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The OnePlus 2 will have a USB-C port

Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus has announced that its second flagship phone, slated for release later this year, will have a USB-C port.<p>USB-C has many benefits over existing USB standards. It handles up to 100W of power (enough to charge laptops like the new Apple MacBook), video, and data at up …

NASA Flummoxed By Dwarf Planet's Bright Spots, 'Pyramid-Shaped Peak'

New images of Ceres are the clearest ever taken, but NASA's scientists still haven't figured out the enigmatic dwarf planet. The agency's latest photos of Ceres show multiple bright spots — and a "pyramid-shaped peak towering over a relatively flat landscape."<p>That's according to an update posted by …

Astronomy

The telescope looking for the beginning of time

The universe is a big place.<p>Let's rephrase that. The universe is a gargantuan place. At this moment in time, astronomers believe that it measures some 93 billion light-years across.<p>When we look out across space, though, we're not just looking through distance. We're looking back in time. All of the …

Telescopes

Facebook is using your Instagram feed to suggest new friends

Notice some familiar faces popping up in Facebook's "People You May Know" section? Well, there's a reason for that. Zuckerberg & Co. recently began serving up suggestions for prospective connections based on your Instagram feed. It's no surprise that Facebook would pull data from the filter-driven …

Pics

Why Windows 10 is the 'last' version of Windows

Microsoft just said in plain English what it's been talking about for months: Windows 10 will be the last major launch for the Windows …

Windows 10

This project in Google’s secret research lab could change the future of batteries

Google’s top secret Google X research lab is working on a handful of projects to build better batteries for mobile devices, reports the Wall Street Journal.<p>It’s not just about making sure our cell phones last a little longer, though that’s a nice side-effect too. Really, what’s going on is that the …

Here are the renderings of Google's futuristic new headquarters

Google just revealed a wild proposal for remaking its main office space in Mountain View, California — rather than simply build more modern office buildings, Google is seeking to build some giant glass "canopies" with insides that can be rebuilt and repurposed easily depending on what the company …

This could be the best-looking Android Wear smartwatch yet

It looks like Huawei is taking smartwatches very seriously. As spotted by <i>Droid Life</i>, two official promo videos for the "Huawei Watch" have accidentally been set live on YouTube ahead of the device's likely announcement tomorrow at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Before the videos were …

Acer's Liquid Z220 and Z520 are a pair of low-cost Androids (hands-on)

The 5-inch Liquid Z520 and the 4-inch Liquid Z220 won't cost you very much.<p>Acer has a pair of new budget smartphones aimed at giving folks a taste of the Android experience, for less -- and for your money you get that rarest of things: a bit of character.<p>We'll start with the Liquid Z520: it has a …

Google's adorable new Android ad tells us to be 'friends furever'

Google's latest Android ad is simply adorable. Called "Friends Furever," the spot is little more than a collection of cute videos showing animals working together, but it ends with a message: "Be together. Not the same."<p>That same motto runs at the end of its previous spot, highlighting that while …

Google Glass 'to be redesigned from scratch'

The next version of Google Glass will look completely different from the original protoype following the end of the Explorer programme, sources have said<p>The next version of Google Glass to be launched will look nothing like its predecessor, after sources close to the new head of the project claim …

Wearable Tech

Pond5 Kicks off its Public Domain Project with 80,000 Photos, Videos and Sound Clips

Finding royalty-free video, photos and sound clips may be getting a little easier following the news that Pond5 is releasing a huge number of items into the public domain.<p>Announced today, the Pond5 Public Domain Project has been conceived with content “specifically for media makers,” Pond5 said. …

This artificially intelligent Mario learns how to chase coins and navigate the Mushroom Kingdom

Anybody can make Mario, Nintendo’s world-famous little plumber, race through the Mushroom Kingdom, chasing coins. But what if Mario could do it on his own?<p>That’s the goal of the Mario A.I. Project: to develop an artificially intelligent Mario agent that becomes aware of himself and his environment, …

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 …

Text Messaging

SpaceX launches for NASA, no luck with rocket landing at sea

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX sent a supply ship soaring flawlessly toward the International Space Station on Saturday, but the booster rocket …

The Best Google Campuses Around The World

Unlike the stark minimalism of Apple's campuses, Google has a flair for creating offices with a unique design that varies from building to building.<p>From the glowing black lights of the Toronto office's music room to the cozy drive-in theater at Google's Paris campus, here's what it looks like to …

Engineers are working for free to make Elon Musk's Hyperloop a reality

Nobody laughs much at Elon Musk anymore, but plenty of people snickered at his Hyperloop idea (okay, also the killer robot thing). To remind you, the Hyperloop is a series of underground trains powered by compressed air that transport folks between cities in tubes at around Mach I. While that may …

Google is killing CAPTCHA as we know it

If you've signed up for an account recently, you've probably seen it: a quick test that gives you a few distorted words and asks you to type them back in plaintext. The official name is CAPTCHA, a test designed to weed out the automated scripts used for spam, but it's been broken for a long time. …

Gorilla Glass 4 shouldn't shatter when you drop your phone

Plenty of mobile device screens can easily resist minor cracks and scratches, but let's be honest -- those aren't the biggest problems. No, the <i>real</i> crisis comes when you drop your phone and the display shatters into many pieces. Thankfully, Corning is tackling that accident-related damage in …

Anonymous takes over Ku Klux Klan's Twitter account

The internet activist group Anonymous has responded to Twitter taunts from the Ku Klux Klan by taking over its US Twitter account.<p>The Twitter spat began after the KKK allegedly threatened protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, as the area awaits an imminent court decision over the killing of Michael …

Norway Has a Gorgeous New Passport Design

When you think about passports, “gorgeous” may not be the first word that comes to mind. Government, bureaucracy, pain-in-the-butt — maybe. But Norway, in its inimitable way, has likely changed the language around passports forever with the announcement of its new — and arguably beautiful — new …

Computers can now describe images using language you'd understand

Software can now easily spot objects in images, but it can't always describe those objects well; "short man with horse" not only sounds awkward, it doesn't reveal what's really going on. That's where a computer vision breakthrough from Google and Stanford University might come into play. Their …

'Ambulance drone' takes to the skies

A Belgian student is seeking sponsors to get his prototype "ambulance drone" off the ground.<p>The airborne medical kit can be flown to the scene of an emergency without the risk of traffic delays.<p>It travels at speeds of up to 100km/h (60mph).<p>Alec Momont says the precious minutes it saves could mean …

Solar road opens in the Netherlands

<b>(CNN) —</b> The world's first road capable of turning sunlight into energy officially opened for traffic Wednesday in the Netherlands.<p>It's actually a 230-foot-long bike path in the town of Krommenie.<p>The road is a test route developed by the company SolaRoad.<p>"SolaRoad is a world first that will put the …

Google's Larry Page: The most ambitious CEO in the universe

There’s a joke about Larry Page that’s been making the rounds at Google X, the “moon shot” factory where Google is developing self-driving cars, …

The iBox Nano 3D printer is almost as cheap as it is tiny

We've seen our share of 3D printers 'round these parts, but the iBox Nano could be one of the smallest yet. Its creators claim that the gizmo is not only the most diminutive resin printer, but also the most affordable in addition to being the word's quietest and lightest 3D printer to date. It …

LG slims smartphone bezels to a virtually non-existent 0.7mm

You might talk about how much you hate large bezels, but LG is actually doing something about it. It just unveiled a 5.3-inch, 1080p LCD display with 0.7mm bezels, less than the width of a credit card. The Korean company said they're the world's narrowest, thanks to "Neo Edge" module processing and …

YouTube can now handle your awesome 60fps iPhone videos

For anyone who shoots a lot of videos, having the option to shoot at 60fps is one of the most satisfying parts of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, making your footage as silky smooth as a Barry White pickup line.<p>If your aim was to put up those videos online, however, until now there’s an excellent chance …

A RoboCop Hard Hat For Industrial Workers

The Smart Helmet is like Google Glass for your head.<p>Wearables are known as consumer technologies, but the applications for business could be just as useful. Take this RoboCop-style hard hat.<p>Developed by DAQRI in Los Angeles, the Smart Helmet combines cameras, sensors for things like object mapping …

Google executive Alan Eustace jumps 130,000ft from edge of space - video

Google's vice president Alan Eustace sky dives from the edge of space, breaking the world altitude record previously set by Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner. Wearing a specially designed spacesuit, Eustace jumps from 130,000ft over the southern New Mexico desert, reaching a top speed of 822mph …