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It doesn’t matter how many legs the new lobster emoji has

It doesn’t matter how many legs the new lobster emoji has

Technology Emojis are symbols, not images in a textbook. Sometime later this year, 157 new emojis will grace your phone or computer, and one of them will be a lobster.
Cool, weird, and gross stuff we played with at Toy Fair 2018

Cool, weird, and gross stuff we played with at Toy Fair 2018

Gadgets Robots, coding toys, Marvel stuff, and an odd amount of poop-themed toys. Check out all the new playthings from this massive toy trade show.
China is building the world's largest facility for robot ship research

China is building the world's largest facility for robot ship research

Eastern Arsenal Wanshan covers more than 225 square nautical miles of ocean. Moving on from drone taxis and armed robots, China is now looking to take a lead in building unmanned ships.
Last week in tech: President’s Day sale on fresh content

Last week in tech: President’s Day sale on fresh content

Technology HomePod has a problem, robots are adorable, and Bitcoin is just doing what it does. Take a break from cruising mattress sales to catch up on last week's biggest tech stories.
China's J-20 stealth fighter jet has officially entered service

China's J-20 stealth fighter jet has officially entered service

Eastern Arsenal Ready to "safeguard China's sovereignty, security and territorial integrity." China's J-20 stealth fighter is ready to take to the skies, thought it's waiting for new engines.
It took carbon fiber—and spy work—to get Paralympic skiers better gear

It took carbon fiber—and spy work—to get Paralympic skiers better gear

Technology The Paralympic Games begin in South Korea on March 9. After an IED explosion in Afghanistan in 2005, Andy Soule had both legs amputated above the knee.
Broadcast camera lenses at the Olympics can cost as much as a Lamborghini

Broadcast camera lenses at the Olympics can cost as much as a Lamborghini

Technology These 59-pound boxes contains lots of glass and a tons of tech. Broadcast lenses like Canon's $222,000 UHD DIGISUPER 86 make all that Olympic magic look sharp and clear.
STANK LOVE, BEAR WIG, and other sayings from AI-generated candy hearts

STANK LOVE, BEAR WIG, and other sayings from AI-generated candy hearts

Technology The list also includes ME LOVE HAVE and HOLE. Happy Valentine's Day. This is what you get when you ask artificial intelligence to write romantic candy heart messages for you.
The HTTPS in your browser's address bar is important for staying safe on the web

The HTTPS in your browser's address bar is important for staying safe on the web

Technology Google Chrome will soon clearly indicate that sites without encryption are "not secure." Starting in July 2018, Google Chrome will indicate sites using unencrypted HTTP as "not
China shot down another missile in space

China shot down another missile in space

Eastern Arsenal Like a hypersonic bullet hitting another hypersonic bullet. This month, China used a long-range missile to shoot down another long-range missile—in space.
We're told to fear robots. But why do we think they'll turn on us?

We're told to fear robots. But why do we think they'll turn on us?

Technology The robot uprising is a myth. Digital doomsayers have told us to fear robots. But why should we believe beings of our own making will turn on us?
How much can Olympic uniforms help or hurt an athlete?

How much can Olympic uniforms help or hurt an athlete?

Technology The right tech can make you literally dressed for success. When it comes to Olympic get-ups, it’s about more than just looking good. Just like the athletes that wear them, the apparel
A wind tunnel and laser guidance helped the Olympic luge team learn about uniform tech

A wind tunnel and laser guidance helped the Olympic luge team learn about uniform tech

Technology They felt the need for speed. The key piece of equipment at the San Diego Wind Tunnel is a 20-foot fan, powered by a 2,250 horsepower motor, that accelerates air up to 270 miles per
Last week in tech: A dummy went to space and we got some new emojis

Last week in tech: A dummy went to space and we got some new emojis

Technology We'll never get sick of looking at that view of earth from a Tesla in space. 2018 is the year for Teslas in space and Olympians on ice.
Olympic stadiums are engineering marvels: here are seven standout facilities

Olympic stadiums are engineering marvels: here are seven standout facilities

Technology The designs made history. And they might be used again. The Olympics aren't just about the athletes. Architects also compete to design the world's most innovative new buildings.
Chinese cops are using facial-recognition sunglasses. Here’s how that tech works.

Chinese cops are using facial-recognition sunglasses. Here’s how that tech works.

Technology There's at least one big problem in the field. Facial-recognition technology is no longer a gimmick seen in dystopian science fiction movies. This is how it works.
This people-moving drone has completed more than 1,000 test flights

This people-moving drone has completed more than 1,000 test flights

Eastern Arsenal The flying taxi could soon be spotted in Dubai and Las Vegas. Ehang Corp, a major drone maker, has been busy testing its flying taxis.
How to stream way too much Olympic coverage for the 2018 Winter Games

How to stream way too much Olympic coverage for the 2018 Winter Games

Technology There's more content to stream this year than you can shake a hockey stick at. There are lots of ways to watch this year's Olympics, even if you don't have cable anymore.
China's working on the next generation of military exoskeleton. Here's what it can do.

China's working on the next generation of military exoskeleton. Here's what it can do.

Eastern Arsenal Getting ever closer to Iron Man-like capabilities. China's defense contractors are entering the field in a major way. Here's the next generation of military exoskeletons.
Bitcoin is bonkers right now. Here's why you shouldn't count it out.

Bitcoin is bonkers right now. Here's why you shouldn't count it out.

Technology Better security and smart regulation is a good start. The fluctuations are enough to make anyone wonder: What’s going on?