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Android and Windows to get 'kill switch'

<b>Google and Microsoft will add a "kill-switch" feature to their Android and Windows phone operating systems.</b><p>The feature is a method of making a handset completely useless if it is stolen, rendering a theft pointless.<p>Authorities have been urging tech firms to take steps to help curb phone theft and …

Smell-O-Vision Is Coming To An iPhone Near You

Photo: Courtesy of oNotes.<p>Ever look at one of the hundreds of brunch, cupcake, or flower Instagram photos on your iPhone and wished you could get a …

The Father Behind The Bulletproof “Bodyguard Blanket” For Kids Defends His Creation

A company selling high-tech blankets to protect kids from school shooters and tornadoes struck more than one publication as a case of crass …

Android Device Manager now has a guest mode

Find-my-phone apps are one of those things that you tend to forget about until you really need them. So it’s good that Google introduced its own solution, Android Device Manager, giving all Android users a modicum of protection in case of device loss or theft.<p>Now Google is adding a small feature to …

Google Classroom Offers Assignment Center for Students and Teachers

Google is launching Classroom, a new offering in its Google Apps for Education to provide students and teachers with a central place to create, store, organize and provide feedback for classroom assignments.<p>The service, which is in beta and available only in some schools, allows teachers to:<p><b>Create</b> …

MFi sunglasses w/ embedded iBeacon notify you when lost, act as beacons in retail

The first set of eye glasses with embedded iBeacon Bluetooth LE technology and certified under Apple’s Made-for-iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) program are coming soon. We’ve seen a growing number of companies embracing iBeacons by using the protocol: personalized retail experiences, in-store advertising, …

Kinect-Equipped Digital Mirror Shows Your Innards

This new installation marries biomedical imaging and Microsoft Kinect technology to show a person’s body–organs and all–as it moves in real time.<p>In the past, we’ve written about the powerful (and potentially embarrassing) accuracy of Microsoft Kinect, but one thing the Kinect couldn’t offer via its …

10 things you can do with your old Android phone

Smartphones could be the fastest growing technology we’ve ever seen. More than one in seven people worldwide currently own a smartphone. Some of us have already upgraded our smartphones several times over the years. The technology just keeps advancing and the top manufacturers are adept at …

Why Google doesn’t care about college degrees, in 5 quotes

Google isn’t big on college degrees, although the search giant is inundated with applicants touting perfect GPAs from Ivy League schools.<p>Google’s chairman and head of hiring, Laszlo Bock, has given a few insights in the <i>New York Times</i> on how he sorts through a multitude of bright applicants.<p>The …

Move Over, Google Glass; Here Come Google Contact Lenses

Google is working on smart contact lenses, and two patents secured last week suggest the company is taking the idea seriously. The company is working on contacts with embedded cameras, as well as lenses aimed at diabetics who need to constantly monitor their blood sugar levels.<p>In the latter …

Google just revealed the incredibly simple formula for killer résumés

It’s not exactly E=mc².<p>But for would-be job hunters, it’s probably a lot more useful.<p>In a Q&A-style interview with Google’s senior vice president of people operations Laszlo Bock, The New York Times’s Tom Friedman fished a few seriously helpful words of wisdom out of the search giant’s human …

Wireless charger can power 40 mobile phones at once from 15 feet away

By now, most people have seen a wireless charger. It probably looked like a pad that charges mobile devices set directly on top of it. But a future …

Leaflet tells Jews to register in East Ukraine

World leaders and Jewish groups condemned a leaflet handed out in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk in which Jews were told to "register" with the pro-Russian militants who have taken over a government office in an attempt to make Ukraine part of Russia, according to Ukrainian and Israeli media.<p>…

Android device owners, now you can control your desktop from across the room — or the world

Google released its Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android yesterday, enabling the Android crowd to access their Mac or PC from afar. The app is a mobile extension of Chrome’s remote desktop screen-sharing service, which has enabled machine control from Chromebooks and Chrome browsers since it …

Building blocks: how Project Ara is reinventing the smartphone

In a spare, drab office park in Sunnyvale, California, a bunch of two-by-fours and foamboard have been nailed together into a makeshift model of a shipping container. Inside, a bare, unlit Edison bulb hangs from a wire, over some simple IKEA furniture and a table with Lego blocks on it. The blocks …

Disney & Relativity Media are now in a bidding war over Maker Studios

Looks like YouTube network Maker Studios is even hotter than we previously thought — entertainment company Relativity Media just started a bidding war to purchase it.<p>Although Disney made its own bid a few weeks ago and the Maker board is slated to vote on it this week, Relativity Media has just …

World's first atomic wristwatch comes to Kickstarter

You may have seen so-called atomic wristwatches around, but there's a caveat: they actually keep atomic time by receiving radio signals from nearby government-owned atomic clocks. If they go out of range of those signals, you'll be left relying on a plain old quartz movement.<p>The Cesium 133 by …

Ditch your wallet at shops that read your palm for payment

People have turned to fortune tellers for millennia, but this palm reader is the first I can say with certainty that really does give you a glimpse of the future. Quixter is a palm reader that allows you to pay for things without your wallet simply by placing your hand on a scanner.<p>To pay for stuff …

Here’s how the blocks in Google’s Project Ara modular phone stay put (video)

The first Project Ara developer conference takes place in two weeks to move Google’s(s goog) modular phone platform effort forward. The project aims …

Google reportedly wants to offer mobile phone service in Fiber areas

Many see Google Fiber as an attempt to disrupt the stagnant world of internet service providers, and it now sounds like Google wants to shake up the wireless industry, too. Sources for <i>The Information</i> claim that the search firm wants to offer mobile phone service in Fiber areas. It's not yet clear …

Report: British Army Sniper's Single Shot Kills 6 Taliban

A shot fired by a British Army sniper at a suspected Taliban fighter in Afghanistan last December ended up killing not just the man in the marksman's sights but also five other men who were thought to be militant soldiers, <i>The Telegraph</i> reports.<p>News of the unidentified sniper's shot is just being …

Apple’s New Patent Wants To Make Texting And Walking A Little Safer

Sick of colliding with lampposts and the elderly whilst walking and texting? A new Apple patent for ‘Transparent Texting’ might be right up your alley, using your iPhone’s video camera to pipe through a live feed of what’s happening in the real world behind your Messages window.<p>Here is the abstract …

Canadians Will Get a Taco Bell Breakfast Menu If and Only If They Take Justin Bieber Back

Yesterday, Taco Bell rolled out its highly anticipated breakfast menu and, naturally, the chain’s president, Brian Niccol, took to Reddit to host an …

1,300-year-old Egyptian mummy had tattoo of Archangel Michael

A mummy of an Egyptian woman dating back to 700 A.D. has been scanned and stripped to reveal a tattoo on her thigh that displays the name of the biblical archangel Michael.<p>The discovery, announced by researchers at the British Museum over the weekend, was made during a research project that used …

Foodini is a 3D printer for everything from burgers to gnocchi

Who wants a 3D printer for just candy when you can have one that prints a five-course dinner instead? That's the idea behind Foodini, a new 3D printer that takes fresh ingredients and turns them into a culinary masterpiece. The device can do things like make custom ravioli, your own unique crackers …

New Xbox One notifications let you know when other gamers think you're being a jerk

The Xbox One's simplified Reputation system aims to keep like-minded gamers playing together, and now the folks in Redmond plan to notify you if you fall of out the community's good graces. Are you the sort of player who doesn't ruffle too many feathers? You'll be just fine -- the occasional bad …

Lack Of Sleep Kills Brain Cells, New Study Shows

If you’re burning the midnight oil, you may be burning out brain cells, too, new research shows. A study published this week in the Journal of Neuroscience found that staying awake too long destroys brain cells in mice, and may do the same in humans.<p>It’s the first study to show (if only in animals) …

Teen's Stunt Exposes That WTC Has No Working Surveillance Cameras

A 16-year-old boy snuck his way to the top of the tallest building in the United States earlier this week — and there is no video to prove it.<p>Justin …

Zombie moss: Plant revives after 1,500 frozen years

It sounds like the next purposefully bad SyFy channel production: "Zombie moss! It came from beneath the Antarctic!" Researchers pulled up a sample of moss that had been sitting frozen for the last 1,500 years. Remarkably, it came back to life and started to grow again. This isn't quite the same as …