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Jawbone's UP activity trackers get new features, colors and a redesigned clasp

Jawbone is rolling out an update for its UP2 and UP3 activity trackers that will bring new features and a few design tweaks to the wearable devices.<p>Feature-wise, the UP3, which previously only allowed for Resting Heart Rate (RHR) measurements, will now measure your Passive Heart Rate (PHR) …

Ambitious new tech aims to revolutionize touchscreens

The ambitious GHOST (Generic, Highly-Organic Shape-Changing Interfaces) research project is building technology that will let consumers use their fingertips to literally drag data out of touchscreen displays, bringing it into the 3D world.<p>GHOST is the brainchild of four universities in the U.K., …

Samsung's cross-device sharing app arrives on Google Play

Last November, Samsung introduced Flow, which lets users seamlessly share activities between devices. (Yes, much like Apple does with Continuity.) And while the software still isn't fully baked, the South Korean company is now letting people give it a try -- so long as they have compatible Android …

Apps

LG Shows Off 'Wallpaper' TV No Thicker Than a Sticker

Gadgets<p>If you thought TVs couldn't get any thinner, think again. LG Display's "wallpaper" panel is 55 inches wide, but less than a millimeter (four-hundredths of an inch) thick. It's so thin and light (just over 4 pounds) that it can be attached to the wall with a simple magnetic backing and then …

OLEDs

You can’t renew your license without paying your e-tolls

Outstanding e-toll fees will be linked to the license renewal system, and road users will have to settle their bills with Sanral before new license …

How many PlayStation 2s would make a Galaxy S6?

Did you know that two Nintendo Entertainment Systems combined have the same computing power as the Apollo Guidance Computer that sent men to the moon? Or that the Samsung Galaxy S6 phone has as much power as five PlayStation 2s under its hood?<p>Those are the conclusions of website Experts Exchange, …

Avoid The 7 Accountability Sins For A High Integrity Culture

Yes, it is possible to design a high integrity culture in business that actually improves engagement, collaboration, productivity and profits .<p>It doesn’t take much discussion to figure out that bad integrity is rampant in the entrepreneurial world. Some even refer to the phenomenon in joking as the …

Ancient Greek Energy Storage Technology Challenges Tesla's Batteries

A technology used in ancient Greece to power clocks and fire a cannon is undergoing a revival as the world searches for better ways to store energy …

Soweto owes Eskom more than top 20 defaulting municipalities

Eskom’s own theft and non-payment financial problem in Soweto alone is bigger than its non-payment problem with all 20 defaulting municipalities …

3D holograms no longer science fiction

Three dimensional holographic images and floating displays outside a screen have long been a favourite of science fiction movies.

These Micro Robots Can Haul 2,000 Times Their Weight

A group of very small, massively strong robots developed by Stanford University students will utterly transform industry.<p>The miniature robots, known as MicroTugs, can pull up to 2,000 times their own weight, and rely on sticky foot pads that give them immense grip.<p>While the current models are so …

A new utility business model profitably embraces efficiency and solar

A few weeks ago, the city council in Fort Collins, Colo., unanimously voted to accelerate the city’s climate action goals to achieve an 80 percent …

Tesla basically just ignited the driverless car era

The computer-controlled driverless car is barreling down the road of the future towards us. We've known this for a long time, but the speed and the …

Bulgari Magsonic Sonnerie Tourbillon watch

Bulgari Magsonic Sonnerie Tourbillon. When Bulgari incorporated the Gerald Genta brand under its own name, one of the more complicated models was this vividly designed, ultra-complicated timepiece that combined a tourbillon-style regulation system with an array of chiming functions. The movement …

How Can Solar Electricity Become Even Cheaper?

At the start of mass production of electricity from sunlight, discussions on solar electricity prices have never been arrested. The main focus is …

Solar Power

Watch Crota, Destiny's baddest boss, killed by one man ... with no guns

You gotta feel for Bungie.<p>You work day in and day out making a new boss in <i>Destiny</i> that you think is going to provide a real challenge. You think "Man, if a team wants to kill Crota they need to simultaneously fire on him with rockets while a lone player retrieves a sword and attacks him at the …

Guns

The Only 10 Slides You Need in Your Pitch

I am evangelizing the 10/20/30 Rule of PowerPoint. It’s quite simple: a pitch should have <b>ten slides</b>, last no more than <b>twenty minutes</b>, and contain <b>no</b> …

How Much Of Your Income Should You Save?

There’s no question more fundamental to personal finance than how much money we should save. Our savings rate is the cornerstone of virtually every other decision about money we make. It affects everything from buying a home to saving for emergencies to retirement.<p>Yet the guidance on this important …

Google Docs

Changing The Workplace: Past And Future

At most organizations around the world decisions around how we work follow a very top down chain of command . The executives or key stakeholders that sit at the top of our organizations decide everything including how we work, what we work on, what we wear, who we work with, what technologies we …

MWC: Qualcomm Confirms Custom, 64-Bit Kryo CPU Core In Future Snapdragon 820 SoC

Qualcomm confirmed today at their Mobile World Congress announcement today what I had expected, and that was that they will introduce a new custom CPU core in 2015. Around 10 days back, Qualcomm announced new 4XX and 6XX SnapDragon SoCs with ARM’s A72 core which I wrote about here. They positioned …

What Tinder Did For Dating, Tableau Wants To Do For Spreadsheets

One of Pixar’s founding employees and the ex-CTO of Lucasfilm have a new mission: Reinventing data analysis for the masses.<p>You may not have heard of Tableau, the Seattle-based software firm that helps Fortune 500 companies make sense of their massive spreadsheets. You may not even care about …

Google Drive

Mobile broadband tested

On a crisp Saturday morning three MyBroadband journalists (Kevin Lancaster, Jan Vermeulen, and Rudolph Muller) – one of whom was somewhat hungover – …

15 Interview Questions To Ask Your Next Boss

I would hate to think that you would take a new job at a place where they didn’t at some point stop the interview process to ask you “Do you have any questions for us?”<p>All good employers do that. If you don’t get the chance to ask your questions, don’t even think about taking the job! Remember what …

Anki's next-generation robotic race cars get modular tracks

Two years ago, Anki introduced itself to the world at the Apple WWDC keynote with robotic race cars that could maneuver around the track all on their own. The company has grown substantially since then thanks to strong initial interest and growing sales -- Anki tells us that it was the …

Robotics

How To Get Paid To Do Nothing

Eric Abrahamson, a professor at Columbia Business School who specializes in leadership and organizational problem solving, has looked closely at ways employees manage to get paid to do nothing. He doesn't advocate following their example, but he says that understanding it can help managers address …

The Six-Figure Job-Seeker's Guide To Job Interviews

I want every job-seeker to ask more questions on a job interview. I don’t want you to sit in your chair like a Good Little Sheepie and answer questions. That goes for every job-seeker, from a high-schooler getting hired at Target to the CFO of General Motors.<p>If you’re a six-figure job-seeker, that …

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

Photograph: Alamy<p>‘Because it is limited in characters, texting discourages thoughtful discussion or any level of detail, and its addictive problems are compounded by its …

IQ

What The World's Healthiest Diets Have In Common

To research his 2010 book <i>The 5 Factor World Diet</i>, celebrity trainer and nutritionist Harley Pasternak traveled to the healthiest countries around the world to learn more about what made their meals extra nourishing. He noted that the Japanese eat a wonderful variety of seaweeds, and that the …

Diets

Destiny fixed, Crota isn't a pushover anymore; Iron Banner rewards detailed

All good things, and boss-weakening glitches, must come to an end. And so today, with <i>Destiny's</i> latest patch, players will find that Crota isn't the pushover some had turned him into.<p>Among the myriad of updates, fixes and additions was one very important one:<p>"Crota," the breakdown of the latest …