Nick Le Breton

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The beginner's guide to creating a podcast, according to the pros

Podcasts are so hot this season.<p>With the outpour of podcast obsessions (thanks, <i>Serial</i>), we've probably all thought to ourselves, "How hard can it …

Google’s Schmidt Says Network Trapdoors Are a Bad Idea

The Google chairman talks about encryption and concerns over government data requests at a D.C. conference.<p>Google chairman Eric Schmidt dismissed the idea Friday of making it easier for U.S. public safety agencies to collect information about users, saying there’s no need for “trapdoor” access to …

How fairytales grew up

With Hollywood spending millions on new versions of age-old characters, from <i>Frozen</i>’s Snow Queen to Cinderella, fairytales are more popular than ever. But they’ve had to adapt, with lots of dark twists and no more sweet, biddable girls<p>“Forget villain,” the producers of <i>Frozen</i> declared when …

Sony's Devotion To Independent Game Developers Shines Through At PlayStation Experience

I have a confession to make. I spent the entirety of my time during Sony's PlayStation Experience on the indie side of the floor. Sure, there were attractive E3-caliber booths showcasing unreleased big budget exclusives like <i>The Order: 1886</i> and <i>Bloodborne</i>. Yes, there were what seemed like excellent …

I Tried The iPhone Keyboard That Lets You Type More Than 100 Words Per Minute

There are plenty of keyboard apps out there to help you type faster, but I've never seen anything quite like Nintype, the new iPhone keyboard that promises typing speeds up to 130 words per minute.<p>Nintype uses a combination of methods to achieve this speed. It's designed to be used with two hands …

Dolby is launching its super-vivid IMAX theater competitor in the Netherlands

Dolby has just announced a huge new project, but it's not about audio as you'd expect -- it's about the upcoming launch of its IMAX competitor called Dolby Cinema. This giant screen format will be able to project movies using the "Dolby Vision" technology (something it's been working on for years), …

Fans scramble for iPod Classic, the music player Apple killed off

Two months after model discontinued, fans pay up to four times more for last gadgets<p>One of this year’s hottest Christmas presents is no longer available in the shops. Two months after Apple announced the demise of its iPod Classic MP3 player, the model is selling secondhand for up to four times its …

How first-person shooter fatigue led to the serene beauty of Adrift

Serene, thought-provoking, almost meditative at times — the first video game from fledgling studio ThreeOneZero owes its impetus not to the lingering space drama <i>Gravity</i>, of which it bears a striking resemblance, but to a complete opposite: the white-knuckled gunplay of virtual war.<p>Medal of Honor …

Homemade Rolls for Novice Bakers

<i>Need a holiday hand? We've got you covered with two straight weeks of Holiday Survival Recipes -- the ones you can rely on to keep your guests (and you) feeling festive.</i><p><i>Today: Homemade Rolls for Novice Bakers</i><p>Just imagine it: your family is home for the holidays -- grown children, perhaps, or …

Squeezing into OMsignal's smart shirt of the future

Thanksgiving is a time to remember things to be grateful for, stuff yourself with turkey and watch <i>MST3k</i> re-runs. But what happens the following day, when you wake up with a meat hangover that could kill a horse? That's the moment you'll stumble online, looking for new ways to lose weight and find …

For $29, this wearable has ‘no display, no lights, no gimmicks’ — but it could be indispensible

Bob Olodort spent years working as a consulting designer for Samsung, in the years before the iPhone turned the phone industry upside down.<p>Four times a year, he’d visit Samsung headquarters in South Korea to present a handful of elegant, innovative phone designs that he had created, each one …

Anonymous takes over Ku Klux Klan's Twitter account

The internet activist group Anonymous has responded to Twitter taunts from the Ku Klux Klan by taking over its US Twitter account.<p>The Twitter spat began after the KKK allegedly threatened protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, as the area awaits an imminent court decision over the killing of Michael …

Nokia's first device after Microsoft is an iPad mini clone that runs Android

Nokia’s N1 is almost identical to the rear of the iPad mini thanks to careful placement of the camera, buttons, and headphone jack. Even the bottom of the device has the same speaker grills and what looks like a Lightning port, but is actually one of the first implementations of the reversible …

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London police raise privacy hackles with gang violence software

London's Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has completed a 20-week study in a bid to more accurately predict whether specific gang members are likely to commit violence. The software, developed by Accenture, pulls data together from systems already used by the MPS and runs it through an analytics …

The PlayStation TV Might Not Be An Apple TV Killer, But That's Not The Point

It can also read games from a memory card or from the Vita's game cards.<p>It can't stream Netflix. Or Hulu. Or YouTube videos. You can download those apps, but they don't work.<p>And it doesn't look like Netflix will ever be available for the device. "We have no current support plans for Netflix on PS …

Disney rendered its new animated film on a 55,000-core supercomputer

Disney's upcoming animated film <i>Big Hero 6</i>, about a boy and his soft robot (and a gang of super-powered friends), is perhaps the largest big-budget mash-up you'll ever see. Every aspect of the film's production represents a virtual collision of worlds. The story, something co-director Don Hall calls …

Australia's national security laws are ushering in a reign of terror

On the night of 25 September 2014, attorney general George Brandis was taking Australia into a reign of terror. There were only a handful of witnesses, even though there were seats for hundreds and cameras covering every angle.<p>He was shepherding into law a bill that gives our spies and their …

The niqab makes me feel liberated, and no law will stop me from wearing it

I’ve always been the sort of person who loved to experiment, but I never expected that wearing the niqab would be something I’d try.<p>I felt conflicted before I began to wear it a few months ago. I am aware of the negative perceptions of the niqab, and thought it could change my life drastically. …

YouTube's PewDiePie Details Machinima's Disinterest, May Create His Own Video Network

He may be a divisive figure in the gaming industry, but no one can argue with Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg’s massive success. The gamer has the biggest user-run channel on YouTube, which has allowed him to make over $4M last year alone.<p>PewDiePie has been at the forefront of many video trends, most …

Digital tip jar coming to a coffee shop near you

The tip jar at coffee shops is often an embarrassment for the kind of people who pay for everything with their credit cards and rarely have small change on hand.<p>The electronic DipJar, a device that accepts credit and debit cards for $1 tips, is here to help the cashless.<p>DipJar, a startup based in …

Meet The Ex-NSA And Ex-Unit 8200 Spies Cashing In On Security Fears

Before Edward Snowden smashed its digital doors wide open, the National Security Agency was seen as the mysterious keeper of an arsenal of dark-voodoo hacking weapons. Now we know the truth: NSA employees are almost too good at what they do–as are their counterparts at Israel’s elite military …

World's First 3D-Printed Car Built Live at IMTS

Printable fuel still a ways off..<p>US automaker Local Motors is attempting to make history by building the world's first 3D-printed car at this year's …

This butterfly keyboard can replace your mouse, sort of

Have you ever thought about how you might improve the standard QWERTY keyboard? Jesse Vincent has. He's a keyboard enthusiast, a rare breed of geek inexplicably obsessed with text entry devices. We found him showing of Keyboardio at TechCrunch Disrupt -- a butterfly-shaped keyboard designed to put …

Intel's RealSense 3D tech offers glimpse at future of mobile cameras

SAN FRANCISCO--Snapping touristy shots with a tablet is a modern day taboo, but that may change for users of Dell's Venue 8 7000 series. The device -- the thinnest tablet in the world at 6 millimeters -- is fast and flashy and feels great running the latest version of Google's Android mobile …

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Oil tax: Norway could teach Australia a thing or two about managing wealth

Given the number of visiting delegations that troop into the Australian parliament to watch the occasionally bruising debate, it’s perhaps fortunate that there were a distinct lack of Norwegians present when Joe Hockey announced the demise of the mining tax on Tuesday.<p>Anyone involved in policy …

Here's How To Explain Amazon's $970 Million Twitch Acquisition To Your Parents

The portal to the young gamer's wallet.<p>In 2011, the first World Finals of <i>League of Legends</i>, the preposterously popular online multiplayer fantasy game, were held in Sweden as part of a computer festival, for a grand prize of $100,000.<p>Last year, the third World Finals were held at the Staples Center …