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This is What Happens When Engineers Own Dogs

It was only a matter of time before an engineer devised a way for a dog to play fetch with itself. And that time is now. Behold! A dog-powered …

Amazing

​Deezer's redesigned its web interface to look more like a tablet app

Excited to take advantage of Deezer's ad-free desktop streaming, but prefer the look of the service's tablet app? You're in luck: the company just gave its web interface a visual overhaul, conveniently inspired by its own tablet interface. The new design puts music discovery front and center, …

Hamburg threatens Google with €1M fine if it doesn’t give users more control over profiling data

The data protection authorities of the German city of Hamburg are the latest to order Google to clean up its act on privacy.<p>Hamburg privacy regulator …

New Jawbone Up app works without Jawbone Up band

A fitness band without the band? That's the lofty goal of Jawbone's new Up app, which tracks your diet, activity, and sleep, all without the need for additional hardware.<p>Well, you need a smartphone, of course. Specifically, you need an iPhone (the Android version of the app still requires the Up …

Wearable Tech

WeChat adds looping Vine-style video to iOS upgrade

WeChat, the free messaging and calling app from Tencent, includes all kinds of animated, flashy, multimedia thingies to accompany your basic message.<p>Today, the company delivered its version 6 upgrade for iOS, introducing a new video component called Sight to the service. Sight lets you record …

And now it’s IBM’s turn to reboot its cloud

That Xen hypervisor vulnerability is sparking another reboot — this time of IBM Softlayer’s cloud. Users got a notice from SoftLayer early Wednesday …

The secret behind the time-lapse function in the iOS 8 Camera app

People these days have short attention-spans, so although time-lapse videos can be very appealing, most of us would probably prefer to watch one for 30 seconds rather than ten minutes. Thanks to a clever feature which Apple simply refers to as “dynamically selected intervals,” almost any time-lapse …

You Can Now Download The Windows 10 Technical Preview

Morning, everyone, have some fun: You can download the Windows 10 technical preview here.<p>The new code is only a partial look at the coming operating system, something which Microsoft told TechCrunch again, and again yesterday. It does start to field a perspective at what Microsoft has in mind for …

There’s a good chance you’re reading this on a damaged mobile device

Your smartphone probably isn’t bent, but it very well may be damaged in other ways. Join the club.<p>According to the 2014 ZAGG Device Damage Study (pdf), 48% of smartphone users report that they are currently using a damaged device. Maybe we should stop dropping our phones.<p>Here are some of the other …

Mobile

Two hard drives may decide Google's fate in data collection lawsuit

SocialDaily<p>Google has spent a significant amount of time over the last few years dealing with questions about their data collection practices.<p>Four years, Google admitted that they had mistakenly gathered data from open Wi-Fi networks at the same time it collected publicly broadcast SSID information …

Apple’s iPad Update Plans Could Put Gold First And Offer 12.9″ Model For 2015

Apple could add gold to the menu for the next version of the 9.7-inch iPad Air, according to Bloomberg, and then introduce a 12.9-inch version of its tablet next year. This is in line with rumors we’ve heard from Bloomberg before, which pegged a large-screen iPad as being added to the lineup back …

Facebook Wi-Fi Drone the Size of a Jumbo Jet Could Fly in 2015

The Facebook drones are on their way, and we’re not talking about bored friends who send out Candy Crush Saga invites. The company shared a few more …

Wi-Fi

Sony’s creating ‘Inception Glasses’ that will bend city streets and buildings around you

Here’s one way to make the mountain come to Mohammed.<p>In the 2010 Christopher Nolan film <i>Inception</i>, Leonardo DiCaprio and Ellen Page create impossible dream environments by folding whole city blocks in upon themselves. It’s remarkable to see – so remarkable that Sony Computer Science Lab researcher …