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Historical photographs get a 'colorized' makeover - in pictures

Do historic photographs look better in colour? The colorizers think so. Skilled digital artists such as Sanna Dullaway and Jordan J Lloyd are keen to remind us that the past was as colourful as the present – and their message is spreading though Reddit and Facebook. • Read Jon Henley on the …

Xbox One dashboard video highlights voice commands, app switching

A new video released by Microsoft highlights the Xbox One's dashboard, voice navigation capabilities and how users can switch between apps and games.<p>The video demonstrates how a user can turn the console on, run applications, record gameplay and call up menus using voice commands. It also offers a …

Electric Brain Stimulation Helps Rats With Spinal Cord Injuries Walk

The discovery could hold promise for paralyzed patients.<p>Stimulating a set of neurons deep in the brain has allowed rats with severe spinal cord injuries to walk almost normally again, a group of Swiss researchers reports in <i>Science Translational Medicine</i> this week. The rats were not completely …

The Brain

Motor Authority

Must-See Freaky Faces Made From Designer Clothes

When it comes to the majority of our clothes, we wear them, clean them, fold them and store them. And we repeat this cycle until they are too …

Gloppy blobfish wins ugliest endangered animal

The public has voted, and the sad-faced blobfish has been declared the ugliest endangered animal on the planet.<p>Some have said the gelatinous deep-sea dweller that can grow up to 12 inches long resembles a mini-Jabba the Hutt. We think it also looks like a gloppy version of the comic strip character …

Portraits of Dogs With Human-Like Expressions

Is it just us or do most of these dogs look incredibly serious? Hamburg, Germany-based photographer Ralph Hargarten is behind this intriguing new series called <i>A Dog's Life</i> where he's shot portraits of dogs with facial expressions we often attribute to humans. Set against a simple black background, …

Pets

Psychology's answer to trolling and online abuse

If the 'sleep of reason produces monsters' then psychological science offers the tools to awaken it<p>Do we each harbour a dark passenger? A malevolent psychopath? A fragile narcissist? Contrary to popular belief, decades of psychological research shows that anyone is capable of aggression, cruelty …

39 Best (And 2 WTF) New Android Games From The Last 2 Weeks (7/27/13 - 8/7/13)

Article Contents<p>1 Games<p>1.1 Sine Mora<br>• 1.2 Blood Sword THD<br>• 1.3 Dropchord<br>• 1.4 DraStic<br>• 1.5 GUARDIAN CROSS<br>• 1.6 rymdkapsel<br>• 1.7 Tainted Keep<br>• 1.8 Respawnables<br>• 1.9 …

This Radical iPhone 6 Concept Completely Reimagines The World's Favorite Smartphone

Graphic designer and artist Johnny Plaid has envisioned a drastic update for the iPhone 6 which takes advantage of an edge-to-edge display, multi-touch sensors in the bottom of the device that get rid of the home button, and a brand new charger that integrates MagSafe technology.<p>While it's highly …

Mobile Technology

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

FEATURE-EMPTY<p>B.C. moves to block Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion Subscriber content<p>M&A Blackstone talks with Thomson Reuters highlight cutthroat battle for financial data<p>Thomson Reuters shares surge on Blackstone talks for key unit<p>U.S. investigating Apple over updates that slow …

For A Long And Healthy Life, It Matters Where You Live

It's not just how long you live that matters. It's healthy life expectancy – the additional years of good health you can expect once you hit 65.<p>And by that measure, a new analysis shows it makes a lot of difference where Americans live.<p>Hawaiians are lucky in more than their idyllic weather and …

Summer gadgets geared for outdoors (pictures)

WaterDog Outdoor Pet Fountain<p>Ice-cold towel<p>Brewsees bottle-opening shades<p>Zumreed Tear Speaker<p>Y-Ply Lightweight Lounger<p>One Log Fire<p>Sombrilla Beach Tent<p>Created by mechanical engineer Jonathan Kirschner, the $59<p>Caption by Tim Hornyak / Photo by The Grommet<p>1<p>of 7<p>Ice-cold towel<p>Caption by Tim Hornyak / …

Gear & Gadgets

“Why did you shoot me? I was reading a book”: The new warrior cop is out of control

SWAT teams raiding poker games and trying to stop underage drinking? Overwhelming paramilitary force is on the rise<p>Sal Culosi is dead because he bet on a football game — but it wasn’t a bookie or a loan shark who killed him. His local government killed him, ostensibly to protect him from his …

How to make your Bluetooth speaker sound better

Try the Audiophiliac's simple experiments, and you might get better sound. It's easy to do, and it's free.<p>One great thing about Bluetooth speakers is you can use them to learn about how room size and acoustics affect a given speaker's sound quality. Experiment with placement and you'll quickly …

Audiophile

For Sony Mobile, it's not enough to be smart

commentary New gadgets like the Xperia Z Ultra smartphone and the SmartWatch 2 harken back to the era when consumers considered Sony synonymous with innovation. Now let's see if that translates into something resembling volume sales.<p>If there is one thing Sony has learned in watching the rise of …

Mobile

Snapdragon 800-based Galaxy S4 shows up, breaking benchmark records

Currently the Samsung Galaxy S4 is available with either a Snapdragon 600 or an Exynos 5 chip onboard, but a third processor configuration could soon be available as well.<p>Last week we reported on the Galaxy S4 SHV-E330S, powered by a Snapdragon 800 and featuring LTE-Advanced support. Now the device …

Galaxy S4

Associated Press News

Fairphone

Basically everyone has a smartphone these days — but have you ever given a thought to what's inside? No, we're not talking processors and megapixels, …

Android News

What Science Says About Arousal During Rape

Yes, orgasms can happen to rape victims.<p>Rape. Most of us don't like to talk about it. We don't like to think about it. But when we do think about it, or at least when I do, it is always violent. I am struggling and overpowered. I am screaming. And I am certainly not getting off.<p>Although in the …

Microsoft wants Xbox 'achievements' for watching ads

Achievement unlocked: a patent application from Microsoft suggests that the company wants to "reward" you for your TV habits.<p><b>Xbox Achievements awards</b> …

What Steve Jobs And Bill Gates Really Thought About Each Other

"He and I, in a sense, grew up together," Gates said. "We were within a year of the same age, and we were kind of naively optimistic and built big companies. And every fantasy we had about creating products and learning new things — we achieved all of it. And most of it as rivals. But we always …

Bill Gates

BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe

Long-known for gracefully combining luxury with performance, BMWs rarely disappoint, and the BMW Pinifarina Gran Lusso Coupe ($TBA) certainly …

Automotive Design

Xbox One supports 4K and 3D

Microsoft has confirmed that the new console does indeed support Ultra HD for both video and gaming.<p><b>Despite not being mentioned at the Xbox One</b> …

Acer Aspire R7 transforming Windows 8 laptop: A quick look at one of the most innovative designs today

When it comes to laptops, Windows 8 machines are giving OEMs a lot to chew on and explore. Of all the companies to most impress me so far, it’s been …

Cleveland Hero Charles Ramsey Rewarded With Burgers For Life

Charles Ramsey, the neighbor who helped rescue three young women from a Cleveland home where authorities say they had been held captive and brutalized for about a decade, "will enjoy free burgers for life" in honor of his actions, <i>The Plain Dealer</i> reports.<p>Ramsey gained instant fame for his animated …