Vishal Venkat

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Meet Project Ara, the Modular Google Phone of the Future

For Ara to succeed, it must do things other smartphones can't.<p>Google last week booted up a modular smartphone in public for the first time at its Google I/O developer conference. The demo almost worked, but the screen froze.<p>“The irony is it works 75 percent of the time, and it booted the last three …

Start for Android Is a Slick, Versatile Lock Screen Replacement

Keeping your Android device feeling fresh and new is half the battle to staving off the continual impulse to upgrade, and an easy way to do this is by installing a new launcher or lock screen replacement that gives your phone a new look and feel.<p>There are certainly no shortage of options to choose …

Baseline Buzz: Who wins?

PARIS -- The weather was disturbingly unsettled at Roland Garros on Monday. Rain pushed back the start about an hour, and from leaden skies it …

Rafael Nadal

Watch tennis from Roger Federer's perspective with Google Glass

You'll never play tennis like Roger Federer, but that doesn't mean you can't see the court from his point of view. The 17-time Grand Slam champion donned Google Glass recently at the search giant's headquarters in Mountain View for a friendly sparring match with current coach (and former world …

Djokovic reunites Yugoslavia in flood aid campaign

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Novak Djokovic has served many match-winning aces on the tennis court, but now he has fired a major one in the flood-hit …

Visualizing playing styles in tennis

How do you show the differences between tennis playing styles from score lines alone? Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words.<p>If there's a place in analytics where eyeballs still have some edge over computers, it's probably in figuring out playing styles. Watching a game, it's easy …

Flow for Android: Task-Management Done Beautifully

Three years ago, we said hello to Flow, calling it “…probably the most beautiful task management app yet.” And six months back, MetaLab gave Flow a massive overhaul.<p>In a nutshell, Flow helps teams (and individuals) get things done. Which is all very well and good in itself, but when your service</i> …

Quad HD variant of Galaxy S5 could launch in early summer (Updated)

There’s some confusion around the upcoming Galaxy S5’s display resolution. Many rumors in the past months suggested that Samsung would release two versions of the device at the same time, a premium model with a Quad HD (2560×1440) display and a standard model with a Full HD screen.<p>Yesterday, …

Three Ways To End Life On Earth, According To 1962

A disturbing thought experiment (with diagrams) by Cold War-era scientists<p><i>This article, written by Martin Mann, originally appeared in the September 1962 issue of</i> Popular Science <i>magazine. "Man's Last Big Blast," published just a month before the Cuban missile crisis, describes in frightening detail</i> …

8 Essential Abs Moves to Get a Flat Belly

Use these creative ab exercises to strengthen and slim your tummy<p>The key to a sculpted midsection is using smart and effective stabilizing moves. But if your body fat is too high, it won't matter how wisely you work your abs—they won't show. That's why you need to add those moves to a full-body …

Workouts

10 Next-Level Training Tips from Team USA Athletes

The best athletes in the world share how they blow past plateaus and score better results

Team USA

10 Abs Exercises Better Than Crunches

10 abs exercises for women that are so much better than crunches.<p>If you still think that doing crunches will score you amazing abs, you're in for a rude awakening. Flattening your belly requires multi-muscle exercises that target all the regions of your core—upper and lower abs, obliques, …

Workouts

Canada's Ex-Defense Minister Says Aliens Would Give Earth Tech If We Were Less Warlike

Aliens, man. If we would only listen to them, the world would be a better place.<p>It's not necessarily shocking to hear somebody claim that at least four different species of aliens have visited the Earth, for thousands of years. But it is somewhat more shocking when that person was once in charge of …

Paranormal

Why 2014 will be Apple’s year of big reveals

2013 was a very Apple-y year, in that incremental improvements were pretty much all Apple rolled out. This kind of refinement and polish is one of the things the company does best. It’s easy to forget, for example, that Steve Jobs once unveiled a version of the Mac OS in which the only major …

Rumor: HTC One’s successor may be called the One+

Just yesterday <i>@evleaks</i> revealed what he called “preliminary” specs for the HTC M8, which included a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB RAM, a 5-inch 1080p display, an UltraPixel rear cam, 2.1MP front cam and KitKat with Sense 6.0. Now if a new report from recognized XDA member <i>Mike1986</i> proves correct, …

Who is Elon Musk? Tech billionaire, SpaceX cowboy, Tesla pioneer – and real life Iron Man

By the time Elon Musk founded the company that would become PayPal, in 1999, he had already built and sold one internet business. But this time he hit the jackpot.<p>Already wealthier than most of us will ever dream of being, he netted close to $180 million from PayPal’s sale to eBay, enough to retire …

Federer to play with larger racquet in 2014

Roger Federer has hired his childhood hero, Stefan Edberg, to help coach him for at least 10 weeks starting at the Australian Open. The 17-time Grand …

Could we harness power from black holes?

It might seem like an absurd idea, but physicists have long pondered whether black holes could one day be tapped for energy, says Phil Ball. But how possible is it?<p>Imagine the scene: highly advanced civilisations get enormous amounts of energy from black holes, be it extracting it from collapsed …

Motorola Taps 3D Systems to Help Make “Project Ara” Customizable Phone a Reality

Motorola is looking to a 3-D printing company to help the company’s effort to make mobile phones out of a series of customizable parts.<p>The Google …

The Story of This Viral Video Will Blow Your Mind! (Please Tell Your Friends!)

Got a song you want to turn into a smash hit on the Web?<p>Can’t get Apple to use it in one of their ads? Can’t get an iconic TV show to use it in the …

Manned Mission to Largest Known Asteroid Designed

Sending people to Ceres is no harder than sending them to Mars, study says.<p><b>Rocket scientists who have plotted a course for a human mission to the largest known asteroid, Ceres, say that such a voyage may not be much more challenging than sending people to Mars, according to a new study.</b><p>Research …

Northrop Grumman Corporation

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Northrop Grumman

Bored? Hunt for dark matter in your spare time

Astronomers hunting for the invisible stuff that holds galaxies together are making progress by turning to the wisdom of the crowd.<p>It is the next “big hunt” in modern physics. Following confirmation of the existence of the Higgs Boson earlier this year, physicists now have their eyes on dark …

MIT has built a dark-matter hunter out of a modified particle accelerator

Dark matter is estimated to make up a vast majority of the universe's mass, yet no one has ever definitively detected it before. Now researchers from MIT are working to modify a particle accelerator to allow it to test select theories on what dark matter could actually be like. The work, described …

Sun erupts with two big solar flares

The sun erupted with two of the strongest solar flares it can unleash Friday, just days after blasting an intense solar storm at Earth.<p>The sun fired off a flare that registered at X1.7 on the space weather scale at 4:01 a.m. ET (0801 GMT) Friday, then followed with an X.2-class event at 11:03 a.m. …

Video: New Super-Waterproof Material Makes Water Drops Bounce Off

Nanocones make surfaces more hydrophobic than ever before.<p>Is that a rubber ball making its way down a two-by-four? No, it's actually a drop of water hitting a strip of experimental material that's so water-resistant, it makes drops bounce.<p>The video above comes from the work of a team of materials …

The World's Only Galloping Insect Runs Like A Race Horse In Slow-Mo

One genus of South African dung beetle traded flying for a ridiculous-looking run.<p>Most insects walk with an ambling, tripod gait, keeping at least three legs on the ground while the others move. This type of walk is the most common gait in the animal kingdom. But somewhere along the line, three …

Dissecting Intel's top graphics in Apple's 15-inch MacBook Pro

The new 15-inch MacBook Pro Retina is being offered with Intel-only graphics. Is it up to the task?<p>For the first time, Apple is offering a 15.4-inch Retina MacBook Pro model with Intel-only graphics silicon. So what is Intel's best graphics chip yet, and how good is it?<p>That $1,999 MacBook Pro is …