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Mozilla reveals an adaptive Android home screen built around Firefox

We hope you haven't had your fill of adaptive Android home screens, because Mozilla is throwing its hat into the increasingly crowded ring. The company has just offered a sneak peek at Firefox Launcher for Android, a front end that revolves around its mobile browser. The upcoming software mates …

Middle Earth comes to life in epic Chrome experiment

We're go out on a limb here and say that the Venn diagram of Engadget fans and Tolkien fans looks something like this. So, we figure you'll probably want to hear about a brand new Chrome experiment that brings various parts of Middle Earth to life, including the Trollshaw and Dol Guldur. It starts …

Intel Media sale looks increasingly inevitable, TV contracts on hold

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Intel’s (s INTC) new CEO Brian Krzanich has made up his mind and decided that he doesn’t want to disrupt the TV business, …

Google’s Cerf Says “Privacy May Be An Anomaly”. Historically, He’s Right.

One of the original architects of the Internet wants to remind us that privacy is a relatively new concept. “Privacy is something which has emerged out of the urban boom coming from the industrial revolution,” said Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist and a lead engineer on the Army’s early 1970’s …

Coin, kicking credit cards to the curb, answers a few questions - http://tcrn.ch/18QTOfB

How to pack like the pros

Does traveling more make you pack less? Not necessarily, although we talked to five high-mileage, high-profile travelers (whose combined annual airline points could buy a private island in the Caribbean) to get their take on carry-on and carrying less.<p>Pauline Frommer<p><i>Publisher of Frommers.com and</i> …

Airplanes

The Future Of Flight: A Congestion-Killing Aircraft

Meet the 100-passenger plane that'll keep your flight running on time.<p>Aircraft design is often overlooked in discussions of the FAA's multibillion-dollar NextGen initiative, the elaborate mélange of satellite-based guidance, arrival, and departure technologies intended to modernize the outdated and …

I Have Detected a Ghost with Science

This being the time of year for ghosts, I decided to install a piece of software designed to detect when spirits may be, unbeknownst to me, spying on my Internet habits. I'm not sure who would be interested, exactly - personally I can't think of anything worse than watching over someone's shoulder …

Themer will make your Android phone look amazing

One of the benefits of Android is its customisability, but that process isn't always easy for average users. An app called Themer is trying to change …

Microsoft admits Surface RT naming caused 'some confusion'

In the days leading up to the Surface RT release last year, Microsoft had largely failed to explain the differences between Windows 8 and Windows RT to consumers. The software maker picked the Windows RT moniker to power its own ARM-based Surface RT tablet alongside others from PC makers. Dell …

ION Glasses Are The Unobtrusive Notifications System You Wear On Your Face

Google Glass, Google schmass. What you really want on your face are these puppies. ION Glasses are sunglass or prescription glasses frames with a built-in LED, Bluetooth stack, and tiny button controller.<p>What do they do? Well the LED lights up to notify you of new messages – you can set different …

How To Schedule Your Day For Peak Creative Performance

Are you a certified organizational ninja? It’s okay, nobody is–so steal this idea from career kickstarter Amber Rae, who shares her “Work, Play, Fit, Push” framework for getting things done while staying inspired.<p>About four years ago I started working for myself. I wanted the freedom and …

Impossible? No, upsalite really is the wonder stuff

An accident in a university lab has produced a new material that has previously undreamed-of absorbent properties – and opens up an exciting wealth of possibilities<p>Making a mistake at work is seldom a good thing. Whether it's spilling hot coffee over yourself before a meeting or sending an …

Scientists Achieve On-Demand Quantum Teleportation For The First Time

Quantum teleportation, more reliable than ever before, at greater distances than ever before.<p>Quantum teleportation has taken another step forward, thanks to two complimentary experiments, one from ETH Zurich and one from the University of Tokyo. The researchers have demonstrated the most reliable …

University of Washington harnesses RF and TV waves for battery-free wireless devices (video)

The problem with power is that, eventually, it runs out. To help cope with this inevitability, scientists at the University of Washington have developed prototype "ambient backscatter" devices that can passively harness the juice in radio and TV waves. Because they don't generate their own signal, …

Kinect app that turns any surface into a touchscreen now available, starts at $149

With several companies developing technologies that can turn any surface into a touchscreen, it should be widely available soon. Those who want to try it out before it's cool, however, should look towards Ubi Interactive's software that combines the talents of Microsoft's Kinect for Windows sensor …

Viewpoint: Megatrends that will change everyone's lives

<b>Imagine a future where concerns about sustainability and the environment have given way to worries about individual health and wellbeing.</b><p>Investors would shy away from "green" solution to instead focus on so-called "smart" products and technologies, such as digital assistants - ranging from portable …

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