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T-Mobile will ignore bad credit if you're loyal and want a new phone

Thu, 22/01/2015 - 17:18
And the Un-carrier march continues unabated. This time, T-Mobile CEO John Legere address the consumer masses via YouTube to launch a new initiative that aims to help put a smartphone in the hands of anyone who wants one... and can pay their bills. St...

Russia's new combat robot shoots guns and drives ATVs... slowly

Thu, 22/01/2015 - 16:38
When someone describes a machine as a "combat robot," you'd probably imagine something akin to the Terminator or perhaps even Boston Dynamics' BigDog. Maybe that's why Russian president Vladimir Putin didn't look impressed when he was presented his c...

Stir's new smart desk is a relative bargain at $2,990

Thu, 22/01/2015 - 16:00
We poke fun at Stir sometimes, but that's mostly because $3,900 is a ridiculous amount of money to pay for a standing desk -- yes, even a "smart" one. But once you get past the sticker shock, it's clear the company is doing some cool things: The exis...

Google Maps Coordinate field-worker tool is closing down

Thu, 22/01/2015 - 15:28
Google's never shy about spiking its services (even popular ones). Today's victim? Google Maps Coordinate. As a refresher (and as the name suggests), this service was designed to help organize teams out in the field. Think sales reps, roadside repair...

Forget detention: Illinois students might have to forfeit their Facebook passwords

Thu, 22/01/2015 - 14:54
A law that went into effect at the start of 2015 will allow Illinois school districts to demand the social media passwords for students that break the rules or are suspected of cyberbullying. Motherboard received a copy of the letter sent to parents,...

TalkTalk updates its mobile plans ahead of inevitable quad-play competition

Thu, 22/01/2015 - 14:44
TalkTalk has long been a friend to the price-conscious consumer, offering low-cost TV, broadband and mobile services as alternatives to pricier options from the Skys and EEs of this world. In recent history, however, it's been exploring opportunities...

BlackBerry's CEO doesn't understand what net neutrality is

Thu, 22/01/2015 - 14:29
Think that net neutrality means all companies have the same, unfettered access to the internet without throttling or "fast lanes?" BlackBerry's CEO John Chen doesn't agree! In a letter to the Senate, he dismissed the need for tight "Title II" governm...

NVIDIA's newest GPU crams in Maxwell power without a hefty price

Thu, 22/01/2015 - 14:00
If you've been tempted by NVIDIA's high-end GTX 970 and 980 video cards, but couldn't justify their high prices, the company's latest entry is made for you. Nvidia is rounding out its Maxwell family of video cards today with the GTX 960, a desktop GP...

Dropbox now an alternative to OneDrive on all Windows devices

Thu, 22/01/2015 - 13:17
Microsoft recently made the surprising decision to partner with Dropbox, meaning it's walled Windows garden would no longer be limited to OneDrive. The relationship has now borne fruit, as the app has arrived to Windows Phone, Windows RT and Windows ...

4chan creator Moot steps down after more than a decade

Thu, 22/01/2015 - 12:09
When Christopher Poole founded messaging board 4chan eleven-and-a-half years ago, he was just a 15-year-old kid. Now, he's stepping down an adult with a PhD (in large-scale community management, which fits him well) and more than a decade of experien...

Microsoft will beta test a patch for the still-busted 'Halo' collection

Thu, 22/01/2015 - 11:01
343 Industries is beta testing its latest patch for the horribly crippled Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Yes, you read that right: Redmond's internal Halo studio is asking a portion of MCC's players to be canaries in the Covenant coal-mine ahead ...

Spotify's Touch Preview lets you sample new songs quickly

Thu, 22/01/2015 - 11:00
Spotify has a long history of spitting out new and interesting features from week-long hackathons. It tells its employees to forget their normal jobs, tackle a problem and solve it in a creative way. The "Top Tracks" feature that debuted last month w...

Contactless charity donations could mean the end of 'chuggers'

Thu, 22/01/2015 - 10:18
Charities play an important role tackling all manner of medical and societal issues, but without donations many would cease to operate. To ensure a steady stream of funding, some send representatives into Britain's high streets to encourage giving, g...

Kim Dotcom launches MegaChat encrypted video calling service

Thu, 22/01/2015 - 10:03
It's been in the pipeline for more than a year now, but finally Kim Dotcom's Mega is ready to share its encrypted chat service with the world. 'MEGAchat' is pretty light on features -- it's basically just audio and video calls right now -- but the fa...

Drones: the tech-savvy trafficker's new drug mule

Thu, 22/01/2015 - 09:23
A quadcopter has recently crashed into a Mexican supermarket parking lot located somewhere near the country's California border, and one of the possible reasons is that its payload was just too heavy for it. No, it wasn't carrying cameras or even fer...

Google adds screen reader support to Docs, Sheets and Slides apps

Thu, 22/01/2015 - 08:57
Google's Docs, Sheets and Slides apps aren't easy to use on a phone's small screen at all, but this set of updates could make things just a bit more convenient for both iOS and Android users. Documents now come with real-time spell check, spreadsheet...

Hulu's next series comes from the maker of 'Video Game High School'

Thu, 22/01/2015 - 08:10
Many of Hulu's original shows are meant as equivalents to conventional TV, but the streaming service is about to take some of its internet rivals head-on. It just unveiled plans for a new series from RocketJump, the studio behind the cult web hit Vid...

Hulu's former CEO lets you try his YouTube alternative

Thu, 22/01/2015 - 07:28
Hulu's ex-CEO Jason Kilar has been extolling the virtues of Vessel, his would-be YouTube rival, for weeks. Today, though, you can finally find out whether or not it's all that it's cracked up to be -- Vessel has launched an invitation-only public bet...

BlackBerry's gold-hued Passport is even more audacious than usual

Thu, 22/01/2015 - 07:01
BlackBerry's Passport is already a fairly exclusive device by dint of the company's small market share, but the Canadian smartphone maker just kicked things up a notch. It's now selling a very limited edition (just 50 units) Black & Gold Passport tha...

MakerBot's Thingiverse finally lets you share 3D models with groups

Thu, 22/01/2015 - 06:28
You'd think by now creating groups for sharing 3D models would be old hat for Thingiverse, MakerBot's online community for 3D printing enthusiasts, but sadly, you'd be wrong. That all changes today: MakerBot announced that Thingiverse users will fina...

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