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Mobile phone emergency alert system to be tested in UK

<b>A system that sends emergency alerts to mobile phones within areas affected by flooding, industrial accidents or other local risks is to be tested in the UK.</b><p>Government pilots in Easingwold, in North Yorkshire, Leiston, in Suffolk, and Glasgow city centre will evaluate how the public react to the …

Sprint Offering $100 Off iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c for New Customers

Sprint has announced (via <i>9to5Mac</i>) that it will be offering $100 off on both the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c to new customers who port their number to the carrier, dropping the price of the 16GB iPhone 5c to $0 and the price of the 16GB iPhone 5s to $99 with a two-year contract.<p>The move comes shortly …

D.C. Navy Yard Shooter Had Ties to HP Contractor

The suspected gunman in the shooting incident at the Washington, D.C., Navy Yard that has left 12 people dead had worked for a contractor to …

Terrorists prefer Gmail, former CIA director says

When terrorists need a Web mail service to coordinate their plans, most turn to Gmail, Michael Hayden, the former director of the CIA, tells a church audience.<p>Former Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Administration Director Michael Hayden defended the PRISM program to an adult …

Google is done selling the Nexus 4 in the US

The Nexus 4's run in Google Play is now over. On Monday, Google's online storefront sold out of the 16GB version of the flagship phone in the US, and a trusted source with knowledge of the company's plans tells <i>The Verge</i> that this marks the end for the LG-built device. Google has no plans to bring …

Apple's new iPhone 5C ad looks like, well, an iPod ad

In the middle of Monday Night Football, something stirred. It was paint. Colorful paint. It was a new iPhone 5C ad. Well, relatively new.<p>There is no lasting pleasure in watching the Cincinnati Bengals play the Pittsburgh Steelers.<p>Well, unless you're in Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, or jail.<p>However, …

7 Secrets We Learned About The 'LEGO Marvel's Avengers' Game

Gaming<p>Find out what the hottest game news, new game releases.<p>Gaming<p>Actors from the 'Harry Potter' films will also reprise their roles in the …

DayZ creator claims the mod scene is 'adapting'

The creator of one of the most popular recent PC gaming mods is defending modding from the claim that it is in decline.<p>Dean “Rocket” Hall, who created the DayZ zombie-survival mod for Bohemia’s military shooter Arma 2, posted a blog today titled “Modding is not in decline — it’s changing (like it …

State of Decay headed to Steam Early Access in 'a couple weeks or so'

<i>State of Decay</i> is headed to PC through Steam Early Access "in a couple of weeks or so," according to an update posted earlier this week on developer Undead Labs' Facebook page.<p>The initial release will include a controller-only version, followed by Sandbox mode and then "the full mouse and keyboard …

Sony Refunds Final Fantasy XIV Customers

Game director explains unstable servers and resulting refunds.<p>Customers who purchased Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn on the PlayStation …

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Enemy Front promises a World War II 'combat sandbox'

CI Games' World War II shooter <i>Enemy Front</i> aims to let players kill Nazi occupiers how they see fit, giving them the tools to sneak, shoot and outwit Hitler's army. The game's creators call <i>Enemy Front</i>, which was previously a more linear first-person shooter, a "combat sandbox" that offers the …

EA Has Six To Eight 'New' IPs In the Works

While Activision can sit back and watch Call of Duty, Skylanders and World of Warcraft subscriptions bring them boatloads of cash on a silver platter, EA isn’t quite so lucky. They have big series, sure, and their sports games are perennial moneymakers in particular, but they don’t have it quite so …

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft hands-on: complex simplicity

<i>Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft</i> can trick you with its simplicity.<p>Blizzard's upcoming free-to-play game is the embodiment of the old adage about a game that's easy to understand but difficult to master, as seen through the lens of a collectible card game. <i>Hearthstone</i>'s turn-based combat expands with …

Plague Inc. dev teams up with the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation

The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation and Ndemic Creations, the developer of <i>Plague Inc.,</i> are teaming up to promote Global Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Day Sept. 7.<p><i>Plague Inc.</i> is a mobile game that tasks players with creating a pandemic so deadly that it wipes out humanity. Beginning in early September, …

'The internet has a lot to answer for' - Game of Thrones' big returnee on conspiracy theories, memes, and how his mum got involved

Game of Thrones season 7 is hurtling along at such a breakneck speed that it’s to forget the show has left certain characters on the wayside, …

Here's how sniper rifles are changing in Call of Duty: Ghosts

Infinity Ward executive producer Mark Rubin took to TwitLonger yesterday to explain the changes coming to sniper rifles in <i>Call of Duty: Ghosts</i> when it launches this November.<p><i>Call of Duty: Ghosts</i> will include a new marksman class, the design of which changed how sniper rifles will work in the next …

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Apple Likely to Ship OS X Mavericks in October

Though Mavericks, the next version of Apple’s OS X desktop operating system, is currently in its seventh developer preview, the OS is still a way off …

Verizon's blue HTC One trickling out to Best Buy stores starting today

See that? It's an HTC One, programmed for use on Verizon's airwaves, and it's <i>blue</i>. Moreover, it's at Best Buy, and if you're lucky, you'll be able to pick one up yourself as early as tonight. If you'll recall, we had heard that Sprint was aiming to ship the aforesaid device on September 10th, but …

Google racing to encrypt data transfers in response to NSA surveillance

Google is stepping up efforts to encrypt information flowing between its own data centers as a response to surveillance programs waged by the NSA and other intelligence agencies around the world. "It's an arms race," Eric Grosse, Google's vice president for security engineering, tells <i>The Washington</i> …

How to detect displays in OS X 10.8

While the Detect Displays feature in OS X may appear to be gone, it is merely hidden.<p>When you attach a new display to your Mac, be it a primary or secondary display, the system should recognize the new addition and configure the system to use it. When it does this, the displays may all blink to a …

How to cut the Google cord

When it started, I had no intention of quitting Google.<p>As I described in a post from last June, my generic Gmail address had become more trouble than it was worth, so I switched to another Webmail service. Now the Gmail address is receive-only.<p>Likewise, back in July I tested two free services that …

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Worst cell phone names of all time

For every stroke of phone-naming genius is a nomenclature flop. We round up the worst of the worst in our totally subjective list. Feel free to chime in with your favorite dud muffins. Editors' note : This gallery was most recently updated January 19, 2017.<p>Published: January 19, 2017 / Caption: …

Terraria for iOS review: A beautifully ported game with flawed controls - CNET

<b>The Good</b> <b>Terraria for iOS</b> looks and sounds just like the PC and console versions, with huge maps to explore, tons of items to craft, and challenging bosses to fight.<p><b>The Bad</b> The touch-screen controls are not as good as a mouse or controller. Playing on an iPhone or iPod Touch is even worse with less …

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Toshiba Excite Write review: An overpriced tablet lacking in stylus features - CNET

<b>The Good</b> Writing on the <b>Toshiba Excite Write's</b> screen feels fluid and smooth, and I love the useful eraser button. It also boasts an incredibly sharp screen and includes storage expansion via microSD.<p><b>The Bad</b> There are few useful stylus features and no built-in pocket for the pen. The screen at times …

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