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How to pick the Microsoft Surface that’s right for you

A Surface for every budget<p>Vox Media has affiliate partnerships. These do not influence editorial content, though Vox Media may earn commissions for products purchased via affiliate links. For more information, see our ethics policy.<p>The family of Surface computers is now large enough to cause a bit …

Windows 10

FCC sides with Google Fiber over Comcast with new pro-competition rule

One Touch Make Ready prevents big ISPs from delaying competitors' construction.<p>The Federal Communications Commission today approved new rules that …

Telecoms

HBO has finally greenlit that Deadwood movie

It’s happening, folks<p>David Milch’s <i>Deadwood</i>, HBO’s best Western, ended 12 years ago after an impressive three-season run: while it was airing, it won eight Emmys and oodles of critical acclaim, and found a devoted audience to boot. (The show charts the development of a fictional frontier outpost in …

TV

Inmates hacked tablets to transfer over $200,000 into accounts

Over 300 inmates in Idaho successfully hacked tablets in an effort to transfer thousands of dollars of credit into their accounts.<p>The tablets — made …

Tablets

Google Maps can predict how much you'll like a restaurant

Next time you use Google Maps on an iPhone or an iPad to look up restaurants in your area, try tapping their names. Google has rolled out Maps' "match" feature to the platform, which can predict how much you'd like a particular establishment. It's one of the Yelp-like features the big G announced …

Google Maps

Quadrillion tons of diamond discovered deep within the Earth

In case you weren't already sure that diamonds aren't as unique or valuable as advertisers want us to believe, the next blow to Big Diamond might …

Universe

This Handcrafted Commodore PET 2001 Is the Most Elite Retro Device that Money (Probably) Can’t Buy

The Commodore PET 2001 was already one of the better-looking dinosaurs from the early desktop days, but this one-of-a-kind retro rebuild, handmade …

All the Weird Things We Learned From the Thor: Ragnarok Blu-ray

Few Marvel films have reimagined a character as radically as <i>Thor: Ragnarok</i>. Director Taika Waititi took the things fans already loved about the …

Marvel Universe

BART passengers rally to stop train from hitting man on tracks

A man in crisis at the Civic Center BART Station was rescued by fellow riders who worked together to stop a train headed his way after he lay down on the tracks Monday, according to the transit agency.<p>The man descended onto the tracks from one of the platforms about 4:43 p.m., BART officials said …

BART

Researchers can now desalinate seawater with the power of the Sun

One of the oldest means of extracting potable liquid from seawater involves distillation, basically boiling the water into steam and then cooling the purified vapor in condensation tubes. Problem is, this method is incredibly power intensive with nearly half of the input energy going towards just …

Google's neural network is a multi-tasking pro

Neural networks have been trained to complete a number of different tasks including generating pickup lines, adding animation to video games, and guiding robots to grab objects. But for the most part, these systems are limited to doing one task really well. Trying to train a neural network to do an …

DIY Miniature Apple II Replica

Owning a miniature Apple II could be as easy as rounding up your spare change. Using a $9 CHIP computer, game developer Chris Larkin has created a …

Tertill Weeding Robot

Created by the inventor of the Roomba, the Tertill Weeding Robot promises to do for weeds in your garden what the former does for dirt on your floor. …

Icon

Land Rover has been building some of the world's most capable off-roaders for nearly 70 years. <i>Icon: The Official Story of the Series Land Rover and</i> …

Giant Sequoia Skyscraper Concept

For all their grand height, the roots of the giant sequoia don't go down very far — and thus they fall quickly when the trunk starts to rot. The …

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New Cancer Therapy Shows Promise in Treating Aggressive Brain Tumors

By boosting the power of a patient’s immune cells, researchers from the City of Hope Beckman Research Institute have demonstrated the potential for a …

Give soba noodles the cool Kaz treatment

Remembering from trips home just how refreshing cold ramen can be, Japanese native Kaz Okochi was keen to serve this simple salad at Kaz Sushi Bistro downtown, where he first pioneered a modern style of his native country’s cuisine.<p>True to his innovative inclinations, the chef swapped in buckwheat …

English pea panna cottas brighten up a spring menu

V egetarian guests are delighted when Jaime Montes de Oca’s English pea panna cottas turn up on the Hay-Adams Hotel’s spring menu. The executive sous-chef uses agar-agar — available at natural foods stores — to firm up the creamy custards, then he graces the plate with an artful melange of tender …

The mole you can make in less time than it takes to gather its ingredients

T he accompanying recipe might raise the eyebrow of anyone who has spent hours making the deeply flavored sauce that’s ubiquitous and beloved in its native Mexico. But this collaborative effort from Nopa Kitchen + Bar in Penn Quarter has the hallmarks of a proper mole: smooth heat and fruitiness. …

"It's Not My Job to Plug Things In," and Other Nightmare IT Stories

We asked for the worst stories you had about working in IT. You rose to the challenge and then some. We may need to wipe and reboot our brains to …

Holy shit snacks! Redditors find massive 'Archer' Easter egg

I'm not sure which is more impressive: the fact that the <i>Archer</i> series creators went through so much trouble to create such an elaborate Easter egg or the fact that someone was actually able to crack the multiple mind-bending puzzles needed to reveal it. And from the looks of things, we haven't even …

How This Recluse Went from Bullied Kid to Internet Art Sensation

Elgin Park is miniature city created and photographed by artist Michael Paul Smith. In a short documentary directed by Danny Yourd, Smith explains …

NSA Surveillance Faces Senate Test

The United States Senate could vote on the USA FREEDOM Act as soon as next week, pushing the surveillance reform bill ahead this year. That would buck prior conventional wisdom that the Act was not a legislative priority, likely ending up shelved until the next Congress. There is still some fight …

RoomScan

Need to quickly get the dimensions of a room? You could drop some serious coin on a laser-based measure, struggle with conventional tape, or just use …

Drinking Alcohol Doesn't Actually Kill Brain Cells

Myth: Alcohol kills brain cells. Now, to qualify that title, pure alcohol will absolutely kill brain cells and many other types of cells, which is …

A Beginner's Guide to Buying Custom Kitchen Knives

When selecting a set of knives for your kitchen, you can certainly go to any retail store and purchase an inexpensive set of knives made with plastic …

How the Xbox One Console Was Designed to Be an Everything Machine

As the dust settled over the new Xbox One this summer, one point that kept coming up—maybe predictably—was <i>size</i>: The console is surprisingly chunky. …

The Xbox One Can Tell When It's Overheating, and Adjusts to Fix It

So here's a cool thing the Xbox One can do: It automatically recognizes when it's overheating—probably because you're an idiot and left a pizza box …

Things the Authorities Say to Mislead You About NSA Surveillance

It’s been two months since President Barack Obama first said that he welcomes a debate about NSA surveillance, which he once again reiterated last …