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Future gadgets now: hottest realised concept tech of 2015

PreviousNext 1/21<p>Introduction<p><b>Concepts represent the very cutting edge future of technology and product design. Every gadget that defines the tech</b> …

Google Glass

Jay Z enlists millionaire musicians to promote relaunch of Tidal music service

When you're trying to get some attention for a new product, it helps to have friends in high places. Jay Z apparently knows this, and has recruited an all-star team of musicians-turned-PR-flacks to promote the relaunch of his recently purchased music streaming service Tidal.<p>Madonna, Kanye West, …

Nicki Minaj

PlayStation's Spotify-powered music service starts today

Good riddance Music Unlimited; welcome to the party, PlayStation Music. The Spotify-powered music service goes live on PlayStation devices in 41 nations starting today. As we've reported previously, this means even if you're listening to Spotify's free, ad-supported tier you can listen to your …

Help NASA discover new asteroids with this free app

You can now help NASA find new asteroids. At South by Southwest today, the space agency released its asteroid tracker desktop software, produced in conjunction with asteroid mining company Planetary Resources in an online competition. The software, which will run on any standard Mac or PC, will …

Asteroids

Cuba approves its first free public WiFi

Public internet access in Cuba usually comes at a steep price -- a local may have to use a week's wages just to spend an hour emailing their family overseas. However, they now have a much, much more reasonable option. The country's state-run telecom, ETECSA, recently approved the country's first …

Argos now lets customers order 3D-printed jewellery online

Argos is under relentless pressure from Amazon in the UK, so it's looking to personalised services as a way to stand apart from its online-only competition. Today, the company is launching a new site for 3D-printed jewellery, which includes rings, bracelets and cufflinks. Customers can tweak the …

This is BlackBerry's new $2,000 smartphone

BlackBerry's newest phone is decidedly different than its peers. It's designed by Porsche ... and it costs nearly $2,000.<p>The BlackBerry P'9983 is hand-wrapped with leather, and it features "glass-like keys" and a graphite, stainless-steel-color frame made of "blackened glass."<p>The new phone is so …

Mobile Technology

The next 10 years in car tech will make the last 30 look like just a warm-up

“It’s difficult to make predictions, especially about the future.”<p>Sure, it’s a wry remark about the accuracy of superfluous prognostication but that …

Driverless Cars

Predicted 58 million iPhone sales will crush the competition this quarter

Like a Terminator in a downhill marathon, the runaway sales of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus aren’t slowing down in a hurry.<p>Analysts expect Apple’s smartphone to trample all competition in its path this quarter, with massive sales of more than 50 million units.<p>A new report in the Korean press dials into …

Police are using a secret gadget that can track your phone, and they can't talk about it

The technology is capable of capturing texts, emails, phone calls, and location data, The Times details in its report. The report says the StingRay often obtains information about devices near the target rather than just the intended device.<p>The device caused controversy in Silicon Valley recently …

Surveillance

Revolutionary new mobile battery delivers double the juice

Whether it’s the iPhone 6, the Apple Watch or some other hot piece of tech, battery life is one of the most commonly criticized aspects of today’s devices.<p>That may be about to change, however, courtesy of a University of Michigan spinoff company called Sakti3, which has developed a new type of …

Twitter is surveying users about how much they get harassed online

Twitter, as its CEO Dick Costolo has put it, sucks at dealing with harassment and trolls. It's been trying to get better — although its changes have sometimes misfired badly in the past. Right now, though, it's apparently apparently trying to gauge just how big of a problem Twitter abuse really is. …

Internet

Apple Watch may open cars, says CEO Tim Cook

Tim Cook says he wants the Apple Watch to replace your key fob. Also, we dive into the core problem of #TheDress debate and bid farewell to Leonard Nimoy.

Apple Watch

Woolet aims to be the wallet you'll never lose

Wouldn’t it be nice if you never lost your wallet ever again? There might just be a way to make that happen. The Woolet is a smart wallet that attaches to your mobile device via Bluetooth, and will send you a notification if you move too far away from it. You can manage your wallet connection by …

Wallet

Uber Database Breach Exposed Information Of 50,000 Drivers, Company Confirms

Uber announced today that its database was breached by an unauthorized third party last year. The company confirmed the breach in a company blog post published this afternoon, authored by Uber’s managing counsel of data private Katherine Tassi.<p>The breach, which occurred on May 13 2014, revealed the …

Databases

Google's New Flight Search Tool Helps You Find The Best Price

Google Flights has been revamped this week and it is the fastest flight price search website that I have used so far. Like many other travel websites, Google Flights will show you a range of fares and flight options as you select the destinations and the dates. Fortunately, Google Flights has …

Google Flights

Virtual reality is taking over the video game industry

An annual event in San Francisco has often been where game developers come together to discuss design. Now it's one of the biggest showcases of the latest VR tech.<p>When you look at the expansiveness of our games or the speed of our sports games, the likelihood of motion sickness goes up …

Virtual Reality

Seattle's police department has a YouTube channel for its body camera footage

They hope to make redaction tools available to other cities in the near future<p>At the end of last year, the Obama administration pledged $263 million in federal funding for police training and body cameras. Since then, cities around the country, from New York to LA, have been testing body cameras in …

Obama Administration

Google submits plans to expand Silicon Valley headquarters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc submitted plans on Friday for a vastly expanded headquarters at the Silicon Valley city where the tech giant is based, presenting a bucolic vision of movable structures to be built under curving and translucent canopies.<p>An artist's rendering of the proposal to …

Silicon Valley

HTC One M9 hands-on video leaks onto the internet

HTC's new flagship, the One M9, will be anything but a surprise when it is announced tomorrow at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. After a number of major leaks, a hands-on video of the new device has found its way onto the internet.<p>The video confirms everything we already knew: the M9 looks much …

Phones

Canada, U.S. reach deal for funding plaza for Detroit-Windsor bridge

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says the Obama administration and Canada have agreed on financing for a key piece of a planned $2.1-billion bridge connecting Detroit and Windsor.<p>The department said Wednesday that the agreement involves funding for a toll plaza on the U.S. side of the …

Canada

Drones could be used to seek out arteries to prevent heart attacks

New trials suggest microscopic stealth drones could be used to seek and repair damaged arteries and prevent heart attacks<p>Scientists have carried out trials using microscopic drones that could be used to seek and repair damaged arteries, preventing heart attacks and strokes.<p>Researchers have …

This self-building chair could be the future of furniture

Surrounded by tiny screws, planks of wood, and pieces of paper bearing incomprehensible diagrams, we think "can't there be a better way to assemble furniture?" The scientists at MIT say yes. The university's self-assembly lab has developed a chair that will, when submerged in water, put itself …

Furniture

Two UK banks now allowing mobile app login using Touch ID

Two UK banks–Royal Bank of Scotland and Nat West–are now allowing customers to login to their mobile banking apps using Touch ID, reports the BBC. The updated RBS app is expected to hit today, with the Nat West one following tomorrow.<p>RBS and NatWest customers must activate the feature with their …

Score Snapchat videos with songs from your phone

Have the perfect song in mind for a Snapchat video? Well, now you can play music from your phone while filming it. Thanks to an update, the ephemeral sharing app no longer pauses whatever track is playing while it captures a few seconds of video footage. Of course, the music is recorded with your …

Google Calls FBI's Plan to Expand Hacking Power a 'Monumental' Constitutional Threat

Google is warn­ing that the gov­ern­ment’s quiet plan to ex­pand the FBI’s au­thor­ity to re­motely ac­cess com­puter files amounts to a …

Surveillance

Uber Partners With Breathometer To Suggest Drunken-Driving Alternatives

Ride-hailing service Uber wants to graduate from being an app to being a button in any app, and its latest partner also helps accentuate Uber’s role as an alternative to drinking and driving.<p>A new partnership between Uber and smartphone breathalyzer startup Breathometer lets users who might have …

Autonomous Cars

Samsung takes aim at Apple Pay with LoopPay acquisition

An Apple Pay competitor may be on the way<p>Samsung has acquired LoopPay, a mobile payments company whose technology could allow it to build a viable Apple Pay competitor. After reports of the two companies working together on a mobile payments solution came to light late last year, Samsung has taken …

Mobile

Uber’s Series E Round Surges To $2.8 Billion

Uber has expanded its latest round of financing by $1 billion. The company originally secured $1.2 billion and has increased that to a total capacity for the Series E round at $2.8 billion, according to the NYT.<p>Uber has confirmed the expansion with the following statement:<p>The participation we have …

Venture Capital

Google Search can now calculate your mortgage for you

Google is rolling out an update to Google Search that brings a mortgage calculator right to your smartphone. You can ask Google things like “How much can I borrow at $200 per month?” or “At 5% APR how much can I borrow over 10 years?” The mortgage calculator will even let you adjust your mortgage …

Android News