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How To Build Your Own Particle Detector

Watch particles zip through your living room<p>Machines designed to reveal subatomic particles operate on huge scales. Detectors at the Large Hadron Collider weigh thousands of tons, contain millions of sensors, and record particles moving at close to the speed of light. But they don’t have to be so …

Physics

Holus brings 3D holograms to the home and office

Can we truly say mobile technology puts the world in our hands, when all we can see is 2D images in a flat (or slightly curved) screen? Technology continues to improve and I say it’s time for the true next-generation devices to hit the store shelves. VR and Augmented reality are the first things …

Augmented Reality

StarVR is a QHD headset with an ultra-wide field of view

Starbreeze, the game developer behind <i>Payday 2</i>, <i>Syndicate</i> and <i>Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons</i>, is getting into VR. The company has acquired hardware startup InfinitEye and is developing its prototype VR headset under a new name: StarVR. The device is unique because it offers a super-wide 210-degree field …

'League Of Legends' Introduces Automated System To Battle Abusive Language

The world's most popular computer game is taking a bold new step to counter harassment.<p>"League of Legends" publisher Riot Games announced in a blog post last week that North American players now have access to a new "reform system" that works to correct abusive behavior in the competitive online …

12 Ways to Optimize Your Time Like a Pro

<i>Matthew Capala is an Internet entrepreneur, SEO strategist, speaker, and author. He is the founder of Alphametic, an organic growth accelerator, and SearchDecoder. Mathew is an Adj. Professor at NYU, and is the author of Amazon-bestselling book, “SEO Like I’m 5</i>.”<p>Every entrepreneur I know is …

The world's thinnest transistor is just three atoms thick

There’s a new contender for the world’s thinnest piece of electronics — and at three atoms thick, it’s going to be hard to beat.<p>Researchers have discovered a new process for producing ultra-thin transistors, according to a paper published today in <i>Nature</i>. The devices are made from an experimental …

Nanotech

See The Wonders And Mysteries Of The Apple Car Revealed In This “Leaked” Commercial

Recently, the world has been buzzing about the possibility of an Apple car. Now it looks like we have an answer to the New Yorker’s question, “Could Jony Ive Pull Off An Apple Car?“<p>Here, in a new (and totally fake) “leaked” commercial from Al Jazeera+ and Dan Ilic, we learn more than a few details …

U2

Samsung builds the Galaxy S6 hype by poking fun at it

For a company on the brink of its most important product launch ever, Samsung appears to be uncommonly relaxed about the whole thing. A new Is This The Next? website from Samsung's Norwegian team introduces us to a set of amusingly exaggerated concepts for what the Galaxy S6 might look like. Will …

Samsung Galaxy

Netflix adds new seasons of Archer, Glee, and Mad Men in March

Another month is coming, and another crop of movies and TV shows are coming to Netflix in the United States. This March, subscribers will be able to stream the fifth seasons of <i>Archer</i> and <i>Glee</i> for the first time, in addition to feelgood Robin Williams cry-a-thon <i>Patch Adams</i> and the superlative <i>Teen</i> …

Guitar Hero set for comeback?

Better start exercising those fingers and rehearsing your rock stances: the hugely popular music game Guitar Hero could be about to tune up and hit the stage again.<p>Gaming news site Kotaku reports that Activision could announce a new title at the giant E3 games convention in Los Angeles in …

Guitar

The eternity drive: Why DNA could be the future of data storage

<b>(CNN) —</b> How long will the data last in your hard-drive or USB stick? Five years? 10 years? Longer?<p>Already a storage company called Backblaze is running 25,000 hard drives simultaneously to get to the bottom of the question. As each hard drive coughs its last, the company replaces it and logs its …

Genetics

Saying 'Open Sesame' Actually Unlocks Doors Now

The expression “open sesame” was popularized by a folk tale in <i>One Thousand and One Nights</i>, but it’s taken roughly three centuries for the expression …

Facebook Has Launched A Way To Reach Out To Friends Who Might Be Suicidal

Today, in a partnership with Now Matters Now, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Save.org and Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention, Facebook began rolling out a new way to privately contact a friend you might consider a suicide risk. If someone posts something that concerns you, you …

New Technology Will Triple Smartphone Battery Life

The brilliance, power and sheer innovative genius of your smartphone is always balanced by the terrorising and ever present ‘low battery’ sound. At every smartphone launch, every time I get my hands on a new handset, my childlike awe is immediately tempered by the crushing reality of how much power …

Clean Energy

Audi will build you a Tesla-beating electric R8 supercar, but only on request

Audi will announce its second-generation R8 supercar at the Geneva Motor Show next week (we'll be there!), which will be available in a couple flavors of V10 engine producing anywhere from 540 to 610 horsepower. By all appearances, it's going to be a beautiful machine — the first R8 certainly …

Tesla

Stealth game République Remastered gets even more gorgeous on Mac

<i>République Remastered</i> is the gorgeously rebooted Mac and PC version of Seattle-based Camoflaj’s intriguing episodic stealth video game that originally came out for iPad and iPhone in December of 2013.<p>The development team took the opportunity to completely revamp the game within the updated game …

Metal Gear

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. The FAA has proposed new drone laws that could be a major headache for Amazon.</b> Under the new laws, Amazon's drone delivery program would be unable to operate.<p><b>2. Apple has hired British radio DJ Zane Lowe.</b> He's spent 12 years at BBC Radio 1 and is reportedly going to work on iTunes Radio.<p><b>3. A</b> …

Amsterdam to host world’s first drone circus

The world’s first drone circus is to be held in the Netherlands, where aerial robots equipped with lasers and projectors will spin in dizzying dances across the Amsterdam Arena.<p>The AIR 2015 show is scheduled to take place this year with hundreds of drones lined up to fill the venue. The event is …

Drones

Save $20 on a TurtleCell retractable headphone case

It's only for iPhone 5 and 5S users, alas, but it's also the easiest way to bring along earbuds. Plus, you get three months of Rhapsody Premiere.<p>A quick bit of housekeeping, cheeps: I'm traveling this week, so Cheapskate updates will be few and far between. Needless to say, if you find deals worth …

iPhone 5

Why our roboticists are working for the 99 percent

Robots are taking over the world -- well, the front pages -- and are being blamed for the pre-crime of creating a dystopian world that may see huge …

Robotics

BlackBerry Passport, Classic to land at AT&T on Feb. 20

Months after its unveiling, the squat smartphone is finally coming to a US carrier.<p>Consumers in the US will finally be able to put BlackBerry's Passport to the test next month when it arrives at AT&T, the only US carrier so far slated to offer the unique handset.<p>The Passport and the BlackBerry …

Mobile Technology

NASA wants to send submarine to Titan

Saturn's moon Titan, which happens to be larger than the planet Mercury, is cold. Very cold. As in -290 degrees Fahrenheit is not out of the ordinary.<p>These super low temps, combined with an atmosphere roughly 1.5 times as dense as Earth's, have resulted in a few extraordinary bodies of liquid …

Astronomy

An in-depth look at the Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones

By now, you will have heard at least something about Windows 10, the next iteration of Microsoft's OS that aims to create a unified experience across all the devices it'll eventually inhabit: everything from PCs and laptops to tablets and phones. Microsoft already released several preview builds …

A Mysterious Plume Over Mars Confounds Scientists

A strange cloud or haze rising extremely high above the surface of Mars has astronomers struggling to come up with an explanation for the phenomena that fits with the existing scientific understanding of the Martian atmosphere.<p>A paper examining a pair of 2012 observations of the large, bright plume …

Astronomy

LG's 'luxury' smartwatch has an all-metal body and a leather strap

LG is revealing what's (literally) up its sleeve for MWC 2015. It's an Android Wear smartwatch that LG calls its luxury iteration, with an all-metal body, gold and silver finishes and a natural leather strap (which can be swapped out, of course). Between the strap, the Watch Urbane also houses the …

Sony tests the waters for self-driving cars with a small investment

Apple and Google aren't the only tech giants exploring the brave new world of self-driving cars. <i>Financial Times</i> tipsters report that Sony has invested roughly $842,000 into ZMP, a Japanese autonomous vehicle startup. While it's a small start, Sony apparently has big plans -- it wants to combine its …

Drone waiters are ready to serve in Singapore

One restaurant in downtown Singapore is spicing up its dining experience by employing flying drones as wait staff.<p>Singaporean restaurant-bar chain Timbré is employing a fleet of flying drones as waitstaff for its live-music eateries. Earlier this month, the restaurant chain and robotics company …

Drones