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11 Android Apps to Make Notifications More Interesting

I love Android as much as the next non-Apple owning guy, but there are times when I get bored of using the same old operating system, and seeing the same boring old Android notifications.<p>Thankfully, there’s no shortage of different ways to liven things up without having to root your phone, or in …

This Is Why We Don’t Have Google X Hoverboards Yet

Yes, Google X tried to design a hoverboard.<p>If <i>Back to the Future</i> has taught us anything, it’s that hoverboards are amazing, and it is one of 2014’s inexcusable tragedies that they are not yet real.<p>Which isn’t to say that some very smart people haven’t tried to build them. In this month’s inside look …

Hoverboards

Hands On With Facebook Nearby Friends [Video]: No More Checkins

Facebook Nearby Friends is based around broadcasting how far you are from friends, not your exact coordinates, and that’s why it could succeed where other location apps have failed. But while we might be comfortable sharing proximity, that doesn’t mean we’re comfortable doing it on …

How Amazon applied the Wall Street mindset to hi-tech

<b>Amazon is so much part of its customers' lives that it may be about to receive the ultimate accolade - becoming a verb. "If I want to know something, I'll google it. If I want to buy something, I'll amazon it," one of the company's fans told the BBC.</b><p>On average, every person in Britain spends just …

CyanogenMod 11 support to re-ignite the flame for 2012 Kindle Fire HD

Amazon is one of those companies that have successfully forked Android into their own ecosystem, particularly with the Kindle Fire line. Intended to be an e-reader and a tablet for consuming digital content, the Kindle Fire ran well with Amazon’s wide offering of e-books, movies and TV shows, as …

President Obama Will Headline DNC Fundraiser Hosted By YC’s Sam Altman And Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer

This May 8th, Y Combinator’s Sam Altman and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer will hold a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee headlined by President Obama. The fête will take place at Y Combinator’s offices in Mountain View.<p>This is certainly not the first time technology types have dived into …

Codenomicon detects security flaw, sells fixes

They say every problem is an opportunity in disguise. But one company, Codenomicon, has taken that to heart by turning the problem of the Heartbleed bug into a golden opportunity to sell its security testing software to big corporations.<p>Heartbleed, a software security flaw on millions of corporate …

Drones help find World War II's missing soldiers

The BentProp Project has spent years finding American soldiers who went missing in the Pacific during World War II, but available technology has limited its success. Team members have frequently had to scan wide areas themselves, slowing down their efforts to find downed aircraft and unexploded …

A Report With Slightly Encouraging Environmental Implications

It's a race between destruction and creation. A mention of progress on the creation side.<p>In the current issue, I have a brief story based on an interview with Steven Chu and Yi Cui, now both of Stanford, about advances in the seemingly boring but actually exciting world of battery technology, and …

Tesla will source battery materials from North America exclusively

There is no such thing as a truly green car.<p>All cars require raw materials and energy to produce, use energy during their time as transport, and require energy to recycle–the components that can be recycled, at least.<p>To mitigate such pollution issues and increase supply chain transparency, Tesla …

Airbnb And NY Attorney General Prepare To Meet In Court This Week

Airbnb will finally have its day in court in New York this week, as the first oral arguments related to a subpoena filed by the state’s Attorney General are expected to be heard on Tuesday.<p>Last fall, the Attorney General filed a subpoena for thousands of records related to hosts in New York in an …

Oculus Rift Now Lets You Ride the 'Back to the Future' Hoverboard

Fans of <i>Back to the Future II</i> have always dreamed of riding Marty McFly's hoverboard and now, thanks to some clever coding, you can — in virtual …

At Mt. Gox bitcoin hub, 'geek' CEO sought both control and escape

TOKYO (Reuters) - In June 2011, when customers of now-bankrupt bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox agitated for proof that the Tokyo-based firm was still solvent after a hacking attack, CEO Mark Karpeles turned to the comedy science fiction novel “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy”.<p>Mark Karpeles, chief …

Record industry finds a new way to squeeze Pandora, but it won’t help musicians

Here we go again. The record labels have found yet another way to put their favorite scapegoat, the internet radio service Pandora(s p), through the …

After Apple, mobile readies big push to 64-bit

With Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. dropping a big hint this week that it has either started or is getting ready to start production of 64-bit mobile processors, let's take a quick look at what the major players have said and done so far.<p>"If you observe the mobile device industry, in the …

In Aereo’s Supreme Court case, what’s really on trial is the cloud

Anyone can stick an antenna in the air to watch broadcast television for free in the United States. And courts have said it’s fine to record TV shows for watching later.<p>Aereo does both of those things. The startup has put tiny antennas on rooftops in 11 American cities to pick up TV signals, which …

Telecoms

The Virtual Reality Renaissance Is Here, But Are We Ready?

<b>I'm flapping my wings. Not hard, but slowly and smoothly.</b> At 25 feet across, my wingspan is so great I don't need to exert much energy to achieve …

Facebook reportedly tinkering with its own mobile ad network

Facebook is about to step up its mobile ad game.<p>The social network will soon join the likes of Google and Apple with the launch of a mobile advertising network that leverages its database of user information to serve up better targeted ads, according to a Recode report. The social network will …