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Verizon reportedly close to a four-year, $1 billion deal to stream every NFL game (update)

Verizon and the NFL have had a longstanding partnership, with the wireless carrier offering its customers the ability to stream live games and other NFL content. Now, that deal is about to get even bigger — according to <i>Sports Business Daily</i><i>,</i> the NFL and Verizon are close to wrapping up a four-year, …

Western Digital ships 7mm WD Blue, world's thinnest 1TB hard drive

Move over, Seagate -- there's a new sheriff in slimtown. Not content to introduce the first 5mm thick 500GB HDD, Western Digital just announced that it's shipping the world's thinnest 1TB hard drive, the 7mm WD Blue. It features StableTrack which secures the motor shaft at both ends to reduce …

On the Road to Self-Betterment, Apps That Keep You on Track

Setting goals is easy. Keeping them is the hard part.<p>That’s where the newest wave of goal-keeping applications, like Lift and Alive.do, comes …

How Kindle Worlds aims to colonise fan fiction

Last week, Amazon announced Kindle Worlds, a new initiative from its publishing arm, which is seeking new authors of fan fiction – stories by fans …

It's Too Early To Judge Microsoft Xbox One And Sony PlayStation 4

These days, negative press is what seems to drive the game journalism business. Writers specialize in finding multiple negative angles around a story in an attempt to garner hits from fan boys (a term called nerd baiting). The Internet and social media have literally made everyone a critic and …

Report Of Liquid Woolly Mammoth Blood Prompts Clone Talk

Scientists in Siberia say they've extracted blood samples from the carcass of a 10,000-year-old woolly mammoth, reviving speculation that a clone of the extinct animal might someday walk the earth, if scientists are able to find living cells. But researchers say the find, which also included …

First Look at Hound from TRANSFORMERS 4!

Liquid Air – the future of motoring?

Liquid Air could be be a fuel for the future, says Andrew English.<p>Engineers call it disruptive technology, but Liquid Air is much more than that. Using cryogenic atmospheric air at minus 196 degrees Centrigrade as an energy store potentially inverts our idea of the piston engine and subverts the …

Tiny moon discovered around asteroid that's due to fly by Earth on May 31st

An asteroid the size of the Golden Gate Bridge (about 1.7 miles wide) is due to fly near the Earth on May 31st, that much scientists have known for a while. But what they did not know was that the asteroid, named 1998 QE2, would be bringing along a friend. New radar imagery of the asteroid's …

One Day, You Won't Have To Pay Extra For Smartphone Data Plans, Cisco's CEO Predicts

That's because carriers' networks will be able to move data more efficiently, Cisco CEO John Chambers told AllThingsD's Walt Mossberg Wednesday in an interview at the D11 conference.<p>Mobile data networks could actually become so efficient that the cost for any one phone to use their networks is …

Mobile

FBI hosts child porn site for two weeks

In only partially successful sting operation, agents actively distributed child porn<p>The ever-eroding line in the sand separating FBI sting and entrapment schemes has perturbed civil libertarians and legal experts for sometime. Then there are other tenuous divisions drawn in federal operations, such …

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The Evil Within Pre-E3 2013

Why Facebook Cofounder Chris Hughes And Google Are Giving Cash Directly To The Poorest

Here’s a radical idea: Instead of providing services or training to the world’s poorest, how about giving them cash instead?<p>GiveDirectly, a U.S.-based nonprofit operating in Kenya, is doing just that, and it’s won the support of the likes of Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes and Google. Last Thursday …

Colorful drawing app hides a secret: a hidden tethering mode (Update: removed from App Store)

<i>Update: Surprise! The app has been removed from the App Store.</i><p>Yet another iOS app developer has managed to sneak an app to unlock iPhone Internet Tethering into the App Store.<p>This time, the app is not a flashlight, but a colorful drawing app called “Little Artist Canvas“.<p>The tethering setup process …

How Xbox One opens the door for the next Apple TV

The new TV-gadget landscape is just getting started. The Xbox One is just the beginning...and Apple is far from out of the game.<p>Imagine this.<p>It's 2014. Apple has gathered everyone together for a special event. As Tim Cook presents, he says, "Today we're introducing three revolutionary new products. …

Smart TV

So Far, There Are Only 3 Big Winners in the Smartphone Market

Apple, Samsung, and Google.<p>Benedict Evans<p>Benedict Evans has a great post describing the market for smartphones (and phones more broadly) in three charts and about 600 words. Admirable economy! Let me try to compress the argument even further.<p>If one looks at profits, only two companies make a …

Sony, Microsoft or Nintendo, We're In A Console Rut

Something occurred to me as I reflected on this week’s Xbox One announcement. The “best” part of the hour long presentation was near the beginning, when it was demonstrated that the Xbox could flip seamlessly between television and the console with a simple voice or gesture command. The audience …

Tumblr Porn, Tim Cook and the Problem With Big Data — 10 Things You Need to See on AllThingsD This Week

In case you missed anything, here’s a quick roundup of the news that powered <b>AllThingsD</b> this week:<p>As expected last week, Yahoo bought Tumblr for $1.1 …

Will The Xbox One Rule The Living Room? Price Will Determine The Size Of Its Kingdom

The Xbox One is more or less a known quantity now, but its price has yet to be revealed by Microsoft. Price and ship date are always the biggest concerns when new gadgets or hardware hits the market, but in the case of the Xbox One, it’s likely to help determine whether the “home entertainment …

'The Act of Killing' Trailer: Confronting True Horror Through Cinema – /Film

I know no one who has emerged unscathed from <b>The Act of Killing</b>. The film might be one of the strangest ever made, as it forces men to confront their …

Tim Cook confirms: Apple spending $100 million to build new Macs in Texas | Ars Technica

No word on whether they'll be bigger than current Macs.<p>Last week, we learned that Apple was looking to devote about $100 million to bring the …

Amprius has built a lithium ion battery that can last 25% longer than today’s batteries

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>A lithium ion battery that can power a smart phone or tablet for up to 25 percent longer between charges than current …

By Acquiring This Company You Never Heard Of, Aaron Levie Just Punched Dropbox In The Gut

You probably never heard of Crocodoc. It's a seven-person startup and class of 2007 Y-Combinator alum that raised a little over $1 million.<p>Terms of the acquisition were not announced but we bet the team made a pretty penny. That's because, despite its small size, Crocodoc had a handful of huge …

Customers

Google Maps for iOS auto-dimming is driving users crazy

Undocumented feature dims the screen between directions to save battery, but it's having unintended consequences.<p>The latest version of Google's Maps software for Apple's iOS includes an undocumented feature that dims the screen between navigation instructions in order to save the battery, but …

Google Maps

RUMOR: Google Is Planning Stores Just For Google Glass

Our source tells us he knows someone that is working at Google to develop the Glass stores. This person apparently meets with Sergey Brin to plot out the stores.<p>When briefed on this story, Google said, "we don't plan to comment on rumor or speculation."<p>Previous reports said Google was developing …

Google Glass

Sims 4, due in 2014, to ditch need for Net connection

Skirting EA's online system should avoid the server woes that tainted the debut of the recent SimCity game, which forces players to maintain a connection to the publisher's Origin platform.<p>A newly unveiled Sims sequel will arriving in 2014, giving gamers yet another chance to take control of tiny …

SimCity

An Anti-Abuse Ad With A Secret Message Only Children Can See

In order to discreetly reach abused children, one aid organization designed a clever billboard that only displays a hotline number for people shorter than 4’5″. The secret is a precisely serrated surface, a Lenticular lens, that reflects light differently to those looking from above and below a …