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8 Great Chrome Extensions to Transform your 'New Tab' Page

The ‘new tab’ page is something you probably look at for a lot more time than you think every day, so why not put it to work or get it to do something other than just show new tabs?<p>Here are eight great Chrome New Tab page extensions to beautify, redesign or put your new tab page to work.<p>My personal …

Android 5 is Now Available for the Nexus 4

Woohoo, Android 5.0 Lollipop is out. I bet you’re all excited about Material Design and the new lock screen and hey new operating systems are fun to poke around in and find little nuggets of fun. In fact, half the reason you bought a Nexus device was because you wanted quick access to Android …

Microsoft launches beta version of Skype for Web

Microsoft has unveiled Skype for Web, a browser-based version of the VOIP service. Currently in beta, Skype for Web functions just like its native …

Software

FCC head may reject Obama's plan for net neutrality

Tom Wheeler was 'visibly frustrated' with the President's plan<p>Yesterday, President Obama took a strong position on net neutrality by supporting calls to regulate the internet more like a utility. Less than 24 hours later, FCC head Tom Wheeler is said to have indicated that he will break from the …

Rosetta mission: Philae craft may have bounced during comet landing – as it happened

The European Space Agency has landed a spacecraft called Philae on a comet. Stuart Clark was at Esa mission control in Darmstadt<p>Rosetta mission: Philae makes historic landing on comet The ambitious mission to place a landing craft on a speeding comet Rosetta’s success will help illuminate the …

Honda's glorious new car commercial has two faces

Symmetrical videos show Honda's dark and light side<p>Honda's latest ad goes through brilliant — and beautiful — lengths to prove that the Japanese car company doesn't just make boring cars that can take a beating. The short film, called "The Other Side," shows the dichotomy between Honda's dependable …

Bill targets quasi-legal drugs by applying sales bans nationwide

The Liberal Democratic Party and ruling coalition ally Komeito have drawn up a draft amendment to the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law that would allow …

Flipboard debuts a big redesign and The Daily Edition, a morning news section

With a fresh coat of paint and a handful of new features, Flipboard targets competitors big and small<p>Finding the right news to read is hard. That’s why hundreds of companies have jumped into the game offering different takes on what you might want to read, and why you might want to read it. Some …

Watch a working Project Ara prototype demonstrated ahead of Spiral 2 reveal

Modular smartphone runs Android already<p>The engineers behind Project Ara are trying to make the last smartphone you'll ever need. Their design for a modular device has users slotting components — a camera, extra storage space, a Wi-Fi connector — into their phones, as and when they need them. It's …

LG obliterates the bezel with new smartphone LCD display

Everyone who has seen Sharp's Aquos Crystal smartphone has been impressed by it. Thanks to incredibly thin bezels on three sides of its display, that Japanese phone looks like a prop from a sci-fi movie rather than a real device. But LG already has something even better in the works with a new Full …

Tim Cook: I'm proud to be gay

In an editorial at <i>Bloomberg Businessweek</i> today, Apple CEO Tim Cook reveals he's proud to be gay. "So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me." Cook explains that "plenty" of Apple employees know he’s gay and "it doesn’t seem to make a …

Google VP's 135,908-foot leap breaks world record for highest free-fall parachute jump

Googler Dr. Alan Eustace tops Felix Baumgartner in the record books<p>A senior Google executive has broken the world record for highest free-fall parachute jump today. Dr. Alan Eustace, whose official title is Senior Vice President of Knowledge, successfully completed a jump from 135,908 feet. The …

Doctors transplanted 'dead hearts' into three patients, and it worked

A medical first<p>Two months ago, doctors in Australia transplanted a "dead heart" — a heart that had stopped beating inside a donor's chest — into a 57-year-old woman, reports the <i>BBC</i>. The operation, which has been deemed success, was unlike any other, because for the first time, it didn't involve a …

Japanese IBM engineers produced pioneering network for '64 Tokyo Olympics

Half a century ago, a team of young Japanese IBM engineers built a computerized real-time results service for the Tokyo Olympics, a breakthrough that …

[Lollipop Feature Spotlight] The Recent Apps List Now Persists Through Reboot

You're probably familiar with the redesigned recent apps list in Android 5.0—it's a very pretty stack of cards with fluid animations. Now you won't …

[Lollipop Feature Spotlight] Battery Saver Now Turns The Status Bar And Nav Bar Bright Orange

Google introduced the power saving mode in the last developer preview, and it seems to work the same this time with one notable exception—orange. …

[Lollipop Feature Spotlight] Screen Pinning Allows You To Lock Your Device To A Single App Before Handing It To A Friend (Or A Kid)

Handing over your phone to a friend or acquaintance who "just needs to make a call" can be a little nerve-wracking. Sure, this person probably won't …

What wows Woz? Actually, what doesn't?

Apple's co-founder oozes passion on everything tech, from why he wants to be a Glasshole to why builders matter more than ideas.<p>ORLANDO -- To say Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is enthusiastic about technology is an understatement. And he's just as excitable when it comes to engineering and the …

Apple Pay

Rumor calls out Windows 95 as the reason Microsoft skipped version 9

Still confused about why the new version of Windows is 10, instead of 9? Beyond the loosely defined numbering schemes that are all too common in tech (how many iPhones did it take to get to 6?), a note posted to Reddit could provide an answer. Reddit user cranbourne claims to be a Microsoft …

'Bash' Security Flaw in OS X Allows for Malicious Attacks on Devices and Services

Security researchers from Red Hat have uncovered a new exploit in the common "Bash" command shell found in OS X and Linux which can be used to deploy malicious code with minimal effort. Due to the ubiquity of the Bash shell, the exploit can affect a wide variety of different web-connected devices …

Here's what it looks like when every iPhone ever takes the same photo

iPhone cameras have come a long way in seven years<p>We've taken Apple's newest iPhones all the way to Iceland to see how well they stack up against last year's model, but what about the original iPhone — and maybe everything in between? That's just what Camera+ app-maker and photographer Lisa Bettany …

SideSwipe lets phones read hand gestures using reflected wireless signals

Imagine if your smartphone was ringing away in your bag or pocket, and you were able to silence it simply by waving your hand in the air – without …

University of Washington

Wearable Artificial Kidney gets green light for US trials

The result of over a decade of development, the WAK was conceived by a team led by Victor Gura at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles and …

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Researchers achieve long-distance light to matter quantum teleportation

A successful test in passing information from light into matter – using the teleportation of the quantum state of a photon via optical fiber cable to …

Quantum Mechanics

MIT Students Battle State's Demand for Their Bitcoin Miner's Source Code

Division of Consumer Affairs just weeks after winning the award.<p>The state's attorney general claims Rubin and his classmates violated New Jersey …

Microsoft Lets Eligible Students Sign Up for Free Office 365

Microsoft has announced a new self-serve program for students at eligible schools that allows them to sign up for a free Office 365 license on their own. The offer is available first in the US and will roll out globally later this year.<p>The new program builds on the Student Advantage initiative that …

Chrome for Windows, Mac, and Linux can now Run Android Apps

You probably already know that you can run Android apps on your Chromebook, but did you know that you can now run Android applications on your …

Android Apps

How to change how Wifi networks are sorted on the LG G3

A few taps in the settings can make it much easier to see available Wifi networks<p>With Wifi being all around us, it can sometimes be tough to sort …

Wi-Fi