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Facebook buys fitness tracker startup behind Moves

1 hour 31 min ago
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook acquired the startup behind the popular fitness tracking app Moves as it expands beyond its namesake service into a company with multiple, differentiated mobile apps.

Build your own space station with LittleBits' NASA-approved kit

1 hour 37 min ago

Many kids want to become astronauts, but getting them to embrace day-to-day space science is tougher -- it's not as exciting as setting foot on Mars. NASA is all too aware of this challenge, so it has teamed ...

How Google can fix the worst thing about the Google Play store

1 hour 53 min ago

Google Play is a terrific place to find Android apps… if you happen to know exactly what you’re looking for. But as Android Authority’s Simon Hill points out, things get a bit trickier when it comes to discovering new apps out of the blue since the Google Play store’s app discovery process leaves a lot to be desired. “One of the attractive things about the early days of the app revolution was the fact that, theoretically, anyone could make an app, and if it was good enough, it would gain traction,” Hill writes. “With well over 1 million apps in the Play Store and a number of big name publishers with deep pockets involved, this is far less true today… A Distimo

Rapid7 hires mobile hacking expert Nick Percoco

2 hours 4 min ago
BOSTON (Reuters) - Security software maker Rapid7 said on Thursday that it has hired Nick Percoco, a security researcher who is well known for his work hacking mobile devices. He will serve as vice president of strategic services, running a newly created consulting team within Rapid7. Percoco is a "White Hat," or hacker who identifies ways to attack software and devices, then notifies manufactures so they can secure them to minimize potential for attacks. ...

IFTTT brings its recipe-based app automation to Android

2 hours 6 min ago

iOS users have been privy to IFTTT's (If This Then That) formulaic behaviors for automating app tasks on their mobile devices. Well as of today, the Android faithful can get in on the action too. The outfit's software is now available in Google Play, bringing with it photo, call, notification, SMS, location and device settings channels specific to Google's OS.

Wake Up, Internet -- Time to Save Yourself

2 hours 9 min ago

On May 15, the FCC will propose a new set of rules that are supposed to stop big phone and cable companies from blocking websites or discriminating against apps and services they don't like. Only as written, the rules would do pretty much the opposite.

Everything You Need To Know About The End Of Net Neutrality

2 hours 17 min ago

It may be the end of the Internet as we know it. That was the reaction from consumer advocates and some websites after the Federal Communications Commission announced new rules governing Internet service on Thursday. The rules effectively put an end to net neutrality, or the idea that all web traffic should be treated equally. "Definitely, consumers are the losers," said Todd O'Boyle, a program director at Common Cause, a left-leaning public interest lobbying group. "The sites they rely on on a daily basis may not work in a way they've come to rely on." The FCC insists, however, that

Amazon’s latest announcement will change our lives more than you know

2 hours 18 min ago

I know, I know. You already know the answer. But my reaction to Amazon’s Prime Pantry introduction — which allows its Prime members to have up to 45 pounds of home goods shipped directly to their doorstep within four days for a $6 fee — has more to do with the industry at large. As someone who resides in a rural location, being able to shop online is a huge boon. and eBay were but infants in the online universe, and it was already obvious that the holy grail of online shipping would be the day that your groceries arrived to your doorstep, precisely as ordered, without anything being spoiled. We aren’t there yet on a grand scale, but we’re

Helicopters Just Should NOT Go Upside Down Like This

2 hours 22 min ago

Helicopters can feel dangerous enough when they're flying normally. But when they start doing flips, spins and nose dives, you get nervous just watching. This week, Red Bull posted a YouTube video of daredevil Chuck Aaron -- the first and only civilian pilot ever to be licensed to perform helicopter aerobatics -- doing just that. The 54-year-old pilot has spent more than 20,000 hours -- or 833 days -- in the air, so you can assume he knows what he's doing with these stunts. Without that experience, it's safe to say videos like the one above wouldn't be possible.

Amazon reportedly laying the groundwork for its own delivery service

2 hours 26 min ago

In a few years, Amazon may handle the entire delivery process for your impulse Prime purchases. The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon is in the early stages of branching out its delivery operation into something that could eventually compete directly against UPS and FedEx — two companies that play a critical role in getting its packages to customers today. The online retailer is already testing such a service with trucks making "last mile" drop-offs in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles, according to the Journal. Aside from giving shoppers greater control over where and when they take a package, Amazon's big plan would also eventually cut expenses and bring the company closer to offering same-day delivery in more cities. Amazon has already established its own delivery network in the UK.

FCC pushes back against criticism over Internet traffic plan

2 hours 27 min ago

The U.S. communications regulator on Thursday sought to tame an outcry over "net neutrality" rules it is developing, saying the agency would make sure broadband providers which "unreasonably" discriminate against Web traffic are punished. New rules proposed by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler would ban broadband providers from blocking Web content, but would allow deals with content providers to deliver Internet traffic to users faster, as long as such agreements are "commercially reasonable." Consumer advocates sharply criticized Wheeler's draft after details leaked out on Wednesday, as he prepared to share his proposal with other FCC commissioners. That may mean that some traffic, from content providers who do not pay, may be comparatively slower, discouraging users from visiting those sites. In a May 15 vote, the five-member FCC is expected to formally seek public comment on proposed new "open Internet" rules aimed at making sure Internet providers do not restrict consumers' access to online sites and applications.

Hulu Plus adds phone and tablet remote control to PS3, PS4 and Xbox One apps

2 hours 32 min ago

If you've been enjoying the second screen-style remote control experience on Hulu Plus for the Chromecast, the streaming video site just announced similar support is coming to other devices. First up are the Hulu Plus apps for PS3, PS4 ...

Google Glass Now Available To Everyone

2 hours 40 min ago

It looks like Google may be close to finally releasing a consumer version of its heads-up display. Right now, anyone in the U.S. can get a unit of Glass for $1,500 via Google's website, without an invite. Plus, Google is waving the prescription frames fee of $225.

It’s mostly Android deserters who buy cheap iPhones

2 hours 43 min ago

In its earnings call on Wednesday for the second quarter of its fiscal year 2014, Apple revealed that more than two out of three cheap iPhone buyers are switching over from Android, highlighting the move as a success for the company. Apple’s Tim Cook said that on the quarter, 62% of iPhone 4s buyers and 60% of iPhone 5c buyers ditched Android smartphones to purchase an iPhone. The more than two-year-old iPhone 4s was a hot seller for Apple during the period, and even though the company did not say how many iPhone 4s units it sold out of the total 43 million iPhone sales during the period. Apple’s CFO Luca Maestri said that Apple’s partnership with China Mobile and

Russia's Putin calls the Internet a 'CIA project'

2 hours 43 min ago

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called the Internet a CIA project and made comments about Russia's biggest search engine Yandex, sending the company's shares plummeting.

Drones Overhead, Seeing Everything, Always: Inside Google and Facebook's Latest Acquisitions

2 hours 48 min ago

Imagine a fleet of drones, overhead, out of sight, tens of thousands of feet in the sky. Imagine those drones being powered by sunlight -- effectively aerial satellites that are orbiting constantly, never having to touch down for fuel. Now imagine thousands of them with cameras and radio repeaters on board.

Landlords Accused Of Kicking Out Tenants To List On Airbnb

2 hours 53 min ago

San Francisco city attorney Dennis Herrera has sued several landlords he alleges evicted their tenants in order to list the apartments for elevated rates on short-term rental sites like Airbnb. In a statement released Wednesday, Herrera announced these are only the first of many investigations his office is conducting in effort to crack down on housing violations aggravating the city’s escalating unaffordability. ...

Google's Take Your Classroom to Work Day takes kids on virtual field trips

2 hours 58 min ago

Take Your Child to Work Day gives a sense of what parents' jobs are like, but Google knows that kids can't always afford go to the office. Accordingly, the company is bringing the office to the kids through its first-ever Take Your Classroom to Work Day. The April 24th initiative uses Hangouts video chats to show workplaces that even the luckiest students might never see in person, such as the Chicago Bulls' locker room and the Stan Winston School of Special Effects.

Leaked Nexus 6 details suggest Google will follow Apple’s lead

3 hours 18 min ago

The Nexus 5 was one of the best smartphone bargains we saw in 2013 and now Google might be planning to deliver a new budget smartphone that will be the best bargain yet. G4Games has spotted a new report from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News that claims Google will use a MediaTek 64-bit processor for its upcoming budget Nexus smartphone, often referred to as the “Nexus 6.” The blog says that if the report is accurate, then the next-generation low-cost Nexus will either run a “quad-core MT6732 64-bit chip clocked at 1.5GHz, or the octa-core MT6752 SoC running at a frequency of 2.0GHz,” either of which would be an incredibly powerful processor for a supposed budget device. For the uninitiated, chips with more

The follow-up to 'Punch Quest' will get more expensive over time

3 hours 23 min ago

Despite that less than positive experience, the initial plan was to make Wayward Souls free as well. The problem was that while LoL supports dozens of different characters, that doesn't quite work for a character-driven RPG like Wayward Souls. "Characters in Wayward Souls are super complicated," says Rocketcat's Kepa Auwae, noting that things like equipment and weapon upgrades can significantly change the experience, and supporting a huge roster of characters and classes with those features proved very difficult. While Wayward Souls is a paid download and features no in-app purchases, its price isn't fixed.