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Sky Go finally arrives on the PlayStation 3

Engadget - Thu, 29/01/2015 - 09:55
Sony's PlayStation 3 is getting a bit long in the tooth, but if it's still your preferred device for streaming video, Sky is finally ready to lend its support. Following the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 4, the broadcaster is launching a Sky Go app today ...

YouTubers can now get paid for sharing Nintendo gameplay videos

Engadget - Thu, 29/01/2015 - 09:40
Nintendo is today rolling out its "Creators Program," a system that ensures it gets paid when YouTubers share its content. The Creators Program is a response to the popular "Let's Play" YouTube clips that feature long amounts of gameplay. Nintendo to...

Microsoft's OneDrive gets better at showing and sharing your photos

Engadget - Thu, 29/01/2015 - 09:12
Microsoft has long wanted you to use OneDrive to store your photos, but actually viewing those photos isn't ideal -- you're ultimately using a file browser that just happens to have some photo-related features. That's going to change in the next coup...

Skin patch turns friction into electricity to power wearables

Engadget - Thu, 29/01/2015 - 08:36
Until we find that perfect technology to power wearables with our own bodies, scientists all over the world are going to keep developing possible candidates. A team from the National University of Singapore, for instance, has developed a flexible, po...

Drone Maker Enforces No-Fly Zone Over DC, Hijacking Malware Demonstrated

Slashdot - Thu, 29/01/2015 - 08:07
An anonymous reader writes A recent incident at the White House showed that small aerial vehicles (drones) present a specific security problem. Rahul Sasi, a security engineer at Citrix R&D, created MalDrone, the first backdoor malware for the AR drone ARM Linux system to target Parrot AR Drones, but says it can be modified to target others as well. The malware can be silently installed on a drone, and be used to control the drone remotely and to conduct remote surveillance. Meanwhile, the Chinese company that created the drone that crashed on the White House grounds has announced a software update for its "Phantom" series that will prohibit flight within 25 kilometers of the capital.

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Microsoft's Office for Android tablet apps arrive today

Engadget - Thu, 29/01/2015 - 08:00
It's only been a few weeks since Microsoft released the preview versions of Office for Android, but the software giant is finally ready to bring the final version of those apps to Google Play. Starting some time Thursday morning -- we're hearing from...

Microsoft's new Outlook apps for iOS and Android promise higher productivity

Engadget - Thu, 29/01/2015 - 08:00
Microsoft has released new Outlook apps for iOS and Android, and they might just be light-years better than those web apps the company has unleashed in the past. See, these are the result of Redmond's Accompli acquisition in December, and seeing as w...

Leak hints that HTC's next flagship phone comes in two sizes

Engadget - Thu, 29/01/2015 - 07:19
You'd be forgiven for not knowing what to expect from HTC's next flagship smartphone. The images that have emerged are frequently dodgy, and there are even claims that the company is seeding decoys to throw people off the scent. However, you might fi...

LG's phone sales are way up, but killing plasma TVs had a cost

Engadget - Thu, 29/01/2015 - 06:22
LG is still trailing Samsung and Apple in total smartphone sales (and profits from them), but the company just revealed its financial data for the last year and has plenty to be happy about. It sold 59.1 million smartphones last year, up nearly a qua...

Brain Implants Get Brainier

Slashdot - Thu, 29/01/2015 - 05:31
the_newsbeagle writes "Did my head just beep?" wonders a woman who just received a brain implant to treat her intractable epilepsy. We're entering a cyborg age of medicine, with implanted stimulators that send pulses of electricity into the brain or nervous system to prevent seizures or block pain. The first generation of devices sent out pulses in a constant and invariable rhythm, but device-makers are now inventing smart stimulators that monitor the body for signs of trouble and fire when necessary.

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Dropbox now reports when non-US governments want your data

Engadget - Thu, 29/01/2015 - 04:56
While Dropbox was quick to embrace transparency reports, it's been pretty opaque about data requests from outside the US. How do you know which countries want your info? You don't have to wonder any longer. The cloud storage outfit has published its ...

Samsung looks for a boost as its smartphone sales keep slipping

Engadget - Thu, 29/01/2015 - 04:28
Samsung's profits have been on an upward swing driven by several popular versions of its Galaxy smartphones, but 2014 is going into the books as an off year. It still posted a $4.88 billion profit in Q4, but for the year it was down 32 percent from 2...

One-in-five Developers Now Works On IoT Projects

Slashdot - Thu, 29/01/2015 - 03:02
dcblogs writes Evans Data Corp., which provides research and intelligence for the software development industry, said that of the estimated 19 million developers worldwide, 19% are now doing IoT-related work. A year ago, the first year IoT-specific data was collected, that figure was 17%. But when developers were asked whether they plan to work in IoT development over the next year, 44% of the respondents said they are planning to do so, said Michael Rasalan, director of research at Evans.

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Daily Roundup: Dell's latest laptop, the Super Bowl on social media and more!

Engadget - Thu, 29/01/2015 - 02:41
Sony is getting a sorely needed music makeover, a drunken mistake leads to a firmware update for DJI drones and we get up close and personal with Dell's XPS 13 -- all this and more in your Daily Roundup!...

Delaware wants to put your driver's license on your phone

Engadget - Thu, 29/01/2015 - 02:08
For all the recent talk of moving to digital wallets, you can't really ditch the old-school kind yet -- you still need to carry physical copies of your driver's license and other forms of ID. If you live in Delaware, though, you may eventually have o...

Spider Spins Electrically Charged Silk

Slashdot - Thu, 29/01/2015 - 01:13
sciencehabit writes In their quest to make ultrastrong yet ultrasmall fibers, the polymer industry may soon take a lesson from Uloborus spiders. Uloborids are cribellate spiders, meaning that instead of spinning wet, sticky webs to catch their prey, they produce a fluffy, charged, wool-like silk. A paper published online today in Biology Letters details the process for the first time. It all starts with the silk-producing cribellar gland. In contrast with other spiders, whose silk comes out of the gland intact, scientists were surprised to discover that uloborids' silk is in a liquid state when it surfaces. As the spider yanks the silk from the duct, it solidifies into nanoscale filaments. This "violent hackling" has the effect of stretching and freezing the fibers into shape. It may even be responsible for increasing their strength, because filaments on the nanoscale become stronger as they are stretched. In order to endow the fibers with an electrostatic charge, the spider pulls them over a comblike plate located on its hind legs. The technique is not unlike the so-called hackling of flax stems over a metal brush in order to soften and prepare them for thread-spinning, but in the spider's case it also gives them a charge. The electrostatic fibers are thought to attract prey to the web in the same way a towel pulled from the dryer is able to attract stray socks.

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Here's what Sony's PlayStation Vue TV service is like in real life

Engadget - Thu, 29/01/2015 - 00:59
When Sony unveiled its PlayStation Vue streaming service, it painted a rosy picture of what you'll get: tons of channels! You'll never look at TV the same way again! But what's it like to use in the real world? You won't have to wait until the formal...

Qualcomm confirms loss of a 'large customer', probably Samsung

Engadget - Thu, 29/01/2015 - 00:28
Qualcomm's presence inside many of the world's most popular mobile devices over the last few years has kept the money coming in (creating the need for the picture shown above), but today there was some bad news. In its Q4 earnings release, the compan...

Amazon Takes On Microsoft, Google With WorkMail For Businesses

Slashdot - Thu, 29/01/2015 - 00:27
alphadogg writes Amazon Web Services today launched a new product to its expansive service catalog in the cloud: WorkMail is a hosted email platform for enterprises that could wind up as a replacement for Microsoft and Google messaging systems. The service is expected to cost $4 per user per month for a 50GB email inbox. It's integrated with many of AWS's other cloud services too, including its Zocalo file synchronization and sharing platform. The combination will allow IT shops to set up a hosted email platform and link it to a file sharing system.

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SpaceX shows how its heavy-lifting rocket will (hopefully) work

Engadget - Thu, 29/01/2015 - 00:11
SpaceX's Falcon Heavy has yet to grace a launch pad, but that isn't stopping the company from extolling the reusable rocket's virtues. Elon Musk and crew have posted an animation (below) demonstrating how a typical mission with the heavy-duty reusabl...