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From Game Boy to the new 3DS XL, this is the full history of Nintendo's handheld dominance

My first-ever video game <i>anything</i> was a Game Boy. I was supposed to get it for my fourth birthday, but thanks to a sudden stop at a red light, my early present slid out front under the driver's seat and landed effortless at my tiny feet. That single moment, that fixed point in time, ultimately led …

This tiny projector puts smartphone apps on your car's windshield

Navdy's $299 box is gunning for Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto<p>Short of the jetpack, there are few better visions of the future than a car's heads-up display. Instead of dials on a dashboard, information simply appears — almost out of thin air — right in front of you, and with a pleasing …

Gear & Gadgets

See all 43,634 foreclosed Detroit homes in one place

It's hard to grasp the full scope of Detroit's foreclosure problem, but <i>The New York Times</i> is here to help. The paper has laid out all 43,634 of the city's foreclosed homes in a single mosaic, representing more than $328 million in unpaid taxes on a single page. The mosaic breaks the amounts down by …

Real Estate

Heartbleed: the bug that put the internet on high alert

Contributors:<p>Share<p><b>Share</b><p>Heartbleed: the bug that put the internet on high alert<p>share tweet Linkedin Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email<p>In the spring of 2014, the internet was rocked by what security researchers are calling a "catastrophically bad" bug. Known by the dramatic name Heartbleed, the bug left …

Information Security

First marijuana vending machine for consumers unveiled in Colorado

Vending machines that serve up pot have existed for some time, but up until now have only lived behind counters at medical marijuana dispensaries. Now, the very first weed vending machine that customers can access has finally made its debut in Avon, Colorado. Herbal Elements, a local medical …

Cannabis

Real-life Indiana Jones busted with thousands of cultural artifacts

The FBI has seized thousands of Native American, Russian, Chinese, and other cultural artifacts being kept in the home of an amateur archaeologist in Indiana — something of a real-life Indiana Jones, with less fantasy and more acquisitions — about 35 miles outside of Indianapolis, reports …

Indiana Jones

Doctors will place patients between life and death in suspended animation trials

For the first time ever, surgeons at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh could save patients by putting them between life and death. They're ready to test a technique that would place patients in a state of "suspended animation," giving surgeons enough time to operate on injuries that would …

Social reputation company Klout purchased for reported $200 million

Klout, which purports to measure your influence through a controversial score, has been purchased by Lithium Technologies for a reported price of nearly $200 million. Lithium — which helps businesses manage customer service through social media — announced the news on Thursday, after <i>Fortune</i> …

Elon Musk accuses New Jersey governor of backroom dealing in Tesla ban

Coming days after Tesla was effectively banned from selling cars directly to customers in New Jersey, CEO Elon Musk personally penned a post on the Tesla blog expressing his disappointment with the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission's ruling. Musk is pissed; in calling New Jersey governor Chris …

Tesla

Infinite pixels: 8-bit art lives on in the Game Frame

This tiny pixel-art display is infinitely hackable<p>Right now, there's an arms race to pack the most pixels into the tiniest amount of space. It's the tech equivalent of a pissing contest, with major companies trying to boast that their smartphone, tablet, or computer screen is the most indiscernible …

Game Development

Android's co-founder is spending Google's billions hunting for the next big thing

Rich Miner strolls the halls of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, pausing every few minutes to check out the latest gadgets on display. As one of the co-founders of Android, he is walking through a world that has been all but conquered by the operating system he helped create. Now, as a general …

New York street artist avoids jail for satirical police drone posters

After over a year, the artist who was arrested for replacing ordinary New York sidewalk ads with satirical PSAs about an NYPD drone strike program is in the clear. <i>Animal New York</i> reports that all complaints have been dropped against Essam Attia, who was initially charged with three felonies and two …

Satire

This is what Google Earth would look like with live video

Outside of select government and military applications, on demand satellite imagery and video is still little more than a dream. But a few startups are working on tackling that problem, and we're getting to see the first fruits of their labor. SkyBox Imaging has released a video showing off its …

Google Earth

What would make you abandon Earth for Mars forever?

Regardless of whether Mars One actually puts a team of astronauts on the Red Planet, over a thousand people are currently competing to be sent into space and never return. The short documentary "Mars One Way," made by Vita Bretis Films and Video West, will tell you why five of them want to make …

Mars

The world's largest photo service just made its pictures free to use

Getty Images is betting its business on embeddable photos<p>If you go to the Getty Images website, you'll see millions of images, all watermarked. There are more than a hundred years of photography here, from FDR on the campaign trail to last Sunday's Oscars, all stamped with the same transparent …

Watch Seth Rogen's hilarious and heartfelt Senate testimony on Alzheimer's research

Even Seth Rogen acknowledges that most of us would expect his top political cause to be the legalization of marijuana. While giving testimony at a Senate hearing yesterday, Rogen took plenty of time to joke about his role in vulgar comedies and the perception of him as immature and lazy. But Rogen …

Square tests Pickup app for ordering ahead from local restaurants

Square wants you to know that that it's more than just a register. The company has begun beta testing Square Pickup, a new service that lets you order food and other items from local Square merchants. Pickup only works at a handful of San Francisco restaurants, <i>Priceonomics</i> reports, but could roll …

An ultra tiny sensor could help doctors clean out your arteries

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, and according to the CDC, clogged arteries from coronary heart disease kill more than 385,000 people annually. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a tiny device they hope will …

BitTorrent to launch live video streaming app

You'll soon be able to stream live video with your smartphone using a type of BitTorrent. Last year, BitTorrent Live was launched as a way to broadcast and stream live video for free. Instead of relying on a single company's servers to record a video and send it back out to viewers, BitTorrent Live …

Google France forced to notify visitors of €150,000 privacy policy fine

In France, Google's normally almost text-free homepage now bears a block of text telling visitors that it's been fined for violating national privacy laws. Google's 2012 privacy policy change led to harsh criticism by several European privacy watchdogs, and France's Commission Nationale de …

Privacy

Man converts 3D printer into an air hockey robot

Want to practice your air hockey skills? Tinkerer Jose Julio used standard parts of a RepRap 3D printer, an Arduino controller, two discarded PC fans, and some plain old wooden slats to construct an air hockey table complete with a robot opponent.<p>The robot, inspired by his daughter's love of the …

The amazing products of Weird Sony

For all its successes (and failures) over the decades as a mainstream consumer electronics company, Sony has always cultivated an alter ego — a weird place where crazy, off-kilter designs and product ideas have been allowed to come to market, even when they're anything but a guaranteed commercial …

Amazing

iMotion kickstarts motion controllers inspired by 'Minority Report' and Oculus Rift

The Oculus Rift has ignited a new round of excitement in virtual reality — but a major issue with the device is that its reliance on keyboards, mice, and traditional gaming controllers holds back just how immersive the headset can be. However, a small Singapore-based company says it has an answer …