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What Comes After Click: A Crash Course in Tangible User Interfaces

For three decades, most of us have interacted with computers in exactly the same way: We point with a mouse (or a finger!), click, and watch the screen. In one way, it's the most outdated element of human computer interaction around. But in another, it's the thing that's shaped every operating system and device designed since its invention. We're starting to leave it behind, though. Here's what's coming next. Read More >>

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What Is This?

Looking like something out of the Matrix or some sci-fi horror movie, this stunning photo captures something rather impressive. But what the hell is it? A robotic surgeon, perhaps? Maybe the next generation of badass 3D printers? Or could it be a massive robotic eye? Read More >>

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What Is Bitcoin?

Maybe you've heard of Bitcoin—it wants to shake the entire global economy, and has become the financial bubble du jour with a skyrocketing value. It's online money—an alternative to pounds and euros. Well what's that mean? It's complicated, but we break it down. Read More >>

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What Is an UltraPixel?

Did you hear about the HTC One's fancy new "UltraPixel Camera"? HTC touts the camera as an end to the "megapixel wars." UltraPixels! Revolution! And, yes, the technology sounds very promising, but, uh, wait a second, what is an UltraPixel anyway? Read More >>

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What Is Electricity?

Tired of smiling and nodding along while your electrical engineering buddies debate the finer points of electromagnetic theory? If you're taking a critical eye to the definitive guide to batteries, you've got to understand what electricity is to begin with. Here's a crash course on the fundamental force that's driving our digital revolution. Read More >>

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What Is Israel's Iron Dome?

Israel got itself into a little mini-war in Gaza, and Hamas is firing off an extra dose of rockets into the Holy Land. What's (maybe) stopping them? Something called the "Iron Dome"—and what exactly is an Iron Dome, you might ask? Read More >>

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What Is Anodising?

The lustrous patina that protects the backside of Apple's new iPad Mini isn't just some cheap shellac or sealant coat—it's actually "grown" on the metal itself in an electrochemical process known as anodisation. Here's how. Read More >>

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What Is Friction-Stir Welding?

To create the new iMac, Apple's thinnest desktop yet, the designers used friction-stir welding to going the aluminium body. Unlike arc welding, the more standard way to fuse metal plates, a friction stir just needs a good rubbing — and a few thousand kilos of pressure — to stick together. Read More >>

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What Is Pheed?

Pheed is the latest social network start up to roll off the factory line, promising to change our internet lives (or something). It combines aspects of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr (among others), and coats itself in a celebrity-endorsed sheen. So what is Pheed? Long story short, it's a shitshow. Read More >>

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Can You Work Out What This Thing Was Used For?

This thing looks like a cross between a gun, some weird cooking utensil, and an elaborate medical instrument. It is of course none of those things: but can your work out what it was used for? Read More >>

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What Is Intel Clover Trail?

Intel Clover Trail. Sounds like a JJ Abrams movie about camping, right? But Clover Trail is actually the next generation Intel Atom chip that'll power both Windows 8 tablets and laptops. Which means you'll probably run into this chip pretty darn soon, so get familiar. Read More >>

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What Is Miracast?

Everyone really likes AirPlay, Apple's Wi-Fi streaming standard that lets you send movies and music from, say, your iPhone to your speakers or Apple TV. Now there's a new standard out to do pretty much the same thing for everyone else. But how is it different from previous attempts? Read More >>

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What Is This?

Is it a newly published, real-life Pokemon, or maybe a new character addition to Black Mesa? Maybe it's a new plant discovered in the depths of the Amazonian rainforest? Or perhaps it's just a close up of a flesh eating parasite, or even a living spaceship from Farscape? Read More >>

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What Is This?

Is it an alien from the depths of space, riding the solar storms or living in subspace? Or perhaps a super-creepy Alien face hugger from Prometheus? Just take a gander at that scary-looking tail, ready to wrap around your neck and implant that egg. Read More >>

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What Is Medium?

There is no shortage of platforms to post your ideas, photos, videos—whatever—online, but today we got another high-profile one. Medium announced itself with a lofty manifesto about publishing and media. But, um, what makes it different and why should anybody use it? Read More >>

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What Is Intel Turbo Boost?

Lots of exciting new computers! And no matter what, we still get jazzed about processor speeds. But what's this Turbo Boost business Apple mentioned? Why do CPUs have two different speeds? It's actually pretty simple. Read More >>

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