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Wuaki.tv's Streaming Service Hits Windows 8.1

Wuaki.tv, the fledgling movie and TV streaming platform owned by Japanese internet powerhouse Rakuten, has partnered with Microsoft to launch a new dedicated app for Windows 8.1.<p>The service, which is only available in the UK, Spain and Andorra for now, offers two different payment options: …

Facebook says its audio identification function ‘is not always listening’

Facebook has moved to assuage fears that its new "audio recognition" feature is not snooping on users and does not record conversations.<p>The feature is used to identify television programmes and music tracks, mirroring the functionality of apps like Shazam or Soundhound, but does so automatically …

Teaching Kids to Code Will Change The Way We Program

<i>Raj Sidhu is a designer, Web developer, and creator of Code Monkey Island, a board game that introduces kids to programming fundamentals.</i><p>I felt pretty jealous as I walked into the computer room of the elementary school I was visiting. The hulking PCs of my youth – with their giant floppy disk …

Android distribution numbers released for May, say goodbye to Honeycomb

There is a saying in these parts, “nobody likes a counter.” I always argue that whether we like the counter or not, in the end, we love to have the numbers. This time around, Google is the counter and the numbers are the Android platform version distribution numbers.<p>As always, the Android …

Apple’s iPad Safari users watch more porn than Android tablet users – report

Steve Jobs may have wanted the iPad to be free of porn, but that certainly hasn’t stopped users turning to the device’s Safari browser view porn sites.<p>Safari on the iPhone and iPad is used more than any other mobile browser, according to new data from Pornhub, one of the biggest free pornography …

A Closer Look at 'Handoff' and Other New iOS 8/Yosemite 'Continuity' Features

During yesterday's WWDC keynote, Apple launched several new "Continuity" features to improve the cross-platform integration of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. One of the new abilities designed to allow better transitions from iOS devices to Macs is Handoff, which allows users to start a task on one device …

iOS 8 WebKit changes finally allow all apps to have the same performance as Safari

When iOS 7 launched, developers discovered that their apps with built-in web browsers were unable to achieve the same level of JavaScript performance as the stock Safari app. This was because Apple restricted use of its improved Nitro JavaScript engine to its own app, leaving third-parties with a …

Raydiance's R-Cut system promises "new paradigm" in high-tech glass fabrication

According to Raydiance, the R-Cut combines an ultra-short pulse laser and micromachining processes to cut very hard and brittle materials very …

Alibaba's Deals Pave The Way For Its Global Marketplace

All eyes in the tech industry are on Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba after it finally kickstarted its long-awaited IPO by submitting its prospectus.<p>We noted earlier that as many talked up the event, which may very well be the world’s biggest IPO potentially raising up to $20 billion, some in the …

Google puts all 12 World Cup stadiums, other parts of Brazil in Street View

The World Cup begins next week, and ahead of the the first match, Google's put out full Street View imagery of the 12 World Cup stadiums and surrounding areas. That includes painted streets and points of interest around Brazil, as well as what Google says is new imagery in Chile, Colombia, Mexico, …

Google and Apple fight to make it harder for the NSA to take your data

One year on from the Edward Snowden NSA leaks, a group backed by tech companies including Google and Apple, called Reform Government Surveillance, is …

Samsung's Tizen Phone is Like the Galaxy S5 and That's a Good Thing

After years of setbacks and delays, Samsung finally unveiled the Samsung Z, its long-awaited Tizen smartphone. Tizen is a Linux-based operating …

iOS 7 Changed iOS, But iOS 8 Changes Computing

Apple showed off a lot of new stuff today, so much so that it’s actually hard to process. But from a macro perspective, one thing is clear: iOS 8 actually represents much more of a shift than did iOS 7 last year, despite the fact that the visual changes in iOS 7 threw users and Apple-watchers for a …

Google Glass Gets Fancy New Frames and Shades

Google has announced a new collection of frames and shades for Google Glass. Called the DVF | Made for Glass collection, they were created in a …

Bowe Bergdahl and the Guantánamo Paradox

Is it better, at Guantánamo, to be bad—even to be, as Senator John McCain said, of the five prisoners traded for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl this weekend, “the hardest of the hardcore”? Being, say, a Taliban leader means that you are important to someone who might have a way to bargain you out of there. …

Apple wins patents on 3D tech in desktop user interfaces

Apple was granted 62 patents on Tuesday by the US Patent and Trademark Office, but it seems unlikely that at least one of them will ever come to OS X.<p>Apple has been granted a patent for a 3D graphical user interface in a desktop PC environment. According to the patent, which was earlier reported on …