Category Archives: Tech News

These tiny modular ‘microbots’ can change shape to capture single cells

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In a video out of North Carolina State University and Duke, five tiny cubes float freely under a microscope. Suddenly two pairs snap together, before all five combine into a single unit. Once together, they bend around a hinge, snapping together like Pac-Man’s jaws. The cubes approach a small, circular object — a single yeast […]

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The robot spray-painted chimney and other tech news

BBC Click’s Lara Lewington looks at some of the best of the week’s technology news stories including: The robot spray printer device that painted a work of art on an abandoned power station chimney The US Navy launches its first fighter jet powered by electromagnetic energy The high-speed hyperloop completes its first journey in the […]

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Gamescom 2017: everything we expect to see at Europe's biggest gaming show

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August is underway and that means Gamescom is drawing closer. Arguably Europe’s biggest gaming event (some have taken to calling it Europe’s more consumer friendly E3) this annual show in Cologne has garnered a reputation for being the place to get the latest gaming news. This year’s show opens on August 22 for press and […]

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How to Photograph the 2017 Solar Eclipse Using Your Smartphone

For about three minutes on August 21, if you’re lucky, you can watch the moon cross in front of the sun and block out its light in a total solar eclipse. Afterward, you can expect your Instagram feed to fill with pictures of the big event. If you want to get in on the action, […]

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Crunch Report | Instagram Stories Turns One

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Bluesound Pulse 2 and Pulse Flex Review: Great Audio, But Tough to Set Up

Audio company Bluesound makes a variety of wireless speakers and stereo components. But the company sees itself more as a music platform for audiophiles than a speaker manufacturer, as it has always proudly focused on hi-res, lossless playback. Rather than solely relying on Bluetooth (which compresses your audio files to ease wireless transmission and can […]

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Amazon Echo turned into covert microphone

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Image copyright Amazon Image caption The original Amazon Echo speaker first went on limited release in November 2014 Amazon’s Echo smart speaker can be hacked to send the audio steam of everything it hears to an attacker, says a researcher. Mark Barnes said the attack on some versions of the Echo let him do almost […]

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iPad just had a huge quarter – so what happens now?

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All eyes may be on the iPhone 8 and its anticipated September launch, but iPad just had its best quarter sales-wise in a long time. And not just a tiny uptick: Apple sold 11.4 million iPads in Q3, the three months ending July 1. CEO Tim Cook called these “very positive results” on the company’s […]

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Facebook said to be working on dedicated video chat device

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Facebook is reportedly working on dedicated video chat hardware, per a new report by Bloomberg. The device is said to be the inaugural major product from Facebook’s hardware-focused Building 8 product development lab, and will include a notebook-sized display. It’s intended to make video chat participants separated geographically feel like they’re together in the same […]

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How to Record Calls on Your Smartphone

After ten days as the White House’s Communications Director, Anthony Scaramucci is out. His downfall? A particularly candid late-night phone conversation with New Yorker writer Ryan Lizza. Like mosts journalists, Lizza recorded his call not just for posterity, but for proof. After all, it’s hard to argue with audio evidence. Recording a call used to […]

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