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Lukla Endeavour Hands-On: An Aerogel Jacket That Doesn't Overheat

The first time I held a piece of aerogel was one of those reality-bending experiences that reorganizes the molecule of your brain a little. It was a block about the size of a Rubix Cube, it looked like a faint wisp of cloud, and it weighed nothing. Not literally nothing — but so little that my body could not perceive its weight at all. So when I had the chance to test a jacket filled with the stuff, I jumped.


Parrot Minidrone Hands On: Hydrofoil, Airbone And Jumping Sumo

In the grand ranking of remote-controlled vehicles, the only thing better than a remote controlled plane is a remote-controlled boat. At least, that’s what I used to think. After playing with Parrot’s new generation of Minidrones, I realise that a remote controlled hydrofoil is the true champion of RC anything.


The Walking Dead In Virtual Reality Was The Scariest Thing I Saw At E3

It wasn’t that the zombies were too realistic. I wasn’t afraid for my life or anything silly like that. No, when I tried The Walking Dead in VR, what I chiefly saw was this: the disturbing possibility that virtual reality might get written off as a fad.


Oculus Touch Hands-On: So Damn Good

Last week, the company that (literally) kickstarted the new virtual reality industry announced a groundbreaking new controller that lets you reach out and touch things in virtual worlds. I just gave it a spin. It’s good. Damn good.


The Best Hidden Changes In iOS 9, In GIFs

The latest version of Apple’s mobile OS launched to much fanfare and showy new features. Side-by-side multitasking! A creepily efficient digital assistant! But the longer I use iOS 9, the more I’m noticing the tiny changes that make everything just a little bit better.


Android Pay Vs Google Wallet: What's The Difference?

This week, Google announced Android Pay — a way to pay from your phone. No need for credit cards; just tap your handset against any supported card terminal. Sounds great — but also kind of familiar. Didn’t Google Wallet already do that? I just tried Android Pay, and here’s the deal.


Here's The Cardboard Gun To Go With Your Cardboard VR Headset

Why buy an expensive virtual reality headset when you could stick your smartphone into a cheap cardboard box? That’s the idea behind Google Cardboard. And soon, you might be able to interact with VR worlds using a piece of cardboard, too.


ASUS Zenfone 2 Hands-On: Less Than Meets The Eye

ASUS’ Zenfone 2 is a smartphone Trojan horse. On the outside, it looks amazing. A huge 5.5-inch Full HD display, 64GB of storage, 4GB of RAM, and a 2.3 GHz Intel quad-core processor — all for just $US300. That’s stupid cheap. But once you power up the phone, you might feel differently.


Samsung Gear VR For Galaxy S6: So Close I Can Almost Taste It

The final Oculus Rift is coming next year. But why wait? If you’ve got a shiny new Galaxy S6, you can get a glimpse of the virtual reality future today. I’m talking about the new Gear VR headset, which turns your phone into a far clearer VR viewer than any you could buy to date.


Dell's Venue 11 7000 Android Tab For Work Looks Great, If That's What You Want

Last September, Dell quietly announced one of the most exciting and horribly named Android tablets ever made — the Venue 8 7000. Now, that awesome slate is getting a big brother.


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