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Lenovo-backed phone has reversible USB 3.0 and a big battery

Following the LeTV "Superphones" and the OnePlus 2, here's yet another Chinese smartphone that supports the reversible USB Type-C port; except this time, we're going beyond USB 2.0 speeds. The Android device we're looking at here is dubbed the Z1, which is the first product by Lenovo-backed startup …

Photographer Accidentally Captures Rare Sight of the ISS in a Stunning Milky Way Image

This past weekend, a Perseid meteor shower was predicted on a very clear night in the Netherlands, a combination that Albert Dros knew was rare. Not wanting to miss this photographic opportunity, he ventured out with his Sony A7II camera and a friend. What he got was a series of incredible shots of …

Moodnotes for iOS is a journaling app that could replace your therapist

I’ve always been a fan of journaling. I find it great for venting and gaining perspective on things, as well as enjoying jotting down random thoughts and ideas. So when I heard about Moodnotes, a new app for iOS that aims to track your moods and feelings through journaling, I felt compelled to give …

Mental Health

MIT's robot borrows quick reflexes from a human pilot

Based on what we've seen at DARPA's Robotics challenge finals, most humanoid machines are still stiff and hilariously clumsy. MIT's new robot named "Hermes," however, moves a bit more gracefully and has human-like reflexes -- because it's hooked up to a human controller. Think <i>Pacific Rim</i>, except …

Robotics

VR film festival will tour the US and Canada this fall

The thing with virtual reality is, you really need to try it out to "get" it. And since head-mounted displays aren't considered a necessary gadget like phones yet, something like a touring VR film festival will allow more people to experience the technology. The Kaleidoscope VR Film Fest will …

Virtual Reality

There’s no such thing as post-PC

You use your smartphone as much as your laptop because it’s just another PC<p>Smartphones have overtaken laptops as the most popular device for getting online in the UK, Ofcom research revealed yesterday. Thirty-three percent of British internet users say their smartphone is the "most important …

Why walk? Ride this portable personal transporter instead

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>Here's something I find bonkers.<p>People slide their Lexuses into a mall parking lot and desperately drive around until they can find a spot as close as possible to the mall.<p>Sometimes, it takes them 10 or 15 …

Portable

An American team of professional video gamers took home nearly $7 million after winning the world's biggest eSports tournament

Evil Geniuses took home $6.6 million of the tournament's overall $18,416,970 prize pool.<p>The nearly five hours of grand finale play are right here if you've got a spare half-day:<p>The International is an annual tournament for eSports game "DOTA 2," held by the game's creator Valve Software. It …

This Is My Jam Shuts Down Without Screwing Users

“We’re deleting everything in a week because we got acquired/ran out of money.” This is a familiar scene when a startup shuts down.<p>It’s why I’ve wondered if users deserve a “Data Portability Bill Of Rights.” Startups could sign it, pledging a way for users to access or export what they poured in if …

Biometric Security: From Selfies To Walking Gaits

The payments industry, facing the risk of increasingly sophisticated cyber-attacks and various types of credit card fraud, has begun incorporating various types of biometric technology to enhance security and prevent breaches.<p>As recently reported, MasterCard is launching a facial recognition …

Y Combinator’s L. Condoms Provides Safe Sex, On-Demand

I don’t know what kind of a situation one needs to be in to need a pack of condoms delivered in under an hour when there’s likely a fully stocked convenience store within a 15-minute walk, but one San Francisco-based startup has you covered.<p>L. Condoms is a startup in the current batch of Y …

Quantum VJ puts a glitchy audio visualizer around your neck

Do pendants and other wearable ornaments lack pizzazz for you? Alexander Zolotov has a way to spice things up... if you're fond of 8-bit graphics gone haywire, at least. His Quantum VJ is small enough to hang around your neck, but clever enough to turn audio into wonderfully glitchy visuals on its …

Wearable Tech

Here's how Tesla will win the coming hacking wars in the auto industry

It will never end. The arms race is officially on. The hacks that have occurred were undertaken by benevolent hackers who in some cases have been working with the automakers to refine security, reveal flaws, and develop patches.<p>But it's possible that more malevolent hackers will enter the game. In …

Microsoft Jumps On Android And iOS To Boost Its Wearable Strategy

Microsoft’s strategy to gather users to its cloud based services continued to grow this week as it improved its offering in the wearable space.<p>The latest update to Microsoft Outlook on iOS increases the functionality and flexibility of the email application’s Apple Watch interface. Users of …

NASA Astronauts to Eat Space-Grown Veggies for the First Time

Space gardening will be a part of future deep space missions.<p>For the first time, NASA astronauts on the International Space Station will harvest and …

This $30 device defeats almost any keyless car or garage door

You probably don't think about thieves when you unlock your car, but Samy Kamkar certainly does. The security researcher known for his droll (and scary) hacks has created a device called "Rolljam" that cracks the wireless entry systems used by car- and garage-door makers. He demonstrated it at …

Home Automation

Typekit down: this is why the web suddenly looks so ugly

Designers, graphic artists and typesetters were forced to confront the bleak reality of an Arial-only world on Monday, after a key piece of …

Use this tool to check your code's browser compatibility

Browser compatibility is something all Web developers spend a lot of time working on. A handy Node package makes it easy to see if the shiny new feature you’re trying out is compatible with enough browsers to implement it.<p>Can I use’s NPM package is an extension of its useful website that makes it …

JavaScript

RIP 'LOL': online laughter is now all 'haha', 'hehe' and emoji

It's official: LOL is dead. But that doesn't mean that we're no longer laughing out loud -- we're just finding other ways to express hilarity …

Nano-sized 'yolks' should lead to longer-lasting batteries

Those eggs you might have had for breakfast? They're not just food -- they may be the key to longer-running batteries in your devices. Scientists at MIT and Tsinghua University have developed a nanoparticle battery electrode whose egg-like design is built to last. Their invention, which houses a …

Clean Energy

What to do when your Galaxy S6 won’t turn on

Many people consider removable batteries to be important for when you’ve run out of juice but another key element is to be able to restart a handset when it freezes, just by pulling the battery out. On past Galaxy flagships, this was the easiest way to soft reset the handset, but with the Galaxy S6 …

Facebook Data Indicates That “LOL” Is Dead

Emojis are a young man’s game.<p>The way someone laughs online says a lot about a person, according to new data released by Facebook. Fifteen percent of people laughed in Facebook comments during the last week in May, for instance. Men were more likely to say some variation of “haha” than women. And …

Computer scientists invented a way to turn your skin into a mobile touch pad

The latest in touch-screen technology involves the use of your own skin.<p>According to Reuters, a new product called iSkin uses silicon rubber and pressure-sensitive sensors to create an elastic film. When iSkin is combined with a medical-grade adhesive the electronic skin can be painlessly attached …

Here's why NFL teams are training in virtual reality

What do the San Francisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals, Minnesota Vikings, and Dallas Cowboys have in common?<p>All four NFL teams are using 360-degree …

Virtual Reality

Sprint challenges T-Mobile's international plans with 'Open World'

If these carriers were characters fighting game, then Sprint is back with a special move designed to take on one of T-Mobile's. The Now Network is challenging T-Mo's "Mobile without Borders" offering by launching "Open World" -- an add-on that gives subscribers free calls and texts to Canada and …

T-Mobile

Bumble Introduces VIBee, A Verification Feature Independent Of Your Social Status

Bumble is on somewhat of a hot streak. The dating app, which has women initiate all of the conversations, originally launched nine months ago. After reaching 1,000,000 unique conversations in early June, the app now reports that just two months later, over 5,000,000 conversations have been started …

One statistic tells you why HTC collapsed and why Android is in so much trouble

In layman's terms, that means that if you could theoretically acquire all the shares of HTC, it would cost you less than the cash HTC holds — meaning HTC would effectively be paying you to acquire the entire company. In investors' terms, it means people think the company is essentially …

The Battle Over Warrantless Phone Tracking Moves Closer To Supreme Court

An appeals court ruling that brings phone location data under the protection of the Fourth Amendment could set the stage for the Supreme Court to resolve the issue.<p>There's a legal battle brewing over your phone's location data, the private acts it captures, and who — besides you and your carrier — …