Ikea partners with NASA to build furniture that’s out of this world

Ikea is working with American space experts at NASA to figure out how to make furniture for people in densely populated cities. The Swedish furniture company is sending a team of designers to an astronaut training facility in Utah. The group will be locked inside a ‘spaceship environment’ for three days to gain a deeper understanding of the […]

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Scientists develop computer-guided strategy to accelerate materials discovery

Researchers at the University of Liverpool have developed a computer-guided strategy that led to the discovery of two new materials in the laboratory. In a paper published in Nature, researchers describe an algorithm that uses chemical understanding of the structures of known materials to suggest which new combinations of atoms will create a new material that […]

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Apple is bringing manufacturing jobs to the US with a billion-dollar fund

Following a strong second fiscal quarter in 2017 in which its revenues hit nearly $53 billion, Apple is taking on a mission to bring manufacturing jobs back to the US with the creation of a billion-dollar fund that aims to do just that. To be clear, that’s just the initial amount that Apple is injecting into the effort. […]

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Google reveals when it’ll stop supporting Pixel and Nexus phones

You may want to consult the list if you’re thinking of upgrading in the future. Wondering when you should upgrade your Nexus or Pixel? Google has updated its support page to reflect when it will no longer offer telephone and online support for the devices, and you can use that info to make a decision. In the past, the big […]

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Surprise! The HomePod actually sounds incredible

Apple wants the HomePod to feel like a speaker first, assistant second.   “Hey Siri, what’s the weather like?” That was the first of many questions I asked the HomePod Apple installed in the corner of its WWDC demo area, and the answer was the same each time: silence. Sure, the hazy light on top […]

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Microsoft isn’t saying much about what’s inside HoloLens

Without a doubt, the biggest surprise from today’s Windows 10 keynote at Microsoft’s Redmond campus was the outfit unveiling its HoloLens headset. Dubbed as the “first fully untethered, holographic computer” the device and its capabilities looked pretty neat– if a little fantastical — onstage when Alex Kipman showed it off. But for all his talk […]

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Here’s a closer look at the latest build of Windows 10 (video)

Shortly after Microsoft wrapped its epic Windows 10 keynote today, we had a chance to see the latest version of the next-gen OS running on some honest-to-goodness hardware. Using a Dell Venue Pro 11 tablet on display here at Microsoft’s Redmond headquarters, we got to experience the software in a slightly more final form than […]

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Here’s the biggest news from Microsoft’s Windows 10 event

  Microsoft hinted that its January Windows 10 event would have a lot to offer, and boy was it right. The Redmond crew unveiled not just a ton of software features for desktops and mobile devices, but also new hardware that pushes the limits of what you thought computers could do. Overwhelmed? Don’t be — […]

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experience ‘mixed reality’ with Microsoft’s holographic computer headset, ‘HoloLens’

  Unlike virtual reality, it’s much easier to describe what it’s like using Microsoft’s “mixed reality” holographic headset, HoloLens. Imagine you’re wearing sunglasses with completely transparent lenses, and overlaid on the world in front of you is a rectangular box. That rectangular box is your window into Microsoft’s “mixed” version of reality, meant to convey […]

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Apple offers two-week window for iTunes refunds… in Europe

In case you needed another reason to be jealous of Europe (aside from access to the Autobahn and Yotaphone 2, naturally), Apple has one. Now you can return pretty much any iTunes purchase for a full refund within two weeks. Don’t go thinking this will allow you to beat Infinity Blade 3 in one sitting […]

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United Airlines sues site that found loophole for cheap tickets

You know how it’s often cheaper to fly from Chicago to Paris by booking a flight to Dubai, and then just getting off at the stopover, which happens to be Paris? Well thanks to a lawsuit from United Airlines and booking site Orbitz, you do now — the airlines are suing a site called Skiplagged, […]

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Motion-detecting nanosensors could help find life on other planets

Much as we’d love to discover grey aliens with warp drive technology, any extraterrestrial life we’re lucky enough to find will likely be pretty basic. But the chemical detection methods used by space probes like Curiosity or Philae are hit-and-miss — they can’t actually tell if something is alive or not. Scientists in France have […]

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Sticky sensors will monitor your body’s organs

  Health sensors that attach directly to your organs to are potentially very useful, since they can measure miniscule electrical signals and other details that might otherwise fly under the radar. There’s just one problem: actually sticking those devices on to something that soft and squishy is tough. However, a team of Japanese researchers may […]

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Samsung’s new ‘ring’ speakers pipe sound in every direction

Samsung has tackled just about every kind of speaker you can imagine, but it hasn’t had an answer to hot-selling 360-degree speakers like the UE Boom. Well, that changes today: the Korean firm has unveiled the WAM6500 and WAM7500, its first compact one-piece speakers to promise room-filling sound. Both center around a “ring radiator” that […]

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Yes, LG will have new 4K TVs at CES next week

  Ending a long period of speculation, LG revealed that it will have new TVs of the extra-large, super duper high-res variety to show off during CES next week. While that’s not really a surprise, one thing we should note is that all of them are flat — no anti-curved glasses necessary here. Spanning eight […]

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How to change notification sounds on your Android device

Notification sounds can be a lot of fun to play with and a great way to embrace Android customization. From having your device proudly announce “You’ve got mail!” through to video game noises, catch phrases from your favorite movie and snippets of your favorite song, if it can be stored as an audio file on […]

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