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The future of warfare: Why we should all be very afraid

Imagine an army of robots with the power to decide whom and when to kill. Brace yourself, because it’s happening<p>It is said that in 16th-century Prague, a giant made of clay stalked the slums from moonrise till sunbreak. He kept a vigil, this earthen colossus, and guarded the Jews of the ghettos in …

This giant robot is designed to let you juggle cars (for real)

Ex-NASA engineer has a dream to let anyone control a robot that throws VW Beetles into the air<p>Science fiction is filled with giant robots that people can control like extensions of their own bodies. Dan Granett wants to build one for real, as <i>Gizmodo</i> originally reported. Granett, a former technician …

Swatch may attempt to block Apple from trademarking iWatch name

Swatch is concerned that the 'iWatch' brand could be confused with its iSwatch.<p>Swatch is reportedly planning to block any attempts by Apple to …

Wearable Tech

Steve Jobs Wanted To Lock You To Your iPhone Forever

As Apple and Samsung get ready to sue each other yet again, all sorts of fun little tidbits are beginning to be put on the public record. Most of them, of course, surround Steve Jobs, who we already knew was kind of a dick. Turns out, Jobs might also have been just a little, er, overzealous<p>The most …

Apple claims copying iPhone was part of Samsung’s development process as patent trial begins

Following jury selection in the latest Apple vs Samsung patent trial in San Jose, today the trial officially started with Apple’s opening statements. In the trial, Apple is seeking $2B in damages for five patents it claims Samsung violated, while Samsung has counter-claims that Apple devices …

Which phones do world leaders use?

Apple and Samsung are hoping for some powerful customers as BlackBerry goes into decline. Could even Obama switch?<p>For years, the well-connected world leader would use nothing but a BlackBerry to get their email on the move – and it is still Barack Obama's phone of choice. He uses a model specially …

It's no longer illegal to rip CDs

An update to UK copyright law means that from 1 June 2014 it will no longer be illegal to make copies of CDs -- or ebooks or any other media -- that …

Bethesda Should License Skyrim For Professional Mods

When you watch the developer diary for Skywind, the fan-led effort to mod The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind into the more modern Skyrim Engine, you realize something: this is no ordinary mod. It’s built out on a fantastic scale to match Bethesda’s own efforts, complete with full voice acting, entirely …

Small Firms Are Making Big Bucks In The Analog Economy

Imagine if Tim Cook fired up the production lines and started churning out the Apple II instead of the latest Macbook Pro. The world would think he had gone barking mad. After all, what company in its right mind would decide to start rebuilding technology last manufactured in the 1970s?<p>But in 2013, …

FaceSubstitute Is The Coolest (And Creepiest) Thing You’ll See This Week

Ready for your semi-regular reminder that technology is freakin’ <i>amazing</i>?<p>FaceSubstitute is a tech demo that lets you use your webcam to try on someone else’s face (god, that was a weird sentence to type), and it’s just as creepy/awesome as it sounds. Want to be Walter White? Sure! Want to be a …

Drivable 500,000 piece Lego car runs on compressed air, insanity (video)

If you're still stuck on that Lego Mindstorm EV3 project, then you might have a tiny inkling of how the folks from the Super Awesome Micro Project feel. They've just pieced together a car with 500,000 of the plastic blocks that can actually hit the road, thanks to four radial engines with 256 …

Scientists Can Boil Water In A Trillionth Of A Second

Scientists have figured out how to heat water to 600 degrees C in one trillionth of a second.<p>And yes, while it seems like a belated bid to get on our …

Meet the big, bad robots competing in this weekend’s DARPA Robotics Challenge trial

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: NASA JPL<p>Starting later today, some of the most capable humanoid robots in the world will congregate in Miami, where 17 …

Robotics

Upcoming phones: The future smartphones of 2018 - Pocket-lint

With the pace of smartphone evolution moving so fast, there's always something waiting in the wings. No sooner have you spied the latest handset, …

Phones

The History Of Video Games In One Video

From the Odyssey to the SNES, watch the begining of the home console industry unfold before your very eyes...<p>Suggest a correction

Cubli: This Robot Cube Can Walk, Rotate, Balance And Jump (VIDEO)

Today in terrifying robotics news, researchers at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control, in Switzerland, have built a cube. A robot cube. A …

Swiss researchers created a cube that can sit, jump and walk (video)

Swiss researchers have created a metallic cube that can "walk" across a surface. Staff at the Federal Institute of Technology Zurich crammed a series of inertia sensors and constantly-spinning rotors (called reaction wheels) into a 15-centimeter cube, dubbed Cubli, that enable the contraption to …

Japanese robot crushes competition in robot olympics

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: DARPA<p>If you are ever trapped in a collapsed building, SCHAFT is the robot you’ll want by your side. The a bipedal …

Robotics

Alt-week 12.21.13: Rainbow sun, edible batteries and the world's toughest encryption cracked by a microphone

<i>Alt-week takes a look at the best science and alternative tech stories from the last seven days.</i><p>When constructing a feature whose very reason for being is to explore the most far out aspects of our universe, it's fair to say that we're leaning towards the red pill. But that doesn't mean there's …

How do game companies share massive files?

<b>Electronic Arts' multi-player shooter "Battlefield 4" exploded onto the computer games scene earlier this month, giving players a realistic taste of military combat in the 21st Century.</b><p>Special Report: The Technology of BusinessWhy IT failures are unlikely to go awayHow big data is changing …

Software

The Xbox One Is Enormous In Comparison To The PS4

Both the Xbox One and Playstation 4 are essentially repackaged PC parts at this point. Unlike the PS3, Sony’s new console uses standard X86 architecture and fairly standard components. This should allow for an easier development path and quicker adoption among studios down the line.<p>That’s why I was …

Quantum memory 'world record' smashed

<b>A fragile quantum memory state has been held stable at room temperature for a "world record" 39 minutes - overcoming a key barrier to ultrafast computers.</b><p>"Qubits" of information encoded in a silicon system persisted for almost 100 times longer than ever before.<p>Quantum systems are notoriously fickle …

Quantum Computing

Why does the new iPhone have a 64-bit processor?

SINCE its resurgence in the late 1990s, Apple has generally shied away from trumpeting processor speeds, cache sizes or other technical details in …

Should you spend your next-gen console cash on a PC instead?

You've got $400, maybe $500 sitting around and you're thinking that it's time to buy into some next-gen gaming. Sounds great, but maybe you shouldn't invest in a PlayStation 4, or an Xbox One. Maybe it's time to drop some cash on the most established gaming platform in history: The PC.<p>The question …

Mod your monitor so only you can see the display - Pocket-lint

This is genius. And like so many things that get that title it's also so simple it makes you say, "Why didn't I think of that?" This easy mod lets …

Gear & Gadgets

Samsung is pulling another Amazon on Android, but this is even bigger

Advertisement<p>36 Comments<p>As much as Google likes and touts that Android is open, that freedom may come with the cost of some control over the …

Mobile

Roller coaster technology: 'Bigger! Faster! Scarier!'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1022000/1022067_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1518080023_35e37b931e90d267ace34c1f3544fb1e<p><b>Technology has transformed the theme park thrill ride, fuelling a global arms race to create the fastest, tallest, scariest roller coasters the world</b> …

Roller Coasters

How a Lost Boy Used Google Earth to Find His Way Home After 25 Years

Last year, we heard the amazing story of Saroo Brierley, the Indian "lost child" who used Google Earth to find his way home after 25 years. This …

How science goes wrong

A SIMPLE idea underpins science: “trust, but verify”. Results should always be subject to challenge from experiment. That simple but powerful idea …

Samsung Galaxy Round Gets Unboxed (Video)

Last week Samsung announced the Samsung Galaxy Round, the first Android smartphone from Samsung with a curved flexible display, and now we have an …

Phones