Judge rules that commercial drones are legal, effectively overturning FAA’s 2007 policy notice.
Mar06

Judge rules that commercial drones are legal, effectively overturning FAA’s 2007 policy notice.

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. The FAA’s repeated claim that commercial drones are illegal has been cast aside by Federal Judge Patrick Geraghty who ruled in favor of Raphael Pirker. Raphael was fighting a $10,000 fine imposed by the FAA for filming a commercial at the University of Virginia. The judge ruled that the FAA’s 2007 policy notice banning commercial drone use was legally unenforceable. It is concluded that, as Complainant: has not issued an enforceable FAR regulatory rule governing model aircraft operation; has historically exempted model aircraft from the statutory FAR definitions of “aircraft” by relegating model aircraft operations to voluntary compliance with the guidance expressed in AC 91-57, Respondent’s model, aircraft operation was not subject to FAR regulation, and enforcement, By concluding that the FAA had not established a law to ban commercial drone use the Judge dismissed the case against Raphael Pirker and (at least temporarily) made it legal to have Tacos delivered to my rooftop. Please, please can someone make this happen immediately.   Andrew Richardson Follow @Andrew303 Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on...

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Google and Lego experiment lets you build anything in your browser
Jan28

Google and Lego experiment lets you build anything in your browser

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Google and Lego have teamed up to create a virtual lego set in your browser. It only works with Google Chrome and it’s not quite the same as the real thing but it is fun and it is fast. The interface adds a new brick to your pointer the moment that you’ve placed the previous brick, meaning you can build towers in seconds. Large structures take a fraction of the time to create in the browser. It takes a while to get the hang of changing bricks but with 8 trillion of them at your disposal the possibilities are endless. Your creation can be shared with everyone via Google+ and there are already some impressive builds. We’re expecting to see some of the more interesting (and possibly not safe for work) creations on the dedicated Reddit Forum Get started on your own Lego creation here If you need a brush up on your lego skills Google has created a ‘Build Academy’ to help you with the transition from real world to the browser Lego Build Academy.     Follow @Andrew303 Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on...

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Original Jurassic Park Velociraptor cage up for sale on eBay
Jan27

Original Jurassic Park Velociraptor cage up for sale on eBay

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.   The Velociraptor Cage from the opening scene of Jurassic Park is being auctioned on Ebay. With 8 days to go it has already received 153 bids and at the time of writing was fetching $99,100.10. The cage itself seems in reasonable condition and who would begrudge it a couple of scratches after what it went through (on screen).   The cage comes with a Velociraptor prop, however it’s a prop used to promote the movie at the premiere, not an actual prop from the movie and it looks a little worse for wear.   It’s been 21 years since the movie was released but watching the opening scene now it still holds up and manages to send a chill down your spine. Fast forward to 1:20 to see the Velociraptor cage in action. Jurassic Park went on to become the highest grossing film of all time (since beaten but remains in the top 15 films) and ushered in a new generation of special effects. Steven Spielberg managed to coax Sir David Attenborough out of retirement to play John Hammond. A feat made all the more impressive because it was Attenborough’s film ‘Ghandi’ that beat Spielberg’s ‘ET’ out of the Oscar for both best film and best director in 1983. Whilst the bidding for the Velociraptor cage already seems prohibitively high. I’m still considering launching a kickstarter campaign to buy the Velociraptor Cage for the one guy on earth who would appreciate it above all others. It would be a fitting thank you to Randall Munroe – the author of XKCD – for years of laughs via his much loved web comic. It’s hard to imagine anyone who spends more time thinking about caging Velociraptors than him.   Source: XKCD – 87 If you’ve got a spare hundred thousand or so lying around and a big heart feel free to bid on the Cage here Velociraptor cage and donate it to Randall or Science, they’re basically the same thing.   Thanks for reading, Andrew Richardson Feel free to hit me up via Twitter, Google+ or please leave a comment below.   Follow @Andrew303 Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on...

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Finally… A new Kickstarter project that lets me pretend I’m on Minority Report
Jan13

Finally… A new Kickstarter project that lets me pretend I’m on Minority Report

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.   InAir is a 3D interface that lets you use hand gestures to control your TV, and more importantly let you play out your ‘minority report’ fantasy that we’ve all had since first seeing the movie. The kickstarter video is a little melodramatic but it ably demonstrates how the device works. .   Here’s a refresher of Tom Cruise ‘working the gestures’ in the movie that’s as famous for it’s interface design as it is for its plot.   We’re yet to try the InAir but we are very keen. Not everybody is a fan of the notion of gesture based interface. UX practitioners have argued for and against the idea passionately over the 12 years since the movie was first released. Christian Brown made some very good points against the practicality of such an interface and we agree with a lot of what he said, but that hasn’t diminished our enthusiasm to give it a try. Having had our appetites whetted but not satisfied by Kinect and Leap motion devices we’re champing at the bit to find something that works. Whilst we bide our time it’s worth watching this Ted talk given by  John Underkoffler. John was the science adviser to the minority report and he is the  man that invented the interface made famous by the movie.     With 53 days still to go InAir has already reached more than half of its $100,000 fund raising goal on Kickstarter     Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on...

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Syrian Electronic Army hacks Microsoft site and are live tweeting Microsoft’s internal emails to fix it
Jan11

Syrian Electronic Army hacks Microsoft site and are live tweeting Microsoft’s internal emails to fix it

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. The Syrian Electronic Army has hacked microsoft for the second time in 10 days. Both their website and two twitter accounts have been compromised (The Xbox account and their MSFT News account). The Official Microsoft Blog: Syrian Electronic Army Was Here #SEA pic.twitter.com/CzYH5jMrY8 — SyrianElectronicArmy (@Official_SEA16) January 12, 2014  The attack on New Years day caught microsft off guard, this time Microsoft have responded quickly but it appears that the SEA still has a hook into their internal system as they are live tweeting Microsoft’s emails concerning the hack.   What @Microsoft staff are doing now. #SEA pic.twitter.com/nAij4vyFeu — SyrianElectronicArmy (@Official_SEA16) January 12, 2014   What @Microsoft staff are doing – Part 2 #SEA pic.twitter.com/H7sV91VvJW — SyrianElectronicArmy (@Official_SEA16) January 12, 2014   How the Official Microsoft Blog hack affected http://t.co/u5caKQ7o7C #SEA pic.twitter.com/PGgXymunBr — SyrianElectronicArmy (@Official_SEA16) January 12, 2014     Microsoft have shut down their official blog and have announced they will be updating it at 9:30pm EST (in about one minute).       Andrew Richardson Follow @Andrew303 Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on...

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Season 4 of Game of Thrones premieres April 6 – avoids clash with the Walking dead
Jan09

Season 4 of Game of Thrones premieres April 6 – avoids clash with the Walking dead

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. HBO is launching Season 4 of Game of Thrones on April 6, 2014. That’s one week later than it opened in 2013 prompting speculation the delayed scheduling is to avoid a clash with the Season 4 finale of the the Walking Dead – which concludes exactly one week earlier (March 30). Game of Thrones other main competitor last year, Breaking Bad signed off in 2013 meaning that Season four of ‘GOT’ will have a relatively clear run. Not that stiff competition stopped the Show being a ratings winner and breaking records as the most pirated show of all time. The Season 3 finale brought in 6.3 million viewers on the night and countless more time-shifted/torrented viewers. The Daily Tech Whip team are huge fans of the show and the memes that it has generated (my contribution is above). The teams current favorite GOT meme is the one below.   Update: The Game of thrones, season four trailer has been released. Just as we expected it looks very good, Peter Dinklage, oh how we’ve missed you.       2014 also sees the release of the Telltale Games ‘Game of Thrones video game’. The trailer doesn’t reveal much but Telltale games have a strong track record. Coincidentally launching the well received ‘The Walking Dead’ Video Game and the excellent “The Wolf among us”   Andrew Richardson Follow @Andrew303 Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on...

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Top tech stories of the day for Thursday 9 Jan, 2014
Jan09

Top tech stories of the day for Thursday 9 Jan, 2014

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Samsung promises a ‘back to basics’ rethink for the Galaxy S5 – Samsung has admitted that the public didn’t see much difference between the Galaxy S III and S4 smartphones and said the S5 would likely pack a substantially different design. Executive VP of Mobile, Lee Young Hee told Bloomberg that the new flagship will go “back to basics. Mostly, it’s about the display and the feel of the cover.” It’ll also arrive with a brand new version of the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, which itself will have “more advanced functions” and an improvement to what she called “the bulky design.” Other revelations include the possible use of an eye-scanner in the handset for greater security, though that possibility is still being studied. Samsung promises a ‘back to basics’ rethink for the Galaxy S5     The coolest girl at CES is the electrical engineer who built this robotic arm – Marita Cheng took seven years to complete her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. That’s because in between classes, she was founding a startup to help the disabled and a nonprofit to get more girls interested in robotics. Cheng is showing off her ‘babies’ at CES: three robotic arms controlled by iOS devices, equipped with cameras, and fine-tuned for the needs of people with limited upper-body mobility. The coolest girl at CES is the electrical engineer who built this robotic arm     3D-printed images help the blind ‘see’ Hubble’s photos of space (video) – The Hubble Space Telescope has produced some of the most spectacular images known to man, but there’s a large segment of the population who’ve been unable to enjoy them: the blind. A pair of astronomers from the Space Telescope Science Institute aim to change that, though, by producing tactile “images” of the universe using a MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printer. 3D-printed images help the blind ‘see’ Hubble’s photos of space (video)     Snapchat apologizes for leaked user data, updates app to let users opt out of ‘Find Friends’ feature – Snapchat today rolled out the security fix it promised last week, which lets users opt out of the app’s “Find Friends” feature. The feature, which let users plug in their phone number to find friends using the app, was the root of the leaking of 4.6 million phone numbers and usernames on New Year’s Day. In a blog post, the company apologized for the first time, and re-emphasized that the leak resulted from the abuse of its API, and not from its servers being hacked. Snapchat apologizes for leaked user data, updates app to let users opt out...

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Top tech stories of the day for Wednesday 8 January, 2014
Jan08

Top tech stories of the day for Wednesday 8 January, 2014

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.CES rampages on. It’s no surprise that today’s tech news is dominated by product announcements.   Following the attack on the Google Bus they’re now ferrying workers in a private catamaran – As criticism of Google’s private shuttle bus service for employees living in San Francisco has reached new heights, the company quietly turned its eyes to the sea. CBS is reporting that Google has contracted a private catamaran called “The Triumphant” that ferries workers from San Francisco bay to Redwood City, California, about halfway to the company’s global headquarters in Mountain View, California. Presumably, then Google employees hop out and take a bus the remaining 14 miles. Following the attack on the Google Bus they’re now ferrying workers in a private catamaran     Streaming service ‘PlayStation Now’ actually works! (hands-on) – You’ll excuse us if we didn’t expect PlayStation Now to work so well. It’s a game streaming service, and the history of game streaming services is littered with dead bodies. When Sony spent an unbelievable $380 million on Gaikai, it seemed impossible that the service could ever live up to that incredible sum. While PlayStation Now may not live up to that massive payout, it does, in fact, work. And it works really well. Streaming service ‘PlayStation Now’ actually works! (hands-on)     The body scanning Tricorder from Star Trek is (finally) real – First made famous by medical staff on Star Trek, a tricorder is a device that can that can track a person’s heart rate, breathing rate, body temperature, pulse transit (essentially systolic blood pressure) and blood oxygenation. It’s like a fitness tracker on steroids (if you’ll excuse the problematic simile). It’s been a long time coming, but a real, functioning tricorder is here, and we got to see the final hardware for it today at CES. The body scanning Tricorder from Star Trek is (finally) real     Lenco’s glass top USB turntable is a gorgeous version of your parents’ record player – Lenco’s old-fashioned turntables were not only extremely popular in the 1960s, but they remain sought out today for their vintage design and modernized technology. At this year’s CES, Lenco revealed its L-175 glass top turntable that connects via USB to your computer so you can play or sync your vinyl records. The design is a modern take on the classic, wooden Lenco turntable, made with a smooth glass top and a 300mm aluminum platter. Lenco’s glass top USB turntable is a gorgeous version of your parents’ record player     Samsung’s ridiculously loud Giga speaker is kind of awesome – Two years ago Samsung introduced the GIGA, a speaker system designed...

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Top tech stories of the day for Tuesday 7 January, 2014
Jan07

Top tech stories of the day for Tuesday 7 January, 2014

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.The tech world continues to reel from a deluge of new products coming out of CES. Day one was an avalanche of information.  We love it, but we also have to try and cut through the guff to bring you our handpicked top tech stories of the day for Tuesday the 7th of January, 2014. As ever we start with the more serious stories and finish off with a look at the culture of science and tech.   Apple’s App Store brought in a record $10 billion in 2013 – Apple just announced its year-end numbers for the App Store, and the totals are impressive. Customers spent more than $10 billion at the app store in 2013, and Apple says its developers have now earned more than $15 billion from the store. Thanks to the holiday rush, December was the best month on record for the App Store, with more than $1 billion in sales and nearly three billion total app downloads. Apple’s App Store brought in a record $10 billion in 2013     The Pirate Bay is building a platform to defeat Net censorship once and for all – The Pirate Bay has started work on a new peer-to-peer platform that will ensure that it lives on forever. Their plan: to turn torrent trackers themselves into torrent downloads that users then seed and share with the swarm. That will serve to make the trackers virtually impossible to shut down, since there won’t be a single, easily-identified host that can be blocked, confiscated, or DDoSed. The Pirate Bay is building a platform to defeat Net censorship once and for all     Intel backs away slowly from the (crazy John) McAfee brand –  After John McAfee’s year of living like a crazy mofo dangerously Intel have finally called it quits with the McAfee brand name. McAfee Inc is a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel and as of now will be renamed ‘Intel Security’. Intel backs away slowly from the (crazy John) McAfee brand     Kanye serves Coinye with cease-and-desist, alleging infringement – Kanye West may not be as easygoing as you thought. On Monday, lawyers working for West delivered cease-and-desist papers to the coders responsible for Coinye, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. The letter demanded the group stop distribution and promotion of the Bitcoin-style cryptocurrency, alleging that Coinye’s cartoon image of West constitutes a form of infringement. Kanye serves Coinye with cease-and-desist, alleging infringement     Lexar’s new CFast 2.0 cards boast SSD speeds, but no cameras support them yet – Lexar has just announced new CompactFlash cards using...

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Olympus DM-901 Wifi voice recorder takes the frustration out of recording on the fly
Jan07

Olympus DM-901 Wifi voice recorder takes the frustration out of recording on the fly

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.   Share Edit: Amazon is currently offering the Olympus DM-901 for $156 – ($43 off). Digital voice recorders are a niche product. If you use one you know how valuable they can be. You also know how antiquated they are and how hard it is to tag and move files on and off the device when you’re in the field. But Olympus have put a lot of thought into their new digital recorder. I’m particularly fond of my trusty H4n Zoom which has never let me down over years of faithful service but the features of the new Olympus DM-901 have made me think twice about a new recorder. The soon to be released Olympus works with your smartphone via a dedicated app to act as a remote control. It allows you to sync with Dropbox and lets you tag sound files with an image from your phone (very, very handy – I’ve spent hours trying to work out which sound file was which). At events such as seminars and lectures where there is distance from the speaker , you can still get a perfect recording by setting the device the speaker and using the available app to control the recorder from your vantage point (assuming you trust the room enough not to nick off with your brand new fancy recorder). You can start and stop the recording from a distance so you only capture the audio you need. Recorded files and visual indexes linked to the files can be easily uploaded to Dropbox through a smartphone and accessed via  a web browser. The directivity microphone control makes it possible to switch direction with the “+” and “-” buttons. You can zoom in on an individual speaker/audio source when recording a discussion or lecture from a distant position or when recording in an environment in which there is a lot of ambient sound. The DM-901 offers 850 hours of recording time and 29 hours of battery life. A two-inch color display, noise cancellation and 4GB of built-in memory. It’s shipping next month for $200.      Edit: Since this review was first published the Olympus DM-901 has become available for purchase.   By: Andrew Richardson Follow @Andrew303 Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on...

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Intel backs away slowly from the (crazy John) McAfee brand
Jan07

Intel backs away slowly from the (crazy John) McAfee brand

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.   After John McAfee’s year of living like a crazy mofo dangerously Intel have finally called it quits with the McAfee brand name. McAfee Inc is a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel and as of now will be renamed ‘Intel Security’. Intel bought the company founded by John McAfee outright for $48 a share/$7.68 billion dollars in a deal finalized on February 28 2011. They missed the rollercoaster years of the business that included multiple mergers and acquisitions as well as a law suit for overstating its income by 622 million dollars in 2006. John McAfee resigned from the company in 1994 but his name (and antics) have been strongly associated with the brand ever since. In August of 2013 John McAfee released a satirical video showing how to uninstall McAfee anti-virus software. In the video he explains that he has had nothing to do with the company for over 15 years. The video is mostly hilarious but it surely didn’t endear executives at Intel with him or the McAfee brand name. A warning for the faint of heart, he has a bit of a bit of a potty mouth and there are some ‘adult themes’ in the clip.     There are two parts of good news to this announcement. The first is that Intel Security also advised that they will be releasing some freebies for mobile phones in the coming months and secondly it’s quite likely that John McAfee will have something to say about the rebrand. Hopefully via another NSFW video. Brand name or not John McAfee is now well known enough that the changing of the name of the company that he founded will do little to diminish his personal notoriety. He might even have some good ideas left in him yet. Read: John McAfee wants to sell you a $100 gadget that blocks the NSA     By: Andrew Richardson If you have a favorite John McAfee story please let me know via Twitter, Google+ or leave a comment below. Follow @Andrew303 Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on...

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Top tech stories of the day for Monday 6 January, 2014
Jan06

Top tech stories of the day for Monday 6 January, 2014

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.The tech world is reeling from a deluge of new product information coming out of CES. We love it, but we also have to try and cut through the guff to bring you our handpicked top tech stories of the day for Monday the 6th of January, 2014. As ever we start with the more serious stories and finish off with a look at the culture of science and tech – and we’ve limited ourselves to just one TV, for now.   CyberPowerPC Steam Machine will compete with consoles at $499 –  While some of the companies adopting Valve’s living room gaming fomula are simply grafting the SteamOS operating system onto powerful Windows PCs, CyberPowerPC has just announced a Steam Machine designed to actually compete with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 for around the same price point. Starting at just $499, the new CyberPowerPC Steam Machine A will come with a 3.9GHz AMD A6-6400K processor and AMD Radeon R9 270 discrete graphics, 8GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive in a new custom case, and come complete with a Steam Controller and SteamOS when it ships in the second half of 2014. CyberPowerPC Steam Machine will compete with consoles at $499     Pandora is rolling out in-car ads later this month – You’ve been able to listen to Pandora in your car for a few years now, and soon the internet radio company will be launching ads to play alongside your music. Expected to roll out later this month, the new advertising platform will include both 15- and 30-second ads from the likes of Ford, State Farm, and Taco Bell. “Taco Bell fans are passionate about music,” Taco Bell CMO Chris Brandt says. The feature will be available in the 130 car models that currently include Pandora integration, as well as via the many aftermarket devices that let you access the service in your vehicle. Pandora is rolling out in-car ads later this month     LG’s 77-inch curved OLED TV is its most stunning one yet – One of the best traditions of CES is getting to see the jaw-dropping brilliance of large-screened OLED TVs, primarily from the two Korean giants LG and Samsung. This year has been no different, though LG has cranked things up a couple of notches by curving its 77-inch OLED panel. The new TV, though it’s taking a secondary position behind the new webOS software and the 105-inch curved IPS LCD, is my personal favorite from LG’s debuts at CES 2014, with its stupendously thin bezels and engrossing picture quality. It has...

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Anxious that your smartphone is not connected to your toothbrush? Well, fret no longer…
Jan06

Anxious that your smartphone is not connected to your toothbrush? Well, fret no longer…

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. An app for your toothbrush? Sure it might seem ridiculous but we are way too far down the ‘everything’s connected’ rabbit hole to get back out now. I admit I’ve never looked at my phone and shrieked “if only there was some god damn way to check my plaque on this stoopid thing’ but to be fair until 2007 I mostly only looked at my phone to see how many missed calls I had from crazy bosses and ex-girlfriends (or was that ex-bosses and crazy girlfriends – the 2000’s was a giddy ride). But, my phone and I have come along way since then and it would be flippant of me to put any boundaries on where we might go next. Including my phone shaming me into brushing my teeth more effectively. To that end Kolibree have created the connected toothbrush. It connects to your phone via bluetooth and gives you a score telling you if you brushed your teeth for long enough and if you cleaned all those hard to reach parts of your mouth. The app recognizes up to five family members which is where I can see it really becoming valuable. For a parent this toothbrush could end the daily cycle of arguments with their kids about whether they’ve brushed their teeth. Damn you technology, you win again. At $99 it’s not cheap but if it works as well as Kolibree claim it does then it could save you thousands of dollars on dentists bills in the future and help you avoid countless hours of arguing with your kids.         Follow @Andrew303 Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on...

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Corvette Stingray’s Performance Data Recorder is part racing team, part video game
Jan05

Corvette Stingray’s Performance Data Recorder is part racing team, part video game

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. The new Corvette Stingray is a beautiful car. American performance vehicles have often favored raw grunt over style and polish but the 2014 Stingray wouldn’t look out of place in a hotel lobby in Monte Carlo. Beauty is very much in the eye of the beholder but most agree this car is pretty special. Not content with just resurrecting the classic ‘stingray’ nameplate Chevrolet have taken things up a notch by adding an optional Performance Data Recorder to the 2015 year model Corvette Stingray (available midway through 2014).   The Performance Data Recorder (PDR) is made up of three parts: A 720p, high-definition camera which records the driver’s point-of-view through the windshield. Audio is recorded via a dedicated microphone in the cabin. A self-contained telemetry recorder. The system uses a dedicated GPS receiver that operates at 5 hertz, or cycles per second. That is five times faster than the in-dash navigation system and allows more precise positioning and corner traces. The recorder is also hard-wired into the Stingray’s Controller Area Network, or CAN, to access vehicle information, ranging from engine speed and transmission-gear selection to braking force and steering-wheel angle. A dedicated SD-card slot in the glove box for recording and transferring video and vehicle data. Together they create the ability to record and analyze your own driving in a manner closer to a professional racer. Drivers can also upload and share their data and videos. We’re expecting to see Youtube flooded with hot laps (both on and off the track). This particularly appeals to the analyst in me. Being able to review the telemetry corner by corner with added video is both a valuable tool and potentially a lot of fun.   Here are two videos of the Corvette Performance Data Recorder at work:             Follow @Andrew303 Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on...

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New York state to take first steps to legalize marijuana
Jan04

New York state to take first steps to legalize marijuana

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. The New York State Governor, Andrew Cuomo is expected to announce a loosening of restrictions on the sale of Marijuana for medical purposes this week at his annual State of the State speech. Governor Cuomo was formerly an opponent of medical marijuana. His position has softened over the years but as recently as April 2012 he publicly stated that the ‘risks far outweighed the benefits at this point”. The purported new legislation will allow 20 authorized hospitals to prescribe marijuana for conditions approved by the New York state department of health, including cancer and glaucoma. Whilst the legislation falls a long way short of the far more liberal changes to the law in Colorado it is considered a significant step for the state of New York. A state that has a reputation for some of the most punitive drug penalties in America. The NYPD has made over 440,000 arrests for low level drug possession over the last decade. The news comes days after  ‘Amendment 64’ came into effect in Colorado which saw the first legal sale of marijuana for recreational use in the US in more than 100 years. The first person to take advantage of that amendment was Sean Azzariti, a veteran of the Iraq war who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).    Caption: New York State governor Andrew Cuomo to announce plans to legalize medical marijuana this week. Joining the above states who have already done so.   Follow @Andrew303 Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on...

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Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg relaunch as “Re/code”.
Jan01

Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg relaunch as “Re/code”.

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. The temporary site for Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg’s new site post AllthingsD/Wall Street Journal is now live. The new brand is “Re/code” and the site is at www.recode.net. The full site will officially go live in a few hours at midnight ET, January 2, 2014. We wish Kara, Walt and the entire team all the best. They’ve had a big impact on both the content and the process of tech journalism over the last few decades and we look forward to seeing what they come up with now they are independent and are working from a clean slate.   We still get a chuckle from Kara’s response to our own Tom Peter’s translation of the Wall Street Journal’s press release announcing their departure in September.   ok, this is funny, but i am punchy: A quick translation of Dow Jones press release announcing split with AllthingsD http://t.co/16BCE7dI8F — Kara Swisher (@karaswisher) September 20, 2013   @tom_freeman_ I thought it was funny. And it is. — Kara Swisher (@karaswisher) September 20, 2013     Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on...

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LG’s new Windows 8 PCs include Tab-Book 2 sliders, ‘ultra’ laptop and an all-in-one
Dec30

LG’s new Windows 8 PCs include Tab-Book 2 sliders, ‘ultra’ laptop and an all-in-one

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. The Tab-Book 2 Next week at CES LG will show off a few new devices running Windows 8, like the Tab-Book 2 line (above) that hides a QWERTY keyboard underneath its 11.6-inch screen. The 13Z940 “ultra PC” laptop (pictured below ) and a new 27-inch all-in-one. The flagship model 11T740 Tab-Book 2 is only 16.7mm thin, making it a superb solution for consumers wanting greater portability without sacrificing features. Tipping the scales at a just 1.05kg, this unique device incorporates an 11.6-inch Full HD IPS display for a maximum brightness of 400nit lumens for easy viewing outdoors. Perfectly suitable for both on-the-go entertainment and work, the model 11T740 Tab-Book 2 implements a fourth generation Intel Core i5 processor to deliver outstanding performance and a seamless user experience. The flagship models little sister (11T540) Tab-Book 2, is even lighter at only 930g with a thickness of just 13.7mm.         The Ultra PC Laptop The new 13.3-inch laptop weighs just 980g, is 13.6 mm-thick and has a class leading thin 4.4mm bezel, all wrapped around its Haswell Core i5 CPU and SSD (128GB or 256GB). The 13Z940 Ultra PC has a Full HD (1920×1080 pixel) 13.3-inch IPS display that incorporates the company’s Super Narrow Bezel design for an industry-leading 4.4mm thin bezels. The LG Ultra PC measures only 13.6mm at its thickest point.  The Ultra PC also features Reader Mode, allowing the user to alter the background of any onscreen image to resemble paper, reducing eye-strain and energy consumption. We’ll have to wait until the show to get a picture of the 27-inch all-in-one announced, but LG says it can go from PC to TV and back without rebooting, use PiP and packs an unspecified Core CPU inside. Source: LG Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on...

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Top tech stories of the day for Monday 23 Dec, 2013
Dec23

Top tech stories of the day for Monday 23 Dec, 2013

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Apple finally has access to China Mobile’s 700 million subscribers – Following years of rumor and negotiation, Apple has finally succeeded in bringing the iPhone to the world’s largest mobile provider, China Mobile. The carrier today announced that the iPhone 5S and 5C are coming to its new 4G network on January 17th, 2014. It’s the first time Apple has access to China Mobile’s vast customer base; the company has over 700 million users. Apple finally has access to China Mobile’s 700 million subscribers     RSA denial sidesteps claim it was paid to use compromised encryption by default – Security firm RSA has denied it entered into a contract that it knew would give the NSA a backdoor into its BSAFE security system. Last week, Reuters claimed the NSA paid RSA $10 million to make an algorithm called “Dual EC DRBG” the preferred, or default system in BSAFE. RSA denial sidesteps claim it was paid to use compromised encryption by default     Tomorrow’s robots drive, climb, and drill through walls at DARPA trials – This weekend 17 teams headed down to Homestead, Florida to compete in theDARPA Robotics Challenge Trials, a gauntlet of eight tasks designed to test robots that could aid after natural disasters. The tasks included driving a vehicle, traversing uneven terrain, climbing a ladder, clearing debris, opening a series of doors, drilling through a wall, opening a valve, and reeling a hose. Tomorrow’s robots drive, climb, and drill through walls at DARPA trials   CyanogenMod downloaded 10 million times as it begins to go legit –Though CyanogenMod has gotten plenty of ink lately for its Oppo N1 hookup and Google Play approval, it’s still first and foremost a modding outfit. In fact it just marked 10 million downloads of its custom Android ROMs, according to its latest stats. CyanogenMod downloaded 10 million times as it begins to go legit     ASUS damages another world landmark with its CES teaser (video) – Just before a big tech show, ASUS likes to wheel out a baffling teaser to get us all in the mood. Normally, the clips involve panning over some brushed metal, promising that the new gear will transform your life. But every now and again, ASUS decides it’s time to travel to a world heritage site for a spot of vandalism. ASUS damages another world landmark with its CES teaser (video)     Samsung’s 2014 smart TVs will let you control videos by pointing your finger – Samsung’s 2014 smart TV lineup may revolve around impressive-looking hardware, but the Korean tech giant has revealed that interface improvements...

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Top tech stories of the day for Friday 20 Dec, 2013
Dec20

Top tech stories of the day for Friday 20 Dec, 2013

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. BlackBerry teams up with Foxconn for budget smartphones as sales continue to plunge – Blackberry’s new interim chief John Chen has just got a rude wake-up call: the company sold only 1.9 million smartphones in Q1 compared to 3.7 million last quarter, and lost $4.4 billion. Much of that can be chalked up to a massive $2.6 billion loss on BlackBerry 10 devices and other associated BB10 charges. BlackBerry teams up with Foxconn for budget smartphones as sales continue to plunge     Google sees more government takedown requests than ever, especially in Turkey – Government requests to remove content from Google continued to rise in the first half of this year, the company’s transparency report shows. Data covering January to June of 2013 shows a total of 3,846 orders or requests from governments to remove information, covering 24,737 pieces of data worldwide. Numbers have been growing steadily since Google started publishing the report in 2010; in the last half of 2012, it received 2,289 requests to remove 24,191 blogs, videos, or other pieces of information. Google sees more government takedown requests than ever, especially in Turkey     New leaks show NSA spying on European regulators and charities – New leaks from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal an unexpected list of surveillance targets for the agency, including European economic regulators with no obvious connection to US national security. European Commission vice president Joaquín Almunia was one such target, who was surveilled his tenure overseeing the European Union’s economic, financial and monetary affairs. After Alumnia took authority over the commission’s antitrust office, he would go on to lead antitrust cases against Microsoft, Intel, and Google. New leaks show NSA spying on European regulators and charities     YotaPhone review: LCD on the front, E Ink on the back, unique all over – We’ve long pondered the possibility of an e-ink phone. One that offers enough battery life to get us to the end of the day, or maybe even the End of Days, simply by being less reliant on the power-draining frivolity of an LCD or AMOLED panel. What we didn’t envision, though, was that the first mass-produced attempt at such an idea would come from a Russian company we’d never heard of, or that it would take the particularly unusual form of the YotaPhone — a device that does many things differently, not least in having a curved E Ink panel on its rear side. As you’re about to see, a lot of these two-faced ideas have potential, but some of them need some work — a lot of work, in...

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Top tech stories of the day for Thursday 19 Dec, 2013
Dec19

Top tech stories of the day for Thursday 19 Dec, 2013

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Target suffers Black Friday hack at ‘nearly all’ stores, millions of credit cards at risk – Retailers are an appealing target for hackers during the holidays, and Target may be learning that lesson the hard way. According to Krebs on Security, the US retail giant is investigating a major breach that could potentially involve “millions” of customer credit and debit card records. The sophisticated hack reportedly took place over several weeks — starting on Black Friday and possibly extending all the way through December 15th — and is said to involve “nearly all” Target stores in the United States. Krebs says the breach “involves the theft of data stored on the magnetic stripe of cards used at the stores.” Online orders are said to be unaffected. Target suffers Black Friday hack at ‘nearly all’ stores, millions of credit cards at risk     Apple’s new Mac Pro now on sale, will ship by December 30th – After months of waiting, Apple’s new Mac Pro is now available to order through its online store. Coming just a day after the company announced the availability of the trashcan-shaped desktop, the quad-core and six-core models start at $3,000 and $4,000 respectively. Should you order today, Apple says deliveries will reach your doorstep before the new year, with its online store currently displaying a December 30th shipping estimate. That base model will get you a 3.7GHz quad-core Xeon CPU, 12GB DRAM, two AMD FirePro D300 GPUs, and a 256GB SSD. However, if you max out every setting, you’re looking at $10,000 — and that’s without a mouse or a keyboard. Apple’s new Mac Pro now on sale, will ship by December 30th     Motorola shows how it could make smartwatches with flexible displays – Motorola has already filed for patents on both wrist-worn gadgets and flexible displays. Today, we’re seeing what happens when the company merges the two technologies. A newly published patent application has revealed a Motorola concept for a smartwatch-like device where both the screen and the shell underneath can flex in tandem. Much like a metal watch band, the chassis would be made of links; grips on each link would bend the display. It’s a simple idea, although we’re not expecting a product out of it any time soon — the company will need flexible circuits before any bendy wearables can reach its roadmap. Motorola shows how it could make smartwatches with flexible displays     Google puts an offline Moto Maker in the pages of Wired (video) – Despite reports of a sales shortfall, the customizable Moto X has some dedicated fans,...

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Top tech stories of the day for Wednesday 18 Dec, 2013
Dec18

Top tech stories of the day for Wednesday 18 Dec, 2013

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Apple’s new Mac Pro will finally go on sale December 19th – We knew it was coming, now it’s almost here. Apple has confirmed that its new Mac Pro will go on sale from tomorrow, starting at $3,000. For that, you’ll get a 3.7GHz quad-core Xeon CPU (“with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz”), 12GB DRAM, two AMD FirePro D300 GPUs, and a 256GB SSD. As usual, you’ll be able to order online through Apple’s online store, as well as in retail stores, meaning you could take one home before the Christmas holidays officially begin. Apple’s new Mac Pro will finally go on sale December 19th     Translate.com releases mobile apps that can translate 75 languages on-the-go – Translate.com’s new mobile apps can tell you. The company released iOS and Android apps today, which can translate text, voice, and images of text between 75 different languages. “Our goal is to be everyone’s private translator and facilitate conversations that could not happen before,” said founder and CEO Anthos Chrysanthou. “We’re a bit like the ‘Waze’ of translation — users can tap into the community when it will make a big difference, but they can still get from A to B on their own.” Translate.com releases mobile apps that can translate 75 languages on-the-go     Monitors are so 2013: Apple patents a ‘desk-free’ computer with smart laser projector –  Imagine a Mac Mini that’s completely wireless and can intelligently project a large image on a wall, instead of relying on an external monitor. It may sound like science fiction, but it actually may not be that far off. Apple today has received U.S. Patent No. 8,610,726, “Computer systems and methods with projected display,” reports Apple Insider. It offers a glimpse at a new face of computing that isn’t shackled down by traditional monitors, and which could potentially do for in-home projectors what the iPhone did for smartphones. Monitors are so 2013: Apple patents a ‘desk-free’ computer with smart laser projector     Opera Max beta compresses most of the data going through your Android device – Opera’s mobile browsers are quite popular because of their ability to compress data, but it’s unfortunately been limited to just that — the browser itself. This becomes less and less useful as smartphones continue to evolve, since our data usage patterns encompass so much more than just the simple browser: many of us are constantly streaming music, uploading and downloading images and apps, and so on. Opera Max beta compresses most of the data going through your Android device     Fully wearable Iron Man Mark III...

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Top tech stories of the day for Tuesday 17 December, 2013
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Top tech stories of the day for Tuesday 17 December, 2013

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Facebook confirms autoplay video ads are coming to your News Feed – They’ve been a long time coming, but Facebook’s new video ads are finally here. Confirming a report from the Wall Street Journal that said they’d launch this week, the company says it will start rolling out promoted videos to a limited number of users’ News Feeds, starting with ads for the new film Divergent. Implementing a similar format to Instagram, Facebook’s video ads will automatically play when they appear on onscreen – although sound will be muted on both the desktop and mobile. While you won’t be able prevent the new ad units from popping up, they can be avoided with some quick scrolling action. Facebook confirms autoplay video ads are coming to your News Feed     Fully wearable Iron Man Mark III suit is made to 3D printed order for $35,000 – We joked yesterday about finding the perfect gift for that eccentric billionaire (or millionaire, or really just any “rich” person) in your life, but nothing truly says money to burn like your very own Iron Man suit. The real kicker here is that this Iron Man Mark III suit, made by (wait for it) Iron Man Factory, is actually fully wearable and made to fit anyone as tall as 5′ 5″ to 6’1″. It also incorporates sensor-controlled motors — powered by a AAA battery — to activate the “thrusters” on back and even slide open the helmet so your loved ones can smack that smug Tony Stark-like perma-grin off your face. Oh and did we mention the 7lbs suit, which is made from a carbon fiber polymer and features a cushioned interior, also contains an LED lighting system? Yeah, there’s that too, but also no lasers. Sorry, you can’t have everything. Fully wearable Iron Man Mark III suit is made to 3D printed order for $35,000     IEC announces new standard for future universal laptop chargers – The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) published a new standard this week detailing the specifications for a single laptop charger compatible with a wide range of notebooks. While there’s no legal mandate for companies to follow the spec, the announcement paves the way for universal notebook chargers, bringing a massive reduction in e-waste with it. IEC announces new standard for future universal laptop chargers     Microsoft will have a new CEO ‘in the early part of 2014’ – With roughly nine months to go until Microsoft’s unforgettably demonstrative CEO Steve Ballmer steps down, the hunt is on for his replacement. Will it be incoming Nokia CEO Stephen Elop?...

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Top tech stories of the day for Monday 16 December, 2013
Dec16

Top tech stories of the day for Monday 16 December, 2013

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Instapaper for iOS is free until December 19th – There’s no shortage of apps for saving articles to your phone for offline reading, but Instapaper is a favorite around these parts. It’s unfortunate that some iOS users have been depriving themselves of one of the platform’s greatest apps, but their inaction is paying off: Instapaper is free to download all week as part of Apple’s App of the Week promotion. In recent months, the team at Betaworks has pushed a major redesign, incorporated article sorting and filtering, and added video support — a big improvement that puts the original closer to par with its glossier competitors. Instapaper for iOS is free until December 19th   Amazon puts Kindle Fire HDX on interest-free payment plan, starting at $57 – Short on cash? Amazon wants to sell you a Kindle Fire HDX anyway. As of today, you can pick up the shopping giant’s flagship slate on a quarterly payment plan. Naturally, the amount of each installment varies based on the size and configuration you choose; a 7-inch model with WiFi, 16GB of storage and Special Offers, for example, runs $57 per payment. A similarly equipped 8.9-inch model on the other hand, costs $95 every three months. If you’re worried about financing fees or interest, don’t sweat it – Bezos and pals aren’t charging either of them. Amazon puts Kindle Fire HDX on interest-free payment plan, starting at $57   It doesn’t matter who you are, when your wife says ‘switch seats’ you switch seats. Michelle Obama lays down the law – Our affection for Michelle Obama has always been high. It can’t be easy maintaining your sense of self when you’re known as the wife of arguably the most powerful leader in the world but Michelle has made the role her own. Putting politics aside (if you can) in our opinion Ms Obama has put her own stamp on the role of the first lady. She’s intelligent, speaks very well and has her own opinions. Which is why this meme montage is so funny. We don’t know if this is what really happened but we love a meme where the photos and text match up this beautifully. It doesn’t matter who you are, when your wife says ‘switch seats’ you switch seats. Michelle Obama lays down the law   Norway’s government says Bitcoin isn’t real money – Governments worldwide are trying to solidify their positions on Bitcoin. Chinese regulators banned financial institutions from using Bitcoin earlier this month, while in July, Thailand’s government declared the virtual currency’s use illegal due to a lack of applicable laws. Now Bitcoin has taken...

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It doesn’t matter who you are, when your wife says ‘switch seats’ you switch seats. Michelle Obama lays down the law
Dec15

It doesn’t matter who you are, when your wife says ‘switch seats’ you switch seats. Michelle Obama lays down the law

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Our affection for Michelle Obama has always been high. It can’t be easy maintaining your sense of self when you’re known as the wife of arguably the most powerful leader in the world but Michelle has made the role her own. Putting politics aside (if you can) in our opinion Ms Obama has put her own stamp on the role of the first lady. She’s intelligent, speaks very well and has her own opinions. Which is why this meme montage is so funny. We don’t know if this is what really happened but we love a meme where the photos and text match up this beautifully. After you’ve had a giggle at the photos watch the video below and decide for yourself what really went down.       Follow @Andrew303 Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on...

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Top tech stories of the day – Friday 13 December, 2013
Dec13

Top tech stories of the day – Friday 13 December, 2013

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Twitter reverts nearly all the changes they made to ‘blocking’ after user uproar – Twitter has begrudgingly rolled back nearly all of the original protective measures that came with blocking other users following unrest over changes that went out earlier today. Back are features that keep users from both following and retweeting users, as well as awareness from other users when they’ve been blocked by on-screen notifications. Earlier today the company made changes to its blocking system, which meant that any blocking of other users became more of a muting feature, with the blocker not seeing any activity from the user they blocked. Twitter reverts nearly all the changes they made to ‘blocking’ after user uproar   NSA overhaul could see an end to PRISM-style surveillance – Edward Snowden might have missed out on becoming Person of the Year, but that’s not to say he’s not been a big influence on America’s government this year. According to deep-throated persons familiar with the matter, the presidential task force is proposing a huge overhaul to the NSA in the wake of the PRISM scandal. Proposed changes include giving bulk collection duties to phone companies or an independent third party, imposing tighter standards before NSA staffers can access your personal data and appointing a civilian head, rather than recruiting from the military. NSA overhaul could see an end to PRISM-style surveillance   Samsung promises ‘differentiated’ smartphones based on its camera expertise – Samsung has instigated a small corporate reshuffle that could potentially have big implications for its future smartphones. The company has shunted its digital imaging unit sideways so that it sits under the giant umbrella of the mobile division, in the hope of combining “technical know-how” in these two areas and ultimately “differentiating” its smartphones with better camera technology. At the same time, Samsung expects expertise to flow in the opposite direction, allowing its engineers to create cameras with better wireless connectivity. It’s a move that makes plenty of sense given the recent spate of Galaxy-branded hybridized products, such as the slightly awkward Galaxy S 4 Zoom and hugely over-priced Galaxy NX mirrorless shooter. Samsung promises ‘differentiated’ smartphones based on its camera expertise   Good Deal: get a 16GB Nexus 7 for $179.99 – If you’re looking for a new tablet but missed out on some of the great Black Friday sales last month, you’re in luck: Office Depot is currently selling the 2013 Nexus 7 for just $179.99. That’s $50 off the regular price for the 16GB version of the Android tablet. (If you had your heart set on the new white version, you’ll still...

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Top tech stories of the day – Thursday 12 December, 2013
Dec12

Top tech stories of the day – Thursday 12 December, 2013

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Time Person of the Year runner-up Snowden wants unbreakable encryption for all citizens – Edward Snowden was passed over in favor of Pope Francis for Time’s Person of the Year. Nevertheless, the magazine does manage to acknowledge that Snowden’s unprecedented leak of thousands of classified NSA documents has changed the face of domestic and international politics, privacy, journalism, and computing in general. For him, there is a clear need for reform, but ordinary citizens can and should make use of unbreakable encryption to keep their data safe. Snowden stepped forward in June as the whistleblower behind the Guardian and Washington Post’s blistering reports detailing the NSA’s PRISM and Boundless Informant programs. Since then, he has taken temporary asylum in Moscow as new documents continue to reveal the depth of the intelligence community’s surveillance tactics — all at a near daily clip. Time Person of the Year runner-up Snowden wants unbreakable encryption for all citizens   YouTube rounds up the biggest videos of 2013 – 2013 is almost over, which means it’s time for self-reflection — and Jean-Claude Van Damme, of course. His “epic splits” video (pictured above, and part of an advertisement for Volvo) is just one of many YouTube’s compiled as the top trending videos on the service during the year. That’s different from the most-viewed list, and perhaps even more interesting because it tracks views, shares, and searches from users, which has led to some seemingly unlikely videos making the list. YouTube rounds up the biggest videos of 2013   South Korean court rules against Samsung, won’t ban iPhone and iPad – The latest development in Apple and Samsung’s patent battle is a new court ruling in the latter’s home country, and it’s going against Samsung. The Washington Post and Reuters report that in a case covering three Samsung patents, and Apple products including the iPhone 4s, iPhone 5 and iPad 2 Judge Shim Woo-yong ruled against a sales ban and threw out Samsung’s request for damages. The Post reports the patents cover things like multitasking, message notifications and how a device can display multiple messages from the same sender. South Korean court rules against Samsung, won’t ban iPhone and iPad   Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas available on iOS right now, Android and Windows Phone next week – If you’ve been jonesing to spend some HD quality-time with Carl Johnson on your iDevice, the wait is over. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is available from iTunes right this moment for $7, and is compatible with most recent iOS gizmos. If you want to roll with Officer Tenpenny on a...

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Top tech stories of the day – Wednesday 11 December, 2013
Dec11

Top tech stories of the day – Wednesday 11 December, 2013

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Whole lotta love: Led Zeppelin’s music comes to Spotify – Confirming a rumor that surfaced early this morning, Led Zeppelin’s music is now available on Spotify. The band appeared on the streaming service shortly before CEO Daniel Ek announced the major deal on stage at today’s press event. Spotify says this is the first time Zeppelin’s iconic catalog can be streamed on demand. The band’s songs can already be purchased from iTunes, Google Music, and Amazon, but the group has proven hesitant in adopting the streaming model until now. Curiously, Eddy Cue used Zeppelin as an example when he demonstrated iTunes Radio back at WWDC, but the band’s catalog cannot be streamed using Apple’s free radio service. Nor is it available via Google Play Music All Access. Pandora stands as the lone exception; Zeppelin’s music is already part of the radio service’s broad catalog. Whole lotta love: Led Zeppelin’s music comes to Spotify   Beastie Boys countersue over ‘Girls’ parody ad, rekindling legal battle – When GoldieBlox removed a parody of the Beastie Boys’ song “Girls” from an ad for its toys, it seemed like a brief but heated debate over fair use and copyright ethics was over. Apparently we were wrong, as the Beastie Boys have now sued the toymaker for copyright and trademark infringement and demanded a jury trial. “Rather than developing an original advertising campaign to inspire its customers to create and innovate, GoldieBlox has instead developed an advertising campaign that condones and encourages stealing from others,” they write, asking for court costs, lost profits from infringement, money earned by GoldieBlox as a result of the ads, and a permanent injunction against any further use of the re-recorded song. Beastie Boys countersue over ‘Girls’ parody ad, rekindling legal battle   Microsoft sells over 2 million Xbox One consoles in 18 days – Microsoft says it has sold over 2 million Xbox One consoles since its launch 18 days ago. The sales figures average out to around 111,111 units per day, a pace that Microsoft describes as “record-setting.” While the company countered Sony’s 2.1 million PlayStation 4 sales with zombie stats previously, it’s clear both consoles are selling well. “Demand is exceeding supply in our 13 launch markets and Xbox One is sold out at most retailers,” says Microsoft’s Yusuf Mehdi. Sony has sold over 2.1 million PlayStation 4’s across the US, Europe, and Australia up to December 1st. While Sony’s console launched 25 days ago, it was limited to the US and Canada for the first 14 days of sales and Sony’s most recent figures only include two...

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Top tech stories of the day for Tuesday 10 December, 2013
Dec10

Top tech stories of the day for Tuesday 10 December, 2013

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Viber launches ‘Viber Out’ – call any phone from within the Viber App – In an aggressive shot across Skype’s bows Viber has announced it’s new service ‘Viber Out’ – A service that allows users to make calls from within the Viber App to any mobile or landline at significantly lower prices than Microsoft’s industry goliath. The low per minute rates coupled with the omission of connection fees results in a significantly reduced per call cost. A fact that Viber were quick to draw attention to at launch. Viber out also has another trick up it’s sleeve in that it displays your real telephone number to recipients allowing them to see via caller ID who the call is coming from. This feature is likely to very positively received in the age of call-screening. Viber launches ‘Viber Out’ – call any phone from within the Viber App   The Pirate Bay resurfaces at a new domain following seizure – The Pirate Bay’s move to the Caribbean retreat of Sint Maarten this summer didn’t last long, as Torrent Freak today reports its domain has been seized by authorities — ostensibly under pressure from copyright holders keen to shut the file-sharing site down. Unfortunately for them, thepiratebay.ac is already up and running in the equally obscure realm of Ascension Island. The Pirate Bay resurfaces at a new domain following seizure   Apple’s 12 Days of digital gifts comes to the US for the first time – Apple’s donning the Santa suit again this year to dole out digital freebies, and for the first time, iOS users in the US make it to the “nice” list. Today, the company has launched the annual 12 Days of Gifts for 2013, offering one complimentary song, app, book or movie every day between December 26th and January 6th. In previous years, US iOS users could only look on as folks from Canada, some parts of Europe and other countries worldwide unwrapped downloaded their presents from Cupertino. Now that the event has arrived stateside, make sure to install the 12 Days app, linked as a source below, and fire it up under your tree the day after Christmas. Apple’s 12 Days of digital gifts comes to the US for the first time   Twitter’s new head of news explains why she left NBC – Twitter may have been born out of San Francisco’s fast-moving startup culture, but its latest leader comes from a place far from it. Vivian Schiller, who will start as Twitter’s first news partnerships leader in January, comes straight out of the old media world, where she’s worked...

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Viber launches ‘Viber Out’ – call any phone from within the Viber App
Dec10

Viber launches ‘Viber Out’ – call any phone from within the Viber App

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.In an aggressive shot across Skype’s bows Viber has announced it’s new service ‘Viber Out’ – A service that allows users to make calls from within the Viber App to any mobile or landline at significantly lower prices than Microsoft’s industry goliath. The low per minute rates coupled with the omission of connection fees results in a significantly reduced per call cost. A fact that Viber were quick to draw attention to at launch.   Viber out also has another trick up it’s sleeve in that it displays your real telephone number to recipients allowing them to see via caller ID who the call is coming from. This feature is likely to very positively received in the age of call-screening. Viber is also attempting to get a slice of the burgeoning ‘sticker’ market with this release. A fad that doesn’t appeal to all but the multi-million dollar revenue is an attractive drawcard. ‘Viber Out’ credit can be bought with an in-app purchase or with a credit card via Viber Desktop. Viber already has an installed base of more than 200 million users, a number we think will rise given the size of the discounts as compared to other internet calling services. Viber also released a new promotional video highlighting one of its signature characters – Violet.   Follow @Andrew303 Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on...

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Tim Cook’s real first tweet on iPhone launch day…
Sep22

Tim Cook’s real first tweet on iPhone launch day…

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Sure, his actual first tweet was the standard soppy PR message below: “Visited Retail Stores in Palo Alto today. Seeing so many happy customers reminds us of why we do what we do”. but this is what Tim was really thinking on launch day. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on...

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