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Mozilla’s Firefox OS Gives The Open Web Top Billing On Mobile

Mozilla was late to mobile and now it’s trying to catch up. For a while now, the nonprofit has been releasing mobile versions of its Firefox browser for Android, but its most ambitious project to date is its Firefox OS mobile operating system for smartphones.<p>Earlier this month, the Chinese handset …

Microsoft's employee-only white Xbox One colors us green with envy

There are certainly benefits to working for Microsoft beyond a steady paycheck. We've seen the company gift employees with phones and tablets and, if the picture above proves legit, a lucky bunch will receive a free Xbox One on launch day -- in an exclusive white and silver-grey hue, no less. In …

OontZ Angle Ultra-Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker $40 shipped

Amazon has the OontZ Angle Ultra-Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker by Cambridge SoundWorks for only $39.99 shipped. That’s $20 less than anywhere else and 43% off the list price of $70. Amazon’s customers also gave the Oontz 4.5/5 stars with good reviews.<p>The Oontz features a 10 hour rechargeable …

Is Voyager 1 really out of the solar system?

It's 36 years since Voyager 1 was dispatched in 1977 on a mission to send back images of Jupiter's turbulent atmosphere and volcanic eruptions on one of its moons, Io. Then it was due to travel on to Saturn to examine that planet's intricate system of rings and moons. But after travelling more than …

Firefox OS faces brutal road ahead

Can a browser transform into a phone? Firefox maker Mozilla certainly hopes so, but skepticism among analysts has been the backdrop to Mozilla's claims of growing customer interest in its small, plasticky, and brightly colored Firefox phones.<p>Those phones have seen rapid expansion of availability in …

Out Of The Comics, Into Reality: Jet Pack Moves Closer To Market

From Buck Rogers to James Bond, we all have a pretty concrete mental image of a jet pack — a motorized backpack with little handles in front and smoke shooting out of the back.<p>The New Zealand-based Martin Aircraft Co. doesn't just think it's turned the jet pack of your imagination into a reality. …

Tardis street view: Google Maps goes inside Doctor's blue box

Doctor Who's Tardis has been making cameo appearances on Google Street View for quite some time. Not content to just sit there and gaze at the exterior, Google Street View now goes inside the time and space machine.<p>You start at the police telephone box Street View location at Earl's Court in …

The First Quantum Teleportation In A Computer Chip

In a milestone for quantum computing, researchers at ETH Zurich have demonstrated quantum teleportation in a solid-state circuit. Even more, they’ve broken something of a quantum speed record – they estimate that their system could teleport 10,000 quantum bits per second. This teleportation …

SpaceX's Reusable Rocket Hits Another Milestone

Yesterday, SpaceX hit another milestone in its ongoing research effort to build a reusable rocket. That rocket, dubbed “Grasshopper,” has so far had several successful tests, with each successive test putting the rocket further and further up in the air, then returning safely to Earth.<p>The test …

Galaxy Mega 6.3 press render surfaces with navy blue body, AT&T branding

Courtesy of the ever-reliable @evleaks, it appears the Galaxy Mega 6.3 is indeed coming to AT&T. A purported press render shows the device colored in a navy blue plaid with the carrier's globe logo below the rear-facing camera. Of the few versions that passed through the FCC, you may recall that …

Flash-based PlayStation 3 goes on sale in the U.S. for $199

Sony has begun offering its flash-based PlayStation 3 for sale in the United States for $199.<p>The console, which boasts 12GB of flash storage, is now listed for sale at Sony's U.S. online store. It made its North American debut last week when it went on sale in Canada. An offering in the U.S. was …

Hitting The Road Without A Driver

Credit: GM-Carnegie Mellon Autonomous Driving Collaborative Research Lab<p>The cars we drive have gotten ever more sophisticated. They can just about park themselves; they tell us if we're drifting out of our lane; they can prevent skids. Some even automatically apply the brakes if they sense that a …

Samsung plans three new mystery phones

Samsung's plan to make a phone in every shape and size continues, with three mystery phones in the works.<p>A shipping manifest from India spotted by …

Timely is the best-looking alarm clock you can get on Android

Alarm clock apps are nearly as common and as popular as weather apps, and while many people might argue that the phone's built-in alarm clock works just fine, there are a number of well-designed options for those looking for a little more. Rise is one of our favorites on iOS, and Timely brings much …

'Plants vs. Zombies 2' Review: Growing Strong

While I’m not a big mobile gamer, it’s not out of spite or some sense of superiority about “filthy casuals” who spend their time playing Angry Birds while I’m hunting hats in Team Fortress 2 on my $2000 gaming rig. Rather, it’s just that the often simplistic nature of the most popular games just …

Why Apple is eyeing gold for the new iPhone

If you've noticed #iphonegold showing up all over Twitter, there's a good reason.<p>The Internet on Monday lit up over reports that the next iPhone, set for unveiling on Sept. 10, could be available in black, white and gold. If Apple does indeed launch a gold iPhone, it would be the first color added …

Cord Cliff Coming: What Happens to TV When Netflix Streams Live Events?

Netflix has never streamed a live event, and Reed Hastings says it never will.<p>Now, that’s a wise comment for a disruptor to put unambiguously on the …

The gaming community rushes to pick up MineCraft creator’s abandoned project

Independent online open-world game <i>Minecraft</i> didn’t reach its huge success in one fell swoop. The game steadily grew from its original alpha build in …

Guns, lasers, and rails: Lionel's first iPad game tries to breathe life into a century-old hobby

Can tower defense create a new generation of locomotive lovers?<p>Lionel has been making and selling model trains since 1900, and recently the company decided to do something different to rejuvenate the brand — release an iPad game. <i>Battle Train</i> is a game where you strap guns to your locomotive in …

Nextpeer, Which Brings Multiplayer Mode To Mobile Games, Comes To Android

Nextpeer, an Israeli startup that’s looking to make every mobile game multiplayer-enabled, is landing on Android after racking up about 10 million monthly actives in its network on iOS.<p>The company’s SDK basically offers a deeper version what earlier mobile-social gaming platforms tried to do by …

What’s inside Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch? Here are some key details

It was about a week ago when Bloomberg reported that Samsung was getting ready to launch its smart watch called Galaxy Gear. Since then we have been …

Musk's Hyperloop Plan Draws Praise, Skepticism

Is 'fifth mode' of transportation just hype?<p><b>Serial entrepreneur Elon Musk on Monday unveiled his long-awaited plans for a potentially revolutionary "fifth mode" of transportation. Dubbed the Hyperloop, the new mode of transport would complement planes, trains, cars, and boats as a means of …

These Reporters' Twitter Accounts Have Been Hacked By The Syrian Electronic Army

The Syrian Electronic Army — a group of hackers that may or may not be allied with the Assad regime in civil war-torn Syria — has struck again.<p>The hacks happened despite Twitter beefing up password security after several accounts, including the White House, were hacked several months ago.<p>This time, …

North Korea builds online troll army of 3,000

North Korea has put together a team of 3,000 cyber warriors as part of attempts to build support for the regime of leader Kim Jong-Un and destabilize its enemies, according to a South Korean think tank.<p>The hackers include 200 agents who post anti-South Korean comments online to try to demoralise …

Why A Cheap iPhone Makes Absolutely No Sense

It’s all starting to come together now. Apple has revealed that it is hosting an event on September 10, and the world waits anxiously for the unveiling of wondrous new “magical” technology to delight the senses and fundamentally change our lives. One of the prevailing predictions is that Apple will …

Harry Potter and the Astonishing iTunes Price Mix-Up

Much to Hollywood’s dismay, home video watchers are increasingly disinterested in buying movies.<p>But if you price these things really, really low, …

Microsoft hit with class action suit over Surface RT

The law firm Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd has filed a class action suit against Microsoft over what it claims was misleading information on the company's Surface RT sales.<p>Neowin.net posted about the suit on August 13, noting that it names as defendants Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, former Chief …

North Korea Smartphone Coming? Android Clone 'Arirang' Unveiled To International Skepticism

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un recently announced the launch of his nation's first "smartphone," despite the fact that most North Koreans cannot access the Internet or make international calls.<p>An official photo shoot shows Kim touring what is said to be a local smartphone factory and inspecting …

Liquipel debuts Skins to protect your phone from physical damage

We've highly regarded Liquipel for its clever "watersafe" nanocoating, which has been known to give phones the same protection from liquids and other materials as an IPX7-certified device. That doesn't prevent physical damage from occurring, however, so the company's announcing Skins, its answer to …