Non-invasive device monitors glucose levels using microwave

Researchers from Cardiff University's School of Engineering have developed a glucose monitor that doesn't require you to prick your finger. It doesn't even need blood after the initial calibration, because it uses microwave to keep track of your gluc…
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SkinTrack turns your whole forearm into a smartwatch interface

Imagine if you could use your whole forearm as as interface for your smartwatch, instead of the tiny display it comes with. That’s the idea behind SkinTrack, which uses a ring and range of sensors to let you use your arm as a touch display.

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Swipe to sort: This human-operated robotic recycling system was inspired by Fruit Ninja

A startup has used gaming technology inspired by Fruit Ninja to develop a robot and software that helps waste facility workers sort through trash and separate recyclables.

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Gear Fit 2 and Gear IconX leaks from Samsung’s own website

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Samsung’s own website has leaked the existence of an all-new Gear Fit 2 and Gear IconX. Images of the fitness band and Bluetooth earbuds leaked online last week, but now an announcement could be just over the horizon.

Strangely, these devices are up and available to look at over on Samsung’s S Health website; however, Samsung has yet to even make an announcement to unveil these two new devices. On the other hand, Samsung’s website does not provide any concrete details, so we’re still going off of leaks as far as specs go.

The Gear Fit 2 is believed to feature a 1.84-inch AMOLED display, 4GB of internal storage, built-in GPS, water resistance, and a handful of fitness features.

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There aren’t a whole lot of details on the Gear IconX Bluetooth earbuds either. From the images, they look like they’re comfortable, and they’ll hopefully have great sound, making it perfect to pair with the Gear Fit 2.

We’ll hopefully hear an announcement very soon, though I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t hear anything until IFA 2016 in September.

source: Samsung
via: Mobile Bulgaria

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22 photo apps to supercharge your iPhone camera

Apple’s latest iPhone boasts one of the best smartphone cameras around. Give it a boost with the our favorite photography apps for iPhone, whether you want to apply a filter or manually adjust the exposure.

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FormBox brings a vacuum-forming factory to your home

While 3D printing is all well and good, it can be frustrating if you need to make a lot of things, or make them quickly. Do you really want to wait minutes (or hours) for a bowl to finish? Mayku sure doesn't. It's crowdfunding the FormBox, a machine…
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PieMessage brings Apple’s iMessage to Android, but there’s a catch

iMessage is a great messaging app, but unfortunately, it’s only available on Apple products, something that’s unlikely to change in the near future. PieMessage, however, brings iMessage functionality to Android, with a few catches.

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Here’s a personal marathon trainer that fits inside your smartphone

Training for a 5k, 10k, half-marathon, or marathon? The Polar Running Program is here to help, offering personalized advice on how to properly train for a specific long-distance run.

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New patent suggests the Apple Pencil could become much more than a stylus

Apple’s latest patent, awarded on Wednesday, indicates new functionality for the Apple Pencil, including Touch ID security, LiveScribe-like digitization, and hot-swappable writing nibs, any or all of which may be coming soon to the popular stylus.

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Facebook pays 10-year-old $10,000 for finding Instagram security flaw

A 10-year-old from Finland recently found a security flaw on Instagram that allowed him to delete any comment on the site. His reward for reporting the flaw? A cool $ 10,000. Ironically, the youngster isn’t old enough to have an Instagram account.

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Put some bling on it: Huawei’s Swarovski studded smartwatches are now on sale

The Huawei Watch has quite a few styles to choose from, and with a range of price tags. But the company is now expanding that lineup to include women with the Elegant and the Jewel models.

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Scientists use nanoparticles to crush lingering fat cells

If you think losing weight is simply diet plus exercise, the equation is not so simple. A recent study of Biggest Loser participants showed that even if you manage to drop pounds, your body will fight you for years afterward to gain them back. That's…
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Android app pirates plead guilty to copyright infringement

One of the biggest Android app pirates has pled guilty to one count of criminal copyright infringement and one count of conspiracy to commit copyright infringement. Mississippi's Aaron Blake Buckley has admitted his role in distributing over four mil…
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Watch this dazzling ‘drone ballet’ in front of Japan’s Mount Fuji

Twenty-one drones and 16,500 LED lights recently combined for a dazzling “drone ballet” in front of Japan’s iconic Mount Fuji, and the results, we’re sure you’ll agree, are truly stunning.

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NSA whistleblower Snowden, CNN’s Zakaria face off over encryption

A debate on whether the government should have lawful access to encrypted communications and devices saw former NSA contractor Edward Snowden duking it out with CNN host Fareed Zakaria.

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Pre-orders for Samsung’s Galaxy Tab E will start May 6th on AT&T

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Pre-orders for Samsung’s Galaxy Tab E are said to open May 6th on AT&T.

According to trusted sources, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab E will soon be up for pre-order on AT&T’s wireless network. It’ll cost 0$ down payment, and just $ 10 per month thereafter plus the cost of your data allowance. The contract-free price is yet to be revealed.

As a refresher, the Galaxy Tab E sports a 8-inch display and is powered by a quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz. A conservative 1.5GB of RAM is onboard with 16GB of internal memory (not all usable). However, if you need more, just pop a microSD card into the Tab E’s built-in slot. Google’s latest OS version in that of Marshmallow is pre-loaded, so there’s no need to wait on the update after purchasing.

Buyers will get some apps from the AT&T-owned DIRECTV and get access to Samsung’s KNOX security features, which will also be preloaded. Color choices that’ll be available remain to be heard from the carrier, but we’ll find out soon.

Via: Android Central

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You won’t know future LG phones have got a fingerprint sensor at all

LG Innotek, the division of the company that makes components, has found a way to hide a fingerprint sensor underneath the glass front panel on a smartphone. That means it’s completely hidden away, less likely to be damaged, and could result in sleeker, smoother looking smartphone designs.

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Flow is Microsoft’s answer to IFTTT

Microsoft enters the automation fray with a preview version of Flow, its own take on IFTTT. While it’s not looking strong enough to take on IFTTT just yet, the company houses enough talent to put up a fight.

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Google may soon face a penalty for anti-competitive practices in the EU

Google may be receiving an antitrust sanction from the European Union soon, over alleged anti-competitive practices in its search results. The dispute dates back six years, but the EU hasn’t been shy about penalizing major tech companies.

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Weekly Rewind: Apple’s no good week, Musk aims for mars, and more

In the tech world, a lot happens in a week. So much news goes on, in fact, that it’s almost impossible for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of the top 10 tech stories.

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99check wants to keep your kids safe with nothing more than a selfie

Meet 99check, described as “a simple utility for on-demand, selfie-based location-sharing between parents and kids.” With nothing more than a selfie, the smartphone-obsessed generation will be able to put their parents at ease.

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LG K530 and K535 could be new additions to the budget-friendly K-series

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LG is stirring up new additions to its K-series of budget-friendly smartphones. The K530 and K535 were both benchmarked on Geekbench just a few days ago.

One of the leaked handsets has model number K530. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 430 processor from Qualcomm with 2GB of RAM. The Adreno 505 GPU is onboard, which should provide average graphic performance. The best part about the handset is that it runs Android 6.0.1, Google’s very latest software version.

LG’s K535 runs the same processor as the K530, but has an extra GB of RAM at 3GB. This should have made for a slightly better score in the benchmark test, although it happened to be the other way around (we’re not sure why). The handset is also expected to have Android 6.0.1 pre-loaded.

Both smartphones have no release date set just yet, and have not leaked in any images. Therefore, it’s reasonable to assume that we’re still a ways from an official launch. Stay tuned to Talk Android as always for future updates as they arrive.

Source: Geekbench (1,2)
Via: GSMArena

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These 11 Google Play apps are stealing your hard-earned cash

Be very careful which payment apps you download from Google Play — a total of 11 apps were recently found on Google Play to be part of a phishing scam, whereby attackers used the apps to trick users into handing over login info for payment services.

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10 annoying LG G5 problems, and how to fix them

The LG G5 is an admirable smartphone, but it’s not without its flaws. Thankfully, we’ve discovered some of the most common LG G5 problems, along with potential workarounds and fixes.

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External battery sticks to your phone to offer a slim and stylish package

A new external battery from Schosche uses magnets to stick to your phone, allowing you to quickly attach it when you want to use it and detach it when you don’t. To do this, the battery requires a small adhesive magnet to be stuck to your phone.

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Unlocked edition of the HTC 10 ships next week

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Anyone from the United States and United Kingdom who pre-ordered the unlocked edition of HTC 10 will be happy to know that the company intends to ship the phone next week.

Jeff Gordon, HTC’s Senior Global Online Communications Manager, responded to inquiries regarding the shipping date for its new flagship. The unlocked edition of the HTC 10, at least in the United States and United Kingdom, should be shipping the week of May 2. This follows the acceptance of pre-orders on April 14, which is the same day HTC announced the phone.

Buying options through carriers in the United States is a little tough because of exclusivity and limited availability. Verizon is the exclusive seller of the HTC 10 until May 13 when Sprint starts offering the phone online and in retailer stores. We’re still waiting for T-Mobile to give a specific date along with pricing, but AT&T already stated it will not be selling the HTC 10 to its consumers. It’s not a favorable situation for a company in need product to get in the hands of millions, While the phone itself is really good, availability is a letdown.

HTC’s unlocked edition of its flagship works on any GSM network; therefore, AT&T and T-Mobile customers can get the HTC 10 right away.

Source: Jeff Gordon (Twitter)

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Bragi Dash review

Loaded with sensors and smarts, the Dash barreled into the fully wireless earbud market with all the potential in the world. But their temperamental nature gives us cause to pause.

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Don’t rule out a DROID Maxx 3 and DROID Turbo 3

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Both the DROID Maxx 2 and DROID Turbo 2 could get successors this year according to famous tipster Evan Blass.

Evan Blass took it to Twitter to let fans know that we could see successors to both the DROID Maxx 2 and Turbo 2 this year. The names are expected to keep the pattern, making them the DROID Maxx 3 and DROID Turbo 3. The handsets will likely boast a design language similar to their predecessors, and feature a lift in specs. The bar has been set high this year, so if the two DROID’s want to compete with high-end rivals, they’ll have to include top-notch specs and bring a fair enough price point.

The handsets may launch by the end of the year, meaning they could just be in the beginning stages right now. Once the two devices hit production, we should get some benchmark leaks and glimpses to give us a better sense of what to expect. For now though, take this report with a pinch of salt.

Source: Evan Blass (Twitter)

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Atari founder Nolan Bushnell is making mobile games

Atari founder Nolan Bushnell has teamed up with a small Amsterdam studio to develop and publish new mobile games. Bushnell created the iconic Atari brand in 1972, and oversaw the release of classic systems such as the Atari 2600. He was ousted from t…
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Microsoft is using synthetic DNA to store data

Microsoft's data might be intact for thousands of years to come, now that it's looking into DNA storage as an option. The company has purchased 10-million-long oligonucleotides (DNA or RNA molecules) from San Francisco startup Twist Bioscience. Accor…
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NY Times sends 300,000 Google Cardboard viewers to subscribers

After last year's rollout of the NY Times VR app, the 165-year-old paper is sending out another 300,000 Google Cardboard kits to digital subscribers. This year's promotion coincides with the release of the Times' new virtual reality film "Seeking Plu…
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YouTube’s first live 360-degree videos were little more than tech demos

Last week, YouTube started supporting live 360-degree video streams in a bid for more-immersive video content. Though users have been able to upload and watch 360-degree video for over a year, it's only now that Google is introducing the option to be…
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Motorola’s poor customer service may cost the company $5 million

Georgia resident Douglas Lynch filed a class-action lawsuit against Motorola, with the lawsuit asking for $ 5 million in damages. Lynch argues the company’s customer service egregiously mishandled a claim he made regarding his Moto 360.

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Tweens rejoice! Amazon’s FreeTime Unlimited now has a slew of content for ages 9-12

Older kids can now enjoy Amazon’s FreeTime Unlimited just as much as their younger siblings. Amazon has updated the service to offer older kids, aged 9-12, over 13,000 videos, books, games, and more.

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Nexus 9 vanishes from the Google Store

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Earlier today, Google’s Nexus 9 was silently pulled from the Google Store. The tablet was on the market for just shy of eighteen months.

The Nexus 9 debuted in October 2014 alongside the Nexus 6, two devices which have been viewed by many as very underwhelming members of the Nexus line. Google’s flagship tablet appeared to be solid on paper at launch, but the Nexus 9 actually shipped with a list of problems. Performance lagged and stuttered for nearly a year, maintaining a cool temperature was tough, and build quality was eh. Really nothing about the tablet was impressive outside of the form factor.

It finally reached the end of the road today. If you want the Nexus 9, you won’t be buying it through the manufacturer’s online retail store. The Google Store is no longer a place for you to buy the Nexus 9. Instead, you can go to a retailer like Amazon where the tablet is available for as low as $ 300. Shop around and you’ll find a price attractive for you, but remember that certain performance woes are still around.

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The Pixel C is the only tablet currently offered on the Google Store following the exit of the Nexus 9. Going to the Tablets section of the site just leads right to the Pixel C’s listing. Since the Nexus 9 isn’t mentioned in any search results on the Google Store, Google really stripped the Google Store of any Nexus 9 mentions. That’s why we firmly believe it’s permanently gone.

Good riddance, Nexus 9. Let’s all hope we get a success to the Nexus 9 or the beloved Nexus 7 at Google I/O 2016.

Source: Google Store

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Get motiviated: New fitness app partners you up with a personal trainer

If you need an impartial, outside source of motivation to get fit and healthy, then Goqii’s new fitness app partners you up with a personal trainer, ready to spur you on, and monitor your goals.

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Samsung is making another Gear Fit wearable, but that’s not all

After a period of absence, Samsung may be planning a return to the world of fitness wearables, after two new products — the Gear Fit 2, and activity tracking wireless earbuds called the IconX — were leaked.

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Updated Samsung Gear Fit 2 leaked alongside Gear IconX

Samsung Gear FitIt’s been awhile since we’ve heard anything about Samsung’s Gear Fit wearable, which means it’s almost time for a refresh. A new leak has popped up showing up what appears to be the Samsung Gear Fit 2, plus a bonus pair of Samsung ear buds that are being referred to as the IconX.

Bad news is that no hardware specs were revealed, but we do know that the Fit 2 will feature a dedicated GPS chip to improve the distance tracking functionality of the wearable. It has also reportedly adopted a more curved and ergonomic design.

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Besides the Gear Fit 2, we’ve also gotten a glimpse at the IconX Bluetooth ear buds. They’re completely wireless, and, interestingly, also double as a fitness tracker in addition to headphones. There’s no central component tethering the two, so one of the ear pieces houses 4 GB of internal storage to hold software and music, and they’re completely dependent on touch controls.

While that still leaves a little to the imagination, there’s also no clear release date or price for either device. The original Gear Fit hit a $ 200 price point, and I’d be surprised if Samsung deviated much from that for the Fit 2. I could see the IconX costing roughly the same, since nice Bluetooth headphones are already upwards of $ 100 and baking in full blown fitness tracking will definitely drive the price up.

source: Venture Beat

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Apple Reports Second Quarter Results

Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2016 second quarter ended March 26. The company posted quarterly revenue of $ 50.6 billion and quarterly net income of $ 10.5 billion, or $ 1.90 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $ 58 billion and net income of $ 13.6 billion, or $ 2.33 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.4 percent compared to 40.8 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 67 percent of the quarter’s revenue. “Our team executed extremely well in the face of strong macroeconomic headwinds,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We are very happy with the continued strong growth in revenue from Services, thanks to the incredible strength of the Apple ecosystem and our growing base of over 1 billion active devices.”
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A new mobile design for your Home

Whether you want to watch hilarious sketch comedy, your favorite vlogger, new let’s plays, or music videos, you should be able to see new videos you love every time you visit YouTube—right on your homepage. Starting today, when you open the YouTube app on your iPhone or Android phone, you’ll experience a redesigned Home, with a clean and simple format that invites you to discover and enjoy.

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Large, high resolution images make it easy to identify videos you want to watch, and a prominent icon highlights the creator for every video

This isn’t just a new coat of paint on the same old Home—we’ve coupled a fresh design with more relevant personalized recommendations that make it easier to discover videos you’ll be excited to watch. The new recommendation system is based on deep neural network technology, which means it can find patterns automatically and keep learning and improving as it goes. Every day, we recommend hundreds of millions of different videos on Home, billions of times, in 76 languages.

One of the biggest improvements is how the system suggests more recent videos and those from the creators you love. People who have tried the new system have spent more time watching fresh videos and content from their Subscriptions.

We hope you’ll enjoy your new Home, built just for you!

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India mandates all smartphones must come with a panic button

India has decreed that, from 2017, all phones must be sold with a panic button that lets users instantly alert the emergency services. A year later and all devices sold must also come with GPS as standard in order for authorities to quickly locate vi…
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OnePlus 3 might have a whopping 6 GB of RAM

oneplus_x_back_logo_TAWe’re still expecting the OnePlus 3 in Q2 of this year, so you should definitely expect the rumor mill to start churning things out as we get closer to the middle of the year. The newest rumor about the device suggests that we might see two different variants of the device, and one of the might have an insane amount of RAM.

Some new benchmarks have cropped up of the A3000 and the A3003, both of which are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 CPU, but there are some confusing facts surrounding the model numbers and code names.

First off, we have two benchmarks for two phones, both with the model number A3000. One device is codenamed “Rain” and sports a 5-inch, 1080p screen with 4 GB of RAM, and the other device is called “Rain Rain” (not a typo) and also has a 5-inch, 1080p screen but with 6 GB of RAM.

There’s also a third benchmark for the A3003 Rain Rain that only has 4 GB of RAM, which means OnePlus is going to launch a weird lineup of phones, or someone royally screwed up on internal names for test devices. Maybe both?

Other hardware here includes 64 GB of internal storage, 16 megapixel/8 megapixel cameras, and your standard suite of WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity radios. NFC is also making a comeback, so OnePlus isn’t sticking to their guns about dropping it from the OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X.

It’s also worth mentioning that a 5-inch screen seems like it would be below the norm for the OnePlus 3 and might end up being the successor to the smaller OnePlus X. There’s really no telling at this point since we’re trying to piece together rumors that might just end up being typos.

However you slice it, OnePlus is expected to launch a new phone in the next few months, so here’s hoping that we get some real clarification soon.

source: ifeng
via: Phone Arena

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Lingohop wants to make language learning personal, relevant to you

Lingohop is a new language-learning platform that launched on Kickstarter. It works through four-minute lessons based on topics you choose, and aims to teach you a language through relevant conversations you want to have.

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iBubble, an autonomous drone camera, takes users under the sea

First came the camera. Then the underwater camera. And now, there’s the diving drone camera. As tech continues to reach new heights, we’re exploring new depths of the seas thanks to the iBubble, the autonomous underwater camera.

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Chase Bank’s Android app lets you log in with a tap of the finger

Chase Bank has added fingerprint authentication support for Android 6.0 and higher devices, making it easier to log in. The move follows Bank of America’s recent update that extended its fingerprint support to all Android devices 6.0 and up.

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Dial 1 for euphoria: What happens when we can zap our brains into any mood?

We used to rely on molecules to alter our brain chemistry, but with transcranial direct-current stimulation, or tDCS, altering your mood or curing illness could be an electrical zap away. Is it all good?

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The Mpow Armor Plus Bluetooth speaker is built like a tank and steeled against the elements

We take a look and listen to Mpow’s nearly indestructible speaker to find out if the Armor Plus’ sound quality stacks up to its resilience.

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A new bill will force companies to place a backdoor in their devices to undermine their own encryption

The Feinstein-Burr anti-encryption bill, also known as the Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016, has officially surfaced. Here’s everything you need to know about the bill, which is still a draft at the moment.

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Download these five awesome new apps for iOS and Android

Another week has gone by, but it brought us a handful of new apps to try. This week’s list has an app that will reward you for donating to charity, as well as a calendar app that tells you the ongoings of our planetary system.

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Alphabet Q1 2016 revenue up but misses Wall Street target

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Alphabet reported their 2016 first quarter financial results this past week. Although revenues were up compared to a year ago rising 17%, they did miss Wall Street expectations by the slimmest of margins coming in at $ 20.3 billion versus an expected $ 20.4 billion. Google Inc. still makes up the overwhelming portion of the Alphabet portfolio, but the company’s “moonshot” segments are getting capital support to keep them growing.

For Google Inc., the company breaks things down between the advertising business and all other businesses. If you want to understand why Google positions services and platforms to capitalize on advertising revenue streams, just realize that ad driven revenues accounted for 90% of the $ 20.1 billion in revenue for the quarter. That is a big reason why Google continues to invest in technologies like machine learning and natural language processing in order to ultimately deliver better ads. The remaining 10% is primarily sales through Google Play and other cloud services.

Google indicated advertising driven revenues increased thanks to growth in mobile search. Other Revenues also grew, by a healthy 24% year-over-year, thanks to growth in cloud enterprise businesses. A part of that positive result may be due to long-time rival Apple moving part of its data cloud from Amazon to Google.

Google’s other segments include all of the smaller businesses, sometimes referred to as “moonshots” that have been added to the portfolio. The biggest of these are Nest, Verily and Fiber which produce 99% of the revenue generated by these “Other Bets” companies. For the first quarter, these companies produced $ 166 million in revenue, a sizable 108% increased compared to a year earlier. However, that positive growth is offset by increases in spending, the majority of which was capital spending to build out Google Fiber infrastructure.

Alphabet and Google CFO Ruth Porat noted in a conference call that the pressure is on the various “moonshot” divisions to meet their milestones during 2016. She also indicated that the company is evaluating the portfolio of teams that may be working on similar projects or technologies to determine whether it is really appropriate to continue in an “anything goes” manner.

In response to just barely missing forecasts, the share price for Google stock fell by about 5%. Analysts think the stock was priced for “perfection” and when the company did not quite achieve that, the market responded negatively. However, other analysts noted that there is “nothing wrong with this company” and the swing was perhaps a bit more dramatic than it should have been.

source: Alphabet
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