Amazon is working on displays that Apple and Samsung can’t match

Amazon’s internal hardware engineering team is more sophisticated than Amazon’s line of decent but not so revolutionary tablets and e-readers would suggest. 

Defective Heat Sinks Causing Garbage Gaming

When Valve’s customers have performance problems in our games we sometimes ask them to send in xperf traces for us to examine. In some cases this lets me find performance bugs that didn’t show up during our testing, and fixing these issues makes our games run faster for ...

ISO to adopt nursing-care robot safety standards

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) will compile global safety standards for nursing-care robots based on criteria provided by the Japanese government. Nursing care robots are designed to fulfill functions which help patients live independently and reduce the burden on caretakers.The main functions to be covered in the ...

Why 3D-printed gun maker thinks 3D printing might not take off

Cody Wilson made headlines last year when he launched a bid to manufacture a 3D-printed pistol, the Liberator. His project was called Defense Distributed, and it soon attracted the attention of government officials. They regarded Wilson’s project as a violation of international arms trade regulations because Wilson had ...

Airbus team has vision of a 3D-printed jumbo jet

Bastian Schaefer and his team at Airbus have a vision of a more sustainable future for aviation, a future that should incorporate social as well as environmental and economic value. To help make this dream a reality, have come up with a disruptive structure that mimics the design ...

The rise of phubbing - aka phone snubbing

When it comes to smartphones, tablets and other mobile delights, many of us have the unfortunate tendency to behave like teenagers: prodding and poking our shiny toy to the exclusion of anyone and anything else. 

Are we at risk of a 'see no evil, hear no evil' snooping culture emerging?

Our report on private investigators, published earlier this year, highlighted the growing use of the industry by public authorities, with particular concern being raised about the occasions that they were used without RIPA authorisation.The research has spurred investigations into how public authorities are using private investigator’s, with two ...

My First Week With Nokia Lumia 1020

A week ago I splurged and upgraded my Lumia 920 to the Lumia 1020. So to those of you who were expecting me to switch over the Android or an iDevice; I'm still entrenched in the Windows Phone world. And this phone cements my opinion to stay.Let's talk ...

How a simple three-digit number helps websites stick it to online censorship

Error 451 is an internet status code, a dull but necessary piece of the web’s architecture. These codes are like traffic signals: Whenever computers exchange information on the web they send each other codes, which essentially say things like “Got your request, I’m still working on it” (code 202) or “you won’t find that here, look there instead” (code 308). There are dozens of these codes, including the occasional gag (Error 418: I’m a teapot).

Overclocking your Bitcoin miner

The name of the game in mining Bitcoins isn’t CPUs, GPUs, or even FPGAs. Now, hardcore miners are moving on to custom ASIC chips like the Block Erupter, For around $100 USD, you too can mine Bitcoins at 300 MH/s with 2.5 Watts of power and a single ...

Pixar's 'Wall-E' brought to life with impeccable, life-sized robot replica

It's a dream come true for millions of children and Pixar fans: Michael McMaster and his resourceful friends have built a life-sized, moving, and talking replica of Wall-E. As part of YouTube's Geek Week, Tested visited McMaster's workshop for an up close look at the mesmerizing robot, which ...

OpenGlass apps show support for visually impaired (w/ Video)

A two-person team behind a company called Dapper Vision is pioneering an OpenGlass Project that could tweak perceptions about Google Glass. Rather than seeing Google's wearable as a marketing and infotainment luxury item, the hands-free device could become known as an information vehicle for the visually impaired. The ...

The World's First Test-Tube Burger Will Be Cooked And Eaten Today

The burger, made from Cultured Beef, will be cooked in a frying pan and then served to both diners in front of invite-only guests.The hamburger's creator, Professor Mark Post of Maastricht University, believes that in-vitro meat could end the impending food crisis and satisfy the world's growing demand ...

Behold, the 'Picrowave'. A Raspberry Pi Enabled Microwave

A voice activated, Raspberry Pi controlled microwave that scans the cooking instructions from the bar code of your food. Oh, did I mention it TALKS too? New Zealand based developer, Nathan Broadbent was inspired by a post on Reddit which said QR codes should instruct microwaves on how to ...

Hack Your Cheap Telescope for a Better Viewing Experience

In anticipation of a family camping trip later this month, I have ordered a cheap “starter” telescope for my son. He’s been learning about the planets and stars and is ridiculously excited.Since the telescope is primarily a toy for him, I didn’t spend a whole lot on it, but ...

Super Simple Arduino Powered Roomba Scheduler

What you'll need: Important:- A Roomba controllable by Infrared. Mine is a 530. I think most models below the 530 use similar IR codes so you might be in luck. Do a little research, there are a lot of great forums out there.Components:- 1 x 940nM Infrared LED- 1 ...

Is 3D Printing the Future of Logistics for UPS?

This week, The UPS Store announced that it would be the first nationwide retailer to test 3D printing services in-store. According to the press release, “Select UPS Store locations will be offering the services to start-ups, small businesses and retail customers, beginning in the San Diego area with ...

MIT Students Will Release Program To 3D-Print High Security Keys

When lock maker Schlage imprinted the words “do not duplicate” across the top of the keys for their high-security Primus locks, they meant to create another barrier to reproducing a piece of metal that’s already beyond the abilities of the average hardware store keymaker. One group of hackers,

Simulating 1 second of real brain activity takes 40 minutes 83K processors

A team of Japanese and German researchers have carried out the largest-ever simulation of neural activity in the human brain, and the numbers are both amazing and humbling.The hardware necessary to simulate the activity of 1.73 billion nerve cells connected by 10.4 trillion synapses (just 1 percent of ...

Google intros Android Device Manager to help you find that missing handset

Frequently lose your phone? Yeah, join the club. Don't worry, Google's got a fix. Android Device Manager will be available later this month for phones with 2.2 or later, letting you ring your phone at maximum volume when you can't find it, even if the handset has been ...