Facebook said to be violating European law by tracking users

Facebook said to be violating European law by tracking users

Facebook has been found running afoul of the law in Europe, at least according to researchers commissioned to look into the matter. Last month a draft report pegged the social network as being in violation of European law, and so a further look into the matter concluded that Facebook is tracking all of its users...even if they are opting out of being tracked, or if they have visited a Facebook page but don't have an account with the company.

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Flickr introduces public domain option: SpaceX gets on board

Flickr introduces public domain option: SpaceX gets on board

Flickr, the Yahoo-owned photography storage and sharing website, has been slowly adding features it hopes will make it appeal to a larger audience of photographers, and latest among its efforts is the introduction of two new copyright designations: Public Domain and Creative Commons 0 (CC0). Both designations have been long-requested by Flickr users, and it has already kicked things off in a big way, announcing that SpaceX was one of the first accounts to switch over to a "Public Domain" designation -- making those gorgeous rocket shots available to anyone.

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Limited Edition PS4 Batman: Arkham Knight bundle unveiled

Limited Edition PS4 Batman: Arkham Knight bundle unveiled

Sony has announced the new Limited Edition PlayStation 4 Batman: Arkham Knight bundle. With the bundle comes a Steel Grey PS4 console decked out with a partial silhouette of Batman and a subtle emblem reading out the name of the game. A controller with the same steel grey color is included with the bundle, as well as the expected game. That's not the only bundle Sony will be offering, however; it has a second similar one up its sleeve, only for a lower price point and with less flashy designs for those who find that option more preferable.

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Appkettle smart kettle lends mobile control

Appkettle smart kettle lends mobile control

Appkettle is a smart kettle that allows users to set the temperature, monitor the process, and more when warming up water for their morning coffee or afternoon soup. It works, as you'd expect, in conjunction with a mobile app lending hands-off control of the kettle, which can be left on its own in the kitchen (after the water is added, of course). The design itself is modern with a shiny outer shell, but conservative enough to blend in with most kitchens with its round shape and matte black base. According to its maker, this is the first kettle that offers volume and temperature control in real-time on a mobile device.

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Audi details central controller for piloted driving tech

Audi details central controller for piloted driving tech

Audi has detailed the latest among its efforts for producing new safety-oriented driving technologies, in this case piloted driving. Such functionality will be managed by a central controller the size of a tablet, says the auto maker, serving as the core upon which future piloted driving systems will be developed. Audi calls this a "key milestone" for autonomous driving functionality in general, and serves to showcase its own particular efforts in an industry that is scrambling to get self-driving cars on the road.

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Sling TV users revolt after content restrictions hit select channels

Sling TV users revolt after content restrictions hit select channels

Sling TV is an exciting option for television viewers, giving the best of television while offering the convenience and piecemeal freedom that comes with watch-it-anywhere Internet streaming. The service, which is from Dish Network, offers a core package that includes many channels streaming in real-time, counted among them being such popular offerings as ESPN, AMC, Disney, ABC Family, CNN, and more. Some users have discovered that not all is quite as it seems, however, and they have started to revolt.

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‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ movie to arrive in early 2016

‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ movie to arrive in early 2016

A handful of years ago, a rehashed version of "Pride and Prejudice" was released called Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and as you'd expect given the title, it incorporates the undead into the storyline. The book was released back in 2009, and fans have been pushing for a movie edition. With zombies (again) enjoying the popular spotlight, it is no surprise that now seems like as good a time as any, and news of an official movie in the pipeline has surfaced. The flick will be hitting theaters in early 2016.

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Pacman invades Ingress, Android, iPhone as well

Pacman invades Ingress, Android, iPhone as well

This morning Google started April Fools Day early with a bit of the ol' Google Maps invasion. This particular fool included Pacman, the original grid-loving game chomper, and his ghostly enemies. As it turns out, Google's release of this game around the world was not just limited to the desktop browser version of Google Maps. There's Pacman Fever to be had in Ingress as well as the Android version of Google Maps as well - just not with as all-inclusive a mapping experience as you'll see on the web.

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Moshi Overture Review; Apple Pay for iPhone 6, no matter what

Moshi Overture Review; Apple Pay for iPhone 6, no matter what

You probably slip your phone and wallet in your pocket or bag on a daily basis. You probably don’t want to tote multiple items around, especially if you’re just heading out for a night on the town or grabbing a bite to eat. For those times, we suggest taking a look at Moshi’s Overture case for the iPhone 6. Part case, part wallet, and all kinds of useful, the Overture is your all-in-one for just about everything you need when heading away from home.

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Opportunity rover shows its age with double amnesia event

Opportunity rover shows its age with double amnesia event

In Mars news today, NASA has reported their Opportunity rover to be having a second bit of amnesia in so many weeks. This event is affecting the machine's flash memory banks, and scientists had, after the first incident, attempted to bypass the faulty bank. The first event happened back on March 20th, and another event happened on the 25th. NASA scientists suggest that they're disappointed at the second occurrence, but not surprised. Another memory reformat may be just the ticket to get this machine back in order.

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