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The 'firehose' marketplace evolved at warp speed and our photo essay leaves little doubt a...

New thought propagates at the speed of light in the digital age, and there was no greater testimony to this than the World Flyboard Cup held in Dubai last weekend. Frankie Zapata conceived the Flyboard in Spring 2011, rapidly prototyped and developed the sub-$10,000 PWC attachment inside a few weeks and last week saw the third running of the world championship. The 86 competitors were selected via video from 29 countries and our photo essay leaves little doubt as to the expertise that has been achieved in this brand new extreme sport over just three years. Bravo!  Read More

The special editions are powered by the standard Vanquish 6.0-liter V12

Like its competitors in the premium car segment, Aston Martin is always looking for ways to make its customers feel more special in their high-end performance cars. Pursuit of that goal leads to regular special editions like the Vantage N430 and DB9 Carbon Black revealed at this year's Geneva Motor Show. Its latest special edition release goes beyond the usual custom equipment, aesthetics and trim, with each of the six individual Works 60th Anniversary models featuring metal recycled from the engine of a heritage Aston Martin.  Read More

Gizmag reviews the first commercial Oculus-powered headset, the Samsung Gear VR (Photo: Wi...

When we met with Oculus VR earlier this year, the team mentioned that future versions of the Rift headset could skip the PC, and instead use mobile devices for brains. Now we see what they were cooking up. Read on, as Gizmag reviews Oculus' collaboration with Samsung, the Gear VR Innovator Edition.  Read More

The End of Sitting is currently installed at Amsterdam's Looiersgracht 60 Gallery (Photo: ...

Dutch firm RAAAF and visual artist Barbara Visser recently collaborated on a futuristic project appropriately titled The End of Sitting that challenges preconceptions of what an office workspace actually is.  Read More

Gizmag goes hands-on to compare the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (left) and Google Nexus 6 (Photo...

If you're shopping for a huge smartphone this holiday season, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Google Nexus 6 are two of your best options. Let's take a quick hands-on look at the two phablets.  Read More

All variants of the new motor should meet the tough Euro 7 emissions standards

Volvo continues to chase better fuel economy with the development of a new three-cylinder engine, which will sit alongside the Swedish brand's Drive-E four-cylinder motors in its lineup.  Read More

The blocking, color banding and aliasing artifacts of heavily compressed JPEG (left), whil...

French programmer Fabrice Bellard has come up with a graphics file format he believes can "replace the JPEG image format." Bellard’s BPG (Better Portable Graphics) format boasts a compelling quality advantage over JPG, particularly when images are heavily compressed. Take a look through the gallery to see a few comparison shots – the left hand side of each image shows the JPEG compressed format, the right side shows BPG at a similar file size.  Read More

NuDown NuTech uses a hand pump to adjust insulation level

Back in 2009, Utah-based company Klymit came up with a wild idea for cold-weather clothing: replace traditional insulation with gas. Its NobleTek inflatable clothing earned plenty of attention from the outdoor and technology industries, but it never really seemed to catch on. Under the guidance of start-up NuDown, the inflatable insulation has been repackaged into a simpler form. In place of a mandatory argon gas inflator, it now uses a simple hand pump to adjust your core warmth.  Read More

Ford's new Sync 3 system

Ford has announced an updated to its Sync in-car communications and entertainment system, adding an improved smartphone-like interface, along with better performance and speech recognition capabilities.  Read More

1D barcode scanner in action (Photo: Eric Mack/Gizmag.com)

Today's smartphones are really more like pocket computers that also happen to make phone calls. The Gladius 5, a ruggedized phablet from Arbor, takes this truism a step further with a hand-held device that's more like a complete workplace, including the ability to make phone calls via one of two available SIM card slots.  Read More

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