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Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Review: Almost Perfect

Elbows in the ribs, jostling crowds, too few handsets. My first impressions of the Samsung Galaxy S6 at Mobile World Congress weren’t great. And even without the seething throng of the launch event, I’ve never really been bowled over by Samsung’s flagship smartphones.<p>On the day, we weren’t really …

Phones

Siemens' world-record electric aircraft motor punches above its weight

Researchers at Siemens have created a new prototype electric motor specifically designed for aircraft that weighs in at just 50 kg (110 lb) and is …

Siemens

Early Korean LG G4 customers to receive one free screen replacement and a 64GB microSD card

There may not be many surprises left to reveal about the upcoming LG G4, but the company has just lifted the lid on a new warranty offer for the handset. Korean customers who purchase the G4 before the dealine will receive a one-time screen replacement and a 64GB microSD memory card completely free.<p>…

Customers

This designer made his own BB-8 Star Wars droid

The BB-8 droid was one of the best parts of the first <i>Force Awakens</i> trailer: a tiny, scrappy mechanized ball that could move across rough ground surprisingly quickly. Even better, it wasn't CGI. That was a real robot, based on Sphero's iOS-controlled RC bot, customized with a new paint job and a …

Infinite USB Cable Now Support New MacBook USB-C Port

Building on the unique and very handy design of the already existing Infinite USB the company behind the expandable USB cable has unveiled their …

This is what Google looks for when selecting interns

Applications will go live in late spring (and intern hopefuls can ask Google to alert them when the process starts).<p>Google hires upward of 1,000 interns per class, according to Intern Match. And an internship at Google can be a real career maker. Not only can it help a student get a job offer from …

Employment

14 things you didn't know your iPhone headphones could do

Nathan Fillion returns to his iconic role in Firefly Online

At San Diego Comic-Con last year, the makers of <i>Firefly Online</i>, a strategic role-playing game based on the cult hit sci-fi show from 2002, said Nathan Fillion would lend his voice to the project. Here you can see — er, hear — him in action.<p>Fillion will reprise his role as Malcolm Reynolds, captain …

Like Google Glass for cars: I tried Mini’s Augmented Vision concept

While Google Glass may have fallen flat, companies big and small are still chasing the dream of seamless augmented reality — information delivered to your field of vision without distraction (and without making you look ridiculous). What I <i>didn't</i> expect was for automaker Mini, best known for its …

10 R2-D2 Sightings That Prove Droids Are Everywhere

These were the pieces of droid paraphernalia we were looking for

Take a look behind the scenes of Project Loon, Google's lofty plan to bring the Internet to everyone

Google's network of Internet-beaming balloons has come a long way.<p>Project Loon is Google's audacious experiment to bring the Internet to the world, ferried on the back of high-altitude balloons. A new video posted to Project Loon's Google+ page gives us a behind-the-scenes look at this radical …

Internet

Instagram deletes pregnancy stretch mark pictures for 'breaching decency guidelines'

Hannah Moore's account deleted after she uploads images in a bid to boost her confidence as pictures deemed to contain inappropriate 'nudity and violence'<p>A mother who posted pictures of her post-pregnancy stretch marks on Instagram was horrified after they were removed for breaching the site's …

Sony's Ultra HD 4K TVs that are thinner than an iPhone 6 will arrive this summer

Apple isn’t the only company obsessed with making its electronics thinner and lighter. Sony’s super-thin Ultra HD 4K TVs (UHD TV), which measure …

Microsoft Surface 3 is an attractive lightweight

I'm a fan of Microsoft's Surface Pro 3, a no-compromise tablet-laptop hybrid. It's the right size, and has the battery life, power and portability …

Large drive for a low price

<b>The Good</b> The Seagate Expansion Portable Drive quickly copies files and offers a ton of storage for the money. It's also compact enough to fit in your pocket and its no frills approach makes it easy to use with both computers and game consoles.<p><b>The Bad</b> There is no backup software included and it's …

Gear & Gadgets

Amazon's Android appstore loses one of its best features

Free. It's a price we love. Ironically, free usually comes at a price. Today, that price, is the loss of Amazon's try-before-you-buy TestDrive service for Android apps. It turns out, with more and more apps being free (at least to download), there was less demand for a service that let you test 'em …

The eBay price of this Galaxy S6 Edge is out of this galaxy

For some, the Galaxy S6 Edge might be priced out of this world. It’s unlocked, SIM-free price is about $900 for the 32GB model. Prepare yourself then, for a product so expensive that it’s simply outside the Milky Way. Retailer KickMobiles is currently offering a “Limited Edition” SIM-free 128GB …

Phones

This Tiny Sensor Turns Your Thumbnail Into A Trackpad

Like the football phone or the Dick Tracy two-way wrist radio, humankind has always dreamt of melding two technologies together to create a synergistic improvement on our meager, exhausting existence. Today we have NailIO, a solution that adds a ray of light to our user interface needs by melding …

Here’s why we should be really excited about quantum computers

But recent breakthroughs in the field suggest these crazy fast computers might be coming sooner than we think.<p>And we have a lot of reasons to be excited about their arrival.<p>Ray Johnson, a board member at the startup quantum computing company QxBranch, one of many companies working to move quantum …

Apple Pay may reach first country beyond US this year

The mobile payments service is on the verge of expanding to Canada, according to the Wall Street Journal. But will Apple be able to seal the deal?<p>Apple Pay may be setting up shop in Canada later this year.<p>Apple is currently chatting with Canada's six largest banks about a possible November rollout …

Apple Pay

Charge Your iPhone With...Your Furniture?

Apple is just getting in to wireless charging, if you consider the Apple Watch's magnetic charger to be wireless. Other technologies, like inductive charging have been around and thanks to the Android's diverse set of manufacturers, this is an area where Apple lags behind.<p>However, companies like …

Furniture

ZSpace virtual reality system makes science class look like 'Iron Man' lab

Heart dissections in science classes have always been a messy affair. For years teachers have cut open cow's or sheep's hearts to show students how they look inside, and, while students get to feel and see the heart, they can't watch as it beats, because the animals are dead. They can't see the …

Virtual Reality

Google acquired Athena Wireless in February, likely to bolster Fiber and MVNO ambitions

Google finalized a deal to acquire Surprise, Arizona startup Athena Wireless Communications in February of this year, according to reports. The company has been around for several years and has spent much of that time building wireless LTE and small cell technologies that can move data at gigabit …

Google Fiber

PMA vs WPC and the future of wireless charging

Two of the biggest players in the wireless charging industry are the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) and the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), the latter of which owns well established Qi standard. Both are backed by a number of big names in the mobile industry and these two standards are supported in …

Drones are making the rounds in Asia

Across the continent, unmanned aerial vehicles are already in use across a broad spectrum of industries.<p>While the US has taken halting steps toward permitting companies to use drones for business purposes, some Asian countries have jumped right in and allowed both government and commercial …

Drones

Chrome OS gets a new launcher and more Material Design

Early adopters have had access to a redesigned Chrome OS launcher since last month. Now, Google is making that feature available to <i>all</i> users of its web-based operating system. Today's fresh, stable update to Chrome OS also comes packed with a number of Material Design elements, bringing a new look …

Brain4Cars system could spot driver errors before they happen

We keep hearing about systems designed to either alert drivers to impending collisions, to let them know that they've made a mistake (such as …

Technology: 3D Robotics announces a "smart drone"

3D Robotics has announced Solo, a quadcopter drone that is designed to make high quality video capture easy.<p>3D Robotics describes its new product as …

Drones

Robot arms will cook your meals like a 'MasterChef'

You could swap hands with the Robot Devil and still not be as good a chef as this prototype from Moley Robotics. The unit consists of two mechanical arms terminating in a pair of highly dexterous biomimetic hands. Designed by 2011 <i>MasterChef</i> winner Tim Anderson, and currently on display at the …

SpaceX rocket launched successfully, landed 'too hard for survival'

Today SpaceX successfully launched its latest mission to the International Space Station, but couldn't reach its goal of safely landing the rocket's first stage on a barge. According to CEO Elon Musk, while the ascent was successful, the "Rocket landed on droneship, but too hard for survival." …