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GEAK Watch packs Android, WiFi and a plethora of sensors, claims to be 'world's first true smartwatch'

Nowadays, we can't help but be skeptical of products that claim to be a smartwatch. In fact, what <i>is</i> a smartwatch, anyway? Perhaps GEAK, a Shanghai-based subsidiary of content giant Shanda, has a somewhat convincing answer. Simply dubbed the GEAK Watch, this wearable device packs a surprising number …

Sony SmartWatch 2 unveiled: a water-resistant 'second screen' for Android devices

Sony's taking a second stab at the fledgling wearable category it helped pioneer with today's announcement of the SmartWatch 2. The Android-powered wristwatch retains the familiar remote functionality of its predecessor (i.e., allowing users to answer calls, read email and texts, snap photos, …

Pebble seals exclusive retail deal, lands at Best Buy July 7th for $150 (update: white Pebbles shipping)

Yes, last night's rumors were true. Pebble just announced that it's sealed an exclusive retail deal to sell its iconic smartwatch at Best Buy locations nationwide. The wearable device is available online right now (source link below) and will land in stores starting July 7th for $150. Color choices …

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 review

For all intents and purposes, eight inches is the new sweet spot for tablets. We've so far seen a few hits with this form factor, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 perhaps foremost among them. It makes sense, after all; 10.1 inches can be unwieldy for travelers, and 7 inches scrimps a bit on screen real …

HTC designers arrested for allegedly lifting trade secrets

Amidst major telecom news from Verizon(s vz) and Microsoft(s msft) this weekend, HTC was almost able to scuttle away a big scandal involving some of …

Drone club for kids with autism is really, really awesome

These videos will make you smile.<p>To help kids on the autism spectrum see the world in brand-new ways, a team of parents has equipped them with technical lessons, drones, and video cameras. "Taking Autism To The Skies" (TATTS) is a crowdfunded project that combines teamwork, film-making, geography, …

Spy Drones Turning Up New Data About Hurricanes And Weather

For several weeks now, two unmanned spy planes have been flying over the Atlantic on an unusual mission: gathering intelligence about tropical storms and hurricanes.<p>The two Global Hawk drones are a central part of NASA's five-year HS3 (Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel) Mission investigating why …

Tiger Woods slumps to No. 2 in 2013 FedExCup standings after deflating Deutsche Bank Championship

Tiger Woods never got it going at the Deutsche Bank Championship, where the world No. 1 lost his top spot in the FedExCup rankings after a woeful week at TPC Boston.<p>Tiger Woods began the week as the official top golfer in the world and in the FedExCup standings. Still No. 1 in the rankings, Woods, …

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This bracelet could replace your passwords, your car keys, and even your fingerprints

Fingerprint readers. Face Unlock. Retinal scanners. They're all no better than your average password, at least the way Dr. Karl Martin sees it. "Your face, your iris — they're all physical features that can be stolen, that you leave everywhere."<p>Luckily, Dr. Martin has a better idea. He's planning …

Watch This Tiny Robot Leap Over Walls [Video]

Hello, TailBot!<p>With the goal of making a robot that can run, jump, and maneuver in the air, a student team at Michigan State University came up with this monkey-like miniature machine: TailBot. It is <i>super</i> goofy. For example: to run, it doesn't run on its legs so much as knock itself over with its …

These Are The World's Deadliest Killers

HIV, cancer, malaria, and more, up close--plus some non-killers, to show what this new microscopy system can do.<p>At three Australian universities, a new tool is allowing researchers to see things that have never been seen before. GE's superfancy new microscope, the DeltaVision OMX Blaze, is designed …

Wristband identifies you based on your heartbeat

The Underground Map of the Elements

The periodic table is an awesome piece of information organisation. By following one cardinal rule – all elements appear in order of their atomic number – and then carefully restricting the number of elements in each row (or period), clear patterns emerge.<p>For example, the first column (or group) …

Roger Federer loses in US Open leading many to wonder whether the great man's magic has disappeared for good

There is something truly poignant about watching the decline of the very greatest sportsmen. The trick of the memory is that it always persuades you their old brilliance must somehow materialise to carry them through to more historic dates when all the evidence is that their golden days are, well, …

Roger Federer ousted at US Open

NEW YORK -- Right from the start, Roger Federer looked very little like, well, Roger Federer.<p>In the opening game of his fourth-round match at the US …

Windows Phone 8 UI at 1080p exposed by leaked screenshot

Microsoft is currently preparing a Windows Phone 8 update to support 1080p devices, but a leaked screenshot has revealed just how the Live Tile user interface will scale to upcoming large-screen devices. Twitter account Evleaks posted the Windows Phone screenshot earlier today, and <i>The Verge</i> is able …

HTC One shows off fancy blue color in hands-on photos

BERLIN -- If you're a little bored of the usual white, grey, and black phones hanging around, then HTC has another option for you. Joining its gorgeous red hue, the HTC One and the<p>One Miniare now available in a shiny new shade of blue.<p>Looks good, right? Have patience though as HTC hasn't yet said …

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