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Syrian rebels warn of potential Homs massacre as regime troops advance

Syrian government forces stepped up efforts to advance on opposition areas of the central city of Homs on Thursday amid warnings of a potential massacre following months of siege and starvation.<p>But reports from the scene described rebels clinging to their positions despite tank shelling, sniper …

Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions _ for now

GENEVA (AP) — In a surprise accord, Ukraine and Russia agreed Thursday on tentative steps to halt violence and calm tensions along their shared …

Sony struggles to meet demand as PS4 sales surpass 7m

The Japanese electronics firm leads Microsoft in next-generation console war despite restricted supply<p>Sony has sold 7m PlayStation 4s worldwide since its launch in November 2013, as the Japanese electronics company continues to struggle to meet the huge demand for the new console.<p>The PS4 is ahead …

Should We Be Afraid of the 3D Printed Gun?

The rise of firearms made by 3D printers has inspired plenty of hand-wringing and debate, but how dangerous are they?<p><b>On May 5, 2013, the world's first 3D-printed</b> plastic gun was fired. Called the Liberator, it was designed and output by a group called Defense Distributed, headed by a 25-year-old …

Scout GPS app keeps your gas and coffee detour to a minimum

Telenav wants its latest Scout update for iPhone to stand out from other nav apps by giving what it claims 80 percent of us want while driving: gas, coffee, or food. You can now select a spot serving one of those <i>sans</i> typing and be sure it's decent thanks to a user feedback feature that even …

Google Eyes A Creepier Glass—A Camera-Bearing Contact Lens

Imagine the Google Glass headgear, which currently makes some camera-shy onlookers nervous, shrinking down to near-invisibility—say, into a super-thin transparent layer that sits on the cornea. Google certainly has, as we now know from a recently published patent filing from October 2012.<p>The notion …

MIT’s FingerReader Helps The Blind Read With A Swipe Of A Digit

At MIT’s Media Labs, researchers Roy Shilkrot, Jochen Huber and others are working on the “FingerReader,” a ring-like device that straps itself around your finger and reads printed text out loud with a synthesized voice, thanks to a mounted camera and heavily modified open source software.<p>The …

Union Offers A Professional Image Blending Tool That’s Actually Easy To Use

The team at Pixite, known for making high-quality photo applications for iOS, including things like Unbound, Fragment, Tangent (an “App Store Best” in 2013), and more, is now revealing its latest creation: a photo-blending application called Union. The app lets you easily combine photos to make …

Tactus Taps Wistron To Bring Its Magical Physical Touchscreen Buttons To The Masses

Tactus makes keyboards that appear out of seemingly flat glass touchscreen surfaces, thanks a fluid-based layer that reacts to electrical signals to create rises and bumps that serve as keys and buttons. It’s a magical technology, and one that you can see demoed on video in the clip below from CES …

The darknet just got its first black market search engine

The network of sites known as the darknet, only accessible through the anonymizing Tor browser, resembles the early internet in many ways — including being difficult to navigate. Most users get around by clicking from link to link, accessing pages like "The Hidden Wiki" that list popular site …

Android device owners, now you can control your desktop from across the room — or the world

Google released its Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android yesterday, enabling the Android crowd to access their Mac or PC from afar. The app is a mobile extension of Chrome’s remote desktop screen-sharing service, which has enabled machine control from Chromebooks and Chrome browsers since it …

Airbnb Offers To Pay Hotel Taxes In NY, Hotel Lobby Says ‘No Thanks’

After years of complaining about how Airbnb doesn’t compete on a level playing field, apparently the hotel lobby in New York now wants to ensure that the peer-to-peer hospitality startup isn’t held to the same standards, especially as it relates to taxes.<p>Airbnb has taken steps to ensure that it …

Google Glass Could Assist Surgeons

The applications of Google Glass could soon stretch to surgical training following a successful trial by doctors in New York, though privacy issues …

General Mills: If You Clip This Coupon, You Can't Sue Us!

The dangerous implications of a new rule at General Mills<p>General Mills, the food mega-corporation that owns Betty Crocker, Nature Valley, and basically every sweet cereal you ate and served your kids, has a startling new legal policy making it illegal to sue the company after you:<p>- download or …

How Microsoft's Cortana Stacks Up Against Siri And Google Now

Cortana doesn’t want you to know where Master Chief is hiding. But for just about everything else, Microsoft’s new voice-controlled personal assistant is ready and available to do your bidding.<p>Cortana, a new feature in Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system, is both a search engine and a …

The Rear-View Camera Is No Longer Just An Option For Cars—It's The Law

<i>ReadWriteDrive is an ongoing series covering the future of transportation.</i><p>Here’s something gruesome to consider: More than 200 people are killed every year when cars are reversing—most of these deaths are children. Back-up accidents also injure more than 15,000 people each year.<p>These factoids get …

The robots of the future won't look anything like the Terminator

Andy Marchese has a lot of fish tanks but no fish food — his fish prefer batteries and compressed air. On a recent Monday, Marchese conducted an out-of-water demonstration of Bubbles, a pool-green silicone fish that sways its tail as cavities on each side of its body alternately inflate, creating a …

Netflix reportedly launching in Germany in September

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: gfhdickinson<p>Netflix (S NFLX) will open up shop in Germany in September, according to a report from Germany’s Curbed …

'Kill switch' may be standard on U.S. phones in 2015

The "kill switch," a system for remotely disabling smartphones and wiping their data, will become standard in 2015, according to a pledge backed by most of the mobile world's major players.<p>Apple, Google, Samsung and Microsoft, along with the five biggest cellular carriers in the United States, are …

Google Adds SLR-Like Lens Blur To New Camera App

Yet another feature once only found in expensive SLR cameras is making its way to smartphones: the buttery background blur caused by wide-aperture lenses. Google is bringing a simulated version of this blur to Android phones worldwide.<p>The feature is part of a redesigned camera app out today from …

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MIT designs a floating, tsunami-proof nuclear plant

What's the safest place to put a nuclear reactor? Offshore, apparently. A new power plant design concept from MIT envisions a facility built on floating platforms, moored in deep water several miles off the coast. This, the concept's creators explain, lends it several crucial advantages -- making …

Take A Look At The Office Where Reddit Employees Control The Front Page Of The Internet

For such a well-trafficked site, Reddit keeps its number of employees relatively low and uses an unapologetically retro site design, yet it's a near-bottomless source of news and humor for the Internet-at-large every single day.<p>Its New York office operates out of a coworking space, but here's a …

Facebook's 'Great Unbundling' Will Make It Easier to Ignore the Noise (and Lame Friends)

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Facebook is "basically unbundling the big blue app," Mark Zuckerberg told <i>The New York Times</i>' Farhad …

PS4 Getting An Update With New Video Editing App

Sony’s PlayStation 4 is scheduled to get an update “soon” that will introduce a new video editing app, as detailed in a blog post today. Sony had already teased the update last month.<p>The SHAREfactory app is aimed at making it easier for players to customize their gameplay videos. It will let you …

Amazon Partners with Samsung to Launch Custom Kindle e-Book Service

Amazon and Samsung have today announced that the two companies will launch an e-Book download service designed specifically for the South Korean handset maker’s range of Galaxy smartphones and tablets.<p>As part of the partnership, the companies will also launch ‘Samsung Book Deals’, which will be …