Luxury Watchmaker Welcomes Smartwatch Competition

The head of a luxury watch firm says his industry should welcome smartwatches rather than seeing tech firms as a threat. Jean-Claude Biver, head of several watchmaking firms including Tag Heuer was speaking to the BBC at an industry trade event. He said the likes of Apple, Google and Samsung should be invited to exhibit […]

Apple Proposes Disability Emoji

Apple has proposed nine new emoji to better represent people with disabilities. It says the selection is based on the quantity of online searches for particular terms. According to Apple: The current selection of emoji provides a wide array of representations of people, activities, and objects meaningful to the general public, but very few speak […]

Vinyl Revival Not All It Seems

CDs and vinyl are outselling digital downloads in the US for the first time since 2011. That’s something of a misleading statistic however. The figures come from the Recording Industry Association of America and aim to cover all revenue derived from recorded music. They only cover money that comes directly from customers, so don’t include […]

Google Play Games Work Without Installation

Google is letting users try out Android games without installing them. It builds on an existing system for trying less demanding apps. The Play Store already has a “try before you install” option for some apps. It’s based on the idea that some users have limited space and want to see if it’s worth installing […]

Oldschool Handheld Video Games Now Playable Online

The Internet Archive has added 75 handheld games to its collection of playable archived games. While there’s a big omission, the collection does have some wonderfully obscure games. The archive already included thousands of PC, console and arcade cabinet games, but this is the first time it’s added standalone handheld games. Popular in the 80s, […]

“Fat” PS3 Users Could Get $65 Payout

If you bought an original ‘Fat’ model PS3, you could get up to $65 from a class action lawsuit. The damages are compensation for Sony withdrawing the ability to easily run Linux on the system. The ‘OtherOS’ feature let users partition the hard drive and install Linux on the spare space. Sony withdrew the option […]

Man Implants Contactless Card Chip Into Hand

A man who implanted a transport card’s contactless payment chip into his hand has been fined for fare evasion. The man, whose legal name is Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow, had cut the chip out of an Opal Card, which works in New South Wales, the Australian state that includes Sydney. Passengers can pre-load the card […]

Astronaut And Identical Twin’s DNA Now Differs

An astronaut who spent a year in space now has seven percent of his DNA different to that of his identical twin. Scott and Mark Kelly were part of an experiment into the effects of space travel as part of planning for Mars trips. Scott (pictured right) spent a year on the International Space Station, […]