Sony Xperia Z3v review

Dan Seifert October 23, 2014 09:00 am8 minutes ago 2

Sony has a rough time selling phones in the US. While it has managed to become one of the few Android makers to turn a profit on the backs of its global sales, Sony’s presence in the US has been crippled...

A Z2 by any other name

Tumblr is making videos a lot more like GIFs

Jacob Kastrenakes October 23, 2014 09:00 am9 minutes ago

Tumblr may be known for moving images, but by and large that's been the GIF — not videos. Tumblr is today trying to address that, changing what it's like to watch videos in its mobile apps and on the...

Autoplaying videos that loop forever

We remixed John Oliver's all-dog Supreme Court footage with actual audio from the Aereo case

Ross Miller and Tom Connors October 22, 2014 10:48 am22 hours ago 31

Last Week Tonight host John Oliver challenged news outlets to use footage of an all-dog Supreme Court to make to the oral arguments "more compelling to watch." Challenge accepted.

"Those dry constitutional arguments are now must-see television." John Oliver

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Kenny G frantically disassociates himself from Hong Kong demonstrators

Cassandra Khaw October 23, 2014 01:39 am7 hours ago 21

When famous saxophonist Kenny G tweeted a selfie from a Hong Kong protest site, he probably wasn't expecting to be rebuked by the Chinese government. The musician has since made it extremely clear that he...

Kenny be any more apologetic?

This insane, gruesome sculpture brings 'Doom' to life

Andrew Webster October 23, 2014 08:34 am25 minutes ago 3

Jason Hite has been in love with Doom since 1993. And in 2004 he decided to create a tribute in the best way he knows how: a wonderfully dark and disturbing sculpture.

It all started when Hite received...

A classic reimagined with circuit boards, bullets, and toys

I hate myself for loving the Hemingwrite high-tech typewriter

Adi Robertson October 22, 2014 06:45 pm14 hours ago 36

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

Cassette deck hacked to play and control Spotify music

Cassandra Khaw October 23, 2014 08:10 am1 hour ago 4

The $35 Raspberry Pi is the low-end computing system that launched a thousand projects, including a beet-powered Beetbox and this Spotify-compatible cassette player. CNET writes that Matt Brailsford's...

Play it again, Spotify

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

Dan Seifert October 21, 2014 06:36 pm10.21.2014 261

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

'Civilization: Beyond Earth' takes the strategy series out of the stratosphere

Rich McCormick October 23, 2014 08:00 am1 hour ago 6

This is how humanity ends. We've fought our way out of caves and from shorelines, built cities, built rockets, finally slipped the surly bonds of Earth. We've made it to a new planet and conquered it,...

brave new world

Man turns iPad into tactile interface for whatever he wants

Cassandra Khaw October 23, 2014 07:40 am1 hour ago 6

Florian Born's Modulares Interface B.A turns the iPad touchscreen into a modular mosaic of physical buttons, sliders, and knobs. The core idea behind the project is to find a solution for the lack of...

Project ARAnge Your Life

Nike is working with Apple to expand the digital frontier of wearables

Tom Warren October 23, 2014 07:30 am2 hours ago 8

Although Nike seemingly abandoned future FuelBand hardware, the company is working closely with Apple to advance wearables overall. In an interview with Bloomberg News, Nike CEO Mark Parker says he is...

Nike CEO hints at a closer relationship

Watch the world's rhythms compared with the aid of simple circles

Cassandra Khaw October 23, 2014 03:38 am5 hours ago 1

Pizza, good movies, and great music are just some of the things that make the world go round. Over at TED-Ed, John Varney explains how rhythm can literally be perceived as a circular concept, as opposed to...

Wheel of music

Microsoft is ending free Xbox Music streaming

Rich McCormick October 22, 2014 11:17 pm10 hours ago 52

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 pm15 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

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

Arielle Duhaime-Ross October 22, 2014 05:03 pm16 hours ago 27

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 pm17 hours ago 101

Editor's note: New evidence surrounding the Red Velvet Oreo has come to light. Please see the updates at the bottom 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 pm18 hours ago 110

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 pm19 hours ago 40

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

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

Chris Ziegler October 22, 2014 02:11 pm19 hours ago 36

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 pm20 hours ago 77

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 pm20 hours ago 4

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 pm20 hours ago 44

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 pm21 hours ago 48

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 am22 hours ago 33

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 am22 hours ago 39

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 am22 hours ago 61

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 am22 hours ago 39

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 am22 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 am23 hours ago 122

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 am23 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 am23 hours ago 63

"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 am10.22.2014 60

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 am10.22.2014 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...

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