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Defend Your Cubicle With A Nerf Sentry Gun

You'll be the undefeatable champion with this one<p>Tell workplace pen thieves and pranksters how you really feel with a barrage of foam darts. This project hacks a Nerf gun to automatically fire at large heat signatures. Simply replace the toy’s trigger system with a servomotor, wire up a home …

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An Epic 12,000-Mile Road Trip Smashes Records For Longest Electric Car Drive

Taking a Tesla out for a long, long spin, using its network of supercharging stations, shows what could be possible for many electric vehicles one day.<p>How difficult is it to take a cross-country road trip in an electric car? If you happen to have a Tesla, it turns out it’s not very hard–the right …

Rap Genius Founder's Comments On California Shooter Were So Bad, His Cofounder Says He's Embarrassed

Rap Genius cofounder Mahbod Moghadam took to the alleged UCSB shooter's memoir this afternoon and, using Rap Genius, annotated the publication with some very bizarre comments. Rap Genius is a heavily funded startup, whose investors include Andreesen Horowitz.<p>The 141-page memoir written by Elliot …

Beyond the Grocery Smart Cart, the iBeacon Beckons

Despite e-commerce’s surge, some 90 percent of what people buy still comes out of brick-and-mortar stores. And when it comes to consumer-packaged …

This Is How Little Kids React These Days When You Show Them Old Computers

We saw them cringe when they learned what a Walkman was, and now the infamous little kids are back to learn about more old technology.<p>The Fine Brothers created another video, showing little kids what computers looked like before the days of iPhones and MacBook Airs.<p>As usual, the kids can't even …

The Crazy Genius Behind Solar Roadways

Here’s an idea crazy enough that it just might work: Pave the streets with solar-powered panels that have their own built-in heat and LED lights. That’s what Scott and Julie Brusaw hope to accomplish with their ongoing Solar Roadways project, which they just funded through a hugely popular …

Inhabitat's Week in Green: hybrid Batmobile, self-cleaning fish tank and an anatomical Barbie

Clean tech fans were thrilled this week when Germany proved it's possible to power the world with greener energy by announcing that 74 percent of its energy was recently met with renewable sources. But if you still have doubts about the future of renewable energy, a new report from the …

Asus C200, C300 Chromebooks and the HP Chromebox on the way

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Early this year, Asus added its name to the ranks of PC makers entering the Chrome OS(s goog) market. The company began selling …

'Tile,' The Gadget That Makes Sure You Never Lose Anything Ever Again, Is Now On Sale To The Public

Imagine tapping into a large group of strangers to help you track down a stolen bike.<p>After months of hype, a company called Tile has this week started shipping a device that can help you do just that. (You can buy Tiles here.)<p>Just attach the $25 device to an object, and your smartphone will find it …

Everything Is Distributed

In September 2007, Jean Bookout, 76, was driving her Toyota Camry down an unfamiliar road in Oklahoma, with her friend Barbara Schwarz seated next to her on the passenger side. Suddenly, the Camry began to accelerate on its own. Bookout tried hitting the brakes, applying the emergency brake, but …

Tech: D.C.'s biggest loser?

Silicon Valley just can’t win in Washington.<p>A surveillance reform bill easily survived a House vote this week, but it barely resembles the measure that Google, Facebook and others once touted as a way to restore Americans’ trust. Quick changes to patent law now seem impossible after the Senate …

Europe's move to rein in Google would stall in US

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Europe's moves to rein in Google — including a court ruling this month ordering the search giant to give people a say in …

Instagram is having a contemporary art moment thanks to an artist it once banned

Artist Richard Prince has been appropriating other people’s images since before the internet existed. In the early ’80s, he began re-photographing advertisements featuring the Marlboro Man, re-printing them, and calling them art. Last week, one of Prince’s cowboys sold at auction for $3.7 million. …

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Google adds webscale CoreOS to its cloud roster

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>As of last week week users of Google(s goog) Compute Engine could opt to use CoreOS, a Linux variant designed for huge server …

Long-Delayed Connected Device Tile Finally Starts Shipping

The Bluetooth-powered lost item finder called Tile, which last summer raised $2.6 million via crowdfunding, has finally begun shipping, the company now claims. Early backers may be a bit skeptical, given the delays the company experienced since raising a significant round of funding many months …

Government suggests seven-month sentence for LulzSec leader turned FBI informant

Former top LulzSec leader Hector Xavier Monsegur — better known by his pseudonym "Sabu" — will be sentenced in federal court on Tuesday, and the government is looking to reward the hacker for his cooperation with the FBI. US prosecutors are recommending a sentence of "time served" for Monsegur. If …

Following Microsoft, Sony's PlayStation business officially enters China

It's only been about a month since Microsoft announced that it'll be bringing the Xbox to China come September, courtesy of the local government lifting its somewhat lax ban on imported video games and consoles. Today, Sony finally confirmed that the PlayStation will indeed be joining Redmond's …

Apple Forgets to Renew SSL Certificate, Breaking OS X Software Update [Fixed]

Several readers have noted a strange error message appearing when trying to perform software updates from the Mac App Store.<p>An Error has occurredThe certificate for this server is invalid. You might be connecting to a server that is pretending to be "swscan.apple.com" which could put you …

Apple’s Expanded ‘Your Verse’ Campaign Pitches iPad As Mobile Creation Tool

Apple is releasing two new TV spots today, along with companion sections on its website. The spots will continue its ‘Your Verse’ advertising, which attempts to demonstrate the ways that the iPad can be used to create and ‘do’.<p>The campaign consists of two new ‘Your Verse’ TV spots. The first …

Get those software patents fast: take advantage of special U.S. patent programs

Obtaining a patent has traditionally been a long process, which is particularly burdensome for software patents. But it doesn’t have to be that way.<p>As of March 2014, the average time between filing of a patent application and having that application examined by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office …

From The Ivy League To State Schools, Demand For Computer Science Is Booming

For years, people in the tech industry have worked to persuade more young people in the United States to become interested in studying computer science. It now looks like they’ve finally gotten the message.<p>Demand for computer science classes and programs is booming at universities across the U.S., …

Apple reportedly 'freaked out' about the drunken Dr. Dre video

When Dr. Dre drunkenly proclaimed himself the first billionaire in hip-hop, tacitly confirming Apple’s $3.2 billion Beats acquisition, we didn’t expect the folks at Camp Apple to be thrilled.<p>But, apparently, they seriously freaked out when they saw that video.<p>Dre’s boast is one of the reasons Apple …

How To Fix Our Broken Online Customer Review System

One evening in December 2012 a party of nine visited a restaurant in New York City and ordered a house salad. Seven of the nine became ill because, as a health inspection later found, there was cross-contamination in the refrigerator, “bare-hand” contact with ready-to-eat food, improperly sanitized …

Psy's "Gangnam Style" Poised to Hit 2 Billion Views

Reaching 1 billion views is so 2012.<p>Just when it appeared that Psy’s “Gangnam Style” had been safely relegated to wedding receptions and Bar Mitzvahs, the music video that introduced K-Pop to the masses appears poised to shatter its own record. The video, which set the high watermark of 1 billion …