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Nod smart ring is a wearable remote control

Ex-Google engineer Anush Elangovan does not lack ambition for his invention, Nod.<p>The $150 (£89) smart ring lets its wearer use a finger as an input and control device.<p>The idea is to offer more fluid and natural interactions than alternative gesture technologies, and even voice control software, …

Remote Controls

Watch Nissan's self-cleaning car in action

Some people consider washing the car an intimate, sacred ritual.<p>The rest of us would prefer to skip the whole matter and get on with the day. And so …

China is getting the Xbox One in September

Microsoft's Xbox One is coming to China in September, making it the first major console release in the country since it lifted its long-standing ban on video games. This comes after the company joined forces with China's BesTV shortly before the country reversed its 13-year old gaming ban. While …

Your fingerprint unlocks LastPass on the Galaxy S5

On any other phone, you'd have to type in the master password to access all your other passwords stored on LastPass -- including the iPhone, where Touch ID gets you into your phone and iTunes account, but stops there. But on Samsung's Galaxy S5, all you need to do is swipe your finger across the …

Consumer Physics’ $150 smartphone spectrometer can tell the number of calories in your food

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Would you like to be able to look up the calorie content of the specific apple you’re eating? You could take it to a lab and …

Anonymous activist pleads guilty to threatening FBI agent

While several charges were dropped, former Anonymous spokesman Barrett Brown pleads guilty to sharing stolen data and targeting a federal agent.<p>While most members of the hacking collective Anonymous hide their faces and identities, Barrett Lancaster Brown was different. As a spokesman-like figure …

Corruption

Twitter beats estimates, but shares slammed on user growth worries

Sales more than doubled as Twitter posted better-than-expected earnings. But the stock falls as Wall Street frets about the pace of user engagement.<p>Twitter shares plummeted in after-hours trading as Wall Street reacted to news that the social network's user growth continued to slow during the first …

Social Media

Google Glass Field Trip App Now Has Voice Command

The Field Trip app for Google Glass was updated Tuesday with new voice commands and personalization features.<p>Google Glass Explorers can now activate …

A fight is brewing over control of the smart home and APIs are the weapon of choice.

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>Credit: S. Higginbotham<p>In the land rush to get their connected devices into consumer homes, device makers are pushing design, …

Report: Amazon Is Working On A New Kind Of Computer Chip

Now Amazon is apparently trying to create its own home-grown computer server chips, according to job postings, new hires and some unnamed sources unearthed by Stacey Higginbotham at Gigaom.<p>That means it could be looking for a faster, cheaper, lower-power alternative to Intel's chips. It would …

Cloud Computing

The PS4's first big update is almost here, check out what's inside

Curious to know everything that's in the PlayStation 4's 1.70 update launching on Wednesday? You won't have to download it yourself to find out -- Sony has spilled the beans ahead of time. Some of these updates we've heard about before, such as the SHAREfactory video editor, 720p HD Twitch streams …

Microsoft Donates $1 Billion to Help Schools Buy Under-$300 PCs

President Barack Obama’s ConnectED initiative, which seeks to provide 99% of American students with high-speed Internet and improved educational …

Oklahoma Is About to Perform the First ‘Double Execution’ In 14 Years

Ok­lahoma will carry out two ex­e­cu­tions just hours apart Tues­day even­ing, mark­ing the first time since Texas in 2000 that a state has put two …

Nigerians fear kidnapped school girls have been taken abroad

Imagine your daughter heads off to school one day. You think she's safe. But later you find out that she and hundreds of her classmates were loaded onto vehicles and abducted.<p>That's what happened to some 230 schoolgirls in northeast Nigeria two weeks ago.<p>They're believed to have been kidnapped by …

UK aid should not prop up richer countries at expense of poor, say MPs

Decline in proportion of funds spent on low-income countries prompts warning over foreign aid allocation<p>Britain's increased spending on humanitarian emergencies should not come at the expense of aid to low-income countries, MPs have warned.<p>In its annual report on spending at the Department for …

Associated Press News

Record heroin bust in Indian Ocean

A drug raid has seized the largest recorded haul of heroin in the Indian Ocean region.<p>It was picked up by an international navy coalition that was patrolling the waters.<p>The raid highlights the 'Smack Track' - a heroin smuggling route from Afghanistan to Europe through Africa.<p>Al Jazeera's Jane …

Obama Administration Accused Of Slow Walking Congress On Benghazi

An important email on Benghazi that showed the White House's role in the election season spin about the attack was only made available to a key …

3D printed cast could heal bones 40 per cent faster

Turkish designer creates medical cast using 3D printing which could heal broken bones faster<p>A 3d printed medical cast could help bones to heal up to 40 per cent faster.<p>The black cast, known as the Osteoid, uses an ultrasound system which makes bones heal more quickly.<p>With a lattice pattern, it is …

3D Printing