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5 Ways IBM's Smart Chip Will Revolutionize Technology

It's tiny, it's mighty, and it mimics the brain. Here's how IBM's new smart chip will bring about big tech advances.<p>To most people, a computer is nothing more than a functional box. You can use it to surf the Web, stream a movie, and maybe crunch some numbers at work, but the thing doesn't have a …

Artificial Intelligence

The Gyroscopes in Your Phone Could Let Apps Eavesdrop on Conversations

In the age of surveillance paranoia, most smartphone users know better than to give a random app or website permission to use their device's …

BuzzFeed’s Future Depends On Convincing Us Ads Aren’t Ads

BuzzFeed makes the majority of its money on ads that pretend to be content, but can it keep up this charade? Or, is the Starbucks-sponsored “10 Summer Emojis That Should Definitely Exist” no charade at all, but actually the future of media that we should just smile and accept?<p>These are the …

Amazon Jumps Into 3D Printing Game With On-Demand Store

Amazon has always been an on-demand marketplace of sorts; it can ship virtually anything in two days. But now, the online retail giant is taking "on …

Engadget Daily: the Oppo Find 7, shoes that vibrate in the right direction and more!

Today, we review the Oppo Find 7, learn where <i>not</i> to fly drones, contemplate Apple's rumored 12-inch Retina Display MacBook and take a look at smart shoes that vibrate in the right direction. Read on for Engadget's news highlights from the last 24 hours.<p>Oppo Find 7 review: A solid phone that faces …

Google wants to define a healthy human with its new baseline genetic study

Google's got a big new project and it's you. Well, not just you, but a genetic and molecular study of humanity that aims to grasp at what a healthy human should be. It's in its early days, collecting anonymous data from 175 people, but it plans to expand to thousands later. The project is headed up …

Kinect for Windows v2 Sensor and SDK 2.0 Preview Released

As planned, Microsoft today started shipping its Kinect for Windows v2 sensor, priced at $199. At the same time, the company has also released the free SDK 2.0 public preview, which you can download now directly from Microsoft.com.<p>Microsoft wouldn’t say how quickly it is filling pre-orders. The …

Control Google Glass with your mind... and a second headset

Up until now, you can only navigate Google Glass by touching or talking to it, but London-based firm This Place just made it possible to control the device using something else: your brainwaves. The company just released an open source application called MindRDR that gives you something akin to …

Decelerator helmet: viewing the world in slow motion

Lorenz Potthast was a first-year arts student when he designed the Decelerator helmet – a hefty piece of headwear that allows the wearer to experience a slowed-down world. "I didn't just want to design another app to make grocery shopping easier," he says. "I wanted to do something experimental …

Electric Objects' EO1 Frame Brings the Internet to a Wall Near You

You’ve heard of electronic picture frames. Here’s something that looks somewhat similar in concept, but diverges wildly in execution. It’s Electric Objects’ EO1, a self-contained computer that mounts on your wall or tabletop to display your choice of framed art.<p>Launched today as a Kickstarter …

Watch a fireworks show from the inside, thanks to a drone

Drones may be amoral killing machines, but they’re also awesome tools of the entertainment industry. One very clever done enthusiast had the idea of filming a professional fireworks celebration from the inside, high above the city lights.<p>The very clever Jos Stiglingh in West Palm Beach Florida …

BMW 3D prints new thumbs for factory workers

German car manufacturer BMW has turned to 3D printing to physically augment its car-plant workers, giving them stronger, augmented thumbs.<p>The 3D-printed apparel acts like support brackets for the workers’ thumbs, reducing strain and helping them to fit certain parts into the cars more easily.<p>Each …

Google's trippy Cube experiment lets you play DJ with six videos at once

If you're bored with regular music videos, there's now something a little more interactive from Google called The Cube. It sprang from the Creative Labs division, which has done similar experiments in the past. As shown in the embed below, you can manipulate the box by grabbing it with a mouse or …

These wireless bone-conducting headphones let you listen while you listen

Kickstarter, it's a funny old place. A weird soup of real ingenuity and beermat ideas. <i>Headbones</i> might initially sound like it'll fall in the latter camp, but you'd be wrong. Once you know they're bone conducting headphones, the name reveals its clever twist. Yes, you may have seen bone conducting …

Everything We Know About Facebook's Secret Mood Manipulation Experiment

It was probably legal. But was it ethical?<p><i>Updated, 09/08/14</i><p>Facebook’s News Feed—the main list of status updates, messages, and photos you see when you open Facebook on your computer or phone—is not a perfect mirror of the world.<p>But few users expect that Facebook would change their News Feed in …

NeonGrid offers an IMDb-esque directory for web videos

There's no question how useful the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is for gathering info on a costume designer or the complete list of Ray Liotta films. Unfortunately, hasn't been a similar for works published on sites like Vimeo or YouTube... until now. Thanks to co-founder and former IMDB exec …

The Elephants At Google I/O: Glass And Plus

Google’s two-and-a-half-hour keynote address at its I/O conference today was filled with developer news. A new design language for Android, cross-platform concessions, watch apps, a health platform and much more was shown off.<p>But even a stretch of presentations that had one attendee asleep in his …

YouTube is upgrading to 60fps, adding a tip jar for donations and much more

YouTube is about to get a whole lot better, with a slew of new features freshly announced at this year's VidCon. Google's video wing will soon get support for clips running at 48-and-60 frames-per-second, which should be perfect for video game footage that you've captured an uploaded from your …

This Mechanical Watch Has A Magic Button That Sets It By GPS

If there’s a single problem with mechanical watches its that they’re often considered inaccurate. A collection of gears and springs, no matter how carefully put together, will always lose a little time here or there. There’s a solution, quartz, but these tickers are accurate but boring. But why not …