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Solar-powered Solara UAV could stay aloft for years

This "atmospheric satellite" flies at 65,000 feet, and could provide satellite-style services for a fraction of the cost.<p>So-called high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) UAVs like the Global Hawk have been around for a while, but a New Mexico startup wants to launch gigantic drones that won't have to …

Solar Power

Answer Android calls by waving your hand with Air Call-Accept

Air Call-Accept is a new app that allows you to answer calls on your Android phone by waving your hand over its proximity sensor. It mimics the air call-accept feature available on the Samsung Galaxy S4.<p>One of the fun air-gesture features of the Samsung Galaxy S4 is called air call-accept, which …

Android News

If it LEDs, it shreds: Firefly guitar pick lights up in tempo

Turn the LED spotlight on your picking hand with the Firefly Pick, a tiny, portable guitar-pick light show that grooves along to your tunes.<p>Few things go better with a face-melting guitar shred solo than a synchronized light show. OK, maybe a synchronized light show with a smoke machine. If the …

Guitar

HTC One launches in 'glamour red', arrives in the UK next month (update: pricing)

Flush from launching in the US in a Google-heavy iteration, HTC is rewarding its UK fans with a sultry "glamour red" option of the One smartphone. It'll arrive at retailer Phones 4U in mid-July, although there's no specifics yet on storage (16 or 32GB?), or whether there will be any price …

iPhone users are brain-dead zombies, says new Nokia ad

In its latest attempt to paint those who have an iPhone as retrograde, Nokia offers that its camera doesn't need to use flash, while the iZombie camera pales by comparison.<p>They are red-eyed and dead-eyed.<p>They are brain-dead and stiff-lipped.<p>Their pale faces stare at you, ready to infect you, so …

Nokia

Porsche Design P'3135 Titanium Pen

Give your favorite writer the gift of a tool they'll use for a lifetime, the Porsche Design P'3135 Titanium Pen ($1,050). Milled from a single piece …

Titanium

The Ultimate Lux Sub

The MIGALOO private submarine transforms the stereotypical industrial style of submersibles into a lavish private vessel fit for a king. It offers a …

Androidly smartwatch can run Android apps from Google Play

The Android watch is now available for preorder for $229.<p>Those of you'd like to run Android apps on your wrist may be intrigued by a smartwatch from a company called Androidly.<p>Developed by a four-person team in the U.K., the Androidly smartwatch lets you install and use apps from Google Play. So, …

Apps

Samsung offers more color variety for Galaxy S4

Samsung said at an event in London on Thursday that it will be offering the Galaxy S4 in five additional colors, and it announced three additional colors for the new sporty Galaxy S4 Active.<p>Consumers looking for a bit more variety in their life will soon have it when it comes to buying a new …

Electronics Industry

Samsung, HTC, and Apple working on smartphones with liquid cooling

We told you about the world’s first liquid-cooled handset about a month ago when NEC introduced the Medias X-06E phone for NTT DoCoMo over in Japan. It basically uses a smartphone-centric heat pipe design that relies on cooling technology yet untapped even on today’s high-end models. How would you …

Mobile

Intel leak reveals 8-core Haswell-E series desktop CPU for late 2014

Now that Haswell's available in consumer-grade laptops, it's time to look at what's next on Intel's to-do list. A leaked slide-deck is claiming that Haswell-E, the enthusiast version of the chip, is coming in the second half of 2014. The documents also promise that Intel will axe the 4-core base …

Samsung mass-producing speedier solid-state drives

The new solid-state drives use PCI-Express (PCIe) connections to deliver speeds more than 2.5 times faster than those of SATA-based SSDs.<p>Apple's new MacBook Air has adopted faster solid-state drives made by Samsung. But Apple won't be the only beneficiary.<p>Samsung announced Monday that it has …

MacBook Air

Wacom Cintiq 13HD review: a space-saving pen display for designers

When Wacom teased a tablet-sized device a few months back, our curiosity was immediately piqued. However, the next reveal from the pen-wielding-peripheral company was actually the Cintiq 13HD -- a product more in line with the outfit's existing displays. We guess we'll just have to keep waiting …

Design Spotlight: Body Jet by Marc Newson

After adding his distinctive touch to typical consumer products like the Pentax K-01, Australian designer Marc Newson has now made the logical leap …

2011 MXB Shocker Motocross Board

The 2011 MXB Shocker Motocross Board ($2,999) is designed to be a different kind of fun on wheels from the usual small-motored toys guys often buy. …

Toyota Tundra Sportsman

Toyota has been pulling out all the stops for SEMA 2010 and there are plenty of amazing concepts worth browsing. The Toyota Tundra Sportsman though …

TRAQ quadricopter locates and hones in on radio signal sources (video)

Move over, Parrot AR.Drone; there's a new (prototype) quadrocopter in town. For their senior project, electrical engineering students at Northeastern University developed TRAQ, an autonomous aircraft that tracks down the sources of radio transmissions. That functionality comes thanks to a …

MSI's 14-inch GE40 gaming laptop priced at $1,300 with specs to take on Alienware

Sure, MSI can build hunky, nine-pound gaming notebooks, but what about lightweight rigs? It's traditionally left those to the likes of Dell and Razer. Now, though, MSI has an ultra-light gaming laptop of its own. After teasing the 14-inch GE40 at Computex last week, the company is now shipping it, …

iFixit tears down the 2013 Xbox 360, finds surprisingly familiar insides

The Xbox 360 has gone through quite a few hardware transitions in its lifetime, but the 2013 model still intrigues us -- it's potentially the last, most advanced iteration that we'll see. iFixit must be equally curious, as it's tearing down the console just days after its launch. The shock of this …

Samsung Galaxy NX mirrorless camera appears in press shots, may launch later this month

Samsung's mobile chief JK Shin hinted that the company would soon be announcing an Android-powered mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera, and now the Galaxy NX is all but official. In press shots appearing on a Vietnamese gadget site, the device is pictured with a mirrorless mount and a trio of NX …

Xbox 360 / PS3 / Wii disc changer shown at E3, creators say next-gen version planned

Physical media might lend itself well to the used games market (well, usually), but it does have a distinct disadvantage over digital purchases: you still have to get up and change that disc. It's a minor annoyance, but apparently enough of one to spark the creation of the Exeo Entertainment …

Latest leak suggests Nokia EOS to pack 41MP camera, possible metallic variant also spotted (updated)

We gotta say, originally we weren't very confident in the above alleged spy shots of the rumored Nokia EOS smartphone, but after talking to the leakster from Sina Weibo, we think we got this figured out. First of all, there are two parts here: the paint-less camera cover plate that now says "41 …

Airbus A350 completes maiden flight, uber-efficient Trent XWB engine shines

With the Paris Air Show scheduled to lift off in earnest on Monday, Airbus is hoping to steal a bit of the limelight. After being conceived in 2004, the A350 finally took the public skies today in France, showcasing a highly-efficient Rolls-Royce XWB engine all the while. The jet is arguably being …

Lego faces are getting more pissed off, study says

As the years have passed, the faces of Lego people have trended toward becoming more angry, according to a study that tracked Lego expressions over time.<p>The classic Lego person is a happy creature, sporting a smile on its barrel-shaped yellow face. These are the Lego people I grew up with. They all …

Lego

Watch water freeze instantly as it pours

Stick water in the freezer and it turns to ice, but a trick allows you to catch it right in the sweet spot so you can watch it freeze instantaneously.<p>Ever wanted to be a waterbender, or maybe Iceman (not to be confused with Mr. Cool Ice)? A trick to freeze water instantaneously won't actually make …

Organisms

NSA whistleblower: U.S has been hacking into China, Hong Kong

Former CIA employee Edward Snowden says the NSA's controversial PRISM program extends to China and Hong Kong, according to an interview with a Hong Kong newspaper.<p>The U.S. government had been hacking into computers in Hong Kong and China for years, says NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.<p>The former …

Hong Kong

Hilarious mockups of Apple's new Mac Pro

See what happens when Photoshop skills meets Apple's redesigned professional desktop. Ready to play Whack a Mac Mole?<p>Apple's new Mac Pro features a striking and quite innovative design -- instead of multiple heat sinks, there's a shared thermal core in the center that helps cool the CPU and twin …

MacBook

Top 12 Must

Are you prepared for anything? Having the right special forces gear can quite literally mean the difference between life and death. You can’t ever be …

Tower House has Powerful Verticals, Horizontals & Views

Sometimes a design concept gets in the way of good design, but at other times, a generative idea can carry through to create a space both remarkable …

Architecture

Essential Tech for Father’s Day

There’s still time to shop! From night-vision cameras to hard-rocking amps and laser-cutters to candles, here are nine ideas to appeal to all of you dad’s senses.