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Volkswagen will bring you its buzzy next-gen electric bus in 2022

Volkswagen is ready to join the electric car revolution — and it's doing so with a buzzy refresh of one of its most classic vehicles.<p>The automaker …

Trump is no fascist. He is a champion for the forgotten millions

Obama promised solutions but let the people down. Is it any surprise that they voted for real change?<p>Amid the ongoing protests against President Trump, calls for “resistance” among Democratic politicians and activists, and the overheated rhetoric casting Trump and his supporters as fascists and …

Turn an old laptop into a Chromebook-Linux hybrid

With a few minutes and a few free tools, you can resurrect nearly any aging PC with a fresh, fast, Chrome-like interface.<p>Common scenario: You buy a new laptop, thinking you'll sell, donate or hand down the old one... but it never happens. Maybe you don't want to deal with the hassles of Craigslist …

Apple adds slew of new features to GarageBand for iOS and Logic Pro X

Apple earlier today announced a number of compelling updates to its suite of music creation software with the roll out of GarageBand for iOS 2.2 and …

Logic Pro

Kanex announces new GoPlay Series of wireless controllers for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV

Today at CES 2017, Kanex announced its new GoPlay Series of portable wireless game controllers for iOS and tvOS. The first release in the series, the GoPlay SideKick, is a pocket-sized wireless gaming controller that works with the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.<p>The GoPlay SideKick is MFi-certified, …

Smart TV

Even people with old PCs can play top games with Nvidia's new streaming service

LAS VEGAS — Playing high-end games will no longer require having a high-end PC with the right specs. At least, if Nvidia has anything to say about it.<p>…

Deal: Amazon is selling the Nextbit Robin for only $139

If you’re in the market for a new Android device that stands out from the crowd, you’ll be happy to hear that the Nextbit Robin is on sale over at Amazon. The online retail giant is selling the device for just $139, which is about $40 off its normal price from the past weeks. The offer is valid for …

Mobile Technology

Speck announces transparent, impact-resistant cases for MacBook Pro and iPhone 6/6s/7

Speck is known for its transparent cases which protect MacBook models against scrapes and scratches without hiding them from sight, but they’ve so far done nothing to guard against impact damage from knocks and falls. All this is set to change, says the company, with its new Presido Clear range of …

Mobile Technology

Roccat made a keyboard with pressure-sensitive QWEASD keys

We checked out Roccat's frameless Suora mechanical keyboard back in June of last year and found it to be, frankly, wonderful. It's a keyboard for "purists," winning points on quality and attention to detail. The Isku+ Force FX is something completely different.<p>Roccat has devoloped its own patented …

Gaming Consoles

Look out for Ultrahaptics haptic feedback in new cars this year

Since Ultrahaptics was founded in 2013, the company has showed off a string of better and better technical demos. Which has been fun, but obviously where the rubber really hits the road (pun most emphatically intended) is when the products start showing up in the real world. 2017 may just prove to …

Houseparty now lets you chat without notifying all your friends

Houseparty is a new group video chat app that was built by the founders of ex-livestreaming app Meerkat.<p>The app provides a space to video chat with friends – once you open the app you can just pop in other friends group video chats, or wait for friends to join yours.<p>But currently the app notifies …

Artist finds brilliant way to mess with facial recognition technology

Facial recognition technology is booming both for commercial and security purposes, from Amazon scanning faces in its grocery store to police using …

Garmin’s new Fenix 5 was designed with women in mind

Smaller watchface, same capabilities<p>Garmin, maker of wearable devices and other navigation tools that signal you are Very Serious about your outdoor activities, has just updated one of its top-of-the-line GPS watches to include more design options for women.<p>Yes! The world’s fifth-largest seller of …

US engineers unveil Passive Wi-Fi, consumes less power

As I’m sure you’ve noticed, your smartphone’s Wi-Fi antenna is only of the biggest drains on your battery, especially when you’re constantly streaming large chunks of data from the web, such as a video. It would be great to cut down that power consumption and researchers from the University of …

Wi-Fi

Scientists Have Made a Diamond That's Harder Than Diamond

Nature's toughest material just got upgraded.<p>When most people think about the hardest naturally occurring material on Earth, they think of diamonds - …

Bluetooth 5 launches and it’s a lot more powerful

Following its announcement back in June, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (Bluetooth SIG) has today revealed that the specification of the much-improved Bluetooth 5 technology has been finalized and is now ready for adoption by manufacturers all over the world.<p>Bluetooth 5 offers double the …

Internet of Things

Scientists Turn Nuclear Waste into Diamond Batteries That’ll Last for Thousands of Years

Nuclear energy is carbon free, which makes it an attractive and practical alternative to fossil fuels, as it doesn’t contribute to global warming. We …

Alphabet's autofocusing contact lens won't be tested in 2016

Bad news if you were hoping that Google's (now Alphabet's) smart contact lenses would be available relatively soon: they're running into some hurdles. Novartis, which is partnering with Alphabet's Verily Life Sciences on an autofocusing lens that addresses farsightedness, says it won't make its …

Nasa's 'impossible' EmDrive could work, study says

The so-called 'impossible' hypothetical EmDrive thruster, that was designed to propel craft through space using electromagnetic waves, is …

Apple shares new ‘Frankie’s Holiday’ ad featuring iPhone-toting Frankenstein

Apple has a special message for the world going into the holiday season: “Open your heart to everyone.” That’s the tagline at the end of its new holiday commercial called “Frankie’s Holiday” which sees an iPhone-toting Frankenstein feeling a bit left out.<p>This year’s holiday ad limits product …

Decorations

Tesla speeds up its electric cars with just a software update

It’s pretty amazing that Tesla can upgrade not just the capabilities, but also the performance of its electric cars just by beaming across a software update to them over the air.<p>Its latest trick is to make the P100D variants of the Model S sedan and Model X SUV go faster than they already do. Both …

Tesla

CMRA camera band turns your Apple Watch into a first-gen Galaxy Gear

Remember the original Galaxy Gear? Hard not to — gadgets don’t get much gadgetier and clunkier than Samsung’s first big attempt to figure out why folk might want computers on their wrist. One of its key features was the camera embedded in the watch strap, letting you quickly snap photos without the …

PlayStation 4 has a pair of controllers made for pro gamers

The Xbox One has the Elite gamepad to satisfy the platform's pro gamers or people who just want a <i>really</i> nice gamepad. But Sony fans are stuck with a controller that's barely changed since the Playstation 4 launched in 2013. Rather than crafting one itself, Sony has announced it's working with the …

Scientists Have Made Transistors Smaller Than We Thought Possible

A new transistor has managed to overcome the theoretical limit on minimum silicon transistor size.<p>Scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Stanford University, and the University of Texas at Dallas have managed to build a transistor gate that is only 1 nanometer in length. Their new …

Nanotech

Samsung offers U.S. Note 7 owners $100 to buy another Samsung

After the flaming disaster of the defective Galaxy Note 7, which earlier this week drove Samsung to nix production of the device for good, the South Korean electronics giant is upping its damage limitation strategy by offering a larger credit note for consumers who do not abandon its brand.<p>In a …

A momentous day as the last Australian-built Ford car rolls off the line

Like many teenage boys, I had a brief love affair with cars.<p>However the Australian-made Ford Falcon — a spacious four-door sedan seen all over …

Megaverse's anti-gravity iPhone case is a modular solution to... everything

If I’m being honest, I never really thought about the benefits of sticking my iPhone to walls. Now, I can’t imagine not being able to. Reading recipes while cooking, watching YouTube while doing the dishes or just slapping your phone on the wall outside to have a centralized point to control …

Gear & Gadgets

Nine Players Who Kicked Ass In Battlefield 1's Beta

Wearable Tech