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By Craig Cmehil | a different view before the weekend

Apple wants Siri to take your voicemails in iOS 10

Siri is looking for a way to stop you ever having to listen to your voicemails again, according to a new report.

Apple is reportedly testing a new smart voicemail feature which, among other innovations, would allow Siri to answer your calls and then transcribe the voicemails as text messages.

Having …


Here's how you can generate a 3D hologram with your smartphone

LONDON – If you happen to have an old CD case and a few basic tools lying around, this one will make a pretty cool party trick.

British YouTuber and independent tech reviewer Mrwhosetheboss has uploaded an instructional video on how to turn any old smartphone into a 3D hologram projector – using …


Obama Wants To Build The Most Powerful Supercomputer In The World By 2025

Yesterday, on July 29, the White House made a pretty big announcement for the computing world: by 2025, the U.S. hopes to have on its hands a …

Outstanding Planetary System On Our Astronomical Doorstep

Space Photo credit: Artist's impression of HD219134b, the closest exoplanet found that transits its star as seen from Earth. NASA/JPL-CaltechThey are …


NASA confirms the discovery of a rocky exoplanet just 21 light years away

Astronomers have found the closest rocky planet outside our solar system using the Spitzer Space telescope. The planet, known as HD 219134b, orbits a star just 21 light years away, and NASA is calling a "potential gold mine of science data."

The planet is probably a bad place for life as we know it: …


First we had windmills. Then wind turbines. Now it's time to meet the Windwheel.

Picture this:

You're waking up in your beautiful new apartment, looking out on the canal it's situated upon. You sit at your kitchen counter with a …

Wind Turbines

Russia Wants People to Road Trip from New York to London (via Moscow)


This Is How to Find the Spiders That Are Staring At You in the Dark

Have you ever looked out into your backyard at night and wondered how many spiders are lurking out there? If you have a flashlight, you can spot them …


Pocahontas' tribe, the Pamunkey of Virginia, finally recognized by U.S.

The tidal river that surrounds this spit of scrubby land has long functioned like a moat that rises and falls through the day.

A single road connects the reservation's sycamore, poplars and modest houses with miles of cornfields that separate the tribe from large retail stores and suburban office …


“Soft” Sensors Are Breaking Into Four Major Industries

From something as simple as a door sensor at a store to the new age of “smart” sensors in a rapidly emerging wearables market, the application of sensors has already permeated many parts of our everyday lives.

But the future of dynamic sensor applications goes beyond just measuring your heart rate …

Virtual Reality

Scientists make a transistor from a single molecule

You're looking at what could be not just one of the smallest semiconductor parts ever, but one of the smallest semiconductor parts possible. A worldwide research team has built a transistor that consists of a single copper phthalocyanine molecule, a dozen indium atoms and an indium arsenide backing …


Your next phone could have USB Type-C (and that's a good thing)

These powerful, reversible charging ports are all the rage, and are coming to a phone near you. Here's everything you need to know as new USB-C …

Cells with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads?

Researchers from the University of St. Andrews figure out a way to attach laser lights to cells to make them easier to keep track of. Because they …


Get Ready For A New Apple TV In September

The new Apple TV is headed to market along with an App Store of its own. Next step: that long-in-the-offing subscription internet-TV service.

In March of this year, BuzzFeed News told you that Apple had a new Apple TV in the pipeline and planned to unveil it in June at its annual Word Wide …


GE FirstBuild Launches Indiegogo Campaign For Next Generation Icemaker

It’s the biggest innovation in ice in nearly twenty-five years, according to General Electric (a company that knows a thing or two about ice).

It’s called the Opal, and its a portable ice machine that’s makes a new shape of ice — nugget ice.

Dreamed up by the crowdsourced community GE has harnessed …


China has finally lifted its 14-year ban on video games

While Chinese gamers have been able to buy grey market Playstations and Xboxes for years, and official ones since 2014, firms can now finally make and sell their products anywhere in China, after the remaining restrictions of a 14-year console ban were lifted.

The move comes as two of the world's …


Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking warn over 'killer robots'

Hong Kong (CNN) — A group of concerned scientists, researchers and academics, including Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking, have warned that a military artificial intelligence arms race could soon develop if preventative measures are not taken.

A global arms race is "virtually inevitable" if any major …

Stephen Hawking

Google Weans Itself Off Of Google+

It’s no secret that Google+ didn’t quite work out the way Google envisioned and now, after already moving Google Photos out of the service, it’s starting to decouple Google+ profiles from its regular Google accounts.

The idea behind Google+ profiles was to give users a single identity across all the …


German scientists confirm NASA results of propellantless 'impossible' EM drive

Hacked Magazine reported on Monday that a group of German scientists believe that they have confirmed that the EM Drive, the propulsion device that …


This Material Wouldn't Melt, Even at the Center of the Earth


TrackerPad - Sticky GPS tracker pads

TrackerPad is a GPS pad that sticks to surfaces and will locate your misplaced or even stolen items.

I was sick of losing keys, phones, wallets and …

'Impossible' rocket drive works and could get to Moon in four hours

The British designed EM Drive actually works and would dramatically speed up space travel, scientists have confirmed

Interplanetary travel could be a step closer after scientists confirmed that an electromagnetic propulsion drive, which is fast enough to get to the Moon in four hours, actually works.


No, The EM Drive Will Not Lead To Warp Travel Any Time Soon

The EM Drive (Electromagnetic Drive) is probably one of the more annoying “breakthroughs” to be made in the last few years. Although it is …


Hawking, Musk Warn Of ‘Virtually Inevitable’ AI Arms Race

Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and over 1,000 AI and robotics researchers have signed a letter suggesting a ban on AI warfare, warning of the potential for rampant destruction at the hands of “autonomous weaponry.”

The letter, which was presented Monday at the International Joint Conference on …

Elon Musk

NTSB to announce cause of fatal Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo crash

After a nine-month investigation, federal safety officials plan to announce Tuesday what they believe caused Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, an experimental rocket ship, to break apart high above the Mojave Desert last fall, killing one of two pilots.

Investigators at the National Transportation …

Virgin Galactic

The Fermi Paradox

Everyone feels something when they’re in a really good starry place on a really good starry night and they look up and see this:Some people stick …


Scientists Find Something Very Bizarre Behind Pluto

Space Photo credit: Data from New Horizons suggests that Pluto's atmosphere is being pushed back by the solar wind. NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI.Pluto has a …

Solar Wind

Samsung's new monitor will wirelessly charge your smartphone

Consumer electronics makers have tried for years to make computer monitors more attractive by adding in things which few folks cared about, such as speakers. But a new monitor from Samsung has an added feature which we wouldn't mind seeing in more monitors from now on — integrated wireless charging …


This Giant Wall Sucks Carbon Dioxide Straight Out Of The Air

Technology Photo credit: I'm a big fan of this. Carbon Engineering.This giant wall really sucks.Created by Canadian company Carbon Engineering, this …

Carbon Dioxide