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Apple chooses Battersea Power Station for new London HQ

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:05:00 -0400

(image) Apple has settled on a new base of operations in London: Battersea Power Station. The iconic landmark, situated on the Southwest side of the city, has laid mostly dormant since its closure in 1983. A huge regeneration effort is now underway, however,...

Volume is a $1,000 holographic display for your home

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:00:00 -0400

(image) Just when we were running out of things to throw our money at, along comes a new product nobody actually asked for. Startup Looking Glass made a "personal volumetric display" called Volume that it says will let you see VR (or really, 3D content) with...

Amazon's new Fire TV Stick comes with an Alexa remote for $40

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:44:00 -0400

(image) Amazon's next take on the Fire TV Stick looks pretty much the same as before, but it brings along some useful upgrades to keep it current. The biggest difference? It now includes an Alexa-enabled remote at the same $40 price. It also packs in a faste...

ICYMI: All aboard the world's largest boat elevator

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:30:00 -0400

(image) Today on In Case You Missed It: The Three Gorges Dam in China is home to the largest ship elevator, hauling up to 3000 tons of cargo from one lower level of water to the higher stream at the top. Meanwhile, Georgia Tech engineers believe their ne...

Raise veggies like an astronaut with these Wall Farms

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:00:00 -0400

(image) Click & Grow, a company selling indoor garden and herb kits, has released two cabinet-like structures you can use to grow veggies, herbs and other plants inside your house. The company calls them "Wall Farms," and it says they're powered by a pro...

Tinder Boost puts you top of the pile for 30 minutes

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:31:00 -0400

(image) Tinder's next stab at monetization is, effectively, a queue jump system. Activating a new "Tinder Boost" will turn your account into a "top profile," helping you to "skip the line" for 30 minutes. The idea is pretty simple -- Boost and you'll head to...

BlackBerry is done making smartphones

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:44:00 -0400

(image) In BlackBerry's latest quarterly financials released today, the company revealed it's getting out of the hardware business once and for all, choosing instead to "outsource that function to partners." It's not a huge shock given BlackBerry CEO John Ch...

Qualcomm dives deeper into IoT with two new Snapdragon chips

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:30:00 -0400

(image) Snapdragon processors have long been a staple in Android mobile devices but they will soon spread to more than just smartphones. Qualcomm Incorporated announced on Wednesday morning that it is not only producing a pair of new chips, the 410E and 600E...

Your health insurance might score you an Apple Watch

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:29:00 -0400

(image) Apple will exclusively provide its Watch, iPad and iPhone products to Aetna for new app-oriented fitness tracking program, the US insurance giant announced. A cornerstone of the project is health tracking, so Aetna will subsidize the cost of a Watch...

IBM Watson's new job: third grade math teacher

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:27:00 -0400

(image) IBM's famous supercomputer has accomplished many, many things these past years, from making movie trailers to saving a person's life. Now, it's also helping teachers make lesson plans by powering Teacher Advisor, a program IBM developed with the Amer...

Mastercard is offering free Tube travel with Android Pay

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:25:00 -0400

(image) In a bid to boost mobile payments, Mastercard kicked-off a series of promotional events last year where it would pay for Londoners' travel if they used its cards to tap in and out of the Tube with Apple Pay. It must have been a success, because today...

Google adds an Incognito search mode on iOS

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 04:45:00 -0400

(image) Sometimes you need to find something that you don't want to see listed in your Google search history, even while you're on the go. Chrome's Incognito browser sessions can be good for that, but a new tweak for the Google Search app on iOS makes it eas...

Samsung Pay adds in-app coupon search for its anniversary

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 03:39:00 -0400

(image) Samsung Pay is celebrating its first year in America by launching a feature couponers would love. The Korean company has teamed up with the owner of to make redeeming discounts much easier. Now, when you link your loyalty card or account...

Mercury is the first planet after Earth with tectonic activity

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 01:39:00 -0400

(image) To date, Earth has been the only planet in the Solar System known to demonstrate tectonic activity. Other planets are geologically active, but not much more than that. However, it now looks like our homeworld isn't alone. Smithsonian researchers comb...

Moscow will replace Microsoft's products with local offerings

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:54:00 -0400

(image) Microsoft might lose a whole city of customers in Russia. According to Bloomberg, Moscow will begin replacing Redmond's products with homegrown software as a result of Vladimir Putin's urging to stop depending on foreign tech. Artem Yermolaev, the ci...

Measles has been eliminated in the Americas, according to WHO

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:52:00 -0400

(image) It's been 53 years since the first measles vaccine was released in 1963, though most people alive today have gotten it bundled into the combined MMR prevention shot that first appeared in 1971. After a half-century of immunization, the World Health O...

Apple will fix iOS 10's easier-to-crack device backups

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:49:00 -0400

(image) Apple has been big on strong encryption lately, but it's not immune to making missteps. Security researchers at Elcomsoft have discovered that iOS 10's local encrypted backups (that is, the ones you create in iTunes) use an older password protection...

Earth's CO2 levels have permanently crossed the 400ppm threshold

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:42:00 -0400

(image) Despite the fact that September is typically the lowest month for atmospheric carbon dioxide, the CO2 levels in Earth's atmosphere crossed the symbolic 400 parts per million threshold this month. According to climate scientists, it is extremely unlik...

The first presidential debate broke multiple internet records

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:51:00 -0400

(image) It won't shock you to hear that the first US presidential debate shattered TV viewing records -- Nielsen says the broadcast was the most-watched debate ever with an average of 84 million viewers. However, it also pushed boundaries of the internet, to...

Pixel 2 joins the few Chromebooks that can run Android apps

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:13:00 -0400

(image) Prior to a few days ago, anyone wanting to run Android apps on their Chromebook had to be an early adopter. Google finally released a stable build of Chrome OS that included a Play store in beta that would allow users to run mobile apps...but only on...

Xbox One gets Fox Sports Go's streaming app

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:44:00 -0400

(image) Fox Sports Go is basically on every major streaming platform already, including Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku and Fire TV. And now you can add a gaming console to that list, with the app now available on the Xbox One. To give you a refresher, Fox Sports...

This sci-fi film was shot entirely by autonomous drones

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:10:00 -0400

(image) Directed by speculative architect Liam Young, In the Robot Skies claims to be the first narrative fiction film shot entirely by autonomous, pre-programmed drones. But the lack of human camera operators is more than just a headline grabbing gimmick. T...

eSports powerhouse Team Liquid picked up by new investor group

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:41:00 -0400

(image) While 2016 has been a great year for eSports exposure — several championships have gotten screen time on ESPN networks — it's also been a great year for money. Not only is it estimated to grow to a $500 million industry this annum, but tr...

FBI investigating potential hack of Democrat officials' cells

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:20:00 -0400

(image) Reuters reports that the FBI is actively investigating whether several high ranking Democrat officials' cellphones have been hacked. The Bureau believes that this attack, should it be confirmed, could be tied to the earlier DNC hacks and that of form...

Body scanners are coming to your gym

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:01:00 -0400

(image) Sure, you may feel like you're in better shape after a trip to the gym, but how do you quantify it besides stepping on a scale or breaking out calipers? Australian outfit mPort thinks it can do better. It's rolling out 3D body scanners at LA Fitnes...