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Angry Birds Go! is Now Available

If you’re into mobile games you’ll be interested to know that Angry Birds Go! — Rovio’s bird-filled take on Mario Kart — just landed. The title has gone live in the Windows Phone Store, App Store, Google Play Store, and BlackBerry World today, as planned.<p>As you might expect with all things Rovio, …

YouTube Reveals Its Top 10 Videos of 2013

There are more than 6 billion hours of videos watched on YouTube each month so it’s certainly a barometer of what may be viral or popular in the mainstream. With that, the Google-owned video site is once again releasing its annual list of the top videos and channels of 2013.<p>Perhaps unsurprisingly, …

Ericsson: Biometric Smartphones Will Go Mainstream Next Year

In September, Apple launched its iPhone 5S which was the first smartphone with a sensor to recognize fingerprints, improving security and ease of use.<p>"A total of 74 percent believe that biometric smartphones will become mainstream in 2014," Ericsson, the world's biggest mobile network maker, wrote …

iPhone

Did you like last night's episode? Facebook wants to help media companies find out

PARIS -- People who use Facebook to rant or rave about the latest TV show might soon have more of an audience than their social-network contacts.<p>For companies that produce entertainment content or that have brands to promote, the conversations people have about them on Facebook are mostly invisible …

South Korean MPs consider measures to tackle online gaming addiction

South Korea's parliament is considering a law that would classify online gaming as potentially antisocial addiction alongside gambling, drugs and alcohol.<p>The bill has won support from parents, religious groups and doctors but has alarmed the internet industry and enraged gamers. The legislation …

Why Microsoft probably won’t go through with Nokia’s Android plans

Nokia(s nok) really is working on an Android(s goog) phone, according to sources quoted by both The Verge and All Things D. The big question now is …

Facebook wants to give media companies a peek into what users are saying about their favorite content

When discussing brand engagement on Facebook(s fb), it’s hard to avoid the platform’s focus on “social sentiment.” Facebook stepped its toes into the …

'Desktops are not dead,' says HP's chief

Hewlett-Packard's Meg Whitman still sees life in the good, old-fashioned desktop PC.<p>In an interview with CNBC published Wednesday, Whitman was asked about the company's strategy in selling tablets along with its traditional systems. In response, she touched on the array of products that HP targets …

Microsoft considers free versions of Windows Phone and Windows RT to battle Android

Redmond wants to counter Mountain View<p>Microsoft is considering making Windows Phone and Windows RT available free of charge to device makers. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans have revealed to <i>The Verge</i> that free future versions are under serious consideration by OS chief Terry Myerson. We …

Unlimited 4G Data and Warnings of a Capacity Crunch Aren't Scary

Last week, Three became the latest UK network to switch on a live 4G service, but rather than go for an all-singing, all-dancing launch, it has started with a soft roll-out in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Reading. This this is set to grow to cover 50 towns and cities by the end of 2014 and 98 …

Inside the Solidoodle 3D printer factory (photos)

The sub-$1,000 3D printer is so hip right now; everyone’s making them. But Solidoodle founder Sam Cervantes was making them in 2011, probably back …

AT&T CEO thinks phone subsidies must end

At an investor conference on Tuesday, AT&T(s t) CEO Randall Stephenson expressed a pretty shocking belief: Carrier subsidies for new cell phones must …

Putting the Self in Self-Expression: Rupal Patel Creates Personalized Prosthetic Voices

There are 2.5 million people in the U.S. with severe speech disorders, and some 40 percent of them use speech devices to express themselves. But …

Dell Unveils Its First Chromebook, An 11-Inch Portable Designed Specifically For Education

Dell has finally made its entry into the Chromebook market official, as it follows in the footsteps of many other PC OEMs who are looking around to shore up flagging Windows machine sales. Dell’s aims with Chromebooks and Chrome OS are pretty specifically targeted, however, as Dell is creating its …

Man Walks All Day to Create Massive Snow Patterns (Part 3)

English artist Simon Beck never ceases to amaze us with his large-scale murals of geometric patterns in snow. Each visually breathtaking piece, which Beck manually creates by walking through the snow and leaving behind his track prints, adds a surreal element to its natural landscape. Walking …

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15 Great Songs You Probably Didn't Hear in 2013

From 15 of the best albums of the year<p><b>Year in and out,</b> we compile a list of tunes that flew under the radar, mostly from underrated or emerging artists. We call that list "The best songs you probably didn't hear this year." We do that in lieu of an obligatory and trite Top 10 Albums of the Year …

Mysterious smart ring project gives smartwatches the finger

A high-tech ring that promises to replicate many of the features found in the latest crop of smartwatches, but without strapping a brick to your wrist, is now one step closer to reality. Smarty Ring, a project that launched on Indiegogo last month, has blown past its funding goal to produce a ring …

Norway is digitizing all its books and making them free to read online

The National Library of Norway is digitizing all the books in its collection, processing the text to make it searchable, and making them available to read online.<p>It's similar to the mass digitization efforts in the UK and Finland, but Norway has taken the extra step of making agreements with many …

Microsoft sells more than 2 million Xbox One consoles in 18 days

Microsoft says it has sold more than 2 million Xbox One consoles since its launch 18 days ago. The sales figures average out to around 111,111 units per day, a pace that Microsoft describes as “record-setting.” While the company countered Sony’s 2.1 million PlayStation 4 sales with zombie stats …

NASA’s 6-Foot Valkyrie Humanoid Robot Will Rescue You From Buildings

Remember Atlas, the amazing and slightly spine-chilling android that Boston Dynamics has entered into DARPA’s Robotics Challenge as a kind of future super-soldier? He’s got competition. Bigger competition, from a much friendlier source: NASA. Meet “R5” Valkyrie, the 6-foot-2 inch-tall humanoid …

FDA to limit antibiotics in meat

The Food and Drug Administration issued two major proposals Wednesday morning in an effort to cut back on antibiotics used on farms that can spur drug-resistant superbugs, making a final push to limit drugs fed to animals before they’re turned into steaks and pork chops.<p>The move — just the latest …

Giant blob of hot rock hidden beneath Antarctica's ice

SAN FRANCISCO — A big, hot blob hiding beneath the bottom of the world could be evidence of a long-sought mantle plume under West Antarctica, researchers say.<p>The possible hotspot — a plume of superheated rock rising from Earth's mantle — sits under Marie Byrd Land, a broad dome at West Antarctica's …

Earth Science

Top Bitcoin exchange explains virtual currency in simple web tutorial

Leading Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox has released a new website that provides a simple explanation of what Bitcoin actually is. The site, Bitcoins.com, is essentially a tutorial on the virtual currency, a single unit of which last week reached the price of $1,000 for the first time ever last week. Mt. …

Bitcoin payments with a simple tap? Multi-purpose nio Card gets added functionality

A British startup called Bluenio has revealed what it claims is the world’s first Bitcoin payment smartcard – or at least it will be if no others …

Bitcoin Is At A Crossroads

Bitcoin, the peer-to-peer currency with no central bank, based on digital tokens with no intrinsic value, appears to be headed where no other virtual currencies has gone to date.<p>First mentioned in a research paper written under a pseudonym 5 years ago Bitcoin has, in the last year, moved from the …

The Tricky Business Of Taxing Bitcoin

Buttressed by an Internet craze, the price of bitcoin has skyrocketed this past year from $17 to over $1,200. Pundits expect significant price volatility in 2014 as well.<p>While the Federal Reserve gave tacit approval, stating “virtual currencies like bitcoin have legitimate uses and should not be …

The Amount Of Computing Power Dedicated To Mining Bitcoin Has Gone Parabolic

Bitcoin mining is becoming a serious business.<p>This chart, from Bitcoin wallet service and block explorer Blockchain.info, shows the amount of computational power worldwide dedicated to Bitcoin mining — the process of maintaining the public ledger of all Bitcoin transactions, and of being rewarded …

Bitcoin