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Starter kit for giant mech suit lands on Amazon Japan

Don't deny it: We have all, at some point, dreamed of climbing into a giant robotic suit and stomping around being all badass. In fact, if mech suits could replace cars, most of us wouldn't complain at all. So it is with a great deal of covetousness that we note that the Kuratas mech -- which has …

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 successfully taken to crowdfunding platform Indiegogo to seek funding for its new Jolla Tablet. The campaign hit its $380,000 goal in just over two hours of going live. Although the first batch of the 7.9-inch tablets have sold out at a price of $189, a …

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 rise and fall of BlackBerry in one chart

BlackBerry is still stirring—sort of.<p>Yesterday in New York, the company hosted a mobile security summit and announced an acquisition of a German provider of “high-security voice and data encryption and anti-eavesdropping solutions” for governments and large corporations.<p>Will BlackBerry, with its …

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 …

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 …

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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 …

‘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 …

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

Because Android’s L release is still in development, those design changes haven’t come to every corner of the operating system yet. In fact, they haven’t come to most. But where they are in place, it looks good. The dialer, for instance, now features bright blocks of color and playful animations …

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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 …

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 …

Singapore Is Planning The World’s Largest Floating Solar Farm

“The vast majority of photovoltaic installations in Singapore will obviously be on rooftops, but even those are limited,” says Thomas Reindl, deputy …

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

Silicon Valley has long attracted young entrepreneurs and software engineers with the promise of wealth. Now it shimmers with an additional appeal: sex.<p>The technology boom has given many of the industry's workers in the San Francisco bay area money, confidence and a hedonistic tinge at odds with …

Inspiring Girls Through Google's Made w/ Code

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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

Toshiba is showing Microsoft(s msft) how to aggressively price a tablet. The company launched an 8-inch slate on Tuesday that has a quad-core Intel …

Google Chromecast launches down under

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 Europe in March, is a dongle that plugs into an HDMI port. It then allows users to stream content …

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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 …