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Plume mini-routers promise a mesh network on the cheap

You probably have a router, and let’s be honest here, it’s probably not very good. Router technology has not exactly advanced by leaps and bounds, even as the Wi-Fi standard has gotten considerably speedier over the years. We still cope ...

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VW shifts focus from diesels to EVs, plans 30 electric car models by 2025

Still reeling from dieselgate, Volkswagen is shifting gears and will unveil some 30 new electric vehicle models within 10 years. VW estimates it could sell 2-3 million EVs by 2025, or a quarter of its current worldwide sales volume. Volkswagen ...

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Razer ups the ante in its fight to keep VR open with upgraded HDK2 headset

If there is a dark cloud over the rapid emergence of VR games and entertainment content, it is the walled-garden approach being taken by some of the leaders in the space — particularly Oculus. When you buy an app or a ...

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Google’s developing its own version of the Laws of Robotics

Google’s artificial intelligence researchers are starting to have to code around their own code, writing patches that limit a robot’s abilities so that it continues to develop down the path desired by the researchers — not by the robot itself. ...

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Could modern, nanoscale vacuum tubes replace transistors?

One of the topics we’ve covered multiple times at ExtremeTech is the difficulty of continuing to scale semiconductor technology, and the related problem of improving chip performance without increasing clock speed. While Intel and other manufacturers continue to search for ...

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Ancient dagger found with King Tut forged with meteoric iron

Researchers have confirmed that an iron dagger found buried with King Tutankhamun has a composition similar to iron meteorites and was almost certainly created from so-called “meteoric iron.” The discovery sheds new light on the state of metallurgy in ancient ...

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Is Intel’s Core M processor family dead?

Back in early 2014, Intel promised that the upcoming low-power implementation of Broadwell (Broadwell Y) would revolutionize what OEMs thought was possible with Intel x86 hardware. The new Core M platform would cut SoC power dramatically across the board, feature ...

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Developer confirms Xbox One VR is coming, but how powerful is the console likely to be?

An anonymous European developer has confirmed that a major European studio is working on a VR title for the Xbox One upgrade currently expected in 2017. Microsoft is expected to announce the new console at E3 this year, and the ...

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Microsoft will adjust malware-like upgrade policy for Windows 10 following outcry

For most of the past year, Microsoft has largely refused to change controversial Windows 10 policies, no matter how unhappy a vocal minority of users were over the company’s new strategy. Telemetry tracking, mandatory updates that combine security and non-security ...

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Q&A with synthesizer pioneer Gary Numan on composing and releasing new music

DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA — Gary Numan manages to be a rock star and anti-rock star at the same time. From practically inventing New Wave along with seminal acts like Television and Blondie, and catapulting the Moog synthesizer to the forefront of ...

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