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Google's new Nexus phones reportedly named Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P

Google has reportedly tapped both LG and Huawei for "pure" Google smartphones, with plans to announce both on September 29.<p>With all that we know -- or think we know -- about the upcoming Nexus smartphones, one detail has proven somewhat elusive: their names. According to "sources" close to tech …

Android News

Microsoft has created its own version of Linux — a product Steve Ballmer once likened to 'cancer'

The scandalous part is actually under the hood: Azure Cloud Switch is, at the core, a specialized version of Linux — a free operating system that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer once referred to as "a cancer."<p>Linux, created in the early 1990s by incredibly influential programming firebrand Linus …

Linux

Google is working on a mysterious new 'WiFi access point' device

Google refers to one of the devices as a "WiFi access point" in an FCC filing on Friday which puts the device in the "digital transmission system" equipment class.<p>Google will be holding a press event on Tuesday September 29, and we're expecting them to introduce the latest models in the Nexus line …

Wi-Fi

The Air Force will have combat lasers on its war planes by 2020

The Army has its HEL-MD (not to mention is working on GI Joe-style rifles and minesweepers); the Navy put a battleship-mounted railgun aboard the USS Ponce; and within the next five years, the Air Force expects to have laser weapons of its very own. These armaments, dubbed directed-energy weapons …

Ultrathin 'invisibility cloak' can match any background

In the movie "Predator," an alien uses a cloaking device to hide in plain sight, but the effect is far from perfect: The alien's attempt to conceal itself is thwarted by distortions of light bending around it. Now, researchers have built an ultrathin "invisibility cloak" that gets around this …

Nanotech

Amazon.com Fires Back at Apple With Its Own Onslaught of New Products

Image source: Amazon.<p><b>Amazon.com</b> can't let <b>Apple</b> have all the fun. While the Mac maker unveiled a slew of new gadgets last week, including the iPad Pro, iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, and Apple TV, Amazon is firing back with no less than 7 new "members of the Fire family." The new offerings cover a wide …

Cybersecurity
Televisions

Google Play Music has completely overhauled Chromecast integration

In an announcement welcomed by tech-savvy music lovers everywhere, Google Play Music is rolling out a new update that focuses on improving the popular music app’s integration with Chromecast.<p>Previously, using Google Play Music with Google Cast would occasionally stop playback between songs, which …

Android News

Report: LG to begin mass production of foldable displays

It’s hard to believe, but in just a couple of months, the original LG G Flex will be seeing its second anniversary. At the time, a mainstream consumer device with a bendable display was almost too good to be true. Largely written off as proof-of-concept products and nothing more, Samsung’s …

Mobile

Exclusive: Chromecast Audio, codenamed ‘Hendrix,’ is a separate device & made to WiFi-enable your speakers

We told you earlier today about the 2nd generation Chromecast, scheduled to be launched later this month. We also mentioned that Google is planning to launch something called “Chromecast Audio,” although details were unclear until now. Thanks to several sources familiar with Google’s plans,</i> …

It’s Now Officially Sundar Pichai’s Show At Google

Welp, journalists got some inbox candy on a Friday from Google — an invite to an event on September 29. What will the event be about? Is it hardware? Has to be hardware! Is it software? Has to be software! Is it…yes. It has to be that, too.<p>My point is that it doesn’t even matter what they launch: …

Android News

Snip and Share for Chrome makes it simple to post GIFs, videos, an entire Web page and more

Tweeting an article or posting it to Facebook isn’t the most challenging thing – and there are plenty of ways you can achieve the same goal.<p>However, there aren’t too many tools that let you share an entire page, a cropped section or a manually selected piece of content – like a GIF, still image, …

Air Force to Have Lasers on Its Fighters by 2020

Cheap and powerful, directed-energy weapons pods could be mounted on jets just five years from now.<p>The Navy has a seaborne deathlaser on patrol in the Gulf Coast, futuristic railguns in testing, and wants better versions of both in the next five years. Meanwhile, the Air Force isn't slacking; it's …

US regulator accepts bitcoin as a commodity

Virtual currencies like bitcoin just came one step closer to legitimacy in the US. As part of its first action against an unregistered bitcoin options trading outfit, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission has determined that digital currencies are commodities subject to its regulations. The move …

Facebook M’s bet and the future of Web interfaces

Recently Facebook announced its take on the Virtual Assistant, M, which is to be supported by a human workforce, to help you get things done. It’s been billed as an improved version of Google Now or Apple’s Siri; a virtual assistant with – crucially – real life operators to go beyond its …

Watch these drones build a rope bridge

One of the big selling points of drones is that they can get to areas that aren't exactly safe or accessible by humans. That's why watching quadrocopters assembling a rope bridge that's sturdy enough for a person to walk across is so damned awesome -- it immediately calls to mind a real-world use …

U.S. Government Is Calling Bitcoin Anything But a Currency

Many a bitcoin die-hard will tell you that the virtual currency is not only a currency, but also one of the few available for use that can’t be …

Cryptocurrency

Livescribe teams up with Moleskine to create a special edition smartpen for handwriting fans

Livescribe has partnered with notebook maker Moleskine to launch a special edition of its flagship smartpen that lets users automatically capture their handwriting and doodles in a companion app.<p>The company is offering a bundle that includes a Moleskine-branded Livescribe 3 smartpen, a Livescribe …

Organic ‘computers’ made of DNA could process data inside our bodies

We invariably imagine electronic devices to be made from silicon chips, with which computers store and process information as binary digits (zeros and ones) represented by tiny electrical charges. But it need not be this way: among the alternatives to silicon are organic mediums such as DNA.<p>DNA …

Specter of Lethal Drones Are Growing Industry's Latest Headache

Earlier this summer, a Connecticut man rigged a handgun to the top of an unmanned aircraft, posting a video of the device hovering in the woods and firing shots. The spectacle raised more concern about how consumers or law enforcement could wreak havoc with drones, a fast-growing technology with …

North Dakota

Snowden says aliens could be trying to get in touch right now

Technically Incorrect: In a conversation with Neil DeGrasse Tyson, the Moscow-based NSA whistleblower offers his views on interplanetary communication. He fears their communication may be encrypted, so we're missing it.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken</i> …

Encryption

Nine massive banks just teamed up to take the technology behind bitcoin mainstream

Barclays, BBVA, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Credit Suisse, JPMorgan, State Street, Royal Bank of Scotland, and UBS have all formed a partnership to draw up industry standards and protocols for using the blockchain in banking.<p>The partnership is being led by R3, a startup with offices in New York …

Blockchain

Amazon introduces new Fire TV Stick, Fire TV and Fire TV Gaming Edition

Amazon has jumped in to the world of media with the Amazon Fire TV and its low-cost companion, the Fire TV Stick. The company today has released a pre-order for its new generation of Fire TV products, to provide more powerful voice, processing and storage abilities.<p>First is the new Fire TV stick …

Just around the Band: Is this Microsoft's wearable sequel?

When Microsoft introduced its Band wearable fitness device last year, some were impressed that the company had the foresight to make it compatible with Android. Much like the Zune portable music player, Redmond offered its own interesting take on an established format. Rumors have been Surfacing as …

Wearable Tech