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New tech makes tank armor ‘see-through’

By on June 3, 2016 at 6:30 PM.

New tech makes tank armor ‘see-through’

What if tank crews could see through the heavily armored walls of their vehicle?

BAE System’s cutting-edge tech, called BattleView 360, lets warfighters do just that. A crew member wearing the helmet-mounted tech can “see through” the tank out to the battlefield around them.

Technology innovation has long been underway to give fighter pilots this sort of capability. For example, the F-35 helmet utilizes cameras and sensors fixed around the outside of the jet to provide pilots with a 360-degree view. In a sense, the helmet lets fighter pilots see through the floor of the aircraft, down to the ground. More →

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GTX 1080 Mobile

Nvidia may finally bring desktop-grade graphics to laptops

By on June 3, 2016 at 5:15 PM.

Nvidia may finally bring desktop-grade graphics to laptops

According to PC Gamer, Nvidia is planning to release versions of its top-end 1000-series graphics cards that will work in gaming laptops. These aren’t some pansy, watered-down “M” version either: they’ll be the same chips as the desktop-grade 1080 and 1070, running at slightly lower power.

In other words, desktop-level graphics performance in a portable, battery-powered device. That would be big.

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Gaming All-In-One

How do you make All-In-One PCs interesting? Top-end graphics and 34-inch screen, that’s how

By on June 1, 2016 at 5:39 PM.

How do you make All-In-One PCs interesting? Top-end graphics and 34-inch screen, that’s how

All-in-one PCs are normally found in libraries or your grandparents’ den. They’re the Honda Accord of computing: predictable, boring, and practical.

But what happens if you put genuinely top-end components inside a 34-inch curved screen? Well, you’re going to have trouble fitting it on your grandpa’s desk, that’s for sure.

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Apple TV Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos explains why Amazon pulled the Apple TV from its online store

By on June 1, 2016 at 2:30 PM.

Jeff Bezos explains why Amazon pulled the Apple TV from its online store

The Apple TV is a great for watching content from any number of media sources, including Netflix, YouTube and a growing and seemingly endless selection of channels from various content providers. Conspicuously absent, however, is support for Amazon’s Prime Video; which is a shame because Prime Video itself boasts an impressive selection of compelling and exclusive video content.

For some time, it’s been widely assumed that the lack of support for Prime Video on the Apple TV was rooted in Amazon’s desire to push sales of its own Fire TV set top box. This sentiment was only bolstered when Amazon in October of 2015 abruptly stopped selling the Apple TV on its website altogether.

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ASUS New Zenbo Robot

This is the droid your household has been looking for

By on May 31, 2016 at 8:20 PM.

This is the droid your household has been looking for

For as much as people talk about (and rightfully get excited about) smartphone advancements, we don’t often hear about technological strides in the field of robotics. Truth be told, this has always struck me as odd given that many robots today possess capabilities that have seemingly been lifted from science fiction novels.

Boston Dynamics, of course, famously has a lineup of impressively capable and equally terrifying robots, many of which are designed to look like and act like animals. And we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the ASIMO robot from Honda, a technological marvel that Honda touts as the “world’s most advanced humanoid robot.”

The most recent entrant onto the list comes from ASUS, of all companies. Earlier this week, ASUS chairman Jonney Shih took the stage at Computex and introduced the world to Zenbo, a $599 household robot that looks and acts like a real-world version of Wall-E.

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Asus Zenbo Robot Price

There’s finally a home robot that’s cute enough to love

There’s finally a home robot that’s cute enough to love

By on May 30, 2016 at 9:46 AM.

It might be Memorial Day in the United States but half way around the world, Computex kicked off early with a big press conference hosted by Asus. The company had a number of interesting announcements in store for attendees, including a sleek MacBook clone and a new smartphone that pulls off a stunning design feat not even Apple can manage with the iPhone 7. But the new Zenbo home robot may have been the company’s most intriguing announcement on Monday, offering users an adorable interactive machine that’s smarter than any dog or cat. Also of note, it doesn’t poop or scratch up your furniture. More →

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Amazon Echo

Curious about the Amazon Echo? New website lets users experience Alexa first-hand

By on May 29, 2016 at 8:59 AM.

Curious about the Amazon Echo? New website lets users experience Alexa first-hand

With a rumored 3 million+ units sold, the Amazon Echo has been something of a sleeper hit for the online retail giant. In fact, the surprising success of the Echo has created a whirlwind of competition in the smart-home space: Google recently unveiled Google Home and now there are rumors that Apple is planning to release its own stand-alone Echo competitor.

In an effort to show users what using Echo is like, developer and Echo-enthusiast Sam Machin recently launched a new website at Echosim.io that allows users to take Amazon’s AI software for a test drive. Originally spotted by TechCrunch, interested users must first login with an Amazon account and, following that, they can see what all the fuss about Alexa is about.

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Stealth Motorcycle

U.S. Special Forces will soon have a new weapon at their disposal: Stealth motorcycles

By on May 28, 2016 at 12:28 PM.

U.S. Special Forces will soon have a new weapon at their disposal: Stealth motorcycles

Over the past few decades, the military has made great strides towards improving its stealth technology. Today, the U.S. Air Force can make use of stealth fighter jets and stealth bombers while the U.S. Navy can just as easily deploy stealth submarines and even stealth ships.

But what if a particular mission calls for something a bit smaller and just a tad more mobile? Meet the stealth motorcycle.

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Hyperloop Pod Interior Video

This is what the inside of a Hyperloop pod will look like

By on May 25, 2016 at 8:50 PM.

This is what the inside of a Hyperloop pod will look like

The Hyperloop is no longer just a wild transportation dream, as several companies out there are looking to turn Elon Musk’s high-speed train concept into a commercial product. We’ve already seen demos showing the type of technology that will help Hyperloop cars go down a track at speeds of hundreds of miles per hour, and now it’s time to take a look at the pod that should carry you from Los Angeles to San Francisco in half an hour.

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Xiaomi Mi Drone Price Specs

Xiaomi’s new drone is insanely cheap

By on May 25, 2016 at 11:52 AM.

Xiaomi’s new drone is insanely cheap

A couple years ago, DJI made quadcopter drones easy to fly, and just about affordable — its top-end models have always hovered around $1200.

Xiaomi is a Chinese electronics manufacturer best known for its cheap-and-cheerful Android smartphones, which offer top-end features for about half the price. With a $500 drone that looks to rival DJI’s flagship model, it looks like Xiamoi is trying to do for drones what it did for handsets.

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