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RGB LEDs Light Lian Li's Dual-Chambered PC-O8 Case

The recent trend of putting RGB LEDs on everything continues. The latest is Lian Li's squarish PC-O8 case. It'll enclose even the most expensive computer you could build, while keeping things reasonably classy with tempered glass panels and the aforementioned LED lighting.

Corsair Bulldog: Console-Size, 4K-Capable Living Room Gaming PC

With a strong focus on 4K-res gaming, Corsair has brought together their PC case, cooling, and power expertise for their Bulldog DIY PC kit. It'll handle some really high-caliber hardware, all while being small enough and quiet enough to fit into your home theater setup.

Where Art Meets Science: Kirigami For Stretchable Electronics

Kirigami is a variation of the more well-known origami, in which paper is both folded and cut. In the right hands, it allows for the creation of remarkably intricate works of art. Now, however, scientists are putting the technique to use for more than just aesthetics. They’ve discovered that cutting electronic materials in a similar fashion allows them to stretch up to 370% without loss of electrical performance. This may be just the breakthrough needed to develop practical and functional wearable electronics.

Parametric Tape Measure Reinvents The Traditional Tape Measure

Cameron Bowen, a recent Royal College of Art graduate, has developed the Parametric Tape Measure, which blends the world of fashion with technology by enabling tailors to generate digital fabric patterns and simultaneously maintain the intimacy of the fitting process.Read on to learn more.

Move Over, Siri: Meet Amazon Echo And Alexa

Have you ever wanted Samantha from Her without all the nagging or Siri without having to press a button? Well, now you can with Amazon Echo's Alexa, the cloud-based voice service that does it all. Featuring a free companion app, Echo keeps working even when you're away from home.

Zotac Zbox MA760 Has Quad Cores, Quad DisplayPorts

Running AMD's fastest mobile APU, Zotac's latest addition to its lineup of mini PCs offers a whopping four DisplayPort connections for four-monitor setups, backed up by relatively fast Radeon graphics.

Fashion Footprint: Clothing, This Is Your Life

Meet Norwegian diplomat turned social entrepreneur, Mariam Naqvi who has  founded Fashion Footprint, a fashion traceability app that can scan clothing  and provide ratings information on everything from factory safety to workers' health.

Graphene In The Spotlight Again With World’s Thinnest Lightbulb

For the first time, scientists have demonstrated an “on-chip” white light source using graphene. This atomically thin lightbulb opens the door for ultra-thin, transparent and flexible displays – picture a smartphone that you can wrap around your wrist like a bracelet, t-shirts with integrated computers, or Google Glass-style eyewear that is indistinguishable from regular glasses. Not only that, but this new light source also paves the way to integrated photonic circuits, one of the most exciting ways to dramatically increase computing speeds.

Move Over Electrons, This Computer Runs On Drops Of Water

Imagine a chemistry laboratory the size of a postage stamp. Thousands of beakers, each no bigger than a poppy seed, conducting thousands of reactions under the careful control of an external operator. This may soon be a reality thanks to engineers at Stanford who have developed a novel method of computing by manipulating the flow of water droplets through a circuit. This opens the door to a brand new field in which computers not only process information, but simultaneously manipulate physical matter.

Razer Firefly Mousepad Lights Desks With Any Of 16.7 Million Colors

In case you wanted to have the most eye-catching mousepad imaginable, Razer's gaming-centric Firefly floats above configurable RGBLED lighting. Holding the exact shade of your favorite color for all to see isn't the only thing it can do, either.