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This man-made cell has the smallest genome ever — but a third of its genes are a mystery

The new life is born with a jolt: A fresh genome, built from scratch with human hands, is pushed into a host cell using an electric current. One cell quickly becomes a colony of a billion, and a completely unique living organism is alive.<p>It's not science fiction — or even a recent breakthrough. …

Genetics

Researchers create a virtual screen with touchable objects

A team from the University of Tokyo is putting their own spin on a touchscreen. By combining an infrared sensor with ultrasound technology, the group of researches have managed to design a virtual display that's as thin as air and can let you feel every object you're touching. Dubbed HaptoMime, the …

Capture a world view with the small, ball-shaped 360fly action cam

We’ve seen a good number of panorama action cams in the recent past, many sporting angles-of-view of up to 360 degrees in at least one direction. …

Gear & Gadgets

This ferrofluid artwork follows you until you look at it

Eye Catcher is an animated work of art that will follow passersby, trying to catch their attention and interaction.<p>If you gaze into the abyss, the abyss also gazes into you. Or, in this case, an adorable, minimalist facsimile of a face, rendered in patches of ferrofluid -- nanoparticles of …

University College London

Oppo N3's motorized swivel camera takes selfies to the next level

If you thought Oppo was done with making eccentric selfie phones, you're wrong; the Chinese company is back with a new model dubbed the N3 to replace the N1 from last September. The iconic swivel camera at the top is here to stay, but this time we have a 16-megapixel f/2.2 module with Schneider …

Calltag lets contacts know why you're calling them before dialing

If you’re tired of only reaching voicemail when you call certain contacts, Calltag might be just the app-sized answer you’ve been looking for.<p>Available for Android and iOS smartphones, the beta Calltag app works like a third-party dialer and prompts you to first select a contact and then choose …

Windows Phone Shrinks In Android-Dominated Europe, As New iPhones Boost iOS’ Share

Spare a thought for Microsoft, a relative newcomer to the mobile making business, after Redmond completed its $7.2BN+ acquisition of former European mobile making powerhouse Nokia earlier this year. If Microsoft was hoping to see quick marketshare wins in Europe once its hands were fully on the …

A group of retailers can't support Apple Pay due to contract with rival tech

When CVS and Rite-Aid shut off their NFC-based payments to prevent customers from using Apple Pay, we heard it was because they're part of a large group developing rival technology CurrentC. Now, <i>The New York Times</i> has shed more light on the issue, and it turns out they did it not just to stifle the …

Forget “information” – CIOs should be chief integration officers, says former CIO

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>Credit: Barb Darrow<p>Chief information officers (CIOs) who feel bloodied by the consumerization of IT and bring-your-own-device …

Reddit Gets Into Crowdfunding With Redditmade

Reddit is continuing to expand its presence beyond its wildly popular sharing site — known as the front page of the internet for many — after it jumped into the world of crowdfunding with Redditmade, a service that allows moderators to set up projects which can be backed by Redditors.<p>The move comes …

YouNow Is the Live Video Amateur Hour That Nearly Died. Now It's Booming. Here's How.

A pivot-free story: "Audacious" video chat service that looked like it was a goner a year ago has new life.<p>What would happen if you crammed YouTube, “The Voice” and instant messaging into one service?<p>Up until this year, the answer was a bummer for YouNow CEO Adi Sideman, who had done just that: …

The guy behind Google Wallet is back to change payments all over again

Poynt is the coolest credit card reader you've ever seen<p>In November of 2012, Google Wallet chief Osama Bedier admitted defeat. "Nobody today is delivering any solution that will get scale, including me," he said onstage at the Open Mobile Summit. Soon, facing insurmountable odds from iron-fisted …

Feedly Has Killed Its URL Shortener with Its Most Recent Update

Feedly has removed its URL shortener to provide better transparency for users, alongside making a few other tweaks to better optimize its mobile apps for the new versions of iOS and Android.<p>The company explained in a blog post that the decision to remove the shortener, first introduced in January, …

Keen Home Raises $1.52M To Bring Its Smart Home Vents To Market

Smart thermostats are great, but they often do not regulate the temperature of individual rooms. That’s where Keen Home’s Smart Vents come into play. The company first announced their product at Disrupt NY 2013 and is today announcing $1.52M in seed funding to bring it to market.<p>The seed round was …

Bitstrips Releases an Emoji Sticker App

Bitstrips, the personalized cartoon app that people love to hate but secretly kind of love, today launched a new app, Bitmoji, that turns your avatar into stickers and emoji.<p>If you’re already a Bitstrips user, you can import your avatar by signing in with Facebook, while new users can create their …

Telefónica will build a hub to extend the functionality of its Thinking Things sensor platform

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Telefónica is planning to develop a hub for its Thinking Things smart home platform, which was unveiled last week.<p>Thinking …

Tesco Hudl 2 review

Pros<p>Sturdy build, good screen, child safety features, very cheap<p>Cons<p>Can be just a little sluggish, camera could be better<p>Price<p>£129<p>7 / 10<p>The original …

HP jumps into 3D technology with Sprout PC and an industrial printer

<i>(Updated 10.29.14 at 11:02am PT with additional info and the Sprout video)</i><p>A few weeks after Hewlett-Packard (HP) confirmed it was splitting into two companies, the company declared at a press event in New York City today that it is going big into 3D printing and releasing a new product category of …

Google is developing a cancer and heart attack-detecting pill

New ‘nanoparticle’ pill could detect signs of disease before it becomes a problem for pre-emptive treatment, monitored by a wrist-worn device<p>Google is working on a nanoparticle pill that could identify cancers, heart attacks and other diseases before they become a problem.<p>The pill would contain …

HP introduces the quirky Sprout all-in-one computer with a built in projector and 3D scanner

HP is ditching the keyboard and mouse today with it’s quirky new computer: the HP Sprout.<p>At its core its a touch-enabled Windows 8 all-in-one, but it’s the way you interact with it that makes it unique – the computer comes with an in-built projector, a ‘touch mat’ where said projector displays …

Google will discuss 'major changes and advances' for its modular smartphone in January

Google plans to update developers on the state of its Project Ara modular smartphones at a series of conferences held early next year, where it'll discuss "major changes and advances" to the tools it provides for making swappable components for the phone. "We have been hard at work maturing and …

Rocket Internet's SpaceWays Launches in the USA

Although Rocket Internet has (or has had) presences in lots of countries around the world, the USA has never been much of a market for the business-model-cloning incubator. It does make occasional exceptions, though, for example Glossybox and HelloFresh, and now, weeks after its IPO, another …

The First Characters Sent Through the Internet Were L-O-L

On this day 45 years ago, the ARPANET was born.<p>The Internet, like most world-changing inventions, came to life in a series of fits and starts. The thing that allows you to read these words, on this screen, right at this moment, is the result of multiple innovations and experiments on the part of …

Everything You Need to Know About the Apple MacBook Pro Lawsuit

Lawyers representing frustrated Apple MacBook owners filed a class action complaint Tuesday, alleging the company failed to address a glaring defect …

Skype's Windows Desktop App Refresh Officially Launches

Skype has been steadily iterating its Mac and Windows desktop apps of late, with the refreshed Skype 7 for OS X landing earlier this month alongside a preview version for Windows. Well, today the full and final version of the updated Skype Windows app is available to download.<p>The new Skype features …

The HP Sprout Is A Bold But Goofy Experiment In Projected Interfaces

According to HP, what the world needs now is a touch-sensitive mat onto which are projected little 3D interface objects coupled with a touchscreen monitor. In fact, what the world precisely needs is Sprout.<p>This $1,899 computer is the latest in HP’s efforts to remain relevant. Created as a sort of …

Facebook investors spooked by spending warning

News of continued growth in users and profit last quarter gets overshadowed by concerns over future spending on acquisitions, headcount and other items.<p>Facebook's executives often talk of the future: connecting people around the world, creating new computing platforms and helping advertisers reach …

Mobile

If Da Vinci Had A Desktop, It Would Be HP's $1,899 Sprout

Microsoft expected to announce Office for Mac timing “very soon,” release rumored for early 2015

Following yesterday’s leaked screenshots of a new version of Office for Mac, <i>ZDNet</i> is reporting that its contacts have told it that Microsoft will announce timings for the new edition of Office for Mac “very soon.”<p>The company also is expected to disclose timing and possibly a public preview of its …