Jerrod Mertz

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Trump lays out military plan; formally introduces James 'Mad Dog' Mattis

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President-elect Donald Trump formally introduced his pick to lead the Defense Department Tuesday, as he brought his "thank you" tour to Fayetteville, North Carolina.<p>"In order to succeed in our defense policy, we must have the right person to lead in our Defense Department," he …

Which BMW M Coupé Is For You?

Is it the M2, the M4 or the crazy M4 GTS? Here are some pros and cons for each.<p>Most people talking about how great the E30 M3 is would not daily drive such an old machine. What they desire instead is a brand new M4, that special version of the 3 Series that looks like a million dollars, drives like …

Why the Subaru BRZ coupe is a tricky proposition

There will always be two sides to a story. In the automotive world, the tale of the <b>Toyota 86</b> and the <b>Subaru BRZ</b> is a clear example.<p>Why did the two car …

How the Nissan Skyline GT-R Became 'Godzilla'

The origin story of a legend.<p>This wasn't a good week for fans of fast Nissans. Just three days before Christmas, its moonshot Le Mans program, which fielded a wild front-engined, front wheel drive car in the storied race, was unceremoniously canceled. Nissan's U.S.-based employees were notified of …

Why More Millennials Are Leasing Luxury Cars

Leasing accounted for almost 29% of all new car purchases by millennials in 2015.<p>Connor Murphy, 23, owns a fresh produce company and is about to …

'107 feet of fire-breathing titanium': A US Air Force major describes flying the fastest plane in history

The answer was the SR-71.<p>The Lockheed Martin SR-71, or the "Blackbird" as it is commonly known, flew at the upper 1% of earth's atmosphere at altitudes of 80,000 feet and speeds of over 2,000 mph— much faster and higher than any plane before it.<p>And every inch of the aircraft was meticulously …

Sleepy space probe New Horizons awakens for close-up with Pluto

<b>(CNN) —</b> Three billion miles away from Earth, in an unchartered slice of our solar system, a small space probe is shaking off its deep sleep and getting ready to become the first spacecraft to visit Pluto and its moons.<p>It's the "beginning of the mission's primary objective: the exploration of Pluto …

IBM Unveils a ‘Brain-Like’ Chip With 4,000 Processor Cores

The human brain is the world's most sophisticated computer, capable of learning new things on the fly, using very little data. It can recognize …

What's Behind Tesla's Demand For $500 Million In Gigafactory Incentives

Tesla Motors has been playing a game of economic development poker for its $5 billion Gigafactory with five states — Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas.<p>Last week, Tesla’s billionaire CEO Elon Musk revealed the bid he expects from the winning state. Musk, speaking on a conference call …

SnapPiCam Raspberry Pi Powered Digital Camera Kit (video)

There are plenty of digital cameras to choose from in the market, but if you are looking for something a little more unique, hackable and with …

Tesla and Panasonic to kickstart Gigafactory plans

Every journey begins with a single step. For Elon Musk and his 200 Gigafactory dream, that single step is this agreement with Japanese electronics …

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Credit Card Sized Raspberry Pi Compatible Hardkernel ODROID-W PC Unveiled

If you enjoy building Raspberry Pi projects but some times find the original Raspberry Pi mini PC a little to large for your needs and the Raspberry …

Microsoft and Intel put Windows on a microcomputer

<img src="http://cdni.wired.co.uk/138x138/a_c/ars.png" alt="Ars Technica" style="float: left;"/>Even Microsoft wants a piece of the development board …

MIT's new robot glove can give you extra fingers

Have you ever wondered if five fingers is <i>really</i> enough? The folks at MIT have. Researchers in the institute's department of mechanical engineering have created a robotic glove that adds two additional digits to the standard human claw, positioning two long fingers on either side of the hand. It's …

The Air Force Is Working On A New Bomber

The B-52 may finally have a grandchild.<p>The U.S. Air Force is quietly ramping up spending on a future bomber, according to a report by the Congressional Research Service published earlier this month. The Air Force also sent requirements for the program to the industry earlier this week. The goal is …

The Ultimate Guide To Bootstrapping Hardware Startups

<b>Involve others whenever possible</b><p>Find mentors and advisors. Tap people who you trust. Whenever you can, talk to people who have done this before.<p>Validate assumptions. Talk to at least 20 strangers about your product. Gauge their enthusiasm, listen carefully to their questions and don’t assume you …

This New Tech Could Make Your Future Phone Shatter-Proof

Researchers at the University of Akron are working on a film for smartphone screens that could make a device's display shatter-proof.<p>The film is comprised of a transparent layer of electrodes over a polymer surface, according to a report from the university first spotted by Engadget.<p>These …

ICE xPC Pocket Desktop Computer Unveiled

The development team over at ICE Computer have been developing prototype pocket desktop computers for some time but as yet has not brought anything …

DARPA Is Using Oculus Rift To Build The ‘Mega Man Battle Network’ Of Cyberwarfare

In a surprising amount of futuristic visions of how hacking will work in the future, the experience is immersive, rather than something done hunched over a computer looking at lines of code scroll by. DARPA appears to agree with the full-body submersion vision of hacking’s future, as it’s working …

New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Hide From Russian Radar

America’s gazillion-dollar Joint Strike Fighter is supposed to go virtually unseen when flying over enemy turf. But that’s not how things are working …

6 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With Your Graphing Calculator

Fun Things to Do on a Graphing Calculator<p>1. Draw something.<p>2. Play games.<p>3. Collect data.<p>4. Upload photos.<p>5. Write full sentences.<p>6. Create and save …

The design process behind Google's modular phone

It's easy to see the appeal of Project Ara, Google's modular smartphone concept. With Ara, a dead battery in the middle of a day trip doesn't set off …

We may already know how we will cure death—but should we?

A pair of advocates—they do legitimate research too, but their ardor is so intense, it’s hard to call them scientists—believe that they will, within their lifetimes, make ours the first generation of humans to live forever.<p>Their quest is elegantly laid out in <i>The Immortalists</i>, a new documentary …

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What Project Ara could mean for the future of mobile customer service

When we first heard about modular phone projects like PhoneBloks, initially mobile tech publications like <i>Android Authority</i>, industry experts and even tech enthusiasts were skeptical about whether such a concept could ever be anything more than just a pipe-dream.<p>Although a smartphone that can have …

Valve's new Steam controller feels familiar, but strange

Valve's original vision for a PC gamepad was an arresting deviation from the norm: touch-sensitive control pads in place of dual analog thumbsticks and a full-on touchscreen in lieu of actual buttons. The company's latest revision -- codenamed "D0g" after the character from <i>Half-Life 2 --</i> skews a …

Google’s Project Tango could finally allow robots to roam free on the International Space Station

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Signe Brewster<p>The NASA SPHERES satellite drifts like a puck on an air hockey table, spinning slowly as its canisters …

Upverter Raises $2.3M To Be The Online Collaboration Layer For Hardware Engineering

Toronto-based startup and online electronic design automation platform and hardware hacker community has raised $2.3 million in seed funding, the company revealed to TechCrunch today. The funding is from Boris Wertz’s Version One Ventures, and includes Tom McInerney, Autodesk CEO Carl Bass, Amol …

Microview Shrinks Arduino Into A Teeny, Weenie OLED Module

Do you desire a teeny, tiny, little Arduino board with OLED display? You bet you do! Microview is a new “chip-sized” Arduino on Kickstarter that costs $45. What can it do? All kinds of stuff!<p>You basically get a micro controller and a lot of inputs and you can drive the display via software, …

The CUPID drone strikes with 80,000 volts to the chest

Future shock<p>In a studio in downtown Austin, we're tasing a dummy. We've been instructed to stand back and not to move at all during the test itself, which consists of a six-pronged copter-drone flying closer and closer to a silver mannequin, before it shoots a pair of electrocuted barbs into the …

The Dawn of the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Reasons to cheer the rise of the machines<p>The advances we’ve seen in the past few years—cars that drive themselves, useful humanoid robots, speech recognition and synthesis systems, 3D printers, <i>Jeopardy!</i>-champion computers—are not the crowning achievements of the computer era. They’re the warm-up …