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This black box promises to wirelessly charge a dozen gadgets at once

Energous says its WattUp tech can charge from up to 15 feet away<p>Most phones that can be wirelessly charged today still have to sit right on top of a charging pad — in fact, even being slightly misaligned with the pad can cause a phone <i>not</i> to charge. Now, the company Energous says that it has a …

Camouflage: Can we ever create true invisibility?

Inspired by the octopus, we’re on the road to creating materials that render things almost invisible. Yet as Philip Ball points out, the history of camouflage and our limited understanding of how creatures hide in nature may make the task trickier than it seems.<p>If imitation is the sincerest form of …

Scientists Send Messages Directly From One Brain To Another

But the cumbersome experimental setup won’t replace Facebook's Messenger app anytime soon.<p>So a team of neuroscientists sent a message from the brain of one person in India, to the brains of three people in France, using brainwave-reading equipment and the Internet. Yes, really.<p>The process is slow …

Facebook now weighs your opinions on which ads are good and bad

Facebook today announced some changes to its ad platform that give users a say into which ads do or don't get shown to other users. The social network has for years offered little buttons to let you "hide" specific ads, but now, Facebook will give users the opportunity to say why they've hidden …

Tor: Explaining the network that makes web use anonymous

<b>Concerns about internet surveillance have led some people to an online network that allows them to browse the web without fear of being traced. The Tor Browser is used by the military, activists, businesses and others to keep communications confidential and aid free speech. It also allows access to</b> …

Horizon: The defenders of anonymity on the internet

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/technology/1105000/1105375_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1532550793_12de9912845a1c64fd886950e02db837<p><b>You may not realise it, but every time you open up your laptop or switch on your phone, you are at the heart of one of the greatest battles now</b> …

Privacy

A computing revolution in schools

<b>This is the week when a revolution begins to sweep through schools in England. It involves a whole new way of teaching children about computing - but I suspect many parents, and even some teachers, know very little about this important moment in education.</b><p>As children from five upwards return to …

Education

Ecuador gives details of new digital currency

<b>The Ecuadorean government has released more details of its plans to create what it calls the world's first digital currency issued by a central bank.</b><p>Central bank officials say the electronic money, as yet unnamed, will start circulating in December.<p>The new money will be used alongside the existing …

Lockheed Martin in space junk deal with Australian firm

<b>US defence giant Lockheed Martin has struck a deal with an Australian technology firm to track space debris that can damage satellites.</b><p>It has signed a "strategic co-operation agreement" with Canberra-based Electro Optic Systems (EOS) to build a new tracking station in Western Australia.<p>The site …

Space Exploration

California: Smartphones to come with 'kill switch'

Over three million smartphones were stolen in the US alone in 2013.<p>Now, a new law means that smartphones in California will be required to come with a "kill switch" to render them useless if lost or stolen.<p>However, experts have questioned whether it will solve the problem.<p>Richard Taylor reports.

What are wi-fi connections revealing about you?

<b>When walking through the centre of a busy city it is easy to feel anonymous.</b><p>Set against the cacophony of sharing and declaring that happens online, it can be precious to feel that, just for a moment, you are lost in a crowd.<p>Unidentifiable.<p>It is, of course, an illusion. You are never alone, …

Wi-Fi

Instagram unveils new time-lapse app called Hyperlapse

<b>Photo and video-sharing service Instagram has launched a new time-lapse app called Hyperlapse.</b><p>The US social media company says it can capture high-quality videos while the user is on the move using built-in stabilization technology.<p>Users will be able to tap once to begin recording and tap again to …

Social Media

Watch A Robot Ride A Hovercycle

Drones riding drones to finance even bigger drones.<p>A white plastic robot zooms a hoverbike over the English countryside, grains blowing beneath the bike's four fans. The robot's 3-D printed body is lightweight, and where its face would be there’s a GoPro camera instead, filming the flight. This …

Drones

This Treadmill Uses Your Workout To Wash Your Clothes

Si Hyeong Ryu’s “Wheel” features several compartments underneath the circular treadmill track in which to stuff your dirty clothes. Power generated …

Washing Machines

Forget Passwords: This Startup Wants To Authenticate Your Mind

But what if you could prove your identity without doing anything at all? That’s the idea behind Biocatch, a startup that’s observing people’s online …

Identity Theft

Watch Out Google Glass, Smart Shoes Are On The Way

In India, you’ll be able to wear technology somewhere completely different: On your feet. Lechal is the world’s first interactive haptic feedback …

Robotic Exoskeleton Turns Korean Workers Into Ironman

This suit helps out with the heavy lifting<p>The South Korean company Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering is trying out something new: equipping workers with robotic exoskeletons. Workers are only testing prototypes for now, but future shipbuilders might strap on exoskeletons as easily as they …

Robotics

Rocket blasts off with Galileo sat-nav satellites

A Soyuz rocket carrying two satellites that will make up part of a new European sat-nav system has blasted off from French Guiana.<p>The Galileo project promises great accuracy in locating where we or objects are on the planet and could have a profound effect on how we live our lives, says the …

European Space Agency

UK broadband not fit for purpose, says business group

<b>UK broadband is not fit for purpose and a major government rethink is needed, according to a business lobby group.</b><p>The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) says that the UK's broadband target is simply not ambitious enough when compared to other nations.<p>It is calling on the government to commit to …

PayPal targets UK small businesses for cash advances

<b>Online payments firm PayPal is to start advancing cash to UK small businesses, the company has announced.</b><p>The PayPal Working Capital fund is due to launch later this year, the firm said.<p>The eBay-owned company said it would only recoup money when firms sell through PayPal services.<p>However, earlier …

UK government review looks for Bitcoin's role in British business

"Osborne thinks he's spotted an opportunity... to siphon investment and jobs away from the US"<p>Garrick Hileman, LSE

This face-tracking projection is the craziest thing you'll see today

We've seen a whole bunch of projection-mapping videos, but this demo raises the bar, training the projection to recognize a model's face and follow her as she moves it. The result is basically real-life CGI — a real-time layer of animated light that's inseparable from the object itself. People say …

A 17-Year-Old Invented This Smart Device That Makes Clean Water And Power At The Same Time

17-year-old Cynthia Sin Nga Lam, one of 15 finalists in this year’s Google Science Fair, started researching renewable electricity generation last …

UC Berkeley

An Electronic Camouflage Cloak Inspired By Color-Changing Octopus Skin

Eat your heart out, Harry Potter<p>An octopus evading a predator has one of the coolest evolutionary adaptations up its (eight) sleeves; in a matter of milliseconds, its skin can change color and opacity to blend in with the surroundings, rendering the creature nearly invisible.<p>This camouflage trick …

University of Illinois