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World Space Walk Sees Martian Space Suits Demonstrated

Last week was World Space Week and as part of those activities, three teams tested out space suits that may one day be used by human explorers of the Red Planet. The event, dubbed World Space Walk, had its tests coordinated from Innsbruck with an additional team in Marseille monitoring the telemetry data.

Using Nuclear Weapons to Prevent a Real Armageddon

While we deal with our Earth-bound problems, scientists have recognized that a "devastating" asteroid is currently hurtling its way toward our planet and it could wipe us all out when it makes impact in a few years.

Vivo XPlay 3S Android Smartphone Debuts 2560×1440 2K Display

hile not quite reaching the mind-blowing resolutions of 4K TVs, the Vivo XPlay 3S just might be the world's first smartphone with a 2K display. That's an effective resolution of 2560 x 1440, which (aside from the difference in aspect ratio) is roughly the same resolution as a 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro

Teasers Point Toward October 28 for Nexus 5 and Android 4.4...

Give me a break. Give me a break. Break me of a piece of that Android 4.4 and Nexus 5 bar-style smartphone goodness. I think I got that right.

What to Expect from Apple’s October 22 iPad Event

Apple has officially sent out invitations to a special event on October 22 in San Francisco and we are fully expecting them to reveal the newest generation of iPad tablets to the world.

Clash of Clans Dev Supercell Injected with $1.5 Billion from Softbank,...

You may have never heard of Supercell, but with a huge $1.5 investment, the Finnish game developer could soon become a household name in the gaming industry. That $1.5 billion comes by way of two Japanese companies: telecom provider Softbank and game publisher GungHo Online.

Carbyne Is Twice as Strong as Carbon Nanotubes

In the ongoing search for the world's strongest materials, Rice University reseachers may have found the discovery of the century in what is being...

Video: Angry Birds Go! Kart Racing Game Launches for Free on...

We were offered a teaser video some time back, but now Rovio has put forward an official trailer for its upcoming racing game. It's obvious enough that Angry Birds Go! borrows a lot of inspiration from Mario Kart...

Unlocked Sony Xperia Z1, Z Ultra, Smartwatch 2 Now Available in...

Even though Sony Mobile sees the US market as a low priority at the moment, it is now offering fully unlocked versions of the Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra, and SmartWatch 2 to the American market through its online store.

Leaked: Touch ID Fingerprint Scanner for iPad 5 Too

Apple debuted its Touch ID fingerprint scanner in the iPhone 5S last month, so it would make sense that they'd continue to implement that technology in future devices too. And what we see here is the Touch ID indeed making its way over to the tablet side with implementation in the upcoming iPad 5.

Hubble Video: Galaxies Collide, Gorgeous “Cosmic Bloom” Results

No, it's not the most imaginative or creative of names, but the galaxy dubbed PGC 6240 could be one of the most interesting. It has "hazy petal-like shells" that form a "pale rose in the sky."

Get the Oppo N1 Android Smartphone for Only $99

It may not be quite as well known a brand as HTC, Samsung or Sony, but China-based Oppo wants you to take notice. And they're doing it by giving you the opportunity to buy the decidedly high-end Oppo N1 for just $99.

HTC One Max Stretches to 5.9-Inches, Boasts Fingerprint Reader

HTC is expanding on its One lineup with the introduction of the even larger HTC One Max, a phablet featuring a 5.9-inch 1080p HD display. You want big? This is pretty freaking big.

Apple iPhone 5S Outselling iPhone 5C More than 2-to-1

The latest numbers coming out of a Consumer Intelligence Research Partners poll revealed that 64% of people who bought an iPhone in September opted for the iPhone 5S, compared to just 27% of customers who bought the iPhone 5C.

Download Android 4.3 for Samsung Galaxy S4 Today

The newest version of Android Jelly Bean isn't supposed to be available for the Samsung Galaxy S4 yet, but a near final build has leaked onto the Internet for your downloading and installing pleasure.

Google Play Store to Push Apps “Designed for Tablets”

Starting on November 21, if you visit the Play Store from a tablet, your default view will show the apps that are "designed for tablets." You can still open up the options to see the rest of the Android apps in the marketplace too, but that's where your default view will lie.

Updated Google TOS Lets Them Use Your Name, Photo and Endorsement...

Do no evil... unless it helps you push product. In that case, feel free exploit as many people as you like. It seems that this has slowly but surely become Google's way of doing business

Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat Leaks Reveal Tap & Pay,...

There's just something magical about the pure Google experience and the rumored $299 outright price point is pretty appealing too. And now, the latest set of leaks are showing us a little more about what to expect.

Early Demand for iPhone 5C Vastly Over-Estimated?

Before the launch of the colorful iPhone 5C, KGI analyst Mingchi Kuo estimated that Apple would ship approximately 17 million units in September. The...

US Market a Low Priority for Sony Smartphones

This decision comes from Sony CEO Kaz Hirai, who recognizes that the company's "biggest priority is maintaining our share in Japan or increasing it... But getting into the US market requires a lot of resources and marketing, so we have to go one step at a time."

Fitbit Force Adds OLED Display to Fitbit Flex

As much as people may have liked the Fitbit Flex, it was missing one critical feature: a display. The Fitbit Force activity tracking watch fixes that.

Sony Xperia Z1F Shrinks Z1 Down to 4.3-Inch Proportions

The current crop started with the Sony Xperia Z and Xperia ZL earlier this year. Then, they recently got followed up by the more powerful Sony Xperia Z1, but what if you don't want such a big phablet? Sony has now gone smaller again with the Xperia Z1F.

Video: Meet the Real Life Back to the Future DeLorean Time...

Lenny Hochteil may look like any other suburban dad, but he is the man who has put together a new perfect replica of the DeLorean Time Machine driven by Doc Brown himself.

Scientists Developing “Smart” Antibiotics that Activate with Light and Heat

It's an arms race. People get sick from some bacteria. Scientists develop antibiotics to fight that bacteria. Some of that bacteria becomes resistant to the antibiotic. So, scientists develop a better or stronger antibiotic. And the cycle continues and continues

See It: Comcast Enters “Strategic Partnership” with Twitter

It looks like Twitter may have scored one of its biggest deals to date as it is now entering a "strategic partnership" with Comcast. The new feature is the "See It" button and it could change the way you watch TV.

Lenovo Has Been Negotiating to Buy HTC for Two Months Already

It's no secret that HTC is in need of some help and it looks like it's more prepared than ever to get acquired by someone else. And that someone else could be Lenovo.

New HP Chromebook 11 with microUSB Charging and Colorful Accents

The newest generation of Google Chromebook laptops have arrived and they're looking pretty spiffy. For this go-around, we find the HP Chromebook 11 with its 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 pixel display.

Get the 7-Inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 for Only $50

While you could get the WiFi-only version of the 7-inch model for $199 for just about any retailer, it might be even better to get a 3G and LTE-enabled model for just $49.99 instead starting on October 11.

LG Curved Screen Smartphone Launching Next Month

We had already heard that Samsung plans on releasing a smartphone with a curved display (some people are calling it the Samsung Galaxy Round), but LG isn't far behind with a curved smartphone of its own.

After 13 Years, Video Game Consoles Will Be A-Okay in China...

Thirteen years later, it looks like the ban on video game consoles in China will finally be lifted. Chinese fans of Nintendo, Xbox and PlayStation can finally rejoice.

Intel Web-Based TV Service Launching with Samsung and Amazon?

Intel has reportedly been working on a web-based television service for over a year now, and is now believed to be looking into working with partners such as Samsung or Amazon.

Soil of Mars Contains Water Beyond Polar Ice Caps

While it has been known that some frozen water can be found in the polar ice caps, a soil sample extracted by the Curiosity Rover has discovered that water could be much closer at hand.

Warning: Upgrading Your iPhone to iOS 7 Is Irreversible

You could upgrade your iPhone 5 to iOS 7 pretty easily and a lot of people have done it. What they don't realize is that there is no turning back.

Video: James the Robot Bartender Reads Body Language, Serves Drinks

What you see here is JAMES, the Joint Action in Multimodal Embodied Systems robot, and he wants to serve you a drink when you approach him at the bar.

SteamOS Dares to Compete Against Living Room Game Consoles

Having already become the de facto PC gaming destination, Steam is now broadening its scope to living room PCs with the announcement of SteamOS.

Fairfax Financial Wants to Buy BlackBerry for $4.7 Billion

BlackBerry is effectively on the market for any interested buyers and it looks like Fairfax Financial has put forth an official offer to snatch up the struggling Waterloo-based firm.

Fairphone Android Smartphone: Ethical and Easy to Fix

Just as there is fair trade coffee to be had, the Fairphone is offering a more ethical alternative to the world of smartphones.

Launch Day Crowds for iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C

There are going to be a lot of people who will tell you that the iPhone 5S is such a small, incremental improvement over the iPhone 5 that it's not worth getting. And then you are going to have those huddled masses who will line up for hours on end to be among the first with the new iPhone and, well, there are a lot of huddled masses.

GoSun Solar Oven: The Green Way to Cook a Hot Dog...

That's the fundamental idea behind the GoSun solar oven, which uses a parabolic mirrors to concentrate sunlight toward a glass cylinder, allowing you to cook whatever you have inside.

Is Apple Working on a Solar iPhone or iPad?

Apple certainly thinks so, if a recent job posting on their website is any indication. They're seeking a "thin films" engineer who has experience handling solar power.

New Apple Patent: iPad Anti-Reflective Display

The patent covers some sort of anti-reflective film that will go on top of the iPad's display during the manufacturing process. By reducing that glare, your iPad becomes far more usable in super-reflective situations.

Nokia Lumia 1520 Goes Big with 6-Inch Screen, 3400mAh Battery

The much larger Nokia Lumia 1520 is expected to be officially revealed to the world on September 26th, proudly showing off its much larger 6-inch 1080p display that would effectively put it in the same league as something like the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

IDC Predicts Tablets Will Outsell PCs in Q4 2013

Indeed, the analyzing gurus at IDC have put together their market forecast for the fourth quarter of this year and they're predicting that more tablets will be shipped in that period than PCs.

Moto X Tablet Getting Customized with Moto Maker Too?

Whatever color combination you want can be custom made for you straight out of the factory and it looks like Motorola is ready to expand its Moto Maker operations to include an upcoming Android tablet too.

NASA: Autonomous Robots with Fancy Cameras Represent Future of Space Exploration

A big part of that transition comes by way of developments like their TextureCam. Here is a 3D camera system that allows the exploration robots to make an educated guess as to what should be worth investigating further.

Moto X Rooted, Should Work on New Verizon DROIDs Too

A temporary root has already been successfully achieved on the Moto X smartphone and this tactic should work just fine on the new 2013 DROID line of smartphones too.

Apple Announces Metallic iPhone 5S and “Unapologetically Plastic” iPhone 5C

Apple used to be really good at keeping secrets, but just about everything that was revealed at this morning's event was already fully expected. Yes, there's a higher-end iPhone 5S and, yes, there is the more budget-friendly iPhone 5C.

LAB C iPhone 5 Case with Built-In Lightning Cable

Offering an elegantly convenient solution is LAB C from South Korea. They've got an iPhone 5 case that comes with a Lightning cable built right into it.

Convert Your Smartphone to an Oculus Rift with These Gadgets

What if you could take your existing smartphone or tablet and effectively turn it into a 3D VR headset in its own right? Two new products on Kickstarter are working toward precisely that goal.

IFA 2013: LG G Pad 8.3 Android Tablet

Over in Berlin at IFA, LG is showcasing the LG G Pad 8.3 tablet. This is the first 8-inch tablet to offer a full HD display, boasting a resolution of 1920x1200 pixels. To put that in perspective, the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is 1280x800.