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Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Review: Almost Perfect

Elbows in the ribs, jostling crowds, too few handsets. My first impressions of the Samsung Galaxy S6 at Mobile World Congress weren’t great. And even without the seething throng of the launch event, I’ve never really been bowled over by Samsung’s flagship smartphones.<p>On the day, we weren’t really …

Apple Pay is such a big deal that eBay already has had to change strategy

<i>Apple Pay, not even launched yet, is already making waves. Apple’s payment system has caused eBay to move people and business units around.</i><p>Early in 2012, PayPal’s president, Scott Thompson, abruptly left the company to become CEO of Yahoo. During his four-year tenure at the eBay subsidiary, …

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The Tah Bluetooth stick lets you control (almost) anything with a smartphone

We've seen plenty of development boards, but this might be the first that comes with both Bluetooth LE and built-in USB. Tah is the creation of India's Revealing Hour and has been designed to both lower the cost of adding Bluetooth to Arduino projects, but also to connect your smartphone to other …

Phones4u comes clean about iPhone 6 preorder refunds: there won't be any

Phones4u couldn't have folded at a worse time. The upcoming expiration of reseller contracts forced the company into administration earlier this month, three days after it opened up preorders for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. While hard-up employees are finding new homes and empty stores new owners, …

Illustrator Creates Doodles That Interact With Their Surroundings

French art director and illustrator David Troquier, who goes by Troqman, has an impressive sense of humor. He creates scrapbook doodles and places …

Microsoft's next Xbox One update makes it act more like the 360

We weren't lying in our review when we said that the Xbox One felt like a work in progress. From the sounds of it, though, the system's next update will add features and functionality that frankly should have been in the box last fall. For starters, once the patch rolls out to everyone in October, …

Nude Photos of Jennifer Lawrence Leak

Nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence are circulating the Internet after her phone was reportedly hacked.<p>“This is a flagrant violation of privacy,” a …

Why It's Perfectly Fine If Microsoft Has Lost Money On Xbox One [Updated]

According to a recent SEC report, Microsoft's Xbox division revenue is now up to $1.7B annually, because of the Xbox One, but its costs are up to $2.1B, also because of the Xbox One. That’s yielded a collection of startled headlines about how Microsoft has dropped the ball with their new console by …

When PayPal refuses buyers protection against eBay fraud

If you are thinking of selling on eBay, don't accept PayPal if the buyer wants to collect in person. Ask Philip Ryan. He recently lost £700 when fraudsters bought his used car though a hijacked PayPal account. He thought it was safe to hand over the keys after the money had been transferred into …

Amazon Takes On Disney and Captain America

A replay of the Warner Bros. dispute?<p>Retail giant Amazon is giving Captain America, Miss Piggy and Maleficent the cold shoulder.<p>Consumers are suddenly unable to place advance orders to buy DVDs or Blu-ray discs of forthcoming films from Walt Disney Studios, including two popular summer releases …

One of gaming's most underrated RPGs is waiting for you to try for free

Origin is offering Electronic Arts' wonderful role-playing game <i>Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning</i> free for 48 hours, with the full price of the massive adventure now down to $9.99.<p><i>Amalur</i> was released in 2012 to generally approving reviews. Its Metacritic average is 81 percent. But the game was a …

Mythical ‘Sea Serpent’ Comes into the Light

Wildlife<p>Artist’s view of an oarfish, alive in the ocean depths. (Illustration by E. Paul Oberlander ©Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)<p><b>Davy Jones’ Locker, it might be called, this final resting place of a sea serpent. In a darkened back room at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum Support Center</b> …

11 Recipes That Will Change How You Cook Forever

You might think you make these 11 basic recipes well, but we have some game-changing tips that will make them even better<p>We admit it: There are some things we still don't know how to make. But there are also things that people think they make well that they actually completely ruin. Like scrambled …

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Players want more options than murder, and GTA 5 proves it

This is a photograph of lightning in <i>Grand Theft Auto 5</i>. It's one of 16 similar screenshots taken in the game by a player organized by Imgur user AmericanWarfare. The collection has 1019 up-votes on the <i>GTA 5</i> subreddit, making it the third most popular post of the week.<p>The photographs deserve the …

Scientists discover one of the most Earthlike planets yet

Can Gliese 832c support life, or is it just a super-Venus?<p><i>Sci News</i> is reporting that astronomers at the University of New South Wales have discovered an Earthlike planet just 16 light-years away. The planet, dubbed Gliese 832c, is orbiting a red dwarf star half the mass and radius of our own sun. …

Watch Dogs review – beyond the hype

<b>Ubisoft/PC, PS4 (version played), PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360/£40/ 18+</b><p>Watch Dogs is a very easy target. It lumbers into view as the biggest and most heavily promoted Triple A title in a release window where its only rivals for attention are the new Wolfenstein game and maybe Murdered: Soul Suspect. No, …

Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime may boast rapid download speeds

Samsung's Galaxy S5 Prime, the long-rumored update to the company's Galaxy S5, could deliver some seriously fast download speeds, according to a new report.<p>The Galaxy S5 Prime, which has been rumored for weeks but has yet to be announced, will feature download speeds of up to 225 megabits per …

Nintendo reports annual loss as Wii U stalls

These are difficult times for Mario and co. After decades of profit, video game giant Nintendo has announced a third annual loss in as many years, its net income $229m in the red.<p>Unsurprisingly, the failing Wii U console has taken the brunt of the blame – although the 3DS handheld has fallen short …

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Listening to digital music on a portable device used to be enough of a miracle for most music fans. But as the MP3 player gave rise to the iPod and, later, the streaming-capable smartphone, the quality of audio hasn’t improved much.<p>Audiophiles are starting to question why technology hasn’t caught …

Samsung Galaxy S5 ‘Prime’ Could Bring A Premium Bump To The Android Flagship In June

In a somewhat unusual move, Samsung is rumored to be planning a premium version of their already high-end Galaxy S5 Android smartphone. That device could arrive as early as June, according to a new report from Asia Today (via SamMobile) and might include a 2560×1440 display (better than the full HD …

FDA proposes first e-cigarette rules, including banning sales to minors

The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration.<p>While the proposal being issued Thursday won't immediately mean changes for the popular …

How to reduce the number of ads in Gmail

Google updated its terms of service this week to clarify the manner in which software automatically scans and analyzes the content of your emails so the company can deliver what it calls "tailored advertising," in addition to ferreting out spam and malware. When you signed up for your Gmail …

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11 Android Apps to Make Notifications More Interesting

I love Android as much as the next non-Apple owning guy, but there are times when I get bored of using the same old operating system, and seeing the same boring old Android notifications.<p>Thankfully, there’s no shortage of different ways to liven things up without having to root your phone, or in …

You Can Now Try Google Glass at Home Before You Buy It

For those curious about trying Google Glass before shelling out $1,500, Google is launching a free try-it-at-home pilot for the high-tech specs.<p>First …

“City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection”: See Some of the Greatest Graffiti Relics from 1980s New York

Artist Martin Wong moved to New York City from San Francisco in the late 1970s, and took a job at Pearl Paint in Chinatown. There, he befriended many of the city’s young graffiti artists and began collecting their works, amassing one of the largest collections of New York City street art. He …

Exclusive: this is Android TV

Every so often, some enterprising computer company will claim they’ve finally fixed the TV. They’ll talk about how they’ve turned a dumb terminal into a smart computing platform that extends your work and play to a gigantic screen. Then, we’ll watch as the idea flops because they fail to line up …

Galaxy S5 wireless charging cover now available for preorder

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is on its way, but before it arrives, you might want to pick up a few accessories for your new handset. With this in mind, soon-to-be Galaxy S5 owners will be happy to know that the official wireless charging cover is now available for pre-order.<p>The cover’s status is currently …

Spotify eyes IPO for the fall, report says

Spotify might soon join competitor Pandora as a public company, a new report claims.<p>Spotify has held informal talks with banks and could be marching towards an initial public offering (IPO) set for this fall, Quartz reported on Thursday, citing people who claim to have knowledge of its plans. …

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15 Ways Skrillex Changed the World

15. He’s the missing link between generations<p>Skrillex became EDM's everykid Generational Connector, providing a bridge back to the great (primarily …

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