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The Web Cookie Is Dying. Here's The Creepier Technology That Comes Next

It may raise hackles to think that U.S. intelligence officials might be monitoring your telephone and Internet communications, but for most of us it’s only the marketers who are really interested in our everyday online activities. And with many billions of dollars at stake, companies are …

Samsung Galaxy S5 Review: Rebuilding A Walled Garden Under Google

Following on from my look at the hardware of the Samsung Galaxy S5 here on Forbes, I want to turn my eye to the software and the user interface of the South Korean flagship handset.<p>More than the any part of the highly specced Galaxy S5, from the fingerprint sensor and heart-rate monitor, to the …

Israelis Are On The Ground Assisting In The Search For Nigeria's Missing Schoolgirls

"We both have a shared enemy."<p>JERUSALEM — Israeli security forces are already on the ground in Nigeria, gathering intelligence and assisting in the search for hundreds of schoolgirls who were kidnapped by the extremist Islamist group Boko Haram.<p>"There are ongoing security ties and cooperation …

Vertical Hyper-Speed Train Hub Literally Flips High Speed Rail on its Head

Train stations, while critical for sustainable transportation, take up a lot of room in a city with their long platforms and tracks. Flip it …

High-speed Rail

'Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition' Gets An Xbox And PlayStation Release Date

It’s been known for quite a while that Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls was coming to consoles, but now the bundled package of the original game and the expansion has an official release date.<p>The total package called “Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition” will be released for PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360 on …

Nintendo's Lesson Learned From 'Tomodachi Life'

It hasn’t been the greatest week for Nintendo, mainly because their earnings report revealed less than impressive financial results, including Wii U and 3DS sales that missed even revised targets. But there was a second story creeping through the week that presented a different kind of problem for …

Harvard Scientists Create Super Strong Degradable Bioplastic from Shrimp Shells

Thanks to a team of Harvard scientists, being called a “shrimp” will no longer amount to an insult. The University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically …

Buggy Python Code: The 10 Most Common Mistakes That Python Developers Make

About Python<p>Python is an interpreted, object-oriented, high-level programming language with dynamic semantics. Its high-level built in data …

Finally, PlayStation 4's Most Mysterious Feature Has a Purpose

Sony has apparently been keeping mum on one of the most mysterious features of the next-generation PlayStation 4 since launch in November: the …

Here’s an awesome Google Maps trick that every Android and iOS user needs to know

Google has just rolled out a major Google Maps update for mobile devices, available to both iOS and Android users, which brings several interesting …

Why I ditched my iPhone for Android...

For those of you who don't know, I've been running an iOS-centric blog for the past 4 years. As you can imagine, that means being tied to one …

Halo television series might have found a co-op partner in Showtime

<i>Variety</i> is reporting that Xbox Entertainment Studios is currently in deep negotiations with Showtime to work on the Halo TV series. The deal will see …

Sex Positions 3D app review: all the help you need

Introduction<p>Are you and your partner looking to spice things up in the bedroom? Here's an app that can lend some inspiration to you both. The Sex …

Honda Is Designing Houses, Because Cars And Homes Will All Be Part Of The Smart Grid

The car maker is demonstrating how homes and cars will become part of the same renewable energy system.<p>In the future, auto companies won’t just build cars. They’ll build cars that are part of the energy infrastructure, providing back up storage for the solar panels on your roof, and reinforcing the …

Nine Naughty Hotels That Aren’t Afraid of a Little Nudity

From Paris and Vegas to the Riviera Maya, these nine hotels have their own special way of adding a little spice to your romantic getaway.<p>Oyster

RANKED: The Best Smartphones In The World

In the last few months, both HTC and Samsung launched new flagship phones that are pretty good. And there are plenty of solid older devices that you can buy at a steep discount.<p><i>Note: We update this list approximately once a month. Our rankings are based on a variety of factors including design,</i> …

Phones

This Is What Amazon's Smartphone Will Look Like

Via BGR's exclusive reporting, here's the world's first clear look at Amazon's new smartphone:<p>The phone will make use of a data plan called "Prime Data," and while the details on it are far from totally known, it's expected to piggyback on AT&T's "Sponsored Data" program. Sponsored Data allows …

Apps

Innovation: A Gadget That Scrambles The Egg Inside The Shell

<i>In our "Weekly Innovation" blog series, we explore an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Do you have an innovation to share?</i> Submit with this form<i>.</i><p>If this egg scrambling tool works as promised, your egg can come out of its shell with the yolk and egg already …

Lix, A More Precise 3D-Printing Pen, Passes Its Kickstarter Goal In 2-Hours

This embed is invalid<p>The 3Doodler 3D-printing pen, as my TC colleague John Biggs recently pointed out, is a fun toy but a silly tool. It’s big and its output is frustratingly wonky. But then it was created by a pair of veteran toy makers so focusing on the fun was clearly the primary intention.<p>Now …

3D printed cast could heal bones 40 per cent faster

Turkish designer creates medical cast using 3D printing which could heal broken bones faster<p>A 3d printed medical cast could help bones to heal up to 40 per cent faster.<p>The black cast, known as the Osteoid, uses an ultrasound system which makes bones heal more quickly.<p>With a lattice pattern, it is …

3D Printing

E.T.'s Home Is Found: Trove Of Atari Games Unearthed At Landfill

For decades, it was mere legend: an "Atari Dump" rumored to harbor millions of copies of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, a video game so bad that burying it in the New Mexico desert seemed the best way to move on.<p>But now, the Atari graveyard has been exhumed, and the latest attempt to find the cache of …