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Retail's response to Apple Pay and Google Wallet gets hacked before it arrives

Wed, 29/10/2014 - 17:28
If the retailers backing the CurrentC mobile payment system hope to topple NFC-based technology like Apple Pay and Google Wallet, they may need to improve their safeguards for your data. CurrentC is now warning people in its beta program that...

Samaritans Radar scans your Twitter feed and notifies you of possible cries for help

Wed, 29/10/2014 - 17:11
The Samaritans charity is best known for its 24-hour helpline, which offers emotional support to anyone that's feeling down in the dumps. With many people, especially youngsters, now broadcasting every intimate detail of their lives on Twitter, the...

Facebook will give you serious money to make the internet more secure

Wed, 29/10/2014 - 17:00
Internet security bugs suck -- who actually wants to go through all their accounts to change passwords? Nobody, that's who. That's why many tech companies have bug bounty programs or security research grants, such as Facebook's Internet Defense...

Google's Nexus 6 is a high-powered handful (hands-on)

Wed, 29/10/2014 - 16:48
It's a little funny to see Motorola finally crafting a Nexus phone after Google sold it to Lenovo, but hey -- life is peculiar that way. What's more important is that Motorola has taken its responsibilities as Keeper of the Nexus name seriously, and...

Nintendo 3DS review (2014): a good reason to give 3D games another chance

Wed, 29/10/2014 - 16:00
Nintendo's original 3D handheld launched in 2011 and three years is a seriously long time in tech -- especially for Nintendo. Fortunately, it's been a hit -- over 44 million units sold so far -- following a tradition of handheld console leadership...

The best 'Star Wars' games are actually, finally available for modern PCs

Wed, 29/10/2014 - 15:36
LucasArts may no longer exist thanks to Disney, but that doesn't mean its legendary games are lost forever. Like we pointed out yesterday, Good Old Games posted the download links to the likes of TIE Fighter and X-Wing a bit prematurely. Well, the...

HP's 3D-scanning 'Sprout' PC is unlike anything else the company has made

Wed, 29/10/2014 - 15:00
The best way to describe Sprout, an ambitious new desktop from HP, is that it's unlike any PC the company has ever made. The second-best way: It's an all-in-one computer with a touch mat that acts as a second screen, and an overhead projector/camera...

Reddit's new crowdfunding site draws on your fellow fans for help

Wed, 29/10/2014 - 14:34
The Reddit community already has a knack for rallying people around common causes, whether they're charities, fan shirts or getting soldiers decent toilet paper. Wouldn't it make sense to create a crowdfunding site that harnesses that energy?...

HP reveals Sprout: The strange 3D-scanning, multi-display all-in-one PC

Wed, 29/10/2014 - 14:06
We've seen some strange devices here at Engadget, but honestly, we've never seen anything quite like Sprout. It's a unique machine that combines an all-in-one Windows 8 PC with a set of 3D scanning cameras, a giant tactile touchpad and a...

HP wants to be a 3D printing giant with new 'Multi Jet Fusion' tech

Wed, 29/10/2014 - 14:02
HP has just revealed a lot more information about the 3D printing technology it teased dramatically a few months ago. It's called "Multi Jet Fusion," and the company thinks it can "change entire industries." The original goal was to make 3D printers...

Dabbling in the future of payment: A week with Apple Pay and Google Wallet

Wed, 29/10/2014 - 14:00
On Monday last week, Apple finally launched Apple Pay, the company's mobile-payment system that only works with the iPhone 6, 6 Plus and the latest iPads. (Though you can't use iPads for in-store payments.) Even though mobile payments have been...

Keen Home wants smart devices that help prevent basement flooding

Wed, 29/10/2014 - 13:47
The promise of a smart home, ultimately, is to introduce savings of some sorts be it with time, effort or money. Keen Home is targeting the latter with its Smart Vent which monitors things like outside air temperature as well as the climate in your...

Startup wants to raise $1.8 million to build giant fighting robots

Wed, 29/10/2014 - 13:00
The folks at MegaBots Inc. dream of making humongous machines: 15-foot-tall, 15,000-pound piloted robots to be exact. And they don't want to build them for rescue missions or military use -- nope, these robots are designed to duke it out in an arena...

Londoners can now give to charity by paying for travel with a contactless card

Wed, 29/10/2014 - 12:40
More Londoners than ever are using contactless payments to get around the capital, and now, a new initiative called "Penny for London" is asking commuters to add charitable donations to their daily routine, too. The idea is that every time you use a...

Verizon's new tech site won't cover anything that makes its owner look bad

Wed, 29/10/2014 - 12:31
It's a great time for technology journalism, with hundreds of sites all working very hard to bring you exhaustive coverage of their specialist field. Verizon, however, clearly doesn't feel that it's getting enough attention, which is why it's...

Smart microwave suggests meals based on your cooking habits

Wed, 29/10/2014 - 12:00
It's not hard to find microwave-friendly recipes, but it's another matter to both find the right recipes and cook them properly. However, SectorQube may just take care of all of those challenges at once if its crowdfunded MAID (Make All Incredible...

A group of retailers can't support Apple Pay due to contract with rival tech

Wed, 29/10/2014 - 11:14
When CVS and Rite-Aid shut off their NFC-based payments to prevent customers from using Apple Pay, we heard it was because they're part of a large group developing rival technology CurrentC. Now, The New York Times has shed more light on the issue,...

​Security researcher uses radio frequencies to smuggle data out of isolated network

Wed, 29/10/2014 - 10:13
Think your completely isolated, internet-disconnected "air gap" computer network is secure from wireless infiltration? Think again -- security researchers at Ben-Gurion University in Israel have found a way to lift data from closed networks using...

Manuel Noriega's case against Activision dismissed by California judge

Wed, 29/10/2014 - 09:47
Apparently Mayor Giuliani's defense worked: Former Panama dictator Manuel Noriega's case against Activision for including his likeness in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has been dismissed by a California judge. As Kotaku spotted, Activision issued a press...

At just 4.85mm, Oppo R5 is the world's slimmest smartphone

Wed, 29/10/2014 - 09:01
Step aside, Gionee, as your record for the world's slimmest smartphone has just been beaten by a fellow Chinese manufacturer. Oppo's R5, the successor to the Asia-only R3, comes in at just 4.85mm thick, thus beating the 5.15mm-thick Elife S5.1 from...

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