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Amazon has set its sights on healthcare tech with a stealth lab it calls '1492'

Now it seems to be trying to put itself into position for similar success in healthcare as that market goes digital.<p>The e-commerce giant has set up a new, stealthy lab called "1492" that's dedicated to healthcare technology, CNBC reported Wednesday.<p>According to the report, the lab is exploring ways …

YouTube Red and Google Play Music to merge, says report

Google Play Music and YouTube Red will be merged to create a new streaming service, according to a report from The Verge, which Google then essentially confirmed with a statement indicating that changes are not taking place immediately. The company said users would receive plenty of notice before …

The tech industry is convinced 2021 is going to be the best year ever

It sounds a bit far-fetched, considering that autonomous cars are still largely in the testing stages, but Lyft is just one of many companies saying that 2021 will be the year that these vehicles finally get out on the roads en masse.<p>So, sure, it could happen. And going along with that positive …

Amazon's Jeff Bezos is now richer than everyone, including Bill Gates

Bill Gates is no longer the richest man in the world. That title now goes to Amazon’s Jeff Bezos.<p>Bezos has long been a billionaire, but recent surges in Amazon stock have pushed him to a net worth of over $90 billion. Bill Gates’ is also pegged at $90 billion, but Bezos seems to have just …

This is Meizu's crazy phone with an extra display on the back

After teasing it in mid-July, Meizu has now officially launched its Meizu Pro 7 and Meizu Pro 7 Plus phones, both of which have a highly unusual …

Nintendo has a fiasco on its hands with the new Super Nintendo Classic

Late last Friday night, the internet lit up with excited proclamations that Nintendo's hot new throwback console — the SNES Classic Edition — was available for pre-order on Walmart's website.<p>This was huge news: The SNES Classic Edition is a limited-edition, miniature version of the original SNES …

Amazon dreams of underwater warehouses

As dreamed up by the e-commerce giant's big thinkers, the aquatic warehouse would be filled with goods stored in super watertight containers, placed there by conveyor belts, humans, trucks, or planes. The containers would be outfitted with cartridges that would act like a fish's swim bladder, …

The state of virtual reality

Microsoft, Sony, Valve, Ready at Dawn all have games in the works<p>One could argue that the age of virtual reality kicked-off during last year's Game Developers Conference, an event that nearly coincided with the launch of two of the technology's most important head-mounted displays in recent …

An Artificial Intelligence Developed Its Own Non-Human Language

When Facebook designed chatbots to negotiate with one another, the bots made up their own way of communicating.<p>A buried line in a new Facebook report about chatbots’ conversations with one another offers a remarkable glimpse at the future of language.<p>In the report, researchers at the Facebook …

Physicists Have Detected a Friction-Like Force in a Perfect Vacuum

Without breaking the fundamental laws of physics.<p>One of the most fundamental tenets of modern physics is that in a perfect vacuum - a place entirely …

8 of our favorite smartphone highs and lows of 2014

CNET goes over the hits and misses that helped define our year in smartphones.<p>This year, like all years in recent memory, has seen its share of highs and lows in the mobile world. On the one hand, you have key players making strides, like Apple successfully joining the big-screen party with its new …

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