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North Carolina has morphed into a solar power leader this year

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>Credit: Courtesy of Apple<p>Yes, North Carolina is home to Apple’s two recently finished massive (40 MW total) solar panel farms. …

This pointless device tells you when you are drowsy (because this is a problem)

Apparently some people struggle to know whether they feel alert or not.<p>Vigo has a solution to this questionable problem, with its wearable device that “quantifies your alertness.”<p>This is taking the fervor surrounding wearable devices and the quantified self too far. Whatever happened to listening …

Koru: Apple smartwatch next Christmas and other wearable trends for 2014

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>There are far more smartwatches to put under a Christmas tree this year than last although none of them are from Apple(s …

Oculus launches publishing arm to lure game developers to virtual reality

Oculus VR recently raised $75 million in funding to build a new, ambitious virtual reality headset, but the company is also focusing on the other side of the equation: the games. Today, Oculus announced a new publishing arm in order to entice developers to build new games for the platform. Leading …

Get an HTC Evo 4G and one year of service for $159

Unlimited talk, unlimited texting, and 500MB of data per month. Total cost of operation: zero, unless you consume more data. But what's the catch?<p>I've always said that I don't mind spending a couple hundred bucks for a smartphone -- it's the service that kills me. Paying $80 per month for a …

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Meet the big, bad robots competing in this weekend’s DARPA Robotics Challenge trial

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: NASA JPL<p>Starting later today, some of the most capable humanoid robots in the world will congregate in Miami, where 17 …

Samsung may bring stitched leather look to laptops

Galaxy Note 3 style wrapped around an Ativ Book 9 chassis<p>The Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 introduced a new faux leather aesthetic for Samsung, which may now be making the jump to the company's Windows notebooks as well. A new Ativ Book 9 Style laptop has been pictured over on Korean site …

Android 'started over' the day the iPhone was announced

Apple's boast that the iPhone changed everything about the mobile industry has received some support from one of Android's original software architects. Chris DeSalvo, who worked alongside Andy Rubin at Danger before joining Google to build its mobile OS, says that the iPhone's announcement forced …

Google Glass: What You're Not Supposed to Do

There are certain things you won't be encouraged to do wearing one of these. Those are the things I did.<p><i>Published in the December 2013 issue</i><p><b>Google Glass</b> mayor may not transform the future. But one thing is beyond question: It elicits mighty strong reactions in the present.<p>The first week I got my …

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Verizon: US company to publish data requests

<b>US mobile operator Verizon says it will reveal the number of requests for customer information it received from law enforcement agencies this year.</b><p>The move follows leaks about mass surveillance programmes run by the National Security Agency from fugitive ex-NSA contractor Edward …

Surveillance

Plex's new Chromecast features let you watch more content, better than ever before

Plex launched support for Chromecast a few months ago, and now its offering is getting even better. Starting today, Android users (sorry, iPhones!) can not only cast any music, videos or photos from their Plex library onto their TVs using Chromecast, they can also play content in file formats …

Sony: Apple Is “Missing Out” By Not Releasing New iPhones Twice A Year

Apple was responsible for 15% of the world’s smartphone shipments in 2013, and as much as 56% of all the profit. Sony, on the other hand, accounted for only 3.8% of the world’s smartphone shipments in 2013, and is barely ekeing out a profit company-wide.<p>Despite all of this, Sony mobile chief and …

The FCC brings back its broadband speed testing tool for iOS

After a hiatus, the Federal Communication Commission is once again polling iOS users to get an idea of their connection speeds, part of a larger test of America's broadband infrastructure. A new app called FCC Speed Test, which was released earlier today, measures broadband performance. That …

Pictures leak of the Motorola-made Google smartwatch that might have been

You may not have to wait until later this year to see a smartwatch from Google or Motorola -- in fact, you may be looking at a jointly developed watch right now. <i>Android Police</i> claims to have photos of Motorola-built prototype wristwear from 2013, nicknamed Gem, that was intended as an official …

Google Expands Underwater Street View To New Locations

Google today added a couple of new locations to its underwater Street View imagery collection, including a number spots around Monaco, Cancun and Isla Mujeres.<p>Google unveiled underwater Street View back in 2012 and has been expanding it (very) slowly ever since. The company has partnered with the …

Motorola plans to launch a smartwatch later this year

Motorola is planning to jump back into the wearables market later this year, according to senior vice president Rick Osterloh. The company will launch a smartwatch that Osterloh claims will address "consumer issues like style and battery life." The news was revealed at a panel discussion at Mobile …

PlayStation 4 moves just shy of 350K units in first two days at Japanese retail

By Japanese game console launch standards, the PlayStation 4 is off to a great start. In the first 48 hours of availability, Japanese console buyers snapped up just under 350,000 PlayStation 4 systems (322,083 to be exact, according to <i>Famitsu</i>). That's roughly <i>four times</i> what the PlayStation 3 moved …

The K5 security robot will begin patrolling one Silicon Valley campus this year

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Credit: Knightscope<p>The Knightscope K5 robot’s 5-foot-tall bullet-shaped frame is impressive. Studded with cameras and sensors …

Cool Or Creepy? A Clip-On Camera Can Capture Every Moment

With digital cameras and camera phones everywhere, there are few moments we <i>don't</i> document. But some designers still think we're missing the opportunity to capture some important, simple moments. The solution: the Narrative Clip, a wearable camera that automatically and silently snaps an image every …

Google reportedly trying to block distracted driving laws for Glass

Google's lobbyists are trying to stop states from limiting how drivers can use its Glass headsets. According to Reuters, the company is speaking to legislators in Illinois, Delaware, and Missouri in an attempt to derail distracted driving bills that would include wearable computing devices like …

Disney Launches Disney Movies Anywhere, An iTunes-Integrated App Where Fans Can Build Their Movie Library

The Walt Disney Studios is launching a new app today for iOS devices and the web called Disney Movies Anywhere, giving users a place where they can watch the Disney, Pixar, and Marvel films that they’ve purchased, while also finding new ones.<p>The app isn’t intended as a competitor to digital content …

Google gives $6.8 million to San Fran program that funds free transit for low-income youth

As noted by The Verge, Google is donating $6.8 million to fund the Free Muni for Low Income Youth program that provides over 31,000 children in San Francisco with free access to transit. The donation will fund the program for approximately the next two years according to the report. The news …

Minecraft movie in the works at Warner Bros.

Markus "Notch" Persson, creator of the beloved indie sandbox sensation, reveals on Twitter that Warner Bros. and his studio Mojang are bringing Minecraft to the big screen.<p>Following the massive success of "The Lego Movie," it sounds like block-based blockbusters -- a pun no one could possibly …

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Nintendo killing off online play for DS and Wii

Nintendo is terminating "certain online functionality" for the Wii, DS and DSi including online play, matchmaking and leaderboards for many of its …

Apple Explains Exactly How Secure iMessage Really Is

Millions and millions of people use iMessage every day. But how many people know <i>exactly</i> what’s going on behind the scenes, or what happens to a message once you send it?<p>Maybe a handful. Up until now, the vast majority of what we knew about iMessage’s inner workings came from reverse engineering and …

Wearable tech multiplies and goes mainstream at MWC 2014

Whether it's Samsung's Gear gadgets, Sony's SmartBand, or the sci-fi-like Nymi, exciting wearables were in full force at Mobile World Congress.<p>BARCELONA, Spain -- Smartphones are the traditional draw here at Mobile World Congress, but this year wearable tech products created lots of buzz as well. …

Wearable Tech

Wonders of Life: A Spellbinding 3D Tour of Earth

Remember Brian Cox’s Wonders of the Universe app? The multimedia, 3D beauty that redefined what an iPad book should look like? Well, as we hit the two year mark since its launch, publisher Harper Collins has rolled out the welcome mat for its follow up – Wonders of Life.<p>The Wonders of Life is …

Apple Design Award Winner Tapity Releases A “Flappy Bird” Clone

Everyone is building “Flappy Bird” clones now, even Apple Design Award-winning app developers like Tapity, apparently. The company, known as the makers of well-built and beautifully designed apps like Languages, Grades 3, and Hours, recently explained why they felt the need to throw their hat into …

Google aims for a basic $50 modular phone next year, dishes more on Project Ara

Surprisingly, Google doesn’t see its ambitious Project Ara modular smartphone as something just for geeks.<p>In a lengthy profile by Time’s Harry McCracken, Google shined a light on its plans for Ara. And while the company still doesn’t seem sure if modular smartphones will be a hit, it’s certainly …

Samsung's new Galaxy Gear watches are now open to third-party support

Accompanying the launch of the new Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy Gear 2, Gear Neo, and Gear Fit, Samsung has also hosted a “Developer Day” at Mobile World Congress for 500 app developers, to announce three new and updated SDKs for its range of wearable technology.<p>First up is a new SDK for the Galaxy …

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