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Review: TarDisk doubles your MacBook's storage and never looks back

On launch, the TarDisk Pear promised the moon for MacBook users running out of space on their hard drives. The small flash drive uses your SD Card slot to double your existing drive, but there are compromises.<p>As hardware goes, TarDisk is nothing fancy. It slips into your open SD Card slot and stays …

New Mexico State snaps 17-game losing streak when a player INTERCEPTS THE BALL WITH HIS FEET

Riding a 17-game losing streak, New Mexico State found itself in overtime against Idaho needing to make just <i>one</i> play to snap the longest active losing streak in the nation. They made it alright ... with their feet!<p>Freshman defensive back Terrill Hanks came through with the big play, corralling the …

Pluto's weird surface has puzzling pitted terrain

For years, we only knew Pluto as a fuzzy space blob. Low-resolution pictures were the best looks we had at the dwarf planet. Then NASA's New Horizons spacecraft left Earth in early 2006 and spent almost a decade getting into position for a close flyby of Pluto. Now we have images that show Pluto in …

The massive 27-inch Lenovo Yoga Home tablet brings back the tabletop PC

This big all-in-one doubles as a futuristic touchscreen tabletop perfect for sharing.<p>A few years ago, it seemed like tabletop PCs were ready to take off as a mainstream computer category. These massive devices were part all-in-one desktop, part tablet, and a lot of fun to use. Most had flexible …

Philips Hue 2.0 Starter Kit review: New Siri controls, same old system - CNET

<b>The Good</b> Philips Hue 2.0 adds Apple HomeKit to a long, impressive list of compatible smart home platforms. Sync your bulbs up with your iOS device, and you'll be able to trigger lighting changes by asking Siri.<p><b>The Bad</b> The second-gen bulbs aren't noticeably better than the old ones, and suffer from …

Microsoft Windows 10 devices NYC event

Building on the success of its recent Windows 10 launch, Microsoft is turning its focus to hardware at an October 6 press event in New York City. Next generation versions of the Surface tablet, Lumia phones and the Band fitness tracker are widely expected.<p><i>John Falcone</i> 10/6/2015 2:16:34 PM<p>Today's …

34 iOS 9 tips you should know (pictures)

Pope Francis: U.S. 'Was Largely Built By' Immigrant Families

He comes from an immigrant family himself.<p>WASHINGTON -- Pope Francis began his remarks to Americans on Wednesday by applauding the nation's immigrant history -- a message that, although not political itself, could foreshadow more to come from a man who has long urged compassion for refugees and …

Technicolor punches high-def video into higher dynamic range

Today's high-definition TV and video can look great, but there's always room for improvement. New, higher-fidelity image schemes are beginning to gain traction these days, including 4K, wide color gamut, and high dynamic range.<p>The idea behind all of these methods is to allow video shown on current …

Is Kepler 452b humanity's best chance to find alien life?

Nasa and other scientists have discovered the ‘closest twin to Earth’ that’s ever been found, bringing humans one step closer to finding where life is possible<p>A new planet has been discovered that has more in common with Earth than any exoplanet yet. And with the discovery by Nasa and other …

Life-size rolling R2-D2 refrigerator delivers space-cold beverages

All "Star Wars" fans have dreamed of having a droid of their own, an R2-D2 companion faithfully following along, acting as a mechanical sidekick. Haier Asia's Aqua division unveiled a prototype of just such a thing. The life-size rolling R2-D2 works by remote control and looks pretty much …

Beverages

For NASA, Dawn Probe's Ceres Arrival Will Cap Epic Solar System Trek

<b>Update for March 6 at 10:09 a.m. EST</b>: NASA's Dawn probe successfully entered orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres today at 7:39 a.m. EST (1339 GMT). …

NASA Thinks There May Be Life on Jupiter's Moon

David Bowie once speculated about life on Mars, and now NASA scientists are wondering the same thing about Jupiter’s moon Europa.<p>A potential mission …

See the submarine NASA wants to send to Saturn's moon Titan

I think we can now officially say that NASA's real-life mission concepts have met, if not exceeded, the wildest dreams of Jules Verne and the other early futurists. Verne saw us flying around the world, traveling to the center of the Earth (not a great idea, it turns out) and to the moon, but I bet …

NASA Europa Mission Gets White House Approval

The quest to explore Jupiter's ocean-harboring moon Europa has taken a big step forward.<p>The White House's fiscal year 2016 budget request for NASA, …

Europa: NASA looks to Jupiter's mysterious moon (pictures)

This concept turns old phone parts into a supercomputer

Giving modular smartphones a new lease on life<p>One of the selling points for modular smartphones like Project Ara or the Puzzlephone is that they reduce waste. But little has been said about how discarded modules could be put to use. Finland's Circular Devices, the company developing the …

Our Expanding Universe: Age, History & Other Facts

The universe was born with the Big Bang as an unimaginably hot, dense point. When the universe was just 10-34 of a second or so old — that is, a …

Quite possibly the best-sounding headphones in the world

Last Sunday at the Trump SoHo New York hotel I heard a preview of a new pair of high-end headphones from Hifiman, the HE1000, and they were easily the best I've heard from that company.<p>The see-through clarity and lively dynamics were remarkably effortless. Which is to say, music played over the …

Microsoft's HoloLens explained: How it works and why it's different

Microsoft has a vision for the future, and it involves terms and technology straight out of science fiction.<p>But are we actually glimpsing that future? Yes and no.<p>Microsoft's HoloLens, which the company unveiled at its Redmond, Wash., headquarters on Wednesday, is a sleek, flashy headset with …

NASA Finds Mysterious Bright Spot on Dwarf Planet Ceres: What Is It?

A strange, flickering white blotch found on the dwarf planet Ceres by a NASA spacecraft has scientists scratching their heads.<p>The white spot on Ceres …

Logic Pro X 10.1 (OS X) review: Apple's Logic Pro music production suite gets a free 10.1 upgrade - CNET

<b>The Good</b> There's a tremendous amount of value in Logic Pro X for $199, and the 10.1 update adds more drummers, improves some plug-ins, and tweaks session editing for finer control. It's easy to run the mix or individual instruments from an iPad.<p><b>The Bad</b> Popular third-party plug-ins can still cost a …

Music Production

EDM/Orchestral Mashup “Electronic Opus” Is BT’s Cure For Modern Music’s Monotony

“Honestly, it can get really boring playing electronic music in a club environment,” says BT describing his desire to continually try something new. …

The Apple Watch Isn't Here Yet, But The Battle Over It Has Already Started

Having waded into the prediction waters myself, I’m well aware how treacherous they can be. But surely Fred Wilson, the venture capitalist behind Twitter and Tumblr, had no idea he would set off the year’s first technology tsunami with his post: “What Is Going To Happen.” Wilson, in what he …

Apple Watch

The best-sounding home theater I've ever heard

When I dropped by Lyric Hi-Fi & Video (New York City's oldest high-end shop), I wasn't looking for anything in particular. There's so much to see and hear, but then I was hooked into auditioning the Datasat RS20i surround processor with a full complement of Focal Electra series speakers, plus a …

What to buy: Sound bar or home-theater-in-a-box system?

So what's better: home-theater-in-a-box (HTiB) systems or sound bars? The latter are markedly better than they were just a few years ago, but the inherent design compromises of single-speaker systems have, so far, proved insurmountable. Sound bars can't fill a room as well as five speakers can.<p>It …

Tech Things I’m Excited about in 2015 Because 2014 Was so Boring

Goodbye 2014. You were okay, but ultimately sort of meh when it comes to tech.<p>Sure all our phones got a little better. Smartwatches powered by Android appeared and were immediately added to the catch-all drawer with our Fitbits, Nike FuelBands and Jawbone ups. Computers are still about as exciting …

Cosmic Mystery Solved? Possible Dark Matter Signal Spotted

Astronomers may finally have detected a signal of dark matter, the mysterious and elusive stuff thought to make up most of the material …

Giant Dunes on Saturn's Moon Titan Sculpted by Rogue Winds

The towering dunes on Saturn's largest moon, Titan, may look similar to the sandy hills of Earth's Sahara, but their origins are completely …