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Cadillac Cures Blind Spots With A Live Streaming Video Rearview Mirror

The 2016 Cadillac CT6 boasts an interesting and innovative feature: a rearview mirror streaming live, high-resolution video from a hidden camera that …

Driverless Cars

China is reportedly blocking access to Gmail

China is blocking access to Google's popular Gmail service, according to data from Google and analysis from Dyn Research.<p>Traffic has dropped to …

The ChronodeVFD Resurrects Old Displays For A Cool New Watch

I am, as you may know, a sucker for watches that use older display technologies (see also Nixie tubes). For example, this cool watch by freelance engineer John De Cristofaro uses a vacuum fluorescent display tube, an early form of digital display that cast a bright blue light and was first used in …

Hackers Are Exploiting Microsoft PowerPoint to Hijack Computers

Hackers are exploiting a security flaw in Microsoft Office by using PowerPoint to attack Windows users and gain control of computer …

Amazon Signs Lease For Possible Store In Manhattan

NEW YORK -- Soon, going to Amazon may mean more than just typing in a URL.<p>The online retail giant has signed a lease for a massive space in midtown Manhattan that some speculate could become its first brick-and-mortar store.<p>Located in the heart of the Herald Square shopping district, the space …

castAR team ships out first pair of AR glasses, more to follow soon

The castAR team has just shipped its first pair of augmented reality glasses, a year after it raised $1 million on Kickstarter. This headset, developed by a group headed by ex-Valve engineers Jeri Ellsworth and Rick Johnson, features active shutter glasses, a camera for input and a projector that …

Microsoft is bringing chat to its Word and PowerPoint web apps

Collaborating with co-workers using Office Online is about to get a bit easier: Microsoft is bringing chat to the web versions of Word and PowerPoint. Sorry, Excel users: it seems you can't yet chat while working on spreadsheets, nor does the feature support OneNote. The Skype-powered chat is more …

Google’s Nest purchases Revolv, to further “Works with Nest” projects

In the quest to provide you with the best home automation tools around, the recently Google purchased Nest has made a move of its own, announcing the purchase of Revolv. Revolv is another home automation company that has exclaimed Nest to be an inspiration, and that they are thrilled to be new …

Home Automation

Nest buys home-automation rival Revolv to shut it down

Nest has acquired Revolv, the Colarado-based startup which allowed users to control their smart home devices from a single interface using their …

Home Automation

AT&T Locking Apple Interchangeable SIMs in iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 [Updated]

Apple's new Apple SIM card in the iPad Air 2 and the Retina iPad mini 3 is designed to be universal, usable across a variety of wireless carriers in the US and UK, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and UK's EE.<p>According to user reports in the <i>MacRumors</i> forums and on Twitter, however, AT&T is not …

Amazon has made its Appstore for Android obsolete

Since its creation, the Amazon Appstore stood apart, banned from being offered in the official store for Android apps, Google Play, until now... sort of. When Amazon recently updated its main Android app, it got a new "Apps & Games" department that duplicates the content found in the standalone …

Apple to merge Beats Music with iTunes next year as music sales fall 14 percent in 2014

Apple is planning on rebranding Beats Music, and integrating the recently purchased streaming service into iTunes, <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reports. The …

How age-progression software helps find missing kids

If you happen to be driving in St. Joseph, Minn., this weekend, look up at the billboards to see a picture of Jacob Wetterling. An image created last year shows how Wetterling, who went missing 25 years ago at age 11, might look today at age 36.<p>The new billboards are the latest attempt by law …

MasterCard And Zwipe Unveil Credit Card With Fingerprint Scanner

MasterCard partnered with Zwipe to create the world’s first credit card that combines biometric authentication and contactless payment technology. Financial institution Sparebanken DIN of Norway conducted a live pilot of the Zwipe MasterCard over the last few months.<p>For security purposes, the …

Snapchat just ran its first ad and it's for 'Ouija'

Making good on CEO Evan Spiegel's announcement earlier this month, Snapchat ran its first ad this weekend. The brief spot was a sponsored story for the upcoming horror film <i>Ouija</i>, and it's safe to assume that more ads of that stripe are on the way.<p>Snapchat promised earlier this week that its first …

Facebook wants the DEA to promise that it won't create fake accounts

Remember how the DEA got caught impersonating a woman on Facebook in an attempt to catch criminals who contacted her? Yeah, Facebook isn't at all pleased. It just sent a letter asking the anti-drug agency to promise that it won't create fake accounts or otherwise stomp all over the social network's …

FBI Director Calls On Congress To 'Fix' Phone Encryption By Apple, Google

WASHINGTON -- FBI Director James Comey called Thursday for "a regulatory or legislative fix" for technology companies' expanding use of encryption to protect user privacy, arguing that without such a fix, "homicide cases could be stalled, suspects could walk free, and child exploitation victims …

Flickr finally launches for iPad

Good news for Flickr users today – the Yahoo-owned photo-storage and sharing app has finally been optimized for iPad, though it will only work for those running iOS 8.<p>While Flickr already worked on iPad, it was essentially a blown-up version of the iPhone incarnation. But now you can access all …

Adobe Creative Cloud Comes To Chromebooks With Photoshop

Google is quickly trying to flesh out additional functionality and features for their Chrome OS, beyond just basic apps that run in a browser window. The company recently announced the growing capability to run Android apps on Chrome as well, which opens up a world of opportunity for users that …

Google Is Now Letting You Add Polls to your Google+ Posts

Google is rolling out a new Google+ feature that allows users to add a poll to posts on the social network.<p>It’ll first be rolling out for Android devices and on the Web “over the next few days”, before being followed closely on iOS. Once live, users should see the option to insert a poll in the …

Google launches a much better Hangouts app for your desktop

It borrows ideas from Facebook, but that's a good thing<p>Using Hangouts on the desktop is about to get way better. Today Google revealed a new Hangouts Chrome App for Chrome OS and Windows that always keeps conversations quickly accessible alongside whatever else you're working on or doing on a PC or …

Amazon says 'Transparent' is a hit, and season two is on the way

Amazon is finally having its Netflix moment<p>Since it first made a move into original programming, Amazon has tried its best to match Netflix's string of critically acclaimed and binge-worthy shows like <i>House of Cards</i> and <i>Orange is the New Black</i>. But nothing's worked — until now. Thanks to Jill …

Microsoft CEO Backtracks On Suggestion That Women Shouldn't Ask For Raises

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is backtracking from comments he made earlier today suggesting that women should not ask for raises.<p>At a conference celebrating women in technology, Maria Klawe, a member of Microsoft's board, asked Nadella what advice he would give women who are uncomfortable asking for …

Bose, Beats agree to settle headphone patent dispute

By Andrew Chung<p>A high-profile patent spat over noise canceling headphones between Bose Corp and Beats Electronics ended on Friday with the two sides …

HTC's next Desire phone reportedly captures 13-megapixel selfies

If you've wanted to shoot 13-megapixel selfies with your phone, you've usually had to get either a knock-off or a one-of-a-kind device like Oppo's N1. You might not have to look very hard if a handful of leaks are correct, however. Both <i>HTCFamily.ru</i> and @upleaks have posted pictures of what's …

HTC 'Desire Eye' specs leaked, set to include a 13MP front-facing 'selfie' shooter

Smartphones with upgraded front-facing shooters are becoming more popular as the demand for high quality "selfie" shots increases. HTC could address …

iPhone 6 reservations in China reach 2 million in 6 hours -- report

The reservations are reportedly spread across China's three major mobile carriers and various retailers, with the 64GB iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models proving the most popular.<p>The iPhone 6 is already a hot commodity in China, based on initial reservations through mobile carriers and retailers.<p>A …

Mobile Technology

Facebook plans to add your health to the list of things it knows

The social network will reportedly follow Google and Apple into healthcare<p><i>Reuters</i> reports that Facebook is soon planning to enter the healthcare field, following in the footsteps of Apple and Google by developing health tracking and monitoring platforms and apps. Three sources familiar with the …

Apple Negotiates With Music Labels For a Price Cut on Beats Music Streaming Subscriptions

Re/Code reports that Apple is talking to the major music labels, looking for a price cut on rights payments so they can sell a revamped Beats Music …

UK retailer Tesco launches the Hudl 2 tablet, with Intel power inside

UK retailer Tesco has announced the Hudl 2, the sequel to its Kindle Fire-challenging Hudl tablet, which went on sale this time last year. On paper, …

Gear & Gadgets