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British thieves stole DVDs from a supermarket by mailing them home

Fri, 30/01/2015 - 13:27
Before we start, we know that crime is wrong and that theft is a serious issue. That said, the lengths some people will go to steal a few DVDs is pretty entertaining. Thieves at a Walmart-owned ASDA supermarket in Cheshire, England managed to evade s...

Google agrees to make its privacy policy clearer in the UK

Fri, 30/01/2015 - 12:44
Three years ago Google merged more than 60 privacy policies into one gargantuan document, in the hope it would be simpler and more readable for its customers around the world. Some people were skeptical of the changes and, despite Google's best effor...

'Revenge porn' peddler banned from posting images without consent

Fri, 30/01/2015 - 12:29
If your significant other sends you artful nudes, it'd be pretty nasty to share those pics in the event of your separation. It's a feeling that the Federal Trade Commission shares after handing down a judgment on Craig Brittain, the owner of a websit...

The Big Picture: Virtual Los Angeles' minimalist skyline

Fri, 30/01/2015 - 11:14
Hello darkness, my old friend. No the image above isn't a minimalist poster for the Jack Nicholson classic Chinatown on Etsy, it's what Grand Theft Auto V's version of Los Angeles looks like when the game's textures are stripped away, leaving just th...

BT says faster broadband is coming, but it could take 10 years

Fri, 30/01/2015 - 10:39
Everyone in the UK wants super-fast broadband in their home. The most reliable and effective solution right now is fibre, which every internet provider uses as the backbone for their network nationwide. But there's a problem -- the fibre often stops ...

Jay Z is buying Spotify rival Tidal for $56 million

Fri, 30/01/2015 - 10:07
So this is something. The Scandinavian press is buzzing right now with the news that Jay Z is buying the Norwegian company behind the high-quality music streaming service Tidal. The rapper and entrepreneur made a 464 million Krona (roughly $56 millio...

DARPA's new tech lets robots learn from YouTube videos

Fri, 30/01/2015 - 09:39
Things would be a lot easier for roboticists if their creations can learn from any instructional video they watch without further programming. While we're still far from teaching robots complicated skills using just a playlist of YouTube clips, a Uni...

Saygus' over-specced phone costs $550 for early birds

Fri, 30/01/2015 - 08:53
How do you prove your device isn't vaporware? Put a price and pre-order date on it. Well, that's what Saygus is doing with the V2 (pronounced V-Squared) that we spent some time with at the Consumer Electronics Show this year, at least. If you reserve...

'Lego Jurassic World' game packs four movies' worth of brick dinosaurs

Fri, 30/01/2015 - 08:02
We have no idea how Jurassic World is going to turn out come summer, but we do know that it's getting Lego-fied for Lego Jurassic World. The game follows all three Jurassic Park stories in addition to this June's blockbuster, and it'll be available f...

The next 'Toshiba' TV you see will be made by a different company

Fri, 30/01/2015 - 06:37
Toshiba has undertaken many attempts to reshape its TV segment over the years with "Cloud Portal" and Cell TV, but none have hit the mark and now it's getting out of the business entirely in North America. Following other Japanese manufacturers that ...

iTunes 12.1 adds a widget to OS X Yosemite's notification center

Fri, 30/01/2015 - 04:57
The latest iTunes is now available for download, and while it won't cloth your old application in a newer, fancier interface, it does come with a convenient new feature. To be exact, it adds an iTunes widget right within the notification center that ...

Daily Roundup: Apple outsells Samsung, Microsoft invests in Android and more!

Fri, 30/01/2015 - 04:13
Apple sold as many phones as Samsung did last quarter; Microsoft is investing in Android; and SkyMall might be saved. Head past the break to find all of today's top stories in the Daily Roundup....

Of course 'Law & Order: SVU' is doing a GamerGate episode

Fri, 30/01/2015 - 03:41
Actually, it's not about ethics in games journalism. NBC's Law & Order: SVU will air an episode titled "Intimidation Game" on February 11th, and unless you've been living under a rock the circumstances will be pretty familiar. In a plotline following...

OnePlus will reveal its 'OxygenOS' February 12th

Fri, 30/01/2015 - 03:02
As Cyanogen moves along a new path (apparently with help from Microsoft) phone maker OnePlus is working on its own flavor of Android, and now it has a name: OxygenOS. Unfortunately, it doesn't have much else beyond promises of going back to the drawi...

Google X Labs made synthetic skin to test a cancer-detecting bracelet

Fri, 30/01/2015 - 02:16
If someone asks you to name a Google X Labs moonshot, you'd probably say Glass, self-driving car or maybe even Project Loon. But as you might remember from the WSJD Live conference last year, it also has a flourishing Life Sciences division that empl...

Rolling Stone archives hit Google Play Newsstand this week

Fri, 30/01/2015 - 01:14
Have you ever felt the need to dive into the history of music, movies and other pop culture? Well, you'll soon be able to do so with the help of Rolling Stone and Google Play Newsstand. The magazine is set to add its archive of decade-spanning conten...

Amazon put $1.3 billion into Prime Instant Video last year

Fri, 30/01/2015 - 00:23
Amazon may have surprised Wall Street by how much sales went up in the fourth quarter of last year ($29.3 billion, with a profit of $214 million), but for customers its Prime service is the big deal. Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said Prime membership i...

Tesla Model S is getting even quicker through a software update

Thu, 29/01/2015 - 23:55
If you didn't think that Tesla's Model S P85D was bonkers enough, you're in for a treat. Elon Musk has revealed that the already speedy electric sedan is getting a software update that will improve its 0-60MPH acceleration time by a tenth of a second...

Reddit posts its first transparency report

Thu, 29/01/2015 - 23:23
Reddit may not be subject to as much legal scrutiny as tech giants like Google or Microsoft, but there's enough of it that the internet community has published its first transparency report. The site says that received 55 demands for user info throug...

Google: We fought to notify WikiLeaks about email warrants

Thu, 29/01/2015 - 22:48
We still don't know everything about the information Google handed over to the government about three WikiLeaks employees, but a lawyer for the search giant has answered one question about the incident. While a gag order prevented Google from the thr...

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