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July 02, 2015

Facebook is sharing more ad dollars with its video creators

Facebook's shiny logo isn't all that's new for the social network today: The outfit's also announced how it plans to split video ad revenue with publishers. Like YouTube, Facebook will give content creators 55 percent of ad revenue and keep the rest,...


PayPal to buy money-transfer startup Xoom for $890 million

Wiring money home (especially as cash) can be an awkward, expensive and time-consuming ordeal -- but it's about to get a whole lot easier. PayPal announced on Wednesday that it is acquiring San Francisco-based digital money transfer startup Xoom (no,...


Mark Zuckerberg shows off Facebook's internet lasers

Most of us use Facebook to show off a new car, an engagement or a particularly notable lunch, but Mark Zuckerberg does it a bit differently. In a Q&A session yesterday Zuckerberg referenced his company's plans for using lasers to connect more areas t...


July 01, 2015

Nike uses VR to put you in the shoes of soccer star Neymar

Neymar Jr. is a well-oiled marketing machine. Not only is the Brazilian footballer a Nike brand icon, but you can also find him on the cover of video games like Pro Evolution Soccer 2016. However, because traditional commercials simply aren't enough ...


Feds hunt for suspects in California internet backbone attack

A string of attacks in California on one of the core portions of the internet has the FBI searching for suspects. The latest disruption occurred yesterday morning when three fiber-optic cables were cut in Alameda county in the Bay Area. The interrupt...


Google parks its map-making tool inside Drive for easy access

To make things easily accessible, Google is nesting its My Maps feature in Drive. This means that in addition to creating custom maps for whatever need may arise, you can also nestle them alongside documents or forms created with the productivity sui...


Hulu's free, ad-powered shows are heading to Pluto TV

Up until now, Hulu has limited free videos to its desktop website and Android devices. But now, thanks to Pluto TV, a startup that offers an internet television service at no cost, Hulu's taking its ad-supported streaming content to more places. Acco...


The iPhone 6 Plus won't fit Fallout 4's Pip-Boy (and I'm sad)

Thanks a lot, Bethesda. After the outfit's first E3 media briefing, I pre-ordered the Pip-Boy Edition of Fallout 4 because of course I want to put a real-life version of the game's stat-tracker and menu system on my forearm. All good, right? Well, I'...


Magic Leap adds former Vevo CEO to its mysterious team

Magic Leap is as mysterious as it's ambitious. Ever since the Google-backed startup raised a whopping $542 million, it's been pegged as the next big thing in mixed reality. But apart from it being a platform that incorporates digital lightfield techn...


Swedish media house buys world's largest eSports company

Professional gaming is a hot item in the investment world right now and even the largest eSports organizations are getting in on the action. On Wednesday, international entertainment company MTG purchased ESL, the largest eSports organization in the ...


Sony Xperia Z4 tablet review: a great device saddled with a terrible dock

Sony's tablets have quietly been getting better over the years. Prioritizing refinement over dazzling new features, the Xperia Z2 Tablet and Z3 Tablet Compact were two of 2014's best. The Xperia Z4 Tablet is the direct replacement to the Z2, and Sony...


Snapchat's 'tap to view' takes your fingers off the screen

Snapchat announced a host of new features for its messaging app on Wednesday. The biggest change is the new "tap to view" feature that, as the name implies, allows users to simply tap the screen to play a video or story rather than continuously press...


Disney Infinity might make its way to Microsoft's HoloLens

It's only natural for an entertainment corporation as massive as The Walt Disney Company, with IP holdings that span the likes of Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm, to be exploring the potential of virtual reality. It's something John Vignocchi, VP of prod...


Watch the extended 'Uncharted 4' demo at 11am PT on Twitch

Fans of the Nathan Drake saga are going to want to tune in to Twitch at 11 am Pacific today. Naughty Dog has announced that it will stream the extended E3 press conference demo of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End....


Watch the extended 'Uncharted 4' demo at 11am PT on Twitch

Fans of the Nathan Drake saga are going to want to tune in to Twitch at 11 am Pacific today. Naughty Dog has announced that it will stream the extended E3 press conference demo of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End....


The cable box might solve the Internet of Things' biggest problem

The issue with the Internet of Things (IoT) and the connected home is that they're not even remotely connected. At least not seamlessly. Thanks to competing communication protocols and manufacturers building closed ecosystems, you need a new app ever...


6 futuristic building technologies that will change the world

By Cat DiStasio Technology progresses at a breakneck pace -- but why is our built environment so far behind? Fortunately, some smart folks have devoted their lives to developing futuristic technologies that can reduce the carbon footprint of buildin...


Facebook has a new logo, but the differences are subtle

Facebook's last logo update came in 2005, but this year, the folks in Menlo Park felt it was time for a change. While the iconic white "f" and blue square will remain, places where the full name is used will see this new wordmark. Working with Eric O...


Dear Veronica: Real-Life Trek Tech?

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'Steve Jobs' trailer looks like the next 'Social Network'

We got a brief glimpse at Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs film back in May, but today we've finally got a full trailer to watch. Scripted by Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, The West Wing), the biopic stars Michael Fassbender as Jobs, Seth Rogen as Steve W...


Scribd can't afford to feed your romance habit anymore

The idea behind every all-you-can-eat-style service is that only a few people will consume more food/movies/e-books than it costs overall to keep the business going. Unfortunately people's lust for written romance is so immense that Scribd's cutting ...


Living with the Galaxy S6 Edge: Is that curve worth the cost?

Samsung launched two Galaxy S6 models this spring, but let's face it: The spotlight was really on the curvy, attention-grabbing S6 Edge. I know I was dead-set on trying that one-of-a-kind smartphone as soon as I could. However, I couldn't help but wo...


UK police seize thousands of Android streamers modded for piracy

Set-top boxes help deliver streaming services like Netflix and Now TV into our homes, but they're also giving rise to less-than legal methods of watching films, TV shows and sport. As manufacturers have embraced the open nature of Android, enterprisi...


Get ready to crowdfund a sequel to the original 'The Wicker Man'

The director of the seminal '70s horror film The Wicker Man is asking all of us to bankroll the final film in his Wicker trilogy. Robin Hardy has launched an Indiegogo campaign asking for film fans to chip in $210,000 to complete The Wrath of the God...


Huawei's got another low-end smartwatch in the works

Huawei hasn't even launched its first Android smartwatch yet and it's already talking-up the following entry into the wearables business. As Engadget Chinese reports, the company revealed that it's working on the Band Zero, a watch-style device for c...


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