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New warden, security measures after New York prison escape

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A range of new security measures is being put in place at a maximum-security prison to close gaps exploited by two inmates who …

Crime

Blacklist warnings spread on websites in North Korea

TOKYO (AP) — North Korea, already one of the least-wired places in the world, appears to be cracking down on the use of the Internet by even the small number of foreigners who can access it with relative freedom by blacklisting and blocking social media accounts or websites deemed to carry harmful …

Chinese tech exec spends $100M to create Star Trek-inspired offices

A Chinese technology executive who sits on the board of search giant Baidu has built an office block in the shape of <i>Star Trek</i>'s USS Enterprise. The building, which can be seen in the aerial footage below, will function as office space for Chinese game developer NetDragon Websoft, reports <i>The Wall</i> …

Samsung’s Iron Man Phone Will Make You Want to Go Fight Bad Guys

Samsung unveiled a limited edition ‘Iron Man’ smartphone on Tuesday to coincide with the Marvel comic book hero’s latest big screen appearance in the …

Xbox One adds 'energy-saving' option to the set-up process

Anyone who buys a brand new Xbox One will be prompted with a special screen when booting up the console for the first time: A choice between "instant-on" and "energy-saving" power modes. The default in the US is instant-on, which enables updates and content downloads while the console isn't in use, …

Retail Apple Watches Still Have a Hidden Diagnostic Port [Updated]

The Apple Watch became available for pre-orders on Friday as well as for try-on appointments in Apple retail stores around the world.<p>One MacRumors reader, Louis, was able to slip off the bottom band during his Apple Watch try-on appointment to discover that the hidden diagnostic port on early …

Smartwatches

Where Android's little green robot mascot came from

"So the robot [is] starting to show up," one person who worked on the Android team years ago told Business Insider. "Some engineer, somebody created it. I don't even know who. And then they probably showed it to Andy [Rubin], and he said 'that's cool,' and he took that robot and he open sourced it."<p>…

This router wants to be the center of your smart home

The Almond+ and Almond 2015 feature integrated support for the internet of things<p>A router is a pretty boring appliance. It connects to a modem (an equally, if not more, boring appliance) and broadcasts Wi-Fi signals that you can connect to with your phone, computer, Xbox, or whatever. Without it, …

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge review: curves for pleasure, not function

Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone has a curved screen, powerful processor and premium craftsmanship that finally matches rivals<p>Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone the Galaxy S6 Edge has a curved screen, metal body and is powerful. But is it enough to beat strong competition from HTC, Sony and …

Phones

Twitter is experimenting with ads on user streams

Twitter is trialing ad units on users’ profiles pages in a new experiment, reports Recode.<p>The new test sees promoted tweets being added to streams on users’ pages. They are separated from traditional tweets by breaks and include a ‘Suggested by Twitter’ label.<p>At present, the ads appear only to …

Recode

PlayStation Plus subscribers get Dishonored, Never Alone and more in April

Sony is giving away six games to PlayStation Plus subscribers in April, including Arkane Studios' stealth adventure <i>Dishonored</i> for PlayStation 3, <i>Killzone: Mercenary</i> for PlayStation Vita and Game Developers Choice Award nominee <i>Never Alone</i>.<p>Sony announced the April 2015 lineup for PS Plus on its …

Limited edition 'Batman' PlayStation 4 scratches that superhero itch

If you missed out on that coveted 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4, don't fret: there's another special-run model coming soon. Sony has unveiled a limited edition <i>Batman: Arkham Knight</i> PS4 bundle that gives you a "steel grey" console emblazoned with the Caped Crusader's silhouette alongside the …

Microsoft mulled idea of giving away original Xbox free

Microsoft considered the idea of providing the original Xbox console for free.<p>That's according to Oddworld creator Lorne Lanning, speaking in a new …

Xbox

Netflix stuffed its video service into an NES cartridge

Netflix's experimental Hack Days often lead to wonderfully off-the-wall projects, but its latest might have produced the best example yet. Engineers Guy Cirino, Carenina Motion and Alex Wolfe have whipped up DarNES, a hack that turns the original Nintendo Entertainment System into a Netflix …

Reports: Tron 3 will start filming this fall in Vancouver

A third Tron film is set to begin production, according to reports from Badass Digest and VanCity Buzz.<p>The sequel to <i>Tron: Legacy</i> is scheduled to begin filming Oct. 5 in Vancouver, VanCity reports, and leading man Garrett Hedlund will reprise his role as Sam Flynn. A "trusted source" told Badass …

Sony will close PlayStation Mobile for good this summer

One of President Kaz Hirai's big "Sony One" projects was PlayStation Mobile, which offered games that worked on both PS Vita and Android devices. That dream of cross-platform synergy is now dead, as Sony has announced it will stop publishing all PS Mobile content July 15th. On September 10th the …

Nyko's Xbox One "Intercooler" seems rather pointless

Nyko has just released its $25 Intercooler for Xbox One, a console clip-on that improves the ambient temperature of the system.<p>The clip-on extension …

Turkey wants to ban Minecraft

Turkey's Family and Social Policies Ministry is seeking a ban on Minecraft.<p>The government agency has investigated the game after claims that it …

The NSA hides surveillance software in hard drives

It's been known for a while that the NSA will intercept and bug equipment to spy on its soon-to-be owners, but the intellgency agency's techniques are apparently more clever than first thought. Security researchers at Kaspersky Lab have discovered apparently state-created spyware buried in the …

Screenshots of Microsoft’s upcoming Project Spartan browser leak on Web

Screenshots showing Microsoft’s upcoming browser — codenamed Project Spartan — are out on the Web today.<p>The screenshots, with Chinese text, were first posted on the Chinese site ITHome. The Project Spartan browser is part of the Windows 10 OS, and was first previewed by Microsoft last month.<p>A …

This app will tell you if you’re going to die in a plane crash

Sometimes it seems like there have been a lot of plane crashes lately. Between Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17/a>, and Transasia Airways Flight 235, it sometimes feels like there’s never been a worse time to fly.<p>Of course, that’s not true at all. There’s statistically …

Malaysia Airlines

A high-tech hotel opening in Japan will be staffed by multilingual robots

The Henn-na Hotel will open this summer in the Huis Ten Bosch theme park<p>This summer, a hotel will open in the Netherlands-themed Huis Ten Bosch amusement park in Nagasaki, Japan. It will have 72 rooms. Room fees will start at $60 per night. And it will be staffed by 10 humanoid robots.<p>The Henn-na …

Japan

Could the HoloLens be Microsoft’s iMoment?

Image copyright Microsoft.Back at the turn of the century, Apple had already reclaimed a bit of momentum with the release of the iMac following the …

Augmented Reality

Microsoft HoloLens Gets Face Wearables Right

I attended Microsoft’s big event last week in Redmond where they made a number of product announcements, one of them called HoloLens. HoloLens is Microsoft’s own head-mounted device that is worn like a large set of goggles. Their solution is designed to be unique in many ways and Microsoft is doing …

Augmented Reality

Mobile recap: Asus VivoWatch; new ARM chips; LoopPay in Galaxy S6

Image copyright LoopPay.In the run up to March’s Mobile World Congress Event, there won’t likely be any big mobile hardware announcements. But there …

Mobile

Leaked screenshots reveal more Windows 10 phone features

While we got an early look at Windows 10 running on phones during Microsoft’s press event last month, we weren’t allowed to explore the operating system fully. That’s about to change soon with the release of a Technical Preview of Windows 10 for phones, but for now we’re starting to learn of a few …

Windows Phone

Family Robot Jibo Raises $25 Million In Series A Round

When Jibo launched its quirky family robot in a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo last summer, the startup raised a tidy sum of $2.3 million and pre-sold 4,800 robots. Now, investors want a piece too.<p>The Cambridge, MA robotics startup announced today it’s raised $25.3 million in a Series A round. …

Robotics

Exoskeleton makes workers 27 times more efficient

Military work is physically demanding -- and we're not just talking about soldiers on the battlefield. Travel down the chain, and you'll find plenty …

Five Steps To Build Your Own Random Non-Sequitur Twitter Bot

If you follow my standard Twitter account, @LaurenInSpace, you’re missing out on the good stuff. @LaurenInEbooks is a computer-generated stream of garbled tweets that are often far more on point than what I actually have to say.<p>A friend of mine, who knows about my love of esoteric Internet …