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Google unveils its first built-from-scratch self-driving car

Google has unveiled the first fully working road-legal prototype of its self-driving car. The original plan was to create a car that was completely driverless, but California introduced some new rules this year that stipulated that test cars must...

North Korea kicked off the internet by giant DDoS: Was it the USA, or someone else?

Yesterday evening, North Korea was unceremoniously knocked off the internet by a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. This comes shortly after the US government promised a “proportional response” to the Sony Pictures hack, which the FBI believes was carried...

Resistive RAM nears launch: Still the most likely candidate to replace NAND flash

It’s been a while since we checked in on Crossbar, the next-generation memory company working on a NAND flash replacement. The company’s resistive RAM (RRAM or ReRAM) technology stores data by creating resistance in a circuit rather than trapping electrons...

How bright is bright? The difficulty of comparing LCD and AMOLED displays

The resolution race continues to drag on in the smartphone ecosystem, but it’s getting harder to impress simply by cramming more pixels into a display. With 2560×1440 fast becoming the de facto standard for flagship screen resolution, we need...

Nintendo’s next console will likely use x86 AMD chip, just like the Xbox One and PS4

After securing both the Xbox One and PS4, it would appear that an AMD SoC will also be powering Nintendo’s next console. Nintendo has been hinting at new hardware for a while now, probably to appease any disgruntled gamers and...

Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear Headphone Review

What are the Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear? These Sennheisers are the first in-ear model to join the Momentum series, which has helped to establish the company as a top choice for people after stylish headphones with better sound quality than...

Researchers build room-temperature memory that doesn’t need a current to retain data

All modern computer memory works on basically the same principle — an electrical current is used to change the charge state of a cell. That charge state is then “read” by the memory controller. Whether we’re talking about NAND...

Who really hacked Sony Pictures? It probably wasn’t North Korea (updated)

North Korea was indeed responsible for the massive hack on Sony Pictures, according to officials from within the US government. This follows on from Sony cancelling the release of The Interview amid threats of further attacks from the hackers — including...

The Open Bay: Now you can download and host your own copy of The Pirate Bay

If you’re still lamenting the loss of The Pirate Bay, which was shut down last week by Swedish police, you now have an intriguing new option: If you have some web hosting, a small amount of tech savvy, and...

New brain implant tech from Blackrock is making ‘mind over matter’ a reality

In 2012 quadriplegic Jan Scheuermann had two electrode arrays implanted in her brain’s left motor cortex. Within a week, she could use the implant to move a prosthetic arm in all three dimensions, and move its wrist in an...

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