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  • Project Ara update: new processor, second Dev conference

    22 August 2014, 7:26 pm by: Nate Swanner

    Project Ara, the modular smartphone, is a concept way ahead of its time. By allowing us to switch out components built around a skeletal framework, Google wants to ensure we get the phone we want — every time. The team behind Ara have announced a few…
  • HTC “Flounder”, possibly the Nexus 9, passes WiFi certification

    22 August 2014, 6:33 pm by: Nate Swanner

    The Android tablet fans have been waiting for may have just cleared WiFi certification. An HTC tablet, going by the codename “Flounder”, quietly passed through the WiFi certification board earlier this month. Though we don’t get a glimpse of what specs…
  • Baby Dancing Groot toy released by Funko

    22 August 2014, 6:03 pm by: Chris Burns

    The Dancing Baby Groot toy is real - it’s even got a bobble-head. The folks at Funko have turned super-popular underground interest in the Guardians of the Galaxy character Baby Groot into a toy in what must be record time. It was that or watch people rip…
  • Twitter may be readying feature to let you purchase goods

    22 August 2014, 5:45 pm by: Nate Swanner

    Twitter may be nearing an agreement that will let you make purchases right from your social media feed. In working with payments startup Stripe, sources say Twitter will offer up a quick link within a tweet. The purchase option could have an item shipping to…
  • Gmail, other Android apps hacked with 92% success rate

    22 August 2014, 5:13 pm by: Nate Swanner

    A group of researchers are claiming they’ve been able to hack Gmail and other services with a 92% success rate. Among those found to be vulnerable to the attack were several apps which house important financial info, as well as personal data. The group is…
  • Blame your friends for Twitter screwing up your timeline

    22 August 2014, 4:40 pm by: Chris Davies

    Twitter's little-loved new habit of putting other users' favorited tweets into your timeline may well be changing, it's reported, though only to clarify why they're showing up, not stop them altogether. The short-message social network began frustrating users…
  • BlackBerry Passport specs leaked in full

    22 August 2014, 4:25 pm by: Chris Burns

    Just incase you were aiming to continue your BlackBerry smartphone use through the future, today you’ll want to have a peek at the specifications of the Passport. That’s the BlackBerry Passport, a device whose size is essentially the same width and height…
  • Oops: Free Play Day with Xbox posted in error

    22 August 2014, 4:15 pm by: Chris Burns

    Just yesterday we saw the "Max: The Curse of Brotherhood" listing appear on Xbox One with a "Free Play Day" tag intact. Today, Microsoft’s Xbox division says to ignore it. It was just a temporary mistaken listing, after all. According to a statement sent to…
  • Incredible Ghost boat is perfect Bond villain runabout

    22 August 2014, 3:53 pm by: Chris Davies

    It looks like a half-submerged X-Wing, or maybe a Star Trek Shuttle, but it's actually Ghost, one American start-up's vision for what an attack helicopter designed for the navy might look like. Mustering 4,000 HP from two engines on the end of powered legs,…
  • Date Rape-detecting Nail Polish made real: Undercover Colors

    22 August 2014, 3:44 pm by: Chris Burns

    There’s a real-deal "date rape" nail polish coming out in the near future called "Undercover Colors." Created in hopes of destroying date rape drugs once and for all, this polish changes colors whenever it comes in contact with Rohypnol, Xanax, and GHB.…
  • Feedly Slider offers a fresh look at your tired RSS feed

    22 August 2014, 3:43 pm by: Nate Swanner

    If you’re an information junkie, you probably have a well cultivated RSS feed. One of the more popular options, Feedly, has made some neat changes to how they offer up info. Available now, the new Slider option should make getting news faster and more…
  • Volvo turns all its cars into mobile hotspots (with a catch)

    22 August 2014, 3:22 pm by: Chris Davies

    Volvo is making 3G connectivity standard across its cars, with the company's Sensus Connect infotainment system now standard on all US models, functioning as a WiFi hotspot, remote control gateway, and more. All 2015 Volvo cars will include web music…
  • Google buys FitBit Ultra design firm for X Lab products

    22 August 2014, 3:05 pm by: Nate Swanner

    Google’s X Lab creates some amazing stuff, but many have one common thread: they’re weird looking. Be it Glass, the autonomous car, or Project Loon, they’ve all got a polarizing aesthetic. In trying to make sure we like what we see from Google X, the…
  • Secret app constantly patching, becoming more secret

    22 August 2014, 3:00 pm by: Chris Burns

    This week white hat hacker Ben Caudill has revealed the identity of a friend in the app Secret. He’s done this with a simple method that allows him to identify the Secrets (generally anonymous) posted by those he has on his contacts list. While this may seem…
  • Watch this: BMW controls a GoPro right from the dash

    22 August 2014, 2:33 pm by: Nate Swanner

    If you’ve got a car that can hustle, chances are you’ve at least thought about taking it for a spin and filming it. BMW owners will want to check out the video below, which gives us our first official glimpse of an M3 and M4 controlling a GoPro camera…
  • Samsung Gear VR: everything you need to know (before the fact)

    22 August 2014, 2:11 pm by: Chris Burns

    It’s less than a month now before we expect Samsung to reveal their own Android-powered VR headset the likes of which we’ve seen before only a few times. With "devices" like Google Cardboard already released in small supply, Samsung is readying their own…
  • Data shows the iPhone 6 is already a runaway success

    22 August 2014, 2:06 pm by: Nate Swanner

    If you’re an Android enthusiast, chances are you’re not too moved by a 4.7-inch screen. For iPhone users, a bigger screen is a feature many have wanted for quite some time, and is all but confirmed as coming to them soon. Are current iPhone users excited…
  • Ford said readying Prius attack in 2018

    22 August 2014, 1:24 pm by: Chris Davies

    Ford is finally readying a true rival to the Toyota Prius, insiders claim, with a new hybrid designed from the ground-up with eco technology said to be in the pipeline for the 2019 model year. The car, currently unnamed but said to be going under the C240…
  • Mario Kart indie crossover ready for Windows, Mac, OUYA

    22 August 2014, 1:07 pm by: Chris Burns

    There’s a game out there called Super World Karts, one made in the "16-bit era" of games, ready to roll with an "indie" cast of characters in Steam Greenlight mode. Of course there’s also a Kickstarter. And of course it works for Windows, OS X, and OUYA -…
  • LightFreq color-changing bulb speakers add voice notifications

    22 August 2014, 12:48 pm by: Chris Davies

    Lightbulbs that talk to you may not sound like the very first thing your smart home needs, but LightFreq believes they'll help give its color-changing speaker lamps an edge over Sonos, hue, and others. The crowdfunded bulbs have already more than tripled their…
  • Coin digital credit card now ready, comes with big catch

    22 August 2014, 12:48 pm by: Nate Swanner

    Remember Coin, the one card to rule them all? They’re nearly ready to ship their digital credit card, and are expanding their beta testing base just a bit. Sounds great, we know, but there are some catches involved — one of which might dissuade backers…
  • Here’s how much the 2015 Corvette Z06 will cost you

    22 August 2014, 11:51 am by: Chris Davies

    Chevrolet has been teasing us with 2015 Corvette Z06 details for months now, with headline figures like 650HP to whet our appetite, but its taken until now for the number we've arguably been most interested in: the price. As the most powerful Corvette that…
  • iPhone 6 leak details two devices, Foxconn sources

    22 August 2014, 11:40 am by: Chris Burns

    There may very well be more than one iPhone 6 device appearing in your pocket in the near future. Word on the street for several months now has been that Apple would release two devices, both of them larger than the iPhone 5s on the market right now. The…
  • Foo Fighters Sonic Highways trailer taps Obama, Pharrell, Willie

    22 August 2014, 11:16 am by: Chris Burns

    A "love letter to the history of American music" - that’s what the Foo Fighters are hoping to attain with their next record. What the trailer you’re about to see depicts is what’ll be appearing in their HBO television series "Sonic Highways", a journey…
  • Google Glass emotion detection makes wearable empath

    22 August 2014, 11:07 am by: Chris Davies

    The idea of Glass doing face-recognition may not sit well with Google, but how about if the wearable could just give you a little more insight into how the person you're talking to is feeling? Fraunhofer IIS has loaded its SHORE emotion, age, and gender…
  • US Ebola patients well again: don’t freak out

    22 August 2014, 10:35 am by: Chris Burns

    Remember late last month when a couple of US citizens were brought to Atlanta with the Ebola infection? They’ve been cured. Emory University hospital staff and the patients in question are certainly amongst those who would like to address those fired up by…
  • Here come the iPhone 6 display delay rumors

    22 August 2014, 9:36 am by: Chris Davies

    We're in the final countdown to the iPhone 6, which as with any big Apple launch means it's time for the doomsday predictions of limited supply and production problems. As with previous Retina display devices - like the second generation iPad mini - it's the…
  • Sorry, monkey photographers, you can’t hold copyright

    22 August 2014, 8:59 am by: Chris Davies

    The controversy over the monkey selfie has forced the US Copyright Office to step in, clarifying that no photo taken by an animal - even a cute one like this Indonesian black macaque - can be registered. The smiling simian had borrowed photographer David…
  • Minecraft hard drive gets a 4 KB upgrade

    22 August 2014, 7:30 am by: JC Torres

    So you've probably heard of the crazy and almost unbelievable project that brought a 1 KB hard drive into Minecraft's build-anything-you-want world. If you've been impressed with that, your jaw might just drop on this one. A new group, represented by a The0JJ…
  • Aereo must get ruling to operate as cable company

    22 August 2014, 7:01 am by: Brittany Hillen

    Ill-fated Aereo has lost its latest appeal and must get a judge to rule that it can operate like a traditional cable company, reports Bloomberg. The decision was made by the US Court of Appeals in New York yesterday, and is the latest blow to the company.…

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