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The 404 1,390: Where we need a doctor's note (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Microsoft pens playful doctor's note for Xbox One gamers.

- Xbox One just as sleek (on the inside) as PlayStation 4.

- This stealth company nestled against (inside?) Google is building flying cars.

- FCC considers lifting cell phone ban on planes.

- The inside story of the woman who single-handedly taped 35 years of television news.… Read more

The Morgan Aero Coupe is an experience you'll never forget

A good car, for me, is one that ticks a number of boxes. It needs power (obviously), to sound like mana from the Gods, to drive well, and to look good. The Morgan Aero Coupe is all of the above. And more, actually.

Its engine, a BMW-sourced 4.8-litre V8, provides 367 bhp to play with. Combining that with minimal mass, you'll find yourself hitting 62 mph in just 4.5 seconds. It'll top 170 mph if you're feeling brave.

Power figures are one thing, but the noise it produces is frankly astounding. The only time I'… Read more

Crave Ep. 129: Charge your gadgets with pee

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Gotta go? Scientists have figured out how to recharge devices using human pee. A giant "Game of Thrones" dragon skull washes up on a U.K. beach. And we congratulate the AeroVelo human-powered helicopter for winning a high-flying honor. … Read more

Human-powered helicopter finally takes Sikorsky Prize

Since 1980, the American Helicopter Society has offered the Sikorsky Prize: a $250,000 reward for a functional, human-powered helicopter.

To win the prize, the helicopter must remain airborne for 60 seconds, with an altitude of 3 meters (a little less than 10 feet) to be reached at some point during those 60 seconds. It must also remain within a horizontal area no larger than 10x10 meters.

Last year, it looked like the University of Maryland's Gamera II was gearing up to take the prize, but two Canadians have scooped it up from right under Gamera II's nose. … Read more

Wireless mobile storage expander roundup: Frequent travelers, you'll want one of these

It's really a shame that the iPad, or any tablet or smartphone for that matter, comes with such a limited amount of internal storage -- usually around 128GB at most. And after the operating system and apps, the remaining space for digital content is much less than that. This is the reason a wireless storage expander is a must for savvy users who want to carry their entire digital library around with them.

The good news is there is now a relatively big selection of these type of devices. They are basically portable external drives that come with a … Read more

Launch your desktop into the future with Aero QLaunch

Windows 8 is coming soon, bringing with it a snazzy new look with lots of animation and visual effects. For a preview of some of what it will bring to your desktop, try Aero QLaunch. As a program, it's prosaic: just another freeware quick-launch toolbar for the desktop. As a desktop enhancement, it's anything but subtle, adding some dazzling 3D fireworks to an updated theme based on the new look of Windows 8. Aero QLaunch is available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions. As part of the setup process, Aero QLaunch downloaded and installed the latest applicable version of … Read more

Add an attractive analog clock to your desktop with TheAeroClock

TheAeroClock by Nenad Hrg is a simple but unusually attractive desktop analog clock display. You can change its size from tiny to full-screen and its transparency from practically invisible to opaque. It offers a wide range of colorful 3D textures that give it a unique and highly customizable look. It displays system time, and that's it--no date or text message. TheAeroClock is all about the look, and it's got that.

TheAeroClock is portable freeware that opens as soon as you click its extracted program file, displaying its clock face and its settings dialog. This simple pop-up has sliders … Read more

AeroShot: Ditch the coffee, huff your caffeine

You willingly succumb to the seductive siren call of coffee, but all that bean shopping, grinding, and espresso machine twiddling is getting tiresome.

Never fear. Your morning pick-me-up is about to get a lot more portable when the caffeine-packing AeroShot hits the market in a few months.

Each AeroShot is about the size of a tube of lipstick and contains 100 milligrams of caffeine in the form of a fine powder. You can get between six and eight lime-flavored puffs from each cartridge. It's a little bit of molecular gastronomy in your pocket.

David Edwards, a professor at Harvard … Read more

$560,000 iPod dock requires a ladder

There's run-of-the-mill ridiculous and then there's redonkulous. The AeroDream One from Jarre Technologies is pure redonkulous. It's an iPod, iPhone, and iPad dock. Big deal, right?

It's an 11-foot-tall, chrome-slathered, 10,000-watt iPod dock that requires a ladder just to get your device up to the top. It weighs more than 870 pounds. It also costs a wallet-shattering $560,000. Redonkulous.

Each AeroDream One is custom made and takes six months for delivery. This behemoth comes from a company created by Jean Michel Jarre, a man best known for electronic music, over-the-top shows with laser displays, and luxurious flowing hair.… Read more

Thai war airship going over like a lead zeppelin

If you're going to fight an Islamic insurgency, you'd think there would be more practical tools than an airship.

But that's just what Thailand has been using to track militants in its restive southern provinces. Its manned Aeros 40D Sky Dragon, manufactured by California-based Aeros, has again run into technical trouble, making an emergency landing in the south's Pattani Province recently.

The Sky Dragon developed propeller problems and began losing altitude. It sustained some damage in an emergency landing, but no one was hurt, the Bangkok Post reported.

The 350 million baht ($11.7 million) U.S.-built craft has been seen as a boondoggle in Thailand due to problems with equipment and delays in delivery. It was returned to Aeros last year following major leaks, according to the paper.

Because the warranty has expired, the Royal Thai Army will have to pay for repairs.

The airship has a rigid structure and is thus not a blimp, and it measures 11.6 yards wide by 51 yards long. It's supposed to fly up to an altitude of 10,000 feet with a top speed of 54.6 mph. Its operational range is 348 miles.

The military has been using the dirigible for surveillance in the insurgency, which has claimed thousands of lives. It's been equipped with high-def night cameras and communications systems. … Read more