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  • The world's largest solar power plant is now up and running

    28 November 2014, 12:58 am by: Jon Fingas

    Solar power just hit one of its biggest milestones, in more ways than one. First Solar recently finished building Topaz, a 550-megawatt plant that represents the largest active solar farm on the planet. And we do mean large -- the installation's nine...
  • Lego car becomes an avatar for a worm

    27 November 2014, 11:33 pm by: Steve Dent

    Remember the OpenWorm project, in which researchers reproduced the genome of a nematode worm digitally and made it wiggle around on a screen? If you take the "brain" of that worm and use it to power a robotic car, you end up with researcher Timothy B...
  • LG's mobile division is getting a new CEO, too

    27 November 2014, 9:54 pm by: Daniel Cooper

    A few days ago, it was rumored that Samsung was planning to replace its head of mobile in a bid to reverse slumping smartphone sales. Now, local rival LG is doing the same thing, albeit for a very different reason. CNET is reporting that current chie...
  • FAA report shows spike in drone-related air traffic incidents

    27 November 2014, 8:38 pm by: Mariella Moon

    There's a reason why unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) aren't permitted to fly beyond 400 feet and within a five-mile radius from airports: they could cause a disaster if they smash a plane's windshield or get sucked into its engine. Unfortunately, som...
  • Japan's Hayabusa 2 spacecraft heads to a carbon-rich asteroid soon

    27 November 2014, 7:07 pm by: Mariella Moon

    On November 30th, Japan's Hayabusa 2 will be leaving leaving Earth aboard a Mitsubishi-made rocket to make its way to an asteroid -- but not to blow it up. The Japanese spacecraft will follow in its predecessor's footsteps and observing a space rock ...
  • Slingbox now suggests YouTube videos based on what you're watching

    27 November 2014, 5:42 pm by: Timothy J. Seppala

    It's getting to the point where when a gadget can't access YouTube it's more noteworthy than one that can. With that in mind, how the venerable Slingbox 500 and Sling TV interact with Google's video empire is pretty damned neat: the platform now uses...
  • Audi says an EV sedan with Tesla-like range is coming in 2017

    27 November 2014, 4:01 pm by: Aaron Souppouris

    An all-electric car is in the works at Audi that will rival Tesla's Model S. The car will borrow technology from Audi's made-to-order R8 e-tron, and Audi says it's shooting for a range of 450 kilometers (280 miles), or, roughly in line with the class...
  • The world's largest video-game collection is up for sale again

    27 November 2014, 2:43 pm by: Timothy J. Seppala

    Miss your chance at grabbing the largest video game collection that went up for auction earlier this year? Well now's your chance to fix that grave error -- possibly even at a discount. Due to legal reasons, Michael Thomasson can't divulge exactly wh...
  • Wireless chip cures your staph infection then dissolves away

    27 November 2014, 1:56 pm by: Steve Dent

    As bacteria get more resistant to antibiotics, researchers need to get more creative to clear them out. Researchers from the Tufts University and UIUC have definitely done that with a chip implant that can kill a localized staph infection with heat, ...
  • YouTube Music Key is the streaming service for people who don't like streaming services

    27 November 2014, 1:00 pm by: James Trew

    YouTube's entry into the music streaming market certainly wasn't without a few raised eyebrows. First of all, Google (which owns YouTube) already has a music streaming service. Secondly, how is it going to handle all the unofficial music, remixes, pa...
  • Three kicks off same-day smartphone deliveries in London

    27 November 2014, 12:20 pm by: Nick Summers

    Christmas is coming, and that might mean it's time to treat yourself or a loved-one to a phone upgrade. To get customers signing on with Three, the UK network has begun trialling a same-day delivery service in London, removing the need to walk into a...
  • The first trailer for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' is coming to iTunes tomorrow

    27 November 2014, 12:14 pm by: Aaron Souppouris

    After angering fans earlier this week, Lucasfilm has confirmed the first teaser trailer for the new Star Wars movie will be available online this Friday. The studio previously announced that an 88-second teaser would be shown in just 30 theaters nati...
  • Say goodbye to (most of) those arcane symbols on your gadgets

    27 November 2014, 11:29 am by: Daniel Cooper

    Like the lower back tattoo you got in college, everyone's been hoping that those mandated symbols on the bottom of your gadgets will just go away. Thankfully, the E-Label act has now been signed into law by President Obama, enabling gadget manufactur...
  • Why the BBC needs you to think it's good value

    27 November 2014, 10:52 am by: Matt Brian

    The BBC holds a privileged position in the UK broadcasting market. As the beneficiary of your TV license fees, the Beeb picked up £3.7 billion last year from Brits, helping it fund its TV, radio, and web services. Some -- notably its competitors -- a...
  • Microsoft reportedly planning Windows 10 event for January

    27 November 2014, 10:42 am by: Aaron Souppouris

    Microsoft will hold an event this January to show off the new features of Windows 10, according to The Verge. Although January is traditionally dominated by the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Redmond is apparently planning a standalone event later ...
  • Windows 10 will play your .MKV and .FLAC files all on its own

    27 November 2014, 9:43 am by: Daniel Cooper

    High-end audio enthusiasts love FLAC since it promises to preserve everything just as it was heard in the studio. Unfortunately, it isn't the most widely-supported of formats, but it appears as if it's going to get a warm embrace in Windows 10. Gabri...
  • Renewables are now Scotland's biggest energy source

    27 November 2014, 9:09 am by: Nick Summers

    If we're to protect our planet for future generations, it's paramount that governments invest in renewable sources of energy. Scotland appears to have turned that corner, after government figures revealed it's now generating more power from "clean" t...
  • James Cameron's 'Avatar' sequels will stick to 48 frames per second

    27 November 2014, 8:35 am by: Jon Fingas

    There was talk for a while that James Cameron would shoot the Avatar sequels at a brisk 60 frames per second, which is no mean feat when people aren't yet sure about 48FPS movies. However, it now looks like the famed director is scaling back those am...
  • India's Karbonn comes to the UK with an Android One phone, a wing and a prayer

    27 November 2014, 8:30 am by: Jamie Rigg

    Karbonn isn't a company the vast majority of Brits will be familiar with. Since it started out five years ago, the Indian smartphone- and tablet-maker has grown to serve over 40 countries; and today, as part of Karbonn's ongoing expansion into Europe...
  • European Parliament passes vote asking for Google to be broken up

    27 November 2014, 7:17 am by: James Trew

    Earlier this week, there were reports that the European Parliament would recommend that Google search be split off from other parts of the business. Today, the Parliament has passed a vote the effectively confirms that intention. More specifically, t...
  • Nordstrom's smart fitting room helps you find fresh outfits

    27 November 2014, 6:47 am by: Jon Fingas

    You've probably had that moment in a store fitting room where you realize you're trying the wrong clothes, but would rather not get dressed again just to check out those pants in a different color. If Nordstrom succeeds with its new eBay-designed fit...
  • Virgin Media customers can now access the Sky Movies Android app

    27 November 2014, 6:27 am by: Matt Brian

    While Virgin Media customers have been able to access Sky Movies and Sky Sports on their iPhone or iPad for over three months now, Android users have been left twiddling their thumbs. Luckily, that wait is now over, for film fans at least, after a ne...
  • Now Moto 360 owners can buy new bands at will

    27 November 2014, 5:57 am by: Jon Fingas

    Did you rush to get a Moto 360 as soon as possible, only to realize that you were (temporarily) stuck with the band that came attached to your smartwatch? You can now do something about it. Motorola has started selling both leather and metal bands by...
  • 4oD iOS app now supports AirPlay and HDMI mirroring

    27 November 2014, 5:29 am by: Matt Brian

    While Channel 4's 4oD streaming catch-up service will soon get a much-needed revamp, the broadcaster isn't shying away from keeping its current apps updated. In its latest round of iOS improvements, Channel 4 has added support for both HDMI output an...
  • The new Victoria's Secret sports bra connects directly to heart-rate monitors

    27 November 2014, 4:49 am by: Mat Smith

    Sports bras have been one of Victoria's secrets for a while, but the latest model, "Incredible" warrants at least a passing mention here at Engadget. It houses sensors and other connected technology within the fabric, courtesy of Finnish smart fabric...

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