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Today's Gamers Are Tomorrow's Drone Pilots

A recent documentary examines the next generation of drone operators: Gamers.<p><b>They sit in dark rooms</b> with glowing screens, waiting. They have unmatched hand-eye coordination; their controls are often mere extensions of their bodies. They stalk their enemies from great distances. They are …

Bitcoin's first licensed US exchange opens with approval from 25 states

Virtual currency bitcoin is starting to get its act together. A startup funded with $106 million from the New York Stock Exchange as well as banks and venture capital firms, is set to launch the first licensed US bitcoin exchange. Coinbase reckons it'll add increased security to traders as well as …

Bitcoin Exchange

Sony is killing its awful music service and bringing Spotify to PlayStation

PlayStation Music is coming this spring<p>Sony is betting its music streaming future on Spotify. Today the company quietly announced that it will be shutting down its unsuccessful Music Unlimited service on March 29th, 2015. In its place, Sony plans to launch a new service called PlayStation Music …

We now have "4.5G" and "Pre-5G" technology

As I have written about a number of times, companies are seemingly trying to one-up each other with ridiculous 5G technology claims without any idea what 5G means since it has not even been defined yet. Some are even marketing their so-called 5G wireless packages which include speeds that barely …

AP's 'robot journalists' are writing their own stories now

Minutes after Apple released its record-breaking quarterly earnings this week, the Associated Press published (by way of <i>CNBC</i>, <i>Yahoo</i>, and others) "Apple tops Street 1Q forecasts." It's a story without a byline, or rather, without a <i>human</i> byline — a financial story written and published by an automated …

With virtual reality blowing up, first VR accelerator unveils initial 13 startups

It seems everyone’s got an accelerator these days. You’ve got the blue-chip models, like Y Combinator, and the big-money backed efforts, like Disney’s. Now, the initial batch of companies in what could be the first virtual reality accelerator have been announced.<p>With virtual reality systems like …

Virtual Reality

10 Things In Tech You Need To Know Today

<b>1. Amazon beat on earnings per share in its Q4 earnings.</b> Stock was up 14% on the news.<p><b>2. Google stock was down 2% after missing EPS and revenue estimates.</b> Google is stable, and that's boring to investors.<p><b>3. Spotify is looking to raise $500 million in new funding.</b> This could offset the IPO by …

Flash is dead, and YouTube dealt the killing blow

Will anyone miss Flash when it’s gone? Maybe, if these internet hits spark some nostalgia<p>Flash is dead, long live Fl– actually, no, scratch that, Flash really <i>is</i> dead and it deserved to die. Flash is terrible.<p>The killer blows to Adobe’s multimedia browser plugin were delivered this week in a one-two …

Internet Explorer

Wunderlist for Android Wear Update Lets You Dictate To-dos

While Wunderlist already had a basic app for Android Wear smartwatches, it was a bit of a simple experience – essentially, it was a one-way mirror that let you see notifications, but not interact with them.<p>That’s all changed now, however, with the release of a new app for Android Wear devices, …

A card game about exploding kittens and laser beams is now the most-backed Kickstarter ever

Exploding KittensKickstarterExploding Kittens, a card game devised by The Oatmeal founder Matthew Inman, has become the most-backed Kickstarter of all time.<p>The campaign has been backed by over 122,800 people and raised $4,836,439 in crowd funding.<p>Though other campaigns have raised more total money, …

World of Warcraft 10-year subscribers will get this statue as thanks from Blizzard

<i>World of Warcraft</i> subscribers who have been with the game since (very close to) day one, 10 years ago, are reporting that Blizzard is surprise-shipping them a rather elaborate statue as a gesture of thanks.<p>A comment attributed to Blizzard on the forums of MMO Champion says that the publisher will …

World of Warcraft

UK's 5G could make video holograms a reality

Futuristic 5G networks with speeds of 50 Gbit/s could be up and running in the UK by 2020, with holographic video one of many applications for the …

Ahrendts: Apple Planning Five China Apple Store Openings in Next Five Weeks

- Jan 16, 2015<p>Apple Retail head Angela Ahrendts has told China’s <i>Xinhua News Agency</i> that Apple is in the midst of a major retail expansion in that …

Apple Store

This artificially intelligent Mario learns how to chase coins and navigate the Mushroom Kingdom

Anybody can make Mario, Nintendo’s world-famous little plumber, race through the Mushroom Kingdom, chasing coins. But what if Mario could do it on his own?<p>That’s the goal of the Mario A.I. Project: to develop an artificially intelligent Mario agent that becomes aware of himself and his environment, …

All Sony Stores in Canada are closing down

Sony is opening another year with a round of closures of its Sony Stores, in this case all 14 locations within Canada.<p>The Ottawa Citizen first reported the news, later confirming it with a statement from Sony. The business will be redirected to Sony's online store and retail partners, Sony …

Intel CEO Confident His Company’s CPUs Can Hang On in Apple’s Macs

- Jan 16, 2015<p>Although there is increasing talk that Apple may be looking at using its own home-grown A-series ARM processors in place of Intel CPUs …

Apple

Apple crime report: 240 iPhones disappeared through 20-in. hole

The Xinhua News Agency reported Thursday that three Chinese nationals were arrested last month in Beijing, suspected of tunneling into a warehouse …

Drones are getting better faster than anyone expected

At its keynote this year, Intel showed off drones that could fly themselves through a forest, navigating around trees. Onstage, they reacted to people who moved towards them, dodging to avoid a collision. It was powerful sense-and-avoid technology, and it was powered by Intel’s RealSense, a system …

UK organized crime unit arrests teen in PSN, XBL holiday outage investigation

An 18-year-old man was arrested this morning in connection with the distributed denial of service attack that brought down the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live over the holidays and for alleged swatting offenses, according to a U.K. police organized crime unit.<p>The teen, whose name was not …

Elon Musk wants to spend $10 billion building the internet in space

The plan would lay the foundation for internet on Mars<p>Elon Musk's plan for satellite internet is even more ambitious than originally thought. At a SpaceX event in Seattle on Friday, the Tesla CEO told <i>Bloomberg Businessweek</i>that his unnamed Space Internet venture could one day stretch all the way to …

This Unique Mobile Keyboard Folds Smaller than an iPhone 4

Typing on cellphones and tablets sucks. Virtual keyboards can be effective, but they take up half of your screen’s real estate. On the other hand, portable keyboards then tend to be either too small (limited by your tablet’s screen size), or too clunky to carry.<p>A company called WayTools wants to …

GTA 5 PC pre-orders come with $1M and a free game

<i>Grand Theft Auto 5</i>Windows PC pre-orders from Rockstar's online store come with $1 million of in-game currency and, for a limited time, a free game.<p>According to a post on Rockstar Newswire, all boxed and digital pre-orders will include $1 million of in-game cash, split down the middle between <i>GTA 5</i>'s …

Apple’s Swift exploded in popularity in 2014, Javascript still top language overall

Redmonk’s programming language rankings for 2015 are out and show a huge growth in popularity for Apple’s new Swift development language.<p>According to the results, Swift went from the 68th most popular language last quarter (when it launched) to the 22nd, a jump of 46 spots which is “unprecedented …

10 Things In Tech You Need To Know Today

<b>1. Google is going to stop selling Google Glass.</b> The wearable device is now going to be managed by Nest CEO Tony Fadell.<p><b>2. Apple will open five new stores in China in the next five weeks.</b> It's rapidly expanding its presence in China.<p><b>3. Elon Musk is planning on building a five-mile hyperloop test</b> …

A Million-Dollar Robot Suit Is Available On Amazon Japan

A few years ago we wrote about something called a Kuratas, a robotic mech suit that allowed the wearer to fire a BB Gatling gun whenever they smile at their soon-to-be vanquished enemies. When it appeared in 2012 everyone thought it was a funny joke. Now it’s available on Amazon Japan for $1 …

Robotics

Pay What you Want for the Back-End Developer Bundle

If you’re interested in getting into building your own websites and apps, this is the best way to get started. The Back-End Developer Bundle includes a range of courses to teach you Ruby, Python and PHP at your own pace, and at your own price!<p>With over 95 hours of training content, these eight …

Retina 5K iMac Models Now Available From Apple's Online Refurbished Store

Apple recently started selling the 27-Inch iMac With Retina 5K Display in the refurbished section of its online store, as first noticed by <i>MacGeneration</i> and <i>9to5Mac</i>. These refurbished models offer customers the chance to save up to 15 percent off the retail price of a brand new model.<p>Several 27-inch …

Ryan Petrich releases a new cache cleaning tool

If you have Ryan Petrich’s beta repo added to Cydia, then you likely saw the presence of a new jailbreak tweak called <b>CacheClearer</b>. The tool, which is …

How to troubleshoot jailbreak tweak crashes with CrashReporter

Yesterday, I installed a jailbreak tweak called SafariRefresh. I’ve covered that tweak before on the blog, but after using it last night, it caused …