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Moleskine’s latest smart pen saves your writing to download later

Moleskine has valiantly tried to bridge the divide between analog writing and digital files for years. The company released its Smart Writing Set in 2016 as a $200 holistic solution of pen, proprietary smart paper and app that instantly sent whatever you wrote or drew over to your paired device -- …

Firm that won $450M iBooks pricing case against Apple files class action lawsuit over iPhone throttling

Despite its apology and cheaper battery replacement pricing, Apple is still facing scrutiny for how it slows down older iPhones in conjunction with battery wear. Joining the growing number of cases against Apple, consumer-rights law firm Hagens Berman has filed a class action suit against Apple for …

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Literal death machine offers a way to peacefully slip out of existence

When we talk about death machines, we’re usually speaking hyperbolically about contraptions like this one, or the rise of AI overlords that get bored with their menial tasks before rising up against their oppressors. This might start with buying up Papa Johns franchises and taking up Soul Cycle but …

Strange Atomic Ripples in Graphene Could Unlock Clean, Limitless Energy

Holy crap.<p>By all measures, graphene shouldn't exist. The fact it does comes down to a neat loophole in physics that sees an impossible 2D sheet of …

ProtonMail launches an encrypted contacts manager to protect journalists' sources

ProtonMail, a secure email service, is launching an encrypted contacts manager today for its users. The manager provides "zero access" to contacts, ProtonMail says, meaning the company can't view what users have saved. It also features a digital signature that should prevent anyone from …

Newfound Wormhole Allows Information to Escape Black Holes

In 1985, when Carl Sagan was writing the novel <i>Contact</i>, he needed to quickly transport his protagonist Dr. Ellie Arroway from Earth to the star Vega. …

Sony reportedly announcing new robot dog next month

AIBO lives<p>Sony is developing a robot dog with smart home capabilities and plans to announce it next month, according to a report in <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. The device would be a spiritual successor to the AIBO series of robot dogs that Sony released in the late ‘90s and early 2000s.<p>The new dog is …

Inquiry Reveals Patients Received Experimental Implants Never Approved For Humans

Nightmare science.<p>An inquiry investigating research links to disgraced surgeon Paolo Macchiarini has revealed a supply chain of experimental implants …

Apple iOS 11 Starts Causing Problems

Apple iOS 11 is packed full of features (including many secret ones), but following reports of several bugs my Upgrade Guide advised iPhone users in particular should hold off updating. This now looks a wise move because iOS 11 is causing problems…<p>A new report from mobile security firm Wandera …

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This Needle-Covered Patch Dissolves Excess Body Fat Wherever You Stick It

Would you try it?<p>A skin patch that effectively melts excess body fat wherever you decide to apply it sounds too good to be true, but this thing …

Elon Musk says AI 'most likely cause' of World War III

Elon Musk is predicting the future again, like he does. This time, the eccentric billionaire and CEO of Tesla, SpaceX, and others, took to Twitter to wax poetic about our pending demise at the hands of artificial intelligence (AI).<p>The Twitter rant started with a <i>Verge</i> article. In the piece, Verge …

What the brain's wiring looks like

<b>The world's most detailed scan of the brain's internal wiring has been produced by scientists at Cardiff University.</b><p>The MRI machine reveals the fibres which carry all the brain's thought processes.<p>It's been done in Cardiff, Nottingham, Cambridge and Stockport, as well as London England and London …

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LG’s new 42.5-inch monitor can display four inputs at once

A 42.5-inch 4K IPS with FreeSync and oodles of ports<p>LG’s latest monitor is a big beast aimed at pro customers used to juggling multiple displays. It’s 42.5 inches wide, and has enough ports to show four screens at once from different sources. Oh, and it’s available for preorder for $697 (that price …

Watch a virtual girl play video games in a VR world

If watching people play video games wasn't enough for you, one channel is merging fiction with reality by introducing a fully motion captured and often entertaining virtual gamer girl in the form of Kizuna Ai.<p>Known as Let's Play, watching someone else play games has become a growing trend over the …

Casio's new connected watches will always keep perfect time

If you're always late because your analogue watch is off by a few minutes, then perhaps Casio's new timepieces will save you from future embarrassment.<p>The Japanese watchmaker will soon be releasing a new set of wristwatches that incorporates a module called the "Connected Engine 3-way." That's …

Lego makes Japan its next Legoland destination

Lego, the brick system beloved of the young and young at heart everywhere, is getting set to open its eighth Legoland amusement park in Japan, blending the iconic plastic bricks with the outstanding architecture of the land of the rising sun.<p>When the park opens on April 1 (seriously, it's for …

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Sony put four perspectives in one VR headset

At the back of a cold gray warehouse in Austin, Texas, I put on a headset and proceeded to chase three strangers in a game of tag at SXSW. I was expecting an immersive VR experience far removed from reality but instead the head mounted display split my field of view into four squares that …

Virtual Reality

This shirt will tell you if you're too tired to drive

Can't trust yourself to know when you're too tired to drive? There's now a shirt for that.<p>Japanese company Toyobo has teamed up with Union Tool to create Cocomi, a drowsiness detecting shirt that identifies electric signals of the heart which indicate the onset of sleep.<p>There are around 100,000 …

Gaijin rejoice: AR app translates Japanese menus to English

Going to a new country is fun, but trying to make sense of foreign menus isn't so great. Fret not, gaijin in Japan: Carrier NTT Docomo wants to help all of those visiting The Land of the Rising Sun.<p>The company's Food Menu Translation AR app, though not conveniently named, uses your phone's camera …

Scientists want to borrow power from your phone to cure cancer

Japanese scientists want your help to cure cancer. No, they don't want your money -- they want the processing power of your phone.<p>The Smash Childhood Cancer project utilises people's phones and computers to run drug simulations, which would take thousands of years to run on a single computer.<p>Akira …

Panasonic's new camera tech can read your heart rate

The last few years have seen wearables that monitor your heart rate blow up. Panasonic thinks it can do one better, working on camera tech that reads your heart rate just by looking at you.<p>It's called Contactless Vital Sensing and its software is capable of reading your heart rate without having to …

Sony joins the 'coding for kids' party with the Koov

Children of the future will need to know how to code, and Sony knows it.<p>Sony Global Education, the company's education arm, now brings us Koov, a set of Lego-like pieces that teach kids the basics of coding and robot construction, according to Nikkei Tech.<p>The Koov pieces contain sensors and …

Would you pay $8,000 for a dancing J-Pop robot?

How much can a figurine collection cost you? A heck of a lot, it turns out.<p>Tokyo-based Speecys' Kosaka Cocona robot is a 45-cm tall, dancing J-Pop figurine -- and it'll set you back 980,000 yen, according to Rocket News 24. That's about $8,600, £6,900 or AU$11,175.<p>Each of Kosaka's 34 joints can be …

Drones could save your life in a natural disaster

With Japan's track record of natural disasters, the country is understandably always on the lookout for ways to better prepare itself.<p>Japan is now looking to the skies, working to develop drones to help out in the case of an earthquake or other trouble.<p>The country last week trialled special drones …

This little robot is your new language-learning buddy

Learning a new language can be rough. Casio knows this, and has made a mini-language partner for you in form of the Lesson Pod.<p>The Lesson Pod is a charming desktop buddy that acts as both a conversation partner and instructor, providing accurate spoken sentences that you can practice at home or on …

You actually need to win the lottery to get PSVR in Japan

Sony's PSVR virtual reality headset launched last October, but gamers in the company's homeland of Japan are having massive trouble actually getting a hold of one.<p>When Japan's retailers finally had the headsets in stock on January 26, they were essentially already sold-out. People had lined up …

Virtual Reality

Camp out under the world with this OLED Earth

They say camping is a joy because you get to sleep under the stars. Tokyo's National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation trumps that -- it lets you sleep under the <i>world</i>.<p>The Museum's centerpiece is a gorgeous globe, 6 metres in diameter and lit up with 10,362 OLED panels. Spectacular during …

Japan adds phone chargers to buses in new trial

Dwindling battery life: the ultimate first world problem. What looks like 10 percent quickly becomes 1 -- it's a horror that has plagued us all.<p>Japan understands, and is doing the world a favour by introducing buses fitted with USB charging mounts for commuter phones and tablets.<p>The services is …

VR smells aren't just for porn, they're coming to games too

VR has the visual immersion down, and now developers are looking to tackle smell. Let's just hope the tech doesn't stink.<p>The latest device is VAQSO VR, a small odor-emitting device that attaches magnetically to the underside of almost any VR headset, including the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. It uses …

Scientists Have Identified a Weirdly Common Form of Synaesthesia

1 in 5 might be able to 'hear' flashes of light.<p>Roughly 4.4 percent of the global adult population experiences a rare condition called synaesthesia, …