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

Cassandra Khaw October 22, 2014 04:58 am25 minutes ago 1

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...


Apple is now crowdsourcing business listings to help make Maps better

Josh Lowensohn October 21, 2014 08:50 pm9 hours ago 21

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

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

Cassandra Khaw October 22, 2014 02:22 am3 hours ago 3

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

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Adobe's symbolic pro-Gamergate gesture frustrates victims

Adi Robertson October 21, 2014 05:49 pm11 hours ago 232

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

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

Dieter Bohn October 21, 2014 03:05 pm14 hours ago 206

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

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

Carl Franzen October 21, 2014 04:49 pm12 hours ago 4

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 pm12 hours ago 24

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

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

Kwame Opam October 21, 2014 02:40 pm15 hours ago 45

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 pm16 hours ago 60

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

Sean Parker is building a beach-finding app as penalty for his obnoxious wedding

Jacob Kastrenakes October 21, 2014 01:05 pm16 hours ago 47

Former Facebook president Sean Parker has agreed to build an app for California's Coastal Commission as part of his $2.5 million settlement for throwing a highly elaborate and highly unauthorized wedding...

"It was a creative resolution." California Coastal Commission

You can now hang out with wild chimpanzees on Google Maps

Carl Franzen October 21, 2014 12:45 pm17 hours ago 5

Google's Street View feature has already transported us from our humble desks to many incredible places around the globe, giving us panoramic virtual views of everywhere from Antarctica to the Great...

Chimp views

Travelers coming from Ebola-stricken countries are now restricted to five US airports

Arielle Duhaime-Ross October 21, 2014 12:30 pm17 hours ago 13

Starting Wednesday, travelers who have spent time in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea will have to land in one of five airports if they want to gain access to the US, reports USA Today. The Department of...

We are working to "implement these restrictions with minimal travel disruption." Jeh Johnson, secretary of US Homeland Security

Amazon Kindle Voyage review

Chris Ziegler October 20, 2014 09:00 am10.20.2014 136

The humble e-reader is the evolutionary equivalent of a duck-billed platypus: at some point, it fell off the family tree. It’s been plotting its own course ever since, totally comfortable in its weirdness,...

How do you improve the humble e-reader?

Google brings Songza's best feature to Play Music

Chris Welch October 21, 2014 12:00 pm17 hours ago 81

After purchasing Songza for an undisclosed sum earlier this year, Google is now bringing that app’s best features to Google Play Music on Android, iOS, and the web. An update due today will add a new...

The right songs at the right time

Rainn Wilson is bringing some of Vine's biggest stars to TV

Kwame Opam October 21, 2014 11:37 am18 hours ago 13

Rainn Wilson of The Office fame is enlisting comedy talent from Vine for his next TV project. Called Hollywood and Vine, the show will follow five of Vine's most popular video makers — Lele Pons, Jerry...

At the intersection of Hollywood and Vine

Amazon inks deal with book publisher Simon & Schuster, gets ammo in Hachette fight

Carl Franzen October 21, 2014 11:09 am18 hours ago 9

Amazon continues to solidify its grip over books sales. As first reported yesterday by Business Insider, the online retail giant has signed a multi-year pact to sell new paper books and ebooks from...


Watch this surreal, psychedelic TED talk from the guy Google just gave $500 million

Ben Popper October 21, 2014 11:05 am18 hours ago 26

A thrilling glimpse inside the madcap mind of the man Google believes is building the future of computing.

"Inner space travels with the creative robot." Rony Abovtz, founder, Magic Leap

Homeboy is what happens when tiny security cameras hook up with magnets

Josh Lowensohn October 21, 2014 11:00 am18 hours ago 18

After having his home burglarized for a third time, Mark Richards decided that it was maybe a good idea to install a security system. It just so happened he had a background in low-powered Wi-Fi chips, as w...

Yes, it's actually called Homeboy

Kuna is a light fixture that doubles as a home security system

Josh Lowensohn October 21, 2014 11:00 am18 hours ago 13

Convergence, or multiple features coming together, is one of the many things that’s made smartphones so useful, and now the same thing is happening in home security cameras. Cameras are being built into...

For dim felons

This is what happens to viral art after it gets filtered through the web

Sam Sheffer October 21, 2014 10:53 am18 hours ago 16

When an image or video goes viral on the internet, the original file oftentimes gets, well, abused as it gets passed along and reshared, resulting in the circulation of dozens of copies that suffer in...

compression artifacts

Google leads $542 million funding of mysterious augmented reality firm Magic Leap

Jacob Kastrenakes and Ben Popper October 21, 2014 10:31 am19 hours ago 43

Google is leading a huge $542 million round of funding for the secretive startup Magic Leap, which is said to be working on augmented reality glasses that can create digital objects that appear to exist in...

"You’re in the room, and there’s a dragon flying around, it’s jaw-dropping." Thomas Tull, Legendary Pictures CEO

Starting today, you can log into Gmail with a USB key

Russell Brandom October 21, 2014 10:26 am19 hours ago 76

It just got a little easier to log into Gmail. Today, Google launched support for Security Key, an open standard that lets you log in to an account with a physical device, usually in the form of a USB. The...

"We are starting to move...beyond single-factor passwords." Michael Barrett, FIDO Alliance President

IndieCade is the most important video game conference you don't know about

Cassandra Khaw October 21, 2014 09:00 am20 hours ago 9

Indie games are great. Indie games are bad. Indie games are basement dreams, cobbled together from free visual assets and raw human stubbornness. Indie games are revolutionary, primitive, problematic,...

Xbox One’s new digital TV tuner lets you stream TV to a tablet or smartphone

Tom Warren October 21, 2014 08:55 am20 hours ago 88

Microsoft announced its digital TV tuner back in August, and it’s finally going on sale in European countries today. The 29.99 EUR ($40) accessory plugs into a USB port on the Xbox One to pick up channels...

Perfect for keeping everyone in a household happy

Microsoft Lumia will replace the Nokia brand

Tom Warren October 21, 2014 07:47 am22 hours ago 168

Microsoft started dropping hints about its plans to kill off the Nokia and Windows Phone brands last month, and now the company is ready to make it official. Microsoft Lumia is the new brand name that...

An obvious choice

Highway guardrail maker defrauded US government of $175 million, jury finds

Amar Toor October 21, 2014 07:28 am22 hours ago 12

A US company accused of selling highway guardrails that pose direct dangers to drivers has been found guilty of defrauding the federal government, the New York Times reports. A Texas jury determined Monday...

Design change allegedly led to five deaths and multiple injuries

The awesome 'Guardians of the Galaxy' mixtape will be released on cassette

Rich McCormick October 21, 2014 04:41 am10.21.2014 42

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy makes it clear that Peter "Star Lord" Quill is willing to risk his life for two things: his friends, and a cassette mixtape called "Awesome Mix Vol. 1." The mix has been...

ooga chaka ooga chaka

Watch a self-driving Audi become 'the fastest autonomous car on the planet'

Chris Ziegler October 20, 2014 07:06 pm10.20.2014 39

Audi put a big exclamation point on its self-driving technology — "piloted driving," as the company calls it — with an adrenaline-filled demonstration in Germany over the weekend. The car in question was a...

Terrifying and amazing

3D-printed gun maker in Japan sentenced to two years in prison

Carl Franzen October 20, 2014 05:58 pm10.20.2014 63

A 28-year-old former university employee was sentenced today in Japan to two years in prison for manufacturing plastic 3D-printed firearms in violation of national weapons laws, according to The Japan News....

Real gun, real consequences

Does Yosemite have a privacy problem? Not exactly

Russell Brandom October 20, 2014 05:55 pm10.20.2014 62

This morning, The Washington Post called out an unexpected privacy concern in Apple's new Yosemite operating system. Apple's Spotlight application, previously used to index material on a user's hard drive,...

Is Apple's new search feature a privacy problem? It's complicated

Celebrate Final Fantasy 6's birthday with … Wu-Tang Clan?

Philip Kollar October 20, 2014 05:40 pm10.20.2014 20

On October 20th, 1994, one of the most influential role-playing games of the 16-bit era was released in North America: Final Fantasy 6 (originally released in the U.S. under the title Final Fantasy 3). To...

Squeezed out: as the iPhone gets bigger in size and sales, the iPad keeps slumping

Ben Popper October 20, 2014 05:05 pm10.20.2014 196

In its earnings report today, Apple said that it sold a little over 12.3 million tablets over the last three months, a decline of 13 percent compared to the same period in 2013.

The iPad's biggest sales may already be behind it

Apple Q4 2014 earnings: revenue surges on huge iPhone 6 sales

Josh Lowensohn October 20, 2014 04:41 pm10.20.2014 169

Apple, once the darling of Wall Street with a ballooning stock price, has disappointed investors in recent quarters with slowdown on its growth. But this quarter, it surprised with a blowout, posting...

It's a blowout

'Dead Rising' film has its lead: former 'Daily Show' war correspondent Rob Riggle

Ross Miller October 20, 2014 04:01 pm10.20.2014 12

Comedian Rob Riggle is probably best known for his work as a Daily Show correspondent through 2008, as well as his various film and TV cameos (21 Jump Street, The Other Guys, NTSF:SD:SUV). And now he's...

He's covered wars, you kn... oh, you've heard that one already?
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