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Artist's impression of ESA's experimental spaceplane (Image: ESA/J.Huart)

ESA has delayed the launch of its Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV), originally planned for Nov. 18. The decision to delay the launch was made to allow the agency time to gather further information on the unusual trajectory into which the Vega rocket will be launched.  Read More

Sony's PS4 Remote Play service is now available on Xperia Z3 devices One of the most innovative features of Sony’s PlayStation 4 console is its ability to stream games to other Sony devices over Wi-Fi. This was previously limited to the company’s PlayStation Vita handheld and PlayStation TV micro console. With the release of a corresponding app on the Google Play Store, owners of the Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact and Z3 Tablet can now also get access to the feature.  Read More

The Breaker, with its bits and pouch Last year we heard about the Nutter, a stainless steel device that combines a multi-bit cycling multitool with a tire lever. Since then, inventor Mark Windsor decided to take that design and make it even more useful. The result is the Breaker, which is essentially a Nutter with an added chain-break tool.  Read More

The AeroMobil 3.0 flying car prototype has been unveiled

It may still sound like the stuff of science fiction, but the AeroMobil flying car is close to a final design. The AeroMobil 3.0 prototype was premiered today at the Pioneers Festival in Vienna. The roadster-cum-light-aircraft is being tested to refine final performance and features.  Read More

2by4 Architects' prefab cabins start at €75,000 (US$95,570) (Image: 2by4 Architects)

Last year we reported on 2by4 Architects' Recreational Island House, a particularly appealing vacation home constructed on a small island in Loosdrecht, the Netherlands. The Dutch firm received such positive feedback for the project that it was inspired to launch a series of prefabricated small homes based on the design. They're now ready for market and can serve as an office, vacation home, or full-time dwelling, and operate either on- or off-grid.  Read More

Battersea Roof Gardens is part of the Battersea Power Station redevelopment and will provi...

There have been a number of suggestions for redeveloping Battersea Power Station over the years, including adding a roller coaster and even turning it into a big green mountain. Earlier this year, however, plans were released for its redevelopment as a new town center. Details of large roof gardens for the new community have now been revealed.  Read More

The Oppo N3 smartphone features a swiveling camera, fingerprint sensor and improved intern...

Chinese manufacturer Oppo has announced the successor to last year’s N1 smartphone, with the new handset offering a motorized swiveling camera that’s ideal for selfie-obsessed users. Known as the N3, the handset offers a fingerprint sensor and improved internals.  Read More

The new Soundlazer Snap from Richard Ahberkern

The creator of the pocket-sized Soundlazer directional speaker has revealed a more cost effective way for sonic scientists to get up to all sorts of narrow beam larks with friends. The new Snap does away with the funky red aluminum outer casing and ditches the complex digital signal processing in favor of a simple snap-together frame, board and ultrasonic transducers.  Read More

The UK Met Office has announced a £97 million investment in a new Cray XC40TM supercompute...

The UK's obsession with the weather has just been stepped up a gear. The Met Office has announced that it will begin using a new supercomputer enabling highly detailed forecasts. The Cray XC40TM will cost £97 million (US$156 million) and is aimed at making the UK a world leader in weather and climate science.  Read More

WattsUp technology that allows chargong of mobile devices at a distance will soon be appea...

When you think of wireless chargers for mobile devices, you probably think of inductive charging pads like the Powermat and Wildcharge. But Haier and Energous are thinking bigger – much bigger. The two companies are joining forces to turn household appliances, such as fridges and washing machines, into chargers for mobile devices. Not only that, they will be using the WattUp technology developed by Energous that allows devices to be charged at a distance.  Read More

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