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Google to Glassholes: Stop it

It's hard being misunderstood.<p>Sometimes you have to ask yourself: "Is it these desperate ingrates who don't see my genius? Or might it be me?"<p>Why did this thought enter my troubled day? Oh, because Google has just released a guide to help its Explorers behave.<p>In the past, Google has been happy to …

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Spy Chief: We Should’ve Told You We Track Your Calls

The government still considers its call data to be a state secret, but the Director of National Intelligence says Washington should have acknowledged …

Taco Bell will start taking orders via smartphone later this year

Fourthmeal is going mobile. Later this year, Taco Bell will start accepting orders via smartphone, according to trade publication <i>Nation's Restaurant News</i><i>.</i> Rather than turn elsewhere for an existing mobile ordering solution, the fast food chain has reportedly spent more than two years perfecting its …

Netflix neutrality: Court ruling won't boost your Netflix bill. Yet

"It would be easy to make [a network] bad. It's hard to guarantee it being good." <br ></span>--Don Bowman, the chief technology officer of Sandvine

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Secret NSA Operation Collected 'Hundreds Of Millions' Of British Text Messages

American and British spies have collected hundreds of millions of text messages from UK citizens in a secret operation, according to the latest leak …

Reuters: Obama will prevent NSA from looking at phone records without a legal reason

Barack Obama is due to give a important speech about the NSA today, but <i>Reuters</i> claims to have had an early heads-up about what the US president will propose. The news agency believes he will announce measures that will prevent the NSA from automatically querying its vast database of private …

5 Changes President Obama Wants To Make to NSA's Surveillance Programs

In a major address this morning, President Obama tried to soothe Americans' fears about NSA spying by promising these changes.<p><b>Earlier this morning, President Obama</b> spoke about a number of reforms he wants to make to the National Security Agency's surveillance programs, which have been widely …

The Techno-Militarization Of America

Remember last year? Edward Snowden! NSA! Shock! Horror! Dismay!<p>Looking back I’m amazed we all seemed so surprised. Over the last decade, pretty much every arm of American authority invoked “homeland security” as an excuse to acquire boatloads of new technology, and used it to help expand their …

Nintendo: What now for Wii U?

As Nintendo slash sales forecasts and predict a £205m loss, Tom Hoggins explores the curious mistakes behind the failure of the Wii U and why not all hope is lost.<p>It has been a tough financial year for Nintendo. While the brilliant 3DS handheld was the best selling video game console of 2013, the …

Amazon workers vote on union (UPDATED)

<i>Update: Reports late Wednesday say Amazon workers voted 21-6 against forming a union. Original story follows below</i><p>A group of Amazon(s amzn) warehouse …

PGP creator’s new ‘Blackphone’ is a secure Android phone that may protect you from the NSA

It was only a matter of time until someone developed a smartphone entirely focused on security.<p>Phil Zimmermann, best known among techies as the creator of the email encryption tool PGP, announced his latest security effort today: Blackphone, a smartphone powered by a custom secure version of …

Blinkist: Read More in Less Time

As sad as it may be, many people just don’t have the time to read these days. When we say ‘read’, we don’t mean 140-character-long rants on Twitter, or 150-word news nuggets on the BBC. We mean books, magazines and long-form articles.<p>But just as technology has distracted us from perusing prose and …

Spotify lifts time limits -- letting users listen on and on

Spotify upped the ante in the music streaming game on Wednesday by getting rid of all time restrictions on Web listening. Now, users in all countries where Spotify operates can stream music for free on the Web endlessly.<p>"In the past, we had to restrict your listening time to some hours a month once …

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How Google and Nest could get the smart home all wrong

<i>Welcome to the Google smart home: You walk up your steps and use your Android device (or iOS app) to open your smart lock and signal to the network that you've arrived, whereupon your Nest thermostat turns the heat up to a comfy 71 degrees and Nest smart lights adjust the brightness to optimize</i> …

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Why is everyone disappointed by Google buying Nest?

It's a match made in heaven, unless you're on the outside<p>Google's bombshell $3.2B acquisition of connected-home company Nest Labs makes simple sense on paper: Nest CEO Tony Fadell says he'll gain the ability to scale his business without worrying about cash or infrastructure, while Google gets a …

Study shows Galaxy S III is Samsung’s most popular phone

There’s a ton of Samsung smartphones out there, but do you ever wonder which model is the most popular? The results might surprise you: Online ad …

Netflix bets big on 4K, strikes partnerships with four TV vendors

Netflix (S NFLX) wants to become one of the major suppliers of 4K Ultra HD content in the coming months, and the company struck partnerships with …

Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 4 concepts bring new Samsung design patents to life

After a couple of new design patents have been awarded to Samsung on the last day of the previous year, a couple of new smartphone concepts have emerged imagining what the future Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Note 4 would look like in case Samsung would actually use the design shown in those …

Mad Catz and Able Planet turn Bayer's artificial muscles into impressive headphones

Last June, we tried on a pair of headphones like nothing we'd tried before — headphones that used artificial muscles to make it feel like you're practically in the same room as your favorite musical artists. At the time, those headphones were just prototypes, but they're about to become a reality. …

Withings Aura uses light, sound, and science to help you sleep better (hands-on)

Withings has a scale, a blood pressure monitor, and an activity bracelet — now it's trying to help us all get a little shut-eye between all that activity. This week at CES it announced the Aura, a $299 device designed to help you fall asleep faster, sleep better, and wake up easier. It comes in two …

Dacor's smart oven range lets a smartphone control your stove

If you're going to buy a high-end oven range, it may as well be one of the smartest ovens out there. At CES Unveiled today, Dacor is announcing what it says is the first professional smart oven range — a two-oven, six-burner appliance with a built-in Android tablet that controls all of its …

Report: China bans Battlefield 4 on grounds of national security endangerment

The Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China has reportedly banned Electronic Arts' <i>Battlefield 4</i> on the grounds that it contains content that endangers national security, according to news outlets like China.com, QQ and an article on PCgames.com.cn that has since been taken down.<p>The …

Nearly A Thousand Classic Video Games Are Free And Legal To Play Online

As the intellectual property protections on old games expired, the Internet Archive swooped in to make them freely playable online in your browser. The site is currently host to a trove of games from such classic consoles as the Atari, the ColecoVision, and even an oddball system we'd never heard …

The year ahead: ten amazing science and technology innovations coming up in 2014

From the world's largest underground hotel to Star Wars-style holographic communication, the coming year is set to unveil an array of incredible advances in science and technology<p><b>Beam yourself across the world</b><p>The growth in video communication has been exponential. Skype now boasts 300 million …

RSA’s Deal With The NSA Reflects A General Mistrust

Here’s how it works when a big company believes that its power is in its girth: They enter this bizarre world that leads them to believe that what comes from their PR organs is enough to float their troubles away. It’s all about denial and avoiding any potential shareholder backlash. And so we come …

Google Street View case headed to court (again)

Google's bid to dismiss a class action suit alleging its Street View program violated wiretap laws is headed, once again, to a federal appeals court.<p>The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday agreed to rehear the issue, but refused Google's request to grant for an "en banc" review. The court …

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PlayStation Plus gets three of 2013's best games for free in January, including 'Bioshock Infinite'

Sony is kicking off 2014 by giving some of this year's best games to PlayStation Plus subscribers. <i>Bioshock Infinite</i>, <i>DmC: Devil May Cry</i>, and <i>Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons</i> will be added to the PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection throughout the month of January. That's on the PS3 side; <i>Don't Starve</i> …

Apple's iOS Completely Blew Away Google's Android For Shopping On Christmas

IBM put out a press release about what it saw during Christmas. It's not good for Android:<p>iOS vs. Android: As a percentage of total online sales, iOS was more than five times higher than Android, driving 23 percent vs. 4.6 percent for Android. On average, iOS users spent $93.94 per order, nearly …

Security Researchers Gave Snapchat A Nasty Christmas Present By Telling The World How To Hack Snapchat

That's because these same researchers just published detailed instructions on how to hack Snapchat.<p>The researchers, who call their company Gibson Security, were frustrated that Snapchat had ignored their previous work, sent to Snapchat in August, they said. That's when they had found a bunch of …

Scientists Are Using Metamaterials To Build Everything From Wireless Phone Chargers To Invisibility Cloaks

While the holy grail of metamaterials is still to make objects and people invisible to the eye, they are set to have a more tangible commercial impact playing more mundane roles - from satellite antennas to wirelessly charging cellphones.<p>Metamaterials are simply materials that exhibit properties …