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Drone reportedly plummets dozens of stories and crash lands on busy Manhattan streets

Local cops didn't follow up but the pilot likely violated federal regulations<p>A businessman walking through the East Side of Manhattan Monday was startled when a 3-pound helicopter drone crash landed a few feet from him. The man recovered a memory card from the downed craft and passed it along to a …

Thanks to a new chip, the Galaxy Note 3’s huge screen won’t kill its battery

Advertisement<p>15 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / koya979<p>The charge on the Galaxy Note 3 is going to last a lot longer than you think – and not just …

Analog strikes back: next 'Star Wars' to be shot on film, not digital

Director J.J. Abrams, who recently signed on to direct the next installment in the <i>Star Wars</i> series, has shot his movies exclusively in film — and it turns out that won't be changing any time soon. <i>Boba Fett Fan Club</i> reports that cinematographer Dan Mindel discussed the use of Kodak film on the set …

Steve Ballmer to retire as Microsoft CEO

Microsoft has just announced that CEO Steve Ballmer will retire within the next 12 months. He will step down from his post as soon as the process of choosing his successor has been completed. Ballmer has written an open email to the Microsoft team explaining the decision and the strategy for …

iPhone 5S will come in gold & likely sport fingerprint sensor, iPad iOS 7 running behind

As Apple’s September 10th event iPhone event approaches, we’ve learned some additional details and have independently heard some of the already-floating around information regarding the upcoming announcements.<p>We’ve long been expecting Apple to launch an iPhone 5S at this upcoming event, an iPhone …

White House says intelligence chief James Clapper won't lead NSA review

James Clapper, the US director of national intelligence, will not be involved in selecting or leading members of a group reviewing the NSA's surveillance methods. On August 12th, President Barack Obama issued a memo telling Clapper to "establish a review group on Intelligence and Communications …

Elon Musk reveals plans for high-speed Hyperloop

In a blog post today, Elon Musk revealed plans for an alpha version of his much-anticipated Hyperloop, an innovative transportation system that would move passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in less than 30 minutes. According to the plans (PDF), the Hyperloop would transport passengers in …

'Starcraft' MMO uses Kickstarter campaign to get the game finished

<i>Starcraft Universe,</i> a <i>Starcraft II</i> mod that turns the game into an open-world MMO in the vein of <i>World of Warcraft</i>, is turning to Kickstarter to meet its goals and get the product launched after several years of development. The Kickstarter just opened and is seeking $80,000 to complete the game's …

Confessed Liar To Congress, James Clapper, Gets To Set Up The 'Independent' Review Over NSA Surveillance

Well, this is rather incredible. Remember on Friday how one of President Obama's efforts to get people to trust the government more concerning the …

The iPhone's 'tri-tone' text message alert was made for a 90s MP3 player

Ah, Apple origin stories. We've heard about the Swiss railway company behind Apple's Clock app, the inspiration for the iOS Calculator, the voice of Siri, and now, we know about the unlikely inventor of the omnipresent "tri-tone" alert sound popularized by iTunes and the iPhone.<p>In a blog post, …

20 injured at ill-conceived LG G2 promotional event

Balloons, BB guns, and pointed spears don't mix<p>Looking to capitalize on buzz surrounding its brand new G2, LG held a public event in Seoul Friday where it teased that up to 100 people would walk away with the new flagship smartphone. What it didn't expect was that 20 people would also come away …

BlackBerry will consider sale of company with formation of special committee

BlackBerry has just announced that its board of directors has formed a "special committee" to investigate "strategic alternatives" to help enhance and grow the company's value — and one of the options on the table is a sale of the company. Also on the table are joint ventures or partnerships, but …

Crowdfunded cups and straws quickly detect 'invisible' date rape drugs

The odorless and tasteless nature of "date rape drugs" can make them impossible for victims to detect before it's too late. But soon your drinking glass may able to warn you if dangerous chemicals have been slipped into your cocktail. Next month, DrinkSavvy will begin shipping plastic cups and …

Apple to show new iPhone at September 10th event, reports All Things D

Apple hasn't officially signaled when it'll be showing the next-generation iPhone, but <i>All Things D</i> reports today that the company will be calling the media together on September 10th — a month from today — to unveil the device. One question that remains is whether Apple will actually show multiple …

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Xbox 360 will drop Microsoft Points starting next system update

Starting with the next Xbox 360 system update, gamers will no longer have to deal with the much-maligned Microsoft Points system that's long been used to facilitate digital downloads. Microsoft hasn't announced when that update is coming, but the software has been in a public testing phase for over …

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Obama announces surveillance reforms, but doesn't think Snowden is a patriot

President Obama held a press conference at the White House on Friday afternoon to announce four reforms he says will increase transparency and public awareness of the surveillance programs being carried out by the NSA and other US intelligence agencies. "It's not enough for me as President to have …

National Geographic uses drones and robots to capture stunning images of African lions

"This is more than a wildlife story."<p>© Michael Nichols/National Geographic<p>Michael Nichols has spent the past two years living with lions in Tanzania. An award-winning photographer and editor, Nichols ventured into Africa's Serengeti Plain in July 2011 to document a pride of lions for a feature …

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Smart trash can knows how fast you walk and which smartphone you use

UK startup Renew is taking smartphone tracking to London's streets with the help of its Wi-Fi-enabled trash cans. Already outfitted with advertising screens, a handful of the city's 100 Renew Pods are now equipped with new "Renew Orbs," which use Wi-Fi to track the proximity and speed of people …

Apple's Operating System Guru Goes Back to His Roots

That iPad in your hand? It feels like the most modern of computers. But like the iPhone and the Macintosh, the Apple tablet revolves around a core …

Some new data & further thoughts on my save & read it later habits

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>One of the things I like about the internet (as opposed to hating it) is the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions …

Roku set-top boxes can now play video directly from your iPhone

It's not quite AirPlay, but for anyone that owns a Roku set-top box, beaming videos stored on your iPhone to the TV just got much easier. The company today pushed out an update to its iOS app that promises to let users enjoy their iPhone videos on a slew of compatible hardware including the Roku 3, …

Elon Musk discusses Tesla and Space X's near-bankruptcies during Google Hangout

On Thursday, Elon Musk and Richard Branson sat down for a Hangout video chat with Google for Entrepreneurs to talk about the struggles and satisfaction of starting a business. The hourlong talk, which can be seen in full on YouTube, covered a broad range of topics, such as why Silicon Valley …

26 Years of Growth: Shanghai Then and Now

Reuters photographer Carlos Barria recently spent time in Shanghai, China, the fastest-growing city in the world. A week ago, he took this amazing shot, recreating the same framing and perspective as a photograph taken in 1987, showing what a difference 26 years can make. The setting is Shanghai's …

IBM researchers get closer to brain-like computing

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>Credit: DARPA<p>IBM (s ibm) researchers say they have whipped up a programming language, algorithms and applications to deploy on …