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A closer look at Sony's Xperia Ear voice assistant

Sony has been teasing its Xperia Ear voice assistant since last year, but now we know the concept will be an actual consumer product later this year. At IFA 2016, the tech giant announced that the tiny Bluetooth- and NFC-powered device is set to arrive in November, though it still hasn't said how …

Facebook lifts the veil on its mobile device testing lab

Earlier this week, Facebook gave a small group of reporters a tour of its Prineville, OR data center. In the process, the company also showed off its mobile device lab for testing on physical devices new iOS and Android versions of the Facebook app, Messenger and Instagram.<p>The mobile device lab …

Apps

Blizzard has had enough of rude 'World of Warcraft' players

Blizzard wants to put a stop to inappropriate behavior in <i>World of Warcraft.</i> The company is rolling out a new silence penalty that will limit abusive players from engaging with the game in a few major ways.<p>Players who are reported multiple times under the spam or abusive chat categories will receive …

A bunch of computers will try to hack each other in Vegas for a $2 million prize

Set for Aug. 4, DARPA's Cyber Grand Challenge finals will take place right in the middle of two of the biggest hacking conferences, Blackhat USA and DEFCON, possibly proving that machines can beat even the best human hackers.<p>"Cyber grand challenge is about bringing autonomy to the cyber domain," …

These 3D-Printed Cameras Are So Tiny They Can Be Injected Into Your Brain

The medical and surveillance applications are enormous.<p>This teeny little camera lens from the University of Stuttgart is so small it can be slipped over the tip of a strand of fiber optic. The three-lens camera, which can focus as close as 3 millimeters, is so tiny that it can be injected—complete …

Nanotech

Here's What Really Happens When You Digitally Detox, According to Research

Digital detoxes are increasing in popularity. Looking at some of what could happen to you during and after the digital detox process is a must before you unplug.<p>A digital detox--that is, stopping your use of some or all of your technology--holds real appeal as people become overwhelmed with modern …

Detox

6 Surprising Things Science Says Will Make You Happy

Fulfilment may be simpler than you think<p>With the list of things that make us unhappy growing ever longer - social media, smart phones, Donald Trump - some news about what makes us cheerful is more than welcome.<p>This week the University of Warwick revealed the huge psychological benefits you get from …

Doom's Vulkan patch is a PC performance game-changer

The PC version of the Doom 2016 reboot finally has the Vulkan API update we've been waiting for. Everyone's a winner in terms of higher performance …

Supercomputers

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Art

Google acquires team behind website sharing app Kifi, shutting it down soon

Google has acquired the team behind Kifi, an app for saving, sharing, and chatting about content from many websites. The app will be going away in the coming weeks.<p>The employees are joining the Google Spaces team, Kifi said today in a Medium post.<p>“Although the Kifi service and data will not become …

ESPN2 and ESPNU airing esports marathons Sunday

Esports: they aren't just for streaming anymore.<p>ESPN is planning to run marathons of esports-related programming this Sunday on its ESPN2 and ESPNU …

Gaming

Is this the most liveable city in the world?

As a conduit between East and West, Vienna is growing in popularity – and international firms are taking note.<p><i>Editor’s Note (24 December 2016): Through the end of the year, BBC Capital is bringing back some of your favourite stories from 2016.</i><p>Austria’s capital recently beat 229 other buzzing cities …

This Totally Accurate Battle Simulator Might Be the Most Ridiculous Video Game Ever

Sorry, I don’t care if you caught a Squirkachu on Pokemon GTFO, because the only video game that will matter after today is Totally Accurate Battle …