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Topical virus cream spread on the face could fight acne

09/27/2012, A study by scientists at UCLA and the University of Pittsburg published today shows that a harmless virus that naturally lives on our skin infects and kills Propionibacterium acnes, the bacteria that causes acne. Of course, the next step is to weaponize...

Beam robot adds a physical presence to teleconferencing

09/27/2012, Ever want to be two places at once but standard videoconferencing technologies just aren’t creepy enough for you? Well, if you’ve got $16000 to burn and a desire to be a disembodied head attached to wheels, the newly announced Beam Remote...

AMD releases Android emulator for AMD-equipped PCs

09/27/2012, While it’s always been possible to emulate an Android device on a Windows PC, to this point it hasn’t been practical for most users and would best be described as a developer tool. But if you’ve got a PC with an AMD chip inside, you can...

A Star Wars watch that you’ll actually want to wear

09/26/2012, Venerable Japanese watchmaker Seiko has released a limited-edition series of Star Wars watches. Out on October 12, six characters from the films get their own model, each based on a different Seiko model. Among the characters included are some usual...

Samsung is looking to buy its way to excellent software

09/26/2012, Samsung Electronics is a massive conglomerate that makes everything from internals (like the iPhone processor) to TVs and smartphones. But their weak link has always been the quality of their software–the Galaxy S3 is a beautiful phone, but many...

Google Maps add underwater Street View for coral reefs

09/26/2012, Ever wanted to see the great coral reefs of the world but don’t have the time, money, or expertise to fly down to Australia and go scuba diving? Google, along with the Catlin Seaview Survey, have taken hundreds of panoramic photos down below and...

The Wii U will launch with 23 titles

09/26/2012, In the United States, the Wii U will launch on November 18. But what good is a console if there’s nothing to play on it? Today, Nintendo confirmed 23 launch titles, which is significantly more games than either the Wii or the Nintendo 64 launched...

Leaked screenshots reveal Xbox Music Pass pricing

09/26/2012, Xbox Music, Microsoft’s spiritual successor to Zune marketplace and its current foray into the streaming music subscription market, is going to launch with Windows 8 next month. But some leaked screenshots obtained by Engadget already show the two...

Google Docs breaking compatibility with .doc, .xls, .ppt formats

09/26/2012, On October 1st, Google Docs users won’t be able to download or upload documents, spreadsheets, or slideshows in Office 1997-2007 format. Although Microsoft has long since left these file formats behind, replacing them with .docx, .pptx, and .xlsx,...

Lytro light-field camera hitting retail stores next month

09/25/2012, While the Lytro’s light-field sensor represents a major advance forward for imaging technologies, it’s mostly been used by early adopters and tech bloggers at this point because the only way to obtain one was through Lytro’s website....

Google’s autonomous vehicles are now legal in California

09/25/2012, Google’s recently received permission to test their self-driving cars in Nevada, but until today in California, where the cars were conceived and tested, it remained illegal. Today at Google HQ, California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB1298,...