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Buy the Batmobile on ebay: only $620,000

Did you get a pay rise recently? Feeling a bit flush and in need of a treat? Then you can head over to ebay and pick up a Jet Turbine powered Batmobile for only $620,000, with only 2,000 miles on the clock. The vehicle (can we say car?) has been …

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Honda recall 936,000 cars due to fire concerns

It doesn’t happen often, but Honda Motor are having to recall 936,000 cars across the globe due to defective power window switches. Honda announced today the recall which effects the Jazz (or Fit subcompact in some countries). Honda are saying that the problem could ‘in a worst case scenario’ cause …

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IBM chip hailed as step towards cognitive computing

IBM have created a new microchip design which could be a major move towards ‘cognitive computing’, meaning that machines could perform human like functions, even learning and adapting. A report today from the Telegraph shows that IBM are pushing the technology forward. The new chip design could also mean faster …

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Foxconn plan to replace staff with robots

Foxconn have had to deal with a raft of suicides in recent years, and it seems their latest plans might help resolve the issue completely. They are planning to replace some of their staff with 1 million robots within the next three years. Terry Gou, the chairman of the company …

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Japanese cars the most reliable in the world

Warranty Direct have held a study of 50,000 cars and the damning news for European cars – they are more likely to fail than Japanese models. Many petrol heads won’t be shocked by the report, but we found it interesting especially as Warranty Direct used a substantial pool of 50,000 …

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Italian police choose British sports cars

The culture of Italy is rich with jokes about the Carabinieri, the national police force. While the population might sit around cracking puns, the Carabinieri themselves are busy buying the best vehicles they can find. KitGuru just noticed a story on Top Gear that suggests the carabinieri is setting itself …

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Wanna spend more than $1.5m on a truck? Ask Newell.

We know, with the holiday season upon us, you’re worried that you won’t be able to stretch out on an Emperor-sized bed and flip through KitGuru’s latest content on a 47 inch screen – while ensuring you’re never more than 5 minutes walk from the beach. Fear not, the off-spring …

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‘The Google Effect’, are people becoming too lazy?

A new survey released by a psychologist, Betsy Sparrow of Columbia University says that ‘The Google Effect’ is changing the way people’s brains choose to remember. We all know the situation, you get into a conversation with a friend and they say ‘I Google’d this’, or ‘Google it!’. With the …

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Robots will be able to work alongside people

For many years robots have been unable to work alongside humans, due to safety issues. However recent developments in motion sensing could translate into massive improvements for various industries. NASA technicians sent a humanoid robot to the International Space Station last year. The Robonaut 2 (R2) was a torso with …

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Can MIT protect you from remote assassination?

Imagine a world where advanced electronic devices can be embedded into the human body, correcting problems and monitoring/enhancing function. Impressive stuff. But there is a dark side. A very dark side. KitGuru dreams of a jump-suited Raquel Welch while considering a modern day fantastic voyage. Roll the clock back 40 …

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DNA based computers – research moves forward

Caltech researchers have broken some new barriers and have produced the most sophisticated DNA based computer to date – a system that can calculate the square roots of numbers as high as 15. This system is created from 74 strands of DNA that make up 12 logic gates, similar to …

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Thief gets nabbed by laptop’s camera

A thief in Oakland, California wasn’t so lucky when the laptop he stole was calling back with images of the crook to the legal owner. Muthanna Aldebashi of Alameda was arrested this week on suspicion of possessing stolen goods, according to a police spokeswoman who spoke to the San Francisco …

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Arctic launches Aqua Riders – splish splosh

KitGuru loves Arctic. Well, let’s qualify that statement – before we’re accused of bias. While the coolers are good and the thermal paste is all nice and gooey – the company also finds time to create some of the best toys. Now that’s cool. Something just arrived in KitGuru’s inbox …

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Nasa aim to send robot spacecraft to asteroid

NASA announced yesterday that they plan on launching a robot based spacecraft to an asteroid in 2016, to help them understand how life began. The mission will cost a hefty $800 million and the plans are to get the robot to collect pieces of the asteroid. If successful it will …

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Cray enter GPU supercomputing sector with XK6

Cray, one of the most well known names in the supercomputing industry have decided to move into the GPU sector with the release of the XK6 machine, a successor to the XE6 AMD Opteron based machine which was announced a year ago. Cray say that the XK6 machines will be …

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