Google Gears Can Now Divine Your Laptop's Precise Location Using Wi-Fi

Google Gears, the gears that power the tubes (really a browser plug-in that lets you work in web apps offline » 10/22/08 10:30am 10/22/08 10:30am) has been updated with enhanced , so now developers can "securely locate users to within 200m accuracy" in hundreds of cities in either IE, Firefox, Safari or Chrome, and soon, Opera. Sorta kinda like , which ,…

Broadcom Wi-Fi Chips to Have Skyhook Wi-Fi Positioning Built-In

Broadcom already makes a boatload of the GPS chips found in mobile phones and other location-aware gadgets, and now they're adding Skyhook's Wi-Fi positioning service to most of their mobile Wi-Fi chipsets, spreading the location-based love even without GPS. This is how iPhone regular finds your location in addition to … » 10/01/08 1:40pm 10/01/08 1:40pm

Japanese Scientists Plan to Build Space Elevator

Japanese scientists are so hyped up on the possibilities of building a real life space elevator that in just two months' time the country is playing host to a conference designed to set a production timetable. Carbon nanotube » 9/22/08 10:30am 9/22/08 10:30am technology has advanced so rapidly that a material capable of withstanding the in the space…

Boeing JHL-40 Heavy-Lift Rotorcraft Is Massive Floating Crane

This stunning aircraft-that looks straight out of a science-fiction movie in which the Nazis won WWII-is the Boeing SkyHook JHL-40. A heavy-lift rotorcraft designed to lift 40 tons, it can transport its cargo across 200 miles without refueling in adverse environments like the Arctic. According to Boeing, it will be… » 7/08/08 8:00pm 7/08/08 8:00pm

5 Reasons to Check Out the CIA Spycraft Book

Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA's Spytechs from Communism to Al-Qaeda goes on sale in stores today. I know you think I probably milked it for all it's worth, but there's actually a ton of mind-boggling spy gear in there that I didn't have a chance to cover on Giz, such as: » 5/29/08 11:00am 5/29/08 11:00am