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Qualcomm Toq review: a brief glimpse at the future of smartwatches

The perfect smartwatch is deceptively simple: give it a great, always-on, glanceable display. Make it last for days on a charge. And for goodness’ sake, make it <i>look good</i> — it’s on your wrist all day, after all. You can’t hide it in your pocket like you do a phone.<p>No one’s yet figured it out and …

A Russian Company Just Released This Two-Sided Smartphone

Oil-rich Russia is a major market for foreign handset makers such as Apple and Samsung Electronics, but it has so far not been successful in designing handsets.<p>Moscow-based Yota Devices plans to sell the phone in 20 countries next year after making its 2013 debut in Russia, Austria, France, Germany …

Mobile

Apple, PrimeSense And Perceptive Computing Or: Why Your Phone Will See In 3D

Last month Apple confirmed the acquisition of Israeli motion-sensing company PrimeSense. Initial thoughts turned towards applications in the Apple TV set-top box, but other reports that Apple was interested in its ‘mapping’ capabilities as well.<p>After some digging and asking around, it seems like …

Google robots may pose challenge to Amazon drones

<b>Google has revealed it has taken over seven robotics companies in the past half a year and has begun hiring staff to develop its own product.</b><p>A spokesman confirmed the effort was being headed up by Andy Rubin, who was previously in charge of the Android operating system.<p>The spokesman was unwilling …

Robotics

This is Nokia's Android phone

Codename Normandy is 'full steam ahead'<p>Nokia has been building its own Android phone, according to multiple sources familiar with the company’s plans. Codenamed Normandy, and known internally at Nokia under a number of other names, the handset is designed as the next step in low-end phones from the …

The weird object near Saturn’s A ring

A member of the Cassini spacecraft’s imaging team spied a mysterious object at edge of Saturn’s A ring and named it Peggy.<p>On April 15, 2013, the …

Astronomy

Mysterious smart ring project gives smartwatches the finger

A high-tech ring that promises to replicate many of the features found in the latest crop of smartwatches, but without strapping a brick to your wrist, is now one step closer to reality. Smarty Ring, a project that launched on Indiegogo last month, has blown past its funding goal to produce a ring …

1987 Ruf CTR "Yellowbird" 911 Turbo Driven [+ Video]

The best 911 Porsche never built.<p>Frayed around the edges, its bright-yellow paintwork chipped and crazed and covered in insect corpses, the Porsche is parked among modified 911s from all eras. To many, it would appear to be just another 911 worked over by one of any number of tuners and tinkerers …

Participation

NASA’s 6-Foot Valkyrie Humanoid Robot Will Rescue You From Buildings

Remember Atlas, the amazing and slightly spine-chilling android that Boston Dynamics has entered into DARPA’s Robotics Challenge as a kind of future super-soldier? He’s got competition. Bigger competition, from a much friendlier source: NASA. Meet “R5” Valkyrie, the 6-foot-2 inch-tall humanoid …

Microsoft: Xbox One sells more than 2M units in 18 days

The Xbox One sold more than two million units worldwide in its first 18 days, Microsoft revealed today in a post on Xbox Wire.<p>"We continue to be humbled and overwhelmed by the positive response from our fans," said Yusuf Mehdi, Xbox corporate vice president of strategy and marketing. "We are …