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  • Audi makes eco-friendly diesel from carbon dioxide and water

    27 April 2015, 11:34 pm by: Jon Fingas

    In an ideal, pollution-free world, everyone would be driving electric and hydrogen fuel cell cars. Audi knows society isn't quite there yet, however, so it has a stopgap if you still get around using conventional vehicles. The automaker recently prod...
  • Daily Roundup: Hackers read President's email, eSports injuries and more!

    27 April 2015, 9:44 pm by: Dave Schumaker

    In today's Daily Roundup, read how Russian hackers were able to read some unclassified email from President Obama. Meanwhile, one of eSports' biggest stars, Hai Lam, is retiring due to a repetitive strain injury and a Halo gaming tournament is cancel...
  • DARPA's steerable bullet proves it can hit moving targets

    27 April 2015, 8:59 pm by: Andrew Tarantola

    DARPA announced that its self-steering bullet program, dubbed the Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO), passed another developmental milestone in late February. Per an administration release, and the video below, experienced and novice shooters ...
  • Horror sequel 'Five Nights at Freddy's 4' is happening on Halloween

    27 April 2015, 8:12 pm by: Jessica Conditt

    Five Nights at Freddy's is a terrifying game series about gruesome murders, dead children and haunted animatronic creatures a la Chuck-E-Cheese meets Poltergeist. Yep, it's everything awful about your childhood nightmares, sprinkled with a dash of de...
  • Valve removes option to sell paid 'Skyrim' mods

    27 April 2015, 7:43 pm by: Timothy J. Seppala

    After a few days of hearing complaints on the internet, Valve is removing the payment feature from the Skyrim Workshop on Steam. The PC gaming juggernaut explains that it underestimated the differences between the communities built around its own gam...
  • LG's posh Watch Urbane arrives at Google's store for $349

    27 April 2015, 7:32 pm by: Jon Fingas

    You no longer have to wait for AT&T (or go through an importer) to buy LG's ritzy-looking Watch Urbane in the US -- it's available to order today. Google is now carrying the upscale Android Wear timepiece in its store with a $349 price tag, which is ...
  • 'Halo' tournament canceled because Xbox One game is still broken

    27 April 2015, 6:58 pm by: Timothy J. Seppala

    Halo: Combat Evolved may have been one of the first console shooters to hit the competitive gaming circuit but a recent tournament was derailed because almost six months later, The Master Chief Collection is still broken. The official Halo eSports le...
  • Google makes nice with European news publishers

    27 April 2015, 6:07 pm by: Jon Fingas

    European publishers have long chastised Google for allegedly hurting their bottom line, but the internet giant is now trying to meet them half way. It's launching a partnership with eight news outlets (including the UK's Financial Times and Guardian)...
  • Apple Pay hits Best Buy's app, coming to stores later this year

    27 April 2015, 5:30 pm by: Devindra Hardawar

    Best Buy, one of the largest Apple Pay holdouts, is changing its mind. Apple CEO Tim Cook just announced during its earnings call that Best Buy stores will support Apple Pay later this year. It's also available starting today within Best Buy's mobile...
  • Apple sold 61 million iPhones last quarter, China now second-biggest market

    27 April 2015, 5:08 pm by: Nicole Lee

    Back in January this year, Apple recorded a blockbuster of a quarter thanks to holiday sales of its new, larger-screened handsets. It sold a whopping 74.5 million iPhones in the last three months of 2014, chalking up $74.6 billion in revenue in the p...
  • Rubix's wireless battery sticks to your phone with magnets

    27 April 2015, 5:01 pm by: Richard Lai

    When you're spending most part of the day out and about, chances are at some point you'll have to whip out your portable battery to juice up your smartphone. This usually means stacking your phone on top of a cable-wrapped power bank, and then clumsi...
  • Supersonic air keeps train tracks clear when weather sucks

    27 April 2015, 4:42 pm by: Timothy J. Seppala

    Unlike forest fires, you personally can't do much to stop trainwrecks. With that in mind, the folks over at General Electric took a break from tracking your brain on BBQ and devised a way to keep one of the oldest forms of powered-transport on track ...
  • Ultrathin membrane makes plane cabins 100x quieter

    27 April 2015, 4:17 pm by: Roberto Baldwin

    While air travel is quicker and safer than driving, it's also louder. The continuous low-frequency drone of the engines is why some people invest in noise-canceling headphones. To help reduce that non-stop hum, researchers at North Carolina State Uni...
  • 'Minecraft' finally has a free girl character

    27 April 2015, 3:26 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Lots of girls play Minecraft, but you wouldn't know it from the default character options. Unless you've been willing to pay up or install a mod, your only real choice so far has been Steve, the game's male mascot. At last, though, things are opening...
  • Instagram debuts three new filters and emoji hashtags

    27 April 2015, 2:51 pm by: Andrew Tarantola

    The five new filters that Instagram released back in December have reportedly been such a hit with users, the company has unveiled three more retouching options: Lark, Reyes and Juno. According to Instagram's blog, Lark softens reds in favor of blue ...
  • Facebook brings video calling to Messenger

    27 April 2015, 2:20 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Facebook is no stranger to video chat, but it's been keeping a low profile as of late. Well, it's no longer content to sit on the sidelines while Skype and Hangouts steal the show -- the company has just introduced video calling in Messenger. Whether...
  • NBC's live sports streaming comes to Apple TV and Roku players

    27 April 2015, 1:57 pm by: Jon Fingas

    You have more than a few ways to watch live sports on Apple TV and Roku boxes, but there are still a few gaps. What if you want to catch lots of golf tournaments? If you live in the US, you won't have to worry quite so much. NBC Sports has launched v...
  • Snapchat hires a top CNN reporter to oversee its news

    27 April 2015, 1:28 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Snapchat just showed how serious it is about turning its mobile video messaging service into your news hub. The company has hired Peter Hamby, one of CNN's best political reporters, to oversee its news efforts. He'll still contribute to the TV networ...
  • Want the best Apple Watch display? Get a Sport model

    27 April 2015, 12:47 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Splurging on a gold or steel Apple Watch might get you a fancier timepiece, but there's one thing you won't get: the best possible display. DisplayMate has taken a close look at the OLED screen in the smartwatch, and it notes that sapphire carries it...
  • Google wants first refusal on the patents you want to sell

    27 April 2015, 12:14 pm by: Daniel Cooper

    When a business is finished with a patent or just needs some cash, it often winds up selling its intellectual property to a patent troll. With it, these "non-practicing entities" can then fire courtroom broadsides at outfits like Microsoft and Google...
  • ESPN sues Verizon over customizable FiOS TV plan

    27 April 2015, 11:44 am by: Edgar Alvarez

    We knew ESPN wasn't happy with Verizon's recently announced flexible TV plans, and now it is ready to take legal action on the matter. According to CNBC, The Worldwide Leader in Sports is suing Verizon over the FiOS Custom TV package, only days after...
  • Every major US credit card will soon work with Apple Pay

    27 April 2015, 11:35 am by: Daniel Cooper

    The roster of credit cards that work with Apple's mobile payments platform has always had one notable absentee. Thankfully, the folks at Discover have realized that there's little to be gained from not being available to use on Apple Pay. That's why ...
  • Wimbledon bans 'nuisance' selfie sticks

    27 April 2015, 11:10 am by: Matt Brian

    If you're heading to the All England Lawn Tennis Club in June to enjoy some strawberries and cream and perhaps snap the odd selfie while watching the world's best tennis players, we have some bad news: Wimbledon has banned the selfie stick. Laid out ...
  • Wireless glove adds touch to VR video games

    27 April 2015, 11:01 am by: Matt Brian

    While Oculus, Valve, Samsung and HTC are all looking to captialize on the resurgence of VR, their solutions all focus on what we can see and hear. That's more than enough to immerse you in a virtual world, but what if you want to interact with the ob...
  • Eurovision's official app is your guide to (not) enjoying Eurovision

    27 April 2015, 10:41 am by: Jamie Rigg

    For some of us, the Eurovision Song Contest means cringing at over-the-top performances and chuckling at Graham Norton's dry, subtly cynical commentary. For others, however, the annual karaoke competition is genuinely enjoyable, and if you fall into ...

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