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Steam Controller's new trick is designed for strategy games

Valve just taught its Steam Controller a trick that not even a PC mouse can do<p>By default, the haptic touchpads that define Valve's Steam Controller are just thumb-friendly fill-ins for a proper mouse -- but that's not all they can do. Thanks to a new Steam client beta update, the Steam Controller's …

Gaming

This Raspberry Pi handheld wants to be every gadget in the world

Someone crammed a Raspberry Pi, a ton of sensors and a touchscreen into a case the size of a credit card<p>Chances are, you've already got a versatile computer in your pocket -- smartphones play music, record video, play games and more -- but what if it was smaller, open source and completely …

Super Marios (tote) Konkurrenz

„Super Mario“ feierte seinen 30. Geburtstag. So erfolgreich wie Nintendos Klempner sind aber nur die wenigsten Figuren. Wir haben einmal geschaut, …

Old Atari games had graphics glitches because of CPU bottlenecks

Now that we know how the graphics worked on the Nintendo Entertainment System and Commodore 64, The iBookGuy wants to tell us all about how the Apple II and Atari 2600 got their groove on. In the latest video he says that the Apple II actually used two different techniques for producing visuals …

13 scientific breakthroughs inspired by nature

Biomimicry, the field of science that takes direct R&D cues from nature's own solutions, has provided us with breakthrough materials, inspired developments in robotic locomotion and informed new medical techniques. We've even gotten introspective and looked at our own biological functions in order …

Biomimicry

Floating plasma display makes fairies a reality

See that teensy Tinkerbell-shaped light above? That's not CGI -- that's a real floating display, and it's completely touchable too. Mid-air plasma displays aren't that prolific yet, but they're not exactly new either. However, floating lights created using existing techniques can usually burn skin, …

Engineering

Guy hoverboards across a Canadian lake and into history

No, this isn't some guerilla marketing campaign for <i>Back to the Future's</i> upcoming pseudo-anniversary. It's a world record-setting flight by Canadian inventor Catalin Alexandru Duru aboard a homebrew hoverboard. He recently piloted this prototype nearly 1000 feet across a Quebec lake to set the …

'Mad Max' meets 'Mario Kart' in this rad mash-up

<i>Mad Max: Fury Road</i> is already one of the year's best movies, but you know what was missing in all of director George Miller's gear grinding under the desert sun? <i>Mario Kart</i>'s banana peels and green shells. Check out the video below for a quick look at the mashup that'll almost positively never, ever …

Physics be damned, we can’t stop obsessing over NASA’s ‘impossible engine'

Imagine an engine with nothing powering it. There are no moving parts, nothing appears to be coming out the back, and when you look inside, there’s nothing there either. This is the unbelievable premise behind the "EM drive" — a hypothetical space drive that we’ve been promised might one day take …

Microsoft helped me build a HoloLens app, and it was pretty easy

If you had told me years ago that Microsoft would come out with a futuristic augmented reality headset, I'd have said you were nuts. And yet, a few months ago, it did exactly that. The headset is called HoloLens, which, when worn, allows you to interact with holographic objects set in the real …

Augmented Reality

The Legend of Zelda finally got the Game of Thrones intro treatment it deserves

Westeros < Hyrule. Sorry, Westeros.<p><i>Game of Thrones</i> Season 5 begins this Sunday, and one assumes that you're looking for reasons to get excited. One further assumes that you were saddened to hear that the <i>Legend of Zelda</i> is not, in fact, coming to Netflix as a live-action show. As long as one is …

Play Darkside Detective, an X-Files-style point-and-click adventure

The truth is pixelated<p>Growing up, I always wanted to be Fox Mulder or Dana Scully — the idea of immersing myself in the weird and occult as part of my job sounded pretty great to a younger me. <i>Darkside Detective</i> is probably the closest I'll ever get to that.<p>The pixelated point-and-click adventure …

This app turns your iPad into a sketch board for your Mac

Astropad lets your iPad stand in for an expensive Wacom<p>There are a ton of fun sketching apps for the iPad, but none of them offer the power of some drawing tools that you'll find on the desktop. Today, a small developer is trying to bridge that gap. It's releasing an app called Astropad that allows …

Google's 3D-sensing Project Tango is no longer an experiment

Yet another project is graduating from experiment to proper part of Google. Only two weeks ago, Glass left the confines of the Skunk Works-like Google X and became its own division headed up by Nest co-founder Tony Fadell. Now Project Tango, the 3D-sensing and -mapping concept, is moving on from …

HP's next assault on Chrome OS is a pair of tiny Windows PCs

It's clear that when it comes to operating systems, HP isn't one to play favorites: The company's current lineup includes Windows machines, Chromebooks and even an Android laptop. At the same time, if there's anyone who's been giving Chrome OS a run for its money, it's good ol' Hewlett-Packard. …

This is how excited David Fincher was about the Steve Jobs movie

Aaron Sorkin’s film is 'two auditoriums, a restaurant, and a garage'<p>With the ongoing leak of Sony emails and documents, we’ve been treated to a torrent of behind-the-scenes snark, posturing, and deal-making, particularly when it comes to the embattled Steve Jobs biopic. What we <i>haven’t</i> see thus far …

Engadget Daily: Lisa Kudrow talks 'The Comeback,' a pinhole selfie cam and more!

Remember Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe Buffay) from <i>Friends?</i> Of course you do! We sat down with her for a chat, but surprise: it wasn't about <i>Friends</i> at all. Read on for the rest of our news highlights from the last 24 hours, including a hipster selfie cam, Intel's Black Brook PC and <i>Joystiq's</i> review of <i>Far Cry</i> …

Does ‘ToeJam and Earl’ for Sega Genesis hold up?

With its nostalgic ’90s art style and sudden genre popularity, the question stands: does it hold up?<p>Your goal as <i>ToeJam and Earl</i>, two aliens who crash-landed on Earth, is to find all the pieces to your spaceship. They’ve been scattered around the planet, which in this case are floating islands in …

See every Apple product ever made on one poster

Even the terrible hockey puck mouse<p>It's maybe not as iconic as a blacklight Led Zeppelin poster, or this cat parading as an actual sandwich, but Pop Chart Lab has a freshly updated version of its history of Apple products poster. It goes all the way back to 1976, when the company was making the …

The Internet Arcade puts 900 classic games right in your web browser

The weekend's winding down, and sure, you could flip on your PlayStation or Xbox and play a few mindless rounds of <i>Call of Duty</i>, but why don't you spin up a real <i>classic</i> instead? Thanks to the new Internet Arcade, an astounding 900 coin-operated arcade games from the ‘70s and ‘80s are free to play …

Apple is now crowdsourcing business listings to help make Maps better

For years you've been able to report inaccurate or otherwise lacking information from Apple Maps listings. The company has also employed what's known as "ground truth" personnel, people whose job it is to verify the company's data. Now Apple's putting some of that work in the hands of businesses …

Google backs Magic Leap, a mysterious augmented reality startup (updated)

Google has just thrown its weight behind an augmented reality startup shrouded in mystery. Along with Qualcomm and film production Legendary Entertainment (among many other companies), Mountain View has funded Magic Leap to the tune of $542 million. According to <i>The New York Times</i>, that puts the …

Recommended Reading: Apple's Jony Ive talks design and the timepiece

<i>Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you'll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read.</i><p><b>A Rare Look at Design Genius Jony Ive: The Man Behind the Apple Watch</b><br>by Robert …

Stationary bike MMO lets you race the world without leaving home

Indoor cycling normally isn't as fun as the outdoor variety, and it certainly isn't as social. Where's the thrill of blowing past a rival? That's what Zwift's upcoming massively multiplayer cycling game promises to solve. So long as you have a training bike with at least speed and cadence sensors, …

Apple Watch has a smaller screen in tweaked video

Apple has released a new version of its Apple Watch design video, and a perceptive viewer noticed a slightly different design from the original. Most noticeable is a smaller sapphire screen and larger bezel on the Watch render, which appears to more closely match the prototype hardware we saw last …

MIT can turn your smartphone into a different kind of second screen

Sure, we've seen apps that let you easily share files between your phone and PC. No biggie there. But the demo we're about to show you is a tad more sophisticated than that. Over at MIT, two teams of researchers have developed a smartphone system called THAW, which allows you to share files and use …

Watch this: a full hour of Tim Cook's interview with Charlie Rose

Between the iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch — an entirely new product category for the company — this is one of the most interesting moments in Apple's history, which makes it a great time to hear CEO Tim Cook speak at length about a wide range of topics. Only the first half of Cook's fascinating …

Watch Pixar's gorgeous use of color over the years

The folks at Pixar are masters of visual storytelling, and color is just <i>one</i> element in their toolkit that helped movies <i>Up</i> and <i>Finding Nemo</i> sail over the competition. (Nevermind the better scripts and not having to rely on star-studded casts. I'm looking right at you, <i>Shark Tale</i>.) Vimeo user Rishi …

This levitating Bluetooth speaker is the best we've seen

When I met with OM Audio in Manhattan to check out what the company was calling the "world's first levitating Bluetooth speaker," I didn't bat an eye. I had never myself seen a levitating speaker before that day, and a thorough internet search turned up nil. As it turns out, a Taiwanese company has …