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Ben Heck’s mini arcade teardown

If big companies can glue portable electronics together, why can't we? Ben decides to go all the way with the sticky stuff by tearing down and then rebuilding a mini arcade. Originally designed as a keychain, the arcade isn't quite small enough…

Toyota Wins The 24 Hours Of Le Mans With Precision From Pole

After years of trying and failing, the No. 8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid has finally taken the Le Mans victory the team has so desperately wanted. In doing so, Toyota has become only the second Japanese manufacturer in history to win the race overall, following on from Mazda’s 1991 victory. While Audi and Porsche both quit…

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Rage 2 at E3: Doom’s punk rock sibling feels great to play

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LOS ANGELES—The first Rage didn’t generate much buzz amongst fans of first-person shooters when it shipped in 2010, but one of id Software’s later titles (the 2016 Doom reboot) made a big splash. With Rage 2, publisher Bethesda is hoping that some of the post-Doom goodwill can elevate this low-profile franchise to popularity.

The publisher partnered id’s FPS veterans with Avalanche Studios (Just CauseMad Max) to make this sequel open world. The first game had a veneer that made it look open-world, even though it was just as enclosed as Doom.

I played Rage 2 at Bethesda’s E3 booth this week, and unfortunately I can only judge the id Software side of that partnership. The demo I played was a linear, corridor-crawling action shooter experience with no open-world aspects. When I asked a Bethesda rep why that was, he told me that the company wanted Rage fans to be sure that the gunplay is still just as good even though the game is going open world. I think it’s more likely that the open-world part of the full game (which is slated to launch in spring 2019) just isn’t ready to be played yet.

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Jaguar breaks the world’s electric boat speed record

You frequently see car manufacturers trying to break electric speed records on land, but where are the boats? Don't worry — Jaguar, Vector and Williams feel the need for nautical speed. The trio have broken both the world and UK speed records with…

Second Place Toyota Slows Suddenly In Last Two Hours Of Le Mans But It Just Missed A Fuel Stop

With a little over an hour and a half to go, the No. 7 Toyota TS050 slowed abruptly from second place. Sure, 13 laps separated it from the next car given that the Toyotas are that much quicker than the privateer LMP1 teams, but you have to finish the race to be classified—as Toyota knows painfully after their leading…

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Today’s veterans are gradually returning to a new civilian-life op—Hollywood

Tammy Perez / ATX TV Festival

AUSTIN, Texas—If you ask Graham Yost—prolific TV producer with a resume including Band of Brothers, The Pacific, and Justified—accuracy in on-screen military portrayals is a relatively new phenomenon, similar to how tech ranging from the latest hacker tools to futuristic autonomous bots have recently become increasingly grounded in reality. Ground zero for this idea won’t surprise any fans of this particular entertainment genre.

“In some historical military films, there have been some training of actors, but I think a lot of this really starts with Dale Dye and [Saving] Private Ryan [1998],” Yost says during ATX TV Festival’s panel on modern military television. “That set a template for people, and we wouldn’t have done Band without it. In fact, when the cast of Band gets together every year, the day they pick for their reunion is the first day of bootcamp. That’s when they felt they came together as a unit.”

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Loose Drain Cover Pauses The 24 Hours Of Le Mans To Put The Track Back Together

Tired yet? The road used for the 24 Hours of Le Mans just gave everybody a good chance to make another pot of coffee because it’s kind of falling apart. A drain cover came loose, so cars circulated behind a safety car Sunday morning while race personnel tack the cover down more securely.

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Watch a Tesla Model X zoom inside a Boring Company tunnel

Someday, The Boring Company's tunnels could become a busy network of passenger-carrying shuttles, private vehicles and bicycles trying to dodge traffic. But right now, its existing tunnel under LA is pretty ahem boring — save for a short moment last…

Foxconn establishes its North American headquarters in Milwaukee

Foxconn is extending its fledgling American footprint beyond its planned display factory in Wisconsin. The tech manufacturing behemoth is establishing its North American headquarters in Milwaukee, 30 miles north of the upcoming factory. It's buying…

Silk Road creator’s alleged ally extradited to the US

Key Silk Road figure Roger Thomas Clark, better known by his Variety Jones alias, is now facing trial in the US. The alleged mentor to creator Ross Ulbricht (aka Dread Pirate Roberts) has been extradited to the States after spending well over two yea…