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Volvo announces new 'human machine interface' and it looks a lot like a tablet (video)

Tesla isn't the only automaker with a tablet-like center console. Volvo's latest "human machine interface" will debut at next week's Geneva Motor Show -- however, it could be a bit simpler than what we've seen from the competition. The screen is divided into tiles, with navigation, media and …

First image recognition tech for Google Glass revealed

Image-recognition platform Blippar has demonstrated the first image recognition and tracking technology developed for Google Glass<p>Blippar CEO Ambarish Mitra demonstrated their new image-recognition technology for Google Glass on stage at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.<p>The technology recognises …

Moshi Karts: Mind Candy's New Free-to-Play iOS Game

Just two months after Rovio launched Angry Birds Go!, Moshi Monsters creator Mind Candy is releasing a kart-themed video game of its own called Moshi Karts for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.<p>Although it may look like a traditional kart racer similar to Mario Kart and Sonic & All-Stars Racing …

Facebook Messenger for Windows will Shut Down on March 3

Facebook today began prompting Facebook Messenger for Windows users with a message saying the app is shutting down next week. Without much of an explanation, the company plans to kill off Windows support for Facebook Messenger on March 3.<p>“We’re sorry, but we can no longer support Facebook Messenger …

There Is Now A Samsung Store In Nearly Every Best Buy Store

Have you been in a Best Buy recently? The stores are starting to look more like exhibition halls than a warehouse retailer. And that’s by design. Stores within stores. Nearly every Best Buy store now has space dedicated to Samsung products and about half of the stores have space for Windows …

Google’s Sundar Pichai: Android not designed to be safe, would target Android too if he were making malware

Responding to a question about malware on the Android platform, <i>FrAndroid</i> reports that Google’s Android head Sundar Pichai gave a surprisingly frank answer to an audience at <i>Mobile World Congress.</i><p>We cannot guarantee that Android is designed to be safe, the format was designed to give more freedom. …

Best Buy To Layoff About 2,000 Managers Amid Poor Holiday Sales

Uh-oh. Even though Big Blue squeaked out a profit last quarter and beat Wall Street’s expectations, the retailer is planning its biggest layoff since July 2012. About 2,000 managers will lose their job, but no store closures are planned.<p>According to the New York Post, the exact number of cuts have …

At MWC 2014, phone makers go after the next billion, biometrics

As Mobile World Congress winds down, we take a look at some of the bigger themes of the show.<p>BARCELONA, Spain -- Mobile World Congress will always have its fair share of high-end, gee-whiz devices and crazy concepts, but apart from the high-end Samsung Galaxy S5, MWC 2014 belongs to the humble …

Gear & Gadgets

Samsung's new Galaxy Gear watches are now open to third-party support

Accompanying the launch of the new Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy Gear 2, Gear Neo, and Gear Fit, Samsung has also hosted a “Developer Day” at Mobile World Congress for 500 app developers, to announce three new and updated SDKs for its range of wearable technology.<p>First up is a new SDK for the Galaxy …

Electronics Industry

Apple, If Samsung And Sony Can Make A Waterproof Phone, So Can You

Just this week Samsung revealed the Galaxy S5. It’s water-resistant. Sony also announced the Xperia Z2, the waterproof successor to the also waterproof Z1. So where’s my waterproof iPhone? The technology and demand are here. Water-resistant or waterproof, Samsung and Sony’s latest flagships are …

Nintendo ending DS and Wii online multiplayer in May

Nintendo has announced that it will end support for its online multiplayer service on the DS and Wii. Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection will shut down on May 20th, meaning that games will no longer work online; offline features, however, will continue to work. Wii apps like Hulu, YouTube, and the built-in …

YouTube is the world’s biggest music streaming service, says Spotify

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: PSY<p>Spotify helpfully reminded us Thursday that YouTube (S GOOG) is still far more popular than Spotify’s own music …

Wonders of Life: A Spellbinding 3D Tour of Earth

Remember Brian Cox’s Wonders of the Universe app? The multimedia, 3D beauty that redefined what an iPad book should look like? Well, as we hit the two year mark since its launch, publisher Harper Collins has rolled out the welcome mat for its follow up – Wonders of Life.<p>The Wonders of Life is …

Hurdles To The Internet Of Things Prove More Social Than Technical

Last Saturday’s IoT Festival at MIT became a meeting-ground for people connecting the physical world. Embedded systems developers, security experts, data scientists, and artists all joined in this event. Although it was called a festival, it had a typical conference format with speakers, slides, …

Apple Explains Exactly How Secure iMessage Really Is

Millions and millions of people use iMessage every day. But how many people know <i>exactly</i> what’s going on behind the scenes, or what happens to a message once you send it?<p>Maybe a handful. Up until now, the vast majority of what we knew about iMessage’s inner workings came from reverse engineering and …

Nintendo killing off online play for DS and Wii

Nintendo is terminating "certain online functionality" for the Wii, DS and DSi including online play, matchmaking and leaderboards for many of its …

Europe's Crackdown on In-App Purchases Would Only Impact Gaming's 'Whales'

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The European Union is lending a closer eye to the practice of "freemium" mobile gaming apps in an …

California Court Rules In Favor Of Using Cellphone Maps While Driving

Good news, Californians. You can now, once again, use Google Maps on your phone while driving. That is, legally. Until this court ruling, map use was in a shady legal gray area.<p>This comes two years after a Fresno, Calif., man was ticketed for looking at a map on his iPhone while stuck in …

Minecraft movie in the works at Warner Bros.

Markus "Notch" Persson, creator of the beloved indie sandbox sensation, reveals on Twitter that Warner Bros. and his studio Mojang are bringing Minecraft to the big screen.<p>Following the massive success of "The Lego Movie," it sounds like block-based blockbusters -- a pun no one could possibly …

Minecraft

Google Hangouts for iOS gets a complete redesign

Google's cross-platform messenger app got a nice update today that includes a major redesign for iPhone and iPad. Google Hangouts for iOS 2.0 boasts a flat new look consistent with iOS 7 and enables picture-in-picture video calling for the first time. You can now send video messages of up to 10 …

Micro-Transactions Could Destroy The Nintendo Brand

The conventional wisdom—paradoxical as that old phrase sounds—in regards to Nintendo these days is this: The game maker should either abandon its hardware business and get its games onto mobile, or stick with its hardware business but still get Mario and all that other juicy IP into the App Store …

How Firefox made a $25 smartphone: Wired.co.uk Podcast Interview Special

• Add to iTunes<br>• Subscribe via RSS<br>• Download<p>In this special bonus podcast, Wired.co.uk's editor Nate Lanxon interviews Firefox VP Johnathan Nightingale …

Netflix engineers experiment with bump-based video sharing and sleep tracking

Netflix uses its internal Hack Day competitions to encourage new thinking around its streaming video service, and its latest event has produced a few clever experiments that we wouldn't mind seeing in finished apps. One of them, Netflix Beam, uses Apple's Bluetooth-based iBeacon technology to share …

Max Valier's 1924 Thoughts on Rocket Planes

When we think about early pioneers in rocketry, three names come to mind: Hermann Oberth, Robert Goddard, and Konstantin Tsiolkovsky. Max Valier rarely, if ever, makes the list, but perhaps he should. Valier was one of the earlier popularizers of rocketry, writing popular articles and books that …

Aviation

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains Why The Cosmos Shouldn't Make You Feel Small

When it comes to "callings" we usually think of people who feel drawn to religious career paths. But if you ask Neil deGrasse Tyson how he became an astrophysicist he says: "I think the universe called me. I feel like I had no say in the matter."<p>Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium at the …

Quasar Eats Gas, Throws Up

You can’t beat a quasar for general awesomeness. When they were first discovered in the 1960s, nobody could imagine what those pinpoints of light …

The last places on Earth without the internet

Is there anywhere left on Earth where it’s impossible to access the internet? There are a few places, but you have to go out of your way to find them, discovers Rachel Nuwer.<p>It can be easy to forget what life was like before the internet. For many, not a day goes by without checking email, browsing …

Net Neutrality

Study says new element 115, ununpentium, does exist

One more element may soon be added to the Periodic Table. On September 10, 2013, scientists reported evidence supporting the existence of element 115.<p>…

Periodic Table