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32 of the Best Chromecast Apps

Google Chromecast is an unusual device. Unlike most streaming set-top boxes, it doesn’t come with a remote, a bevy of pre-loaded apps or even an obvious menu system.<p>Instead, the Chromecast acts as a conduit for the apps and content you might find on your PC, laptop, smartphone or tablet. The latter …

Launching Indie Games on Xbox One Can Cost up to $5,000

Insurance and localization fees add up for developers.<p><b>UPDATE</b> A Microsoft spokesperson issued us with the following statement regarding costs for …

Driverless cars get green light for testing on public roads in UK

The UK is to encourage the development of driverless cars on its roads, it was announced on Wednesday, with a multimillion-pound research fund and a review into the relevant laws around road safety.<p>The business secretary, Vince Cable, said a £10m fund will be made available for driverless car …

Canvas fingerprinting is tracking you, and you don't even know what it is

Canvas fingerprinting?<p>Popular, heavily trafficked websites are increasingly turning to “canvas fingerprinting” in order to track your online movements. Canvas fingerprinting is extremely hard to block, hard to detect, and has become a unique identifier that logs your ‘Net history as you jump from …

Blink Wireless Monitoring And Home Security System (video)

Blink a new monitoring and home security system has this week launched on the Kickstarter crowd funding website and is already looking as though it …

Home Security

Virgin Mobile intros a blank-slate smartphone plan you can customize any way you like

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>Credit: Thinkstock / culig<p>Next month, Virgin Mobile USA will offer a new, prepaid smartphone plan that is really dozens of …

BlackBerry buys encrypted voice firm Secusmart

Troubled phone maker BlackBerry has attempted to expand its security offerings with the acquisition of voice encryption provider Secusmart, though onlookers aren’t convinced it will reverse the company’s fortunes.<p>The deal to acquire the young German company, announced on Tuesday, forms part of …

HealthTap Launches $99 per Month Prime Option

HealthTap, the online medical information repository and Q&A service, has launched a new paid-for premium option today called HealthTap Prime, which can put you in touch with a doctor for a consultation in a matter of clicks.<p>For $99 per month, plus $10 for each additional family member, you get …

Square Reveals A Reader For Chip Payment Cards Ahead Of Coming U.S. Launch

Square is set to bring its payment card reader for mobile devices in line with modern tech used most places in the world outside of the U.S. – today it revealed its upcoming EMV and chip-compatible dongle, which will be available soon for pre-order with an estimated ship date of sometime in …

The HTC One E8 is a plastic phone in search of its metal soul

Plastic phones have a bad reputation and HTC is partly to blame. The company that defines itself as “a global leader in mobile innovation and design” has, for two years running, built the finest Android smartphone with an all-aluminum thing of beauty it calls the One. First the One M7 swept up the …

Apple Reminds Customers About Their No-Tax Holidays

Apple has sent out an email to customers about their state’s upcoming no-tax holiday. The emails, sent to customers in the nine U.S. states with a …

Three's smartphone app for calling and texting over WiFi now available

Three and EE jostled for attention last month when they announced, on the same day, their customers would soon be able to make calls and send texts over WiFi connections. While EE is working on a fancy system the user will be all but oblivious to, Three's following O2's lead with an app that does …

Samsung is thinking of making round smartwatches, too

Motorola might not be the only company making a smartwatch with a circular display in the near future. Samsung has filed for a trio of US design patents for smartwatches that are much more rounded than squarish devices like the Gear Live. The watch faces vary in their curviness, although they all …

You Can Now Donate to Wikipedia in Bitcoin

The Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit responsible for Wikipedia, said Wednesday that it will accept donations of the digital currency Bitcoin.<p>“It …

Virgin Mobile lets you customize your family's prepaid phone plan

In the US, prepaid cellphone service tends to be a like-it-or-leave-it proposition that rarely fits perfectly, especially for families. Virgin Mobile may have a smarter approach in store; it's launching Custom, a prepaid family plan that lets you tailor usage to your liking. You can put as many as …

Google Sends Hangouts to Work, Enhances Chromebox for Meetings

More video chatting at the office.<p>Google today enhanced two versions of its business-oriented video conferencing products, Hangouts and Chromebox for Meetings.<p>In moves announced in a company blog post, the search giant said it will push Google Hangouts, a video service that was initially launched …

Sprint Is Offering Super-Cheap Data Plans for Only Accessing Social Media

As wireless carriers launch services to make mobile Internet more affordable, Sprint is taking a more drastic approach with its new wireless …

Popcorn Time can now stream torrents to your Apple TV

Popcorn Time is Hollywood’s worst nightmare: a Netflix for torrents that streams the hottest movies right to your Mac or PC.<p>Now, it’s become even more nightmarish for the industry. It will now stream torrented movies directly to the Apple TV.<p>As a reminder, Popcorn Time is a cross-platform movie and …

Smart TV

Why the UK wants driverless cars on its roads by January

The UK is finally catching up. The government announced that it will put driverless cars on public roads as early as January 2015. This comes as a result of an infrastructure plan announced in December 2013, outlining a £10 million ($16.7 million) investment to bring the technology to Britain’s …

Roads

For Samsung, the future shape of smartwatches is round

You’ve got to hand it to Motorola. It hasn’t exactly been an influential company when it comes to design, at least not since the Moto Razr, which was arguably the zenith of the feature flip-phone evolutionary path.<p>But now it seems the company has managed to be first in a very important segment: …

Modbook announces $4k 15-inch pen-based OS X tablet built w/ new Retina MacBooks

Following up the last Modbook Pro tablet the company is currently selling made from a converted mid-2012 MacBook Pro, today Modbook is back with the announcement of a 15-inch ModBook tablet that uses the new Retina MacBooks Apple just refreshed this week as its guts. For those of you unfamiliar …

Amazon to Hachette: E-books should be cheaper than print books. Duh

The ongoing war between Amazon and major book publisher Hachette shows no signs of stopping.<p>After failing to satisfy Hachette authors with better e-book pricing, Amazon has revealed the reasons behind cheaper e-book prices: Expensive e-books won’t sell as well as inexpensive ones.<p>The conflict …

BitTorrent Releases Bleep Chat App as Closed Pre-Alpha

Following internal alpha testing, BitTorrent is offering its new server-less messaging app as a closed pre-alpha for Windows 7 and Windows 8.<p>Formerly referred to as BitTorrent Chat, the company has announced its official name as ‘Bleep’ and released a screenshot of the app’s current design. The key …

Amazon Prime members get a $1 video credit for choosing slower shipping

One of the most attractive benefits of subscribing to Amazon Prime is the free two-day shipping or an overnight option available for a small fee, depending on the item and destination. But in many cases, you might not need your stuff until the following week, making the e-tailer's new "no-rush …

The Price of Extra Storage is Dropping

Apple has made some moves recently that could point to more affordable, higher capacity iPhones. First, they dropped the price delta for doubling the storage of iPod touch models. Before the move, customers had to pay $100 to go from 16GB to 32GB or from 32GB to 64GB. Now, that price difference is …

MacBook Pro

Why $10 billion isn’t a crazy valuation for Snapchat—and may turn out to be a bargain

Snapchat is raising a new round of funding that could value the company at $10 billion, Bloomberg reports, citing sources. This is a significant increase in theoretical value, since Snapchat reportedly turned down a $3-billion buyout offer from Facebook last year. And it puts Snapchat in some …

Venture Capital