Emerging Tech

No vein, no gain: Wax hand beats the latest vein-recognition systems

We’re bored by voice identification, fatigued by Face ID, and totally over fingerprint-reading technology. Here in the closing days of 2018, it’s all about unusual new biometric technologies like “vein authentication.” As its name suggests, this technology involves reading the unique pattern of veins on a person’s palm to confirm that they are who they […]

Computer

Microsoft’s latest patent paves the way for Andromeda dual-screen mobile device

Ryan Smalley | Behance A new foldable hinge patent has emerged that could shed additional light on Microsoft’s rumored, and supposedly upcoming, Andromeda dual-screen computer. The patent itself details a newly designed locking hinge mechanism that allows a clamshell style device to be popped open easily with a single hand. Language within the patent notes that […]

Gears & Gadgets

Latest Windows Insider build makes a major upgrade to, uh… Notepad

Enlarge g4ll4is / Flickr There’s a new Windows Insider build out today, and the biggest changes appear to be none other than Notepad, Windows’ venerable barebones text editor. Notepad already received a significant update in the recent October 2018 Update: Microsoft added support for files with Unix-style line endings. But the work hasn’t stopped there. […]

Computer

Windows on ARM was a failure. Here’s what makes Qualcomm’s latest attempt different

The PC industry is a business of very old partnerships. They aren’t easily broken. On a rainy California afternoon in advance of the Snapdragon Summit in Maui, we were granted a glimpse into the inner workings of a company that has become synonymous with smartphones to discuss Qualcomm’s venture into the PC space. It’s a […]

Computer

Apple’s latest feature ensures MacOS apps are safer than ever

MacOS is mythically known for being more immune viruses and other problems when compared to Windows, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room to make the operating system safer. In the latest development, Apple is using an app notarization feature in macOS Mojave to protect users from downloading malicious apps, originally noted by Mac Rumors. […]

Photography

Camera shootout! Testing the latest Pixel, iPhone, and Galaxy Note in real life

Julian Chokkattu/Digital Trends Google’s Pixel 3 is one of the best camera phones you can buy, but the competition is stiff. The iPhone XS can take equally great photographs — sometimes even better — than the Pixel 3, while the Note 9 often excels in low light. Can you really tell the difference? See for […]

Top Stories

For his latest trick, Atlas the headless humanoid robot does parkour

October 12 [embedded content] You’ve seen him hop on boxes, run across a field and execute backflips with the precision of a professional gymnast. Perhaps it seems only natural that Atlas —— the humanoid robot and YouTube sensation created and periodically updated on video by tech company Boston Dynamics —— has begun mastering another sophisticated […]

Emerging Tech

MIT’s latest A.I. is freakishly good at determining what’s going on in videos

[embedded content] Just a few frames of information telling a story are all we need to understand what is going on. This is, after all, the basis for comic books — which provide just enough of the important story beats for us to follow what has happened. Sadly, robots equipped with computer vision technology struggle […]

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The World Bank’s latest tool for fighting famine: Artificial intelligence

A severely malnourished infant is bathed in a bucket Aug. 25 in Yemen’s Hajjah province. About 2.9 million women and children are acutely malnourished in that country. (Hammadi Issa/AP) September 23 at 4:19 PM Despite being a slow-moving disaster, famine is notoriously difficult to predict. The reason for this, experts say, is that severe food […]

Computer

Kano's Latest DIY Computer Kit Includes a Touchscreen

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Unveiled Thursday, the $ 279.99 kid-focused Computer Kit Touch includes everything you need to build a touchscreen computer. Designed for kids ages 6 and up, it includes a 10.1-inch HD touchscreen, wireless keyboard, motherboard, and all the other components you need. PCMag.com Latest Articles

Gears & Gadgets

Twitter’s latest (and final) punishment for Alex Jones: A permanent ban

Enlarge / Conspiracy theorist and talk show host Alex Jones. InfoWars After weeks of controversy, Twitter officially banned conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his InfoWars site from its platform. The social media company tweeted out the decision from its Twitter Safety account Thursday afternoon, stating that it permanently suspended Alex Jones and InfoWars after both accounts posted tweets […]

Emerging Tech

What the Heacket? This heated jacket is the latest crowdfunding cautionary tale

Heacket/Indiegogo A successful crowdfunding campaign doesn’t necessarily translate to a successful business, as there is still a myriad of challenges that must be overcome when bringing a new product to market. Just ask the team behind the “Heacket,” a product we first covered when it launched on Indiegogo back in December of 2016. The high-tech […]