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We Can Thank Chaos for Making Sure Time Only Moves Forward

Why does time only move forward? Or rather, if time is flowing, why does it only flow in one direction? What stops time from moving backwards? Well …

Universe

Apple Discussing Self-Driving Cars With California’s DMV

Apple’s self-driving car program is getting very real. So real, in fact, that the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is now holding meetings with Apple about them. According to documents obtained by <i>The Guardian</i>’s Mark Harris, Apple’s legal counsel held an hour-long meeting with DMV …

Self-Driving Cars

Under Fire In India, Facebook’s Internet.org Launches In Indonesia

Facebook’s ‘free web’ Internet.org program has expanded into Indonesia, a country with a 250 million population, marking its second largest launch in Asia to date.<p>Internet.org landed in India back in February, but it has come under pressure in the country this past week after net neutrality become …

Net Neutrality

The Super Rich Have a New Way to Buy Elections

Super PACs bankrolled by a single donor quadrupled their share of overall fundraising in 2014. And there’s no sign of letup in ’16.<p><i>By Robert</i> …

Science Says You Should Ignore Internet Trolls

Commonly found under bridges and in the reader commentary of stories about Apple, trolls have long plagued the good people of fairy tales and the …

Internet

EE's free portable chargers prove so popular there aren't any left

Mobile operators very rarely offer something for free, so when they do, you can expect that people will be quick to take advantage. That's exactly what's happened in the case of EE, which has seen over a million of its subscribers sign up for one of its free branded "Power Bars" in just four days. …

Norway to become first nation in world to shut down FM radio

<b>(CNN) —</b> Video may have killed the radio star, but in Norway it's digital that's killing FM radio.<p>In two years' time, the Scandinavian nation is slated to become the first in the world to phase out radio entirely.<p>That doesn't mean that Norwegians will be left with radio silence; they'll merely have …

Turner Broadcasting

PayPal wants to implant passwords in your stomach and your brain

"Natural body identification" could one day replace passwords and other modern methods of identification, claims PayPal developer chief<p>PayPal is working on a new generation of embeddable, injectable and ingestible devices that could replace passwords as a means of identification.<p>Jonathan LeBlanc, …

In Parts Of Africa, Cell Phones Are Everywhere And Landlines Barely Exist

Cell phones are bringing parts of Africa into the digital age, allowing some regions to bypass landline development altogether.<p>New surveys from the Pew Research Center show that the majority of adults in Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana, Senegal, Nigeria and South Africa owned cell phones in …

Africa
Silicon Valley

1,500 iOS apps have this serious security flaw. Find out if your iPhone’s at risk.

A serious security flaw affecting approximately 1,500 iOS apps makes them vulnerable to hackers looking to swipe passwords, bank account info and other sensitive data, according to a new report.<p>The bug, which security analytics firm SourceDNA identified last month, has been fixed in an update to …

Solar Impulse Plane Lands in Nanjing: Next Stop, Hawaii

After a three-week-long delay due to weather, the Solar Impulse 2 airplane made a dawn-to-midnight flight to the Chinese city of Nanjing on Tuesday — with a perilous Pacific crossing next on the itinerary.<p>"Finally in the air again!" pilot Bertrand Piccard, co-founder and chairman of the Swiss-led …

Solar Impulse

OMG! Oh My Gold! Beyonce has a special gold Apple Watch

Technically Incorrect: Time stood still today, as Beyonce posed on her own Web site wearing an extraordinary Apple Watch.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>I am currently holding my breath. I fear, though, that my breath is holding me.<p>For I …

Smartwatches

IKEA's future kitchen tells you how to cook

For IKEA, your future kitchen shouldn't just have the occasional smart appliance -- it should be a technology hub. The furniture store's Concept Kitchen 2025 includes tech and other helpful additions meant to save both time and resources, such as a pantry with induction cooling (to preserve food …

Mattel hopes you'll design 3D-printed toys

Admit it: when you were a kid, you wished that you could design the toys that the stuffy manufacturers refused to build. Well, you're about to get that chance. Mattel and Autodesk are teaming up to let you design and customize 3D-printed toys through a "dedicated online hub" in the second half of …

Look inside a Google project so odd, it's literally called 'Project Loon'

Google is trying to solve a really hard problem: How do you bring internet access to millions of people in locations too remote to get cable or even a cell tower?<p>Answer: Connect them to the internet via giant balloons that drift across the sky.<p>They call the idea Project Loon. Google has been …

Project Loon

Nokia may return to consumer phone market in 2016

Nokia, the Finnish manufacturer that sold off its devices and services business to Microsoft in 2013, is reportedly working on a new smartphone that …

Google nearly bought Tesla for $6B in 2013

In a shocking revelation from an upcoming book, Tesla's Elon Musk and Google's Larry Page came to a verbal agreement two years ago. For better or worse, the deal fell through.<p>If you visited Tesla Motors' Fremont, Calif., factory in 2013, you'd have seen a pretty dismal place.<p>Much of the massive …

Tesla

Android Wear’s Second Big Update Is Coming: Gestures, WiFi, And Better UI In The Next Few Weeks

Word around the rumor mill was that Android Wear was about to get a pretty big update — and sure enough, such an update is officially on the way.<p>Here’s whats new…<p>Wrist Flicking Gestures:<p>Flick your wrist away from you to view the next card or notification; flick towards you to go back.<p>Emoji …

Android News

Disney’s Lab Builds Buttons That Work By Manipulating Soundwaves Rather Than Electricity

I’m a fan of Disney’s research labs. Meant largely to help Disney discover new ways to innovate in their parks and products, it’s a seemingly endless stream of crazy thinking.<p>Much of what they build and share is really, really cool, but hard to imagine being used by anyone <i>outside</i> of Disney. This …

InterAct

Fortune.com

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Print Media

This humanoid robot can read facial expressions and make his own

Hanson Robotics' Han the robot made his debut at the Global Sources Electronics Fair, where he interacted with visitors, holding eye contact and conversation.<p>Hanson Robotics' lifelike humanoid robots are really something. With their patented Frubber ("flesh rubber," because that doesn't totally …

Robotics

Qualcomm to Use Samsung’s Foundries for Its Next High-End Chip

The move comes as part of an effort to win back Samsung's business for its next Galaxy S flagship, sources said.<p>Breaking from past practice, Qualcomm plans to have its next-generation Snapdragon 820 processor manufactured at Samsung’s chip-making plants, according to sources familiar with …

Mobile

Kink app hopes iPhone owners will co-create the next Fifty Shades of Grey

Social erotica app will get people taking turns on collaborative stories in multiple sizes, from ‘micro’ to ‘epic’, then share them with the wider world<p>EL James famously wrote the first version of her Fifty Shades of Grey book as Twilight fan-fiction and published it online. Now an app called Kink …

Shades of Grey

Japan mulls 2018 moon landing, seeks to keep up with rivals

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's space agency is considering an unmanned mission to the moon by 2018 or early 2019, part of an effort to beef up aerospace technology and keep pace with China and other emerging powers.<p>The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, included the possibility of a lunar landing …

Space Exploration

Scientists Target New Painkillers From Spider Venom

Ingredients in venom could lead to new, nonaddictive treatments for chronic pain<p>Scientists in Australia, home to some of the most poisonous creatures on Earth, have made an important discovery about spider venom that eventually could lead to a new class of painkillers.<p>Spiders use their venom to …

Painkillers

Got A Team Distributed All Over The World? Teleport’s Tool, Flock, Finds You A Meeting Hub

The thesis behind Teleport, a new Andreessen Horowitz-backed startup from a group of early Skype alums, is that workers should be free to migrate to whichever city and country suits them best.<p>They’ve been slowly building out a suite of tools that help digital workers figure out where they can …

Startups

Intel's success in China hinges on budget phones and tablets

"China is the number one market with connected products."<p>That was how Intel's Senior Vice President Kirk Skaugen kicked off his keynote at IDF in Shenzhen, citing China's staggering 30 percent share of worldwide connected-device purchases in 2014. The country gobbled up 40 percent of the 46 million …

Intel Corporation

Japan's maglev train breaks own speed record at 603 kph

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese maglev that is the fastest passenger train in the world has broken its own speed record.<p>Operator JR Central said the train reached 603 kilometers per hour (375 miles per hour) in a test run on Tuesday, surpassing its previous record of 361 mph (581 kph) set in 2003. The …

Japan
Solar Power