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Magical, Retractable Tire Studs Only Deploy When You Need Them

Remember the scene in <i>The Living Daylights</i> where James Bond blasts across a frozen lake in his Aston Martin and presses a button to deploy metal …

Lead a Better Life by Obsessively Tracking Every Aspect of It

Blame the RPG's. After a generation of character building and class development in video games, quantifying our own personal stats has become as …

Wait, What? Flappy Bird's Creator Says He's Removing The Game (Updated)

A tweet from Dong Nguyen, creator of the maddening and virally popular game Flappy Bird, says the game will disappear from the Android and iOS app …

This Diesel-Powered Scooter Packs More Utility Than a Swiss Army Knife

If I started telling you about a new all-wheel-drive, turbodiesel-powered off-roader, you'd probably think I was talking about a 4x4 truck or SUV, …

Are Olympic Athletes Listening to Performance-Enhancing Music?

You've probably noticed a lot of Olympic athletes jamming out with their headphones on moments before competition. Is this just a little last-minute …

No GPS Signal? No Problem: This Little Chip Knows Where You Are

GPS is a godsend when it works. Problem is, there are plenty of places it doesn't work—tall skyscrapers, concrete overpasses, and other huge …

San Francisco Mixes Design And Technology In Its New Plan To Recycle All Textiles

These clothing drop-off bins are friendly and simple. They also notify Goodwill when it’s time for a pickup and link users to an IRS tax deduction form–all in the city’s quest to get residents to stop tossing their unused clothes.<p>Every year, 39 million pounds of textiles end up in San Francisco …

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Flappy Bird Developer Says He’s Taking The Hit Game Down Tomorrow

The developer of the popular mobile game Flappy Bird just declared that he’s taking the game down tomorrow.<p>Dong Nguyen, an indie game developer based in Hanoi, Vietnam, tweeted, “I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore.” He then …

Nymi Unveils Heartwave-Sensing Wristband To Keep Your Bitcoin Safe

Bioynym, the company behind device-unlocking wristband Nymi, has announced they’re releasing a Bitcoin wallet. Nymi’s backers are betting it’ll be the first step in people using the wristband in place of keys and passwords.<p>Embedded within the Nymi wristband is an electrocardiogram sensor which …

Don't look down: LG tests its robotic vacuum cleaners at extreme heights

When LG wants to show off the spatial awareness of its robotic vacuum cleaners, it doesn't just set them off in a dummy living room. No, instead, the company has taken its latest Roboking to the roof of a skyscraper to prove that, when left to its own devices, the hardware can go right to the edge …

The coin prince: inside Bitcoin's first big money-laundering scandal

<i>By Adrianne Jeffries and Russell Brandom</i><p>A week ago, 24-year-old Charlie Shrem landed at JFK, home from giving a talk about the virtual currency Bitcoin at an e-commerce convention in Amsterdam.<p>The trip had gone well. Shrem’s speech made the front page of the Dutch <i>Financial Times</i>, his Icelandair …

Microsoft's new CEO is Satya Nadella

A veteran server and enterprise guy takes the top spot<p>It's official: Microsoft’s search for a new CEO is over. Following recent speculation, the software giant is indeed appointing Satya Nadella as its new CEO to replace Steve Ballmer. The 46-year-old Nadella will take over immediately, allowing …