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Defend Your Cubicle With A Nerf Sentry Gun

You'll be the undefeatable champion with this one<p>Tell workplace pen thieves and pranksters how you really feel with a barrage of foam darts. This project hacks a Nerf gun to automatically fire at large heat signatures. Simply replace the toy’s trigger system with a servomotor, wire up a home …

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The Crazy Genius Behind Solar Roadways

Here’s an idea crazy enough that it just might work: Pave the streets with solar-powered panels that have their own built-in heat and LED lights. That’s what Scott and Julie Brusaw hope to accomplish with their ongoing Solar Roadways project, which they just funded through a hugely popular …

There Are Too Many New Games On Steam

There have already been more new games released on Steam in 2014 than there were in <i>all of 2013</i>. And it's only May.<p>By itself, and on principle, this …

Microsoft Likely To Break Out A Bigger, Not Smaller, Surface Tomorrow Morning

Tomorrow in New York, Microsoft is holding a Surface-themed event that was expected for a time to include the unveiling of a new, smaller Surface device — the Surface Mini as it was dubbed by the media.<p>Not so, it now appears. Reports have cropped up that a smaller device isn’t happening, and that …

New Microsoft Surface Pro models specs said to leak

The Surface Pro is expected to get updated with new Intel processors. A Windows-related news site is claiming it has more details.<p>Signs point to Microsoft updating the Intel internals of the Surface Pro on Tuesday. And Windows Phone Central is claiming it has more details.<p>The site lists a variety …

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Notebook Review: MSI GE70 Apache Pro With Nvidia GTX 860M Graphics

Nvidia's Maxwell architecture and GeForce Experience software breathes much-needed new life into traditional gaming notebooks like MSI’s GE70 Apache Pro. It doesn’t hurt that it’s augmented by an exceptional keyboard from SteelSeries, a zippy Intel Core i7-4700HQ clocked at 3.2GHz, and Nvidia’s …

Limited edition Thermaltake PC will rock your gaming world

By T3 Online<p>Thermaltake has crafted a special edition Level 10 gaming station entirely from titanium to make you forget games consoles ever …

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Scientists 3D-print shark skin to boost swimming

Harvard researchers are investigating properties of shark skin using a 3D-printer model<p>Researchers at Harvard University have created an artificial shark skin using 3D printing, in order to investigate how microscopic scales can improve movement through water.<p>Shark skin is peppered with millions of …

Radeon R9 295X2 Review: AMD Delivers On A Promise With Exciting Liquid-Cooled GPU

“<i>We won’t make the same thermal mistakes again.</i>” An AMD executive uttered this promise — and did so quite passionately — to me weeks ago, way before whispering a word about the Radeon 295X2 to the press. We were discussing the company’s Hawaii GPU reference boards, their noisy cooling solutions, …

Build A Compact Nvidia Powered Mini-ITX Gaming PC For $650 (Benchmarks Included)

<i>[UPDATE: NewEgg is now offering an official DIY PC combo based on this build, and it includes an Xbox 360 controller. Check it out right here.]</i><p>Since they debuted one year ago, my series of do-it-yourself PC build articles has helped new and veteran PC gamers put together their first rigs and save …

Meet Nvidia's GTX 800M Series: Maxwell, ShadowPlay, And GameStream Land On Laptops

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: PC gaming is dying. Of course if that had any semblance of truth, it wouldn’t be a $25 billion industry — actually edging out global box office receipts by a few million bucks in 2013. And while “traditional” desktop and laptop sales slide south, their …

With Insane Display Upgrade, New 2014 Razer Blade Shows Company Taking Criticism Seriously

Razer is sometimes referred to as the mad scientists of PC hardware design. Their Project Christine unveiling at this year’s CES certainly reinforced that image. Now they’re back with a refresh of the Razer Blade gaming laptop — but unlike last year, they’re playing a much more aggressive game.<p>Last …

AMD Intros $99 Radeon 250x, Promises Playable Competitive Gaming At 1080p

With the launches of flagship Radeon graphics cards like the R9 290x in our rearview mirror, AMD is preparing to devote some serious attention to a lucrative market — entry level PC gamers — with today’s launch of the $99 R7 250x.<p>The Radeon R7 250x is effectively a redesigned 7770 GHz edition based …

This Is 4K PC Gaming With Falcon Northwest's Mach V And Triple Nvidia Titan Blacks

There’s a classic scene in Quentin Tarantino’s 1997 film <i>Jackie Brow</i>n, wherein Samuel L. Jackson provides some colorful commentary about the, shall we say, undeniable blanket effectiveness of an AK-47. Falcon Northwest’s Mach V PC is a <i>lot</i> like that.<p>Let’s weed out the window shoppers: the specific …

How To Build A Liquid-Cooled Mini Gaming PC For Under $1,000

If you go into your local technology store and look at the PC section, most if not all will be standard black towers. However, on the enthusiast scene, there’s a seismic shift going on with many people ditching their large tower cases and opting for shoebox-size ones.<p>The latest motherboards aimed …