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Oculus' new prototype is where VR should be right now

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 15:20

You can finally walk around in virtual reality.

The Home Depot reportedly ignored warnings from its own cybersecurity team

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 14:28

56 million credit cards were compromised in a recent hack on The Home Depot. Now, The New York Times is reporting that the company dismissed and largely ignored concerns put forth by security researchers as far back as 2008. Former members of the company's cybersecurity teams spoke to the Times, and said that The Home Depot was slow to respond to vulnerabilities, and shrugged off warnings that it would be easy prey for hackers.

Oculus announces new VR headset prototype: Crescent Bay

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 13:21

Oculus has announced a new prototype called Crescent Bay, another step towards the consumer version of its virtual reality headset. "It's as big of a leap as we made from DK1 to DK2," says Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe, referring to the first two versions of the Rift development kit. Thank god," says Iribe.

Oklahoma loves pickles, and other revelations from Food Twitter analysis

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 13:15

Colorado loves watercress, Texas loves brisket and, perhaps most surprising, Oklahoma is obsessed with the pickle.

Google is no longer forcing new users into making Google+ accounts

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 12:01

Google has lifted its requirement that new Google users also create a Google+ account, Marketing Land reports. When you sign up for a Gmail, Google Docs, or other Google account, a new "No thanks" button lets you opt out of Google's social network.

Rocket Internet CEO stands to lift stake via options: report

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 11:32
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Oliver Samwer, chief executive and co-founder of Rocket Internet is in a position to increase his stake in the German venture capital firm under a stock options program that will be part of its planned stock market listing, a German magazine report said on Saturday. Samwer stands to receive options that entitle him to buy 4.5 million shares, or about 4 percent of the current share capital, at an unspecified discount over the next five years, based on certain business performance targets, weekly WirtschaftsWoche said, citing a document it obtained. ...

Don't panic: Those iPhone 6 carrier trade-in deals are still available

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 11:31

iPhone fans, you can still take advantage of carriers' hot deals, but see the new devices in person to ensure you're getting the right one, says CNET's Marguerite Reardon in this edition of Ask Maggie.>

Astronauts getting 3-D printer at space station

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 11:30

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The 3-D printing boom is about to invade space.

The Weekender: on Maker Faire, Beyoncé, and the birth of snackwave

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 11:04

Welcome back to The Weekender, and it's been quite a week. We went to Iceland to test the new iPhones and ate cricket flour in Canada. In short, things got a little weird around here. In a good way. We promise. Take this opportunity to look back on some of our best work and some good reads from around the web. Then check out the fascinating things you can do this weekend just to kick back. Enjoy. .mobile-layout .link { width: 15px; float: right; padding: 10px;} Do this World Maker Faire, New York

iPhone line sitters in NYC slept in garbage bags and got arrested

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 09:58

Waiting for an iPhone used to be fun. According to filmmaker Casey Neistat, iPhone lines don't look like that anymore. Known for viral videos such as "Bike Lanes," "Make It Count," and "The Dark Side of the iPhone 5S Lines," Neistat's latest video documents this past Friday's iPhone lines.

Xbox chief promises to bring 'Minecraft' to Windows Phone

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 06:31

With a simple "yes," Microsoft's Xbox chief, Phil Spencer, has confirmed that Minecraft will be heading to Windows Phone. It's not a surprising move given Microsoft's recent acquisition of the popular title, but the software maker didn't promise to bring Minecraft to Windows Phone in its original announcement. Spencer's confirmation means Microsoft will likely be working on porting the game across once the deal is finalized, and it may even arrive for Surface RT and Windows RT users.

Microsoft plays on iOS 8 issues by doubling free OneDrive space to 30GB

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 06:03

Apple released its iOS 8 update earlier this week, but a number of iPhone and iPad owners ran into problems with the amount of free storage required to install the latest operating system. Microsoft is taking advantage of these issues by doubling its free OneDrive storage to 30GB today. "We’ve been listening to the commentary about storage on the new iPhones released today and we wanted to get you more storage right away," explains OneDrive program manager Douglas Pearce. "We think you’ll appreciate having more free storage while setting up your iPhone 6 or upgrading to iOS 8."

With Alibaba's big debut, 10 things to know

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 05:40

NEW YORK (AP) — China's e-commerce giant Alibaba began trading its shares Friday on the New York Stock Exchange. Here are ten things to know about Alibaba, and why its initial public offering made history:

5 ways to protect yourself from data breaches

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 05:40

NEW YORK (AP) — Data breaches at retailers aren't going away but there are ways consumers can protect themselves from future heists of their payment card information.

Alibaba surges in Wall Street debut

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 03:57

New York (AFP) - A buying frenzy sent Alibaba shares sharply higher as the Chinese online giant made its historic Wall Street trading debut.

Nvidia sinks moon landing hoax using virtual light

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 01:24

Using its new top-shelf graphics processing unit, Nvidia tackles one of the most persistent conspiracy theories in American history: the veracity of the 1969 to 1972 Apollo moon landings.>