A Beginner's Guide to Navy-Strength Rum
The Royal Navys successful invasion of Jamaica in 1655 had a lot of terribly negative outcomes. The commanders ended up in the Tower of London. Many of the English sailors fell sick or starved. A lot
It's Almost Impossible To Tell This Butterfly Is Actually a Robot
The butterfly is one of natures most graceful creations, but with upgrades from Festo, this robotic doppleganger is better equipped to navigate large spaces. It might flap and flutter like the real thing, but this butterfly is
How a Virus Can Make Water Boil Faster
Here are some things that wont make water boil faster: watching the pot, adding salt. And heres something that does: nanostructures made from plant viruses, which subtly alter the physical properties of bubbling water. Read more...
Watch Today's Historic Launch To The ISS, Live Right Now!
Today at 12:42 p.m. PDT/3:42 p.m. EDT, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly is scheduled to begin his year-long journey to the International Space Station — a voyage which, if successful, will surpass the U.S. record for longest-duration
What's Inside A Shotgun Shell And Why
A shotgun shell can achieve anything from lightly peppering a clay target at close range to taking down a deer at 35 yards. And that huge variance in capability can all come out the business end of
Dragster Bicycles Prove Once and For All Who's Fastest On Two Wheels
Getting your first bike means two things: youre free to explore your neighborhood farther than you ever could, and you can finally prove which of your friends is indeed fastest—a coveted honor when youre six-years-old. So if
A.I. Pilots Are Not The Solution To Preventing Airline Disasters
Were still trying to understand the horrific Germanwings tragedy. But already, some people are suggesting it could have been prevented if a computer had been flying the plane. But thats not the solution. We spoke to an
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Pocket camera helps the visually impaired navigate the world
This might be one of the least invasive sight aids for the visually impaired that weve spotted: its a camera that sits in the shirt pocket, Her-style, and uses auditory alerts to warn when the user approaches obstacles.
Tiny 3D-printed retro TV set plays B-movies for your Barbies
The Philco Predicta television is a 1950s design icon and one of the most easily recognizable television models in history, what with its detached picture tube and nearly flat screen. Unfortunately, finding a working example these days is
Vine's six second slices of life get a big video quality bump
Artists and comedians have been doing some truly amazing things with Vine since it launched as a Twitter product two years ago, but those mesmerizing slices of life that eat up your day in six second increments have
HTC, Valve offer free Vive VR dev kits to select developers
Valve, the company that spawned Steam, Team Fortress 2, Portal and Half-Life, will hand out dev kits of its Vive virtual reality headset to select developers at no cost, company spokesperson Doug Lombardi tells Ars Technica. Valve plans
Google teams with Johnson & Johnson for robotic-assisted surgery
Googles mysterious facility, Google X, is churning out next level technologies -- a self-driving car, delivery drones and Internet balloons. Its Life Sciences division is now teaming up with Ethicon, one of Johnson & Johnsons medical device compani...
Sony drops PlayStation TV price to £45 in the UK
Sonys PlayStation 4 is selling incredibly well, but an early price drop suggests its smaller cousin isnt doing so well in the UK. The PlayStation TV has always been a peculiar proposition, offering an easy way to play
Virgin Media claims its new wireless hub is the fastest in the land
Even if your home is in the best area for fibre broadband, and youre paying for the fastest speeds, a cheap router can let you down. Slow and patchy wireless connectivity is commonplace in the UK, in part
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Build a Raspberry Pi-Powered Secret Spy Camera
Want to make your own little spy camera that fits on your shirt? Make put together a guide using a Raspberry Pi and a small camera. Read more...
​Compete with Others in Virtual Races, Even If You Work Out Alone
Cant wait for that weekend race or that date with your slightly-faster cycling buddy? You can fire up your competitive spirit right now with apps and virtual races. Here are some fun ones.Read more...
This Week's Most Popular Posts: March 20th to 27th
This week we returned to the dating pool , wrote our first book , counted some calories , and found the most overrated superfoods . Heres a look back. Read more...
Paperwork Is an Evernote Alternative You Can Host Yourself
If youre not a big fan of storing your notes on a third-party service like Google Keep or Evernote, Paperwork is similar software thats open-source that also allows you to host it yourself. Read more...
Store Survival Foods in Water Bottles
When setting up your emergency food supply, proper storage is critical to make sure insects and other creatures dont get to your stash. This simple solution keeps your dry goods safe and portable.Read more...
What's the Weirdest Food You've Ever Eaten?
Some of us are more adventurous when it comes to food than others, and across every cuisine there are "delicacies" that might seem bizarre to others around the world. What have you tried?Read more...
Stop Thinking and Start Doing: The Power of Practicing More
We all have goals that we want to achieve in our lives. These goals may include learning a new language, eating healthier and losing weight, becoming a better parent, saving more money, and so on. But
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This Clever Three-in-One Kitchen Gadget Is an Ace of Baste
Forget buying a separate turkey baster, meat thermometer, and scrub brush! The ThermoBaste puts them all together in one package. The post This Clever Three-in-One Kitchen Gadget
Facebook Messenger Now Has Apps. Here Are the Ones to Try
Youve already got more Facebook Messenger power-up options than you likely need, so we sifted through pile to see which ones deserve a place in your
Review: Oliso Smart Hub & Top Sous Vide System
Is the Oliso for everybody? No, but if you’re one of the people for whom an induction burner and water bath combination make sense, there’s still a lot
Amazon’s New Unlimited Cloud Storage Is Absurdly Cheap
The steady march towards cheaper cloud storage has just turned into a sprint. Rather than being merely competitive with leaders like Google Drive, Dropbox, and iCloud, Amazon has decided
Bored on Your Commute? Try These Mobile Brain-Twisters
Lifes a cakewalk for a genius like you. Challenge your gray matter with these brain-racking puzzles. The post Bored on Your Commute? Try These Mobile Brain-Twisters appeared first on
The Galaxy S6 Edge Is Totally Beautiful—And Pointless
On Wednesday morning, Samsung’s two new phones arrived at my desk. The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are two of the most anticipated, most important devices of the year.
Twitter’s Periscope App Lets You Livestream Your World
The mechanics of Periscope are really simple: tap a button, and start streaming whatever your camera lens sees. The post Twitter’s Periscope App Lets You Livestream Your World appeared
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ElecFreaks Is Selling (And Giving Away) A DIY VR Drone
 A new 3D-printed drone called the ELF VR Nano is available for pre-order on Indiegogo and for download on Thingiverse. That’s right: you can either buy the product and receive pre-printed parts
Google To Build Robotic Surgery Platform With Johnson & Johnson
 Google and Johnson & Johnson have announced that the will team up to develop an advanced, robot-assisted surgery platform. The team effort will involve “capabilities, intellectual property and expertise” from both companies,
Olio Creates A Homebrew Smartwatch With Some Amazing Features
 It’s not every day I’m impressed by a smartwatch. Plenty of Android Wear and Pebble devices have come and gone and aside from a brief “Huh” I haven’t really let any of
The Biggest Challenges Left In Virtual Reality, According To Oculus
 The second half of Facebook’s keynote took an odd turn today at F8, spending a surprising amount of time looking at the unknowns of consciousness and visual illusions. But toward
Facebook’s Aquila Drone Will Beam Down Internet Access With Lasers
 As the second day of its F8 conference began here at Fort Mason in San Francisco, Facebook announced the first hardware it plans to use to beam the Internet down to
Apple Explores Ways To Secure, Set Up And Sell iOS Devices While Still In The Box
 Apple has a new patent application (via Patently Apple) that could make it even easier to get started with a new iOS device before you even take
mDrawBots Will Draw On Your Wall, Floor, And Eggs
 mDrawBots, a Kickstarter project from MakeBlock, are very reminiscent of old-timey Erector sets with one interesting difference: these robots can actually do cool stuff. Designed to be customizable, the kits allow you
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New BlackBerry Leap Video Surfaces
The BlackBerry Leap, a smartphone that was revealed earlier this month, only to stop by the FCC just a few days earlier, has now surfaced in a new official video, and if you have been curious as all get out
Rovio Takes Earth Hour Seriously Too
I am quite sure that most of us would have heard of Earth Hour by now, and the efforts that some companies such as Verizon go through to make a statement
Lords Of The Fallen Developer Casts Eye On Hideo Kojima
When you are a great talent regardless of the industry that you are in, you can be sure that people will seek you out – and hope to hire you, or
Lamborghinis Shown Off In One Long Animated GIF
Ah, the wonders of an animated GIF. The early days of the Internet sure as heck had plenty of those going around, making themselves known on now-defunct Geocities pages. Well, it
YouTube Experiments With Ultra HD Video Playback
One cannot really move forward and progress if the mindset decides to remain stagnant, and having said that, YouTube, the popular video site, has decided to improve their serve, so to speak. It was just a few months ago that
National Videogame Arcade To Serve As An Inspiration For The Future
It must be said that whatever achievement one picks up, it is due to the work of the ones who came before, and we are actually standing on the shoulders of
Kirin 930 Chipset Detailed By Huawei
Huawei is certainly a company that is on the ascendant, as they have made some notable progress where its in-house chipsets are concerned. In fact, this is a commendable trait from
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Deal Of The Day: 33% Off On ‘Blue Pine Studio’ 3D-Illusion Lighting Sculpture
We didn’t expect the ‘Blue Pine Studio’ 3D-Illusion Lighting Sculpture to sell quite as well as it did. But since you guys seem to like it, we’re bringing the deal
Buster Bulbs Look Old School, Are Brand New
There’s something special about old timey stuff, and the old Edison lightbulbs with the huge filaments harken back to simpler, less fast-paced times. Wanting to recreate some of that aura,
The Only Apple Watch We’ll Be Getting Is This LEGO Apple Watch
Haven’t you heard? The Apple Watch is nigh! Hordes of people are getting ready to plunk down anywhere from $349 to $10,000 to own Cupertino’s first wearable, and to be
What Envy? This Giant Lens Attaches To Your iPhone 6
Spying on your neighbours… Isn’t that America’s favourite past-time? You could try to be inconspicuous about it and just peek through your blinds like a normal person. But this is
Jogger Parents: Meet The KidRunner
You, dear active parent, want to go jogging. That cool! But the baby? Not so much. Jogging may be in his future, but for now he just wants to cry
Deal Of The Day: 28% Off On ‘Bobine’ Flexible iPhone Charging Dock
Whenever you’re charging your phone next to your laptop, there’s a good chance it’s just laying flat on the table as you work. That’s fine, but what if there was
A CD Shattering, Seen At 170,000fps, Is Just Mesmerizing
If you aren’t subscribed to the Slow Mo Guy’s YouTube Channel, you really should. They’re always coming out with cool videos showing what happens to stuff in super slow motion.
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Here’s where you can buy the HTC One M9 already and how much it costs
In a bid to make your next high-end Android smartphone purchase even trickier, Samsung and HTC have put the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge and One M9 on sale stateside at essentially the same time. Don’t worry, we’re not here to
HTC One M8s expected out soon with S615 CPU, 13 MP cam, €400+ price tag
As if there wasn’t enough confusion hovering over the far too subtle differences between HTC’s standard One M9 and the Plus version, as well as the multiple One E9s in the pipeline, it appears yet another One 8-series installment is
PayPal sanctions violations lead to $7.7M fine
PayPal has agreed to pay a $7.7 million fine due to its violation of sanctions. The US does not let companies like PayPal effectively do business with citizens of certain countries, but PayPal was facilitating the transfer of money to
(UK-only) Deal alert: High-end Surface Pro 3 configs sold with free HP Streams
Talk about unorthodox cross-promotion. Microsoft is currently plugging the ultra-low-cost HP Stream 7 tablet alongside the premium Surface Pro 3 “laptop replacement”, bundling the two at the price of one.The post (UK-only) Deal alert: High-end Surface Pro 3 configs sold
Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 Edge pre-orders begin March 27 stateside for full April 10 launch
Never to be outdone by arch-nemesis HTC, Samsung has announced its hotly anticipated Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will be available on the same day as the One M9 in the US. March 27, that is, i.e. tomorrow, or better
Facebook will test full-size internet drones in the summer
Facebook is working on internet-delivery drones and it will test the first full-size drone this summer. Since the beginning of March, the social network has been testing some smaller drones that are only 10 percent the size of the full drone.
ZTE throws its hat in the Android flagship ring with $400 Nubia Z9 Max
A standout with extreme affordability, tongue-in-cheek product names, little software innovations and big biometric breakthroughs these past few months, ZTE was bound to get serious about its mainstream high-end prospects sooner or later.The post ZTE throws its hat in the
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