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The Father Behind The Bulletproof “Bodyguard Blanket” For Kids Defends His Creation

It might seem like a sad acceptance of the fact that schools are dangerous, but the blanket aims to protect kids in areas that politicians are not.<p>In the last couple of days, you may have heard something about a bulletproof blanket: A bright orange tool developed with Marine-grade armor …

Social Network "Game of Thrones" (Video)

War is coming among the kingdoms of LinkedIn, Facebook, Google and Twitter.<p>As social media matures, the different networks are marking their territory — each is putting up higher walls to make it harder to crosspost and harder to blend profiles. This jockeying for dominance between LinkedIn, …

What video games can teach us about global economies

Video games can already offer a clear look at some fairly complex human behaviors as they're expressed in virtual contexts. (Any fan of <i>The Sims</i> can attest to this). However, economists like Yanis Varoufakis are now looking to games like <i>Half Life</i> and <i>Portal</i> as new ways to understand social economics. …

Economy

This Week in Music: The week of the mixtapes and comebacks with Wale, Miguel and More

We listen to new music every week, but finding out what’s new isn’t always easy. Below is a list of our favorite new albums and single that dropped …

Thom Yorke

Apple Pulls Weed-Growing App After It Dominates Download Charts

Apple has pulled the popular iOS game called <i>Weed Firm</i> from the Apple App Store, after it climbed to the top of the download charts. The app lets …

Samsung Plans A VR Headset For Its Galaxy Mobile Devices, Report Says

Samsung is prepping an Oculus Rift competitor of its own, according to a new report by Engadget. The Korean electronics giant is no stranger to stepping into emerging market categories, and virtual reality appears to be next on the docket, as Samsung is said to be currently building a VR headset …

Report Claims Beats Acquisition to Bring "Culturally Aware" Managers to Apple, Manage Subscription Music Transition

Bringing "culturally aware" managers to Apple is a big part of why Apple is interested in acquiring Beats, according to a new report from <i>TechCrunch</i>.<p>The piece claims that Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre are the big prizes at the company, and that it fits with Tim Cook's recent hiring of high-fashion …

This Brilliant App Lets You Swap Lives With A Stranger For 20 Days

We’re all too obsessed with our own small social circles. 20 Day Stranger, a tool to build empathy and awareness, lets you anonymously share your life with a random person.<p>A new app makes it possible to anonymously live the life of a stranger for 20 days, seeing where they go and what they do–not …

Google and Netflix Are Teaming Up Against Internet Providers

In its heated debate with Comcast over who should pay for the delivery of online content to customers’ homes, Netflix just got a big co-sign from …

People are going to compete in 'Call of Duty' at the X Games

The world's best <i>Call of Duty</i> players will soon square off at ESPN's X Games. For the first time ever, ESPN and Major League Gaming have teamed up to produce the MLG X Games Invitational, a three-day contest that will take place starting June 6th at X Games Austin. MLG says it's rounded up eight of …

X Games

Disney researchers create 3D printed speakers that can take any shape

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Disney Research Pittsburgh<p>By adapting a little-used speaker technology developed in the 1930s to 3D printing, a Disney …

3D Printing

Google: Self-driving cars are mastering city streets

Long a veteran of the highways of rural California, Google's self-driving car is working on becoming safer in the city.<p>Over the past year or so, Google has been fine-tuning how the software running its fleet of automated vehicles handles the complexities of stop-and-go driving in heavily populated …

Xbox shows off lineup of original TV shows

Microsoft reveals more information on its upcoming original programming, including the Halo series and a reality series from Aussie Paul de</b> …

TV

Fly Virtually Using This Drone and Oculus Rift Combination

Mashups of bleeding-edge technology are the lifeblood of innovation, and one team of experimenters may have outdone themselves by combining the …

Samsung's 2014 TV range: curved is the word

The company's smart TV lineup for 2014 has a focus on curved screens across both the 4K UHD and standard LED ranges<p><b>Following on from its showing at</b> …

Televisions

You can now use the iPhone for free, as long as you don't mind old gear

To date, FreedomPop's no-cost phone service has been attached to older Android phones. That's fine for many, but not exactly diverse. Your choices are a little better now that carrier has added iPhone support to its lineup, though. You can get 200 voice minutes, 500 messages and 500MB of data per …

LG is making a webOS TV range just for John Lewis stores

John Lewis is a big fan of cornering retail exclusives on gadgets, and it now appears that this love is extending to smart TVs. <i>Pocket-lint</i> has noticed that the department store chain is teasing the JL9000 series, a line of self-branded, LG-designed webOS TVs that should be more than just a rehashes …

Oculus Rift experiment warps reality by slowing down your vision

Virtual reality headsets are usually used to transport their wearer someplace fantastic, but a new experiment with the Oculus Rift has it doing something a bit more disorienting: warping reality by keeping its wearer's vision a moment in the past. The so-called experiment, which was filmed as an ad …

Nintendo Once Again Forgoing Live Stage Show At E3 2014

Nintendo has just announced their plans for E3 2014 which include a Super Smash Bros. tournament, unscripted game demos and…no stage presentation, yet again.<p>Last year, Nintendo famously gave up their stage slot at E3 in favor of a Nintendo Direct presentation, a recorded video going over their new …

Free iPhone use? FreedomPop proves it's possible

FreedomPop will allow customers to use the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, or iPhone 5 on its network for free.<p>FreedomPop, one of a growing number of mobile service providers that deliver services atop a traditional provider's network, is enabling its customers to use iPhones at no charge.<p>The company is now …

LG G Watch will be available in June for €199

Posted By Vlad Bobleanta on Apr 29, 2014 | 2 comments<p>LG’s first smartwatch will use Android Wear, Google’s new software platform for wearables. The …

Shape-shifting PaperFold smartphone joins the fold

Described as a multi-display, shape-changing smartphone, the PaperFold allows up to three separate E-Ink displays to be combined into various shapes …

Magnetism

Run for your life: Zombies, Run! fitness app gets over 60 new missions

I’ve always hated running. When I’m asked, I jokingly say that the ten years of life I probably lose by not focusing on cardio-vascular exercise, I make up for by not feeling compelled to jog in a big circle each day after work, or talk about running shoes at dinner parties.<p>But if there’s one thing …

App Store

Flying Car Moves from Science Fiction Toward Reality

Flying cars have long been the stuff of science fiction, though plenty of entrepreneurs and visionaries have struggled to make the concept a reality – including no less than the original Henry Ford.<p>The group of Massachusetts Institute of Technology alumni that developed the Transition flying car …

Science Fiction

Tinitell

Today, Kickstarter sees the launch of yet another clever product: Tinitell is the world's smallest mobile phone designed specifically for kids. Yet this piece of Swedish innovation could easily find its way onto the wrists of adults too, given its solid design and simple accessibility.<p>The audacious …

Mobile

Android 4.4 KitKat: Asus releases KitKat for the PadFone Infinity, and FonePad Note 6 (Updated)

Google announced Android 4.4 KitKat in late 2013, and while we know it made its debut on the Nexus 5, its arrival on other smartphones is as always, …

Android Lollipop

Review: Blue Microphones’ Spark Digital may be the best USB/Lightning mic for the money (Video)

When you think of a USB microphone, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For myself, I tend to picture a subpar microphone that would normally be used for Skype calls or other basic tasks. Of course, these microphones have come a long way in recent years, but nothing makes this more evident …

Microsoft brings Minority Report hover keyboards to life

Microsoft's research division has released a video detailing a design developed for an augmented mechanical keyboard. It appears to offer a novel way …

Supercell, GungHo, King dominate March mobile game revenue. What else is new? (Lots)

If you look at the to revenue makers for Apple iOS games in March, the story is much the same, according to monthly results from market researcher App Annie.<p>Supercell is No. 1 in monthly game revenue, followed by King and GungHo Online. The top five games are the same, unchanged from February, in …