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BBC News - Technology
The latest stories from the Technology section of the BBC News web site.
German media boss criticises Google
In an open letter to Google's Eric Schmidt the boss of German publishing firm Axel Springer says it is afraid of the search giant.
Published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:20:24 GMT

BBC and Sky experience fault on iOS
The BBC and Sky's video-on-demand apps simultaneously experience a fault on iPhones and iPads that prevents TV shows from streaming.
Published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:35:38 GMT

HMRC 'plans to share personal data'
Taxpayers' personal financial data could be shared with private firms and researchers, Revenue & Customs says, despite concerns over privacy and security.
Published: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 07:50:05 GMT

Kim Dotcom wins back cars and cash
Kim Dotcom, the multimillionaire founder of closed file-sharing site Megaupload, has won back cars, cash and property seized in a January 2012 raid.
Published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:11:17 GMT

Lavabit loses contempt appeal
A US appeals court upholds a contempt of court ruling against the secure email service provider Lavabit used by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:37:07 GMT

Cyborg glasses express fake emotions
A Japanese researcher creates glasses that show computer-generated eyes that express emotions so that the wearer does not need to bother.
Published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:00:27 GMT

First Heartbleed 'hacker' arrested
A 19-year-old Canadian citizen is charged with hacking into the Canada Revenue Agency's website, becoming the first arrest in relation to the Heartbleed security breach.
Published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:56:43 GMT

Google shares fall on ad concerns
Shares in Google fall 5% despite reporting first-quarter profit of $3.45bn in response to worries over future income from advertising.
Published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:01:25 GMT

Virgin apologises for email glitch
Virgin Media apologises after some of its customers received hundreds of unwanted emails because of a distribution list error.
Published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:07:45 GMT

Galaxy S5 fingerprint sensor hacked
German security researchers say that a spoof fingerprint can be used to unlock Samsung's new handset and steal money.
Published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:08:54 GMT

Tencent brings Candy Crush to China
China's internet giant Tencent will launch the popular Candy Crush game on the mainland in partnership with the game's creator King Digital Entertainment.
Published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:21:59 GMT

Bungie 'fires' Halo games composer
The composer of the music featured in the original Halo video games says his job has been "terminated without cause" by developer Bungie.
Published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:56:46 GMT

Hard-disk firm warns of data breach
French hard-disk maker LaCie warns that shoppers' credit cards details and logins may have been stolen from its store over a one-year period.
Published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:43:36 GMT

MtGox exchange put in administration
The Bitcoin exchange MtGox has been placed in administration by a Japanese court and it is expected that bankruptcy proceedings will be started.
Published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:38:08 GMT

Heartbleed may 'slow' web speeds
The struggle to fix problems caused by the Heartbleed bug could make web browsing speeds slow to a crawl, warns net monitoring firm Netcraft.
Published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:13:37 GMT

Yahoo shares jump despite profit fall
Shares in the struggling internet search giant Yahoo surge 9%, despite first-quarter profits falling 20%.
Published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:59:12 GMT

Privacy fears over FBI database
A facial recognition database being built by the FBI could contain over 52m images by 2015 causing concern to privacy campaigners
Published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:33:40 GMT

New street lights design cuts bills
Switching to LED street lights is cutting maintenance bills in Jersey and could increase pedestrian safety, it is claimed.
Published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:37:08 GMT

Men 'giving up' books to go online
A new study finds men prefer to watch film adaptations than read the original book, with 30% admitting they have not read a book since school.
Published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:54:48 GMT

VIDEO: Searching for metaphorical results
How alternative search engines produce different results plus websites and apps reviewed.
Published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:22:23 GMT

VIDEO: Firm creates drone fitted with Taser
Spencer Kelly meets the team behind a drone which can fire 80,000 volts of electricity through a wired dart.
Published: Wed, 09 Apr 2014 07:06:57 GMT

VIDEO: Turning the world into an orchestra
Spencer Kelly tests out Mogees- a device linked to your smartphone which turns objects into musical instruments.
Published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:23:50 GMT

VIDEO: The quest to perfect digital pianos
Click meets Joe Ierardi, a man who is trying to create the most realistic sounding piano synthesiser.
Published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:49:36 GMT

VIDEO: Cyborg glasses mimic eye gestures
A Japanese researcher shows off glasses that display computer-generated eyes, which express emotions to save their wearer the effort.
Published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:58:26 GMT

AUDIO: Google 'not meeting expectations'
Larry Magid, technology analyst for CNET, discusses the fall in Google's shares.
Published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:01:01 GMT

VIDEO: Is ZTE's choosy strategy working?
ZTE has decided to pass over investing in areas where returns aren't likely to be high - its results later will show how its new strategy is paying off.
Published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:54:16 GMT

VIDEO: Will Jelly repeat Twitter's success?
Biz Stone discusses his new social app Jelly which he hopes will encourage people to help each other out.
Published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:26:53 GMT

AUDIO: Google buys high-altitude drone firm
Internet giant Google has bought high-altitude drone firm Titan Aerospace for an undisclosed sum.
Published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:18:03 GMT

VIDEO: Sensors to prevent pain for amputees
Researchers at the University of Southampton have developed three-directional pressure sensors which they say could prevent dangerous sores for thousands of patients
Published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 01:44:56 GMT

Netflix battles for big budget TV
The battle for exclusive online TV shows
Published: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 23:23:25 GMT

Where Wall Street met Silicon Valley
Two cultures collide at the online retail giant
Published: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 23:12:24 GMT

Hacking the instrument of the future
Sleep-deprived coders enjoy an epic adventure
Published: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:22:37 GMT

Selling globally is child's play
The tech making e-commerce easier for small firms
Published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:09:09 GMT

VIDEO: The rise of the hospital Robot
Remote presence bots help doctors visit hospital wards
Published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:16:46 GMT

Syria: Report shows how foreign fighters use social media
Report shows how foreign fighters in Syria are using social media
Published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:56:07 GMT

3D sound tests carried out by BBC
The BBC's attempt to create 3D sound recordings
Published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:12:48 GMT

How 3D is changing the shape of lessons
How 3D printing is changing the shape of lessons
Published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:02:16 GMT - Technology delivers up-to-the-minute news and information on the latest top stories, weather, entertainment, politics and more.
Smartphone innovation has stalled, but that's OK
Here's a short message to smartphone makers before you try to wow us with a bunch of glitzy features in your next device: Don't do it.
Published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:06:06 EDT

Facebook adds friend-tracking feature
Your phone always knows where you are. And now, if you want, your Facebook friends will always know where you are, too.
Published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:18:22 EDT

Americans wary of future tech
Americans are generally excited about the new technology they expect to see in their lifetimes. But when confronted with some advances that already appear possible -- from skies filled with drones to meat made in a lab -- they get nervous.
Published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:37:57 EDT

Doc's glasses may save lives
A doctor created goggles that help surgeons detect cancer cells injected with dye. KSDK has the report.
Published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:24:17 EDT

Meet Google's modular phone
Google is jumping into its next futuristic hardware project. This time it's a modular smartphone dubbed Project Ara that can be customized by swapping out individual pieces of hardware.
Published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:12:44 EDT

How phones work in flight
The lack of phone calls, texts or social media postings from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has raised a number of questions about how cell phones work on airplanes. A U.S. official told CNN a cell tower in Penang, Malaysia, detected the co-pilot's cell phone searching for service before the flight vanished.
Published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:09:25 EDT

Americans wary of futuristic science, tech
Americans are generally excited about the new technology they expect to see in their lifetimes. But when confronted with some advances that already appear possible -- from skies filled with drones to meat made in a lab -- they get nervous.
Published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:02:50 EDT

What these glasses see may save lives
A doctor created goggles that help surgeons detect cancer cells injected with dye. KSDK has the report.
Published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:23:45 EDT

Google's future phone: The modular Project Ara
Google is jumping into its next futuristic hardware project. This time it's a modular smartphone dubbed Project Ara that can be customized by swapping out individual pieces of hardware.
Published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:53:11 EDT

Phone 'kill switch' may become standard in 2015
The "kill switch," a system for remotely disabling smartphones and wiping their data, will become standard in 2015, according to a pledge backed by most of the mobile world's major players.
Published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:26:13 EDT

Netiquette: Saying farewell
So many folks manage to lose their netiquette heads when they scramble, legs flailing and akimbo, toward the denouement of events and life chapters. So here is the ultimate (get it?) digital-etiquette guide to a polite big finish.
Published: Fri, 28 Dec 2012 17:03:24 EST

10 smartphone habits to avoid
How annoying and rude and antisocial have we all become with our smartphones? We're embarrassing ourselves all over the place. Please stop.
Published: Mon, 08 Oct 2012 12:00:31 EDT

Five texts you should never send
We're texting more than ever, and, like society, the texts themselves are getting worse and worse. Read on to learn just how terrible silent cell phone users are these days.
Published: Mon, 27 Aug 2012 15:53:26 EDT

An open letter to texting-mad teenagers
Put your phone down for a second, teen texters -- there are some things you've got to hear.
Published: Fri, 03 Aug 2012 11:59:24 EDT

Solar plane to circle the globe
A pair of Swiss flight pioneers have unveiled a new plane that will aim to make the first round-the-world solar flight without a drop of fuel.
Published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:31:28 EDT

Is flying car finally here?
By 2025, you could be commuting to work in this flying car that takes off and lands like a helicopter. No pilot's license required.
Published: Mon, 07 Apr 2014 07:33:09 EDT

Giant robot crab walks ocean floor
The Crabster is a robot inspired by crabs and lobsters, and designed for undersea exploration.
Published: Tue, 01 Apr 2014 05:30:09 EDT

Wireless electricity? It's here
A light-bulb glowing in middle of a room with no wires attached. "It's the future," says Dr Katie Hall.
Published: Mon, 17 Mar 2014 06:45:05 EDT

Tech News Headlines - Yahoo News
Get the latest Tech news headlines from Yahoo News. Find breaking Tech news, including analysis and opinion on top Tech stories.
Apple, Google vie to offer exclusive game apps: WSJ
(Reuters) - Apple Inc and Google Inc are wooing game developers to ensure that top game titles arrive first on devices powered by their respective operating system, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Both the companies are trying to lure game developers by offering premium placement to these games on their app stores' home pages and features lists, the daily said. Apple had struck a deal with Electronic Arts Inc last August to promote the game "Plants Vs Zombies 2" prominently in its App Store, and had a similar arrangement with ZeptoLab to promote the sequel to its popular puzzle game "Cut the Rope", which released in December, the Journal reported.
Published: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:02:48 -0400

Erdogan challenges social media in top Turkish court
By Orhan Coskun ANKARA (Reuters) - Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan applied to Turkey's constitutional court on Friday to challenge the alleged violation of his and his family's rights by social media, a senior official in his office told Reuters. Erdogan's government blocked Twitter and YouTube in March, drawing international condemnation, after audio recordings, purportedly showing corruption in his inner circle, were leaked on their sites. The Twitter block was lifted earlier this month after the constitutional court ruled that it breached freedom of expression, a decision Erdogan has since said was wrong and should be overturned. YouTube remains blocked in Turkey.
Published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:50:01 -0400

Mt. Gox CEO won't appear in U.S. for questions about bankruptcy case
Mark Karpeles, the chief executive of Mt. Gox, said he would not come to the United States to answer questions about the Japanese bitcoin exchange's U.S. bankruptcy case, Mt. Gox lawyers told a federal judge on Monday. In the court filing, Mt. Gox lawyers cited a subpoena from the U.S. Department of Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, which has closely monitored virtual currencies like bitcoin. "Mr. Karpeles is now in the process of obtaining counsel to represent him with respect to the FinCEN Subpoena. Until such time as counsel is retained and has an opportunity to 'get up to speed' and advise Mr. Karpeles, he is not willing to travel to the U.S.", the filing said.
Published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:59:05 -0400

Weibo debut highlights complicated dance with Chinese censors
By Gerry Shih and Yimou Lee SAN FRANCISCO/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Weibo Corp executives on Thursday toasted the Chinese social media firm's debut at Nasdaq's New York headquarters. Hours earlier in Beijing, Charles Xue, a Chinese-American venture capitalist and prominent Weibo user, celebrated a different kind of coming-out: his release after eight months in jail. The timing of the two events, though coincidental, highlights the fundamental challenge for Shanghai-based Weibo: progressing from being a microblogging phenomenon in China to becoming an entrenched member of the international social media industry. Now, as Weibo celebrates its warm reception on international financial markets, its conflicts with censors at home raise the question of whether the firm known as the "Twitter of China" may eventually be derailed by government interference.
Published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:36:16 -0400

Mt. Gox suitors seek support to save bitcoin exchange
(Reuters) - A group of investors seeking to buy Mt. Gox has launched a website to garner support from creditors of the bankrupt bitcoin exchange to prevent a liquidation of its assets.
Published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:32:27 -0400

Chipmaker AMD's quarterly results beat Street, stock jumps
Advanced Micro Devices Inc's first-quarter results beat expectations, sending its shares higher as the chipmaker tries to replace dwindling sales of PC chips with its processors for game consoles. With the PC industry shrinking for eight straight quarter due to consumers' preferences for tablets and smartphones, AMD is expanding into new markets and aims to get half of its revenue from new, fast-growing businesses by the end of 2015. Chief among those efforts, the Sunnyvale, California, company is supplying processors for Microsoft Corp and Sony Corp's latest game consoles in a bid to make up for its declining PC business.
Published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:22:50 -0400

How would you change Blackberry's Z10?
With the advent of touchscreen smartphones, BlackBerry lost its position as king of the mobile world. In response, the company bought QNX and hibernated, plotting a reinvention centered around BlackBerry 10. When the business emerged with the Z10, everyone knew that this was the device that the company's future relied upon -- and we know how that ended up.
Published: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:54:00 -0400

The battle for exclusive games has come to smartphones
It's like Sega and Sony all over again. We don't mean the hardware arms race (although that's certainly happening), but how the smartphone world's two top players are now fighting over the most popular games... and their sequels. Gaming is one of the top money-spinning app categories on smartphones and tablets and according to a WSJ report, both Apple and Google are trying to get popular games and their developers on their side.
Published: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:35:00 -0400

Behold the internet's power: Quentin Tarantino to rewrite movie ending after script leaks
What the internet giveth, it also taketh away... and then giveth back again (sort of). Back in January, the script for Quentin Tarantino's next film, a western called the Hateful Eight, showed up online and Defamer drew the web's attention to its presence. In response, the filmmaker sued for copyright infringement and shelved the project.
Published: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:31:00 -0400

Drones help find World War II's missing soldiers
The BentProp Project has spent years finding American soldiers who went missing in the Pacific during World War II, but available technology has limited its success. Team members have frequently had to scan wide areas themselves, slowing down their ...
Published: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:22:00 -0400

Powdered alcohol is coming to a liquor store near you
Putting a can of beer in a brown paper bag is about to look like child's play. A new product that's somehow been approved by US regulators makes booze as discreet as a packet of sugar. It's called Palcohol, and it transforms a shot of vodka or rum into a pocketable pouch of powder. Tear it open, add some water, mix, and you've got hard liquor. Considering the age group that Palcohol is going to appeal to, however, the sweet, pre-mixed powders are probably going to be far more popular. To start off, the company plans to make margarita, mojito, cosmopolitan, and lemon drop flavors.
Published: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:41:03 -0400

50 years ago today, the public got its first taste of video calls
It seemed like the inevitable future at the time, we're sure. On April 20th in 1964, Bell Telephone showed off the Mod 1 Picturephone -- a precursor to the Skype and Hangouts video calls that have become a standard but under-utilized feature of modern communications. The demonstration was part of the World's Fair in Flushing Meadows, visitors were able to step into a booth and have a conversation with a person thousands of miles away in Disneyland.
Published: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:21:00 -0400

Joystiq Weekly: Nintendo foibles, LGBT gaming cons and crash-prone dirtbikes
Welcome to the Joystiq Weekly wrap-up where we present some of the best stories and biggest gaming news from our sister-publication.
Published: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:30:00 -0400

Quentin Tarantino is modifying script for 'The Hateful Eight' after leak
It looks like Quentin Tarantino's next film will be The Hateful Eight after all. As is his hallmark, the story is split into several chapters, and Tarantino provided at least one clue as to how the script will change from its current form.
Published: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:11:01 -0400

IRL: Kogan's Agora HD, a $189 smartphone made obsolete by the Moto G
When I first came across Kogan at last year's CES, it was for the launch of the Aussie company's very first Agora smartphone. It was a modestly specced handset with some performance issues, but that was understandable: the going price was just $149, a sign that affordability was considered above all else. Then just nine months later, a follow-up smartphone, the Agora HD, was announced.
Published: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:00:00 -0400

Jamaica sees green in ganja
It seems the United States is inching ever closer to decriminalizing marijuana, following the passage of new laws in Colorado and Washington, but on the seemingly weed-friendly shores of Jamaica ? birthplace of reggae music and the Rastafari ? pot remains as illegal as it's been for more than a century. The new organization will push for the creation of a regulated weed industry in Jamaica, which it says will boost the country's economy and spur medical research. As more countries look to liberalize their drug policies, the hope is that decriminalization will allow Jamaica to become something of a pot powerhouse. "With the global movement that is emerging ? in Uruguay, in parts of Canada, in states in the US ? there is a sense that the moment is right for Jamaica," says Rupert Lewis, professor emeritus of political science at the University of the West Indies.
Published: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:00:02 -0400

Bullying Books Empower Students, Parents and School Personnel
Nancy Willard has been writing and speaking about cyberbullying since practically before the term was coined. But, like most cyberbullying experts, she knows that cyberbullying -- for the most part -- is bullying.
Published: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:32:41 -0400

Disney unveils first clip from 'Star Wars: Rebels' animated series
It's nearly time to get your animated Star Wars fix. The new original animated series Star Wars: Rebels will premiere this fall with a one-hour special on Disney XD, and now we're getting our first real look at the show. Executive Producer Dave Filoni and actress Vanessa Marshall, who voices rebel leader Hera in the clip, revealed the brief scene yesterday during a panel at WonderCon in Anaheim, California. The art style may remind you of The Clone Wars, and that should come as no surprise ? much of the key staff from that show made it over to Rebels despite the shakeup following Disney's blockbuster purchase of LucasFilm.
Published: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:27:01 -0400

Gadget Rewind 2006: Lego Mindstorms NXT
It's our 10th birthday, and to celebrate we'll be revisiting some of the key devices of the last decade. So please be kind, rewind.
Published: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:00:00 -0400

The Winner In The War Between Xbox One, PS4 And Wii U Is... Everyone
Sony on Thursday announced it has cumulatively sold more than 7 million units of its Playstation 4 console. Meanwhile, Microsoft has reported no real sales figures for Xbox One, but has announced 5 million units shipped to retailers since the console launched. These numbers have renewed interest in the next-generation console wars, leading many to again question which of the three -- Playstation 4, Xbox One or Nintendo's Wii U -- has really come out on top. ...
Published: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:34:22 -0400

The best writing of the week, April 20
Why not take a break from the fire hose of Twitter and RSS and check out our weekly roundup of essential writing from around the web about technology, culture, media, and the future? With the sixth season of Adventure Time approaching, Maria Bustillos profiles the shows creators and digs into its origins, future, and long-lasting appeal. The Awl: Maria Bustillos - It's Adventure Time Unlikely as it is that Roland Barthes could have imagined anything remotely like it, his essay ?The Death of the Author? exactly prefigured the sense of collaboration informing Adventure Time, which is in every sense ?a tissue of quotations drawn from the innumerable centres of culture? and ?a multi-dimensional space in which a variety of writings, none of them original, blend and clash.? It is delightful to find that the basic tenets of twentieth-century French literary theory are the opposite of boring when harnessed in the service of a cartoon about a boy and his magical dog in a fantastical post-apocalyptic Earth.
Published: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:30:02 -0400

Inhabitat's Week in Green: flexible circuit boards, BMW i3 and the world's first urban algae canopy
Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green.
Published: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:04:00 -0400

Samsung data center fire causes outage, errors on smart TVs and phones (update: fixed)
Seeing an error message on your Samsung phone, tablet or Smart TV today? You're not alone, as the website appears to be down and owners worldwide have reported anything from error messages to being unable to access apps on their smart TVs. Reports have spread on Twitter -- mostly from a community news site called Wikitree -- that a fire at a Samsung SDS building in Gwacheon, South Korea is the culprit.
Published: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 06:08:00 -0400

Find the most beautiful abstract art for your phone
Relying on stock artwork for your smartphone is never the right way to go. The trouble is, finding the right work of art or photography that suits you and your device isn't always the easiest task. Here's where you can start and where you can add your own. The only rules are that the art you seek should be clean and uncluttered and be sourced appropriately. Have a look.
Published: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 04:32:01 -0400

NASA: Engineer vital to moon landing success dies
SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) ? John C. Houbolt, an engineer whose contributions to the U.S. space program were vital to NASA's successful moon landing in 1969, has died. He was 95.
Published: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 03:09:27 -0400

Obamacare enrollees urged to change passwords over Heartbleed bug
By Chris Francescani NEW YORK (Reuters) - Americans with accounts on President Barack Obama's health insurance enrollment website,, were advised that their passwords had been reset to guard against the "Heartbleed" bug, in a message posted on the site on Saturday. The warning marks the latest fallout from the widespread security bug, which surfaced this month and allows hackers to steal data online without a trace. Companies from Inc to Google Inc. have been forced to take steps to protect against Heartbleed., a health insurance exchange for the 36 states that opted out of creating their own state insurance exchanges, was created under Obama's signature health care law, the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Published: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:56:59 -0400

Vinyl's great, but it's not better than CDs
Happy Record Store Day! There are plenty of business-related grievances to be filed against the annual vinyl celebration, but it's hard to argue with the spirit of a day encouraging people to explore and buy new music. Moreover, vinyl's just more fun as a format than MP3s or CDs;
Published: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:19:02 -0400

Audi's latest hybrid concept car takes the TT family offroad, with 408HP under the hood
Audi's latest prototype packing an E-Tron hybrid drivetrain is this TT Offroad Concept that takes the TT family beyond the coupes and convertibles we're familiar with. Going on display at the Beijing Motor Show, it combines two electric motors (one on each axle) with a 292HP turbocharged combustion engine to produce up to 408 horsepower total. The concept is even quipped with wireless charging tech, making the "plug-in" hybrid possible to charge simply by parking in the right spot.
Published: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 22:44:00 -0400

Weekends with Engadget: Windows Phone 8.1 and Gear 2 reviews, the anonymous internet and more!
Welcome to Weekends with Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines from the past seven days -- all handpicked by the editors here at the site. For even more action, subscribe to our Flipboard magazine!
Published: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:27:00 -0400

Saudi Arabia Prepares to Build the World's Tallest Building
Construction on Saudi Arabia's Kingdom Tower, which will be one whopping, expense kilometer tall, is set to commence next week, according to local reports. The Kingdom tower will measure 3,280 feet when completed, which stretches 568 feet taller than the current Guinness World Record holder for tallest man-made construction, the Burj Khalifa building in Dubai. The Kingdom Tower won't come cheap. Kingdom Tower is now set to be built in Saudi Arabia.
Published: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:34:00 -0400

Sci-fi short film imagines a world without paper
According to the renegade scientist in "Scattered," a sci-fi short film adapted from a story by author Ken MacLeod, it'd be a place freed from the restrictions of human history. In this world, "we look to the future, not the past," and some sort of modern human existence could be created based on all of the advancements that have brought us to where we are today. The original Ken MacLeod story, "The Surface of Last Scattering," was published in the sci-fi anthology TFSF, which comes from the MIT Technology Review.
Published: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:18:01 -0400

Feedback Loop: E3 expectations, first MP3 player and password managers!
Welcome to Feedback Loop, a weekly roundup of the most interesting discussions happening within the Engadget community. There's so much technology to talk about and so little time to enjoy it, but you have a lot of great ideas and opinions that need to be shared! Join us every Saturday as we highlight some of the most interesting discussions that happened during the past week.
Published: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:13:00 -0400

The Rise of Big Data Brings Tremendous Possibilities and Frightening Perils
There is no doubt that data analytics will one day help to improve health care and crime detection, design better products, and improve traffic patterns and agricultural yields. My concern is about how we will one day use all the data we are gathering -- and the skeletons it will uncover.
Published: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:25:58 -0400

High as balls: live from the cannabis cup
Long before there were laws, long before there was beer, there was marijuana ? a drug that had fallen out of legal favor in America completely by the 1930s. It?s taking America much longer to make the same realization about marijuana. In Amsterdam in 1988, High Times magazine staged the first-ever Cannabis Cup, a sort of combined trade show and Olympics for stoners. In 2010, the first-ever Medical Cannabis Cup came to San Francisco under the auspices of California?s Proposition 215 and Senate Bill 420.
Published: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:20:02 -0400

Rufus Cuff wants to dominate the wearable market and your forearm
We told you to put on your disappointment pants for the Galaxy Gear 2, but for the Rufus Cuff we suggest rolling up your absurdity sleeves. Seriously, given its three-inch screen you might just have to. This wearable boasts a built-in mic, a camera, a speaker, web browser, voice control, GPS and full access to the Google Play store -- if the Cuff sounds like a smartphone that straps to your wrist, well, that's basically what it is.
Published: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:33:00 -0400

NASA sending Google's Project Tango smartphone to space to improve flying robots
An experimental NASA robot could get a big upgrade thanks to Google. The two parties have been working together to integrate Google's Project Tango smartphone prototype ? which can detect and map the world around it using a series of sensors ? onto NASA's SPHERES ? brightly colored, volleyball-sized robots designed to float around the International Space Station and assist astronauts. Right now, the SPHERES can perform basic navigation inside of a limited section of the ISS by using ultrasound and detecting infrared light, but using Tango's more detailed detection methods, NASA hopes to let the robots explore more of the station and navigate entirely on their own. "This is no ordinary upgrade," Terry Fong, director of the Intelligent Robotics Group at NASA's Ames Research Center, says in a statement.
Published: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:23:01 -0400

Google Trends email alerts will guarantee you never miss another cat meme
You can always swing by Google Trends if you want to gauge the popularity of a given search, but visiting that website every time can be a hassle. Thankfully, there's now an easier way: Google has added a ...
Published: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:58:00 -0400 users asked to reset passwords following Heartbleed bug
The move to reset passwords is being taken "out of an abundance of caution," according to a a notice published on the site, which serves as a portal for the health insurance exchanges set up under Obamacare. Those site issues have since been fixed, and the Obama administration recently announced that 8 million Americans have signed up for health insurance through the exchanges.
Published: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:04:01 -0400

Facebook's 'Nearby Friends' Is a Really, Really Bad Idea
Facebook has introduced a new feature for its mobile users allowing them to share their location with friends. It is an "opt in" feature, meaning you don't have to sign up for it. On the surface, it seems to be a useful tool for people to use. But the new Facebook "feature" is pretty dangerous.
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'Like' it or not: 10 things Facebook changed in 10 years
Ten years ago Tuesday, Mark Zuckerberg launched ?The Facebook? from his Harvard dorm. Since then, the site has gone on to redefine our lives online.
Published: Tue, 4 Feb 2014 15:10:58 GMT

Senate grills Target CFO on data breach
Target CFO John Mulligan faced a Senate judiciary committee on Tuesday to answer tough questions about last year's massive breach that involved 40 million credit cards.
Published: Tue, 4 Feb 2014 17:04:13 GMT

Democratic lawmakers want to bring Net neutrality back to life
Democrats in Congress have introduced a bill that would restore Net neutrality regulations, less than a month after a court decision struck them down. "It basically says, 'Remember the court decision from a couple of weeks ago?
Published: Tue, 4 Feb 2014 21:33:05 GMT

Some developers balk as Apple cracks down on apps that track user info
Apple is cracking down on apps that collect certain information about its users. While that might make privacy advocates happy, developers are less than thrilled.
Published: Tue, 4 Feb 2014 22:58:36 GMT

FBI: Give us your malware, your worms
The FBI has put out a request for experts in the cybersecurity industry to send in all the malware they can. In a solicitation published this week on, the intelligence agency asks for "a rollup of sharable malware" for research purposes ? or so they say.
Published: Wed, 5 Feb 2014 00:11:05 GMT

Sexting stats: Half of adults' phones contain intimate content
Smartphone users are scandalous! A new study shows more than half of adults have sent or received ... ahem , intimate content on their mobile devices.
Published: Tue, 4 Feb 2014 22:14:18 GMT

AT&T slashes prices for some family plans
AT&T is the latest to cut prices in the wireless carrier wars. This time around, AT&T focused on family plans. The lower prices include 10 gigabytes of data per month, plus unlimited voice and texting.
Published: Mon, 3 Feb 2014 14:53:21 GMT

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