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Developer of first Apple Watch battery strap demos faster charging using hidden port (Video)

Early this month I reported that accessory makers were planning on tapping into the Apple Watch’s hidden port for battery straps and faster charging. Not only would that allow companies to avoid having to design a solution with the magnetic, inductive charging system Apple is using, it also meant …

Apple Watch

The DJs of Silicon Valley who are changing music

Before Silicon Valley had an app for everything, and before the halcyon years preceding the dot-com bubble, Richard Quitevis and Ritche Desuasido were teaming up and making waves in the DJ industry. Disrupting, even. As DJs QBert and Yogafrog, respectively, both came up in the Bay Area mobile DJ …

Music Production

Robots programmed to recover from injury in minutes and adapt movements using Darwinian software

While the self-healing abilities of the T1000 robot in Terminator are still a figment of the imagination, French and US scientists have found a way …

Elon Musk's Hyperloop 'might be free to passengers'

Elon Musk's tubular Hyperloop transportation system is more than just a pipe dream; in fact, says Dirk Ahlborn, CEO of the company running the …

Apple Watch charges faster through its secret port

Every Apple Watch has a secret port hidden beneath its bottom band, and it turns out the port could be pretty useful. While Apple isn't saying what it's for — it's likely hidden away and covered up for a reason — accessory maker Reserve Strap has been able to use the port to provide power to a …

A man just got a pretty hefty fine for using his Apple Watch while driving

Jeffery Macesin was pulled over by Quebec police and slapped with a $120 (about £80) fine for changing songs using his Apple Watch while driving, The Verge reported. He also had four points added to his driving license.<p>Macesin told Montreal-based CTV News he was shocked to be pulled over as he …

10 drone and robot start-ups move onto Qualcomm campus for the summer

Crack open a consumer drone today and you'll most likely find radio antennae, a camera and sensors all packed separately into the machine, wasting weight and energy.<p>Smartphones became lighter and more powerful as their components grew more interconnected, and chipmaker Qualcomm wants to bring the …

USB Type-C will turn your phone into a battery pack to charge other phones

Here's yet another reason to embrace the new reversible USB Type-C port.<p>It was only mentioned in passing at the Google I/O developers conference, but …

Gear & Gadgets

Google is trying to solve the smart home's biggest problem

And get inside all your devices while it's at it<p>The promise of the smart home is a world of appliances that anticipate your needs and do exactly what you want them to at the touch of a button, but that vision devolves into chaos when none of those devices can actually talk to each other. That's …

CoCoRo underwater mini-robots school like fish and share knowledge

Starting in April 2011, the European Union CoCoRo (Collective Cognitive Robots) research consortium has been developing three varieties of autonomous …

The smartphone business is booming and Samsung is being left behind in the dust

The South Korean smartphone company remains the single largest smartphone vendor in the world, selling a little over 81 million units in Q1 of 2015. But that figure has shrunk from 85 million in the same time period a year prior, even as global sales of all smartphones have leaped from 281 million …

Google's Project Jacquard wants to put a trackpad on your pants

The ATAP division of Google is known for some the most innovative ideas to come out of Silicon Valley. It's the home of the Project Ara modular phone and Project Tango. So it's no surprise to find that Project Jacquard has a large single piece of fabric with conductive yarn woven in that works like …

First manned flight for Flike personal tricopter

Despite always generating plenty of interest, getting a personal flight vehicle off the ground can be a huge undertaking – just ask Malloy …

Google's new goal: Make everything work together

SAN FRANCISCO -- Google wants to make computing simple again.<p>That's the hope at least, with the various products the company announced Thursday at its I/O developer conference, ranging from home automation software to a revamped photo storage service that works with mobile devices and nearly all of …

Ford is opening up its electric vehicle patents to competitors — for a fee

Tesla made quite a splash last year when it announced that it was opening up all of its patents to competitors for free. Ford is now doing the same …

Electric Vehicles

Virtually there: How Google is readying VR for you

"In many ways what's going on in VR is similar to what happened in mobile seven years ago."<p>Andrey Doronichev of Google<p>"I'm not yet convinced that this is going to be the next big thing for Google."<p>Lewis Ward of IDC

Bluelounge’s new extension cord brings style and USB power

Bluelounge uses its sense of style and design creativity to make unique gadgets. I’ve long been a fan of their ingenious iMac USB port extender and CableBox cord organizer.<p>The company’s latest product, called Portiko, reimagines bulky extension cords with a simple style, added versatility, and a …

Todoist brings its task management app to the Apple Watch

Apple may not have included its Reminders app on Watch OS, but Todoist is bringing its own to-do list app to the Apple Watch. Included in the latest update to the iPhone version, Todoist for Apple Watch lets you sort through your tasks and projects, respond to alerts, and even create new …

Apple Watch

Google ATAP aims to bring touch-sensitive clothing to the mainstream with Project Jacquard

Google ATAP has brought us incredible advancements in technology like Project Ara and Project Tango, and now it’s time for the next crazy initiative from the group. It’s called Project Jacquard, and it aims to bring wearable technology to a whole new level. Jacquard actually makes garments …

Meet Ingress, your new augmented reality obsession

I went outside for the first time today. Working at home is an easy way to get a bad case of couchlock, so I like to try and get out for little 15 minute breaks when I can.<p>Today was a bit different. I downloaded and installed a game some buddies of mine are raving about on Facebook: <i>Ingress</i>.<p>I …

Google taps Levi’s to create interactive jeans

Google and Levi’s are teaming up to create interactive clothing.<p>At Google’s developer conference today, the Mountain View, California company showed off Project Jacquard, an experimental program within Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects unit that has developed conductive yarn with textile …

Splatoon impressions: The surprising fun of Nintendo's new shooter

<i>Splatoon</i> is out now for Nintendo Wii U, and Nintendo’s marketing efforts have focused solely on the four vs. four multiplayer aspects of the game. …

Google I/O proves a gender-inclusive tech event is possible

When Cheryl Jerozal first attended Google’s I/O developer conference four years ago, she felt isolated.<p>“I didn’t think about it at the time, but…the low number of fellow women then was probably a big reason for that,” Jerozal, an Oakland-based startup founder, tells Quartz.<p>But with a record number …

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More models, more applications: 2015 set to be the year of the smartwatch

Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian<p>The Pebble Time smartwatch is simple, effective and long-lasting.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/5/29/1432900419926/14f484de-84c7-4626-82d2-ceb8778ce281-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian<p>The Pebble Time …

Apple Watch

EVGA Steps Out With Custom, Water-Cooled GeForce GTX Titan X Graphics Card

When NVIDIA launched the GeForce GTX Titan X a couple of months back, I was impressed not only by the card’s performance, but its generational leap in efficiency, despite its GPU being manufactured using the same process technology as its predecessor. But one of the lesser told stories of that …

This robot detects obstacles and jumps them like a cheetah

Robots are becoming more and more sophisticated, and now can mimic the movements of animals.<p>Researchers and developers at MIT have developed a robot that acts like a cheetah. Not only does it look somewhat like a cheetah and run like a cheetah, it can also now jump over obstacles in its path like a …

US military tests a Tinker Bell-sized drone

There's no standard set for the shape or form of drones, and the Army plans to use that to its advantage. Here's where the Black Hornet Nano comes in. This micro drone, designed by Norway-based firm Prox Dynamics, is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, measuring in at a mere 4 x 1 inches …

Google's solar plane crashed earlier this month in New Mexico

According to <i>Bloomberg Business</i>, the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating an incident wherein Google's solar-powered Solara 50 plane reportedly crashed shortly after takeoff. The event occurred on May 1st at a private airfield outside of Albuquerque and no injuries were reported. …