Technology

Bring thermal vision to your phone with this camera add-on

Engadget - 53 min 30 sec ago
For the most part, smartphone peripherals can make your mobile devices even more powerful than they already are. A new add-on, dubbed Seek Thermal, aims to do just that by bringing extra imaging features to your handset. The tiny gadget can be...

Big Data Analytics Go Large: GoodData Gets $25.7M Led By Intel, Eyes Up 2016 IPO

TechCrunch - 58 min 57 sec ago
 GoodData, a cloud-based big data analytics firm, is rising higher into the clouds itself. Today it is announcing a $25.7 million round of funding led by Intel Capital, with participation also from existing investors Andreessen Horowitz, General Catalyst, Tenaya Capital, TOTVS, Next World Capital, Windcrest, and Pharus Capital. This is a Series E round for the company, which has raised… Read More

Dropbox for Android can now move your cloud files to an SD card

Engadget - 1 hour 25 min ago
If you're a longtime Dropbox user on Android, you've probably bemoaned the lack of SD card support. What good is having gobs of cloud storage if you can't use all the free space you have on your own phone? At long last, though, Dropbox has released...

ScribbleLive Closes $12M Series C, Eyes Acquisitions And International Expansion

TechCrunch - 1 hour 26 min ago
 ScribbleLive is today announce the closing of a $12 million Series C investment led by WIN (Waterloo Innovation Network) Fund with all of the company’s existing investors also participating. The company plans to use the cash injection to open new international offices and execute strategic acquisitions. Read More

How The Mighty Eagle Is Fallen — Rovio Announces Layoffs

TechCrunch - 1 hour 32 min ago
 Rovio Entertainment, the Finland-based maker of Angry Birds, among other games, is laying off 130 people, or 16% of its current workforce. The move comes because — you probably guessed this — it’s biggest game has gone off the boil and the newer games it’s producing are not taking up the slack, thus growth has been slower than they thought. In a blog post today CEO… Read More

Wonga Writes Off 330,000 Debts To People It Should Never Have Lent Money To

TechCrunch - 1 hour 37 min ago
 Payday loans startup Wonga has agreed to entirely write off the debts of 330,000 customers after the UK regulator found its affordability checks were inadequate. Read More

Twitter UK TV Ratings Go Live This Month, The First Of 6 New Markets With Kantar

TechCrunch - 1 hour 47 min ago
 Twitter is today putting in place the latest piece of its global “social TV” strategy, which involves measuring how its users share and discuss TV programs and related content on Twitter’s network. Twitter is turning on TV ratings in the UK, in partnership with WPP subsidiary Kantar Media. The service — which includes a variety of metrics, the creation of a… Read More

LG is bringing webOS to smartwatches

Engadget - 1 hour 50 min ago
We can't think of anything that's had more comebacks than webOS, except for maybe The Eagles. Palm, HP and LG have all tried to turn the promising software into a rival for iOS and Android, but so far you'll only find webOS in the Korean company's...

Apple CarPlay comes to Pioneer stereos as Spotify adds support

Engadget - 2 hours 11 min ago
Apple's fledgling CarPlay infotainment system just got a little more useful thanks to updates from Pioneer and Spotify. The former has updated some of its stereos to include support from today, while the latest version of the popular music streaming...

Musikki Secures Seed Cash To Aim At Being The IMDB Of Music

TechCrunch - 2 hours 50 min ago
A new music-tech startup, Musikki, which calls itself the ‘IMDB of music’ has secured €330,000 in funding from Smart Equity, a business angel investment vehicle in London. On the consumer side, London-based Musikki competes with Allmusic, Discovr, Echonest and Rovi on the data and B2B side. Musikki is based on a proprietary algorithm that matches music data, content and… Read More

Wunderlist now lets you attach Dropbox files to tasks

Engadget - 2 hours 57 min ago
Wunderlist has long been a popular choice for folks looking to wrangle both individual and collaborative to-do lists. With today's update though, the productivity app gets a major boost from Dropbox. When creating a new task, you can attach files...

Robot Arm Will Install New Earth-Facing Cameras On Space Station

Slashdot - 2 hours 58 min ago
SternisheFan writes Canada's robotic Canadarm2 will install the next two Urthecast cameras on the International Space Station, removing the need for astronauts to go outside to do the work themselves. Urthecast plans to place two Earth-facing cameras on the United States side of the station (on Node 3) to add to the two they already have on the Russian Zvezda module. Technical problems with the cameras forced the Russians to do an extra spacewalk to complete the work earlier this year.

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Google strips down its news service to pacify German publishers

Engadget - 3 hours 35 min ago
Google has a tumultuous history with the German publishing industry, which has long taken issue with the search giant's indexing of news stories. Starting next week, Google Germany will no longer display summaries and image thumbnails for news...

Netflix to launch a King Kong cartoon for kids in 2016

Engadget - 4 hours 4 min ago
Kids have now two mythical creatures to look forward to on Netflix: after dragons are done invading the streaming service in 2015, a colossal gorilla's slated to follow suit. The company has just announced that it's pairing up with Executive Producer...

Tweetbot now does justice to Twitter on your iPhone 6

Engadget - 4 hours 43 min ago
Tweetbot 3 for iOS is frequently regarded as one of the better mobile Twitter apps, no matter the platform -- it's full of shortcuts and visual flair that most clients (including Twitter's own) sorely lack. It has been lagging on support for Apple's...

Apple Now Lets You Check If An iPhone Is Stolen Before You Buy It

TechCrunch - 4 hours 52 min ago
 Want to check if that iPhone you’re considering nabbing off of Craigslist is stolen before you hand over your cold, hard cash? Apple has just released a tool that exists solely to verify whether or not a used iPhone has been locked down remotely by its rightful owner. All you need is the IMEI or the serial number. Punch one of those in, and it’ll tell you whether or not the device… Read More

UK Government Tax Disc Renewal Website Buckles Under Pressure

Slashdot - 5 hours 23 min ago
An anonymous reader writes When you pay the tax on a road vehicle in the UK, you used to get a paper "tax disk" to affix to the inside of your car windshield. However the relevant records are documented electronically anyway, inspiring the government to replace the paper system with a purely online one. Unfortunately said system was still in beta when it launched today and predictably, it has broken under user demand. No alternative system is available. (The licensing agency actually ran out of the paper disks more than a month ago, and has been printing them out on normal office paper and asking vehicle owners to cut out the circle themselves.) The initiative is part of a larger "digital-first", restructuring of how the government provides services aimed at "meeting user needs".

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UK Government Tax Disc Renewal Website Buckles Under Pressure

Slashdot - 5 hours 23 min ago
An anonymous reader writes When you pay the tax on a road vehicle in the UK, you used to get a paper "tax disk" to affix to the inside of your car windshield. However the relevant records are documented electronically anyway, inspiring the government to replace the paper system with a purely online one. Unfortunately said system was still in beta when it launched today and predictably, it has broken under user demand. No alternative system is available. (The licensing agency actually ran out of the paper disks more than a month ago, and has been printing them out on normal office paper and asking vehicle owners to cut out the circle themselves.) The initiative is part of a larger "digital-first", restructuring of how the government provides services aimed at "meeting user needs".

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Apple's new iCloud tool can show if a used iPhone is stolen

Engadget - 5 hours 24 min ago
The market for used iPhones is fraught with risk, because you may end up paying hundreds of dollars for a locked off device, or worse -- one that appears legit but can't make calls. However, Apple has just revealed an iCloud tool that lets you check...

This Is CG

TechCrunch - 5 hours 49 min ago
 This is your semi-regular reminder that CGI is at or beyond the point of absurdity, that everything on the Internet is fake, that there is no spoon, etc. Because seriously. Look at that. Look at it. I think this is the first time I’ve watched a video like this and wandered right on past the uncanny valley, only to plummet backwards into it when I realized — about halfway through,… Read More