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The extended Nexus family: Google's golden Android standard

Sat, 27/09/2014 - 16:30
Google's Nexus line has long stood as the company's ideal vision of its widely adopted, open-source Android operating system. The devices, be they smartphones, tablets or even one-off media streamers, are built in conjunction with select hardware...

Yahoo's old web directory still exists, but not for long

Sat, 27/09/2014 - 15:18
Way before Yahoo launched Search, it offered people from a different era a more primitive way to find websites: a web directory. While the advent of sophisticated search engines likely means you haven't seen that directory in a decade or so...

Recommended Reading: André 3000 chats 'Jimi: All Is by My Side'

Sat, 27/09/2014 - 14:30
Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you'll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read. Billboard Cover: Andre...

Sony is shutting down PlayStation Home in North America, too

Sat, 27/09/2014 - 13:33
It was only a matter of time. When word came down that Sony was shuttering the PlayStation 3 virtual space, PlayStation Home, in Japan earlier this year, the service's domestic days were likely numbered as well. Citing a "shifting landscape" as the...

MIT's underwater robot can sniff out contraband hidden underneath ships

Sat, 27/09/2014 - 10:39
That object above might look like a benign, slightly deformed bowling ball, but it's actually something far more advanced. It's an aquatic robot designed by a couple of MIT researchers, which can surreptitiously inspect the hulls and propeller shafts...

Bid adieu to 'Airplane Mode' on European airlines

Sat, 27/09/2014 - 07:58
Want to continue that scintillating game of Words with Friends throughout the entire flight? Well, that might soon be a possibility if you're flying in European airspace. Late last year, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) had decided to...

Snakebot and quadcopter combo makes for a go-anywhere rescue drone

Sat, 27/09/2014 - 04:48
Everyone has different ideas on what the perfect search-and-rescue robot is, and for a University of Pennsylvania Mod Lab team, it comes in the form of a snake drone-quadcopter chimera. The Hybrid Exploration Robot for Air and Land Deployment or...

Consumer Reports weighs in on iPhone 6 bending

Sat, 27/09/2014 - 03:16
As much as Apple would like for this discussion to be over, controversy and conversation over whether the iPhone 6 / 6 Plus has a durability problem is continuing. Just as it tested out antenna reception for the iPhone 4, Consumer Reports has forced...

What is Weirded? This is Weirded.

Sat, 27/09/2014 - 02:31
How does one introduce an original web series like #Weirded? For one, it's not tech news -- at least, not in the way you're used to seeing. So scrub that notion from your brain. It's more like a constant channel change; like pressing the seek button...

Uber driver allegedly bashed passenger in the head with a hammer

Sat, 27/09/2014 - 01:29
Not all Uber rides are safe. Patrick Karajah, a 26-year-old Uber X driver, has been accused of attacking a passenger with a hammer and leaving him by the side of the road in San Francisco's Bernal Heights district. SF Gate reports that the victim and...

Belgian brewery to reduce truck use with underground beer pipeline

Sat, 27/09/2014 - 00:11
In order to cut down on the number of trucks it puts on the streets, Brouwerij De Halve Maan is working with the city of Bruges to construct an underground beer pipeline. While the brewing still happens at its original site, filtration, bottling and...

Playdate: We're livestreaming 'Forza Horizon 2' on Xbox One! (Update: it's over!)

Fri, 26/09/2014 - 23:30
Welcome, ladygeeks and gentlenerds, to the new era of gaming. The one where you get to watch, and comment, as other people livestream gameplay from next-gen consoles. Because games! They're fun!...

TomTom has a new watch designed specifically for golfers

Fri, 26/09/2014 - 22:42
In perfect conjunction with the start of the Ryder Cup, TomTom couldn't have found a better time to introduce its new GPS-powered wearable. The watch, simply, and fittingly, named TomTom Golfer, is similar to Garmin's Approach line, featuring data...

Radio in a jar plays your favorite station, and only your favorite station

Fri, 26/09/2014 - 21:44
Despite all the proof that we basically live in a sci-fi future, there's still something a little magical about flipping a switch and hearing a story or a song wafting out of a box. Radio is sort of steadfast that way, but that also means people are...

iOS 8's WiFi location privacy isn't as powerful as you might think

Fri, 26/09/2014 - 21:14
If you were hoping that iOS 8's ability to hide your device ID from nearby WiFi networks would render you invisible to nosy hotspot operators, you'll want to dial back your expectations a bit. AirTight Networks' Bhupinder Misra has found that Apple's...

Google's data-transferring tool gets a shiny new interface

Fri, 26/09/2014 - 20:42
Google already makes it very simple for you to pull your data from some of its many services, via the Takeout transfer tool on the web. Up until today, however, Google Takeout wasn't necessarily pleasing to the eye, despite being extremely useful at...

Not so fast: Uber facing bans in Germany once again

Fri, 26/09/2014 - 20:11
Just when you thought Uber's legal battle in Germany was settled once and for all, Bloomberg is now writing about the company having to deal with new challenges in that country. According to the report, Uber has been ordered to bring its UberPop and...

Thom Yorke's new album is only available online as a BitTorrent Bundle

Fri, 26/09/2014 - 19:37
Thom Yorke has a history of going against the grain with his online music sales. His band Radiohead first released In Rainbows as a pay-what-you-want download, and he pulled his solo tunes from Spotify to make a stand on royalty rates. It shouldn't...

Google to require more of its apps on Android devices

Fri, 26/09/2014 - 19:06
According to a report by The Information, you may be seeing a few more Google apps preloaded on future Android devices. Confidential paperwork on new contract requirements details raising the amount of pre-installed software. Under the new...

This little laser could be the key to inexpensive self-driving cars

Fri, 26/09/2014 - 18:36
To listen to the Googles and the Elon Musks of the world is to believe that one day soon, we'll be tooting down in the highway in cars that control themselves. Those cars will need eyes, though, and that's where a company called Velodyne Acoustics...

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