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Man turns iPad into tactile interface for whatever he wants

Florian Born's Modulares Interface B.A turns the iPad touchscreen into a modular mosaic of physical buttons, sliders, and knobs. The core idea behind the project is to find a solution for the lack of haptic feedback in multi-touch devices, such as Apple's famous tablets.<p>Made from conductive …

The Snowball app for Android is your ticket to unified messaging

If you’ve noticed that your conversations with friends, family, and colleagues spread across a jumble of mobile apps, you’re not crazy. It just sort of happened. Today a startup called Snowball is launching an Android app to respond to the madness by bringing all those conversations into a single …

The Grid Uses Artificial Intelligence To Design Your Websites For You

Designing a good-looking website has never been easy, and while many services promise to let you build a site without ever having to touch any code, you quickly reach their limits if you want to have a more advanced site. The Grid, which is launching its crowdfunding campaign today, promises to do …

This is what happens when two pixel-mashing bots get in a Twitter fight

This week saw a truly bizarre twitter fight between two image-mashing bots. In the red corner, there was @pixelsorter, designed to create relaxed, fuzzy remixes of photos, like the one above. In the blue corner, @badpng was running every image through a broken PNG encoding algorithm, resulting in …

US Open ball boys are Ralph Lauren's lab rats

New smart shirts will monitor biometric data at this year's tennis tournament<p>When the US Open tennis tournament begins today in New York, most eyes will be glued to marquee players like Roger Federer, Serena Williams, and Novak Djokovic. But as aces and forehands rocket across the net at Arthur …

Amateur Transformers film is more fun than Michael Bay's

Michael Bay might have the multi-million dollar budget, but Harris Loureiro has the '80s touch. Using toy Transformers, a handful of special effects, and Stan Bush's iconic power ballad "The Touch," the YouTube user crafts a surprisingly slick fight scene between Optimus Prime and a fleet of …

The Norwegian Army is using the Oculus Rift to drive tanks

It's hard to see when you're driving a tank, particularly when the hatch is closed for combat, but the Norwegian Armed Forces have hacked together a cool new solution using the Oculus Rift. By mounting cameras on the outside of the tank, soldiers were able to create a 360-degree VR feed for the …

Band of drones can play music better than your average human

You've never heard Strauss performed quite like this. The team at KMel Robotics has assembled a band of hexrotor drones that "have taken up new instruments to play some fresh songs." That "fresh" description isn't exactly serious, as each of the three pieces performed date back either multiple …

Artifox Desk 01

This beautiful and functional work desk was designed by Artifox, a company dedicated to crafting clever solutions and reinventing the way we use …

Meet the university students trying to send a spacecraft to the moon — for $10 million!

Penn State’s “Lunar Lions” tell Salon about their trailblazing effort to put students in space<p>One hundred and twenty students at Penn State University have their sights set on the surface of the moon -- and some may land a spacecraft there before they earn a degree. The Penn State University Lunar …

Project Ara video reminds us why we want a modular phone

Google sold most of Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for $2.9 billion earlier this year, but it kept one small part of the phone manufacturer. Motorola's Advanced Technology and Projects group had been working on Project Ara when it was incorporated by Google — an ambitious plan for a modular smartphone …

5-year-old discovers major Xbox One security flaw, earns big reward

A 5-year-old boy discovered a major Xbox One security flaw that allowed him to log into his father's account without the correct password. Kristoffer Von Hassel somehow figured out how to completely bypass the Xbox One's login safeguards. By entering the wrong credentials once, and then filling the …

'Threes' developer shows the hard work that clones and rip-offs never do

A few short weeks after superb puzzle game <i>Threes</i> was first released on iOS, it started earning clones. In a lengthy post on the game's site, <i>Threes</i>' designers recall finding the copies — straight clones, "rip-offs," and games that were "different, but not" such as <i>1024</i> and <i>2048</i>— describing a process …

The government now has a fast-moving IT office modeled after a startup

The US government is ready to hack bureaucracy.<p>At least, that's the stated mission statement of 18F, a fast-moving digital services agency that just launched within the Government Services Administration (located at 18th and F street in the Northwest quarter of Washington, DC). 18F promises to …

Hey, America, here's how you spell success: S-T-E-M -- Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

American athletes just finished competing in Sochi with top athletes from around the world. As U.S. competitors give their very best, our nation rallied behind them. What if we could drive the same effort and ambition towards our competitiveness in education? We have a long way to go -- and need a …

FireChat lets you text friends, even without a signal

FireChat sounds fairly conventional from the get-go.<p>It's a new iPhone app that lets you chat and share photos with nearby users — anonymously, if you so choose. But instead of relying on global positioning or cell tower triangulation to plot you and others on a map, FireChat relies on Bluetooth and …

'Project Morpheus' is Sony's virtual reality headset for the PlayStation 4

The rumors are true: Sony's working on virtual reality. The hardware is called "Project Morpheus" and it's headed to the PlayStation 4. The headset is two pieces: a closed display and what looks like a PlayStation Move sensor built in. SCE Worldwide Studios head Shuhei Yoshida unveiled it on-stage …

EA, Microsoft up for 'Worst Company in America' poll again

Electronic Arts and Microsoft are in the running once again in Consumerist's annual "Worst Company in America" poll, along with 30 other reviled U.S. corporations.<p>Other contenders in the 32-company bracket include Target, which suffered a massive security breach last fall that resulted in the theft …

The Flight of the Birdman: Flappy Bird Creator Dong Nguyen Speaks Out

Last April, Dong Nguyen, a quiet 28-year-old who lived with his parents in Hanoi, Vietnam, and had a day job programming location devices for taxis, …

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Guild Wars 2 disabled NPC inspires player with multiple sclerosis

A <i>Guild Wars 2</i> player with multiple sclerosis has found inspiration in one of the game's NPCs — a young woman with similar characteristics who is carried through the world by a giant golem.<p>Player Christina wrote on the <i>Guild Wars 2</i> forums that she was "overjoyed" to see Taimi, a girl of the Asura …

This Centuries-Old Musical Instrument Sounds Exactly Like Super Mario

Listen to this young girl playing her sheng, a Chinese instrument invented thousands of years ago. The woodwind may be ancient, but the sound is pure …

Women Outnumber Men For The First Time In Berkeley’s Intro To Computer Science Course

For the first time in its history, Berkeley saw an introductory computer science course with predominantly female students – 106 women vs. 104 men. This slight turnaround signals a promising trend in the male-dominated STEM world.<p>To be sure, Berkeley is an exception: according to the National …

Sony set to reveal PS4 virtual reality headset at GDC 2014

Rumours of Sony's PS4 virtual reality headset have been running rife since last year, but now an inside source has told TechRadar that they've spent …

Canonical’s Mark Shuttleworth: Apple just bought up a 3-year supply of sapphire displays

Advertisement<p>11 Comments<p>Credit: Apple<p>As Canonical co-founder Mark Shuttleworth revealed the latest news about Ubuntu’s mobile plans on Wednesday, he …

This machine kills trolls

At midnight on February 13th, 2014, a Wikipedia user named Lightningawesome added to the list of <i>My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic</i> characters a lengthy biography of Lightning Dash, a capricious, lovable filly existing only in fan fiction. Around that time, an unnamed user defaced the Love Holy …

Nokia launches Treasure Tag, a $30 gadget that helps you find your keys

Nokia is finally unveiling its Treasure Tag accessory today, a $30 gadget that you can attach to keys, bags, and any other valuables you want to track. <i>The Verge</i> first revealed Nokia Treasure Tag back in July, and the current version looks identical to what Nokia was experimenting with nearly a year …

Watch Olympic curling narrated by wildlife broadcaster David Attenborough

<i>An alpha female displays her dominance over the herd (BBC / LiveLeak).</i><p>For over 60 years, Sir David Attenborough has captivated audiences with his documentaries, covering all manner of flora and fauna. Now, the world's foremost wildlife broadcaster has turned his attentions to a new subject: …

Tango crowdfunds the world’s most portable PC — the size of a smartphone

Joining the trend toward tiny computers, Tango has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to create the “world’s most portable computer.”<p>The company says it can pack a full quad-core Windows PC into a device the size of a smartphone.<p>Much like the Raspberry Pi computer, it is a small system. …