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How To Make Speakers From Post-Its

Harnessing the power of sound using office supplies<p>On the ground floor of Pioneer Works Center for Arts and Innovation in Brooklyn, New York, a bearded and flanneled trio played gloomy arrhythmic music one Wednesday night. Upstairs, director of education David Sheinkopf taught a class on the …

Why Google won't fix a security bug in almost a billion Android phones

A day after Google publicized a flaw in Windows 8.1 before Microsoft could do anything about it, news broke about a security vulnerability in Android that the Mountain View company, well, won't fix at all. Rafay Baloch, an independent researcher, and Joe Vennix, an engineer at Rapid7 (a security …

Samsung Unveiled Its New Super-Cheap Smartphone – And It Sounds Like A Disappointment

The ZI was originally touted for sale in Russia in 2014 but the company pushed it to January 2015 and instead released it in India. The smartphone was made available on Wednesday and costs just Rs 5,700 ($90 or £59).<p>In a press release, Samsung writes:<p>The smartphone market in India is rapidly …

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Augmented Reality Is Almost Everywhere

There is less difference between our work and home devices, our tablets and our mobile phones. They are not meant for “work” or for the “home.” We just use them wherever we are. The idea of a balance or even the concept of an enterprise hardware manufacturer seems quaint.<p>The difference, really, is …

Nintendo experimenting with 'little experiences' on smartphones and tablets

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime says the company is experimenting with "little experiences you can have on your smartphone or tablet," but mainly as a way to drive its customers and players back to Nintendo's own hardware.<p>In an interview with Seattle's KING 5 News, Fils-Aime …

What Samsung needs to do to make Galaxy Gear a hit in 2014

<i>Editors' note (February 21, 2014): This story was published in December 2013, but it remains relevant on the eve of Mobile World Congress 2014, where Samsung is expected to announce an update to last year's Galaxy Gear smartwatch.</i><p>Samsung won the race to put a stake in the wearable market in 2013. …

Inside The Largest Simulation Of The Universe Ever Created

A giant supercomputer is making massively detailed models of the cosmos.<p>Imagine being asked to solve a complex algebra problem that is roughly 95 percent variables and only five percent known values. This is a rough analogy perhaps, but it paints a fairly accurate picture of the task faced by …

Apple enables iBook gifting on iOS and OS X ahead of the holidays

After recently overhauling its iBooks apps for iOS 7, Apple has enabled the ability to purchase iBooks for others through its gifting system as <i>Macworld</i> first noted.<p>Previously, you could purchase credit for the iBooks Store for someone else, but you could not purchase a specific book intended for …

Apple's future processors said to be made by Samsung, TSMC

Both Samsung and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will make future Apple processors, according to a report from Taipei-based Digitimes.<p>Samsung, which has manufactured Apple A series processors to date -- including the newest 64-bit A7 -- will continue to make Apple chips through at …

Apple misled customers about their consumer rights, watchdog finds

Apple has come to a court-enforceable agreement with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) after investigations by the watchdog found the computer giant was misleading some consumers about their rights to refunds, replacements, and repairs.<p>The ACCC expressed concern that Apple …

LG announces Chromebase, a Chrome OS all-in-one computer

Google's Chrome OS is typically found in inexpensive Chromebook laptops, and occasionally a Chromebox desktop as well. At next month's Consumer Electronics Show, however, LG will put it into a desktop computer monitor. The company has just announced the Chromebase, a 21.5-inch all-in-one computer …

Samsung eyes phones with foldable displays in 2015

Samsung aims to unveil phones and other devices with foldable displays in another two years, give or take.<p>At an analysts event Wednesday night local time in Seoul, Korea, Samsung CEO Kwon Oh Hyun presented a slideshow revealing the company's display technology timeline for the next few years. As …

GTA Online stimulus package delayed due to ongoing technical issues

Earlier this month Rockstar announced that it would be giving GTA Online players $500,000 of in-game currency to make up for the title's rocky launch. That money was expected to be available not long after a recent title update, but due to ongoing technical problems the developer has decided to …

iFixit tears apart Apple's new 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro

It's only been a couple of days since Apple released its shiny new MacBook Pros and <i>iFixit</i> has already torn them apart, in more ways than one. Just like its older sibling, the new 13-inch Retina notebook didn't perform that well on the repairability scale, scoring a one out of 10 -- dropping one …

Police Discover 3-D Printed Gun Factory In Manchester: Updated

<b>Update:</b> Manchester police are now saying the “3-D-printed gun” they found was actually just a piece of a 3-D printer. A slight overreaction, perhaps? While the seized items undergo further forensic testing, in a statement, Assistant Chief Constable Steve Heywood defends the dramatic event …

HTC One gets bonus Google Drive storage as Sense 5.5 update rolls out abroad

Google is taking a page out of Dropbox's book and offering free extra storage for certain HTC One handsets. The HTC One Max got 50GB of storage space out of the box, but we've been tipped that those with the handset's smaller sibling will net an additional 25GB of room in the cloud, all thanks to …

Scientists discover DNA body clock

A US scientist has discovered an internal body clock based on DNA that measures the biological age of our tissues and organs.<p>The clock shows that while many healthy tissues age at the same rate as the body as a whole, some of them age much faster or slower. The age of diseased organs varied hugely, …

Inside Evasi0n, The Most Elaborate Jailbreak To Ever Hack Your iPhone

In Apple’s eternal cat and mouse game to control what you can and can’t run on your iOS device, score another one for the mice.<p>On Monday a team of hackers that calls themselves the evad3rs released evasi0n, the first jailbreak program that works for the iPhone 5, as well as the iPad 4, the iPad …

Nintendo says more cross-play titles are in development

Nintendo is working on more games that will feature cross-platform functionality with consoles from other manufacturers, the company confirmed with VG247.<p>"We can confirm that cross-platform functionality is possible in certain titles that play on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, as well as other video game …

HTC Hints At Plans For A Tablet And Wearable Device

Struggling Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC is seeking ways to expand its business — as CEO Peter Chou and chairwoman Cher Wang hint in a Financial Times interview at plans for a tablet and a wearable device.<p>Chou says that HTC worked with Microsoft on a smartwatch several years ago — though …

European Space Agency aims to perfect 3D printing of metal parts within five years

Like NASA, the European Space Agency is actively pursuing 3D-printed metal components for use in spacecraft, planes, and even nuclear fusion applications. The ESA has unveiled printed parts made from metal that it says can withstand temperatures of up to 3500 degrees Celsius, far beyond the limits …

Amazon: Threat or menace? | Salon.com

Amazon is the perfect narrative vehicle for exploring how the revolutionary changes ushered in by the Internet have remade our world. As Stone reminds us, from the very first moment any of us pointed and clicked our way to an online book purchase in the 1990s, Amazon embodied the utopian, …

Apple reportedly cuts production of iPhone 5C as market opts for pricier 5S

Apple(s aapl) has reduced its fourth-quarter orders for the new iPhone 5C due to relatively weak demand, according to multiple reports. A poor …

Google Glass firmware teardown hints at a slew of intriguing new features

Google Glass wearers were treated to some new features with this month's XE10 update, but what's hiding under the hood might be even more promising. <i>Android Police</i> posted their APK teardown earlier today, and their findings are nothing if not intriguing. Among the features that may be on the horizon …

Smartwatches Will Be Huge By 2017: Report

Prepare for a world of cyborgs.<p>Wearable technology, which includes camera-equipped smartwatches like the Galaxy Gear and Internet-connected eyewear like Google Glass, is set to explode over the next few years, according to a report released Friday.<p>The report, from Swedish telecom market researcher …

Samsung Galaxy Gear adverts show smartwatch as fictional gadget that's come to life

Samsung's adverts for its Galaxy Gear take clips from old films such as the Knight Rider and Inspector Gadget to suggest that its new device has made fictional objects come to life.<p><b>Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch</b> was unveiled last month promising a quick and convenient way to make calls, use apps …

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Lego Minifigure history printed in inch-high book

To celebrate the Lego Minifigure's 35th anniversary, DK Books has crafted a tiny version of its new commemorative Lego book. Created with a keen sense for detail, the book contains the same content as the full-sized version, and is also able to be gripped in any Minifigure's claw-like hands. The …

Nexus 5 couldn't be more leaked as manual confirms specs

Google's new flagship blower is surely mere days from launch, as the eagerly awaited mobile's full service manual has appeared online. Leaked by an …

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HTC One Max leaks out with Verizon badge front-and-center

When HTC launched the HTC Mini+, everyone wondered when the company would release a phone large enough to justify buying a companion device. These images, from <i>Android Central's</i> forums, makes the arrival of the 6-inch HTC One Max that much more of a foregone conclusion. The anonymous Verizon …