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Camping on the MOON: Inflatable habitat will give future lunar astronauts a place to sleep overnight while exploring

• <b>The concept was devised by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology</b>• <b><br>It was designed to give astronauts more time on the surface</b>• <b><br>On the Apollo missions</b> …

This Is What Our Night Sky Would Look Like If Celestial Bodies Were Closer To Earth

From the Horsehead Nebula to the declassified planet Pluto, the universe is full of magnificent cosmic wonders. If you’ve got a telescope handy, you …

Planet Labs Nabs $95 Million And A New COO To Cover The Earth With Flocks Of Tiny Satellites

In less than five years since being founded, satellite startup Planet Labs has created a whole new way to do satellite imagery. Now that it’s proven out its model of deploying tiny satellites to circle the planet in low orbit, the company has brought on some additional capital and hired veteran …

Google searches for a way to avoid Microsoft’s fate

A dip in the search behemoth’s market share has encouraged some commentators to compare it to Bill Gates’s company<p>The news that Google’s share of the web-search market in the US has suddenly dropped is interesting. According to an independent analytics firm, StatCounter, last month Google’s market …

A Million-Dollar Robot Suit Is Available On Amazon Japan

A few years ago we wrote about something called a Kuratas, a robotic mech suit that allowed the wearer to fire a BB Gatling gun whenever they smile at their soon-to-be vanquished enemies. When it appeared in 2012 everyone thought it was a funny joke. Now it’s available on Amazon Japan for $1 …

This startup wants to beat Amazon by rejecting its confrontational culture

eCommerce

Google to launch modular smartphone with switchable parts

Project Ara smartphone with swappable modules for the battery, camera, speakers and over 20 other bits to be trialled in Puerto Rico<p>Google’s Project Ara modular smartphone is to go on sale in Puerto Rico this year as trial for what the company considers to be the next evolution of the …

Elon Musk's Hyperloop Could Get Texas Beta Test

Elon Musk wants to sell you an electric car today and build the way you get around without one in the future. The Tesla Motors CEO told an audience in Texas on Thursday that the state was the leading candidate to be the initial testing grounds for Musk’s “Hyperloop” concept that would transport …

Elon Musk

Smart shoe devices generate power from walking

<b>German researchers have built shoe-sized devices that harvest power from the act of walking.</b><p>The technology could be used to power wearable electronic sensors without the need for batteries.<p>There are two separate devices: a "shock harvester" that generates power when the heel strikes the ground and …

Magnetism

Computer program 'perfect at poker'

<b>Scientists have created a computer program they say is the perfect poker player and never makes a mistake.</b><p>The developers told Science journal they had "solved" the two-player game Fixed-limit Heads-up Texas Hold 'em.<p>And the algorithm had a strategy so close to optimal "it can't be beaten with …

Artificial Intelligence

Netatmo's Welcome connected camera recognizes who's home

Whether you wanna keep an eye on your pet, kid or reception room, there are plenty of connected cameras for the job. Netatmo, best known for its quirky weather station and smart thermostat, thinks there's still room in this swelling product category, today announcing the "Welcome" home-monitoring …

Google's Nest announces new integrations with more 'smart home' devices and services

Nest, the “smart home” company acquired by Google for $3.2 billion a year ago, has just announced a number of new integrations for its “Works with …

Her Task: Weaning the White House Off Floppy Disks

Apple's Software Is In A 'Nosedive' That Is Deeply Concerning For Its Future, Says Long Time Apple Supporter

In a blog post he writes: "Apple's hardware today is amazing — it has never been better. But the software quality has taken such a nosedive in the last few years that I'm deeply concerned for its future."<p>Arment was CTO at Tumblr before he left to start Instapaper, the first app that let users save …

Andreessen Horowitz

There are now 3 billion internet users, mostly in rich countries

The UN's International Telecommunication's Union (ITU) has revealed that over 3 billion people are now connected to the internet, an increase of 6.6 percent over last year. The good news is that such access can have a huge impact "for those who are the poorest and most disenfranchised, including …

Launching Your Spaceship: The Essentials of Product Launch Processes

<i>Chris Bank is the Growth Lead at UXPin, the UX Design App. He recently co-authored the Guide to UX Design & Process Documentation.</i><p>Launching a great product can be like sending a rocket into outer space. It requires tons of research, hard work, passion, and plenty of worrying. Finally you launch, …

European Parliament reportedly wants Google to be broken up

Advertisement<p>15 Comments<p>Credit: Getty Images / Justin Sullivan<p>The European Parliament is about to call for the “unbundling” of Google’s search …

Europe

Evernote Updates Its Penultimate App Following Criticism, Showing Tech Firms Do Listen

Here’s a positive story about tech companies and their awareness of the outside world, just in case this week had you disillusioned. Evernote today issued a fix for its Penultimate digital handwriting app for the iPad that it hopes will end more than a week of frustration for its users.<p>Evernote …

Former Amazon employee set for hunger strike at Seattle headquarters

Kivin Varghese claims he was wrongfully discharged Protest seeks focus on internet retailer’s business practices<p>A former Amazon employee embroiled in a legal battle with the online retailer is set to go on hunger strike in an attempt to force the company to change business practices which he calls …

In Germany, these servers want to keep every home warm

Most places around the world are getting ready to bring out the blankets and coats, in preparation for the cold, cold season ahead. Knowing this, a company called Cloud & Heat has come up with a very interesting idea, one that's beneficial to both it and the parties interested in giving it a try. …

Can This Connected Toy Inspire The Next Generation Of Makers?

Don’t doubt the commitment of MIT graduate and Dynepic co-founder Krissa Watry. She used to work for the U.S. Airforce as a chief engineer designing and building aerospace hardware and helping launch satellites. But working on kit destined for space was a just stepping stone on the road to her real …

Military

Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel says first ads did well without targeting

Countering critics in the advertising industry,<p>Snapchat’s chief executive said that the first two ads on the content-sharing app have been very effective.<p>Evan Spiegel, holding court with a tent full of intellectuals Friday night, also said that a more clear privacy policy was "imminent," and that …

Advertising

Apple is now worth more than Russia’s entire stock market

AAPL shares closed at an all-time high yesterday, putting the company’s market cap at $663.2 billion. Never before has Apple been so profitable. In fact, Apple makes so much money, it’s now worth more than the entire Russian stock market.<p>Check out the chart below:<p>Russia, the world’s 20th largest …

Stock Markets

The latest trend in dating apps: Skipping the chat and going straight to the date

Tinder’s entire value proposition is that it connects you with other users nearby with whom you can immediately start chatting if the interest is mutual. But what if that’s not what singles actually want?<p>Much of online dating has used private messaging as a core way for singles to connect, …

Logitech Keys-To-Go Review: Finally, An iPad Keyboard I Can See Myself Using Long-Term

Logitech has been building iPad keyboards for years – they were among the first to recognize the value of doing so, in fact. But for all their experience, and various iterations of the concept of the keyboard case, the company may have got it most right with a remarkably simple design introduced …

This 22-Year-Old Went From Working At McDonald's To Making $1 Million A Year Playing Video Games

One of the biggest names in the e-sports realm right now is a 22-year-old named Matt Haag, who is better known as "Nadeshot." He's a master at "Call of Duty," and he's part of a team, called OpTic Gaming. He's even sponsored by Red Bull.<p>And just three years ago he was flipping burgers at a …

McDonald's

Project Tango tablet appears on Google Play, but it's not for sale — yet

Google's Project Tango tablet — the one with 3D sensors and a rumored $1,000 price tag — is now up for viewing on Google Play. Curiously, though, …

8 Great Chrome Extensions to Transform your 'New Tab' Page

The ‘new tab’ page is something you probably look at for a lot more time than you think every day, so why not put it to work or get it to do something other than just show new tabs?<p>Here are eight great Chrome New Tab page extensions to beautify, redesign or put your new tab page to work.<p>My personal …