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Andrew's favorite Android Wear watches

I've been wearing an Android Wear watch since they have been available, replacing the Pebble that was previously on my wrist. Over the past several …

Brain-Powered Prosthetics Get Closer To Becoming An Everyday Reality

A friend growing up had a combination of prosthetic legs that replaced the limbs he’d been born without pretty admirably, using a combination of hydraulics and mechanical joints, but without any real smarts and so with considerably limitations (he drove using steering wheel-mounted controls rather …

China's Richest Man Loses $15 Billion in Minutes

In the history of sudden wealth loss, Li Hejun may have set a new record.<p>Li, who was China's richest man until this week, saw his fortune drop by as much as $15 billion in a half-hour as the stock in his company, Hanergy Thin Film Power Group, fell by nearly half. Trading in the shares was halted …

China

Hexy Launcher is a unique home screen replacement app from SwiftKey's Greenhouse

A few weeks ago the folks from SwiftKey launched an experimental software hub called Greenhouse, where the company could introduce new, innovative applications that may or may not make it to the mainstream. The first application out of the software incubator was the Clarity Keyboard, which was to …

Apps

US military space plane begins latest secret mission

Mystery surrounds the fourth unmanned mission of the X-37B, which took off from Cape Canaveral on 20 May<p>The US air force’s X-37B robotic space plane launched on 20 May from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, adjacent to Nasa’s Kennedy Space Centre. This will be the spacecraft’s fourth …

Space Exploration

Samsung Galaxy S6 Review

The Galaxy S6 is a complete reinvention of the Galaxy S line for Samsung and one that many users have been clamoring for since the Galaxy S II. While …

Phones

A Tale of Four Supernovas

Explosions are always messy, and this is especially true when combustion occurs on a cosmic scale.<p>In space, small, dead stars called white dwarfs occasionally blow themselves to smithereens, producing enough light to drown out entire galaxies. Astronomers use these explosions – called type 1a …

Universe

Google sold over 5.7 million Chromebooks in 2014: Report

Research firm Gartner has claimed that over 5.728 million units of the <b>Google Chromebooks</b> were sold last year, speaking volumes about the success of …

Is your ISP throttling your internet speed? Here's how to find out

While the Title II classification of ISPs as common carriers was a victory for all, there is growing concern that ISPs could go on with business as usual with clever tricks designed to skirt the rules of the classification.<p>While knowingly stepping outside the boundaries of the Title II …

Net Neutrality

Cyanogen folder locking - how it works and why it is awesome

Unless you have a native guest mode, every time you hand your phone over to someone else you're handing over your entire digital existence. Your …

AA asks: What's the best flagship of 2015 so far? Best smartphone for the money?

2015 isn’t even half way through yet and already we’ve had one hell of a year. For flagship buyers, this year has seen Samsung up its game in a big way with the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, with the LG G4 giving power users a great option that (almost) has it all with few compromises other than …

Mobile Technology

When Virtual Crimes Get Prosecuted In Real Life

A dungeon dive into Diablo’s in-game crime spree<p>At what point do video game items stop being trinkets and start counting as property? With the launch of Diablo III, a wildly popular online role-playing game, players looking to trade with others sometimes found themselves asking that very question …

Wrong Turn Leads to Discovery of Oldest Stone Tools

3.3-million-year-old artifacts reveal that our ancestors were shaping rocks into tools far earlier than thought.<p>On July 9, 2011, Sonia Harmand took a left turn instead of a right among the dry riverbeds that substitute for roads on the western shore of Kenya’s Lake Turkana, and promptly got lost.<p>“I …

What Is Your DNA Worth?

Your DNA may be up for sale. And the sale depends on an exaggerated picture of genetic power and destiny.<p>“Success in sight: The eyes have it!” Thus the scientific journal <i>Gene Therapy</i> greeted the news, in 2008, that an experimental treatment was restoring vision to 12 people born with a congenital …

Genetics

Resurrected Large Hadron Collider Smashes Protons, And Speed Records

And this was only a test...<p>The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has hosted a number of major scientific achievements, not the least of which was the thrilling discovery of the elusive Higgs boson particle.<p>Now, the massive particle accelerator has done it again, smashing protons together at …

Physics

Future of iPad: Dual-app viewing mode, then J98/J99 ‘iPad Pros,’ multi-user support

Facing slowing growth for the first time since the iPad’s 2010 debut, Apple is working on several significant software and hardware updates to reinvigorate the tablet over the next year. Apple is developing a dual-app viewing mode, 12-inch iPads codenamed “J98” and “J99,” as well as support for …

Apple

Add Graphene To Spider Silk To Create The Strongest Fiber Yet

Web slingers get a high-tech upgrade<p>Your move, limpets. Earlier this year, the long-reigning champion of the Strongest Biological Material Competition, spider silk, was usurped by the upstart limpet teeth. But we all knew that the arachnids would not go quietly into the night.<p>In an unorthodox move, …

Nanotech