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Telstra puts A$5bn Asia war chest to work

Telstra has agreed to buy Singapore- and Hong Kong-based internet services company Pacnet Ltd for US$697m as the cash-rich Australian telecoms group …

Apple pushes first ever automated security update to Mac users | Reuters

BOSTON (Reuters) - Apple Inc has pushed out its first-ever automated security update to Macintosh computers to help defend against newly identified bugs that security researchers have warned could enable hackers to gain remote control of machines.<p>The Apple logo is illuminated in red at the Apple …

Elon Musk says Tesla is revealing the 'exciting' Roadster update this week

'Crisis issues' pushed the update back<p>In a busy year for Elon Musk, in which he designed rockets, unveiled supercars, and got into the satellite business, the billionaire inventor could almost be forgiven for overlooking a promise he made back in June, to reveal a new update to the Tesla Roadster …

Sony urges Twitter to suspend users who post leaked documents

Sony Pictures Entertainmentcalled onTwitterto stop its users from tweeting information leaked in the hack of the studio’s computer systems, saying it would hold Twitter responsible for damages unless the company complies.<p>A Monday letter from lawyer David Boies, writing on Sony's behalf, requested …

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See, feel and smell the world like a bird with Birdly flight simulator

Man has faced many challenges in his eternal pursuit to fly like a bird.<p>Short of the real thing, the Birdly flight simulator, developed by a team from Zurich University, plunges the user into a fully immersive, virtual reality experience. The rig looks like a futuristic massage table, with users …

Apple issues first automated OS X security update to fix critical flaw

Apple considered a flaw in OS X so critical that the company pushed out its first automatic OS update to patch the problem.<p>The security issue was first found by Google researchers last week who warned that a weakness in the network time protocol (NTP) could let hackers deliver malicious code to a …

Yep, that tablet at bedtime really is messing with your sleep

New study links screen use at night with less REM sleep<p>If you’re reading a book before bed, what do you reach for: a paperback, a tablet, or an e-reader? The choice you make will have an effect on your sleep, and if you answered either of the last two then you probably already know the news isn't …

Google And Microsoft Want Hotels To Stop Blocking Your Wi-Fi

Re/Code is reporting that the two tech giants are arguing against a proposal by hotel groups including Marriott International to use blocking hardware to prevent their customers using cell phones to create personal Wi-Fi hotspots for their laptops or tablets.<p>Hotel groups don't like people creating …

Robotic Spider Dress defends your personal space

Fashiontech designer Anouk Wipprecht has updated her personal space defensive Spider Dress with Intel Edison and 3D printing.<p>It's my considered and educated opinion that Anouk Wipprecht's updated Spider Dress is fabulous on sheer aesthetic value alone, but the spectacular grotesquerie isn't simply …

The UK will decode the genes of 100,000 people to help fight cancer

The UK is about to launch one of the more ambitious attempts at using genetic research to fight cancer and other nasty diseases. The National Health Service's England branch plans to collect and sequence the genomes of 100,000 people in hopes of understanding both how DNA affects these sicknesses …

8 Spotify Tricks That Will Change the Way You Listen to Music

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Get it while you can: This iOS app is secretly a Nintendo emulator in disguise

Every once and a while, someone slips a cool emulator past Apple’s App Store guardians in the guise of a seemingly inoffensive app. Well, just in time for Christmas, it’s happened again! Meet Floppy Cloud, an app by developer Kyle Hankinson that is actually a Nintendo and Super Nintendo emulator in …

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Official Bluetooth listing hints at CES refresh to ZenFone 4

CES is just around the corner and some of the big names have already started their marketing juggernauts to try and build up some hype for their upcoming announcements. Yesterday ASUS teased us with two short videos about an upcoming smartphone that appears to have two camera lenses, or possibly …

Mobile Technology

Netflix scores Pee-wee Herman flick produced by Judd Apatow

A new movie about the adventures of beloved eccentric Pee-wee Herman now has a distributor, according to <i>the Wrap</i>: Netflix. The director and storyline still aren't known, but the former Universal property will be produced by Judd Apatow, who has other projects in the works with the streaming …

The transparent Fx0 will finally make you want a Firefox OS phone

Firefox OS is coming to Japan and doing it in style.<p>Announced at a KDDI press event in Tokyo today, the Fx0 is a striking 4.7-inch smartphone with a transparent shell and a home button decorated with the golden Firefox logo embracing the Earth. It runs the latest version of Mozilla's web-centric …

5 Sites to Send Last Minute Christmas Cards

With Christmas just two days away and Hannukah wrapping up tomorrow evening, there’s still plenty of time to send a card to those loved ones who may …

At California Olive Ranch, Technology Takes Root

Say the words “California and economy” and most people today think of Silicon Valley with its multi-billion dollar valuations and manic focus on what’s going to be the next Square or SnapChat.<p>But drive inland from the Pacific Coast and other valleys open up. Valleys steeped in history like the …

These pollution-fighting mushrooms eat plastic, and you can eat them

Feeling guilty about all the plastic you’ve been throwing out, and what it’s doing to the environment? Well it might soon be possible to eat that guilt away—or at least, eat some plastic.<p>That’s what a recent contraption from Livin Studio makes possible. Designers partnered with scientists at …

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What the Fashion World Can Learn From Dating Apps

<i>By Hayley Pearce</i><p>Casual dating and fashion have more in common than you might expect: They both offer instant gratification, are deeply entwined with visual appeal and can be extremely hit-or-miss, not to mention the colossal amount of choice. Yes, there are a lot of fish -- and clothing brands - in …

Ridesharing insurance leaves many drivers in the lurch

Ridesharing companies like Uber insure drivers when they're picking up fares, and personal policies are supposed to cover moments when those drivers are waiting for customers. However, <i>BuzzFeed News</i> has learned that it doesn't work that way in practice -- and that's potentially a very expensive …

Critical flaw leads Apple to push OS X update for first time

Advertisement<p>14 Comments<p>Credit: Apple<p>Apple has pushed an automatic update to Macs for the first time, in order to fix a critical vulnerability in the …

Alibaba sinks $161M into nixing counterfeits over two years

China's e-commerce giant says that since January 2013 it has banned 90 million counterfeit items that had been on its listings.<p>Over the last two years, China-based e-commerce giant Alibaba Group has spent well over $100 million ridding its listings of counterfeit items.<p>Between January 2013 and …

eCommerce

Nook spin-off nears as Barnes & Noble buys back Pearson stake for $27.7M

Barnes & Noble today announced it has reached a deal with Pearson to repurchase the company’s stake in Nook Media for $27.7 million. The agreement closely follows a simiar deal with Microsoft and will enable Barnes & Noble to eventually spin off its Nook business.<p>The company originally sold a five …

Apple Reopens Russian Online Store With 35 Percent iPhone Price Increase

Apple yesterday re-opened its Russian online store front with significant price hikes to compensate for changes in the value of the ruble. Apple last week closed the store to review its pricing after a dramatic drop in the ruble, which lost as much as 30 percent of its value.<p>According to <i>Bloomberg</i>, …

Key N. Korean websites suffer short outages after shutdown

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Key North Korean websites suffered intermittent outages Tuesday after a nearly 10-hour shutdown that followed a U.S. vow to …

Battery startup Eos Energy is raising another $30M

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Rennett Stowe, Flickr Creative Commons<p>Startup Eos Energy, which has been building a low-cost grid battery using air …

Can you trust a smartphone breathalyzer?

Shortly after I placed a six-pack of beer—Ska Brewing’s Modus Hoperandi IPA, for the hopheads out there, at 6.8% ABV—on the counter, I took a deep …

Windows Phone apps downloaded most on low-cost, low-memory phones

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Credit: Microsoft<p>Mobile app developers considering Windows Phone support for their apps, take note: Based on data released by …

Mic.com, the Most Earnest Millennials in the Room

“How would you explain the Russian financial crisis to your college roommate?"<p>One thing that has become clear this year is that we, the millennials, like our news in special millennial-friendly packaging.<p>Or as the co-founder of millennial news site Mic told me one recent afternoon: “How would you …