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APP WATCH: Minecraft, Virtual Legos In Your Phone

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The hit game "Minecraft" is a kind of virtual Lego set in which you break down your surroundings and build pretty much anything....
APP WATCH: Minecraft, Virtual Legos In Your Phone

Instagram alternative Tadaa introduces edge detection to blur photo backgrounds

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It’s been some time since we first looked at photo-sharing app Tadaa, which we noted at the time builds on Instagram’s template with more Twitter-like features for social photographers. Instagram may have gone on to dominate the filter/sharing/social photo-app realm, and it even has that billion-dollar Facebook acquisition to boast,...
Instagram alternative Tadaa introduces edge detection to blur photo backgrounds
With $1.9 Million In Funding, Dekko Aims To Be The Platform On Which Good Augmented Reality Is Built

Apple patent could see iPhone react to different locations

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The technology described in a new Apple patent could force your iPhone to act differently based on its surroundings. [Read more]...
Apple patent could see iPhone react to different locations

Koss Adds Mic and Inline Remote to Classic PortaPro

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Classic PortaPros with inline mic and controls? Yes please! One of my favorite sets of headphones just got a little bit favorite-er. The Koss PortaPro dates back to those dark ages of stonewashed denim and shoulder pads, the 1980s. The simple folding cans, with their thin metal headband and amazing-sounding...
Koss Adds Mic and Inline Remote to Classic PortaPro

Cartoon: Notification Center

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I'm not sure when it happened, but at some point my laptop and smartphone stopped being places of work, creativity, conversation and leisure, and started being the dashboard of a highly-strung car. Suddenly, I'm surrounded by notifications. Three new email messages. Five things just happened on Facebook. Four people have...
Cartoon: Notification Center

The Definitive Insider's Guide to Apple vs. Samsung

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There have been plenty of dramatic moments in the case of Apple versus Samsung, which some have dubbed the patent trial of the century. But let’s be clear. There has also been a lot of downtime. As a result, there has been quite an opportunity for those in the court...
The Definitive Insider's Guide to Apple vs. Samsung

‘Magic Tate Ball’ app launched to show you art based on your surroundings

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Not ones to shy away from digital fun, the Tate Modern art gallery has launched the Magic Tate Ball, a free app for Nokia and iOS that selects art works based on your location and surroundings. The app uses the movement sensors in your mobile device so that you can...
‘Magic Tate Ball’ app launched to show you art based on your surroundings

IBM's 5 in 5 predicts cognitive computing will complement our senses, virtualize touch

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IBM thinks cognitive computers that can adapt to their surroundings will be a large part of our future, and that their ability to take unprocessed data and find patterns in different environments will augment our sensory interactions with our surroundings. While many of us associate haptic feedback with video...
IBM's 5 in 5 predicts cognitive computing will complement our senses, virtualize touch
Sound Taxi turns London street noise into live music
The clouds are alive as microbes fly unfriendly skies
Supreme Court says police need a warrant to use drug-sniffing dogs outside homes

Unmechanical - review

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iPhone, iPad; Teotl/Talawa; £1.99Reading this on mobile? Click here to viewTelling the story of a tiny hovering robot whose two glowing, quirkily wide-set eyes give it an immediate air of anthropomorphic innocence, Unmechanical is a charming physics-based puzzle game. Entirely wordless, it introduces its challenges by letting you experiment with...
Unmechanical - review

Brother AirScouter glasses bring augmented reality, unsightly add-ons to your face

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Head-mounted displays may be all the rage as of late, thanks to Sergey Brin's own recent fashion choices, but the space is hardly new. Brother, for one, has been in the game for a while now, with its AirScouter glasses, and before fellow printer-maker Epson steals all its glory,...
Brother AirScouter glasses bring augmented reality, unsightly add-ons to your face

Game Insight announces Mystery Manor Blitz

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Mobile Social developer Game Insight today announced its newest Mystery Manor game for mobile devices: Mystery Manor Blitz, which will launch for iPad later this year. Mystery Manor Blitz is will feature many of the usual staples present in hidden object games: Players are invited to explore the mansion of...
Game Insight announces Mystery Manor Blitz

AfterShokz to debut 'world's first' bone-conducting Bluez headphones at CES 2013

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At first glance, you might think the guy in the photo above is wearing his sunglasses backwards. However, he's actually getting hiz groove on with the AfterShokz Bluez, a pair of Bluetooth headphones that transmits audio using bone conduction. We've seen the technology before, but never on stereo wireless...
AfterShokz to debut 'world's first' bone-conducting Bluez headphones at CES 2013

Body Cameras Will Put Law Officers Under Scrutiny

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Taser International's plans to aggressively sell small body-mounted video cameras to law enforcement agencies will mean more videos of police shootings will show up online. Some police find it strange to have the scrutiny. Others see a benefit from the public watching them in their actual surroundings, rather than through...
Body Cameras Will Put Law Officers Under Scrutiny

Siri Jokes Aside, Voice Control Will Make Computing Better

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In 1989, it was pure science fiction. Mere seconds after dictating cooking instructions into the oven, Marty's aging mother pulled a fully cooked pizza out of the voice-controlled Black & Decker contraption and served her family. "Boy oh boy, mom you sure can hydrate a pizza!"  I'm referring, of course,...
Siri Jokes Aside, Voice Control Will Make Computing Better

Japanese researchers show off 'interactive' plants: real leaves, artificial emotions

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Looking for a little more companionship from your household plants? Then a team of researchers from Keio University in Japan may have just the thing for you. They've developed a rather elaborate system that promises to lets plants react to you and display a variety of different emotions (see...
Japanese researchers show off 'interactive' plants: real leaves, artificial emotions
Google+ Hangouts Now Let You Know Exactly Who Is Coming And Going

Where the Mars Curiosity Rover Is Headed Next

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So far, most of the excitement about the Curiosity rover has sprung from its precise landing and its first surroundings, the floor of the Gale Crater. But the rover is meant to rove, and rove it will.  Today, in a press briefing, Dawn Sumner, a UC Davis geologist on the...
Where the Mars Curiosity Rover Is Headed Next
App of the Week: 'Toca Tailor Fairy Tales' is an artist's paper-doll dream

Ignorify Wants to Help You Avoid the Physical World So You Can Keep Playing 'Angry Birds' in Peace

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You're walking down the street, texting, listening to some music ... and, without realizing it, you step into oncoming traffic. Or a fire hydrant. Or another person. The perils of distracted driving may be many, but so are the ones associated with distracted walking. Ignorify -- acknowledging that "there's no...
Ignorify Wants to Help You Avoid the Physical World So You Can Keep Playing 'Angry Birds' in Peace
How our brains navigate the world without us noticing

Foursquare refreshes iOS app for streamlined exploring, speedier check-ins

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Building upon redesigned version 5.0, Foursquare has updated its iOS app (sorry, Android users, our guess is that you're coming up next). The refresh provides a number of cosmetic changes, including a tighter check-in screen that omits addresses in favor of a map view of your surroundings (and seems...
Foursquare refreshes iOS app for streamlined exploring, speedier check-ins

Insert Coin semifinalist: cSpring bipedal robot platform hands-on

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Those looking to tinker with humanoid robots aren't exactly lacking for options these days, but Cognitive Spring is taking a slightly different approach than most with its Arduino-based cSpring bipedal robot -- one of the semifinalists in the Insert Coin competition here at Expand. Rather than offering a readymade...
Insert Coin semifinalist: cSpring bipedal robot platform hands-on
DARPA's silicone robot can change colors, disappear in front of your eyes

Canon MREAL Mixed Reality headset hitting US March 1st for $125,000

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This isn't the first we've heard of Canon's Mixed Reality system -- not by a long shot. The company's trotted its augmented reality headset out a few times before. The camera maker did, however, take the opportunity to shed some light on its US plans for the head-mounted display...
Canon MREAL Mixed Reality headset hitting US March 1st for $125,000

Intel invokes Apple's Knowledge Navigator to envision future smartphones

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More than 25 years after Apple introduced "Knowledge Navigator" as a concept that envisioned the future of computers, Intel has reintroduced the concept as the future of smartphones. Smartphones in the future will be cognizant of surroundings, and be able to anticipate the needs of users, said Mike Bell,...
Intel invokes Apple's Knowledge Navigator to envision future smartphones
Toyota to show off self-driving car at CES
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