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LG Watch Urbane Review: The best Android Wear device?

Cellular Networks

After U.S. Freedom Act, U.K. Spy Agencies Face Fresh Legal Challenge Over Domestic Dragnets

Last week the U.S. Freedom Act was passed by the Senate — aka the first step in reforming the NSA’s surveillance programs since Edward Snowden’s revelations. The bill shifts bulk harvesting of Americans’ phone records to telephone companies, with government intelligence agencies then having to …

DJI's experimental drone will help prevent collisions

DJI has just made its UAV platform a lot more developer-friendly with a new test drone and collision avoidance system, along with an SDK for its current DJI Inspire 1 and Phantom 3 models. The Matrice 100 (M100) is a new quadcopter made specifically for developers to help them test new sensors, …

Pictures of the Week 6.5.15

Aerospace

The Week in Pictures | June 1 – 7, 2015

Each week we bring you the very best in visual journalism. Tragedy struck in China this week, where a ferry carrying 456 people on the Yangtze River sank after getting caught in a tornado with only a few survivors rescued.<p>Baja California: A volatile farm labor strike that crippled exports from one …

China

The Skate Punks of Ethiopia (PHOTOS)

Using boards donated from around the world, kids from all backgrounds in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia have come together to skate.

Lily and Phantom 3 video camera drones

It’s advertised as a camera you just throw and go. Lily is a simple quadcopter with a built-in camera that’s made to follow you. The four-prop drone follows a remote sensor that you put in your pocket — it’s that simple.<p>Lily is advertised as a craft that flies itself, no controller required, while …

Drones
CNN

Golden display at old San Francisco Mint

<i>Feb. 25, 1976: Schoolchildren stare through plastic shield at $4.25 million display of gold bars and nuggets in San Francisco’s Old Mint.</i><p>The structure, which survived the 1906 earthquake, had become a tourists attraction since it was reopened as a museum in 1973. This photo by staff photographer …

San Francisco Bay Area

Harper says Russia, Putin have ‘no place’ at G7 table

Stephen Harper said Vladimir Putin's exclusion from the Group of Seven is no big loss because Russia under the former KGB officer has little in common with the West and operates an economy which is basically a collection of "oligarchs and criminal syndicates."<p>He was answering critics who note that …

Russia
Islam
Barack Obama

SEAL Team 6: A Secret History of Quiet Killings and Blurred Lines

Electroloom’s ‘3D Printer For Fabric’ Creates Seamless Garments In Any Size

HAX-alumnus Electroloom is builidng a “3D printer for fabric,” spraying a solution containing a polyester/cotton blend on a template to create clothing without seams.<p>Electroloom co-founder Marcus Foley says the process was originally inspired by techniques used in labs to generate organic tissue. …

Moky Puts An Invisible Touchpad On The Keyboard

Either this keyboard is too good to be true, and it is currently only a prototype — so that’s entirely possible. Or it’s a stroke (swipe?) of overdue genius.<p>The gist: Moky is a rechargeable Bluetooth keyboard with a built in gesture-supporting touchpad that’s located in the same space as the keys — …

Android TV Gets Over 600 New Apps To Choose From In The Play Store

Google’s second foray into television, Android TV, has been a bit slow off the starting blocks in some respects – app support was one area where it definitely felt a little threadbare. Now, however, Google is expanding its software catalogue considerably, adding over 600 new apps via a Play Store …

Chronos Is A Little Disk That Ensmartens Your Dumb Watch

Now that I’ve nearly abandoned my collection of watches thanks to the evil Apple Watch, I’m starting to miss the staid, steady ticking of a good mechanical. But how can I be endlessly bothered by a little electronic thing and still celebrate the artistry of the fine watchmaker? Chronos!<p>Chronos is a …

This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: GoPro, Pebble Time, Amazon Fire, And WWDC!

Matt is huddled in Vail, Colorado. Why? To hang out with GoPro, as they “throw stuff into pools and dogs chase after it.” But more seriously, GoPro is reportedly unveiling a service that allows you to record something on your GoPro and instantly view/share it on the cloud. Big deal.<p>Meanwhile, we …

I'm totally and irrationally in love with Google Photos

When Google announced its new Photos service, I was skeptical.<p>Why would anyone give their entire photo library to Google, a company infamous for mining data for ads?! How could they be trusted with my images if they’d used my data in uncomfortable ways in the past? The app didn’t look all that …

Google Photos

Chrome for Android will let you search any term on a webpage with just a tap

Google is bringing a new feature to Chrome for Android soon that should make it a lot easier to get answers to the questions that pop up in your head as you’re browsing the Web.<p>Soon, you’ll be able to get quick search results on specific terms on a webpage by just tapping on it.<p>It’s even a bit …

Apps

Shipwreck Shines Light on Historic Shift in Slave Trade

A longer route from Africa to South America brought cheaper captives and less competition, but greater risks.<p>In December 1794, Portuguese slave traders on the east coast of Africa outfitted their vessel for a daunting voyage. The 7,000-mile, months-long journey from Mozambique round the turbulent …

Black History

Philosophy of the Large Hadron Collider

There have been many tedious discussions about the value of philosophy for modern science. I find it much more interesting to ask if and in what way modern science can advance philosophy<p>The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Organization for Nuclear Research CERN in Geneva is the world’s …

Silk Road: Ross Ulbricht files appeal against convictions and sentencing

Drug marketplace operator ‘Dread Pirate Roberts’ was found guilty last month on seven counts and given sentences that amount to life in prison<p>Ross Ulbricht, the man convicted of running the online drug emporium Silk Road, has appealed against his conviction and sentence, according to court …

English Channel

How To Design A Game For Maximum Empathy

The clever design in the game What Now? effectively shows how helpless anxiety can make us feel.<p>Many people play video games to have fun and relax, but the lo-fi <i>What Now?</i> is neither of those things. Instead, it’s a game which seeks to convey the ways stress and anxiety affect the mind.<p>The game is …

Art

Sweet Animated Illustrations Show Happy Moments in Everyday Life

Japanese illustrator Maori Sakai takes our everyday moments in life and turns them into sweet animated illustrations. While her gifs sometimes carry a blatant message like “Happiness is by your side,” many times you're left trying to decipher what feelings she wants to convey. Overall, there's …

Positive Thinking

Who is Tess Holliday, Plus Size Model on People Magazine Cover?

Ever since she became the first size-22 model to score a major contract with U.K.-based Milk Management, Tess Holliday's name has been all over the news. And it's probably safe to say she's not going anywhere as she just landed the cover of <i>People</i>, on newsstands this Friday. In case you're not quite …