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Create Star Wars movies with this Disney iPad app

Not happy with the Star Wars movies? Well, now you can make your own and test your own movie making skills with a new Disney app for iPad that lets …

Star Wars

iFixit: OnePlus One equals five for repairability

Like the proverbial internet pony of lore, you may want the OnePlus One smartphone's highly desirable specs and cheap $300 price, but you can't have it -- yet. Somehow the iFixit screwdriver brigade got one though, and recently disemboweled it for your pleasure (see the video below). Sure enough, …

Amazon Fire Phone's 3D Effect: Interesting, But Also Baffling

It’s fair to call Amazon’s new Kindle Fire phone “3D”—but that sells the effect short compared to the 3D smartphone craze of yore and Apple’s dizzying iOS 7 antics. Amazon calls its 3D experience “dynamic perspective”—an apt if dull name for a pretty cool technical feat.<p>After spending some time …

Is Your Internet As Fast As Advertised?

The FCC put out a big report on the state of broadband in the U.S. Statista made a chart based on the data looking at how the internet speeds for various providers in the U.S. For the most part, the providers live up to their promises.

Broadband

FBI discovers Twitter-speak, starts a dictionary

U.S. government investigators have compiled an 83-page list of Twitter shorthand, including some acronyms we bet you've never used.<p>The Federal Bureau of Investigation is building its own Rosetta Stone -- not so we can all translate other languages, but to help its agents understand Twitter.<p>In what …

Surveillance

eBay Valet sells your unwanted goods on your behalf

eBay has expanded its Sell For Me service — in which valets will sell your stuff on eBay in exchange for a 30% commission — with the launch of a great new app called eBay Valet.<p>The process of using the app is very straightforward. Simply snap a picture of the item you want to sell, then enter (or …

App Store

Google Donates $100,000 to Help Kids Build Games Consoles

Google’s education arm has donated $100,000 towards a joint project between Code Club and Technology Will Save Us which allows children to build and programme their own games console for just £60, thereby teaching them early essential skills for a potential lifetime in technology.<p>Announced today, …

7 Web Design Disasters that Drive People Crazy

<i>Garrett Heath is a technology storyteller with Rackspace.</i><p>While working on an article about responsive design, I realized how frustrating it is when companies design for a desktop only experience. I use a laptop for much of my Web browsing, but when I’m on the go it drives me nuts when there is a …

Lady Gaga’s Backplane Pivots To Let You Build And Monetize Your Own Social Network

Why should Facebook or Ning earn the money if you bring the audience? Backplane wants to put that cash in your pocket. That’s why it’s pivoting from building social networks for big brands and celebrities into an open platform where anyone can coordinate people, charge subscriptions and even sell …

FCC May Kill Tennessee Law Limiting City Internet Service

The Fed­er­al Com­mu­nic­a­tions Com­mis­sion may nul­li­fy a Ten­ness­ee law that re­stricts the abil­it­ies of cit­ies to build their own …

Telecoms

24-hour deal : Sandisk microSD cards up to 79% off

We just received notice that the Amazon deal of the day is Sandisk memory for up to 79% off. The deal only lasts for 24 hours (Monday, June 9, 2014) so make sure you get your orders in today to lock in the deal. This could also be a nice last minute gift for the upcoming Father’s Day this</b> …

Operating Systems

Web immortality: the social media sites that keep you alive in the digital world

Do you want to stay alive in the digital world after you die in the real one? We meet people planning to postpone their last post<p>Click to watch our interactive film about the seven digital deadly sins<p>Lawrence Darani is dying. Two years ago doctors told him his lung condition was incurable and gave …

'Nurse Nicole' Urges Horny Tinder Dudes To See A Doctor

This month, male Tinder users who swipe right on someone named “Nurse Nicole” are in for a little surprise. You see, Nicole is less interested in <i>seeing</i> your junk than she is in making sure it gets checked out by a doctor.<p>And she's not afraid of responding to your awful pick-up lines in order to do …

A Web App Where Emojis Fly At Your Face

Remember that old screensaver where you’re zooming through space and stars and stuff come flying at your face? What if that stuff was actually emoji? That’s the unlikely, ridiculous question asked and answered by developer OKFocus with its new web “app,” emoji.zone (which is also its URL, now that …

How to sidestep Microsoft, Google and do a dual Windows 8.1-Android tablet

Asus figures out a way to get around objections from Microsoft and Google and do a hybrid that runs Windows-8.1 and Android.<p>If at first you don't succeed. Asus is taking another crack at dual-OS device. And this time it probably found a way to get around objections from Microsoft and Google.<p>First, …

Android Phones

Chief Creative Viner is an Actual Job: Josh Peck Fills The Role for Joe Boxer

"I've always wanted a chief anything title," actor Josh Peck, best known for his stint on Nickelodeon's <i>Drake & Josh</i>, told <i>Mashable</i>. Well, on Thursday, …

World's most delayed software released after 54 years of development

Xanadu, which began development in 1960, now has a working release, OpenXanadu<p>When consumers have been promised powerful, life-changing new software, delays and postponed launches can be excruciating.<p>Mac OS X was first demonstrated under the code-name Rhapsody in 1997, yet version 1 release didn't …

First Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Advert Unveiled (video)

Microsoft has today released the first advertisement for its new Surface Pro 3 tablet which has been specifically designed to enable users to replace …

Gear & Gadgets

GOG Galaxy takes on Steam with DRM-free games and optional community features

GOG, which has made its name offering DRM-free classic games for sale, is set to launch its own online gaming platform later this year called GOG Galaxy. The service will let you play games, challenge friends, view achievements, and get automatic updates for your games. It's like Steam, but without …

Automatic launches on Android, dismisses your friends when you drive

If you're a car fan making do with a slightly older ride, Automatic's $99 Link dongle is a neat thing to have around: it tracks your trips, monitors your fuel consumption, and lets you know when you're being a leadfoot. It used to be that only Apple acolytes could get their Automatic dongles …

Clippet Repackages News As Bite-Sized Audio Snippets For Mobile Social Teens

Getting teens engaged with goings-on in the wider world is arguably getting tougher, since they are being bombarded by a constant stream of digital distractions within their own social networks. In the war between the latest cute cat video/celeb selfie and the threat of civil war in Ukraine, we all …

Detroit's Downturn Visualized in Google Street View Images

Detroit declared bankruptcy last year and parts of the city are suffering severely from its economic decline. These changes are clearly illustrated by GooBing Detroit, a Tumblr blog that compares images from Google’s Street View Time Machine feature to show how houses and neighborhoods have …

Acer shows off 'Extend' app allowing you to control your phone from your PC

For every promising concept we see, there's one that gets scrapped before ever making it to market. That's what happened with Acer's "Extend" dock, an accessory that would have allowed you to connect your smartphone to a clamshell-style dock with a display, keyboard and a spare battery to recharge …

Cat people are smarter than dog people, study says

What else is Carroll University going to study other than the various characteristics of those who choose dogs over cats? And vice versa.<p>I fear I may have found a more emotive subject that Apple vs. Samsung. Or Apple vs. Microsoft. Or just Apple.<p>For one of the world's top academic institutions, …

Pets

Pixar offers RenderMan Free to Non-commercial Users and Drops Price

Pixar has announced a radical price restructuring of its RenderMan 3D and animation technology. With the upcoming version, the software will be free to non-commercial customers, and will cost $495 for individual licenses.<p>The new version and pricing will go into effect during the time frame of …

Surviving Yahoo: Upcoming's social calendar rises again

Yahoo killed Upcoming.org, but thanks to Kickstarter, a passionate founder and a surprising bit of generosity, the community events calendar is on its way back.<p>Before it fell apart, however, Upcoming had to be invented. It all began more than a decade ago in Los Angeles, where Andy Baio was …

13 Google Search Tricks That Make Life A Whole Lot Easier

You <i>think</i> you know how to Google? You don't know how to Google.<p>Even the most seasoned Googler might not know every tip and trick available with just a few extra keystrokes in the search bar. Consider this your instructions manual for the world's most popular search engine.<p>Define A Word<p><b>The Scenario:</b> …

Keyboard Shortcuts Resource List for Your Online Tools

In addition, there are a few regular shortcuts that can make browsing Facebook even faster.<p>j/k = scroll up/down between News Feed stories<p>l = like or unlike a story<p>c = comment on a story<p>s = share a story<p>p = post a new status update<p>/ = search<p>Typing a question mark will open the full list of Facebook …