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Spotify comes to Wear OS with stand-alone app, Spotify Connect support

Spotify comes to Wear OS with stand-alone app, Spotify Connect support

Spotify/Fossil Wear OS gains a popular new app today that many have been waiting for, as Spotify announced that it's bringing a s ...
Scientists Are Developing ‘Electric Gum’ That Never Runs Out of Flavor

Scientists Are Developing ‘Electric Gum’ That Never Runs Out of Flavor

A device which zaps your tongue with electricity sounds more like some cruel and unusual torture method than it does something folks might do for enjo ...
After $5 billion EU antitrust fine, Google will start charging for Android apps

After $5 billion EU antitrust fine, Google will start charging for Android apps

Google is adjusting to life in the EU after the $5.05 billion (€4.34 billion) antitrust fine levied against it by the European C ...
Mice With Two Genetic Mothers Created in Chinese Laboratory

Mice With Two Genetic Mothers Created in Chinese Laboratory

Leyun WangHealthy mice have been born with two genetic mothers and went on to bear healthy offspring of their own, according to a recent paper publis ...
Napup Fly: Sleep On Planes Without Accidentally Snuggling Strangers

Napup Fly: Sleep On Planes Without Accidentally Snuggling Strangers

Ever drift off on a long flight, only to realize once you fell asleep, your head lolled to one side until it was resting on the shoulder of the stran ...
MIT is building a new $1 billion college dedicated to all things A.I.

MIT is building a new $1 billion college dedicated to all things A.I.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has announced a new $1 billion college of computing designed to offer the best possible education to futur ...
This Quadcopter Can Keep Itself Aloft Even if One Rotor Fails

This Quadcopter Can Keep Itself Aloft Even if One Rotor Fails

Compared to a vehicle with a single main rotor, like a helicopter, you’d think a quadcopter would be altogether safer. After all, hasn’t it got multi ...
Watch Boston Dynamics’ Robot Dog Dance to ‘Uptown Funk’

Watch Boston Dynamics’ Robot Dog Dance to ‘Uptown Funk’

After a few years of Earthbound training, Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini robot dog is ready to take on Mars. Bruno Mars, to be precise. If that doesn’t ma ...
What is deep learning?

What is deep learning?

What is deep learning? A branch of machine learning, this field deals with the creation of neural networks that are modeled after the brain and adept ...
Tokyo robotic warehouse needs almost no human workers

Tokyo robotic warehouse needs almost no human workers

Uniqlo has unveiled its first robot-powered warehouse that requires 90 percent fewer human workers to operate. The Japanese clothing giant plans to in ...
Uniqlo’s Robotic Warehouse Requires 90 Percent Fewer Human Workers

Uniqlo’s Robotic Warehouse Requires 90 Percent Fewer Human Workers

Truth is, robots have been doing the work of humans in some industries for years now, though recent advances in technology suggest we’re on course fo ...
Still the best 2-in-1 PC

Still the best 2-in-1 PC

Microsoft also added a few upgrades to keep the machine modern. It has Intel's 8th generation processors, which should make it both more powerf ...
‘Bloodhound’ rocket car needs a speedy cash injection to survive

‘Bloodhound’ rocket car needs a speedy cash injection to survive

The rocket-powered Bloodhound car has driven into difficulties, with the company behind the project needing a multi-million-dollar cash injection to s ...
Intelligent Parachute Systems Can Save Drones That Fall From the Sky

Intelligent Parachute Systems Can Save Drones That Fall From the Sky

Drone technology has advanced markedly in the last few years, with improved stability and handling making them easier than ever to fly. But whether t ...
Here’s a useful solution for saving clumsy drone pilots a few bucks

Here’s a useful solution for saving clumsy drone pilots a few bucks

Parachutes can save drones when they unexpectedly fall from the sky. Among a number of such systems, Austrian firm Drone Rescue is this week showing o ...
Paul Allen—Microsoft co-founder, Seahawks owner, and space pioneer—dies at 65

Paul Allen—Microsoft co-founder, Seahawks owner, and space pioneer—dies at 65

Paul Allen, who with Bill Gates founded Microsoft, has died at the age of 65. His death comes shortly after he resumed treatme ...
Paul Allen—Microsoft co-founder, Seahawks owner, and space pioneer—dies at 64

Paul Allen—Microsoft co-founder, Seahawks owner, and space pioneer—dies at 64

Paul Allen, who with Bill Gates founded Microsoft, has died at the age of 65. His death comes shortly after he resumed treatme ...
New Shrimp-Inspired Camera Could Help Self-Driving Cars See Better

New Shrimp-Inspired Camera Could Help Self-Driving Cars See Better

Have you ever looked into an animal’s eyes and thought, ‘I wonder how they see the world?’ We have. We do it all the time. We wonder, for example, wha ...
Here’s how Microsoft’s Hololens is helping NASA build the new Orion spacecraft

Here’s how Microsoft’s Hololens is helping NASA build the new Orion spacecraft

Lockheed Martin is turning to Microsoft’s mixed reality Hololens smartglasses to help build NASA's Orion spacecraft, which could one day help rocket a ...
Regular paints and plastics will soon be able to ‘heal’ like skin

Regular paints and plastics will soon be able to ‘heal’ like skin

Imagine if paints, plastics, or other coatings could heal up like human skin in the event that they suffered damage. Thanks to researchers at Clemson ...
With cameras that know dogs from Dodges, Honda is making intersections safer

With cameras that know dogs from Dodges, Honda is making intersections safer

Honda and the city of Marysville, Ohio are working on creating a smart intersection. The goal would not only help better direct the flow of traffic, i ...
Honda, Ohio Partner to Create Smarter Intersections

Honda, Ohio Partner to Create Smarter Intersections

Honda North America The most challenging aspects of creating smarter, safer cities can be witnessed at any street corner. That’s where, to coin a phr ...
Boston Dynamics Plans to Put Its Awesome Robo-dog in the Workplace

Boston Dynamics Plans to Put Its Awesome Robo-dog in the Workplace

Even if your particular job manages to evade the robot invasion, you might, at the very least, end up with a robot colleague or two before too long. ...
Boston Dynamics is trying to make fetch happen with its new working robot dog

Boston Dynamics is trying to make fetch happen with its new working robot dog

Boston Dynamics wants to see Spot in the workplace, but not as part of take-your-dog-to-work days. Quite the opposite, in fact, as the technology comp ...
The Best Hoverboards of 2018

The Best Hoverboards of 2018

We know, we know. Technically, these boards don’t actually hover, but “hands-free scooter” just doesn’t sound as cool. It’s been a tough few years for ...
Everything You Need To Know About Machine Learning

Everything You Need To Know About Machine Learning

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, ignoring every big tech advance in the past decade, you’ve probably heard of machine learning. Whether it’s be ...
These Deaf Gamers Are Working To Make Gaming More Accessible

These Deaf Gamers Are Working To Make Gaming More Accessible

There’s a mission early in the first Destiny game where you are plunged into darkness when fighting a group of enemies called ‘The Hive’. It’s about a ...
As deaf gamers speak up, game studios are finally listening to those who can’t

As deaf gamers speak up, game studios are finally listening to those who can’t

Using social media, personal blogs and Twitch, a small group of deaf and hard-of-hearing players have been working to make their voices heard and impr ...
Silicon Valley just got a new automated farm where leafy greens are grown by machines

Silicon Valley just got a new automated farm where leafy greens are grown by machines

Did you hear the one about the Google software engineer who packed it all in to start a farm? No, it’s not the setup for a joke. Nor is it the premis ...
What developers say Apple needs to do to make the Apple TV a gaming console

What developers say Apple needs to do to make the Apple TV a gaming console

Enlarge / The Apple TV 4K and remote.Samuel Axon As we observed in our review last year, the Apple TV 4K has so much potential fo ...
Magic Leap’s inaugural conference shows it has a long way to go

Magic Leap’s inaugural conference shows it has a long way to go

Of course, it's understandable for a gathering of early adopters to be this excited. "The possibilities ar ...
Flight of the Concorde: The Past, Present, and Future of Supersonic Travel

Flight of the Concorde: The Past, Present, and Future of Supersonic Travel

On a Tuesday afternoon in Paris in 2000, an aeronautical marvel returned to earth in flames. A tire burst on the Concorde, the world’s first and only ...
What Killed the Concorde? And Will Passenger Planes Ever Again Reach Supersonic Speeds?

What Killed the Concorde? And Will Passenger Planes Ever Again Reach Supersonic Speeds?

In a new book, Last Days of the Concorde, journalist and author Samme Chittum delves into the mindset that inspired engineers to design this marvel, t ...
Kill it before it lays eggs! Crazy 32-leg robot moves like a cyborg sea urchin

Kill it before it lays eggs! Crazy 32-leg robot moves like a cyborg sea urchin

We’ve seen one-legged, two-legged, four-legged and even six-legged robots, but researchers from Japan have gone way, way further with their latest pro ...
The British Army’s new bomb-disposal robot takes on the most dangerous jobs

The British Army’s new bomb-disposal robot takes on the most dangerous jobs

The British Army is about to get an impressive new explosive ordnance disposal robot that is able to climb stairs, negotiate slopes, cut wires, and … ...
Check Out the British Army’s Beefy New Bomb-Disposal Robot

Check Out the British Army’s Beefy New Bomb-Disposal Robot

The British Army is about to get an impressive new explosive ordnance disposal robot that’s able to climb stairs, negotiate slopes of more than 40 de ...
With VR dinosaurs and ‘Minecraft,’ one hospital is making medicine less scary

With VR dinosaurs and ‘Minecraft,’ one hospital is making medicine less scary

From augmented reality rabbits on the wards to a Minecraft recreation of the hospital for kids to explore, one of the world's most renowned children's ...
Volvo surprises with its stylish and quick S60 sedan

Volvo surprises with its stylish and quick S60 sedan

While still known for safety, Volvo has reemerged as a luxury brand that's on par with what's coming out o ...
Fitbit Charge 3 review: Peppering a fitness tracker with smartwatch powers

Fitbit Charge 3 review: Peppering a fitness tracker with smartwatch powers

Valentina Palladino Fitbit contracted smartwatch fever last year. And since the debut of its Ionic smartwatch, the company's sign ...
New ‘parkour’ video shows Boston Dynamics robot training to overthrow humanity

New ‘parkour’ video shows Boston Dynamics robot training to overthrow humanity

Robots doing backflips? That's so 2017! In its latest jaw-dropping YouTube video, Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot pulls off some frankly astonishing park ...
DIY Kit Teaches You How to Build and Code Your Very Own Smartphone

DIY Kit Teaches You How to Build and Code Your Very Own Smartphone

With upward of a billion units sold, owning an iPhone is no longer a way to mark you out as a member of the phone-owning elite. Nor is having the lat ...
This DIY kit teaches more than coding, it teaches you how to build a smartphone

This DIY kit teaches more than coding, it teaches you how to build a smartphone

Want a crash course in coding and electronics, with something to show for it at the end? The MAKERphone is a DIY mobile phone that you can build for y ...
PC market flat, as Surface becomes a top-5 computer brand in the US

PC market flat, as Surface becomes a top-5 computer brand in the US

Enlarge / Clockwise, from the top left: Surface Laptop 2, Surface Studio 2, Surface Headphones, Surface Pro 6. Microsoft was th ...
Biologists create a mutant fly with 140-million-year-old genes

Biologists create a mutant fly with 140-million-year-old genes

It totally sounds like a mash-up of The Fly and Jurassic Park, but scientists really have created mutant fruit flies carrying reconstructed genes from ...
Amazon patents Alexa tech to tell if you’re sick, depressed and sell you meds

Amazon patents Alexa tech to tell if you’re sick, depressed and sell you meds

An Amazon Echo. Amazon has patented technology that could let Alexa analyze your voice to determine whether you are sick or dep ...
Apple bets $600 million on improving Apple Watch, iPhone battery life

Apple bets $600 million on improving Apple Watch, iPhone battery life

Enlarge / The iPhone X in space gray (left) compared to the iPhone XS in gold (right). You can barely tell the difference from this angle. ...
Incredible images reveal the eye of a weevil and other microscopic wonders

Incredible images reveal the eye of a weevil and other microscopic wonders

You can't see it, but that doesn't mean it's not stunning. The winners of the 2018 Nikon Small World competition are a mix of science and art. The win ...
This High-tech Shopping Cart From Walmart Could Save Your Life

This High-tech Shopping Cart From Walmart Could Save Your Life

Today’s businesses want to find out as much as they can about the people who use their services so they can improve their offering with a view to bui ...
World’s Longest Flight Takes Almost a Day and Flies to New York

World’s Longest Flight Takes Almost a Day and Flies to New York

It’s probably just as well there are no economy seats on Singapore Airlines’ newest international service. Why? Because at almost 19 hours, the fligh ...
World’s Longest Flight Takes Almost a Day From Singapore to New York

World’s Longest Flight Takes Almost a Day From Singapore to New York

It’s probably just as well there are no economy seats on Singapore Airlines’ newest international service. Why? Because at almost 19 hours, the fligh ...
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