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Apple to launch streaming service to compete with Spotify

The tech giant is developing its own subscription streaming service, and looks set to launch a radio station fronted by Zane Lowe<p>Apple and Beats are to go into direct competition with Spotify by developing a new streaming service. Apple is also planning to revamp and relaunch iTunes Radio, with …

Google will finally improve Chrome scrolling using a Microsoft invention

Google is finally adopting a standard that supports both mouse and touch navigation for its Chrome browser. If you’ve used a copy of Chrome on a Windows tablet recently then you’ll probably be familiar with the poor scrolling performance and general touch support, and it’s something Google will now …

Android News

This is how Uber is trying to make riders feel safer

Uber announced a series of new initiatives Wednesday aimed at making riders feel safer after a series of controversial incidents have shaken the …

The 'Virtual Death' of iOS 7 Is Approaching

Mobile analytics company MixPanel has come up with an eye-watering statistic around iOS 7. The company argues that Apple’s previous generation of its mobile platform will be “virtually dead by the end of Q2 this year.” In stark contrast to the limited availability and slow uptake of Android 5.0 …

The Big Picture: Russia readies Soyuz rockets ahead of ISS mission

When American astronaut Scott Kelly Russian Cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Gennady Padalka leave Earth for their 12 month stay on the International Space Station, they'll be riding this Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft. The launch is scheduled for this Friday from Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome in …

Facebook explains why it needs Instagram, WhatsApp, AND Messenger

"There's a theory that in five years, all your products will morph into one. Maybe it'll be called WhatsInstaMessage," said panel moderator Mary Meeker.<p>The key, it turns out, is simplicity: Facebook and Facebook Messenger are only getting bigger and more complicated. Apps that do one thing, and do …

Apps

Leap Motion is building its hand-tracking tech into a lo-fi VR headset

Let the virtual reality controller wars begin<p>A high-profile VR headset is about to get its own motion control setup — and no, it's not the Oculus Rift. Today, Leap Motion announced that it would be adding its hand-tracking technology to the OSVR Hacker Development Kit, a piece of open source …

New rumor claims Apple will launch three iPhone models this year, including 4-inch iPhone 6C

A sketchy new rumor from the sometimes-unreliable Digitimes claims that Apple will be releasing three new iPhone models this year. While many Apple watchers are expecting to see the release of two new “S” models—the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus—the new report also says the company will release a third …

Mobile Technology

Watch SpaceX test its amazing SuperDraco rockets from a few feet away

The Space Shuttle was cool in action, but on paper it sounded like a particularly capacious way to get to work in the mornings. Spaceships should really have cooler names. Elon Musk's SpaceX understands this — the private company's newest Dragon craft is equipped with four SuperDraco pods, each …

Uber Unveils a New Global Code of Conduct for Increased Safety

Following the alleged rape of a passenger by an Uber driver in India last year, the company announced in December that it would chalk out enhanced safety measures to protect its customers. Today, head of global safety Phillip Cardenas has announced Uber’s initiatives to keep riders safe.<p>The company …

Use Less Data with Google's New Chrome Extension

Google recently launched a new Chrome browser extension in beta that reduces your data usage.<p>Dubbed Data Saver, the extension uses Google’s data compression proxy service to optimize pages before serving them to your browser. It doesn’t work with SSL and incognito pages at present, and you’ll need …

Chinese manufacturers are trying to kill the smartphone bezel

Google Maps for Android Now Lets You View Custom Maps

Google Maps for Android now lets you view your customized files from My Maps more easily.<p>To view your saved maps, launch Google Maps, tap ‘Your places’ in the menu, and scroll down to find your maps, highlighted with red marker icons.<p>Google’s My Maps tool — available on the Web and Android mobile …

CNN lands on Apple TV, but you still need cable

CNN came to the Apple TV today in the form of “CNNgo,” an app that lets you view live broadcasts, shows, and popular news clips.<p>Unfortunately, the bulk of CNNgo is still shackled to cable, meaning you won’t be able to view anything except some short video highlights without first entering TV …

Smart TV

Microsoft's next Surface could signal the death of RT

Microsoft hasn't given up on the idea of a mini-me version of its successful Surface Pro 3 convertible, according to a rumor from <i>WinBeta</i>. But a Surface 3 model won't follow in the Surface 2's wobbly footsteps by packing the RT version of Windows. Instead, it will reportedly take a page from the …

Victor Raises $8M To Take On-Demand Private Jet Booking App To U.S.

The ‘Uber for X‘ gravy train shows no signs of slowing. From house cleaning to getting high, various services are being distilled into a mobile app and made as convenient to book, or ‘on-demand’, as is technologically possible. And because rich people need convenience too, the list of Uber-styled …

Amazon Cloud Drive Now Offers Unlimited Storage Tiers

Amazon is today adding a couple of new storage tiers for its Cloud Drive customers with a heck of a lot of files and photos.<p>The Unlimited Photos Plan is… what it sounds like. Prime members and Fire device owners already have unlimited photo storage included with their accounts, but everyone else …

Cloud Computing

Apple acquires big data company to help improve iCloud

Rightly or wrongly, iCloud is one of Apple’s most regularly criticized products (speaking personally, I’ve never had any major problems with it, but I use Google’s rival service far more.) It seems that Apple is more than aware of the negative feedback, however, because it’s in the process of …

Big Data

The Never-ending USB

Introducing, InfiniteUSB – the next biggest thing since the USB itself! This revolutionary design is an open chain of USB ports, granting an …

Microsoft reportedly working on new Surface tablet that ditches Windows RT

Surface 3 is said to feature a fanless design and full version of Windows<p>A new report from <i>WinBeta</i> claims that Microsoft is planning to release another Surface tablet as a successor to the Surface 2 launched back in 2013. A year later, the company unveiled the Surface Pro 3, but made no mention of a …

Saudi-led coalition strikes rebels in Yemen, inflaming tensions in region

<b>(CNN) —</b> Saudi and allied warplanes struck rebels in Yemen on Thursday, with Saudi Arabia threatening to send ground troops and inserting itself into its southern neighbor's civil war, potentially opening up a broader sectarian conflict in the Middle East.<p>The swift and sudden action involved 100 …

Middle East

British robots glimpse inside the Fukushima nuclear plant

Japan may be obsessed with robots, but it is a British company that has solved the "impossible" problem of visualising the radiation leaks inside the crippled reactor buildings at Fukushima<p>State-of-the-art British imaging technology has been deployed at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to …