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Watchdog says spyware violates human rights guidelines

Thu, 26/02/2015 - 21:41
If you think that commercial software designed to spy on computers is problematic, you're not alone. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's UK contact has determined that Gamma International's approach to selling its FinFisher sp...

Whiplr is Tinder for the fetish-driven

Thu, 26/02/2015 - 21:14
Mainstream dating services like Tinder, Grindr or OK Cupid don't make it too easy to admit if your tastes are "very singular." That's why Whiplr has been created as a hookup app for people who prefer to get off with more than just a special cuddle. S...

Pebble took just two days to beat its crowdfunding record

Thu, 26/02/2015 - 20:47
Pebble Time isn't just one of the fastest-moving Kickstarter projects -- it's now one of the biggest, too. The color smartwatch took a mere two days to get more funding than its predecessor, hitting the $10.3 million mark with 29 days left to go. It'...

Google exec hints at Photos, Hangouts and G+ split

Thu, 26/02/2015 - 20:17
Rumors have long suggested that Google might separate the parts of Google+ that people have been most interested in -- photos and messaging / Hangouts -- away from the social network's main stream. Now it appears that Sundar Pichai agrees with that v...

The Big Picture: Buzz Aldrin's vintage selfie from space

Thu, 26/02/2015 - 19:54
Back in November 1966, Buzz Aldrin took a self-picture that will blow all Caribbean vacation selfies out of the water. Aside from the fact that it doesn't have a duckface in it, the photo was taken in space during the Gemini 12 mission. This historic...

JxE Streams: Taste the rainbow in 'Kirby and the Rainbow Curse'

Thu, 26/02/2015 - 19:30
What seemed so novel and strange about Kirby: Canvas Curse ​when it came out now seems almost quaint. Only one part of the screen can be touched at a time? There aren't gyroscope controls? What is this, an Android store launch game? Please. Just shy ...

Adult Themes: The rise and fall of America's first digital brothel

Thu, 26/02/2015 - 19:00
If someone forced you to describe RealTouch Interactive in just two words, you'd probably call it a "digital brothel." And rightly so, as the North Carolina-based business specializes in teledildonics, wearable gadgets that let people "have sex" thro...

Google Search lets you Hangout directly with businesses

Thu, 26/02/2015 - 18:42
Want to know if that burrito is made from sustainable, organic ingredients? If you found the restaurant on Google Search, you might be ask the proprietor himself on Hangouts, thanks to a new experimental feature. A Google rep told Techcrunch that it'...

Classic funk-infused game 'ToeJam & Earl' revived on Kickstarter

Thu, 26/02/2015 - 18:23
It's odd to feel excited about the return of something that sounds as awful as "toejam," but here we are. The co-creator of ToeJam & Earl, a cult-hit dungeon crawler that launched on the Sega Genesis in 1991, is developing a brand new entry in the se...

'Bejeweled' co-creator has a new studio devoted to 'social' VR

Thu, 26/02/2015 - 18:00
What do you do after co-founding a studio responsible for myriad massive successes? From Bejeweled, to Peggle, to the massively popular Plants vs. Zombies, former PopCap Games co-founder John Vechey left a wake of breakthrough gaming franchises. Afte...

FCC approves net neutrality rules, reclassifies broadband as a utility

Thu, 26/02/2015 - 17:59
It's a good day for proponents of an open internet: The Federal Communications Commission just approved its long-awaited network neutrality plan, which reclassifies broadband internet as a Title II public utility and gives the agency more regulatory ...

Apple schedules March 9th event ahead of Watch launch

Thu, 26/02/2015 - 17:12
You know the drill. Apple issues an invite for an event, and tech media channels go wild with speculation. Except that we know the event in question this time, scheduled for March 9, is almost certainly about the Apple Watch. How? Well, we already kn...

Motorola will let you customize your next smartwatch

Thu, 26/02/2015 - 16:34
Motorola's philosophy is that if you can't customize it, it probably isn't worth buying, which is why Moto Maker will soon let you tailor the Moto 360 to your individual taste. In an interview with Wired, the company's Dickon Isaacs said that the opt...

State laws restricting city-run broadband overruled

Thu, 26/02/2015 - 16:21
Today is one of the more momentous days in the FCC's recent history. Its net neutrality vote will get most of the press attention, but its moves to protect municipal broadband from state legislators are also quite important. The proposal adopted toda...

Five miles of Hyperloop test track will be built in California

Thu, 26/02/2015 - 16:17
If you were worried that Hyperloop was nothing more than a fantasy, you might be happy to learn that some companies are taking the idea very seriously. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, one of the companies inspired by Elon Musk's idea of making...

This is how Astro does Xbox One headphones

Thu, 26/02/2015 - 16:00
It wasn't long ago you needed to buy a set of purpose-made cans if you wanted a pair of gaming headphones. Thanks to how the PlayStation 4's and Xbox One's controllers are designed, though, that isn't the case anymore. For Xbox, all you need to use y...

New 'Final Fantasy' game is a retro mash-up, coming to US smartphones

Thu, 26/02/2015 - 15:30
Are you ready to get those nostalgic Final Fantasy memories rattled back to life? Well, grab your rose-tinted glasses, because Final Fantasy: Record Keeper, coming to the US on iOS and Android in the next few weeks, pulls together all the FF heroes (...

The White House officially launches its new cyber warfare agency

Thu, 26/02/2015 - 15:03
One of the reasons that the US has been slow to respond to attacks is because its security agencies don't talk to each other. This lack of communication may make the FBI, CIA etc look very butch, but it's pretty terrible when lives, businesses and se...

Amazon's giving more Kindle tablets its Firefly visual search tool

Thu, 26/02/2015 - 14:34
For the few of you that don't regularly check the Kindle Fire product page on Amazon for changes, we've got a little update for you. Firefly, the visual search-slash-shopping tool that uses your camera to identify, and mostly purchase items, is comin...

Former Sony president Phil Molyneux joins Will.i.Am's wearable startup

Thu, 26/02/2015 - 14:30
Phil Molyneux, the man who led Sony into the 4K era as its chief operating officer and president, is making a surprising move for his next gig: He's now Will.i.am's right-hand man for i.am+, the musician's wearable technology startup. Molyneux joined...

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