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Watch Dogs’ scary app puts the power of the NSA in your browser

If you think that the conceit behind Ubisoft’s hacker-themed video game <i>Watch Dogs</i> isn’t real enough, be sure to take a look at this website.<p>Watch_Dogs We Are Data takes real world, publicly-accessible location-based data and parses it into a display ripped directly from the video game of the same …

iPhone Lost in Oklahoma Grain Elevator Turns Up 8 Months Later in Japan

Kevin Whitney, a farmer in Oklahoma, thought he'd lost his iPhone forever when it tumbled out of his pocket and into the grain elevator he was working over last fall. "I thought, 'I'll never see that phone again,'" Whitney told KFOR. But somehow the phone survived being packaged up with several …

Japan

Control Google Glass with your mind... and a second headset

Up until now, you can only navigate Google Glass by touching or talking to it, but London-based firm This Place just made it possible to control the device using something else: your brainwaves. The company just released an open source application called MindRDR that gives you something akin to …

IBM spends $3 billion to push the far future of computer chips

Big Blue sets a five-year plan to figure out the manufacturing technology for the great-grandchild of today's chip tech -- and the even more different generations beyond that.<p>IBM will invest $3 billion over five years to develop processors with much smaller, more tightly packed electronics than …

Quantum Computing

Why We Still Need to Promote Gender Diversity in Tech

<i>Evan Charles is the co-founder of Launch Academy.</i><p>Our technology and innovation economy isn’t doing a great job of recruiting, hiring or promoting women. And by ‘not doing a great a job,’ I mean it’s failing.<p>By most estimates, fewer than 30 percent of all tech and computer jobs are held by women as …

Samsung Is 'Urgently' Looking Into New Child Labor Allegations

New York-based watchdog China Labor Watch (CLW) has just accused Samsung of employing child labor in its supply chain at a factory called Shinyang Electronics in China. In response, the Korean company tells TNW in a statement: “We are urgently looking into the latest allegations and will take …

Google Maps rolls out handy distance calculation tool

It’s a feature you’d think Google would’ve introduced eons ago, but the ability to quickly and easily measure distances on Maps has only just come to …

Google Maps

Wearable tech will keep failing -- until we can't live without it

Revealed at the Wearable Technologies Conference in San Francisco: the "dirty little secret" of activity trackers and smartwatches is that they're still not worth it.<p>SAN FRANCISCO -- Raise your hand if you've ever plunked down $100 to $200 on a wearable device, perhaps a Fitbit or a Jawbone …

Wearable Tech

New GoPro Sportsman Mount Unveiled For Guns, Rods, Bows And More

GoPro has launched a new addition to their range of mounts this week with the unveiling of the new GoPro Sportsman mount, that has been specifically …

Apple Patents Stronger Sapphire Displays And Illuminated Sapphire Controls

Apple has a few new patent applications with the USPTO (via AppleInsider), all relating to sapphire glass displays and elements for its use in mobile devices. The patents cover a method for making sapphire glass display covers stronger, a way to create illuminated buttons with sapphire, and a way …

Microsoft CEO Gears The Company For Change, And A Renewed Focus On Productivity And Platforms

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella released a letter to employees today via the Microsoft website, and while the missive is aimed at employees in terms of syntax, it’s clearly designed to address the public, too.<p>The occasion for the letter is the kick-off of Microsoft’s fiscal 2015, ahead of the final …

Samsung Galaxy Tab S review: a rival for the iPad?

Samsung’s gone all out to beat Apple’s iPad with a stunning screen, fingerprint scanner and snappy processor<p>The Galaxy Tab S is Samsung’s no-holds-barred attempt to beat Apple and its dominant iPad. With an incredible screen, slim build and snappy processor Korea might finally have something Apple …

Google releases AdWords Express app for iPhone and iPad

Google today released an iOS app for its AdWords Express advertising service. The app, which is available for only Google’s automated AdWords Express advertising service aimed at small businesses, allows users to view stats from advertisements created with the service, edit the advertisements, …

Nokia Lumia 635 review: A vibrant, affordable 4G LTE Nokia Lumia phone - CNET

A vibrant, affordable 4G LTE Nokia Lumia phone<p><b>The Good</b> The Nokia Lumia 635 has an affordable price, its interchangeable cases are colourful and attractive and it has 4G LTE.<p><b>The Bad</b> Adding 4G LTE has meant the battery life has taken a hit, its screen resolution is unimpressive and its camera isn't …

Consumer Tech

LG cooks up more flexible & less hazy 18-inch OLED panels

LG Display has outdone itself, with more flexible displays than it’s ever made before.<p>The company announced today a flexible 18-inch panel made of organic light-emitting diodes, or OLEDs, as well as a new transparent OLED panel in the same size thats beats previous models on light transmittance and …

Google Ventures comes to Europe with $100M in its pocket

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Getty Images / Justin Sullivan<p>Google(s goog)’s investment arm, Google Ventures, will open an office in London with a …

Microsoft launches personal Office subscription, including iPad editing, for $7 per month

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>According to a tweet from Microsoft(s msft), 12 million people downloaded the Office iPad(s AAPL) app in the first week since …

247 game companies generate more than $1M in mobile revenue in the U.S. alone

There are 247 game companies that reap more than $1 million in revenue from mobile games in the U.S. alone. That should be a reassurance to small indie game makers who are striving to compete amid a sea of rivals.<p>But big mobile-game publishers like King, Supercell, and Kabam are strengthening their …

Building blocks: how Project Ara is reinventing the smartphone

In a spare, drab office park in Sunnyvale, California, a bunch of two-by-fours and foamboard have been nailed together into a makeshift model of a shipping container. Inside, a bare, unlit Edison bulb hangs from a wire, over some simple IKEA furniture and a table with Lego blocks on it. The blocks …

Google's Project Ara wants to revolutionize the smartphone industry within a year

The night before Google's Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) division was supposed to show off the one and only functional Project Ara prototype to a room full of eager developers, someone dropped the phone and broke the display. At <i>any</i> other product reveal, this worst-case scenario would be a …

DARPA is turning drones into wireless hotspots

Google and Facebook aren't the only ones trying to beam down connectivity from the sky: DARPA, the US Defense Department's advanced research agency, is trying to turn drones into hotspots for high-speed wireless networks, and it recently completed an initial testing and development phase on a …

Google embeds camera in smart contact lens

Earlier this year, Wired.co.uk wrote about Google's invention of a smart contact lens that could monitor blood glucose levels through tear fluid. …

BlackBerry's Next Move May Be A Phone That Keeps You Healthy

Prophecies abound of BlackBerry's demise, but the Canadian smartphone company is still making investments -- including collaborating with Patrick Soon-Shiong, founder of health care IT company NantHealth and mobile innovator NantMobile, to create what Soon-Shiong calls a "novel" …

Gmail makes adding photos into messages quicker with new feature

Adding pictures into a Gmail message will now be faster than ever thanks to a new feature introduced Tuesday that lets users quickly upload photos that have been backed up from their smartphones.<p>The new feature is called "Insert Photo" and it appears at the bottom of the screen when users compose a …

Microsoft Makes The Case For Mobile With A Comprehensive OS Update In Windows Phone 8.1

The recent release of Windows Phone 8.1 to developers and the media this week has shown Microsoft at its iterative best, but the underlying story is a simple one. Microsoft have managed to establish themselves as one of the main players in the mobile and smartphone place, and Windows Phone 8.1 will …

Land Rover and Virgin Galactic Partner Up, Unveil High-Tech Car

Land Rover and Virgin Galactic announced a partnership on Monday that will integrate the luxury automaker's current line of vehicles with the …

Failure might be a good thing for Google Glass

Today, for one day only, Google Glass goes on sale to everyone in the US. Everyone, that is, with an extra $1,500 (£900) to spare and a desire to …

Google, Samsung and others agree to anti-theft remote kill-switch

Most smartphones will have the ability for users to remotely wipe and lock them down in case they’re stolen after July 2015 thanks to a new industry initiative.<p>Google, HTC, Motorola, and Samsung joined the top five U.S. carriers and other companies like Apple, Microsoft, Huawei, and Nokia in …

Android News

Ride a 'Tron'-style light cycle via Oculus Rift

The old-school video game is getting a next-generation update in the RiftCycles Project, thanks to Facebook-owned virtual-reality headset Oculus Rift and a particularly dedicated fan with a DIY streak.<p>Even with that weird Disney reboot/sequel of a few years ago, the computer-based …

Virtual Reality

Chrome Show: ChromeBleed checks for HeartBleed issues before you surf insecurely

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Gigaom Illustration<p>After finding out how widespread the HeartBleed security issue is, it only made sense to find a …