Author Archives: Adam Westlake


The Blackbird is a shape-shifting vehicle that can mimic any car

The Blackbird is a shape-shifting vehicle that can mimic any car

What you see here is the Blackbird. It's an electric dune buggy-like vehicle that can be adjusted in numerous way to mimic the driving of any production car. It's made by The Mill, a digital effects studio in London, and in addition to the fully customizable chassis, it's outfitted with 360-degree cameras. This allows it to be filmed while impersonating a specific car, and then CGI magicians use an overlay to turn it into that vehicle.

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Sony settles with PS3 owners over Linux lawsuit

Sony settles with PS3 owners over Linux lawsuit

A long-running class-action lawsuit from PlayStation 3 owners angry over losing the ability to run Linux on the console may finally be over. When the PS3 launched in 2006, it featured support for "OtherOS," which let owners install Linux on the console's hard drive. Only a few short years later, Sony disabled the feature in a software update, claiming it was necessary to fight piracy. After years of court battles, Sony has now agreed to a settlement worth millions of dollars.

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US Customs wants to check social media accounts of foreign visitors

US Customs wants to check social media accounts of foreign visitors

In addition to providing documents on their identification and travel permissions, foreign visitors entering the US may soon be asked to give their Twitter and Instagram accounts to Customs and Border Protection. The Department of Homeland Security has submitted a new proposal to the Federal Register that would update the required entry forms with a question asking for travelers' accounts names on social media.

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Splatoon hack lets you play with a real water gun

Splatoon hack lets you play with a real water gun

The PlayStation and Xbox platforms are clearly moving towards a future where virtual reality is an option for playing console games. But what about the Wii U? What could the aging system offer players in terms of realism and freedom of movement? Well, if Nintendo adopted this mod from the researchers at Japan's Kougaku Navi, you could play the shooter Splatoon on a head-mounted display while using a real water gun.

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NASA’s Curiosity rover will attempt to collect water sample on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity rover will attempt to collect water sample on Mars

Over the last year, NASA has discovered numerous evidence that liquid water exists on Mars. With signs the red planet once had lakes, and frozen water found on mountains, NASA now wants to try collecting a sample, and plans to use the Curiosity rover to do it. The robot is already located near Mars's Gale Crater, and it will travel to inspect a pair of gullies on the side of Mount Sharp.

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Maserati electric sports car a possibility in near future, says FCA CEO

Maserati electric sports car a possibility in near future, says FCA CEO

Just about every major car manufacturer in the world is working on an all-electric vehicle of some kind at this point, desperate not to get left behind by the likes of Tesla. This certainly includes a number of Europe's biggest luxury brands, like BMW, Mercedes, Aston Martin, and Jaguar. But now Italy seems to be finally coming around to the idea, as an electric sports car from Maserati could see the light of day in the next few years.

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Newest iPhone 7 leak reveals huge rear camera

Newest iPhone 7 leak reveals huge rear camera

Unless you've been specifically ignoring Apple-related news recently, you've heard that a majority of the rumors and leaks surrounding this year's "iPhone 7" are based on new rear cameras, with the larger iPhone 7 Plus believed to feature a dual lens setup. A new pair of images have surfaced, focusing on this same camera subject, with a purported iPhone 7 shell revealing a much larger lens hole than we've seen before.

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Apple said to be working on Thunderbolt Display successor with integrated GPU

Apple said to be working on Thunderbolt Display successor with integrated GPU

With little notice, Apple revealed it was killing-off its Thunderbolt Display earlier this week, with no announcement of a follow-up external monitor. While the device was five years old, and definitely showed its age next to the thinner, Retina display iMacs that followed it, the news was still disappointing to owners of various MacBook models that prefer to work on a larger screen when at home. However, it seems Apple may not be leaving the external display market altogether.

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Aventador Miura Homage celebrates 50th anniversary of Lamborghini’s best model

Aventador Miura Homage celebrates 50th anniversary of Lamborghini’s best model

Currently being held in southern England this week, the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed is an event that celebrates some of the best classic cars of new and old. A fitting venue, then, for Lamborghini to debut its latest super-limited special edition: the Aventador Miura Homage. As you'd guess by the name, it's an Aventador with a few special features meant to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Lamborghini Miura, one of the company's most iconic models.

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Microsoft confirms Surface 3 production to end later this year

Microsoft confirms Surface 3 production to end later this year

While it only launched just barely over a year ago, the Surface 3 tablet will end manufacturing by the end of this year, Microsoft has confirmed. The entry-level device was launched in May 2015 as a cheaper alternative to the Surface Pro 3. While it was well received, especially among budget-conscious consumers who didn't want to step up to a full laptop, the last few weeks have seen stock levels and configuration options become limited.

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New Quake episode released in honor of 20th anniversary

New Quake episode released in honor of 20th anniversary

2016 appears to be the year to honor the influential FPS games from developer Id Software. First we got a brand new Doom that actually lives up to the legacy of the originals, and this last week saw the 20th anniversary of the first Quake. In an unexpected surprise celebrating the latter, a brand new episode for Quake was released — for free — by MachineGames, the developer behind the recent Wolfenstein titles The New Order and The Old Blood.

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Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R will leave you green with envy

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R will leave you green with envy

Mercedes-Benz's latest special edition is all about green. Just unveiled in the UK, the AMG GT R is, obviously, an eye-catching shade of green. It's called "AMG green hell magno" in reference to Germany's Green Hell, the nickname for the Nürburgring Nordschleife course, which is where the car was tested and tuned. This new performance model will also leave other AMG GT owners seeing green, as the R's specs even top the AMG GT S. And lastly, if you want to drive one, it's going to cost you a whole ton of green.

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