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Solar-powered computers, lasers on drones and more

<i>Welcome to Freak-Filled Friday, a weekly roundup of odd and interesting innovation news from the week that was:</i><p><b>Solar-powered Apple products</b><p>It’s popular to suggest that Apple has fallen behind on the innovations front since Steve Jobs died. The world continues to wait for its next great product, …

Audi RS 7: Luxurious brutality

Cruising the Nevada desert, the Audi RS 7 sprints from Nellis Air Force Base, home of the Thunderbirds aerobatics team, to Creech Air Force Base, home of the Predator attack drone.<p>It is a trip from the past to the future of aerial combat, in a vehicle that neatly bridges the past and future of …

Will Self-Driving Cars Mean The End Of Highway Fatalities?

A new study says that 21,700 lives would be saved each year if 90 percent of U.S. vehicles were autonmous.<p>Autonomous cars are coming, slowly but surely. Over the past several years, automakers (and Google, of course) have unveiled an array of self-driving technologies, with some promising to …

The Three Biggest Aviation Advances From This Year

How RFID tags, carbon-fiber airframes, and battery sensors will change the course of flight.<p>RFID Tags<p>A regular addition to cellphones and bank cards, radio frequency identification (RFID) tags are creeping into airplane cabins. With tags in life vests, seats, medical kits, and other frequently …

World's First 1 Megawatt Wave Energy Power Plant Launched in South Australia

Australia’s Oceanlinx just launched the world’s first 1 megawatt wave power plant in Port MacDonnell, South Australia. The wave energy converter was …

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Nokia Reports Net Sales Of €5.66B, €118M Profit, And 8.8M Lumias Sold In Q3

Nokia may be going through a hell of a transition period, but it released its fiscal Q3 2013 earnings this morning just like clockwork. The Finnish phone maker (for now, anyway) reported net sales of €5.66 billion (or $7.79 billion) in the quarter ending September, along with a surprise profit of …

iFixit’s iPad Air Teardown Reveals Tightly Packed Innards Dominated By A Big Battery

Apple’s iPad Air goes on sale today – it’s easily the best iPad Apple’s put out so far, but we’re waiting with bated breath for the iPad mini with Retina display. Until then, however, the Air is also the most remarkable feat of engineering in any tablet device in terms of what goes on under the …

Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla Proved Arsenal's Title Credentials vs. Liverpool

As the game clock ticked toward 90 minutes, tens of thousands of Arsenal fans raised their scarves and bellowed their approval.<p>They had stayed to watch the Gunners go five points clear at the top of the table by beating second-place Liverpool.<p>They had stayed to watch Arsenal firmly rebuke those who …

English Premier League Table 2013: Breaking Down Saturday's Biggest Results

Saturday brought a couple of huge matchups in the Premier League, and what resulted from the day of action considerably shook up the league table.<p>Whether it was the league leaders taking care of business or top-notch clubs being upset in dramatic fashion, Saturday wasn't short on excitement across …

Manchester City vs. Norwich City: 6 Things We Learned

Looking over the fixture list in August, Manchester City probably saw their first match in November (home to Norwich City) as a break in the schedule.<p>Coming right after a trip to Stamford Bridge and (as it happened) right before a vital Champions League match with CSKA Moscow, some home cooking and …