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Eric Mack

Eric Mack
Eric Mack has been covering technology and the world since the late 1990s. As well as being a Gizmag regular, he currently contributes to CNET, NPR and other outlets.
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  • Nexus 5 vs. Galaxy S4: Under the microscope

    Gizmag regular Eric Mack has spent at least a month with both the Nexus 5 and the Galaxy S4 and goes in-depth to pick a winner between the pair in five categories, helping Android fans decide between these two top phones.

  • How to root the Nook Tablet

    A guide for rooting the Nook Tablet to add the Android Market and Honeycomb.

  • Moto X (2014) review: There is no justice in the world

    Gizmag has had some time to get to know the new Moto X and found it to be even better than its unappreciated predecessor from last year. In fact, we've reached the conclusion that it may be the best phone history will forget.

  • Five hidden features that make Android Lollipop worth the upgrade

    Android Lollipop is a beautiful upgrade for the mobile operating system, but we also scratched the surface to find some of its more hidden but still quite useful new features.

  • The Nexus 5 for 10 days: A detailed review

    Gizmag's Eric Mack has spent over a week with a Nexus 5 since the phone was officially unveiled on October 31. While it might not be the sexiest smartphone ever, it is a solid choice for Android lovers, and far and away the best value in any new smar...

The heavy transport craft concept, dubbed the PAK TA, could fly at supersonic speeds of up...

A state-run Russian news site is reporting that the country has ambitions to build a huge, supersonic cargo plane capable of transporting tanks to the field in a matter of hours. While there's plenty of reason to be skeptical that transporting such heavy loads at high speeds is even feasible, let alone realistic, Russia's military is reportedly giving itself roughly the next decade to figure it out.  Read More

Musk speaking at the Nvidia conference (Photo: Nvidia)

Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk has a complicated outlook when it comes to the future of "smart" machines. He's warned about the dangers of strong artificial intelligence, but he's all-in on the lesser forms of artificial smarts, like those at the core of Teslas. He's also bullish on self-driving cars, and this week Musk went so far as to declare that they may completely replace the cars we drive today.  Read More

A finished object, created in less than seven minutes (Photo: Carbon3D)

A new approach to 3D printing promises to drastically speed up the 3D manufacturing process by "growing" objects out of a pool of resin rather than printing them layer by layer. Carbon3D announced its Continuous Liquid Interface Production technology (CLIP) on stage at the TED conference this week, claiming it can produce commercial-quality objects from a range of polymer-based material at speeds between 25 and 100 times faster than conventional 3D printing.  Read More

An ATRIAS bipedal bot can recover from a swift, sudden kick (Photo: Oregon State Universit...

The great tradition of designing robots inspired by the many beautiful forms of locomotion seen in the animal kingdom likely predates robotics itself, arguably stretching all the way back to Michelangelo's time. Standing on the shoulders of such giants is ATRIAS, a series of human-sized bipedal robots that remind us of other two-legged creatures like the ostrich or emu.  Read More

The ultimate goal of the project is to relay power from orbit thousands of miles above Ear...

A successful ground test of a system designed to ultimately collect solar power from orbit and beam it back down to Earth was announced in Japan this week by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. The wireless power demonstration saw 10 kilowatts sent over microwaves from a transmitting unit to a receiver 500 meters (1,640 ft) away.  Read More

A 'coach mode' gives workout feedback (Photo: Atlas Wearables)

The Atlas wristband, a wearable that recognizes what activity you're doing to provide more useful fitness tracking data, has made the leap from crowdfunding success to the real world after raising over half a million dollars on Indiegogo last year. Gizmag spotted the Atlas at the Wearable Technology show in London this week.  Read More

S-Bubble has a plastic screw-on cover (Photo: Eric Mack/Gizmag.com)

Ours is a world overflowing with Bluetooth speakers, all trying to set themselves apart from the growing pack. One of the latest features in that quest is buoyancy. We've reviewed higher-end speakers like the Nyne Aqua that really do deliver a floating party, and there's others on the lower-end that disappoint – like the S-Bubble from little-known company Slive.  Read More

Take-off from Abu Dhabi (Photo: Solar Impulse)

A pair of Swiss explorers have begun a mission to circumnavigate the globe via air and sun. A take-off twelve years in the making, the experimental Solar Impulse 2 plane left Abu Dhabi at 7:12 a.m. local time, bound for Muscat, Oman, on the first leg in a journey that will require 25 days in the air spread over a period of roughly 5 months.  Read More

Custom printed displays can make plants smarter, too (Image credit: Saarland University)

For years now, we've been promised miraculous new flexible touchscreen displays, but the deployment of such technology in big consumer products, like say the LG G Flex, hasn't started any revolutions just yet. That could soon change thanks to a team of computer scientists from Germany's Saarland University who have developed a technique that could allow anyone to literally print their own custom touchscreen displays.  Read More

Kyocera has developed a smartphone prototype that features a display with a Wysips Crystal...

Kyocera likes to position itself as a maker of smartphones that can go anywhere, with ruggedized, waterproof devices like the Bear Grylls-endorsed Brigadier. Building on that reputation, the company is showing a new solar-powered prototype that can also charge anywhere, so long as it's not too dark or cloudy.  Read More

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