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  • Android Wear's latest update adds GPS support and offline music playback

    23 October 2014, 12:00 pm by: Brad Molen

    Android Wear, Google's four-month-old wearables platform, is off to a good start. But like all nascent systems, there are still plenty of areas that need some TLC. It's got a lot of features and developer support, but it's practically useless if you...
  • Let's look at each game console's lineup of exclusives for holiday 2014

    23 October 2014, 11:31 am by: Timothy J. Seppala

    Can you smell that? It's the aroma of game lovers' tears everywhere as they realize their bank accounts likely can't sustain buying every title coming out in the annual deluge of fall video game releases. That's to say nothing of the amount of time...
  • Google plans to make a component store for its modular phone

    23 October 2014, 11:01 am by: Edgar Alvarez

    Project Ara is surely one of the most exciting things Google is working on right now -- at least from the ones we're aware of. Better yet, given how young it is, chances are it will only keep getting better and more interesting. While speaking at a...
  • ESPN investigates the historic Kasparov vs. IBM chess games

    23 October 2014, 10:33 am by: Daniel Cooper

    The battle of wits between IBM and chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov is one of the biggest moments in the history of artificial intelligence. After conceding defeat, the Russian suggested that the IBM team had cheated their way to a victory, something...
  • Bay Area tech company caught paying imported workers $1.21 per hour

    23 October 2014, 9:53 am by: Ben Gilbert

    Ever heard of Electronics for Imaging? We hadn't either until this morning, but it's apparently a multimillion dollar, multinational, public corporation based out of Fremont, California. And the United States Department of Labor just caught EFI...
  • Sky to release five limited edition Now TV boxes next month

    23 October 2014, 9:35 am by: Jamie Rigg

    Sky's Now TV puck is an expensive way to smarten up your TV, but perhaps you wish it looked a little smarter itself. In a bid to get its box on a few more Christmas lists, Sky's cooked up five, limited edition variants that swap the plain white...
  • Movie laser guns have nothing on the real thing

    23 October 2014, 9:20 am by: Steve Dent

    Ray guns are high on the list of "physics gone wrong" movie tropes. Unlike the real thing, the blasts are much slower than light, visible in clear air and (depending on who's firing) highly inaccurate. However, laser physicists in Poland have just...
  • CERN hopes you know what these things are, cause it has no idea

    23 October 2014, 8:40 am by: Daniel Cooper

    Scientists, we're told, need to be very good at record keeping in order to make sure that others can follow their logic. It's just a shame that whoever was running the photography archive at CERN wasn't paying attention during that lesson. The...
  • Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth: The Joystiq Review

    23 October 2014, 8:01 am by: Joystiq staff

    Viewed through the idea that it's a standalone expansion to Sid Meier's Civilization 5, Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth streamlines gameplay in the long-running strategy series to enhance the pace of the historically-strapped franchise. As a...
  • Some Xbox One users can already add custom backgrounds to the console

    23 October 2014, 7:31 am by: Timothy J. Seppala

    The folks in Microsoft's Xbox One update preview program are a pretty privileged bunch. Hot on the heels of this week's announcement that the next patch for its new console will bring custom backgrounds, Redmond's giving that access to the testers...
  • Google is partnering with Oxford University to improve its A.I.

    23 October 2014, 7:00 am by: Aaron Souppouris

    Google is assembling a team comprising some of the world's most renowned artificial intelligence researchers to create... something? Back in January, Google bought A.I. company DeepMind for a reported $400 million, and no one really knew why. Now,...
  • Watch an episode of 'MST3k,' with or without the jokes explained

    23 October 2014, 6:46 am by: Daniel Cooper

    Ordinarily, people talking during a movie is our idea of hell, but in Mystery Science Theater 3000's case, we're more than happy to allow it. The thing is, unless you've got a pop culture brain that'd make Tarantino blush, you're not going to know...
  • Amazon's £79 Fire TV set-top box now available in the UK

    23 October 2014, 6:35 am by: Jamie Rigg

    Amazon announced the impending arrival of its Fire TV set-top box in the UK last month, and right on cue, it's now available for £79 through the company's online store. It's Amazon's attempt to steal market share from the likes of Apple, Google and...
  • Google Now wants to help protect your eyes from eclipses

    23 October 2014, 5:54 am by: Mariella Moon

    Google Now has just added more cards to its ever-increasing arsenal, and this time, they'll help you prepare for eclipses and possibly dangerous situations. The new eclipse card lists almost everything you need to know about the phenomenon, including...
  • Hungary needs cash, so it wants to tax internet traffic

    23 October 2014, 4:53 am by: Timothy J. Seppala

    It's probably a good thing that Google got its Street View surveil of Hungary in when it did, because a new tax being proposed could make internet traffic in the country more expensive. A tax bill draft sent to parliament could impose a 150 forints...
  • Windows 10 has new ways to protect you against internet data breaches

    23 October 2014, 3:54 am by: Jon Fingas

    There are plenty of online services that use two-factor authentication to reduce the chances of someone hijacking your account after a data breach, but what about the operating system on your PC or phone? You'll get that safeguard if you use Windows...
  • B&O Play have made a portable Bluetooth speaker, no, we're not kidding

    23 October 2014, 3:00 am by: Daniel Cooper

    Back in September, at the last press day of German trade show IFA, I should be hauling-ass across the show floor. Instead, I'm waiting outside by the taxi rank, sucking down secondhand smoke of the booth attendants on their breaks and hoping that my...
  • 'SimCity BuildIt' lets Canadians play urban planner before anyone else

    23 October 2014, 2:18 am by: Timothy J. Seppala

    While Canada is the brunt of countless jokes, it seems like our friendly neighbors to the north have the last laugh this time. At least when it comes to playing SimCity on the go, that is. The folks at EA have recently soft-launched SimCity BuildIt...
  • Yahoo's mail app has notifications for flights and events too

    23 October 2014, 1:37 am by: Mariella Moon

    Yahoo has just released a new Mail update for iOS and Android that integrates event and travel notifications within the app... whoa wait, why does that sound familiar? Another tech company with a name that starts with a G might have announced...
  • Hybrid Play clips turn playground toys into videogame controllers

    23 October 2014, 12:58 am by: Mariella Moon

    A group of developers thought it would be fun to merge playground activities with mobile gaming -- so they did. They've created a system called Hybrid Play that lets kids (or adults, no judgment here) control games on their phones with see-saws,...
  • Ford's next cars will brake by themselves to avoid collisions

    23 October 2014, 12:01 am by: Jon Fingas

    Automakers like Subaru and Volvo have had automatic anti-collision braking for a while, but what if you're a Ford fan? You won't have to wait long. The Blue Oval has revealed that it's adding its own smart braking system (Pre-Collision Assist) as an...
  • Sonos sues Denon for allegedly copying its wireless speaker tech

    22 October 2014, 11:12 pm by: Jon Fingas

    If you thought Denon's Heos wireless speakers were a little too similar in purpose to Sonos' range, you're not alone. Sonos has sued D&M Holdings (the company that owns Denon) for allegedly violating "at least" four patents. The audio gear maker...
  • Hear the space age unfold on NASA's historic SoundCloud account

    22 October 2014, 10:29 pm by: Chris Velazco

    If you've ever wanted to cobble together a really wicked EDM track comprised mostly of sound bites from NASA's Mercury missions, well, now's your chance. Everyone's favorite beleaguered space agency has been posting a treasure trove of audio clips...
  • See what makes the iPad Air 2 so skinny

    22 October 2014, 9:43 pm by: Jon Fingas

    It's safe to say that you don't buy most Apple devices these days with the expectation that you can open them up, and it looks like the iPad Air 2 is no exception. Do-it-yourself repair shop iFixit has torn down the new tablet and found that it's...
  • Tickets for Sony's PlayStation gaming show go on sale Friday

    22 October 2014, 9:04 pm by: Timothy J. Seppala

    So, you put in for the time off from work to hit December's PlayStation Experience event in Las Vegas. The next logical step, of course, is buying tickets and come Friday you can do just that. As previously reported, a single day pass will set you...

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