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ChargeAll is the World’s Smallest Battery Pack with a Standard Wall Outlet for Charging Your Gear

Looking to change the game in terms of portable battery packs is a new product called the ChargeAll Portable Power Outlet. The self-proclaimed …

10 Mind-Blowing Facts About Black Holes

They're thought to be what anchors galaxies — some of the largest objects in the universe.<p>And what happens past their event horizon, also known as the point of no return, can only be speculation since we will never get a chance to see it with our own eyes and live to tell the tale.<p>Despite decades …

Air Force's mysterious space drone returns after two years in orbit

Following its longest-ever mission by far, the 11,000 pound X-37B unmanned spacecraft has returned to Earth bearing... well, we don't actually know. You see, after NASA and Boeing developed the craft (about a fifth the size of the Space Shuttle), it bounced over to the Air Force, which is using it …

Microsoft Plans To Launch A Wearable Device Within Weeks

Microsoft is gearing up to launch a wearable device within the next few weeks, <i>Forbes</i> has learned. The gadget is a smart watch that will passively track a wearer’s heart rate and work across different mobile platforms. It will also boast a battery life of more than two days of regular use, sources …

Marc Andreessen: ALL Of The Biggest, Oldest Tech Companies Will Be Forced To Break Up

And this is only the beginning, predicts super investor Marc Andreessen, who was involved in two of these. He sits on the boards of eBay and HP.<p>Andreessen thinks <i>every</i> enormous older tech company will follow suit, he told Bloomberg's Emily Chang at the Salesforce Dreamforce Conference on …

Twitpic’s shutdown saga comes to a weird end that founder calls embarrassing

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>A month or so after telling the world Twitpic would be shutting down, then backtracking and saying it had found a buyer, …

New Smartphone Battery Goes From Dead To 70 Percent Charged In 2 Minutes, Scientists Say

A team of scientists say they've figured out a way to supercharge the lithium-ion batteries traditionally found in smartphones and tablets. And all it takes is adding a readily available substance usually found in sunscreen.<p>The new-fangled battery, developed by researchers at Nanyang Technological …

Batteries Are Evolving: Three Batteries That Demonstrate Product Range

Backup batteries are big. At least most of them. The team at Go Design Group thought the world needed a smaller battery so they kicked out an idea into the world, the idea of a backup battery that would fit in a wallet.<p>The resulting product almost fits that specification, depending on your wallet …

Compass Monitor helps investors track the health of their portfolio startups

Compass CEO and founder Bjoern Herrmann tells us that the tool allows investors to save time compiling reports about portfolio performance, while making consultants’ lives easier when hired to fix specific problems within a startup. Paying beta testers included Startup Mexico and Chilean …

Why a Taxi App With $100 Million in Funding Failed in the U.S.

This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine<p>When Hailo, a mobile application that hails taxi cabs, arrived in New York in early 2013 it was expected to take the country’s largest taxi market by storm, with the rest of the U.S. not far behind. On Tuesday, the startup company said that it plans …

Anonymising router Anonabox suspended from Kickstarter campaign

An internet router that promised to anonymise online activity and raised over $600,000 in funds has been suspended from the Kickstarter fundraising site after an online backlash.<p>Anonabox developer August Germar confirmed to the Guardian on Friday that the fundraising site had suspended its pitch. …

Capture 360-degree videos with this surveillance blazer

If Google Glass and lifelogging cameras aren't enough to make you feel safe, then maybe what you really need is a surveillance blazer. See, nothing can get past the camera-dotted jacket above -- not when it can capture 360 videos of your environment <i>and</i> instantly upload it to the internet with the …

Will.i.am Enlists Zaha Hadid in Design Collaboration for New Wrist Wearable

Fashion and technology – two unlikely bedfellows that have been gaining increasing column inches of late thanks to the rise of branded wearables. So far, however, the results have been relatively unsuccessful from a style perspective at least.<p>The problem, says musician and entrepreneur Will.i.am, …

Android Exec Says Google Will Loosen Reins on Watches, TVs and Cars Over Time

Restrictions may ease as Google sees how new areas use its technology.<p>Google is taking its versatile Android operating system into new places, like cars and watches and TVs. As part of that process, it’s also severely curtailing the degree to which hardware makers can tinker with the core parts of …

Will.i.am's Puls smartband lets you leave your phone at home

The Puls smartband bundles built-in ceullar connectivity with a fashion-concious design.<p>Fashionology is not a word I'd ever thought I'd have to use, but here we are. The term is the guiding light behind the Puls smartband (pronounced pulse). It's a wearable device that aims to be equal parts gadget …

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Blocks' modular smartwatch will talk to your iPhone

Blocks first unveiled its modular smartwatch with a plan to use Android Wear, much as Project Ara smartphone will use a special version of Android. However, there has been a change of plans -- and it's good news if you're not of the Google persuasion. The team now says that it's using a version of …

14-Year-Old Who Built Low-Cost Battery Is Named 'Top Young Scientist'

A 14-year-old boy who developed an eco-friendly battery that harnesses carbon dioxide to generate electricity has been named "Top Young Scientist" in this year’s Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. Sahil Doshi from Pittsburgh, a ninth-grader at Upper St. Clair High School, takes home …

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Meet VMware, The Scrappy Company That Everyone Wants To Buy ... Or Crush

VMware is both a publicly traded company and a subsidiary of computer storage giant EMC, which owns just under 80% of VMware's shares.<p>It is the crown jewel of EMC's famous "federated strategy," in which EMC owns controlling interests in a wide variety of tech companies.<p><b>Jump straight to the pictures</b> …

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Sprint to existing customers: Lease an iPhone 6 for $5 a month

Sprint wants to reward its existing customer base for its loyalty.<p>The company said on Tuesday that it is offering a "Loyalty Service Credit" of $15 to Sprint customers looking to lease Apple's new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus . When applied to the lease cost of $20 for an iPhone 6, the monthly fee …

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Social Commerce App CardBlanc Puts A Shopping Mall On Your Phone

CardBlanc, a new e-commerce application targeting millennial spenders officially launched today, introducing a financial platform for easier mobile checkout combined with social activity similar to what you’d see on sites like Pinterest or Wanelo. The effort, which involves an iOS app and virtual …

Router that anonymises internet activity raises $300,000 on Kickstarter

Anonabox, a device that re-routes data through the cloaking Tor network, is tool for freedom of information, developer says<p>An internet router that aims to anonymise online activity had raised over $300,000 Tuesday, after less than 48 hours on the Kickstarter fundraising site.<p>Anonabox, a 2.4in by …

The First (Truly) Web-Connected Car

Cadillac hops on the information superhighway<p>The moment is universally disappointing. You hop into a new car, turn on the infotainment system, and suddenly you’re staring into the past. The antiquated functionality and ill-conceived interface seem drawn from a primeval cellphone, not a modern …

NYT asks readers to help identify print ads, using a platform for crowdsourcing called Hive

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Everett Collection<p>A new project built by the <i>New York Times</i>‘ research and development lab went live on …

August Smart Lock skips over pre-order customers to stock Apple stores instead

Home automation company August launched their flagship Smart Lock today to much fanfare, glowing reviews (well, mostly), and an announcement that the …

Italy's first electric supercar comes from a brand you've never heard of

Italian supercar makers are willing to embrace hybrids, but they're reluctant to develop pure electric cars -- not surprising when they're virtually defined by their sweet-sounding gas engines. They may have to reconsider that strategy pretty soon. Tecnicar, a startup whose main claim to fame is a …

Turning Your Passion Project into Money

Ask questions. I’m a self-taught photographer, and I had to ask a lot of questions. I didn’t understand gear, I didn’t understand what camera I …

Newly Developed Lithium-ion Batteries Have Lifespan of Over 20 Years

If you’ve ever used a lithium-ion battery for many years, you’ve probably experienced the gradual loss of the ability to hold charge over time. …

Fast-charging batteries will power your gadgets for 20 years

Fast-charging batteries are all nice and good, but the lifespan matters, too -- why should you have to replace power packs (or entire devices) every couple of years ? You may not have to give up performance <i>or</i> longevity if researchers at Nanyang Technology University have their way. They've …

10 best Android Wear apps (Wear OS apps)

Android Wear may not be turning the heads that many of us envisioned that it would, but it’s still probably the best smartwatch platform out there. The update to Android Wear 2.0 added a bunch of really nice features, like standalone apps. It still has a lot of work ahead of it, but there are some …