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Square introduces $299 stand aimed at replacing cash registers

Square today unveiled a new piece of hardware designed to replace traditional cash registers in the businesses that use the company to accept payments. Square Stand, which can be pre-ordered for $299 starting today, features an integrated card reader for processing payments.<p>An iPad connects to the …

BlackBerry bringing BBM to Android and iOS this summer

BlackBerry has just announced that its hugely popular BBM messaging service is going multi-platform: it will be released for Android and iOS as a free app this summer. BBM will support iOS hardware running iOS 6 and above; the Android version will be compatible with version 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) …

How Oblivion Should Have Ended

Unlike the PS3, Sony isn't expecting to lose money on the PlayStation 4

Back when it launched, Sony's PlayStation 3 was something of a technological marvel for a home console — and it had the price to match. Despite a starting price of $499, Sony still lost money on the console, but it doesn't plan to have the same issue this time around with the PlayStation 4. As …

Real-life Batmobile to race in Gumball rally next week

The Batmobile is street legal. Or at least, a recreated version of the Tumbler from Christopher Nolan's series is. A group of racers known as Team Galag have been working on a to-scale remake of the superhero's vehicle, aiming to have it ready to race in this year's Gumball 3000 when it begins on …

Tesla Model S gets Consumer Reports' top score, suggests it's easy being green

While we largely enjoyed our time behind the wheel of the Tesla Model S, we clearly didn't have as much fun as <i>Consumer Reports</i>. The often stringent outlet just gave the EV sedan a 99 out of 100 rating, which makes it not just the publication's highest-ranked electric car, but its highest-ranked …

Burn notice: NASA discovers that fireproof materials ignite in space

Still frames showing a piece of cotton-fiberglass, similar to the cotton civilian clothing worn by astronauts, burning from bottom-to-top during a space station experiment (Credit: Paul Ferkul/NASA/BASS).<p>High above the Earth, astronauts aboard the International Space Station are playing with fire — …

Watch this: how the letter 'x' came to represent the unknown

In mathematics, the letter 'x' is used to denote an independent variable. It also once described the unidentified radiation in x-rays, and more recently was shrouded in mystery in the TV show <i>The X Files</i>. But how did the letter become the symbol that commonly represents the unknown? Terry Moore's …

Building a Fire Pit

Then we added the next 3 levels. You can use cement or a non combustable adhesive if you wish.<p>Note: these blocks are heavy and don't move easily!<p><b>Step</b> …

Watch 3,000 Eve Online ships swarm a Nyx Supercarrier

CCP's massively multiplayer online game <i>Eve Online</i> reached its decade anniversary this year, and to celebrate more than 3,000 players took to space to engage in all-out combat.<p>The player-planned event, Flight of a Thousand Rifters III, challenged participants to kill one of the game's biggest enemy …

Kwikset introduces Kevo, a smartphone-friendly lock powered by UniKey

It's not the first time that Kwikset's dabbled in wireless locks, but today the company's introducing Kēvo, a smartphone- (and tablet-) friendly lock powered by UniKey. The concept is pretty simple: pair a handset (running a special app) with Kēvo via Bluetooth, and simply touch the deadbolt to …

Introducing Verge Video

The new home for all things video on The Verge<p>Today, we're thrilled to announce the launch of a major new component of <i>The Verge</i>, a home for all of our video content dubbed, appropriately, Verge Video.<p>The site is a vast collection of all of our video content, including original shows, feature …

PS4 will not suffer major losses at launch 'unlike PS3,' says Sony

Sony does not foresee major losses being incurred at the launch of the PlayStation 4 later this year, unlike what was seen during the development and launch of the PlayStation 3, Sony CFO Masaru Kato said during an earnings call earlier today.<p>"Unlike PS3, we are not planning a major loss to be …

Mark Zuckerberg stars in new Facebook Home ad, only to be ignored by his employees

Facebook has released a new commercial with an unusual star — CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The company's "Launch Day" ad, published to the web yesterday, sees Zuckerberg deliver an address to his employees prior to the release of Facebook Home, Facebook's new Android-integrated mobile operating …