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Cool startup products at CES 2018

Even though CES is no longer the Consumer Electronics Show - it's just CES - there are still many startups with consumer gadgets. I spent 2 days in …

Google experiments in local news with an app called Bulletin

Google is testing a tool called Bulletin that would allow anyone to publish local news stories and events, according to a report from Slate, which Google later confirmed. The company described Bulletin as a way for others to communicate information of local interest, like bookstore readings, high …

Communicate

Six new medical technologies worth watching

From growing blood vessels in labs to applying advanced nanotechnology to cancer testing, here are some emerging technologies that could have a big …

Medical Technology

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer downplayed the biggest threat facing the company, and it could end up getting her fired.</b> The fight between Mayer and activist investor Starboard Value took a dramatic turn late last week when Starboard publicly floated a plan to replace Yahoo's entire board of</b> …

IPad Pro

Microsoft built a special version of Windows 10 for China

Being notoriously strict about censorship, China makes it difficult for companies to launch their products there. It’s a major stumbling block for businesses that want to take a stab at the largest market in the world.<p>Often, companies will have to bend to suit the requirements of China’s government …

Watch Oculus founder Palmer Luckey hand-deliver the first Rift

The retail version of the Oculus Rift — the VR headset that essentially restarted the virtual reality market — ships to customers today, March 28th. However, this weekend, Oculus founder Palmer Luckey decided to deliver the first ever Rift himself, making the trip to Alaska (while wearing a …

Ready Player One

Truebill launches to help find and cancel your forgotten subscriptions

It has happened to all of us at one time or another: You scan your credit card bill and notice some phantom $7.99 monthly charge for some service you had signed up for months or maybe even years earlier.<p>Now you face a dilemma: Do you sink the time into tracking down the website, remembering how to …

Uber Is Using An In-App Game To Recruit Engineers

The “Code on the Road” game is shown to passengers in cities with a lot of tech talent.<p>Uber is using a game to recruit engineers from its pool of passengers in select cities, <i>Business Insider</i> reports. The in-app game, called “Code on the Road,” appears on the screen of the Uber app when a passenger …

Uber

Nexar is more than a simple dashcam recording app

What do you get when you cross the smarts of an artificial intelligence (AI) dashcam app with the location and navigation prowess of Google? Apologies if you were expecting a hilarious punchline, but the answer is, in fact, Nexar.<p>So far, Nexar has pitched its inaugural product as the first AI …

New ransomware encrypts your whole hard drive, if you let it

If malware that holds the files on your computer to ransom isn’t bad enough, news that there’s a new variant in the wild that locks down the whole of your computer by taking over the boot process just made the situation a whole lot worse.<p>Called ‘Petya’, the new threat bypasses looking for the most …

Pre-order the first Ubuntu Linux tablet

If you've been talking a lot about using Ubuntu Linux away from your PC -- or using a mobile device <i>as</i> your PC -- you now get to put your money where your mouth is. BQ has started taking pre-orders for both the HD and full HD versions of the Aquarius M10, the first official Ubuntu tablet. Shell out …

Drunk passenger charged £102 for £15 journey after Uber driver takes 20-mile detour around London

Daniel Kaizen fell asleep during the minicab ride home and almost 'spat out his tea' when he awoke to see the route his driver took.<p>An Uber driver charged a drunk passenger £102.17 for a journey, after taking him on a 20-mile detour around London while he slept.<p>London long Uber route<p>Daniel Kaizen …

Read Apple's response to the FBI's San Bernardino iPhone hack

The dispute between the FBI and Apple over an iPhone connected to the San Bernardino terrorist shootings came to an unexpected end earlier today, as the FBI revealed it had managed to break into the phone without Apple's assistance. Details of how exactly it achieved this remain unclear.<p>"It remains …

Privacy

We're seeing the first signs of a big risk in Google's Alphabet transformation

When Larry Page explained the reorganization of the-company-formerly-known-as-Google into a bunch of spin-off subsidiaries with a new parent entity called Alphabet last fall, one of his major points was how the new structure would give more freedom to a hand-picked group of leaders.<p>"Alphabet is …

Silicon Valley

Virtual reality is giving athletes an edge on the field

It turns out some athletes have already begun exploring the promise of VR. Sports teams - both professional and collegiate - are taking advantage of the unique qualities of VR video to understand games in new and unique ways. Stanford's STRIVR system, for example, provides services for its teams as …

Virtual Reality

iPhone SE + 9.7-inch iPad Pro gear: Zagg and Pad & Quill introduce screen protectors, keyboard cases, more

We’ve been rounding up the latest cases and accessories for the new 4-inch iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro since they were unveiled last week, and today both Zagg and Pad & Quill have shared their lineup of accessories for the new hardware hitting stores this Thursday. Zagg is offering a selection …

Pinterest-like image saving and tagging feature added to Google Search on the web

Last year, Google added a Pinterest-like photo saving and tagging feature to Image search. It was first available on the mobile web for Android and iOS, but starting today Google is rolling out the feature to desktop search.<p>The feature does not seem to be active yet, but it should work the same way …

The New York Times May Make It Harder to Use Facebook and Twitter to Jump Its Paywall

Looking to convert social browsers into subscribers.<p>The New York Times has one million digital subscribers, but it wants more. Now it looks like it’s trying to get them by plugging holes in its paywall.<p>The Times is experimenting with limiting the number of stories that Facebook and Twitter users …

Wall Street

Transmission, the popular Mac torrent app, is now on Windows

Everyone who downloads torrents has his or her own preferred bit torrent <i>app</i>, and now Windows users can try out one client that's among the most popular for OS X. Transmission, which has been around for Macs since 2005, has made its way to Windows, promising the same speed, reliability, and …

Apps

Samsung Pay follows Apple Pay into China

Samsung has officially launched Samsung Pay in China. The South Korean company has partnered with state-backed China UnionPay for the launch — the association that controls all card payments in the country, and that worked with Apple to launch Apple Pay there last month. As the world's largest …

Mobile

Your Snapchat story could soon land you a job

When it comes to getting a job, it’s no longer just about your CV and a face-to-face interview. Companies are using people’s social media accounts as references and Skype interviews are commonplace.<p>A digital agency in the US is going beyond that and using Snapchat to hire its interns for this …

New York City

China’s Xiaomi unveils a $150 smartphone-controlled rice cooker

China’s Xiaomi has launched the smart home product that many people have been waiting on: a smart rice cooker.<p>The company already offers an air purifier, water purifier, blood pressure monitor, and smart segway among many other smartphone-controlled products, but a rice cooker is an essential part …

Xiaomi

Watch as Aston Martin's $2.3 million hypercar meets the awesome bomber it was named after

The Aston Martin Vulcan is simply one of the best-looking cars money can buy right now. Aston introduced the Vulcan earlier this year at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Immediately, the $2.3 million hypercar became the talk of the town. The Vulcan's intoxicating combination of style, aggression, and …

Sports Cars

Google's Quantum Computer Just Got a Big Upgrade

Google is upgrading its quantum computer. Known as the D-Wave, Google's machine is making the leap from 512 qubits—the fundamental building block of …

15 crazy pieces of tech available only to the military (pictures)

Google Glass

Seven Emerging Technologies That Will Change the World Forever

When someone asks me what I do, and I tell them that I’m a futurist, the first thing they ask “what is a futurist?” The short answer that I give is …

Google Glass
Astronomy

Here's what happened when India's Prime Minister Modi met several dozen Fortune 500 CEOs

<b>Fortune</b> hosted dinner on Thursday night at the Waldorf in New York for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several dozen U.S. CEOs, including …

India

The 12 most compelling scientific findings that suggest aliens are real

Over billions of years, these ingredients condense to form gas clouds, new stars, and planets, which means that the ingredients, and therefore the potential, for life beyond Earth are scattered across the universe.<p>What's more, a number of recent discoveries also strongly suggest that alien life …

Astronomy