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UC Berkeley researchers built a wall-jumping robot

Meet SALTO: a powerful new wall-jumping robot built by researchers at UC Berkeley. According to SALTO's makers, the diminutive, one-legged hopper not only has the "highest robotic vertical jumping agility ever recorded," but also the ability to link...
Published on: Wednesday, December 07, 2016 | link

Bloomberg: Fitbit acquisition will kill Pebble Time 2 and Core

According to Bloomberg, Fitbit is close to buying up Pebble for less than $40 million, which aligns with what we reported when info on the acquisition first came out. Since the fitness tracker maker is only interested in Pebble's software assets and...
Published on: Wednesday, December 07, 2016 | link

Square Cash plugs its virtual card into Apple Pay

The Square Cash service added a "virtual debit card" feature back in September, and tonight during the Code Commerce event, CEO Jack Dorsey announced that it's integrating with Apple Pay. The virtual Visa debit card lets Square Cash users spend their...
Published on: Tuesday, December 06, 2016 | link

Use Alexa to ask Martian's watches all your burning questions

Have one of Martian's voice-powered smartwatches? Cool, because now mVoice models and certain Guess timepieces will work with Amazon's Alexa technology. "We're excited to work with Martian Watches to bring Alexa to mVoice timepieces so customers can...
Published on: Tuesday, December 06, 2016 | link

Nearly half of Flickr's photo uploads come from smartphones

It's no secret that Flickr is popular with phone-toting photographers, but it's now reaching a tipping point. The Yahoo-owned image service has posted its year in review, and it notes that 48 percent of photo uploads now come from smartphones. That...
Published on: Tuesday, December 06, 2016 | link

Philip Morris submits a tobacco vaporizer for FDA approval

Philip Morris, maker of Marlboro cigarettes, submitted an application to the FDA on Tuesday seeking approval for its new tobacco vaporizer. The iQOS device, as it's currently called, works on the same principle as the Pax, wherein the ground plant ma...
Published on: Tuesday, December 06, 2016 | link

Google Docs could make writing that term paper a little easier

Formatting and inserting citations are some of the worst parts of writing a term paper. But Google wants to help make that tedious process a little less soul-crushing. An upcoming update to G Suite will toss those attributions in as a footnote for a...
Published on: Tuesday, December 06, 2016 | link

Pandora officially unveils its long-awaited Spotify competitor

That Pandora was planning to launch a full fledged Spotify competitor was no secret. The company said as much last year when it bought the ashes of Rdio, which had filed for bankruptcy. But today, at a lavish, over-the-top event in New York City, Pan...
Published on: Tuesday, December 06, 2016 | link

Google further shrinks the size of your Android app updates

If there's a regular bane in Android phone owners' existence, it's the never-ending stream of app updates. Even though they're smaller than full downloads, they still chew up a lot of data -- just ask anyone who has sucked down hundreds of megabytes...
Published on: Tuesday, December 06, 2016 | link

Apple's TV single sign-on feature goes live in the US

Apple just made your TV watching much easier... if you subscribe to the right services, that is. After dropping some hints in November, Apple has activated its promised single sign-on feature for Apple TV and iOS users in the US, but only for a hand...
Published on: Tuesday, December 06, 2016 | link