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Analyst roulette picks 15.4 million Apple Watch sales for 2015

Even in the wake of an uber-popular device like the iPhone 6, which sold upward of 10 million units in its first weekend alone, it’s fascinating to see analysts hedging their bets when it comes to the Apple Watch. The spread of predictions from these professional prognosticators might as well have …

Bluetooth beacons are helping the blind navigate London's Tube

London's Underground network can feel like a maze for even the most seasoned traveller, especially at rush hour when you're packed in with hordes of disgruntled commuters. The problem is only amplified for blind and partially sighted people, but a combination of Bluetooth beacons and smartphone app …

With $45 Million In Funding, Augmented Reality Platform Blippar Is Rethinking Search

Blippar, an augmented reality ad platform that uses real-world tags to deliver extra AR content in offline situations, has raised $45 million in new funding from undisclosed investors. This comes on the heels of a big 2014 for UK-based Blippar, wherein the company made its first acquisition by …

Astronomers Have Been Seeing the Same Supernova Explode for 40 Years

Now, don't you tell me you don't remember me because I sure as heckfire remember you<p>Thanks to some light-bending optics, scientists have been experiencing a touch of <i>Groundhog Day</i> when they look out at the cosmos. The same supernova has been showing up over and over.<p>Located more than 9 billion light …

A 3D-Printed Car Inspired By The Leaf Of A Plant

German engineering firm EDAG took inspiration from the leaf of a plant for its 3D-printed Light Cocoon concept car, which debuts at the Geneva Motor Show, open to the public through March 15.<p>Rather than printing the entire body shell of the vehicle out of a rigid composite material, as startup …

Auto Shows

Transparency, immediacy and productivity: How IoT will rock your biz

The internet of things when applied to enterprises will take a lot of people out of business, will reduce the profitability of a lot of businesses …

Internet of Things

Patent details Google’s ideas for smart home doorknobs, doorbells, wall switches, and more

Google clearly has big ambitions for its Internet-connected Nest and Dropcam hardware. A new patent shows how these gadgets — and a host of other devices — could be tied together into the smart home of the future.<p>In September 2014, eight months after Google acquired Nest for $3.2 billion and three …

Home Automation

App Search Engine Quixey Confirms $60 Million Round

Quixey, which offers search technology for finding apps, announced a $60 million funding round Friday. <b>Re/code</b> reported details of the round in February, and Quixey confirmed that the investor list includes Alibaba, SoftBank, Goldman Sachs and GGV Capital. Quixey didn’t disclose a valuation in its …

Apps

The gizmo recreating smells in VR looks like a nightmare

Modern virtual reality is pretty adept at tricking your brain into thinking what you're seeing is real, so it seems natural that someone'd try to further that by adding your schnoz to the mix. The guilty party is Feelreal, and it's developed a battery-powered Bluetooth add-on for the Oculus Rift …

Firefox Hello to allow screen sharing on video calls

Mozilla's Skype-like in-browser service, Firefox Hello, is on the verge of evolving into something far more exciting. In a few weeks Firefox Hello …

The secret your cellphone company doesn't want you to know

Recently, AT&T surprised everyone when it added a new option to its GigaPower fiber Internet service: privacy. Yes, for just $29 more a month, AT&T promises it WON'T sell your search and browsing history to advertisers. How generous.<p>While there's still some doubt about how private your information …

Robotic glove and games help patients regain control of their hands

What's the best way for stroke patients to gain back full control of their hands and arms? If you ask this particular team of University at Hertfordshire researchers, they'll tell you it's with the help of a robotic glove called SCRIPT or Supervised Care and Rehabilitation Involving Personal …

The EU could introduce tough new restrictions on drone ownership

The BBC reports that new measures are being considere d to control how drones are sold, owned and flown within Europe.<p>One of the proposals is that anyone who owns a drone would have to register it online, so that it's possible to monitor what drones are being flown in Europe.<p>There are a group of …

Photobucket Raises $3.6 Million, Plans To Acquire A Mobile Photo-Sharing App

Denver-based Photobucket, one of the web’s older brands which offers a photo and video-sharing service online and on mobile, has closed on $3.6 million in new funding, an SEC filing reveals and the company confirms. The additional capital is part of a larger, still-in-progress round, which sees the …

Goodyear's new concept tires can help power your electric car

Tires are key to the comfort and performance of your ride, but one day they might help power it, too. Goodyear unveiled a new concept tire at the Geneva International Auto Show this week that can convert the heat it accumulates into energy that can power an electric car.<p>The tire is called the BH03, …

How the internet of things will power the Intelligence Age

We’re currently shifting from the Information Age to the Intelligence Age. The Intelligence Age will be characterized by autonomous communication …

Internet of Things

Public cloud providers’ end game shouldn’t surprise anyone

Image copyright Jon Le-Bon / Shutterstock.com.In the beginning, public cloud was the only choice. If you had an existing environment on-premise, …

Activism

HTC One M9 preview, Nintendo's indie relationships and other stories you might've missed!

Saturday is here and it's a great time to catch up on all the stories you might have missed this week. We take a look at the recently announced HTC One M9, meet Samsung's Galaxy S6 and S6 edge and dig into Nintendo's complicated relationship with indie game makers. All that and more can be found …

Hands on with the HTC Valve Vive virtual reality headset

Image copyright Signe Brewster.When people put on a virtual reality headset for the first time, they almost always try to do two things: look at …

Virtual Reality

What makes Samsung's mobile VR consumer-ready? Marketing

A consumer release is en route for Gear VR. Hey, alright! If you've been paying attention, you might realize the problem with that first sentence, though. Think for a few minutes, I'll be here. Give up? Well, here's the answer: Unlike Oculus' still-in-prototype Rift headset, you can go to Best …

Self-driving vehicles and robotic clerks could take your job in 20 years

It's no secret that computers and robots have been putting people out of work in recent years, but that trend is about to accelerate... at least, if you ask the computers themselves. A machine learning algorithm from Oxford University has sifted through US Bureau of Statistics data and believes …

Social Media Doesn't Make Life Better, Growing Numbers Of Chinese Say

While more and more people in China are embracing the Internet, a growing number of people feel that social media is ripping them away from other, more important, things in life.<p>The Kantar China Social Media Impact Report revealed that the number of people who said that social media had made their …

Public Relations

Solar Impulse 2 will begin its around-the-world flight on Monday

The solar-powered airplane will launch from Abu Dhabi<p>The Swiss-engineered airplane Solar Impulse 2 will begin its solar-powered flight around the world on Monday. If weather permits, the plane will launch from Abu Dhabi early in the morning. The plane was scheduled to launch earlier this month, but …

CIA puts the digital revolution at the core of its mission

As part of a major restructuring, the storied US spy outfit creates a new directorate devoted to keeping the agency relevant in the Internet era.<p>Every Silicon Valleyite's favorite buzzword -- <i>innovation</i> -- has been picked up by the CIA.<p>The Central Intelligence Agency announced Friday that it's …

New Mobile Software Allows Fans To Digitally Pay For Stadium Parking

The concept of EZPass has dramatically reduced traffic jams on the highways eliminating the need for toll-takers. A major hassle in attending any large sporting event is waiting in long lines to pay for parking. One arena is using new technology to alleviate this problem.<p>Last week American Airlines …

American Airlines

Tech Q&A: Finding classmates, passwords, free security cams and more

<b>Find a long-lost classmate</b><p><b>Q.</b> I'm organizing a *cough*-year reunion, and I'm trying to track down a few old schoolmates of mine from way back. I tried Facebook, but came up empty. Where else can I look?<p><b>A.</b> Even with 1.3 billion users, Facebook isn't always the best place to hunt down people, …

On Eve Of Apple Watch Launch, History On Apple’s Side

Apple has a wee announcement tomorrow. Perhaps you’ve heard. It’s called The Apple Watch, and tomorrow’s the big day. Naturally in the days before the launch, as with past device debuts, we are hearing a range of predictions about how it will flop, be wildly successful and everything in between.<p>In …

Blendtec Connect adds Bluetooth smarts into the mix

Yep, it'll blend -- and now it has an app, too.<p>CHICAGO -- Blendtec unveiled its new Connect Food Preparation System today here at the International Home and Housewares Show. The system syncs a blender, mixer and scale with a free smartphone app over Bluetooth. Select from one of the app's hundreds …

Kitchens

Banks respond to fraud with improved verification for Apple Pay

Reports of thieves using stolen payment info with Apple Pay surfaced earlier this week, and banks are already stepping up security measures. In fact, the culprits used the software to employ credit card details stolen during Target's massive breach in 2013. <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> reports that those …