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Alpine’s Slick New Headphones Make You Feel Your Beats

I’ve spent the better part of today playing with the new Alpine Headphones, a $299 pair of cans that promise to make you feel your music with the company’s “Full Frequency Immersion” technology.<p>An Alpine spokesperson told me that the product is “targeted to millennials,” which I assume means that …

Blocks' modular smartwatch will talk to your iPhone

Blocks first unveiled its modular smartwatch with a plan to use Android Wear, much as Project Ara smartphone will use a special version of Android. However, there has been a change of plans -- and it's good news if you're not of the Google persuasion. The team now says that it's using a version of …

Google Straps A Street View Camera On A Camel's Hump To Capture Liwa Desert

Google’s Street View Trekker cameras just got a bit of a lift.<p>Since 2012, Google has been letting users explore landmarks like the Grand Canyon 0r the Taj Mahal that are only accessible by foot via the Trekker, a backpack with a green soccer-ball-like camera at the top that captures panoramic …

New Jersey boy's death is 1st linked directly to enterovirus: CNN

(Reuters) - A New Jersey boy who went to bed last month in seemingly good health and died in his sleep is the first fatality linked directly to a strain of enterovirus that has infected more than 500 people, a local medical official said on Sunday.<p>The 4-year-old boy, identified as Eli Waller of …

11 Tips And Tricks To Get The Most Out Of Your Android Phone

Since Android is an open platform, there's plenty of room for customization.<p>Beyond personalizing your phone, there are a few easy practices that can keep your phone neat and organized with plenty of battery life to last all day.<p>Here are some tips and tricks every Android user should know.

Apps

Little Moe Is A Robot That Hunts And Kills Ebola

A San Antonio-based company called Xenex has risen to media prominence recently thanks to their ultraviolet pulse robot called Little Moe. The robot can enter and clean a hospital room in five minutes and destroy the virus by fusing its DNA. You can watch the cute local news piece about the …

Ebola Just the Latest Hardship for Liberian Patient in the U.S.

For Thomas Eric Duncan, the visa to visit his family in the United States was a golden reprieve: a chance to escape the poverty and sickness …

Disease

Heads up display startup Navdy nabs $6.5 million in seed funding to bring its GPS system to cars

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>Credit: Signe Brewster<p>Navdy, a San Francisco startup planning to ship a dashboard heads up display in early 2015, is set to …

Ebola Patient in Texas Is Not Allowed Any Visitors

Thomas Eric Duncan remains in serious condition at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, kept under close watch by law enforcement officials. He’s not …

Disease

Officials Contact More People in Relation to U.S. Ebola Patient But Reassure Public on Containment

Public health officials work to quell fears about first case diagnosed in U.S.<p>As health officials are reportedly reaching out to as many as 100 people who had contact with the first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, public health experts are working to reassure the public …

US Ebola case: family members told to stay home as Texas checks 100 for exposure

Health officials raise number of people monitored to 100 ‘We have tried-and-true protocols to protect the public’<p>‘Five new Ebola infections every hour’ in Sierra Leone<p>Health officials in Texas have ordered four “close” family members connected to the Dallas Ebola patient to remain home to prevent …

The End Of Passwords? This Bracelet Unlocks Computers And Doors With Your Heartbeat

Bionym’s Nymi offers a glimpse of the future of wearable biometric authentication.<p>This much we can all agree on: Passwords suck.<p>With that in mind, companies are hard at work developing other forms of user-friendly authentication. Fingerprinting is already being used to unlock iPhones and the PayPal …

Information Systems

Asus VivoMini Mini PC Launches In November For $149 (video)

Asus has this week added a new addition to their range of mini PC systems, in the form of the newly unveiled Asus VivoMini mini PC that is capable of …

Major FIFA 15 bug turns soccer matches into a crazy free-for-all

Looks like FIFA 15’s world-famous soccer players need some coaching in the fundamentals, as right now, they’re running around like headless chickens.<p>The latest installment in Electronic Arts’ all-conquering soccer series released yesterday in North America, and PC players are reporting a major bug …

Samsung Launches $19.99 Power Sharing Cable

Samsung today launched a new accessory for its Galaxy line of products that isn’t just a gimmick but looks extremely useful: meet the Samsung Power Sharing cable for $19.99. In short, the cable lets you use select Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets to charge your other micro USB devices.<p>Samsung …

Defend Your Home With Artificial Intelligence

The Canary security system learns about your daily routine -- and picks up on anything out of the ordinary.<p>You’re out of town for the weekend, and you want to keep tabs on your home. You could set up a sophisticated security system -- with live video feeds, multiple sensors, and remote access -- …

Vinli Promises To Bring Autos Into The Smartphone Age

With Vinli, cars are about to get apps. And not just cars made in the future. The system works with nearly any car made after 1996 and is compatible with Android and iOS devices. The company just launched on the Disrupt SF 2014 stage and announced that the Vinli device is available for …

Netgear's ultimate WiFi router gives you full speed on any frequency

Watch out, ASUS: you're not the only one with an extremely fast WiFi router these days. Netgear has just released the Nighthawk X4, the latest version of its sinister-looking flagship hotspot. The X4's four antennas let it deliver 802.11ac wireless as quickly as possible on any frequency; it offers …

Asus says it will unveil the best-looking Android Wear smartwatch yet on Wednesday

The ZenWatch will reportedly sell for under $199<p>Asus says that it's built the best-looking Android Wear smartwatch to date and that it plans to fully unveil it just two days from now, according to Taiwan's Central News Agency. Called the ZenWatch, this will be Asus' first Android Wear smartwatch, …

The Government Wants to Buy 12 Acres of Marijuana — for Research

Calling all pot farmers: Uncle Sam is looking to buy.<p>An arm of the National Institutes of Health dedicated to researching drug abuse and addiction …

Cannabis

Yes, Steve Ballmer did go all Microsoft on Clippers fans

Presenting himself to Los Angeles Clippers faithful, the former Microsoft CEO shows he has lost none of his motivational crazy.<p>Some people, when they change careers, change their act.<p>They mellow, they become more mature, more relaxed, and generally happier with the state of the world.<p>You might …

Basketball

Hacking Traffic Lights Is Apparently Really Easy

In the 1969 classic <i>The Italian Job</i>, Michael Caine and crew commit a major gold heist by hacking into the traffic light system of Turin, Italy, to …

Cybersecurity

BlackBerry Passport hands-on video: Big and square with a great keyboard

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>Credit: Carphone Warehouse<p>We’re still two weeks out from September, the month when BlackBerry is expected to introduce its new …

One Man’s Journey To Become the First American Suicide Bomber in Syria

Syrians who knew Moner Mohammad Abusalha recall when the American first arrived: “When we received him, we were shocked. He didn’t look like a fighter at all.”<p>YAYLADAGI, Turkey — The young American arrived in the small Syrian village of Khirbet al-Joz one day last summer, after crossing the …

Navdy’s Heads-Up Display Wants To Be The Safer Alternative To Using Your Smartphone While Driving

Frustrated with using the built-in infotainment system and his phone in his car, Doug Simpson, CEO and founder of Navdy, decided to create a Google Glass-reminiscent heads-up display to create a new and safer way to interact with smartphones while driving.<p>Now I know what you’re thinking — why is he …