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WordPress 4.0: Embedded Content Previews, Expanding Editor

WordPress.org today launched WordPress 4.0, which adds a slew of new features to give you a “smoother writing and management experience” with the blog management tool. You can download the new release now from WordPress.org/Download (6.3MB).<p>Dubbed “Benny” in honor of American jazz clarinetist and …

Withings' Home monitors abodes in HD with Apple HomeKit

Withings has unveiled a home-monitoring camera and environmental sensor called Home.<p>Home is equipped with an HD camera with a 135-degree wide-angle …

Wakie Wakes You With Phone Calls From Strangers

There’s alarm clock apps that force you to spin around, and ones that require you to move closer to your router. Then there’s Wakie, an app that encourages random strangers around the world to wake you up with a phone call.<p>Wakie has actually existed before, as it’s the international version of the …

Spying cell towers may be spread across US

There are at least 19 bogus cellphone towers operating across the United States that could be used to spy upon, and even hijack, passing mobile phones.<p>So says Les Goldsmith, head of ESD America, a company that imports and sells tightly secured mobile phones that can detect "baseband" hacking …

How an oil engineer created Auto-Tune & changed the music industry

Before inventing Auto-Tune, the software that would change the music industry forever, Andy Hildebrand was a research scientist in the oil industry.<p>Working for Exxon Production Research and then Landmark Graphics, a company he co-founded, Hildebrand developed software for processing data from …

Danish researchers achieve fastest single-laser data transfer speeds ever

Looking for wicked fast internet? You may want to move to Denmark: researchers in DTU Photonics' High-Speed Optical Communications Group (HSOC) have set a new world record for single-transmitter data transfer. Using a new kind of optical fiber, the team was able to achieve transfer speeds of 43 …

Xbox One secures its first MMO — and it's coming to free-to-play-crazy China (update)

The Xbox One is finally breaking into the massively multiplayer online gaming universe.<p>Publisher Perfect World Entertainment and developer Cryptic Studios announced today that the free-to-play MMO Dungeons & Dragons: Neverwinter will hit the Xbox One in North America and Europe sometime in the …

Tamil asylum seekers: 80% reported showing signs of torture and trauma

At least 80% of the 157 Tamil asylum seekers held at Curtin detention centre after nearly a month at sea have shown signs of having suffered mental trauma, Guardian Australia has been told.<p>Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young said she had been told by a reliable source that four in five of the asylum …

eBay is down, it’s not just you

Believe it or not, eBay appears to be down in the United States. Downtime began at approximately 8 minutes after 10PM Central Time and continue …

Stop being fooled by collaborative consumption: Sharing isn’t caring

Labelling companies such as AirBnB, Uber and TaskRabbit as “the sharing economy” is one of the finest and most deceptive bits of branding of the past few years.<p>If children were encouraged to share in the way users of these services are there would be a lot of tots losing their pocket money while …

A Russian Soldier's Instagram Posts May Be The Clearest Indication Of Moscow's Involvement In East Ukraine

Moscow has tried to hide its support for pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, but some social media posts from a Russian soldier may reveal even more direct involvement in the region.<p>Over at BuzzFeed, reporter Max Seddon has the scoop on a 24-year-old soldier named Alexander Sotkin, who has …

Russia

From Concorde to the iPhone, state intervention drives technological innovation

If you wanted to radically alter the economy, making a country such as Britain as dynamic as China or Brazil, what would the state have to do? Intervene, obviously, but how?<p>That has become a hard question to answer since the onset of free-market economics. Much of the old apparatus of state control …

9 Easy Tips For Finding Exactly What You Want On Google

Although everyone knows how to search for something, there are a few quick tips that can help you get the exact results you're looking for, faster.<p>Google offers a "Power Searching" class and we took it so you don't have to.<p>In the class, Dr. Dan Russell, a research scientist at Google guides you …

The VP of Devil’s Advocacy

In the 2013 film, <i>World War Z</i>, Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) is riding through the streets of Jerusalem as Jurgen Warmbrunn (Ludi Boeken) explains how the city was able to avoid the zombie apocalypse:<p>The tenth man. If nine of us look at the same information and arrive at the exact same conclusion, it’s the …

“The PC is Decimating Console,” says Doom Designer John Romero

Industry veteran John Romero is sceptical on the future of VR but sees PC leaving consoles behind.<p>Industry veteran John Romero, best known for his …

Use your competitors’ products all the time

I was sitting with the founders of a company we’ve funded the other day talking about their competition. I love this product and I use it every day. It doesn’t yet have widespread adoption, but it as extremely actively used by the early adopters.<p>This company has several competitors — long time …

IBM's Watson helps military members go back to civilian life

IBM's Watson became famous for answering random questions on the TV game show -- and now, using that same skill-set, the computer is answering questions from military personnel about what it's like to move from active duty back to civilian life.<p>IBM announced Wednesday that it partnered with USAA to …

The Quest For The Ultimate Workout Headphones

By Steven Melendez3 minute Read<p>As an avid weightlighter, Dr. Eric Hensen knows how annoying earbuds can be at the gym. Hensen, who is also an ear, …

Have We Reached Peak Bacon?

Bacon prices are skyrocketing. A consumer report from Canada shows that the price of pig fat has ticked up almost ten percent in the last month – and …

American Cities

Tech Leaders Tell Interns What They Wish They Knew At Age 20

Hundreds of Bay Area interns lined up on Tuesday to hear some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley share what they wished they knew when they were 20 at a recruiting event called Internapalooza.<p>Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger, PayPal co-founder Max Levchin, Eventbrite co-founder Kevin Hartz, …

Apple Is Working On A Way To Pay For Stuff With Your iPhone, And It Could Launch This Year

The report says Apple has been talking to payment companies about integrating with its iOS software and has told partners that the mobile wallet could launch as early as this fall along with the new iPhone.<p>Apple has also reportedly reached a deal with Visa, which has 2.2 billion cardholders.<p>Apple …

Tim Cook

Wearable technology that hurts you on purpose

<b>The Pavlok (pavlok.com)</b><p>A fitness tracker that sends an electric shock when you slack off? What could possibly go wrong?<p>Andrew Leonard<p>July 23, 2014 9:24pm (UTC)<p>In 2012, Maneesh Sethi used Craigslist to hire a woman whose job -- for a whopping $8 bucks an hour -- was to slap him every time he started …

Hands On With The Production Version Of The Myo Gesture Control Armband

Thalmic Labs is a Waterloo-based startup with a very ambitious goal – to change the way we interact with our everyday computing devices. To that end, they’ve developed the Myo armband, a gesture control device that fits around the meaty part of your forearm and detects slight muscle movements, arm …

Lytro's light-field photos get their first outside showcase on photo site 500px

Lytro‘s “living pictures” are now taking on more life.<p>The company made quite a splash a few years ago when it debuted its light-field photos — images that allow viewers to change focal points and perspective after the photo has been taken. But Lytro’s cameras were slow to sell initially, and the …

Watching This Robot Trying To Open A Door Will Blow Your Mind

Meet HERB.<p>HERB is a robot butler featured on the awesome new show Going Deep With David Rees. He appears in the July 28 episode, titled "How To Open A Door."<p>You can see HERB is well equipped to open doors, with two flexible arms and three fingers on each hand:<p>"A door is a device that allows ingress …

Robotics

Kinomatic for iPhone Offers Pro-level Video Features Without the Complexity

Like many apps that at first appear to revisit the functionality of others in the same genre — which is especially true in the photo/video category — the new Kinomatic video app for iPhone was created to solve a problem that the developers encountered when trying to shoot their own stuff for …

The voice renaissance: Why Amazon and Apple are returning to the roots of mobile

In 1973, Martin Cooper of Motorola used the earliest handset to make the first cell phone call. Since then, the mobile phone has evolved from a portable telephone to a personal digital assistant to a device for consuming nearly anything.<p>Advancements in mobile technology have changed the type of …

Denon unveils its first receivers with extra-immersive Dolby Atmos sound

If you're wondering just when you can envelop yourself in Dolby Atmos sound at home, Denon is more than happy to tell you. The home theater firm says it will launch two Atmos-equipped AV receivers, the X4100W and X5200W, in the US this October. Neither will be cheap, as the bleeding-edge tech …