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Wearables May Soon Track Heartbreak, Orgasms in Real Time

Four decades after mood rings first offered emotional insight in a convenient, (arguably) fashionable package, a wave of digital mood-tracking wearables is seeking to help users share their feelings–likely much more accurately–from a clinical, data-driven perspective.<p>Over the past few years, …

A Professor Created A Single Tree That Can Produce 40 Types Of Fruit

"The idea is that I could collapse a whole orchard and put it into one tree," he told Business Insider.<p>Each of the colors in the photo above represents a variety of flowering tree. Collectively, as one plant, they produce 40 different edible stone fruits (ones with pits, like peaches and plums). …

Many Women Leave Engineering, Blame The Work Culture

From the aerospace sector to Silicon Valley, engineering has a retention problem: Close to 40 percent of women with engineering degrees either leave the profession or never enter the field.<p>Conventional wisdom says that women in engineering face obstacles such as the glass ceiling, a lack of …

S.T.R.I.K.E. M Bluetooth Keyboard Review: Mad Catz's Qwerty Controller For The Smartphone Gamer

Mad Catz has a long history of designing and manufacturing gaming peripherals. The S.T.R.I.K.E. M keyboard joins their range of desk-based gaming keyboard to provide mobile users with an interface device both for gaming and more prosaic computing needs, while on the move.<p>Powered by a sealed battery …

Tricking Facebook's Algorithm

It may be possible to game Facebook's news feed, but the social publishing will still win in the end.<p>We often talk about algorithms like they're people. Algorithms take action. They think. They make decisions. Sometimes they even offend us and we tell them so: "Um, no thanks, Facebook." "Whoa, …

GRUBER: The iWatch Is Coming Next Month

Apple is widely expected to unveil its new iPhone next month, but one report suggests the company may also introduce the iWatch in September as well.<p>Well-connected Apple blogger John Gruber of Daring Fireball says Apple will unveil "their first wearable wrist thing next month."<p>This contradicts a …

Here's How the Feds Are Teaming Up With Hackers to Save Us All from Robocalls

The Federal Trade Commission is at one of the world’s biggest hacker conferences this weekend, where hackers are competing to help save us all from …

GameStop Says Two-Thirds Of Their Customers Don't Understand What 'Trade-In' Means

According to an internal memo obtained by Kotaku, GameStop is about to simplify their trade-in policies, offering more money for games with less confusing options for trades.<p>Given that the used game economy is still in full-swing as all new-gen consoles still use discs (and Microsoft didn’t end up …

What does it really cost to open an indie studio? All your money, most of your life

It is common to hear about game companies having crushing financial woes in the games press.<p>It can be observed in companies of all sizes, from THQ going under to 38 Studios defaulting on millions of debts to the recent <i>Yogsventure</i> project fiasco.<p>I've seen the people behind these projects judged very …

Hyrule Warriors - Ganondorf Trailer (Japan) - IGN Video

Ganon joins the cast of playable characters and demonstrates his epic powers.

Navdy is the Dashboard Heads-Up Display from the Future

The $499 Navdy answers calls, skips tracks, and gives directions without obscuring the road ahead.<p>Head-up displays have been around since the 1950s in jet fighters, and in automobiles since the 1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass. Now, more sophisticated displays are coming to our cars to tell us how we're …

Google Spotted Explicit Images Of A Child In A Man's Email And Tipped Off The Authorities

The man was a registered sex offender, convicted of sexually assaulting a child in 1994, reports Tim Wetzel at KHOU Channel 11 News in Houston.<p>"He was keeping it inside of his email. I can't see that information, I can't see that photo, but Google can," Detective David Nettles of the Houston Metro …

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Canvas fingerprinting is tracking you, and you don't even know what it is

Canvas fingerprinting?<p>Popular, heavily trafficked websites are increasingly turning to “canvas fingerprinting” in order to track your online movements. Canvas fingerprinting is extremely hard to block, hard to detect, and has become a unique identifier that logs your ‘Net history as you jump from …

Things with RFID chips in them will carry this logo in Europe, because privacy

The European Commission has revealed a new logo for items that include radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, to keep them compliant with EU …

Get totally free talk, text and data on your iPad, thanks to FreedomPop

You may know FreedomPop as the guys who will turn your iPod touch into a free iPhone, but if you have an iPad, the carrier is now willing to do the same thing, giving any Sprint-compatible iPad free talking, texting and data.<p>An iPad is not an iPhone, of course, but it does have LTE abilities, which …

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NomadPlus turns your iPhone's wall plug into an external battery

If you're tired of lugging around both an external battery pack <i>and</i> a power adapter to keep your iPhone running, today's your lucky day. Nomad (the company behind the ChargeCard) has started taking pre-orders for the NomadPlus, a 1,500mAh external battery that takes advantage of the Apple's official …

Pinterest, dominated by white and Asian workers, looks to diversify

Like many other big tech companies, Pinterest says it knows it has a problem with diversity, or lack thereof.<p>Despite having users who are overwhelmingly female, Pinterest's employees are 60% male, and 92% of the company's 400 employees are white or Asian.<p>In a blog post published Thursday, the …

15 Real Tech Company Interview Questions You Will Probably Be Asked (And How To Answer Them)

The question was: You are shrunk to the height of a nickel and your mass is proportionally reduced so as to maintain your original density. You are then thrown into an empty glass blender. The blades will start moving in 60 seconds. What do you do?<p>Answer: Lots of variants but one is that you jump …

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Doctors are ready to test temporary 'suspended animation' to save people with severe injuries

It sounds straight out of a bad sci-fi movie: doctors pump patients' veins full of a preserving agent to keep them in suspended animation. But that procedure could come to a hospital near you in the next few years.<p>The idea is to give doctors a bit more time to treat people with serious trauma. In …

Microsoft won't let you set Google as default search on some new Lumias

Microsoft has disabled an option to set Google as the default search engine on some of its latest Lumia Windows Phones. The option is currently supported on the majority of Nokia's Lumia devices, thanks to an advanced setting in Internet Explorer on Windows Phone 8.0. Microsoft acquired Nokia’s …

Android Wear: the good, the bad and the fixable with apps

Google’s launch of brand new Android software for wearables, first seen running on a few smartwatches, finally means that wearable technology has a solid lowest common denominator.<p>Until now, no two wearable devices ran the same software, which meant apps and services for one smartwatch wouldn’t run …

Evrythng and Thinfilm collaborate on smart labels and barcodes for the internet of things

Evrythng, the atrociously named, Cisco(s csco)-backed British startup that wants to provide the identity management layer for the internet of things, …

Google Launches iOS Version of 'Ingress' Augmented-Reality Game

Google finally brought its popular sci-fi-inspired augmented-reality game <i>Ingress</i> to iOS Monday, nearly two years after the game first launched on …

Hello, Cortana: Microsoft begins Windows Phone 8.1 rollout

After showing off its updated Windows Phone 8.1 platform in April, Microsoft(s msft) is pushing the big button that sends the software out to Lumia …

Apple is refused Touch ID trademark by USPTO – has six months to respond

<i>Patently Apple</i> reports that the US Patent & Trademark Office has refused Apple’s application for a trademark in Touch ID. The decision – made in May but only now made public – is because another company already holds a trademark for Kronos Touch ID, and there is a “likelihood of confusion” given …

Microsoft Reportedly Planning Massive Job Cuts

Microsoft completed the acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services business in April at a price slightly higher than $7.2 billion, and now to integrate the unit, Bloomberg reports that the company is planning the biggest round of job cuts in five years.<p>This means the number this time round would …