When Will Las Vegas Finally Look Like This Futuristic Illustration From the ’80s?

The 1985 Master Development Plan for the city of Las Vegas included a cover illustration straight out of Tron. It’s unclear who designed it, but if it wasn’t Syd Mead himself, it was someone who clearly took a lot of inspiration from the legendary artist. Read More >>

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Here Comes CES 2018, the Biggest Gadget Show in the World—What to Expect

In just a few days, upwards of 175,000 industry insiders, exhibitors, and members of the media will once again descend upon Las Vegas in attempts to set the pace of tech for the next 12 months. Not only will some of the world’s largest and most influential companies such as Samsung, LG, Ford, and others be in attendance, Vegas will also temporarily become home to more startups than anywhere else on the planet, all fighting for the kind of attention that could make or break their fledgling endeavours. Past breakouts include everything from an automatic wireless breast pump to virtual reality headsets, while other much-hyped debuts are still trying to make their good on their promises. Read More >>

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Las Vegas Looks Even Weirder in Infrared

Las Vegas doesn’t exactly need any help when it comes to looking ridiculous, but this footage, which was shot in infrared by Philip Bloom, makes bits of Vegas look like a candy floss wonderland (as opposed to its typical styrofoam opulence). Read More >>

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How the World’s Most Glamorous Ice Bar Stays Frozen In the Middle of the Desert

The bar is made of 120 tonnes of pure Canadian ice. So are the walls, and all the furniture, along with intricately carved ice sculptures, including a replica of the Vegas skyline and an icy Iron Throne just for Game of Thrones fans. Walking into Minus 5 Ice Bar in Las Vegas is like stepping into a real-world scene from Disney’s Frozen. Read More >>

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Edward Snowden Sneaked Into CES on a Pair of Wheels

He’s the world’s most wanted techie, yet he still managed to make an appearance at the world’s biggest gadget orgy. Edward Snowden didn’t quite pull a Jose Mourinho, smuggling himself to Vegas in a laundry basket, but caused a stir as his familiar face appeared on a screen attached to Beam, a robot on wheels. Read More >>

The Secret History of the Most Famous Neon Sign in the World

Much like the I Heart NY logo or the Hollywood Sign, the sign welcoming visitors to Las Vegas was not meant as a grand gesture when it was conceived. What was a simple act of civic self promotion — an ad, really — became a piece of public art and eventually an icon in the public domain, plastered on fuzzy dice and shot glasses that line the Strip’s souvenir shops. But who made it? Read More >>

Vegas is Tearing Down This Empty Hotel That Never Opened

If you've visited Vegas anytime since 2009, you've likely seen the empty hotel. It doesn't have any signage, rather, it's often swaddled in ads, like the world's priciest billboard—a bloated Cirque du Soleil-wrapped blue whale hovering over the Strip for four lonely years. Now a court ruling is finally putting the doomed hotel out of its misery. Read More >>

Las Vegas Hotels Join Bitcoin Payment Bandwagon

A couple of Las Vegas hotels are now catering to the extremely nouveau nouveau riche gambling/honeymooning clientele, allowing resort visitors to pay for their rooms using the wildly fluctuating virtual currency. Read More >>

Hoover Dam is a Super-Gadget That Keeps the Lights in Vegas Burning

Perhaps one of the ironies of CES, hosted here in Las Vegas, is that the largest and perhaps most spectacular gadget we could all be covering is nearly 80 years old, weighs 6.6 million tonnes, and supplies most of the electricity fuelling the devices on display at the trade show. Read More >>

Some Guy Always Gets Blamed for Lost Phones That He Never Stole Because of a Horrible Location Glitch

Las Vegas, the amazing place that sucks souls, wallets and dignities, is also really good at swallowing mobile phones. Drunk, partying, WHOOPS. And whenever a phone is lost, people who use location services to find their lost phones always seem to track it back to the same place: Wayne Dobson's house. But the thing is, Wayne Dobson never stole a phone. Instead, a glitch with the US network Sprint is making it appear as if their phone is inside Dobson's house—even if it's not. Read More >>

Steak Specialists Discover a New Cut of Beef

Turns out that what happens in Vegas no longer stays in Vegas—and that's a good thing. A self-proclaimed Meat Geek has teamed up with the University of Oklahoma to devise the first new style of steak in years. Read More >>

How an Oxford Professor Turned Roulette Odds in His Favour

If you're gonna cheat, cheat smart. Like an Oxford maths professor, who has revealed how he used the world's first wearable computer to beat the roulette tables of Las Vegas back in the 1970s. Read More >>

CES Nerds Can Get Married In an Apple Store-Lookalike Vegas Wedding Chapel

...Though they don't need to stress about finding a member of the opposite sex to force into marrying them, as pop-up wedding chapel iDo also performs commitment ceremonies; fake weddings and even pet weddings. Taking design cues from Apple's retail stores, iDo at The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas also gives newlyweds rings made out of erasers, because nothing says love like rubbing out the words on your marriage certificate after you come to your senses the following day. Read More >>

Design a Las Vegas Hotel (or Anything Else Sin City-Related) For This Month’s 3D Printing Challenge

CES is the most-circled week on any tech nerd's calendar, but Ballmer on a pogo-stick, it's a lot of hard work for us tech bloggers! Want to know what takes the same amount of time your average tech-blogger takes to queue for the Sony conference? Designing your very own 3D model, that's what. Read More >>

Amazing Breaker for iPhone and iPad: If You’re a Fan of Ice Sculptures, Best Look Away Now

Some apps look and play like the 8-Bit classics from the golden age of gaming. Others take a modern approach, employing sleek graphics to show their cutting-edge credentials. And Amazing Breaker? It looks like the kind of game that a Las Vegas magician would have made. We're thinking David Copperfield, or perhaps Siegfried & Roy. Read More >>