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Opera brings its free VPN service to iOS with a new app, Opera VPN
Following the launch of a built-in VPN service in its web browser last month, Opera this morning debuted a free and unlimited mobile VPN app for iOS devices. Called Opera VPN, the app is designed...
Afraid of the future? Try Technotopia
Over the past few months I’ve been on a mission: I want to prove that the future is not going to suck. While this project was originally going to end up in a book – and it still will –...
Shopify’s online merchants can now offer same-day delivery via Postmates
Postmates to date has scored deals with a number of high-profile retailers and restaurants, including Apple, Walgreens, Starbucks, Chipotle, and 7-Eleven. Today, it’s expanding its reach again...
Hundreds of Spotify credentials appear online – users report accounts hacked, emails changed
A list containing hundreds of Spotify account credentials – including emails, usernames, passwords, account type and other details – has popped up on the website Pastebin, in what appears...
CareerFoundry raises $5m to make learning tech skills more social
Most online learning platforms – especially those associated with learning tech skills – can be pretty lonely experiences. Some major players with online platforms include Udacity, General...
Sony’s streaming service Crackle unveils its plans for VR content…and VR ads
VR content will soon be arriving on yet another digital streaming service – this time, Sony’s Crackle. But it will also include VR-enabled ads, the company announced today. That is, in...
‘Steve – The Jumping Dinosaur’ is a simple game you can play from the iOS Notification Center
Casual gaming, say hello to super-duper casual gaming. A mobile game that you can play in your iPhone’s Notification Center – yes, without even unlocking your phone – is now the...
Yahoo brings eSports coverage to mobile with launch of new app
Yahoo has recently been trimming down its digital media business, with the closure of several of its online magazines, but other verticals – including eSports – are still seeing investment....
How to share personal files privately online
How to share files securelyThe ubiquity of social networks such as Twitter and Facebook means that not only is it easy to share whatever news and updates we want to with the entire world, but that for...
Can Israel build big, sustainable companies?
For all the “Start-up Nation” fanfare, Google’s acquisition of Waze – Israel’s highest profile start-up exit to date – was valued at just $1.1B. And, while Israel...
Reddit launches its first official apps for iOS and Android
Reddit’s long-awaited native mobile applications – the first-ever to be built by the company in-house – have now launched. Available today for both iOS and Android, the new Reddit...
Domino’s now lets you order pizza just by launching an app – no clicking required
Hungry? Lazy? Domino’s has the app for you. The company today unveiled a new mobile application that lets you place an order simply by launching the app on your phone. No clicking necessary....
Moneyball is dead. Long live Moneyball!
While it seems the term has been around baseball forever, the concept of “moneyball” – coined to describe the Oakland Athletics’ approach to building competitive teams despite...
VR Week: Incredible virtual worlds we can't wait to don the mask for
In an ideal world...Virtual reality is almost certainly the most thrilling thing in the tech world right now, but without great support even the finest technologies are doomed to failure – and we're...
Tips and tricks for getting started with Ubisoft's The Division
Getting startedMove over Destiny – there's a new huge online open-world shooter in town: The Division. The latest game from Ubisoft – the people behind Assassin's Creed, Far Cry and Watch Dogs...
In Depth: 10 ways graphene is about to change your life
The age of grapheneIt's strong, it's flexible, and it's here. After a long time cooking in the labs, the first graphene-based products are beginning to trickle out into the world of smartphones, wearables,...
Nintendo’s first smartphone app, a social game called Miitomo, launches in Japan
As promised last fall, Nintendo has now launched its first mobile smartphone application – but it’s not a new Mario game, and the app is for now only available in Japan for the time being....
Gillmor Gang LIVE 03.11.16
Gillmor Gang – John Borthwick, Robert Scoble, Daniel Ilkovich, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. LIVE recording session today, Friday March 11 at 1pm PT. Our LIVE chat during the...
What if Facebook forgot Donald Trump?
This year, more money will be spent on political ads – $11.4 billion – than ever before. According to Borrell Associates around $1 billion of that will be spent on digital media, and...
Apple has shut down the first fully-functional Mac OS X ransomware
Apple has shut down what appears to have been the first, fully-functional ransomware targeting Mac computers. This particular form of cyber threat involves malware that encrypts the data on your...
Gillmor Gang LIVE 03.05.16
Gillmor Gang – Dan Farber, Frank Radice, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. LIVE recording session today, Saturday March 5th, at 10:30amPT/1:30pmET. Our LIVE chat during the show...
HTTP vs IPFS: is Peer-to-Peer Sharing the Future of the Web?
The Inter-Planetary File System (IPFS) is a revolutionary model that could change the way we use the Internet. Unlike the typical server-client model we’re accustomed to, IPFS is something more like...
How to make your iPhone less hackable
SAN FRANCISCO – Suppose the FBI wins its court battle and forces Apple to help unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino killers. That could open all iPhones up to potential government scrutiny...
Amazon Brings X-Ray To Web Video
Amazon’s X-Ray for Movies and TV Shows – the feature that brings additional content, like actor bios and other background information – is now available on Amazon Video and Prime...
MWC 2016: LG designer hates Oculus and HTC Vive, outlines plan to 'fix' VR
LG's VP of product planning, Dr Ramchan Woo, took time out of a LG G5 launch briefing to talk about the problems currently facing the VR industry.While some of what he said was tongue in cheek, the overall...
Even Barbie Has A Smart Home And Hoverboard Now
Consumers may have been slow to adopt smart home technology, but that’s not the case for Barbie. At the recent New York Toy Fair, Mattel unveiled a newly upgraded – and now tech-enabled...
How to use the Windows 10 Photos app
If you store a lot of digital photos on your PC then finding them all when they are scattered over various hard drives can be a pain.Thankfully Windows 10 comes with the Photos app, which makes it easy...
From Nokia’s Snake Game To Supercell, Finland’s Gaming Industry Is Serious Business
In September last year, Finland’s finance minister Alexander Stubb dubbed the country as the new sick man of Europe and while the country’s economy is fledgling and signs point to continued...
This Psycho-Pass Dominator Replica Switches Battle Modes Like Wow
While I am not a huge fan of anime – I stopped at Akira and never picked it back up – I can appreciate attention to detail and true proplica badassery when I see it. And so we present...
Bay Area Airbnb Hosts Get Less Than They Bargained For During The Big Game
As Super Bowl 50 draws near, some Airbnb hosts are hoping for a substantial payout. Crazy listings are popping up – this home is going for $6000 a night. If that’s out of your price range,...
This Semi-Automatic Machine Gun Is “95 Percent” 3D Printed
Another day, another 3D-printed gun. This one comes to us from a carpenter from West Virginia who calls himself Derwood. His gun is “95 percent” 3D printed which means the important bits...
How to learn Spanish, French and other languages for free
Start learning a new languageWhy spend money learning a foreign language when your Windows 10 PC (or smartphone) can teach you for free? Duolingo is a brilliant app that offers up to 12 different European...
Google Turns Its iOS App Into A Game With A New 3D Touch-Enabled Trivia Button
Google has added a playful feature to its iOS application that lets you kick off a random trivia search – aka, the “I’m Feeling Curious” search feature – just by hard...
Overall Tablet Market Declined By As Much As 10 Percent In 2015
The numbers are in, and it’s not good news – for tablet sales that is. A pair of new market share reports show declining numbers of tablets shipped in 2015. According to one report from...
Hands-on review: Polycom RealPresence Trio 8800
Remote working, globalisation and multi-site operations all mean that modern businesses rely heavily on conference calls to hold virtual meetings. To do this effectively you need something a bit more sophisticated...
Apple Reports 1 Billion “Active” Devices
In Apple’s Q1 ’16 “Earnings Supplemental Material” – documentation added to today’s earnings primarily to highlight how foreign exchange rates are impacting revenue...
Gillmor Gang LIVE 01.24.16
Gillmor Gang – Frank Radice, Keith Tere, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. LIVE recording session today, Sunday January 24, at 10amPT. Gillmor Gang LIVE chat on Chat Center Gillmor Gang on Facebook...
Ice.com’s New Owners Raise $2 Million To Bring Fair Pricing To The Jewelry Industry
The jewelry industry is notorious for its insane markups on products and confusing array of terminology related to the metals used or gemstone grades – as with the “four C’s”...
Counting the “Ago” Time: How to Keep Publish Dates Fresh
It’s common to present dates on the Web in a format such as Published on September 12th, 2015, or 09/12/2015, 09:41:23 and 2015-09-12. Each of these examples tells the full date and/or time of some...
Defumblr’s Smarter Android Lockscreen Takes Cues From Apple’s “Proactive” Features
A new mobile application from a co-founder of Reputation.com wants to re-imagine how consumers interact with their smartphones. Instead of unlocking the device and launching apps for common actions...
Norwest Raises Third Consecutive $1.2 Billion Fund in Five Years
Norwest Venture Partners, the 55-year-old, Palo Alto, Ca-based venture firm, has closed its third consecutive $1.2 billion fund. The group, which employs 20 investors, plus support staff, raised...
Atlas, The Humanoid Robot, Could Become Your Android Butler
Here’s to good old Atlas, the walking humanoid robot. He walks, he runs, he carries heavy loads and now – as part of a calibration program – he can do chores around the house. This...
Deploying from GitHub to a Server
GitHub, and the Git version control system it’s based on, are fantastic tools for managing and collaborating on projects – code-based or otherwise. In this article, we’ll look at options...
The Eye Tribe Tracker Pro Offers Affordable Eye Tracking For $199
The Eye Tribe first brought their clever eye-tracking hardware to our Hardware Battlefield where they showed us how easy – and potentially useful – it was to to track eye movements across a...
Change.org Introduces Change Politics, Helping Voters Make Informed Choices on Election Day
Change.org, founded in 2007, long ago became the go-to place for people wanting to wrest the attention of corporate giants, as well as for local activists looking to affect change in their communities....
PrintABowl 3D Prints Beautiful “Elevation” Devices For Your Pleasure
If you enjoy a bit of the old Weed O’ Gandalf then you’re going to get a kick out of these smoking systems by PrintABowl. This company makes specially -designed smoking paraphernalia...
Netflix CEO Says Account Sharing Is OK
Remember when HBO’s CEO said the company was cool with users sharing their HBO GO passwords? Well, apparently, Netflix feels the same way. In an under-the-radar announcement from last week’s...
Watch An Apple IIgs Boot Over 20 Years After It Was Last Turned Off
Digital archeology is one of my favorite blog post forms. An avid X user from 198X resurrects an old system that he or she had used to create something amazing/build a business/write a game/or generally...
Streaming Services Dominate 2016 Golden Globes, But Amazon Takes The Win
Streaming services showed up in force for Sunday night’s 73rd Golden Globe Awards, but it was Amazon’s year to shine. Though Netflix had led the pack this year with a total of eight nominations...
Top Tech For Kids At CES
If this year’s CES Kids and Technology Marketplace is the pulse of where we are today, it’s clear that developers, investors and brands need to pay closer attention to kids as a valuable...
Gillmor Gang LIVE 01.08.16
Gillmor Gang – John Borthwick, Ari Weinstein, Matthew Panzarino, and Steve Gillmor. LIVE recording session today at 1pmPT. Our free, open chat room for communicating during the live show Gillmor...
Get You A Growler Of Brass Monkey On Demand With Hopsy
We truly live in the future, friends. Food on demand. Love on demand. Uranium ore on demand. Now you’ve got growlers – essentially buckets – of beer on demand. This new app, created...
Instagram Goes Beyond The Feed With Everyday Spotlight Compilations
Instagram’s answer to Snapchat’s Live Stories isn’t just for holidays and big events any more. Internally, they’re known as Spotlight Compilations — vertical slideshows...
Samsung Goes After Sonos With A New Wireless Soundbar System
Wireless whole-home audio is a tough nut to crack. Only a few folks – primarily Sonos – have cracked it but Samsung is hot on the whole-home kick with the HW-K950, a Dolby Atmos-enabled...
Debian Creator Ian Murdock Dead At 42
Ian Murdock – the ‘ian’ in Debian – was found dead at his home in San Francisco on Monday. The cause is yet unknown. Murdock was an integral figure in the open source movement....
Live Studio Turns Your Videos And GIFs Into Live Photos
A good handful of apps have emerged to expand the capabilities of Live Photos introduced in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, including a tool to turn Live Photos into GIFs, a Live Photo editor called...
Bah humbug! Best films for avoiding the holidays
IntroductionChristmas can be such a let-down, with the high-pitch voices of small children, dry turkey and a complete lack of decent TV all culprits. Escapism beckons. It used to be a time for great movies...
Google Brings Its Interactive, 360-Degree “Spotlight Stories” To YouTube
Google is bringing its Spotlight Stories – immersive, 360-degree animated videos meant to introduce a new form of storytelling – to YouTube, the company announced this morning. The first...
12 gifts that mark you out as a tech know-it-all
Know your audience...Look, it's great that you like all the new tech stuff, but that doesn't mean you should try to force a smartwatch on grandma this Christmas – she's liable to think it's an emergency...
Pimp My Sleighride: Christmas presents for petrolheads
When you wish upon Astra...If you've got a car fanatic in your life, the perfect Christmas present you could get them this year would be a really nice car... Unfortunately, most wallets won't stretch that...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark