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A Million Gamers Help The Wild 'TwitchPlaysPokemon' Experiment Triumph

After 16 days, 7 hours, 45 minutes and 30 minutes of continuous play, the collaborative gaming experiment known as TwitchPlaysPokemon came to an end early on the morning of March 1st, when an upstart Pokémon master defeated the Elite Four and his rival to become Kanto’s newest champion.<p>The online …

Why bother to text your girl when BroApp can do it for you?

BroApp sends lovey-dovey messages to your beloved little dove, so that you can enjoy drinking with the boys. Really.<p>You know how you often tell your one true love that she's your one true love?<p>Does she know that the "one" isn't true, making the "true" not true either?<p>I only ask because your, um, …

App Store

Why did Samsung play it safe with the Galaxy S5's processor?

Of all the phone manufacturers out there, Samsung seems to have a particular talent for creating an anticlimax. Our first thought when holding the Galaxy S5 was that we'd been through all this before a year ago, with the equally underwhelming launch of the GS4. Our disappointment jibed with the …

Nokia X hacked to run Google’s Android apps and services

Nokia unveiled its X Android phones less than a week ago, with plans to use the handset to promote Microsoft services and not Google’s. After just a few days, hackers have managed to gain root access to the Nokia X and covert it to run most of Google’s key services. xda-developers member …

Apple Handles 'Several Billion' iMessages and 15 to 20 Million FaceTime Calls Daily [Updated]

During today's annual stockholders meeting, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed (via <i>Bloomberg</i>) that 40 billion iMessages and 15 to 20 million FaceTime calls are made daily. That number suggests iMessage has grown exponentially over the course of the last year as usage numbers were at two billion messages …

Now Serving 4M Downloads Daily, The Windows Store Has Grown 135% Since October

Buried in its MWC slides, Microsoft announced that it now serves 4 million application downloads daily from the Windows Store, the application marketplace for Windows 8.x.<p>Four million downloads per day works out to 120 million per month, or around 1.4 billion per year. The number essentially …

SanDisk microSD can now hold 128GB of your music, videos and photos

SanDisk is best known to Android users for providing the microSD memory cards that faithfully hold all of our photos, videos and music on our devices. Smartphones that support MicroSD usually only do so up to 64GB, so phone manufacturers will now have to design anew to support the new 128GB SanDisk …

Operating Systems

Security researchers highlight iOS flaw that enables hidden logging of touch events and other actions

Researchers at security firm FireEye are highlighting an exploit involving iOS’s multitasking architecture to enable a nefarious (or exploited) app to record user touch events, Home Button presses and other events even whilst the app is backgrounded. It has always been theoretically possible for …

Second Apple iOS security flaw exposed

Security researchers warn of a flaw that could expose iPhone and iPad data to hackers, just days after Apple was forced to rush out a software update to protect against a serious SSL vulnerability<p>Security researchers have discovered a new flaw in Apple’s iOS that could expose every action the user …

Information Security

Panasonic's latest Toughpad has the strength, thickness of 10 smartphones (hands-on)

Panasonic may have bowed out of the consumer smartphone game, but gadgets for businesses are a completely different story. That's why the Japanese company came to Mobile World Congress with a new pair of rugged Toughpad smartphones in tow. You can't mistake them, despite their identical looks, …

Hennessey Venom supercar narrowly tops land speed record

Supercars are designed to push the limits, be it in performance or design sensibilities. But in a flat out race, speed is everything. That's what makes a new record set by the Hennessey Venom GT so impressive. The supercar — which runs between $600,000 to $1 million — was clocked at 270.49 mph …

Bitcoin Takes A Blow: Mt. Gox, The Currency’s Largest Exchange, Goes Dark

The exchange has been the target of denial-of-service attacks, and an unverified document circulated on social media alleged about 744,000 Bitcoins had been stolen.<p>Concerns about Bitcoin’s stability heightened this week with the apparent insolvency of Mt. Gox, the largest Bitcoin exchange.<p>On …

Bitcoin

Supersonic Plane Will Have Livestream Of The Outdoors Instead Of Windows

Actual, transparent windows would be too difficult to install on a Mach 1.8 plane.<p>A supersonic passenger jet would be exposed to such extreme forces, it would just be easier for the plane not to have windows. That's why the makers of one proposed Mach 1.8 passenger jet—due out in 2018—have decided …

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Google announces Project Tango, a smartphone that can map the world around it

Google has built a prototype Android smartphone that can learn and map the world around it. The device comes from a new initiative called Project Tango, and it's ready to get the phone into developers' hands to see what the technology is capable of. Google says that the phone will learn the …

Apple releases iOS 7.0.6, iOS 6.1.6, & Apple TV 6.0.2 with fixes

After releasing iOS 7.0.5 at the end of last month to fix network errors for Chinese users, Apple has just released iOS 7.0.6 (Build 11B651) alongside iOS 6.1.6 (build 10b500) for the iPhone 3GS and 4th-gen iPod touch and Apple TV version 6.0.2 with a security fix related to SSL connection …

Microsoft to Cut Windows Licensing Price by 70% to Compete with Apple

Microsoft is set to cut pricing of Windows 8.1 by 70 percent for computer and tablet manufacturers, according to <i>Bloomberg</i>, partly due to increased competition from both Apple and Google in the PC space.<p>Stronger competition from Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Google cut revenue last quarter at Microsoft’s …

iOS 7.0.6 Contains A Crucial SSL Security Fix

Apple’s release of iOS 7.0.6 might seem like a routine update, but you’ll definitely want to install it, as it contains an important security fix that addresses a flaw with SSL encryption.<p>A support document about the update notes that a validation problem with Secure Transport could potentially …

Kickstarter: We Were Hacked, User Information Exposed

Kickstarter, a leading crowdfunding site, revealed it was hacked last week. In a blog post published Saturday, Kickstarter said law-enforcement …

5 Biggest Flip-Flops from Apple

In the last decade, Apple has transformed itself from a garden-variety technology company with an especially rabid fan base to the most valuable …

Office for iPad reportedly coming before July

Microsoft is still working on Office for iPad, and it could debut before July, reports <i>ZDNet</i>'s Mary Jo Foley. While we'd heard that Microsoft was working on Office for iPhone and iPad some time ago, it ultimately only rolled out an iPhone version and pointed tablet users to Office Web Apps. However,</i> …

Windows 8 Sells 100 Million Fewer Copies than Windows 7 at 15 Months

While consumers are certainly still buying Windows 8, the latest and greatest operating system from Microsoft is not getting the same amount of love as Windows 7 did. That seems to be the general consensus, but now there’s data straight from the horse’s mouth to back that claim: at 15 months, …

SanDisk's latest flagship SD card supports extremely fast write speeds, 4K video

With affordable 4K cameras from Panasonic and Sony set to ship soon, it's time for flash memory manufacturers to begin readying stockpiles of high-speed SD cards. Today, SanDisk is announcing its latest flagship, the Extreme Pro SDHC/SDXC UHS-II. It exceeds the new UHS Speed Class (U3) spec, …

Bitcoin Crash: Digital Currency Prices Fall Hard | Fortune.com

Last week I pointed to a decline of 23% in the market cap of major digital currencies in July, asking if this was the bottom. Now we have an answer: Not by a long shot.<p>This past weekend brought brutal declines for the two biggest digital currencies. Bitcoin fell to around $1,863 (38% off its …

Bitstamp halts withdrawals amid targeted attack

The Bitcoin exchange Bitstamp has announced it is suspending withdrawals as a result of the same transaction malleability bug that triggered a freeze at the M. Gox exchange earlier this week. According to Bitcoin core developer Jeff Garzik, the issue is more widespread than the team initially …

The extinction of 'Flappy Bird': the rise and fall of a frustratingly simple mobile game

Contributors:<p>Share Tweet<p><b>Share</b> The extinction of 'Flappy Bird': the rise and fall of a frustratingly simple mobile game<p>share tweet Linkedin Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email<p>Created in 2013, this deceptively straightforward mobile game frustrated players with its difficulty in guiding a pixellated bird …

Apple Reportedly Launching Two New iPhones with Larger Flat Sapphire Displays in September

Apple will reportedly release two versions of its next-generation iPhone featuring 4.7 and 5.5-inch sapphire screens in September, reports the <i>South China Morning Post</i>. Citing industry insiders who have "seen the prototypes," the publication also states that both phones will feature a pixel density …

Pebble engineer explains why its Android app isn't quite ready

Last week we took our first look at Pebble’s App Store, which is currently sitting in beta form on Android, despite being classed as a full release for iOS users.<p>To address concerns from Android users about the state of Pebble’s software development, engineer Kean Wong has written a little bit …

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