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The next Apple TV reportedly won't have 4K video

The 4K television market is a mess, and according to a report from <i>BuzzFeed News</i>, Apple won't be helping it get any better this year. <i>BuzzFeed</i> reports that Apple won't be bringing 4K streaming to the next generation of Apple TV, which so far is par for the course; the company just hasn't said …

Jamstik+ is a backpack-friendly 'smart guitar'

The first time I encountered Jamstik, a guitar controller for Mac and iOS, was at CES 2013. Zivix -- the team behind the product -- came to our trailer and gave us a demo. That was a prototype, which eventually got crowdfunded and did pretty well as history tells it. Now there's Jamstik+ with a few …

Guitar

Apple Watch Preorders Start at 12:01 a.m. PDT on April 10

We knew that pre-orders for the Apple Watch were set to begin on April 10 from the company’s most recent press event, but we finally have the actual time: 12:01 a.m. PDT.<p>That’s not a big surprise, but the time is worth keeping in mind if you’re in a different time zone and want to order one before …

Apple shows what its watch can do in new video tutorials

Apple is giving us a detailed look at some of the main features of Apple Watch, a week before presales start for the device.<p>The company on Friday released four new videos on its website that give a general overview of the device and show off "Digital Touch," "Faces" and "Messages" on Apple Watch. …

Google's Project Loon balloon circles Earth in a record 22 days

Google's Project Loon Wi-Fi broadcasting balloons can feasibly circle the Earth in 33 days -- a feat Ibis-167 recently tried to pull off. Jumping onto swift air currents and quickly changing altitudes, Ibis-167 was actually able to beat that time and circumnavigate the globe in a record 22 days.<p>"It …

Bionic kangaroo's one small hop is a giant leap in the field of automation

If it looks like a kangaroo and hops like a kangaroo, it could be a sophisticated robot powered by electric drives and pneumatic pumps.<p>After two years of research, German engineers have unveiled a "bionic kangaroo" which closely emulates the marsupial's unique hop.<p>Standing about a metre tall and …

Google's 'Glass' trademark held back by US patent office

The United States government is taking exception to Google's attempt to trademark the word "Glass." The search giant applied for the trademark last year, but <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> reports the US Patent and Trademark Office objected on two grounds. Firstly, that it would cause confusion between …

Apple: Samsung made 'false statements' during opening argument

And so the Apple v. Samsung legal wrangling continues.<p>In a California patent case, Apple filed a motion late Thursday asking the court to let it present previously banned evidence and testimony. At issue is whether Apple itself uses the patents it has accused Samsung of copying. Samsung's …

BlackBerryesque Typo iPhone case hit with sales ban

BlackBerry has squashed Ryan Seacrest's BlackBerryesque Typo iPhone case, at least for the time being.<p>A US district judge in San Francisco granted this week a preliminary injunction -- i.e., a temporary sales ban -- against the $99 Typo, which grafts a physical keyboard onto an iPhone.<p>BlackBerry is …

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Kickstarter backers get nothing from Oculus sale

Venture capital firms Spark Capital and Matrix Partners made a 2,000 percent return on their early investments in Oculus VR Inc., the virtual-reality company acquired last week by Facebook for $2.3 billion. It's a potent reminder of how profitable a timely bet on a startup can be. Nine thousand …

NSA reportedly targeted as many as 122 world leaders for surveillance

New leaked NSA documents published in <i>Der Spiegel</i> and <i>The Intercept</i> appear to reveal more details about how that agency targeted a list of world leaders that is larger than previously thought. The documents, leaked to the publications by Edward Snowden, contain a list of 11 world leaders that have …

Oculus VR Employees Are Getting Death Threats Following The $2 Billion Facebook Deal

But Oculus, without even having a consumer product on the market yet (they have built prototype headsets that immerse users in a mind-blowing virtual environment) has already received tons of negative feedback, to include death threats.<p>"These are the kind of mergers that make me cringe," wrote one …

Employment

What Google And Uber Have In Store For The Future

Last week, I published a piece of speculative fiction about how I saw Google and Uber evolving as companies and taking advantage of new technology 10 years from now. That “Dispatch From The Future” got quite a lot of attention, in part because more than a few people got very excited about the …

Elon Musk just started building a real 'Iron Man' laboratory

The SpaceX founder plans to unveil gesture-based system next week<p>SpaceX and Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk has often been compared to a real life version of Tony Stark, aka Iron Man. Director Jon Favreau has openly said that Musk inspired his depiction of Stark in the first <i>Iron Man</i> film, and both …

Pegatron employee spies a pile of iPhone 5Cs, all warming up for September

When we spotted this photo on French blog <i>NoWhereElse</i>, we were close to dismissing this as just a bunch of iPhone 5C knock-offs (the shanzhai industry works <i>very</i> fast), just as the site also speculates. But after digging around the original poster's Sina Weibo profile, we deduced that this spy shot …

Bad guys use 3D-printed bank card skimmers to steal $100K

For every good use of 3D printing, there are a half-dozen bad ones.<p>The latest in the latter camp comes from Sydney, Australia, where bad guys have used 3D printing to create custom bank card skimmers. The devices, which are used to snatch card numbers, affected tens of thousands of people and …

See a 3-D Printed Humanoid at World Maker Faire

If you’re attending World Maker Faire in New York next month, be sure to see the progress Chuck Fletcher has made on his InMoov robot, an open source humanoid robot that anyone can print and motorize.<p>I will be brining a fully articulated and animated 3D printed humanoid animatronic robot. The build …

Out Of The Comics, Into Reality: Jet Pack Moves Closer To Market

From Buck Rogers to James Bond, we all have a pretty concrete mental image of a jet pack — a motorized backpack with little handles in front and smoke shooting out of the back.<p>The New Zealand-based Martin Aircraft Co. doesn't just think it's turned the jet pack of your imagination into a reality. …

The First Quantum Teleportation In A Computer Chip

In a milestone for quantum computing, researchers at ETH Zurich have demonstrated quantum teleportation in a solid-state circuit. Even more, they’ve broken something of a quantum speed record – they estimate that their system could teleport 10,000 quantum bits per second. This teleportation …

SpaceX's Reusable Rocket Hits Another Milestone

Yesterday, SpaceX hit another milestone in its ongoing research effort to build a reusable rocket. That rocket, dubbed “Grasshopper,” has so far had several successful tests, with each successive test putting the rocket further and further up in the air, then returning safely to Earth.<p>The test …

Kepler Spacecraft Disabled; "Exciting Discoveries" Still to Come

NASA officials announce that the Kepler spacecraft is damaged beyond repair.<p><b>The Kepler spacecraft, which has revolutionized our understanding of the vast number of exoplanets beyond our solar system, has been damaged beyond repair, NASA officials said today.</b><p>The space agency reported the end of the …

Hyetis promises smartwatch with 41-megapixel camera for $1,200

While we'd love to see Hyetis newest smartwatch in the real world, we're not entirely sure it's not just the product of an engineer's fevered dreams. Aimed squarely at tech-savvy one-percenters, the Hyetis Crossbow claims to pack a 41-megapixel camera that you can carry around at the end of your …

Brewster, The Hyped Contacts Manager That Launched Last Year, Has Lost All Of Its Original Employees

There are a mix of reasons for why all the employees have left, but this source says it's mostly due to concern over the app's poor user engagement and acquisition and frustration over founder Steve Greenwood's management style and vision for the company.<p>It's unclear how many active users Brewster …

Employment

Fox News says Apple board concerned about pace of innovation

Fox Business Network's Charlie Gasparino reports that there is concern in Apple's boardroom. According to his sources, the board of directors is getting antsy about the pace of innovation under Tim Cook's leadership. He stated that his "sources are solid on this thing," and the "pressure is on to …

Korean Internet Company NHN Splits To Battle Kakao (Updated)

South Korea’s largest Internet company NHN, with a market capitalization of $11.5 billion, suspended trading on July 30. The reason? It decided to split its search (Naver) and online gaming (Hangame, to be renamed NHN Entertainment) divisions. When it resumes trading on Aug. 29, it will be as two …

T-Mobile CEO Says More Apple Products Coming

T-Mobile CEO John Legere says that it is the company’s message, not the arrival of the iPhone, that is behind a recent surge in new customers.<p>In an …

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Cyber-Security Company Sentinel Labs Raises $2.5M

Sentinel Labs, a startup that detects cyber-security threats in real time, has raised $2.5 million in seed funding from Data Collective, Granite Hill Capital Partners, Accel Partners and several other angel investors. The company also raised $20,000 in funding last March.<p>A graduate of Israeli …