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The GT350 debuts a magnetic ride system for Ford

Ford's latest Mustang hasn't made it through its first year yet, but already it has been given the full Shelby treatment. The Shelby GT350 Mustang is powered by the most powerful naturally aspirated engine Ford has ever produced, and has been treated to a number of chassis upgrades to make it feel at home on the track.  Read More

It isn't quite a match for the Nike MAGs from Back to the Future II, but the Powerlace aut...

Auto-lacing shoes are here, finally. And pretty well right on schedule. Thirty years after Back to the Future II sold the world on the concept in a fictional 2015, a startup called Powerlace in St Hubert, Canada has created a shoe that's claimed will pave the way for a paradigm shift in the shoe industry. The company's system uses a pressure plate in the heel to tighten shoes and a level at the lower rear end to release them, with an adjustment puller near the tongue.  Read More

The experimental Shinkansen maglev train topped 500 km/h (311 mph) with passengers onboard...

The Central Japan Railway Company has whisked passengers along a section of track at up to 500 km/h (311 mph) during testing of the Shinkansen maglev train. The BBC reports that one hundred wide-eyed train enthusiasts were onboard the train's first manned voyage, with trials to continue over eight days.  Read More

Gizmag reviews one of the best blends of tech and style yet, the Android Wear-running Asus...

Apart from the Nexus 7, Asus isn't exactly a household name in mobile. But if the company's new Android Wear smartwatch, the Asus ZenWatch, is any indiciation, it could make a name for itself in wearables. Read on, for Gizmag's review of the most pleasant smartwatch surprise of the year.  Read More

The Rubbee 2.0 has a longer range and is 'smarter' than the original model

While there are plenty of add-on electric bicycle motors out there, the Rubbee takes a particularly interesting approach. The product of a successful Kickstarter campaign, it incorporates a powered polyurethane roller that rubs against the bike's rear tire (hence the name), helping to augment the rider's pedaling power by driving the wheel forward. The second version of the device is now available and it's reportedly easier to use, plus it'll take you farther.  Read More

Gizmag takes HTC's selfie phone, the Desire Eye, for a spin (Photo: Will Shanklin/Gizmag.c...

If you're anything like me, the mere mention of "selfie phone" will be enough to make you run for the hills. But HTC's new Desire Eye is the rare novelty phone that backs up its niche focus with a damn good overall experience. Read on, for Gizmag's quick review.  Read More

Istanbul New Airport will be one of the busiest airports in the world when it is complete

New images have been released of Turkey's planned Istanbul New Airport. The facility will replace the existing Ataturk Airport. In addition to being one of the busiest airports in the world, it will have the largest terminal under one roof of any airport, according to project architects Grimshaw.  Read More

The significance of the Stanford research lies in its inexpensiveness and ease of installa...

Though a large earthquake can prove catastrophic to life and property, even relatively minor tremors may compromise the structural integrity of a home, resulting in large repair costs. A team of engineers based at California's Stanford University has developed a new method of building earthquake-resistant homes that could be implemented relatively easily and inexpensively.  Read More

The Bentley Grand Convertible at the 2014 LA Auto Show (Photo: CC Weiss / Gizmag.com)

If your hard-top GT isn't letting you feel the wind in your hair, a solution may be around the corner. Bentley's has unveiled its new Grand Convertible, which it hopes will redefine the luxury of open air driving. The car is currently a concept, but will go into production if there is sufficient demand.  Read More

Photo mosaic showing Philae's approach, landing, and bounce (Image: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OS...

The European Space Agency (ESA) has released an image mosaic taken by the Rosetta mothership showing the Philae lander’s November 12 touchdown on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The composite image shows the unmanned spacecraft making its approach to the surface of 67/P and its first rebound after its anchoring harpoons failed to deploy, along with timestamps in GMT (lander time) and images contrasting the touch sites before and after landing.  Read More

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