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Carl Sagan's solar spacecraft finally deploys its sails

The Planetary Society's LightSail spacecraft just dodged another bullet -- the ground crew has not only regained contact with the Carl Sagan-inspired ship, but managed to deploy its sails. It's still not clear just what rendered the vessel silent last week. However, the Society suspects that there …

Space

Amazon Hiring for 'Ambitious New PC Game Project'

Ambitious indeed.<p>Amazon Game Studios has announced it's seeking out qualified individuals to join its growing development team, which is currently …

The Backed Pack: Moky hides a trackpad in the surface of a keyboard

<i>Each week our friends at Backerjack provide an update on a hot crowdfunded tech gadget. This week we look at Moky, which has doubled its funding goal in 10 days.</i><p>The keyboard is a popular accessory for mobile devices because it’s often much easier to type with than the tiny one featured on a …

Anti-drunk driving technology won't start the car if you're smashed

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's anti-drunk driving technology won't let you get away with driving sloshed -- it won't even let you start the car. At a recent event, the agency has revealed the prototype of two candidates for the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety …

iPad magician strikes again, this time using the Apple Watch

Simon Pierro, the renowned "iPad magician," has returned with some new additions to his vast repertoire of digital magic tricks.<p>The world's first …

Apple Watch

Drone deployed to catch cheating Chinese students

The latest weapon in the fight against cheating for China's all-important university entrance exam is a six-propeller drone.<p>The drone flew over two testing centres in Luoyang city in central China's Henan province to scan for any unusual signals being sent to devices smuggled by students taking the …

Drones

What RadioShack's Bankruptcy Means for Your Credit Card Data

When RadioShack declared bankruptcy in February, it marked the potential end for one of the country’s most recognizable brands. But it was also the …

Plex gives your media server a secure connection

You probably don't think of your personal media server as a target for hackers and spies, but Plex isn't taking any chances. The company has started handing out free SSL security certificates to everyone using a media server, giving you an encrypted connection while you're picking a movie to watch …

Home Theater

Menlo Security Emerges From Stealth With $25M And Plan To Defeat Malware

Menlo Security, a company with a unique plan to battle malware, emerged from stealth today and also announced $25M in Series B funding.<p>The idea is an intriguing one. Many security problems emanate from malware, which can give hackers a path into a system where they can find their way deeper in and …

Xprize Launches $7M Competition For Mobile Apps That Improve Adult Literacy

Xprize may be best known for its efforts in space travel, but it’s also working to solve social problems here on Earth.<p>The foundation announced a $15 million competition last fall, focused on bringing literacy to children around the world. Now it’s working with the Barbara Bush Foundation for …

US slow to take bite of Apple Pay

Ahead of Apple Pay’s Europe launch at WWDC, survey finds cost and lack of customer demand and access to data has stalled retailer interest in US<p>As Apple prepares to expand Apple Pay to Europe at WWDC, anecdotal evidence suggests that the company’s forecast for US adoption may be too optimistic and …

Apple takes on Facebook with revamped news app

Media organisations including Guardian, ESPN, New York Times, Conde Nast and Hearst will produce content specifically designed for new service<p>Apple revamped its news service on Monday, making a play to take on Facebook as the two tech giants court readers and publishers to be the top platform for …

Batteries

Nvidia Shield Review: Streaming TV Meets Gaming

Streaming

Apple Rumored to Build High-Speed Network for Faster Cloud Services

Apple is building a high-speed content delivery network and plans to upgrade its data centers with more of its own equipment in an effort to better compete with Amazon, Google, Microsoft and other cloud service providers, according to <i>Bloomberg</i>. The improved infrastructure will enable Apple to …