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Gadgets for Playing With Your Pet Remotely

For absentee dog and cat owners, connected pet gadgets promise to foster long-distance relationships with four-legged friends<p>By<p>Keith Blanchard<p><b>IT’S NO SECRET</b> that Americans are pet-crazy. Between food, doggy day care, cat tuxedos and everything else, we spent an estimated $60 billion on our animals …

Nintendo invents a gamepad dominated by its touchscreen

Nintendo has said precious little about its plans for the NX (other than that it won't be like a Wii U), but it <i>might</i> have hinted at what's coming through some recent paperwork. The console maker has filed for a patent on a gamepad design where a touchscreen would cover the entire front panel. You'd …

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YouTube Gaming For Android Gets A “Cardboard Mode” For More Immersive Viewing

YouTube Gaming, Google’s answer to Twitch, is trying to stay ahead of the curve by adding new functionality quickly. One such feature is only available for Android right now, and it’s a “Cardboard Mode” that allows you to watch any video with a theater-type big-screen setting feel.<p>Related …

Google just released powerful new artificial intelligence software — and it's open source

On Monday, the tech giant released TensorFlow, a new AI system that's used in everything from recognizing speech on a noisy sidewalk to finding photos of your pet dog Fluffy.<p>And in a rare move for Google, it's making its software open source, meaning anyone can access and edit the code.<p>The software …

The lightest metal ever has been developed by Boeing - it's lighter than Styrofoam

Microlattice is the lightest metal ever to be invented - the structure is 99.99% air<p>Aerospace Boeing has invented the lightest metal ever, called microlattice. The product is 99.99 per cent air and will be used as a primary component in aerospace engineering - it'll be used to make space rockets.<p>By …

This app tries to stop you from staring at your phone and missing out on life

"Instead of seeing the world with your eyes, you're seeing it through your phone."<p>The premise of YouTuber Casey Neistat's new social sharing app, …

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The Earth In Infrared, Laser Dogs, And Other Amazing Images Of The Week

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Siri crushes Cortana, Google Now when it comes to foreign languages

[<b>Update 2/15/2015</b>: In response to comments left on this story, the individual query results for each language are now available here.]<p>The world of speech technology and personal voice assistants is picking up quickly and has an incredible amount of potential for future innovation. Siri isn’t the …

How to disable Gmail's automatic contact creation

Gmail is set up to create a new contact for each email you send. However, there are times when this can be more of a hassle than a handy tool. For instance, if you are replying to a lot of Craigslist ads for different pieces of furniture to put in your new apartment, your contacts list will likely …

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This App Actually Lets You Send Screenshot-Proof Messages And Photos

Got confidential information? Snapchat isn't safe. Email isn't safe. Phone calls aren’t even safe.<p>But there’s now a way to send confidential text messages, photos and documents without fear of the dreaded screenshot. Confide, an app that launched in January 2014 as a way to send confidential texts, …

Pebble prepares to reinvent itself after selling 1 million smartwatches

New hardware and software are planned for this year<p>While Google and Apple have been getting the lion's share of attention for smartwatches lately, indie darling Pebble has been quietly soldiering on, improving its product and selling watches. In an exclusive interview, CEO Eric Migicovsky revealed …

8 Ways To Be More Creative At Work, From The Mind Behind “Brain Games”

Your reality is more malleable than you think. In the latest season of Brain Games, host Jason Silva tells how the behavioral revelations gleaned through his series can create a happier, more productive workplace.<p>Who do you think you are?<p>More specifically, <i>when</i> are you most who you are?<p>According to …

"Learn to Code?" Meh. "Build Something?" Now We're Talking, Says Hopscotch's Jocelyn Leavitt.

Programming becomes more appealing to kids when it creates something fun.<p>“Parents might say, ‘You should learn how to code,'” said Jocelyn Leavitt, co-founder and CEO of Hopscotch. “I think kids don’t necessarily respond to that, but if you’re like ‘Hey, would you like to build your own game?’ — …

10 Things In Tech You Need To Know Today

<b>1. Google is going to stop selling Google Glass.</b> The wearable device is now going to be managed by Nest CEO Tony Fadell.<p><b>2. Apple will open five new stores in China in the next five weeks.</b> It's rapidly expanding its presence in China.<p><b>3. Elon Musk is planning on building a five-mile hyperloop test</b> …

A detailed examination of the Selfie Brush (iPhone 6 edition)

Historically, if you wanted someone to know what you looked like after you'd died, you hired a portrait artist to work for weeks recreating your face in agonizing detail. With the advent of video conferencing, however, the forward-facing camera went from technological oddity to vital necessity. It …

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GoPro’s HERO4 Will Learn A Few New Tricks With A Free Update In February

It’s been about 3 months since the launch of GoPro’s HERO4 – but outside of a small patch that shipped just after launch, the HERO4’s software is pretty much the same as it was on Day 1.<p>That changes come February, when the company will ship a free update that teaches the camera all sorts of new …

Google will soon unveil a new system for real-time voice translation

The move follows a similar program released from Skype<p>Last month, Microsoft's Skype unveiled a program for real-time translation of human speech. Now, it seems we'll soon be seeing Google's version.<p><i>The New York Times</i> reports that Google is about to release an updated version of its Google Translate …

Procreate for iPad Updated: Palm Support & More

<b>Procreate</b> is touted as ‘the most powerful and intuitive digital illustration App available for iPad’, and it’s had a big recent update that makes it even more powerful and takes advantage of some of the new features of iOS 8 and the power of the new iPad Air 2.<p>The app is exclusive to the iPad and …

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Judge says police can create fake Instagram accounts to see photos

Many would argue that cops cross the line when they impersonate people on social networks to catch suspects, but that doesn't mean that fake accounts are always off the table. In a recent opinion, New Jersey district judge William Martini contends that police don't need search warrants to create …

Symantec Has Found a Spying Tool Active on Computers Around the World

Computer security experts Symantec say their researchers have uncovered a sophisticated malware tool on Windows PCs across the globe, that appears to be used for spying and data collection, reports Recode.<p>Named ‘Regin’, the tool is a Trojan that has infected several organizations’ and individuals’ …

Adobe's got Photoshop running in Chrome

Here's how it works<p>Using Photoshop usually requires lugging a typically cumbersome, expensive computer around, and changing that experience has been the dream of many creatives for years. As we found out back in September, it's a problem that Adobe has been actively working with Google to solve. …