Microsoft is ending free Xbox Music streaming

Rich McCormick October 22, 2014 11:17 pm2 hours ago 20

Microsoft is closing its free Xbox Music streaming service effective December 1st. The company will continue to offer music streaming through its Xbox Music service, but users will need to purchase an Xbox...

stop the music

Not even the Statue of Liberty is safe from brands

Ross Miller October 22, 2014 06:07 pm7 hours ago 12

At 8AM this Halloween, the Statue of Liberty is getting outfitted with designer bow ties in the name of fashion. Or so #brands would like you to believe. Forced perspective — emphasis on forced.

The only thing between you and freedom is a 60-foot wide, 35-pound bow tie

I hate myself for loving the Hemingwrite high-tech typewriter

Adi Robertson October 22, 2014 06:45 pm6 hours ago 18

The Hemingwrite — described as an "over-engineered typewriter for the 21st century" — should bother me. It's not just the pretentious yet bland reference to the Young Male Writer's favorite inspiration...

Infuriating, pretentious, perfect

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Ebola travel bans are 'irrational,' says head of Red Cross

Arielle Duhaime-Ross October 22, 2014 05:03 pm8 hours ago 23

Imposing travel bans that prevent people from Ebola-stricken countries from leaving those countries would be "irrational," said Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross...

"[Travel bans] are not solutions." Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

'Red Velvet' Oreo: real or fake?

Dan Seifert October 22, 2014 03:40 pm9 hours ago 97

Editor's note: New evidence surrounding the Red Velvet Oreo has come to light. Please see the updates at the bottoom of this article.

Earlier this week, a tweet sent the Twitter cookie community into an...

Sorry folks, they aren't real

Some early Apple Pay users hit with duplicate charges

Chris Welch October 22, 2014 03:07 pm10 hours ago 109

Large-scale consumer launches are rarely perfect, and Apple Pay isn't proving to be an exception. Plenty of people using Apple's mobile payments feature over the last few days have reported successful...

Banks have promised refunds

The PlayStation TV is a waste of money for Vita fans

Andrew Webster October 22, 2014 02:30 pm10 hours ago 33

People love to say that the PlayStation Vita has no games. I'm the guy who tells them they're wrong. Though Sony's handheld hasn't been a huge success, it's one of my personal favorite devices. I love the...

The Vita turns into a home console, but without some of its best games

Candy, cabs, and socks: using Apple Pay in the real world

Dan Seifert October 21, 2014 06:36 pm10.21.2014 253

Yesterday, Apple released iOS 8.1, and along with it, the company’s new mobile payments service. Apple Pay isn’t the first of its kind — we’ve seen options from Google and others for years. But it is the...

Putting Apple Pay to the test

'IMDb for cars' exists, and it's an incredible time-waster

Chris Ziegler October 22, 2014 02:11 pm11 hours ago 35

Which episode of Doogie Howser, M.D. featured a Peterbilt 359?

Just this morning, I would've assumed that there was absolutely no way of answering that without watching all of Doogie Howser, M.D....

Quick: which Bond movies had BMWs in them?

Now the FBI is asking Congress to weaken iPhone and Android security

Colin Lecher October 22, 2014 01:17 pm12 hours ago 76

FBI Director James Comey has been on a media tour lately, making an anti-encryption pitch to the public. Apple's new encryption standards, Comey has argued, are an unnecessary hurdle to law enforcement —...

Success isn't assured

US will monitor travelers for three weeks when arriving from Ebola-stricken countries

Jacob Kastrenakes October 22, 2014 01:10 pm12 hours ago 3

The US is going to begin monitoring all travelers who enter the country from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea for three weeks after landing to detect symptoms of Ebola. Time reports that the program will...

"The bottom line is that we have to keep our guard against Ebola." Tom Frieden, CDC director

Watch the full-length trailer for Ridley Scott's live-action 'Halo: Nightfall'

Ross Miller October 22, 2014 01:04 pm12 hours ago 36

Here it is, the first full-length trailer for Halo: Nightfall, the live-action series coming to Xbox from executive producer Ridley Scott (i.e. not the Steven Spielberg one). We got a tease in late July,...

"Death will come to all of us. Especially soldiers." Unknown

Microsoft's $50 adapter makes your Xbox One Kinect compatible with Windows

Chris Welch October 22, 2014 12:07 pm13 hours ago 42

Xbox One owners with a Kinect could soon get more use out of Microsoft's powerful camera — assuming those same people are also Windows users. Today Microsoft launched a $49.99 adapter that will make the...

No need to buy another camera

Simpsons World lets cable subscribers stream every episode of the show

Jacob Kastrenakes October 22, 2014 11:26 am14 hours ago 32

Landing syndication rights to The Simpsons was a huge deal for the FXX network, and it's trying to make the absolute most out of them. It's now made every single episode of the show available to stream...

Or just the early seasons so you can tell everyone how much better they are

Hungary wants to tax internet data transfers

Colin Lecher October 22, 2014 11:12 am14 hours ago 36

Late on Tuesday, the Hungarian government proposed a controversial way of dealing with a national budget deficit: taxing internet service providers for data transfers sent over the web. Under the new tax...

Who will end up footing the bill?

Four in ten web users have experienced online harrassment

Russell Brandom October 22, 2014 11:09 am14 hours ago 58

The internet is still a rough place, according to a new survey conducted in June by Pew Research's Internet Project and released today. A full 73 percent of the survey's respondents had witnessed someone...

"Young women are particularly vulnerable to sexual harassment and stalking." Pew Research report

Fake news sites are using Facebook to spread Ebola panic

Josh Dzieza October 22, 2014 11:08 am14 hours ago 38

There’s a scary story bouncing around Facebook, accruing hundreds of thousands of likes: the small town of Purdon, Texas, has been quarantined after a family of five was diagnosed with Ebola. The story is...

Ebola panic profiteers

Samsung's Nook tablet now comes in larger, 10-inch size for $299

Chris Welch October 22, 2014 10:44 am14 hours ago 9

Samsung and Barnes & Noble today announced a bigger, 10.1-inch version of their Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, priced at $299.99. It's available starting today in black. Despite carrying a larger display, the new...

Bigger doesn't really mean better from the looks of it

Michigan latest state to ban direct Tesla sales

Jacob Kastrenakes October 22, 2014 09:54 am15 hours ago 117

Michigan has become the latest state to ban Tesla from selling its cars straight to consumers, with Governor Rick Snyder signing a law yesterday that prohibits direct sales. Michigan joins a growing number...

"No consumer unaffiliated with dealers would ever want this." Tesla

Tim Cook meets with Chinese vice premier to 'exchange views' on data security

Adi Robertson October 22, 2014 09:44 am15 hours ago 14

Apple CEO Tim Cook met with Chinese vice premier Ma Kai today, as reports circulated that Chinese authorities might be redirecting iCloud traffic within the country to a dummy site. According to a...

Was the recent iCloud phishing attack on the table?

Taylor Swift hits #1 on Canadian iTunes chart with eight seconds of white noise

Ross Miller October 22, 2014 09:37 am15 hours ago 61

"Track 3" is no longer on sale, but as of last night, eight seconds of white noise was more popular than all other music in Canada's iTunes store, including Swift's other songs, which were released with...

".........." Lyrics from 'Track 3'

After 25 years, Nine Inch Nails' flawed, brutally honest debut is still worth a listen

Nathan Ingraham October 22, 2014 09:00 am16 hours ago 59

Nine Inch Nails’ debut album, Pretty Hate Machine, was released 25 years ago this week — October 20th, to be precise. It’s a pretty big milestone for NIN mastermind Trent Reznor — most who followed his...

"I know it's not the right thing / and I know it's not a good thing" Trent Reznor

Microsoft attempts to improve Android with new 'Garage' apps

Tom Warren October 22, 2014 09:00 am16 hours ago 97

Google might not be interested in building apps for Windows Phone, but Microsoft isn’t holding any grudges. Starting today, the software giant is expanding its Garage project to give outsiders a chance to...

A new culture emerges in Redmond

Computer generated girl leads to pedophile conviction in Australia

Amar Toor October 22, 2014 06:01 am19 hours ago 43

A global sting operation involving a virtual ten-year-old girl named Sweetie has led to the conviction of a registered sex offender in Australia, marking what is believed to be the first conviction since...

1,000 predators identified in sting operation

IKEA captures shopping horror with halloween tribute to 'The Shining'

Cassandra Khaw October 22, 2014 04:58 am20 hours ago 9

IKEAs are terrifying. The thought of spending a weekend inside the Swedish furniture giant is the stuff of nightmares for many. IKEA Singapore takes the idea one step further by incorporating the famous...


Scammers exploit Ebola panic with malware and spam because everything is awful

Cassandra Khaw October 22, 2014 02:22 am23 hours ago 6

Cybercriminals and spammers are once again taking advantage of a frightened public, unleashing malware designed to capitalize on the recent Ebola panic. The attacks include fake safety tips from the World...

"SHOCKING Health Alert: Secret Cure for Ebola?" Terrible spammer

Apple is now crowdsourcing business listings to help make Maps better

Josh Lowensohn October 21, 2014 08:50 pm10.21.2014 34

For years you've been able to report inaccurate or otherwise lacking information from Apple Maps listings. The company has also employed what's known as "ground truth" personnel, people whose job it is to...

A new business direction

Adobe's symbolic pro-Gamergate gesture frustrates victims

Adi Robertson October 21, 2014 05:49 pm10.21.2014 230

Software company Adobe has implicitly voiced support for vitriolic "consumer revolt" Gamergate. After being asked by Gamergate supporters to drop sponsorship for Gawker Media, the company said that it was...

"Adobe stands against bullying." Adobe

NASA's new SoundCloud account will make you feel spaced out

Carl Franzen October 21, 2014 04:49 pm10.21.2014 5

Space has never sounded better (literally it hasn't, as it is a near vacuum where sound waves don't propagate). NASA launched its first official SoundCloud account last week in time for Twitter's...

In space, no one can hear you SoundCloud

Sex started with fish at least 385 million years ago

Jacob Kastrenakes October 21, 2014 04:46 pm10.21.2014 28

Sex was happening on Earth at least 35 million years earlier than we previously knew, according to a new study. Even though fish generally reproduce externally by releasing eggs and sperm outside the body,...

"They gave us the intimate act of sexual intercourse." John Long, lead researcher

The Nexus 9: hands-on with Google's latest attempt to take on the iPad

Dieter Bohn October 21, 2014 03:05 pm10.21.2014 259

Android has never gotten much respect in the big tablet market. Sure, the Nexus 7 has been surprisingly successful — thanks in no small part to its low cost and good performance. But the stigma around...

The in-betweener tablet

'2001: A Space Odyssey' just got a brand new trailer after 40 years

Kwame Opam October 21, 2014 02:40 pm10.21.2014 54

2001 is among the finest sci-fi movies ever made. So, as part of the film's special re-release next month in the UK, the British Film Institute and Warner Bros. produced a new trailer to capture the film's...

"Daisy, Daisy..." HAL 9000

Here's the phone dialer Apple should have included with OS X Yosemite

Chris Welch October 21, 2014 01:17 pm10.21.2014 71

Hands down, one of the best aspects of OS X 10.10 Yosemite is the interplay it allows between Macs and iOS devices. Using your MacBook as a speakerphone for iPhone calls is a pretty cool feeling — and it...

Just give us a dedicated dialer
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