New aluminum air battery could blow past lithium-ion, runs on water

New aluminum air battery could blow past lithium-ion, runs on water

As battery technologies go, the world has a love-hate relationship with lithium-ion. On the one hand, breakthroughs in Li-ion designs and construction are responsible for the Tesla Model S, new installations, green energy research, and the modern smartphone. On the other hand, lithium-ion limitations are the reason why most EVs have a range of 40-60 […]

Next-gen Linux-powered rifle is accurate up to a mile

Next-gen Linux-powered rifle is accurate up to a mile

Two years ago, TrackingPoint made a major stir at CES with its Precision-Guided Firearm, or “Linux gun.” The weapon integrated a smart scope that displayed weather conditions, wind speeds, and other target information, and only fired the gun when the crosshairs were lined up properly on the target. Fast-forward to today, and the company has […]

SanDisk’s ULLtra DIMM derailed, company banned from shipping hardware to US

SanDisk’s ULLtra DIMM derailed, company banned from shipping hardware to US

We’ve previously discussed SanDisk’s ULLtra DIMM technology on several occasions. Developed by Diablo Technologies, this approach allows for a large SSD cache to run via a RAM slot rather than a conventional SATA drive. The reason for taking this approach is that it can drastically improve access latencies and speed data transfers, key factors for […]

Move over Doom: Quake is running on oscilloscopes

Move over Doom: Quake is running on oscilloscopes

For years, porting id Software’s classic Doom has been a hobbyist endeavor; the game runs on everything from Zunes and iPods to a Pixma printer (this last thanks to a security flaw). Doom’s status as the king of esoteric hardware testing may be in jeopardy thanks to a new effort from programmer Pekka Väänänen, who […]