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Samsung Officially Announces The Gear S2, With 1.2" Circular Display, Tizen OS, And.... Other Exciting Things, I Guess

The Samsung Gear S2 is now officially official, and while it may be small, there's no doubt the watch carries <i>a lot</i> of brand baggage out of the box. …

Samsung Gear

UK is Experimenting with Electric Highways That Wirelessly Charge Cars While Driving

Wouldn't it be great if you never had to stop and refuel your car? For UK-based drivers of electric vehicles, this could be a possibility in the not-so-distant future. Highways England has announced plans to test a wireless power-transfer technology that they eventually hope to build throughout the …

Stagefright 2: all versions of Android since 2010 hit by privacy-busting flaw

Security researchers warn that privacy of victims may be at risk from hackers running their own code on mobile devices – and a patch is not yet available<p>Stagefright, the hugely widespread Android vulnerability which Google finally patched in early August, is back for a second go.

Mobile Devices

Windows 10 is the end of cloud-free computing

You have to trust someone. The only question is who.<p>Welcome to the second annual Verge Hack Week. We're totally blowing up our site: we've given our reporters and editors the entire week to play with new tools and experiment with new storytelling ideas, while members of our amazing product team …

Samsung shamelessly imitates Apple. Again.

The same day that Engadget posted, without irony or reference to the Apple Watch, images of the new Samsung Gear S2, the U.S. Federal Circuit Court …

Apple's electric car is real, and it's almost ready for testing

Apple is definitely working on a self-driving car project, and according to some new documents, Project Titan appears to be further along than anyone thought.<p>Rumors of Apple’s car project first starting surfacing at the beginning of this year, with an announcement not expected until 2020 at the …

Apple

DARPA's XS-1 spacecraft could hit speeds of Mach 10

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” buzz has already kicked off, but in the real world, the US military has taken a step closer to making advanced spacecraft a reality.<p>The XS-1 is airplane-like space vehicle that can fly to space and rapidly launch small satellites, space weapons, and more into orbit at …

This Inflatable Space Elevator Could House Hotels and Airports High In The Sky

The “design,” which is really little more than a “what if?” idea typical of patents, specifies a shaft made up of inflatable segments and cars that …

Tesla Comments On Model S Losses And Announces It's Raising $500 Million (And More)

UPDATE: Tesla Motors said it plans to raise $500 million in cash on Thursday. And upped that on Friday by another $140 million.<p>The Silicon Valley car maker said on Thursday that it plans to sell the stock to raise money for future projects projects such as the mass-market Model 3 vehicle and its …

Lenovo quietly installed software on laptops, even if you wiped it

A recently uncovered feature – which had been swept under the rug – allowed new Lenovo laptops to use new Windows features to install the company’s software and tools even if the computer was wiped.<p>The oddity was first noted by Ars Technica forum user ‘ge814‘ and corroborated by Hacker News user …

One statistic tells you why HTC collapsed and why Android is in so much trouble

In layman's terms, that means that if you could theoretically acquire all the shares of HTC, it would cost you less than the cash HTC holds — meaning HTC would effectively be paying you to acquire the entire company. In investors' terms, it means people think the company is essentially …

Android vulnerability can lead to stolen fingerprints “on a large scale”

Biometric security is on the rise as more manufacturers adopt advanced security systems. The most popular method is the use of fingerprint sensors, a technique that has proven to be among the most secure and accurate. But is it really the safest authentication technique?<p>According to researchers Tao …

A charging cable that backs up your phone -- onto itself

In a mashup that seems a long time coming, the MemoriesCable brings together a USB drive with a Lightning sync and charging cable.<p>The cable, part of a just-released Indiegogo campaign, is available either in USB 2.0 or 3.0 versions and comes with a variety of storage options, from 16GB to 128GB.<p>The …

Google Slides for Android now lets you share presentations via a Hangout video call

Google today updated Google Slides for Android with support for streaming via Google Hangouts; you can download the new app now directly from Google Play. The company also updated Google Keep for Android with an option to export notes to Google Docs — that new version is also available on Google …

India rescinds ban on Internet porn after public outrage, ridicule

Bowing to a public outcry, the Indian government on Tuesday said it would lift a days-old ban on hundreds of pornographic websites after critics accused the government of encroaching on personal freedoms.<p>Over the weekend, Indian authorities ordered Internet providers to block 857 websites deemed to …

Google just boosted the odds that it will acquire Twitter

Google (GOOG) finally announced recently that it is scaling back its focus on Google+, the also-ran social network that the search giant has spent …

Microsoft reportedly investing in Uber at a $50 billion valuation

The deal could be seen as a hedge against Uber's growing competition with Google, also an investor<p>If it seems like Uber is working on another new round of funding, that is because Uber is always working on another new round of funding. <i>Bloomberg</i> and <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> are reporting that the …

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Microsoft has quietly released its own Android launcher

Microsoft's relatively new strategy of pushing more apps onto more platforms continues apace with the quiet release of Arrow Launcher Beta: a basic but functional launcher for Android devices. As the name suggests, Arrow Launcher Beta is unfinished, and has been pushed onto the mobile scene with …

OnePlus 2 equals a smashing smartphone (with USB-C)

Scrappy underdog of the mobile world OnePlus has today announced the launch of its second smartphone. The OnePlus 2 is the plucky successor to the …

Google Studies How Much Interstitials Suck On Mobile

How much do mobile users hate interstitial screens blocking their mobile browsing by urging them to down the native app instead? An overwhelming amount, judging by a study conducted by Google in July last year. Well, that and common sense when you think about the contrast between the aim of mobile …

Verizon's upcoming video service has a truly terrible name

What does Go90 mean?<p>Verizon seems to be nearing the launch of its long-in-the-works internet video service, and now <i>Variety</i> has given us the name: it'll be called Go90. That's some absolutely horrid, nonsensical branding, but the actual product doesn't sound nearly so bad — and apparently it'll be …

Windows 10 Automatic Updates Start Causing Problems

Last week Microsoft confirmed every Windows 10 update will mandatory and installed automatically. This was met with a hostile reception from Forbes readers with over 100 comments on my news article voicing their concern. And now some of those fears have been realised…<p>With just four days left before …

Windows 10

Flipboard Confirms New $50M Funding Round From JP Morgan

Flipboard has confirmed to us that it has raised $50 million, two days after we first reported that the company had authorized the shares earlier this year. JP Morgan was the sole investor, the company says. “We raised this round with JP Morgan, one of the best institutional investors in the world. …

Influential Apple fan trashes Apple Music, calls it a nightmare

Jim Dalrymple, one of the web's noted Apple cheerleaders, is abandoning Apple Music entirely after it messed up his music library.<p>"I had high hopes …

Apple

The 8 Dying Trends In Website Design To Stay Away From

When redesigning your website, it’s important to create a digital storefront that is, above all, usable and appealing to your ideal customer.<p>It’s …

The future of tablets is iPad-shaped

Before the iPad, we really had no idea what a tablet should look like<p>Recall, if you will, how many unanswered questions there were around tablets when the iPad was introduced. Filling the gap between laptops and phones meant making a choice between a desktop or a mobile operating system. HP and …

Colonizing The Moon May Be 90 Percent Cheaper Than We Thought

And that in turn could help us get to Mars, says NASA-commissioned study<p>Only 12 people have walked on the moon, and we haven't been back since 1972. But a new NASA-commission study has found that we can now afford to set up a permanent base on the moon, by mining for lunar resources and partnering …