Watch This Robot Learn To “Walk Off” An Injury

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http___makeagif.com__media_7-31-2014_IgcfAU What do you do if you’re a robotic hexapod and one of your legs is broken? Do you give up? Lie down and burst into flames? Cry from tear-ductless eyes? Or, through a process of trial-and-error, do you brush yourself off, hide your broken leg, and learn to walk again? You guessed it. Researchers Antoine Cully, Jeff Clune and Jean-Baptiste Mouret have trained a hexapod to try different… Read More

Internet.org app brings free access to Facebook and Google in developing countries

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Internet.org initiative launched last year with the goal of helping make the internet available to the entire world. Internet.org is taking a big step towards this by launching an Android app that provides free data access to services like Google, Wikipedia, Facebook, and more. The app will be available in Zambia initially, with plans to extend it to other developing markets over time. While Android users can simply download a standalone version, all of the services can also be accessed freely through internet.org on feature phones, or from within Facebook’s Android app. Internet.org has partnered with Airtel in Zambia to provide the free data access, and the initiative has been focusing on developing…

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Samsung promises to release a non-plastic phone this year

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Following another quarter of disappointing financial results, Samsung is promising a pair of new smartphones for 2014. As The Wall Street Journal reports, Kim Hyun-joon, senior vice president at Samsung Mobile, told investors and analysts a large-screened phone will materialize in the coming months, along with a model made from “new materials.” The large-screened device is almost certainly going to be the latest in Samsung’s popular Galaxy Note line, but the promise of a phone utilizing “new materials” is more intriguing. Over the past months there’s been rumor of a 4.8-inch Galaxy Alpha device built from metal, which is expected to be announced next month.

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Samsung’s massive bendable TV goes up for pre-order tomorrow

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It might be some time before the public can get its hands on Samsung’s 85-inch “Bendable TV,” which can transform from a flat panel to a curved screen and back. However, a smaller alternative can soon be purchased. Beginning August 1st, the 78-inch UN78S9B model will be available for pre-orders in Korea for an estimated price of 35 million won (about $34,000). The Ultra High-Definition TV will eventually be put on display in two locations in Seoul, specifically Samsung Digital Plaza in Gangnam and Lotte Department Store in Jamsil. International customers will have to continue waiting, as a release date for foreign markets remains unannounced.

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You can now Shazam from your Mac

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While Shazam has long existed on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone, it’s making the jump to the Mac today to bring song detection to the desktop. Shazam already has a fullscreen Windows 8 app, but its new Mac app is more of a traditional desktop app that sits quietly in the system tray. This subtly extends to one of its best features: automatic music detection in the background. If you allow Shazam for Mac to detect music automatically then it will do so while it’s open, particularly useful if you’re watching TV or listening to a radio in a coffee shop with your MacBook. If you leave Shazam for Mac silently detecting music in the background then it will trigger a notification each time a new track is identified. The idea of an app…

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Entrepreneurs Tackle Earthquake Safety, Urban Planning Tech In SF’s EIR Program

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While heavily-funded companies like Airbnb, Lyft and Uber capture the spotlight as companies that controversially shape city life around transportation and space, cities and their governments have a whole bunch of behind-the-scenes needs too.
That’s the premise behind San Francisco’s entrepreneur-in-residence program, which pairs tech founders with city government workers in… Read More

Scientists discover the moon is shaped like a lemon

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Although our visit to its rocky surface confirmed that it’s not covered in vast seas, it’s not home to strange moon-men, and it’s not made of cheese, the moon can still surprise us. It’s only this week that scientists have revealed that, 45 years after Neil Armstrong set foot on the planetoid, our closest celestial neighbor is not actually round.

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Samsung sales and profits down despite Galaxy S5 launch

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Samsung Electronics has released its financial results for the second quarter of 2014, showing the first drop in net profit in three years for the Korean electronics giant, and a slowdown in its smartphone sales. The company announced it had made a net profit of 6.25 trillion won ($6.1 billion), down from 7.77 trillion won ($7.58 billion) last year. It also recorded an operating profit of 7.19 trillion won ($7.02 billion) in the period — a 15 percent drop from last quarter — on revenues of 52.35 trillion won ($51.02 billion). The new figures mean Samsung’s operating profit has dropped almost 25 percent from the same quarter last year, falling from 9.53 trillion won ($9.27 billion) in the second quarter of 2013.

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The One-Horse Race: Android Represented 85% Of The 300M Smartphones Shipped In Q2

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6180104944_73e0a291aa_b Another milestone for Google’s Android in its relentless march for mobile dominance: the operating system accounted for 85% of all smartphones shipped in Q2 — its highest ever proportion, according to a new report from Strategy Analytics. Google’s win comes at a loss for everyone else, and interestingly for the smartphone market overall. Apple, Windows Phone and BlackBerry… Read More

Chartboost, Chukong Link Up To Bring Mobile Game Cross-Promotion To Chinese Developers

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chartboost-chukong Now the world’s biggest smartphone market, China represents a wealth of still-growing opportunities for mobile game developers. While app developers in the West are fretting that the so-called “Gold Rush” is over, China’s market is still growing rapidly with north of 800 million active smart devices. But the mainland Chinese market is pretty impenetrable to… Read More

Twitch tries out live concerts with free house music performance tonight

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Twitch is the biggest name around when it comes to broadcasting live streams of video games, but Twitch’s dominance hits a hard stop right there. Now, Twitch appears to be considering ways that it could begin to branch out, and it’s starting by hosting a free broadcast of a concert from house musician Steve Aoki. That’s a big change for Twitch, which generally requires that streams are dedicated to video games. It doesn’t appear that Twitch is about to open up to musicians or other non-gaming broadcasts just yet though — it still says that it’s asking for feedback on what it’s doing.

The Aoki concert will begin on his Twitch page tonight at 10PM ET. Twitch doesn’t say if there’ll be more concerts to follow, but it’s apparently seen some…

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The Philips Hue Tap Proves An Elegant Accessory For Connected Smart Lights

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philips-hue-tap The Philips Hue system provides lighting that you can control with your smartphone, and automate with location gating and time-based alarms. But for all its fancy magic, I still find myself using physical lightswitches to turn my Hue system on and off, in larger part because often it takes more steps to unlock my iPhone, find the Hue app, open it and select the “All off” or… Read More

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