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You could soon be taking a robot pill that uses sugar needles

Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis has announced a collaboration with US-based biotech startup Rani Therapeutics to create a “robotic pill” that can deliver complex drugs which would usually be given with injections.<p>The capsule is taken like a conventional pill, but contains tiny needles made of …

Two Nexus phones in 2015, but no Nexus tablet according to rumor

As Google I/O draws near, just two days away now, the rumor and expectation mills are churning at full force. The latest expectation is that Google will bring two new Nexus phones to market this year, but no new tablet is on the immediate horizon.<p>These rumors sound fairly plausible, we have already …

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The first production car with Android Auto is a Hyundai

The 2015 Sonata will support Android Auto starting today<p>Announced almost exactly one year ago, Android Auto is Google's attempt to bring the smartphone's capabilities to a car while minimizing driver distraction. The system has been available on third-party navigation systems since earlier this …

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Apple design chief Jony Ive has been promoted to chief design officer.</b> Two executives in the company's design team will take over most of his day-to-day responsibilities.<p><b>2. Twitter has reportedly held talks to acquire Flipboard.</b> The deal would be worth over $1 billion.<p><b>3. Charter Communications</b> …

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I, Explorer: What it's like to wear Google Glass in 2015

OK Glass, teach me empathy.<p>While writing a feature about the rise and fall of Google Glass, I decided one of the best ways to understand what life was really like for Explorers -- Google parlance for early owners of the device -- was to become one myself. So I went back to where it all really got …

Time Warner Cable is reportedly being acquired by Charter Communications

Remember that Time Warner/Comcast merger basically everyone was hoping wouldn’t happen until it was canceled a month ago? Well, it looks like Time Warner Cable is taking its assets to a smaller provider instead.<p>The Wall Street Journal reports that Charter Communications is very near announcing a …

Senate committee backs measure to allow VA to recommend medical pot

By Emily Wax-Thibodeaux<p>, Staff writer<p>Veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other chronic pain issues may be able to ask their VA doctors for a new treatment soon: medical marijuana.<p>Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to back the Veterans Equal Access Amendment. …

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Android's stand-alone Photos app will give you more creative control

Wondering what will happen when Android's Photos app finally makes a clean break from Google+? You should now have a pretty good idea. <i>Android Police</i> has peeked at a leaked copy of a reworked Photos app, and it's clear that Google is using the service split as an incentive to shake things up. The …

Mind-Controlled Robot Arm Lets Paralyzed Man Drink A Beer On His Own

A man paralyzed for 13 years can finally have a drink on his own again, thanks to a robotic arm he’s able to control using his brain.<p>“I joke around with the guys that I want to be able to drink my own beer -- to be able to take a drink at my own pace, when I want to take a sip out of my beer and to …

Spinal Cords

Senate votes down USA Freedom Act, putting bulk surveillance powers in jeopardy

In a midnight session, the Senate has voted down the USA Freedom Act, putting one of the legal bedrocks of the NSA's bulk surveillance programs into jeopardy. The Patriot Act is set to expire at the end of the month, and the USA Freedom Act would have extended large portions of the act in modified …

Apple and Google push Obama to prevent encryption backdoors

Apple, Google and other major tech companies have urged President Obama not to give the FBI backdoor access to smartphone data, according to the <i>Washington Post</i>. The publication obtained a letter signed by no less than 140 major tech players, security specialists and privacy groups stating that …

FBI Study Says Seeking Love Online Often Leads to Heartache — and Fraud

Social media scams and cruel cons that target lonely hearts to rob them blind were the leading drivers of Internet fraud in 2014, the FBI reported Tuesday in a survey of computer crime.<p>In its annual online fraud report, the Internet Crime Complaint Center, or IC3, said total financial losses to …

LG adds two new models to G4 smartphone series

Less than a month after LG launched its G4, the flagship handset is getting a pair of new smartphone siblings.<p>The Korean electronics giant on Monday took the wraps off the new G4 Stylus and G4c, handsets that incorporate many of the features of the G4 in larger and smaller packaging, respectively. …

YotaPhone 2 finally on sale in the U.S., via Indiegogo

Over the past few years we’ve seen a number of devices attempt to change up the standard “candy bar” layout that we’ve become accustomed to for smartphones. While devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, LG G Flex 2, and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge stir things up by offering curved screens, the …

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Ricoh invents super-efficient power-producing rubber

No, this is not an image of a delicious Fruit Roll-Up, it's actually a unique new flexible material from Ricoh that can create electricity from pressure and vibration. Dubbed "Energy-Generating Rubber," this piezoelectric mat combines the best features of existing ceramic and polymeric materials; …

Email Shows How Google Gets Things Done In Washington

Days after a damaging Wall Street Journal article, a Google lobbyist in Washington pushed the FTC to issue a statement that would help clear the air. The statement came soon after.<p>On the evening of March 23, Johanna Shelton, a senior lobbyist at Google, emailed an official at the Federal Trade …

Grim Fandango Remastered brings the classic LucasArts adventure game to Android

The original version of the game was first released for Windows PCs in 1998, and was an instant critical success, and has since become known as one …

The RadioShack brand lives to see another day

RadioShack's brand will live on. According to <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>, the retailer's label assets have been purchased by Standard General LP, a hedge fund, for $26.2 million. Along with the trademark, other undisclosed intellectual property was also included in the bankruptcy auction, which took …

3D-printed mini jet engine revved up to 33,000rpm

Chalk up another triumph for 3D printing.<p>GE engineers have created a small jet engine using next-gen manufacturing technique for building 3D objects "by melting metal powder layer upon layer," the company said over the weekend. Not content to just sit back and admire the gadget, they then fired it …

Ultra HD Blu-ray discs offer an alternative to 4K streaming

Don't give up on physical media just yet. That's the message from the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA), which this week announced that it's completed work on the new Ultra HD Blu-ray format. The format offers support for 4K resolutions of up to 3840 x 2160 pixels and "significantly expands" the color …

Sony told off for unfair 20th Anniversary PS4 competition

To celebrate 20 years of PlayStation, Sony created 12,300 limited edition PS4 consoles and offered them to gamers all over the world. In the US, they were sold to whoever could click the buy button fast enough, but in the UK, the company took a more convoluted approach. First was the PlayStation …

FreedomPop the free mobile carrier is coming to the UK

FreedomPop, the mobile carrier that offers free calls, data and texts then charges for other services, is coming to the UK. It will be its first international expansion outside the United States.<p>The company’s British endeavor – which launches this summer – is starting with a SIM-only service. The …

These are the Oppo R7 and R7 Plus

Oppo is taking a leaf out of LG’s book by revealing information about the upcoming R7 ahead of the phone’s official unveiling on May 20. More than that, Oppo just confirmed the existence of another device launching the same day: the supersized R7 Plus.<p>The R7 and R7 Plus have been revealed in a …

(Update: visits TENAA, photos added) This is probably Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S2

<b>Update, June 3:</b> The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is one step closer to a real announcement, having just passed through TENAA in China. As is usually the case, TENAA has posted a few new images of the tablet, as well as a short specs list. Hit the gallery at the bottom of this article to see it all.<p><b>Update,</b> …

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Windows 10 will be 'the last version of Windows'

Microsoft to move to smaller, more frequent updates – meaning the all-important version number will remain the same from now on<p>Windows 10 will be the last major release of Microsoft’s venerable operating system, according to a development executive at the firm.<p>Once the new version is released this …

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Revolutionary flying car prototype crashes

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>It's not easy to perfect a car that can fly.<p>On Friday, the AeroMobil 3.0 prototype flying car was on a test flight in Slovakia when eyewitnesses say it went into a tailspin.<p>Its inventor and the man behind …

Google's Mobile Search Strategy: Bake In and Take Out

This week Google edged further into other industries, launching new mobile search features for cars, hotels and food delivery.<p>On Tuesday, Google confirmed what many had long suspected: Mobile searches now outnumber those on desktop.<p>That must have been worrying news in the Googleplex because, while …