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Apple tells NY judge FBI has ‘utterly failed’ to prove it needs help unlocking iPhones

Apple has strong words for the Justice Department in a document filed in a federal court case in New York where it has been asked to bypass an iPhone’s security. The simple fact that the feds unlocked a phone without any help shows that they didn’t need it in the first place, Apple asserts: “The …

Privacy

One simple chart shows that Nintendo's been on the decline since the NES

Nintendo's not in a great spot. The gaming stalwart has been in a rough patch for several years now, with its latest console tanking against the competition.<p>Here's Nintendo's Wii U console stacked up against every other console the company's made in the past 30+ years:<p>While many consider the Wii …

Retrogaming

Facebook will provide internet from satellites in Africa soon

Facebook initially planned to connect the world by producing its own satellites, but it might be tacking a different tack now.<p>According to The Telegraph, a new agreement between Facebook and Eutelsat due to start in late 2016 will deliver free internet in Africa via an existing satellite.<p>Eutelsat …

Soon you'll be able to remap your Xbox One controller's buttons

Xbox One users will be able to transplant one button's function to another -- without having to stump up money for a fancy new Elite controller. While that controller costs $150 (with other reasons that might warrant a purchase), Mike Ybarra, Microsoft's Director of Program Management, replied to a …

The Witcher 3 Expansion 'Almost the Size of The Witcher 2'

First expansion coming in October.<p>The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt's first and second expansions will apparently be 10 and 20 hours long, respectively.<p>That's …

The Witcher

Tidal is still great, except for all the nonsense

Lossless streaming is the real deal<p>It’s difficult to imagine now, but when I first stumbled upon Tidal, it was a truly harmless, innocent thing. There was no buzz to speak of. No one had heard of it. Its parent company Aspiro had been around since 1998, but it was still a fresh-faced startup in …

Nicki Minaj
Internet

Xbox One's Backward Compatibility Surprised Sony As Much As Anyone

In 2013, Sony took to the E3 stage to announce that not only would the PS4 not rely on a constant internet connection, not be inextractible from a motion control peripheral, and actually play used games, it would also be priced $400, a hundred less than the Xbox One which had just debuted with all …

Backward Compatibility

Destiny: The Taken King's Story Soars to New Heights

When developer Bungie announced Destiny's next expansion, The Taken King, I was skeptical of its story. I was not particularly impressed with the narrative in the base game. But I was able to go hands-on with the first mission in The Taken King, and I came away believing that Bungie is pushing hard …

Neutrinos may not be faster than light, but they can shapeshift

About four years ago, CERN made a claim that sent shockwaves through the scientific community. During the course of an experiment, CERN scientists apparently discovered that neutrinos -- tiny subatomic particles that travel near light speed -- could possibly accelerate <i>faster</i> <i>than light</i>. That, …

This black artist dressed up like her white ancestors to prove a point

Stacey Tyrell, a Canadian artist whose parents are from the West Indian island of Nevis, knows that when most people look at her they see a black woman.<p>But Tyrell has a background that's invisible to many observers. She explained in an interview with the Huffington Post that some of her ancestors …

United States

Microsoft Announces Avatar App for Windows 10

Windows 10 Preview users can check it out right now.<p>Microsoft has announced that an Avatars app is coming to Windows 10.<p>As its name suggests, the app …

Software

Spotify Closing on a Deal to Raise $400 Million USD at $8 Billion USD Valuation

Spotify is on track to become one of the highest valued private tech companies in the world after a<p>Spotify is on track to become one of the highest valued private tech companies in the world after a recent round of funding has taken its value to $8.4 billion USD. The latest valuation is pending a …

'Ant-Man' Official Trailer

For most, the teaser for Ant-Man didn’t quite pack the punch that, say, the teaser for Guardians of<p>For most, the teaser for <i>Ant-Man</i> didn’t quite pack the punch that, say, the teaser for <i>Guardians of the Galaxy</i> did. Marvel has released the first official full-length trailer to the Peyton Reed-directed …

IKEA Unveils Line of Wireless Charging Furniture

Swedish home furnishings giant IKEA is making a bet the average consumer is finally ready to commit to a technology which has admittedly been around …

Furniture

Hackers rob US and global banks of millions in one of the largest heists ever

Banks in Russia, Japan, the US, and Europe have fallen victim to a massive, sophisticated malware hack, allowing the perpetrators to steal hundreds of millions of dollars since 2013. According to a Kaspersky Labs report provided to the <i>New York Times</i>, more than 100 banks in 30 nations have been …

Kaspersky Lab

Minecraft: Pocket Edition makes bank on Christmas Day (updated)

<i>This article originally said Minecraft: Pocket Edition was the top-grossing app in the U.S. on iOS. That’s not accurate. It was instead the second-highest grossing game worldwide.</i><p>One of the biggest games in the world had a pretty great Christmas.<p>Minecraft: Pocket Edition was the second …

'Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4' Goes Next Gen With New Trailer

One of the longest running manga and anime franchises of recent years is Masashi Kishimoto’s indomitable Naruto. Telling the story of Naruto Uzumaki (shown above), a young plucky ninja, as he faces all manner of epic trials has engaged fans all over the world for over a decade.<p>Alongside this has …

Obama backs net neutrality, says the internet should be classed as a utility

Internet access should be a utility. At least, that’s what many web denizens of America have wanted it to be for a long time, and now President Obama has thrown his weight behind them in support.<p>In a statement today, the President asks the FCC to reclassify broadband under Title II of the …

Microsoft's first Lumia is coming on Tuesday

A budget smartphone for the holidays<p>Microsoft is planning to launch its very first Lumia smartphone on Tuesday. The software giant has started teasing an unveiling for November 11th, with the tagline of "Microsoft is delivering the power of everyday mobile technology to everyone." Microsoft's …

Two Dozen Retailers Won’t Open on Thanksgiving–And They’re Shaming the Ones That Will

A slew of national retailers are making a point of the fact that they aren't going along with the trend to open—and open earlier and earlier—on …

Home Depot

Dell's premier Windows tablet speeds up in the chase after Microsoft's Surface

Dell's competitor to the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 — the Dell Venue 11 Pro — has just received an upgrade with the company's new 7000 series. While other tablets are racing to be the thinnest or lightest, Dell's newest version of its 10.8-inch tablet is aimed at conquering others with size, speed, …

iMessage and FaceTime Ranked as Most Secure Mass-Market Messaging Options

The Electronic Frontier Foundation or EFF, a non-profit digital rights group, has investigated the security of various messaging apps and created a new Secure Messaging Scorecard, ranking messaging apps and tools like iMessage, FaceTime, BlackBerry Messenger, Skype, Snapchat, and more, based on …

An interview with the CEO of CurrentC, the merchant-backed app taking on Apple Pay

Some interesting things can happen when you cut out credit cards<p>Until two weeks ago most people had never heard of the Merchant Consumer Exchange (MCX), a digital payments platform backed by some of the biggest retailers in the US. That’s because their product, an app called CurrentC, hasn’t …

Majora's Mask officially coming to 3DS

The 3DS remake of the 2000 Nintendo 64 title The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask has officially been announced, scheduled for Q3 2015.<p>Nearly three and a half years after Legend of Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma said that a Majora's Mask remake for the Nintendo 3DS was "not an impossibility", …

Retrogaming

5 Things You're Doing Wrong With Food

These quick and easy fixes can make a big difference in your health.<p><b>1) You're peeling kiwis.</b> Kiwis are an excellent source of vitamin C, omega-3 fatty acids, and DNA-repairing antioxidants, but if you're still peeling the skin off, you're missing out on a lot of the nutrition value. Recent studies …

Feds: Engineer's sleepiness caused derailment

NEW YORK (AP) — A sleep-deprived engineer nodded off at the controls of a commuter train just before taking a 30 mph curve at 82 mph, causing a derailment last year that killed four people and injured more than 70, federal regulators said Tuesday.<p>William Rockefeller's sleepiness was due to a …

PLAAT: A Bag Made of Laser Cut Wood

Working on a collaboration called PLAAT, designers Quinten Peuling & Wisse Trooster, of qoowl (remember the wooden sunglasses?), and menswear …

Furniture

Michigan latest state to ban direct Tesla sales

Michigan has become the latest state to ban Tesla from selling its cars straight to consumers, with Governor Rick Snyder signing a law yesterday that prohibits direct sales. Michigan joins a growing number of states that have banned or highly limited Tesla from opening and operating its own stores, …