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FXX will marathon the entire 'Simpsons' series next month before releasing it online

FXX is preparing to air the longest marathon in TV history. After acquiring every last episode of The Simpsons last fall for a cool $750 million, the young network is preparing to air all 25...

Netflix doubles its profits as it reaches 50 million members

Netflix reported its second quarter earnings today, and the big number was 50 million members. Not all of these are paid subscribers: there are roughly 2 million customers that are enjoying free...

ASUS has the world's fastest WiFi router... for now

Hey look, a new router from ASUS and, apparently, it is super, super fast. According to the Taiwanese company, its RT-AC87 is "the world's first" with Wave 2 features, which bring better...

Microsoft will merge separate versions of Windows into one unified operating system

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has confirmed that the his company will amalgamate all major versions of Windows into one operating system. Speaking on the company's quarterly earnings call today,...

Inside the life of a pro gamer

Getting paid to play video games sounds like the cushiest job in the world. Stumble out of bed, fill a bowl of cereal, boot up Steam, and go hunting for thrills and spills. Pants and personal...

China seals off 30,000 people after bubonic plague death

Parts of Yumen, a city in northwestern China, have been sealed off after a local died of bubonic plague last week, reports Reuters. The 38-year-old man is said to have contracted the bacterial...

Researchers fully 'delete' HIV from human cells for the first time

So far, HIV has eluded a cure because it installs its genome into human DNA so insidiously that it's impossible for our immune system to clear it out. While current treatments are effective, a...

This may be the greatest invention in the history of water balloons

If you've ever had the pleasure of participating in a water balloon fight, you will concur that the most frustrating part of battle is reloading. You think you've got an uninflated balloon securely...

Hip-hop producer J Dilla's beat-making gear headed to Smithsonian

Last week, the Smithsonian announced two of J Dilla's production tools would be displayed at the upcoming National Museum of African American History and Culture. Thanks to a donation from his...

Leaked Windows 9 screenshots offer a closer look at the new Start Menu

Microsoft provided an early look at its new Start Menu for a future version of Windows earlier this year, but freshly leaked screenshots are offering an even closer look at the company s progress...

You can now unlock your Motorola phone with a 'digital tattoo'

Hate unlocking your Android smartphone so much that even Face Unlock or Skip feels like too much of a hassle? Motorola just came to your rescue. The company has partnered with VivaLnk to launch the...

The Bible's a mess, but a designer is fixing it

Although many consider Christianity s message a thing of beauty, the typical Bible is an ugly thing. Most editions are a mess of numbers, notes, translucent pages, and invariably tiny type. While...

Google's new, image-rich Play Store for Android is rolling out now

It looks like you won't have to wait long at all to check out Google's visually rich Play Store revamp -- it's rolling out now. The refresh doesn't appear any different on the surface, but a quick...

Watch Boeing's 787-9 Dreamliner do things that would make you throw up

Boeing is at the Farnborough Airshow this week one of the biggest trade exhibitions for the world's aircraft manufacturers showing off the 787-9, a larger version of the Dreamliner that's going...

Microsoft Blends 5 Conferences To Create The Unified Microsoft Commercial Technology Event

Apparently the team that handled the Windows Vista version naming framework still works at Microsoft. This morning, the software company announced that it will end several of its standalone...

23 Heatmaps Reveal Where People Really Look

They say the eyes tell all. Now thanks to eye-tracking technology we can tell they're saying. Tracking eye movements can give us fascinating insights into advertising and design and reveal a few...

Levi's Stadium, The New Home Of The San Francisco 49ers, Is Geek Heaven

When the San Francisco 49ers take the field for their first preseason home game on August 17, fans will have a lot to cheer about. Not just because the team, which finished last year with a 12-4...

Samsung's curved, 105-inch 4K TV is $120,000

Samsung's curved, 105-inch 4K TV was always going to be expensive. The only question was how expensive. Today we got an answer: Samsung has priced the set at $119,999.99, a cost that immediately...

I Ditched My iPhone For A Samsung Galaxy S5 And Was Blown Away By What I Was Missing With...

Until recently, I was a loyal Apple customer, with two MacBooks and an iPhone 5. But I recently move from New York to London, and that meant I needed a new phone number. But my iPhone was locked,...

The UK is about to unleash a 'fart machine' on France

A British inventor is preparing to let rip the loudest fart that France has ever heard. In order to accomplish this mission, Colin Furze put together a valveless pulse jet, a propulsion device...

Malaysian passenger plane reportedly shot down over Ukraine

Russian newswire service Interfax is reporting that a Malaysian passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down with a Buk ground-to-air missile over Ukraine near the Russian border. The...

Samsung's curved, 105-inch 4K TV can be yours for just $129,000

There were so many TVs on display back at CES, that you'd be forgiven if they all blended together. So allow us to give you a recap: The Samsung UN105S9W was, in the company's own words, the...

Facebook introduces Save, a new bookmarking feature to help tame your News Feed

It only happens when you re in a hurry. You launch Facebook to quickly see what your friends are up to and see something you actually have an interest in exploring. Facebook is making it easier to...

'Homestar Runner' creator says he's bringing his internet cartoon back soon

Fans of Homestar Runner, take heart: the seminal internet cartoon that found a major audience in the 2000s is primed for a full comeback. Co-creator Matt Chapman was just interviewed by Jeff Rubin...

Experience the shocking power of Britney Spears without Auto-Tune

Auto-Tune has been embraced by the music industry for its ability to create polished, listenable recordings when an artist lacks the natural talent to hit every note. That's the nice way of saying...

Marvel is replacing Steve Rogers with the first black Captain America

Marvel is making big changes this year. In a special announcement made on the Colbert Report this evening, the comics giant will this fall have Steve Rogers pass his star-spangled shield on to Sam...

These Are The Six Books Bill Gates Thinks You Should Read This Summer

It's that time of year again. Bill Gates just released a list of six "deeply informative and beautifully written" books he thinks should make your summer reading list. "I learned a lot from these...

Tiny device aims to tell you if your drink has been spiked

The creators of a device designed to identify if your drink has been spiked have launched on Indiegogo with the aim of raising $100,000. Similar in size to a pack of gum, the pd.id can be dunked...

Russia spotted editing Wikipedia page about downed Malaysia Air jet

A Twitter bot that keeps watch on Wikipedia pages edited by those inside the Russian government spotted major changes to an entry about yesterday's crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which...

Here's What Happens When Your Joke Goes Massively Viral On Twitter

On May 14th of this year, a regular guy named Chris Scott sent a tweet out to his one thousand or so followers. "Oh hi Becky who refused to kiss me during spin the bottle in 6th grade & now wants...

MILLION-DOLLAR URLS: The Most Expensive Domain Names Of All Time

It's estimated that more than 500 urls have been bought and sold for $1 million or more. We scoured domain name resource DN Journal and put together a list of documented million-dollar, domain-only...

You can read 'The New Yorker' for free right now

Many of The New Yorker's smartest reports and profiles get hidden behind a paywall when they head online, but for the rest of the summer those articles will all be open to everyone. To promote a...

Microsoft is killing off Nokia's feature phones in favor of Windows Phone

Nokia might have been famous for its feature phones, but Microsoft is planning to wind that business down over the course of the next 18 months. In an internal memo sent to Microsoft employees, Jo...

Snowden: NSA employees routinely pass around intercepted nude photos

The Guardian Edward Snowden has revealed that he witnessed numerous instances of National Security Agency (NSA) employees passing around nude photos that were intercepted in the course of their...

Samsung mocks the iPhone 6 before it's even announced

No one knows for sure if Apple really is announcing a bigger iPhone, but that hasn't stopped Samsung from taking yet another jab at its rival. The company's derisive new commercial shows a man...

Comic character Archie will die saving gay best friend from assassination

Archie Andrews, a staple of American comics since 1941, will die in Wednesday's issue of Life with Archie. And he'll say goodbye to the series with one last act of heroism: Archie will take a...

Facebook Launches Save, A Read-It-Later List For Links, Places, And Media Pages

Two years acqhiring read-it-later startup Spool, Facebook today launched a basic Pocket competitor called Save. It's a feature for iOS, Android, and web that lets you store links from News Feed and...

Facebook now lets you save links, places, music, and more for later

Keeping up with Facebook's news feed can often feel like a losing battle, especially when you've got friends that bombard the stream with links several times a day. No one has time to read all that...

J.K. Rowling has released a new 'Harry Potter' story online

J.K. Rowling has written a new story about Harry Potter, featuring the character as an adult for the first time since the conclusion of her book series nearly seven years ago. The story is the...

Comcast admits its policies are responsible for customer harassment

Comcast plans to reexamine the way it tries to keep subscribers from leaving its service, after a nightmarish call with one customer went viral last week and led to an outpouring of criticism. The...

Totes amazeballs added to the dictionary, because YOLO

When dictionary makers use internet slang, we always feel the same as if our parents had gotten a Justin Bieber tattoo. Chambers Dictionary is the latest wordy tome to get an update for 2014, which...

Whirlpool's new machine freshens your clothes in 10 minutes flat

Odds are that you're used to ironing some of your clothes to keep them wrinkle-free, or taking them to the dry cleaners when you can't (or just won't) put them through a washing machine. No great...

Scientists call for the decriminalization of sex work

A prestigious group of HIV researchers made a loud and scientifically supported plea for the decriminalization of sex work at the 20th Annual International AIDS Conference yesterday, during a...

Google Is Offering Free Coding Lessons To Women And Minorities

Google is offering vouchers to any women and minorities interested in learning how to code, CNET's Seth Rosenblatt reports. In a blog post from Gregg Pollack, CEO of the Code School, Google is...

Japan's prime minister wants to host the first 'robot Olympics' in 2020

For as long as there have been robots, humans have wanted to thrust them into battle. Now Japan's prime minister wants to take that idea to the largest stage possible. Speaking to reporters last...

How Rooftop Farms Yield 20 Times More Produce Than Traditional Farms

// As more and more people move into cities, the demand for access to fresher, more nutritious foods continues to rise. Brooklyn-based Gotham Greens builds greenhouses on urban rooftops. Inside the...

Marvel's Thor is now a woman in the comics

In an announcement made on ABC's The View this morning and confirmed to The Verge, Thor, Marvel's God of Thunder, will henceforth be a woman in the comics. The news is a major shift in Marvel's...

Mac OS X Yosemite preview

This fall, the 11th consumer version of Mac OS X will be released, for free. OS X 10.10 is better known as Yosemite, and the main thing you need to know about it is that it s a big visual redesign....

Watch the trailer for 'When Marnie Was There,' the latest film from the legendary Studio...

Revered animator Hayao Miyazaki may have bowed out of animation with the stunning, controversial The Wind Rises, but his Studio Ghibli still has talent to spare. Hiromasa Yonebayashi is one such...

Apple has ordered 70-80 million new iPhones ahead of launch: WSJ

Apple's reportedly put in its biggest order yet for new iPhones, says The Wall Street Journal. While numerous reports have said production of Apple's next iPhone models is set for August, The...

Airbnb Host: A Guest Is Squatting In My Condo And I Can't Get Him To Leave

Since it was founded in 2008, Airbnb has become a hugely popular way for people to temporarily rent their homes over the Internet. The company has helped 15 million people find accommodations when...

Facebook officially owns Oculus now

It's official: Facebook now actually owns Oculus VR, the company behind virtual reality goggles Oculus Rift. Though the $2 billion acquisition was announced way back in March, these kinds of...

Tesla's next new car will be called the Model III

Tesla hasn't quite delivered its new Model X SUV yet, but at least we have a name for its first electric vehicle pointed at the mainstream. In an interview with AutoExpress, CEO Elon Musk revealed...

10 Secret Features Hidden In Your Mac

Let's face it, you probably don't know as much about your Mac as you should. But there's hope! We've put together some great tips and tricks that can save you time, and at the same time allow you...

HBO's 'Westworld' TV pilot will star Anthony Hopkins and lethal androids

HBO has greenlit a pilot for a TV show based on 1973 sci-fi movie Westworld, about lifelike robots breaking their programming to murder guests in a luxury theme park. Deadline reports the...

Hollywood is helping the military build its Iron Man suit

The US military isn't keeping its interest in building an Iron Man suit a secret, and on Friday, The Wall Street Journal published new details on the work being done to create one. The government's...

This DIY Game Boy With A Raspberry Pi Inside Can Play All Your Favorite Classic Games

A hack project by DIY enthusiast and gamer John Hassl has given new life to the original Game Boy, thanks to a helping hand from the Raspberry Pi, the $35 complete computer that fits in the palm of...

POP Gets $700K To Make Prototyping Apps Easy, Releases Second Version

POP, an app that lets developers quickly turn paper sketches into prototypes for iOS or Android apps, has raised an angel round of $700,000 from ZPark, Golden Gate Ventures, 500 Startups (which POP...

Xiaomi announces its first wearable device, a $13 fitness band

Popular Chinese smartphone manufacturer has joined the wearables fray as it unveiled today its very first wearable device, a fitness band for only CNY79 ($13). The Mi Band features sensors for...

This Simple Math Concept Went Nowhere For A Century And Then BOOM Computers

There are two main reasons mathematics has fascinated humanity for two thousand years. First, math gives us the tools we need to understand the universe and build things. Second, the study of...

Amazon Tests Kindle Unlimited, A Netflix For Ebooks And Audiobooks

Amazon might give readers something to get really excited about: A digital ebook and audiobook subscription service that provides Kindle users with all the content they can consume from a potential...

Sense is a glowing sphere that watches over you while you sleep

At age 19, Londoner James Proud decided to skip out on college and move to the States. As one of several "Thiel Fellows," Proud received a $100,000 grant from esteemed venture capitalist Peter...

The unbelievable life and death of Michael C. Ruppert

By the second Sunday of April this year, Michael C. Ruppert was broke. The 63-year-old cop-turned-writer and firebrand gained fame by starring in Collapse, a 2009 documentary in which he predicts...

Amazon Fire Phone review

Two days after I first turned on the Amazon Fire Phone, I walked into the foyer of my apartment building and saw a package with my name on it. This was odd: I m the guy who orders something and...

LG's rollable TVs are (predictably) very flexible

Remember when LG announced that it had managed to create a rollable 18-inch display? Well, here's the proof: a very much flexible OLED display. The resolution might not be there yet (1,200 x 810,...

Comcast's customer service call nightmare is painful to hear

Almost anyone that has tried to cancel cable service, wireless service, or a gym membership knows how difficult it can be to do over the phone, but a recent call to Comcast by one customer might...

Timehop, The App That Works As A Digital Time Capsule, Raises $10M Led By Shasta Ventures

Timehop, the app that serves as a personal "today in history" memo by surfacing your social networking photos and posts from a year ago or more, has raised $10 million in new funding. The funding,...

Comcast memo on viral cancelation call: It was painful to listen to

Chris When a call to cancel Comcast service descended into "a stunning display of hysteria and desperation," pretty much everyone who listened to a recording of the phone call agreed: it was...

An iPad App To Make All Your Selfies Go 3D

Itseez3D, the first app to partner with computer vision technology company Occipital, can turn any picture you take with your iOS camera into a 3D object. Naturally, I made one of the good sir Alex...

Apple posts $7.7 billion in profit, but all eyes look to new products in the fall

In what can only be described as the typical lull for Apple ahead of new fall product launches, the company's reported better than expected third quarter earnings, thanks once again to the iPhone....

The world's most secure OS may have a serious problem

The Tails operating system is one of the most trusted platforms in cryptography, favored by Edward Snowden and booted up more than 11,000 times per day in May. But according to the security firm...

Snowden: 'If I end up in chains in Guantanamo, I can live with that'

Edward Snowden has repeatedly stated that he won't be returning to US soil any time soon. The NSA whistleblower is adamant that President Obama's administration would never grant him a fair trial...

Xiaomi's latest phone gets a steel frame, IR blaster and top specs for just $320

Having sold 26.11 million phones in the first half of this year, the beast from the East that is Xiaomi is back again with a new flagship Android phone: the MI4. For the first time ever, the...

Tesla wants to kill gasoline by sharing its electric car technology with everyone

In an attempt to spur innovation, Tesla Motors says that it will allow anyone to use its patented technology on electric vehicles even its biggest competitors. In a blog post, company CEO Elon Musk...

OpenCurriculum Looks To Foster Open-Source Education By Releasing Free Online Library

Aimed at providing teachers with educational materials by making them open and competitive, OpenCurriculum, which launched in Pittsburgh, curates and organizes material from sites such as teacher...

Apple TV now auto-plays the next episode of whatever you're watching on Netflix

When you start chugging a series, it's hard to stop, even for trips to the bathroom, or going to work, or catching up on sleep. It's a problem that Netflix loves to exploit, only giving you a few...

YouTube star sued for copyright infringement over music in her videos

YouTube sensation Michelle Phan, whose beauty and style videos have earned her 6.7 million subscribers, is being sued for copyright infringement over the music in some of those clips. Ultra Records...

Amazon Officially Announces Kindle Unlimited, Offering Endless Reading And Listening For...

Amazon officially announced that Kindle Unlimited, an all-you-can eat reading and listening service, that we first mentioned two days ago. Dubbed a "Netflix for books" by our own Darrell...

Amazon Officially Announces Kindle Unlimited Offering Reading And Listening For $9.99 A...

Amazon officially announced that Kindle Unlimited, an all-you-can eat reading and listening service, that we first mentioned two days ago. Dubbed a "Netflix for books" the services offers over...

SpaceX chooses Texas for its futuristic launch complex

SpaceX has been launching rockets in Florida or California for quite some time, but Texas will likely see most of the action once the company finishes building its new spaceport in Cameron County....

Abandoned mall in Bangkok has been overtaken by fish

There's something particularly eerie about an abandoned shopping mall. Perhaps it's the stark contrast from its intended purpose: to see such a sterile place once designed to entice throngs of...

The 'original' Rickroll video has disappeared from YouTube

Rick Astley's velvety vocals have been banished from YouTube. Well, sort of . The "original" copy of Astley's cheesy 1987 pop hit "Never Gonna Give You Up" perhaps better known as the Rickroll...

The Majority Of Today's App Businesses Are Not Sustainable

Though the app stores continue to fill up with ever more mobile applications, the reality is that most of these are not sustainable businesses. According to a new report out this morning, half...

The Problem With Founders

Feeling bored at work? Just go start a company. Feeling depressed about life and lack any direction? Just go start a company. Broke up recently? Just go start a company. Had a parent die and can't...

OS X Yosemite preview: the Mac gets a major makeover

The last time Apple released a new version of OS X, we came away feeling a little... underwhelmed. Don't get us wrong: We'll never say no to a free software upgrade. But despite a handful of new...

Sunrise Raises $6 Million From Balderton And Others To Build The Perfect Calendar

A year and a half after launching its first calendar app, Sunrise is raising a $6 million Series A round from Balderton Capital and existing investors - Bernard Liautaud is joining the board. The...

Samsung Pre-Trolls The iPhone 6 With New Ad

Samsung can't resist throwing shade at Apple - even with devices that don't actually exist yet. The Korean smartphone maker has a new video on its official YouTube account that digs into the Mac...

Tesla announces new, smaller electric vehicle named Model 3

Tesla Motors today outed its newest vehicle plans, a smaller car called the Model 3, that Auto Express reports is designed squarely to take on BMW's 3 series. According to the report which Tesla...

Tech Blogger Tries To Cancel Comcast Service, Hilarity Ensues

If there's one guy in the world who knows whether or not he wants to cancel his Comcast service, it's Ryan Block. The former head of Engadget, founder of GDGT, and now product dude at AOL, Block...

J.J. Abrams shows off an X-Wing fighter in new 'Star Wars: Episode VII' set video

In the final video straight from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, director J.J. Abrams gives fans one more thing to look forward to in the new film: a bonafide X-Wing starfighter. The iconic...

Undocumented iOS functions allow monitoring of personal data, expert says

Zdziarski Apple has endowed iPhones with undocumented functions that allow unauthorized people in privileged positions to wirelessly connect and harvest pictures, text messages, and other sensitive...

This Temporary Tattoo Can Unlock Your Phone

I'd think this was just a clever April Fools joke, if it wasn't the middle of July. Motorola and VivaLnk have made a temporary tattoo that can unlock a smartphone, no PIN required. Slap it on your...

Amazon Announces A Brand New $9.99 Per Month Unlimited Reading Service

More to come, but here's the release: Introducing Kindle Unlimited: Unlimited Reading and Listening on Any Device?Just $9.99 a Month Read freely from over 600,000 books?available on Kindle devices,...

Listen to Weezer's rocking, catchy new single 'Back To The Shack'

"Sorry guys, I didn't realize, that I needed you so much." With that line, Rivers Cuomo and Weezer begin "Back to The Shack," the band's first single from its first album in four years. Everything...

'Community' getting sixth season on Yahoo

Community is getting its sixth season. This fall, it'll head to Yahoo Screen for a 13-episode run, saving the show after it was canceled by NBC in May. "I am very pleased that Community will be...

Drinking a Blue Screen of Death in the back streets of Tokyo

When it comes to finding a place to drink, Tokyo caters to every esoteric taste imaginable. It s a city where you can get a cocktail surrounded by video game characters, canned food, or penguins....

You can now inhale shots like air for just $700

Drinking is great, but there are so many drawbacks -- the calories, the glass that's cramping your dancing style, the half-hour wait for the buzz. Fortunately, Vapshot can solve all those issues...

India plans to build the world's largest floating solar farm

Solar farms need three things: sunlight, photovoltaic panels and a huge expanse of land. It's the third in that list that's hampering green efforts in countries like India, where space is scarce...

Relive your NES glory days with a gamepad that feels like the real thing

We've ripped apart knock-off gadgets more than a few times, but there are moments where a company's urge to mimic others will pay dividends. Take 8Bitdo's recently released NES30, for example: the...

Facebook's $2 Billion Acquisition Of Oculus Closes, Now Official

Facebook now owns Oculus. The $2 billion acquisition deal of the virtual reality pioneer announced in March has been approved by regulators and today become official. The U.S. FCC's anti-trust team...

Facebook's Acquisition Of Oculus Closes, Now Official

Facebook now officially owns Oculus. The $2 billion deal has been approved by regulators. The virtualy reality startup still plans to operate somewhat independently and maintain its main offices in...

How one man bypassed internet congestion and fixed his Netflix streaming

Colin Nederkoorn, a startup CEO living in New York City, was unhappy with his Netflix service. He pays Verizon for FiOS service that promises 75Mbps down. But when he tried to stream video, it was...