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​Sprint is ready to throttle its unlimited data plans, but only in 'congested' areas

It was a big promise: unlimited data, without quotes, throttling or restrictions. Sprint CEO Dan Hesse has repeatedly defended the company's pledge to offer a true unlimited plan, but now the company is quietly eating its words. Customers on Sprint, Virgin Mobile USA and Boost Mobile have all …

California's smartphone kill switch bill passes a second senate vote

Perseverance pays off, it seems. Just weeks after California's senate shot down a bill that would require a remote kill switch feature on smartphones, the legislature has passed an amended version of the same would-be law. Senate critics dropped their opposition after changes were made to both give …

Snapchat settles charges with FTC — some photos don’t disappear

<b>Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)</b><p>The communication app based on ephemeral messages was charged by the Federal Trade Commission for misleading users<p>Sarah Gray<p>May 8, 2014 8:20pm (UTC)<p>Snapchat, the smartphone application whose main draw is the ability to send photo, …

Twitter Makes Like Instagram

Oh Twitter . Time was when you championed the written word. And more than that; the <i>mot juste,</i> as the French say. Papa Hemingway would have been proud of your focus on 140 carefully chosen characters.<p>Not any more. Not now your stock price is tanking. Now it’s photos you are pinning your hopes on — …

Google blocks filesharing website Demonoid over malware downloads

Google is warning users of its search engine that if they visit filesharing website Demonoid, they could find malicious software being downloaded and installed on their computers.<p>Anyone searching for the site, which relaunched earlier this year after a lengthy period offline, sees a message warning …

Netflix Won't Raise Current Members' Pricing for 2 Years

Netflix members woke up Friday to some good news: The company doesn't plan to raise prices on current members for another two years.<p>Many current …

Bluetooth Speakers: Urge Basics Soundbrick $30 shipped (Reg. $80), Samsung Portable $80 shipped (orig. $200)

<b>Update (5/20 8:45am):</b> Newegg is offering the black Urge Basics Soundbrick Stereo Bluetooth Speaker with built-in mic for $30 shipped using code <b>EMCPEHW98</b> (Reg. $80, $1 under our previous mention, and the current low)<p>Next, we have the <b>manufacturer refurbished</b> Samsung (DA-FM61C) Bluetooth Speaker for …

Samsung design: the good, the bad, and the ugly

It’s not easy to claim the top spot in the worldwide smartphone market. You can’t do it without offering consumers something compelling and that starts with great design. According to Strategy Analytics, Samsung shipped 89 million units in the first three months of this year, for a commanding 31.2% …

Gear & Gadgets

Epiclist's App Lets you Plan, Book, Share Travel Adventures

While the team is having a good time in Chile, it has also been hard at work. Shortly after its initial release in January, its app was featured in the US App Store, which helped boost downloads. It is now available in around 20 App Stores.<p>According to Reimgen, the nature of Epiclist’s audience …

Senate approves 'kill switches' for cellphones sold in California

The state Senate on Thursday passed a measure that would require cellphones sold in California to be equipped with "kill switches" that can render them inoperable if stolen.<p>LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and other law enforcement officials backed the legislation as a way to counter a surge in …

Charlie Beck

A regional jet nearly collided with a drone earlier this year

A remotely piloted drone nearly collided with a commercial airplane on March 22nd of this year, according to a new report in <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. The flight was a 50-seat regional jet operated by American Airlines, which encountered the drone roughly 2300 feet above Tallahassee Regional Airport …

Facebook App Uncovers Sex Offenders

Facebook

This Simple Device Harvests Sunshine And Beams It Down To Dark City Streets

But while all of that density can help cities become more sustainable, it does create one obvious problem–there’s less and less natural light …

UC Berkeley

Coke Uses Drones To Deliver Refreshment To Singapore’s Migrant Workers

Singapore has more than 1.3 million migrant workers, accounting for more than a third of the country’s entire workforce. As the migrant population …

Migrant Workers

Three Apps To Help You Evaluate Your Mental Health

The month of May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. Millions of Americans wake up to face each day living with a mental health condition—myself included. Two years ago I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I have good days and bad days, but for the most part I am managing my illness.<p>I have …

Lots of People Would Do It With a Robot

The future is now! Remember when people were afraid to admit they were online dating? Well, that's child's play! Now people aren't even afraid to admit that they'd boink a robot (Danger, Will Robinson!) with 17 percent of 2,000 British people recently surveyed saying that yeah, they'd totally put …

Renders of 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Allegedly Sourced from Foxconn Surface

New alleged renderings of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 said to be sourced from primary Apple supplier Foxconn have surfaced on Chinese site <i>Wei Feng</i> [Google Translate, via <i>GforGames</i>].<p>The renders, which show measurements of 138 x 67mm for the device, appears to be consistent with drawings published in …

Powdered-alcohol creator shares 'the truth about Palcohol'

Last month, to the delight of those, like myself, who love imbibing and all things "instant," a modern-day hero emerged. But rather than vanquishing poorly dressed supervillains, he promised something far more valuable: lightweight, portable powdered liquor in a convenient pouch.<p>This 21st-century …

Debate grows over proposal for CIA to turn over drones to Pentagon

Soon after a U.S. military drone killed about a dozen people on a remote road in central Yemen on Dec. 12, a disturbing narrative emerged.<p>Witnesses and tribal leaders said the four Hellfire missiles had hit a convoy headed to a wedding, and the Yemeni government paid compensation to some of the …

Your Computer Downtime Could Help Crack the Alzheimer's Code

George Mason University researchers create a distributed computing project to unravel the mysteries of the disease.<p>Researchers at George Mason University have created a tool that allows anyone to donate their computer downtime to Alzheimer’s research, enlisting the public’s help in studying the …

This remote-controlled robot can run faster than you (video)

RC cars and helicopters are cool and all, but if you want a combo breaker in your collection, here's something different: a multi-legged robot that <i>runs</i>. At the moment, you can only get this remote-controlled sprinter called the OutRunner through Kickstarter, where its creators are trying to raise …

Netflix picks up three new original documentaries

Netflix is continuing its push into exclusive documentaries with three new titles for this summer and fall, according to <i>Deadline</i>. The first, <i>The Battered Bastards of Baseball</i>, tells the story of Oregon's short-lived team, the Portland Mavericks; it'll be released on July 11th. The following month, …

Researchers Want to Teach Robots Right From Wrong

Can a robot weigh the consequences of its decisions -- and the consequences of those consequences?<p>Researchers from Tufts, Brown and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are exploring the possibility of developing technology to help robots make moral decisions, through a project funded by the Office of …

Parrot puts the camera first in its new Bebop drone

You might pick up a drone for a lot of reasons, from monitoring crops to catching rhino poachers to just having a good time piloting a tiny airplane. …

Microsoft's Cortana could soon control your mood lighting

​Microsoft's Cortana may be younger than counterparts such as Google Now and Apple's Siri, but the virtual assistant already stands out thanks to some unique features. One prime example is Notebook, which the service uses to learn about your habits and keep track of your preferences. Another is the …

FDA Approves Segway Inventor's Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm

The era of real cyborgs has begun. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave its first approval for the sale and marketing of a prosthetic arm …

Your Future British Airways Flights May Be Powered By Garbage

A new production plant will soon crank out jet fuel made from trash. As airlines seek to lower their carbon footprint and cities struggle with growing piles of waste, it could be a match made in heaven.<p>In a few years, your flight from London to New York may be powered by trash. A new production …