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Google works with the UN to monitor environmental changes

8:18 am PDT, July 16, 2018

Google is partnering with the United Nations to help measure the impact of human activity on ecosystems around the world. The project, which launches today, will provide real-time data to organizations and countries looking to plan and direct actions...

What you need to know before building a HiFi system

7:30 am PDT, July 16, 2018

The process of building a stereo can be overwhelming. Should you buy new gear or trawl the local stereo shop for vintage equipment? Do you need a subwoofer for music? Are high-end speaker cables really going to make a difference in sound? It's no won...

Roku's wireless speakers are just for its TVs

7:10 am PDT, July 16, 2018

TV speakers stink. As our televisions have gotten ever thinner, there simply isn't any room to stuff in speakers that actually sound good. Roku today unveiled a simple solution for that problem: A pair of wireless speakers, designed to work exclusive...

Uber adds new features to ensure a smooth pickup

6:55 am PDT, July 16, 2018

Uber is rolling out some new features aimed at making the pickup process simpler and more efficient. First, while the company began offering advanced booking in 2016, it's now going to start guaranteeing your pickup time. If your driver doesn't arriv...

Aston Martin’s Volante Vision is a luxurious flying taxi

6:31 am PDT, July 16, 2018

Aston Martin is the latest luxury car company to express interest in creating a personal aerial vehicle. Today, the company unveiled its plans for a "flying car," a three-seat aircraft called the Volante Vision Concept. The hypothetical concept craft...

Armani's latest designer smartwatches come with strap options

6:00 am PDT, July 16, 2018

Emporio Armani has launched new touchscreen smartwatches for those who prefer Google's Wear OS in a designer package. The fall models feature new dial designs on a 1.19-inch AMOLED display and stainless steel cases. One of them is available with eith...

Amazon could take on UK broadcasters with a smart TV launch

5:25 am PDT, July 16, 2018

Cutting the cable cord could soon get a lot easier in the UK, as Amazon is getting set to release smart TVs with Fire TV built in, reports the Telegraph. A smart TV from the online retail giant is currently in testing by DTG, a UK standards body for...

Scientists develop the world's first 3D color X-rays

4:28 am PDT, July 16, 2018

A New Zealand company has generated the first 3D color X-Ray images of the human body by using an advanced medical scanner. The scanner utilizes CERN's Medipix3 technology and has been in development for a decade. It's able to produce high resolution...

The Morning After: Even the World Cup couldn't escape 'Fortnite'

3:30 am PDT, July 16, 2018

Welcome back. France has won the World Cup, so we can go back to playing Fortnite -- like some of the players. We hear more on the two million-dollar electric hypercar of the future and imagine a life with a cardboard accordion, courtesy of Nintendo...

UK's first spaceport will be located in Scotland

2:35 am PDT, July 16, 2018

The UK government has announced that it plans to build Europe's first spaceport on the A'Mhoine Peninsula in Sutherland, Scotland. The boggy stretch is relatively uninhabited, remote and close to the North Sea. It's also the best place in the UK to r...

Chinese car giants team up on a ridesharing platform

8:56 pm PDT, July 15, 2018

It's not just Western automakers jumping head-first into transportation services. Three of China's largest car brands (Chongqing Changan, Dongfeng and FAW Group) have launched a venture that will create a ridesharing platform. T3 Mobile Travel Servic...

Tesla Model 3 rollover crash shows its real-world safety

6:41 pm PDT, July 15, 2018

While Tesla's Model 3 should be a safe car (this isn't the company's first try), it's hard not to feel nervous. Without official crash test results, how do you know how resilient it really is? Apparently, it's tougher than you might think. Reddit use...

Watch a self-driving car complete Goodwood's legendary hill climb

5:04 pm PDT, July 15, 2018

Want a hint of how the automotive zeitgeist is changing? You only need to look at the just-ended Goodwood Festival of Speed. Roborace has carved out a small niche in history with the first self-driving vehicle to successfully complete Goodwood's famo...

Nintendo Labo contest champions include a solar accordion and teapots

3:36 pm PDT, July 15, 2018

If it wasn't already apparent that you can do much more with Nintendo Labo than what comes in the box, it is now. Nintendo has unveiled the winners of a Creators Contest that challenged them to produce games and musical instruments, and the results g...

Ultra-sensitive radio telescope debuts in South Africa

2:03 pm PDT, July 15, 2018

Another piece of the Square Kilometer Array's puzzle just fell into place. South Africa has officially switched on MeerKAT, billed as the most sensitive radio telescope of its type on the planet. Some parts of the array have been gathering data, but...

Pininfarina's $2 million electric hypercar boasts a 250MPH top speed

12:34 pm PDT, July 15, 2018

When Pininfarina teased its PF0 electric hypercar in March, it didn't do more than promise a massive amount of power and a 2020 launch. It's starting to dribble out details, however, and it now looks like the PF0 may deliver the best of all worlds -...

Rolls-Royce is the latest to develop a flying taxi

11:03 am PDT, July 15, 2018

The flying taxis from Airbus and Uber may have some fresh competition, albeit not quite in the way they might have expected. Rolls-Royce has unveiled an EVTOL (Electric Vertical Take Off and Landing) concept that could carry four to five passengers t...

Frustration over 'Splatoon 2' cheating leads to leaderboard hack

9:31 am PDT, July 15, 2018

Splatoon 2 has had a cheating problem for a while, with unscrupulous players quickly wiping out entire teams in what's supposed to be an accessible, kid-friendly shooter. And now, frustration over the cheating is reaching a fever pitch. Nintendo has...

After Math: Stage 4 capitalism

8:00 am PDT, July 15, 2018

It's been another fun-filled week of plebes like us being crushed under the heel of big business. Want to take a trip into orbit? You're gonna need to mortgage your house and your children's futures. Want to own the last decent MacBook Pro? Tough, Ap...

Irish Silk Road figure extradited to the US

6:29 am PDT, July 15, 2018

The US is continuing its quest to try Silk Road's foreign leaders. Irish resident Gary Davis (aka "Libertas") has been extradited to the US to face charges over his alleged involvement in the dark web outfit as an administrator. He faces charges of...

Ben Heck's Atari 800 handheld

5:00 am PDT, July 15, 2018

What are your favorite 8-bit computers from the '80s? Ben Heck's is the Atari 800, and what better thing to do as a final project than make it portable? That's right, it's time for a teardown. After pulling the Atari apart to reverse-engineer it,...

HTC hints at multi-room VR using Steam

12:59 am PDT, July 15, 2018

You may know that VR in large rooms is becoming a reality, but what about venturing between rooms? It might happen sooner than you think, albeit with a few caveats. HTC has shown off an experience that used a SteamVR beta, a Vive Pro and 16 base st...

Disney reduces the chances of CG hair disasters

8:11 pm PDT, July 14, 2018

Movie studios often want computer-generated hair to have a specific effect, whether it's a seductive toss or a careless flick that knocks something over. But there's a problem: most rough-cut simulations don't realistically simulate hair, leading to...

Lockheed Martin creates its largest 3D-printed space part to date

6:34 pm PDT, July 14, 2018

Lockheed Martin has just finished the final series of quality control tests for an enormous titanium dome meant to serve as caps for satellite fuel tanks. It's not just any ordinary dome, though: the enormous component measures four feet in diameter...

Tesla speeds up delivery times for new Model 3 orders

5:05 pm PDT, July 14, 2018

When Tesla opened up Model 3 orders to everyone, it was easy to be jaded when delivery would take at least three months. Wouldn't the situation only get worse? Apparently, just the opposite is true: Tesla has dramatically shortened delivery times for...