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SpaceX’s hyperloop race was a milestone for the futuristic transportation system

Pods in tubes, y’all<p>Last weekend, excitement ran high at the SpaceX Hyperloop competition, a culmination of a year’s work on dogged research and development to imagine and build the transportation of the future. Just before the first finalist’s pod launched, a rustle ran through the crowd of SpaceX …

Apple just beat Samsung as the world's top smartphone maker

Apple is back on top.<p>According to a new report by research firm Strategy Analytics, the company sold more smartphones than any other company in the …

Mobile

You can trick a smartphone fingerprint scanner in just 15 minutes with a printer

Researchers from Michigan State University have published a paper on a new technique for breaking into smartphones by tricking their fingerprint scanners with an image printed with conductive ink.<p>The process makes use of products from AgIC, a company that produces conductive inks and special paper …

Chase down those ZZZ’s with new Sleepfulness app

If you’ve ever looked at meditation and thought “that stuff just sends me to sleep,” you may just be onto something. Mindfulness Everywhere, better known for its successful mindfulness and meditation app buddhify, recently released Sleepfulness. The new app helps you pull the plug on yet another …

Project Loon shows off autolauncher at work in Puerto Rico

With Project Loon, Google aims to provide wireless, high-speed internet to underserved areas like the entire nation of Sri Lanka. The team has figured out how to guide them around the globe using prevailing, high-altitude winds and the current design can stay aloft for nearly 100 days. To start …

Project Loon

These Are the 5 Best Pokemon Games Ever

On Feb. 27, 1996, <i>Pokemon</i> appeared on Japanese store shelves for the first time. Players could inhabit a world crawling with animal-like creatures …

Apple thinks the word 'click' looks a lot like ...

One of Apple's allures among fans is the company's attention to detail, which often makes its products just a little more thought-out than the …

UI Design

Sony's 2016 Xperia X-series Include Breakthrough Qnovo Battery Tech

It looks like we’ll finally see some breakthrough battery improvements introduced this year and Sony, not Apple or Samsung, is the manufacturer bringing it to its latest smartphones. Sony’s 2016 lineup of Xperia smartphones, launched at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Spain today, will include Qnovo …

Phones

The perfect password? You've put your finger on it

"Your fingerprint is one of the best passwords in the world. It's always with you, and no two are exactly alike. So it made perfect sense to create a simple, seamless way to use it as a password."<p>Dan Riccio, Apple's head of hardware engineering

Technology

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 uses machine learning to fight malware

The trouble with security software is that it's always racing to catch up with new viruses and malware. They typically check against a database of known issues to protect you, which isn't very useful for brand spanking new attacks. Qualcomm is trying to fix that with its Smart Protect technology, …

Machine Learning

Jailbreak attack reportedly stole more than 225,000 Apple logins

Researchers for Weiptech and Palo Alto networks revealed today that more than 225,000 valid Apple accounts were stolen from jailbroken users without their knowledge.<p>The credentials were stolen via malware that was distributed using the popular jailbreak tool Cydia, which makes it easy to install …

Cydia

India accuses Google of rigging search results, following complaints by Facebook, Microsoft

The Indian government has formally accused Google of manipulating its search results to favor its own products.<p>According to a story today in the Economic Times of India, the government took actions after receiving a host of complaints from Google’s competitors, including Facebook, Microsoft, …

LG dresses its luxury smartwatch in a gold suit

LG's Watch Urbane was a pretty watch, but it was hardly going to impress the super-rich with its sub-$300 price tag. That's why the Korean company has teamed up with Reeds Jewelers to craft the LG Watch Urbane Luxe, a shinier version of the hardware for the most conspicuous of capitalists. The …

Wearable Tech

Google's OnHub is an easy router that cures bad Wi-Fi

For most people, a Wi-Fi router is like a Ronco rotisserie: You set it and forget it. These often ugly networking boxes have one job: Give us Wi-Fi …

Wi-Fi

Epix reaches multiyear Hulu deal, ends Netflix agreement

The cable network Epix jumped from Netflix to Hulu, landing a multiyear, digital subscription video on demand deal with the streaming service.<p>Beginning Oct. 1, Hulu subscribers will get films from Lionsgate, MGM and Paramount, the companies announced late Sunday. That includes "Hunger Games: …

T-Mobile Doesn’t Like Customers Who Use 2,000GB Of Data Per Month

T-Mobile CEO John Legere issued a strong announcement saying that some customers are abusing the company’s network. While T-Mobile has become quite popular with its unlimited LTE mobile plans, unfortunately you don’t get unlimited LTE for tethering. After 7GB per month, you tethering speeds slow …

Ashley Madison insists it’s not a scam

Ashley Madison says that women do in fact use its website and are even continuing to sign up, rejecting an analysis last week that said only a few thousand women ever used the site to send a message. It says that during the first half of 2015, the ratio of paying male members to active female …

Apple Could Double the Cost of the Next Apple TV

The next Apple TV could take a bigger chunk of your paycheck.<p>According to 9to5Mac, the fourth-generation Apple TV could be priced as high as $149 or …

The Best Mirrorless Camera Lenses for Photojournalists

On the heels of our roundup of best mirrorless cameras for photojournalists, we thought we’d complement that piece with a roundup of the best lenses …

Moto X Play review

Motorola’s other big claim, besides the battery, is that the new camera in the Moto X Play would be class-leading. At its price point, that’s probably true — as the X Play does indeed have the best camera I’ve seen in any Motorola phone to date. But there are a couple of important caveats mixed in …

Six UK Teens Arrested in Connection With Lizard Squad

UK authorities have arrested six teens who allegedly used the hacking group Lizard Squad's "Lizard Stresser" tool. This is a "boot-for-hire" service, which allows paying customers to nominate a website they would like to see taken down for a fee. Lizard Squad claimed responsibility for the infamous …

Withings Activité activity trackers are beautiful, but limited

Forget notifications, forget apps, forget all of the noisy little distractions masquerading as help -- sometimes a wearable is at its best when it stays out of your way. As it turns out, that's just what French hardware house Withings had in mind when it built the Activité ($450) and Activité Pop …

Wearable Tech

With Android for Work, Google aims to secure 1+ billion BYOD devices

Image copyright StockLite / Shutterstock.com.We’ve all been doing it, to the dismay to some of our bosses: Employees have long been bringing their …

This Computer Learned How to Totally Devastate You at Pong

Sledgehammer Games/Activision<p>Ubisoft<p>Ashley Gilbertson for TIME<p>The Creative Assembly<p>Ubisoft<p>Ubisoft<p>Bungie<p>Nintendo<p>Sucker Punch …

High Fidelity Raises $11M To Build Deployable Virtual Worlds

High Fidelity, the San Francisco-based startup from Second Life founder Philip Rosedale, has raised another $11 million in funding in a round led by Paul Allen’s Vulcan Capital. The funding was noted in a SEC filing that went through today and was confirmed to TechCrunch by Rosedale.<p>Founded in …

Twitter Now Has An Official Wordpress Plugin

Twitter today announced that it’s releasing its first official Twitter plugin for WordPress that brings a bunch of Twitter functionality to your site easily.<p>The new plugin brings a plethora of features; it automatically generates Twitter Cards for your pages, enables Twitter Analytics, embeds video …

Demand for Apple Watch could use up third of world’s gold

We’re still waiting for the final pricing details on the Apple Watch, but if recent reports that Apple plans to sell one million gold Edition units a month are true, Apple Watch could wreak havoc on gold prices and do who knows what to the global economy.<p>Josh Center at TidBits has done some math on …

Astronomers Find Supermassive Black Hole 12 Billion Times Size of the Sun

Astronomers say they have have discovered a black hole so big that it challenges the theory about how they grow. Scientists said this black hole was formed about 900 million years after the Big Bang. But with measurements indicating it is 12 billion times the size of the sun, the black hole …

Black Holes

Final Cut Pro X finally gets some love from Hollywood

If you plan on seeing <i>Focus</i> starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie this weekend, you will be watching the first major studio film edited entirely with Final Cut Pro X.<p>Originally criticized as “iMovie Pro” for its incredibly simplistic interface and feature set, Final Cut Pro X has managed to start …

Outage cuts Internet, phone service across northern Arizona

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — People across northern Arizona couldn't use the Internet, their cellphones or landlines for several hours Wednesday after …