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LG G3 will get Android Lollipop upgrade this coming week

Last year, LG made the flagship Nexus device for Google while Motorola was first out of the gate with the latest Android update for its own phones. This year, the roles have reversed as Moto is responsible for the Nexus 6 and LG has announced itself as the first global smartphone manufacturer to …

Scientists Achieve Direct Brain-To-Brain Communication Between Humans

Telepathy is the stuff of science fiction. But what if the dystopian futurists were on to something? What if our brains could directly interact with each other, bypassing the need for language? The idea isn't quite so far fetched, according to a recent University of Washington study in which …

Oddball USB stick offers infinite iPhone storage

Slo-mo videos have become my favorite new thing to shoot with the iPhone 6 Plus now that Apple added the ability to spit out gorgeous vids at 240 FPS, but my slo-mo addiction comes at a heavy cost: storage space.<p>The best smartphone camera in the world doesn’t mean jack if your 16GB iPhone can’t …

Understanding quantum tunnelling

The recent claim from Stark Industries Lockeed Martin that a compact fusion reactor could be built soon is, if true, a breakthrough in engineering rather than basic physics. The basic physics of fusion has been known for some time, and a key element of understanding it is quantum tunnelling. Nuclei …

China builds computer network impenetrable to hackers

China is building the world’s first long-distance quantum encryption network, a 1,200-mile line between Beijing and Shanghai that will be theoretically unhackable<p><b>China</b> will soon have the world's most secure major computer network, making communications between Beijing and Shanghai impenetrable to …

Jawbone's new Up3 is its most advanced fitness tracker ever

Jawbone loves data. It loves collecting more data; it loves collecting better data. Data is what makes the Up platform turn, what helps it turn its product from simple trackers into devices that subtly nudge you toward a better, healthier life. Today, Jawbone is launching a high-end product …

Microsoft's health revolution is here, starting with a $199 fitness tracker

Microsoft's fitness tracking ambitions are not small.<p>Yusuf Mehdi is sitting at a conference table at the company's campus in Redmond, WA, crossed legs revealing the sneakers he's wearing, talking to me on Skype as he swipes through a presentation on his Surface. Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President …

Portrait Series Captures the Charming Personality of Very, Very Old Dogs

Canadian photographer Pete Thorne celebrates the beauty of aging in this portrait series featuring what he describes as “very, very old dogs.” So far, the ongoing project, entitled <i>Old Faithful</i>, has more than 50 gray-haired dogs in the collection. Thorne works closely with his subject and owner to …

Pets

This is What Happens When a Football Player Lands on a $10,499 Canon Lens

One of the stranger stories that occurred in the world of photography this past weekend was when Oklahoma football player Sterling Shepard crash …

New Accuracy Leap Could Speed Arrival of Superfast Quantum Computers

Quantum qubits, now with fewer errors!<p>Research teams at the University of New South Wales claim to have developed two new types of “quantum bits” that process data with nearly 100 percent accuracy, addressing one of the key stumbling blocks in the promising realm of quantum computers.<p>These machines …

Five New Materials of the Possible Immediate Future - OpenMind

The science of materials is one in which much progress is occurring and its application is virtually immediate. Perhaps its findings do not produce …

How To Make An 'Invisibility Cloak' At Home For Under $100

All it takes is four lenses, an optics bench for holding the lenses in place, and an insatiable appetite for making things disappear.<p>The four lenses, when aligned just right, will bend light around the object you place between them, cloaking the object in the process. Watch this device, called the …

A war game that actually feels like being in a war

"You always hear that war is never coming," says Michal Drozdowski, the design director for <i>This War of Mine</i>. "You always live in that feeling."<p>"Until it comes," says Przemyslaw Marszal, the game's art director.<p>I'm here in Warsaw, Poland, to preview the game, a daring attempt to tell the story of …

Video games are good

The Zoë Quinn Story

If you've been following the story of Zoë Quinn over the past few days, it's been an almost <i>unbelievable</i> period for the gaming community. In short, a …

Powerful Self-Portraits Reveal Artist's Descent Into Alzheimer's Disease

In 1995, at the age of 61, American artist William Utermohlen was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. In response to the illness, the London-based artist immediately began to paint an ambitious series of self-portraits. From the time of his diagnosis to 2000, when he was admitted to a nursing home, …

Dementia

Just look at this crazy deep-ocean power source

A Florida-based startup called Crowd Energy will be turning to Indiegogo to continue work on its Ocean Energy Turbine, a slow-turning mill that its creators believe can harness megawatts of clean power from just a single unit — enough to light thousands of homes.<p>Underwater turbines are nothing new, …

Twitch audio copyright changes are terrible, poorly implemented and absolutely necessary

I was fucking furious when I first got word of Twitch's plan to begin muting the audio of archived videos containing copyrighted music.<p>This move felt actively harmful to me, as someone who has spent over a year building my personal Twitch channel into something I care about strongly. I recognize …

Get ready for virtual reality — here's why it will soon be our norm

Unless you’ve been living in a cave this past year, you’ve probably already heard that Virtual Reality (VR) is coming at us – and fast.<p>Thanks to Facebook’s recent acquisition of VR company, Oculus Rift, for $2 billion there’s no doubt VR technology is going to change the way we work, play, and …

Developers: Killing Floor 2 will have ‘the most dynamic video game gore system in history’

There will be blood — lots and lots of blood.<p>That was the overall message of Tripwire Interactive’s Tuesday press event for the sequel to the breakout hit Killing Floor, which Tripwire president John Gibson said had sold 2.6 million copies to date.<p>Some gentle probing of Gibson and vice president …

The Life Of An Introvert, Illustrated

Introverts are often misunderstood by the more chipper and chatty members of society. Here to offer a corrective is illustrator Gemma Correll, a proud introvert, who has mapped out the heart of the introvert (likely while sitting in her Hermit’s Cave).<p>It’s a heart so full of animal pals there is …

Designer Rebrands Samsung’s Logo To Make It As Iconic As Apple’s

A Dutch designer imagines a better way to brand the Korean giant.<p>For 21 years, the Samsung name as served as the company logo, occasionally superimposed over a wobbly blue oval. It’s the kind of logo that’s fine on washing machines and televisions, but incredibly boring on something personal, like …

10 Apps That Will Make Your Android Phone A Whole Lot Better

Android launchers allow you to make your phone even more personal and catered to your specific tastes.<p>A launcher is essentially a home screen replacement for your Android phone.<p>You can turn them on or off whenever you like, which means you can change the look and feel of your phone's software at …

Is IBM Making Plans For The End Of Silicon?

As chips get smaller, chipmakers investigate new methods and materials.<p>Since the computer age began, microchips have consistently been shrunk to smaller and smaller sizes. Moore’s Law, articulated in 1965 by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore, predicts, fairly accurately to date, that the number of …

Nanotech

'Sicilian Space Program' launches pastry into stratosphere | Reuters

ROME (Reuters) - Sicilian amateur scientists have launched a model cannolo, a cream-stuffed pastry roll symbolic of the Italian island, into the stratosphere, capturing bizarre images of the dessert flying far above the earth.<p>The ‘Sicilian Space Program’, which cost a rough total of 350 euros, had …

We're one step closer to nuclear fusion energy

Scientists with the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory announced today that they have achieved a critical …

Solar Flare Will Hit Earth Thursday; Northern Lights May Expand South

Tired of reading about intensely cold temperatures? Here's some news that might help take your mind off this week's deep freeze. It could even give you an excuse to hang around outside Thursday.<p>An intense solar flare is being blamed for disrupting a NASA mission and could force airlines to reroute …

Lost Dogecoins: Cryptocurrency goes missing

More than $16,000 worth of Dogecoins vanishes mysteriously as storage service Dogewallet gets hacked.<p>When you name a cryptocurrency Dogecoin in honor of a dog meme originated by Internet comedy pioneers Homestar Runner, it's a hard thing to take seriously.<p>But Dogecoin, with its Shiba Inu/Comic Sans …

Cryptocurrency

Scientists Are Using Metamaterials To Build Everything From Wireless Phone Chargers To Invisibility Cloaks

While the holy grail of metamaterials is still to make objects and people invisible to the eye, they are set to have a more tangible commercial impact playing more mundane roles - from satellite antennas to wirelessly charging cellphones.<p>Metamaterials are simply materials that exhibit properties …

Nanotech

Exposure: A New Web Service for Creating Beautiful Photo Narratives

The key to creating a good photo-based service is to fill a need that isn’t being filled by any other app or website — a task increasingly difficult …