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Researchers at National Taiwan University have developed a tiny sensor that can be embedded into a tooth cavity, dentures, or braces to stop you from lying through your teeth, in a manner of speaking. The sensor is able to detect with nearly 94 percent accuracy common oral activities such as chewing, drinking... Read more...
Wireless charging hasn't exactly taken the world by storm, by almost any measure you look at. That said, there's still hope for the technology, but it will likely require less expensive components, more powerful capabilities (wirelessly powering a TV or laptop, for example), and greater corporate support. The tech is... Read more...
It's every kid's dream to fly, but eventually reality sets in that without wings, taking to the skies is left to the birds. Well, screw that. Laurent Aigon, a 40-year-old from Lacanau, France, gave his children wings in the form of a fully functioning Boeing 737 cockpit he assembled in their bedroom. It sits next to... Read more...
At long last, companies are starting to realize that the cloud's true potential really hinges on two things: fast connectivity, and unlimited storage. Placing a roof on the cloud, as Dropbox does with its lowly 2GB of gratis space, makes it useless for many people. And on the gaming front, placing caps makes it difficult to figure out what... Read more...
Ah, arcades. The generation that grew up wondering where their next quarter was going to come from knows all too well the joy found in a typical arcade-style control scheme, and it's something that modern-era gamers are seemingly missing out on in favor of more advanced control pads. Thankfully, there's still a viable... Read more...
As far as rewards programs go, Starbucks has one of the least attractive on offer. Frequent hotel dwellers and airline goers have been pretty upset lately by point devaluations that are ruffling through the industry, but Starbucks gives loyal drinkers next to nothing for stopping in on a daily basis. Clearly, that's... Read more...
The always eager tech surgeons at iFixIt already managed to get their hands on Google's second generation Nexus 7 tablet built by ASUS even though it doesn't officially launch to retail until July 30, 2013 (Protip: if you're impatient, Best Buy and Walmart both have already begun selling the updated slate). As they're... Read more...
Dell’s Project Ophelia, an Android PC-on-a-stick that will cost about $100, is apparently close to hitting the market as a final product. Beta testers are currently receiving their units, and the final product is slated to ship next quarter--sometime between August and October. (This sort of jibes with the... Read more...
Good golly, the iFixit folks are fast; just days after Google announced its Chromecast media streaming device, we already have a look inside the small dongle. It’s a simple device, really; there’s a small motherboard assembly inside the plastic case, and the motherboard itself has four chips on it. iFixit... Read more...
We've all fantasized at one point or another of standing in front of an ATM as it mistakenly shoots out cash, showering us in money. Famed computer hacker Barnaby Jack actually made it happen in 2010 during a demonstration at the Black Hat conference. Called "jackpotting," he demonstrated the vulnerability on two... Read more...
Sometimes we need reminders of important lessons in life, and thanks to a disgruntled Apple device owner who has yet to be identified, we're reminded of how not to act in public. Not only is it incredibly rude to scream at the top of your lungs at a store employee trying to help you, but you end up looking crazy, and... Read more...
Last week, Apple's Developer Portal went offline unexpectedly, and it remained that way for a week. That's a long time for any one Apple product to be offline, particularly one so closely linked to its iOS ecosystem. The company later confirmed that it had been breached, and that it was working on an internal overhaul... Read more...
Make no mistake: the world is 3D printing has become an incredibly interesting one, and one that's growing at breakneck pace. What was once a hobby for high-end science labs has quickly become a favorite amongst average consumers, and now, companies far and wide. Ford has just published a video showing an engineer... Read more...
Michael Dell is apparently finished with negotiations and has made a final offer to Dell's board of directors to take control of the company he founded. In an open letter to shareholders, Michael reiterated that taking Dell private is, in his opinion, still the right thing to do. You also get the impression that he's... Read more...
A couple of weeks back, SanDisk launched a new line of Class 10 UHS-I microSDHC / microSDXC cards targeted at performance conscious consumers. When describing the cards, SanDisk’s director of retail product marketing Susan Park said, “The SanDisk Extreme microSDXC card allows users to do more with their devices…Our high-performance... Read more...
We download mobile apps like it’s nothing; Apple and Google’s respective app stores each hit the 50 billion download mark recently, after just a few years each in the business. Yet mobile apps are, as Natasha Singer of the New York Times calls them, Trojan horses of sorts. We let them into our lives and... Read more...
Samsung just dropped us a note to let us know it's begun mass producing what it claims is the world's fastest embedded memory in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB densities for next-generation smartphone and tablet devices. The company's eMMC PRO memory features an interface speed of 400MB/s, which will lead to faster... Read more...
T-Mobile, billing itself as “America’s un-carrier”, is experimenting with different promotions and programs; we’ve seen a contract-less unlimited everything plan and the JUMP plan that lets users swap out their phones every six months, and now the company is running a zero-down promotion... Read more...
It has not been a great year for casual game maker Zynga. The company axed a pile of games that weren’t bringing in enough cash, broke up with Facebook, saw its stock price plummet, dealt with a lawsuit from Electronic Arts, and lost a top employee or two. However, Zynga’s fortunes looked as though they might turn around if it... Read more...
If you’ve been secretly wondering whether you’re a double-crossing secret agent, you’ll be excited (or disheartened) to know that the technology to fiddle with memories really is under development. Scientists at MIT have successfully programmed a hapless mouse to remember receiving an electric shock... Read more...
Google recently revealed the worst kept secret on the web by formally introducing its second generation Nexus 7 tablet built by ASUS. It's thinner, faster, boasts a better display, and is supposed to be available to purchase July 30, 2013. Don't want to wait? You may not have to, depending on where you live. There... Read more...
As the story goes, Mark Zuckerberg tried to resist implementing ads in Facebook as long as he could, though for the world's most popular social networking site to make money, the inclusion of ads was always inevitable. Not only was it the right move from a financial standpoint, but so was focusing on mobile... Read more...
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