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Google plans to kill Google Voice in coming months, integrate features into Hangouts

We’ve heard that Google Voice is getting dragged to the trash can and most of its functionality will be incorporated into the G+ Hangouts apps on both Android and iOS. This has already happened to an extent with the ability to phone friends on Hangouts, but we’re hearing the full shuttering and …

GOG.com To Release Games On Linux This Fall

Some good old games are about to come to Linux. GOG.com just announced that it has been working on supporting Linux for sometime and expects to launch titles this Fall. Mint and Ubuntu will get the GOG.com treatment, says the press notice.<p>Details are still on the light side. The company hasn’t …

The best SMS replacement apps for Android

The world is evolving. In the future, services like calling and texting will take place entirely over internet data connections. Gone will be the days of phone numbers. Soon we’ll all have usernames. Why wait to make the transition? Over the last few years, a number of great services have popped up …

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Apple finally kills the iPad 2 and replaces it with a Retina display model

Apple has re-released the fourth-generation iPad. The model replaces the aging iPad 2 in Apple's lineup. The fourth-generation iPad is priced at $399 —the same price as the iPad Mini with Retina display, and $100 less than the iPad Air — and is only available with 16GB of storage. A cellular model …

RollerCoaster Tycoon Returns - On Mobile Platforms

But don't worry - Atari assures diehard fans that a 'PC experience' is due for release later this year, too.<p>Atari has announced that it will be …

Yes, You Can Complete Titanfall's Campaigns Without Firing A Shot

Those who have played it already know this, but for those who haven't, be aware that Titanfall's "campaign" isn't really deserving of the name.<p>It's …

What is the world’s scarcest material?

Should we worry about natural resources running out? As Rachel Nuwer discovers, that’s the wrong way of looking at a far more complex problem.<p>Of all the world’s materials, which one will “run out” first? The more we consume as a society, the more we hear about how vital ores and minerals are …

Rare Earth

U.S. Quietly Gives Up Control Over The Internet

The new plan: a global governing body that will totally not at all be heavily influenced by the United States.<p>On Friday, the United States announced some very big news in a very boring way. The U.S. government is relinquishing its last official control over the internet. The phrasing chosen by the …

Going Up: Could Partial Space Elevators Take Us Into Space?

A proposed partial space elevator would not be anchored to Earth.<p>A trip to the moon on gossamer strings? A "partial" space elevator that could carry satellites to geosynchronous orbit might be just the ticket. (See also: "Escaping Earth: Could a Space Elevator Work?")<p>A space elevator untethered to …

Mercury, the Smallest Planet, Is Getting Even Smaller, Scientists Say

A new look at the planet shows that it has shrunk almost nine miles in diameter.<p>Like a raisin spinning around the sun, Mercury is shrinking and wrinkling. The planet is now up to 8.6 miles (14 kilometers) smaller in diameter than it was nearly four billion years ago, according to a report released …

The Tantalizing Quest For Gravity Waves

From the April 1981 issue of Popular Science: "When scientists finally detect a form of energy they have never seen, they will open a new era in astronomy."<p><i>Today, March 17, 2014, scientists announced they had detected gravitational waves using a telescope at the South Pole—the first direct evidence</i> …

These 5 sedans are V8-powered supercars in disguise

Supercar performance, raucous V8 engines, and four doors.<p>These five sedans don't look like supercars. They have no carbon tubs or active aerodynamic tricks that make them look like low-flying spacecraft. They fit human beings in their front and rear seats. They have cushy suspensions and seat …