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Hand 'exoglove' lets you touch a virtual world

A Chinese robotics company claims to have invented an "exoglove" that provides force feedback to let you touch and feel digital objects.<p>For a virtual world to be truly immersive, it would ideally include a full sensory experience, not just the eyes-and-ears experience offered by a VR headset. …

Robotics

Stay connected without a connection?

Meet the tools that let you transfer files and send messages on your smartphone without the Internet.<p>It's hard to imagine being without an Internet connection while we're constantly surrounded by 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi connectivity. But in poverty-stricken countries, using a smartphone without an …

Apps

Done Deal: Samsung acquires SmartThings

Last month, reports were suggesting that Samsung was interested in purchasing home automation start-up SmartThings. Now Samsung has announced that it has entered an agreement to complete the deal.<p>SmartThings was founded back in 2012 and started out as a Kickstarter campaign. Since then, the …

Home Automation

Microsoft Research project turns a smartphone camera into a cheap Kinect

Microsoft's been awfully busy at this year's SIGGRAPH conference: embers of the company's research division have already illustrated how they can interpret speech based on the vibrations of a potato chip bag and turn shaky camera footage into an experience that feels like flying. Look at the list …

IBM Builds A Scalable Computer Chip Inspired By The Human Brain

“I’m holding in my hand a chip with one million neurons, 256 million synapses, and 4096 cores. With 5.4 billion transistors, it’s the largest chip IBM has built.”<p>Dr. Dharmendra S. Modha sounds positively giddy as he talks to me on the phone. This is the third time I’ve talked to him about his …

Yo now has some features

Profiles, hashtags, and a list of things you can actually do<p>Yo, the minimalist messaging app that sends nothing but "Yo" alerts to your friends, has launched its first major update for iOS. How do you improve on an app that does nearly nothing? Well, in version 1.1 you're now able to edit your own …

ThinkPower claims to be world's fastest battery pack

Hey look, another mobile power pack to keep our devices juiced up on the go. If you were to stop reading there, you would be missing out on why ThinkPower is in a league of its own and worth looking at.<p>ThinkPower is a new Kickstarter project for a mobile power pack, this pack is rated for 10,000mAh …

Gear & Gadgets

CyberLightning Raises $4.2M To Bring 3D Interface To Industrial ‘Internet Of Things’ Monitoring

When you think about the Internet of Things (IoT) you likely think of consumer hardware products like smart thermostats, Wi-Fi lightbulbs or quantified self gadgets, such as various fitness trackers and other gizmos. CyberLightning, however, is an IoT startup of a different kind. It offers a …

How to Make Battery Power More Powerful

The lithium-ion batteries powering our lives are in need of a major innovation—or a full-on replacement. But decades of research have produced few viable solutions. Until now.<p><b>At first Amy Prieto didn't know what she was</b> looking at. The video on the laptop screen showed a pair of hands attaching a …

MacTrast Deals: TuneUp – Clean & Organize Your iTunes Music Collection

If you’re like me, your iTunes music collection is a sad mess. It’s amazing how many groups recorded a song called “Track 1”, isn’t it? Today’s …

Chrome now lets you see some websites when you're offline

Ever been knocked offline right before you get to read a story on the web? If Google has its way, you won't be left high and dry in these situations for much longer. The company has posted a test release of its Chrome browser that include a "show saved copy" button on the connection error page. …

ViaSat adds 'virtually unlimited' Freedom satellite internet plan for $70 per month

It didn't happen overnight, but ViaSat's finally on its way to transforming the satellite internet space, be it through speedy in-flight WiFi on JetBlue and United or the Exede residential service. That latter product, while the fastest internet option for customers without access to cable or …

Google launches a teaching tool to help schools ditch paper

Google's itching to get Chromebooks into classrooms (and it's doing a pretty good job too), but the search giant just went full steam ahead with another product meant to help it shape the school experience. It's called (unsurprisingly) Classroom, and the free service is finally ready for …

iOS is losing enterprise marketshare, but Android still can't beat it

While the Android platform is #1 in the consumer market (and the world), some would say you haven’t won unless you can take over enterprise. This is a market Android hasn’t been able to successfully penetrate without getting some classic fighting from the competition. Once BlackBerry’s territory, …

Beat It

Change This iPhone Setting To Stop Closed Apps From Tracking Your Location

Foursquare users who play hooky from work to go see a movie may not “check in” for fear of colleagues seeing their whereabouts, but the app still knows they’re there. Last week, the Wall Street Journal confirmed an earlier report that Foursquare “tracks your every movement, even when the app is …

Twitter Launches Data Visualization Tool for Its Everyday Moments in the UK

Twitter has launched a tool for brands and advertisers in the UK that makes use of its collated ‘Everyday Moments’ data to show exactly how often, where and when people interact when talking about certain topics.<p>For example, you might want to check out the UK’s ongoing war between tea and coffee …

Establishing Credibility and Transparency in a Rigid Industry

<i>Jure Doler is CMO and co-founder of Fieldoo, the world’s largest football (soccer) network, connecting over 150,000 players, agents and clubs.</i><p>Football (or soccer, as some of you may know it) is one of the most powerful global industries. Football transfers in particular are growing year by year, …

Encouraging Girls to Embrace Tech, No Matter Where They Live (Video)

The State Department's “Tech Girls” program educates girls from the Middle East and North Africa.<p>Waad “Dede” Krishan is probably having a better summer than you.<p>The bubbly 16-year-old Jordanian is on a free, three-week trip to the United States (“It’s my first travel ever!”) where she’s making new …

Amazon's Big Indian Rival Is Proof That Mobile Shopping Is Taking Over

Snapdeal says 60 percent of its transactions now occur on mobile phones.<p>What a difference a year can make.<p>When I sat down last May with Kunal Bahl, the CEO of the fast-growing Indian shopping site Snapdeal, his company was on track for about $400 million in gross sales, with only five percent being …

OneNote Online Gets People Presence, Improved Syncing

Microsoft today updated OneNote Online, its service for collaborating on shared notebooks across OneDrive and Office 365, with improvements to the co-authoring experience. Since this is a service, the changes are live now over at Office Online.<p>First up, there is a new “People Presence” feature that …

Famo.us raises $25M to double down on its innovative JavaScript framework

The promise of HTML5 was to bring smooth dynamic graphics and new rich content features to all browsers and devices. But that promise has gone largely unmet, and, on mobile devices, we are still living very much in a native app world.<p>Now, a San Francisco-based company called Famo.us has gone all-in …

Programming Startup Famo.us Gets $25 Million to Make JavaScript More Famous

Can the platform make the programming language cool and app development accessible?<p>Famo.us, an unusual programming startup that allows users to make nifty mobile apps using JavaScript, has raised $25 million in additional funding and added high-profile investor Jerry Murdock to its board.<p>The new …

How to Create Better App Icons, 6 Tips from Apple.

This is a guest post by Martin LeBlanc, the founder of IconFinder, a search engine for icons. You can follow him on twitter here<p>Shortly after the WWDC event in San Francisco in June, a plethora of iOS7 resources became available on the web. Throughout the hundreds of sessions, speakers and …

Vint Launches Mobile Apps for Its On-demand Fitness Trainer Platform

If you’ve always wanted a personal trainer but found the expense a little off-putting and lack the motivation to keep working out on your own, then help may be at hand in the form of Vint’s new mobile apps for iOS and Android, which promise to make finding a local training session a …

Apple talked enterprise deal with HP before signing up with IBM

In a new report from The Information that details talks between Google and HP regarding a possible Google Now-like Android assistant for the workplace, the site claims that HP also approached Apple before the IBM partnership announced earlier this year.<p><i>The idea is for employees to be able to ask</i> …

Tech maintenance tasks everyone forgets about, but really shouldn't

Update your Wi-Fi router<p>If you're experiencing slow Wi-Fi speeds, spotty connections, or trouble with technologies like AirPlay, updating the …

Folia: a Google Docs Rival That Lets You Contextually Link Documents

Re-inventing the word processor might not sound like the most exciting thing in tech right now – and indeed, it might not be – but with our workday increasingly peppered by distractions and ‘Columbo tasks’ (“Just one more thing”), saving time and improving the way in which we work is a worthwhile …

T-Mobile to throttle customers using unlimited data plans for peer-to-peer file sharing

In the world of wireless, words like “unlimited data” have their restrictions if you take the time to read the fine print of a carrier’s service agreement and it appears that T-Mobile is not exempt from such practices. An alleged internal memo obtained by TmoNews details how the company will …

How A Guy Who Failed Physics Is Reinventing Higher Education

EdX CEO Anant Agarwal is digitizing his teaching—and every student can benefit.<p>As a freshman at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in the late 1970s, Anant Agarwal was one of the only students to fail the physics midterm. The setback, he recalls, made him see that his small high school in …

Online Education