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Stream & Drive With Netflix Watch & Google Self-Driving Cars

On the eve of the Apple Watch going into preorders April 10th, starting as early as 3:01 a.m. ET -- not to be outdone -- Netflix released some surprising news regarding its own timepiece. With an appropriate dose of tongue-and-cheek, in an advance promo, the Netflix Watch is said to be coming soon, providing gadget-lovers the world-over to “experience total freedom.”

New Coating Turns Ordinary Cotton Into Super-Fabric

If you’ve ever pondered what sort of material might be best employed in a superhero’s suit, here’s one possible answer. Scientists in China have developed a new self-healing coating that turns ordinary cotton into a fire retardant, waterproof and self-cleaning super fabric. The technique, which involves a triple-dip coating in a series of polymers, is envisioned to be particularly useful in the fabrication of military uniforms or other textiles faced with similarly challenging environments.

Feeling Sick? Text Your Doctor and Get Diagnosed

So, what’s it like living in a remote area and not having access to a doctor? Many of us live in big city centers and the suburbs so accessing health care is something we might take for granted. But a team of researchers at Florida Atlantic University have come up with a new invention that will make health care far more available for those living in isolated areas. Will their new invention be a game changer for the medical world?

MIT Creates New Traffic Algorithms That May Radically Reduce Traffic Problems

Has sitting in rush hour traffic for hours a day become your mind-numbing reality? Does passing the same pedestrian three times before crossing the intersection seem too much like normal life? If so, take heart. Researchers at MIT have found a new traffic algorithm which will not only save you time and frustration, but will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Book My Ride! Order Your BMW i3 EV Online From Amazon Japan

Amazon Japan has begun listing BMW's i3 EV along with the usual books, DVDs, housewares and whatnot. While delivery via drone isn't in the offing – yet – the new service expands the German car company's profile while enhancing customer convenience.

Top 12 Coolest Innovations From Asia's Largest Trade Show 2015

Don't miss out on Asia's largest technology events of the year! For the inner geek and active enthusiast, I have highlighted the top 12 most practical product innovations.

Menswear News: Be a Marvel Superhero or at Least Dress Like One

Have you secretly harbored dreams of dressing like your favorite superhero beyond the scope of a Halloween costume party? Well, now you can. Meet the newest line of Marvel Menswear from the Five Four Club!

Invention of the Week? Tixxii is the New App that Protects Your Vehicle

A Los Angeles, CA, entrepreneur has come up with a unique app that will protect your vehicle from tickets, tows, and accidents.  Abel Jones, a graduate of UC Berkeley, has developed Tixxii – a revolutionary app that serves as a new global watchdog to look after your vehicle.

Emtec DUO Flash Drives Mix USB Type-C, Type-A Connectors

Reversible Type-C USB ports are increasingly showing up on new devices – the neo-MacBook, for one – and Emtec's double-headed thumb drive is here to take advantage, all while remaining compatible with older gadgets.

Battery Electrodes Now Possible From Packing Peanuts

Finding a new use for waste products is a valuable avenue of research, both from an environmental and an economic standpoint. Brand new research reported this past weekend at the American Chemical Society Meeting has shown that packing peanuts – those pesky, statically charged foam nuggets that seem to end up everywhere after you've received fragile goods in the mail – can be transformed into electrodes for lithium ion batteries that actually perform better than many standard materials.

Dash, Stereo-Quality Headphones Now Available In Wireless Earbuds

The Dash: The latest in stereo headphones meets the latest in Bluetooth speaker technology to create the ultimate wireless ear buds. With embedded 4GB Mp3 player and multiple fitness-tracking features, it's perfect for athletes, music lovers and fans of audio books.

The Analog Ant Watch: Get Out of Here!

Can a watch respond to the joys and annoyances of Mother Nature? WatchCo says yes, and puts its money where its mouth is. with its newest creation, the Analog Ant Watch. Read on for more on this incredible innovation.

Brain Hack Gives Blind Rats Psychic GPS Capabilities: New Technology Could Help Blind People Navigate More Easily

Scientists at the University of Tokyo have made an amazing discovery – a breakthrough in every sense. Neuroscientist Yuji Ikegaya and pharmacologist Hiroaki Norimoto just completed a major study involving rats. The duo connected small digital compasses on the brains of blind rats and found that they could move around in a maze just as well as rats with normal sight.

Electrically Charged Water Could Make Your Food Safer

Food borne illnesses are a major drain on global economic and public health systems while also causing extreme discomfort and occasionally death in those afflicted. In the United States, over a fifth of reported food-derived illnesses arise due to contaminated fresh produce. To alleviate this, most produce sold is cleaned using relatively unpleasant solvents like peroxides or chlorine solutions. Now researchers report a new environmentally friendly method of destroying pathogens on the surface of food using that most benign of solvents, water!

China's First 3D Printed Car Can Only Get Better

China's first 3D-printed car is an impressive feat of technology considering it took just one month to design and build it. On the downside, the Tuhaojin or “Golden Local Tyrant” (we kid you not) LOOKS like it took just a month to design and build.

Smokeable Wearable Tech: Set the World and Other Places On Fire!

Meet the world's first (and second) smokeable hoodie. Alarm the fire department, impress your friends and read on for more on this incredible innovation.

ASRock Builds World's Only Mini-ITX Intel Haswell-E Motherboard

Now you can build an 18-core Xeon workstation and have it approach the size of a shoebox. ASRock has bravely chosen to cram Intel's X99 chipset and a strong set of features into the ITX form-factor, with its new X99E-ITX/ac motherboard. Some caveats apply, though.

High-Tech Tissue Box Holder Features Hands-Free Mist Moistener

From the First World Problems Solved department (also known as Japan) comes the Wet Tissue Maker tissue box holder. A built-in infrared sensor and concealed water mister ensure you'll never suffer the heartbreak of dry tissues again.

Invention of the Week? Liquidity Nanotech Unveils Naked Filter – Clean Water for Everyone

A team of inventors based in Alameda, CA, are on a mission to provide the world with clean and healthy water. Liquidity Nanotech just launched the Naked Filter on Kickstarter and it’s getting lots of financial backers. The Naked Filter is revolutionary in every sense in that the water you drink is more than effectively filtered.

Ruff: Pauline van Dongen’s Newest 3-D Wearable Tech

What if the clothes we wear suddenly had their own personalities instead of reflecting ours?  Meet Ruff, the newest 3-D printed responsive collar by Pauline van Dongen, whose inspiration came from the ruffled collars of centuries past.

Facebook’s Parce Minces Things, Not Words

Two short years ago when Facebook was in a buying frenzy acquiring any new software service with a pulse, it purchased Parse for the paltry sum of $85 million. This was an historic move as this mobile app development platform has now officially entered the Facebook into a race for the goose that lays the golden eggs, namely the Internet of Things (IoT).

Textured Paint To Debut On The New Peugeot 208

French automaker Peugeot is debuting textured exterior paint on the new Peugeot 208 supermini due to be introduced in June of 2015. Displaying a finish that's not quite matte and not exactly satin, the textured paint is rough to the touch and tough as they come: Peugeot guarantees the finish for the life of the car.

China Panda Researchers Find Panda Suits Suit Pandas

Researchers at China's critically endangered Giant Panda sanctuary are offering panda parents a helping hand raising their cubs... a warm, furry, and oddly familiar helping hand.

Fujitsu's Lifebook GH77/T Is Half Tablet, Half Desktop PC

While its 15.6" touchscreen makes it large for a tablet, Fujitsu's latest Lifebook uses its matching oversized dock, plus some top-secret wireless technology, to attain desktop-class performance. Too bad about the battery life, though.

Raytheon Engineers Reveal How Technology Will Detect Alien Spaceships

Two engineers have discovered a unique method in detecting alien spaceships traveling at near light speeds. Sure, interstellar travel may be something out of a sci-fi movie or a book, but Ulvi Yurtsever and Steven Wilkinson at the defense contractor Raytheon in El Segundo, California, indicate that spotting alien ships is easier that we think, thanks to technology of course.