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  • Researchers at Colorado State University have developed a miniature robot that can re-form its own legs to change its gait on the fly. Rather than settling with just one skeleton, the tiny bot can alter its ‘bones’ to change the way it walks to suit different terrain. Its skeleton is rigid at first, but tiny joints within it become flexible when a current passes through them. They will freeze in their new configuration when the current is stopped, giving the bot a whole new walk. For the time be
    This little robot can melt and re-form its own legs to change its stride

  • Amazon has opened up its US Alexa Store to allow anyone to publish and share Alexa skills created with its ‘Blueprints’ program. As well as opening up the Alexa Store to have-a-go skill-makers, Amazon is set to launch a number of new Blueprints templates aimed at bloggers and organizations. Skills for daysBlueprints, which was launched last year, allows anyone to make their own skills without the need to be a coding genius, thanks to series of walkthrough templates that allow anyone to knock up
    Amazon's Alexa Store now allows some users to create and share skills

  • A video has emerged that demonstrates virtual desktops being used on Chrome OS, which suggests that Google is looking to incorporate the feature into its operating system for Chromebooks. The video, which you can view below, gives us a brief glimpse of how the virtual desks feature would work when creating new virtual desktops. Hot virtual deskingVirtual desktops are a very useful feature found in Windows 10 and macOS, so adding the feature to Chrome OS will allow Google’s lightweight operating
    Chrome OS could be getting virtual desktops

  • Chinese manufacturer Nubia has been teasing its foldable phone announcement for MWC 2019 over the last few days, and the latest teaser has suggested it’s ready to officially unveil its Nubia A smartwatch and phone hybrid. The latest teaser sent out by the company includes the letter “A” and a curve that may represent the device. The prototype looked to be quite a gargantuan device to sit on your wrist, so it may be we see some improvements on the final product. For example, the Nubia A prototype
    Nubia's foldable smartphone-wearable hybrid is coming to MWC 2019

  • GeForce RTX graphics card owners have undoubtedly noticed the scarce level of support for ray tracing, but a lot more games could soon benefit from the tech with the news that the Unreal Engine has just adopted it. To be precise, the latest preview of Unreal Engine 4 (version 4.22) now incorporates ray tracing. The release notes state that a low-level layer has been implemented on top of UE DirectX 12 which “provides support for DXR and allows creating and using ray tracing shaders (ray generati
    Unreal Engine adopts ray tracing in major boost to Nvidia’s RTX graphics cards

  • After weeks of leaks, Fujifilm has confirmed the X-T30, an update to the popular X-T20 mirrorless camera. Read our hands-on Fujifilm X-T30 reviewThe X-T30 gains the X-T3’s 26.1MP back-illuminated sensorVideo specs have also been bolstered, with 4K video recording now offered in both 4K UHD and 4K DCI flavors, rather than just 4K UHD. Elsewhere, Fujifilm has retained the pop-up flash from the X-T20, and provided a hotshoe on the top plate for more powerful units. Overhauled face detection and tra
    Fujifilm X-T30 officially confirmed

  • Surface Pen users will doubtless be pleased to hear that Microsoft could be considering a new method for making its stylus more accurate. At least going by a patent that has just been published (spotted by Windows Latest) for an ‘active stylus motion vector’. Microsoft notes that in this case, engineers have to deal with a trade-off in terms of the accuracy of stylus location and the touch scanning frequency. The patent observes: “A touch sensor may increase stylus location accuracy by spending
    Microsoft has a bright idea to make the Surface Pen more accurate

  • More new renders of the LG G8 ThinQ have been leaked, and they provide the most comprehensive look at the device so far. The top of the device has no inputs or outputs, and in this regard the design of the device is similar to that of the LG G7 ThinQ . LG G8 ThinQ pic.twitter.com/ytPzOP3RloFebruary 12, 2019Same again? If these leaked renders are the real deal – and judging by Evan Blass’ track record they likely are – it shows the LG G8 ThinQ as a whole doesn’t vary in design a huge amount from
    LG G8 ThinQ renders leak gives us our best look yet

  • Mozilla has teamed up with Ubisoft to release future versions of Firefox more quickly. The browser developer is using Clever-Commit, an AI coding assistant developed by Ubisoft La Forge to make writing code faster and more efficient. Smart bug squisingClever-Commit helps developers see whether an edit will introduce a new bug based on previous programming mistakes. That could be a huge help for Mozilla, as it releases a new version of Firefox every six to eight weeks, each of which contains an a
    Mozilla partners with Ubisoft to release future versions of Firefox faster

  • IBM has announced it is liberating its Watson AI services to work across any cloud platform. Going forward, IBM Watson services will be integrated with IBM Cloud Private for Data, meaning they can be run on any environment, whether that be on-premise or in the field, or across any private, public or hybrid-multicloud – meaning companies can now take Watson to their data. The launch will include services such as the Watson Assistant, which offers the chance to build AI conversational interfaces i
    IBM frees Watson AI to work on any cloud

  • Apple’s regular unveiling of software is drawing nearer, and now it seems we’ve got a date for the Worldwide Developers Confererence 2019 (WWDC 2019). Some sleuthing from MacRumors has uncovered a request for a post-WWDC permit from the San Jose authorities, and it gives away the date of the event as 3-7 June at the same venue as recent years, the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. Here’s everything we want to see from iOS 13Will we hear more about upgrades to the iPad Pro 11? The Apple Watch 4
    WWDC 2019 dates leak, will surprise nobody

  • If you want to run Windows 10 on your Raspberry Pi, then previously, you’ve needed to stick with the IoT Core spin of Microsoft’s OS – designed for low-powered devices like Internet of Things (IoT) gadgets – but now it’s apparently possible to stuff Windows 10 on ARM onto the Pi. Mainly because Windows 10 on ARM offers punters a full version of the desktop OS, as opposed to Windows 10 IoT Core, which as mentioned is very much a cut-down affair. The caveat, however, is that the Raspberry Pi is eq
    Windows 10 on ARM will run on your Raspberry Pi 3

  • We must be getting close to the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti ’s launch as not one, not two but three different third-party variants of graphics card have appeared online. Videocardz caught wind (and photos of retail packaging) of the upcoming EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XC , Palit GTX 1660 Ti StormX and Galax GeForce GTX 1660 Ti . All three cards and, from what we can tell, all variants of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti will reportedly be released on February 22, which is a little later than the Febr
    Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti appears again in three different retail boxes

  • Apex Legends is off to a cracking start, but folks are beginning to speculate on what the future might hold for EA’s battle royale extravaganza – and that could include new game modes for duo squads and solo players, at least according to freshly leaked info. LEAK:Solo & Duo game modes found in the game files! According to the details, the 60 player limit would stay, meaning there would be 30 two-player squads, or 60 solo players, as you would expect. Random resentmentNaturally, plenty of Apex L
    Apex Legends could get two new modes that many players want – including solo

  • Epic Games Store vs Steam: the storefrontsThe Steam storefontThe Steam Store is a bit like a vast warehouse that just so happens to have a few of its most popular products in front of the shutters. The Epic Games Store storefrontMeanwhile, the Epic Games Store storefront starts strong. You can run some Epic Games Store games through SteamFortnite, meanwhile, has the tightest DRM of the games we tested. The Epic Games Store libraryBut what about the Epic Games Store? Even so, the Epic Games Store
    Epic Games Store vs Steam: battle of the online stores

  • While navigation by way of Google Maps is, for the most part, a smooth process for pedestrians, there’s usually an awkward moment of failed orientation when you first start the feature and try and line yourself up with the little blue dot. At the tech giant’s 2018 IO developer conference , Google announced a new feature it was working on for its navigation app that uses a combination of AI, AR and your phone’s camera to help with the real-time wayfinding process. The same technology will be able
    Google Maps AR navigation is currently being trialed by select users

  • Further proving that 2019 is the year of the dark mode, Google’s latest Chrome 73 beta for Android has revealed an early look at the mobile browser’s upcoming night-friendly viewing option. As you can see from the images below, the experimental dark mode turns pop-up menus dark gray, as opposed to their usual all-white design. Credit: 9to5GoogleBased on these images, it’s clear that Chrome for Android’s dark mode still has a long way to go, with URL text still displaying in black, making it quit
    Latest Google Chrome beta for Android includes experimental ‘dark mode’

  • There is, however, an easy solution: make your own Valentine’s Day card, tailored for the special person in your life. Image credit: Adobe (Image: © Adobe)1. Image credit: Adobe (Image: © Adobe)2. Search for ‘Valentine’s Day Card’ in the box at the top. Image credit: Adobe (Image: © Adobe)3.
    How to make a Valentine's Day card online

  • The Diesel On Full Guard 2.5 won’t be the smartwatch for everyone, but for a select few it will be ideal. Perhaps one of the boldest smartwatches money can buy, the Diesel On Full Guard 2.5 isn’t for everyone – but it isn’t designed for everyone either. The company is in the process of updating its whole range of third-party brand watches with vastly updated tech including a GPS sensor and Google Pay capabilities, with the Diesel On Full Guard 2.5 being the latest to benefit. Much like the origi
    Diesel On Full Guard 2.5 review

  • As expected, Apple has rushed out a fix for a bug that allowed folks to eavesdrop on others through Group FaceTime. While Apple had already addressed the issue on its servers, AppleInsider pointed out, iOS 12.1.4 fixes this exploit on devices. Apple had swiftly disabled Group FaceTime after news of the bug started trending on social media. Here’s Apple’s new statement on the iOS 12.1.4 update that fixes FaceTime Group calls. Which isn’t surprising: with issues as widespread and easily-exploitabl
    Apple pushes out iOS 12.1.4 to fix Group FaceTime eavesdropping bug

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