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The Race Is On To Kill Every Stray Dog In Sochi With Poisoned Meat & Darts Prior To The Opening Ceremony

Let’s face it, we’re all having a good LOL over the rampant dysfunction already on display at the Sochi Winter Olympics, but there is something going on over there right now that is impossible to laugh at (in addition to the persecution of homosexuals): the Russian government’s plot to execute …

They’re multiplying! 3-D printers go big and small

3-D printed bunnies from Makerbot show the variety of color possible -- but other devices can create even more detail.<p>There are probably more 3-D printers in one place at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas than anywhere else, at any time. We know you want to keep up to date, …

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Will The CES 2014 Help 3D Printers Cross the Tipping Point?

<i>Disclosure: I own</i> <i>DDD and VJET stocks</i><i>.</i><p>For years, 3-D printing sounded like science fiction. But in recent years, 3-D printing and scanning devices have gained broad acceptance across a broad range of industries – turning science fiction into reality.<p>Gartner estimates that worldwide shipments of 3D …

Mysterious smart ring project gives smartwatches the finger

A high-tech ring that promises to replicate many of the features found in the latest crop of smartwatches, but without strapping a brick to your wrist, is now one step closer to reality. Smarty Ring, a project that launched on Indiegogo last month, has blown past its funding goal to produce a ring …

Sprint to launch Galaxy S 4 variant with speedy Spark LTE

Sprint already has a few devices that support its extra-fast Spark data service, but one of its hottest smartphones -- Samsung's Galaxy S 4 -- has been "stuck" with ordinary LTE. That won't be a problem for much longer, as the carrier has revealed a Spark-capable version of the Android flagship. …

Nintendo boss Iwata on Wii Fit U and taking the stairs to his office

A new Iwata Asks transcript has been released in which Nintendo's president Satoru Iwata talks to colleagues about <i>Wii Fit U</i> and its Fit Meter, while also offering a little insight into his own attempts to stay healthy.<p><i>Wii Fit U</i>, due to be launched in full this week, allows players to exercise using …

Apple defies price war with iPad Air, says Deutsche Bank

While a holiday price war is breaking out among laptops, Apple is staying comfortably above the fray with its iPad Air, according to Deutsche Bank.<p>About 60 percent of the 80 best-selling laptops at retailers that Deutsche Bank recently monitored cost less than $400, while 30 percent are below …

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Why Nintendo Needs To Stay In The Hardware Business, Regardless Of The Wii U

The debate over Nintendo's future rages on thanks to the disappointing sales figures of the Wii U console which has consistently under-performed since its launch late last year.<p>Recently I argued that the Japanese game maker should start development immediately on a replacement console, riffing off …

Firefox for Android ups its game in version 26

On Tuesday, Mozilla launched an update to its flagship browser, Firefox, bringing some new graduates from the Beta channel. The latest addition to Firefox for Android adds the Home screen, which improves access to frequently visited sites through a swipeable menu. You can now swipe between …

World's thinnest mechanical watch will cost over $20,000

Piaget's Altiplano 900P is 3.65mm thick<p>A reported price of between $20,000 and $30,000 will buy you the world's thinnest mechanical watch when it goes on sale. The Piaget Altiplano 900P is 3.65mm thick, a crucial 0.4mm thinner than the previous record holder, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin …

Silicon Valley, not Washington, needs to lead on privacy reform

The tech industry – not the government – needs to lead in curtailing Internet surveillance<p>SAN FRANCISCO — If the largest U.S. Internet companies want to win back the trust of consumers who care about online privacy, they should start not with appeals to Washington but with reform of their own …

Valve Redesigns its Steam Mobile iOS App and Adds Offline Chat

Valve refreshed its Steam Mobile app for the iPhone and iPad today with a flat, cleaner UI that’s in keeping with the look and feel of iOS 7. It still retains the rich, dark color scheme prevalent in the Steam desktop client, but the slim typefaces and elegant design are well-suited to Apple’s …

Google's Play Books now supports e-book uploads from any Android device

Google just made it easier to transfer virtual libraries to Play Books, now that you can upload digital tomes straight from Android phones or tablets. Thanks to the software's latest update, there's no need to go the Play website to add EPUB or PDF files to your account. Simply click an e-book …

Japan Becomes World's Biggest Mobile Apps Spender

Japan has overtaken the US to become the world’s biggest spender in mobile app stores for the first time, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.<p>Citing data from analytics firm App Annie, the Journal says that, during October, Japanese smartphone and tablet owners spent over 10 percent …

Angry Birds Go! is Now Available

If you’re into mobile games you’ll be interested to know that Angry Birds Go! — Rovio’s bird-filled take on Mario Kart — just landed. The title has gone live in the Windows Phone Store, App Store, Google Play Store, and BlackBerry World today, as planned.<p>As you might expect with all things Rovio, …

YouTube Reveals Its Top 10 Videos of 2013

There are more than 6 billion hours of videos watched on YouTube each month so it’s certainly a barometer of what may be viral or popular in the mainstream. With that, the Google-owned video site is once again releasing its annual list of the top videos and channels of 2013.<p>Perhaps unsurprisingly, …

Molome Is An Instagram-Like Service With Stickers

“Instagram makes photos prettier. Molome makes photos funnier.” This is the selling point of Thailand-based mobile photo startup Molome.<p>However, Molome wasn’t all that different from Instagram right at the very start. It actually started in 2011 as a pure mobile photo-sharing service with filters, …

Ericsson: Biometric Smartphones Will Go Mainstream Next Year

In September, Apple launched its iPhone 5S which was the first smartphone with a sensor to recognize fingerprints, improving security and ease of use.<p>"A total of 74 percent believe that biometric smartphones will become mainstream in 2014," Ericsson, the world's biggest mobile network maker, wrote …

Google Opens Its First Two Asia Data Centers

Choosing Taiwan and Singapore instead illustrates the problem that tech companies face in trying to feed data demand in the world's two most populous countries: With regulations in flux in India and cyberspace censorship in China, Google had to look next door.<p>Mobile data traffic in emerging …

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Sony patent hints at a touch-enabled PlayStation Move controller

Sony's PlayStation Move controller has helped bring motion-enabled gaming to PlayStation consoles for over three years, but hasn't exactly set the world alight. To better compete with Microsoft's controller-less Kinect and Nintendo's Wii motion accessories, the company has been looking to extract …

Zavvi threatens shoppers after accidental PS Vita deliveries

<b>Online retailer Zavvi has warned customers to whom it accidentally sent a video games console that they could face legal action if they have not arranged the machines' return.</b><p>The UK firm mistakenly delivered PlayStation Vitas to shoppers who had ordered a £20 game released last month.<p>It …

Why Microsoft probably won’t go through with Nokia’s Android plans

Nokia(s nok) really is working on an Android(s goog) phone, according to sources quoted by both The Verge and All Things D. The big question now is …

New Netflix Original BoJack Horseman Will Premiere in Mid-2014

Netflix is about to expand its repertoire of original content even further with BoJack Horseman, a dark animated comedy that will premiere in mid-2014. Similar to House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, all 12 episodes of the first season will be released simultaneously.<p>The show was created by …

Microsoft considers free versions of Windows Phone and Windows RT to battle Android

Redmond wants to counter Mountain View<p>Microsoft is considering making Windows Phone and Windows RT available free of charge to device makers. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans have revealed to <i>The Verge</i> that free future versions are under serious consideration by OS chief Terry Myerson. We …

Apple only the 16th best tech company to work for, say employee reviews

Apple dropped to only the 16th best tech company to work for, and 35th overall, in Glassdoor’s annual ranking of the 50 Best Palaces to Work – down from 3rd in tech and 10th overall last year.<p>Based on over half a million reviews written by employees, Apple took 35th place, with fifteen tech …

Norway is digitizing all its books and making them free to read online

The National Library of Norway is digitizing all the books in its collection, processing the text to make it searchable, and making them available to read online.<p>It's similar to the mass digitization efforts in the UK and Finland, but Norway has taken the extra step of making agreements with many …

Dell Unveils Its First Chromebook, An 11-Inch Portable Designed Specifically For Education

Dell has finally made its entry into the Chromebook market official, as it follows in the footsteps of many other PC OEMs who are looking around to shore up flagging Windows machine sales. Dell’s aims with Chromebooks and Chrome OS are pretty specifically targeted, however, as Dell is creating its …

Microsoft sells more than 2 million Xbox One consoles in 18 days

Microsoft says it has sold more than 2 million Xbox One consoles since its launch 18 days ago. The sales figures average out to around 111,111 units per day, a pace that Microsoft describes as “record-setting.” While the company countered Sony’s 2.1 million PlayStation 4 sales with zombie stats …

NASA’s 6-Foot Valkyrie Humanoid Robot Will Rescue You From Buildings

Remember Atlas, the amazing and slightly spine-chilling android that Boston Dynamics has entered into DARPA’s Robotics Challenge as a kind of future super-soldier? He’s got competition. Bigger competition, from a much friendlier source: NASA. Meet “R5” Valkyrie, the 6-foot-2 inch-tall humanoid …