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Lenovo's projector phone beams a touchscreen onto any surface

Smartphones with built-in projectors -- well, just the two from Samsung, really -- haven't exactly been a huge hit so far, but Lenovo thinks it's finally got the right use case for this combination: beaming a touchscreen or virtual keyboard onto your desk. Announced at the Lenovo Tech World …

Weaponizing code: America's quest to control the exploit market

When the US Bureau of Industry and Security published how it plans to implement the sections on hacking technologies in a global weapons trade pact called the Wassenaar Arrangement (WA) last week, it ignited an online firestorm of meltdowns, freakouts, and vicious infighting within the most …

Dell unveils a range of affordable PCs ahead of Windows 10

While Dell managed to surprise us with its rather handsome XPS 15 -- the sibling of the thin-bezel XPS 13 laptop -- at Computex, it's also bringing us a range of both new and refreshed models ahead of the Windows 10 launch. Starting off with the headliner, we have the Inspiron 15 7000 series laptop …

Thync's mood-changing wearable arrives for $299

How eager are you to calm down (or psych yourself up) at a moment's notice? If the answer is "enough to buy a fairly expensive gadget," your solution is now within reach. Thync has launched its namesake mood-changing wearable at the hefty price of $299. That's a lot to pay simply to feel different, …

Moxbii Metearmor is shatter-proof glass protection for your phone

Like tempered glass screen protectors, the Metearmor keeps your screen safe, but it won't shatter on impact like the plastic versions, its maker claims.<p>TAIPEI -- On a tiny stand here at the Computex trade show is Moxbii, a Taiwanese company that specialises in screen protectors. While I normally …

Phones

Google: Still mostly white men work for us

Google is still struggling with lack of diversity, admitting Tuesday in its second annual diversity report that white men still dominate the tech giant's workforce.<p>"We're still not where we want to be when it comes to diversity," the company said in its 2015 diversity report. "It is hard to address …

Time Warner

Only thunder gods are worthy of handling this PC

Thermaltake's PC modding community often likes to do things to excess: Taiwan's biggest tech show is a huge opportunity for such excesses. The PC you see above, unashamedly modeled on a certain Nordic deity's blunt implement of choice, is a good example. Did we want to try to grab it and see if we …

Are You Ready to Receive Poo Alerts From Your Child’s Diaper?

This week at Computex, the annual technology show held in Taipei, Taiwan, engineers from Acer showed off a small sensor module that sits inside any regular diaper and can detect moisture and methane (a sign of a potential number two).<p>The module links to an app, called DiaperPie, and will send you …

The last Pirate Bay co-founder has served his jail time

For years, authorities had played a game of cat and mouse with the co-founders of file-sharing site The Pirate Bay. The long game eventually paid off, with Peter Sunde, Gottfrid Warg and Fredrik Neij all being sent to prison within a six month period. Sunde and Warg have since walked free, leaving …

The Navy Wants A Round That Travels At Mach Five

All of the battle on a lot less ship<p>Wither the Battleship! Once-dominant sea-going giants, the famed and feared titans of naval warfare found themselves outclassed, outmatched, and outranged by aircraft carriers in World War II, and they are now mostly a distant memory. Despite the battleship's …

Military

SoundHound launches a voice-controlled personal assistant called Hound

SoundHound, the company behind the music recognition app with the same name, has unexpectedly launched a mobile personal assistant called Hound today.<p>Just like Siri on iOS or Cortana on Windows, Hound lets you do things like make a call, send a message, search for flights or hotels, navigate to …

Apps

Eedu DIY drone kit uses hands-on learning to teach kids how to code

The beauty of Kickstarter is its ability to combine ideas with resources to bring new opportunities to market. We’ve already seen this model deliver very successful campaigns like Kano that put the power of micro-computing into the hands of many. A new project, called Eedu, is looking to provide …

Batteries

PlanetiQ Announces Successful Test Of Its GPS Weather Forecasting

Satellite data company PlanetiQ announced today that it’s successfully conducted the first test of its Pyxis weather sensor.<p>The Pyxis sensor is planned to be installed on PlaentiQ’s constellation of 12 satellites, which are aimed to be launched in 2016 & 2017. The company plans to have at least 18 …

Weather

Google patents contact lens that collects your ‘iris fingerprint’

Google has a thing about contact lenses. The company has done a lot of work with contact lenses used in health applications. It’s now patented a technology that employs the contact lens as an identification device.<p>The new patent describes a contact lens that covers all or part of the iris of the …

Contact Lenses

(Updated) Virginia to begin testing self-driving cars

<b>Update:</b><p>The team at HERE have been in touch to let us know that Google is actually not involved in the trials. The introduction of the autonomous highways is a partnership between HERE and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and seeks to revolutionise the testing and deployment of automated …

Autonomous Cars

More layoffs at Quirky, the New York startup that changed its business model after burning through $150 million

A third former employee placed the total at 20 people.<p>Founded in 2009, Quirky lets ordinary people submit ideas — such as like bendable power strips and money straps for mobile devices— that it then turns into real products sold in stores like Bed Bath & Beyond and Home Depot.<p>But the startup has …

Startups

New Army Exoskeleton Makes Soldiers' Gunshots More Accurate

MAXFAS system stabilizes your shooting arm with cables and sensors<p>Soldiers of the future may all be crack shots. Not only are bullets getting smarter, but the U.S. Army is developing an exoskeleton that automatically and effortlessly steadies a soldier’s firing arm.<p>There are of course, low-tech gun …

Robotics

Large Hadron Collider boots back up with supercharged energy levels

Scientists hope restart of particle accelerator at 13 tera-electronvolts will reveal new particles and possibly shed light on dark matter<p>The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is expected on Wednesday to start delivering physics data on its experiments for the first time in 27 months.<p>After nearly two …

Physics

YC Alum Atomwise Raises $6 Million To Further The Advancement Of Artificial Intelligence In Drug Discovery

Drug discovery platform Atomwise has raised $6 million in seed funding to dig deeper into artificial intelligence and potentially speed up the process in which we discover new drugs.<p>The funding came from VC firms that all have some sort of a science-focused component. Data Collective led the round, …

Metromile's Tag uses Apple iBeacon tech to track your driving

For almost three years now, Metromile has offered a pay-per-mile insurance service that tracked your trips via an OBD-II reader (a device that plugs into your car's data port) called the Pulse which also provided other useful info like your mileage, parked location and fuel costs. Today, Metromile …

The USB drive of the future is already here

Take a close look at this Dual USB Flash Drive from SanDisk. The company name doesn't matter so much as the shape and function of the thing: we're about to see every USB stick transform into such a dual-plug peripheral very soon indeed. USB-C, the thin connector on the right, is the hot new port …

Computer Hardware

HidrateMe Is A Connected Water Bottle That Will Glow When You Need To Take A Sip

HidrateMe aims to help you fill up on your H20 with a sensor that monitors your intake and syncs that information up with an app on your smartphone. Should you need more water than you are ingesting, the bottle will glow.<p>The bottle is also doing exceptionally well on Kickstarter right now. The …

Amazon now ships some smaller items for free even if you don’t have a Prime membership

Amazon has found a new way to make sure every single item you ever buy comes from its online marketplace. In a message posted on Seller Central, Amazon outlines its new initiative called “Fulfillment by Amazon Small and Light” that offers free shipping on thousands of smaller items without …

eCommerce

Cell jamming gives science teacher an important legal lesson

A high-school science teacher has received a five-day suspension without pay for using a jammer in his classroom to block students’ cell-phone signals.<p>He can consider himself lucky, however, because he had actually violated federal law.<p>Dean Liptak was fed up with his students’ phone activities …

Teaching

Google's Brin Defends Accident Records of Self-Driving Cars

Google co-founder Sergey Brin says the Internet company isn't releasing the accident reports involving its self-driving cars to protect the privacy of the other motorists in the crashes.<p>Brin's explanation came in response to a question posed Wednesday by a company critic during Google's annual …

Autonomous Cars

The "Yemen Cyber Army" Hacked The Saudi Government

The Saudi foreign ministry confirmed to BuzzFeed News that it had been hacked. The breach includes the passport information of U.S. nationals who visited Saudi Arabia, as well as internal government communications.<p>SAN FRANCISCO — A group calling itself the Yemen Cyber Army has released a cache of …

Saudi Arabia

Remote Control Submarine Turns A GoPro Into An Aquanaut

Sea drones see<p>Every swimming pool needs an underwater navy. The Seawolf remotely operated submarine, made by TTRobotix, is about to get an upgrade, with a new model capable of carrying GoPro cameras inside its submersible head. There will be two models, one for freshwater and one for seawater, and …

Drones

Ray Kurzweil: Humans will be hybrids by 2030

In the future, humans are going to be artificially intelligent.<p>That's the prediction of Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google (GOOGL), who spoke Wednesday at the Exponential Finance conference in New York.<p>Kurzweil predicts that humans will become hybrids in the 2030s. That means our …

Singularity

Disaster droids face off in the Darpa Robotics Challenge

<b>Final preparations are being made by 24 robotics teams about to compete for $3.5m (£2.3m) worth of prizes in a Pentagon-backed competition.</b><p>Their machines are being challenged to carry out a series of disaster-related tasks in the shortest time possible.<p>The US Department of Defence's Darpa research …

Robotics