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  • Sprint and Verizon are doubling data on shared plans too

    1 October 2014, 4:03 pm by: Edgar Alvarez

    Not to be outdone by AT&T, Sprint and Verizon have now announced they are also going to double the data for users on shared mobile plans, at no extra cost. What's more, both carriers are bringing the promotion to family and business customers alike,...
  • Vuzix's smart glasses now talk to your iPhone

    1 October 2014, 3:38 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Vuxix's M100 Smart Glasses may be Android-powered, but that doesn't mean you have to use its hands-free features with other Android devices. The company has rolled out an OS 2.0 update that lets you use the wearable with most iOS gear. So long as you...
  • Facebook apologizes for spurning drag queens, might do something about it

    1 October 2014, 3:11 pm by: Terrence O'Brien

    Facebook's real name policy has cause quite a stir recently, especially among the drag queen community. Several performers found themselves on the receiving end of a merciless deletion because they used their stage names, rather than their legal...
  • Netflix will pay you to take Instagram photos of famous movie locations

    1 October 2014, 2:40 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Ever felt that your Instagram photography is so good that you should start charging for it? Now's your chance to prove your worth. Netflix is looking for three professional Instagram shooters (aka "Grammasters") that will travel across the...
  • The Big Picture: Japan's bullet train turns 50

    1 October 2014, 2:13 pm by: Edgar Alvarez

    The bullet train is a Japanese trademark. It is, in other words, a landmark in motion. Today, 50 years to the time it made a trip for the first time, between Tokyo and Osaka, Japan is celebrating a major milestone in the history of its beloved...
  • Trouble sleeping? A snooze-inducing cap might help

    1 October 2014, 1:43 pm by: Daniel Cooper

    If you can't get to sleep at night, then you've probably been told to avoid cheese, say no to caffeine after lunchtime and drink a cup of warm milk before bed. That was good advice, or at least it was, until the advert of the Sleep Shepherd, which is...
  • ARM attempts to speed up 'internet of things' adoption with new platform

    1 October 2014, 1:15 pm by: Nicole Lee

    It's the year 2014, and we've yet to have our flying cars and commuter jet packs. But we do have a glimpse of the future with the advent of the "internet of things." It's essentially the idea of connecting everyday objects -- be it thermostats or...
  • The Windows 10 Technical Preview is here!

    1 October 2014, 12:47 pm by: Steve Dent

    If you can't wait to put Windows 8 behind you (and you're the adventurous type) you can now download the Windows 10 Technical Preview. As we saw, Microsoft has made the "Modern UI" all but disappear on the desktop and moved it to the resurrected...
  • Beats sues headphone startup CEO for saying he's a co-founder

    1 October 2014, 12:25 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Beats isn't happy that ROAM CEO Steven Lamar is taking credit for co-founding its headphone business and demanding extra royalties -- it's firing back with a lawsuit of its own. The Apple-owned company claims that Lamar "deliberately misrepresented"...
  • Google+ now lets you lock down posts based on age and location

    1 October 2014, 11:56 am by: Mariella Moon

    So, making your Google+ posts available for viewing only to people in your circles isn't enough. Maybe you routinely post risque stuff you don't want minors to see, or things you'd rather share only with your countrymen. It doesn't matter what your...
  • California limits schools' social media monitoring

    1 October 2014, 11:28 am by: Billy Steele

    In California, school officials are now required to be more transparent when tracking a student's online activity. Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill earlier this week requiring parents to be notified when a school is peering at their kids' online...
  • Sony reminds us what the PlayStation TV can do ahead of its US launch

    1 October 2014, 10:59 am by: Timothy J. Seppala

    If you need a video refresher of just exactly what the PlayStation TV is capable of ahead of its US and Canadian release, Sony has something to take care of that. The video we've embedded below reinforces that Sony's micro console is a device for...
  • Google triples max bounty for Chrome bugs to make the browser safer for users

    1 October 2014, 10:31 am by: Mariella Moon

    Google has long been rewarding anyone who can dig up Chrome browser bugs with a nice amount of cash, but the longer the reward program runs, the harder it is to find vulnerabilities. Thus, Mountain View's upping the max reward a dedicated bounty...
  • Comcast's cloud DVR starts serving up recordings you can watch anywhere

    1 October 2014, 10:01 am by: Richard Lawler

    In the midst of attempting to gobble up its largest counterpart, battle Netflix on net neutrality and face down customer service scandals, Comcast is still slowly extending its new TV platform. The latest addition to its X1 setup is enhancing the...
  • Paranoid? You can destroy this SSD simply by texting it

    1 October 2014, 9:32 am by: Steve Dent

    In the age of Snowden and the NSA, no method of data protection is apparently too kooky for consideration. Exhibit 'A' is a new SSD drive from a company called SecureDrives (after the break). It has features like you'd expect like 256-bit hardware...
  • Microsoft's Sway lets you share ideas on the web without any design skills

    1 October 2014, 9:00 am by: Jon Fingas

    Sharing ideas on the web is tricky. You probably want something more persuasive than a social network update, but it's usually overkill to design a whole web page just to get your point across. Microsoft may have reached a happy balance between the...
  • Trading addictions: the inside story of the e-cig modding scene

    1 October 2014, 8:30 am by: Michael Grothaus

    There is a rapidly growing subculture of e-cigarette users across the globe who spend countless hours tricking out their hardware. Vape modding, as it's known, blends technical craftsmanship, engineering creativity and artistry into one -- and...
  • JibJab is back with a personalized GIF maker

    1 October 2014, 8:00 am by: Aaron Souppouris

    Wise to the fact that even your mom is over animated e-cards, a denizen of an internet past is trying to reinvent itself. JibJab -- which rose to fame a a purveyor of political satire and "Starring You" video gift cards -- is today launching JibJab...
  • Uber for Business now automatically expenses taxis in 45 countries

    1 October 2014, 7:31 am by: Daniel Cooper

    The nice thing about traveling for work is that you can hop in a taxi without worrying about the cost since, after all, you're not picking up the tab. The downside of that privilege is that, about a week or two after that, you'll have to sit down and...
  • Tesco's looking to sell or close its Blinkbox streaming service

    1 October 2014, 7:11 am by: Matt Brian

    When supermarket giant Tesco announced it was closing its free Clubcard TV streaming service, it didn't come as much of a surprise. However, bigger changes could be afoot, after The Times caught wind of the company's plans to get out of the streaming...
  • Garmin's multi-sport GPS watch now talks to your phone

    1 October 2014, 7:00 am by: Jon Fingas

    Garmin's GPS watch lineup has had an imbalance as of late; while more modest athletes have had luxuries like color displays and phone integration, you've had to make do with monochrome and old-school PC syncing if you need multi-sport wristwear like...
  • Amazon gives UK customers early e-book access with Kindle First

    1 October 2014, 6:15 am by: Jamie Rigg

    While Amazon tends to release new e-reader and tablet hardware in the UK and US simultaneously these days, we're still not top priority when it comes to new services. That being said, the UK has caught up significantly in the past week with the...
  • 'Twilight' mini-movies are coming to Facebook

    1 October 2014, 6:03 am by: Daniel Cooper

    The problem with owning the rights to Twilight is that the story eventually ends, meaning that there's no more massively profitable movies with glitter guy, mumbling girl and the shirtless one with all the teeth. It's a problem that Lionsgate knows...
  • Big theater chains team up against Netflix's first movie

    1 October 2014, 5:16 am by: Richard Lawler

    Unsurprisingly, there's one group that's not at all excited to hear Netflix and IMAX are arranging for the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel to hit theaters and streaming at the same time: movie theater owners. According to the LA Times, Regal,...
  • UK government swaps paper car tax discs for its vast camera network

    1 October 2014, 4:16 am by: Matt Brian

    The paper car tax disc has had a very good innings, but it's finally come to the end of its life. Presented proudly by UK motorists for more than 90 years, those circular bits of paper have today officially been replaced by an electronic register....

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