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DJI Inspire 1: the most sophisticated all-in-one, ready to fly aerial camera you can buy (...

We recently had a chance to spend some time with the most advanced all-in-one video drone on the market, DJI's Inspire 1. It's a clear step forward from the Phantom 2 Vision+ we've been playing with lately, but what's it like to fly, and where does it sit against DJI's new Phantom 3?  Read More

'Le Superphone' will be the first smartphone made by Chinese company LeTV (Photo: Emily Pr...

Following a questionable marketing campaign in which it compared Apple to Hitler, (and subsequently apologized), LeTV, a Chinese company better known for its video streaming services, has arrived in the US to highlight its move into the smartphone arena with "Le Superphone".  Read More

Some choice vehicles on sale include a 1959 Daimler Ferret armored reconnaissance vehicle ...

The British rare car and motorcycle auction season kicks off this week with H&H Classic Auctions' Imperial War Museum sale where several key lots are expected to provide a litmus test for the elite classic motorcycle market. Some choice vehicles on sale include a 1959 Daimler Ferret armored reconnaissance vehicle (US$15,000–19,000), a matching numbers 1952 Vincent Black Shadow (£55,000–60,000, $80,000–88,000), a rare Linto 500 GP racer (£90,000–110,000, $130,000–160,000), a Ducati 750 Sport with NCR 750SS Desmo heads (£24,000–26,000, $35,000–38,000) plus a plethora of vintage racing bikes.  Read More

Flohara by Paris-based XTU Architects (Image: XTU)

Here's some highly conceptual food for thought from XTU Architects. The Paris-based firm has drawn up a concept for creating sustainable shelters using that one material that the inhospitable Sahara desert has in abundance ... sand.  Read More

Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera - light enough to fly on a compact quadcopter, but with an ...

Blackmagic Design has just announced yet another disruptive pro video product – the US$995 Micro Cinema Camera. Weighing just 10 ounces (300 grams), the BMCC is designed to be a GoPro killer action camera that puts an unprecedented level of control into a package small enough to be carried by a compact quadcopter. Here's a drone camera that will let you mount your choice of micro 4/3rds lenses, and control everything from focus to iris and even zoom from your remote control. Plus it will record everything in uncompressed CinemaDNG raw video for extreme editability in post production. The world of drone videography just got a lot richer.  Read More

The Lincoln Continental debuts at the 2015 NY Auto Show

All eyes may have been on the Cadillac CT6 at this year's New York Auto Show, but next year the luxury market will likely be more focused on its rival, the new Lincoln Continental. Lincoln previewed the type of "quiet luxury" it has in mind for its forthcoming flagship at this year's NY show. The simply named Continental Concept departs sharply from Lincoln's current design language and promises to bring some past cachet back to the Continental nameplate with a slew of luxury and technology amenities.  Read More

The Venturi Antarctica is a joystick controlled, completely electric vehicle designed to t...

The Venturi Antarctica, a prototype electric vehicle designed to tackle the harsh climes of Antarctica recently completed its first test drive in the Southern Alps of Europe. Manufactured by Venturi Automobiles, the joystick-controlled prototype seats five and can reach a top speed of 25 km/h (15 mph) on snow tracks and 45 km/h (27 mph) on wheels. When fully developed, the electric vehicle will allow scientists to drive to research sites without any risk of contaminating the samples to be collected.  Read More

The Reframed bike's frame is made from extruded aluminum, and is bolted together by the bu...

While a lot of people would like a simple no-frills bicycle for basic transportation, they also don't want a poorly-made piece of junk. That's where the Dutch designers of the Reframed bike are hoping their product will fill a niche. It's a single-speed bike with a frame made separate pieces of extruded aluminum, that the user puts together themselves.  Read More

A hand-sized tape cartridge of the new tape could hold the equivalent of 220 terabytes of ...

For many people, tape memory is a dead technology found only on reel-to-reel computers in old 1960s movies. However, it’s still a major storage medium and a new breakthrough by IBM Research and Fuji Film has produced a low-cost particulate magnetic tape with a record density of 123 billion bits of uncompressed data per square inch, which represents 88 times more capacity than 2012's LTO-6 tape cartridge.  Read More

The facade incorporates fabric discs containing shape-memory wires (Image: Bára Finnsdotti...

Office buildings with plate glass windows may provide a nice view for workers, but they're certainly not ideal when it comes to energy-efficiency. Among other things, the sunlight that pours through them can raise the temperature in the office, causing the air conditioning to come on. Now, however, researchers from Germany's Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology have created a light-blocking facade for such windows that only kicks in when exposed to strong sunlight – and it's powered by that sunlight, too.  Read More

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