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Double your smartphone battery life with stunning breakthrough

By Luke Edwards<p>Smartphone battery drain is the source of many a woe. Phone always seeming to run out of juice when you need them the most. Despite …

Will Quantum Encryption Arrive Before Quantum Computers Break All Our Passwords?

Scientists are racing to deploy foolproof quantum encryption before quantum computers come along that render all our passwords useless.<p>Passwords work today because the computers we have, while theoretically capable of breaking passwords, would take an impractical amount of time to do so.<p>“The …

Quantum Physics

Watch Microsoft's new AI bot struggle to interpret famous works of art

CaptionBot is a bot that will automatically create captions for any photos you upload, and is the latest in a series of periodic releases from Microsoft's AI division to show off its technical prowess in novel ways.<p>Here's how it works. You can upload photos to it, and it will tell you what it …

Facebook is poised to take the chatbot world by storm

Even though chatbots have been around for quite some time -- remember the SmarterChild bot on AIM? -- they've only recently become the darlings of the tech world. Just two weeks ago, Microsoft announced its Conversations as a Platform initiative, wherein it plans to build bots into Skype to help …

The 2016 Popular Mechanics Automotive Excellence Awards

Welcome to our annual compendium of the year's vehicular triumphs.<p>Welcome to our annual compendium of the year's vehicular triumphs.

You can now design a $250,000 tiny house on an app and get it delivered in months

Becoming a tiny house homeowner is now as easy as tapping away at an iPad.<p>Blu Homes, a California-based prefab home manufacturer, just launched a new line of micro houses that shoppers can customize on an app and get delivered to their property in a matter of months.<p>The cost starts at $250,000, …

Tech giants are scrambling to get their hands on the 'hottest commodity on the planet'

Driven by the rise of battery gigafactories and game-changing Powerwall and energy storage businesses, the world now finds itself at the beginning of a lithium super cycle that is all about securing new supply, much of which is poised to come from lithium superstar Argentina.<p>We have Tesla in the …

Driverless taxis are about to hit Singapore

A startup that spun out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is planning to unleash driverless taxis on the city's streets later this year.<p>The company, nuTonomy, is currently working with Singapore to put self-driving electric taxis within the One North business district to serve as public …

Deep learning will be huge — and here’s who will dominate it

Artificial intelligence* is developing much faster than we thought. Just last month, Google’s DeepMind AI beat Lee Sedol, a legendary Go player, at his own game in a defining moment for the industry. What enabled this win is a relatively new AI technique called deep learning, which is transforming …

Artificial Intelligence

The 17 equations that changed the world

In 2012, Mathematician Ian Stewart came out with an excellent and deeply researched book titled "In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations That Changed the World.<p>His book takes a look at the most pivotal equations of all time, and puts them in a human, rather than technical context.<p>"Equations …

Shootlr lets you take a ‘someone-elsie’

What do you call it when you have an app that lets your friends take a photo of you, using your own phone? It’s not a selfie… It’s not a portrait… Let’s call it a <i>someone elsie.</i><p>Shootlr today launched an iOS and Android app that is attempting to take this brave new frontier of photography to the …

Apps

Rugged Casio WSD-F10 Android Wear Watch Now Available For $500 (video)

Casio first unveiled their new rugged Android Wear smartwatch back during the CES 2016 Technology Show which took place in January of this year. Now …

Wearable Tech

Lockheed Martin's hypersonic aircraft plans are taking shape

For years, Lockheed Martin has been working on hypersonic (Mach 5 and above) aircraft like the SR-72, which could reach virtually any part of the world within a couple of hours. These vehicles have long been seen as distant prospects (the SR-72 might not reach service until 2030 at the earliest), …

Casio's first Android Wear smartwatch arrives March 25th

You no longer have to choose between Android Wear and a watch that can survive your epic hiking adventures. Casio has revealed that its first smartwatch, the WSD-F10, will be available on March 25th through multiple outlets (including Amazon and the Google Store) for $500. That's a lot to pay when …

This New Code Makes Websites Load 34% Faster in Any Browser

Just what we’ve always wanted.<p>If website loading times can’t keep up with your browsing speed like your typing can’t keep up with your thoughts, hope …

JavaScript

AutoDiscovery Automatic Intelligent Exploratory Data Analysis Software

AutoDiscovery is an automatic intelligent exploratory data analysis software that unveils complex relationships in the data files of your experiments.

The Science Behind Daydreaming And How You Can Retrain Your Brain To Focus

Our brains aren’t designed for the type of work we do, which is why we’re always distracted. But two rules can help you retrain your brain.<p>The secret to productivity isn’t getting more things done; it’s getting the right things done. It sounds simple, but the problem is that office workers are …

Watch This Homemade, Gas-Powered Lightsaber Destroy Things

Looks cool, probably smells terrible<p>We’d like to share our condolences with all of the university laser research departments around the world who might have been trying to build a self-contained lightsaber for the first time — you’re already too late.<p>On the eve of the release of <i>Star Wars Episode …

Homemade

Leak reveals the next major feature coming to WhatsApp

Facebook’s $22 billion WhatsApp deal bought it the most popular messaging app in the world, and the service has continued to grow since the …

A Revealing Look at Bullets Precisely Split in Half

<i>Ammo</i> is a series of portraits featuring bullets cut in half, revealing what this powerful object looks like on the inside. With over 900 specimen in her collection, Pearlman displays the projectiles in a simple format, against a blank background, to draw the focus on the objects themselves. Each …

Ammunition

New magnetic charger lets you juice up iPhone wirelessly

We are wireless, but not quite wire-free. One company wants to help iPhone users cut a couple of cords with a magnetic charging solution called the STACK PACK.<p>It’s all capital letters for a product that sounds more like workout vitamins. The STACK PACK promises to pack just as much power as that …

Tech Trends

Stronger than steel and stretchier than elastic, synthetic silk could transform clothing

US startup Bolt Threads reckons it has one-upped spiders to unlock the incredible potential of synthetic silk.<p>DUBLIN -- If Bolt Threads has its way, the clothes of the future could be made from synthetic fibres similar to the web fired from Spider-Man's wrists. How's that for wearable …

Clothing

Legacy Machine Perpetual re-invents the perpetual calendar watch

A perpetual calendar watch complication is more than just the standard day/date window. It's a special movement that not only shows the day of the …

The Car Of The Future May Look Nothing Like A Car

A new definition of "I'll take that to go"<p>The next big thing in transportation may be Next. The modular electric car design looks really nothing like a car, more like a boxy room on wheels, but it runs on roads just like any other car.<p>At least, that's the idea. There are no prototypes of Next yet, …

Prototypes

What to Know About Meat and Cancer

Getty Images (4)<p>Getty Images (5); Gif by Mia Tramz for TIME<p>Getty Images; Tara Johnson for TIME<p>Getty Images (1); Gif by Mia Tramz for TIME<p>Getty Images …

Nutrition

Northrop Grumman lands USAF deal for new long-range strike bomber

Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James announced on Tuesday that the DoD has awarded Northrop Grumman the lead contract for the US military's upcoming Long-Range Strike Bomber (LRSB). The contract is valued $60 billion, making it the single largest airframe contract …

Malware turns hundreds of security cameras into a botnet

Closed-circuit security cameras are supposed to make you safer, but some malware is turning them into weapons. Researchers at Incapsula have discovered code that turned about 900 Linux-based CCTV cameras into a botnet, which promptly bombarded an unnamed "large cloud service" that serves millions …

Wall Street's brightest minds reveal the most important charts in the world

As many of the charts in our latest collection from some of Wall Street's top strategists show, questions right now center on what the future holds for the US economy, for emerging markets, and the Federal Reserve.<p>The last time we ran this feature back in February, the world looked different. The …

Markets

Harvard creates a material that lets light go 'infinitely fast'

Researchers at Harvard University announced recently that they had successfully developed a means of manipulating light at the nanoscale, which could lead to photonic-based (rather than electronic) telecommunications. Think, ubiquitous fiber optics. The team reportedly developed an on-chip …