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Can a Cute Robot Hitchhike Across Canada?
Hitchhiking can be a dangerous way to travel, but one robot is using it to go cross country. Appropriately named HitchBot, the talking droid is attempting to travel across Canada depending only on the kindness of strangers Hitchbot was created by a group of Canadian researchers as an experiment to test whether robots can learn to trust humans. He began his journey in Halifax, Nova Scotia and the plan is for him to eventually reach Victoria, British Columbia. Like many Canadians, Hitchbot can only communicate in English and a little bit in French. See also: 13 Robots Who Don't Know How to Robot Read more...More about Robot, Canada, Hitchhiker, Tech, and Gadgets
7/29/2014 1:00:42 AM
The game controller that trains your pelvic floor muscles
The high-tech pelvic floor trainer space just became more competitive. Remember kGoal? Well, a Kickstarter campaign's looking to fund the production of a similar device called Skea (short for Smart Kegel Exercise Aid), which boasts something kGoal...
7/29/2014 12:19:00 AM
Scientifically Accurate Sonic the Hedgehog Eats Poop
Hedgehogs aren't the badass, speedy creatures your childhood video games made them out to be. As this video by Fox's Animation Domination High-Def points out, they spend less time collecting rings and running in loops than they do chewing up poop and rubbing it on themselves. Gotta go fast.
First Trailer for 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Declares War
7/29/2014 12:00:55 AM
Hijacking Cromecast With The Rickmote Controller
With a simple $35 dongle that plugs right into your TV, it’s possible to enjoy your favorite TV shows, YouTube channels, and everything else Chromecast has to offer. Being a WiFi enabled device, it’s also possible to hijack a Chromecast, forcing your neighbors to watch [Rick Astley] say he’s never going to give you up. The rickmote, as this horrible device is called, runs on a Raspberry Pi and does a lot of WiFi shennaigans to highjack a Chromecast. First, all the wireless networks within range of the rickmote are deauthenticated. When this happens, Chromecast devices generally freak out … Read the rest
7/29/2014 12:00:40 AM
Microsoft targeted in apparent Chinese anti-trust probe
BEIJING (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp appears to be the latest U.S. company targeted by China for anti-trust investigation after government officials paid sudden visits to the software firm's Chinese offices on Monday.
7/28/2014 11:59:22 PM
Use of ‘bubble’ reaches worrying levels
The word "bubble" in association with markets has been mentioned in the press 4,600 times this year, and it could be worrying if the trend continues, analysts warn.
7/28/2014 11:59:00 PM
UBS posts $875M profit, books German charge
UBS posted a forecast-beating second-quarter net profit as it booked a $341 million charge to help settle litigation in Germany.
7/28/2014 11:49:00 PM
Twitter blocks prominent hacker account in Russia following government request
Twitter has blocked a prominent Twitter account in Russia following a government request, just one week after the company denied that it would clamp down on ‘extremist’ accounts in the country.... Keep reading →
7/28/2014 11:31:17 PM
London to pioneer 5G technology, the city’s mayor promises
5G is still only in its early stages, but Mayor Boris Johnson has promised that London will have the world’s first major 5G network.
7/28/2014 11:30:53 PM
Napster Owner Rhapsody Passes 2M Paying Users As It Extends unRadio To Europe
In 2012, Rhapsody nabbed the European assets of streaming service Napster, covering the UK and Germany, to fill out its 2011 acquisition of Napster in the U.S., as part of its strategy to square up globally to Spotify and other online music rivals. Today, it’s putting that reach to use as Rhapsody is expanding its unRadio service for the first time outside of the U.S. The news comes… Read More
7/28/2014 11:21:29 PM
Huawei says ships 34 million smartphones in H1 globally, up 62 percent year-on-year
HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd said smartphone shipments in the first half rose 62 percent year-on-year, as it targets the more expensive smartphone sector dominated by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc.
7/28/2014 11:12:52 PM
UK Team Claims Breakthrough In Universal Cancer Test
An anonymous reader writes UK researchers say they've devised a simple blood test that can be used to diagnose whether people have cancer or not. The Lymphocyte Genome Sensitivity (LGS) test looks at white blood cells and measures the damage caused to their DNA when subjected to different intensities of ultraviolet light (UVA), which is known to damage DNA. The results of the empirical study show a distinction between the damage to the white blood cells from patients with cancer, with pre-cancerous conditions and from healthy patients. "Whilst the numbers of people we tested are, in epidemiological terms, quite small (208), in molecular epidemiological terms, the results are powerful," said the team's lead researcher. "We've identified significant differences between the healthy volunteers, suspected cancer patients and confirmed cancer p
7/28/2014 11:05:00 PM
LinkedIn Just Completely Revamped Its Mobile App To Help You Make More Connections
LinkedIn just released a new update to its flagship mobile app that revamps the look and experience to ultimately make it even easier for you to make and strengthen connections. "We want to help you tell your professional story in the best way possible," Tomer Cohen, LinkedIn's head of mobile, told Business Insider. "We want to help you put your best self forward." The goal of the redesigned app is to bring the highlights of your career to the forefront in a more visually appealing way, so that someone can get a feel for who you are and what you do with a quick glance. If you use LinkedIn to publish long-form posts with advice, inspiration, or reflections about you professional experience, those will also appear near the top of your profile. The company has also baked in the ability to nudge you to fill in any missing componen
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7/28/2014 11:02:00 PM
Uber Gets Down To Business With New Travel Expense Tools And Concur Integration
Uber has spent four years building a perfect transportation alternative to taxis and black car services in cities around the world. But until today it’s just been focused on consumer travel. Now the company is going after a huge new opportunity by changing the way business users can book and expense rides on its platform. Read More
7/28/2014 11:01:57 PM
LinkedIn Redesigns Mobile Profiles to Put Relationships Into Context
LinkedIn's flagship app has gotten a major overhaul. The company rolled out an update to its app Tuesday morning, unveiling completely redesigned user profiles that focus on adding contextual information. The extra info aims to make it easier to initiate conversations with other users — even if they're not connected. See also: 8 Lesser-Known Strategies to Get More Out of LinkedIn Profiles now have a completely overhauled "in common" section that displays contextual information about experiences, connections or groups you share with other users — including those who are not part of your connections. (Previously, this section only displayed shared connections.) "In common" may display whether you and another connection went to the same college, for example, or are members of the same LinkedIn group. Read more...More about Lin
7/28/2014 11:01:16 PM
Rhapsody expands its music streaming into Latin America and Europe, as it reaches 2m users
Established in 2001, Rhapsody helped start the music streaming business before Spotify, Rdio, the iTunes Store and even the iPod. And while the latest services have been waging a battle of... Keep reading →
7/28/2014 11:01:08 PM
Rhapsody bets on carrier partnerships to grow its music service
Rhapsody International, the parent company of music-streaming services Rhapsody and Napster, has just announced it is now home to two million paid subscribers. That sum may not seem like a lot at first glance, especially when compared to the 10...
7/28/2014 11:01:00 PM
Rhapsody Reaches 2 Million Monthly Subscribers
The music service announced the milestone on Tuesday as it seeks to expand its footprint in Europe and Latin America.
New York Times
7/28/2014 11:01:00 PM
Big lobbying dollars flow in food fight
The way that consumers would be informed when their food is genetically engineered is being battled out in Congress.
7/28/2014 11:01:00 PM
Past-due debts common on credit reports
More than one-third of consumers have a debt in collections on their credit report, according to a new study.
7/28/2014 11:01:00 PM
Are autos headed for a wreck?
At Fox Ford and Lincoln not far from Chicago's Loop, Mike Fullmer says sales are so brisk he is concerned about keeping up with demand.
7/28/2014 11:01:00 PM
11 states with the most debt in collections
Nevada, the District of Columbia and Alabama all make the list of states with the highest share of consumers with debts in collections.
7/28/2014 11:01:00 PM
Alleged iPhone 6 housing makes another on-screen appearance, ugly antenna breaks still present (Video)
YouTuber iCrackUriDevice has published a video featuring what could be the rear housing for Apple’s upcoming 4.7-inch iPhone 6. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this part appear on video, but this is definitely the best quality video so far. There’s no solid proof that Apple is actually manufacturing parts with this design, but […]
7/28/2014 10:46:34 PM
'The Last of Us' looks better on PS4 but it's not perfect
Just over a year ago, Sony and developer Naughty Dog unleashed the emotionally wrenching The Last of Us on the PlayStation 3. And while the post-apocalyptic tale was heralded at the time for its affecting narrative, the game's technical prowess...
7/28/2014 10:38:00 PM
Report: Xiaomi pips Apple to rank 2nd in China’s smartphone sales share, but threatens Samsung more
There’s more evidence of Xiaomi’s rapid growth in popularity in China, despite releasing its first smartphone only in 2011. According to data from a Kantar Worldpanel ComTech report from January to May... Keep reading →
7/28/2014 10:37:32 PM
20 Relaxing Vacation Spots for Book Lovers
It's the summer in many parts of the world — which means time for vacation. And there's no better way to spend your downtime than curled up with a good book We've been thinking about vacations in
's social book club, MashableReads, as we read
by Emma Straub. In the book, the Posts, a family from New York City, go on what they hope will be a relaxing summer getaway. However, not even the beautiful island setting of Mallorca, Spain, can prevent the Posts from focusing on their NYC struggles. See also: 15 Gorgeous Vacation Spots Proving Heaven Is a Place on Earth Inspired by the
, we asked
readers to show us the best locations to relax and read. Readers worldwide submitted photos of their favorite places via Instagram and Twitter; they featured desti
7/28/2014 10:30:44 PM
Yelp lets users add short videos to business reviews in latest app update
Yelp on Monday pushed out an update to its iOS app that allows users to upload short video clips up to 12 seconds long alongside written reviews and pictures.
7/28/2014 10:29:00 PM
30 Songs to Fuel Your Summer Vacation
Even if you've already done some traveling, chances are you could use a summer vacation The weeks leading up to a vacation can be stressful — from finishing all your work to picking the ideal location — which makes it that much sweeter when you've hit the open road. See also: How To Plan Your Summer Vacation on Pinterest To capture this moment of bliss and to save you some planning, we assembled this Music Monday playlist that's the perfect soundtrack for any summer vacation. So blast these tunes, and enjoy the relief that comes with them Have something to add to our playlist? Share with us in the comments, below, or on Spotify, and we'll add it. Read more...More about Travel, Music, Vacation, Spotify, and Playlists
7/28/2014 9:59:38 PM
China to top US business travel spending
China's globe-trotting businessmen are on track to top travel spending by 2016, overtaking their U.S. counterparts, a new survey showed.
7/28/2014 9:51:00 PM
Yelp's Newest Feature Adds Videos To Your Restaurant Reviews
When you're looking for a local place to grab a meal, Yelp thinks a 3- to 12-second video could be an important factor in your decision. In a July 28 blog post, the restaurant reviews startup wrote that it has added a feature that lets users beef up their reviews with a short video. The videos aren't supposed to be full reviews, but rather short glimpses into what an establishment has to offer in terms of atmosphere, food, and ambiance. Yelp's blog compares it to the photos it already allows users to upload to reviews. Businesses with photos draw in eyeballs for more than twice as long as businesses without them, so it seems Yelp is looking for videos to have a similar effect. Debuting on iPhone first and Android at a later date, Yelp previewed what it envisions for the feature on the blog. Clips of bands playing and tableside food p
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7/28/2014 9:41:00 PM
Workout Clothes With High-Tech Twist Sell Briskly
Though clothing sales have been strained in recent years, activewear has become a $33.4 billion business, as popular on the street as it is in the gym.
New York Times
7/28/2014 9:39:20 PM
Former Nuclear Power Exec Reveals Secret Payments to Japan's Prime Ministers
The contentious public debate around whether to use nuclear power in Japan, in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, took another major turn on Monday when it was revealed that a former power company official made secret payments to Japanese prime ministers for nearly two decades Chimori Naito, the former vice president of Kansai Electric Power Co. (KEPCO), today one of the country's leading providers of nuclear power, has admitted to secretly paying seven of Japan's prime ministers 20,000,000 yen (about $200,000) on an annual basis for 18 years See also: Fukushima, 3 Years Later: Disaster Still Lingers Read more...More about Japan, Us World, Politics, World, and Nuclear Power
7/28/2014 9:31:02 PM
Forget Apple – the iPhone alone is as big as McDonald’s and Coca Cola combined
Let’s start with the obvious: the iPhone has been a massive, unequivocal success. Every subsequent release seems to break the records that the last one set before it, and now with the biggest hardware overhaul in the phone’s history rumored to be coming this fall, the books are primed to be rewritten once again. But before any of that happens, Jordan Weissmann of Slate has decided to take a step back and see just how big the iPhone really is (and we’re not talking about the 5.5-inch phablet). The question Weissmann posed was this: “If Apple’s product lines were their own companies now, which corporations would they stack up against?” Using this quarter’s earnings, Weissmann discovered that Apple’s iPhone line (easily its most successful product line),
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7/28/2014 9:30:38 PM
LG's 105-inch 4K TV is here, if you can afford it
Sure, Samsung just launched its 105-inch ultrawidescreen, Ultra HD TV, but if spending $120,000 on such a screen is probably out of reach there may be a solution. For the the budget minded-consumer, we'd recommend taking a look at LG's 105-inch 4K...
7/28/2014 9:30:00 PM
Kontakt.io raises $2M to boost ‘beacon’ devices and platform
The Polish company will use the cash to spread its take on Beacon tech around the world.
7/28/2014 9:15:18 PM
This iPhone Case And App Combo May Solve A Common Selfie-Taking Problem Once And For All
In the world of selfie-taking, we're often faced with a dilemma: How do you get yourself in the picture? There are selfie sticks, of course, that are quite useful because they basically extend the length of your selfie-taking arm. But they're a little impractical to carry, and they're, let's face it, kind of embarrassing. And that's where the CaseCam comes in. The CaseCam is an iPhone case, compatible with the iPhone 5 and 5S, that has a flip-out kickstand that's a mirror. Together with the free CaseCam app, it allows you to take pictures with your phone, without you having to hold it. It's basically a remote-controlled tripod for your iPhone. "The case and app were born out of a desire to be included in group photos of friends and family and to enhance the phone’s capacity for capturing hands-free pictures and videos," t
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7/28/2014 9:12:00 PM
Flash sale site Rue La La explores sale; Gilt interested: sources
(Reuters) - Online flash sale site Rue La La, which counts eBay as an investor, is exploring a sale that could value the company at around $400 million, people familiar with the matter said on Monday.
7/28/2014 9:06:09 PM
Google's next Nexus device is reportedly a super-sized phablet
Don't get too excited, but rumors are starting to break regarding Google's sixth Nexus phone: an oversized handset codenamed "Shamu." According to Android Police, the device is rumored to be a 5.9-inch handset made by Motorola -- leveraging Google's...
7/28/2014 9:06:00 PM
Samsung Galaxy S4 Catches Fire and Melts Next to Sleeping Teen
Texas teen Ariel Tolfree received a rude awakening when her Samsung galaxy S4 smartphone caught fire overnight, as she slept next to it, according to a new report. This incident is the latest in a string of Samsung-related battery fires. ”The whole phone melted,” Ariel's dad, Thomas, told local television station KDFW. “The plastic, the glass. You can't even really tell that it was a phone." Ariel, 13, said the phone slipped under her pillow as she slept See also: Virginia Festival Hot Air Balloon Catches Fire and Crashes When a burning smell woke her up, she discovered the phone had cracked and melted, burning a hole through her pillow. “I didn't think much of it, so I went back to sleep, and then I woke up again and it was more prominent,” Ariel said. Her father added that he suspects the phone's battery
7/28/2014 9:03:15 PM
Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Resources On Programming For Palm OS 5?
First time accepted submitter baka_toroi (1194359) writes I got a Tungsten E2 from a friend and I wanted to give it some life by programming for it a little bit. The main problem I'm bumping up against is that HP thought it would be awesome to just shut down every single thing related to Palm OS development. After Googling a lot I found out CodeWarrior was the de facto IDE for Palm OS development... but I was soon disappointed as I learned that Palm moved from the 68K architecture to ARM, and of course, CodeWarrior was just focused on Palm OS 4 development. Now, I realize Palm OS 4 software can be run on Palm OS 5, but I'm looking to use some of the 'newer' APIs. Also, I have the Wi-fi add-on card so I wanted to create something that uses it. I thought what I needed was PODS (Palm OS Development Suite) but not only I can't find it anywher
7/28/2014 9:03:00 PM
Clay 3D Printer Keeps It Simple
Artist [Jonathan] has built a 3D printer specifically for printing in clay. The part count is kept to a minimum and the printer was designed to be made with basic tools and beginner skills. The intent was to not require access to a plastic 3D printer in order to build this printer. Although this build’s goal was clay printing, the extruder could certainly be swapped out for a typical plastic printer version. This Delta uses quite a bit of MDF. The top and bottom plates are MDF, as are the bearing carriages and extruder mount plate. 12mm rods are … Read the rest
7/28/2014 9:00:27 PM
Newspaper Mistakenly Runs Photo of 'Jackass' Star Instead of Dead Israeli Soldier
SYDNEY — The
New Zealand Herald
apologised on Monday after running a photo of Jackass comedian Ryan Dunn alongside a story about the death of a New Zealand-born Israeli soldier. The photo appeared on the front page of the newspaper's Monday edition with the headline, "Kiwi killed in Gaza." The image was meant to be of Staff Sgt. Guy Boyland, who died in a firefight with Hamas gunmen in Gaza on Friday. Instead, it showed the American comedian who died in a car crash in 2011. See also: Israel Is Losing Control of the Gaza Media War The
New Zealand Herald
issued an apology, saying that there would be a full review of its processes after Dunn's photo was accidentally retrieved from Boyland's Facebook page. Boyland, who moved from New Zealand to Israel as a small child, was a fan of the comedian, and had posted photo
7/28/2014 8:55:04 PM
10 Cool Games You Can Play On Your Mac
Macs aren't known for their games, but that doesn't mean Apple doesn't have anything to offer in the way of interactive entertainment. There are actually plenty of Mac-friendly games out there. We've found the best of the best and compiled them here. As with any ranking, this is not an exact science. Price, popularity, graphic performance, and the overall user experience were all considered to rank these titles, though p
lease comment if you feel your favorite game is being overlooked!
2010 (OS X)
$9.99 on Steam "Half-Life 2 is unquestionably one of the best games ever made," wrote one user. "It is widespread knowledge that this feat of gaming ingenuity has set a bar that few ga
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7/28/2014 8:45:00 PM
Meet Terraform, a simple command-line tool to manage all your cloud infrastructure
No longer must developers sign in to one or more online portals and hit a bunch of buttons to load up or adjust the public-cloud infrastructure they use. With Terraform, that work can happen right from a developer's command line.
7/28/2014 8:30:30 PM
A Comic-Con Intervention: 3 Humble TV Requests for Next Year
Comic-Con 2014 attendees are now soaking their feet and eating vegetables to counter all the pretzels and cookies that subbed for actual food over the last four days — but it's also a time for reflection On the TV side, the weekend was a success with a flush of cool trailers and sneak peeks (from shows like
The Walking Dead
Sons of Anarchy
), a crazy amount of casting news (Game of Thrones ), and some had-to-be-there moments (like when Ron Moore modeled a kilt during the
panel) See also: Why Was Comic-Con So Stingy With Movie News? Here's the Deal And while the fun greatly outweighed the normal inconveniences that come with going to Comic-Con ("Why CAN'T I sit against this wall, yellow shirt? I'm exhausted!"), there were three particular things that TV fans seemed to agree s
7/28/2014 8:27:16 PM
OKCupid Publishes Findings of User Experiments
The dating website OKCupid publishes result of three experiments it conducted on users in the name of social science.
New York Times
7/28/2014 8:22:35 PM
Instagram planning to complete HTTPS rollout ‘soon,’ after developer exposes iOS flaw
Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger has responded to the publication of a potential vulnerability on the app’s iOS version by noting that the company plans to finish upgrading to HTTPS for... Keep reading →
7/28/2014 8:19:34 PM
Why HBO won’t ditch cable, no matter how much you beg it to
HBO gets it: You want to be able to subscribe to its content without having to pay for a bunch of other channels you don’t want. However, just because HBO understands what you want, that doesn’t mean it care. Re/code’s Peter Kafka has an excellent post explaining why HBO isn’t going to pull a Netflix and offer a standalone online subscription, no matter how much you beg it to do so. It basically boils down to this: HBO is making money hand-over-fist from its current arrangements with cable providers and it faces no incentive to change its business model, even if it means that an unprecedented number of people are pirating its shows. “HBO depends on the pay TV providers to market
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7/28/2014 8:15:37 PM
Self-driving mini truck put to the test by US Marines
Automakers aren't the only ones working to implement self-driving technology. The US Marine Corps has teamed up with TORC Robotics' (among others) to work on a Jeep-esque option outfitted with the company's Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate system --...
7/28/2014 8:05:00 PM
Panasonic reportedly investing in Tesla’s U.S. battery ‘Gigafactory’
Panasonic will invest up to $1 billion into Tesla's ambitious U.S. battery plant known as the Gigafactory.
7/28/2014 7:58:34 PM
Apple no longer seeking injunction against some Samsung devices in patent case
Apple has filed a motion to drop a cross-appeal in the seemingly eternal patent battle between the Cupertino-based tech giant and rival Samsung, as noted today by FOSS Patents. As the appeals process drags on, Apple has decided to let go of certain points and accept the court’s rulings. In this case, Apple has decided […]
7/28/2014 7:46:50 PM
NPR One Provides Personalized Public Radio Recommendations
Public-radio junkies now have a new way to listen to their favorite NPR shows, and discover new content. The media outlet rolled out NPR One, a streaming app that offers personalized recommendations on what to listen to based on a user's interests, location and listening history. See also: 14 Podcasts to Help You Forget About Your Crummy Commute The app, which is available for iOS and Android, offers a combination of news and other stories. Unlike the flagship NPR News app, NPR One emphasizes content from a user's local station, along with customized recommendations. "With NPR One, there is a new way to listen to public radio, one that's responsive to your tastes, your routines and your local interests," NPR's chief marketing officer, Emma Carrasco, wrote in a blog post. "It blends NPR's editorial judgment with your personal tastes an
7/28/2014 7:41:38 PM
With Microsoft in Sights, China Starts to Squeeze U.S. Tech Companies
An agency that enforces antimonopoly laws visited company offices in four cities, as the country more closely scrutinizes multinational companies.
New York Times
7/28/2014 7:39:07 PM
OKCupid Admits To Purposely Giving Users Bad Matches In Site 'Experiment'
OKCupid weighed in on the controversy around Facebook's experiments on Monday by admitting that it, too, has lied to users in the past. Only there's one huge difference: Unlike Facebook, which admitted to purposefully manipulating the emotions of its users, OKCupid said it lies to users to help improve their matchmaking system and help users find love.
Christian Rudder, o
ne of the founders of OKCupid, wrote an enticing blog post called "We Experiment On Human Beings!" to lay out three different experiments the dating site ran on its users without asking for permission.
"Guess what, everybody: if you use the Internet, you’re the subject of hundreds of experiments at any given time, on every site," Rudder said. "That’s how websites work."
Rudder starts off the post with the following disclaime
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7/28/2014 7:31:19 PM
Facebook Is About To Force You To Use A Separate App To Send Messages
Facebook is about to stop letting iPhone and Android users send messages using the flagship app, according to a TechCrunch report. The change hasn't been made yet, but this week Facebook will begin pushing users to download its Messenger app if they want to chat with their friends. Facebook began the Messenger push in Europe and decided to go all-in after seeing positive results there. The social media firm told Tech Crunch that users respond to messages 20% faster on Messenger than on the Facebook app itself. These changes are limited to iPhone and Android phones, for now. Users will still be able to message each other using Facebook's iPad app, for example. Affected users will be prompted to download Messenger a few times before they're simply unable to send messages on the Facebook app. Users will see a friendly-looking otter asking th
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7/28/2014 7:31:00 PM
Engadget Daily: credit card skimming, floating 'Star Wars' holograms and more!
Today, we investigated the tech behind credit card skimming, looked at floating 3D video, learned about next gen lithium ion batteries and checked our Uber passenger ratings. Read on for Engadget's news highlights from the last 24 hours....
7/28/2014 7:27:00 PM
'Zombie Walk' Canceled After Hit-and-Run at Comic-Con
An ugly hit-and-run incident that injured at least one woman at the annual "Zombie Walk" at Comic-Con this weekend has caused the group to cancel its October event and consider a fundraiser for the victim. Several YouTube videos emerged Monday of the incident on Saturday evening in San Diego, where a carload of people who are reportedly deaf — and whose driver was either panicked or frustrated, depending on various accounts — aggressively plowed through the line of walkers as they crossed a Gaslamp District intersection controlled only by stop signs. The crowd included the tail end of the "Zombie Walk," the annual parade of costumed zombies, which is not affiliated with Comic-Con but takes place during the annual geek-culture convention. City authorities say the group did not have a permit, but didn't need one because the
7/28/2014 7:26:45 PM
Hilton to roll out digital check-ins, smartphone room keys in new tech push
Hilton Worldwide on Monday announced plans to roll out an aggressive overhaul of its tech infrastructure that will let guests use their mobile devices as hotel room keys, choose rooms from a floor plan map and check-in to properties around the world.
7/28/2014 7:18:00 PM
DealBook: Zillow to Buy Trulia for $3.5 Billion in All-Stock Deal
The deal will create a giant repository of online listings for real estate and home values.
New York Times
7/28/2014 7:16:10 PM
Watch Live: Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower Lights Up the Night Sky
[HTML1] You can watch the spectacular night sky show of the Delta Aquarid meteor shower with a live online broadcast from the Slooh Space Camera, starting tonight at 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET. Meteor showers occur when the Earth passes through the debris left behind by a comet as it swung in close to the […]
7/28/2014 7:15:18 PM
Australians Go Nuts as Crazy Colours Light up the Sky
SYDNEY — Aussies love their sunrise photos, sunset snaps and beach shots — anything that says: My world is better than your world. But overnight, things stepped up a level From Monday evening to Tuesday morning, there was a stunning red colour creeping across the heavens. Amateur photographers came out in force to take the sky snap to end all sky snaps. Their photographs spread like a disease across social media. See also: Tasmania: The Part of Australia Everyone Forgets The intense battle between the sunrise crew and the sunset lovers kicked off. Who wore it better?
Sunset - blah. What you all missed was a beautiful Sunrise this morning! #dashcam pic.twitter.com/hmnxCNFPtz — Trevor Long (@trevorlong) July 28, 2014 Read more... More about Australia, Sunrise, Sydney, Us World, and Pics
7/28/2014 7:05:59 PM
Bright Computing raises $14.5M to expand services for Linux cluster management
The funding is an indication of how much demand there is, in modern corporate computing environments, for clusters of servers.
7/28/2014 7:00:41 PM
Samsung is ‘hiring like crazy’ trying to come up with original ideas
Samsung’s biggest fear is that it will become just another small-margin smartphone vendor along the lines of LG, HTC, Xiaomi and countless others. This is why it’s invested so many resources into creating its own Tizen mobile platform and why it’s tried unsuccessfully to heavily modify Android with overlays like Magazine UX to move its mobile devices beyond being vehicles for Google’s Android platform. Business Insider now reports that Samsung is “hiring like crazy” in anticipation of its massive, yet-to-be-opened Silicon Valley research and development center to come up with fresh ideas for whatever the company’s “next big thing” will be. Bob Brennan, the senior vice president of Samsung’s Memory System Application Lab, tells Business Insider that his unit is scooping up “top
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7/28/2014 7:00:27 PM
Smoking Mothers May Alter the DNA of Their Children
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "Pregnant women who smoke don't just harm the health of their baby—they may actually impair their child's DNA, according to new research. A genetic analysis shows that the children of mothers who smoke harbor far more chemical modifications of their genome — known as epigenetic changes — than kids of non-smoking mothers. Many of these are on genes tied to addiction and fetal development. The finding may explain why the children of smokers continue to suffer health complications later in life. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
7/28/2014 7:00:00 PM
How different is Modern Combat 5 on a iPhone 4s and a 5c?
Modern Combat 5 has finally hit the iTunes store, bringing fiery action to your iOS devices. There's just one question you may still be asking yourself: how will it run on my phone. The folks at AppSpy have put together a comparison video showing how...
7/28/2014 7:00:00 PM
Apple Allows the World’s Most Popular Bitcoin Wallet Back Into Its Store
It looks like Apple has finally changed its stance on bitcoin. Six months after Apple removed Blockchain from its online App Store—effectively preventing people from using the popular bitcoin wallet app on the iPhone and the iPad—the tech giant has now allowed the app back into the store. “This seems to be the first strong […]
7/28/2014 6:59:45 PM
What's on your HDTV: 'Sharknado 2', 'Twin Peaks' Blu-ray, TLoU and NFL
Syfy is going to try to capture social media lightning in a bottle one more time, with the sequel to last summer's bad-but-popular Sharknado. We're not exactly sure what Sharknado 2: The Second One is about but suspect has some combination of sharks...
7/28/2014 6:57:00 PM
Yelp for iOS updated with the ability to upload short videos with reviews
Yelp has updated its iPhone application with the ability to add short videos (3-12 seconds) to reviews. The app has allowed photo uploads alongside reviews, and according to The Next Web users are uploading over 23,000 photos a day. You can grab the updated Yelp app now from the App Store for free. What’s New […]
7/28/2014 6:51:05 PM
Why Was Comic-Con So Stingy With Movie News? Here's the Deal
At Comic-Con, no news is
good news. Before this year's nerd prom I predicted a flurry of major movie announcements would come out of Hall H: new titles from Marvel and DC/Warner Bros., some splashy casting announcements, and the inevitable jaw-dropping, out-of-nowhere surprise. I have never been more wrong — we got none of that — and the reasons do not bode well for Comic-Con's future as
major marketing moment for genre films.
SEE ALSO: A Big, Bold Prediction for Marvel's 'Expanding' Cinematic Universe Plans
As a pure fan event, Comic-Con 2014 was a classic parade of cool first-looks, including the
Batman v Superman
Avengers: Age of Ultron
footage, an extended reel for
Mad Max: Fury Road
sizzle reel that has the fanbo
7/28/2014 6:47:55 PM
Unexpected Microsoft Probe Highlights China’s Distrust of U.S. Tech
Following recent accusations of U.S. tech companies' alleged monopolies and security threats in China
7/28/2014 6:35:01 PM
The Highest-Paying Jobs At Apple [RANKED] (AAPL)
Who gets paid more at Apple: designers or engineers?
We've assembled a list of some of the top-paid jobs at Apple, based on data gathered from Glassdoor.
Its salary data is based on anonymous salary reports voluntarily shared by current and recent employees.
Start printing your resume if you see your role on here.
21. Mac Genius
Mac Geniuses are super important to the shopping experience at Apple's stores. But they don't receive a lot of love from Apple, it seems (at least in terms of salary).
20. Assistant Apple Store manager
Apple needs some people to help run its stores. Assistant store managers get paid
Silicon Alley Insider
7/28/2014 6:31:00 PM
Funding Daily: The $40M cab ride
A big chunk of change for Easy Taxi, plus a roundup of other funding deals for the day.
7/28/2014 6:30:21 PM
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates
Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can. Apps Now Free MagicalPad HD [iPad;...
7/28/2014 6:30:00 PM
Amazon Stays the Course as Its Stock Tanks
The train hurtles down the track, the engineer oblivious to the vanished bridge the villain just dynamited to smithereens. For some investors, that train is Amazon and the engineer is CEO Jeff Bezos, who is throwing every kind of fuel he can imagine into the firebox to keep his locomotive moving: A phone. Drones. Self-produced […]
7/28/2014 6:28:43 PM
Apple Doubles Down on Personalized Radio With Swell Acquisition
If that $3 billion acquisition of Beats didn't have you convinced, Apple is getting serious about the radio business.
7/28/2014 6:28:39 PM