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BT confirms talks to acquire EE for £12.5 billion

Mon, 15/12/2014 - 17:16
After weeks of speculation linking it with the acquisition of one of the UK's two biggest mobile carriers, BT has finally confirmed that EE will be the subject of its affection. The telecoms giant announced today that it has entered "exclusive negoti...

Fitbit says Charge skin issues aren't caused by its materials

Mon, 15/12/2014 - 16:56
Fitbit is no stranger to customer complaints, especially when it comes to skin issues. After dealing with a wave of criticism, and subsequent recall, of its Force activity tracker last year, the company recently introduced a trio of new gadgets. Well...

Climate change deal has 194 countries cutting emissions

Mon, 15/12/2014 - 16:12
Deals to reduce greenhouse gases (such as 1997's Kyoto Protocol) have been in place for years. However, they've typically limited the reductions to richer nations -- poorer countries have objected to previous attempts to broaden the scope due to requ...

CrowdSolve wants to turn amateurs into true detectives

Mon, 15/12/2014 - 15:38
There are libraries full of stories featuring amateur detectives showing police officers how to do their job. Hell, the Serial podcast has shown what one journalist can uncover even when investigating a murder that's more than a decade old. If you've...

Microsoft kicks off Skype's Translator preview on Windows 8.1

Mon, 15/12/2014 - 15:06
Tu madre es una tarantula. Entiendes? If you didn't catch that, Skype's got you covered. Microsoft just kicked off Skype's Translator preview, which, as the name suggests, can automatically translate speech in real-time. While English and Spanish are...

Supercomputer gives most accurate picture yet of star formation

Mon, 15/12/2014 - 14:34
Scientists may finally have an answer to the question of why fewer stars than expected form out of interstellar material. So far, the best simulations have predicted that nearly all the matter in vast clouds of interstellar gases would eventually coo...

Indiegogo's new service lets you quickly raise funds for personal causes (updated)

Mon, 15/12/2014 - 14:00
Crowdfunding sites are typically meant for companies with bright ideas, but they don't work so well for personal fundraising -- there's a lot of setup involved, and the fees you'll pay could be better spent on the cause in question. Indiegogo wants t...

Google Maps will now warn you about UK train delays

Mon, 15/12/2014 - 13:07
Google Maps has incorporated train timetables for a while now, but it's never accounted for the inevitable delays and cancellations that plague UK networks. You would select what you think is the fastest route, only to stand around on the platform wi...

Runtastic thinks you'll like exercising with a VR headset

Mon, 15/12/2014 - 13:00
Let's be frank: indoor exercise can suck. You're usually stuck in a gym or your home, and you can't get feedback without either a pricey trainer or a distracting mobile app. Runtastic thinks there might be a better way. It just developed Oculus Rift ...

New app tells you if you're too drunk to drive, helps call a cab

Mon, 15/12/2014 - 12:17
If you need your cellphone to decide if you've had one too many, that's probably a sign you should call a cab or car service. Nevertheless, the state of Maryland and federal NHTSA have just launched an app that will tell you your approximate blood al...

How to grab a 20th Anniversary Edition PS4 online in the UK this week

Mon, 15/12/2014 - 12:04
Demand for Sony's 20th Anniversary Edition PlayStation 4 has been insane -- online orders in the US sold out in minutes, while some lucky Londoners were treated to super-cheap PS4s at the PlayStation '94 Shop. For those of you that were unable to get...

Amazon UK glitch sells thousands of products for a penny

Mon, 15/12/2014 - 11:36
Christmas is always an expensive time of year, but for some lucky Brits ordering gifts on Amazon, the festive celebrations may have kicked off a little early. You see, between 7pm and 8pm last Friday, listings on the website were affected by a price ...

Viber grows its ecosystem with a new section for games

Mon, 15/12/2014 - 10:00
If you're going to try rivaling Skype, you may as well go big or go home. For Viber, over the past few months, this has meant taking its messaging and VoIP calling services to a different level, one that feels more like a mini social network with eac...

Google Earth's third-party app support is going away, for now

Mon, 15/12/2014 - 07:57
Google Earth's technology has led to some pretty cool third-party projects over the past six years, but you may not see many of those efforts for at least a little while. Google has announced that it's retiring Earth's app programming interface withi...

Blackhat trailer promises a hacking thriller, computer screens that beep

Mon, 15/12/2014 - 06:32
Question: What is the title of that movie that revolves around a hacker (or two) caught up in a huge scheme or conspiracy that has something to do with a gargantuan corporation and/or the government? Your choices are: A.) Young-Angelina Jolie starr...

Hackers won't release Sony workers' personal info if they object

Mon, 15/12/2014 - 05:26
Here's an odd twist to the Sony Pictures hack: the attackers are becoming courteous... relatively speaking, of course. The Guardians of Peace are threatening to release yet more of the studio's data as a "Christmas gift," but they're also offering to...

How would you change Lenovo's Thinkpad Helix (2013)?

Mon, 15/12/2014 - 03:50
Lenovo's launch of the first Yoga still stands as a watershed moment in laptop and tablet design, but what of one of its successors, the ThinkPad Helix? In addition to those first two modes, you could spin the Helix's display outward, enabling you to...

PlayStation Plus gave you $1,349 in 'free' games this year

Mon, 15/12/2014 - 01:01
It won't surprise you to hear that your PlayStation Plus subscription provides a healthy amount of gaming goodness for $50 per year, but have you ever crunched the numbers to see just how much you're getting? Push Square has. According to its calcula...

Spanish publishers want Google News to come back

Sun, 14/12/2014 - 22:48
Spain's old-school media clearly has a more complicated relationship with the internet than it first thought. Mere hours after Google shut down its News service in the country to avoid a law that will make it pay for article results, the Spanish News...

These videos prove that music and science can (usually) mix

Sun, 14/12/2014 - 20:23
Wondering how NASA could make a clever yet groan-inducing music video like "All About That Space?" Really, it's just carrying on a tradition of producing science-themed tunes. A lot of them are cheesy covers -- we've seen scientific riffs on Adele an...

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