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Sound Gestures

Using DigitalHabit(s)’ gestural interface, this twist on the desktop speaker encourages user interaction by reacting to movements of the hand. …

A Touch of Sound

Mórimo is a multi-sensory instrument which helps the “listener” experience music beyond hearing. The structure is covered with an elastic membrane …

The Cyborg Foundation: we urge you to become part-machine

Moon Ribas and Neil Harbisson from The Cyborg Foundation urged the audience at Pioneers Festival to consider experimenting with cyborgism.<p>Both Ribas …

Can’t Get Away From It All? The Problem Isn’t Technology — It’s You | WIRED

A few years ago, my wife and I spent three weeks hiking the backcountry of California. We walked more than 200 miles without crossing a road—and even …

Google Channels Pixar to Change Storytelling as We Know It

People who own a Moto X, the flagship phone of Google-powered handset maker Motorola Mobility, might be wondering this morning: <i>What the hell is that</i> …

NSA uproar could spark changes not seen since 1970s

Momentum is building in Congress, but some fear overhaul will go too far.<p>WASHINGTON — As criticism of the National Security Agency mounts, the U.S. intelligence community is bracing for an overhaul of how it does business on a level not seen since Sen. Frank Church held hearings into intelligence …

Coast Guard visits mysterious 'Google barge'

Agency mum on trip and San Francisco vessel's purpose, citing "commercial confidentiality."<p>SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard on Wednesday visited the mysterious "Google barge" floating in San Francisco Bay, but the agency would not reveal anything about the tech giant's hush-hush vessel.<p>Google has …

Who Has The Right To Know Where Your Phone Has Been?

You probably know, or should know, that your cellphone is tracking your location everywhere you go. But whether law enforcement officials should have access to that data is at the center of a constitutional debate.<p>Matt Blaze, a professor of computer and information science at the University of …

Google smartwatch with Google Now coming sooner than expected, 'ready within months'

A Google-produced smartwatch is close to entering production, says a report from the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>. The Google watch, which has been rumored multiple times, will run Android with a heavy focus on the company's Google Now personal assistant. Google Now provides useful at-a-glance information …

WSJ Claims Google Smartwatch Product Starting in Months

The Wall Street Journal first reported Google is developing an Android-powered smartwatch (and console) back in July, and today the newspaper claimed the watch is in “late-stage development” and could be ready for mass production “within months.”<p>Citing sources, the WSJ says the smartwatch will be …

The Web Behind The Wall Explains China’s Complicated Startup Industry

“The Web Behind The Wall” is an e-book published by TechNode (our partner for next month’s TechCrunch Shanghai event) that wants to be “the #1 resource for foreign tech companies to understand China.” The book is a quick but highly informative read about China’s startup ecosystem, which has proven …

How You Handle Screen, Technology Time With Your Kids

Smartphones and tablets. You can't miss them, and your kids can't resist them. Even the smallest children — 40 percent of kids 8 years old and under — have used their parents' mobile devices, according to a survey out this week by the nonprofit Common Sense Media. This week, we're exploring the …

Amazon matches print books with discounted digital copies

Searching for a digital version of a print book you bought from Amazon? You may be able to find it at a low price, courtesy of a new Kindle program.<p>Launched on Tuesday, Kindle MatchBook lets you buy the Kindle version of certain print books you purchased new from Amazon. More than 70,000 books are …

Top Reviewers On Amazon Get Tons Of Free Stuff

You're on Amazon.com. You're buying, say, a toaster, and you're checking out the customer reviews. You assume the people writing these reviews are people like you — people who wanted a toaster, went online and bought one. As it turns out, a lot of reviews on Amazon are written by people who are …

Google shows off updated Glass hardware with earbud and prescription support

A day after inviting members of its Explorers program to swap their old frames for new ones, Google Glass is showing the world what the latest model looks like. In a post on Google+, the company shows a slightly modified version of Glass that includes a removable mono earbud. These will also be the …

12 Thrilling Facts About Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ Video

Michael Jackson’s video for “Thriller” was released nearly 30 years ago, on December 2nd, 1983. Director John Landis (<i>The Blues Brothers, An American</i> …

Bach Unwigged: The Man Behind The Music

Johann Sebastian Bach has been a central figure in the life of British conductor John Eliot Gardiner since he was a youngster. On his way to bed, he couldn't help glancing up at the famous 18th-century portrait of Bach that hung in the first floor landing of the old mill house in Dorset, England …