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Technicolor punches high-def video into higher dynamic range

Is it possible to convert today's standard- and high-definition shows and movies into tomorrow's High-Dynamic Range (HDR) video? Technicolor claims …

HDR Photography

Nintendo games now available through Amazon digital store

Starting today, Nintendo games are now available for digital purchase through the Amazon online store. Amazon will offer a selection of popular Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Virtual Console games, as well as some downloadable content, for purchase through its digital marketplace.

Amazon offers …


Samsung Gear S2 Smartwatch

Deciding to zig where Apple has zagged, the new Samsung Gear S2 apes conventional watch design with a 1.2-inch, 360 x 360 circular screen and a …


A studio is suing Popcorn Time users for illegally downloading a Pierce Brosnan movie

Popcorn Time, the Netflix-like streaming service that delivers pirated movies to users, has battled legal difficulties since it launched, and the pile of complaints leveled against it just got a little bit bigger. Indie studio Millennium Films and its affiliate Nu Image filed a lawsuit against …

Film (UK)

Is Silicon Valley in Another Bubble . . . and What Could Burst It?

With the tech industry awash in cash and 100 “unicorn” start-ups now valued at $1 billion or more, Silicon Valley can’t escape the question. Nick Bilton reports.

One Thursday morning in early June, the ballroom of the Rosewood Sand Hill hotel, in Menlo Park, was closed for a private presentation. …

Silicon Valley

Here come the so-called 'Tesla rivals'

New electric car startups are coming out of the woodwork led by entrepreneurs and backed by investors.

Another day brings another new electric automaker. Call them “Tesla rivals.” Maybe, if you’re feeling especially bold, “Tesla killers.” All of these new ambitious ventures demonstrate the growing …

Electric Vehicles

With iOS 9, Apple Maps will deserve another look

Apple Maps. Just typing the words can drive fear into the heart of any iOS lover.

OK, that might be a little extreme, but for the many users who were burned by Apple Maps with its introduction alongside iOS 6 back in 2012, the app doesn't exactly bring up fond memories.

Apple Maps has improved a lot …


PayPal has just launched a peer-to-peer payments service

We’ve all been in the situation where someone owes us a few dollars and chasing them down is just hassle and awkward.

To solve that, PayPal has revealed its new PayPal.Me service today as a way for people to request money from anyone across the globe.

PayPal.Me allows you to ‘name your money’ with a …


The next iPhone: The new features we expect to see September 9

Apple is expected to announce its next iPhones at a press event in San Francisco September 9th. Rumors of what the new phones will look like and act like have been flying for months, and VentureBeat’s own sources have given us some reliable insights on the devices.

The new phones — likely called the …


Feedly’s News Reader Gets Business-Friendly With “Shared Collections,” Team Collaboration Features

Before Google decided that its online news reading application Google Reader was too nerdy and niche to warrant its further attention, a small but devoted community of consummate news gatherers were able to create “bundles” – groups of recommended sources that others could subscribe to and follow, …


The Future Is Now: Cyborgs Among Us

Once upon a time, Cyborgs only existed in the imaginaries of our favorite science fiction writers and directors. But today, that is no longer the …


Nextbit is Kickstarting its Robin “cloud-first” smartphone

There are a growing number of manufacturers in the Android space these days, especially in the reasonably price bracket, but the Nextbit Robin is …

Cloud Computing

Nextbit's Robin is an Android phone that never runs out of storage

No matter what smartphone you have, all of them work within some concrete limitations. The battery can only last so long, the screen can only be so big, and the internal storage can only hold so much data. Some phones let you use microSD cards to alleviate that last problem, but many don't and it's …


Nextbit Robin: the design story

Phone fans owe a lot to Scott Croyle. In his time as HTC’s design chief, Croyle presided over the creation of the critically acclaimed One series of Android smartphones as well as earlier standout devices like the Windows Phone 8X. He helped evolve smartphone design beyond mere utilitarianism, and …


Noodlecake Studios is bringing the hit iOS game Alto’s Adventure to Android

Even if you don’t own an iOS-powered phone or tablet, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve heard of the hit snowboarding game Alto’s Adventure. …

Kindle Fire

LinkedIn Messaging Gets Long Overdue Revamp, Adding GIFs, Emojis And Stickers

If you’re anything like me or most people I know, you almost certainly have a profile on LinkedIn but you probably never (ever ever) use its messaging service. Well, LinkedIn hopes that by adding stickers, GIFs and other such things you might change your mind.

The company is rolling out a newly …


The awful LinkedIn inbox is now a modern messaging service

LinkedIn is undoubtably a valuable, even essential, service these days, but that doesn't meant the site is all that easy to use. If you've ever shaken your head in frustration at the mess that is the LinkedIn Inbox, we have some good news for you: The company has just completely redesigned its …


Report: Apple in talks to produce original programming, lost 'Top Gear' talent to Amazon

Apple may be following in the footsteps of Netflix and Amazon, producing original content for an upcoming streaming service. Entertainment industry …


Former Apple Music exec trades the tunes for Paris luxury fashion firm

Departed Apple Music senior director Ian Rogers will join French luxury company LVMH — the company which owns iconic luxury brands including Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs and Bulgari — as its new chief digital officer.

Rogers left Apple just two months after the debut of Apple Music’s Beats 1 radio …

Apple Music

Why Lyft Should Go Public Before Uber

It’s a conversation that has happened on and off throughout ride-hailing app Lyft’s history: Should the company go public before its big rival Uber?

I’ve spoken with Lyft investors and advisers, none of whom wanted to be named, to get their thoughts. Each person said it would be a smart business …


Google Life Sciences Makes Diabetes Its First Big Target

Google teams up with a pharmaceutical giant and shows it's getting serious about biomedical research.The post Google Life Sciences Makes Diabetes Its …


Google’s New Logo Is Its Biggest Update In 16 Years

Google has a new logo that ditches the old serif look, and reacts to you in all contexts.

You will very soon notice that Google has a new logo that’s sleeker, brighter, and for the first time, animated. And then, you probably won’t notice it at all.

It’s been a long time since the Google we know has …


Facebook Accelerates Messenger Platform as WhatsApp Testbed

The path to making money from mobile chat apps is taking many twists and turns. Last week, Facebook publicly previewed “M,” a kind of virtual …


Amazon Lets Apple, Android Users Download Prime Videos

Amazon’s Prime Video is a lot like Netflix: Both of the video streaming services have a lot of old TV shows, some old movies and some new stuff the companies make themselves.

Now Amazon gets to boast that it has something Netflix doesn’t have: The ability to let users download some TV shows and …


Former Apple Music Executive Ian Rogers Moves to LVMH

Ian Rogers, the music executive at Apple who stunned the industry last week with news of his departure, has revealed his new job: chief digital officer at LVMH, whose brands include Louis Vuitton and Moët & Chandon.

Mr. Rogers, 43, was in charge of the radio portion of Apple’s new streaming service, …

Apple Music

Pandora To Celebrate 10th Anniversary With Day Of Ad-Free Listening

Our beloved Pandora is 10 years old this month. The music company has endured ups and downs but is set to celebrate that milestone anniversary on the 9th. It’s quite impressive.

What started as the human genome project has become something much bigger, connecting artists to listeners 24/7. To give …

New Zealand

'Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time' Redone With Unreal Engine 4 Looks Fantastic

Hopefully the new Nintendo NX will take some pointers

The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time is lauded as one of the most important titles in video game history. Originally released for then high-tech game console Nintendo 64 in 1998, one of its most famous levels has now been remade in ultra-HD using …


Solar film to light the way for a world powered by renewable energy

Two steps forward, one step back. Sometimes sustainable products can lean that way, presenting ground-breaking innovative solutions whilst …

Solar Power

Japan is building a fully-automated indoor farm capable of producing 30,000 heads of lettuce per day

Japan’s Spread Vegetable Factory is working on a novel way of producing high quantities of lettuce using factory automation, reports the Wall Street …