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Listening to Sennheiser’s $55,000 headphones is like going to the moon

Even before I slipped Sennheiser's new $55,000 Orpheus headphones over my ears, I was already both skeptical and in awe.<p>There's the base crafted out of marble, which one of Orpheus' engineers supposedly handpicked in Italy. Then there's the beautiful glass tube amps, both classic and alien at the …

EXPLORING THE ULTIMATE FRONTIER

From the first Submariner in 1953 to the latest Rolex Deepsea, waterproof to an extreme depth of 3,900 metres, Rolex has always been at the forefront of pioneering ocean exploration and cutting-edge diving technology.<p>The oceans cover three-quarters of our planet, yet we know less about them today …

OYSTER CASE

Thanks to the hermetic construction of their case, all Rolex Oyster watches are guaranteed waterproof to a depth of at least 100 metres (330 feet), or 300 metres (1,000 feet) for the Submariner divers’ models, 1,220 metres (4,000 feet) for the Sea-Dweller 4000 and 3,900 metres (12,800 feet) for the …

THE FIRST WATERPROOF WATCH

In 1927, a young British secretary called Mercedes Gleitze took a place in the annals of watchmaking history with a sporting exploit that brought the first waterproof watch to the world’s attention. The 26-year-old swam the English Channel wearing a Rolex Oyster, spending more than 10 hours in the …

12 Mind Tricks That Make People Like You And Help You Get Ahead

When you’re working hard and doing all you can to achieve your goals, anything that can give you an edge is powerful and will streamline your path to success.<p>Mind tricks won’t make you a Jedi, but using the brain’s natural quirks to your advantage can have a positive impact on everyone you …

Top 10 Mercedes-Benz Cars of All Time

<b>Mercedes-Benz is one of the oldest automobile manufacturers in the world.</b><p>In fact, many credit Karl Benz with creating the world’s first proper …

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War Criminals Among Us: Bush, Cheney, and the Eyes of the World

In which we learn how to say 'war crimes' in Malaysian.<p>Last week, Richard Clarke, the man to whom nobody in the administration of C-Plus Augustus listened because what did he know, anyway?, had a chat with Amy Goodman in which he minced no words regarding his former employers.<p>"I think things that …

How to install Popcorn Time app on iOS to watch movies and TV shows

When it comes to enjoying online content such as movies and TV shows iOS has a long way to go. Due to Apple’s limitations you cannot directly …

Bulgari Magsonic Sonnerie Tourbillon watch

Bulgari Magsonic Sonnerie Tourbillon. When Bulgari incorporated the Gerald Genta brand under its own name, one of the more complicated models was this vividly designed, ultra-complicated timepiece that combined a tourbillon-style regulation system with an array of chiming functions. The movement …

Phil Schiller on Google Glass: ‘I can’t believe they think anyone normal will ever wear these things’

The Tech Block on Thursday shared an email exchange between Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller and the website’s founder Abdel Ibrahim that pokes fun at Google Glass for its perception of being an unstylish device. The emails from 2012 surfaced just days after Google announced that it will be …

Google Glass sales halted but firm says kit is not dead

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/technology/1138000/1138126_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1525250355_d626d8a30c0c17179945814bc7c3a474<p><b>Google is ending sales of its Google Glass eyewear.</b><p>The company insists it is still committed to launching the smart glasses as a consumer …

Google searches for a way to avoid Microsoft’s fate

A dip in the search behemoth’s market share has encouraged some commentators to compare it to Bill Gates’s company<p>The news that Google’s share of the web-search market in the US has suddenly dropped is interesting. According to an independent analytics firm, StatCounter, last month Google’s market …

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Why Mercedes’s Self-Driving Car Is So Much More Tempting Than Google’s

Mercedes-Benz just dreamed up the first tempting self-driving car. And in the process, they show us all what Google was missing.<p>A man pulls his cellphone out of his pocket and hits a button. A glowing vehicle pulls up that looks like it was carved from a single block of silver. The door opens …

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UK's First Mobile Phone Was Sold 30 Years Ago By This Jammy Vodafone Trainee

New Year's eve is the 30th anniversary of the first mobile phone call in the UK.<p>But the history of mobiles in the UK goes back a little further: Ivan …

10 Mind-Blowing Hacks for Making Your Leftover Pizza Taste Better the Next Day

Three words: pizza grilled cheese.<p>Gone are your days of eating cold leftover pizza in your pajamas, leaning against your open refrigerator. Make pizza better the next day with these easy tricks.<p><b>1. Reheat cold pizza face down in a pan.</b> Slap your slice of pizza face down on a preheated skillet on …

The Best First-Person Shooters Of 2014

Like most years, 2014 was a pretty good year for first-person shooters. Some great games were released, and others have been teased for next year or released in Alpha.<p>For the purposes of this list we’ll look just at titles that launched this year as full games—not “Early Release” or Alpha or “Pay …

FBI issues warning in wake of cyberattack on Sony Pictures

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is warning businesses that hackers are using malicious software to destroy computer systems, after the destructive hacking of Sony Pictures.<p>The FBI report, seen by the Guardian, details software used an attack saying that it marked the first destructive …

20 fascinating facts for PlayStation's 20th anniversary

It revolutionalised the games industry and brought us classic titles such as Gran Turismo, Tekken and Resident Evil – and this week the original Sony PlayStation turns 20.<p>The machine hit Japanese shelves on 3 December 1994, barely a week after Sega’s rival Saturn console. But with its powerful …

Enter the Matrix: The rise of brain-computer interfaces

In 2012, a paralyzed woman with a 96-electrode sensor the size of a baby aspirin implanted onto the surface of her brain was able to think about …

Department of Justice employing ‘All Writs Act’ to compel Apple to bypass iPhone encryption

As you’ve no doubt heard by now, the federal government is not a big fan of Apple’s decision to employ data protection measures on its iOS devices that prevent snooping on a customer’s private information, even taking its disapproval to ridiculous levels at times.<p>Today Ars Technica reports that …

iOS 8.2 Jailbroken Ahead Of Release

Apple has yet to release iOS 8.2, the company recent.y released iOS 8.1.1, and now it would appear that a jailbreak has been released for the iOS 8.2 …

Next version of Google Glass may be Intel powered

The next version of Google Glass may have Intel inside, giving the chip-maker a potential foot in the door of the wearable device market. While …

Jurassic World tells story of enjoyable day out at safety-conscious dinosaur park

<b>THE new Jurassic Park sequel features no peril because of improved health and safety at the dinosaur park.</b><p>Screenwriter Tom Booker said: “Obviously …

Delusions and hallucinations may be the keys that unlock psychosis

“Although it is a waste of time to argue with a paranoid patient about his delusions, he may still be persuaded to keep them to himself, to repress them as far as possible and to forgo the aggressive action they might suggest, in general to conduct his life as if they did not exist.”<p>This quote from …

iPad Sales Slump As Android Tablets Soar

There have been a number of signs that the consumers’ rush to buy into the iPad ecosystem was slowing, but data from IDC today puts the slowing retail success of Apple’s tablet into an interesting position.<p>The analyst’s numbers suggest that total iPad sales in 2014 will be down by an eighth (12.7%) …

Pinc is a whimsical VR iPhone case that tracks your hands

Virtual reality goes neon<p>There are as many kinds of VR headsets as there are proposed uses for the nascent technology. There's the famous Oculus Rift, made of somber black plastic with thick foam padding. There's Samsung's white, bulbous Gear VR and Sony's glowing, <i>Tron-</i>like Project Morpheus. …

Making gravity-free espresso in space really is rocket science

Perhaps one of the last barriers to the human conquest of space has been removed; a space-rated espresso machine has now been delivered to the International Space Station (ISS).<p>The device was made by two Turin-based companies, Lavazza Coffee and engineering firm Argotec. It is called the ISSpresso …