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April 5, 2016

News

Mazda Patents Suggest a New RX-7 Could Be on the Way

Any list of “dearly departed” road cars cannot be complete without mention of the storied Mazda RX-7. For many enthusiasts, it was the pinnacle of Japanese sports car engineering, and much of that boiled down to its very special (and high-revving) Wankel rotary engine.  Mazda famously ended production of the Wankel in 2012, not particularly because it wanted to, but because it had to. The last-gen “Renesis” unit failed to pass muster in European emissions testing. Since then however, Mazda  ...

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News, Technology

Artificial Intelligence Can Now Teach You to Play the Guitar

Real-Life Guitar Hero When different disciplines such as music and technology come together, they can spark remarkably interesting ideas. Thus, it’s no surprise to see that—for those of you who are aspiring musicians, avid guitar players, or anything in-between—there’s a new program out there that promises to help you master the guitar. Allen Van Wert, who is known as one of the fastest guitar pickers in the world, developed an artificial intelligence program called the Ultimate Picking  ...

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News, Video Games

Fallout 4’s second add-on changes up settlement life next week

Prepare to enter the Wasteland Workshop The next expansion for Fallout 4, "Wasteland Workshop," launches on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One April 12. Bethesda Game Studios debuted the add-on’s first trailer, viewable above, alongside the release date announcement. As previously detailed, "Wasteland Workshop" will cost $4.99; it’s also part of the larger Season Pass, which is now available for $49.99. The second of three planned content additions to  ...

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News, Virtual Reality

HTC Vive review

One month ago, I tested a virtual reality headset called the HTC Vive Pre. The Pre was a development kit created by gaming behemoth Valve and smartphone maker HTC, and it was one of the most exciting new pieces of hardware I’ve had the pleasure of writing about — a device that offered full-body, room-scale VR. The headset above is not the Vive Pre. It’s the final consumer edition Vive that’s coming out today, although it looks almost identical — the branding is new, and the small focus rod  ...

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