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  • ICYMI: Cotton Candy body parts, robotic bartender and more

    1h By Kerry Davis
    Today on In Case You Missed It: Vanderbilt University scientists whipped up some human capillaries by using a cotton candy machine to properly shape channels for the blood vessels. A Kickstarter project is selling a tiny video camera attachment wit...
  • iPhone soon becoming 'full replacement' for Apple TV remote

    2h By Timothy J. Seppala
    TV remotes are all well and good, but they have a nasty habit of coming up missing at the worst possible moment -- Apple TV's new wand isn't immune to this malady. It should come as good news then that Cupertino's planning an update for the remote ap...
  • Tesla improves Summon feature with more safety

    3:25am By Autoblog
    Tesla's slow but steady progression towards fully autonomous driving continues. Last month, the company announced beta testing of its "Summon" remote parking feature.The California-based electric vehicle maker is updating the feature to increase the...
  • Watch DARPA's tiny drone do 45 MPH indoors, autonomously

    Fri 11:51pm By Timothy J. Seppala
    It's been a bit since we last saw DARPA's bird-of-prey inspired drone system, but the government's mad science wing hasn't been sitting idle. The Fast Lightweight Autonomy program recently took one of its drones on an indoor test flight where there l...
  • Shape-shifting polymer straightens out from body heat

    Fri 10:59pm By Jon Fingas
    There have been plenty of tries at shape-changing materials, but this one might be the most practical yet. The University of Rochester has created a polymer that returns to its original shape when subjected to body heat -- touch a curled mess of the...
  • Rock the vote for your favorite game in the GDC awards

    Fri 9:33pm By Timothy J. Seppala
    Want to make your voice heard in this year's Game Developer's Choice Awards? How about doing the same for the Independent Game Festival's accolades? Boy howdy, you're covered in both cases. Once again, the GDCA and IGF are opening up the floor for au...
  • Snapchat hopes you'll subscribe to video channels

    Fri 8:47pm By Jon Fingas
    Snapchat isn't content with simply offering videos through Discover and hoping you'll watch them... it wants to give you a reason to keep coming back. Recode sources understand that Snapchat is planning to let you subscribe to Discover channels. Yo...
  • Apple is replacing USB-C cables that shipped with early MacBooks

    Fri 7:56pm By Richard Lawler
    If you were an early adopter of Apple's slimmed-down MacBook, then this may apply to you. According to the company, a "limited number" of laptops sold between its launch in April of 2015 and June 2015 have USB-C cables that could fail due to an unspe...
  • Android app turns your phone into an earthquake detector

    Fri 6:46pm By Jon Fingas
    Your smartphone can already warn you about earthquakes. UC Berkeley, however, is going one step further: it wants your phone to help detect those quakes. The school has released an Android app, MyShake, that uses your phone's motion sensors to detect...
  • Apple urges judge to make up mind about unlocking phones for Feds

    Fri 6:09pm By Chris Velazco
    Today, Apple tried to prod New York Magistrate Judge James Orenstein into settling a months-old debate about unlocking an iPhone at the heart of a criminal investigation. A letter submitted by one of the company's attorneys maintains these sorts of u...
  • Amazon Echo starts talking to your thermostat

    Fri 5:22pm By Jon Fingas
    Amazon's voice-guided Echo speaker can serve as everything from an exercise coach to a game machine, but its latest addition could be particularly helpful if you're shivering as you read this. The Echo now offers voice control over thermostats, star...
  • NBCUniversal has a streaming service for reality TV fans

    Fri 4:58pm By Billy Steele
    If you're a fan of American reality TV shows but you live in the UK, Ireland or Australia, you'll soon be in luck. NBCUNiversal announced Hayu, a streaming service dedicated to the high-quality content only reality television can offer. The monthly s...
  • How Univision is beating the competition to 4K sports streaming

    Fri 4:35pm By Edgar Alvarez
    4K is everywhere. The technology is rapidly making its way into people's homes, in the form of a wide assortment of 4K-ready devices that include cameras, TVs and smartphones. Then there are the Netflixes and Amazons of the world, which are on a miss...
  • SyFy's futuristic cop show 'Halcyon' will have 5 VR episodes

    Fri 4:17pm By Jessica Conditt
    In the year 2058, virtual reality is so commonplace that big-city police have established a Virtual Reality Crimes Unit. In this branch, detective Julie Dover ends up investigating an incident that shouldn't even be possible -- a real-life murder tha...
  • Study links North Korea to Sony hack and malware campaign

    Fri 3:58pm By Andrew Tarantola
    Cyber-security firms Kaspersky and Alienvault Labs announced at the Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit that they had uncovered new evidence linking the massive Sony Pictures hack of 2014 with an ongoing malware attack directed at South Korea. The secu...
  • YouTube acquires BandPage to help drive Red subscriptions

    Fri 3:22pm By Andrew Tarantola
    YouTube announced on Friday that it is acquiring BandPage, a platform that acts as a homepage of sorts for musicians. BandPage originally designed landing tabs on Facebook for musicians but lost most of its traffic after the social site redesigned it...
  • Apple's new 4-inch iPhone and iPad Air 3 are rumored to arrive on March 18th

    Fri 2:58pm By Nathan Ingraham
    The Apple rumor mill has been in full swing over the last month or so, with as-yet-unconfirmed March 15th event that's said to introduce a new 4-inch iPhone and the iPad Air 3. Those rumors are getting a little more concrete today, as 9to5Mac's Marc...
  • Google is shutting down Picasa in favor of Photos

    Fri 2:43pm By Andrew Tarantola
    Google has been steadily migrating its resources towards the Photos ecosystem since the company first announced it at last year's I/O developers conference. It's already shut down Google+ photos in lieu of the newer service and linked Photos to your...
  • Game algorithm could help win elections

    Fri 2:17pm By Jon Fingas
    There's a particular strain of game theory, Colonel Blotto, that many believe could predict the outcomes of everything from elections to sports matches. It asks two sides to distribute soldiers over a battlefield, and hands wins to whoever has the m...
  • Mitsubishi uses sound and WiFi to locate you indoors

    Fri 1:53pm By Jon Fingas
    There have been many attempts at locating you indoors when GPS fails, but they usually come with catches. WiFi alone isn't very accurate, for example, while a ton of beacons isn't always practical. Mitsubishi may have a good answer to those problem...
  • Dr. Dre will reportedly star in Apple's first original TV series

    Fri 1:20pm By Nathan Ingraham
    Rumors have swirled about Apple building its own TV service for untold months now -- and the company has also been rumored to be creating its own original content, ala Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and basically every other streaming service worth its salt....
  • RIP: Adblock Plus

    Fri 1:00pm By Violet Blue
    I got a little too excited when the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) chief called Adblock Plus (ABP) "an unethical, immoral, mendacious coven of techie wannabes." I immediately wanted to know when the next coven meeting was and how many stars to...
  • uTorrent offers ad-free option for $5 a year

    Fri 12:41pm By Steve Dent
    uTorrent recently opted to monetize with ads, but it turns out that pirates hate those as much as paying for content. Now, parent BitTorrent is trying something else -- offering a subscription to eliminate ads for $5 per year. That may not seem like...
  • Google gives My Maps for Android a much-needed revamp

    Fri 12:22pm By Jon Fingas
    Google's My Maps for Android hasn't received a lot of affection lately, but the company is making up for that in style. It quietly released a big upgrade to the custom mapping app that, on top of a "new look and feel," throws in features that arguab...
  • The Public Access Weekly: Ooh! A piece of candy...

    Thu 1:30pm By Amber Bouman
    Just once I'd like to wake up on a Friday morning and not get Rebecca Black's infamous song stuck in my head -- but every Friday it sneaks in there like the overachieving ear worm that it is. (Perhaps I really do gotta to get down on Friday....) So...