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Chronos Is A Little Disk That Ensmartens Your Dumb Watch

Now that I’ve nearly abandoned my collection of watches thanks to the evil Apple Watch, I’m starting to miss the staid, steady ticking of a good mechanical. But how can I be endlessly bothered by a little electronic thing and still celebrate the artistry of the fine watchmaker? Chronos!<p>Chronos is a …

Microsoft prices Windows 10 licenses at $119 for Home, $199 for Pro

Not eligible for a free upgrade? The software maker reveals what a single license will cost for the newest version of Windows -- the same as Windows 8.<p>Microsoft has a grand plan to get its next operating system, Windows 10, running on 1 billion devices in three years -- by giving it away for free. …

Windows 10's make or break feature: The Start menu

The success or failure of Windows 10 could come down to a single button.<p>After taking a three-year hiatus, the Start menu is back in a big way in Windows 10, which Microsoft is set to release on July 29. Clicking the Start button in Windows 10 will provide a gateway to the most important and …

LG Shows Off 'Wallpaper' TV No Thicker Than a Sticker

If you thought TVs couldn't get any thinner, think again. LG Display's "wallpaper" panel is 55 inches wide, but less than a millimeter (four-hundredths of an inch) thick. It's so thin and light (just over 4 pounds) that it can be attached to the wall with a simple magnetic backing and then peeled …

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Mad Max: Fury Road review – beware of battle fatigue

Deep Purple famously asked their sound engineers to make “everything louder than everything else”, a phrase variously adopted by the likes of Motörhead and Meat Loaf to characterise their OTT ethos. It’s clearly struck a chord with George Miller as he reboots his low-budget 1979 road-warrior hit …

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Bill Nye is testing a spaceship that rides on sunbeams

LightSail project uses solar sails for propulsion<p>Back in 1976, famed physicist and astronomer Carl Sagan appeared on <i>The Tonight Show</i> to explain a new method of space travel. Using a technique called solar sailing, Sagan described a craft that used a large reflective sheet to "work exactly as a …

Here's our first close-up look at Microsoft's holographic computer glasses

Our correspondents Julie Bort and Matt Weinberger are both at Microsoft's BUILD Conference in San Francisco this week, and they're finally getting their much-awaited demonstration of HoloLens, the company's futuristic computer glasses that superimpose holograms on the world around you.<p>Microsoft is …

3D-printed airway splint saves three babies from imminent death

A medical first<p>3D printing isn’t new to medicine. It has been used to create everything from hearing aids to dental implants. But so far, applying this technology to children who are still growing has been a challenge. That might soon change, however, as researchers were able to cure three babies …

IBM Brings Quantum Computing a Step Closer

Researchers at IBM have stitched together a prototype circuit that could become the basis of quantum computers a decade hence.<p>The circuit, an assemblage of four supercooled, superconducting devices known as qubits, checks for the critical errors that make quantum chips so difficult to build. The …

Quantum Computing

The world's thinnest transistor is just three atoms thick

There’s a new contender for the world’s thinnest piece of electronics — and at three atoms thick, it’s going to be hard to beat.<p>Researchers have discovered a new process for producing ultra-thin transistors, according to a paper published today in <i>Nature</i>. The devices are made from an experimental …

Audi Just Invented Fuel Made From CO₂ and Water

An Audi research facility in Dresden, Germany, has managed to create the first batches of diesel fuel with a net-zero carbon footprint — made from …

Acer unveils smartphone with huge battery and new line of wearables

After it got done announcing a small army of inexpensive Windows convertibles and laptops today, Acer turned its focus to smartphones. The company unveiled a brand new Android phablet, the Liquid X2, and it contains one of the largest batteries we've yet seen in a phone. Rated at 4000 mAh, the …