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Hey AT&T Customers: It May Be Time to Give Up Your Unlimited Data Plan

Wireless carriers may continue to offer unlimited data plans, but they're not the great deal they once were.<p>Almost half of all AT&T mobile customers …

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Bluesmart wants to crowdfund the 'world's first' connected luggage

Losing your luggage is no fun, but while companies like Trakdot have been selling trackers for some time, a startup is taking to Indiegogo to create what it calls the "world's first smart, connected carry-on." Bluesmart is a small suitcase with a host of features that its makers believe frequent …

Google's Smart Watch Will Launch In June

Like with the Nexus line of smartphones, LG will be taking care of the hardware details of the watch while Google designs the software. The watch will debut at Google's I/O conference in San Francisco.<p>Previous reports about Google's smart watch have hinted that it will be integrated with Google Now …

Video: Gizmag visits "the most digitally advanced retail experience in the world"

As far as the world record claim goes, it really comes down to numbers. Among other things, the flagship store features over 800 screens displaying …

Coat your walls with sound-absorbing 'dragon skin'

Stone Designs out of Spain has created a series of acoustic tiles modeled after ginkgo leaves. Made of felt, these tiles can be arranged on your wall in a variety of patterns to not only increase its aesthetic appeal, but to make your rooms less echoey.<p>While you can combine these leaf-shaped tiles …

This iQi Hack Shows Why Apple Hasn’t Bothered With Wireless Charging

iQi is a hardware add-on that brings the tech Apple hasn’t — wireless charging (using the Qi standard) — to your iPhone without the need to put it in a bulky case. Think of it as akin to Bill Gates’ quest for sensation enhancing graphene condoms. Or, er, having some cake and eating it.<p>The slender …

Diamond: Britain's answer to the Large Hadron Collider

The darling of particle physics might be the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at Cern, but as a practical tool it's no match for the UK's Diamond Light Source. Located at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory campus at Harwell in Oxfordshire, Diamond is an alchemist's dream, a place where beams of light …

Google Glass glasses are covered by insurance

With Google Glass now supporting prescription lenses, it only stands to reason that insurance companies will have to be involved in the process for some users, and so far one company is stepping up.<p>VPS Global announced that it will start offering prescription lenses to Google Glass users, …

Why Should You Be Worried About NSA Surveillance?

<i>Part 2 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> The End Of Privacy.<p><b>About Mikko Hyppönen's TED Talk</b><p>Virtually every international Internet user is being watched, says hacker and cyber security expert Mikko Hyppönen. He calls for digital privacy in the age of government surveillance.<p>Privacy is non-negotiable. It …

Meta wants to augment your world with the 'Iron Man' interface

When someone tells you they have a pair of augmented reality glasses with an interface designed by the same Hollywood staple who created the Iron Man suit's UI, you listen. Then, you ask if you can put them on.<p>The glasses come from Meta, a small company with huge dreams that's already comparing …

Google X staffers meet with FDA on devices

Google Inc. sent employees with ties to its secretive X research group to meet with federal regulators who oversee medical devices, raising the possibility of a new product that may involve biosensors from the unit that developed computerized glasses.<p>The meeting included at least four Google …

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Samsung leak points to cut-down Galaxy Note 3 'Neo' with six-core CPU

If you like the idea of a big old pen-equipped Samsung handset but don't want to spend a bundle on a Galaxy Note 3, you might soon be in luck. <i>GSM Arena</i> has unearthed a sales document that spells out the specs for an alleged Galaxy Note 3 Neo, which seems to recycle many aspects of last year's Note …

$19 million might produce the first ever image of a black hole

Astrophysicists think there's a supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. It's supposed to be four million times more massive than our Sun, but despite its stupendous size, we've never been able to see it. That might soon change. The European Research Council has given 14 …

Study Finds Milky Way Has Four Arms, Not Two

Astronomers in the U.K. have counted not two but four arms swirling out from the center of the Milky Way.<p>According to NPR, the updated arm-count …

Steve Wozniak just backed a DIY computer on Kickstarter—and so have 12,000 others

The creators of Kano, a kit to assemble your own mini-computer, asked for $100,000 on Kickstarter. One day short of the end of the company’s campaign, they’ve raised $1.35 million from nearly 12,000 backers including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Kickstarter co-founder Yancey Strickler. Alex …

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Yes, this is dog: No More Woof aims to translate canine thoughts into human speech

Head over to Indiegogo today and you'll find a particularly wacky (and risky) project bidding for your investment. It's a device that goes by the name of No More Woof, which admittedly sounds like it does horrible things to dogs' vocal cords, but which actually promises something very different. …

Earth’s Ozone on Bumpy Road to Recovery

Weather effects surprisingly shape the Antarctic ozone hole.<p><b>Last year the hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica was surprisingly small. But don't get used to that, say atmospheric scientists. Rather than signaling a speedy recovery, the shrinkage was likely a sign of variable weather.</b><p><b>The ozone</b> …

Would you take smart drugs to perform better at work?

Drugs that boost brainpower are increasingly being taken by healthy people to study or work harder. Could this become the norm, or a condition of employment?<p>Would you let your child get on a bus driven by someone on mind-altering drugs? What about having an operation conducted by a surgeon taking …

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A gorgeous, colorful look at the cellphone signals we never see

Invisible signals are all around us, and now we can finally see what we've been missing. Data visualization artist Nickolay Lamm created psychedelic images of the cellphone signals that live in the air, but are invisible to us.<p>At first glance, the visualizations look like tiny mountains illuminated …

Convo adds at-rest encryption to its remote collaboration service

Convo has upped the security of its cloud-based business communications service by adding at-rest encryption to its data. Most Web services encrypt their data while in transit, Convo believes its the first cloud collaboration company to incorporate encryption for data that is resting on a …

FCC and carriers close to reaching cellphone unlocking deal, says Reuters

The FCC and US wireless carriers are close to agreeing on blanket rules for cellphone unlocking, Reuters reports. Sources say that the deal, expected "soon," will likely require telecoms to make sure customers know if their phone is eligible to be unlocked and used on another carrier, process …

Electric Car Shopping Guide: What to Consider Before Buying an Electric Car

Epoch Times is taking a look at each of the major options for going green while shopping for your next vehicle.<p>Here’s a look at the pros and cons of …

Declassified Files Reveal NSA Routinely Ignored Courts

Newly declassified documents reveal that the National Security Agency has a long history of ignoring or avoiding court protections of the 4th Amendment. The heavily redacted 1,000+ page data dump reads like a diary of federal judges scolding intelligence agencies for overreaching their …

Technology Outpacing Policymakers, Needs Of NSA

The controversy over the National Security Agency's surveillance programs has exposed a problem in the oversight of those programs: The development of the relevant technology has outpaced the laws and policies that govern its use.<p>"The technology is moving very fast," says Joel Brenner, a former NSA …

Senators Announce Bill That Ends NSA Phone Records Collection

Four U.S. Senators — Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Rand Paul (R-Ky) — introduced legislation that would end the NSA's bulk collection of Americans' phone records.<p>"It will amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to end dragnet domestic …

The NSA Refuses To Deny That It Collected The Location Data Of US Phone Calls

During a Senate Intelligence Committee briefing, Gen. Alexander refused to state that the National Security Agency (NSA) had never in the past collected the location information of American phone calls.<p>Following pointed questioning by Sen. Wyden, he claimed that “Under Section 215, NSA is not …

John McAfee Is Developing A $100 Anti-NSA Gadget

John McAfee, the founder of the eponymous anti-virus software firm that still bears his name, is developing a gadget he says will lock out government agencies or anyone trying to spy on an individual. The D-Central is a pocket-size gadget that communicates with devices to create local private …

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NSA accused of hacking into India's nuclear systems

According to Edward Snowden's cache of documents, the NSA has been delving deeper into India's servers than many could have imagined. <i>The Hindu</i> is reporting that, in addition to the usual PRISM snooping, the agency also vacuumed up data on the country's nuclear, political and space programs. The …

NSA monitored calls of 35 world leaders after US official handed over contacts

The National Security Agency monitored the phone conversations of 35 world leaders after being given the numbers by an official in another US government department, according to a classified document provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden.<p>The confidential memo reveals that the NSA encourages …