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These are the 2017 tech gadgets I just couldn't live without

When it comes to new gadgets and gizmos, 2017’s been a pretty epic year.<p>We’ve seen a surge of new voice-activated assistants, rise of remastered retro tech, and all kinds of quirky smart devices. Rather than rehash what’s appearing on my colleagues' top lists—most of which would make my top picks, …

How to get the best armor, clothes, and outfits in 'Zelda: Breath of the Wild'

So where can you get the best armor in "Breath of the Wild"? That's a complicated question, as different high-end armor sets provide different bonuses. In practice, you're going to switch to different outfits based on different situations instead of relying on one set for everything.<p>Here are a few …

Breath of the Wild

20 tips and tricks for conquering the fantastic and surprisingly challenging new 'Zelda' game

"Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" is a rare treat that comes along every decade or so — a game that moves the entire medium forward.<p>It's receiving near-universal praise from critics — reviews aggregation site Metacritic lists the game with a 98/100 <i>average</i> score, based on 67 reviews. It's being …

Nintendo Switch

2017 Hennessey VelociRaptor 600 Twin Turbo Debuts

If you own a 2017 Ford Raptor truck and want something with even more performance Hennessey has your upgrades. The company has announced that the …

Sports Cars

This high-tech bracelet will let you touch your long-distance partner from afar

Anyone who's been in a long-distance relationship knows that not being able to touch your partner for weeks or months at a time is one of the toughest parts.<p>While technology has caught up in other arenas — video chatting has never been easier and apps that help you find cheap travel are a dime a …

Crowd Funding

15 Reasons Why Dating A Geek Is Worth It. #7 Is Embarrassing But True.

<i>In the wide world of dating, there are many options. Do you go for the flashy guy with the smooth smile, or the dude in the corner typing away on his</i> …

Relationships

The Blocks modular smartwatch can now be pre-ordered

You choose which four of six modules you want<p>If you’ve been dreaming about owning a customizable smartwatch, the modular watch that London-based Blocks promised is now available — but just for pre-order. And nothing gives a pre-order announcement a little extra spice like a teaser video:<p>This watch, …

Comixology Introduces Unlimited Service for Graphic Novels & Manga

ComiXology, Amazon’s premier digital comic shopping & reading platform, today introduced comiXology Unlimited — the best way to explore the amazing world of comics, graphic novels and manga at an unbelievable price. For just $5.99 a month customers can explore selections from thousands of …

Graphic Novels

20 lessons learned from 20 years of making Magic: The Gathering

• "Fighting human nature is a losing battle."<br>• "Don't confuse 'interesting' with 'fun.'"<br>• "If everyone likes your game, but no one loves it, it will …

A Corvette Engineer Founded This Compendium of Vehicular Knowledge

DIYAuto is an ambitious collection of nearly every automotive project on the Internet.<p>Engineering consultant Steve Balistreri and his brother Nick set out to create a compendium of automotive knowledge. A repository of nearly every vehicle project out there, for nearly every vehicle: homebuilt …

Here Are All the Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Books That Will Blow Your Mind This May

Buckle up. It’s a new month, and that means that we’ve got a whole bunch of new books arriving in bookstores to get excited for. There are new books …

Books

Pikachu Takes to the Sky for Newest Pokémon Center Opening - Interest

Anime News Network's merchandise coverage sponsored by Tokyo Otaku Mode.<p>On the heels of the recently opened Pokémon Center in Kyoto, another Pokémon …

Watch a touching tribute to deceased Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata

Developers honor Iwata at the GDC Awards<p>Most CEOs of video game companies are either vilified, or ignored, but that wasn't the case with Nintendo's Satoru Iwata. Eight months after his death, the much-loved Iwata was remembered tonight at the GDC Awards in San Francisco, cast the star of a …

The Fastest Street-Legal Electric Car Is a Chevrolet Corvette

Sorry, Tesla.<p>It would be easy to assume the Tesla Model S is the fastest electric car in the world. The P90D can, after all, hit 60 mph in less than 2.8 seconds and is limited to a top speed of 155 mph. But no, it doesn't hold the record as the fastest electric car in the world. That record belongs …

Introducing The Grown-Up Tree House of Your Dreams

A livable, fully functioning tree house is the ultimate dream home for romantics and nature lovers alike, but executing the fantasy is a lot harder …

Buckingham Palace

Watch Game Developers Discuss the Challenges of Designing for Virtual Reality

Topics cover everything from social play to learning how to design for a room-sized playing area.<p>The jury's still out as to whether virtual reality in its current form is anything more than an elaborate gimmick, but a new series of roundtable discussions featuring prominent virtual reality game …

Virtual Reality

US military opens 'Hack the Pentagon' program

The Pentagon has launched an initiative that challenges vetted hackers to break into government systems.<p>The "Hack the Pentagon" scheme, the first …

These Earbuds Will Give You Bionic Super-Hearing

<b>Correction appended Wednesday, March 2</b><p>The world is a prison. As I close my front gate, it slams like a heavy cell door securing itself shut. My …

Consumer Tech

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport is a naturally aspirated thriller in Geneva

Chevrolet has unveiled the 2017 Corvette GS in Geneva, and it sits between the base Stingray and the fire-breathing forced-induction Z06.<p>It might seem odd that Chevrolet has chosen to round out its Corvette lineup here at the Geneva Motor Show, but the legendary sports car knows a thing or two …

Techies adore the HoloLens. Now Microsoft wants to win over grease monkeys

Imagine automotive students learning to take apart engines in virtual reality, or using an augmented reality headset to identify all the parts in an …

The guided missile technology that makes HoloLens work

Microsoft’s augmented reality development kit costs $3,000, and that’s because it shares some components that you’d normally find in spacecraft, guided missiles, and drones.<p>HoloLens, the head-mounted display that mixes digital imagery with the real world, starts shipping to developers March 30, and …

Augmented Reality

MIT Gives Us Superpowers (Virtually)

A new mind-reading VR experience by MIT will make it feel like you have X-ray vision and can wield fireballs.<p>We all dream of having the power to fly, to levitate objects, or to see through<p>clotheswalls. Now, a new project called PsychicVR, by MIT’s Fluid Interfaces Group, makes it possible, if …

Researchers want to grow human tendons on an incredibly advanced robotic hand

That alone is enough to improve the motion capabilities in prosthetics in a way that has never been seen before. But the researchers plan on taking the project even farther by growing human tendon and tissue on the robot hand.<p>That would mean people could have an <i>entirely new hand</i>, human skin and …

Robotics

Re-Watch Pokemon Nintendo Direct Right Here

<b>[UPDATE]</b> The briefing has now ended. The next Pokemon games for 3DS, Sun and Moon, were announced. If you missed it or want to watch again, the six-minute video is available below.<p><i>The original story is below.</i><p>Today's Pokemon-themed Nintendo Direct briefing is almost here. The video event starts …

eShop versions of Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow can transfer to Pokémon Sun and Moon

One good reason to snag the 3DS versions of the OG Game Boy games<p>The eShop versions of the original Game Boy Pokémon games — <i>Pokémon Red</i>, <i>Blue</i> and <i>Yellow</i> — that will be released for Nintendo 3DS this weekend have a new feature: the ability to transfer data to the Pokémon Bank application and be used …

Pokémon

This could be the technology that will finally replace Bluetooth

Bluetooth has proven to be an incredibly useful innovation that has enabled wireless connections between devices over short distances with minimal …

This new technology will let you download 23 movies in one second

pureLiFi<p>A new wireless-internet technology called Li-Fi is so fast it'll let you download "23 DVDs in one second," said Suat Topsu, founder of French …

Wi-Fi

Magic Leap to Bring Augmented Reality to Life

<i>Virtual reality</i> usually conjures up vivid images of hardcore gamers wearing elaborate VR headsets and sensor-laden gear playing shooters in the dark. Sci-Fi fans probably picture scenes from <i>The Lawnmower Man</i> or <i>Minority Report</i> or recall the metaverse from Neal Stephenson’s bestseller <i>Snow Crash</i>.<p>Even …

Augmented Reality

These 'Dragon Ball Z' Lamps Have The Internet Freaking Out

We'll take five of them.<p>Even if you've never heard of Dragon Ball Z, these lamps are <i>very</i> enlightening.<p>For those who don't know about Goku and Gohan, they're Japanese anime characters who valiantly defend our planet from all kinds of space-age villains.<p>And if you're a longtime fan of the show, then …