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Neil deGrasse Tyson explains how 'Star Wars' lightsabers could actually work

"Star Wars" lightsabers are a novel idea. They're lightweight, portable, and their laser-like beams can cut through just about anything. Unfortunately, the reality isn't so simple. Astrophysicist and "StarTalk Radio" host Neil deGrasse Tyson explains how the fictional blade would work in real</i> …

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Marvel's Netflix Plans for IRON FIST and THE PUNISHER Might Be Changing

Google launches its Keep note-taking app for iOS

Google today launched Google Keep for iOS. You can download the new app now directly from Apple’s App Store.<p>We’re a bit surprised it took Google this long to debut an iOS app for its note-taking service. Google Keep first launched way back in March 2013 for Android and the Web, meaning the iOS …

Google Play Newsstand reaches 1 billion installs on the Play Store

At this point it’s just about once a month that an app on the Play Store manages pass 1 billion installs. This month, the app to reach this milestone was Google Play Newsstand.<p>Not many apps have reached this number, and third-party apps from Facebook are the only outside of Google to do it. As you …

Netflix has built a VR living room for your next series binge

The next stage in the evolution of virtual reality has so far been pitched mainly at gamers -- with a sprinkle of social media, journalism and …

Oculus Touch Demo Reaction at Oculus Connect

Yesterday we spent some time at the Oculus Connect event, where we were able to try out the new Samsung Gear VR, as well as get some hands-on time with the Oculus Rift. We already gave our reactions to the Gear VR, but now we want to focus on Oculus Touch as well. While the Rift is a PC-centric VR …

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Android Wear’s Second Big Update Is Coming: Gestures, WiFi, And Better UI In The Next Few Weeks

Word around the rumor mill was that Android Wear was about to get a pretty big update — and sure enough, such an update is officially on the way.<p>Here’s whats new…<p>Wrist Flicking Gestures:<p>Flick your wrist away from you to view the next card or notification; flick towards you to go back.<p>Emoji …

My bank is now staffed by a helpful robot

Meet Nao, Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ's latest employee<p>Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ is Japan's biggest bank, and I've been a customer for over six years. That may have been a good call, because now it's the first to employ robots. Aldebaran Robotics' Nao, a bipedal android that costs around $8,000, is now …

Why Is Nobody Using Android 5.0 Lollipop?

Google’s dashboard that tracks the versions of Android OS being used has been updated with numbers from January 2015, and it shows Lollipop’s non-existent impact on Android devices. Version five of Mountain View’s mobile operating system has not even gathered the minimum 0.1% of usage to show up in …

Samsung Just Announced a New Metal Galaxy Phone That's Thinner Than the iPhone 6

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>Samsung just unveiled its newest smartphone, the Galaxy A7, which is its thinnest phone to date.<p>The 6.3mm Galaxy A7 is also thinner than the iPhone 6, which measures 6.9mm, and the device comes with metal edges just like the other phones Samsung has …

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Google’s real-time voice translation service for mobile devices is on the way

Following the launch of Microsoft’s Skype Translator service, Google will soon update its mobile translation app to recognize speech in a range of languages and turn it into text, reports The New York Times.<p>Google will announce the update to its Android app soon, according to the report. The new …

The Coolest Smartwatches Being Shown at CES 2015

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Samsung’s Galaxy Gear Ads Show A Dated Device, Not A Futuristic One

Even Samsung thinks its Galaxy Gear is anachronistic – at least if the commercials are to be believed. New ads for the new Samsung Galaxy Gear that popped up on the company’s official YouTube page this weekend are supposed to be an exercise in wish-fulfillment, but they end up showing off a company …

LG’s New Nexus Phone Gets Detailed In Leaked Service Manual

There has been no shortage of leaks that claim to show off Google’s next Nexus smartphone (including this not-so-subtle nod from Google itself) over the past weeks and months, but we may have just hit the mother lode this weekend. The folks at Android Police have gotten their hands on a hefty, …

Lüme fashions feature flexible, programmable LEDs

While wearing electroluminescent shirts to make a statement is far from unheard of, most applications of wearable tech we've seen so far also have a …

NVIDIA details Steam Machine involvement further: GeForce GTX on point

As Valve vets 300 lucky gamers to test drive its prototype Steam Machines, NVIDIA PR manager Brian Burke and Valve Linux team member Mike Sartaina …

Star Wars: Tiny Death Star brings Tiny Tower to space for iOS and Android

Disney Mobile announced this weekend that it is collaborating with LucasArts and Nimblebit to create a new Star Wars-themed version of <i>Tiny Tower</i>, the …