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  • The perks of being 'somebody' online

    31 July 2014, 1:00 pm by: Nicole Lee

    The web was supposed to be the great equalizer. But, it turns out, the haves and have-nots exist online too. And they're separated by a mark of distinction: verification. ​A month ago, William Shatner got into an unfortunate public spat on Twitter...
  • NFL players to wear shoulder pad RFIDs for on-field stats tracking

    31 July 2014, 12:32 pm by: Billy Steele

    The NBA isn't the only professional sports league in the States getting serious about accurate stats accounting. With some help from Zebra Technologies' location system, 17 NFL stadiums will use receivers and RFID (radio-frequency identification)...
  • With Qi wireless charging, you'll soon be able to charge your device from a short distance

    31 July 2014, 12:00 pm by: Brad Molen

    It's becoming more and more common to find mobile devices with wireless charging capability, either as a built-in feature or integrated into third-party cases. Progress has been somewhat hampered, however, by the fact that no universally adopted...
  • Recording industry sues Ford and GM over in-car CD ripping

    31 July 2014, 11:32 am by: Daniel Cooper

    Ford and GM both sell cars that'll rip a CD to its internal HDD, so you never have to go without your jam in a pinch. Unfortunately, that same feature is now the target of outrage from the Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies, which has...
  • The second Oculus Rift headset uses the Samsung Note 3 screen, literally

    31 July 2014, 11:18 am by: Ben Gilbert

    Back when Oculus VR first showed off its second virtual reality development kit, the Facebook subsidiary wasn't saying anything specific about the origins of its new, higher-resolution screen. But now that that second dev kit is shipping to pre-order...
  • HTC Desire 816 review: A mid-range M8 let down by sluggish cameras

    31 July 2014, 11:00 am by: Richard Lai

    HTC may have some problems behind closed doors, but outside, it's still widely regarded as one of the world's top phone makers. We already gave this year's One M8 flagship a rather jolly review, and now it's time to see if the same qualities are...
  • LG's G Vista looks like the G3 but lacks the power and resolution

    31 July 2014, 10:35 am by: Steve Dent

    What do you get when you cross a 5.7-inch screen with 960x540 resolution and a 3,200mAH battery? Pretty sparse pixel density, that's for sure, but the new LG G Vista for Verizon will keep smartphone-ing through a day and then some. Aimed at the...
  • Indiegogo has a new iOS app for mobile crowdfunding

    31 July 2014, 10:03 am by: Ben Gilbert

    Like giving money to ambitious projects but hate using your computer? Well, that's pretty weird. We think that's weird. Thankfully for you, though, the folks at Indiegogo think that's totally awesome, and they wanna cater to your whims with a new iOS...
  • Nanobots get tiny propellers for targeted drug delivery

    31 July 2014, 9:34 am by: Mariella Moon

    Nanobots need the proper propulsion system if they're going to be used to deliver drugs to targeted areas. Take for example this teeny-tiny corkscrew-shaped propeller made out of silica and nickel that's developed by a group of German and Israeli...
  • Distiller builds a social network for whiskey lovers

    31 July 2014, 9:00 am by: Jon Fingas

    If you're a whiskey drinker, finding the perfect bottle can be a daunting quest; just because something is well-rated doesn't mean that it suits your tastes. You're about to get some help from your friends, though, as Distiller has turned its...
  • LG's first big 4K OLED TV may have a non-ridiculous price tag

    31 July 2014, 8:28 am by: Steve Dent

    If you're set on an OLED Ultra HDTV instead of LCD, you can now put a price and date on your idealism: LG's 65-inch 65EC9700 4K model will reportedly ship in September with a sticker price of $8,999. Apart from those deep OLED blacks, the model also...
  • Runtastic's Orbit band is a fitness tracker that doubles as a running watch

    31 July 2014, 8:00 am by: Dana Wollman

    If you've heard of Runtastic, it probably means you're something of a jock: The company got its start building running apps for tracking your distance, pace, et cetera. For the past two years, though, it's been making all sorts of gear to go with it,...
  • Amazon's offering 30 free Android apps to help make you a better person

    31 July 2014, 7:42 am by: Jamie Rigg

    Another month, another batch of 30 free Android apps courtesy of Amazon. Like the bookseller's last Appstore promotion, the "Summer Self-Improvement Bundle" features $100/£100's worth of complimentary apps, as long as you download them within the...
  • Tesla seals landmark deal to mass-produce EV batteries in the US

    31 July 2014, 7:27 am by: Daniel Cooper

    How is Elon Musk going to produce his vaunted $35,000 Tesla when EV batteries are so expensive? By making his own. Tesla has signed a deal with Panasonic that'll see the pair team up to build the Gigafactory. It's from here that vehicle packs and...
  • T-Mobile's UnCarrier plans continue to surge at the expense of rivals

    31 July 2014, 6:44 am by: Steve Dent

    T-Mobile keeps riding its UnCarrier plans to increased post-paid subscribers and added over a million in total for Q2 2014, including 579,000 phone subscribers. That compares to its much larger competitor Verizon, for example, which added only...
  • Google-backed 23andMe gets public money for DNA research

    31 July 2014, 5:25 am by: Mariella Moon

    Genetic testing firm 23andMe might not be in good terms with the FDA, but it impressed the National Institutes of Health enough for the agency to give it a $1.4 million grant. The money will be used for a two-year project that'll improve the firm's...
  • Samsung sees its lowest profit in two years as smartphone sales languish

    31 July 2014, 4:34 am by: Matt Brian

    When Samsung took the time to update investors ahead of its upcoming quarterly earnings report, it warned 'weak demand' for phones and an increased marketing spend could hit the company hard. That report hit today, and it's as bleak as the company...
  • Sony makes money on movies and games, but not on smartphones

    31 July 2014, 3:50 am by: Daniel Cooper

    It wasn't long ago that Sony, almost inexplicably for a company of its size and heritage, was losing money everywhere it went. After a few years of pain, however, things have begun to look up, with the company posting a first quarter net profit of...
  • Shazam takes its music discovery powers to the Mac

    31 July 2014, 3:00 am by: Edgar Alvarez

    Shazam has already covered ground on mobile platforms such as iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8, but now it is prepared to bring its media identification software to more devices. And it all starts with Apple's line of personal computers. The newly...
  • HTC's latest J Butterfly is a supercharged One M8 in a waterproof body

    31 July 2014, 1:40 am by: Steve Dent

    Japanese carrier KDDI has just announced a new HTC J Butterfly, a handset which resembles the HTC One in specs, but with features aimed at KDDI's home market. Like a lot of other Japanese devices, the 5-inch, full HD handset is waterproof in case you...
  • Google Fiber hardware is being streamlined: fewer boxes, same functionality

    31 July 2014, 1:29 am by: Sean Buckley

    Remember that new Google Fiber box we spotted in the FCC last month? It's almost here. According to Kansas City residents in Google's beta program, a new router is on the way that combines the service's existing network and storage boxes into a...
  • 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...

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