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Google Play Music All Access makes its European debut in nine countries

Three months after Google Play Music All Access debuted in the US and a month after it launched Down Under, the music subscription service has finally made its way across the globe to Europe. Well, to nine European countries at least. According to Google's support page, it's now available in …

Samsung Apps to offer BBM for Android

Samsung has announced that it'll offer the Android version of BlackBerry's BBM messaging app upon its release. A press release issued today confirmed …

10-year-old saves family in errant car, credits Mario Kart

A heartwarming story out of Hugo, Colo., tells a tale of how a 10-year-old boy saved his great grandmother and brother's life after she passed out behind the wheel of their vehicle going 60 miles per hour. Where did his driving expertise come from? Mario Kart, naturally.<p>Denver NBC affiliate KUSA …

The FBI wants telecom companies to install secret eavesdropping technology

According to interviews with government sources conducted by CNET security reporter Declan McCullogh, the FBI is pressuring telecom carriers like …

Verizon, BT, and Vodafone reportedly assisted UK's massive Tempora spying effort

In June, <i>The Guardian</i> reported that Tempora — the surveillance program that is essentially the UK's version of PRISM — was tapping into undersea fiber-optic lines to access massive amounts of emails, social-media posts, video chats, and other online data. On Friday, the German newspaper <i>Süddeutsche</i> …

Why A Twitter-Monitoring Startup Just Raised $165 Million

Hootsuite is an enterprise-grade Twitter client that just raised a huge pile of cash. But a big chunk of that is going to help early investors cash out.<p>The collective jaws of the Web dropped today on news that Hootsuite, a client that monitors social media networks for large companies, announced it …

The New Google/Motorola Moto X Smartphone Is A Quiet Delight

The difficulty and virtue of quiet is too often overlooked.<p>The new Moto X smartphone, Motorola's first start-to-finish project after its acquisition by Google last year, is here.<p>"Motorola's Moto X Must Be Game-Changing -- Or Else," writes Tim Stenovec, threateningly, at the Huffington Post. "With …

Pocket Change Partners With TextMe To Turn Phone Calls Into Rewards

Making phone calls can now get you flowers. Startup Pocket Change, a loyalty currency company, is partnering with TextMe to give its users Pocket Change rewards.<p>Launched about a year ago, Pocket Change provides rewards on mobile apps for consumers when they complete certain actions. For example, …

SIM Cards Have Finally Been Hacked, And The Flaw Could Affect Millions Of Phones

Smartphones are susceptible to malware and carriers have enabled NSA snooping, but the prevailing wisdom has it there’s still one part of your mobile phone that remains safe and un-hackable: your SIM card.<p>Yet after three years of research, German cryptographer Karsten Nohl claims to have finally …

Lernstift Pen, Which Corrects You As You Write, Picks Up Speed On Kickstarter

Lernstift is a pen which vibrates when you spell the word incorrectly. However, it could also be capable of spawning its own App ecosystem. After launching on Kickstarter recently, it’s picking up speed towards its modest $183,000 goal to go into full production.<p>Created by Munich-based …

Siri’s Creators Demonstrate an Assistant That Takes the Initiative - MIT Technology Review

In a small, dark, room off a long hallway within a sprawling complex of buildings in Silicon Valley, an array of massive flat-panel displays and …

Artificial Intelligence

Once a Joke, Battery-Powered Airplanes Are Nearing Reality - MIT Technology Review

Last month Siemens and EADS demonstrated a new gas-electric vehicle capable of carrying two people and their luggage 900 kilometers—roughly the …

Meet Atlas, the Robot Designed to Save the Day - MIT Technology Review

The latest innovation from the U.S. Defense Department’s research agency, DARPA, is a humanoid robot called Atlas that looks as if it could’ve walked …

Robotics

Touch Screen IDs Users via Fingerprints - MIT Technology Review

Tabletop computers have not exactly taken the world by storm, as some predicted they would. While a few have appeared in shops, bars, and hotels, …

Kickstarter Campaign Wants to Send Tiny Satellites out of Earth Orbit - MIT Technology Review

A mini-satellite, no bigger than a loaf of bread, could push itself out of Earth’s orbit as soon as next year if a crowdfunding campaign to support …

CubeSat

Motorola Will Announce Its New Smartphone, The Moto X, On August 1

Motorola sent out invitations today for a press event on August 1 where it will announce its new flagship smartphone, the Moto X.<p>Motorola hasn't been shy about teasing the Moto X over the last few months. In fact, CEO Dennis Woodside basically preannounced the phone in May at AllThingsD's big tech …

Mobile Technology

Apple Confirms HopStop Acquisition

Looks like Apple’s recent purchase of crowdsourced location data company Locationary was part of a twofer mapping acquisition. The company also …

Transit

Smartphone shipments could reach 1.5 billion by 2017

If the smartphone market wasn’t big enough already, research firm IHS reckons that global smartphone shipments could reach a massive 1.5 billion by the year 2017. That’s shipments per year by the way, which works out to a new smartphone for every 4.7 people currently living on the planet, which is …

Nokia is Axing up to 440 Staff After Drop in Revenue

Nokia today announced improved financial results for Q2 2013, but the Finnish company still posted a loss of $151 million for the period as revenue shrunk, and it looks set to pay for that with job cuts.<p>Hidden deep within the company’s 44-page earnings report is word that it will cut up to 440 jobs …

Will Alibaba, a CEO Video Star and Momentum Get Yahoo Across the $30-a-Share Rubicon Today?

Today, after years of sitting in stock doldrums, Yahoo is poised to cross the $30-a-share threshold, a price which is within one dollar of the $31 …

Advertising

Guy That Sells Fake Twitter Accounts Makes Over $128,000 In 10 Months, He Says

James Clegg, who operates a fairly large-scale fake follower business, raked in $128,000 in profits in the last 10 months, reports PC World's Christopher Null.<p>He's done so well in this business, he quit his day job as an accountant, he told Null.<p>Clegg offered the inside skinny on his operations:<p>He …

Social Media

iHeartRadio launches on BlackBerry 10

You may have moved to a brand-new BlackBerry, but you won't have to give up the traditional sounds of iHeartRadio -- Clear Channel has released a port of the streaming app for BlackBerry 10 devices. It largely keeps pace with versions for other platforms, including Perfect For mood matching as well …

Nexus 7 refresh imminent according to leaked photos, retail documents (update)

Is a proper successor to the Nexus 7 coming at next week's Google event? Internal OfficeMax documents obtained by <i>Engadget</i> suggest it's a very real possibility. The leaked visual planning instructions make specific mention of a new 32GB version of Google's 7-inch tablet, complete with a unique UPC …

Microsoft Officially Reduces Surface RT Price Tag, Now $349

Microsoft‘s Surface RT tablet, which originally debuted alongside the launch of Windows 8 late in 2012, is receiving an official $150 price cut.<p>Yesterday, office supply retailer Staples launched a promotional sale for the tablet hybrid, listing the 32GB version for $349 and the 64GB version for …

And Now Patent Trolls Come To YouTube

This isn’t quite the way the story is told but it’s as accurate a reading of it as the one that is given: patent trolls have now arrived on YouTube.<p>What’s actually happened is that someone has opened for business in aiding song rights owners in tracking who is using their music on YouTube videos. …

Hubble Discovers S/2004 N 1, A New Moon In Neptune's Orbit

NASA’s 23 year-old Hubble Space Telescope still has the magic eye. At the January meeting of the American Astronomical Society, Paul Hertz, director of the Astrophysics Division in NASA’s Science Mission Directorate was quoted as saying, “Hubble will continue to operate as long as its systems are …