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Samsung's New Fitbit Competitor Does a Little of Everything

Samsung is taking another crack at breaking into the fitness tracker market. The company’s new Gear Fit2 is an Android phone-compatible wristband …

Audi finally gets around to building a new A5

Seriously, it felt like the last one's been around since 2007. Oh, wait, it has.<p>The current A5, the one you see just about everywhere, marked the separation of Audi's small executive two-door from the A4 lineup, where it existed in convertible form only. Currently, the A5 is old news, having been …

Audi

Pebble is getting Amazon Echo's voice technology, but not on its smartwatch (yet)

Pebble just announced its new devices last week, and its already adding features to them. The wearable maker is adding Amazon’s Alexa voice service to its Core clip-on device – which doesn’t even ship until 2017.<p>If you need a recap, the Core is basically like an Internet of Things version of the …

Smart Homes

Visa created a ring that can make purchases

What better way to express your wealth than to literally wear your credit card around and use it to buy more things to wear and adorn your life? Visa would very much like it if you did that, so it's made an NFC-enabled ring that's able to make purchase at terminals that accept contactless payments. …

India makes a mess of Apple proposal as the decision to allow retail stores remains in limbo

The confusion about whether to grant a waiver to Apple regarding the local outsourcing requirement that accompanies any investment over 51 percent in …

Razer’s Man O’ War wireless gaming headset is great for its price

Razer wants to light up your keyboard, your mouse, and now your ears as well.<p>The hardware company has jumped into the wireless audio-headset space with its new $170 Man O’War unit. This headset features 7.1 surround-sound, a retractable microphone, and Chroma lighting, and it works on PC and …

You can win a free HTC 10 just by sending HTC your selfie

The new HTC 10 is definitely one of the better releases in the company’s history. However at $699 and up retail price, not everyone can clear the space in their budget to get the sharp-bezeled unibody wonderphone. To that end, HTC is currently giving a few users the chance to win a free unit and …

HTC

Google really likes making things out of cardboard

Google's foray into virtual reality has involved a lot of heavy-duty paper, and even its fancy new hardware for VR is no exception. Google VP of Virtual Reality Clay Bavor tweeted a picture of an early controller prototype for the company's Android-based VR platform, Daydream, and as you can see, …

Consumer Interest In Self-Driving Cars Increasing

Automotive technology often moves faster than consumer acceptance. Many features we take for granted today were greeted by skeptics when they were introduced. It took time for people to accept air bags as standard. They were concerned air bags might deploy without warning. Many people resisted …

Autonomous Vehicle

One man's quest to pay for lunch with a chip implanted in his thumb

By October, Meow-Ludo Meow Meow hopes to leave his wallet at home — maybe forever.<p>The near field communication (NFC) chip he has implanted in the …

Surprisingly efficient snail brains could help make robots smarter

How snails think about eating could inform future robot decision-making designs. University of Sussex researchers have discovered that the creatures use just two brain cells for complex decisions: one cell told the snail if it was hungry, while another told it if food was near. Scientists attached …

Intel Ceases Work On Wireless Charging

<i>Typo fixed on the top of Page 2: shipments of receivers are expected to exceed one billion by 2020.</i><p>For the last three years, Intel has been stoking demand for PCs ahead of the next big buying cycle with the promise that new machines will be totally wireless. “We carry around a lot of wires,” Kirk …

Internet of Things

Cortana arrives on Xbox One for preview members

Microsoft is releasing a new Xbox One update for its preview members today, and it includes access to Cortana for the first time. While Microsoft had originally planned to introduce Cortana for Xbox One last year, the company delayed the digital assistant integration to include it with the …

Necktie-Wearing Robot Learns Sidewalk Etiquette

Big bot on campus<p>Sidewalks are complex environments. Sure, they’re second nature for humans, but the delicate balance of humans on foot, humans on bikes, humans with animals, humans in clusters, and humans on skates, skateboards, or other configurations are a lot for a machine to process. Put that …

Hacked Nintendo Power Glove lets you control drones like a wizard

More than 25 years after Lucas Barton fell in love with the Power Glove in <i>The Wizard</i>, Nintendo's impractical but undeniably cool hand-mounted NES controller has a new purpose — controlling drones. Engineer Nolan Moore used the peripheral as the basis for a gesture-based controller for the Parrot AR …

Samsung might release bendable smartphones early next year

Samsung may release two smartphones with bendable OLED screens next year, according to a report in <i>Bloomberg</i>. One model is said to fold in half, while another has a 5-inch display that "unfurls" into a tablet-sized 8-inch panel. The phones may be announced as soon as Mobile World Congress in …

Robotic librarian finds lost books, won't tell you to shush

A mobile robotic system is in development to take over the menial job of patrolling the stacks and inventorying the books.<p>Every job has its more boring components. In libraries, one of those jobs is scanning the shelves, looking for missing and misplaced books, and taking stock of what's available. …

Robotics

Netflix built a tool to gauge real-world video quality

Real-world video quality is tricky to measure: a bitrate that looks good for a crowd shot might be terrible for a close-up. Netflix, however, thinks it has the problem licked. It developed a tool that measures videos based on <i>perceived</i> quality, not just pure numbers. The technology works by gauging …

First Click: Microsoft could turn every PC into an Xbox

This time next week, we'll know exactly what Microsoft is planning for the future of its Xbox One console. With sales continuing to lag behind Sony's PlayStation 4, Microsoft has started to focus on combining PC gaming with the Xbox One. The first signs of this started when the Xbox One was …

Google DeepMind Researchers Developing A.I. Kill Switch, Just In Case

After dominating Lee Sedol at the strategy game Go, Google DeepMind’s AlphaGo A.I. is setting its sights on human extermination and world domination. That isn’t entirely true, but researchers at DeepMind along with University of Oxford scientists aren’t taking any chances with the possible monster …

Artificial Intelligence

The UK gets its first driverless car insurer

As cars have gained more assistive driving features, questions have been raised over how driverless vehicles will be insured. If someone has an accident while being piloted by an autonomous car, is the driver or the car itself to blame?<p>While governments, car makers and search giants attempt to …

Apple patent hints at 'bone conduction' headphones

A newly awarded patent shows Apple is researching bone conduction technology to improve voice call quality in its EarPod headphones.<p>A patent awarded to Apple on Tuesday shows the company is researching the use of bone conduction technology to improve voice call quality in its EarPod headphones.<p>US …

Patents

Chinese Tesla competitor planning $106,000 EV roadster, report says

If this Chinese roadster is the future of EV sports cars, sign me up.<p>Chinese electric vehicle startup Qiantu Motor is planning to compete with Tesla …

Mom says Apple's Siri helped save baby's life

Technically Incorrect: A mom discovers her 1-year-old child has stopped breathing. So, she shouts to her iPhone.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>The baby monitor showed Stacey Gleeson that her 1-year-old daughter Giana had turned blue.<p>She …

Siri

Y Combinator is giving people $2k a month to see what happens when robots take our jobs

Y Combinator announced plans for a pilot program that would provide $2,000 monthly to (up to) 100 residents of Oakland to see what life might look like after our Roomba’s and laundry-folding robots rise up and take our jobs.<p>The accelerator hired a researcher to lead the project, described as a …

YCombinator

Marshmallow is now on 10 percent of Android devices

The latest version of Android just hit a big, big milestone. Google's early June developer stats have revealed that Marshmallow is now on just over 10 percent of Android devices, representing a huge jump from just 2.3 percent in March. Notably, only some of that surge can be credited to people …

Glasgow-built space technology 'a success'

The European Space Agency has said its Lisa Pathfinder mission is performing better than expected.<p>A key part of the space probe was created at Glasgow University.<p>The existence of gravitational waves, as proposed in Albert Einstein's Theory of General Relativity, was proved earlier this year.<p>Now the …

LG helps India fight malaria with mosquito repelling TVs

Mosquito-spread diseases such as malaria and dengue continue to affect hundreds of thousands of Indians each year.<p>Some people want 3D viewing experience in their next TV. Some want a 4K display. LG is hoping that many in India want their next TV to repel mosquitoes.<p>The company on Tuesday announced …

India

Astronauts have entered an inflatable habitat on the space station for the first time

This week, astronauts successfully entered the International Space Station’s first inflatable habitat.<p>Wearing a mask and a headlamp, NASA astronaut Jeff Williams opened the hatch to the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM). Williams, joined by Russian cosmonaut, Oleg Skripochka, collected air …

The Harvard RoboBee has a new trick up its sleeve

Previously demonstrating the ability to fly and swim, the tiny robot can now land on walls.<p>The stated goal of the National Science Foundation is to create autonomous robots capable of sustained flight. Enter the RoboBee, and exit any last hope I had of avoiding a swarm of robotic, insectoid death …