Ryan Johnston

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World's Coolest Hotel Bathtubs (PHOTOS)

At the Mio Buenos Aires hotel, the bathtubs are works of art: Argentine Mario Dasso personally selects only the most beautiful pieces of calden wood (naturally felled by fire) and carves them into luxurious, oversize soaking tubs.<p>The coolest bathtubs give guests a sense of their own private in-room …

The Best New Architecture

Design’s Big Night<p>From ‘snow architecture’ in Austria to a Chinese theater that resembles a butterfly, see recipients of the 2013 Architizer A+ …

The 5 Coolest Car Stunts of the Last 5 Years

We may no longer live in the golden age of the stuntman, with names like Evel Knievel attempting death-defying stunts. But don't believe that everything that can be done with a car or motorcycle has been done. These five recent stunts prove there is no en<p>We may no longer live in the golden age of …

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Extreme walk over Rio De Janeiro (10 pictures)

It’s not enough to have no fear of heights. This walk requires nerves of steel, patience, self-control and excellent condition.<p><b>Like it? Share …

LEGO Built an Epic Full Size X-Wing!

Photoshop Chimeras: Fantasy Creatures Created by Splicing Photos

Want to have some fun as you’re learning how to use Photoshop for image editing? Try creating a “Photoshop Chimera.” In Greek mythology, the Chimera …

iPhone 5 repairs won't come cheap

It's happened to a lot of people -- their iPhone drops from their hands, falls off their lap, plunks into a toilet, or gets knocked off a table.<p>Showing off a cracked iPhone screen is sometimes almost a point of pride. I have one friend who lovingly calls his damaged phone "The Hurt Locker," …

Mobile Technology

Samsung Galaxy S4 edges out iPhone 5 in camera test

The new leader of the Android pack nosed ahead of Apple's flagship smartphone in DxO Labs' photo and video tests.<p>DxO Labs has named Samsung's Galaxy S4 a new winner in its mobile-phone camera tests.<p>The French firm, which specializes in camera optics and image sensor analysis, gave the new Android …

Microsoft explains Xbox One cloud gaming in an effort to justify online requirement

Microsoft created confusion over its Xbox One online requirement this week, but fresh details are emerging that offer an insight into why the next-generation console needs an internet connection. Microsoft is increasing its number of Xbox Live servers to 300,000, up from only 500 at launch and …

Flickr Suffers Outage Four Days After Major Revamp

Just four days after Yahoo-owned Flickr unveiled a brand-new upgrade, the site is experiencing major downtime for some—but not all—users.<p>Flickr tweeted its acknowledgement of the site going down, about two hours ago.<p>While it appears that some users are not seeing any problems, there are others who …

Microsoft targets 25 million more Xbox 360 sales, 'huge announcement' planned for E3

Microsoft believes it can sell 25 million more Xbox 360s despite announcing the console's successor, the Xbox One, earlier this week. The Xbox 360 launched back in 2005, and has sold an estimated 77.2 million to date. Growth has slowed significantly in recent months (despite the console outselling …

Daft Punk Breaks Spotify Album Records

At the time of writing, Daft Punk’s mega-hit Get Lucky has been streamed on Spotify more than 28 million times around the world, a figure we know because the music-streaming service recently started displaying song play counts. Indeed, Get Lucky was breaking streaming records from its very first …

Sony and Lego research leads to DualShock-controlled minibots

Worried it might lose younger block-buying customers to video games and computers, Lego has teamed up with Sony to bring the two closer together. <i>PCWorld</i> reports that researchers at Sony's Computer Science Laboratories in Tokyo have already started working on a number of experimental Lego products — …

Microsoft reportedly to take cut on used Xbox One game sales

Each sale of a used Xbox One game will profit Microsoft and the original publisher, at least according to U.K. gaming news site MCV.<p>Microsoft's policy concerning used Xbox One games has proven a bit confusing, but a new report may have spilled more concrete details.<p>Citing information from "retail …

Samsung will provide OLEDs for consumer version of Glass - report

<i>Google has placed orders for OLED displays from Samsung, to be used in the consumer version of Glass, says a Korean press report.</i><p>Google is gearing up to manufacture and sell the consumer version of the Glass wearable computer, which the company’s chairman Eric Schmidt said might happen sometime …

Augmented Reality

Xbox One could allow remote play over Skype, Siri-like voice conversations with Kinect

With the first phase of Microsoft's Xbox One reveal complete, the company now looks ahead to E3 where it plans to give gamers a more thorough look at the upcoming console. <i>Polygon</i> is today reporting that there are two major features of Xbox One that weren't shown off in Redmond this week: …

Xbox One used games fee to be paid by retailers

The Xbox One was unveiled earlier this week to much fanfare, but the whole used game activation scheme is a bit confusing at this point. It appears …

Xbox One uncertainty, earnings drag down GameStop

The game retailer's shares have taken a hit this week, falling nearly 20 percent.<p>GameStop is having a pretty rough week.<p>First Microsoft unveiled the<p>Xbox Onebut didn't provide much clarity into how used games will work with its new console. Then the video game company reported its fiscal …

Xbox One games will require internet 'spot checks', but Microsoft won't charge to authenticate used games

Does the Xbox One actually require an internet connection? Will used game buyers or sellers have to pay an extra fee? Microsoft hasn't made it clear, but a report at <i>Polygon</i> now claims that the answers are "yes" and "no" respectively. According to the publication's sources, Xbox One games will phone …

Xbox One sets sights on 400m sold, Xbox 360 aims for 100m

With the Xbox One releasing later this year, many may think that Microsoft will leave the Xbox 360 by the wayside, but it seems that’s on the …

Microsoft submits dispute against Xbox One domain squatter

Domain squatters are pesky folks who strive to nab up as many domain names as they can that take advantage of another entity’s trademark for the …

Call of Duty: Ghosts' Engine Is An Upgrade, Not All-New

About 25% of the Xbox One presentation, nearly a full fifteen minutes, was devoted to longtime Microsoft ally Activision, for a series that Xbox seems to wish was their exclusive, Call of Duty. Many members of the team got up on stage and showed us behind the scenes videos and “gameplay” footage, …

How Xbox One opens the door for the next Apple TV

The new TV-gadget landscape is just getting started. The Xbox One is just the beginning...and Apple is far from out of the game.<p>Imagine this.<p>It's 2014. Apple has gathered everyone together for a special event. As Tim Cook presents, he says, "Today we're introducing three revolutionary new products. …

Sony, Microsoft or Nintendo, We're In A Console Rut

Something occurred to me as I reflected on this week’s Xbox One announcement. The “best” part of the hour long presentation was near the beginning, when it was demonstrated that the Xbox could flip seamlessly between television and the console with a simple voice or gesture command. The audience …

What Games Are: Xbox One Is Microsoft’s Spruce Goose

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Tadhg Kelly is a veteran game designer, creator of leading game design blog What Games Are and creative director of Jawfish Games. You can follow him on Twitter here.</i><p>During the 1940s Howard Hughes spent millions developing and building a plane with the largest wingspan in history and …

How Sony and Nintendo can battle the Xbox One

Microsoft's Xbox One is out of the bag, and the next-gen console war's in full swing. So what happens next? Truthfully, the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Wii U are still big boxes of mystery -- even though one's already been out in stores for months.<p>So, how will this new gaming landscape shake out? …

James Martin

Drones & Agriculture: Unmanned Aircraft May Revolutionize Farming, Experts Say

By: Tia Ghose, LiveScience Staff Writer<p>Published: 05/20/2013 11:33 AM EDT on LiveScience<p>SAN MATEO, Calif. — The word "drone" tends to conjure up images of planes that kill terrorists or of creepy surveillance tools.<p>But tiny drone airplanes made of foam may be more useful in rural environments, one …

Irish potato famine mystery solved after 168 years

Scientists believe they have finally identified the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine. <i>BBC News</i> reports a research team led by The Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich, England, used dried leaf cuttings — some of which are nearly 170 years old — to reconstruct the spread of the HERB-1 strain …