• 'Mortal Kombat X' won't be coming to last-gen consoles after all

    Aug 30, 2015

    'Mortal Kombat X' won't be coming to last-gen consoles after all I hope you weren't counting on playing Mortal Kombat X on your trusty previous-generation console -- you're about to be disappointed.Warner Bros. has cancelled both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the bloody brawler, claiming that neit...

  • NASA simulates Mars mission by locking up people in a tiny dome

    Aug 30, 2015

    NASA simulates Mars mission by locking up people in a tiny dome A group of six people bade the rest of the world farewell on Friday to begin their year-long stay in a cramped dome on Hawaii's Mauna Loa volcano. The French astrobiologist, German physicist and American pilot, architect, doctor/journalist and soil...

  • BlackBerry's Android-powered Venice phone surfaces in the wild

    Aug 30, 2015

    BlackBerry's Android-powered Venice phone surfaces in the wild BlackBerry's Android-based Venice smartphone isn't just a figment of someone's imagination... at least, if you believeVietnamese resident Ba Minh Duc.He claims to have photos of the slider in action, complete with its hideaway QWERTY keyboard,...

  • Microsoft prevails over an 8-year-old attempt to block its phone sales

    Aug 30, 2015

    Microsoft prevails over an 8-year-old attempt to block its phone sales Remember the heady days of August 2007, when the iPhone had barely reached store shelves and the Nokia N95 was all the rage?The US International Trade Commission sure does.After reviewing an 8-year-long case, the ITC has ruled that Nokia's phon...

  • NASA chief: Congress needs to support commercial crew program

    Aug 29, 2015

    NASA chief: Congress needs to support commercial crew program NASA recently paid Russia $490 million to continue ferrying its astronauts to the ISS, but Maj. Gen. Charles Bolden says "it doesn't have to be this way." In a piece/open letter the space agency's head honcho wrote for Wired, he explains how the Co...

  • Tidal claims Apple prevented it from streaming a Drake performance

    Aug 29, 2015

    Tidal claims Apple prevented it from streaming a Drake performance It's no secret that Apple and Tidal are at each other's throats over music exclusives, but that fight might have reached a new peak. Tidal claims that Apple stopped it from streaming Drake's brief guest appearance at New Orleans' Lil Weezyana Fest...

  • Did Apple threaten Tidal with $20 million lawsuit over Drake charity appearance?

    Aug 29, 2015

    Jay-Z’s Tidal hasn’t been much of a threat to Apple Music so far, but according to Tidal, that’s not stopping Cupertino from suing them. Over charity, no less! According to a new report, Apple Music threatened to sue Tidal for $20 million over rapper Drake’s appearance at a charity concert to benefit kids affected by […]

  • Why the new Apple TV will kill your Xbox or Playstation

    Aug 29, 2015

    A new report gives us our best insight yet into the radically improved Apple TV expected to be launched next month, including the fact that it will ship with a motion-sensitive controller similar to the Nintendo Wiimote — but a hell of a lot sleeker. And that’s just to start. In an exhaustive report for […]

  • How we put the Mac-gic in Cult of Mac’s videos

    Aug 29, 2015

    Want a sneak peek behind the scenes of Cult of Mac? In my tech-setup tour video below, I’ll show you where I produce and edit all the videos for the site, and what kind of equipment I use to do it. This is one of the most-requested videos I’ve had so far, so I won’t […]

  • The many (surprisingly realistic) hacks of 'Mr. Robot'

    Aug 29, 2015

    The many (surprisingly realistic) hacks of 'Mr. Robot' Most infosec pros agree that few Hollywood films or TV shows have gotten hacking as "right" as USA's Mr. Robot. The show's creator, Sam Esmail, told Engadget, "The hacker side of it actually was a combination of my frustration with the way hacker c...

  • Discovery VR, Lara Croft GO, and other awesome apps of the week

    Aug 29, 2015

    From undersea virtual reality to a great Mac Instagram client, there have been plenty of interesting apps that have hit the App Store in the past seven days. But which ones to download this weekend? Thankfully, Cult of Mac is here to help guide you through the best apps of the week. Check below to […]

  • 3 lessons IBM's Watson can teach us about our brains' biases

    Aug 29, 2015

    3 lessons IBM's Watson can teach us about our brains' biases What can artificial intelligence teach us about human intelligence? Quite a bit, it turns out. IBM's Watson had its crowning moment back in 2011 when the cognitive computing system famously destroyed its Jeopardy champion contenders, but lately Wat...

  • Last chance to save big on Drive Genius 4, the award-winning app for maintaining & repairing your Mac [Deals]

    Aug 29, 2015

    Our computers live and die by their hard drives, so it’s important to stay on top of their health. Drive Genius 4 is one of the best ways to keep your hard drive tuned, healthy, and even to bring it back from the dead if it crashes. Right now it’s going for almost half off, […]

  • Big toys for the big kid in all of us

    Aug 29, 2015

    Big toys for the big kid in all of us Some of the toys we played with as children have grown up along with us and now they pack adult-sized fun. Memorable designs have bubbled up into lifestyle products with smarts, but most offer what we always loved them for: an action-packed thrill....

  • Recommended Reading: Should we be concerned robots will take our jobs?

    Aug 29, 2015

    Recommended Reading: Should we be concerned robots will take our jobs? Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you'll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read.Robots Will Steal Our Job...

  • Training for a marathon? Apple Watch can help

    Aug 29, 2015

    With Autumn rapidly approaching, marathon season is almost upon us. So if you’re planning on running a race, now’s the time to ramp up your training. Whether you are doing a full marathon, a half-marathon or a 10K race, here are my top 10 tips for using your Apple Watch to achieve a new personal […]

  • The NSA can keep spying on phone call metadata through November

    Aug 29, 2015

    The NSA can keep spying on phone call metadata through November The National Security Agency can keep on keeping on with the bulk collection of phone call metadata for a bit longer, sadly. The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia killed an injunction that would've ended the previously-rul...

  • Slack ties in with Windows 10's notification center

    Aug 29, 2015

    Slack ties in with Windows 10's notification center Communication / productivity tool Slack is starting to blend in with Windows 10 after its latest update. In version 1.2.0, notifications show up in the desktop OS' Action Center, and clicking them links directly to the appropriate conversation in t...

  • HTC's Peter Chou joins visual effects firm behind 'Iron Man 3'

    Aug 29, 2015

    HTC's Peter Chou joins visual effects firm behind 'Iron Man 3' No, Peter Chou isn't leaving HTC. As the company is gearing up to launch its virtual reality platform (and another flagship phone) later this year, the co-founder has decided to pick up a second role at renowned visual effects company, Digital Doma...

  • Construction drones can keep track of progress and lazy workers

    Aug 29, 2015

    Construction drones can keep track of progress and lazy workers Cameras that keep an eye on construction sites aren't anything new, but the folks in charge of building the new Sacramento Kings stadium in California are using something a bit more high-tech than usual. Several camera-equipped drones operated by a...

  • Google Search starts connecting you directly to plumbers, locksmiths

    Aug 29, 2015

    Google Search starts connecting you directly to plumbers, locksmiths Amazon launched a home services directory in 41 cities a few months ago, and now Google is dipping its toe in the water. According to the Wall Street Journal, for those "in and around" San Francisco, searching for terms like lock repair or clogged...

  • NASA's Pluto probe is heading for the Kuiper belt

    Aug 29, 2015

    NASA's Pluto probe is heading for the Kuiper belt It's been over a month since the New Horizons spacecraft flew as near as possible to Pluto and took the closest photos of the dwarf planet we've ever seen. Now, NASA has decided on its next destination: a small Kuiper Belt object (KBO) called 2014 M...

  • Razer is making its own customizable Xbox One controller

    Aug 29, 2015

    Razer is making its own customizable Xbox One controller The Xbox One already has an expensive controller tailor-made for competitive gamers, but Razer believes there's room for another one. Today at PAX, the company announced its new $150 Wildcat controller for Microsoft's latest console. Razer says tha...

  • Cult of Mac Magazine: Apple’s next big thing(s), hot tips for iOS, Mac and Apple Watch and more

    Aug 29, 2015

    It’s another week ending, which means its time for us to round up all the great content from Cult of Mac into one delightful Cult of Mac Magazine. We’ve got all the info we could find out about the upcoming Apple event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in SF, a ton of useful and […]

  • The Big Picture: Google Maps hack creates crazy custom art

    Aug 29, 2015

    The Big Picture: Google Maps hack creates crazy custom art Cartography is as much an art as it is a science. For its part, Google Maps has been extensively designed to be as easily readable as possible -- I mean, nobody wants to decipher directions while zipping along at freeway speeds. But with a new colo...

  • Researchers make a living circuit out of bacteria

    Aug 29, 2015

    Researchers make a living circuit out of bacteria Under the right circumstances, bacteria can be quite cooperative -- both with each other and the organism they're living in. A research team at Rice University has managed to exploit that natural congeniality to, for the first time, create a biolog...

  • Twitter publicly announces goals for hiring diversity in 2016

    Aug 29, 2015

    Twitter publicly announces goals for hiring diversity in 2016 It may have taken a while, but major tech companies are finally making diverse hiring more of a priority. To that end, Twitter has publicly announced its diversity goals for 2016 in an effort to hold itself more accountable going forward. Worldwide...

  • DARPA wants to launch and land Gremlins on moving planes

    Aug 29, 2015

    DARPA wants to launch and land Gremlins on moving planes DARPA wants to transform airplanes into drone carriers. Last year, the agency invited technical ideas and business expertise to help create a reusable airborne system. Today, it announced the launch of the Gremlins program that's designed to make t...

  • Jeep hackers get new jobs at Uber's autonomous-car lab

    Aug 29, 2015

    Jeep hackers get new jobs at Uber's autonomous-car lab Security researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek have made a habit of getting the attention of the automotive world with their vehicle hacks. This year, the team showed an exploit that would allow hackers to remotely hijack a Jeep. That hack r...

  • Ex-Apple engineer wants you to think different about furniture

    Aug 28, 2015

    Here’s good news for anyone who has had to carry a heavy couch up or down several flights of stairs and/or through narrow doorways: You can now pre-order a sofa that will fit into easily portable boxes. This is Campaign furniture, and the company’s head is Brad Sewell, a former supply base engineer for Apple […]

 

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