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Sony’s elegant glass speaker shines fresh light on portable audio

LAS VEGAS — For all Sony’s talk about high-definition audio and video during its CES press conference, the company’s most intriguing new product is a weird glass speaker with LED lights that looks something like a tubular hurricane lamp.<p>Called the Glass Sound Speaker, it’s a refreshing twist on the …

Portable

Intelligent machines: Will we accept robot revolution?

<b>Would you share your home with a robot or work side by side with one? People are starting to do both, which has put the relationship we have with them under the spotlight and exposed both our love and fear of the machines that are increasingly becoming a crucial part of our lives.</b><p>In Japan they grow …

Robotics

45 Years of Earth Day: How Environmentalism Has Evolved

This is definitely not your parents' Earth Day.<p>On April 22, 1970, millions of people took to the streets for '60s-style demonstrations and marches, calling attention to the perilous pollution of America's land, air and water. Ten thousand flocked to the Washington Monument for a folk music concert …

CyberPower's three-blade gaming PC is built for showing off

Sure, you can accessorize a gaming PC with curved monitors and glowing lights to make it stand out, but what if you don't think they're eye-catching <i>enough</i>? CyberPower thinks it has an answer: it just started taking orders for the Trinity, an oddball gaming rig that divides the chassis into CPU, …

General Dempsey tells mom of fallen SEAL he's sorry for Ramadi remark

Gen. Martin Dempsey is used to giving orders, but it was an apology he issued Monday to Debbie Lee, after the Gold Star mom complained that the joint chiefs chairman trivialized the Iraqi town where her son became the first Navy SEAL to die in the Iraq War.<p>“I've read your letter, and I do apologize …

Former White House adviser says games are seen as a positive force by government

When video games and government have found themselves in the same sentence these past few decades, they've generally been in the company of "violence."<p>But according to a man who spent almost two years as a White House adviser on gaming, there's a new perspective in vogue, one of opportunity and …

Fortune.com

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A super tough umbrella pairs with a Bluetooth tracker to make sure you definitely stay dry

The New Zealand umbrella manufacturer teams up with the Bluetooth tracker Tile to create an umbrella the company is describing as "arguably unloseable".<p>If you're living in the Southern Hemisphere then you're probably coming to grips with the fact that we're heading into winter and that means …

Top NASA Scientist: We'll Find Signs of Alien Life 'Within a Decade'

Humanity is on the verge of discovering alien life, high-ranking NASA scientists say.<p>"I think we're going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and I think we're going to have definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years," NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan said Tuesday …

Paranormal

US broadband is getting faster but still lags behind Asia

It's been a good year for the internet in America. Not only did it receive much needed federal Net Neutrality protections, the average download speed increased by a solid 10 Mbps nationwide over the previous year. As of March 2015, the average download speed in the US is 33.9Mbps -- thanks, in …

Saturn's icy moon possibly has warm waters that could foster life

Enceladus used to be just another icy moon until the Cassini spacecraft spotted geysers on its surface, spewing water 125 miles into the sky back in 2005. Now, after years of research, scientists have published two studies suggesting that these geysers are caused by hydrothermal vents or fissures …

Nasa reveals plans to produce breathable air on Mars

Science fiction came one step closer to becoming reality after scientists announced their plans to introduce oxygen to Mars’ atmosphere.<p>After sending …

SAE scandal: 'Every day is Judgement Day'

<b>Over the weekend, members of University of Oklahoma's Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity were caught on video chanting racial slurs. That kicked of a controversy that has played out largely online - and provided new rules for how to handle a social crisis.</b><p>Within 48 hours of the video being posted, the …

Social Media

PS4's next update brings Suspend for games, 60fps Share Play

Confirming the leaked information from last week, Sony announced tonight that it's testing a big update for the PS4. Codenamed "Yukimura", v2.50 it will add the Suspend/Resume feature we've been awaiting since before the system launched. That feature will let gamers put the system in standby, then …

Bungie knew about Destiny's Loot Cave, it just didn't think you'd care about it

<i>Destiny</i>'s famous loot cave was no secret to its creators when the game was released last year. Developer Bungie just didn't think it was a big deal, user research lead John Hopson revealed during a Game Developers Conference 2015 session this week. Players proved otherwise almost immediately. The …

How Bungie made Destiny's Tower 'feel like home' to international players

Bringing <i>Destiny</i> to a global audience represented a new challenge for Bungie. Prior to releasing its "shared world shooter" on PlayStation and Xbox platforms last year, the developer didn't have a dedicated localization team and made its apps and website available only in English. But for <i>Destiny</i>, …

Sony beta testing new PS4 firmware version 2.50, includes suspend mode

Sony is letting select PlayStation 4 owners beta test the system's upcoming firmware, version 2.50, according to apparently leaked emails sent to PlayStation MVPs. The update will supposedly bring with it a long-awaited feature: the ability to put the PS4 into rest mode without shutting down games …

Pamela is a beautiful survival game inspired by Mass Effect and Mirror's Edge

In the Unity booth at this year's Game Developers Conference, Toronto-based NVYVE Studios is showing off <i>Pamela</i>, a first-person survival horror game set on a futuristic island colony called Eden. People in the colony have been infected with a disease and are experiencing rapid bone growth, and as …

Recommended Reading: Exploring the vastness of 'No Man's Sky'

<i>Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you'll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read.</i><p><b>'No Man's Sky' is so Big, the Developers Built Space Probes to Explore it for</b> …

Cop slain after gun battle inside GameStop

An on-duty, uniformed police officer was shopping in a Philadelphia GameStop when two men burst into the store to rob it, authorities said. The police officer was killed in an ensuing shootout inside the store.<p>Officer Robert Wilson III and the two suspects, believed to be brothers, "engaged in a …

Ambassador slashed in South Korea

<b>(CNN) —</b> The U.S. Ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, was attacked in Seoul, and is in stable condition, receiving treatment at a local hospital, according to the U.S. embassy.<p>According to Seoul police, Lippert was slashed on his right cheek and hand with a knife measuring about 10 inches long …

You can unlock this smartphone with the blood vessels in your eyes

Tired of punching in numbers or swiping strange patterns to unlock your smartphone? Fingerprint and facial recognition have been tried before with varying levels of success, and now ZTE thinks it can offer something better. The company's Grand S3 smartphone in China is getting a feature called "Sky …

Hands-on with the new Project Morpheus and Sony's amazing VR gun fight

The new version of Sony's Project Morpheus is the most comfortable virtual reality headset I have ever worn.<p>The straps move all the weight to the back of your head where it's hard to notice, and the front screen can move forward and backward on a sort of track, leaving plenty of room for your …

Magic 'metamaterials' storm physics

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/1149000/1149950_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534428535_16c3177f82fecf14b9d9fa1e804a4c87<p><b>Physicists are abuzz with possibilities for "metamaterials" that can be designed to have surprising properties.</b><p>Tweaking the structure of materials to …

Ceramics

A balloon to the beyond: World View on savoring space tourism

Jane Poynter wants you to take a trip to space that's as comfortable as a luxury cruise. She's spent two years living in the sealed research lab Biosphere 2, and serves as president of Paragon Space Development Corporation, where she led development of the life-support systems for the 2018 …

Sony boosts Bluetooth headphone line with four new affordable models

Over the last few years Sony's put out a number of wireless Bluetooth headphones, some better than others. Now we get four new models -- the MDR-ZX770BN ($230), MDR-ZX770BT ($150), MDR-ZX330BT ($100) and MDR-AS600BT ($100) -- which form the core of Sony's entry-level and mid-range Bluetooth …

Destiny's weekly heroic strikes will feature matchmaking after the next patch

<i>Destiny</i>'s next update, patch 1.1.1, will bring matchmaking into the weekly heroic strike, developer Bungie announced today.<p>Until this point, neither of the weekly strikes — the weekly heroic and the nightfall — have supported matchmaking. People have needed to have other high-level <i>Destiny</i> players …

VAIO resurrects its flagship Z series with two new hybrid laptops

Now that the independent company's got rid of those pesky excess components, it's time for VAIO to make something new. And it's not a smartphone. Yet. The PC maker has announced two new PCs here in Tokyo: the VAIO Z and VAIO Z Canvas. The latter is actually eventual final version of the prototype …

Recommended Reading: The life and death and life of Google Glass

<i>Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you'll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read.</i><p><b>Sorry, but Google Glass isn't Anywhere Close to Dead</b><br>Cade Metz, Wired<p>Reports …

Study says Android 4.0 and iOS 8 are most likely to crash your apps

Ever had the feeling that certain phone operating systems are more likely to crash your apps than others? It's not just you. Crittercism has posted its latest breakdown of crash reports from about 20,000 apps, and it's clear that certain operating systems aren't as friendly as others. On Android, …