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Mobile

Nokia Has Lost 20% of Smartphone Market Since Microsoft Partnership

Nokia's share of the smartphone market has been in rapid decline for several years. While at the start of 2010 nearly 40% of smartphone owners used …

Microsoft Reportedly Rushed Nokia Deal; Is BlackBerry Next Target?

It took six months of negotiations between Microsoft and Nokia before a deal was finalized. According to a new <i>Bloomberg</i> report, dialogue among the …

Microsoft to slash prices of Nokia Lumia smartphones as it targets India as one of the main growth markets

NEW DELHI: Microsoft Corp's dramatic acquisition of Nokia's global cellphone business will result in a reduction in prices of Lumia handsets in most …

Mobile

10 Gadgets Ahead of Their Time

Everyone's a victim of bad timing sometimes. These gadgets brought revolutionary new features to the market. They just did it a little too soon.

Kate Beckinsale

SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell: The Case for Commercial Rockets

PM catches up with SpaceX's Shotwell to find out about the company's Grasshopper tests, the way to get to Mars, and how she'd like to see space in person.<p>Why commercial spaceflight, as opposed to government-run programs?<p>After I finished my master's degree, I moved to a company called Aerospace …

Space Exploration

How the Unreal Engine Became a Real Gaming Powerhouse

Since North Carolina–based Epic Games released its Unreal Engine in 1995, the technology has been licensed to power hundreds of popular games on computers and video-game consoles. Epic's own game series, Gears of War, has been a smashing success, with more than 19 million games sold globally. Mark …

Game Development

Text Via Satellite with DeLorme's InReach SE

If you're planning to go hiking way off the grid, take the DeLorme InReach SE satellite communicator just in case.<p><b>DeLorme InReach SE</b><p><b>Price:</b> $299.95<p>Getting out of cell phone range can feel like a treat these days—until you twist an ankle on your hike or forget where exactly the meeting point was. The …

Off-grid

How the Dual Jet Stream Sparks This Weird Summer Weather

Ninety-degree temperatures in Alaska? Bizarre flooding in Europe? Blame the appearance of a double jet stream.<p><b>What's with the weird weather this month?</b> In case you missed it, McGrath, Alaska, hit 94 degrees on June 17, four degrees warmer than Miami, which sits 4200 miles closer to the equator. On …

Weather

At the Edge of the Solar System, Voyager 1 Finds a Mystery

Astronomers expect Voyager 1 to become the first man-made object to reach interstellar space. But before it does, it's finding something weird at the end of our solar system.<p><i>NASA</i><p><b>In the 35 years since their launch</b>, the two Voyagers have gone where no man or machine has gone before. They flew past …

Astronomy

NASA's Flying Laboratories Seek Answers in the Atmosphere

Planes, satellites, and scientists scan the southern U.S. for climate change insight.<p><b>The Earth's atmosphere is a swirling soup</b> of organic gases and aerosols, a continuing chemical reaction that envelops the planet. With help of a 250-person crew, NASA satellites, and three outfitted aircraft, …

Climate Change

Terrify Your Loved Ones (Or Your Cat) With SpyGear Lazer TripWire

This laser toy by SpyGear will set off a shrill alarm if anybody crosses your invisible boundary line.<p><i>Devon Jarvis</i><p><b>Price:</b> $24.99<p>Who among us doesn't remember drawing an invisible line on the floor at some point as a kid, designating our stuff and telling the rest of the world (or maybe just your …

Pets

Inside Russia's Spectacular Rocket Disintegration

Video of the spectacular crash of an unmanned Russian rocket spread around the Web today. What went wrong with Russia's space workhorse?<p><b>The workhorse of Russia's commercial space</b> operations crashed spectacularly on Tuesday, just seconds after lifting off from its launch base in grasslands of …

Space Exploration

How AT&T Can Translate Your Speech in Real Time

AT&T Translator, a service on the company's teleconference system that translates speech between languages in real time, is currently in pilot testing by some of the company's biggest business customers. PopMech caught up with Mazin Gilbert, assistant vice president for technical research at AT&T …

Language

Heroes Lost: 4 of the Worst Wildfire-Firefighter Losses in U.S. History

The loss of 19 firefighters in the Yarnell Hill fire makes this incident the deadliest for firefighters since 9/11. Here are more of the deadliest fires in American history.

Forests

Bluebox reveals Android security hole, may affect 99 percent of devices

Researchers at Bluebox Security have revealed a disturbing flaw in Android's security model, which the group claims may affect up to 99 percent of Android devices in existence. According to Bluebox, this vulnerability has existed since Android 1.6 (Donut), which gives malicious app developers the …