Burning Man 2015: fire Tetris and a hacked Boeing 747

A five-storey mesh dancer, a giant game of fire Tetris and — if rumours are to be believed — a hacked Boeing 747 are just a few of the oversized artworks on show at Burning Man (August 30 to September 7). Microsoft’s newest wearable is called Microsoft Band, the same…

Gadget Ogling: Pebble Goes Round, VR Hits Movies, and Smart Locks Lose Keypads

The latest Pebble looks a touch different from previous models of the smartwatch. Instead of a square screen with rounded edges, it bears a circular watch face. Prior to last weekend’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, JGR announced Josh Leslie was replacing Odell on the No. 18 pit crew.…

OS X El Capitan review: Everyone’s an expert

Starting on September 30th, everybody will be able to install Apple’s latest OS X update, El Capitan, on their Macs. El Capitan is the small one in Apple’s big-then-small OS update cadence, which means that we have just a few core changes, a bunch of app updates, and a healthy…

Google Santa Tracker – Where’s Santa?

At about 2 a.m. on Dec. 24, Santa Claus will lift off from his village in the North Pole to deliver billions of presents to children around the world within 24 hours—or at least that’s Google’s projected timetable, based on nine previous years of tracking the jolly elf on his…

Microsoft’s new activity tracker is the $249

A new Surface and new Lumia smartphones might be what everyone was waiting to hear about at today’s Microsoft event, but the company made it clear it’s still chugging along in another area: wearables. Microsoft’s newest wearable is called Microsoft Band, the same name as last year’s activity-tracker. The new…

Facebook satellite to beam internet to remote regions in Africa

Mark Zuckerberg details plans on how company is ‘exploring ways to use aircraft and satellites to beam internet access down into communities from the sky’ I had gone but a short distance further when what seemed to be an excellent trail opened up around the face of a high cliff.…

Less than a quarter of FTSE board members are women

A government report has highlighted the continued but narrowing gender disparity in boardrooms — with just 23.5 percent of FTSE 100 company directors women.

Next generation gadgets for kids: foam furniture, city turds

This simple, lightweight chair is made by slotting together flat sections of plywood. These are then pulled together by fastening elements for a more ergonomic, curved shape. Constructed from recycled cardboard that’s been processed into a pulp, then coloured with natural dyes, these seats are sculpted around a North American hardwood handle.…

In the original Star Wars movies, R2-D2 was no more advanced than sticking Kenny Baker in a tin can.

Then Dorothy and the Lion got up, and the girl helped the Tin Woodman put the straw back into the Scarecrow again, until he was as good as ever. Henderson stood up with his spade in his hand. “What’s that?” he said. He was deaf in one ear. Ogilvy told…

Twitter’s new CEO is Jack Dorsey

My first knowledge that I was on the wrong trail came when I heard the yells of the pursuing savages suddenly grow fainter and fainter far off to my left. I had gone but a short distance further when what seemed to be an excellent trail opened up around the…