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Razer Nabu Fitness Tracker Beta Development Open To 500 Lucky Applicants (video)

At the beginning of this year Razer unveiled a new Razer Nabu fitness tracker which is being designed by the company to provide users with a personal …

8 iPad Apps to Teach your Children about Space

I’ve been interested in space for as long as I can remember and I was trying to wrack my brains to figure out exactly what it was that got me into it. In a dark corner of my brain, a book appeared: The Arthur Mee’s Children’s Encyclopaedia. I remember having the abridged version as a kid and the …

Turn iPhone selfies into hypnotic GIFs with to.be Camera

A unique mix of color and animation for your face<p>There are plenty of GIF apps out there, but to.be Camera is vying for your attention in a unique way. To.be Camera mixes color and animation into backgrounds and layers than can be placed on top of any object or face to create some truly distinctive …

Zula, The Team Communication App From VoIP Pioneer Jeff Pulver, Raises Further $3M

Israeli startup Zula, the team communication app founded by VoIP pioneers Jeff Pulver (Vonage) and Jacob Ner-David (Delta Three), has closed a $3 million series A round. The round was led by Morton Meyerson of 2M, who is joined by Ourcrowd, Microsoft Ventures, Nathan Low, and Doug Pauly.<p>The …

New nano-dots could mean cheap, paint-on solar cells

Colloidal quantum dots sound like something that young Jedi might use for training in a starfighter flight simulator, but they're actually a new form of solid nanoparticles that could lead to the creation of cheaper, lighter, and more flexible solar cells.<p>The new material could also be used to make …

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Your Chromebook now sends photos to Google+ in the background

To date, Chrome OS has only backed up photos to the cloud as long as you left the Google+ Photos app open; that's a hassle on the frequently limited screen real estate of a Chromebook. You won't have that headache if you grab the updated Photos app, however. The new version automatically uploads …

Google Owns a Satellite Now

To understand the behemoth’s $500 million purchase of Skybox Imaging, don’t look to the sky. The clouds will do just fine.<p>Google will buy the micro-satellite startup Skybox Imaging for $500 million, the company announced today.<p>While the deal isn’t yet closed, it’s a big moment. I mean, <i>Google owns</i> …

Expedia is now accepting bitcoin for hotel bookings

The travel site Expedia just announced it will begin accepting bitcoin, the virtual currency that approximates cash on the internet, for hotel bookings, making it one of the largest and best-known retailers to do so.<p>Expedia follows Overstock, which announced bitcoin support in January, and Dish …

iPads allow kids with challenges to play in high school’s band

The story at NPR reads like an Apple ad, but it’s completely genuine:<p>Just what is it about a tablet, or the iPad in particular, that works so well with some students with disabilities and children on the autism spectrum? Educators believe there’s something about the combination of the big, bright, …

Alibaba Unveils U.S. Online Shopping to Compete with Amazon, eBay

Look out Amazon and eBay, here comes Alibaba.<p>The Chinese e-commerce company has unveiled its first direct-to-consumer online shop in the United States, looking to take on Amazon.com and eBay on their home turf.<p>Sign up for top Business news delivered direct to your inbox.<p>The website, 11main.com, …

Like it or not, your Comcast Xfinity router may now be a WiFi hotspot

Comcast has just transformed part of Houston into a WiFi commune by activating 50,000 residential Xfinity routers, according to <i>the Houston Chronicle</i>. The new service will give any Comcast client free WiFi access via those "xfinitywifi" hotspots, and is just the beginning of a larger rollout. As …

Greener fridges will keep cool using magnets instead of chemicals

Though modern refrigerators are getting fancy and connected, they're still just a jumble of pipes, pumps and hazardous fluids. Scientists from Canada and Bulgaria have made a discovery in the field of so-called magnetic cooling that may change their core functionality, however. Such systems work …

Carma offers up $2.5M in prizes to developers who can help grow the carpooling service

Can US warrants reach into servers located overseas? Microsoft says no

Advertisement<p>8 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Juergen Faelchle<p>In a case that could have big implications for privacy rights and U.S. tech companies, …

U.S. Schools Chief Calls California Ruling 'A Mandate' to Fix Tenure, Firing Laws

A California judge ruled as unconstitutional Tuesday the state's teacher tenure, dismissal and layoff laws, saying they keep bad teachers in the classroom and force out promising good ones.<p>Poor and minority students are especially hurt by the laws because "grossly ineffective teachers" more often …

Cameron, Merkel in high-stakes standoff over EU succession

A struggle over who should be the next president of the European Commission has turned into a high-stakes political showdown over the future of the European Union, pitting Germany against Britain, with British Prime Minister David Cameron warning his country could leave the EU if it doesn't get its …

The Bloemhof incident: Affirmative action on death row | South Africa

A water crisis in South Africa's northwestern town of Bloemhof has led to the deaths of three infants and scores of children and adults admitted to hospital for severe diarrhoea. Preliminary results indicate that the area's main reservoir was contaminated with the E. Coli bacteria which causes …

Moncton suspect’s friend to remain in custody over death-threat allegations

A friend of the Moncton shooting suspect will remain in custody for allegedly uttering death threats to law-enforcement officers last month, ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation before his next bail hearing.<p>Jasper Stam is accused of making the verbal threats between May 10 and May 18. …

Jury sent out in UK phone-hacking trial of ex-Murdoch editors | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - A jury retired on Wednesday to consider whether two ex-Rupert Murdoch editors, one the media mogul’s protege and the other a former close aide to the British Prime Minister, were guilty over phone-hacking offences and illegal payments to officials.<p>Former News International …

U.S. Levels More Sanctions Against Russians

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The White House announce a new round of sanctions against Russian individuals and companies, at the …

Why New York City Has The Best Food In The World

He's tried everything from roasted bats in Samoa to rotten shark in Iceland. But, he's also dined in incredible fine-dining restaurants around the world.<p>As the host of the Travel Channel's "Bizarre Foods," it's his job to travel the world and suss out the best, most authentic dishes a destination …

How to add all the World Cup matches to your calendar in 15 seconds

The World Cup is upon us. There are so many games during the group play portion of the global tournament that it’s hard to keep up with them all.<p>So, some good soccer samaritans on Reddit have created calendars that you can easily import into your own scheduling apparatus.<p>There are good options …

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Steve Ballmer's $2 billion bid for the LA Clippers blocked

Team owner Donald Sterling pulls his support for the deal<p>Ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's $2 billion attempt to buy the LA Clippers has hit a roadblock, as the team's current owner, Donald Sterling, announced on Monday he has retracted his support for the deal. Ballmer had negotiated the $2 billion …

The 10 Hottest Travel Destinations Of The Future

We recently published a list of the 50 hottest up-and-coming travel destinations from Love Home Swap.<p>To create this list, Love Home Swap compared growth figures for each country by looking at the annual growth per year figures for travel and tourism's direct contribution to the country's GDP …

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Greece tops Lonely Planet's 2014 Best in Europe list | CNN Travel

How You Can Stay Free (or Super Cheap) on Your Next Trip

When you picture your dream trip, what do you see? Is it a white-sand beach with fantastic surfing, or a hiking and camping expedition up in snow-capped mountains, or maybe you see yourself exploring the streets of a foreign city? Whatever your ideal expedition, it's a sure bet that your daydream …

Amazon Studios announces new slate of TV shows, renews 'Alpha House'

Earlier reports had indicated that Amazon Studios had decided which of its new pilots would be making it to series, and now it's official. Today the company announced that it is ordering six new shows, including Chris Carter's apocalyptic drama <i>The After</i>, the LA detective noir <i>Bosch</i>, Jill Soloway's …

Speed up Chrome for Android with this simple tweak

Chrome for Android is one of the fastest and most feature-rich browsers for Android. But a persistent problem has ruined Google’s mobile browser for many users – janky scrolling. Especially since Google replaced the AOSP Browser with Chrome as the default browser on new Android devices, people have …

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