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Gorilla Glass 4 shouldn't shatter when you drop your phone

Engadget - Thu, 20/11/2014 - 13:00
Plenty of mobile device screens can easily resist minor cracks and scratches, but let's be honest -- those aren't the biggest problems. No, the real crisis comes when you drop your phone and the display shatters into many pieces. Thankfully, Corning...

Aether's music-streaming 'Cone' now lets you ditch the Rdio subscription

Engadget - Thu, 20/11/2014 - 13:00
When I tested Aether's "Cone" music player I was intrigued, but cautious, about the idea. At $400 (plus a required Rdio subscription) it was a hard sell for many -- especially with strong competition. Today, Aether shows that it's working on making...

This e-ink watch can change its design at the touch of a button

Engadget - Thu, 20/11/2014 - 12:34
It's not like we haven't seen e-ink watches before, but we've never seen one quite like this. FES Watch uses e-paper not only for its face, but its entire strap, allowing the wearer to change its design with a simple button press. By combining...

Chinese devs can now sell their Android apps on the Play Store

Engadget - Thu, 20/11/2014 - 11:53
Chinese developers can finally sell their Android apps through the Google Play Store, possibly foreshadowing a local launch of the marketplace. The move gives devs the ability to sell their apps to Android users in over 130 countries around the...

Jeff Bezos gifts Fire Tablet owners six months of access to his newspaper

Engadget - Thu, 20/11/2014 - 11:41
Jeff Bezos may have bought the Washington Post with his own money, but that doesn't mean that the paper won't be extra friendly to the boss' other company. The outfit has launched a new tablet-friendly app that's designed for a "national and...

Wearable data proves what you thought: we're less active when it's cold

Engadget - Thu, 20/11/2014 - 10:38
It's hard to fight nature. We mammals have an instinctual urge to hibernate when the mercury starts dropping, and thanks to activity trackers we have some data to prove that theory holds true (if we actually get that sleep is another story). By...

Millions of Spiders Seen In Mass Dispersal Event In Nova Scotia

Slashdot - Thu, 20/11/2014 - 10:37
Freshly Exhumed writes A bizarre and oddly beautiful display of spider webs have been woven across a large field along a walking trail in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada. "Well it's acres and acres; it's a sea of web," said Allen McCormick. Prof. Rob Bennett, an expert on spiders who works at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, BC, Canada, said tiny, sheet-web weaver spiders known as Erigoninae linyphiidae most likely left the webs. Bennett said the spiders cast a web net to catch the wind and float away in a process known as ballooning. The webs in the field are the spiders' drag lines, left behind as they climb to the top of long grass to be whisked away by the wind. Bennett said it's a mystery why these spiders take off en masse.

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Why App Store apps are now labeled 'Get' instead of 'Free'

Engadget - Thu, 20/11/2014 - 09:35
If you're searching on either the Mac or iOS App Stores today, you might notice a little change in the way Apple labels free apps. Before, even if such an app contained costly upgrades, it would carry the label 'Free.' However, following the...

Qualcomm wants to get into servers after conquering the mobile world

Engadget - Thu, 20/11/2014 - 08:36
Qualcomm is sitting pretty right now. Its Snapdragon processors and cellular chips are present in most of the big-name mobile devices you can use today, whether it's the Nexus 6 or the iPhone. However, the company isn't content to stop there -- it...

BitTorrent Unveils Sync 2.0

Slashdot - Thu, 20/11/2014 - 08:02
An anonymous reader writes BitTorrent today outlined the company's plans for its file synchronization tool Sync. Next year, the company will launch Sync 2.0, finally taking the product out of beta, as well as three new paid Sync products. Ever since its debut, Sync has provided a wide variety of solutions to various problems, BitTorrent says, from distributing files across remote servers to sharing vacation photos. BitTorrent thus believes it needs to build three distinct products for each of these separate audiences, including a Pro version for $40 per year.

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Sony's new A7 II mirrorless camera stabilizes your shots with any lens

Engadget - Thu, 20/11/2014 - 07:37
Most camera manufacturers will milk a popular model dry, but not Sony! Just a year after releasing the first full-frame mirrorless cameras, the Alpha 7 and Alpha 7R, Sony has revealed their successor: the Alpha 7 II. Launched in Japan only, for now,...

Walmart's Amazon price-match policy is less open to abuse now

Engadget - Thu, 20/11/2014 - 06:55
Well, that didn't take long: Earlier this week, the internet caught wind of a few less-than-legitimate sellers listing PlayStation 4s on Amazon at ridiculously low prices -- we're talking $90 or less for a $400 item -- and took advantage of Walmart's...

Google's setting Photo Spheres and Street View images free from Maps

Engadget - Thu, 20/11/2014 - 05:59
It looks like soon enough we'll be seeing Street View pictures and those spiffy Photo Spheres making their way from Google Maps and onto our favorite websites. How's that, pray tell? An update to Mountain View's Maps Embed API (targeted at web...

Android Botnet Evolves, Could Pose Threat To Corporate Networks

Slashdot - Thu, 20/11/2014 - 05:34
angry tapir writes An Android Trojan program that's behind one of the longest running multipurpose mobile botnets has been updated to become stealthier and more resilient. The botnet is mainly used for instant message spam and rogue ticket purchases, but it could be used to launch targeted attacks against corporate networks because the malware allows attackers to use the infected devices as proxies, according to security researchers.

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Parrot's featherweight Bebop drone lands next month for $500

Engadget - Thu, 20/11/2014 - 04:38
When Parrot told us a few months ago that its Bebop Drone would arrive "later this year," we couldn't have imagined it would be this late in 2014. Regardless, chances are this won't stop UAV aficionados from shelling out cash on Parrort's new super...

Computers are ranking the world's important authors

Engadget - Thu, 20/11/2014 - 03:25
Trying to rate the world's literary giants is tricky at best. Do you go by the number of books sold? The long-term cultural impact? If you're Dartmouth College researcher Allen Riddell, you make computers decide. As part of an effort to determine...

What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

Slashdot - Thu, 20/11/2014 - 03:03
StartsWithABang writes After successfully landing on a comet with all 10 instruments intact, but failing to deploy its thrusters and harpoons to anchor onto the surface, Philae bounced, coming to rest in an area with woefully insufficient sunlight to keep it alive. After exhausting its primary battery, it went into hibernation, most likely never to wake again. We'll always be left to wonder what might have been if it had functioned optimally, and given us years of data rather than just 60 hours worth. The thing is, it wouldn't have needed to function optimally to give us years of data, if only it were better designed in one particular aspect: powered by Plutonium-238 instead of by solar panels.

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Hydrogel injections could increase survival chances for wounded soldiers

Engadget - Thu, 20/11/2014 - 02:41
If a team of researchers from MIT and Texas A&M University have their way, wounded soldiers will have soon have a better chance of survival. The project is a biodegradable gelatin that once injected, helps with blood coagulation, cutting down on...

Senator Al Franken questions Uber about its privacy policy, 'God View'

Engadget - Thu, 20/11/2014 - 02:14
Uber's PR nightmare of a week is getting even worse, as Senator Al Franken has joined those questioning the service about its ethics and commitment to user privacy. In a letter (PDF), Franken laid out ten specific questions for CEO Travis Kalanick to...

Engadget Daily: The Meizu MX4 Pro, why GoPro's mid-range camera is its best, and more!

Engadget - Thu, 20/11/2014 - 01:28
The GoPro Hero4 Black can shoot 4K at 30 fps. So why, then, does James Trew prefer the cheaper and less-equipped Hero4 Silver? Two words: the touchscreen. That's not all we have on deck, though -- read on for the rest of our news highlights from the...