Google operating mystery barges

Google has been confirmed as behind three mysterious shipping barges on or near the US coasts. The most likely explanation is that they are data centers which will need less cooling. One barge is at Rickers Wharf in Portland and was last reported to be docked with staff installing equipment inside. Another is near a […]

Lego-style phone: Motorola already on the case

Yesterday we reported on a man with an idea to make modular mobile phones where replaceable and upgradeable components snapped together like Lego. It turns out Motorola has been working on just such a concept itself. Dave Hakkens, a Dutch designer, came up with the Phonebloks idea. He suggested a baseboard with an electrical circuit […]

Lego-Style Phone Would Make Upgrades Easy

A Dutch designer has come up with an idea for a totally modular smartphone that clicks together like a Lego set. Whether it’s physically or financially viable remains to be seen, but nearly a million people have agreed to publicize it tomorrow. Dave Hakkens’s idea, Phonebloks, came about after he had to throw out an […]

PS4 controller might have resembled Xbox layout

Sony says it considered redesigning its Playstation controller to be more like that of the Xbox. It settled on the more familiar layout, though has made some tweaks to favor shooter games over those for drivers. The revelations comes from Sony’s Toshimasa Aoki, the man in charge of designing the PS4 controllers. In a lengthy […]

ICT 1301: Early 12,000-Pound Office Computer May be Restored

One of the oldest mass-produced computers may get up and running again at a computing museum. It’s the same model that appeared in several TV shows and films including Doctor Who and James Bond. The computer that’s been delivered to the National Museum of Computing in the United Kingdom was the first of 150 units […]

Amazon Deal of the Day: 66% Off Kingston HyperX 3K 120 GB SATA III Solid State Drive (SSD) – $79.99 + FREE Shipping

Edit: The deal seem to be over for now… For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon has the Kingston HyperX 3K 120 GB SATA III Solid State Drive (SSD) for just $79.99 plus free shipping. That’s 66% off the drive’s regular list price of $234. Kingston’s HyperX SSDs combine the latest SandForce controller […]

Military Wants to Make Iron Man Suit a Reality

American soldiers could have the ability to walk through a barrage of bullets with a new suit commissioned by the military. The outfit would take the protection offered to Iron Man (minus the flying ability) and add in computer technology. Although example models of the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) are getting a demonstration […]

Steam Machine Hardware Specs Unveiled

Valve has issued more details about the hardware in the prototype models of its Steam Machine console. The specs may vary significantly from the final hardware releases, but show the general approach the company is taking. The console will be released next year but 300 gamers will be able to test the prototypes. As we’ve […]