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Samsung Gear 360 mod unlocks it for non-Samsung devices

As you might have guessed from the device’s name, the Samsung Gear 360 is a Samsung product, which means it is specifically designed to play nice with Samsung smartphones. The 360-degree camera comes with a companion Manager app that only works with the Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+, Note 5, S7, and …

Android News

Google self-driving car project names first general counsel as scrutiny rises

<i>(Reuters) –</i> Alphabet’s Google self-driving car project said on Monday it appointed its first general counsel, as U.S. regulators increase their scrutiny of autonomous vehicles.<p>Google has logged more than 1.7 million miles (2.7 million km) of autonomous driving in testing in Texas, California, …

The top five most surprising stories about Pokémon Go ... so far

Did you hear the one about the Wyoming girl who stumbled across a dead body while catching Pokémon by a river?<p>Catching cheating boyfriends, stumbling across dead bodies and advertising one’s services as a professional Pokémon Go trainer – less than a week since the launch of the …

Pokémon

Google Fiber is rolling out new plans for small business owners

Google Fiber knows its "superfast internet" is an important commodity, and one that businesses of all shapes and sizes can utilize. The company wants to make sure there's a plan for Google Fiber that fits all those shapes and sizes too, with three new plans that allow for flexibility and choice …

A real-life robocop patrolling Silicon Valley allegedly ran over a child in a mall

Step aside, Paul Blart. There's a new mall cop in town.<p>Standing five feet and weighing in at 300 pounds, the K5 security robot wanders the grounds of corporate campuses, malls, and data centers in the Silicon Valley Area and gathers information from sensors and cameras. GPS technology allows it to …

Silicon Valley

LG Display expects improved fiscal performance in the second half of 2016

As OLED becomes poised to explode into the market, companies like LG Display are no doubt concerned as to what will happen with the future of LCD sales. While the company has regained its position as the head of the pack, and more affordable televisions may indeed continue to be primarily LCD based …

Mobile Technology

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. US senator Al Franken has written to the company behind "Pokémon Go" to ask about its privacy policy, TechCrunch reports.</b> The politician is concerned about the Niantic's data collection.<p><b>2. Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky's biggest concern is "discrimination we are having on our platform."</b> The …

Cyber-attacks

The Google Play Store family plan is reportedly ready to launch

Late last year, Google took its first step towards letting users share their purchased media with family members. The initial foray was a family plan for Google Play Music, which let multiple family members stream music for $14.99 a month. But now, it seems that Google is going to let users share …

Pokémon Go plans sponsored Pokéstops & gyms as hit game drives traffic to retailers

Hit mobile game Pokemon Go plans to soon implement advertising via “sponsored locations,” tapping into its ability to drive foot traffic to retail stores, reports Financial Times.<p>The game currently populates ‘Pokéstops’ and ‘gyms’, real-world locations that users physically have to navigate to in …

World-Class Computer Science Courses Online | Stanford Center for Professional Development

<b>View webinars, seminars and lectures online presented by Stanford faculty, industry experts and senior researchers.</b><p><b>Seminars</b><p>The general public may …

British Scientists 'Dropped From EU Projects' Amid Post-Brexit Fears

Britain’s vote to leave the EU has sparked discrimination against U.K. scientists and researchers, a report has revealed.<p>In a confidential survey of …

Don't Try This At Home on Your Brain

Although emerging research supports noninvasive electrical brain stimulation as an effective approach to reduce the symptoms of certain diseases and …

The Mind–Body Problem, Scientific Regress and "Woo"

The deepest of all scientific mysteries, I once thought, is why there’s something rather than nothing. Now I think <i>mind</i> is the deepest mystery, …

Consciousness

How to stay anonymous online

Anonymity networks protect people living under repressive regimes from surveillance of their Internet use. But the recent discovery of …

MIT

The Very Strange -- And Fascinating -- Ideas Behind IBM's Quantum Computer

In 1952, Remington Rand’s UNIVAC computer debuted on CBS to forecast the 1952 election as early results came in. By 8:30, the “electronic brain” was predicting a landslide, with Eisenhower taking 438 electoral votes to Stevenson’s 93. The CBS brass scoffed at the unlikely result, but by the end of …

Quantum Computing

Scientists are hoping Pokémon Go will get you interested in actual animals

Science Twitter is totally into <i>Pokémon Go</i>, and not just because most scientists are nerds who played the games, collected the cards, and watched the …

Pokémon Go

How'd They Do That? The Best Illusions of 2016 Named

Photo Credit: Mark Vergeer, Stuart Anstis and Rob van Lier, YouTube<p>Slide 1 of 11<p>Tricks of the mind<p>When things aren't what they seem, it can be …

Neurology

Is 'Pokémon Go' Good For Science?

Yes, scientists love 'Pokémon Go,' too.<p>It's been less than a week since Nintendo's <i>Pokémon Go</i> first launched, but the new game has already resulted in some serious collateral damage: <i>sunshine</i> and <i>exercise</i>.<p>This past weekend, a massive contingent of seemingly indoor-dwelling people bravely ventured …

Pokémon

Brixo is Lego with added electricity and sensors

Lego is so 1980s. Brixo’s the new kid on the block.<p>When Lego first started inspiring children to unleash their imagination, there wasn’t a ton to …

Lego

'Pokemon Go' players are finding real animals while searching for digital ones

The "Pokemon Go" game now sweeping the nation urges its players to venture out into the real world in search of virtual creatures.<p>But for many users, these quests for digital monsters are yielding some unexpected results: actual animals.<p>So scientists and natural history buffs are embracing the …

Here's the reason people are so obsessed with 'Pokémon GO' according to science

Nintendo and Niantic's game has users searching for virtual Pokémon in their real-life environments. Or, in more technical terms, the combination of physical and virtual worlds into one is called augmented reality.<p>With augmented reality, there's no need to wear awkward gadgets like Google Glass …

Augmented Reality

What will be the next big scientific breakthrough?

Throughout history, speculation has spurred beautiful, revolutionary science -- opening our eyes to entirely new universes. "I'm not talking about …

APIs

The Magic of "Untranslatable" Words

<i>Frisson</i>. What a strange word. It evokes that peculiar intermingling of excitement and fear that can attend momentous events. The spark of electricity …

Language

Science Shows How to Hack Your Memory

Feeling forgetful? Try this genius low-tech trick.<p>Have you had trouble remembering to complete a task that you vowed not to forget? I know I have. Who hasn't?<p>Despite our best intentions, we all have had moments where we forgot to do something important. Even if we write down to-do lists, once those …

The Brain

Is Pokémon GO Really Augmented Reality?

In the week since its release as a free smartphone app, Pokémon Go has sent millions of people worldwide on digital scavenger hunts to hunt down and …

Augmented Reality

People Have Already Figured Out How To Cheat At Pokémon GO

Pokémon GO has already received praise from health experts for getting people out the house and exercising (even if they are still glued to their …

“Brains On!”: the popular science podcast designed for children

THE average adult would be hard-pressed to explain how volcanoes erupt in intricate detail. Now ask them to explain it using no visual aids, in less …

University of Michigan

Brexit could destroy Britain's status as a scientific superpower, Government warned

Brexit could “break” Britain’s knowledge economy unless the Government can negotiate a deal that preserves many of the benefits of being in the …

There are so many Amazonian tree species, we won't discover the last one for 300 years

There are more different kinds of trees in the Amazon rainforest than anywhere else on earth, but the exact number has long been a mystery. In 2013, …

Here's What Really Happens When You Digitally Detox, According to Research

Digital detoxes are increasing in popularity. Looking at some of what could happen to you during and after the digital detox process is a must before you unplug.<p>A digital detox--that is, stopping your use of some or all of your technology--holds real appeal as people become overwhelmed with modern …

Detox