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Why You Love Cute Things

Cuteness is a powerful commodity. Here’s why you cannot resist the squee.<p>It’s safe to say that most of the cutest things ever to happen have involved babies, or animals, or preferably baby animals. Tiny living beings, in other words. Or sometimes the tiny hats and knit sweaters and friggin adorable …

London to Manchester air race, 1910 - a picture from the past

This shaky image, taken for Flight magazine, depicts the treacherous nature of Louis Paulhan's bid to win the first cross-country air race in 1910. The French aviator beat his opponent, the British pilot Claude Grahame-White, to claim the £10,000 prize offered by the Daily Mail newspaper

Nod Gesture Control Ring Is Designed For Continual Wear, Starts Selling Today For $149

Gesture control devices are a big new area of interest among hardware startups, and a Bluetooth-enabled ring that makes it possible to control connected devices with a wave of your hand is nothing new. But the Nod is different from many of the other solutions out there we’ve seen, in that it’s …

Oculus Rift experiment warps reality by slowing down your vision

Virtual reality headsets are usually used to transport their wearer someplace fantastic, but a new experiment with the Oculus Rift has it doing something a bit more disorienting: warping reality by keeping its wearer's vision a moment in the past. The so-called experiment, which was filmed as an ad …

Lunecase: Notifications on the Back of your iPhone

When using phones, we mostly pay attention to the front side of the gadget where the screen is, while its rear isn’t usually considered to be of any importance. Ukraine-based startup Concepter, known for its crowdfunded smartphone flash iblazr, has decided to put the back of your iPhone to use by …

Mobile and monetization: What to expect at Facebook’s F8 2014

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Flickr/Paz.ca<p>Believe it or not, it’s been three years since Facebook (s fb) last held its developers’ conference, F8. …

Vice's Tim Pool Launches Tagg.ly Watermarking App

How do you retain credit for photos and videos you share on the fly? Well, when you’re a journalist whose handiwork may be retweeted by hundreds of people in seconds, you launch your own insta-watermarking app.<p>Vice’s Tim Pool, who’s renowned for his mobile- and wearables-based reporting, has …

Scio: This device tells you the chemical makeup of your food, drinks, and pills

Consumer Physics is unveiling its Scio handheld sensor, which can scan food, pills, or plants and tell you the chemical makeup of the object. It delivers those results wirelessly in real-time to the user’s smartphone.<p>Once the device ships later this year, you’ll be able to use it to decipher the …