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Hands-on: Nvidia Shield console looks to sidestep the console wars

At this week's GDC, Nvidia held an event where CEO Jen-Hsun Huang presented the hardware maker's newest attempt to move beyond its GPU bread and butter. This time, Nvidia has its sights set on the living room with a set top box simply called Shield.<p>Powered by a 256-core Tegra chip dubbed X1, and …

Astronomers Find a Long-Lost Ocean on Mars

The ancient sea covered a fifth of the planet's surface, to a depth of at least a mile.<p>Astronomers using some of the world's most powerful telescopes have determined that an ocean at least a mile deep covered a significant fraction of the Martian surface four billion years ago.<p>The research, …

Why I'm betting big on the Apple Watch

Can we have a society?<p>The iPhone is mentally too obtrusive and physically butts into conversation — even if you only want to check a movie time or …

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer successor demonstrated in leaked video

Microsoft first revealed its Internet Explorer successor at the company’s Windows 10 event in January. While the software maker revealed features like Cortana integration, inking support, and a new rendering engine, we haven’t seen the browser in action outside of Redmond. <i>WinBeta</i>, a Microsoft …

Cortana

Pebble Reveals Pebble Time Steel And A Smartstrap System Open To Hardware Developers

Pebble announced Pebble Time last week, the next-generation version of its Pebble smartwatch, and today it’s revealing another new product: Pebble Time Steel. This is the stainless steel version of the Pebble Time, boasting the same interface and software, but in a machined metal case that comes in …

Smartwatches

The 10 Most Funded Kickstarter Campaigns Ever

Staff Writer. Covers media, tech, startups, culture and workplace trends.<p><i>Updated December 28, 2015</i><p>Since it was founded in 2009, Kickstarter has acted as a groundswell of support for many innovative endeavors, connecting fans to the creators of the projects they want to see made.<p>In the 2014, the …

Crowd Funding

How To Make A Laser-Sighted Blowgun For Only $3

Broken window repairs not included<p>Blowguns are profoundly simple weapons. A tube for darts, powered by the shooter's lungs, is enough to guide silent projectiles swiftly through the air, embedding a narrow point in wood, concrete or whatever else is on the receiving end.<p>In February 1939, <i>Popular</i> …

San Mateo County

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Offers Super-Quick Charging and Beautiful Display

The most striking Android smartphone we've seen in years<p>Before this week's Mobile World Congress 2015 (MWC) in Barcelona, Samsung had its back against the wall. The company reported slumping sales of its flagship smartphone , and many believed its dominance in the smartphone world was coming to an …

Samsung loses smartphone crown to Apple

With its big-screened iPhone 6 lineup, Apple jumped past Samsung to capture a 20.4 percent share of smartphone sales last quarter, says research firm Gartner.<p>Apple scored the highest percentage of smartphone sales in the fourth quarter, courtesy of its new iPhones, according to a Gartner report …

Mobile

Pebble’s smartstraps are a big deal and bad news for Apple

One of the biggest criticisms of the Apple Watch, even before its officially launched, is the limited number of sensors built into the device. That’s why I suspect there’ll be some sore heads in Cupertino today after Pebble announced its plan for smartstraps.<p>After launching its color screen Pebble …

Fiat boss: Google and Apple may disrupt car industry

<b>The traditional motor industry would be foolish to ignore moves by Google and Apple into car technology, said Fiat-Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne.</b><p>The chief executive of one of the world's biggest carmakers said the two US companies were "incredibly serious" about their automotive ambitions.<p>He said …

Autos
Israel

Netanyahu assails Obama administration over 'bad' nuclear deal with Iran

The scene was as unprecedented as the topic was grave.<p>A foreign leader, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, stood at the rostrum of the House of Representatives, addressing a joint meeting of Congress, directly challenging the president's top foreign policy goal as unwise and dangerous.<p>"This …