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German Inventor solves permanent magnet motor puzzle - wants to 'give away' the discovery...

Thomas Engel is a successful German inventor with more than a hundred patented inventions to his credit. He - like many of his peers - does not look …

Forget Solar Panels: This Sun-Powered Light Doesn’t Need Electricity

A simple coating to a building’s windows can redirect incoming sunlight to where it’s needed–say, on a ceiling for an ambient glow or to a desk fixture so you can get to work.<p>Picture a dark, windowless office–the sort of depressing scene where telemarketers sit in cubicles or Peggy Olson first …

Quantum Computing Takes a Gigantic Leap Forward

An international team of scientists have just held a qubit's memory state for 39 minutes. That might not sound like much, but it's 100 times longer …

Bokeh, a new tool for quietly logging your memories

Facebook is great for extroverted folks who want to broadcast their thoughts and photos to a lot of people. A new service called Bokeh, though, is geared for those who want something closer to a private journal -- though not too close.<p>Michael Zhang and Mike Zupan just launched Bokeh on Tuesday, …

Palette’s Modular Harware Controls Give You Sliders, Buttons And Knobs For Creative Software

Waterloo-based startup Palette is building a moddable hardware controller for your computer that can turn into a complete mixing board, should you need one. It’s a hand accessory that fits the description of something I’ve actually been looking around for based on the fact that editing video …

A Comprehensive Guide to Web Application Testing

Web applications<p>We’re now living in a time where users expect as much functionality, reliability and flexibility from Web apps as desktop programs. All our data is slowly but surely moving into the cloud, and businesses are looking to the Web for software to easily implement and deploy across the …

Men in Black Suits II: Apple-Samsung Retrial Suffers From Sequel's Curse

The original Apple-Samsung trial had it all — a gripping plot, stellar cast and lots of intrigue.Unfortunately, like all too many sequels, the …

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Qualcomm's Toq smartwatch coming December 2nd for $349.99

Qualcomm's upcoming Toq smartwatch will be available from December 2nd. The company, better known for its processors that power most smartphones, will sell Toq directly from its own website, and no retail partners have been announced. The watch will interface with Android smartphones via Bluetooth …