Spain lifts file-sharing site blocks

18 July 2014 Last updated at 16:09 Some of the blocked file-sharing sites set up proxies to help people evade the restrictions A Spanish court has ordered blocks on six file-sharing sites to be lifted. All six sites were blocked in May after being accused of infringing copyright by the Spanish anti-piracy federation. The block […]

UK anti-piracy action set to begin

19 July 2014 Last updated at 00:29 The email warnings form part of a larger scheme that aims to highlight the value of the UK’s creative industries People in the UK who persistently pirate music and movies will soon start getting emails warning them that their actions are illegal. The warnings are part of a […]

Nokia’s MixRadio to be spun off as its own music service

The restructuring plans from Microsoft caused a ripple effect throughout the company, with its recently acquired Nokia Devices and Services business being the most affected one. Now, as part of this, The Guardian reports that Nokia’s MixRadio music-streaming app is expected to spin out and live as a standalone service. Essentially, this means MixRadio will […]

New York wants Bitcoin exchanges to be heavily regulated

Popularity just isn’t easy. That’s something cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin, are starting to grasp. Yes, they’re now being accepted as a formal method of payment by more and more places, but some government entities still can’t figure out how to treat them properly, particularly in the US. Case in point: the state of New York, which […]

Twitter will finally let you see — and delete — all of your direct messages

If you’ve been on Twitter long enough, chances are that you’ve sent at least one or two direct messages (DMs) that you’d rather not see again. Deleting any regretful conversations in one fell swoop should you use the service across multiple devices isn’t as simple as it should be, though, and as of now, destroying […]

Engadget Daily: Top cellphones, Kindle Unlimited and more!

Check out the top smartphones you can buy right now, read to your heart’s content with Kindle Unlimited, our review of the Samsung ATIV Book 9 2014 Edition and find out how to live off vending machines in Tokyo. All that and more inside Engadget’s news highlights from the last 24 hours. The top 15 […]

Amazon UK rep says an Android version of its video app is ‘imminent’

Amazon’s video service is well-rounded, with both video-on-demand selection and Prime all you can eat viewing, but there’s one big hole — Android. Even though Amazon has apps for its Android-based Kindle family of devices (along with iOS, game consoles, Roku and other TV boxes), the rest of the Android family tree is left out […]

Make Your Own Tool Roll for Easy Storage and Transportation

Not everyone needs to carry around a big toolbox. If you need something a bit simpler, Instructables user nomuse shows off how to make your own roll that’s easy to carry everywhere. All you’ll need is some basic sewing skills, a few upholstery fabric remnants, some velcro, and a couple clips. The end result is […]

Remind People to Wash Their Hands with This DIY Alarm

Let’s be real here: everyone should be washing their hands after they use the bathroom. To help remind the forgetful types, this setup lights up a sign if the sink wasn’t used after the toilet was flushed. The build comes from Make and uses an Arduino Microcontroller and some piezo senors, which are capable of […]

Menu Formatting Could Affect How Much You Spend at a Restaurant

We already know that eating out is expensive, but a recent study at Cornell University found a tactic restaurants use to get you to spend even more. The study examined how customers reacted to lunch menu formatting at a busy restaurant in New York. What they discovered was customers given a menu without dollar signs […]

BringFido App Finds Pet-Friendly Hotels, Dog Parks, and Restaurants

iOS: If you’re on the road with man’s best friend, the BringFido App can help you find a ton of pet friendly places to crash, play, and eat. We mentioned their web site a while back, but now BringFido’s search capabilities incorporate even more on their mobile app. It’s easy to find pet friendly hotels, […]

A Step-By-Step Guide to Getting Better Customer Service

Despite your best efforts to fix problems on your own, sometimes you just have to call for help—whether you’ve got broken gadgets, downed service, or just need to fix a company’s mistake. Calling customer service can be a miserable experience, but when it comes time to bite the bullet and give them a ring, follow […]

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