Awesome tech you can’t buy yet, for the week of August 31, 2014

Check out our roundup of the coolest crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the Web this week. You can't buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

Cool Tech

Aston Martin officially unveils the Mid-East-only Lagonda super sedan

The latest in bespoke motoring is here: the Aston Martin Lagonda. The limited edition sedan has been officially unveiled in Oman as it undergoes testing. This massive gentleman's express will come equipped with V12 power and bespoke interiors and amenities.


Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel due for four DLC add-ons

2K Australia confirms plans to release four add-on DLC packs for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, to be sold individually or as part of a $30 Season Pass.


Japan to have 30 floating solar power islands to generate 60 megawatts of clean energy

Kyocera Corp. and Century Tokyo Leasing Corp. are partnering to build two massive solar power islands that will float on two reservoirs in Japan to generate about 2.9 megawatts of energy. Plans are in place to build a total of 30 such islands.

Cool Tech

Five reasons why China’s upcoming anti-Microsoft, Google, and Apple desktop OS will fail

China is attempting to make a desktop operating system to compete with those offered by American companies like Google, Microsoft, and Apple. Here are five reasons why it will fail.


Hands on with Plantronics Backbeat Pro Headphones

At $250, the BackBeat Pro take on a dense field of stiff competition, but they come packing specs that make some competing headphones look like kids' toys in comparison.

Home Theater

How to Install an SSD in a PlayStation 4

SSDs are much faster than mechanical hard drives, which is what the PlayStation 4 comes with. Here, we show you how to replace it with an SSD. This will allow you to boot to the OS faster, load games quicker, and much more.


Google’s self-driving car is far from ready, can’t drive through rain, snow or parking lots

There’s no arguing that Google’s self-driving car is a thrilling development worthy of enthusiastic discussion, but there are a number of reasons to rain on this parade – rain itself, for one thing.


Our Story event streams go live for all Snapchat users

Snapchat's new Our Story feature — curated streams of Snaps from specific festivals and events — has just gone live for all users across the network, so check the app to see it in action.


Next BMW 5 Series lineup to include plug-in hybrid, 626-hp AWD M5?

BMW will reportedly introduce the seventh-generation 5-Series in 2016. Codenamed G30, the next 5 lineup will include a plug-in hybrid model for the first time ever, while the next M5 will boast a 626-horsepower engine and all-wheel drive.


Game dev super-team’s Firewatch trailer teases a mysterious forest journey

The game dev super-team Campo Santo -- made up of former Walking Dead and Mark of the Ninja devs -- delivers a first-look gameplay trailer for its upcoming debut game, Firewatch.


Twitter’s latest revamp aims to help new users

Do you fail to see the point of Twitter? The social network platform has made substantial changes to the way new users are welcomed to the service in an attempt to make it more accessible.

Social Media

Would you pay $400 for your first iWatch?

As the world waits to see what Apple has in store for us on September 9, the latest rumor swirling around the iWatch is that it will cost $400 (or the equivalent of two Android Wear watches).


Intel demos DirectX 12, which looks faster and more efficient than DX11

DirectX 12 is coming late next year, but some folks recently got a look at the performance and efficiency improvements it could bring once it unseats DirectX 11. Learn more here.


Denon Heos multi-room wireless Speakers

Denon takes on the king of modern multi-room audio, launching a Sonos-esque series of three new multi-room wireless speakers called Heos.

Home Theater