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Airbus patents modular cabins that turn planes into trucks

Flying coach in commercial airliners is already a fairly miserable process, but it can seem like aircraft designers are bent on making the experience <i>even worse</i>. Manufacturer Airbus' latest patent, approved yesterday after it was applied for in 2013, proposes a modular cabin into which passengers …

Airbus

US testing an 'air traffic control system' for drones

The Guardian has gained access to the first tests of an experimental air traffic control system for drones that could open the skies to millions of low-flying unmanned aircraft.<p>On an isolated cattle ranch in rural North Carolina – and under the watchful eye of the Federal Aviation Administration …

Drones
Mobile

Here’s how much gold you get in the 18-karat Apple Watch Edition

Apple hasn’t yet announced prices for its 18-karat-gold Apple Watch Edition timepieces, but if you think the top-of-the-range wearable is going to cost anything under $5,000, you’ve got another thing coming.<p>Greg Koenig, co-founder of Luma Labs, recently performed a calculation to find out an …

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Automated Savings Startup Digit Opens Up To All

Digit, the startup that automatically saves cash for users, has been operating in a kind of invite-only beta over the last nine months or so. Thanks to a banking partnership with Wells Fargo, the service is now ready to open up to the public and allow anyone to sign up.<p>A couple of months ago I …

Personal Finance

Mapping the far side of the moon

Using its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, NASA has collated data to reveal what the other side of the moon looks like.<p>As the moon orbits the Earth, we only ever see the one side. This is because the moon is tidally locked -- a single rotation of its axis takes the same amount of time as a single …

Astronomy

Samsung’s troubles prove smart TVs are the dumbest tech purchase

The big problem with smart TVs isn’t that they interrupt your viewing with ads or listen to your private conversations like a horrible corporate-branded take on <i>Nineteen Eighty-Four’s</i> telescreens. It’s that they’re unnecessary. They’re the product of companies jostling to remain relevant and …

Samsung's next flagship phone will combine metal back with three-sided screen, says Bloomberg

Corroborating rumors and speculation ahead of the next Galaxy S release, Bloomberg today reports that Samsung's upcoming flagship Android smartphone will come in two variants, one of which will feature a dual curved-edge display. Both are said to have "all-metal bodies" and will apparently retain …

Phones

24 Historic Photos That'll Make You Want To Be An Astronaut

Featuring Buzz Aldrin taking the first selfie in space. And also a lot of American flags.

Samsung teases 'amazing' camera in new flagship phone

A month ago, I wrote about the iPhone's camera and how instrumental it is to many of the things that make that bestselling device so appealing. Today, Apple's most direct competitor, Samsung, has reiterated its long history of developing cameraphones and promised to deliver nothing less than "the …

Phones

Apple May Show Off More Than Watch at Next Event

Apple has a lot of explaining to do.<p>While the tech giant showed off the Apple Watch at its iPhone launch in October, the company has since held its cards close, revealing only minimal information about the wearable device.<p>And even though its now known that the device will begin shipping in April, …

MacBook Air

Beyond Pistorius: rise of 'cyberathletes' could change sport as we know it

<b>(CNN) —</b> Andy Lewis' dream died when he was 16. Just out of school, the Englishman had been accepted for an elite traineeship with the army when he was hit by a truck, which resulted in most of his left leg being amputated.<p>The available prosthetics were basic and uncomfortable, severely restricting …

Sling TV opens the floodgates, accepts sign-ups without invites

Image copyright Janko Roettgers / Gigaom.Sling TV, the online TV streaming service from Dish Networks, is now available to everyone: The service …

Televisions

OnePlus One smartphone is now on sale to everyone, but only on Tuesdays

OnePlus has made a lot of headlines over the past year for its first product, the OnePlus One smartphone, a premium-spec Android device that comes in at an affordable $299/$349 (16GB/64GB). The only problem is, it hasn’t been the easiest of devices to get a hold of, given the invite-only system it …

Apple, The Record Label?

You better believe that when Apple’s streaming music service comes out later this year, it’s going to come hard. Apple’s MO is to arrive late but with superior firepower, as it did with the iPhone and will with the upcoming Apple Watch. What does that mean for its quest to steamroll Spotify, Google …

Google Play

Samsung rejects concern over 'Orwellian' privacy policy

Users of Samsung’s Smart TV devices have raised concerns over the device’s privacy policy, which seems to suggest that they should not discuss any sensitive topics in their living room while the television is plugged in.<p>The warning relates to the product line’s voice recognition services, which …

Privacy

Google shares its plan to nab 80% of Microsoft's Office business

Flash forward to 2015, and the company has big plans to grab 80% of the users at Microsoft's biggest customers.<p>In 2005, "The whole industry looked at us like we were crazy," Rajen Sheth, a director of product management for Google's Enterprise team who worked on those early products, told us.<p>They …

Apps

Apple just defied a bunch of theories about business

<i>Apple’s most recent quarterly numbers broke all sorts of records and, as we shall see, a number of laws.</i><p>Apple just released its numbers for the quarter ending last December, the first quarter of its 2015 fiscal year. The figures are astonishing:<p><b>iPhones</b>: Apple sold 74.5 million, +57% over last …

Henry Blodget

A Map Of Every Patent Steve Jobs Touched

You might never be able to get inside the enigmatic Apple founder’s head, but this could be the next best thing.<p>People are always trying to put themselves into the head of Apple founder Steve Jobs, to figure out how he thought. Unfortunately, Jobs was pretty inscrutable, but here’s one fun way to …

Encryption

Best and Worst Dressed at the Grammys

American Express touts Apple Pay as ‘Next Evolution of Membership’ [video]

It’s no surprise that the three major card companies in the US have been taking advantage of being the first with Apple Pay out the door and that the majority of their latest ads and promotions have centered around the new payment service. The latest comes from American Express with a just released …

'Better Call Saul,' The Prequel To 'Breaking Bad,' Stands On Its Own

I'm guessing that the first thing fans of Vince Gilligan's <i>Breaking Bad</i> want to know is whether its AMC prequel series, <i>Better Call Saul</i>, premiering Sunday and Monday,is anywhere near as good as the original — which was TV at its very best. And I'm also guessing that people who haven't yet worked …

TV

Find your pals in a crowd with this flashing phone app

We've likely all been there: you're at a concert or some other crowded public space and maybe it's too loud to talk on the phone or you don't have cell reception to send a text. How're your friends supposed to find you? Well, if you use LookFor, all they'd have to, erm, look for, would be your …

US carriers make it (somewhat) easier to unlock your phone

If you've struggled with getting your carrier to unlock your phone so that you can easily travel abroad -- or, gasp, <i>switch providers</i> -- today is an important day. As promised, seven US networks (AT&T, Bluegrass Cellular, Cellcom, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular and Verizon) are now honoring a …

Hello, World! Flipboard Launches on the Web

We smile when we think of 2015 as the year of our <i>Web</i> launch, but it’s here: a beautiful version of Flipboard for the desktop and a major new frontier …

Social Media

Apple approves Kim Jong-un spoof Little Dictator after initial rejection

Apple has approved the release of mobile game Little Dictator on its App Store, weeks after initially rejecting the app due to its content spoofing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.<p>The game, developed by Built Games, is a Flappy Bird-inspired action title, with a cartoon Kim riding a missile through …

North Korea

Korean Air executive jailed over 'nut rage' incident

<b>Seoul, South Korea (CNN) —</b> It started with a first-class aviation executive throwing a fit on a flight over her nuts.<p>It ended Thursday with that former executive sentenced to jail for one year.<p>Heather Cho was working for Korean Air on December 5 when, as a first-class passenger on an international …

South Korea