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Starbucks CEO: We are growing because we invested in tech

The coffee seller's boss made the claim to explain how the business has been able to defy the odds and turn digital payments into a key revenue source. Mobile payments now represent a whopping 20% of all in-store sales in the US, more than double the figure from just two years ago and the coffee …

The man who created the world's first self aware robot says this next discovery will change the human-robot relationship forever

A decade later, the Oxford professor's seemingly unattainable challenge has been met.<p>On July 9, a team of researchers led by Professor Selmer Bringsjord helped a robot solve the riddle, displaying a level of self-awareness and satisfying what had until then been considered "the ultimate sifter" …

Massless particle discovery could radically accelerate electronics

An exotic particle theorized more than 85 years ago has finally been discovered. Dubbed the "Weyl fermion", it is a strange but stable particle that …

Google acquires Pixate - mobile app prototyping service now free

Google’s never-ending shopping spree continues as the company tries to expand its reach anywhere possible. Their latest acquisition has just been announced and developers will be especially fond of it. The Search Giant is now welcoming the Pixate crew and integrating them right into their design …

Software Now Better Than Humans At Recognizing What You Were Trying To Draw

Here come the Pictionary robots<p>Artifical neural nets have been all over the news in the last few weeks—they dream, nightmare-ify music videos, and now they can beat you in Pictionary.<p>Researchers at the Queen Mary University of London designed their neural network to analyze drawings on varying …

The world's most powerful radio telescope: the Square Kilometre Array

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is a huge project designed to sweep away many of the current roadblocks to astronomical progress. These include searching for the first celestial objects to form in the universe, investigating whether we need to develop a new theory of gravity, and looking for the …

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Drone firing handgun appears in video

A video of a home-made drone firing what appears to be a pistol has been posted onto YouTube.<p>The video, which cannot be independently verified by the Guardian, appears to show a small calibre handgun strapped to quadcopter with an elongated frame. The author of the video has not replied to requests …

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Ex-Skypers Launch Virtual Whiteboard Deekit

Although seriously long in the tooth and being disrupted by a plethora of startups, for many years Skype has existed as an almost ubiquitous app in any remote team’s toolkit.<p>So it seems apt that a new startup founded by a team of ex-Skype employees is set to tackle another aspect of online …

10 Science Fiction Writers Predict How Our World Will Change In The Next 10 Years

In the epilogue to his book on data, privacy, copyright and what the changing tides of these big ideas mean for writers and other creative types, prolific sci-fi behemoth and tech blogger Cory Doctorow tries to guess what the future will hold. He begins with a disclaimer: “Science-fiction writers …

NASA’s new radar detects heartbeats, saving 4 lives in Nepal

The latest tech from NASA just saved the lives of four people trapped in the rubble left from the recent earthquake in Nepal. NASA’s FINDER (Finding …

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What I’m Reading: Tech Evangelist Hillel Fuld

<i>When you hear the words “startup scene,” you probably think Silicon Valley, right? Sure, the Valley is very much a technological epicenter. But it’s not too early to look beyond the Bay Area—to, say, Israel.</i><p><i>Yes, Israel, where tech evangelists like Hillel Fuld have helped develop a vibrant startup</i> …

Take a Fresh Peek at Virgin Galactic's Next SpaceShipTwo

Six months after the fatal breakup of the first SpaceShipTwo rocket plane, Virgin Galactic is providing a progress report on the construction of SpaceShipTwo Tail No. 2. The company said engineers are working three shifts, spanning days, nights and weekends, to put the structure together.<p>"Soon, we …

Bill Nye is testing a spaceship that rides on sunbeams

LightSail project uses solar sails for propulsion<p>Back in 1976, famed physicist and astronomer Carl Sagan appeared on <i>The Tonight Show</i> to explain a new method of space travel. Using a technique called solar sailing, Sagan described a craft that used a large reflective sheet to "work exactly as a …