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Anthony Daniels definitive 'Star Wars' interview

He is the <i>Star Wars</i> constant: Anthony Daniels is the only actor to appear in all six <i>Star Wars</i> films, and next year he will return in a hugely …

Chase bank kept Apple Pay a secret by hiding it with a real apple

The fruit kind<p>One of Apple's biggest announcements earlier this week was Apple Pay, a new system that allows owners of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to pay for stuff in the real world by holding their phones up to checkout readers (it uses NFC technology). Is Apple Pay as revolutionary as it …

This week in bitcoin: IRS declares bitcoin is property, price falls below $500

Advertisement<p>10 Comments<p>Credit: Thinkstock/Nevarpp<p>In this week’s bitcoin review, we recap the first formal U.S. government stance on the …

Game Developers on Oculus Acquisition: From Feeling Validated to 'The Wrong Direction'

Not everybody hates Facebook's acquisition of Oculus Rift: Many developers who've been working with the platform tell Mashable they feel their work — …

Is the Oculus Rift sexist?

In the fall of 1997, my university built a CAVE (Cave Automatic Virtual Environment) to help scientists, artists, and archeologists embrace 3D immersion to advance the state of those fields. Ecstatic at seeing a real-life instantiation of the Metaverse, the virtual world imagined in Neal …

We may already know how we will cure death—but should we?

A pair of advocates—they do legitimate research too, but their ardor is so intense, it’s hard to call them scientists—believe that they will, within their lifetimes, make ours the first generation of humans to live forever.<p>Their quest is elegantly laid out in <i>The Immortalists</i>, a new documentary …

Singularity

A 3D-printed house is being built right now in Amsterdam

Architects in Amsterdam have begun construction on what they're calling the first full-sized 3D-printed house. Using what's essentially a large-scale version of a desktop 3D printer, Dus Architects is building what will eventually be a 13-room Dutch canal house made of interlocking plastic parts. …

Why Solid State Drives Are Your Best Performance Upgrade And They're Getting Cheaper Too

Nothing and I mean literally nothing, has done more for general computing performance in the past 3 – 5 years, than the SSD or Solid State Drive. Faster processors, more memory, and even faster graphics cards don’t offer the kind of instantaneous and observable boost in system responsiveness, …

Printing Wikipedia Would Take 1 Million Pages, But That's Sort Of The Point

A German-based group called PediaPress is trying to raise enough money to make a print copy of all of Wikipedia. That's right, Wikipedia, the ever-evolving, always-changing, inherently digital encyclopedia of information gathered by contributors all over the world. To say this would be a massive …

Music Startup Spawnsong Wants To Be Kickstarter For Single Tracks

Holy incremental music startup, Batman! Spawnsong is a (very) new music platform startup with a strategy to elbow into the crowded digital music space by focusing on a very thin wedge: individual songs.<p>Slicing things even more niche, Spawnsong’s target is tracks that aren’t even finished yet. The …

It's Bliss: behind the iconic Windows XP photo

<b>"It's because of her that we've got the photograph."</b><p>Although it will forever be associated with Windows XP, <i>Bliss</i> was actually the by-product of a …

Sony Digital Paper tablet lets you draw on your documents

Sony's Digital Paper slate will go on sale in May, and gives you the power to doodle on a Kindle-style electronic ink screen. The only downside is the cost -- Sony's anointed its Wi-Fi-capable new toy with a suggested list price of $1,100 (around £660).<p>The wallet-shrivelling sum gets you a …

Google Docs

WhatsApp is Now a Storytelling Medium

Here’s an interesting sign of the prevalence of messaging apps — and WhatsApp, in particular — in modern life. The soon-to-be-Facebook-owned app is being used as a medium for online storytelling. And a pretty compelling one at that too.<p>While I must confess that this story isn’t my cup of tea, I’ve …

Ultrakam lets iOS cinematographers shoot at film-quality resolution

These days, it seems, everyone’s a videographer. We can attribute (or blame) that phenomenon at least partly on the ubiquity of video on smartphones and consumer cameras.<p>But now there’s a way for mobile filmmakers of all levels to push even harder beyond creative limits. VFXWarrior today launched …

The Pirate Bay Kicks Off April Fools' Day Early

The Pirate Bay is known for causing controversy and disrupting the status quo, so it’s perhaps apt that the file-sharing group kicked off this year’s inevitable deluge of April Fools’ Day stunts with the announcement of “the biggest step in our history.”<p>After years of being driven from domain to …

UK government to legalise DVD and CD 'ripping'

Copying CDs and DVDs for personal use will be legalised as part of an attempt to bring UK copyright law up to date for the digital age<p>The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has announced plans to make the practice of 'ripping' content from CDs and DVDs legal, as part of changes designed to bring …

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Intel's SD card-sized computer may not be so tiny after all

Back at CES, Intel made a big deal of the fact that it could squeeze a Linux-based PC with Bluetooth and WiFi into the size and shape of an SD card. However, with just a few months to go before the launch of these miniscule Edison development boards, it looks like the chip-maker has changed tack. …

Morpheuz Pebble app helps track your sleep

An obvious benefit to the Pebble app store are the ideas developers come up with for the smartwatch. As it stands now, the Pebble doesn't include any native activity tracking features. Naturally, developers have taken advantage of this and are attempting to fill in the holes.<p>One such app is called …

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Samsung's new monitors include one with a billion-color, 3,840 x 2,160 screen

Now that Samsung's shown us the GS5, Gear 2 smartwatch and its latest Chromebook, it's time for the company's lesser-known product teams to come out of the woodwork. Next up: the display division, which today introduced three new models for 2014, including one with a billion-color, 3,840 x 2,160 …

Ryan Seacrest’s Typo keyboard for iPhone earns its first prize: A sales injunction

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>BlackBerry earned a preliminary sales injunction against the Ryan Seacrest-backed Typo keyboard attachment for iPhone(s aapl), …

LG and Samsung gear up for the next bout of flexible display tech

Samsung and LG are on the cutting edge of what could become a popular future trend – curved and flexible display smartphones. The two companies have already released their first generation curved displays, the LG G Flex and the Samsung Galaxy Round. We conducted our own comparison between the two …

Virtual Reality's Future Is In The Hands Of This 21-Year-Old Oculus Inventor

<i>Editor’s note: This post was originally published by our partners at PopSugar Tech.</i><p>You might have heard: Facebook is buying Oculus VR for $2 billion. Whether you like it or not, virtual reality will be a big part of the future of technology, and Facebook is making that possible.<p>About a month before …

Samsung Galaxy S5 “best smartphone display ever tested” by specialist test company DisplayMate

DisplayMate Technologies, which makes display test kit for every major screen manufacturer in the world, has declared that the new Samsung Galaxy S5 has “the best performing smartphone display that we have ever tested” with “a long list of new records.”<p>While OLED screens have long been considered …

Speed up Chrome for Android with this simple tweak

Chrome for Android is one of the fastest and most feature-rich browsers for Android. But a persistent problem has ruined Google’s mobile browser for many users – janky scrolling. Especially since Google replaced the AOSP Browser with Chrome as the default browser on new Android devices, people have …

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Thermodo turns your smartphone into an instant thermometer

Today’s smartphones offer countless apps to check the weather, find out upcoming forecasts, or even get alerts when it’s about to rain or snow. But no app can tell you exactly what the temperature is right where you stand. That’s why Robocat, the developers of Haze and other smartphone weather …

Why The Microsoft Surface Just Died Last Week

Would I purchase the Microsoft Surface? Not anymore. And I’m not sure that you should either.<p>I’m looking for a new laptop and the Surface has been one of the top contenders. I like it a lot. And although a slow seller for Microsoft it’s been gaining in popularity and many reviewers have given it …

Why Google Has Nothing To Fear From Yet Another Apple Patent Lawsuit

On the first day of yet another trial pitting Apple against Samsung, the real target by most experts’ reckoning is a third party: Google, maker of the Android mobile operating software that is the chief nemesis of the maker of iPhones and iPads. Four of the five patents that Apple claims are …