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Microsoft's 'touch screen' for any surface goes on sale

Prototype technology that turns any surface -- a wall, table, or floor -- into an interactive touch screen has been years in the making. Now, anyone can get their hands on the software.<p>Turning a wall into a touch-screen computer has many uses -- it could help teachers instruct classes or be used by …

Touchscreens

When 3D printing goes bad

A hilarious Flickr group catalogs the various whoopsies of 3D printing. Sometimes when it fails, it manages to do spectacularly.<p>3D printing! It's the future! We will all have access to a "Star Trek"-style replicator in our homes!<p>3D printing is doing ever more new and exciting things, opening up a …

3D Printing

How to boot to another hard disk in OS X

We take a look at a couple of different ways to load another boot disk on your Mac.<p>There are times when you may need to boot to a volume other than the main OS X installation on your Mac, whether to try a specific software configuration without affecting your main workflow, or to troubleshoot an …

Linux

RoboThespian tests its mettle as stand-up comic

Give it up for RoboThespian! The programmable bot takes the stage to crack jokes for humans -- and comes across a bit stiff.<p>Louis C.K. doesn't need to start worrying just yet. A new video of RoboThespian trying stand-up comedy suggests the humanoid bot's not quite ready for the Comedy …

Robotics

Best Buy kicks off new iPhone trade-in deal

The new promo doles out a $100 or $200 gift card in exchange for a working iPhone 4 or 4S, good toward the purchase of an iPhone 5.<p>Best Buy has launched its latest trade-in deal for iPhone 4S or 4 owners looking to score an iPhone 5.<p>People who trade in a working iPhone 4S will receive a $200 gift …

iPhone 5

Friday Poll: Were you expecting complete privacy with Gmail?

A Google lawsuit motion contains some interesting tidbits on automated e-mail processing and expectations of privacy.<p>Google has never offered Gmail for free just out of the goodness of its heart. There are strings attached. One of those strings is that your e-mail can be scanned and used for …

E-Mail

Motorola Skip clip unlocks your phone's lock screen

Available for the upcoming Moto X, the new clip-on gadget lets you unlock your phone with a simple tap.<p>Motorola has cooked up a device that lets you dispense with PINs to unlock your smartphone.<p>Known as Skip, the thumb-sized gadget can clip on to your pocket, belt, shirt sleeve, or other area. …

Motorola

iBlind? Smartphones make you shortsighted, doctor claims

A U.K. eye surgeon insists that the incidences of advanced myopia have increased 35 percent since the launch of the smartphone.<p>Have you increased your squinting over the last few years?<p>Have you noticed your face moving closer and closer to screens and those paper things called books?<p>This mightn't …

Google Glass

Print chop: How copyright killed a 3D-printed Final Fantasy fad

Final Fantasy VII figurines designed by a fan and 3D-printed by marketplace Shapeways enthralled FFVII freaks everywhere. So much so that copyright owner Square Enix nixed the operation.<p>I posted the full new set of secondary characters two days ago, when I guess I exploded the Internet."<p>Figure …

Final Fantasy

Get a monthly mystery care package for nerds

A new service called Nerd Block sends a nerd-themed mystery gift every month for just $20.<p>Do you like presents? Of course you do -- and a new service lets you send geeky surprise gifts to yourself.<p>Nerd Block is a subscription-based nerd care package service which, for $19.99 a month (plus …

Geek

Build-a-Phone Workshop: my first encounter with Moto Maker and a customized Moto X

Turns out 18 is a lot of choices.<p>As one of the first people allowed into Motorola's Moto Maker program, I had a chance to design the phone I always wanted, to order a phone made by Motorola but designed by me. This was my Jony Ive moment. I was ready.<p>The Moto Maker tool itself is beautifully …

Hack this, NSA: Google now triple-encrypts all data in Google Cloud Storage

You might think that the NSA and other shadowy three-letter agencies are the world’s biggest cloud cheerleaders: all your data, all the time, in the cloud, where Prism and XKeyscore can, apparently, access it.<p>Perhaps that’s why Google announced yesterday it was triple-encrypting all data in Google …

NPD: Nintendo 3DS Tops Gaming Hardware Sales for Third Straight Month

Nintendo’s handheld console, the 3DS, outsold all other videogame hardware in the U.S. for the past three months, according to the NPD Group’s retail …

Gaming

E Ink Reports 46% Sales Drop, Expects E-Reader Shipments To Be Flat This Year

E-readers, such as the Kindle and the Sony Reader, were a novelty five years ago. But they are already on their way out. Display manufacturer E Ink Holdings reported its quarterly earnings and sales are down 46 percent year over year with a net loss of $33.6 million. It isn’t the first net loss, …

What's your persona? Study dissects iPhone, iPad habits

The iPhone was the far more popular device for single people, new moms, and "value shoppers," according to the study by Flurry Analytics.<p>That people use smartphones and tablets for different tasks at different times is not so surprising, though a new study shows some of the distinct differences in …

Apps

We should be worried about how internet companies are getting people to part with their money, not their privacy

Say you, like me, went to bed a little early last night. And when you woke up this morning, you decided to catch the episode of the Daily Show that you missed. So you pointed your browser over to thedailyshow.com, and there, as you expected, is John Oliver. But there’s something else there too, at …

University of Washington

Designers Outsmart Feds With Slick Hologram Packaging

Author: Joseph Flaherty. Joseph Flaherty Design<p>Date of Publication: 08.13.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>Using lenticular animation wasn't …

Why a New Golden Age for UI Design Is Around the Corner

• Author: Cliff Kuang. Cliff Kuang Design<br>• Date of Publication: 08.13.13. 08.13.13<br>• Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>Over the past four years, the Walt …

The Window: An Inside Look at the Exhaustive Tests a Tesla Passes Before It Hits the Road

Author: WIRED Video<p>09:30 am<p>We go inside Tesla’s rigorous quality testing that every Model S must undergo before hitting the road. From water and …

Portage Your Jams in This Speaker-Topped Mason Jar

A couple of weeks ago, I was strolling through Dolores Park – a sunny patch of green in the middle of San Francisco that's become a sort of hipster …

These Big Metal Band-Aids Let You Create Furniture on the Fly | WIRED

The Patch is a joint that's meant to be seen. <i>Image: Beza Projekt</i><p>There are seven variations of the patch, which come in straight strips and angled …

Engineers Identify 12 Asteroids We Could Capture With Existing Rocket Technology

By looking through the catalog of known asteroids, aerospace engineers have identified 12 candidates that we could reach out and capture using …

A Lego Set for Budding Architects, With No Instructions

Architecture Studio, a new set from Lego, comes with 1,210 white and translucent bricks. More notable is what it lacks: namely, instructions for any …

Mercedes Is Testing Google Glass Integration, and It Actually Works

I put the car in park, unplug the phone, and put Google Glass on my face. Within seconds, I've got step-by-step directions to a coffee shop down the …

Watch: These Giant Mechanical Arms Act Like a Sundial | WIRED

<i>Timepiece</i>, by Conrad Shawcross, is part mechanical chandelier, part faceless, room-scale clock. <i>Photo: Conrad Shawcross, Courtesy of Conrad Shawcross</i> …

Watch: A Badass Speaker That Brings Basslines to Life

Spotify and Pandora have made music-purchasing ephemeral, and Apple's EarPods are nearly invisible save for their telltale white wires, but Daniela …

Paralyzed Patients Communicate By Controlling Their Pupils

A new idea for letting people with locked-in syndrome communicate<p>Experimental setups for letting paralyzed people communicate usually work by measuring brainwaves, so they can be pretty invasive for patients. For many, it's probably well worth the effort, but one team of researchers thinks there's …

We'd Happily Break Our Wrist For This 3-D Printed Splint

Custom, printable splints could make it easier to treat minor-yet-debilitating injuries in disaster zones or underdeveloped regions.<p>Three graduate students at UCLA's school of Architecture & Urban Design have created a 3-D printed wrist splint that they hope could one day provide underdeveloped …

Mars Rover Curiosity Lands Successfully on Mars After Incredible Effort

After cruising through space for eight months, and plummeting through the Martian atmosphere for seven minutes, the rover reports success<p>PASADENA, Calif. -- Space fans, raise a toast: NASA's laser-equipped, beefy-armed, car-sized rover is safe and sound on the surface of the Red Planet. A journey …