Do you still think that gadgets don’t play an important role in our life? Well, try to remember your ordinary day, and it will turn out to be that gadgets surround you everywhere, no matter who you are: a student or office worker. You use a mobile phone to create papers and documents, and even if you decide to use the help of research paper writers, you still use your gadgets. School and college students nowadays can’t imagine their lives without smartphones and powerful laptops. And if you think that you don’t need to update your gadgets to use academic writing services, you’re wrong. It’s not the way to get your research paper done, and it’s a way to hire a personal tutor who’ll make the topic clear for you. Keeping in touch with the latest updates of the tech world is the duty of any modern person who plans to move with the times. Smartphones, smartwatches, laptops, and other devices are a must for us because they make our life easier.

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Meet the multilingual robot newscaster with a very human face

Pepper the robot looks like a robot, thanks to an almost-anime design. What then, of Kodomoroid (above, center) and Otonaroid (right)? Both androids have found employment at Japan’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, as part of its…

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Google I/O 2014 Keynote Live Blog

It’s Day 1 of Google’s I/O conference. Know what that means? It’s keynote time!
Just as they’ve done for the past few years, Google will open the conference by unveiling many of the projects they’ve been keeping under wraps for months. And just as we’ve done for the past few years, we’ll be there bringing you every little up-to-the-second detail we… Read More

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Ex-CBSi Execs Get $3M For Sapho, A Smart Stream For Disparate Enterprise App Updates

As executives at CBS Interactive, Fouad ElNaggar, Peter Yared, and Charles Christolini were all too familiar with one of the biggest IT problems that big companies face: millions of dollars get invested into software for companies to work better, but getting people in the company to engage with that software regularly was nigh on impossible.
Yared calls this “the dirty secret of… Read More

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PlayStation Now will start streaming PS3 games to Sony TVs next week

Sony has been testing its PlayStation Now cloud streaming game service for months, with a select group of players testing it out on the PS3 and PS4 (all PS4 owners can try it out at the end of next month). On Monday, that group will expand to include…

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Domobio’s QT33 Can Dramatically Improve Sleep Apnea Patients’ Quality Of Life

More than 18 million Americans have sleep apnea, a condition that affects their breathing while they are asleep. Not only does sleep apnea impact their sleep quality, but it can also increase the risk of strokes, heart attacks, congestive heart failure, and hypertension. When Seungkyu Lee, a Seoul-based dentist, realized how much sleep apnea decimated the quality of life for his patients, he… Read More

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Super-sensitive chip can sniff out bombs from 16 feet away

Let’s face it: the theatrical security procedures at airports aren’t going away any time soon. However, they might just get more tolerable if a team of Israeli researchers bring a new, extremely sensitive bomb detection chip to an inspection line…

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European Commission slashes roaming rates by 55%

The European Commission has drastically slashed roaming rates in the EU, dropping them by 55-percent effective starting July 1. That’s not the end of the news, however: the Commission has also revealed that it is working on nixing roaming charges altogether. The charges haven’t been entirely eradicated as of yet, but henceforth the roaming rates have been slashed more than …

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Students aim to send a time capsule to Mars by 2017

Most people will bury a time capsule, but a group of brilliant young minds will surely find something more exciting to do with it — like sending it off to Mars. That’s exactly what a team of students from MIT, Duke University, Stanford University…

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 destined for Verizon on June 26

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 tablet will be available from Verizon this coming Thursday, June 26. Users will be able to get the slate for different price points depending whether a plan is selected or it is bought outright. We’ve got all the details for you after the jump. The Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 features an 8-inch display with a …

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Mobile Ad Startup TapSense Announces Support For Wearable Apps, Starting On Pebble

If you’re building apps for the Pebble smartwatch and other wearable gadgets, startup TapSense hopes to bring you into the wonderful world of mobile advertising.
The company announced today that its mobile ad exchange will support wearable apps, beginning with those in the Pebble appstore. You can see a video demo of an ad below. Read More

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Engadget Daily: Google I/O 2014, the deal with Android Wear and more!

Today, we discuss tomorrow’s Google I/O conference, review the Galaxy Tab S, take a look at Misfit’s new Pebble fitness tracking app and explore the potential of Google’s Android Wear platform. Read on for Engadget’s news highlights from the last 24…

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Congress Names 4 Countries To Anti-Piracy Watchlist

A Congressional caucus identified four nations that are failing to address high rates of digital piracy.
As first reported by The Hill, the anti-piracy watchlist released by the International Creativity and Theft-Prevention Caucus — formerly the Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus — Tuesday zeroes in on China, Russia, India and Switzerland. Read More

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LG G Watch goes up for pre-order

Following its brief appearance on the German Play Store, the LG G Watch has officially gone up for pre-order. The pre-order has surfaced at the website MobileFun.com, where the smartwatch is being offered in black and white versions for $254.99 USD. The smartwatch pre-order, spotted by the folks at AusDroid, is being offered to those located in a dozen countries: …

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Why you’ll never drive your car with a joystick

Aurich Lawson

The very earliest automobiles used tillers to control their steering, but by the turn of the century the nascent car industry settled on using a wheel to control the steering, perhaps taking inspiration from boats. With the driver’s hands busy steering (and changing gears via a lever), pedals soon found favor as the optimum method of controlling the brakes and engines. Along the years, concept cars have appeared with alternative ideas, often involving aircraft-inspired joysticks. Nearly two decades of Gran Turismo and its ilk have trained gamers to control cars using d-pads, buttons, and triggers. Then there’s the even more outlandish stuff like prone driving positions, a la Batman and his Tumbler Batmobile. Have we learned anything during the last hundred-plus years of driving that makes more sense than Edwardian-era human-vehicle interaction?

Despite being more than 100 years old, the controls for this Model T Ford have much in common with cars today. That steering wheel doesn’t have much crash safety, though!
Don Harder @ Flickr

At first glance, the answer is no, not really. For the foreseeable future—at least with regard to non-autonomous vehicles—drivers are going to sit upright, up front, and they’ll have a steering wheel and at least two pedals. But superficial similarities shouldn’t suggest time has stood still in the car’s cockpit. Decades of research has gone on that’s shaped the way designers and engineers lay out our car interiors. And this work has focused largely on crash safety and spatial awareness, not to mention government regulations.

In favor of traditional controls

Ford’s 1954 FX Atmos concept car was the first to replace the steering wheel with a jet age-inspired joystick.
Alden Jewell @ Flickr

The first concept cars to do away with the steering wheel appeared in the 1950s. Detroit was infatuated by the aerospace industry at the time, adding fins and bubble canopies wherever possible. It makes sense that they’d try to stick in a pilot’s joystick as well, and Ford’s FX Atmos of 1954 was the most notable example. Still, the joystick, unlike those fins, never made the transition from the auto show to the street. Decades later, the concept reappeared. In 1996, Mercedes-Benz built a technology-laden research vehicle called The F200 Imagination.

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WD My Book Duo external drive brings USB 3.0, two bays

If you’re in need of more space for your data and a NAS unit isn’t to your taste, Western Digital has rolled out a new direct-attached storage unit, the My Book Duo. With the My Book Duo comes two bays and USB 3.0, as well as some security add-ons. The My Book Duo (not to be confused with the MyBook …

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Sit back and watch hacks around the world in real time

Want to feel anxious about your internet connection? The security firm Norse is more than happy to oblige. It’s running a live hacking map that shows the attacks against a worldwide honeypot (that is, purposefully vulnerable) network as they happen….

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Xplore Bobcat rugged tablet takes on Panasonic’s Toughpad

Xplore has introduced a new tablet that goes toe-to-toe with Panasonic’s Toughpad. The Xplore Bobcat is a rugged tablet running Windows 8.1 Pro (Windows 7 is also an option). With the slate comes a body designed to handle a fair amount of abuse, and a design that matches its inherent ruggedness. The Xplore Bobcat tablet runs an Intel quad-core 1.91GHz …

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Silicon Valley Moguls Push For Campaign Finance Reform

When it comes to big money in politics, a group of tech magnates is fighting fire with fire — or super PAC with super PAC — according to a report from Reuters. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Union Square Ventures’ Fred Wilson, PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman have joined forces with the super PAC MayDay, which aims to reduce the influence… Read More

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How governments devise custom “implants” to bug smartphones

Citizen Lab

On Twitter, it was billed as Qatif Today, a legitimate Android app that provides news and information in Arabic with a focus on the Qatif governorate of Saudi Arabia. But in fact, the shortened link came with a hidden extra—an advanced trojan wealthy nation states use to spy on criminal suspects and political dissidents.

Citizen Lab

Citizen Lab, the University of Toronto group that monitors government surveillance in the digital age, analyzed the recently discovered instance of the fake Qatif Today app in a blog post headlined Police Story: Hacking Team’s Government Surveillance Malware. The account provides a rare glimpse into malware developed by “Hacking Team,” a highly secretive outfit based in Italy that charges governments top dollar for extremely stealthy spyware that’s often referred to as a “lawful intercept” program.

The trojan is a known as an Android implant because it cloaks itself inside a legitimate third-party app. People who are infected with it must first be tricked into obtaining the Android installation package (APK) from a non-authorized source, which in this case was this now-shuttered Dropbox location. Aside from that, victims may have little indication anything is amiss. To lend it legitimacy, the malicious APK was signed by a digital certificate that appeared to be related to Java and its original creator Sun Microsystems. Citizen Labs identified six other samples signed by the same certificate.

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