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The other thing Holland has legalized: carrier-free SIM cards

When it comes to tolerating things that other countries deem illegal, Holland's got previous experience, but this time the nation has approved something that doesn't just benefit glaucoma sufferers. The country has ratified the use of blank SIM cards that aren't tied to a carrier, and can instead …

MIT's bionic plants could be used as energy factories and sensors

In many ways, plants are ideal technology hosts -- they're outdoor-friendly, self-healing and pollution-free. It only makes sense, then, that MIT scientists want to harness that potential by augmenting our leafy friends with nanotechnology. The researchers have found that injecting nanoparticles …

LINE's internet calling service goes live on Android, starting at 2 cents per minute

If you've been waiting to give LINE's Call service a try, now's your chance -- so long as you live in the right country, anyway. Those using LINE's Android app in Colombia, Japan, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, Spain, Thailand and the US can dial most any phone number at rates that might well beat …

The legal turbulence hindering drones in the UK

It is easy to be mesmerised by the footage of the floods shot by the drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), of the major news organisations. The …

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Foreign leaders visiting the United States can fill their itineraries from a long list of fabulous destinations to conduct international diplomacy. Scenic mountains, balmy beaches, and a certain city that never sleeps would seem like top contenders. But instead, presidents and prime ministers from …

Pop-up gaming: 'Tengami' mixes art and play on your iPad

Three people have spent the past three years building a video game that works like a pop-up book.<p>Launching today for iPad, <i>Tengami</i> is a beautiful adventure that looks like a cross between a children's pop-up book and Japanese origami. And that theme doesn’t just extend to the way the game looks, but …

New Google WiFi app could automatically log you into Starbucks and other private hotspots

Google is working on a new WiFi app that could take a lot of the drudgery out of accessing wireless hotspots. According to our sources, the search giant has built Android and iOS versions of an app that automatically authenticate and connect to its free hotspots inside Starbucks stores or wherever …

Microsoft’s Cortana On Windows 8.1 Said To Resemble Siri, Replace Bing System Search

Microsoft has a new virtual assistant, and it’s a hybrid of Siri and Google Now, with some artificial affect thrown in for good measure. The Verge’s Tom Warren dishes on the upcoming feature of Windows 8.1, describing Cortana, the digital aide in question named after an AI character from the Halo …

Dell joins alliance to bring wireless charging to laptops

Wireless charging for laptops is now in the works at one of the top competing standards. The Alliance for Wireless Power has just added Dell as one of its members, and it's announcing today a new wireless charging initiative to begin powering larger products, including laptops and some appliances. …

All jacked in and nothing to play: chasing the perfect VR game

A little over a year after appearing on Kickstarter, Oculus has turned the far-fetched ‘90s science fiction of virtual reality into a wildly successful prototype device: the Oculus Rift. As of this writing, you can snipe enemies in virtual reality with <i>Team Fortress 2</i>. You can hack imaginary …

Virtual reality check: why controllers haven't caught up to the Oculus Rift

When you put on the Oculus Rift, a virtual-reality headset, it feels like you're in another world. You can turn your head in any direction and see things that don't exist as if they were right in front of you. But the moment is short-lived. As soon as you try to move your hands, feet, or body, the …

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PC space sim Star Citizen reaches $35 million in funding

Chris Roberts' upcoming PC space sim Star Citizen has soared to yet another funding milestone. The most successful crowdfunded project in history recently reached $35 million, which Roberts called a "monumental achievement" and one that may alter the way games are funded and produced in the …

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