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Energous still isn't delivering truly wireless charging, but says it's coming later this year

Energous has been promising to deliver truly wireless charging to all the gadgets in our lives for a few years now, but the company still isn't ready to deliver it.<p>In a phone call ahead of CES, Energous CEO Steve Rizzone said that wireless charging transmitters, which can charge devices wirelessly …

Gear & Gadgets

P2P mobile payment app Tapp raises $9 million to tap into the cash economy in Southeast Asia

Finland-based mobile payment app Tapp Commerce has raised $9 million to expand its operations in Southeast Asia for users without a bank account or credit card.<p>Mobile phones have emerged as the dominant alternative payment method to cash for buying and selling goods and services in emerging …

Inventor of the cell phone says this is the next big thing

Marty Cooper, who built the first handheld cell phone, says his invention has a glaring flaw: You have to keep charging its battery.<p>"Keeping your phone charger around is a real annoyance," Cooper told CNNMoney in an interview. "And I think it's going to be an increasing problem."<p>Ensuring that your …

CNN

UCI scientists stumble upon the key to never-ending batteries

What usually happens when someone goofs off at work? For most people this typically means missing a deadline or (at the very least) upsetting your …

Batteries

Researchers develop nanowire battery that could last for decades

It’s no secret that batteries, the lifeblood of the portable electronics we use on a daily basis, haven’t seen a meaningful technological leap for …

Batteries

Peggy Is A Smart Clothes Peg That Lets You Know When Its About To Rain

Omo has announced Peggy a smart clothes peg that will let you know when it is about to rain, the device is place on your washing line and it can …

Thanks To Google, Your Phone Now Doubles As A Lightsaber

Every single time I see something else pushing “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” I roll my eyes. And then I try something else where I think “OK, that was pretty smart.” Disney has teamed up with every brand known to man to promote the film, which premiered last night in Los Angeles. One of the …

Here are the Mercedes-Benz vehicles coming to the US with Apple CarPlay in 2016

A leaked dealership memo points out which MY2016 vehicles will come with Apple's smartphone-connectivity software and how the brand will overcome a couple of unique challenges.<p>Despite being announced over a year ago, it's taken some time for automakers to include Apple CarPlay, the tech giant's …

WSJ: Samsung's Galaxy S7 will have a pressure-sensitive display

Nine months is a long time in the smartphone industry, so it should come as no surprise that Samsung is already preparing to launch the next iteration of its flagship smartphone. While the Korean smartphone maker may still be a few months away from showing us what's new, the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> has …

Here's how the top iPhone apps are using 3D Touch

What's a polite word for 'least effort possible'?<p>When Apple introduced 3D Touch on the iPhone 6S this September, it described the technology as a revolutionary paradigm for interacting with touchscreen devices. And it really seems like 3D Touch — and pressure sensitivity in general — could become …

Apple TV Now Has Over 2,600 Apps, Largest Category Is Games

A new report out today details the growth of the Apple TV App Store in the month or so it’s been live, noting that the store has already grown to include 2,624 applications, the majority being games. At the current rate of growth, the store is estimated to reach 5,000 apps a month from now, and as …

Walmart wants you to pay through its mobile app

Never mind Android Pay and Apple Pay -- Walmart would rather you use its own mobile payment service. It's launching Walmart Pay (how creative!), a payment system that has you scanning QR codes within its app to make purchases. It's not the most elegant method as a result, but the upshot is an …

New Walmart Pay app adds to mobile payments fray

The retailer's mobile app will allow shoppers to use their Android or iPhone smartphones to make purchases in Walmart stores.<p>Walmart is jumping into the mobile payments business, the first US retailer to make its own push for consumers to use their smartphones as mobile wallets.<p>The world's largest …

Apple's TV Plans Fell Apart Over Content Owners' Resistance to Skinny Bundles

Following comments made by CBS CEO Les Moonves on the state of Apple's rumored television service, news leaked confirming Apple has put plans for such a service on hold for the time being due to difficulties securing content deals.<p>While <i>Bloomberg</i> spoke to a source that chalked the failed …

Smart TV
Google Play

Playstation VR's Launch In 2016 Is Important For Nintendo And Microsoft Gamers Too

All gamers should take note, no matter your allegiance<p>The Playstation VR will be released in the first half of 2016—important information if you’re even the slightest fan of video games.<p>There’s been much said about virtual reality being the next big step for gaming, but there’s only one …

Hit-and-run suspect arrested after her own car calls cops

A Florida woman’s own car snitched on her after she allegedly rear-ended two vehicles and left the scene without reporting the accident to the …

Crime

PlayStation VR is a few games away from being ready for prime time

The PlayStation Experience event in San Francisco this weekend is one of the biggest opportunities to date for the public to check out PlayStation VR -- more than a dozen titles are on display here, including titles from Sony, Harmonix, Capcom and more. Unfortunately, it hasn't been easy for those …

The PlayStation VR Games Sony Announced Today Look Amazing

During its PlayStation Experience (PSX) event in San Francisco today, Sony unveiled some new information about the PlayStation VR and showed off some new titles. Unfortunately we’ve gotten no more information on dates aside from early 2016. However, the games we saw during today’s keynote look …

'Rock Band VR' is coming from Oculus and Harmonix in 2016

Oculus VR's Palmer Luckey was going to be at The Game Awards but we didn't know why. It turns out that he was going to appear onstage and debut <i>Rock Band VR.</i> All we know for now is that it's coming next year and that, well, you'll play a version of <i>Rock Band</i> in virtual reality, and that Dragon …

Google's latest app can turn Android phones into VR cameras

While we're big fans of Samsung's Gear VR, Google's Cardboard is still the cheapest and easiest way to get your feet wet with virtual reality. With just a piece of cardboard, velcro, a couple of lenses and your handy smartphone, you can set foot on Mars or be immersed in a Paul McCartney concert. …

ShiftWear E-Paper Sneakers Can Be Easily Customised Using A Companion App (video)

David Coelho has created a new style of footwear called ShiftWear that take the form of a very unique pair of e-paper sneakers that can be customised …

Magic Leap offers another peek at its mysterious AR tech via new demo video

Magic Leap first stepped into the spotlight last year when a team of investors led by Google injected more than half a billion dollars into the …

Augmented Reality

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro With Built In Projector Launching From €299

At the IFA 2015 taking place in Berlin this week, Lenovo has unveiled a range of new hardware that includes a new 10 inch tablet that is equipped …

These Star Wars Google Cardboard VR viewers are adorable, and free (for Verizon customers)

Verizon's Star Wars-themed Google Cardboard viewers launch alongside a new mobile Star Wars VR experience. We took a look at all of them.<p>Another week, another Star Wars-branded thing. But this one's pretty fun: little foldable Google Cardboard VR viewers with character art, and they don't cost a …

9 Gifts For The Smartest Smart Home

1/9<p>Samsung Smartthings Hub<p>You’ll likely want a hub to get you started. Something that connects all those sensors and gadgets to raise your home’s IQ.<p>The Samsung Smartthings version is a good one to start with. It wirelessly connects to a wide array of sensors that will allow you to control …

Home Automation

Apple TV Is About To Disrupt Five Industries That Don't Realize It

I’ve been living with AppleTV for about two weeks now and the dedicated app store has finally started to pick up steam and go beyond the much-touted apps of Periscope and pals. First off, let’s be clear, someone is asleep at the wheel at Apple There are some truly awful apps available but there is …

Apple TV

Netflix has built a VR living room for your next series binge

The next stage in the evolution of virtual reality has so far been pitched mainly at gamers -- with a sprinkle of social media, journalism and …

A new patent reveals how Google's self driving cars could talk to pedestrians

But will its robotic arm know the right gesture for road rage?<p>As Google works towards the dream of the total driverless car, one of the problems that has been cropping up is that the vehicles are, by design, very defensive drivers. This can leave them stuck at four-way intersections where a little …