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Elite: Dangerous Is The Ultimate 'Water Cooler' PC Game

Probably the highest praise I can pay Elite: Dangerous is that it’s been a genuine struggle forcing myself to stop playing long enough to write about it. That’s because of the limitless stories that happen so organically while pirating/space trucking/Han Solo’ing your way through Frontier …

Want to save your favorite film? Here’s how to fix a scratched DVD or CD

So you let your buddy borrow your DVD of <i>Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2</i> and now it’s scratched — guess they didn’t show Chris Pratt’s epic film the …

Smartphone Use At Night Hurts Sleep And Workplace Productivity: Study

Sure, we know that screen time right before bed is bad for sleep. And turns out, using your smartphone late at night also makes you feel depleted in the morning, thereby making you less focused and engaged at work, according to a small new study.<p>The study, published in the journal Organizational …

Former Apple CEO John Sculley recalls the Macintosh launch

<i>John Sculley was recruited from PepsiCo by Steve Jobs and the board of directors to become the CEO of Apple. He joined the company 10 months before the 1984 launch of the Macintosh and remained CEO for a decade. Sculley shares his recollections of the day the Macintosh made its public debut.</i><p><i>This</i> …

Under The Hood Of The All-Emoji Programming Language

“Emojinal is the next step after قلب,” says Nasser, referring to Alb, the first Arabic programming language, which he created in 2012. Nasser says …

Notegraphy is an Instagram-style iOS and Web App for Typography

If you sit down with any experienced graphic designer, they’ll happily talk to you for hours about the importance of typography. It’s everywhere you look, from huge billboard ads to the front of your favorite t-shirt. Type can reflect many emotions, but most of us rarely notice its profound …

BearExtender Turbo starts shipping today for $80, brings 802.11ac WiFi to older Macs

Yes, it took a little longer than we originally expected. But, starting today, BearExtender is finally making its 802.11ac WiFi adapter available to Apple laptop and desktop owners who are missing out on the novel wireless standard. Much like the company's BearExtender 1200, the Turbo is also …

This Pen 3-D Prints Live Cells On A Damaged Bone

Everyone from McDonald’s to Apple is jumping on the 3-D printing bandwagon. But it’s only when you see live cells being printed right onto a damaged bone that you finally start to grasp what this technology is capable of.<p>A new “bio pen” will allow surgeons to “draw” layers of cells on damaged bones …

18 Vintage Tech Ads Prove How Far We've Come

Computer advertisements didn't always feature silhouetted dancers rocking to indie music. Back when the tech was awkward and slow -- so were the ads.<p>"BRB, about to get banished from Eden."<p>"Honey, save some food. With how much this Apple computer costs, we won’t be able to afford to eat for a while."<p>…

The Android-Powered, Dual-Screen YotaPhone Launches In Russia And Beyond For €499

Remember the YotaPhone? The delightfully kooky Russian smartphone that pairs a bog-standard LCD screen with an eInk display on its rump? It’s been teased for a launch for months now, but the company behind it has just spilled the beans at a press event in Moscow: the YotaPhone will launch in …

Turtle Beach offering limited-time Xbox One headset upgrades

Turtle Beach is offering upgrades until Jan. 30, 2014, on select Xbox 360 headsets to make them compatible with Xbox One.<p>The promotion only applies to four models: the XP400, XP510, XP Seven and X42. Those who purchase an Xbox 360-compatible headset now can sign-up to receive an upgrade kit when …

How to switch from iPhone to Android – the Eric Schmidt guide

In a rare Google+ post, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt offered his followers a very detailed how-to guide on switching from iPhone to Android.<p>Schmidt said that many of his iPhone friends are moving to Android and reminded buyers that some of the most recent Android handsets out there including the …

Restaurant offers 50 percent discount for turning off phone

Look your lover in the face. Tell him or her why they're the best, most gorgeous, most intelligent, inspiring person you've ever met.<p>Then dig into your mackerel or your malloreddus.<p>That's how a romantic meal should go. Instead, these days, the obligatory phones lie on the table like needy puppies. …

The New Mac Operating System Works Very Poorly With Gmail

It sounds like installing it will cause you some headaches if you are a certain kind of Gmail user - the kind that prefers to use Apple's default "Mail" app and not the Gmail website.<p>Quoting Joe Kissell from Tidbits, here are few of the issues:<p>"It's no longer possible to rearrange Gmail mailboxes …

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Apple details how it handles customer data, discloses government information request stats

In light of the recent reporting in regards to the NSA and governments across the world and their connection to the data that technology companies hold on their customers, Apple has published a lengthy document detailing its customer privacy policies.<p>We believe that our customers have a right to …

As Our Faith In The Cloud Dims, Apple Has Doubled Down With Its Touch ID Secure Enclave

This has been a bad week for the NSA—and the big tech companies. Recent Snowden leaks revealed that the NSA has been intercepting traffic between the supposedly secure servers of companies like Google and Yahoo! But its ability to do so points to the amount of intact user content that tech …

Lawdingo Raises $690K More To Help You Talk To Lawyers Instantly

Y Combinator-incubated legal startup Lawdingo is announcing that it has raised another $690,000 in funding.<p>The company’s goal is to make it more convenient and affordable for users to connect with a lawyer (in contrast to a service like LegalZoom, which offers legal forms rather than actual …

Loved the Viral Video. Hated the Movie.

All modern-day marketers covet a viral video. Because what’s a better advertisement for your goods or services than a commercial people ask to watch, …

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Drunk Dial Congress website thrives as government shutdown drags on

"Mad at Congress over the shutdown? Have a drink and tell them."<p>This is the simple recommendation put forward by the website Drunk Dial Congress, which provides a service to connect frustrated citizens and furloughed employees with a random member of Congress.<p>Enter your phone number on the website …

Unroll.me Lets You Block Email Addresses From Your Inbox

Over the years, Unroll.me has garnered plenty of support for its ability to consolidate email subscriptions into one handy ‘Rollup’ and streamline the process of unsubscribing from multiple newsletters.<p>Today, the service is getting a new ‘Contact Blocking’ feature that does exactly what its name …

Want to learn Arabic? Klingon? Duolingo turns to the crowd to create new language classes

For the past two years, startup Duolingo has helped people learn new languages while crowdsourcing translations of real-world web content. Now, it’s …

Simple’s MoneyDrop Will Soon Let Users Transfer Funds Using Bluetooth

Things seem to have been moving rather smoothly for the folks at online banking startup Simple. They’ve spent the last year fleshing out their mobile apps with some much-needed features and added some 25,000 customers to their ranks since July. Now the team is looking to add yet another feature to …

Careful what you tweet: Police, schools tap social media to track behavior

Marketed to police department, BlueJay Twitter-monitoring tool "has no IT requirements," explains the sales literature. "All you need is Internet and a browser." Also, $150 a month.<p>A teenager who claimed "sarcasm" after talking on Facebook about shooting up a kindergarten spent months in jail this …

The Steve Jobs Nobody Knew

When I first met Steve Jobs, I thought he was a loser. It was 1980, and I was just a Silicon Valley kid who knew nothing about computers. I had …

25 Movies From The ’80s That Every Kid Should See

Many of your favorite movies from childhood aren't quite the same when you try to share them with the wired kids of 2013. These classics are the timeless exceptions that hold up nicely.

MIT Develops Self-Assembling Cubes

KnowRoaming SIM sticker slashes roaming fees abroad

International phone-roaming fees can be enough to make you never want to step outside your own home. Sure, you can pick up a local SIM card everywhere you go, but that's an inconvenience. KnowRoaming's new SIM card sticker lets you connect to local networks without having to do a thing.<p>KnowRoaming …

Jamaica: IT security 'using staplers'

<b>Call centres in Jamaica are stapling workers' pockets shut to prevent them stealing clients' data, it seems.</b><p>Reports suggest managers are so concerned about client privacy that some workers aren't given jobs without taking lie-detector tests. Company boss Davon Crump is quoted in the Jamaica Gleaner …

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