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Want to test pre-release BlackBerry products, BlackBerry fans? Here’s your chance

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 12:35

BlackBerry fans, this is the moment you’ve been waiting for. In a memo sent to some customers earlier this week, BlackBerry announced that its most loyal users will soon be able to test pre-release BlackBerry products ahead of launch. The program is open to a limited number of BlackBerry device owners who are registered in the free BlackBerry Beta Zone, which currently has more than 400,000 registered members. BlackBerry’s full email to Beta Zone members, which was published earlier this week by CrackBerry, follows below. We’re excited to announce that in the near future we will be initiating an exciting new beta program for BlackBerry 10 devices! Based on your participation in past betas you look like you would be

Quentin Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight' is coming next year, and this is its first poster

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 12:23

Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight is back on. After saying that he would cancel the project earlier this year after its script leaked online, Tarantino has slowly begun hinting that he was coming back around to it, and others involved in the project have even suggested that it's preparing to start shooting. Now an ad in the film magazine Empire confirms as much, promoting the movie with a first poster and a premiere date of 2015. The ad also suggests, as the leaked script did, that Tarantino's upcoming western will shoot in 70mm, a rarely used higher-resolution format that results in some gorgeous images.

This tiny Android projector puts an 80-inch touchscreen on your wall

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 12:12

TouchPico is an Android-powered pico projector that’s about the same size as the Galaxy S4, and it can turn any surface, including a wall, into a touch-friendly 80-inch screen. With 28 days left in its Indiegogo campaign, the TouchPico has already raised more than $96,000 in pledges, topping its $55,000 funding goal. The trick component of the TouchPico that turns it into projector with a touchscreen display is the special infrared stylus accessory, whose movements are captured by the projector’s camera and turned into actions on the projected screens. In addition to working like a touch-enabled Android desktop, or a large tablet, the TouchPico also lets users project content from other devices on a wall, including Macs and PCs. The device

HTC One E8 hands-on

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 12:11

HTC's One M8 is among the best-designed phones we've ever seen. Now, in an effort to find a way to make its best phone a little cheaper, HTC is releasing the One E8, a phone with all the trappings of the M8 except for a plastic body and a much lower price tag.

Square chipping away at traditional credit card payments

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 12:02

The mobile payments market is about to get interesting. Square, the company that allows virtually anyone with a smartphone to accept credit card payments, has unveiled a new card reader that will work with the chip-embedded cards that are commonplace across Europe and that will finally be coming to US consumers' wallets in 2015.

Lytro Illum review

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 12:01

Lytro's mission is to convince the world to re-think our relationship with photos. With the Illum, it's built a professional-grade camera designed to teach us how light-field photography works, and what it means when we don't have to focus our photos when we shoot them. What it means when we can change perspective, even view our photos in 3D after the fact.

Lytro Illum review: this is the camera of the future

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 12:00

Ten minutes into using the Lytro Illum, I’m throwing out everything I’ve ever learned about photography. Taking great photos with this camera has a different set of rules, a different guiding principle. The Illum is Lytro’s second product, but its first real camera. The Illum has a remarkable lens, a big, hefty body, and lots of manual controls.

The insane process of connecting the world through undersea Internet cables

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:51

We’ve oohed and ahhed over interactive maps that detail the world’s mysterious network of undersea Internet cables, but a new report over at Builtvisible is taking things to an entirely new depth. The exhaustive account looks at the entire history of the process, ranging from experiments in the 1840s to a rash of undersea surveillance taps in the 1970s. Today, there are 263 active cables that carry upwards of 95 percent of global Internet traffic, with 22 new drops planned for the coming years. Hungry for a few more nuggets from the report? Underwater cables carried 51 billion gigabytes of data per month in 2013, and that figure is expected to swell to 132 billion gigabytes in 2018. While 10

Make Information Security a Priority

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:34

Just about everyone has private information that should be protected. Let’s begin with something you’ve surely heard of: antivirus protection.But this isn’t enough to guard your personal data. A free antivirus service may not even update automatically, and this is very important to keep up with rapidly evolving technology. Your protection...

Life after a face transplant

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:33

Over the past decade, face transplants have started returning normality to the lives of people who have been severely disfigured, but even now the surgery still holds a great number of severe risks — including death. Looking at the current state of the surgery, GQ profiles one of the people who have benefitted most from it, Richard Norris, whose face was replaced years after being torn apart by a bullet. Norris is now living a relatively normal life, going to college and dating someone, but GQ suggests that there are still ethical reasons to have concern over the surgery.

Is the 16GB iPhone ‘the biggest ripoff in tech?’

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:30

Are Apple and other smartphone manufacturers straight-up gouging you when it comes to smartphone storage? LaptopMag’s Mark Spoonauer seems to think so and he makes a case that there is no real reason that a 32GB smartphone should cost a full $100 more than a 16GB smartphone. “Smartphone manufacturers pay a measly 50 cents per gigabyte for smartphone storage,” Spoonauer fumes. “So, increasing the standard storage from 16GB to 32GB would cost just $16 per phone. Some flagship phones have already gone this route, but why not all of them?” Spoonauer notes that Apple isn’t the only manufacturer to seemingly charge you way too much money for a 16GB phone, although he also points out that at least with Samsung’s 16GB

My favorite thing on Twitter is a stream of fire and crime

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:30

I was at a birthday party when I heard about the fire. I was at a birthday party when I heard about the fire There was a 15-story building on fire by the World Trade Center. The fire department called in another battalion.

OkCupid experiment may violate FTC rules on deceptive practices

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:21
OkCupid’s disclosure that the popular dating website intentionally misled couples about their suitability could open it up to a U.S. Federal Trade Commission inquiry, according to lawyers and experts in consumer-protection law. On Monday, President Christian Rudder disclosed in a blog post that OkCupid had conducted experiments on its users, including a test to see whether its assessment of their matchability led to successful dating.

This is the amazing prepaid smartphone plan you’ve been waiting for

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:09

Virgin Mobile on Wednesday announced a new bold prepaid plan that may give certain smartphone buyers exactly the kind of tools they may have been dreaming of. Subscribers will be able to customize their Custom plans on the go, including number of voice minutes, messages and data allowance per month, via a special app that will let them make as many changes as they require. Furthermore, the Custom plan will also let parents add up to four extra lines to their plans and customize other parameters including app access for kids, both when it comes to the time of day an app can be used, and whether their children are even allowed to use it. Among the perks offered by Custom plans,

Is Snapchat really worth $10 billion?

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:08

Strategic Higher Education CIOs Invest In Technology To Improve Student Success

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:00

Today's college students are mobile. Whether in class, relaxing in their living group, exercising in the gym, studying in the library, shopping in town, traveling to sporting events, or even sleeping in their dorms, they are always connected. This represents both an opportunity and a challenge. The challenge is to provide an always-on...