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Razer and Microsoft may be working on an Xbox keyboard and mouse

If you've been waiting for keyboard and mouse support to come to the Xbox, there's some (possibly) good news on that front. According to Windows Central, Microsoft and Razer may be working together to bring peripheral support to the console.

Posted on 26 June 2018 | 3:41 am

Amazon expands Prime discounts to all Whole Foods stores this week

Earlier this year, Amazon began offering Whole Foods discounts to Prime members and it has been expanding that program to more states over recent weeks. Today, the company announced that all Whole Foods and Whole Foods 365 stores will offer discounts...

Posted on 26 June 2018 | 3:14 am

Google Earth can measure the distance between your house and the Louvre

Not content to simply measure kitchen tables using augmented reality anymore, Google is thinking bigger. A lot bigger. The latest update to Google Earth is the ability to measure the distance between two points on the globe. In a blog post, the searc...

Posted on 26 June 2018 | 2:44 am

Microsoft is testing AdBlock Plus on the Edge mobile browser

Microsoft is apparently serious about creating a great experience for users of its Edge browser on Android and iOS. According to The Verge, the tech giant has added Adblock Plus directly into the beta version of its Microsoft Edge for Android browser...

Posted on 26 June 2018 | 1:40 am

Apple's future AirPods may offer noise cancellation and greater range

Apple might have larger plans in store for future AirPods beyond water resistance. Bloomberg sources claim that a higher-end version of the totally wireless earbuds could arrive "as early as" 2019 with noise cancellation and longer wireless range in...

Posted on 26 June 2018 | 12:58 am

Sphero branches out beyond robots with Specdrums acquisition

When Sphero dismissed 45 employees in January and refocused on education, it was in uncharted waters. It didn't mark a complete divergence from Sphero's robotic roots, but it empowered the company to create things it could "actually own" instead of m...

Posted on 26 June 2018 | 12:31 am

UK's official music charts to include video views from July

How do we listen to music these days? Judging by the frothing from record company executives, it's by pretending to watch their promotional videos on YouTube. But that's a problem for the people who are trying to work out what the most popular tracks...

Posted on 25 June 2018 | 11:35 pm

The Morning After: A really tiny 'computer'

Welcome back! We're kicking off the week with some excellent smoothie blenders, tiny 'computers' that make rice grains look huge and an unintended consequence of smart home devices.

Posted on 25 June 2018 | 10:48 pm

China may punch a hole in the 'Great Firewall' for select tourists

The Chinese government's prohibition of popular social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube has spanned several years. China has previously flirted with relaxing its strict internet rules, but it stood firm and such promises never materiali...

Posted on 25 June 2018 | 9:20 pm

Contractor hoped to sell social media surveillance to oppressive regimes

Western companies are still interested in selling surveillance tools to governments that could easily abuse them. The Intercept claims to have leaked documents suggesting that Circinus, the defense contractor run by Trump fundraiser Elliott Broidy,...

Posted on 25 June 2018 | 5:10 pm

Scientists validate theory of relativity on galactic level

Einstein's theory of general relativity is rather important when it's crucial to the modern understandings of the universe and technology like satellites. But does it hold up with something as vast as a galaxy? Thanks to researchers, we know the an...

Posted on 25 June 2018 | 3:12 pm

Xiaomi's latest tablet offers LTE on the cheap

Save for the earlier false alarm of Google nixing the tablet section on its website, things have been a little quiet in the Android tablet world. But earlier today, Xiaomi updated its tablet lineup with the Mi Pad 4, an 8-inch, 0.76-pound metallic sl...

Posted on 25 June 2018 | 1:34 pm

AT&T managers encouraged unethical DirecTV Now sales pitches

There's no question that AT&T really, really likes it when customers sign up for DirecTV Now. It regularly touts the subscriber numbers, and it has lately offset troubles with the telecom's conventional TV business. However, its sales staff may h...

Posted on 25 June 2018 | 12:05 pm

Navy backs 'omniphobic' coatings to help ships travel farther

Researchers have already explored the idea of using water-repellent ship coatings that let ships travel faster and farther. The US Navy, however, is taking things a step further. It's backing University of Michigan work on an "omniphobic" coating tha...

Posted on 25 June 2018 | 10:34 am

Domestic abusers are exploiting smart home devices

Smart home devices are supposed to make life easier, but it's now apparent that their convenience carries unintended consequences for domestic abuse survivors. The New York Times has conducted interviews showing that abusers are exploiting smart spea...

Posted on 25 June 2018 | 9:03 am

VW electric racer smashes Pikes Peak's overall record

VW may have been overly cautious when it hoped to beat Pikes Peak's electric vehicle record with its purpose-built racer. Official lap time data has confirmed that Romain Dumas' I.D. R Pikes Peak made it up the legendary hill in just over 7 minutes...

Posted on 25 June 2018 | 7:31 am

Tesla will charge for 'premium' internet on new cars starting July 1st

Ever since Tesla started offering cellular data access in its cars, there's been the implication that it would eventually charge for service. In 2014, it indicated that would start charging in 2018. Four years later, that moment is at hand... altho...

Posted on 25 June 2018 | 6:01 am

What's the best blender for smoothies?

By Lesley Stockton This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full article here. A thick and vel...

Posted on 25 June 2018 | 4:30 am

DNA synthesis breakthrough could lead to faster medical discoveries

For all of the advancements in genetic research, DNA synthesis hasn't changed much in over four decades. That could make it a serious obstacle to scientists who are otherwise racing to develop a new drug or understand the human body. It might finally...

Posted on 25 June 2018 | 2:50 am

Ben Heck's Alexa clock crane

While the element14 Community is running a design challenge to help those with mental and physical impairments (which you can join in on), Sean and Connor Miller work with Ben, Felix and Karen to help a family member with multiple sclerosis. Watc...

Posted on 25 June 2018 | 12:30 am

Google adds anti-tampering DRM to Android apps in the Play Store

Google has made a small change to Play Store apps that could prove a significant help to the security of your Android phone. The company is now adding a "small amount" of security metadata to Android APKs to be sure that they were distributed throug...

Posted on 24 June 2018 | 8:08 pm

Cell-sized 'microlasers' could regulate brain activity

Scientists have spent years creating ever-smaller lasers. Berkeley Lab's latest invention, however, is something special -- and could lead to a significant change in medicine. An international team at the school has developed "microlasers" that are s...

Posted on 24 June 2018 | 3:11 pm

'Snapdragon 1000' chip may be designed for PCs from the ground up

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 850 processor may be intended for PCs, but it's still a half step -- it's really a higher-clocked version of the same processor you'd find in your phone. The company may be more adventurous the next time, though. WinFuture says...

Posted on 24 June 2018 | 1:24 pm

Scientists are building a DNA database to fight illegal logging

DNA evidence could put criminals behind bars, but only if there's something to compare it to. That's why a project that aims to combat illegal logging is now building a DNA database of trees, which could help authorities determine if logs being sold...

Posted on 24 June 2018 | 11:42 am

World's tiniest 'computer' makes a grain of rice seem massive

You didn't think scientists would let IBM's "world's smallest computer" boast go unchallenged, did you? Sure enough, University of Michigan has produced a temperature sensing 'computer' measuring 0.04 cubic millimeters, or about a tenth the size of I...

Posted on 24 June 2018 | 9:59 am