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Opera Web Browser for OS X Gains Free Unlimited VPN Feature

Norway-based company Opera Software has integrated a virtual private network (VPN) feature into the latest developer version of its free Opera web browser for OS X.<p>A VPN creates an encrypted tunnel from the user's computer to the VPN server, hiding browsing activity from other users on the local …

Apple flexes its muscle, asks Flux to pull an iOS app that was never in the App Store

Yesterday, popular jailbreak app named Flux found its way to iOS devices via Xcode. Today, Flux has been removed at Apple’s behest.<p>According to Flux, Apple says the app is in violation of its Developer Program Agreement — the same agreement that landed iFixit in hot water recently. The Flux page …

New Android exploit can hack any handset in one shot

Hackers have discovered a critical exploit in Chrome for Android reportedly capable of compromising virtually every version of Android running the latest Chrome. Quihoo 360 researcher Guang Gong demonstrated the vulnerability to the PSN2OWN panel at the PacSec conference in Tokyo yesterday. While …

Chrome Canary shows how secure your web browsing really is

If you think that your browser's little padlock icon isn't enough to verify a website's security (but don't want to install a full-fledged app), you now have a better solution. Google has released a new Chrome Canary build that includes a security panel in amidst the usual developer options. Open …

Hackers Use Radio Waves To Trick iOS And Android Into Responding To Voice Commands

An ingenious hack could allow unwanted access to Siri commands by simply sending radio waves to a pair of unshielded iPhone earbuds. While the hack is needlessly complex – the hacker could simply go over and press the headphone button by hand – it is an interesting exploit.<p>Researchers at French …

Betternet is a free VPN for all your devices

<i>CNET's Cheapskate scours the Web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page.</i><p>Let me start by saying I'm no security expert. In fact, I've often taken heat for suggesting that third-party anti-virus software is …

Ex-Google employee owned google.com for one minute

Using Google’s new domain buying service, Sanmay Ved purchased world’s most popular website for $12 before transaction was cancelled<p>A man was able to successfully buy google.com, the domain name for the world’s most popular website, for $12 (£7.90), minutes before the company contacted him to say …

Technology

HomeKit competitor Nest Weave is now open to third-party developers

Nest Weave, the communications protocol that Nest uses to make its connected home devices talk to each other, definitely isn’t new. But as of today, Nest is making it part of its Works with Nest program so that third-party hardware makers and developers can use the protocol in their own …

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16 Things Roger Federer Does While He Waits On His Opponent

No one makes The Fed wait.

Airconsole beat Apple to making great multiplayer mobile games

There are plenty of phone cases that turn your smartphone into a game controller, but how about an app that lets you play games in your computer’s Web browser?<p>Airconsole is a website that syncs your smartphone as a controller for the collection of Web games it offers. All you need to do to turn …

How to set up AirPlay Mirroring on a Raspberry Pi

Although it looks like Apple is about to turn the Apple TV into a PlayStation-killing video game console, it’s not the indisputable king of the hill of streaming media boxes right now. Roku, Fire TV, Chromecast … all have their advantages over the Apple TV except for one killer feature: AirPlay …

Immersive Virtual Reality gaming center opens in Australia

A new gaming center has opened its doors in Melbourne, Australia, and it's not quite your typical after-school haunt. This place, called Zero Latency, offers true immersive virtual reality experience: if you want to kill zombies, you'll literally have to walk/run around, aim and shoot a VR gun. <i>CNET</i> …

How to double your reading speed (without losing comprehension)

Billionaire Bill Gates wishes that if he had one superpower, it would be the ability to read faster.<p>Warren Buffet has claimed that he has “wasted ten years reading slowly.”<p>Information is the most valuable commodity out there, and our ability to read faster can undoubtly speed up how fast we …

Intel and Micron announce new ‘3D XPoint’ memory solution 1,000 times faster than current NAND flash storage

Intel has just announced a new breakthrough in computer storage technology developed in collaboration with Micron that is 1,000 times faster than the current-generation NAND flash chips upon which modern solid-state drives are built. The tech is called 3D XPoint (that’s “crosspoint”), and is the …

Destiny 2.0 Weapon Tuning Nerfs Gjallarhorn, Hawkmoon, Ice Breaker and More

Ballerhorn nerfed.<p>Destiny will soon receive a major rebalance across all weapon types with an upcoming weapon tuning update, affecting some of the …

More ingenious hacks for problems you didn't know you had

It's the Fourth of July and while that light show in the sky honors US independence, why not shine a little light on our DIY perseverance? To help celebrate this holiday, we've put together a collection of (even more) ingenious hacks that incorporate party essentials: lights, nighttime, fireworks, …

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Google frees its dream robots to run wild across the internet

Tech firm opens up its image processing neural-network algorithm and people create awesome images<p>Google has made its “inceptionism” algorithm available to all, allowing coders around the world to replicate the process the company used to create mesmerising dreamscapes with its image processing …

Machine Learning

Floating plasma display makes fairies a reality

See that teensy Tinkerbell-shaped light above? That's not CGI -- that's a real floating display, and it's completely touchable too. Mid-air plasma displays aren't that prolific yet, but they're not exactly new either. However, floating lights created using existing techniques can usually burn skin, …

Introducing Lexus Hoverboard's Special Skatepark

It may just work after all.<p>According to Spanish website El Patín, it has discovered the special skatepark Lexus is constructing for its recently …

'Fallout Shelter' On iOS Is The Best Waste Of Time I've Played All Year

Bethesda’s first ever E3 press conference came with one honest surprise. Everything else was good to see, but expected: <i>Dishonored 2,</i> <i>Fallout 4</i> (even with the 2015) release date, <i>Doom</i> and <i>Elder Scrolls Online:</i> all cool, but no true surprises. Right in the middle of the <i>Fallout</i> announcement, however, …

7 Days in Hell: "Eternal Flames" Tease (HBO)

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Arduboy is a fully programmable, classic gaming console the size of a credit card

Arduboy is a credit-card sized gaming system equipped with an arcade of free 8-bit titles and all the usual controls you would expect from a portable console. While there are a number of free titles available from the Arduboy Arcade, the system is built-on Arduino software making it easy to build …

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Smartwatch gaming: now be a secret agent with your Apple Watch

<b>Cynical times</b><p>The Apple Watch has faced a wealth of cynicism, not least from those who consider the wearable device an ill fit for gaming. Of course, people were cynical about games on mobile phones, and then there was <i>Angry Birds</i>.<p><b>However</b><p>One outfit willing to consider the watch’s potential is Bossa …

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BioWare Writer Wants to Make Another Star Wars RPG

"...a man can dream..."<p>BioWare senior writer David Gaider recently voiced his interest in creating another Star Wars RPG.<p>"I'd love to work on another …

Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Adam Driver's Character Revealed

Also revealed is that Lupita Nyong'o will be fully motion-captured.<p><b>UPDATE 2:</b> Another Vanity Fair photo has been revealed of Gwendoline Christie (Game …

These Micro Robots Can Haul 2,000 Times Their Weight

A group of very small, massively strong robots developed by Stanford University students will utterly transform industry.<p>The miniature robots, known as MicroTugs, can pull up to 2,000 times their own weight, and rely on sticky foot pads that give them immense grip.<p>While the current models are so …