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Saturday Night Live's Fred Armisen tries out Google Glass for real (video)

There's a good chance that you, like us, enjoyed a certain <i>Saturday Night Live</i> sketch recently in which Weekend Update's newly branded tech correspondent Randall Meeks gave his raw impressions of Google Glass -- using a prop made of plastic and attached to a pair of sunglasses. There was a lot of …

Editor's Letter: Windows 8 gets its start back

<i>In each issue of Distro, Editor-in-chief Tim Stevens publishes a wrap-up of the week in news.</i><p>There are times when you need to stay strong, ignore the criticism and do what you know is right. Then, there are some times when the masses are right and listening is the smart thing. With Windows 8, …

Plair hands-on redux: a clever wireless video streaming HDMI dongle (video)

We didn't really get to see the Plair in action when we last saw it at CES, but luckily, it's here with us at Expand 2013! This time round we have a better understanding of what makes this $99, micro-USB-powered HDMI dongle so special: not only can you beam native video clips from your mobile …

Roku 3 review: our favorite media streamer, and the simplest to use, too

Roku's media streamers have carved out a notable niche for themselves, with what started out as a Netflix box, but quickly grew to include hundreds of other entertainment options. Whatever they've lacked in style, they've always made up for with an easy-to-navigate menu and remote, not to mention …

Tiny lithium-ion battery recharges 1000x faster than rival tech, could shrink mobile devices

Supercapacitors are often hailed as the holy grail of power supplies, but a group of researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a lithium-ion microbattery that leaves that prized solution in the dust, recharging 1,000 times faster than competing tech. Previous work done by Professor …

Oxford University researchers create new 3D printed 'soft material' that could replace human tissue

Water and fat -- those are the two primary building blocks Oxford University researchers have used to 3D print the droplet you see above. Sounds unremarkable until you consider its intended application as a human tissue replacement. By stringing together thousands of these so-called droplets (which …

Harvard lets human minds control rats, private rodent armies remain distant (video)

Sure, we've seen rats control other rats, but that won't give us a legion of mind-controlled creatures to unleash upon an innocent public, will it? Harvard Medical School may unwittingly assist with solving our (rather misguided) plight, as it just experimented with a system that lets a human mind …

Inside UPS' Worldport: How a shipping titan moves 2,000 packages every 17 seconds

Online shopping seems like a straightforward process: hunt down the perfect item, trudge through the checkout pipeline and await a package's inevitable arrival. The trip between a warehouse and your doorstep, however, involves meticulous organization on a massive scale. In order to pull off such a …

Adafruit debuts Circuit Playground: a show teaching kids about electronics (video)

Programs have a certain magic power over littluns, sending them into a trance-like state and then having them beg for merchandise afterwards. The perpetual tinkerers over at Adafruit don't expect you to <i>catch 'em all</i>, though, and have debuted their own show called <i>Circuit Playground</i> -- an educational …

Engadget's smartphone buyer's guide: spring 2013 edition

Stepping into a carrier's store can be like a visit to the candy shop for the gadget junkie, but once playtime is over and it's time to choose just one, the decision can get a bit overwhelming. You'll find Android phones that range in size from tiny to massive, Windows Phone handsets that cover the …

ASUS PadFone Infinity review: the convertible phone goes full HD and beyond

Almost exactly two years ago, Motorola's Android-in-Webtop-OS solution was kicked off the stage by ASUS' PadFone, the world's first phone that could fully power a tablet module from its own OS. The original concept took a while to materialize, but since then the company has kept up with a …

Video on Instagram hands-on

Facebook's Video on Instagram is undoubtedly riding on Vine's coattails, but is it any good? We gave the app a quick shakedown on both Android and iOS, and it's safe to say the answer is "yes." Basic video browsing and capture are about as seamless as on the Twitter-owned Vine service, with a few …

iPhone 5S with dual-LED flash, slightly bigger battery spied in blurry rumor-gram

Did you back out of an iPhone 5 because it didn't have a dual-LED flash? If this leaked image from <i>MacRumors</i> turns out to be real, that may not be a problem for much longer. Inside and out, these blurrycam snaps purport to show an iPhone 5S which is nearly identical to its predecessor -- the only …

What reviewers are saying about Apple’s evolutionary OS X Mavericks

The latest version of Apple’s (s AAPL) desktop OS, Mavericks, is still in beta. That tag implies it is still very much a work in progress. But Apple …

Forget an Android gaming console, Google can make a killer smartwatch

Finally, my dream of a Google smartwatch is looking more like a reality! News hit the rounds on Thursday that Google is taking its next steps into …

Not all mobile chargers are created equal, but the Practical Meter finds the fastest one

When you plug your phone into a power source, there’s no real way to tell how fast or efficient your power source will be. Because of different …