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Paralyzed teen to kick World Cup’s first ball with mind-controlled exoskeleton

This year’s World Cup could be host to something more exciting than a bicycle kick scoring the winning goal. Thanks to an international collaboration between universities such as Colorado State University, The Technical University of Munich and Duke…

Weekends with Engadget: Surface Pro 3 review, Samsung VR headsets and more!

Head past the break to find some of the top stories from the past week!…

How would you change the Chromebook Pixel?

What’s the point of a halo device? After all, it’s designed to grab headlines and eyeballs more than it is a device that’ll be used by consumers. We put Google’s $1,500 (yup) Chromebook Pixel through its paces and found that its limited functionality…

PlayStation 4 to get pre-loading of all pre-order games starting with Destiny

Tired of making sandwich after sandwich, idly waiting while the ol’ PlayStation 4 downloads Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes? Though we’d never encourage you to stop making delicious sandwiches, we do sympathize with the situation. Thankfully for you,…

Ars board game club, part 2: Mechanics down, theme to go

The results are in! Ars’ biggest board gaming fans want us to make a cooperative game a la Pandemic. Up next: find a proper, Ars-related theme and a way to counter the issue of “hostile takeovers.”

When Ars unveiled its board game project last week, we kicked things off with an informal poll. Our primary question was, if we were going to build a board game from scratch, what style of play would readers most like to see? We offered only three options and figured the biggest complaint would be this lack of gameplay choices. After all, we had to reach a consensus (and did not want to be trolled into making Arsopoly). We expected (and continue to want) a little commenter heat coming our way.

What we didn’t expect, however, was one nearly collective and very loud complaint: “Why didn’t Ars start with the theme?!”

“This article appears to be the cart before the horse,” sonolumi wrote. Many agreed. The reader message was that a game’s mechanics should be dictated by the chosen setting and gimmick. What does an “Ars-themed” board game mean, anyway? Would players take on the roles of Ars Technica staffers? Comment section trolls? A technology company in the Ars wheelhouse? Or even the villainous devil-spawn of Lee Hutchinson and Cyrus Farivar, named “My Lee Cyrus”? (We laughed plenty at that one.)

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The Android and Windows Phone features we hope Apple “borrows” for iOS 8

Apple’s first major keynote of the year is just over a week away, and it’s all-but-certain to give us our first official look at the next versions of OS X and iOS. We’ve already outlined some changes we’d like to see in Apple’s desktop operating system, but the new version of iOS is going to affect far more people.

All of the major mobile operating systems borrow heavily from each other these days, so we looked at our Android and Windows phones to find features that we hope will “inspire” Apple’s software designers. We’d honestly be surprised to see Apple implement all of these—the company takes a very careful approach to new features, and it tends not to add new features for the sake of adding new features. In any case, this is a list of the things we miss most when we jump back to iOS after spending time with Android or Windows Phone 8.1, and we think Apple would be able to find a way to implement them without making iOS needlessly confusing or complex for users.

Customizable quick settings (Windows Phone 8.1)

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​Clean Your Car Seats With Washing Soda

​Clean Your Car Seats With Washing Soda

Car seats absorb all sorts of stains and crumbs. Over time fabric seats can get gross, but you can avoid expensive cleaners by using washing soda and dishwashing liquid to clean the interior.

Over at POPSUGAR they give their full recipe, but the main ingredient is washing soda. You can buy washing soda yourself or just convert some baking soda that you have lying around. It’s cheaper than buying cleaners, and should do the trick if your car’s smeling a little funky. Hit the link to read more.

Refresh and Clean Your Car Seats with Ease | POPSUGAR

Photo by Michael Theis.

​Clean Your Car Seats With Washing Soda

​Clean Your Car Seats With Washing Soda

Car seats absorb all sorts of stains and crumbs. Over time fabric seats can get gross, but you can avoid expensive cleaners by using washing soda and dishwashing liquid to clean the interior.

Over at POPSUGAR they give their full recipe, but the main ingredient is washing soda. You can buy washing soda yourself or just convert some baking soda that you have lying around. It’s cheaper than buying cleaners, and should do the trick if your car’s smeling a little funky. Hit the link to read more.

Refresh and Clean Your Car Seats with Ease | POPSUGAR

Photo by Michael Theis.

​Clean Your Car Seats With Washing Soda

​Clean Your Car Seats With Washing Soda

Car seats absorb all sorts of stains and crumbs. Over time fabric seats can get gross, but you can avoid expensive cleaners by using washing soda and dishwashing liquid to clean the interior.

Over at POPSUGAR they give their full recipe, but the main ingredient is washing soda. You can buy washing soda yourself or just convert some baking soda that you have lying around. It’s cheaper than buying cleaners, and should do the trick if your car’s smeling a little funky. Hit the link to read more.

Refresh and Clean Your Car Seats with Ease | POPSUGAR

Photo by Michael Theis.

​Clean Your Car Seats With Washing Soda

​Clean Your Car Seats With Washing Soda

Car seats absorb all sorts of stains and crumbs. Over time fabric seats can get gross, but you can avoid expensive cleaners by using washing soda and dishwashing liquid to clean the interior.

Over at POPSUGAR they give their full recipe, but the main ingredient is washing soda. You can buy washing soda yourself or just convert some baking soda that you have lying around. It’s cheaper than buying cleaners, and should do the trick if your car’s smeling a little funky. Hit the link to read more.

Refresh and Clean Your Car Seats with Ease | POPSUGAR

Photo by Michael Theis.