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How Force Touch would make the iPhone better

Force Touch, Apple’s new pressure-sensing technology coming to the Apple Watch and its 2-pound, 0.52-inch-thin MacBook is, according to reports, also …

This Keyboard Sticker Will Make It Easier To Type Emojis On A Mac

Words are so overrated.<p>"You can have more evocative and abstract ideas connecting and communicating and conveying ideas and emotions," Lotan said of using emojis on phones. "We should have that on the computer."

The ‘C’ in USB-C is for confusion (but you’ll adjust)

The shiny new watch on Tim Cook’s wrist wasn’t the item that tipped Apple’s hand as it bets on the future of computing.<p>The really big development was what wasn’t in the room: multiple ports on the new ultrathin MacBook.<p>The future lies in a single port for powering the device and seemingly not much …

Drones have still got a long way to go

March 11, 2015 | 8:30 AM<p>Could drones solve some of Africa’s infrastructure problems? Afrotech, a Swiss company, seems to think so.<p>Transporting smaller cargo through the skies via drones, for instance, could be cheaper than investing in railways or roads right away. So starting next year the company …

NASA Will Be Taking These Augmented Reality Glasses Into Space

NASA is teaming up with military tech company Osterhout Design Group (ODG) to bring augmented reality into space. The space agency plans on equipping its astronauts with smart glasses that overlay the world with digital information.<p>ODG’s glasses include a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Wi-Fi, …

PancakeBot prints flapjacks in any shape you can trace

We've all been there. Awake at some ludicrously early hour -- on a Saturday morning no less -- slaving away over a hot griddle only to have your pancakes snubbed because they're too circular. Next time, impress your brood by frying up some custom-designed flapjacks using this robotic pancake …

Watch people code in real time with Livecoding.tv

There are plenty of decent options to learn basic code — such as Codeacademy or Coursera — but what about people who want to take it a step …

Emoji Keyboard for Mac: Beware, you may never type words again

Regular words are so boring. Isn't everything a heck of a lot better when it's written in emoji?<p>An art and technology studio in Oakland, Calif., called Disk Cactus has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the Emoji Keyboard, a product that combines hardware and software to turn your Mac's keyboard …

MacBook Pro

Could this computer save your life?

Cancer is good at hiding.<p>It's so good that sometimes sick patients are sent home with a clean bill of health.<p>And screenings don't always help: A 2013 study by Oxford University found "no evidence" that screening programs are responsible for the decline in breast cancer, and a study by the Huntsman …

Goodyear's working on an energy-harvesting tire

It's a fundamental principle of physics that when you use energy, say to run an electric car, some of it is lost. Companies have tried to overcome this by installing hardware that harvests this lost heat, most famously in regenerative braking. Goodyear is hoping to do a similar thing with tyres, …

UK's Halifax bank tests heartbeat sensor to unlock online banking services

LONDON — Passwords are easy to forget and fingerprints are easy to forge, so the Halifax bank is trying something new to protect customer privacy.<p>It …

Apple releases iOS 8.3 beta with new, diverse emoji

Apple has started to invite developers to try the beta version of its upcoming iOS 8.3 software, which will include the emoji update that features …

The MacBook Pro's new Force Touch Trackpad is great. Pity about the name

You don't click the trackpad, the trackpad clicks you<p>The way to impress somebody with Apple's new trackpad is to have them try to click it when the computer is off. Nothing happens, it's just an inert piece of glass with just the tiniest amount of give when you press hard on it. Then boot up the …