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No more cracked smartphone screens, claims maker of transparent electrode

Polymer scientists at the University of Akron have developed a layer of transparent electrodes that is flexible, durable and, although unconfirmed, more efficient than modern touchscreen technology. If all you want are the CliffsNotes: this technology could eliminate the shattering of screens on …

Engineering

Steve Wozniak just backed a DIY computer on Kickstarter—and so have 12,000 others

The creators of Kano, a kit to assemble your own mini-computer, asked for $100,000 on Kickstarter. One day short of the end of the company’s campaign, they’ve raised $1.35 million from nearly 12,000 backers including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Kickstarter co-founder Yancey Strickler. Alex …

Raspberry Pi

Samsung Launches Android Gamepad

Apple began allowing third-party gamepads on the iPhone with iOS 7, and Samsung is also upping its presence in the space after announcing its own gamepad (the not-so-creatively named ‘Smartphone GamePad’) for Android 4.1 phones.<p>Unlike the iPhone gamepads which attach themselves to the device, …

Xbox One vs. PS4: A Guide to Making the Toughest Gaming Decision in Years

It was 1981. Ronald Reagan was president, MTV had just launched and choosing a video game system was easy. The Atari 2600 was the best and most …

7 hidden features in Microsoft Windows 8.1

Microsoft launched Windows 8.1 last month, featuring a range of refinements and functional improvements, including a more customisable Start screen, enhanced Bing search, and a range of new apps and services. Here are some of the operating system's best hidden features.<p><b>1. Turn the Start screen into</b> …

Software

REVIEW: Samsung's Galaxy Gear Smart Watch

<b>Please click for sound.</b><p>At my last count, I check my phone an average of 42 bazillion times a day. My iPhone's battery can barely make it through an average work day without screaming for more juice. You probably know the feeling.<p>That's part of the reason why many agree that the next big thing in …

New Galaxy Note 3 Dual-SIM Variant Launched, Features and Price Revealed

Dual-SIM variant of Galaxy Note 3 ships SIM-free or factory unlocked<p>Samsung has just launched the dual-SIM variant of its flagship phablet, the …

Remove the region lock from your Note 3 with RegionLock Away

The Note 3 is a wonderful device, but it does come with its share of problems and none is bigger than the so-called region lock “feature”.<p>There’s a lot of confusion about region locking: Samsung claims that, once you activate the phone with a SIM card from the region you bought it, you should be …

Galaxy Note

Dual-SIM version of Galaxy Note 3 launches in China

The Galaxy Note 3 became available unlocked (well, sort of unlocked) and at carriers from around the world over the past couple of weeks. Now it’s time for the dual-SIM version of the device, and, as usual, Samsung first released it in China, a market where devices with dual-SIM capabilities are …

Unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Available in US for $799.99

Samsung unveiled its flagship phablet, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, last month in Berlin. The phablet has landed on various carriers in the United States, …

How to use the One-handed Operation mode on the Note 3 – Feature Focus

Some say that smaller phones are better because you can use them with just one hand. For everybody else though, having a large screen for consuming media, browsing the web, and being productive is totally worth the occasional feat of finger acrobatics.<p>At 5.7-inch, the Galaxy Note 3 is clearly a …

Samsung's teased curved phone may not be what you think

If Samsung's reveal of a forthcoming smartphone with a curved screen sends shivers down your spine and visions of bendable handsets dancing through your head, you may want to rein in your excitement.<p>While Samsung (and LG and Nokia and Apple) are all experimenting with kinetic displays that move …

Artist Creatively Reveals Pop Culture Portraits Within Coins

<i>Tales You Lose</i> is a creative art project by Frankfurt-based Brazilian designer Andre Levy (aka zhion) that started on Instagram. The unconventional artist began painting over the figures on various international coins collected from his travels, transforming presidents and monarchs into pop culture …

Art

The Pretentious Beer Glass Company's Dual Beer Glass

In Kentucky, a revolution is brewing—literally. "Craft beer is encroaching on bourbon territory," says Louisville local news station WDRB, "and a …

Why Even Being Near A Google Fiber City Is Good

I heard from my Provo, Utah entrepreneurial friend Jules Swickard this week about two more reasons being near a Google Fiber city is good.<p>1) When Google Fiber comes to town it is surprisingly willing to cover additional cities in the surrounding metropolis, and<p>2) Have you noticed what suddenly …

Explosive Photos of the Burning Man Spaceship in Flames

Photos are just starting to emerge of this year's Burning Man, the annual festival that draws tens of thousands to Nevada's hot Black Rock Desert for one week each year to become a part of a special group dedicated to art, community, self-reliance and self-expression. This year, 61,000 people …

U.S. Cellular dials up own Moto X

U.S. Cellular has become the latest wireless provider to offer Motorola's Moto X Android smartphone.<p>The nation's fifth largest carrier announced on Wednesday that the flagship Moto X handset is now available for purchase.<p>Priced at $199 with a two-year service agreement, the Motorola smartphone is …

Samsung introduces the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, a companion watch for your Galaxy devices

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 are here, but what would they be without a companion smartwatch? In a move we’ve been expecting for …

The future arrives: Pioneer launches sat-nav with augmented reality

We're sufficiently old that we remember when the windscreen augmented-reality display from <i>Knight Rider 2000</i> seemed fanciful. Still, 200 years later, and finally, such things are a reality. Pioneer is launching NavGate, a sat-nav with a built-in projector and glass screen that'll provide the …

PlayStation 4 features voice command capabilities, Sony confirms

PlayStation 4 will feature voice command capabilities through its Eye camera peripheral, Sony confirmed with Polygon.<p>"Sony Computer Entertainment can confirm that PlayStation Camera allows for voice recognition and we will look forward to sharing more details in the lead up to the launch of …

Go Ahead, Mess With Texas Instruments

Why educational technologies should be more like graphing calculators and less like iPads. An Object Lesson.<p>Last year, while cleaning out the basement of my childhood home, I discovered a plastic storage bin marked "Calcusoft." Inside were piles of notebooks filled with sketches, storyboards, and …

Foursquare’s impressive new Windows 8 app: Good for Foursquare, great for Microsoft

Foursquare’s new Windows 8 app may not be the biggest deal for Foursquare, but it’s huge for Microsoft.<p>With the app, which was officially announced in June, Foursquare takes some of the best parts about Windows 8 — the Metro interface, live tiles, global search — and creates something that’s …

Right Brain, Left Brain? Scientists Debunk Popular Theory

Maybe you're "right-brained": creative, artistic, an open-minded thinker who perceives things in subjective terms. Or perhaps you're more of a "left-brained" person, where you're analytical, good at tasks that require attention to detail, and more logically minded.<p>It turns out, though, that this …

Out Of The Comics, Into Reality: Jet Pack Moves Closer To Market

From Buck Rogers to James Bond, we all have a pretty concrete mental image of a jet pack — a motorized backpack with little handles in front and smoke shooting out of the back.<p>The New Zealand-based Martin Aircraft Co. doesn't just think it's turned the jet pack of your imagination into a reality. …

Samsung Reportedly Introducing Galaxy Gear Android Smartphone Wristwatch In September

What’s weird about reporting on the potential introduction of smartphone watches is that they actually aren’t anything new – every few years it seems some OEM comes up with a wrist-mounted phone that makes for an interesting demo but doesn’t go anywhere, like the LG GD910, for instance, the talk of …

IBM researchers get closer to brain-like computing

IBM (s ibm) researchers say they have whipped up a programming language, algorithms and applications to deploy on top of a computing system inspired …