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Google rejects military funding for its advanced humanoid robot

Google rejects military funding for its advanced humanoid robot | Information technology | Scoop.it
Once upon a time, if you wanted money to build humanoid robots, you basically had to get it from the military — specifically, the high-risk, high-reward technology lab known as the Defense...
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Tech Companies Start Disclosing National Security Requests | MIT Technology Review

Tech Companies Start Disclosing National Security Requests | MIT Technology Review | Information technology | Scoop.it
“Transparency reports” reveal insights about the requests made in the name of national security—including information that was previously kept secret.
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Why Some of 2014’s Most Intriguing Gadgets Will Never Reach American Stores

Why Some of 2014’s Most Intriguing Gadgets Will Never Reach American Stores | Information technology | Scoop.it
• Lenovo’s S860, an Android phone that can recharge another phone through its own USB port. • Blackphone, a privacy-first, Android-based smartphone that comes preset to make your communications anonymous and encrypted. These diverse devices share one thing in common: Even though some are made by U.S. companies, or have prices listed in U.S. dollars on press releases, they’re not coming to U.S. stores soon. Some, in fact, may never reach the States in quantity unless MWC attendees smuggle them home in their luggage.
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These Headphones Can Also Track Your Health While You Exercise

These Headphones Can Also Track Your Health While You Exercise | Information technology | Scoop.it
Bragi’s Dash wireless Bluetooth earbuds are capable of tracking your performance, measuring your body’s vitals and playing music — even without your smartphone. This means that the Dash earbuds can measure your body temperature, how many calories you’ve burned, your heart rate and your body’s oxygen saturation. MORE: What Gaming Looks Like on Google Glass Bragi has also packed the earbuds with 4 GB of onboard storage, although it warns that these are just preliminary specs that may change before The Dash hits the market. The earbuds’ Kickstarter page touts the device as much more than a fitness tracker, claiming that it’s an in-ear personal assistant.
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LG’s New G Flex: A Curvy Phone That’s Not Afraid to Bend a Few Rules

LG’s New G Flex: A Curvy Phone That’s Not Afraid to Bend a Few Rules | Information technology | Scoop.it
The result is the G Flex, a device that the company is calling “the world’s first curved, flexible smartphone.” The arch on the G Flex is subtle. The huge G Flex fits awkwardly in your front pocket; Still, in terms of clarity, you can certainly find crisper screens — on the Galaxy Note 3 or the iPhone 5s, for example.  As for how the curved display actually affects viewing, I didn’t notice too much of a difference, and unless you plan on huddling your family around the old smartphone for movie night, you probably won’t either. As on last year’s LG G2 smartphone, the power and volume buttons are on the back of the device, just below the camera.
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Google Announces Acquisition Of Nest For $3.2 Billion

Google Announces Acquisition Of Nest For $3.2 Billion | Information technology | Scoop.it
Thermostats aren’t really given much thought, unless of course you are beautifully designed like the Nest Learning Thermostat which was launched back in 2011, which basically has the ability to adjust itself after “learning” your habits.
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McDonald’s New Menu Item Test Hints at the Company’s Future Strategy (MCD)

McDonald’s New Menu Item Test Hints at the Company’s Future Strategy (MCD) | Information technology | Scoop.it
McDonald’s recently tested a new breakfast item, and the results appear to have been good. However, if McDonald’s focuses more on breakfast, then it will have to contend with the rising breakfast threats of Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks. - Dan Moskowitz - Consumer Goods
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Your Next Kitchen Scale Will Do the Measuring for You

Your Next Kitchen Scale Will Do the Measuring for You | Information technology | Scoop.it
The upcoming Drop kitchen scale brings smarts to your measuring. It will recalculate the rest of the recipe so the proportions are still right. Drop will also let you go light on a recipe if you run out of the main ingredient, again rejiggering the proportions for you. The upcoming product is designed primarily for baking, where getting the proportions right in a mix is critical.
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The FCC is working on a plan to fix net neutrality, save the internet

The FCC is working on a plan to fix net neutrality, save the internet | Information technology | Scoop.it
Remember when Verizon skewered the FCC's net neutrality rules? It may have won the battle, but Tom Wheeler doesn't believe that the carrier has won the
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Amazon releases 'login and pay with Amazon' -- can you feel PayPal sweating?

Amazon releases 'login and pay with Amazon' -- can you feel PayPal sweating? | Information technology | Scoop.it
Amazon's 215 million customers will now be able to checkout in just a few clicks, using their Amazon credentials.
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Small Business|With New Thinking and Technology, Some Businesses Get ... - New York Times

Small Business|With New Thinking and Technology, Some Businesses Get ... - New York Times | Information technology | Scoop.it
Small Business|With New Thinking and Technology, Some Businesses Get ...
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