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A month with the Catalyst Fermentation System

I’ve been following the multiple “easy” brewing systems available online for a while now and have never found one that truly spoke to me. Devices like the Minibrew seem great but price and shipping problems have always kept them out of my boozy little hands. Show More Summary

HTC teases new Edge Sense features for its squeezable U11 smartphone

2 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

When HTC unveiled its new flagship U11 smartphone last month, the most interesting feature was a so-called Edge Sense technology that basically lets you squeeze the device to perform certain actions. The company is continuing to build...Show More Summary

Zus tire monitor sends slow leak alerts to your smartphone

2 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Deflating tires are at best an inconvenience and at worst a real danger, but often a leak doesn't reveal itself until much of the pressure is gone. That's why we have recently seen a few tire pressure monitors that ping your smartphone when air begins to escape. Show More Summary

Jaguar Land Rover readies its Autonomous Urban Drive for public roads

2 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Jaguar Land Rover is powering ahead in its pursuit of a driverless future, showing off its so-called Autonomous Urban Drive technology as it gears up for public trials. The technology is designed to steer a vehicle through urban streets,...Show More Summary

Caltech ditches the optics for a slimmer camera future

2 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

While cameras continue to get smaller, using a lens to focus light physically limits this process, even with ultra-thin flat lenses on the way, and explains why so many smartphones have protruding camera bumps. However, researchers at...Show More Summary

This house looks like it's still under construction (in a good way)

2 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Australian architect Alexander Symes purchased his first house back in 2008. Finding it rather tired and in need of a lot of maintenance, he took the opportunity to carry out a radical renovation. The result is the Up-Cycle House, an...Show More Summary

Google makes virtual reality easier for viewers and creators with new VR180 format

2 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

One of the easiest ways into virtual reality right now is through the 360-degree videos pushed by the likes of Facebook and YouTube, spherical movie balls that you sit inside and peer around in. Now Google wants to offer an even simpler...Show More Summary

Dutch bike lock disables smartphones while on the move

2 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Plenty of time and effort has been dedicated to reducing the number of car accidents caused by smartphones, but drivers aren't the only road users susceptible to distraction. To keep cyclists focused on the road, Dutch telecom company...Show More Summary

Answering why ketamine helps depression could lead to safer drugs

2 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

First synthesized in 1962, ketamine was initially used for pain relief and as an anaesthetic before drifting into recreational circles due to its dissociative and hallucinogenic properties. In recent years the drug has been discovered to have notable rapid-acting effects as an anti-depressant. Show More Summary

Ford tests tech to clear the way for emergency vehicles

2 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Regardless of how loud their sirens are, accurately locating approaching emergency vehicles while behind the wheel can be difficult. And those that don't realize such vehicles are headed their way can slow their progress through traffic. Show More Summary

Audi’s active suspension prepares for the road ahead

2 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Audi is gearing up to tackle the Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7 Series with a smart new A8. We still haven't been treated to a look at the finished flagship, but teasers have started to trickle out of Ingolstadt. Having shared details about...Show More Summary

Getting Data Off Proprietary Glucometers Gets a Little Easier

Glucometers (which measure glucose levels in blood) are medical devices familiar to diabetics, and notorious for being proprietary. Gentoo Linux developer [Flameeyes] has some good news about his open source tool to read and export data from a growing variety of glucometers. Show More Summary

Ford Ranger Wildtrak review: One truck to do it all

2 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Americans might love their trucks, but they aren't the only ones. The folks Down Under are partial to a good pickup at the moment, and Ford would argue the range-topping Ranger Wildtrak is the best pickup you can buy. With a luxurious interior, plenty of off-road gear and a ruggedly handsome face, it certainly looks good on paper. Show More Summary

Catastrophic Forgetting: Learning’s Effect on Machine Minds

What if every time you learned something new, you forgot a little of what you knew before? That sort of overwriting doesn’t happen in the human brain, but it does in artificial neural networks. It’s appropriately called catastrophic forgetting. Show More Summary

It's official: New Nissan Leaf will be semi-autonomous

2 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Life should be a little easier for buyers of the upcoming new Nissan Leaf, as Nissan has confirmed that the car will feature ProPILOT Assist technology. Although it should eventually offer advanced functionality, for now the system reportedly...Show More Summary

Simple Electric Bike Conversion from 3D-Printed Parts

Challenge: Perform an electric conversion on a bicycle. Problem: No significant metal working skills or equipment. Solution: 3D print everything needed to electrify the bike. At least that’s the approach that [Tom Stanton] took to his electric bike build. Show More Summary

Go Small, Get Big: The Hack that Revolutionized Bioscience

Few people outside the field know just how big bioscience can get. The public tends to think of fields like physics and astronomy, with their huge particle accelerators and massive telescopes, as the natural expressions of big science. Show More Summary

A Minority Report Arduino-Based Hand Controller

Movies love to show technology they can’t really build yet. Even in 2001: A Space Oddessy (released in 1968), for example, the computer screens were actually projected film.  The tablet they used to watch the news looks like something you could pick up at Best Buy this afternoon. Show More Summary

Apple Unveils World's Least Portable Laptop

You can say a lot about Apple -- it brought smartphones and personal computers to the mass market, it changed the technology industry forever, it was controlled by a megalomaniacal arsehole for much of its existence -- but you'd have a hard time getting even the staunchest critic of the company to argue its products weren't groundbreakingly pretty. More »      

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