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Toyota's latest concept vehicle is an ode to tinkerers

Toyota's created a new concept car for "urban" dwellers who like to tinker, and the result is essentially what would happen if an SUV, taxi, and the turrets from <i>Portal</i> accidentally made a baby.<p>The Urban Utility concept is a three-door vehicle with an interior that employs rails to let you change up …

New Android-based set-top box combines broadcast TV and online video

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>Israel-based video startup Vidmind is getting ready to unveil the second generation of its Android-based set-top box at IBC …

Netgear's ultimate WiFi router gives you full speed on any frequency

Watch out, ASUS: you're not the only one with an extremely fast WiFi router these days. Netgear has just released the Nighthawk X4, the latest version of its sinister-looking flagship hotspot. The X4's four antennas let it deliver 802.11ac wireless as quickly as possible on any frequency; it offers …

See The Secret, Tiny Bedrooms Flight Attendants Use On Long-Haul Aircraft

You'll probably be all right if you're in first class. Flying economy? Good luck.<p>But what if you're a member of the flight crew? Turns out that on Boeing's 777 and 787 airliners there is a secret stairway that leads to a tiny set of windowless bedrooms for flight attendants and pilots. After all, …

Aviation

These Are The World's Least Visited Countries

If you're constantly searching for an undiscovered, crowd-free getaway, you're in luck -- some of the least-visited countries on earth are calling your name.<p>These countries are totally beautiful and completely underrated, which means few crowds and pristine, untouched nature. Many of them are small …

Watch a Trailer for the 'Hunger in America' Documentary

Here's a trailer for the upcoming television documentary <i>Hunger in America</i>, airing this September on FMTV. In the preview, filmmaker <b>Zac Adams</b> showcases many sound bites from anti-hunger organizations like Feeding America, who assert that "the face of hunger in America is not the homeless guy; turns …

Who Are the Yazidi, and Why Is Targeting Them?

Most of the 40,000 refugees stranded this week atop Mount Sinjar near Mosul, Iraq, are women and children who are Christians and members of a small religious sect called the Yazidi. Who are the Yazidi, why have Iraq's militant rebels threatened them with execution if they don't convert to Islam, …

Islam

Google Sends Hangouts to Work, Enhances Chromebox for Meetings

More video chatting at the office.<p>Google today enhanced two versions of its business-oriented video conferencing products, Hangouts and Chromebox for Meetings.<p>In moves announced in a company blog post, the search giant said it will push Google Hangouts, a video service that was initially launched …

Michael Dell is funding this company to move surveillance cameras onto the cloud

Last month, Google-owned Nest made headlines when it confirmed rumors that it was acquiring connected-camera company Dropcam, well-known for putting its camera footage in the cloud. But what about professional grade security cameras — will they also become hip and modern and get connected to the …

The Next Thing In Home Automation: Backyard Automation

The Droplet is a robot sprinkler that knows your weather, soil, and plants, and waters accordingly.<p>So, you’ve installed a Nest thermostat that turns down the heat when you’re not at home. You’ve got WeMo switches allowing you to tune down lights remotely. Your fridge automatically orders milk when …

Home Automation

If You Think 5G Is All About Faster Network Speeds, You're Wrong

You can already reach for your phone, ask Google a question, and receive the answer within seconds.<p>The forthcoming generation of wireless technology will be even faster, but it's not just about sheer speed.<p>The next major network upgrade will solve one of the most aggravating problems we experience …

Telecoms

Data centers built into cellsites could boost mobile Internet speed

Growing demand for mobile data connectivity has prompted device makers and networks to kick their speeds up a notch, especially with rich content like video conferencing and video streaming. However, even with increased bandwidth, there is still the problem of latency, which is mostly due to the …

Mobile

The Island Of Oahu Like You've Never Seen Before

The Hawaiian island of Oahu is known as The Gathering Place, and rightly so. Out of the eight islands, it is Oahu that holds more than 70 percent of the state's entire population. Adding to that, more than 2 million tourists visit the island every year.<p>But, beyond the bustling shores of Waikiki …

New technique could boost internet speeds tenfold

The problem with TCP/IP<p>Data is sent over the internet in "packets," or small chunks of digital information. The exact format of the packets and the …

Cybersecurity

How to Create a Ridiculously Interesting Magazine (In Four Steps or Maybe Less)

MagMaker / July 16, 2014<p>It doesn’t matter if you’re writing a blog, sharing photos, posting social updates, or curating a magazine on Flipboard: if …

Marketing

Why Can't I Look Away From This Lava Destroying A Coke Can?

Maybe, just maybe, the can isn't consumed by lava the 40th time I play the video. Then I'd look like a real idiot, if I missed that.<p>In the video here, you will see, as promised, a can of Coca-Cola devoured by lava. There are two cans, even. I am hypnotized by this. Is it the juxtaposition of the …

How one man bypassed internet congestion and fixed his Netflix streaming

On today's internet, the shortest route is sadly not always the best<p>Colin Nederkoorn, a startup CEO living in New York City, was unhappy with his Netflix service. He pays Verizon for FiOS service that promises 75Mbps down. But when he tried to stream video, it was a miserable experience, with …

Net Neutrality

Understanding graphene's electrical properties on an atomic level

(Phys.org) —Graphene, a material that consists of a lattice of carbon atoms, one atom thick, is widely touted as being the most electrically …

Finally, A Way To Find Movies Worth Watching On Netflix

Netflix is like the candy dish at your grandmother’s house. Most of the movies are crap, but you know, buried somewhere in there, is something worth your time. A Better Queue is a site dedicated to finding the Werther’s Originals in Netflix based on Rotten Tomatoes ratings.<p>It’s simple enough: Set …

Airlander 10: up close with the gigantic airship the US Army wanted

An hour’s train ride away from London resides the world’s largest aircraft. Called the Airlander 10, it’s a 300-foot-long throwback to a bygone era when it was believed that airships and dirigibles would fill the skies and become the dominant means by which we moved goods and people around. …

Aerospace

South Africa Rejects United States Offer of $10 Billion A Year From 2014 To House Yellowstone Refugees

The Yellowstone caldera under Yellowstone National Park. The hot springs in the area are due to the huge live volcano beneath the surface.<p>The ANC …

Clean storage: These scientists are making an organic, water-based battery for the power grid

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Image courtesy of USC Photo / Gus Ruelas.<p>Most batteries — whether they’re embedded in your iPhone or they’re plugged …

Researchers Find and Decode the Spy Tools Governments Use to Hijack Phones

Newly uncovered components of a digital surveillance tool used by more than 60 governments worldwide provide a rare glimpse at the extensive ways law …

Shadow network hits speeds up to 100 times faster than Google Fiber

Moto G on T-Mobile 3G in Portland, OR<p>What do you consider to be fast internet? 10 megabits per second? What about 100mbps? We’ve heard that LTE-A service in South Korea is pushing upwards of 400mbps, and that Google Fiber clocks in up to 1Gbps, but is that good enough? We are learning that certain …

Google Fiber

5 Applications For Graphene, The 'Wonder Material,' That Could Change The Way We Live

Graphene, the pure carbon material that's just one atom thick and nearly transparent when laid out in sheets, manages to be roughly 200 times stronger than steel, even though it's 60,000 times thinner than Saran Wrap.<p>Graphene is also an excellent conductor of energy, can be synthesized from unique …

Nanotech

Honeywell's Lyric thermostat is a worthy Nest competitor (hands-on)

Last week Honeywell announced the Lyric, its answer to the Nest learning thermostat. Today, we got a chance to see the WiFi-connected smart device in person. Retailing for $279 starting in August, the Lyric stands out for its geofencing feature, which uses smartphone location info to know whether …

EE and Three will soon change the way you make calls and send texts

Mobile dead spots can be a right headache, whether you get them at home, at work or a place you visit often. Luckily, EE and Three may soon be able to help. Earlier today, the two operators confirmed they're going to let customers make high-quality calls and send text messages, even when there's …

Drones Ready to Take Off on Test Flights in Texas

A site in Corpus Christi, Texas, is now up and running as a fully operational drone-testing facility, the FAA announced Friday. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center of Excellence & Innovation is among six sites chosen by federal aviation officials to …

Corpus Christi

Public Wi-Fi Hotspots Ease the Burden of International Travel

Connected international travel has grown dramatically over the past several years, bringing smartphone-equipped visitors to cities around the …