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The next USB plug will finally be reversible

Work has begun on a new generation of USB that will break compatibility with existing connectors in order to improve ease of use and allow for thinner devices. The new connector, called Type-C, is an addition to the existing USB 3.1 specification and is expected to be finalized by the middle of …

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All Time Favorites<p>We put Shark Tank's bizarre and amazing products to the test<p>4:02<p>The tech 'Back to the Future' predicted for 2015 -- and what it missed<p>5:50<p>Emoji dos and don'ts<p>2:49<p>Super-creepy 3D-printed cape responds to onlookers (Tomorrow Daily 248)<p>7:53<p>Behind-the-scenes of Disneyland's 60th …

Samsung Galaxy S5 to get unibody metal shell

<b>Samsung's next Galaxy smartphone will have a metal body, following HTC and Apple's premium devices, if Japanese website EMSOne is to be</i> …

Phones

Google takes on Amazon by slashing cost of cloud storage

The California tech giant said its cloud platform's key compute engine was now "generally available" after a test period<p>Google is stepping up its efforts to move into the internet "cloud", taking on rivals like Amazon and Microsoft in competition for business customers.<p>The California tech giant …

The gentle art of cracking passwords

<b>On the internet, the most popular colour is blue, at least when it comes to passwords.</b><p>If you are wondering why, it is largely because so many popular websites and services (Facebook, Twitter and Google to name but three) use the colour in their logo. That has a subtle impact on the choices people …

Information Systems

Will 3D Sensing From PrimeSense Make Apple's Siri More Psychic?

How much more intelligent and perceptive could Siri be if it understood more than just what you told it? What if it understood where you were in your house? Or if you were out in public? What if it had some basic spatial awareness that could help narrow the context of what you are asking?<p>These are …

Amazon testing 'octocopter' package-delivery drones

Amazon is testing a delivery service that uses drones to deliver packages within 30 minutes of an order being placed.<p>Dubbed Amazon Prime Air, the service uses 8-propeller drones about the size of a remote-controlled airplane to transport shoebox-size plastic bins from fulfillment centers to …

Stephen Elop's rise to Microsoft CEO seen as ‘less likely’

Microsoft appears to be narrowing its CEO search even further. The software maker previously reportedly shortlisted Ford CEO Alan Mulally, former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, Microsoft cloud boss Satya Nadella, and former Skype president Tony Bates. <i>Bloomberg News</i> now reports that Microsoft’s board is …

LifeProof announces waterproof, Touch-ID compatible nüüd and frē case

LifeProof has announced an updated version of it’s nüüd and frē cases. The cases both offer the same level of water, dirt, snow and shock protection as the previous nüüd and frē case for the iPhone 5, but now they support using the Touch ID sensor that is built into the home button on the newer …

Google is Building Ephemeral App Support into Chromium

Google really wants Chrome apps to take off. Not only has the company added rich notifications, in-app payments, and an app launcher into its browser, but now it’s developing ephemeral apps that launch by just clicking a link.<p>There are two separate components here. Ephemeral apps (you can enable …

Google's gorgeous Thanksgiving doodle: Everyone can contribute

What will you bring to your Thanksgiving feast?<p>A pie, perhaps. Or a turkey, some sauvignon blanc and a risque joke you heard at work.<p>But what if you're a fox and you go around killing chickens for the fun of it, never once imagining that you could make a positive contribution to society?<p>Well, …

Gionee Elife E7 boasts most sensitive 16MP camera, 2.5GHz Snapdragon 800

Gionee isn't exactly a name that you'd come across in the Western market every day, but this time, the Chinese company has big global ambitions. The latest proof is its Elife E7, a 5.5-inch 1080p Android phone that boasts two titles: it's the first known phone featuring the 2.5GHz flavor of …

Galaxy Note 3 to come in red and white gold in January (renders)

Samsung spearheaded the practice of offering flagship devices in multiple colors, carefully timing the release of new models to generate buzz throughout the lifetime of the device.<p>The Note 3 is no exception – Samsung is currently offering the S Pen-enabled device in the classic black and white …

Mt.Gox Launches Bitcoins.com To Explain What The Heck A Bitcoin Is

It’s Thanksgiving! And, judging by the fact that you read tech blogs, you’re probably at least a bit of a geek. Know what that means? Today’s the day you get to answer all of your extended family’s tech questions! Hurrah!<p>For the last few years, that’s probably meant explaining the difference …

FDA to 23andMe: Stop DNA testing

23andMe has made a name for itself providing a service many people didn’t even know they needed: a complete DNA profile, including risk percentages …

Oculus Rift-based virtual reality game could help restore 3D vision (video)

Many will tell you that video games are bad for your eyes, but James Blaha doesn't buy that theory. He's developing a crowdfunded virtual reality title, <i>Diplopia</i>, that could help restore 3D vision. The <i>Breakout</i> variant trains those with crossed eye problems to coordinate their eyes by manipulating …

Click! Google rebuilds Android camera base for better photos

Want a better camera on your Android device? Google does, too.<p>For that reason, the company has overhauled the mobile OS's plumbing. Google has built deep into Android support for two higher-end photography features -- raw image formats and burst mode -- and could expose those features so that …

Microsoft replacing 'small number' of faulty Xbox Ones

Microsoft’s Xbox One console launched in the US and some European markets on Friday, but some owners have been reporting disc drive issues. Most of the failures involve the inability to read discs and a loud knocking sound from the drive. Microsoft is aware of the issue and says it’s "affecting a …

IRL: the Samsung Galaxy Round is a curved Note 3 that costs way too much

<i>Welcome to</i> IRL<i>, an ongoing feature where we talk about the gadgets, apps and toys we're using in real life and take a second look at products that already got the formal review treatment.</i><p>Flat smartphones are <i>so</i> early 2013; concave is the new hotness. At least, that's what Samsung and LG might have …

Intel's next many-core chip will be a true stand-alone processor

Intel's current Xeon Phi doesn't really fulfill the promise of many-core computing -- it's a co-processor that needs a 'real' CPU to function. That will change when the next-generation Knights Landing model arrives, Intel revealed at the Supercomputing Conference this week. The 14-nanometer chip …

What If The Wii U Launched This Month?

It’s hard to put into context the incredible news that both Sony's PS4 and Microsoft's Xbox One both sold over a million units worldwide within their first day of release. Those numbers are unprecedented, with the PS3 and Xbox 360 only selling a few hundred thousand units apiece during their launch …

Xbox One vs. PS4: A Guide to Making the Toughest Gaming Decision in Years

It was 1981. Ronald Reagan was president, MTV had just launched and choosing a video game system was easy. The Atari 2600 was the best and most …

India could replace the US as Facebook’s #1 market in a matter of months

Facebook has had wild success with its push into emerging markets.<p>Now Jana CEO Nathan Eagle is predicting that it will only be months before India supplants the US and becomes Facebook’s largest market in terms of users. Eagle earlier this month had forecast that most of the social networking …

Developing Countries

Report: Google in talks with VSP Global for Google Glass frames, lenses

Google(s goog) has said it’s working on a solution for Google Glass wearers that require corrective lenses. Few details have surfaced so far, but the …

FCC confirms it may allow mobile calls during flight, but airlines have final say (update)

The FCC has confirmed that on December 12th, it will consider a proposal that would give airlines the option to let passengers make cellphone calls during flight. But the Commission is also attempting to head off any consumer unrest over such a change, underlining the fact that airlines (and their …

Instagram May Be Launching A Private Messaging Feature Soon

Now, sources tell GigaOm that Instagram is getting ready to launch a new private messaging feature inside the visual content sharing platform, which will also include group messaging.<p>One of the most frustrating things about Instagram is the inability to contact a member privately; you have to say …