Sean Johnson

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Blu-ray discs may soon get billions of colors with new encoding tech

It's nice that 4K streaming is coming to match the onslaught of Ultra HD screens, but most media is still encoded with a "measly" 8 bits per color channel, rendering around 16 million colors. That might sound fine, but so-called deep color (10, 12 or 16 bits per color) can drastically improve …

It's 2014 And Our Passwords Aren't Getting Better

"123456" overtook "password" this year in the internet's most depressing race. The worst passwords of 2013 prove we still need a lot of help.<p>2013 was a wildly visible year for cyber security and online privacy. There were, of course, the monumental NSA and Snowden revelations, but 2013 was also a …

BT's breakneck broadband test hits unimaginable speeds over plain ol' fiber

BT still has a long way to go until it connects all of Britain's homes to its fiber-optic network, but that hasn't stopped the company from exploring new ways to squeeze some extra speed out of it while it does. With a little help from friends at Alcatel-Lucent, BT boffins have created what they …

The CubeJet promises pro-level 3D printing in a consumer form factor for under $5,000

Like you, we've dreamt about owning one of those industrial rapid prototyping machines since the first time we saw one in action. Of course, certain financial and real estate realities have made such fantasies a resolute impossibility for our modest New York City apartment. Priced at "under …

For Super Bowl, Nike Uses 3-D Printing to Create a Faster Football Cleat

Football players are highly engineered athletes—everything from their stride, to their stance, to the shoes on their feet have been carefully honed …

Hersheys to create 3D chocolate printer

Hersheys is to partner with 3D systems to create a 3D printer for creating chocolate and other edible products<p>The US chocolate manufacturer did not reveal the cost of the deal or if and when the printed products will be available to consumers.<p>Three-dimensional chocolate products are created by …

Music Drop plays your 3D-printed tunes

In an attempt to combine the charm of an 18th century music box with current technology, Music Drop from Left Field Labs offers nostalgic music …

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Alienware plans to release updated Steam Machines every year

Alienware will update its Steam Machine hardware every year, according to general manager Frank Azor. In an interview with <i>TrustedReviews</i>, Azor said a lack of upgradability on the recently unveiled model will basically require the company to keep pushing out new versions each year to keep up with …

SteamOS beta update lets you dual-boot your Steam Machine

We're still some ways off from Steam Machines getting into the hands of consumers, but if you're one of the brave few to get in on the SteamOS beta, the latest update gives the operating system a bit more flexibility. With the update, the OS now allows for "dual-boot and custom partitioning," so …

Alienware's Steam Machine launches in September

The Alienware-made Steam Machine we showed you at CES 2014 arrives in September, the company announced during Valve's first Steam Dev Days conference in Seattle. Alienware's little black box has some form of Haswell chip inside, and promised us earlier this year that it'd "perform on par with a …

Teeny Tiny Windmills Could Power Future Smartphones

Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington are working on the world’s tiniest wind farm that could fit on a grain of rice and charge your …

Japanese robot crushes competition in robot olympics

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: DARPA<p>If you are ever trapped in a collapsed building, SCHAFT is the robot you’ll want by your side. The a bipedal …

Ozobot lets you play iPad games with an 'intelligent' robot

Nintendo's Robotic Operating Buddy is finally getting a proper successor — only this time it's for your mobile device. Unveiled today at CES 2014, the new Ozobot platform is described as an "intelligent robot" that can be used for both physical and digital gaming. The tiny, 1-inch-tall machine is …