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Transparent gel speaker ushers in a future of 'soft machines'

How would you like a speaker system in your living room that was completely clear? Or, better yet, an active noise-canceling window that could mute the outside? The technology is already here, and a team of materials scientists at Harvard is showing us what’s now possible with ionic conduction, or …

Exclusive: U.S. directs agents to cover up program used to investigate Americans | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A secretive U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit is funneling information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records to authorities across the nation to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans.<p>Although …

Play Pac-Man as a first-person horror game

The hungry ghosts of Pac-Man become a lot more frightening when you experience it like a first-person shooter game.<p>You are caught in a dark maze full of glowing orbs. You're hungry and only the orbs can feed your insatiable appetite. But at each turn, danger lurks. Merciless ghosts haunt your every …

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Return Of The $750 Gaming PC Build: Now With Blu-Ray, Modular PSU, Double The SSD Storage

In April I posted an article titled “How To Build A Powerful Gaming PC For $750 — SSD And Operating System Included.” In less than three months it has attracted a shocking amount of views and inspired throngs of readers to wade into the exciting waters of PC gaming. Hundreds of you built that …

Soylent crowdfunding campaign attracts $755K so people can survive without food

6,144 people are willing to live without food.<p>The crowdfunding campaign for Soylent raked in $754,498, greatly exceeding its $100,000 goal and bringing humanity one step closer to an existence that doesn’t require actual food for survival.<p>Soylent is a controversial food replacement product that …

How mobile phones are making cash obsolete in Africa

When he rolls into a gas station to fill his tank, Barkhad Dahir doesn't get out of his car. He punches a few buttons on his cellphone and within seconds he has paid for the fuel.<p>With the same quick keystrokes on his phone, he pays for virtually everything he needs: groceries at the supermarket, a …

State Of The Game: Razer Talks Growth, Innovation And A Banner Year for Mobile PC Gaming

Until 2011, Razer (which, just like the Walt Disney Company, started with a mouse) was better known for its gaming peripherals than for the systems on which these peripherals are used. But since then, the San Diego-based company has branched out into Blade, a laptop for gamers…just in time to see …

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Netherlands UFO Photo Not ‘Manipulated’

An odd-shaped UFO in the Netherlands was photographed by a woman over a castle built nearly 800 years ago.<p>The purported UFO has an “S-shape” and is …

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Privacy concerns threaten to overshadow Microsoft's new console

The Xbox One brings with it a required peripheral packed with microphones and cameras that can monitor a person's every movement and word spoken and could be used to track not just what a person plays, watches and listens to, but exactly how they do so.<p>During last month's unveiling of the Xbox One …

Developer Auction Begins Offering Free Intern Placement, Tests Expanding To Designers As It Pushes To Change Recruiting

Developer Auction, the startup that flips recruiting on its head by allowing engineers to put themselves up for bidding from companies in need of talent, is expanding its service to intern placement, as well as experimenting with auctions for designers.<p>The platform is fairly simple. Startups can …

WiSee: A gesture interface that uses Wi-Fi as the controller

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>It seems I’m not the only one obsessed with new user interfaces for controlling the internet of things. Four researchers at …

Apple still smartphone champ, Android the No. 1 OS, ComScore says

On the smartphone front in the three months ended April 2013, Apple and Samsung were the only manufacturers to see an increase in market share.<p>Research firm ComScore has released its latest U.S. smartphone industry report, estimating that Apple remains top of the pile in the smartphone industry …

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Telecom companies threaten to sue reporters for uncovering privacy breach with Google

After being made aware of a large and potentially costly privacy breach exposing more than 170,000 records containing Social Security numbers and financial information, the two companies responsible for the blunder are threatening legal action against the journalists that uncovered it. The …