Samsung serves Milk Music, does a Galaxy good

CNET Update is Grade-A tech news:

In this episode of Update:

- Learn about Samsung's Milk Music, a free streaming radio service only available for some Galaxy smartphones.

- Keep it classy on Vine, now that the video-sharing network prohibits porn.

- See what carbonated competition is bubbling up for Sodastream and Keurig.

- Cool a room quietly with Dyson's latest fancy fan, the Air Multiplier.

CNET Update delivers the tech news you need in under three minutes. Watch Bridget Carey every afternoon for a breakdown of the big stories, hot devices, new apps, and what's ahead. … Read more

Sparkling Drink Systems bids to take the fizz out of Keurig Cold

Earlier this year Coca-Cola and Keurig announced a partnership for Keurig Cold, a CO2 cartridge-free carbonated drink maker expected in stores later this year. Around the same time, a company called Sparkling Drinks Systems - Innovation Center (SDS-IC) said it has been developing its own at-home carbonated beverage tech since November 2007, one that also doesn't require CO2 cartridges. With backing from Paris-based company Initiative & Finance SDS-IC plans to unveil six products related to DIY carbonated drinks in the second half of 2014.

SDS-IC's home page is emblazoned with the words, "Sorry Coke and Keurig, we … Read more

Mardi Gras hangover? Scientists suspect it won't slow you down

Have you ever woken up with a hangover so bad you've sworn that you'll never drink again? Me too. Now researchers may be finding hints of what you and I have long known...that no matter what we say, or how we feel, our hangovers likely have very little to do with how soon we'll drink again.

The cross-university study, which will be published in the May 2014 online-only issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, followed 386 drinkers (about evenly split male and female) who were asked to report on their drinking behaviors and the mornings … Read more

Researchers build pub to find out why people get hammered

Remember that time when you woke up in the middle of those Ikea playballs? And realized you were in Belgium, instead of Switzerland?

What about that time when you sang the collected works of Wham! to a rapt audience and then woke up with a beer mat stapled to your head?

I want to know why you did it. What propelled you to the sort of excess that made you an object of laughter for at least six months?

Actually, it's not just me who wants to know. It's the researchers at London South Bank University. They, you see, are fascinated with the deeper motivations behind getting plastered beyond control. … Read more

Heavy drinking hits men's brains harder than women's, study says

Maybe the average man can get away with drinking more in one sitting than the average woman. But in the long run, that may not be an advantage.

In a paper titled "Alcohol consumption and cognitive decline in early old age," and published online this month in Neurology, researchers used a long-term study of British workers to examine the association between alcohol consumption in midlife and subsequent cognitive decline in both men and women. It seems gender may play a role in the effects of alcohol consumption on the brain.

"Our study based on middle-aged participants suggests that heavy drinking is associated with faster decline in all cognitive domains in men," the paper stated. "In women, there was only weak evidence that heavy drinking was associated with a faster decline in executive function." In fact, not drinking for 10 years was associated with a faster cognitive decline for women, but don't take that as a recommendation to drink heavily. The researchers point out that there are other demographic factors involved, such as race and income.… Read more

Lights! Neurons! Action! Binge-drinking lab rats go cold turkey

Forget rehab, medication, and counseling. What if light could one day help cure us of our addictions?

Reporting in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience, researchers at the University of Buffalo and Wake Forest University shed light on a different way to go about deep brain stimulation that may have profound and lasting effects -- at least when it comes to binge drinking in lab rats.

Instead of using electricity to blast neurons indiscriminately, the researchers turned to an emerging technique known as optogenetics, using light to target and stimulate specific neurons (in this case dopamine).

And it worked. Very convincingly.… Read more

Review: Autosafe Drinking tells you when you've had too many

Autosafe Drinking lets you know exactly when you're fit to drive after drinking, based on accurate calculations, but it takes a little while to figure out. You'll definitely want to have it set up before you enter the bar instead of trying to fiddle with it after you've had one too many. While it's not a replacement for a designated driver by any means, it's a good way to figure out exactly how alcohol impairs your motor skills and thinking.

This app asks you for your body type and what you've had to drink … Read more

Apple design chief wants to work on...cups?

Before coming on board at Apple, Sir Jonathan Ive was designing and pitching toilets as part of consultancy outfit Tangerine.

It appears the man, who has since designed the iMac, iPod, iPhone, and iPad (to name a few) sees an opportunity to put a dent in the drinking cup industry as well.

In an interview alongside fellow Apple Senior Vice President Craig Federighi (who leads Apple's software teams) with USA Today, Ive noted that he'd "like to design cups" if he were not designing gadgets for Apple.… Read more

Man's YouTube killing confession may lead to charges

"I just drank to get out of my head for a few hours."

These are the words of 22-year-old Ohioan Matthew Cordle.

He could have lied. He did for a time. The incident happened on June 22. Then he released a YouTube video that contained his confession.

After he got out of his head, he drove the wrong way on a highway and struck 61-year-old Vincent Canzani.

He claims that he participated in the video even though he knows that lawyers might have been able to have his charges reduced or dropped.

However, he is ready to go … Read more

New app could curb underage drinking by spotting fake IDs

Kids these days. It just keeps getting harder for them to misbehave without being spotted.

A new iPhone app released in July aims to help stop underage drinking by making it easier for bartenders and bouncers to spot fake IDs. Users with the barZapp app simply point their iPhone cameras at the bar code on an ID to find out where it's legit. The app also offer up a lot of additional info, including the owner's date of birth, height, weight, and eye and hair color as well as the card's expiration date. They can even see … Read more