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Elon Musk plays 'Minecraft' differently than you do

Since December, Elon Musk has been discussing plans to build a tunnel to help avoid LA traffic problems. It's been hard to tell if he was serious about "The Boring Company," but a few days ago <i>Wired</i> reported a test trench was already under construction somewhere in the vicinity of SpaceX's …

'Donkey Kong 64' player finds rare collectible 17 years later

The 3D platformer <i>Donkey Kong 64</i> was lauded for its expansive worlds and multitude of well-hidden collectibles when it launched on the Nintendo 64 in 1999. Like many games of the era, it has enjoyed a peculiar afterlife as speedrunners blitz through it in record time under various conditions, like …

The Most Important Aspect of Emotional Intelligence That No One Talks About

Emotional intelligence is a known predictor of success and happiness, but what we know and what we do sometimes don't align.<p>I recently facilitated one of my monthly CEO Roundtable groups, and a member raised the topic of Emotional Intelligence (EI). My members all run multimillion-dollar …

Emotional Intelligence

Maximum fidelity: The KEF Reference 1 speaker

The KEF Reference 1 is a music lover's speaker. So even if you don't give a hoot about the technical wizardry that went into its design, that's fine -- the sound of music will be more than enough to win you over.<p>If you're a hardcore audiophile, the Reference 1's backstory goes like this. Unlike …

20 Gmail Hacks Only Savvy Users Know

These tricks and tips will make you a Gmail power user.<p>There’s an endless amount of tricks, tips and extensions that can boost your Gmail game. From undoing a sent email to pre-writing messages to sending money -- Gmail has taken email to the next level.<p>To keep up with all of these tips and tools …

Productivity

Netflix strikes biggest Sundance deal with race drama 'Mudbound'

Streaming giants Netflix and Amazon spent big again Sundance, perhaps pushing traditional rival studios to up their games, too. Netflix snapped up the post-WW II segregation film <i>Mudbound</i> for $12.5 million, the most paid for a film at this year's festival. Directed by Dee Rees, the story centers …

Nicotine shown to reduce symptoms of schizophrenia

For years researchers have noted an unusual association between smoking and schizophrenia. Across multiple studies it was identified that people with …

Neuroscience

Brain scans shed light on an extinct species

It's not exactly easy to study the Tasmanian tiger. The marsupial has been extinct for over 80 years, and it wasn't given much scientific attention when it was alive -- settlers saw it as a threat to their livestock, not a curiosity. However, that isn't about to stop scientists from learning more …

'The Division' upgrade raises the stakes for veteran players

Now that Ubisoft has spent some time improving the fundamentals of <i>The Division</i>, it's ready to focus on more content. And this time, there's a lot for seasoned players -- even those who'll never pay for add-ons. The upcoming free 1.6 update will add three new Dark Zone areas, nearly doubling the …

CBS and Paramount settle lawsuit with 'Star Trek' fan film

It's been a wild ride for the folks behind the Axanar <i>Star Trek</i> fan film, but it's finally over -- the fan production group has settled its lawsuit with CBS and Paramount. The terms of the agreement aren't completely clear, but both parties have announced that the deal will allow Axanar productions …

The US Army successfully flies its hoverbike prototype

The Army has proven that the hoverbike its contractors are developing actually works during a flight demo with the Department of Defense. Dr. William Roper, director of the Strategic Capabilities Office for the Secretary of Defense, watched the large rectangular prototype quadcopter take off at the …

Smart bullets will help warships fend off drone swarms

Navies already have a lot to worry about between rival warships and aircraft, but it's only going to get worse when drone swarms of all kinds threaten to overwhelm their defenses. The US Navy might not have that problem, though: DARPA just tapped Raytheon for the second phase of a smart bullet …

Open Whisper Systems defends Whatsapp against 'backdoor' claims

Last spring, Whatsapp announced that every message on its service is delivered with end-to-end encryption, meaning no one, not even Whatsapp, can tell what's inside. Now, a report by <i>The Guardian</i> cites a security researcher claiming that its implementation is open to being backdoored or hijacked by …

New Xbox gamepad colors are simple, subdued

Choosing which color controller you want to saddle your second, third and fourth players with was a time-honored tradition until Microsoft launched the Xbox Design Lab last June, which theoretically allows for 8 million combinations. For those paralyzed by choice or who don't care to shell out the …

Marissa Mayer to resign from Yahoo's board of directors

Marissa Mayer has been virtually synonymous with Yahoo ever since she took the helm, but things are about to get a bit muddier now that the Verizon's acquisition is near closing. Yahoo has announced that Mayer, co-founder David Filo and four other people are resigning from the company's board of …

Sony's flagship soundbar kicks out room-filling audio

CES is filled with Dolby Atmos-spitting audio equipment, but Sony's HT-ST5000 stands out. Sony has improved this model with the ability to scale audio properly no matter what size your room is. Just adjust for the height of the ceiling and where you're sitting (using its onscreen GUI) and it can …

Flow is a wearable that helps you avoid nasty air pollution

While humanity has made strides to cut down its greenhouse emissions, the fact remains: We produce a lot of harmful gases every day. If you live in a city, however, it's easy to forget the quality of the air around you and the impact it might be having on your health. Flow, by Plume Labs, could …

Samsung unveils water-resistant Galaxy A phones with USB-C

After the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, Samsung can't afford a product misstep this year, and it seems to have gotten off to a good start with the 2017 Galaxy A smartphones. The 5.2-inch A5 and 4.7-inch A3 are packed with new features for folks who don't want to spend $800 on a phone, most notably …

How Amazon innovates in ways that Google and Apple can't

The Echo, Amazon’s voice-controlled speaker, was a big hit this holiday season. Amazon is keeping specific sales figures under wraps, but the company says it sold nine times as many Echo devices during the holidays as it did a year earlier.<p>It’s the latest example of Amazon pioneering a new product …

Innovation

FDA issues final guidance on medical devices' cybersecurity

The Food and Drug Administration has issued its final guidance on protecting medical devices like pacemakers and insulin pumps from cyberattacks. To start with, it wants manufacturers to boost their cybersecurity measures by incorporating a way to monitor and detect vulnerabilities into the …

LG wants a levitating Bluetooth speaker in every home

They may seem a bit magical, but levitating Bluetooth speakers have been around for years, often looking as outlandish as the idea sounds. However, LG is the first major electronics brand to throw a product in the ring, and is doing so with its classy-looking, albeit blandly named, "Levitating …

Faraday Future could be out of business by February

Last we heard, Faraday Future was going through a rough patch in regards to building its manufacturing facility in Nevada. Now, it appears the electric vehicle company's troubles are worse than anticipated. The key theme, across report from <i>Buzzfeed News</i>, <i>Jalopnik</i> and <i>The Verge</i> is money. Specifically, …

PlayStation 4's YouTube app is slowly gaining PSVR support

We're over two months out from the PlayStation VR's launch and, well, new stuff is a bit sparse at this point. But hey, an update is rolling out that'll put 360 degree YouTube videos on Sony's headset. Before you get too excited, though, Reddit users (spotted by <i>UploadVR</i>) are commenting that the …

Facebook simplifies Android SMS verification

Facebook has rolled out a new system aimed to make logins easier for its users and, by extension, its ad partners. The latest developer Account Kit SDK now includes instant verification, a two factor system that lets you skip the usual drill of receiving an SMS and then entering a code. When you …

Apps

Fusion reactor endurance record hints at our energy future

Wondering why a fusion reactor isn't powering your home right now? There are numerous reasons, but one of the biggest is simply keeping the necessary super-hot plasma in an ideal state for energy generation -- it doesn't last that way for long. South Korea, however, just edged closer to that goal. …

'Gears of War 4' marks the holidays with snowball fights

<i>Destiny</i> and <i>Overwatch</i> don't have a lock on over-the-top holiday gaming modes. <i>Gears of War 4</i> just got a 99-cent Gearsmas Pack that adds some cheer to a mostly grim and dark game. The centerpiece is a special multiplayer event, Snowball Fight, where you have to fling snowballs at rivals using a custom …

I used Üllo to make a $5 bottle of terrible British wine drinkable

Once upon a time, a Jewish carpenter did the impossible and turned a few pails of water into a bountiful supply of Palestine’s finest vintage vino. Two millennia later, one Chicago company is doing their own merlot-related miracles.<p>Üllo is a startup with a mission that I can totally get behind – to …

Alcohol

Tesla's fix for Supercharger squatters is a $0.40 per minute fee

As the number of Teslas on the road continues to increase, owners are running into a growing problem. While there are Superchargers located nationwide for them to plug in and quickly charge up, they can quickly get clogged up if one jerk leaves their car parked there for a few hours. Since its cars …

Nintendo sold 196,000 NES Classic Editions in November

The NES Classic Edition has become a tough gift to find during this holiday season. Cheers to those who've already located one (or two), but according to industry tracker NPD, Nintendo sold 196,000 pieces of nostalgia-bait to US customers between its launch and the end of November. Compare that to …