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New 'Terminator' Trilogy Will Begin in 2015

No word yet whether Arnold Schwarzenegger will appear<p>The <i>Terminator</i> franchise is getting a reboot by Paramount, which is planning a new trilogy of …

Senate's Immigration Joy Could Turn To Ashes In House

The Senate's "Gang of Eight" on the immigration overhaul legislation became a gang of 68 when all was said and done Thursday.<p>And that number is important, especially to the senators. Supporters of the immigration bill in the Democratic-controlled Senate have said a strong bipartisan Senate vote for …

Google to the U.S. Government: No, You Need to Pay Us More Taxes

Google on June 21 sued the U.S. Internal Revenue Service for an $83.5 million refund related to stock warrants it granted to AOL before Google went …

Leaked Details Of Facebook’s New Chat Rooms Feature

Facebook has built a new feature codenamed “Host Chat” that lets people set up chat rooms their friends can join without an invitation, a source familiar with the feature tells us. I’ve contacted Facebook and it confirms it has begun testing this feature in the wild. Reminiscent of the old AOL chat …

Pay-what-you-want GoBank puts mobile users first

A new player has emerged at the forefront of mobile banking with the hopes of capturing the nation's youngest banking audience and setting the tone for what it means to bank virtually.<p>Launched to the public on Tuesday, GoBank is the first bank designed specifically for mobile use. All functionality …

Bitcoin: Are we looking at a revolution?

Bitcoin’s roller coaster ride over the past few months has been well documented. We watched Bitcoin’s meteoric rise in value from $33 at the end of February (then an all-time high) to a peak of nearly $266 on April 10, followed by the crash of as much as 70 percent.<p>But Bitcoin prices are not the …

Toshiba will launch 84-, 65- and 58-inch 4K TVs in August, prices start at $4,999

We caught a glimpse of Toshiba's second generation 4K TVs at CES in January and at a European event in March, and now the company has announced it's delivering three versions of the L9300U series this fall. All feature its CEVO 4K Quad+Dual Core processor built-in to handle image processing and its …

Gaming

Handleband, The Nicest-To-Say iPhone Bike Mount Ever

This is the Handleband. It’s a band for your handlebars, but it’s also a great word to roll around your mouth – handleband… <i>handle</i>band – rattling it through your teeth and wrapping it around your tongue. Haaaandlebaaaand.<p>The Handleband is pretty awesome. It’s a silcone strap with a stiff platform …

Report: Android malware problem is getting worse by the hour

Earlier this year, we saw a report that said there was a 163% rise in the number of malware-infected Android devices in 2012. As shocking as that figure might be, we have a new report now that says the problem has blown up even further.<p>According to a recently published report[1] from networking …

Apps

Android 4.3 coming in July, spied on Galaxy S4 Google Edition

The next major update to Google's mobile operating system is coming soon, it appears, after screenshots of Android 4.3 running on a Samsung Galaxy S4 …

What Steve Jobs Taught Me After I Said “No” To Him

James Green, CEO of the search retargeting company Magnetic, was once hired by Jobs as a VP at Pixar Animation Studios. And, curiously, it was while working for one of his biggest business heroes that Green learned what not to do when leading a company.<p>I worked for Steve Jobs at Pixar Animation …

Animation

Netflix Launches “Max,” A Goofy Virtual Assistant To Help With Recommendations, Available Now On PS3, iPad Next

Netflix this morning announced its own take on virtual assistants like the iPhone’s Siri, with the debut of “Max,” an on-screen guide for the Netflix app on PlayStation 3 devices, which helps you find new movies or TV shows to watch. And yes, the guide does talk to you, but thankfully has yet to …

Man creates 'invisible headphones' by implanting magnets into his ears

A man has implanted magnets into his ears to use as invisible headphones in a remarkable example of DIY transhumanism.<p>Rich Lee, a self-described …

The Next $100 Billion Technology Market?

Just as we are getting our arms around terms like B2B and BYOD, the latest technology acronym emerges — M2M. And this one is big and getting bigger fast. For many of us, M2M (machine-to-machine) is a new concept, but you might be surprised to learn that it is already a $24B market and predicted to …

The Technology That Could Put Apple Back On Top

Apple is in need of a boost for the iPhone. With an update expected in the Fall, most of the attention has focused on the new iOS 7 operating system. No doubt iOS 7 will spur innovation, but people need to see a better phone. The iconic Apple device has slipped behind rivals like Samsung and HTC, …

BlueStacks Announces Second Android Gaming Console, Free Forever (With a Software Subscription)

Its first Android gaming console is still only available for preorders, but BlueStacks said today that it’s planning to roll out a second device, the …

Google Adds Microsoft Word, Excel Editing to Latest Chrome OS Build

Google has added native Microsoft Office file editing to the dev channel for Chrome OS. The addition means Chrome OS users on the latest build of the company’s browser-based operating system can now experiment with editing Microsoft Word and Excel files.<p>The addition was first noted by developer and …

Goldman Sachs invests $100M in 13-year-old big data firm

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Bruce Rolff<p>Last year, we highlighted a 13-year-old company called Applied Predictive Technologies that …

“Galaxy Memo” renders surface. Real or not?

It must be a good day for the folks over at <i>Sam Mobile</i>, who just made available a fully functional version of the yet to be announced Android 4.3 Jelly Bean for the Galaxy S4. Here’s another alleged leak that supposedly landed in their inbox.<p>The two renders you can see below are supposed to …

Phones

Maker Nabs A 3D Model Of Marcus Aurelius With Google Glass

In what looks to be a first for the technology, designer and engineer Todd Blatt took 30 pictures of a bust of Marcus Aurelius with Google Glass and created a downloadable 3D model that you can grab and print.<p>Blatt writes:<p>I just walked around the work, repeating, “ok glass, take a picture” over and …

Yahoo Adds Flickr Sharing Directly Into Mail

Yahoo today announced it has integrated Flickr directly Yahoo Mail. Users of the company’s mail service can now share individual photos or sets without leaving their inbox.<p>“Not only is it simple to share as many Flickr photos as you’d like, but they’re displayed in a beautiful way, just like they …

Google to IRS: Hand over our $83.5 million tax refund

The company has sued the IRS after discovering that it was improperly denied a deduction on a 2004 tax transaction.<p>Google has sued the Internal Revenue Service over a stock transaction dating back to 2004 with America Online.<p>The company filed the complaint in U.S. tax court on Thursday, claiming …

Internal Revenue Service

Microsoft's secrecy is a growing problem for Xbox One apps

The next-gen console might run Windows, but devs aren't being told how<p>For four years now, Microsoft has been telling us that the future would be Windows, running across "three screens and a cloud." Now that Windows 8, Windows Phone, and the Xbox One are all being built on top of the same common …