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KILSWITCH Android tablet delivers airstrikes in four minutes

For years, American Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs) have been forced to call in their Close Air Support (aka airstrike) requests using radios and paper maps, then wait half an hour or more for help to arrive. During that waiting period, the JTAC would also have to carefully coordinate …

New Liquid 3D Printing System Is 25 Times Faster Than Its Competitors

3D printing isn't short of advocates in the design and engineering world, because of its ability to easily produce prototypes—but it can be slow. A …

the supercars of London 2015

For people who aren’t aware of our supercars of London series , the premise is simple.<p>Dispatch Alex Penfold - our supercar paparazzo - onto the …

Supercars

Samsung makes a big play for electric cars by nabbing a battery pack firm

Samsung wants to ensure it's as integral to the electric car world as it is to the mobile arena. The Korean electronics giant is acquiring Magna International's battery pack arm, Magna Steyr, which will fit nicely inside of Samsung SDI, its component division. SDI has already scored a major deal …

Pain Really Is All In Your Head And Emotion Controls Intensity

When you whack yourself with a hammer, it feels like the pain is in your thumb. But really it's in your brain.<p>That's because our perception of pain is shaped by brain circuits that are constantly filtering the information coming from our sensory nerves, says David Linden, a professor of …

The Brain

Microsoft allows anyone to test Office 2016 desktop apps

Microsoft is planning to release Office 2016 later this year, but it’s letting anyone test a preview copy a little early. Over at Microsoft’s Connect site you can simply sign-up and acknowledge a non-disclosure agreement to get access to the Office 2016 bits. There’s not a huge amount of new …

Apps

Samsung-made chips reportedly power Apple's next iPhone

Samsung will reportedly power the majority of the next-generation iPhone according to Korea's <i>Maeil Business Newspaper</i>. The report says that the Korean company will claim 75 percent of processor chip production for Apple's next smartphone: Samsung one of a few companies that have the scale to …

Nvidia targets Dota 2 and League of Legends players with new $199 graphics card

The GeForce GTX 960 brings the second generation of Maxwell graphics to the mainstream<p>The rise in popularity of Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) games like <i>Dota 2</i> and <i>League of Legends</i> hasn't escaped Nvidia's notice, and the latest graphics card from the company comes with an earnest love note …

Computer Hardware

Should we unplug our chargers each night?

If you own a smartphone of any description then you're probably familiar with seeing the battery warning level light flick on at some point during …

Electric Vehicles

The CPU from the original PlayStation is guiding a probe to Pluto

You probably already know that your smartphone is more powerful than the computers used to land astronauts on the Moon. But did you know that the processor used in the original Sony PlayStation is currently guiding a space probe the size of a grand piano towards Pluto? Yep, the same MIPS R3000 CPU …

Metal Gear

Samsung's newly hired design chief hails from Jony Ive's old studio (update)

Samsung may be looking for a design overhaul soon, and it picked someone from the outside to lend a hand. Lee Don-tae is the Korean tech giant's new global design chief, who will report to Samsung Electronics President Yoon Boo-keun and work from the company's Design Management Center. Lee Don-tae …

Male Birth Control, Without Condoms, Will Be Here by 2017

A reversible polymer that blocks sperm is about to enter human trials and will be available by 2017. How will rhetoric change when male bodies are …

The Lost Forest World of the World’s Largest Cave

In this technologically advanced age of Google Earth and ever expanding exploration of our planet, there are fewer and fewer places that remain …

Video: Unmanned F-16 jet dodges a live missile for the first time

Boeing has successfully tested the QF-16 against live fire for the first time. The QF-16 is a a modified version of the F-16 Fighting Falcon designed …

Have scientists found the key to better smartphone battery life?

New transistor materials that rely on pressure rather than electrical current could drastically reduce power consumption in electronic devices<p>Battery drain has always been one of smartphone users' biggest bugbears. As devices have become smaller and more powerful, the demand placed on batteries has …

Researchers figure out how to turn bad memories into good ones (in mice)

We've all got memories we wish we could view less negatively. Some are trivial, like that drunken display at the office party; some are serious and create genuine psychological challenges. So far, researchers have figured out how to create false ones, or remove them entirely. Now -- in mice at …

Engadget Daily: Apple's September 9th iPhone event, LG's G Watch R, and more!

Today, we take a look at the LG G Watch R, catch Schrödinger's cat, learn about Apple's next iPhone event, uncover the science behind the traveling stones of Death Valley, and more! Read on for Engadget's news highlights from the last 24 hours.<p>Gallery: Engadget Daily: Apple's September 9th iPhone …

US researching implants that'll help your body and mind heal itself

America's mad science division is at it again, this time imagining a future where your body won't need (as much) medicine to stay healthy, simply by using the resources it already has. Put simply, a person's peripheral nervous system runs the internal organs and summons the troops to fight off …

Scientists made a laser that can detect explosives from half a mile away

The system could map out whole areas of land according to their fertilizer and drug content<p>Imagine a plane that can fly over large areas of land while identifying hidden stockpiles of drugs or explosives — that's the idea driving the development of remote laser sensing technologies. But until …

A Global Financial Guru Who Predicted the Crisis of 2008 Says More Turmoil May Be Coming

Back in 2005, Raghuram Rajan, then economic counselor at the International Monetary Fund, stood up in front of the annual meeting of prominent …

Economy
Phones

Physicists create tractor beam made of water

A water-based tractor beam that could contain oil spills and manipulate floating objects cannot yet be explained by mathematical theory.<p>A surprising new technique created by a team of physicists led by Professor Michael Shats at the Australian National University reveals that simple wave generators …

Quantum Mechanics

What You Need to Do in the Wake of Russian Hackers' Massive Data Breach

After an 18-month investigation, a U.S. security firm recently uncovered what's being called the largest security breach in recent history, conducted …

MIT researchers made a material that forces water up walls

Tiny bristles move liquid upstream<p>There are incontrovertible facts of nature: people get old, things fall, water flows downstream. And then there's this MIT project, which contradicts at least the last one.<p>A team of engineers invented a material with thousands of tiny electroplated metal bristles …

Watch all of Jaws get summarized in a hilarious 60 second animation

Our attention spans aren't what they used to be so 1A4Studio is basically doing God's work when they summarize classic movies in less than 60 …

Hit the open road with these 25 hacks for the best road trip ever

The only true way to experience America to its fullest is to grab a friend, hop in the car and drive wherever your journey may take you.<p>Hitting the …

The Enormous Mission to Rescue the World's Largest Tunneling Machine

Big Bertha was all set to dig a nearly two-mile tunnel in Seattle, but just 1,000 feet into her journey she mysteriously came to a halt. Now, crews …

Console gaming is approaching an evolutionary dead end

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>The “next gen” consoles are now current generation, and sales have been fairly disappointing. The largest problem is a two pronged attack from the worlds of …

From Alzheimer's to ADHD: what doctors can diagnose from your voice alone

The brave new world of vocal diagnostics<p>If Guillermo Cecchi wants to figure out if you've taken MDMA or meth, all he needs is a computer and a recording of your voice. Cecchi is a computer scientist at IBM, and part of a growing community of scientists who think our voices can reveal far more than …