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Self-powered patch monitors glucose levels during exercise

Diabetics could soon have an effective, non-invasive way to measure glucose levels during exercise, thanks to a patch designed by researchers at the State University of New York. The paper-based patch sticks directly onto the skin like a band aid, and wicks sweat into a reservoir where it's …


Apple Music’s Clive Davis documentary premieres October 3rd

The documentary film <i>Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives</i>, which opened the Tribeca Film Festival in April and was picked up by Apple, will premiere on Apple Music on October 3rd. The film is based on Davis' autobiography and joins other Apple exclusives like <i>808: The Movie</i>, Taylor Swift's <i>1989</i> …


Color's breast and ovarian cancer DNA test is $99 through October

During Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month (September) and Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October), genetic testing company Color is reducing the price of its new BRCA Test. The test -- which looks for mutations in the <i>BRCA1</i> and <i>BRCA2</i> genes that are linked to breast and ovarian cancer -- has a regular …


Pi can wirelessly charge your phone from a short distance

Despite Apple finally releasing phones with wireless charging, the technology has actually been around for several years. And the fact is, charging via a pad is still kind of a pain -- you can't really use them when they're being charged and you either need a charging pad for every device or one …

Gear & Gadgets

Niantic's next AR game after ‘Pokémon Go’ may use audio cues

Niantic is keen to prove that it's no one-trick pony. The company that brought augmented reality mobile gaming to the masses with <i>Pokémon Go</i> is dropping some interesting tidbits about its followup. The title will integrate audio prompts into its AR gameplay experience, the company's CTO Phil Keslin …


Microsoft to hold Mixed Reality event on October 3rd in San Francisco

Microsoft is planning to hold a special Windows Mixed Reality event next month. The software giant has started inviting members of the press to an event on October 3rd in San Francisco, and the invite teases an “opportunity to hear where Microsoft is headed next.” Microsoft’s Kinect and HoloLens …


August’s redesigned smart lock boasts better battery life and security

There’s also a new a pro version of its Doorbell Cam<p>In a major refresh of its smart home products, August has released two new versions of its smart lock, including a cheaper redesigned model and a professional edition of its doorbell camera.<p>The third generation of the August Smart Lock has been …

Home Automation

AI can detect Alzheimer's 10 years before symptoms show up

Various researchers around the globe are developing ways to detect Alzheimer's as early as possible. After all, early detection gives people the power seek treatment that can slow down the condition's effects, as well as enough time to get their legal and financial affairs in order. Some decided to …


Google debuts Tez, a mobile wallet and payments app for India

After several weeks of speculation and leaked details, today Google officially unveiled its first big foray into mobile payments in Asia. The Android and search giant has launched Tez, a new mobile wallet in India that will let users link up their phones to their bank accounts to pay for goods …


Waze and Spotify integration arrives on iOS

Google-owned navigation app Waze announced a partnership earlier this year with music streaming service Spotify to put Spotify playlists right within the Waze app, and now the team-up is extending to iOS. The new integration is rolling out today, and adds a number of direct Spotify features within …


Netflix’s Black Mirror wins Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series

Netflix’s <i>Black Mirror</i> won its first Primetime Emmy award tonight, with Charlie Brooker taking home the award for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special for the season three episode "San Junipero.” The 61-minute episode won Outstanding Television Movie earlier in the …


Google Chrome says it will stop the autoplay video madness in January

Google has set a timeframe for blocking autoplay videos in the Chrome browser. Starting in January, <b>Chrome will only allow automatic playback if the videos are muted by default</b>, or if they meet Google’s criteria showing that users are actually interested in the content. Apple has announced a similar …


Nike’s Web-Connected Basketball Jersey May Not Be As Silly As It Sounds

Nike is releasing an NFC chip-enabled jersey that’s designed to connect fans to players. Gimmick or smart UX?<p>In our breathless march toward the internet of things, web-enabled clothing sounds like another idea launched by two startup bros smoking artisanal weed. Nike has managed to find a …

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GoPro Hero 6 Black leaks again, will shoot 240 fps slow motion at 1080p

Coming September 28th for $499<p>Just days after the unreleased, unofficially announced GoPro Hero 6 Black appeared in the wild for the first time, another one has now popped up at a Best Buy in Canada, and with detail. These new pictures, sent in by a tipster, seem to confirm that GoPro’s new camera …


Action Launcher brings Oreo features to older Android phones

If you have one of the many smartphones that isn’t getting updated to Android Oreo, there’s still a way for you to try out several of its most noticeable features.<p>Action Launcher, one of the many apps that let you customize Android’s home screens, is now able to bring three of Oreo’s launcher …


Philippe Starck on how bezel-less screens will be the end of phone design

But "it’s the right thing to do," says prolific designer<p>It’s been a big week for phones with skinny bezels. The iPhone X was finally revealed, of course, featuring a design where almost the entire front of the phone is taken up by the screen. And one day earlier, Xiaomi announced the Mi Mix 2, its …


Amazon is turning its new TV show Lore into an immersive haunted house

Lore doesn’t come to you; you come to Lore<p>Recent projects like <i>Westworld: The Experience</i> have merged film and television with the world of in-person, immersive experiences, and now Amazon is embracing the concept with an interactive haunted house based on its upcoming new show <i>Lore</i>. <i>Lore: A Haunting</i> …

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Magic Leap reportedly looking to raise even more cash, this time at a $6 billion valuation

Investors may not be done shoveling money into Magic Leap’s augmented reality ambitions quite yet.<p>The Plantation, Florida-based startup is reportedly in talks with Singapore-based Temasek Holdings to raise upwards of $500 million, valuing the AR company at around $6 billion, Bloomberg …

Augmented Reality

Starbucks is updating its wireless chargers to support the iPhone X and iPhone 8

Starbucks’ wireless charging pads are getting updated to support the iPhone X and iPhone 8, as reported by Chris Davies at <i>Slash</i><i>G</i><i>ear</i>, who investigated the issue.<p>If you’re wondering why this would be an issue in the first place, that’s because up until now, Starbucks hasn’t support the Qi charging …


Google sets Pixel 2 launch for October 4th

Tired of hearing about the iPhone X? Google clearly is, as the Mountain View company has just debuted a new marketing campaign and website that urges viewers to “ask more.” The new landing page is part of the subdomain, and it carries the teasing tagline of “thinking about …


Snapchat’s Bitmoji avatars are now three-dimensional and animated

Move over, hot dog<p>Snapchat’s quirky Bitmoji avatars now come with their own three-dimensional animations. By tapping on your phone’s screen, you can now project a 3D cartoon of yourself into the real world, where you can then have it ride a skateboard, drink a cup of coffee, or do yoga, among other …

Augmented Reality

Apple’s wireless AirPods charging case is reportedly coming in December for $69

But no other major upgrades in sight<p>Apple spoke very briefly about AirPods at Tuesday’s big iPhone X event, and only really mentioned that the truly wireless earbuds would, like the new phones, be capable of wireless charging using a new case. Now, <i>MacRumors</i> is reporting via Macprime that the …


Tesla plans to unveil its all-electric semi truck on October 26th

Month later than Musk originally announced<p>Tesla’s awaited next phase in self-driving trucks has been much-discussed since the unveil of the Model 3 electric car in July. Now, CEO Elon Musk has given a target date for an unveiling and the first slate of test drives of his company’s next expansion in …

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