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'Wearable eyes' take all the work out of having emotions

Ever seen one of those funny novelty spectacles with eyes drawn on them? Dr. Hirotaka Osawa from Tsukuba University in Japan has designed a high-tech version of those called AgencyGlass, and they have eyes that actually <i>move</i>. The digital eyes blink when you nod or shake your head, look up when you …

Microsoft changes policy in wake of Hotmail snooping

Microsoft's mea culpa for its Hotmail snooping is more than just words, with the company making a serious change in policy to accompany its apology.<p>General counsel Brad Smith announced on Friday that Microsoft will change both company policy and customer terms of service.<p>"Effective immediately, if …

Touching and Funny Photo Project: Kids Were Here

For all you moms out there (especially the ones that get stressed out over a messy house), this post is for you. With absolutely no little humans in sight, these photos just show evidence that kids were once there. A group consisting of 30 photographers have documented the little details that show …

Kids

Smiley Face Screws Bring Joy to Your D.I.Y. Projects

It's easy to overlook a screw. This ubiquitous object hasn't majorly changed in our lifetime, and you wouldn't expect it to. Well, forget the standard Phillips and flat-heads, because Japanese designer Yuma Kano created the <i>Screw 🙂</i>, a take on the universal product that has its head imprinted with a …

Woodworking

Apple’s “Transparent Texting” Could Make Typing And Walking Safer

If you’re walking, you really shouldn’t be texting. While not as perilous as texting and driving, there’s no surer way to annoy fellow pedestrians than by zigzagging across a sidewalk, eyes glued to your precious screen.<p>But if you <i>absolutely must</i> walk and text, Apple might have a new feature that …

House Lam by Nico van der Meulen Architects

House Lam in Bedfordview, Johannesburg, South Africa.<p>Nico van der Meulen Architects were approached to refresh the architecture design of an existing …

In the Details: Building a 3D Sketchpad That Lets You Draw Objects in Midair

With the rise of augmented reality (AR) technology, virtual reality headsets like the much buzzed-about Oculus Rift aren't just for playing games in …

Zenos launches in the US, first car priced from $39,500

A new British firm specializing in track cars and run by former senior managers of Caterham has set up shop in the U.S. market. The new firm is …

Roadsters

Motorcycle Photography, Part II

I once shot a billboard for Ducati with a penlight—and I was paid with a Hypermotard.<p>That got your attention didn’t it? Being a photographer is a lot like being a magician. Sometimes the best tricks are the simple ones, just done extremely well. Today I’m going to show you one of my motorcycle …

Living Rooms

2014 Audi S5 vs. 2014 BMW 435i | Comparison Test

Conspiracy theorists will tell you that BMW’s payroll got a little lighter when the current-generation 3-series appeared. Our early reviews were tempered with disappointment because the car wasn’t as involving as its predecessor, confusing those readers who believed our affinity for the 3 was based …

Racing can change the world, but only if we change racing

It's time to make the sport relevant to the masses again.<p>This weekend, Malaysia will host race number two of the 2014 Formula 1 season. Thanks to the combination of a power outage in central Ohio, a misconfiguredphone alarm, and a pregnant woman who took a brief fall outside her Chicago home, I …

Classic Disney Film Stills Digitally Repainted to Look 3D

<b>The Sword in the Stone</b><p>Artist Tyson Murphy recreates some of our favorite classic Disney films by digitally painting their still scenes. He's not trying to outdo <i>The Sword in the Stone</i> or <i>101 Dalmatians</i>, but simply reimagine what they'd look like when rendered three-dimensionally. Murphy uses …

Walt Disney Company

Awesome Free-Floating Wooden Skateboard Ramp

(Images via Myles McGuinness)<p>Taking a spin on this free-floating skateboard ramp is not only more thrilling than busting smith grinds at your local …

Vend brings in $20M to simplify in-store sales

Cloud-based point-of-sale startup Vend has a lot of new cash in its war chest.<p>The fast-growing New Zealand startup has raised $20 million (NZ $25 million) in new investment, the company announced today. Vend intends to use the funding to expand internationally, particularly in the U.S. and Europe, …

Telegram now has 35M users, but can it be trusted?

After WhatsApp revealed its sale to Facebook(s fb), some of its users decided they would abandon ship – and many of those chose Telegram as their …

Chinese online store sells complete stock of Nokia X handsets in just 4 minutes

JD.com, one of China’s largest online stores, has sold its complete stock of Nokia X handsets in just 4 minutes. In the run up to the device’s official release it was reported that JD.com had pre-orders for over 1 million devices. The new phone went on sale at 10:00 AM on March 24 (Beijing time) …

Can HTC thrive in a Samsung world?

“If it wasn’t for the One, HTC probably wouldn’t be here today,” says Scott Croyle, vice president of design at HTC. Croyle is giving me a tour of the company’s San Francisco studio, which was acquired when HTC bought the One & Co. design firm in 2008. “It’s the reason we’re still in the …

Data, driverless cars and the future of the insurance business

The ability to use terabytes of data to set insurance pricing is helping most drivers pay less, but the rise of the autonomous car could change the …

The inside story of the HTC One M8

There was unfinished business with the HTC One.<p>It was critically praised, yes. In a sea of bland plastic phones, the HTC One's aluminum-clad body stood out like a Mercedes Benz flanked by Toyota Camrys. One touch, and you couldn't help but to think "premium."<p>Yet to Scott Croyle, who heads up design …