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You Can Pay Via Fingerprint With Samsung's Latest Phone

The company teamed up with PayPal to bring biometric scanning to its Galaxy S5<p>At Mobile World Congress today, Samsung announced the latest version of its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5. If it's anything like the S4, lots of people will buy it. Since it has a larger number in the front, it will …

Mobile

Cross-Laminated Timber is the Most Advanced Building Material

Cross-Laminated Timber Continues to Impress Builders and Engineers<p>On a cloudy day in early October, the architect Andrew Waugh circles the base of a nondescript apartment tower in Shoreditch, a neighborhood in East London. Shoreditch suffered heavily during the blitz of World War II—“urban renewal, …

Engineering

The 530-pound Exosuit is a submarine you can wear

Scientists are now using the suit to study glowing fish 1,000 feet below the surface<p>The six-and-a-half foot tall, 530-pound aluminum suit looks like something out of an action movie. In reality it has an entirely different — and more intriguing — purpose. Come this summer, scientists will be using …

The Future of the Mind by Michio Kaku, review

Michio Kaku's latest is a mind-bending study of the possibilities of the brain<p><b>Quadriplegics move artificial limbs with the mind</b>. Video games are directly controlled by the power of thought. A monkey’s brain connected to the internet can control an avatar on a video screen or a robot half a world …

Physics

Can Apple help make hearing aids cool?

People wait in long lines and even camp out to get their hands on new Apple devices as soon as they're available. But they drag their feet, sometimes for years, when it comes to purchasing another piece of technology that could greatly improve their lives: hearing aids.<p>Hearing-aid manufacturers and …

Bosch And Hillcrest Make A Bet On Wearable Head-Mounted Computing With New All-In-One Sensor System

Head-mounted computing probably still seems a bit far-fetched to most every day users, but component manufacturers and tech suppliers are already gearing up to provide a future supply chain with the parts it needs to build such devices affordably and easily. Bosch Sensortec and Hillcrest Labs are …

What to watch

PICKING out the new technologies that will have a big impact on society is notoriously tricky. Sometimes inventions that do not seem to be important …

Wello One-Ups The Galaxy S5 With A Slim, Sensor-Laden Health Tracking iPhone Case

The next war among smartphone makers will most likely be around health measurement, and the Wello is an iPhone accessory that recognizes that and wants to capitalize early. It offers iPhone users a heart rate monitor on their device, just like Samsung has built into the Galaxy S5, but it also …

RIP Mac optical drives? Rumor suggests Apple to drop last non-Retina MacBook Pro this year

<i>DigiTimes</i> is claiming that Apple will cease production of the non-Retina version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro this year as it prepares to launch refreshed Retina models toward the end of the year.<p>Apple is expected to stop production of the 13-inch MacBook Pro in the second half of 2014 and will …

Corning SVP Calls Sapphire Glass Expensive And Environmentally Unfriendly

In news that will come as a shock to absolutely no one, it seems that Corning Glass (makers of Gorilla Glass) aren’t big fans of Sapphire glass.<p>Asked by Morgan Stanley analyst James Fawcett his thoughts about “one large handset and device maker” planning to use Sapphire in its products, Tony …

Raspberry Pi Chalks Up Sales Of 2.5M+ As It Turns Two — $10K Bounty Offered For Opening Its Blob

Happy Birthday Raspberry Pi! The low-cost Linux microcomputer has just turned two years old. And boy how it’s grown.<p>The Cambridge, U.K.-based creators of the $25/$35 credit-card sized computer thought they would only ever sell a few thousand units when they started their project. In the event, they …

Here’s What The Upcoming Xbox One Dashboard Update Looks Like

Slowly but surely, Microsoft is making up for shipping the unfinished console that is the Xbox One.<p>In February, the company shipped an update that brought many an earth-shattering feature, from “Telling how much space you have left on the hard drive” to “An icon that tells you if your controller is …