Slim Xbox One 2016 Apple TV

Microsoft might launch a slim Xbox One version to take on the Apple TV

By on December 31, 2015 at 8:22 AM.

Microsoft might launch a slim Xbox One version to take on the Apple TV

Microsoft is rumored to be prepping a slimmer Xbox One console that may launch next year to compete directly against Apple’s brand new Apple TV. The product will not replace the Xbox One but complement it, and will have more limited gaming capabilities. More →

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Disney Robot Drives Walls

Disney’s gravity-defying rolling robot can drive vertically up walls

By on December 29, 2015 at 10:45 PM.

Disney’s gravity-defying rolling robot can drive vertically up walls

Most four-wheeled robots would probably be stopped in their tracks by a high vertical obstacle like a wall, but that’s not the case for a recent Disney creation that can drive vertically up a wall. Called VertiGo and developed by Disney and ETH Zurich, the robot can roll on vertical surfaces just as easily as it does on smooth flat surfaces. More →

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Airbus A350 XWB Anti Jet Lag

Airbus’s clever new planes are designed to help you beat jet lag

By on December 29, 2015 at 8:20 AM.

Airbus’s clever new planes are designed to help you beat jet lag

One thing frequent fliers hate most is jet lag, but Airbus is taking steps to help them adjust to new time zones faster than before. The new A350 XWB line of jets features several design elements aimed to ease jet lag and improve the customer’s onboard overall experience. More →

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Haptoclone Holograms Touch Telehaptics

Researchers have developed holograms that you can actually touch

By on December 25, 2015 at 11:23 AM.

Researchers have developed holograms that you can actually touch

Virtual reality, augmented reality and holograms might not mean anything to you right now, but these new technologies will likely play a major role in future generations of smart devices, including mobile computers such as phones and tablets. Many companies, including top tech players, are currently developing their own VR and AR projects, though independent researchers are also working on such innovations.

For example, Japanese engineers have figured out how to create holograms that you can actually touch. More →

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Apple Design Studio Revealed

Video: Apple’s secret design studio revealed in ’60 Minutes’ segment

By on December 21, 2015 at 12:40 PM.

Video: Apple’s secret design studio revealed in ’60 Minutes’ segment

On 60 Minutes yesterday, viewers were granted unprecedented access to Apple’s hyper-secret design studio. Managed by Jony Ive, Apple’s design studio is where a team of 22 handpicked designers collaborate and bring popular Apple products to life.

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Home Wi-Fi Network Speed Tips Tricks

How to improve your home Wi-Fi signal in just a few easy steps

By on December 18, 2015 at 2:20 PM.

How to improve your home Wi-Fi signal in just a few easy steps

So you’re just about ready to have people over for Christmas and you’re looking to make sure everything’s just right. To make sure your guests have proper access to Wi-Fi in your house, you’ll want to make sure your Wi-Fi signal is as strong as possible. Below we’ve posted some tips and tricks for ensuring your Wi-Fi network is in good shape to handle Christmas dinner guests. More →

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Apple Design Studio

Apple’s secret design studio and new ‘Apple store of the future’ to be featured on ’60 Minutes’

By on December 18, 2015 at 9:00 AM.

Apple’s secret design studio and new ‘Apple store of the future’ to be featured on ’60 Minutes’

Of all the secretive enclaves within Apple, none is more hallowed than Apple’s notoriously quarantined design studio. Run by Jony Ive, Apple’s design studio is where the company’s small team of industrial designers collaborate, experiment, and bring products to life. Every Apple product you’ve ever used over the last 15+ years — from the flower iMac to the iPhone 6s — can be traced back to this studio.

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NSA Spy Devices

The 7 scariest gadgets the NSA uses to spy on cellphones

By on December 18, 2015 at 8:25 AM.

The 7 scariest gadgets the NSA uses to spy on cellphones

Yesterday, The Intercept published an extensive catalog detailing the innumerable gadgets and technologies used by the military, law enforcement authorities, and U.S. governmental agencies like the NSA to track down and spy on targeted users via their cellphones.

The entire product listing is eye-opening, but given how extensive it is (53 items in total), we’ve compiled a list of some of the scariest and more worrisome devices on the list. Note: when compiling this list, we didn’t include tracking devices and technologies typically affixed to UAVs. Instead, we opted to focus on devices that enable local law enforcement authorities to conduct surveillance, listen in on phone calls, track user location, jam cellphones, obtain deleted text messages, and even zap up data from seized laptops or smartphones.

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Government Surveillance

Bombshell report details dozens of secret devices U.S. Government uses to track cellphones

By on December 17, 2015 at 3:58 PM.

Bombshell report details dozens of secret devices U.S. Government uses to track cellphones

Though Edward Snowden’s first revelations regarding NSA surveillance surfaced more than two years ago, government surveillance remains a hot-button and controversial topic because we’re still learning about the full extent of spy agencies’ tracking and eavesdropping capabilities.

The latest news surrounding NSA, and in a broader sense – governmental surveillance, comes from a fascinating new report from The Intercept which details and catalogs an extensive list of devices the military and U.S. government agencies use to listen in on cell phone conversations, jam a phone, and even track individual user locations. Some devices, a few of which are small enough to be carried in a backpack or even on someone’s person, can track a target’s location even when they’re not making a call.

The catalog itself, which was provided to The Intercept by a source within the intelligence community, lists out dozens of devices used to keep tabs on targets. While some devices are purportedly for military-only use, others are reportedly already being used by local police forces across various parts of the country.

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Consumer Robots 2015

The robot invasion has begun, but big barriers block progress

By on December 15, 2015 at 1:05 PM.

The robot invasion has begun, but big barriers block progress

Some day, lifelike robots similar to Ex Machina’s Ava may walk among us, though the film paints a frightening picture of a future where robots have become too realistic. While technology that might enable a robot like Ava is still decades away, the robot invasion has already begun. A new report from British market research firm Juniper Research states that nearly 1 in 25 households in the United States are currently home to at least one robot. That figure will catapult to 1 in 10 over the next five years, the firm asserts, but it notes that there are some big barriers standing in the way of progress. More →

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F-35 fighter pilots are gearing up for the new planes virtually

By on December 14, 2015 at 10:20 PM.

F-35 fighter pilots are gearing up for the new planes virtually

US Air Force pilots are flying the newest fighter jets in a virtual world.

The military’s fifth generation fighter jet, the F-35 Lightning II, will be flown by the Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force. They are not expected to be deployed until 2016 but that’s not stopping Air Force pilots from getting ready to fly missions. More →

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