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Internet Archive brings 900 classic arcade titles to your web browser for free

The Internet Archive is offering a massive collection of classic arcade titles for <b>free</b>. As part of its effort to archive the history of computers and software, the group is now hosting over 900 previously coin-operated classics and allowing anyone to play them for free in the browser with no …

Mike Brodie's Photographs of Freight Train Hitchhikers are Mesmerising

This offbeat journey of five years began in 2004. Little did photographer Mike Brodie know that the journey would see him travel over 50,000 miles …

Analyst: Apple has reached deal with China UnionPay, could include NFC in iPhone 6

According to Shanghai Mobile analyst Frank Hill, Apple has reached a deal with mobile payment provider China UnionPay that would enable the next iPhone to make purchases at millions of supported Chinese point-of-sale devices. This would work in conjunction with NFC hardware said to be included in …

London’s Financial Vacancies Jumped 67%, Survey Shows

Job vacancies at London’s financial-services companies climbed 67 percent last month as firms sought employees to manage increasing compliance …

How big a thing could Touch ID mobile payment be? China alone hit $1.6 trillion last year

With Tim Cook having as good as confirmed that mobile payment via Touch ID is on the way, numbers released by the People’s Bank of China and reported in <i>TechNode</i> provide an insight into just how big the mobile payment market could be. Total mobile payments in China last year hit 9.64 trillion yuan – …

Venmo update brings the simplicity of AirDrop to mobile payments

Mobile payment app Venmo received a big update today that introduces a new way to quickly send money to nearby friends. It works just as easily as Apple’s AirDrop sharing system. The app uses Bluetooth to detect nearby Venmo users and lists them above your recent payment recipients when sending …

How to: Get Spotlight processes back under control when CPU usage goes crazy

If you’re finding that your Mac fans are running a lot more than they used to, you might want to check out whether a couple of Spotlight processes are consuming more than their fair share of CPU cycles.<p>Ever since the latest Mavericks update, I found that my MacBook Pro seemed to be running hot a …

Tim Cook as good as confirms mobile payment via Touch ID on the way

When Touch ID was first rumored, there had been much speculation about whether the iPhone 5s would act as an electronic wallet, with payments to retailers authorized by fingerprint. While that hasn’t yet happened, it does now seem clear that it’s on the way.<p>Asked about mobile payments during …

Beaconic announces availability of first Retail iBeacon Kits for Europe

We’ve seen Apple’s new iBeacon technology in use at several retail stores and events here in North America— Apple Stores, Macy’s, CES, MLB— but adoption of the new Bluetooth low power technology has been slower overseas. Beaconic aims to change that with a new iBeacon Retail Kit that will make it …

UK carrier O2 dropping its mobile wallet service after less than two years

O2 UK's carrier-independent Money mobile wallet may have proven a little too ambitious. The network is shutting down the service on March 31st so that it can investigate "new and better ways" to handle payments -- in other words, it's not satisfied with Money's performance. Both the market and O2's …

Review: Europe’s answer to Nest, Tado the iPhone-controlled intelligent thermostat

<i>This review has been updated a year in, with an improved thermostat with built-in display and touch-sensitive controls, and new fuel-saving figures.</i><p>Affordable home automation has been a long time coming. Frankly, I’m a bit disappointed that it’s the 21st Century and homes still don’t have Star Trek …

Starbucks gets increasingly digital, 10 percent of transactions made by phone

Counting out nickels and dimes at the cash register as you pay for your overpriced coffee is quickly becoming fodder for back-in-my-day stories. Ever since Starbucks debuted Square Wallet payments last November, the pay-by-phone approach has proved to be a popular strategy. According to a recent</i> …

Japanese robots Kirobo and Mirata set for launch, literally

Don't get excited about buying the new robots created by Japanese company Dentsu in conjunction with Toyota and the University of Tokyo -- they won't be hitting stores anytime soon. However, <i>do</i> get excited that one of them, namely the white-helmeted droid Kirobo (shown above, left), will actually be …