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09/05/2015 08:00 AM
Recommended Reading: The story behind Google's new logo
Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you'll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read. Evolving the Google Ident...
09/05/2015 07:00 AM
ICYMI: Coral protector bot, non-ugly wearable glasses & more
Today on In Case You Missed It: The nation's largest vision insurance company, VSP, is beta-testing wearable health-tracking glasses and somehow they don't even look ridiculous. An autonomous robot submarine is patrolling coral reefs and killing th...
09/05/2015 06:15 AM
IFA Day 3: TVs, TVs and more TVs
At long last, today is the day that the general public is allowed into the hallowed halls of Berlin's Messe to bask in the glory that is IFA. Unfortunately, much of that glory is old and we've seen a big chunk of it before. Still, you should take...
09/05/2015 02:38 AM
Uber pulls down 'share your ETA' links that went public
Uber has pulled down the searchable database people found at "trip.uber.com," which contained details of trips people unknowingly made public by using the "Share your ETA" feature. That's one of the app's functions that sends a link with all pertin...
09/04/2015 09:56 PM
'Halo,' 'Destiny' composer Marty O'Donnell wins lawsuit against Bungie
Developer Bungie's former in-house composer Marty O'Donnell had his day in court and it's time for Bungie to pay the piper. In addition to the initial payout of $142,500 he's owed as a profit-sharing program, O'Donnell also gets to hold onto what V...
09/04/2015 09:16 PM
'Star Wars' BB-8 toy torn apart to see how it works
If your social feeds are anything like mine, they're full of folks squeeing with delight over their new BB-8 droid today. The folks at uBreakiFix got one too, but instead of playing with Star Wars: The Force Awakens' charmer, they cut it apart to s...
09/04/2015 08:28 PM
Play 'Evolve' free this weekend on Xbox One and PC
Wondering what to do with your three day weekend? Turtle Rock Studios is hoping you'll (re)visit its co-op shooter Evolve, courtesy of a few days of free access on Xbox One and PC. Even if you already own it, it may be time to knock the dust off be...
09/04/2015 05:58 PM
'Halo,' 'Surgeon Simulator' devs join the War Child game jam
War Child, a London-based charity that aims to improve the lives of children affected by war, is collaborating with influential developers to create a collection of games titled HELP: Real War is Not a Game. Participating developers include 343 Ind...
09/04/2015 05:33 PM
Older Apple TVs can get YouTube back, but it will cost you
A few months ago Google made changes to its YouTube app and pulled it from old second-generation Apple TV boxes (as well as some other older smart TVs). Now, if you're longing for the heady days of 2007 and aren't ready to upgrade (probably a good...
09/04/2015 04:38 PM
Twitter clutters up iOS and Android timelines with 'Who to Follow'
Twitter really wants new users to stick around. Now that means helping them find interesting accounts by placing "Who to follow" in the timeline of its iOS and Android apps. So now when you load Twitter on your phone you can expect to see in your t...
09/04/2015 03:30 PM
Playdate: Trying out 'Super Time Force Ultra' and 'Grow Home'
Here's a tough choice: would you rather play a game about a gardening robot that experiments with new methods of character animation, or a ridiculous time-travel action game that throws paradoxical caution to the wind? Lucky you -- you don't have t...
09/04/2015 03:10 PM
NASA's bouncing 'Hedgehog' robot is designed to explore comets
The last time humanity tried to explore a comet, things didn't go so well -- the ESA comet lander Philae bounced during touchdown and wound up under a cliff, unable to right itself. Eventually its batteries ran down we lost contact. A sad way to en...
09/04/2015 02:40 PM
'Bedtime Stories for Awful Children,' a free ebook from 'Year Walk' devs
The dark, freezing woods of Sweden are the perfect breeding ground for terrifying tales of naughty children who get what they deserve. This week, Simogo -- the developer of beautifully macabre game Year Walk, and mysterious narrative experiences De...
09/04/2015 02:00 PM
A survey of Apple's input innovations
With Force Touch rumored to arrive on the new iPhones next week, let's take a look back at some of Apple's other notable input methods. Cupertino has always offered a unique spin on the norm, whether it's a mouse with no buttons, multi-touch gestur...
09/04/2015 01:17 PM
Toyota teams up with MIT and Stanford for AI research
Artificial Intelligence is big deal (even if Elon Musk thinks it will doom us all) and today Toyota announced that it is collaborating with MIT and Stanford to accelerate its own AI research. The goal of the collaboration is to advance artificial i...
09/04/2015 12:51 PM
SpaceX Falcon Heavy set to launch in spring 2016
We've heard quite a bit about the SpaceX Falcon Heavy spacecraft since it was first announced. What we haven't seen is a launch. However, it's now planned for next spring. Earlier this week, SpaceX vice president of mission and launch operations Le...
09/04/2015 12:23 PM
New Steve Jobs doc examines the myth of the man who made Apple
Director Alex Gibney wraps up his latest documentary, Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, with an apt encapsulation of the Apple co-founder's conflicting persona: "He had the focus of a monk, without the empathy." Jobs, who passed away in 2011 of p...
09/04/2015 12:00 PM
6 futuristic 3D-printed clothes
By Cat DiStasio 3D printing is revolutionizing the way we make things, from buildings and cars to medical devices. But that's not all: Many forward-thinking designers in the fashion industry are using 3D printers to cut down on material waste and...
09/04/2015 11:40 AM
Amazon Echo now supports shared Google calendars
Amazon's odd but intriguing Echo personal assistant / speaker has received a number of useful updates throughout its short lifespan, and today Amazon announced a few more tweaks to the device. If you're a Google Calendar user, the Echo now supports...
09/04/2015 11:00 AM
Sony's RX10 II is a powerful superzoom camera with some quirks
Remarkable superzoom cameras are hard to come by. But every now and then, there's a standout. Take Sony's RX10 II. Introduced in June, this new shooter features a 20.2-megapixel Exmor RS BSI CMOS sensor (1-inch) and a Bionz X image processor, two o...
09/04/2015 10:44 AM
Watch the trailer for Netflix's first original film 'Beasts of No Nation'
Netflix has found great success with its move into original content over the past few years, and the company isn't content with just producing TV-style series. Beasts of No Nation, Netflix's first original feature-length movie, is set for release o...
09/04/2015 10:30 AM
How an insurance company is trying to craft eyewear of the future
I had just driven 85 miles north of San Francisco when I finally reached my destination: a bright red building with large floor-to-ceiling windows in downtown Sacramento. The structure's high ceilings and spacious interior gave a subtle reminder th...
09/04/2015 10:00 AM
The best Bluetooth keyboard
This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a list of the best technology to buy. Read the full article here. After testing 20 Bluetooth keyboards with a four-person panel, and using our favorites for months of daily work, we found the...
09/04/2015 09:30 AM
Forget football: How fantasy sports are helping kids learn
By his second semester on the job in 2009, Eric Nelson, a civics and history teacher at North Lakes Academy in the Minneapolis suburbs, was at a loss. No matter what tool he used -- gripping news articles, an interactive map of YouTube trending vid...
09/04/2015 09:15 AM
Facebook working with schools on a personalized learning app
In an unusual side project, Facebook has built an app that helps teachers create tailor-made student learning plans, and it may come a US school near you for free. The social network got involved in the project after it learned about an institution...