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Samsung's Gear VR will soon keep Qantas first-class passengers entertained

Engadget - 3 hours 10 min ago
Offering iPads as in-flight entertainment systems is so 2014. Australian carrier Qantas will soon welcome a new breed of gadget onboard -- the Samsung Gear VR, along with a Galaxy Note 4 to power it. The phone's loaded with a special app that shows y...

Google now lets Brits send money over Gmail

Engadget - 3 hours 35 min ago
Instead of smartphone apps and traditional bank transfers, Google is hoping that its Gmail and Google Wallet integration can strike a chord with people wanting to send money in the UK. The feature has been available in the US for ages, but finally it...

The Big Bang By Balloon

Slashdot - 3 hours 52 min ago
StartsWithABang writes If you want to map the entire sky — whether you're looking in the visible, ultraviolet, infrared or microwave, your best bet is to go to space. Only high above the Earth's atmosphere can you map out the entire sky, with your vision unobscured by anything terrestrial. But that costs millions of dollars for the launch alone! What if you've got new technology you want to test? What if you still want to defeat most of the atmosphere? (Which you need to do, for most wavelengths of light.) And what if you want to make observations on large angular scales, something by-and-large impossible from the ground in microwave wavelengths? You launch a balloon! The Spider telescope has just completed its data-taking operations, and is poised to take the next step — beyond Planck and BICEP2 — in understanding the polarization of the cosmic microwave background.

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Argos to open digital shops inside Sainsbury's stores

Engadget - 4 hours 7 min ago
One of the main advantages retailers like Argos have over Amazon is that they operate huge stores all over the country. It encourages passing trade and it often means that customers can leave with their order just minutes after they arrive. The inter...

Apple's now shipping as many smartphones as Samsung

Engadget - 4 hours 8 min ago
When people talk about Apple and Samsung, the lazy narrative is to say that Apple makes the most money, but Samsung makes the most devices. According to Strategy Analytics, however, that story may no longer actually be the case. In its latest look at...

Sky Go finally arrives on the PlayStation 3

Engadget - 4 hours 24 min ago
Sony's PlayStation 3 is getting a bit long in the tooth, but if it's still your preferred device for streaming video, Sky is finally ready to lend its support. Following the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 4, the broadcaster is launching a Sky Go app today ...

YouTubers can now get paid for sharing Nintendo gameplay videos

Engadget - 4 hours 39 min ago
Nintendo is today rolling out its "Creators Program," a system that ensures it gets paid when YouTubers share its content. The Creators Program is a response to the popular "Let's Play" YouTube clips that feature long amounts of gameplay. Nintendo to...

Microsoft's OneDrive gets better at showing and sharing your photos

Engadget - 5 hours 7 min ago
Microsoft has long wanted you to use OneDrive to store your photos, but actually viewing those photos isn't ideal -- you're ultimately using a file browser that just happens to have some photo-related features. That's going to change in the next coup...

Skin patch turns friction into electricity to power wearables

Engadget - 5 hours 43 min ago
Until we find that perfect technology to power wearables with our own bodies, scientists all over the world are going to keep developing possible candidates. A team from the National University of Singapore, for instance, has developed a flexible, po...

Drone Maker Enforces No-Fly Zone Over DC, Hijacking Malware Demonstrated

Slashdot - 6 hours 12 min ago
An anonymous reader writes A recent incident at the White House showed that small aerial vehicles (drones) present a specific security problem. Rahul Sasi, a security engineer at Citrix R&D, created MalDrone, the first backdoor malware for the AR drone ARM Linux system to target Parrot AR Drones, but says it can be modified to target others as well. The malware can be silently installed on a drone, and be used to control the drone remotely and to conduct remote surveillance. Meanwhile, the Chinese company that created the drone that crashed on the White House grounds has announced a software update for its "Phantom" series that will prohibit flight within 25 kilometers of the capital.

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Microsoft's Office for Android tablet apps arrive today

Engadget - 6 hours 19 min ago
It's only been a few weeks since Microsoft released the preview versions of Office for Android, but the software giant is finally ready to bring the final version of those apps to Google Play. Starting some time Thursday morning -- we're hearing from...

Microsoft's new Outlook apps for iOS and Android promise higher productivity

Engadget - 6 hours 19 min ago
Microsoft has released new Outlook apps for iOS and Android, and they might just be light-years better than those web apps the company has unleashed in the past. See, these are the result of Redmond's Accompli acquisition in December, and seeing as w...

Leak hints that HTC's next flagship phone comes in two sizes

Engadget - 7 hours 9 sec ago
You'd be forgiven for not knowing what to expect from HTC's next flagship smartphone. The images that have emerged are frequently dodgy, and there are even claims that the company is seeding decoys to throw people off the scent. However, you might fi...

LG's phone sales are way up, but killing plasma TVs had a cost

Engadget - 7 hours 57 min ago
LG is still trailing Samsung and Apple in total smartphone sales (and profits from them), but the company just revealed its financial data for the last year and has plenty to be happy about. It sold 59.1 million smartphones last year, up nearly a qua...

Brain Implants Get Brainier

Slashdot - 8 hours 48 min ago
the_newsbeagle writes "Did my head just beep?" wonders a woman who just received a brain implant to treat her intractable epilepsy. We're entering a cyborg age of medicine, with implanted stimulators that send pulses of electricity into the brain or nervous system to prevent seizures or block pain. The first generation of devices sent out pulses in a constant and invariable rhythm, but device-makers are now inventing smart stimulators that monitor the body for signs of trouble and fire when necessary.

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Dropbox now reports when non-US governments want your data

Engadget - 9 hours 23 min ago
While Dropbox was quick to embrace transparency reports, it's been pretty opaque about data requests from outside the US. How do you know which countries want your info? You don't have to wonder any longer. The cloud storage outfit has published its ...

Samsung looks for a boost as its smartphone sales keep slipping

Engadget - 9 hours 51 min ago
Samsung's profits have been on an upward swing driven by several popular versions of its Galaxy smartphones, but 2014 is going into the books as an off year. It still posted a $4.88 billion profit in Q4, but for the year it was down 32 percent from 2...

One-in-five Developers Now Works On IoT Projects

Slashdot - 11 hours 17 min ago
dcblogs writes Evans Data Corp., which provides research and intelligence for the software development industry, said that of the estimated 19 million developers worldwide, 19% are now doing IoT-related work. A year ago, the first year IoT-specific data was collected, that figure was 17%. But when developers were asked whether they plan to work in IoT development over the next year, 44% of the respondents said they are planning to do so, said Michael Rasalan, director of research at Evans.

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Daily Roundup: Dell's latest laptop, the Super Bowl on social media and more!

Engadget - 11 hours 38 min ago
Sony is getting a sorely needed music makeover, a drunken mistake leads to a firmware update for DJI drones and we get up close and personal with Dell's XPS 13 -- all this and more in your Daily Roundup!...

Delaware wants to put your driver's license on your phone

Engadget - 12 hours 11 min ago
For all the recent talk of moving to digital wallets, you can't really ditch the old-school kind yet -- you still need to carry physical copies of your driver's license and other forms of ID. If you live in Delaware, though, you may eventually have o...