Mikal Harrington Brown

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Microsoft’s Windows 10 Anniversary Update will arrive August 2nd

Microsoft today announced that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update will launch on August 2. This is one of the biggest Windows 10 updates yet and will include new features for both consumers and enterprises.<p>As Microsoft also announced today, Windows 10 now runs on 350 million devices and users have …

12 things you should know about the newer, smaller Xbox One

There's a new Xbox One! It's prettier. It's smaller. It's got a new gamepad. It's called the Xbox One <i>S</i>.<p>Here it is!<p>But this is much more than just a pretty new face. Here's everything we know about the new Xbox One S, coming in August 2016.

NASA’s new X-plane and the future of electric aircraft

The world is on a quest to create cleaner, quieter airplanes that could replace the fuel-guzzling, roaring commercial aircraft in use today.<p>NASA is leading much of the research and development effort in this area and today they’ve announced an official name for their next X-plane concept: the X-57 …

Aviation

16 incredible destinations in Asia that tourists don't know about yet

While some of these locations are remote, others are hidden gems often overlooked by tourists.<p>For those in search of the best spots to visit in Asia away from the masses, we've rounded up 16 breathtaking destinations that range from hidden beaches and charming fishing villages to jungle-clad …

Beaches

Magnises, a private club for elite millennials, is now offering its members access to swanky nightclubs and hotel stays for $79 a night

With the use of a personalized black card, the private club gives young professionals access to special events and deals in some of the biggest cities on the East Coast, most notably in New York City and Washington, DC.<p>By flashing your Magnises card, you can get discounts at restaurants, bars, or …

Private Club

Mumbai police force feed thief with 40 bananas to retrieve gold chain

In a desperate attempt to cover his tracks he swallowed the chain and denied stealing it, but x-rays suggested otherwise<p>Police in Mumbai have resorted to an unusual method of getting a thief to hand over the goods - by force feeding him more than 40 bananas in an attempt to retrieve a gold chain …

AT&T revives the unlimited data plan, with a catch

The unlimited data plan is making a comeback at AT&T, but not as you remember it.<p>The Dallas telecom giant said Monday that its DirecTV and U-Verse subscribers can sign up for unlimited wireless data. A single line costs $100 a month, with $40 for each additional line. Enrollment starts Tuesday.<p>The …

Microsoft gained a couple of allies for its Windows Phone

At CES, PC maker Acer and mobile giant Alcatel reiterated their support for the platform, confirming plans to launch two new Windows 10-powered smartphones in the coming weeks.<p>Microsoft's mobile platform remains in a precarious position, but these additional devices suggest that handset vendors at …

Samsung built the most amazing TV ever

Samsung rarely disappoints when it debuts new TVs. Its latest marvel, launched at this year's CES, definitely is one of the best ever.<p>The new TV technology allows you to stack televisions like Lego bricks. When you move them or even spin them around, a powerful processing engine powering the …

Headphone makers quietly prepare for the iPhone 7

No one at CES seems alarmed by the death of the headphone jack<p>Apple is the perennial absentee newsmaker at CES. The Cupertino company never attends the Consumer Electronics Show, but it always manages to stir up some hype and excitement around its products during the show. Call it a happy accident. …

Facebook is prepping for an Android doomsday

Facebook wants to be prepared should it ever enter a war with Google. In a report this morning, <i>The Information</i> says that Facebook has worked on a number of contingency plans that will allow it to continue operating on Android in the event that Google cuts it off from the Play Store, and therefore …

China's New Spaceship Looks Like SpaceX's — Here's Why

There's a good reason why all of today's manned spacecraft look pretty much the same<p>China recently unveiled drawings of the capsule it plans to use to carry humans and cargo into space in the 2020s, and the design looks strikingly familiar. With a flat top, sloping sides, and a wide bottom, all of …

Space Exploration

20 Biggest Pop Culture Fails of 2015: Steve Harvey, Donald Trump, and So Much More

Fantastic Four bombed. The Tidal wave crashed. Rihanna never released an album, and those Good Wife stars didn’t share that scene. A look back at …

These are 12 of the strangest patents ever created for airplanes

Squeezed into a big metal tube, shoulder to shoulder with a stranger, flying isn't most people's cup of tea.<p>But, though you might not think it, airplane manufacturers are always trying to make flying more comfortable and efficient, and are constantly creating patents for potential new …

Engines

11 most luxurious train rides | CNN Travel

Here's Why Google's Driverless Car Got Pulled Over, Company Says

Google has shed some light on why one of its driverless cars was stopped by police for driving too slow last month, an incident that attracted widespread attention as the vehicles continue to capture the public's imagination.<p>Google's driverless car was stopped by police in California in a curious …

Aftershock's Titan is a laptop with desktop parts

The Aftershock Titan's name is no exaggeration. In fact, with specs that outstrip most desktop computers, it's shaping up to be one of the most beastly gaming laptops ever made.<p>Built by Singapore-based gaming PC maker Aftershock, the Titan costs S$4,500, which roughly converts to US$3,185, AU$4,430 …

Dear Mr. Steves...

My favorite mail-reading time is at the end of a long day at work, when I can lose myself in the words and feelings of other travelers: Newly widowed Jared, whose wife always dreamed of climbing the bell tower overlooking Venice's Piazza San Marco, finally did just that for both of them. Aaron, who …

Shammane Is The Smart Watch Apple Should Have Released

Let’s just start this article off by saying that the Shammane smartwatch is the most gorgeous piece of wearable technology that we’ve ever seen. No …

The TIE Fighter Is The Worst Spacecraft In The Star Wars Universe

I’m sure there’s going to be lots of people who disagree with me on this. Sure, TIE fighters look cool, I get that. And this isn’t about politics — …

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 announced with new Surface Pen, starts at $899

Panos Panay introduced the Surface Pro 4 by reminding us how transformative this line of devices has already been: "This challenge of the tablet and the laptop... which do you buy? Remember that problem? It's gone." There's a fingerprint sensor on the keyboard and Cortana integration inside the new …

How does a zero gravity plane flight work?

By creating weightless conditions onboard using a parabolic flight pattern, this former German government plane is now used to help further science<p>Airbus A310-304 used to transport Germany's VIP around the world, but now it is ready to undertake its first scientific campaign for aerospace …

All About Architecture and Beautiful Buildings

Unless you live way out in the country, the art of architecture can be found everywhere. From big cities to small suburbs, beautiful buildings and modern marvels have become an intrinsic part of contemporary life.<p>But for architects—you know, the people responsible for making buildings come …

Glowforge’s 3D Maker Machine Now Available On Pre-Order

Glowforge has flipped the switch to on for pre-orders of its 3D laser printer. Makers can now purchase the machine in advance on the Seattle-based startup’s website starting today.<p>The Glowforge 3D printer isn’t really a 3D printer, but a laser cutter. It’s confusingly described but actually cuts …

Why Isis fights | Martin Chulov

Jihadi fighters in Iraq and Syria reveal the apocalyptic motivations of the militant movement that has hijacked the Syrian uprising – and transformed the Middle East<p>For more than a century, Dabiq was one of northern Syria’s forsaken villages, a speck on a vast agricultural plain between the Turkish …

Middle East

Vector's smartwatch looks like a SkyMall reject, but isn't

There are plenty of smartwatches, but the majority of them scream, "I'm a smartwatch," from every pore. Squared-off devices like the ZenWatch and Apple Watch still have a faint whiff of the pocket protector, while rounder units like the Moto 360 and G Watch R have had to bulk up to accommodate …

Google uses Search as a secret job interview tool

Shutterstock<p>Google is well known for its love of puzzles and leaving little hidden secrets dotted around and it turns out that the company applies similar techniques while it is on the hunt for new employees too.<p>Max Rosett, a new Google employee, blogged about his recent recruitment experience at …

Employment

NASA's 3D-printed rocket pump passes brutal stress test

NASA is pushing the state-of-the-art for 3D additive printing and wants to bring US industry along with it. It recently tested a rocket engine's crucial turbopump unit that was built almost entirely of 3D printed parts (see the video below). Marshall Space Center design lead Mart Calvert said that …

Sea Levels Are 3 Inches Higher Than They Were in 1992

A panel of NASA scientists said Wednesday that new data shows sea levels are, on average, three inches higher than they were in 1992 due to melting …

Portraits of People Looking Like Their Dogs

People often say that dogs and their owners look more and more alike as the years go by. For her ongoing project “The Dog People,” German …