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Google has a new logo

Google is introducing a new logo today. Just a month after unveiling a major restructuring of the company, Google is updating its image, too. The new Google logo is still a wordmark, but it's now using a sans-serif typeface, making it look a lot more modern and playful. The colors are also softer …

Graphic Design

Amazon Begins Extending Prime-Member Perks to Other Shopping Sites

"Prime could be the VIP pass to the Internet.”<p>Can Amazon Prime become the VIP pass for the rest of the web?<p>For the first time since launching its Prime membership program in 2005, Amazon is extending some of the club’s perks to its members as they shop on other big shopping sites around the Web. …

How DeepMind’s artificial intelligence will make Google even smarter

Google is ringing in 2014 with a spending spree, first dropping $3.2 billion to acquire Nest Technologies and now spending a reported $400 million …

IBM’s $3 Billion Investment In Synthetic Brains And Quantum Computing

IBM thinks the future belongs to computers that mimic the human brain and use quantum physics…and they’re betting $3 billion on it.<p>IBM is unveiling a massive $3 billion research and development round on Wednesday, investing in weird, science fiction-like technologies–and, in the process, …

What running robots can learn from turkeys

Model of motion in turkeys (Credit: OSU)<p>With an eye toward making better running robots, researchers from from Oregon State University, the Royal …

This Theory That 'Frozen' & 'The Shining' Are the Same Movie Is Scary Accurate

Did you get a sinking feeling while watching Disney's animated hit "Frozen" for the first time that you'd seen this movie before? According to one blogger, if you're also a fan of Stanley Kubrick's 1980 horror flick "The Shining," then you're not crazy -- the films actually have a lot more in …

LG G Watch R review

It's a branch of the smartphone experience rather than a whole new tree<p>To find out what I can do with a smartwatch that I couldn't do without one, I have to jump through a few Google-mandated hoops. Like all Android Wear watches, the G Watch R won’t even show the time without being synced to a …

iPhone 6 Plus Vs Galaxy Note 4 Review: 2014's Biggest Phone Fight

Welcome to the biggest heavyweight clash in mobile phone history. For the first time Apple is moving in on the phablet sector Samsung has dominated (and arguably created) for the last four years. Two mega-corporates, two opposing ideologies and two massive handsets competing for our affections, …

HP's slim 'Omen' gaming laptop conjures up Voodoo memories

Remember that gaming laptop HP was rumored to be building, the one @evleaks said would rival Alienware's rigs? Well, it's here -- and it's not quite what the retired leaker expected. Instead of a thick, meaty machine to match the Alienware 14 and 17, HP is putting out the Omen, a 15-inch gaming …

Google Nexus 9 review: The first taste of Lollipop is a sweet one

It's been nearly five years since Google released its very first Nexus device, and by now we all basically get what the Nexus name stands for. It's all about building devices to show off the bleeding-edge version of Android, to give us a better sense of Google's vision of our collective mobile …

Nest's smart thermostat now shows much more info at a glance

For all of the things Nest's smart thermostat has learned to do, its interface hasn't made a lot of progress; you frequently have to dig to see more than just the basics. You'll have a much easier time of it after today, though. Nest is now rolling out a version 4.3 update that includes Quick View, …

Unresponsive plane crashes into sea near Jamaica

An unresponsive small private plane that lost contact with ground controllers Friday morning during a flight from Rochester, N.Y., to Naples, Fla., has crashed into the sea off the island of Jamaica.<p>Jamaican Defense Force Civil Military Coordinator Major Basil Jarrett confirmed to Fox News Friday …

We've dunked a Kobo Aura H20 in water and it lived to tell the tale

When Kobo launched the Aura, the idea of selling a premium e-reader with a top-line price and a big screen was something of a risk compared to the Kindle juggernaut. When the device went on to become responsible for a full quarter of the Canadian company's sales, it was clear that the risk had paid …

Lenovo ThinkPad 10 review: a good Windows tab hurt by poor battery life

There isn't a very large middle ground in the Windows tablet world right now. You frequently have to choose between a budget-oriented, low-spec model and an expensive portable powerhouse. And that's a shame, really. There are no doubt people who want high-resolution screens or lots of options, but …

Apple explains why apps get rejected from the App Store

One of the great mysteries of the App Store is why certain apps get rejected and why others don’t. Apple has let a surprising number of ripoffs and clones through the store’s iron gates, yet some developers face rejection for seemingly innocent apps.<p>“Before you develop your app, it’s important to …

Apps

Apple iPhone 6: Visa, MasterCard and American Express sign up for mobile payments

A contactless payments service for the iPhone 6 is backed by the three big credit card companies, reports suggest<p>The three big credit card companies – MasterCard, Visa and American Express – have signed deals with Apple and its iPhone 6 contactless payments plan, reports indicate.<p>Apple plans to …

This 'Find My iPhone' exploit could be to blame for celebrity photo hacks

​We don't need to rake over the gory details here, but in the last 12 hours, the internet has lost its "you know what" over some leaked celebrity photos. Initial reports suggested that hackers targeted the iCloud accounts of the high-profile victims, and held eager would-be-viewers to ransom on …

Ariana Grande: My Everything

Ariana Grande showed promise on her 2013 debut, <i>Yours Truly</i> – a classic case of "great voice, shame about the tunes," overseen by Nineties R&B god …

New Music

Mary J. Blige Announces The London Sessions LP, Featuring Collaborations with Disclosure, Sam Smith

Back in January, Disclosure and Mary J. Blige teamed up for a new version of <i>Settle</i>'s "F For You". The remix proved immensely popular with fans, and Blige eventually joined the duo onstage at New York City's Terminal 5 to sing the track. A few months later, the R&B diva was featured on another …

Texting while driving, woman impaled through buttocks

ELIZABETH, Colo. — A woman says she was texting and driving when she hit a pole that went through her car, piercing her thigh and buttocks.<p>Elizabeth firefighters had to saw off the front and back end of the pole to get the woman out.<p>Christina Jahnz says she was in the parking lot of Elizabeth …

N Korea fires short-range projectile into sea

North Korea has fired a short-range projectile towards the sea off its east coast in the latest of a series of missile and rocket tests, military officials from South Korea have said.<p>The projectile was launched on Monday at a site northeast of Pyongyang towards the Sea of Japan, a spokesman for the …

Three children killed in China school stabbing

Six others injured, including a teacher, in knife attack at primary school in Shiyan, Hubei province<p>A man has stabbed three children to death and wounded six others, including a teacher, at a primary school in China.<p>The man, named Chen, died after jumping from a building shortly after the attack in …

Will Oktoberfest Be Hit With Pretzel Shortage? Bakers May Strike

MAINZ, Germany -- Beer tents at the world-famous Munich Oktoberfest may face a pretzel shortage this year after local bakers threatened to go on strike. Munich’s NGG gastronomy union, which represents nearly 50,000 members of the Bavarian bakers' guild, is demanding a 6.5 percent wage …

Pretzel
Weather

Fifty Tons of Dead Fish Wash Up in Mexican Lake

Mexican authorities are investigating after hundreds of thousands of fish died of unknown causes. Fish weighing nearly 50 tons have been found floating in Lake Cajititlan in less than a week, the European Pressphoto Agency reports.<p>Effluent from local wastewater treatment plants could have caused …

Environmental Protection