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China's elevated bus demoed with cars driving underneath

Six years ago, China came up with a super wacky idea: A large straddling bus that can let cars drive under it, which could be a cost-effective way to skip over congested traffic while carrying hundreds of passengers a pop. Today, this concept has evolved from a miniature model to a full-scale …

This lamp is illuminated by your phone's LED

Do you really need to buy a lightbulb when your phone has a powerful LED already built in? This is the question an Israeli company hopes to answer with its new product the UpLamp, which it's describing as "the first lampless light." Instead of relying on a bulb, the lamp directs and distributes a …

Samsung Galaxy S5

Osmo's blocks are like Lego for coding

There's a growing sense among educators and parents that learning to code is a valuable life skill. The UK has implemented programming in its computing curriculum, and several companies have cropped up with toys and games designed to teach young 'uns how to code. Today a startup called Osmo has …

Kids

Netflix's 'BoJack Horseman' returns on July 22

Netflix's <i>BoJack Horseman</i> rides again for a third season on July 22, the streaming service announced today. The animated series, which stars Will Arnett as a talking horse, has garnered a surprising amount of critical acclaim over its first two seasons. Naturally, that's something BoJack ends up …

BoJack Horseman

'The Force Awakens' vinyl soundtrack is etched with holograms

If you haven't already emptied your savings account on <i>Star Wars</i> memorabilia, Disney is back to tempt you once more. Another version of <i>The Force Awakens</i> soundtrack is on the way as a two LP set that has 3D holograms etched onto the surface of the records. Of course, you'll need to find the proper …

Mars faced an ice age 400,000 years ago, and it's still recovering

We've known for a while now that Mars has water frozen in ice. And analyzing that water has been a key goal to understanding how the planet has changed over time, especially if its presence meant it once held life. Today, a newly published study concludes that Mars is ever-so slowly exiting an ice …

ASUS' GeForce GTX 1080 is faster and more colorful

NVIDIA's official GeForce GTX 1080 is fast, but let's face it: you're <i>really</i> waiting for the third-party cards that push the limits of what the high-end graphics chipset can really do. And it looks like your patience just paid off. ASUS has revealed the ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080, and it pushes well …

MSI's new motherboard is the world's most elaborate USB-C charger

Putting USB-C on the front, where it belongs<p>MSI's new X99A Gaming Pro Carbon motherboard is totally extreme. For extreme people only. People who like gaming hardware inspired by the look and performance implications of carbon fiber. I am none of those things, but I do love USB-C, and MSI has me …

USB Type-C

Samsung smartwatch concept turns your hand into a display

Smartwatch makers have tried a few ways to overcome the limitations of a tiny wrist-worn screen, such as gestures, pressure sensitivity or voice commands. Samsung thinks there might be a better way, though: moving the display beyond the watch. It's applying for a patent on a concept that would …

Can Twitter's infinite monkeys write the complete works of Shakespeare?

It was the best of ideas, it was the blurst of ideas<p>Twitter is teaming up with Shakespeare's Globe theater in London to have a go at proving the infinite monkey theorem: that infinite monkeys randomly hitting infinite typewriters will eventually write any and all given texts, including the complete …

William Shakespeare

Nvidia's new graphics cards are a big deal

'Almost irresponsible amounts of performance'<p>The hotly anticipated Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 is now official, marking a major leap in performance and efficiency with the introduction of the new Pascal architecture. How major? Take the ultra beefy and expensive Titan X graphics card from last year, …

Supercomputers

Apple should have thought of these magnetic Pencil sleeves

"A colorful sleeve with magnets on it" describes the barebones case that Apple makes for pretty much every one of its products. But for some reason it didn't think to make one for the Pencil, so another company did.<p>Since late last year, Moxiware has been selling what it simply calls the Apple …

Apple Pencil

The Du-Touch S is a weird and wonderful new instrument

The other week a startup showed me how it was trying to reinvent the guitar for 2016: doing away with complicated chords and frets and letting anyone play by pressing buttons. It didn't really work! But another company on Kickstarter is taking the same approach to making music accessible — except …

Guitar

SteamVR can give your Vive controllers a Portal-themed makeover

There's something wonderful about tiny custom items in video games. They're the virtual equivalent of jewelry: you don't have to coordinate an entire outfit, just add a few little accents that make you feel special. And if you own a Vive VR headset, you now can apply new looks to your controllers …

Virtual Reality

How scientists want to send a spacecraft to the next closest star

This week, a bevy of scientists including famed theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking announced a new way to explore space called Starshot — and how it works is something that sounds straight out of science fiction.<p>The project involves developing a way to send a tiny spacecraft to the next closest …

Space Travel

The PS4's new update sneaks in 4TB drive support and more

Yes, yes, you can now play your PS4 on your PC or Mac. However, the latest update also resurrects old features, adds new ones, and does plenty more if you have no remote interest on depending on your internet connection to play PlayStation at work. First up, your newest PlayStation will now support …

The Spectre 13 is HP's attempt to out-design Apple

HP has been trying to make a laptop that will catch everyone's attention. Now, HP thinks it's nailed it.<p>Its newest laptop is called the Spectre 13 (or sometimes, simply, the HP Spectre), and — at just 10.4mm thick — it's supposed to be the thinnest any major laptop manufacturer has ever made. …

MacBook Air

The self-driving race cars of Roborace will have a brain from Nvidia

The autonomous race cars in the upcoming Roborace driverless racing series will use Nvidia's Drive PX 2 supercomputer as a brain.<p>The PX 2, which was announced back at CES in January, uses 12 CPU cores to produce eight teraflops of computing power and 24 trillion operations a second. It can combine …

Autonomous Cars

'Artificial gills' maker relaunches Indiegogo campaign amidst controversy

Last month, Triton, a start-up claiming to have created "artificial gills" that let divers breathe for up to 45 minutes underwater, launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, and amassed nearly $1 million in funding. Three days ago, it fully refunded all of its backers, canceled that campaign, …

Crowd Funding

How to save iPhone storage by limiting the Messages app

If you’re running out of local or iCloud storage space on your iPhone (or iPad), it may be time to check how much space the Messages app is taking up. By default, your iPhone or iPad is set to save any messages you send and receive forever. This can result in iPhone “out of storage” messages, slow …

How to survive an iPhone with only 16GB of storage

Whether you couldn't afford a pricier model or just misjudged how much storage you'd need, these tips can help you get by.<p>Good news: There are no more 16GB iPhones ($1,188.00 at Amazon.com) in Apple's lineup. Even the lowest-end iPhone SE ($1,415.90 at Amazon.com) and iPhone 6s ($529.99 at …

Apps

This 24-karat gold NES is the luxury video game system of your dreams

Game hardware maker Analogue has made a name for itself selling the Nt, an exorbitantly expensive and beautiful version of a classic NES system. And yet somehow, the company found a way to outdo itself. To commemorate the 30th anniversary of <i>The Legend of Zelda</i> franchise, Analogue is selling ten …

Retrogaming
Game of Thrones

It's not Tay's fault that it turned racist. It's ours.

Microsoft had to pull its fledgling chatbot, Tay, from Twitter on Thursday. The reason: In less that 24 hours, the AI had been morally corrupted to the point that it was freely responding to questions with religious, sexist and ethnic slurs. It spouted White Supremacist slogans, outlandish …

Google Maps

A 'Star Trek' Holodeck in Steam VR was inevitable

Let's face it: if you grew up watching <i>Star Trek: The Next Generation</i>, you probably see virtual reality as just a stepping stone toward the Holy Grail of simulation, the Holodeck. It's no surprise, then, that Reddit users illogical_cpt and Bradllez have found a way to bring the Holodeck <i>to</i> VR. Thanks …

The trailer for The Lego Batman Movie is here and it's the best

The first trailer for <i>The Lego Batman Movie</i> is here, and it already promises to be better than the joyless <i>Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice</i>. Here, Will Arnett's take on the Caped Crusader saunters onto the scene while beatboxing (seriously!), all before proceeding to drop the mic on the character's …

Lego

This headset puts a microphone right in your ear canal

It's been a while since I've cared about advances in Bluetooth headsets, and I would guess that I'm not alone. For years, you've been able to buy a small and decent-enough earpiece for taking calls hands-free, and most people are probably happy enough to use their EarPods for that purpose. That's …

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Blu-ray rip leaks to torrents

After grossing over $2 billion in theaters, <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> has made its long awaited debut... on the piracy scene. The movie is scheduled for release via download until April 1st, and the Blu-ray arrives April 5th, but now that the discs are pressed one has inevitably leaked out.</i> …

Blu-Ray

How 'Ratchet and Clank' preserves history by starting over

If you could go back and redo anything you've created, would you? The team at Insomniac Games was able to do that and give the original <i>Ratchet and Clank</i> from 2002 a complete overhaul. But it isn't a "definitive edition" like we've seen with <i>Uncharted</i> or <i>Gears of War</i>. Insomniac isn't taking a page …