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Add special effects to your smartphone movies

Free app FxGuru, now available for both Android and iOS, comes with a dozen dazzling effects. Here's how to kickstart your moviemaking career.<p>In my youth, I wanted nothing more than to make movies. But the tools just weren't available -- not on my budget, anyway. And even if I'd had a movie camera, …

iOS

Customize Android's icons with Nova Launcher

Installing a new icon pack adds a fresh coat of paint to your trusty phone or tablet. Here's how to do it in a few short steps.<p>Most Android smartphones and tablets already use a custom interface; these are the icons, the layout, and the starter wallpapers that the phone-maker uses to create its own …

Google Play

Beats Music builds a unique, if messy, listening experience around emotion

The Beats empire has officially expanded beyond its humble headphone roots. Beats Music has officially launched (download it from the iTunes App Store here), and become the latest contestant for your streaming music dollar. Of course, the market for such services is already pretty crowded. Between …

Sony's Xperia Z Ultra will go from phablet to mini-tablet in new Wi-Fi-only version - Pocket-lint

Sony is planning a Wi-Fi-only version of its Xperia Z Ultra smartphone, a listing on its developer website indicates.<p>The company has yet to make an …

The Best Bluetooth Headphones for Running

Before you lace up your kicks and head out to the track, trail, or treadmill, check out these wireless headphones to power your run.<p>Run to the Beat<p>As …

Google Now alerts come to Chrome on the desktop (for developers, at first)

To further unify peoples’ desktop and mobile experience, Google has brought its Google Now notification service to the Chrome browser.<p>Google Now cards are available in the latest Mac and Windows build of Chrome Canary, a pre-release version of Google’s desktop web browser for developers. You can …

NSA uses secret radio waves to spy on computers not connected to the Internet

For at least the past six years, the National Security Agency has used secret radio signals to monitor nearly 100,000 computers around the world …

Samsung Galaxy S5 may get rapid-charging battery

A report says the follow-up to Samsung's Galaxy S4 could get a new kind of battery that can also store more power within the same footprint.<p>The Galaxy S5 rumor mill appears to be spinning at full speed now that a Samsung vice president has publicly tipped the reveal date to be around March or April.<p>…

Phones

This Throwable Camera Ball Snaps 360-Degree Aerial Photos

Author: Tim Moynihan. Tim Moynihan Gear<p>Date of Publication: 01.14.14.<p>Time of Publication: 1:10 pm. 1:10 pm<p>The last product I saw at CES 2014 was one …

Apple will pay $32+ million to parents with app-crazy kids

Apple has agreed to pay out a minimum of $32.5 million to parents of children who purchased apps on the iPhone and iPad App Store. Bloomberg reports …

US physically hacks 100,000 foreign computers

The United States has implanted devices in nearly 100,000 computers to spy on institutions such as the Chinese and Russian military, EU trade groups and agencies within Saudi Arabia, India and Pakistan.<p>The <i>New York Times</i> on Tuesday cited documents from the National Security Agency, computer experts …

Man jailed for refusing to give police USB stick password

Syed Hussain: Forgot - but then remembered - password<p><b>A man has been jailed for refusing to give police the password to a memory stick that they could not crack.</b><p>Syed Hussain, 22, from Luton, was convicted of failing to provide police with the password to the stick seized in a counter-terrorism …

Extremism

How to Hire Outsourced Developers in Four Steps

<i>This is Part 2 of a 2 part series on hiring developers. Read Part 1, How to Hire Programmers, if you’re hiring for full time positions. Read this</i> …

Blackphone Promises NSA-Proof Smartphone

A joint effort between Silent Circle and Geeksphone, Blackphone places privacy and control directly in the consumer's hands.<p>PCMag reviews products …

'Downton Abbey' fan makes Lego tribute

A fan makes the first known Lego set depicting the Crawley family, the servants, and their stately home from "Downton Abbey." Dowager Countess Grantham makes for an intimidating mini figure.<p>As a present for his girlfriend, New Yorker Eric Stevens has built a Lego replica of the stately home and …

TV

Chrome's data compression claims huge savings

The new Google Chrome data compression feature for Android and iOS finally becomes available to all, with Google saying it can reduce your bandwidth usage by nearly 50 percent.<p>Mobile browser use is on the rise, but bandwidth caps aren't. To help Google fans get around that problem, the company has …

Google

Beam+ robot heads for homes, waving $995 price tag

The new telepresence robot from a Willow Garage spinoff wants to be be a boon companion for you and your family, and be a bargain to boot.<p>LAS VEGAS -- With the unveiling Wednesday of Suitable Technologies' Beam+, telepresence robots are becoming more affordable for many of the people who need them …

Robotics

NetZero launches 3G mobile broadband via Sprint

The new mobile broadband service is available to the 276 million people covered by Sprint's 3G network. And 4G is coming later this year.<p>NetZero has officially rolled out a new broadband service that travels over Sprint's 3G network.<p>As of Wednesday, the service is available to the 276 million …

Mobile Broadband

Alleged cinema shooter said to have history of spats with texters

A woman has come forward to say that Curtis Reeves, the retired policeman accused of shooting dead another man after a row about texting, also had a problem with her texting in the movies recently.<p>Curtis Reeves is accused of fatally shooting Chad Oulson in a Florida movie theater on Monday, after …

Text Messaging

Apple Agrees to FTC Terms Over In-App Purchases With $32 Million Settlement

Apple and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission have entered into a consent decree over in-app purchases on the App Store. In a memo to Apple employees, CEO Tim Cook wrote that the company felt it had no other choice.<p>According to the agreement, Apple will be required to provide full refunds to parents …