Matthew Robert Laker

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UK startup Improbable just raised half a billion dollars to build the Matrix

A UK company wants to build massive-scale simulations of reality, and they just raised $502 million to do it.<p>The Series B funding round, led by …

FreedomPop launches own-brand Android phone with free service for £59 in the UK

Why are so many people still stuck paying small fortunes for traditional mobile phone service when revolutionary MVNOs like FreedomPop continue to up …

Android Phones

Duelyst for Android beta coming soon, says developer

Free-to-play card game Duelyst has been steadily growing since it was released on Steam last year. The title has already received plenty of praise and a move to mobile is now eagerly anticipated.<p>Thankfully, developer Counterplay Games has just revealed that it is now accepting applications for a …

Meddsy Next Generation Smart Survival Kit Covers All Major Emergencies (video)

A new medical and everyday survival kit has been created that incorporates 70 items inside to cover all major emergencies. The Meddsy has been …

Enjoy 1.6 million gloriously old-school GIFs from the GeoCities era

When I was 12, I spent an entire year learning HTML so I could build my own websites and create the ultimate repository of jokes on the internet. In my quest to learn as many cool developer tricks as possible, I ended up filling a site with loads of widgets and animations, but totally skipped …

The Ockel Sirius A is a mobile computer that runs Windows 10

Around 10 years ago, before the rise of the smartphone, there was a brief moment when it looked like mobile devices were going to take a very different direction. Ultra-mobile PCs — small, even pocket-sized Windows computers that ran the same full versions of Windows XP or Vista as your desktop, …

Windows 10

The parts in an iPhone 7 only cost $219, according to a new estimate

That device only costs $224.80 to make, after adding $5 for manufacturing costs, according to an estimate by research firm IHS, which took apart and studied Apple's latest phone.<p>When IHS examined the cost of last year's iPhone 6s, it estimated the cost of materials to come out to $211.50 — which …

This teacup-sized Donkey Kong arcade cabinet actually works

Once the pinnacle of technological achievement (at least as it pertains to video games), Pac-Man and Donkey Kong have since become beloved relics of our forgotten arcade past. Six-foot tall cabinets that once made visits to the arcade, bowling alley or local pizza parlor so amazing are fond …

Don't let online health sites turn you into a 'cyberchondriac'

"You can come away pretty scared because you don't have any guidance to assist you."<p>Arthur Caplan, New York University

New York University

The Engine That Combines Gas and Diesel

It could be the future of internal combustion.<p>Diesel engines are great because of the significant torque they produce, but also because they offer better fuel economy than comparable gas-powered engines. Gas engines, however, produce fewer toxic emissions than their diesel counterparts. Now, …

Tweaking One Enzyme Doubles A Worm's Lifespan

It could work the same way in humans<p>From the second we’re born, our cells are given their marching orders for how to grow, mature, and maintain our bodies. But at a certain point, the repairs become faulty, and we age and eventually die. Now a team of Korean researchers has found a way to modify a …

Dive into DIY tinkering with the Raspberry Pi 3 Complete LCD Display Kit

If you haven’t already heard of the Raspberry Pi 3, get with the program: it’s the latest version of the device that has revolutionized introductory robotics.<p>You’ll access a virtually endless number of projects with The Raspberry Pi 3 Complete LCD Display Kit, a fun and easy way to learn …

This girl isn't real, and it’s proof that CGI isn't creepy anymore

CGI is moving fast, very fast. Not just for added effects in movies, but also for creating completely lifelike 3D models.<p>The biggest problem facing the animation community is an effect called the ‘uncanny valley’. We’re confronted with this when we see something that looks <i>nearly</i> human, but just not …

Weird

Project Ara has reportedly been axed (Update: Confirmed. She's dead, Jim)

<b>Update:</b> The rumors detailed in this article have been confirmed entirely. Ara is officially dead, but Google may license parts of the project’s technology to other manufacturers.<p>Project Ara, Google’s ambitious modular phone, has reportedly been shelved.<p>Launched by Motorola in 2013, Project Ara was …

Pokemon Go Ported To The Dreamcast VMU

Homebrew porting at its finest.<p>Don't have a phone that can reliably support Pokemon Go? A used Sega Dreamcast with a portable Visual Memory Unit may …

CrossOver will let you run Windows apps on Chromebooks

Chromebooks are a great alternative to Windows- and Mac-based laptops if you’re on a budget and mostly just need a machine to browse the Web. Now, they’re about to become a lot more useful.<p>Codeweavers, which makes an app to run Windows on Mac and Linux systems, has announced that it’s launching a …

Extreme Laptop Performance: GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Review

Nvidia recently gifted laptop gamers with fully functional GeForce 10 series GPUs. Our coverage of the launch and details on Nvidia's new mobile …

This ring will vibrate in coordination with your loved one's pulse

They're alive! And not answering your texts!<p>TheTouch’s HB ring is a ring that’ll recreate your heart rate on a loved one’s HB ring. It's got a heart rate sensor baked in — like one in any other wearable — that picks up on your pulse and then broadcasts it with lights and vibrations on a separately …

Twitter to stream MLB baseball and NHL hockey

Get ready for more #digthelongball and #holypuck hashtags.<p>Twitter said Monday that it will stream live, out-of-market games from Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League every week. Users will also be able to catch an exclusive highlights show called "The Rally," which the company said …

Researchers build a 1,000-core processor

You may have heard of many-core processors before, but you probably haven't seen anything like this. UC Davis has developed the KiloCore, a CPU that (as the name suggests) packs a whopping 1,000 cores -- extremely handy for very parallel tasks like encryption, crunching scientific data and encoding …

Apple's new file manager, APFS, is awesome

Consumers (read: probably you) don’t typically dig into their file system; they only get upset when they run out of space on their computer. That’s part of the reason Apple created its new, proprietary file system — and it’s pretty awesome.<p>What the Apple File System (APFS) does isn’t easy to nail …

TvOS

Acer Remix OS Laptop Unveiled

Acer has this week unveiled plans to launch a new laptop system that will be equipped with the awesome Remix OS software rather than the standard …

Gear & Gadgets

I downloaded my data from Facebook and found everyone I unfriended in the last 10 years

People often worry about what Facebook knows about them, so I downloaded my personal Facebook archive to see for myself.<p>There were some surprises — I now know all the people I’ve unfriended since 2006 — but overall, I realized just how much of my life I’ve lived on the social network.<p>Here’s all the …

Windows 10 update shuts down live stream of pro gamer

It was only last week that a weather reporter on KCCI was rudely interrupted live on air by a prompt to upgrade Windows to a newer version of the OS, and now a pro gamer’s live stream has fallen victim to Microsoft’s perpetually annoying updates.<p>Erik Flom was broadcasting his gaming session to his …

KGI: Apple to drop aluminum iPhone casing in 2017 in favor of new ‘all glass’ enclosure with AMOLED screen

In a new report by KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo, the reliable Apple analyst claims that the iPhone will be seeing a major redesign in 2017, dropping the iconic aluminum casing for an all-glass enclosure with AMOLED screen. This follows on from another of Kuo’s reports in late March, where he first suggested …

What $1.5m worth of limited edition Apple hardware looks like

Over the past 40 years, Apple has created several game-changing devices that have shaped the way the world thinks about technology.<p>Along the way, the company also released special editions of a few of its products – some of which were easy to buy back in the day and a couple that commanded higher …

How-To: Create a free Apple developer account for sideloading apps

Starting with Xcode 7, Apple made it possible to sideload apps on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV using a free Apple ID. Although a paid developer account is still required to deploy apps to the App Store, users wishing to sideload open source apps on a personal device can do so with relative ease. …

Atari Vault brings 100 classic games to Steam

At last, you now have a simple way to play hordes of classic Atari games on your PC without resorting to third-party emulators: as promised, the Atari Vault is now available on Steam. The Windows-only collection lets you play 100 arcade and Atari 2600 games, such as <i>Asteroids</i> and <i>Crystal Castles</i>, in …

This tiny disc can record and preserve human history for billions of years

It’s official: your data will outlive you by a few billion years.<p>On Tuesday (Feb. 17), a group of researchers from the University of Southampton’s Optical Research Center announced they have developed a new way to store data that can keep your digital information safe for an estimated 13.8 billion …

Human Rights

Adobe releases Flash Professional successor Animate CC

Today Adobe followed through on its promise to rebrand Flash Professional, the app that made Flash ubiquitous, to “Animate CC.” It’s a better name that reflects how the animation tool is used by animators, designers, and developers these days.<p>Adobe calls this first Animate release, fresh coat of …