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A robot called Hadrian wants to build you a house in two days

A West Australian company has a robot they say can lay 1,000 bricks per hour and build the frame of an average house in under two days.<p>The robot is …

SmartUp App Virtually Mentors New Entrepreneurs And Could Lead To Funding

Everyone knows there are entrepreneurs all over the world now, not just in developed countries. Why? Because the internet and technology has empowered so many. Indeed, a 2013 survey put out by Babson and the LSE found that the size of the global market for learning about entrepreneurship and …

Foxconn invests $5.5M in France’s PIQ to accelerate development of IoT sports equipment

While Foxconn may be best known as the manufacturing muscle behind blockbuster products like the iPhone, the Taiwanese company is teaming up with a French company to focus on the next wave of smart consumer devices.<p>Paris-based PIQ announced today that it had raised $5.5 million in a round of …

Foxconn

Tesla Energy: What We Learned About Powerwall Demand On Q1 Results Call

The quarterly earnings calls held by Tesla Motors are always a chance to hear CEO Elon Musk describe the Silicon Valley carmaker's operations and …

New invention could help the blind 'read'

A new invention could help blind people "read" books and other written text without the need for Braille. MIT researchers have created a prototype of a finger-mounted device that uses a camera to scan text, which is then converted to speech in real time.<p>"For visually impaired users, this is a …

Apple files for a patent to move its fingerprint scanner from the home button to underneath the touchscreen

With the introduction of Apple Pay last year, it is safe to say Apple's TouchID fingerprint-scanning technology is here to stay — but its location might not be.<p>According to Apple Insider, Apple has filed for a new patent called "Fingerprint Sensor in an Electronic Device," which details how its …

Touchscreens

This bouncy ball drone wants to search and rescue without cutting off anyone's face by accident

Rotors and a roll cage are a potent combination<p>We've seen some incredible progress recently when it comes to the sense and avoid technology that lets drones navigate around obstacles. But we're still waiting for these systems to be robust enough to actually deploy to the public. In the meantime, a …

2015 BMW X6 M

Defying logic—and physics—yet again.<p>When the M versions of the BMW X5 and X6 first appeared in 2009, they represented multiple heresies for the M brand: They used turbocharged engines, they had all-wheel drive, and they were—<i>oh no!</i>—sport-utility vehicles. Since then, BMW’s M division has pretty …

Drones are getting better faster than anyone expected

At its keynote this year, Intel showed off drones that could fly themselves through a forest, navigating around trees. Onstage, they reacted to people who moved towards them, dodging to avoid a collision. It was powerful sense-and-avoid technology, and it was powered by Intel’s RealSense, a system …

How to run Windows 10 on your Mac for free

One of the selling points of a Mac these days is the ability to run Windows software on it, via virtualization or Apple’s own Boot Camp. Running Windows lets you play PC games that haven’t been ported to the Mac, or stay completely compatible with your documents from a PC-centric …

Alibaba Sales Hit $2 Billion In A Single Hour

The ecommerce giant said that amount was more than a third of the $5.8 billion full-day sales recorded on the same day last year.<p>Alibaba has been pushing Nov. 11 as Singles Day — so named for the number of ones in the date — since 2009 as it looks to tap an expanding army of internet shoppers in …

Mobile Devices

How Zappos CEO's obsession with raving helped him create a billion-dollar company

On the way to his very first rave ever, Tony Hsieh, 26 years old and not yet the CEO of e-commerce site Zappos, was already excited for the night to be over. He found electronic music annoying and didn’t understand the appeal of packing into a space to dance to some repetitive beat without words. …

Artificial intelligence is now affordable. Use it to work smarter

I’m barely old enough to have been taught how to find content the old way – using library directories and the Dewey Decimal System. Things changed quickly during my middle and high school years. By the end of it, I could do <i>almost</i> all my research from one starting point:<p>In college we were encouraged …

Google leads major investment in Magic Leap, creator of ‘jaw-dropping’ AR tech

A team of deep-pocketed investors led by Google is funding augmented-reality startup Magic Leap to the tune of $542 million.<p>The arrangement, which …

Chobani Founder: 'Elevate Yourself' Above Common Sense

Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of the billion-dollar yogurt company, outlines the benefits of a tiny bit of craziness.<p>How did Hamdi Ulukaya go from being the owner of a decrepit yogurt plant in upstate New York to the CEO of billion-dollar behemoth Chobani?<p>Here's a hint: Sometimes, Ulukaya said, common …

Common Sense

Wearable Drone Flies off Your Wrist to Snap a Photo and Boomerangs Back

Drone technology is interesting enough by itself, but when you strap a camera on it, the pairing can yield some awe-inspiring results. We've recently seen what it can do in the first annual Dronestagram Photo Contest – how amazing are those images? Now, a team of engineers and scientists have …

Unbelievable Wedding Sky Composed of Thousands of Light Sticks, Swarovski Crystals and Paper Cranes

With its own name, let alone one like <i>Lucid Dream</i>, you can be sure that this wedding reception would be nothing short of fantastic. Serving both as a bride and an artist, Sheika Lateefa worked with company Designlab Events in coming up with this spectacular cloud installation for her wedding. In …

Weddings

The Power Of A Fan!

The Self-Generator is an amazing ceiling fan concept that can preserve the mechanical energy after the fan has been powered-off. The system uses …

India Wants To Build Massive Digital Infrastructure To Cover 800 Million Rural Citizens by 2019

A $17-billion government program to build a national optical fiber network that will connect India’s gram panchayats, or village-level governments, aims to cover the entire country in three years and could be a game changer, an Indian minister told Forbes.<p>Ravi Shankar Prasad, minister of …

Ryan Leslie: Cassie got me paid & I still make more money than most artist!

Wireless Hard Drive Adds 2TB to Your Phone Without the Cloud

With cloud services in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons, rest assured you can still expand a device’s storage without putting anything online, …

The iPhone 6 alone will boost China’s exports by 1%

The back of the iPhone (and indeed most Apple products) displays this legend: “Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China.” Those assembled phones are then shipped out of China to markets around the world. So, how big is the impact of iPhones on China’s exports? Big enough to add 1% to …

Exports

Seeing Through the Illusion: Understanding Apple’s Mastery of the Media

<b>“Beautifully, unapologetically plastic.”</b><p><b>“Feature for feature, it’s identical to iPad Air in every way.”</b><p><b>“Just avoid holding it in that way.”</b><p>Apple’s public relations (PR) department is probably the best in the world — certainly more impressive at shaping and controlling the discussion of its products …

Latest close-up photos of space gray iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 5 (Gallery)

We’ve seen hundreds of iPhone 6-related part leaks, rumors, and claims, and of course lots of comparison photos. Below, via Yaya888 and Gizmobic, we have the latest. These shots compare the iPhone 5 to the space gray 4.7-inch physical iPhone 6 model. The new phone is expected to be introduced on …

WIDESPREAD SLOWDOWN IN US HOME PRICES

June prices fell 0.2%, worse than the consensus estimate for no change and the same rate of decline seen in May. Year-over-year, prices climbed 8.1%, about in-line with forecasts but slower than a revised 9.4% gain for May and a 17-month low.<p>"Home price gains continue to ease as they have since …

House Prices

David Adjaye interview: 'I'm not always looking at the usual references'

Raised in Africa, Saudi Arabia and Britain, David Adjaye brings a unique breadth of vision that has won him major commissions worldwide. But how well do his buildings live up to it?<p>• David Adjaye's buildings – in pictures<p>I am looking at plans of the presidential palace in Libreville, Gabon, as …