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Intel's new storage chip is 1,000 times faster than flash memory

Intel and Micron have a new way to store data that they say is denser, tougher, and faster than the competition, and it's already starting production. In a live keynote today, the companies...

Windows 10 review

Looking back at Windows 8, it s easy to see where Microsoft went wrong. It was a giant bet on touch-based computing, but it made using a PC with a keyboard and mouse awkward, frustrating, and...

How to get the Windows 10 update

Windows 10 is about to launch, and you're probably going to want to update. The good news is that Microsoft has made the process surprisingly painless. Seriously, you just click a couple buttons...

Nokia reveals Ozo, a futuristic new camera for filming virtual reality

Microsoft bought Nokia's handset business in 2013, two big questions hovered above all. The first was "why," and we never got a convincing answer: Microsoft wrote off $7.6 billion in Nokia costs...

Why Bugs Bunny is the greatest cartoon character ever

Bugs Bunny, one of the most beloved and enduring characters of the 20th century, turns 75 today. That's a major milestone for any American pop culture icon, putting him on a plane right beside the...

Google+ and YouTube are finally splitting up

Google is officially divorcing Google+ profiles from its other, more popular services. Today the company published a blog post announcing that over the next few months, "a Google Account will be...

Messaging App Viber Buys Nextpeer To Add Social Features To Its Gaming Portal

Viber, the messaging app with 600 million+ users acquired last year by Japan's Rakuten for $900 million, is today making an acquisition of its own, specifically aimed at building out its new games...

Windows 10 might already be downloading on your Windows 7 and 8 PCs

In less than 24 hours, Microsoft will start upgrading Windows 7 and Windows 8 machines to Windows 10. The software giant is preparing for this big release, at 12AM ET on July 29th (9PM PST on July...

950 million Android phones can be hijacked by malicious text messages

Almost all Android mobile devices available today are susceptible to hacks that can execute malicious code by sending them a malformed text message or luring the end-user to a malicious website, a...

Filmmakers fighting Happy Birthday copyright find their smoking gun

It's been two years since filmmakers making a documentary about the song "Happy Birthday" filed a lawsuit claiming that the song shouldn't be under copyright. Now, they have filed (PDF) what they...

New York's LaGuardia Airport is so bad that it's being completely replaced

LaGuardia. Just the word sends shudders down the spines of frequent travelers. The airport the smallest of three major airports that serve the New York metropolitan area is so bad that Vice...

Intel's 3D memory is 1,000 times faster than modern storage

Intel and Micron unveiled a novel new kind of non-volatile data storage device during a press conference on Tuesday. The chips, dubbed "3D XPoint" (pronounced "cross-point"), are being touted as...

Converse finally made a Chuck Taylor that won't destroy my old man feet

One of the less awesome things about getting older is that being on your feet for hours at a time at a concert, walking miles around the city, or any other similar activity ends up taking a...

Hawking, Musk Warn Of Virtually Inevitable AI Arms Race

Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and over 1,000 AI and robotics researchers have signed a letter suggesting a ban on AI warfare, warning of the potential for rampant destruction at the hands of...

Scientists build single-molecule transistor gated with individual atoms

An international team of scientists has created a field-effect transistor (FET) with a channel that consists of just a single molecule. The transistor is switched on and off by the arrangement of...

Which Programming Languages Get Used Most At Hackathons?

Picking a programming language to learn can be a stressful task. The trendy language at any given time isn't necessarily one that anyone will care about in a year, much less the one that'll get you...

This music video from Microsoft is pure Windows 10 hype

Unless you don't have the internet (you do, you're reading this) then you'll know Windows 10 is launching tonight. Alongside any major release of Windows comes a lot of marketing and hype, but this...

Windows 10 review: the best of Windows 7 and 8

The best thing about Windows 10 is that it's simply Windows, through and through. It's as if Microsoft realized that devaluing the desktop in Windows 8 was akin to sacrilege, and Windows 10 is its...

Windows 10 release week: what to expect and how to download

After nine months of waiting, Windows 10 is almost here. Tuesday night at midnight ET, Microsoft will release the first full release of Windows 10, the biggest sea change in PC software in nearly...

Researchers boost solar energy by tapping infrared light

Our sun blasts out over 50 percent of its energy as "near-infrared" light, but solar cells only harvest visible light. As a result, the best commercial panels only convert about 20 percent of solar...

Nokia's virtual reality camera is designed for filmmakers

Nokia has just revealed a new camera for filmmakers called OZO that can capture virtual reality videos. But unlike similar devices from GoPro and Samsung unveiled in the past months, it's not a...

A close look at Marshall's gorgeous new London smartphone

From nowhere, Marshall leaked plans this morning for a smartphone called London, which it designed with all of the retro style and texture of one of its classic guitar amps. It's a seriously cool...

The Back to the Future Donald Trump mash-up is too real and too terrifying

Video artist James Montalbano has replaced the grim fictional 2015 of Back to the Future Part II with the grim non-fictional 2015 of the current election cycle. The scene, in which Marty McFly...

T-Mobile will swap your iPhone 6 for the next model at no extra cost

If you've ever had to upgrade an iPhone months after launch, you've likely felt some anxiety: you need a new device right now, but you know you'll feel buyer's remorse when the next model shows up...

You can now upgrade to Windows 10

Windows 10 is here. After nine months of public beta testing, the final version is rolling out to machines across the world. You can now upgrade to Windows 10 free of charge if you have Windows 7...

Fallout Shelter is coming to Android on August 13th

At E3, Bethesda both announced and launched Fallout Shelter, a mobile game where players could manage their own underground vaults in the aftermath of a nuclear disaster. It had all of the dark,...

How the way you type can shatter anonymity even on Tor

Security researchers have refined a long-theoretical profiling technique into a highly practical attack that poses a threat to Tor users and anyone else who wants to shield their identity online....

White House shoots down petition to pardon Edward Snowden

Two years after it was posted, the White House has responded to a petition to pardon NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The news, however, isn't anything new: it maintains that Snowden should have...

Victory's $19,999 Empulse TT electric motorcycle can go 140 miles on a charge

If the Empulse TT looks familiar, there's a good reason: it's a refreshed and rebadged version of the Brammo Empulse. Victory bought Brammo's motorcycle business earlier this year, taking its...

Nasty Bug Lets Hackers Into Nearly Any Android Phone Using Nothing But A Message

It's like something from a bad movie: eager to learn the details of the bad guy's plan, the good guys hack his phone armed with little more than knowledge of his phone number. No physical access to...

Musk, Hawking, and Chomsky warn of impending robot wars fueled by AI

Leading artificial intelligence researchers have warned that an "AI arms race" could be disastrous for humanity, and are urging the UN to consider a ban on "offensive autonomous weapons." An open...

NASA's Kepler spacecraft finds Earth's cousin

NASA's exoplanet-hunting Kepler spacecraft has spotted another Earth-like world. The space agency today announced the discovery of Kepler-452b, the smallest planet we've found yet orbiting inside a...

Silicon Valley CEOs are the default movie villains of our generation

Mark Zuckerberg is the model villain of our time. Where popcorn movies of previous eras installed Nazis, Soviets, space aliens, and zombies, we get a horde of tech CEOs. Today a press image...

The OnePlus 2 pushes the boundaries of how cheap a flagship smartphone can be

There are more options than ever for getting a good, cheap smartphone, and last year s OnePlus One was a standout. For $300, you got a well-made, nice-looking phone with cutting-edge hardware and...

Genetically modified rice makes more food, less greenhouse gas

When it comes to major anthropogenic sources of methane (an important greenhouse gas), leaky natural gas wells and pipelines might come to mind, and maybe livestock. However, rice cultivation is...

Nope, White House won't pardon Snowden

Unsurprisingly, the White House formally announced Tuesday that it will not be granting a pardon to Edward Snowden anytime soon. Immediately after Snowden was formally charged in 2013 with...

Delta will now let you upgrade your flight to a private jet, if you're extremely lucky

Private aircraft are typically the exclusive playground of millionaires and billionaires, but Delta is rolling out a new program that might might put them within reach of the normals. The airline...

Uber can't be stopped. So what happens next?

Last week New York City backed down from a plan to cap the explosive growth of Uber's vehicle fleet. The mayor's office declared the deal it reached to be a win-win for both sides, and warned Uber...

Nokia's $16.6 billion acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent approved by European Commission

The European Commission has given the green light to Nokia's acquisition of telecoms equipment company Alcatel-Lucent for 15.6 billion ($16.6 billion). The Commission noted that the deal would "not...

First Click: Thanks Microsoft, but the Windows to my life have all closed

Windows 10 is shaping up to be a great operating system. I ve been using it on and off as a beta tester for months now, and I'm already running the final build ahead of tonight's big release. But I...

Google Now update lets you dictate messages to WhatsApp and Viber

Google Now just got an update so you can ask it to send messages using your favorite services. In the past, you could say OK, Google, send a message to Owen and it would just send via your default...

Motorola announces 5.7-inch Moto X Style with 'best-in-class' camera

The new Moto X is now official: it's a 5.7-inch Android Lollipop smartphone with "one of the best cameras in the world" and it carries the title of Moto X Style. This new Moto smartphone has a...

LG's got a flip phone that runs Android Lollipop

Flip phones aren't just for retro hipsters and the elderly anymore... well, actually they kind of are. But they're super popular in Asia, and now you can get one that'll run the latest apps: LG's...

Why this beach is glowing like a beautiful night light

Plankton are best known for their greatest hits: producing organic compounds, being devoured by krill, drifting aimlessly on the ocean's upper layer. You've read about those ditties so many times,...

Amazon Takes On Product Hunt, Shopify With Launchpad, An All-In-One Marketing And Sales...

Product Hunt has made a splash as a new place for startups to market new products, and Shopify offers a way for startups to easily start selling their products online, and Shyp takes the pain out...

The Windows 10 Era Is Now

At some point inside the next 24 hours, Window 10 will "launch" in New Zealand, before spreading out across the globe. To a certain extent. Of course, for the more than 5 million folks currently...

A PS4 mouse and keyboard, just in time for 'Black Ops 3'

If you're an FPS fan, this might be the perfect controller for you. Hori's Tactical Assault Commander 4 is a keyboard and mouse setup for PS4 that attempts to mimic a PC control system. The means...

Microsoft is working on streaming PC games to Xbox One

Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system debuts today, enabling Xbox One game streaming to PCs. While that's a neat feature for Xbox One owners, Microsoft is working on streaming PC games to Xbox...

China officially ends ban on video game consoles

China is finally scrapping its 15-year ban on video game consoles. According to a statement from the country's Ministry of Culture, companies like Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft among others will...

Hawking, Musk and others call for a ban on autonomous weapons

If you don't like the thought of autonomous robots brandishing weapons, you're far from alone. A slew of researchers and tech dignitaries (including Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking and Steve Wozniak)...

Samsung's new monitor doubles as a wireless charger, because it should

If you're anything like me, then the first thing you do when you reach the office in the morning is dig into your pocket, take out your smartphone, and place it next to your computer where you can...

T-Mobile will give you a free upgrade to the next iPhone if you buy an iPhone 6

T-Mobile CEO John Legere is doing the unthinkable. Starting today, T-Mobile customers who buy an iPhone 6 on the company's $15-a-month Jump On Demand phone leasing plan can swap the phone out for...

Sorry, Bethesda can't make any more 'Fallout 4' Pip-Boys

The special edition of Fallout 4 comes with a pretty spectacular piece of swag: a real-life Pip-Boy that works with your smartphone. Understandably, the $120 bundle sold out almost as soon as it...

Google officially ends forced Google+ integration First up: YouTube

In a blog post published today titled "Everything in its right place," Google acknowledged that forcing its users into Google+ was a bad idea. The company said it will no longer require Google+...

The Moto X Play is cheaper than the competition and has a massive battery

In addition to the third-gen Moto G and Moto X Style, Motorola today unveiled the new Moto X Play, a new, bigger Moto X that's cheaper than the competition and has an absolutely massive battery....

Facebook is testing new tags for your profile page

Have you ever looked at your Facebook profile page and lamented that the one thing it was missing was profile tags? You know, like the ones on LinkedIn that purport to list your professional skills...

LinkedIn will finally stop spamming your inbox

If you created a LinkedIn account at any point in your life, you've probably grown accustomed to receiving a flood of daily emails that, in most cases, go straight to the trash bin. Thankfully, the...

Amazon wants to build drive-up grocery stores

If you enjoy the luxury of ordering groceries online but would rather not wait at home for your food deliveries, Amazon might soon come to your rescue. Silicon Valley Business Journal understands...

Japanese scientists fire the world's most powerful laser

A team of researchers from Osaka University recently fired the most powerful laser on the planet: a 2 petawatt pulse, that's 2 quadrillion watts, albeit for just one trillionth of a second. It's...

The Windows Start menu saga, from 1993 to today

One of the first Windows 10 features we learned about was the return of the Start menu, which is sort of funny since the concept of the Start menu is over two decades old. Microsoft tried to...

Marshall just released the world's most badass Android phone

For reasons we can t explain, Marshall Headphones has released an Android phone. Simply called the London, the phone is pretty standard on the inside with 4G LTE, 720p display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of...

Lrn for iOS is the app that will get you learning to code

There are plenty of apps and initiatives designed to help you to code Codeacademy, Code.org and Code Institute among them but the truth is whatever approach you take, there isn t a magic trick to...

Today's Kids Have No Idea How The First iPod Worked

It's easy to forget that technology changes quickly when you follow this industry. When the first iPod was released in 2001, it was a much different world. Components weren't powerful enough to...

Motorola updates the Moto G with more RAM, storage, and water-resistance

After weeks of leaks, Motorola has officially unveiled the new Moto G, the third generation of its popular, low-cost smartphone. According to reports from multiple outlets including Android...

You can't help but feel cool in Nike's new face mask

When Olympic athlete Ashton Eaton finishes an event, he feels better after dousing himself with a bottle of water, but that's not a very elegant way of keeping his head cool. That's why the...

GoPro is making a mobile video-editing app

Creating short reels out of GoPro footage requires video editing knowledge, that's why some casual users don't even bother. Well, that could change soon enough -- or at least as soon as the...

Elio Motors crowdfunds $25 million to build its 84 mpg 3-wheeler

Well, that didn't take long. After a month of asking for individual investors to pony up some money through the crowdfunding site StartEngine, Elio Motors announced today that it has reached the...

Yelp reviewers tear apart American dentist who killed Cecil the lion

The man who paid $54,000 to kill a beloved lion in Zimbabwe was identified this week as Walter James Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota. Palmer, whose name was first reported by The Telegraph on...

T-Mobile adds Apple Music to its data-free music streaming plan

T-Mobile's controversial Music Freedom program just got a lot bigger. In an announcement today, CEO John Legere announced he was adding Apple Music to the carrier's free music-streaming program,...

Researchers have found a new texting vulnerability in Android

This morning, researchers at Zimperium Mobile Security announced a new vulnerability in Android, targeting the multimedia messaging system. Dubbed "Stagefright," the vulnerability affects roughly...

Scientists make a transistor from a single molecule

You're looking at what could be not just one of the smallest semiconductor parts ever, but one of the smallest semiconductor parts possible. A worldwide research team has built a transistor that...

It's on: Team Japan accepts US challenge to a giant robot duel

The US might have just beaten Japan at soccer in the Women's World Cup, but the Japanese are already moving onto another great sport: giant robot fighting. Japanese company Suidobashi Heavy...

Amazon provides new details on its plan for a delivery drone superhighway in the sky

When I arrived in San Jose last night, the newspaper on the front desk at the hotel had this headline splashed across the front page: "Drones Putting Lives at Risk." At least five times this year,...

$10 Million For UpCounsel Means Small Businesses Can Hire BigLaw Attorneys

UpCounsel, a marketplace for legal services, has pulled in $10 million in new funding to provide small businesses with attorneys at a fraction of the cost of a big law firm. Menlo Ventures led the...

PewDiePie's response to making $7.4 million is exactly why he's so successful

There are a few things commonly accepted about Felix Kjellberg, aka PewDiePie. He screams a lot. He publishes videos himself playing video games. He makes a lot of money doing so. The latest figure...

What you need to know about upgrading to Windows 10

Everyone has a Windows upgrade horror story. For me, it was an XP installation that inexplicably crashed halfway through the upgrade process, somehow corrupting my hard drive at the same time. And...

Tom Cruise says making Top Gun 2 'would be fun'

Tom Cruise is ready to reprise his role as hot-shot fighter pilot Maverick. At the London premiere of his latest action flick, Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, the 53-year-old actor told Reuters...

Microsoft has quietly released its own Android launcher

Microsoft's relatively new strategy of pushing more apps onto more platforms continues apace with the quiet release of Arrow Launcher Beta: a basic but functional launcher for Android devices. As...

Google Weans Itself Off Of Google+

It's no secret that Google+ didn't quite work out the way Google envisioned and now, after already moving Google Photos out of the service, it's starting to decouple Google+ profiles from its...

Powering up the past: Ars goes hands-on with the Amiga 500

The Amiga 500: It's an Amiga. It's a Commodore. It's the bleeding edge of 1987. 17 more images in gallery ars.AD.queue.push(["xrailTop", {sz:"300x250", kws:[], collapse: true}]);Last week marked...

Google Search Now Shows You When Local Businesses Are Busiest

Google Search got a small, but notable, update today which focuses on helping users determine when it's the best time to visit a nearby business. After performing a search for a business on Google,...

Brinks has a safe that runs Windows XP and hackers say they can crack it in 60 seconds

Windows XP is the venerable war horse of operating systems. What it isn t is the greatest software to base your supposedly super-secure safe system on. But hey, that s just what Brinks did. Next...

Pixels review: Adam Sandler must be stopped

Just like Back to the Future 2 predicted, here in 2015 we seem to be obsessed with nostalgia. It s nowhere more obvious than in our movies, with some of the most (Jurassic World) and least...

With Windows 10, Microsoft corrects the problems it created

First released almost three years ago (and updated to 8.1 a year later), Windows 8 was a bet that didn't pay off. Bold -- or brash -- design decisions and a fundamental shift in UX led to a very...

Japanese bullet train to cosplay as Neon Genesis Evangelion mecha

Despite the hype around so-called giant robots, we're still a long way from building the humanoid mecha of our dreams. That doesn't mean we can't dream, though, as Japanese train operator JR West...

Google now helps you dodge crowds at your favorite places so you can be the worst

When you re having a long, busy day, you re often grasping for pockets of time to escape and do something right for you, like getting a quick coffee from the place by your work. But when you walk...

You ve been using antiperspirant the wrong way all this time

Until last week, I used antiperspirant like a klutz. My wallet and undershirts suffered because of my ignorance. Yours need not suffer, too. For 17 years, I had followed the same steps every day....

GE FirstBuild Launches Indiegogo Campaign For Next Generation Icemaker

It's the biggest innovation in ice in nearly twenty-five years, according to General Electric (a company that knows a thing or two about ice). It's called the Opal, and its a portable ice machine...

Microsoft now rolling out free Windows 10 upgrades

Today's the day! Windows 10 is now available in 190 countries as a free upgrade to Windows 7 or 8.1 owners. Replacing an OS is no one's idea of fun, but we're actually looking forward to this one....

Google pulls YouTube and Google+ apart

After spending a few years plugging Google+ into all of its services -- even as users of those services complained -- Google is rolling that back. It started by breaking out Photos and Hangouts,...

Engadget giveaway: win a 3TB My Passport Ultra courtesy of WD!

Digital photo, movie and music collections may have been growing over the years, but luckily hard drive capacity is keeping pace, albeit in increasingly smaller packages. Western Digital recently...

Tripping.com Raises $16 Million To Be The Kayak For Long-Term Rentals

Tripping.com, a search engine for long-term rental properties, has secured $16 million in new funding to build out its one-stop shop for vacation homes. While a variety of hotel booking platforms,...

A simple developer error is exposing private information on thousands of websites

Git is a developer s best friend except when it s not used properly and exposes a site s security. The tool is used for version control. It tracks changes to code over time, so that multiple...

Android flaw lets attackers into your phone through MMS videos

If you're an Android user, you'd better hope that a stranger doesn't send you a video message in the near future -- it might compromise your phone. Security researchers at Zimperium have discovered...

Listen to the sounds NASA sent into space for aliens to hear

It s been a big month for alien enthusiasts. First Stephen Hawking backed a $100 million fund to get serious about our search for extraterrestrial life, now NASA has posted the Golden Record up on...

You can now use Google Now to dictate messages on WhatsApp

Google is rolling out an update to Google Now that will allow you to dictate and send messages through a number of popular third-party messaging apps including WhatsApp, the company announced in a...

Japan is building a 'Neon Genesis Evangelion' bullet train

Japan is yet to create any towering bio-machines in the style of Neon Genesis Evangelion, but it's doing the next best thing: decorating a Shinkansen bullet train to look like the iconic purple...

Former HTC and Apple employees are creating hardware together

NextBit, a mobile developer that wanted to bring Handoff-style app switching to Android, is now getting into the hardware business. Recode reports that the startup now plans on designing its own...

How sex traffickers in Malaysia and Thailand use Facebook to lure victims

A Malaysian man and two Thai women were arrested Friday for using Facebook to trap women from abroad into a prostitution syndicate, the Associated Press reported. The traffickers would lure women...

OnePlus 2 is a $329+ metallic upgrade with a beefed-up camera

Almost exactly 15 months ago, the OnePlus One made its debut as a $299 flagship smartphone to wow the geeks; and it's even been lowered to $249 as of last month. That, of course, is to make way for...

World's first solar-powered E Ink traffic signs deployed in Australia

In some respects, E Ink displays are a bit of a marvel, with their low power consumption, easy readability, and minimal glare making them both sustainable and practical. No wonder, then, that the...

Fall in love with these gorgeous 8-bit GIFs of Japan

Japan is a country caught between two worlds, blending together its feudal architecture and traditional ways with the fast-paced technology that is so core to its modern identity. Somehow, the...