Gaming

Cortana, meet Alexa: Buy an Xbox One from Amazon and get a free Echo Dot

If you’re looking to add some new technology to your living room in a hurry, Microsoft and Amazon have just the deal for you. Starting Thursday morning, October 11, anyone who purchases an Xbox One bundle from Amazon will receive an Amazon Echo Dot device. The deal applies to several different Xbox One X and […]

Emerging Tech

Meet the autonomous starfish assassin bot that’s here to protect coral reefs

[embedded content] We’ve covered a number of underwater drones at Digital Trends, but we can safely say that we’ve never covered one quite like RangerBot. Created as a collaboration between Australia’s Queensland University of Technology, Google, and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, it’s an underwater robot intended to look after the world’s largest coral reef […]

Photography

Meet the Mantis Q: A drone you can control by yelling, waving, or even smiling

Previous Next Talk, wave, or smile, and Yuneec’s newest drone will snap a photo. The Yuneec Mantis Q, as it’s called, integrates voice control and 4K inside a $ 500 folding drone designed for adventurers, families, and UAV enthusiasts. While voice control has become increasingly common in devices like smartphones and smart speakers, it’s a rare […]

Emerging Tech

Meet the gigantic machine that eats land mines for breakfast

MMD For the person with a hammer, every problem they see is a nail. And for a person working for the one of the world’s biggest anti-landmine organizations, every bit of technology is a possible de-mining tool. That’s what happened with Tom Meredith, regional director for the HALO Trust, back in 2012. “It was crucial […]

Gears & Gadgets

1990, meet 2018: How far does 20MHz of Macintosh IIsi power go today?

Enlarge / Have you ever seen a more glorious sight? Chris Wilkinson Back in September 2014, Ars Technica’s Andrew Cunningham took on a Herculean challenge in modern computing. Egged on by his coworkers, he used a PowerBook G4 running OS 9.2.2 as his “daily driver” for a couple of days, placing a turn of the […]

Computer

Meet the PS42, MSI's First Ultraportable Laptop

TAIPEI—Ten years ago, what was then a sleepy Taiwanese motherboard company called MSI decided to branch out into gaming PCs. Now, after a decade of selling them, it realized that some of its first customers—who bought one when they were in high school or college—are now grown up enough that their tastes have shifted away […]

Top Stories

Are you scared yet? Meet Norman, the psychopathic AI

Norman is an algorithm trained to understand pictures but, like its namesake Hitchcock’s Norman Bates, it does not have an optimistic view of the world. When a “normal” algorithm generated by artificial intelligence is asked what it sees in an abstract shape it chooses something cheery: “A group of birds sitting on top of a […]

Emerging Tech

Meet the Australian ‘techno-artist’ growing a web-connected ear on his arm

There’s a body in Perth, Australia, one of the most remote cities on Earth, transmitting signals about how other bodies will behave in the future. It’s an unassuming body, bald-headed and fit, complete with organs and limbs in all their preordained places. Plus one. On the fleshy side of the left forearm there’s an impression […]

Photography

Meet Explorest, the photo-scouting app curated by real photographers

Explorest GPS-enabled cameras allow automated software to put photos on the map, giving photographers and travelers an idea of where to explore next. But automated programs will mix in those stunning landscapes with cat photos and duck-lipped selfies — leaving lots of digging left to scout out the best views. One startup is aiming to […]