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Still holding on to your Game Boy cartridges? You may want to check out Smart Boy

Nostalgia and gaming go hand in hand. Just look at all the faux-8-bit games raking in downloads in the Play Store. Or the unofficial emulators that let you play old NES games on your very modern smartphone – lousy onscreen controls notwithstanding.<p>How about emulating the physical experience of the …

Retrogaming

20 Unusual Gift Ideas for the Traveler in Your Life

We've all got one, or a few, wanderers in our holiday shopping list. And sometimes, finding the perfect gift can be a little hard, especially since they have already been all over the world and have something to represent every place they've set foot in. Since we don't want you to go into full …

Coding bootcamps are replacing computer science degrees

In recent years, a growing number of coding boot camps have helped address the large gap between available software engineering positions and qualified candidates to fill them. Coding bootcamps have been so successful that observers have wondered whether these programs are beginning to replace …

Online Education

8 apps to help you actually keep your 2015 New Year's resolutions

New Year's resolutions are tough.<p>Though we may start the year with the best of intentions, old habits die hard and too often we're back to our old …

Braven debuts Bridge, Balance, and BRV-Pro speakers to challenge popular Harman, Bose models

Having effectively challenged Jawbone with Jambox- and Big Jambox-sized speakers, Braven today introduced a collection of new models designed to directly challenge popular speakers released by Bose and Harman/Kardon. Balance ($150, above) is a relatively slim, highly attractive extruded oval …

Audiophile

Petcube's WiFi camera lets you play with your pet, remotely

Sometimes your Tuesday is going horribly and the only way to fix it is face time with your four-legged best friend. We've likely all been there. Petcube wants to help make those bad days melt away with its WiFi-enabled pet camera. More than simply offering video and two-way audio communication via …

AI is coming to IoT, and not all the brains will be in the cloud

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Sebastian Kaulitzki<p>Smart devices, appliances and the internet of things are dominating International CES …

This Giant Tree Protects Urban Wildlife By Keeping It Floating Away From Dangerous People

City waterways could provide more space for new habitats in which urban nature can flourish.<p>As cities sprawl and get more crowded, most don’t have much space left for urban wildlife–at least not on land. A Dutch architect plans to begin using city waterways to build floating habitats for …

Habitats

The 50 Best Ski Resorts in North America

Last year when announcing the top 50 resorts we began by stating the obvious: there are a lot of great ski resorts out there. While that hasn't changed, our list of the top 50 certainly has--thanks to our readers.<p>In 2013 we asked avid skiers and boarders to vote on 80 North American resorts to …

Aereo Arrives for Chromecast As Supreme Court Decision Looms

Aereo, the Internet television streaming upstart currently embroiled in a historic Supreme Court showdown with broadcast companies, is finally …

Dryzoo coating promises to make your existing phone water resistant

While Sony has long offered waterproof smartphones, the concept has only more recently started to gain traction with other Android OEMS like Samsung. With many of us bringing our smartphone everywhere we go, it makes sense that our phones would occasionally find themselves in situations where a …

Phones

Turning off your iPhone won't stop NSA bugs, but this will

Just because you turned off your phone doesn't mean the NSA isn't using it to spy on you.<p>Edward Snowden's latest revelation about the NSA's snooping …

This Fridge Doesn’t Need Electricity To Stay Cool

Inspired by studying frozen lakes, the Sure Chill can stay cold for up to 35 days–long enough to get life-saving vaccines to kids still living off the grid.<p>Jenny McCarthy might tell you differently, but vaccines really do save lives. Unicef estimates that 2 to 3 million kids survived in 2011 …

Vaccination

Experimental Google Smartphone Becomes Brain Of Space Robot

NASA has hacked the phone to make an autonomous utility robot for the ISS.<p>Robots excel at the tedious, repetitive tasks that bore humans into ineffectiveness. So NASA has tweaked an experimental Google smartphone called "Project Tango" that takes 250,000 measurements per second to create a 3-D map …

The Quest To Kill Cash: New Apps Are Finally Getting People To Abandon The ATM

But there is one type of payment that still requires a trip to the ATM or a desperate hunt for the checkbook. Called peer-to-peer (P2P) payments, these informal transactions are made between people — say to pay someone back for a concert ticket or to pay a babysitter for a few hours of work.<p>A new …

FinTech

Inhabitat's Week In Green: Google's new car, ice walls and the future of bamboo

<i>Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green.</i><p>It's 2014 and even though we can 3D print entire buildings and create jewelry from Beijing's smog, we're still struggling to fix our transportation system and …

Gene variant puts women at higher risk of Alzheimer’s than it does men

Alzheimer’s disease seems to have a gender preference.<p>According to the most recent statistics from the Alzheimer’s Association, women are nearly twice as likely as men to develop the condition in their 60s, making dementia as real a concern for women’s health as breast cancer.<p>Now, researchers from …

Associated Press News

How slime mold can design transportation networks and maybe even transform computing

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>Credit: Andy Adamtzky<p>The yellow blobs of slime mold normally grow in dark forests, not on computer chips or on gelatinous …

Why Solid State Drives Are Your Best Performance Upgrade And They're Getting Cheaper Too

Nothing and I mean literally nothing, has done more for general computing performance in the past 3 – 5 years, than the SSD or Solid State Drive. Faster processors, more memory, and even faster graphics cards don’t offer the kind of instantaneous and observable boost in system responsiveness, …

Sooner Than You Think, We Will Connect To The Cloud Directly From Our Brains

In his TED talk, Google’s Ray Kurzweil announces that 20 years from now, “thinking will grow exponentially” as human brains interface with computers.<p>Have you ever approached someone important, but only had three seconds to think of something clever to say? Today, companies tout the ability to …

Singularity

For Bitcoin, Lessons In The History Of Failed Currencies

If someone were to perfect a flying car, governments around the world would be faced with a conundrum. Over the centuries humans have developed a transport system complete with quaint country streets, bustling six-lane highways, electronic toll booths and police officers to monitor it all. So …

We may already know how we will cure death—but should we?

A pair of advocates—they do legitimate research too, but their ardor is so intense, it’s hard to call them scientists—believe that they will, within their lifetimes, make ours the first generation of humans to live forever.<p>Their quest is elegantly laid out in <i>The Immortalists</i>, a new documentary …

Singularity

With Microsoft's Project Spark, Anyone Can Build A Video Game

Microsoft wants gamers build their own worlds—playable game worlds, in fact. Microsoft’s Project Spark, in open beta now for Windows 8 and the Xbox One, splices together a Minecraft-like sandbox with actual developer tools, enabling budding game makers to actually build a playable game from scratch …

What If Your Phone Knew What You Wanted Before You Asked?

With Siri, Apple promised a system that could fulfill the long-held promise of AI. But to many experts in the field, the system is a letdown. One startup thinks it can do better.<p>Editor’s Note<p>This is part of Co.Exist’s list of World Changing Ideas of 2014. Read more here.<p>“For decades, technologists …

Artificial Intelligence

Global warming to hit Asia hardest, warns new report on climate change

Flooding, famine and rising sea levels will put hundreds of millions at risk in one of the world's most vulnerable regions<p>People in coastal regions of Asia, particularly those living in cities, could face some of the worst effects of global warming, climate experts will warn this week. Hundreds of …

Here's why Amazon Prime can afford to raise prices

In terms of scale, speed, and streaming extras there is no comparable offering<p>Yesterday morning Amazon emailed it customers to let them know that its Prime delivery service, after more than nine years, was getting its first price hike, from $79 a year to $99. In some ways it seemed like a risky …

The team behind the Android watch phone, the Pine, plans a line of wearables

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>The startup behind the world’s first Android(s goog) watch phone, the Neptune Pine, is partnering up with the designers of …

The Competition Is As Fake As The Blood: Why New Video Games Are Always The Same Price

Video games have gotten ridiculously predictable. Not in stories, writing, or mechanics (although sometimes those, too) but in release, pricing, and …

These submarine drones will predict the weather months in advance

In the next decade, US Navy scientists will be able to predict the weather as far as 90 days into the future with the help of mathematical models, satellites, and submarine drones.<p>The mathematical models are the most important element in the ocean and weather prediction cocktail. But making those …

Military