UK to allow driverless cars on roads

30 July 2014 Last updated at 11:29 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s Rory Cellan-Jones takes a ride in a driverless car The UK government has announced that driverless cars will be allowed on public roads from January next year. It also invited cities to compete to host one of […]

Facebook is killing its Gifts service, still wants you to buy stuff

Mark Zuckerberg’s experiment in social network retail has finally come to an end: on August 12th, Facebook Gifts will close forever. The company’s gift feature grew from its acquisition of the social gifting app Karma, selling teddy bears, socks and chocolates drop shipped directly to your Facebook friends. Eventually Facebook discovered that gift cards took […]

Google now shows what you can do near your hotel

When you land in a strange new city, your first instinct may be to see what there is to do near your hotel. However, searching Google for nearby attractions can be a hassle if you don’t remember your hotel’s name or address by heart. That memorization is no longer necessary after today, though — Google […]

Samsung’s phone market share takes a bruising as Chinese rivals surge

Samsung warned that its smartphone sales weren’t that great this spring, and now we have the numbers to show just what the company meant. IDC estimates that Samsung’s smartphone shipments saw a rare year-over-year drop in the second quarter, taking it from a lofty 32.3 percent market share down to 25.2 percent. That’s still enough […]

Verizon’s FiOS Xbox apps now let you watch ‘The Walking Dead,’ er, live

Verizon’s FiOS app has been leading the way on the Xbox One live-TV front, and now it’s getting a handful more channels in its stable. If you’re a subscriber, you now have access to the likes of AMC HD, Showtime, Encore, Bloomberg TV and ten others. As Verizon tells it, this brings the total channel […]

Making an indie game for Xbox One costs just over $5,000

So let’s say that you want to quit your day job and start making indie games. It’s a noble pursuit to to be sure, and with Microsoft’s Independent Developers @ Xbox program for Xbox One, it’s supposedly pretty easy. What Redmond doesn’t tell you, however, is just how much it’ll cost you. That’s where Jamie […]

Simplify Switching Between OS X Partitions with an AppleScript

Switching between OS X partitions usually requires you to either manually change your startup disk or hold down the Option key when you boot, but iDownloadBlog reader Antony Verros shares a simple AppleScript that makes rebooting a bit simpler. If you find yourself booting between partitions a lot (like to check out that new Yosemite […]

Everything That Does and Doesn’t Work with the New Raspberry Pi

A new model of the Raspberry Pi was released this month that comes packed with more ports and uses less power. While the price has remained the same, a few things have changed that make external hardware work differently. Ladyada has a breakdown of everything that matters. The Raspberry Pi B+ Adds More Ports and […]

This Chart Shows Which Video Games Give the Best Return On Investment

Video games can be expensive, especially when you’re taking a chance with something you haven’t tried or seen much of. The eBay Deals team has put together a way to see a game’s ROI (return on investment) so you can see what games—and DLC—may have the best value per your dollar. Using a formula that […]

Use an Empty Wine or Liquor Bottle as a Rolling Pin

If you’re like me and rarely take the time to bake anything, a rolling pin is probably not something you have in your kitchen. In the event the baking bug bites, you can use an empty glass bottle in a pinch to roll out your dough. Blogger Brooke Lauren blogged about the idea while coming […]

The July Home Screen

There’s always something to be said for simplicity. That’s certainly the case with this home screen design. This one features a small overview of your day’s events alongside the current date and time, and a few notification badges to let you know how many emails or missed calls you need to tend to. This design […]

The key to better work? E-mail less, flow more

This post originally appeared on the Crew blog. Have you ever felt like all you do is check your e-mail? Well, you may not spend ALL your time checking your e-mail but you do spend about 28 percent of your time doing it. That translates into about 13-hours a week or 650 hours a year of e-mail checking. For […]

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