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The Ooloo App Has Real People Answer Your Questions

Sick of virtual assistants like Siri mangling your searches? Well, the new Ooloo app for iOS and Android dispenses with voice recognition and just sends your request to an actual human being.<p>Ooloo, which has been spun off from online backup service IDrive, will have staff on hand 24/7 to answer …

Syria's children learn to code with Raspberry Pi

How did this British innovation go from a hobbyist curiosity to the war-torn middle east?<p>It will be another unsettled summer in the makeshift tent communities that line the valleys, mountains and border towns of Lebanon for the 300,000 children who have escaped Syria’s civil war.<p>But these young …

The App I Used to Break Into My Neighbor’s Home

When I broke into my neighbor’s home earlier this week, I didn’t use any cat burglar skills. I don’t know how to pick locks. I’m not even sure how to …

Bill Gates Just Blew Our Minds In A Single Tweet

For the past several years, China has been building stuff at a mind-blowing pace. Just how mind-blowing? Here, let's let Bill Gates put it in perspective:<p>Think about this for a second. Between 1901 and 2000, the U.S. built an entire interstate highway system, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Hoover Dam …

Google Fiber is cleared to land in Portland

Google's high-speed fiber project is now cleared to do business in Portland, thanks to a franchise agreement approved last week by the Portland City Council. Under the arrangement, Google would pay a five percent franchise fee on any video revenue, but avoid the extra three percent fee charged to …

The AT&T and Verizon Galaxy S5 has been rooted, $18,000 bounty claimed by Geohot

The phone-hacking community has finally rooted the Galaxy S5 for AT&T and Verizon, unlocking the full power of the device. Thanks to the skills of a …

Android Phones

Google Names Glass Partners for Medical, Sports Apps

Google named five developer partners on Monday for Glass apps from the medical, media and sports industries.<p>The partners include APZ Labs, which …

Microsoft’s secret Android patents revealed by Chinese government

Microsoft has been licensing access to part of its patent portfolio for several years now, offering device makers protection from litigation related to Android and Chrome OS. While Microsoft boasts that more than 70 percent of Android phones sold in the US are covered by licensing agreements, the …