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How to plan your smart home—and weigh privacy risks

You might have heard of lights that turn off with an app or voice command. Or window shades that magically rise every morning.

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Patent talk: Apple concept features earbuds that can be worn interchangeably

Are we about to see Apple reaching an even newer gold standard in ear buds? Apple has a patent for AirPods with built in biometrics. It's being called "universal" because the idea calls for ear pods that can be worn in either ...

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Patent talk: A 16-lens phone? LG is crazy (like a fox)

A patent was filed to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) titled "Mobile terminal and control method for the mobile terminal" which, if you look beyond the rather lackluster title, proposes an exciting ...

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Google's shoe idea teases moonwalks in the VR zone

"Try walking forwards and the magic quickly falls apart—either when you walk into a wall, or are yanked back by the cable attaching your headset to a computer." That is Alistair Charlton in GearBrain. He was—you guessed ...

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Samsung is working on laptop with foldable display

Laptops with folding screens? Never say never when the visionaries at Samsung get excited far beyond words, such as "Signing off, see you in the morning."

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Patent talk shows Samsung's ideas for future phone design

Look what Samsung's future phones might look like, if patent talk is anything to go by. A Samsung patent filed with WIPO for a "Biometric sensor and device including the same" was published October 18.

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Consumers choose smartphones mostly because of their appearance

What motivates a customer to choose a particular model of mobile phone? Experts from the University of Seville, in collaboration with the Catholic University of North Chile, have recently published a study in which they report ...

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Eating with your eyes: Virtual reality can alter taste

Humans not only relish the sweet, savory and saltiness of foods, but they are influenced by the environment in which they eat. Cornell University food scientists used virtual reality to show how people's perception of real ...

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Google Pixel 3 phone aims to automate more daily tasks

There's not much about the physical details of Google's new Pixel 3 phone that you can't find elsewhere. That bigger display and curved design? Apple and Samsung phones already have that.

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Ultra-light gloves let users 'touch' virtual objects

Scientists from EPFL and ETH Zurich have developed an ultra-light glove – weighing less than 8 grams per finger– that enables users to feel and manipulate virtual objects. Their system provides extremely realistic haptic ...