Google’s EU case: three reasons why it matters to you

Google’s EU case: three reasons why it matters to you

The European Union is aiming for Google this month with a statement of objections. They've made allegations that Google isn't doing what they should when it comes to their super-dominant search engine. They suggest that what Google is doing with their search engine is selling products when they should simply be providing the public with this service without destroying their competition in the process. The European Union suggests that Google can keep doing what they're doing now - just so long as they're not found guilty of doing so in a way that allows no competition to realistically compete.

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Super Smash Bros. Mewtwo code emails are rolling out

Super Smash Bros. Mewtwo code emails are rolling out

Today brings good news for those who have both the 3DS and the Wii U versions of Super Smash Bros. — the email containing the Mewtwo character DLC codes are rolling out now. This is notable for two reasons: if you don’t qualify, you’ll have to pay for the character; and, secondly, you’ll have to wait until April 28 to get your digital hands on it. Reports of the codes being received by some qualified gamers started popping up this morning, first for those located in Japan, but with those in North America and Europe seeing them soon after.

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Gray whale’s migration from Russia to Mexico breaks record

Gray whale’s migration from Russia to Mexico breaks record

A nine-year-old female gray whale has set a new record by migrating from Russia to Mexico and back again, a multi-thousand mile trip that began in November of 2011. Researchers know of the similar gray whales that hang out around California’s coast during the fall migration, and they’ve relatively recently turned their attention to the western north Pacific gray whale population living near the Russian coast. One of those whales broke the researchers’ belief that the Russian whales were isolated, however, by swimming from Russia’s Sakhalin Island to Baja California’s Cabo San Lucas.

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Minecraft Gameband Review

Minecraft Gameband Review

If you're in the mood for Minecraft and you move from machine to machine on a regular basis, you may want to have a peek at the Gameband + Minecraft. This unit has actually been in "soft release" mode for a few weeks - it first surfaced a few months ago, in fact, but today it's on blast courtesy of the folks at Gameband and Microsoft. In addition to being sent to none other than Larry Hyrb last week, you'll be seeing this piece of equipment appearing in stores across the United States immediately if not soon.

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Uber’s Bay Area driver numbers spike over 2014

Uber’s Bay Area driver numbers spike over 2014

The so-called “sharing economy” has its critics, but it is a rapidly growing way for some to make a part-time or full-time income, and depending on where you live, you have likely seen it expand over recent months. Uber might be one of the biggest examples of this, at least when it comes to giving strangers rides in your own car for money, and it has just released some numbers that demonstrate that growth: its number of drivers in the Bay Area have more than doubled in a single year.

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Yahoo may be readying new Messenger to battle Snapchat, Periscope

Yahoo may be readying new Messenger to battle Snapchat, Periscope

You probably don’t use Yahoo Messenger. It’s tired, really. As a simple chat app, it’s fine, but we want more than that. In an age of sending each other more than words, Yahoo is way behind. Instead of dropping messaging, Yahoo may be priming a revamp to Messenger, one that reportedly combine live and recorded video sharing. This app is meant for mobile, though it’s not clear if Yahoo is also readying the app for your desktop as well. If the report is accurate, we’ll see this new Messenger by the end of Q2 2015.

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Verizon: Fear lazy IT staff not smartphone security

Verizon: Fear lazy IT staff not smartphone security

Many of the companies and organizations you trust your personal data to are storing it on unpatched and unprotected servers, Verizon has concluded, with carelessness a key contributor to data breaches. In fact, laziness in applying long-released security patches remains a primary weakness, the company's 2015 report discovered. However while mobile security has become a key talking point by Apple, Google, and others, each pitching their platform as the safest for users, the stats suggest the risk there is "negligible," in fact.

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MergeVR Goggles: like NERF with a Wii controller

MergeVR Goggles: like NERF with a Wii controller

This week the folks at MergeVR have created a VR headset that allows you to insert the iPhone 6 Plus to experience virtual reality. Wait a second, you might be saying - isn't this the same thing as Google Cardboard? Sort of - but in this case, you've got what the company calls "the world's most comfortable VR Goggles" as well as a VR Motion Controller to boot. This headset is set to be available in the United States first this summer, complete with its own app launcher.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 replacement battery cost detailed

Samsung Galaxy S6 replacement battery cost detailed

The Samsung Galaxy S6 has an integrated battery, but it can be replaced (not without some difficulty, however). Some have questioned how much that replacement battery will cost, and now Samsung has confirmed the pricing: a replacement S6 battery will cost $45 USD, and the replacement of said battery can be done in a single business day, meaning users won't have to be separated from their smartphone for too long. In certain circumstances in particular, though, the replacement battery will be free.

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GM slashes ELR and Spark EV to regen green auto

GM slashes ELR and Spark EV to regen green auto

GM is slashing EV and hybrid car pricing at both the budget and luxury ends of the spectrum, as it attempts to spur last-gasp sales while new models are readied. At the fancy end of the scale, Cadillac has made further reductions on its distinctive but little-loved ELR hybrid coupe, a car which has struggled to find buyers since its debut two years ago. Meanwhile, down at the compact level, Chevrolet is dropping Spark EV pricing in an attempt to get more drivers into its all-electric city car.

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