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How BBC Playlister will curate the nation's musical tastes

The BBC claims that its new Playlister service can transform people’s relationship with music, helping them to identify tracks they hear on the radio or TV. Sophie Curtis tries it out.<p>The BBC today launched a beta version of Playlister, a new digital music service that lets audiences save their …

Classic rock: Marshall's Stanmore speaker has a retro feel

Not everyone has the talent or the tools necessary to rock out over a beautiful, blaring amp, but with amp legend Marshall's latest speaker, you'll be able to blast out all of your favorite tracks on something that looks just as good. Marshall's new Stanmore wireless speaker has a distinctly retro …

Using a Laser as the World’s Most Powerful Paintbrush | WIRED

Pro tip: If you’re going to attempt painting a California canyon with lasers, try to make sure you don’t scare the bejesus out of the area’s …

Panasonic Lumix GX7 Is the Rebirth of Slick

Almost exactly four years ago, Panasonic came out with the Lumix GF1. It was the company’s second mirrorless Micro Four-Thirds system camera, but it …

I Backed This: The Machine Era Wallet

Like a lot of you, I am forever looking for the perfect wallet. Something small, because I don't carry a purse. (Shut up,Mat.) Something cool, …

Amazon's AutoRip expands to the UK, pairs free MP3s with CDs and records

Amazon is bringing its AutoRip track matching service to the UK, giving its people access to MP3 copies of the CD and vinyl releases they’ve purchased over the past 14 years. Just like its implementation in the US, digital copies of the tracks will be automatically added to your Cloud Player …

Google Street View adds abandoned Japanese island that inspired 'Skyfall'

Google Street View has extended its reach to the abandoned island of Hashima, Japan, which served as the setting for Raoul Silva's "Dead City" retreat in <i>007: Skyfall</i>, the latest James Bond movie. Also known as Gunkanjima (Battleship Island) because of its resemblance to a warship when seen in …

Photoful Organizes Your iPhone Pictures With A Useful Elegance

If you’re growing tired of the way iOS 6 keeps your photos together in one big shoebox of sorts, only letting you categorize photos and create albums manually, there’s a new app out that will help you do much more than that, and it’s free to boot.<p>Photoful is a new, free app that offers something of …

Traktor Kontrol Z1 brings physical controls to your iPad DJ setup for $199.99

Traktor DJ for iPhone and iPad showed that Native Instruments could bring a strong DJ experience to iOS, but the apps were inherently limited by the complete lack of physical controls. To try and answer that concern, the company is launching the Traktor Kontrol Z1 — it's a small, physical, …

Leica's new X Vario compact APS-C camera can't compete

Sony and Fujifilm have Leica's number, but fanatics won't care<p>Leica has announced a new fixed-lens camera, the X Vario. Featuring what Leica calls an "unusually large" sensor, an 18-46mm fixed lens, and a 3-inch display, the $2,850 camera is aimed at people that want high performance in a compact …

What's in your bag, Jacob Kastrenakes?

<i>What’s in your bag? is a recurring feature where we ask people to tell us a bit more about their everyday gadgets by opening their bags and hearts to us. Show us your bag in this forum post. This week, we’re featuring Jacob Kastrenakes.</i><p>Not carrying three phones, lenses, and battery packs may put me …

Can a real-life ‘Battlestar Galactica’ cross the Atlantic?

A massive role-playing game set on a real destroyer could be coming to America<p>Crew of the <i>Monitor Celestra</i> during a March 2013 Swedish larp. Image credit: John-Paul Bichard<p>For three weekends in Sweden, <i>Battlestar Galactica</i> was real.<p>With dozens of staff, over a million Swedish kronor ($160,000), and a …

Best iPad Apps: the top free and paid apps for Apple iPad

By Richard Wordsworth<p>Whether you're looking for a great new tool for free or you've got money to spend on the latest entertainment app, check out …

Sony RX1 review: shooting like a pro with a pocket-sized camera

It’s hard to shoot pictures in the dark. You typically have the choice of either taking a blurry, dim photo, or using a flash and ruining the ambiance. So you buy a DSLR and an appropriately bright lens, but then you're toting around a big, clunky, and very obvious camera setup. But what if you …

Process App Update Makes An Good App Great

Process, the step-based photo-editing app for the iPad, has gotten bumped to version 4.0. With that update come live, almost full-res previews, blend mode support and – supposedly – less crashes.<p>First, if you want this app and don’t already own it, go buy it now. Process is currently on sale for $3 …

Pixelmator 2.2 goes after graphic design with new shape tools and vectors-first UI

The inexpensive image editor is bridging two worlds<p>Popular OS X image editor Pixelmator is releasing a major update on Thursday, codenamed Blueberry, and if you like working with vector shapes, it might just make your day. New tools for working with text as vectors, a new Shapes palette, and the …

Budweiser cup makes toasting drinkers instant friends on Facebook

As if alcohol weren't enough of a social lubricant already, Budweiser has figured out a way to help it add to your Facebook friends list. The Buddy Cup, unveiled by the company's Brazilian arm, contains "high-tech chip technology integrated with Facebook" that makes two people friends on Facebook …

See how dozens of artists interpret 'Lost,' 'Star Trek,' and other Bad Robot works

J.J. Abrams' production company Bad Robot has quickly become known for series like <i>Lost</i> and <i>Super 8</i> that are rooted in smart, sci-fi concepts — and the company is now teaming up with pop-culture exhibitor Gallery 1988 to show off independent artists' interpretations of its own properties. The gallery …

Exotic fighting game locales become animated GIFs in this tour of the 16-bit world

In the background of flurries of punching, kicking, and special moves, fighting games have a long history of taking players on an exotic tour of the world. Reddit user RudeBootie has put together a collection of 125 retro fighting game backdrops depicting locations everywhere from training gyms, to …

US Navy experimenting with drones and blimps to fight Caribbean drug smugglers

In the wake of budget cuts, the US Navy is turning to older technology in the war on drugs. As the <i>Associated Press</i> reports, last week the Navy began testing two new tools to monitor and capture drug smugglers in the Caribbean: the blimp-like aerostat, which has previously been used for surveillance …

Nest thermostat update tracks the sun to keep temperatures steady

After rolling out a new version of its Learning Thermostat last year, Nest is back with a software update, this one in time for the summer months. Version 3.5 of the Nest's firmware is a combination of clever tricks and updates to its core features. One of the most interesting changes is a …