Editor's note: the first three paragraphs of this story are a brief primer on fair use in US copyright law and the complications created by the DMCA. Skip down if you're already familiar with this stuff.
The United States copyright system has a series of protections for citizens who want to use video, audio, text quotes, and other copyrighted material in legitimate ways. These are generally called fair use exemptions: they're why Saturday Night Live can make a parody of Jeopardy or The Big Bang Theory without the fear of CBS suing them for copyright infringement, or why a movie reviewer can use clips of the movie in his video critique. Read More
A year after Telltale Games kicked off its point-and-click take on Game of Thrones, the season is coming to an end. Episode 6: The Ice Dragon is now available inside the Android app. If you haven't bought a season pass, you can snag up the episode for $4.99. Read More
Nuance announced it was bringing its business-oriented voice dictation service Dragon Anywhere to Android back in August, and now it's finally here. The app is live in the Play Store, but it's not free. Dragon Anywhere requires a $15 monthly subscription, but you can give it a shot free for 7 days.
If you're one of the select few who work for a company that uses Facebook for Work, then Facebook has just released the messaging app for you. Work Chat is Facebook's take on work-based communication apps like Slack and Hipchat — although it does feel slightly barebones for now.
Work Chat joins Facebook's other work-related app, aptly named Facebook at Work, released back in January. It is pretty much identical to Facebook's regular Messenger app, with the exception that you can only chat with your "work friends." The first version of the app allows users to message coworkers, create work groups, place VoIP calls, and send stickers. Read More
I have a bit of a tech addiction, and as such I have a lot of different gadgets floating around my house. Some of the purchases I have made, I will readily admit, were mistakes, and sit around gathering dust unused. There are, however, a few items I've bought that I use so often that when I leave the house without them I feel somewhat exposed. Like that feeling you get when you realize that you forgot your wallet or phone at home.
My Sony Extra Bass Bluetooth Headset falls into that category for me. I listen to them on my way to work, on my breaks, and on my way home, as well as around the house while I work on projects. Read More
Hey, do you use [insert instant messaging or video chatting service here]? No? Well, what do you use? Weird, no one else I know uses that. Here, just create an account real quick. Please?
Yeah, we're all tired of this conversation. Hangouts has managed to dodge it to some degree because so many people already have the required Google account. But what about those folks who don't? And do you really want to share your email address with this guy who's reaching out to you?
Soon, you won't have to. This week Google is pushing out an update to Hangouts that removes that requirement. Read More
Isn't it interesting that now that we have the kind of graphical horsepower that our parents could only dream about while they were playing Pong and Adventure, we seem to be developing a serious case of nostalgia addiction. While high-end console and PC games are starting to look photorealistic, simpler fare like Minecraft and Crossy Road are earning enough money to make Solomon blush. Take Horizon Chase: it's about as simple as racing games come, but its charming graphics and straightforward setup are taking the mobile gaming world by storm. Read More
The Nexus 6 is still a great device if you don't mind a gargantuan, pocket-busting phone. It has Android 6.0, a good screen, excellent build-quality, and it's really cheap. Usually, when we post a Nexus 6 deal, it's for the 32GB base model. Not this time—today you can get the 64GB Nexus 6 for a mere $369.99. Read More