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  • The Pirate Bay back online after police take-down

    31 January 2015, 2:00 pm by: Adam Westlake

    The Pirate Bay, the internet's favorite torrent search engine, is back online right now, roughly seven weeks after being raided by law enforcement in home country Sweden. While the website and its founders have long been targeted by authorities for violations…
  • Super Bowl weekend gets ‘beaconized’ courtesy of Gimbal

    31 January 2015, 1:00 pm by: Nate Swanner

    As the sporting world steadies its gaze on Phoenix this weekend, there’s more than just a Super Bowl going on. The event, once just a game to decide the champions of the NFL, has morphed into a festival. Much like the NFL has grown, so has their coup de…
  • Amazon Prime to drop Doctor Who, other BBC shows on Feb 15

    31 January 2015, 12:00 pm by: Adam Westlake

    If you're a subscriber to Amazon Prime's Instant Video service and a big Doctor Who fan, we've got some bad news for you. With an announcement to customers expected sometime this weekend, Amazon Prime will no longer have Doctor Who, nor most of its BBC shows,…
  • Home Improvisation: the game that has you build IKEA-style furniture

    31 January 2015, 11:00 am by: Adam Westlake

    Everyone loves putting together IKEA furniture, right? You just grab your toolbox and follow the steps in those cute, cartoonish instructions, and eventually you end up with something that at least resembles what you saw in the store. But what if you didn't…
  • Pay for McDonald’s with hugs and dance, says Super Bowl ad

    31 January 2015, 10:00 am by: Adam Westlake

    As the Super Bowl advertising blitz is about to descend upon us this Sunday, companies are eager to get as much value as possible from their 30 to 60-second ads, such as posting them early online for audiences to see before the big game. Well, McDonald's is…
  • Google Earth Pro drops $399 subscription, now available for free

    31 January 2015, 9:00 am by: Adam Westlake

    Google has recently revealed that it is dropping the paid subscription from Google Earth Pro, a more robust version of its Google Earth software. The Pro service will now be available for free, previously costing $399 per year. While the standard version of…
  • Connect Plus keychain adapter has micro USB, Lightning connectors

    31 January 2015, 8:48 am by: Brittany Hillen

    Echo's Connect Plus is a "Y"-shaped USB connector with a standard USB connector on one side, and both a micro USB and Apple Lightning connector on each arm. This allows both Apple devices and gadgets that use micro USB to be charged without carrying around…
  • Three Ways to Repurpose Your Old Smartphone

    31 January 2015, 8:37 am by: Brittany Hillen

    Most of us have old smartphones lying around, and while they might not be the latest and greatest anymore, the odds are also high that they're functional and decently powerful. If you've been planning to ship them off to a used phone service but have never…
  • Uber, Lyft swept up in drivers’ lawsuits challenging contractor status

    31 January 2015, 12:29 am by: Brittany Hillen

    Drivers for Uber and Lyft work as contractors, and as such they're left to deal with certain expenses themselves: gas, maintaining their vehicles, and more. New lawsuits hoping to get class-action status in California are looking to change that, contending…
  • Brevitē camera backpack mixes form and function

    30 January 2015, 11:44 pm by: Brittany Hillen

    If you often tote a camera around with your laptop or other gear, you know the hassles that can arise -- you have to make sure everything you need not only fits, but fits safely, and though there are camera compartments available that can be put inside…
  • Sophia skipping rope integrates smart tech into the handles

    30 January 2015, 11:20 pm by: Brittany Hillen

    Quite a few products you use in everyday life have smart counterparts, and now the long-standing skipping rope (also called a jump rope) is counted among them. Sophia is a new smart skipping rope designed for fitness enthusiasts who want easily accessible data…
  • SoundCloud for iOS and Android updated with redesign

    30 January 2015, 10:44 pm by: Brittany Hillen

    SoundCloud has pushed out an update for its iOS and Android apps, with the Android version having received it back on Tuesday and the iOS version a couple days later on Thursday. The Android update is a fairly small one, bringing only minor changes; the iOS…
  • Nissan Juke Nismo RSnow swaps tires for tank-like treads

    30 January 2015, 10:00 pm by: Brittany Hillen

    If you've had to deal with a buried or stuck car over the past couple of snowy weeks, Nissan's new Juke Nismo RSnow will look especially appealing: it ditches tires in favor of giant tank-like tracks instead, allowing it to blast through the powdered tundra…
  • Uber’s internal privacy audit finds favorable practices

    30 January 2015, 9:15 pm by: Brittany Hillen

    Remember that internal review of Uber's privacy practices the company announced back in November? It came at a time when the company was being slammed with negative press over comments made by Emil Michael, among other things, and aimed to help either point…
  • Netflix to launch new Aziz Ansari stand-up comedy special

    30 January 2015, 8:30 pm by: Brittany Hillen

    It's no secret Netflix plans to ramp up its original show offerings this year, and it won't be limiting itself to just fictional series' like the newly released Marco Polo. As we noted earlier this month, Netflix will be releasing an original documentary ("My…
  • Toyota recalls Avalon sedans due to potential fires

    30 January 2015, 7:50 pm by: Brittany Hillen

    As the first month of 2015 nears its end, Toyota has slipped in a recall of its own, this one being over the same potential risk we've seen cited in other recent recalls: fires. In this case, some 2011 and 2012 model year Avalons located in the US will be…
  • Rumor: Apple asks for Apple Watch-friendly iOS app early

    30 January 2015, 6:45 pm by: Nate Swanner

    Now that we have a better idea of when the Apple Watch will come to us via the Apple Store, some interesting news has leaked regarding apps for the Apple Watch. The last time we discussed Apple Watch’s handshake with the iPhone, we found Developers were…
  • Marriott un-blocks Wi-fi, promises to behave

    30 January 2015, 6:01 pm by: Chris Burns

    After being scolded by the FCC for blocking Wi-Fi signals inside their own hotels, the Marriott International have responded with a begrudging agreement. In addition to Marriott Rewards members receiving free Wi-Fi starting on the 15th of this month (earlier…
  • HTC: We can’t meet our 90-day deadline for Android Lollipop

    30 January 2015, 5:59 pm by: Nate Swanner

    When Android Lollipop hit AOSP, HTC was quick to announce they’d be updating their handsets within 90 days. In fact, they were the first OEM to give themselves a deadline for Lollipop, saying “We have the Android Lollipop code. We’ll be updating the HTC…
  • Android Wear just got very, very smart

    30 January 2015, 5:43 pm by: Chris Burns

    Google's Android Wear software just got smart - very smart - simply because it integrates Google Now top to bottom. With an update to Google Now comes an update to Android Wear, and what we're seeing today is an explosive update that'll make the suggestions…
  • BMW patches e-goof that left 2.2m cars at risk

    30 January 2015, 4:28 pm by: Chris Davies

    BMW has remotely patched a security flaw which, if exploited, could have handed over the digital keys to as many as 2.2m BMW, Rolls-Royce, and MINI cars to thieves. The hack, identified by a German motorist association, involved models fitted with BMW's…
  • Hand of God nebula captured by Very Large Telescope

    30 January 2015, 4:25 pm by: Chris Burns

    This week the European Southern Observatory (ESO)'s "Very Large Telescope" (VLT) captured an image of the Hand of God. This nebulous globule is also known as "Maw of the Beast", and lies around 1,300 light years away from the planet Earth. This image was…
  • Pronto review: Great for cable TV, but falls short elsewhere

    30 January 2015, 3:56 pm by: Nate Swanner

    As portable a device as I’ve seen come across my desk in some time, Pronto intends to make a home on my mantle, next to my TV. Or maybe 30 feet away! This little rectangular box of plastic wants to control all my living room (or bedroom) devices via…
  • Big Bang echoes just cosmic dust BICEP2 investigation finds

    30 January 2015, 3:29 pm by: Chris Davies

    It was supposed to be evidence of the first shudderings of the universe, a post-Big Bang ripple of cosmic inflation finally spotted by the BICEP2 telescope, but scientists have finally admitted they got it wrong. The unexpected announcement last March that…
  • Nokia DT-903 Smart Wireless Charging Plate hands-on

    30 January 2015, 2:44 pm by: Chris Burns

    This week one of the last Nokia-branded devices to be released by Microsoft is hitting shelves: the Nokia DT-903 Smart Wireless Charging Plate. This device might appear to be a standard Qi-compatible charging plate at first glance, but once you've got your…
  • Kia takes Tesla route with e-AWD Soul EV concept tease

    30 January 2015, 2:42 pm by: Chris Davies

    Electric cars may most commonly be found scooting around cities, but Kia has more rugged adventures planned for its new all-wheel-drive EV concept, set to be revealed next month. The unnamed off-roader will preview what Kia is calling an e-AWD powertrain,…
  • Google Now gets third-party app support with update

    30 January 2015, 2:31 pm by: Nate Swanner

    After yesterday’s earnings report, which brought news that Google may not be as strong in Search as they once were, the company is announcing changes to Google Now. The mobile-first search skin, which brings in cards packed with information based on your…
  • Jay-Z getting into streaming music with Aspiro bid

    30 January 2015, 2:11 pm by: Nate Swanner

    In a $56 million deal, rapper and entrepreneur Shawn Carter (you know, Jay Z) is getting into the streaming music business. Via Project Panther Bidco Ltd, which is owned by Shawn Carter LLC, H.O.V.A. is trying to buy Aspiro, the Swedish streaming company…
  • Watch Grandma fly a drone

    30 January 2015, 2:10 pm by: Chris Burns

    It's clear that this grandma doesn't live in downtown Washington DC. What you're about to see is a GoPro-captured grandmother by the name of Els Van Boldrik capturing her morning, including walking the dog, watering the flowers, and gathering some fruit. With…
  • Snapchat Discover video series taps Spielberg and Goldwyn

    30 January 2015, 1:53 pm by: Chris Burns

    The title of the web-based episodic video series about to be released by Snapchat is literally the following: "Literally Can't Even." This web series will follow the daughters of directors Steven Spielberg and John Goldwyn as they go on comedic misadventures…

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