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Ben Heck made a portable Raspberry Pi-based gaming device

What you're looking at here is the result of some careful tinkering: a Raspberry Pi portable MAME emulator, with no HDMI. Ben and Felix have put the finishing touches on this portable gaming device using a combination of laser cutting and 3D printing. With eight GPIO left, though, Felix decides …

Einride's self-driving cargo trucks hit the highway this fall

Einride's autonomous T-Pod may look like a giant freezer on wheels, but it's likely to be on the road fairly soon. According to <i>TechCrunch</i>, the company announced today that the first customer deliveries of the self-driving transport vehicle will begin this fall.<p>The T-pod can transport standard cargo …

Cyberpunk 2077's Single-Play Is An "Immense, Story-Driven" RPG; But Multiplayer Not Ruled Out

Cyberpunk 2077 is as highly anticipated as it is shrouded in mystery; the game has been in the works for six years, with little information on what it will actually be like. Now, developer CD Projekt Red is dropping a small hint as to what players can expect.<p>At a streamed CD Projekt Red financial …

Cyberpunk

The screen time debate is pitting parents against each other

As the backlash against smartphones builds, and science lags, parents are waging a fraught battle with their kids and other parents<p>Before the smartphone backlash, before apps were likened to cigarettes for kids or Facebook co-founder Sean Parker mused that “God knows what it’s doing to our …

Building a Smarter Gun

Why Silicon Valley won’t back safe weapons tech<p>This nation appears to have finally reached a tipping point in our tolerance for guns. Everyone is searching for a fix—with one notable and utterly deplorable exception: <b>Silicon Valley</b>.<p>If the titans of technology hope to stay out of the fray, that’s not …

VW's iconic microbus is making a comeback in 2022 — and it's getting a big update

Once a symbol of American counterculture during the 1960s and '70s, Volkswagen's microbus was discontinued in 2013 due to safety concerns.<p>But in 2017, Volkswagen revealed a concept for a new, fully-electric microbus and confirmed it would go into production and reach dealerships by 2022.<p>Here's what …

Dark chocolate is now a health food. Here’s how that happened. - Vox

The Mars company has sponsored hundreds of scientific studies to show cocoa is good for you.<p>A year after James Cadbury, the 30-something great-great-great-grandson of the British chocolatier John Cadbury, launched his luxury cocoa startup in 2016, he introduced an avocado chocolate bar.<p>Cadbury …

Apple Unveils iPhone 8, Edge-to-Edge iPhone X With Wireless Charging

iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus (via Apple)<p>From the new Steve Jobs Theater, Apple today unveiled three new smartphones, including the iPhone X.<p>What CEO …

Why do we think poor people are poor because of their own bad choices?

Cecilia Mo thought she knew all about growing up poor when she began teaching at Thomas Jefferson senior high school in south Los Angeles. As a child, she remembered standing in line, holding a free lunch ticket. But it turned out that Mo could still be shocked by poverty and violence – especially …

University of Michigan

Volkswagen Brings Back the Beloved Microbus as an Electric Vehicle

Are we getting one step closer to having the beloved Volkswagen Microbus back in production? All signs point in the right direction, with VW CEO Herbert Diess' recent statements. “Emotional cars are very important for the brand,” he shared. “We are selling loads of Beetles still, particularly in US …

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Geek Humor

Ask Ethan: Is There Any Such Thing As Pure Energy?

Energy plays a tremendous role, not only in our technology-rich daily lives, but in fundamental physics as well. The chemical energy stored in gasoline gets converted into kinetic energy that propels our vehicles, while the electrical energy from our power planets gets converted into light, heat …

Physics

Hack This: Where To Write Code

From bare-bones text editors to IDE monsters, the tools for building new tools.<p>The code itself, the symbols and strings that eventually dictate the behavior of a machine, is one thing, but properly preparing it and executing it requires a dedicated venue. Your operating system's standard text …

This Tabletop Game Forces You To Confront Humanity's Future Threats

The horrors of the future, from nuclear proliferation to plagues, are on full display in Eclipse Phase.<p>The cell doesn't seem like it's infected, but it is.<p>Called an eclipse phase, it's the phase between when a cell is infected by a virus and when the virus actually shows up in the cell.<p>It's also …

Hack This: Become a Command Line Assassin

One of your operating system's most powerful tools is more accessible than you think.<p>No matter what kind of cluttered, icon-littered hellscape your filesystem happens to be, take heart that your computer provides a pristine alternate reality in the form of its command line interface. Essentially, …

Neighborhood Cat Brought Her Kitten with Broken Leg to Couple She Befriended

A neighborhood cat came to a couple for food one day and just kept coming back.<p>Last week, she brought her kitten who had a broken leg to meet the …

Pets

Uber’s self-driving cars are on the road

Just days after Google-owned Waze announced its entry into ride-hailing, Uber has released a photo of one of the self-driving cars it’s testing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.<p>“If you’re driving around Pittsburgh in the coming weeks you might see a strange sight: a car that looks like it should be …

Autonomous Cars

Total Inequality

Researchers know that it’s expensive to be poor. But they are only beginning to understand the sum of the financial, psychological, and cultural disadvantages that come with poverty.<p>Two years ago this month, Thomas Piketty published his massive tome on inequality, <i>Capital in the 21st Century</i>. …

PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners can finally play online games together

Microsoft is opening up its Xbox Live online service to gamers on other platforms — namely, PlayStation 4 and PC. <i>Whoa</i>.<p>In a move that's up there with Sonic the Hedgehog appearing next to Super Mario in a video game, Microsoft announced this morning on its Xbox blog that it's opening up the Xbox Live …

BMW’s insane car of the future replaces dashboards with augmented reality

BMW is in the midst of celebrating its 100th anniversary, and to mark the occasion, it just rolled out the Vision Next 100 concept at its Munich headquarters. By all appearances, it's one of the most insane concept cars BMW has ever conceived.<p>If you squint your eyes, you can still see a car that's …

Sony just gave the PS4 a big boost over the Xbox One

That's because Sony last week quietly rolled out a new software development kit (SDK) for developers that lets game makers access the 7th core in the console's 8-core AMD processor, according to GameSpot.<p>This news might sound a bit confusing and technical, so let's back up a bit.<p>When Sony and …

18 AI researchers reveal the most impressive thing they've ever seen

This year especially, artificial intelligence (AI) has had a renaissance — Tesla pushed their self-driving autopilot out to all eligible cars, and Google and Facebook have both announced large investments in AI research.<p>The latest human jobs to be taken by robots include video game playing and …

Artificial Intelligence

How to use Linux Commands

It won't be long after starting to use Linux that you ask a question and the answer begins with, "Open a terminal and..." At this point, you may be …

This Crazy Sky Pool Is Either Incredible or Terrifying

It's made entirely of glass and suspended 10 stories in the air.<p>Warning: If you're afraid of heights, you might want to look away. A South London apartment complex is building the first-ever Sky Pool, made of eight-inch-thick glass and suspended 10-stories above ground. At 90-feet-long it will …

Study: Men overcompensate in gross ways when their masculinity is threatened

Science confirms what we know to be true: Making a dude feel “feminine” is probably going to make him defensive<p>There's this thing feminists have been saying about masculinity for a while: It's socially constructed, and it tends to be bad.<p>The badness here doesn't just apply to masculinity -- notions …

Microsoft reveals all the editions of Windows 10

While Microsoft has not yet revealed an exact date for the Windows 10 launch (other than summer), the software giant is revealing all the editions today that will be made available when the operating system is finalized. Windows 10 Home is what Microsoft calls the "consumer-focused desktop …

A psychologist discovered the secret to never getting frustrated

The guy in front of you is driving like an idiot. Your boss is being a jerk. Your partner isn't listening.<p>And sometimes these all happen to you <i>on the same day</i>.<p>What's the fix for this? One guy came up with a solution that deals with all of these problems — and more.<p>Albert Ellis was quite a …

The undying allure of the Metroidvania

Metroidvania. What image did that word create in your mind? <i>Super Metroid</i>? <i>Castlevania: Symphony of the Night</i>? Or a newer title from an independent …

The History Of Web Design Explained In 9 GIFs

25 years of web design, summarized in nine unforgettable GIFs.<p>Froont, a San Francisco company that makes tools for web designers, has created nine GIFs that show just how far web design has come in the past 25 years. If you’ve ever wondered why CSS is important, or why Flash died out, these GIFs …

FORGET THE 1%: The 0.01% Are The Ones Truly Getting Ahead In America

Rising wealth inequality could presage the return of an 18th century inheritance society, in which marrying an heir is a surer route to riches than starting a company.<p>Critics question the premise: Chris Giles, the economics editor of the Financial Times, argued earlier this year that Mr Piketty's …