Editor's note: In this two-part piece of speculative fiction, Crave's Eric Mack envisions life in a world in which a number of emerging technologies and concepts that grabbed attention in 2013 have gone mainstream. Part one begins 10 (if you're an optimist) or maybe 20 years in the future, on the day a major scientific discovery is set to be announced.
Anki is infusing the toy cars for its real-world race track with even more video game flavor. A new update, released Friday, raises the customization list for its cars to 20 upgrades and adds new weapons, making its physical race track and software-fueled video game hybrid an even more complex media mashup.
Some of the cooler additions: an Bond-esque electromagnetic pulse weapon that lets you disable other opponents and a 180-degree turn option for quickly escalating a race into an all-out Maria Kart-style battle arena. The update also makes it easier to switch between upgrades, allowing for more casual experimentation. … Read more
If you have an aging computer, the best way to bring new life (speed, that is) to replace its internal hard drive.
Older computers generally run on a regular hard drive, whose performance degrades over time, just like any mechanical parts. Replacing that with a solid-state drive (SSD) will prove to be the most satisfying update you ever make to your system. In fact, the outcome is often better than getting an entirely new budget computer.
So you've got your shiny, brand-new PS4 and you're thinking about swapping out the system's built-in 500GB hard drive. Is it worth putting in a larger-capacity drive? How about a solid-state drive? Find out if it's really worth tweaking in this episode of Ask the Experts.
The first round of Ask the Experts wraps up tomorrow, so be sure to check back then!
Let's face it: If you've thrown back a few, relying on your own inner sobriety ticker to determine whether you're sober enough to drive isn't exactly advisable.
Enter Alcohoot, a cute little breathalyzer -- available as of this week for $119 -- that plugs directly into the audio port of iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. Given the potential messiness involved, extra mouthpieces and replacement power cords are available for $7.99 and $9.99, respectively. And I'll go out on a little owl's Alcolimb and suggest also insuring your smartphone if you plan to be drinking and blowing in its liquid-intolerant vicinity.… Read more
Audi make great cars, but the R8 V10 Plus is a cut above almost everything else they make. The insane speed this car can do shocks you almost as much as the speed the four-wheel drive lets you carry through turns. Add to that killer good looks and you have one hell of a package.
The sand dunes and mountain passes of Morocco aren't somewhere you'd usually find yourself, but taking a new Range Rover for a spin there was something I enjoyed immensely. The new MK IV can handle pretty much anything and we tried as hard … Read more
In the future, Mustang Sally might be a robot.
Ford Motor unveiled its first self-driving car this week -- well, a prototype anyway. The Automated Fusion Hybrid Research Vehicle, developed with the University of Michigan and State Farm insurers, will help the storied US automaker "test the limits of full automation and determine the appropriate levels for near- and mid-term deployment," Raj Nair, group vice president, Ford global product development, said in a statement.… Read more
Google Drive for iOS continues to take small steps in becoming more like its Android counterpart.
Yesterday, Google updated the app with two small but welcome additions: file sorting and a find/replace feature for documents.
Now, when viewing your main file list, you'll see a Sort button in the upper-right corner. Tap it to access the following new options:Last edited by me Last modified Last opened by me Title (the default)
Google Drive also offers a helpful new tool for anyone who relies on the app for document editing: find-and-replace.
When you have a document open, you … Read more
If you're working with a big hard drive, migrating to an SSD, or trying to reclaim storage that was originally allocated to, say, system-restore data, you need a good partition manager.
There are freebie options out there, sure, but why not go pro if you can? From now until Monday, December 16, you can get AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional Edition 5.5 (Win) for free. Regular price: $36. That's a Cheapskate exclusive, cheeps.
True to its name, Partition Assistant Pro (PAP for short?) enables you to do just about anything with hard drive partitions: copy, create, delete, extend, … Read more
For weeks now I've been sorely tempted to buy the Republic Wireless Moto X, but there's one thing preventing me from pulling the trigger: the 16GB of unexpandable storage. That's just not enough for the amount of apps, music, and video I want to carry.
Thankfully, because the Moto X supports USB OTG, it's a fairly simple matter to plug in external storage for my media. Of course, the typical solution for such an exercise is a USB OTG cable and a flash drive, but the new PKparis K'2 is a flash drive that plugs directly into an Android device's Micro-USB port.… Read more