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DARPA creates first 1THz computer chip, earns Guinness World Record - ExtremeTech

By on October 31, 2014 at 10:50 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>DARPA, the US military’s R&D …

Play Fallout 1 and Fallout 2 on Android - some assembly required

Do you remember the days before you got your first Pip-Boy 3000? They were a little rough, but they were fun, and they can now be re-lived on your Android device. I speak of Fallout 1 and Fallout 2, both of which have found a new home on Android, sort of.<p>The short of it, if you don’t mind the …

Android News

Scientists Capture The Sound Of A Single Atom, And Apparently It's A 'D-Note'

What does an atom sound like? Apparently it's a "D-note."<p>That's according to scientists at Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg, Sweden, who have revealed in a new study that they've captured the sound of a single atom.<p>"We have opened a new door into the quantum world by talking and …

Logitech Releases A Surprisingly Useful Bluetooth Keyboard That Connects To Three Devices

Keyboards, schmeeboards, amirite? But wait! Take a look at the Logitech K480, a unique Bluetooth keyboard that can connect to three devices simultaneously and allows you to switch between them using a little dial. The devices sit in a trench over the keyboard and you can swap from, say, a computer …

Scientists Are Zapping the Brain to Enhance Memory

New research shows transcranial magnetic stimulation on the surface of the brain can affect regions deep within.<p><b>It's a decade-old technology that still sounds</b> like the future: TMS, or transcranial magnetic stimulation, is a method of directing magnetic currents through the skull and onto the …

Can This Mineral Power The Planet?

It may soon be time to say "so long" to silicon solar panels.<p>Solar panels are cheaper than ever before, thanks to government subsidies and a flooded market. But they’re not yet affordable enough to eclipse traditional energy sources. Enter perovskites: crystalline minerals that may emerge as the …

Clean Energy

Physicist shows why your WiFi sucks in that one room

If WiFi can track a heartbeat through walls, why can't I get internet in my corner bathroom? Jason Cole was trying to figure that out too, but unlike me, he's a PhD student in physics. So he mapped his own apartment and assigned refraction values to the walls (shown above), then applied so-called …

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Invisible, Inc. hits Steam Early Access Aug. 19, here's the game in action

Klei released a trailer for their turn-based action, stealth game <i>Invisible, Inc.</i> to celebrate the pending release of early access on Steam next week.<p>Check it out below to see why you should buy this game.

Google launches a teaching tool to help schools ditch paper

Google's itching to get Chromebooks into classrooms (and it's doing a pretty good job too), but the search giant just went full steam ahead with another product meant to help it shape the school experience. It's called (unsurprisingly) Classroom, and the free service is finally ready for …

Are AMD's Latest Kaveri APUs Ready For 1080p Gaming?

As unlikely as it seems, AMD set a high bar for their APU (Accelerated Processing Unit, which integrates a traditional CPU and GPU) graphics performance on game consoles, <i>not</i> PC. Both Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4 boast semi-custom APUs designed exclusively for those systems, and …

IBM Builds A Scalable Computer Chip Inspired By The Human Brain

“I’m holding in my hand a chip with one million neurons, 256 million synapses, and 4096 cores. With 5.4 billion transistors, it’s the largest chip IBM has built.”<p>Dr. Dharmendra S. Modha sounds positively giddy as he talks to me on the phone. This is the third time I’ve talked to him about his …

A Korean Baseball Team Is Filling Seats With Bizarre Robot Fans

The BBC reports that the team is installing robots in some of the stadium's rows that act as proxies for actual fans. Basically, if you want to attend a game, but don't want to <i>actually</i> attend, you can do it at home over the internet.<p>Fans get on their devices at home and actually control when they …

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Zelda speedrunner explains how it's possible to beat Ocarina of Time in 18 minutes

Last month, speedrunner Cosmo Wright broadcast a world record-setting run of Nintendo 64 game <i>The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time</i> on his Twitch channel. He beat the game in 18 minutes and 10 seconds, and called it, naturally, "the best speed run I have ever done."<p>Today, he explains, in some …