Snapchat's First 'Non-Creepy' Ad Is For A Horror Movie

Snapchat recently announced that it was getting ads, and it's followed through on that promise, with the first paid-for ephemeral advertisements landing this weekend. However, I'm not so sure that Snapchat's made good on its promise for its ads to be 'non-creepy', since horror film Ouija was the first subject. » 10/18/14 9:00pm Saturday 9:00pm

Remember The Best Of WWII Films With A Bridge Too Far

Brad Pitt's new WWII tank thriller Fury seems to be taking cinemas by storm this week. But before chisel-jawed tank commanders with unfeasibly good hair did the Second World War, there was A Bridge Too Far, an unsurpassed epic that represents the absolute best of the foolish-British-people-getting-slaughtered war-film… » 10/18/14 8:00pm Saturday 8:00pm

Tim Minchin's Storm Is Your Saturday Night Dose of Cynicism

Since discovering yesterday that there's a homeopathic vaccine for Ebola that involves using an actual sample of the virus, I've been re-listening to Tim Minchin's incredible nine-minute song/beat poem Storm, one of the best and most concise refutations of bad hippie science that you're ever likely to witness. » 10/18/14 6:39pm Saturday 6:39pm

Scattering Your Ashes Into The Stratosphere Is A Very Final Sendoff

Short of having your body shipped off on a flaming longboat, there aren't many more spectacular ways to be sent off than having your ashes scattered into the edge of the atmosphere. At least, that's the thinking behind Mesoloft, a company that will do exactly that, and provide a GoPro video to immortalize the moment. » 10/18/14 6:13pm Saturday 6:13pm

NPR Tells The Other Story of Women In Tech

We're all used to hearing about women, or rather, the lack of, in the technology industry. But as NPR's Planet Money, points out, things weren't always that way: back at the dawn of the IT age, women were a major player in the computer science field. The question is: what happened in 1984? » 10/18/14 4:31pm Saturday 4:31pm

Blackberry Decides That Ephemeral Messaging Will Save BBM

After a very brief stint at number one in the app store, Blackberry's much-vaunted BBM messaging service — previously hailed as the saviour of the entire company — is now languishing in 462nd place on the App Store. But never fear! Because Blackberry is going to turn its fortunes around, by Snapchattifying its… » 10/18/14 2:27pm Saturday 2:27pm

The Heartwarming Story of An 11-Year-Old's New Technological Friend

For most of us, Siri or Google Now (or Cortana, if you swing that way) is a minor help at best, a first-world solution to the first-world problem of not being able to text and drive. But as Judith Newman illustrates today in a heartfelt and heartwarming piece in the New York Times, Apple's digital assistant has become… » 10/18/14 1:00pm Saturday 1:00pm

A Future Air-Traffic Control System For Drones Could Use Cellphones

Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones or quadcopters as you'd prefer to call them, have certainly taken off in the last few years, which is great, if you love taking cool movies (or terrorizing your neighbour's dog). But it's created a headache for the FAA, who have moved to regulate the infant industry, and make… » 10/18/14 11:06am Saturday 11:06am

Nexus Player Pulled From Google Play Store Over FCC Certification

It's been a rollercoaster day for Google fans: first, the new Nexus Player and Nexus 9 pre-orders went live on the Play Store; but just a couple of hours later, Google's set-top box was pulled, apparently because of its lack of FCC certification. » 10/18/14 2:00am Saturday 2:00am

Sony's Smartwatch 3 has popped up in the Google Play store, listed for an about-average $250. For that, you'll get all your normal Android Wear features, plus 4GB of onboard storage to let you stream music without the need for a phone. If that tickles your fancy, you'll have to wait a little — it's listed as 'coming… » 10/17/14 10:26pm Friday 10:26pm

Firefox Hello Does Account-Free Video Chat

Parent-calling-avoiders of the world have never had it worse: Skype, Hangouts and FaceTime are all stellar and free programs that mean that you've got basically no reason for ignoring forgetting your parents' wedding anniversary. But Firefox wants to add to that list, with a video-calling client that doesn't even need… » 10/17/14 2:00am Friday 2:00am

A Bicycle Pulley System Is A Surprisingly Practical Storage Solution

Ever since I moved into my apartment, I've been trying to convince my roommates that what we need is a pulley system to pull our bikes up onto the balcony. And ever since we moved in, my roommates have been telling me that it's a terrible idea that will unquestionably end with someone being mutilated by a falling… » 10/17/14 1:00am Friday 1:00am

Nexus 9 Scores Better Than 2012 Mac Pro In One Benchmark

The Nexus 9 won't officially ship until November 3rd, but that hasn't stopped one sneaking onto the official Geekbench rankings. With its ridiculous-sounding dual-64-bit CPU, it was always destined to be fast; but according to this, it's on par with a professional-level Mac Pro from a couple years ago in at least one… » 10/16/14 11:59pm Thursday 11:59pm