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Mobile

This startup wants to replace the silicon in your smartphone with diamonds

Chicago-based startup Akhan Semiconducton wants to replace the silicon found in most modern-day electronics with diamonds derived from methane gas. The diamond-made devices will be more efficient and less harmful to the environment.
Virtual Reality

How should we move around in VR? Nobody has figured it out yet

If you asked five people how they like to move around in virtual reality, you'll probably receive five different answers, so we set out to see if there was a definitive future of VR locomotion we could paint: it turns out that it's harder…
Cars

Inside McLaren F1’s Mission Control room: How data make race wins possible

The driver that sits in the cockpit of a Formula One car is just one part of what it takes to win a race, and increasingly, the flow of huge amounts of data is contributing to race and championship wins. We visited McLaren's Mission Control…
Music

Darius Rucker would rather rock live than count pennies from Spotify plays

Call ‘If I Told You’ country if you must, but Darius Rucker isn’t big on labels. The former Hootie & The Blowfish frontman talks about his new album, his love for vinyl, and the sad reality of Spotify.
Virtual Reality

5 simulation games we’re dying to see VR versions of

Many more conventional simulation genres, like racing, are already well represented on the Oculus Marketplace and Steam VR. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. Here's five unusual simulation games we want to see in our headsets.
Cars

What happens to drivers? The ripple effects of autonomous cars go beyond safety

Self-driving cars bring a long list of benefits, but they also hold the potential to disrupt our economy and throw millions out of work. The potential ripple effects go far past the immediate benefits of driverless transportation.
Cars

How virtual racing is turning gamers into drivers

Auto racing video games have come a long way, to the point where top international racing teams use advanced virtual reality systems to train for big races, and also to scout gamers as the next generation of professional racing drivers.
Cool Tech

This Kevlar iPhone cable is supposed to survive anything … so we blew it up 3:42

Zus recently used its Kevlar-reinforced charging cable to tow a car -- but we wanted to put it to the test and see for ourselves just how strong it is. How much abuse can this cable really take?
Movies & TV

Where did all these after-show talk shows come from? And why do we love them?

Following in the footsteps of AMC and Chris Hardwick's "Talking" series, after-show talk shows for popular primetime dramas are being released in droves; shows like Orphan Black, Game of Thrones, and Mr. Robot have joined the list
Cool Tech

Weekend Workshop: Turn a pile of cardboard into a backyard geodesic dome

Essentially a 21st Century tree house, geodesic domes don't offer much outside of being a fun place to spend a quiet afternoon. Here's how to make your own geodesic dome using cardboard and a laser cutter (or X-Acto knife).
Movies & TV

Meet the hacker keeping ‘Mr. Robot’ so real it’s scary

'Mr. Robot' writer and tech consultant Kor Adna headed a panel in New York City discussing the politics of hacking. Following the panel, Adna spoke with Digital Trends about season two details, how his hacking past helped the show and…