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FCC approves first wireless 'power-at-a-distance' charging system

Charging your mobile device wirelessly is certainly less of a hassle than plugging it in, but still requires the device be in physical contact with its station to actually work. That's about to change now that the Federal Communications Commission has approved the first wireless charger that works …

After Windows 10 upgrade, do these seven things immediately

You've just upgraded to the most recent version of Windows 10. Before you get back to work, use this checklist to ensure that your privacy and …

Researchers create a 'battery-free' mobile phone

Your future phone may never need to be charged.<p>That's the exciting implication of new research out of the University of Washington, where researchers …

Your body is a big battery and scientists want to power gadgets with it

All along the power was inside you<p>For years, our electronic devices have been getting smaller and faster, but the trend can’t continue until we solve one big obstacle: batteries.<p>Batteries are the bottleneck of any electronic system, says Dina El-Damak, a professor of electrical engineering at the …

Massive Leak Reveals Monster 18-core Intel Core i9-7980XE Processor: Should AMD Be Worried?

Who wants an 18-core, 36-thread desktop processor? Well, this could be on the cards in the near future as the latest rumor points at Intel not stopping at just a measly 12-cores with its imminent launch of its X299 platform and Skylake-X processors. Instead, there could be 14-core, 16-core and even …

Computer Hardware

​Unsecured printers a security weak point for many organisations: HP

With printers often on the same network as secured devices, HP is concerned about the lack of security controls organisations are placing on them, …

Tech Adviser: Resetting your Apple ID password can sometimes be tricky

I got a call from my mother-in-law this week. She usually doesn't call me directly unless she has a technology problem, and this time, it was a good …

Apple denies it will launch battery-replacement program for iPhone 6

<i>Update:</i> Apple has denied a report that it might launch a battery-replacement program to cover its iPhone 6 handsets.<p>The exact reason for the supposed battery-exchange initiative wasn’t revealed in <i>Makotakara’</i>s post, which was short on details. But the now-debunked rumor made it sound like Apple …

Mobile Technology

Almost Every Fake Apple Charger Fails a Basic U.K. Safety Test

A British consumer safety watchdog is warning shoppers that using counterfeit chargers and adapters for electronic gadgets could place them in grave …

This company raised $4 million in funding and just sold for $1.4 billion

AppLovin sold to Orient Hontai Capital. It’s the second huge Chinese ad-tech deal in two months.<p>Have you guys heard of apps?<p>They’re big! Really big. Ask AppLovin, a five-year-old startup that helps app developers find new customers: It just sold itself to China’s Orient Hontai Capital in a deal …

Samsung is recalling the Galaxy Note 7 worldwide over battery problem

Samsung is recalling millions of new Galaxy Note 7 smartphones worldwide after reports that the devices can catch fire while charging.<p>The massive recall of one of Samsung's flagship devices is an embarrassing setback for the world's biggest selling smartphone maker. The Note 7 was unveiled just a …

Galaxy Note

Self-driving buses are roaming the streets of Helsinki

The bus stops, and then moves forward, but the driver's nowhere to be seen.<p>Two self-driving minibuses began plying the roads of Helsinki this week -- in real traffic.<p>The small electric buses were developed by a French company EasyMile and can transport up to nine passengers. They are able to travel …

Transportation

Chromebooks outsold Macs for the first time in the US

Google's low-cost Chromebooks outsold Apple's range of Macs for the first time in the US recently. While IDC doesn't typically break out Windows vs. Chromebook sales, IDC analyst Linn Huang confirmed the milestone to <i>The Verge</i>. "Chrome OS overtook Mac OS in the US in terms of shipments for the first …

Apple is hiring 4,000 Maps devs in its new Hyderabad office

It looks like 2016 is the year that Apple learns to show India some love. It’s already working on plans to open its first official retail stores in the country and announced yesterday that it would set up a support facility for iOS developers in Bangalore early next year.<p>Today, the company revealed …

Uber confirms it’s testing self-driving cars in Pittsburgh

Uber has finally confirmed testing self-driving cars in Pittsburgh, PA, according to a report out of the Pittsburgh Tribune.<p>Though we’ve known about Uber’s autonomous vehicle ambitions, especially considering the opening of its Pittsburgh-based Advanced Technology Center more than a year ago, this …

Autonomous Cars

Google's sticky car patent glues pedestrians in place after an accident

No stranger to wacky patents, Google's latest idea is to put a layer of what is essentially glue on the front of cars to help protect pedestrians who may be struck by autonomous vehicles.<p>The glue will act like flypaper, the Guardian reports -- if a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle, they will stick to …

Millions of Android devices have been vulnerable for 5 years

A security researcher has said that hundreds of different models of Android devices are vulnerable to leaking data to seemingly innocuous apps.<p>Announced by FireEye in a blog post, the vulnerability allows an attacker to potentially do things like view the SMS database and call history, as well as …

Android News

3D-printing vending machines aim to customize your food

No more basic trail mix and bland chips. 3D-printed snacks may be coming to a vending machine near you.<p>Finnish VTT Technical Research Centre is …

78% of active Reddit threads mention Hitler

If you're on a popular Reddit comment thread, there's a good chance you'll come across at least one mention of Hitler or Nazi Germany.<p>A data scientist who blogs with the pen name Curious Gnu analyzed 4.6 million publicly available Reddit comments. He found that 78% of subreddits with more than …

Robot Performs Soft-Tissue Surgery By Itself

Doctor Robot, you're a new and better man.<p>With a bulky camera eye and spindly hydraulic arm, this medical robot looks like it could fit in on an automotive production line. This bot isn't building a Toyota, though. It carefully scans soft, sticky intestinal tissue and delicately weaves stitches …

Most Android Owners Are Still Using Old Operating Systems

Chances are, you’re not running the latest version of Google’s Android platform on your smartphone. And you may not be for a long time.<p>Google (GOOGL) …

LG just developed an invisible fingerprint sensor

Fingerprint sensors are about to get a lot less obtrusive. LG’s Innotek, which specializes in creating new hardware components, just announced a fingerprint sensor that could live under your screen’s glass.<p>While that doesn’t make it the first button-less implementation – the Nexus 6P and HTC 10 use …

Windows 95 on the Apple Watch features the world’s most twee Start button

Big, complex things running on tiny things is a common theme this week. Earlier we had a hack that put Counter-Strike on Android Wear, and today some maniac has installed Windows 95 on his Apple Watch. At last it’ll do something worthwhile! That is, of course, if you can find the Start button.<p>Nick …

Google has a crazy idea for injecting a computer into your eyeball

A patent filed in 2014 and published Thursday describes a device that could correct vision without putting contacts in or wearing glasses everyday.<p>But to insert the device, a person must undergo what sounds like a rather intrusive procedure.<p>Here's how it would work: After surgically removing a …

Contact Lenses

This Magical Lightbox Could Help You Feel Energized All Day Long

It's also a traveler's dream. 😍<p><i>Today we're posting live from a special #SleepRevolution</i><p>JetBlue flight from New York to Las Vegas, along with special guests including experts in sleep and wellness. <i>As part of this special event, passengers on the flight received numerous gadgets geared toward travel</i> …

JetBlue

Intel cuts 12,000 jobs in wake of falling PC sales

Intel is laying off 12,000 employees globally, or about 11 percent of its workforce, the company said in a statement today.<p>Intel says it's focusing on growth businesses<p>According to the statement, the company's "restructuring initiative" comes as Intel moves to focus more on its growth businesses, …

Super-thin electronic skin lights up a digital display on your hand

One more step toward leaving smartwatches and fitness trackers behind<p>Imagine having a fitness tracker that doubles as a temporary tattoo. Or a monitoring device that doctors can paste straight onto an ailing organ. Or a watch so unobtrusive that it looks like it's built right into your wrist. These …

Samsung has a giant 18-inch tablet because of course it does

Don’t ask why, but Samsung has a <i>huge</i> new tablet: the 18.4 inch Galaxy View, which features a handle on the back because it’s so ridiculous.<p>The oversized screen runs Android and is positioned for “content watching” at home with 1080p, stereo speakers and a “video centric” interface.<p>What’s cool is …