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New Sony Add-On Lets Tablet Users Strap the QX Lens Cameras to Their Devices Too

Tablet photography is something of an oxymoron for most photographers, but there are those who occasionally (or more than occasionally) snap a photo …

Awesome Miniature Movie Stills Shot Using LEGO and Baking Powder

LEGO and baking powder, that and some Star Wars inspiration is all Finnish photographer (and PetaPixel reader, we might add) Vesa Lehtimäki needs to …

Twitter buys hundreds of patents from IBM, ending legal spat

IBM's the biggest patent holder of all time, and when it comes to defending them, it tries to work things out amicably. That's exactly what's happened with Twitter, after the social giant today announced it has bought 900 patents from Big Blue and entered into a cross-licensing agreement to limit …

Aereo Sells Out Of Capacity In NYC

Aereo, a TV streaming service looking to change the way we consume media, has just sold out of capacity in New York City.<p>Founder and CEO Chet Kanojia confirmed the news via Twitter.<p>The company launched in 2011 with NYC as a pilot market, and has since expanded to 11 markets total. The service, much …

The Nest Team Will Reportedly Lead Google’s Hardware Division

It’s still early, but it’s beginning to look like Google’s $3.2 billion thermostat pickup could be the smartest investment of the year. TechCrunch has learned that the Nest team is going to become Google’s core hardware group; Nest’s consortium of engineers consists of 100 former Apple employees, …

NSA reportedly helped Canada spy on airport passengers using free Wi-Fi

Canada’s electronic spy agency has allegedly been using airport Wi-Fi to spy on its citizens. <i>CBC News</i> reports that the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) collected data over a two-week period from free Wi-Fi hotspots at what it describes as a “major Canadian airport.” While it’s …

Amazon AppStore giving away six 'essential travel' apps, today only

Winter might not exactly be a prime time for traveling, but whether you’ll heading to the big game this weekend or simply planning a winter trip, the Amazon AppStore is offering six premium travel apps for free as part of its <i>Getaway Essentials Bundle</i>.<p>According to Amazon, the total worth of the …

Apps

Vinted’s mobile app turns your unwanted clothing into cash

Women have billions of dollars worth of unworn clothing in their closets.<p>Vinted is a mobile marketplace for secondhand clothes that puts those forsaken garments to use. Today, the startup announced it has raised $27 million in its second round of funding.<p>The money will support the …

How Nintendo Can Save Itself

Nintendo is hemorrhaging money on a flopped product and refuses to do the one thing that’ll keep it afloat. Here are some ideas for how it could improve its bottom line, without selling out.<p>The Nintendo Wii console was a massive hit. The sequel which debuted late last year, the Wii U, was a massive …

Silk Road Vendor Fighting To Reclaim Seized Bitcoins, Argues He Sold Legal Products

Somewhere in the $164 million worth of bitcoins held by the U.S. government, there’s a chunk of the cryptocurrency that until very recently belonged to Peter Ward, a British self-described “cybertechnohippy” and dealer in drug paraphernalia like bongs, marijuana seeds, and rolling papers. Now Ward …

How Leap Motion can use its accelerator program to … leapfrog the competition

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Leap Motion<p>When you build something new, you need to show people it’s worth it. In the technology world one way to do …

Twine Canvas Is Like Tinder But Based On Personality, Not Sex Appeal

Don’t judge a book by its cover. Beauty is only skin deep. It’s what’s on the inside that counts.<p>These are the mantras of millions of young singles scouring the internet for someone with whom to have intercourse, or potentially procreate. But mobile app developer Sourcebits has released a new …

Using Leap Motion And Oculus Rift, This Game Tries To Correct Lazy Eye

Diplopia has raised more than $20,000 on Indiegogo.<p>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5tVBfBJr-s<p>James Blaha had spent years dreaming up ways to fix his strabismus, a condition more commonly known as crossed eyes. He had contemplated using two projectors with polarized filters and lenses to send …

This $44 smartphone isn’t as good a deal as it sounds

South Africa’s—and indeed Africa’s—biggest mobile operator, MTN, this month released the “Steppa,” an Android phone for 499 South African rand. At present exchange rates that is a few cents over $44, and is “unlocked,” meaning the purchaser doesn’t have to buy a mobile contract. It comes with full …

South Africa

Zoom's H5 brings high-quality audio recording to budget-minded pros

Are you serious about capturing high-quality audio away from a studio, but not so serious that you need a do-everything recorder like Zoom's H6? You'll want to look into the company's newly unveiled H5, then. While it should match the H6's audio quality and can use the same stereo microphone …

Canada's Wind Mobile offers unlimited US roaming for $15 extra per month

Canadians frequently have to pay through the nose to use their phones in the US; at best, they'll get a paltry 50MB of data per day. They won't have that problem for long, though, since Wind Mobile is launching an unlimited US roaming plan on February 3rd. For $15 extra per month, subscribers will …

After upgrade hiccups, Alcatel will skip Firefox OS 1.2

Rapid-release software updates are easier with browsers than operating systems, judging by Alcatel's decision to skip the next Firefox OS release.<p>The Alcatel One Touch Fire, one of the inaugural phones to sport Mozilla's Firefox OS, won't get version 1.2 of the browser-based operating system -- but …

Software

App Annie 2013 Index Flags Up Freemium’s Onward March & Why Many Devs Still Go iOS First

Mobile app analytics firm App Annie has put out a retrospective report on app trends in 2013 and there are few interesting tidbits worth flagging for developers. Notably the continued dominance of the freemium business model — especially for games.<p>App Annie’s data shows that games apps with …

Android 4.4.2 has arrived to HTC One owners in Canada

On Wednesday Jason Mackenzie took to HTC’s website to talk about Android 4.4 KitKat’s North American arrival, revealing that they were behind schedule and that HTC One owners in Canada and the United States were looking at another week or two before the update hits.<p>The good news for those in …

Android News

GoPro Channel Apps Coming to Xbox 360, Xbox One in 2014

Microsoft today announced GoPro channels are coming to its gaming consoles. Xbox Live Gold members will get access to GoPro Channel apps for the Xbox 360 this spring and the Xbox One this summer.<p>Here’s a sneak peek:<p>The GoPro Channel apps will stream curated GoPro video content to your HDTV through …

Siri co-creator: 'don't hold your breath' for the AI in 'Her'

Only a few people are truly qualified to evaluate the technological merits of Samantha, Joaquin Phoenix's A.I. co-star in Spike Jonze's film <i>Her.</i> One of these people is most certainly Dag Kittlaus, co-creator of Siri. In an op-ed for <i>Variety</i>, he asks "Can Siri catch up?"<p>"Maybe," he says, "but don't …

US phone companies to explore replacing all phone numbers with IP addresses

Voice-over-IP (VoIP) is nothing new, of course, but so far it's been regarded merely as an add-on to America's regular, analog-based copper and cellular voice networks -- networks that are currently maintained as a matter of legal requirement. The FCC isn't necessarily such a stickler for …

Meet The First 10 Companies To Take Part In Founders Fund And SOSVentures’ LEAP Axlr8r

Late last year, a couple of venture firms sought to invest in LEAP Motion’s gesture control technology by helping developers to build businesses around it with an accelerator. Today, the LEAP Axlr8r is opening for business and announcing the first 10 participating companies in the program.<p>LEAP …

U.S. Cellular launches $50 no-contract plan

The monthly plan, initially launching on four phones, gets you unlimited talk, text, and Web.<p>On Friday, regional carrier U.S. Cellular took the wraps off a new no-contract plan. The $50 monthly charge gets customers unlimited calling, text messages, and Web access.<p>For now, the plan applies to the …

Mobile

Telenav Held Talks With Navmii Before Acquiring Rival Navigation App Skobbler

After Google acquired Waze last June, reportedly for $1.1 billion upwards, there followed much speculation surrounding which mapping startup might be next to exit.<p>Yesterday we closed the loop on one rumour — that maps and navigation app maker Skobbler had been approached by several “major tech …

In a distributed world cache is king. Why routers are becoming the new server.

Advertisement<p>18 Comments<p>Much like Amazon(a amzn) sparked a revolution in not just corporate IT but also in how companies build out their …

Apple CEO Tim Cook Heads to Ireland to Visit Government Officials, Company Facilities

Apple CEO Tim Cook is currently in Ireland visiting the company's facilities in Cork and preparing to meet with government officials this afternoon, according to a report from <i>TheJournal.ie</i>. The specific reason for Cook's visit is unknown, but Apple has maintained a significant presence in the …

Web Storage Company Box Secretly Files for IPO

Online storage company Box has secretly filed for an IPO, according to <i>Quartz</i> and the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>. Box last year raised $100 million in venture funding and is valued at approximately $2 billion. An IPO could bring an additional $500 million to the company during a time when competition …

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review: when smaller is better

For the longest time, the prevailing trend with mobile phones was to take last year’s handset and make it smaller. Shave a few millimeters off, shed a couple of grams, and give users the same experience but in a leaner shell. The rise of smartphones and their incessantly improving spec sheets …