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Google responds to Microsoft smear campaign with witty retort about wearable computing

Yesterday, Microsoft started selling hats, mugs, T-shirts, and hoodies with a distinct anti-Google message, bearing phrases like "keep calm while we steal your data" alongside the Chrome browser logo. They're the latest wave of Microsoft's long-running Scroogled campaign, designed to frighten …

Samsung Galaxy Round unboxing and first impressions

The company that’s always on the hunt for the <i>next big thing</i> may be responsible for the next big trend. Are curved displays the next step in the evolution of smartphones? Here’s the unboxing and first impressions of the Samsung Galaxy Round!<p>Unboxing<p>The Samsung Galaxy Round comes in a large box, …

Phones

Motorola no longer voids warranty for those who unlock the bootloader

Imagine the following, I take apart a Moto X Developer Edition with a rusty screwdriver, solder on some new components, modify the circuitry and then put it back together. To my horror the phone no longer works! I call Motorola asking for a replacement under warranty and the company says NO! Fair …

Android News

China Still Has The World's Fastest Supercomputer

Earlier this week, the Top500 organization announced its semi-annual list of the Top 500 supercomputers in the world. And for the second year in a row, China’s Tianhe-2 is the world’s fastest by a long shot, maintaining its performance of 33.86 petaflop/s (quadrillions of calculations per second) …

Virgin America now lets you use electronics during takeoff and landing

Turning off your cellphone or gadgets during a flight is almost over. Virgin America is now allowing passengers to use most personal electronics on all phases of flights on its aircraft. It’s the latest US airline to do so, leaving Frontier Airlines as the last major holdout.<p>Virgin America has also …

How Social Giants Are Trying To Take Over Your Text Messages

Eyeing deeper control of our mobile devices, social networks are developing their own applications to capitalize on the mobile-messaging trend. Facebook, Google and Twitter are moved in part by greed—the notion that they can form an even deeper relationship with their users, to the exclusion of …

'Super Mario 3D World' is the best reason to own a Wii U

It’s been easy to forget about the Wii U lately, with this month's high-profile launches of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. In fact, it’s been easy to forget about the Wii U in general; Nintendo's console has sold poorly since its release last November, and truly exciting software has been all but …

Motorola Taps 3D Systems to Help Make “Project Ara” Customizable Phone a Reality

Motorola is looking to a 3-D printing company to help the company’s effort to make mobile phones out of a series of customizable parts.<p>The Google …

Wireless

Motorola turns to 3D printing to bring its ambitious modular smartphones to life

Motorola’s futuristic smartphones now have an equally futuristic manufacturing method: 3D printing.<p>Motorola announced today that it’s inked a deal with 3D printing giant 3D Systems to put together its Project Ara smartphones, which the company announced last month.<p>Essentially a Lego take on …

Game of Chromes: HBO GO Now Supports Chromecast

HBO GO has just become the latest addition to the Chromecast field. Now users can cast <i>Game of Thrones</i> and <i>Boardwalk Empire</i> to their living room televisions, courtesy of Google’s $35 TV streaming device.<p>The cable channel’s iOS and Android apps have been updated with Chromecast support, and the HBO GO …

Someone Just Transferred $148 Million Worth Of Bitcoin

That's about 195,000 Bitcoins.<p>We say transacted because there is no way of knowing whether any money actually changed hands. The Bitcoins were transferred from several Blockchain "addresses" to another single address. Addresses are basically routing numbers, and an individual's Bitcoin wallet can …

Bitcoin

How Selfies And An iPhone App Could Get You A Better-Fitting Bra

Fitting rooms are not fun. Nope. Every movie or TV show that has ever portrayed a fitting room as a makeshift pageant or runway show has <i>lied to you</i>. In fact, I strongly believe there is a very special circle of Hell that strongly resembles Forever 21 fitting rooms—tweens, their moms and all.<p>So, you …

Android 4.4 KitKat now rolling out to Moto X on T-Mobile and AT&T

Verizon Wireless stunned everyone earlier this week when it became the first carrier to bring Android 4.4 KitKat to the Moto X. The update — which came even before Google's own Nexus 4 received it — was a noticeable change from Verizon's often sluggish pace of updates. But its competitors aren't …

Google Wallet lets you capture credit card info with your smartphone camera

The contents of your wallet are under attack. Earlier this month Coin swept in threatening to eliminate the need for all of your beloved non-cash payment methods and now Google Wallet is making it even easier to capture your plastic with its latest Android update. Along with the introduction of its …

Raspberry Pi hack creates a smart TV from a not-so-bright set

Many of us only wish we could upgrade our less-than-smart TVs. Carnivore at <i>DroidBuild</i>, however, has taken matters into his own hands -- he recently finished installing a Raspberry Pi-based media center into his own 40-inch Hisense screen. The hack replaces the TV's built-in speaker with a Raspbmc …

The AUUG iPhone Grip And App Turns Your Body Into A Musical Instrument

Anything that encourages people to stop hunching over their iPhones like a tech-literate Mr. Burns is a good thing–especially when it also looks cool and makes fun noises. The AUUG Motion Synth, a grip that attaches to your iPhone or iPod touch and creates sound by tracking your movements through …

Google Glass may have found a prescription lens partner

Google is in talks with VSP Global -- a nationwide eye care insurer that also make lenses and frames -- to make Glass available at optometry clinics.<p>Google is in talks with an American vision benefits provider to get Google Glass into the hands of the people who know eyes the best: doctors.<p>VSP …

Google Glass

Google's Logo Is An Addictive, Multi-Level Video Game To Celebrate The 50th Anniversary of 'Doctor Who'

"Doctor Who" was a science-fiction BBC TV show about a time-traveling humanoid alien.<p>Today is its 50th anniversary.<p>To celebrate that, Google has created an interactive, multi-level game. You choose a character and then try to beat six levels, avoiding aliens, ghosts, and more to flip switches, …

Doctor Who

Enterprise Snapchat and other tools to keep data locked down

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>“What!?!” That was the general recent reaction to the news that one of the most popular apps on the market, Snapchat, was …

NASA releases new mosaic of Earthlings waving at Saturn

Though there's at least one person flashing the Vulcan "Live Long and Prosper" hand signal, if you look closely at this image of Saturn, the creatures you'll see waving are not extra-terrestrials but Earthlings. That's because when the Cassini orbiter positioned itself to take a picture of the …

Android 4.4 KitKat arrives to the AT&T Moto X

Earlier this week, Verizon became the first carrier to see Android 4.4 KitKat on the Moto X, with T-Mobile following on Thursday. Now it’s AT&T’s turn to get in on the action!<p>Considering AT&T had already started its soaktest a few days ago, the AT&T update certainly comes as no major surprise. Like …

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The Rise Of Bitcoin: Is It A Solution Or Menace?

She got her first taker in mid-November. She hopes it's the dawn of more demand. But Ms. Sotelo says she is also a little worried because, frankly, she doesn't fully understand Bitcoin yet.<p>"I used the phone app and pushed the right buttons, but I'm a little freaked out," Sotelo says after the …

Cryptocurrency

What Happens To Your Data After You're Dead?

The only things certain in life are death and data.<p>Every year, Facebook cheerfully suggests I reconnect with some friends on their birthdays. I’d certainly like to, but there’s a glaring complication: these particular friends are dead.<p>The grieving process being one of the most human of them all, it …

We're Only Beginning to Understand How Our Brains Make Maps

Energy-Efficient Home on a Budget: The Urban Green Project in Minnesota

Eric Odor and Chris Meyer from SALA Architects completed the design for a 2,250 square foot sustainable residence in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. …

Sony clarifies PS4 game-sharing rules ahead of launch

After twisting the knife at E3 regarding Microsoft's then-complicated game-sharing program, Sony has explained how digital strategy will work on PlayStation 4. Although sharing physical games remains as simple as Sony's tongue-in-cheek video suggested, games bought over PSN will be more locked …

How A Portland Cook Became A 'Proud Copycat' Of Thai Food

Andy Ricker is passionate about changing how Americans think about Thai food. So passionate that he was willing to go deep into debt for it.<p>Ricker spent the better part of a decade eating in roadside restaurants, noodle stands and home kitchens across Thailand before opening his first restaurant, …

Death Is Having a Moment

Fueled by social networking, the growing “death movement” is a reaction against the sanitization of death that has persisted in American culture since the 1800s.<p>Last Friday night, onstage at a Los Angeles venue known for featuring indie bands, a goateed historian in a vintage purple corduroy suit …