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New Research Study Breaks Down "The Perfect Profile Photo" 📷👀

<b>A profile photo is your representative in the digital world.</b><p>We look to it every time we interact with you online, and even imagine it speaking the …

Facebook Acquires Oculus VR for $2 Billion

Facebook announced Tuesday that it acquired Oculus VR, the company behind the Oculus Rift gaming headset in a cash and stock deal valued at $2 …

'Newsweek' Claims Bitcoin Creator Is 64 and Lives With His Mom

Some have suggested that Satoshi Nakamoto, the man who developed the idea for Bitcoin, worked for a government agency; others have suggested that …

Report: Facebook Looking to Launch Its Own Drones

Amazon isn't the only tech giant interested in drones.<p>A report in <i>TechCrunch</i> says Facebook is eyeing a purchase of Titan Aerospace, maker of …

Twitter Can Detect HIV Outbreaks in Real-Time, Study Says

A team of UCLA researchers found that Twitter and other real-time social media can be used to track HIV outbreaks and drug behavior, potentially …

This Bluetooth Ring Is Like a Magic Wand on Your Finger

We've seen interactive rings that receive alerts from your smartphone and even rings that will give you the current time in a unique way, but a new …

Startups to Watch at SXSWi 2014

Another year, another crop of upstart startups looking to use South by Southwest as a springboard to success. So what's different this year?<p>Once …

3D-Printed Heart Implant Could Save Lives

If you thought 3D printing technology was all fun and games, think again. Working together, medical researchers and engineers around the world have …

Molecular Tech Helps Doctors Target Cancer Cells From the Inside

A group of American researchers may have revolutionized how we treat cancer, thanks to molecular technology that can target diseased cells from the …

A Creepy New Startup Wants To Create Living Avatars For Dead People

By scanning the digital footprints of our dearly departed and recreating their personality, these MIT entrepreneurs hope to use artificial intelligence to bring them back to life in the virtual world.<p>Can a robot help you live forever? Not exactly, yet, but it might be able to help you talk to loved …

Artificial Intelligence

Jalousier Is A Connected Box That Gets Your Venetian Blinds Online

Meet (yet) another gizmo aiming to convert dumb old school technology into smarter connected tech that can be controlled via a smartphone. Jalousier, currently bidding for crowdfunding on Indiegogo, is a connected device that clips on to the venetian blinds in your home and automatically adjusts …

Creators Of ‘Super Hexagon’ and ‘Canabalt’ Build Fantastic Tributes To Flappy Bird

I told myself I was done writing about Flappy Bird. Really. I’m sort of sick of hearing about it too.<p>But this… this is something special. The creators of Canabalt and Super Hexagon — two very loved games that helped pioneer the whole “simple yet absurdly difficult” category that Flappy Bird took to …

Affectiva Launches An SDK To Bring Emotion Tracking To Mobile Apps

Affectiva, an emotion tracking startup with big-name investors, is announcing the launch of its mobile software development kit.<p>The company says it can analyze a user’s emotions by tracking their facial expressions, and it uses that technology to measure the effectiveness of ads. With the new SDK, …

Twitter Testing Major Profile Redesign That Looks a Lot Like Facebook

Twitter is testing a major profile redesign that's very reminiscent of Facebook and Google+.<p><i>Mashable</i> assistant features editor Matt Petronzio spotted …

Secret Hits A Hot App Milestone With Discovery Of First Security Issue

Well that didn’t take long. The new anonymous sharing app Secret, which has morphed into Silicon Valley’s “blind item” (and a great place to troll reporters, apparently) has been hacked. Don’t worry, it’s not that serious. The hack doesn’t expose who said what – though we’re sure someone is already …

Facebook Paper Is Social and Visual News App Launching Feb 3

It’s been rumored for more than a year and Facebook has finally introduced a news reader app that will rival Flipboard: it’s called Paper. The iOS mobile app displays stories around specific interests and can be customized based on a variety of topics. It’s also the first product to come out of …

Forgotify: Listen to Spotify's Forgotten 20%

Around one fifth (20%) of Spotify’s music has <i>never</i> been played on the music-streaming service. And given that Spotify claims to have twenty million tunes in its arsenal, that equates to around four million songs <i>never</i> seeing the light of day. With that in mind, a new Web app going by the name of …

Glitch Is Causing Thousands Of Emails To Be Sent To One Man’s Hotmail Account

David S. Peck is getting a lot of emails. In a glitch possibly related to the massive Gmail outage underway right now, there’s an odd bug in Google search which is pointing users directly to his personal email address. The address appears in a “Compose” window that pops up when the top search …

Google Glass User Detained By Feds Talks About Ordeal

While some businesses are banning the high-tech wearable device Google Glass, a theatre owner in Columbus, Ohio, saw enough of a threat to call the Department of Homeland Security. The manager called in unnamed Homeland Security agents to remove a Balkan programmer who was wearing Google Glass …

Kanye West-themed digital currency to launch Jan. 11

Hip hop artist and budding fashion designer Kanye West is the freshest face in cryptocurrency, whether he likes it or not, thanks to the new Coinye West.<p>The currency appeared online this week, and has been promoted via Twitter. It is debuting on Jan. 11 at 11 p.m. EST.<p>Coinye West joins a growing …

Foodini Device 3D-Prints Your Dinner

With Foodini, preparing a handmade meal doesn't take nearly as long as it used to.<p>"Foodini’s main purpose is to take on the difficult and/or …

Reason #152 Virtual Reality Is Awesome: Personal Movie Theaters Without The Awful Other People

I love going to the movie theater. Seriously, I <i>love it</i>.<p>I just hate all the other people that go.<p>Quite early on, my parents taught me that there was but one rule for going to the theater: silence is golden. If the theater was a moviegoer’s church, talking or otherwise ruining the experience for …

Dog-to-English Translation Headset Gets Funding

Christmas just came early for Doctor Doolittle, and anyone else who would like to talk with the animals. A curious translation prototype for dogs …

Smart Eyelashes and Fingernails: The Next Wave of Wearable Tech

<b>It was crowded on the sidewalks in Hong Kong</b>. Early morning commuters, shoulders tightly pressed against the strangers walking next to them, moved in …

Bitcoin paradise

A GROUP of self-described anarchists, libertarians and Ron Paul supporters fleeing the crumbling world economic system have founded Galt's Gulch, a …

Meet the entrepreneur who has lifted 15,000 young people over the poverty line

<i>This story originally appeared in the Telegraph.</i><p>In rural Northern Uganda, a group of workers assemble each day in a shipping container, which is equipped with solar panels on the roof and high-speed Internet access. These workers are trained by an U.S.-based nonprofit organization called Samasource …

Code.org: 2 Weeks And 600M+ Lines Of Code Later, 20M Students Have Learned An “Hour Of Code”

Less than a year ago, brothers Hadi Partovi and Ali Partovi launched Code.org to help advocate for computer science in the U.S. and increase participation in STEM education by making these subjects more available in schools and classrooms around the country. Today, it seems that what started as a …

This Harvard Prof’s Printed Batteries Could Revolutionize Our Gadgets

Author: Joseph Flaherty. Joseph Flaherty Design<p>Date of Publication: 12.23.13.<p>Time of Publication: 9:30 am. 9:30 am<p>Harvard professor Jennifer Lewis …

LED Mood-Sweater Shows People How You Really Feel

As the wearable tech market grows, creatives are introducing more high-fashion and interactive designs.<p>The GER Mood Sweater reads human emotions by …

Wi-Fi Provider Gogo Apologizes After Commenting on Justine Sacco Saga

<b>UPDATE:</b> Inflight Wi-Fi provider Gogo injected itself into the fracas about IAC communications head Justine Sacco's unfortunate tweet on Friday, and …