Physicists Figure Out How to Take Photographs In Near-Total Darkness

Tens of thousands of photons go into making up each pixel in your standard cat photo That's because existing cameras—even infrared night-vision ones—rely on many, many photons of light to create an image. But now physicists have photographed in almost pitch blackness, where there on average is less than one photon of… » 9/02/14 1:30pm 12 minutes ago

Maybe Less Flights Will Be Diverted With This Foot-Massaging Laptop Bag

United Airlines might soon want to rethink its Fly the Friendly Skies slogan as the battle for legroom and personal space aboard planes has recently turned very ugly. But who needs knee-defending contraptions or even reclining seats when all you really need to endure a long stressful flight is a relaxing foot massage » 9/02/14 1:20pm 22 minutes ago

Free Gift Card With Home Essentials, Level Up Your Gaming Rig [Deals]

You need to buy laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, and paper towels anyway, so you might as well get a $10 Target Gift Card with your purchase. Just choose three eligible household items to get the deal. Dozens of items are available, so you should be able to find your favorites. [Buy Three Household Essentials,… » 9/02/14 1:15pm 27 minutes ago

If Anyone Can Get Delivery Drones Legalized, It's Google

The commercial drone industry has a new best friend, and that friend is powerful and loaded. It's Google, which recently unveiled to The Atlantic its secret drone delivery program, Project Wing, meaning another tech titan now has skin in the commercial UAV game. One that might just have enough clout to make delivery… » 9/02/14 12:35pm Today 12:35pm

How Game of Thrones Crafted Last Season's Emmy-Winning Visual Effects

Game of Thrones walked away from the Emmys last week with four of the biggest technical awards, including a very well-deserved win for best visual effects. One team responsible has posted some of their process videos from season 4. Let's just say it looks tougher than conquering the walled city of Meereen. » 9/02/14 12:19pm Today 12:19pm

Watch a Pilot Snag Cold War Spy Satellite Footage as It Falls From Orbit

The Corona program was the opening salvo in the effort to peer into Soviet-controlled territory from orbit. In order to recover the top-secret physical photographs it took, Air Force pilots took to the sky for what amounted to a claw arcade game, played miles above the Earth. Here's a rare look at it in action. » 9/02/14 12:14pm Today 12:14pm

This Dazzling Laser Show Is Way More Effective Than Any Warning Shot

Warning shots are a waste of ammunition and not a particularly effective deterrent. Instead, modern warfighters inform potentially lost civilians/potential suicide bombers that they're in the soldier's rifle sights by blasting them with laser light from barrel-mounted laser dazzlers like these. » 9/02/14 11:40am Today 11:40am

A Robotic Dolly Means You'll Never Carry Anything Up Stairs Again

Tackling a long flight of stairs is grueling enough when you're empty-handed, but having to climb step after step while carrying something heavy? Mankind wasn't designed to endure such torture, so thankfully we've invented something so we don't have to. The folks at Akihabara News in Tokyo spotted this robotic… » 9/02/14 10:19am Today 10:19am

You Can Now Send a Netflix Rec to a Friend in a Facebook Message

Netflix indecision is the worst, so from time to time you'll ask your friends what they're watching. And then you forget what they told you and you're back at square one. Now Netflix is making your life easier, by letting you recommend a show or movie to a friend directly from Netflix in a Facebook message. » 9/02/14 9:55am Today 9:55am

Your GM Car Will Soon Know When You're Texting (And Tell You To Stop)

A decade ago, you'd assume that the idiot on the highway in front of you weaving back and forth across the yellow lines was drunk. Today, there's a pretty good chance that they're just trying to navigate some particularly complicated emoji. GM wants to stop the madness, and it's betting on eye-tracking to do so. » 9/02/14 9:33am Today 9:33am

This Portable Charger Reminds You To Bring It Along on Busy Days

A portable charger can save your butt on days when your smartphone never seems to leave your hand—but only if you remember to bring it with you. So not only has Elgato packed 6,000 mAh into its new Smart Power battery, but Bluetooth and an accompanying iOS app as well, so that it can peek at your iPhone's calendar and… » 9/02/14 9:32am Today 9:32am

Sit Back, Tell Us How Special You Are, and Win a Prize

While the drive to take quizzes and fill out surveys online is technically not included on Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, it's nevertheless up there with eating, sleeping, and sex in terms of unstoppable human urges. When given the opportunity to reflect on your own special self by ticking off boxes— introvert or… » 9/02/14 12:00pm Today 12:00pm