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Hyperloop startup adds partners — and inches closer to launch

Skeptics tend to view Elon Musk’s proposed “hyperloop” high-speed transportation system as a beautiful dream, unlikely to become real.<p>But apparently, it’s a dream many share.<p>Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, one of two startups formed to pursue the concept, announced today that its core team …

High-speed Rail

Netflix facing protests over DVD-less baby benefit policy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix is getting jeered for excluding the employees in its DVD-by-mail service from a recently introduced benefit that gives up to a year of paid leave to most of its workers after the birth or adoption of a baby.<p>At least three online petitions posted by activist groups are …

Televisions

Watch A Girl Named Isabella Unpack A New 3-D Printed Arm

At this point in the 3D-printing game it should be obvious why the tech exists and why we should all own 3D printers: because they can change lives. Nowhere is that point hammered home more than in videos featuring the E-nable arms. In this latest video a girl named Isabella gets an amazing purple …

3D Printing

Google X life sciences team spins out and becomes its own company under Alphabet

Google X is spinning out its life sciences group and making it a standalone company within new Google’s new parent company, Alphabet, Google cofounder Sergey Brin wrote in a Google+ post today.<p>Andy Conrad, who has been the head of Google Life Sciences until now, will be the new chief executive, …

Yahoo Weather warns you about rain in time to find an umbrella

Weather apps are quite handy, and now Yahoo's mobile software is even more helpful. The app will send you an alert 15 minutes before rain or snow is expected to start so you have enough time to prepare. The new feature offers warnings similar to Dark Sky's weather info. That app takes readings from …

Bing app for Android updated, Marshmallow-like Now on Tap features in tow

As part of its Android M announcement, Google showed off its Now on Tap feature which will allow you to get contextual information within any app or screen just by pressing the home button for a few seconds. With Marshmallow not set to hit the public until later this year, it gave Microsoft a …

Peak Android? YoY Growth Lowest Ever In Q2, Says Gartner

It’s no wonder Google is expanding its efforts to broaden Android’s reach by working with OEMs in emerging markets, via its Android One smartphone affordability program; the latest global smartphone market data from analyst Gartner shows growth slowing, and Android specifically recording its …

Markets

Amazon is helping to kill off Flash for good

It looks like Adobe Flash is finally on the cusp of its ultimate downfall. Following a string of moves by browser-makers, Amazon will no longer accept Flash ads on Amazon.com or its third party advertising platform.<p>An article on Amazon’s Technical Guidelines page says the change is a reaction to …

Google is doubling down on biotech

The company is turning the team that develops smart contact lenses and other healthcare initiatives into a full-fledged, standalone company rather than a lab project.<p>The life sciences group will "graduate" from the Google X labs and become its own separate company under the new Alphabet corporate …

Emerging Technology

Set custom ringtones for Skype contacts on Android

Want to know who's calling on Skype without looking at the phone? Now you can use custom ringtones just like you would for regular calls.<p>Skype just released an update to their Android app, which will let you change the ringtones for individual callers. This is great if you're accustomed to having …

Apps

Virus study infects humanity with a 'vomiting machine'

Researchers create a machine that vomits to study how virus particles emitted when someone throws up can spread through the air and infect others. They had us at "a machine that vomits."<p>Scientific experiments have brought mankind all sorts of great inventions, like the lightbulb, the telephone and …

Environmental Health

Spotify wants to access the photos on your phone — but why?

Forbes noticed the change earlier today.<p>Right now, this policy change has gone into effect in the UK, and it's not clear when or if it will migrate over to the US, where the privacy policy hasn't changed since April, 2014.<p>The streaming service wants access to the sensor information on your phone, …

Spotify

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 review

Samsung's Note line of phones has always been about three things: a huge screen, outsized performance, and a stylus. But now, with the Galaxy Note 5, two of those three things aren't so special anymore. Every Android phone is big now, and almost all of those big phones are fast and powerful. And …

Phones

Google Photos can now bring up your shots & video from this same day last year

Google Photos now has a feature that will show you all the photos and videos you took on this same day last year. It’s opt-in, and the content will appear within a card in the Assistant view.<p>From the Google+ post announcing the new feature:<p>Photos help us reminisce about the things we’ve done, …

How to remotely control YouTube with your Android phone

Did you follow along last week’s Android customization post to figure out the details of screen pinning in Android Lollipop? I know, you likely already knew what it was all about. This week we’re diving into YouTube – specifically, using your Android phone to remotely control YouTube. This includes …

Smart TV

James Cameron on virtual reality: 'Yawn' (Tomorrow Daily 229)

Khail and Ashley discuss "Avatar" director James Cameron's decidedly lukewarm feelings toward VR, explain how a book can bring safe drinking water to areas in need, and get teary-eyed watching a little girl throw a pitch with her 3D-printed hand.

Virtual Reality

Marc Newson designs the Apple Watch of fountain pens

Apple’s Marc Newson is one of the best designers in the industry. His plane-inspired Lockheed Lounge chair was reflective, smooth and looked incredibly uncomfortable. And we’re still enjoying the look and feel of our Apple Watches, even if the other night a drunk girl at a bar made fun of me for …

The agonizingly slow decline of Adobe Flash Player

<i>By Jared Newman</i><p>This story on Adobe Flash was supposed to turn out a bit differently.<p>The idea was to talk with some of the biggest websites still using Adobe's browser plugin, which has fallen out of favor within tech circles for its constant security issues and thirst for system resources. Maybe …

Apple TV outsold by Amazon’s Fire TV in 2014, now the fourth most popular streaming device

According to recent data released by Parks Associates, Apple TV currently is the fourth most popular streaming media device based on 2014 sales, down from third place in 2013. Roku, according to the data, is the most popular streaming media device manufacturer with 34 percent of the market, while …

Tumblr arrives Down Under with more local content from brands

Tumblr has officially launched in Australia.<p>It doesn't mean much for users of the platform — besides local brands and businesses providing more …

Apple Debuts New 'Apple Pay' Ad in Ongoing 'If It's Not An iPhone' Campaign

Apple today debuted a new iPhone-focused video featuring Apple Pay as part of its ongoing "If it's not an iPhone, it's not an iPhone" advertising campaign. The video, available on the company's YouTube channel, features an iPhone being used to make different Apple Pay purchases.<p>The iPhone is …

Alphabet spins the life sciences division of Google X into standalone company

Google’s Life Sciences team has graduated into a standalone entity. Previously part of Google X, it will now be a wholly owned subsidiary of Alphabet.<p>Via a Google+ post, Alphabet President Sergey Brin said Andy Conrad would act as Life Sciences CEO. Day to day, nothing will change:<p>While the …

Qualcomm Looks to Enter Drone Market Before It Takes Off

With smartphone market growth slowing, Qualcomm is looking for new places to sell its processors. Enter the drones.<p>With growth in the smartphone market leveling off, chipmaker Qualcomm is looking for other buyers for its processors.<p>One area the company is targeting in the short term is the growing …

Drones

Intel on the maker community: ‘It’s never been a more exciting time to invent the future’

During a keynote at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, Intel corporate strategy officer and resident anthropologist Genevieve Bell explored what it takes to be a “Maker” in the modern do-it-yourself technology phenomenon.<p>Bell linked the movement to build your own hardware, physical …

Swarm is now giving people virtual coins they can’t spend

Gotta buy something eventually...<p>Foursquare's check-in app Swarm has brought back the leaderboard — but it's making a key change to it. Swarm now rewards its users with virtual coins for being active, and those coins are what rank you on the leader board against your friends. "For now, [coins] just …

Four Square

UK orders Google to kill links to 'right to be forgotten' stories

The whole point of the European Union's "right to be forgotten" laws is to remove links to irrelevant or outdated data about a persons life from Google, but a vicious cycle of news about the removal of links to news is making that impossible. Think about it: Google removes links about your sordid …

Adobe Social gaining Aviary’s photo editing features, Publish Anywhere adds new media enhancements

Adobe announced almost one year ago that it had acquired the team behind the popular image editing app Aviary, and since then the iPhone app has picked up Adobe ID support for syncing editing supplies with Creative Cloud and joined the Creative SDK. Now Adobe is tying Aviary’s tools like text …

International ZUK Z1 will be powered by Cyanogen OS, features USB-C and USB 3.1

Earlier this month we reported on the ZUK Z1, a new smartphone from a Lenovo-backed company that is attempting to challenge established players in the “affordable yet powerful” smartphone space. At the time, all we knew for sure was that the phone would debut in China. As it turns out, an …

Mobile Technology

Forget app circles: Apple Watch hack lets teen run iOS 4.2.1

A 14-year-old modder has apparently managed to replace his Apple Watch’s bubbly default home screen with something a little boxier and more classic: iOS 4.2.1, which launched all the way back in 2010.<p>Billy Ellis, a self-described “iOS app and tweak developer,” posted a video of his project on …

FCC to build an open source video platform for ASL users

The FCC is developing a video access platform that will allow American Sign Language (ASL) users to communicate with businesses and government agencies more easily, Chairman Tom Wheeler announced on Thursday. With it, users will be able to make video calls as well as send text and audio to the …