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Samsung Gear Live Review

For what seems like forever, companies have been telling us that wearables are here to stay and trying to sell them to the public in all types of crazy forms but nothing has really stuck. We’ve seen everything from fitness bands to smartwatches but nobody has managed to convince us that we <i>need</i> to …

This Glove Makes You Beethoven

“Have you ever seen the Matrix?” Thad Starner excitedly asks me over the phone. “There’s that scene where they need to fly a helicopter and Trinity just says, “hang on” and then uploads the instructions to her brain. That’s the future of what I’m doing.”<p>What started as a wearable experiment for the …

Dutch Scientists Successfully Teleport Data for the First Time

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Scientists in the Netherlands have managed to reliably teleport quantum data for the first time, …

Computer-Driven Cars Promise/Threaten Radical Changes In Auto World

Google’s computer-driven car was a clever publicity teaser to raise its profile, but driver-less cars won’t be ubiquitous for at least 10 years. When they do appear though, the world as we know it will be turned upside down. There will be many fantastic benefits, some unintended consequences, and a …

Surface Pro 3: Microsoft finally makes a killer tablet — and it can replace your laptop (review)

It took several tries, but Microsoft has finally delivered a device that lives up to the bold promise of its Surface line.<p>The Surface Pro 3 is Microsoft’s third try since 2012 at unifying tablets and laptops — but with some key differences from its predecessors. Its screen is bigger, so you can …

This Is How Little Kids React These Days When You Show Them Old Computers

We saw them cringe when they learned what a Walkman was, and now the infamous little kids are back to learn about more old technology.<p>The Fine Brothers created another video, showing little kids what computers looked like before the days of iPhones and MacBook Airs.<p>As usual, the kids can't even …

Long-Delayed Connected Device Tile Finally Starts Shipping

The Bluetooth-powered lost item finder called Tile, which last summer raised $2.6 million via crowdfunding, has finally begun shipping, the company now claims. Early backers may be a bit skeptical, given the delays the company experienced since raising a significant round of funding many months …

Last day of the Novena open source hardware laptop crowdfunding campaign

Just a reminder about the Novena crowdfunding project which closes tonight: this is Bunnie Huang's fully open and transparent laptop, the only …

Maria Gaetana Agnesi is celebrated by Google's doodle, but who was she?

Google's doodle on Friday celebrated the 296th birthday of the Italian mathematician and philosopher Maria Gaetana Agnesi.<p>Agnesi, born on 16 May 1718, is believed to be the first woman in the west to gain recognition as a mathematician, at a time when most Europeans did not see the value of …

5 things you should never pay for on Android

The idea that the best things in life are free is true up to a point. So why do some people pay for things they don’t really have to? We’re not talking about piracy here, but there are premium apps and services out there that simply don’t offer anything over the best free examples. Anyone that …

Apps

10 great uses for old Android phones/tablets

There’s so much that your Android device is capable of and you just haven’t realized it yet. So, with a little bit of effort, you can help your old Android device break free from the depths of your cupboard.<p>Here are some of the best examples.<p>1. Alarm clock<p>People still buy dedicated alarm clocks? …

Gear & Gadgets

Incident, Makers Of The gTar, Launch Sequence App So Anyone Can Make Music

Incident, the same folks that brought you the gTar, are today opening up the platform to a new group of users. Launching Sequence, the company wants to make it as easy as possible for total amateurs to get started making music.<p>The Sequence app is free, and offers the ability to mix together …

Research Project Cider Brings iOS Apps to Android Devices

Six PhD students at Columbia University‘s Department of Computer Science have developed Cider, an OS compatibility architecture capable of running iOS apps on Android. Rather than using a strict virtual machine, they achieved the feat by running domestic and foreign binaries on the same device.<p>They …

This Nigerian College Student Built a Wind- And Solar-Powered Car From Scraps

There’s little question as to why Oyeyiola, who is taking his finals in the next two weeks, would devote so much of his extra-curricular time and …

Carbon Dioxide

Research project Cider allows unmodified iOS apps to run on Android

Cider, an operating system compatibility layer, allows iOS applications to run natively on Android devices.<p>Developed by computer science students from Columbia University, Cider effectively tricks iOS apps into running on Android’s Linux kernel just as they would on Apple’s XNU kernel.<p>Quoting from …

Get a SlideStand stick-on smartphone stand for $5.59

In my ideal universe, pizza is a health food, "The Matrix" sequels were never created, and all smartphones come with built-in stands.<p>It's getting there. I order my pizza with light cheese and extra sauce (it's less unhealthy, anyway), and I pretend those two "Matrix" abominations don't exist.<p>As for …

Tools, Tips, and Tricks to Create Successful Social Video Content

Video content is staging a takeover of the Internet. By 2017, Cisco projects that video will account for 69 percent of all Web traffic. The majority of that traffic will come from non-PC devices, including tenfold increases in smartphone and tablet usage.<p>To capitalize on those numbers, you must …

Snakable’s New USB Charging Cable Will Never Need Duct Tape

If you’ve ever owned a USB charging cable (and if you’re reading TechCrunch, odds are you have), then you’ve encountered the problem that Snakable wants to solve. That is, after repeated use, the cable breaks, the wires are exposed, and then, more often that not, the cable itself becomes …

Audio engineering pioneer John Meyer: Stop chasing the next big thing, and go with FLAC instead

John Meyer may be making really expensive loudspeakers, but when it comes to high-end audio, the audio engineering pioneer prefers free. FLAC, the …

Project Ara: our best look yet at Google's new modular smartphone

This week in Mountain View, Google held its first-ever developer conference for Project Ara. Developed by a small team within the company called ATAP staffed with ex-DARPA engineers and some of the brightest minds at Google, Ara is a mission to make a modular smartphone. It'd be the last phone you …

The First Emoticon May Have Appeared in ... 1648

The discovery would push back the pre-history of the emoticon by (at least) 200 years.<p>A dedicated poetry reader appears to have discovered a smiley face in a poem from 1648, a find that would extend the pre-history of the emoticon back by about 200 years.<p>Editor Levi Stahl, publicity manager for the …

Portable Robot Printer Is Like A Roomba That Squirts Ink

“What is a printer?” asked Zuta Labs, then reimagined it as the Mini Mobile Robotic Printer, as small as your hand.<p>Designed by Zuta Labs and now on Kickstarter, the Mini Mobile Robotic Printer is one for the mobile age. It cleverly sheds the bulk of consumer printing by re-imagining what a printer …

Printing

Most People On Twitter Don't Actually Tweet

And the vast majority of people tweet less than once a month.<p>It's old news, really.<p>But the issue of inactive accounts on Twitter will become an issue again on Twitter's next earnings call, on which CEO Dick Costolo will — fingers crossed — show some upbeat user and engagement metrics on the social …

One Of World's Rarest Video Games Is On eBay

If you're a Nintendo fan with a few thousand bucks to spare, have we got a deal for you!<p>An extremely rare Nintendo World Championships NES game cartridge has surfaced and is currently for sale on eBay. The bidding started at $4,999 on Jan. 18, but the ante has been upped to over $7,000 as of Friday …

Flexible Sapphire Glass And Simpler OS Will Make iWatch More Fuelband Than Gear

Tim Cook acknowledged in an ABC interview yesterday that Apple has something big going on in Arizona concerning sapphire glass, but stopped short of admitting that a forthcoming iWatch might be a major beneficiary of the new material. A number of other factors conspire to make me think that to be …

20 Ways Apple’s Mac Changed Everything (Other Than the Most Obvious Ones)

On January 24, 1984, at the Flint Center on De Anza College’s campus in Cupertino, California, Apple formally announced the Macintosh at its …

The internet of things needs a new security model. Which one will win?

The Target data breach occurring over compromised point-of-sale terminals. The recent news that a botnet army which sent 750,000 spam emails included …