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Is this the stealth police motorbike of tomorrow?

An electric motorcycle that started life as a battlefield prototype could end up giving tomorrow’s police forces an advantage when patrolling the streets. Jack Stewart investigates.<p>It’s a scene that could have come straight from a Hollywood blockbuster. A car comes screeching around a corner at …

Special Forces

Logitech Bemo review: Mini camera for creating, sharing mini movies - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The Logitech Bemo makes one-button video capture as simple as possible. The camera is comfortable to use and the body is durable and water-resistant. Free Bemo app makes viewing, sharing, and editing clips extremely easy.<p><b>The Bad</b> Its app is iOS-only at the moment. Clip trimming is …

Logitech

How to keep your car cool on hot days

At the peak of summer, the interior of your car can heat up to dangerous temperatures making driving almost unbearable. Not everyone has the luxury of A/C, but there are a few things you can do to keep you, your children and your pets safe from the heat.<p>Find shaded parking<p>Nobody likes to enter a …

Sony HDR-AS100V Action Cam review: Sony tackles the GoPro giant with the AS100V - CNET

<b>The Good</b> High bitrate recording and a bunch of extra features like GPS make this Sony's best Action Cam so far, with good still image and audio quality added to the mix. A new tally light on the top of the camera makes it easy to see when you're recording.<p><b>The Bad</b> The live view remote can't be used …

Cameras

How It Works: The BMW i8's Laser Headlights

The lights on the hybrid BMW of the future are energy-efficient, crazy-cool—and illegal in the United States. Stupid laws strike again.<p><b>Go to your computer and email your local congressman right now.</b> Why? Because thanks to archaic headlight-brightness regulations, possibly the most groundbreaking …

How to Wax Your Car

Get in the habit of giving your car a regular wax or polish and you'll thank yourself later.<p>Regular car waxing will improve your vehicle's look and prolong the life span of its paint. Learning how to wax and buff your car properly can save you a bunch of money over time.<p><b>What You'll Need</b><p>You'll need …

If 3D-Printed Carbon Fiber is the Future, It's Already Here

3D printing has been a great way to model a new part, but building it has required a different tool. The Mark One aims to change all that: hit print, wait, and then hang it on your car.<p><i>(Photo by Jeong Suh/Bryan Christie Design)</i><p><b>At the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan suggested</b> an idea at once …

Get a Leap Motion Controller and $20 credit for $79.99

Are you a gadget liker or a gadget <i>lover</i>? Anyone who falls into the latter category, read on.<p>The Leap Motion Controller ranks among the more interesting products of 2013. It's like a Microsoft Kinect for your PC, a 3D-space controller that lets you interact with things onscreen using just hand …

Emotiva Airmotiv 5s advances the state of the art in desktop audio

You know it when it's right, and the new Emotiva Airmotiv 5s powered speakers' sound is very right. The bass, midrange, and treble frequencies' balance is spot-on; resolution is first rate; and the stereo imaging is spacious.<p>The Airmotiv 5s is a direct descendent of the Airmotiv 5 that debuted not …

Dayton Audio Sub-1500, a maximum-fun subwoofer

I love reviewing subwoofers. After speakers, subs deliver the biggest improvement in sound quality per dollar spent. It's a difference you can literally <i>feel</i>, and you'll feel even more with a really big sub, like the Dayton Audio Sub-1500. The price is right, it's just $179, shipped, in the US!<p>Back …

D-Link DCS-2330L HD wireless network cloud camera is weatherproof

D-Link is probably best known for making networking accessories. The company also has a full line of wireless cameras aimed at video surveillance. …

New Sony Pico Projector Offers Focus-Free Viewing Using Laser Scanning Technology

Sony has today unveiled a new Sony Pico Projector which is has designed to offer users with focus-free viewing thanks to it being equipped with …

How to Install Bluetooth Audio in Your Car

New cars now typically come with Bluetooth audio capability, but if your older wheels don't have it, don't fret. You can install it yourself and start streaming music sooner than you might think.<p><b>Bluetooth audio is common in new cars, but</b> if your ride is a few years old you might not be able to …

New lithium/sulfur battery doubles energy density of lithium-ion

Batteries. We buy them at the store, use them up, and throw them away without much thought. In reality, however, batteries are remarkably complex …

Vanatoo's mighty mini speakers deliver a knockout punch

My advice to speaker shoppers who prioritize sound quality is go for a good set of big speakers. They conjure the sound of music more realistically than tiny ones. I know all too well that most folks settle for something smaller, and usually it's a case of the smaller, the better. That's why …

50 Great Gadget and Gear Gifts for the Holidays

Whether you're looking for a great pair of headphones, the perfect watch, or the best engineering toys, Popular Mechanics' gift guide has you covered.<p>Good gift giving depends a lot on well-timed serendipity. Aisle wandering and clicking around online usually lead you to the perfect thing for your …

Why pressing ‘upload’ means losing your rights

If you store your precious photos and documents online, then you may be disturbed to discover the rights you give away, says Tom Chatfield.<p>“The cloud” is one of my least favourite internet neologisms. It suggests something fluffy, white and weightless: a global atmosphere within which our email, …

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The Art of Flying Your Very Own Drone

Drones are coming to American skies—not just for surveillance or security work, but also for hobbyists. If you want to pilot your own drone, learn the ABCs of UAVs.<p><b>Drones have gained a reputation for hunting</b> terrorists and spying on both foreigners and Americans alike. So it's easy to overlook the …

How to Build an F1 Car: Carbon Fiber in Formula 1

Even if the maddeningly consistent, podium-topping skills of current points leader Sebastian Vettel bore you to tears, Formula 1 still earns the distinction of being the most hyperbolic motorized sport on the planet thanks to its bombastic combination of stratospheric budgets and sky's-the-limit …

How to Paint a Car

A DIY car paint job could save you thousands of dollars.<p>If your car's paint is looking dingy and faded or you're just looking for a change of color, a DIY car paint job could save you thousands of dollars. Good prep work and being systematic in your approach will have your car looking like new in …

Google celebrates 15 years of its biggest product: You

When it was just 2 years old, Google kicked off its annual tradition of pranking the Internet on April Fool's Day with a doozy.<p>The Google MentalPlex was supposed to read your mind as you visualized the search term you wanted.<p>Google.com instructed you to remove your hat and glasses, stare into a …

Meet the smart hubs competing to control your home

Perhaps the most overwhelming thing about the smart home revolution is the fact that so many of these new gadgets come with their own separate apps and control hubs. If you buy more than one or two, you'll end up needing a whole bookcase to store all of the blinking control centers plugged into …

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 …

Vocational Education

Can an audiophile find joy in a full-size $40 headphone?

I'm always on the lookout for great sounding products in all price ranges, so when an Audiophiliac reader suggested the almost too good to be true JVC HA-RX700 full-size headphones, I pulled the trigger. I'm glad I did, first the HA-RX700 doesn't look or feel like a cheap headphone. Better yet, it …

‘Genetic portraits’ offer view of family resemblances

By splicing together images from siblings, parents and children, one photographer is exploring the way in which we inherit our appearances.<p>“Family faces are magic mirrors looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future,” wrote US journalist and author Gail Lumet Buckley. …

Siblings

What makes us extroverts and introverts?

Why do some people prefer adventure and the company of others, while others favour being alone? It’s all to do with how your brain processes rewards.<p>Will you spend Saturday night in a crowded bar, or curled up with a good book? Is your ideal holiday adventure sports with a large group of mates and, …

Psychology

The revolution that built the streets of Paris

The French capital is one of the most striking examples of rational urban planning – a new study tries to explain how exactly it changed the city.<p>They are what make Paris so distinctive: the grand, wide boulevards that march in straight lines through the city, lined with bustling cafés and tempting …

Can music make you smarter?

James May finds out if listening to music, or playing it, is really good for your brain.<p>The Mozart effect suggests that children will become more intelligent if they listen to music composed by Mozart. But is it true? James May delves into the mysteries of music in his own inimitable way.<p><i>For more</i> …

Even Your Wheels Will Be Made of Carbon Fiber

Carbon Revolution, a company born from a university project, is creating carbon-fiber wheels that are lighter than even the aluminum and magnesium rims found on today's fanciest cars.<p><b>The lightweight rims that appear on many supercars</b> and other top-of-the-line autos are made of aluminum or, in rare …