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Google Adds 'Shortcuts' to Information, Tools on Smartphones
Google wants to make it easier for you to find answers and recommendations on smartphones without having to think about what to ask its search engine. Its new feature, called "shortcuts," will appear as...
Google to offer Shortcuts to information on phones
The search engine gleans these insights by analyzing past requests and, when people allow it, tracking locations, a practice that periodically raises privacy concerns about Google’s power to create digital...
Blue Origin’s new engine isn’t good enough for some congressmen
Enlarge / A Blue Origin BE-4 engine at the company's Kent, Wash.-based factory is readied for transport to a test stand for full-scale testing.Jeff Bezos/Twitter reader comments 17 Share this story In...
NASA’s longshot bet on a revolutionary rocket may be about to pay off
reader comments 24 Share this story Franklin Chang-Díaz peers into the vacuum chamber during a test firing. Ad Astra Rocket Company A view of the plasma plume during a test firing. Ad Astra Rocket Company...
Due to concerns about engine, Juno to remain in elongated Jupiter orbit
Enlarge / Juno, shown here in an artist's concept image, arrived in the Jupiter system on July 4, 2016.NASA reader comments 6 Share this story When NASA sent a series of commands to the Juno spacecraft’s...
Consulting the engineers on what makes the Corvette C7.R such a good race car
reader comments 1 Share this story The #3 Corvette Racing C7.R at Watkins Glen in 2016. Elle Cayabyab Gitlin One of the two C7.Rs at rest in Corvette Racing's (inflatable) garage. Elle Cayabyab Gitlin...
The 2017 BMW M760i is a hell of a car, but is it an M?
reader comments 5 Share this story BMW's 2017 M760i. It packs a 6.6L V12 with 600hp and 590lb-ft. The view out the front. But this is a long-wheelbase 7 Series, so the best seats in the house are in the...
Nintendo Switch's love of the Unreal Engine is much bigger than first thought
Nintendo’s consoles have historically stood apart from the rest of the gaming landscape. Big franchises which see yearly releases on the Xbox One and PS4 are much rarer on Nintendo’s consoles, which have...
McLaren and BMW team up to build engines again
reader comments 2 Share this story The first time McLaren and BMW came together to make a road-car engine they built this, the S70/2. A naturally aspirated V12 good for 627hp. It is a legend. BMW McLaren's...
Canon smallest premium compact camera gets a huge imaging upgrade
The original Canon PowerShot G9 X was one of our favorite compact point and shoot cameras and now Canon is making the Mark II version even better with a new Digic 7 image processor.The new image processing...
First drive in the 2017 Audi S3: VW Group’s gateway drug to luxury vehicles
reader comments 5 Share this story The front fascia on the 2017 S3 is slightly changed from the 2016 model. Megan Geuss The sedan hasn’t changed tremendously from its previous version, but it does offer...
The Porsche 718 Boxster S and Cayman S—racing technology meets the road
Enlarge reader comments 10 Share this story Porsche's new 718 Boxster and Cayman sports cars mark the dawn of a new era for the German automaker. Along with the recently refreshed 911 Carerra, they represent...
NASA’s Juno spacecraft has a problem with its engine
Enlarge / Juno captured this image of Jupiter’s north pole on August 27th.NASA reader comments 6 Share this story For NASA's Juno spacecraft, all had been going well since its July 4th insertion into...
Driven: The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider
Fiat is paying homage to the original 124 Spider, using the Miata as the starting point. Has it worked? Jim Resnick The 1968 Fiat 124 Spider Fiat Grippier on an open road than its Japanese step-sibling....
Elon Musk reveals first photos of SpaceX’s powerful new Raptor engine
Raptor engine test firing. SpaceX Another view of the test. SpaceX manufactures its engines in southern California, and tests them in central Texas. SpaceX reader comments 29 Share this story SpaceX founder...
Inside Apple's iPhone 7: Tech secrets revealed
iFixit stripped the handset down - revealing improvements to make it more water resistant and the reason why the headphone jack has disappeared.The socket appears to have made way for Apple's Taptic Engine,...
Infiniti’s variable compression engine is a huge technological leap
Infiniti reader comments 14 Share this story One of the key variables for an internal combustion engine is its compression ratio. This is the ratio of the maximum volume within the cylinder (when the...
SpaceX has shipped its Mars engine to Texas for tests
NASA reader comments 19 Share this story SpaceX appears to have taken a significant step forward with the development of a key component of its Mars mission architecture. According to multiple reports,...
The 2016 Mini Cooper S Convertible gives great air but lacks a soundtrack
Jim Resnick reader comments 6 Share this story Judged by its reputation, the Mini Cooper S should be a sporty little thing with telepathic steering, go-kart handling, and zippy throttle response. Yet,...
Beauty, brawn, and brains? The 2016 Ferrari California T
reader comments 0 Share this story Video shot/edited by Jennifer Hahn.It was often said that when buying a Ferrari, one bought the engine and got the car for free. For most of Ferrari's existence, those...
The 2017 BMW 340i xDrive has all the right numbers—except for the price
BMW's naming convention used to make sense. We'll forgive it while the cars are this good, but the competition is catching up fast. Jim Resnick You might need to find that pot of gold in order to buy...
Queen of the Road: The 2016 Range Rover HSE Td6 has kingdom-crossing range
It may be a luxury SUV, but it's still a Land Rover. And that means it can go anywhere. ...Although truth be told, this is the Range Rover HSE Td6's more natural environment. The diesel engine is significantly...
Snowden designs device to warn when an iPhone is ratting out users
A conceptual rendering of a “battery case” style introspection engine for an iPhone6. https://www.pubpub.org/pub/direct-radio-introspection reader comments 16 Share this story Mobile devices have without...
Reaction Engines unlocks funds for single-stage-to-orbit SABRE engine
Reaction Engines, the UK company behind the reusable SABRE jet-cum-rocket engine that could dramatically alter air and space travel, has secured the final piece of funding that will allow for the creation...
E3 2016: These 5 classic PC games are just dying to be remastered
We could even call it 'The Skyrim Treatment'Are you ready to go again, dragonborn? Five years after The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim's launch on consoles and the PC, Bethesda announced a remastered version for...
From Battlefield to FIFA: here's what EA's Frostbite revolution means for you
If you came away from EA's E3 press conference this year thinking that you'd heard the word 'Frostbite' quite a lot, it did come up an awful lot. We got the news that both FIFA 2017 and Mass Effect: Andromeda...
Blazing-fast hypersonic jet on track for 2018 launch
A hypersonic jet engine that could be used to fly people from Sydney to London in just 2 hours is on track to make its first flight in 2018, according to the Australian scientists and engineers working...
Why Google’s monopoly abuse case in Europe will run and run
Joi ItoIf you've ever wondered how Google defines the term "backrub," then look no further than its search engine for the answer, where we're told that it's "a brief massage of a person's back and shoulders."...
GM’s mid-size truck gambit pays off in performance
The mid-size truck was a dying breed in the US two years ago. Its epitaph—90 percent complete—would have read, "Here lies the small truck, killed by its bigger brothers, cheap fuel, and the SUV. Rest in...
The car worth half a million dollars
This is the interior $500,000 will get you. MEET the world’s fastest and most expensive SUV, the Bentley Bentayga. After teasing overseas test drives, the first example has finally arrived on Australian...
Looking Back: One Year of Microsoft Edge
In 2015, Microsoft launched its first new browser in 20 years: Microsoft Edge. After 8 months, it's on a great trajectory but we're just getting started. Join us to learn about the progress we've made,...
Shopping Quizzes is a quiz-based recommendation engine for e-commerce sites
A key tenet of e-commerce is the recommendation engine. If implemented correctly, it can be a major sales driver for online retailers. However, most sites normally just implement a basic engine that...
Need to tow? Volkswagen's updated Amarok offers more power than ever
The mid-size pickup truck segment in Europe is growing at an unprecedented pace. Volkswagen is preparing for the arrival of new entrants like Renault and PSA Peugeot-Citron by updating the rugged Amarok....
China probes search engine Baidu over student's death
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Internet regulator said on Monday it will send an investigation team to Chinese search leader Baidu Inc over the death of a university student, who had used the search engine...
Cause of rocket launch glitch identified
Trouble with a propellant mixture valve in a Russian-built RD-180 engine powering the first stage of an Atlas 5 rocket triggered a premature shutdown during a space station resupply launch March 22, the...
Review: The Dodge Hellcat outmuscles the Mustang and Camaro
Jim Resnick With 707hp under the hood, there aren't many cars as powerful as the Dodge Hellcat. Jim Resnick With 707hp under the hood, there aren't many cars as powerful as the Dodge Hellcat. Jim Resnick...
Google is turning its search engine into a live TV guide
Google says it will soon add live TV listings to its search engine, allowing web users to find out when their favorite shows or movies will be airing. But in a nod to the many non-traditional ways...
Red Bull furious at Mercedes, Ferrari
Red Bull is not happy with Mercedes and Ferrari MERCEDES and Ferrari insist F1’s engine manufacturers have gone out of their way to devise more cost-effective regulations — despite Christian Horner claiming...
Researchers get an atom to move like the steam pistons of old
A diagram of the new single-atom heat engine.Rohnagel et. al., ScienceHeat engines are able to turn the thermal energy of a material into force and motion. Since the industrial revolution, they've been...
GE begins testing GE9X engine for Boeing 777X planes
General Electric CO said on Monday it began ground testing the GE9X engine, the world's largest commercial jet engine that will power Boeing Co's new 777X jetliner.Testing of the engine is seen as a critical...
Google Releases Book on How It Manages App Engine Cloud Platform
Google's Site Reliability Engineering practices allow a few dozen engineers to manage an enormous cloud infrastructure that serves 100 billion requests per day. About three years ago in the summer of...
Two-wheeled domination: Yamaha’s YZF-R1 MotoAmerica racing bike
2015 MotoAmerica Superbike champion Cameron Beaubier testing at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.Brian J. NelsonIt's not just car manufacturers that take their products racing—motorbike makers...
Docker app for Windows 10 now in limited beta
Docker launched today, March 24, a limited beta program for Docker for Windows and Docker for Mac. Docker is billing the two new apps as "the simplest way to use Docker on your laptop." The apps are meant...
This Internal Combustion Engine is 50% More Efficient
Internal combustion engines in cars may be on their way out, but experts agree it will take a few decades before electric-powered vehicles become dominant. Meanwhile, the existing gas and diesel engines...
Candy Crush studio King releases Defold game development engine for free
Candy Crush studio King has released its Defold game development engine for free.The software package is compatible with Windows, Mac OS X, and 32-bit Linux, and can create games for release on those formats,...
How Valve got passable VR running on a four-year-old graphics card
That green box in the middle of this Aperture Science scene indicates it's running right in the middle of the adaptive performance curve.Alex VlachosFurther ReadingValve releases tool to test whether...
Swedish student builds steam-powered Raspberry Pi
Steampunk isn't just for enthusiastic live-action role players with a fondness for Victorian aesthetics - it's a viable way of powering a Raspberry Pi.A user with the handle "Alexzpro" took to Swedish...
Advanced ‘Shazam for films’ is coming
An advanced search engine for movies is currently in development. Picture: Twentieth Century Fox Have you ever remembered the most random details from a movie even though you can’t recall the flick’s name?...
Acura's church of the NSX - Roadshow
The 2017 Acura NSX is finally, finally here, much to the joy of enthusiasts everywhere. We recently had a chance to drive this bad boy out on the track at Thermal Springs in California, but what about...
2017 Kia Sportage Release Date, Price and Specs - Roadshow
If you look at the compact crossover SUVs on the market today, it's difficult to find many that pack a visual punch. Vehicles like the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, Hyundai Tucson and Ford Escape...
2016 Geneva Motor Show: Supercars, concepts… and cars you can actually afford
You might think the Volkswagen group would be wise to keep a low profile at the moment, in the wake of the devastating diesel engine emissions scandal that has yet to play out to its conclusion. But no,...
Pilots Want Drone Tests Over Collision Fears
Tests should be carried out to discover what would happen if a drone struck a passenger jet after a number of recent near misses, according to airline pilots. The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA)...
Is Wikimedia building a search engine?
The executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, which runs Wikipedia, has resigned after denying the group is considering building a search engine. Lila Tretikov wrote in an email that it was time...
Honda is already recalling the brand-new 2016 Civic - Roadshow
Enlarge ImageSome Civics have been languishing on lots as a result of a stop-sale related to this issue. Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow Honda's 2016 Civic is, by and large, a lovely car. Our first take looked...
Lytics Launches Content Affinity Engine To Enable One-To-One Marketing
Lytics, the two-and-a-half-year-old Portland, OR personalization technology startup announces today the public launch of their new Content Affinity Engine. This Content Affinity Engine, can reveal...
Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway Train Set for $70 + free shipping - CNET
Toys"R"Us via eBay offers the Fisher-Price Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway Thomas' Fossil Run Train Set for $69.98 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $3. This set includes...
Yes, you can rely on Amazon’s new game engine during the zombie apocalypse
BRAAAAIIINNNNS!Andrew CunninghamSince Amazon launched its free Lumberyard game engine yesterday, the world has been united in a single question: are we legally allowed to use the engine to operate life-saving...
Search Startup Gjirafa Scores $2M To Bring Albania Online
Not only has Gjirafa developed an albanian search engine, which overcomes some of the complexities and uniqueness of the albanian language, but it is also tackling the region’s search engine...
Getting to know the FF, a Ferrari you can drive every day
Apple v. Samsung After five years of conflict with Apple, some Samsung phone features are banned Samsung to finally pay Apple $548M as part of endless patent case Appeals court grants injunction to Apple,...
The Simpsons search engine fans will love
Oh my God! This search engine is one of the best things I have ever seen. WHEN it comes to quoting television shows, The Simpsons has long been a fan favourite. This is why a new search engine has been...
Google's next app will make photo editing more social
Google isn't usually shy about launching experimental new apps and then closing them back down again if they don't work, and it sounds like the tech giant's next testing of the app waters will revolve...
Google under fire for ads running with offensive content
Google makes tens of billions of dollars per year in ad sales. This week it's facing a global crisis after some of the world's biggest advertisers halted their spending after concerns that their ads are...
Google is streamlining its chat apps again
Google has a baffling array of chat apps and platforms out there at the moment, so the tech behemoth has decided to try and simplify its approach just a little bit: firstly it's phasing out Google Talk...
Google reportedly removing SMS texting from Hangouts on May 22
Welcome to your new Hangout. reader comments 40 Share this story Google continues to shake up its messaging tools with the upcoming removal of a popular feature from Hangouts. According to an email sent...
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