Android Wear is quickly gaining support for more messaging apps beyond Google’s Hangouts. WhatsApp recently released a beta update enabling owners of the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live to dictate message replies, swipe through a stack of multiple notifications, and view full-length message previews. Now, Facebook is following close behind and adding support for Android Wear to Messenger.

Whereas before the app simply mirrored your phone’s notifications on your wrist, now you’re able to immediately respond to a friend’s message by talking to your watch. And if a voice reply isn’t feasible at the moment, Messenger also lets Android Wear users send a thumbs-up “like” response with just one tap. That convenience is great, but most people…

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Getting around Westeros often leads to trouble, but what if there was a subway? Designer Michael Tyznik has imagined just such a scenario, and put together a fictional rail map of the fictional kingdom from the Game of Thrones series that will take you from the Shadow Tower to King’s Landing with just one transfer station. If only it were so simple — but then George R.R. Martin’s books would have been more like a food blog.

Tyznik says he was inspired to create the maps of Westeros and The Known World from Cameron Booth’s Tumblr of transit maps, and has included all sorts of small touches like noting certain stations that are “not in service” to coincide with plot points from the books. Both are being sold as prints, and can be seen at…

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A bill requiring that all smartphones sold in California contain a “kill-switch” that allows users to disable them if stolen was approved by the California Assembly on Thursday morning.

The bill had previously been approved by the state’s senate although it will have to return for a vote on amendments made by the assembly. If those are approved, it will pass into law once signed by Governor Jerry Brown.

The California bill mandates that all smartphones contain software that will allow the user to remotely wipe the phone of personal data and lock it so it cannot be used unless an unlocking code is entered. The software will need to be resistant to attempts to replace the phone’s operating system, be enabled by default but with the possibility of being disabled by consumers, and be on all phones manufactured after July 1, 2015, and sold in the state.

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If this isn’t the logical endpoint for the endless hemming and hawing over resolution issues in next-gen games, then I really, really don’t want to know what that endpoint is. An angry gamer is filing suit with PS4 maker Sony over the resolution in lau…

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When you think of brand building on Twitter, celebrities may not be the first people who come to mind. However, with legions of followers, some celebrities are worth looking considering for insight. Celebrities ranging from Lady Gaga to Ashton Kutcher are doing something right on Twitter – and they’re not […]

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If you’re reading this, you’re probably familiar with the debate over whether a robot will take your job. Will manufacturing ever provide a stable income again? Will robot nurses replace human nurses? Would this article be better if it were written by an AI?

You’re also probably at least passingly familiar with the arguments about whether or not your life will be improved by things like self-checkout systems and driverless cars. If you’re optimistic, they’ll automate low-level tasks and free us up to take more complex jobs, or to spend our time pursuing personal interests. If you’re pessimistic, they’ll concentrate wealth in the hands of a small part of the population, gutting the middle class and driving workers into either…

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