Alistair Peterson

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CES 2015: Welcome to the drone zoo

LAS VEGAS — Drones: They come in all shapes and sizes. Some are palm sized, while others would cover your dining room table. They all share some key …

This is the best Nexus 6 unboxing video we’ve ever seen

<i>So close, and yet so far.</i> We’re finally in the home stretch, with Google’s brand new Nexus smartphone for 2014 now available to preorder. But for …

It’s Nadella’s Microsoft now as the company decouples Windows and Office

What Microsoft has done in the last eight months under new CEO Satya Nadella has been stunning when you consider it in the context of the company’s …

Lenovo to step up in China by starting a new phone brand

Competition sometimes drives people to go to the extremes or do things that don’t easily make sense. Although Lenovo is now the top dog when it comes …

Motorola-made Google Nexus 6 Officially Announced

The wait is over now. Google has finally released the highly rumored Motorola Nexus 6. The device appears to be a bigger version of the recently …

SpeccyJam – and the everlasting appeal of the ZX Spectrum

Attribute clash. If that two-word phrase means nothing to you, the rest of this article is probably going to be bewildering. But if some dim light bulb exploded in your head, dragging you back to the days of the early home computers, welcome old-timer. We are, of course, talking about the ZX …

Plane, Car hacks will be shown off at BlackHat conference

One of the last things you want to hear is that your chosen mode of transportation can be hacked, but that’s what is on the docket at the BlackHat …

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Man survives getting shot after his massive Samsung Galaxy Mega stops the bullet

Samsung has a new way to market its gigantic phablets — they’re now apparently able to take a bullet for you. <i>9to5Google</i> points us to a story in …

Apple's $3.2B Beats Buy Would Make Dre Rap's Richest Man

Dr. Dre leapfrogged Jay Z in FORBES’ latest rankings of hip-hop’s richest artists, claiming the number two position as his net worth soared to an estimated $550 million. Now it looks like the Beats cofounder could lay claim to the top spot in a matter of days.<p>Late Thursday night, the <i>Financial Times</i> …

LISTEN: Two Mandela Speeches That Made History

<b>Listen · 2:28</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b><p>There were two speeches Nelson Mandela delivered that changed the course of history and cemented his legacy as one of the most revered leaders of our time.<p>The first happened in 1964, when Mandela was put on trial for sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow the …

MacBook Pro with Retina display review (15-inch, 2013)

New York City mornings never change, at least not for me. I wake up, I get a bagel and a cup of coffee, and I get on the subway to head to work. I cross my fingers hoping to get a seat so I can delicately balance my coffee between my knees and play a game or two on my phone. I’ve beaten a dozen …

PS Vita review (2013)

The PS Vita hasn't exactly gone according to Sony’s plan. Unveiled in Tokyo at the start of 2011, the PSP's successor was supposed to be a world-beating handheld console with PS3-level graphics and smartphone sensibilities. But despite strong reviews for the hardware itself, sales never took off, …

Eight Great Headphones Under $500

If you’ve been listening to your music through computer speakers or the earbuds that came with your smartphone, switching to a pair of high quality headphones will be a sonic revelation. On tracks you’ve listened to countless times before you’ll hear instruments and studio effects that you never …

Revamped Fermilab neutrino beam offers hope for new physics

Particle physicists have been eagerly awaiting the first trials of the new Main Injector neutrino beam at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory …

Brabus Builds an 838-hp S-class (The New One): It’s iBusiness Time

We have no idea whether the power-crazy folks at Brabus follow the New Zealand power duo <i>Flight of the Conchords</i>, but their name for the latest juiced-up Mercedes-Benz certainly suggests they’re fans. That’s because the tuner has christened their first modified 2014 S-class the 850 6.0 Biturbo …

Secrets on the inside: Nokia had Android, Microsoft had the Surface Phone

A post by the <i>New York Times</i> details the history between Nokia and Android. While Microsoft and Nokia have publically always seen eye-to-eye in …

Scientists Find A Water-Rich Planet Outside Our Solar System

Japanese scientists have determined that a planet outside our solar system that most likely has a water-rich atmosphere. The planet, Gliese 1214b, is only 40 light years from Earth.<p>Discovered in 2009, Gliese 1214b is what’s known as a “super-Earth” – bigger than Earth but smaller than a gas giant. …

Partial gene knockout produces long-lived mice

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have found that suppressing the expression of a single gene in mice extends their average lifespan …

With $7.17 Billion Nokia Buy, Microsoft Brings Its Trojan Horse Home

Microsoft is paying about $5 billion to buy a majority of Nokia's cellphone business, while shelling out another $2.17 billion to license the …

Professor Billionaire: The Stanford Academic Who Wrote Google Its First Check

<b>This story appears in the August 20, 2012 issue of Forbes Magazine.</b><p>It’s dusk on a crisp January day at Stanford University, and David Cheriton is in his corner office waiting for his weekly research meeting to begin. The last slivers of sunlight filter through the windows, illuminating the pages of</i> …

2013 BMW M6 Coupe First Test

BMW's Big, Bad Bully<p>Larger and heavier, yet more efficient and also quicker than its predecessor, the 2013 BMW M6 is a great big bully of a car. With Sakhir orange metallic paint and a naked carbon-fiber roof, it also tends to attract attention. If you enjoy getting thumbs-ups from Slurpee-sipping …

Beyond Ballmer: who will be Microsoft's next CEO?

After 33 years at Microsoft, Steve Ballmer announced today that he plans to retire from his position as CEO within the next 12 months. The surprise exit comes 13 years after Ballmer took over from Bill Gates as Microsoft's CEO in January 2000. He may have tripled revenues and doubled profits during …

Who will be the next Microsoft CEO?

Microsoft Corp has set up a special committee to find a new chief executive after Steve Ballmer announced his retirement on Friday. The world’s …

PlayStation 4 to arrive November 15

CNET Update is multitasking on YouTube:<p>In this episode of Update:<p>- Mark your calendar for the PlayStation 4 to arrive in stores November 15.<p>- Pay $50 less for a PS Vita, now that Sony dropped the price to $200.<p>- Get the list of which Xbox One games will be available on launch day.<p>- Score a new Xbox …

Facebook joins forces with Samsung, Nokia, etc. to bring internet to the world

If you thought Facebook was only good for spamming you with Farmville updates and showing you what your high school classmates ate for lunch, think …

Meet the $250 Verizon device that lets hackers take over your phone

If you’ve never heard of a femtocell, now would be a good time to learn.<p>At the Black Hat hacker conference in Las Vegas, NV, on Wednesday, a pair of …

2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 First Drive

Ruling the Ruling Class<p>Just outside of Paris, in the town of Sèvres, sits the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures. Inside, you’ll find two glass jars containing objects made from a mix of platinum and iridium alloys. One represents the meter, and the other the kilogram. Everything in the …

The Autonomous Automobile: Can Robot Cars Evolve to Make Complex, Human-Like Decisions Behind the Wheel?

How much are you really driving anymore?<p>How much are you really driving anymore? In most new vehicles, the driver is just a biological cog in a matrix of computerized control that reads and filters human input and then interprets it into vehicular action. Stability control, drive-by-wire throttle, …

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Test Drive

Chock full of the finer things in life, the newest generation of the S-Class comes to America this fall.<p><b>On-Sale Date</b>: Fall 2013<p><b>Price (est.)</b>: $95,000<p><b>Competitors</b>: Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, Lexus LS, Jaguar XJ, Maserati Quattroporte<p><b>Powertrains</b>: twin-turbocharged 4.6-liter V-8; 455 hp, 516 lb-ft; 7-speed …

2014 Porsche Panamera First Drive

Longer Wheelbases, Bigger Batteries, More Power<p>If there’s one thing we’ve come to expect from Porsche, it’s that it doesn’t mess with a good thing (too much, anyway). For proof, take a look at the 911 and its 50-year history. Or even look at the Porsche Cayenne, now in its second generation. So …