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Wall Street Hearts Tesla

As Tesla’s stock keeps soaring, Wall Street’s ability to keep perspective seems to have disappeared.<p>Wise men say only fools rush in. Yet Wall Street …

Obama awards Medal of Honor to Afghan war veteran

WASHINGTON— PresidentObamaon Monday awarded Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military citation, making him the fifth living veteran of the Afghanistan or Iraq conflicts to be awarded the medal for acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty.<p>At a<p>White …

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RANKED: These Are The Best Smartwatches You Can Buy Right Now

Apple, Google, Samsung, and Microsoft are all expected to release their own smartwatches.<p>Just last month, Foxconn showed off an iPhone-compatible smartwatch that can measure the wearer's vital signs like heart beat and respiration.<p>Thanks to David Schmidt of comparison shopping platform FindTheBest, …

Smartwatches

Apple’s iPhone 4 Drives Global Growth: Here’s What It Means For A New, Low-Cost iPhone Model

Apple is cashing in big on three-year old tech, according to its earnings results last night. As the Wall Street Journal points out, it’s seeing the iPhone 4 leading to big growth in markets like India, and buttressing Apple’s fortunes against low-cost devices based on competing mobile platforms …

Verizon rolls out fastest FiOS tier yet with 500Mbps downloads, 100Mbps uploads

It's still not quite on par with Google Fiber, but Verizon today launched its fastest FiOS internet package ever, offering 500Mbps downloads and 100Mbps uploads to both residential and business customers. The new top Quantum tier is initially available "in parts" of every existing FiOS market, with …

Chinese mother wins case after being sent to labour camp for protesting daughter's rape

A Chinese mother who was sent to a labour camp after protesting at the rape of her young daughter has won her battle for compensation from local Communist party officials.<p>Tang Hui, 39, became a public hero in the campaign against the injustice of <b>China's</b> labour camp system, which gives the police …

Usain Bolt Not Among the Top Sprinters Busted for Steroids

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The best sprinter in the world was not among some of the sprinting world's big names busted today by …

Google to profit from self-driving cars by decade's end -- analyst

Self-driving cars represent a $200 billion opportunity, says analyst Gene Munster, and Google will be a major beneficiary.<p>Google stands to rev up substantial revenue from self-driving cars.<p>The search giant is likely to gain whether it creates the hardware for self-driving cars or simply license the …

Driverless Cars

Bill Gates helps satellite antenna company Kymeta raise another $50M

Kymeta’s dream of global satellite broadband is starting to look more real.<p>The high-profile satellite company has raised a fresh $50 million, thanks to Bill Gates, Lux Capital, and others. The funding brings Kymeta’s total to $62 million.<p>Spun out of Intellectual Ventures — yes, <i>that</i> Intellectual …

iOS 7: Designed for Apple's next billion customers

There are a lot of things that you can say about the reaction to Apple’s next version of iOS, its software for iPhones and iPads. It’s new, it’s very, very different and it’s a dramatic departure from the way Apple has approached the design of iOS over the last five years.<p>Over and above any …

Pirate Bay founder creating surveillance-free messaging app

Looking to develop a way to block the government and private companies from monitoring people's messages, Peter Sunde is working on an app called Hemlis "where no one can spy on you, not even us."<p>In the wake of people learning about the National Security Agency's massive surveillance program, it's …

Messaging

Air Pollution In Northern China Steals 5 Years Of Life From The Average Person

The study [PDF], published in the Proceeding of the National Academy of Science on Monday, July 8, blames China's Huai River policy for the decrease in life expectancy.<p>The policy provided free coal for boilers to residents in cities North of the Huai River during the winter months between 1950 and …

Pollution

Flexible 'electronic skin' can help heal, detect touch and temperature

Surgeons could one day restore lost feeling in humans by using artificial skin that's been augmented with flexible sensors, and a new development from researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology may bring that closer to reality. The research team has developed a flexible sensor that …

Joe jams: the sweet sounds of your morning coffee

There are many small pleasures that come with making a cup of coffee, from the warm mug in your hands to that first sip. But one thing you might not think about is the sound. Thankfully, composer and sound designer Diego Stocco — who has worked on the most recent <i>Sherlock Holmes</i> films as well as …

Self Freezing Coke Video By Grant Thompson Has Completely Blown Our Minds

"Grab a bottle of room temperature soda, and start shaking it violently." That's the first bit of instruction on Grant Thompson's incredible self freezing Coke (or any other soda) video.<p>Look guys, we were never big science buffs in school, but that's probably because no one ever presented the …

Does A $347 3-D Printer Mean The Future Is Here? Or Just Paper-Thin Progress?

Now on Kickstarter, the Buccaneer is designed for easy at-home use, costs less than an iPhone–and just might make or break our collective dream of technology.<p>The magic words, or magic number-plus-letter, of our technological fantasies to date are: 3-D. The 3-D printer is this year’s collective …

3D

New Technology Sends Ads Directly Into Your Brain

The next time you press your head against the window of a train or bus, you might hear voices. You’re not going crazy, but you are experiencing a new kind of advertising: a message that’s transmitted via sensor into your brain, which only you can hear.<p>To promote Sky TV’s new TV streaming app, Sky …

Emerging Technology

EU and Japan gun for 100Gbps fiber optic internet speeds via new research projects

The European Commission and Japan have just announced a series of research projects to help speed up replacement of their soon-to-be-antiquated internet backbones. One of them, the STRAUSS project, will be shooting for 100Gbps fiber optic speeds -- a whopping 5,000-fold gain over current Euro data …

Limbo now available for iOS, terrifies gamers with its elegant simplicity

Starting today, <i>Limbo</i>, the 2D side-scrolling game that both charmed and terrified us on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, is available for iOS devices. Dino Patti, the CEO of indie developer Playdead, tweeted the announcement about the game's launch with a link to the iTunes store, and from early reviews, …

Vine adds new features like “re-vining” and protected posts

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Vine announced on Wednesday that it’s added some spiffy new features to the video-sharing app, like the ability to re-share …

'Minecraft' Adds Horses, Donkeys, Carpets, Pocket Realms And Xbox One Edition

Minecraft is fast becoming the most popular game for families. It’s also fast becoming rather complicated and confusing for families to know where to start.<p>I had the chance to get a family to test out the new Minecraft Pocket version of the game, along with the new Pocket Realms server. As they did …

Snapchat Android update adds transparency, still lacks 'bad judgment' filter

The latest version of Snapchat's Android app cleans up its interface and adds gesture-based navigation controls. Everything from conversation view and the contact list received a once over making it feel more like a platform-native app, even though it's more than a blush similar to the last iOS …

Sony and NTT DoCoMo announce limited edition Hatsune Miku-themed Xperia A

NTT DoCoMo has a heritage of exclusively signing up fictional personalities to hawk its handsets and following the likes of <i>Evangelion</i>, <i>JoJo's Bizarre Adventure</i> and <i>One Piece</i>, it's the turn of not-actually-real pop idol Hatsune Miku. She'll be emblazoned on DoCoMo's Xperia A, on a limited run of …