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If you've researched online privacy then the NSA may already be tracking you

When the Edward Snowden revelations began flowing (and flowing, <i>and flowing</i>), the first thing many people screamed was "get on Tor!" Unsurprisingly, an analysis of the NSA's XKeyscore system has revealed that simply visiting the website of the privacy service is enough to get you registered as an …

CNET: Samsung, Motorola and LG will launch Android Wear watches next week

Next week is Google's big developer conference, and according to a rumor from CNET, Samsung will be at center stage with a smartwatch running Android Wear. The usual unnamed people in the know suggest Samsung's watch could even be a giveaway for attendees. Motorola and LG are also named as …

Police say Apple's anti-theft switches have dramatically reduced iPhone thefts

When mobile sales are booming, smartphone thefts are almost certain to rise. That's something San Francisco and New York prosecutors George Gascón and Eric Schneiderman have been telling smartphone makers for over a year, but now they're finally making some headway. After pressuring Apple to …

Apple reveals iOS 8 at WWDC, available for free this fall

We all knew it was coming, and now it's here. Apple CEO Tim Cook just put months of breathless speculation to rest by pulling back the curtain on iOS 8 during the company's WWDC 2014 keynote address in San Francisco. It doesn't <i>look</i> like the sort of quantum leap that iOS 7 was, but Apple's head …

Nintendo GameCube controller adapter coming to Wii U for Smash Bros.

<i>Super Smash Bros. for Wii U</i> will be playable with Nintendo GameCube controllers, the adapter for which Nintendo revealed today on Twitter.<p>Nintendo's image shows a breakout box for the Wii U with four GameCube controller ports. The peripheral connects to the console through its front two USB ports. …

Roger Easton, Father Of GPS, Dies At 93

Roger Lee Easton, Sr., the father of GPS and pioneer of modern day navigation, died May 8 at his New Hampshire home, according to BusinessWire.<p>After attending Middlebury College and the University of Michigan, Easton began work as a physicist in 1943 in the U.S. Naval Research Lab in Washington, …

Apple wants more money from Samsung, so it's asking for a retrial

The next chapter of the (seemingly) never ending legal wrangling between Samsung and Apple is here, and because it's a holiday weekend when everyone has better things to do, Apple is tossing a few new requests into the ring. After recent jury ruling found Samsung in violation of certain patents …

Those glow-in-the-dark roads? They didn't fare well in the first public trials

The pilot project that looks to replace streetlights with video game-esque glow-in-the-dark lane markers in the Netherlands has hit <i>a bit</i> of a snag. If you're in need of a refresher, the lines absorb ultraviolet light during the day before glowing through the night. So far, performance has been less …

Watch this Twitch user play Mario 64 blindfolded

Another Twitch account is experimenting with new ways of bringing in an audience to watch streamed gameplay. Twitch user 62bitgaming is challenging himself to play the entirety of <i>Mario 64</i> blindfolded.<p>The gamer is kitted only with his knowledge of the Mario classic, and a little help from a friend …

​Before the iPhone was announced, Android didn't support touchscreen input

Ahead of Apple revealing its first smartphone, Google's plans for Android back in 2006 involved physical keys for control and no touchscreen input support. Revealed in court documents from the ensuing Apple-Samsung legal fray, the early specification says that "the product [Android] was designed …

Ex-Apple Genius reveals 8 ways to extend your iPhone battery

Battery drain has always been one of smartphone users' biggest bugbears. Former Apple Genius Bar worker Scotty Loveless offers tips on how to extend the iPhone's battery life<p>Battery drain has always been one of smartphone users' biggest bugbears, and since the launch of Apple's iOS 7.1 mobile …

Watch a 5-year-old spam the spacebar to access his dad's Xbox Live account

Kids: they're our future, and apparently are also great at finding backdoors within video game security measures. Take 5-year-old Kristoffer Von Hassel from the San Diego area, for instance. His parents were curious about just how their son was accessing games on Dad's password-protected Xbox One …

Google chooses you to become a Pokémon Master on April Fools'

Google's known for its weird and wonderful April Fools' jokes, but this year's edition might be the best we've seen. Because it's already April 1st in Australia and Japan, Google has introduced its "latest" build of Google Maps, laying down a "Pokémon Challenge" that requires you, a budding Pokémon …

Intel's SD card-sized computer may not be so tiny after all

Back at CES, Intel made a big deal of the fact that it could squeeze a Linux-based PC with Bluetooth and WiFi into the size and shape of an SD card. However, with just a few months to go before the launch of these miniscule Edison development boards, it looks like the chip-maker has changed tack. …

Facebook is buying Oculus VR for $2 billion, plans to 'unlock new worlds for all of us'

Mark Zuckerberg is following up his Whatsapp buy with another big acquisition: virtual reality company Oculus VR for $2 billion in stock and cash (curiously, news of the talks may have leaked on Reddit a month ago). In a post on Facebook, Zuckerberg talks at length about how Facebook plans to make …

Angry Birds Epic gameplay trailer shows off RPG-style weapon crafting and combat system

Rovio Entertainment has released a gameplay trailer for the latest game in the Angry Birds series, <i>Angry Birds Epic</i>, showing off the role-playing game influenced campaign.<p><i>Angry Birds Epic</i>, which veers away from the series' usual gameplay style, features turn-based combat, a story-based campaign and …

Lego Cubestormer robot solves Rubik's Cube in less time than it takes to read this headline

Until yesterday, the world record for fastest time in solving a Rubik's Cube was 5.27 seconds, which was set in the fall of 2011 by a Lego robot named Cubestormer 2. Thanks to the machine's successor (aptly named Cubestormer 3), the time to beat is now <i>3.253 seconds.</i> The robot, which is the third in …

Report: This is what iOS 8 looks like, at least right now

Apple's next version of its mobile operating system, iOS 8, looks an awful lot like the iOS you've already got on your iDevice. At least that's according to screens leaked on Chinese microblog site Weibo and lent credence by veritable Apple site <i>9to5Mac</i>, which show what is supposedly iOS 8 in …

Flappy Bird could return, creator says

<i>Flappy Bird</i> could return, creator Dong Nguyen told Rolling Stone.<p>The free-to-play mobile phenomenon launched last September on iOS and this January on Android. By early February, Nguyen said that <i>Flappy Bird</i> was generating more than $50,000 a day in ad revenue. In mid-February, Nguyen pulled the …

Bitcoin's elusive founder reportedly discovered living in California (update: maybe not)

There have been many theories bandied about as to the true identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of Bitcoin. Nothing conclusive has married the name to an individual or group, but now <i>Newsweek</i> claims to have found <i>the</i> Nakamoto, a 64-year-old Japanese-American man of the same name residing in …

Skype's web-based version is now available worldwide

You no longer have to live in one of a few fortunate countries to make a Skype call while checking your Outlook.com email: As of today, Skype for Outlook.com is available worldwide. All you need now is to download a browser plugin and link your Skype account. The global release comes alongside …

Twitch Plays Pokemon moves on to Pokemon Crystal

Having conquered <i>Pokémon Red</i> in just under 16 and one-third days, Twitch Plays Pokémon moved on to <i>Pokémon Crystal</i> today.<p><i>Pokemon Crystal</i> was originally released in Japan on the Game Boy Color in December 2000, and came to North America in July 2001. It is an updated version of the second set of …

Instacube photo frame finally shipping, will arrive with support for video

Well, that took awhile. Remember Instacube, the purpose-built digital photo frame designed to pull images directly from your Instagram feed? The Android-powered photo screen found itself short on both funding and manufacturing options last summer. These issues set production back almost a year, but …

Wacom lets people share handwritten notes across devices and platforms

Wacom has been pushing into the world of mobile for a while, and its efforts have just culminated in a pretty bold move: A single, cross-platform standard for sharing handwritten notes and sketches between users, regardless of whether they're using a stylus or a finger, an iPhone or a PC, an app or …

Meet Samsung's new smartwatch family: the Gear 2, Neo and Fit

Samsung's new Gear smartwatches are no longer card-carrying members of its Android Galaxy. That's because Tizen, the company's open-sourced OS, has taken over the reins for the line begot by the barely five-month-old Galaxy Gear. And, in typical Samsung fashion, the company hasn't released just one …

Ford's 2015 Focus brings touchscreen Sync technology to Europe

Europe regularly gets Ford's latest cars, but it hasn't been so lucky with Sync -- the continent typically has to make do with the basic version rather than MyFord Touch. Locals won't have to settle when the 2015 Focus rolls out in the second half of the year, though. The redesigned car will bring …

How to beat Super Mario Bros. with the lowest score possible

Forget bragging about a high score. What if you set out to beat <i>Super Mario Bros.</i> with the lowest score possible?<p>Well, you'd have to kill nothing, grab nothing, tap the bottom of each flagpole just before time runs out, warp and keep running all the way through level 8-4. That's what YouTube user …

R.I.P. CAPTCHA

Say hello to two-step verification and more.<p>Say good-bye to CAPTCHA, the boxes of warped text that separate humans from bots online. AI company Vicarious claims to have developed an algorithm that can pass the test about 90 percent of the time. What will save us from spam now? These alternatives …

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Apple's Initial Sapphire Production to Target iWatch, Not iPhone 6?

Evidence has made clear that Apple is investing heavily in sapphire for its future products with the company working with partner GT Advanced Technologies to start production of the material in a new Arizona plant. Earlier reports suggested the sapphire is likely for the next-generation iPhone, but</i> …

Flappy Bird creator says he's pulling game from stores (update)

In less than 22 hours, mobile game <i>Flappy Bird</i> will be removed from stores, creator Dong Nguyen announced via Twitter on Saturday afternoon.<p>Nguyen later tweeted that he didn't sell <i>Flappy Bird</i> and will continue to make games. The game maker's decision comes one day after the title was updated to …