Use Call PopOut to make incoming calls less distracting on Android

Have you ever been reading an important e-mail, studying some notes, or playing a game, when a call interrupts you? Wouldn't it be nice if you could quickly dismiss the call without putting your current activity in the background? That's exactly what Call PopOut does for you.

Instead of interrupting, Call Pop Out puts the incoming call in a tiny bubble, the same way Facebook uses Chat Heads for new messages. Ready to give it a look? Let's get to it:

Step 1: Download a copy of Call PopOut for your Android device. The app … Read more

AT&T supplies CIA with customer data for a fee, says NY Times

AT&T reportedly has a contract with the CIA to provide the agency with data on certain phone calls.

Citing information from unnamed government officials, The New York Times said on Thursday that AT&T receives more than $10 million a year from the Central Intelligence Agency in exchange for providing customer phone records used to help track down potential terrorists. The CIA gives AT&T the phone numbers of suspected terrorists in other countries, according to the Times. In return, AT&T culls through its database for any call records that could identify the associates … Read more

Retailers enlist $1B worth of Call of Duty: Ghosts

Call of Duty: Ghosts, the latest launch in the famed franchise, has reached $1 billion in sales -- to retailers.

Activision announced on Wednesday that its latest launch sold more than $1 billion in worldwide sales to retailers. That is not to be confused with actual sales to consumers. Activision has essentially shipped $1 billion in Call of Duty: Ghosts product to retailers.

Still, the figure is notable. Call of Duty: Ghosts launched on Tuesday. Activision, therefore, hit the milestone in just one day.

In addition, Activision announced on Wednesday that Call of Duty: Ghosts is the most-preordered next-generation game, … Read more

Here's Megan Fox showing her Call of Duty during a 'Hangover'

When it was announced last week that Megan Fox would be in the new Call Of Duty: Ghosts ad, many reacted with a shudder of disbelief.

This would be the first time that a woman would star in a Call Of Duty ad. Could she possibly act better than Kobe Bryant?

I can put you at your ease. The ad has been released and I see no reason, after this, that the Lakers wouldn't sign Fox to play shooting guard.

In this bracing homage to "The Hangover," we see four boys going off to Vegas to do … Read more

New Call of Duty ad will star Megan Fox

If it's good enough for great actors like Robert Downey Jr., Sam Worthington, and, um, Kobe Bryant, then it has to be good enough for perhaps America's greatest female actress.

Sadly, Meryl Streep appears not to have been chosen to be the first ever female star of a Call Of Duty ad.

So into the breach to prove that "there's a soldier in all of us," just as there is inside of Jimmy Kimmel, comes Megan Fox.

As Adweek reports, Michael Bay's favorite actress is appearing in the new Call Of Duty:Ghosts ad … Read more

Microsoft pulls problematic Windows RT update

Windows 8.1 stumbles out of the gate:

In this episode of Update:

- Microsoft does a double take with the Windows 8.1 update for RT.

- The iPhone 5S and 5C hit Boost Mobile next month.

- Xbox Live's "Games With Gold" is here to stay.

- LG's newest devices look to be running the Google Chrome operating system.

- Google Hangout users can make free voice calls using their data plans.

CNET Update delivers the tech news you need in under three minutes. Watch Bridget Carey every afternoon for a breakdown of the … Read more

For $49, a doctor will see you now -- online

When Dr. Teresa Myers took a call from a woman who thought she'd gotten strep throat right smack in the middle of an important business trip, the Akron, Ohio-based family medicine physician who loves telemedicine so much she actually does it in her spare time didn't mean to scream.

But when the patient -- hoping a doc could diagnose her problem via her iPhone camera so that she could get a prescription without going to an ER -- pointed her phone's flashlight toward the back of her throat, Myers couldn't restrain herself.… Read more

Get a Call of Duty game bundle (Mac) for $39.99

Game time! If you like to blow up stuff real good, and I know you do, it's hard to beat the Call of Duty series.

For a limited time, StackSocial is offering the Call of Duty Bundle (Mac) for $39.99. The bundle includes the following five titles, all of them linked to GameSpot reviews where applicable:

Call of Duty 2 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Call of Duty: Black Ops Call of Duty: Black Ops - Annihilation & Escalation Content Pack Call of Duty: Black Ops - Rezurrection Content Pack

As you can see, Call of Duty … Read more

Callism wants to change the way you make phone calls

The App Store has no shortage of Phone applications. From Skype to Viber to WhatsApp, and even Line, there are many ways to make a voice call. But all of these services each promote their own third-party services over the regular calling and messaging functions of the iPhone. What if you wanted to use the calling plan that you already paid for? In comes Callism, an app aiming to make it easier for you to use the long-forgotten primary function of your iPhone -- making a call.

The app is not just offering a new service for making calls, but … Read more

The 404 1,334: Where no secret is safe (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- NPR's weekly innovation: a mattress for uncomfortable cuddlers.

- Amish communities aren't anti-tech, they're just more thoughtful about it.

- Did PostSecret pass around a murder confession?… Read more