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This startup’s tech verifies your identity by scanning your eye with your smartphone

Eye scanner identification systems are the stuff of spy movies, but EyeVerify is bringing them to the mainstream.<p>The startup took home the first prize at the Kauffman Foundations’s Get in the Ring startup clash yesterday, beating out hundreds of applicants for the award.<p>EyeVerify’s biometric …

A Phone Charging Device For The Next Billion Turns Heat Into Power

The Voto uses cookstoves, a handheld fuel cell, and simple biomass fuels to power lights and devices in areas where electricity is scarce.<p>Billions of people in the developing world are using mobile phones, and a growing portion of them are connecting to the Internet for the time through them. But …

University in Cyprus Becomes First to Accept Bitcoin Payments

Bitcoin has taken yet another step into the realm of real life viability, as the University of Nicosia (UNic) in Cyprus decided to accept the digital …

LED light-up carpet helps you find your way

<b>Lighting company Philips has teamed up with carpeting company Desso to create light-up carpet to provide directions, information and …

The transparent and flexible electronics of the future could be printed with an ordinary printer

New liquid alloy promises a world of exciting possibilities<p>If the dreamers of the tech world have their way, the day will come when we'll use 3D printers to produce everything we need, from nourishing meals to spacecraft parts. Electronics have proven tougher to manufacture at home, however, due to …

New ‘liquid metal’ will let you print circuits on paper, T-shirts, or even leaves

Three Chinese scientists say they’ve found a way to create a metal that’s liquid at room temperatures, can be printed as if it was ink in ordinary, everyday desktop printers, and will adhere to surfaces as diverse and supple as rubber, paper, cotton T-shirts, or a leaf off an oak tree.<p>Need an RFID …

Southwest to Be First With Gate-to-Gate Wi-Fi Service

Frequent fliers have been quick to note which airlines are allowing passengers to use their electronics during takeoff and landing, but Southwest …

Sony's SmartWig patent is a real head-scratcher

Most large tech companies are either making wearable devices, or at least showing an interest in them. Sony's got a smartwatch, sure, but it's bored of such "in-the-box" thinking. Either that, or someone at Sony's been hitting the pipe, as the company's trying to patent what it calls a "SmartWig"</i> …

WATCH: Scientists Unveil ‘Invisibility Cloak’ and Make Teddy Bear Disappear

It’s not exactly the cloak from <i>Harry Potter</i>, but scientists in Singapore recently unveiled a chamber of light-bending glass that promises to bring us …

One reason to get a PS4 or Xbox One: The sports games

With the PS4 and Xbox One launching over the next couple of weeks, I've been asking my fellow editors whether they're getting one, and if so, which one? Many currently have a PS3 or Xbox 360 -- or both -- so they're in the game, so to speak, and would be candidates for a new system. However, the …

Gaming

Pivothead's new video capture glasses let you mix and match power, storage and wireless add-ons

Pivothead's video-recording specs have undergone only a slight evolution since they launched early last year, gaining live broadcast abilities through the Air Sync add-on. Here at Expand NY, however, we've seen what's next, as the company's been kind enough to bring along a prototype of its …

Judge orders Samsung to explain why it shouldn't be fined for leaking secret Apple docs

A judge has determined that Samsung probably violated a court-ordered agreement to keep Apple documents secret, the latest snit in the epic patent battle between the companies that started in the summer of 2012.<p>Judge Paul Grewal asked to look over the documents himself last month. Now, "having …

Stunwall: A super simple web app to make your photos look gorgeous

Just came across Stunwall via Hacker News)which appears to be just a very simple way to upload a photo and add a filter to it. What makes this different to others I’ve seen is the elegance of the filters. They’re not too extreme by default and have a beautifully subtle, natural, feel to them.<p>You …

YouTube Founder Says What We're All Thinking About Google+

Stop trying to make Google+ happen. It's not going to happen.<p>Google's perpetual insistence upon shoving its social network down everyone's throats has finally reached a boiling point. YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim came out of the woodwork to post his first comment in eight years on the …

Alaska Airlines and US Airways join list of companies allowing almost gate-to-gate gadget use

More and more airlines are adopting the FAA's new (and more relaxed) gadget policy, and the latest ones joining the fray are Alaska Airlines and US Airways. Both carriers now allow you to keep your eyes glued to phones or tablets even during takeoff or touchdown. In Alaska Airlines' case, it's even …

Type Your Own Animated Movie With This Crazy Software

Inside this playful screenwriting software may hide the future of filmmaking: You simply write what you want to see, and that vision plays on screen.<p>Here’s how Hollywood works today: Somebody writes a script. And especially if it’s an animated feature–a piece that will take hundreds of Pixar …

Animation

Want Your Instagram Photos To Get Attention? Use The Color Blue

Here are a few things you should keep in mind when posting pictures to Instagram to get the most likes:<p>Images with blue as a dominant color perform 24% better than those with high concentrations of red and oranges. Think #sky #bluebells #superman.<br>• Bright images perform 24% better than dark images. …

Xbox One pre-order arrives early, user reportedly banned

Twitter user Moonlightswami received an Xbox One ahead of its Nov. 22 launch date and has since posted several images of the system and its dashboard online.<p>According to Moonlightswami, the system takes "about 15-20 seconds" to boot up, and the Twitter user was able to download the system's …

Microsoft on Valve's move into consoles: 'It's not an easy transition'

Valve has done a great job keeping PC gaming strong at a time when there is a growing focus on the console market, according to Microsoft Studios vice president Phil Spencer in an interview with Games Beat. But when it comes to venturing into the console space, the company might face an uphill …

Twitter Prices IPO Above Estimates At $26 Per Share, Raising $1.82B At Valuation Of Up To $18B

Twitter will start trading at $26 when it goes on sale, according to an announcement made today by the company on Twitter. That’s on the low side of expected pricing but still above the new official range that Twitter released yesterday.<p>At $26 the proceeds of the sales of 70 million shares of …

Patent wars: Tech giants sue Samsung and Google

<b>A group of tech giants known as the Rockstar Consortium is suing Google, Samsung, HTC and others over alleged mobile phone patent infringements.</b><p>Rockstar, jointly owned by Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry, Ericsson and Sony, is targeting manufacturers of phones that run the rival Google Android …

River Phoenix’s Life in Photos

(no title)<p>River Phoenix and Wil Wheaton in <i>Stand by Me</i>.<p>River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell and Wil Wheaton in <i>Stand by Me</i>.<p>River Phoenix and …

Los Angeles

Hands On With The Nexus 5 And Android 4.4 KitKat

The Nexus 5 is here! The Nexus 5 is here!<p>After months of hype and more questionably “accidental” leaks than any device in recent memory, Google announced their new flagship Android handset this morning.<p>I’ve only had the device in my hands for a few hours, so it’ll be a few days before I’m ready to …

Android 4.4 KitKat is out now

<b>Google's latest iteration of Android, 4.4 KitKat, has officially been released alongside the new Nexus 5 smartphone. The update should roll out to</b> …

28 solar flares in the last seven days, and more may be coming

The sun has erupted more than two dozen times over the last week, sending radiation and solar material hurtling through space - and scientists say more eruptions may be coming.<p>This shouldn't be unusual. After all, we are technically at solar maximum, the peak of the 11-year cycle of the sun's …

New coating could lead to waterproof mobile phones

A new waterproof coating to protect the delicate electronics in mobile phones could mean getting your phone wet will no longer be a disaster<p>Dropping your phone down the toilet may never be a problem again.<p>Researchers have developed a new way of waterproofing electronic components that means they …

Electronics

Xbox One, the destroyer: Microsoft's weird marketing blitz is novelty sized

First, a giant Windows Phone consumed Paul Miller with its gaping live tile maw. Then, Microsoft erected a giant Surface tablet to conquer all of London. And today, to celebrate the upcoming Xbox One launch, Microsoft has revealed its latest product prop: a ridiculously large Xbox One in Vancouver. …

Sony releases massive PlayStation 4 FAQ as launch approaches

We're just over two weeks out from the release of Sony's PlayStation 4, and today the company is setting out to answer any lingering questions you may have. Sony has published an exhaustive FAQ at the PlayStation Blog covering a wide range of topics including the console itself, supported …

Amazon will now donate part of your purchase to charity

Amazon buyers who want to give a little something to charity can now do their shopping via the retailer's AmazonSmile site.<p>Launched on Wednesday, AmazonSmile will dole out 0.5 percent of your total purchase to any one of a million eligible charities. To use the program, just browse to the …

eCommerce

Nokia pursues HTC sales ban in UK after patent victory

The HTC One is the Taiwanese smartphone maker's flagship device<p><b>Nokia is seeking an injunction preventing the import and sale of the HTC One, its rival's flagship smartphone, into the UK after winning a patent dispute.</b><p>The Finnish company is also seeking compensation.<p>The case centred on an invention …