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This smart toolbox promotes drinking on the job

3 hours 17 min ago
You can now add "toolbox" to the growing list of mundane objects looking to up their IQ. Enter the Coolbox, a tech-laden, "smart" toolbox that launches today on Indiegogo. In addition to toting your tools, it packs a 12v rechargeable battery, two USB...

GamerGate target working with 'major social media' to end online abuse

3 hours 48 min ago
Along with game developer Zoe Quinn, Anita Sarkeesian is likely one of the most knowledgeable people when it comes to online harassment. Both have been targets of intense cyber-abuse campaigns stemming from the GamerGate movement, and like Quinn, Sar...

Here are the first films from Oculus Story Studio

5 hours 17 min ago
Look out, Hollywood, because Oculus VR is coming for you. Earlier today, the Facebook-owned company introduced its new film division Story Studio, as it looks to broaden its horizons and experiment with narrative through virtual reality. The first sh...

Daily Roundup: the first VR live broadcast, 'Rock Band' makes a resurgence and more!

5 hours 44 min ago
How would you like to travel the world without worrying about the tedious tasks of packing a bag or buying a plane ticket? When Next VR's live broadcast goes mainstream, doing so could be easier than you thought. We're also taking a look at the tech ...

WSJ: Google Fiber is coming to Atlanta, Nashville and North Carolina

6 hours 34 min ago
Rumors broke over the weekend that Google might bring its gigabit internet Fiber connection to Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, NC next, but it's not stopping there. The Tennesseean reports Nashville has an announcement planned, while the Wall Street Jo...

What's on your HDTV: Super Bowl XLIX, 'Grim Fandango Remastered'

7 hours 18 min ago
This week it's all about the big game. We will not mention the footballs and how much air is or is in them, we will only wish for a contest that's not already over by halftime. Other than the Super Bowl matchup of the Seahawks and Patriots, we're als...

Cellist disagrees with YouTube Music Key over rule #4,080

8 hours 15 min ago
It's been a few months since Google launched its YouTube Music Key service, and now we may be finding out how it plans to keep the digital shelves stocked. Musician Zoë Keating blogged last week complaining that YouTube threatened to block her music ...

WikiLeaks furious at Google for keeping government data request a secret

Mon, 26/01/2015 - 23:16
Google is catching some heat from WikiLeaks after the company revealed that it handed over emails and other data on three WikiLeaks employees to the US government. Obviously, that in and of itself would be enough to ruffle the feathers of the activis...

Dropcam will give you a free replacement camera if yours is too old

Mon, 26/01/2015 - 22:53
Normally, companies don't do much for you when they stop supporting a device. They'll give you a too-bad-so-sad notice and ask you to buy their latest gear. Not Dropcam, however. The Nest-owned company is ditching support for both its original home s...

Microsoft's Surface tablet and Xbox businesses are (mostly) booming

Mon, 26/01/2015 - 21:56
Microsoft appears to be well past the days when it was writing off unsold Surface tablets and struggling to match Sony in game console sales. The Windows developer reports that its Devices and Consumer group's revenue grew 8 percent year over year in...

Police think Waze's traffic app puts officers in danger

Mon, 26/01/2015 - 21:36
You may use Google's Waze app primarily to avoid traffic jams and watch out for speed cameras, but some American police see it as threat -- and they want Google to do something about it. Officers speaking to the Associated Press believe that Waze's p...

Amazon's Prime Now one-hour delivery delayed by winter storms

Mon, 26/01/2015 - 21:04
As a winter storm starts to drop several inches of snow on the northeast United States, Amazon's advising Prime Now customers in New York City not to rely on its one-hour deliveries. The service started dropping off orders around Manhattan in mid-Dec...

'MythBusters' tackles 'Doom' and the lore of first-person shooters

Mon, 26/01/2015 - 20:28
Have you ever wondered if a regular human could carry the health packs, guns, chainsaw and all the other stuff from Doom? Well, it looks like we're about to find out. The disproving duo of Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman tackle scenarios from that titl...

Facebook Lite uses less data for developing areas, low-end phones

Mon, 26/01/2015 - 19:57
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been hard at work connecting the world with not only his social network, but with basic internet access, too. In another step towards doing so in developing areas, the folks in Menlo Park are rolling out Facebook Lite...

Apple giving away TV shows and music with 'Free on iTunes'

Mon, 26/01/2015 - 19:20
Free stuff is always great, especially if people actually want what's on offer. Apple now has a special section called "Free on iTunes" where you can find TV shows and music freebies if you've already blown through your monthly entertainment budget. ...

Turkish court will ban Facebook if it doesn't censor blasphemous content

Mon, 26/01/2015 - 18:49
Every six months, Facebook reveals how many times a nation requests that the site block content that's considered illegal. In the first half of 2014, for instance, India lobbied for nearly 5,000 deletions, putting it well ahead of second-placed Turke...

Drone landing drags White House security into the modern era

Mon, 26/01/2015 - 18:18
The US government just got a real-world lesson about the security risks posed by easily accessible drones. Officials report that they recovered a quadcopter on the White House's grounds in the early morning on January 26th, with no clear indication a...

Uber promises not to price-gouge during massive east-coast blizzard

Mon, 26/01/2015 - 17:49
The east coast is about to get hit with a potentially record-breaking amount of snow, which means Uber has the opportunity to... redeem itself. The taxi-hailing app, notorious for hiking prices on holidays and during rush hour, says it will suspend s...

Cable giants don't like the FCC's push to redefine 'broadband'

Mon, 26/01/2015 - 17:38
You may like the FCC's proposal to upgrade the legal definition of broadband, but your internet provider probably doesn't. The industry's National Cable & Telecommunications Association has sent a letter to the FCC claiming that there's no real justi...

Freewheel is Cablevision's WiFi calling service for thrifty New Yorkers

Mon, 26/01/2015 - 17:08
In large metropolitan areas that are covered with WiFi, you might start to wonder why you pay for a cellular service at all. It's this germ of an idea that has inspired Cablevision to announce Freewheel: a WiFi-based phone service that offers unlimit...

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