Seth Vestal

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How Does Amazon's '3-D' Phone Work?


The next version of Android will enhance battery life, speed up apps

Several months ago, Google added an experimental runtime option to speed up apps in Android 4.4 KitKat. A runtime, for the record, supports the apps running on your device -- without it they'd be nothing but piles of useless code. Called ART (short for Android Runtime), that same mode will become …

Japan’s PM plans 2020 Robot Olympics

Shinzo Abe aims to stage a high-profile Robot Olympics alongside its 2020 summer games and treble the size of the nation’s robotics industry in a bid to revitalise the economy<p>Japan is hoping to stage a Robot Olympics in 2020 alongside the summer games which will be hosted in Tokyo.<p>Shinzo Abe, the …


Why Amazon's New Phone Will Probably Succeed

In the noisy world of media, journalists often resort to shouting in order to be heard. Sometimes that expresses itself in hasty and hyper-critical judgments. A recent example: the reaction to yesterday’s announcement of Amazon’s new Fire Phone. Check out reviews from the leading digeratti, and …

The Scribble Pen: Scans Colors, then Reproduces Them

Back in 2010 we showed you designer Jinsun Park's nifty Color Picker concept. The idea was that a magic marker would be loaded up with both a sensor …