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Kali Linux 2017.3 hands-on: The best alternative to Raspbian for your Raspberry Pi

The latest release of this excellent security, forensic, and penetration testing Linux distribution is everything I have come to expect from the …

If it flew 100 years ago, it will fly again: the 1916 warplane built from drawings

A 93-year-old is among 13 volunteers constructing a replica of the pioneering 1½ Strutter, which they hope will be airborne next year to mark its centenary<p>In a ramshackle air hangar in a windswept field on the east coast of Scotland, Bernard Ginty, 83, is frowning in concentration at an intricate …

Microsoft rethinks the browser with Edge (hands-on)

Microsoft's has built a new, Modern browser for Windows 10.<p>Microsoft Edgeis a fast, modern browser that's intended to replace Internet Explorer. It's bundled into Windows 10 , and packs a number of new features that hope to lure folks away from the likes of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.<p>But even …

Cyanogen platform SDK in the works, will allow devs to integrate certain CM features

As Cyanogen marches forward with its lofty goal of <i>putting a bullet through Google’s head</i>, you’re likely to see the ROM maker do as much as possible to help set its software aside from stock Android. One such change is the new Cyanogen Platform SDK.<p>Cyanogen CEO says Samsung will...<p>OnePlus One: …

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This is what new Star Wars droid BB-8 would look like in space gray

With its roly-poly looks and infectious personality, new droid BB-8 looks primed to be a real scene-stealer when <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> hits theaters at the end of the year.<p>And now we know what the ballsy little bot would look like if Jony Ive replaced its orange-and-white color scheme with …

Jony Ive

Kingdom Rush is now free in the Play Store

Ironhide Game’s Kingdom Rush has just been permanently made free in the Google Play Store.<p>Kingdom Rush, one of the most acclaimed examples of the tower defense genre, cost 99 cents before, so this isn’t a crazy deal by any means, but if you’re the type that doesn’t pay for games or you’re simply …

Yu’s next smartphone is coming May 12 with Cyanogen OS 12

If it wasn’t clear by now, Micromax <i>really</i> wants to beat Xiaomi at its own game. The phone maker launched the sub-brand Yu last year to emulate Xiaomi’s business model in India. The first Yu device is the Yureka, a 5.5-inch HD device costing Rs. 8,999 (the equivalent of $140) and running Cyanogen OS …

‘Memory Sticks’ are Classic Gadgets with New Functionality

Gear & Gadgets

Lenovo's super-light LaVie Z laptop is now available

If you've been jonesing for a featherweight laptop but feel that Apple's MacBook rubs you the wrong way, you're in luck: as promised, Lenovo is now selling the LaVie Z and LaVie Z 360 in the US. Both 13-inch systems largely resemble what you saw in January, and strike a careful balance between …

Woz: We've made machines too important

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>I am writing this at the behest of my leader, the Lady Laptop.<p>For a number of years now, she has tried to explain to me who's boss. I have offered resistance. Ignorant resistance. She tired of trying to …

Streaming television is now mainstream

More than half of Americans now stream movies or television programs using the Internet, according to various surveys.<p>The vast majority of American households subscribe to cable or satellite services which offer "bundles" of dozens or hundreds of channels in addition to free over-the-air broadcasts.<p>…

Sling TV

The 15 best smartphones in the world

Here's our ranking of the best phones you can buy right now in the U.S. (based on factors including design, software and hardware features, content selection, carrier availability, and price), including approximate unsubsidized cost.

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Tesla’s $3,000 Powerwall Will Let Households Run Entirely On Solar Energy

You almost certainly associate Tesla with cars — very cool cars — but the company has an even grander vision beyond that. Today, CEO and founder Elon Musk unveiled ‘Tesla Energy’ — a new business arm that is focused on ending our dependence on grid power and switching instead to solar energy.<p>The …