Drone Has Bird-Like Wings

Swiss researchers have taken inspiration from nature by designing a drone whose wings have artificial feathers. The Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne’s drone mirrors the way a bird not only has feathers but can fold its wings. The idea is to make the drone more versatile and increase overall performance. The big difference is that […]

SC Politician: Pay $20 Or Lose Online Porn Access

A South Carolina politician wants new computers sold in the state to block online porn by default. Bill Chumley’s proposed bill would require buyers or manufacturers to pay a $20 fee to remove the block. The money raised from the Human Trafficking Prevention Act would go towards a state task force to tackle the trafficking […]

Street Fighter Rage Quitters To Be Shamed

Street Fighter V online players who rage quit look set to be highlighted with a special profile icon. It’s likely to upset those with unreliable internet connections. The news stems from a post on the NeoGAF forum that claims to show screenshots from an upcoming update. While not yet confirmed as legitimate, they are certainly […]

Apple AirPods Cost $69 Each To Replace

Apple has finally started selling its wireless AirPod earphones. They cost $159, though there’ll be a very small ‘discount’ if you need to replace a lost one. Unlike most earphones, it’s possible (and some would say probable) to lose one Airpod rather than the pair. In that case, you’ll have to pay Apple $69 for […]

FCC Shake-up Could Kill Net Neutrality

Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler has confirmed he’ll leave the commission on January 20. It guarantees a Republican-leaning majority on the commission and could spell doom for net neutrality rules. The political make-up of the FCC’s board of commissioners has been a significant issue during Wheeler’s time in office, with many votes being a […]

Government Wants Mandatory Safety Tech In New Cars

A government agency wants all new cars made from 2021 to be able to talk to one another. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration plan is designed to improve road safety. After two years of consultation, the agency has now issued a notice of proposed rulemaking, the last step before introducing a new rule. The […]

Emoji Translating Becomes A Job

A translation company is advertising for an emoji translator. The ad, which gives the impression of being legitimate, is seeking somebody to provide “the human touch where translation software is inadequate.” Today Translations says it has a network of 3,000 linguists covering more than 200 languages, but doesn’t yet have a dedicated expert for what […]

Skype To Translate Phone Calls

Skype can now let you talk to people who speak another language, even if you call them on their telephone. Its automated voice translation will, from an upcoming edition of Windows 10, work even if one party isn’t using the Skype software. The voice translation works on nine languages: Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, English, French, German, […]

Atari 2600 Comes To Minecraft

A Minecraft player has built a working Atari 2600 console within the game’s digital world. But ‘working’ comes with a big caveat. It’s not the first time somebody has taken advantage of the fact that building blocks in the game can be functional as well as decorative. In 2014 one player created a working one-kilobyte […]

Bluetooth Gets Faster, Goes Further

The next generation of Bluetooth has been confirmed. Boosts to speed, range and capacity could mean improvements to both smartwatches and home gadgets. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group, an industry body, has now officially adopted the Bluetooth 5 specification. The first devices to use the technology are expected early next year. It’s the first completely […]

Apple Sparks Conversation After Revealing Its Interest in Self-Driving Cars

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Apple is usually a name that we associate with sleek phones, trendy computers, and poor design choices (rest in peace, headphone jack…) but most of us don’t associate it with cars. That might change in the near future, and Tesla might find some serious competition as Apple die-hards set their sights on an Apple-brand autonomous […]

Samsung Reigns Supreme In Latest iPhone Patent Battle

Samsung has won a key Supreme Court victory in its battle with Apple over iPhone patent infringements. It could make for what some see as a fairer system for tech patent disputes. Way back in 2012, a jury concluded that Samsung phones had copied key design elements from the iPhone. That ruling has been upheld […]