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Skype built into final Windows 8.1 version, Microsoft drops existing Messaging app

Microsoft is making use of its Skype acquisition for Windows 8.1, opting to bundle it into a final version of the OS. Existing preview versions of Windows 8.1 do not include the traditional built-in Messaging app. Sources familiar with Microsoft's plans have revealed to <i>The Verge</i> that the final …

CyanogenMod adds encrypted messaging to help beat the NSA

In light of the recent surveillance scandals that have hit the USA and to some extent the UK, the key developers for the CyanogenMod project have been adding some new privacy features to the alternative Android firmware. First, the Run in Incognito Mode, which limits as apps access to your personal …

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Robot subs beam the oceans to your homes

OpenROV is a simple submarine designed to explore the deep for little cost. In the first in our Future Thinking: Next Generation series, OpenROV founder David Lang explains how his creation may help a new generation get excited about our oceans.<p>Ocean exploration is no longer the preserve of a few …

Ocean Exploration

A New Type Of Motor Made From Gadget Guts

Engineers at CORE Outdoor Power developed a printed circuit board-based rotary motor that's as strong as a gas-powered one, but without the emissions and noise.<p>Since the 1950s, the brain of any electronic device has been a printed circuit board (PCB), a piece of substrate that contains all—or …

The 5 Coolest New Features In Microsoft Windows 8.1

3-D printer support, hands-free operation, and all kinds of other features make Windows 8.1 more than a small update.<p>Windows 8.1, the first update to the wildly different new version of Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system, just arrived in beta. It's easy to download--easier than the new version …

Nerd Stereotype Might Drive Women Away From Computer Science

Psychologists at University of Washington reveal the impact of stereotypes on women's interest in computer science.<p>Who are you calling nerdy? In a recent study at the University of Washington, psychologist Sapna Cheryan found that women are often discouraged from pursuing careers in computer …

A Motorized, Super-Detailed Robot Villain Made By A Doctor Who Fan

A DIY version of the sci-fi series' ultimate alien: the Dalek.<p>Despite his devotion to Daleks—those cruel, armor-clad extraterrestrials from the TV show Doctor Who, now in its 50th year—Jim Rossiter has no interest in annihilating other civilizations. The 57-year-old Australian just likes how the …

From DARPA, A Virtual Tool To Revolutionize Robotics

The DARPA-funded Gazebo simulation software could make robotics accessible to everyone.<p>The DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC), the most ambitious robot competition in history, cleared a key milestone yesterday. The Pentagon's research wing announced the results of the Virtual Robotics Challenge, a …

Six chemicals we consume in our food and drink that should be banned

Last week BuzzFeed published a list of eight foods that folks in the USA are eating but are banned in other parts of the world. The chemical …

Why three-parent babies are the way forward

Three-parent babies will likely spark concerns over the creation of 'designer babies'. But Michael Rimington, a practising infertility specialist, explains that while there is DNA from three people in the child, the genetic characteristics of the baby are those of the natural mother and father.<p>The …

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How to Optimize Windows 8.1 for Laptops (to Be Like Windows 7) | Laptoping | Laptop PCs Made Easy - Specs, Reviews, Tips

This is a quick tip on how to optimize the latest Windows 8.1 (Preview) version for use on a laptop without touchscreen capability and make it look …

Windows 8.1 Makes 3D Printers as Easy to Use as Inkjets

Remember the days when you had to go monkeying around with printer driver software just to get your new inkjet to output in color? Over the years, …

Windows 8.1 tipped to swap Messaging app for Skype

The next version of Windows 8 is tipped to scrap its bespoke Messaging app, in favour of Skype.<p>Skype, which is owned by Microsoft, will become the …

Report: Android malware problem is getting worse by the hour

Earlier this year, we saw a report that said there was a 163% rise in the number of malware-infected Android devices in 2012. As shocking as that figure might be, we have a new report now that says the problem has blown up even further.<p>According to a recently published report[1] from networking …

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