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Google acquires maker of Toontastic storytelling app

Search giant Google looks to be building its presence in the child-friendly mobile apps business.<p>Google has acquired Launchpad Toys, maker of the popular kid-friendly storytelling app Toontastic, the startup announced on Wednesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.<p>"We're proud to announce that …

Katy Perry is getting her own game from the makers of Kim Kardashian's mobile hit

Katy Perry is getting her own video game from Glu Mobile, the smartphone developer that previously hit it big with a freemium title based on Kim Kardashian's rise to fame<i>.</i> The game will feature Perry's "voice, likeness, and personality," and promises to introduce players to "a digital playground of …

Jack Storms, the Crystal Machinist

For butterfingered woodworkers, dropping a project on the shop floor can be bad. But just imagine if your materials of choice were crystal and …

Beautiful Houses: North Pamet Ridge House

Today we will show a beautiful house in Truro, Massachusetts, a project by Hammer Architects. I'm in love with this house! High ceiling, exposed …

This 18-year-old hopped trains for 5 years and caught it all on camera

<b>BY: ROB HOFFMAN</b><p>In 2003, Mike Brodie, aged 18, left home to hop freight trains across the USA. Freight train hopping – a form of travel that is equal …

Apple forces Nintype to drop one of the iOS keyboard’s signature features

With iOS 8, Apple has been showing a lot more indecision about what kind of app extensions, keyboards, and widgets are and aren’t allowed under the developer guidelines. This has caused even popular apps like PCalc and Drafts to have to scale back features, because they have inadvertently stepped …

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Now TV gets a Windows 8 app

Whether you're a sports fanatic or a movie buff, December is generally a good month to sit down in front of the tellybox. One way to treat your eyeballs is via Sky's standalone Now TV streaming service, which is preparing for a busy Christmas full of movies, TV shows and live sports coverage. …

Google+ introduces 'infinite' gender options

Google+ is introducing "infinite" ways to define gender, letting users describe themselves using whichever terms they feel comfortable with rather than relying on the ternary "Male," "Female," or "Other" system.<p>"Now the gender field on your profile will contain four entries, ‘Male,’ ‘Female,’ …

Weekly Innovation: A Smart Power Outlet That Can't Shock You

If you're a parent, you know the aggravation that comes with baby-proofing an entire house. Probably one of your biggest fears is that your child might stick her finger or a foreign object into an electrical outlet.<p>More than 30,000 non-fatal shock accidents occur annually, according to the …

11 Innovative Gifts Everyone Will Want in 2019

With so many innovative products on the market, it’s easy to feel like you’re already living in the future. If you’re really looking for the next big …

CoolChip Technologies Is Redesigning The Humble Computer Fan

If there’s one part of a PC that doesn’t get enough love, it’s the fan. These small plastic spinning pieces cost almost nothing and keep hundreds or thousands of dollars of advanced technology from cooking itself.<p>The only time anyone talks about a computer’s fans is when we notice them doing their …

World's first 3D-printed laptop smashes crowdfund campaign

With just 68 hours till the deadline, the world's first 3D-printed Raspberry Pi laptop, Pi-Top, has already smashed its Indiegogo campaign target, …

Samsung announces ‘Project Beyond’ virtual reality camera

SAN FRANCISCO — Samsung today announced Project Beyond, a new flying saucer-shaped camera that captures 360 degree virtual reality images and video, at its Samsung Tomorrow developer conference.<p>The camera captures all images in 3D with 16 cameras arranged on the outside of the device. The device …