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Star Wars: Battlefront to Debut Next Month, Platforms Confirmed

<b>[UPDATE]</b> Following the publication of this story, EA confirmed platforms details for Star Wars: Battlefront. It's coming to current-generation consoles and PC only.<p><i>The original story is below.</i><p>Electronic Arts will offer more details about Star Wars: Battlefront next month during the Star Wars …

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Physicists Have Built A Time Machine Simulator

This would create a paradox since you never would have been born if your grandparents never met. You've prevented your later birth, so you shouldn't exist anymore.<p>This is called the "Grandfather Paradox," and it's an infamous one among physicists.<p>Even though Einstein's famous theory of general …

The greatest myth about phones is that you are in control

In the human-machine relationship, you, fellow <i>Homo sapiens</i>, are commonly designated as the owner, operator, or otherwise dictator of the subservient device in your possession.<p>Consider, however, the reality of your relationship with your phone. First of all, it knows everything about you. It reads …

Google Street View Now Rides Camel-Back Into the Arabian Desert

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Physicists build first 500 GHz photon switch

In their research, the engineers in the Photonic Systems Laboratory of UC San Diego's Qualcomm Institute demonstrated that fast control becomes …

Quantum Mechanics Saves Grandfathers From Time Travelers

Probability solves a great question of time travel. Well, probably.<p>Mention time travel at a nerd party, and other guests will immediately respond with a grim conundrum: What happens if a time traveler goes back in time and kills one of his ancestors? This is the “Grandfather Paradox.” In a …

Reimagined Alienware Area-51 Launches This Year With New Triad Design

Dell unveils a 34-inch curved display.<p>With a diamond focus on Ultra HD gaming, hardware company Alienware is shipping its newest flagship desktop …

Alienware Turns The Gaming PC On Its Head With New Area-51 Design

The rock group Queen had a popular song back in the day, that Alienware’s latest gaming PC somehow manages to harken back, ringing in my schoolboy head – <i>Fat Bottom Girls</i>, you make the rockin world go-round. Teenaged bravado aside, I do realize I’m dating myself but then again, I’m genuinely …

Watch This Charger Fully Juice A Smartphone In 30 Seconds

The power of quantum dots<p>I still remember flipping through paper magazines while waiting for webpages to load on my family's PC, in the 1990s. Maybe one day waiting for your phone to charge will seem as antiquated.<p>An Israeli startup recently demonstrated a prototype charger that fully charges a …

Boston Is Getting Solar-Powered Park Benches That Charge Your Devices

The “Soofa” marks a new milestone in smart urban furniture.<p>No longer should we have to beg a block’s worth of bartenders to let us charge our dead phones. What if USB outlets were treated like public property instead?<p>Thanks to a trio of hardware designers and engineers who generated the idea at the …

Get Zapped With 500,000 Volts Of Electricity In Style In This Futuristic Chainmail Dress

Fashiontech designer Anouk Wipprecht’s futuristic chainmail dress protected her from 500,000 volts of electricity zapped from Tesla coils.<p>What’s a good way to shock the fashion world? Shock yourself with half a million volts of electricity and come away unscathed. And Dutch avant-garde designer …

You can steal data from a computer by touching it

Normally, breaking a PC's security involves either finding security exploits or launching brute force attacks, neither of which is necessarily quick or easy. However, a team at Tel Aviv University has come up with a potentially much simpler way to swipe data from a computer: touch it. If you make …

The world's largest solar thermal power plant is incinerating thousands of local birds

A common sight in the sky above the world's largest solar thermal power plant is a "streamer," a small plume of smoke that occurs without warning. Closer inspection, however, reveals that the source of the smoke is a bird that has inadvertently strayed into the white-hot heat above the plant's many …

With this new $10 antenna, you have no excuse not to try over-the-air TV

Would-be cord cutters, take notice: Antenna maker ChannelMaster just introduced a new over-the-air TV indoor antenna called the Flatenna that sells …

Hacking Traffic Lights Is Apparently Really Easy

In the 1969 classic <i>The Italian Job</i>, Michael Caine and crew commit a major gold heist by hacking into the traffic light system of Turin, Italy, to …

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HTC One M8 for Windows Coming to More Carriers in 2014

HTC today launched the HTC One (M8) for Windows, priced at $99 with a 2-year contract on Verizon. Thankfully, the device won’t stay limited to the carrier for long, as the Taiwanese company plans to bring it to other providers soon, TNW has confirmed.<p>“Verizon is our exclusive launch partner,” Jason …

It Takes 5 Billion Years To Visit Each Planet In 'No Man's Sky'

<i>No Man’s Sky,</i> a proceduraly-generated space exploration game, and a timed-exclusive coming to the PS4, looks like a really neat game.<p>It’s also huge: It would take a player 5 billion years to travel to each of the game’s planets for just one second per world.<p>But I find the news a little …

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NASA Sees Black Hole Bend Light

NASA's black-hole hunting telescope has captured a cosmic battle between dark and light.<p>NuSTAR, formally known as the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, has observed a supermassive black hole's gravity tugging on X-ray light that's being emitted near that black hole.<p>That light is getting …

The Internet Is Getting Too Big, And It's Becoming A Problem For Some Service Providers

Recent reports suggest the system that routers use to share the map of the internet with one another has grown too large for some older routers to handle — which could result in poor connectivity.<p>The problem is, older routers can only process a certain number of routes contained in this internet …

Murder Suspect Asked Siri For Help Hiding The Body

- Aug 13, 2014<p>A murder suspect apparently asked Apple’s virtual assistant Siri for help in hiding the body of his victim. The accused also used his …

CyberLightning Raises $4.2M To Bring 3D Interface To Industrial ‘Internet Of Things’ Monitoring

When you think about the Internet of Things (IoT) you likely think of consumer hardware products like smart thermostats, Wi-Fi lightbulbs or quantified self gadgets, such as various fitness trackers and other gizmos. CyberLightning, however, is an IoT startup of a different kind. It offers a …

HTC is bringing its apps to other Android phones, Zoe coming this week

Bring a bit of Sense to your TouchWiz<p>A few months ago, HTC outlined plans to release apps like BlinkFeed and Zoe, long exclusive to its own lineup of smartphones, for <i>all</i> Android devices. And it's about to execute on that plan: HTC will release a beta of its Zoe camera software later this week. The …

Researchers reveal new Wi-Fi tech that can power battery-free IoT devices

We’ve written numerous articles about the potential of the Internet of Things, and how it could eventually bring forth a world where billions of sensors and smart devices interact with one another and connect with the Internet to make our lives a little better, a little easier. Of course one major …

Fast Radio 'Bursts' From Beyond Our Galaxy Baffle Astronomers

A split-second burst of energy that erupted in deep space is giving astronomers important new clues about a mysterious class of astrophysical phenomena.<p>Only a handful of these rapid, millisecond-duration events, known as "fast radio bursts" (FRBs), had been detected previously, all of them by a …

This Dwarf Planet Might Have More Fresh Water Than All Of Earth

And it's actually (relatively) nearby<p>This is poor, unfortunate Ceres. Discovered in 1801, it was at first called a planet, then soon classified as an asteroid, and recently as a dwarf planet, not quite qualifying for real planet status despite residing in the solar system's asteroid belt. But now …

Robotic Exoskeleton Turns Korean Workers Into Ironman

This suit helps out with the heavy lifting<p>The South Korean company Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering is trying out something new: equipping workers with robotic exoskeletons. Workers are only testing prototypes for now, but future shipbuilders might strap on exoskeletons as easily as they …

Mark Your Calendars: In A Year, We'll Arrive At Pluto

Planetary scientist Alan Stern is counting down the days — just 365 of them now. He has spent the past 8 1/2 years waiting for the New Horizons spacecraft to make a close encounter with Pluto. Next year, on July 14, the spacecraft will reach its destination.<p>"Not only did we choose the date, by the …

HTC’s software update roadmap leaked on Internet – HTC One getting Android 4.4.4 soon

HTC’s Android rollout roadmap has been leaked on the Internet. The roadmap shows that HTC is continuing to make point releases for some devices and that it is evaluating Android L for several of its handsets.<p>The Google Play Editions of the HTC One (M7 and M8) already have access to Android 4.4.4 …

Google reveals first Android Wear watches to go on sale

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/technology/1087000/1087961_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1531762121_0f9a96f599b85ebdc5d3fe81f78b0e30<p><b>Google has announced the first smartwatches powered by its Android Wear operating system are now available for pre-order.</b><p>The LG G Watch and …

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