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30-second smartphone charge demonstrated using biological semiconductors

I’d find this video hard to believe were it not for its credentials. The <i>WSJ</i> reports that StoreDot, the start-up behind the technology, has its background in the Nanotechnology department of Tel Aviv University, and it’s been demonstrated at Microsoft’s <i>Think Next</i> conference.<p>Ultra-fast battery …

Updated Moto X may be called Moto X+1, feature leather back

A couple of tantalizing clues of Motorola’s plans for this year came our way over the weekend, courtesy of good old <i>@evleaks</i>.<p>First, the pro leaker published an image that suggests Motorola is going to use the “X+1” name for the successor of the Moto X. As usual, <i>@evleaks</i> doesn’t provide any details …

Lenovo ThinkPad 8 Review: A Classy Windows Tablet, with Quirks

At one point, Lenovo’s ThinkPad 8 and I had a moment.<p>I was sitting in bed one evening, doing some writing, when I remembered that Windows 8 had an …

Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, 810 come with 64-bit support but generic cores

Two new Qualcomm(s qcom) chips will bring faster mobile speeds, processing and graphics performance to smartphones and tablets. The Snapdragon 808 …

White House teases 'the end of all selfies' after Samsung stunt

The White House is not happy about David Ortiz's Samsung selfie, but it hasn't lost its sense of humor. "Perhaps maybe this will be the end of all selfies," senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer joked on Sunday. The White House has a strict policy against using the president's likeness for profit, and …

Delta to equip flight attendants with Nokia Lumia 1520s

The Lumia 820 just reached EOL at Delta. The airline's 20,000 flight attendants will be stepping up to the significantly larger Nokia Lumia 1520 "phablet" come this fall, matching the larger form factor that AA currently has in the sky. The 1520s will include flight manuals and can support on-board …

Samsung's Goals for 2012: 'Beating Apple is #1 Priority'

Internal documents included in the second patent trial between Samsung and Apple last week revealed how Apple viewed Android, calling for a "Holy War" against Google and expressing concern about competition from larger-screened, lower-priced Android phones. A new set of documents reported by <i>Re/code</i> …

Would you trust Silicon Valley to disrupt your child’s education?

Venture capitalists are pouring funding into new technologies for a trillion-dollar industry in the US that could be ripe for disruption: education.<p>Education technology startups attracted $1.25 billion in funding in 2013, according to analysis by CB Insights, and the boom has grown in 2014, with ed …

72% of Americans Won’t Wear Google Glass Because of Privacy Worries

It’s not Google Glass’ nerdy aesthetics, somewhat douchey reputation or lofty price tag that will prevent a whopping 72 percent of Americans from …

Microsoft turns to Seth Green, Sarah Silverman, and Michael Cera for Xbox shows

Microsoft is partnering with Hollywood talent including Seth Green, Sarah Silverman, and Michael Cera as it prepares an onslaught of original programming set to arrive on Xbox beginning in June. Green's Stoopid Buddy Stoodios will produce a stop-motion animated show not unlike <i>Robot Chicken.</i> Cera …