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E-ink display wirelessly powered by NFC, offers a second screen for your second screen - ExtremeTech

By on August 20, 2013 at 11:21 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>For a while now, battery tech has …

Xbox One: Everything We Know

The Xbox One is out on November 22, and we know almost everything there is to know about Microsoft's new console. For your convenience, we're …

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3D Printing Goes Mainstream Retail

Just another day at UPS: Photocopy the ol' resume, ship back shoes to Zappos, print a car part.<p>About a month ago, a UPS store in eastern San Diego started offering a new service: 3D printing. Six weeks ago, store owner Burke Jones says, "I didn't know anything about 3D printing."<p>"I'd love to take …

Sneaking Back Onto A Website After Your IP Address Has Been Banned Is Now A Federal Crime

Banning an IP range, the largest of banhammers, is the ultimate crowd control tool for most websites. If you’re enough of a douchebag on a site, they will essentially make it impossible for you to come back. Of course, you can just disguise your IP address and get a new account, right? Uh, nope. …

What Would Happen If I Ate A Teaspoonful Of White Dwarf Star?

"Everything about it would be bad," says Mark Hammergren, an astronomer at Adler Planetarium in Chicago, beginning with your attempt to scoop it up. Despite the fact that white dwarfs are fairly common throughout the universe, the nearest is 8.6 light-years away. Let's assume, though, that you've …

How It Works: A 3-D Printer For Liver Tissue

The first commercial 3-D bioprinter, Organovo's NovoGen MMX Bioprinter, is manufacturing functional liver tissues that will soon help biochemists test new drugs. Here’s a look at the printing process.<p><b>Step 1</b>: Engineers load one syringe with a bio-ink (A) made up of spheroids that each contain tens …

4 Parasites That Want To Invade Your Brain

They just want a nice home! And to destroy you.<p>In the past month, two different 12-year-olds have made headlines after being hospitalized with an extremely rare, horrifying infection: the brain-eating amoeba.<p>Found mostly in warm freshwater lakes, rivers and hotsprings, <i>Naegleria fowleri</i> can travel …

Facebook creates Internet.org alliance to reduce price of mobile data plans to 1% of current price - ExtremeTech

By on August 21, 2013 at 9:48 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>In one of the most admirable but …

Sony launches 12GB PS3 in the US, drops PS Vita to $199 - ExtremeTech

By on August 20, 2013 at 4:58 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Today at Gamescom in Cologne, Sony …

How to Save Cash on Pricey Printer Ink

Refill ink is the cash cow for printer companies. Here's how to save money and get the most out of costly cartridges.<p><b>If your inkjet printer were a vending machine</b>, you'd probably have to feed it at least a nickel for every page of black and white text, a quarter for every page of text with color, …

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Bad guys use 3D-printed bank card skimmers to steal $100K

For every good use of 3D printing, there are a half-dozen bad ones.<p>The latest in the latter camp comes from Sydney, Australia, where bad guys have used 3D printing to create custom bank card skimmers. The devices, which are used to snatch card numbers, affected tens of thousands of people and …

FYI: What Would Happen If I Ate Nothing But Meat?

Good ol' meat and potatoes. Without the potatoes.<p>You might get scurvy, like a pirate. Cooked meat contains very little vitamin C, notes Donald Beitz, a nutritional biochemist at Iowa State University. Without the vitamin, scurvy would bring on rashes and gum disease, not to mention very bad breath. …

5 Beloved Scientists Who Were Actually Bullies

Electrocuting animals, stealing credit, self-aggrandizing, and more<p>Unfortunately, scientific genius doesn't necessarily come with superhuman social skills. The great minds on this list may have made significant contributions to their fields, but even hundreds of years later, we're still shaking our …

The Confusing Science Of Whether Video Games Are Ruining Your Life

A brief round-up of how video games are destroying your life and also making you a superhuman<p>A good rule of thumb in life is that if you enjoy something, it must be <i>terrible</i> for you. Kidding! Kind of. So it goes with video games. Except not, sometimes. But maybe also yes? Or both at the same …

Shorter Workday Isn't The Key To Happiness, Says Bummer Of A Study

Workaholics of the world, rejoice? We'll all be just as unhappy with a shorter work week.<p>When it comes to working hours, less apparently is not more. Proponents of the six-hour workday will be saddened to hear that, as delightful as shorter days sound, decreasing work hours might not make anyone …

Google updates search to show synonyms, translation

On their Google+ page, everyone’s favorite search-centric company announced an improvement to their core function. In addition to providing definitions, Google will now give you examples of how the word is used, as well as synonyms.<p>Users can either enter “define:” followed by their word of choice, …

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A Gaming Ultrabook Grudge Match -- Razer Blade Pro Versus MSI GS70 STEALTH

The next-gen marriage of Intel‘s Haswell CPUs and NVIDIA’s GTX 765M mobile graphics card in tandem with some genius design chops has created an entirely new class of product: the gaming ultrabook. In the 17″ class, Razer’s Blade Pro signaled a bold shift away from bulky 2-inch tall monsters, …

Xbox One vs PS4: All you need to know

Ahead of their release later this year, see how the launch titles, bundles and hardware for the Xbox One and PS4 compare.<p>Techradar takes a look at the latest information on the Playstation 4 and XBox One following the Gamescom gaming convention, including launch titles and bundles.<p>From the design …

Elon Musk just started building a real 'Iron Man' laboratory

The SpaceX founder plans to unveil gesture-based system next week<p>SpaceX and Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk has often been compared to a real life version of Tony Stark, aka Iron Man. Director Jon Favreau has openly said that Musk inspired his depiction of Stark in the first <i>Iron Man</i> film, and both …

EA COO Peter Moore: 'We don't ship a game at EA that is offline' (video)

Electronic Arts is a mainstay in the game industry. From early days on the PC, pre-game consoles, to its current role as one of the world's largest game companies, the EA name's been synonymous with gaming. To stay in such a position, the publisher's had to adapt to changing trends in gaming, as …