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The Best Black Friday Deals of 2016

Steals and deals from Amazon, Target, Walmart and 13 other retailers.<p>The big retailers launch holiday sales the day after Halloween, and the flow of …

Shopping

Amazon Tests 30-Hour Work Week

The <i>Washington Post</i> reports that Amazon is launching technical teams whose workers will only clock in for 30 hours a week. While plenty of employees …

Automation

Here's how you can get the Windows 10 Anniversary Update right now

It's Windows 10 Anniversary Update day!<p>Hello?<p>Anyone?<p>Sure, news of a war between Instagram and Snapchat and a sexy new Samsung flagship device may …

Software
Superhot

Scientists Found An Incredible Jellyfish And It's Trippy AF

People still can't believe it's real.<p>It was discovered by a group of scientists on Sunday in a place informally known as the Enigma Seamount. The researchers are currently on an expedition exploring deepwater environments in the Marianas.<p>Scientists believe it belongs to the genus <i>Crossota</i>, a group …

Artificial, Womb-Free Births Just Got a Lot More Real

Scientists have grown a human embryo for two weeks in a petri dish.<p>For the first time, scientists have managed to grow human embryos to at least 14 days old inside a petri dish. Their work has the potential to revolutionize our understanding of what makes us human—and it's the next step on the road …

Genetics

AMD rolls out value oriented Radeon R3 SSDs

Balancing price and performance<p>AMD is taking another stab at the SSD storage market with its second line of Radeon brand drives to date. The new …

Scientists create living ‘insect-computer hybrid’ with user-adjustable speed and gait

“Nature’s ready-made robot platforms.” That’s how a new paper from researchers at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University describe insects — it’s excellent shorthand for the level of “playing god” we have attained, whether you find it fascinating or abhorrent. Of course, aside from simply …

Robotics

Microsoft is bringing bots to Skype — and everywhere else

Microsoft’s recently launched, A.I.-powered bot Tay may have embarrassed the company when Twitter users taught the machine how to be racist, but Microsoft hasn’t given up on the future of bot development. It’s just getting started. At Microsoft’s annual Build conference in San Francisco today, CEO …

Chatbots

Google is reportedly building an Amazon Echo rival

The project is revealed in a report on Nest's stalled innovation<p>Google executives have seen and heard all the positive buzz around Amazon's Echo speaker, and now the company is said to be preparing a similar product for the home. <i>The Information</i> is reporting on a "secret Google project to create a …

Smart Homes

Sony’s PlayStation VR headset bundle will cost $500, pre-orders start March 22

Earlier this week, Sony announced that its PlayStation VR would be available for the low price of just $399. Given that competing VR headsets like the Oculus are at least $200 more expensive, people were pretty excited about it. In fact, purchases of the PlayStation camera went up 3000 percent on …

Virtual Reality

PlayStation VR supports room-scale experiences, clearing the way for Vive ports

You'll have room to move, which is great news!<p>Sony has released many details about the $399 Playstation VR during the 2016 Game Developer's Conference, but one of the most interesting aspects of the hardware is just how large the tracking area becomes with the required $60 PlayStation 4 camera.<p>This …

Desktop Theater Mode will let you play any Steam game with your Vive VR headset

Like any piece of new technology, virtual reality needs a legacy mode to handle content not designed for VR. Soon, the HTC Vive (and other Steam VR headsets) will have just that, with "Desktop Theater Mode."<p>Unfortunately, we don't have any images of the feature yet, but it's safe to assume it will …

Virtual Reality

Google's Deepmind AI beats Go world champion for a second time

Google's Deepmind AI has done it again: it's beaten Go world champion Lee Sedol in the second of a five-match challenge. After forcing the 9-dan professional to resign in yesterday's test, today's four-and-a-half hour match went into overtime before the South Korean admitted defeat. AlphaGo now …

Voter turnout shows Trump, not Sanders, leading a revolution

<b>(CNN) —</b> Bernie Sanders talks extensively about revolution, but it appears that it's actually Donald Trump who is driving record numbers of voters to the polls with his fiery populist message.<p>Republicans voted in unprecedented numbers on Super Tuesday, setting record numbers in contests throughout …

Government

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 …

Apps

US Department of Defense is aggressively upgrading to Windows 10

Microsoft's Windows 10 roll out has been going well, primarily driven by free upgrades for existing devices. While more than 200 million devices (including Xbox One consoles) are running Windows 10 after just six months, only around 22 million are active in the enterprise or education environments. …

Software

Take video games seriously! Yes, they’re fun, but they matter culturally too

Why do newspaper culture pages and serious radio and TV largely ignore the biggest entertainment medium in the world?<p>Why do video games receive so little coverage in mainstream cultural media? It’s a question that’s troubled me for years – I even made a programme about it for Radio 4. Games are the …

Gaming Industry

3D Bioprinter Creates Bone, Muscle--And Cartilage For This Ear

Almost good enough to be transplanted into humans<p>Because the demand for donors’ organs and tissues is so high, researchers have spent years engineering synthetic tissues that could be transplanted into humans. But that’s not very easy to do—many of the gel-like tissues have been too mushy to be …

3D Printing

Are Bosses Necessary?

A radical experiment at Zappos may herald the emergence of a new, more democratic kind of organization.<p>Deeply strange reports have been emerging from the Las Vegas headquarters of Zappos, until recently the world’s happiest shoe store. This spring, by order of the CEO, Tony Hsieh, the company …

App Store

Prosthetic electrodes will return amputees' sense of touch

For all the functionality and freedom that modern prosthetics provide, they still cannot give their users a sense of what they're touching. That may soon change thanks to an innovative electrode capable of connecting a prosthetic arm's robotic sense of touch to the human nervous system that it's …

Watch This Futuristic Vat Of Water Paint A Cat

Who says cats and water don't mix?<p>Dunking a statue into a bucket of paint usually won't give you anything other than a monochromatic result. But dunk a statue into this vat of water coated with a layer of painted film, and the results are pretty incredible.<p>The video above and the accompanying paper …

3D

Long-Range Iris Scanning Is Here

An engineering professor at Carnegie Mellon says he’s invented technology that can identify someone from across the room with the precision of a fingerprint.<p>An officer pulls someone over on the side of the highway. The cop sits in the car a moment, runs the plates—they’re fine—and gets out of the …

United Arab Emirates

Replace Your Eyeballs With Synthetic Ones

Vision would no longer have to be #nofilter<p>Our eyes are such elegant, complex, specialized organs that their existence seems almost hard to believe--Darwin himself called their evolution “absurd.” But that doesn’t mean they’re perfect; eyes sometimes don’t focus correctly, they break down over …

Bioengineering

Soon, Your Laptop Will Need Just This One Cable

You'll have no excuse not to clean up your office<p>Even if you've only got a few technological devices, you've probably got a rat's nest of cables strewn around your home: power cables, USB cables, monitor cables, and so on. But someday in the not-too-distant future, you may finally be able to get …

Computer Hardware

New Liquid-Based 3D Printer Takes Minutes, Not Hours

Plus it has a real Terminator vibe<p>Rapid prototyping may soon get a whole lot more rapid, thanks to an entirely new method of 3D printing. Instead of taking hours to 3D-print something, it might soon take minutes.<p>The UNC-Chapel Hill researchers, who described their new process in the journal <i>Science</i>, …

How It Works: The Toyota Mirai

The hydrogen-powered car hits streets this fall<p>In the past year, three automakers--Toyota, Honda, and Hyundai--have debuted new hydrogen cars. The biggest launch is likely the Toyota Mirai, which will hit U.S. streets this fall. Fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) have for years been the white whales of the …

Alternative Fuel

Light-Up Fabric Could Make Glowing Clothing An Everyday Reality

Flashy threads? That's an understatement<p>The stylish glowing jumpsuits of the Tron-like future have just come a step closer, with the creation of a weavable fabric that lights up. Huisheng Peng and colleagues from Fundan University in Shanghai and UCLA created 1-millimeter thin fibers made from …

Nanotech

Behold, The Cyber Ant [Video]

Colonizing the factory floors of the future<p>In a lab in Germany lives a strange breed of ant. These ants have ceramic limbs and 3D-printed bodies. They gain sustenance by charging their batteries through metal antennae against electric rails. Where eyes should be there are two parts of a stereo …

Robotics

Dark Souls 2 PS4 framerate much better than Xbox One version, Digital Foundry shows

<i>Scholar of the First Sin</i> is a package that contains <i>Dark Souls 2</i>, all three of the game's content packs plus some other new additions. The game is coming to the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as well as the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.<p>"We revised the enemy placement completely for all maps in the …