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Fintech Savings Service Qapital Launches Android App

TechCrunch - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 3:00pm
 Qapital, the financial management service integrated with most banks, is launching its Android app today. First available only in iOS, the new service offers the same breadth of functionality to new Android customers which comprise the bulk of mobile phone users in the world. For investors and boosters like acclaimed behavioral economics researcher Dan Ariely, the launch of the new Android… Read More

Google backs away from banning dedicated Android ad blockers

Engadget - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 2:58pm
Google's tough stance on dedicated Android ad blockers might be softening a bit. The company has reversed its decision to yank Adblock Fast from the Play Store following an appeal from the app's developer, Rocketship. Google hasn't officially said wh...

Raspberry Pi's Raspbian OS Finally Ships With Open-Source OpenGL Support

Slashdot - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 2:52pm
An anonymous reader writes: With this month's Raspbian OS update, the Debian-based operating system for the Raspberry Pi ships experimental OpenGL driver support. This driver has been developed over the past two years by a former Intel developer with having a completely open and mainline DRM kernel driver and Mesa Gallium driver to open up the Pi as a replacement to the proprietary GPU driver.

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The Trashbot Will Eat And Sort Your Garbage

TechCrunch - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 2:49pm
 Robots need excitement. If their lives don’t provide instead they’ll incite violence. Common sense. Simple common sense. But robots also need trash. That’s why the Trashbot is so cool. This robotic trash can will automatically sort all of your garbage, pitching metals into one can and non-recyclables into another. The project is still in its relative infancy but it’s… Read More

The Next Tesla Will Start At $35,000 But Don’t Expect To Pay That Price

TechCrunch - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 2:42pm
 Tesla has yet to unveil the Model 3, but the company just confirmed that it will be available starting at $35,000. The Model 3 has long been rumored to cost about this price, and today, Bloomberg is quoting a Tesla spokesperson who confirmed the starting price. At that price, the car will retail at a price point slightly higher than the average car sells for in the States. It will retail… Read More

PayPal shoots self in foot while 'white knighting' for Netflix

Engadget - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 2:35pm
With the recent rollout of Netflix Everywhere, the company has been on a tear trying to track down and lock out users who rely on VPNs to bypass its regional restrictions and access the US programming list. Doing so hasn't been as easy as Netflix ini...

Windmill Blade Molds 3D Printed By National Labs

Slashdot - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 2:32pm
MountainLogic writes: Last year ORNL produced a 3D printed Shelby. This year, the National Labs are using the mother of all 3D printers to make windmill molds cheaper and faster to produce in the US. The size of the current 150 foot utility scale blades are being extended with these techniques. US DOE is providing a leading role to advance US manufacturing technology and competitiveness. Welcome back rust belt, we missed you.

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Vertu's sudden CEO swap spells trouble after Chinese buyout

Engadget - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 2:17pm
It's only been three months since we met Vertu's then freshly-appointed CEO Billy Crotty, an Irishman who was brought in by the company's new Chinese owner, but for reasons unknown, it appears that he's already left the luxury phone maker. That's acc...

LIGO Will Make Gravitational Waves Announcement on Thursday

Slashdot - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 2:10pm
StartsWithABang writes: When we look out into the Universe, we normally gain information about it by gathering light of various wavelengths. However, there are other possibilities for astronomy, including by looking for the neutrinos emitted by astrophysical sources - first detected in the supernova explosion of 1987 - and in the gravitational waves emitted by accelerating masses. These ripples in the fabric of space were theorized back in the early days of Einstein's General Relativity, and experiments to detect them have been ongoing since the 1960s. However, in September of 2015, Advanced LIGO came online, and it was the first gravitational wave observatory that was expected to detect a real gravitational wave signal. The press conference on Thursday is where the collaboration will make their official announcement, and in the meantime, here's an explainer of what gravitational waves are, what Advanced LIGO can teach us, and how.

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Pre-order Oculus Rift-ready PCs starting on February 16th

Engadget - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 1:54pm
If you want an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset but realize that your existing PC just won't cut it, don't panic -- you can get a guaranteed-ready system very shortly. Oculus has announced that pre-orders for both Oculus Ready PCs and those with...

GitHub Updates Its Enterprise Product With Clustering Support, Updated Design

TechCrunch - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 1:30pm
 GitHub Enterprise, the company’s on-premises solution for managing code, is getting a major update today. It comes at a time when there seems to be some upheaval in the company around the importance management has been putting on this product. The marquee feature of GitHub Enterprise 2.5 is support for clustering. With this, businesses can now set up a cluster of GitHub Enterprise… Read More

The best beard trimmer

Engadget - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 1:30pm
By Seamus Bellamy This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer's guide to the best things for your home. Read the full article here. After 46 hours of research and a week of testing tools with a pair of professional barbers, plus a...

Amazon Launches Free Game Engine Lumberyard

Slashdot - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 1:28pm
Dave Knott writes: Amazon has both announced and released a new, free game engine, Lumberyard, which offers deep integration with its Amazon Web Services server infrastructure to empower online play, and also with Twitch, its video game-focused streaming service. Lumberyard is powerful and full-featured enough to develop triple-A current-gen console games, with mobile support is coming down the road. Its core engine technology is based on Crytek's CryEngine. However, Lumberyard represents a branch of that tech, and the company is replacing or upgrading many of CryEngine's systems. Monetization for Lumberyard will come strictly through the use of Amazon Web Services' cloud computing. If you use the engine for your game, you're permitted to roll your own server tech, but if you're using a third-party provider, it has to be Amazon. Integration of Amazon's Twitch video streaming tools at a low level also helps to cement that platform's dominance in the game streaming space. Alongside Lumberyard, the company has also announced and released GameLift, a new managed service for deploying, operating, and scaling server-based online games using AWS. GameLift will be available only to developers who use Lumberyard, though it's an optional add-on. The game engine is in beta, but is freely usable and downloadable today.

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Twitter's 'First View' ads put videos at the top of your feed

Engadget - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 1:26pm
For Twitter, a lot can happen in a week. After it was reported to be readying a change that would shift the placement of tweets, the company has pushed forward with a new feature that changes what you'll see in your feed. It's called "First View" and...

Oculus-Ready PC Bundles From ASUS, Alienware, Dell Pre-Sell For $1499 Next Week

TechCrunch - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 1:20pm
 Oculus wants to make it easy to get everything you need to dive into virtual reality. Thanks to team-ups with ASUS, Alienware, and Dell, Oculus will open pre-sales of Oculus-ready PC bundles starting at $1499 on February 16th at 8am PST. Buying as a bundle gets people a $100 to $200 discount on the PCs. The bundles include an Oculus Rift, a gaming PC powerful enough to run it, motion sensors,… Read More

Obama's last budget calls for better infrastructure, cybersecurity

Engadget - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 1:00pm
With President Barack Obama's final year in office comes one last, contentious dance with Congress over a $4.1 trillion dollar budget for 2017. According to the New York Times, some $3 trillion of the budget the president proposed has been earmarked...

President Obama Unveils $19 Billion Plan To Overhaul U.S. Cybersecurity

Slashdot - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 12:49pm
erier2003 writes: President Obama on Tuesday unveiled an expansive plan to bolster government and private-sector cybersecurity by establishing a federal coordinator for cyber efforts, proposing a commission to study future work, and asking Congress for funds to overhaul dangerously obsolete computer systems. His newly signed executive orders contain initiatives to better prepare college students for cybersecurity careers, streamline federal computer networks, and certify Internet-connected devices as secure. The Cybersecurity National Action Plan also establishes a Federal Privacy Council (to review how the government stores Americans' personal information), creates the post of Chief Information Security Officer, and establishes a Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity.

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You can get the Nexus 9 for 40 percent off, but only today

Engadget - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 12:45pm
Just in time for Valentine's Day, HTC is offering the Nexus 9 at a deep discount. The US-only promotion, available until 11:59PM PT/2:59AM ET tonight, takes 40 percent off of Google's flagship tablet. That includes the 16GB, 32GB and 32GB with LTE mo...

LendEDU Is Making Student Loan Refinancing Easier

TechCrunch - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 12:30pm
 When 21-year-old college students Nate Matherson and Matt Lenhard started their first business for tutors, they didn’t really know that they would soon embark on a journey to help solve the $1.2 trillion student loan problem in the U.S. Launched out of their University of Delaware dorm room, their first business was designed to help college tutors. The two even made it into an… Read More

Axent Wear's cat ear headphones are the stuff of anime dreams

Engadget - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 12:30pm
New Yorkers have perfected the art of looking but not looking. You know, where you let your eyes glaze over someone as you pass, so you can take them in without making it obvious that you're studying them. For this reason I wasn't entirely sure if an...