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Meet the BloomSky, your personal eye for backyard weather

For $169 (which converts to £100, AU$180) the BloomSky personal weather station promises an array of sensors, to talk to the cloud, and snap dramatic photos.

6 Images By Jul. 16, 2014


This backyard has a hidden secret

Open sesame! A man invented a way to conceal a swimming pool under his backyard. Wait until you see how it reveals itself.

By May. 23, 2014


Can you build a backyard theater on the cheap?

You don't have to spend thousands of dollars to enjoy open-air cinema. But you'll still need brisk popcorn sales to cover some hardware costs.

By Apr. 26, 2013


Fry an egg with a solar-powered backyard death ray

Using a Fresnel lens taken from an old rear-projection TV, a tinkerer channels the heat of the sun into a 2,000-degree ray.

By Mar. 11, 2013


Huawei opens shop in Nokia's backyard in Europe expansion

The Chinese telecommunications vendor says it is investing $90 million in the Finland facility over the next five years, and plans to double its work force in Europe over the next three to five year.

By Dec. 10, 2012


A cell phone tower in your backyard?

If you received a letter that a cell phone carrier was installing a new tower near your house, would a desire for better service trump other concerns?

By May. 10, 2011


Building a backyard rocket launcher (photos)

Creative Crave reader Kevin Shoemaker devised a multiple-rocket launcher out of off-the-shelf parts and a $5 toolbox.

6 Images Aug. 21, 2010


Electrifying giants in your backyard

American architecture firm designs transmission towers shaped like giant figures to transform the Icelandic landscape. But the idea could easily cross borders.

By Aug. 13, 2010


Fold-down grill transforms the backyard

The Sigmafocus fold-up barbecue grill is a compact innovative design that mounts directly to the wall.

By May. 21, 2010


CNET News Daily Podcast: No solar power in my backyard, please

Communities bristle at the thought of solar and wind farms being built near them; layoffs at Adobe; Google cuts photo storage prices; and take our survey, please!

By Nov. 11, 2009