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Robots perform amazing group dance routine in Japan

One hundred humanoid robots perform a synchronised dance routine in Tokyo<p>One hundred <b>robots</b>teamed up to perform a group dance routine in Tokyo on Monday, to the delight of onlookers.<p>The humanoid <b>robots</b>, weighing just one kilogram each, executed a three-minute routine flawlessly.<p>The '100 Robi' project …

Apple teases soon-to-open Apple Store in Hangzhou, China, with stunning mural

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MAsPtCNMTI]<p><i>Update: Apple has posted a version of the video with English subtitles on YouTube (embedded above).</i><p>Apple is certainly not thinking small when it comes to China, with 25 new retail stores promised within a two-year period, and its latest …

Inmarsat Courts Developers, Opens Its Satellite Broadband Platform To All

Inmarsat, the UK-based satellite company that provides voice and broadband services to users in the air and on land and sea, is today announcing that it will open its platform for all developers to access. The move is calculated to help the company expand its services beyond its traditional …

Screenshots show Google’s upcoming Calendar iPhone app w/ Gmail, Photos, & Maps integration

It appears that Google could soon release its promised redesigned Calendar app for iPhone after first making the announcement and releasing the app for Android last November. The Next Web this morning shared a handful of leaked screenshots that provide a first look at Google Calendar for iOS, …

Apps

Uber CEO Reveals Mind-Boggling New Statistic That Skeptics Will Hate

One of the most commonly invoked takedowns of the ever-increasing and mind-blowing valuation levels the company has achieved — $40 billion at last count— is this:<p>"Investors are valuing Uber as if it's bigger than the whole taxi market!"<p>The implication?<p>Investors are nuts.<p>Well, investors are indeed …

San Francisco

10 must-see art exhibitions – and good excuses for a city break – in Europe

Cultural trips,Short breaks,Weekend breaks,City breaks,Top 10s,Travel,Art,Art and design,Culture<p>A visit to a major art show can make a short break, but with tickets going fast it pays to know where and when to go. Here’s our pick of the best in popular city-break destinations in 2015<p>• <b>Artistic</b> …

Art

Explanation for Why Zebras Have Stripes Just Got More Complicated

It turns out the answer to why zebras have stripes isn’t so black and white. Some scientists thought they settled the question once and for all last year when they proposed that zebras developed stripes as part of evolutionary adaptation to help them ward off blood-sucking flies. But a new study …

Photo Lesson: Evoking Mood

In addition to being longtime contributing photographers for <i>Traveler</i> magazine, my wife Sisse and I are frequently invited to join National Geographic Expeditions trips as photography experts, interacting with guests aboard the <i>National Geographic Explorer.</i><p>On a recent trip to the <b>Macaronesia …

A wild camper’s guide to the world

Waking up surrounded by natural beauty and experiencing the solitude of the countryside is what lures many a traveller to wild camping.<p>As romantic as it sounds, there are still rules to consider – rules that not only make the experience safe and rewarding, but also preserve such special places for …

Kodak's finally making smartphones (sort of)

For a while there it looked like Kodak's moment had come and gone, but the past few months have seen the imaging icon fight back from the brink of irrelevance. Now the company's planning to push a Kodak-branded smartphone, and thankfully it's not going to sue everyone in the business along the way …

Withings Activité review: a slightly smarter watch

The Payments Tipping Point Will Be In 2015

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>Hill Ferguson is the chief product officer of PayPal.</i><p>Payments are finally cool. And the more than 1,500 payments startups on Angel List that believe they have cracked the code to solve a piece of the payments puzzle attest to this.<p>Given all the noise in the tech community this year …

China's Xiaomi doubled its revenue to $12 billion in 2014

The smartphone maker sold 61 million phones<p>Xiaomi is still the biggest smartphone maker most folks in the West have never heard of. How big, exactly? According to Reuters, the Chinese company raked in a massive 74.3 billion yuan (about $12 billion) in 2014.<p>61 million phones sold<p>Chief executive Lei …

Call+ app expands free landline calling to 16 countries

About a month ago, an app called Call+ made a pretty tantalizing offer: unlimited free calls to a few countries, with fairly easy ways to earn call time for a bunch of others.<p>If you liked the idea but didn't need to call anyone in Brazil, China or Mexico, here's good news: Call+ now gives you free …

Xiaomi Announces The Redmi 2, An Improved Version Of Its Sub-$150 Smartphone

Xiaomi announced today that it sold over 60 million smartphones in 2014 but the Chinese company didn’t stop there after it unveiled its newest entry-level phone: the Redmi 2.<p>The company’s flagship Mi devices may attract all the attention, but the sub-$150 Redmi family is its biggest seller. Back in …

We tried to crash a BMW, but it parked itself instead

High above the Las Vegas Strip, BMW's CES setup looks innocent enough: a pair of small i3s and a smattering of various other BMW models parked off in the distance of a parking garage rooftop. In reality, the company was about to freak me out.<p>First, I got a glimpse of a collision avoidance system …

CES

This black box promises to wirelessly charge a dozen gadgets at once

Energous says its WattUp tech can charge from up to 15 feet away<p>Most phones that can be wirelessly charged today still have to sit right on top of a charging pad — in fact, even being slightly misaligned with the pad can cause a phone <i>not</i> to charge. Now, the company Energous says that it has a …

Verifone’s new NFC terminal supports all mobile payment platforms & devices, including Apple Pay

While an increasing number of retailers are adopting smartphones and tablets as mobile payment terminals, the deployment process can often prove to be expensive and time consuming as the sizes and form factors of devices continue to change. Leading NFC terminal maker Verifone aims to solve that …

Mobile

Samsung adds 5.5-inch Galaxy A7 to line of skinny metal smartphones

Samsung went out of its comfort zone last summer with the introduction of the Galaxy Alpha: a streamlined 4.7-inch smartphone with a metal frame and one of the thinnest profiles around. Now the company is returning to more familiar ground with the launch of the latest in its line of Alpha …

The West Has No Idea How Fanatical Xiaomi's Fans Are

Just a year and a half ago it was valued at less than $10 billion.<p>The company put up $12 billion in revenues in 2014. So how has it done it? A new report by Bernstein Research sheds new light on the Asian company, and the secret behind its meteoric rise: An extraordinarily loyal fanbase.<p>Xiaomi …

Charisma

Apple Pay claimed 1% of November’s digital payment dollars, new report says

A new report from ITG has revealed that Apple Pay was responsible for 1% of the total digital payment dollars spent in November. The study also found that 60% of new Apple Pay customers used the service multiple times throughout the month, while competing services like PayPal see only 20% of …

Holiday Gift Guide: A Stylus for Your iOS Device

Every iOS user can use a stylus once in a while, no matter what Steve Jobs said. Some games are easier to play if your finger (and hand) don't obstruct the view. Sometimes you might need to draw or sign a signature. Here are some styluses that work well:<p>The Cosmonaut from StudioNeat is a hefty …

Gift Guides

The next version of USB is the key to Apple's new MacBook

Is Apple finally making a cheaper laptop?<p>Apple appears to be working towards a thinner and totally redesigned MacBook. A curiously timed report from <i>9to5Mac</i>, just as the Consumer Electronics Show opens today with lots of thin and light Windows laptops, claims Apple’s next notebook will be a 12-inch …

Stormtroopers presenting boy with new 3D-printed arm is the best

Get ready for an emotional nerdtastic moment, my fellow nerds. A 7-year-old Augusta, Ga., boy found himself at the heartwarming intersection of the maker movement and elite "Star Wars" cosplay action this past weekend when he was surprised with a new 3D-printed prosthetic arm by members of the …

The aluminum Nintendo Entertainment System is custom built inside and out

The folks at Analogue Interactive know that making a good <i>looking</i> game console only goes so far, and that it's what's on the inside that truly counts. It's with that in mind that the solid aluminum Analogue Nt -- the outfit's take on the original Nintendo Entertainment System -- sports fancy innards …

First look video: VLC is coming to Android TV

The popular media player app VLC is coming to Android TV: VLC developers have released a preview version that already looks pretty neat — here’s a …

Apple Seeds OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 Build 14C99d to Developers

Apple today seeded a fifth beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 to developers, just one week after seeding the fourth beta of OS X 10.10.2 and nearly two months after seeding the first beta.<p>The new beta, build 14C99d, is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the …

App Store

Twitter goes on the road (and offers prizes) to get more apps

Twitter is determined to put its frameworks into as many of your apps as it can, and it's going to great lengths (in some cases, literally) to make sure that happens. The social network has unveiled Flock, a worldwide tour that will show developers how to put tweets into their apps through …