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Asus VivoStick Continues The Trend Of PCs On A Stick

Windows 10 in the palm of your hand<p>The Asus VivoStick is the latest HDMI dongle computer out of the Taiwanese computer maker. The VivoStick offers a Windows 10 machine in the same slim, tiny form factor as a USB drive, or Google's Chromecast. Like the latter product, it seeks to replace the need …

Facebook Dumps Microsoft

Back in 2007, Microsoft invested $240 million in Facebook for a 1.6% stake. It valued Facebook at $15 billion, and everybody laughed.<p>Now, Facebook is worth over $200 billion, and that little investment turns out to be the best-performing equity investment Steve Ballmer ever made as CEO of Microsoft.<p>…

Software

Richard Branson's wildly ambitious plan to explore the world's deepest oceans is put on ice

Virgin Oceanic quietly put out to pasture<p>Sir Richard Branson's lofty ambitions to explore the limits of Earth — in both directions — have been put on ice. After Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crashed during testing earlier this year, company representatives have confirmed that Virgin Oceanic's goal …

Why Do We Get 'Sleep' In Our Eyes?

<i>Welcome to Ask Healthy Living -- in which you submit your most burning health questions and we do our best to ask the experts and get back to you. Have a question? Get in touch here and you could appear on Healthy Living!</i><p>"Ask Healthy Living" is for informational purposes only and is not a …

Ask Anything: What Would People Eat In A Permanent Space Colony?

Once settled on another planet, colonists would likely start with hydroponic farming, using small-stature or dwarf cultivars that can be tightly packed together. It would make the most sense to plant fast-cycle salad crops first, says Jean Hunter, a professor at Cornell who studies food-processing …

These 3 startups are using IBM's Watson supercomputer (as a service)

More early-stage companies are signing up for IBM’s fancy Watson supercomputing technology for processing lots of text and then making decisions on the fly.<p>But they’re not rolling in big racks full of servers and hard disk drives to do this. They’re tapping into Watson-as-a-Service.<p>On Friday, IBM …

The Clever Way a Web Guru Is Protesting Net Neutrality

Lesson one in <i>How to Drive Your Technology Enemies Crazy</i>: downgrade their Internet to turtle-like, dial-up speeds.<p>A Portland, Oregon-based software developer came up with the protest against the Federal Communication Commission’s proposed net neutrality rules.<p>“Various companies and organizations …

Google Apps gets a bit more secure, all the better to woo your boss' boss' boss

Google has yet again gussied up its email, calendar, document collaboration, and file-sharing services to appeal to the fattest of fat cats: The enterprise — including schools and government agencies.<p>As Google campaigns to sell businesses on its cloud-based email, file storage, and calendar …

FDA Approves Segway Inventor's Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm

The era of real cyborgs has begun. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave its first approval for the sale and marketing of a prosthetic arm …

Stainless Steel Rain Barrel

At the risk of stating the obvious, the first thing you’ll need to build a stainless steel rain barrel is a stainless steel barrel. These, I should say right off, are not so easy to come by — at least not at a price most would consider reasonable. This is one of those “packrat” projects that came …

Hyperrealistic virtual reality adventure Loading Human headed to Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus

As the medium of virtual reality progresses, its applications only get more incredible. Take Untold Games' <i>Loading Human</i>, for instance. It takes Unreal Engine 4 and infuses it with the tropes of the adventure game genre, only instead of pointing and clicking, you're <i>in</i> that world. Solving puzzles and …

Sony built the PlayStation 4's controller with VR in mind

You may think that Sony built its Project Morpheus virtual reality headset to accommodate the PlayStation 4's DualShock 4 controller, but it turns out that the opposite is true -- the gamepad was designed for VR from the start. The company's Jed Ashforth tells <i>TechRadar</i> that the Morpheus team …

Adobe Voice lets amateurs make videos like a pro (sort of)

Whether you're doing a book report or trying to show someone how to boil an egg: video can make it a heck of a lot easier for you to get your point across. Adobe's new iPad app, Voice, hopes to make the often time-consuming experience of creating your own such videos a lot faster and easier. The …

DNA GPS Maps Where Your Ancestors Lived

Scientists have developed a GPS tool that doesn't tell you where you're at right now, but it can tell you where your ancestors lived a thousand years …

Good news, Google Now is now less dependent on an internet connection

Driving through a tunnel, hiking on a mountain, riding the subway, or just enjoying a beer in an underground pub. These are all situations when you might not have an internet connection, thus making it impossible to check your helpful virtual assistant Google Now. But that’s changing with the …

Android News

The Gigaom interview: Why synthetic biology and the Netflix model are the future of medicine

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Autodesk Project Cyborg<p>Look inside nearly any medicine cabinet in the U.S. and there will be a few bottles of …

3D-printed cast uses ultrasound to speed healing

A stylish-looking 3D-printed cast for broken bones uses an ultrasonic pulse generator to help stimulate the growth of new bone.<p><i>(Credit: A' Design</i> …

Raspberry Pi modded into a $160 cellphone

Remember how happy you were when you got your Raspberry Pi project to do, well, <i>anything</i>? Programming savant and photographer David Hunt has merely created a working cellphone with his, complete with video proof (below). The PiPhone consists of a bunch of off-the-shelf parts, like a PiTFT …