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Netflix adds New Year’s Eve countdowns for kids

Parents: No need to keep the kids up this New Year's Eve. Netflix has you covered.<p>The streaming network announced Monday that it is launching a whole …

Your PC may update to Windows 10 if you don't pay attention

Microsoft really, really wants you on Windows 10. We noticed last month that it was downloading the optional Windows 10 updater whether you asked for it (and had space for it) or not. Now it's actually pre-ticking the update box, as <i>Ars Technica</i> reports. That means if you're not watching closely and …

Passenger-carrying robot turns VR into an exhilarating ride

A parallel cable robot doesn't sound very exciting, and for the most part, they're not really what springs to mind when people think about robotics. They are robotic systems that consist of a platform operated by a series of actuators that work together in parallel, controlled by a system of …

DARPA Gives MIT Lab $32 Million To Program Living Cells

Pushing synthetic biology to the next level<p>Yesterday, the Broad Institute Foundry, a synthetic biology laboratory at MIT, announced its new contract with DARPA. The lab will receive $32 million for engineering cells to find better treatments for disease, make new biofuels, or create fabrics woven …

Logitech's Circle camera is a portable Dropcam-killer

If you were disappointed by Nest's minor update to Dropcam's home monitoring cameras, Logitech might have just what you're looking for. The new Logi Circle is a home monitoring camera similar with a unique twist: You can unplug it from power and stream video from anywhere in your home for up to …

Logitech

The power of Amazon: A single Facebook post was all this startup needed to take off

To Amazon, it was just another Facebook post. It went up at 2:01 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon: “The Petzi Treat Cam is a remote treat dispenser and …

Social Media

This 3D printer creates objects from 10 materials at once

A new 3D printer capable of manufacturing objects with up to ten materials at once has been unveiled.<p>MIT's (apparently very busy) Computer Science …

Fabrication

There's going to be a Darth Vader edition PlayStation 4

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Darth Vader

IBM’s Watson Can Now Help You Kick Ass In Fantasy Football

Big Blue’s cognitive computing platform is being integrated into a new app from Edge Up Sports to provide deep fantasy football analysis.<p>Looking for a little competitive edge in your fantasy football league this year? How about a little help from IBM’s Watson?<p>Today, IBM announced it has teamed up …

Algorithm targets patients at risk for sepsis

A new algorithm more accurately identifies patients at risk for septic shock, an infection-related condition that kills more Americans every year …

Medicine

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Amazon starts charging $5 for Dash Buttons to make ordering a cinch

At first glance, the Dash Button appeared to be an April Fool’s joke, but four months later, Amazon says it is going prime time. The small plastic …

Jamie Lee Curtis Attends Fighting Game Tournament in Street Fighter Disguise

Actress Jamie Lee Curtis attended the fighting game tournament Evo 2015 today in Las Vegas dressed in a Street Fighter disguise. No, really.<p>As you can see in the amazing image below, The <i>Halloween</i> and <i>Freaky Friday</i> star attended the event cosplaying as Vega. Her family was at her side, too, also in …

Jamie Lee Curtis

Mechagodzilla Battles 6 Kaiju in New Godzilla PS4 Game - IGN Plays - IGN Video

The robotic reptile vs. Mothra, Space Godzilla, and four more fearsome foes.

Why Apple Watch apps are about to get awesome

Last month, my colleague Steve Kovach made the argument that the biggest thing holding the Apple Watch back from its full potential is exactly what makes the iPhone so great — the apps.<p>Now, after using an Apple Watch for the past week, I too can attest to how underwhelming its apps are. Very few …

An '80s-era Amiga controls the heating for an entire school district

Think the Windows XP workstation you use at the office is ancient? It doesn't hold a candle next to what the Grand Rapids Public School district is using to control its climate systems. All 19 schools covered by the authority depend on a nearly 30-year-old Commodore Amiga 2000 to automate their air …

‘Star Wars’ edition coming to Disney Infinity 3.0

Here’s some great news for those still celebrating May the Fourth — Disney Infinity’s 3.0 edition will feature <i>Star Wars</i> characters and scenes.<p>In a …

Now anyone can build for SteamVR with Epic's Unreal Engine 4

When Valve showed up at this year's GDC they brought a few new toys, including their room-scale SteamVR system and the final version of the Steam Controller. What they also packed in their carry on was a prototype version of Unreal Engine 4, and Epic is releasing that toolset free to the world …

Ready Player One

Flatpack Programmable Table pops into position, no tools required

Unveiled at the Fuori Salone del Mobile in Milan, the Programmable Table is still in the prototype stage, and we've no word yet on when – or even if …

Furniture

Jobscan Helps You Write Better Resumes

If you apply for a position at a large company, there is a chance that a human won’t even look at your resume. Many human resources department now use application tracking software (ATS) to help them sift through hundreds of applications.<p>While this saves them time, it means that promising …

Employment

Silicon Valley's foundation stone: Moore's Law turns 50

Fifty years ago last Sunday, Electronics Magazine published a very technical paper by a youthful pioneer in the silicon chip business named<p>Gordon Moore.<p>Inelegantly titled "Cramming more components onto integrated circuits," the article observed that the number of electronic components then fitting …

How this 14-year-old girl designed, developed, and released her own mobile game

When I was 14, the coolest thing I made was a 2-by-4 piece of wood that had a wedge in it. I used it to take off my snowy or muddy boots without having to use my hands. I wasn’t crafty, but it turns out now all 14-year-old kids aren’t like me — at least when it comes to code.<p>Kids learning to code<p>12 …

Samsung Livestreamed The Birth Of a Child In VR

Here’s something I never expected to write: Samsung today announced that it has streamed the very first child birth in virtual reality.<p>The company wanted to help Alison Larke and her husband Jason, who couldn’t be at the birth of his third child due to work commitments in Australia.<p>Samsung allowed …

Google’s hilarious autocomplete suggestions have been turned into a game

But it's not very fun<p>For anyone who's ever taken a screenshot of a strange Google autocomplete suggestion, or realized the rest of the world was also staying up late conducting internet research on body hair, here's a game for you. It's called <i>Google Feud</i>, and it's pretty much exactly what it sounds …

Star Wars R2-D2 Talking Fridge Gadget

R2-D2 has accepted a new mission to guard your fridge. Want to hire him for the mission? Let’s go on for the Star Wars R2-D2 talking fridge gadget. …

Gear & Gadgets

Facebook adds support for ‘Legacy Contacts’ to manage your page when you die

In this age of social networking, there’s one looming question: what happens when you die? It’s an especially important one for Facebook, which has …

Social Media

There Are Now Anti-Vaccination Pet Owners

A glimpse into yet another way Americans treat their pets like children<p>Be careful at the dog park! There are now anti-vaccination pet owners. Well, they've probably been around for a while, but today, <i>New York</i> magazine published a short story featuring a few veterinarians who have noticed increasing …

Supreme Court to hear from thousands on gay marriage

WASHINGTON —The Supreme Court is going to hear from a lot of people on same-sex marriage.<p>In an effort to win the hearts and minds of five or more justices, opponents of gay marriage bans being challenged at the high court this spring are inviting average citizens to sign a "friend of the court" …