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Facebook developing solar drones to deliver global web access

EnGadget - 10 hours 57 min ago
There are an estimated five billion people worldwide who lack reliable internet access but Facebook is reportedly "ready to spend billions" in order to change that. The Menlo Park-based company has recently announced plans to deliver global connectiv...

Cheap mobile subscriptions the bait as Euro operators become more aggressive

PC News - 10 hours 58 min ago

Consumers seem to be coming out on top as a growing number of European telecom and cable operators offer discounted mobile subscriptions as a bonus for choosing other services.

Bundles with broadband, telephony and TV across fixed and mobile networks are becoming increasingly important for operators across the continent. The latest example is British operator BT, which on Wednesday announced its return to the consumer mobile market.

The expressed goal is to offer the best-value, 4G SIM-only mobile deals as a reward for its broadband customers. The cheapest plan costs £5 (US$7.40) per month and includes 500MB of data, unlimited texts and 200 voice minutes. BT’s broadband subscribers can also choose a plan with 2GB of data, unlimited texts and 500 voice minutes for £12 per month, the operator said.

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Crazy 3D tattoo makes man look like machine

CNET News - 10 hours 59 min ago
A tattoo with amazing depth makes a man's arm look like it belongs to a shape-shifting android with peeling skin. Even famous street artist Banksy thinks it's cool.

LG smartwatch that makes its own calls launches in South Korea for $589

CNET News - 11 hours 2 min ago
The LG Watch Urbane LTE packs its own universal SIM card, so it doesn't have to be paired with a smartphone. But you can't get it outside South Korea -- at least not yet.

Ex-Beats CEO brings the 'American Idol' experience to a game

EnGadget - 11 hours 5 min ago
The co-creator of the service behind Beats music has launched a game that plays on the public's love for shows like X-Factor and Glee. Called Chosen, it lets users either record and upload their performances, or act as judges to give other musicians ...

It’s Remarkably Easy to Lock a Pilot Out of the Cockpit

Wired Top Stories - 11 hours 5 min ago

The cockpit door appears to have worked exactly as it was designed.

The post It’s Remarkably Easy to Lock a Pilot Out of the Cockpit appeared first on WIRED.

A Navy Diving Suit That Recycles Wasted Oxygen and Helium

Wired Top Stories - 11 hours 7 min ago

The US Navy has developed a prototype diving device that could cut down on helium costs, and enable more salvage operations.

The post A Navy Diving Suit That Recycles Wasted Oxygen and Helium appeared first on WIRED.

How Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp coexist under Facebook

PC News - 11 hours 13 min ago

Facebook’s $22 billion acquisition of popular messaging app WhatsApp last year raised some eyebrows. Facebook already has a popular messaging app, the in-house Facebook Messenger, not to mention a popular photo-sharing app, Instagram. Why did it need to bring yet another app into the fold? Wouldn’t the three apps end up cannibalizing each other?

But as WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram continue to grow, with monthly active user numbers swelling to 700 million, 600 million, and 300 million respectively, Facebook has proved that naysayers know nothing about what people want from the apps they use every day. Product chiefs of WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram took the stage at Facebook’s annual F8 developers conference in San Francisco on Thursday to dispel any myths about rivalry between the three apps—and hinted deeper cooperation (or integration) could one day come.

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Our Favorite Android, iOS, and Windows Phone Apps of the Week

Gizmodo - 11 hours 13 min ago

Welcome to a new week with plenty of new apps, and we've got all the best right here. Part of me wants to call this week's app roundup a special "music" edition because an odd amount of great music streaming and discovery apps came out this week—but let's not forget the huge app drops from Twitter and Instagram , too.


Watch fan's beautiful video tribute to a decade of The Doctor

CNET News - 11 hours 15 min ago
Thursday marks the 10-year anniversary of the revival of the BBC's long-running series "Doctor Who." Watch one fan's awesome tribute to everyone's favorite timey wimey Time Lord.

Nigeria joins list of African countries threatening prison sentences for mobile operators

PC News - 11 hours 18 min ago

Nigeria, Africa’s largest telecom market, has joined the list of countries on the continent that will impose prison sentences on officials at mobile operators that continually fail to deliver quality services to customers.

Tanzania and Zambia are among African countries imposing prison sentences on mobile operators who do not provide quality telecom services.

The Nigeria Consumer Protection Council (CPC) has warned mobile phone operators that it would soon start filing criminal charges against them as a way of whipping them to order. The consumer watchdog, supervised by the Nigerian government under the Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment, said lack of strict punishment for erring companies had led to a situation where consumers no longer get value for their money in the West African country.

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Facebook hints that the Oculus Rift will be available this year (update: or not)

EnGadget - 11 hours 27 min ago
In a rather off-hand comment at today's Facebook developer's conference, company CTO Mike Schroepfer dropped a hint that the Oculus Rift VR headset could come to market this year. It was during an overview talk about what VR means for the company, wh...

Linute: Welcome to the next 24 hours of your social life

CNET News - 11 hours 27 min ago
Didn't make plans for the night? Fear not. An app making a play on Kickstarter offers up a list of options so even the worst procrastinators can find social joy.

Get a Dynex DX-SB114 sound bar for $39.99

CNET News - 11 hours 29 min ago
That's an awfully inexpensive way to give your TV an awfully good audio upgrade.

They're back: BT Mobile and 'The X-Files' return in CNET UK podcast 426

CNET News - 11 hours 33 min ago
We find out how the watch industry is fighting back against the rise of smartwatches, and why Liverpool has the fastest 4G in the land.

Almost All of the World's Top Hotel Chains Use Easily Hackable Hardware

Gizmodo - 11 hours 33 min ago

Hotel internet is so far from secure—it's downright scary. You should know this by now . However, a new report from cyber security researchers suggests that issues with shitty security at hotels extend far beyond hackable Wi-Fi networks. Entire systems at some of the world's top hotel chains are very, very vulnerable.


NJ School District Hit With Ransomware-For-Bitcoins Scheme

SlashDot - 11 hours 33 min ago
An anonymous reader sends news that unidentified hackers are demanding 500 bitcoins, currently worth about $128,000, from administrators of a New Jersey school district. Four elementary schools in Swedesboro-Woolwich School District, which enroll more than 1,700 students, are now locked out of certain tasks: "Without working computers, teachers cannot take attendance, access phone numbers or records, and students cannot purchase food in cafeterias. Also, [district superintendent Dr. Terry C. Van Zoeren] explained, parents cannot receive emails with students grades and other information." According to this blog post from security company BatBlue, the district has been forced to postpone the Common Core-mandated PARCC state exams, too. Small comfort: "Fortunately the Superintendent told CBS 3’s Walt Hunter the hackers, using a program called Ransomware, did not access any personal information about students, families or teachers." Perhaps the administrators can take heart: Ransomware makers are, apparently, starting to focus more on product support; payment plans are probably on the way.

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Fantastic! 'Doctor Who' returned to TV 10 years ago today

CNET News - 11 hours 36 min ago
The long-lost classic TV show "Doctor Who" returned to our screens on this day in 2005 -- so we raise our sonic screwdrivers to 10 years of timey-wimey fantasticness.

US lawmakers push for auctions of gov't spectrum

PC News - 11 hours 43 min ago

A group of U.S. lawmakers has reintroduced legislation aimed at encouraging government agencies to give up their spectrum by allowing the agencies to share in the profits when the spectrum is auctioned to commercial mobile carriers.

The Federal Spectrum Incentive Act, introduced in both the Senate and the House of Representatives Thursday, mirrors legislation that was introduced in the House in 2013 but failed to pass. But the need for the bill is growing, sponsors argue, because of the skyrocketing consumer demand for commercial mobile and unlicensed WiFi spectrum.

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CNNgo comes to Apple TV with live and on-demand news

EnGadget - 11 hours 44 min ago
It looks like Apple TV's enjoying a growth spurt -- at least if you're into factual content (sorry soap opera fans, your time will come). It looks like CNN is finally coming to Apple TV via CNNgo. The app dishes up both live and on-demand news, but t...
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