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Google Launches 'YouTube Kids' for iPhone and iPad

Google announced on Monday that it has released YouTube Kids [Direct Link] on the App Store for iPhone and iPad. The new app provides children and families with a kid-friendly portal to discover and explore videos about anything they can possibly imagine. The family-focused content is appropriate …

Doom maker’s weapon of choice for teaching coding? Apple IIc

When you’re one of the closest things the programming world has to a rock star, you might assume that — when the time comes to pass your godly coding powers onto the next generation — you’d hand your offspring a brand new iPad and a crash course in the likes of Swift: the insanely popular …

Bali Nine pair 'very likely' to be moved for execution this week, says official

Bali’s chief prosecutor says he is waiting on the green light from the island where the executions of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan are due to take place<p>It’s “very likely” Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan will be moved from their Bali jail cells for execution this week, Bali’s chief prosecutor …

Asia

HTC One M9 store images hint at an evolutionary phone design

HTC's plans for March 1st might just be out in the open. <i>MobileGeeks</i> has spotted German store listings for a new One phone whose images bear an uncanny resemblance to the One M9 spy photos from last month, complete with an oversized camera space and a flashy silver-and-gold color scheme for one …

Slowly does it

LAST week’s column looked at the long history of language declinism: for more than 600 years people have complained that youngsters cannot write …

Language

Beam's Android-powered projector fits in your light sockets

Let's face it: most projectors aren't very useful outside of home theaters or boardrooms, even if they're packing some smarts. Beam may get you to change your mind, though. Its namesake Android-powered projector runs apps, streams media from your mobile gear (through AirPlay or Miracast) and starts …

Old flip-phones are the iPhone’s newest rival in Japan

The iPhone has been killing it in Japan lately. Apple’s smartphone marketshare in the tech-obsessed country is continuing to dominate year-over-year, even though the company had a hard time giving out iPhones just five years ago.<p>With the iPhone 6’s bigger screen, the company is making more of an …

Samsung's mysterious bolt logo for the Galaxy S6 refers to this fast new processor

In teasing the Galaxy S6 ahead of its unveiling next month, Samsung has continued to show a mysterious symbol that looks like a bolt of lightning. Samsung usually references speed and productivity in conjunction with this symbol, but it hasn't said exactly what the lightning bolt refers to. The …

Electronics Industry

NBC adds live streaming to mobile app, with a catch

Yes, you can now watch live shows on the app but only if you live in certain markets.<p>NBC has pushed live streaming to its mobile app, which means you can watch shows as they're being aired -- so long as you meet certain conditions.<p>The iOS and Android flavors of the NBC app allow you to watch the …

Apps

World's First 3D Force Gaming Tech Launches Crowdfunding Campaign on Kickstarter

In the backyard of a terrace house in the Sydney suburb of Paddington, the world’s first gaming system that measures energy expenditure whilst using resistance, is being developed. The start-up behind it is The Realm, a tiny team with a big vision.<p>Many have attempted to make gaming more life-like …

Virtual Reality

Big showdown for mini desktops

Small PCs from HP, Apple and Dell mean more computer in less space, and for less money.<p>Portability and space-saving for computers are generally traits of slim laptops and lightweight tablets, or the new generation of hybrid PCs that combine aspects of both. Several years ago, an eternity in …

Computer Hardware

Google warns of US government 'hacking any facility' in the world

Google says increasing the FBI’s powers set out in search warrants would raise ‘monumental’ legal concerns that should be decided by Congress<p>Google is boldly opposing an attempt by the US Justice Department to expand federal powers to search and seize digital data, warning that the changes would …

Surveillance

LG G Flex2 review: This is what the original should have been

"They're a gimmick. They're a terrible idea. They're not going anywhere."<p>Naysayers have been doing their thing since the notion of a curved smartphone made the leap from a nutty concept to bona fide market fad, and they're not going to stop any time soon. Neither are LG and Samsung, for that …

Artificial intelligence and nanotechnology 'threaten civilisation'

Technologies join nuclear war, ecological catastrophe, super-volcanoes and asteroid impacts in Global Challenges Foundation’s risk report<p>Artificial intelligence and nanotechnology have been named alongside nuclear war, ecological catastrophe and super-volcano eruptions as “risks that threaten human …

Singularity

Another Purported 'iPad Pro' Case Shown in New Photos

French website <i>Nowhereelse.fr</i> has shared new photos for another possible third-party case for the so-called "iPad Pro" tablet. The black protective cover has cutouts for a Lightning connector, rear-facing camera and microphone, volume rocker, mute switch and power button, consistent with previous …

The awesome apps you might have missed last week

The Fanatic Feminist Who Created ‘Monopoly’

The famous boardgame has an equally famous origin myth—poor Depression dad creates game for family—but it turns out the truth is more tortured, and …

Board Games

Google sniffs after smart device that blasts your body odor

The search giant is granted a patent for a "fragrance emission device" that would sense when you have B.O. and steer you away from any friends who might be nearby at the time.<p>It's hard to say what effect all the fitness wearables coming to market will have, but one of the consequences just might be …

Motorola

Find your pals in a crowd with this flashing phone app

We've likely all been there: you're at a concert or some other crowded public space and maybe it's too loud to talk on the phone or you don't have cell reception to send a text. How're your friends supposed to find you? Well, if you use LookFor, all they'd have to, erm, look for, would be your …

North Korea

Samsung to launch smartphone with 3-sided screen, report says

Samsung plans to launch a flagship smartphone with a 5.1-inch screen that's sloped on both vertical sides, according to a new report.<p>If you're having …

Pebble CEO hints at how next smartwatch will battle Apple, Google and others

With so many smartwatches due this year, what will Pebble do to compete? Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky discusses a "new metaphor," and on-board heart rate may not be part of the equation.<p>Pebble may be an old hand at the smartwatch game, but it still has a lot to prove.<p>The Pebble Steel was CNET's …

Wearable Tech

Six prisoners reported to have killed themselves after taking hostages in Taiwan

Taiwan’s justice ministry reports suicide of the men after they released captives<p>Six armed inmates who held a warden and a head guard hostage at a prison in southern Taiwan have killed themselves after releasing the hostages, a justice official said.<p>Taiwan’s administrative deputy minister of …

China

Samsung's next flagship phone will combine metal back with three-sided screen, says Bloomberg

Corroborating rumors and speculation ahead of the next Galaxy S release, Bloomberg today reports that Samsung's upcoming flagship Android smartphone will come in two variants, one of which will feature a dual curved-edge display. Both are said to have "all-metal bodies" and will apparently retain …

Phones

Killing an American sniper: Eddie Ray Routh's state of mind on trial

On the first day in court, lawyers argued troubled veteran was driven by psychosis to gun down Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield at a firing range<p>Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield enjoyed trying to lift the spirits of troubled military veterans by taking them shooting, but something about Eddie Ray …

Crime

Samsung's warning: Our Smart TVs record your living room chatter

Technically Incorrect: Samsung's small print says that its Smart TV's voice recognition system will not only capture your private conversations, but also pass them onto third parties.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>Why worry about Big …

Smart TV

High-tech Japanese hotel to employ human-like robot staff

Going to Japan? Here's a bit of advice: if you're absolutely terrified of eerie human-like robots, think very hard before visiting Nagasaki prefecture's Henn-na Hotel that's slated to open its doors in July. Why? Because the high-tech hotel will employ 10 robots, three of which are multilingual …

A typical day in the life of a devoted Mac and iOS user

Image copyright AT&T .This week I read Kyle Vanhemert’s piece at Wired titled Nobody Knows What an iPad Is Good for Anymore, which prompted Federico …

MacBook Pro

One photo shows the biggest weakness with the iPhone 6's camera

Business Insider's Christian Storm and Harrison Jacobs tested the iPhone 6's camera against a Canon 5D Mark II DSLR ($3,000) and a point-and-shoot Canon PowerShot SD1400-IS ($169) to see exactly how the three compare.<p>Here's the bottom line: a DSLR is always going to capture higher-quality images, …

Mobile Photography

Lost keys? KeyMe has the app for that

A self-printing service for house and car keys could be the solution to an age-old problem.<p>I'll never forget the moment I swore I'd never lose my keys again: Heavy snowfall and a freezing cold night in upstate New York, and I'm locked out of my Ford Escort with its the engine running and my house …

Apple Pay