Google Project Wing Same-Day Delivery

Google’s secret same-day delivery drone program is not so secret anymore

Google’s secret same-day delivery drone program is not so secret anymore

By about 22 mins ago.

Search, mail, maps, Android, glasses, Internet balloons, self-driving cars, robots, satellites and drones are just a few of the many products Google has to offer, or has started working on, with the latter being the company’s latest revelation. According to The Atlantic, Google is very interested in same-day delivery options, and already has a two-year old drone product – now not a secret anymore – to tackle this particular desire from users.

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Motorola Yo Moto 360 Contest

You can still win a free Moto 360 with a Yo, as company apologizes for epic contest fail

By about 1 hour ago.

You can still win a free Moto 360 with a Yo, as company apologizes for epic contest fail

Motorola has decided to use the viral, yet-not-really-necessary, Yo “messaging” app to promote the upcoming Moto 360 smartwatch, and offer 20 lucky fans the chance of winning the device during the promotion. All a smartphone user had to do to try and win the gorgeous Moto 360 was to simply send a “Yo” to Motorola, but the contest ended badly for many participants, and now the company wants to make up by giving away an extra batch of Moto 360 units. More →

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Hit List

Comcast Customer Service Calls Remix

Danse miserable: Group wants to make a funky remix of hellish Comcast calls

By about 10 hours ago.

Danse miserable: Group wants to make a funky remix of hellish Comcast calls

Does misery have a time signature? That’s what open-Internet advocacy group Public Knowledge is trying to find out with a new contest that asks participants to take audio recordings from various nightmarish Comcast customer service calls and mash them up into a remix that will presumably be danceable and catchy. More →

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Xbox Games With Gold September

Here are the 3 free games you’ll get on Xbox One and Xbox 360 in September

By about 11 hours ago.

Here are the 3 free games you’ll get on Xbox One and Xbox 360 in September

Xbox One owners have a lot to look forward to this fall, from a healthy supply of third-party releases to some huge console exclusives, but the one title that loyal Xbox fans can’t wait to pick up is Halo: The Master Chief Collection. With over 100 multiplayer maps and four complete campaigns, the collection is going to be one of the best deals of the holiday season, but the package doesn’t contain everything. That’s where next month’s Games with Gold comes in. More →

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Game Changers

Sprint International Wi-Fi Calling

Sprint is offering a great way to save money on calls when you’re overseas

By about 12 hours ago.

Sprint is offering a great way to save money on calls when you’re overseas

Amazing but true: Sprint really does seem to be stepping up its game when it comes to offering more value for customers. Sprint on Thursday announced that it will offer free Wi-Fi calling to customers who travel overseas and who call the United States, Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands. As you might have guessed, Wi-Fi calling lets you make phone calls using your local Wi-Fi network so you don’t have to use a carrier’s cellular network. This obviously eliminates the need for international roaming and thus will save you money on roaming charges as long as you’re within range of a working Wi-Fi hotspot. More →

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Hollywood vs Movie Pirates

Leak: Here’s Hollywood’s new plan to attack movie pirates

By on August 28, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

Leak: Here’s Hollywood’s new plan to attack movie pirates

Hollywood hasn’t had much luck curtailing movie piracy over the past several years, but a new draft of anti-piracy legislation could be a frightening sign of things to come as studios and executives run out of options. TorrentFreak reports that the Australia Screen Association is heading up the draft, but Disney, Paramount, Sony, Universal and the Motion Picture Association are just a few of the other names attached to the legislation. More →

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Dyson Robot Vacuum Cleaner

Teaser video suggests Dyson’s new robot vacuum cleaner may spy on you at all times

By on August 28, 2014 at 6:45 PM.

Teaser video suggests Dyson’s new robot vacuum cleaner may spy on you at all times

Dyson has published a short 25-second video teaser on YouTube that shows the company’s next product – or at least what that product is able to observe around it. Called the “Dyson project N223,” the device should be unveiled on September 9th and it’s likely a robot vacuum cleaner whose only purpose will be to regularly clean your home rather than spying you at all times, as the video suggests. More →

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PS4 and Xbox One vs PC and Mobile

PS4 and Xbox One are fighting back against mobile and PC gaming

By on August 28, 2014 at 6:10 PM.

PS4 and Xbox One are fighting back against mobile and PC gaming

Over the last several years, there has been a paradigm shift in the gaming industry. Consoles, unchallenged for years as the PC market faded, slowly started to lose ground as smartphones and tablets became competent gaming platforms. Suddenly, everyone was playing games on their mobiles devices, from casual fans to hardcore gamers. Things got even more contentious when Steam hit the scene, bringing triple-A and indie developers alike back to the PC in droves. More →

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Microsoft Windows Store Spam Apps

Microsoft vows to clean up its crapware-infested Windows app store

By on August 28, 2014 at 5:35 PM.

Microsoft vows to clean up its crapware-infested Windows app store

A recent report has revealed that the Windows app store filled with crappy apps and deceitful wannabe software that can trick the user into paying for an application that looks like the real thing. It also said Microsoft may be well aware of the situation, as the company both encouraged app developers to deliver Windows Store apps in bulk, and manually approved them. It appears Microsoft is well aware of its Windows Store problem indeed, and the company said on its Windows blog that it will finally restore order to its Windows Store. More →

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iPhone 6 Sapphire Display 5.5 Inch

Finding a sapphire iPhone 6 might be easier than you thought

By on August 28, 2014 at 5:00 PM.

Finding a sapphire iPhone 6 might be easier than you thought

It looks like the back-and-forth regarding whether or not there will be sapphire in the iPhone 6 display is going to continue until Apple finally answers the question once and for all on September 9th. 9to5Mac shared an investment note on Wednesday from PTT Research Forensics stock analyst and GTAT investor Matt Margolis in which he claims that every 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will come with a sapphire display, but only high-end 4.7-inch models will get the sapphire treatment. More →

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Opinions
Windows Phone Market Share

Windows Phone is still going nowhere fast

By on August 28, 2014 at 4:44 PM.

Windows Phone is still going nowhere fast

Windows Phone diehards can deny it all they want, but the numbers don’t lie: The past year has been one of stagnation for their favorite platform. Following a report from IDC that showed Windows Phone shipments had actually declined year-over-year, we have another report from Kantar Worldpanel that shows Windows Phone’s growth for the past year has been largely stagnant at best. More →

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Cool CIA Spy Gadgets

You have to check out these crazy CIA spy gadgets from 50 years ago

By on August 28, 2014 at 4:24 PM.

You have to check out these crazy CIA spy gadgets from 50 years ago

Have you ever watched a James Bond or Mission Impossible movie and wondered if any of those absurd gadgets could actually be put to use in the real world? Well as it so happens, the spies on the silver screen aren’t too different from our own Central Intelligence Agency of the mid-1900s. CNET has cobbled together a slideshow of some of the most fascinating pieces of spy tech in the history of the CIA — some of them need to be seen to be believed. More →

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App Store

Six years in, the mobile app market is already mature

Six years in, the mobile app market is already mature

By on August 28, 2014 at 4:04 PM.

It’s tough to remember an iPhone without third-party apps, but sure enough, the ability to download from the App Store didn’t arrive until iOS 2.0 in the summer of 2008. Though the iPhone 3G wasn’t nearly the global phenomenon that the iPhone brand as a whole is today, it was still quite clear that what Apple had just opened was the modern-day gold rush. Curious users flocked to the App Store on a daily basis — back in my time at Engadget, a few editors even pored through every single app release on a given day to see what was worth downloading. Now, with thousands being published every 24 hours, that same tactic is simply untenable. More →

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