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Superfast Lasers Create A Hologram You Can Touch

At quadrillionth-second bursts<p>The halls of science fiction are well-decorated with dreams of holograms—Jules Verne introduced holography to literature in 1893 with <i>The Castle of the Carpathians</i>, and how else would we know that Obi-Wan was Leia’s only hope?<p>Now, researchers at the Digital Nature …

Nanotech

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Cybersecurity

The Week In Drones: Hawk Attacks, Drone Races, And More

Keeping up with the droneses<p>Here's a roundup of the week's top drone news: the military, commercial, non-profit, and recreational applications of unmanned aircraft.<p><b>Hawk Attacks Drone</b><p>A cambridge man flying his quadcopter got an aerial surprise when a hawk attacked his drone midair. The video is …

Drones

Google Now Scores Higher Than Siri And Cortana On Massive Knowledge Quiz. An AI Breakthrough? Not So Fast.

Apple’s famous artificial intelligence agent is eating humble pie today. Ask Siri “Who is smarter, Siri or Google Now?” and Siri obligingly links to an article about a recent 3,086-question challenge that ranked Google Now as the top scorer.<p>Unfortunately for Siri, the quiz had some built-in biases. …

iRobot uPoint Turns Military Robot Control Into Tablet Play

There are literally thousands of iRobot Packbots deployed around the world in everything from military operations to search and rescue and police …

Snapchat blames users of ‘illegal third-party apps’ for nude photo hack

<i>Updated October 13th: Snapsaved.com says it was hacked in a Facebook post. Details here. Snapsaved.com says 500 megabytes of images were effected by the breach. The company also says as soon as it discovered the attack it deleted all the contents of its website and database.</i><p>Thursday night a slew of …

This Startup Saved Itself From Bankruptcy With A Brilliant Idea To Change How Auto Insurances Work

"We're pretty much out of money," Weisberg told his employees. "Only one of you will get paid this month."<p>BodyShopBids, a mobile app that provided estimates and auto shop contacts to users who sent in their car wreck photos, was clearly a dying business.<p>Although a novel idea — Groupon founder Eric …

Insurance

This Guy Convinced Google, Dropcam, Pinterest To Let 10,000 Hackers Attack

When they find a bug, they get paid.<p>The more bugs they find, the more they are invited in to hack ever-more sensitive parts of a company's network. They hack companies like Google, Dropcam, Pinterest, even some banks.<p>And these companies couldn't be happier about it.<p>In the two years since Australian …

Startups

iFixit Publishes Online iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Repair Guides

It’s not something you want to think about, but did you know that you can actually repair your new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus if needed? The fine …

SureMote Turns Your Android Phone Into A Remote For Any Wi-Fi Connected Device At Home

I don’t think I’ve used a remote control in a year. Perhaps several years. They’re cheap. They get lost easily and sometimes you end up with ten of them.<p>But an Israeli company called Tekoia is trying to consolidate those devices through an app called SureMote that links to Wifi-connected home …

The $149 Chane A1rx-c speaker is almost too good to be true

The Audiophiliac discovers a new budget-priced, audiophile-grade speaker: the Chane A1rx-c!<p>Budget speakers are getting really good -- Audioengine, Dayton Audio, Emotiva, Monoprice, and Andrew Jones Pioneer models are all exceptional -- and now I'm adding Chane Music & Cinema's speakers to the list. …

Audiophile

3 ways crooks attack on public Wi-Fi

When you're on the go and running out of data on your cellular plan, finding free public Wi-Fi is like getting a fantastic present on Christmas morning<p>But unlike a Christmas present, free public Wi-Fi comes with a cost. No, not your firstborn child (although some people in London agreed to do just …

Undersea Mysteries Mapped by Satellite Gravity Sensors

Space missions reveal hidden hills and buried rifts in the ocean depths.<p>Ancient rifts hide under seafloor sediments along with thousands of uncharted underwater mountains, satellite images revealed on Thursday.<p>Most of the world's deep ocean remains poorly charted, as the fruitless search for the …

12 Unbelievable Things People Have Actually Been Arrested And Thrown In Jail For

Many Americans will see the inside of a jail cell at some point in their lives. And if you think it only happens to criminals and troublemakers, think again. According to FBI estimates cited by the Wall Street Journal, authorities have made more than a quarter of a billion arrests in the past 20 …

Good news for electric cars: New battery tech uses peroxide to boost energy density by 7X

All electric vehicles currently in production use some form of lithium-ion chemistry in their battery packs.<p>Finding ways of improving that chemistry is therefore very important — the aim being to make future electric car batteries cheaper, more stable and more energy-dense for longer …

Teen wakes up to smoldering Galaxy S4, dad blames battery

A 13-year-old in Texas wakes up to smoke and discovers her Samsung phone melting. The culprit appears to be a replacement battery.<p>If I am awoken by smoke in the middle of the night, I assume the neighbors are having a key party again.<p>However, one 13-year-old from Texas, says she was woken by a …

Gear & Gadgets

Windows Phone's next update will support smart cases and giant devices

Windows Phone 8.1 may have only just reached the general public, but it's already in line for a surprisingly large update. Microsoft has posted developer documents (sign-in required) for Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1, a tweak that fills in a few key hardware and software gaps. Aside from previously …

On The Importance Of Forgetting

The ongoing debate about Europe’s so-called ‘right to be forgotten‘ ruling on search engines has shone a light onto a key pressure point between technology and society. Simply put the ability of digital technology to remember clashes with the human societal need to forgive and forget.<p>Our technology …

Next-generation lithium cells will double your phone's battery life

The lithium ion batteries in your mobile devices are inherently limited by the "ion" part of their name; they can safely use lithium only in the part of the cell that supplies ions, wasting a lot of potential energy. It's good news, then, that researchers at Stanford have developed a new lithium …

China's Baidu Is Working On A Self-Driving Car Concept That Sounds Less Terrifying Than Google's

Baidu, a Chinese search giant, revealed to The Next Web that it's working on its own concept that sounds like it will make a lot more sense than Google's version.<p>Baidu's car would be highly autonomous, instead of fully driverless. The idea is that it could operate by itself, but that the driver …

Autonomous Cars

The Earth's Gravity Is Pulling So Hard At The Moon, It's Bulging

Everyone knows that the power of the Moon’s gravity is what moves the oceans’ tides here on Earth, but that’s not all the gravitational tug-of-war between the two celestial bodies is doing.<p>The force between the two is so strong that each sphere is ever so slightly pulling the other into a lopsided …

'Right To Be Forgotten': Google Releases A Form That Is Not About Forgetting At All

That another American would be baffled by the EU’s Court of Justice “right to be forgotten” ruling a few weeks ago is probably no surprise. So let’s skip the more blatant problems—the dangers it poses to an open, innovative and equal web that Mark Stephens discussed in his Guardian article a few …

Innovative Techology Justin 3,000mAh iPhone 5/5S Power Case Review

If you haven’t heard of a smartphone battery or power case before then sit up and pay attention. It could well be the best thing you buy for your smartphone. They’re pretty simple concepts – a battery pack is installed in a smartphone protective case, like you’d use with any iPhone 5S or Samsung …

SpaceX Unveils Its New Dragon Spacecraft

On Thursday evening, Elon Musk and the management team at SpaceX unveiled their new spacecraft – the Dragon version 2. Based around the same Dragon design that has already made four trips to the I.S.S., this version of the spacecraft is capable of holding seven crewmembers and features a number of …

Amazon's New, Powerful Enemies

Amazon has developed some new enemies in its battle with book publisher Hachette: high-profile authors.<p>Best-selling author and guru to teens John Green is the latest to pile on against the largest bookseller in the U.S. In an interview with the Associated Press, Green said of the Amazon-Hachette …

The UK Bids For Robotics Leadership

Martin Hitch is a British-born entrepreneur operating in the US where his company Bossa Nova Robotics is developing the Ballbot, a robot designed to work in close proximity to people. Speaking at a reception in Palo Alto, staged to introduce UK robotics and autonomous systems companies to their …

How Much Elephant Is In That Mouse?

‘New mouse species has elephant DNA,’ declared the headlines. It must have been hard to resist, considering the contrast in size between these animals. The wording conjures up images of runt elephants evolving into dwarf and then pocket pachyderms before shrinking so small that they could run up …

3 Apps That Prove Mobile Games Can Tell Great Stories

Mobile games are typically thought of as casual affairs—pick-up-and-play time-killers that can fill the time before a bus arrives or your number is called at the DMV. Angry Birds isn’t exactly known for its plot.<p>But a few iPhone and iPad games have shown us something else entirely—phone and tables …

Facebook Doesn't Understand The Fuss About Its Emotion Manipulation Study

<b>* Updated since first published.</b><p>This weekend, the Internet discovered a study published earlier this month in an academic journal that recounted how a Facebook data scientist, along with two university researchers, turned 689,003 users’ New Feeds positive or negative to see if it would elate or …