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Researchers created a robotic hand that is eerily human-like and can learn on its own

We often take for granted how easy it is for us to complete basic tasks just using our hands. Typing out an email or setting up a pot of coffee are things we can do bleary eyed in the morning, but the movements our hands have to make...Show More Summary

Inside Manhattan's new IKEA for luxury appliances, where you can test music-playing tubs and $19,000 faucets

If you’re going to purchase a $19,500 3D-printed faucet, you'll likely want to try it out before you buy. You can do that at Pirch, a retail chain that sells luxury home and bath appliances in massive showrooms. Like Ikea, the products at Pirch are organized into small, life-like displays, called vignettes. Show More Summary

Here's how a Japanese startup plans to make artificial meteor showers on-demand

Shooting stars, meteors, and full-on meteor showers are wonders to behold. These celestial light shows occur when gas, dust, and space debris burn up in Earth's atmosphere. But they don't happen as often as we might like, nor do they...Show More Summary

On paper, Pebble’s new smartwatches blow FitBit out of the water

Pebble announced two new smartwatches on Tuesday, called the Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2. Based on these new products, it looks like Pebble will beat FitBit at its own game: specifically, making inexpensive smartwatches that can track...Show More Summary

Office workers in New York City are competing to create spectacular Post-it collages

A group of offices in lower Manhattan have started a very colorful war. Since early May, workers have been creating massive designs — from the Snapchat ghost to Superman logo — by sticking Post-its to their Tribeca office windows. According to The New York Post, the managers of one building have asked workers to remove their creations by May 28. Show More Summary

The truth about where 11 tech breakthroughs really came from

It's like the famous quote mistakenly attributed to Pablo Picasso: Good artists copy; great artists steal. There's something to be said for being the first one to the market. But the history of tech is riddled with cases where a company...Show More Summary

This startup could become the Tesla of electric motorcycles

Since 2007, the guys behind the California-based startup Alta Motors have been working to bring the ultimate enthusiast bike to the American market, and that product is just about here. The company's first electric motorcycle, called...Show More Summary

Here’s how long to wait before you text your crush back

GIF by Skye Gould/Tech Insider A text pops up from your crush. You see it immediately — but when do you text back? You don't want to reveal that you're waiting by the phone, but you also don't want to come across as rude or uninterested. To...Show More Summary

10 quirky photos of the computers that forever changed the face of tech

Photographer James Ball, also known as "Docubyte," always felt an affinity towards the world's earliest computers. " I love looking at those old images online of vintage mainframe rooms and early huge computers," he told Business Insider. However,...Show More Summary

Boston Dynamics employees were frustrated with Google's plan for a household robot (GOOGL)

When Boston Dynamics posted a video of its humanoid robot, Atlas, walking in the snow and recovering from getting kicked, Google was not happy. As one former employee told Tech Insider, it "soured the soup" of a relationship that was...Show More Summary

These 17 life hacks will change the way you use Gmail (GOOGL)

Since it debuted a decade ago, Gmail has become not just another email program, but a cultural force. It is the world's largest email service, and it has set the standard for what people expect in terms of ease of use and inbox size. But...Show More Summary

These eye-tracking heatmaps reveal whether these logo changes were a mistake or an improvement (FB, TWTR, YHOO)

When brands release new icons and logos, previously loyal customers often groan with frustration. This happened when Instagram changed its app icon at the start of May. The flatter, more abstract design was described by Adweek as possibly...Show More Summary

Google is fixing one of the most frustrating features of its Chrome browser (GOOG)

Google Chrome is fixing a huge pain point for its users. In its next big release, Chrome is removing the keyboard shortcut that made the "backspace" key return to the previous page. This "feature" caused problems for many people whoShow More Summary

Understanding these emojis will turn you into a Snapchat pro

One of Snapchat's many quirks is the list of emojis it seems to randomly place next to your friends' names. You know, these: It turns out that these emojis, which range from baby face to grimace, aren't random at all. They can actually...Show More Summary

Reddit will soon start rewriting certain links to make money

Reddit is launching a new way to make money. Starting on June 3, the site is going to use a popular strategy called affiliate linking to get a small cut of purchases that happen after a person clicks through to an online store from Reddit. For...Show More Summary

Neil deGrasse Tyson says this is what you should invest in 'if you don't want to die poor'

Our country is in the science doldrums, Neil deGrasse Tyson said at a press conference on Thursday. The doldrums, he explained, are a region on the Earth’s surface where air doesn’t move horizontally. “It either goes directly down, directly upward, or doesn’t move at all,” he said. Show More Summary

Apple is working on an AI system that wipes the floor with Google and everyone else (AAPL)

Siri is due for a big upgrade. Apple now has the tech in place to give its digital assistant a big boost thanks to a UK-based company called VocalIQ it bought last year. According to a source familiar with VocalIQ’s product, it’s much...Show More Summary

7 simple LinkedIn photo tricks that will dramatically increase your chances of landing your dream job (LNKD)

LinkedIn is a great place to connect with recruiters who can help find your dream job. But your first point of contact with the recruiter is often not your résumé — it’s your profile photo. LinkedIn shared these seven simple tips to take a better selfie for your profile photo, and increase your chances of getting viewed by recruiters. Show More Summary

How non-Facebook users can stop Facebook from tracking them around the web (FB)

For the first time, Facebook will use information about people who don't have accounts on the social network to show them ads on other websites through its Audience Network, the company announced earlier this week. Facebook's Audience...Show More Summary

YouTube star wakeboarded the canals of Amsterdam wearing a tuxedo

Remember the guy who snowboarded through the empty streets of New York City during Winter Storm Jonas? YouTube star Casey Neistat's latest stunt involved wakeboarding through the canals of Amsterdam behind a jet-ski... and he did itShow More Summary

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