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Starter kit for giant mech suit lands on Amazon Japan

If you've ever wanted your very own mech suit, you may now be able to snap one up for just 120 million yen -- if you live in the Kanto region of Japan. Oh, and there are other caveats too.<p>Don't deny it: We have all, at some point, dreamed of climbing into a giant robotic suit and stomping around …

Japan

Google's Android launcher lets you pretend you're using Lollipop

So you're still waiting for your Android phone's upgrade to Lollipop, and you don't want to look behind the times when your Nexus-toting friends show up. What to do? As of today, you only need to make sure you're using both the Google Now Launcher and a new version of Google's search app. The …

Android rival Jolla hits crowdfunding target for first Sailfish OS tablet

Finnish smartphone manufacturer Jolla has passed its Indiegogo crowdfunding target -- in just over two hours -- for its first tablet, a 7.9-inch slate that runs Sailfish OS, rather than Android.<p>Finnish smartphone manufacturer Jolla has successfully taken to crowdfunding platform Indiegogo to seek …

Gear & Gadgets

Nanotech has a future in monitoring tumors and diagnosing illness

A team of MIT researchers have developed nanoparticle sensors that could eventually be used to monitor tumors or other diseases, as well as act as a tool to diagnose illnesses. These nanoparticles are made of polymer chains that can bind to the sensors a doctor needs. For instance, in the …

The Bottom Line: Apple vs Android Debate

BlackBerry

Exclusive Interview: Best Buy CEO Says Tablet Sales Are “Crashing,” Hope for PCs

The PC may be having a slight revival, but tablet sales are a big worry. Oh, and Best Buy will match Amazon's prices "with a smile."<p><b>Re/code</b> has landed in Minneapolis to talk to the folks at Best Buy — the last standing nationwide big-box, bricks-and-mortar consumer electronics retailer, with over …

22 Of The Most Powerful Women Engineers In The World

Then again, it can be absolutely wonderful.<p>There's a huge push these days to encourage more girls to learn to code and to hire more women engineers once they graduate. The tech industry knows it can't fill all the jobs it has while discouraging half the population from joining the industry. It also …

Computer Science

Wal-Mart's Future Fleet of Transformers

Amazon’s (AMZN) drone messengers can step aside -- Wal-Mart (WMT) has unveiled its fleet of the future, and it looks a lot like an army of Transformers.<p>From its sleek sliding doors, centered driver’s seat that bears a liking to a captain’s chair on a spaceship, to the monitors that stick out from …

Windows Phone 7.8 Support To End In Two Months

It looks like Microsoft has decided to out an end to support of their Windows Phone 7.8 devices, the company recently posted a list of products that …

Microsoft's 'Project Spark' game creator headed for October release

Microsoft's <i>Project Spark</i> has already been available to early testers for the better part of four months, but gamers have been kept in the dark over when it'll <i>finally</i> go on general sale. Until today. The company has announced that the retail version of its game-creation title will hit Xbox One and …

5 things Android L could learn from Windows Phone 8.1

Last week, Google sprung it’s latest version of Android onto the world. Android L is a pretty major UI update in some ways and pretty minor in …

Lenovo to launch 60 smartphones this year, Motorola not included

Lenovo is currently the fifth largest smartphone maker in the world behind Samsung, Apple, Huawei and LG. If you currently haven’t seen many or any …

Can The Blackphone Wake Us From An Android Security Nightmare?

By Luke Dormehl9 minute Read<p>Your smartphone is about as private as a public restroom. Prone to surveillance and data leaks, today’s smartphones pay …

Privacy

‘Windows 9’ preview expected later this year with a focus on the desktop

Microsoft is busy preparing a second update to Windows 8.1, but the company is largely focused on a larger "Windows 9" release due next year. <i>ZDNet</i> reports that a preview of codename Threshold — which may or may not be named Windows 9 once it’s released — will be available later this year. The …

Toyota's first hydrogen car is priced to go head-to-head with Tesla

Sure, Elon Musk is giving away Tesla patents, but don't be surprised if more established manufacturers politely decline his offer. Instead of batteries and electric charging stations, players like General Motors, Mercedes, Honda and Toyota are focusing their efforts on a very different sort of fuel …

6 small changes in Android L that make a big difference

Most of the posts floating around the web about Android L release have focused on revamped notifications, the new recent menu changes, the death of Dalvik, the new material design, Android for Work and other hard hitters that were showcased during the Google I/O 2014 keynote.<p>After playing around …

Google Nexus

Using Android L: a first look at Google's future

Google is making some big changes to Android for its so-called “L release” this fall, and starting today, it’s giving interested developers the chance to take an early look at it. Naturally, we wanted to try it out too, so we got the preview running on a Nexus 5 to see what it’s like.<p>There are …

What's new in Android L: a walk-through of Google's latest OS

Google’s invested in future Nexus devices; Android Silver’s not killing them off

For about the past five months now, rumors have been swirling around this idea that the Nexus series of Android phones and tablets was coming to a …

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Would Welcome More Appstore Deals Like BlackBerry's

"We'd be very open to it," Bezos told Re/code. "I think it would be great."<p>With all the news around Amazon’s phone on Wednesday, less attention was paid to the company’s deal with BlackBerry, where it will become the Canadian handset maker’s main source of consumer apps.<p>But Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos …

Swift bootcamp teaches NYC coders Apple’s new programming language

If you’re a New York-based coder or wannabe coder looking to learn Apple’s new programming language Swift, you may want to check out an upcoming evening tech workshop organized by software development firm TurnToTech.<p>With the next session taking place Monday at their 5th Avenue offices, the number …

Boot Camp

A Little Girl Wrote Google A Letter Asking To Give Her Dad A Day Off, And Google Responded

Here's some advice on how to get some time off from work: Have your daughter send a really cute letter to your employer, asking them to give you a day off.<p>Bonus points if the letter is written in crayon.<p>One little girl decided to give her dad a hand. She wrote his employer, which happens to be …

Android News

Singapore Is Planning The World’s Largest Floating Solar Farm

A tiny country with little space to spare looks to its water reservoirs to expand its use of renewable energy.<p>There isn’t much extra space in Singapore, since the entire country is smaller than New York City and fully developed. So when the government decided to install more solar power to help …

Sex and Silicon Valley: the veritable arms race of the dating app industry

The bay area tech boom has given many of the industry's workers money, confidence and a hedonistic tinge, writes Rory Carroll from Silicon Valley<p>Silicon Valley has long attracted young entrepreneurs and software engineers with the promise of wealth. Now it shimmers with an additional appeal: …

Inspiring Girls Through Google's Made w/ Code

KitKat is now on nearly 14 percent of Android devices

You know how Apple was keen to point out that only 9 percent of Android users (technically, 8.5 percent) were running KitKat in May? Well, that figure's now out of date. Google has published fresh usage stats which show that 13.6 percent of Android owners are using KitKat as of early June. That's …

New $199 Toshiba Windows tablet shows why Surface Mini isn’t needed

Advertisement<p>56 Comments<p>Toshiba is showing Microsoft(s msft) how to aggressively price a tablet. The company launched an 8-inch slate on Tuesday that …

Google Chromecast launches down under

As revealed by last week's Dick Smith leak, Google Chromecast is now available in Australian stores.<p>From today, Australians can purchase the device in Dick Smith, JB Hi Fi and on the Google Play store for an RRP of AU$49.<p>The device, which launched in the US in July of last year and 11 countries in …

Android News

Yahoo's 'YouTube' may debut this summer

Yahoo is gearing up for a summer launch of a new video service geared to compete with YouTube, AdAge reported today.<p>News first leaked that Yahoo was interested in building its own streaming video site back in March, with the company apparently approaching many popular creators currently partnering …