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A Look at How Mini Helicopters Could Help NASA's Future Rovers

7 minutes agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Driving on the surface of Mars pretty much sucks. Even though the Opportunity rover celebrated its 11th anniversary on the Martian surface today, that robust little craft has also ran into tricky sand dunes and other perplexing surface anomalies. It sure would be nice if some aerial reconnaissance could identified these potential snags before they happen. Read more...

Hackaday Links: January 25, 2015

31 minutes agoTechnology / Gadgets : Hack a Day

Misumi is doing something pretty interesting with their huge catalog of aluminum extrusions, rods, bolts, and nuts. They’re putting up BOMs for 3D printers. If you’ve ever built a printer with instructions you’ve somehow found on the RepRap wiki, you know how much of a pain it is to go through McMaster or Misumi to find the right parts. Show More Summary

California rethinks tougher licensing for ridesharing drivers

33 minutes agoTechnology / Gadgets : Engadget

California just stepped back from a policy that might have had a big, big impact on ridesharing services in the Golden State. Its Department of Motor Vehicles has revoked a finding that drivers for companies like Lyft and Uber need commercial license...

Our Favourite Mobile Apps Of The Week

Man, lots of mobile news this week. Windows Phone finally previewed its Windows 10 overhaul (it looks great!) and huge apps debuted big updates and extra features, such as Spotify and Twitter (they also look great!). But among all the big news, bunches and bunches of great apps found their way on various app stores. Here are the ones that made us pay attention. More »      

What Is Your Favorite Hologram?

1 hour agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

This week you've no doubt heard about Microsoft's Windows Holographic and HoloLens, a piece of head gear equipped with a "holographic" processor that has all intentions of being the next-generation PC. Big whoop! Who cares! Microsoft is walking around like they've invented holograms are something. We've had wonderful holograms for decades! Read more...

Another Australian Animal Slips Away To Extinction

Last July, the federal environment minister, Greg Hunt, announced the appointment of Gregory Andrews as Australia’s first Threatened Species Commissioner. His mission: to help avert the extinction of a growing number of native plant and animal species. More »      

The Pirate Cinema Is Just Endless Torrenting and I Can't Stop Watching

2 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

The Pirate Cinema turns worldwide torrent traffic into art. The results are equally beautiful, chaotic, inspiring, maddening, and there's a slight chance that I can feel my brain melting. Read more...

'Kaiju Fury!' sets the stage for 'snackable' virtual reality

2 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : Engadget

The 2015 Sundance Film Festival has been taken over by virtual reality, but not every project being showcased here tells a story in a different way. Some filmmakers choose to make experiences based on computer-generated imagery; others prefer a live-...

Gearbox's beautiful 'Homeworld' remake reaches PCs February 25th

3 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : Engadget

If you're a long-time PC gamer, you probably have a soft spot for the Homeworld series. Relic's epic saga was both eye-catching and proof that real-time strategy could work in the void of space. However, time hasn't been kind to the games -- the firs...

AT&T Made the First Transcontinental Phone Call 100 Years Ago Today

3 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

On Jan. 25, 1915, inventor Alexander Graham Bell (center) called up his former lab partner, Thomas Watson, in San Francisco, making the first transcontinental phone call in history. Read more...

CNCs and Acrylic and LEDs oh my!

Looking for something unique to spice up his music room [Est] decided he wanted to try making a light that responds to the music — kind of like a VU meter, but a little different. He calls it the Light Effect Tower. The main structure of the tower was cut out of 6mm acrylic using [Est’s] homemade CNC router. Show More Summary

An Artist Created a Stop-Motion Short Film Using 1139 Light Paintings

4 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Light painting is the process of using light and long exposure photography to create almost electric-looking works of art. This bit of light trickery has been used by artists and hobbyists to create stunning visual works as well as recreating the proton streams from GhostBusters. Show More Summary

Here's what our readers think of the Moto X (2014)

5 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : Engadget

In his review of the second-generation Moto X last September, our Senior Mobile Editor Chris Velazco called it "a huge step forward from last year's model." He complimented the seamless feel of the edges and thought its improved OLED screen was "one...

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