Author Archives: Brittany Hillen


Spiders spiked with graphene weave ultra-strong webs

Spiders spiked with graphene weave ultra-strong webs

University of Trento researchers have discovered a way to give spiders ultra-strong silk, and it involves spiking the spiders with graphene. The graphene (or carbon nanotubes) is said to only be as thick as an atom, and is mixed with water and then sprayed onto spiders. When those spiders weave silk, the resulting silk is so strong it eclipses the strongest natural spider silk (from a giant riverine orb spider) 3.5 times. The researchers describe most of the silk produced as "super silk".

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Microsoft will kill Patch Tuesday with Windows 10

Microsoft will kill Patch Tuesday with Windows 10

If you’re a Windows user you likely know what Patch Tuesday is, but as with many things future generations will be scratching their heads when they hear the term. The reason is because, according to Microsoft executives, the company is killing off Patch Tuesday with the advent of Windows 10 — specifically, with the continuous stream of patches the company will introduce with it, doing away with the tradition of dropping them all on a specific day. All in all, this is good news for users.

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PlayStations with Silent Hills “P.T.” game banned from eBay

PlayStations with Silent Hills “P.T.” game banned from eBay

In the recent past there was a lot of excitement surrounding the playable trailer "P.T." and the promise of a new game called "Silent Hills". Everything about it was great right up until the moment when Konami decided to cancel the game and break a collective bunch of hearts. Joining the announcement was removal of the "P.T." trailer/game, meaning those who hadn't downloaded it were entirely out of luck. Many who had downloaded it did exactly what you'd expect: ran to eBay with their consoles, where their listings were promptly squashed.

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Uber tipped in bid on HERE mapping service

Uber tipped in bid on HERE mapping service

Uber is best known for matching drivers with riders, but that's not the sum total of its ambitions. The company has been pushing other services that involve transportation, including its UberEATS service, which gets meals to people in select cities. Google Maps is one of the tools it uses to make that happen, but a new business move by the ridesharing service shows that such a reality could be changing. Uber has joined the battle for Nokia's HERE mapping service, placing its own bid for the company.

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Goat Simulator gets “GoatZ” zombie DLC on Steam

Goat Simulator gets “GoatZ” zombie DLC on Steam

The folks behind Goat Simulator have released a DLC that is full of puns and fun jabs, not the least of which is due to its double entendre name "GoatZ". If you don't get what that sounds like, we'll not spoil your innocence. What you do need to know is that this DLC brings zombies. Lots of zombies. In GoatZ, gamers play as a goat decked out with weapons and tasked with surviving in a world filled with the undead. Have you ever seen a goat wield an automatic rifle? You will in the video we have after the jump.

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Researchers create artificial muscle using onion cells

Researchers create artificial muscle using onion cells

We've seen different varieties of artificial muscles -- which will be used in things like robotics -- in the past, though none of them have thus far offered something equal to real muscle. That could be changing soon thanks to onions, particularly the thin skin-like substance that lies beneath the husk and over the meat of the onion. Using that layer, a little bit of gold, and an electrical current, researchers were able to create an artificial muscle that both contracts and bends, solving a problem that has long-plagued researchers.

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Lenovo Yoga 3 11 review — lightweight and ultra-flexible

Lenovo Yoga 3 11 review — lightweight and ultra-flexible

Lenovo has another Yoga product in its midst, and this one is targeted at those diehard ultrabook lovers who want every extraneous bit of weight and unencessity shed from their products. The Lenovo Yoga 3 is, as you'll note the first moment you hold it, a bit of ultrabook excellence: it has a simple design, is incredibly lightweight, and feels entirely unobtrusive without being in anyway inconvenient to use. As expected, the laptop also includes the Yoga flexibility, meaning it can be folded all the way over to form a tablet when needed. Sound interesting? Read our full SlashGear Review for all the details!

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Avengers: Infinity War to be shot entirely with new IMAX 2D cameras

Avengers: Infinity War to be shot entirely with new IMAX 2D cameras

The movie “Avengers: Infinity War”, both the first and the second parts, will be filmed entirely using IMAX cameras, making them the first two movies to do so. The announcement came from IMAX today, which has revealed that the movies’ directors Anthony and Joe Russo will be using the recently revealed IMAX 2D digital camera. We’d previously heard that the Russos were slated to get access to the cameras, and that about 15 minutes of “Captain America: Civil War” will be filmed using them.

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Roku updates iOS and Android apps with voice search and more

Roku updates iOS and Android apps with voice search and more

The Roku app can do more than just toggle to the next Netflix episode, and with its latest update (for both iOS and Android) it can do even more. With the update comes Roku Feed and voice search, both of which were previously announced last month and are also now available on the current generation Rokus, including Roku TVs. Those on Windows Phone, as I’m sure they expect, will have to continue waiting for these features, as they’ll be coming on “a later date”.

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Lyft lures drivers and riders with new Verizon partnership

Lyft lures drivers and riders with new Verizon partnership

While Uber is busy battling away in some places and leaving others, its biggest competitor Lyft is slowly expanding its own presence, and part of that expansion is hinged on drawing in drivers and riders...and then keeping them. The company has announced its latest incentive in that regards, a partnership with Verizon Wireless that gets part of drivers' mobile bills reduced. Perhaps more import, however, is that under this partnership Verizon will start selling some Android handsets with the Lyft app pre-installed, getting it directly into the hands of potential riders.

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