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GamesBeat’s E3 non-awards: The Last Guardian looks so last generation

<i>The chaos of last week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles is behind us, but we still have a major duty to fulfill: the non-awards!</i><p><i>You see, while most publications will focus on mentioning the games with the best graphics or interesting gameplay, we like to give shout-outs for the sort</i> …

Heroism

OnePlus will launch its second flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 2, at a virtual reality event on July 27

China-based smartphone maker OnePlus has revealed that it’s launching the OnePlus 2 — the follow-up to its flagship One smartphone — on July 27.<p>True to OnePlus’s previous form, it’s doing things a little differently — it’s live-streaming the launch event to the world in virtual reality (VR), …

Mobile Technology

Sci-fi or real life? Six fictional ideas that are happening now

As scientists invent a Back to the Future hoverboard, here are some sci-fi ideas that have become reality - and a couple that might not be far away<p>Good news for Back to the Future fans as Lexus claim to have <b>invented a hoverboard</b>. They're <b>not the first to make the claim</b>, but it seems we are inching …

She's Almost Real: The New Humanoid On Customer Service Duty In Tokyo

The latest robot sensation in Japan is so lifelike that when she was on the floor of a Tokyo department store recently, she was confused for a human being. The new humanoid's name is Aiko Chihira, and she was working in customer service, clad in a traditional silk kimono.<p>"She's 165 centimeters [5 …

Robotics

Top NASA Scientist: We’ll Find Signs of Alien Life ‘Within a Decade’

Humanity is on the verge of discovering alien life, high-ranking NASA scientists say.<p>"I think we're going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and I think we're going to have definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years," NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan said Tuesday …

Astronomy

Rosetta Spacecraft, First to Orbit Comet, Finds Surprises Aplenty

Europe's Rosetta spacecraft reports unexpectedly bumpy, dusty, and dry discoveries on its new home.<p>Drama abounded when Europe's Philae probe landed on a comet last November—especially when the lander bounced a half mile into the air before its final touchdown, then quickly lost power. (See "Comet …

WikiLeaks demands answers after Google hands staff emails to US government

Google took almost three years to disclose to the open information group WikiLeaks that it had handed over emails and other digital data belonging to three of its staffers to the US government, under a secret search warrant issued by a federal judge.<p>WikiLeaks has written to Google’s executive …

Surveillance

GOOGLE CHAIRMAN: ‘The Internet Will Disappear’

"I will answer very simply that the internet will disappear," Schmidt replied.<p>"There will be so many IP addresses … so many devices, sensors, things that you are wearing, things that you are interacting with that you won't even sense it. It will be part of your presence all the time. Imagine you …

Spy Drones Expose Smithfield Foods Factory Farms

Walmart starts selling its Vudu Spark streaming stick for $25

Advertisement<p>8 Comments<p>Credit: Vudu<p>Remember Walmart’s very own HDMI streaming stick, which I spotted in the FCC’s online database two months ago? …

Televisions

Google Glass Got It Backwards

Now that the Google Glass prototype has been withdrawn from the market, the company has reportedly moved it from research into product development. Consumer fashion and retailing experts have been tasked with refining a look that some in the market labeled “Glasshole” and, according to critics of …

Google Glass

How U.S. thinks Russians hacked the White House

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Russian hackers behind the damaging cyber intrusion of the State Department in recent months used that perch to penetrate sensitive parts of the White House computer system, according to U.S. officials briefed on the investigation.<p>While the White House has said the breach only …

U.S. Dept. of State

How the Microsoft Band will beat Apple's Watch

How will they accomplish this you ask? While Apple is diligently courting the elite, Microsoft is purposefully launching out into the deep, and they …

OnePlus One smartphone launches in 16 more countries, now available across the whole E.U.

OnePlus has announced that its One (and only!) Android smartphone is officially available in 16 more markets, effectively meaning it’s accessible to everyone across the entire European Union (E.U.).<p>OnePlus has garnered a lot of headlines over the past year, primarily because it offers a …

Mobile

The new Samsung is arriving just in time

Samsung's newfound self-awareness is leading to better products and a brighter future<p>"I may not be the best public speaker," says Samsung’s Korean-born JK Shin in a heavily accented English. "That's because my first language is engineering." These endearingly self-effacing words, uttered during the …

Dolby's stereoscopic virtual reality proves utterly terrifying

Dolby has brought its Atmos surround sound experience to cinematic virtual reality by partnering with VR filmmakers Jaunt to create 360-degree …

One Reason The Apple Watch Will Succeed When All Other Smart Watches Have Failed

When he died, I inherited his watches, which are pretty nice. One is a Rolex, one is from Tag Heuer. These aren't $20,000 watches — the guy was a school teacher — but they're still pretty expensive.<p>At the time, I didn't wear a watch. But, since it was an heirloom, I decided to start wearing the …

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Google Maps for Android has a VR mode, thanks to Google Cardboard

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Flickr / Sancho McCann<p>Cardboard, Google’s virtual reality hobby that first launched as a kind of gag gift at its …

Sprint faces $105 million FCC fine for phone bill ‘cramming’

Sprint could be the next US carrier hit with a $105 million FCC fine over phone bill ‘cramming’, according to anonymous FCC officials, as the regulator attempts to clamp down on unwarranted charges applied to consumers.<p>By bill ‘cramming’ the FCC refers to the practice of applying unauthorized …

Mobile

Man Successfully Controls 2 Prosthetic Arms With Just His Thoughts

A Colorado man can now control two prosthetic arms with his mind.<p>Les Baugh lost both his arms in an electrical accident 40 years ago. But with the help Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory and DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), he's able to control a set of Modular …

Donate Your Voice to Charity

A speech scientist has created a human voice bank to build personalized sounds for people who rely on computers to communicate.<p>Earlier this year, Stephen Hawking, who has relied on the same computerized system to communicate for more than 20 years, received a much-needed upgrade. The system, which …

Watch An iPad Land An Airplane [Exclusive]

Failed airplane engine? Unconscious pilot? There's an app for that.<p>High above rural Arkansas, I'm jammed in the back of a small four-seat airplane. Andrew Barker pilots the aircraft while Austin Meyer sits beside him. Everything is going great—until the engine suddenly quits at 5,000 feet.<p>With a …

Hulu strikes deal with FX to stream 'The Strain,' other series

The undead vampires on<p>FX’s “The Strain” -- and some other eccentric characters from across the FX networks -- will have an afterlife onHulu.<p>The streaming service has secured a deal with Twentieth Century<p>FoxTelevision Distribution for exclusive subscription video-on-demand rights to new and upcoming …

TV

The software that helped hack the iCloud nudes got a scary update

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Kevin C. Tofel<p>The software tool that was used to exfiltrate many of the photos that comprised the infamous iCloud …

Peculiar Extinct Fish With Spines Named for National Geographic

Natgeosocus sorini swam in subtropical seas about 36 million years ago, a new study says.<p>There may be plenty of fish names in the sea, but Alexander Bannikov decided to honor National Geographic with the one that he just added to the community of ancient marine creatures.<p>The paleontologist and his …

Kwikset Kevo's Private Beta Goes Public As The Bluetooth-Enabled Door Lock App Hits The Play Store

The Kwikset Kevo Bluetooth-enabled door lock is the kind of tech that reminds us that we're living in the future. With one of these installed in your …

Satanist And Christian Holiday Displays To Go Up At Michigan Capitol

Two very different holiday displays will share the grounds of the Michigan State Capitol next week: a traditional Christian Nativity and an exhibit by the Satanic Temple. The situation has brought controversy — and energized Christians who realized that a planned Nativity was in danger of being …

Reaction to the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Peter W. Singer, one of the nation's foremost experts on cybersecurity, says Sony's reaction has been abysmal.<p><b>Update, 12/18:</b> <i>More Peter Singer on the fallout from the Sony hack—"This will be a case study I can guarantee will be both used and misused in everything from legislation to cybersecurity</i> …

Hackers Win: Sony Cancels Dec 25 Release of 'The Interview'

Sony has just announced that it is cancelling the December 25 premiere of The Interview amid pressure from hackers and following the four top theater chains in the US backing out from showing the movie.<p>The full statement by the company reads:<p>“In light of the decision by the majority of our …