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You can build Microsoft's Kinect-powered holodeck at home

Got a Kinect, a projector and a knack for code? If so, you can create a <i>Star Trek</i>-like holodeck in your living room. Microsoft has released the RoomAlive Toolkit, a software framework that lets you string together Kinect motion trackers to create interactive projection maps. You can use it to build …

Apple Watch’s components cost just $81.20 — highest markup of any Apple product

The hardware components in the Apple Watch are the least expensive of any Apple product when compared to the total retail price of the device.<p>The chips and sensors and vibration engines and other parts total up to $81.20 in the 38mm version of the Watch, or about 24 percent of the retail price, …

Embedding classic MS-DOS games into tweets is now a thing

Following the Internet Archives release of 2,600 MS-DOS games for streaming in the browser, users have discovered that classics such as Castle Wolfenstein, Lemmings, Zool and Commander Keen can be embedded directly into tweets.<p>The games will now show up as clickable, playable games right in …

Street Fighter

NASA's Shapeshifting Airplane Wings Pass Flight Tests

From trailing edge to cutting edge<p>It’s not reinventing the wheel, but it’s close. NASA, working together with the Air Force Research Laboratory, announced yesterday that they’ve successfully flown a plane with a new, flexible wing--the kind that could change how all future fixed-wing aircraft …

Aviation

The 5 Best iPhone Apps of the Month

Every week, TIME rounds up our favorite iPhone apps of the past few days. Here are the best of the best for April, from television to</b> …

Apps

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Microsoft is vowing to have $20 billion in cloud revenue in 2018.</b> The company will need to triple cloud revenue over the next 3 years to meet this goal.<p><b>2. Someone is looking to buy Salesforce.</b> The company is worth $47 billion, meaning the deal — if it goes through — would be the largest software …

Wall Street

This Tech Keeps You Safe From Hackers

From Edward Snowden to Anthem Healthcare, data security has been a hot-button topic the past couple of years. But between politics and personal data, …

Information Systems

Microsoft unveils new Hololens features

That bit in <i>Star Wars</i> where R2-D2 displays Princess Leia's holographic message to Obi Wan is edging closer to everyday fact rather than science …

Augmented Reality

Steam hands developers the power to ban cheaters

Cheating in multiplayer games isn't big or clever, but people still think they can successfully get away with it. That's a problem for the folks at Valve, who are constantly trying to ensure that Steam is a nice place to play. It's one of the reasons that the company has now revealed that it'll …

Windows 10 is Now Available on Raspberry Pi and Arduino

Microsoft is aiming at making Windows 10 the OS for all connected devices, and now it’s aiming at the Internet of Things by releasing a build for Raspberry Pi and Arduino.<p>The developer preview for Windows 10 IoT Core insider will work with the Raspberry Pi 2, MinnowBoard Max and Intel Galileo. …

Watch the incredible first test flight of Jeff Bezos's mysterious new rocket

Blue Origin, the commercial spaceflight company founded by Amazon entrepreneur Jeff Bezos, just tested its first suborbital rocket and the results were pretty impressive.<p>Just like SpaceX's Elon Musk, Bezos is trying to develop reusable rockets. Rockets that could be used over and over again would …

Space Travel

Flying Is Much More Energy Efficient than Driving

Sorry, cars<p>It may not settle the debate—since, you know, people love to argue—but a new study from transportation experts at the University of Michigan confirms that flying is more energy efficient than driving—with some caveats.<p>Those caveats come down to basically, "drive a hybrid or an EV." In …

Facebook Raised More Than $10 Million in 2 Days For Nepal

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Asia

NASA’s Messenger spacecraft crashes into Mercury

Messenger, NASA’s Mercury-orbiting spacecraft, reached the end of its historic 11-year mission Thursday when it crashed into the little planet closest to the sun.<p>The spacecraft, which was out of fuel, slipped out of orbit and slammed into Mercury at 3:26 p.m. ET, according to mission controllers at …

Get your Windows 10 preview for Raspberry Pi 2 while it's hot

Day one of Microsoft's Build 2015 conference is in the books, but that doesn't mean the news has stopped. The Windows 10 IoT Core Insider developer preview (phew!) has launched for small devices including the Raspberry Pi 2. Redmond admits that it's still pretty rough around the edges, but it's …