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Spark Electron wants to make cellular connectivity easy as Wi-Fi

Spark Labs is coming back to Kickstarter with a new project and a mission to change how cellular carriers think about the internet of things. The …

Modeling Suspects' Faces Using DNA From Crime Scenes

But can it work well enough to generate reliable leads?<p>This winter, a biotechnology company began offering a whole new service to police departments. Virginia-based Parabon NanoLabs' Snapshot service allows police to send Parabon NanoLabs DNA samples taken from crime scenes. From that DNA, the …

Genetics

11 Apps and Services That Don't Exist (But Sort of Should)

<i>Pep Rosenfeld</i> <i>is co-founder of</i> <i>comedy theater</i> <i>Boom Chicago</i> <i>and</i> <i>Boom Chicago Creative</i> <i>in Amsterdam. He loves both nerd chic and chic nerds, and can be seen hosting events where they meet — like</i> <i>#TNW2015</i><i>.</i><p>There’s an app for nearly everything. But wouldn’t it be nice to have a few new apps that would combine …

Check out the cheap, 4G LTE Motorola Moto E (pictures)

Thinfilm’s smart bottle tells you if your Johnnie Walker scotch has been opened before

Perhaps you have heard about smart homes and smart light bulbs. Meet the smart bottle.<p>Yes, one of our most interesting new technologies is going to ensure that we can drink a bottle of scotch with the utmost confidence that it’s authentic. It will also give the scotch maker a way to engage more …

Whiskey

Behold, the NFC-enabled smart whisky bottle

Sure, drinking too much Scotch can dull your wits, but if you can’t tolerate dumbness from the bottle itself, then here’s one for you. Thanks to the …

Apple Pay could be coming to Europe as early as mid-April

The question of when European iPhone owners can expect to start using Apple Pay may be answered sooner rather than later. Visa Europe has announced that it is putting in place the infrastructure to allow contactless payment terminals to support the “tokenization” service used by Apple Pay.<p>The …

Apple Pay

The eternity drive: Why DNA could be the future of data storage

<b>(CNN) —</b> How long will the data last in your hard-drive or USB stick? Five years? 10 years? Longer?<p>Already a storage company called Backblaze is running 25,000 hard drives simultaneously to get to the bottom of the question. As each hard drive coughs its last, the company replaces it and logs its …

Genetics

WhatSim becomes ChatSim as it expands to apps beyond WhatsApp

Last month, I reported on an interesting new mobile service from Italy’s Zeromobile called WhatSim that promised unlimited WhatsApp messaging …

Vizio P-Series review: now is the time to buy a 4K television

Most of the 4K content playing on those TVs isn’t being streamed — the way you will watch your 4K content for the foreseeable future — and is instead running off of a USB stick plugged into the back of the TV. Content playing off local storage will always look better than the same thing being …

4K Ultra HD

Mophie Juice Pack Plus Review: Protection And Power Extends iPhone Battery

Not many case manufacturers have the market presence that people buying an iPhone 6 case would head to its website on the launch day to see if there is a case ready. Mophie is one such company, with its range of ‘external battery’ protective cases being prized by countless smartphone users. …

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. The FAA has proposed new drone laws that could be a major headache for Amazon.</b> Under the new laws, Amazon's drone delivery program would be unable to operate.<p><b>2. Apple has hired British radio DJ Zane Lowe.</b> He's spent 12 years at BBC Radio 1 and is reportedly going to work on iTunes Radio.<p><b>3. A</b> …

Computer Systems

YouTube is 10 years old, but what will it look like in 2025?

Predictions for the future of Google’s online video service, from sports rights and games to co-viewing and voice recognition<p>YouTube’s first video may have been uploaded on 23 April 2005, but the website’s domain name was registered on 14 February. Hence the 10th birthday milestone this past …

Woz says the Apple Watch is art and millions will buy it

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>You're probably shaving your wrist-hairs in anticipation.<p>Either that or you're thinking: "Hell, Apple is coming out with a watch and millions of iSheep are going to love it."<p>What, though, does Apple …

Behold: a wristband that replaces your phone with a dumber phone

The folks behind the giant and retro (but not quite useful) Neptune Pine smartwatch are back -- and this time they're aiming to flip technology paradigms. Their new product, the Neptune Duo, is made up of two familiar looking devices that don't work the way you'd expect. The Neptune Hub is a chunky …

Rumor says Touch ID coming to MacBooks and Magic Mouse/Trackpad for Apple Pay, but there are roadblocks

When Apple develops a new technology or feature for its hardware, it typically rolls it out on one product then expands it to the rest of the line. For example, Touch ID launched for the iPhone in 2013 and made its way to the iPad with the iPad Air 2 in 2014. For 2015, Touch ID may make its debut …

Apple Pay

Get to know the science behind Michael Bay's movie explosions

"Transformers" director Michael Bay is famously big on big explosions in films, and the American Chemical Society's "Reactions" series released a video Tuesday exploring the pyrotechnics behind the kind of big-budget booms he's so fond of.<p>Reactions shows how dynamite, for example, packs a powerful …

Samsung Unpacked Galaxy S6

The Korean electronics giant will show off its newest devices during an event in Barcelona, Spain.<p><i>Michelle Meyers</i> 3/1/2015 5:34:32 PM<p>Our coverage so far:<p>Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge restyle Samsung's image with curves, metal, glass (hands-on)<p>Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge offers premium design and …

Apple Watch to be 'most successful smartwatch ever' -- research firm

The Apple Watch will play a major role in the wearables market this year and beyond, according to research firm CCS Insight.<p>Worldwide wearable sales will spike in 2015, jumping 158 percent year over year to 75 million units, CCS Insight predicted Tuesday. The research firm says that the Apple …

Apple Pay faces obstacles for adoption in China

Apple is apparently bumping into multiple roadblocks in its attempt to bring Apple Pay to China.<p>The iPhone maker is trying to work out agreements with certain banks and financial institutions, a People's Bank of China official said, MarketWatch reported Monday. However, Apple has not yet …

Sony's Google Glass rival SmartEyeglass goes on sale for $840 or £520

Sony is making a pass at Google Glass, announcing that a developer edition of the Sony SmartEyeglass high-tech specs are available to order now -- and they're cheaper than Glass, even if they're nowhere near as elegant.<p>The SmartEyeglass Developer Edition SED-E1 is the first set of smart glasses …

Google Glass

Neptune Duo smartwatch-phone powers a 'dumb' screen in your pocket

No smartphone needed? This Android Lollipop smartwatch pairs with a "pocket screen" instead.<p>It had to happen sometime: as smartwatches keep coming at a furious pace, some of them are doubling as full smartphones. Why pair with a phone at all? Or, maybe, what about a phone on your wrist pairing with …

Drone waiters are ready to serve in Singapore

Singaporean restaurant-bar chain Timbré is employing a fleet of flying drones as waitstaff for its live-music eateries. Earlier this month, the restaurant chain and robotics company Infinium Robotics jointly unveiled a new experiment at the al fresco venue Timbré @ Substation, to showcase the …

Pump Up Your Food Porn Game With This 3-D Photo App

For many people, going out to eat has become as much about the photos as the food. The age of social media has born a whole new art of food photography.<p>If that’s your jam, then you need to check out the app from the Swiss software company Dacuda called 3DAround. The app was the result of a …

Gear & Gadgets

Raspberry Pi Sales Pass 5 Million

A round of applause for the U.K.-made Raspberry Pi microcomputer — which has just passed the 5 million sales mark, some three years after it was first launched with the over-modest goal of selling “a few thousand” Pi over its entire lifetime, as creator Eben Upton has said. How wrong can you be, …

Scientists say all the world’s data can fit on a DNA hard drive the size of a teaspoon

Even though it’s looking increasingly likely that humanity will find a way to wipe itself off the face of the Earth, there’s a chance that our creative output may live on. Servers, hard drives, flash drives, and disks will degrade (as will our libraries of paper books, of course), but a group of …

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Lineup Should Boast Next-Gen Wireless Charging

Samsung is doing a series of teasers this year to hype up the launch of the next Galaxy S6 (or whatever it’s calling its 2016 flagship Android smartphone), and the latest details the tech and progress of wireless charging. In a post on Samsung’s official blog, the company’s lead engineer for IT and …

The original indie dev: How one man made 22 games in 22 years, mostly from his basement

Jeff Vogel’s been writing games, by himself, mostly in his basement, for longer than most people have been playing: 22 games in the past 22 years. The most recent, the role-playing game Avernum 2, just published last month.<p>His Spiderweb Software company name comes from a real spiderweb in that …

Microsoft is ready to unleash Xbox One apps

Microsoft is planning to open up its Xbox One apps platform in a big way this summer. While the software maker has remained consistently quiet around its timing for cross-platform (universal) apps running on its gaming console, sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell <i>The Verge</i> that the company …