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Signing Up For Gmail No Longer Requires A Google+ Account

Earlier this month, Google stopped forcing Gmail users to create a Google+ account upon sign up. Google+ is considered the second largest social networking website after Facebook. The growth of Google+ was largely attributed to its requirement for using another Google-owned service like Gmail or …

Tiny robot learns to fly a real plane

A doll-sized humanoid robot has learned how to use a cockpit simulator to fly a light aircraft designed for humans.<p>A small, hobby-sized robot could herald the pilot of the future. At just 39.7cm (15.6in) tall, PIBOT -- a portmanteau of "pilot" and "robot" and not to be confused with Raspberry …

Robotics

Google Now's latest trick is finding you a cheaper flight

Google Now has been showing off alternate info for when your flight's been delayed for a bit, and as of late the app's looking to take another bite out of air transit frustrations: keeping an eye on ticket prices. Poking around on Google Flights for a trip will drop a card into the search giant's …

10 video-making apps that help you make the best home movies

Vloggers, home movie-makers and video enthusiasts can all have a lot of fun and get professional results with these apps<p>Smartphones are not only changing the way we watch films, but also the way we make them. When director Malik Bendjelloul ran out of money filming his documentary feature <i>Searching</i> …

Blackphone will pay you cash to hack it — but only if you follow the rules

The creators of the new encrypted Blackphone want you to hack it.<p>More specifically, the Geneva-based manufacturer of the Blackphone, which is actually a collaboration between encryption wizard Phil Zimmermann’s Silent Circle and Geeksphone, is offering cash rewards to anybody who can find holes in …

Google reveals most searched-for universities

<b>Google has revealed the most popular searches for people around the world looking for universities.</b><p>This ranking of online searches is very different from the traditional map of the global powerhouses of higher education.<p>There is a strong interest in online courses, rather than traditional …

Higher Education

Tomorrow Daily 056: A robot pilot, a saltwater-powered car and a DIY Raspberry Pi laptop

On today's show: a marvelous robot that can fly planes; a saltwater-powered vehicle gets road clearance in Germany; and Pi-Top, an affordable 3D-printed laptop powered by Raspberry Pi.

Raspberry Pi

WhoSampled for Android Reveals Remixes, Samples & Covers

London-based startup WhoSampled answers music’s most frustrating question, as we wrote back in 2009: Where <i>DO</i> I recognize that song from?<p>In a nutshell, the service scans the music on your device to tell you who has sampled, remixed and covered each song. And now, two years after it arrived for …

Best dual-SIM Android phones - here are our picks

While many folks can get by with a single-SIM handset, there’s something to be said about the flexibility that is afforded to you when you have a dual-SIM device. A dual-SIM setup allows you to not only potentially have two different phone numbers but you can also have one SIM for data, another SIM …

Phones

Motorola Moto G 2014 review: the best all-round budget smartphone

When Motorola released the Moto G in 2013, it was seen as an industry breakthrough, making the most fully featured, high quality smartphone for the lowest price at the time.<p>Moto G sold well and put Motorola back on the map because it got the basics right, using fast and responsive Android software …

Google replaces Flipboard-style Currents app with Play Newsstand on iOS

Google has replaced the Currents app on iOS with Google Play Newsstand, an app which Android users have been enjoying for a while. Google’s Currents …

Hackers 'could watch you having sex via your smartphone'

Millions of Britons are leaving themselves open to being watched by hackers while having sex, going to the toilet or getting dressed, as they are unaware of the dangers posed by their smartphone or tablet camera<p>Millions of Britons are leaving themselves open to being watched by hackers while having …

Amazon turns to Twitter to build shopper wishlists

The e-commerce company takes another step toward enabling consumers to buy products through tweets.<p>Amazon shoppers can now add products to their wishlists with a single tweet.<p>The e-commerce company's second shopping hashtag, #AmazonWishlist, which launched Wednesday, builds on its nascent …

eCommerce

Apple Pay And How Computers Became The Cocaine Of The 21st Century

When Apple Pay was announced alongside the iPhone 6 earlier this month, the generational project of escaping money became simultaneously more imaginable and less possible than ever. The rapid digitization of the economy, a process Apple’s products and services have helped steer, has made the …

3 Girls Won The Google Science Fair With A Bacteria-Based Plan To Solve The Food Crisis

"By the year 2050 we actually need 50 percent more food just to feed everyone," Emer Hickey, one of the three winners, told Scientific American.<p>Hickey worked with her classmates Ciara Judge and Sophie Healy on their project. The three teenage girls, who live in Ireland, were simultaneously learning …

App developer warns not to enter personal info using in-app browsers due to security issue

App developer Craig Hockenberry has published an article today titled “in-app browsers considered harmful” warning both devs and users of security issues related to apps that take advantage of the feature. <i>“Would it surprise you to know that every one of those apps could eavesdrop on your typing?</i> …

The latest anonymous chatting app is both harrowing and intriguing

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Digital Vision / Thinkstock<p>My first conversation on Kindly – a new, anonymous chatting app where strangers can seek …

Walmart Now Offering Low-Cost Mobile Checking Accounts Through Exclusive Deal With Green Dot’s GoBank

Apple Pay what again? Walmart is getting into the mobile banking space, the company announced this morning, through a partnership with financial services provider Green Dot Corporation. The company’s low-cost checking account product called GoBank is now being made available exclusively at Walmart, …

Who provides the best budget experience for your dollar: Windows, Android, Firefox OS?

One of the best things about the maturation of the smartphone market is the race to the bottom sparked by commoditization. Smartphones are getting really cheap and there isn’t a great deal to distinguish them in terms of hardware. If you’re seriously strapped for cash, or you’re buying something …

Mobile Technology

Out of power? Cable lets you steal juice from another device

The Samsung Power Sharing cable lets you donate power from one compatible mobile device to any other gadget that charges with a micro USB port.<p>How many times has this happened to you? You're out for the day with your tablet, smartphone (and maybe even your smartwatch) all set for a day of play with …

Gear & Gadgets

Facebook Wi-Fi Drone the Size of a Jumbo Jet Could Fly in 2015

The Facebook drones are on their way, and we’re not talking about bored friends who send out Candy Crush Saga invites. The company shared a few more …

Uber app updated with iPhone 6/6 Plus support

If you’re an iPhone 6 user running the botched iOS 8.0.1 update and can’t make a phone call to ask for a ride, Uber has some great news for you today. The company has updated its iOS application with full optimization for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus screens. The update does not add much else today, but …

Tech giants move to shield wearables

Technology giants poised to reap billions from selling “wearables” and other personal health technology are furiously lobbying Capitol Hill with a strong message: Don’t regulate our Fitbits.<p>The Affordable Care Act calls for patients to become bigger players in their own health, and companies that …

Ex-Tesla and NASA Engineers Make a Light Bulb That's Smarter Than You

Sometime in early 2013, one of the delivery operations engineers at Tesla leaned back in his chair and took a look around the Silicon Valley office. “It was a sunny day, and I looked up and I thought, ‘Why are these lights on with full power, when full sunlight is coming through the window?’” says …

Home Automation

Bending All The Phones: iPhone 6 vs. HTC One M8 vs. Moto X

Before the launch of the iPhone 6 Plus, the idea of people being concerned about how “bendy” their phone is would’ve seemed laughable. A week later, I’m hearing random people in my just-outside-of-the-echo-chamber coffee spot talk about it like they’d talk about the weather. Strange.<p>Yesterday …

Exclusive: Amazon tests smart home gadgets, expands hardware lab

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc will boost staffing at its secretive Silicon Valley-based hardware unit by at least 27 percent over the next five years as it tests Internet-connected “smart” home gadgets such as a one-button device to order supplies.<p>A zoomed illustration image of a man …