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  • US inventor 3D-prints castle in his backyard

    3D printing will undoubtedly change the world in a big way. The technology allows for the easy creation of rather complex structures, so one could imagine its value in areas like construction. That sentence nicely leads to this revelation, that a construction guru in the U.S. has 3D printed a castle in his back garden from a bespoke cement printer. Printing cement is not a common practice, and comes with its own set of problems and advantages. Currently, only one other company is known for diving head-first into the practice, until now. Andrey Rudenko, through his engineering expertise and love for...

  • The evolution of watch technology: from wind-up to smartwatch

    Keeping time has always been a fascination of human beings, and even from ancient times, it’s involved an instrument of some kind. The earliest were the sundials of ancient Egyptian and Babylonian astronomy (3500 BC). Incredibly inaccurate and useless at night, they told time by measuring shadow lengths. The many limitations of the sundial motivated man to develop devices that could accurately measure time without the aid of the sun. Now we have access to incredibly advanced time-keeping systems that can travel with us on our wrists at all times. And we’re still not satisfied. The advancement of the timepiece marches...

  • Xiaomi smartphones may take over the world: here are 6 reasons why

    If you don't happen to live under a rock, you might have heard of Xiaomi, a company often referred to as the "Apple of China". You'll likely hear about it even more in the coming days thanks to the successful launch of the Xiaomi Mi 3. In India, one of the markets where the Xiaomi Mi 3 launched, it sold out within 40 minutes of availability. Or five minutes, says The Economic Times. You should get to know more about Xiaomi, and these six facts are a great place to start. 1. Xiaomi was founded in 2010 Xiaomi isn't an old company by...

  • Enter the lag-killer: Logitech’s G402 Hyperion Fury ‘world’s fastest mouse ever’

    The mouse is the computer gamer's quintessential peripheral. More often than not, a slight lag in response could mean the difference between a record-shattering killstreak or a suicide mission. Enter Logitech's answer to lag -- the G402 Hyperion Fury -- the world's "fastest gaming mouse ever." The mouse embodies Logitech's peripheral's distinct design language, looking more like a tiny Transformer than a cursor controller. It can track at over 12 metres per second, which for first-person shooter enthusiasts with Spiderman-like reactions, is a goldmine. Logitech lauds the device as a peripheral bar none: "Its light weight design, combined with the precision...

  • Road not Taken, Fez, Crysis 3: August’s free PlayStation Plus games

    After a few misfires and incorrect rumours, we finally have an official list of PlayStation Plus Games for August, care of PlayStation.Blog. 6th August: Road Not Taken (PS4) 6th August: FEZ (PS4) 6th August: Crysis 3 (PS3) 6th August: Proteus (PS3) 6th August: Metrico (PS Vita) 6th August: LEGO Harry Potter 5-7 Years (PS Vita) Without a doubt, this is one of the best offerings from PlayStation Plus yet. On the PS4, mostly everyone's heard of Fez, an esoteric 3D adventure obsessed with digital owls. Road Not Taken, not the 1920 Robert Frost poem, is Rouge-like adventure (explore, die quickly, repeat) but ramps up the whimsy...

  • Russian engineers create Chernobyl on a stick, blow up tech, laugh about it

    If you’re willing to spend some time traveling the depths of YouTube, you’re bound to discover plenty of individuals engaged in activities both reckless and absurd. Take for example this irresponsible young Russian who is too curious for his own good. Although he appears to have a science and engineering background, it is quite possible that he is just a pyromaniac with better toys than the standard issue Zippo and matches. In the video, we see that he has hacked into a microwave and assembled it’s heating element to the end of a staff with a soup can used...

  • Modbook turns MacBook Pro into iTablet for a mere $2000

    Users usually purchase MacBook Pros because they are, in fact, great laptops. Apple fans requiring a handheld, touchscreen machine are drawn towards Cupertino's iPad range, which has recently taken a bit of a sales hit. But Modbook wants to take the best of each Apple machine, converting a hefty MacBook Pro into a US$1999, 15.4" Retina-screened keyboardless monster. While Microsoft billed the Surface Pro 3 as the tablet to replace the laptop, Modbook suggests that its machine could replace the workstation entirely. According to the creators, a genuine MacBook Pro system is ripped apart, put back together and what emerges from...

  • 11 TV, film and gaming mashup videos too batshit crazy to ignore

    Gaming's a weird passion. Most people see at a gamer and think "look at this nerd and their obsession with that Pac-Man game." But those who spend their lives vegetating on the couch watching cable television, are insulated from the same sort of stereotypical insults gamers are traditionally labelled with. Why is it more acceptable to be a film or series-addict than it is to be a gamer? Can't we all just get along? Some, like those who made these TV, game and film mashups below, have the right idea. Games, TV and film were simply made to exist...

  • PS4 system update 1.75 adds Featured Content downloads and 3D Blu-ray playback

    The PlayStation 4's system software update 1.75 is live, kicking and adds a host of features Sony's current-gen console has been missing. The U.S. PlayStation system update page lists everything included in update 1.75: - Playback of Blu-ray 3D™ is now supported. - Sound quality has been improved during 1.5x playback with Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD videos. - System messages previously displayed on the top-right corner of the screen are now displayed on the top-left corner of the screen. - has been added to Settings (Settings) > > . When this setting is enabled, featured content from...

  • This handmade silk leaf produces oxygen and is ideal for space travel

    Plants are those useful green things humans cultivate from seed for food, or chop down to provide materials like paper. Most importantly, we also need the oxygen they provide to survive. A new development led by an RCA graduate student has blossomed the first oxygen-producing "man-made biological" leaf, which could be used for future space travel or to fight climate change. The "synthetic biological" leaf created by Julian Melchiorri may be a glaring oxymoron, but is perhaps the only way to explain his creation adequately. It functions wholly like a naturally-grown leaf, producing oxygen through photosynthesis and looks pretty hanging from...