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Before the NSA, there was the USPS

6 hours 58 min ago
Imagine opening your mailbox to find a note that reads, “Show all mail to for copying prior to going out on the street.” Last year, one man did just that, leading to the discovery of secret surveillance programs for U.S. snail mail.

Amazon beats Apple for consumer satisfaction

7 hours 7 min ago

The online retailer's Fire tablets have won the latest JD Power tablet satisfaction award, pushing the iPad into second place.


These pictures show the Nexus 6’s camera is just as awesome for nighttime photos

7 hours 9 min ago

The Nexus 6 is Google’s most advanced Nexus smartphone yet, with the company focusing on premium Nexus devices this year that feature high-end specs and matching prices. The Nexus 6 has top-notch hardware across the board and the phone’s camera is supposed to offer a significantly better performance than previous models. Even though the Nexus 6 is not available to users for extensive camera testing, one Googler has just posted camera samples taken at night with the Nexus phablet. FROM EARLIER: These are the first photos taken with Google’s hot new Nexus 6 The first camera samples taken with the Nexus 6’s main 13-megapixel rear camera — which packs a Sony IMX214 CMOS sensor and optical image stabilization (OIS) — were posted online a few


Leaner Sony gains smartphone lift despite its own mobile malaise

7 hours 16 min ago

By Sophie Knight TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp posted a smaller than expected second-quarter operating loss on Friday, hailed by its finance chief as proof that the Japanese group's restructuring program is paying off. The company said the reduced operating loss was due in part to rising sales of image sensors to smartphone manufacturers, though the poor showing from its own Xperia phones weighed heavily on results. ...


Pirate Bay founder jailed for hacking Danish data

7 hours 24 min ago
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Danish court on Friday sentenced the Swedish founder of file-sharing site The Pirate Bay to 3½ years in prison after he was found guilty of hacking into a private company handling sensitive information for Danish authorities.

Slack is now the fastest-growing workplace software ever

7 hours 29 min ago

Slack has become a big enough deal that it almost makes you care about enterprise software. The company, which integrates a kind of sophisticated group chat with dozens of other software services that your company may already use, has spread like wildfire in the corporate world. Before February, no one had ever heard of Slack; seemingly overnight, it was being used in every business in tech.


iPhone fans are trashing Apple Pay rival CurrentC in App Store reviews – here are the funniest ones

7 hours 34 min ago

MCX may claim that its CurrentC mobile payment platform is a bold challenge to the mobile payments status quo but its target audience isn’t seeing it that way so far. In fact, it looks that like as Android fans have done, iPhone fans have also taken to trashing CurrentC on their favorite platform’s app store and are often doing so in rather humorous ways. RELATED: This might be the reason MCX retailers won’t let you use Apple Pay, even if they want to In fact, although CurrentC is averaging one star right now on both the iTunes App Store and Google Play, the best reviews being written are the rare five-star reviews, largely because they trash the app in ways that are


Boneface's art turns your childhood into a brutal, bloody mess

7 hours 34 min ago

Liverpool artist Boneface grew up absorbing 1990s pop culture like video games and comics, and in a lot of ways, little has changed since then. "I used to draw superheroes and video game characters and monsters and crap back then," he says. "I just get paid to do it now."


Building a better Paris in 'Assassin's Creed Unity'

7 hours 46 min ago

It took 182 years to build the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, starting with the first bricks in 1163. For Caroline Miousse, a level artist on Assassin's Creed Unity, building a virtual likeness centuries later took considerably less time — she spent around two years modelling the landmark inside and out. "I made some other stuff in the game," she says, "but 80 percent of my time was spent on the Notre Dame."


Here is the most idiotic reaction to Tim Cook coming out as gay

8 hours 9 min ago

When Tim Cook came out as gay on Thursday, the reaction from fellow tech leaders and from most politicians was largely positive. We knew that not everyone would react this way, however, and sure enough The Washington Post has cataloged some of the more idiotic reactions to Cook coming out. While some of the reactions were fairly predictable — really, who didn’t think the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer would say something stupid? — the most boneheaded reaction so far actually comes to us from Vitaly Milonov, a Russian member of parliament who wants Cook banned from entering his country for life. VIDEO: This is why Tim Cook finally decided to come out as gay “What could he bring us? The Ebola


A 3.85mm-thick phone? Chinese company Vivo says it's coming

8 hours 16 min ago

Chinese smartphone maker Vivo hints at a spectacularly slim smartphone, one-upping Oppo's 4.85mm-thick R5.>


Crave Ep. 181: Grasp and feel objects in a virtual environment with the Dexmo VR Glove

8 hours 24 min ago

Think of the possibilities: you can grab and feel objects in the digital world with this futuristic-looking exoskeleton glove.>


HTC swings to slim profit, but sales still down in 'challenging quarter'

8 hours 31 min ago

The HTC One M8 and Desire smartphones have helped HTC avoid a second cruel summer of losses.>


Hungary suspends Internet tax after huge protests

8 hours 45 min ago

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Following large-scale protests, Hungary's prime minister said Friday that the government would suspend a planned tax on Internet use and reconsider the matter next year.


Starbucks will begin delivering coffee next year

8 hours 51 min ago

Starbucks will begin delivering coffee and food in select markets next year, as part of its push to expand into e-commerce. CEO Howard Schultz revealed the company's plans during its quarterly earnings conference call yesterday, saying that the delivery service will be available to loyalty program members through a new Mobile Order and Pay app debuting later this year. "Imagine the ability to create a standing order of Starbucks delivered hot to your desk daily," Schultz said.


Andy Rubin calls it quits, ditches Google to build his own hardware incubator

9 hours 38 min ago

Andy Rubin, the co-founder of Android and former Android Guru inside Google, is leaving the company to start a tech incubator for start-ups that want to build hardware, The New York Times reports. After being removed from the Android team last year and replaced with Sundar Pichai, Rubin was put in charge of Google’s new robotics division. FROM EARLIER: How the original iPhone forced Google to completely rebuild Android “I want to wish Andy all the best with what’s next. With Android he created something truly remarkable — with a billion-plus happy users,” Google CEO Larry Page said in a statement. Rubin’s departure is just one of the recent changes at Google. Only last week, Google gave Pichai even more