Global Technology News for 16 Nov 2013
Glowing sea worms, super typhoon Haiyan and images of the Milky Way sent from Hubble are just the beginning of some of the most amazing images for this week.
The smartphone industry is dominated by two companies: Apple and Samsung. Absurdly, Canaccord Genuity recently reported that Apple and Samsung earn 109% of mobile industry profits. (That impossible... percentage results when the losses of competitors are factored in.) Specifically, the…
We're not sure how many of you will be lucky enough to receive a spanking new notebook for the holidays, but just in case you've got one on your list (or are shopping for someone else), we've got a... newly updated laptop buyer's guide full of suggestions. Whether it's a convertible Ultrabook you're looking for, or a regular Ultrabook, or maybe a gaming machine, we're here to be of service.
The Audiophiliac falls in love with an older Sony, the MDR-SA5000, and wonders, why doesn't Sony even try to make world-class headphones in 2013?
Jah-Wren Ryel writes "In early-2013, independent security researcher, Evan 'treefort' Booth, began working to answer one simple question: Can common items sold in airports after the security screening... be used to build lethal weapons? As it turns out, even a marginally 'MacGyver-esque' attacker can breeze through terminal gift shops, restaurants, magazine stands and duty-free shops to find everything needed to wage war on an airplane." We mentioned Evan's work several months back; now his not-just-a-thought-experiment exploration of improvised weapons has been cleaned up and organized, so you don't have to watch his (fascinating) talks to experience the wonders of the Chucks of Liberty (video) or the Fragguccino (video).
Better smartphone choices and greater consumer awareness are two reasons to abandon the two-year tether.
What do you do if you’re faced with increasing labor costs and a shortage of workers? If you’re one Chinese province, you invest in workers that never demand raises and are willing to work around... the clock. Over the next five years, authorities in the eastern province of Zhejiang, a manufacturing hub, will invest some 500 billion yuan ($82 billion) to help 5,000 companies per year swap humans for machines, China Daily reports. Labor costs have been rising almost 16% annually in the province, and switching over to machines could trim the need for 700,000 jobs, according to the Zhejiang Economic and Information Commission. Of course, robot producers are quick to point out that using their products doesn’t necessarily mean job cuts. “Replacing workers with robots in dangerous and...
It’s not exactly news that Android has taken over the bulk of the smart device market, but in Q3 2013, Android appears to have claimed yet another title from Apple: The most revenue from tablet... sales in a quarter. Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty calculated that Android tablets were generating more revenue than iPads based on IDC’s numbers from October, which showed very little year-over-year growth for iPads and a major loss in Apple’s worldwide tablet market share. “For the first time, Android devices accounted for a greater share of the market in revenue terms than iOS,” wrote Huberty in a note to her clients. “Android revenue share reached 46.2% in 3Q13, for the first time exceeding iPad share of 45.6%.
It's no secret that the Chinese government isn't a proponent of a free and open internet, but for some it appears that the Great Firewall doesn't go far enough. The Wall Street Journal reports that... the Chinese Communist Party released a call for additional reforms today, citing social networks and mobile messaging apps as areas of particular concern. "Following the increasing power of online media, Internet media and industry management has lagged far behind the quick changes that have come with its development," a translated version of the statement warns, noting that the technologies have the ability to quickly spread information and can mobilize citizens. Accusing current practices of having "low effectiveness," the statement goes on...
There are a ton of brand new fitness gadgets coming out just in time for winter.
It's Christmastime...and Google wants parents to put a brand new Nexus 7 under their trees. To help push this tablet onto consumers during the holidays, the company has set up Winter Wonderlabs in six... US cities. Google described the Winter Wonderlabs...
The Nexus 5 could be the best overall smartphone value right now, but at least half a dozen other competitors for the title have recently emerged.
The Nexus 5 could be the best overall smartphone value right now, but at least half a dozen other competitors for the title have recently emerged.
It looks like a trashbag coming out of a finely patterned neck pillow. But if you find yourself colliding with a car while on your bike, it could actually save your life. Meet Hövding, the invisible... bike helmet. It's a real, actual thing. But it won't be so easy for it to come to market in the United States. Here's a three-minute documentary about the Swedish helmet and its founders: Bicycle injuries are obviously serious business. The 677 cycling deaths in 2011 (the last year for which there's data) made up 2% of all motor-vehicle traffic deaths. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 48,000 bikers were injured in crashes. At the same time, bike ridership has been on the rise in the United States.
From strange 'elephant trunk' space clouds to an unprecedented view of Saturn from space, don't miss these amazing space photos of the week for Nov. 16, 2013.
Helga Pataki was the original girl obsessed for '90s kids, and while she didn't exactly spark a relationship with her beloved Arnold, she did get her kiss, which is all an elementary school kid can... hope for See also: All Your Favorite 90s Moments in Phat Throwback [VIDEO] So maybe Helga does have some wisdom to offer about getting a special guy to notice you Just don't make a shrine to him made out of his used gum — that's just plain creepy. Image: Flickr, Nickelodeon Animation Studio
thomst writes "The Washington Post's Jerry Markon and Alice Crites report that 'The lead contractor on the dysfunctional Web site for the Affordable Care Act is filled with executives from a company... that mishandled at least 20 other government IT projects, including a flawed effort to automate retirement benefits for millions of federal workers, documents and interviews show. CGI Federal, the main Web site developer, entered the U.S. government market a decade ago when its parent company purchased American Management Systems, a Fairfax County contractor that was coming off a series of troubled projects. CGI moved into AMS's custom-made building off Interstate 66, changed the sign outside and kept the core of employees, who now populate the upper ranks of CGI Federal.'"
It's pretty easy to make a case for the iPad Mini Retina. In fact, I can boil it down to two reasons.
Vivian Maier is hailed as one of the greatest street photographers of the last century, yet she remained relatively unknown, only having been discovered recently through a chance encounter of her... undeveloped negatives. The post How a mysterious Chicago nanny became one of the most important street photographers appeared first on Digital Trends.
HELSINKI — Elementary school students in Finland could be adding coding and programming to their nightly homework routine in the near future. Potentially following in the footsteps of neighboring... country Estonia, Alexander Stubb — the Finnish Minister of European Affairs and Foreign Trade — told Mashable that teaching basic programming skills to young kids in the classroom is on the country's radar SEE ALSO: 7 Lessons Every Startup Should Know “It would be a great idea to have coding as a voluntary or otherwise subject in school,” Stubb says. “Kids today are growing up as natives to technology, and the sooner they get going, the better. It starts with games and familiarizing themselves with gadgets, and coding is a big part of that."
Video game fan filmmaker Infectious Designer has posted a fan film based on the upcoming game Watch Dogs. The six-minute short features Watch Dogs protagonist hacker Aiden Pearce moving about the... open-world environment taking on random objectives as he sees fit. It also features “Hacker Girl,” representing another game player. Together the two cooperate–and then […]
Google’s foray into the commercial-hardware space has inspired the company to roll out a new marketing effort for the holidays called Winter Wonderlabs. Consumers can visit the temporary... installations to try out the latest Google hardware, and to experience interactive magic Inside the Wonderlab, there are circular, igloo-like structures that allow visitors to experience virtual snowfall. On the Wonderlab site, Google invites visitors to “step into the giant Snow Globe to create amazing slow-motion videos that are yours to keep and share." There is also a text field that says visitors can “enter [their] snow pass” code to view a video recorded at a Wonderlab
Everybody has a blog, it seems. If you want to be somebody with a blog, it would be our pleasure to teach you some blogging basics. The post How to start a blog appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tom Wheeler (pictured right) at his nomination. There are few jobs in the US government with more power to help or harm the country's tech landscape than the chairmanship of the Federal Communications... Commission, the agency that ultimately decides how telecoms and cable companies go about their business. And Tom Wheeler starts his five-year stint at the helm of the FCC under a fair amount of scrutiny: a former lobbyist for both the cable and wireless industries, it's easy to extrapolate that the President Obama-nominated venture capitalist might not have the best interest of consumers in mind. But are the fears unfounded?
Writing things down helps you remember them later, but it's also a great way to keep yourself from getting distracted. If you often find your mind wandering when it should be focused on the task at... hand, keep a "procrastination pad" to jot down those fleeting thoughts and look them up later.
Currently, doctors use ultrasound to measure blood flow in the body. Doppler effect, just like bats! But it can't detect flow in the small, slow-moving vessels where diseases often start. The... solution? Sonic blasts that heat up a tiny drop of blood, then watch where it goes. Science!
What's it like to make an XCAR film? Let producer Nick Wilkinson take you through the process. This time he's looking at our incredible Ford GT feature.
Rob Ford is having a tough week Hot on the heels of a drug scandal, the potty-mouthed Toronto mayor pledged to sue the staffers who outed his drug and alcohol addiction, and gave a rather... cringe-worthy response to sexual harassment allegation by a female staffer See also: Try Not to Laugh at SNL Cast Members Breaking Character Ford's story is almost too much to be believed, with ridiculous twists similar to that of a slapstick comedyYouTube user akikowada picked up on this similarity, creating a perfect mashup of Ford's interview clips and the late, great Chris Farley's most iconic scenes Leave it to the Internet to spot this incredibly spot-on comparison.
Flying is fun. Here's a Turkish F-16 diving and rolling while firing flares.
One of the things big time photographers are phenomenal at is getting their subjects to trust their judgement implicitly. Of course, how far does that trust really go? Well, in the case of celebrity... photog Tyler Shields and actor Zachary Quinto, that trust meant Quinto being willing to be dragged behind a car at 40mph. […]
lpress writes "Department of Education officials, led by Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter, were on our campus last week, soliciting input on The President's College Value and Affordability... plan. The discussion focused primarily on the design of a system for rating colleges and to a lesser extent on innovation and improvement. While the feedback was constructive, many attendees pointed out difficulties and limitations of any college rating system. One solution is to open the process by having the Department of Education gather and post data and provide a platform and tools for all interested parties to analyze, visualize and discuss it. Similarly, open innovation should be encouraged, for example, by providing a hosted version of the open source education platform MOOC.ORG."
You're not a princess, and that's actually a good thing. The Mercy Academy, an all-girls preparatory school in Louisville, Ky., is making waves nationally for its ad campaign telling young girls... "You're Not A Princess," and encouraging them to "Prepare for real life." The campaign, which aims to empower young women, features other slogans such as, "Don't wait for a prince" and "Life is not a fairytale." See also: How Social Media Is Empowering Women in Haiti "The deck is still stacked a bit against young girls as they make their way into the world," said David Vawter, chief creative officer at Doe-Anderson, the ad agency that created the campaign. "This notion of an institution that can help girls prepare for succeeding in the real world, on the world's terms, was very exciting for us."
From the Milky Way glowing over a fiery Hawaiian volcano to beautiful images featuring the Milky Way over a touching Tribute Hike for a fallen soldier, don't miss these stunning night sky photos by... stargazers and SPACE.com readers.
5-year-old Miles Scott lives with his younger brother and parents in Tulelake, California. Miles has leukemia (currently in remission) and was told by his parents that they were all making a trip... to San Francisco so he could get his very own Batkid costume. What he arrived to instead was a city transformed into…
Adobe's been embarrassed over the past few weeks after it was revealed that some 150 million customer records were leaked online — and that Adobe had been using some questionable methods to protect... that information in the first place. In a clever spin, some of that information has been turned into a playable crossword puzzle that helps remind people just how insecure common password choices can be. Ben Falconer put together the project, called simply Adobe Crossword, after being inspired by the web comic XKCD. The collection of 10 crossword puzzles use the most common 1,000 passwords found in the leak as its answers, with up to 50 user-supplied clues serving as the questions. There's a heavy dose of the obvious — "adobereader,"...
File tagging on the Mac is officially new to OS X Mavericks, but those who have been using the Labels feature to help manage their files in prior versions of OS X will notice it’s actually quite... similar. Basically you ‘tag’ a file, and then it becomes associated with that tag, allowing for easy file ...
The inventor of the Google Glass Sunshade says his motivation was to make it easier to see the Glass graphics when in sunshine. Coincidentally, it also covers up the light that tells others the... glasses are in use.
Microsoft this weekend rolled out a few descriptions of how the voice and gesture controls will work in Internet Explorer for Xbox One. In a post on Exploring IE, the company explained that you will... be able to say “Xbox, select” to bring up a voice command menu when the Kinect is on, followed by […]
Dreams of a technologically advanced future usually include robots. After all, as machines become increasingly useful and necessary to our lives, it's only natural that our tech relegates certain... functions to mechanized humanoids. We're still a long way from robot butlers and machines that will bring the morning paper to our bedside, but the world of tech has made progress in terms of getting machines to fill some of the more typical roles in our day-to-day lives Pets are great but for kids with severe pet allergies, owning a furry friend can be out of the question. Enter Zoomer, the adorable robotic pup that responds to voice commands. While the robotic canine is not as fast a real dog, it does glide around quickly on the wheels and can follow children around when commanded. It's a great...
Nokia is preparing to rev up its engines in the location space and drive towards the future of maps. The company whose name is still synonymous with mobile phones in certain parts of the world will... hand off its devices & services unit to Microsoft early next year, in exchange for $7.2 billion. Which means it's going to have the time and money to refocus its efforts on its location services business, HERE.
It's important to build and maintain relationships in your personal and professional lives, but it's hard to keep doing that if you're an introvert. If you're struggling with deciding which events to... attend and skip, create a socialization quota.
I pretty much universally hate streaming music services. They all promise to broaden my horizons, analyzing my tastes to bring me music I never knew I couldn't live with out. They can all go to hell.
This weeks awesome Mac setup comes to us from visual designer and Apple lover Mirko S. With a great looking desk and a very nice Macintosh configuration, here is the Apple gear and a few app... recommendations that Mirko is using for his work, and why: What Apple hardware does your setup consist of? Core ...
12 years ago today, on Nov. 16, the film adaptation of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" opened in theaters, starting an eight film series that would go on to gross more than $7 billion. It has... been over two years since the final film was released, but that didn't stop filmmaker Wren Weichman from continuing the story past the books written by J.K. Rowling. Weichman has directed and produced a new short film, "The OMEn Chronicles" that takes place in the world of "Harry Potter," now fifteen years after the events of the final book. No familiar faces from the book series show up, but fans of "Harry Potter" should recognize the spells and wands being used by the new characters (even if this time around they're said with American accents). This isn't the only screen adaptation fans can...
It seems every country needs it's own Square clone there days. iZettle has been busy populating Europe, alongside Payleven, to name just two. Indeed, Mexico has it's own version, Clip. Today it... announced a new round of funding for $1.7 million in the form of a convertible note, with Alta Ventures, one of Mexico's leading VCs and an undisclosed existing investor.
This December, the remake of The Sound of Music will be released, and musical movie fans will watch with hopeful skepticism. When High School Musical became a huge hit, more teen musicals followed,... including a remake of the '80s dance-fueled rebellion flick Footloose. See also: One Woman's Spot-On Musical Impressions of 19 Famous Divas So if enough "Favorite Things" fans tune into The Sound of Music reboot, a remake of another Julie Andrews classic, Mary Poppins, probably won't be too far behind. We've already got our picks for the dream cast. Image: Flickr, Klearchos Kapoutsis Image: Getty Images
As the holiday season approaches, we know you're a bit stumped about what to get the woman in your life (who, seemingly, already has one — or two — of everything) Luckily, there are a slew of... gadgets and gizmos on the market this year for every walk of life, from the fashion-savvy to fitness-obsessed. Here are a few ideas to spark your creativity. For the Hobbyist 1. Molecular Mixology KitImage: Uncommongoods Sometimes, simply drinking a margarita isn't enough. In true Breaking Bad style, this fun mixology kit — a perfect gift for the adventurous palate — combines liquor, chemistry and art for in-depth experimentation with your favorite cocktails. The kit features three types of drink (margaritas, mojitos and cosmopolitans) and includes simple molecular recipes that make it easy to...
Nathan Myhrvold's six-volume foodie encyclopedia, Modernist Cuisine, writes reader SmartAboutThings, is one of the most expensive cooking encyclopedias, the original six-volume version retailing for... $500, with the two-volume addition that followed after that selling for $115. "Now, Nathan and his team have transformed their huge food encyclopedia into an iPhone/iPad app. It's not just a digital book, but rather an expensive $80 interactive app that can do more than just provide recipes. The interactive digital cookbook is the fruit of a development team of 10-15 people that have worked over nine months on the project. The app contains 37 technique videos, 416 recipes and 1,683 photos."
This site will help you accomplish your goal of becoming Twitter's best answer-giver, as well as showing off all of the really strange things users are asking. The post New problem-solver site reveals... that Twitter asks a lot of odd questions appeared first on Digital Trends.
Yesterday a young boy named Miles, better known now as Batkid, inspired the world and probably became the most photographed child on Earth, if only for a day. You see 5-year-old Miles has been... battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia since he was 20 months old, and when the Make-a-Wish foundation asked him what his wish was, […]
There have been precious few details on Google’s second-generation Nexus 10, but new reports are now suggesting that the 10-inch tablet could go on sale as early as next week. A product page for the... device was temporarily listed on the Google Play store earlier this week, indicating the tablet would go on sale Nov. 21. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Google has since deleted the page from its website. SEE ALSO: Samsung and Google reportedly close to launching new 10-inch Nexus tablet The story was first spotted by Ubergizmo, although the tech website has since removed its article on the issue. Little is known about the second-gen Nexus 10 at this time — although a recent leak claimed that the device comes with the same 2560 x 1600 resolution display, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU and...
Rolls-Royce is considering using 3D printing technology to create lighter components for its jet engines, the company's head of technology strategy has said. Henner Wapenhans said the additive... manufacturing technology could also enable the the British manufacturer to create aircraft engine parts more quickly, the Financial Times reported. "3D printing opens up new possibilities, new design space," Wapenhans said. "Through the 3D printing process, you're not constrained [by] having to get a tool in to create a shape. You can create any shape you like." The Rolls-Royce executive said the technology could be used to reduce the weight of parts such as brackets.
As with many startups, Zendesk's origins began at a table with a few laptops, three co-founders and lots of coffee. But the founding of the customer service software company has an unorthodox twist:... Zendesk started out of a loft in Copenhagen, Denmark, and not in Silicon Valley.
You can never have too many plastic containers. But they do have a tendency to absorb the smell of whatever you store in them long after discarding and even washing. So here's a neat trick: throw some... paper into it.
Feast your eyes! From a photographic flashback to the days of hair metal, to a brand-new iPad Mini that finally satisfies your eyes, this week's best stories were all about the visuals. Give your... peepers a quick Cliff's Notes of our best stories this week.
If you listen closely, you can hear it: the eye of the console storm. We are between technologies and the big hardware makers know it. It's a move from an optical-disk-based, high-heat standalone... device. To paraphrase William Gibson: the future is here, it's just unevenly distributed and its on that uneasy plane the new $399 PS4 firmly sits.
A few minutes before his helicopter touched down in a covert military base just outside of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tommy Thompson reached for his secret weapon. He was about to meet with top Afghan... officials and he needed to ensure he hit his mark. But Thompson's mission to the war-torn region in 2004 did not involve delivering guns and bombs. As the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, the diplomat was there to win hearts and minds. To accomplish his directive, assigned to him by the President of the United States, Thompson relied upon information delivered at exactly the right time and place. Minutes before each meeting with dignitaries, he was handed a top-secret intelligence briefing. The CIA-prepared binder contained the most vital, and at times trivial, information on who the...
Anonymous is the new black... I've always loved computers. Ever since I saw my first Commodore 64, I was infatuated. It was like a window into the imagination. Luckily I grew up in the military and... attended the Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DoDDS, not to be confused with DDoS), so I had access to computers at both home and school. I got really good with them. My dad had this pixelated strip poker game back in the day. He didn't want me playing it, so he'd keep it hidden in his closet. When I got home from school, I'd find the floppy disk, navigate through DOS to load it, and play strip poker for a couple hours on our computer. As I got older, I eventually got my own computer and went to college while dial-up internet was becoming widespread. The Evolution of Pirating... It was...
If you’re thinking of buying an Android smartphone, look no further than the Nexus 5.
I think it is only appropriate that the words Apple and fashion are used in the same sentence. Apple is a consumer electronics company, with innovative technology embedded in the ethos of the company.... Fashion is somewhat of a style thing, you know, usually associated with today's clothing designers. So, why are both of these distinctly unconnected words used in the same sentence? Well, after reading an article called As Apple Edges Closer to Fashion, Questions Arise, I came to the conclusion that Apple has taken design thinking and design innovation privileges to an entirely new level, far beyond what companies could have imagined. It's no surprise that both design thinking and design innovation can be tied to fashion and tech. Here's what John Maeda has to say. Design has always been...
The long-awaited PlayStation 4 finally hit shelves on Friday. Many gamers camped out for hours near store entrances to be among the first to get their hands on the next-generation console as soon as... the clock struck midnight Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant was among the midnight buyers, but he took things one generous step further by buying consoles for others waiting in line, too See also: NBA Star Under Fire For Threatening Rival on Twitter Elated gamers-slash-NFL fans took to social media to share their appreciation. This photo is particularly excellent: So my friend was at Best Buy for a PS4 and Dez Bryant walked in and bought one for her and four other people pic.twitter.com/lN7dVMwJ91 — Kells (@BRedLove) November 15, 2013
Earlier today (Nov. 16) the United Launch Alliance rocket housing the space agency's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft (MAVEN) rolled out onto the pad in preparation for the launch.
The Open Compute Project last week announced that it is considering four contributions for development of an open, operating system-agnostic data center switch it announced six months ago. Open... Compute is an effort initiated by Facebook two years ago to commoditize and wring cost out of hardware purchases for data center and cloud computing. It announced plans back in May to spec out an open source switch to complement its vendor-agnostic data center software, server, and storage designs. The switch would serve as a cost-effective top-of-rack alternative to those from traditional manufacturers, such as Cisco, Arista Networks, Brocade, Dell, Extreme Networks, Hewlett-Packard, and Juniper. Such an alternative would foster faster hardware innovation, facilitate software-defined networks...
Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes "Matthew Wald reports in the NYT the the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed reducing the amount of ethanol that is required to be mixed with the gasoline supply,... the first time it has taken steps to slow down the drive to replace fossil fuels with renewable forms of energy. The move drew bitter complaints from advocates of ethanol, including some environmentalists, who see the corn-based fuel blend as a weapon to fight climate change and was also unwelcome news to farmers, coming at a time when a record corn crop is expected, and the price of a bushel has fallen almost to the cost of production. "Boy, my goodness, are the oil companies going to benefit from this," says Bob Dinneen, president of the Renewable Fuels Association. "We're all just sort of...
Are you sick and tired of those cumbersome big screen TVs? These entry-level home theater projectors will bring you that big screen experience without breaking the bank. The post Top 5 entry-level... home theater projectors (plus one, just for fun) appeared first on Digital Trends.
Scientists have just taken quantum computing a big leap closer to consumer viability. In a paper published in Science, it was shown that qubits–the atomic particles used in ludicrously fast quantum... computers–can be made to retain their “superposed” state–that is, a state of both 1 and 0 or multiple 1′s and 0′s–for 39 minutes at […]
The future of health care, according to Wired, will be built on three pillars -- data, technology, and design. So last week in lower Manhattan, the magazine's editors gathered an eclectic mix of... physicians, technologists and data scientists to explore innovations in these three pillars. Like last year's conference, this year's Wired: Data | Life conference had its own share of "oohs" and "aahs" - like MC10's biostamp, a smart sensor as thin as a band-aid or Theranos' blood testing kit that requires just a droplet of blood to run a full complement of lab tests. But, it is the data collected by these devices, apps and even in person at a doctor's office or pharmacy, that provide the biggest opportunity to alter how, when and where we test, diagnose and manage our health. For decades,...
Many streaming-savvy DVRs either lean heavily on cloud services or are linked to traditional TV -- neither of which is ideal for cord cutters trying to lower their long-term costs. Nuvyyo is promising... what could be a more affordable option with its upcoming Tablo DVR. The upcoming, partly crowdfunded set-top box streams both live and locally recorded over-the-air broadcasts to seemingly any internet-capable platform, including Android, iOS, Roku players and web browsers. In theory, it's as cheap and convenient as internet-only video while delivering the wider content selection of traditional TV. We've had hands-on time with a Tablo prototype that suggests the company has at least latched on to a good (if imperfect) idea --
Dell started selling the refresh of its svelte MacBook Air rival: the XPS 13 with a touch screen. Dell also began selling another potential Air challenger: the XPS 11.
Astronaut Mike Hopkins tweeted this picture last night, taken from the International Space Station. Pretty cool, huh? It looks more like an oil painting of a tiger than the surface of what we call a... "blue" planet. Just more proof that everything looks cooler from space .
The Gillmor Gang -- John Taschek, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor -- act their age in the style of Steve Ballmer, who thinks he's of an older time where the world's not going. I'm not so... sure he's right about that, what with SnapChat taking a pass on $3 billion ephemeral oh-so-direct messages. Surely the snark social leader fits like a glove with the younger set, but at its core the underlying motives are straight out of Game of Thrones.
The new Nike+ FuelBand SE is the company's second version of the wearable wrist device that tracks your activity. The second-gen device promises to deliver a better and more precise experience than... the 2012 original by introducing Sessions to cater for...
Professor Robert Lanza is sure there is something beyond this mortal coil. He believes the science is there to prove it.
Gamers everywhere are eager to get their hands on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, but many are still trying to decide which new console is right for them. See also: Xbox One vs. PS4: Compare Each... Console's New Games Both systems boast plenty of new features and an array of impressive titles available at launch. Sony's PS4 cost $100 less than Microsoft's Xbox One, proving that the former is trying to gain a competitive edge. Readers, tell us: Which new gaming system are you more excited about? Take our poll, below; then explain your choice in the comments BONUS: Game Screenshots from Next-Gen Consoles
After its launch on Friday, the PlayStation 4 has come under fire from some gamers who say their units have been dead on arrival. The most troubling reports describe a so-called "blue light of death"... syndrome, in which the console's light bar flashes blue but never outputs a video signal or boots up. Reddit's PlayStation hub has collected 91 separate incidents of console failure, but it's unclear how widespread the problem truly is. None of the Manhattan-based stores contacted by The Verge had seen any PS4 returns based on the issues.
Google plans to build solar power plants in California and Arizona that are expected to be operational by early 2014 and will generate enough clean electricity to power more than 17,000 U.S. homes.
A week of reviews gets the week in review treatment.
Everyone has an ugly Christmas sweater tucked away in their closets. Whether you purchased it from the thrift store for a quirky college theme party, or you borrowed it from grandma only to keep it... forever, you know you've got one stashed away for the holidays. See also: 32 Nerdy Beanies to Protect Your Cranium But just because you've got Christmas covered doesn't mean you're off the hook for Thanksgiving dinner. Lucky for you, Etsy has a whole slew of turkey-covered sweaters to fit your ugly holiday sweater needs. So unless you want to embarrass yourself with your lack of Thanksgiving spirit, don't sit down to dinner without donning one of these 12 ugly sweaters.
It's funny how quickly we get used to ergonomic paradigms. What I mean is, we quickly got used to a smartphone's On/Off button being on the top or right side with the volume button on the left side.... Lord help the handset maker who screws with this time-honored six-year old smartphone button arrangement. Well, Lord help LG, because it has moved all these keys from their usual perimeter positions to the rear of its latest superphone, the G2. In an age of Android androgyny, this shift is jarringly deliberate, designed to clearly differentiate the G2 from other Android superphones, specifically those from LG's mortal enemy, Samsung and its Galaxy S4.
Alright folks, we don’t often post about deals but this is a great one and it’s only available through midnight tonight (Eastern Standard Time). If you’re in the US and you’re okay with buying... some refurbished Canon gear instead of brand new, today only, you can get $20 off a purchase of $100 or more, […]
Lucas123 writes "Google just announced it is investing another $80 million in six new solar power plants in California and Arizona, bringing its total investment in renewable energy to more than $1... billion. The new plants are expected to generate 160MW of electricity, enough to power 17,000 typical U.S. homes. They are expected to be operational by early 2014. With the new plants, Google's renewable power facilities will be able to generate a total of 2 billion watts (gigawatts) of energy, enough to power 500,000 homes or all of the public elementary schools in New York, Oregon, and Wyoming for one year, it said. Currently, Google gets about 20% of its power from renewable energy, but it has set a goal of achieving 100% renewable energy."
I hadn't been a watch-wearer for years. I'm still not convinced I'm one now -- strapping a timepiece onto your wrist doesn't feel particularly 21st Century -- but here I am, with a Pebble proudly... displayed on my arm. And I'm not alone. Myself, Jerry, Andrew -- Pebble wearers, all. It certainly took long enough, right? Pebble has been the darling of the "crowdfunding" world since it launched its $100,000 campaign on Kickstarter on April 11, 2012 -- and walked away with more than $10.2 million in backers' money just 37 days later. Fast forward more than a year and watches finally started shipping to those who pledged. In August 2013, Pebble found itself on sale at Best Buy. Now? It's safe to say the Pebble made it, albeit in a limited fashion. Samsung has since come into the game with the...
Check out this list of clever, low-cost home hacks to find our favorite ways to save money on your heating bill this winter The post 5 low-tech home hacks to cut down your heating bill this winter... appeared first on Digital Trends.
What is a drone, anyway? And which one should I buy? It's a bit more complicated than you might think. But fear not! We have the answers to these questions and more in our beginner's guide to UAVs.... The post Drones 101: A beginner's guide to taking flight, no license needed appeared first on Digital Trends.
The Knicks' JR Smith is in Twitter trouble again after apparently threatening the Pistons' Brandon Jennings. He is fined $25,000. But isn't there more to his Twitter account than there appears?
Google's two smartphone divisions offer a very different take on 'stock' Android We love Android phones. That means we have a few of them laying around, and when a hot new one like the Nexus 5 comes... out, we can take our time and compare our favorites against it. You've seen how we think the G2 from LG and HTC's One match up to Google's new Nexus, and now it's time for my take on how the Moto X fares against the mighty Nexus. It's worth mentioning that I almost didn't write this. I'm pretty impressed with the Moto X and phones that can't duplicate it's features aren't going to win my heart. But in the end, since I've been using a Moto X every minute of every day since they became available, it fell on my shoulders. I'm also a huge Nexus fan, so I think we can keep things fair. That being...
With the help of eBay founder and billionaire Pierre Omidyar, Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who broke the NSA story this summer, is putting together what he hopes is a newsgathering dream team.
The holiday season is getting closer, and many people will be adding a tablet to their wish lists this year. But how do you decide which tablet is best for you? Are you loyal to Apple's iPad models,... or are you more interested in Google's Nexus 7 tablet? Do you need a powerhouse tablet for work, or do you want a device for entertainment? See also: 5 Ways To Boost Productivity With Your Tablet Whatever your needs or preferences, Mashable reviewed a number of tablets based on a variety of uses, regardless of price. They include everything from tablets for users who want an affordable device without all the extra features, to tablets for those who need one that can do it all.
In a little less than two weeks, Americans will engage in the county's annual combat ritual: Holiday Travel Season--a brutal tradition pitting travelers against the monolithic security and... transportation apparatus in a race to their respective destinations. Believe it or not, it's possible to make it through with your dignity intact. It just takes a bit of planning.
With this Cult of Mac Deals offer, you can turn your living room into a war-zone with this iPhone-controlled, missile-firing helicopter. Forget toy remotes - you control this hovering hellion with... your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad! Just download the…
Jeremy Hammond, the man responsible for the 2011 attack on Strategic Forecasting Inc., better known as Stratfor, pled guilty to his role in the attack and was sentenced on Friday to serve ten years in... federal prison. However, Hammond's supporters maintain that his sentencing, indeed the case itself, was unbalanced and rife with problems from the beginning. In 2011, the AntiSec movement was resurrected in name. Those supporting AntiSec used its name to target governments, law enforcement, and the private businesses that associated with them. One such business was Strategic Forecasting Inc., better known as Stratfor, a firm in Austin, Texas that provides "geopolitical intelligence" to individuals and organizations across the globe. Earlier this past May, Jeremy Hammond admitted that he was...
So you’re about to enter the world of work. You’re ready to get in front of hiring managers and secure a job you’re passionate about. But there’s just one problem: your resume is seriously... lacking. Maybe your major was so challenging that you didn’t have time to intern or participate in extracurricular activities in college. Or maybe you’re switching career paths, and your past experience isn’t relevant to the new gig. Whatever the case, you can still get hired without a resume –- it just takes some honesty and drive on both your part and the employer’s. My company, 2U, an ed-tech company helping universities bring their own degree programs online, often makes hires without asking candidates for resumes -– especially within our tech team.
The US Army, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, and other US government agencies were infiltrated by the Adobe software breaches that came to light last month, the FBI said... in a memo this week. The memo, which was distributed throughout the affected agencies, said that the breaches actually started in December […]
A Southern California startup called Tribogenics is using a new method of producing X-rays, fleshed out by Darpa-funded research at UCLA, to make X-ray machines more robust and portable.
mikejuk writes with this tantalizing excerpt about one possible future of furniture:"The mechanism of MIT's new shapeshifting output device is remarkably simple. It is based on the well known pin... screen devices that you can use to take a 3D impression of an object. A 2D plate of pins can be moved to create a surface.In the same way, inForm uses a set of rods and actuators to create dynamic surfaces. The big difference is that the actuators are under computer control. Now you have a computer controlled surface and what is really surprising is how much you can get from this simple idea. With the help of a 3D depth camera and some innovative software, the surface can act as an output device that lets you manipulate real objects remotely. If you use the surface as a table then your computer...
We’ve dedicated this issue of the magazine to Sir Jony Ive, the Apple designer whose imagination brings us all the gadgets we love. Inside, you’ll find an exclusive excerpt from publisher... Leander Kahney’s brand-spanking-new book “Jony Ive: The Genius…
Despite the hype, most educational games for the iPad have never been tested for their educational value, and even fewer have been shown to improve general abilities.
Debt collectors have been using social media to gather information and harass consumers, but new rules may limit these behaviors. The post Careful – that Facebook friend request could be an invasive... debt collector appeared first on Digital Trends.
Next week will mark 50 years to the day that John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. To mark the anniversary, CBS will stream four days of its live coverage from 1963, covering the first... reports of the assassination to the president's funeral. Legendary anchor Walter Cronkite is as tied to the assassination as the famous "Zapruder film," but the brief clip showing Cronkite announce the president's death is typically all you see today. The four days' worth of video will be uncut, so it should offer an intriguing look at just what television news was like back in its golden era. The stream will start at 1:40PM ET on Friday, November 22nd and end on Monday.
Though they are marketed as a mental workout for kids, there's such a thing as too much of a good thing. Some of these educational iPad games are incredibly addictive.
Do you really feel the cold? You can avoid the calamity of chilly hands this winter by investing in a reusable hand warmer Whether it's simply to keep your mitts toasty while waiting for the bus, or... to prevent frostbite during prolonged outdoor activities, hand warmers can help. Plus, they make great stocking stuffers! See also: 10 Cozy Pairs of Touchscreen-Friendly Gloves Take a look through our toasty selection of adorable options, both hand-made and store-bought, in the gallery above. In the comments below, share your tricks for staying warm this winter. Image: Aroma Home
You spend a lot of waking hours at your computer, so why not make it a little prettier (and more productive)? Here are 10 ways to customize every inch of your desktop, no matter what operating system... you use.
The FDA put out a warning this week that knockoffs of ExtenZe Maximum Strength have been found containing sildenafil -- the active ingredient in Viagra and other ED prescriptions. Meaning hopeful... pill-poppers may have thought those "herbal supplements" were really kicking in, despite science having proven they just don't work .
NASA's Operation IceBridge has begun its 2013 Antarctic field campaign with the arrival of the agency's aircraft and scientists at the National Science Foundation's McMurdo Station in Antarctica.
NASA hopes its newest Mars spacecraft lives up to its know-it-all name.
Designer Yoni Lefevre has teamed up with photographer Nick Bookelaar on a creative project that we just fell in love with the moment we set eyes on it. It’s called Grey Power, and in it Lefevre and... Bookelaar turn children’s refrigerator-worthy drawings of their grandparents into real life photographs. The concept is simple and the […]
Archaeologists have unearthed traces of a previously unknown, 14th-century Canaanite city buried underneath the ruins of another city in Israel.
Coin is an editable card that holds all of your credit/debit and loyalty cards. Fascinating.
Several advocacy groups are calling for an investigation into Internet companies Yahoo and Google whose networks were secretly accessed by the National Security Agency (NSA). In a letter sent last... week, the groups asked the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) find out how the NSA could extract so much data without the knowledge of Google and Yahoo. "The Commission should pursue this investigation because it routinely holds itself out as the defender of consumer privacy in the United States," the authors said. "It is inconceivable that when faced with the most significant breach of consumer data in U.S. history, the Commission could ignore the consequences for consumer privacy." The letter, signed by officials from the Electronic Privacy Information Center, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse,...
Scenarios like this one are becoming more and more common as location tech gains a foothold in retail: You’ve just tossed a jar of peanut butter in your grocery cart when your smartphone buzzes. You... glance down at the screen to see a message that seems downright clairvoyant: Buy some jelly. Get $1 off. Convenient? Certainly. Creepy? Maybe. In September, Apple introduced the iBeacon. But retailers are exploring many other options for indoor positioning and tracking, including low-power Bluetooth (used by the iBeacon and others), videocameras, sound waves, and magnetic fields. The goal is to enhance the brick and mortar experience to rival that of online retailers. The technology could eventually give retailers capabilities rivaling those of online stores. On the Web, behavioral ads use...
Rambo Tribble writes "Reuters is reporting that the FBI has issued a warning to several U.S. Government agencies that the Anonymous collective has hacked their systems. Included in the list of... compromised agencies are the U.S. Army, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, and potentially many more agencies. The avenue of attack: Adobe Cold Fusion."
The annual Leonid meteor shower of 2013 peaks overnight Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 16 and 17) and you can watch the 'shooting stars' display live online courtesy of NASA and the online community... telescope Slooh. Here's how to watch.
The code works perfectly, so why mess it up?
We can scribe about Windows 8.1 and Mac OS X Mavericks all we want, but we'd like to know which of these new operating systems you prefer to use and why. Don't be shy, get in on the discussion here!... The post Reader poll: Mac OS X Mavericks or Windows 8.1? appeared first on Digital Trends.
There's been a lot of coverage on the Apple Samsung patent retrial. This article does a good job of boiling down both the numbers and the arguments being put forth by each side. Samsung's expert's key... argument: An expert hired by Apple had determined the company was due $114 million in lost profits because of Samsung's use of technology under Apple's patent No. 7,844,915, also known as "pinch to zoom." The '915 patent covers technology that can distinguish whether a user is scrolling with one finger versus using several touch points at once for a pinch-to-zoom action. However, Michael Wagner, an accountant and lawyer hired by Samsung, said there's no evidence from either company that shows consumers bought Samsung devices because they liked that particular touch-screen feature. As a...
REDMOND, Wash.-- Steve Ballmer paced his corner office on a foggy January morning here, listening through loudspeakers to his directors' voices on a call that would set in motion the end of his... 13-year reign as Microsoft Corp.'s chief executive.
Welcome to The Verge: Weekender edition. Every Saturday, we'll bring you some of the best and most important reads of the past seven days, from original reports, to in-depth features, to reviews and... interviews. Think of it as a collection of some of our favorite pieces that you may have missed — or that you may just want to read again. You can follow along below, or keep up to date on Flipboard.
Quantum computing will change our world. But currently, it's just about impossible . Qubits, the bits that power quantum computing, require crazy-cold temps to create, and they only survive about 3... minutes at room temp. Now, a research team has made room-temp qubits last for 39 minutes. That's monumental.
PALO ALTO -- Starting about 7 a.m. Saturday in a corner of the Stanford Shopping Center, hundreds of girls under the age of 11 will begin lining up for an event that many of them have been dreaming... about for years now: the grand opening of an American Girl store .
Chrome: It's easy to get distracted when you are in your browser. Momentum is a new extension that makes the New Tab of Chrome into a place to inspire you and make you get things done.
Tesla's Elon Musk has said the company will make an EV pickup truck and supersonic jet. A pickup jet?
This is some incredible compelling analysis. I would urge anyone interested in the methodology behind PC/tablet/phone market share "reporting" (and I do use that term loosely) to read this... top-to-bottom. Things start off with a bit of history. Following a routine that began in the 1990s, Gartner and IDC spent the 2000s noting that Apple's Mac market share was virtually irrelevant, afloat in an ocean of PC sales without giving much regard to the fact that Apple enjoyed very high share in some market segments (such as education and graphic design) and essentially none in others (such as enterprise sales, kiosks and cash registers). Then came the iPod, then the iPhone, then the iPad, with Mac sales rising as the Mac-iOS ecosystem evolved and expanded. And that's when this article really gets...
Devices running Google's Android operating system accounted for 81 percent of all smartphones sold worldwide in the third quarter of 2013, IDG reports.
mdsolar writes with this excerpt from Bloomberg News: "Arizona will permit the state's largest utility to charge a monthly fee to customers who install photovoltaic panels on their roofs, in a closely... watched hearing that drew about 1,000 protesters and may threaten the surging residential solar market. The Arizona Corporation Commission, which regulates utilities in the state, agreed in a 3-to-2 vote at a meeting [Thursday] in Phoenix that Arizona Public Service Co. may collect about $4.90 a month from customers with solar systems. Arizona Public is required to buy solar power from customers with rooftop panels, and the commission agreed with its argument that the policy unfairly shifts some of the utility's costs to people without panels. Imposing a fee designed to address this issue may...
Tumblr, like most social media platforms, has a world all its own, complete with a specific etiquette. It can be a bit confusing for users just starting out on the site, and although Tumblr has plenty... of users who are willing to help, not everyone knows how to find them New users need look no further. This guide highlights a lot of the big topics and day-to-day practices of having a Tumblr account, which may help you have a better overall experience on the site See also: The Beginner's Guide to Tumblr Whether you want to maximize your Tumblr experience or just want to learn how to participate in activities on this popular social network, here's a complete guide to Tumblr etiquette.
The eternal startup question "Android or iOS first?" grows ever thornier, with news that Android's market share exceeds 80%. But never mind the managers and non-technical founders: what do developers!... developers! think of that divide? Whoever makes life easier for them gains a sizable edge. And by "them" I mean "us." When not writing TC columns (and novels) I'm a software engineer for HappyFunCorp, a consultancy with the best name (and web site -- go on, click through) ever. To keep my hand in, as I find myself doing ever more management, I recently wrote and open-sourced a pair of more-or-less identical Android and iOS apps for a pet personal project. So let me walk you through the state of the art.
The PlayStation family has a lot of stylish members -- and one very upright, ashen patriarch that started it all. Let's take a look at how their aesthetics evolved.
Ever wanted to see yourself immortalized in a popular Liz Lemon GIF? What about Beyonce? Now you can, with this incredibly easy to use Web app. The post Put your own stamp – er, face – on any... viral GIF you can think of appeared first on Digital Trends.
A new report shows that women receive a majority of bachelor's degrees in psychology, biosciences and social sciences, but still a small minority of computer science and engineering degrees.
theodp writes "In June, Google unveiled Project Loon to acclaim from the press for its "moonshot" project that aims to use high-altitude balloons to cheaply provide internet connectivity to rural,... remote, and underserved areas of the developing world. So it's interesting to see that a just-published Google patent application for Balloon Clumping to Provide Bandwidth Requested in Advance, which pre-dated the Loon launch by a year, paints a not entirely altruistic picture of balloon-powered Internet access technology. Google describes the invention — which had been kept secret with a non-publication request — as just the ticket for those well-to-do enough to pay a tiered-pricing premium to get faster internet access while attending concerts, conferences, air shows, music festivals, and...
Twitter can be intimidating but these tips will help you feel less inadequate when look at your list of followers. Most of these take no time at all and will put you one step closer to social media... fame. The post How to get more followers on Twitter appeared first on Digital Trends.
Great screen and drastically better performance both come at a price.
Colorado is rich in wildlife. I've seen a bit of it out on hikes and such; moose, elk, coyotes, the odd fox and hare. I've also seen some bald eagles, but usually they're pretty far away. Sometimes... far enough that's it's hard to tell if they're eagles or not; a hawk with its feathers catching the sunlight masquerades well as an eagle to my inexperienced birding eye. But then, sometimes, they're close enough that the distinction isn't so hard to make. Driving home from the airport last week I saw this pair sitting on a power pole. They were obvious even from hundreds of meters away. I see a lot of hawks on these poles, imperiously gazing over their territory, eyes sharp for rodents or other potential snacks. An eagle is clearly different; larger, with that vividly white-feathered head. I...
The Nov. 16 Deal of the Day is the Seidio SURFACE Case (with kickstand) for Samsung Galaxy S4. The SURFACE Case is the perfect Galaxy S4 hard case; combining a super-slim design, protective outer... shell and a magnetic kickstand for convenient viewing. The exterior features a custom soft coating that provides additional grip to help prevent accidental drops and comes in several different colors to choose from. The Seidio SURFACE Case (with kickstand) is available for just $18.49, 47% off today only. Backed by our 60-day return policy and fast shipping. Check out more amazing deals on Samsung Galaxy S4 cases at ShopAndroid.com! Canada Deal of the Day BodyGuardz Armor Carbon Fiber Full Body Screen Protector for LG Nexus 4 Today Only: $11.95
MAVEN will make detailed measurements of Mars' atmosphere from orbit, helping scientists understand how Mars' climate has changed so dramatically over the last few billion years. Here are some key... facts to keep in mind about MAVEN and its mission.
Despite recent successes in the field, creating a quantum computer is really hard. For one thing quantum bits in a super positioned state (or qubits, the basic unit of data for quantum computing) have... a hard time surviving at room temperature. Typically, these superposition states last for only a few seconds, but in a recent experiment at Oxford University, researchers were able to keep a quantum system alive for a full 39 minutes. "These lifetimes are at least ten times longer than those measured in previous experiments," explained Stephanie Simmons from the university's Department of Materials. "Having such robust, as well as long-lived, qubits could prove very helpful for anyone trying to build a quantum computer." Even so, they aren't particularly active ones - all of the qubits in the...
Ford is looking beyond gas mileage to make its cars greener.
At $200, the SmartWatch 2 works with a variety of Android phones
Thankfully, not all science experiments go according to plan. Some of the world's best inventions were created by accident.
The Skully P1 motorcycle helmet's heads-up display and integrated tech is far from ready, but it holds the promise to revolutionize both biker lids and consumer-grade heads-up displays.
He uses the OMD EM5 and also recently acquired the Body Cap Lens; then he discovered a couple of problems with the lens and modified it to make it better. The post Conversion from Wide Angle Gem to... Macro With a Twist appeared first on The Phoblographer.
An anonymous reader writes "From the guy who brought you CD syncing and the original music locker (both of which saw lawsuits from record labels) comes the latest invention to rock the music world: a... real-time radio search engine. 1000s of worldwide stations are indexed in real-time and users can search and play most any popular artist — even the digital holdouts (Tool, Led Zeppelin, etc) that are unavailable on paid services like Spotify. (Kinda wonder why Google hasn't done this.) Link on main page points to an API for those who want to build mobile and web services."
The Internet of Things presents big opportunities for businesses of all sizes.
There's one thing employees wish their bosses would say more often. The problem is, bosses think they are already saying it.
Every week, highly anticipated and totally unexpected gems appear on the major streaming services. We're paying attention so you don't have to. The post Couch Bound: Our weekly guide to the latest... streaming movies, TV shows, and music appeared first on Digital Trends.
Mid November and there's only one thing on most people's minds: the imminent Xbox One and Playstation 4 launches. In the UK we have to wait a little longer than America does for the PS4 launch, but... we've been playing around with the final machine's user...
A bunch of Twitter's alpha and beta testers for Android might have fired up their apps today, and thought they'd been kicked out of the program. After all, the social network recently scrapped the new... design it debuted to intrepid early adopters in September and brought its older look back. The familiar buttons take their place on top of the app again, replacing the menu that allowed testers to swipe their way from one stream to another. Twitter took elements from both designs, though, so it isn't a complete throwback to the old interface. Alpha users, in particular, see an entirely different Discover section that features a basic list view and a detailed view that shows sample tweets. Also, the prompt that pops up when you post a tweet comes with a note that reads "Are you in [city,...
Since 2008, photographer Lou Bopp has made regular trips down Mississippi's Route 61 — known as 'The Blues Highway' — to document the lives of unknown musicians who have made important... contributions to the classic American musical genre. In this work, he recorded the juke joints, roadhouses, and the culture that has supported Mississippi Delta style blues. See gallery
Occasionally, needs must, and a car guy has to buy a car. This can lead to much consternation.
NASA's Mars probe is expected to study the atmosphere of the Red Planet in amazing new detail.
From replacement kidneys to guns, cars, prosthetics and works of art, 3D printing is predicted to transform our lives in the coming decades as dramatically as the Internet did before it.
This roundup takes a look at the practical and sometimes quirky aspects of tech products.
A humongous iceberg and an elusive 'unicorn' make the list
The customer support application for small companies now includes 12 pre-populated reports that track agent and help desk performance.
Talking at a US Army demonstration of autonomous weaponized robots at Fort Benning, Georgia, experts said that "ten years from now, there will probably be one soldier for every 10 robots. Each soldier... could have one or five robots flanking him, looking for enemies, scanning for land mines."
Airplanes aren’t known for being the most roomy vessels one can travel in, and dealing with matters concerning personal space and passenger size has been a touchy — and sometimes heated — topic.... Various solutions have been proposed, such as having static seats available in different sizes, but the latest is perhaps the most unique […]
The objective behind Karlita project was to develop an exceedingly effective universal accessory to handle large PET bottles that are more and more available on the market. Karlita, as a universal... tool, makes indeed easy the use of big plastic...
There are many ways to show how big a Star Wars fan you are, but none as big as the Star Wars Ensemble Wall Mural from Retro Planet. The humungous 126×72-inch wallpaper mural will cover an entire... wall in your...
For the price, the Sony HX50V brings an impressively long zoom, and good image quality
The Bose SoundLink Mini Speaker is a compact and lightweight Bluetooth enabled portable speaker that connects wirelessly to your smartphone, tablet and other mobile devices. The speaker is one of... Bose's smallest mobile speakers, and fits neatly into the palm...
These Chopstick Drumsticks from Suck UK perform a very important function. They help you irritate everyone around you and make them want to bang their heads on the table to get rid of the pain of... listening to your drumming...
One of the few things that can make an already sleek iPhone look even better is the CD Pattern iPhone Case. It's a high-quality durable case perfectly designed with cutouts to protect your iPhone... while still allowing for use of...
The Screwpull Advanced Lever Wine Opener from Le Creuset is a true masterpiece that Sommeliers will appreciate and prize just as much as a fine wine. It's made of solid cast metal, with a screw that... is teflon-coated hardened stainless...
waderoush writes "Anki gained instant fame as the robot-car company that launched at Apple's WWDC in June. Its iPhone-controlled racing game hit Apple stores in October, and the company is hoping it... will be a holiday hit. But while Anki Drive offers offers a novel physical/virtual entertainment experience for kids and their gadget-loving parents, being a toy company 'is not our vision,' says co-founder and CEO Boris Sofman in this combined company profile and product review from Xconomy. Anki Drive is planned as the first in a series of new consumer-robotics products that are intensively AI-driven, as compared to the mechanically sophisticated but relatively instinctual or behavioral robots exemplified by iRobot's Roomba (which is probably the most successful consumer robot to date). The...
Looking for #photography? You can find it on Instatag. The post Weekend Humor: Banned Hashtags Find Home on Instatag appeared first on The Phoblographer.
The Batkid saved San Francisco and our collective souls, melting the hearts of millions around the world, so it was only a matter of time (minutes) before someone made him out of Lego.
Phil Schiller tried to convince a jury that Samsung's infringement of Apple patents cost the company phone and tablet sales.
People using the transportation apps Lyft and Sidecar in California will no longer be able to skimp on their fares, now that both apps have ditched their donation model. Sidecar said Friday it was... doing away with donations and instead introducing minimum fares. The changes apply only in California and take effect Friday on iOS and Android devices. Sidecar rival Lyft reportedly made a similar switch. It will begin requiring users in California to pay a minimum fare some time in the next few weeks, the Los Angeles Times said. Sidecar made the change to better support its drivers, CEO Sunil Paul said in a blog post. The company has seen a 50 percent increase in driver applications since September, he said, but it has also learned from drivers that they would drive more frequently and provide...
Google has acknowledged that the best time to be on your computer might not be while you're driving. The company updated its terms of service this week and the new guidelines add a note of caution... about road safety. "Some of our services are available on mobile devices," the updated terms say. "Do not use such services in a way that distracts you and prevents you from obeying traffic or safety laws." Questions about the legality of driving with Google Glass were raised last month when a California woman was ticketed for driving while wearing the head-mounted computer system.
It's been several months since Google introduced info cards to the Play Movies Android app, with the handy feature being limited to folks living Stateside ever since. That's about to change, however,... as Google today updated Play Movies & TV in the UK and brought info cards to the application. For those in the United Kingdom, what this means is that you'll now be able to pause any video being watched and easily learn the filmography of the humans behind your favorite characters. Of course, this also means you'll have some extra time to spare during the day, since the Google Now-inspired feature is definitely going to save you a few trips to IMDB.
On November 8, U.S. District Court Judge Claudia Wilken partially ruled in favor of a class of former Division I college athletes in finding that their antitrust claim for an injunction against the... NCAA could proceed as a class action. The players seek an injunction that, if granted, would limit the NCAA's ability to license the players' names, images and likenesses in various for-profit endeavors, including licensing to video-game makers.
This past August, Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald’s husband David Miranda was held at Heathrow airport for nearly nine hours, forced to hand over the encrypted documents he had agreed to deliver... as part of his partner’s ongoing investigation into NSA surveillance.The official explanation for the detention was suspicion of "terrorism" — by transporting secret government documents, Miranda was endangering the lives of ordinary Britons, explained the authorities. Facing legal proceedings that could draw out for months, Buzzfeed profiles the 28-year-old Brazilian communications major that Greenwald and partner Laura Poitras entrusted to transport their most precious secrets across borders, dispelling the idea that he was an...
(American Academy of Ophthalmology) Residents of major cities with high levels of air pollution have an increased risk of dry eye syndrome, according to a study presented at the world's largest... ophthalmic conference, the 117th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, in New Orleans. Study subjects in and around Chicago and New York City were found to be three to four times more likely to be diagnosed with dry eye syndrome.
(American Heart Association) Thirty-eight minutes or longer of CPR can improve the chance of a person surviving cardiac arrest and having normal brain function.
(American Academy of Ophthalmology) Research presented today at the 117th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology shows promising data about a device that helps people who have lost... their vision due to a blinding genetic disease to recognize common objects. In the study, the researchers found when the objects' outlines had been enhanced, there was increased recognition. The device, called the Argus II, is the first FDA-approved retinal implant for adults with retinitis pigmentosa.
(American Heart Association) Blood transfusions en route to hospital may reduce trauma patients' risk of death.
(Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics) Perimeter Institute partners with the Krembil Foundational to appoint two leading scientists to new research chairs at the Institute.
(American Heart Association) Just one minute of CPR video training for bystanders in a shopping mall could save lives in emergencies, according to research presented at the American Heart... Association's Scientific Sessions 2013.
Worst. Batman. Ever.
(American Heart Association) Hospitalized children are more likely to die after a cardiac arrest if it occurs during the night shift, according to research presented at the American Heart... Association's Scientific Sessions 2013.
Every week, the garbage truck will show up at your home or apartment complex and empty the cans or dumpsters, repeating its process on the same schedule week after week. This is an efficient process... in terms of collection, since it allows entire blocks to be emptied of their trash in one swoop, but it […]
Star Trek actor and space enthusiast LeVar Burton stars in a new action packed NASA public service announcement (PSA) about the agency's next Mars-bound spacecraft, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile... Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft slated for blast off in barely two days time on Nov. 18 from the Florida Space Coast. Burton played the beloved character […]
Even before the advent of Google, America has always been a land of searchers.As a country, we usually think of technology and religion as opposing forces—one connected with our ancient past, the... other with our boundless future.Yet in recent years, Silicon Valley has developed a secular theology that can only be described as millennial millenarianism—this generation’s conviction that it uniquely prepares the way for a fundamental transformation, a belief that is itself a recurring theme in human history.Our technological millenarianism has seeped into the national discourse. We are at the dawn of a "
You're not about to create the Iron Throne from the swords of your defeated enemies so why not play it a little safer by making one with a plastic garden chair and a can of spray paint? Seriously,... this garden chair throne is almost as good as the one in Game of Thrones.
If you’ve ever wondered what your favorite movie would look like as an 8-bit NES video game, the folks over at CineFix have the answer. Several popular movies have been converted into short 8-bit... equivalents and posted on YouTube, some of them complete with simulated in-game controls that make it appear that you’re watching classic […]
Warcraft, the movie, has been rumored and speculated about for a while now, with it being tipped a few months ago that production would start next year. At BlizzCon 2013, a panel provided a fair bit... of details about the upcoming movie, which IMDB lists as being slated for released in 2015, as well as […]
An anonymous reader writes "There's many improvements due in the Linux 3.13 kernel that just entered development. On the matter of new hardware support, there's open-source driver support for Intel... Broadwell and AMD Radeon R9 290 'Hawaii' graphics. NFTables will eventually replace IPTables; the multi-queue block layer is supposed to make disk access much faster on Linux; HDMI audio has improved; Stereo/3D HDMI support is found for Intel hardware; file-system improvements are on the way, along with support for limiting the power consumption of individual PC components."
The country where the highest percentage of Internet users are active on Twitter may come as a suprise. It's Saudi Arabia. One-third of the country's online population are active monthly Twitter... users, according to PeerReach. The study considers active Twitter users to be those who tweet, rather than Twitter's metric of those who log in to the service. It's important to note that about 40% of the users Twitter considers monthly actives never tweet. See also: 25 Twitter Accounts That Will Make You Smarter Statista's chart below shows the 10 countries with the highest percentage of Internet users tweeting at least once per month. The U.S., home of the microblogging platform, ranks eighth on the list.
Thanks to a few huge fall releases, video game sales managed to improve year-over-year once again in October, according to the latest numbers sent to us by the NDP Group. This makes for the third... month of positive growth for the industry, an estimated $1.3 billion in total consumer spending that signifies a 5% jump over October 2012. The Nintendo 3DS led the hardware segment for the sixth consecutive month, in part due to 2DS sales, although overall hardware sales were down 8% from last year. With the launch of the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One this month, hardware sales should see a major surge in November, but for now, Nintendo still has the best-selling console on the market.
Who? Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft to name four. Do you even care? You should.
Kids will believe anything so why not let them imagine and wonder and dream and believe in magic? We all have to become semi-responsible, half functioning adults some day so let kids be kids, right?... Refe Tuma and his wife certainly think so. Every November, Refe and his wife try and convince their kids that their toy dinosaurs come to life at night while they sleep. It's so fun.
Twitter's IPO was a resounding success, with the stock jumping up more than 72 percent the day it debuted. The company was valued at $18.1 billion, an astounding figure that suggests Wall Street sees... huge potential despite its $300 million in losses over the past three years. While advertising far and away makes up the majority of Twitter's revenue, various commentators have noted some obstacles in its way: falling ad rates by as much as 70 percent for mobile, a smaller user base than Facebook and user churn. While ads may be Twitter's bread and butter at the end of the day, the micro-blogging site needs to focus on expanding other revenue streams, especially data monetization. In 2012, Twitter earned $47.5 million from data licensing, a bit more than 13 percent of overall revenues of $350...
There are a number of ways to navigate, move files between, and otherwise manage the new Finder tabs in the latest version of OS X.
Maui has received a fair amount of bad press this year. After an unprecedented spike in shark attacks this year, including one which led to the death of 20-year-old German tourist Jana Lutteropp, the... Valley Isle seems to many visitors more terrifying than it is relaxing. Now, just in time for the holiday tourist season, a new website aims to calm the nerves of would-be water enthusiasts. The site, which is run by Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System, lets you "Pick A Shark" and then watch its movements around the islands, complete with time stamps. The data comes from satellite transmitters on the dorsal fins of seven tiger sharks which were tagged last month by a University of Hawaii research team. In addition to serving a curious public, the project has a scientific purpose: "This...
In 2048, people-like robots will be as much a part of New York City's police department as old-fashioned humans. At least, that's the vision in Fox's latest cop drama, Almost Human, which premieres... Nov. 17 and re-airs the following day. The show stars Karl Urban, from the Star Trek movie and Lord of the Rings series, as a human cop. In the trailer, he is deeply suspicious of the ever-logical robot officers he is forced to work with. Michael Ealy, of Sleeper Cell and Common Law fame, plays Urban's new partner, and is the first of a new generation of robots that are built with human emotions. See also: 14 Robotics Breakthroughs From the Past Decade
Pinterest continues to expand overseas, and the company isn't slowing down any time soon Pinterest added four new languages Friday as the company expanded into Denmark (Danish), Sweden (Swedish),... Norway (Norwegian Bokmål) and Finland (Finnish). The company shared the news in a blog post, confirming that Pinterest will expand into five additional countries before the year ends with another 10 planned for 2014 See also: Top 20 Fashion Accounts to Follow on Pinterest Since first expanding overseas in June with the site's French and UK versions, Pinterest has added a total of eight new countries, including its first employees in London, Paris, and Tokyo.
Going green spans a wide range of endeavors from unusual and offbeat to unique and conservative, and not to be left out of the mix, Ford has been working on its own various environmentally-friendly... projects. In its latest move, the auto maker has teamed up with Coca-Cola in a partnership to use the latter company’s […]
Compose and play back images on the app, to which you can save footage from the camera directly.
David Blaine just pulled one over on the masters of deception, Walter White and Jesse Pinkman Well, technically, he fools actors Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, but it still counts. Blaine used a one... hundred dollar bill and a deck of cards to blow the duo's minds — mainly Paul's, who looks like a 4-year-old who just found out you've got their nose See also: Aaron Paul Misses 'Breaking Bad' Pal Bryan Cranston This Much Blaine gathered the Breaking Bad actors for his upcoming ABC special "Real or Magic," which will feature a slew of other celebs being hoodwinked by the magician But really though, who needs magic when you've got Stevia?
SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is blocking the donation of 30-year-old documents to a museum, claiming they contain valuable trade secrets. “It’s silly,” said Hartmut Esslinger, the design guru... recruited to help Apple become a leader in design in the early…
Snapchat must be very, very confident in itself because it’s apparently been turning down multibillion-dollar buyout offers left and right. Unnamed sources tell Valleywag that after Snapchat turned... down Facebook’s $3 billion offer, Google swooped in with its own $4 billion offer that the company similarly turned down. Valleywag’s sources say that Snapchat has decided to wait until next year to raise cash because it wants to grow the number of photos its users share every day to more than the number of photos shared on Facebook every day. If that happens, the company expects its value to go through the roof, at which point $4 billion will look like chump change.
Closing the day at $37.70 a share, Zulily is proving to be a success among flash and daily deals sites. Its first-day performance could give other companies confidence in the possibility of going... public, despite doubts in the long-term potential of the model. As we noted earlier in the day, Gilt Groupe could have an IPO on the horizon.
A study of almost 400 former elite male athletes shows that former status as an elite athlete reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in later life by 28 percent.
Despite nearly universal awareness of report cards on risk-adjusted mortality rates of individual cardiac surgeons, cardiologists in New York State do not use these reports when making patient... referral decisions.
A new study finds that, on average, 30 percent of all lab tests are probably unnecessary -- and equally as many necessary tests may be going unordered.
Earlier this week, the folks at the Make-a-Wish Foundation's San Francisco branch called me about a crazy scheme they were cooking up for a boy named Miles, who has leukemia. Because he loved Batman,... they were going to drive him around the city in a borrowed Lamborghini with Batman decals, and had arranged some set pieces, such as a damsel in distress in a cable car, for Miles to participate in. At that point, some 7,000 strangers had signed up on the Make-a-Wish website to provide the necessary flash mobs — a crowd in Union Square to alert Miles to the dastardly Penguin's schemes, and another outside City Hall to thank him for saving 'Gotham.' The organizers figured they would be lucky if half those people showed up
A lot of products come out each week — we don't highlight all of them, but all of them make it into The Verge Database. In Spec Sheet, a weekly series, we survey the latest product entries to keep... track of the state of the art.
So what are the real deals this Black Friday? Check out these top picks from CNET.
What you're looking at is a cat lung being blown up with a straw. I know. It's ginormous. More ginormous than what you would think is inside a cat. But that's because lungs are incredibly expandable.... What looks like a pile of bloody meat inflates into this perfectly pink balloon.
The hero known as Batkid spent Friday restoring peace and order to the people of San Francisco — also known as Gotham City for the day— and smiles to people all across the Internet If you're just... getting up to speed, "Batkid" is a five-year-old boy named Miles who's currently battling leukemia. His biggest wish? To be Batman for a day. So the San Francisco Make-a-Wish Foundation set about making that happen. But they got more than they bargained for when more than 10,000 strangers volunteered to help bring Miles one magical day See also: Batkid Captures Obama and the Justice Department's Attention
A future with lightsabers just got a little more promising, according to a scientific breakthrough by MIT and Harvard scientists. For the first time, scientists have managed to create matter out of... light, something that has been theoretically possible but never before accomplished. Furthermore, this discovery flips long-accepted understanding about light and photons on its […]
A study of the most popular smoking cessation apps finds very few use evidence-based practices proven to help smokers quit.
Comcast may soon be even deeper into the movie business, as sources report that the company is in negotiations to start selling digital content through its set-top boxes and over the Xfinity website... by the end of the year, though no one at Comcast has commented as of yet. The post Comcast is going Hollywood, looks to sell digital movies by the end of the year appeared first on Digital Trends.
Cities tearing down urban freeways? Otherworldly pictures of our earth? And the tallest building in U.S. of A? Those subjects and more is what we're feasting our eyes on in this round of the most... beautiful items of the week.
We'd like to believe everything will work out just fine, but often enough it doesn't. Spend a little time this weekend familiarizing yourself with what you should do in case something unexpectedly bad... happens, whether that turns out to be anything from a weather emergency or a surprise stomach problem.
Dallas Cowboys wideout Dez Bryant made a few unsuspecting gamers very happy on Thursday when he strolled into a local Walmart and purchased multiple PlayStation 4 consoles for fans on the night of its... long-awaited debut. According to ESPNDallas.com, Bryant arrived to buy the new video game system -- which retails for approximately $400 -- and decided to treat a few of his fellow customers to a PS4. The story of his generosity quickly sp
You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the... top headlines for the past 24 hours -- all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on through the break, and enjoy. Comments
During the week, we consume words in snackable, tweetable bites. But on the weekends, we have the time to take a dive into the murkier, lengthier depths of the Internet and expand our attention spans... beyond 140 characters. We can brew a cup of coffee and lie back with our iPads, laptops, smartphones and Kindles. Since you're bound to miss a few things during the daily grind, we present to you, in our weekly installation of Mashable Must Reads, a curated list of can't-miss stories to read and reflect on. (You can find last week's must reads here.)
Time was, subwoofers were just plain ugly; featureless-but-functional black boxes you had to hide in the corner. No more. Our list of bad-boy subwoofers will not only pound your innards with... spleen-rupturing bass, they'll look really good doing it, too. Enjoy The post Eleven home theater subwoofers that go to … eleven appeared first on Digital Trends.
dcblogs writes "One year ago this month, the U.S. Department of Energy announced a $120 million plan to develop a technology capable of radically extending battery life. 'We want to change the game,... basically,' said George Crabtree, a senior scientist at Argonne National Laboratory and a physics professor who is leading the effort. The goal is to develop a battery that can deliver five times the performance, measured in energy density, that's also five times cheaper, and do it in five years. They are looking at three research areas. Researchers are considering replacing the lithium with magnesium that has two charges, or aluminum, which has three charges. Another approach investigates replacing the intercalation step with a true chemical reaction. A third approach is the use of liquids to...
In order to crush the ivory trade, nations are taking strong action.
Michael Wagner, an expert witness hired by Samsung, says Apple has overstated how much money it's due for Samsung's infringement on Apple's "pinch to zoom" tech.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was not forced out of his role at the company, but its board did hasten his exit, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, whose sources include Ballmer himself,... as well as a number of his lieutenants. Ballmer's exit was not a firing over the painful reported a $900 million charge related to the Surface tablet line that was recorded earlier this year. That's a polite way of saying that Microsoft grossly overestimated demand for its new devices and lost a bundle in the process.
Given its specification and performance, the Nexus 5 delivers great value for money -- if you can live with its (few) drawbacks. The middling-quality camera and uninspiring chassis design don't worry... us, but the lack of MicroSD card storage expansion and moderate battery life are more serious minus points.
The Killing is coming back for its fourth and final season. Netflix purchased a series-ending six episodes from Fox Television Studios that will be available to the website's streaming members. See... also: Netflix Rolls Out Its Biggest TV Update Yet A Netflix executive said the series was a great fit because The Killing utilizes serialized storytelling, which has done well on Netflix. The show depicts murder investigations led by two detectives played by Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman. The first two seasons followed one case, the murder of a teenage girl, and season three led the detectives on the trail of a runaway.
Not content with only releasing a next-gen console, Sony took advantage of its New York launch event on Thursday night to announce a brand new entry in the hugely popular Uncharted series. Naughty Dog... has become one of the most critically acclaimed studios under Sony’s umbrella, and the Uncharted series was a staple of the PlayStation 3. After capping off the last generation with The Last of Us (which is also receiving more DLC next year), the developer has started work on the next Uncharted, although there wasn’t much to reveal other than a vague trailer with a voice-over from Todd Stashwick, who will play a character in the game. Check out the teaser below.
According to Reuters, a recent FBI memo admits that hacking collective Anonymous has been accessing multiple US government computer systems and stolen information over the past year. The alleged memo... is said to have been distributed yesterday, and calls the intrusions a "widespread problem that should be addressed." The Department of Energy, the US Army, and the Department of Health and Human Services are all mentioned as targets. The attacks started last December The attacks are said to have started last December, using an exploit present in Adobe's ColdFusion software. After gaining access, the perpetrators reportedly installed back doors in the systems so they could regain access at a later date; Reuters states that many of the...
MAVEN will make detailed measurements of Mars' atmosphere from orbit, helping scientists understand how Mars' climate has changed so dramatically over the last few billion years. Here are some key... facts to keep in mind about MAVEN and its mission.
No longer a phenomenon, electric vehicles accelerate in popularity.
NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft will have its eyes set on Comet's ISON and Encke as they fly-by Mercury on Nov 18 and 19th, 2013. The Mercury probe will analyze the chemical makeup of the comets and snap... pictures.
Out of the box, one of the Samsung Galaxy Gear's major failings was its lackluster notifications system. As we noted in our review, the smartwatch often failed to display useful notifications on its... display, requiring users to unlock their phone to read emails or other messages. That basically defeats one major benefit of smartwatches, so we're glad to see that Samsung is taking another stab at it with a new software update. The latest version of the Gear Manager app reportedly allows for just about any notification to be passed along to the watch. And best of all, they can now include previews for email, Hangouts messages, and so on. The Galaxy Gear's daylong battery life and high cost might still keep some buyers away, but at least...
From BYOD and social media to ergonomics and encryption, Tech Pro Research has dozens of ready-made, downloadable IT policy templates.
Why is the President replacing nukes instead of upgrading them?
A sinkhole the size of twenty football fields swallowing trees and swamps, like the one that evacuated Bayou Corne, Louisiana a year ago, is already terrifying. But what's more scary might be what's... happening now: the danger of an exploding sink hole that'll look like the gates of hell.
IBM is having an identity crisis, and it sure is something to watch. You may have heard about Big Blue’s recent ad campaign that takes a dig at Amazon.com. In its marketing material, IBM claims to... power 270,000 more websites than Amazon, via its cloud computing service. It’s a flimsy jab at Amazon because IBM has been a major laggard in the cloud rental market, having bought its way into the business in July with its acquisition of SoftLayer Technologies. Far from being a cloud pioneer, IBM has spent most of the past few years downplaying services such as Amazon’s as insecure, low-margin businesses of little interest to a serious computing company. “You can’t just take a credit card and swipe it and be on our cloud,” IBM executive Ric Telford told Businessweek in early 2011....
Sometimes we want to buy something at a store but really don't want anyone--including the checkout clerk--to know we intend to use it. Redditor herrijt discovered a simple solution: ask for a gift... receipt.
Holy cow, it's already dark out. And depending where you are, probably cold. Everything we've got for you this week has a glowing screen. Which might not physically warm you, but you could at least... pretend you're getting some Vitamin D out of the deal.
Google's steady push to become an intermediary for all of our communications comes at a cost - but do we care anymore about paying it? Judging by the results of the latest ZDNet Great Debate, the... answer is... ribbit.
Jeremy Hammond, a member of the hacking group Anonymous, was sentenced in Federal District Court in New York to 10 years in prison for breaking into government computer servers.
Netflix already pulled whodunnit The Killing from the scrap pile once, working out a deal with AMC to produce a third season for airing and subsequent streaming, and now it's done it again. The... Killing will see a fourth and final six-episode season (when is still up in the air), produced by Fox, which Netflix will stream exclusively in the areas where it provides service. This, along with continued hints of more Arrested Development in the works will probably get fans of other canceled/about-to-be canceled series excited, although we'll have to wait and see how many refurb projects Netflix is ready to put next to its original content.
An anonymous reader writes "Google is changing the way its browser handles PDF files, starting with the Chrome Canary channel. Citing security concerns, the company wants Chrome to open PDF files by... default, bypassing any third-party programs such as Adobe Reader or Foxit Reader."
A new bill, the "Do Not Track Kids Act of 2013," arrives in Congress to stop Facebook and other Internet companies from collecting the personal information of children under 16-years-old. The post... Facebook won’t like this new teenager privacy bill appeared first on Digital Trends.
In an unusually detailed presentation, one of the brains behind Amazon Web Services described how it was remaking computers for a global scale.
Nintendo is known for its family-friendly leaning, and the characters of Super Mario Bros. are cute enough to make us forget they inhabit a world filled with carnivorous plants. This isn’t the case... in an alternative-esque series by screenwriter Evan Daugherty, who wrote and directed four short movies in a miniseries called “The Four Players.” […]
In the pursuit of bioengineering breakthroughs, is animal research ethical?
Microsoft has released a 3D printing app for Windows 8.1, bringing native support for producing physical objects from a variety of 3D printers to its OS. Building on the 3D printer driver MakerBot... released earlier today, the Microsoft 3D Builder app comes with a wide range of preconfigured objects it can produce – including LEGO-style […]
We may sometimes doubt the virtues of Facebook, but this week, the site proved its worth when a New Jersey teen's online cry for help was answered by police. On Tuesday, an unidentified 18-year-old... college student posted a picture of the George Washington Bridge to his Facebook page along with the the caption, "I'm thinking of jumping," the New York Daily News reports. A Facebook friend called local police who then notified the Port Authority Police Department. Then, a Port Authority lieutenant did something unprecedented. After distributing pictures of the student to officers patrolling the bridge, Lt. Thomas Michaels messaged the teen on Facebook, according to the New York Post. Hours later, Michaels received a call from the distressed young man, who was on a public bus en route to the...
MIT dazzles with its tech innovation inForm, which allows users to "be" in two places at the same time.
Wind is not the best choice for direct datacenter power.
The Valentine One, considered by many to be the best radar detector on the market, can now connect to the iPhone via a new Bluetooth adapter called the V1connection LE. The $50 Bluetooth adapter... connects to the accessory jack on the Valentine One radar detector and then allows the app, a free download on the App Store [Direct Link], to connect to the detector and control and display alerts in real-time. V1connection LE is a Bluetooth®-enabled module about the size of your thumb that wirelessly links V1 to your compatible iPhone/iPad/iPod touch. Choose among three information screens at any time: one reproduces V1 front-panel warnings in real time, plus frequency and direction of the Priority Alert; another shows the continuously-updated Threat Picture featuring our new Arrow-in-the-Box...
Let's face it, sexting has become a mainstream phenomenon, both loved and reprimanded by texters everywhere. The thrill of flirty messaging can be pretty exhilarating, as well as intimidating and... emotionally stressful But when you think about it, the concept is actually pretty absurd. See also: 11 Incredibly Awkward Sexts Gone Wrong That's why we've recruited the master of oddities. If you've been too timid to scratch the surface of sexting, we are here to help — us and Dr. Seuss, that is When read from the prospective of a potential sexter, some of the iconic author's best quotes can be very encouraging. At the very least, they break the tension and seriousness of flirting.
Tiny Death Star may in fact destroy my free time if I keep playing it like I have over the last week. It’s a collaboration between Disney Mobile, Lucasarts, and Nimblebit–and the quality shines... through as a result. Built your…
Driving across the country requires a significant amount of time and fuel, but one team hopes to make the trek using only 10 gallons of biofuel over the course of two days Earlier this year, engineer... Jim Kor and his team conceptualized Urbee 2, a 3D-printed car comprised almost completely of 3D-printed plastic parts. It can carry two passengers and drives on just three wheels. See also: iPhone 'Car Mode' Concept Helps You Stop Driving and Texting Now, the team is hoping to test out Urbee 2's performance on the road for an extended period of time. The team's current Kickstarter campaign asks for funding for the book Driving for Our Lives: a road trip through the Ecosphere. It details the creation of Urbee, which the team calls "the greenest car in the world." Any remaining money after...
Authorities from the UK National Crime Agency have issued an unusual alert on Friday about a rampant cyberscam that locks users out of their computers and demands a pricey ransom in return. Tens of... millions of Brits have been targeted. In a warning titled...
The assets of mobile messaging startup Just.me are up for sale. Yet when founder Keith Teare called me to discuss the news, he argued that it's not a failure. "I feel like Just.me is not successful,... but it is not a failure," Teare said. "I don't feel defeated -- I feel like we're in the middle of a process." In fact, Teare said that Just.me has attracted 458,000 unique users on iOS, Android, and the web since it launched in April, making it the biggest startup to emerge from his incubator Archimedes Labs, as well as "the best startup I've ever done." (Teare's past includes founding or co-founding the EasyNet Group and RealNames Corporation, as well as TechCrunch.)
The crime drama The Killing was recently cancelled for the second time, but Netflix has stepped in to give it one more chance. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the company will be producing six... more episodes of the show, which will be billed as its final season. The show's writing staff and crew will be returning for the final episodes, scheduled to start production in February. They will be released in true Netflix fashion: simultaneously across all of its territories worldwide. Created by Veena Sud, The Killing tracks the relationship of Detectives Linden (Mireille Enos) and Holder (Robocop's Joel Kinnaman). The show first centered around the death of a character named Rosie Larson, and drew favorable reviews and more than a few...
Asthma is a condition in which a person's airways are inflamed, which can cause coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath.
Today may very well have been the greatest day ever for Miles Scott as his very batty wish was made a reality by the Make-a-Wish Foundation. The foundation today turned San Francisco into Gotham City... so that this 5-year-old could save the day as he became none other than BatKid! To do this, the foundation […]
Would physics be "far more interesting" if the Higgs boson had not been found? Stephen Hawking thinks so.
Not sure what to think about wearable gadgets? You’re not alone. A recent Harris Interactive poll finds that many Americans are ambivalent about items like smartwatches and smartglasses.... --
"The Killing" has been revived. Again. A final six-episode season is coming to Netflix. The show lasted for two seasons on AMC before getting canceled. Then, it was revived for a third season, only to... be canceled -- again -- by AMC. The show's third season was brought about by a deal between the studio and Netflix, but Season 4 will solely live on Netflix. Series stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman will return. "The rich, serialized storytelling in 'The Killing' thrives on Netflix, and we believe that it is only fitting to give Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder a proper send off," Cindy Holland, vice president of original content for Netflix, said in a statement. "We are looking forward to offering fans -- both existing and new -- a series that we know is perfectly suited for on-demand...
Nokia announced their Windows 8.1 RT tablet at Nokia World and next week you will be able to pick one up under contract from AT&T.
If you’re looking to buy a giant red Windows RT tablet, then Nokia will have something special for you starting next week. Nokia announced on Friday that its Lumia 2520 tablet will go on sale... starting on November 22nd exclusively at AT&T for $399.99 with a two-year service agreement. Nokia says that the price for the Lumia 2520 will come down to just $199.99 with a two-year contract if they also decide to buy a Lumia 925, Lumia 1020 or Lumia 1520 smartphone. The Lumia 2520 features a 10.1-inch 1080p display, a 6.7 megapixel camera, a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, an 8,000 mAh battery and Windows RT 8.1.
Ridesharing company Lyft said it will begin requiring that users in California pay a minimum fare for their rides sometime in the next few weeks.
Mike Hankey has captured this extraordinary photo of the comet ISON, which is experiencing some surprising activity as it approaches the Sun. It's so perfect it seems unreal. ISON was discovered only... a year ago and it's now observable in the night sky.
plover writes "The Seattle Times reports, 'The Smithsonian Institution is launching a new 3D scanning and printing initiative to make more of its massive collection accessible to schools, researchers... and the public worldwide. A small team has begun creating 3D models of some key objects representing the breadth of the collection at the world's largest museum complex. Some of the first 3D scans include the Wright brothers' first airplane, Amelia Earhart's flight suit, casts of President Abraham Lincoln's face during the Civil War and a Revolutionary War gunboat. Less familiar objects include a former slave's horn, a missionary's gun from the 1800s and a woolly mammoth fossil from the Ice Age. They are pieces of history some people may hear about but rarely see or touch.' So far they have...
Let the show begin! With all our reports and images of Comet ISON being in outburst, this latest image from astrophotographer Damian Peach shows just how much activity is taking place in this comet as... it races towards the Sun. “Hard to believe this is the same comet in my last image of Nov 10th!” […]
Last year left me with the impression that choosing the Mini meant accepting numerous trade-offs. That is no longer the case. This is the same device as the iPad Air. The only significant differences... between them are size and weight. Exactly.∞ Read this on The Loop
It's not often a U.S. Department of Justice press release and indictment will leave you grinning from ear to ear, but these may do the trick. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of... California issued a release Thursday thanking Batkid, a 5-year-old leukemia patient named Miles Scott, for booking notorious criminals Edward “E.” Nigma, a.k.a., “The Riddler,” and Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot, a.k.a., “The Penguin.” See also: Batkid Begins: Saves 'Gotham,' Captivates Internet The Make-a-Wish Foundation, to fulfill Miles' wish of being Batman for a day, rallied thousands of San Franciscans to the cause. During his special day, Batman chauffeured Miles around San Francisco Gotham City in a Lamborghini Batcar. The heroic Miles rescued an unnamed female from the path...
Those on our side of the pond who've been lusting after LG's intriguingly flexible handset might've seethed with jealousy after finding out it's heading to Asia and Europe later this year. Thankfully,... the US will get its very own version of the LG G Flex as well, if this FCC filing is any indication. The document reveals a LG D959 -- the G Flex's model number -- with LTE band 17, a sure sign that the phone is headed to the Ma Bell network. Other tidbits gleaned from the listing suggest that the G Flex also has quad-band GSM support, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and GPS, most of which we already knew. At last, it seems that we'll be that much closer to seeing how LG's bendy smartphone compares to its curvy competitor.
After a year and a half of keeping a flat fare on all its rides, on-demand transportation startup Lyft is set to begin a test of dynamic pricing based on demand. It's testing out the new pricing... model, which it calls "Prime Time Tips," in Los Angeles beginning today, as a way to make more drivers available during peak demand.
For this week's Mashable Vine Challenge, we asked you to build, destroy, play and create with Legos We saw some ambitious animations of minifigures in action and reenactments of old-school games and... popular movies like The Dark Knight and Star Wars. The #LegoMania hashtag also collected some hilarious non-stop-motion videos that we loved. See also: 17 Original Vine Videos Made Using Only Paper Vineographer Hunter Harrison guest hosted the challenge. "Initially, I expected a lot of time-lapse construction and mini-figure stop-motion, but surprisingly didn't see much of that. I was impressed by the creativity in the submissions," he said. "It all goes to show that we're never too old to play with toys, and our childlike imagination never leaves us ... sometimes it's just hidden under a bunch...
Great discussions are par for the course here on Lifehacker. Each day, we highlight a discussion that is particularly helpful or insightful, along with other great discussions and reader questions you... may have missed. Check out these discussions and add your own thoughts to make them even more wonderful!
Thanksgiving is almost here, and that means sitting awkwardly at a dinner table with people you probably only see once a year. Load up your phone with some brand-spankin'-new apps, so you've got... something to distract yourself when the conversation turns uncomfortably personal or political. Or both.
We've been fans of Aaron Johnson's comic strip 'What the Duck' for years. 'WTD' is one of the best satirical comic strips in the world, and it's published here every week, as well as being included in... our weekly newsletter. Barbed, topical and always amusing, we hope you enjoy WTD as much as we do.
Apple today sent an email to developers notifying them iTunes Connect will be shut down during the Christmas holiday, from December 21 to December 27. The portal, which is used by Mac and iOS... developers to manage apps, is closed by the company each year in order to give employees time off. In the email (via iMore), Apple reminds developers that they will be unable to submit new apps or in-app purchases, and recommends that no pricing changes or app updates be scheduled during the December 21 to 27 time period. iTunes Connect will be temporarily unavailable from Saturday, December 21, to Friday, December 27, 2013. During that time, iTunes Connect will not be accessible and you will not be able to submit any apps or In-App Purchases. Processing of any Newsstand Atom feeds will be delayed...
We have a few tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your Sony PlayStation 4, including how to update it without wi-fi. We'll update this list often, so check back frequently. The post Tips and... Tricks on getting the most out of your PlayStation 4 appeared first on Digital Trends.
Bad girl Rihanna is having a good day. At the same time Dick Clark Productions announced she would soon receive the American Music Awards first-ever Icon Award, in part for being the the top-selling... digital artist, most-Liked person on Facebook and most-viewed musician on YouTube, she unleashed her a new video for "What Now." Rihanna channels her dark side with her goth look, tweak-style gyrations and spastic B-roll sequences that add up to give the artsy video a solitary feel. See also: Rihanna Steals Title for Most YouTube Views From Bieber Fans are comparing this video to Rihanna's previous efforts, including the spooky elements from "Disturbia," intimate scenes from "Stay" and close-ups from "Diamonds."
This Nov. 22-24, San Francisco will be home to the first annual Hack 4 Queer Youth, a hackathon hosted by Maven, an interactive virtual community for LGBTQA youth to network, organize and educate for... social change. According to Maven's website, the intention behind Hack 4 Queer youth is to "catapult LGBT youth serving organizations forward by pairing them with talented teams of tech professionals to develop innovative web and mobile applications that will enhance vital services." I had a chance to chat with Maven's founder, Monica Ann Arrambide, to find out more about the vision behind Hack 4 Queer Youth. Kortney Ryan Ziegler: Tell me a little about your background and how you came to organize Hack 4 Queer Youth. Monica Ann Arrambide: I have been working with queer youth for close to 19...
It’s the iPad mini we’ve been waiting for: Apple’s smaller tablet that, thanks to a Retina display and brand new A7 processor, now punches above its size and makes a legitimate alternative not... only for compact-screen Android and Windows rivals, but Apple’s own iPad Air too. That Apple has achieved all that with minimal compromises […]
Eager users can sign up for a newsletter to keep up on progress AgileBits, known for its 1Password multi-platform password manager, has announced officially today that a brand new Android version is... in the works. Version 4, based on the small leaks shown, will be a big departure from the currently long in the tooth (and frankly ugly at this point) design currently on offer in the Play Store. Details are extremely light at the moment, but knowing that it is on the way and currently in beta testing is a big deal. Although it isn't taking beta tester sign-ups at the moment, it does have a special newsletter list for those looking for updates on the development process of the Android version. If you're a 1Password user and are chomping at the bit for an update, you may want to sign up so you...
The list of games available for the PS4 is short, but these are our current favorites.
The automaker looks back on 25 years of the Legacy sedan and looks forward with a hot new concept at the 2013 LA Auto Show.
Microsoft's Steve Ballmer shocked the world when he announced earlier this year that he planned to retire, and it left many wondering what exactly happened to spur this decision. Well, thanks to a... candid interview with the chief executive, we know know...
Apple has sent out an email to developers (via iMore) informing them that iTunes Connect will once again be closed for the holidays. During that time, no new apps or updates will be released, app... prices won’t be able to be changed, Newsstand updates won’t be processed, and any price changes scheduled for that week […]
Although Apple no longer sells the iPhone 5, Wal-Mart said customers can still pick up the 2012 smartphone at its stores, now available for $29 with a two-year contract from AT&T or Verizon.
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Nokia's Lumia 2520 tablet will set you back $500 if you want to buy it flat out. AT&T is more than happy to sell you one at that price. Pick it up with a wireless contract, and AT&T will knock $100... off that sticker. But pick up a Lumia 925, 1020, or 1520 at the same time, and the price of the Lumia 2520 drops to $200. That's an incredible decline in cost. I confirmed with AT&T that the phone itself would be subsidized, but subject "to a second agreement," or contract, so the deal only works if you are ready to pony up for two devices and requisite plans.
Life isn't easy for a young salmon. After being born in fresh water, the fledgling fish travels hundreds of miles to the ocean, often carried by currents tail-first, where it encounters deep,... predator-infested waters with strong currents and competition f
This scene shows the "Murray Ridge" portion of the western rim of Endeavour Crater on Mars. The ridge is the NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's work area for the rover's sixth Martian... winter....
Universal Audio posted a great article showing you how to get the most out of its new API Vision Channel Strip.∞ Read this on The Loop
Holograms are cool enough on their own , but amazing things happen when you make them incredibly small. A team of Army-funded scientists from Purdue did just that with the development of tiny... holograms--smaller than the width of a human hair!--made by shining lasers through a metasurface. This could change display technology forever.
The so-called Dueling Dinosaurs are set to sell next week for an estimated $7-9 million, but the case highlights scientists' discomfort when potentially great fossils head for auction rather than a... peer review.
Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov, Expedition 37 flight engineer, attired in a Russian Orlan spacesuit, participates in a session of extravehicular activity (EVA) in support of assembly and maintenance on... the International Space Station....
Arianespace Press Releases: The international space insurance sector was invited to French Guiana this week for an update from Arianespace, along with a first-hand look at the Spaceport's launch... facilities for its heavy-lift Ariane 5, medium-lift Soyuz and light-lift Vega vehicles.
In 2006, fossil hunters discovered a pair of dinosaur fossils, arranged as if they died locked in combat. The so-called Montana Dueling Dinosaurs date back to some 67 million years ago.
Podcast MP3 URL: ://traffic.libsyn.com/androidcentral/acpc161.mp3 Thing 1: The Moto G Motorola officially announces the Moto G! Video: Hands-on with the Moto G! In pictures: The Moto G Phones 4U... carrying the Moto G in the UK, available to order now Verizon says it'll carry the Moto G on prepaid next year Moto G specs Hands on with the new Moto G accessories Moto G will ship with KitKat in the U.S. Thing 2: KitKat abounds Android 4.4 KitKat rolling out to Nexus 7s, Nexus 10 How to manually update your Nexus tablet to KitKat [updated] Google posts Android 4.4 factory image for Nexus 4 Android 4.4 factory images for all Nexus 7s now available, too This week's sidebar poll: Do you sideload OTA updates? Thing 3: Other things Nexus 5 review Google Search update brings new features and new...
Deadspin Teacher Slugs Middle Schooler Who Mocked His Favorite Football Team | Gizmodo PS4 Teardown: Beautiful Outside, Tidy Inside | io9 The creepy Sleeping Beauty experiment changes the odds of a... coin flip | Kotaku Inside Japan's Squirrel Gardens. Yes, Squirrel Gardens!
Gawker Rich Man Buys House Next to Ex-Wife, Erects Giant Middle Finger Outside | Jalopnik This Map Will Show You Drunk Driving Limits All Over The World | Jezebel Women Totally Mad IRL for Stuff Their... Boyfriends Do in Dreams | Lifehacker How to Avoid Injuring Yourself During Everyday Activities
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Twitter is awash in the tweets following the superheroics of a lone hero in San Francisco know only as the "BatKid." BatKid happens to be a five year old named Miles, who suffers from acute... lymphoblastic leukemia. After his parents wrote to the Make-A-Wish Foundation about Miles' wish to become Batman, San Fran came out in a stunning show of support for him, turning the entire city into Gotham City. And then the internet exploded. SF Chronicle prints special edition newspaper for #SFBatKid ://t.co/B9vfPF8Kn4 pic.twitter.com/UoBHiBny1L — Alex Yudelson (@AlexYudelson) November 15, 2013 On a local level, The San Francisco Chronicle released a special edition of its paper this morning in Miles' honor, and reporters and citizens...
NASA's next Mars probe is expected to study the atmosphere of the Red Planet in amazing new detail.
If you ever need the motivation to do rather than complain, to overcome the fear of trying, or strive to do better, Theodore Roosevelt can give it to you in a paragraph.
Happy Friday, internet dwellers. The week has wound down, Batkid has saved the day, and all that's left is to go home and curl up around your new iPad Mini's warm glow. There's still some minutes left... in the day, though, so what better way to cap off a helluva week than a good ol' fashioned open thread? Talk about whatever you'd like! For instance, I was just discussing books with a certain Gizmodo employee--more specifically, the fact that, despite what he may think, physical books are in no way obsolete and, in fact, fulfill a very necessary function.
You'll soon be able to stream all 24 seasons of The Simpsons, thanks to a new syndication deal This is the first time the Fox series will be in syndication on anywhere but network televisions.... According to the news release: After a vigorous bidding war which resulted in what is believed to be the biggest off-network deal ever, FXX has secured the exclusive cable, VOD and non-linear rights to The Simpsons, the longest-running, most successful comedy series in television history, it was announced today by John Landgraf, CEO, FX Networks and FX Productions and Chuck Saftler, President, Program Strategy, and COO, FX Networks.
I’ve been using the Griffin Powerdock 5 to charge my devices for over a month now and I don’t have anything terribly profound to say about it. It works. It works well. It charges 5 devices... including iPads and tablets as quickly as possible. The output for each USB port is 10 watts (5 volts DC […]
Steve Ballmer's announcement that he would retire from Microsoft came as something of a surprise, and left many wondering whether his eventual exit is voluntary. Thanks to an interview with the... outgoing CEO at the Wall Street Journal, we now know that it is -- although it's coming after intense pressure. Ballmer explains that the company board of directors has been pushing him to speed up Microsoft's transformation into a devices and services company ever since January. By May, he decided that his own way of thinking was slowing down the transition; he was the "pattern" that had to break. New leadership might reshape the company at a faster pace, Ballmer says. While the success of his strategy will depend heavily on just who takes the reins next year, it's clear that the chief executive is...
itwbennett writes "The FCC's new Android app will allow users to measure the speed of their mobile broadband connection, while providing aggregate data to the agency for measuring nationwide mobile... broadband network performance. Released as open-source software on Thursday, the free FCC Speed Test App will test network performance for parameters such as upload and download speed, latency and packet loss. An iPhone version of the app is in the works."
There is a new superhero in town. His name is Miles and he is a 5-year-old California boy who has been battling leukemia since he was a toddler. Miles and his parents teamed up with the Make-A-Wish... Foundation and a slew of volunteers including the San Francisco Police Department and the City of San Francisco to save Gotham City--er, San Francisco--on Friday. The Foundation elicited the help of over 11,000 Bay Area volunteers to make Miles' dream of becoming Batman a reality. In the process, he touched the hearts of hundreds of thousands of people who followed the pint-sized caped crusader on Twitter. This story of this wee survivor helps to illustrate some of the ways Twitter is becoming an integral part of our community, both online and off. 1. Following Breaking News "BatKid Saves...
Pick up a companion tablet for signing a contract on your new Note 3 Although it may not be the same great deal as getting a free Galaxy Gear, Phones 4U is offering a free Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 with... purchase of a new Galaxy Note 3. For one week only, if you buy Samsung's latest Note 3 from Phones 4U and sign up for a contract to get it, you'll get the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 (a £149.95 value) for free along with it. Plans on offer range from £49 up-front and £43 per month to free and £48 per month depending on the carrier, and if you happen to go with a 2-year contract on EE you'll get a free wireless speaker to go along with your phone and tablet. While signing up for a 2-year contract may not be the best of choices, if you were going that route and wanted a Note 3 you might as well grab...
A List Apart has an excerpt from Dan Cederholm's new book "Sass For Web Designers."∞ Read this on The Loop
Microsoft's CEO suggests in interview that perhaps time has passed him by and the company needs a fresh face to accelerate change.
In a candid interview with the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said that he was encouraged to hustle his transformation plan into motion, but ended up being pushed out the... door. Microsoft director John Thompson told the paper that the board "didn't push Steve to step down," he said. "but we were pushing him damn hard to go faster." And that process, Ballmer revealed, ended with Ballmer concluding (or being forced to conclude) that someone else should lead Microsoft into a new era of computing. In August, Ballmer officially said that he would step down within the next twelve months, as the board set out to find a replacement. Microsoft's board approved of Ballmer's "One Microsoft" reorganization plan. He just didn't move it along fast enough. "At the end of the...
The default content search in OS X can be quickly overridden with name-only search options.
The app is averaging one-and-a-half stars after nearly 1,400 people have weighed in.
Dell has started selling a thin and light touchscreen laptop called the XPS 13 Developer Edition, which will have Ubuntu Linux OS and Intel's fourth-generation Core processors, code-named Haswell. The... laptop, code-named Sputnik, has a 13.3-inch touchscreen and will run on Ubuntu 12.04 OS. It is priced starting at US$1,249.99 and is available in the U.S. With the Linux OS, the laptop is different from other Haswell-based laptops that largely come with the Windows OS. Dell introduced its first Sputnik laptop a year ago as part of an experiment to bring Linux to ultrabook-style laptops. While the price may be high for a Linux laptop, it has a full high-definition touchscreen and components typically found in high-priced laptops. The cheapest configuration has a Core i5 dual-core processor and...
Now that the extent of the U.S. National Security Agency's surveillance programs has been exposed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, it's beholden on the public to fight back or else find... themselves "complicit" in the activities, according to Massachusetts Institute of Technology linguistics professor and philosopher Noam Chomsky. The freedoms U.S. citizens have "weren't granted by gifts from above," Chomsky said during a panel discussion Friday at MIT. "They were won by popular struggle." While U.S. officials have long cited national security as a rationale for domestic surveillance programs, that same argument has been used by the "most monstrous systems" in history, such as the Stasi secret police in the former East Germany, Chomsky said. "The difference with the totalitarian...
Here’s a two-minute time-lapse escape into the Rocky Mountains for those of you still stuck at the office today. Because last Friday, while us schmucks were working, Canadian photographer Richard... Gottardo — whose work we’ve had the pleasure of featuring several times before — was chasing the aurora borealis through the Rockies. All of the […]
Zoinks! If you don't mind fixer-uppers, you can live out your Scooby-Doo mystery-sleuthing fantasies with a California ghost town for sale online for a mere $225,000.
OTTAWA, CANADA – Astronauts appear to hold their heads more rigidly in relation to their trunks after returning to Earth from multi-month spaceflights, which may affect how they balance themselves... back on Earth, according to ongoing research. A note of caution: the sample size is small (six astronauts so far) and the research is still […]
Are you a designer? Do you want to become a designer? Have you ever thought about bringing out the creative in you? Now is a great opportunity for you to stack up on some high quality design resources... so you…
J.R. Smith is back at it again The NBA star had another Twitter mishap this week when he quickly escalated a war of digital words on fellow trigger-happy chucker Brandon Jennings. But Smith took... things a step further by threatening Jennings with a potential visit by his "street homies" to Detroit, where Jennings plays for the Pistons See also: Michael Jordan Can Complete Your Beer Pong Dream Team The drama started when Jennings posted an incredulous tweet about Smith's brother getting a guaranteed contract with Smith's team, the New York Knicks The tweet, which has since been deleted, read: "Wait wait wait JR smith brother is in the NBA but @PoohJeter & @BBROWNLAU isn't. Call me hater but not Rollin!!!"
This week in our time capsule round-up, something the kids call "One Direction" (I'm guessing it's a designer drug) finds its way into a new time capsule; a beer keg from 1988 is cracked open at the... University of North Carolina; and some "Capsule Keepers" responsible for guarding a 400-year capsule look for a new batch of helpers.
Yet another music streaming service has arrived on iOS devices, primed to duke it out for the top spot against Pandora and iTunes Radio. That service is Google Play Music, which has been available to... Android users for years, but finally launched on the App Store on Friday. Google Play Music differentiates itself by allowing users to access up to 20,000 songs from their personal music collections over the cloud and even store their favorites for offline listening. The app also has a monthly subscription service dubbed All Access, which gives users unlimited access to millions of songs and custom radio stations based on their favorite artists, albums or songs. Everyone who signs up for All Access is entitled to
Just a small town girl, living in a lonely universe. She took the midnight space train goin' anywhere light-years away. Just a city boy, born and raised in South Detroit 2 on Mars. He took the... midnight space train goin' anywhere light-years away.
What's worse than scalding yourself in the shower? Getting Legionnaires' disease--a type of pneumonia carried by stagnant water. Avoid both by setting your water heater to just the right temperature.... The DIY experts at Stack Exchange are here to help.
Kickstarter is full of dubious ideas, but it's also home to some truly great ones--like Constellation Quilt, a handmade blanket that charts the night sky in lovely gold and white thread. When the... project wrapped up its campaign June, it had reached more than ten times its original $10,000 goal.
We humans love to eat, and we love to drink. So it's no surprise that we're always trying to come up with solid forms of alcohol, to eat what we can drink. Alcoholic ice cream , dippin' dots ,... molecular mixology , and jello shots are all means to this end. So, when we heard about edible ice spheres, we knew it was our mission to boozify them.