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Roadtesting Google's new driverless car

As plans are unveiled to trial self-driving cars in Britain, The Telegraph takes one for a spin<p>“AUTODRIVING”, announces the friendly female voice from somewhere inside the car’s dashboard as we turn on the ignition.<p>This is not the satnav speaking, however, but our driver for today. Google calls her …

Tablets and smartphones may affect social and emotional development, scientists speculate

Journal commentary warns that using a tablet or smartphone to divert a child’s attention could be detrimental to “internal mechanisms of self-regulation”<p>Using a smartphone or iPad to pacify a toddler may impede their ability to learn self-regulation, according to researchers.<p>In a commentary for the …

Mobile Devices

Teenagers sleep less when they have more computer screen time says study

Investigation in Norway involving 10,000 teenagers showed more screen time means less rest and more difficulty getting to sleep<p>Parents have long suspected it, but now doctors have proof: the more time teenagers spend on computers or mobile phones, the less they sleep - especially if the gadget is …

Sleep

Tablet Shipments Fell 12% In Q4 2014, Its First Decline Ever, Says Canalys

As phablets become more popular, consumers are waiting longer to upgrade their tablets or eschewing them altogether. As a result, worldwide tablet shipments plunged 12 percent year-over-year to 67 million units in Q4 2014, which research firm Canalys says marks its first ever decline after several …

YouTube Is Testing “Choose Your Own Camera Angle” Videos

From live-streams to award shows, YouTube has tried various innovations to keep it at the top of the streaming video pile. Now Google’s video behemoth is looking to add another new idea to the mix: a “choose your view” feature that allows users to flip between multiple camera angles of particular …

Apple Watch Set to Include Third-Party Glucose Tracking App at Launch

Medical device manufacturer DexCom over the weekend announced the company is developing an app for the upcoming Apple Watch that will display all of a user's glucose and blood sugar-related health data on their wrist (via <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>).<p>The company, whose expertise lies in "continuous …

Apple Watch

This real-life cyborg has an antenna implanted into his skull

<b>Subscribe to BI: Tech on YouTube</b><p>Artist Neil Harbisson was born completely color blind and sees the world in grayscale. But even though Neil can't <i>see</i> color doesn't mean he can't <i>sense</i> it. That's because Neil Harbisson is a <b>cyborg</b> who can <i>hear</i> color.<p>In 2004, Neil convinced a doctor to implant into his …

Samsung swears its smart TVs aren't eavesdropping on you

Over the weekend, quite a few people panicked at the phrasing of Samsung's smart TV privacy policy. Its warning that third parties would get your sensitive spoken info conjured up images of Orwellian telescreens spying on their viewers. The reaction was largely paranoia (this was just a description …

Driverless cars set to roll out for trials on UK roads

The prototype driverless cars to be tested in the heart of four British cities are unveiled on Wednesday, with the government claiming the nation is uniquely placed to lead the development of the technology.<p>An autonomous shuttle traversing the North Greenwich plaza beside O₂ Arena will mark a small …

BAE Systems

Need a Reminder to Get Out of Your Seat? There's an Apple Watch for That

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced Tuesday that the company’s upcoming Apple Watch, which is shipping in April, incorporates a function to remind wearers …

Tim Cook hails Apple Watch health benefits: 'Sitting is the new cancer'

Chief executive talks up his smartwatch’s activity reminders as well as Apple Pay technology’s privacy policy in conference appearance<p>Apple chief executive Tim Cook has pitched health as one of the key selling points for his company’s upcoming Apple Watch smartwatch, including its hourly reminders …

Tim Cook

Facebook Wants To Help You Stop Posting Drunk Photos

Posting a red-faced, drooly-drunk picture of yourself on Facebook may seem like a good idea at 2 a.m., but the next day? Not so much.<p>Facebook apparently wants to help you avoid such embarrassment. The Facebook Artificial intelligence Research lab is working on a feature that would study any …

TV is over: Mobile has officially demoted TV to second-rung media status

About 26 percent of customers who call US cable TV companies request “internet only” service, according to a survey of those calls by mobile advertising technology company Marchex. Of those customers, at least 60 percent actually end up getting internet-only service, Marchex says.<p>The survey results …

13 revelations from the Sony hack

The Sony Pictures hack has exposed the inner workings of one of Hollywood's biggest studios.<p>Sony Pictures has had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad few weeks since November 24. That's when hackers broke in to its computer networks and leaked thousands of financial documents and emails …

Angelina Jolie

Amazon just surprised everyone with a crazy speaker that talks to you

It's called Echo, and it's shipping 'in the coming weeks'<p>Well this one came out of nowhere: Amazon is building a speaker that's controlled with your voice. It's called Echo, and Amazon tells <i>The Verge</i> it will be "shipping in the coming weeks." Available on an invite-only basis to start, Echo is …

Directing Digital Innovation at PepsiCo

To achieve this kind of innovation, PepsiCo has many R&D centers and centers of excellence around the world. Within the IT function, the Business and …

Breaking Through the Noise: Pharmaceutical Multichannel Marketing in a Digital World

Marketing

Motorola emphasizes design in circular smartwatch

NEW YORK (AP) — Motorola rolled out a circular smartwatch Friday, counting on a more traditional design to win over consumers who have so far shunned …

Nike+ Running App Announced for Samsung Gear S

Samsung appears to be on the right path with its new Samsung Gear S smartwatch. Not too long ago, the Korean company signed a deal with Nokia to …

Electronics Industry

How Will Millennials Face Their Parents' Aging? With Wearable Tech And Human Touch

In the past year my wife and I have moved my father from Missouri to Colorado, acted as amateur health assistants and social workers, found him the resources he needed to live as safely and independently as possible, all while both of us were in the middle of balancing work and graduate studies. It …

Data Overload: Is the 'Quantified Self' Really the Future?

Welcome to the age of the “quantified self,” the catchy term for using technology to track and analyze nearly everything someone does with the goal of self-improvement.<p>The tools: smartphones, smart wristbands, smart glasses and other brainy gadgets that log everything from calories consumed to …

Wearable Tech

This Smart Cooler is Now the Most Successful Kickstarter Project Ever

Experts say wearable technology is the next big thing, but now the people have spoken. And the people don’t want smartwatches — they want a cooler …

Sony to debut Smartwatch 3 and new SmartBand at IFA

IFA is almost here, with the first press events scheduled for September 3rd. While Sony’s event doesn’t actually happen until the 4th, we have a few new details about what to expect outside of the Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact and Z3 Tablet Compact. First up, a new report “from sources familiar with Sony’s …

Wear OS

Two months with Android Wear: the best smartwatches yet

A deluge of smartwatches is expected at the IFA electronics trade show in Berlin this week so three Guardian writers put the best of Google’s Android Wear to the test<p>Google’s software for smartwatches, Android Wear, will start appearing on a range of devices from various manufacturers this autumn, …

Digitimes says iWatch likely to launch in 2015, yet to reach PVT stage

Mirroring comments by Re/code last week, Digitimes adds some additional insight to the state of the iWatch production process. The report says that components of the mysterious device are ‘entering production’, but the unit as a whole is still at the engineer verification test stage. The EVT state …

Swatch Smartwatch Coming Next Summer

IFA kicks off this week, and smart watches are expected to be a bit thing at this years IFA, we have already seen new devices from Samsung and LG, we …

Epson dives into fitness wearables with heart and run trackers

How do you know when wrist-worn technology is officially a trend? When a brand best known for its <i>printers</i> gets in on the action. As promised, Epson is launching its first wrist-based wearables, and they're all about improving your fitness. Each line delivers a slight twist on a familiar formula. …

Apple’s ‘iWatch’ Reportedly at ‘Engineering Verification Test’ Stage, Components in Production

Apple’s ‘iWatch” has reportedly reached the “engineering verification test” (EVT) stage of development, and is likely to beginning shipping in 2015, …