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Want to get rich? Put your finances on cruise control

A plethora of digital money-tracking services have emerged in recent years to overtake the humble paper-and-pencil logs of the past, from budgeting …

Personal Finance

Misfit Phase Smartwatch

Misfit is known for its simple, stylish fitness trackers. Now its taking the same aesthetic and applying it to a watch. The Misfit Phase Smartwatch …

Wearable Tech

The Five Tough Truths Of Cybersecurity Software

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Ted Schlein is a general partner with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers</i><i>. Earlier in his career, he brought to market the first anti-virus software for commercial use at Symantec and also served as the founding CEO of Fortify software, now an HP company.</i><p>Building a successful security …

Through Its Network Of Mentors, HackHands Offers Live Help For New Programmers

With sites like Codecademy and Stack Overflow, there are plenty of ways to learn programming and get help online — but there’s nothing like a live human being who can answer your questions and look at your code, according to the co-founders of a new website called HackHands.<p>One of those …

TestFlight Owner Burstly Acquired By Apple

Burstly, the makers of an in-app ad management platform called SkyRocket and the parent company of popular mobile app testing platform TestFlight, has been acquired, we’re hearing. Though we’re working to get more information on this now, including deal terms, our understanding is that Apple is the …

Mind-controlled prosthetic arm from Segway inventor gets FDA approval

Nearly eight years ago, DARPA, the US Defense Department's advanced research agency, set out to find a better solution for amputees than the metal hooks still widely used today. Now, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted its approval to one of the projects that came from that effort: a …

A Japanese startup unveils a long-lasting and safer battery made from carbon

Advertisement<p>24 Comments<p>A battery that lasts longer, is safer, charges faster and is less expensive than a standard lithium ion battery: That’s the …

Dubai police use Google Glass to crack down on traffic violators

Applications allow officers to record violators and identify wanted vehicles<p>Police in Dubai have begun using Google Glass as part of an effort to crack down on traffic violations. An official with the emirate's police force confirmed to <i>Gulf News</i> this week that traffic officers are testing the …

Bell Canada drops Galaxy Gear price to $99, available in 3 colors

$250 price drop as Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo get ready to hit stores<p>With the official launch of the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo on the horizon, Bell Canada has …

3D-print with Nutella: Paste extruder takes on Play-Doh, icing

Go beyond plastics with the Discov3ry Extruder, a paste extruder on Kickstarter that turns a regular 3D printer into a Nutella printer.<p>Technology may soon turn us all into badass cake-decorating pros. The first step is to already own a 3D printer. The next step is to check out the Discov3ry …

3D Printing

Build Your Own Electric Car: Now All Of Tesla’s Patents Are Open Source

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has never been one to shy away from controversy, or grandiose gestures (see: the Hyperloop project). After hinting at the news this past weekend, Musk announced today that all of Tesla’s patents are now open source.<p>In a blog post on the Tesla website, Musk explained his …

Tesla

Hackers Find a New Way Into Your Home

Smart TVs are one of the newest device categories to gain mass adoption. Yet their adoption could cause more harm than it's worth—for Europeans, at …

Move Over 3-D Printing, The Future Is Objects That Morph And Shift Shape

We’re a long way from Ikea bookcases that put themselves together, but the idea of having programmable, self-assembled “4-D printed” objects isn’t as far off as you think.<p>Airplane wings that change form in response to air pressure and temperature. Flat-pack furniture that self-assembles when you …

Snowden: 'I was trained as a spy' - CNN Video

How celebrity hacker 'Sabu' helped feds thwart 300 cyber-attacks

The celebrity hacker "Sabu" helped the FBI imprison his friends and stop more than 300 cyber-attacks in the three years since he betrayed several major hacking groups.<p>That's according to new U.S. government documents that for the first time provide extensive detail about what they call the …

Your car is a giant computer - and it can be hacked

Imagine driving down the highway at 70 miles per hour, when suddenly the wheel turns hard right. You crash. And it was because someone hacked your car.<p>It's not far-fetched science fiction. It's the near-term future today's hackers are warning about.<p>Most people aren't aware their cars are already …

U.S. takes out computer malware that stole millions

U.S. authorities said Monday they have disrupted two sophisticated types of computer malware used to steal millions of dollars from people all over the world.<p>The Gameover Zeus botnet, a network of virus-infected computers, targeted thousands of small businesses. And Cryptolocker, a software that …

How the NSA can 'turn on' your phone remotely

Even if you power off your cell phone, the U.S. government can turn it back on.<p>That's what ex-spy Edward Snowden revealed in last week's interview with NBC's Brian Williams. It sounds like sorcery. Can someone truly bring your phone back to life without touching it?<p>No. But government spies can get …

Sony retires the decade-old PSP in Japan to make way for the Vita

It had a good run, but Sony has decided to bring the curtain down on the PlayStation Portable. The company has announced that June's shipment of the hardware will be the last in Japan, and local users looking to upgrade to the PS Vita can earn a $30 or $40 trade-in discount across the summer. <i>The</i> …

New smartphone chip will beam high-definition holograms as early as 2015

Just imagine: a smartphone that projects 3D holograms into thin-air. If you can wait until the end of next year, and if you can believe the claims being made by a well-funded company called Ostendo, then your next handset could be capable of just that. Thanks to breakthroughs by the Californian …

Forensic Technology Helps Case Against West African Ivory Dealer Accused as a Trafficker

DNA and radioisotope analysis help close ivory smuggling's favorite loophole.<p>Prosecutors in the tiny West African country of Togo employed some of the world's most advanced forensic technology in making their case against ivory shop owner Edouodji Emile N'Bouke.<p>N'Bouke, 64, had operated Rose Ivoire …

2015: The year there will be more cellular connections than people

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Thinkstock<p>At the end of March, there were 6.8 billion mobile connections around the globe, meaning there were more …

MIT demos shoulder-mounted Doc Ock robot arms

We can't all be super-villains, but some MIT researchers are getting closer with a set of robot arms that sit on your shoulders. First the lab, then the world!<p>Wouldn't it be nice to have an extra set of arms, literally? When your hands are full, you could still open your door, pet the dog, or pick …

Robotics

MIT's robotic limbs pave the way for real-life Doc Ock (video)

Two groups of MIT scientists are working on robotic limbs, which when worn together can make you look like one famous comic book villain: Doctor Octopus. Unlike prosthetic limbs developed to replace real ones, the teams' (from MIT's d'Arbeloff Laboratory) Supernumerary Robotic Limbs (SRLs) are …

Your next smartphone could have a holographic projector inside it

If you keep hold of the phone you already own until late 2015, you may have the chance to buy a new model with a holographic projector inside. That’s …

Gear & Gadgets

Watch strap batteries could double the life of your wearable

Smartwatches are starting to look a whole lot better, but they're still liable to run out of juice in mere days. A flexible-battery manufacturer here at Computex reckons its thin, flexible lithium-ceramic cells, shaped into wristbands, could offer as much as 500mAh of extra power, with existing …

This $295 battery-powered unicycle could replace your Segway

Ah, the sweet memory of learning to ride a bike with training wheels! My hands are sweaty, and my ego a bit damaged after spending a half-hour learning to ride a battery-powered unicycle called the Pinwheel. This $295 (wholesale) gadget is one of the more interesting finds here at Computex 2014 -- …

MIT Students Create Solar Panels That Still Work In The Shade

Your shady roof is solar-power friendly now.<p>The number of homes with solar panels has grown quickly in the last few years. But there could be a lot more. Up to three-quarters of houses are still thought to be unsuitable for solar because of shading, ownership, and structural issues. Shading is also …

Big Ass Fans Unveils iOS Compatible 'Haiku' Smart Ceiling Fan

Big Ass Fans has unveiled the new 'Haiku' ceiling fan with 'SenseME' technology, which is billed as the world's first smart ceiling fan and features an on-board computer that utilizes a companion app on iOS devices. The ceiling fan is composed of a durable bamboo material and boasts an array of …

These VR gloves will let you control Oculus and more for $350 (updated)

With the sale of Oculus Rift to Facebook for $2 billion, virtual reality has officially become <i>very</i> interesting for developers. One of the companies trying to ride that wave is Control VR, which is ready to launch its gesture control gloves on Kickstarter. Though VR gloves have been around for a …