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  • Quentin Tarantino and Christopher Nolan want to save the future of movies on film

    31 July 2014, 12:23 am by: Timothy J. Seppala

    The movie industry has seen its share of struggles as we transition into a digital future, and likely no one has felt the pinch more than film company Kodak. The struggling outfit is getting a life-raft, though, in the form of several studios...
  • Danish researchers achieve fastest single-laser data transfer speeds ever

    30 July 2014, 11:24 pm by: Sean Buckley

    Looking for wicked fast internet? You may want to move to Denmark: researchers in DTU Photonics' High-Speed Optical Communications Group (HSOC) have set a new world record for single-transmitter data transfer. Using a new kind of optical fiber, the...
  • Samsung's new UHD TV is the first to go from flat to curved on command

    30 July 2014, 10:21 pm by: Richard Lawler

    Samsung's new TVs have pressed 4K and curved frames as features, but what if you want one that's only curved sometimes? That's where a bendable TV comes in, and Samsung says it will release the industry's first one on August 1st in Korea. We got a...
  • Twitch streams its first live concert tonight

    30 July 2014, 9:50 pm by: Timothy J. Seppala

    If this weekend's Lollapalooza festival doesn't have enough electronic music for you, tonight you can catch a live DJ set from Steve Aoki (above) as he spins from Ibiza, Spain. The Twitch broadcast starts at 10 p.m. Eastern, so you might have to pull...
  • Samsung's paid Milk Music Premium service arrives with offline listening

    30 July 2014, 9:12 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Samsung has spent months promising a paid tier for Milk Music that takes the gloves off. Well, it's here at last -- an update to the Android app for its exclusive (if Slacker-based) streaming service offers a $4 per month Premium tier that brings...
  • FCC head chastises Verizon for throttling unlimited data plans

    30 July 2014, 8:29 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Not happy that Verizon is going to throttle unlimited LTE data plans? You're not alone. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has just sent a letter to Verizon Wireless CEO Dan Mead criticizing the carrier for the new policy. He's "deeply troubled" by the move,...
  • Sony explains what 's in the PlayStation Now open beta for PS4

    30 July 2014, 7:53 pm by: Richard Lawler

    Sony's had limited tests of its cloud-based gaming service running for the last few months, but it's taking PlayStation Now to the next level tomorrow by letting anyone with a PS4 (that's in the continental US or southern Canada) join in. There's a...
  • NomadPlus turns your iPhone's wall plug into an external battery

    30 July 2014, 6:41 pm by: Jon Fingas

    If you're tired of lugging around both an external battery pack and a power adapter to keep your iPhone running, today's your lucky day. Nomad (the company behind the ChargeCard) has started taking pre-orders for the NomadPlus, a 1,500mAh external...
  • If you're part of the 'younger set with high income,' you might like this purple potato

    30 July 2014, 6:05 pm by: Zach Honig

    Potato breeding programs at Michigan State University and Texas A&M have been churning out modified spuds for the better part of a decade, if not longer, but thanks to A&M's Creighton Miller, we now have a better idea of the 'designer' potato's...
  • 1Password log-ins are coming to third-party iOS apps

    30 July 2014, 5:27 pm by: Billy Steele

    The popular log-in repository 1Password is about to get a lot more useful on iOS devices. AgileBits has revealed an extension for using the add-on in third-party iOS apps -- if the developer chooses to build in support. Thanks to the enhanced...
  • BitTorrent's Bleep messenger is a secure, decentralized chat platform

    30 July 2014, 5:04 pm by: Sean Buckley

    There's a distinctive sound your computer makes when an online friend is trying to get your attention. Sometimes its high pitched, other times its a low, warm tone, but regardless of your chat software, the onomatopoeia probably reads something like...
  • Latest Apple television rumors: not this year

    30 July 2014, 4:30 pm by: Richard Lawler

    Despite years of rumors about what Apple might, could or should do to revolutionize the TV experience, the company hasn't done much beyond releasing (and occasionally updating) its Apple TV set-top box. The Information reports that engineers working...
  • Russia wants Apple and SAP to prove that their software isn't used for spying

    30 July 2014, 3:37 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Russia has been extra-sensitive to technological threats to its government as of late, and that's clearer than ever in the wake of a new government proposal. Communication Minister Nikolai Nikiforov has suggested that Apple and SAP should hand over...
  • Get a behind the scenes look at Google's self-driving car this Friday

    30 July 2014, 3:01 pm by: Billy Steele

    If you've been itchin' for more info on Mountain View's compact self-driving car, you're in luck. At 11AM PT/2PM ET this Friday (August 1st), Google is hosting a live Hangout as the folks from Make take a behind the scenes look at the project for its...
  • Google's 64-bit Chrome browser for Windows is available in beta

    30 July 2014, 2:29 pm by: Jon Fingas

    If you've wanted to try the 64-bit version of Chrome for Windows 7 and 8 but have been skittish about the flakiness of very early builds, your moment has come -- Google has released a beta of its beefed-up browser. As with the Canary and developer...
  • Amazon Prime members get a $1 video credit for choosing slower shipping

    30 July 2014, 2:02 pm by: Zach Honig

    One of the most attractive benefits of subscribing to Amazon Prime is the free two-day shipping or an overnight option available for a small fee, depending on the item and destination. But in many cases, you might not need your stuff until the...
  • Stanford medical students learn to operate with Google Glass

    30 July 2014, 1:34 pm by: Billy Steele

    Like their fellow future doctors down the road in Irvine, medical students at Stanford University will learn surgical methods with a hand from Google Glass. Those studying cardiothoracic techniques are set use Mountain View's high-tech spectacles to...
  • Modbook will let you convert your Retina MacBook Pro to a tablet for $1,999

    30 July 2014, 1:00 pm by: Zach Honig

    Modbook, the company behind those aftermarket Apple tablets, just launched a Kickstarter campaign for its latest product, the Modbook Pro X. After paying a pre-order price of $1,999 today, backers will be able to convert their own Retina MacBook Pros...
  • Virgin Mobile lets you customize your family's prepaid phone plan

    30 July 2014, 12:32 pm by: Jon Fingas

    In the US, prepaid cellphone service tends to be a like-it-or-leave-it proposition that rarely fits perfectly, especially for families. Virgin Mobile may have a smarter approach in store; it's launching Custom, a prepaid family plan that lets you...
  • Square's new chip card reader will make your payments more secure

    30 July 2014, 12:01 pm by: Jon Fingas

    There's a good reason you don't usually see Square readers outside of the US: they're built to read payment cards with magnetic stripes, not the more secure chip-and-PIN cards that are common everywhere else. All that's set to change, however. Square...
  • Samsung is thinking of making round smartwatches, too

    30 July 2014, 11:34 am by: Jon Fingas

    Motorola might not be the only company making a smartwatch with a circular display in the near future. Samsung has filed for a trio of US design patents for smartwatches that are much more rounded than squarish devices like the Gear Live. The watch...
  • Is Snapchat really worth $10 billion?

    30 July 2014, 11:08 am by: Matt Brian

    While competitors are busy cloning Snapchat in an attempt to replicate its success, Evan Spiegel and co. have continued to forge their own path. The company is already experimenting with new features in an attempt to generate revenue, but it's also...
  • Sony rejected EA Access for the PS4 because it's not worth the money

    30 July 2014, 10:31 am by: Jamie Rigg

    EA revealed its new Access subscription service for the Xbox One yesterday, which lets you play a bunch of EA titles, take advantage of discounts and get upcoming games early in exchange for a small monthly (or yearly) fee. While it might've looked...
  • Three's smartphone app for calling and texting over WiFi now available

    30 July 2014, 10:20 am by: Jamie Rigg

    Three and EE jostled for attention last month when they announced, on the same day, their customers would soon be able to make calls and send texts over WiFi connections. While EE is working on a fancy system the user will be all but oblivious to,...

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