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The World’s First $9 Computer Does Everything That Your Expensive Model Can Do

Chip is a bona fide Kickstarter hit. But the tiny computer’s implications go far beyond the novelty of a cheap computer.<p>Over the years, a number of ultra-cheap computers have popped up–in fact, a $169 computer for the developing world, called Endless, was announced just last month. But nothing out …

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Twitch reduces livestream delays by about a third

Twitch offers a great way for gamers to interact with one another … as long as you’re willing to put up with a lengthy video delay. But the livestreaming company is now making some improvements to that problem.<p>The top website for live gaming video has directly addressed video delays by upgrading …

Livestreaming

Shuffle’s New iPhone App Lets You Create Disposable Phone Numbers…And Emails, Too

A new mobile app called Shuffle has launched a simple utility that lets you create additional, disposable phone numbers you can use to call or text as well as receive voicemail through, right from your iPhone. The app is a competitor to longtime favorite Burner, which has, for some time, offered …

Comedy no longer central to TV networks' prime-time programming

Comedy may still be a desired staple of prime-time TV, but broadcasters haven't found much to laugh about for the upcoming season.<p>The TV networks unleashed their 2015-16 evening lineups in New York this week, leaving industry insiders buzzing about the Great Comedy Rollback. Burned by a high number …

TV

A month with the Apple Watch - My 4 week "review"

Microsoft confirms there will be 7 editions of Windows 10

Microsoft just cleared up some of the confusion around the different varieties of Windows 10 that will be available when it ships later this year.<p>The …

Why tokenization is the key to mobile payment security

Mobile payments can be a finicky business. Consumers are presented with a broad range of payment options and channels – from Apple Pay to Google Wallet to Visa Checkout – all vying for majority adoption. The industry’s brightest minds and deepest pockets are at work to create better commerce …

FinTech

Knocker is Tinder for UK properties…no wait, that's good

Searching for houses is a chore. Even I, as someone with about 50p in savings, know that. Which is why Knocker is a welcome new option.<p>The iOS app, which swipes the Tinder approach of, well, swiping through your options, hooks into iPhone’s location services making it really easy to see what’s …

Apps

Why Do Animals—Including Your Dog—Eat Poop?

Most snack on feces because it contains some undigested food—and thus vital nutrients—that would otherwise go to waste, experts say.<p>With so many nice things to eat in the world, why would any animal look at the menu and order a number two?<p>For Saturday's Weird Animal Question of the Week, we're …

NASA says a giant ice shelf in Antarctica will be gone within the decade

Antarctica's once-massive Larsen B Ice Shelf is melting rapidly, and will likely be entirely gone by the end of this decade, according to a new report from NASA. A team led by Ala Khazendar of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) found the shelf is developing large cracks while its tributary …

Microsoft will control Windows 10 Mobile updates, cutting out carriers

Back when Microsoft first introduced the Windows Phone, the company claimed that it would handle the process of updating the operating system.<p>Five years later, it seems like they actually mean it.<p>A blog post on the Microsoft Ignite blog post about Windows for Business announced:<p>Here at Microsoft, …

Spend a free weekend with a mass murderer in Mortal Kombat X

Delivering on its promise to make DLC characters playable for free, Mortal Kombat X is offering a weekend-long challenge starring Friday the 13th's Jason Voorhees, who is normally available in a premium DLC pack.<p>It's a six-match "challenge tower" live right now, and it lasts until Monday. In the …

Pro gamer describes the difference between playing in the US and Korea — the mecca of video games

Korea has had a thriving gaming culture since a government initiative to introduce nationwide broadband internet and the release of real-time strategy game StarCraft in the late '90s.<p>Pro gaming is a national pastime in Korea, with pro matches broadcasted on television, teams sponsored by major tech …

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