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The creator of Android explains how his new phone can take on Apple and Samsung

But Rubin left Google back in 2014, and now he's on his own.<p>His latest gig is Essential, a startup he runs as CEO that's trying to become a new kind of gadgets company. It starts with a phone, called the Essential PH-1, and the plan is to expand into smart appliances and cars from there.<p>Rubin spoke …

World's Largest Space Telescope Graduates Goddard Testing, Heads to Texas

The James Webb Space Telescope is on the road again. After passing its final test at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, the …

Flying cars are closer than you think

Marc Andreessen | Co-founder, Andreessen Horowitz<p>Marc Andreessen may be the most dedicated optimist in Silicon Valley. During a year when the public’s attention was often focused on international conflict, mass shootings, and a bitter election, the co-founder of venture capital firm Andreessen …

Inside SpaceX's Massive Plan to Beam Satellite Internet to Earth

The FCC application gives us new insight into Elon Musk's grand plans for global domination.<p>SpaceX, the aerospace company founded by the Mars-hungry tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, just made a big move to enshroud the planet in high-speed internet coverage.<p>On November 15, the company filed a lengthy …

Robotics experts tell Congress the U.S. is in danger of losing the international robot race

It’s time to invest. Big time.<p>Artificial intelligence is already everywhere. Robots are performing surgeries, courts use AI to help determine sentencing and bots trade on the stock market all day.<p>Last week, 150 academics and industry experts published the U.S. Roadmap for Robotics — just ahead of …

Elon Musk at solar panel unveiling: 'We need to make solar as appealing as electric cars'

UNIVERSAL CITY, California — Tesla CEO Elon Musk tied together some of the disparate threads of his company's various grand ambitions in a product …

Tesla

How an Australian College Student Did What NASA Couldn't

Paddy Neumann's final project—which proposes using junk metal as rocket fuel—could change space travel forever.<p>Paddy Neumann kind of looks like someone who's really into brewing beer. But back when he was a third year student at the University of Sydney, the now Dr. Neumann started on a course of …

SpaceX founder tells meeting of astronautical experts that his only purpose is to ‘make life interplanetary’, revealing plans for reusable ship to Mars<p>SpaceX founder Elon Musk has outlined his highly ambitious vision for manned missions to Mars, which he said could begin as soon as 2022 – three …

Elon Musk

Billionaire Elon Musk outlines plans for humans to colonize Mars

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (Reuters) - SpaceX is developing a massive rocket and capsule to transport large numbers of people and cargo to Mars with the ultimate goal of colonizing the planet, company chief and tech billionaire Elon Musk said on Tuesday.<p>Musk outlined his plans for the Mars rocket, capable …

Jeff Bezos just revealed his plans for Blue Origin's biggest rocket yet

Say hello to Jeff Bezos' newest addition to Blue Origin's family of rockets: the New Glenn.<p>Named for John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth, …

Space Travel

Lenovo's Yoga Book is a new kind of tablet

Half screen, half something else<p>Today, Lenovo has announced the all-new Yoga Book, a different kind of tablet. It uses Lenovo’s now-familiar "watchband" hinge to put together two different pieces. The first is the usual touchscreen you’d expect, but the second is something new: it’s a …

New Gorilla Glass will make smartwatches harder to scratch

Corning is introducing a new type of Gorilla Glass designed specifically for smartwatches, fitness trackers, and other wearables. The new glass is called Gorilla Glass SR+, and it’s designed with a focus on scratch resistance, since it’s pretty easy to scrape up something that’s worn on your wrist …

Intel's seventh-generation Core CPUs will devour 4K video

4K video is finally gaining a foothold in home theaters this year, but for most PCs it's practically kryptonite. Even if you're lucky enough to have a powerful computer, dealing with such high-resolution video is a surefire way to spike your CPU usage and gobble up battery life. So it's little …

Computer Hardware

Harvard's Octobot is a soft, fully autonomous robot

See that pretty translucent octopus up there? That's not a toy or a real (but strange) creature from the deep: it's a soft robot developed by a team of Harvard University researchers, and it's completely autonomous. "Octobot's" components, including its fuel storage system, are all 3D printed. But …

Robotics

The virtual and augmented reality market will reach $162 billion by 2020

Total revenue for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) is projected to increase from $5.2 billion in 2016 to over $162 billion in 2020, according to the IDC.<p><b>More than half of the revenue will come from VR/AR hardware sales.</b> Additionally, service revenues are projected to increase over …

In latest clean energy plan, Tesla purchases SolarCity to make solar ‘shingles’: ‘It’s not a thing on the roof. It is the roof,’ CEO says<p>A new venture spearheaded by Elon Musk will create house roofs made entirely of solar panels, in a sweeping expansion of Tesla’s clean energy ambitions.<p>Tesla has …

Clean Energy

This breakthrough could help double the battery life of future phones

SolidEnergy, a company that started out life at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US, is developing a lithium metal battery which can offer double the capacity of a lithium-ion battery, the standard used to power many devices today.<p>While lithium-ion batteries have improved, they …

The Hottest Weather Ever Visualized

According to new data published by NASA, July 2016 was the hottest month our planet has seen since we started recording temperatures 136 years ago. …

How will we live in 2050? A look at our virtual existence

Matalan Direct is a big UK online shopping site with a big furniture division; it worked with professional futurist Ian Pearson to develop the 2050 …

NASA Estimates SpaceX 2018 Mars Mission Will Cost Only $300 Million

Ever since Musk founded SpaceX is 2002, with the intention of eventually colonizing Mars, every move he has made has been the subject of attention. …

Watch This Bricklaying Robot Build a House in Two Days

Home is wherever the bricklaying robot is.<p>A new video from an Australian company shows just how fast their robots can build a house. Spoiler: it's really dang fast—the bot takes just two days to lay out an entire house.<p>Fastbrick Robotics is a bricklaying company that promises end-to-end automation. …

Robotics

Bill Gates Says We're on the Verge of These 3 Amazing Technological Advances

If you were worth $80 billion dollars, you might not be too worried about American’s productivity slump either.<p>Microsoft founder Bill Gates waded …

Nano Dimension: Factories in a box & 3D printing electronics

414shares<p><i>I spoke with Simon Fried, CBO and Co-Founder of Nano Dimension, about 3D printing electronics, nano-technology and how to raise money for 3D</i> …

NASA: Global Warming Observations Need a Further 19% UPWARD Adjustment

<b>Guest essay by Eric Worrall</b><p>NASA researcher Mark Richardson has completed a study which compares historical observations with climate model output, …

Researchers Find the ‘Holy Grail’ of Soft Robotics

A breakthrough for artificial, robotic muscles.<p>Robots are increasingly able to outperform humans in a variety of mundane tasks (and even in more technical areas like surgery), but for all that efficiency they are still by and large one trick ponies. Most robots are designed to perform one very …

This Roomba was modified to be absurdly fast

Roombas are lauded for their ability to recognize a dirty floor and autonomously clean it up, helping owners keep a tidy home while lazy people like …

Roomba

The US And Russia Are Making Plans to Return to The Moon Together

One big, happy lunar family.<p>It was 47 years ago that NASA won the space race against the Soviet Union, and Apollo 11 astronauts first walked on the …

Mars 2020 rover mission to cost more than $2 billion

WASHINGTON — As NASA’s next flagship Mars mission, the Mars 2020 rover, moves into its next phase of development, agency officials say the mission …

AP FACT CHECK: The GOP rush to blame Clinton

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's new running mate and other Republicans are wrongly accusing Hillary Clinton of speaking with indifference about the …