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Google admits Hangouts doesn’t use end-to-end encryption, conversations can be wiretapped

Following a Reddit AMA on government surveillance, Google has admitted that while it does encrypt Hangouts conversations, it does not use end-to-end encryption, meaning the company itself can tap into those sessions when it receives a government court order requiring it to do so. This contrasts …

Privacy

Stop, look, listen ... and hop! Mobile game Crossy Road is a hit in the UK

Frogger-inspired title was the most popular game for British iOS users in the first quarter of 2015, and third in the equivalent Android chart<p>Crossy Road has become one of the most popular mobile games in the UK according to a new report from research firm App Annie.<p>The report claims Crossy Road …

Apps

You can now use Periscope without a Twitter account

You no longer need a Twitter account to sign up to livestreaming app Periscope. All that new users need is a phone number to start using the service …

Does not Commute speeds its way into the Google Play Store

Mediocre, the developers who brought us Granny Smith, have just launched a new strategic racing game called Does not Commute into the Play Store.<p>The aim of the game is to get everyone to their designated places on time. In the beginning, you start out with a set time limit as you begin to control …

Android News

Subtle malware lets hackers swipe over $300 million from banks

It's no secret that hackers see banks as prime targets, but one band of digital thieves is conducting heists on a truly grand scale. Security researchers at Kaspersky have published details of malware attacks that have stolen at least $300 million from financial institutions in 30 countries. The …

Teen faces murder charge after posing for Snapchat selfie with victim

A 16-year-old from Pennsylvania is facing murder charges after allegedly killing a classmate and sharing a picture of himself with the victim's body over Snapchat.<p>Maxwell Marion Morton was charged with first-degree murder last Friday reports the <i>Pittsburgh Tribune-Review</i>, after police were shown a …

Lockitron's Shift Shows Challenges Facing Wi-Fi In The Smart Home

A few years ago, Wi-Fi proponents were eyeing the smart home as an exciting and wide open opportunity. While other technologies like Z-Wave and Zigbee were originally designed to better accommodate the low-power requirements of many smart home devices like locks, Wi-Fi proponents pointed to ongoing …

Wi-Fi

A game that combines Tetris, Jenga and Twine

<i>Patchwork</i> is not your average game jam game, if such a thing exists.<p>It's partially a physical game, with wooden blocks that resemble colorful tetrominos, and partially a video game, with a word search-oriented Twine game running concurrently. Made for GxDev — a queer game jam run by the same folks …

BlackBerry's gold-hued Passport is even more audacious than usual

BlackBerry's Passport is already a fairly exclusive device by dint of the company's small market share, but the Canadian smartphone maker just kicked things up a notch. It's now selling a very limited edition (just 50 units) Black & Gold Passport that lets you flout convention with more gusto than …

Xbox meets Windows 10 – will this end the PC v console war?

Five years ago a scintillating rumour crept across gaming news sites and forums – a rumour that satisfied deeply entrenched beliefs held throughout the industry.<p>The story goes that Microsoft was once considering introducing cross-platform play between PCs and Xbox 360s. It had the technology and …

Windows 10

10 Classic PC Games You Can Play Right in Your Browser

This Unique Mobile Keyboard Folds Smaller than an iPhone 4

Typing on cellphones and tablets sucks. Virtual keyboards can be effective, but they take up half of your screen’s real estate. On the other hand, portable keyboards then tend to be either too small (limited by your tablet’s screen size), or too clunky to carry.<p>A company called WayTools wants to …

Multi-Touch

The Aurisonics Rockets in-ear headphones are out of this world

The Aurisonics Rockets in-ear headphones are made in Nashville, Tenn., come with a five-year warranty and sound downright terrific, says the Audiophiliac.<p>Chances are, you've never heard of Aurisonics, so here's a little backstory<b>:</b> it's a company based in Nashville, Tenn., founded in 2011 by audio …

Audiophile

Microsoft Hints At The Return Of Avatars On Xbox One

Microsoft first debuted its Rare-created Avatars on the Xbox 360 in 2008, but with the arrival of the Xbox One in 2013, the customizable characters didn’t make the transition to the new console generation. That may be about to change.<p>According to a pair of job postings on the Microsoft site (via …

Mario Kart

World's most patient man solves giant Rubik's Cube in 7.5 hours

The answer, of course, is too darn long. Watch this master of patience solve the 17x17x17 Rubik's Cube in seven and a half grueling hours.<p>So you're good at solving Rubik's Cubes, you say? Think you could solve the world's largest Rubik's Cube, which with 17 cubes in each row and column features …

Cool Stuff

FCC plans to vote on Net neutrality in February

The head of the Federal Communications Commission will submit a proposal for new Internet regulations in the coming weeks.<p>The federal regulators who intend to place restrictions on how Internet providers manage their Web traffic plan to vote on new guidelines in February, the Federal Communications …

Net Neutrality

DIY McFly: Make a working hoverboard from common yard gear

A working hoverboard inspired by "Back to the Future: Part II" uses leaf blowers to glide over the ground. And you can build your own.<p>Yes, Virginia, there is a hoverboard. You can make it yourself and you don't need a special surface to ride on. Austin, Texas, tinkerer Ryan Craven has created a …

Hoverboards

Montblanc has an 'e-Strap' to make its luxury watches smarter

Smartwatches continue to grow in popularity, but if you prefer a high-end mechanical timepiece instead, Montblanc has a way to still get the tech, too. <i>A Blog to Watch</i> reports the luxury watchmaker announced an optional e-Strap that'll equip its Timewalker Urban Speed Collection. The add-on brings …

Messaging Apps Will Be Bigger Than Social Networks In 2015

Venture capitalist Fred Wilson believes "the social media phase of the internet ended" this year. He says messaging apps have replaced social media apps, where families rely on apps like WhatsApp to communicate with each other instead of Facebook.<p>Data seems to support this idea: Based on the …

Samsung's new Milk VR to round up 360-degree videos for Gear VR

Milk VR will provide the videos for free as Samsung hopes to goose interest in virtual reality.<p>Samsung wants to jump-start the virtual-reality movement.<p>The Korean electronics conglomerate on Tuesday launched Milk VR, a service that will provide free 360-degree videos to anyone using a Gear VR …

Virtual Reality

Snowden reveals how to go ‘level 5′, give the NSA fits

In the wake of Edward Snowden once again making revelations about the NSA’s widespread and troubling spying and information gathering, we’re getting …

Surveillance

Sony: 2 million people have streamed The Interview

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Credit: from <i>The Interview</i><p>Over 2 million people have purchased or rented <i>The Interview</i> since it started streaming on December …

10 tips and tricks to get the most out of your new Chromecast

Advertisement<p>36 Comments<p>Credit: Robert Fruehauf/Shutterstock<p>Someone put a new Chromecast for you under the tree, or maybe you just bought one for …

Samsung TVs will play PlayStation games without a PlayStation in 2015

Samsung smart TVs will have access to the PlayStation Now game streaming service in the first half of next year.<p>Sony and Samsung are teaming up to offer gamers a festive treat: PlayStation games without a PlayStation on Samsung smart TVs.<p>Samsung's Internet-connected TVs in the US and Canada will be …

CES

Duet Display Offers Tethered Solution to Turn an iPad into an Extra Display for Mac [Updated]

While there are several apps designed to turn the iPad or iPhone into a secondary display for a Mac, the most popular options use Wi-Fi, which can render them all but unusable at times due to unavoidable lag. A new app from developer and former Apple Engineer Rahul Dewan aims to solve these lag …

Watch 1,200 engineers switch an above-ground track to a subway in three hours

In March last year, Tokyu Railways spent one night lowering a train track at Shibuya Station to connect it to a subway station.<p>You've probably heard about the fabled Japanese efficiency, so it shouldn't be a surprise to find out that 1,200 Japanese engineers took just three hours and 25 minutes …

Trains