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WhatsApp brings end-to-end encryption to its Android app

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 16:44
WhatsApp Android users won't even need to lift a finger to take advantage of the strongest encryption yet for a major mobile messaging client. The app's latest Android update will include strong end-to-end encryption by default, which means your...

Royal Caribbean's cruise of the future looks a lot like the present

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 16:30
When I think of the ultimate future cruise ship, many things come to mind. Most of them borrowed from Star Trek, I'll admit. Holodecks, food replicators, staff in tight-fitting onesies -- that kinda thing. I'd also be willing to throw in some robot...

Engadget giveaway: win an iPad Air 2 and iXpand drive courtesy of SanDisk!

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 16:00
Let's face it, devices offer more storage space than ever, but our expectations (and file sizes) are growing too. If you'd like to free up some room and quickly transfer files between iDevices running iOS 7.1 or greater, SanDisk's new iXpand could be...

'Dragon Age: Inquisition': The Joystiq Review

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 15:30
Dragon Age: Inquisition is an immense fantasy epic, a sprawling adventure across the many landscapes of Thedas, unapologetically mature in its exploration of politics and brazen in its combat. Inquisition is also developer BioWare's redemption song....

Create your own smart home with littleBits' house-friendly kit

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 15:00
Ever since littleBits' snap-together circuits got the ability to speak to the internet, they were crying out to be used for home-automation. Today, littleBits itself is making that a dead cert, by launching a "Smart Home Kit." The pack contains 14...

Google's Nexus 6 is now available to pre-order in the UK

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 14:43
It's been a little over a month since the Nexus 6 was unveiled, and now the super-sized Android smartphone is nearly ready to make its UK debut. The 32GB 'Midnight Blue' model is now available to pre-order from Amazon, or you can reserve one through...

Walgreens to offer quick, affordable and needle-free blood tests in all its stores

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 14:32
You might still think of Walgreens as a corner drugstore chain, but the company aims to be much more than that. In its quest to become a "healthcare leader," Walgreens recently teamed up with Silicon Valley startup Theranos, which boasts a new and...

Square merchants can now make their own gift cards

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 14:00
It's simple: Square arms small-business owners with an arsenal of weapons they need to do battle with larger (chain) competitors. In turn, you, the consumer, reap a variety of benefits. Now, the company's furthering that entrepreneurial spirit with...

You can now make Amazon purchases with an Android Wear watch

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 13:26
If you're an impulse buyer and own an Android smartwatch, you may not want to read this. Amazon's Google Play app for Android Lollipop now lets you "search for products, buy with 1-click or add products to (your) wish list" with an Android Wear...

Ofcom probe could lead to more live Premier League matches on TV

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 13:13
Less than half of all Premier League matches are broadcast live in the UK, and Virgin Media believes that simply isn't good enough. After filing a complaint in September, Ofcom has agreed to investigate whether the low number of televised fixtures is...

Crowdfunding campaign hopes to beat Nike to auto-lacing shoes

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 12:31
Ever since Marty McFly first wore them in Back to the Future Part II, we've all dreamed of auto-lacing shoes. Nike has now said that a pair will launch in 2015, but despite that, a Canadian startup is taking to Kickstarter to try and beat the shoe...

Tesco teams up with BT to make its free in-store WiFi faster

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 12:02
Tesco's finances might not be holding up too well as of late, but from technological standpoint, the company is certainly ticking all the right boxes. After it debuted the impressive Hudl2 tablet last month, the supermarket giant is now switching its...

Google is cracking down on bad Android TV apps

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 11:33
Google has never approved Play Store apps like Apple does, but now says it'll review Android TV apps "for usability... and other quality guidelines." That's a big departure from its previous policy -- Google only pulled apps retroactively from Play...

Computers can now describe images using language you'd understand

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 10:37
Software can now easily spot objects in images, but it can't always describe those objects well; "short man with horse" not only sounds awkward, it doesn't reveal what's really going on. That's where a computer vision breakthrough from Google and...

Vodafone in talks to bundle Now TV boxes with its new broadband service

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 10:21
Vodafone only confirmed it will take another stab at selling broadband last week, but already rumours of potential tie-ups are starting to circulate. According to The Telegraph, the operator is in talks with Sky to bundle Now TV access in with its...

Path now lets you text UK businesses instead of calling

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 09:52
In another step towards ultimate convenience, Path has updated its messaging app so you can call local businesses with just a simple text. Originally tied to the US, the Places feature in Path Talk has come to the UK, Ireland, Australia and New...

Nokia's return to hardware begins with the $250 N1 Android tablet

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 09:45
Rumors of Nokia's demise have been greatly exaggerated. Its lineup might seem empty now that it's relinquished control of its Lumia smartphones to a lumbering giant and gave up on those low-cost Asha devices earlier this year, but that doesn't mean...

Uber says it won't track journalists after (allegedly) doing just that

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 09:22
Uber, which keeps lurching from one PR disaster to another, just found itself in hot water again. At a private dinner attended by a Buzzfeed reporter, exec Emil Michael mused that Uber should spend "a million dollars" to dig up dirt on the "personal...

Tor users' IP addresses can be identified by exploiting routers

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 09:03
The fact that feds have seized Silk Road 2.0 and a bunch of other shady websites hiding behind Tor's technology proves that the browser doesn't provide the perfect cloak of anonymity. Now, a series of studies conducted between 2008 and 2014 gives us...

Activity trackers to help decide personal injury cases

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 08:14
Don't look now, but the activity tracker on your wrist may be the key to victory in the courtroom -- in the right circumstances, at least. A Canadian woman embroiled in a personal injury claims case will soon use Fitbit data as evidence that an...

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