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I just drove the Tesla Model 3 and it changes everything — the entire world will want this car

<b>FREMONT, California</b>— Tesla has been promising a great electric car for the masses since its founding, and on Friday that car finally arrived.<p>Before a handoff of the first 30 Model 3's to owners at Tesla's factory in California, I got to spend about 15 minutes behind the wheel of the latest car of …

Fan made Star Wars Battlefront III gets go ahead from Valve, will launch for free on Steam

EA’s Star Wars Battlefront may have shifted some serious units when it hit the shelves last winter, but it appears fan-made project Galaxy In Turmoil …

One of the top Apple followers is worried that it could turn into BlackBerry

In a blog post, Arment argues that BlackBerry was great at creating phones and dominated the market before Apple released the iPhone.<p>The problem was that the iPhone release didn't just create a better smartphone — it changed what people used them for entirely.<p>BlackBerry was great at creating at a …

Google's new app lets users conduct scientific research on their phones

Google's new Android app revamps the clipboard for scientific field experiments. The app, called Science Journal, measures and records data in real time, and then converts that data into easily readable graphs and charts.<p>Users can store several projects in the app, and use tools like an …

Apps

Wireless charging system for EVs is nearly as good as plugging in

Wireless charging for electric cars is already affordable, but it's still pretty limited: it isn't the quickest option, and it's not even on the radar if you're driving large vehicles like trucks. Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are close to licking those problems once and for all, …

Pentagon Awards $89 Million for New Hybrid-Electric VTOL Prototype

Aurora Flight Sciences has been awarded an $89 million Pentagon contract to prototype a new vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft, part of …

Remix OS might just make you want to put Android on your laptop

Earlier this year at CES we were introduced to Remix OS — an Android variant from Jide that turns Google's mobile operating system into a desktop OS. Remix takes basic Android and adds all the elements you'd expect on a PC or Mac: there's support for mice and keyboards, a windowed interface, a file …

The DeLorean Motor Company may soon start building ‘new’ cars

The DeLorean could soon be going back into production thanks to a new law that exempts small volume car manufacturers from the safety requirements applied to most new car makers. Also, I'm going to attempt to write this article without any <i>Back to the Future</i> jokes.<p>The law only applies to "replica" …

Alton Towers to open 'Galactica' VR roller coaster in April

Virtual reality headsets can trick your eyes and ears into thinking you're someplace else, but what about the rest of your body? Alton Towers thinks it has the answer and, unsurprisingly, it involves a massive roller coaster. The British theme park today unveiled "Galactica," a new ride that will …

Snap, The 4K Flying Camera With Auto-Tracking, Is Ready For The Spotlight

Snap, a flying camera we first wrote about in September, is ready for the spotlight as it takes the stage today to compete in the TechCrunch Hardware Battlefield at CES. The device, made by Vantage Robotics, provides an alternative for those who want professional aerial shots but don’t want the …

Drones

YouTube adds virtual reality video to its Android app

YouTube is steeping into virtual reality in a big way.<p>The company added support for virtual reality videos to its Android app Thursday and announced …

Why NASA's Mars Missions Last Long After Their Expiration Dates

Two words: conservative engineering.<p>NASA's Mars Opportunity rover was supposed to last 90 days on the red planet. That was 11 years ago, and it's still roving. The Mars Odyssey orbiter had a stated two-year mission, starting in 2002. Today it still collects data and acts as a communications hub for …

The Seven Craziest Things About the Tesla Model X

Elon Musk's electric crossover is packed full of weird and amazing surprises. Here are our favorite things about the Model X.<p>Last night, Elon Musk introduced the Tesla Model X to the world. We've long known that the all-electric crossover was coming—it was promised in 2013, then 2014, before …

BMW Unveils Retro-Liveried 3.0 CSL Hommage R at Pebble Beach

Forty years ago, BMW, eager to establish a larger presence in the United States, took the Batmobile IMSA racing. The E9 3.0 CSL, festooned with a honkin’ wing and fender flares large enough to qualify as affordable housing in some parts of San Mateo County, acquitted itself quite admirably in …

Batmobile

Real-life version of Star Trek impulse engines that could get us to moon in 4 hours actually works, scientists say

Interplanetary travel could be a step closer after scientists confirmed that an electromagnetic propulsion drive, which is fast enough to get to the …

Space Travel

Windows 10 tips for gamers: How to save your bandwidth, do a clean install, and more

Just because you have a new operating system doesn’t mean everything is working like it should.<p>Windows 10<p>New Windows 10 game<br>• How to get Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition<p>Here’s a secret: If you installed Windows 10 today, you agreed to have your computer act as a peer-to-peer host for sharing Windows …

Windows 10

Audi makes synthetic gasoline without using petroleum

Audi researchers have successfully made 100-octane gas from plant matter. Their next goal: Gasoline from water, CO2, and hydrogen.<p>Researchers at Audi have managed to do something that at first blush sounds impossible, or at least, highly illogical: They've created a small batch of synthetic …

'No Pineapple Left Behind' and the politics of American education

Seth Alter was a teacher for all of six months before quitting his job and going indie to make video games full-time. <i>No Pineapple Left Behind</i>, his second PC title, is more or less the story of why he left his students at a Boston charter school. As a special education math teacher, his sixth …

The Void wants to offer fully immersive virtual reality games

Ken Bretschneider dreams of a virtual reality experience that will have you literally running, jumping around and chasing digital villains. That's why this fall, he'll start building The Void: a virtual reality gaming center with 60 x 60 foot rooms where people can physically play while immersed in …

Bipedal Robot ATRIAS Takes First Steps Outside

ATRIAS stands for “Assume The Robot Is A Sphere”<p>Humans are incredibly well-balanced machines. As a species, we’ve mastered bipedal locomotion, which is challenging for other animals as well as the machines we make. Even BigDog, the reigning champion of robots that walk, does so on four legs. …

Tesla’s $3,000 Powerwall Will Let Households Run Entirely On Solar Energy

You almost certainly associate Tesla with cars — very cool cars — but the company has an even grander vision beyond that. Today, CEO and founder Elon Musk unveiled ‘Tesla Energy’ — a new business arm that is focused on ending our dependence on grid power and switching instead to solar energy.<p>The …

Kerbal Space Program officially releases after 4 years of testing

It takes a little time to prep a mission to space.<p>Kerbal Space Program, a simulator that enables players to create their own rockets and spaceships and then try to actually get them to lift off and fly, has officially launched its 1.0 version today. The game originally has been playable in its …

Garmin puts GPS, dashcam, and smart safety into one device

The Garmin nuviCam LMTHD is a combination dashcam, GPS, lane departure warning, and collision warning device, all in one.<p>The nice thing about standalone GPS and dashcams is that you can plug them into any car with a 12-volt outlet, and <i>voila</i>: Satellite navigation in your Cold War-era hooptie. The …

Upcoming Elephone features 4GB RAM, QHD display, Windows 10 AND Lollipop

A quick search for the term “dual boot” on Android Authority will turn up dozens of articles about how Intel, Asus, Samsung, and many other companies have at least explored the concept of dual-booting Windows and Android, or even Windows Phone and Android, only to eventually end up canceling these …

Mobile Technology

Red's latest 'Weapon' is an 8K full-frame camera

Red launched the first mainstream 4K camera when 1080p seemed like overkill, and now that this whole 4K thing might work out, it's got an 8K RAW model. The Weapon 'Vista Vision' features a mind-boggling 8,192 x 4,320, 35-megapixel sensor that can do up to 75 fps, widescreen 8K. The chip is also …

Bentley designer calls Lincoln Continental a ripoff

Bentley Chief Designer Luc Donckerwolke isn't happy with the look of Lincoln's Continental concept. Naturally, he vented on Facebook.<p>Is Lincoln's design rebirth built on the back of Bentley? Bentley's designers seem to think so. And not because the show car is called Continental.<p>When the …

The Koenigsegg Regera has 1500 hp and no gearbox

This might be the most interesting hypercar development in recent memory.<p>It's hard not to think of the hybrid supercar in Darwinian terms when you come to realize that the Koenigsegg Regera has transcended the transmission altogether in a rather incredible evolution. Instead of an electric motor …

BMW M4 MotoGP Pace Car Debuts with Production-Ready Water Injection

If you’re into racing and you’re not watching MotoGP, stop reading this and set your DVR—or VHS machine if you’re like our father-in-law—as the racing is fantastic. While we have an undying allegiance to four-wheeled machines, the wheel-to-wheel action of a MotoGP race is unparalleled in …