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The boxing world is trying to keep the past alive, but the rest of us are living in the year 2015. That was evident last night, as two aged boxers at the end of their careers entered the ring at the MGM Grand for the most-hyped fight in well over a decade. The calendar read May 2nd, 2015, but the …Periscope
4.3" LCD screen vehicle black box is a good helper for your safe driving. It has a powerful Allwinner processor, 140° dual lens and supports …Cameras
Microsoft stopped actively developing Windows Media Center in 2009, but the company still shipped an unmodified version in an upgrade pack for Windows 8. The software giant is planning to kill off Media Center in Windows 10, meaning any PCs upgraded from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 will lose the …Microsoft Windows
• Supports voice prompt and can implement the headset current status reporting
• Can connect two mobile phones at the same time
• Bluetooth V4.0
• Frequency …
Microsoft's HoloLens is the kind of thing that science fiction has been preparing us for for decades. From the moment I saw it, I knew exactly what I wanted it to do: project a heads-up display around real life, let me play with imaginary toys and sculpt in holograms, produce weird optical …Microsoft
Warby Parker has raised $100 million to help it expand its brick-and-mortar outlets, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.
This follows previous reports last month that the eyewear company was raising more money at a billion-dollar valuation.
Citing "a person familiar with the company's …
David Cameron has made some headline-grabbing election promises, but none so technically implausible as his vow to eliminate communications tools that “we cannot read” earlier this year. He’s not alone in proposing a ban on effective cryptographic tools. The FBI wants the same thing, and their zeal …Encryption
The number of Australians using virtual private network services (VPNs) has reportedly jumped in recent years, but consumer advocates are warning a new copyright bill could eliminate the option for Aussies hoping to keep their online activities under wraps.
A VPN helps Internet users anonymise what …Copyright
Elon Musk only announced Tesla's new Powerpack system tonight, but the company has already done deals with some of America's biggest companies to supply them with the new technology. Both Amazon and Target are rolling out pilot programs that will use Tesla's 100 kWh battery blocks, along with …Amazon
A tectonic shift for the Internet’s crypto landscape is coming.
The networked world may reach a crypto-tipping point this year. More than half of the world’s Internet traffic will likely be encrypted by year end, says a report released by the Canadian networking equipment company Sandvine on …Encryption
We knew that Internet Explorer was dead.
We knew a successor was coming.
We just didn’t know the official name, beyond the “Project Spartan” placeholder.
Now we do: Microsoft’s new browser is called Microsoft Edge.
Just announced at the company’s build conference, Edge will be the primary/default …Build Developer Conference
Microsoft’s HoloLens has been in development for a few years, and Microsoft’s Alex Kipman said on stage at Build today that during that time, the hardware has improved by a couple of orders of magnitude due to advances in mobile processing, sensor and computer power and affordability.
Enterprise software maker Icertis has scored $6 million in series A funding led by Greycroft Partners and Fidelity Growth Partners India. Based in Pune, India, and Bellevue, Wash., Icertis will use the capital to expand and market its cloud-based contract management software.
Called Icertis Contract …Startups
From crowdfunding darling to horribly in debt.
Ouya, the company behind the Android-based microconsole of the same name, tripped a debt covenant (which means they violated the terms of a loan agreement) and is now on an auction block, according to Fortune. We do no know what the asking price is, but …Kickstarter
Tencent today unveiled an operating system for smartwatches, TVs and other Internet-connected devices today. The system, which was first discussed last year, leverages Tencent’s hugely population social services, which includes QQ and mobile messaging app WeChat.
The Tencent OS and TOS+ is available …Tencent
LG's new flagship smartphone, the G4, is official. If you've been following this space, none of that should come as a surprise: virtually everything about the phone has either leaked or has already been announced by LG over the past few weeks. But the lack of surprise doesn't take away from the …Phones
The LG G4 is here, and as previewed, it does indeed feature a leather back, designed for comfort and durability according to the company. The smartphone has some serious bona fides when it comes to hardware specs, including a quad HD (1440 x 2560) 5.5-inch screen which uses new “quantum display” …20th Century Fox
Dropbox rolled out an update Tuesday that makes it easier for users to collaborate on shared files with a new commenting feature that allows people to have conversations within individual documents.
Users can now start new conversations on any shared file from within Dropbox. When others make …Dropbox
PayPal is rolling out seamless, one-touch payments across the web, allowing customers to checkout from a merchant’s website without having to enter in their user ID and password again. The system, called One Touch for Web, is an expansion of PayPal’s earlier efforts on mobile.
Last fall, the company …E-commerce
Not many apps can boast that they're a natural fit for a tiny smartwatch screen, but Tamagotchi Classic is one of the exceptions. Japanese video game company Bandai Namco has transposed this classic '90s experience to the Apple Watch, bringing the blobby, amorphous, digital pets that many of us …Tamagotchi
I found out about a free new app called Presence and installed it before I left. It turns your older devices with cameras into monitors wherever you want. Just got this shot of Buckley.
Apple Watches finally started landing in mailboxes on Friday and pictures, videos, personal essays and more almost immediately began surfacing on social media.
Right out of the gate, one user noticed a familiar shape in the Apple Watch container:
Interesting shapes in the #AppleWatch box: …Watches
Project Fi is the latest venture introduced by Google that aims to reinvent the wireless experience. As you may well know, network strength is determined by location. For example, at home your Wi-Fi may be the strongest connection and on your commute to work a cellular network may be the strongest. …Google
Apple packed a ton of new tech into the 2015 MacBook, but thanks to a completely redesigned interior, DIY repairs on this laptop can be a real …MacBook
Earlier today, Tesla's Twitter account and website were taken over by some nefarious jokesters. Around 5PM ET, a strange tweet popped up on the company's official Twitter account, suggesting the company was no longer in control of what was being posted. The tweets largely suggested this was just an …Elon Musk
Apple has begun rejecting iOS apps that support Pebble, the immensely popular and more affordable alternative to Apple Watch.
One developer received an email to say that their app, SeaNav US, was no longer welcome in the App Store because it mentions the Pebble — a third-party mobile platform — in …iPhone
Editor’s note: Tim Oates is chief scientist at CircleBack. He holds a PhD in computer science with an emphasis in machine learning from UMass Amherst and is also Oros Family Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at University of Maryland Baltimore County.
As yet another tech …Artificial Intelligence
This slightly unwieldy looking machine can apparently deliver emotions to your hand through "mid-air haptics", pinpointing areas on your palm that are attuned to certain emotions, and stimulating them. A study from the University Of Sussex used an Ultrahaptics system to communicate emotions between …Stimulation
TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese maglev that is the fastest passenger train in the world has broken its own speed record.
Operator JR Central said the train reached 603 kilometers per hour (375 miles per hour) in a test run on Tuesday, surpassing its previous record of 361 mph (581 kph) set in 2003. The …Japan