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This $30 device defeats almost any keyless car or garage door

You probably don't think about thieves when you unlock your car, but Samy Kamkar certainly does. The security researcher known for his droll (and scary) hacks has created a device called "Rolljam" that cracks the wireless entry systems used by car- and garage-door makers. He demonstrated it at …

Home Automation

Intel's pro-level Xeon processors are coming to laptops

Intel's professional-grade Xeon processors are no longer confined to fancy workstations or data centers. The chip designer has unveiled its first-ever Xeon processor family for laptops, the E3-1500M v5. The Skylake-based part is meant to deliver the kind of heavy lifting that you'd want as a pro …

Computer Hardware

The five biggest changes to media playback in Windows 10

Windows 10 is finally here, and with the most robust and fully featured version of Microsoft's PC operating system to date, it appears the company has finally atoned for its former Windows 8 sins. While some of the changes are obvious -- hello Start menu, my old friend -- some take a little …

Windows 10

Mars Express videos the red planet from orbit

Here's something for those tired of looking at rock-and-dust photos of Mars: an entrancing video clip of the planet spinning taken by the European Space Agency's Mars Express. ESA's Mars Express mission is comprised of a lander called Beagle 2 and an orbiter, which was responsible for the video …

Mars

Baidu's 'Medical Robot': Chinese Search Engine Reveals Its AI for Health

A voice search WebMD is one of the company's earliest AI products since tapping a star researcher from Google.<p>On a recent trip to Beijing, Wei Fan, a researcher for Baidu in Sunnyvale, Calif., had to deal with his mother’s unexpected ailment. Her knee ached. The wait to see doctors in the city is …

MIT's robot borrows quick reflexes from a human pilot

Based on what we've seen at DARPA's Robotics challenge finals, most humanoid machines are still stiff and hilariously clumsy. MIT's new robot named "Hermes," however, moves a bit more gracefully and has human-like reflexes -- because it's hooked up to a human controller. Think <i>Pacific Rim</i>, except …

Robotics

How Tweetbot led me to a favorite new font and ruined all the other apps I use

Whether we readily admit it or not, we’re sensitive to fonts. It’s why Apple created its own San Francisco font for the Apple Watch, which is now rolling out to all of its platforms. That’s also why I changed the appearance of a favorite app, and stumbled onto a new favorite font.<p>It happened by …

The biggest stars on YouTube make huge incomes ... yet they can't keep the vast majority of it

He even made a video specifically to address the haters who felt that he was somehow overpaid.<p>The interesting thing about YouTube revenue, however, is how little of it the stars themselves get to keep. YouTube keeps a 45% cut of any ad revenue gathered by one of your videos. And that's before taxes …

ICYMI: Kids Abusing Robots, Solar Powered Balloon and More

How to run Windows 10 on your Mac (Boot Camp)

Want to Feel Like an Astronaut? SpaceVR Says It Can Help.

What's your favorite thing about space? Mine is space.<p>Going to space changes people. In fact, there’s a name for this change, the Overview Effect:<p>https://vimeo.com/55073825<p>A San Francisco startup called SpaceVR wants to make the perspective granted by the Overview Effect accessible to the …

Microsoft's Cortana assistant can now replace Google Now on Android

Microsoft released a private beta version of its Cortana digital assistant for Android last month. While it includes similar features to the Windows 10 and Windows Phone version, Microsoft is taking its support of Android a step further with an updated app. In the latest beta version you can now …

Opera buys a Netflix-style smartphone app service

You may associate Opera with data-saving web browsers and handy compression tools, but the company is determined to make more of a name for itself in smartphone apps, too. Opera just bought Bemobi, a mobile app discovery service that thrives on a Netflix-like app subscription service -- pay a …

Apps

Google’s preparing to relaunch its Android One initiative in India

Google is planning to reboot its Android One project in India, reports the Financial Times.<p>Android One is a project that specifies a set of hardware and software guidelines for device makers to adhere to if they wish to get official status from Google.<p>Speaking to the Financial Times, Google’s …

Google will take another shot at low-cost Android One initiative

Executive says new Android One plans will be announced soon<p>Google is about to take another crack at its ultra-low-cost smartphone initiative, called Android One. The company's managing director in Southeast Asia, Rajan Anandan, says that a new plan for Android One will be unveiled in "the next few …

South-east Asia