2014 Paris Motor Show highlights
Prizm searches cloud music services to deliver tunes based on tracked user tastes

A group of French hardware and software engineers who tired of having to spend precious time building streaming music playlists have created a new system that aims to serve up the perfect tune every time. Not only does Prizm learn to play music based on the individual tastes of whichever listener is in the room, but it can even decide which type of music is appropriate for what's going on in the room. The device can be used as a standalone connected music feeder or alongside a companion app.  Read More

The assets that will be used to observe Siding Spring as it skims past Mars (Image: NASA)

NASA is busy readying its considerable arsenal of scientific instruments, spacecraft and rovers for a close encounter with comet C/2013 A1 on Sunday, Oct 19. The comet's closest approach with a planetary body will be with Mars, at which point it will miss the Red Planet by only 87,000 miles (140,013 km), less than half the distance between Earth and our moon, traveling at speeds of up to 126,000 mph (202,777 km/h).  Read More

All three Nexus devices will run Android 5.0

The whale of a phone known as the Nexus 6 is now an official reality, as is a new 9-inch Nexus tablet made by HTC and an ASUS-made streaming media player running a new platform called "Android TV" that was first mentioned at Google I/O in June.  Read More

Google's latest operating system provides a fresh new look and longer running times

Google has revealed the official name and new details regarding its latest OS update. Previously known by the letter L, Android 5.0 Lollipop brings with it a new, cohesive design language and new features including better handling of notifications and 64-bit processor support.  Read More

A means of powering electric vehicles using radio frequency transmission has been demonstr...

Two issues preventing the widespread uptake of electric vehicles are recharging time and lack of range. Now, scientists have shown one potential means of negating these issues. Their demonstration of electric power transfer via the car-wheel is claimed as the world's first.  Read More

Omate's new smartwatch is an attractive, fashion-first smartwatch design exclusively for w... Omate’s latest smartwatch rides the circular display wave of the LG G Watch R and Moto 360, but offers a design aimed specifically at women. Compatible with both iOS and Android, the new wearable is fashion accessory first, smartwatch second.  Read More

Gizmag reviews the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Photo: Will Shanklin/Gizmag.com)

Samsung put the phablet category on the map with the original Galaxy Note. But with more companies than ever making large-screened smartphones, is the Note still the one to beat? Let's find out, as Gizmag reviews the US (AT&T) version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.  Read More

The QueensWay Project would see the US$120 million renovation of a portion of the abandone...

Inspired by the creation of the city's High Line, a group in the Queens area of New York is looking to follow suit. Friends of the QueensWay wants to transform a portion of the abandoned Rockaway Rail Line into 3.5 mi (5.6 km) of recreational walking and biking trails.  Read More

The iRobot uPoint MRC System provides simplified intuitive robot control

Having a 21st century robot doesn't help if the control is like something designed to handle a model plane circa 1965, so iRobot has come up with something that is not only up to date, but also more intuitive, so operators can worry more about the job at hand than the robot used to complete it. The iRobot uPoint Multi-Robot Control (MRC) system is a universal control system for the company’s defense and security robots that combines a touchscreen interface with a mobile robotic radio relay.  Read More

The Leaning House, by South Korean architecture firm Praud (Photo: Kyungsub Shin)

Architecture firm Praud decided upon an interesting approach when commissioned to build a home near Seoul, South Korea. To ensure its clients could enjoy a choice views of a nearby lake and catch all available southern sunlight despite the hilly landscape, the firm tilted a section of the home upwards – thus inspiring the name Leaning House.  Read More

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