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Google and NASA Have A New Quantum Computer

Meet the D-Wave 2X<p>It looks like the holiday season came early for Google’s Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab.<p>Google, NASA, and the Universities Space Research Association announced today that they’re getting the D-Wave 2X, the newest and most powerful quantum computer on the market. The 2X …

Quantum Computing

Privacy-focused Blackphone 2 encrypts calls and messages by default

Silent Circle has unveiled its sequel to the Blackphone, promising a combination of security and style<p>Blackphone 2, the sequel to the privacy-focused Blackphone, has launched today, promising to protect users against government surveillance and cyber attacks without compromising on …

Microsoft is preparing to take on Google Cardboard with VR Kit

After Google paved the way for low-cost VR experiences on mobile with its Cardboard program, Microsoft is following in the search giant’s footsteps with its own effort for Windows devices.<p>The company is wooing developers to attend a hackathon in Russia that’s scheduled on October 17. It’s inviting …

Apple sells record 13 million iPhones in first weekend for 6S, 6S Plus

The iPhone phenomenon endures.<p>Apple said Monday it sold 13 million iPhone 6S and 6S Plus units from Friday through Sunday, the first three days of sales.<p>The tally represents a record for Apple, which sold 10 million iPhones over the same period a year ago when the previous models hit stores.<p>This …

BMW's Mini Demos Augmented Reality Glasses for Drivers

The Mini Augmented Vision prototype allows drivers to get a heads-up display of directions, speed limits and other information, while offering hands-free texting and music control.<p>Where Google Glass managed to just drive people away, BMW thinks augmented reality could really help drivers.<p>The …

Gunmen kill eight supporters of Brazilian soccer club

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Three gunmen invaded the headquarters of a fan club for Brazilian soccer team Corinthians on Saturday night in Sao Paulo and shot dead eight people in what police believed was a drug gang-related killing, according to local media reports.<p>Witness accounts collected by the …

Mini's Augmented Vision concept puts navigation, safety in your glasses

Street signs and posters fill our urban environments but don't always tell us what we need to know. A funny set of high-tech goggles from Mini attempts to fill in the gaps, not only in your car, but on the road.<p>The BMW-owned carmaker introduced its Mini Augmented Vision technology as a concept at …

How Apple Pay revolutionizes payments security and what it means for the payments industry

In a new research from BI Intelligence we give a step-by-step breakdown of how Apple Pay works and the implications for the payments ecosystem as Apple Pay and similar technologies become ubiquitous.<p><i>Here are some of the key takeaways:</i><p>Apple Pay combines a number of existing security technologies to …

Apple Pay

Photo by @BrianSkerry A bottlenose dolphin ‘crater feeds’ in the Bahamas. In this location, this species of dolphin has created a unique feeding strategy in which they use echolocation (sonar) to find fish hiding beneath the sand. Once a fish is found, they invert their bodies and dig down to grab the fish in their mouth. One of the ways researchers know that dolphins are smart is by studying their creative feeding strategies. Check out the May issue of @natgeo for the latest info in our story about dolphin intelligence! @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #dolphins #bahamas #animalminds #smartanimals #marinemammals #NikonAmbassador #subal

Tech Q&A: Smartwatch features, language translations, secure Wi-Fi and more

<b>Compare smartwatch features</b><p><b>Q.</b> I am interested in a smartwatch. How does the Apple Watch compare to the Moto 360, Samsung Gear and LG? I heard you talk about this on your national radio show.<p><b>A.</b> You forgot a few other popular smartwatch makers, including Pebble and Sony. The basic differences are in …

BitTorrent: the comic book shop of the future?

The file-sharing firm best known for making piracy possible is now doing deals not only with film and TV companies but with graphic novel publishers too<p>BitTorrent is a much-cited and much-maligned format. Most people associate it with piracy, because, to be completely honest, that is mostly what it …

Graphic Novels

Now you can get your selfies printed on your Apple Watch

To make a customised Apple Watch, customers sign in via social media and start creating on a simple design page by dragging uploaded images onto a mock-up device. You can place a picture over the whole Apple Watch strap, or put smaller frames of a photo concurrently along it. If you like what you …

Apple Watch

Norway announces nationwide FM radio shut-off

By 2017, Norway plans to be the first country in the world to voluntarily end its FM radio broadcasting program.<p>The Norwegian Minister of Culture made the announcement on Thursday as a part of the country’s transition to digital audio broadcasting (DAB).<p>It won’t actually signal the end of …

Radio Industry

Take a look behind the scenes of Project Loon, Google's lofty plan to bring the Internet to everyone

Project Loon is Google's audacious experiment to bring the Internet to the world, ferried on the back of high-altitude balloons. A new video posted to Project Loon's Google+ page gives us a behind-the-scenes look at this radical (and, well, loony) endeavor.<p>Google's Project Loon balloons serve as a …

Russian hacking group reportedly exploited Flash, Windows

A group of Russian hackers has been using flaws in two popular pieces of software -- Adobe's Flash and Microsoft's Windows operating system -- to try to get information about other governments, according to a report published by FireEye, a well-known United States security firm.<p>FireEye in October …

The secret of Google Maps' accuracy revealed

The maps we use to navigate have come a long way in a short time. Since the '90s we've gone from glove boxes stuffed with paper maps to floorboards …

See 25 Incredible Images of Earth From Space

Alberta, Canada, Oct. 10, 2014.<br>DigitalGlobe<p>1 of 25<p>There's something to be said for being on the ground when news plays out, but sometimes it's the …

Mars Curiosity Rover Finds Clues to Genesis of Ancient Lake and Peak

Geological observations from NASA's Curiosity rover have helped scientists come up with a scenario for the creation of a lake that's bigger than Salt Lake and a mountain that's higher than Mount Rainier on ancient Mars.<p>The scenario suggests that water could have filled much of 96-mile-wide …

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Frozen Planet

Rotating rooms give Sharifi-ha House by Next Office a shape-shifting facade

Swivelling pods allow the owners of this house in Tehran to adapt to Iran's fluctuating temperatures by opening up rooms in summer, or turning them …

This solitary house on an island is ideal for people who hate neighbours

en_US<p>article<p>Hate people? Well, we’ve got the perfect place for you! Off the south coast of Iceland is a group of islands called Vestmannaeyjar. One …

A Spotter's Guide To Military-Grade Gear Now Being Used By Police

Tactical equipment without a strategic goal.<p>Following the fatal police shooting of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri last Saturday, a protest movement broke out in the small town. Police from St. Louis County responded, showing up with body armor, gas masks, rifles, camouflage uniforms, …

The Port Solar Charger Turns Any Window into a Power Outlet for Your Mobile Gadgets

Whenever I arrive at a coffee shop or coworking space, the first thing I do is scope out the power outlets. Between a smartphone, laptop, and …

Red Dead Redemption 2: All You Need To Know On The Release Date, Reports And Rumors Of The Long Awaited Next Series Of The Red Dead Video Game

<b>Red Dead Redemption 2: All You Need To Know On The Release Date, Reports And Rumors Of The Long Awaited Next Series Of The Red Dead Video Game</b><p>Since …

Rawlemon's New Betaray Crystal Ball Harvests Light From The Sun, Moon and Clouds!

In 2012, Inhabitat featured an invention that promised to turn the world of solar power generation upside down. Rawlemon‘s spherical solar …

7 plants that could save the world

Plants feed us, clothe us, shelter us, heal us, and unendingly inspire us with their everyday miracles. But, in many ways, despite the technological …

LEGO Adds New Female Scientist Toys After Fans Demand Them

Young girls interested in science finally have some encouragement from LEGO.<p>The toy company is selling a new kit, the Research Institute, which …

A visit to the Googleplex shows off all of the ways you can goof off at work (photo gallery)

Google has a unique campus in Silicon Valley and the world. It was made famous in the comedy film <i>The Internship</i> starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. While it may seem familiar in tech circles, the wider world still does<p>I visited the Googleplex back in 2007 when I was a tech columnist for the San …