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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

Windows 10 will be free for software pirates

Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users this summer, but Microsoft is also extending its offer to software pirates. "We are upgrading all qualified PCs, genuine and non-genuine, to Windows 10," says Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s Windows chief, in an interview with Reuters. …

Windows 10

HTC ‘Uh-Oh Program’ Will Replace Your Busted One M9, M8 Phone for Free

HTC hopes to sway customers to its products with a new phone replacement program.<p>At Mobile World Congress, HTC Americas President Jason Mackenzie hinted that the company was going to offer something different with its new HTC One M9 smartphone to help set it apart from the competition. Today, the …

Samsung can put 128GB of storage in your low-cost phone

Just because you're not splurging on a top-of-the-line smartphone doesn't mean that you have to settle for a tiny amount of storage. Samsung certainly thinks that way -- it just announced a 3-bits-per-cell flash memory chip that promises 128GB of storage in "mass market" (read: more affordable) …

TV-ready game turns your Android phone into a tennis racquet

Android fans: you no longer have to watch on the sidelines as your friends play TV tennis with their iPhones. Rolocule has released Motion Tennis Cast, an Android version of its free sports game that uses screen mirroring tech (such as Chromecast, Miracast or Samsung's AllShare Cast) to turn your …

A new audio app claims to treat tinnitus

Tinnitus affects the ears but it originates in the brain. The condition, which causes ringing in the ears, is mainly triggered by age-related hearing loss and prolonged exposure to excessively loud noise. But neuroscientific studies reveal that tinnitus is a symptom of abnormal hyperactivity in the …

Google Releases an Android Auto App

While Tesla is busy announcing self-driving features, Google has gone and finally released an Android Auto app.<p>Android Auto was first unveiled in June last year, and essentially brings Google Now and Google Maps to your car’s dashboard with enhanced voice control. Users can set reminders, control …

Android News

Behind The “Wheel” Of The Mercedes Driverless Car

LED touchscreens and laser projections promise a safer, more luxurious commute.<p>It's the year 2030 and your daily commute begins with the press of a button. Using a smartphone app, you summon an autonomous car — the Mercedes F015. The car starts, exits a parking garage, and drives itself to your …

Swifty Teaches Apple’s New Programming Language On Your iPhone

Last summer, Apple surprised almost everyone at WWDC with the announcement of Swift, a new programming language for iOS and Mac development.<p>The language feels like something Apple would invent. Like several of the languages currently popular in web development, it has a concise, readable syntax …

Amazon Can Now Legally Experiment With Drone Delivery

A big hurdle has been overcome by Amazon today for a future where everything’s delivered by drones; the FAA has granted the company an experimental airworthiness certificate for its delivery drones.<p>The company is allowed to use the drones during daylight, below 400 feets in “visual meteorological …

Drones

Tiny 3D-printed drill is powered by a hearing aid battery

We've seen teeny-tiny 3D printers before, and now we're getting pint-sized creations to match. An ingenious engineer from New Zealand set out to make the world's smallest cordless drill, and the result is pretty remarkable. The tiny tool measures just 17mm tall, 13mm long and 7.5mm wide, with a …

Alibaba wants you to pay for things on your smartphone by scanning your face

The future of payments may be staring us right in the face.<p>Alibaba, the Chinese ecommerce giant with more money than it knows what to do with, is …

Eye exam on the go with this portable device

A portable device that captures high-resolution images inside the eye could be an effective way to monitor eye health, especially for people in …

New Liquid-Based 3D Printer Takes Minutes, Not Hours

Plus it has a real Terminator vibe<p>Rapid prototyping may soon get a whole lot more rapid, thanks to an entirely new method of 3D printing. Instead of taking hours to 3D-print something, it might soon take minutes.<p>The UNC-Chapel Hill researchers, who described their new process in the journal <i>Science</i>, …

Prototyping

Face Recognition Security, Even With A 'Blink Test,' Is Easy To Trick

As Alibaba and others increase reliance on it, is it safe?<p>Jack Ma, CEO of the Chinese retail giant Alibaba--that country's answer to Amazon--announced at the CeBit conference in Germany this week that the site would soon let you purchase goods and authorize payment using facial recognition.<p>Which …

Machine Perception

Can buckyball ‘bombs’ blow up cancer?

In 1996, a trio of scientists won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for their discovery of Buckminsterfullerene–soccer-ball-shaped spheres of 60 joined …

Watch This Creepy Drone Climb A Wall [Video]

Spider-Man it is not<p>There’s a reason it’s Spider-Man and not Superman who climbs up the walls of buildings: Superman can fly instead. But the KAIST Urban Robotics Lab in South Korea wants to turn flying quadcopters into wall-crawling robots that could wash windows and inspect infrastructure. The …

'Guitar Hero'-Style Videogame Helps Stroke Victims Recover

Rehabilitating with games is more fun, and it works better<p>Of the 700,000 people who suffer from strokes every year in the United States, only 10 percent fully recover. The rehabilitation process can be long and challenging, especially for older victims in more fragile states of health. Researchers …

Clinical Trials

Autonomous Materials Will Let Future Robots Change Color And Shift Shape

Some of the applications sound like pure science fiction<p>New robots could take on exciting new forms and applications, with each component of the machine able to react and act on its own, according to a review published today in <i>Science</i>.<p>The materials making up a robot are themselves are becoming more …

Carbon Fiber

Military children more likely to have a history of suicide attempts

California high school students who have a parent in the military are far more likely than those from civilian families to have recently attempted suicide, according to a new study.<p>The findings are based on a survey of ninth and 11th graders at 261 schools across the state. The data were collected …

For younger adults, unemployment may triple the risk of depression

Unemployment isn't just bad for your bank account. It can also do serious damage to mental health – especially for younger adults who are just starting out in life, new research shows.<p>Nearly 12% of Americans between ages 18 and 25 were deemed to be depressed based on their answers to eight …

Pebble Teases First 'Smartstrap' Concepts

Although Pebble’s new Time and Time Steel watches made headlines for their color e-ink displays, arguably their coolest feature is support for interchangeable ‘smartstraps’ that interface with the watch for extra functionality. Still, so far we know next to nothing about what they can actually …

ISIS And America Both Lost Drones This Week

That's about the only thing they have in common<p>Yesterday, the United States lost a Predator drone that was operating over Syria. Today, the American military's Central Command noted that the U.S. destroyed several ISIS targets, including a remotely piloted aircraft near Fallujah.<p>The MQ-1 Predator …

Drones

Obama snubs Netanyahu and criticises Israeli PM's 'divisive rhetoric'

The White House has made clear its dismay at Binyamin Netanyahu’s sweeping victory in the Israeli elections with a stinging rebuke of the “divisive rhetoric” used by the Israeli leader in the closing stages of the election.<p>President Obama has not called to congratulate Netanyahu, who is now …

Israel