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By Daniel Sadjadian | All the latest from the world of Technology.

Microsoft's Windows 10 Creators Update is an OS done right

With 400 million machines now running Windows 10, it's proving to be an ascendant operating system, and the disastrous Windows 8 is barely a spec in Microsoft’s rear-view mirror.<p>Even though Windows 10 only has 19 percent of the desktop OS market, according to Net Market Share, and Windows 7 still …

Microsoft

Samsung store catches fire a day before Galaxy S8 announcement

The cause of the fire has yet to be revealed, but no casualties were reported.<p>A Samsung outlet in Singapore caught fire this morning, causing neighbouring shops in the mall to close temporarily for safety and cleaning, reports Channel News Asia.<p>It's not the first time Samsung has had trouble with …

Samsung

Astell & Kern's Jr high-res music player price slashed to $299

It's a lean machine, but the Audiophiliac came away impressed with the AK Jr's sound, and even more so thanks to the price drop!<p>The AK Jr is the first Astell & Kern music player I've reviewed, and it's a doozy. There's an undeniable elegance to the look and feel of the AK Jr you won't find in FiiO, …

Audiophile

Samsung takes aim at movie projectors with a 34-foot 4K screen

The newest generation of Samsung's 4K televisions stretch its bright, vibrant QLED tech into bigger and bigger screens, topping out at the 88-inch Q9 the company introduced at CES in January. Clearly, these giant TVs are aimed at the home theater market. But the tech giant isn't content with …

Samsung

Review: Fitbit's Alta HR is tiny and powerful, but you should probably get a Charge 2

Fitbit updated the Alta a few weeks ago with a heart rate sensor, creating what it called the slimmest wrist-worn tracker of its kind. I’ve had the chance to play with the Alta HR for about a week, and yeah, it’s tiny. So much so that you wouldn’t look totally awkward wearing the Alta on one wrist …

Wearable Tech

Elon Musk wants to connect brains to computers with new company

Tesla and SpaceX founder launching Neuralink to explore technology of implanting tiny electrodes into the brain<p>Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk is launching a new company called Neuralink with the intention of connecting computers directly to human brains, according to a report.<p>The Wall Street …

Elon Musk

Facebook pivots into Stories

In its biggest change in a decade, Facebook is evolving from text and link-focused sharing to the visual communication format it admits “Snapchat has really pioneered.”<p>Starting today, all users will soon have access to the new Facebook Camera feature that lets them overlay special effects on photos …

Snapchat

Anger as US internet privacy law scrapped

Dave Lee North America technology reporter<p><b>US internet service providers will soon no longer need consent from users to share browsing history with marketers and other third parties.</b><p>On Tuesday the House of Representatives voted to repeal an Obama-era law that demanded ISPs have permission to share …

Net Neutrality

Apple Pay launches in Taiwan with support for 7 banks

Apple introduced Apple Pay to Taiwan on Wednesday local time with support for seven banks in the region, bringing the touchless payments system to to …

iOS

Amazon threw another invite-only robot conference in Palm Springs last week

Looks as if Amazon's invite-only MARS conference in Palm Springs, California, is now an annual tradition. Last week, Amazon threw another event, according to photographer Ric Miller, who lives next to the hotel where the event took place and took some photos for us.<p>MARS stands for Machine learning, …

Palm Springs

Scientists turn spinach into a farm for human heart cells

In the future, you might not have to resort to exotic materials to create heart cells -- you could just raid your grocery store's produce section. Scientists have invented a process that turns spinach leaves into farms for functioning human heart cells. The team started by pumping a detergent …

Biology

Dell's 8K monitor is available for $5,000

Dell introduced its 31.5-inch 8K monitor at CES, which the company claims is the world's first consumer screen to meet such a ridiculous resolution. While it took a backseat to the artist-aimed Canvas at the tech show, the Ultrasharp 32 is finally available on Dell's online store for initial …

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IKEA launches its own low-cost smart lighting range

For many people, their first foray into the world of home automation begins with lighting. There's a good reason for this: smart bulbs easily fit into existing furnishings and can be operated using just a smartphone, which (mostly) everybody now owns. Philips, with its Hue range, is perhaps the …

IKEA

Tiny child mistakes broken water heater for a robot

I, wobot<p>Humans are suckers when it comes to anthropomorphizing and, subsequently, caring for robots. Some of us want to love robots so badly that we wind up shedding tears over a hunk of metal that went hurtling through space millions of miles away. But love is messy and blind, and so often we look …

Robots

Amazon is discounting Kindle models by up to $50

If you’re a Prime member<p>It’s never a bad time to buy into e-books. So if you’ve always contemplated picking up a Kindle and happen to have Prime, Amazon has a good incentive to do so now with $30 to $50 discounts on nearly its entire e-reader line.<p>The Kindle Paperwhite is now just $90, down $30 …

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Elon Musk’s Neuralink wants to boost the brain to keep up with AI

Serial entrepreneur Elon Musk has a new company — yes, another one — focused on developing the capabilities of the brain through technological augmentation. Neuralink, the new venture, officially broke cover thanks to a Wall Street Journal article today, though it’s been known for some time that …

Elon Musk

The secret weapon that will make your next computer super fast

If you've ever waited for a webpage to load, took a lap around the office while your computer rendered 4K video or watched in dismay as your favorite video game stuttered to life, you know that computers are struggling to keep up with all the data.<p>Intel isn't down with that. On Monday, the chip …

Microsoft Outlook

21 bot experts make their predictions for 2017

2016 was a huge year for bots, with major platforms like Facebook launching bots for Messenger, and Amazon and Google heavily pushing their digital assistants. Looking forward to 2017, we asked 21 bot experts, entrepreneurs, and executives to share their predictions for how bots will continue to …

Chatbots

Fitbit Alta HR review

Fitbit's new king of the hill<p><b>The Good</b> The Alta HR has a slim and stylish design with 7-day battery life, and all-day fitness and heart rate tracking.<p><b>The Bad</b> It isn't water-resistant, and notifications can be difficult to read. You can't manually start workouts. Automatic exercise tracking and no …

Wearable Tech

Apple releases iOS 10.3 with Find My AirPods, Apple File System, CarPlay updates, more

Apple is rolling out iOS 10.3 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The latest software update includes Find My AirPods support, CarPlay improvements, Apple’s new filesystem, and more.<p>Sony A6500<p>iOS 10.3 is the first version to include Find My AirPods in the Find My iPhone app, Wi-Fi Calling for …

Apple
Apple

Leaked Xiaomi Mi 6 render shows it may have dual rear cameras

Rumors and leaks for the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 6 continue to hit the internet. The latest such leak claims to show a render of the smartphone’s front and back, and it indicates it may have a dual camera setup.<p>The render, posted on the Chinese Weibo social network, would seem to confirm that the Mi 6 …

Phones

Instagram introduces two-factor authentication

Security feature enabled for all users to help protect accounts from being compromised by password reuse and phishing<p>Instagram has become the latest social network to enable two-factor authentication, a valuable security feature that protects accounts from being compromised due to password reuse or …

Cybersecurity

Nokia 6 global launch will span 120 markets through spring (along with Nokia 3, 5, 3310)

HMD Global has announced that it is launching all of the Nokia-branded devices it launched at MWC 2017 in 120 countries over the course of the second …

Nokia

This is the dishwasher with an unsecured web server we deserve

Why wouldn't you want to have your restaurant's dishwasher hooked onto the internet at large?<p>In 2017, previous prognostications of Refrigergeddon -- …

Web Servers

NASA is using a mixed reality space station to train astronauts

NASA has always embraced emerging technology for visualization, even if that tech was seemingly developed for frivolous entertainment. We recently covered its holographic Mars exhibit, and the many 3D resources that NASA makes available to developers and educators. Now, the US space agency has …

NASA

Snapchat 'will be bigger than Twitter, Yahoo and AOL with advertisers'

Messaging app forecast to attract revenues of $3bn a year by 2019 by attracting hard-to-reach youth market<p>Snapchat could become more popular with advertisers than Twitter, Yahoo and AOL within three years, with the messaging app company forecast to bring in revenues of more than $3bn (£2.4bn) a …

Snapchat

Amazon Can't Hide It…It's Betting Big on Alexa

A partnership with higher education is the latest step toward building up Alexa and its AI.<p><b>Amazon.com, Inc.</b> (NASDAQ:AMZN) recently announced the …

Automation
IBM