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This Portable Battery Has A Standard Wall Outlet And Can Fully Charge Your Laptop Multiple Times

A promising-looking crowdfunding project has just launched on Indiegogo. The ChargeAll bills itself as "the world's smallest portable power outlet," a take-anywhere battery that features the obvious USB connection for charging your phone, but also includes a standard U.S. power outlet for powering …

Gear & Gadgets

Upgrade your contact history on Android with Ready app

Want to spice up your address book and see communication history on your phone? Check out the beta version of Ready by following these quick steps.<p>Want to get rid of your tired-looking address book, bringing it up to speed with the rest of the awesome features on your phone? Or maybe you want to …

Less than 3 days left in the Tylt Energi 2K charger Kickstarter Campaign

The clock is ticking down on a Kickstarter campaign for a travel charger with built-in battery. The campaign calls itself the Worlds Most Affordable Wall Charger with Battery by TYLT, it has some decent endorsements, and I am here to make sure you actually need it.<p>Let me start by explaining the new …

Gear & Gadgets

Meet Mobile Odin, a must-have app for flashing Android phone or tablet software

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Credit: Gadget Helpline<p>Modifying the operating system on an Android(s goog) device has been an arcane process for years. …

Android News

3D print your own moving, tracking Portal turret

A 3D-printed Portal turret makes for the perfect watchdog for your very own Enrichment Center.<p>Wouldn't it be ace if you could catch your housemate, coming home from a late night out? They tiptoe across the floor; then, from out of the darkness of the lounge, a red light, and a singsong voice: "I …

Nissan ZEOD RC claims 300 km/h electric speed record at Le Mans

With Satoshi Motoyama at the wheel in his first session during race week, the car reached the 300 km/h during qualifying while running on electric …

Sports Cars

Mozilla to sell '$25' Firefox OS smartphones in India

<b>Mozilla, the organisation behind the Firefox browser, has announced it will start selling low-cost smartphones in India within the "next few months".</b><p>Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, the firm's chief operating officer suggested the handsets, which will be manufactured by two Indian companies, …

8 signs that you should ditch your iPhone

Most hardcore Android fans will never be swayed by any of Apple’s iPhone features or hardware because it goes against what they are looking for in a phone: an open platform that gives them the choices they want. The same goes for many of Apple’s faithful which are often lured by the simplicity and …

Mobile Technology

Paranoid Android 4.4 hits stable RC1 version - download away!

After a string of seven beta releases, the Paranoid Android team is now pushing out the first Release Candidate version of PA 4.4.<p>Paranoid Android has emerged as one of the most popular custom ROM options, bringing cool new features like Hover and Peek to a clean stock-like Android implementation. …

Gear & Gadgets

Mozilla brings out Firefox 30 for Mac, Windows, and Android

Mozilla has launched Firefox 30 for Mac, Windows, and Linux.<p>A new Firefox 30 for Android is on the way, too.<p>Firefox boasts lots of advantages over other browsers. The mobile web browser platform is very closely linked to the desktop browser platform, so users can easily synchronize their settings …

Spydy Contacts Is An Android-Flavored Launchpad For All Your Communication, Copy That?

I have 17 contacts named John in my phone’s Address Book. Some I talk to every day. Some I can’t remember who the hell they are.<p>Enter Spydy Contacts, an app built by 18-year-old Ryan McKinney to help keep the people on your phone organized.<p>The app is currently available for Android, and integrates …

Android Malware Holds Your Photos, Videos for Ransom

A new type of malware found on Android devices can take your mobile photos, videos and documents hostage and hold them for ransom.<p>According to <i>Ars</i> …

A Conversation With Linus Torvalds, Who Built The World's Most Robust Operating System And Gave It Away For Free

<i>Hello everybody out there using minix - I'm doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won't be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones... I'd like to know what features most people would want. Any suggestions are welcome, but I won't promise I'll implement them :-)</i><p>In 1991, …

Linus Torvalds

Ex-KGB Major: The Russians Tricked Snowden Into Going To Moscow

"It was a trick and he fell for it," Karpichkov, who reached the rank of Major as a member of the KGB's prestigious Second Directorate while specializing in counter-intelligence, told Nelson. "Now the Russians are extracting all the intelligence he possesses."<p>Karpichkov fled Moscow in 1998 after …

Russia

What is the Turing test? And are we all doomed now?

The Turing test has been passed by a robot named Eugene. It may be time to pledge fealty to the machines<p>• Turing test beaten for first time by virtual 13-year-old boy<p>• Eugene the Turing test-beating 'human computer' – in 'his' own words<p>Programmers worldwide are preparing to welcome our new robot …

CM11 M7 out now for 50 devices, brings revamped Theme Chooser and more

A little over a month since the previous milestone release, the CyanogenMod team is now pushing out version M7 of CM11, bringing a host of new features and improvements.<p>CM11 M7 is based on Android 4.4.2, as – the team explains – there wasn’t time for proper integration of the Android 4.4.3 code …

Kindle Fire

Watch John Oliver’s Brilliant, Concise Primer On Net Neutrality

If you are a regular reader of TechCrunch, then you are probably up to speed on the issue of net neutrality. If you aren’t, however, SHAME ON YOU. Just kidding. As HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host (and two-time Crunchies emcee) John Oliver said in a rousing call to action last night, “cable companies …

Net Neutrality

16 of the Best New Android Apps From May (2014)

From Foursquare spin-offs to whistle-powered selfies, we covered a lot of ground with new Android apps in May. So by way of a quick recap, here’s our pick of the newbies from the past month.<p>Sunrise<p>Sunrise finally opened its uber-popular calendar app to Android users this month, as well as a version …

Google Is Working On A New Android Feature That Lets You Use Your Phone Without Touching It

The initiative would be aimed at making it safer to use your phone while driving, but will mostly entail improving the voice-activated search functionality in Android.<p>Essentially, Google will take the touchless voice-controls that debuted in the Moto X and expand them to work with Google's Search …

Mockups

Xposed module brings Knock Code device unlock to non-LG phones

LG’s Knock Code functionality has been popular lately, we’ve even dedicated a full feature focus video for it. The feature is something many of us would like on our other Android devices. Thanks to a new Xposed module over in the XDA forums, you can now use Knock Code to unlock your device.<p>The …

Android News

A 380-HP Scion FR-S? Yep, it’s coming from Cosworth. And it is going to be mental

It is a great day for performance lovers everywhere: Cosworth – the motorsport and tuning company – is bringing out a series of sensational tuning …

Chevrolet

An alarm clock that wakes you up with an orgasm? We interviewed the inventor!

There's A Device That Can Charge Your Phone 92% Faster

For those of us who don't have three hours to sit by our phones before a full charge, there are a couple alternatives: let it die, buy an external battery pack and now, Legion Meter.<p>Legion Meter is a curious device. It looks like a USB drive and plugs right into your existing charger. It has a tiny …

Gear & Gadgets

Apple iWatch Parody Will Make You Question Every Wearable Gadget

Another week, another unnecessary tech product.<p>The newest craze in gadgets-we-don't-really-need? Wearable devices, namely Apple's hotly anticipated …

Google's Abigail Posner Shares What The Company Looks For When Hiring

Knowing that the company is committed to improving those stats, and will likely be upping its hiring efforts and changing its recruiting strategy, we checked in with one of Google's female leaders, Abigail Posner, who is the company's head of strategic planning.<p>Posner, who's been with Google since …

Employment

What happens when you try to blackmail the 'Bitcoin Jesus'

When the man known as "The Bitcoin Jesus" got hacked, he didn't go straight to the police. He just tapped the power of bitcoin.<p>Last week, Roger Ver …

A duty-free crossbow built from items sold beyond airport security

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How do submarines get online?

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Behind the scenes at Koenigsegg's speed factory

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Start for Android Is a Slick, Versatile Lock Screen Replacement

Keeping your Android device feeling fresh and new is half the battle to staving off the continual impulse to upgrade, and an easy way to do this is by installing a new launcher or lock screen replacement that gives your phone a new look and feel.<p>There are certainly no shortage of options to choose …