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NASA starts testing more fuel efficient jet engine tech

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 03:30:00 -0500

(image) A group of engineers have developed a new jet engine tech that can improve planes' fuel efficiency by four to eight percent, and NASA has begun testing it out. They created a new type of engine propulsor -- composed of the fan and a part called the i...

BBC tests 4K iPlayer with 'Planet Earth II'

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 03:00:00 -0500

(image) For four glorious minutes, Brits will be able to watch Planet Earth II in 4K. The broadcaster is releasing some "experimental footage" in the ultra HD resolution today, which viewers can watch until "early next year" on a small list of compatible TVs...

Fans set to launch new classic World of Warcraft server this month

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 02:21:00 -0500

(image) At the end of August, Blizzard released Legion, the sixth expansion for its long-standing fantasy MMO World of Warcraft. One contingent of the game's fans probably didn't buy it: The 800,000-strong players who maintained an expansion-free "vanilla" v...

Doctors can now sift bacteria from your blood using magnets

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 01:14:00 -0500

(image) Sepsis, or blood poisoning, is no joke. More than half the people who contract the condition end up in the morgue. The conventional treatment involve the liberal application of antibiotics at the first sign of infection, though as we discovered on an...

Nintendo Switch makes its live TV debut on 'The Tonight Show'

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:52:00 -0500

(image) After you check out our discussion with Nintendo's president Reggie Fils-Aime, you can get a good look at the new Switch console in operation () on the Tonight Show stage. Reggie and host Jimmy Fallon played the yet-to-be-released console, taking a t...

'Super Mario Run' is just as much fun as we'd hoped

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:30:00 -0500

(image) It's no stretch to say that Super Mario Run (launching December 15th for iOS; an Android version will arrive next year) is one of the most notable mobile games in years. It's Nintendo's first real smartphone game and one of the only instances in whic...

Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime explains why it's time to go mobile

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:30:00 -0500

(image) Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has garnered a reputation for being a larger-than-life character, whether he's onstage presenting his company's latest or getting ready for a one-on-one interview. He's playing Super Mario Run on an iPad...

Cancer consumes fat to feed its metastatic march in mice

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 23:38:00 -0500

(image) Stopping cancer in its tracks may be easier than we thought and possible without debilitating rounds of chemo and radiation therapies. All we have to do is take away its energy source. Researchers at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine at the B...

The first season of Telltale's 'Batman' wraps next week

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 22:43:00 -0500

(image) Just a year after it was announced, the first season of developer Telltale Games' Batman series is drawing to a close. Its final episode "City of Light" will makes its debut on December 13th on Android, iOS, PC, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, Xbox...

Windows 10 is coming to Qualcomm's Snapdragon mobile chips

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 22:00:00 -0500

(image) Microsoft's first attempt at bringing Windows to ARM-powered machines was, shall we say, not a good idea. But perhaps the second time's the charm. Microsoft and Qualcomm just announced that Windows 10 is coming to the next generation of Snapdragon mo...

Microsoft has big plans for VR and AR in 2017

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 22:00:00 -0500

(image) Ever since Microsoft announced earlier this year that it would be opening up its Windows Holographic platform to other device makers, the company has been an intriguing presence in the world of virtual and augmented reality (or "mixed reality," as it...

New York lawsuit aims to apply the Second Amendment to Tasers

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 21:35:00 -0500

(image) The Firearms Policy Foundation and Matthew Avitabile are suing New York state over a regulation that outlaws the possession of electronic weapons including stun guns and Tasers. Avitabile happens to be the mayor of Middleburgh, New York, and he wants...

NASA's Cassini spacecraft sent photos of Saturn's north pole

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:53:00 -0500

(image) As Cassini winds down its 20-year mission to Saturn, the spacecraft will maneuver into a series of weeklong orbits, allowing it to get a closer look at the planet's famous rings as it flies by. Although there are still a few days before Cassini graze...

Apple reportedly working to rent new movies early on iTunes

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:07:00 -0500

(image) According to Bloomberg, Apple is in talks with major movie studios to offer early rentals on iTunes. The report, which cites sources familiar with the ongoing discussions, suggests 21st Century Fox, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros., are trying to...

Drones can safely carry blood bags

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:18:00 -0500

(image) Paramedics and rescue teams can't always afford to wait for blood supplies, especially when they're in remote locations where most vehicles would take too long (or can't visit at all). However, they might not have to worry for much longer. Johns Ho...

The sequel to 'Alto's Adventure' is an 'Odyssey'

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:34:00 -0500

(image) Built By Snowman has a busy year ahead of it. In addition to the recently announced Distant, the studio is also working on a sequel to its ultra-soothing endless-snowboarding game Alto's Adventure. Alto's Odyssey will be out sometime in 2017 but asid...

Biggest names in VR band together to create industry standards

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:50:00 -0500

(image) The world's most popular virtual reality headset makers have assembled. Google, Oculus, Sony, HTC, Samsung and Acer have come together to create a non-profit organization called the Global Virtual Reality Association (or the far snappier GVRA, for sh...

Sony revives its $50 PS4 price drop for two weeks

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:28:00 -0500

(image) Disheartened that you missed out on a price-cut PlayStation 4 around Black Friday? You're about to get a second chance. In a near-repeat of what happened last year, Sony is resurrecting its $50 discount on the Uncharted 4 slim PS4 bundle between De...

Facebook patent hints at an automated solution for fake news

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:00:00 -0500

(image) Facebook may have said that it's stepping up its fight against fake news in the past few weeks, but there are signs that it might have had a way to tackle this problem sooner. A recently published USPTO filing from 2015 reveals that Facebook has app...

YouTube in 2016 was all about viral challenges

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:18:00 -0500

(image) Like clockwork, the 2016 edition of YouTube's annual Rewind retrospective video is here to sweep us back through all the whimsy and virality that made its way across the streaming site in the past year. For 2016, YouTube lined up an impressive roster...

Sprint stores are PokéStops and Gyms for 'Pokémon Go'

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:50:00 -0500

(image) As rumored, Niantic is bringing brand partnerships to its hit augmented reality game, Pokémon Go. The software developer has announced that Sprint will have the first sponsored locations in the US, with more than 10,500 stores expected to be t...

Scientists find bacteria resistant to last-ditch drug treatments

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:20:00 -0500

(image) If there wasn't already a reason to develop a solution to drug-resistant "superbugs," there is now. Scientists have found bacteria on an American pig farm that resists carbapenems, a variety of antibiotics used only against germs that resist normal...

Bluetooth 5's faster, longer-ranged wireless is here

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:58:00 -0500

(image) Bluetooth is about to become a lot less hassle-prone. The wireless standard's Special Interest Group has officially adopted the Bluetooth 5 spec, clearing the way for device makers to use the much-improved technology in everything from phones to wea...

NASA mission will study Earth's 'breathing' from space

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:33:00 -0500

(image) Scientists know that the Earth "breathes" carbon, particularly through plants that absorb carbon through photosynthesis when they're healthy and give it up when they lose their leaves or die. They haven't had an extremely detailed look at that breat...

Technology is coming for your retail jobs

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:10:00 -0500

(image) Amazon recently unveiled a new type of grocery store: one that doesn't require cashiers at all. Called Amazon Go, the brick-and-mortar location uses sensors and gates to automatically identify what you bought, calculate your total and charge you for...