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Google robot opens doors, picks itself up after getting knocked over in crazy video

By on February 24, 2016 at 8:20 AM.

Google robot opens doors, picks itself up after getting knocked over in crazy video

Boston Dynamics, a robotics company that Google bought back in 2013, has routinely wowed the world by releasing videos of robots that are growing ever closer to resembling the humanoid robots we see in science fiction movies. The company this week released what might be its craziest robot video yet that shows its next-generation Atlas robot opening doors on its own, walking through snowy terrains, and picking up 10-pound boxes. This is the move impressive robot design I’ve seen from Boston Dynamics yet, which is really saying something. More →

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Mitsubishi Floating Virtual Display

Mitsubishi developed a floating virtual display straight out of the future

By on February 19, 2016 at 7:45 PM.

Mitsubishi developed a floating virtual display straight out of the future

If you take a look at movies that set out to depict the state of technology in the future, one common thread seems to be an abundance of floating virtual displays. But as opposed to some futuristic technologies from Hollywood that will likely never get off the ground (we’re looking at you, hoverboards), floating virtual displays may be arriving on the scene sooner than you think.

Earlier this week, Mitsubishi issued a press release announcing that they’ve developed the requisite technology needed to make floating visual displays a reality. According to the company, the resulting image appears to float mid-air and measures about 56-inches along the diagonal. Mitsubishi believes that their invention will have a wide array of commercial applications and anticipates commercial adoption sometime in 2020.

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Apple Product Failures

Apple’s biggest product disasters of all time

By on February 18, 2016 at 10:45 AM.

Apple’s biggest product disasters of all time

Apple today is primarily known for the iPhone, but it’s easy to forget that the company has a long and storied product history that stretches back nearly four decades. In that timeframe, Apple has of course had more than its fair share of success with the Mac, the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad, but it’s also had a number of products that quickly became commercial failures.

While Apple’s product lineup today is relatively streamlined given its massive bank account, Apple’s history is nonetheless littered with examples of the company venturing out into new product categories and falling flat on its face, often with alarming and embarrassing immediacy.

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Shape Memory Material Weight

New shape-shifting material can lift 1,000 times its weight

By on February 10, 2016 at 11:30 PM.

New shape-shifting material can lift 1,000 times its weight

There’s a new material in town that might turn you into a superhero in the future by giving you the power to lift 1,000 times its own weight. However, the newly invented polymer is not really meant to turn us into superhumans, and might be used for various medical purposes once it’s commercially available. More →

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Steve Jobs NeXT Unveiling

Full video of Steve Jobs introducing his biggest product failure surfaces for the first time

By on February 10, 2016 at 3:30 PM.

Full video of Steve Jobs introducing his biggest product failure surfaces for the first time

The arc of Steve Jobs’ career, and in particular his off and on-again relationship with Apple, is well established and widely known at this point. In brief, Jobs in 1985 worked at Apple and was growing increasingly frustrated by his diminished role and influence within the company. In September of that year, following a failed coup d’état, Jobs told Apple’s board of directors that he was leaving to start a new company and that he was taking a few key executives and engineers along with him.

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Motorized Standing Desk

Someone finally released a motorized sit-to-stand desk that people can afford

By on February 9, 2016 at 7:05 PM.

Someone finally released a motorized sit-to-stand desk that people can afford

Everything is bad for something, but findings over the past few years have uncovered the latest troublesome behavior that’s going to kill us all: sitting. Researchers have found that sitting at a desk all day, every day can lead to serious health problems and even death. To help prevent all of these problems that might arise, companies have begun to sell things like standing desks and treadmill desks. Of course, no one wants to stand all the time while working, so there are motorized desks that accommodate sitting and standing positions… if you can afford one.

As it turns out, there’s a new motorized standing desk that just about anyone can afford and it’s available right now. More →

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iPhone 6s 3D Touch Haptic Displays

Touchscreens could soon evolve way beyond 3D Touch

By on February 1, 2016 at 6:20 PM.

Touchscreens could soon evolve way beyond 3D Touch

I’d never want to use a built-in physical keyboard on any device that has a touchscreen display, though some companies insist on coming up with such accessories. But the fact is that using touchscreens can be annoying in some instances where some sort of tactile feedback — like the presence of a button — might be helpful.

One startup figured out a way to manufacture a particular tablet case that creates buttons out of nothing (okay, it’s a liquid). More interesting, a German company is now studying a different kind of touchscreen manufacturing process that would let it add next-gen haptic feedback features to a display. Essentially, Robert Bosch wants to add a “feel” sense to displays that could be used without a person looking. More →

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iPad Air 3 Specs

Fresh iPad Air 3 leak reveals more details about Apple’s most exciting tablet in years

By on February 1, 2016 at 8:49 AM.

Fresh iPad Air 3 leak reveals more details about Apple’s most exciting tablet in years

Apple’s November launch of the iPad Pro didn’t really do much to alleviate slumping iPad sales. In fact, Apple’s most recent earnings report revealed that year over year iPad sales were down 25% while iPad-based revenue was down 21% year over year.

Nonetheless, Apple CEO Tim Cook has publicly stated that he remains confident in the iPad’s long-term success. That being the case, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Apple will reportedly release an iPad Air 3 sometime in early 2016. In turn, the volume of iPad Air 3 rumors sprouting up has started to increase substantially over the past few weeks. More →

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BB-8 Droid Toy Build Your Own

How to make your own life-size, remote-controlled BB-8 toy for less than $150

By on January 28, 2016 at 7:40 PM.

How to make your own life-size, remote-controlled BB-8 toy for less than $150

Unsurprisingly, one of the hottest toys of the holiday season was Sphero’s BB-8 App-Enabled Droid. It’s a scale model of the droid that appeared Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and can be controlled with a smartphone app from up to 30 meters away. It also costs $150, which can be a deal-breaker for Star Wars fans on the fence about buying one.

Here’s the good news: you can build a life-size BB-8 for even less.

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Number Active Apple Devices

There are now more than 1 billion active Apple devices in use around the world

By on January 26, 2016 at 6:00 PM.

There are now more than 1 billion active Apple devices in use around the world

In conjunction with Apple’s earnings report, the company on Tuesday also announced that the cumulative number of active Apple devices (a tally which includes the Apple Watch, iPhones, iPads, Macs, iPods, and the Apple TV) eclipsed 1 billion last quarter, an impressive milestone to say the least.

As for what constitutes an ‘active’ device, Apple said that any product which makes contact with any of the company’s services over the most recent 90-day period is considered to be active for purposes of the tally. Highlighting the scale at which Apple products are proliferating across the globe, Tim Cook added that the total number of active Apple devices during the 2015 holiday quarter increased 25% year over year.

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