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Cortana vs. Siri: Battle of the Virtual Assistants

With Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft is taking on Siri, Apple's chatty assistant in the iPhone. In Microsoft's corner is Cortana, a brand-new virtual …

Project Ara: our best look yet at Google's new modular smartphone

This week in Mountain View, Google held its first-ever developer conference for Project Ara. Developed by a small team within the company called ATAP staffed with ex-DARPA engineers and some of the brightest minds at Google, Ara is a mission to make a modular smartphone. It'd be the last phone you …

Updated: Micro $299 3D Printer Passes $2M On Kickstarter In 3 Days

<b>Update:</b> The consumer-focused, low-cost Micro 3D printer that’s currently raising money on Kickstarter to get its prototype to market, has pushed passed the $2 million mark in pledged crowdfunds — just three days after the campaign kicked off.<p>At the time of writing, the Micro is pushing north of …

We may already know how we will cure death—but should we?

A pair of advocates—they do legitimate research too, but their ardor is so intense, it’s hard to call them scientists—believe that they will, within their lifetimes, make ours the first generation of humans to live forever.<p>Their quest is elegantly laid out in <i>The Immortalists</i>, a new documentary …

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Newly Discovered Piece Of Cheese Is Older Than Jesus

This is nacho average cheese<p>The oldest cheese has been found, and if you happen to be eating cheese right now, I suggest you pause, because this next sentence is gross: The cheese, from 1615 BC, was discovered in clumps on the necks and chests of mummies.<p>USA Today reports that the cheese …

Google to launch modular smartphone prototype 'within weeks'

Google's Project Ara will see the creation of a smartphone with swappable components<p>Google may have sold Motorola to Lenovo, but it is pushing ahead with Project Ara -- an initiative to create modular smartphones that can be built up from detachable components -- with a functioning prototype …

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is here with more power, more pixels, and a refined design

What do you do when you’re one of the world’s largest smartphone makers and it’s time to update your flagship device? If you’re Samsung, you trot out the new Galaxy S5, a refined and updated take on last year’s wildly successful Galaxy S4. Like the new Gear wearables, the Galaxy S5 looks and feels …

'Skyrim' Modders Bring 'Morrowind' To Life In Amazing 'Skywind' Mod

The <i>Elder Scrolls</i> modding community never ceases to impress.<p>Whether they’re beautifying the world of <i>Skyrim</i>—or simply making its characters more visually appealing—there’s always something new going on. One modder even created a full single-player game which he used as a job application.<p>But there’s …

Watch China’s Moon Lander Touch Down

A lander's eye view<p>China’s Chang’e 3 spacecraft landed on the surface of the moon Saturday night, Beijing time. The craft is China’s first to land on the surface of the moon. This is a video of the landing, taken by cameras installed on Chang’e 3. At first, you'll see the lunar landscape unspooling …

Man Walks All Day to Create Massive Snow Patterns (Part 3)

English artist Simon Beck never ceases to amaze us with his large-scale murals of geometric patterns in snow. Each visually breathtaking piece, which Beck manually creates by walking through the snow and leaving behind his track prints, adds a surreal element to its natural landscape. Walking …

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Ara is a Motorola Project to Make Phones as Customizable as Android

If you thought Motorola and its Moto X Maker helped you customize a unique smartphone, then prepare for even more. The Google-owned company has just announced Ara, a hardware platform that is entirely open to customization — essentially letting tinkerers develop their own smartphones.<p>“We want to do …

Microsoft Ensures 'Titanfall' Will Never Come to Sony's PS4

There’s a whole bunch of EA news flying around since their earnings call last night, including their $273M loss (though they did beat expectations) and the cancellation of their free-to-play Command and Conquer project.<p>What’s perhaps most stunning is the news that Titanfall, once thought to be only …

Watch a master swordsmith forge a functioning Assassin's Creed blade

The latest project by master swordsmith Tony Swatton, a veteran propmaker for television and film, is the hidden blade sported by Edward Kenway in <i>Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag</i> — and making the weapon a functional piece takes a lot more elbow grease than you'd think.<p>In the above episode of …

Treacherous Lake Turns Any Animal That Touches It into Stone

Lake Natron is a salt lake found in northern Tanzania, near the Kenyan border over at the eastern branch of the East African Rift. The lake gets its …

New Assassin's Creed clothing line goes beyond the T-shirt

<b>Musterbrand's official clothing line for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag brings rare style to tie-in fashion.</b><p>Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is due …

Grand Theft Auto Online glitch turns players into billionaires (updated)

<b>Updated at 10:25 a.m. Pacific with new glitch video.</b><p>A glitch in Grand Theft Auto Online is blowing a money bin-sized hole into the game’s economy.<p>According to Eskimo Press, an exploitation video that WikiGameGuides posted enables players to repeatedly resell a motorcycle in GTA online, becoming …

Themer will make your Android phone look amazing

One of the benefits of Android is its customisability, but that process isn't always easy for average users. An app called Themer is trying to change …

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Report: Chinese University Students Forced To Manufacture PlayStation 4 In Foxconn Plant

<i>Yet another labor scandal hits Chinese supplier Foxconn.</i><p>According to a report by the Dongfang Daily, over a thousand Chinese university students from Xi’an Technological University were required to work in a Foxconn plant that manufactures the PlayStation 4 video game console.<p>The students were …

BLU Studio 5.5 smartphone carries big screen, $179 off-contract price

Is that big-name giant smartphone way beyond your price range? No problem: BLU Products has just shipped the Studio 5.5, one of the more affordable large phones that we've seen in a while. The Android 4.2 device won't impress with its 854 x 480 resolution, quad-core MediaTek chip or 4GB of …

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Star Citizen trailer shows detailed ships and space battles

A new trailer for <i>Star Citizen</i> focuses on the sights and visuals of the upcoming persistent-world space sim.<p>The trailer briefly shows some of the human characters walking around as well as pure renders of the game's spaceships on an abstract background, but the real meat is the space scenes. Capital …

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The ‘implied fiction’ and gun bazaars behind Destiny's weapons

The weapons in <i>Destiny</i>, Halo developer Bungie's upcoming open-world shooter, share a common ancestry with Star Wars lightsabers and Kill Bill's Hattori Hanzō — even if that connection is only implied.<p>When creating <i>Destiny</i>'s weapons, designers wanted them to convey the feeling that they were crafted, …

Sorry Guys, but Samsung Already Had a Gold Phone First

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>is making fun of Samsung this morning for blatantly copying Apple's winning strategy — releasing a …

Microsoft Reveals New Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 Tablets

At an event in New York City today, Microsoft has unveiled its new generation of Surface tablets.<p>The original Surface RT and Surface Pro never really took off, but that hasn’t deterred Microsoft from launching two new touch-friendly laptop and tablet hybrids.<p>The refreshed hardware was unveiled in …