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NASA is asking the public to design smartwatch apps for its astronauts

NASA is looking to capitalize on the growing smartwatch trend, and it needs your help to do so. The space agency is hosting a contest with Freelancer.com, challenging participants to design the best smartwatch app that could be used by astronauts on the International Space Station. The best app …

Apps

Apple May Be Bringing Fighter Jet Technology To Car Windshields

One Apple analyst says that it’s “very likely” the company is working on a head-up display (HUD) for car windshields. The technology, which is …

Samsung’s record-breaking hard drive fits 16 terabytes into a 2.5-inch SSD

Samsung’s big news today may have mostly involved huge phones, but that’s not all the hardware giant is unveiling today: The company today announced a <i>16 terabyte</i> flash memory drive.<p>The announcement is particularly significant because though flash memory is known for its speed, it doesn’t generally …

Samsung

Close Up: 'OZO' VR Camera is Classic Nokia Design, From the Future

Having sold its phone business to Microsoft in 2013, Nokia sets sail for new lands, but it doesn’t look like they’ll be leaving their design …

The Body Electric

Scientists want to develop electronic skin that could imbue prosthetics with the sense of touch.<p>Chao Wang didn’t always work on artificial skin. When he came to Stanford to work in the electronics lab, his background was in chemistry, specifically in making polymers. One day, he burned his hand in …

Apple Imagines A World You Digitize By Touch, And They Aren’t Alone

As creative apps go mobile, companies are developing new tools to capture the world.<p>Apple has filed a patent application for a stylus that you can touch to any surface, take a photo, and store the texture and color data into a 3-D image file. Easy to imagine: you’re sitting at Starbucks, drawing on …

John Wick is turning into a VR first-person shooter

Soon you'll be able to see what it's like to be a murderous Keanu Reeves in virtual reality. Lionsgate is partnering with game company Starbreeze to create a new VR first-person shooter based on the stylish hitman movie <i>John Wick</i>. Starbreeze will serve as publisher, while VR studio WEVR will be …

Elon Musk responds to question on Uber tie-up with six-second silence

"I don't think I should, uh, answer it."<p>When asked about a potential tie-up with ride-sharing service Uber on an earnings call this week, Telsa's …

Investor Chris Sacca Pushes For Square CEO Jack Dorsey To Get Twitter's Top Job

Voluble early investor pushes for coy cofounder and interim CEO to become permanent CEO; board members squirm.<p>That’s the latest plot twist in the unfolding Twitter soap opera Friday, after the colorful billionaire angel investor Chris Sacca, called for Jack Dorsey to become Twitter’s permanent CEO. …

Social Media

Wave goodbye to manual car seat controls with gesture tech

It sounds a bit like an infomercial: Tired of using manual controls and levers to adjust your car seats? There's got to be a better way! And now of course there is, thanks to researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC. The researchers, in conjunction with Isringhausen GmbH & …

Twitter considers board shakeup, may include exit of Costolo: Bloomberg

(Reuters) - Twitter Inc’s (TWTR.N) board is weighing a shakeup that could involve the exit of former Chief Executive Dick Costolo, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.<p>Former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo arrives for the the annual Allen and Co. media conference Sun Valley, Idaho …

IT

This is what Android fragmentation looks like in 2015

There’s no way around it: Android is a mess of disparate OEMs and legacy versions of the same operating system. While we get an idea of what’s really going on with Android from Google’s official numbers, Open Signal has again tapped its users to better illustrate (literally) what’s going on in …

Tesla Shows Off Scary Snake-Like Automatic Charger

Someday, Tesla owners could have their electric cars charged by a metal snake. For realz.<p>Tesla Motors on Tuesday unveiled a video showing a prototype of its automatic charger in action. In the video, a flexible, snake-like metal appendage slinks and slithers before inserting its nozzle into the …

Tesla

Tesla Model S owners, take heart: Hack requires physical access to car's onboard computer

Tesla issues an over-the-air update after security researchers hack the car via its entertainment system.<p>File this one under hacks that are technically possible -- but may be more trouble than they're worth.<p>Two security researchers have discovered a way to hack a Tesla Model S and bring the vehicle …

Tesla

Third-gen Moto G is water-resistant and finally has cameras that don't suck

I bought my parents their first smartphones two years ago. They each got a brand new Nexus 4 because it was cheap ($199), ran Android and had a big …

FDA Approves First 3-D Printed Pill

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first prescription drug made through 3-D printing: a dissolvable tablet that treats seizures.<p>Aprecia Pharmaceuticals said Monday the FDA approved its drug Spritam for adults and children who suffer from certain types of seizures caused by epilepsy. …

Pharma

Z Camera E1 Is the World's Smallest Micro Four Thirds 4K Camera

The E1 is the answer to non-interchangeable lens action cameras.<p>Las Vegas startup company Z Camera is looking to challenge companies like GoPro and Panasonic with this, the E1. The camera, sized like an action camera but with an interchangeable Micro Four Thirds lens mount, packs a 16 MP camera …

Cameras

Designing for a world without water

Nature knows more than we do about extreme constraints. What can we learn from it?<p>Just yesterday morning, I went out to receive a delivery on my …

San Francisco

GoButler, The Magic Clone Founded By Ex-Rocket Internet Execs, Launches Virtual Assistant In NYC

GoButler, the Berlin-headquartered ‘virtual assistant’ startup founded by ex-Rocket Internet execs, is launching in New York City, taking U.S. rival Magic, the company that it originally cloned, head on.<p>This includes opening a dedicated U.S. office to be headed up by Pierluigi Ferrari, another …

Project Morpheus: Sony's plan to make virtual reality a social experience

Two years after the successful Kickstarter fund that projected Oculus Rift into the mass consciousness and launched the new era of consumer virtual reality, there are still a lot of questions to answer.<p>What will VR apps actually look like? How will they work? Will they resemble the games we play on …

Virtual Reality

Red's latest 'Weapon' is an 8K full-frame camera

Red launched the first mainstream 4K camera when 1080p seemed like overkill, and now that this whole 4K thing might work out, it's got an 8K RAW model. The Weapon 'Vista Vision' features a mind-boggling 8,192 x 4,320, 35-megapixel sensor that can do up to 75 fps, widescreen 8K. The chip is also …

Ikea is now hosting online weddings using webcams

Maybe you've thought about hosting your wedding registry with Ikea, but you probably haven't thought about hosting your actual wedding there. If, for some reason, you have, that's now sort of possible.<p>Ikea launched a service last week called Wedding Online that allows couples to hold a virtual …

Weddings

Each Of These Radioactive Vases Is Made From The Toxic Sludge Byproduct Of Your Phone, Computer, Car

Designers from The Unknown Fields Division are taking the toxic waste from a hellish tailing pond in Mongolia and making (dangerous, untouchable) art.<p>Ceramic vases made from toxic mud created in the production of must-have products such as laptops and smartphones will present a markedly different …

Rare Earth

Is Apple making an 'iPad Pro' with a stylus?

Steve Jobs' famous proclamation that "if you see a stylus, they blew it" may not be as unshakable a mantra as the former Apple CEO imagined. Apple is likely to introduce a stylus alongside a larger version of the iPad with a 12.9-inch display, according to an analyst with a solid track record. KGI …

There's Trouble At Google Glass

He'd left his pair in the car, Brin told a reporter. The Googler, who heads up the top-secret lab which developed Glass, has hardly given up on the product -- he recently wore his pair to the beach.<p>But Brin's timing is not propitious, coming as many developers and early Glass users are losing …

How IBM's Watson could be good for your health

Technology giant IBM has been talking about the value of its Watson software, which processes great quantities of text and then provides answers to people’s questions on the fly, for many industries, including media, mining, retail, and security. But its most visible, useful application for …

Apple reportedly dropping Fitbit wearables from its retail stores

According to Re/code, Apple may soon drop the Fitbit health tracking devices from its retail stores. The report lacked a specific reason for Apple planning to no longer carry Fitbit bands but noted Fitbit’s lack of support for HealthKit on iOS 8 so far as well as Apple’s own fitness tracking device …

Apple's bankrupt sapphire glass supplier plans to shut down its plant

890 employees will be laid off<p>Apple's sapphire glass supplier has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy with plans to shut down two production plants and lay off 890 workers. The supplier, GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT), says that it's burning through an unsustainable amount of money at the Arizona …

Propelled By Apple And Samsung, Fingerprint Sensor Market Expected To Grow Four Times By 2020

Fingerprint sensor manufacturing hasn’t exactly been the most exciting market. That’s at least until Apple and Samsung started sticking fingerprint scanners into their smartphones.<p>Research firm IHS expects the market to grow almost four times to nearly $1.7 billion by 2020, according to a new …