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09/19/2014 11:37 AM
Wolfram Alpha will answer your important questions on Twitter
Wouldn't it be great if you could just call up a supercomputer and ask it to do your data-wrangling for you? Actually, scratch that, no-one uses the phone anymore. What'd be really cool is if machines could respond to your queries straight from...
09/19/2014 11:23 AM
Vodafone buys 140 Phones4u stores, saving 900 jobs in the process
A lot can happen in a week: just five days after Phones4u announced it was entering administration, leaving 5,596 employees facing a very uncertain future, retailers and carriers alike have stepped in to strip the company of its most important parts....
09/19/2014 11:03 AM
Netflix support is officially making its way to Linux, finally
Linux users, you've been very, very, very, very, very, very patient. And now, your patience is being rewarded with Netflix support on your OS of choice. For the longest time Netflix relied on Microsoft's would-be flash competitor Silverlight. But, of...
09/19/2014 10:36 AM
Apple gives PCs access to iCloud Drive before Macs
iOS 8 might working its way to iPhones and iPads, but Apple's long-awaited desktop refresh, Yosemite, is still receiving the final tweaks before it launches to the public. One element that features prominently between both platforms is iCloud Drive,...
09/19/2014 10:00 AM
Belkin Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker review: Can WiFi make cooking easier?
Frying, baking, grilling, searing, boiling, roasting -- whatever the method, I love to cook. It's not always easy, and sometimes it's just plain hard work, but at least it's the kind of work I enjoy. Even so, I've never used a slow cooker, and have...
09/19/2014 09:30 AM
I'm a neurotic. IBM told me so.
I'm a late Wednesday afternoon tweeter. It's not a characteristic I'd necessarily include on any of my dating app profiles, but it accurately sums up my online behavior nonetheless. I'm also a tremendous neurotic (which should come as no surprise to...
09/19/2014 09:08 AM
Sony brings PlayStation Now game streaming to the PS3
You don't need a fancy current-gen console to stream all those Sony classics -- the company announced last night that its Netflix-esque PlayStation Now open beta is finally, well, open to PlayStation 3 owners in the United States and Canada. It's...
09/19/2014 08:30 AM
Why is Microsoft buying Minecraft?
Microsoft announced this week that it's buying hugely popular game franchise Minecraft for $2.5 billion. For that money, Microsoft gets rights to the game and ownership of its Stockholm, Sweden-based development studio, Mojang. It doesn't retain the...
09/19/2014 07:59 AM
Verizon isn't getting WiFi calling until next year, either
AT&T isn't the only carrier not getting WiFi calling until 2015 -- a certain red-branded network's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus won't, either. Speaking at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference, Verizon's CFO Fran...
09/19/2014 07:27 AM
Neal Stephenson's crowdfunded game finally canceled
After a year of development and another year on life support, Clang -- the sword-fighting game from science fiction writer Neal Stephenson and Subutai games -- is finally dead. Thing started off well enough after it topped its $500,000 crowdfunding...
09/19/2014 06:55 AM
YouTube throws a lot more money at Originals content partners
Google has gone on record as saying it loves original YouTube content like Epic Rap Battles of History, and now it looks as though the outfit is doubling down on such. How so? Well it seems that its fully-stocked studio spaces for partners are just...
09/19/2014 06:26 AM
Google Maps Navigation successfully arrives in 20 more countries
Google Maps can now tell more people whether to turn left or right at the next intersection, now that the Navigation feature has arrived in 20 more countries. The expansion makes turn-by-turn navigation available to more African, Caribbean and South...
09/19/2014 05:58 AM
France passes its anti-Uber law
Remember the French law that, if passed, would make life impossible for companies like Uber, LeCab and Allocab? Last night the country's national assembly gave a Gallic thumbs-up to the rule. The biggest change is that drivers are now banned from...
09/19/2014 05:24 AM
MapMyFitness for iPhone lets you see all your activity in one place
The best thing about iOS 8 isn't continuity texting or a liberated keyboard -- it's that it'll give you rock hard abs. Which is exactly what you need if you're going to pull off any of Under Armour's skin-tight clothing. The sports brand wants to...
09/19/2014 04:52 AM
The portable pop-up gaming room is here
Privacy. Sometimes we all crave a little. "Bocchi tent" is a 1.3 x 1.3-meter, soft-cornered cube that maker Bibi Lab reckons offers the "ultimate gaming space." With a slender gossamer wall between you and the rest of humanity, there's a degree of...
09/19/2014 04:30 AM
Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 coming to the UK on October 10th
Not bothered about the new iPhones? After something with a big screen and Android at its heart? Well, that's what Samsung's Galaxy Note family is all about, and the company has announced the latest member of the clan will be hitting the UK October...
09/19/2014 04:06 AM
Starbucks' shake-to-pay and tips now work on Android too
Love Starbucks but hate feeling left out of the shake-to-pay fun because the device in your pocket is running Android instead of iOS? Those days are over, my caffeine-craving friend. An updated version of the titular app has hit Google Play and it's...
09/19/2014 03:23 AM
iOS 8 helped Virgin Media smash download records
In our iOS 8 review, we said it Apple's latest smartphone update was well worth the wait. Clearly, Brits agreed, because they helped Virgin Media set a new all-time download record. The provider's busiest ever day came on September 17th, day one of...
09/19/2014 03:17 AM
Libratone's got a new soundbar, and yes, it's covered in wool
If only there was a way to combine your two greatest passions: high-quality audio and soft, fluffy fabrics? Well as it turns out, Libratone is kind of a specialist in that field, and for its next wool-covered creation, the company is revisiting...
09/19/2014 02:31 AM
Pebble now displays emojis and lets you dismiss alerts from your watch
Do you hate emojis? Too bad, because they're everywhere: they've even arrived on Pebble and Pebble Steel via the smartwatches' latest firmware. The software upgrade allows emoticons to show up on Pebble's monochrome screen -- sure, they're not yellow...
09/19/2014 01:48 AM
Sony's SmartEyeglass prototype makes Google Glass look chic
As Sony's smartphone division continues to struggle, the company is working out what it needs to return to profitability. Does it concentrate on the high-end market dominated by Apple and Samsung, or does it try to appeal to customers looking to get...
09/19/2014 01:35 AM
Love is in the air at the Tokyo Game Show
Dating simulation games are nothing new in Japan; and in fact, there's something for both boys and girls. This particular booth at the Tokyo Game Show was chiefly promoting Voltage Inc.'s romance mobile apps to the ladies, but with a twist: The...
09/19/2014 12:40 AM
Netflix's European tour comes to an end in Belgium and Luxembourg
This week began with Netflix launching streaming video service in France, and since then it's added Germany, Austria and Switzerland to the list. Belgium and Luxembourg are the final two on the list this fall, putting them among the 40 or so...
09/18/2014 11:28 PM
Notion Ink quietly releases Cain, a 10.1-inch Windows 8 tablet
The Notion Ink Adam was a tablet with big dreams, but it hit the market with a loud flop. It's successor, the Adam II, whooshed by with almost no public notice at all. Now the company is back, but it's not trying to redesign the Android tablet...
09/18/2014 10:13 PM
iFixit cracks open an iPhone 6 Plus to get at the massive battery inside
Need something to make today's wait for your new iPhone easier? Watching the crew at iFixit go at a brand new iPhone 6 Plus with their screwdrivers, spudgers and iSclacks probably won't help, but at least it will pass the time. They're in the middle...