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This drone can fly through the air and under water

While drones have been getting a bad rap for dropping from the skies at inopportune moments recently, a new drone from Rutgers University can swim as well as fly.<p>Funded by a grant from the Office of Naval Research, the Naviator can be deployed for either aerial reconnaissance or for snooping …

Drones

Despite Unrest, The Israeli Tech Ecosystem Is Flourishing

Over the past few months, violence has once again scarred Israel and the Palestinian Territories, yet despite the violence and the losses on both sides of the conflict, technology companies in the region are flourishing.<p>Israeli rounds of financing, both into Israeli companies and from local …

Venture Capital

OSIRIS-REx is complete and will collect asteroid samples in 2016

It seems like only yesterday that OSIRIS-REx got its first scientific instrument: a thermal emission spectrometer that can take the temp of an asteroid called Bennu every two seconds. Now, Lockheed Martin is done building the spacecraft, and NASA's slated to send it off to space in 2016 to collect …

Video demonstrates using 3D touch screen iPhone 6s to weigh objects, opens up new use cases

Developer Simon Gladman today demonstrated (via Jeff Benjamin) the use of the iPhone 6s display as a way to compare weights of an object, here denoted in a percentage of touch, on Apple’s 3D or Force Touch display.<p>The app called “Plum-O-meter” for obvious reasons is currently a jailbreak option for …

App Store

3 search sites that don't track you like Google does

When you need to get information or find something online, chances are you go to Google. But while Google is great at Web searches, it’s hardly stellar when it comes to privacy. It saves your search history, scans your Gmail, tracks your location, keeps everything you say to “OK Google,” and a lot …

15 Super Useful Ways To Use 3D Touch On The New iPhones

Though the new iPhones pack improved cameras and better specs overall, the flagship feature is something completely unique to the iPhone line (and, really, smartphones in general): a touch screen that reacts differently depending on how hard you press it.<p>Apple calls this feature “3D Touch”, and …

Touchscreens

Indian Prime Minister Tells Zuckerberg Social Media Creates A New Form Of Diplomacy

Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Mark Zuckerberg that social media can show governments where they’re going wrong, and allow heads of state to connect more personably than ever before. During a townhall Q&A at Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters, the two leaders talked about the modernization of …

$560 million ZenPayroll has changed its name and is expanding into benefits to take on Zenefits and ADP

From now on, ZenPayroll will be called Gusto.<p>CEO Josh Reeves told Business Insider that the name change "is something we've been aware of and knew we were going to do since month 3 of the company."<p>Reeves tells Business Insider that the team chose ZenPayroll as its initial name "because we had two …

Startups

Apple will ask Supreme Court to hear its ebooks price-fixing case

Defying the expectations and desires of some—who thought it might be time to move on—Apple (AAPL) will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a …

The rocket scientist behind the Super Soaker is developing a new battery

What does the Super Soaker water gun have to do with new innovative batteries? A lot, it turns out.<p>The proceeds of the massively successful water toy …

Here's the disturbing impact that space has on the human body and mind

The mission saw a cosmonaut clock up more days in space than any other human being, the launch of the most audacious twin study in the history of science, and astronauts eating lettuce grown in space for the first time.<p>The crew have taught us plenty about how to survive beyond our own planet - …

Space Science

Stunning images reveal SpaceX's revolutionary approach to landing on Mars

And as mind-blowing as these innovative ideas are, the video animations and illustrations that bring Space X's goals to life are equally impressive.<p>But these animations and illustrations aren't just fiction and propaganda: They are a way for SpaceX to envision the future and make it a reality.<p>For …

Space Travel

He Left His Project Management Career To Start A Seven-Figure, One-Person Business

Laszlo Nadler, 35, stumbled into his million-dollar-plus, one-person business when he was trying to teach his daughter, now seven, the importance of doing what you love. “What if we do a business together?” he asked her.<p>At that time in 2012, Nadler, now 35, was an IT project manager who supported …

Project Management

Car companies are scrambling for AI talent as Google and Apple’s driverless cars loom

Before Silicon Valley can disrupt the car industry, the car industry wants to join forces with Silicon Valley. Today (Sept. 4), Toyota announced it’s investing $50 million into a partnership with MIT and Stanford University to accelerate research into artificial intelligence and robotics.<p>Toyota …

Twitter's 140-character limit may be killing its expansion internationally

Its co-founder, Jack Dorsey once explained that "the particular constrain of 140 characters was kind of borrowed."<p>Basic phones allowed 160 characters for their "short message service" (SMS), "so we took 20 characters for the user name and left 140 for the content. That's where it's all came …

Social Media

Meet the major breakthrough that could end iPhone battery complaints for good

What’s the worst thing about our smartphones? You guessed it: Battery life. We travel with chargers, battery packs and/or spares, and we constantly …

Light-based data transmission can replace wires in hospitals

It's not unusual to see patients in hospitals with wires sticking out of their bodies -- it's just something you expect, especially in ICUs. A group of South Korean researchers, however, believe there's a better alternative: lights. The team from Pukyong National University in Busan is suggesting …

Inflatable ‘space elevator’ invented by scientists

It is an idea that every small child has had at some point. Instead of sending up rockets into space, why not simply build a huge lift.<p>Now a Canadian firm has been granted a patent for a ‘space elevator’ which will shoot cargo 12.4 miles into the stratosphere from where it can be launched more …

NASA Astronauts to Eat Space-Grown Veggies for the First Time

Space gardening will be a part of future deep space missions.<p>For the first time, NASA astronauts on the International Space Station will harvest and …

Nano-sized 'yolks' should lead to longer-lasting batteries

Those eggs you might have had for breakfast? They're not just food -- they may be the key to longer-running batteries in your devices. Scientists at MIT and Tsinghua University have developed a nanoparticle battery electrode whose egg-like design is built to last. Their invention, which houses a …

Paper Giant Sinar Mas to Greenpeace: Stop Targeting Developing Countries

Many corporations have scrambled to update their sustainability standards after Greenpeace attacks. Both Apple and Trader Joe’s have made strides in producing non-toxic electronics and selling sustainably-farmed fish, respectively, since being targeted by the environmental group. But Asia Pulp and …

Asteroid Mining To Become A Two-Horse Race

Deep Space Industries is due to reveal its plans to mine asteroids. The announcement will occur later today in Santa Monica’s Museum of Flying. Within just two years Deep Space Industries says it will send drones called FireFly to examine asteroids reachable in near-Earth space. Once is has proven …

How to Prevent Others from Accessing Private Information from Your Lock Screen

Siri is an awesome time saver. Want to view your most recent calls, text someone, get directions, or post to Facebook? Just ask Siri. You can even do all this from your lock screen. The problem is, so can anyone else. If your settings allow for it, anyone can access your call history, send a tweet, …

Verizon ditches annual cell phone contracts

Verizon is ditching annual contracts. The No. 3 mobile carrier is switching to month-to-month plans starting Thursday.<p>Current Verizon (VZ) customers with annual contracts can keep their plans or switch over to one of four new options.<p>Verizon's new monthly options are $30 a month for 1GB of data; …

Apple to Debut New Apple TV, iPhones & iPads September 9

Apples newest gadgets are just a month away.<p>The overhauled Apple TV — the first major update to the device since its 2012 introduction — is …

Revolutionary tidal fence is set to trap the sea’s power

UK-designed turbines aim to harness tidal energy to produce cheaper electricity − without endangering marine life, reports Climate News Network<p>A British company has announced plans for an array of unique marine turbines that can operate in shallower and slower-moving water than current …

What Steve Jobs Said About Creativity

In a beautiful article for The Atlantic, Nancy Andreasen, a neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity, writes:<p>[C]reative people are …

EVE helps you learn your Mac's hotkeys as you work, for a price

There’s a reason that there are so many productivity apps: people are time-poor and need to squeeze a million different tasks into each day, and given that so many people’s working lives are spent at a computer, learning all the hotkeys to navigate it can really save you some time.<p>That’s where …

Productivity Apps

“Soft” Sensors Are Breaking Into Four Major Industries

Todd Gisby Contributor<p>Todd Gisby is the CTO of New Zealand-based startup StretchSense, which produces stretchable capacitive sensors for a range of industries.<p>From something as simple as a door sensor at a store to the new age of “smart” sensors in a rapidly emerging wearables market, the …