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Terminator-style self-assembling robots unveiled by scientists

Robotic cubes that can jump, flip, roll and assemble themselves into different shapes have been revealed by scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).<p>Known as M-Blocks, the cube-shaped robots have no external moving parts, but each contains a flywheel that can reach speeds of …

Samsung to unveil Galaxy Round flexible display phone -- report

Possibly debuting this week, the phone could steal some thunder from LG's allegedly upcoming G Flex smartphone.<p>Samsung is reportedly set to announce a curved display smartphone known as the Galaxy Round.<p>The new phone could be unveiled later this week, Korean news site Asiae reported Sunday. A …

Phones

'Breaking Bad' Walter White Gets REAL OBIT In Hometown Newspaper

<b>SPOILER ALERT ... but if you don't know what happened by now, you probably live in a cave and don't have the Internet. Whatever, you've been warned</b> …

New York adding 'texting zones" on highways

The state of New York announced on Monday it will be instituting so-called texting zones for drivers who just cannot wait to send an LOL or emoji to their BFF. There will be 91 zones at first, all of which will take advantage of existing rest areas, in a trial program instituted by New York …

MIT lab builds self-assembling robot cubes

Today, MIT researchers unveiled a new kind of robot called M-blocks, a group of self-assembling cubes with no external moving parts. The M stands for "modular," which means the cubes can form themselves into whatever shape scientists require, in contrast to more specialized robots like rovers or …

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 goes up for pre-order September 18th on T-Mobile

Get your giant hands ready, T-Mobile subscribers. The Un-Carrier announced this morning that the latest version of Samsung's phamed phablet will be going up for pre-order September 18th. Pick it up through the Simple Choice Plan, and the 5.7-inch handset'll run you $199 down plus $21 a month for 24 …

Aaron Paul Shares Breaking Bad Finale “Spoiler”: Funny Photo With Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn

Wait, what?! <i>Breaking Bad</i>'s millions of rabid fans have three weeks to go before the September 29 series finale of the beloved, acclaimed AMC series. …

Samsung introduces the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, a companion watch for your Galaxy devices

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 are here, but what would they be without a companion smartwatch? In a move …

Man Puts Up Website and Photo Memorial of His Life Before Committing Suicide

Some sad news has emerged from the Midwest today: The <i>Kansas City Star</i> is reporting that a former employee and blogger committed suicide yesterday …

Samsung Reportedly Introducing Galaxy Gear Android Smartphone Wristwatch In September

What’s weird about reporting on the potential introduction of smartphone watches is that they actually aren’t anything new – every few years it seems some OEM comes up with a wrist-mounted phone that makes for an interesting demo but doesn’t go anywhere, like the LG GD910, for instance, the talk of …

Herd of Fluorescent Green Bunnies Born

High-Speed Camera System Can Capture Objects Traveling at 7,500 MPH

Researchers at a California company specializing in high-speed imaging equipment have developed a camera add-on capable of freezing objects traveling …

Ink Droplets in Water: Creative High Speed Photography

Ink drops have been a favorite among photographers when it comes to shooting liquids. Perhaps it’s because of the freedom to choose any color and …

Photography

This Crazy Rig of 60 DSLRs Can Turn You Into a 3D Selfie Sculpture

Got a few dozen spare DSLRs and fistful of startup capital? Then you, too, could get into the emerging field of 3D selfies, as pioneered by Texas …

Control a dSLR camera with your Android phone or tablet

Augment your dSLR camera with an Android app that offers advantages like better focus, time-lapse photography, and even the option to share photos the moment they're shot. Sharon Vaknin shows you how.<p>That Android phone or tablet you've got? Consider it your dSLR's best new accessory. With the help …

Shutter Speed

In Chicago, 3-D Printers Are Available To Anyone With A Library Card

The Harold Washington Library's new Maker Lab is free and open to the public. Get making!<p>3-D printing may be the way of the future, but for the average Joe, actually getting ahold of a 3-D printer to use on the cheap remains somewhat challenging.<p>Starting this week, though, 3-D printing will be as …

Top iOS apps and games go free ahead of App Store's fifth anniversary

'Infinity Blade II,' Traktor DJ, 'Sword and Sworcery,' Day One, and more<p>Vox Media has affiliate partnerships. These do not influence editorial content, though Vox Media may earn commissions for products purchased via affiliate links. For more information, see our ethics policy.<p>A host of highly …

Racing Google To Bring Driverless Cars To The Road, Mobileye Valued At $1.5B As Investors Take $400M Stake

In the world of self-driving cars and autonomous vehicle technology, Google gets most of the attention, but it’s far from being the only player in the field. Earlier this month, Mobileye, the Israeli and Dutch maker of advanced driver assistance technologies, claimed that self-driving cars “could …

'Space Penguin' PHOTO: Hubble Captures Arp 142 Galactic Collision In The Constellation Hydra

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... Space Penguin!<p>Alright, it's not exactly "Star Wars." But this image, captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, does show a dramatic clash of galaxies. Scientists believe that the head of the bird (in the upper portion of the photograph) is the result of …

Jay Leno's '63 Chrysler Turbine can run on tequila

We weren't quite ready for the sound of Jay Leno's 1963 Chrysler Turbine car.<p>We thought it would roll in like some space-age relic, or at least have a bit of a Jetsons vibe. Instead, to us it sounded more like a hair dryer.<p>No matter. The car, one of only a handful of survivors from the Jet Age, is …

Artificial pancreas tells your tablet when you need insulin

The continuous glucose monitor -- which checks levels every one to five minutes -- works with a smartphone or tablet to calculate the amount of insulin the patient needs and delivers it via a pump.<p>As recently as the 1950s, one in three people diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes died within 25 years of …

Diabetes

LG to mass-produce flexible displays for smartphones

Looking to get a leg-up in the bendable display market, LG Display is going full throttle ahead with production of the new technology for mobile devices.<p>LG Display is about to embark on the mass production of smartphone display panels that reportedly don't break, crack, or shatter -- because they …

Mobile

Bacteria Live At 33,000 Feet

Awesome! Now what?<p>AWESOME!<p>Earth's upper atmosphere—below freezing, nearly without oxygen, flooded by UV radiation—is no place to live. But last winter, scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology discovered that billions of bacteria actually thrive up there. Expecting only a smattering of …

App lets you show a doctor your, um, rash down there

An app called STD Triage allows you to photograph your fears and have them checked by a dermatologist within 24 hours.<p>Sometimes my CNET handlers like to challenge me. Or perhaps they're sending me a discreet message.<p>Today, for example, one of my knowing leash-pullers sent me details of an app he …

Apps

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Microsoft pulls a 180, reverses Xbox One always-on DRM and used games policy

In a blog post, Xbox chief Don Mattrick says Microsoft heard the outcry from gamers and changed the much-derided policies.<p>Microsoft backtracked Wednesday on its much-derided policy that would have required Xbox One gamers to connect their consoles to the Internet once a day to prevent game …

Xbox

Samsung Galaxy NX Mirrorless Camera Photos Leaked, Show Android OS

We reported earlier today that Samsung’s CEO recently said that his company’s next “mirrorless” camera would be Android-powered, but that it wasn’t …

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

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