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Sony's smart home vision is a sci-fi nerd's dream

BERLIN — What does the smart home look like? Right now, it's mostly smartphone-controlled light bulbs, speakers, cameras and other appliances. It's …

Scientists find the brain’s missing ‘pipes’

“Throw out the textbooks” and “missing link” are words rarely heard anymore in science, but that’s what researchers around the world are saying about the recent discovery of microscopic lymphatic vessels connecting the brain to the immune system.<p>That physical link was long thought absent, …

iRobot’s robotic lawn mower gets U.S. regulatory approval

<i>WASHINGTON (Reuters) –</i> The future of free-wheeling automated yard work took a step closer to American consumers on Wednesday after U.S. regulators gave robot maker iRobot technical clearance to make and sell a robotic lawn mower.<p>The Bedford, Massachusetts-based company, known for its robot vacuum …

'Destiny' Is Totally Redesigning Leveling For 'The Taken King'

So long Light Levels: we barely knew ye. When <i>Destiny</i> launched in September of last year, it introduced a different take on the classic endgame grind that we’ve all played in countless RPGs. With light levels, traditional experience points only took you all the way up to level 20, and then after …

CERN's Large Hadron Collider has discovered a new class of particle

Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider have announced the discovery of the pentaquark, a class of subatomic particle consisting of four quarks and one antiquark bound together. Like the Higgs boson before it, the pentaquark's existence has been theorized for years, but experiments in the …

Solar Paper is World's Thinnest Sun-Powered Charger

Solar chargers are appealing, but they can also be bulky and heavy. Not the case with Solar Paper, a new project seeking funds on Kickstarter to commercialize what sponsors claim is the thinnest and lightest solar panel for your phone or camera.<p>It's about as wide and tall as a big smartphone like …

Galaxy Note

Why You're Pretty Much Unconscious All the Time

Your body has a lot of nifty parts, but it’s the brain that’s the <i>it</i> organ of the summer. The brain’s all-the-rage moment is mostly a result of the …

Consciousness

Google confirms it's adding a 'Buy' button to search

We heard it was coming. Now Google’s Chief Business Officer, Omid Kordestani, has confirmed it: a ‘Buy’ button is on its way to the company’s search results.<p>On stage at the Code Conference, he said: “There’s going to be buy button. It’s going to imminent.”<p>He said the rationale was to reduce …

US, Swiss timed FIFA raids for maximum effect

BERN, Switzerland (AP) — For months, American and Swiss investigators worked in secret to prepare for the raids that would shake the soccer …

Corruption

iOS bug lets anyone crash your iPhone with a text message

Glitch causes iOS to choke when certain non-Latin script is sent in a text message, causing the device to crash<p>A bug in Apple’s iOS means that anyone can crash an iPhone by simply sending it a certain string of characters in a message.<p>The bug – discovered by several Reddit users – means that when …

Text Messaging

Singapore Airlines jet loses power in a storm

<b>Hong Kong (CNN) —</b> A Singapore Airlines Airbus A330-300 with more than 180 passengers on board temporarily lost power to both of its engines as it passed through a storm, the airline has said.<p>Flight SQ836 was en route to Shanghai from Singapore on Saturday when it "encountered bad weather at 39,000 …

Alberta imposes provincewide fire ban as blaze forces 2,000 from homes

A wildfire has forced about 2,000 people from their homes in northern Alberta.<p>Cyndi Taron, director of emergency management with the Municipal District of Opportunity, said a state of emergency was put in place Sunday night for the area, 330 kilometres north of Edmonton.<p>About 1,000 residents of the …

Three Children Injured When Bounce House Flies Into The Air

WSVN-TV - 7NEWS Miami Ft. Lauderdale News, Weather, Deco<p>FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say three children have been injured after a waterspout made landfall on a Fort Lauderdale beach and sent an inflatable bounce house flying into the air.<p>Fort Lauderdale Police spokesman Keven Dupree …

Fort Lauderdale

Burkina Faso opens graves to answer questions about Thomas Sankara

Circumstances surrounding death of former president in a coup nearly 30 years ago remained a mystery under rule of Blaise Compaoré<p>Police and forensic experts in Burkina Faso have started opening 13 graves, which may include the body of Thomas Sankara, the revolutionary leader whose death nearly 30 …

US fighter jets escort plane to New York on bomb threat

United States fighter jets have scrambled to escort an Air France jet heading from France to New York after officials received an anonymous bomb threat against the flight, airline and US officials have said.<p>Flight AF022 landed at John F. Kennedy international airport without incident and was later …

Airplanes

Why Japan’s lucrative mobile gaming market isn’t great for foreign developers

<i>The Casual Games Association paid for Jeff Grubb’s trip to Casual Connect Asia, where he presented a lecture. Our coverage remains objective.</i><p>SINGAPORE — Mobile-game spending is higher in Japan than any other market, but that doesn’t mean you should necessarily do the work to localize your product …

In-App Purchases

There is a crazy theory going around Prague that says Google will acquire Twitter

Outside the main conference sessions much of the chatter among attendees was about whether Facebook or Google was more powerful in terms of reaching the audiences they need. Both have audiences in the billions, but Facebook seems to be innovating faster than Google right now.<p>There was less talk …

LG G Pad F 8.0 coming May 29 to AT&T, $150 on contract

Back in March, Sprint began selling the LG G Pad F 7.0 for the low price of free on contract. AT&T will be bringing you the update to this tablet, announcing that the LG G Pad F 8.0 will be available starting May 29th.<p>AT&T offers up little information on the tablet itself, sharing that the G Pad F …

PayPal's expanding its credit and simplified payments services

PayPal announced a bunch of new rollouts and services at an event in San Francisco today, including Easy Payments and a simpler One Touch checkout experience.<p>The company trialed its Easy Payments monthly installment program with Apple in January and is now launching the service with more partners …

Failed launches cast shadow over Russian space program

MOSCOW (AP) — Back-to-back rocket launch failures have dealt Russia one of the heaviest blows to its space industry since the Soviet collapse — with …

Space Travel

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 begins shipping tomorrow, May 21st

Pre-orders for the Alcatel Idol 3, which opened up on April 21st through Amazon and Alcatel’s official website, are now set to beginning shipping tomorrow, May 21st (the same day the company begins selling the device in the US). The Idol 3 is a budget Android smartphone packing a 5.5-inch 1080p …

Salesforce stock approaches all-time high on strong earnings and guidance

Investors liked the news, sending the stock is up more than 5% after hours, nearing its all time high of $74.65.<p>Here are the relevant numbers:<p>Revenue of $1.51 billion, ahead of expectations of $1.50 billion, up roughly 22% year-over-year<br>• Non-GAAP EPS of $0.16 vs $0.14 expected.<p>On a GAAP basis, …

Twitter's New Ad Units Are Now Available to All Advertisers

Twitter takes the training wheels off direct response ads.<p>Twitter’s Q1 earnings call was a bit of a nightmare. The company missed revenue expectations and lowered its 2015 guidance, and as a result, the stock tanked.<p>And it all came back to one specific reason: The company’s new direct response ads, …

This Massive Healthcare Company Just Got Hacked

Hackers have targeted yet another healthcare company.<p>CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield, a healthcare insurer that provides service for residents …

NewsGIF delivers your daily tech news in GIFs

Ever wish you had a TL;DR for the news?<p>While I’m not sure the future of CNN, BBC, or Al Jazeera is directly tied to looping images, NewsGIF is having a bit of fun with the format when it comes to delivering your daily tech news. The ‘Trending’ section features cool apps and products via Product …

1/ Some Personal News

1/ Some personal news …<p>2/ I will be leaving TechCrunch because I’ve been cast to play a supporting role in “Tweetstorm The Movie 3/ .”<p>Just kidding. Okay, I am stepping down as co-editor of TechCrunch, but not due to the allure of Hollywood or whatever is going on with Verizon. Instead, I will be …

George Clooney

Oldest known stone tools found in Kenya; makers not known

NEW YORK (AP) — By taking a wrong turn in a dry riverbed in Kenya, scientists discovered a trove of stone tools far older than any ever found before. …

Anthropology