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You should be using these browser extensions to keep yourself safe online

The invention of the internet made it easy to do amazing things online, like buying junk in a single click, but unfortunately that also came with consequences, like companies being able track your every move as you browse.<p>You might not know it, but every website you visit is using one or more …

Information Systems

This World Map Shows Every Device Connected To The Internet

A striking map created by John Matherly at search engine Shodan shows significant disparities in internet access across the world.<p>The graphic maps every device that's directly connected to the internet. We first noticed it when geopolitical expert Ian Bremmer tweeted it.<p>Some of the dark spots on …

Internet of Things

Apple Watch Hands-on 2015

Will 2014 Be the Year Wireless Charging Goes Mainstream?

The average U.S. household already charges up to 10 devices at any one time.<p>The Internet of Things looms as possibly the most disruptive shift in technology since the creation of the Internet itself. Analysts estimate that up to 30 billion devices will be wirelessly connected by 2018. According to …

What you need to know about hologram people

Perhaps you watched the Billboard Music Awards and were aghast (or impressed) by Michael Jackson's performance from beyond the grave. Or maybe you were at Coachella and caught a resurrected Tupac onstage with real-life Snoop Dogg. Hell, let's say you were wooed by India's Narendra Modi in his …

How a water bottle gave birth to a whole new world of self-healing products

IBM's had a breakthrough in accelerated materials science and it's owed, in part, to a Dasani water bottle. It sounds simplistic, but the discovery of a new polymer that's not only super strong, but can also be made to be flexible <i>and</i> self-healing really was the happy accident of one researcher's …

Tim Hortons Launches In-App Mobile Payments For U.S. And Canada

Tim Hortons is Canadian-born, much like myself, and it offers up affordable coffee and donuts, much unlike myself. The company has been making inroads in the U.S. market over the past few years, and today it’s introducing a feature that’s popular at major U.S. competitor Starbucks: mobile payments. …

3D Printing, Game Over? 4D Printing Soon to Take Center Stage

These days, 3D printing seems to be at the core of most new new research ventures, whether it’s developing ways to print entire meals or recreating …

Your smartphone may soon double as a hearing aid, thanks to Mimi

Let's face it: we live in a noisy world. If we're not sitting on loud trains or traipsing past construction sites, we're retreating into music with headphones. Alas, this also means hearing loss is a problem that can't be ignored -- that's why a startup called Mimi cooked up an iOS app to help you …

Major Google Maps update adds Uber integration, better transit info and more

​Today Google announced a pretty hefty update to its Maps app, with improved navigation instructions, new search options and even the ability to jump into the Uber app to order a ride. Available for download now via Google Play and the App Store, the update includes lane guidance and easier access …

Paperfold is a foldable, transformable smartphone prototype

If Kyrocera's folding smartphone Echo didn't have enough screens for you, try this on for size. The Human Media Lab at Canada's Queen's University has created a fully functional smartphone that uses not two, but <i>three</i> different snap-together e-ink displays. The result is a gigantic device called …

New Malware Can Jump Air Gaps Using Inaudible Sound

A team of computer scientists has developed a new breed of malware, which can leap between devices using inaudible audio signals—then covertly …

Connected Car App Automatic Gets Even Smarter With IFTTT Integration

Automatic’s driving assistant, which combines a small hardware device with a mobile application in order to track, analyze, and even potentially improve your driving capabilities, is getting a whole lot smarter today with new support for IFTTT technology. That’s the online service where you can …

Talking Dog Device Ready to Hit Market Soon

What if your dog could greet you with more than a growl, or announce the reason he's scratching at the door?<p>It sounds absurd and much like the …

Japanese 'smart clothing' uses nanofibers to monitor your heart-rate (video)

Japanese mobile carrier NTT Docomo and materials developer Toray have been working on joint projects for a while and now they're publicly announcing one. Welcome <i>Hitoe</i> (Japanese for "one layer"), cloth that contains Toray's nanofibers that are coated in a transmittable layer. It's not the orange …

This smart handbag could stop you from overspending

If you're the sort who overspends at the mall, you may need a firm reminder to watch your budget. How does an ever-vigilant handbag sound? Finder.com.au could soon make one: meet the iBag, a prototype carryall that locks you out if it believes you're going to splurge. The Arduino-powered bag …

The 10 Commandments for keeping your email inbox empty

<b>For how-to Tuesday I’m tackling a thorny one: how to keep your email inbox empty. The techniques I’ll describe here have worked for me brilliantly</b> …

You can now 3D print directly from Adobe’s Photoshop

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Signe Brewster<p>First Microsoft, now Adobe: 3D printing will get a big mainstream boost Thursday when users find they …

Google's Next Crazy Project: Smart Contact Lenses

If you thought Google Glass was pretty far out, the tech giant's latest project might have you seeing double.<p>Google is developing a "smart" contact lens. Yes, a contact lens made with super-tiny chips and sensors and an antenna inside that -- of course -- you wear right on your eyeball. No joke.<p>But …

Diabetes

Survey: Email Is 40 Times More Effective Than Facebook and Twitter

This story originally appeared on PR Daily<p>What? You've opened up that thing called "Outlook Express," and you're writing an email?<p>Surely you know that this form of marketing and communications is as pass? as floppy disks and cell phones the size of Shaquille O'Neal's shoe.<p>Or is it? Now comes a …

Marketing

Astronomers Get First Glimpse of Cosmic Web

Changing Planet<p>Computer simulations suggest that matter in the universe is distributed in a “cosmic web” of filaments, as seen in the image above from a large-scale dark-matter simulation. The inset is a zoomed-in, high-resolution image of a smaller part of the cosmic web, 10 million light-years …

Valve Expects Virtual Reality To Be Awesome Within 2 Years

Virtual Reality is coming. As in, actual, good, user-friendly virtual reality. The stuff sci-fi has promised us for decades.<p>Don’t take my word for it. Valve — easily one of the most revered and admired companies in gaming — has gone deep on virtual reality R&D, and they believe that amazing, …

TSA confiscates photographer's blower because it could be filled with gunpowder and used as a missile

In a photography forum, Surapon recounts the sad story of how the TSA took away his Giottos AA1900 Rocket Air Blaster, a blower for removing dust …

Researchers crack the world's toughest encryption by listening to the tiny sounds made by your computer's CPU - ExtremeTech

Researchers crack the world’s toughest encryption by listening to the tiny sounds made by your computer’s CPU<p>By on December 18, 2013 at 2:27 pm<p>This …

Why The Wearables Revolution Won’t Be Like Smartphone ‘Dogfight’

A new book called <i>Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution</i> by Fred Vogelstein revealed the mechanism by which Apple …

Bitcoins: Widely known and widely misunderstood

Back in the 1980s, when I lived in Nairobi, foreign residents had a simple way of obtaining Kenyan shillings.<p>They'd write a check in, say, U.S. dollars on their U.S. bank accounts to the Indian man who owned the ice cream store down the block. He'd pay over shillings at the current black market …

Pebble to announce new software features on Nov. 6

Smartwatch maker Pebble has announced a software event scheduled for 10 AM Pacific on November 6th. Pebble already has an SDK for developers, but they’ll be announcing some upcoming additions to the watch’s software capabilities. The event will stream live on the Pebble website for anyone to …

Fitbit Flex review

For a little over a month, I've been getting off my subway one stop early and walking the rest of the way home. I've been playing soccer twice a week, and trying to drink eight glasses of water every day. I've been running more, eating better, but still not sleeping nearly enough.<p>I've been testing …