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Tesla's sleek solar panels are easier to install on your roof

Tesla's home energy efforts might be centered around its solar roofs, but it knows that not everyone can (or wants to) rip up their roof just to bring renewable energy to their home. To that end, the company is offering a first glimpse at Panasonic-made solar panels that would go on top of your …

How the EmDrive works: Inventor of revolutionary 'Star Trek' space thruster reveals all

The global scientific community is up in arms about a controversial space propulsion device, but how does it work?<p>A controversial space propulsion …

The Witness: how Jonathan Blow rejected game design rules to make a masterpiece

There’s no story, no tutorial and no human interaction, yet this puzzle game has been a huge hit. Could it all be down to Blow’s idiosyncratic approach to development?<p>Most of the games industry would describe a seven-year development cycle as hell on Earth. It brings to mind tortured, much delayed …

Game Design

Nexon wins over Western developers by pitching gaming as an art form

Nexon is a pioneer of free-to-play online games in Asia, and it wants to break into the West in a big way.<p>A couple of years ago, the Tokyo-based, South Korean-born company appointed Owen Mahoney, a former Electronic Arts executive from the U.S., as its CEO. And he has been on a quest to sign up as …

Inside the surprisingly sexist world of artificial intelligence

<i>This post has been updated.</i><p>There’s no doubt Stephen Hawking is a smart guy. But the world-famous theoretical physicist recently declared that women leave him stumped.<p>“Women should remain a mystery,” Hawking wrote in response to a Reddit user’s question about the realm of the unknown that intrigued …

Artificial Intelligence

HTC is trying to flip its fortunes with the flagship One A9

HTC has been keeping its brave face on, but 2015 hasn't been very kind. After releasing its high-end One M9 to mixed reviews, the Taiwanese phone maker crept along to the point where its market value was worth less than the amount of money it had in its coffers. Long story short, it's been a tough …

Former 'DmC' devs are risking millions to make a 'AAA' indie

<i>Hellblade</i>, a third-person game seen through the lens of a mentally ill protagonist, is a multimillion-dollar risk for developer Ninja Theory. Its strong focus on building a unique world and narrative represents a huge shift in creative direction from the company's last AAA effort, the melee …

The New Android Marshmallow Features to Check Out First

Google has finally released Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the latest and greatest reworking of the most popular mobile platform in the world. If you're a …

Future Tech Fashion Styles Hit NYFW Runway

<b>Biometric-controlled clothing revealed at New York Fashion Week brought the future of wearable technology to life.</b><p>This fall, the fashion world …

Intel Corporation

Hands-on with the futuristic Wove Band

Earlier this week we brought you the first details about Wove, a wearable that is billed as the world’s first truly flexible display product. Wove is the creation of California-based Polyera, a startup that is developing flexible electronics technologies, with a focus on flexible displays.<p>In our …

Microsoft has a crazy plan to make your batteries last a lot longer

Right now, the way a laptop battery works is pretty straightforward:<p>You have a big lithium-ion hunk of a battery that dispenses power to your computer as the hardware says that it needs it.<p>Basically, that means that if you're doing something like playing a game or watching a movie, your processor …

Sex In 2050: More Robots, Less Humans

Perhaps the biggest risk isn’t what a generation of childless robot humpers will do to society’s reproduction rates, but rather a future in which …

IBM aims to replace silicon transistors with carbon nanotubes to keep up with Moore's Law

IBM has developed a way that could help the semiconductor industry continue to make ever more dense chips that are both faster and more power …

IBM Reports Breakthrough on Carbon Nanotube Transistors - MIT Technology Review

For decades the semiconductor industry has been packing more and more silicon transistors onto each computer chip to keep steadily improving …

The First Ever Optical Rectenna Turns Light Directly Into DC Current

This fancy-looking slab is the world’s first optical rectenna, a small device that’s part antenna, part rectifier diode — and it’s able to convert …

Seven Emerging Technologies That Will Change the World Forever

When someone asks me what I do, and I tell them that I’m a futurist, the first thing they ask “what is a futurist?” The short answer that I give is …

Google Glass

Tips For The Novice Dungeon Master: Building Better Bosses

Bosses are the lifeblood of combat based games. They serve a number of purposes, such as testing player’s skills, showcasing a great character, …

Warp Speed, Mr. Sulu

Here are 12 types of space propulsion that are currently on the drawing board. Some day, one of these technologies may power the spacecraft that …

Space Travel

Tattoo-like electronic health patches are now easy to make

However much you like the idea of a wearable electronic patch monitoring (or improving) your health, it's not all that practical. Making just one patch using current tech can take days, and you'd better believe that the result will be expensive. University of Texas researchers may have licked this …

How Distributed Computing Will Transform MMOs

Distributed computing has done some great things for science and technology: it’s used to predict climate change, work on aerospace engineering …

This Smart Glove Translates Sign Language to Text and Speech

Designer Hadeel Ayoub’s glove will soon incorporate multilingual translation and be able to send texts and emails.<p>Hadeel Ayoub, a Saudi designer and media artist, wants to bridge the communication gap between people with and without hearing disabilities. After a year of tinkering, she's come up …

LG's power-packed V10 has two screens and two selfie cameras

The LG V10 is not your typical Android smartphone. I think it's fair to call LG's V10 the world's first ultra phone.<p>How so? Let's start with its two …

LG Watch Urbane 2 official: first Android Wear watch with cellular connectivity

Tonight LG officially took the wraps off its latest hero device, the LG V10. That wasn’t the only announcement that LG had for us though, as they have also revealed their latest Android Wear smartwatch, the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition.<p>The new LG Watch Urbane sports a similar design to the original, …

What the Modern Presence of Water on Mars Means

Mars may be the solar system’s most tragic planet. It once had a dense atmosphere; it once fairly sloshed with water; just one of its oceans may have …

Georgia Tech

Augmented Reality Has An Image Problem

To date, Augmented Reality (AR) has been referred to as “the biggest technological advancement of our lifetime” by some, a mere “gimmick” by others or, worst yet, the next iteration of the QR code. The divisive term was introduced more than 25 years ago (although elements of AR technology have been …

Augmented Reality

The Future Of Coding Is Here, And It Threatens To Wipe Out Everything In Its Path

APIs — the rules governing how software programs interact with each other — not user interfaces, will upend software for years to come.<p>When Intel CEO Brian Krzanich doubled down on the Internet of Things at the company’s annual Developer Forum in August, he emphasized what many of us have already …

Internet of Things

The 10 craziest projects Google has acquired

With a market cap of roughly $436 billion, Google has dipped its toe in just about everything. From music streaming (via their 2014 acquisition of Songza) to child-friendly apps (via the Launchpad Toys acquisition in February), Google seemingly has it all with no sign of slowing down.<p>The 10 biggest …

Why Nonstop Travel In Personal Pods Has Yet To Take Off

The average American commuter spends 42 hours per year stuck in rush-hour traffic, according to one recent study.<p>More than four decades ago, West Virginia University thought it had found a solution to urban traffic woes: It built a transportation system known as personal rapid transit, or …