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Black and Decker's connected batteries tackle projects for $69

Back at CES, tool company Black and Decker unveiled its Smartech batteries that use an app to keep tabs on power levels and more. Just in time to help with those summer projects, the accessories are ready for use. If you're looking to give them a go, there are a couple of options for putting them …

Watch how the Wachowskis changed the ending to 'The Matrix' trilogy for this 2005 video game

There usually isn't much to say about mediocre tie-in video games, but the ending to 2005's <i>The Matrix: Path of Neo</i> is so spectacularly odd that it's worthy of discussion nearly a decade after its release. The Wachowskis wrote and directed the game, which sees players take control of Neo through …

Electronic joint sparks e-device debate

A new Dutch delivery device promises a good time without the tar and nicotine. Health experts are more skeptical<p>As if the debate surrounding the risks of increasingly popular e-cigarette and marijuana-vaporizing devices wasn’t hot enough already, the Dutch company E-Njoint, BV, has released what it …

How to use Google Maps offline mode on iOS, Android

Save Google Maps for offline access, so you can navigate the roads even when you're off the grid.<p>The moment your phone reads "No service," Google Maps suddenly drops out. That is, unless you've saved your maps for offline access. With this feature, you can store large map areas for guidance, even …

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This creepy isopod case keeps your iPhone warm and strangers at bay

Well, at least it's not a facehugger iPhone case<p>Worried about getting mugged for your gold 64GB iPhone 5S? This Japanese-made isopod case should calm your nerves and keep thieves away. A silver version will cost you $80 and a gold version will cost you $120, but you better act soon. The case's …

Dolby adds a new dimension to sound

Coming later this year, Dolby takes its professional Atmos theater sound technology to the home theater market.<p>I was taken aback by Dolby's recent announcement that Atmos sound will be "coming soon to a home theater near you," because as far as I can tell most consumers want fewer, not more home …

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Google's next version of Android 'L' release has a new look, deeper ties to the web

KitKat may have only found its way onto roughly 15 percent of phones at this point, but that won't stop Google from looking to the future. The new version, teased by Sundar Pichai is simply being referred to as the "L" release right now. As previous leaks have indicated, this will be the most …

Europe and South Korea will share their 5G know-how

There's a fine line between being fashionably late and arriving just as the party's over, which is the problem Europe suffered when it came to implementing 4G mobile networks. That's why the EU is now teaming up with South Korea to co-operate in developing 5G in the hope of getting back to the …

First Human Clone Embryos Created From Adults' Skin Cells

Another step toward having your own reserve of spare stem cells on demand<p>Scientists have created cloned embryos from the cells of two adults. This feat is the first hard evidence that it's possible to create clones from cells taken from adult humans. The idea is that in the future, doctors could …

Dell Chromebook 11 review

Chromebooks are the simplest computers you can buy today, but they’ve proven a tricky formula for manufacturers to get right. The perfect Chromebook is cheap, fast enough, well-built, and lasts all day long on a single charge. We’ve seen plenty of Chromebooks try and come up just short, hitting a …