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Apple TV Gets iTunes Radio in Beta Form Right Now

Apple is tackling this arena with its upcoming launch of iTunes Radio for iOS 7, but you can actually get a taste of iTunes Radio right now on your Apple TV.

Video: Microsoft’s Major Nelson Responds to Xbox One Questions

To explain some of the thinking behind Microsoft's decisions on the Xbox One, Major Nelson went on camera and answered questions taken straight from the Reddit thread. That being said, he did sidestep some of them.

How the 1920s Viewed the Cyborg of the Future

Indeed, this image was unearthed from the November 1924 issue of Science and Technology magazine and it depicts how they foresaw the coming of the "Artificial Man."

AT&T GoPhone Prepaid Getting Access to 4G LTE Network Next Week

AT&T wants to keep its GoPhone prepaid customer base happy and that's why AT&T is finally letting those prepaid customers do the 4G LTE dance too.

China Launches Fifth Manned Space Mission

Indeed, China is rapidly expanding its efforts beyond our Earthly atmosphere as the country launched its most recent manned spacecraft on Tuesday.

Video: UK Restaurant Delivers Food with iTray Flying Drone

Yo! Sushi is a UK-based restaurant chain and their using flying drones to deliver their newest creation, the Yo! Burger. That's right. The server isn't even going to walk to your table to give you your food.

Director of National Intelligence Defends PRISM and NSA

An official statement has been issued by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper regarding the "surveillance activities" performed by the NSA and the United States government.

Now SoftBank Wants to Buy T-Mobile USA?

More specifically, there is now word that SoftBank is prepared to gobble up T-Mobile USA, buying that division from Deutsche Telekom.

Play iOS Games on Your TV with Android-Powered GamePop by Bluestacks

What makes the Bluestacks GamePop even more special that other similar TV gaming boxes is that this Android-based device can also handle iOS games.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Update Lets You Load Apps onto microSD Card

A firmware update has been pushed out that accomplishes several goals. First, it optimizes some of the pre-installed apps on the SGS4 so that the initial storage space available to the user becomes 9.23GB.

Obama: NSA Snooping on Phone Records is A-Okay

Big brother is watching you and he wants to know who you're calling, when you're calling and how long you're talking to this person. But he won't actually listen to your actual phone call.

FreedomPop Prepares Free Phone Service with Voice, Text and Data

And now, an even bigger game changer is on the horizon as FreedomPop has announced that it will be offering a 100% free cell phone service starting this summer.

Google Web Designer HTML5 Development Tool Announced

Continuing with this trend, Google has now announced that it will be launching Google Web Designer in the "coming months."

Windows Phone Grew Over 36% in US Market Share Last Quarter

That being said, third place isn't being much of a contest either as Microsoft's Windows Phone platform actually continues to grow.

CRTC Says Canadians Can Cancel Cell Plans After Two Years

The good news is that the CRTC has now ruled that you can cancel your cell phone contracts after two years of service with no cancellation fees or charges.

Unearthing Atari 2600 E.T. Game from New Mexico Landfill

Thirty years ago, the E.T. game was released on the Atari 2600 and, well, it was bad. Really bad. So bad, in fact, that urban legend has it that "millions of copies" were packed onto nine trucks, burying all of these old game cartridges in some landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Login with Amazon Challenges Facebook-Based Logins

And so, the world's largest e-tailer has come forward with what it suitably calls Login with Amazon. It works in fundamentally the same way as Login with Facebook, but users can optionally connect their existing Amazon information

Rumor: Indestructible HTC Liquidmetal Smartphones Coming This Year

We want our phones to be tougher, but we don't want them to be any bulkier. HTC just might beat Apple to the punch, because there are rumors that HTC may have "several" smartphones made of Liquidmetal before year's end.

Samsung Confirms Two Variants of Galaxy S4 Mini

The rumors about this upcoming mini smartphone had been swirling for a while, but now we've received confirmation from Samsung that the S 4 mini will come in two different versions.

New Galaxy and ATIV Devices at Samsung Premiere 2013

The "Samsung Premiere 2013" event is scheduled to take place in London on June 20 and we're expecting to see at least a few new additions to the GALAXY and ATIV lines from the company.

Get the New Web Interface for Google Maps Now

If you've been itching for the new full-screen experience for Google Maps on the web, you don't have to wait until you get that invite.

Canada’s Royal Bank Hires IBM Watson for Customer Service Job

Since then, Watson has managed to shrink in size by 75 percent while improving system performance by 240 percent. And what is he doing with this extra power? He's figuring out why you had an extra $2.33 in service charges last month on your banking statement.

Next Year’s Apple iWatch Getting Biometric Sensors?

We thought that 2013 was going to be the year of the smart watch, spurred on by products like the Pebble. We thought that Apple's foray into the smart watch arena would also be this year, but it now sounds like the so-called iWatch won't be introduced until late next year.

UC Davis Researchers Develop Magical Sweat-Channeling Fabric (Video)

However, these fabrics can clearly still be improved. Now, researchers from University of California, Davis have come up with a new material that magically pull sweat from one side and draw it out the other side.

The 830lb. Award-Winning Edison2 Light Car

The VLC has to maintain its svelte and trim form, you see, as it tips the scales at a mere 830 pounds (376 kg). To put that in perspective, a super lightweight car like the Lotus Elise still weighs in at over 700kg

4DX Japanese Theaters Let You Smell Tony Stark in Iron Man...

Do you really want to smell what it's like when all sorts of sweat and body odor are mixed in scorched earth and burnt steel? If you happen to be in Japan to watch the upcoming Iron Man 3, you'll be given that opportunity.

Video: Kid’s Walker NT Mech Suit for Kids with Upgraded Drill...

This children's 1.6 meter unique robot suit retails for $21,000 and weighs in at 180 kg. It's also available for rental in Japan.

Google Android Was Really Meant for Smart Cameras from the Beginning

In an economic forum in Tokyo, Android-co-founder Andy Rubin said, "The exact same platform, the exact same operating system we built for cameras, that became Android for cellphones."

Dish Network Wants to Buy Sprint for $25.5 Billion

In a world where everyone sues everyone and everybody buys out everybody else, we've come across some fresh news regarding America's third biggest wireless carrier. Sprint is still in negotiations with Softbank, but now it looks like Dish Network has put in an aggressive bid to acquire the wireless carrier. They're prepared to offer up a cool $25.5 billion.

Scosche boomBOTTLE Wireless Speaker Puts Big Sound Between Your Legs

The Scosche boomBOTTLE Wireless Speaker is effectively shaped like a water bottle and it is designed to fit perfectly in the water bottle cage on your bike.

iPad Mini Getting Open Source Game D Game Controller Case Combo

The trouble is that touchscreen controls still leave something to be desired and that's why products like the Game D continue to be developed.

BlackBerry Q10 Shows Up on Fido Website, Launch Imminent

We've known for a while that the BlackBerry Q10 would be launching this year and now the QWERTY-touting smartphone has made its official debut on the Fido website in Canada.

Google Yanks 60,000 Android Apps from Play Store

When it comes to apps, more is better in most cases. In February, Google Play actually lost 60,000 apps, but this is actually a good thing.

NASA Plans to Kidnap an Asteroid for Further Study

In the Star Trek universe, our brave heroes endeavor to "boldly go where no man has gone before." NASA is taking a slightly different approach, bringing the world of space closer to us instead.

GM Launching App Store Inside Your Car’s Dashboard

There are apps on just about everything these days. You naturally have apps on your smartphone and tablet, but there are also app stores for things like Smart TVs. And you may have also noticed that the features on in-car entertainment systems are starting to look pretty smart too and that's why GM is prepared to expand that with an in-car app store.

Is Verizon Abandoning Two-Year Contracts Too?

When asked whether they too would consider getting rid of two-year contracts, Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam said it was something on the table and that it would be "pretty easy" to change their current model to accommodate the new system.

First Mobile Phone Call Ever Made 40 Years Ago Today

Cell phones may have become an integral part of everyday life today, but that of course wasn't always the case. What boggles the mind is that it has already been a full four decades since the first mobile phone call was made, placed by Motorola employee Marty Cooper. This was on April 3, 1973.

NVIDIA Tegra 5 More Powerful than Sony PS3

The horsepower is there, but purists will still tell you that an Xbox 360 or a PS3 still offers a superior gaming experience over an iPhone or Android device. But what about the NVIDIA Tegra 5 chip? How powerful is that thing?

Kantar Worldpanel: Android and Windows Phone Gain Market Share

Even though the iPhone continues to be the talk of the town, iOS actually lost 3.5% market share in the United States compared to the same period last year. By contrast, Android gained nearly 6% market share compared to last year.

Daily Deals: ThinkGeek Offering Free Shipping and Free Shirt

There are all kinds of wonderfully geek products at ThinkGeek, from NES-themed pillow sets to lightsaber-themed umbrellas. If you've been eyeing some gear at ThinkGeek, now might be a good time to buy, because they're offering both free shipping and a free shirt with your order.

Video: Cyro Jellyfish Drone Prepares to Invade the Oceans

A group of graduate students at Virginia Tech have taken a similar nature-inspired design for Cyro, an autonomous robot that mirrors the movement of a jellyfish.

Google Will Not Assert Its Open-Source Patents Unless Provoked

Yes, some designs and tech may have been "borrowed" from competitors, but all this legal action is getting way out of hand. And so, Google is taking a stand against all this suing and counter-suing by taking what it calls the Open Patent Non-Assertion Pledge.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Confirmed for Sprint and MetroPCS?

Nearly every major carrier across the country seems to be picking up some version of Samsung's hottest new flagship device, and both Sprint and MetroPCS do not appear to be any exceptions.

Save $200 on ViewSonic TD2420 24-Inch Multitouch LED Monitor

So, you've decided to upgrade your computer to Windows 8 and now you're finding that you really want to have a touchscreen to take advantage of all those gestures. There are plenty of laptops and tablets out there with touchscreens, but what about your desktop? Thankfully, there are touchscreen monitors too and they can be quite reasonably priced.

T-Mobile Prices HTC One Smartphone at $99 with No Contract –...

The HTC One is one of the most highly anticipated smartphones of the year and it looks like T-Mobile USA is willing to sell it to you for just $99. And that's without a contract too.

Four Versions of Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Due This Summer?

If a new rumor is to be believed the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini will arrive later this summer in a total of four different versions.

Solar Conjunction Puts NASA Mars Exploration on Pause

Don't worry. NASA is going to keep exploring Mars and we're going to keep learning things about the red planet, but all of those operations will effectively be put on pause for a period of up to three weeks and we have the sun to blame.

Video: Remote-Control FrankenDrone Raft Skims Across Shallow Waters

Normally when we think about drones, we think about drones of the airborne variety. We think about UAVs or unmanned aerial vehicles. That's not the case with the FrankenDrone, because this happens to be a USV, an Unmanned Surface Vehicle. And that surface just happens to be water.

Save $479 Off 13.3″ Apple MacBook Pro Retina

It's not very often that you find substantial savings on MacBooks. Now the 13.3" MacBook Pro with Retina Display is on sale for just $1,419.99.

GeoSpace Firefly Lights Up, Protects Cyclists from the Elements (Video)

Given that I live in remarkably rainy Vancouver, I have a natural appreciation for a product like the GeoSpace FireFly. Here is a recumbent tricycle that has been outfitted with a weather-resistant dome, protecting the cyclist from rain, sleet and snow.