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  • B-OUYA! Guess who just got a $10 million investment from Alibaba?

    29 January 2015, 2:57 pm by: Ben Gilbert

    Are we tired of making puns based around the silly name for the Kickstarter-funded, Android-powered, miniature game console, OUYA? No, friends. No we are not. Clearly. That aside, there's a whole nation of people who are just now hearing of OUYA for...
  • SkyMall's savior might be one of the products that it used to sell

    29 January 2015, 2:07 pm by: Daniel Cooper

    Rumors of SkyMall's demise might have been exaggerated, at least if the CEO of Scottevest gets his way. Scott Jordan, head of the company that makes coats with pockets sufficient to carry your entire gadget haul, believes that he's the man to save th...
  • Renault has a futuristic 'Gran Turismo' concept car too

    29 January 2015, 1:31 pm by: Timothy J. Seppala

    The Nissan GT-R and Chevy's Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo are about to get some fresh company thanks to French automaker Renault. The Alpine Vision Gran Turismo is the latest Gran Turismo 6 ride turned concept vehicle, and weighing in at around 1,...
  • Facebook's new tips for Places puts it in competition with Foursquare

    29 January 2015, 1:00 pm by: Nicole Lee

    If you've ever found yourself in a new restaurant or a trendy tourist spot, you might've looked up Yelp or Foursquare -- or, heaven forbid, used Google -- on your phone to find out where the best view is or whether or not you should order the shrimp....
  • Government raked in $44.9 billion from wireless auction

    29 January 2015, 12:43 pm by: Terrence O'Brien

    The FCC's latest wireless auction brought in far more money than anyone expected. The Chairman, Tom Wheeler, set a goal of raising $10.6 billion by selling off 1,600 licenses to blocks of wireless spectrum. In the end, the government not only blew pa...
  • FCC more than quintuples the legal definition of 'broadband'

    29 January 2015, 12:14 pm by: Chris Velazco

    It used to be that a paltry 4 Mbps down and 1 Mbps was all it took for an internet connection to be considered "broadband," but the Federal Communications Commission has just flipped that definition on its ear. FCC commissioners voted 3-2 in favor of...
  • IRL: The Phorce Freedom is a bag that trades space for versatility

    29 January 2015, 12:00 pm by: James Trew

    ‚ÄčAt CES -- the world's largest tech show -- the intrepid reporter faces many challenges. Most of them involve sleep (lack of), nutrition (lack of), human beings (abundance of) and coffee (usually lack of, but often, taste of). As such, it's very impo...
  • 'Super Smash Bros.' 8-player mode just got a whole lot better

    29 January 2015, 11:41 am by: Aaron Souppouris

    Super Smash Bros. for Wii U raised the stakes for local multiplayer with its 8-Player Smash mode, but gamers were limited to just a few stages for the frantic action. That's changing today as Nintendo is pushing out an update that adds 15 more stages...
  • Imgur now lets you easily make gorgeous GIFs from online videos

    29 January 2015, 11:19 am by: Devindra Hardawar

    Are you an animated GIF virgin? Do you hang your head in shame when your friends share their custom made GIFs? If so, then the new video to GIF tool from the popular image hosting service Imgur might be perfect for you. All you need to do is plug in ...
  • BBC secures Premier League highlights until 2019

    29 January 2015, 11:14 am by: Matt Brian

    The future of football broadcasts in the UK might be up in the air at the moment, but one important piece of TV rights has already been secured. The BBC announced today it has extended its deal to deliver Premier League highlights until the end of th...
  • SYNEK's countertop draft system brings fresh beer home this summer

    29 January 2015, 11:00 am by: Billy Steele

    SYNEK's method for bringing draft beer to kitchen counters everywhere first caught our eye last summer, and after nabbing $650,000 in Kickstarter contributions, the final product is on the way. For the uninitiated, SYNEK developed a self-contained ta...
  • Amazon wants you to dump Microsoft's corporate email platform

    29 January 2015, 10:33 am by: Daniel Cooper

    Sorry to remind you of one of the more banal parts of working life, but it's time for a story about corporate email services. It's a market that's traditionally been dominated by Microsoft, although Google is managing make some in-roads with its ente...
  • Sky and Virgin Media have a lot to say about how much sport should be on TV

    29 January 2015, 10:28 am by: Nick Summers

    There's never been more sport for Brits to watch on TV. That should be cause for celebration, but there's a problem: broadcasters are fighting for the rights to show different leagues and tournaments, which is locking sports away behind different sat...
  • Valve paid $57 million to users who make and sell content on Steam

    29 January 2015, 10:01 am by: Timothy J. Seppala

    Just how lucrative could it be to create and sell virtual items for free games like Valve's Team Fortress 2? Very, it turns out. Valve's recently announced that, since 2011, it's paid out over $57 million to folks participating in its Steam Workshop ...
  • Helmet that detects polluted air can also be a comedian's prop

    29 January 2015, 9:27 am by: Mariella Moon

    Ever seen a horse pull its lips back to show its front teeth? Looks hilarious, right? Apparently, that's called flehmen response, and animals do it to sniff out chemicals -- something designer Susanna Hertrich think humans could benefit from. Since w...
  • Dixons Carphone just made a deal that should avert a Phones4U-style disaster

    29 January 2015, 9:21 am by: Matt Brian

    Although there were a multitude of reasons behind Phones4U's demise, one of the key factors was the overwhelming lack of support from the UK's major carriers. Three and O2 severed ties with the company way in advance of its closure, but it was a shak...
  • Tumblr's 'big update' promotes essay writing, fewer GIFs

    29 January 2015, 8:44 am by: Daniel Cooper

    If we're honest, there isn't enough money in monochrome erotica and Benedict Cumberbatch GIFs to sustain a billion-dollar website. That's why Tumblr is doing its very best to become more of a publishing platform that can attract the sort of writing (...
  • IBM Research and Mars tackle food safety with advanced genetics

    29 January 2015, 8:00 am by: Billy Steele

    In an effort to help prevent foodborne illnesses and contamination, IBM Research is teaming up with Mars for a safety study that'll examine how supply chains affect what we eat. Specifically, the duo will take a closer look at microorganisms in a saf...
  • Shyp for Android is now shypping

    29 January 2015, 8:00 am by: Nicole Lee

    Shyp, an app that helps making shipping goods easier, is now available for Android. The app has been on iOS for the past eight months or so (though it was in beta for awhile before that), and is currently live in San Francisco, New York and Miami, wi...
  • Forget 999, Brits may soon get the option to report crime online

    29 January 2015, 7:35 am by: Nick Summers

    In the UK, the simplest way to report a crime has always been to pick up the phone and speak to someone. Whether that's dialling 999, 101 or the Crimestoppers charity, the general process has stayed the same. However, that could soon change in the no...
  • Sky confirms launch of its own O2-powered mobile network

    29 January 2015, 6:35 am by: Matt Brian

    Talks between Three owner Hutchison Whampoa and O2 haven't yet reached a conclusion, but already some of the UK's biggest companies are keen to take advantage of a future merger. After briefly flirting with Vodafone in a recent trial, Sky has confirm...
  • Samsung's Gear VR will entertain Qantas' first-class passengers

    29 January 2015, 6:09 am by: Mariella Moon

    Offering iPads as in-flight entertainment systems is so 2014. Australian carrier Qantas will soon welcome a new breed of gadget onboard -- the Samsung Gear VR, along with a Galaxy Note 4 to power it. The phone's loaded with a special app that shows y...
  • Google now lets Brits send money over Gmail

    29 January 2015, 5:44 am by: Nick Summers

    Instead of smartphone apps and traditional bank transfers, Google is hoping that its Gmail and Google Wallet integration can strike a chord with people wanting to send money in the UK. The feature has been available in the US for ages, but finally it...
  • Argos to open digital shops inside Sainsbury's stores

    29 January 2015, 5:12 am by: Matt Brian

    One of the main advantages retailers like Argos have over Amazon is that they operate huge stores all over the country. It encourages passing trade and it often means that customers can leave with their order just minutes after they arrive. The inter...
  • Apple's now shipping as many smartphones as Samsung

    29 January 2015, 5:11 am by: Daniel Cooper

    When people talk about Apple and Samsung, the lazy narrative is to say that Apple makes the most money, but Samsung makes the most devices. According to Strategy Analytics, however, that story may no longer actually be the case. In its latest look at...

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