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Nanogenerators Will Let Car Tires Pull Electricity From The Ground

Reinventing the wheel<p>It’s becoming clear: electric cars are the future. Between electric mainstays like Tesla and legacy car manufacturers like Ford and Chevrolet, the auto industry is racing towards making truly viable electric cars. Now, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are …

I ditched Spotify to use Apple Music — and I don't miss it

While record labels were busy filing lawsuits against Napster, Apple had launched its iTunes music store, where listeners could buy and download music legally from the convenience of their own home. There was nothing quite like it at the time.<p>Now, about 12 years later, Apple is hoping to make a …

Lessons learned from Dubsmash, Meerkat and Periscope

With over 1.4 million apps available on Google Play and over 1.2 million on the App Store, the idea that smartphone users are spoilt for choice is an understatement. And it’s not just free apps that are crowding the stores. January 2015 was the App Store’s most profitable month ever, with users …

7 hidden features in Microsoft Windows 8.1

Microsoft launched Windows 8.1 last month, featuring a range of refinements and functional improvements, including a more customisable Start screen, enhanced Bing search, and a range of new apps and services. Here are some of the operating system's best hidden features.<p><b>1. Turn the Start screen into</b> …

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Too good to be true? Airo wristband says it tracks calories consumed, not just burned

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>All kinds of new health trackers monitor your activity to tell you how many steps you’ve taken and the number of calories …

Pinterest Raises Massive $225 Million Series E, Valuing The Firm At $3.8 Billion

According to sources at AllThingsD (which TechCrunch now confirms) Pinterest has closed on a significant new round of financing: $225 million in new funding, with Fidelity Investments in the lead. TechCrunch sources are now confirming the full AllThingsD report. The funding values Pinterest at $3.8 …

YouTube for Android code hints background audio to come - Pocket-lint

Listen up audio junkies and those who use YouTube to stream all of your music: the YouTube for Android app may soon be gaining much need …

Android News

YouTube once again rumoured to roll out music streaming service by year's end - Pocket-lint

Google-owned YouTube is set to take on Spotify with its own music streaming solution, according to Billboard. The video network's new endeavour will …

Billboard: YouTube building an on-demand music streaming service with free and paid tiers

The rumor mill's been churning out tales of a forthcoming YouTube music streaming service for months now, and today <i>Billboard</i> published a new story with a startling amount of detail about it. According to unnamed sources, YouTube's working on an on-demand music service with both free and paid tiers. …

Ubuntu 13.10 review: The Linux OS of the future remains a year away

Saucy Salamander has hatched, but Mir and next-gen Unity are still incubating.<p>After the customary six months of incubation, Ubuntu 13.10—codenamed …

Android: 10 hidden features

Android smartphones are used by millions of people worldwide, but how many of us know the little tricks and hidden features they are capable of? Radhika Sanghani compiles a top 10<p><b>1. Google Maps</b><p>If you’re lost and without wifi or data, you can still use Google Maps. The system is available offline …

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Prosthetic hand paired with brain stimulation gives monkey an artificial sense of touch

Advertisement<p>12 Comments<p>Credit: PNAS, 2013<p>Each year prosthetic limbs become more incredible, whether they allow a wearer to run at Olympic speeds or …

Stephen Hawking's big ideas ... made simple - video animation

At premiere of film about his life, physicist says it's theoretically possible to copy brain on to computer to provide life after death<p>Published: 21 Sep 2013<p>World-famous cosmologist admits to losing bet as a result of particle's discovery<p>Published: 12 Nov 2013<p>Nasa video footage shows what the moon …

Netflix takes first steps towards original content in Brazil

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Netflix To Distribute ‘Apenas o Fim’ Worldwide<p>Brazil hasn’t been an easy market for Netflix (s NFLX), but the company is now …

Developers Can Now Link Google Analytics with Google Play

Google today announced that third-party Android developers can now link their Google Analytics account with their Google Play Developer Console to gain improved app insights. The new data covers both user acquisition and engagement.<p>Google first previewed the integration between Google Analytics and …

PayPal users will soon be able to check out at retail stores using QR codes

PayPal is giving its users yet another way to pay in stores. The service is launching a new mobile payment method called "payment code," which allows merchants to scan a QR code from a user's phone to charge their PayPal account. PayPal tells <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> that millions of merchants will …

Facebook takes on Twitter in battle for TV social supremacy

Facebook has decided that Twitter is having far too much fun with television and has announced it is getting in on the action too.<p>From this week, it …

How to build for a world where you’re connected to hundreds of devices

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: PARC<p>Over the next decade or two, everything that can have connected digital technology injected into it, will. Today’s …

What do London Underground stops taste like?

Man who can 'taste' words creates flavour map of the Tube after visiting every stop during 49-year project. Click on the map to enlarge.<p>The London Underground map has inspired a range of spin-offs over the years, with everything from musical icons to popular restaurants plotted along its …

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Little Mermaid Second Screen Live makes iPads part of the movie world

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>Of all the places I’d thought would be forbidden to the second screen experience, movie theaters were near the top of my list. …

Azimo Raises $1M Seed Funding To Take Its Money Transfer Service To Europe

It seems there’s still money be made in money transfers. Azimo, the UK-based social money transfer service that competes with legacy players Western Union and Moneygram, and to a lesser extent, PayPal, has raised just over $1 million in seed funding from the European arm of VC firm eVentures. …

Solving the mystery of why we sleep using DIY tech

Ever dreamed of being able to build your own house? Craft a perfect cup of coffee? Or even - figure out why you sleep?<p>For a growing community of people, known as makers, those aren't dreams, but reality.<p>Held for the first time in 2006, Makers Faires big and small are now held across the globe, …

Rock Health startups Spire and Augmedix show wearable tech’s applications beyond fitness

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Wearable gadgets are popping up on store shelves and crowdfunding sites tend to focus on physical activity. But two startups …

Why the TV industry won’t go the way of newspapers and the music business

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>Credit: Refat<p>Digital forces blew billions of dollars away from the music and print advertising industries, and many predict …

BluFit smart water bottle tracks your drinking habits and guides you to perfect hydration - Pocket-lint

This isn't just any water bottle. This particular water bottle comes with an app. And it's smart enough to know when you drink so it can help keep …

Target launches its own video service dubbed Target Ticket

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Target (S TGT) launched its own digital video service Wednesday, offering consumers access to more than 30,000 movies and TV …