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The 25 Best Inventions of 2014

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Inventions

Here's How The Wealthiest People In Tech Will Spend Their Summers

But "vacation" means something a little different when you're a tech millionaire or billionaire.<p>From massive island retreats to private superyachts, these tech executives have come a long way from summer camp.

Peter Thiel

Google upgrades Glass with double the memory, battery boost

On the eve of I/O, Google unveils new Glass innards with 2GB of RAM and 15 percent longer battery life.<p>Google is still keeping up in the air the eventual release date of a consumer model for Glass, its controversial head-mounted display that first debuted on the face of co-founder Sergey Brin at …

Beta Testing

Here's what's new at Google I/O 2014

The Google I/O keynote offered a glimpse of of what's coming from Google.<p>The keynote for the Google I/O 2014 developer conference wrapped up without word of a new Nexus device , a release date for the next version of Android, or any word on when we might expect to get our hands on a consumer-grade …

Android News

Samsung Gear Live smartwatch will run Google's Android Wear software

Google's wearable gadgets platform aims to capitalise 'right at the beginning of a new phase in the miniaturisation of technology'<p>Samsung is launching a smartwatch running Google's Android Wear software. Its Gear Live will go on sale later today, from the Google Play store.<p>The news was announced …

Facebook has Oculus, Google has Cardboard

Google carves out a small slice of its annual I/O developers conference to give a shoutout to virtual reality, with a not-so-hi-tech invention.<p>While virtual reality has captured the hearts, minds, and wallets of gamers, futurists, and Facebook executives everywhere, Google has mostly kept off the …

Virtual Reality

Project Morpheus, Sony's PlayStation 4 virtual reality helmet, is much better than expected

The challenge with Sony’s virtual reality headset Project Morpheus, and even Oculus was upfront about this fact, is to do virtual reality well.<p>The post-Oculus world has a minimum level of quality for virtual reality that new products have to at least match, if not clear, and Sony’s push into …

Tale of the tape: Comparing the HTC One (M8), iPhone 5s, Galaxy S5

The HTC One (M8) is now on sale, and soon, it will be joined by the Samsung Galaxy S5. Along with the iPhone 5s, consumers will soon have quite a few top devices to choose from.<p>Here's how the three devices stack up.<p><b>Screen</b><p>Users who simply want the largest screen possible should go with the Galaxy …

Week in Tech: Wearables, HTC One, Office for iPad

LOS ANGELES — Mark Zuckerberg's spending spree continued, this time with a $2 billion purchase of a company most folks have never heard of. Microsoft finally released Office apps for the iPad. And there's a new number one app on the iTunes chart that was the talk of the Internet.<p>Welcome to the Week …

The best science and technology pictures of the week

The most impressive images this week from science, tech and health, including a 3D skull transplant, rare volcanic eruptions and futuristic spacesuits.<p>To vote for your choice of Nasa’s Z-2 space suit click here.<p><b>More galleries</b><p>Ocean secrets and the dawn of the Universe<p>Sexy robots and an eerie …

Photos

Comoros Islands: tropical charm off the beaten path

Here’s a challenge for you: could you place the Comoros Islands on a map?<p>Named after the Arabic word for ‘moon’, <i>Qamar</i>, this poetically named but little-known archipelago is located between Madagascar and Mozambique.<p>It was an important trading post for Arab, Persian, African and European traders …

East Africa

How to Use Up a Bunch of Dill

My love of dill started rather recently when I made dill infused vodka. I found that compared to the overpowering taste of dill I ate in Scandinavian …

Flavors

The chase for the Higgs boson is about to get bigger, faster, and costlier—but we need it

I’ll admit it: I love Big Science. Experiments at epic proportions, particularly when they involve exploration into other universes, dimensions, and scales, are hard to resist. This past week on a visit to Geneva, I had the chance to get up close to an icon of Big Science, the 17-mile wide particle …

Physics

Pop for iPhone mashes up reaction GIFs with your videos

Pop is bringing reaction GIFs to the real world with its new iPhone app, launched yesterday. Think of Pop as a way to quickly create hilarious mashups of the real world with “my reaction when” GIFs.<p>The idea behind Pop is that you record a short video directly with the iPhone camera, then attach a …

The Dawn of the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Reasons to cheer the rise of the machines<p>The advances we’ve seen in the past few years—cars that drive themselves, useful humanoid robots, speech recognition and synthesis systems, 3D printers, <i>Jeopardy!</i>-champion computers—are not the crowning achievements of the computer era. They’re the warm-up …

This iPhone-Sized Device Can Hack A Car, Researchers Plan To Demonstrate

Auto makers have long downplayed the threat of hacker attacks on their cars and trucks, arguing that their vehicles’ increasingly-networked systems are protected from rogue wireless intrusion. Now two researchers plan to show that a few minutes alone with a car and a tiny, cheap device can give …

How to Cook Lobster Mexican-Style, According to Chef Shannon Bard

Chef Shannon Bard from Zapoteca in Portland, ME, brings together Mexico and Maine in lobster tacos.<p>We never say no to lobster, pretty much as a rule, but when we heard about <b>Chef Shannon Bard</b> from Zapoteca restaurant in Portland, Maine, and her <b>chipotle chile lobster tacos</b>, the combination gave us …

Cooking

Apple Wants The iWatch To Predict Heart Attacks

You'd be able to chew some aspirin to prevent it. You'd be able to call 911 and get the ambulance on the way. You'd be more likely to survive.<p>Perhaps a large portion of the 600,000 people who die of heart disease every year — would not.<p>The good news is this: Apple, which is reportedly working on a …

San Francisco

Apple and Google are fighting 'Flappy Bird' clones

In the wake of <i>Flappy Bird</i>'s demise, an army of clones has risen up to take its place — but Apple and Google may now be preventing that from happening. Currently when you search "flappy" in Google Play or the App Store, you'll see game like <i>Flappy Fish</i>, <i>Flappy Pig</i>, or <i>Splashy Fish</i> pop up. However, …

Can PayPal Beat Apple, Google, Amazon And Icahn In The Wallet Wars?

<b>PayPal is in the center of two battles: one for control of every transaction on the planet, the other for control of its own destiny.</b><p><b>The clogged roads</b> of San Jose teem with Priuses, which merely serve as earnest slalom gates for David Marcus to blow through in his black Porsche Panamera Turbo on a …

Why The Latest Biotech Boom May Not Be Followed By Another Bust

The previous week eight biotech firms had launched initial public offerings in America, together raising more than $500m. In a discussion panel on whether the industry's latest boom will last, a prominent investor, Oleg Nodelman, joked that he still had suitcases of cash for any firm that wanted it.<p>…

Biotechnology

Instapainting Turns Your Photos Into Hand-Painted Oil Paintings On The Cheap

Surprise! It’s Valentine’s Day, the stealthiest of all the holidays. Sneaks up on you, doesn’t it?<p>If you’re trying to get a gift today, you… might be a bit short on options. Will you go with the gas station teddy bear? The twice-crushed box of chocolates? A bouquet of acceptable-looking roses for …

Panel: N. Korea crimes vs. humanity

A U.N. panel has found that crimes against humanity have been committed in North Korea and will call for an international criminal investigation, The Associated Press has learned.<p>The report, to be released Monday, is the most authoritative account yet of rights violations by North Korean …

These Spas Will Make You Wanna...

...book a couple's massage! Although not all of us can afford to run off to Europe and splurge on an all-day couple's spa treatment, these heavenly hotels will sure get you in the mood. Hotel search trivago has put together a collection of 10 stunning properties that house even more impressive …

Swimming Pools

20 Essential Dishes to Get You Through the Winter

We see you there, huddled under your blanket on your couch, with fuzzy socks on and a gigantic sweater. We know it feels too cold to move, to even sneak your arm out from underneath the covers and grab the television remote. But we've got twenty new blankets for you right here: twenty dishes to …

Austria's Beautiful Mountainside Thermal Retreat

Located in Oberlngenfeld, Austria, the <i>Aqua Dome</i> is an impressive contemporary spa and retreat found at the foothills of the area's scenic mountains. Using the rocky backdrop for inspiration, many of the structures featured at the lodge reflect the shapes and forms found within the surrounding …

Austria

What an eyeful: the world's most beautiful buildings

Straight away we'll say that this isn't a top 10 list. There are just far too many styles of buildings, each worthy of a top 50: sacred buildings, homes, skyscrapers, theatres...<p>Instead, this is a list showing the variety of architectural beauty across the globe - and pointing you in the direction …

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The 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

The Sony World Photography Awards, an annual competition hosted by the World Photography Organisation, has recently announced its shortlist of winners. This year's contest attracted more than 140,000 entries from 166 countries. The organizers have been kind enough to share some of their shortlisted …

Walking City: An Evolving Video Sculpture Morphs in Response to Architecture | Colossal

<p>Anyone who follows Colossal knows that digital animation and motion graphics are a rarity here, but this clip is a solid exception. Created by …