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Kano is an easy-to-use $150 computer for kids and parents to explore technology together

When it launched its Kickstarter campaign last November, Kano, a $150 computer comprised of a Raspberry Pi, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a speaker, was …

GitHub's free student bundle gets you started on writing code

It's harder to score student discounts on programming tools now that many of them are subscription services, but GitHub has just launched a bundle that could make it far less expensive to get cracking. Its new Student Developer Pack gives you free access to the kind of tools you'd typically need to …

Chemistry in Ultra HD shows science like you've never seen it

Chemistry was always the most visually appealing of the sciences I studied in school. There were all those amazing colors, plus smoke, bubbles and best of all, fire!<p>Turns out, I'm not the only one who found chemistry to be attractive. A collaboration between the Institute of Advanced Technology at …

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Forget Apple. Make your own smartwatch with TinyScreen

The tech world has seen a trend toward bigger screens. There are increasingly large televisions. There's the iPhone 6 Plus. The aptly named TinyScreen from Tiny Circuits is making a name for itself on Kickstarter by bucking the super-sized trend and instead taking a minimized approach. The …

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Dubs Acoustic Filters

Developed by acoustic engineers and designers, the DUBS Acoustic Filters are advanced tech ear plugs that reduce volume without sacrificing the …

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One spoonful of this stuff could turn you into Aquaman

It sounds like a substance Lex Luthor could have invented -- a crystal so powerful that just a spoon-size chunk of it could suck all the oxygen out of a room, leaving Lois behind to die a slow, painful death (in Clark's arms, of course).<p>But the folks who invented the oxygen-absorbing material …

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Scientists Have Found A Crystal That Can Let You Breathe Underwater

It’s a great scientific irony that water is full of oxygen yet none of it is breathable to humans. But that might be about to change, thanks to a research team in Denmark and a bizarre crystal they’ve discovered.<p>Carrying the catchy label of [{(bpbp)Co2II(NO3)}2(NH2bdc)](NO3)2 * 2H2O, and what we’re …

Could technology replace you at work and put wealth in the hands of the few?

There have always been fears about new technologies in the workplace. But what if automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence are bearing down on us at a faster rate than we ever anticipated?<p>Sure, jobs change over time. Doctors now use lasers, MRIs, and CAT scans — tools they didn’t have 50 …

Beartooth Keeps You Connected With Your Friends When The Cell Network Can’t

I can’t imagine that there’s anyone reading who hasn’t been in this situation: you’re at a conference, or a concert, or some other big event where you’re surrounded by way, <i>way</i> too many people. Your cell phone’s signal meter <i>promises</i> that everything is okay… and yet, nothing actually works.<p>The …

Android Wear updates will let you leave your phone at home

One of the biggest gripes of smartwatch ownership is the (usual) dependency on your smartphone; do you really want to carry two devices when you're going out for a run? If you're an Android Wear fan, you won't have to in the near future. Google tells <i>CNET</i> that "several" updates are coming to its …

Spurs celebrate NBA title

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Fans screamed "Go Spurs Go!" in unison at the slightest glimpse of a San Antonio Spurs' player or coach floating down the River …

San Antonio Billboard Praises Tim Duncan Opting In vs. LeBron James Opting Out

With news that LeBron James will reportedly opt out of his contract with the Miami Heat and Tim Duncan opting in to stay another year with the Spurs, a San Antonio billboard is declaring that Duncan's loyalty is greater than LeBron's royalty.<p>The sign appears roughly once a minute in San Antonio …

The 2-Minute Workout That Works Your Abs From Every Angle

How strong is your core? Find out with this ultimate ab challenge<p>Ripped abs are reason enough to add some core moves to your routine. But a strong torso can also give you the foundation you need to lift more weight with less risk of injury. "Crunches alone won't get the job done, though," says Todd …

Building blocks: how Project Ara is reinventing the smartphone

In a spare, drab office park in Sunnyvale, California, a bunch of two-by-fours and foamboard have been nailed together into a makeshift model of a shipping container. Inside, a bare, unlit Edison bulb hangs from a wire, over some simple IKEA furniture and a table with Lego blocks on it. The blocks …

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Yota's latest E Ink smartphone takes a great idea and makes it pretty

YotaPhone is an Android smartphone with a regular touchscreen on one side and an E Ink display on the other. It's been around for well over a year now, and in our time with previous prototypes we've been impressed with its premise, if not Yota Devices' execution. At MWC this year, the Russian …

Code.org turning the ashes of 'Flappy Bird' into a phoenix of coding education

The wildly simple yet infinitely frustrating game <i>Flappy Bird</i> is no more, though it continues to live on in countless clones. Now Code.org, the non-profit aimed at teaching people how to write code, has created a tool to make your own <i>Flappy Bird</i> game while learning some code at the same time.<p>Fend …

Google’s first Ara developers kits and conference are coming soon

Developers interested in creating their own features for Google’s Ara customizable phone project will soon get their chance: the company revealed …

Messaging app UppTalk becomes a carrier, launching with $15 mobile plans

UppTalk only brought its cloud-based mobile messaging and voice app to U.S. consumers in December, but on Wednesday it announced plans to become a …

Zidisha Launches A Kickstarter-Style Micro-Lending Platform For Low-Income Entrepreneurs In Developing Countries

When it comes to lending and borrowing money, banks have long been at the center of the equation. However, with the proliferation of new information technologies, mobile devices and the good old Web, new methods of borrowing and lending have emerged that are slowly toppling the bank-centric model. …

Under The Hood Of The All-Emoji Programming Language

“Emojinal is the next step after قلب,” says Nasser, referring to Alb, the first Arabic programming language, which he created in 2012. Nasser says …

Programming Languages

Computers share their secrets if you listen

Be afraid, friends, for science has given us a new way in which to circumvent some of the strongest encryption algorithms used to protect our data -- and no, it's not some super secret government method, either. Researchers from Tel Aviv University and the Weizmann Institute of Science discovered …

Make An LED Holiday Light Out Of Pennies

And a lemon, and some other stuff. But mostly pennies.<p>Skip the tangled strings of holiday lights this year and go wireless using a few copper-coated cents. U.S. pennies minted since 1982 conceal a zinc core. If exposed to acid, the zinc dissolves and frees electrons for use in a circuit. The …

Why Cognition-as-a-Service is the next operating system battlefield

The Semantic Web may have failed, but higher intelligence is coming to applications anyway, in another form: Cognition-as-a-Service (CaaS). And this …

The Best Android Launchers You Can Download Today

We love Android devices as much as the next person, but sometimes the vanilla Android experience leaves us wanting a little more. Thankfully, it’s possible to change the whole look and feel of your Android device with only the minimum of effort – and no need to root.<p>Android launchers, or home …

Mobile devs: Google will officially translate your Android apps

Your Android app could soon be speaking French, Swedish, Hindi, and many more languages now that Google officially launched its mobile app translation service today.<p>Google announced that it would be opening up a translation service at Google I/O and officially released it. Developers can submit …

San Antonio Spurs Stars Shine in Hilarious New Commercials

For years, the basketball world has been trying to figure out just what it is that makes the San Antonio Spurs so special.<p>Was it simply the direct result of Gregg Popovich's coaching genius? Did it all happen because players like Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili had the freedom to realize …

[Update] Emu Messenger: An AI-enhanced SMS app

Update:<p>I mentioned in my thoughts at the bottom of the post a beef I had with Emu and not being able to copy text from the SMS. Well, Dave Feldman, …

Scratch Wireless offers 'free' mobile service that uses WiFi for calls and text

If you've ever struggled with a monthly cell phone bill, you've probably looked for cheaper alternatives like prepaid plans from big box stores or startup carriers like Zact and Ting. Well, what's cheaper than free? That's exactly what Scratch Wireless aims to offer with what it claims is the …

Tokyo on a budget: tips for making your yen go further

You don’t have to live off vending-machine coffee and rice to experience the grandeur and excitement of Japan’s singular capital. Here are our tips for doing Tokyo a budget.<p>Finding a place to stay<p>Shop around online months ahead for Tokyo accommodation, as rates can fluctuate dramatically. The best …

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