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What to get when you've got a drone enthusiast in your life

Fri, 21/11/2014 - 19:00
It's that time of year again! You know, the one when you have to hand over your hard-earned cash or dole out the credit card digits to get the loved ones in your life a little something celebratory. Lucky you, we've got a slew of great...

Playdate: We're livestreaming 'Super Smash Bros. for Wii U'!

Fri, 21/11/2014 - 18:30
What is Super Smash Bros.? It is Nintendo at its most referential, its most detail-oriented. We already said all this once before, actually. Right here. Anyway, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (that's seriously the full title) has finally arrived on...

3D-printed livers go on sale to impatient scientists

Fri, 21/11/2014 - 18:02
So far, the biggest benefit of 3D-printing organs is that you don't need someone to donate their body to medical science before you can do an experiment. That's why Organovo's big news is so exciting for scientists, since the company has let it be...

LaserWatch: The story of a man with too much time on his hands

Fri, 21/11/2014 - 17:34
Your smartwatch may may be the height of wearables today, but it can't get you out of a supervillain's elaborate death trap. That's where Patrick Priebe's LaserWatch comes in, which is like something out of a Bond flick. On the surface, it looks like...

Google is giving away 1TB of free Drive space with new Chromebooks

Fri, 21/11/2014 - 17:02
Google really, really wants you to pick up a Chromebook this holiday, and it's sweetening the deal to make sure a Chrome OS-powered laptop is on your gift list. The company is now offering 1TB of free Google Drive space to anyone who buys a...

Amazon Fire HD 6 review: great value for a $99 tablet

Fri, 21/11/2014 - 17:00
Here's a question: How did Amazon know it was time to make a $99 tablet? Because of focus groups? Its ace marketing department? Close: user reviews. Let's not forget that Amazon is best known for its retail empire, so when lots of people start buying...

3D talking map can help the blind find their way

Fri, 21/11/2014 - 16:11
The Perkins School for the Blind in Massachusetts just got a high-tech installation to help keep their students from getting lost around campus: a three-dimensional map that talks. Its miniature Monopoly-like buildings and other elements (which were...

Google's internet balloons can stay aloft for 100 days thanks to fluffy socks

Fri, 21/11/2014 - 15:33
While some high profile Google projects (*cough Glass*) have been withering on the vine, Project Loon is a bright spot and even has a carrier partner. Mountain View says it can now autofill the internet-enabling, weather-tracking balloons in five...

London councils fight government plan to legalise short-term Airbnb rentals

Fri, 21/11/2014 - 15:25
Having already accommodated over 20 million guests in more than 34,000 cities across 190 countries, it's safe to say that Airbnb is here to say. However, that success has come at a cost -- namely opposition from authorities that either want to stop...

'Super Smash Bros. for Wii U': The Joystiq Review

Fri, 21/11/2014 - 15:00
"Who would win in a fight?" is the lighthearted crux of the Super Smash Bros. series, and it's impressive how extensive that conversation has become. Pitting beloved video game characters in unlikely rivalries seems as amusing as it did during the...

Amazon reportedly launching free, ad-supported video streaming service

Fri, 21/11/2014 - 14:23
Amazon is set to launch a free, ad-supported video service separate from its $99 Prime Instant Video offering, according to the New York Post. In case you're having deja vu, the WSJ reported exactly the same thing back in March and Amazon firmly...

EE and O2 are now serving 4G inside the Channel Tunnel

Fri, 21/11/2014 - 14:12
Having mobile internet access inside the Channel Tunnel is useful, but where are those faster speeds we were promised? Well, after expanding their 2G and 3G networks in March, EE and O2 are finally offering 4G connectivity on the Eurostar. Vodafone...

Aereo's video streaming fairy tale ends at Chapter 11

Fri, 21/11/2014 - 12:39
When a company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, it means that it's mere moments away from being torn to pieces by its creditors. That particular regulation also provides room for a turnaround, but given that the Supreme Court has essentially made its...

San Francisco's public defecation map highlights a shitty situation

Fri, 21/11/2014 - 12:03
Wondering what that smell near the Civic Center is, San Francisco resident? As far as serious interactive maps go, Human Wasteland is one of the strangest we've seen. Created by civil-engineer-turned-web-developer Jennifer Wong, the project plots...

This is what happens when a drone interrupts your Christmas date

Fri, 21/11/2014 - 11:08
You're on a date at TGI Friday's, casually sipping your discount cocktail, trying to ignore the disappointed look on your partner's face as they attempt to cut into their overcooked steak. As if this situation wasn't awkward enough, the smooth sounds...

Blinkbox brings offline movie and TV streaming to the iPad

Fri, 21/11/2014 - 10:52
Unlike mobile books and games, video streaming is completely dependent on an internet connection. That's fine when you're at home, but if you're on your way to work or generally on the move, viewing your favourite movies and TV shows can be quite a...

The curious case of the disappearing Nexus 6

Fri, 21/11/2014 - 10:30
For a moment the page changes, the default "out of stock" message replaced by an estimated shipping date. Quickly, you move your cursor across the screen and hit the order button, only to discover the device is no longer available. You close the tab....

Here's how to 3D print using mashed bananas

Fri, 21/11/2014 - 10:03
We've seen many people use food as 3D printer feed in the past, such as chocolates, candies and even ice cream. But can you imagine 3D printing anything using bananas? Sounds hard, if not, well, bananas -- but 3Digital Cooks' founder Luis Rodriguez...

Canadian middle-schoolers rank pretty high for computer literacy

Fri, 21/11/2014 - 08:55
In addition to making excellent poutine and maple syrup, our friendly neighbors to the north are also pretty adept at prepping students for the future we live in too. The International Computer Literacy Study recently looked at 60,000 eighth graders...

Investment bank builds Oculus Rift app to fly you around your stocks and shares

Fri, 21/11/2014 - 07:40
Well hello there, I'm Augustus Q. Moneybags, inventor of the word "Funtrepreneur" and thrillionaire owner of Military Industrial Complex LLC. Now, I may be an internationally loved businessman, y'see, but that doesn't mean I'm too good at calculatin'...

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