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  • Verizon LG G Vista is real, affordable, and nondescript

    31 July 2014, 2:30 am by: JC Torres

    After a short series of rumors, Verizon has finally revealed what the LG G Vista really is. Unfortunately for those hoping for a more remarkable device, this is not it. At the very best, the G Vista is a decent budget Android smartphone for those looking for a…
  • Ford, GM sued over CD-ripping feature

    30 July 2014, 11:53 pm by: Brittany Hillen

    Ford and General Motors have been both slapped with a class action lawsuit from the Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies on behalf of 300,000 artists and record labels. At the heart of the issue is the companies' CD-ripping feature in some cars, which…
  • eBay is down, it’s not just you

    30 July 2014, 11:24 pm by: Chris Burns

    Believe it or not, eBay appears to be down in the United States. Downtime began at approximately 8 minutes after 10PM Central Time and continue through the publication time of this article. At this time it would appear that eBay remains active through servers…
  • Tehran’s transforming house has three rotating levels

    30 July 2014, 11:11 pm by: Brittany Hillen

    There's always that one moment of the day when the sunlight streaming through your window washes out the TV or blinds you when you're on your favorite part of the couch. The traditional remedy is closing the curtains, but imagine a future where instead you…
  • NomadPlus is an external battery that uses your Apple power plug

    30 July 2014, 10:55 pm by: Brittany Hillen

    External batteries come in all shapes and sizes, few of which are as handy as the NomadPlus. This particular portable battery is aimed at Apple users, utilizing the iPhone's power plug to charge itself when you're near an outlet and your mobile when an outlet…
  • Vocca voice-controlled smart socket lets you boss around your lights

    30 July 2014, 10:15 pm by: Brittany Hillen

    The Emberlight smart socket has some new competition: the Vocca voice-controlled smart socket, which has recently arrived on Kickstarter. Vocca allows users to control the lighting in their home or apartment using voice commands, and to demonstrate this, the…
  • PlayStation Now Open Beta arrives tomorrow for PS4

    30 July 2014, 9:38 pm by: Brittany Hillen

    After a long wait, PlayStation Now Open Beta will be arriving for all PlayStation 4 owners in both the United States and Canada starting tomorrow. Thus far, PS Now has been in a private beta that some lucky gamers have had access to, but that'll all change…
  • NSA patents reveal agency’s spy gadgets

    30 July 2014, 8:17 pm by: Brittany Hillen

    The folks at Foreign Policy have detailed a list of patents granted to the National Security Agency, and in them we see a plethora of spy-centric gadgets and tech that covers topics spanning from encryption to envelopes that reveal they've been tampered with.…
  • FCC fires off letter to Verizon questioning data throttling plan

    30 July 2014, 7:17 pm by: Brittany Hillen

    Verizon's plans to start throttling some users has caught the attention of the FCC, which recently fired off a letter to the carrier asking questions about the business change. The letter was from Chairman Tom Wheeler, who said that he is "deeply troubled" by…
  • Crytek USA staff reportedly quit over lack of pay

    30 July 2014, 6:31 pm by: Brittany Hillen

    Crytek USA's CEO and others quit last week over lack of pay, according to sources that are said to be familiar with what went down. This follows Crytek's downsizing that took place recently at the studio in Texas, and is said to have resulted after weeks of…
  • Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury Review: the “world’s fastest gaming mouse”

    30 July 2014, 6:01 pm by: Chris Burns

    The folks behind the Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury suggest they’ve created a new age in gaming mouse technology. This device does not just rely on an optical sensor - they’ve incorporated several different sensors to make certain that there’s no point at…
  • R2-D2 Kitchen Timer helps keep dinner from burning

    30 July 2014, 5:50 pm by: Brittany Hillen

    The Star Wars gear available for your kitchen is expanding, and now includes a handy R2-D2 timer for those times it's extra important not to burn dinner. This joins the X-Wing Knife Block that is set to arrive early next month from The Fowndry. The R2-D2…
  • No Apple TV set this year

    30 July 2014, 5:07 pm by: Chris Burns

    This week it’s been tipped that Apple’s media content parters - or prospective parters - for the Apple TV are "dragging their heels." This means no Apple TV release inside of the year 2014, and it means the Apple TV box that’s already on the market will…
  • Russia to Apple, SAP: give us source code to prove there’s no spying

    30 July 2014, 4:48 pm by: Brittany Hillen

    In a bid against spying, Russia has tossed out the idea that Apple and SAP should fork over their source code to relevant government agencies, which would prove their products aren't facilitating spying. The proposal was made known to both companies last week…
  • iPhone 6 may be in limited supply (at first)

    30 July 2014, 3:25 pm by: Chris Burns

    The iPhone family has used Sapphire Glass for components for several generations. Both the back-facing camera lens and, in the iPhone 5s, the Touch ID home button work with Sapphire Glass to keep them tough. The iPhone 6, as it’s assumed to be called, has…
  • Interstellar trailer includes terrifying prospect, no Daft Punk

    30 July 2014, 2:33 pm by: Chris Burns

    While this particular "Interstellar" won’t include the code 5555 or one less "r", the team behind their newest campaign is aiming for codes. You’ll find the InterstellarMovie dot com website to be accepting secret entry codes now. There’s also a very,…
  • Corning donates $1.8M in hardware to private space telescope

    30 July 2014, 2:05 pm by: Chris Burns

    A cancelled NASA program appears to be the source of a major stash of mirror components Corning will soon be donating to a private cause. Suggesting the original project will not be revealed due to customer confidentiality, Corning has made note that they’ll…
  • Homefront switches hands again: Deep Silver now central developer

    30 July 2014, 1:36 pm by: Chris Burns

    The folks at Crytek UK have sold the rights to the gaming franchise Homefront to Deep Silver. This means big things for the series, but suggests the current title "Homefront: The Revolution" may be in flux. We recently saw some (rather impressive looking)…
  • NASA IceCube hunts climate change and cost savings

    30 July 2014, 1:31 pm by: Chris Davies

    NASA will take advantage of new tiny satellite technology, CubeSats, to test a new weather-monitoring technology that could help unlock the secrets of climate change, the space agency has announced. IceCube - also known as Earth-1, is around a foot long and…
  • Modbook Pro X recreates MacBook Pro Retina as uber-tablet

    30 July 2014, 1:00 pm by: Chris Davies

    MacBook-to-tablet convertor Modbook is back with a new model, the Modbook Pro X, turning the latest MacBook Pro into a pen-enabled graphics powerhouse for designers and artists. Building on the 15.4-inch Pro which Apple updated yesterday, the new Modbook slate…
  • BMW takes M235i Coupe drifting in five car city stunt

    30 July 2014, 12:28 pm by: Chris Davies

    When life gives you lemons, make lemonade; when it hands you the keys to five brand new BMW 2 Series M235i Coupés and the empty streets of Cape Town, you go drifting. BMW's M-badged two-door may be one of the smaller cars the company offers, but it's still…
  • Samsung says “me too” with round smartwatch

    30 July 2014, 12:24 pm by: Chris Burns

    Though not exactly following the design philosophies of Android Wear, Samsung appears to be rolling out plans for their next smartwatch collection in the round. A set of patents has appeared, filed all the way back in March of 2014, readying Samsung for a more…
  • HTC outs August 19th launch: One W8 Windows Phone?

    30 July 2014, 12:00 pm by: Chris Davies

    HTC will hold an event on August 19th in New York City, where the recently rumored Windows Phone version of the HTC One M8 may well make its official debut. Invitations to the launch were sent out this morning, and come amid speculation over the past few days…
  • Maingear Spark goes ultra-small for Windows, Linux, or SteamOS

    30 July 2014, 11:45 am by: Chris Burns

    This week one of the most prolific makers of custom gaming PCs, Maingear, has let loose the Spark. This device weighs less than a pound and is 2.34 inches tall, 4.23 inches deep, and 4.5 inches wide. That’s a palm-sized high-powered PC. Inside this PC…
  • Small cars slammed in tougher crash testing

    30 July 2014, 11:33 am by: Chris Davies

    Tougher crash testing has exposed the worrying deficiencies in some of the most popular small cars on the market, with safety regulators warning that the shortcomings could lead to head and leg injuries. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) put…
  • EA Access “Netflix for games” may be dead in the water

    30 July 2014, 11:03 am by: Chris Burns

    Though it’s being launched for Xbox One this week with much fanfare, Sony’s response to EA Games initiative with all-you-can-eat gaming may have dire implications. Apparently EA went to Sony as well at Microsoft about EA Access and only Microsoft said yes.…
  • Xbox One enters China on Sept 23rd – Costs $100 more than the US

    30 July 2014, 10:40 am by: Ewdison Then

    When the Chinese government lifted ban of gaming consoles after having the restriction in place for almost 14 years, console makers have been gearing up for entries into potentially one of the world's largest gaming market. Microsoft says it will start selling…
  • Deadpool screen test makes all your horrible dreams come true!

    30 July 2014, 10:19 am by: Chris Burns

    It’s so horrible, the things Deadpool is about to do to your senses. If don’t know who Deadpool is when you’re reading this sentence, turn around and head into a comic book shop immediately. Or just search Google for "Deadpool comic-con exploits". Search…
  • Tablets “crashing” warns Best Buy chief

    30 July 2014, 9:33 am by: Chris Davies

    Tablet sales "are crashing" Best Buy's CEO has warned, describing a resurgence in laptops he ascribes to users stumbling across the limits of the "post-PC" revolution. The ominous news comes on the heels of Apple recording a drop in iPad sales in the most…
  • Meet the chip that wants to make your smartphone an SLR

    30 July 2014, 9:00 am by: Chris Davies

    Mobile chips don't necessarily need to get faster, they just need to get smarter, at least that's what video processing specialist Movidius believes, and it's launching a highly-focused vision processor, Myriad 2, to prove it. The follow-up to the original…

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