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9 Crazy Body Hacks That Give You Superhuman Powers

But don't try these at home. Seriously.<p>Gamers often perform repetitive tasks to improve their character’s skill set, gain rewards, and advance to new levels. The process is known as grinding: Now, an underground movement has taken up that expression, calling themselves grinders, and they’re trying …

Sphero BB-8 Android app updated with voice command capabilities

Did you get yourself a nifty Sphero BB-8 Star Wars droid? The app-controlled spherical robot is about the coolest tech toy we have seen hit the market in a long time. And using your phone to move the android around is only the basic feature; this thing is smarter than one would imagine. One of its …

Android News

Doppler Labs just raised $17 million to create earbuds that don't play music but let you customize how the world sounds around you — and we gave them a listen

Doppler Labs isn't interested in blocking out all natural noise and pumping prerecorded sound into your ears. The team wants to <i>change</i> the sounds that are coming in. It wants you to customize your sonic world in exactly the way you want.<p>Imagine being able to turn up the bass at a concert, or reduce …

Music Production

iPhone’s M7 motion processor to integrate with Maps as Apple develops indoor mapping, public transit

Besides the main 64-bit A7 processor in the new iPhone 5s, Apple has included a dedicated motion co-processor called the M7. The chip powers many of the sensor technologies in the iPhone, such as the accelerometer, compass, and gyroscope in order to move the weight off of those technologies from …

Venturocket Grabs $700K To Kill Resume Spam, Build A Better “Pay-Per-Connection” Jobs Marketplace

With the war for talent alive and well and jobs sites continuing to leave more than a little to be desired, San Francisco-based Venturocket is announcing today that it has raised $700K in Series A financing for its unique spin on matching job seekers with the most relevant opportunities. The round …

Xbox One to let gamers scan download codes using Kinect

Many console gamers know the drudgery of entering a download code with a gamepad or keyboard. Now that Kinect is part and parcel of the Xbox One experience, however, they'll always get to skip that step: Microsoft's Marc Whitten has revealed that system owners can scan the codes with the Kinect …

Destiny preview: Bungie says Halo, goodbye with their new blockbuster

Seven years in the making, but developer Bungie is only just beginning to reveal some the shape and detail of its forthcoming blockbuster Destiny. …

Playing 'Battlefield 4': no, you can't blow everything up

"Absolutely nothing compares to the sheer scale and scope of <i>Battlefield 4</i>," touts the game's official website. "Your actions physically change the battlefield in real-time, providing interactive game environments that react to your every move." If only that were the case.<p>At E3 2013, Electronic Arts …

Is computing speed set to make a quantum leap?

Our imagination is stretched to the utmost," wrote Richard Feynman, the greatest physicist of his day, "not, as in fiction, to imagine things which …

Sony Xperia ZR announced, allows underwater photography down to five feet of depth (video)

Sony's ratcheted up its water-resistant device tech a notch with the launch of the Xperia ZR, a new 4.6-inch, 720p Android smartphone that's waterproof to 1.5 meters (5 feet). Sony boasts that its new device will let you film your snorkeling adventures in full HD quality, with HDR in both video or …

Google smartwatch is real, Gmail and Maps updates incoming

Leading into I/O, lots of information gets tossed around. Some of it is complete nonsense, later unearthed to be so. Some is solid information, and questioned thoroughly before being vetted as accurate.<p><i>Android Authority</i> has recently spoken with sources close to Google regarding some of what is in …

Sony's break-apart DualShock controller brought to life, coming to Kickstarter

Mad Genius Controllers believes it can make Sony's idea of a break-apart DualShock controller a reality with its new splittable motion controller prototype. The Mad Genius Motion Capture System mimics an Xbox 360 controller in its current form, but is able to bring motion control and tracking to …

Meet Zact, a Shareable Cellphone Service That Changes on the Fly

The major carriers have taken baby steps in giving users more control over their data plan. With AT&T and Verizon, for example, users can share a …

4G LTE

Samsung next gen 5G wireless service hits 1 Gbps in testing

Samsung Electronics has announced that it has been testing next-generation 5G wireless service in one of its in-house testing centers. Samsung …

Streaming Media

Windows Azure Opens Active Directory For General Availability As Identity Battle Heats Up

Microsoft has opened its Active Directory (AD) to general availability on Windows Azure, giving developers access to the single-sign-on service for access to the suite of Microsoft services, third-party apps and SaaS providers.<p>Active Directory is the long-time single point of access to Microsoft …

Bank of America launches ATMs with Teller Assist, brings video chat to cash machines

Bank of America is bringing live video conferencing to its ATMs, a move it says will allow customers to speak with tellers beyond normal business hours and conduct advanced transactions normally not possible from the cash machines. ATMs with Teller Assist will be installed at banking centers (both …

Applied Micro’s cloud chip is an ARM-based, switch-killing machine

Applied Micro Circuits (s amcc), a chip firm that designs silicon parts for the computing and networking world, has spent the last three years making …

Eizo remote displays connect to computers over the LAN

Eizo is a company that has been making high-end displays for computer users for a number of years. The company is particularly well known for its …

Asus rolls out new P9X79-E WS mainboard with support for four-way graphics

Asus has announced a new motherboard that gamers and computer enthusiast’s building up a high-end PC will certainly lust over. The new motherboard is …

Computer Hardware

Amazon files patent for wirelessly powered “remote displays”

A patent filed by Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos, and Amazon’s Vice President, Greg Hart, shows that Amazon may be launching a new, and different series of …

Rechargeable Batteries

Need Juice? This Phone Charger Fits In Your Wallet

<b>The Pitch:</b> The ChargeCard is a super-slim USB phone charger that can fit in a wallet as easy as a credit card. The product was funded on Kickstarter, and was recently sold on the shopping site Grand St.<p><b>The Verdict:</b> Few phones have the juice to last through an entire day of even moderate usage. In …

The Dash Car Dongle Wants To Make You A Better Driver By Syncing With Your iPhone

This embed is invalid<p>I love my tiny little Mazda, but I’ll be honest — I still don’t completely understand how it <i>works</i>. That’s never really bothered me before (I’d much rather geek out over a phone or something) but a Kickstarter project from a small team in Boston has me itching to pay more …

China’s internet is better than yours

A new paper shines some light on the “next generation internet” China is building—and it’s far ahead of anything any other country has at the moment. The improvements aren’t just superficial faster broadband fluff either. They are deeply important changes to the very backbone of the system.<p>The …

Internet