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How to build a hologram projector for your iPhone

It's really simple to build a projector for your smartphone to be able to project the same types of holograms seen in Star Wars and other movies. The illusion is based on Pepper's Ghost, a theater effect dating back to the 16th century. Watch and find out how.<p><i>Produced by Matthew Stuart</i>

Holograms

Watch world's first pentacontakaitetracopter take to the skies

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's the world's first pentacontakaitetracopter: a self-made helicopter powered by 54 drone rotor blades.<p>Created by …

Drones

Report: Samsung looking to make round Gear S2 w/ rotating bezel iPhone compatible

Samsung is actively looking in to bringing iOS support to its latest smartwatch, the Gear S2, according to a report from Digital Spy. The UK-based site spoke with one of the company’s spokespeople who confirmed that it was “positively looking into opening it up.”<p>Apart from the Samsung Gear Live — …

LG’s double-sided TV offers a twin peek into the future of OLED displays

Every year, manufacturers roll out a brand new kind of smart television at IFA that turns heads, but this year LG unveiled something that <i>really</i> …

Televisions

“Disgusting” Bugs That Infested Burning Man Not Actually Disgusting

The media coverage of the insects underscores our complex psychological relationship with insects<p>Last week, the Internet erupted with the news that insects had descended like a plague on Black Rock City in the Nevada desert, where organizers have been hard at work preparing for the descent of an …

Verizon's upcoming video service has a truly terrible name

What does Go90 mean?<p>Verizon seems to be nearing the launch of its long-in-the-works internet video service, and now <i>Variety</i> has given us the name: it'll be called Go90. That's some absolutely horrid, nonsensical branding, but the actual product doesn't sound nearly so bad — and apparently it'll be …

TV shows

Siri is sassy on the Apple Watch, too

Ask Siri on your Apple Watch her opinion of the best smartwatch on the market, and you'll get a sassy response. "Wow, um, really?" she says.<p>Siri, …

Get a free movie rental from Google to celebrate Chromecast’s second birthday

Want to escape the heat this weekend? If you’re looking for something to do indoors, Google has a small offer that may be worth your while. To celebrate the Chromecast’s 2nd birthday, Google is giving out one free movie rental to all owners of the media streaming device from now until December …

Android News

Apple debuts new web campaign to accompany ‘If it’s not an iPhone’ ads

Following up on its newest TV ad campaign, “If it’s not an iPhone,” Apple has launched a new web page dedicated to explaining what sets its smartphone apart from the competition. The page is titled “Why there’s nothing quite like iPhone,” and breaks down many key features, like iMessages, the …

Does Ringly Have A Place In An Apple Watch World?

The first thing I thought when I opened my Ringly box was that it smelled. <i>Bad</i>. Like electronics that had caught on fire and were then put out in some sort of chemical bath. But the company told me that the ring I received (an early review unit sent to reporters) was part of a bad “beta batch.” More …

Wearable Tech

iTunes 12.2 with Apple Music is rolling out now

Apple Music, launched earlier today for iOS, lacked a desktop component. There was also the confusing issue of iCloud music library streaming and iTunes Match, but that’s been resolved as iTunes 12.2 is rolling out to users now.<p>The revamped iTunes mimics Apple Music in many ways when you’re in the …

Amazon is overhauling its reviews system

Amazon is testing out a new system to surface the best customer reviews for products, <i>CNET</i> reports.<p>Starting its rollout in the US on Friday, the system gives "more weight to newer reviews, reviews from verified Amazon purchasers and those that more customers vote up as being helpful," according to</i> …

Consumer Tech

Apple's new Safari will let you block ads, which makes some people happy and some people very scared

The Internet works best for most people when it's frictionless: skipping from site to site like a stone flipping easily on water, with no pop-ups, no …

The Logic Pros: 6 powerful new features you may have missed in Logic 10.1

<i>The Logic Pros is a new regular series exploring all of the most interesting gadgets and software for making music on your Mac/iOS devices. If there is any gear you would like us to take a closer hands-on look at, let us know in the comments section below or</i> <i>shoot us an email</i><i>.</i><p>In this week’s edition …

Google starts answering questions on your phone before you finish asking them

One step closer to that chip in your brain<p>Google is rolling out an update for mobile search that displays answers to certain queries before you've finished typing them. Although instant search results have been available on desktop and mobile for a while now, this tweak puts results directly into …

Android News

Apple tops Google as world's most valuable brand

The iPhone maker recaptures the No. 1 spot after losing it to Google last year, according to the latest list of the BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands.<p>Apple is on top in yet another category, namely the world's most valuable brand.<p>A report known as the BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global …

List-Worthy

Apple’s new Music app arrives in iOS 8.4 beta

Apple just delivered a huge update to users with the release of iOS 8.3 last week, now it’s giving developers a preview of it’s upcoming redesign of the Music app with iOS 8.4 beta 1.<p>The new iOS 8.4 beta is available now in the iOS Dev Center and includes new Music app with an all-new design that …

There's a funny reason people didn't understand how to use Google when it first launched

The company couldn't figure out why until it went to do a user study at a nearby college, Google HR boss Laszlo Bock writes in his new book, "Work Rules!"<p>The reason researchers found was both surprising and funny.<p>Users were so accustomed to sites that "flashed, revolved, and asked you to punch the …

Marissa Mayer

Google Maps lets you play Pac-Man

A Google spokeswoman said the game was an early April Fool's joke. It allows users to play the game featuring the popular character created in 1980 in select locations.<p>If there are not enough roads at a given site, the game cannot be played, and Google alerts users that "it looks like Pac-Man can't …

Google Maps

​Using Google makes people overestimate their own intelligence, study says

People across the world have become used to turning to Google and Yahoo to look up information and advice on a whole host of topics, but a new study …

Mobile Technology

Apple Pay’s biggest hurdle to overcome is at checkout

Apple Pay is off to an excellent start, according to Tim Cook and the rest of the company’s top brass. But a recent study found that the majority of users are having issues using the mobile payments service at checkout.<p>Phoenix Marketing International surveyed around 3,000 iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners …

Google shows how it fights apps that insert unwanted web ads

It's bad enough when apps add unwanted toolbars and buttons in your browser, but it's especially irksome when they inject ads. It's no fun to have a technical support scam interrupt your web reading, after all. Google clearly hates this rogue software as much as you do, though, as it just outlined …

Hands on with Microsoft's next browser, Project Spartan

We're finally getting a real taste of Microsoft's new Web browser Project Spartan. That's just a codename for now, but based on my recent experience …

Apple to Use Selfies to Unlock Phones?

The patent outlines an alternative to passwords.<p>Apple has just received a patent for using facial recognition to unlock a mobile device.<p>The company describes using a mobile phone’s camera to capture an image of a user’s face, analyze it and unlock the device if the photo matches the owner’s face. …

Mobile Technology

How Apple Watch will be your next remote control

Just like the iPhone and iPad, different people will find each of those features compelling to a greater or lesser degree, and which ones they find …

Smart TV

Here's HTC's plan to make you pick its new Android phone over the iPhone

If you accidentally damage your phone, the company now promises to give you a new one for free with a cutesy program it calls the Uh-Oh Protection Plan.<p>Here's how it works:<p>If you buy HTC's new One M9 phone this spring, you'll be automatically enrolled in the protection plan.<p>HTC will cover any …

Android Phones

This Box Can Figure Out Your 4-Digit iPhone Passcode

Luckily, there's an easy way to make your device more secure<p>If you needed any more incentive to beef up your iPhone's password, here's one: security researchers at MDSec have tracked down a device called an "IP Box" that can brute force the phone's 4-digit security code and gain access to its …

Carbon3D printer is super speedy thanks to light and oxygen

3D printing startup Carbon3D has demonstrated a new approach to fabricating commercial-quality objects from resin using oxygen and light.<p>On stage at …

3D-printed nose implant ready for trials

A cartilage nose implant that can grow with the patient thanks to being printed with their cells is now ready for animal trials.<p>You might be able to get by in life without, say, an ear, or with a damaged nose -- but for those experiencing it, looking different can have a massive impact on self …

3D Printing