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The special effects that make 'Game of Thrones' seem real

The gore-soaked world of George R.R. Martin's <i>Game of Thrones</i> wouldn't look nearly as impressive without the loving ministrations of special effects studios like SpinVFX and Mackevision. The two companies recently published VFX reels highlighting some of their contributions to the fourth season of …

EU asks rival companies to weigh in on the Facebook-WhatsApp deal

Facebook is prepared to drop a cool $19 billion in cash and stock to buy Whatsapp, but it won't actually <i>get</i> to until both companies gone through a regulatory rigmarole. Part of that process involves getting the blessing of Europe's antitrust crusaders and according to the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>, the …

Malaysia Is Becoming a Global Hub For Internet Scams Preying on the Lovelorn

Lax student visa regulations and a high-tech banking system has made Malaysia a global hub for Internet scams, according to U.S. officials, with …

In 2014, 'phablet' is the new tablet

A new report from Asia buttresses analysis from leading market research firms showing sharp tablet growth deceleration as large smartphones become surrogates for the tablet experience.<p>"Tablets are gradually being replaced by large-size smartphones," aka phablets, according to a report published …

Apple prodded FTC to investigate Google over kids’ in-app purchases

Apple’s(s aapl) head lawyer quietly urged the Federal Trade Commission earlier this year to look into Google’s(s goog) in-app purchase policies — and …

Big, Beautiful Photos Of Russia's New Tram Of The Future

The futuristic tram features LED cabin lighting, felt-covered sofas, wooden handrails, and sliding glass doors that operate by touchscreen.<p>Luckily, photographer Ilya Varlamov was able to snap some pictures of the new Russian One prototype, right from the showroom floor.<p><i>Note: All photos shown are</i> …

Fukushima builds 'ice wall' to contain leaks

Experts to freeze earth around crippled Japanese nuclear plant to stop radioactive water contamination.<p>Officials at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station in Japan have shown an underground wall of ice they are building to stop radioactive water from leaking from the facility.<p>Tepco, the owner …

In depth demo of Apple’s CarPlay feature in 2015 Hyundai Sonata (Video)

We’ve already seen several polished demos of Apple’s CarPlay feature so far, but Hyundai’s demo to MotoMan in the video below gives us the clearest look of how the CarPlay functions in the 2015 Sonata announced earlier this year alongside the automaker’s existing infotainment system.<p>In the footage …

Small tablets losing to phablets: iPad Mini-sized models getting hit

Small tablets are colliding with large smartphones, with tablets in general coming out the loser, according to market researcher NPD DisplaySearch.<p>Global shipments of tablets -- which DisplaySearch calls "tablet PCs" -- declined year to year for the first time in the first quarter of 2014, …

Barack Obama tells Central American parents: don't send your kids over the border

US President says Congress has ability to act immediately to address the wave of unaccompanied children coming over the border from Mexico into the US<p>Barack Obama has warned parents in Central America not to send their children alone on a perilous journey through Mexico to illegally cross the US …

The End Is Nigh For the Guinea Worm

Eradicating this this nasty parasite would be great for humanity, but should we consider the ecological impacts?<p>The guinea worm is one seriously disturbing parasite. When someone ingests its larvae by drinking unfiltered water, the worm reproduces and incubates for months in the person's abdomen, …

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On the Red Couch with Style Icon Garance Doré

<i>The fashion industry is like a walled garden: beautiful inside, full of exotic and towering specimens holding court. Perched on a hedge you’ll find</i> …

World Cup records tumble as Germany destroy Brazil 7-1

Germany’s destruction of Brazil in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday night obliterated several long-standing World Cup records.<p>Never in the 84-year history of the tournament has a team scored seven times in a semi-final, with Joachim Löw’s side surpassing the previous record form the 1930 World Cup when …

World Cup: Brazil dreams destroyed by ruthless Germany - CNN.com

<i>How are you celebrating the World Cup? Join the global conversation on CNN Facebook Pulse</i><p><b>(CNN)</b> -- First there was disbelief. Then there were tears.<p>Beaten, battered and bruised -- Brazil's World Cup dream is over.<p>It's a result that is likely to take some time to comprehend for a nation that many …

Review: Redmi Note, Xiaomi's Low-Cost Phablet

I’ve never understood the appeal of a phablet — what’s commonly known as a smartphone-tablet hybrid, or just a giant smartphone — as it seems to have an identity crisis.<p>Popular Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi took the wraps off its first phablet in March this year, the Redmi Note, a 5.5-inch …

How an iOS App and IFTTT Channel Could Help Secure Your Home

Manything, a cloud-based video monitoring service that allows you to use old iOS devices as security cameras around your home, has released a new version of its app today which brings new functionality and support for its freshly-launched IFTTT channel.<p>Announced today, the new app allows users to …

Leaked SIM trays reveal future iPhone 6 color options

From its flexible but hard-as-nails Sapphire glass display, to its larger form factor, we’ve seen a lot of apparent leaks regarding the upcoming iPhone 6 — cluing us in on what we can expect from Apple’s next-generation smartphone. Now a new set of component pictures, including what seems to be a …

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New & improved Google Drive for desktop starts rolling out

Google Drive 2.0 was announced in the midst of the Google IO madness. The new and improved Google Drive brings forth a much more user-friendly interface, simulating that of a regular desktop file manager. The Drive app has already been updated, but we have been waiting for the desktop version to be …

What Life Is Like in Iraq's City of Mosul Under ISIS Rule

World<p>When Sunni extremists seized control of Iraq’s second-largest city, many feared the militants would brutally brandish their new-found power and exert a reign of horror on the residents of Mosul.<p>One month later, it appears that most in the city are far from terrified, their biggest complaint a …

Android's Factory Reset Doesn't Totally Delete Your Stuff; Here's How to Fix It

If you’re planning to sell or give away an old Android phone, be aware that a factory reset isn’t enough to safely wipe your data.<p>Security firm Avast …

Why is BlackBerry's stock up 45% this year?

BlackBerry is far from what it used to be, but based on its stock performance this year, the smartphone maker isn’t ready for a burial just …

Islamist plot to blow up Eiffel Tower, Louvre and nuclear power plant foiled, say French police

French police stumbled on terror plans after decrypting coded messages between Algerian butcher living in southern France and high-ranking members of al-Qaeda in the Maghreb<p>France foiled an Islamist terrorist plot to target the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and even a nuclear power plant, it emerged on …

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Second German government worker suspected of spying for US

German authorities are investigating the second case of a government employee suspected of spying on confidential government affairs for US secret services within a week.<p>Public prosecutors confirmed that the home and office of a defence ministry employee in the greater Berlin area had been searched …

5 Things To Know About Siri And Google Now's Growing Intelligence

<b>This is a guest post from Lawrence Flynn, the CEO of Artificial Solution, a software firm that develops natural language processing (NLP) services and was established in Stockholm, Sweden in 2001. Flynn joined Artificial Solutions in May 2010 to step in as CEO, replacing co-founder and board</b> …

Netanyahu instructs Israeli military to intensify assault on Gaza

Binyamin Netanyahu has instructed the Israeli military to "intensify even further" its assault on the Gaza Strip.<p>While stopping short of announcing a ground invasion, the Israeli prime minister told assembled security chiefs in Beersheba on Wednesday: "The IDF [Israel Defence Forces] is prepared …

North Korea fires missiles into the sea

North Korea fired two short-range missiles off the coast of the Korean Peninsula early Wednesday, a South Korean Defense Ministry official said.<p>North Korea did not declare a no-fly zone prior to the launch, the official said. No damage or injures were reported.<p>The projectiles, assumed to be …

Microsoft To Abandon The Bastard Child Of Windows Phone In Two Months

Remember Windows Phone 7.8? Microsoft built it as a stop-gap measure to lessen the ire of Windows Phone 7.5 users, a group technologically precluded from making the leap to Windows Phone 8. If you had forgotten about it don’t worry, Microsoft is about to do the same.<p>Mary Jo Foley today detailed the …

Boot up: smarter assistants, the new Apple, untangling headphones

A burst of 9 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team<p>Five things to know about Siri and Google Now's growing intelligence >> Forbes<p>Lawrence Flynn is CEO of Artificial Solutions, which makes natural language processing systems:<p>As the race for the ultimate personal assistant heats …

40 best iPhone and iPad games of 2014 (so far)

If you're an iPhone and/or iPad-owning gamer in 2014, you truly are spoiled for choice when it comes to new titles.<p>This year has seen a steady flow of innovative, creative and above all super-playable games for Apple devices in pretty much every genre, from hardcore RPGs and twitch-action games to …

9 Things Rich People Do Differently Every Day

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What you do today matters. In fact, your daily habits may be a major determinant of your wealth.<p>"The metaphor I like is the avalanche," says Thomas Corley, the author of "Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits Of Wealthy Individuals." "These habits …