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Someone got Windows 95 running on an Apple Watch

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 19:28

If you're willing to wait an hour for it to boot up, you can enjoy the ludicrous pleasures of running Windows 95 on an Apple Watch. Developer Nick Lee posted a video to YouTube this evening showing what it looks like once the operating system is up and running. As Lee points out in a blog post, the Apple Watch's specs are well above those of a typical Windows 95 computer, so it makes sense that it should be capable of running the Microsoft's old OS.


How to back up Windows 10 with Western Digital's My Passport Ultra

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 19:07

Find out about this colorful compact drive that might be the right tool to safeguard your data when you're on the road.


Fight ransomware with data backups and gift cards

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 18:42

How to stop malware from holding your files and PC hostage.


Facebook hit with lawsuit over plan to issue new stock

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 18:38

A Facebook Inc shareholder filed a proposed class action lawsuit on Friday in a bid to stop the company's plan to issue new Class C stock, calling the move an unfair deal to entrench Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg as controlling shareholder. The lawsuit, filed in the Delaware Court of Chancery, comes two days after the social networking company announced its plan to issue the shares. The rejiggering of Facebook's share structure, effectively a 3-for-1 stock split, follows the 31 year-old's announcement last December that he intends to put 99 percent of his Facebook shares into a new philanthropy project focusing on human potential and equality.


SpaceX releases 360-degree footage of the Falcon 9 sea landing

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 18:28

SpaceX has just published a stunning 360-degree video of its most recent feat: landing the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship in the ocean. If you ever wanted feel like you're standing under a spaceship that's landing without the awful side effect of being burned to shreds, here's your chance.


‘Battlefield 5’ world premiere event scheduled for May 6th – here’s what we know

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 18:23
Just days after several surprisingly plausible Call of Duty leaks slipped through the cracks, EA announced that it would hold an official world premiere event for the next Battlefield game on May 6th at 4 p.m. ET. DON'T MISS:  This is how I make my iPhone look so much better than yours Unfortunately, EA's ship seems to be far less leaky than Activision's, as the existence of the world premiere event is just about all the information we have regarding the next entry in the Battlefield series. An explosion of some nature is all we can see on the event page , but some fans think the phrase "the future of Battlefield " might be a hint as to the setting of the sequel. Could 2016's Battlefield be the long-awaited followup to Battlefield 2142 ? It's certainly a possibility, but there have also been rumors that the next Battlefield will return to World War I or World War II. In other words, unless there's a major leak between now and next Friday, we're going to have to wait and see. As for the premiere event itself, fans can expect to hear from creative director Lars Gustavsson and lead producer Aleksander Grondal about the new entry and the franchise as a whole. With the EA Play event just over a month away, EA likely won't give away everything about the game next week, but we should at least see a trailer. Be sure to tune in for the world premiere event on May 6th at 4 p.m. ET.

Obama announces new steps to curb gun violence

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 18:03

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama announced new steps Friday to help curb gun violence, including by identifying the requirements that "smart guns" would have to meet for law enforcement agencies to buy and use them as well as sharing mental health records with the federal background check system.


Here's a look at Fujifilm's next major camera

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 18:00

The listing, which has apparently been pulled but was captured by Fuji Rumors before it came down, says the device is a fully working "preview unit". Fujifilm, as does many other device manufacturers, often sends out prerelease cameras to special testers to get feedback before the product is brought to market, and it appears that's where this model came from.


Oculus Rift delays flatten virtual-reality fan fervor

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 17:53

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Virtual reality, oddly enough, isn't immune to the problems that arise in practical reality. Just ask would-be fans of the Oculus Rift headset, many — possibly most — of whom are still waiting for their $600 gadgets more than four weeks after they started shipping .


This is your next jam: Calvin Harris, Local Natives, and more

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 17:52

Kesha rose above her legal battle by performing on a new Zedd single, her first release since 2013. The best thing about this new Band of Horses single is probably its lyric video, which tries to capture the magic of a night spent singing at a Korean karaoke parlor.


Cellphone in missing Florida teens case to be reviewed by Apple

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 17:42

(Reuters) - A recovered cellphone at the center of a dispute between the families of two Florida teens who went missing during a fishing trip will be examined by its manufacturer, Apple Inc, in an agreement hammered out during a hearing on Friday, according to a local media report. If Apple is able to retrieve anything from the water-damaged phone that is pertinent to the day the boys disappeared - including photos, texts and social media posts - the data will be given to a judge, who will decide if it is evidence and whether it may be shared with the families, according to a report by WPLG television in Miami. The agreement puts to rest - for now - a row between the families of Austin Stephanos, 14, who owned the iPhone 6 model cellphone, and his friend Perry Cohen, also 14, who had borrowed it to communicate with his family the day they disappeared in July 2015 off the Atlantic Coast of South Florida, according to the report.


5 of the best free iPhone games you might have missed in April

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 17:34
Not every gamer has been enthused by the rise of free-to-play gaming on mobile devices, but it gives everyone a chance to try out all kinds of new experiences without ever spending a cent (unless they want to). In fact, there are so many new games released every month that it can be hard to keep track, which is why we've decided to round up five of the best free iPhone games that launched in April that you need to try. DON'T MISS:  This is how I make my iPhone look so much better than yours Disney Crossy Road From Hipster Whale, the makers of the original Crossy Road™ with over 120,000,000 downloads, and Disney comes Disney Crossy Road—an all-new take on the 8-bit endless adventure to cross the road without splatting! Tap and swipe your way to a record-setting number of steps with 100+ Disney and Pixar figurines while dodging crazy and unexpected obstacles in the 8-bit worlds of Toy Story, Zootopia, The Lion King, The Haunted Mansion, Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, and more. Download Disney Crossy Road Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ Adventure across Disney’s magical and wondrous worlds in the first mobile app for the beloved KINGDOM HEARTS series! Become a hero at the very beginning of the KINGDOM HEARTS story in the era of the Lost Masters. Gather LUX—a mysterious form of light—and fight the Heartless as you explore Disney’s worlds. Meet familiar faces and strengthen yourself and your Keyblades! Download Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ Loop Drive 2 As it's ancestor, Loop Drive 2 is a casual arcade racing game with a gameplay incredibly easy to get started but frustratingly difficult to master. Basically, all you have to do is drive in circles and avoid crashing your car. Adjust your speed as you accelerate and brake at the right moments to avoid crashing into another vehicle. Earn more coins with every loop, unlock cars, expand your collection and see what suits you best. Survive as long as possible, as you train your reactions, climb leaderboard with higher scores and challenge your friends. Download Loop Drive 2 PKTBALL Prepare to smash it! A hyper-charged arcade smash sport designed to test your skills and reflexes to the max. Fight your way through the leaderboard and become a PKTBALL master! Collect dozens of awesome PKTBUDDIES, featuring DotBoy the retro console, Brains the zombie, Mixtape the vintage cassette and many more. Each PKTBUDDY comes complete with a new court and unique soundtrack, and special guest PKTBUDDIES include PUK, ALONE, HOPIKO as well as other exciting characters! Download PKTBALL War Tortoise Take control of the mighty War Tortoise, a heavy tank armed to the teeth with powerful weapons and automated turrets! Equip weapons, recruit units, build defenses, collect resources, and ultimately defend against a huge onslaught of enemy forces. Combining a shooter, idle gaming, and tower defense, War Tortoise is a unique mix of gaming that anyone can enjoy! Download War Tortoise

This portable battery charger magnetically attaches to your iPhone

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 17:15

There are a ton of battery packs available today, but most are cumbersome and require an elaborate wrapping of charging cables to hold in one hand if you want to charge your phone while you walk. The 4000mAh slim battery pack with 2.1A output can fully charge an iPhone 6S two times or a 6S Plus once, which isn't bad for such a thin charger. The MagicMount comes with lighting and micro-USB cables, along with a small pad called a MagicPlate that attaches to the back of your phone (which the battery will attach to).


Google, Fiat Chrysler working on self-driving car deal: sources

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 17:13

By Bernie Woodall DETROIT (Reuters) - Google and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV are close to agreeing on a partnership that could break boundaries between Silicon Valley and the auto industry in the race to develop self-driving cars, people familiar with the discussions said on Friday. Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc, and Fiat Chrysler declined to comment. Google has said that it does not want to build self-driving vehicles on its own and has explored alliances with auto companies, but none have been finalized.


Google is testing a wild new feature that allows brands to take over search results

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 16:45
In an effort to further bolster its already successful advertising business, Google is currently experimenting with a new initiative that promises to give companies and marketers unprecedented control the search results stemming from specific queries. According to the Wall Street Journal , Google's new program "allows marketers, media companies, politicians and other organizations [to] publish content directly to Google and have it appear instantly in search results." In one example of the new advertising feature in action, ABC yesterday paid Google for the right to effectively take over the search results page when a user typed in "Jimmy Kimmel." In that scenario, a normal page of search results was replaced with an ABC created "carousel" that featured handpicked posts and videos that users could browse through. At this point it remains unclear if the promotion appeared before every user who typed in the query or if ABC was perhaps able to target certain geographic locations or even demographics. DON'T MISS:  Hidden design details that will make you want Tesla’s Model 3 even more With Google naturally being very protective over its search business - where it generates the vast majority of its billions - we wouldn't expect to see widespread changes anytime soon. As it stands now, it appears that Google is only letting a select few outlets and organizations take advantage of what is admittedly an interesting concept. In other words, we don't anticipate that a query for LeBron James, for example, will ever yield a link to a site selling basketball paraphernalia. But come June when the NBA Finals are afoot, then perhaps we might see a dedicated ad from a company like ESPN or Sprite. "We’re continuing to experiment with the look and feel of this feature, including exploring other potential use cases,” Google said in a statement to the Journal. Broadly speaking, it stands to reason that only blue chip companies like Coke and HBO will be allowed to take part in the  program, which reportedly still lacks an official name.  Besides, we'd imagine that only top-tier companies would be able to afford the presumably high prices Google is commanding for such a service in the first place. Regardless, it'll certainly be interesting to keep an eye on this new advertising initiative in the weeks to come.

DIY smart mirrors are still irresistible, and this one has a touchscreen

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 16:38

Every few weeks a new homespun smart mirror pops up on Reddit. The formula is pretty staid by now: put an LCD and a Raspberry Pi behind a one-way mirror, and now you have a weather widget to look at while you brush your teeth. There are even GitHub repos to do the software work for you. And yet I always click on each new project. It's always worth an upvote.