Daniel Shamsoddini

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Xiaomi announces Mi Band Pulse, a $16 wearable heart rate monitor

In May 2015, Xiaomi brought the Mi Band, a $15 fitness band that's hugely popular in China, to the U.S. It's a great price for a waterproof bracelet …

Spectre Dominates US Box Office, Becomes Second-Best Bond Opening Ever

Following its record-setting debut in the UK, new Bond movie <i>Spectre</i> was released in the US this weekend and it enjoyed a strong debut. <i>Spectre</i> box office receipts totaled $73 million in the US, which is the second strongest domestic opening for a Bond movie of all time, only below 2012's <i>Skyfall</i> …

Box Office

Second Life has a higher GDP than some countries

3D virtual world Second Life used to be hyped up as the future of internet communication but now it’s more commonly thought of as an example of overbaked optimism about what’s next in tech.<p>That said, the 12-year-old service is still going strong with 900,000 monthly active users, not much lower …

Virtual Reality

Xiaomi Takes On Jawbone And Fitbit With $16 Heart Rate Monitoring Fitness Band

Xiaomi, the world’s fourth largest smartphone manufacturer, has continued its wearable tech assault with the launch of the Mi Band 1S – a low cost fitness tracker that boasts optical heart rate monitoring technology.<p>The Xiaomi Mi Band 1S has been made official by the Beijing-based company, with the …

Temperature-adjustable Ember coffee mug is hot on Indiegogo

Ember Technologies is touting its upcoming Ember as "the world's most advanced mug." The mug, which is scheduled to ship next April, is being sold on crowdfunding site Indiegogo for $130, which is a $20 price break from its expected $150 retail price.<p>Sounds like a lot of money for a mug that keeps …

Online Gaming Harassment Movie in the Works, Could Star Scarlett Johansson

A movie about harassment in the video game industry is in the works and could star Scarlett Johansson. Former Sony Pictures executive Amy Pascal's new Pascal Pictures company has obtained the rights to "<i>Crash Override: How To Save The Internet From Itself</i>," an upcoming memoir written by Depression …

Scarlett Johansson

EVE Online's new minigame puts players to work, for science

EVE Online is probably best known as the hardcore space sim where huge quantities of <i>real money</i> (say, about $1,500) can be lost at the drop of a hat. It's a pretty unique accolade, but developer CCP is working on a better one -- if everything goes as planned, EVE Online will soon be known as the …

What's In Your Halloween Candy?

The science of chocolatey deliciousness<p>For the artful new book <i>Ingredients,</i> Dwight Eschliman photographed the mostly powdery ingredients that go into all our favorite foods. Above are the ingredients of a Snickers bar. Below, a close-up on one ingredient in particular: soy lecithin.<p>Soy …

Uncharted 4 multiplayer won't have dedicated servers, will have microtransactions

The multiplayer component of <i>Uncharted 4: A Thief's End</i> won't offer dedicated servers, and will instead run on peer-to-peer connections, reports VG247.<p>"We'll still have a host, it's still peer-to-peer," said Robert Cogburn, the game's lead multiplayer designer, following a presentation attended by …

Uncharted

Russia just announced that it's sending humans to the moon

They're a little late for the great space race of the 1960s, but the mission is an admirable push for the reignited interest in manned deep-space travel.<p>On Tuesday, at a space and technology conference in Moscow, the head of Roscosmos Energia — Russia's version of NASA — announced: "A manned flight …

Space Science

Get Ready for Republican Debate No. 3 with Flipboard Topics

The Republican presidential candidates will meet for the third time on stage, this Wednesday. Nearly two months after their first debate, the players are mostly the same but the dynamics in the field are still shifting. Ben Carson recently pulled ahead of Donald Trump nationally and in Iowa, …

Ben Carson

Developers use 3D Touch pressure sensitivity to make real digital scale apps, but Apple rejects it

Yet another developer has tapped into Apple’s new pressure sensitive 3D Touch display technology on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus to create a real digital scale app, but this time Apple has given word that it won’t allow the apps on the App Store.<p>As demonstrated by another developer earlier this month, …

Apps

Xbox One Interview: "You've Never Seen a Holiday Lineup Like This Before"

Big things are happening for the Xbox One as it enters its third holiday season. This week sees the release of hugely anticipated sci-fi shooter Halo 5: Guardians, one of a string of exclusives that, together with multiplatform games, fills out what Microsoft is calling the greatest games lineup in …

Senate Approves Cybersecurity Bill: What You Need To Know

The latest clash in the cybersecurity vs. privacy debate played itself out in Congress on Tuesday when the Senate passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act. Supporters say the bill, approved 74-21, will help stop hackers by getting companies that have been breached to share information about …

Cybersecurity

Build A Compact, Mini-ITX 1440p Gaming PC For $800

It’s the weekend, which means School of Tech is back in session! Today I’m tackling a question that’s been asked frequently. It seems you all enjoyed my budget-conscious $400 Gaming PC build, but you want to know what can be accomplished with a mini-ITX form factor for roughly double the cash. Ask …