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Lasers, fire and robots: Tech's next-gen carnival

Just outside a cavernous pier in San Francisco, someone wearing a full-body suit stands inside a glass tank and calmly waits to be set on fire.<p>The setup looks like a classic "dunk tank," complete with a pile of balls near a big target. But instead of dropping a clown into cold water, a hit …

Virtual Reality

Stronger than steel and stretchier than elastic, synthetic silk could transform clothing

US startup Bolt Threads reckons it has one-upped spiders to unlock the incredible potential of synthetic silk.<p>DUBLIN -- If Bolt Threads has its way, the clothes of the future could be made from synthetic fibres similar to the web fired from Spider-Man's wrists. How's that for wearable …

Clothing

'Bullet Time' App Lets Ordinary Smartphones Take Photos Like In 'The Matrix'

'CamSwarm' looks great; may not help you dodge bullets in real life<p>Back in 1999, <i>the Matrix</i> was a groundbreaking film in many ways—including its special effects, for which it won an Academy Award the following year. The most memorable scene was when the main character played by Keanu Reeves dodges …

Columbia University

Cyanogen growing - hires 2 Qualcomm and Amazon engineers

Cyanogen’s goal is to “put a bullet through Google’s head” and “take Android away from them”. Can they make it? It seems very unlikely at this point, but one thing is for sure – they continue to race to the top and now they have a couple key industry leaders helping them reach their goals.<p>The …

Android Development

iPhone’s encryption is so good, not even cops can get past it

Law enforcement has a love-hate relationship with the iPhone. Features like Activation Lock have helped crack down on smartphone thefts, but there’s always the lurking threat of someone asking Siri about 9/11 and accidentally dialling 911 in the process.<p>The latest issue police are butting heads …

Privacy

Your future iPhone’s Apple logo may be more than just a pretty fruit

That Apple logo on your iPhone sure is pretty, but it doesn’t do a whole lot other than remind you who made your phone in case you forget. It’s kind of lazy that way, really.<p>But a recently published patent suggests that Apple might put that shiny bobble to use in future models of its hardware.<p>The …

OtterBox

This Super-Strong 3-D Printer Material Lets You Print Tough Stuff Like Chains And Cogs

The next step in 3-D printing our entire world.<p>You can switch out the ink in your fancy photo printer, and now you can switch out the resin in your 3-D printer. Want something a little more heavy duty than your standard 3-D printed object? FormLabs’ Tough Resin is a new printer material for making …

3D

Drill-Powered Walking Beast Is A Slow-Moving Cyberpunk Nightmare

Half man, half slowly dying robot horse<p>The humble electric hand drill, staple of workbenches everywhere, is more than just a simple tool for carving holes into walls. Put to other uses, it’s a powerful engine, capable of driving all sorts of contraptions. Like this weird drill-powered walking …

Rolling Buddy robot may just kill you with cuteness

People are afraid of robots. They're uncomfortable with the androids that look too much like humans and may even run screaming from the types which …

NASA's Mars Trek is Google Earth for the red planet

Yes, Google Earth and Street View are great for impromptu armchair traveling. But if you prefer taking a virtual jaunt somewhere literally out of this world, you might want to visit NASA's Mars Trek website instead. It's exactly what its name makes it sound like: an interactive map of the red …

'Trackbuster' Service Aims to Strip Tracking Information From Incoming Emails

Trackbuster is a new service that's designed to remove invisible tracking codes from incoming emails, preventing companies and marketers from tracking information like the time an email was opened, IP address of the recipient, which links were clicked, and more.<p>Many of the popular email marketing …

Apps

First electric planes fly over English Channel

CALAIS, France (AP) — Airbus flew its electric plane across the English Channel for the first time Friday — hours after an independent French pilot …

Aviation

Latest Transformers 4 trailer has Lamborghini getting in on the action

If any modern movie franchise defines spectacle, it has to be <i>Transformers</i>. All instantiations are about inviting audiences to sit down, fill up popcorn and turn off their brains because the next 90 minutes are nothing but shiny robots, explosions and loud noises. Oh, and cars... lots of cars. The …