This Robotic Barnacle Scans Ships' Hulls Looking for Contraband

Big ports have always struggled to keep an eye on every single ship that passes through their waters—especially the part of the boat that's underwater. Now, there's a new sort of robotic barnacle that can stealthily slide along the hulls of incoming ships and scan for hidden compartments where smugglers hide their… » 9/26/14 3:45pm 9/26/14 3:45pm

Apple Patents Hideable Ports on Notebooks

Apple's latest patent for laptops shows a collapsible port scheme that lets you hide and show connectivity ports when necessary. These ports—USB, Ethernet, Firewire—take up most of the room on the sides of laptops now, and if Apple ever gets around to releasing an ultra-portable notebook, being able to hide ports will… » 8/16/07 3:40pm 8/16/07 3:40pm