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  • Chevy still has 6,000 unsold last-gen Volt hybrids

    26 May 2015, 2:04 am by: Jon Fingas

    The 2016 Chevy Volt promises to be a much better hybrid than its predecessor, with a lower price and better performance... and unfortunately for GM, that improvement might be hurting sales of the outgoing model. The Detroit Free Press reports that th...
  • Audi's R8 e-tron electric supercar can now drive itself

    25 May 2015, 11:30 pm by: Nick Summers

    Slowly but surely, Audi is getting closer to realizing Will Smith's wildly futuristic motor from I, Robot. At CES Asia, the company has revealed an updated version of its R8 e-tron electric supercar with self-driving capabilities. A bevy of sensors h...
  • Samsung's Iron Man edition Galaxy S6 Edge lacks J.A.R.V.I.S.

    25 May 2015, 10:26 pm by: Richard Lai

    With Samsung being an active promoter of Marvel's latest Avengers movie, it's no surprise to see the tech giant releasing some sort of special edition product to sweeten the deal. Why yes, it's an Iron Man limited edition Galaxy S6 Edge with matching...
  • TiVo said to be launching Cox video on demand

    25 May 2015, 8:26 pm by: Jon Fingas

    You're forgiven if you forgot that TiVo and Cox were once best buddies. They formed a partnership years ago, but that alliance quietly fell by the wayside. However, there are signs that it could come roaring back. Tipsters tell Zatz Not Funny (which ...
  • Jony Ive becomes Apple's first Chief Design Officer

    25 May 2015, 6:22 pm by: Jon Fingas

    There's no question that Jony Ive is more important than ever to Apple's design process given his heavy influence on everything from the look of iOS to the philosophy behind the Apple Watch, and the Cupertino crew just gave him a promotion to reflect...
  • Robot learns skills through trial and error, like you do

    25 May 2015, 6:05 pm by: Jon Fingas

    As a rule, robots have to learn through explicit instruction, whether it's through new programming, watching videos or holding their hands. UC Berkeley's BRETT (Berkeley Robot for the Elimination of Tedious Tasks) isn't nearly that dependent, however...
  • Oculus' next big move is to make VR a social experience

    25 May 2015, 4:02 pm by: Edgar Alvarez

    VR turned me into a movie character -- a tiny, bright yellow firefly. But here's the best part: I got to experience it with someone next to me, both literally and virtually, in a dark room with headsets strapped to our heads. For Oculus Story Studio,...
  • What's on your HDTV: 'Ultra Street Fighter IV', 'Halt and Catch Fire'

    25 May 2015, 2:01 pm by: Richard Lawler

    Winter may be coming in Westeros, but it is long gone from our TV viewing schedules. The NBA and NHL conference finals are wrapping up this week, while summer TV shows start to pop up on the schedule. That means reality dreck like The Island, The Bri...
  • Charter is reportedly close to buying Time Warner Cable

    25 May 2015, 12:24 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Charter's interest in buying Time Warner Cable appears to be more than just a passing fancy. Bloomberg sources claim that the cable company is on the cusp of reaching a deal to buy TWC for $195 per share. The finer details of the buyout aren't availa...
  • The Big Picture: NASA images typhoon eye in stunning detail

    25 May 2015, 10:31 am by: Steve Dent

    NASA's CloudSat has imaged the eye of a category 4 typhoon, a feat the space agency likened to a "golfer hitting a hole in one." Its cloud-penetrating radar has a field of view of just .5 square miles, making it a challenge to zone in on such a tiny,...
  • Amazon finally starts paying proper taxes in European countries

    25 May 2015, 8:29 am by: Matt Brian

    For many years, Amazon has sent a huge percentage of its European revenues over to Luxembourg. The tiny country levies a much smaller rate of tax than most of the countries in which the retailer operates, allowing it to keep a larger share of sales. ...
  • Google patents creepy smart toys that interact with kids

    25 May 2015, 6:27 am by: Steve Dent

    Nexus Ruxpin? Google's mad science X division is, er, toying with the idea of smart teddy bears in one of its strangest patents yet. In response to junior's voice or movements, "the anthropomorphic device may aim its gaze at the source of the social ...
  • Google finds that security questions aren't really secure

    25 May 2015, 2:53 am by: Jon Fingas

    If you've ever thought that "what was your first pet's name?" is a lousy way to keep intruders from resetting your password, you now have some evidence to back up your suspicions. Google has published research showing that security questions aren't t...
  • Super-efficient solar cells can power homes in unforgiving areas

    25 May 2015, 12:22 am by: Jon Fingas

    Scientists have long talked about black silicon (that is, silicon with nano-sized structures) having the potential to trump conventional solar power, and there's now some proof that this is happening. Aalto University researchers have developed black...
  • 'A Beautiful Mind': mathematician John Nash dies aged 86

    24 May 2015, 11:37 pm by: Mat Smith

    Dr. John Nash, the Nobel Prize-winning mathematician whose work included noncooperative game theory, has died aged 86. Known as Nash equilibrium, the theory is used in a broad range of fields, including economics, other social sciences, evolutionary ...
  • Chromecast app update gives a clearer look at your streaming devices

    24 May 2015, 10:10 pm by: Jon Fingas

    If you're fortunate enough to have more than one Chromecast device at home, you should now have an easier time making sense of your streaming options. Updates to both the Android and iOS Chromecast apps give you a reworked hardware view that gives ea...
  • Unorthodox Sprite drone tolerates abuse and actually flies

    24 May 2015, 8:01 pm by: Steve Dent

    When you picture a consumer drone, something bulky with four or six props à la DJI probably pops to mind. But the folks behind a new model on Kickstarter think that such UAVs have two big problems -- namely, they're hard to carry and break easily if ...
  • Android's stand-alone Photos app will give you more creative control

    24 May 2015, 6:03 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Wondering what will happen when Android's Photos app finally makes a clean break from Google+? You should now have a pretty good idea. Android Police has peeked at a leaked copy of a reworked Photos app, and it's clear that Google is using the servic...
  • Instagram wants to reel you back in with emailed photo highlights

    24 May 2015, 4:09 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Instagram's photographic social feed isn't as novel as it once was, and you may be tempted to stop using it if you're overwhelmed by that never-ending stream of square pictures. How is the company supposed to keep you coming back for more? Though reg...
  • Some of Hollywood's best animatronics are going to auction

    24 May 2015, 2:02 pm by: Jon Fingas

    If you're a movie buff who can't get enough of Hollywood's monsters, you might want to brace your wallet for impact. Famed special effects guru Rick Baker is auctioning over 400 items from his collection, including animatronics that were key to liven...
  • Clip-on adds gesture control to Pebble Time and Android Wear watches

    24 May 2015, 12:07 pm by: Mariella Moon

    Aria is a small add-on that clips underneath a smartwatch band and lets you control the device with finger gestures. It's an accessory for an accessory, which sounds kind of ridiculous, but it's not like you have a lot of choices when it comes to add...
  • Inhabitat's Week in Green: rain lamps and solar-powered pod homes

    24 May 2015, 10:00 am by: Inhabitat

    Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green. Everything about Tesla is groundbreaking, including its direct-sales model. Laws in New Jersey, Ohio, T...
  • The next Firefox OS devices will focus on quality, not cost

    24 May 2015, 7:11 am by: Jon Fingas

    Outside of one or two exceptions, most Firefox OS devices have been aimed squarely at the budget crowd -- at folks who would otherwise have to entirely forego smartphoness or tablets. However, Mozilla is ready to switch things up. The organization ha...
  • NASA finds distant galaxy shining as bright as 300 trillion suns

    24 May 2015, 4:08 am by: Mariella Moon

    Ever tried looking at the sun with your bare eyes? Too bright, right? Now imagine looking at something with the brightness of 300 trillion suns. That's how intense "the most luminous galaxy found to date" is, so much so that NASA has created a new cl...
  • Human gene sequencing gets an official yardstick

    24 May 2015, 1:22 am by: Jon Fingas

    Gene sequencing, once a rare feat, is pretty common these days... but how do you know that your DNA data is up to snuff? As of now, there's an easy way to find out. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released reference gene...

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