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VLC is getting Chromecast support for iOS, Android and desktop versions

Advertisement<p>8 Comments<p>Credit: Vladimir Arndt / Shutterstock<p>The popular open source media player VLC could get Chromecast support soon: VLC …

Close to half of all U.S. households subscribe to Netflix, Amazon Prime or Hulu Plus

Advertisement<p>8 Comments<p>Credit: Twin Design / Shutterstock.com<p>Survey says: we are a Netflix (S NFLX) nation.<p>Forty-seven percent of all U.S. households …

Virtual reality is going to make everyone sick — including companies that dump billions into it

When my kids and I walked into a coffee shop one sunny day last month, we were greeted by a row of tables holding laptops with gaming demos.<p>My son gravitated toward the biggest display, a huge TV screen with a giant, face-obscuring set of goggles set in front of it. This was the Oculus Rift, the …

How do submarines get online?

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Try on Any Shade With Sephora’s First Ever 3D Augmented Reality Mirror

The place we’d most like to have a makeup shopping spree in (okay, at least top 5) Sephora has a new goodie we want to test out. It’s not a wacky nail polish or a hot new shade of lipstick or a shocking shadow — it’s all of those things. They’re testing out a new 3D augmented reality mirror that …

Japan Lets You Use Your Passport to Get Free Wi-Fi

Although Japan is renowned for having some of the best customer service on the planet, for various reasons, including language and cultural hurdles, …

International Space Station beams a video back to Earth using lasers (video)

In April, NASA sent special equipment to the ISS that'll be able to test if laser beams can effectively transmit large amounts of data from space. Sounds like the project (called Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science) is going well thus far, because it successfully beamed a 27-second "Hello, …

This is a GIF of a Vine of a Video of a Flipbook of a GIF of a Video of a Roller Coaster | Colossal

<p>Could this be the most meta thing on the entire internet? Just so we’re clear, the title isn’t a typo. This really is a GIF of a Vine of a video of …

No more cracked smartphone screens, claims maker of transparent electrode

Polymer scientists at the University of Akron have developed a layer of transparent electrodes that is flexible, durable and, although unconfirmed, more efficient than modern touchscreen technology. If all you want are the CliffsNotes: this technology could eliminate the shattering of screens on …

Clean Energy

Google Glass update brings The Wall Street Journal, storm warnings and RSS to your face

Sure, you've read <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>, but can you really say you've experienced it until you've experienced it #throughglass? The Dow Jones-published paper is among the latest batch of Glassware apps coming to Google's wearable, letting you keep up on breaking news, politics, business and, of …

What Has the Titan Supercomputer Been Up To Lately? You Won't Believe It.

Twice a year, the bit-crunching community stands up and takes notice of the world’s most powerful supercomputers. That’s when the semiannual Top 500 …

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Stride, A Bootstrapped CRM Service, Acquired By The Founders of KISSmetrics and Crazy Egg

Stride, a bootstrapped CRM company out of Seattle, has been sold to Neil Patel and Hiten Shah, the longtime investor partners behind KISSmetrics and Crazy Egg. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.<p>The company, which targets freelancers and small businesses, is designed a bit differently than a CRM …

Online porn filters also block sexual health advice

New filters designed to protect children from pornography are also preventing them from accessing useful information on sexual health and domestic abuse, research shows<p>Filters designed to protect children from online pornography are also preventing them from accessing websites offering advice and …

Sony PlayStation 4 Makes Right Play for Gamers

Every holiday season, there are always a few hot-ticket items that everyone clamors for, and this year, it’s pretty safe to say that the …

Gameplay

Earth Singing, The Most Surprising Sound Of 2013

It’s Christmas, so a little less of the serious business, a little more pleasure. If you are looking for an awesome video to send to a friend over the Christmas period, then this one has to be up there. It will surprise you and it will probably make you feel good too.<p>A couple of years ago I used …

Verizon's Motorola Droid Ultra, Maxx, and Mini to get Android 4.4 starting today

Verizon Wireless has announced that the Android 4.4 KitKat update for the Motorola Droid Ultra, Maxx, and Mini smartphones will begin rolling out to users today. The update follows the launch of KitKat for the Moto X on all four major US carriers, and it is the first update to arrive for any …

Atheer Labs Launches Pre-Orders for its 3D AR Headset

3D heads-up display platform Atheer Labs has opened up pre-orders for developer and early adopter editions of its hardware through a new Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.<p>The Atheer Developer Kit (ADK) will cost $850 and comes as an independent unit with a wired attachment that goes in your …

LG, Samsung make big Ultra HD TV statements

TV lovers, get ready to clear space for new, bigger, curved Ultra HD TVs.<p>Bigger and wider TVs are on the way.<p>LG Electronics and Samsung have each announced new 105-inch Ultra HD TV displays, which the Korean-based TV makers plan to officially unveil at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in Las …

Intel planning future 18-core processor: report

Intel is reportedly planning an 18-core version of its next-generation server and workstation processors, and is also working on ultra-low-Wattage …

The Always-On Auto Shazam

Today, Shazam is rolling out Auto Shazam, an upgrade that allows users to collect all songs they hear throughout the day- no more rush to pull phones from pockets or purses. The new feature can be turned on to identify all songs over a set course of time and shuts itself off when battery runs low. …

Google Glass: What You're Not Supposed to Do

There are certain things you won't be encouraged to do wearing one of these. Those are the things I did.<p><i>Published in the December 2013 issue</i><p><b>Google Glass</b> mayor may not transform the future. But one thing is beyond question: It elicits mighty strong reactions in the present.<p>The first week I got my …

Google Glass

Oculus launches publishing arm to lure game developers to virtual reality

Oculus VR recently raised $75 million in funding to build a new, ambitious virtual reality headset, but the company is also focusing on the other side of the equation: the games. Today, Oculus announced a new publishing arm in order to entice developers to build new games for the platform. Leading …

Oculus VR gets into game publishing with some help from former EA VP

Between virtual reality headset maker Oculus VR's Share portal and a recent infusion of $75 million, it's not exactly a huge surprise to hear that the startup is branching out into game publishing as well. Former Electronic Arts senior VP David DeMartini is now heading up Oculus' game-publishing …

Hide your phone, hide your tablet, ’cause 1 out of 13 of you will have something stolen this month

Oh, it’s all peppermint mochas and seasonal ice rinks and Yankee Candle outlets — until someone steals the iPad mini you <i>just got</i> from Meemaw and giddily opened on the 22nd.<p>Serves you right, you Santa-hating glutton.<p>But seriously, it’s not just you. Around 8 percent of people report gadget theft …

Oculus VR Now has a Publishing Arm to Help Develop Games

The Oculus Rift is a landmark piece of technology, representing the first truly immersive, consumer-friendly virtual reality headset. Oculus VR has been commended for its vision, but the problem until now has been the games. Until the Oculus Rift is out on store shelves and boasting a large install …

Koru: Apple smartwatch next Christmas and other wearable trends for 2014

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>There are far more smartwatches to put under a Christmas tree this year than last although none of them are from Apple(s …

Relive the first tech bubble with Monopoly: The .com Edition

In November 2000, Hasbro released Monopoly: The .com Edition. The board game came just in time for Christmas—and the dot-com bubble bursting. By the end of that year, the Nasdaq had lost more than half its peak value.<p>Not to jinx the current boom in Silicon Valley, but now seemed like a good time to …

Stock Markets

5 Animals That Look Like Lady Gaga

Wildlife<p><b>So theatrical, so blazing with color, so much larger than life—are we talking about Lady Gaga or a sea slug?</b><p>Despite being one of the most creatively outfitted performers of all time, Lady Gaga has some competition in the animal world. Nature’s show-stoppers include everything from insects …

Step Into the Void Above the French Alps

High up in the French Alps, on the top terrace of the Aiguille du Midi mountain peak, sits a new five-sided glass structure called the Chamonix Skywalk. The installation was inspired by the Grand Canyon's glass skywalk, but it takes the concept to the next level. Instead of looking out over a …