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Google Releases Spotlight Stories App With Support For Non-Motorola Devices And A New Story, Free For A Limited Time (Ryan Whitwam/Android Police)

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Ryan Whitwam / Android Police:Google Releases Spotlight Stories App With Support For Non-Motorola Devices And A New Story, Free For A Limited Time  —  Owners of Motorola's newer Android devices are probably familiar with Spotlight Stories.  Those are the immersive animated shorts that are available via the built-in Spotlight Player app.

Ways To Travel Faster Than Light Without Violating Relativity

(18 minutes ago)
StartsWithABang writes: It's one of the cardinal laws of physics and the underlying principle of Einstein's relativity itself: the fact that there's a universal speed limit to the motion of anything through space and time, the speed of light, or c. Light itself will always move at this speed (as well as certain other phenomena, like the force of gravity), while anything with mass — like all known particles of matter and antimatter — will always move slower than that. But if you want something to travel faster-than-light, you aren't, as you might think, relegated to the realm of science fiction. There are real, physical phenomena that do exactly this, and yet are perfectly consistent with relativity. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Where to buy LG's G4 in the UK

(18 minutes ago)
If we were to ask what your current smartphone is lacking above all, you'd probably cite a shortage of leather, right? OK, so maybe not, but with the launch of the LG G4 in the UK, a leather-backed handset is now well within your grasp. LG's latest f...

Apple Watch charges faster with secret port, but not by much

(18 minutes ago)
Apple doesn't want you hacking around its Watch, so it was kind of a deal when an accessory maker discovered a diagnostic port that would enable just that. The company, Reserve Strap, now has a video (below) that proves direct charging via the port i...

App turns your screen into Mario - Bye work

(18 minutes ago)
There's a new desktop app which turns any computer screen into a Mario level and it's amazing.

Google's experimental 3D-scanning tablet goes on public sale for $512

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If you're fascinated (or baffled) by Google's spatially aware, three-dimensionally scanning Project Tango tablet, you can now buy and try one yourself. The in-development tablet is now (still?) $512, invite-free at the Google Store. While the device ...

Google to add "buy button"

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Google has confirmed that it is to introduce a "buy button" to its search results imminently.

Lenovo phone shows virtual keyboard

(One hour ago)
Chinese electronics giant Lenovo has unveiled a phone with a built-in laser projector that can be used to display a virtual keyboard or display.

The new Shazam identifies boxed items, books and magazines

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It's true: Shazam's adding more useful features to its application, as was reported by Reuters back in March. Now, the famed discovery software can identify more than music, movies, TV shows and commercials, which has been the core functionality to d...

Hands on with Pixelmator for iPhone: similar functionality to iPad version, but limited screen real estate is frustrating (Benjamin Mayo/9to5Mac)

(2 hours ago)
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:Hands on with Pixelmator for iPhone: similar functionality to iPad version, but limited screen real estate is frustrating  —  Pixelmator for the iPhone launching tomorrow, we go hands on (update: now available!)  —  Update: Pixelmator for iPhone is now available.  Download it here.

Gene Testing Often Gets It Wrong

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BarbaraHudson writes: ABC is reporting that gene tests for risk of specific diseases are not as accurate as we'd like to think, with different labs giving different interpretations. Over 400 gene variants that could help one make medical decisions regarding breast and ovarian cancer or heart disease have different interpretations from different labs according to the study. "The magnitude of this problem is bigger than most people thought," said Michael Watson, executive director of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, one of the study's authors. Researchers caution consumers to be careful when choosing where to have a gene test done and acting on the results. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Google's URL shortener deeps links directly to iOS and Android apps

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You know those goo.gl shortcuts you regularly come across on Twitter or Facebook and other places online? They now open the exact pages they link to either on the website's official app or on your browsers. For instance, if you click on a shortcut th...

Microsoft is adding a headset port to Xbox One controllers

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Even though the Xbox One controller has earned many plaudits, one thing universally hated is the lack of a headphone port. So far the best solution has been to buy the $24.99 Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter, but even that's not without its problems. ...

Sony keeps optical discs alive with storage startup acquisition

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Sony's push to get enterprise users to store data on optical discs has received added momentum with its acquisition of a Facebook-linked startup focused on optical storage.

Facebook testing Security Checkup pop-up that offers password security options, shows recent logins (Russell Brandom/The Verge)

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Russell Brandom / The Verge:Facebook testing Security Checkup pop-up that offers password security options, shows recent logins  —  Facebook is testing a new tool to lock down user logins  —  As services go mobile, logins have gotten a lot stickier and a lot harder to track.  Once you've logged in on a phone or tablet …

Lenovo's 'Magic View' smartwatch concept hides a private display

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Smartwatches, you know the drill: a touchscreen display, and it feeds you notifications and stuff. Pretty boring, right? Lenovo agrees, so has cooked up a pretty mad "Magic View" concept device to show things don't need to be this way. The problem Ma...

High Court Orders UK ISPs To Block EBook Sites

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An anonymous reader writes: The UK High Court has ordered British ISPs to block seven websites that help users find unauthorized copies of eBooks. Under the order, BT, Virgin, Sky, EE and TalkTalk must block AvaxHome, Bookfi, Bookre, Ebookee, Freebookspot, Freshwap and LibGen within the next ten days. “We are very pleased that the High Court has granted this order and, in doing so, recognizes the damage being inflicted on UK publishers and authors by these infringing websites,” says Richard Mollet, Chief Executive of The Publishers Association. “A third of publisher revenues now come from digital sales but unfortunately this rise in the digital market has brought with it a growth in online infringement. Our members need to be able to protect their authors’ works from such illegal activity; writers need to be paid and publishers need to be able to continue to innovate and invest in new talent and material.” Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Microsoft's new Windows Store policy will combat junk apps

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It's no secret that Windows Store has serious issues not just with scammy apps, but also with spammy ones. Now, Microsoft is finally addressing that problem by introducing a stricter certification policy for new and existing apps that could clean its...

Technology replaces schmoozing: the future of private banking

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ZURICH (Reuters) - No longer is schmoozing over long lunches and fine wines enough; Swiss private bankers are turning to video games and virtual reality to attract a new generation of skeptical clients and see off digital rivals.

China cybersecurity plan aims to protect state secrets: official paper

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China will prepare a five-year cybersecurity plan to protect state secrets and data, the official China Daily said on Thursday, citing a senior official of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

Canada's response to Netflix is available nationwide this summer

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Canadian cable firms Rogers and Shaw have hogged the Shomi video service all to themselves during its testing phase, but they're loosening up now that they're nearly ready for prime time. The two have revealed that their answer to Netflix will be ava...

Jony Ive's new CDO title reflects his role as the overseer and arbiter of taste at Apple, similar to Job's role when he was CEO (John Gruber/Daring Fireball)

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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:Jony Ive's new CDO title reflects his role as the overseer and arbiter of taste at Apple, similar to Job's role when he was CEO  —  On Jony Ive's Promotion to Chief Design Officer  —  Ben Thompson's take, published yesterday, makes several interesting points.

Lenovo shows smartphone that lets users interact with projected content

(6 hours ago)
Smartphones and smartwatches won't just display content, but will also be able to beam it on to tabletops, walls and even to the eye, according to Lenovo.

Google faces challenges with Android as it fails to keep pace with iOS ad revenues and as vendors look to compete on services in the face of declining profits (Farhad Manjoo/New York Times)

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Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:Google faces challenges with Android as it fails to keep pace with iOS ad revenues and as vendors look to compete on services in the face of declining profits  —  A Murky Road Ahead for Android, Despite Market Dominance  —  In 2005, Google bought a tiny mobile software company named Android …

Lenovo's projector phone beams a touchscreen onto any surface

(6 hours ago)
Smartphones with built-in projectors -- well, just the two from Samsung, really -- haven't exactly been a huge hit so far, but Lenovo thinks it's finally got the right use case for this combination: beaming a touchscreen or virtual keyboard onto your...

This telescope is really just 10 Canon lenses strapped together

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Hunting for extremely dim galaxies is especially difficult with single-lens telescopes. That's because, no matter how technologically advanced, the device's design cannot fully eliminate detail-obscuring scattered light from the resulting images. The...

Airware And DJI/Accel Launch Drone Investment Funds (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:Airware And DJI/Accel Launch Drone Investment Funds  —  Airware makes a flexible drone operating system.  DJI makes the top consumer drones.  But they need to bundle up with industry-specific hardware and software makers to sell whole commercial drone packages to big construction, oil, and insurance companies.

Scientists Reverse Aging In Human Cell Lines

(7 hours ago)
Eloking writes: Professor Jun-Ichi Hayashi from the University of Tsukuba in Japan has discovered the regulation of two genes involved with the production of glycine are partly responsible for some of the characteristics of aging. With this finding he has been able to "flip the switches on a few genes back to their youthful position, effectively reversing the aging process." The Professor's findings cast doubt on the mitochondrial theory of aging, which proposes that the accumulation of mutations in the mitochondrial DNA are responsible for aging. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

New FCC proposal calls for end to robocalls, allows telcos to offer blocking tech to customers (Jim Puzzanghera/Los Angeles Times)

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Jim Puzzanghera / Los Angeles Times:New FCC proposal calls for end to robocalls, allows telcos to offer blocking tech to customers  —  FCC moves to crack down on unwanted robocalls  —  Disrupting the lives of millions of Americans, telemarketers and scammers are routinely using technological advances to automatically dial phone numbers …

'Nano-paper' chips end up in compost heaps, not landfills

(7 hours ago)
Today's cast-off gadgets are far more likely to end up in a landfill than they are being responsibly disposed of. In fact, 41.8 million tons of e-waste were scrapped last year alone. To combat this, a team from the University of Wisconsin-Madison has...

Apple Store app gains Postmates integration, provides same-day delivery, live tracking of some products in select locations (Juli Clover/MacRumors)

(8 hours ago)
Juli Clover / MacRumors:Apple Store app gains Postmates integration, provides same-day delivery, live tracking of some products in select locations  —  Apple Store App Gains Postmates Integration With Same-Day Delivery  —  Apple is now offering same-day delivery of certain products in its Apple Store app, through a partnership with Postmates.

Lenovo announces 14-inch and 15-inch laptops with 3D cameras, prices start at $499, Ideapad 100 for $249, and ThinkPad 10-inch tablet starting at $549 (Steve Dent/Engadget)

(8 hours ago)
Steve Dent / Engadget:Lenovo announces 14-inch and 15-inch laptops with 3D cameras, prices start at $499, Ideapad 100 for $249, and ThinkPad 10-inch tablet starting at $549  —  Lenovo launches depth-sensing laptop and Surface 3 rival  —  If you're in the market for a mid-range laptop, Lenovo has revealed …

Pixelmator's photo-editing app is coming to the iPhone

(9 hours ago)
After testing the waters on Mac and iPad successfully, Pixelmator is now bringing its highly rated image editor to Apple's iPhone. Finally. Most notably, the application will feature new editing elements to assist while you're on the go, including a ...

Lenovo unveils $49 Lenovo Cast, its first device for casting media from phones and tablets to TVs (Brittany Hillen/SlashGear)

(9 hours ago)
Brittany Hillen / SlashGear:Lenovo unveils $49 Lenovo Cast, its first device for casting media from phones and tablets to TVs  —  Lenovo Cast: a puck-shaped Chromecast competitor  —  There's the Chromecast (check out our review) and the litany of casting devices that have come in its wake, and now Lenovo can be counted among them.
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