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Watch Google Translate decipher foreign signs in real time

Google’s Translate app is trying even harder to turn you into a polyglot—or at least the closest thing to it. The latest update to its mobile app is basically like having a translator following you around wherever you go, whispering answers in your ear, and rewriting foreign words in front of your …

Language Learning

Jaguar's 'Ghost Car' Navigation System Is Straight Out Of Science Fiction

Jaguar just unveiled a proposed new navigation system that's unlike anything we've ever seen.<p>Most modern navigation systems instruct drivers using a series of arrows or at best a pictographic representation of a highway exit. However, Jaguar's new experimental system abandons the arrows and instead …

The Insane New Technology Harnessing The Ultimate Green Energy Source: The Human Body

Forget about your smartphone or your Google Glass: The most sophisticated piece of machinery that any of us tote around on a regular basis is the human body. But despite their valiant attempts — we will always have a soft spot for our mood rings and our hypercolor shirts — scientists haven’t <i>always</i> …

Movable Shelving System Transforms a Single Room into Separate Spaces

As cities continue to grow in population, there's always the challenge of doing more with less – especially when it comes to housing. How do we make a small space feel and act like a larger one? The Madrid-based firm PKMN Architectures came up with the <i>All I Own House</i> as a solution to this …

Six Warning Signs Your Hotel Is Not What It Seems

It has probably happened to everyone at least once: That charming B&B or upscale hotel turns out to be not quite as advertised when you see it in person. To avoid that kind of disappointment in the future, watch for these six warning signs that your hotel isn't quite what it seems.<p><b>The Pictures Are</b> …

Plug-In Hybrids Steal The Show In Paris As Battery-Only Sales Stutter

PARIS, France – Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) grabbed the limelight at the Paris Car Show, occupying the space left by flailing sales of electric-only cars as the major alternative automotive power technology.<p>Car manufacturers continue to spend huge sums on alternatives to the internal …

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Modern Pistons (and Probably Some Things You Didn't)

Power and efficiency are up. But if you want to know the full story of how the internal-combustion engine is evolving, you have to cross-examine the pistons.<p>The slugs of aluminum inside your engine live in a fiery hell. At full throttle and 6000 rpm, a piston in a gasoline engine is subjected to …

10 Annoying Things About Hotels (and How to Deal with Them)

(Photo: Thinkstock/iStock)<p>Nothing beats a well-thought-out hotel room for sheer vacation luxury. That's what makes it so annoying when we encounter a hotel that's a little more ... quirky. Here are the 10 hotel room features that annoy us the most--and the workarounds we've discovered to help deal …

Deutschland De-Restricted: We Storm the Autobahn in the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG

With endless construction and an increasing number of speed-limited sections, is the autobahn still all it's cracked up to be? Well, yes and no.<p>Imagine how much better your life would be if 150 mph were legal. Commuting times would be slashed—especially if you also fantasize that there’s no …

This Is Where You'll Go On Vacation In 20 Years

We've seen the future of flight, and it's awesome. But where will those see-through cabins and self-repairing wings be taking you?<p>Prepare for takeoff into the vacations of the future... and unlike those futuristic airplanes, these attractions are coming sooner than you think.<p><b>NEW YORK: A massive</b> …