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3D-printed pinhead battery could power robots

One of the smallest batteries ever, this tiny lithium-ion can store enough juice to power tiny robots or medical implants.<p>We've seen some very sophisticated 3D-printed objects recently, but never a tiny 3D-printed battery -- one that's as small as a grain of sand, no less.<p>A group of U.S. and Korean …

Harvard

Nvidia trims price of Shield gaming device to $299

With a release date set for June 27, the portable gaming console will now cost $50 less than its original $349 price tag.<p>Gamers eyeing Nvidia's Shield will be able to buy the device on June 27 to the tune of only $299.<p>Officially unveiling the date and the price drop via a blog on Thursday, Nvidia …

Google Play

Apple iOS Is More Fragmented Than It Seems

Apple is very proud of the adoption rate for new versions of its iOS mobile operating system. Tim Cook pointed out that 93 percent of all iOS devices are using the most current version, and now Apple has published a chart illustrating how fragmented–or not, really–iOS is. The problem is that there …

Electric plane motors could save fuel and reduce delays

Drones weren't the only things on display at the Paris Air Show this week. As <i>Wired</i> reports, experimental electric motors were being demonstrated that would allow planes to taxi to and from the runway without needing to power up their regular engines. The Electric Green Taxiing System (EGTS) …

An iPhone 5S with better camera? Bring it

commentary Will the 5S get a better camera? Speculation points in this direction. If true, it would constitute a significant upgrade for the iPhone.<p>Word is that the iPhone 5S is a minor upgrade. But if it's got a better camera, it's major.<p>Smartphone camera competition is getting stiff. And a …

iPhone

Star Citizen Unveils New Ships As Crowdfunding Approaches $10.5 Million

<i>Star Citizen struts its stuff with a new ‘car commercial’ as the game races toward $10.5 million in crowdfunding.</i><p>Cloud Imperium Games, the Chris Roberts led studio behind upcoming space simulator <i>Star Citizen</i>, is aiming directly for your wallets.<p>The studio has already topped $10 million in …

UK cops knew that banks, lawyers, rich people and others routinely hired criminal hackers to spy on people, did nothing about it

The Independent reports that the UK Serious Organised Crime Agency supplied secret evidence to the Leveson Inquiry (on phone-hacking by newspapers) …

Huawei Ascend P6 solves 4 x 4 Rubik's Cube in 50 moves, considers meaning of life (video)

Okay, it might not be the fastest phone-cubing you've ever seen (or the funkiest,) but it's likely some of the shrewdest. Using an Ascend P6 at its heart, "MultiCuber 3" is the latest contraption from serial cube-coder (and ARM Engineer) David Gilday which combines Lego Mindstorms, algorithms and …

Tesla introduces robot mechanics to swap out electric car batteries

Tesla’s electric Model S sedans were stacking up on Thursday outside the company’s Los Angeles design studio, to the consternation of passing traffic. Once inside, valets lined them up for a complimentary super-charging, but the four chargers weren’t nearly enough, since a full charge takes twenty …

Electric Vehicles

Apple notifies iTunes users of $100M in-app purchase settlement details, $5 credit to those inappropriately charged under $30

Parents of kids who racked up hundreds of even thousands of dollars in in-app purchases can now begin to seek compensation for their bills.<p>The “Apple In-App Purchase Litigation Administrator” just sent out an email with information regarding the settlement and deadlines for submitting payment …

Bitcoin Foundation Gets Cease-And-Desist Letter From California

The agency charges the Foundation with allegedly "engaging in the business of money transmission without a license or proper authorization." You can read the full letter here.<p>It's an odd development, since the Foundation doesn't actually perform any wire transfers, but rather serves as a kind of …

California

As Microsoft Restructuring Nears, Top Execs Fret Over Their Fate

According to sources close to the situation, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is likely to unveil his plans to restructure the tech giant to a larger …

Dark Crystal Contest to Revive Franchise

Reading Time: 3 minutes<p>You remember The Dark Crystal? Or perhaps you don’t.<p>The 1982 film, co-directed by Muppet-masters Jim Henson and Frank Oz, was …

Planes Likely to Switch to Touch-Screen Controls

LE BOURGET, France—In the not-too-distant future, airliner cockpit panels are likely to resemble giant iPads, as the current dizzying array of knobs and switches gives way to touch screens adapted from consumer devices.<p>If implemented quickly enough, new designs unveiled this week at the Paris …

Touchscreens

Super Sugar Keeps Naked Mole Rats Cancer-Free

Although they are quite ugly and confined to a life underground, naked mole rats have at least one attribute that other animals, even humans, might …

Feds Seized 1,700 Online Domains in 3 Years

Federal authorities said today that, since June 2010, they have seized more than 1,700 domains that allegedly breached intellectual property …

Nissan Stakes Claim to World’s Fastest Electric Race Car

Author: Damon Lavrinc. Damon Lavrinc Gear<p>Date of Publication: 06.21.13.<p>Time of Publication: 4:30 am. 4:30 am<p>Nissan is intent on electrifying road …

10 Things Humans Should Know About Monsters University

Reading Time: 5 minutes<p><i>The following is free of spoilers. Any specifics about the movie that are mentioned are either explicitly shown in trailers or</i> …

Someone's Spending $700M on a Huge Data Center in Iowa

Someone wants to build a $700 million data center codenamed Project Mountain in Des Moines, Iowa. It's anyone's guess who's behind it, but Apple and …

Review: Toyota RAV4 EV

Pay no attention to the Toyota badge on the boot. This is Tesla's first crossover, albeit one dressed in the sheet metal of Toyota's last-generation …

Tesla Unveils Automated 90-Second Battery Swap, But at What Cost?

Author: Damon Lavrinc. Damon Lavrinc Gear<p>Date of Publication: 06.21.13.<p>Time of Publication: 11:44 am. 11:44 am<p>“Fast or free?” That’s the question …

Laser Scanning Reveals the Hidden City of Angkor Wat

In the year 802 C.E., the founder of the medieval Khmer empire, Jayavarman II, anointed himself "king of the world." In laying claim to such a …

How much pressure did it take to pop the top off Mexico's Popocatépetl volcano?

On June 17, the Popocatépetl volcano in the state of Puebla in Mexico belched out a pretty impressive looking volcanic plume. Fortunately for us, it …

How the Large Hadron Collider Will Bring the Internet to Everything | WIRED

THE INTERNET OF THINGS<p>Open Garden<p>When the Large Hadron Collider went online in 2009, most scientists saw it as an unprecedented opportunity to …

Divers begin Lake Michigan expedition to find fabled Griffin ship

In a remote part of northern Lake Michigan, divers have started looking at an underwater pit, hoping to find the resting place of the Griffin, a ship commanded by the 17th century French explorer La Salle.<p>The origin of the search, which began Saturday, can be traced back to 2001, when expedition …

Iran reportedly preparing to send 4,000 troops into Syria

Iran reportedly is preparing to send 4,000 Revolutionary Guard soldiers to Syria to defend President Bashar Assad's regime, as the United States intends to supply rebels with small arms through a CIA-run program.<p>Pro-Iranian sources deeply involved with Iran's security told The Independent that the …

Methodist minister challenges Oklahoma license plate

When Oklahoma looked to redesign its license plate five years ago, the iconic image of a young Apache warrior shooting an arrow skyward depicted in Allen Houser's "Sacred Rain Arrow" statue was a clear choice of a public that looked at more than 40 designs that featured Native American art, cowboy …

IRS supervisor in DC scrutinized Tea Party groups' cases

A Washington-based IRS supervisor acknowledged she was personally involved in reviewing Tea Party applications for tax-exempt status as far back as 2010, Fox News confirms -- a detail that further challenges the agency's initial claim that the practice of singling out those groups was limited to a …

Authorities hope new 3D images will help ID victims in New Hampshire cold case

Authorities are hoping new digital images of a woman and three children found dead in New Hampshire will bring an end to a case that remains unsolved after 27 years.<p>In November 1985 and May 2000, the bodies were found in pairs of two inside barrels in the woods near Bear Brook State Park in …

Supreme Court: Arizona law requiring citizenship proof for voters is illegal

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that states cannot on their own require would-be voters to prove they are U.S. citizens before using a federal registration system designed to make signing up easier.<p>The justices voted 7-2 to throw out Arizona's voter-approved requirement that prospective voters …