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The Little Snapper Is The Most Adorable Snapchat Hack Ever

Since hackers have poked holes in Snapchat’s relatively lax security, many have had their way with the image sharing service’s APIs, grabbing unread messages and doing things the app doesn’t traditionally let you do. This latest hack, Little Snapper, is far and away the cutest one yet.<p>UK-based …

Google buying AI startup DeepMind for a reported $400 million

Google appears to be building on its already massive interest in AI and robotics. <i>Re/code</i> reports that the search company is in the process of acquiring DeepMind Technologies for $400 million as part of a concerted talent acquisition effort. We've reached out to Google for confirmation.<p>According to …

Canonical’s two-for-one holiday special: Dual-booting Ubuntu and Android

Just in time for the holiday season, Canonical has a technical preview available for people to run both Ubuntu Touch and Android on a mobile device, …

You Built What?! A Supersize Robotic Chess Set

Inspired by Harry Potter's magic chessboard, a Lego roboticist takes his creations to the next level<p>A veteran designer of Lego robots (he built one that plays Connect Four), Indiana programmer Steve Hassenplug was looking for something still grander. When he watched the first Harry Potter movie …

3D print extra-tall models with the Deltaprintr

“Delta” style 3D printers are among the most elegant in the 3D printing world. They’re tall, adaptable and capable of much more daring prints than …

Smartphone Pin revealed by camera and microphone

<b>The Pin for a smartphone can be revealed by its camera and microphone, researchers have warned.</b><p>Using a program called PIN Skimmer, a team from the University of Cambridge found that codes entered on a number-only soft keypad could be identified.<p>The software watches your face via the camera and …

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Researchers beat fiber optic broadband speeds using visible LED light

High speed data is already being transmitted by visible light to the moon, so why not in your living room, too? After the Fraunhofer Institute showed off 3Gbps speeds with LED lights, researchers from five UK universities have managed to transmit data at 10Gbps using micro-LEDs with a technique …

This iWatch Design Concept is Sexy as Hell

Apple still hasn’t announced made any sort of official iWatch smartwatch product announcement but that doesn’t stop the world salivating at the prospect, and knocking up design concepts to give Apple something to think about along the way.<p>This time around, Berlin-based engineer Thomas Bogner, is …

Adidas announces new smartwatch for runners, available on November 1st for $399

Just a day after Nike launched the Fuelband SE, Adidas' head of interactive, Paul Gaudio, has just announced a new smartwatch at GigaOm's Mobilized conference in San Francisco. Primarily aimed at runners, he said that it'll have GPS and will not only measure speed and distance but also provide …

EverDock Hands-On: A Slick Universal Dock for Smartphones, Tablets

Fuz Design’s EverDock lets you dock all kinds of devices, and it looks good while doing it. The Kickstarter project, which wraps up on Thursday, has an attractive aluminum design that matches Apple’s aesthetics.<p>The dock will come in single and double versions and is fitted for Lightning, 30-pin …

Disney's latest research could let you feel a jellyfish on your iPad

Disney Research, responsible for futuristic feedback systems like an earlobe speaker and a touch sensor that can work on water, is working on a new way to let people feel what's on their screens. The group will soon release a paper describing how to turn geometric figures on a touchscreen into …

Google’s Moto X innovations are leaving Apple behind, says ABI Research

Apple’s latest iPhones may be selling well, but that’s not because they’re particularly innovative.<p>So argues ABI Research. The analyst says that Google’s Moto X is a more innovative device than Apple’s new iPhones, which it maintains “show only minor improvements over last year’s iPhone 5.”<p>ABI …

Google App Engine Adds New Starter Package To Speed iOS Development

Google App Engine has added a new starter package to speed iOS development. The new service, Mobile Backend Starter for iOS, is designed to speed the development of connected mobile apps without writing server-side code.<p>The new service allows users to store data in the cloud and share it between …

Garmin D2 delivers wrist-friendly GPS for pilots

Garmin has almost everyone covered in the watch category: runners, hikers, swimmers, even golfers have their own wrist-worn devices from the consumer GPS pioneer. Now pilots can be added to the growling list of people with their own specialty Garmin wearable. The D2 Pilot Watch includes all the …

Moti Is A Smart Motor That Wants To Fire Up App-Controlled, DIY Robotics

This embed is invalid<p>Here’s another project aiming to make DIY robotics as easy as child’s play. Moti is a smartphone-controlled smart motor, currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, that can be attached to everyday objects like cardboard boxes or more elaborate 3D printed creations to let kids …

'Capo 3' Generates Guitar Tablature From Music in iTunes to Quickly Learn Songs

The Apple Design Award-winning <i>Capo</i> has long been an excellent app for those looking to learn and improve their guitar-playing abilities, but the new version adds a significant new feature to help learn individual songs.<p><i>Capo 3</i> can automatically detect chords and let's users create guitar tablature …

MIT Develops Self-Assembling Cubes

Scientists Make Photons Act Like Real-Life Light Saber

Photons are particles without mass; until now, our understanding has been that they do not interact with each other at all. That's why, when you shine two lights at each other, they don't bounce off and throw light all over the place; the photos simply pass right through. But new research from …

Google Research shows off new way to 'virtually project' your smartphone onto any display

Google has long been fascinated by sharing content between screens: the new Chromecast dongle is focused on that functionality, as is older software like Chrome tab sync, the YouTube Leanback remote, and the Chrome to Phone extension. Now there's a new project out of the company's research arm that …

AppSeed turns your sketches into functioning app prototypes

<b>Kickstarter project AppSeed allows you to photograph your sketches on paper or a whiteboard and turn them into a functioning prototype of your app.</b><p>In …

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Best Buy-Backed Zubie Raises $8M to Bring Cars and Drivers Online

Want to turn your dumb car into a smart car? A startup called Zubie is now selling a wireless dongle that connects to almost any car’s onboard …

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Phonebloks Modular Smartphone Aims to Put an End to Disposable Devices

Phonebloks by Dutch designer Dave Hakkens is a concept that could see the days of having to throw away non-working phones long behind us, if he receives enough support and can work out the technical challenges.<p>The idea is to make smartphones modular so that if one part of it breaks, say the audio …

Microphone Turns Your Fingertip Into A Speaker

Touch your finger to someone's ear, and they'll hear your recorded message whispering to them.<p>Turn your body into another kind of wonderland: A new invention from Disney Research lets you record messages to your friends that they can hear only if you touch your finger to their ears. That is, your …

WiFi-equipped Arduino Yun now available for $69 (video)

If you were wondering what happened to the Arduino Yun after it missed its original June release target, you can relax: it's now on sale worldwide. As promised, the $69 (€52) design combines a garden variety Leonardo board with a WiFi system-on-chip running Limino, giving owners a customizable …

ScienceCasts: The Strange Attraction of Hot Jupiters

No, the United Airlines Twitter account isn't funny (but this is)

Honestly, how many airlines can offer you Sky Indulgence points to be redeemed during the Cloud Rapture?<p>And how many would even dare offer "Earhart-class tickets -- cheap, direct international flights consumed by the infinite ocean and never seen again."<p>They know you have a choice of which airline …