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Good news, Google Now is now less dependent on an internet connection

Driving through a tunnel, hiking on a mountain, riding the subway, or just enjoying a beer in an underground pub. These are all situations when you might not have an internet connection, thus making it impossible to check your helpful virtual assistant Google Now. But that’s changing with the …

Android News

This is NASA's new Z-2 spacesuit

The follow-up to NASA's rather <i>Toy Story</i>-esque Z-1 spacesuit was decided this week, thanks to an online poll. Three options were up for the task of being the next cover layer to protect the Z-2, and after garnering 63 percent of the vote, the "Technology" option will be part of the agency's new …

Hoop Tracker Helps Basketball Players Take Their Best Shot

We can't all have Jordan's dunk, but a new piece of wearable tech could soon help athletes understand their own strengths — and weaknesses.<p>Hoop …

Watch this: Sony demos two new augmented reality tricks

No, Sony's not coming out with a new augmented-reality toy just yet, but that doesn't mean it isn't working behind the scenes to make its graphics look a little more... believable. The company just posted two videos out of its PlayStation lab in Japan, both of which hint at what it could be like to …

Graphene transparent memory take us closer to transparent smartphones

Futuristic looking transparent electronics took one step closer to reality this week when a Korean research team announced that they had developed a way to manufacture transparent memory modules for use in transparent electronic devices, such as notebook computers and perhaps even smartphones.<p>The …

Nanotech

Report Claims iPhone 6 Will Feature Curved Display, All-Aluminum Rear Shell

Apple's next-generation iPhone may feature rounded edges and a curved glass display, according to a new report from <i>Mac Otakara</i> [Google Translate].<p><i>The Squair Curvaceous Bumper</i><p>Citing "reliable sources", the publication notes that the iPhone 6's cover glass will sit flush with the device's rounded …

President Obama plays soccer with a Japanese robot

President Obama is in Japan on a state visit right now, and he's been making some high-tech new friends. Honda's humanoid robot Asimo was on hand at Tokyo's Miraikan science museum — previously host to the colossal Kuratas mech — to demonstrate its soccer abilities. After offering a bow and …

How Apple Could Make the Move to 4.7" iPhone Displays

Amidst the flurry of iPhone 6 rumors coming from KGI Securities' report last week, Ming-Chi Kuo presented the first possible screen resolution for Apple's 4.7" iPhone 6. Kuo lists it as a 1334x750 Retina display with a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch.<p>Historically, Apple has been very cautious …

HTC hires Samsung exec who made Galaxy the 'next big thing'

HTC has hired Paul Golden, the chief marketing officer at Samsung US when its devices were becoming known as the "next big thing." Golden, whose LinkedIn page says he "created and launched the highly successful Galaxy brand," was at Samsung between 2008 and 2012, a time in which the Korean company …

Google Releases Android Camera App With Selective Focus

Google has released a standalone version of its stock camera app for Android— and it's a significant improvement on its predecessor.<p>The new app, …

Google launches standalone Camera app in Play Store

Google has just launched its own Camera app in the Play Store. Simply called Google Camera, the app looks a bit different from the camera software currently shipping in Android 4.4 KitKat. Google has made a number of improvements and refinements here, introducing a much cleaner interface "that gets …

Samsung Galaxy S5 Is Already Battling The iPhone 6

It’s less than a year after Samsung’s landmark Galaxy S4 Android superphone went on sale, and already the follow-up Galaxy S5 is in the wild and reportedly selling like… not hot cakes, exactly; more like… an iPhone. And that is exactly the type of response that Samsung has been trying to …

Apple sues Samsung for $2bn as tech rivals head back to court

Apple says Korean company must pay $40 per device for 'systematically' copying features to use on its newest devices<p>The smartphone world's fiercest rivalry is heading back to court again this week in the heart of the Silicon Valley, as Apple and Samsung begin a new trial - accusing each other, once …