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The Walk review: I hope you're not afraid of heights

Joseph Gordon-Levitt (<i>Looper</i>, <i>Inception</i>) stars as Petit, clad in a bad wig and colored contacts that signal a rough start from the very opening of the film. Zemeckis borrows the same device he used in <i>Forrest Gump</i>, having Petit narrate the film as it recounts his early beginnings as a wire walker, …

Virtual Reality

Watching Netflix in the Gear VR is great, but it's not social

Social experiences are at the core of this year's Oculus Connect. This isn't surprising — Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg bought Oculus largely because of VR's social potential. But Oculus has only recently started focusing on shared experiences. Earlier this year, it showed off a very, very subtle …

The good, the bad and The Legend of Zelda

It's a classic Western story: a hero, a villain and a very tense shootout at high noon.<p>But when the gunslingers are replaced with iconic characters from the beloved video game Legend of Zelda, the resulting showdown might have surprised Sergio Leone.<p>The creative cosplayers from Beat Down Boogie …

Tesla is entering another crisis

The company then upped the amount of stock on offer, to $640 million. CEO Elon Musk will likely purchase $20 million in shares himself.<p>The move surprised no one who has been following the ups and downs of Tesla's fortunes and stock price over the past 12 months, although it came sooner than anyone …

Immersive Virtual Reality gaming center opens in Australia

A new gaming center has opened its doors in Melbourne, Australia, and it's not quite your typical after-school haunt. This place, called Zero Latency, offers true immersive virtual reality experience: if you want to kill zombies, you'll literally have to walk/run around, aim and shoot a VR gun. <i>CNET</i> …

Eye shape reveals whether an animal is predator or prey, new study shows

A close look at the eyes of 214 types of animal has revealed a relationship between the shape of the pupil and the animal’s ecological niche<p>The eyes say it all. They answer questions about a creature’s social scale, and its place in the pecking order. The geometry of the eye indicates whether an …

Obama wants to build an exascale supercomputer by 2025

The White House is getting serious about supercomputers. Today, President Obama issued an executive order establishing the National Strategic Computing Intiative — essentially a federal strategy for making sure America leads the field in supercomputers. The order points to implementations in …

OnePlus 2 will feature a fingerprint scanner that's "faster than Touch ID"

Continuing the extremely slow rollout of features that will be present on the OnePlus 2, the company behind the “no-compromise” smartphone has just announced the next notable feature. The OnePlus 2 will come with a touch-enabled fingerprint sensor that, in the company’s words, will be able to …

BitTorrent Shoot app lets you easily share files without size limitations

It’s mind-boggling how complicated sending a simple file can be, even in the midst of all the technological advancements we have developed. Most internet services have size limitations; Bluetooth is slow and sometimes doesn’t work when using different platforms; and you could just use a microSD …

LG Minibeam Nano: a tiny, affordable projector for your smartphone

A new wave of projectors has been hitting the market, targeting mobile users who want to take their large-scale media entertainment wherever they go. The most popular around here is probably the ZTE Spro 2 (read our review for all the details), but competing manufacturers like Lenovo and ASUS are …

Gear & Gadgets

Watch the complete first season of the new Justice League animated series

As promised, the first season of the new <i>Justice League</i> animated series, <i>Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles</i>, debuted online this week, thanks to Machinima and DC Animated Universe mastermind Bruce Timm. And it's pretty nuts. The season features three shorts introducing us to the new status …

8 barriers to overcome when learning to code

While being a mentor for a JavaScript Web development course, I’ve seen many beginner programmers jump into learning with enthusiasm and then immediately hitting a wall.<p>Most of the students usually struggle with the same barriers. But once they learn to overcome them, they get instant benefits:<p>they …

Saudi Arabia: casualties after suicide bomber attacks Shia mosque

Isis claims responsibility for explosion at mosque in al-Qadeeh village in east of kingdom during Friday prayers<p>A suicide bomb attack during Friday prayers at a Shia mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia has killed 20 people and injured more than 50 others, according to local residents and hospital …

Top 10 Mac keyboard shortcuts everyone should know

Mastering a few crucial Mac keyboard shortcuts will make using your Apple computer easier and much more efficient. Cutting your reliance on your mouse will help you work more quickly, and you’ll undoubtedly impress your family, friends and co-workers to no end. You might even end up becoming the …

You can now run Android apps on a Mac or PC with Google Chrome

Google’s convergence of Chrome and Android is taking a big step forward this week. After launching a limited App Runtime for Chrome (ARC) back in September, Google is expanding its beta project to allow Android apps to run on Windows, OS X, and Linux. It’s an early experiment designed primarily for …

Ossia Cota promises wireless charging via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Although still struggling for broad adoption, wireless charging technology has been steadily gaining steam. In fact, the new Samsung Galaxy S6 supports both PMA and WPC standards, but there are some other interesting and promising technologies on the horizon, too. Today Ossia Inc. announced its …

Watch the trailer for 'When Marnie Was There,' the latest film from the legendary Studio Ghibli

Free of Microsoft's grasp, Nokia announces Android launcher

While Microsoft may have bought up Nokia’s mobile hardware division and dashed our hopes of seeing a full-featured Nokia Android phone (with actual Play support!), there is a small silver lining to be found. What remains of Nokia is now free of Microsoft’s tentacles, and although it won’t be …

'Mortal Kombat X' announced with a brutal teaser trailer

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Escape earthly sorrows in this otherworldly animated short

In our most difficult moments, sometimes we just want to get to another place. That's certainly the case for the protagonist of the wonderful little animated short "A Rather Lovely Thing." Love, loss, and sorrow take him on a memorable trip to space and beyond for a little soul searching. He's …

Ex-Microsoft Boss Steve Ballmer's Craziest Moments

Former Microsoft CEO and potential L.A. Clippers owner Steve Ballmer has a reputation for getting pretty excited.<p>Whether it’s a fiery passion for …

Steve Ballmer

Apple's MacBook Air is now faster and $100 cheaper

Apple has refreshed its MacBook Air lineup today, and the laptops now include Intel's latest Haswell processors. The entry-level model is now slightly faster with a 1.4GHz Core i5 chip instead of the 1.3GHz processor that was shipping yesterday. Those small speed bumps extend to the faster, …

Google rejects military funding for its advanced humanoid robot

The tech giant wants to distance itself from the military research lab DARPA, and the feeling is mutual<p>Once upon a time, if you wanted money to build humanoid robots, you basically had to get it from the military — specifically, the high-risk, high-reward technology lab known as the Defense …

Scientists can now create accurate mugshots using only DNA

Even though DNA analysis is still stuck in the past when applied by law enforcement today, scientists are still pushing the envelope with work that can turn DNA into a more effective investigative tool. In a new study published this week, researchers at Penn State and the Catholic University of …

New Mali-T760 is ARM's fastest GPU yet, 400% better energy efficiency

ARM has unveiled two new members of its Mali family of GPUs. The new units are the Mali-T720 and Mali-T760. The T720 is a mid-range GPU and is seen as the successor to the very popular Mali-400 MP and 450 MP GPUs, while the Mali-T760 is ARM’s new flagship GPU and boasts a 400% increase in energy …

Best Free iPad App of the Week: Duolingo – Learn Languages for Free

Great apps and a huge selection of great apps are a big part of what makes the iPad such an amazing device. There are excellent apps for just about any purpose you can think of – from serious productivity to pure entertainment. Better still, there are lots of great free apps for the iPad. Our Best …

Language Learning

Best New Apps: Frax HD

Frax HD is intimidating at first. It's all about fractals; visualizations of complex mathematical equations that twist and turn to create beautifully strange images. The technical explanation is enough to make your head hurt, but thankfully you don't really need to understand any of that. All you …

iPad Mini and Fourth-Generation iPad Have Most Responsive Tablet Touch Screens

The iPad mini and the fourth-generation iPad have the most responsive touch screens, according to a new set of TouchMark benchmarks from cloud streaming company Agawi.<p>In its latest TouchMark test, Agawi tested the screen latencies of several different tablets, including the iPads, the Microsoft …