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As sensors shrink in size, 'wearable' gadgets may fall out of sight

Forget “wearables.” The next big thing in mobile devices is “disappearables.” Even as the new Apple Watch piques consumer interest in wrist-worn devices, the pace of innovation and the tumbling cost, and size, of components will make wearables smaller — so small, some in the industry say, that no one ...

Dark tattoos daunt Apple Watch

May 1, 2015

Dark tattoos daunt Apple Watch

Apple aficionados who are also fans of body art are finding out that dark tattoos can daunt the iconic company’s hot new smartwatch. An online Apple support page on Thursday warned that “ink, pattern, and saturation of some tattoos can block light from the ...

Microsoft to embrace Apple, Android in major strategy shift

Apr 30, 2015

Microsoft to embrace Apple, Android in major strategy shift

Microsoft hopes to get more people using the next version of its Windows software on all kinds of devices by giving them access to many of the same apps they’re already using on Apple or Android phones. In a major strategy shift, a top ...

Apr 29, 2015

Google sets up patents marketplace

Google has announced that it is setting up an online marketplace for those who want to sell patents to the Internet giant. “We invite you to sell us your patents,” Google Patent Deputy Counsel Allen Lo said in a blog post. Lo said the ...

Facebook and mobile rule, state of the media report shows

Apr 29, 2015

Facebook and mobile rule, state of the media report shows

A new report on the state of the media has some simple terms for how we learn about the world: mobile and social media. More visitors to Yahoo, NBC and other top Internet sites are getting their news from mobile devices than from desktop ...

Apple Watch debuts in Japan with little fanfare

Apr 24, 2015

Apple Watch debuts in Japan with little fanfare

by Andrew Mckirdy

The much-hyped Apple Watch went on sale to a muted fanfare Friday as shoppers came to terms with limited availability of the tech giant’s first wearable gadget. Global demand for the smartwatch has been so high that Apple decided to restrict initial sales to ...

Maglev train clocks 603 kph, setting new world record

Apr 21, 2015

Maglev train clocks 603 kph, setting new world record

Japan’s state-of-the-art maglev train set a world speed record Tuesday during a test run near Mount Fuji, clocking more than 600 kph. The seven-car maglev — short for magnetic levitation — train, hit a top speed of 603 kph, and managed nearly 11 seconds ...

Apr 19, 2015

In hunt to monetize, social networks slip in stealth advertising

The quandary for those who run social networks is how to monetize activity on them without antagonizing and thus losing users through distracting ads. The answer, for Twitter, YouTube and Instagram, is to slip in some stealthy ads camouflaged to look like posts from ...

Apr 18, 2015

Google to rank Web access on mobile devices

Google search Tuesday will start factoring in how easy websites are to read on smartphones or tablet computers, underlining the changing way people surf the Internet. The Web titan said that the “mobile-friendliness” of websites will be a factor in ranking results to online ...

Apr 16, 2015

Japan's maglev train sets world speed record at 590 kph

A magnetic levitation train run by Central Japan Railway Co. set a world speed record of 590 kph on Thursday during a manned test run on an experimental track, the railway company said. The train operator broke the previous world record of 581 km ...

3D Robotics plans to launch $1,000 smart drone

Apr 16, 2015

3D Robotics plans to launch $1,000 smart drone

3D Robotics Inc., North America’s largest drone manufacturer, is introducing a $1,000 drone for consumers that simplifies flying and using the products. The Solo, with Linux computers in the controller and new features in the craft itself, goes on sale in late May in ...

Computer transmission of human personalities not far off: inventor

Apr 5, 2015

Computer transmission of human personalities not far off: inventor

The world has only touched the surface of technological progress and computers may soon be able to transmit the complexities of human personalities, a prominent inventor says. Sebastian Thrun, who founded the Google X laboratory, where the Internet search giant has developed Google Glass ...

Tim Cook joins roster of rich giving away their wealth

Mar 27, 2015

Tim Cook joins roster of rich giving away their wealth

Apple Inc. Chief Executive Tim Cook is joining the roster of the very rich who are giving away their wealth. Fortune magazine cited the head of the world’s largest technology corporation as saying he planned to donate his estimated $785 million fortune to charity ...