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Watch this balloon-like drone 'absorb' and deliver objects

Festo, a robotics firm engaged in building robots modeled on animals, has a curious new creation to show off.<p>Its adorably-named FreeMotionHandling drone is a helium-filled balloon that can move through the air in any direction using eight on-board propellers. It has indoor GPS and dual cameras to …

Periscope will let you draw on your live streams

You can point things out while you're broadcasting.<p>Ever wanted to point something out to your livestream audience without having to literally point at it? It's your lucky day. Periscope is testing a feature that lets you draw on top of your stream to highlight things, such as something on your …

Doodling

More developers now use OS X than Linux, says ‘most comprehensive survey ever conducted’

Stack Overflow reports that more developers now use OS X than Linux as their primary OS, and that if the trend continues, fewer than half of all developers will be using Windows next year.<p>NordVPN<p>Last year, Mac edged ahead of the Linuxes as the number 2 operating system among developers. This year …

Mobile Development

10 things in tech you need to know today

Happy Friday! Here's the technology news you need to know this Friday.<p><b>1. Google's parent company, Alphabet, is trying to sell Boston Dynamics, the robotics company it bought in late 2013.</b> Among the potential buyers are Toyota and Amazon.<p><b>2. Some Apple engineers say that they'd rather quit than help</b> …

New iPhone SE Could Be Challenged By Samsung's Galaxy S7 Mini

With the launch of the four-inch iPhone SE widely expected to be taking place next week, Apple will be updating the ‘mini’ handset in its smartphone portfolio. This refresh to the iPhone 5S design, with internal hardware looking to match the performance of the iPhone 6S, will be a welcome option to …

Microsoft will continue to support bitcoin after ‘inaccurate information’ was posted online

<b>Update:</b> Microsoft told TechCrunch it will continue to support bitcoin. The company said “inaccurate information” had been posted online causing the confusion:<p>We continue to support Bitcoin for adding money to your Microsoft account which can be used for purchasing content in the Windows and Xbox …

This Cisco-Backed Firm Wants To Bridge Internet-Of-Things Platforms

The British Internet-of-things company Evrythng has long been trying to be the “Facebook for things,” pitching itself as the ideal player to manage …

How to stay ahead of cyber criminals in the data breach era

It’s no secret that cyber attackers are becoming increasingly sophisticated, stealthy, and motivated.<p>As we’ve seen in high profile breaches at Target, JP Morgan and Home Depot, attackers can infiltrate environments and maneuver undetected for months at a time to set up the “perfect crime.”<p>Today, it …

Opera adds built-in adblocker to its browser

Fifth most popular desktop browser to offer built-in adblocking, which it says will cut page-load times by up to 90%<p>Opera is introducing a new version of its desktop browser with built-in adblocking, removing the need for a third-party extension.<p>The Norwegian software company has a history of …

Hackers lost millions in bank heist because of sloppy spelling

Remember when your teachers told you spelling was important? Well, they weren’t wrong. Even if you’re going after a life of crime, as one group of hackers recently learned.<p>The not-so-sharp cyber criminals hacked into the servers of Bangladesh Bank and managed to get $81 million by bombarding the …

Why the FBI can't just hack a copy of the San Bernardino iPhone

On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee met to have an open discussion over the balances between privacy and national security, especially as it …

Privacy

Microsoft Locks Down Another Popular Smartphone Star

If you’re keeping track of Microsoft’s recent acquisitions, you can ink in the purchase of SwiftKey. Microsoft confirmed today that it has completed the acquisition of SwiftKey including the popular SwiftKey keyboard for Android and iOS, SwiftKey’s predictive technology, and SwiftKey’s ongoing …

Stephen Hawking

Microsoft has a slew of stability updates for the Surface

"Improves system stability" is the name of the game for the latest Surface Book and Surface Pro patches.<p>The myriad problems with Microsoft's Surface Book and its Surface Pro 4 tablet are well documented, and now we know what Redmond's definition of "quickly" is: A period of time no less than two …

Flipboard opens London office to win over European luxury brands

Flipboard is expanding its operations with the opening of a European office in London. This will be the company’s first business office based outside the United States and Asia and will be dedicated to managing relationships with advertisers, publishers, and readers in the region.<p>The company …

Xiaomi Mi 5 review: This fantastic phone gives Samsung's S7 a run for its money - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The Xiaomi Mi 5 has a sleek, lightweight design with a beautiful finish that's as good as any high-end phone. Great camera and dual-SIM features will let you use this as a travel phone too. It's top-of-the-line hardware at a low price.<p><b>The Bad</b> There's no microSD card slot like the Samsung …

Apple's new 4-inch iPhone will come with an A9 processor

The iPad Air 3 will be powered by Apple's A9X chip, according to Bloomberg<p>As expected, Apple's new 4-inch iPhone will be powered by an A9 processor, according to a new report from <i>Bloomberg</i>. The report confirms <i>9to5Mac</i>'s reporting from last month on the phone currently dubbed the iPhone 5SE. The new …

Use Apple's App Store and Google Play, 1980s style

If you find Apple’s App Stores or Google Play a bit overwhelming at times, check out App Store Retro. This late-1980s MS-DOS style reworking boils today’s stores down to low-res text straight out of your parents’ old 386 PC.<p>The simplified interface is oddly calming. It offers a limited selection of …

App Store

Freedom 251 First Look - The Dollar 4 Smartphone

India’s cheapest smartphone at Rs 251 to be launched by Manohar Parrikar today

Noida-based domestic handset maker Ringing Bells today will announce India's cheapest smartphone called 'Freedom 251'.<p>The smartphone will be launched …

Expect to see plenty more kid-friendly wearables soon

Qualcomm is pushing its chips into child- and elderly-friendly smartwatches.<p>Qualcomm has signed a deal with three lesser-known tech companies to bring its new Snapdragon for wearables chip to a more niche branch of smartwatches. The most interesting outfit to sign on the dotted line is Infomark, …

This is the world's first actually-useful bendable phone

You can turn pages of a book, and launch an explosive <i>Angry Bird</i> into the sky, by grabbing this phone at the ends and bending it.<p>The smartphone …

Next year’s fingerprint sensors could fit into volume rocker buttons, guard against spoofing

Synaptics has provided fingerprint sensors for a number of different smartphones, the HTC One Max among them, but <i>Engadget</i> says that it has a much sleeker version in the works.<p>Synaptics’ latest fingerprint sensor for mobile devices measures only 3.5 mm wide. It’s so thin and tiny, it can fit inside …

Mobile Devices

Microsoft’s Outlook.com now has an overhauled look and features

Microsoft started previewing its new Outlook.com interface back in May, but it's now rolling out broadly today. New users who sign up to the service from the US will immediately access the new interface, and existing users are being migrated each week. Microsoft is migrating its Outlook.com email …

New Ubuntu smartphone has specs to pack a punch

In the run up to Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016, Canonical has released details of its next Ubuntu OS smartphone to come to market, and it offers the highest spec of any phone running the platform so far.<p>The Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition keeps with the existing trend of manufacturers repurposing …

Ubuntu

Better Call Saul season two hits Netflix in Europe and Amazon in the US

Licensing deals are a marvel, really. Although the second season of the <i>Breaking Bad</i> spin-off <i>Better Call Saul</i> only premiered on AMC this week, the first episode has already hit Netflix in Europe — but not in the US, where Amazon has snapped it up. <i>Engadget</i> spotted the first episode of <i>Saul</i>'s season 2 …

Samsung wants you to wrap your feet in smart shoes

Technology companies want <i>everything</i> you wear to be smart, and Samsung-funded smart shoe IOFIT hopes to bring intelligence to your feet.<p>IOFIT is a custom shoe that tries to take wearable data further by giving you detailed, actionable information on the exercise you’re doing. Rather than just …

How Muslims are using social media to shame European cops

By Anthony Faiola<p>Anthony Faiola<p>Correspondent covering Latin America, Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, human rights, poverty, globalization and economics<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Outraged by what they call a surge in racial profiling following the November terrorist attacks in Paris, Muslims in Europe are …

Social Media

Doctors 3D-print 'living' body parts

<b>Custom-made, living body parts have been 3D-printed in a significant advance for regenerative medicine, say scientists.</b><p>The sections of bone, muscle and cartilage all functioned normally when implanted into animals.<p>The breakthrough, published in Nature Biotechnology, raises the hope of using living …

Microsoft Lumia 650 review: Good looks at the right price, but Windows phone buyers beware - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The Lumia 650 has a great design and a price that can't be beat.<p><b>The Bad</b> It's missing some key new Windows phone features, like Continuum and Windows Hello.<p><b>The Bottom Line</b> As budget phones go, the Lumia 650 ticks most of the right boxes, but with Microsoft's phone future looking dim, you …

Fitbit and PUBLIC SCHOOL reveal collaboration during New York Fashion Week

NEW YORK — Fitbit is elevating its fashion game, and counting every step.<p>The fitness tracking brand debuted its upcoming collection on Sunday with …

Fashion Week