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Doctors Now Using Google Glass During Operations (VIDEO)

One of the major problems holding back Google Glass (other than the fact it hasn't been released yet) is that it looks, well, nerdy.<p>But one time …

iPhones hold top three spots in network usage ranking

What were the top three most used phones in 2013? The iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5, and the iPhone 4, according to an Actix study that tracked communications between mobile devices and carriers' mobile networks.<p>But Samsung is the clear rival: its Galaxy S3, S2, and S4 claimed the fourth, fifth, and …

American Express Appeals Visa And MasterCard Price-Fixing Settlement

<i>Welcome to our new Payments Insights newsletter, a morning email with the top news and analysis on the digital payments industry, produced by BI Intelligence.</i><p><i>Click here to sign up for Payments Insights today, and receive it every morning in your inbox.</i><p>But many of the plaintiffs in the case, …

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Unofficial $99 prescription option for Google Glass coming soon

Rochester Optical will offer a $99 prescription lens option for Google Glass(s goog), with pre-orders expected to start shortly after next week’s …

What to Expect from Google in 2014

Google performed well in 2013 (read our ‘Year in Review‘), launching a plethora of new and improved products, ramping up its profits each quarter and maintaining its dominance in the mobile OS race. As we enter a new year, our attention turns to 2014 and where Google will focus its efforts …

Fly Or Die: Sony PlayStation 4

The console wars are in full swing, and no contender is more focused on the pure gaming experience as the PS4.<p>Sony’s next-gen PlayStation is not like the Xbox One, which is leaning more toward the media console space than ever before. Instead, the PS4 is built squarely for the gaming enthusiast.<p>The …

Tobii and Steel Series to build a cool eye-tracking control system for games

Tobii and peripheral maker SteelSeries have teamed up to build an eye-tracking control system so that players can interact with games using their eyes.<p>Stockholm-based Tobii has developed its eye-tracking technology for more than a decade, and it’s ready to partner with gaming peripheral maker …

Alleged Hackers Explain Reasons For Posting Snapchat Data

After millions of Snapchat usernames and other data were posted online, a group is saying it revealed the partial phone numbers and other information because the social-sharing service didn't do enough to increase its security. The popular service allows users to send images that vanish 10 seconds …

Why Microsoft didn't ditch the Xbox One's disc drive

Microsoft considered creating a version of the Xbox One without a disc drive, head of Microsoft Studios Phil Spencer told the Official Xbox Magazine U.K.<p>Microsoft was still discussing the alternate version of the next-gen console as recently as mid-2013.<p>"Obviously, after the announcement and E3, …

Amped Wireless outdoes itself with a new router and extender pairing

It's 2014, which means that it's high time that Amped Wireless showed off the WiFi hardware that'll be arriving through the rest of the year. This time out, the company is announcing a router and range extender, both of which are branded as AC1900 devices. The pair comes with eight 802.11ac WiFi …

Hands-On With Coin, The Electronic Credit Card That Hopes To Declutter Your Wallet

There are a number of startups seeking to make our financial lives better, whether it be Simple helping users set budgets and goals or BillGuard to make them aware of fraudulent charges that show up on their credit cards. Then there’s Coin, which wants to create a sort of “one card to rule them …

[Updated] Gaming PC Form Factors Continue To Shrink With Velocity Micro's SmallBlock

<i>UPDATE: I’ve received a detailed email from Velocity Micro CEO Randall Copeland explaining the differences between SmallBlock and the Lian-Li Q27, of which there are many. “First and foremost,” Copeland says, “the Q27 is sold as a bare chassis, and is not designed to be populated with the weight of</i> …

Apple details impressive Mac Pro environmental improvements over previous generation

Apple today released a new environmental impact report on its Apple and the Environment webpage detailing improvements in the newly launched Mac Pro’s environmental performance. In the report, Apple notes the new Mac Pro meets ENERGY STAR® Version 6.0 standards and gets a Gold rating from EPEAT, …

Build 3D printable castles and pirate ships one cube at a time with Blokify

Alright, this is pretty neat. We suspect the responsible parties won't be mentioning the likes of Lego and Minecraft in its press material, so we'll have to do it in this post. The conceit here is pretty simple: Blokify is an iOS app with a 3D environment where you can build models with cubes -- …

Sensoria is bringing fitness tracking to socks March 15th

Happy 2014! If you had any doubt that the future was here, just check out these socks. It's hard to imagine we've lived through a time in which undergarments with sensors weren't the norm, isn't it? Fear not, because Sensoria's fitness tracking sport socks are set to start shipping March 15th. The …

Starbucks now supports redeeming Pick of the Week cards with iOS 7’s camera feature

Starbucks, this week, updated their iconic <i>Pick of the Week</i> promotion to take advantage of iOS 7’s ability to use the device’s camera to redeem iTunes gift cards. Before that, customers had to pick up a physical card featuring a promo code to redeem the Pick of the Week app and manually type the …

Snapchat confirms leak of 4.6M usernames, doesn’t apologize

Two days after hackers used a publicly known API to download and publish a huge database of Snapchat usernames and phone numbers, Snapchat has finally responded.<p>Granted, the leak happened late New Year’s Eve, and yesterday was a holiday, so Snapchat’s response isn’t as slow as it might otherwise …

Facebook's 1st couple post top philanthropy amount

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, made the largest individual philanthropic donation in America in 2013, the Chronicle of Philanthropy said this week.<p>The couple are the first philanthropists under 30 years old to top the publication's annual ranking of the top 10 …

Developer: Tomb Raider Is A 'Historically Important' Game For Women In The Sexist Game Industry

But it looks like many in the "male-dominated" industry, especially the journalists, still aren't getting the message, according to game developer Brianna Wu.<p>Wu is head of development at Giant Spacekat (GSK), which is perhaps the only full-time game development studio whose employees are all women, …

Google, Apple Nab 345 Patents That May Govern Your Next Car

What will your next car be like? Google, Apple and other giants of the smartphone business have plenty of ideas. In fact, Google alone has 310 U.S. patents relating to areas such as car-based smart devices, navigation and route guidance. Apple has another 35. Meanwhile, five other smartphone …

The most anticipated video games of 2014

If the video game medium were to be judged solely by 2013, it'd be easy to come to the conclusion that the industry has run out of ideas. With reboots, prequels and sequels ruling the console market, it became patently clear over the past 12 months that publishers were relying on safe, established …

Steam is suffering ongoing outages (update)

Steam's authentication server and storefront went down shortly after 11:00 p.m. ET today, blocking a number of users from connecting to the distribution service's website and client.<p>The service was offline for approximately an hour before going back online again. Since then, Steam's authentication …

Haloband Lets You Control Your Smartphone With A Tap On Your Wrist

The rise of mobile has given me so much: 24/7 connections with friends around the world, information exactly when I need it, the ability to track my fitness and health goals. Unfortunately, it’s also given me a complex about my giant sausage fingers and their constant inability to navigate the tiny …

China's hardware explosion: All devices are getting smart

The concept of the smart device is reinvigorating the hardware industry in recent years. Triggered by this trend, it is no exaggeration to say that the Chinese hardware industry experienced viral growth in 2013, while a spate of new hardware companies mushroomed and both Internet giants and …

Facebook reads private messages to boost “Likes,” lawsuit claims

Facebook(s fb) is facing a new class action lawsuit that accuses the social network of violating state and federal privacy laws by scanning the …

DreamWorks to launch Android 'DreamTab' with original content this spring

DreamWorks certainly knows what kids want to watch, and Android tablet maker Fuhu knows a thing or two about children's tablets -- having produced the Nabi 2 Disney edition model, for instance. It looks like the two are putting that youth savvy together to create a new slate called the DreamTab …

NSA 'developing code-cracking quantum computer'

<b>The US National Security Agency is building a quantum computer to break the encryption that keeps messages secure, reports the Washington Post.</b><p>The NSA project came to light in documents passed to the newspaper by whistle-blower Edward Snowden.<p>The spying agency hopes to harness the special qualities …

Quantum Computing

Augmented-reality contact lenses to be human-ready at CES

Anyone who has ever dreamed up a sci-fi future in which neon interfaces float in front of us and information exists not on screens, but projected onto our eyes, is likely watching the blossoming wearable technology market with great anticipation. With its iOptik system, wearables startup Innovega …

Camera makers are desperately trying to stay a step ahead of smartphones—and failing

The best camera, experienced photographers say, is the one that’s with you—and the truth of that adage is spelling doom for many of the world’s camera brands, who are desperately trying to stay afloat as their businesses are eroded by the omnipresent smartphone.<p>The average point-and-shoot has …

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