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Apple iPad Pro 12.9 vs iPad Air 2: What’s the difference? - Pocket-lint

Apple announced the original iPad Pro at an event in September 2015. It marked a new territory for the company, with a screen size of 12.9-inches and …

Is Puma’s new robot runner faster than Usain Bolt?

Racing a robot seems like either a recipe for embarrassment or the best training tool. Puma thinks the latter, so they partnered with J. Walter …

Google patented a crazy device it wants to inject into your eyeball

We may be accustomed to seeing high-tech companies file patents for out-there concepts and technologies, but a new patent from Google takes the cake. Originally spotted by <i>Forbes</i>, Google earlier this month filed a patent which describes a method of injecting a device into a person's eyeball as a …

Samsung's Smart Home Platform Is Full of Security Holes

The “smart home” is a Jetsonian future concept in which all our domestic needs are automated. As it stands today, however, smart devices are buggy …

Brixo are LEGO Blocks for IoT and Robotics Applications (Crowdfunding)

Brixo, an Israeli start-up, has designed LEGO compatible blocks - also called Brixo - that conduct electricity, embed sensors, Bluetooth connectivity …

Crowd Funding

Bitcoin creator unmasked: Australian computer scientist Craig Wright says he is Satoshi Nakamoto

After years of speculation, the search for the elusive creator behind the Bitcoin cryptocurrency may have reached a conclusion.<p>Revealing his identity to the BBC, among a handful of other publications, Australian entrepreneur and computer scientist Dr. Craig Wright today confirmed rumors that first …

Bitcoin

The World's Simplest Drone Has Just One Moving Part

Last year’s DARPA challenge proved that the more complex something is, the more ways there are for it to fail. This applies to drones just as it does …

Astronomers Have Discovered a Super-Fast Star System That Breaks Current Physics Models

No one can explain those speeds.<p>Thousands of light-years away, on the outskirts of the Milky Way, astronomers have detected something no one’s ever …

Japanese Engineers Built A Robot That Cheats At Rock-Paper-Scissors

As a species, we are understandably worried about robots, especially when we make robots that are more and more human. This robot, however, takes the cake: It’s not just a robot that can beat us at a simple game, it’s a robot that wins by being a complete cheating bastard.<p>Here’s how this robotic …

Small, Shrinking Mercury Is a Planetary Space Oddity

Mercury is more than just a dead, roasted chunk of rock. In fact, the solar system’s smallest planet is proving to be surprisingly lively. Well, not in the sense that anything actually lives there, though scientists don’t discount the possibility that some of Mercury’s nooks and crannies could help …

Astronomy

A 3D-Printed Car Inspired By The Leaf Of A Plant

German engineering firm EDAG took inspiration from the leaf of a plant for its 3D-printed Light Cocoon concept car, which debuts at the Geneva Motor Show, open to the public through March 15.<p>Rather than printing the entire body shell of the vehicle out of a rigid composite material, as startup …

Auto Shows

Meteor mistaken for sinking ship's distress flare

Full-scale sea search and rescue operation launched off Cumbrian coast after 'missing ship fires distress flare' that turns out to be space rock<p>The hunt for a sinking ship that launched a distress flare was cancelled - after lifeboat crews discovered it was actually a meteor.<p>Numerous eagle-eyed …

Carbon3D printer is super speedy thanks to light and oxygen

3D printing startup Carbon3D has demonstrated a new approach to fabricating commercial-quality objects from resin using oxygen and light.<p>On stage at …

TED Talks

How A Tiny Bat Might Interrupt A Massive Oil Pipeline

A bat that may soon be added to the Endangered Species List could interrupt plans for a new oil pipeline in the Midwest. The proposed Sandpiper oil pipeline, intended to carry crude oil from South Dakota to Wisconsin, is nowhere near as big or controversial as Keystone XL. But it’s another flash …

This is the Samsung Galaxy S6

<b>Update:</b> Read the Samsung Galaxy S6 review.<p>Our best look yet at Samsung's next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S6, comes courtesy of T-Mobile. Late Sunday evening, CEO John Legere tweeted out news confirming that the Uncarrier will be offering Samsung's latest, but didn't provide any details beyond …

Electronics Industry

Abu Dhabi Falconers Use Drones To Train Their Birds

A modern twist on an old technique<p>Falconers agree: it’s a terrible idea to train birds to attack drones. There are, however, ways to use drones for training falcons. <i>Gizmodo</i> reports that some falconers in the United Arab Emirates are using quadcopters as a new tool to teach birds an old …

Drones

Leading climate change denier was paid by energy companies

Wei-Hock Soon earned more than $1 million publishing erroneous reports<p>Wei-Hock Soon, a leading climate change denier whose work has fortified right-wing political arguments for years, was paid more than $1.2 million by energy companies, <i>The New York Times</i> reports. New documents uncovered by …

Farmers Eye Drones For The Future

Drone, drone on the range<p>Even though humans have been farming for thousands of years, there’s always a new trick to learn or a new technology to try. In modern times, these tricks often come attached to small flying aircraft, a fact evidenced by the continued and growing presence of drones at …

Aerial Photography

The Dream of Delivery Drones Is Alive (And On A Truck)

There's hope for robotic parcel delivery, with or without Amazon<p>Amazon's drone delivery service was never going to work. Not in the United States, at least, and not in the near-future timeframe announced by CEO Jeff Bezos in a credulous <i>60 Minutes</i> segment in December 2013. When Bezos made the …

Drones

Two Galaxy S6 Smartphones Confirmed By Carrier

Few smartphones generate as much interest as iPhones, but the Samsung Galaxy S range is easily next in line. Unfortunately for Samsung it also suffers the same Swiss cheese security as Apple and following major leak after major leak its plans to step in a brave new direction have now been spoilt by …

Phones

Scientists use lasers to make metals super water-repellent

A new method for producing super water-repellent surfaces could lead to self-cleaning materials that are much more slippery than Teflon and never corrode. Researchers from the University of Rochester say they can make metals superhydrophobic (highly water-repellent) using powerful lasers to etch …

Engineering

'Super Saturn' Exoplanet Has Massive Rings

Houston, we have a ringer<p>The rings of Saturn are one of our most instantly recognizable images of outer space, but those beautiful rings of rock and dust now have some competition. In a paper that was recently accepted for publication in <i>Astrophysical Journal</i>, scientists from Leiden Observatory in …

Astronomy