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Dyson's new bladeless fan is also a powerful air filter

Dyson really hates dirt, to the point that it's now come up with a new bladeless fan that can also filter out ultrafine airborne particles -- including viruses, bacteria and pollens -- that are as tiny as 0.1 microns. The aptly-named Pure Cool (AM11) closely resembles Dyson's other fan towers, with …

Braille for the mouth could help deaf people hear

The one thing that every technologist shares is the desire to solve a problem, and there are several as-yet unsolved issues that relate to disability. It's not all bad news, however, since in the last few months we've seen inventions that help the blind get around, paraplegics play soccer and …

This Neuroscientist Is Trying to Upload His Entire Brain to a Computer

Randal Koene wants to move humanity from Earth to the The Cloud, making us part-robot and completely immortal.<p>Humans, if you hadn't already noticed, have stopped evolving. As David Attenborough recently reminded us, our species is the first – by our free will – to remove itself from the process of …

Singularity

Starwood’s keyless entry takes self-service to a new level

Later this week, ten Starwood hotels will let customers use their smartphones to unlock their hotel room doors, bypassing the front desk for …

Use AirDrop to share files between OS X Yosemite and iOS 8

When you need to move files quickly between two Apple devices, AirDrop is an incredibly useful tool. It started out as a Mac-to-Mac thing, and then iPhone-to-iPhone, but with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, AirDrop becomes even more powerful: Now you can share files from Mac to iPhone (or iPad) and vice …

India's $74 million Mars mission cost less than 'Gravity' movie

When the Mangalyaan spacecraft slipped into orbit around Mars on Wednesday after a 10-month voyage, India became the first country to successfully reach the Red Planet on its first attempt.<p>But the mission's shoestring budget was perhaps its most notable distinction: At a cost of just $74 million, …

India's giant interplanetary leap to Mars | Environment

The longest journey India has ever undertaken is reaching Mars. After more than 300 days, the country's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) is within striking distance of making big global history.<p>On the morning of September 24, the Indian space programme will make its much-awaited tryst with the Earth's …

Self-driving cars now need a permit in California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Computer-driven cars have been testing their skills on California roads for more than four years — but until now, the Department …

Diapers.com Founder Has Now Raised $80 Million for New Amazon Competitor Jet.com

Marc Lore, who previously sold Diapers.com parent company Quidsi to Amazon for more than $500 million, has now raised a fresh $25 million for Jet.com, bringing total funding for his new shopping site to $80 million before it has launched. Jet.com previously raised $55 million from New Enterprise …

Health pros left wondering if Apple Watch can move the dial on wellness

Physicians and digital health experts are encouraged by the level of accuracy suggested by the Apple Watch’s sensors but are still left wondering how data collected by the device might help doctors improve the wellness of patients.<p>At the Apple Watch announcement in Cupertino Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim …

NSA, British spy agency have secret access to Deutsche Telekom

An NSA programme called "Treasure Map" gives the US agency and Britain's electronic eavesdropping GCHQ near real-time information about the operators' networks, right through to end users on computers, smartphones or tablets, Der Spiegel said in a report to appear in its Sunday edition.<p>It is the …

Cook: 'There Are Products That We're Working On That No One Knows About'

However, the company still has some secrets. CEO Tim Cook told Charlie Rose in a long interview on Friday that Apple has other products in the works.<p>"There are products that we're working on that no one knows about," he says. "That haven't been rumored about yet."<p>Cook didn't go into specifics, but …

How MHacks reignited my optimism about hackathons (and the future of Silicon Valley)

In the past few years, I’ve sponsored, hosted, and participated in hackathons all around the United States – even one that spanned 2,000 miles on a bus. However, until this past weekend at MHacks in Ann Arbor, I had never been to a collegiate hackathon.<p>It’s a whole different ball game.<p>MHacks is a …

Why Terrorists Love Twitter

In 2011, the Somali Islamist group known as Al-Shabab took to Twitter. Its official handle taunted the group’s enemies, boasted of battlefield …

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Stephen Hawking, Intel Unveil a Connected Wheelchair

The proof-of-concept apparatus monitors the user's biometric information.<p>Believe it or not, tech companies other than Apple did things on Tuesday, too!<p>(And not just taking out the trash while tech journalist eyes were focused on Cupertino.)<p>During its unfortunately-timed developer forum, Intel made …

Bayer HealthCare starts its own accelerator – and it’s better than you expected

Bayer HealthCare appears to be the first pharmaceutical company to have started its own accelerator. The company that made €18.924 million in turnover in 2013 “understands that innovation and healthcare cannot only be driven by the industry but also needs creativity,” said Christian Ullrich, Head …

Drones at Disneyland? Disney seeks patents

On top of Mickey Mouse, Cinderella and Aladdin, visitors to Disney theme parks may one day get a glimpse of drones.<p>Burbank-based<p>Walt Disney Co.appears to have a wish to use unmanned aircraft to produce entertainment shows, according to three recently published patent applications first reported by …

Man 3-D Prints Backyard Castle, Plans Two-Story House Next

We've been using cement as a building material for thousands of years — but never quite like this. Andrey Rudenko of Minnesota used it in a custom 3-D printer to create a tiny castle in his backyard, layer by layer, and next, he plans to build a two-story house. He's not the first to attempt a …

10 Apps You Probably Never Heard Of That Employees Are Sneaking Into Work

With our tablets, smartphones and cloud services, if we need an app, we get it ourselves.<p>This is drastically different than the way work tech used to be: bought by IT, set up by IT, issued by IT and controlled by IT. You didn't like what you were given? Oh well.<p>Interestingly, this has created …

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Raw footage: Larry Tesler on Steve Jobs' visit to Xerox PARC

So many myths have attached themselves to Steve Jobs’ visit to Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center in the winter of 1979 that I’m surprised the YouTube …

Coin apologizes for delaying its credit card replacement device, fixes its beta program

The makers of a digital credit card replacement device named Coin had some bad news for its early supporters yesterday. After months of work, the company was forced to push back its release date at the last minute from this summer to next spring as it tries to finalize the hardware. And Coin said …

Can you spare a Coin? Universal credit card launch delayed until next year

Coin made waves when it debuted last November, promising to be a type of universal payment card that can actually behave like eight different cards …

3 Reasons Why It Sucks to Be the CEO Of Uber

Sometimes I wonder why Uber CEO Travis Kalanick gets out of bed in the morning. OK, it's probably the fact that his company was recently valued at more than $18 billion which, depending on his ownership, makes him at the very least a billionaire. For most business people, that's motivation enough. …

Disney thinks it could turn drones into flying TV screens and puppet masters

Disney has never lagged in animatronics or high technology for its shows and theme parks — they're more or less tiny, high-tech surveillance dystopias with classic rides, exorbitantly expensive food, and all your favorite TV and movie characters from childhood. But a handful of patent applications …

10 Best Startups From Y Combinator's Demo Day

Something happens to you when you sit through 75 Y Combinator startups all vying for press coverage and investment dollars. Well, besides the fact that you body goes numb from sitting in a plastic chair for nearly seven hours, you see the patterns of a pitch: intro, product explanation, financials, …

Watch A Thousand Micro Robots Self-Assemble Into Wild Shapes

The madmen at Harvard have finally done it: they’ve simulated real life swarms with tiny robots, thereby bringing the coming robot apocalypse that much closer.<p>Or maybe they just created some really cool proof-of-concept robotic self-assembly systems. Either way, what you’re seeing is a set of a …

5 Ways IBM's Smart Chip Will Revolutionize Technology

It's tiny, it's mighty, and it mimics the brain. Here's how IBM's new smart chip will bring about big tech advances.<p>To most people, a computer is nothing more than a functional box. You can use it to surf the Web, stream a movie, and maybe crunch some numbers at work, but the thing doesn't have a …

Artificial Intelligence