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Facebook buys smartphone fitness-tracking app Moves

Facebook may already be tracking your usage to serve you ads, but how would you feel if it was able to log your movement? That's exactly what could be on the cards after the company confirmed it's bought Moves, the always-on fitness-tracking app that...
Published on: Thursday, April 24, 2014 | link

Technology leaders form alliance to prevent another Heartbleed

Be honest, don't you kinda wish we could just rub our eyes and all this Heartbleed business would just disappear? Tough luck hombre, it's still here, and some kid's trying to steal your vacation photos (probably). When we spoke to the open source...
Published on: Thursday, April 24, 2014 | link

Hand-held malaria tester sequences DNA, suggests meds quickly

Despite how far we've come with technology, malaria is still a serious threat for huge chunks of the developing world. A prototype tool from UK-outfit QuantuMDx, however, could help stave off mosquito-related deaths by giving health-workers the power...
Published on: Thursday, April 24, 2014 | link

Sony to begin fixing combustible Vaio Fit laptops in May

It's always sad when a company stumbles during its victory lap, but as Sony looked to gracefully exit the PC business, some spontaneously combusting laptops ruined the day. The company has now issued an update about the Vaio Fit 11A repair program,...
Published on: Thursday, April 24, 2014 | link

Amped-up ear implant helps to re-grow auditory nerves

Cochlear implants already help those with auditory damage to hear better, but what if they could also grow new nerves while they're there? Scientists at the UNSW have discovered a way to do just that, at least in hamsters. After they introduced a...
Published on: Thursday, April 24, 2014 | link

Big Brother is live-tweeting you: artists turn a lightbulb into a surveillance device

When you hear a scandalous conversation, there's always the temptation to live tweet it for the internet's benefit -- but what if your furniture could do that for you? Conversnitch is a project by artists Brian House and Kyle McDonald which reinvents...
Published on: Thursday, April 24, 2014 | link

Lost Andy Warhol artworks discovered on Amiga floppies from the '80s

Rediscovered artwork like a napkin Picasso or unearthed Matisse can be identified on sight, but pieces crafted in the digital age by pop-artist extraordinaire Andy Warhol and encoded in an outdated format are far more difficult to ascertain. In fact,...
Published on: Thursday, April 24, 2014 | link

Exetech seeks your cash to improve its clunky smartphone-in-a-watch

When we got our hands on Exetech's XS-3, we were intrigued by the idea of cramming a smartphone into a watch, but dismayed at the execution. After all, this was a device that was in no way waterproof, had a 420mAh battery pressing directly onto your...
Published on: Thursday, April 24, 2014 | link

France is plotting to take Uber's car-tracking tech and hand it over to taxis

While taxi services like Uber may be flat-out unwelcome in Belgium, neighboring France is still trying to figure out how to manage them. Under pressure from traditional cab drivers in the country, a new law was introduced that required the likes of...
Published on: Thursday, April 24, 2014 | link

Sony's streamer lets you watch one show (House of Cards) in 4K for £350

If you spent a fortune on the first Sony Bravia UltraHD TVs, it may have hurt to find out that Netflix was only streaming 4K using a format (H.265) that doesn't work on those sets. Sony has now righted that wrong with the FMP-X5 4K media streamer,...
Published on: Thursday, April 24, 2014 | link