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Livescribe 3 Smartpen: Handwritten Notes to Digital

Livescribe has announced its new Livescribe 3 Smartpen, to help transfer handwritten notes into digital form on your smartphone and tablet.<p>We first brought you news on Livescribe with its Echo Smartpen way back in 2011, which we said dragged the humble pen into the 21st Century. It then followed up …

Google makes its Quickoffice app free for both Android and iOS users

Less than two weeks after Apple decided to make iWork free for new iOS devices, Google went and did us one better: it's offering its Quickoffice suite for free, to both Android <i>and</i> iOS users. If you recall, the apps have actually already been free to Google Apps subscribers, specifically, but now …

Nokia developing phone that recharges itself without mains electricity

Standby mode is often accused of being the scourge of the planet, insidiously draining resources while offering little benefit other than a small red light and extra convenience for couch potatos. But now Nokia reckons a mobile phone that is always left in standby mode could be just what the …

Frank Miller and Zack Snyder Will Have a Chat About 'Batman vs. Superman' – /Film

At last month’s San Diego Comic-Con, Warner Bros. announced their plans for a <i>Batman vs. Superman</i> film by reading a passage from <b>Frank Miller</b>‘s comic …

Bill Gates Has Started Posting Stuff On Reddit

As you can imagine, his links are popular and already attracting a lot of comments.<p>But his links are leading back to his own web site, which is a technical violation of Reddit's rule against hyping your own stuff. Reddit has banned publications in the past when it has caught authors and employees …

Of COURSE Christopher Reeve had a secret, split-second Man of Steel Cameo

Now that we’re finally done arguing about the ending of <i>Man of Stee</i>l, we can get down to the important stuff, the “brass tacks,” if you will. Namely, did Zack Snyder insert a split-second image of original Superman Christopher Reeve superimposed over current Superman Henry Cavill’s face in <i>Man of</i> …

Microsoft Makes 3-D Printing As Simple As Clicking “Print”

Windows 8.1 will be the first OS to provide 3-D printers native support. What does that mean to you? The app market is poised for its first 3-D printing explosion.<p>To be honest, 3-D printing technology just isn’t there yet for consumers. It’s expensive. It’s relatively lousy. And it takes a slew of …

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Microsoft Wins Mobile Design Battle, Loses War

In 2006, Microsoft introduced the Zune, its ill-fated portable music player. But the Zune legacy lived on with a fresh approach on interface design that led to the launch of Metro, the interface now prevalent in everything Microsoft does, from its mobile efforts, to its flagship Windows operating …

Surgeons implant lab-grown blood vessel into first US patient

In a major step forward for tissue engineering, surgeons at Duke University have successfully implanted a bioengineered blood vessel into the arm of a patient with end-stage kidney disease. The procedure is the first of its kind in the US, and one of the first such efforts worldwide.<p>The vessels …

Larry Page Reminded Us Why We Love Google Today

Larry Page, Google's CEO and co-founder, closed out the Google I/O keynote today with a sentimental, almost subdued speech. He didn't sound like a …

Here's What iOS 7 Could (And Perhaps Should) Look Like [Video]

The folks over at digital agency Simply Zesty have been thinking about what iOS 7, the upcoming new version of Apple’s mobile operating system, will – or should – look like based on the typical rumours and speculation that precede every major Apple event.<p>With Apple’s WWDC 2013 conference just …

iPad Smart Cover magnets could affect implanted defibrillators

It’s been discovered that the magnets in an iPad Smart Cover are strong to deactivate implanted heart defibrillators, according to a 14-year-old …

University of Georgia stops plant photosynthesis to generate solar power

There's a more efficient way to harvest energy from the backyard than by wiring up hapless critters. Researchers at the University of Georgia have proof: they've discovered a way to generate electricity from plants through hijacking the photosynthesis process. By altering the proteins inside a …

Surface Pro driver enables Pen pressure sensitivity in Adobe Photoshop

After a long and awkward delay, there's been some movement in the saga known as "Surface Pro's Pen accessory won't work with the software that could most benefit from it." Microsoft's Panos Panay tweeted yesterday that he had a beta driver from Wacom that had enabled his Pen's pressure sensitivity …

Here's How Rich You'd Be If You'd Bought Apple Stock Instead Of Its Gadgets

Did you buy an Apple product between those dates?<p>Ever wonder how much money you would have now had you invested in AAPL stock instead of the first iPod when it came out? (That's $399 in 2001).<p>You'd have tens of thousands of dollars (see image).<p>We put 10 of the most popular Apple products of the …

Now 200M Users Strong, Viber Launches Desktop App With Video Calling In Version 3.0

Viber has made quite a name for itself as a global mobile first company, but today that all changes as the company breaks ground in the desktop space. That means that starting today, Viber’s 200 million+ users will have access to their Viber contacts from both mobile and desktop.<p>The rollout is part …

Google Now Arrives on iPhone and iPad, in Mostly Complete Form

Google is bringing its most interesting mobile application to its biggest competitor’s phones. Starting today, the Google Now personal assistant …

Microsoft could make 3D Skype calls a reality with new meeting tech

A 3D telepresence technology that started life as a Microsoft research project may soon become an official product, a new job listing suggests. Microsoft has begun advertising for a new software development engineer who will be tasked with helping it develop hardware and software capable of …

Intel says $200 Android laptops and $400 Core hybrids are in production

There have been rumors that Android-powered laptops and laptop/tablet hybrids are in the works, but there has never been all that much as far as …

Bitcoin takes an important step toward becoming part of every web browser on the planet

A funny thing just happened: virtual currency bitcoin has now passed the first round of approval required to become a standard for the web, alongside other familiar “schemes” which allow elements on a webpage to, for example, open your email application when you click on an email address on a …

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Telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell's voice recovered from 'unplayable' record

Alexander Graham Bell, the man widely credited with inventing the telephone as we know it (though there is a longstanding debate over who actually was first), can be heard again today, some 128 years after he recorded himself counting and speaking in his laboratory in Washington, DC, saying: "In …

Google+ now mutes your mic while you type in Hangouts

How do you know if you don't have someone's full attention during a Google Hangout? By the sound of their <i>typing</i>. Google, however, has decided to end the intra-company fistfights by updating its social network, enabling it to identify the apocalyptic clattering of your keyboard -- and mute your …

Modified DVD drive analyzes blood and performs quick HIV tests for $200

A DVD drive could be the next revolution in blood analysis, according to a team of researchers who have turned the mundane object into a laser scanning microscope, reports <i>PhysOrg</i>. The "Lab on a DVD" technology repurposes the laser, normally used to scan physical media like CDs and DVDs, into a cost …

Where did we come from? Prehistoric fossils may rewrite human evolution

New studies on a curious prehuman species raise doubts about our own ancestry<p>Painting by John Gurche, courtesy of Lee Berger and the University of the Witwatersrand<p>A collection of prehuman skeletons has sparked intrigue and debate in the scientific community, eliciting calls to redraw — or at least …

HTC One for AT&T: the best Android phone yet?

HTC's flagship smartphone for 2013, the One, really impressed us when we reviewed the international version last month. Its stellar design, speedy performance, and absolutely incredible display overshadowed some of the complaints we had with its camera and battery performance.<p>Since then, we've been …

Can we grow a stronger-than-steel 'wonder material' to save the world?

Nanocellulose produced from humble algae holds promise for manufacturing, medicine, and the environment<p>It’s stiffer than Kevlar, thinner than paper, and in a few years, it may be mass-produced using only sunlight and water.<p>Scientists in the US this week announced a new, and potentially …

3D printer produces synthetic tissue capable of transmitting signals like nerves

Scientists have used a custom-made 3D printer to make a synthetic tissue that could have a variety of applications — including the ability to transmit long-distance electric signals much like nerves. The process, published in <i>Science</i> by an Oxford University team led by Hagan Bayley, prints a network …

Facebook Home revamps any Android phone to make it about 'people, not apps'

Facebook's throwing its hat in the Android ring in a big, big way. Today at an event at the company's campus in California, Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook Home, a deep software integration with Android that puts Facebook services front and center. Zuckerberg left the HTC First announcement to …

Apple Is Preparing Such Big Changes To The iPhone Software That Engineers Are Using Special Filters To Hide Their Screens

He says the "word on the street" is that engineers inside Apple who are authorized to carry around new iPhones have a filter on their screen so that the side viewing angles are diminished. (Think about one of those filters people put on their desktop screens at work.)<p>The filter on the iPhone screen …

Wacom unveils crayon-esque Bamboo Stylus mini for tablets and smartphones

Wacom wants to make sure there's no buyer's remorse for those who didn't pop for a pen-equipped device, so it added the Bamboo Stylus mini to its portable touch-pen lineup. It joins the Stylus Feel, Solo, Pocket and Duo, but brings a stubbier 4.7 centimeter (1.85 inch) form factor and strap with a …