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Kyocera has developed a smartphone prototype that features a display with a Wysips Crystal...

Kyocera likes to position itself as a maker of smartphones that can go anywhere, with ruggedized, waterproof devices like the Bear Grylls-endorsed Brigadier. Building on that reputation, the company is showing a new solar-powered prototype that can also charge anywhere, so long as it's not too dark or cloudy.  Read More

The Splash Tunes Pro delivers plenty of sound for the bathroom (Photo: Eric Mack/Gizmag.co...

We're really beginning to like singing (or arguing with out favorite podcasts) in the shower, thanks to the Splash Tunes Pro waterproof shower speaker from FresheTech. This small, unassuming suction cup-mounted Bluetooth speaker delivers a surprising amount of sound in a speaker that costs US$70.  Read More

An artist's impression of a quasar (Image: ESO/MKornmesser)

Astronomers have discovered a distant, massive and ancient black hole that calls into question current models for the early expansion of the universe. A team of scientists from China and Arizona spotted the brightest quasar from the early universe, named SDSS J0100+2802, centered on a black hole 12.8 billion light years away and as bright as 420 trillion suns.  Read More

Apple has announced a media event for March 9 (Image: Apple) The wearable the world has been waiting for is nearly here. Apple has announced a "spring forward" event for March 9 that will most likely center around the release of the Apple Watch.  Read More

Concept rendering of a Hyperloop station at Quay Valley (Image: Hyperloop Transportation T...

Elon Musk's Hyperloop is going to become a reality, but not quite on the grand scale it was originally conceived for just yet. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) has reached an agreement to build a 5-mile (8-km) passenger track for Quay Valley, a proposed "sustainable model town for the 21st century" in California's central valley.  Read More

A handful, but not quite a phablet (Credit: Eric Mack/Gizmag.com)

The OnePlus One was the sleeper smartphone of 2014 that very few people were able to get their hands on, which is a shame, because several months later we've found that it's still among the best devices out there despite a few big flaws.  Read More

The Moto E with 4G sells for $150

Motorola is continuing its push to provide Android phones with great hardware and little bloatware for all budgets with a big update to its lower-end Moto E that adds a 4G LTE option and runs Android Lollipop in a phone that costs just US$150 off contract.  Read More

The glass facade of the Spaceport (Photo: Spaceport America)

The past year has been a mixed bag for the commercial space industry, with successful launches from the likes of SpaceX, but also a few mishaps, including a tragic Virgin Galactic crash that claimed the life of one pilot. That last incident in particular has led some politicians in New Mexico to question the future of Spaceport America, where Virgin is an anchor tenant, and to even call for the US$200 million facility to be put up for sale.  Read More

Sling streams various TV channels live and offers a selection of movies on demand

Sling Television is the new "over-the-top" live streaming service in the United States from Dish that's taking aim at the cable companies' tight control of access to network programming. Gizmag has been testing it since launch and we can now report that it looks to have scored a direct hit.  Read More

The Durabook R11 is dust, shock and splash-proof (Photo: Eric Mack/Gizmag.com)

It wasn't long ago that bringing a rugged PC along literally required lugging a rigid office-in-a-suitcase sort of setup into the field. But new systems like the Durabook R11 from GammaTech combine touchscreens and the trend towards smaller, lighter and thinner devices into a much more portable package.  Read More

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