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FAA committee thinks smartphone and tablet use should be allowed during takeoff and landing

Recall that silent rage you get when you're told to switch of your Kindle, iPod or laptop for take-off and landing, even when there's <i>nothing</i> wireless going on. Well, the FAA could be approaching a change in the rules. A 28-member committee, created by the Federal Aviation Administration itself, has …

Google Fiber Compared To Broadband By Putting A Middle Age Guy In A Bath Robe And Soaking Him With A Firehose

Provo, Utah is getting Google Fiber in the next few months. So how do you explain to the people of this small city north of Salt Lake what that will mean for their Interent service?<p>You get a guy to wear a bath robe and stand next to a raised swimming pool with a garden hose, symbolic of broadband …

First Windows 8.1 ad features the return of the Start button

The removal of the Windows 8 Start button last year turned out to be a hot-button issue for users of Microsoft's latest operating system. Following a range of feedback from customers, Microsoft is now preparing to release Windows 8.1 on October 18th with a Start button. The latest OS update also …

Sharp's first Windows 8 tablet has 10.1-inch, 2,560 x 1,600 IGZO display and water resistance (hands-on)

Kicking off this week's CEATEC show in Japan, Sharp has played to its strengths with its new Windows 8 tablet, the Mebius Pad, factoring in a 2,560 x 1,600 resolution display. That puts it pretty far ahead of the current crowd of 1080p Windows 8 tablets, including Microsoft's incoming Surface 2, …

Keeping your laptop plugged in all the time will kill its battery faster

Laptops are our indispensable lifeline to the majesty that is the internet. We use them to work and play from anywhere in the world. But if you're …

Softbank announces the Arrows A, can fast-charge a day of use in just 10 minutes

Softbank has just held its biannual showcase to reveal its new smartphone family and, as is often the case with Japanese carriers, there's a few interesting devices alongside the more predictable iPhone fare. Poring over the company's Winter 2013 collection, it's Fujitsu's Arrows A 301F that …

Nexon Takes A Strategic Stake In Former Zynga, EA COO’s New Gaming Startup

Nexon, the publicly traded free-to-play gaming giant out of Asia, is continuing its streak of strategic investments in promising Western studios by taking a stake in former Zynga COO John Schappert’s new startup Shiver Entertainment, Inc.<p>They didn’t disclose the size of the deal, which will see …

NSA can reportedly tap smartphone users' data

The National Security Agency has the ability to access user data on three of the most popular smartphone platforms, including BlackBerry's e-mail system, according to classified documents viewed by German news outlet Spiegel.<p>The US intelligence-gathering agency has created platform-specific working …

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Pentagon adjusts plans for more intense attacks on Syria

U.S. war planners are preparing for three days of attacks on Syria, a longer bombardment than originally envisioned.<p>September 07, 2013|By David S. Cloud<p>Hundreds of demonstrators opposed to a U.S. military strike against Syria… (Olivier Douliery / Abaca…)<p>WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is preparing for a …

Twitter's tablet-optimized Android app leaks out

Even Google admits that Android tablet software has been lagging, but one key app might finally be catching up. At IFA 2013, a tablet-optimized copy of Twitter was spotted running on a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. It appears to basically be an Android-ified version of the Twitter UI that came to …

NATO Airstrike Kills Civilians In Afghanistan

A NATO airstrike has killed civilians in Afghanistan along with insurgents.<p>As previously reported by <i>The Inquisitr</i>, the any Syria airstrike will …

Cat Domestication Isn’t Complete, Study Suggests

Your cat may not be as domesticated as you think, at least if you believe British anthrozoologist John Bradshaw. In his book <i>Cat Sense</i>, Bradshaw …

Assad did not order Syria chemical weapons attack, says German press

President Bashar al-Assad did not personally order last month's chemical weapons attack near Damascus that has triggered calls for US military intervention, and blocked numerous requests from his military commanders to use chemical weapons against regime opponents in recent months, a German …

Apple Won’t Introduce New Apple TV Box Next Week, Will Upgrade Software

There are very, very good odds you’re going to hear about new iPhones at Apple’s event next Tuesday.<p>But if you’re looking for a new Apple TV, you’re …

Meet the designers behind the mobile messaging sticker craze

Stickers, or large-scale emoticons, have become a phenomenon in the age of the smart device. Originating in Asia, where some sticker sets have helped companies reel in sizeable revenues and stake out space in the cultural zeitgeist, they’re now spreading to messaging apps and social platforms like …

Japan's Levitating Train Hits 310 MPH in Trials

It's currently the world's longest and fastest stretch of maglev train, reaching speeds as high as 310 mph in a demonstration last week. But Japan's …

This is the Nokia Lumia 1520, a giant 6-inch 1080p Windows Phone

Nokia is preparing to launch a 6-inch Lumia 1520 Windows Phone. We got a brief look at the phone last month thanks to a leaked image, but <i>Verge</i> reader KaZ has supplied a number of new photos of the device. The images compare the Lumia 1520 to a Sony Xperia handset, and they show just how big this …

Xbox One video leak offers a closer look at the next-gen dashboard

Microsoft has provided some glimpses of the Xbox One dashboard, but the company still hasn't shown it fully to the public. One particular YouTube user, Jackson Carter, has posted a two minute video of the Xbox One console, controller, and dashboard. The shaky cam overview provides one of the first …

Lego machine removes DRM from Kindle e-books

Lego Mindstorms robots have been put to many good uses, such as solving Rubik's cubes and acting as a motorized wheelchair. Peter Purgathofer, an associate professor at the Vienna University of Technology, used Mindstorms to create a machine that automatically strips the DRM from Kindle e-books.<p>The …

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Amazon Says It Has No Plans for a Phone This Year — And No Plans for a Free Phone, Period

Amazon said Sunday that it has no plans to launch a phone this year, and, if it does at some later date, it wouldn’t be a giveaway product.<p>“We have …

French Oppose Syria Action By Two-Thirds Margin, Poll Finds

More than two-thirds of French people are against the country taking part in international military action in Syria, according to a newspaper poll published Saturday.<p>The survey for French daily Le Figaro showed the country's opposition to military action against the Damascus regime has increased …

The Greatest Taco Bell in the World Is Smack on a Beach in Pacifica, CA

We don't always go to Taco Bell, but when we do, we go to <i>this</i> one. Quite possibly the most badass of T-Bell's 39,000+ chalupa factories, this 20 min-South-of-SF location is unlike any other you've ever been to (also: they're hiring!!). Beyond the fact that it even exists, <b>here're six other things</b> …

John McCain: Obama Impeachment Would Happen If America Put 'Boots On The Ground' In Syria

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) insisted there will be no "boots on the ground" in Syria because if there were, "there would be an impeachment of the president."<p>McCain made the following statement to KFYI's Mike Broomhead on Thursday:<p>The fact is [Syrian President] Bashar Assad has massacred 100,000 …

The World's Tallest Skyscrapers Have A Dirty Little Secret

The Burj Khalifa in Dubai and the Bank of America tower in New York count among the worst offenders<p>Supertall skyscrapers aren't necessarily built to fit as many people inside as possible--sometimes they're just aiming to be, well, really tall. Large portions of these buildings are designed to …

Why Futurama Was The Greatest Show About The Future Ever Aired

R.I.P. Futurama, we'll miss ya<p>The first time I saw <i>Futurama</i>, the long-running (but off-and-on) animated series from <i>Simpsons</i> creator Matt Groening, I was a kid watching it on summer afternoons at my grandmother's house. I don't think I'd ever laughed that hard--not at its colossally influential older …

Thanks to a new chip, the Galaxy Note 3’s huge screen won’t kill its battery

Advertisement<p>15 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / koya979<p>The charge on the Galaxy Note 3 is going to last a lot longer than you think – and not just …