This week saw the release of Alienware's first Steam Machine, making parent company Dell the first of the major computer manufacturers to enter the market. A customizable, console-sized gaming PC is an attractive proposition, but how do the current range of Steam Machines stack up against consoles, and each other?
The dream of personal flight took a great leap forward last week as Jetpack Aviation unveiled its JB-9 jetpack in spectacular fashion. Lifting off from a boat, inventor and aviator David Mayman flew the powerful, agile JB-9 around the Statue of Liberty, pausing to salute and pirouette before touching back down. Running on kerosene and using two vectored jet engines, the JB-9 can reach high speeds and altitudes and offers a flight time over 10 minutes, depending on pilot weight. We spoke at length with Mayman to discover how the JB-9 works and how long it'll be before we can buy one.
In the last decade, vintage guitars have become a viable investment. Here's our list of the top 60 most valuable guitars ever sold at auction. The list clearly shows that value is more closely related to the significance of the instrument in musical history than the quality of its sound, with guitars formerly played by Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jerry Garcia, The Edge, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Les Paul and Paul Bigsby dominating the listings.
Every October there’s a three day party in Birmingham, Alabama, for motorcyclists of all persuasions. Unlike most brand-specific get togethers, this event honors one and all, from the beginning of motorcycling history to the wonderous two-wheeled technology of today. The event is kid-friendly, exceptionally well organised, incredibly welcoming and spotlessly clean. Here are the nine reasons why the Barber Vintage Festival is the one motorcycle happening you cannot say "no" to.
Earlier this month, NASA released a road map outlining how it will approach the historic mission aimed at sending mankind to Mars. Join us as we take an in-depth look at the plan, and the technological challenges that must be overcome if the agency is to undertake humanity's next step in its race to the stars.
Two auctions at the extremities of the world on consecutive days last weekend highlight the importance of the internet in the modern elite auction process. One in Denmark was a raging success, the other, in New Zealand, was not. One employed full internet streaming and bidding, the other did not.
Our brains are wondrous, incredible machines. They're slower than the earliest personal computers in terms of raw processing power, yet capable of leaps of intuition and able to store a lifetime of memories that are cross-referenced and instantly-accessible at the slightest prompting. We know so very little about how they do these things, however. But imagine for a moment if we could build a complete wiring diagram of a human brain – to map in detail every one of the hundred trillion or so synapses and roughly hundred billion neurons together with all the tiniest supporting mechanisms. What might that mean, and would it even be possible?
If you aren't a developer and you go to a developer's conference, you might not find a lot to get excited about. But when the subject is virtual reality and the company is Oculus, well, we get a bit like kids in a candy store. After Oculus VR and Samsung announced the new US$99 Gear VR headset today, we caught up with Oculus' Head of Mobile Max Cohen.
Western Mongolia: one of the most sparsely populated areas on the planet. Unrelenting in its beauty and its harshness, it warps your sense of distance and scale, and redefines your concept of isolation and remoteness. And yet, it's teeming with life, from the thousands of wild and herd animals we cross paths with each day, to the omnipresent nomadic herders whose stark white yurts dot the landscape. Loz Blain spends two unforgettable weeks on the Mongolian steppe with a battered Royal Enfield Bullet motorcycle, as a guest of Extreme Bike Tours.
Supercar, hypercar, megacar ... whatever you want to call today's fastest, most powerful, most technologically advanced cars, they're in the midst of a very exciting evolution. New technologies and performance benchmarks are making these super-toys of the few and wealthy techier, faster and more fun to drive. Join us as we delve into the state of the modern supercar.