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Water Hoverboard

While we're still a long way off from achieving the kind of technology that allowed Marty McFly to effortlessly skateboard feet above the ground, the …

The U.S. government wants to regulate Google Maps & all other car navigation apps

If the U.S. government has its way, the Transportation Department will have full oversight over apps like Google Maps, Apple Maps, and Waze.<p>The Obama administration’s proposed transportation bill would allow the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to regulate all types of vehicle …

This new mobile app uses big data to analyze your face

Do you know what your true skin tone and undertone are? What about how your skin has changed over time? Beautiful Me is a new mobile app that applies big data and a deep neural network to make your skin profile only several taps away. This app was created by ModiFace, the company behind the Sephora …

Printeer is the 3D printer your kids can use

There's no denying that 3D printers are cool. However, they're not exactly easy to use for kids -- not unless Junior has a knack for modelling software, anyway. If Mission Street Manufacturing's Printeer hits its crowdfunding goal, though, children will have a 3D printer they can truly call their …

From ‘Star Wars’ to ‘Star Trek’: The 15 Coolest Sci-Fi Movie Weapons

The only thing science fiction does better than provide heady, futuristic looks at very modern themes is telling those stories with the help of some …

Amazon's Smartphone Expands Sales Reach to Your Pocket

The smartphone market is brutal. It destroys companies that can’t keep up and makes established tech juggernauts look like a bumbling startup. It’s harsh, unrelenting and Amazon is getting ready to shoulder its way into the fray.<p>On Wednesday Amazon is expected to reveal its long-rumored smartphone. …

US lifts restrictions on more detailed satellite images

<b>Sites like Google and Bing Maps will be able to use higher-quality satellite images, thanks to US government restrictions being lifted.</b><p>Companies had not been allowed to make use of images where features smaller than 50cm were visible.<p>But one imaging firm, Digital Globe, said it would be able to …

Google Fiber is cleared to land in Portland

Google's high-speed fiber project is now cleared to do business in Portland, thanks to a franchise agreement approved last week by the Portland City Council. Under the arrangement, Google would pay a five percent franchise fee on any video revenue, but avoid the extra three percent fee charged to …

Islamist Fighters In Iraq And Syria Keep Tweeting Pictures Of Cats

Twitter and Instagram reveal the mundane side of life as a jihadi.<p>Many of these fighters are believed to have travelled from the UK, with others coming from European countries. The location of the following people cannot be confirmed definitely, but all claim to be in Iraq or Syria.<p>Some 9.3 million …

How Gorilla Glass Helps Complete the BMW i8's Complex Acoustical Mission

Much stink has been made about the BMW i8's piped-in engine noises which, like the M5, dispatch a simulacra of exhaust and motor noises through stereo speakers to convey a sensation of sportiness since its turbocharged mill is presumably too soft spoken to utter such a glorious racket.<p>To …

Corning Inc.

7 pawsome pieces of pet tech

When they are not trying their luck at becoming internet celebrities, dogs and cats can be moderately entertaining companions for humans. Because of …

Hack the Block: The Success of 'Watch Dogs'

Ubisoft's hit 'hacktion-adventure' video game about a tech-savvy vigilante keys into a cultural moment of data paranoia<p>Huddled in the city's shadows, …

Grand Theft Auto

BMW and GoPro Partner for In-Car Camera

Starting in July, new BMWs and Minis, or properly equipped later models, will have adventure-recording abilities, thanks to a new partnership between the automaker and GoPro.<p>Owners wanting to record their auto adventures will need a Wi-Fi connection, the GoPro app installed on their iPhone, a …

Videography

Activity trackers outselling smartwatches four to one (report)

The best-selling fitness wearables come from Fitbit, which leads by a wide margin, followed by devices from Garmin, Nike, and Jawbone. But ABI believes Samsung’s Gear Fit will prove to have challenged Fitbit’s dominance during the second quarter, when those numbers become available.<p>Activity …

Skybox Can Predict iPhone Launch Using Satellite Imagery

The Wall Street Journal profiles one of Google's recent acquisitions which has implications on mapping, competitive intelligence and even privacy. Skybox Imaging is an intelligence company that by the year 2018 will be able to take satellite imaging to the next level:<p>By the time its entire fleet of …

AT&T and Udacity partner to create the 'nanodegree,' a new type of college degree

Online education provider Udacity has partnered with AT&T to create a new type of college degree, the “nanodegree.” The vocationally focused nanodegree is designed to be a lifelong learning portfolio that would be widely recognized by the tech industry and far cheaper to obtain.<p>Since last year, …

MakerBot Now Shipping Massive Z18 3D Printer

When MakerBot announced the Z18 printer last January at CES, there wasn’t much of a shipping date. Now, however, the company has begun shipping the massive 3D printer to customers who have pre-ordered thus far and expect to ship from their Brooklyn factory in six to eight weeks for new orders.<p>The …

3D Printing

Google's Internet Balloon Network Just Passed An Important Milestone

By this time next year, Google hopes to have a more permanent set of balloons, Wired reports.<p>"In one or several countries, you will turn on your phone and talk to the balloons," Google X chief Astro Teller told Wired. "Yes, Loon will be offering service."<p>Teller is optimistic likely because of the …

Project Loon

EU to team up with South Korea in global 5G race

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is teaming up with South Korea to jointly research the next generation of mobile broadband technology, hoping the Asian country’s expertise will help it catch up in a field crucial for economic growth and jobs.<p>South Korea has one of the fastest mobile …