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Report: Samsung could launch “Galaxy Glass” smart glasses at IFA

Samsung is reportedly developing smart eyewear, with a target launch at the IFA Berlin show in September.<p>According to an unnamed company official cited by the <i>Korea Times</i>, Samsung hopes to benefit from an early mover advantage in the budding wearable devices industry and is currently developing a …

Wearable Tech

Microsoft buys Gears of War franchise, new game in development

Microsoft now owns another major franchise tied to its Xbox game consoles: <i>Gears of War</i>. That includes "rights to all existing and future games, entertainment experiences and merchandise," and it looks like a new game (likely for Xbox One) is already in production at Black Tusk Studios in Canada …

Robotic Gas Pumps Are Coming Soon

Forget pumping yer own gas--let the robots do the work.<p>Pumping gas is a real pain. It involves actually getting out of your car, moving the muscles in your legs and arms and surrounding yourself with <i>outside air</i>. But one company plans to introduce robotic gas pumps in St. Louis, which would do all …

Smartphone Use At Night Hurts Sleep And Workplace Productivity: Study

Sure, we know that screen time right before bed is bad for sleep. And turns out, using your smartphone late at night also makes you feel depleted in the morning, thereby making you less focused and engaged at work, according to a small new study.<p>The study, published in the journal Organizational …

Take Your Next Flight On This Gigantic Solar Whale-Like Plane

When we picture transportation of the future, we tend to think “sleek.” A Spanish designer has gone in the opposite direction with his vision for an environmentally friendly, futuristic “whale plane” that looks like a cruise ship in the sky.<p>Oscar Viñals, from Barcelona, envisioned the “AWWA Sky …

The iPhone 6: Five Features It Must Have To Stay In The Game

Having owned the last three major revisions of Apple’s iPhone and had extensive use of other handsets besides, I believe the iPhone 6 will be one of the most significant launches yet of an Apple iPhone.<p>However, I don’t mean significant as in a feature-laden device that will wipe the floor with the …

Silver nanowire sensors could be the flexible foundation for new wearables

A clear, bandage-like sensor could eventually make everything from fabrics to our fingers smart. Dr. Yong Zhu and a team of North Carolina State University researchers created an ultra-thin, flexible sensor that could be used in clothing, on the body, any in other ordinary objects to track things …

Hersheys to create 3D chocolate printer

Hersheys is to partner with 3D systems to create a 3D printer for creating chocolate and other edible products<p>The US chocolate manufacturer did not reveal the cost of the deal or if and when the printed products will be available to consumers.<p>Three-dimensional chocolate products are created by …

Arcam's miniBlink: A Great New Way To Stream Your Music To A High-End Stereo

Those of us who grew up in the age of analog hi-fi are perhaps still a little uncomfortable with the concept of having all our music held in digital format. It may be convenient to have all your music on one small device, but nothing beats the pleasure and ceremony of putting a vinyl album on the …

Gabe Newell Is 'Fine' With EA's Origin On Steam Machines

While Valve’s fleet of Steam Machines may be laying the groundwork for some massive future shift in console and PC gaming, in their current form, it’s hard to think off too many reasons to run out and buy them at release. They’re expensive, are limited to the games you can buy on Steam, and often …

The power of tears: Why Google has its eye on smart contact lenses

When the cronut craze swept across New York in early spring of last year, the only major inconvenience associated with Dominique Ansel's novel culinary confection was the pain of waiting in line to get it. For a responsible person living with Type 1 (or Type 2) diabetes, like my good friend Cara, …

Kiwi Move Aims to Outsmart All Other Wearable Tech

Kiwi Move is a multi-use activity tracker that aims to replace several other similar devices, and help you with your daily tasks.<p>Designed by Kiwi …