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The Infinity is a tablet kids can take apart right down to the motherboard

STEM, coding, digital skills. If you follow education, these buzzwords are inescapable.<p>It's not as easy as buying a couple of laptops and handing …

Sri Lanka

UAVIA is bringing military-style drone tech to the rest of us

While we normal folk can operate drones merely within direct line-of-sight, the military can control a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) over Afghanistan from the other side of the world. Now, French company UAVIA is bringing that more advanced approach to the civilian world.<p>With UAVIA’s technology, …

Drones

Google’s Project Sunroof Now Tells More Homeowners How Well Solar Would Work On Their Roofs

Google’s Project Sunroof, which started as a 20 percent project by Google engineering lead Carl Elkin, helps you figure out how well solar panels would work on your roof. The company launched the project in August, but at the time, it only covered homes in Boston and a few select areas in …

Solar Power

You partly have Eric Schmidt to thank for the new $5 Raspberry Pi

While many of you were supposed to be eating turkey on Thursday, you were instead geeking out over Raspberry PI's newest computer, the Zero: a pint-sized module that costs just $5. But according to a new interview, that $5 computer was originally supposed to cost around $60 -- and you have partly …

Raspberry Pi

Facebook partners with Airtel Africa to bring Free Basics to 17 countries

In an announcement on Facebook today, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that the company will bring ‘Free Basics’ Internet services through Internet.org to 17 African countries. The move is in partnership with telco Airtel Africa.<p>The countries that will get Free Basics are Burkina Faso,Chad, Gabon, …

Mark Zuckerberg explains why he thinks that critics of his plan to connect the world are wrong

Critics, particularly in India, have been calling Internet.org an affront to the principles of net neutrality.<p>Net neutrality is the idea that all internet traffic should be treated equally, no matter what service it comes from.<p>Internet.org's app, called Free Basics, allows users in developing …

Meet your match, drones: This device will stop 'em in their tracks

Drones are filling the skies before our eyes — and not everyone is happy about it.<p>Three British technology firms — Blighter Surveillance Systems, …

21's $400 computer lets you mine Bitcoin and sell digital goods

If you’ve ever wanted to get into the Bitcoin game for fun and profit, this new $400 gadget could be the best way to do so.<p>21 Inc.’s Bitcoin Computer is a tiny Linux-based box that lets you mine the cryptocurrency and buy and sell digital goods for Bitcoin, either independently or plugged into a PC.<p>…

Watch a swarm of drones build a rope bridge

Research on the use of drones in search-and-rescue situations is ongoing, but there's no denying that the small, lightweight aerial vehicles have potential.<p>New research by a team at ETH Zurich has proven that they could help humans navigate precarious terrain, too: A team of quadrocopters has …

Engineering

US regulator accepts bitcoin as a commodity

Virtual currencies like bitcoin just came one step closer to legitimacy in the US. As part of its first action against an unregistered bitcoin options trading outfit, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission has determined that digital currencies are commodities subject to its regulations. The move …

Cryptocurrency

Boeing has patented a flying drone that turns into a submarine

In other words, Boeing's has patented a remotely operated flying drone that can transform into a submarine.<p>Here's how it works.<p>According to Boeing, the patented craft could be carried into the deployment area by a host aircraft. The remotely piloted drone would then detach from the carrier aircraft …

Why Google Is Going All In On Diabetes

Millions of people with diabetes prick a finger more than five times a day to monitor their blood glucose levels. It's a painful and expensive process.<p>But now, Google's Life Sciences division is putting its immense resources behind new initiatives aimed at helping them better live with the …

Diabetes

Raspberry, Shmazberry, There’s A $15 Single Board Computer Called The Orange Pi

Is $35 for a Raspberry Pi too rich for you blood? Do you prefer using sparsely-supported but cheap single board computers? Are you willing to ignore the obviously goofy name “Orange Pi?” Then have we got something for you.<p>The Orange Pi PC is a new single board machine that is ostensibly compatible …

Google Classroom updates with Calendar integration, new teacher tools

It’s that time again: the smell of fresh backpacks, sharpened pencils, and the impending dread of neighborhood children. Schools are getting ready to start up again, and Google announced via blog post today a few updates to its Classroom tool.<p>One of the biggest features in the update is Classroom’s …

Education Technology

Gogo gets the green light for its next-gen in-flight internet

In-flight internet comes with a kind of technological ambivalence -- the fact that it exists at all feels like a complete miracle, but at the same time it almost always totally sucks. Don't worry though, it's about to get better: Gogo, one of the largest providers of commercial in-flight internet, …

Nextgen

Watch Sony's prototype drone do a vertical takeoff

Here's your first look at the drone Sony's developing with a Tokyo robotics firm under its collab company called Aerosense. The UAV can carry up to 22 pounds, fly continuously for two hours at a speed of 106 miles per hour and, as you can see in the video below the fold, take off and land …

Drones

Meet Some Of The Lagos Luminaries Shaping Nigeria’s Tech Scene

President Barack Obama may be the most famous citizen of the United States traveling around Africa this week, but he’s not the only one.<p>It’s nearly 4:30 in the morning here in Lagos and I’m too excited to sleep. Later today I’m going to get a chance to sit on a stage with some of the best and …

Gmail's 'Undo Send' feature finally graduates out of labs after six years

After what seems to have been the longest beta period ever, Google has finally graduated Gmail’s “Undo Send” option from labs into a permanent spot.<p>When you enable Undo Send, you’re able to “unsend” an email up to ten seconds after you hit the send button — Gmail just delays sending briefly so you …

These earbuds don't play music, but they let you customize how the world sounds around you

That's the goal of a new Kickstarter project for the Here Active Listening System, which is basically a pair of earbuds designed to filter and process the sounds of real life.<p>The idea with the Here earbuds is to allow you to wirelessly customize how you hear events like concerts, flights, stadiums, …

Drone OS Developer Airware Launches New Fund For Commercial Drones

If you’re an entrepreneur thinking about building tools for drones, there may never have been a better time than now.<p>Today, the drone operating system company Airware announced it launched a new venture fund aimed at investing in early-stage startups that are “developing technologies critical to …

This on-demand drone service brilliantly lets us use drones without learning how to fly one

A company named Skycatch wants to be your on-demand drone service. Instead of buying your own (likely expensive) drone and learning how to pilot it, NBC details the San Francisco-based startup’s desire for you to try a new program they’ve named “Workmode”.<p>“If we didn’t have Workmode, we would have …

An electric-car future is coming, just more slowly than predicted

It’s been no secret that President Obama’s goal of 1 million plug-in electric cars on U.S. roads won’t be met by the end of this year.<p>That’s the goal he announced on the campaign trail toward winning his first term in 2008.<p>The actual number is likely to be perhaps 400,000 or so; the 1 million goal …