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Raspberry Pi hack creates a smart TV from a not-so-bright set

Many of us only wish we could upgrade our less-than-smart TVs. Carnivore at <i>DroidBuild</i>, however, has taken matters into his own hands -- he recently finished installing a Raspberry Pi-based media center into his own 40-inch Hisense screen. The hack replaces the TV's built-in speaker with a Raspbmc …

The 40 Must-Have Android Apps for the Power User

For the longest time, Android was an operating system that eschewed visual flair in favour of giving flexibility and power to the user, and since third party developers took their cues from the OS itself, their apps tended to be complex and unabashedly ugly.<p>Somewhere along the way, right around the …

It Came From Above: Why Copters Are The Next Big Thing In Robotics

They can deliver your laundry. Entertain your kids. Send you a pizza. Or save your life. They’re quadcopter drones, and they’re getting people excited about robotics again.<p>Powered by four synchronized rotors, they’re like high-tech RC helicopters that users can hack and customize in a number of …

Is it easier to pirate movies or stream them? New website aims to find out

Often times the most pirated movies each week can't streamed or rented online to begin with. That's according to piracydata.org, a new website that — simply by pointing out the lack of convenient viewing options — is trying to shift some responsibility for rampant internet piracy back to content …

SwiftKey 4.3 Unifies Tablet & Phone Apps, Adds More Keyboard Layouts

Word-prediction Android keyboard maker SwiftKey, which closed a $17.5 million Series B led by Index Ventures last month and whose keyboard software runs on millions of mobile devices, has launched a new version, SwiftKey 4.3, that let’s users customise the size and position of the on-screen …

Mote.io turns your phone into a Pandora, Soundcloud and Hype Machine remote

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>This is neat: Mote.io, a new mobile-app-meets-Chrome-extension combination that turns your Android or iOS phone into a remote …

Elon Musk shows off Iron Man-style rocket design with gestures and 3D printing (video)

In another confirmation that Elon Musk lives life differently from the rest of us, he's just posted a new SpaceX video that's straight out of a sci-fi movie. In it, he demonstrates designing parts for a rocket the company could use just with hand gestures using a Leap Motion controller. After that, …

Here’s why India is never going to be safe for women

A few days ago, after news of the sexual assault case in Mumbai broke out, someone on Twitter said something that got me thinking. A female resident of Mumbai, presumably, lashed out after seeing the umpteenth tweet asking women in Mumbai to “take care” and “be safe.”<p>Enough of this patronizing …

India

Researchers Build A Robot That Will Beat You At Air Hockey

Researchers at Japan’s Chiba University have built a robot that’s capable of playing air hockey. And it will beat you. Not with brute force, but with strategy.<p>The setup uses a regular air hockey table. The robot is controlled by an external PC, and is equipped with two high speed cameras capable of …

The Pentagon’s Atlas robot is the new, metallic face of disaster rescue

The disaster rescuer of the future looks a lot like the Terminator.<p>On Thursday, DARPA unveiled Atlas, a new humanoid robot that could change the way government organizations respond to disasters like the recent wildfire in Prescott, Arizona or 2011’s nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear …

Leaping parkour robot is cute and a little creepy

A lightweight version of the cockroach-inspired RHex robot tackles basic parkour moves with gusto.<p>Parkour, the art of navigating the urban environment using your wits, athleticism, and leaping ability, has been the domain of humans. Now, a small robot wants to get in on the fun. The RHex robot is …

Robotics

Watch A 3-D Printed Robot Slide Under Doors

The Sprawl Tuned Autonomous Robot is also pretty good at pool.<p>Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley's Biomimetic Millisystems Lab created the Sprawl Tuned Autonomous Robot, a 3-D printed insectoid 'bot that can crawl under doors, limbo-style.<p>STAR, for short, can extend or detract …

Facebook fudges with News Feed to feature top-notch Page posts

The social network has developed a machine-learning system to identify and feature just the "most interesting" updates from the Pages you follow.<p>Facebook revealed Friday that it has once again tweaked the algorithm for picking content to show in News Feed, this time hoping to appease businesses …

Machine Learning

Locket, Which Puts Ads On Your Lock Screen, Asks Users To Vote For The Ads They Want To See

Locket, the startup that pays Android users to engage with ads, is now asking those users to weigh in on the type of ads that they want to see.<p>When users install Locket, they’ll start to see ads on their lock screens, and they can swipe left to claim a deal, watch a movie trailer, or whatever the …

OpenGlass gives Google Glass real-time augmented reality (video)

To some, Google Glass is nothing more than a notification machine, but there are others who see Glass as an AR headset waiting to happen. OpenGlass is among those looking to give Glass augmented reality powers, and it's figured out how to implement simple AR in real-time. The trick was accomplished …

Kinect app that turns any surface into a 'touchscreen' debuts for $149

Microsoft launched a Kinect Accelerator program for startups last year, and the results are starting to be shown. Ubi Interactive worked closely with Microsoft to create a system that uses a projector in combination with a Kinect sensor to create a virtual touchscreen that can be cast onto any …

First Secret Service documents on Aaron Swartz investigation released

The public is seeing the first fruits of a Freedom of Information Act request for the Secret Service’s files on the late hacker and activist Aaron Swartz with the release of 104 pages of agency documents. Swartz committed suicide at the age of 26 while facing the possibility of up to 35 years in …

Kinect turns your bathtub into a giant liquid touchscreen

Researchers have created a "touchscreen" for your bathtub. With only a Kinect sensor and a projector, AquaTop display facilitates interacting with virtual objects using just your hands. In order to function properly, the system requires you add some bath salts to your tub, which will turn the water …

The co-founder of PayPal wants to put a baby in you

Max Levchin wants to talk to you about cervical mucus. The internet entrepreneur, who co-founded the now ubiquitous online payment service PayPal, has turned his focus to solving a problem he feels is more important than the hassle of entering credit card numbers: Infertility.<p>His new app, coming to …

Pregnancy

Students hijack US$80m yacht with GPS spoofing - Roadshow

<b>Students from the University of Texas created a custom GPS spoofing device that allowed them to take over a superyacht's navigation system, changing</b> …

Super Yachts

Cameron's proposed filters extend to more than just porn

The British prime minister's internet filters will be about more than just hardcore pornography, according to information obtained by the Open Rights …

What Is The Most Catastrophic Error Made By An Intern At A Tech Company?

When I was 21, I almost lost several hundred million dollars by threatening to mutilate one of our customers.<p>In my senior year in college, I worked full time as an intern PM at NetApp. I spent most of that time at work being groomed and prepared to be a full PM, and given that my background was in …

Watch Photoshop Genius Bring Retro Snapshot Back To Life (VIDEO)

Now <i>this</i> is how you use photoshop.<p>Thanks to a redditor named TheHaterSalad we just spent the last seven odd minutes with our eyes glued to the computer screen. To be fair, our eyes are often glued to the computer screen, but the video above -- which shows how one might transform a vintage, …

Searching on Facebook: Why Google doesn't need to worry

commentary Before taking on Google, the social network will have to convince people to deviate from the only learned search behavior they know: looking for people. That's a tall order.<p>I'd really like to find my Facebook friends who like bacon and live in San Diego, said absolutely no one. The query …

Mark Zuckerberg

Even women who aren’t engaged are saving wedding pics on Pinterest

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Flickr/epsos<p>We all know that Pinterest is full of aspirational photos of things you might not be purchasing anytime in …

The Pirate Bay founder is raising money for spy-proof messaging app

Advertisement<p>38 Comments<p>Private messages really <i>aren’t</i> so private, and Peter Sunde, co-founder and former spokesperson for BitTorrent search engine …

Speed And Automating The Connections Between Humans And Machines In The API Economy

This coming Friday night, I’ll be at the API Days conference in San Francisco to talk for a few minutes about my perspectives of the API economy. I am not a developer — just an observer — so my views are not deeply technical. That just means I have to ask more questions and talk to more people …

Paranoid Android's HALO does Chat Heads-inspired multitasking, goes open source

It's been a couple months since we first saw the fruits of team Paranoid Android's labor around in-app pop-up window multitasking, and it looks like Paul Henschel and co. are finally sharing the finished product. HALO, as it's called, loosely combines the ideas behind Samsung's Multi Window and …