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15 best Google Daydream games

Google Daydream is Google’s big push into VR. There are only a handful of devices that can use it. On top of that, there simply aren’t a lot of apps or games out for the platform. However, some are starting to push through. We’ll update this as more stuff comes out, but for now, here are the best …

Google Play

Microsoft co-founder's academic search engine adds neuroscience

Researchers, scientists and academics around the world publish roughly 2.5 million scientific papers each year, on top of a backlog of more than 50 million papers dating back to 1665. Plus, the rate at which researchers publish these academic papers keeps rising, <i>a la</i> Moore's Law. It's impossible …

HP made a backpack that can recharge your laptop

The HP Powerup Backpack<p>HP's new Powerup Backpack may look like a standard backpack, but this thing can recharge a full-size laptop thanks to a massive 22,400mAh battery. With that much juice you could recharge your smartphone 10 times. The canvas bag features ventilated pockets and heat sensor …

Regulation

Alphabet Wants To Fight Disease By Altering Your Body’s Electricity

Verily Life Sciences, Google's former life sciences division, is teaming up with GlaxoSmithKline, one of the world's biggest pharmaceutical companies, to form a new company dedicated to the emerging field of "bioelectronics."<p>In its quest to create solutions for intractable medical problems, from …

Microsoft Drones Are Searching For Zika-Infected Mosquitoes Around Houston

Fighting flyers with flyers<p>The Zika virus has finally reached the United States, so to fight back, the United States is enlisting one of the weapons it knows best: drones. Not big, high-altitude drones with weapons, but smaller quadcopters, flying low to the ground, to seek out where the mosquitos …

Public Health

The Akyumen Holofone Phablet dual-boots Android and Windows 10, features a projector

There’s no shortage of good smartphones in the market, but there is definitely a need for more unique devices. This is why our heads always turn when we see gadgets like the Akyumen Holofone Phablet (yes… they literally put the word “phablet” in the name). But that moniker is about the only bad …

Earbuds

Meet Ticwatch 2, the $139 Smartwatch That Rivals the Ultra-Successful Pebble

Mobvoi's new watch meets its Kickstarter goal in just 10 minutes.<p>It costs less than $150. Its battery lasts more than a day. It works with either Android or iOS devices and functions anywhere in the world. It was launched on Kickstarter, where it met its funding goal in record time.<p>Up until …

Smartwatches

Microsoft starts rolling out Windows 10 Mobile to Windows Phone 8.1 devices

As we revealed yesterday, Microsoft today started rolling out Windows 10 Mobile to existing Windows Phone 8.1 devices. Specifically, Microsoft is starting with the following 18 phones: Lumia 1520, 930, 640, 640XL, 730, 735, 830, 532, 535, 540, 635 (1GB), 636 (1GB), 638 (1GB), 430, 435, BLU Win HD …

MIT’s New Battery Runs On Sugar

The device can power an LED light.<p>If you take a carbon nanotube and set fire to one end, that tube will generate electricity. And if you’re an MIT genius, you can heat those tubes with regular old table sugar, pack them together, and have a battery that produces almost the same output as the one in …

Reddit3016 is a spoof of the site in 1,000 years, which Reddit isn't happy about

If you think 2016 Internet is pretty great with all its Vines, viral hashtags and memes, you haven’t seen Reddit3016. The parody site is an art project by Reddit user Blair Erickson () who wanted to imagine the stuff that would end up on site’s front page 1,000 years from today.<p>Among the upvoted …

DJI’s smarter Phantom 4 drone can avoid obstacles and track objects all on its own

DJI just unveiled its latest flagship drone, and it’s smarter than ever. The DJI Phantom 4 is the first consumer drone that can adjust its path according to the world around it, approaching some semblance of autonomy.<p>This level of autonomy is largely thanks two additional cameras and two ultrasonic …

Mattel’s $300 3D printer lets you design and create your own toys

In the 1960s, Mattel's ThingMaker let children create their own toys by pouring liquid plastic into metal molds. Now, Mattel has updated the idea for a new century using 3D printing. The reinvented ThingMaker is a $299.99 3D printer which works with an iOS and Android app to let children (and …

Hot Wheels

VAIO's first Windows phone is quite a looker

Even if you aren’t keen on rocking a Windows-based mobile device, Vaio’s first-ever phone for the platform is certainly worth a look.<p>The LTE-capable Vaio Phone Biz features a sleek aluminum body, a 5.5-inch Full HD display and a 13-megapixel rear camera. Its body is subjected to a blasting process …

This electric trike is the weirdest way to drive to work

CES has become more of a car show than a tech show in the last few years, and this year just piled on the proof. In fact, CES was full of vehicles of all shapes and sizes, and many of them were electric. Sure, some were pure fantasy, but others were completely practical: the EcoReco M5 Air was …

Electric Vehicles

Garmin launches a fitness watch for watersports

Garmin has built a version of its Fenix 3 multi-sport fitness watch that's capable of being used for marine activity. The Quatix 3 takes everything you know and love about the aforementioned device and throws in a bundle of marine-friendly features. For instance, the device can stream data from …

Julian Edelman one-ups Tom Brady with heart-pounding hype video

It won't be long before the New England Patriots take the field against the Kansas City Chiefs in Saturday's playoff game. When they do, it will be with their top wide receiver in Julian Edelman, who's expected to play for the first time since breaking his foot in November.<p>Edelman has been pumping …

Software Tool Automatically Identifies Guns In Photos

Lock and upload<p>In the heat of battle or an active shooter situation, it’s hard for untrained observers to correctly identify the weapon currently trying to kill them. Reporters, present company included, will often be vague when first describing the weapons used in an attack, with the …

Guns

Timberland Uses Football Leather on Its Classic Six-Inch Boot for Super Bowl 50

Super Bowl 50 is right around the corner, so Timberland is dropping two new boots to get you ready for the big game. The New Hampshire-based company …

Shoes

FITGuard Is A Mouthguard That Detects The Severity Of A Blow To The Head

There are 3.8 million sports-related head injuries each year, and 47 percent of athletes do not report symptoms of their head injuries, whether out of lack of understanding or a need to feel tough.<p>As we’ve learned over the past few years, from the death of NFL athletes like Frank Gifford or the …

Insurance

IBM Watson and Medtronic can predict a diabetic's low blood sugar hours before it occurs

IBM and medical device maker Medtronic are working on an app that could really help them.<p>By analyzing data from Medtronic diabetes monitoring devices (insulin pumps and glucose monitors), IBM's artificial intelligence computer Watson can predict a low blood sugar problem up to three hours before it …

Diabetes

Microsoft will soon launch its own SIM cards for Windows 10 devices

Microsoft is working on a SIM card to allow you to get online using your Windows 10 device wherever you go, while paying only for the data you use.<p>The company hasn’t yet announced its plans, but it has launched an app in its store that will let users connect to a nationwide high-speed mobile data …

Meet the shot-slamming robot that keeps you from drinking alone

A Korean inventor says he built the Drinky Robot to help him unlock "the secret taste of alcohol."<p>There's an inherent contradiction in drinking. Do it with a group of friends and it's called partying. Do it by yourself and, well, there are a lot of names for that.<p>Because South Korean inventor …

Alcohol

Bionic eye changing woman's life after losing sight

A woman who has gradually been losing her sight for years has been describing the joys of being able to see again after being fitted with a bionic eye.<p>Rhian Lewis, from Cardiff, Wales, was given the retinal implant as part of a trial which could go on to benefit thousands of people suffering from …

Health

Four new elements have been added to the periodic table

Confirmed discoveries complete the table's seventh row<p>Four new elements have been permanently added to the periodic table, after their discoveries were verified by the global chemistry organization that oversees the table. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) last week …

Chemistry

Meet the world's smallest camera-equipped drone

The Axis Vidius is a quadcopter that fits in the palm of your hand -- it's roughly 1.5 inches square -- yet it's able to livestream and record video in 420p. Axis says its Vidius model is the smallest-ever camera-equipped drone, and it's so tiny that users don't have to register it with the Federal …

Drones

Scientists discover how your brain wakes you up

Researchers believe they've identified the part of the brain which ends light sleep, called the non-rapid eye movement (NREM) cycle, and ultimately wakes you up. Professor Antoine Adamantidis from the University of Bern and his team found a neural circuit sandwiched between two brain regions, …

Lab-Grown Cells Restore Sight to Blind Monkeys

Transplanting stem cell-derived retina tissue into the eye could one day cure the degenerative eye conditions.<p>Researchers at the Riken Institute in Japan have grown retina tissue out of stem cells and grafted that tissue onto the retinas of rhesus and macaque monkeys with ailing sight. The new …

Life-size moving R2-D2 fridge has an unearthly price tag

If you want to own Haier's remote-controlled R2-D2 refrigerator, it's going to cost you — big time.<p>Haier tells <i>Mashable</i> the life-sized droid fridge …

Robotic 'glove' will allow the blind to see with their hands

A team of researchers from the University of Nevada, Reno and the University of Arkansas, Little Rock announced on Thursday that they are developing a robotic wearable which will enable the visually impaired to "see" what they're reaching for.<p>"We will pre-map the hand, and build a lightweight …

Plex’s media streaming app is now free for Xbox and PlayStation consoles

Plex’s excellent media streaming app, which lets you beam videos and music stored on your hard drive to other devices, is now available for free for Xbox and PlayStation consoles.<p>That means that you can stream movies, TV shows, music and photos from your computer or NAS to your console without the …