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Hamburg, Germany to test first smart road in Europe

Hamburg, Germany to test first smart road in Europe

Hamburg, Germany has been chosen as the first location in Europe for testing of smart roads to begin. The Hamburg Port authority and Cisco built the section of road in an effort to make the first smart road a reality. The roadway took four months to build near Hamburg's docks and the road links three streets and the Kattwykbrucke bridge.

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Amazon Dash is a waste: here’s a better option

Amazon Dash is a waste: here’s a better option

A childhood spent watching The Jetsons teased us with one tantalizing aspect of our potential future: a home filled with buttons that, when pressed, cause things to happen. Food to appear. A robot to appear. Whatever that non-labelled unassuming button was programmed for, push it and it’ll happen. If you were like most kids watching the show, you wanted that future. Really, really wanted it. When do you finally get that magical button? That future is now upon us thanks to Amazon, only it looks like an advertisement and it is far too little, too late.

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Even smart rifles can be hacked

Even smart rifles can be hacked

What's the worst case scenario of hacking you can think of? iCloud? Sony? Target? While those are definitely terrible and frightening, this latest one can be literally the deadliest. Husband and wife hackers Runa Sandvik and Michael Auger will be presenting at the Black Hat hacker conference next month the fruits of their research. They have successfully hacked a TrackingPoint smart rifle to prevent the gun from firing, lock out the user from the computerized scope, or, worse, change the variables in the scope's calculations to make it a completely different target.

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Lexus teases hoverboard again, promises full reveal on August 5

Lexus teases hoverboard again, promises full reveal on August 5

It was almost a month ago exactly that out of the blue Lexus released a video showing off a "real, rideable hoverboard." With a design and shape clearly inspired by a skateboard, little else was shown in the teaser, with an abrupt ending as someone approached the hoverboard and was just about to put their foot on it. Well, the hoverboard, simply called Lexus SLIDE, has made another appearance in video form, with Lexus promising more details on August 5th.

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IBM’s Watson will analyze your personality

IBM’s Watson will analyze your personality

IBM’s supercomputer Watson is trying its hand at discerning personalities, and it bases its guesses on text samples. A demonstration of the technology allows anyone to copy in their own snippet of text and get an assessment based on it — whether your own will prove accurate is another matter. This is the latest example of computers learning to predict and analyze; we saw a different example yesterday via a neural network that is learning to write.

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Converse Chucks redesigned with Nike tech for comfort

Converse Chucks redesigned with Nike tech for comfort

For the first time in the 98 years since the Chuck Taylor shoe was released, Converse has issued a redesign. This is the Chuck Taylor II, complete with NIKE technology inside. Not so much technology as cushioning. Not so much a redesign as an addition of a long-bemoaned missing part of the equation: comfort. This version of the shoe isn't as bare and minimal as its predecessor. This version of the shoe wont result in aching feet and a less-than-optimal jump shot when you've been out on the court for more than 5-minutes.

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Forever 21 shows Instagram on giant screen made of thread

Forever 21 shows Instagram on giant screen made of thread

What would be the best way to display Instagram posts to a large crowd? Your immediate and of course logically expected answer would be a large LCD screen or something like it. Fashion retailer Forever 21 naturally won't settle for something so plain, so conventional, so boring. Hiring the expertise of rapid product company BREAKFAST, Forever 21 setup what could be the world's first, and probably last, giant screeen that uses not LCDs or even LEDs to show content. It uses nothing than colorful threads for that same purpose.

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Prick-free way to monitor glucose might be the future

Prick-free way to monitor glucose might be the future

Diabetes is nothing to take lightly but many of its life-threatening dangers can be avoided by vigilance. Sadly, despite our hi-tech age, monitoring blood sugar levels still feels almost medieval, drawing a drop of blood to feed into portable glucometers. Luckily, science and technology might be on the verge of coming up with less invasive means to measure glucose levels. At the University of Leeds in the UK, a small device utilizes lasers to do all the measuring, and it's low-powered enough not to do any damage to your skin, much less prick it.

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Dutch city considering new plastic paving for roads

Dutch city considering new plastic paving for roads

It doesn't matter where you live in the world, if you have ever driven a car or rode a bus; you have traveled on pavement at some point. Typically, pavement is made using asphalt and as we all know asphalt makes a super smooth surface, but that surface can break down over time leading to serious potholes in the road.

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Sundar Pichai weighs in on nagging notifications

Sundar Pichai weighs in on nagging notifications

Smartphones have become part and parcel of our modern lives, whether for good or for ill. The ill part usually comes with our obsessive compulsion to check our smartphones every so often, even when we're not supposed to. Some technologies, like smartwatches, and apps are designed to work around those, but they don't really address the root of the problem: our smartphones. Google SVP for products Sundar Pichai gives some of his insight on the case of smartphone interruptions, including a curious stance on their social implications.

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Airbus E-Fan plane makes history, crosses English Channel

Airbus E-Fan plane makes history, crosses English Channel

Electric cars were once the hottest topic in technology but now almost everyone is trying to make one, or half of one anyway. Now that land has been more or less conquered, our attention is turned to the skies. After the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 made its historic Pacific crossing early this month, another electric plane is making some noise. This time, it's French aviation giant Airbus that is beaming proud, after its all-electric E-Fan plane prototype successfully made a historic Channel crossing without incident.

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Samsung sets into motion 11K resolution mobile screens

Samsung sets into motion 11K resolution mobile screens

If there's one thing you can't say about Samsung, it's that the Korean manufacturer lacks ambition. Some might claim it even has too much of it. While there are still disbelievers of even just 2K, even more so 4K, resolutions on smartphones, Samsung is already ready to go the extra mile, or in this case extra light year. Korean media reports that it Samsung has just gotten the ball rolling to develop 11K resolution screens for mobile devices that will go out as early as 2018.

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