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LG Shows Off 'Wallpaper' TV No Thicker Than a Sticker

If you thought TVs couldn't get any thinner, think again. LG Display's "wallpaper" panel is 55 inches wide, but less than a millimeter (four-hundredths of an inch) thick. It's so thin and light (just over 4 pounds) that it can be attached to the wall with a simple magnetic backing and then peeled …

LG Display

Apple Releases New 27-Inch Retina 5K iMac And 15-Inch MacBook Pro With Force Touch Trackpad

Apple clears the decks of incremental hardware news ahead of its annual developers conference.

Apple’s got a pair of hardware updates in the pipeline and it’s not waiting until its Worldwide Developers Conference to unveil them. The company announced a new 15-inch MacBook Pro on Tuesday morning, and …

MacBook

Voltus Gives The 12-Inch MacBook A Battery Boost, Two New USB Ports

The new 12-inch MacBook from Apple is packed with cool tech, and its USB-C port is a prime example. The port allows for charging as well as data connectivity, meaning you can draw power from things like USB power banks, which are traditionally designed for phones and tablets. The Voltus, a new …

Batteries

Chrome add-on shares your web links through sound bursts

If Google has its way, the days of sharing web links through copying text (or bumping devices) will soon be over. The internet giant has released Google Tone, an "experimental" Chrome extension that shares your browser's current web address to other computers through specially crafted sound bursts. …

Google Chrome

Switch Scores $35 Million And Begins To Look Beyond Google Apps To Big Telcos

For a company that’s not part of Google , Switch Communications’ ties to the tech giant run deep. Founded by ex-Googlers, Switch’s flagship product provides an external voice solution for businesses that run their work on Google Apps. Google Ventures is an early investor.

But six months since …

Google

Nest’s Tony Fadell says Google has 'no sacred cows' as it rethinks Glass

Google ended its Glass Explorer program in January, leading many to believe the ambitious face-mounted computer project was shelved for good. But rumors of Glass' death were apparently premature — instead of being wound up, Glass "graduated" from the experimental Google X department to become its …

Google

Tweets fly back into Google search results after four years of exile

It's been a long time coming, but tweets are finally viewable on Google (again). The company announced a partnership that'll see real-time shares from Twitter re-embedded within search results, nearly four years after the end of an earlier agreement forced Google to remove them. Tweets are …

Google

Workflow Hints At The Future Of The Watch As A Computing Platform

Both the Apple Watch and Android Wear provide plenty of value for certain wearers thanks to decent implementations of actionable notifications. But after a few weeks with the Apple Watch, it’s apparent that most apps haven’t quite figured out how to be useful on your wrist.

For developers who didn’t …

Workflow

Google purpose-built robot cars tested on public roads

Google's purpose-built robots cars are getting the green light to drive on public roads.

This summer some of the self-driving cars will be tested on the roads around Mountain View, California, where the search giant is based.

Before now, the small vehicles have only driven on test tracks and have not …

Google

Buffett's Berkshire Adds to Some of its Biggest Stock Holdings

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc on Friday said it has boosted its holdings in some of the billionaire's favorite companies, including Wells Fargo & Co and International Business Machines Corp.

The changes were disclosed in a regulatory filing detailing Berkshire's U.S.-listed stock portfolio …

Warren Buffett

French winegrower risks jail to protect his grapes

One of France’s most venerated winemakers, whose vineyards supply leading restaurants, including those owned by Heston Blumenthal and Gordon Ramsay, will this week risk a six-month prison sentence or a large fine for the sake of both his grapes and, he says, future generations who will want to …

Grapes

Travel Industry Responds to Rise in Solo Sojourners

Vacations have long gone hand-in-hand with company: family bonding, honeymoons, babymoons, bands of oats-sowing college backpackers. Yet today, more and more travelers are going solo — and they’re not who you might expect them to be.

Some 24 percent of people traveled alone on their most recent …

Asia Travel

Decoding the Enigma of Satoshi Nakamoto and the Birth of Bitcoin

It is one of the great mysteries of the digital age.

The hunt for Satoshi Nakamoto, the elusive creator of Bitcoin, has captivated even those who think the virtual currency is some sort of online Ponzi scheme. A legend has emerged from a jumble of facts: Someone using the name Satoshi Nakamoto …

Bitcoin

Well-funded Jet.com may be ecommerce game-changer

Washington (AFP) - Jet.com has yet to launch its online retail site to the public, but has already drawn attention as a would-be game-changer that could take on Internet giant Amazon.

Jet has raised $220 million so far for an ecommerce service with some 1,600 retail partners, and plans to sell some …

E-commerce

One of the Best Avengers Characters Is an Emotive Android

When the news broke that The Avengers: Age of Ultron movie would introduce the character the Vision, I was hopeful. The red-skinned, brooding android …

Comics

The psychology behind color

If you squash every scene from the The Matrix into one image you’ll get something that looks like an old fuzzy TV screen. Look a little closer though and you’ll see the entire movie unfold, all without watching a single scene.

As you scan from left to right and top to bottom the colors flip flop …

Psychology

As Google Spins, So Does Silicon Valley

Google's influence on Silicon Valley’s culture and business is unmatched. The free lunches, the shuttle buses, the founder control are all Googley traits that have been adopted by countless startups big and small.

For better or worse, over the years, Google has also been the farm team for the …

Google

The foodie traveller ... on mead, the ancient drink enjoying a revival

Mead, or honey wine, is one of humankind’s oldest alcoholic beverages – the earliest record comes from China, in 7,000 BC. Its basic ingredients are water, honey and yeast, often with added fruits and spices. Like grape wine, mead can run the flavour spectrum from sweet to dry. And also, like grape …

Drinking

FAO Schwarz toy store closing in July

FAO Schwarz will close its doors on July 15 after calling Fifth Avenue home for nearly 30 years.

The rent was too high for the iconic toy store, but its owner, Toys R Us, is hunting for a new location in midtown Manhattan, a spokeswoman said Friday.

FAO Schwarz is a popular attraction for many …

Why so many Dutch people work part time

THE Dutch are generally a pretty content bunch. The Netherlands consistently ranks as one of the best places in the world to live. Dutch kids are …

Netherlands

Facebook Starts Hosting Publishers’ “Instant Articles”

After months of rumors, Facebook today unveiled “Instant Articles”, a program that natively hosts publishers’ content in its app’s News Feed so users don’t have to click out and wait for websites to load. Instant Articles debuts today with rich-media stories from The New York Times, BuzzFeed, …

Facebook

A roof grows in Brooklyn: Barclay's Center to get grassy lid

NEW YORK (AP) — A roof grows in Brooklyn.

One of the nation's biggest green roofs on a sports arena is taking shape atop Brooklyn's Barclays Center, where cranes are hoisting tons of steel beams and decking that will provide the base for an urban prairie in the sky.

Some sections of green are already …

New York

Shake Shack earnings crush expectations, stock rallies

And now Shake Shack shares are negative.

After rallying more than 8% after hours on Wednesday and rising by as much as 10% in early trade on Thursday, the stock has given it all up.

Near 3:10 pm ET, the stock was down about 0.7%.

Shake Shack share initially rallied after the company reported …

Shake Shack

Wal-Mart to launch an Amazon Prime-killer that costs half as much

Wal-Mart Stores is preparing to launch a new unlimited shipping service that is aiming to rival Amazon’s own Prime subscription program.

Wal-Mart’s …

Amazon

Apple’s App Analytics feature now available to all developers, no request required

Apple’s TestFlight-based App Analytics service is now available to all registered iOS developers through the iTunes Connect interface. Apple recently made App Analytics available to select developers upon request (which were fulfilled in a short amount of time), but starting today all developers …

Software

The $179 Million Picasso That Explains Global Inequality

We don’t yet know who agreed to pay $179.4 million for a Picasso in an auction Monday night — or where the money came from, or what motivated that person or persons to spend more than anyone has before for a single piece of art at auction.

But this much we do know: The astronomical rise in prices …

Equality

Microsoft Windows Phone by any other name: It's now 'Windows 10 Mobile'

The software maker is rebranding its mobile operating system as it tries to remind consumers of its once-dominant role in the market.

Windows Mobile …

Microsoft Windows

GoPro founder keeps 10-year promise to friend - but it costs him $229m

Nick Woodman reimburses camera company GoPro for stock options the company gave to his former college roommate

The founder of action camera company GoPro has kept a decade-old promise to a former university friend, even though it cost him $229m.

When Nick Woodman was setting up his firm, now worth …

Cameras

Cam again

The Conservatives have triumphed at the polls. Governing will be much harder

FEW people even in Conservative HQ thought that their party could …

Political Science