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FAA gets more applications for drone use exemptions

8 hours 38 min ago

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Aviation Administration has received nearly a dozen new applications to allow commercial use of unmanned aircraft over the past week, and it plans to publish draft rules to allow broader use by the end of the year, the top agency official for the program said on Wednesday. The agency has received a total of 57 exemption applications and approved six for film and TV production companies last week, leaving 51 pending, Jim Williams, manager of the FAA's office of unmanned aircraft systems integration, said at an industry conference. ...


The 'Angry Birds' movie is going to sound a lot like 'Saturday Night Live'

8 hours 41 min ago

It feels like we're well past the point of Angry Birds being a driving force in pop culture, but that isn't stopping the questionable film based on the franchise from going ahead — in fact, it has a pretty impressive cast. The upcoming film will star Jason Sudeikis, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph and Peter Dinklage, with Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Kate McKinnon, and Tony Hale also featuring in the movie. ...


Pressure is on: eBay needs to deliver after PayPal's spin-off

8 hours 48 min ago

The split is a logical progression for PayPal, but eBay needs to show that it's also a smart decision for its core e-commerce business as Amazon lures away sellers.>


Chill-inducing 'Interstellar' trailer pulls your heart into space

8 hours 52 min ago

Get ready, world. The next great sci-fi epic could be coming soon as "Interstellar" releases a trailer that teases a world of space wonders and a desperate attempt to save humanity.>


Volkswagen put a ridiculous motorcycle engine in its most futuristic car

8 hours 53 min ago

What happens if you take one of the most futuristic production cars ever made and tweak it just a little bit to turn it into a beast?


Windows 10: Microsoft hits a turbo button to get back to business

8 hours 53 min ago

Microsoft’s Windows 10 event didn’t include flashy features, sexy videos, or big unveils, it was about two things: fast improvements and feedback. While the new desktop features show where Windows is heading, the big news was behind the scenes, hidden in the words Microsoft chose to unveil Windows 10. The software maker has been quietly reengineering Windows to focus on faster updates. It’s a crucial change that will see Microsoft test weekly or monthly builds of Windows 10 with the public, instead of "dogfooding" them in private. ...


Chromecast challenger Matchstick beats Kickstarter goal

8 hours 55 min ago

The streaming-media dongle reaches its $100,000 funding goal in just one day. But how will it do against similar devices from Google, Roku and others?>


BlackBerry fanboy rips into everyone for being too stupid to understand the Passport’s greatness

9 hours 41 sec ago

BlackBerry unveiled its new Passport flagship smartphone last week and media reaction so far has been decidedly mixed. In particular, many reviewers took issue with the Passport’s more square design and its boxy frame that they said made the device difficult to hold. BerryFlow’s Jubei Raziel isn’t hearing any of it, however, and he’s written a long tirade that rips into both the media and the average consumer for not being smart enough to comprehend the BlackBerry Passport’s true greatness. RELATED: I have no idea whether BlackBerry’s new strategy will work… but I like it anyway “Amidst the iCloud hacking scandal, the iPhone 6 Bluetooth connectivity issue with cars, Apple pulling back its faulty software update which left phones unusable,


Highway Congestion Is Costing Us More Than Just Time

9 hours 47 sec ago

We live in a country of cars. From the workplace to the grocery store to our kids' soccer games, we drive. And much of that time is spent with one person in one car -- a single occupancy vehicle. We often rationalize this behavior by telling our friends and family that there are no better options close to our homes or that it's actually cheaper...


The US is holding on to nuclear weapons to defend the Earth against rogue asteroids

9 hours 14 min ago

A huge asteroid crashing into the Earth and killing all life may be a pretty far-fetched scenario — but it's far from impossible. As such, agencies like NASA and the UN have spent time envisioning ways to mitigate the threat, with nuclear weapons becoming an increasingly popular choice. Last September, the US and Russia entered into an agreement to collaborate and investigate how nuclear weapons could be used to defend the planet against rogue asteroids, but now it seems the US is actively stockpiling weapons to be used if needed.


Comcast beefs up X1 cloud-based cable in San Francisco

9 hours 20 min ago

Comcast inches closer to box-free TV in the country's tech hub by adding streaming of live TV to mobile devices in the home and the ability to download anything recorded to its DVR onto a gadget.>


Kinesthetic Communication, and the Power of Touch -- a Killer App for Apple Watch and Beyond?

9 hours 32 min ago

Kinesthetic Communication, and the power of touch-a killer app for Apple Watch and beyond?After the recent Apple Developer conference, one question on many an Apple fan -- and shareholder's--minds is that of the potential success of the Apple Watch (yes I promise to not use any "time will tell" puns here). Having said that, it would seem that...


Facebook clarifies real name policy amid LGBT protests

9 hours 39 min ago

Facebook said today it would build new authentication tools to verify accounts flagged for being fake, following a controversy in which members of the LGBT community began leaving the social network so that they could use pseudonyms. "We owe you a better service and a better experience using Facebook, and we're going to fix the way this policy gets handled so everyone affected here can go back to using Facebook as you were," said Chris Cox, the company's chief product officer, in a Facebook post. The issue arose two weeks ago when Facebook cracked down on several hundred drag performers whose accounts had been reported as fake.


Lightsaber keys for Force entry into your own home

9 hours 39 min ago

The "Star Wars" universe has infiltrated every part of your life, so you might as well get the matching house keys, too.>


Introducing 'The Big Question,' a new video series about the future

9 hours 43 min ago

This month, The Verge is bringing you a new way to look at the future.


Half of All Active Phones are Broken (Study)

9 hours 44 min ago

Most of us have felt the anguish that goes with breaking your smartphone. Zagg, the mobile device accessories maker behind the popular Invisible Shielf screen protector, commissioned a study that found that 48-percent of cellphone users and 27-percent of tablet users are living with a damaged device. To be fair, a screen protector manufacturer has a vested interest in these results.


SmartMat Guides Your Yoga Moves

9 hours 44 min ago

Yoga is an activity that requires peace and precision in order to work. SmartMat looks like any other yoga mat, even if a lot more expensive. The SmartMat comes with three settings for recording and alerting the user during a yoga routine;