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German ping pong champion to play against industrial robot next month

When boats are launched for the first time, it's customary to smash a bottle of champagne across the bow. But for industrial-robot maker Kuka, its new factory in southwestern Shanghai is being celebrated with a battle between man and machine. On March 11th, the company's squaring off one of its …

New iWatch Concept Video Envisions A Vertical, Notification-Based UI For An Apple Wearable

A new iWatch concept video produced by Fuse Chicken, the Cleveland-based design startup that’s currently funding a magnetic charging cable and dock for iPhone, imagines what a wrist-mounted Apple wearable computer might look like with a wraparound curved display and a vertical UI incorporating the …

Luxury Submarine Hotel Offers Romantic Undersea Getaway

Lovers Deep is a luxury submarine offered by Oliver's Travels for couples to go on a romantic getaway, deep in the ocean, and perhaps join what they're coining as the “Mile Low Club” (an undersea alternative to the Mile High Club that so many have participated in on airplanes). Each watercraft in …

Luxury

Love Week Wednesday Cocktail: Viking Glogg

The secret to this Viking libation? Mead.<p><i>Bon Appétit is counting down to Valentine’s with one sexy cocktail a day, courtesy of Play, the erotica-themed bar at NYC’s Museum of Sex.</i><p>Today being Wednesday and Wednesday being Hump Day, we’ve got an inhibition-dropping doozy for you: the <b>Viking Glogg</b>.<p>The …

Game of Thrones

The best albums of 2013 - cast your vote | Music | theguardian.com

Best albums of 2013: 20-11

The countdown continues! How are you feeling? Nervous? Terrified? A bit uninterested but willing to peek in case an album you hate made it into our list so you can tweet about it? Here's the next batch of names<p>• See our countdown from 40-31 here • And from 30-21 here<p>20 David Bowie – The Next …

Daft Punk, Lorde, James Blake, Tame Impala score Grammy nominations

The National, David Bowie, Disclosure, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Robin Thicke are also up for gongs<p>Daft Punk, Lorde, James Blake, Tame Impala, …

Music

A guide to street photography: Gavin Harrison's smartphone art

<i>Street photography is the purest, most spontaneous way to create art with a camera. No studios, no props, no poses; all you need is the right equipment and a street with people on it. In this original series for Engadget, we'll follow three seasoned street fighters and try to glean some practical</i> …

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Consumer drones are coming, and they will change everything

Advertisement<p>30 Comments<p>I recently spent a week flying the DJI Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter. It’s a 2.5 pound drone with an attached camera and easy …

Agent Makes Your Smartphone A Little Bit Smarter

You can’t teach an old phone new tricks.<p>Hah! Just kidding. Of course you can. This isn’t 1998.<p>Agent is an app that aims to make your Android smartphone just a little bit smarter, using all of your phone’s sensors to detect what you’re up to and tweak your settings automatically. Driving? It’ll …

Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones, Foreverly, review

Foreverly is a tasteful recreation of a classic Everly Brothers album by Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong and easy-listening chanteuse Norah Jones<p>At first glance, this is a very odd record: an American punk superstar and an easy-listening chanteuse perform stripped-back Everly Brothers covers. It …

Adorable Photos of a Toddler Napping with His Puppy

34-year-old mother of three Jessica Shyba, aka mommasgonecity, has potentially captured the most adorable naptime series ever! After adopting a boxer/shepherd/lab mix from the Santa Cruz SPCA that fondly goes by the name Theo, Shyba began to notice the little pup's attachment to each family member, …

Sleep

Put These Quarter-Sized GPS Trackers On Everything

They'll go on phones, bicycles, teenagers—anything!<p>Misplaced your phone? Dropped your keys? Lost your dog? This crowdfunded project would let you locate basically anything with tiny GPS trackers that are accurate to within 5 feet.<p>Retrievor is GPS disk that's barely more than an inch in diameter and …

B-movie

Brains Sweep Themselves Clean Of Toxins During Sleep

While the brain sleeps, it clears out harmful toxins, a process that may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's, researchers say.<p>During sleep, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain increases dramatically, washing away harmful waste proteins that build up between brain cells during waking hours, a …

Dome Made From Discarded Umbrellas Pops Up in Harlem

The Harlem River inlet at Inwood Hill Park has had a bubble pop up. Designed by Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi, the Harvest Dome is constructed …

New York City

Geometric Sculptures Formed with Mathematical Equations

Australian artist Nike Savvas recently premiered many of her new works in a solo exhibition, entitled <i>Liberty and Anarchy</i>, at Leeds Art Gallery in the UK. The show was her first in over ten years, and featured a collection of brightly colored, large-scale pieces including several of these …

Art

HTC One Max review

The debate around giant smartphones is over. Manufacturers like Samsung, Sony and LG have amply demonstrated that it's possible to build a pocketable, phone-like device with a screen bigger than five inches. Now it's HTC's turn. But instead of re-imagining the much-praised One for this new category …

Aviate says it has reinvented the Android app experience by making it smarter

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>We only have so much time in a day, and the creators of a new mobile app called Aviate want to make sure Android-device users …

German researchers smash wireless speed record

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit:<p>Anyone will tell you that if you really want great internet speeds, you have to hardwire in. But German researchers have …

Scientists deem new super toxin too dangerous to make public

Botulinum toxin type H has no known antibodies<p>A new type of botulinum toxin — the most toxic substance known to man — has been discovered in the feces of a child. Botulinum toxin type H is the eighth type (types A-G being the first seven) to be detailed by scientists; the naturally occurring toxin …

Android: 10 hidden features

Android smartphones are used by millions of people worldwide, but how many of us know the little tricks and hidden features they are capable of? Radhika Sanghani compiles a top 10<p><b>1. Google Maps</b><p>If you’re lost and without wifi or data, you can still use Google Maps. The system is available offline …

Feeding the Hypebeast, on Flipboard

Inside Flipboard / October 14, 2013<p>Some people wait in line for phones; others might camp the night for holiday deals or video game releases. For …

This Water Droplet Maze Is Mesmerizing

Watch it in action. Plus: learn something about the Leidenfrost effect.<p>Have you heard of the Leidenfrost effect? If not, it's about to be your favorite effect. If yes, same.<p>The basic idea is, when a liquid comes in contact with something really hot--about twice as hot as the liquid's boiling point, …

MP3 Player Lives In Your Ear, Controlled With Your Teeth

It stores up to 24 songs with four hours of battery life for completely hands-free jamming.<p>Say goodbye to getting wrapped up in miles of cord connecting your MP3 player to your headphones as you listen to music. These little earphones, named Split, make up a completely wire-free music player in …

Information Overload

A DIY, Remote-Controlled Microwave That Automatically Cooks Dinner

Microwaves aren't easy enough. Not yet.<p>Web developer Nathan Broadbent loved automating everyday tasks. He also loved frozen dinners and wanted to program his microwave to prepare them. He suspected an oven could harness Universal Product Codes—the bar codes found on almost all food packaging—to …

The Rise Of Electric Car Charging Stations In The U.S. [Infographic]

New U.S. charging stations mean electric cars can travel<p>More than half of the nation's 8,051 electric-vehicle charging stations have opened since 2012. Here, each hexagon represents the number of stations in that area. Blue hexagons—mostly outside major cities—indicate those built in 2012 and 2013. …

Drones Are Helping Make Delicious Wine

This robot has an eye for fine vines.<p>Sometimes it's hard to get the big picture from the ground. In a vineyard, the color of vines and signs of stress are easier to see, especially for a whole field, from the sky. Today, this kind of aerial surveying for agriculture can be done with an appointment …

Drones

'Half-Life 3' trademark disappears from European system, dampening fans' dreams

It doesn't take much to get <i>Half-Life</i> fans stirred up about the long-rumored third installment of the legendary Valve first-person shooter. Earlier this week fans discovered documentation that appeared to show that Valve filed to trademark "Half-Life 3" in Europe, but the paperwork has now …