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Awesome tech you can’t buy yet, for the week of February 16

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!
Computing

Emoticons are rewiring the way our brains work

Our brains are now automatically reacting to :-) symbols in the same way as they react to real human faces, new research shows — just make sure you get your emoticon characters in the right order.
Cars

Could Jaguar take on Porsche with an F-TYPE Targa? Ian Callum considers it

Jaguar lead designer Ian Callum teased the world of British car enthusiasts Friday at the unveiling of the F-TYPE Coupe when he hinted at a possible Targa variant. The targa model would certainly challenge the Porsche 911 Targa variant, but…
Apple

Apple plans to phase out use of conflict minerals

Apple's annual Supplier Responsibility report is out and available to study — in it the company renews its commitment to sourcing minerals from conflict-free areas and reducing its environmental impact.
Product Review

HP Spectre 13t x2 Review

HP Spectre 13t x2 review.
Gaming

Titanfall beta is now available for all Xbox One owners

The gates have finally been opened for the Titanfall beta on Xbox One — if you own the console you can now give the game a try without a beta code. PC access is expected to be added later today.
Photography

To shoot extreme sports like Lucas Gilman does, be prepared to get scared

As a prominent photographer covering the world of extreme sports, Lucas Gilman will scale waterfalls and mountains, and endure unpredictable weather to get the perfect shot. We spoke with him on how he does it.
Cars

This insane-looking Lamborghini rendering makes the Huracán look like a Camry

The Lamborghini Sinistro Black Spec rendering concept by Thebian Concepts is a car we wish we could 3D print. What's under the hood? We don't know. If it were up to us, though, we'd spec the 740-horsepower 6.5-liter V12 from the Veneno.
Mobile

T-Mobile Jump plans are a bad deal thanks to new rules

T-Mobile has dramatically changed its policy with the radical Jump upgrade policy. After Feb. 23 users must pay for half the device before upgrading, though it does allow upgrading as often as you like and includes tablets as qualified…
Mobile

Don’t miss a text: Pushbullet syncs Android notifications to your PC

Ever feel completely out of the loop without your phone in hand? Pushbullet mirrors notifications from your phone and puts them right on your computer screen so even when your phone isn't near by, you won't miss a thing.
Computing

Google scoops up audio password startup SlickLogin

You could soon be using sound waves to log in to your Google apps and services — the company has picked up fledging startup SlickLogin, which makes it easier to verify your identity with your mobile phone.