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Virgin Galactic's ready to resume test flights to space

engadget.com — We've been waiting for Virgin Galactic to begin ferrying passengers to the edge of space for what seems like forever, but now it looks as if we might be getting close. CEO George Whitesides has announced that test-flights of the SpaceShipTwo are about to recommence, after spending almost all of 2014 rooted firmly to the ground.

How would you change Huawei's Ascend W1?

engadget.com — When I reviewed Huawei's Ascend W1 last summer, I was surprised at how much I liked it, considering its bargain-basement price. Microsoft clearly deserves plaudits for getting Windows Phone 8 to work on such low-power hardware, and Huawei made a real effort to produce a solid feeling, well-made device.

X-ray machine used to disappoint 'Star Wars' fan

engadget.com — Back in the day, British fans could send off for a figurine enclosed in an opaque white box. Of course, if you wanted to peek at whatever was hidden inside, you'd have to open the packaging, which would take a massive chunk off the value.

Lockheed Martin thinks it can give the world unlimited clean energy in 20 years

engadget.com — Remember back in the '50s, when official-sounding newsreels promised that we'd have new-kew-lur-powered cars by the '70s and no one would ever be unhappy? Probably not, since we've gotten a skewed sense of history from watching too many episodes of Futurama.

Oculus game teaches journalists how to survive in war zones

engadget.com — You're sat in the back of an armored personnel carrier when, suddenly, something hits you and the lights go out. Stumbling out of the darkness, you emerge onto the battlefield armed with just a video camera and a first-aid kit. Laying in front of you is a wounded soldier screaming for help, but would you know what to do?

A surfboard attached to a firehose is a... hoverboard?

engadget.com — A few years ago, JetLev developed a jetpack that let users float in mid air, so long as they were on the water. Using that same principle, French jet ski

Aaron Paul is messing with people's Xbox Ones

engadget.com — If you sell a voice-activated console, it's probably wise not to have people in your advert uttering the key phrase. Someone at Microsoft missed that

US to begin selling off its Silk Road Bitcoin hoard

engadget.com — When the FBI seized Silk Road and the assets of its founder, it inadvertently became the owner of one of the world's largest Bitcoin hoards. Just six

Military's 'Plan X' would put cyberweapons into the hands of soldiers

engadget.com — A soldier's natural home is on the battlefield. So what happens when to infantry when conflicts move online? It turns out that DARPA, America's mad science division, has a solution called "Plan X." The project is designed to make cyber-weapons as easy to use as a pistol, but also to use technology to turn soldiers into digital warriors.

How Tim Jenison created 'Tim's Vermeer'

engadget.com — Tim Jenison may have been behind Video Toaster and LightWave, but he'll probably be remembered as the man who proved that Vermeer used technology to help him paint. In a lengthy piece over at BoingBoing , the inventor reveals the techniques that went into recreating the camera lucida used to paint Tim's Vermeer, as documented in the film of the same name.
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