Ever go over your monthly data cap and have your connection speed throttled down to 2G levels? If so then you may be interested in some experimental new technology Google is working on that's designed to take some of the pain out of being stuck on a slow connection speed.
Internet.org opened for third-party developers today, offering a clear path for any company that wants to build an app on top of the free-internet service, but the new openness comes with serious restrictions. The most obvious restriction is simple: Internet.org gets to manage and approve apps, akin to the Apple App Store. If you want to build an app that reaches Internet.org users, you'll have build it according to Facebook's rules, utilizing as little data as possible and staying away from bandwidth-intensive services like VOIP. But some of the new platform rules go far beyond the previous net neutrality concerns, including technical measures that rule out encryption like HTTPS for users connecting over the web.
Every once in a while, a game comes along that grabs ahold of the Internet and refuses to let go. These games don't appear nearly as frequently as they used to, back before digital downloads of full PC games were the norm, but Cookie Clicker is one of the modern examples of how even the most simplistic Flash game can still be a huge hit.
This week, a new game has staked its claim. That game is Agar.io.
The worst thing about the Apple Watch is, in my opinion, its battery life. Even though the device will comfortably last for more than a day, you’ll still have to carry a second charger with you for the Watch, and constantly take it off to recharge it. Otherwise, you might find yourself seeing it go into battery reserve mode when you least expect it.
While Apple’s battery technology is not quite where the company wants it to be, Watch accessory makers might soon fix this pressing issue.
When I heard that Apple was pressuring record companies to effectively kill Spotify's free streaming tier this morning, I'll admit I was surprised. Not because I think Apple is some altruistic good guy, of course, but more because Apple is normally much smarter when it comes to going after competitors.
Microsoft's Windows chief, Terry Myerson, isn't pulling any punches against Android this week. Speaking during a keynote appearance at Microsoft's Ignite conference in Chicago, Myerson knocked Google's Android update plans. "Google ships a big pile of… code, with no commitment to update your device," Myerson said, with an intentional pause that left the audience laughing. "Google takes no responsibility to update customer devices and refuses to take responsibility to update their devices, leaving end users and businesses increasingly exposed every day they use an Android device."
This month's Star Wars-centric issue of Vanity Fair finally reveals that Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie is officially playing Captain Phasma in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Fans got their first look at her in her shiny Stormtrooper armor in the latest trailer, which debuted last month. After the photo leaked online this morning, Vanity Fair writer Joanna Robinson tweeted the official image.May 4, 2015
In the Vanity Fair spread, Phasma is revealed to be an officer of the First Order, the evil organization formed from the remnants of the Galactic...
Federal Communications Commission chair Tom Wheeler thinks his agency is on firm ground with its new net neutrality rules — and that Comcast was right to drop its attempts at buying competitor Time Warner Cable. During an interview at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference, Wheeler discussed what have arguably been the two biggest issues facing the FCC this year, and its two biggest victories.
Wheeler has already said that letting Comcast merge with Time Warner Cable would have posed an "unacceptable risk" to competition, and at Disrupt, he made it even clearer that the companies wouldn't have had an easy time getting past regulators. "I think it was a pretty responsible decision by [Comcast CEO] Brian Roberts" to drop the plan, says...
Last month we began a new series of posts that sought to identify the "best" content on Netflix based on real data rather than just some writer's opinion, as many other sites do. The feedback was terrific, so we're definitely going to continue the series.
In this latest entry, we're focusing on movies that fall into one genre in particular, and it's a time-tested favorite: Action.
Microsoft is working on two new high-end Lumia phones for Windows 10. A flagship device, codenamed Cityman, is currently being developed, alongside a high-end handset codenamed Talkman. Unleash the phones first reported details on Cityman and Talkman, and The Verge can confirm the codenames are accurate. We understand Microsoft is taking a similar approach to Apple with two devices that have bigger displays, but similar specifications.
Comcast is joining Meerkat and Periscope with its own take on a live-streaming app that lets X1 cable subscribers beam live video back to their own TV or the big screen of a friend or family member. Xfinity Share is available beginning today on iOS and Android, though at launch it's limited to Comcast customers paying for a Triple Play package.
Once it's installed, you enter your Xfinity account credentials and tap "stream live" to begin recording. From there, you choose whether the stream will be directed to your own X1 cable box or sent to someone else's. To share live streams with people in your contacts list, you'll need the phone number tied to their Xfinity account. (Recipients will also need the X1 set-top box to view streams.)...
Projectors aren't cheap, but what if I told you that you could build one for your iPhone with some stray materials laying around your house? Business Insider has put together a video tutorial showing off how to build an iPhone projector for less than $10, so if you're looking for a DIY project to occupy yourself with this week, keep reading.
At the youth level, a child who played American football in 2013 had a 3 percent chance of sustaining a concussion during a single season. That number was a little higher at the high school and college football level, however, where players had a 5 percent and 6 percent chance of sustaining a concussion, respectively. These risk estimates come from the first study to compare the incidence of concussions across the entire range of youth football — that is, for kids between the ages of five and 23.