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How to Build a Walk-In Shower in a Small Bathroom

Walk-in showers are popular DIY projects as they can be installed in tighter spaces than a tub and are safer to use for older family members.<p>Bathroom remodeling projects rank a close second to kitchens in popularity, as they can boost the value of your home and make a great universal design …

Home Improvement

DigiLens helmet adds augmented reality view for motorcyclists

While companies like Microsoft are showing off augmented reality tools like the HoloLens, which is designed for stationary users, a company called …

Augmented Reality

'Smart' highways, not bullet trains, for California

The state's $68-billion-plus<p>high-speed railproject would have been a great idea — in the last century. In the 21st, there's a better, cheaper, more California solution to moving people long distances: smart highways.<p>For an estimated $2 billion, we can add smart lanes to Interstate 5 in both …

Spam has fallen to a 10-year low and is unlikely to make a comeback

There are fewer Nigerian princes on the internet today spamming you in their quest to offload large sums of money out of their country.<p>For the first time in a decade email spam now makes up less than half of all emails, falling to 49.7% in June, according to security company Symantec. Overall, …

Spam

Hackers can trick self-driving cars into taking evasive action

Lidar sensor can be fooled into seeing fake people, cyclists, cars or walls with a $60 system built out of Raspberry Pi and a laser pointer<p>Hackers can easily trick self-driving cars into thinking that another car, a wall or a person is in front of them, potentially paralysing it or forcing it to …

Autonomous Cars

Ford's tire-burning Focus RS 'Drift' mode will make you forget you're in a hatchback

From the exterior, the squealing of tires and billowing of smoke created when drifting a car sideways looks like the opposite of technological …

Forget tattoos: Biohackers are putting LED implants under their skin

Last weekend (Nov. 6-8) in Düsseldorf, a biohacker successfully implanted an electronic device under his forearm; when it comes into contact with a magnet, its five LED lights switch on, to illuminate his skin.<p>That may sound like a lot of pain and a high potential for health risk for such a novel …

Singularity

New Balance Just Made a 3D-Printed Running Shoe

New Balance has just unveiled what it says is the first ever running shoe made with a 3D printer. The shoe has a midsole built from a 3D Systems …

3D Printing

Everything you know is wrong: lasers are cooling things now

A group of scientists at the University of Washington were able to successfully refrigerate water using an infrared laser. This is a big deal because researchers weren't even sure this was possible as water tends to heat up when illuminated. However, by using an infrared laser and nanocrystal, it …

Cobalt's Valkyrie: Bruce Wayne's new private plane?

Produced in two formats, the CO50 is a fully-certified version capable of being flown unrestricted and with an estimated delivery time of mid-2017, …

Aviation

Nissan wants to bring wireless charging technology to electric cars

Electric car owners get to enjoy a certain level of pride in saying that they never have to deal with gas stations and dirty fuel-filler nozzles.<p>Most of those owners would likely agree that not having to deal with cords and charging ports would be another great step forward, however.<p>Soon, if Nissan …

Autonomous buses will hit Swiss streets this spring

Autonomous cars are the hot topic in the transportation world right now, as evidenced by Volvo, Mercedes-Benz and Google rushing head-first into …

Yamaha wants its motorcycle-riding robot to be faster than humans

<b>UPDATED 30 Oct 5am ET with Motobot's current top speed.</b><p>Japanese motorcycle giant Yamaha created a robot that is learning how to copy a motorsports …

Ditch The Faux Hoverboard And Commute With Gi FlyBike, A Foldable Electric Bike

Forget electric skateboards and faux hoverboards. One startup is trying to convince commuters to stick to the good old-fashioned bicycle. Meet the Gi FlyBike, a folding electric bike that can travel up to 40 miles on one charge.<p>The bike, which is now available on Kickstarter, will also be for sale …

Electric Vehicles

You Can Now Search For Artwork By Color

From Alexandra Chemla, the 28-year-old founder of Artbinder, comes an ingenious search tool for the visually inclined.<p>Memory is closely tied to the senses, meaning that we’re often able recall the way something looks, smells, or tastes better than what it’s called. For this reason, a Google search …

Image Search

Authorities demand major US internet companies prove their speed claims

New York attorney general’s office tells Time Warner, Verizon and Cablevision it is concerned their ‘fast lanes’ and premium services may be false advertising<p>A group of major US internet providers have been told to prove their “fast lanes” and premium services are any quicker than ordinary internet …

Telecoms

Car of the future has air bags on the outside

While many car manufacturers are working on getting self-driving cars on the road by 2020, Toyoda Gosei is looking further down the road.<p>Toyoda Gosei will be showing off the car tech of the future at this year's Tokyo Car Show.<p>The Japanese company, known for its plastics, LED and car safety …

Auto Shows

Consumer 3D printer used to create human tissue

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in the US, have adapted a low cost MakerBot 3D printer to print with biological materials. The team hope their work could one day lead to a world in which transplants are no longer necessary to repair damaged organs.<p>Traditional 3D printers build hard …

3D Printing

I went to Best Buy and encountered a robot named Chloe — and now I'm convinced she's the future of retail

She's quick to respond, efficient, and pleasant.<p>And she's a robot.<p>Chloe is a robot Best Buy has employed to help customers at its Chelsea location in Manhattan.<p>She sifts through music, movies, and games, bringing you what you want quickly without the hassle of sorting through messy shelves.<p>I went …

eCommerce

People from ethnic minorities explain the everyday racism they face in the UK

<b>As part of its new series Under the Skin, BBC3 has been exploring the issue of racism in modern day Britain.</b><p>Following its revealing documentary <i>We</i> …

South America

The Manta bicycle seat - umm... wow

First of all, let's just say it: this is <i>the</i> most bizarre-looking bicycle saddle of all time. Feel free to disagree, but c'mon, just <i>look</i> at the thing …

A futuristic razor that shaves hair with a laser has raised nearly $4 million on Kickstarter

But two Swedes think they have a solution: A razor that shaves hair with a laser, not a blade. They call it the Skarp Razor.<p>The project went nuts on Kickstarter but has now been kicked off the crowdfunding site over concerns that it didn't have a working prototype.<p>As we previously reported, in its …

Crowd Funding

“Chime” In On Video Chat Threads With This Intimate App

Texting is the quickest way to be misunderstood. With no facial cues or vocal tones, enthusiasm becomes sarcasm, jokes are read as cruelty. But while audio and video chat are vivid, its inconvenient to get both people on a call at the same time.<p>Yet, a new iOS app called Chime combines the best …

Apps

PayPal Brings Free Returns To U.S. Shoppers With Expanded “Return Shipping on Us” Service

In hopes of increasing its percentage of online holiday sales, PayPal this morning announced the expansion of its free returns service, “Return Shipping on Us,” which is now available in the U.S for the first time nearly a year after its initial debut overseas. The service, which encourages users …

eCommerce

The Σtos is a self-driving sports car with a folding steering wheel and its own drone

Rinspeed blends enthusiasm and tech in its autonomous concept for CES 2016.<p>The next CES doesn't kick off in Las Vegas until January 2016, but the hype train is already leaving the station -- with or without a driver. The first CES-bound concept to appear is the Rinspeed Σtos, a sports car that …

Autonomous Cars

Ford F-150 gains new tech-rich Limited flagship for 2016

Ford's aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup gains even more premium-car touches and technology for 2016 as automakers race to court luxury-truck buyers.<p>The world of pickup trucks has come a long way since the days of bare-bones workhorses, and even today's most basic examples offer a surprising amount of …

Ford F-150

Google+ Photos is dying to make way for Google Photos

Google announced today that its legacy Google+ Photos app will soon go the way of Picasa (that is, obscurity) in favor of the company's newer Google Photos app which launched in May. According to a post on Google+, Google+ Photos will begin shutting down -- first on Android, then on the web and iOS …

Accessible 3D Printing and Digital Piracy

Android Mods: 3 launchers you should try!

Luxury animal terminal opened for animals at JFK airport in New York

Known as the ARK, the new terminal with be the last word in luxury for pampered pets, while even penguins will be provided with a honeymoon suite<p>In the highly competitive world of aviation, airlines and airports will to anything to stand out from their rivals.<p>In New York, JFK airport has decided …

Flying