Why Ikea’s Mostly Computer Generated Catalog Will Soon Be the Norm

Why Ikea's Mostly Computer Generated Catalog Will Soon Be the Norm

The rooms in Ikea’s catalogs may look like wonderlands of inexpensive furniture, but they’re mostly computer generated. Like, 75 percent computer generated. The Swedish juggernaut has experimented with CG product shots for almost a decade now, and it’s getting incredibly good at it. But it’s far from the only company doing it.

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Microsoft’s selfie phone photographed again, two versions expected: Lumia 730 and Lumia 735

Microsoft is getting ready to announce a “selfie phone” at IFA 2014 next week. Initially known as Nokia Superman, the handset reportedly has two versions: Lumia 730, and Lumia 735.

According to new info coming out of China, the Lumia 735 has LTE connectivity, while the 730 doesn’t, instead offering support for two SIM cards. That aside, the devices appear to be identical, as several new photos that allegedly present them next to each other seem to confirm. Both the 735 and 730 should feature 5 MP front-facing cameras, 4.7-inch displays with 720 x 1280 pixels, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal …

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Apple iWatch could be unveiled September 9th, but might miss the holiday shopping season

A few days ago, we told you that Apple’s rumored wearable device just might join the Apple iPhone 6, at the company’s September 9th event. On Friday, Re/code’s John Paczkowski said that his sources have told him that even if the device is unveiled a week from Tuesday, “it’s going to be a while before anyone is actually wearing it.” He added that the wearable (which interestingly he refuses to call the iWatch), won’t be on anyone’s wrist for months.

Paczkowsi added that the device won’t be made available to retail buyers until after the holiday shopping season. “Think early 2015,” he says. …

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Google’s Drone Delivery Makes Real Life Feel Like the Hunger Games

This is a concept you’ll need to see to believe. The folks at Google X, the company’s top-secret experimental division, have been working on flying robots that deliver packaged goods for two years. Imagine getting deliveries like the tributes of The Hunger Games! Today, Google is finally ready to announce the program, dubbed Project Wing.

Googlers are testing the autonomous delivery drones with a handful of lucky farmers in Queensland, Australia. A first-aid kit, candy bars, dog treats, and water have already been sent via drone, which is good news for us. This type of technology could be extremely useful in disaster situations such as earthquakes and hurricanes that render areas inaccessible by roads.

Amazon is already working on Amazon Prime Air, the retailer’s own 30-minute drone delivery service. Clearly, interest in these unmanned airborne vehicles is hitting an all-time high. Perhaps Google will implement drones in its Google Shopping Express program, which just started testing same-day book delivery from Barnes & Noble.

Google X has already cooked up some insanely wild inventions – we can’t wait to see what’s next.

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Expand Your Android, Make a Robot Clean Your House, SodaStream [Deals]

Expand Your Android, Make a Robot Clean Your House, SodaStream [Deals]

If you’ve ever wanted an easier way to move data on and off your Android phone, this 16GB flash drive includes a Micro geek-news/tag/usb/” title=”View all articles about USB here”>USB plug and free file management software. If you’re going on vacation and plan to take a lot of geek-news/tag/photos/” title=”View all articles about photos here”>photos with your phone, this would be a great option for backing them up. [Sony 16GB MicroVault USB Flash Drive for Smartphones, $11]

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Recovered ISIS Laptop Reveals Terror Groups’ Bio-Warfare Plans

Recovered ISIS Laptop Reveals Terror Groups' Bio-Warfare Plans

When fighters belonging to a moderate Syrian rebel force raided an ISIS hideout earlier this year, they could never have expected to come away with a haul as valuable as this. What they found wasn’t weapons or ammo or money, it was a laptop. A laptop filled with thousands of hidden files filled containing schemes, bomb-making instructions, and research on building a homebrew biological weapon of mass destruction.

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