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Kittyo looks after your cats so you don't have to

(9 minutes ago)
What does the internet love more than cats? App-connected devices that let you feed and entertain the furry monsters when you're out and about. Kittyo is a coffee maker-shaped device designed to do just that, packing a webcam, laser and a treat...

Lifeline Ventures, early Finnish backers of Supercell, launch $21M Nordic startup fund (Juhana Rossi/Wall Street Journal)

(27 minutes ago)
Juhana Rossi / Wall Street Journal:Lifeline Ventures, early Finnish backers of Supercell, launch $21M Nordic startup fund  —  Team Behind Finnish Success Story Supercell Launches Nordic Startup Fund  —  The brains and money behind Supercell Oy, the Finnish developer behind popular mobile games Clash of Clans and Hay Day …

Glass marketing head addresses criticism from Scoble, others: backlash is a sign of disruption (Jeff Bercovici/Forbes)

(One hour ago)
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:Glass marketing head addresses criticism from Scoble, others: backlash is a sign of disruption  —  Does Google Glass Have An Optics Problem?  And Does Google Care?  —  It's hard to judge the success of a product launch before the product is even really out in the market.

'The Door Problem' of Game Design

(One hour ago)
An anonymous reader writes "Game design is one of those jobs everybody thinks they can do. After all, they've played a few games, and they know what they liked and disliked, right? How hard could it be? Well, professional game designer Liz England has summed up the difficulty of the job and the breadth of knowledge needed to do it in what she calls 'the door problem.' Quoting: 'Premise: You are making a game. Are there doors in your game? Can the player open them? Can the player open every door in the game? What tells a player a door is locked and will open, as opposed to a door that they will never open? What happens if there are two players? Does it only lock after both players pass through the door? What if the level is REALLY BIG and can't all exist at the same time?' This is just a few of the questions that need answering. She then goes through how other employees in the company respond to the issue, often complicating it. 'Network Programmer: "Do all the players need to see the door open at the same time?" Release Engineer: "You need to get your doors in by 3pm if you want them on the disk." Producer: "Do we need to give everyone those doors or can we save them for a pre-order bonus?"'" Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Chip designer ARM sees smartphone recovery in second half

(One hour ago)
LONDON (Reuters) - ARM Holdings, whose chip technology powers Apple's iPhone, said demand for smartphones would pick up in the second half after a disappointing end to 2013 resulted in first-quarter profit rising less than in previous years.

Hacker attacks on websites shot up 75 percent last quarter

(One hour ago)
Akami Technologies' State of the Internet report for Q4 2013 has just arrived, and one stat stood out like a bad rash: DDoS (denial of service) attacks were up 75 percent over last quarter, and 23 percent from the year before. Most of the targets of...

Japan Display promises 4K tablet screens that won't kill your battery

(2 hours ago)
If we draw an almost totally arbitrary line in the sand and call it "500 pixels per inch," then smartphones now stand proudly on one side of it, while tablets still languish on the other. Japan Display is gently nudging the market forward, however,...

Delivery Hero Gobbles Another $85M To Fuel A Price War With Just-Eat (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

(2 hours ago)
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:Delivery Hero Gobbles Another $85M To Fuel A Price War With Just-Eat  —  On the heels of online food delivery company Just-Eat's successful IPO in London earlier this month, its big, still-private rival Delivery Hero has raised another mammoth round of funding: a Series F of $85 million …

The $5,600 Tablet

(2 hours ago)
An anonymous reader writes "Tablets have come a long way in the past few years, and it has become possible to find a capable device for under $200. But what about the tablets pushing toward the high end of the spectrum? Xplore Technologies sells a line of tablets that top out at $5,600. Who on earth would pay that much? The military, of course. 'The DMSR models both have handles and are encased in tough protective covers. They can be dropped more than 2 meters onto a plywood floor and 1.2 meters onto concrete, and can operate in temperatures between -30 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit (-34 to 60 degrees Celsius). They've been tested to the U.S. military's tough MIL-STD-810G standard for extreme conditions. The tablets run Windows and come with Intel's latest Core i5 or i7 Haswell processors. Solid-state drive options extend to 480GB. ... They display images at 1024 x 768 resolution. That's less than some cheaper Windows tablets, but Xplore claims to offer excellent LCD visibility in sunlight thanks to a display luminescence of 1,300 NITS. The tablets have internal fans but can still run for up to eight-and-a-half hours on a 10-cell battery, Xplore said. They weigh a hefty 2.4 kilograms.'" Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Sky launches its movie download store that also pops a DVD in the post

(2 hours ago)
Sky's explored almost every way of serving up TV and film possible, but today it becomes a true movie retailer for the first time. The new "Buy & Keep" store Sky announced at the beginning of the month is now live, so anyone with a Sky+HD box can buy...

Viber's first major redesign makes it look right at home on the iPhone

(2 hours ago)
Internet calling and messaging service Viber does a solid job of constantly bringing new features to its apps, regardless of the platform. Now, some seven months after iOS 7 was released, Viber is finally changing the looks of its iPhone app to match...

Meet the One, OnePlus' $299 Nexus killer (Richard Lai/Engadget)

(3 hours ago)
Richard Lai / Engadget:Meet the One, OnePlus' $299 Nexus killer  —  Rarely do we see a tech startup spending five months actively hyping up an unborn product; and when we do, most of them end up being vaporware.  Luckily, that's not the case with OnePlus.  Today, the Shenzhen-based company has finally unveiled …

Meet the One, OnePlus' $299 Nexus killer

(3 hours ago)
Rarely do we see a tech startup spending five months actively hyping up an unborn product; and when we do, most of them end up being vaporware. Luckily, that's not the case with OnePlus. Today, the Shenzhen-based company has finally unveiled its...

Lytro unveils a more sophisticated 'light-field' camera

(4 hours ago)
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - In 2011, Lytro Inc dazzled the consumer gadget world when it introduced a pocket flashlight-sized gizmo that could take "living" pictures - images that could be refocused after the shutter clicked.

WRT54G Successor Falls Flat On Promises

(5 hours ago)
New submitter JImbob0i0 writes: "Back in January, Linksys/Belkin made a big deal about their new router, the WRT1900AC, which they claimed was a successor to the venerable WRT54G, and how they were working with OpenWRT. They released it this week, but their promises have fallen far short. You need to apply patches (which don't apply cleanly) and compile yourself in order to get it to work... so long as you don't need wireless support. There has not been much response from Linksys on the mailing list to criticism of the improperly formatted patch dump and poor reviews as a result." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Intel's next Thunderbolt port can handle two 4K displays at once

(5 hours ago)
There's a good reason why the Mac Pro has six Thunderbolt 2 ports: current Thunderbolt tech isn't powerful enough to drive more than one 4K display per port. Future computers shouldn't face that limitation, though. VR-Zone has leaked a presentation...

WSJ Poised to Hire Quartz's Mims as Tech Columnist, After Manjoo Departure to Times (Kara Swisher/Re/code)

(5 hours ago)
Kara Swisher / Re/code:WSJ Poised to Hire Quartz's Mims as Tech Columnist, After Manjoo Departure to Times  —  The Wall Street Journal is close to hiring Quartz tech and science editor Christopher Mims as its newest tech columnist, said several sources.  If completed, Mims will replace its last new tech columnist Farhad Manjoo …

PSA: Sprint Is Planning To Make All Its Devices From February 11, 2015 Onward Domestically Unlockable (Ryan Whitwam/Android Police)

(6 hours ago)
Ryan Whitwam / Android Police:PSA: Sprint Is Planning To Make All Its Devices From February 11, 2015 Onward Domestically Unlockable  —  The US mobile market is weird in that almost all the phones floating around here are locked to one carrier or another.  You can usually request an unlock code from the carrier …

2k Games tries to save Civilization, Borderlands from GameSpy server shutdown

(6 hours ago)
Gamespy's impending server shut-down might be cutting off Wii and DS multiplayer at the head, but not all games have to suffer this fate: PC publishers are starting to migrate their multiplayer servers to new platforms. Three of EA's Battlefield...

Pure Storage Raises $225 Million at a $3 Billion Valuation (Arik Hesseldahl/Re/code)

(7 hours ago)
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:Pure Storage Raises $225 Million at a $3 Billion Valuation  —  Pure Storage, the company shaking up the enterprise storage market with a data storage array based solely on flash memory has raised $225 million late stage round of venture capital funding at pre-money valuation of more than $3 billion.

Whatsapp now has 500 million active users to offer its new social overlord

(7 hours ago)
Some companies lose their following after an acquisition, but not Whatsapp -- apparently, its userbase just continued to grow after Facebook bought it for $19 billion. The FB-owned entity has revealed that it now has 500 million active users, up 50...

Microsoft ready to test new Office 'Mix' interactive presentation application (Mary Jo Foley/ZDNet)

(7 hours ago)
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:Microsoft ready to test new Office ‘Mix’ interactive presentation application  —  Summary: Microsoft is signing up testers for a soon-to-be-released preview of ‘Office Mix,’ which is a new, interactive presentation application.  —  Microsoft is starting to test its new “Office Mix” …

Google's Project Ara Could Bring PC-Like Hardware Ecosystem To Phones

(7 hours ago)
An anonymous reader writes "Now that Google's modular phone effort, Project Ara, looks a bit less like vaporware, people are starting to figure out its implications for the future of cellphones. One fascinating possibility is that it could transform the cellphone purchasing process into something resembling desktop computer purchasing. Enthusiasts could search out the individual parts they like the best and assemble them into cellphone Voltron. People who just want a decent phone with no hassle could look at pre-built offerings — and not just from Apple, Samsung, and the like. It could open up a whole new group of phone 'manufacturers.' Of course, this comes with drawbacks, too — if you think fragmentation is bad now, imagine trying to support thousands of different hardware combinations." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

AOL Mail locks down email servers to deal with spam tsunami (Iain Thomson/The Register)

(8 hours ago)
Iain Thomson / The Register:AOL Mail locks down email servers to deal with spam tsunami  —  Security problems like it's 1995  —  If you've been getting a lot of spam from AOL emails recently it's not because you've fallen into a time rift and it's the nineties all over again - the company has confirmed that it has been under an intensive spoofing attack.

China's Huawei says investment in information technology to rise 14 percent in 2014

(8 hours ago)
SHENZHEN, China (Reuters) - Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world's No.2 telecoms equipment maker, expects investment in information technology to rise 14 percent in 2014, a senior executive said on Wednesday.

Japan's not getting the Xbox One until this September

(8 hours ago)
If we're being civil, Japan's relationship with the Xbox could be described as "tenuous" at best, and the release date for Microsoft's latest game console probably won't do much to change that. Come this September 4th, gamers in the country will...

BioWare Announces Dragon Age Inquisition For October 7th

(8 hours ago)
An anonymous reader writes "Today BioWare announced a new game in its popular Dragon Age RPG series titled Inquisition. The game will follow the story of an Inquisitor trying to rally the world against the magic-laden forces spewing from rifts opening to another place. The game's creative director, Mike Laidlaw, says players will be able to watch the world descend into chaos, and then deal with the burdens of power as they rally forces in opposition. BioWare is also taking the opportunity to fix all of the things they broke in Dragon Age 2: 'Top-down tactical view is back. Playable races are back. The game seems to have more of an emphasis on challenge thanks to non-regenerative health.' The game will launch on October 7th for the PC, PS3/4, and Xbox 360/One." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

You can take your Sprint phone to other US carriers next year

(9 hours ago)
If you're with Sprint, you don't have many options for unlocking your phone's SIM card slot; if you can do it at all, you're limited to service on foreign networks. You'll have far more flexibility in the near future, though. The carrier has revealed...

Roku FINALLY Releases A YouTube Channel For Most Of Its Streaming Boxes (Greg Kumparak/TechCrunch)

(9 hours ago)
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:Roku FINALLY Releases A YouTube Channel For Most Of Its Streaming Boxes  —  After what has been seriously way too long, Roku has just launched an official YouTube channel for most of its lil' streaming boxes.  —  The catch: Roku says the channel is only compatible with “current generation” …

Justices Skeptical of Aereo's Business (Adam Liptak/New York Times)

(9 hours ago)
Adam Liptak / New York Times:Justices Skeptical of Aereo's Business  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court signaled on Tuesday that it was struggling with two conflicting impulses in considering a request from television broadcasters to shut down Aereo, an Internet start-up they say threatens the economic viability of their businesses.

How Silk Road Bounced Back From Its Multimillion-Dollar Hack

(9 hours ago)
Daniel_Stuckey writes: "Silk Road, the online marketplace notable for selling drugs and attempting to operate over Tor, was shut down last October. Its successor, Silk Road 2.0 survived for a few months before suffering a security breach. In total, an estimated $2.7 million worth of Bitcoin belonging to users and staff of the site was stolen. Some in the Silk Road community suspected that the hack might have involved staff members of the site itself, echoing scams on other sites. Project Black Flag closed down after its owner scampered with all of their customers' Bitcoin, and after that users of Sheep Marketplace had their funds stolen, in an incident that has never been conclusively proven as an inside job or otherwise. Many site owners would probably have given up at this point, and perhaps attempted to join another site, or start up a new one under a different alias. Why would you bother to pay back millions of dollars when you could just disappear into the digital ether? But Silk Road appears to be trying to rebuild, and to repay users' lost Bitcoins." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Google's new mobile ads help find apps that fit your daily habits

(9 hours ago)
Ads for mobile apps are rarely personal; they're more often based on search keywords than your actual habits. Google is fixing this today with new ads in search and on YouTube that reflect your day-to-day app uses and purchases. If you regularly...

New York Attorney General: Airbnb and Uber should cooperate with regulators, like Yelp (Eric T. Schneiderman/New York Times)

(10 hours ago)
Eric T. Schneiderman / New York Times:New York Attorney General: Airbnb and Uber should cooperate with regulators, like Yelp  —  Taming the Digital Wild West  —  THE Internet has grown up.  It is no longer just about providing information but about fundamental changes in the way we go about our daily lives.

YouTube cat videos can finally play on most Roku devices

(10 hours ago)
Roku has just announced that the YouTube app, once exclusive only to the Roku 3, is now available to all of the company's "current-gen" players. That includes the Roku LT, Roku 1, the Roku 2, the Roku HD, the Roku Streaming Stick... and, well, pretty...

The Supreme Court heard Aereo's case, whether they understood it could mean everything

(10 hours ago)
We have no doubt the justices of the Supreme Court are well versed and prepared for any copyright law, but do they understand TV or the hows and whys it can be so frustrating sometimes? Like many of us, possibly not that well -- like why HBO can't...

OpenSSL code beyond repair, claims creator of "LibreSSL" fork (Jon Brodkin/Ars Technica)

(10 hours ago)
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:OpenSSL code beyond repair, claims creator of “LibreSSL” fork  —  OpenBSD founder Theo de Raadt has created a fork of OpenSSL, the widely used open source cryptographic software library that contained the notorious Heartbleed security vulnerability.  —  OpenSSL has suffered from a lack …

Apple mends a Heartbleed security bug in its latest WiFi routers

(10 hours ago)
Apple has largely avoided the wrath of the Heartbleed security flaw, but it now appears that the company's products aren't completely immune. The crew in Cupertino just updated its most recent AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule WiFi routers to fix a...

Brazilian Congress passes Internet bill of rights

(11 hours ago)
BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's Senate unanimously approved groundbreaking legislation on Tuesday that guarantees equal access to the Internet and protects the privacy of Brazilian users in the wake of U.S. spying revelations.

Exclusive: Leaked LG G3 screens show fresh UI, confirm 'concierge' service, and more (Andy Boxall/Digital Trends)

(11 hours ago)
Andy Boxall / Digital Trends:Exclusive: Leaked LG G3 screens show fresh UI, confirm ‘concierge’ service, and more  —  A new, modern UI for LG's upcoming G3 has been revealed in three new screenshots, obtained by Digital Trends from a trusted industry source.  The screens show flatter and brighter icons …

How Apple's Billion Dollar Sapphire Bet Will Pay Off

(11 hours ago)
alphadogg writes: "Apple is making a billion dollar bet on sapphire as a strategic material for mobile devices such as the iPhone, iPad and perhaps an iWatch. Exactly what the company plans to do with the scratch-resistant crystal – and when – is still the subject of debate. Apple is creating its own supply chain devoted to producing and finishing synthetic sapphire crystal in unprecedented quantities. The new Mesa, Arizona plant, in a partnership with sapphire furnace maker GT Advanced Technologies, will make Apple one of the world's largest sapphire producers when it reaches full capacity, probably in late 2014. By doing so, Apple is assured of a very large amount of sapphire and insulates itself from the ups and downs of sapphire material pricing in the global market." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz is working on a new series for Netflix

(11 hours ago)
There's no word on another new season or movie for Arrested Development, but now the show's creator Mitch Hurwitz is working with Netflix on something new. As first reported by Deadline Hollywood, Hurwitz has signed a multi-year deal to create and...

After Cyberbullying Scandal, Anonymous Social App Yik Yak Raises $1.5 Million (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

(11 hours ago)
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:After Cyberbullying Scandal, Anonymous Social App Yik Yak Raises $1.5 Million  —  Anonymous social networking apps are having a moment.  Following the notable funding rounds for apps like Secret ($8.6 million) and Whisper ($21 million!), newcomer Yik Yak is today announcing a small amount of outside investment, too.

What's Aereo? And Why Is Everyone Talking About It?

(11 hours ago)
The future of TV is being decided by the Supreme Court right now. The tech startup Aereo is being sued by networks like NBC and others for streaming network content without paying licensing fees.

Join the Engadget HD Podcast live on Ustream at 9PM ET

(11 hours ago)
It's Tuesday, which is time for the Engadget HD Podcast and we hope you'll join us for the live recording at 9PM. The big news we kick this week's show off with is from Time Warner Cable in the way of a Fan TV box that delivers content from multiple...
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