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This spectacular home is at peace with the California desert

The Desert House is simply a stunning example of architecture as art. Located in picturesque Joshua Tree — right in Southern California's High Desert — the home is at a comfortable equilibrium with its barren desert environment. The structure is dominated by soaring concrete ribs, but the overall …

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies review – no more than a middling finale from Middle-earth

And so, in the end, we find ourselves once again at the beginning, having travelled there and back again in the company of elves, dwarves, dragons and hobbits – a journey which started 13 years (and more than 17 screen-hours) ago with the unveiling of <i>Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring</i>in …

Stretchy Artificial Skin Lets Prosthetic Hand Sense Heat, Humidity, and Pressure

It's so sophisticated, it can even tell the difference between a dry and soggy diaper<p>Prosthetic limbs that can be controlled by an amputee’s thoughts or muscle movements already exist. But what if they could also sense the environment and then send that information back to the amputee’s nervous …

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How to root Galaxy Alpha LTE (SM-G850F) on stock Android firmware with CF-Auto-Root

You can now root the international European variant of Galaxy Alpha (SM-G850F), powered with Exynos octa-core processor, using Chainfire's …

Yahoo Starts Prompting Chrome Users To “Upgrade” To Firefox

If you’re visiting any Yahoo property today, chances are you’ll see an “Upgrade to the new Firefox” link in the top-right corner of your browser window. The prompt also appears if you’re using Internet Explorer, Opera and even the new Yandex browser. However, the prompt is missing from Safari, …

Virgin Oceanic pauses its deep sea exploration plans

If you were hoping to see Virgin Oceanic visit the deepest parts of Earth's oceans, you'll have to put those dreams on hold. The company has confirmed that it's at least temporarily dropping plans to make five dives using its DeepFlight Challenger craft. Virgin isn't saying just what prompted the …

Spiders are the key to ultra-sensitive wearable devices

Spiders might creep you out, but don't dismiss them too quickly -- they may well be the ticket to a new wave of wearable sensors. South Korean researchers have built a device that picks up miniscule vibrations by using the principle behind a spider's lyriform organs, which shake (and send nervous …

Xiaomi made $56 million profit in 2013: filing

BEIJING (Reuters) - Privately owned Xiaomi Technology Ltd Co [XTC.UL] booked 347.5 million yuan ($56 million) in net profit last year, according to a regulatory filing that showed the world’s No.3 smartphone maker grappling razor-thin margins.<p>People stand near a logo of Xiaomi ahead of the …