Albert Cebrián i Agrás

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World's thinnest hologram will make screen size 'irrelevant'

A team of Australian and Chinese researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne has unveiled the world's thinnest hologram with the potential to change the way we look at technology -- quite literally.<p>The "nano-hologram" is set apart from other holograms because it can be seen without 3D goggles, and …

Smartphones that charge in five minutes 'could arrive next year'

<b>Smartphones with batteries that fully charge in five minutes could be available to consumers next year.</b><p>The technology was first shown off in 2015, when Israeli start-up StoreDot demonstrated its FlashBattery at the CES tech show in Las Vegas.<p>Chief executive Doron Myersdorf told the BBC it is now …

Microsoft HoloLens inventor declares 'the phone is already dead'

“The phone is already dead,” says Microsoft’s Alex Kipman. “People just haven’t realized.” Kipman predicts a future dominated by hybrid devices capable of augmenting the world around us, similar to his creation, the HoloLens.<p>It’s a provocative statement, but it lacks substance in the near-term.<p>The …

Korea is building a 'city' for self-driving cars

South Korea will soon open an 88 acre facility with everything an autonomous car might encounter, including expressways, parking areas and bus-only lanes, according to the <i>Korea Business Times</i><i>.</i> First announced last year, it will be the world's largest, dwarfing Michigan's 32-acre Mcity facility that …

Google is making 360-degree cameras Street View-ready

It can be a pain to upload your own Street View photos even if you have a 360-degree camera. You may have to stop to take photos every few feet, and then there's the question of getting the spherical shots from your camera to the internet. Google thinks it can help. It's working with hardware …

Two in five people said they’d be interested in owning an autonomous flying car

Yet 94 percent of people are concerned about overall safety.<p>One day we’ll all be jetting around in flying cars. Or that’s what Google co-founder Larry Page hopes will happen anyway. The billionaire is an investor in Kitty Hawk, the flying car startup that showed the world its aerial jetski in …

Flying Car

HoloLens system uses augmented reality to aid spinal surgery

Augmented reality (AR) isn't just for <i>Pokémon Go</i> and Snapchat masks, the technology will can have practical applications in areas like medicine, …

Soft, synthetic retinas may offer a better implant solution

Scientists have been trying to replace retinas in otherwise healthy eyes to help people suffering from diseases like retinitis pigmentosa. Unfortunately, earlier efforts were only able to use rigid, hard materials, which are very different from the natural retina. A researcher at Oxford University, …

Microsoft’s Kinect and HoloLens inventor thinks ‘the phone is already dead’

Alex Kipman, one of Microsoft’s top technical fellows, believes the age of the smartphone is over. “The phone is already dead,” says Kipman, in an interview with <i>Bloomberg</i>. “People just haven’t realized.” Kipman reportedly believes that a mixed reality device like HoloLens will replace the phone, …

LG Watch Style Android Wear in multiple designs from $153 shipped

This offer has expired!<p>Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest deals and more. Sign-up for our newsletters and have our best offers delivered to your inbox daily.<p>Best Buy’s official eBay Store is offering the LG Watch Style in multiple styles for <b>$179.99</b>. You can also opt for open-box …

Wear OS

Samsung has an app to keep you from texting and driving

Okay, we all know we really shouldn't text and drive. But temptation is strong and sometimes getting back to someone <i>right now</i> feels more important …

Why Amazon wants to replace your mirror with a camera

Years ago, if someone told you she was buying a camera for her bedroom, you'd imagine she was planning something naughty. But times have changed, and Amazon believes you'll spend $200 on a camera that's both an extension of your smart home <i>and</i> the ultimate fashion accessory. The Echo Look is …

Google Home now helps you cook by reading recipes out loud

Following updates to its Home speaker with support for multiple users, finding cheap flights and controlling your connected gadgets, Google has added a handy new feature to the device that aspiring chefs will enjoy.<p>It can now read recipes out to you while you cook, one step at a time. Simply fire …

Alexa learns to talk like a human with whispers, pauses & emotion

Amazon’s Alexa is going to sound more human. The company announced this week the addition of a new set of speaking skills for the virtual assistant, which will allow her to do things like whisper, take a breath to pause for emphasis, adjust the rate, pitch and volume of her speech, and more. She’ll …

This Driverless Electric Pod Is The Delivery Guy Of The Future

The T-pod is so autonomous, it doesn’t even have room for a driver.<p>Inside a new type of truck, there are no seats and no windows. The vehicle—which founders call a “T-pod”—is the first truck to be designed to never have a human inside. The driverless design makes it possible, the startup says, to …

Why Samsung wants to build a ‘corporate-wide AI voice system’

Samsung’s reach stretches across nearly every part of the home, from appliances to televisions, computers, tablets, light bulbs, and smartphones. And the company isn’t stopping there — it’s also extending itself into third-party connected devices through its SmartThings offering. And as it builds …

CES

Westworld-style folding phone might get real this year

Smartphones that fold out into a tablet are one of the many awesome inventions the creators of <i>Westworld</i> promised we have to look forward to in the future. But according to a new rumor, Samsung might make them a reality in 2017.<p>Samsung is working on the final steps of development for its foldable …

Google Home may get support for multiple user accounts

Google may be on its way to solving one of the biggest problems with smart speakers: they only work with a single account.<p><i>Android Police</i> spotted signs in the latest version of the Google Home app that suggest the company is working on multi-user support. The code also contains references to a …

Microsoft’s HoloLens successor reportedly arriving in 2019

Microsoft first unveiled its HoloLens headset more than two years ago at a special Windows 10 event. While the company didn’t start shipping units to developers until last year, anyone is currently free to purchase a HoloLens developer device for $3,000. Many had expected Microsoft to start selling …

Life On Europa? NASA's Flyby Mission Completes Major Review, To Move Into Preliminary Design Phase

NASA’s ambitious mission to fly by Jupiter’s moon Europa — perhaps the most promising place to look for life beyond Earth in our solar system — has …

How to set up payments and shop with Google Assistant on Google Home

If you’re familiar with Google Home, you’re probably aware that it’s powered by the Google Assistant. Google’s new voice assistant is quite powerful; it can play nice with a ton of different services, control your smart home devices, give you a daily news briefing and more. And today, it’s getting …

Scientists are building an army of tiny cancer-fighting robots

Scientists have worked for years to incorporate robotics into delicate medical procedures. They've given us tiny devices that can inject drugs into a person's eye or bend to operate on hard-to-reach areas. Now, they've come up with a way to potentially fight cancer using a magnetized swarm of …

Tokyo Institute of Technology taps Nvidia for Japan’s fastest AI supercomputer

Nvidia’s business is increasingly the business of artificial intelligence, and its latest partnership fits with that new role. The graphics processing maker is supplying the Tokyo Institute of Technology for the GPUs that will power its new AI supercomputer, which will be the fastest of its kind in …

Artificial Intelligence

Alexa, more cowbell: 18 silly (but fun) Amazon Echo commands

Amazon's amazing Alexa AI assistant keeps getting smarter and smarter. Here are 18 dumb ways you can waste all that wonderful computing power.<p><b>VIDEO:</b> …

Virtual Reality Is Bringing These Lost Worlds Back to Life

Stuart Eve thinks that to really understand what it was like to live in the past, you have to see it for yourself. And you have to hear it and smell it, too.<p>Eve is an archaeologist working on something like a low-budget time machine. A few years ago, he made a prototype for an augmented reality app …

SpaceX reschedules its unmanned Red Dragon mission to Mars

SpaceX is still relentlessly gunning for Mars, but the company has admitted that the current plans for its first unmanned flight might be a tad too ambitious. SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell has revealed that its robotic Martian lander called Red Dragon won't be ready in 2018 like the company …

Watch SpaceX’s second attempt for its ISS resupply mission live right here

<b>Update:</b> Success all around for today’s SpaceX mission!<p>Sunday seems like a fine day to launch a rocket into space. Yesterday, SpaceX rescheduled the CRS-10 mission. There was an issue with the the positioning of an engine nozzle that’s responsible for steering the rocket. At 9:39 AM ET (6:30 AM PT), …

Space Travel

Galaxy S8 Leak Reveals Samsung's Expensive Secrets

Optimists will call it bad timing, cynics will label it “Monkey see, monkey do,” but either way Samsung looks set to copy the worst feature of the radically redesigned iPhone 8…<p>According to a new report from SamMobile, Samsung is going to match Apple’s planned price rises which will see both the …