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Super-speedy light detector gives x-ray machines a run for their money

Mon, 08/09/2014 - 11:42
It's very tough to find light beyond certain frequencies. If you want to see elusive terahertz waves, for example, you have to get a system that's either really slow or needs to be kept at a temperature near absolute zero -- not exactly practical....

Airlines are getting better at spotting and dodging bad weather

Mon, 08/09/2014 - 10:31
Turbulence hasn't gone away, but apparently we experience a lot less of it now than we did a decade ago. The New York Times is reporting that as airlines upgrade their weather systems from telex to tablets, pilots' ability to avoid choppy sky has...

Google's latest object recognition tech can spot everything in your living room

Mon, 08/09/2014 - 09:38
Automatic object recognition in images is currently tricky. Even if a computer has the help of smart algorithms and human assistants, it may not catch everything in a given scene. Google might change that soon, though; it just detailed a new...

Facebook tackles YouTube with video counter, hits a billion plays per day

Mon, 08/09/2014 - 08:18
Though it's still far from YouTube, Facebook fired a shot across its competitor's bow by saying it now serves up a billion native video views per day. In addition, its latest update (rolling out soon) has a YouTube-like view counter for public...

Robocouch takes students to class without all of that exercise nonsense

Mon, 08/09/2014 - 07:27
There's a different kind of two-seater roaming the sidewalks of the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia: a motorized couch. Thanks to the efforts of a few engineering students, what started as a joke amongst friends is now a Xbox...

Here's what it's like to use a watch as a phone

Sun, 07/09/2014 - 20:00
No one wants the smartwatch category to succeed more than I do. As a kid, I dreamed of enjoying TV on my watch, or video calling "HQ" (or more likely, my mum), just like Penny in Inspector Gadget. Most smartwatches offer a taste of this experience,...

IRL: How the University of Michigan failed to cure my jetlag

Sun, 07/09/2014 - 18:00
I'm not complaining about my life, but one of the downsides of international travel is that it's an in-and-out process. That means I land, scratch together a few hours of fitful sleep and then dive head-first into the breakneck pace of covering a...

Farewell, IFA 2014

Sun, 07/09/2014 - 17:00
Everything that goes out of fashion, we're told, will eventually come back, which is why we still have a pair of tight leather pants and some bell-bottom flares stashed in the back of our wardrobe. It's a similar trend with consumer technology, and...

Inhabitat's Week in Green: plastic bag ban, solar briefcase and gold in the sand

Sun, 07/09/2014 - 15:00
Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green. It's been a bright summer for solar energy -- Samoa just cut the ribbon on the largest solar array in the...

Steve Ballmer wrote Windows' first Blue Screen of Death error message

Sun, 07/09/2014 - 12:10
Whether Microsoft likes it or not, Windows' Blue Screen of Death error is iconic -- it's the universal sign that something really bad has happened to your software. But who wrote the original message that would grace the screens of sick PCs...

Android-powered smart hard hat comes with augmented reality features

Sun, 07/09/2014 - 09:02
In Los Angeles, a startup called Daqri has designed a different kind of hard hat: an Android-powered one that's capable of augmented reality. As such, it really looks more like a bike helmet than a hard hat, equipped with sensors, cameras and a...

IKEA takes a jab at Apple in an ad for its latest catalog

Sun, 07/09/2014 - 05:45
The biggest target is typically the easiest to hit, and ahead of Apple's big event next week IKEA's taking a good-natured swing at Cupertino. To debut its new 2015 catalog, the Swedish furniture company crafted a video that bears more than a passing...

Yes, Apple's smartwatch should run third-party apps

Sun, 07/09/2014 - 04:17
Tipsters have been seemingly eager to shed light on every single facet of Apple's long-rumored smartwatch, but one obvious question hasn't really received a clear answer: will it run third-party apps? If you ask 9to5Mac, the answer is "yes." Its...

Boeing's drone-killing laser takes down targets with an Xbox controller

Sun, 07/09/2014 - 03:40
Boeing has a pretty storied history with lasers and now its testing one that can take out UAVs and rockets regardless of where it's installed. A recent trial run of the tech was conducted in Florida under some pretty grueling conditions (heavy fog,...

Google Glass lands in the Play Store next to phones and smartwatches

Sun, 07/09/2014 - 01:35
Itching to strap on a $1,500 face computer so you can follow directions floating in front of your head? Well, Google just made it a little easier to claim a head-mounted display of your own -- it quietly added Google Glass to the Play Store the other...

Feedback Loop: Online security, the Note Edge, fitness trackers and more!

Sat, 06/09/2014 - 23:36
Happy Saturday, and welcome to another edition of Feedback Loop! With all the talk of online data breaches this week, we're discussing ways to better protect your data stored in the cloud. After you're done auditing your passwords, let us know what...

Panasonic's smart mirror turned me into a 1970s space princess

Sat, 06/09/2014 - 21:00
It was going to be either me or my male colleague. That's a lie: It was absolutely going to be me. It was my last day at IFA, Europe's biggest technology show, and Brad Molen and I were sitting inside a sparsely decorated smart home that Panasonic...

Galaxy Note Edge, hands-on with the G Watch R and other stories you might've missed

Sat, 06/09/2014 - 19:30
This week, we went hands on with the G Watch R, took a closer look at the Galaxy Edge's bent display, gawked at Dyson's robotic vacuum cleaner, strapped on Samsung's Gear VR, and more! Read on for Engadget's news highlights from the last seven days....

Working next-gen iPhone reportedly spotted with payment support built-in (update: video)

Sat, 06/09/2014 - 17:40
We've seen way, way too many leaks of the next iPhone's design, but none of them have shown a truly functional device -- until today, apparently. With the help of cnBeta, Chinese leaker zzray has posted photos and video that reportedly show off a...

Behind the watch: the Moto 360 story

Sat, 06/09/2014 - 16:58
"It's not a smartwatch," said Iqbal Arshad, Motorola's Senior VP of Global Product, to a roomful of journalists in Motorola's Chicago headquarters. Instead he, and by extension the rest of Motorola, prefer to think of the Moto 360 as a reinvention of...

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