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First 'Threes', now 'Monument Valley': knockoff developer strikes again

Wed, 28/01/2015 - 16:19
Did you play Monument Valley (above left), the gorgeous perspective-based puzzler from last year? It costs $4 on Google Play / iTunes, and is one of 2014's best games. And now you can get it for free. Sort of. You see, Ketchapp, the studio behind Thr...

'Harry Potter' comes to Oyster's all-you-can-read book service

Wed, 28/01/2015 - 15:41
If you're the sort of Harry Potter fan who can't help but read the series again and again, Oyster has a treat in store. The all-you-can-read subscription service has teamed up with Pottermore to carry all of the Harry Potter books, including the Hogw...

Sony closing Music Unlimited in favor of Spotify-powered service

Wed, 28/01/2015 - 15:41
Sony today revealed PlayStation Music, a new Spotify-powered music service coming to PlayStation 3, 4 and "Xperia smartphones and tablets" this spring. The service will outright replace Music Unlimited, the service that Sony previously implemented ac...

DJI no longer lets you fly its drones in Washington, DC

Wed, 28/01/2015 - 15:05
' DJI really, really doesn't want to see its drones in the news for the wrong reasons. Just a day after the world learned that one of its robotic vehicles crash-landed at the White House, the company is pushing out a "mandatory" firmware update for ...

French law would make Google and Facebook 'accomplices' to hate speech

Wed, 28/01/2015 - 14:27
France is eying new laws that would make the likes of Facebook and Google accountable for hosting extremist messages. As Bloomberg tells it, the new talk is a direct response to terrorist attacks from earlier this month, and should the draft law pass...

Graffiti and satellites combine for a massive animated GIF

Wed, 28/01/2015 - 13:35
Look, it isn't easy making GIFs on the computer without the right applications, so it's giving us a headache thinking of the work that goes into each of these graffiti-turned-GIFs by an artist named INSA. Especially the one you see above, because the...

Uber works out how to insure its drivers between fares

Wed, 28/01/2015 - 12:31
Uber has inked a deal with insurer Metromile that addresses a huge question mark: whether its drivers are sufficiently insured between fares. Until now, the ridesharing firm has been giving US drivers $1 million in commercial liability coverage when ...

'World of Warcraft' is getting a selfie camera -- don't tell Leeroy Jenkins

Wed, 28/01/2015 - 12:16
Okay, so at last count World of Warcraft had a Pokémon clone built into it, an in-game web browser of sorts and even a tribute to the late Robin Williams. Now it has another way to distract you as the epic battle between the Horde and Alliance rages ...

Your PS Vita is about to get slightly less useful

Wed, 28/01/2015 - 11:29
If you regularly use the Maps and YouTube apps on your PlayStation Vita, please raise a hand. If you'd be mightily disappointed if those were to disappear from the portable console, keep your hand up and someone will bring you a tissue. That's becaus...

'Super Smash Bros.' and exchange rates help keep Nintendo in profit

Wed, 28/01/2015 - 10:23
Nintendo's slow and arduous journey back to financial prosperity continued today with the release of its latest financial results. The company posted a second consecutive quarterly profit in its financial Q3, which counts sales from September through...

Amazon slashes the cost of its Fire Phone to £99

Wed, 28/01/2015 - 09:28
Amazon's Fire Phone has been a huge flop, and it seems like the company is just about ready to throw in the towel. Following multiple fire sales in the US, Amazon has dropped the price of its first smartphone by up to 75 percent in the UK. That puts ...

Basis' Peak fitness watch now gets notifications from your phone

Wed, 28/01/2015 - 09:05
A little later than promised, Basis' Peak fitness tracker behaves more like the smartwatch it arguably should have been all along. Grab a newly released update for the wearable and it'll give you a heads-up on calls, meetings and messages from your A...

Swyp wants to replace all the credit, loyalty and gift cards in your wallet

Wed, 28/01/2015 - 07:48
High-tech cards that store all your credit, gift and loyalty card info haven't exactly made it big yet, but the competition's already heating up. The newest entry in the race is called Swyp: a metallic device with a screen that transforms into the ca...

Scientists 3D print cartilage to repair damaged windpipes

Wed, 28/01/2015 - 06:22
Believe it or not, scientists aren't yet finished discovering new ways to 3D print body parts. A team at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research has developed a 3D printing technique that lets them produce cartilage for repairing damaged trachea...

Samsung's Gear VR headset arrives at Best Buy (but not at retail)

Wed, 28/01/2015 - 05:25
If you've been curious enough about virtual reality to buy Samsung's Gear VR headset, you've had to visit either AT&T's website or Samsung's to pick one up. Not very convenient, is it? Your VR shopping just got a little bit easier, though, as Best Bu...

Forget taking notes, this Bluetooth headset captures your calls

Wed, 28/01/2015 - 04:03
Journalists everywhere will weep with joy if this Bluetooth recording device comes to fruition (at least this one will). We're talking about Bluewire, a headset that records both sides of a smartphone or VoIP conversation over Bluetooth. That means i...

Sony is reportedly cutting 1,000 jobs in its smartphone group

Wed, 28/01/2015 - 03:28
There's no doubt that Sony's smartphone division is struggling, and it sounds like that's about to exact a big toll on the company's workforce. Nikkei reports that Sony expects to cut 1,000 jobs in its mobile group, adding to the 1,000 layoffs it ann...

YouTube defaults to HTML5 on the web

Wed, 28/01/2015 - 02:45
If you've been hoping for YouTube to drop the notoriously buggy Flash video format as its default player, well, good news. Nearly five years after the streaming giant started supporting the HTML5 standard for its videos, it's finally now its player o...

TI's super-slim graphing calculator shows that math can be stylish

Wed, 28/01/2015 - 01:59
Who said that graphing calculators were dead in the smartphone era? Certainly not Texas Instruments -- if anything, it's showing that there's still plenty of life left in dedicated math machines. Its new TI-84 Plus CE is 30 percent thinner and 30 per...

Daily Roundup: The Pixar of VR, Apple Watch ship date and more!

Wed, 28/01/2015 - 01:13
In today's Daily Roundup, we look at Oculus Story Studio, the new film-innovation lab creating cinematic content to take advantage of VR devices. Meanwhile, Apple continues to crush it and announces when the Apple Watch will ship, and we learn more a...

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