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Puma training robot lets you compete against Usain Bolt's championship records

Sports apparel brands are increasingly finding ways to create wearable tech that enhances the training experience, but one new piece of technology …

The Catterbox Might Help You Understand What Your Cat Is Saying

“Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes?” is a 1992 episode of the <i>Simpsons</i> where Homer’s half-brother Herb creates a baby translator and makes a fortune. …

Schumer: Probe billboards using phone data to track shoppers

NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. senator is calling for a federal investigation into an outdoor advertising company's latest effort to target billboard ads to …

Supreme Court approves legal authority to hack anonymous computers

It just got a lot easier for law enforcement agents to hack anonymous computers over the internet. Last night, the Supreme Court approved changes to the rules of criminal procedure, enabling warrants for searches of remote computers, regardless of their physical location. That kind of warrant is …

Elon Musk's Hyperloop is now an 8-bit video game and damn, it's hard

Courtesy of Reddit's pod design team<p>If navigating a Hyperloop pod through an airless tube at breakneck speeds is as difficult as the new <i>Break-a-Pod</i> 8-bit video game, then Elon Musk's vision of a "fifth mode of transportation" may be in trouble.<p>"go as fast as you can without crashing or running out …

Tesla Easter egg lets you drive on Mario Kart's Rainbow Road

Turns out, Tesla engineers have a sense of humor ... or at least a healthy Nintendo 64 addiction.<p>Following the instructions in a tweet from Tesla CEO …

Mario Kart

Messaging app Kik just launched a bot store

Artificial intelligence is invading the chat app<p>Today, messaging app Kik announced a new bot store to urge users and developers alike to embrace the trendy new form of artificial intelligence-powered software. The company has offered bots in its chat app in the past, which you can converse with …

Teleport will tell you where to live when you get sick of your annoying city

Are you ready for a move, but not sure where to go?<p>Well, hem and haw no further. The minds behind a new, free web app called Teleport hope to take …

Web Applications

Tesla Model 3 First Ride: Yes, Tesla Will Sell A Ton

Tesla Motors domination of the future U.S. electric car market seems likely now.<p><b>Test Ride:</b> As soon as I arrived at the SpaceX facilities in Hawthorne, Calif., a Tesla employee whisked me to the Model 3 for a test ride with two other passengers. The ride was brief but it isn’t hard to see where all …

Tesla Model 3

Build a Nintendo DS-Sized Portable Raspberry Pi

We’ve shown off how to build a handheld Linux machine using a Raspberry Pi before, but a lot’s happened since Node put together that original guide. …

Face-tracking software lets you make anyone say anything in real time

You know how they say, "Show me pictures or video, or it didn't happen"?<p>Well, the days when you could trust what you see on video in real time are …

George W. Bush

Flying drone can stay hidden underwater for months

Research prototype can survive hundreds of feet below the water<p>Researchers from John Hopkins University have developed a prototype drone that's just as happy in the water as it is in the air. The submersible quadcopter is designed to launch from an underwater station or vehicle (like a submarine, …

Polarsteps automates your travel blogging

Travel is fun and glamorous and all, but we all know what packing your rucksack and heading for the Amazon is <i>really</i> about: Making your friends and family a deep shade of jealous green. Polarsteps just raised a seed round to continue developing its automated travel blogging app, to make the …

Samsung's Gear S2 3G is a look at our untethered future

A smarter smartwatch?<p>Every smartwatch you’ve likely seen, whether it’s an Apple Watch, an Android Wear device, or a Pebble, has relied on a smartphone for all of its smarts. If you were to disconnect any of these devices, they become little more than standard timepieces with a little bit of …

Facebook is testing a feature that alerts you if someone is impersonating your account

Facebook is working on a new tool to help stem one source of harassment on its platform.<p>The social network is testing a new feature that will …

Social Media

Apple gets final word in encryption fight: The government just doesn't get it

Apple lashed out against the government on Tuesday in its battle over the iPhone used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook, accusing federal lawyers of not understanding technology and mischaracterizing the company's arguments.<p>In a brief filed in federal court, Apple said the government wants to …

U.S. Department of Justice

Roccbox portable stone bake oven can cook pizza in minutes

You can use either wood or gas as fuel.<p>Roccbox's Indiegogo campaign page says the lightweight stone bake oven can cook almost anything, from fish to fluffy breads. More important, it says the oven can bake Neapolitan pizza in just 90 seconds -- and who wouldn't want to eat their pizza ASAP, am I …

Kitchens

Boldly Captain This Collector's Edition Star Trek Enterprise Drone

Can you even freaking believe it's been half a century since the original <i>Star Trek</i> first aired? (Quick history lesson: That's the show William …

American Airlines sues Gogo for slow in-flight Wi-Fi

After paying $16 for a flight's worth of crappy Wi-Fi service, the thought might have crossed your mind to sue Gogo.<p>That's exactly what American Airlines (AAL) just did. The nation's largest airline filed a lawsuit against Gogo, which could could clear the path for American to change its in-flight …

Aviation

Tim Cook: Apple Won't Create 'Backdoor' to Help FBI Access San Bernardino Shooter's iPhone

Apple CEO Tim Cook has posted an open letter to Apple customers announcing that the company would oppose an order from a U.S. Federal judge to help the FBI access data on an iPhone 5c used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook. Cook says that this moment is one for public discussion, and that the …

Tim Cook

Getflix lets you access restricted streaming globally

Most music and video streaming services use geo-restrictions to limit access to their services, which creates headaches for international users who want to access (and pay) for the likes of Hulu Plus, HBO Go or Netflix.<p>A solution has been found in Getflix, a smart DNS service that removes the …

Google seemingly kicking standalone ad-blockers from the Play Store

<b>Update:</b> VentureBeat received information from a source, shedding a little more light on the situation.<p>A source close to the situation indicates that Google considers this a “unique case” because two apps are required to invoke the ad blocking. Furthermore, the source adds that Google has no problem …

This Windows 95 Emulator Brings the Good Old Days of Desktop To Your Web Browser

Minesweeper, anyone?<p>We often get nostalgic for the Windows 95 era, an age when the internet was fast becoming mainstream and Minesweeper was all you needed to stave off boredom.<p>Anyone who shares these sentiments can now revisit Microsoft's 20-year-old operating system with this Windows 95 emulator …

See a guy summon his Tesla with an Apple Watch

Tesla's Summon feature, which lets you call upon the car to unpark itself out of the garage and arrive at your doorstep, is cool enough by itself, …

Tesla

This secret code will let you play chess on Facebook Messenger

From the amazingly intricate easter egg department: Facebook has a hidden, fully functional, graphical game of chess embedded into its Messenger, and …

Chess

This new certification process could stop hoverboards from exploding

An independent company will judge the safety of the electrical components<p>The problem of exploding hoverboards might soon have a solution. UL, a company known for certifying the safety of all sorts of everyday products, has started accepting submissions from hoverboard manufacturers and …

Pushbullet alternative ‘Join’ no longer free, requires one-time $5 payment

Last year, Pushbullet rustled some feathers, to put it very mildly, when they launched the premium version of their widely used smartphone/PC synchronization app. Users complained that the company effectively gutted the free version to strong-arm users into forking over $40 per year for essentially …

Apps

Here's how much Google paid that guy who bought google.com for a minute

Google’s own domain was bought from under its nose for $12 in October, and Google just revealed how much money it paid to get it back.<p>After seeing …

Awards

Why you should include password retrieval info in your will

CBC reports that when 72-year old widow Peggy Bush wanted to retrieve her late husband’s Apple ID password to play card games on her iPad, she was told that she’d need to produce a court order to have the company share it with her.<p>Apple reps reportedly weren’t satisfied with the will, death …

Ocean is an amazing pocket-sized battery powered server

Today the wraps came off Ocean, a full server that’s the size of a mobile phone, with a built-in battery, so it can fit in your pocket and go where you do.<p>It’s a tiny computer that’s powerful enough to run a server — Node.js, to be precise — pre-loaded with Linux, a 1GHz dual-core CPU, 1 GB of RAM, …

Raspberry Pi