If You Still Care About 3D, the Xbox One is Getting 3D Blu-ray Support

If you are one of that rare breed of AV fanatics that has both a 3D TV and a selection of 3D Blu-rays, Microsoft's next update for the Xbox One is just for you. The next firmware update for the console will bring with it support for 3D Blu-ray playback, potentially removing the need for one more box under your telly. » 7/21/14 5:12am 7/21/14 5:12am

5 Surprising Facts About America's Favorite Exploding Pastime

Firecrackers are essentially un-American, even though we associate them our most deeply patriotic celebration, the Fourth of July. The fact is that firecrackers are foreign-born novelties, and have been as long as Americans have lit them for a noisy salute to the nation's birth. As it turns out, firecracker history is… » 7/04/14 2:00pm 7/04/14 2:00pm

The Typo That Destroyed a NASA Rocket

On July 22, 1962, at 9:20 PM, the Mariner I sat idly on its platform, ready to make history. After investing years of construction, calculation, and funding, NASA had high hopes that its rocket would successfully conduct a flyby survey of Venus, thus shifting the Space Race's momentum back to the home front. In every… » 6/26/14 1:00pm 6/26/14 1:00pm

Maybe It's Time To Build a New Internet

Last month, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted to advance a plan that would strike down one of the core tenants of net neutrality, the principle that asserts that all internet traffic be treated equally. This act marked the latest move in a decade-long fight between internet users and large service… » 6/19/14 10:45am 6/19/14 10:45am

11 Machines That Exercise For You, From the Victorian Era to Today

Time was, humans didn't have to worry much about getting exercise. When we had to kill, gather, grow, or herd our own food, working out happened naturally. Of course, as soon as we figured out how to avoid those laborious chores, we did. Not long after, we had to come up with new ways of staying in shape; hence,… » 6/11/14 4:50pm 6/11/14 4:50pm

Sony SmartWatch v. Galaxy Gear 2: Which Smartwatch Screen Is Best?

The floodgates for the next major smart device revolution are opening. And unless you have been living under a rock you already know that this time it's a smart watch, a long overdue update to what is essentially 19th century wristwatch technology. There are already a fair number of early players in this new… » 6/11/14 12:00pm 6/11/14 12:00pm

Sexbot Slaves: How Sexbots Could Affect Actual Human Relationships

There is only one true sexbot that you can go out and buy today. Her name is Roxxxy, and she is a 'robot companion' intended to look human, or something very close. She's 5'7" and slender. She's got a wide range of hair and eye colors. And depending on the model you choose, she can 'hear' you, 'talk' to you, and… » 6/06/14 2:40pm 6/06/14 2:40pm