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Two MIT Alums Team Up To Take Down Gmail In An Email App Showdown

Last month at its annual I/O event, Google launched the Gmail API, which helps developers build apps that work with Gmail.<p>Inbox works similarly, except it connects with all email providers, from AOL to Outlook, the company wrote in a press release. It allows developers to build tools to help users …

Apps

Pure Genius: How Dean Kamen's Invention Could Bring Clean Water To Millions

He just needs to get it to them<p>At first glance, the bright red shipping container that sits by the side of the road in a slum outside Johannesburg doesn’t look like something that could transform hundreds of lives. Two sliding doors open to reveal a small shop counter, behind which sit rows of …

Build Your Own Full-Scale Rooftop Farming Operation, With This Easy Kit

Urban Farmers’ modular system, complete with greenhouses and retrofitted shipping containers, can create a commercial-sized aquaponics farm anywhere there’s a bit of flat roof space.<p>“We sell farms, not tomatoes.” So say the founders of a Switzerland-based company that specializes in urban farms. If …

Draw your own video game with Pixel Press Floors

A Kickstarter-funded app-based game creation system has launched, allowing users to draw their own game levels, scan them in and play.<p><b>A</b> …

‘Politicians just don’t get YouTube’

Jamal Edwards, 23, set up the YouTube channel SBTV in 2006 - today he is one of Britain's most successful young entrepreneurs. Why, he asks, aren’t politicians doing more with the site?<p>I’ve been on YouTube for seven years. Back when I started, people thought it was just another site, but now …

How A Startup Grows Up: Lessons From Airbnb’s OpenAir Summit

From conception to full-fledged company, startups can learn a lot from the leaders at a recent San Francisco summit on the sharing economy.<p>On Thursday, April 24, Airbnb hosted the OpenAir summit: A gathering of the most influential players in the sharing economy, including Uber, Homejoy, and Y …

Startups

How plastic bottles could solve Africa's lighting issues

Despite all the advances in technology, the problem of lighting up rural Africa after darkness falls is still very real. It was this thought that …

Apple Launches A Replacement Program For The iPhone 5's Sleep Button

Apple has launched a new replacement program for the iPhone 5 handset’s sleep button.<p>A problem reportedly affecting “a small percentage” of handsets …

Koenigsegg actually saves money 3D-printing parts of its new hypercar, the One:1

Koenigsegg has gone from sketches on napkins to making some of the fastest most desirable cars money can buy.<p>Just how has it accomplished this in the …

3D Printing

This Solar-Powered Plane Could Stay In The Air Indefinitely

Switzerland has unveiled a solar-powered plane that could potentially stay in the air indefinitely. The newly finished aircraft will undergo its first tests in May and June, and plans to fly around the world in 20 days, spread out over three months.<p>The Solar Impulse 2 is an improvement over a small …

Solar Impulse

NASA sending Google's Project Tango smartphone to space to improve flying robots

An experimental NASA robot could get a big upgrade thanks to Google. The two parties have been working together to integrate Google's Project Tango smartphone prototype — which can detect and map the world around it using a series of sensors — onto NASA's SPHERES — brightly colored, …

Finally, A Way To Harvest Hydroelectric Energy From Toilet Flushes

It's about time toilets start providing a useful function<p>The average American flushes 24 gallons of water down the toilet daily, while—don't get me wrong, toilets; we appreciate all of your hard work—maybe some of the energy used in a flush could be put to an additional use.<p>Here's one way: harvest …

Scientists Discover How to Generate Solar Power in the Dark

Meet 'photoswitches,' a breakthrough set of materials that act as their own batteries, absorbing energy and releasing it on demand.<p>The next big thing in solar energy could be microscopic.<p>Scientists at MIT and Harvard University have devised a way to store solar energy in molecules that can then be …

Manu Prakash: A 50-cent microscope that folds like origami

Mom's harness invention gives kids a chance to walk - TODAY.com

William Cherry / Today<p>The standing harness allows wheelchair-bound kids to walk or even dance. Seen here, from left, are Claire Smyth and her son Daniel, 5; Louise Watson and her daughter Bethany, 3; and Cameron Taylor and his daughter Charlotte, 3.<p>When Rotem Elnatan was 2 years old, his physical …

Northern Ireland

Transforming Helicopter-Truck Hybrid Makes First Flight

A short flight and a big future<p>Yesterday Advanced Tactics announced the successful first flight of their Black Knight Transformer, a hybrid truck helicopter designed for military missions. In December, the truck completed driving tests.<p>One of the more modern features of the transformer, besides …

Google Glass to get a Ray-Ban makeover

Watch this unofficial 3D concept render of what Ray-Bans with Google Glass technology could look like<p><b>Google</b>is preparing to bring its Google Glass to a much wider market.<p>Next week the tech giant is due to begin <b>selling a limited number of its Glass headsets to the American public</b>, and in March …

Portable Robot Printer Is Like A Roomba That Squirts Ink

“What is a printer?” asked Zuta Labs, then reimagined it as the Mini Mobile Robotic Printer, as small as your hand.<p>Designed by Zuta Labs and now on Kickstarter, the Mini Mobile Robotic Printer is one for the mobile age. It cleverly sheds the bulk of consumer printing by re-imagining what a printer …

Printing

Senators propose 'Let Me Google That For You Act' aimed at outdated technical agency

Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla) is well known for his <i>Wastebook</i> reports, annual documents that detail the unwieldy and often absurd expenditures made by the federal government. Now, Coburn and a bipartisan group of policymakers have come together to propose a new bill aimed at a single agency, the …

10 Gmail Hacks to Help You Master Your Inbox

Gmail has quite a few tricks up its sleeve.<p>The popular email service, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary on April 1, can do more than just …

How to Unlink YouTube / Google Plus Accounts and Change YouTube Username in 2013

How to unlink your YouTube and Google Plus (Google+) accounts and change your YouTube username to something different than your real name.<p><i>How can I</i> …

How to get featured on the App Store?

It’s hard. With more than 1 million apps out there, your app should really stand out. But there are ways to increase your chances.<p>A feature by Apple …

Giant Robot Crab Walks, Is Probably Coming Right For You

Next stop: ocean floor.<p>The Crabster CR200 is a 1,400-pound behemoth of a 'bot soon being sent to the ocean floor—for both scientific and commercial use. Up until now, we've mostly seen it in action through still photos and animations, but here it is, menacingly lumbering into video.<p>The machine you …

Not sure what music to listen to, just ask Google Now on Android to "play some music"

Google is well known for its shenanigans and easter eggs when it comes to search, just try a Google search for “askew” to see them in action. So when Google Now on Android gets a cool new voice activated feature, I wonder if it is an easter egg or a full blown feature. This time around, try …

Android News

Drafts App

I’ve been using this app called Drafts over the past 2 months. It’s been so incredible and has opened my eyes to the way that I use my iPhone. I had …

Samsung announces which devices get Android 4.4.2, starting today

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>Got an older Samsung smartphone or tablet? You still might get Android(s goog) KitKat 4.4.2 according to the company, which …

At height of popularity, creator pulls Flappy Bird from App Stores | Ars Technica

Despite $50,000 in daily revenue, developer said he “cannot take” the attention.<p>Thus far, we have yet to write anything about the mobile gaming …