Motorola found guilty of infringing on a patent from infamous troll

There was good news and bad news for Motorola in its second round in court with the patent holding firm Intellectual Ventures. A Delaware jury cleared Motorola of infringing on one of IV’s wireless patents, but it also said that the cellphone maker i…

Minecraft free for every Northern Ireland secondary school

Minecraft has been heralded for its focus on building, creativity and exploration. Players learn about architecture and construction, as well as the simple joy of self expression. The game’s open nature has also given birth to countless mods that tea…

‘Blade Runner’ tech gives ‘Borderlands’ its signature sound

“The Commodore 64 is like my Bible; that’s when [game] music began because that’s when they put an analog chip into a computer,” composer Jesper Kyd says of the nearly 33-year-old home computer. “Before that it was PC or Atari and everything was like…

Lyft’s answer to rideshare safety is befriending your driver

While Uber is doing its best to make sure passengers feel safe with its drivers, Lyft just wants us all to be friends. Next week a new “Lyft profiles” feature is coming to the app that the company hopes will “humanize” the “ride experience,” sparking…

Razer’s handing open-source VR kits to more than 20 education labs

Razer’s entry into virtual reality may not be as ballsy as HTC’s or Samsung’s, but it could be just as important. Back in January the gaming manufacturer revealed Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR), a project that offers a hardware design and softwar…

PayPal’s failure to spot sanctioned accounts just cost it $7.7 millon

PayPal has has agreed to pay the US Department of the Treasury $7.7-million, after the financial giant processed transactions for a number of companies and individuals on the US sanctions list. A total of 486 violations of US regulations had apparent…

Uber hopes new programs will help riders feel safer

Following alleged sexual assaults in India and France, Uber has revealed several new initiatives and a code of conduct to make passengers feel more secure. The key change is a new advisory board that will “review safety practice and advise on our roa…

LG’s Watch Urbane LTE will soon be available in South Korea for $590

LG is releasing the Watch Urbane LTE in South Korea within the next few days, which means we now have an idea how much one will cost. Turns out the fancy mobile internet-connected smartwatch is priced at 650,000 won or $590 in its home turf. That amo…