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Foc.us: The first commercial tDCS headset that lets you safely overclock your brain - ExtremeTech

By on July 30, 2013 at 8:17 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>After an interminable wait, the …

Under Armour Speedform Review: I Wore A Bra For My Feet, And I Loved It

Constructed in a bra factory, the Speedforms look completely ridiculous--but feels great.<p>I wanted to hate the Speedform, a new running shoe from the Baltimore-based athletic apparel manufacturer Under Armour. It's an unusual shoe, not least for the much-advertised fact that it was manufactured in a …

Hide From GPS With This Signal-Blocking Phone Case

Privacy in a pouch!<p>Just four data points from a location-tracking cellphone were enough to reveal the identities of 95 percent of people in a recent study. Is that a problem for you? This new Kickstarter campaign offers a solution: a signal-proof phone case called Off Pocket.<p>Off Pocket, created by …

Hunter's Specialties I-Kam Xtreme: A Video Camera in Your Glasses

A camera built into the a pair of lightweight classes, the I-Kam Xtreme sees what you see and captures it on video.<p><b>Price</b>: $109.99<p>Document your adventures from your own point of view with the i-Kam Xtreme video eyeglasses, which incorporate a mobile video recorder into a pair of lightweight glasses …

Smartphone Breathalzyer Tells You When You've Had Too Many

Using a smartphone and a small add-on device, the Breathometer will tell you your blood alcohol level.<p><b>Price</b>: $50<p>The Breathometer, the world's first smartphone breathalyzer, lets you test your blood alcohol level using only your phone and the portable Breathometer device. Simply plug the device into …

2014 Nissan Versa review: Top subcompact with unique tech, modest performance - ExtremeTech

By on August 5, 2013 at 2:25 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>The 2014 Nissan Versa Note is one …

How realistic is the chemistry of 'Breaking Bad'?

Once you've recovered from <i>Breaking Bad</i>'s return to the airwaves last night, you may take some time to reflect on some of the show's finer points — such as whether the scientific scenarios depicted within could really happen as they do on the screen.<p>Fortunately, <i>GigaOm</i> has at least some of the …

Photograph Your House Key With This App, Then Print A Copy Anywhere

The app's creators think of it as "lockout insurance."<p>You hear myths of old-school locksmiths who are so in tune with their trade, they're able to copy a key just from looking at a photo of it. The old-school-looking guys I talked with at one local shop said they couldn't do that, but now there's …

Viacom to bring streaming cable channels to new Sony TV service

Cable network Viacom has tentatively reached an agreement with Sony to bring livestreams of its cable channels to a new TV service, the <i>New York Times</i> reported yesterday.<p>The agreement would go a long way in helping Sony’s forthcoming next-gen console the PlayStation 4 compete with Microsoft’s new …

Why "Work Smart, Not Hard" is the Worst Advice in the World

Work smarter, not harder? Don't tell it to Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe, who meets some of the hardest-working people in America. In fact, he argues, that mantra is the opposite of the attitude we need to beat this lousy economy.<p><b>When I was 17</b> my high school guidance counselor tried to talk me into …

6 Tech Career Paths That Won't Bury You in Debt

Four-year colleges too often overcharge and under-deliver. How about a different plan? Here are six creative new (and relatively inexpensive) paths to great tech careers.<p>Four-year colleges too often overcharge and under-deliver. How about a different plan? Here are six creative new (and relatively …

Low temperature combustion could drive efficient, clean diesel engines back into the limelight - ExtremeTech

By on August 14, 2013 at 9:05 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Cold fusion, despite probably …

Astronomers identify 12 asteroids we could easily mine for valuable resources - ExtremeTech

By on August 12, 2013 at 3:31 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Science fiction authors and …

Why Some Male Turkeys Are So Damned Sexy

It's not what you have, it's how you use it.<p>For male wild turkeys, reproduction is an all-family effort. Less attractive males often don't get to mate, but they're still driven to ensure their genetic material is passed on. So they help their brightly colored, dominant brothers seduce hens in a …

3D Printing Goes Mainstream Retail

Just another day at UPS: Photocopy the ol' resume, ship back shoes to Zappos, print a car part.<p>About a month ago, a UPS store in eastern San Diego started offering a new service: 3D printing. Six weeks ago, store owner Burke Jones says, "I didn't know anything about 3D printing."<p>"I'd love to take …

You Can Smoke Pot In GTA V, According to Ratings Board

We had a hunch it was going to be possible, and, now, the people who rate video games are letting the cat out of the dimebag. You can smoke pot in <i>GTA</i> …

FYI: When Will We Evolve Out Of Our Useless Appendages?

Never. We're probably stuck with our appendix, pinky toes, tailbone and just about all of our other evolutionary holdovers. Wisdom teeth may eventually go, but major changes like losing an appendage (teeth included) take millions and millions of years — who knows if humans will even be around that …

How It Works: A 3-D Printer For Liver Tissue

The first commercial 3-D bioprinter, Organovo's NovoGen MMX Bioprinter, is manufacturing functional liver tissues that will soon help biochemists test new drugs. Here’s a look at the printing process.<p><b>Step 1</b>: Engineers load one syringe with a bio-ink (A) made up of spheroids that each contain tens …

How Gestural Control Could Change Everything

New brain scanning technique can visualize your imagination - ExtremeTech

By on August 21, 2013 at 3:41 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>This week a team of Dutch …

The Brain

NSA chief talks surveillance tactics over dinner

When someone dines with Keith Alexander, the director of the National Security Agency, I'd like to know who pays the tab.<p>In a contributing article in Forbes, Stanford Center for Internet and Society Civil Liberties Director Jennifer Granick talks about what it was like to meet the man in charge of …

Apple's Plan to Change How You Watch TV Forever

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Years of halting negotiations with cable companies haven’t gotten Apple much closer to its grand …