LG's Next Smartphone Will Have Its Own Processor Inside

One factor that's certainly helped in Samsung's near-domination of the Android market over the last few years is its use of Samsung-manufactured components in its vast range of Android handsets. You can therefore bet that the CEO won't be too happy to hear that LG is now manufacturing top-end silicon of its own. » 10/24/14 2:12am Today 2:12am

Glasses Made From Recycled Vinyl Records: Cool, Or Hipster?

Vinyl records and unneccessary, overly-large eyeglasses: probably just below coffee shops and typewriters when playing the Hipster Word Association Game. If you've ever wanted to combine those two staples, look no further: Vinylize is a company that upcycles old LPs into eyeglasses for the PBR-drinking masses. » 10/23/14 11:51pm Yesterday 11:51pm

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 10/18/14 2:00am