The company that designs Ferraris just built an $11,000 bicycle

Chris Ziegler October 30, 2014 11:37 am10 minutes ago 3

Pininfarina is best known as Ferrari's frequent collaborator, but the Italian design firm sketches a lot of other things, too — take the Pininfarina Fuoriserie, for instance, a bicycle that's just a little...

Any.Do updates its to-do app with new sharing features

Adi Robertson October 30, 2014 10:56 am1 hour ago 7

There's a revamped version of minimalist to-do app Any.Do out today, and using it might cost you. Today, the company announced Any.Do 2.0, a version of the cross-platform service focused on turning your...

Also new colors, if you're willing to pay

Google Play Books is now a lot better for reading nonfiction titles like textbooks

Nathan Ingraham October 30, 2014 11:00 am1 hour ago 4

By now, you're likely quite familiar with the concept of reading an ebook, whether on a tablet or dedicated e-reader: you load it up with as many books as you can, tap or flip your way through the pages,...

One new UI trick makes flipping through your books much easier

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'Game of Thrones' stars sign for seventh season

Jacob Kastrenakes October 30, 2014 10:49 am1 hour ago 8

It looks like HBO wants a seventh season of Game of Thrones. The series has already been ordered through its sixth season, and now The Hollywood Reporter says that HBO has reworked its stars' contracts to...

Seven seasons for seven books?

Small Empires Season 2: hunting for spare parts and seed funding with Partpic

Ben Popper October 28, 2014 09:00 am10.28.2014 36

An Atlanta based visual search company is looking to reinvent the hunt for replacement parts. Can they convince investors to give them the seed capital they need to grow?

Helping you find a replacement for that broken thingamabob

Metallica will play for a week on Craig Ferguson's 'Late Late Show'

Colin Lecher October 30, 2014 10:18 am1 hour ago 15

Craig Ferguson, host of the Late Late Show, announced he was leaving his gig for new horizons earlier this year. He'll be getting a slightly unexpected — but amazing — musical send-off: Metallica says...

"Bring it!" Lars Ulrich

Samsung's Gear S smartwatch coming to the US on November 7th

Chris Welch October 30, 2014 10:16 am2 hours ago 14

Samsung's Gear S smartwatch will launch in the United States on November 7th, the company announced today. All four major US carriers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile) will carry the device, and you'll...

It's not what you'd call cheap

Life would be better if our cars had Formula 1 steering wheels

Sean O'Kane October 30, 2014 10:10 am1 hour ago 13

Whether you're talking on-track performance or off-track health benefits, Formula 1 has been at the forefront of technology for decades. One obvious example is the evolution of the cars' steering wheels,...

A banking giant and payment startup unite to modernize money transfer

Ben Popper October 30, 2014 10:00 am2 hours ago 9

As change in the finance industry accelerates, financial titans are beginning to embrace the disruption.

"Banks traditionally have not been able to facilitate a good customer experience when it comes to payments." Chad Ballard, Director of Digital Challenges, BBVA Compass

Tiny human stomachs have been created from stem cells

Arielle Duhaime-Ross October 29, 2014 02:00 pm22 hours ago 9

Three-dimensional "mini-stomachs" have been created from human stem cells. The tiny organs measure about 3 millimeters in diameter and can be used as models for the infections that are often precursors to...

"They really do look like ‘mini stomachs.'" James Wells, stem cell biologist

Ghosts in the machine? Using the Kinect to hunt for spirits

Alexa Ray Corriea October 30, 2014 10:00 am2 hours ago 11

The room is completely dark, save for the soft light of a computer monitor.

A solitary man stands in the middle of the old, musty foyer, surrounded by an audience of several ancient pieces of furniture....

Watch the trailer for 'Ex Machina,' a sci-fi thriller from the writer of '28 Days Later'

Jacob Kastrenakes October 30, 2014 09:52 am2 hours ago 28

If you're a sci-fi fan, you're probably familiar with some of Alex Garland's incredible work: he wrote the tense thriller Sunshine and the revered zombie film 28 Days Later. Now Garland is directing his...

The directorial debut of Alex Garland

The guy behind Google Wallet is back to change payments all over again

Ellis Hamburger October 29, 2014 09:14 am10.29.2014 183

In November of 2012, Google Wallet chief Osama Bedier admitted defeat. "Nobody today is delivering any solution that will get scale, including me," he said onstage at the Open Mobile Summit. Soon, facing i...

Poynt is the coolest credit card reader you've ever seen

Michael Bay could be in talks to direct a movie about Benghazi

Adi Robertson October 30, 2014 09:37 am2 hours ago 21

Michael Bay may be officially handing off his crowd-pleasing but critically panned Transformers for weightier fare: a film about the 2012 attack on US diplomatic and CIA compounds in Benghazi, Libya. The...

Fox News surely rejoices

The MPAA and theater owners have officially banned Google Glass

Colin Lecher October 30, 2014 09:21 am2 hours ago 17

If there was any doubt on how theaters felt about patrons using Google Glass, the Motion Picture Association of America and National Association of Theatre Owners have quashed it: an update to their joint...

Rules now "fully integrate wearable tech"

Instagram launches video ads today

Jacob Kastrenakes October 30, 2014 09:18 am2 hours ago 7

Your Instagram feed is going to start having a new type of ad in it: videos. Starting today, Instagram is allowing advertisers to start running 15-second video ads that'll appear in your feed the same way...

The ads look really incongruous

Mysterious smart energy company raises $150 million, led by ex-HTC executive

Chris Ziegler October 30, 2014 07:30 am4 hours ago 4

Horace Luke, Gogoro's CEO.

Taiwanese firm Gogoro came out of stealth mode this morning — sort of — announcing in very broad, vague terms that it's looking to "utilize the power of mobile connectivity and...

But what is it doing?

LG obliterates the bezel with new smartphone LCD display

Vlad Savov October 30, 2014 07:19 am4 hours ago 43

Everyone who has seen Sharp's Aquos Crystal smartphone has been impressed by it. Thanks to incredibly thin bezels on three sides of its display, that Japanese phone looks like a prop from a sci-fi movie...

The Sharp Aquos Crystal won't be alone for long

Motorola is now part of Lenovo

Tom Warren October 30, 2014 07:00 am5 hours ago 28

Motorola Mobility officially becomes part of Lenovo today. Lenovo’s acquisition was announced back in February for $2.91 billion, and today marks the finalization of the deal. Motorola is now "a Lenovo...

Hello, Lenovo

Samsung will 'fundamentally reform' its smartphones after dire earnings report

Vlad Savov October 30, 2014 06:57 am5 hours ago 72

Samsung's earnings this past quarter have been exactly as downbeat as the company predicted: operating profit is down 60 percent and income from sales is now 20 percent smaller than a year ago. In other...

Time for change

China's Xiaomi becomes world's third biggest smartphone maker without leaving Asia

Vlad Savov October 30, 2014 04:55 am7 hours ago 57

Over the past three months, more than 327 million new smartphones were shipped out from factories around the world, and young Chinese company Xiaomi has been responsible for more than 5 percent of them....

Samsung's still the biggest, but others are catching up fast

Watch a working Project Ara prototype demonstrated ahead of Spiral 2 reveal

Rich McCormick October 30, 2014 04:19 am7 hours ago 37

The engineers behind Project Ara are trying to make the last smartphone you'll ever need. Their design for a modular device has users slotting components — a camera, extra storage space, a Wi-Fi connector...

cellular, modular, interactivodular

Flipboard debuts a big redesign and The Daily Edition, a morning news section

Ellis Hamburger October 30, 2014 12:00 am12 hours ago 29

Finding the right news to read is hard. That’s why hundreds of companies have jumped into the game offering different takes on what you might want to read, and why you might want to read it. Some apps...

Flipboard sets its sights on Facebook and Yahoo

Nintendo's first 'non-wearable' is a sleep-tracking device

Sam Byford October 29, 2014 11:41 pm12 hours ago 12

Although Nintendo reported encouraging Q2 earnings yesterday, the company has been clear about its need to expand into new areas of business. At an investor briefing today, CEO and president Satoru Iwata...

Mysterious "quality of life" initiative takes shape

Banksy's New York graffiti tour is getting its own HBO documentary this Friday

Carl Franzen October 29, 2014 06:18 pm17 hours ago 1

It was just over a year ago that infamous UK street artist Banksy began a self-described "residency" in New York City, creating a series of whimsical and increasingly bizarre public artworks throughout the...

Welcome to New York

CurrentC tries and fails to explain why merchants are blocking Apple Pay

Jacob Kastrenakes October 29, 2014 05:48 pm18 hours ago 143

Basically no one had heard of CurrentC last week. But as of Saturday, that all changed: everyone now knows it as the reason that big retail stores like Walmart and Best Buy aren't letting you use Apple Pay....

"This is not a technology decision." Dekkers Davidson, MCX CEO

YouTube now supports 60fps playback, and video games look amazing

Chris Welch October 29, 2014 05:46 pm18 hours ago 99

You've never watched YouTube quite like this: today the company began rolling out support for higher video frame rates like 60fps. We've seen movie trailers and other special clips appear with higher fps...

You got the kind of frame rate that can be so smooth, yeah

Twitch wants you to watch developers build their games

Adi Robertson October 29, 2014 05:43 pm18 hours ago 6

You can play games on Twitch. You can watch people play games on Twitch. You can watch fish play games on Twitch. You can watch people write news reports on Twitch. And now, there's a section where you can...

"Artist protip: If you ever feel like not drawing a second eye, monocle or eyepatch. Either works." imrooniel

Fly a drone near a stadium and the FAA could send you to jail

Colin Lecher October 29, 2014 04:30 pm19 hours ago 11

Well before drones were a hobby, in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, the FAA created a rule designating stadiums as "national defense airspace." Between an hour before and an hour after an event,...

The law "clarifies" what an aircraft is

SodaStream will move its West Bank factory after controversy

Colin Lecher October 29, 2014 02:31 pm21 hours ago 43

In 2012, the Israeli company SodaStream — producer of a machine that makese seltzer water and soda at home — became an unlikely flashpoint of Israeli-Palestinian relations. The company drew criticism for...

The factory will move by 2015

This Android smartphone is too thin for a headphone jack

Vlad Savov October 29, 2014 01:58 pm22 hours ago 153

Chinese phone makers have been engaged in a long-running battle to see who can produce the thinnest possible smartphone, and today Oppo has scooped the title with the scarcely believable 4.85mm-thick R5....

The Oppo R5 is a marvel of unnecessary engineering

Assassin's Creed Unity looks incredible on PC, but you'll need a high-end machine to run it

Chris Plante October 29, 2014 01:31 pm22 hours ago 94

A video released today on UK Assassin's Creed YouTube page details the handful of graphical features in Assassin's Creed Unity designed for NVIDIA GTX graphics cards. Assassin's Creed Unity already looks...

Assassinating compatibility

You can now pre-order Google's Nexus 6

Chris Welch October 29, 2014 01:23 pm22 hours ago 98

Google has opened up pre-orders for its Nexus 6 today, The flagship Android 5.0 Lollipop phone starts at $649 for a 32GB model, and you can also bump up to 64GB of storage for $699. It's unclear how much...

Hope you've got $650 handy

Watch the final trailer for 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1'

Jacob Kastrenakes October 29, 2014 01:19 pm22 hours ago 3

With just under a month to go before the film is in theaters, the final trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is being released to hold fans over. Mockingjay has done a remarkably good job with i...

Hope you like contextless explosions
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