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Google's Nexus Player gets FCC approval, right on cue

Sun, 19/10/2014 - 15:00
Well, that didn't take long. Just a couple of days after Google stopped pre-orders of the Nexus Player while it waited for the FCC's all-clear, its Android TV puck has received approval. There aren't any surprises in the regulatory filing, but it...

Watch Jony Ive and Elon Musk talk design and sci-fi transportation

Sun, 19/10/2014 - 12:14
Tired of hearing little more than soundbites from tech luminaries such as Apple's Jony Ive and Tesla's Elon Musk? Today's your lucky day. Vanity Fair has posted its full video interviews with both Ive and Musk, giving you an insight into how the two...

Scientists want to fight the Ebola outbreak using robots

Sun, 19/10/2014 - 08:06
Outbreaks of lethal viruses like Ebola are bad enough by themselves, but they're made worse by having to send in aid workers -- these people can quickly become victims, no matter how careful they are. To eliminate that risk, both the White House and...

You can't upgrade the new Mac mini's RAM

Sun, 19/10/2014 - 05:43
If you're planning to snag the new Mac mini and load it up with aftermarket memory, you may want to reconsider your strategy. Macminicolo owner Brian Stucki (among others) has discovered that the RAM in Apple's latest tiny desktop isn't upgradable,...

Air Force's mysterious space drone returns after two years in orbit

Sun, 19/10/2014 - 03:48
Following its longest-ever mission by far, the 11,000 pound X-37B unmanned spacecraft has returned to Earth bearing... well, we don't actually know. You see, after NASA and Boeing developed the craft (about a fifth the size of the Space Shuttle), it...

Apple's new iPads, the Nexus 6 and other stories you might've missed

Sun, 19/10/2014 - 01:56
Get ready, ya'll. It's been a doozie of a week. Not only did Apple unveil new iPads and a Retina iMac, Google took the wraps off the Nexus 6 and its own media streamer. That's not all we have on deck, though -- click on through for the rest of our...

Facebook wants the DEA to promise that it won't create fake accounts

Sun, 19/10/2014 - 00:42
Remember how the DEA got caught impersonating a woman on Facebook in an attempt to catch criminals who contacted her? Yeah, Facebook isn't at all pleased. It just sent a letter asking the anti-drug agency to promise that it won't create fake accounts...

RedShift electric motocross race bikes will be ready to roll in 2015

Sat, 18/10/2014 - 23:30
BRD Motorcycles originally opened pre-orders for the RedShift electric motorcycles back in 2011, and it's almost time for them to hit the streets. A lot has changed since then, including the name of the company -- now Alta Motors -- and a recent $4.5...

Disney rendered its new animated film on a 55,000-core supercomputer

Sat, 18/10/2014 - 22:00
Disney's upcoming animated film Big Hero 6, about a boy and his soft robot (and a gang of super-powered friends), is perhaps the largest big-budget mash-up you'll ever see. Every aspect of the film's production represents a virtual collision of...

Google freezes Nexus Player orders while it waits for US approval

Sat, 18/10/2014 - 20:38
If you were dead set on ordering the Nexus Player this weekend, you're about to be disappointed. Google has quietly halted pre-orders of its Android TV media hub because it has "not been approved" by the FCC -- the company would be in trouble with US...

Apple removes Bose products from stores following Beats settlement

Sat, 18/10/2014 - 18:45
Bose might have settled its noise-cancellation lawsuit against Beats out of court, but the two are clearly far from putting the past behind them. Apple (Beats' new owner) has pulled all Bose headphones and speakers from its online store and several...

FCC starts the process for making '5G' gigabit mobile data a reality

Sat, 18/10/2014 - 16:42
We're barely seeing 4G take hold here in the States and the FCC has begun the process to push into 5G for mobile data. The government's communications council voted unanimously to start looking into accessing the higher-than-24GHz frequency spectrum...

Google's short film examines the science of voice recognition

Sat, 18/10/2014 - 15:36
People used to think it's harder to make computers play chess (or Jeopardy) and do mathematics than it is to make them understand human language. Turns out the opposite is true -- yes, engineers have made great advancements in voice recognition (Siri...

Recommended Reading: Palmer Luckey and the homemade VR headset

Sat, 18/10/2014 - 14:30
Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you'll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read. How Palmer Luckey Created...

New York Attorney General says most Airbnb rentals in NYC violate the law

Sat, 18/10/2014 - 13:05
The legality of Airbnb rentals in New York City have been under fire for awhile now, and the city just fired another volley: New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has released a report titled "Airbnb in the city," and it's not particularly...

X-ray machine used to disappoint 'Star Wars' fan

Sat, 18/10/2014 - 11:26
Back in the day, British Star Wars fans could send off for a figurine enclosed in an opaque white box. Of course, if you wanted to peek at whatever was hidden inside, you'd have to open the packaging, which would take a massive chunk off the value....

Flickr chooses a great time to launch its iPad app

Sat, 18/10/2014 - 08:30
Apple has chosen to focus on the iPad's camera abilities with the upcoming Air 2 (we wish they wouldn't) and apparently, finally snagged Flickr's attention. Yahoo's photo sharing service somehow managed to beat Instagram to the punch so perhaps the...

Fitbit: skin irritations were allergies, new wristbands have a warning

Sat, 18/10/2014 - 05:04
Fitbit recalled its Force wearable back in February after owners reported skin irritation, but after an investigation, says it will not do the same for the Fitbit Flex. The New York Times reports that the company and the Consumer Product Safety...

Capture 360-degree videos with this surveillance blazer

Sat, 18/10/2014 - 03:07
If Google Glass and lifelogging cameras aren't enough to make you feel safe, then maybe what you really need is a surveillance blazer. See, nothing can get past the camera-dotted jacket above -- not when it can capture 360 videos of your environment...

iFixit takes a peek inside Apple's new '5K' iMac

Sat, 18/10/2014 - 01:45
Sure, we were only just introduced to Apple's 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display, but the folks at iFixit are already tearing one apart. Inside they found a screen made by LG Display, and a setup similar to previous iMacs, including easily-accessed...

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