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Amazon has been granted permission to test delivery drones outdoors in the US (Image: Shut...

Last month it emerged that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had granted Amazon permission to begin testing a delivery drone prototype for its Prime Air service, a venture that aims to transport packages to Amazon customers in under 30 minutes. But there was a hitch, with the company since revealing the vehicle cleared for use had already become obsolete. Things are now back on track with the FAA giving Amazon the green light to put its current models to the test.  Read More

Artist’s concept of software system components dynamically adapting to resource changes wi...

One unfortunate fact of modern life is that functional new software becomes non-functional old software with depressing regularity. For most people, this means predictable episodes of frustration, but for the US military, it's a more serious problem. DARPA's new Building Resource Adaptive Software Systems (BRASS) project aims to take a major shot at avoiding this obsolescence by developing software systems that can still operate properly a hundred years from now.  Read More

Here's what's new in the latest Windows 10 for phones build 10051

Last week, Microsoft released the latest update of Windows 10 for phones, build 10051, which brings in new features and UI enhancements. Unlike the first Windows 10 for phone preview, which only worked with low-end budget Lumia's, this new build works with all Lumia handsets, except for the Lumia 930 and Lumia Icon. Here's a look at some new features coming to the final version when it's released later this year.  Read More

The LG G Flex 2 has a solid all-around set of specs with a curved (and slightly flexible) ...

Is there any point in buying a phone shaped like a banana (or, if you prefer, a smiley face)? And is LG's latest curved phone worth a look, in the face of tough competition? Join Gizmag, for our quick review of the LG G Flex 2.  Read More

Is the Apple Watch the only smartwatch that matters? These five wearables have something t...

As the Apple Watch goes up for online pre-orders (and in-store showings) around the world, perhaps you're wondering if any of the existing smartwatches are worth a look? We've been following this space closely for the last couple of years, and think these five are your best of the pre-Apple Watch smartwatches.  Read More

Using a standard inkjet-printer, researchers claim to be able to produce flexible electron...

Researchers at Purdue University have shown how standard inkjet-printers can be employed to produce flexible electronic circuits from liquid-metal nanoparticle inks. This simple printing solution promises faster, cheaper, and easier production of stretchable, bendable electronics for clothing, soft robotics, and wearable devices.  Read More

The Parva polyphonic analog synthesizer from futuresonus

Tiptoe through just about any online music synthesis forum and it won't be too long before you stumble across an Analog vs. Digital debate. Both have their legions of dedicated followers, but if you're looking to dabble in some analog waveform manipulation and don't relish the thought of getting tangled up in patch cable spaghetti or having to sell the car and break your back to buy and install something like the Moog System 55, futuresonus has developed a tabletop-friendly analog synth that features digital controls called Parva. The polyphonic synth offers eight voices, each with its own oscillators and filters, and is claimed the first analog synth to boast a USB master port.  Read More

A new study explains how mediation and yoga can reduce the perception of pain (Photo: Shut...

Yoga practitioners know firsthand the physical and mental benefits the activity produces, as meditation is often embedded in yoga sessions. Now, yogis have got science to back their claims of well-being and focus, as new research shows more clearly how yoga-induced mindfulness has an impact on pain perception.  Read More

Gizmag compares the features and specs of the new Microsoft Surface 3 (left) and Apple iPa...

The Microsoft Surface lineup has always been better for work and versatility than at being dedicated tablets (you've never heard us recommend buying one without adding a keyboard cover). That isn't likely to change with the latest model, the Surface 3, but let's see how it stacks up next to the best dedicated tablet, the iPad Air 2.  Read More

An artist impression of the protoplanetary disk surrounding MWC 480 (Image: B. Saxton/NRAO...

Astronomers from the European Southern Observatory have used the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to observe the protoplanetary disk surrounding a young star, revealing the presence of complex organic molecules that represent the building blocks of life. The findings mark the first time that such a discovery has been made.  Read More

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