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U.S. Navy Has Found A Way To Turn Seawater Into Fuel

Scientists with the United States Navy say they have successfully developed a way to convert seawater into jet fuel, calling it a potentially revolutionary advancement.<p>Researchers at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) developed technology to extract carbon dioxide from seawater while …

Spiders Could Fix Your Broken Bones

Broken bones and compound fractures often lead to the insertion of metal plates and screws, a painful process that requires two surgeries and carries the risk of infection and swelling. Fortunately, a better alternative might be on the horizon, courtesy of our good friend the spider.<p>A paper …

WhatsApp could add voice calling very soon

WhatsApp users may not have to wait much longer for the chance to make phone calls directly from the app.<p>Volunteers who translate the Hindi language received new translation requests this past week, according to a tip received by Windows Phone Central. Text strings seen in the translations point to …

Apps

Sony Xperia Z2 review

Sony announced itself as a major player in the flagship smartphone market last year with the Xperia Z, which featured a beautiful all-glass design, and was the first true flagship to offer protection from dust and water. The company continued to build on a fantastic platform with the Sony Xperia …

Phones

Galaxy S5 wireless charging cover now available for preorder

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is on its way, but before it arrives, you might want to pick up a few accessories for your new handset. With this in mind, soon-to-be Galaxy S5 owners will be happy to know that the official wireless charging cover is now available for pre-order.<p>The cover’s status is currently …

Samsung says it is closer to flexible electronics after graphene breakthrough

Samsung and an affiliated laboratory say they have grown large-scale, impurity free graphene, an important step toward making the material …

Will.i.am Is Building a Smart.Phone.Watch

Smartwatch makers have yet to find the sweet spot for replicating your phone’s functionality while also creating new uses. Musician and tech investor will.i.am is taking a different approach by ditching the smartphone entirely with a watch that’s capable of making its own calls.<p>Will.i.am unveiled …

Animatronic 'man' to test protective equipment for army

Ministry of Defence unveils 'The Porton Man', a new robot made to test anti-chemical suits and equipment for the British armed forces<p>The Ministry of Defence has invested £1.1m in a new state-of-the-art robotic mannequin that will test protective suits and equipment for the UK’s Armed Forces.<p>The …

Google Is Trying to Trademark the Word 'Glass'—and It's in Good Company

Apple has tried to trademark "startup." Facebook has tried to trademark "book."<p>This week, the <i>Wall Street</i> <i>Journal</i> reported that Google, which long ago trademarked "Google Glass," is experiencing some difficulty in the next stage of its IP journey: trademarking the word "glass" itself.<p>I know, I …

Samsung Galaxy S5 Hands-On Review: Evolution Not Revolution Gives Hope To Rivals

There is a reason why Samsung and Apple are always pitched as the two smartphone companies going head-to-head: no-one else gets a look in. Between them the Galaxy and iPhone ranges have the market sewn up. By the end of 2013 8 of the top 10 selling handsets were Apple and Samsung devices, including …

A Smart Watch For Kids, Designed For Worried Parents

Helicopter parents, rejoice: FiLIP’s technology lets you keep track of your kids.<p>An estimated 60% of parents in the United States get their pre-teens cell phones, for reasons like peace of mind and safety. The catch, however, is that those smartphones come loaded with tools that kids can abuse. …

Kids

What If Your Phone Knew What You Wanted Before You Asked?

With Siri, Apple promised a system that could fulfill the long-held promise of AI. But to many experts in the field, the system is a letdown. One startup thinks it can do better.<p>Editor’s Note<p>This is part of Co.Exist’s list of World Changing Ideas of 2014. Read more here.<p>“For decades, technologists …

Can't stand your friends? Rumr lets you chat with them anonymously

James Jerlecki can’t tell me exactly <i>how</i> his new app is going to be useful, but he thinks teens are gonna love it.<p>"My sister is a teacher and works a lot with teens," he says, "and they want her to respect them, but they are afraid about what they share." Jerlecki’s sister wishes there were an open …

Chinese store sells complete stock of Nokia X handsets in just 4 mins

JD.com, one of China’s largest online stores, has sold its complete stock of Nokia X handsets in just 4 minutes. In the run up to the device’s official release it was reported that JD.com had pre-orders for over 1 million devices. The new phone went on sale at 10:00 AM on March 24 (Beijing time) …

iTunes will now refund you for your kid’s unauthorized purchases

How many times have you got your iPad back from the kids only to find that they have just added five in-app purchases to your credit card bills?<p>Not anymore. Apple just gave you a reason to let your kids play and rest assured the bills won’t ramp up.<p>The company sent out an email to all iTunes …

Battery that dissolves in the body could power embedded health sensors

Embeddable sensors that can track a person's vitals could eventually be a boon for healthcare, but something equally small, portable, and safe is going to have to power those sensors. Researchers from the University of Illinois may have an answer: batteries that slowly decompose in the body. Using …

Apple engineer explains where the iPhone came from

Offering a rare interview in the run-up to another legal fray between Samsung and Apple, the senior engineer behind the iPhone has explained where it all started, part of Apple's plan to communicate how groundbreaking the original iPhone was. Talking to the <i>WSJ</i>, Greg Christie explained how the …

Samsung Galaxy S5 telco pricing plans revealed

<b>The Galaxy S5 has been officially launched in Australia and the major telcos are showing off their plans and pricing.</b><p>Telstra was first out of the …

Erasing Bad Memories: Wiping Out Unconscious Traces Is Possible

Bad memories are not only part of our conscious mind, they also leave a trace in our unconscious. But now, new research shows that actively trying to …

Bill Gates

NET WORTH: $76 billionHelped by a bounce in shares of Microsoft, Bill Gates returns to the top of our annual Billionaires list this year after a four year hiatus. He is worth $9 billion more than a year ago, and has now been the world’s richest person for 15 out of the past 20 years. The Microsoft …

Why Apple’s dream for television keeps falling apart

Three years after Steve Jobs said he had “finally cracked” it, Apple’s vision for the future of television isn’t much closer to reality.<p>Apple’s pursuit of TV has included talks with seemingly every major player in the industry. Sources confirm at least preliminary discussions with Comcast, Verizon, …

Smart TV

PlayStation 4 Shortage Will Continue Into Summer

Bad news if you’re one of the many gamers still looking to get your hands on a PlayStation 4. According to the company itself, the shortage of PS4 …

Apple just might build a stylus for iPads after all

Apple’s(s aapl) latest patent isn’t one you’d expect; at least not if you think back to Steve Jobs’ thoughts about tablets with a stylus.<p>The patent …

Why Apple can’t match Google’s all-seeing new smartwatches

Apple is a fantastic hardware company. And when the rumored iWatch (probably) arrives, it will no doubt be a thing of beauty. But there’s good reason to think that the key to a successful smartwatch won’t be its hardware, but its operating system.<p>Apple’s genius is in creating personal computing …

Android News

Microsoft Now Offering $100 Discounts To Get Consumers Off Windows XP

As Windows XP winds down, Microsoft has a problem: People still use the operating system. Many people. Given that support for Windows XP ends on April 8, the number of days left in which the OS is mostly safe to use are all but spent.<p>To combat that, Microsoft has been offering discounts, in …

NASA is offering $6 million to help solve big questions facing asteroid capture mission

NASA is continuing to work on one of its most ambitious projects to date, and it is now offering money to companies, universities, and organizations to help find answers to the biggest technical hurdles that lie ahead. The mission itself sounds like it's ripped from the pages of a science-fiction …

Could Google Glass Make Football Safer? Chris Kluwe Thinks So

Reducing the frequency and severity of injuries, particularly concussions, is priority No. 1 for the NFL right now. Punter Chris Kluwe, who in his playing days was never hesitant to say what he thought the league ought to be doing differently, thinks he might have a solution.<p>At the TED conference …

Pocket prototype for Android Wear smartwatches saves stories to bigger screens

Now that Google has a preview of the Android Wear smartwatch platform, the app makers and service providers will start to follow. Pocket is among the …

Seagate Backup Plus/Slim portable drive review: A fast portable drive with massive storage space - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The fast and affordable Seagate Backup Plus/Slim has the highest capacity of any portable drive. The drive includes helpful backup software and a free two-year 200GB subscription to Microsoft OneDrive online storage.<p><b>The Bad</b> The two-year warranty is short and there's no security option to …

Gear & Gadgets

Sony puts their new Xperia Z2 Tablet up for sale in the UK

The Xperia Z2 Tablet is up for sale on Sony’s UK website. UK customers can order now, choosing the 16GB WiFi only unit for £399, upgrade to the 32GB model for £449 or grab up the 16GB LTE version for £499.<p>For those with slippery fingers, order before March 24 straight from the Sony online store and …