Bond-inspired laser watch blasts through plastic (2014-11-21 14:10:34)
    He's created an Iron Man wrist-mounted rocket launcher and a Spider-man web launcher. Now, laser enthusiast Patrick Priebe channels James Bond.>
  • European parliament preparing to call for Google break-up: FT (2014-11-21 14:04:23)
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The European Parliament is preparing to call for a break-up of Google Inc that would separate its search services from its other businesses, the Financial Times on Friday cited a draft motion as saying. European regulators are increasingly concerned about Google's and other American companies' growing dominance of the Internet industry, and have sought ways to curb Google's perceived power. A public call for a break-up would be the most far-reaching action proposed. ...
  • Xbox Live Gold members can play 'Sunset Overdrive' for free on Saturday (2014-11-21 14:02:39)
    This Saturday, Microsoft is letting all Xbox Live gold members play Sunset Overdrive for free. Best of all, you'll be able to earn and keep as many of Sunset Overdrive's achievements as you can rack up in 24 hours — even if you don't end up buying it. But you probably will. This is a pretty fantastic offer on Microsoft's part and something we'd love to see more of in the future.
  • Dish customers get CNN, Turner Classic channels back (2014-11-21 14:00:48)
    Extension restores access to handful of channels that have been blacked out since October during contract negotiations.>
  • What to get when you've got a drone enthusiast in your life (2014-11-21 14:00:00)
  • Is there a gene that keeps you single? (2014-11-21 13:57:30)
    Scientists in China say they've identified a gene that may play a role in some people being uncomfortable in relationships.>
  • This might be the worst thing about the Nexus 6 (2014-11-21 13:50:21)
    The Nexus 6 is a very good phone in many ways but, as we made clear in our review, it has a lot of flaws as well. To take one example, Business Insider has done a photo shootout between the Nexus 6, the iPhone 6 Plus and the Galaxy Note 4 and has found that the big Nexus’s camera is truly subpar in low-light situations. DON’T MISS: Our review of the Nexus 6 In the pictures shown by Business Insider, the Note 4 and 6 Plus both took acceptable low-light pictures without the aid of a flash but the Nexus 6 picture was almost completely dark. In fact, it was so dark that you can only barely make out the
  • All aboard the poop bus, now farting around the UK (2014-11-21 13:44:58)
    A bus in the UK is fueled by biomethane gas, which is produced by both food and human waste. But how bad does it actually smell?>
  • Firefox maker remains 'utterly confident' as revenue growth sputters (2014-11-21 13:42:49)
    After years of surging revenue, Firefox developer Mozilla saw a rise of only 1 percent in 2013. Still, it did reach $314 million, and Mozilla's leaders say they're upbeat.>
  • MacStadium brings Mac Pro to the datacenter (2014-11-21 13:30:05)
    Leading Mac-centric hosting provider believes that the Mac Pro will draw enterprise-class customers.
  • Playdate: We're livestreaming 'Super Smash Bros. for Wii U'! (2014-11-21 13:30:00)
  • AT&T announces rugged Sonim XP6 Android device with focus on communications (2014-11-21 13:26:06)
    Many workers perform their duties out in harsh environmental conditions and the new Sonim XP6 is built to help them maintain communications through it all.
  • The Internet of Things Far Bigger Than Anyone Realizes -- Part 1 (2014-11-21 13:20:25)
    When people talk about "the next big thing," they're never thinking big enough. It's not a lack of imagination; it's a lack of observation. I've maintained that the future is always within sight, and you don't need to imagine what's already there.Case in point: The buzz surrounding the Internet of Things.What's the buzz? The Internet of Things...
  • Price Check: get Apple's original iPad Air for $80 off, play GTA V for $59 (2014-11-21 13:15:05)
    Welcome to Price Check, our weekly post dedicated to sorting through all the new products and deals that we find. We also get a ton of gadgets sent to our office, so consider this the best place for us to tell you about them and where you can find them — sometimes even for cheap.
  • Jim Parsons of 'Big Bang Theory' fame shills for Intel (2014-11-21 13:12:48)
    Playing himself, not Sheldon Cooper, Parsons marvels at Intel's technological marvels. This is said to be his first ever ad.>
  • Nintendo 3DS Hacked Using Obscure Game (2014-11-21 13:11:56)
    Following its release in 2011, the puzzle game for the Nintendo 3DS handheld console quickly faded into obscurity. Until this month, that is, when hackers discovered that a unique bug in the game could let people run their own code on the 3DS. For three years, the Nintendo 3DS had remained impervious to hackers' attempts to crack and modify it.
  • Latest Google Maps update brings awesome new features to Android (2014-11-21 13:10:55)
    Google has a new Google Maps version out, Android Police reports, which brings some neat new features to this popular Google service. Google Maps 9.1 for Android — available for immediate download by following the source link, in case it hasn’t been already rolled out to your device — will be even more useful when planning trips or when looking for certain locations. FROM EARLIER: Here’s an awesome new Google Maps trick everyone should know The application will now show more details about a destination or a place you’re looking for, including weather information and fun facts about various locations, as seen in the image above. Additionally, the publication says that Google Maps will respond to users’ spoken requests to either show or
  • Jack Dorsey: Square will accept Apple Pay in 2015 (2014-11-21 13:09:05)
    Square's CEO confirmed in an interview with CNN that Square plans to become Apple Pay compatible next year, a move that will require a total refresh of its Register hardware.
  • TV-over-Internet service Aereo seeks Chapter 11 (2014-11-21 13:05:46)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Aereo, an online startup that tried to offer a cheaper alternative to cable TV, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection less than five months after an unfavorable ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • 3D-printed livers go on sale to impatient scientists (2014-11-21 13:02:00)
  • Google giving new Chromebook buyers 1TB of Drive storage for two years (2014-11-21 12:53:33)
    Cloud storage prices have been on a steep decline this year, but there's nothing better than free. Google is offering new Chromebook buyers 1TB of Google Drive storage to go along with their purchase. Based on current Drive pricing, Google says the limited-time deal is valued at $240.
  • Forget flares. Next time you're in trouble, send up a balloon (2014-11-21 12:49:20)
    A device now seeking funding on Kickstarter offers a better way to get help when you need it -- by sending a helium balloon 150 feet in the air.>
  • These are NSFW emoji for sexting (2014-11-21 12:42:52)
    Emoji aren’t sexy. They’re simple, tame, and accessible icons that work wonders if you want convey basic emotions. But when it comes to sexting, they're pretty inadequate. Winky faces, eggplants, and bananas have their uses, of course, but if you want to be a little sexier, you’re going to have to use your words.
  • Pro tip: Fixes for common Active Directory connectivity issues on OS X (2014-11-21 12:37:57)
    Jesus Vigo covers five common Active Directory connectivity issues affecting OS X and offers solutions to help resolve them.
  • Firefox maker remains 'utterly confident' as sales growth sputters (2014-11-21 12:34:14)
    After years of surging revenue, Firefox developer Mozilla saw a rise of only 1 percent in 2013. Still, it did reach $314 million and Mozilla's leaders say they're upbeat.>
  • LaserWatch: The story of a man with too much time on his hands (2014-11-21 12:34:00)
  • Video: BlackBerry explains why your iPhone is too wimpy to ‘work wide’ (2014-11-21 12:26:33)
    As we’ve noted before, the BlackBerry Passport isn’t for the faint of heart — it’s a manly tool to be used for real work, and if its large square display and wide boxy frame intimidate you, then tough! BlackBerry this month put up a new video that once again shows the advantage of having a large square display like the one on the Passport gives you the ability to get more real work done, especially when compared to a svelte little display like the one on your iPhone. RELATED: Tech reporter explains why she dumped her iPhone for the ‘sexy’ BlackBerry Passport The video depicts two people getting off an airplane and looking up directions to a certain location in
  • First 'Jurassic World' teaser takes you back to the scariest bit of "Jurassic Park" (2014-11-21 12:22:02)
    The first teaser clip for the Chris Pratt-starring reboot harks back to a terrifying moment in the original "Jurassic Park".>
  • Aereo's bankruptcy filing marks a fade to black (2014-11-21 12:17:31)
    After months of "not dead yet" declarations, the streaming-TV startup files for Chapter 11 reorganization, the clearest sign that a Supreme Court ruling set it on a road to nowhere.>
  • Dell's Black Friday deals include $99.99 24-inch monitor and $329.99 Xbox One (2014-11-21 12:15:11)
    Most of the best Black Friday deals from Dell aren't even Dell products. Not PCs, anyway. Yes, the company is offering extremely inexpensive Windows laptops, desktops, and Android tablets, but they're not really devices that we'd be able to solidly recommend. The 27-inch monitor may be worth a look if you don't plan on gaming with it, and the 24-inch 1080p monitor is probably worth staying up late for at a price of just $99.99.
  • Listen to the only new Beyoncé songs this year (2014-11-21 12:10:01)
    Beyoncé's big boxset is only a few days away of release, but why wait? There are only two new tracks featured in Beyoncé Platinum Edition, and you can listen to them now for free. Look, I'm a huge fan of Beyoncé, but in comparison to her latest album, it doesn't quite hit the same highs.
  • Here is everything on sale at Walmart for Cyber Monday (2014-11-21 12:05:18)
    After already kicking off a huge pre-Black Friday sale and revealing its full Black Friday 2014 deals, Walmart on Friday announced details for its Cyber Monday 2014 sales event. The huge sale will include plenty of interesting tech deals, though not nearly as many as Walmart’s Black Friday doorbusters. FROM EARLIER: Walmart’s pre-Black Friday sale kicks off with huge savings The retailer will start its Cyber Monday shopping event on Saturday, November 29th, right after Black Friday is over. Walmart says it’ll have more than twice the number of cyber deals it offered last year, with savings up to 50% on certain devices, including HDTVs, tablets, and others. “Every day through Friday, December 5th, Walmart.com will offer 500 of the season’s hottest electronics, toys, apparel,
  • Cyberwar is bullshit (2014-11-21 12:03:06)
    On Thursday, Amnesty International released a new tool called Detekt to tell if there's government spyware on your computer. It's basically an anti-virus scan, but the bugs it's looking for are really nasty. They're advanced bugs, designed to hijack your accounts and eavesdrop on your Skype calls, typically used by countries like Bahrain, Egypt and Vietnam to crack down on people they don't like.
  • Amazon Fire HD 6 review: great value for a $99 tablet (2014-11-21 12:00:00)
  • 'The Imitation Game' review: turning Alan Turing's life into a code-breaking thriller (2014-11-21 11:45:39)
    We all want to know what it’s like to be a genius. That seems to be the big appeal of going to see a movie about one, and there happens to be two this month alone — both focusing on hugely important British scientists. The latest is about Alan Turing, a mathematician who was among the early pioneers of computer science. That might not sound all that glamorous, but his life was actually quite dramatic: he’s one of the most important World War II codebreakers and was later persecuted for his sexuality to a tragic end.
  • Free Tool Detects Government Spyware (2014-11-21 11:43:42)
    The Detekt tool was developed by Berlin-based security researcher Claudio Guarnieri and supported by several human-rights groups. If Detekt does detect spyware, the researchers recommend users disconnect that computer from the Internet and stop using it immediately. Lists of experts who may be able to help, along with their PGP keys for sending encrypted emails, are available from Detekt's website.
  • I just replaced every credit card in my wallet with Coin (2014-11-21 11:40:25)
    Coin is not the future. This is important to make clear right off the bat. The future of payments will look much more like Apple Pay than it does Coin. In the digital age, there is no reason we should still have to carry paper money or plastic credit cards in the United States. We do it because we have to; the government is behind the times and banks are behind the times. Paper money and plastic credit cards will not exist in the future. Sadly, it maybe be decades before that future is truly realized. In the meantime, smartphone and wearable-based payment solutions like Apple Pay are in their infancy in America. They’re wonderful and secure options at the small number of
  • Crave giveaway: $300 gift certificate from Rakuten.com (2014-11-21 11:38:44)
    Know what's even better than Black Friday deals? A blank check from massive online retailer Rakuten.com to give you a kick-start on all the bargains.>
  • Say 'I am Groot' in 15 more languages (2014-11-21 11:34:48)
    Groot may not say much, but at least now you can quote him in French, Russian, Italian, Japanese and Mandarin, thanks to this educational "Guardians of the Galaxy" Blu-ray extra.>
  • What's the best music streaming service? (2014-11-21 11:26:06)
    Let's crowd-source an answer to this important question, with a special eye toward families with multiple users.>
  • Aereo files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection (2014-11-21 11:23:55)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Online streaming service Aereo says that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, saying an unfavorable ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court was too difficult to overcome.
  • 6 apps that completely revolutionize email (2014-11-21 11:21:04)
    Email. Is there anything in our lives that is more necessary and more burdensome? It seems like everyone hates email and no one can live without it, so the obvious next step is to fix it. Of course, in the context of email, the question becomes: What does “fix” even mean and who will finally pull it off? There are dozens of companies that have taken a crack at “fixing” email, and some have done a better job than others. None have managed to solve all of our email woes, of course, but there are a handful of companies that have actually managed to launch fairly revolutionary email solutions. And if you haven’t yet tried them out, you really should.
  • 3D talking map can help the blind find their way (2014-11-21 11:11:00)
  • Amazon plans ad-supported video streaming service: NY post (2014-11-21 10:53:10)
    (Reuters) - Online retailer Amazon.com Inc will release a new ad-supported video streaming service early next year, the New York Post reported, citing sources. The service will be separate from the company's $99-a-year Prime membership, which includes a video service, the Post reported. The Post did not say if the new service would be free or chargeable. Amazon's Prime service costs $99 a year. Amazon was not immediately available for comment. The new service will compete directly with Hulu and Netflix Inc, whose charges start at $7.99 a month for customers in the United States. ...
  • Google Contributor Lets You Pay for Ad-Free Websites (2014-11-21 10:51:12)
    Search giant Google just launched a subscription service called Contributor, which gives internet users the option to pay a small monthly fee for ad-free access to select websites. Google announced that Imgur, Mashable, Science Daily, The Onion, Urban Dictionary and WikiHow are among the program's partners, presumably with more to be announced soon. You currently need to join a wait list before you can use Contributor, and it appears that once you sign up and pay your dues, the program will work across desktop and mobile devices.
  • Call of Duty: Heroes is Clash of Clans with Guns (2014-11-21 10:51:10)
    If the blockbuster action and Kevin Spacey-ness of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare isn't enough to scratch your militaristic itch, there's now yet another way to take your Call of Duty addiction on the go. Taking some major design cues from hit mobile strategy game Clash of Clans, Call of Duty: Heroes has you attack and defend military bases using characters and weapons from Activision's popular first-person shooter franchise. As with Clash of Clans, Call of Duty: Heroes' core gameplay cycle consists of using resources to fortify your base, training fighters for battle and attacking enemy strongholds.
  • TGI Friday's mistletoe drones want you to pucker up (2014-11-21 10:47:59)
    Why not let a drone pressure you into kissing the person sitting next to you at a chain restaurant? Better skip the garlic fries.>
  • As big revenue jumps hit a wall, Mozilla remains 'utterly confident' (2014-11-21 10:42:58)
    After years of surging revenue, the Firefox developer saw a rise of only 1 percent in 2013. Still, it did reach $314 million and Mozilla's leaders say they're upbeat.>
  • 10 of the best Black Friday deals of 2014 (2014-11-21 10:41:34)
    This is it, holiday shoppers. There is now exactly one week left until Black Friday 2014 is officially upon us. Of course, the deals have already begun at most retailers, which are now in full-on sale mode as they look to capitalize on the biggest shopping event of the year. We have shared thousands of deals with you so far from the nation’s biggest retailers including Best Buy, GameStop, Staples, RadioShack, Walmart, Target, BJ’s Wholesale and many more. Of course, if you don’t feel like sifting through all of those sales, we also have some Black Friday suggestions for you that might help narrow things down. FROM EARLIER: The 10 best TV deals for Black Friday 2014 Our Black Friday 2014 hub is packed full
  • Intel's data center group: Cloud, custom, networking to fuel growth (2014-11-21 10:40:06)
    Intel's data center unit remains strong due to custom chips for cloud deployments, build-outs and networking functions virtualization.
  • Google's internet balloons can stay aloft for 100 days thanks to fluffy socks (2014-11-21 10:33:00)
  • 8 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free downloads for a limited time (2014-11-21 10:20:24)
    It’s time to finish the week strong with one last batch of nifty paid iPhone and iPad apps that are all on sale for free for a limited time. Yesterday’s post brought you seven paid apps regularly worth more than $60 that were all on sale for free — and some of them can still be downloaded for free if you hurry. Today, we have eight new apps for you and there are some great ones to choose from. DON’T MISS: Black Friday 2014 hub 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
  • Top Shelf: Quantum of the Seas is the cruise ship of tomorrow (2014-11-21 10:19:07)
    We spent a weekend on the most futuristic cruise ship out there, Quantum of the Seas. There are robot bartenders, a skydiving simulator, bumper cars, trapezes, an ice skating rink, and the North Star, which lifts you 300 feet above sea level to give you a view of the sea and the ship you've never seen before.
  • I spent a weekend on a cruise ship staffed by robot bartenders (2014-11-21 10:18:13)
    The two robots are perfectly efficient, fast bartenders. They always select the perfect amounts of Bulleit borboun, ice, and lime, and shake it just so before dumping it carefully into my plastic cup. They move in fluid, full gestures, almost as if they're human. (Their programmers studied an Italian dancer, strapping sensors to him as he moved and using his movements to teach the robots how to operate.) They pick from 127 bottles arrayed above them, and at one point, they stop pouring drinks and they dance.
  • Matt Smith turns zombie-whisperer with 'Game of Thrones' star Natalie Dormer in 'Patient Zero' (2014-11-21 10:00:18)
    The "Doctor Who" star joins the "Game of Thrones" and "Hunger Games" star to battle a global infection.>
  • New trailers: 'Better Call Saul,' 'Peanuts,' Netflix's 'Marco Polo,' and more (2014-11-21 10:00:02)
    This is kind of a huge week for movies by the power of The Hunger Games alone. Even though Mockingjay Part 1 may not be the series' strongest film, there's little chance that fans aren't going to storm theaters now that it's out. We're also about to see the release of the Alan Turing biopic, which is a pretty cool thriller about one of Britain's most important mathematicians.
  • 'Super Smash Bros. for Wii U': The Joystiq Review (2014-11-21 10:00:00)
  • Everything you need to know about Amazon’s crazy Black Friday doorbuster deals (2014-11-21 09:55:32)
    Amazon has announced its Black Friday 2014 sale plans, joining the many other retailers competing fiercely for customers’ business on the most important shopping day of the upcoming holiday season. The giant retailer said in a press release that it plans to offer users eight days of Black Friday deals, with a new deal being listed every ten minutes starting with November 21st. For more great Black Friday deals, visit our Black Friday 2014 hub! Amazon will offer buyers “three coveted Deals of the Day on both Thanksgiving and Black Friday, in addition to the “thousands of limited-time Lightning Deals” it’ll offer online (see the source links beneath this post). Amazon Prime members will also receive 30 minutes of early access to “select Lighting Deals, including
  • GE appoints former IBM, EMC execs to software leadership posts (2014-11-21 09:55:06)
    General Electric, which is bulking up its technology unit to focus on the industrial Internet, names a former EMC exec CTO of GE Software. A former IBMer is now VP of software research at GE Software.
  • Aereo files for bankruptcy (2014-11-21 09:42:08)
    By Tanya Agrawal and Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Aereo Inc, the video streaming company backed by media mogul Barry Diller, has filed for bankruptcy protection. The Chapter 11 filing on Thursday night came five months after the U.S. Supreme Court said Aereo violated broadcasters' copyrights by capturing live and recorded programs on miniature antennas and transmitted them to paying subscribers. That decision effectively forbade Aereo's business model. ...
  • Pebble updates Android app with full notification support (2014-11-21 09:41:48)
    This week, Pebble released an update for its Android app that finally provides support to push every notification that hits your phone to your Pebble watch. In addition to full notification support, the Android app has been completely rewritten for faster performance and better stability, bringing it more in line with the experience Pebble offers on iOS. Pebble says the updated app will initially be available to 10 percent of its Android users, with the rest of the rollout happening gradually over the next few weeks.
  • Six Clicks: Best wearable gift purchases for this holiday season (2014-11-21 09:35:00)
    The wearable market continues to develop with activity trackers and smartwatches available in prices ranging from $50 to $300 or more. Matthew offers up six wearables across the pricing spectrum for you to consider.
  • Video: This is what Android Lollipop looks like on the Galaxy S5 (2014-11-21 09:30:24)
    Google’s latest Android update, Android 5.0, is hotly anticipated for a number of reasons. The most obvious is the bold new look of Material Design, which uses bright colors, layering and subtle shadows to create a user experience akin to interacting with real physical materials. The new look rockets the Android platform into the future, and it is supported by a number of great new features such as multiple user support, a new notification system and battery life improvements. The wait for Lollipop is painful indeed, but now we can tide you over with an in-depth video that gives you an early look at Android 5.0 running on a Galaxy S5. DON’T MISS: This is one of the best new features in Android
  • I drove the Mirai, Toyota's massive bet on hydrogen power (2014-11-21 09:24:03)
    The most remarkable thing about driving the Toyota Mirai is how unremarkable it is.
  • Five ways the Apple iPhone 6 Plus excels as a traveling companion (2014-11-21 09:15:00)
    After making seven business trips since the iPhone 6 launch, Matthew has thoroughly tested many phones on the road, on the water, and in the air. The Apple iPhone 6 Plus continues to rise to the top.
  • Google tests subscription service for ad-free websites (2014-11-21 09:11:46)
    The test for Google's Contributor program enables you will see a thank-you note instead of an advertisement on participating websites. The cost: $1 to $3 per month.>
  • Walmart’s pre-Black Friday sale kicks off with huge savings (2014-11-21 09:05:09)
    After announcing on Wednesday that it’ll offer a week of extended pre-Black Friday deals starting November 21st, with special prices on some hot items including the iPad Air 2 and iPhone 6, Walmart has kicked off it’s big sale with official prices on other electronics that tech fans might be looking for this holiday season. For more great Black Friday deals, visit our Black Friday 2014 hub! While Walmart will no longer be tricked into selling users a PlayStation 4 for as cheap as $90, the company does have an interesting deal for gamers looking to pick up the console, as seen in the following list: $389 16GB iPad mini 3 with $100 Walmart gift card $399 PlayStation 4 with $50 Walmart gift card
  • Staples' Black Friday sale starts Sunday, includes $49 Kindle and $79.99 Beats headphones (2014-11-21 09:04:59)
    Staples will be kicking off its Black Friday sales this Sunday, November 23rd and running the deals through Black Friday itself. The big box office supplier will give shoppers 20 percent off of anything they can fit in a Staples bag on Sunday through Tuesday, and 25 percent off of a single in-store item on Wednesday the 26th.
  • Facebook at Work: Here's what you need to know (2014-11-21 09:03:19)
    If the social network decides to make its foray into the enterprise world, here's what it needs to do.
  • With Assembly, anyone can contribute to open-source software and actually get paid (2014-11-21 09:01:09)
    The open-source movement has produced some of the most widely utilized software in the world, a huge economic value driven by a widely dispersed community who believe contributing good work is often its own reward. Outside of the world of computer science, however, these strategies are still relatively niche. A San Francisco startup called Assembly is trying to change all that, by evolving the open-source model to easily incorporate disciplines outside coding and to include a shared profit motive as well. Today the company is announcing a $2. ...
  • The Vergecast 128: Stephen Elop, king of thieves (2014-11-21 09:00:38)
    It was a week of learning and growth on the Vergecast. Specific lessons included who actually owns Nokia, who has used an Apple Watch, what qualifies as a varsity sport, the merits of Pitch Perfect, and just how little of the 90s Sam remembers.
  • Adobe's got Photoshop running in Chrome, but it won't be available soon (2014-11-21 09:00:02)
    Using Photoshop usually requires lugging a typically cumbersome, expensive computer around, and changing that experience has been the dream of many creatives for years. As we found out back in September, it's a problem that Adobe has been actively working with Google to solve. The two companies have been working together for almost two years to bring Photoshop to the browser, and they finally have a working version called Photoshop Streaming that they're letting educational institutions apply to test over the next six months. ...
  • Victoria Ying is helping bring back classic Disney style (2014-11-21 08:58:32)
    Disney's animation studio is experiencing a renaissance. Thanks to films like Frozen and Big Hero 6, the company is once again at the forefront of the industry. Much of it has to do with stellar writing and renewed focus on characters, but art is also a big part of it; Disney's latest movies have a certain style that harkens back to the company's classics. And it's artists like Victoria Ying who are helping lead the charge.
  • Signal lost: Aereo's bankruptcy filing marks a fade to black (2014-11-21 08:57:18)
    After months of "not dead yet" declarations, the streaming-TV startup files for Chapter 11 reorganization, the clearest sign that a Supreme Court ruling set it on a road to nowhere.>
  • Airlines eye tech partners to tap customer data (2014-11-21 08:49:17)
    By Victoria Bryan ANTWERP Belgium (Reuters) - Airlines are seeking to work more closely with travel technology companies to mine customer data for ways to generate more revenue beyond ticket sales, emulating other industries already using such methods. While retailers have implemented ever more ingenious ways to make better use of customer data, both online and offline, many airlines have been slower off the mark, only recently looking to harvest more profitably the wealth of information provided by their frequent-flyer loyalty schemes. ...
  • Aereo files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy (2014-11-21 08:49:13)
    Aereo has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after months of grasping at straws in attempts to stay afloat following its loss to cable giants in the Supreme Court this June. Aereo says that the proceedings will allow it "to maximize the value of its business and assets without the extensive cost and distraction of defending drawn-out litigation in several courts." Aereo doesn't state whether it hopes to emerge from the proceedings, but it doesn't seem like there are many places it can go from here.
  • Stay in touch with Microsoft with the Windows Feedback and Insider Hub apps (2014-11-21 08:34:50)
    Greg Shultz takes a look at Windows Feedback and Insider Hub, two apps to help you stay in touch with Microsoft until the next build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview is released in early 2015.
  • How to boost Nexus 6 performance… and why you can’t do it just yet (2014-11-21 08:30:28)
    Google’s recently released and hard-to-find Nexus 6 is likely the company’s best Nexus smartphone to date, but it can of course still be improved. In fact, when looking at storage performance, AnandTech discovered that because the Nexus 6 comes with full data encryption, its read and write memory performance has taken a significant hit. FROM EARLIER: Why the government keeps telling you iPhone encryption will eventually kill a child “[One factor affecting the results of the benchmarks on the Nexus 6 specifically is Android Lollipop’s Full Disk Encryption (FDE). Android has actually had this ability since Android 3.0 Honeycomb, but Lollipop is the first time it’s being enabled by default on new devices,” the publication wrote. “When FDE is enabled, all writes
  • Compared to iOS, Android Lollipop adoption rates suck (2014-11-21 08:27:06)
    Pop quiz time. Thirteen days following the release of iOS 8, adoption rates had hit 40 percent. What do you think the adoption rate for Android 5.0 Lollipop was after the same period of time?
  • Zero Day Weekly: WhatsApp, Blackphone, Citadel hits password managers (2014-11-21 08:26:06)
    A collection of notable security news items for the week ending November 21, 2014. Covers enterprise, controversies, reports and more.
  • Matt Smith turns zombie-whisperer with "Game of Thrones' star Natalie Dormer in 'Patient Zero' (2014-11-21 08:19:29)
    The "Doctor Who" star joins the "Game of Thrones" and "Hunger Games" star to battle a global infection.>
  • Why you should watch The Imitation Game and why you might want to skip it (2014-11-21 08:19:00)
    The Imitation Game tells the story of Alan Turing, the brilliant mathematician and father of computing. Here are the top reasons both to see and to avoid the film - due to open in the US next week.
  • Nokia gets back in the game with an Android tablet in CNET UK podcast 411 (2014-11-21 08:09:29)
    Nokia is back with the N1 tablet, Jolla is taking your money, and GPS satellites are looking for dark matter in the cosmic cracks.>
  • Obama's immigration plan comes up short for Silicon Valley (2014-11-21 08:00:02)
    President Barack Obama last night announced sweeping plans to overhaul the nation's immigration system, including provisions that would make it easier for foreign-born entrepreneurs and engineers to stay in the US. The initiative, implemented under the president's executive authority, promises to stop deportation and provide work permits for nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants. It also includes minor tweaks to streamline the green card process for visa holders, but Silicon Valley executives have expressed dismay that the plan doesn't do more to keep skilled foreign workers in the US.
  • How to use an authenticator app to improve your online security (2014-11-21 07:51:05)
    Want to avoid having your online accounts hacked? Enable two-factor authentication (2FA), a crucial security measure that requires an extra code when signing in from an unfamiliar device. In this post, I explain how to use a mobile app to make your accounts safer.
  • First 3D LED printer could print heads-up-display contact lenses (2014-11-21 07:47:09)
    Researchers at Princeton University have developed a 3D printer that can print LEDs in layers -- and it could one day print contact lenses that incorporate heads-up displays.>
  • You might get an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus this Christmas after all (2014-11-21 07:45:41)
    During its latest earnings call, Apple revealed that it’s selling every iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus it can make, suggesting that some buyers might not be able to get their desired iPhone 6 model in time for the holidays, as the company wasn’t sure when it’ll be able to catch up with demand. Since launching the new iPhones, Apple’s estimated shipping times for orders placed on its online store reached seven to ten business days for the iPhone 6 and up to four weeks for the iPhone 6 Plus, no matter what capacity versions, colors, or carrier options, without seeing any improvement. FROM EARLIER: You don’t have to wait until Black Friday for Walmart’s hot iPhone 6 and iPad
  • Adaptive Computing demonstrates Moab HPC Suite - Enterprise Edition 8.1 (2014-11-21 07:43:05)
    Organizations are increasingly using parallel processing technology to address their high performance, technical computing or big data analysis requirements. Adaptive Computing has long believed that its Moab HPC Suite should be the parallel processing monitor of choice.
  • First 'Jurassic World' teaser rumbles into the past (2014-11-21 07:42:26)
    Jurassic World is coming next summer, and the teasers begin today. While a full trailer is set to arrive on November 27th, today’s teaser brings viewers back to the exact Tyrannosaurus rex scene from the original movie. It could be a subtle hint that the upcoming movie might just try to recreate the magic of the original, or simply a great way of generate some interest for the full-length trailer. ...
  • Aereo's video streaming fairy tale ends at Chapter 11 (2014-11-21 07:39:00)
  • The Art Of Breaking Up Online (2014-11-21 07:22:26)
    Human beings have always had a hard time finding the "right" person. Back in prehistory, a lot of potential relationships were ruined by the untimely demise of a prospective mate, due to being eaten by large, out-of-control mammals. The unsuspecting (and single) ones who survived were often hunted down and captured by singles on the prowl.After...
  • Black Friday deals from Acer: Laptops and Chromebook (2014-11-21 07:13:05)
    The folks at Acer have given ZDNet advance notice for some good deals for Black Friday.
  • San Francisco's public defecation map highlights a shitty situation (2014-11-21 07:03:00)
  • Smart guns: Can tech bring transparency to law enforcement? (2014-11-21 06:52:27)
    Yardarm Technologies developed a sensor for guns to detect when, where, and how they're used, in hopes of improving safety and accountability for law enforcement officers.
  • Complex Android malware believed to have infected up to 4.5M smartphones in the U.S. (2014-11-21 06:50:00)
    As many as 4.5 million American Android smartphone users may have been fooled into somehow downloading a complex malicious program on their devices since January 2013, The New Yok Times reports, citing security company Lookout. FROM EARLIER: FTC cracks down on massive ‘PC cleaner’ security scam Called “NotCompatible,” the malware has reached its third version, which is even more sophisticated than predecessors — Lookout said about it that it “has set a new bar for mobile malware sophistication and operational complexity.” In order to ultimately infect smartphones, hackers have used various techniques, such as infecting legitimate sites with malicious code that’s automatically downloaded when a user visits that site from an Android phone, or by sending spam messages that offer fake
  • Z Launcher nails the Android home screen launcher (2014-11-21 06:43:14)
    If you're looking for a replacement home screen launcher that is as elegant as it is efficient, Jack Wallen has just what you're looking for.
  • Office for Android updated with Dropbox support (2014-11-21 06:32:35)
    Microsoft first unveiled its Dropbox support for mobile versions of Office earlier this month, but despite the iOS apps getting updated soon after, Android has lagged behind until this week. The latest update to Office Mobile for Android adds Dropbox as an online storage application, allowing Office users to save and edit documents from Dropbox on their Android phones. Effectively, Android phone owners can edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents stored on Dropbox without ever paying Microsoft anything as Office Mobile is now free to use.
  • Reward data scientists' good work with significant recognition (2014-11-21 06:30:04)
    A structured rewards program for data science teams should be significant enough to make a difference, timely, and actually happen. Get advice on setting up such a program.
  • This is what happens when a drone interrupts your Christmas date (2014-11-21 06:08:00)
  • Mozilla's big revenue increases come to an abrupt halt (2014-11-21 06:05:47)
    After four years of increasing funds, the Firefox developer reports revenue increased only 1 percent in 2013. That was still $311 million, though, and the company remains confident.>
  • Wait for 'Version Next' vs. purchase new tech now: Tips for making a thoughtful decision (2014-11-21 06:00:04)
    With a better version of all things technology perennially "right around the corner," how do you know when to wait, or when to pull the trigger?
  • Best Buy's reinvention: 7 things to watch (2014-11-21 06:00:00)
    Here's a look at what will determine whether Best Buy thrives or dives against Amazon.
  • Best Buy's reinvention: Seven things to watch (2014-11-21 06:00:00)
    Here's a look at what will determine whether Best Buy thrives or dives against Amazon.
  • Business intelligence, on your smartwatch (2014-11-21 05:57:05)
    Big data usually means big servers and big data warehouses, but the BI company Actuate wants to make it happen on your watch, too.
  • Blinkbox brings offline movie and TV streaming to the iPad (2014-11-21 05:52:00)
  • Apple iOS Masque flaw dangers: Legitimate app infiltration discovered (2014-11-21 05:42:05)
    The Masque bug which affects iOS apps has the potential to steal data from legitimate sources, due to a lack of encryption in apps across the board.
  • The curious case of the disappearing Nexus 6 (2014-11-21 05:30:00)
  • In Poland's new 4G auction, operators are getting excited - and critics getting more critical (2014-11-21 05:25:06)
    Deciding the fate of two slices of LTE-compatible spectrum is getting many hot under the collar.
  • Here's how to 3D print using mashed bananas (2014-11-21 05:03:00)
  • Canadian middle-schoolers rank pretty high for computer literacy (2014-11-21 03:55:00)
  • NSA chief warns Chinese cyber attacks could shut U.S. infrastructure (2014-11-21 03:41:02)
    By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China and "probably one or two" other countries have the ability to invade and possibly shut down computer systems of U.S. power utilities, aviation networks and financial companies, Admiral Mike Rogers, the director of the U.S. National Security Agency, said on Thursday. Testifying to the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on cyber threats, Rogers said digital attackers have been able to penetrate such systems and perform "reconnaissance" missions to determine how the networks are put together. ...
  • Gift Guide: 3 ways to watch streaming video on TV (2014-11-21 03:07:35)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Even casual viewers of online video will appreciate the ability to watch it on a big-screen TV.
  • Investment bank builds Oculus Rift app to fly you around your stocks and shares (2014-11-21 02:40:00)
  • Google tests replacing web ads with contributions (2014-11-21 02:12:04)
    Google on Thursday began rolling out a way for people to support websites they frequent and, in return, be rewarded with ad-free pages.
  • US glassmaker Corning toughens Gorilla Glass for smartphone screens (2014-11-21 02:03:40)
    US manufacturer Corning said Thursday it was introducing a new, tougher version of its Gorilla Glass used by major smartphone makers in a bid to maintain dominance in the sector.
  • ​AMD's answer to NVIDIA G-Sync will arrive on two Samsung monitors in 2015 (2014-11-21 01:32:00)
  • Chevy previews the next-gen Volt and its location-based charging system (2014-11-21 01:02:00)
  • Singapore to regulate taxi-booking apps Uber, GrabTaxi (2014-11-21 00:57:56)
    SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore said on Friday it plans to regulate fast-growing third-party taxi booking services like Uber and GrabTaxi for the first time, capping fees and requiring them to dispatch only licensed cabs and drivers. Under new rules to take effect in second-quarter 2015, operators of the increasingly popular services based on mobile phone applications will be required to register with Singapore's Land Transport Authority (LTA). The LTA said the fees charged by the booking services could not exceed those of regular taxi companies. ...
  • Next Glass takes the guesswork out of beer and wine shopping (2014-11-21 00:22:00)
  • Trunkster: A brainy suitcase with zero zippers (2014-11-21 00:05:02)
    If luggage was featured in "Blade Runner," it would probably look like the Trunkster, a zipperless suitcase with a sliding door.>
  • Old challenges and new horizons for networked activism (2014-11-20 23:52:01)
    Alex Howard left the RiseUp conference inspired and concerned about the intersection of activism, media, and tech. Read about projects that could disrupt how social change happens online, and off.
  • ​November brain: Guns N' Roses statistics reveal anatomy of rock (2014-11-20 23:46:59)
    One developer and statistics pro has turned his eye to what makes up the music of Guns N' Roses, proving that when it comes to 80s rock, the hair was high, but the standard deviations were higher.>
  • World's first 3D LED printer could print HUD contact lenses (2014-11-20 23:26:18)
    Researchers at Princeton University have developed a 3D printer that can print LEDs in layers -- and it could one day print contact lens HUDs.>
  • Democrats also used secret Twitter profile to circumvent election laws, says report (2014-11-20 23:18:29)
    Earlier this week, the Republican party was discovered to have used Twitter to inform its fundraising groups of polling numbers during elections, potentially infringing on a rule that bars US political parties from "coordinating" with outside elements. The information appeared on the @AdBuyDetails Twitter account, with tweets mentioning a range of data, including the candidate for which the ads were purchased, the target age group it was aimed at, and the amount it cost.
  • ​Amazon rumored to be preparing travel site that offers hotel bookings (2014-11-20 23:10:00)
  • Tor's feral fans are its own worst enemy (2014-11-20 23:05:05)
    The brand image of the world's must-have anonymity tool is starting to look a bit tattered. The fans don't like it, but their response isn't helping their cause.
  • LG reclaims crown as world's largest UHD TV panel vendor (2014-11-20 22:21:14)
    After almost two years playing second fiddle, the South Korean electronics giant reclaimed the top spot as the world's largest UHD TV panel vendor.>
  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus teardown reveals subtle differences from iPhone 6 (2014-11-20 22:04:00)
    Bill Detwiler cracks open the iPhone 6 Plus and finds some interesting differences from the smaller iPhone 6.
  • Video: This Apple Watch app will tell you when you’re going to die (2014-11-20 22:00:15)
    Remember Deadline? That sweet $0.99 iPhone app that uses various tools at its disposal to tell you when you’re going to die, and even offers you a timer so you know how much time you have left on Earth? Well, Alaric Cole, the developer behind Deadline, has already put the WatchKit SDK Apple released earlier this week to good use to come up with a test version of Deadline, recording a short video using the iOS Simulator to show it in action. FROM EARLIER: For just $0.99, this iPhone app that will tell you when you’re going to die The video shows what a Deadline version could look like on Apple’s wearable device, “making the Apple Watch a timepiece for your own
  • Tomorrow Daily 090: Bionic boots, future concert tech, Khail chugs Surge, and more (2014-11-20 21:02:20)
    On today's show, we check out a guy who's running in bionic boots, a DJ who's taking his concert experiences to a whole new level, and a game that only lets you move once per day.>
  • Airbnb will cover guests' accidental injury costs (2014-11-20 21:02:00)
  • Netflix picks up fourth season of popular A&E series 'Longmire' (2014-11-20 20:38:00)
  • ​AMD's answer to NVIDIA G-Sync arrives on Samsung monitors in 2015 (2014-11-20 20:32:00)
  • Comcast goes Uber -- track your technician's journey on screen (2014-11-20 20:31:59)
    In an attempt to curtail the dreaded large time-windows, Comcast tests a system where you can track the cable guy's progress, so you're not waiting around at home.>
  • Apple is still hard at work making Apple Maps usable (2014-11-20 20:30:48)
    Apple Maps still might not be the best mobile mapping service available for the iPhone, but Apple is doing everything in its power to give its users a reason to stick with the first-party app. The team at Apple Maps Marketing reports that it attempted to submit a client with a few hundred locations to the Apple Maps Connect service, but was rejected as Apple is only accepting submissions involving at least 1,000 locations. READ MORE: After more than two years, Apple still needs your help fixing Apple Maps However, the endeavor wasn’t entirely unsuccessful as the team made an interesting discovery. In the rejection letter, Apple noted that businesses with less than 1,000 locations might want to try going through Apple’s current partners, a
  • One week, two corporate plans, three strained NBN Co execs (2014-11-20 20:27:06)
    It's hard to know which is more interesting: That the NBN Co 2014-17 Corporate Plan readily admits that we still know almost nothing concrete about this government's multi-technology mix rollout, or that a leaked final version of the never-released 2013-16 plan suggests the previous government was indeed getting its act together.
  • Pro tip: Build a Today iOS 8 app extension using Xcode 6 (2014-11-20 20:27:04)
    Go through the paces of building an iOS 8 extension -- specifically, a Today View widget that displays data on the screen for users.
  • "Assassin's Creed Unity" game delay hurts GameStop's revenue (2014-11-20 20:06:02)
    By Abhirup Roy (Reuters) - GameStop Corp posted quarterly revenue and profit well below analysts' estimates as the delayed release of "Assassin's Creed Unity," and flagging videogame software sales more than offset high demand for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles. Shares of the world's largest retailer of video game products fell 11 percent in extended trading after it also lowered the upper end of its full-year profit forecast on Thursday. ...
  • Google cuts a deal over old Nortel Networks patents (2014-11-20 20:06:00)
  • Plant-based gel can stop traumatic bleeding in seconds (2014-11-20 20:02:47)
    Biotech startup Suneris has developed a plant-based polymer it says functions like "Lego building blocks for the body," drastically reducing the amount of time it takes to stop a wound from bleeding.>
  • Chevy previews next-gen Volt with location-based charging system (2014-11-20 20:02:00)
  • CBS agrees to brief extension with Dish during contract talks (2014-11-20 19:54:13)
    A midnight programming blackout of the network's shows is avoided for Dish subscribers in 14 major markets.>
  • Google just agreed to a major settlement with an Apple-backed patent consortium (2014-11-20 19:45:16)
    While the smartphone patent wars have (thankfully) cooled down a lot over the last year, that doesn’t mean major tech companies aren’t still suing one another over patents on a pretty frequent basis. Reuters reports that yet another major patent lawsuit is now in the books after Google agreed to settle with Rockstar, a patent consortium with backers that include Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry and Sony. RELATED: Apple may not be behind the World Patent War against Google after all Rockstar rose to prominence in 2011 when it outbid Google and purchased 6,000 patents from Nortel for $4.5 billion. Two years later, it filed a lawsuit against Google over patents that related to advertising and search, which just happen to be the two
  • The 404 Show 1,583: Uber controversy, wearing Oculus Rift for 28 days, no more Jobs movie (podcast) (2014-11-20 19:28:09)
    Stephen Beacham join Jeff and Iyaz over Skype today while the New York crew irons out the last of the studio bugs. The guys discuss this week's Uber controversy, Walmart's PS4 price-matching loophole and an artist's plan to wear a VR headset for 28 days straight.>
  • Technics has a hi-fi music download service, too (2014-11-20 19:28:00)
  • Obama's immigration tweaks leave Big Tech wanting more (2014-11-20 19:25:44)
    By Noel Randewich and Roberta Rampton SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Silicon Valley expects President Barack Obama to make life a little easier for foreign workers, but tech industry representatives were disappointed that his immigration rule changes will not satisfy longstanding demands for more visas and faster green cards for high-skilled employees. Obama, in a speech to be broadcast at 8 p.m. EST on Thursday, was to outline plans to use his executive authority to help millions of undocumented people. ...
  • Amazon is giving Kindle Fire owners 6 free months of The Washington Post (2014-11-20 19:16:32)
    When Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos announced that he was purchasing The Washington Post last year, one of the big questions was whether he'd put the marketing weight of Amazon behind the paper. Today the answer comes in the form of a free six-month subscription to The Post for anyone who's bought a Kindle Fire tablet in the last few years, access the paper eventually plans to charge for. What's more, Amazon is pushing the app out to existing Kindle owners inside a software update, though the company says people will be able to delete it if they don't want it.
  • Uber does damage control amid firestorm, but is it enough? (2014-11-20 19:14:07)
    After being called an "arrogant" and "jerkish" company that doesn't respect privacy, the ride-sharing service aims to show it's a "positive member of the community.">
  • How to fix Yosemite’s Wi-Fi bugs, which are still present in OS X 10.10.1 (2014-11-20 19:00:02)
    Some Mac users who updated their devices to OS X Yosemite soon discovered certain Wi-Fi connectivity and performance issues, which Apple acknowledged and tried to address in the recent OS X 10.10.1 update. However, the Wi-Fi issues did not go away for all affected users, and some people still experience a sub-par Wi-Fi. Luckily for them, OS X Daily, which has provided some tips for the initial Yosemite Wi-Fi issues, has put together a quick troubleshooting post that could help people fix their problems following the OS X 10.10.1 update. FROM EARLIER: Experiencing Wi-Fi issues in Yosemite? Here’s how to fix them yourself The first thing the publication advises is to make sure you have updated to the latest Yosemite version by going to the Apple
  • Mindlessly cook baller sea bass with a $200 smart frying pan (2014-11-20 18:58:00)
  • Next Year, One Billion Works Will Be Free to Use Online (2014-11-20 18:52:10)
    Sometime in 2015, the number of works licensed under Creative Commons agreements will surpass the one-billion mark, the organization which stewards the licenses announced Thursday.The prediction came in a “State of the Commons” report, the first issued by that organization—which is also called Creative Commons—in four years. As of November 2014, it said, there are roughly 882 million works licensed under Creative Commons (CC) licenses. That’s more than double the number when the last report was issued in 2010.
  • DerpTrolling leaks PSN, 2K, Windows Live customer logins (2014-11-20 18:50:38)
    Hacker group DerpTrolling has released a "very small portion" of usernames and logins for three gaming networks in its possession as a "warning to companies".>
  • 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' face-melting candle is Tohts adorable (2014-11-20 18:47:57)
    Nothing is better than a face-melting Nazi. Re-create Major Toht's memorable meltdown from the first Indiana Jones movie with this gruesome candle.>
  • Amazon's Zocalo storage service going mobile, ready for larger files (2014-11-20 18:44:05)
    The deluge of additions and upgrades at the Amazon Web Services summit last week just wasn't enough for the Internet giant.
  • Playdate: We're livestreaming 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' on PS4! (2014-11-20 18:30:00)
  • Foxconn is urgently building a new $2.6B display factory just for Apple (2014-11-20 18:15:54)
    Apple is willing to do anything necessary to make sure it has a steady flow of components from suppliers when it comes to its best-selling products, and a new report from Bloomberg seems to confirm just that. The report reveals that Apple has apparently made an urgent request to Foxconn, the largest device manufacturer in the world and one of the main iPhone and iPad makers, for preferential treatment. And it looks like Foxconn will satisfy Apple’s request, even if that means making a $2.6 billion investment in the process. FROM EARLIER: Here’s why your iPhone 6 doesn’t have an unbreakable sapphire display Apple apparently wants to have access to an Innolux factory — Foxconn’s display arm — that will make displays
  • U.S. accuses China of cyber spying on American companies (2014-11-20 18:10:00)
    (This version of the May 19th. story corrects sixth paragraph to show that not all victims had filed trade cases) (Reuters)- The United States on Monday charged five Chinese military officers and accused them of hacking into American nuclear, metal and solar companies to steal trade secrets, ratcheting up tensions between the two world powers over cyber espionage. China immediately denied the charges, saying in a strongly worded Foreign Ministry statement the U.S. grand jury indictment was "made up" and would damage trust between the two nations. ...
  • Assassin's Creed Unity delay hurts GameStop's revenue (2014-11-20 18:05:46)
    (Reuters) - GameStop Corp reported quarterly revenue and profit well below analysts' estimates as the delayed release of Assassin's Creed Unity and flagging videogame software sales more than offset high demand for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles. Shares of the world's largest retailer of video game products fell 11 percent in extended trading after the company also lowered the upper end of its full-year profit forecast. ...
  • Firefox dumps Google for Yahoo (2014-11-20 18:03:50)
    Yahoo aims to become a search leader once again as the default for Firefox browsers. Meanwhile, Amazon builds a robot army, and future phone screens may not shatter so easily.>
  • Flux capacitor watch turns your wrist into a DeLorean (2014-11-20 17:56:11)
    Who needs a whole DeLorean? The flux capacitor is the most important part, anyway. Get your own and get time traveling.>
  • The food industry's next big hope is to sell you exercise in a can (2014-11-20 17:55:00)
  • Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs biopic dies at Sony, but it may find a new home (2014-11-20 17:53:05)
    Aaron Sorkin's highly anticipated Steve Jobs biopic has had an extremely rocky development under Sony Pictures, culminating last night with Sony choosing to simply drop the movie altogether, according to Deadline. Last anyone has heard, Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle was attached to direct. The role of Jobs, which had previously been offered to Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale, is unfilled, though Michael Fassbender is reported to be one of the latest contenders.
  • Citadel malware attacking open source password managers (2014-11-20 17:53:05)
    The malware variant also has its eye on online commerce, transaction authentication software
  • Nickelback watched CNN for 15 minutes and wrote a political anthem about it (2014-11-20 17:39:40)
    "I don't know if North America is on the edge of a revolution, but I wanted it to feel that way in the song, since it feels that way in so many other parts of the world. You turn on CNN and it's like, 'Wow!' We'd have it on for 15 minutes and we'd have to shut it off because it was so depressing."
  • Bake your turkey to the tune of Spotify's Thanksgiving playlists (2014-11-20 17:33:00)
  • Comcast wants to fix one of the things you hate most about its service (2014-11-20 17:30:31)
    Is Comcast really making an effort to improve its customer service? Given how its recent push to improve its image has coincided with its efforts to merge with Time Warner Cable, we remain skeptical. That said, it looks like the company is taking some steps to fix one of the absolute worst aspects of its customer service: Waiting around for cable technicians who may or may not show up on time. RELATED: Two Comcast customers nearly go insane fighting thousands in bogus fees As anyone who’s ever had an appointment with Comcast knows, waiting around for a technician to show up in a given time window can be infuriating because you literally don’t feel you can leave your house until
  • New Game of Thrones Video Game Trailer Arrives (2014-11-20 17:29:14)
    Set to be released as six episodes, the first of which will be out later this year, Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series will follow House Forrester, a minor noble house from the northwest of Westeros. Actors from the HBO series, including Lena Headey as Cersei, Peter Dinklage as Tyrion and Natalie Dormer as Margaery, will also lend their voice to the game.
  • Newegg's Black Friday deals include cheap hard drives and lots of laptops (2014-11-20 17:14:36)
    Black Friday deals are coming fast and early, and now Newegg is starting to roll its out as well. This is the best time of year to do everything from making an impulse tablet purchase to upgrading your PC's motherboard, and we've got a list of almost twenty of the tech supplier's best deals below to help you do all of those things. The Black Friday prices should be reflected in the next few hours, so if there's something that doesn't match up keep checking back. ...
  • Chipmaker Marvell's fourth-quarter revenue forecast disappoints (2014-11-20 17:02:29)
    (Reuters) - Marvell Technology Group Ltd forecast lower-than-expected revenue for the current quarter as weak demand for its chips used in third-generation mobile communication offset a rise in sales of its more profitable 4G LTE chips. Shares of the company fell as much as 2.5 percent to $12.97 in after-market trading. Marvell also took the brunt of weakness at its biggest customer Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. ...
  • Billboard tweaks album sales chart to include streams, digital track sales (2014-11-20 17:02:00)
  • Startups: How to operate and execute after launch (2014-11-20 16:57:15)
    After a startup launch, it can be difficult to build the business. Keith Rabois, a Khosla Ventures partner and member of the PayPal Mafia, shared his thoughts on operation and execution at DEMO.
  • This smartphone maker says it’ll be bigger than Apple and Samsung soon (2014-11-20 16:55:49)
    The rivalry between Apple and Samsung receives more attention that any other battle in the smartphone world, but while the two heavy hitters were duking it out, a small Chinese phone maker swiftly ascended to the No. 3 spot in the industry. Xiaomi, founded in 2010, has surpassed some of the market’s biggest names, including Sony, LG and HTC. According to Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun, this is just the beginning. FROM EARLIER: Shots fired: Xiaomi’s Hugo Barra says iPhone 6 looks so good because it swiped features from HTC Speaking at the World Internet Conference in China this week, Jun made the bold claim that Xiaomi will surpass Apple and Samsung within the next 5-10 years. This might sound ludicrous to anyone living outside of
  • Cable & Wireless helped Britain spy on the world - Channel 4 (2014-11-20 16:49:44)
    LONDON (Reuters) - Telecommunications firm Cable & Wireless helped Britain eavesdrop on millions of Internet users worldwide, Channel 4 reported on Thursday, citing previously secret documents leaked by a fugitive former U.S. National Security Agency contractor. Cable & Wireless, which was bought by Vodafone in 2012, provided British spies with traffic from rival foreign communications companies, Britain's Channel 4 television said, citing documents stolen by Edward Snowden. ...
  • Cable & Wireless helped Britain spy on the world: Channel 4 (2014-11-20 16:49:00)
    LONDON (Reuters) - Telecommunications firm Cable & Wireless helped Britain eavesdrop on millions of Internet users worldwide, Channel 4 reported on Thursday, citing previously secret documents leaked by a fugitive former U.S. National Security Agency contractor. Cable & Wireless, which was bought by Vodafone in 2012, provided British spies with traffic from rival foreign communications companies, Britain's Channel 4 television said, citing documents stolen by Edward Snowden. ...
  • 'Better Call Saul' gets February premiere date and a new teaser (2014-11-20 16:46:49)
    The loveably sleazy Saul Goodman is almost back on the air. AMC has announced that Better Call Saul will premiere across two nights, Sunday, February 8th and Monday, February 9th at 10PM ET/PT. From there, AMC will continue to air one episode every Monday at 10. Alongside Bob Odenkirk, who's returning as Saul, Jonathan Banks will be returning as his right-hand man, of sorts, Mike Ehrmantraut. The series takes place six years before the events of Breaking Bad and will show Saul's rise from a small-time lawyer to the successful and totally unethical one that we all already know. ...
  • Splunk ups outlook, delivers strong Q3 (2014-11-20 16:37:05)
    A land and expand strategy is leading to strong growth for Splunk, best known for its machine data monitoring software.
  • New Moleskine sketchbooks beam your scribbles to Adobe's Creative Cloud (2014-11-20 16:29:00)
  • What you need to know when building for the Internet of Things (2014-11-20 16:21:09)
    Matt Rogers, the founder of Nest labs, presented at the 2014 DEMO conference on designing for the Internet of Things. Here's what you need to know about the future of IoT.
  • These are the best Black Friday game console deals available (2014-11-20 16:20:18)
    If you’ve been waiting patiently all year for the right time to buy a new game console, now is your chance. BestBlackFriday.com has put together a list of all the best PS4, Xbox One and Wii U deals available during Thanksgiving and the Black Friday weekend, so be sure to read on if you want to save big this holiday season. PREVIOUSLY: Best Buy’s huge Black Friday deals begin right now! Although GameStop does have a few interesting deals worth checking out, it doesn’t look like the one-stop shop for all things gaming is even trying to compete with the big-box retailers when it comes to console deals. Here are some of the best for each individual console. Xbox One Target: Xbox One Assassin’s
  • Intel chairman: I'm not embarrassed about mobile, unlike a year ago (2014-11-20 16:15:40)
    Chairman Andy Bryant says the company is making progress in the area, despite continued hefty losses.>
  • Intuit Q1: QuickBooks Online powers a typically quiet quarter (2014-11-20 16:09:05)
    With tax season half-a-year away, it's no surprise the tax and accounting software maker had a quiet financial quarter.