Microsoft's Surface Book has always been a unique gadget — a great ultraportable laptop, with the extra appeal of a completely detachable tablet screen that contains all the smarts and processing to run proper Windows. The newest Performance Base variant of the Surface Book adds double the graphics power, without making any significant compromise on battery life — but it's also using tech that Microsoft's competitors have left behind.
Before Johnny Rico goes off to become a bug-busting legend in the mobile infantry of Starship Troopers, he's the star of his high school's — well, let's call it "space football" team. It's weird, it's ridiculous and even in the short time its portrayed, the sport makes absolutely no sense. And that's why we love it.
Video: On a Midwestern farm, a young girl delights in scary bedtime stories — until the fairy tales that she dreams about start taking shape in the real world, and not in a good way. Who's that man being held captive in the creepy silo, and what's up with that weird horseback rider who's lurking in the fields?
Video: You know those weird things you thought as a kid that make absolutely no sense now? Like the thoughts that were weirder and more personal than thinking Santa Claus was real or that there were monsters under your bed. Those ones. Hearing them now is obviously silly, but seeing those wonderfully wonky ideas come alive through animation is even more embarrassing.
Video: Argentina has so many wonderfully different backdrops and views that it's a pretty perfect place to travel through. Guillaume Juin walked on the roads of the beautiful country and captured gorgeous imagery in this video. You can really see how diverse the landscape is. In the northern parts of Argentina it's a total desert. In the south? You'll run into the beautiful snow-capped mountains of Patagonia.
Video: The US one dollar bill is still old school. In fact, it has the oldest design of all US currency being produced today. So that means it doesn't have the flashy tech, or the colourful hues, or the wild looks that have leaked into the redesigns of the more valuable US banknotes. But that doesn't mean it hasn't changed. Just check out the evolution of the dollar bill from 1862 until now. Ol' Georgie looks a bit different.
Video: Forget about dropping $469.95 on the Nintendo Switch just to get your next Super Mario Bros. fix. As Jason Cichon demonstrates, all you need is a big pile of plastic bricks and some mad LEGO skills to build a custom side-scrolling Super Mario level. The only thing that's really missing is a hero.
Mozilla has a new logo, the latest in the company's effort to rebrand itself as a modern technology outfit worthy of your attention. It's no surprise that the company reaching to stay relevant in the face of plunging usage of its key product, the internet browser Firefox. Somewhere out there is a designer who still uses Adobe Pagemaker and is very proud of their work on this logo. The rest of us are wondering where the hell the Mozilla we used to know has gone.
Some cooks pride themselves on their mastery of the grill and are happy to spend hours tending to meats. However, if you love barbecue but hate the idea of being stuck next to one all afternoon, Char-Broil's new SmartChef Gas Grill connects to a smartphone app so you can monitor your dinner while doing anything else.
Are you not watching The Librarians? It's still the most fun you'll have Wednesday nights, with the latest episode combining zany vampire antics with some truly heartbreaking scenes confronting mortality. We talked to actress Lindy Booth, who plays Cassandra, about everything that happened in one of the show's finest episodes.
As machines go, the human body is an extraordinarily efficient one. The way we move — our arm swing, cadence, step length — is all calibrated to minimise energy consumption, allowing the body to get the maximum mileage out of the kilojoules it consumes. But in the burgeoning field of soft robotics, scientists have struggled to replicate this. Scientists imagine that one day, robotic exoskeletons could help sick kids walk and make the elderly stronger, supplying weak bodies with supplemental strength. If only those robotic exteriors could move as efficiently as a healthy human body.
For electronic musicians who still like being able to perform with dials and buttons, Teenage Engineering's Pocket Operators are miniature synths that manage to pack a tremendous amount of functionality into a tiny package. And that now includes the ability to import and export sounds and patterns with the new PO-32 Tonic synth.
For decades, scientists have struggled to understand the strange circles of barren land that litter the Namib Desert. Called "Fairy Circles", their formation has been attributed to everything from supernatural forces to poison gas and subterranean insects. Now, scientists may have finally solved this enduring mystery.
Leica has a new camera in its inimitable M-Series line-up. You'd be hard-pressed to tell it from the M before it, or the M before that, but that's exactly the point. The $10,000 Leica M10 makes some big improvements and major modernisations, but they're all hidden away inside a body that could well be built fifty years ago.