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The latest gadgets, games and toys, not to mention the generally cool stuff we do outside of work.

Apple Watch Launch: What to Expect

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Apple Watch
Apple plans on revealing more details about its long-anticipated Apple Watch at a high-profile event in San Francisco on March 9. When Apple unveiled the Watch at its most recent iPhone launch in September 2014, it offered precious few details about apps, hardware, and pricing. Although analysts expect the Apple Watch to handily dominate the still-nascent wearable-electronics segment, it’s anyone’s guess as to how well the device will actually sell once it arrives on store-shelves: Some analysts are predicting sales… continue…

Google Will Now Make You a Drink

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Cocktail
In its quest to make all the world’s information accessible and useful, Google has added a feature sure to appeal to anyone who ever had to host a party: Type in a cocktail-related query such as “How do I make a screwdriver?” and the search engine’s Knowledge Graph will spit back a recipe. Given the number of people Googling the recipes of obscure drinks, such an addition seems logical. Google’s Knowledge Graph already offers up information on everything from famous… continue…

‘Chappie’: What It Takes to Render a Robot

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Chappie Sony
In the new film Chappie, set a few years from now, a police robot is stolen and reprogrammed in a way that renders it capable of learning. The Powers That Be, viewing a sentient robot as an existential threat to the human race, devote a lot of firepower to wiping said robot off the face of the planet. The robot—named Chappie by its adoptive family—decides to fight back, and hijinks ensue. Influences-wise, Chappie recalls ‘80s sci-fi films such as Robocop… continue…

Would You Use a Supersized iPad?

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Apple iPad
Apple is reportedly gearing up to produce a 12.9-inch iPad, according to a new report in the Wall Street Journal. In keeping with its long tradition of secrecy, Apple isn’t commenting about its future product lines. However, enough reports have leaked over the past few months about an extra-large iPad to suggest that something is indeed in the works. The Journal’s unnamed sources suggest that Apple could add USB 3.0 ports to the device, along with ports for a keyboard… continue…

Is Your Next Job Building VR Apps?

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HTC Vive
For the past several years, some of the world’s largest tech companies have used the annual Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona to show off their latest smartphones and tablets, and this year’s edition is no exception: Samsung, HTC, Microsoft, Sony, and others have all unveiled devices they hope will resonate with consumers and businesses. But this year, the MWC is a little different. In addition to smartphones and tablets, a handful of companies are pushing smartwatches. From the WebOS-powered… continue…

Forget Smartphones: Meet the Smart Pocket-Watch

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Runcible
The word “smart” gets attached to a lot of devices these days: smartwatch, smartphone, smart gun, smart home, and much more. Now say “hello” to the smart pocket-watch. Monohm’s Runcible, currently attracting buzz at this week’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, looks like a Victorian-era pocket watch with a digital screen for a face. It features a camera aperture, support for LTE and Wi-Fi, swappable back covers, an operating system based on Mozilla’s open-source Firefox OS, and a reversible… continue…

The Indie Game at the Heart of ‘House of Cards’

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House of Cards Monument Valley
In the new season of the Netflix series House of Cards, President Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) takes a break from his Machiavellian machinations to… play an indie game on his iPad? The game in question—glimpsed midway through the season—is Monument Valley, a puzzler in which the player guides a princess character through structures reminiscent of an M.C. Escher design. The game’s slow pace and gentle aesthetic seem like an odd choice for an aggressive (and murderous) character like Underwood, but… continue…

R.I.P. Google+?

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Google Plus
Google’s Google+ social network, touted by some as a potential “Facebook killer” upon its 2011 release, could end up split into multiple parts. “Just wanted to confirm that the rumors are true—I’m excited to be running Google’s Photos and Streams products!” Google Vice President Bradley Horowitz wrote on his Google+ page. “It’s important to me that these changes are properly understood to be positive improvements to both our products and how they reach users.” Check out the latest social networking… continue…

Welcome to the Jungle, Google Street View

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Google Street Jungle View
Google’s Street View started out as a road-mapping system, with imagery provided by cameras attached to cars. Then the search-engine giant decided to record walk-throughs of some of the planet’s most iconic (and car-inaccessible) spots, so it began strapping cameras to hikers’ backpacks. Now comes the next step: taking Street View into the trees. In order to capture the teeming, thick canopy of the Amazon rainforest, Google dangled its sophisticated, bulbous Trekker cameras from zip lines dozens of feet above… continue…

What Android Pay Could Mean for Developers

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Apple has enjoyed some success with its Apple Pay platform, although some retailers have balked at the idea of allowing consumers to buy things using their iPhones. Given that success, it’s perhaps inevitable that Google would launch a new, competitive e-payments platform, one reportedly built from the ground-up for developers. Check out the latest Android jobs. According to Ars Technica, which drew its information from an anonymous source “close to the matter,” Google plans on introducing a new e-payments API… continue…