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YouTube launches offline playback for Android users in three Asian countries

YouTube has finally launched the offline viewing feature it promised in 2013 — but you can only download videos to watch without internet connection if you’re an Android user in India, Indonesia or the Philippines. Google says it’s making “much of popular YouTube content” from within the region available to view offline (meaning, anything uploaded […]

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Step up your ugly Christmas sweater game by employing your phone

Still searching for the perfect ugly sweater for your holiday festivities? You may want to consider using your phone to help with the task. A collection of ten sweaters available from the folks at MorphCostumes have a built-in pockets for that trusty handset. But wait, there’s more! With a free app for iOS and Android, […]

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Microsoft finally sold more Xbox Ones than Sony did PlayStation 4s

Building on its success from last month, Microsoft has announced that the Xbox One was the number one selling console for November — ending the PlayStation 4’s almost year-long top spot. As Redmond tells it, by way of NPD Group data, its latest console was the best selling in the United States and the United […]

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Amazon’s got a new app for lazy gift givers

We all know that one person who, in lieu of a present, hands you a voucher and tells you to get yourself something nice. Whatever your feelings on that strategy, it’s clear that Amazon wants to be the one-stop shop for that type of gift-giver. That’s why the company has quietly launched Surprise! an app […]

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Spotify tackles the paralysis of choice through friends

  Here’s the weird thing about choice: it breeds indecision. And the more choice you have, the harder it is to simply settle on something… anything. It’s a serious challenge facing streaming services like Spotify that put literally millions of options at your fingertips. Today the Swedish company is unveiling its latest effort to master […]

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Surge the rescue robot is RoboSimian’s more evolved sibling

It looks like the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory team responsible for RoboSimian’s existence has been busy this year, creating its possible substitute for the DARPA Robotics Challenge finale. The result? A robot that stands upright at 4.5 feet and weighs in at 200 pounds called Surrogate, or Surge for short. It’s more human-like than its […]

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Intel, IBM and Qualcomm come out swinging against Net Neutrality

Far as we can tell, the only people against net neutrality are the ones who want to keepĀ holding Netflix to ransom. That said, those companies who actually build the network equipment and lay the cables for America’s broadband network are now taking sides with AT&T and Verizon. In an open letter to both congress and […]

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Microsoft now accepting Bitcoin at Xbox and Windows online stores

Bitcoin just got a big boost in stature as Microsoft is now accepting the cryptocurrency for digital content from its stores. If you live in the US, you can use it to buy apps, games, music and videos from the Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox Games, Xbox Music and Xbox Video stores. According to Coindesk, Redmond […]

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BitTorrent needs your help to build its peer-to-peer browser

  BitTorrent is looking for Alpha testers for a new product called Project Maelstrom, and what that is may surprise you: a browser based on the company’s peer-to-peer sharing technology. What does that mean, exactly? Well, the company’s keeping details hush-hush at this point (though it did release a picture of what Maelstrom could look […]

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Sony is reportedly using hacker methods to take its stolen data offline

  Sony apparently isn’t rolling over as hackers breach and pilfer its data. As a way to fight back, the company is using hacking methods of its own to combat illegal downloads of its property, according to Recode. The entertainment giant is harnessing Amazon Web Services (the backend that hosts Netflix, Instagram and many others) […]

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Instagram celebrates 300 million users, which is more than Twitter

  There’s apparently over 300 million people on Instagram – and they’re really sharing those photos: to the tune of 70 million stills and videos every day. The user count puts itabove Twitter, although it’s still far behind the number using Facebook — which, well, owns Instagram. In the last year, it’s added a People […]

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AT&T’s clearer LTE calls are now available in 13 more states

  While AT&T’ introduction of Voice over LTE in May was good news, you couldn’t exactly call it a massive launch when just four states got those clearer phone calls. The situation is much better as 2014 draws to a close, though. The carrier has switched on VoLTE (aka HD Voice) in both the District […]

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Coming soon: laptops with fingerprint sensors built into the touchpad

  At some point — probably when the iPhone 5s came out — fingerprint sensors became cool. Yes, they’ve been used on business laptops for years, but it’s only recently that we’ve started to see them in stuff consumers would buy — things like smartphones andĀ tablets. Now, it seems, we’re coming full circle. Synaptics, the […]

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The Navy’s new laser can do more than just shoot down drones

  We’ve all seen how good the Navy’s experimental laser is at shooting down drones, but it turns out that the hardware’s got more than one party trick. A report by the Wall Street Journal has revealed that military types are also praising the surveillance capabilities of the gear, describing it as a “Hubble telescope […]

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Makerbot’s Apps Portal will help you prototype that (plastic) fusion reactor

  So, you’ve printed tiny 3D statues of yourself, your friends, your family and rover/fluffy. Now what? If you’d like to prototype your wacky ideas but don’t have a clue how to start,Makerbot’s new Apps Portal may help. There are eight apps in total like Zotebook, which allows inexperienced users to rapidly prototype ideas on […]

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iRobot’s newest machine is made for student hackers

  Many educational robots tend to be complex and expensive, or simple and cheap. Where’s the middle ground for students who want to build sophisticated things, but don’t want to pay a fortune just to get started? iRobot thinks it can reach that happy balance with its new Create 2 robot. It’s effectively a Roomba […]

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