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Facebook’s head of special projects talks wearables, WiFi and human connections

The last time we spoke to Erick Tseng, he was still working for Google as a senior product manager for Android. Since then, he’s left the Mountain View company for one just down the road: Facebook. Tseng came on to head up the company’s mobile division, which obviously proved to be particularly …

Geeking out young: gadgets and coding need to be core in US schools

Remember readin’, ‘riting, and ‘rithmatic? According to our Rethinking Education panelists, the three ‘R’s need to be joined by a ‘C’ — for computer science — or the US risks getting run over by more progressive nations. That was the opinion of Rodrigo Arboleda from the One Laptop Per Child …

How would you change Parrot Zik by Starck?

Here on How Would You Change, we rarely delve into the complex world of audio, but for the Parrot Zik by Starck, we’re relaxing this policy. Considering its illustrious creator and bundled technology, this isn’t your average pair of Bluetooth cans. When we reviewed it, we found that imperfect audio …

NASA shows off Robonaut’s gigantic new legs ahead of 2014 upgrade (video)

NASA’s Robonaut assistant is about to get its biggest upgrade yet… and we do mean big. As part of a preview at ABC News, the space agency has revealed what its robot will look like when it gets legs in early 2014. Simply put, it’s massive — at eight feet tall and roughly 500 pounds, the mobilized …

Who Needs An Aircraft Carrier?

Who Needs An Aircraft Carrier?


A paraglider setup was tested a possible landing solution for Project Gemini. The capsule was, infact, intended to land that way, but was changed to go with the more conventional splashdown. Gliding in allowed for a potentially softer landing for the spacecraft and crew and saved on the costs of deploying an aircraft carrier. Lest we forget, Gemini is pretty much the most bad ass space program the US has run. Two years of flights consisting of hardcore research and testing. This is coming from a guy who uses a staging Saturn V as his avatar. Gemini was awesome.

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The Xbox One and PS4 share similar specs, but the devil’s in the details

In the past, it’s been difficult to do truly apples-to-apples performance comparisons between game consoles because of the vastly different architectures of the various systems. You can get some raw numbers—clock speeds, memory bandwidth, FLOPS—and compare them that way, but how games looked and ran often had just as much to do with console-specific optimizations and tweaks from the developers as it did with the theoretical capabilities of the hardware.

With the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, things have changed. In lieu of expensive custom-designed chips, both Microsoft and Sony have opted to commission semi-custom CPU/GPU hybrids from AMD based on the same basic architecture that AMD is already selling in PCs. There are still variables to account for, but these new consoles are more alike on the inside than any others in recent memory. In advance of the new consoles’ imminent launches, we’ll take a quick comparative look at how the consoles’ CPU, GPU, and memory configurations stack up. Hopefully, this will give you a better understanding of what the hardware differences mean for the first wave of launch games soon crashing down upon us.

The CPU: within a stone’s throw

Both the PS4 and the Xbox One’s CPUs use the exact same number of computing cores and the exact same AMD “Jaguar” architecture. In terms of raw performance, the only real point of differentiation between them is clock speed.

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Weekly Roundup: Nexus 5 review, Peripheral Vision with Ayah Bdeir, Steam Controller hands-on and more!

You might say the week is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workweek, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Weekly Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past seven days — all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click …

Changes to copyright laws could be very good or very bad; it depends on who’s involved

When it comes to data we upload to the web and digital content in all its forms, it’s hard to tell who owns it. At Expand NY’s panel today, Electronic Frontier Foundation’s (EFF) Julie Samuels, Techdirt’s Mike Masnick and American University Washington College of Law professor, Michael Carroll …

Expand NY workshops roundup: 3D Systems, LittleBits, Leap Motion and more!

The stage at Expand acted as a platform for conversations between many people involved in the future of technology — but there was a lot more that attendees were able to enjoy. Some of our nifty workshop sessions had 3D Systems show off its new Sense scanner; LittleBits gave a demo of the Synth …

Mad Catz working with NVIDIA to bring GameStream to MOJO

Remember that PC streaming feature Mad Catz’ MOJO is supposed to be getting sometime after launch? It might be powered by NVIDIA’s GameStream technology. “We’re talking to NVIDIA and we hope to enable GameStream soon after the launch of the console,” Alex Verrey, Mad Catz’ Global PR Director told …