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Samsung's new wireless headphones are a worthy contender

Last summer, I spent some time getting to know the first four entries in Samsung's "Level" audio line. There's a new item this year, though: a wireless version of the original Level On headphones. In case you missed the first roundup, this model is an on-ear option, and it ended up being my …

Miito Deconstructs The Kettle To Save Energy

Europeans love little better than a nice cup of tea. Which means an awful lot of water is being boiled daily — only a portion of which is actually necessary, given most people aren’t fastidious enough to boil only the quantity of liquid they actually need to fill their cup or teapot.<p>Part of this …

Tea

The Big Picture: Say hello to NASA's 'nastiest' star

NASA's "Nasty 1" isn't like other stars. Bigger than our Sun but barely older than humanity itself, this unusual celestial body sits just about 3,000 light years away from Earth. And while it's certainly similar to other Wolf-Rayet stars, which are identifiable by their lack of an outer …

Boostcase For iPhone 6 Review: Modular Power Helps Save Face

The iPhone 6 charging cases are arriving, and Boostcase has returned with its modular design, offering additional battery life when you want it, and a slim protective shell when you don’t. It’s a clever take on the usual static bulky mass, and it does what it promises to, extending your device’s …

Gear & Gadgets

CyClip is an Apple Watch bike handlebar mount arriving April 30th

An upcoming product called CyClip will act as a bicycle handlebar mount for the Apple Watch. Currently in development by a company called Var out of Michigan, the team plans to launch the product shortly after Apple launches the Apple Watch in April.<p><i>CyClip provides a simple and elegant solution to</i> …

Heads-up: Apple will pull Aperture once Photos arrives

If you're determined to snag Aperture before Apple rides it into the sunset, you'd better do it quickly. Cupertino is now warning photo editing mavens that it's pulling Aperture from the Mac App Store once Photos is available this spring. You should still have the option of restoring your Aperture …

This crazy kettle heats only the water you need

To cut down on electricity wastage from boiling too much water, the Miito uses induction technology to heat water right in the cup.<p>A 2013 report found, in the UK alone, £68 million was being wasted every year from one single factor: overfilling kettles. That is the cost of electricity used to boil …

InterAct

Tesla knocks on Apple's door when it wants new employees

From strong leadership to disruptive products, there's a lot of corporate DNA shared by Apple and Tesla. It turns out, however, there's also a lot of <i>actual</i> DNA shared as well. A <i>Bloomberg</i> report on Tesla's hiring practices says the carmaker poaches more employees from Apple than it does from any …

Tesla

Laser light headphones pulse to your heartbeat

Gallery: Laser light headphones pulse to your heartbeat<p>Gallery: Laser light headphones pulse to your heartbeat<p>+ 2<p>+ 1<p>These Tron-like headphones aren't …

Consumer Tech

RANKED: The best smartphones in the world

Here's a look at the best smartphones you can buy today.<p><i>We update this list approximately once a month. Our rankings are based on a variety of factors including design, software and hardware features, content selection, carrier availability, and price. We only consider phones that are available in</i> …

Phones

Watch what happens when iPhone 6 meets a bath of hot ice

One day someone is going to come along and write a paper on the psychology of tech fans who will queue up for hours to get the latest smartphone, and then log onto the Internet to watch it getting destroyed. When they do, at least several chapters will be dedicated to Ukrainian YouTuber TechRax, …

Why You're Less Likely to Die in a Car Than Ever Before

The chances of dying in a car crash in a new vehicle have declined dramatically in recent years to their lowest point ever, according to a new study …

Driverless Cars

TI's super-slim graphing calculator shows that math can be stylish

Who said that graphing calculators were dead in the smartphone era? Certainly not Texas Instruments -- if anything, it's showing that there's still plenty of life left in dedicated math machines. Its new TI-84 Plus CE is 30 percent thinner and 30 percent lighter than the regular Plus, making for a …

KGI: Apple likely to sell stylus accessory alongside 12-inch ‘iPad Pro’

According to a new report by KGI, Apple will soon introduce a stylus accessory for its iPad products, targeted at the expected (but still officially unconfirmed) larger-screened ~12 inch iPad Pro. Both products are quoted for release sometime this year, with KGI most recently quoting a Q2 launch …

Google Sheets now lets you add logos and images to headers

Google wants to help make your spreadsheets a little prettier: you can now add graphics such as logos or branding to the header section in Google Sheets.<p>Now, instead of simple boring text, you can select your header cell, go to the ‘Insert’ menu, and select ‘Image’. The new graphic will be added in …

Is the solar panel & battery combo ready to change energy markets?

Advertisement<p>38 Comments<p>Credit: Jon Callas/Flickr<p>The big idea right now for solar and batteries is this: put solar panels on your roof, a battery in …

BodyGuardz uses an aluminum bezel to tackle the iPhone 6 screen protector problem

The gently curved glass edges of the iPhone 6/Plus screens feel absolutely luxurious but are a nightmare for screen protector companies. Compounding this issue is the fact that rigid tempered glass is now the preferred material for iPhone screen protection.<p>Some companies have taken a stab at …

Why 2015 Will Be One Second Longer Than 2014

How will you spend it?<p>You won't get an extra full day added to your year until February 29, 2016. But this year we at least get to have a leap second.<p>The reason is that Earth's rotation isn't a perfect 24 hours thanks to some fluctuations from tidal effects and changes under the surface that …

Here's the Dream Yacht Designed for Steve Jobs

The 256-foot yacht Venus was designed by the famed Philippe Starck.<p>What, you thought it'd be black like a cheap PC?<p>This gleaming white yacht is the <i>Venus</i>, imagined by French designer Philippe Starck for Apple's Steve Jobs. The tech titan died before the yacht could be completed. <i>Venus</i> now owned by …

Apple’s next major Mac revealed: the radically new 12-inch MacBook Air

Apple is preparing an all-new MacBook Air for 2015 with a radically new design that jettisons standards such as full-sized USB ports, MagSafe connectors, and SD card slots in favor of a markedly thinner and lighter body with a higher-resolution display. Sources within Apple, who have used internal …

Ericsson unleashes LTE over the Wi-Fi airwaves

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Gigaom / Kevin Fitchard<p>Carriers are constantly on the hunt for more 4G spectrum, but the airwaves they need may be …

Telecoms

In Norway, A New Model For Zero-Energy Housing

Snohetta’s carbon-neutral model home looks like it’s been tipped up for a quick vacuum underneath. Could it be replicated elsewhere?<p>The building industry is one of the world’s biggest polluters. About half of the U.K.’s carbon dioxide emissions come from the construction and operation of buildings; …

Architecture

What improvements do you hope to see in high-end audio in 2015?

The Audiophiliac shares his wishlist for this year.<p>Let me just dispel any notions that in the space of one year we're going to get a better sounding music format, the end to the Loudness Wars, or a decent sounding Bluetooth speaker. I'm thinking about things that <i>might</i> actually happen, not fantasy …

Audiophile

The 7 Hottest Trends We'll See at This Year's CES

When I attended my first Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in 1976, I was in my mid-20s, new to the tech scene and highly impressionable. When I …

Bill Gates

Watch This Drone Helicopter Take Off At Sea

Unmanned and unafraid<p>The Fire Scout C’s smooth, gray body is a mockery of helicopter form. Where there should be windows, there are bulbous gray surfaces; where there should be pilots, there are only computer racks; and where there should be the nervous sweat that comes with taking off at sea, …

Montblanc has an 'e-Strap' to make its luxury watches smarter

Smartwatches continue to grow in popularity, but if you prefer a high-end mechanical timepiece instead, Montblanc has a way to still get the tech, too. <i>A Blog to Watch</i> reports the luxury watchmaker announced an optional e-Strap that'll equip its Timewalker Urban Speed Collection. The add-on brings …

The Jaquet Droz Signing Machine Signs Papers Mechanically So You Don’t Have To

This embed is invalid<p>High above a scorched Earth, in a sleek yacht tethered to the tip of the Terra Two spindle, Chancellor Herman Worthy was doing paperwork. His cleaner bots were all asleep and his assistant, a lithe android build to look like a long-dead 2000s era actress, was in her charging …

Your Smart Home Starts at the Door.

Be Sure It’s Locked<p>Only August comes with DoorSense™ and Auto-Lock technologies, so that you’ll know your door is both closed and locked.<p>Our Features …

Apple unveils the iPhone 5s, its “most forward-thinking phone yet”

Advertisement<p>11 Comments<p>Credit: Apple<p>After months of rumors and speculation, Apple(s aapl) on Tuesday took the wraps off of two new smartphones, the …

Sony's next 4K projector will be merely expensive, not outrageous

Sony has just announced the VPL-VW500ES 4K projector at IFA 2013 in Berlin, and though it didn't name a price, said it'll be much cheaper than its first 4K projector. Before you start re-arranging your theater room, though, the original VPL-VW1000ES cost a cool $25,000, so "cheaper" might be a …