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Plextor targets gamers with '50 percent faster' SSD starting at €199 ($275)
It's over a year since we last covered Plextor's wares, but the company's been busy with the next generation of its M-branded SSDs. For the first time, the range includes a premium PCIe option explicitly aimed at gamers, which promises much better...
Jawbone updates its Android app with wireless syncing and push notifications (updated)
If you own a Jawbone fitness tracker, you may have read last week that the company made some changes to its app. Unfortunately for some of us, the updates were all for iOS only -- in fact, the company didn't even bother to mention Android that day....
Leaked ad explains why HTC's putting a 'Duo Camera' in its new One
Ever since a leaked image showed off dual cameras on HTC's next One (aka the M8), the rumor mill has been trying to figure out what they're for, exactly. Now, an ad leaked to GSM Arena from Australian carrier Telstra appears to have removed all...
BBC revamps iPlayer with new web UI and greater focus on content discovery
The BBC teased us with stories of a new, improved iPlayer nearing the end of the last year, and today we're seeing the first part of that go live. Arriving today on the web and smart TVs, the "completely re-built" iPlayer has a simpler, image-focused...
Raspberry Pi gets its own sound card
When UK Prime Minister David Cameron gave a speech at CeBIT this year, what examples did he use to highlight tech innovation in Britain? Yes, ARM and Imagination were on his list, but he also referred to the tiny, Linux-based computer called...
Privacy group blocks NSA from destroying phone records, calls them evidence
A US judge has temporarily stopped the National Security Agency (NSA) from destroying phone metadata it collected, thanks to an intervention by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). The privacy watchdog argued that the documents were key to...
First-gen Kindle Paperwhite gets second-gen features, at last
First-gen Kindle Paperwhite owners are woefully missing a bunch of features, including Goodreads integration, available on the device's successor. Thankfully, this latest software refresh brings their e-readers up to par -- and, yes, that means early...
Instagram does your selfies a favor with an improved Lux feature for iOS
Go ahead, ask any youngster around you: selfies are serious business. No one is more mindful of that universal truth than Instagram, which is why it pushed out yet another iOS app update earlier today. No, there aren't any new filters (isn't 19...
Audi's in-car LTE starts at $99 for six months of service and 5GB of data
Audi's been talking about its in-car LTE for awhile, but how much it'll cost hasn't been clear until now. A six-month plan with 5GB of data will run $99, while a 30-month plan with 30GB runs $499, both through AT&T. However, you'll snag half-a-year's...
Microsoft Power Cover doubles the Surface's battery life for $200 on March 19th
With the right accessories, the Surface Pro makes a mean alternative to your average laptop -- but even with the second generation model's improved battery life, it doesn't last long outside of the house. Soon, that might be less of an issue:...
Google Apps for Business Referral Program pays you for every user that opts in
Who doesn't like easy money? Well, now you can cash in on those word of mouth recommendations to your colleagues about Google Apps for Business. Through a new Referral Program, every time a person you know signs up for the corporate-minded services,...
Twitch game broadcasting goes live on Xbox One
Xbox One owners, start your streams -- the Twitch app's broadcasting support is now available, just in time for Titanfall's launch on March 11th. As promised, you can share live gameplay sessions with viewers around the world. You can use your Kinect...
Must See HDTV for the week of March 10th: Cosmos, Vice, F1 and Titanfall
After omitting Cosmos from the listings last week, we can only offer our deepest apologies. The premiere episode Sunday night wowed us with its display of the universe at large, and we highly recommend checking out this week's episode (the premiere...
BlackBerry's identity crisis continues
To say that BlackBerry's had it tough these past few years would be putting it mildly, if not too delicately for a company emerging from a period of willful ignorance. The Waterloo-based outfit, formerly known as Research in Motion, played an...
Daily Roundup: Titanfall's secret weapon, Edward Snowden talks encryption, and more!
You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours -- all...
Shuttle runs a Haswell Core i7 in a case barely bigger than a disk drive
The Intel NUC proves just how small a desktop-class, 4K-capable Haswell PC can go. What the NUC doesn't do, though, is let us switch out the processor - it comes with either a Core i3 or i5 soldered to the mainboard. Now, Shuttle's DS81 is slightly...
Verizon: 'it's a mistake' to abandon subsidized phone plans
Of the four major operators in the US wireless industry, Verizon seems to be the most hesitant in making a transition to phone installment plans. Last year, the company launched a plan called Edge in which customers agree to pay for the full retail...
Microsoft's 'HereHere' project maps what's wrong with NYC neighborhoods
It's no secret that New Yorkers love to complain -- the city's '311' non-emergency line serves as a hotbed for grievances on everything from burnt out streetlights to wildlife on the loose. Now thanks to a new project called HereHere from Microsoft's...
AP: US government is creating an electronic monitoring system for employees
Edward Snowden owes some of his successful NSA leaks to weak internal supervision -- the agency simply couldn't detect any suspicious data transfers. Would-be leakers may not be so lucky in the future, though. AP sources claim that US intelligence...
HeadWatch is part smartwatch, part Bluetooth headset, totally baffling
Smartwatches are a dime a dozen these days, so if you're making one and want to get noticed, you'd better have an enticing hook. And, in the case of the HeadWatch, it literally has a hook -- one that anchors the main body of the device to your ear so...
Capcom and Twitch team up to stream a year-long Street Fighter tournament
Competitive gaming depends heavily on live streaming to build its audience these days, and it's about to get a big boost through a new partnership between Capcom and Twitch. The two are launching the Capcom Pro Tour, a year-long Street Fighter IV...
Apple TV update hides unwatched channels with ease
Alongside the release of iOS 7.1, Apple TV also received a software update today. Most notable among the changes? An easier method for hiding those channels that you don't watch. Before now, you had to take a trip to the Settings menu and hide each...
Jacksonville Jaguars get the world's biggest LED-lit HD displays, little else
The Jacksonville Jaguars don't exactly generate much excitement on EverBank Field. However, they'll soon have something attention-worthy above that field: a pair of the world's largest LED-lit, HD-capable displays. Daktronics is installing end zone...
HBO pushes the boundaries of virtual reality to sell you Game of Thrones
The frost-crusted wooden cage was carrying me to my death. I didn't know that for sure, but something just didn't feel right as the winch kicked into gear and the empty square of Castle Black retreated from my feet. My knees buckled as I began to...
Temple Run in first-person, courtesy of Epson's Android glasses (hands-on)
We saw Epson's Moverio BT-200 glasses back at CES, and while not much has changed on the hardware front since then, the company dropped by SXSW to demo a few new games. There's also a new homemade camera rig, so it's now possible to share the...
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The Fascinating, Complex World Of Paralympic Biathlon and Nordic Skiing
The Olympics are done for the year, but Paralympians from all over the world took to the courses in Sochi this week to compete. I talked to John Farra, High Performance director for Paralympic Nordic skiing about the challenges of skiing with a spinal injury, shooting with no sight, and why veterans excel at biathlon.
High-Speed Proof of an Airbag's Violently Life-Saving Power
It's been described as getting hit with a basketball thrown point blank at your face, but if you ever experience an airbag deployment you're probably not going to complain since it most likely saved your life. Unless you're a glass of water, as this wonderful high-speed footage reveals.
These Womb-Like Cathedrals of Color Are Made From Giant Balloons
Would you believe this room was created with nothing more than plastic sheeting, natural light, and an air compressor? It's called a luminarium, and its inventors, Architects of AIR, have just released a book that chronicles two decades of their creations.
The Science of How Spice Affects Your Body
Eat some chili, and your mouth feels like it's on fire—because,as far as your body is concerned, that's what your brain actually thinks is happening.
This Beautiful Blur of Color Is a Space Rainbow Over Venus
This isn't some sort of alien test card beamed from Venus, but a rainbow-like optical phenomenon known as a glory in the atmosphere of our nearest planetary neighbour.
Visualizing How Sorting Algorithms Work Is as Good as Any Art
We don't need to tell you that data can be beautiful—but the process of putting it in order can look pretty darn good, too. A new site called SORTING aims to make people aware of just how elegant some of computer science's most fundamental algorithms can be.
Why Toothpaste Makes Things Taste So Awful
You may think it might be the common mint flavor of toothpaste clashing with other flavors, but in the case of orange juice and many other things, this isn't actually what's going on. The culprit here is thought to be two compounds almost universally added to toothpastes -sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium lauryl ether sulfate, which are anionic surfactants, meaning they lower the surface tension of water.
Instagram's Lux control--that little sun icon that tweaks brightness and contrast--is no longer a bi
Instagram's Lux control—that little sun icon that tweaks brightness and contrast—is no longer a binary option. In the iOS app, it now has a slider, so you can vary the amount of the effect you apply.
This Is What Happens When Your Non-Coding Boss Asks You to Code
Whether you're a PhD student, dev, data analyst or any other code-crunching machine, chances are you've written script for people that don't understand what that entails. This cartoon is for you.
A Little Intel Cable That Moves Data at a Staggering 800Gbps
This cute little green cable may look innocuous, but it can carry data along its core at a breathtaking 800Gbps.
The first-gen Kindle Paperwhite is finally getting the second-gen software features it's been waitin
The first-gen Kindle Paperwhite is finally getting the second-gen software features it's been waiting for—including Goodreads, kid-friendly FreeTime, improved cloud organization, and a handful of other little benefits.
Here are some more impressions of foreign languages that sound so real
She's good. After nailing her first edition
The Most Awesome '70s Exploitation Flick Never Made
Betrayed by his brotherhood, imprisoned by his church, and left for dead by his faith, one pissed-off padre will have his revenge, come hell or high water.
This two person golf trick shot is unbelievable
Excuse the portrait mode video but this golf trick shot is so impressive that we can ignore the blatant disregard of proper cell phone video recording etiquette. Here's what goes down: the guy behind hits a golf ball to the guy in front who swings and hits the same ball without the ball ever touching the ground. It's like the golf equivalent of an alley oop dunk. Perfect timing, perfect execution, perfectly in sync.
Watching complete strangers kiss for the first time is really beautiful
Um, wow. I don't know if it's the song selection or because it's in black and white or the fact that everybody in this video is so attractive, but what started out as incredibly awkward—seeing two strangers meet each other and kiss—turned into something pretty damn beautiful. The premise of the video, called First Kiss and directed by Tatia Pilieva, was to get 20 strangers and have them kiss each other for the first time. It gets electric.
There's no difference in buying a large beer vs a small beer at a game
Sometimes when you go a stadium to watch a game or an arena to watch a concert, you'll have the option of buying an overpriced large beer or a slightly less overpriced small beer. Go small to save a few dollars because the small cup holds just as much beer as the large cup. More beer for your buck!
Kick ass dad made a giant Aliens power loader costume for his baby
Having a kid is a lot of responsibility but if you're a man-sized child, it can also be a lot of fun. Take Carsten Riewe, for example, he made a Caterpillar P5000 Powerloader costume from the movie Aliens for his 13-month-old daughter. What's the point of having kids if you can't do crazy things like that!
Mapping San Francisco's Microclimates With Wine Grown in the City
When you think of wine, you probably don't think of an urban farm wedged between public housing projects. But a pair of devoted viticulturists have upped the game in local winemaking, planting San Francisco's first vineyard since the 1906 earthquake. What will the terroir of a city built on sand and landfill be like?
These beautiful underwater monsters will haunt your dreams tonight
These worms were collected by Alexander Semenov on various research expeditions, in locations like the Great Barrier Reef. I wonder how different—or similar—life could be under the oceans of Jupiter's moon Europa. If there's any life down there, that is.
This Audi Ski Lodge Is Being Eaten By a Glitch From the Future
The Obergurgl-Hochgurgl ski area, in the Austrian Alps, is full of lodges just like this: Rustic, charmingly worn, oh-so-cozy, and—wait—colonized by a bizarre parasite that spews red and white triangles across its facade?
City-Dwelling Spiders Build Webs That Don't Work
In welcome news for urban arachnophobes everywhere, it turns out that certain types of spiders just aren't cut out for city life. Apparently, spinning webs on concrete and steel kills the vibrations spiders need to sense prey—meaning dinner ain't coming easy.
Retracted: Study That Found Acid Converts Blood Cells Into Stem Cells
The team of Japanese scientists who published a study trumpeted as a groundbreaking advancement in stem cell biology are now asking that it be retracted.
A new movie about Chicago; an unbelievable road diet in Buenos Aires creates 100 blocks of pedestria
A new movie about Chicago; an unbelievable road diet in Buenos Aires creates 100 blocks of pedestrian space; and a tour of the vibrant city of Accra. Plus, another idea for solving San Francisco's housing crisis, and everyone's favorite cokehead mayor hits the late night talk show circuit, all in this week's Urban Reads.
These Gorgeous Screenprints Showcase a City's Most Famous Structures
As part of a project called "Shapes of Cities," London-based designer Yoni Alter takes a handful of iconic buildings from various metropolitan areas and silhouettes their shapes in a range of colors, overlapping the forms to create a single abstracted, impossible skyline.
Kotaku Eight Things You Might Not Know About The N64 | Deadspin 31 Buddy-Cop Clichés On True Detecti
Kotaku Eight Things You Might Not Know About The N64 | Deadspin 31 Buddy-Cop Clichés On True Detective | Jezebel Miracle Vodka Saves Puppy From Poisoning | io9 There is a scientific reason why it always rains on weekends