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Google comes up with a new Android plan as its epic legal battle with Oracle continues

Now Google has quietly made a brilliant change that indicates Google is either preparing for a worst-case scenario or simply trying to outwit Oracle.<p>Google will remove from Android the software that is controlled by Oracle, and switch to an open source alternative instead. That alternative is still …

91 missing from landslide that buries buildings in China

SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Rescuers were searching Monday for at least 91 missing people a day after a mountain of excavated soil and construction waste …

Water-Activated Street Murals Come to Life When It Rains

PANTONE recently collaborated with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago‘s designers and art directors to transform Seoul, Korea's streets during the dreary monsoon season. The appropriately titled Project Monsoon venture began with the creative team painting Seoul's somber roads with …

Innovative "More Sky" Windows Transform into Outdoor Seating for Small Apartments

In small dwellings, it can be a challenge to experience the beauty of natural light. Architect and designer Aldana Ferrer Garcia has created three different window concepts called <i>More Sky</i> that mitigates this issue. By simply twisting and expanding, their frameworks transform from …

Architecture

New 'lithium-air' batteries could be 10x more powerful, 5x cheaper

The days of electric vehicles that can only travel 80 to 100 miles per charge are numbered. That is, if a study from University of Cambridge is …

Windows 10 is on 75 million PCs after only one month

If you're still wondering why Microsoft made Windows 10 free, just consider the latest stats: It's now on 75 million computers one month after its big launch, Windows corporate VP Yusuf Mehdi tweeted today. In comparison, it took six months for Microsoft to sell 100 million Windows 8 licenses, a …

9-dollar computer tops two million on Kickstarter

CHIP easily fits in your palm and packs a 1GHz processor, 512 MB RAM and 4 GB of storage with Linux loaded and ready to roll. It has built in WiFi, …

Crowd Funding

The lost year of Beats Music and how that may not matter for Apple

Twelve years ago, with the launch of the iTunes music store, Apple changed how we purchase and listen to music. Now it hopes to shake things up again -- despite playing catchup this time around.<p>Apple is expected to debut a subscription streaming-music service, making it one of the central …

Google offers an apology for botching its approach to Europe

Google’s European chief has admitted that the company screwed up in Europe.<p>The search giant has a strained relationship on the continent, facing a litany of complaints and accusations on issues ranging from alleged tax avoidance to anti-trust allegations.<p>In response, the Californian company shook …

The Real Reason Open Source Startups Fail

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Alex Freedland is a co-founder and chairman of Mirantis and an OpenStack Foundation board member.</i><p>The recent news around Nebula shutting its doors has stirred speculation that OpenStack startups are struggling because of the state of the OpenStack market. There is even a piece claiming …

Startups

Here’s how to get Grand Theft Auto V for PC at 24% off list price

<i>This sponsored post is produced by Dealzon.</i><p><b>Update: 5/12/15:</b> The 24% coupon is dead, but a new 20% one is out and making decent enough. See details below:<p>If you’re an avid PC gamer, you’re probably well aware that Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V finally made it onto the PC platform this week – and …

‘Uber For Weed’ Startup Eaze Raises $10 Million In Funding Led By DCM Ventures

There’s an Uber for everything nowadays, so why not an Uber for weed?<p>Eaze, a startup that enables medical marijuana patients to order cannabis products online and have those goodies delivered to their homes, today is announcing $10 million in Series A round funding led by DCM Ventures with …

Furniture Designer/Builder Jory Brigham's Unusual Path to Success

The "Framework" winner's origin story, from "No TV" to "On TV"<p>The path to becoming a successful furniture designer is rarely a straight line. It …

Inspiration

Researchers say tiny antennas inside microchips are possible

Antennas still need to be big: Big enough to work and create the electromagnetic waves needed to communicate. It's one of the physical limitations of electronics that means that anything in connected tech can only be <i>so</i> small. But that could well change in the future. Research published in <i>Physical</i> …

Mars has belts of glaciers

A thick layer of dust covers the Martian ice. Under the dust, there are glaciers made of frozen water.<p>Mars is known to have distinct polar ice caps, …

Hybrid Power Could Let Drones Fly for Hours

For the drone revolution to really take off, the flying machines will have to fly longer than the half-hour-or-so that today's batteries allow. Startup Top Flight says it has the solution.<p>Companies like Amazon are annoyed by the FAA's draft drone rules that restrict commercial use of unmanned …

DJI Engineered The Phantom 3 Drone To Be More Plug-And-Play

With a bit of fanfare today, DJI announced the Phantom 3 Drone at a launch event in New York City. But it was a worldwide affair at one point when they showcased its live stream capabilities with flights above the Hollywood Hills, Santorini in Greece, and a launch party in Singapore that ended in a …

Drones

37 incredible drone photos from across the globe that would be totally illegal today

One of the most interesting ways to utilize drone technology is photography. Photographer Amos Chapple knows this better than most. As soon as consumer drones came on the market, Chapple knew he needed one. After purchasing one and learning how to fly it, he began traveling the globe, photographing …

OPEC Thinks Elon Musk's Tesla Revolution Is A Pipe Dream And Has Published This Chart To Prove It

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has dismissed the impact electric cars will have on the automobile market.<p>In its latest World Oil Outlook the oil cartel outlined its forecasts for key oil-using industrial sectors through 2040. While the share of traditional …

A Water-Saving Faucet That Creates a Beautiful Swirling Stream of Water

The Swirl faucet features a system of turbines that causes water to come out in a swirling lattice consisting of many jets of water. In addition to …

It's Almost Impossible To Tell This Butterfly Is Actually a Robot

The butterfly is one of nature's most graceful creations, but with upgrades from Festo, this robotic doppleganger is better equipped to navigate …

Robotics

3D Supplier Parts: Each Engineer Wastes 59 working Days Per Year Searching for and Recreating Supplier Parts

Engineers waste nearly 2 hours per day searching for and recreating supplier parts<p>Imagine if someone told you, “Your engineers are going to each take …

Engineering

This Impossible Rocking Chair Wouldn’t Exist If Not For 3-D Printing

This alien-looking rocking chair shows us how weird design could get when we start designing in earnest for 3-D printers.<p>With its vaguely Caribbean aesthetic and ovum-like design, the Durotaxis Chair looks from a distance more like an alien egg than something you sit on. Look closer, though, and …

3D

Startup pitch competitions suck. Here’s how founders and funders should meet

The number of startup pitching competitions around the world is out of control. Sadly I believe funders’ interest in these competitions has an inverse correlation: more events competitions = less funder interest.<p>My personal lack of enthusiasm for pitching competitions is the result of both the …

What makes a pulsar pulse?

Hear the word “pulsar” and wonder what it is? Take 95 seconds to watch this video from NASA Astrophysics.<p>The EarthSky team has a blast bringing you …

Festo unleashes new robotic swarm of ants and butterflies

The family of animal robots created by German robotics company Festo is growing. As part of its Bionic Learning Network, the company has introduced two new robots: a swarm of ants that can operate cooperatively, and a butterfly robot that leverages the insect's lightness.<p>The ant robots -- called …

Exposing Asia’s Fashion Empires

The fortunes of many global brands are now in the hands of a few powerful families pondering what comes next for their fashion dynasties.<p><b>HONG KONG,</b> …

The immersive future: Intel and Kolor create YouTube’s first interactive, 360-degree video

If you want to see what the future of filmmaking looks like and don’t want to wait for Oculus Rift, then place your cursor on the video above and drag it across the video.<p>If you’re viewing this on a Chrome browser or on an Android device, then the video will swivel and rotate as you move, revealing …

6 New Tips From Guy Kawasaki on Startup Funding

Guy Kawasaki wrote the book on investment tips for startups. Now, he has updated it for the year 2015.<p>In case you haven't heard, one of the most famous entrepreneurs and investment insiders of the past 20 years has updated his classic business book.<p><i>The Art of the Start 2.0</i> by Guy Kawasaki came out …

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