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An intelligent, sneaky, wireless camera for the ultra-connected home

The Butterfleye serves as eyes and ears for smart connected houses.<p>According to startup Butterfleye, traditional Web and IP cameras are just not smart enough. The company's new battery-powered camera, also called Butterfleye, will supposedly change all that. Envisioned to merge Nest …

Smart Homes

George Steinmetz’s Eye From the Sky

What is it like strapping yourself into the equivalent of a leaf blower, getting a running start, then taking off into the air with a camera in your hand?<p>“You have 180-degree horizontal and vertical visibility and you’re going about 27 or 28 miles per hour. You don’t need a plexiglass windscreen in …

This is a GIF of a Vine of a Video of a Flipbook of a GIF of a Video of a Roller Coaster | Colossal

<p>Could this be the most meta thing on the entire internet? Just so we’re clear, the title isn’t a typo. This really is a GIF of a Vine of a video of …

Obama to heckler: You're screwing up my speech

YouTube

The Next Big Thing In Messaging Could Be An App You've Never Heard Of - And Never See

In the next few years, consumers won’t just send messages through traditional SMS or messaging services like WhatsApp, they’ll text and call through their mobile games and dating apps.<p>That’s the vision of Layer, anyway.<p>The platform run by the man behind Google Voice makes white-label software that …

Style-Focused Community And Shopping Service Polyvore Arrives On Android

Polyvore, the style-focused community whose members regularly pin collages of outfits and accessories to Pinterest, has now arrived on Android. The app follows the company’s iOS debut by roughly a year and a half, indicating, perhaps, its largely female user base’s preference for iPhone and iPad …

Pay a $300 fine or else your Android phone will be locked

Ars Technica<p>Ars Technica alerts us to research that has uncovered Android-based malware that disables infected handsets until the users pay a cash payment to for their viewing of illegal pornography:<p><i>“The malware is automatically downloaded when people visit certain pornography sites using an</i> …

Android Phones

Android Users Are More Likely to Take the Bus, While the Frequent Fliers Choose iPhones

Understanding the demographics of who uses which phones can be crucial.<p>It’s fun to study the differences between iPhone and Android users.<p>BlueStacks, for example, once created a portrait of what the typical Android user looks like.<p>But in an era where companies are spending big money on mobile …

Zen Studios bets on free-to-play by adapting CastleStorm console game to mobile (case study)

CastleStorm: Free to Siege is launching on mobile devices today, and for publisher Zen Studios, getting it done was an adventure in itself.<p>Mel Kirk, the vice president of publishing at Budapest, Hungary-based Zen Studios, told us the tale in hopes of teaching other console and PC game developers …

Using Microsoft Is Cheaper Than Free Software Says Government Chief Information Officer

It is hard competing with the world’s largest software company, but it can seem virtually impossible when even giving away your products is deemed too expensive. That is the point made by UK government Chief Information Officer for Hampshire Jos Creese and it throws a spotlight on the huge …

Samsung, Nokia join 5G trials in Japan, but crazy speeds still far away

We hope you're happy with 4G, because 5G's magical land of unicorns and 10Gbps speeds still isn't coming until 2020 or so. However, Japanese carrier DoCoMo is still hard at work developing the tech and has now begun trials with some formidable hardware allies. Those include Samsung (who already …

OnLive makes cloud version of heavy-duty game War Thunder run on tablets

The streaming-game service OnLive is announcing today that it has launched a cloud version of the online warfare game War Thunder that will run on a wide range of connected devices such as tablets.<p>War Thunder, a popular massively multiplayer online game for the PC with 6 million subscribers, is …

Income Inequality

Decoding the Apple-Samsung patent dispute

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Apple and Samsung are suing each other in courts and trade offices around the world, each making claims that the other copied patented mobile device features.<p>The companies' most-recent legal tussle all but concluded on Friday, when a California jury found that Samsung copied some …

Anonymous OS reportedly used by Snowden reaches version 1.0

Tails, which leaves no trace of Internet activity on computers, was reportedly used by the NSA whistle-blower in discussions with journalists.<p>The operating system reportedly favored by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden to keep his conversations with journalists secret has graduated to 1.0 status.<p>…

Privacy

Disney ‘s New 3-D Printing Technique Makes Any Object Transmit Sound

Disney Research has revealed an exciting new technology that turns any object into a speaker.<p>What if every object in your life could talk? A door handle warns you when someone has attempted to enter without a key. A desk ticks off your appointments when you sit down. A rubber duckie quacks at a …

3D

New Motorola Smartphone to Be Revealed in May

Despite recent major changes at Motorola, it seems the company still has a few surprises in store — namely a new class of smartphone.<p>Following in the …

FCC Chairman Wheeler talks tough on defending net neutrality, broadband competition and paid peering deals

Word of a new FCC proposal for net neutrality that could allow ISPs to discriminate between traffic on a "commercially reasonable" basis caused an uproar last week, and now Chairman Tom Wheeler has more to say about it. In a new blog post titled "Finding the Best Path Forward to Protect the Open …

Bitcoin 'black market' creators make money laundering app

Government regulators around the world have spent the last year scrambling to prevent bitcoin from becoming the currency of choice for money …

Movies of the future will be paid for 'by the inch,' according to DreamWorks Animation boss

Jeffrey Katzenberg, the CEO of DreamWorks Animation, has this week presented an interesting new idea for the future of the movie business: paying for films according to the size of the screen you watch them on. After a very brief three-week run in theaters, there would be ubiquitous distribution …

Mpow Cheetah Bluetooth Sports headphones review: Dirt-cheap Bluetooth sports headphones you'll either love or hate - CNET

Dirt-cheap Bluetooth sports headphones you'll either love or hate<p><b>The Good</b> Mpow's Cheetah wireless Bluetooth sports headphones are lightweight, water-resistant, and sound decent enough for how inexpensive they are. They're also equipped with Bluetooth 4.0, which makes pairing easy.<p><b>The Bad</b> May not …

Consumer Tech

Google Says Self-Driving Cars Will Run Over Fewer Pedestrians

Google is hopeful that it can design software that can navigate a full-size car through all the perils of city traffic without the risk of committing the first-ever case of robotic vehicular manslaughter along the way.<p>The company says its self-driving cars have logged over 700,000 miles without the …

Glowing Lunecase feeds on iPhone's electromagnetic radiation

No battery, no problem. Get glowing alerts with the Lunecase, a case powered by electromagnetic energy sent out by your iPhone.<p>It's well-known that phones emit a bit of electromagnetic radiation. The topic's been the subject of much speculation, study, and even a bit of concern. Electromagnetic …

Electromagnetism

Run for your life: Zombies, Run! fitness app gets over 60 new missions

I’ve always hated running. When I’m asked, I jokingly say that the ten years of life I probably lose by not focusing on cardio-vascular exercise, I make up for by not feeling compelled to jog in a big circle each day after work, or talk about running shoes at dinner parties.<p>But if there’s one thing …