Starchiness: A Sixth Taste Discovered?

Starch could be a taste in its own right, newly-published research suggests. Tests found subjects could detect the taste as separate from sweetness in carbohydrate-rich foods. While we can detect countless flavors — each a combination of taste and aroma –, the standard explanation at the moment is that we can only detect five distinct […]

Star Trek Ships Available As 3D-Print Models

A 3D printing company has signed up the rights to nearly 400 models from the Star Trek universe. Fans will be able to customize and personalize each model. It’s technically a game rather than movie or TV tie-in. The company, Eucl3d specialises in producing physical models of characters and locations from video games and this […]

Morgan Freeman & Star Trek’s LCARS Get New Tech Voice Roles

It’s a great week for celebrity voices. Morgan Freeman has finally come to GPS voice navigation while Star Trek’s LCARS could appear in both the new show and on mobile devices. Freeman’s voice is now available as an option for the spoken directions in Google-owned navigation app Waze. Without explanation, the controls may be a […]

Google Ditches Modular Smartphone

Google has given up on its modular smartphone plans known as Project Ara. The news comes only a few months after it significantly scaled back plans for the devices. The original idea was that the phones would effectively be nothing more than a frame with every major component replaceable and upgradable in a process that […]

OpenOffice May Be Doomed

The people behind OpenOffice say the free software may need to be ditched. A lack of staff working on the project is making it increasingly difficult to be confident about maintaining security in the software. The news comes in an email from Dennis Hamilton, vice president of the Apache group that oversees the software. He […]

Steve Jobs Job Lot On Sale

Dozens of clothing items belonging to Steve Jobs are up for auction. But there’s barely a black turtleneck in sight. The curious collection of lots is being sold by the estate of Jane Fonda, though exactly how they ended up there is uncertain. The standout attraction for collector value is a leather jacket Jobs wore […]

Lenovo’s Yoga Tablet Digitizes Ink Pen & Paper

If you like the idea of a stylus but prefer pen and paper, Lenovo’s latest tablet could be for you. The Yoga Book captures handwritten notes and drawings even through a paper notepad, though has some big limitations. Available in both Android and Windows 10 versions, the device folds out with a screen on one […]

Europe Gets Net Neutrality But With Some Catches

The European Union has published strict guidelines to enforce net neutrality. However, the rules do have exceptions that mean they fall short of a ‘pure’ interpretation of the principle. While the net neutrality debate in the US has been bogged down in arguments about legal authority in the rulemaking process, the EU had already agreed […]