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Uncover Agent Carter's Secrets - Marvel's Agent Carter Behind-the-Scenes Featurette 2

Fly high and capture video from the sky with The Super Drone [Deals]

For thrills, skills, and power, there is nothing like the <b>SKEYE Mini Drone</b>. It may be palm-sized, but this quadcopter isn’t small on features.<p>It flies with acrobatic precision and can squeak between the narrowest of nooks! With 4 coreless motors, performing flawless takeoffs, vertical climbs, 360s, …

Drones

The Invention Of The Solar Cell

60 years ago this week, the modern solar cell came into being. Here's how.<p>The great Scottish scientist James Clerk Maxwell wrote in 1874 to a colleague: “I saw conductivity of Selenium as affected by light. It is most sudden. Effect of a copper heater insensible. That of the sun great.”<p>Maxwell was …

Clean Energy

Lytro's new light-field camera looks like an actual camera, costs $1,599

If Lytro's first camera offered us a sneak peek at the promise of light field photography, the company's second-generation product swings those doors wide open. A far cry from the toy-like appearance of its predecessor, the $1,599 Lytro Illum looks and feels like a genuine full-fledged camera meant …

Voyager 1 becomes first human-made object to leave solar system

At the edge of the heliosphere, you wouldn't know by looking whether you left the cradle of humanity behind and floated out into interstellar space. You would just see unfathomably empty space, no matter which side of the invisible line you were on.<p>But scientists now have strong evidence that …

New Sony QX 'Lens-Style' Cameras Revealed in Leaked Press Release, Will Retail for $250-$500

Official specifications of Sony’s new high-end lens-based smartphone-compatible cameras have been revealed in a press release that was accidentally leaked (via <i>SonyAlphaRumors</i>) ahead of tomorrow's unveiling.<p>As expected there are two different fully functional lens cameras that are designed to work …

Apple announces special event for September 10

Apple on Tuesday sent out invites for a special event to be held on September 10, 2013 at the company’s Cupertino, Calif. headquarters. According to …

Postcards of San Francisco from the 40's and 50's

Apple Acquires Closed Video Search Startup Matcha

Apple has acquired Matcha, a second-screen video search and recommendation service that was recently closed, for a fee believed to be between $1 million and $1.5 million.<p>Matcha was previously available as an iOS app, and it allowed users to get an overview of everything they could watch on a …

Smart TV

Photo Depicting iPhone 5S Camera Module Hints at Separate Dual-LED Flash Component

A clear photo comparing the iPhone 5 camera module to what may be the camera module for the iPhone 5S surfaced today, showing a distinct design change that may hint at a separate flash component in Apple's next iPhone.<p>Shared by <i>Nowhereelse.fr</i> [Google translation], the photo of the alleged iPhone 5S …

New iPhone 5S Display Compared To Its Predecessor In High Quality Photos

We’ve already seen a whole bunch of iPhone 5S components over the past few months—they’ve even been shown off in hands-on videos—but these high quality images show the changes Apple has made to its Retina display when compared to the iPhone 5 model.<p>While both devices have a 4-inch screen, and look …

Philips Expands iOS-Controlled 'Hue' Line with New Products

<i>The Verge</i> reports that Philips is adding new products to Hue, its line of iOS-controlled LED light bulbs. The new products include "LightStrips", which are two-meter pieces of LED-inclusive tape that can be used to go around and highlight certain fixtures in the home, and "Bloom", a portable lamp …

iOS 7 Beta 5 Tidbits: Icon Settings Redesign, New Control Center Options

Apple today released the fifth beta of iOS 7, which brings a number of improvements, changes, and bug fixes to the operating system, including newly redesigned Settings icons and a Control Center option that allows the feature to be disabled within apps.<p>iOS 7 beta 5 also offers a slew of minor …

Why Not Just Dispose Of Nuclear Waste In The Sun?

We could do it, but should we?<p>After FYI answered why dumping the world's nuclear waste into a volcano would be a bad idea, our inbox was flooded with readers wondering, "Well, how about shooting it into the sun?"<p>On paper, this is a fantastic way to wipe our hands clean of all that pesky waste. The …

iOS 7 Beta 4 Code Points to Home Button Fingerprint Sensor for iPhone 5S

Following its 2012 acquisition of mobile security firm AuthenTec, which specialized in fingerprint sensors, Apple has been rumored to be looking to incorporate its technology into its future products. Rumors have indicated that such a sensor could be a differentiating feature for Apple's upcoming …

Photo of Plastic Packaging with 'iPhone 5C' Name Surfaces

An image posted on Chinese site WeiPhone appears to show plastic retail packaging marked with the name "iPhone 5C". If the packaging is genuine, and it has not yet been confirmed to be, it could be for Apple's long-rumored plastic iPhone. The image was first noticed by French site <i>Nowhereelse.fr</i> …

Olloclip Tele+Polarizer Is Even Better Than The Original [Review]

Low-Cost iPhone and iPad 5 to Ship in Early September with iPhone 5S Coming Later, No Retina iPad mini in 2013?

According to a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, production difficulties will cause Apple's iPhone 5S to ship towards the end of September, with supplies constrained until October or November. This is in line with recent reports that have suggested production on the iPhone 5S …

Apple’s TV Won’t Be a TV

The people who believe Apple will sell a TV set are right. And the people who believe Apple won’t sell a TV set are also right. Here’s why.<p><b>Apple’s TV Won’t Be a TV!</b><p>Apple’s rumored TV set has been in the news a lot lately.<p>Digitimes reported this week that Apple is looking to make a deal with either …

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Shamelessly Rips Off The Design Of The iPad Mini [Image]

On the right, the iPad mini, with its distinctive thin bezel design. On the left, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, with <i>its</i> distinctive thin bezel design. Both are eight inch tablets that look pretty much identical. I’m sure this will be the last time that Samsung follows Apple’s lead though, right? …

Apple Edging Further Into the Living Room by Cooperating with TV Content Providers

Following a report from earlier this week describing how Apple has approached cable companies and networks with a proposal to allow viewers to pay to skip over ads, <i>The New York Times</i> weighs in with a broader look at Apple's strategy for taking over the living room. The report highlights how Apple …

Toddler Buys Vintage Car On eBay Using Dad’s iPhone

We’ve all heard stories about children who spends hundreds — sometimes even thousands — of dollars in the App Store when their parents have their backs turned. But that’s not the only place they can spend money on your iOS device.<p>Paul Stoute of Oregon learned that the hard way when his 14-month-old …

Classic Cars

Apple Negotiating With Cable Companies and Networks to Allow Viewers to Pay to Skip Commercials

Technology journalist Jessica Lessin, formerly of <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>, reports that Apple has been negotiating with cable companies and TV networks to allow customers to skip commercials and Apple would compensate programmers for the lost revenue.<p>Viewers could potentially pay Apple to skip …

Early iPhone 5S Shipments May Be Constrained Due to Poor Fingerprint Sensor Yields

In what has become something of a tradition ahead of Apple's product launches, <i>Digitimes</i> is reporting that the iPhone 5S may see constrained supplies at launch due to poor yields of certain components. In this case, the issues are said to be related to chips supporting fingerprint recognition and …

iPhone 5S Production Will Reportedly Begin Later This Month

According to <i>AllThingsD</i>, a production ramp up of the next generation iPhone should begin around the end of this month, confirming a recent report from Jefferies' Peter Misek.<p>Misek believes that Apple started small batch production of the iPhone 5S last month, but with the company now gearing up for …

iPhone 5S May Include Slow Motion Video Recording Feature

Code hidden inside iOS 7 suggests that the next generation iPhone could include a new "Mogul" camera mode, offering video recording at a rate of 120 frames-per-second, reports <i>9to5Mac</i>.<p>According to our analysis and testing of the code, "Mogul" is a feature in development that allows the iPhone to …

Photographer Takes Photo Of The Light Removed By A Polarizer

Ever wonder just how much light a polarizer filter cuts out from your photos? You can easily see the effect in the viewfinder as your turn the filter and see the reflections disappear, but what if you could take a photo of the light it cuts out?<p>Sounds impossible? Not if you use math… and …

Photography

SpaceX shows off new nav gear with latest Grasshopper rocket launch-and-landing (video)

We've been watching as the SpaceX Grasshopper's leap has grown higher and higher with each successive launch (and landing!), and the rocket's flights never fail to impress. The reusable spacecraft's latest test is no exception: this time, the 'hopper sailed past its previous 840 feet record, …

Apple Close to Completing Apple TV Deal with Time Warner Cable

According to a report from <i>Bloomberg</i>, Apple and Time Warner Cable are close to completing a deal that will bring a TWC app to the Apple TV.<p>A potential partnership between the two companies was first announced in early June, when Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt told investors that the company was …

Possible Photo of Lower-Cost Plastic iPhone Rear Shells Shows New Blue Color

This past weekend, <i>Nowhereelse.fr</i> shared photos of what could be the rear shell of Apple's rumored low-cost plastic iPhone in the colors green, red and yellow. While the site still acknowledges that the shells could be Chinese copies, certain features are still consistent with previous leaks and …