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  • Gadget Ogling: Shooting Flames, Flowing Time, and Locked-Up Temptation

    Sat 8:00am By Kris Holt
    Someway, somehow, it's apparently legal to own the XM42 flamethrower in the United States, unless you happen to live in California or Maryland. I can't fathom any circumstance under which a weapon -- let's not mince words here -- capable of shooting flames 25…
  • Big Money Helps Cyanogen Go for Android's Jugular

    Fri 7:06pm By Jack M. Germain
    Cyanogen has announced the completion of a financing round that brought $80 million in new funds to pay for more hiring and accelerated development of its open platform software development kit. Cyanogen is committed to liberating the Android OS from the…
  • Facebook Invites App Devs to Join in Messenger Family Planning

    Fri 3:39pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg this week told an audience at the F8 conference for Facebook developers that the company's future lies in its family of apps and in giving the network's members the ability to share what they want, where they want.…
  • The Internet's Split Personality

    Fri 11:51am By John P. Mello Jr.
    The Internet has been good for education but bad for morality, according to a study by the Pew Research Center. Researchers conducted face-to-face surveys with 36,619 people in 32 developing countries. A median of 64 percent of respondents said the Internet…
  • Twitter's Periscope Allows Live Stream Replays

    Thu 4:58pm By Quinten Plummer
    Live streaming from mobile devices has been having a rebirth of sorts with the proliferation of 4G, the continued rise of smart devices and the quickening pace of the demise of feature phones. Twitter has been seeking its own rebirth, and it's wagering that…
  • CAPTCHAs May Do More Harm Than Good

    Thu 2:08pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    If an annoyance contest were held between passwords and CAPTCHAs, passwords would probably win, but not by much. CAPTCHA -- Completely Automated Public Turing Test To Tell Computers and Humans Apart -- was created to foil bots attempting to mass-create…
  • Ford Tech Could Put an End to Speeding Tickets

    Thu 8:00am By Peter Suciu
    Ford Motors on Tuesday unveiled a new technology that can scan traffic signs and automatically adjust a vehicle's speed accordingly. The Intelligent Speed Limiter was demonstrated in Germany, but it will be available worldwide in the newest edition of Ford's…
  • Bodacious Bodhi Broadens Linux Desktop

    Thu 8:00am By Jack M. Germain
    Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 RC3's implementation of the Enlightenment desktop, makes an awesome desktop computing platform for office or home. Bodhi is one of only a handful of Linux distros embracing the Enlightenment environment. Its developers call Bodhi the…
  • Leap Motion Faceplate Lets OSVR Head Talk to the Hand

    Wed 5:53pm By Quinten Plummer
    It looks and sounds good, but virtual reality is still establishing how to get around in the digital worlds it creates. OSVR has placed the controls in the hands of Leap Motion, which may be a stellar move. Leap's novel approach embeds the VR controls in a…
  • What's in an Apple Name?

    Wed 4:34pm By Chris Maxcer
    Apple has chosen some iconic names in the past, like the "iPod" and "iMac." Apple even managed to take "iPad" -- which was widely panned for evoking a feminine hygiene product -- and transformed it into the popular lexicon of children and Wall Street analysts…
  • Over-the-Air Tinkering Keeps Tesla's Model S New

    Wed 8:00am By Peter Suciu
    Tesla CEO Elon Musk last week said that the company's line of high-end electric cars will get some autonomous driving capabilities via an over-the-air software update this summer. The new features will let drivers give their vehicles control of certain tasks…
  • Docker's No Flash in the Pan

    Tue 7:13pm By Jay Lyman
    Docker -- the open source application container technology that has drawn broad interest from the enterprise IT industry -- recently marked its second birthday. Judging by its growth and traction thus far, and the example set by such open source projects as…
  • Obama Lauds STEM Progress at White House Science Fair

    Tue 5:28pm By Jack M. Germain
    President Obama on Monday announced $240 million in new pledges from private businesses, schools and foundations across the country for STEM -- science, technology, engineering and math -- education. The president also announced that a national goal set four…
  • Magic Leap Allows a Peek Into Its Crazy-Cool AR World

    Tue 8:00am By Quinten Plummer
    Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz was scheduled to present last week at a TED talk in Vancouver, where he was expected to reveal the augmented reality tech his company has up its sleeve. Magic Leap pulled out a few days ahead of the presentation, but it left the…
  • Glass Is Still a Twinkle in Google's Eye

    Mon 6:59pm By Peter Suciu
    Google hasn't killed Glass, its controversial Internet-connected eyewear, CEO Eric Schmidt said in an interview published Monday. In fact, Google plans to bring out a new version of Glass later this year, he said. Rumors of its demise seemed to be confirmed in…
  • The Big Implications of the Google, FTC Antitrust Scandal

    Mar 23, 2015, 8:00 am By Rob Enderle
    A 160-page report that was far more complete than the FTC no doubt wanted last week was leaked to the media, clearly showcasing that the FTC staff recommended action against Google for anticompetitive practices. The FTC commissioners then decided to let Google…
  • Gadget Ogling: Cute Robots, Secure Tablets and a Conscientious Can

    Mar 21, 2015, 8:00 am By Kris Holt
    PLEN2 is simply adorable. A robot to seemingly fix all the world's problems, if its Kickstarter project is anything to believe, PLEN2 is possibly the most joyous humanoid machine I've seen in years. Maybe I'm swayed a little by the infectious theme song in the…
  • Mars One Could Turn Out to Be Mars Zero

    Mar 20, 2015, 8:00 am By Richard Adhikari
    Mars One, a Dutch nonprofit organization aiming to land the first humans on Mars and establish a space colony by 2025, appears to have run into trouble. Astrophysicist Joseph Roche, one of the 100 shortlisted candidates, was excited about the project until…
  • How Secure Is the Apple Watch?

    Mar 19, 2015, 7:31 pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Apple typically has impeccable timing for its new product introductions, but that may not be the case with its new smartwatch. In a gala event last week, the company announced model and pricing details -- but that came just six days after questions were raised…
  • En Garde, Apple! The Luxe Android Smartwatch Is Coming!

    Mar 19, 2015, 5:40 pm By Richard Adhikari
    Apple fans won't be the only ones who can flash a smartwatch worth thousands of dollars on their wrist; Android aficionados will be able to do the same. Google, Intel and Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer on Thursday jointly announced plans to make a luxury Swiss…
  • Musk: Technology May Revoke Your Driver's License

    Mar 19, 2015, 10:00 am By Quinten Plummer
    There will come a time, in a future not so far away, when it will be illegal for the average person to drive a car, predicted Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Autonomous vehicles will be exponentially safer, he said Tuesday at Nvidia's 2015 GPU Technology Conference in…
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