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Wearable tech made strides in 2015, but it still has a long way to go

It was the year the present caught up with the future. Watches could send messages with a tap of a finger, a shirt could be utilized to track your heart rate, dresses could be programmed to change colors with air pressure. No longer was the 1983 cartoon <i>Inspector Gadget</i>, and his many gizmos, merely …

Wearable Tech

Apple has already shipped almost 7 million Apple Watches

I wish I could have a failure like the Apple Watch!<p>Despite naysayers claiming the Apple Watch hasn’t taken off as Apple hoped, a new set of figures suggests that Apple has shipped close to 7 million Apple Watches since its launch — a figure which outstrips all other vendors’ <i>combined</i> smartwatch …

Smartwatches

Jetpack daredevils take flight alongside Airbus A380

We were all supposed to have personal jetpacks by now. But keeping them in the air for any length of time has made them impractical, so to get our futuristic fix we have to settle for Buzz Lightyear or James Bond from the 1965 movie <i>Thunderball.</i><p>But check out jetpack pilots Yves Rossy and Vince …

Uber event service makes sure you get home from the party

If you're hosting a big shindig, you frequently need to find ways to get people home at the end of the night -- and a shuttle bus may be a waste if only some of your guests actually need it. This is where Uber might come to the rescue. It just announced the US rollout of UberEvents, a service that …

Researchers 3D print 'Lego bricks' of functional stem cells

A team of scientists from Beijing's Tsinghua University have reportedly devised a means of producing uniform embryonic stem cells with a 3D printer. These cells stack like organic Lego bricks and could form the structural basis for future lab-grown organs. "It was really exciting to see that we …

Stem Cells

Google is reportedly planning to standardize Android chipsets

Google is trying to take more control of its Android ecosystem by designing its own chips, according to a report from <i>The Information</i> (subscription). The search giant reportedly spoke with chip manufacturers about building Android device processors with features it covets, like a bigger CPU memory …

Google

5 things to know about Bond's Aston Martin DB10 before seeing 'Spectre'

There's a new Bond film, <i>Spectre</i>, hitting theaters Friday. With it comes a new car for Britain's favorite secret agent to throttle and thoroughly mistreat.<p>It's called the Aston Martin DB10. And unlike other 007 mobiles before it, this one isn't a production car you or your rich uncle can buy. …

Trucks

How to rethink digital design in business

<i>Mashable's</i> latest #BizChats Twitter chat, sponsored by MOO, discussed the deeper meaning of creativity and design and its importance in business.<p>Over the course of an hour, @MashBusiness covered an array of topics, ranging from the creative challenges businesses face today, to how design can be …

Digital Design

BlackBerry Priv is the best BlackBerry in a decade

Hello, old friend. I can’t say I’ve missed you, but it’s still a pleasant surprise to run my digits over your surface. The bumps and ridges feel, after so much time, odd, yet strangely familiar. I honestly can’t believe it’s been almost five years since I gave up my last BlackBerry and touched my …

Phones

The Lytro Immerge is an insanely sophisticated camera for virtual reality

Lytro has clear ambitions to be a leader in virtual reality. Now it has the hardware to prove it.<p>The company just took the wraps off of an entirely new kind of camera, the Lytro Immerge, designed specifically to capture footage for virtual-reality experiences. Looking like an alien beach ball on a …

Augmented Reality

Inside Deloitte’s $1.5 billion ad agency - Digiday

A few years ago, a chief marketing officer at a big brand showed Mike Brinker a diagram that depicted all the different marketing partners he worked …

11 Creative Agencies That You Should Follow

Being original is tough, but it’s not impossible. Pulling out a fresh idea is a process, so let’s draw some inspiration from those who have been …

Marketing

Get lost in the curious maps of Jenni Sparks

London-based graphic designer and illustrator Jenni Sparks creates fun, hand-drawn maps while listening to heavy electronic music. Her maps are …

Top innovative, African and environmentally conscious designs

Kenyan artist Cyrus Kabiru uses electronic refuse and found metal to create dazzling pairs of sculptural eyewear. ><p>A rural Ethiopian village has been …

Web design is dead

Web design is (finally!) dying of irrelevance. Web pages themselves are no longer the center of the Internet experience, which is why designers need to move on to the next challenges — products and ecosystems — if they want to stay relevant.<p>Web design has no future — a risky statement I know, but …

Web Design

THE SELF-DRIVING CAR REPORT: Forecasts, tech timelines, and the benefits and barriers that will impact adoption

Self-driving cars are no longer a futuristic idea. Companies like Mercedes, BMW, and Tesla have already released, or are soon to release, self-driving features that give the car some ability to drive itself.<p>Tech companies are also trying to pioneer the self-driving car. Recently, Google announced …

Transportation

These Are 20 Of The World's Best Photos Taken With Cell Phones

Anyone with a cell phone can be an incredible photographer, no fancy camera necessary.<p>Sony on Tuesday announced the winners of the Sony World Photography Awards' Mobile Phone category, and we're impressed.<p>Mobile is just one of many categories in the competition. Others include Professional, Open …

Photography

Smartstones Touch brings a voice to those who can’t speak

Whatever the language, most of us communicate with our voices, but what happens when voice is no longer an option? An upcoming gadget called …

Samsung wants to give you a smartphone you can fold in 2016

Foldable, flexible, and transparent displays have been around for a while now, but they remain pure concepts rather than actual products. Despite all …

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep this man from his smart home

In 2013, climber Mariusz Malkowski was pushing for the summit of Cho Oyu, the sixth highest mountain in the world. Almost 27,000 feet above sea …

Google balloons and drones bring global wireless closer to reality

Google's aerial ambitions continue unabated. Need proof? Just talk to Sundar Pichai -- just before he sat down for a Q&A with <i>Bloomberg's</i> Brad Stone at MWC, the Google SVP confirmed the company's internet-beaming Titan drones would take their flight in the coming months, <i>and</i> that its Project Loon …

Google

Google confirms Android Pay: a mobile payments layer 'anybody can build on'

Google has announced that it's working on a new mobile payments framework named Android Pay. Speaking at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Google exec Sundar Pichai confirmed that this would not be a new product for users, but an "API layer" that allows other companies to support secure payments …

Banking

Visa Seriously Wants You to Pay for Pizza and Gas With Your Car

The pilot test will let some lucky car owners order a Pizza Hut stuffed-crust gut-bomb from the comfort of their vehicles.<p>Tap and pay, meet honk and pay.<p>Visa is showing off a connected car today, designed to let customers order and pay for food from the dashboard of a vehicle. The concept car, …

B&O BeoPlay H8: Fancy wireless headphones with slick gesture controls

B&O BeoPlay H8 review<p>Design lust<p>Touch sensitive<p>Cutting the cord<p>Fashion<p>Comfort first<p>If you know anything about B&O (Bang & Olufsen), you know that the Danish company takes design very, very seriously.<p>All of B&O's products are statement pieces. They look fantastic in magazine spreads, where …

Headphones

Samsung Pay takes on Apple Pay, but goes further

Samsung introduced the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge on Sunday, two sleek new smartphones that both feature the new Samsung Pay.<p>Like Apple Pay, Samsung Pay will let you enter your credit card information and create a tokenization that protects that information — creating a unique …

Samsung

Car thief throws brick at window, knocks himself out

Rule #1 when throwing bricks at cars: stand clear and make sure they don't bounce back and hit you in the face. Clearly ignored by this man outside a pub in Ireland.<p>This would-be car thief was caught on CCTV throwing stones at a car window, before disappearing and returning with a brick. …

Returning

IKEA to sell furniture that can wirelessly charge your phone

BARCELONA--IKEA wants to make wireless charging a reality in your home.<p>The world's largest furniture maker said on Sunday that it would begin selling tables, work desks, nightstands and other pieces of furniture capable of wirelessly charging your smartphone when placed in contact. The new line of …

Furniture