22 Jan 2014 - Global
The Fujifilm XT1 is looking to be quite real. The post More Images of the Fujifilm XT-1 Leak Out appeared first on The Phoblographer.
Hexbug had a colourful and literally buzzing stand at the Toy Fair 2014 in London, and among the Battling Spiders and Strandbeast, the company also used the event to launch a new style Aquabot. For... those not familiar with the Hexbug, Aquabot is the first...
XiStera is an 8-function pocket tool that iPhone users will find extremely handy as an accessory and a multi-tool. You can use it as an iPhone stand, tripod mount, stylus and pocketable lens adapter.... It also includes a bottle opener,...
Science fiction has given us a vision of the future where humans might one day enjoy super-strength and abilities while wearing a rigid robotic exoskeleton suit. But back here in reality, researchers... at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a soft bio-robotic socks designed to assist those who have difficulty with something as simple as walking.
Westone has introduced their Elite Series ES60 in-ear monitors (IEM) that are part of the Elite Series of high performance earphones which were specially designed by musicians, targeting music... professionals and audiophiles in particular. What will you find in the ES60? For starters, it will boast of Westone's legendary custom True-Fit technology, where the musician would end up with earpieces that are cast, sculpted and polished by hand from actual impressions of the individual's ears. You cannot get any more personal than this, that is for sure! This particular level of precision and attention paid to detail out the ES60 makes it the world's most accurate and comfortable fit and acoustic seal. As a result, the happy musician would most probably enjoy the best audio performance of any...
Character Options is following up its successful relaunch of the Teksta Robotic Puppy with three additions to the family for 2014. The Teksta collection - also known as Tekno in the US - will gain a... Dalmation version of the pup, Kitty the kitten and Teksta...
Intel unveiled two reference designs on Wednesday aimed at the education market: a clamshell notebook and a tablet, each outfitted with intriguing peripherals and software for educators. Both the... "Clamshell EF10MI2"--part of Intel's "Classmate PC" family--and the 10-inch, ECS TR10CD1 Education Android tablet won't be sold by Intel directly. Instead, it will be up to a network of unnamed partners to deliver both to classrooms. Intel Intel's new Classroom PC. "Education leaders everywhere are passionate about driving student achievement and encouraging lifelong learning," said John Galvin, vice president of the sales and marketing group at Intel and general manager of the World Ahead Program, in a statement. "At Intel, we believe the right technology can be transformative. That's why we are...
Luca Iaconi-Stewart is building a paper airplane unlike anything you've ever seen before — and it's taking him years to get it just right. He's building a 1:60 scale model of a Boeing 777, one so... detailed even the tiny chairs and bathrooms look real. There are even miniature meal carts. He starts by printing out object designs and then slicing them down with an X-Acto knife, before gluing it all together. Iaconi-Stewart's building material of choice is the manila file folder, something he first started using in a high school architecture class. "Even back then I found it a really versatile material; it's flexible enough to shape and mold, but it can be incredibly strong if you engineer it properly," he tells The Verge. "I never really...
There's nothing quite like a colourful micro robotic creature to grab our attention and the Hexbug stand at the Toy Fair 2014 in London was definitely one to visit for just that. The company unveiled... a number of new products including the Strandbeast,...
Onptoma has a new ultra-portable projector, and it's called the ML750 with 700 LED lumens. Featuring HDMI and MHL support for connection to mobile devices, laptops, PCs, game consoles, and Blue-ray... players, the ML750 works as a media player, native...
Hasbro is always a little more secretive than most at the London Toy Fair, not allowing any photography of its behind-closed-doors toy demonstrations. That's not to say there isn't anything worth... looking at, far from it. One of the things that caught...
We’ve seen plenty of concept art for Apple’s unannounced iWatch over the past few years. Some have been traditional, others fantastical, but the latest mockup by designer Todd Hamilton might be... the most attractive concept yet, and it looks completely functional to boot. Taking a cue from another concept by Thomas Bogner, which is described as a mix between a Nike FuelBand and an iPhone, Hamilton has flipped the orientation and fleshed out how the device would function. On his blog, Hamilton shows off his ideas for the lock screen, contacts, phone calls, a fitness app akin to Fitbit and basically complete iOS 7 integration. He’s even put together a short video that shows his concept watch in action. If
Samsung has convinced Verizon to stock the Rose Gold White colored Galaxy Note 3. While the network hasn't confirmed when the phone will go on sale, Samsung has released official images of the device.... The post Samsung’s surprisingly classy Rose Gold Galaxy Note 3 is headed to Verizon appeared first on Digital Trends.
TobyRich might not be a company you're familiar with, but it could be about to catch your attention with its smartphone-controlled SmartPlane. TobyRich has introduced the SmartPlane, which was on... display on its stand at the Toy Fair 2014 in London,...
A European spacecraft orbiting Venus captured high-resolution images of gravity waves in the clouds whirring above Earth's nearest neighbor. The ripples could help scientists understand how Venus'... hellish surface influences its atmosphere
A mystery rock on Mars that suddenly appeared in front of NASA's Opportunity rover may look like a tasty donut, but it is like nothing ever seen on the Martian surface before, scientists say.
A new incubator held a fairly impressive first time conference with one lucky startup taking away with NIS 10K in prize money
"Warsaw" CPUs aimed at hyper-scale data centers.
Boardwalk, Park Place, and even Marvin Gardens are all iconic properties on the world's most popular board game. But what if you wanted to play a game of Monopoly with locales you were actually... familiar with? A simple Sharpie is one solution, but so is Hasbro's My Monopoly game. It lets you create a custom board online--with graphics and properties of your choosing--that's then delivered right to your door.
Google’s executive chairman says that the company was outraged to learn that the National Security Agency had been tapping the company’s servers, and he has vehemently denied that Google had any... knowledge of the NSA’s actions. Speaking with The Guardian, Schmidt said that he was upset to learn recently that the NSA was covertly accessing Google servers without the company’s knowledge, and he said that he and other Google executives should have been informed because they have sufficient security clearance. But Schmidt says it may actually be a good thing that he and other execs weren’t briefed on the matter. “I have the necessary clearances to have been told, as do other executives in the company, but none of us
Virtual reality, gaming and robotics rely on computers using depth images from cameras to recognize, understand and replicate actual body movements. Programming a computer to accurately identify hand... gestures is particularly challenging because of the speed, complexity and dexterity of human hand movements.
In case you haven’t already figured it out, you probably shouldn’t give permission for websites to flip on your computer’s microphone unless you really trust them. Per The Verge, developer Tal... Ater has discovered a way for hackers to keep recording your voice through Google’s Chrome browser even if you’ve closed the tab that you gave permission to flip on your computer’s microphone. Essentially, hackers can create pop-up windows for websites that ask for your permission to flip on your microphone and that can keep recording you even after you’ve left the original webpage. The Verge notes that this exploit is possible because “once you’ve given an S-enabled site permission to use your microphone in Chrome, every instance of the site
Activist investor Carl Icahn says he has purchased $500 million worth of Apple stock in the past couple of weeks to bring his total holdings in the company to more than $3 billion.
Bugs were reported to Google in September 2013, remain unpatched.
Windows Phone has made some impressive gains in terms of market share over the past year but Microsoft still has a ways to go toward filling in its app gap with iOS and Android. In fact, Microsoft is... so determined to get more developers onto Windows Phone that it’s giving developers payouts of up to $100,000 to bring their software over to the platform. The bigger long-term problem for Microsoft is that iOS and Android are still the top destinations for up-and-coming developers who want to have the best chance of making money. Or put another way, Microsoft doesn’t just need to worry about the hot apps it doesn’t have right now but the hot apps it won’t have a
Last year came and went without as much as a mention from Apple about the fate of its Mac mini line of desktop computers. The Mac mini lineup currently on sale through Apple, Amazon, and other... retailers last saw its hardware updated in late 2012 at the original iPad mini event. So it’s not too […]
Photo Stealers exposes Cambridgeshire-based William Rogers', aka Challenging Photography, affinity for stealing other people's wedding photography portfolio as well as his penchant for turning NSFW... photos of young girls into senior portraits. The post Photo Stealers Exposes Photo Thief with a Habit of Turning NSFW Photos of Young Girls Into Wholesome Portraits appeared first on The Phoblographer.
GTA V photographers hit the streets and capture the criminal carnage with virtual smartphones. The post GTA V's Media Lens Photojournalist Group Follows Crime, Catches Photos appeared first on The... Phoblographer.
We can disrupt cancer's communication network using the methods of cyberwar, says Eshel Ben-Jacob (full text available to subscribers)
Think this polar vortex part deux is bad? Here's a little perspective, courtesy the wonderful PTAK Science Books: A map of the glacier that once covered New York City in thick ice some 20,000 odd... years ago, carving out the landscape we know today.
NYC has always had serious blizzards. The post Vintage Photos of a Snow Covered NYC appeared first on The Phoblographer.
In the 1960s, a sociologist named William H. Whyte revealed something interesting about the behavior of people in parks and plazas across the U.S.: people liked being with people. But has that changed... now that everyone carries a tiny computer in their hands? According to a new study: no.
In the future, no duck will have to die because of missing legs. In fact, they will live forever if us nerds have anything to do about it. To wit: a designer named Terence Loring in Sicamous, British... Columbia is busy building a fancy leg for a duckling named Dudley who, and this is true, lost his leg in an aggressive chicken fight. Loring own's a 3D design company called 3D Pillar.
NASA's Fermi telescope has captured the first gamma-ray measurements of a gravitational lens, a rare natural alignment in which a massive body distorts light from a more distant object.
Sculley stood behind the curtain with Steve Jobs moments before Jobs was to go on stage. Jobs was terrified, Sculley says, but once he took the stage, his presentation mastery took over.
Everyone knows you should set aside a portion of your paycheck for savings, whether it goes into a retirement fund or just a separate bank account. How often does that number go up, though?
Garmin has announced a couple new GPS devices for golfers that are handheld and rugged. The devices include the Approach G7 and the Approach G8. The devices both have color …
Internet addiction is an issue taken very seriously in China and with good reason. The New York Times has been to visit a rehab center for teenagers in the country, where some of the residents... report having spent three consecutive days playing games at internet cafes. Feeling the need to take drastic action to counter such unhealthy behavior, their parents have resorted to lying to and even subduing their children with sleeping pills in order to deliver them to the therapy clinic. Once there, the patients are guarded by soldiers and put through a regimen of exercise, therapy, and medication to help them "reconnect with reality." While it all may seem rather extreme, the latter half of the Times' mini-documentary shows that the people...
Android: Quickr - Action Launcher is a new utility that works alongside your current launcher to make multitasking and switching to often-used apps and settings super fast. You get tabs on the sides... of the screen that swipe out and take you right to where you want to go.
Big movie studios are always banging on about how the internet is killing films and now it's happened quite literally. Quentin Tarantino has ditched his film, The Hateful Eight, after his script... leaked online. Tarantino shared the early version of the...
Sony has refreshed its high-end Walkman media player range with a new flagship device that is aimed at the audiophile. The Sony Walkman NWZ-ZX1 is capable of playing High-Resolution Audio alongside... the usual suspects of audio, video and picture files,...
Verizon customers, on average, pay more in total for their cellular service than customers of all other U.S. carriers, new research done by financial advisory firm Cowen and Company and published by... ArsTechnica shows. The average Verizon monthly bill comes in at $148, a number that takes into account family plans, taxes and fees. That's slightly more than both Sprint ($144) and AT&T ($141). T-Mobile customers enjoy the lowest bills, with an average monthly charge of just $120. The Cohen study looked at the monthly bills of 1,876 U.S. mobile subscribers in the fourth quarter of 2013. Verizon is the most expensive carrier, in part, because it's the most technologically advanced of the four. The company has largely finished its nationwide rollout of 4G LTE while the others are still playing...
Although it might look like a lot of the other images you've seen of Saturn , there's far more to this picture than meets the eye.
In the car world 2013 was very much the year of the hot hatch, or GTi if you're of a particularly VW persuasion. Every manufacturer had a go at turning the regular family shopping car into a... fire-breathing road eater last year, the latest example being...
In the summer of 2012, Chris McKinlay was trying — and failing — to find love. Like 40 million Americans, McKinlay was using dating sites to search for prospective partners, but in nine months,... he'd gone on only six dates. But unlike 40 million Americans, McKinlay was both brilliant at math, and as a PhD student at UCLA, had access to a supercomputer. He decided to look at his problem like a mathematician. McKinglay used statistical sampling and late night sessions on UCLA's supercomputer to break LA-based OkCupid members into distinct groups, identifying their likes and wants, before tailoring his profile to their tastes. Wired tells McKinlay's story, detailing how he became so invested in his quest for love that he started...
Yiying Lu, the author of Twitter's famously adorable Fail Whale graphic, is returning to the site of her greatest success with a new set of matryoshka dolls that celebrates both the founders and users... of the world's favorite 140-character social network. The handcrafted #NestingTwitter figurines include current Twitter CEO Dick Costolo and its originators Biz Stone and Jack Dorsey, but the outermost doll is reserved for the user community as a whole. Neat little adornments like @, reply, and retweet symbols decorate the wooden dolls — though you won't find Twitter's official logo anywhere since this project isn't affiliated with the company itself. Launching on Kickstarter today, the project requires $30,000 to get off the ground and...
Perhaps ideal for anyone that runs out of battery power by the end of the workday, the Jackery Leaf charging case helps you keep using your iPhone without having to carry around a charging cable. The... post Jackery Leaf charging case can double your iPhone 5S battery life appeared first on Digital Trends.
(University of Washington) Preclinical studies show that gene therapy can strengthen muscles and lengthen lives in animal models of a fatal congenital disease in children, X-linked myotubular... myopathy. The findings demonstrate the clinical feasibility of future trials of gene therapy for this devastating disease. Children born with the condition have floppy muscles and breathing difficulty, and may need extensive life support. Most die in childhood. Researchers tested the effectiveness of treatment in mice and dogs with engineered adenovirus vector carrying a gene to replace the mutation.
There are a lot of dos and don'ts to consider when posting a photo to Tinder, the dating app that prompts you to like or dislike someone based entirely on their picture. Don't post a selfie of just... your abs -- you are more than your impossibly chiseled body! Do post a pic where you're looking toward the camera -- we want to see what you look like! Still, there are some Tinder photos that defy all rules. Take, for instance, this gem of a photo, which newly divoreced Imgur user kthnxbye had the good fortune of stumbling upon recently. "Jumping back in the dating pool has been... interesting," she said of the photo. Clearly. By the way, we'd like to point out that it makes total sense that Mateo is riding a unicorn in his pic. Why? Because like the rare mythical creatures of fantasy, you...
With a Call of Duty game coming out at least once a year for what seems like forever, it's not easy always seeing the newest title for what it's worth, …
Rogue Tor volunteers perform attacks that try to degrade encrypted connections.
Cyclists can adorn themselves from head to toe in flashing lights, but it's still possible that pedestrians and drivers won't see them until it's too late. It's a problem the Blaze Laserlight hopes to... solve by projecting an early warning signal 16 to 20 feet ahead of a cyclist, so that others on the road will know they're coming in advance--and have time to react.
New Android and iOS apps will share REM sleep data for users of the B1 and Carbon Steel Edition Basis bands.
The possibility of piracy was enough to shake a man down for illegal footage.
Blackberry plans to sell most of its Canadian real estate holdings as it works to shore up its business under new management.
If the rumors surrounding Amazon's forthcoming set-top box are any indication, the company's betting big on online video delivery. It's a move Amazon may even be hinting at with its latest recruitment... event in Boston. But as the Wall Street Journal ...
By this time next year, the world could see one more geeky billionaire. Investment mogul Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway company is backing a billion-dollar prize to predict the perfect NCAA... tournament bracket. “We’ve seen a lot of contests offering a million dollars for putting together a good bracket, which got us thinking, what is the perfect bracket worth? We decided a billion dollars seems right for such an impressive feat,” said Jay Farner, President and Chief Marketing Officer of Quicken Loans, whose company is partnering with Berkshire Hathaway to fund the monstrous endeavor. The prize is interesting not because world peace has been held back by sub-optimal prediction algorithms, but by the testing of a very important scientific hypothesis: We can pay for innovation. If...
Known as the 'T-1151 Dog Doo Transmitter', it allowed US Military bosses to monitor shipments, or find a soldier in need of rescue.
Yesterday we learned that King.com, makers of the wildly popular game Candy Crush Saga, had submitted a trademark application for the word "Candy" that would block other game-makers from using it in... their game titles. This has struck more than a few people as more than a bit ridiculous, and some people are responding with enjoyable creativity.
Netflix just reported its Q4 2013 earnings, and amidst the good news was a word of caution in the company's letter to investors. Last week, a federal court struck down the FCC's net neutrality... rules — and Netflix took notice. "Unfortunately, Verizon successfully challenged the US net neutrality rules," Netflix writes in its shareholder letter. "In principle, a domestic ISP now can legally impede the video streams that members request from Netflix, degrading the experience we jointly provide." In a worst-case scenario, Netflix imagines a situation in which it would have to pay fees to ISPs to stop that degradation, but it sounds like the company wouldn't just sit back and let that situation happen. "Were this draconian scenario...
A seamstress, with assistance from three others, creates a possible replacement sunshade for the Skylab Orbital Workshop.
The light from an exploding star in the Messier 82 (M82) galaxy was first photographed from Earth on January 22nd, 2013. The galaxy is ~12 million light years away so the explosion occurred about 12... million years ago.
JAXA astronaut Koichi Wakata poses for a photo at a window in the Cupola of the International Space Station....
Red Hat has updated a number of its products for running private clouds, better preparing them for the complex ways of the enterprise. "The journey to the open private cloud has got multiple stages.... We've got offerings to help you along every single step of the way and today we've refreshed all these offerings so you can take these capabilities into your environment and get to an open private cloud sooner rather than later," said Radesh Balakrishnan, Red Hat's general manager for virtualization business, in a Wednesday webcast detailing how the new products could be used in enterprises. The company Wednesday released Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 4.0, Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure 4.0 and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) 3.3. Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform...
Ford is enlisting top U.S. universities to make self-driving cars (such as the one shown above) a reality, and announced Wednesday that it hopes researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of... Technology can come up with advanced algorithms to help vehicles learn where pedestrians and other automobiles will be located. "We're using data from the sensors both on board and off board," said Jonathan How, director of the MIT-Ford Alliance and a professor of aeronautics at MIT. He said that the system isn't just using the car's Lidar system, which captures a 3D view of its surroundings using spinning cameras, but crosswalk signs and traffic lights. If the car knows whether a traffic light is red or green or whether a crosswalk sign is illuminated, it will have even more information than what is...
Flagship Model Takes Greater Share in a Crowded iPad Market Consumer Intelligence Research Partners released analysis of the results from its research on Apple, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) for the calendar... quarter that ended December 31, 2013. This analysis features the first findings about consumer trends for US sales of the new iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina display models, which launched in November 2013. CIRP analyzed the launch of the iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina display models, and finds that the iPad Air took a comparable share of total sales in the quarter relative to the iPad with Retina in the year-ago quarter (December 2012). The flagship iPad Air accounted for 41% of total iPad sales in the quarter, compared to 43% for the iPad with Retina in the October-December 2012 quarter....
There is a truism, often bolstered by pseudoscience, that people in the country are healthier than people in the city. Certainly there are many health problems associated with the metropolis. But it... turns out that urbanites are often in better shape and live longer than their rural counterparts.
Whether you're jamming a dusty cassette into a Honda's busted-up tape deck or clicking and dragging a digital playlist into coherence, music feels personal. In the digital age, we risk losing that art... if we take it for granted. The on-demand streaming model means we can follow one whim after the next after the next, ferreting out songs we already know and stringing them onto the end of a queue. We're beyond spoiled for choice. The meaning gets lost in the shuffle--literally. Pandora's music genome project, a pioneer of Internet radio, had the right idea, sequencing the sonic DNA of its catalogue to figure out what to play next. But Pandora never felt cool enough to trust. Consider that one misstep--say, a Justin Bieber single rearing its ugly head in a deep house set--would get any human...
The company reported a higher profit for the holiday quarter as more transactions were paid with its PayPal service, which the activist investor Carl C. Icahn proposed spinning off.
[From EntertainmentTell] While he contemplates which film project to approach next, Oscar winner Danny Boyle is lending his directing talents to the new UK police dramedy, 'Babylon'
A fresh apple floating freely near a window in the Cupola of the International Space Station is featured in this image....
mpicpp sends this report from Ars Technica: "Protests against tech giants and their impact on the San Francisco Bay Area economy just got personal. According to an anonymous submission on local news... site Indybay, an unknown group of protesters targeted a Google engineer best known for helping to develop the company's self-driving car. ... The protest against Levandowski came the same day that the San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority (SFMTA) voted for the first time to take action regulating Google, Facebook, Apple, and a number of other large tech companies that shuttle workers in private, Wi-Fi-enabled buses from the Bay Area to points south in Silicon Valley."
The traffic went to sites whose IP addresses are registered to a shell company that lists the home as its address.
"Her," by Spike Jonze, is a movie that follows a modern man as he falls in love with his operating system. Naturally, we'll need an entire show to review it, and CNET's Ty Pendlebury and Sarah Tew sub... in for Jeff to join the conversation. Warning: This episode contains spoilers!
Exploding star a mere 11.5 million light-years away and it's a boon for science Pics Exploding stars aren't an uncommon event in a universe with billions upon billions of stars in billions upon... billions of galaxies - but catching an explosion in the act on our galactic doorstep is rare....
The good times keep on rolling for Netflix, but the company sees storm clouds ahead. Netflix announced earnings on Wednesday that beat expectations for both subscriber additions and earnings per... share. Investors were cheered by the results, with Netflix shares rising more than 17% in after-hours trading. See also: 8 Top Apps and Services for Streaming Your Favorite Movies Revenue was reported at $1.18 billion, just above estimates, while profit for the company easily beat estimates. Earnings per share of $0.79 topped analyst expectations of $0.66. The company attributed the profit growth to the ability to grow revenue without incurring additional content costs
It was busy in Silicon Valley and on Wall Street after the markets closed on Wednesday. Here's what you need to know.
Ask MetaFilter member JannaK presented the community with a puzzle that had been troubling her family for nearly 20 years. Her grandmother died in 1996 from cancer and in her last days she scribbled... down a seemingly non-sensical string of characters on index cards. Nobody knew what it all meant. Then the Metafilter community solved the puzzle in 14 minutes.
Scientists using the Herschel space observatory have made the first definitive detection of water vapor on the largest and roundest object in the asteroid belt, Ceres....
Analysts theorize huge outage was result of a glitch in China's Great Firewall.
Water Falls is a beautiful combination of science and art. But to see it, you'll need some pretty special equipment.
A major discovery has been made in the asteroid belt -- the dwarf planet Ceres is blasting water vapor into space. Such a finding has been called "unequivocal" by the …
Today Apple released a minor update to iTunes that brings the ability to view your iTunes Store wish list directly in your local library. Support for Arabic and Hebrew has also been improved with... other stability improvements. Source: Apple
[From AppleTell] A Belgian retailer--Computerstore.be--has posted a placeholder listing for Mac minis equipped with i5 and i7 chipsets.
In the letter to shareholders that accompanied today's earnings report, Netflix addresses the recent circuit court decision that was seen as a threat to net neutrality. That decision could potentially... be a problem for Netflix, because it could provide legal justification for Internet providers to reduce the speed at which Netflix video content is delivered unless the company pays the providers. As the letter (which specifically calls out Verizon for challenging net neutrality in court) puts it, "In principle, a domestic ISP now can legally impede the video streams that members request from Netflix, degrading the experience we jointly provide. The motivation could be to get Netflix to pay fees to stop this degradation."
An exploding star has suddenly appeared in the night sky, dazzling astronomers who haven't seen a new supernova this close to our solar system in years.
Apple may launch a new Mac mini next month, according to a Belgian electronics retailer that's already listing two versions of the new computer. While Apple has not refreshed its Mac mini line since... late October 2012, a Computerstore.be representative told a MacRumors reader that the data from its listing comes from "Apple or reliable sources," and that the new computer will be released at some point by the end of February. The Belgian retailer is using old Mac mini images as placeholders, but the description for the new models includes specs and features not available in the late 2012 models such as a choice between Intel’s Haswell Core i5 or i7 processors, Iris integrated graphics and 802.11ac Wi-Fi support. The
Chances are, your cable provider has allotted you with some kind of bandwidth cap, depending on your plan. You stream stuff on Amazon, download seasons of the HBO series du jour, but how often--if... ever--do you go over that limit?
Pinterest is introducing a new way to browse its site with the addition of a category called "Personalized for You." This new section is essentially a version of Pinterest based entirely on your... interests. For example, a fashion-focused Pinterest user might see categories like boots, jackets, dresses, or jewelry on this page, which they could then click into and further explore.
A study by Princeton University researchers says Facebook could lose 80% of its users by 2017, but that if that sounds far fetched to you, it's because it is.
Patrick Gelsinger, VMWare's chief, believes some older companies are moving into cloud computing and others are retrenching as customers demand new sorts of technologies.
I've been lucky to host many great founders here on "Founder Stories" to date, but this particular video discussion with Andrew Feldman, a cofounder and CEO of SeaMicro (which was eventually acquired... by AMD) struck a different tone than those past.
Wearables and 'smart' appliances are driving the trend.
If you don't enjoy this super short by comedian Jon Friedman, 1) we feel sad for you, 2) at least you can't say we wasted your time.
With the release of the Meizu MX3, the company once again aims high with their ability to create a high-end device that, at first, looks like it'd be able to …
For decades, doctors have been treating leukemia patients by transplanting stem cells from people with healthy bone marrow. But even though transplants can be a fairly effective treatment, there... aren't enough tissue donors to treat every leukemia patient.
Mobile commerce and PayPal drive eBay's results, but the company's outlook is a bit light. eBay also mentions its Carl Icahn problem.
The Roomba 880 has the same hockey-puck look as the previous models, but does a superior job in cleaning dust bunnies and pet hair. But the cost may scare off prospective buyers.
In the wake of recent NSA leaks, Microsoft's taking the tech road less traveled and committing to protecting foreign users' data by storing it overseas. The controversial move, as reported by the... Financial Times, would place that data out of the ...
You can spend days and days reading reviews to find the perfect camera, but when it boils down to it, seeing the pictures a camera takes is a much better way to gauge if it has what you're looking... for. To see a ton of amateur and professional photos from any given camera, Wired suggests you look on Flickr.
Apple has released a minor update to its iTunes software, improving support for Arabic and Hebrew, adding the ability to see a Wish List while viewing the iTunes library, and "additional stability... improvements". The last update to iTunes occurred back in early November, fixing issues with the equalizer and improving issues when switching views in large libraries. iTunes 11.1.4 This version of iTunes adds the ability to see your Wish List while viewing your iTunes library, improves support for Arabic and Hebrew, and includes additional stability improvements. The new iTunes is available through the Mac App Store's update mechanism or Apple's iTunes download site. The update weighs in at 128MB.
It may seem like small potatoes, but Polish 3D printer manufacturer Zortrax has chalked a 5,000 unit order from Dell. This is the first I've heard of a mass order of home 3D-printing equipment and it... means a real boon for the budding Olsztyn-based company.
The northeastern United States was hammered by a blustery storm yesterday (Jan. 21), leaving some places now buried under more than a foot of snow.
New version rumored to heal Windows 8.1's schizoid modes A set of screenshots leaked to the web purports to show how Microsoft is working to better integrate Metro-style apps with the classic desktop... in a forthcoming update to Windows 8.1....
Mobile applications will be downloaded more than 248 billion times and generate in excess of $77 billion in revenue by 2017 as they find their way into appliances, cars and wearable devices.
A Canadian engineer 3d printed the new leg for Dudley after seeing him in an animal shelter.
The JPEG standard made its debut in 1991 (publicly in 1992), and since then it’s become the most widely used lossy compression format for digital images. Now, The Independent JPEG Group at the... Leipzig Institute for Applied Informatics — the folks responsible for defining the standard — has released an all new version 9.1 of […]
[From GadgeTell] Sharp boasts of its IGZO screen technology, 4.5-inch screen with full 1080p HD display, 13 megapixel camera, 16GB built-in storage.
Much of China encountered a major web traffic jam yesterday. According to The New York Times, something seemingly went seriously awry within the country's Great Firewall on Tuesday, causing it to... redirect nearly all traffic from inside China to the servers of a mysterious company registered to a small building in Cheyenne, Wyoming. GreatFire.org, a site that monitors China's firewall, reports that the issue lasted for around 45 minutes before it began to be gradually resolved — a process that the Times reports may have taken upward of eight hours for some.
Yes, it seems that Netflix is doing OK for itself. The company on Wednesday announced that it added 2.33 million streaming subscribers in the United States over the fourth quarter of 2013, which... brings its total number of domestic streaming subscribers to 33.4 million. Netflix is forecasting similarly strong subscriber growth in Q1 2014, as it expects to add 2.25 million more streaming subscribers domestically and 1.6 million streaming subscribers internationally. Ever modest, however, Netflix says that it can’t take all the credit for the strong growth: Rather, the company says that it’s benefitted from “the tailwind of Internet video growth in general.” Indeed, Netflix notes that even Hulu managed to grow its paid subscribers by 65% year-over-year despite having a
[From HomeTechTell] Samsung and h.h. gregg are giving away $48K in prizes, including a 4K TV! Could you be the lucky winner?
[From GadgeTell] GadgeTell Review: Wren V5BT Speaker (Rosewood)
eBay reported its fourth-quarter earnings today, including revenue of $4.5 billion and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.81. The company’s revenue was up 13 percent from the same quarter last year,... while its earnings per share rose 16 percent. It’s a fairly temperate showing from eBay, as analysts have been expecting eBay to report a 16 percent profit increase on revenue of $4.5 billion and $0.80 EPS (non-GAAP). The main drivers of eBay’s fourth quarter results have expected to be a decline in its marketplaces and auctions segment, with a boost from PayPal. In its most recent sequential quarter, eBay reported revenue of $3.9 billion, and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.64. While the consensus estimates for the fourth quarter were around $0.80, many expected the reality to be...
A global commission has been created to investigate how to ensure Internet freedom and security at a time of growing concerns over privacy breaches.
A car's airbags are designed to absorb impact and protect passengers during a crash--and need to inflate immediately on impact. But the airbags that skiers wear to avoid being buried in an avalanche... don't necessarily need to inflate as fast. So Black Diamond's new JetForce backpack uses a fan instead of compressed air which means not only can you try it out and practice beforehand, it's also cheap and easy to reset.
The word "robosourcing" is making its way into the technology media, and starting to skirt the fringes of the mainstream media via the help of Hollywood and other platforms like TED. Just recently, a... TED talk by Guy Hoffman on robots with "souls" tipped the scale (in my opinion) in conjunction with movies dating back to Star Wars and as recent as HER and Transcendence. Somewhere between the noise and the hype is the tangible reality that if we continue to innovate in the direction and the pace of today, robotics, connectedness, artificial intelligence and automation will converge on a single truth. The single truth is that robots will enter to workforce. Before we wrestle with the 1st generation of robot laborers, let us realize that many of us use robots today. One can argue that my...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Netflix's fourth-quarter earnings soared six-fold as the Internet video service added another 2.3 million U.S. subscribers to burnish its status as one of the world's most... popular entertainment outlets. The financial results announced Wednesday topped analyst estimates, and Netflix basked in Wall Street's adulation. The company's stock surged $58.57, or more than 17 percent, to $392.30 in extended trading. If the shares behave similarly in Thursday's regular session, the stock will hit its highest level since Netflix Inc. went public nearly 12 years ago. Investors tend to focus more on Netflix's subscriber growth because the widening audience provides the company with the means to negotiate the rights to show even more compelling content to show in the future....
Apple just released a small update to iTunes on Mac OS X bringing the app up to version 11.1.4 and introducing a few minor features and tweaks. Apple notes that users will now be able to see the Wish... List feature while viewing the iTunes library. The latest version of iTunes also introduces improved Arabic […]
A funny thing happens whenever I use my Surface Pro 2 for work. Even though the 10-inch screen and tiny Type Cover trackpad are less comfortable to work with than my dual-monitor Windows 7 desktop,... I’m better at tuning out distractions and being more productive when I’m forced to use Windows 8.1 and its full-screen apps. So I’m a bit distressed with the idea that Microsoft might bring these “Metro” or modern apps to the traditional desktop in a future version of Windows. According to leaked screenshots posted by WZor (via The Verge), an update to Windows 8.1 will let users pin modern apps to the desktop taskbar. Presumably that means you could launch them without going back to the Start screen. If Microsoft were to stop there, it’d be okay. But according to Paul Thurrott,...
[From GamerTell] Unepic finally gives Wii U owners a Metroidvania to play, one with an almost overwhelming array of choices.
Fox has announced that this year's Super Bowl will be streamed free on its Fox Sports Go iPad app and website. Users can stream the game for free, but the app will be restricted to pay-TV subscribers... after. The post Fox to stream 2014 Super Bowl for free on iPads and PCs appeared first on Digital Trends.
With a whopping seven different radios packed beneath its hood, Revolv can communicate with just about any smart home device you can throw at it, and seeks to provide a simple control dashboard for... every connected gizmo in your house. The post Peace at last! Revolv made all my home-automation gadgets play nice together appeared first on Digital Trends.
You're going to need some help in the new world in PvZ2 — we've got a few tips to get it for you. We're not going to name names, but a few of us here are more than a little addicted to Plants... vs. Zombies 2. And for good reason — it's one of those mindless time sucks that you can put down as easily as you pick it up. That's a good thing. And PvZ2 took us out of Dave's backyard and into three new worlds — Ancient Egypt, Pirate Seas and Wild West — in which to kill zombies. With plants. All in search of a precious taco, or something. Anyoo. If you're like me — erm, us — you've by now completed those three worlds and are awaiting a fourth. (Is that some sort of Futurama-like city?) And before you go moving on to some other game of the month, we've got one tip that's going...
TVs are getting bigger every year, and our annual American football-focused roundup is keeping up: nothing under 64 inches for XLVIII in 2014!
The online streaming service's profit rose more than it predicted, and its outlook for earnings to kick off 2014 is rosy too.
[From EntertainmentTell] The Walking Dead returns Feb. 9, giving us a much needed zombie fix. The survivor are scattered all over the place, will they get back together?
On this week's podcast, our contributor, Elizabeth Case, reports from a conference for undergraduate women in physics from this past week.Elizabeth also participated in the conference herself as an... undergraduate physics student, granting her an inside perspective on how such conferences can inform, inspire, and retain women in physics. Have a listen!
Netflix had a big year in 2013 with award-winning original content, new features and millions of new customers. Now the company's fourth quarter report reveals it wrapped up last year with over 44... million customers worldwide. Interestingly, an entire ...
Netflix revealed its fourth quarter earnings today, capping off a banner year that saw the streaming service surpass HBO in subscriber count and earn critical acclaim for its original programming. In... Q4, the company handily beat Wall Street expectations with revenue of $1.18 billion and earnings per share of $0.79. During the same period last year (before viewers had streamed a single episode of House of Cards), Netflix earned 13 cents per share on revenue of $945 million. Ahead of today's official earnings, Wall Street estimates had landed on $1.16 billion in revenue and earnings per share of $0.65. More customers, more streaming But investors (and Netflix's competitors) are far more interested in a different number: the company's...
Netflix's CEO on the lesson to be learned from 2013: "People around the world want what we offer: consumer-in-control Internet television."
Two think tanks have launched a two-year investigation of internet governance and surveillance, a week after President Barack Obama pledged to reform US intelligence policy. Chatham House and the... Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) announced the 25-member commission at the World Economic Forum in Davos, calling on them to investigate how to balance civil rights, appropriate regulation, online threats, and economic interests. The panel's work includes answering general questions about the future of the internet, but in a release, its founders cite two particular areas of concern.
Netflix just announced its fourth-quarter financial results, with the company beating/missing analyst expectations. For the last three months, Netflix reported earnings of 79 cents per share on... revenues of $1.175 billion. Earnings were well above analyst expectations of 65 cents a share, while revenues were slightly above the $1.16 billion Wall Street forecast for the quarter. During the year-ago quarter, Netflix earned 13 cents a share on $945 million in revenue. But the most-watched number every quarter is Netflix’s domestic subscriber growth. On that front, the company added 2.3 million domestic subscribers in the quarter, bringing the total to 33.4 million. Netflix’s own forecast had between 1.6 million and 2.4 million domestic subscribers, or between 32.7 million and 33.5 million...
Sockatume writes "Remember the fun of spurious substring matches, AKA the Scunthorpe problem? The UK's advanced 'intelligent' internet filters do. Supposedly the country's great new filtering regime... has been blocking a patch for League of Legends because some of the filenames within it include the substring 'sex.' Add one to the list of embarrassing failures for the nation's new mosaic of opt-out censorship systems, which have proven themselves incapable of distinguishing between abusive sites and sites for abuse victims, or sites for pornography versus sites for sexual and gender minorities."
We’re used to zany Wall Street analysts making wacky predictions about the tech world, such as the amazing prediction made by Money Map Press analyst Keith Fitz-Gerald last month about a merger... between Microsoft and Apple. It’s a little bit rarer to see WTF-worthy tech predictions coming out of established universities that nominally have reputations to uphold as respectable learning institutions. Nonetheless, The Guardian reports that some researchers from Princeton are projecting that Facebook will lose a whopping 80% of its user base over the next three years alone. What do the researchers base this seemingly ridiculous prediction on? Well, they took a look at the Google Trends chart and see that interest in Facebook seemingly peaked in late 2012 and
Disney's Frozen has taken the world by (winter) storm. Chalk it up to the power of princesses, magic and the winter season — or perhaps it's the incredible soundtrack that has everyone flocking to... the theaters To give fans all around the world a treat, Disney has released the hit title song "Let it Go" in 25 different languages, including French, Italian, Flemish and Malaysian See also: Four-Year-Old's Cover of 'Frozen' Song Will Melt Your Heart The film's soundtrack reached No.1 on the Billboard charts in early January, making it the fourth animated movie to ever achieve that level of success. The movie has also stayed at No. 1 at the box office for weeks, and has racked in more than $642 million worldwide since its release on Nov. 27
Cloud and virtualization company VMware announced Wednesday it will acquire Atlanta-based AirWatch in a $1.17 billion cash deal, which will also pay out an extra $365 million in installment payments... and unvested stock options. AirWatch specializes in mobile device management (MDM) software, which allows companies to configure, manage and monitor settings and apps across mobile devices for the sake of better controlling and protecting their data. But while MDM is becoming increasingly important, the market is currently flooded with more than 100 different vendors. That is changing, however, as larger enterprises are beginning to understand the value of MDM; IBM recently completed its acquisition of FiberLink in December, and Citrix closed its purchase of Zenprise last January. Now it's...
The hackers behind the recent Target data breach are likely a world away and nearly impossible to find.
I know Gizmodo is one of our Gawker littermates and I love them, but I have to call them out like anyone else when they say something misleading about "car enthusiasts." Things like how Google Glass... will "save car enthusiasts from extinction ." Because we don't need saving, and even if we did, Google Glass is not our Superman.
Pictures of space are awesome . But if our solar system isn't quite exciting enough for you--what with the lack of planets crashing into each other and exploding into giant balls of fire--these... abstract space wallpapers should keep you happy.
Very few of us will work at a single job our whole lives. Even fewer will work on a single, self-led project our whole lives. Spanish octogenarian Justo Gallego Martinez is an exception: He's been the... sole designer, engineer, and construction worker on a cathedral in Madrid since 1961.
The new Audi A3 is a brilliant car -- it's comfy, full of tech, and as safe as you'd like. So the faster S3 promises to be pretty sweet.
We're reporting from the ground at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival this week, searching for the best new movies that will hit both theaters and the small screen in the coming months. Get all of our... Park City coverage right here.
So, I finally broke down and bought a Pebble Smart Watch the other day. Just rolled into Best Buy and looked at both the FitBit Force fitness tracker and the Pebble. At just $20 more than the Force, I... figured…
"Your credit card will be billed $1,850" for this service you don't want.
"Your credit card will be billed $1,850" for this service you don't want.
After attempting to trademark the word "Candy," King, the developer behind Candy Crush Saga, is now trying to oppose the trademark of the game "The Banner Saga," over that game's use of the word... "saga." The post The Candy Crush Conspiracy continues as developer King targets The Banner Saga appeared first on Digital Trends.
Melinda and I published our latest Annual Letter this week. It’s a bit of a departure for us. Unlike the past five letters, this one isn’t about the foundation’s work. Instead, we decided to... take on some of the myths — about poverty, overpopulation and foreign aid — that are blocking progress for the poor. For example, many people think development aid is a large part of rich countries’ budgets, which would mean a lot can be saved by cutting back on it. When pollsters ask Americans what share of the budget goes to aid, the average response is 25%. When asked how much the government should spend, people tend to say 10%.For the United States, the actual number is less than 1%.
The light from an exploding star in the Messier 82 (M82) galaxy was first photographed from Earth on January 22nd, 2013. The galaxy is ~12 million light years away so the explosion occurred about 12... million years ago.
Wow. NicksplosionFX just created a time machine of emotions by stitching together every single--yes, every single--original Nintendo NES video game start screen in one epic video. The whole shabang... lasts 3 hours and goes in alphabetical order and has so many memorable beeps and boops that you can't help but feel like a kid again (or at the very least, nostalgic).
No matter how pixel-packed your iThing's display is, watching video clips on a bigger screen is usually way more comfortable. Pocket has added AirPlay and Apple TV support to its free bookmarking app... with just that in mind. That would be pretty cool ...
There’s no denying that Nintendo had a rough year in 2013 that included disastrously low Wii U sales. This has led many analysts to say that Nintendo should just throw in the towel on making games... exclusive to its own hardware and start building Mario and Zelda games for tablets and smartphones. Wired’s Chris Kohler thinks this is foolish because it’s just not in Nintendo’s DNA to make disposable games on the same level as Candy Crush Saga or Plants vs. Zombies. He also thinks that porting older games to tablets hasn’t shown itself to be a winning strategy for many developers. “Clunky ports of old games might have had early success, but you have to scroll deeply into the Top
(Spoiler alert: Yes it does . . . probably . . . um, maybe . . .I mean, it has to.) An interwebs firestorm has been raging recently about a Numberphile video that makes the astounding claim that if... you add up all the positive whole numbers from one to infinity, the result will be -1/12. To write it out more concisely1+2+3+4+ . . . = -1/12 , (where the three dots indicate all the rest of the positive numbers up to infinity)If you haven't seen the video, take a look - it's short. Fascinating, isn't it?Renowned science writer and astronomer Phil Plait (Bad Astronomy) blogged about the video recently, calling it "simply the most astonishing math you'll ever see." The post led to a Twitter and comment storm, fueled both by people bowled over by the calculation and a much larger number of people...
The Super Bowl will again be streamed live online.
By putting a 24 megapixel full-frame sensor into a body nearly the same size as the Olympus E-M1, the Alpha 7 is arguably the most ambitious camera Sony has ever made. Never before has there been a... full-frame camera this small - and one that supports nearly every 35mm lens format ever made, as well as Sony's own E-mount lenses. Does Sony get enough things right with the Alpha 7 to compete with more conventional full-frame cameras such as the Canon 6D and Nikon D610? Read our full review to find out
Hey hey stargazers and celestial daydreamers: Here's your chance to walk barefoot above the heavens. Spacecrafted is a new collection of rugs from German designer Jan Kath that takes hi-res satellite... images of the great beyond and turn them into super detailed wool and silk patterns.
A new study offers insights into how aging affects the brain's neural circuitry, in some cases significantly altering gene expression in single neurons. These discoveries could point the way toward a... better understanding of how aging affects our cognitive ability and new therapeutic targets for the treatment of neurodegenerative disease, including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.
An anti-malaria drug combination might be useful in helping to prevent pregnancy complications in women with lupus and the related disorder antiphospholipid syndrome, researchers have found.
A new free app for iOS and Android lets you experience a small slice of what life's like in Australia as an Indian student, a Muslim woman, or an Aboriginal man.
Modularity and long femoral neck length are the common denominators among cited cases for femoral neck fractures. Research identifies indicate a real risk of fracture that should be discussed with... patients.
Scientists have created a way to fine tune a process critical to the pharmaceutical industry that could save time and money.
Preclinical studies show that gene therapy can strengthen muscles and lengthen lives in animal models of a fatal congenital disease in children, X-linked myotubular myopathy. The findings demonstrate... the clinical feasibility of future trials for this devastating disease. Children born with the condition have floppy muscles and breathing difficulty, and may need life support. Most die in childhood. The effectiveness of this process was tested in mice and dogs with engineered adenovirus vector carrying a gene to replace the mutation.
T-Mobile today announced its intentions to get into the business of providing banking services to its wireless customers, and any others who want an alternative to traditional banking accounts. The... new platform will compete with, and also potentially boost, other, less-known mobile banking services, like those provided by a banking startup called Simple, for example, or Amex's Serve.
Windows with permission to listen to your microphone keep listening until they are closed There's news today about a new exploit in Chrome, that centers around the recently-introduced listening... features. The new feature is not just limited to Google search, and any webmaster can implement it on his or her site with minimal coding. That is exactly the sort of thing that leads to scary-sounding issues, like the one today. In a nutshell, a website can ask for permission to use your microphone. Once granted, it can open another window from the same domain, and listen to the sounds coming in from your mic. Even if you surf away from the original window that asked permission. This becomes a problem when users lose track of what windows they may have open, and leave a sneakily placed pop up...
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife are donating $5 million to help expand a community health center in Silicon Valley.
Businesses spend billions to reach customers through online advertising but just how effective are paid search ads? Using data from eBay, economist Steven Tadelis at UC Berkeley's Haas School of... Business compared whether consumers are more likely to click on paid ads than on free, generic search results and found that advertisers may not be getting their money's worth.
Clinical laboratory experts and physicians achieved 100 percent accuracy using new gene sequencing equipment and panels to test for abnormal DNA in cancerous tumor cells, paving the way for routine... genetic testing in personalizing cancer care
Scientists have developed a new genetic platform that allows efficient production of naturally occurring molecules, and have used it to produce a novel antibiotic compound.
Getting a good night's sleep means more than you probably think. Researchers suggest that the importance of sleep is underestimated by the general public.
Joe Luxton and his brother thought it would be a funny idea to recreate a bunch of old family photos and turn them into a calendar for their Mom for Christmas. They were right and the results are... hilarious. Joe, who’s a designer at design studio Build, has created a tumblr entitled Then/Now to…
Just over a year ago, photography was my most precious hobby. I really enjoyed it and took photos fairly often, but I felt that if I wanted to take this thing to the next level, I had to do something... extraordinary. A couple of days before New Year’s Eve I decided to start a “365 […]
Windows 8.1 might soon receive an update that allows users to pin Windows Store apps to the desktop taskbar, according to recently leaked screenshots. Wzor has published screenshots that indicate... Microsoft wants to scale back the new OS interface by reintroducing...
Verizon has published its first ever transparency report, and in it we get a glimpse of how many requests the carrier received for data, including a general range for number …
This week marks the 30th anniversary of Apple's classic "1984" Super Bowl ad, and a tweet sent by one of the ad's creators seems to hint that Apple may have something planned for this year's NFL... championship game.
U.S. tech giants dominated headlines in 2013, according to the Global Dow Index, with Google and Apple topping the list of most mentioned companies in print media during the past yearMicrosoft and IBM... also made the top 10 The data, which Dow Jones compiled after tracking media coverage of 150 influential public companies from Jan. 1 to Dec. 1, is based on global, English-language print publications. See also: 10 Best iPhone Apps of 2013 The tech industry's popular coverage doesn't come as much of a surprise, considering 2013's big stories: Google Glass' debut, Microsoft's introduction of Windows 8.1 and the Xbox One, and IBM's development of a cognitive computer system, among many others.
Motorola caught the tech media’s attention when it unveiled the surprisingly capable Moto G smartphone for just $179 off contract. That comparatively tiny fee brings buyers a 4.5-inch display with... 720p HD resolution, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 8GB of storage and a 5-megapixel camera, all wrapped in a reasonably attractive case. But $179 is still a bit pricey in emerging markets where industry watchers are still expecting growth, so Motorola plans to limbo even lower. “In much of the world $179 is a lot of money so there's a big market at a price point of less than $179,” Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside told TrustedReviews. “We're going to look at that and just delivering on that value promise is super important. I
Aerospace giant Boeing and its research partners in the Middle East said Wednesday they would start field trials after recording progress in making biofuel from desert plants fed with seawater.
Todoist announced a big new update last night to their popular to-do app. Todoist Next (which brings the app to version 3.0) is a complete rewrite, bringing major features such as shared... collaboration, visual scheduling, and a revamped interface across all platforms.
Today, Microsoft announced an unpredecented response to concerns of NSA data access, offering customers in foreign countries the option of having their data stored outside US borders. According to a... Financial Times report, the company decided to launch the program after discovering the NSA was using their networks to surveil citizens of Brazil and the European Union. So far, Microsoft is the only major company offering explicitly non-US data storage, despite evidence that the agency has broken into the private networks of both Google and Yahoo.
Although Apple remains tight-lipped about any plans to release a wearable device, the persistent rumors and concept mock-ups continue to stir excitement among fans and industry analysts alike The... latest conceptual take on the rumored iWatch is a video animation that presents an extremely realistic look at how the device might work if it becomes a real product See also: Why Big Tech Companies Are Going After Smart Watches Created by San Francisco-based professional interface designer Todd Hamilton, this new iWatch concept fuses the sleek design of the Nike FuelBand with the minimalist interface treatments of Apple's iOS 7
The integrator is one of just two partners to earn the elite designation so far.
Slashdot visited the Formlabs CES display in 2013. Tim looked at their Stereolithgraphy 3-D printer again this year. The company is now boasting about their PreForm 1.0 software, and not as much about... their hardware, which was their main focus last year. Another important difference was that at CES 2013 they couldn't talk about sales because they hadn't sold any units yet, but now they claim they've sold over 1000. And the last major problem they faced was a patent infringement suit, which seems to be settled (or nearly so). According to this Oct. 2013 article, it's doubtful that Formlabs would have been able to raise $2.95 through Kickstarter, followed by another $19 million from traditional venture capitalists, if the lawsuit wasn't close to settlement -- which may not matter much in the...
If you’re like me, you spend upwards of an hour each day staring quizzically at your Apple TV box, thinking, “You know what this thing needs? A wooden - either walnut or maple - tray that not only... holds the box in place, but that also features a Merino wool-lined cutout - in one of three colors — for the silver remote I’m always losing. And I feel that $49 represents a fair price for such a product.” You and I have a lot in common, no? Same big problems. Luckily this particular problem can become a non-problem relatively easily. Apple TV Holder [Tinsel & Timber via Uncrate]
Argentina has toughened restrictions on Internet purchases from foreign sources, part of an attempt to stem capital flight.
A man died trying to escape a fire in his high-rise apartment building in Manhattan earlier this month. What makes this all the more tragic is that he would have survived--if he had only stayed in his... apartment. Skyscrapers are designed to contain fires, so that, even when you're hearing alarms and smelling smoke, the safest thing to do is to ignore every instinct to flee and stay put.
A popular, historic and huge NASA tour spot is closing to the public as the space agency picks up the pace preparing for the future of U.S. space exploration. Public tours into the Vehicle Assembly... Building in Florida are set to end on Feb. 11.
The nearest exploding star detected since 1987 could offer insights into dark energy, ghostly neutrinos, and even how the universe's story will play out
LG may be working on its own flagship smartphone that will pack a fingerprint scanner, the LG G3, a mobile feature that's gaining more popularity among mobile device makers, ET News reports (via... GottaBeMobile). The iPhone 5s is the most popular handset that uses fingerprint-reading technology, although there are other Android smartphones that can offer similar features including the HTC One max, and the Pantech Vega LTE-A and the Vega Secret Note. According to the South Korean publication, LG was interested in including a fingerprint scanner in last year's G2 flagship although those plans were shelved because of supply issues with fingerprint sensors. Now, the company is reportedly testing a G3 prototype with a fingerprint reader, which could be placed
Previously the Pentagon was considering a wider FAB-T program that included equipping its strategic bombers and certain electronic surveillance aircraft with the system.
Millions of Chinese Internet users were unable to load websites ending in .com, .net, or .org for about eight hours on Tuesday. The China Internet Network Information Center traced the problem to... China's domain name system, but a new discovery found that the majority of China's Internet traffic was redirected to a small residential home in Cheyenne, Wyo.
The MacBook's trackpad could see some significant changes down the line. One of these twists could the dismissal of its integrated buttons, if a new patent awarded to Apple is any indication. The post... Future MacBooks could have trackpads without buttons appeared first on Digital Trends.
Nokia will report its fourth-quarter 2013 earnings, a seminal moment for the company as the figures will represent the last full period in which it will own the hardware assets that it is selling to... Microsoft.
Word this afternoon comes from Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company that Apple's next iPhone - tentatively called the "iPhone 6" - will certainly be working with a 4.8-inch display. …
Two years ago, researchers from Iowa State University (USA) published a study which concluded that spider silk conducts heat as well as metals. Now, a team from the University of the Basque Country... (Spain) has repeated the experiment and the results throw this discovery into question. This has reaffirmed the need to validate scientific findings before proclaiming their validity in the press.
It's that time of year again, CES is fading from memory, football season is wrapping up and Ben is tempted to cut the cable cord with less of his favorite sports programming on the air. The lull in... pigskin-based TV probably doesn't have much to do ...
Google has been pushing hard to incorporate speech recognition features into Web apps. But a Chrome exploit that can secretly transcribe your conversations unless you're paying attention probably... wasn't what the company had in mind. Whenever a website wants to access your microphone, Chrome requires permission. A dialog appears at the top of the browser window, and after you give your OK, an icon appears in the tab area, letting you know the microphone is in use. Close the tab or visit another site, and microphone access is supposed to get cut off. But as Web developer Tal Ater discovered, malicious sites can use pop-under windows to keep listening even after the user has gone to another site or closed the main browser window. Unlike a regular browser tab, pop-under windows don't show the...
There's no perfect piece of wearable tech, and everything out there has problems. But here's what I like from what I've seen in 2013 and gotten a peek at in early 2014.
Google, through its plan to link Gmail addresses to its Google+ social network, is violating a privacy agreement the company made with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, a long-time critic of the... company's privacy practices said in a complaint to the agency. Google+ also has a "flagrant and fundamental privacy design flaw" because it allows any user to add other users to his circles without their permission, frequent Google critic Consumer Watchdog said in the complaint. "A user can be forced to be publicly associated with someone with whom they do not wish to be associated," wrote John Simpson, Consumer Watchdog's Privacy Project director. "People must have the right to choose with whom they are associated. Operating a social network as Google is doing in a blatant attempt to build...
Volvo has high hopes for 2014, glowing from a multi-billion investment after its break-up from Ford, and with a new engine architecture, Drive-E, for its refreshed best-sellers, the S60, V60, …
Volvo already faced a challenge, taking on the big players in automotive post-divorce from Ford, but now it has given itself a second, arguably more difficult one: weaning America off …
Two tech titans of yesteryear, IBM and SAP, had depressing quarterly earnings call this week. The worst part? Both are pinning their hopes on the very thing that is eating their lunch: cloud... computing. And both are going to have to grapple with the profit-destroying machine that is Amazon Web Services. As Paul Ramsey, co-founder of the PostGIS open source spatial database, asks, "Has anyone ever gotten rich competing with Amazon?" The answer is no. Teaching Old IT Vendors New Cloud Tricks In a statement SAP declared that it, "anticipates [its] fast-growing cloud business along with growth in support revenue will drive a higher proportion of more predictable, recurring revenue in the future." But if it's growing so fast, why has the company had to delay profits by two years? As for IBM,...
Apple teased the new Mac Pro early on in 2013 and then kept us waiting for it until the end of December. The completely revamped late 2013 Mac Pro started shipping to anxious customers in the very... last days of December, but at least Apple met its timeframe of getting the computer out before the end of the year. It seems that either this new Mac Pro is heavily in demand or perhaps Apple is having difficulties in producing enough units to fill the gap between supply and demand. After shipping times on the online store slipped to March outside the U.S., the same has happened on the U.S. online Apple store as well. (more…) Follow: Apple, Computers, mac pro, Mac Pro Shipping Estimates From U.S. Online Apple Store Slip Into March original content from Ubergizmo.
Researchers at Virginia Tech say sugar could be the key to cheap, biodegradable batteries that can be refilled.
In an epic battle of images, several product photos rose to the top as the 2013 victors. The tears and pixels lost will never be forgotten! *Ahem* Alternatively, we just asked our photographer monkeys... to choose the photos they're most proud to have worked on in 2013. They do such a phenomenal job, it was so hard to choose! Hand-selected for your viewing pleasure (& in no particular order), here are our favorite product photos from 2013:
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features: Scientists using the Herschel space observatory have made the first definitive detection of water vapor on the largest and roundest object in the... asteroid belt, Ceres.
It's official: the bill re-naming the NASA's Hugh L. Dryden Flight Research Center in southern California for the first man to walk on the moon is now a law.
The past year has been full of chart-topping hits with catchy hooks, but only one song can bring home the title of Song of the Year at the 56th annual Grammy Awards this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET. See also:... How to Watch the Grammys Pre-Telecast and Post-Show Online The nominees for Song of the Year are: "Just Give Me a Reason" by Pink feat. Nate Reuss "Locked Out of Heaven" by Bruno Mars "Roar" by Katy Perry "Royals" by Lorde "Same Love" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Artists with plenty of Grammy experience are facing off against several newcomers to the ceremony. Bruno Mars won a Grammy in 2011 for "Just The Way You Are," and Katy Perry's nomination for "Roar" is her 11th to date, though she's yet to take home any awards. This will be the first Grammy experience for rookies Lorde and Macklemore &...
I’ve grown up with this last name, so I’m fairly used to people butchering it. I’m surprised at the amazing number of pronunciations given to my last name over the past several decades, with... people adding all sorts of weird…
Ever since 4.6 million Snapchat users were subjected to a leak that threatened to reveal their phone numbers, the team behind the app has been scrambling to repair both the vulnerabilities of Snapchat... and the image of their company. It started with an apology and an update, one which allowed users to opt out of the “Find Friends” feature that gave hackers the opportunity to corral millions of phone numbers in the first place. According to TechCrunch, Snapchat took its security measures a step further recently by adding a Captcha-like test which requires users to verify their accounts by selecting a series of images containing the familiar ghost mascot. It puts one more wall between users and potential hackers, and
Research teams at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin and at the University of Limerick, Ireland, have discovered a novel solid state reaction which lets kesterite grains grow within a few seconds and at... relatively low temperatures. For this reaction, they exploit a transition from a metastable wurtzite compound in the form of nanorods to the more stable kesterite compound. At the EDDI Beamline at BESSY II, the scientists could observe this process in real-time when heating the sample: in a few seconds Kesterite grains formed.
jigamo writes "The Verge reports on a new app from Slashdot co-founder Rob Malda, a.k.a. CmdrTaco, which aims to provide a user-powered and -curated stream of news. It's called Trove, and it's... currently available on the web as well as iPhones and iPads. From the article: 'Trove basically lets users opt in to feeds of stories that align with their interests. Users are encouraged to curate "troves," collections of stories that relate to a particular theme.' You can also read CmdrTaco's announcement post." Rob says, "At its simplest, Slashdot combines editor quality control and insight with crowd-sourced harvesting to cover the 'News for Nerds' space. Trove uses automated harvesting and machine learning to simplify a workflow for curators interested in ANY topic. The idea is that this opens...
In the desert two hours northeast of Los Angeles, just outside the town of Barstow, there is a peculiar little place called the Calico Early Man Site. If you've driven either direction, from L.A. to... Las Vegas or back, you've probably seen the sign for it, mysteriously and without any real information implying that the visiting public might want to stop by.
Imagine a giant, roughly 200 ft. tall robot shoots a barrage of missiles at you. Do you: a) Try to run away, but fail and die in a blazing inferno? b) Wet your pants and cry? c) Run towards the robot,... using the missiles as platforms as you parkour your way through the air and chop the menacing machine in half with your sword?
What does it take to become India's leading technology blogger? For almost a decade now, Amit Agarwal has been writing at Digital Inspiration, coming up with guides and hacks to make life easier with... the right tech. He's developed plenty of cool scripts and apps, and even managed to find the time to author a book. We caught up with the one-man blogging and hacking force to find out the tools and tricks he can't live without.
More frustrating news has surfaced for the West Virginia residents affected by the Freedom Industries chemical spill: federal and state investigators learned on Tuesday that a previously unreported... chemical was in the tank that leaked on January 9th. The tank that leaked MCHM also contained PPH, a type of polyglycol ether used in many applications including industrial manufacturing and medicine.
A Russian blog leaked alleged screenshots of an upcoming Windows 8.1 update which could introduce a few new and interesting features to the polarizing, touch-centric operating system. The post New... Windows 8.1 update screenshots leaked? appeared first on Digital Trends.
Verizon on Wednesday became the first major US telecom carrier to release a "transparency report," and said it received 320,000 data queries last year in the United States alone.
[From GamerTell] Valve strikes again with another massive round of approved Steam Greenlight candidates. 45 games and 5 programs have gotten the thumbs up.
Computer scientists found almost 20 exit relays in the Tor anonymity network that attempted to spy on users' encrypted traffic using man-in-the-middle techniques. The research was carried out over a... period of four months by Philipp Winter and Stefan Lindskog, researchers in the PriSec (Privacy and Security) group at Karlstad University in Sweden, who recently published a paper with their findings. The Tor network is designed to provide anonymity for users and bypass Internet censorship attempts. This is achieved by encrypting user traffic and routing it through a series of computers that act as relays and are run by volunteers before sending it to its intended destination on the Internet. Computers that handle the final hop in the Tor network are known as exit relays. According to...
Timothy Arcuri, an analyst at Cowen and Company, claims that Apple has “locked down” iPhone 6 design and that it will come with a 4.8 inch display. It should be kept in mind that Apple is not... expected to launch the iPhone 6 until at least September 2014, so its not like the company doesn’t have time to make a few changes here and there before the device goes into mass production, presumably by the end of Q2, 2014. Arcuri believes that Apple will finally subscribe to the trend of smartphones with larger displays, it has already been consistently rumored that the next flagship to come out of Cupertino will have a larger display. (more…) Follow: Apple, CellPhones, iphone 6, iPhone 6 Design With 4.8 Inch Display ‘Locked Down’ [Analyst] original content from Ubergizmo.
Apps estimate calorie intake from the bar code information on a food package, or even a photo.
Microsoft started blurring the lines between the modern Windows interface and the classic desktop with Windows 8.1, and there are now signs that it's ready to mix things up a little more. WZor has... posted screenshots of a leaked Windows 8.1 update ...
There has been plenty of back and forth regarding display size and other design elements that we can expect to see in Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6. While nothing is set in stone until Apple makes its... highly anticipated announcements, obviously, several sources that have been reliable in the past have each painted a fairly similar picture. From the looks of things, we can expect two new iPhone models in 2014, an iPhone 6 and a new larger iPhone with a display that climbs into phablet territory. The exact size of each display had been debated by plugged-in industry watchers as Apple toyed with different designs, but a new report claims that the iPhone 6 design has now been finalized. We
A team of researchers exploring the intergranular stress corrosion cracking of a type of metallic tubing used within nuclear power plants has developed a technique to both map and predict its... propagation.
For decades, astrophysicists have encountered a puzzling contradiction: although many galactic-wind models--simulations of how matter is distributed in our universe--predict that the majority of the... "normal" matter exists in stars at the center of galaxies, in actuality these stars account for less than 10 percent of the matter in the universe. A new set of simulations offer insight into this mismatch between the models and reality: the energy released by individual stars within galaxies can have a substantial effect on where matter is located in the universe.
This morning Paul Thurrott detailed a number of tweaks that will appear in the 2014 update of Windows 8.1. Screenshots from WZor confirm a few of Paul's earlier notes on upcoming changes to Windows... 8.x that are worth discussing.
A team of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists are using mini-satellites that work as "space cops" to help control traffic in space.
astroengine writes "Astronomers analyzing data from the now defunct Herschel infrared space observatory have made a huge discovery deep inside the asteroid belt. Dwarf planet Ceres, the largest body... in the region, is generating plumes of water vapor. 'This is the first time water vapor has been unequivocally detected on Ceres or any other object in the asteroid belt and provides proof that Ceres has an icy surface and an atmosphere,' said Michael Küppers of the European Space Agency in Spain and lead author of a paper published today (Jan. 22) in the journal Nature."
As a surface for wheels, pavement does its job well enough. Asphalt concrete is flat, smooth, and solid (usually). But there is a price we pay for the convenience of paved roads and parking lots... everywhere--a price paid in heat, noise, and polluted runoff. We went in search of better pavement and found these potential solutions.
An international team of astronomers at Stellar Astrophysics Centre in Aarhus, Denmark, have discovered a new exoplanet, christened "Kepler-410A b." The planet is about the size of Neptune and orbits... the brightest star in a double star system 425 light years from Earth.
Sony launched the T-Mobile exclusive Xperia Z1s smartphone at the International Consumer Electronics Show 2014 earlier this month. The device is actually quite similar to the Xperia Z1 that was... released back in 2013. Since last week, the carrier has been offering the smartphone for sale through its website. Starting today, prospective customers can now head to a T-Mobile brick and mortar store to pick up a brand new Sony Xperia Z1s in the U.S. (more…) Follow: CellPhones, Sony, t-mobile, Sony Xperia Z1s Available Now In T-Mobile Stores original content from Ubergizmo.
Residential refrigerator and freezer energy standards are changing -- here's what you need to know.
(Phys.org) --Scientists using the Herschel space observatory have made the first definitive detection of water vapor on the largest and roundest object in the asteroid belt, Ceres.
Though physically distant from Antarctica, water masses in the north and tropical regions of the Atlantic Ocean appear to have a significant influence on the effects of climate change on the icy... continent.
Pocket today updated its iOS app with full AirPlay integration, making it possible for users to stream their saved video clips to a nearby Apple TV. Most of us turn to Pocket to keep track of (and... preserve) articles we intend to read later, but it turns out there are quite a few people taking advantage of its video features. More than 2 million videos are saved to the popular app every week, according to a blog post the company published today. "Your videos will even keep playing when you exit the Pocket app, perfect for multi-taskers who want to check their email, Twitter, or simply just lean back and relax," it reads. Pocket's updated iOS app is available now, and AirPlay works just as it does everywhere else; just start playing a...
It’s painfully cold, windy, and there is a lot of snow, ice, or a combination of both around. You can be annoyed by how dreary the conditions are, or prepare for the worst and make the best of your... situation. Wearing more layers than normal so you don’t freeze, hot chocolate, and having snowball fights
Winter can throw some pretty nasty driving conditions your way: icy roads, reduced vision, and darker evenings. If you live in an area where ice and snow are a big part of winter, make sure you... understand how to recover from common types of skids.
Advertisers love to associate their products with the future, even if there's nothing terribly futuristic about them. Like in this 1984 ad from a British company that was selling... soap.
As I sat with Russell Ure in a Manhattan cafe, he turned on the reading lamp in his Ottawa, Ontario, home and we watched it light up in real time on his iPhone screen The app he was using is from the... company of which he is CEO and co-creator, Piper, which makes a connected device for homes and raised triple its Indiegogo goal in September. Along with a fisheye camera which captures most of a room, the device has a motion sensor and syncs with Z-Wave outlet adapters so you can turn various electronics on or off — "anything that plugs in," Ure says See also: 9 Excellent Apps For Discovering New Things
With the Dawn spacecraft now heading towards the dwarf planet/asteroid Ceres, the mission has suddenly gotten even more intriguing. The Herschel space observatory has discovered water vapor around... Ceres, and the vapor could be emanating from water plumes — much like those that are on Saturn's moon Enceladus - or it could be from cryovolcanism […]
Adding to a litany of analyst predictions pointing to a larger iPhone, Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company (via AppleInsider) today claimed that the iPhone 6 will ship with a 4.8-inch display, a... significant increase over the 4-inch display of the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s. Citing sources within Apple's supply chain, Arcuri also indicated that the next-generation iPhone will come with the 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard that first began appearing in Apple products in 2013. 802.11ac, or "Gigabit" Wi-Fi offers speeds up to three times as fast as existing 802.11n wireless networks, reaching speeds over 1 Gigabit per second. Because 802.11ac was included in Apple's updated Mac line throughout 2013, many expected the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c to ship with the standard. While the chips were presumably...
The winner will receive development funding likely to approach $1 billion for a mission that will launch between 2022 and 2024.
Once sold for about $2,500, Apple's 30-year-old Macintosh computer dropped in price for years. But that seems to be changing, according to eBay.
World of Tanks, Wargaming.net's free-to-play online tank sim, has registered 1.1 million concurrent users in Russia alone. Globally, the game has over 75 million registered users. The post World of... Tanks claims 1.1 million concurrent users - in Russia alone appeared first on Digital Trends.
Google Chrome users are no strangers to speech recognition software -- heck, the internet browser has "Ok Google!" voice recognition built right into its URL navigation bar. But that recognition is... triggered to "listen" only when you've opened a new ...
Even though police have arrested two people in Texas who have used stolen Target credit card information, the hackers behind the breach will likely never be found, AP reports. The breach, in which 40... million credit and debit card numbers were stolen along with the personal information for 70 million customers, was likely carried about out by Russian or Eastern European hackers. These hackers are likely part of a complex heirarchy that keeps them several layers removed from the arrested card users. At the lowest level, there are the card users who buy the stolen credit and debit card information and use it to buy expensive goods. They likely buy this information from spam emails sent out by recruiters. They
It's much easier for a telescope to see deep into the universe when it doesn't have to peer through the Earth's atmosphere, but getting them into space is expensive. There is a much cheaper solution,... though, as researchers have actually found a way to make incredibly light mirrors using lasers and polystyrene--aka styrofoam--beads.
Nikon has posted firmware updates for the Df, D5200 and D3200. As well as a number of minor bugs and performance issues, support has been added to the D3200 and D5200 for the new collapsible AF-S DX... 18-55mm F3.5–5.6G VR II, allowing them to display an error message if the camera is turned on with the lens in its collapsed state.
"The research is simply incorrect," said a representative for both HBO and Cinemax.
Talk about seeing the world through someone else's eyes. Virtual reality gaming headset Oculus Rift is being used in Gender Swap, an experiment within the interactive, open-source art project The... Machine to be Another. As the video above shows, the experiment allows two participants, one of each gender, to virtually switch bodies and see the world (and themselves) as the other person. The notion is to explore ideas of gender, intimacy and mutual respect, according to the clip's Vimeo description. (Warning: The clip above contains some nudity, so it may be NSFW.) The experiment works like this: Male and female participants don the head-mounted displays, which have been fixed with first-person cameras. Then, watching the feed from the other participant's camera, each person performs...
[From GamerTell] Capcom is 3D-ifying the first three Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney games and releasing them in Japan as Ace Attorney 123.
Berkeley researchers have created flexible sensors that mimic a cat's whiskers from elastic fibers, nanotubes, and nanoparticles. Science: making robots cuter as well as more useful.
Let's get this out of the way up front: I was prepared to dislike Jelly after its reveal. After all, when Twitter co-founder Biz Stone described the new startup as experiment designed to "make the... world a more empathetic place," - yes, a mobile Q&A service - it's hard not to roll your eyes. And if you look at some of the usage in Jelly's first days, it's at least equal parts enlightening and ridiculous.
When you have the undivided attention of one of the richest man in the world, who also happens to be an outstanding philanthropist as well as the co-founder of a company called Microsoft, the last... thing you want to do is commit a faux pas. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon did. Gates was on the show to talk about his various philanthropic activities, notably the global campaign against polio, the show started off nicely with Fallon even branding Gates as “cool.” Things got a little awkward when Fallon noticed Gates eyeing his laptop, which if you have ever seen the show, has always been a MacBook, with an Apple mouse and keyboard on the side. (more…) Follow: Videos (web), bill gates, macbook, Jimmy Fallon Awkwardly Hides MacBook While...
Land Rover wants to call its next SUV the "Landy". I hate that name. So I decided to come up with some better ones. How about the Lancaster or the Defiant? Whatever it's called, it just has to be... better than Landy. The post Would you buy a Land Rover ‘Landy’? We’d much rather have a ‘Lancaster’ or ‘Defiant’ appeared first on Digital Trends.
Not only will these Philips O'Neill headphones not break the bank, they pretty much won't break period. Capable of withstanding 1500kg of static force, they're billed as virtually indestructible, and... they sound great to boot. Pick up a pair today for $150, or $50 less than the previous low price.
The 7th Annual Crunchies Awards is almost here and some tickets are still available. They start at $80 which grants the holder to a night of laughs, drinks and nerds as far as the eye can see. This is... the biggest night of the year for the technology scene. Get dressed up and come party with us.
The largest object in the asteroid belt just got more attractive: Scientists have confirmed signs of water on the dwarf planet Ceres, one of the few bodies in the solar system to hold that... distinction.
Is Facebook really just a virulent social virus? So claim two Princeton University graduate students.
Activist investor Carl Icahn took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to rattle his saber at Apple in advance of the company's shareholder meeting next month.
Two nerds, a four-track recorder, and 65 million Cisco phone systems.
According to TV Guide, the three big stars of the original "Star Wars" trilogy plan to arrive on set for Episode VII in March or April.
A fresh satellite for NASA's communications network is set for launch from Florida's Space Coast on Thursday (Jan. 23) to bolster voice and data links between mission control, the International Space... Station and a fleet of orbiting research observatories.
[From GamerTell] Microsoft can't seem to get its Xbox One message right, even with help from popular YouTube personalities.
Tuesday's Internet outage in China is dividing experts over what caused the networking error, with authorities calling it a hacking attack, and others blaming it on the country's censorship systems.... The outage briefly crippled the Internet in China, with many local websites inaccessible to users. User traffic was mysteriously redirected to a U.S.-based IP address belonging to a company that has hosted software capable of circumventing China's online censorship. The networking error, which only lasted a few hours, affected at least two-thirds of China's websites, according to Qihoo 360, a software security vendor in the country. On Wednesday, local authorities said a preliminary investigation found that a hacking attack caused the outage. China's National Computer Network Emergency Response...
Planning and promoting your idea are critical precursors to beginning an online campaign.
Evidence from recent years suggests that regular exposure to mildly low temperatures may help people lose weight by increasing the amount of energy their body has to expend to keep their core... temperature up, researchers say.
Verizon received 320,000 U.S. law enforcement requests for customer names, phone call records, text messages, and other kinds of customer data in 2013, the company revealed in a report released... Wednesday. Phone carriers had long resisted efforts to release such transparency reports, which privacy-minded internet companies have issued for years. But Verizon changed course after former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed that it was turning U.S. customers' phone data to the government in bulk. It is the first major phone company to release such a report. "The past year saw an intense focus around the world on government demands to obtain customer data," Randal Milch, Verizon's general counsel and executive vice president for public policy, dryly noted in a blog post...
Fido may be pretty good at hanging out at home, waiting for you to get back, but is he excited to have to wait for dinner? Is he eating too much? Let’s face it, over half the cats and dogs in the... U.S. are overweight, and that fact leads to numerous health problems. There has
A new experiment at a Swiss physics laboratory has, for the first time, successfully produced a stream of antimatter hydrogen atoms that could help answer a fundamental physics question.
Netflix has made quite a name for itself, after all it happens to be the largest online subscription streaming service in the world. It has seen steady growth over the past few quarters, its rapidly... expanding library and critically acclaimed original content such as House of Cards and Orange is the new Black certainly helped to an extent. Due to make an official announcement later today, Bloomberg estimates that U.S. Netflix subscribers have now crossed 33.1 million, with roughly 2.05 million being added in the previous quarter alone. (more…) Follow: Web, Netflix, Total Netflix Subscribers Expected To Have Crossed 33 Million original content from Ubergizmo.
King, the app developer behind popular game Candy Crush Saga, sparked controversy this week when it started issuing takedown notices to several games that had the word “candy” in their title.... However in a statement released today, King denies that it’s trying to take down every single candy-related game from the App Store and it says that it only trademarked the word “candy” to protect itself against blatant copycats of its popular game. “We have trademarked the word ‘CANDY’ in the EU, as our IP is constantly being infringed and we have to enforce our rights and to protect our players from confusion,” the company explains. “We don’t enforce against all uses of CANDY - some are legitimate and of
The snow is falling, it's freezing out, and you avoid going outside as much as you can. For spring vacation, you decide to go somewhere where you can finally try surfing. You book tickets; you line up... lessons. Boxes: Checked. You show up, and your first lesson goes really well! You stand up a few times, and you actually ride a few waves! You're hooked, and you can't wait to surf again tomorrow. Just one small problem: You wake up in the morning and you can't lift your arms above your head.
You know what's better than knowing how to get rid of stubborn underarm stains ? Keeping those horrid yellow stains away in the first place. Real Simple tells us we can use baby powder as a stain... guard for our clothing.
Phone games biz shuts down week-old app for using trademark in its name The developer behind the Candy Slots iOS game has said Candy Crush Saga-maker King has gone "too far" with its enforcement of... its trademark on the word CANDY....
Motorola's CEO Dennis Woodside has again taken to discussions about smartphone pricing and customization, something he has spoken about at length in the past. Among his topics was a focus …
Slashdot contributor Bennett Haselton writes: "A California company called Shape Security claims that their network box can disable malware attacks, by using polymorphism to rewrite webpages before... they are sent to the user's browser. Most programmers will immediately spot several ways that the system can be defeated, but it may still slow attackers down or divert them towards other targets."
[From EntertainmentTell] Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster is exactly the kind of movie most people think of when they recall watching Godzilla on Saturday afternoons.
Jennifer Greenburg is an Assistant Professor of Photography at Indiana University Northwest. She holds a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from The University of Chicago.... PetaPixel: First off, Jennifer, how did you get your start in photography? Jennifer Greenburg: As a small child, I was fascinated by […]
Awhile back the ever-playful YouTube duo the Slow Mo Guys showed us what it looks like when rubberbands make a watermelon explode. Now we're getting an even closer look at bursting melons. This time... around, the guys -- Gavin Free and Daniel Gruchy -- discover what "melon fragmentation" looks like when filmed at 2,500 frames per second.
Protests in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, have erupted in a level of violence that the country has not seen in years, resulting in at least three deaths and hundreds of injuries. Hundreds of thousands... of Ukrainian citizens have gathered in the center of their capital since this past November to protest President Viktor Yanukovych's decision to spurn an integration pact with the European Union in favor of furthering relations with Russia. The number of protesters had waned as the cold settled in, but a law passed last week designed to suppress demonstrations had the opposite effect, and the number of citizens in the streets has swelled.
[From EntertainmentTell] Richard Sherman is starring in a new Beats by Dre headphone commercial
Advertisements are a major source of revenue for Facebook. There are a wide variety of options that potential advertisers can choose from, Page owners can pay Facebook to increase the visibility of... their posts, while advertisers can even run ads on the world’s largest social network to direct traffic to external websites. Its ad platform is working very well inside the social network, but what if it was let loose on the outside? That’s exactly what is Facebook is testing at a small scale right now. The company is using its own ad serving platform, as opposed to an outside platform, to deliver ads to third-party mobile applications. (more…) Follow: Web, ads, Facebook, Facebook Ads Being Tested In Third-Party Apps original content from Ubergizmo.
Right on top of the release of the Rose Gold color for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 for Verizon comes word that the Galaxy Note 3 "Neo" will be appearing …
Facebook is testing a way of distributing Facebook ads in third-party mobile applications that aims to help developers monetize their apps. This is Facebook's latest push to get more developers using... its services. The company said it will operate like a mobile ad network that works with a small number of advertisers and publishers instead of outside ad platforms. The test will extend Facebook's ad targeting to improve the relevancy of ads and provide a larger reach for advertisers. The test is limited to only a few advertisers and partners.
[From GadgeTell] Ozobot Hands-On From CES 2014, Now On Kickstarter
The Sex with Google Glass project is positioning itself as a sex-enhancement app that lets partners swap viewpoints. But can it launch without the burden of massive scrutiny?
In a study titled, "Virtuous or Vitriolic: The Effect of Anonymity on Civility in Online Newspaper Reader Comment Boards," University of Houston assistant professor Arthur D. Santana at the Jack J.... Valenti School of Communication found a significant correlation between anonymity and civility.
IR remotes on your phone — who is using them? 2013 was not officially the year of Infrared. We think that happened sometime back in the late 1970s. But it was the year we started seeing phone... makers add IR transmitting abilities to their high-end phones. Samsung, HTC, Sony and LG all jumped on board and now anyone and everyone can buy an Android phone or tablet with an IR transmitter built right in, and there are built-in applications to use them to control the stuff in your entertainment center. Since its inception, better alternatives to IR have come along. Things like IP-based controllers (using Wifi or even cellular data) work better and have almost unlimited range, and cloud-based controls are the new big thing. But IR isn't going anywhere anytime soon, because it's cheap, and...
Last year, the Internet opened up the doors on generic top level domains (gTLDs), letting anyone create their own ".anything" space on the web — provided they pony up $185,000. Now those generic... domains have passed their first big milestone. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that there are now 100 generic TLDs that have been "delegated," one of the final steps before the domains can begin taking registrations. Among the new domains are .rich, .sexy, .ninja, .pink, .email, .buzz, .coffee and .domains. ICANN has posted the full list, along with the names of all the registrants.
The Western Digital 2TB USB3 My Book is back down to its lowest historical price of $90 today. We've seen 4TB externals get down to $130, but after this Lifehacker article on hard drive reliability... yesterday , failure rate is likely the factor on everyone's mind. We'll still post Seagates in the future, but depending on your priorities, backup habits, and how priceless your data is, this may be an essential purchase for you. [Amazon]
A device that can monitor the levels of specific drugs as they flow through the bloodstream may soon take the guesswork out of drug dosing and allow physicians to tailor prescriptions to their... patients' specific biology. The biosensor combines engineering and biochemistry and has far-reaching potential.
Dopamine-restoring drugs already used to treat Parkinson's disease may also be beneficial for the treatment of diabetic retinopathy, a leading cause of blindness in adults.
Images of a snow-free Mount Shasta seen from space reveal just how bad the California drought has gotten.
Structural biologists have obtained important scientific results likely to advance efforts to develop new drugs targeting NMDA receptors in the brain.
In the US, someone suffers a heart attack every 34 seconds -- their heart is starved of oxygen and suffers irreparable damage. Engineering new heart tissue in the laboratory that could eventually be... implanted into patients could help, and scientists are reporting a promising approach tested with rat cells.
Some argue that perception is everything. Recent news suggests that just by wearing Google Glass, you can be accused of committing a crime. On October 30, 2013 Google Glass Explorer, Cecilia Abadie ,... was cited for speeding and for driving while using Google Glass by a law enforcement officer in California. The Glass related citation was for violating California's Vehicle Code Section 27602, which states that "A person shall not drive a motor vehicle if a television receiver, a video monitor, or a television or video screen, or any other similar means of visually displaying a television broadcast or video signal that produces entertainment or business applications, is operating and is located in the motor vehicle at a point forward of the back of the driver's seat, or is operating and the...
New research suggests that it may be the quality of cancer stem cells rather than their quantity that leads to better survival in certain patients with oral cancer.
'Smart' holograms, which are currently being tested to monitor diabetes, and could be used to monitor a wide range of medical and environmental conditions in future, have been developed by... researchers.
New types of drug intended for use in place of antibiotics have been given a cautious welcome by scientists.
Using a novel combination of technologies, the EuroEPINOMICS RES consortium found mutations in CHD2 responsible for a subset of epilepsy patients with symptoms similar to Dravet syndrome -- a severe... form of childhood epilepsy that is in many patients resistant to currently available anti-epileptic drugs. The discovery of CHD2's role in epilepsy offers new diagnostic tools for families and clinicians.
Before Jeffrey Raider and Andy Katz-Mayfield even launched Harry's, an online service for men's grooming products, they had their eyes set on a first acquisition. The pair wanted to buy an old German... razor factory for $100 million. That isn't how most new startups operate, but then again this wasn't Raider's first time around. Raider was one of the cofounders behind Warby Parker, the popular e-commerce service for eyeglasses founded in 2010 and currently said to be valued at around $500 million In 2011, Raider received a call from Katz-Mayfield, a friend, who complained about his experience buying razors and shaving cream at a store. "Could you do it better?" Katz-Mayfield asked. That conversation sparked the idea for a company that would sell high-quality shaving products for a reasonable...
Looking strictly at the economic costs and benefits of three different roof types--black, white and "green" (or vegetated)--Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) researchers have found... in a new study that white roofs are the most cost-effective over a 50-year time span. While the high installation cost of green roofs sets them back in economic terms, their environmental and amenity benefits may at least partially mitigate their financial burden.
The Paleofuture blog turns 7 years old today! And you can now find every Paleofuture post ever written--right here at Gizmodo.
Many of today's seafaring megastructures would be nigh on impossible to build without the lifting assistance provided by dockside cranes. And as we continue to build ever-bigger systems we'll need... ever bigger cranes, like the gigantic hammerhead from Kone.
Researchers have taken a closer look at the human genome to learn more about the genetic underpinnings of schizophrenia. Scientists analyzed the exomes, or protein-coding regions, of people with... schizophrenia and their healthy counterparts, pinpointing the sites of mutations and identifying patterns that reveal clues about the biology underlying the disorder.
Using the Herschel Telescope, the European Space Agency has detected water vapor on Ceres, the largest and roundest object in the asteroid belt. And it just may have a whole lot of it.
Regular exposure to mild cold may be a healthy and sustainable way to help people lose weight, according to researchers. On the flip side, that means our warm and cozy homes and offices might be... partly responsible for our expanding waistlines.
Stephen Amell, who plays a reimagined version of the DC superhero Green Arrow in the CW TV show Arrow, has "had discussion" about appearing in the Justice League film as his TV character, the actor... told ComingSoon. “All we have to do for something like that to happen, or even be a possibility, is continue […] The post Could DC be using its TV properties to fill out the ranks of Justice League? appeared first on Digital Trends.
Physicians are employing a technology known as ECMO as a last-resort therapy for extremely severe cases of influenza. ECMO is a sort of portable heart/lung bypass machine.
African-American men incurred $341.8 billion in excess medical costs due to health inequalities between 2006 and 2009, and Hispanic men incurred an additional $115 billion over the four-year period,... according to a new study. The study looks at the direct and indirect costs associated with health inequalities and projects the potential cost savings of eliminating these disparities for minority men in the U.S.
A team has developed an easy-to-use "risk calculator" that helps predict heart failure patients' chances of survival for up to five years and can assist doctors in determining whether more or less... aggressive treatment is appropriate.
Last night Bill Gates jumped onstage at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to talk about how he’s curing the world of polio as well as the next big tech ideas – weirdly there was no mention of an... iWatch.…
A federal judge has tossed out part of a lawsuit Oracle filed against third-party support providers Terix and Maintech, in what could set a precedent for similar cases. Terix and Maintech persuaded... customers to cancel their support agreements with Oracle by "falsely representing" they could legally provide hardware and Solaris OS service and support for less money, according to Oracle's lawsuit filed last July in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. "While a customer may choose to engage a third party instead of Oracle to provide support services on Oracle hardware, under such circumstances neither the third party nor the customer may access or use Oracle's support website," Oracle said. "In particular, neither the third party nor the customer may use official,...
[From GadgeTell] Carl Icahn recently spent about $500 million to buy more shares in Apple.
A new study shows that women who never or rarely screen for breast cancer are also unlikely to receive screening for cervical cancer. The study also identified four key barriers independently... associated with the lack of these cancer screenings in Appalachian women.
A scientific breakthrough may give the field of radiation oncology new tools to increase the precision and safety of radiation treatment in cancer patients by helping doctors "see" the powerful beams... of a linear accelerator as they enter or exit the body.
Although the brain becomes smaller with age, the shrinkage seems to be fast-tracked in older adults with hearing loss, according to the results of a study. The findings add to a growing list of health... consequences associated with hearing loss, including increased risk of dementia, falls, hospitalizations, and diminished physical and mental health overall.
Scientists have known for years that stem cells in male and female sexual organs are regulated differently by their respective hormones. In a surprising discovery, researchers have found that stem... cells in the blood-forming system -- which is similar in both sexes -- also are regulated differently by hormones, with estrogen proving to be an especially prolific promoter of stem cell self-renewal.
[From AppleTell] Apple's iOS had about 43.39% of mobile ad traffic from October to December, as opposed to Android 's 37.71% mobile ad traffic.
"In much of the world $179 is a lot of money... why can't these devices be $50?"
If our phones could just put it upon themselves to have a longer battery life, we wouldn’t need to be in search of a power source every few hours. It’s strange that a piece of technology has... become so standard that we panic without it. How many of us can remember more than 5 phone
It's not that hard to boil an egg, but along the way, things can (and often do) go wrong. Kitchen Konfidence offers solutions to two of the biggest challenges about making boiled eggs: Timing the... water boiling exactly and getting peels off easily (without losing chunks of the egg).
Repeat of the late-2012 iMac launch, indeed. Joining Apple’s international online stores, Apple’s United States, Canada, and Mexico online stores are now quoting a March shipment timeframe for the... “late 2013″ Mac Pro. The Mac Pro launched in December to a February shipment quote, and as the month of January nears its end, the new March […]
Facebook took a step towards offering a mobile ad network on Wednesday with a small test running Facebook ads in mobile apps from other publishers. "Our aim is to demonstrate even greater reach with... the same power of Facebook targeting for advertisers both on and off Facebook," the company wrote in a blog post. "While we have run similar tests in the past, this current test is more like a mobile ad network in that we are working directly with a small number of advertisers and publishers rather than an outside ad-serving platform." For the user, there won't be a noticeable difference. An ad you see on a third-party app may have been presented by Facebook, but it would look the same. In theory, advertisers are getting the benefit of Facebook's deep targeting. If you want to reach 26-year-old...
Snapchat, the service that lets people send self-destructing photos and videos, has become very popular over the past year and a half. Sure it has seen its fair share of ups and downs, such as the... security breach that compromised phone numbers and usernames of more than 4.6 million users, but it has reportedly peaked the interest for two behemoths. Google and Facebook were both reportedly trying to acquire the company, offering as much as $4 billion, both of them were said to have been turned down. As Snapchat continues to grow, it hasn’t said if it has any plans of bringing the service over to desktop computers. If you’ve been wondering about the possibility of being able to use Snapchat on a Mac, then you’re in luck. Snapped is a new app that lets you do just that. (more…)...
Bill Gates wants to see Washington state experiment with legal pot. According to BuzzFeed, Gates voted in favor of his state's 2012 referendum to legalize marijuana, feeling that some states should... assess the policy before a similar plan is implemented at a federal level. “It’s an experiment, and it’s probably good to have a couple states try it out to see before you make that national policy,” Gates tells BuzzFeed. Though Gates didn't actually think that the 2012 referendum would pass, he's interested to see what happens now that its full effects are approaching.
While interviewing Bill Gates, Jimmy Fallon suddenly realizes that perhaps it isn't a great idea to have his Mac visible on his desk.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the division of the health department that administers the Healthcare.gov insurance exchange, has denied that the website is vulnerable to... hackers. The statement came in response to David Kennedy of TrustedSec who claims that consumer information including first names, last names, addresses, and user names is publicly viewable through Google. Kennedy says he never accessed the profiles himself, but he confirmed their existence by using some advanced search parameters to drill down deep into the site. "There are problems with the site that need to be fixed and things that need to be addressed that aren't being fixed," says Kennedy, who first testified about the issue in front of a...
The last glaciers in the United Kingdom melted centuries ago, not 11,500 years has had been believed, new research finds. Scotland's Cairngorm Mountains hosted glaciers in the Little Ice Age.
Facebook said in a blog post today that it has started testing Facebook ads in third-party mobile apps. The post doesn't have too many details about the program, like what kinds of data will be used... for the ad targeting and what those ads will actually look like. (I've asked Facebook PR about those points and will update if I hear back.) It describes the test as "extending Facebook's rich targeting to improve the relevancy of the ads people see, provide even greater reach for Facebook advertisers, and help developers better monetize their apps."
Even though marijuana is now legal in Washington and Colorado, major Web companies including Google, Facebook, and Twitter are not letting weed-related businesses advertise online. The post Facebook,... Twitter, Google just say no to marijuana ads appeared first on Digital Trends.
[From GamerTell] The internet isn't happy about the King.com "candy" trademark situation. So, a Candy Jam game jam has been created, taking aim at the Candy Crush Saga creator. Indie developers are... encouraged to make a candy-themed game before February 3, 2014.
For over a decade, numerous voices have claimed that online privacy is dead, due to users disclosing their personal details in social media and fuelling government mass surveillance. Just released, a... new book entitled Against the Hypothesis of the End of Privacy, suggests that privacy has not declined, but has become cyclical.
The computing industry faces constant demands to provide faster access to data and reduce power consumption. As current memory systems cannot meet these demands indefinitely, it is essential to... develop entirely new technologies. One strong contender is resistive random access memory (RRAM), which stores binary information by switching a dielectric material between conducting and non-conducting states.
Bill Gates's Microsoft-running days are behind him. He's moved on to toilets and condoms and general philanthropy. Still, Windows is his baby, so no wonder Jimmy Fallon felt the need to hide his... MacBook during an interview on Late Night. Awkwardly.
Tizen, the mobile platform that Samsung has developed in collaboration with Intel, is yet to debut on smartphones. Samsung was initially supposed to release a Tizen smartphone last year, though the... company delayed it because it wanted more time to make the OS even better. The release was then rumored for late 2013, once again it was said that the smartphone had been delayed. Then we heard that a release in possible in the first quarter of 2014, and according to latest reports, that might not happen. Samsung has once again delayed its highly anticipated Tizen smartphone. (more…) Follow: CellPhones, Samsung, tizen, Samsung Tizen Smartphone Delayed Once Again original content from Ubergizmo.
Hackers with deep ties to Russia and its government have been penetrating the computer networks of energy companies in Europe, the United States and Asia, according to a new report. The campaign,... dubbed "Energetic Bear," targeted hundreds of companies in more than 23 countries, according to the cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike, which revealed the operation in a report published on Wednesday See also: Cybersecurity Simplified: A Reality Check for the Digital Age China and its army of hackers are the usual suspects involved in cyber operations to steal intellectual property for an economic advantage. Security firm Mandiant exposed the operations of a sophisticated group of Chinese hackers called APT1 last year. In addition, the U.S. government, most recently in a November 2013 report, has...
In light of news that a high-profile outing resulted in one transgender woman's suicide, Violet Blue re-examines Google's outing of transgender users with its ongoing Google Plus privacy failures.
Carl Icahn’s relationship with Apple has been rocky ever since he became the company’s most loquacious investor last Fall. While ribbing Tim Cook publicly with one hand for not doing a bigger... buyback, the other has been busy forking over fat…
Audi pushes back all-new R8 after disappointing engineering chief and new quattro GmbH head pushes R8 e-tron back into production. This is good news for us Audi fans but, unfortunately, it means a... longer wait for the next Audi supercar. The post All-new Audi R8 sent back to drawing board after disappointing engineering brass appeared first on Digital Trends.
A robotic ankle with artificial muscles that use compressed air could help people with cerebral palsy or ankle injuries to walk
The Bad Astronomer writes "A new and potentially bright supernova was just discovered in the nearby galaxy M82. This is a Type Ia supernova, the catastrophic explosion of a white dwarf. It appears to... be on the rise, and may have been caught as much as two weeks before peak brightness. It's currently already brighter than magnitude 12, and may get to mag 8, easy to see in small telescopes. The galaxy is less than 12 million light years away, so this may become one of the best-studied supernovae in recent times. Type Ia supernovae are used to measure dark energy, so seeing one nearby is a huge boon to astronomy."
Verizon received a grand total of 321,545 requests for customers' data from American law enforcement in 2013, according to the company's first-ever transparency report, published on Wednesday. Verizon... is the first major U.S. telephone provider to release this kind of data, roughly two weeks after CREDO Mobile, a small California cellphone carrier, disclosed that it had received 16 data requests from the U.S. government in its own transparency report See also: Google Reports 68% Spike in Government Censorship Requests Previously, the major cellphone companies had only disclosed a limited amount of information on the subject, in answering a series of questions from Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) in December 2013
If you're looking to improve your squat game, hire a personal trainer. And no one says fitness more clearly (read: with more of an accent) than the former governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger... recently went undercover at a Gold's Gym in Venice, Calif., as a regional manager named Howard. The Terminator doled out impressive fitness advice, including, "When it burns it grows" and "Quit being a baby. This is Gold's Gym, not a baby gym." See also: The Most Stereotypical People Who Ruin Your Gym Time Schwarzenegger's prank was an effort to promote the After-School All-Stars program, which provides kids with health and leadership education. You can enter for a chance to meet Schwarzenegger himself by donating $10 or more.
Lobbying spending remained mostly flat for the top defense contractors in 2013, as they grappled with sequestration taking effect at the Pentagon.
See photos and images of Ceres, a dwarf planet and the largest asteroid in the solar system yet known. Ceres is round and may contain more fresh water than the entire Earth. NASA's Dawn spacecraft... will explore Ceres in 2015.
“I don’t know what to say about the film, except 4,207 days ago we started shooting this film and we’re really happy to be here.” It was Sunday night, and director Richard Linklater was... addressing a sold-out Sundance audience for the debut of his latest project, Boyhood. Festival audiences are used to seeing premieres of highly anticipated new films, but the energy in the Eccles Theatre was at a higher pitch than usual — and the director of Dazed and Confused and A Scanner Darkly was ready to unveil the most ambitious project he’d ever taken on.
By now you must have heard of Edward Snowden, the former CIA technical analyst who leaked a treasure trove of top secret documents detailing the various electronic spying programs of the National... Security Agency. Documents named major U.S. internet companies like Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo and Google, though all of them denied any involvement with the agency’s clandestine programs. Regardless of that, Snowden’s actions have brought the NSA’s secret operations to the limelight, and there are conflicting public opinions about that. A recent study from the Pew Research Center reveals that majority of the young Americans believe that Snowden has actually served public interest by leaking all of those documents. (more…) Follow: General, Edward Snowden, nsa, Young Americans Believe Edward...
Take a few minutes out of your lunch break to snack on some tasty deals! Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+ and... subscribe to the new Safari push notifications feature. Today’s can’t miss deals: Solid State Drives: Samsung 840 EVO Series 1TB $480 Crucial […]
Big Red will soon offer the plus-sized smartphone in a pink gold.
Looking for water is a pretty big deal on Earth, and an even bigger deal elsewhere. The chemical is not only vital to sustaining life as we know it, but it's also an important clue that can reveal... secrets about an object's past. Astronomers had long been looking for it in one particular place, the asteroid belt between Mars' and Jupiter's orbits, and it looks like they finally found it -- on Ceres, one of the belt's most enigmatic bodies. Ceres, SRSLY Ceres has been in the news, off and on
IBM has revived efforts to sell its low-end server business and Dell, Fujitsu and Lenovo are all lining up to take a look, according to reports this week. Lenovo was said to be in talks to buy IBM's... commodity hardware division last year, but the discussions apparently broke down over price. IBM is now searching again for a suitor, according to reports in the Wall Street Journal. For IBM, shedding its low-end server business might make sense. Weak hardware sales have dragged down its quarterly results, and low-end servers yield less profit than its mainframe and Power systems. Hewlett-Packard led the x86 server market with 32 percent of revenue in last year's third quarter, according to IDC. Dell was second with 21 percent and IBM third with 13 percent. IBM performed worst among the top...
If your television still falls in the "dumb" category, a set-top box is usually the easiest solution for gaining access to the goodies that come with Smart TVs. One such …
Take a dip in the Lagoon Nebula, a stellar nursery where bright new stars are being formed
New submitter samshead writes in with a bit of interesting news from GÉANT (the European research network): "GÉANT ... recently demonstrated its power by sonifying 36 years’ worth of NASA Voyager... spacecraft data and converting it into a musical duet. ... To compose the spacecraft duet, 320,000 measurements were first selected from each spacecraft, at one hour intervals. Then that data was converted into two very long melodies, each comprising 320,000 notes using different sampling frequencies ... The result of the conversion into waveform, using such a big dataset, created a wide collection of audible sounds, lasting just a few seconds (slightly more than 7 seconds at 44.1kHz) to a few hours (more than 5hours using 1024Hz as a sampling frequency). A certain number of data points, from...
AT&T announced yesterday that it will waive fees associated with early termination for its existing customers' contracts, but there’s a big catch. Customers must switch to a new AT&T Next plan and... agree to pay full price for their next phone. To be eligible, you'll need to have completed at least six months of your current contract. Your current contract also needs to have been signed by January 18, 2014. That's about the only fine print, though. You'll be able to keep your original phone or have the option to trade it in for up to $300 in credit. I initially panned the AT&T Next plan when it first came out, criticizing it for taking away phone subsidies without offering anything in exchange. The company has since begun offering Mobile Share Value Plans with Next, offering lower rates...
Most of the specs and information on the recently-teased Fuji X-T1 that will make landfall on January 28th have already leaked, but the final piece of the rumor puzzle fell into place today when... Digicameinfo published the official-looking product shots you see here. For those of you who haven’t read our previous coverage on the […]
Broadcasters will get their chance to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to give them some legal relief in their fight against Aereo, the Internet television company. On Friday the court said it would... hear the appeal brought by ABC, 21st Century Fox, NBCUniversal, and CBS, paving the way for a final determination this summer of whether Aereo's flavor of Internet television is legal. If the broadcasters win, it will be the end of Aereo as we know it. Even if they lose, Aereo's future is far from certain: the industry has already threatened to kill Aereo through technical measures. But first, the court case. Aereo and its antagonists agree on three things. One: Aereo's come up with a really clever technical trick on which to build a business. Two: the company poses a fundamental threat to...
Have you ever had your credit card stolen and used? Did the thief try to forge your scrawled signature, miniaturised on that impossibly tiny and slippery white line on the back of your card?
Heralding a new age of terrific timekeeping, a research group led by a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) physicist has unveiled an experimental strontium atomic clock that has set... new world records for both precision and stability-- key metrics for the performance of a clock.
If the atomic clock in the University of Colorado Boulder's JILA laboratory had been started when the earth came into existence, its time would still be perfect down to the very second today.... Likewise, if the clock were reset now and kept running, it would likely outlast life on Earth. The laboratory's atomic clock is — perhaps unsurprisingly — said to be the most precise one in the world, and it's being unveiled today by a paper in Nature. But while it's an incredible feat for timekeeping, for researchers, it's only one tick forward. "We already have plans to push the performance even more." "We already have plans to push the performance even more," Jun Ye, the research's leader, says in a statement. Ye is a fellow with the...
Dear Lifehacker,I've decided to give online dating a try, but there are so many sites out there I can't tell which ones are worth using. Are there any services that are more worth my time than the... others? What are the advantages of each?
If you're one of the 700 or so people who bought tickets to fly to outer space on Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic rockets , don't pack your space bags just yet: Smithsonian notes that the company... doesn't have the Federal Aviation Administration permit required to take passengers to space. Hope you folks got traveler's insurance. Or kept your Bitcoin receipts . [Smithsonian]
The first direct detection of water vapour from Ceres hints that the tiny world has a layer of buried ice or perhaps even slushy volcanoes
After IT worker nabbed for putting details of nearly HALF of all SK citizens on USB An IT contractor has been arrested over the theft of credit card and personal details of 20 million South... Koreans....
The company received about 320,000 requests for customer information in the US, and just a few thousand internationally.
Global surface temperatures in 2013 were among the highest since scientists started keeping records in 1880. But federal agencies on Tuesday differed when putting last year's climate in historical... context. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports that 2013 tied with 2003 for the fourth warmest year. However, NASA said 2009 and 2006 tied for the seventh place See also: Can This Surprising Discovery Fix Climate Change? "This is a real thing," Gavin Schmidt, a climate scientists for NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, told Mashable. "It doesn't go away because it's snowing in New York today."
Randi Zuckerberg, the former Facebook executive and current CEO of Zuckerberg Media, stopped by HuffPost Live on Wednesday to discuss the ways in which Davos has changed since she first attended (and... the ways in which it hasn't). "I still remember the first year I came to Davos on behalf of Facebook. We got some great meetings... But the tone was always, 'What is this new-fangled tech thing?'" Zuckerberg told HuffPost Live's Ahmed Shabib. Zuckerberg's brother, Mark, famously created the social media site while still a Harvard undergraduate. "Now you walk around Davos and Tech Pioneers is an official group [of 36 startups recognized at] the World Economic Forum," she said. "You have really heavy hitters from every major tech company here." Yet Davos can be a little old-fashioned in some...
Valve's SteamOS beta just got a whole lot more powerful and useful, thanks to a significant beta update that brought support for somewhat necessary features. When Valve released SteamOS beta in... December, it warned that only experienced Linux users should...
Verizon's general counsel reveals asserted that telcom providers receive more government demands than those in any other industry.
A new jewelry line on Kickstarter created by a biological electron microscopist immortalizes the beauty of the human chromosome.
Tico Timer — Education — $0.99 Here’s another app from the maker of the very clever Humming Timing. Developer Ricardo Fonseca made Tico Timer for children, and it counts down using animated... shapes instead of numbers. So the clock will…
On display at White Cube Bermondsey in London from January 22 – April 14, 2014 is a new solo exhibition from artist and photographer Darren Almond entitled, To Leave a Light Impression. In a... breathtaking series of night-time landscape photos, Almond takes 12 – 30 minute long exposure photographs under the light of a…
The new Satechi Smart TV Box has just been announced and is available to those who are interested, where it is being touted to stream digital media onto their respective TVs. This Smart Box from... Satechi will run on the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system, where users will be free to download apps from the Google Play Store as well as stream movies, in addition to performing other tasks such as music playback, being able to access games, among others, on their HDTV – resulting in hours of non-stop entertainment. (more…) Follow: Gadgets, smart tv, Satechi Smart TV Box Announced original content from Ubergizmo.
All the latest on newscientist.com: cyberwar tactics to fight cancer's social network, Japan's huge space net, European climate fog and more
[From GadgeTell] The Nokia Lumia 929 is listed again at $777 but a $199.99 with 2-year contract is expected to be offered by Verizon very soon.
The billionaire investor tweets that Apple's board is doing a "great disservice to shareholders."
People sick with the flu often take medication that alleviates fever. But their relief may come at a price for others. New findings suggest that suppressing fever can result in the infection of tens... of thousands of additional people each flu season.
Bill Gates wants you to read the Gates Foundations' annual letter about global poverty... and to get you to do that, he wants to create a viral video. Jimmy Fallon was skeptical, but we think they've... done it. See Gates' pretty much perfect viral video above and then visit GatesLetter.com.
For those of you that've been playing every single Super Smash Bros. game since the first hit the N64, you may very well know about the type of player that …
Pocket for iOS now supports Airplay, so you can watch your saved videos on the big screen via Apple TV.
Valve has just rolled out its SteamOS beta, although this particular introduction will be accompanied by a warning – you should only download this latest beta version if you have a semblance of an... idea of what you are doing. Of course, I guess this is how the battlelines are drawn, separating the real men from boys. At least true testers would be differentiated this time around. Of course, those who qualify would also require a relatively new machine with UEFI, considering how attempts to make the operating system as a secondary boot option did not prove to be that easy. This latest beta that is available to the brave masses would allow interested parties to be more familiar with early SteamOS. (more…) Follow: Gaming, steam, valve, SteamOS Beta Released By Valve original content from...
[From GadgeTell] Oh, Google Glass. You have gotten people into some major trouble these past months. First, a woman is given a traffic ticket for wearing Glass while driving and now a man is... interrogated by the FBI for wearing Glass while watching "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit."
[From EntertainmentTell] Not unlike the past few years, there's a distinctive scent of money in the Sundance air, as independent filmmakers and art-house studios negotiate their hearts out to reach... what they hope to be mutually beneficial distribution deals.
During the protests in Kiev, the Ukrainian government uses phone technology to identify those anywhere near the antigovernment marches.
While some businesses are banning the high-tech wearable device Google Glass, a theatre owner in Columbus, Ohio, saw enough of a threat to call the Department of Homeland Security. The manager called... in unnamed Homeland Security agents to remove a Balkan programmer who was wearing Google Glass connected to his prescription lenses. The agents and mall police interrogated the Glass-wearer for hours.
Not too long ago, the phrase "electronic army" would have conjured up visions of a 1980s cyber-dystopian film -- the kind featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger and a lot of fog machines. But today the idea... of an electronic army has been adopted outside the realm of entertainment, as a group called the Syrian Electronic Army, which supports Bashar al-Assad's regime, has successfully managed to temporarily cripple the online operations of companies like Twitter and The New York Times. Perceived digital warfare is escalating as a sophisticated breed of attack against corporations, governments and individuals. The Survey on the Global Agenda tells us that people over 50 are more worried about it than the under-50s, but the shift to the cloud and the rise of the "Internet of things" mean that...
Apple added two new videos ads to its YouTube channel this afternoon – ‘Light Verse’ and ‘Sound Verse’. The two ads have been running on TV for a couple days now and are pared down 30-second... variants of their new…
Verizon Communications received more than 320,000 requests for customer information from U.S. federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in 2013, more than 100 times the number of requests from... any other country, the telecom carrier said in its first surveillance transparency report. The number of law enforcement requests to Verizon dwarfed the number of requests to some large tech vendors. Google received about 11,000 law enforcement requests in the first half of 2013, while Yahoo received about 12,000, and Apple less than 2000 in the same time frame. Verizon received more than 164,000 subpoenas from U.S. law enforcement agencies and nearly 71,000 court orders, including more than 6,300 pen-register or trap-and-trace orders and nearly 1,500 wiretap orders last year, Verizon said. A...
There hasn’t been much talk about the Mac mini. The last time it was refreshed was back in October 2012, when it came with Intel Ivy Bridge processors and the option to upgrade RAM up to 16GB. Mac... mini happens to be the only product in Apple’s Mac lineup that wasn’t updated in 2013. The company refreshed its iMac, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air with Intel’s latest Haswell processors, it even launched a radically revamped Mac Pro. Rumor has it that Haswell Mac mini release might take place next month, as a retailer in Belgium has already listed both Core i5 and Core i7 Haswell configurations of the Mac mini. (more…) Follow: Apple, Computers, haswell, intel, mac mini, Haswell Mac Mini Release Expected Soon original content from Ubergizmo.
rtoz writes "Researchers at MIT have come up with an innovative approach to creating transparent displays inexpensively, while providing wide viewing angles and scalability to large sizes. To create... the transparent display, silver nanoparticles are embedded in plastic, tuned to scatter only certain wavelengths of light and to allow all other wavelengths through. In this example (video), it is tuned to scatter only blue color using 60nm silver particles. The researchers believe that it can be easily enhanced to a multicolor display by creating nanoparticles that can scatter other primary colors. The ability to display graphics and texts on an inexpensive transparent screen could enable many useful applications. For example, they could bring navigation data to windshields of cars and...
The world looks a whole lot better in color than in black and white, don't you think so? After all, I would say that one of the biggest jumps ever in terms of TV technology would be the one that goes... from black and white to color. Of course, there are other milestones such as the leap to Full HD resolution, as well as 3D and 4K streaming, but are those actually far more important than showing stuff off in color? Well, it seems that the next possible quantum leap in your viewing experience would be the introduction of an algorithm by a company known as Folded Space to encode 12-bit Blu-ray discs with billions of colors. (more…) Follow: General, blu ray, Blu-Ray Discs Could Feature Billions Of Colors original content from Ubergizmo.
Fifty-seven percent of people ages 18 and 29 say Edward Snowden "served the public interest" by leaking NSA data. That figure falls to 35 percent among those older than 65.
Icahn's rhetoric regarding Apple has shifted from having "undervalued" stock to "doing great disservice to shareholders."
Science is cool, and Atomic Fusion: Particle Collider wants you to know that. Atomic Fusion: Particle Collider by ByteSized Studios Category: iOS Games Works With: iPhone, iPad Price: $1.99 (free... through Level 10) It’s a tough game to describe. It’s…
A mystery rock on Mars that suddenly appeared in front of NASA's Opportunity rover may look like a tasty donut, but it is like nothing ever seen on the Martian surface before. The strange Mars rock... was spotted by Opportunity on Jan. 8 in a spot where, 13 days earlier, there was nothing. The rock, which scientists now call "Pinnacle Island," is white on the outside, red in the middle and appeared after Opportunity had just finished a short drive. "It looks like a jelly doughnut," said Steve Squyres, the rover's lead scientist at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., during a recent NASA event marking Opportunity's 10th year on Mars. "And it appeared, it just plain appeared, at that spot and we haven't driven over that spot."
Interested in learning how to build web sites or improve your web design skills? There's a wealth of resources for you (including our own night school on the topic ). Here, in one place is an... exhaustive guide to the best tools around, curated by SkilledUp after reviewing over 140 resources available.
Bill Gates stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night to talk about his various charitable endeavours and to promote the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's annual letter published today.... Despite the serious subject matter, Jimmy still managed to squeeze in a few laughs including apologizing for the MacBook and Apple keyboard and mouse […]
When it comes to hooking up the entire slew of homes in Britain to a fiber optic network, BT is still far from finished, as it is certainly a massive undertaking no matter which particular angle you... look at it from. Still, this should not be taken as an excuse to prevent the company from figuring out new methods in order for it to achieve as much performance as possible along the way from the existing infrastructure. Obtaining a little bit of assistance Alcatel-Lucent, the folks over at BT boffins have managed to create what they deem to be the fastest ever “real-world” internet connection. (more…) Follow: Computers, internet, BT Achieves Phenomenal Internet Speed original content from Ubergizmo.
If you've got yourself a shiny new iPhone 5 or iPhone 5S, and you want to keep it beautiful, then we suggest you get some protection for it. On that note here are our picks for the best iPhone 5/5S... cases. The post Protect, power, and style your new iPhone 5S with these 40 cases appeared first on Digital Trends.
Verizon has recently been making a few changes to its plans. It now allows Edge program subscribers to upgrade smartphones after just 30 days, and it has also introduced a new tier in its shared data... plans. The carrier has now turned its focus towards international texts, which can be quite expensive if you happen to do that a lot. Usually carriers offer bundles of international texts for a price, Verizon has gone all out and is now offering unlimited international texts for just $5 per month. (more…) Follow: CellPhones, Verizon, Verizon Offering Unlimited International Texts For $5 Per Month original content from Ubergizmo.
Findings from a Loyola University Medical Center study ultimately could lead to tests to screen for and diagnose bladder cancer.
Europe has proposed fresh targets for cutting its greenhouse gas emissions between now and 2030, but it is unclear how they will be enforced
Apple's Mac mini doesn't get a lot of love, at least when it comes to updates. It looks like that will change next month, if a Belgian retailer's website is …
To see the quick movement of the moon, observers need a set of bright markers across the sky, exactly the kind of signposts in the night sky this week. Two bright stars and three bright planets mark... the moon's path across the sky.
Most remote controlled helicopters merely just let you fly around doing nothing special apart from trying to take out random passers by or crashing into a wall after you've lost control. That's not... the case with the AirTerminators Super Combat Helicopters...
We're all about the sentiment in Intel's education-focused tablet and PC reference designs, aimed at providing a template for other tablet and PC makers in the education space. That's all fine and... good. Our side that cares about electronics evolving ...
There are no ifs, ands or buts about it — the sandwich defies the laws of physics Whether you like it buttered or toasted, on whole wheat or rye, slathered with peanut butter and jelly or stacked... high with meats and cheeses (or all of the above), the sandwich is a tried-and-true favorite. See also: Carb Porn: 15 Foods to Scare the Paleo Out of You In this Doghouse Diaries comic, we see how sandwiches have conquered the kitchen as kings of food engineering BONUS: The 10 Biggest Food Crazes of 2013 Comic illustration courtesy of Doghouse Diaries. Published with permission; all rights reserved.
[From GamerTell] King.com, creators of Candy Crush Saga, have already gone after the word candy. Now, they're going after the word saga. Woe to any game, like The Banner Saga, that uses it.
Imagine strolling along a wildlife refuge trail and finding a marker with a symbol of a bison. Pull out your smartphone or iPad and hold it up to the picture. Now look at the screen and see a 3-D... bison roam across the landscape.
Fiber internet is great no matter who's laying it down. Gigabit connection speeds? Hell yes. But if you thought that was fast, researchers in the UK have something better that will not only blow your... hair back, but blow it right off: a 1.4 terabit connection, and all with commercial-grade hardware.
'Thanks very much :))' replies delighted joint bandit The Spanish National Police force endeared itself to potheads on Tuesday when it obliging responded a Twitter query regarding the best way to... smuggle dope through airport customs....
And it’s still climbing: according to Roberts Space Industries, which is making the gorgeous gala space simulation (to, in theory, top all space sims), the game could well unlock its final stretch... goal of $39 million. That’s kind of insane. But then this is a game that blew past its original Kickstarter goal of $500,000 to top $2 million already in November 2012, and in slightly more than a year’s time, it’s raised an additional $35 million to top $37 million today. All that crowing over the $10 million Pebble Watch Kickstarter? Forget about it, then insert someone shaking their fist in the air and chanting “game power” here. No pressure, Chris Roberts. Not that I’m worried he won’t be able to deliver. Roberts made some of the best games I’ve ever played (for their...
The Diocese of Bath and Wells urges its staff and clergy to consider whether they would want God to read their tweets.
There’s an exploit in Google’s popular Chrome browser that can allow hackers to listen in to a user’s offline conversation through their computer’s microphone even after the tab has been... closed. The exploit lies in Chrome’s microphone settings, if a website is given permission to use the device’s microphone in Chrome, it can easily use a pop-up window to keep accessing the microphone and even record while being hidden in the background. Closing the tab will have no effect on the pop-up window’s ability to listen in. (more…) Follow: Web, chrome, Google, hacking, Chrome Exploit Can Allow Hackers To Listen In Even After A Tab Is Closed original content from Ubergizmo.
The Radical RXC has a very appropriate name. Looking every bit like a race car with license plates, it's been forbidden fruit for U.S. buyers. Until now: Radical is taking orders for the car in... California. The post Good news, lunatics! Radical’s racer-for-the-road RXC will be sold in the U.S. appeared first on Digital Trends.
Most streaming services are about what you want to listen to right now. Betas Music is here to bring you the next song with its curated playlists and fill-in-the-blank mixes. It's offering a new way... to discover music. The post Ears on with Beats Music, the Spotify contender you shouldn’t press skip on appeared first on Digital Trends.
The world has finally woken up to the problem of persistent structural unemployment. There is a growing consensus on the fact that, unless we address chronic joblessness, we will see an escalation in... social unrest. People, particularly the youth, need to be productively employed, or we will witness rising crime rates, stagnating economies and the deterioration of our social fabric. The fact that governments and businesses are acknowledging these concerns gives me reason to be optimistic, particularly in the West. The latest Pew Research Center data shows that lack of employment opportunities consistently comes out top when people in North America and Europe are asked which issue the government should tackle first. But to make a change we need to follow that realization with real innovation...
HootSuite boasts that it already serves more than 75 percent of the Fortune 1000. Could the addition of UberVU fill the gap?
David Jones, founder of Young One World and advisor to Havas, a global communications group, joined HuffPost Live Wednesday to talk about the positive effect business can have on the world. "I have a... fundamental belief that business actually can be a force for good," he said. "That actually, if you want to do well in the future you have to do good. And you'll no longer be able to do well without doing good." But according to Jones, businesses and governments alike have fallen short when it comes to tackling what he sees as one of the world's biggest problems: growing income inequality. "The world needs inclusive, sustainable growth," he said.
NASA Breaking News: For the first time in more than a decade, five NASA Earth science missions will be launched into space in the same year, opening new and improved remote eyes to monitor our... changing planet.
I woke up to some great science news: A supernova has gone off in the nearby galaxy M82! This is terribly exciting for astronomers. M82 is pretty close as galaxies go, less than 12 million light years... away. That means we have an excellent view one of the biggest explosions in the Universe, and we'll be able to study it in great detail! The supernova has the preliminary designation of PSN J09554214+6940260. I know, that's awful -- it's based on the star's coordinates -- but it'll get a name soon enough that'll be easier on the eyes and brain. And just to get this out of the way, we're in no danger from this explosion. It's far too far away. Also, you won't be able to just go outside, look up, and see it. Right now it's too faint to see without a telescope. But the good news is it appears...
This infrared image of Saturn's rings was taken with a special filter that will only admit light polarized in one direction. Scientists can use these images to learn more about the nature of the... particles that make up Saturn's rings....
Researchers in Borneo recently captured a stunning new image of a mysterious wild cat known as the bay cat. Almost nothing is known about these elusive cats.
Access your stuff from your phone without touching a public server.
Hi-tech bosses on Wednesday demanded authorities change their murky ways in the wake of revelations of a vast snooping campaign by the US and other governments that has raised concerns on privacy.
Researchers in Borneo recently captured a stunning new image of a mysterious wild cat known as the bay cat. Almost nothing is known about these elusive cats.
What's Microsoft done lately for Office 365 ProPlus subscribers? A new Microsoft blog post provides some answers to that very question.
(Reuters) - Japan's Fujitsu Ltd is considering buying International Business Machines Corp's low-end server business, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the... matter.
An international think tank launched at the World Economic Forum on Wednesday with the goal of influencing the future governance of the Internet. The newly founded Global Commission on Internet... Governance has signed up a roster of worthies, headed by chairman Carl Bildt, Sweden's current foreign minister and past prime minister. The commission plans a two-year process culminating in "a comprehensive stand on the future of multi-stakeholder Internet governance." It said on its website that it will "create and advance a strategic vision for the future of Internet governance that can act as a rallying point for states that are striving for a continued free and open Internet." The commission pointed to two current threats to the Internet: efforts by authoritarian states to exert more control...
They say that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and when it comes to China's so called "Great Firewall", it seems that there was a failure recently, and the door was opened to millions to... surf as freely as they wanted to. The cause for this monumental failure (I do wonder whether any party heads are going to roll or not after this) has not yet been determined, although it is widely believed that human error happened to be the cause of this particular glitch. (more…) Follow: Computers, china, China's Firewall Experiences Glitch original content from Ubergizmo.
schneidafunk writes " Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance.' was the message sent to thousands of protesters as a new law prohibiting public demonstrations went... into effect." From NYTimes: "... Protesters were concerned that the government seemed to be using cutting-edge technology from the advertising industry to pinpoint people for political profiling. Three cellphone companies in Ukraine ... denied that they had provided the location data to the government or had sent the text messages, the newspaper Ukrainskaya Pravda reported. Kyivstar suggested that it was instead the work of a 'pirate' cellphone tower set up in the area."
High above Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a few brave workers began repairs on the 92-year-old Christ the Redeemer statue on Tuesday. The famous monument suffered damage to its fingers and head during a... lightning storm last week. Fixing the 98-foot-tall Art Deco piece of architecture that stands atop of Corcovado Mountain is not a job for anyone with a fear of heights. See also: 14 Stunning Photographs That Bridge Past and Present A photographer captured beautiful (and slightly terrifying) images of the restoration efforts. Officials plan to install additional lightning rods after mending the statue's chips.
Y Combinator-incubated Apptimize is launching a new "Visual Apptimizer" that's aimed at making A/B testing for mobile apps faster and easier -- in fact, co-founder and CEO Nancy Hua suggested that it... should make this kind of testing accessible to non-developers. The company is also announcing that it has raised $2.1 million in seed funding from a number of big-name investors.
The Internet is full of lucrative data and businesses are eager for statisticians who can mine it for golden digital nuggets. Responding to the White House's call for more data scientists, Massively... Open Online Course provider, Udacity, has officially launched its paid statistics training program.
The sun is our nearest star and the source of all our light and heat on Earth but recent reports have highlighted an ongoing steep decline in solar activity.
When we first took a look at installing the SteamOS beta , it lacked important features like dual-booting or using non-NVIDIA graphics cards. The latter was solved earlier this month , and now... dual-booting has arrived as well.
As a child, The Jetsons was one of my favorite cartoons. It gave me hope for a future and seemed like a perfect utopia -- much preferable to its stone-age counterpart, The Flintstones. I thought... surely by the time I'd be a high school student in 1999, I'd have a Skypad apartment, flying car and a robot maid! In 2014, I'm disappointed to report that I don't even have a dog named Astro, let alone a flying saucer. But with all the fuss about wearable technology and the Internet of Things (IoT) lately, and at this month's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), I think we're inching ever closer. In 2012, I had never heard of the "Internet of Things." By 2013, it seemed to dominate my life. I coveted a Nike Fuel Band, started working with a client in the IoT, received a FitBit for Christmas, and...
App Duck is a hands-free Bluetooth media streaming water resistant duck that lets you play music or even take a phone call via Bluetooth while your chilling in the tub. Due out later this year, there... will be four different ducks, including a Zombie duck...
Ford is teaming up with the brainy folks at MIT and Stanford University to work on self-driving cars. MIT will focus on technology that anticipates movement by pedestrians and other vehicles, while... Stanford will work on sensors that let autonomous vehicles see around obstacles. [Ford via PhysOrg]
Facebook recently began to auto-play videos that are contained within the news feed of the Facebook app for iOS (and presumably Android). Though the videos play without sound, that auto-play behavior... can still greatly increase the iPhones cellular data usage due to the large size of video files as they are streamed to the device. ...
Lightweight Linux-lovin approach blows the doors off of typical virtualization Containerization expert Docker has slurped $15m in filthy valley lucre to help it push its tech further into data centers... under the leadership of a new, experienced chief executive....
GoDaddy, which earned its Super Bowl reputation with ads featuring cheesecake, has now gone full beefcake. One of its two Super Bowl commercials, posted Wednesday, features a herd of bodybuilders and... a muscle-suited Danica Patrick. Their destination? A spray-tan salon that, of course, got noticed by using GoDaddy's website-building and "Get Found" technology. The ad will air in the second half of the Feb. 2-scheduled big game, GoDaddy said in a press release. This is the 10th straight Super Bowl for the domain registrar. Last year, GoDaddy gave nerds equal time with a spot that had model Bar Refaeli going full lip-lock with cherubic-faced actor Jesse Heiman. This time -- at least in this 30-second, approximately $4 million ad -- the buff get to show their stuff.
Nvidia, which already wears the crowd of "fastest graphics card in the world," wants to maintain its hold on that prestigious title. Towards that end, they'll be releasing two more heavy duty cards... soon. The post Nvidia to release two more powerhouse graphics cards soon appeared first on Digital Trends.
Not content with stopping game creators from using the word “candy” in their titles, Candy Crush Saga developer King is now trying to block indie developers from using the word “saga,” too.... The company has filed a “Notice of Opposition” against Stoic for its Viking-themed…
Yamal 601 will operate at Gazprom's 49 degrees east longitude orbital slot to replace the Yamal 202 satellite there now.
Motorola might be looking into the low end market this time around, as their Moto G did pick up a fair number of followers, and has been regarded in consumer circles to be one of the truly affordable... brand name smartphone that works decently. It does seem that Motorola could be on to something here, as they might just continue to roll out future releases that will resonate with the budget smartphone market. (more…) Follow: CellPhones, Motorola, Motorola Could Have Plans For A $50 Handset original content from Ubergizmo.
Time and time again, the manufacturers that Apple has tapped in China to mass produce its devices start making rounds in the news. Often the allegations deal with worker abuse and labor violations,... apart from the usual product rumors that are supposedly spread by sources within manufacturing facilities Foxconn has been Apple’s manufacturer for a long, long time. Its actually the biggest manufacturer of Apple products, and it finds itself surrounded by allegations once again. Reports coming in from China claim that around a dozen Foxconn managers have been arrested on charges on demanding kickbacks from iPhone component manufacturers. (more…) Follow: Apple, foxconn, Foxconn Managers Arrested For Allegedly Demanding Kickbacks From iPhone Component Makers original content from Ubergizmo....
The Futura mission logo was revealed today for ESA astronaut Samantha Christoforetti's long-duration expedition to the International Space Station.
ESA Top News: The Futura mission logo was revealed today for ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti's long-duration expedition to the International Space Station.
Snowblower mishap at flagship store in NYC will require costly repair.
[From GamerTell] Hearthstone: Heroes Of Warcraft is finally in beta... and you can join in!
In what has to be the creepiest, most sickening copyright theft story we’ve had the displeasure of running across, a recent photo thief exposed yesterday by the well-known website Photo Stealers was... actually cropping nude shots of young women and passing them off as Senior Portraits in his ‘portfolio.’ The person in question is William […]
A recent Vanderbilt University offers neurological findings that can help account for autism's seemingly disparate symptoms. The study found that children with autism have a broader window of time... than normal children during which their brains process two distinct sensory stimuli as aspects of the same event. The window exists to allow the brain to connect stimuli, for example the sound of the sight of the same action, arriving at slightly different times. In autistic children, that window is much longer, leaving room for confusion.
(Phys.org) --The brain is a reclusive organ. Neurons the cells that make up the brain, nerves, and spinal cord communicate with each other using electrical pulses known as action potentials, but their... interactions are complicated and hard to understand. Just getting access to the brain itself is difficult: inserting devices through the skull into the brain requires surgery. But work by Technion Professors Eitan Kimmel and Shy Shoham, and Ph.D. student Misha Plaksin, may advance our ability to unlock the brain's secrets noninvasively using sound, and perhaps create new treatments for illnesses. The findings were published today (January 21, 2014) in Physical Review X.
Sharp has always been at the forefront of display technology, even more so when it comes to its range of smartphones and tablets. Well, if you have seen an IGZO display in real life, you would most... probably be blown away by what you see, and their latest handset to hit the market comes in the form of the Aquos mini SHL24. Just where does the “mini” bit come in? I suppose this is due to its 4.5″ 1080p display, not to mention the inclusion of an EDGEST design, which is more or less a minimized level of thickness in its bezel from three sides – and they are on the left, right, and top. (more…) Follow: CellPhones, sharp, Sharp Introduces Aquos Mini SHL24 original content from Ubergizmo.
The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has licensed its Equivalent Circuit Battery Model to software developer ThermoAnalytics for use in its recently updated RadTherm... software package.
(Phys.org) --A UT Arlington engineering professor has proven that the effect of mass is important, can be measured and has a significant impact on any calculations and measurements at the... sub-micrometer scale.
[From EntertainmentTell] Let's be real, we never doubted Kyle Chandler would land on his feet following the premature cancelation of grossly underrated NBC series Friday Night Lights.
A big fuss was made over HP’s recent declaration that Windows 7 computers were “back by popular demand.” Why? Because Windows 8′s reception has been beyond disappointing to PC makers and... industry watchers alike. HP moving back to Windows 7 would be yet another sign that computer buyers want nothing to do with Windows 8 but according to ZDNet’s Ed Bott, the entire ordeal was “manufactured.” “This morning I conducted a thorough check of business-focused PC channels,” Bott wrote in a post on Tuesday. “As expected, I found a huge assortment of Windows 7 PCs available for purchase there.” Windows 7 PCs are indeed still abundantly available, as Bott noted. The key to finding them, however, is to shop on
Sperm smuggling in Gaza, Google Bus protest dioramas, permaculture design, Jeopardy archivists, and paperwork's relationship to the soul.
Amazon listings in France and Germany suggest that Rockstar Games may be gearing up to release a long-expected PC port of September 2013's Grand Theft Auto V. The post Grand Theft Auto V PC listings... on Amazon Europe suggest an upcoming release appeared first on Digital Trends.
Snapchat has been in the news quite a lot recently. It was the target of a massive security breach which resulted in usernames and phone numbers of millions of users being compromised. Snapchat took a... long time to acknowledge the hack, and even longer to actually apologize for it. Since then it has been working on beefing up defenses. It now makes new users solve a puzzle before they’re granted access, a simple step that shouldn’t take more than a few seconds, but is bound to keep bots looking to harvest information at bay. (more…) Follow: CellPhones, hacking, snapchat, Snapchat Makes New Users Solve Puzzle To Keep Away Bots original content from Ubergizmo.
BT still has a long way to go until it connects all of Britain's homes to its fiber-optic network, but that hasn't stopped the company from exploring new ways to squeeze some extra speed out of it... while it does. With a little help from friends at ...
Today's youth want to take the Internet with them everywhere, including to bed.
Business leaders are now thinking about growth. Only a year ago, it was just about survival. However, the traditional approaches to growing a company have to change. If the world is to trust the... economic system again, it must provide sustainable growth but with no more economic peaks and troughs, and no more waste. And so we need to disrupt our thinking as well as embrace disruptive technology. This time last year I wrote about how global business leaders needed disruptive technology to break out of the economic doldrums caused by the 2008 financial crisis. We still felt the cold blast of that event. We were still talking about survival in an economic winter. Today, just a year later, we can see the green shoots of an economic spring. It's by no means a sure thing. Imbalances between...
There's a bit of technology being introduced this week by the folks at Folded Space that they suggest will allow "Deep Color Content Encoding" that'd be fully backwards-compatible with existing …
Voice control is an awesomely futuristic way to control your technology like a spaceman, but only if you can trust it. So you might want to stay tight-lipped around Chrome; Google's browser has a... dangerous security flaw that can let malicious sites eavesdrop on your every word.
T-Mobile on Wednesday continued to push the boundaries of what defines a mobile carrier by announcing Mobile Money, a new personal finance service that lets customers store and manage their money with... the Seattle-based company.
The Toy Fair took place for its sixth year at Olympia in London this week and saw the launch of some exciting new toys, along with life-sized Minions and a pack of Ninja Turtles walking the aisles. We... trawled the show floor to hunt down the most gadgety...
Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday it was teaming up with researchers at two US universities to work on obstacles, technical and otherwise, to automated driving.
At the surface, Venus roasts at more than 800 degrees Fahrenheit under a suffocating blanket of sulfuric acid clouds and a crushing atmosphere more than 90 times the pressure of Earth's. Although... Venus is often referred to as Earth's twin,...
On Monday, Apple is going to report last fiscal quarter’s earnings after the markets close. Before the actual announcement takes place, analysts are now making predictions about unit sales, expected... revenue and net profit. We have already heard that Apple is expected to have sold over 55.3 million iPhones in the last quarter, today predictions from various analysts pegs unit sales of all iPads at 25 million, at the very least. (more…) Follow: Apple, Tablets, iPad, iPad Air, Apple Reportedly Sold 25 Million iPads Last Quarter original content from Ubergizmo.
Vendors reportedly had to bribe managers to get their foot in the door as iPhone parts suppliers.
Company veteran off to 'try something new' but PR can't say where or when Grizzled Nvidia hand Fiona Faulkner has left to "try out something new", much to the surprise of industry folk that had her... down as almost one of the fixtures and fittings....
A certain Paul Bernhardt from BlackBerry’s Developer Relations team made an announcement that BlackBerry World will feature a "Gamepad Compatible" category. Just what does this entail for the end... user? Apparently, games in BB’s app store which features gamepad compatibility will also be lumped together in this particular category. Chances are, BlackBerry has a soft spot for physical buttons – after all this while, they still push out devices that arrive with a full fledged QWERTY keyboard, which could be why they are asking developers to churn out more games that are compatible with a controller. Other than the existing Gamepad API, BlackBerry did offer free MOGA Pro and SteelSeries controllers for BB 10 game developers last year, which will hopefully help these developers to include...
[From GadgeTell] As if the Galaxy Note 3 wasn't enthralling enough, Samsung has very recently started its Android 4.4 KitKat updating process, making the 5.7-inch phablet by far the most desirable... mobile device of its footprint.
The thought of managing HR, benefits and payroll is enough to make most entrepreneurs grimace. However, time consuming and frustrating as it may be, it’s a part of the job description and something... every startup and small business has to address sooner or later. Having dealt with the paperwork and administrative headaches at startups before, Parker Conrad and Laks Srini launched Zenefits last year to take the pain of HR management out of the hands of founders and move it to the cloud. Beginning with a service that sought to automate the process of setting up and managing group health coverage and payroll, Zenefits enabled small businesses to transfer administration online, for free, and removed the need to dip into hiring budgets to hire a dedicated HR person. However, the team quickly...
The most time consuming part of switching phones is often transferring data from the old handset to the new one, something simplified for those switching to Motorola via the Moto …
The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders has released its much-anticipated update on evidence-based practices for children and youth with autism. Articles published... over two decades were reviewed in order to locate the soundest research on interventions for children from birth to age 22.
As SPACE.com contributor Elizabeth Howell's Mars mission in the Utah desert comes to a close, she reflects on the commitment it takes to 'live' on the Red Planet, from maneuvering in a spacesuit to... simulating zero gravity surgery.
An array of tiny diving boards can perform the Olympian feat of identifying many strains of salmonella at once.
Now THIS is a movie I can get behind. I would go see this in a theater. A glutton for punishment who goes by the username NicksplosionFX has meticulously cobbled together the start screens from what... he claims are every NES game, in alphabetical order. The video is just shy of three hours long. Even if a few oddball titles are missing - not saying they are; just if - it’s an incredible feat. I’ve made a video or hundred in my day, and I can’t imagine taking the time to put something like this together. He deserves a medal. Surely you can set aside three measly hours of your workday to watch this. Yes? Yes. Say yes. PRESS START [YouTube via Geekosystem] Related: The History of Video Game Consoles: Part One The History of Video Game Consoles: Part Two The History of Video Game Consoles:...
Professionals, such as doctors, lawyers and financial advisers, face conflicts of interest when they have a personal, and often financial, interest in giving biased advice. New research examines... situations in which advisers have the ability to not have any conflicts of interest -- such as doctors who can decide whether to meet with and accept gifts from pharmaceutical companies.
There is nothing quite like having a flagship device announced by any smartphone manufacturer, as it underlines the intent of the company to introduce something that users will be proud of. What used... to make the cut in flagship devices, 720p displays on smartphones are now considered to be mid-range handsets. Having said that, 720p is still pretty decent a performer when you look at it, and I suppose that Samsung has the mid-range market in mind with the new and unannounced SM-S780L. (more…) Follow: CellPhones, Samsung, Unannounced Samsung SM-S780L Is In The Pipeline original content from Ubergizmo.
Some psychologists are keen to prescribe oxytocin off-label, in order to treat mild social unease in those who don't suffer from a diagnosed disorder. Not such a good idea, say researchers.
Few discrepancies exist between the disease management program "Asthma" and current clinical practice guidelines. However, guidelines are in part more detailed.
Long-term results of EORTC trial 22921 with 10.4 years median follow-up show that 5-FU-based adjuvant chemotherapy after preoperative (chemo)-radiotherapy for patients with cT3-resectable T4 M0 rectal... cancer does not improve survival or disease-free survival.
An anonymous reader writes "Canadian law professor Michael Geist reports that the Canadian arm of the RIAA is calling for new Internet regulation, including website blocking and search result... manipulation. While the Canadian music industry experienced increased digital sales last year (sales declined in the U.S.) and the Ontario government is handing out tens of millions of tax dollars to the industry, yet the industry now wants the government to step in with website blocking and ordering search companies to change their results to focus on iTunes and other sales sites."
[From EntertainmentTell] A spectacularly complex thriller awaits in Lionsgate's "Collision."
Fast food restaurants take a lot of heat for the rise in obesity in the United States, but is it really their fault? A research survey revealed that most people believe individuals are to blame for... their own obesity - not restaurants, grocery stores, farmers, or government policies. One implication from this research is that creating and enforcing public policies to help reduce obesity and/or encourage healthier food choices may not be as effective as policy makers would like.
The remains of a 1,500-year-old Byzantine church was uncovered in southern Israel complete with ancient mosaics depicting zebras, leopards, turtles and other animals, archaeologists say.
Nearly half of hospitalized American adults age 65 and older require decision-making assistance from family members or other surrogates because the patient is too impaired to make decisions... independently, according to a new study.
A new injectable material designed to deliver drug therapies and sensor technology to targeted areas within the human body is being developed by a biomedical engineer who says the system can lock its... payload in place and control how it is released.
A major component of olive oil, hydroxytyrosol, is the subject of a study of women who are at increased risk of developing breast cancer.
Huge touch-screen displays, 3D printers, and a host of programmable robots are ready for class.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Activist investor Carl Icahn says he has purchased $500 million worth of Apple stock in the past couple of weeks to bring his total holdings in the company to more than $3 billion.... Icahn disclosed the purchases on his official Twitter account on Wednesday. He also criticized the iPhone and Mac computer maker's board, saying it's doing a "great disservice" to shareholders by not increasing its stock buyback significantly. Apple did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment Wednesday morning. Icahn has been pushing the company's board to spend more of its cash to repurchase shares. Shares of Cupertino, Calf.-based Apple Inc. are up $7.29 at $556.36 in morning trading.
British regulators approved a licensing regime for maritime and aeronautical use of Ka-band satellite frequencies.
British regulators approved a licensing regime for maritime and aeronautical use of Ka-band satellite frequencies.
After lightning struck and chipped Rio de Janeiro's iconic Christ the Redeemer statue last week, repairs were required. In this AP photo, a worker is inspecting the statue's outstretched arm for... damage, with the goal of installing more protective lightning rods on the figure in the weeks to come. [AP/Felipe Dana via Hypervocal]
The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, is collaborating with Leidos (formerly Science Applications International Corporation) to develop a reference... system architecture aimed at increasing security levels of microgrid control and IT systems used to manage electrical microgrids worldwide.
[From EntertainmentTell] After taking on subjects as diverse as baseball, jazz, and the Civil War, documentarian Ken Burns will focus on country music for a 2018 release.
According to the Anime (and Manga) Rurouni Kenshin, there's a mythical sword by the name of "sakabato" out there in the wild, one made only for the warrior most dedicated …
HootSuite -- a platform for enterprises to manage their presence on social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, Instagram and many more -- is ramping up its product offering with more big... data. Today it announced that it has acquired London-based uberVu, a social analytics platform. Terms of the deal were not disclosed but we're trying to find out.
Although there has been no official confirmation, it seems that a PC version of GTA V is definitely on the cards. Amazon has listed the game in both Germany and France. The French page for Grand Theft... Auto V on "Windows 7/Vista" has now been taken down,...
The famous glass cube structure at Apple's flagship store in New York City was a casualty of the snow storm that hit the Northeast on Tuesday into Wednesday. Dozens of users posted pictures to Twitter... and Instagram overnight showing a broken glass panel at the Fifth Avenue Apple Store. Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac notes that the cost of repairing the panel will likely be at least $450,000. See also: 16 Best Free Mac Apps A representative at the Fifth Avenue location confirmed to Mashable that the broken glass panel was the result of a snow blower, though it's unclear whether that snowblower belonged to the city or a private business. The store will remain open, despite the mishap
From the world of nanotechnology we've gotten electronic skin, or e-skin, and electronic eye implants or e-eyes. Now we're on the verge of electronic whiskers. Researchers with Berkeley Lab and the... University of California (UC) Berkeley have created tactile sensors from composite films of carbon nanotubes and silver nanoparticles similar to the highly sensitive whiskers of cats and rats. These new e-whiskers respond to pressure as slight as a single Pascal, about the pressure exerted on a table surface by a dollar bill. Among their many potential applications is giving robots new abilities to "see" and "feel" their surrounding environment.
A couple of years ago I was part of a group visiting the mighty companies of Silicon Valley in California. The purpose of the trip was to understand the views of organisations such as Facebook, Apple... and LinkedIn about their international role. It was clear that China figures in all of their worlds. No wonder, for the country represents a potential market of over a billion people, who - according to most available data - look healthily addicted to social media. As many as 900 million mobile-phone users, and over half a billion who surf the internet every day, is a lure too large to ignore.
If there’s one thing T-Mobile’s outspoken CEO loves to do, it’s swear up a storm while talking to the media and while speaking during T-Mobile’s recent press conferences. But beyond that,... Legere also clearly loves shaking up the U.S. wireless industry and stealing his rivals’ subscribers in the process. Looking past the executive’s big talk, T-Mobile is delivering, having added 4.4 million net new subscribers over the past year. In a recent interview with NPR, Legere discussed T-Mobile’s success, the state of the industry, his love of profanity, Macklemore, and even a potential Sprint takeover bid. “We are either going to take over this whole industry, or these a**holes are going to change,” Legere told NPR. “The whole industry is
Hasselblad released a teaser and statement announcing the H5D-50c, the world's first medium-format camera with the 50-megapixel CMOS sensor. Scheduled to go on sale in March, few details were... mentioned. But you can expect it to cost almost $25,000. The post Hasselblad unveils world’s first CMOS medium-format camera, still too rich for your blood appeared first on Digital Trends.
New subsidiary OCZ Storage Solutions will continue to sell its solid-state drives to enterprises and consumers.
Apple has crafted two new iPad Air ads based upon the original “Your Verse Anthem” TV commercial that started running recently. The new commercials are 30 second spots, with different imagery that... centers around a theme of either light or sound, both of which feature shorter voice narration from the 80′s movie Dead Poet’s Society. ...
The NSA leaker will be taking questions via Twitter for a Webcast Q&A session on Thursday. Crave's Eric Mack has five questions for Snowden that have been eating away at him and have little to do with... the NSA.
The NSA leaker will be taking questions via Twitter for a Webcast Q&A session on Thursday. Crave's Eric Mack has five questions for Edward Snowden that have been eating away at him and have little to... do with the NSA.
Following a precatory proposal from billionaire investor and Apple shareholder Carl Icahn urging Apple to vote on a larger buyback, Icahn today announced on Twitter that he thinks Apple "is doing... great disservice to shareholders by not having markedly increased its buyback." He also said that he would soon send Apple another in-depth letter regarding […]
Conventional Gorilla Glass is like so 2014, yah? Apple manufacturing partner GT Advanced has embarked on a hiring drive for its brand new sapphire-glass-producing iFactory....
European Space Imaging won a four-year contract with the European Commission to provide satellite data supporting the commission's Common Agricultural Policy.
European Space Imaging won a four-year contract with the European Commission to provide satellite data supporting the commission's Common Agricultural Policy.
The Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.R will bring the historic Z/28 nameplate back to racing when it debuts at the Rolex 24 at Daytona later this week. Unlike many race cars, it's very similar to what customers... can actually buy. The post With plenty of horsepower and punctuation, the Camaro Z/28.R racer heads to Daytona appeared first on Digital Trends.
What if by collecting data from mobile medical apps on cell phones around the world, we could map significant problems and see the flu coming like a giant whirling hurricane? A team of engineers,... biologists and medical researchers at the University of California, San Diego wants to leverage the widespread use of smart phone technology and cloud computing to build maps of large-scale health problems or environmental damage such as the concentration of heavy metals in drinking water. The idea is based on the principle that health, including infectious disease and environmental pollution, is a trackable geospatial event. The team is working towards developing a tricorder that could monitor both individual and environmental health. In phase one, citizen sensors will test their drinking water...
Trove, the social news discovery app first created by the Washington Post's digital team, relaunched a completely overhauled suite of iOS apps Wednesday. The app's concept is similar to news... aggregation apps like Zite and Flipboard in that it provides users with curated stories based specific topics. (A "trove" is a curated list of stories based around a single topic.) See also: 10 Free iPhone Apps You'll Use Every Day But unlike these apps, Trove doesn't rely on algorithms to predict relevant stories. Instead, each topic is managed by an individual curator who hand-picks each story. The goal, says CEO Vijay Ravindran, is to reduce signal noise and help readers find all the stories they care about.
When we shared photographer Adam Magyar’s talk in which he describes the techniques he used to capture the mesmerizing photos and footage in his portfolio, he said ‘everything looks cool in... slow-motion.’ And even though he’s probably right, we would add an Orwellian addendum to that statement: ‘but some things look cooler than others.’ That’s […]
It's nice that 4K streaming is coming to match the onslaught of Ultra HD screens, but most media is still encoded with a "measly" 8 bits per color channel, rendering around 16 million colors. That... might sound fine, but so-called deep color (10, 12 or ...
Got the flu? Think twice before you pop a pill to feel better. Most over-the-counter flu medications include a fever-reducing ingredient such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. But suppressing fever,... according to new research, actually increases the number of seasonal flu cases by at least 5 percent in the U.S., and could cause as many as 1,000 additional deaths from influenza nationally each year. Fever Defense Fever acts as a kind of defense mechanism for our bodies. The normal human te
This is the song that never ends. Judge Lucy Koh of the Norther District of California, presiding over two separate patent cases between Apple and Samsung, yesterday issued a summary ruling against... Samsung. The ruling declared that Samsung was infringing on one of Apple's patents involving autocomplete on a keyboard. Namely, Apple holds the rights to showing both the word that has been typed as well as the suggested autocompletion at the same time. Therefore, Samsung's Android devices are infringing unless Samsung can go so far as to invalidate the patent altogether during the spring trial.
A few years back, the Labs group of The Washington Post Co. debuted Trove, a personalized, social news site and aggregator that relied heavily on Facebook for curation. But of course, the company's... flagship newspaper WaPo was sold to Jeff Bezos last year, and the Labs group was absorbed into the new Washington Post Co., which is now Graham Holdings. Today, Graham Holdings is relaunching Trove as a standalone social news reader, which combines existing parts of the original Trove app and WaPo Labs' Social Reader app to create a new social news-reading experience.
Graham Holdings, the education and media company left after The Washington Post Company sold its namesake newspaper, is venturing back into news with a new app, Trove, that makes it easy for users to... find and curate articles on their favorite topics.
A new Google service uses YouTube to shed some light on the bandwidth delivered by ISPs. The Video Quality Report website will first be available in Canada, where users will be able to see how an... ISP's network performs in a specific region. Unlike many other performance tests, the Video Quality Report doesn't spit out a number of megabits per second, but one of three ratings. The top one is "HD Verified," which means users should be able to watch videos in HD (at least 720p) with fast load times most of the time. To get the rating the operator's network has to perform at that level 90 percent of the time. The sustained speed needed to qualify is over 2.5M bps. The other two ratings are "Standard Definition" and "Lower Definition". They mean users can watch videos in standard definition (at...
You've probably heard about slow cookers, and how they can save you time and money in the kitchen. Most people use them for slowly simmered soups, stews, and broths, which is great--but did you know... you can make cheesecake in your slow cooker? What about barbecue ribs? Let's talk about some unexpected, delicious meals that are surprisingly slow cooker-friendly.
Amazon.com is in the early stages of developing a pay-TV streaming service with live programming, according to a report.
For the first time in more than a decade, five NASA Earth science missions will be launched into space in the same year, opening new and improved remote eyes to monitor our changing planet.
Scientists using the Herschel space observatory have made the first definitive detection of water vapor on the largest and roundest object in the asteroid belt, Ceres.
[From HomeTechTell] The Spiral Groove SG1.1is ana mazing, precision turntable that is designed to almost completely eliminate vibration and other interference, for only $36,000
In my work designing medical devices, when I ask health workers about the major challenges they face, the most common reaction is surprise. Rarely are they asked this. Their answers also surprise me.... Yes, the usual responses are there: lack of equipment or supplies, power outages, poor pay. But so was morale. As a 30-something, bespectacled doctor at a dusty rural community clinic put it to me: "I'm overworked. I haven't received my pay in two months. I don't have any medicines or gauze. My wife has no one to talk to here." Health ministries and global health experts talk a great deal about finding the right incentives to change behavior to improve healthcare. Yet, from a design -- and human -- perspective, I wonder if we need to flip this thinking on its head. A good solution needs little...
This is great. A family kept a mysterious note from their grandmother for 20 years. The note was a series of letters, clearly some sort of code. Try as they might, they could not decipher this last... message from grandma. So they posted it online. 15 minutes later, they had their answer.∞ Read this on The Loop
$0 down and $22 per month for the phone, or $528 outright Right on schedule, the Sony Xperia Z1s launches today on T-Mobile in the U.S. Sony's latest handset costs $528 outright, which is split into... 24 payments of $22 per month. As usual with T-Mo it's $0 down, and you pay for your service on top of the monthly device fee, so you're looking at total bills starting at $72 per month for 500MB, rising to $92 per month for unlimited data. The Xperia Z1s is essentially an Xperia Z1 tweaked for T-Mobile, with a lighter plastic frame, some minor external differences and 32 gigabytes of storage versus the Z1's 16. It's powered by the same Snapdragon 800 processor as its international cousin, with 2 gigabytes of RAM, a 1080p "Triluminos" display and a 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS camera. Our own Anndrew...
Avegant's Glyph, the wearable display with built in headphones, has arrived on Kickstarter today as promised, bringing with it "Virtual Retinal Display" and on-eyes goodness. The campaign funding is... rising …
New education curriculum intended to be adaptable and stay relevant
Activist investor Carl Icahn has just tweeted that his investment firm has acquired an additional $500 million in Apple stock over the past two weeks, pushing his stake to over $3 billion. Calling... continued investment in Apple a "no brainer" at current prices, Icahn also continues to believe that Apple needs to significantly increase its stock buyback program. A more in-depth letter from Icahn on the topic will be forthcoming. Having purchased $500 million more $AAPL shares in the last two weeks, our investment has crossed the $3 billion mark yesterday. — Carl Icahn (@Carl_C_Icahn) January 22, 2014 Icahn began buying significant amounts of Apple stock last August, and has been vocal about encouraging Apple to increase its buyback program to help investors. Icahn met with Apple CEO Tim...
It's that time of year again -- summer job and internship application time. Though your interview and cover letters are essential in the job-hunting process, your bios on Twitter, LinkedIn and your... personal website are important parts of how you're represented on the Internet. You probably have accounts on a bunch of different social media, and you can use them to your advantage! A great bio displays your personality and professionalism year-round, and it's also a quick and easy way for you to garner interest from potential employers, bringing you one step closer to the job of your dreams. Here are the most important things you need to know when writing different types of professional bios. LinkedIn Summary Be professional It might seem obvious, but you'd be surprised how big an impact...
Of the hundreds of Android smartphones that have launched since the mobile platform first debuted in 2008, Samsung’s most recent flagship phone, the Galaxy S4, sold the best. The flagship phone... quickly became the fastest-selling Android device of all time and Samsung went on to ship 40 million units in six months. Unfortunately for the company’s share price, analysts were expecting sales to be even better, so Samsung ended up missing expectations. But it’s not just analysts’ estimates that are hurting Samsung’s stock -- the company reported unaudited results for the holiday quarter that saw profit dive -18% compared to the year-ago quarter. According to CNNMoney’s Adrian Covert, Samsung’s strategy is failing. He calls Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S4 a “disappointment in
(Phys.org) --Although it may look to our eyes like other images of the rings, this infrared image of Saturn's rings was taken with a special filter that will only admit light polarized in one... direction. Scientists can use these images to learn more about the nature of the particles that make up Saturn's rings.
OCZ, a maker of solid state drives, was just acquired by Toshiba, which makes its own hard drives and other tech gear as well.
The snowy conditions currently barreling across northeastern states may have football fans worried about what this might mean for the open-air Super Bowl scheduled for Feb. 2, but the storm has little... bearing on weather conditions two weeks from now.
[From EntertainmentTell] The rights to a state-side across-the-pond version for the one-off Channel 4 (think of a slightly randier version of the BBC) factual show - which saw three couples each... entering a large box to have sex, then candidly discussing their experiences in front of a studio audience - have been bought by Relativity Media.
The search giant's executive chairman has the necessary security clearance but tells the Guardian he was never briefed about the NSA's activities.
The folks at T-Mobile and Sony are proving they're willing to go the extra mile when it comes to the release of the Xperia Z1S this week. In the release …
New submitter Ramtek writes "Marc Andreessen writes an interesting editorial on how he how he believes Bitcoin is the first practical solution to the Byzantine Generals Problem and why that is... important. He also addresses many of arguments against its future by its critics such as its current limited use by ordinary consumers, its current volatility, its potential lack of acceptance by merchants, and many other issues. While politically agnostic the piece is squarely in support of Bitcoin but presents a more mature perspective than many current Bitcoin editorials." eggboard wrote in with a rebuttal: "Marc Andreessen wrote an essay in the New York Times in which he tried to make the case for Bitcoin going mainstream for payments, if not as a currency. After comparing Bitcoin to the rise of...
A mystery rock on Mars that suddenly appeared in front of NASA's Opportunity rover may look like a tasty donut, but it is like nothing ever seen on the Martian surface before.
Two Las Vegas casinos, the D Las Vegas Casino Hotel and Golden Gate Hotel & Casino, have announced they are accepting bitcoins, but don't expect to use them at the craps tables. Bitcoin will only be... accepted at the front desk of the two locations, at the gift shop and at on-site restaurants, according to CoinDesk. Derek Stevens, co-owner and CEO of both the D and Golden Gate, told the publication that bitcoins won't be accepted on the casino floor because of ongoing concerns from state regulators See also: How Coinbase Became the Top-Funded Bitcoin Startup The locations will use BitPay to process the payments, which are made via tablets and phones. The Golden Gate, built in 1906, is the oldest casino in Las Vegas. The brand likes to style itself as a technology innovator and claims to have...
[From EntertainmentTell] The initial pitch for Batman prequel show Gotham worried a lot of us. A drama about Batman's city that didn't have the Batman?
The shuttle buses that transport workers for huge tech firms like Google, Facebook, and Apple between San Francisco and Silicon Valley every day have come under heavy fire lately, but today a vote was... passed unanimously on a pilot program that the city hopes will help ease those tensions. In front of a meeting room packed full with journalists and citizens, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) just approved a proposal that will see commuter shuttle buses pay to share approximately 200 spots with city buses. Companies that operate the buses will soon have to pay $1 for every stop they make, every day, to the SFMTA — amounting to about $1.5 million over the 18-month pilot (set to start in July 2014). The agency won't earn any profit from the money it collects, though;...
A new poll was released recently on the views of Latinos in America about their health and health care, communities, financial situation, and discrimination in their lives.
A new study demonstrates that the abnormal metabolism linked to obesity could be regulated in part by the interaction of two metabolic regulators, called the NAD-dependent deacetylase SIRT1 and... fibroblast growth factor 21. Using experimental models, the researchers found that a lack of SIRT1 protein in the liver led to lower levels of a liver secreted protein FGF21, which resulted in an increased likelihood of developing fatty liver disease and obesity.
iPhoneclub (translation) says that Apple’s rumored plan to build a new data center in Netherlands are now focusing on the town of Eemshaven. Eemshaven is an ideal location due to the high-speed... transatlantic fiber optic cable link to the USA. Google already has a 10,000 square meter data center in the town, and it is believed […]
The Iconfactory released a significant update to Twitterrific 5 today bringing support for a highly requested feature: streaming. Just like Twitter for Mac and Tweetbot for Mac and iOS, Twitterrific... will now present new tweets to you as they’re loaded alleviating the need to pull-to-refresh when you’re caught up on your timeline. You will need to […]
A new article describes a contest for the best technique of intracellular particle tracking. Intracellular particle tracking requires simultaneous tracking of the motions of hundreds and thousands of... intracellular organelles, virions and even individual molecules. Techniques proposed by all the participants find their own ways for solving the problem.
Commentary accompanying anti-smoking public service announcements (PSAs) in online forums like YouTube has an impact on the PSA's overall effectiveness. Both negative and positive comments... accompanying PSAs degrade the persuasiveness of the videos.
Twelve US companies, including Level 3 Communications and BitTorrent, agreed to settle FTC charges that they falsely claimed to be in compliance with an international privacy framework known as the... US-EU Safe Harbor.
[From GadgeTell] Japan-headquartered electronics manufacturer Kyocera may still have a long way to go until breaking into the mainstream Western mobile device market, but the OEM is slowly and... steadily making a name for itself in the stateside rugged niche.
While nearly all of Apple's Mac lines have transitioned to Intel's latest Haswell chip platform, one notable exception is the Mac mini, which has not been updated since October 2012 and is ripe for an... update. As noted in our forums, major Belgian retailer Computerstore.be has now posted placeholder listings for new Haswell Mac minis in Core i5 and Core i7 variations. Retailer placeholders are typically unreliable indicators of new product launches, although they have on occasion been accurate. One forum poster did, however, contact the store and was told that the information "comes from apple or reliable sources". The store representative also noted that a release date is not yet available but that they expect a launch by the end of February based on availability of the placeholder...
A new exhibition opening today (Jan. 22) transforms the floor of a museum in New York City into the fictional insides of a spaceship.
Wow! Now here’s a supernova bright enough for even small telescope observers to see. And it’s in a bright galaxy in Ursa Major well placed for viewing during evening hours in the northern... hemisphere. Doesn’t get much better than that! (...)Read the rest of Bright New Supernova Blows Up in Nearby M82, the Cigar Galaxy […]
AT&T has announced that it's lit up 4G LTE service in "several" new markets today, including 20 highlighted in today's news release. Check out the full list after the break.
The Cypher Labs Theorem 720 portable digital converter-headphone amp will take your sound to the next level.
ESA's Herschel space observatory has discovered water vapour around Ceres, the first unambiguous detection of water vapour around an object in the asteroid belt.
NASA's Fermi telescope has captured the first gamma-ray measurements of a gravitational lens, a rare natural alignment in which a massive body distorts light from a more distant object.
Sprint's iDEN network shutdown may have quashed hopes for an iPhone with native push-to-talk support, but that won't matter much now that Motorola and NII Holdings have brought Prip's service to iOS.... The new app lets American iOS 7 users instantly ...
Boss at Manchester-based reseller brands case 'ridiculous' Aria Technology has received a telling-off from the Advertising Standards Agency for failing to respond to a complaint about a hard drive... promotion which the toothless watchdog deemed to be "misleading"....
In a summary judgment order entered late on Tuesday (January 21, 2014), Judge Lucy Koh, the federal judge presiding over two Apple v. Samsung patent cases in the Northern District of California, found... Samsung's Android-based devices to infringe an Apple patent on word recommendations (autocomplete) and declared a Samsung patent on multimedia synchronization invalid. This spells trouble for Samsung.∞ Read this on The Loop
Music blasts can't quite lift you off your feet just yet, but making droplets levitate with sound may be the first step in that direction. Scientists have now developed a device that makes liquid... droplets dance, hovering in midair, without exploding.
Providers have to give you a month's notice, but you can still leave under new guidelines Score one for UK consumers, as Ofcom the UK communications industry regulator has stepped in and declared... that anyone hit by a mid-contract price hike should be allowed to leave. The new guidelines come into effect tomorrow, January 23. From tomorrow, consumers and small businesses taking out new landline, broadband or mobile contracts should be allowed to exit them without penalty if their provider increases the monthly subscription price agreed at the point of sale. This follows an Ofcom review into the fairness of contract price terms. This found that many consumers, in particular, were caught unawares by price rises in what they believed to be fixed price contracts. A few of the UK carriers...
Android: While many smartphones are pretty okay at detecting changes in ambient light, most have a minimum brightness setting that can still be a little too luminous for your surroundings. Enter Night... Mode.
You might have heard the rumors that Kansas City is about the receive the world's largest waterslide, but if you haven't seen the new drone-shot video.. you don't know how terrifying it's actually... going to be.
It might just will definitely save the company.
Research is under way to develop new techniques for detecting diabetic retinopathy at early onset with the hope of improving prevention and treatment of this major cause of blindness.
Men who married when they were younger than 25 had lower bone strength than men who married for the first time at a later age. Men in stable marriages or marriage-like relationships who had never... previously divorced or separated had greater bone strength than men whose previous marriages had fractured.
Teen marijuana use may have repercussions in unexposed progeny. This rodent study found that parental use of marijuana/THC was linked to molecular and neurobiological disturbances and increased... motivation to get drugs.
The VLT Survey Telescope at ESO's Paranal Observatory in Chile has captured this richly detailed space wallpaper of the Lagoon Nebula. This giant cloud of gas and dust is creating intensely bright... young stars, and is home to young stellar clusters.
This week the folks at Valve have introduced a new Beta release - the second of two so far, that is - of SteamOS. This operating system is delivered in …
Apple today added two new 30-second video advertisements, "Sound Verse" and "Light Verse," to its YouTube channel. The pair are part of Apple's new ad campaign that focuses on how people are using the... iPad for music, mountaineering and more. The uploaded clips, which have been airing on television for several days, are shortened versions of the original 90-second "Your Verse" ad that debuted during the NFL playoffs earlier this month. As their names imply, almost every scene in the "Light Verse" ad includes sunlight or the use of light in the scenes, while the "Sound Verse" clip features the power of sound. Apple also launched a companion website called "Your Verse" that takes a closer look at how the people in the advertisements are using the iPad in innovative ways, a familiar theme that...
Ever wonder how many tweets go out at any given time? Or what event caused the biggest traffic burst ever recorded at Twitter?
People who are less patient tend to move their eyes with greater speed, says a study.
[From GadgeTell] Between the 4K Ultra HD Porn and this, I'm feeling a little creeped out by society. A developer is claiming he built the first Google Glass app for sex. Yeah, that's right. And while... I can't even imagine what that app could possibly do, apparently Sex with Glass allows partners to share points of view to "experience sex like never before."
Intel has unveiled the specs of a new toughened tablet powered by its Atom Z2520 processor.
15 stops of dynamic range is what preliminary reports on the new Magic Lantern hack for the 5D Mk III are claiming. The post Magic Lantern Increases Canon 5D Mk III’s Dynamic Range by 1/2 Stop, Now... 15 Stops of DR appeared first on The Phoblographer.
(Phys.org) --Living cells are ready for their close-ups, thanks to a new imaging technique that needs no dyes or other chemicals, yet renders high-resolution, three-dimensional, quantitative imagery... of cells and their internal structures - all with conventional microscopes and white light.
The safest place for your child safety seat is in the middle of the back seat of your vehicle facing toward the rear. If you’re a parent you know this, or you should. I didn’t, but before I left... the hospital where we had our baby boy — he hits the 18-month mark next week — I was briefed and drilled by what still sounds like a boutique service to me: a department within the hospital devoted entirely to new parent child safety seat instruction. We’re talking instruction in the room, repeatedly, as well as instruction (and installation) in the parking garage where we’d left our car, also repeatedly. Proper child car seat installation is serious business. The reasons for placing the seat as such seem like common sense to me in 2014: a very young child (especially a baby or toddler)...
NASA has received 58 proposals for science and exploration technology instruments to fly aboard the agency's next Mars rover in 2020, twice the usual number submitted for instrument competitions in... the recent past, and an indicator of the extraordinary interest in exploration of the Red Planet.
And, yes, we do mean "literally."
Stream TV Networks has created a class of glasses-free 3D screen that can manage 4K resolution. It first showed the screen off in the madness of CES. We met up for a more detailed chat to find out... where the screen technology is going next. It looks like...
Android gamers who want a World of Tanks-like experience on their phones and tablets can’t do much better than Tanktastic from G.H.O.R. Corporation. Tankastic features online multiplayer, multiple... game types, and tons of tanks – all in an easy-to-swallow free to play game. Just because they’re at the top doesn’t mean the Tanktastic team is resting on their laurels, though. The game recently received a massive update, and we’ve got exclusive details on the new features it brings – plus news of a contest to win MOGA controllers!
Author. Top tech exec. Female icon. Billionaire. Sheryl Sandberg officially became a billionaire on Tuesday, according to data compiled by the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, adding yet another... impressive accomplishment to an already impressive list See also: Facebook for Android: 10 Tips for Power Users The Facebook COO's net worth hit $1.03 billion on Tuesday, according to Bloomberg, as Facebook stock closed at a new all-time high. Sandberg has gradually sold off more than $300 million worth of Facebook stock since the company went public in May 2012, but she still owns 12.3 million shares in the company.
A 1,500-year-old church complete with a sophisticated mosaic was uncovered by archaeologists in southern Israel.
The second edition of Steve Davey’s book, Footprint Travel Photography, will go on sale in the United States on 1st February.
Another victory for US giant in ongoing legal spat
Valve wasn't joking when it warned that the initial beta version of its living room-friendly SteamOS operating system was for experts only. The initial build was... rough, to say the least--only... Nvidia graphics cards were supported, crucial dual-booting and partioning features weren't supported, and you needed a relatively new rig that rocked UEFI, rather than BIOS, to even try it out. In the weeks since, those limitations have been falling one-by-one. Before CES, Valve updated the SteamOS beta to support Intel and AMD graphics as well as Nvidia. Over the weekend, another SteamOS beta update added BIOS support and dual-boot and custom partitioning capabilities to the operating system, with help from the Ye Olde SteamOSe team that initially provided a BIOS-ready SteamOS fork. Yay! You don't...
Peter Cohen goes back in time (OK, not really!) to revisit his favorites of 30 years of Macintosh.∞ Read this on The Loop
A comet heading towards Earth threatens humanity's existence - that was the virtual scenario of this year's Zero Robotics tournament. Secondary-school students from across Europe controlled miniature... satellites on the International Space Station in a competition to save our planet.
Scientists use sound waves to make droplets dance in the air and to control their movements.(NOTE: The music is not the sound used to levitate the droplets).
Mathematics may be a universal language but a possible proof of a fiendish problem is proving hard to evaluate – partly because it isn't written in English
Mathematics may be a universal language but a possible proof of a fiendish problem is proving hard to evaluate – partly because it isn't written in English
Moto G features a 4.5-inch HD display, quad-core speed and Android 4.3 Jellybean with a guaranteed upgrade
The flix just keep on coming. Analysts expect Netflix to announce that it hit 33.1 million online subscribers in the third quarter of 2013, an increase of about 2.1 million in the last three months of... the year, according to a survey conducted by Bloomberg. See also: 6 Great Alternatives to Netflix Netflix will announce earnings after the close of trading on Wednesday and provide the company's outlook. Investors will keep a close eye on subscriber and revenue forecasts to justify the company's elevated stock price Netflix shares have more than tripled in the past 12 months, causing a stir that drew comments from even CEO Reed Hastings.
Lying more than 110 million light-years away from Earth in the constellation of Antlia (The Air Pump) is the spiral galaxy IC 2560, shown here in this stunning space wallpaper from NASA/ESA Hubble... Space Telescope.
Sloths have a reputation for laziness, but these easy-going mammals could be the world's best recyclers, suggests a new study that finds the poop of three-toed sloths attracts moths that colonize... sloth fur and lead to nutritious "algae gardens," which the sloths eat.
Billed as the world's tiniest quad-copter, the nano quadcopter from Revell is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, but at the same time still have a decent amount of oomph to take off and fly... where you want it to. Demoed at the London Toy Fair...
fiannaFailMan writes "Wired reports one mathematician's mission to find love online by data mining from OK Cupid and applying mathematical modeling to optimize his profile(s). His methods included... using 'Python scripts to riffle through hundreds of OkCupid survey questions. He then sorted female daters into seven clusters, like "Diverse" and "Mindful," each with distinct characteristics.' But the real work began when he started going on dates."
Bill Murray is a national treasure. And now he answers all your questions in this Reddit "Ask Me Anything".∞ Read this on The Loop
Great post on the chilling effect of trademark law by Kirk McElhearn.∞ Read this on The Loop
28GHz frequency allocation to give 10Mb/sec during your flight A generous allocation of 4,128 MHz worth of spectrum running from 27.5GHz to 30GHz (albeit not contiguous) will give data speeds of... 50Mbit/sec to a single plane or ship and an estimated 10Mbit/sec per user thanks to a new frequency allocation from Ofcom....
You know, if only Nintendo’s Virtual Boy would’ve arrived in 2014, perhaps it wouldn’t have suffered such an unfortunate fall. As virtual reality, augmented reality and face-worn wearables... become entirely more acceptable, we’re seeing a smattering of startups emerge with slightly varying visions for taking over your facial region. The latest, as you’ve probably surmised, is the Avegant Glyph. Concocted by a small team in Michigan, this here headset sets out to act as “a mobile personal theater” rather than an all-encompassing VR gaming rig. In essence, it’s built for casual viewers who may appreciate a personal screen when kicking back on a dark train or plane. Avegant claims that its display technology — which involves just under elevently billion
When it comes to wine, this is one subject matter that is practically inexhaustible in nature. With so many different wines in the market, not to mention their rich and storied history, it would... virtually take a lifetime to figure everything out, and by then, you would not have learned all there is to it.
(Phys.org) --The planet Venus is blanketed by high-level clouds. At visible wavelengths, individual cloud features are difficult to see, but observations made by instruments on ESA's Venus Express... orbiter have revealed many small-scale wave trains. Analysis shows that the waves are mostly found at high northern latitudes, particularly above Ishtar Terra, a continent-sized region that includes the highest mountains on the planet.
Liat Segal's Confession Machine printer isn't designed for running copies of TPT reports at work, unless you're really making an effort to realize a truly paperless office. Because instead of ink or... toner, Segal's creation uses an array of 16 ultraviolet LEDs to 'print' messages on a static surface covered with a photosensitive paint that turns bright blue as the printhead passes over--but only momentarily.
For about two years, Microsoft and its partners have quietly developed sites that transcend the Web, crossing over into what appear to be dedicated apps. Now, Microsoft is making a concerted effort to... show off what it's accomplished, with code and other resources to allow others to follow suit. If you've been following Microsoft's efforts on the Web, the new "Rethink" site will look awfully familiar, with references to Contre Jour, Everest: Rivers of Ice, and the Red Bull Rampage. The Web version of Contre Jour, for example, went live in October 2012, co-developed with Maksym (Max) Hryniv as part of Microsoft's "Beauty of the Web" campaign. Played on a tablet, the puzzle game strips out the address bars and other navigational elements, as does another app, Hover, which is a Web port of the...
Designed with musicians in mind, this premium speaker (normally $299) features a microphone/guitar input for use with iOS music-creation apps.
[From GadgeTell] The FCC sighting still shows the tablet will have a microSD card slot, 32GB memory, 2GB RAM, 8MP camera, and a 3,000mAh battery.
Where do the ethical obligations of journalism kick in? If you are a blogger, does that make you a journalist? Do you have an obligation to double-check your sources to verify the accuracy of... everything you post? Julie Strietelmeier, a self-professed "tech geek writer" got an email from a reader, telling a story that started when a friend wore his Google Glass into a movie theater (they were prescription lenses) and detailed his detainment by homeland security. Follow the headline link and read the story. It's worth it.∞ Read this on The Loop
KIEV, UKRAINE — After the bloodiest day in Ukraine's two-month-old uprising, protesters are gearing up for a long and potentially brutal fight with riot police. They packed bags full of fresh snow... in front of barricades on Independence Square and duct taped thick magazines and pieces of plastics to their shins and forearms At least two protesters were shot and killed early Wednesday. A third reportedly fell to his death from atop a colonnade after police beat him with truncheons See also: 9 Essential Twitter Sources for Ukrainian Conflict News Protesters at the scene told Mashable they saw a sniper fire the shots from a nearby rooftop. One of the men took a bullet to the heart, according to Oleg Musiy, a medical services coordinator for the protest movement. The other man was shot in the...
Judge Lucy Koh has struck two blows against Samsung in its ongoing lawsuit with Apple. In a ruling on Tuesday, Koh ruled that Samsung was infringing on one patent, and she invalidated one of the... patents it was preparing to bring against Apple in court. Specifically, the keyboard found on the Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note, and several other older devices officially violates an Apple autocorrect patent, which covers Android's system of displaying both what the user is typing and what the system thinks they meant to type. Samsung argued that Apple's patent could only refer to a hardware keyboard, not the "soft" one used on both iOS and Android. But this claim didn't hold water, and Koh found the infringement so clear that she granted Apple...
Analysts contacted by Fortune predict a 10 percent rise in iPad sales over those from the final quarter of 2012.
The Apple Store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan? You know the one--it cost $6.7 million to build. Yesterday, a snowblower smashed one of its 15 seamless glass panels, which created this beautiful cracked... vignette of New York City. It looks like a painting.
We've been telling you about the Avegant Glyph for awhile, but now you can finally plunk down some bills to get one yourself. Thanks to Kickstarter, beta-testing the device for its designer isn't... without its own set of perks. For instance, 500 of the ...
Cloud computing company VMware says it is buying mobile computing company AirWatch for about $1.18 billion in cash.
To be honest, I’m kind of surprised the free version of LogMeIn lasted this long. On the most basic level, the software works as follows: You install a piece of always-running software on one... computer, at which point you’re able to remotely access that computer from another computer (or tablet or phone) located anywhere you have decent internet access. It’s as though you’re sitting in front of the computer - with all the icons, folders and whatnot — but you’re manipulating it from a web browser. The main computer, of course, has to be connected to the internet and can’t be totally powered down. Back about a decade ago, I ran a Geek Squad-style consulting service, where I’d go to people’s houses and fix their computers. Most of the time, these were quick fixes that...
It's time once again to get some more Mac apps at a price that only you can name. Cult of Mac Deals has partnered with 11 of the world's finest Mac app developers to bring you the fourth-ever Name... Your…
Amazon rarely gives the media the time of day when news sites come knocking and asking for a comment, but a recent report suggesting Amazon is hard at work building a cable-killing pay TV service must... have scared all the right people. The company’s public relations broke its silence on Tuesday evening when it flat-out denied The Wall Street Journal’s earlier report that the company is currently holding licensing talks with several major broadcasters related to an upcoming pay TV service that would rival traditional cable. “We continue to build selection for Prime Instant Video and create original shows at Amazon Studios, but we are not planning to license television channels or offer a pay-TV service,” Amazon’s VP of public relations,
Being a successful gaming company is hard. Not only is the competitive landscape vastly overcrowded, but the winds of change pull people from one gaming hit to another faster than you can water your... Farmville strawberries. But for the past four years, one gaming company has miraculously stayed relevant: Rovio.
Microsoft is continuing to tweak the Windows 8 user interface to make life easier for users who prefer the desktop experience, as new Windows 8.1 Update 1 screen shot leaks indicate.
If you've ever wanted to ask NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden a question, you might get your chance on Thursday, January 23 at 3 PM ET/12 PM Pacific. The man who revealed the startling revelations... about the NSA's Prism program and cell phone metadata collection--and inspired a slew of security-focused apps and services--is lining up for his second official question and answer session tomorrow. Thursday's virtual town hall meeting is Snowden's second public Q&A, following one hosted by The Guardian and moderated by Glenn Greenwald last June. This time around Snowden will answer questions on freesnowden.is, a leading advocacy site for the whistleblower. Anyone who wants to submit questions must ask them on Twitter starting Thursday using the hashtag #AskSnowden. Snowden's responses will be...
Security firm's Atlanta base to become centre of VMware's mobile operations
Yesterday, many of China's 500 million internet users were mysteriously rerouted to a bunch of web addresses registered to this unassuming house in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The New York Times says a fluke... in China's internet censoring system was to blame. But why, of all the places in the world, did the traffic come here? And how?
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A mystery rock on Mars that suddenly appeared in front of NASA's Opportunity rover may look like a tasty donut, but it is like nothing ever seen on the Martian surface before, scientists say.
The country allegedly hacked into corporate networks around the world to try to gain an upperhand in the economic sphere.
The sweltering year of 1988 first put global warming in the headlines and ended up as the hottest year on record. But on Tuesday, it was pushed out of the top 20 warmest by 2013.
As smartphones, tablets and other gadgets become smaller and more sophisticated, the heat they generate while in use increases. This is a growing problem because it can cause the electronics inside... the gadgets to fail.
Last week, Apple released its popular “Your Verse” ad, featuring beautiful imagery of the iPad Air used in a wide variety of different scenarios, accompanied by a voiceover from the film Dead... Poet’s Society. Today, just in time for the Super Bowl, Apple uploaded two variations of that ad, “Light Verse” and “Sound Verse”, both […]
The Jan. 22 Deal of the Day is the LLOYD FX Case for HTC One. Made from shock absorbent and scratch resistant TPU, this flexible case provides great protection for the HTC One from day to day use and... drops. The back of the case features our very own LLOYD mascot in front of a flashy blue and white background. The LLOYD FX Case is available for just $6.49, 67% off today only. Backed by our 60-day return policy and fast shipping! Canada Deal of the Day: Premium Line Screen Guard for Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
There has been a lot of action going on centered around SSD marker OCZ over the last few months. OCZ filed for bankruptcy back in November. Shortly after OCZ filed …
IBM Corp missed revenue expectations for the fourth consecutive quarter as the world's biggest technology services company grappled with weakening demand for its servers and storage equipment,... particularly in growth markets like China.
Another move from Groupon today to build up one of its new vertical marketplaces: today the company said it would add 20,000 more hotels to its Groupon Getaways travel portal. This is one step in a... series, Groupon tells me: the next will be to integrate last-minute bookings from Blink, the HotelTonight competitor that Groupon acquired last year.
A new NPD report published Monday shows that premium cable networks like HBO and Showtime are quickly losing viewers while Netflix continues to rack up subscribers at an impressive clip. But... according to those premium cable networks, NPD's data is flat out wrong. It took less than 24 hours for HBO and Showtime to come out swinging against the idea that Netflix is stealing their customers. "While it is true that video services like Netflix have gained, so too have premium cable channels," Showtime said in a statement. The company pointed to recent SNL Kagan numbers — taken from the same period covered by NPD — that showed penetration growth for several premium networks. Showtime penetration grew from 21.1 percent to 22.8 percent; HBO...
Big Blue execs won't be getting their annual pats on the back IBM's top execs are forgoing their bonuses this year after a five per cent drop in sales and a per cent dip in net profit....
VMware has reached a deal to acquire mobile management specialist AirWatch for US$1.54 billion, as it aims let users manage desktops, mobile devices and applications using its products. The... acquisition of AirWatch extends VMware's product portfolio from data center to end-user devices, and strongly positions the company for an era where all devices run hosted applications, Sanjay Poonen, executive vice president and general manager at VMware's End-User Computing unit, wrote in a blog post on Wednesday. VMware will acquire AirWatch for approximately $1.175 billion in cash and $365 million of installment payments and assumed unvested equity, it said. VMware may be best known for its server virtualization products, but the company has recently increased its focus on client computing, as well....
Blizzard launches the open beta phase for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, the studio's new collectible card game based on its World of Warcraft MMORPG universe. The post Blizzard launches... Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft open beta on Mac/PC appeared first on Digital Trends.
The 58 proposals are double the usual number submitted during such instrument competitions, NASA officials said. The agency has begun reviewing the ideas and expects to choose the final science gear... for the 2020 Mars rover in the next five months.
In order to reach automobile utopia of the future, Ford needs to lay the foundations of that dream today. That is why the car maker has chosen to join forces …
While Samsung has been reportedly working on new wireless charging technologies including magnetic resonance wireless charging for quite a while now, with some of its 2014 smartphones rumored to pack... such a feature, it appears that the Galaxy S5 won't be one of them, Korean publication NewsTomato reports (via SamMobile). Wireless charging devices have been available for a while, although the technology isn't quite a must-have feature for buyers. In many cases, users have to purchase additional equipment to be able to wirelessly charge batteries, which adds to the cost of a new device. Samsung has just launched an official case for the Galaxy S4 that has wireless charging support, although it’s not based on magnetic resonance tech, which means
Ford today announced that it is partnering with MIT and Stanford to research a number of technical challenges surrounding automated driving. A team at MIT will look into how a car can best predict the... actions of pedestrians and other cars around it, while another team at Stanford plans to look into ways for cars to see around obstructions. The teams will use Ford’s recently unveiled Fusion Hybrid research vehicle for their research. The car uses four Lidar sensors to create a real-time map of the environment around it. Completely self-driving cars are still a few years away from being production-ready, but quite a few high-end auto companies recently announced new technologies that could soon allow drivers to take their hands off the wheel for short periods of time while in stop-and-go...
Ford has worked out a new automated driving research project with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Stanford University, where it will continue from where the automated Ford Fusion... Hybrid research vehicle left off (which was also unveiled last month, actually), and the combined teams will work on solutions that will hopefully kiss goodbye to a number of technical challenges that have proven to difficult to solve where automated driving is concerned, until now. (more…) Follow: Breaking, Transportation, ford, mit, stanford, Ford’s New Automated Driving Research Projects In The Pipeline original content from Ubergizmo.
It's not enough for Ford to build automated test cars; it also has to teach those cars how to handle the road. To that end, the automaker is partnering with MIT and Stanford on research projects that... will help automated (and eventually, autonomous) ...
For those of us who still mail letters from time to time (or even if you don't), now might be a good time to pick up some Forever stamps from the US Postal Service. Rates take a leap from 46 to... 49-cents each this weekend, but you can save by getting out and getting the stamps you'll need now.
If you’ve been thinking about ditching your iPhone for an Android-powered smartphone, but you’ve been put off by the time and effort it takes to transfer all of your data, you no longer have an... excuse not to make the…
Like Cyndi Lauper and her girls, the Recording Academy just wants to have fun. Lauper has been chosen to host this year's Grammy Awards Pre-Telecast Ceremony, which will be live streamed on Sunday... from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. PT on Grammy.com/live and CBS.com. The "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and "Time After Time" singer, who is nominated for Best Musical Theater Album for Kinky Boots, will help present more than 70 awards that won't be televised in the main show later that night. Lauper, 60, won Best Score for Kinky Boots at last year's Tony Awards. See also: Grammys 2014: Jay Z Leads With 9 Nominations as Rap Dominates
Gravity wasn't all fiction: tiny pieces of high-speed orbiting debris endanger our satellites. Now Japan is set to launch an electromagnetic net to catch them
Dark matter -- the elusive stuff that is thought to make up most of the known universe -- is almost certain to reveal itself during the next decade, says a researcher.
Although it may look to our eyes like other images of the rings, this infrared image of Saturn's rings was taken with a special filter that will only admit light polarized in one direction....
sciencehabit writes "When you've got the flu, it can't hurt to take an aspirin or an ibuprofen to control the fever and make you feel better, right? Wrong, some scientists say. Lowering your body... temperature may make the virus replicate faster and increase the risk that you transmit it to others. A new study claims that there are at least 700 extra influenza deaths in the United States every year because people suppress their fever."
A chip-based detection system for minor functional proteins in infant milk formula could assist quality-control testing.
Germany's cyber crime watchdog said Wednesday it learnt last month of the mass theft of 16 million digital identities through a criminal probe but needed weeks before alerting the public.
People may be able to keep the weight off by using a compact elliptical device while sitting at a desk or watching TV, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers.
Tok Tok Tok, a French startup that's tackling a similar problem to U.S.-based Postmates -- having somebody shop on your behalf and deliver the item within the same day or even hour -- has raised its... first round of funding. It's taken $2 million in investment from undisclosed, mainly European, angel investors; money the company plans to use to expand beyond Paris where it first launched last April, to other European cities, with London up next.
Norway's telecoms regulator has brought in regulations meaning that the country's biggest telco will have to offer local-loop unbundling for its fibre access network as well as its copper.
Experiencing a family death in childhood is associated with a small but significant increase in risk of psychosis, suggests a paper published today.
Ancient DNA from early Iberian farmers shows that the wideheld evolutionary hypothesis of calcium absorption was not the only reason Europeans evolved milk tolerance. In the West, people take milk... drinking for granted because most people of European decent are able to produce the enzyme lactase in adulthood and so digest the milk sugar lactose. However, this is not the norm in much of the world, and was not the norm for our Stone Age ancestors.
The VLT Survey Telescope (VST) at ESO's Paranal Observatory in Chile has captured this richly detailed new image of the Lagoon Nebula....
Google's new wind power purchasing agreement will see a total of 52 new turbines sprout up in Sweden over the next two years.
Given the financial results, Ginni, you know it makes sense Blocks and Files IBM's storage results are down in the dumps and we're sure it's in talks to sell off its server business to Lenovo. Should... it sell off its storage business too?...
The thousands of people who've resolved to stop smoking this New Year might soon be able to make use of a new method to help them break free from tobacco.
A new study reports that being overweight makes children less active. The findings underscore that parents of overweight children have an obligation to keep their children active, as physical activity... is vital for the general health of all children. The study also shows that slender children do not become overweight due to a lack of activity.
Long-term exposure to particulate matter is associated with an increased risk for heart attack. Moreover, this association can already be observed in levels of particulate exposure below the current... specified European limit values.
Girls treated for Hodgkin's disease during adolescence acquire a considerable risk of developing breast cancer, as shown by an observational study. This study is of great interest because of its... unusually long follow-up time (average 17.8 years, maximum 33 years).
One hundred years ago, Oskar Barnack created the very first Leica, the Leitz Camera, later known as the Ur-Leica.
A group of proteins has been on the watch list of scientists because of their important function in epigenetics: histone deacetylases coordinate the transcription of genetic information and play an... important role in the development of diseases such as cancer and neurodegenerative disorders. Researchers recently demonstrated that deactivating HDAC1 accelerates skin tumor development - a vital finding that has to be taken into account when developing new drugs to treat skin tumors.
Even though multiple sclerosis is largely caused by genetic factors, the risk of patients' relatives developing the disease is lower than previously assumed, according to a new population... registry-based study.
A second systematic review of a diagnostic test for tuberculosis (TB) endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO), has confirmed the accuracy of the test. The updated review assesses the accuracy... of Xpert MTB/RIF, and finds that Xpert MTB/RIF is more accurate than smear microscopy for diagnosing TB and also accurate for detecting rifampicin resistance.
Nutritionists develop weight management program relevant to low-income population, as outlined in a newly published article.
A pink lagoon glows in the heart of the Milky Way. New photos taken by a telescope in Chile put the Lagoon Nebula -- a giant cloud of gas and dust located 5,000 light-years from Earth -- on rosy... display.
Motorola Solutions Inc, which makes walkie-talkies and rugged mobile computers, reported a slight rise in quarterly profit, helped by higher government sales, but forecast a steep drop in... first-quarter sales.
Researchers assembled information from many sources, including experiments on human volunteers and on ferrets, then used a mathematical model to compute how the increase in the amount of virus given... off by a single person taking fever-reducing drugs would increase the overall number of cases in a typical year. The bottom line is that fever suppression increases the number of annual cases by approximately 5%, corresponding to more than 1,000 additional deaths from influenza in a typical year across North America.
Mobile apps are expected to see more than 268 billion downloads and generate revenue of over $77 billion by 2017.
Apple will announce its next quarterly earnings on Monday, January 27, and ahead of the announcement analysts are releasing their iPhone and iPad sales estimates for this holiday quarter. As we noted... earlier this week, analysts predict record quarterly sales of 55 million iPhones, a 16% increase over the same quarter last year. A follow-up report today from Philip Elmer-Dewitt of Fortune suggests sales of the iPad will grow 10% year-over-year to also set a new record for Apple. Elmer-Dewitt surveyed iPad sales estimates from 45 analysts, including 28 professionals and 17 amateurs. Estimates range from 21 million to 28 million units, with an average of 25 million units. The average estimate among all the analysts is 25 million iPads, up 10% from the same quarter last year. The indies, as...
It's believed that human error caused a glitch in the country's firewall, sending people to a company that sells anti-censorship technology to Chinese citizens.
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Microsoft is expected to deliver an update to Windows 8.1 in 2014 dubbed Update 1, and newly leaked screenshots suggest U1 will include a stepping stone on the road to the widely rumored Windows 9,... a.k.a. Threshold. Screenshots of a purported early build of U1 show a Windows Store icon sitting on the desktop's taskbar. What's more, the taskbar properties window has an option to pin Windows Store apps to the taskbar alongside regular desktop apps. The leaked shots from Russian blogger WZor, who has reliably leaked early Windows builds for many years and versions, only shows the desktop. Presumably, however, Windows apps launched from the desktop would still send users into the fullscreen modern UI experience. WZor But that may only be a temporary solution on the way to Threshold. Early...
It has been a difficult start to 2014 for Tizen, the still missing new operating system from Samsung and Intel. The latest round of bad news indicates Samsung's planned Tizen smartphone has been... delayed again. The post Samsung can’t seem to fix Tizen, as first smartphone release reportedly delayed again appeared first on Digital Trends.
Mobile apps are expected to see more than 268 billion downloads and generate revenue of over $77 billion by 2017, becoming one of the most popular computing tools, research firm Gartner said today.
(Reuters) - Shares of Chinese outdoor digital advertising company VisionChina Media Inc jumped 52 percent after the company said it signed a deal to promote Baidu Inc's online gaming unit in China.
Sorry, we have to. It's not the most exciting topic, but you can't call yourself fully protected if you don't have your critical paperwork done. Below are the six things you need to have under... control.
Copernicus mission's bird heads for South American launchpad The European Space Agency's (ESA'S) Copernicus earth observation mission is about to take flight, with the agency yesterday revealing that... the program's first satellite is undergoing final tests before its launch later this year....
The power of Google's core search business was on display Tuesday when it demoted the travel site in its search results. Paid links to Expedia may have triggered the penalty.
Opera Mediaworks has published a new report that looks at the mobile advertising industry at the end of 2013. The report shows that Android beat iOS slightly in Q4 2013 …
Last week, Charter Communications formally offered to pay $37.4 billion for Time Warner Cable. It was the third time Charter had placed a bid for TWC, and it was the third time in a row it was harshly... rejected. Charter is the nation’s fourth largest cable company, while TWC is number two. Charter’s bid was for $132.40 a share, roughly what TWC is trading at today — not the $150-160 it has said it might accept. So why exactly does Charter think it can punch above its weight and take over a larger rival with a lowball bid? Two words: Darth Vader. The man widely seen as the force behind Charter's aggressive new stance is John Malone, a former titan of the cable industry who earned the nickname Darth Vader for his aggressive style...
VC Charlie O'Donnell, who has worked at both First Round Capital and Union Square Ventures, is announcing the second raise, of $8.25 million, for his New York City-based, early-stage VC fund Brooklyn... Bridge Ventures.
Not every 10-month old startup can say that it has crossed a handful of oceans and international borders to purchase a 93-year-old factory -- or raised $122.5 million to do so. Yet, not every Internet... startup is trying to make waves in the prosaic world of shaving, where 85 percent of the market is controlled by a couple of weathered giants like Gillette and Schick. What's more, while adopting a purely online and direct-to-consumer model can help startups cut out that pesky middle man, to truly reduce the friction and high costs in the market and iterate more quickly, you have to control manufacturing.
You know you are in for the long haul whenever you pick up a console – whether it is in the past with an 8-bit system, or sometime in the future after that with a 16-bit, 32-bit, and so on and so... forth. Fast forward to today, and we have the Xbox One as well
Have you ever been browsing the internet, opening new tabs, and blithely going about your business when all of a sudden, out of nowhere, an ad begins blaring at you from one of your various tabbed... windows? This can happen…
These days, we tend to think of New York's bridges as traffic obstacles. But at the turn of the last century, the bridges that sprang up in thickets around Manhattan's shores were objects of wonder... and civic pride--near magical pieces of infrastructure that took many years (and lives) to build.
Wireless service providers in the United States are constantly battling each other over which has the largest or fastest wireless network. Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile are just big fish... swimming in a small pond, though, because none of them can come close to what wireless providers are delivering in South Korea--not even on their best day. In South Korea, LG Uplus is rolling out 300Mbps wireless service. Meanwhile SK Telecom will reportedly demonstrate 450Mbps wireless at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Those speeds are four to six times faster than the theoretical maximum speeds of U.S. wireless providers and 10 times faster or more than real-world speeds achieved by most US wireless customers. The current marketing campaign for Verizon centers around its 4G/LTE coverage....
Nikon has posted a firmware update for the FX-format Nikon Df digital SLR camera.
A 1.6-liter V6 turbo revving at 15,000 rpm with unlimited boost that turns small drops of fuel into 600 horsepower aided by an electrical system that pumps out another 160 electron-charged horses.... This is the pinnacle of engine development.
Human error likely caused a glitch in China's Great Firewall that saw millions of Internet users ironically rerouted to the homepage of a U.S.-based company which helps people evade Beijing's web... censorship, sources told Reuters.
The photo-sharing site offers a new twist to the standard captcha to ensure you're not a bot looking to harvest user information.
Twitter has promised to do more to stop this abuse, but there does not seem to be much evidence of this according to a high profile victim of death threats towards him on Twitter.
(Reuters) - Motorola Solutions Inc, which makes walkie-talkies and rugged mobile computers, reported a slight rise in quarterly profit, helped by higher government sales, but forecast a steep drop in... first-quarter sales.
AMD unveil two new Opteron 6300 Series server processors specifically designed for enterprise workloads.
jjp9999 writes "Weibo, China's replacement for Twitter and Facebook, went offline for about two hours on Jan. 20, when a DNS attack switched its IP address to overseas VPN software used to circumvent... censorship. On Jan. 21, the brief IP switch was the most discussed topic on Weibo, with one user, ITHome, saying posting 'What IP is 126.96.36.199? It's sure to go down in history.' The IP address is one of those used by Freegate, which is free software released by Chinese dissidents in the U.S. intended to help Chinese people break through the Great Firewall. However, Bill Xia, president of Dynamic Internet Technology, which makes Freegate, said he and his team of volunteers thought their networks were under attack when they got a surge of traffic with about 100,000 users a second hitting their...
Gokturk-2 has completed a year in orbit with successful operations that have no geographical restrictions on image gathering for military and civil applications.
With phone specifications often reaching a terminal velocity before the next new technology or trend, giving your hardware a differentiator can be hard. Sharp's new AQUOS Serie mini SHL24, however, is... having a stab at a couple. Firstly, the TV-maker ...
Boffins invent e-whiskers to stick on their cute ickle faces Given the world's (bizarre) fondness for all things feline, folks will no doubt be delighted to discover that our robot overlords could be... whiskery robot cats instead of creepy robot humanoids....
Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you up to date on what's happening in the digital world. Google is rolling out a new service called Video Quality... Report, which lets users test how well their Internet Service Providers stream YouTube videos 4Chan founder and CEO of Canvas Networks Christopher Poole said his company's products, DrawQuest and Canvas, are coming to an end And, don't bring Google Glass to a movie theater, otherwise you might end up in an interrogation room with the Department of Homeland Security Check out the video above for more on these stories.
Character Options is following up its successful relaunch of the Teksta Robotic Puppy with three additions to the family for 2014. The Teksta collection - also known as Tekno in the US - will gain a... Dalmation version of the pup, Kitty the kitten and Teksta...
Bag a champagne gold HTC One without a monthly contract We were pleasantly surprised by the gold HTC One when we got our hands on the device recently. But until now UK buyers have been limited to... picking up the golden phone through Carphone Warehouse and Phones4u, both of which have been limiting sales of the device to on-contract customers. Today UK retailer Expansys sends word that it's begun stocking the gold HTC One, which it's selling SIM-free for £479.99 a pop. That's not cheap, especially with a new flagship phone from HTC expected in the next month or so — but if you absolutely must have the HTC One in this exclusive color then it's probably your best bet. Hit the source link for the product listing, and check out our hands-on feature with the gold HTC One for to get a closer...
PayPal's president defends the digital payment provider's place at the forefront of mobile commerce while quipping he welcomes competition too.
Deal seems unlikely to end the recent wave of technology industry-backlash among some residents
Sony may think that the PC gaming market is dying in the face of the next generation of game consoles like the PS4 and the Xbox One. The PC gaming …
[From AppleTell] Learn how the young Lara Croft becomes the slightly older Lara Croft when Feral Interactive releases Tomb Raider for OS X tomorrow.
(Phys.org) --A team made up of university chemists, art conservationists and research scientists with the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., has discovered a new way to reveal three... dimensional details of paintings. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences describing their research, the team describes how they applied a laser technique normally used to detect skin cancer, to paintings and how it allowed for viewing its 3D nature without causing harm.
Two Las Vegas casino hotels will become the first known US gambling houses to allow the use of the bitcoin.
Part of the hassle of goal tracking is remembering to track. You have to make your habit-tracking as much part of the habit you're trying to build. Telejoy makes it easy by proactively reaching out to... you. You get text message reminders and check-in phone calls automatically--all you have to do is stick to your goals.
Private cloud platform includes new Red Hat Enterprise Virtualisation release and greater integration with OpenStack modules
Rob Ford's attempt to sober up seems to have hit a snafu. Two months after admitting he smoked crack in a "drunken stupor," the Toronto mayor appeared drunk in a video that was reportedly filmed... Monday night. In the video, Ford rambles on for about a minute alternating between what sounds like a Jamaican accent and gibberish, weaving in a string of profanity. Ford later confirmed to reporters that he had, in fact, been drinking Monday night. "I was with some friends and what I do in my personal life with my personal friends, that's up to me," Ford said. "It really has nothing to do with you guys."
Two casinos allow the use of the cyber-currency as payment for hotel rooms and shops - but not on the gambling floor.
After a three-year absence, CarMax is back in the Super Bowl ad lineup with a spot that envisions a customer getting a dramatic slow clap after making his purchase and — as a special treat — a... version of the ad features puppies The spot that airs during the game will be 30 second, however the extended version, above, is 45 seconds. The premise is the same: As the customer leaves the lot, he peers out of his window to see various people offering the slow clap. As the effect piles on, it gets more and more silly. For instance, a fireman rescues an old man as he gives his slow clap. Actor Sean Astin also offers a visual nod to his role in the 1993 sports tearjerker Rudy
Sadly, the bottom chart is probably more true than the top one. A humorous response to Apple’s poetry-themed iPad ad.
Game maker Rovio says it will keep making spinoffs of its popular Angry Birds franchise "just like Nintendo and its series of Mario-based games."
Fresh 16-core bit fiddlers served up just in time for Open Compute summit Chip fiddler AMD has delivered two new Opteron chips for data centers keen on getting their mits on low-cost servers built to... Facebook's "Open Compute" design....
If you’re anything like me, as much as you love your Apple TV, the fact that it is so small actually causes some problems in your entertainment center, as it can actually be nudged around and fall... behind things. That’s…
Nikon has released a firmware update for its Nikon D5200 digital SLR camera.
New software allows designers to "legofy" their prototypes, eliminating hours of time spent waiting for 3D printers to churn out their widgets.
Josh Groban may sing like he has an old soul, but on Twitter he's hip, happening and, most of all, insightful. In fact, he might just be the most important philosopher of our day. Groban is asking the... important questions and dropping truth bombs that make his followers think about the big issues. School's in, boys and girls, and this professor is here to raise you up, so you can stand on (metaphorical) mountains. Open your mind to Groban's infinite Twitter wisdom: He ponders the wonders of evolution ... Can we all just stop a moment and give thanks for our thumbs? -- josh groban (@joshgroban) January 5, 2014 And considers what other marvelous scientific advancements man might benefit from in the future. If scientists have discovered what happens to the brain when we fall in love, I wonder...
Leaked screenshots of an upcoming update show an option to open Windows Store apps from the taskbar.
(Reuters) - Cloud software maker VMWare Inc said it would buy privately held mobile security company AirWatch in a deal valued at about $1.54 billion to tap into rising demand for software security,... sending its shares up 3 percent in premarket trading.
With the sale of its devices unit nearly closed, Nokia has detailed how its bottom line would have looked if the business had never been a part of the company.
The WowWee MiP is the latest robot from the makers of the Robosapien and this time comes with two wheels to whizz around your living room, listening to your commands or instructions. We caught up with... the new robot to have a play at the London Toy Fair....
The future of marketing that can take you places. Literally.
Sharp coming up with the goods in the form of a new tablet and smartphone, not that we'll see them in the west KDDI over in Japan has been rolling out a bunch of new devices today. Among them are... some we're already familiar with such as the LG G Flex and the new WiFi only Sony Xperia Z Ultra. And then there are those we'll never get to see in western markets, such as this tablet, and a new smartphone from Sharp. Both of which are packing some pretty impressive hardware specs. The Aquos Pad pictured here is a 7-inch tablet, running the now somewhat outdated Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. But the interesting part is taking place around back. For this tablet contains a smartphone-class camera; a 13MP rear shooter. We don't know if it's actually any good, but if you're one who enjoys taking...
Recently research firm NPD published a report that said major pay cable networks like Showtime, HBO, and Starz were losing subscribers to digital streaming firms like Netflix and others. The …
Telkom on Wednesday denied speculation in the media that it has received a proposal from a Southeast Asian company or grouping for the sale of its mobile towers business in a deal that reportedly... could be valued at as much as US$3bn. On Tuesday, a report on the
Many people in Kiev awoke Tuesday morning to a frightening text message on their phones. "Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance," it read. Using cellphone... technology, Ukraine's dominant carriers have reportedly helped the government pinpoint the locations of their customers. Anyone with a cellphone in the vicinity of recent protests was added to a government watch list and sent the intimidating text. The incident is just one in a growing number of attacks on Internet users. It's a troubling sign that the information age has entered a new era -- one where our rights to connect and communicate are under constant siege by governments and corporations. Photo: Sasha Maksymenko Closing the Door It wasn't supposed to be this way. Openness, user access and...
An anonymous reader writes "T-Mobile has made headlines recently for trying to change the cellphone industry's reliance on contracts that lock customers into a particular carrier. Perhaps... surprisingly, they've been fairly successful. Now, they're jumping into another industry plagued by high, customer-unfriendly fees: check cashing. 'Specifically, T-Mobile is hoping to offer an alternative for the 70 million or so U.S. adults that either have no bank account or have some bank services but still rely somewhat on check-cashing or payday-loan services.' How will they do it? 'Through the combination of a smartphone and a prepaid Visa debit card, T-Mobile (and its banking partner, Bancor) aims to offer many of the services typically offered through a bank, including check cashing, direct...
There is no good or pleasant way to broach the subject of pedophilia. But while we find the subject abhorrent, scientists are working hard to try and understand what happens in the minds of those who... are attracted to children.
Vendors don't normally brag about slower products but Advanced Micro Devices is making an exception for its latest Opteron 6300 processors, which have a slower clock speed than their predecessors to... reduce power consumption. Some AMD customers use its chips in highly virtualized systems, and those types of servers tend to max out their memory and I/O bandwidth before they can make use of all the CPU performance, said Suresh Gopalakrishnan, general manager of AMDs server division. That means they're using a higher-performance chip than they need, and burning more electricity. So AMD is introducing new versions that dial down the clock-speed and reduce the power draw by 15 to 30 percent. "They're looking at the actual core utilization and seeing that only 60 to 70 percent of the core is...
Company sees boom in mobile and e-spending
A pink lagoon glows in the Milky Way. New photos taken by a telescope in Chile put the Lagoon Nebula -- a giant cloud of gas and dust located 5,000 light-years from Earth -- on rosy display.
East Rutherford, N.J., meet 400,000 strangers. That's the number of visitors expected to make their way to the greater New York City area during the week of Super Bowl 2014. Roughly 20% of those... guests, 82,500 to be exact, will be attending the game. As for what the other 320,000 visitors will be doing — who knows? See also: 10 Beer Cocktails to Booze Up Your Super Bowl Party Below, we've compiled some of the craziest facts about the 48th Super Bowl and what it'll mean for the players, the ticket holders and the region. 1. New Jersey hotels are hiking prices way up. Visitors are heading to the tri-state area in droves, whether to lodging surrounding the stadium in New Jersey or to more creative Manhattan accommodations. New Jersey hotels are egregiously gauging their nightly rates. The...
As with many of Apple’s more prosaic advertisements lately, Apple’s recent Dead Poet’s Society inspired ad for the iPad Air and iPad mini, “What will your verse be?”, has alternately been... praised and ridiculed by critics who were either touched…
A couple of days after Fortune did its roundup of analyst estimates of iPhone sales, it has now done the same for the iPad, with the average forecast coming out at 25M sales in the final quarter of... last year (Apple fiscal Q1) – up 10 percent from the previous year. iPads were a more challenging […]
Amazon is considering live TV programming via a paid online service, according to a report. The online retail giant has approached "at least three big media conglomerates seeking rights to distribute... their content online," according to The Wall Street Journal. Amazon's service would offer channels that are currently available on cable and satellite, according to the report. Reps from Amazon could not be reached for comment However, an Amazon rep told Variety that the report was inaccurate, stating "We continue to build selection for Prime Instant Video and create original shows at Amazon Studios, but we are not planning to license television channels or offer a pay-TV service." Amazon invested $1 billion in content in 2013, according to Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali.
Now here is something interesting from the folks over at BRAVEN – they have unveiled the Vibe, which so happens to be the first portable distributed audio Bluetooth as well as Wi-Fi audio system... around the globe. The main objective of the BRAVEN Vibe would be to revolutionize multi-room audio through the empowering of users
Wi-fi performance in many schools is bad, so some conclude they don't have enough bandwidth. That may be true, but network management may also fix the problem.
PASSWORDS are about to become passe as we enter the age of biometric identification.
Nikon has issued a firmware update for the Nikon D3200 digital SLR camera.
Focused on companies with fewer than 20 employees, the platform handles a wide range of online billing processes.
BT-owned telco developing own system for parents to censor web Exclusive Plusnet is developing its own network-level filter to allow subscribers to censor content on its broadband service as well as... help the telco suffocate access to websites linking to pirated material, The Register has learned....
It's been a few weeks (or at least a few days) since David Gewirtz did a rant. No, it's not about Linux. And yes, this time you're pretty much guaranteed to agree with him.
In this era of heightened security fears, when headlines routinely shout about hackers stealing millions of personal records in a single digital heist on some of the nation’s biggest companies, you... should never be handing your Apple ID and password…
VMware's acquisition of AirWatch will give it a foothold in mobility as well as its end-user computing strategy.
It began as a rage against the machine. But how did Apple's ads help the Mac be seen as ultimately not part of the machine? Or did the ads matter not so much at all?
Scientists have developed a new biodegradable battery that runs on sugar and can work for long hours without charging.
How the term "you only live once" inspired a debate about death
It's official: 2013 is the fourth hottest year since records started being kept in 1880. It ties with 2003 for that dubious honor. This result was just announced by the National Oceanic and... Atmospheric Administration. It uses global annual land and sea surface temperatures to make the call, and in 2013 these two measures combined for a temperature 0.62 C (1.12 F) above the 20th century average of 13.9 C (57.0 F). Were you born after 1976? Then you've never experienced an average year: 2013 is the 37th year in a row with temperatures above the 20th century average. The report also states that nine of the 10 hottest years on record have been in the 21st century (2010 is the record holder for hottest year ever). Only one year from the 20th century is on that list, 1998, and that's about as...
China's internet suffered a massive breakdown as traffic was routed to an overseas site linked to the banned religious group Falun Gong.
By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer Published: 01/21/2014 08:48 AM EST on LiveScience Many fitness trackers measure not only the number of steps you take every day and the calories you burn, but also... your sleep habits, with some trackers even claiming to measure the time you spend in each stage of sleep. Although it might be fun to pore over the data, sleep experts say they are skeptical of fitness wristbands' accuracy in measuring sleep. Popular trackers, such as the Fitbit Force, include a sleep mode that aims to provide users with some insight into their shuteye, such as how long they slept, and how many times they were restless or woke up. Some trackers go a step further: the Jawbone UP breaks down sleep time into deep and light stages, and the Basis B1 recently launched a new sleep...
SimpleAir is seeking $125M in damages from Google after a jury found that push notification services in Android infringe on a SimpleAir patent, the company said Tuesday. Google infringed SimpleAir's... patent with its Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) and Android Cloud to Device Messaging (C2DM) services, SimpleAir said in a news release. These services are used by Google to process and send instant notifications for Android applications, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Gmail, it added. The jury found all five claims of SimpleAir's 7,035,914 patent on a "system and method for transmission of data" valid and infringed by Google, according to the jury verdict that was filed with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division, on Saturday. The jury however was unable to...
Coal burning is at a 20-year high and subsidies for renewable energy are about to be slashed – yet Germany swears it will cut greenhouse gas emissions
Valve released its SteamOS beta with a warning: only touch this if you know what you're doing. While that surely did something to separate true testers from the first wave of eager users, there were a... few problems. Even the qualified needed a ...
The 58 proposals are double the usual number submitted during such instrument competitions, NASA officials said. The agency has begun reviewing the ideas and expects to choose the final science gear... for the 2020 Mars rover in the next five months.
Few in the public may be familiar with Smith's work, but colleagues say this brilliant engineer's importance to the Mac is akin to what Woz meant to the first Apple computers.
Enpass is an Android application that is purely designed to store your passwords and important information. And it offers a couple of main attractions — firstly it’s a real beauty on the eye and... super easy to use, and secondly, it allows for two cloud syncing options. As well as a backup and restore feature using the web, you can also sync your passwords with Dropbox. Of course, you don't have to sync at all, but bear in mind that if you were change to a new Android device you would lose your saved information. Once you launch the application you will need to create a password to enable you to access the app each time. Within the settings you can alter the auto-lock time - just in case you leave your phone unattended.
Every time, the game of cat-and-mouse between Cupertino and jailbreakers goes like this. Apple releases a new version of iOS, patching existing jailbreak exploits. Jailbreakers poke and prod at the... code for a few months, until they find a new…
[From AppleTell] The Hearthstone open beta makes the collectible card game available to anyone in North America, with more regions to come.
Rivals step in to satisfy freetards' need to spend nothing A number of vulture firms have swooped in to feast on the desktop access carcass left by the death of LogMeIn's free service....
Dark matter -- the elusive stuff that is thought to make up most of the known universe -- is almost certain to reveal itself during the next decade, says a researcher.
There are a lot of technologies being investigated around the world to help reduce driver distraction and bring a new level of interactivity to infotainment systems in cars. One of …
A U.S. cybersecurity firm says it has gathered evidence that the Russian government has been linked to cyber attacks for alleged economic - rather than political - gains
Firm uses Amazon Web Services to react to demand from travellers
As hinted at last month, salon-booking service StyleSeat has now closed on its Series A round of funding. Led by Lightspeed Ventures, the company has raised an additional $10.2 million in outside... investment, bringing its total raise to date to $14 million. The funding will be used to both grow the platform and the now 35-person StyleSeat team, which will double in 2014. Existing investor Lowercase Capital also participated in the round. StyleSeat has already seen a couple of notable new hires, with Andrew Dempsey, previously the Director of Business Intelligence at Netflix, now StyleSeat Senior Data Analyst, and Yulie Kim, former VP of Product at One Kings Lane, now StyleSeat VP of Product. According to StyleSeat co-founder and CEO Melody McCloskey, the company is also looking to staff up...
Intercom, a platform for companies to provide personalised customer responses online, is today announcing that it has raised another $23 million -- funding that it will use to continue to develop its... product, particularly in mobile, and expand its marketing to compete against bigger players like Oracle, SAP and Salesforce (the behemoth that even uses 'CRM' as its stock ticker on the NYSE).
Sharethrough, a startup focused on native advertising, is announcing that it has raised $17 million in its third round of funding. That breaks down to $7 million in equity and $10 million in debt. New... investors in the round include Elevation Partners, Silver Creek, and Patrick Keane (a former Googler who's also Sharethrough's president), while existing investors North Bridge Venture Partners and Floodgate also participated.
The glass cube of Apple’s 5th Avenue Store in New York City might look iconic, but there’s one big problem with glass: It shatters. And in the latest wave of polar weather to hit the East Coast,... that’s just what…
This is a developing story. Mashable will be following the events as they unfold and will update this article throughout the day. The Ukraine crisis took a turn for the worse overnight as two... protesters were shot to death in clashes with police. A third died in a fall. According to the English-language Kyiv Post, the general prosecutor’s office confirmed the gunshot deaths, but police denied that officers had fired on protesters. See also: 9 Essential Twitter Sources for Ukrainian Conflict News Crowds were reportedly growing at the scene of the recent clashes on Hrushevskoho Street, a few blocks from the center of the Euromaidan protests, with people chanting, “murderers” and “glory to Ukraine.”
Struggling Internet giant Yahoo! will see more users accessing its services by mobile in 2014 than classic desktops, chief executive Marissa Mayer said on Wednesday at the Davos World Economic Forum.
An application crash has sparked hundreds of complaints as Sony works on a fix
UK businesses not on victim list, according to security firm CrowdStrike
Motorola Solutions Inc, which makes walkie-talkies, rugged mobile computers and tablets, reported a 3% rise in quarterly revenue.
A smaller percentage of women are now getting medical help for infertility compared with three decades ago, according to a new report.
For any longtime Apple fans, it’s amazing to think that today marks 30 years since the January 22, 1984 airing of the Nineteen Eighty Four-inspired Macintosh commercial, directed by Ridley Scott.... Not only did the commercial usher in Apple’s most…
Hid fact that half-price discount offer DIDN'T include line rental Virgin Media has been walloped by Britain's advertising watchdog for failing to clearly explain that a half-price deal it was... flogging did not apply to line rental....
Google and Facebook have refused to change their policies on selling advertisement for legal weed, for now.
The combination of smartphone and tablet projected to grow the fastest.
Two researchers were recently using custom software to test out Tor exit nodes for suspicious behavior and discovered something interesting. The researcher spent four months studying Tor exit nodes... and …
It's time to spruce up the look of your drawing room with smart curtains that could bend or straighten in response to the flick of a light switch!
[From AppleTell] Alayer is simple but powerful layer-based image editor for iPad with a secret trump card up its digital sleeve; it's only $0.99.
Mathematicians aren't renowned for their social skills. But in a quest to find love, Chris McKinlay from UCLA realised he could use his analytical skills to his advantage--by hacking OkCupid.
Bill Atkinson, Andy Hertzfeld, Steve Capps, and Larry Kenyon share their thoughts about developing the core software for the original Macintosh, which is about to mark its 30th anniversary.
If you have a sneaking suspicion that your passwords are bad, we have some upsetting news: They probably are. Luckily, SplashData is here to help you change your lazy ways with its annual list of the... worst online passwords. See also: The Evolution of the Password — And Why It's Still Far From Safe I mean, we wear computers on our faces now. Using "password" as your password just seems out of place in a world where you can wear computers on your face, doesn't it? We should know better by now. Looking at SplashData's findings, it's pretty incredible to learn that many of us don't. The big news with this year's list is that "123456" has dethroned the perennial champion, "password." We're not sure whether that's a good sign or a bad sign, but we're leaning toward the latter. In fact, many of...
Instagram video allows for recording of up to 15 seconds, meaning that uploading longer videos will not be feasible, and is probably more practical for quick and short videos as opposed to full length... features. Interestingly enough it looks like the BBC has decided to turn to Instagram to spread its news and are currently experimenting with using Instagram video to deliver short news that basically highlights the day's news, allowing users to hit up its website if they wish to learn more. This experiment will be conducted on a daily basis and will run for a month. According to the BBC News Online's chief, Steve Herrmann (via The Guardian), “We want the process to be organic, and we’re keen to trial new ideas on how we can use our video content to reach new audiences." This is an...
Good news gamers, if you've always been interested in the idea of playing games like Resident Evil on the PC, you soon will be able to come 27th of February. This is according to Capcom who has... announced the Resident Evil 4 Ultimate HD will be making its way onto the PC and can be purchased via Steam for $20. According to Capcom, the game will contain all the bells and whistles, including 60fps gaming, full Steam support (which includes Steam achievements, cloud support, and so on), full controller support, along with everything from prior iterations of the game. This means that gamers will be able to access features such as the Separate Way epilogue. Resident Evil 4 Ultimate HD will also get widescreen support and updated textures as well. If you're wondering if your computer has what it...
There'll be no thumb typing here This video from the folks at Minuum shows off its innovative Android keyboard running on the Samsung Galaxy Gear. As a proof of concept, it's pretty cool, no doubts.... But while it's awesome it can be done, is it a solution to a problem we don't have yet? And I'm not just talking about the fact that the Galaxy Gear isn't exactly widespread in its ownership.
Moles blame Bezos for paltry code sharing Exclusive Amazon is one of the most technically influential companies operating today - but you wouldn't know it, thanks to a dearth of published research... papers and negligible code contributions to the open-source projects it relies on....
These animals have some nasty habits. Here are 9 facts about animals you wish you didn't know.
The Finnish gaming company rode Angry Birds to international success. Next up: the dream of interacting with one billion customers.
Considering how some modern day smartphones do not only come with high end hardware specifications, they are also rugged enough to be able to withstand the likes of some rain or even getting dunked in... water – as long as they do not end up in a pool that is more than a meter deep,
(Phys.org) --'Smart' holograms, which are currently being tested to monitor diabetes, and could be used to monitor a wide range of medical and environmental conditions in future, have been developed... by researchers.
"As long as they keep making it easier and faster to get my stuff, that's all the customer service I need." Paul Greenberg and Brent Leary explain why Amazon.com wins CRM Watchlist's Lifetime... Achievement Award.
As Google continues to infiltrate living rooms the world over, it's betting big on the $35 Chromecast: tiny, affordable, and effective at hitting our sweet spot.
iOS 7 was jailbroken just a few weeks ago , and while we covered the first wave of excellent apps and tweaks , plenty more tweaks have popped up since then. Here are some (more) of our favorites.
The app is a reaction to the over-embellished existences we find on social networks, making it often moody and melancholy -- and real in the most unsettling of ways.
PayPal's president defends the digital payment provider's place at the forefront of mobile commerce while quipping he welcomes competition too.
Muhammad Yunus, the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner and a member of the B-Team, told HuffPost Live at Davos about the idea of "social business." "Forget about personal profit making. Once you get out of... the personal profit idea, business is a very powerful tool," Yunus said. "You can use it to solve human problems." Yunus gave his definition of success, noting it's not about money. "Success means what you intended to do, you did it," Yunus said. "Money is not the success. Today the entire idea of success is translated into the volume of money you make. That's the wrong way," he continued. Yunus asked of men and women who are unemployed: "is it his or her fault?" "The system says, 'We don't need you. You're rejected.' Not just one person, not thousands of people, not millions of people,"...
Employees who use their own electronic devices at work under a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) arrangement may have unwittingly authorised their employer to remotely wipe their device when they leave the... company, reports the WSJ. In early October, Michael Irvin stood up to leave a New York City restaurant when he glanced at his iPhone […]
Try as you might to argue that the tablet is still not mainstream, the fact they are seen everywhere would counter that argument. Even so, the need for a keyboard limits its use for some.
The humble hair clip has now transformed into a crime-fighting gadget for women that can detect an attack and record evidence -- all while contacting the emergency services.
Yahoo continues its buying spree by absorbing Seattle-based startup
BlackBerry received a significant vote of confidence in its mobile platform recently when the Pentagon announced that 80,000 out of 82,000 mobile devices being deployed on one of its new networks will... be from the Canadian mobile maker. The post BlackBerry gets major boost from Pentagon, share price surges appeared first on Digital Trends.
Ads served to Android smartphones have for the first time taken over iPhones, but iOS is still bringing in the cash.
Back in December, we learned that Samsung was rolling out some new color versions of its Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone. The new colors included rose gold and merlot. Verizon …
Command & Conquer was one of the more popular RTS games back in the day and offered a decent alternative to other RTS games like Warcraft and StarCraft. Unlike StarCraft and Warcraft where massing... units might not necessarily mean a victory and can be limited due to housing, Command & Conquer allowed gamers to amass as many units as they can with their resources, and assuming they aren't eliminated by the enemy before then. It made for some epic battles and we're sure there are some of you guys out there who might be wondering what a FPS Command & Conquer game might be like. It'd be chaotic for sure, but thanks to a game titled Renegade X, it is basically a game made by a fan that is set in the Command & Conquer universe, but puts the player into a first-person mode where they are able to...
Given the success and popularity of Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto 5, we're sure many PC gamers out there are just dying to get the game on their computers. Petitions have been signed and according to... our previous report, references made to the PC version of the game have been sighted in bug reports. As to how accurate those earlier reports are remains to be seen, but it looks like Amazon seems to think that they are legit, or they know something we don't, but it looks like both Amazon France and Germany have no qualms about listing GTA 5 for the PC on their websites. Like we said it's impossible to tell whether Amazon France/Germany are simply predicting that an announcement will be made and that their source of information is from the internet, just like the rest of us, or if they have...
After being rumored, spotted on Sony's website, and making its way past the FCC, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra WiFi-only version has been officially announced for Japan. As it stands it appears that the... device is only available for Japan at the moment and will be priced at around $495 and will be released on the 24th of January. However availability of the device for other regions has yet to be announced, although given that devices that are usually Japan-exclusives typically remain that way for the foreseeable future, but we suppose you could always get one imported if that's a device you truly wouldn't mind getting your hands on. (more…) Follow: CellPhones, Sony, XPERIA Z Ultra, WiFi-Only Sony Xperia Z Ultra Officially Announced For Japan original content from Ubergizmo.
Why not just leave your camera set to second curtain flash all the time? We answer that question in today's reader letter. The post Reader Question: Why Not Always Set Your Camera to Second Curtain... Flash? appeared first on The Phoblographer.
Despite the lack of concrete news available on the subject, we’re hardly short of concept designs for Apple’s eventual iWatch. This one, by San Francisco UI designer Todd Hamilton, is among the... best yet — a sleek design that resembles…
Play-it-on-the-loo game owner: Now for the US... Updated The company behind the wildly successful Candy Crush Saga mobile games franchise already has its mitts on the European trademark for the word... "candy" and is now awaiting approval for its application for the same thing in the US....
While some parents hire creepy clowns for their child's birthday, a video game developer recently earned ultimate dad points after a delightfully nerdy photo session with his son. To celebrate his... baby's first birthday, Ben Stirling used Photoshop to cast his son into scenes from popular video games See also: Cool Dad Brightens Kids' Day With Interactive Lunch Notes The result is an adorably hilarious photo series that any child would treasure for years to come — once he's old enough. Stirling's son slays zombies in Left 4 Dead, races in Mario Kart and solves puzzles in Portal, among other popular games.
You use a social network--at least one, maybe a few. Everyone does. You probably know all about your preferred network's privacy settings, enough to make sure that the whole world doesn't know your... business. But if you're paranoid--aren't we all?--you can find ways to lock down your privacy that go above and beyond even two-factor authentication. You have to start with your social networks' settings, of course. If you don't bother to limit the visibility of your posts or to make sure you're not being tagged all over the place (thanks, facial-recognition technology), then there's no point in proceeding. Facebook has the most convoluted settings of all the social networks, so follow our how-to for complete instructions. After you confirm that your photos, contact information, and political...
Don't let the "Scroogled"-spouting Pawn Stars guys fool you: Chromebooks aren't useless hunks of plastic. Google's Chrome OS has matured into a functional operating system, and not just because Web... browsers themselves are evolving into something spectacular. Beyond a desktop-class browser and other software improvements, Chromebooks offer a full keyboard, mouse support, and peripheral ports. They do involve a learning curve, though. The Chrome OS somewhat resembles Windows, but its small differences can trip you up, and some of the most productivity-oriented features are buried. Whether you're new to Chrome or an old dog looking for some Googley new tricks, this guide will help you sidestep the OS's most glaring flaws and squeeze as much productivity as possible out of your Chromebook....
According to Digitimes, Google is likely to adopt Intel's Bay Trail-T processor platform for the upcoming Nexus 8 tablet.
The UK telecommunications regulator Ofcom has announced that it has cleared the way for faster in-flight broadband on commercial aircraft. Ofcom has cleared the plan for airlines and other... transportation …
Yahoo will see more users accessing its services by mobile in 2014 than classic desktops, chief executive Marissa Mayer said.
Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy, Expedition 38 flight engineer, in a Russian Orlan spacesuit, participates in EVA in support of assembly and maintenance on the ISS....
A study has for the first time argued that older brains may take longer to process ever increasing amounts of knowledge, and this has often been misidentified as declining capacity.
NASA scientists say 2013 tied with 2009 and 2006 for the seventh warmest year since 1880, continuing a long-term trend of rising global temperatures....
Issues lasted as long as eight hours according to Compuware
Building on its industry-leading position in in-vehicle networking (IVN), NXP Semiconductors N.V. today announced that Volkswagen has approved Mantis for use in its vehicles without the need for a... common-mode choke, enabling significant system cost savings in applications.
Bitcoin baron donation started a flood: 'leccy bill paid and then some The cash-strapped OpenBSD Foundation has raised $100,000, potentially saving it from the brink of oblivion....
Intel has announced that it will invest over $120 million in consolidating its existing research and development infrastructure.
Intel has announced that it will invest over $120 million in consolidating its existing research and development infrastructure.
Scientists have found evidence of water in distant stardust, and that might have huge implications for how we think about life. A team at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu said that the dust which... floats through our solar system appears to contain small droplets of water, which are formed when they collide with particles from the sun. Combined with organic chemicals in those same dust clouds, it means that the ingredients for life could be far more abundant throughout the universe than first thought. Of course, life would not be able to form without a friendly planet or moon, with the right amounts of light, warmth and liquid water. And that's still a tricky mix to get right. But forming the elements themselves might not be such a problem - and that's a hugely important part of the...
Google on Tuesday unveiled its 'Video Quality Report', an initiative aimed at evaluating the performance of ISPs that involves potentially millions of YouTube users and billions of video views. The... post Google launches ‘Video Quality Report’ initiative to test ISPs’ performance appeared first on Digital Trends.
While everyone drinks coffee, tea is a beverage for the more discerning drinker. But where in the world do people drink the most?
Back in 2013, it was reported that Samsung could turn to magnetic resonance for wireless charging and that feature could make its way into future Samsung products. This is also a similar piece of... technology that was patented by Apple a while back and what makes this pretty cool is that it does not require the device to actually come into contact with the wireless charging pad. Instead phones will just need to be placed nearby in order to begin charging. Now the bad news is that if you were hoping that this technology would make its way into the Samsung Galaxy S5, you'd be out of luck. According to reports from the Korean media, such technology will not be making its way into the Galaxy S5 as Samsung does not believe that it will be a marketable feature. As it stands, the technology is...
For those unfamiliar with the Rockstar patent consortium, they are basically a group of tech companies that have joined forces to buy Nortel's patents from a while ago. The companies that are part of... the consortium include big names such as Apple, Microsoft, and Sony, just to name a few. Back in December, Google filed a complaint against the consortium, basically alleging that the consortium are a bunch of bullies who have come together to harass other tech companies, such as Google themselves, and it looks like Google is not alone in feeling that. In yet another lawsuit filed against the consortium, it seems that this time several US cable companies have come together and decided that the consortium's plans to break up into smaller shell companies is just not fair. Apparently the plan was...
Behold the Severodvinsk--the pride of the Russian Navy, the first of the post-Soviet era Yasen-class submarines. It entered service at the end of December 2013 and it will replace the old Akula-class... and Alfa-class subs. But unlike those warships, and thanks to a new cruise missile, the Severodvinsk has strategic and tactical nuclear weapon capabilities.
It looks like Samsung can't seem to catch a break in the courts. While they might have had some success in courts in different parts of the world, over in the US the South Korean company just can't... seem to catch a break. In a summary judgement issued ahead of the patent infringement trial between Apple and Samsung, Judge Lucy Koh (the same judge who presided over the landmark Apple vs Samsung jury trial) ruled that the Samsung devices in question did infringe upon Apple's US patent which covers autocorrect functionality. At the same time, Judge Lucy Koh also invalidated one of Samsung's patents-in-suit, bringing Samsung's complaint of patent infringements down to four. The patent in question covered the synchronization of multimedia across multiple devices. The trial between Apple and...
How young is too young to get a tablet? That's the question some people will ask when they see the Vtech InnoTab 3 Baby Tablet which goes on sale later this year. The new tablet is designed to be used... by babies as young as 12 months old and is a customisation...
Happy birthday, Vine! The video-sharing app turns a whopping 1 year old this week. What were we ever doing without it? A breeding ground where short videos go viral nearly every other day, the app is... an incredibly creative outlet. The Vine universe has specifically grown traction for producing some pretty stellar up-and-coming comedians, who manage to pack their punchlines into six sweet seconds. See also: 35 Ways Musicians and Music Brands Are Using Twitter's Vine App One year after it all began, these are the hilarious Vine stars you should be following. 1. King Bach Andrew Bachelor, known to Vine users as King Bach, is all physical. The aspiring actor and comedian dances, does backflips and constantly rips his shirt off to get a laugh out of his 4.8 million followers. Since his rise on...
There are bound to be teething problems as Google Glass rolls out to users. Back in October last year, Cult of Android reported on the Glass user given a ticket for “driving with monitor visible to... driver." Now we have…
The legal proceedings in the patent infringement suit between Apple and Samsung keep raging. Yesterday Judge Lucy Koh issued a summary judgment in the case. Koh declared that Samsung Android …
Firm hopes to save $130m over the coming year
Icahn says he bought more Apple shares, bringing value of position to more than $3 billion
And: Is LG making iWatch screens? Novelty-seeking Apple fanbois turned their backs on the iPad 2 in the run up to Xmas, heralding the imminent demise of the ancient legacy fondleslab....
Dutch computer chip maker and global high-tech bellwether ASML on Wednesday posted a drop in profit for 2013, despite record sales in the fourth quarter.
Recent 'Internet of Things' attack a wake up call for consumers and manufacturers
China's Internet suffered a massive breakdown as traffic was routed to an overseas site linked to the banned religious group Falun Gong--a fiasco a cyber-monitoring group Wednesday blamed on the... country's own censors.
The VLT Survey Telescope (VST) at ESO's Paranal Observatory in Chile has captured this richly detailed new image of the Lagoon Nebula. This giant cloud of gas and dust is creating intensely bright... young stars, and is home to young stellar clusters. This image is a tiny part of just one of eleven public surveys of the sky now in progress using ESO telescopes. Together these are providing a vast legacy of publicly available data for the global astronomical community.
ESO Top News: The VLT Survey Telescope (VST) at ESO's Paranal Observatory in Chile has captured this richly detailed new image of the Lagoon Nebula. This giant cloud of gas and dust is creating... intensely bright young stars, and is home to young stellar clusters. This image is a tiny part of just one of eleven public surveys of the sky now in progress using ESO telescopes. Together these are providing a vast legacy of publicly available data for the global astronomical community.
SAP plans to be a cloud juggernaut with a great customer experience, a user interface that borders on beautiful, and a growth company---all by 2017.
Facebook has reportedly warned page administrators that it would show their text-only status updates to a smaller batch of followers.
Digital TV channels Yesterday and Really are the latest to offer catch-up programming on YouView. Both now offer the ability to watch the last seven day of their shows through connected set-top-boxes.... On demand portals have been added for the UKTV channels,...
According to the findings, iOS accounted for nearly 43.3% traffic and 55.7% revenue.
Can Google Glass -- which includes a camera -- be worn in movie theaters? One theater in Columbus, Ohio, decided not and had federal agents pu...
Firm sees gains in software but cannot escape declining hardware landscape
Target says hackers stole about 40 million debit and credit card numbers from cards swiped at its stores between November 27 and December 15.
A man in the United States claims he was interrogated by the FBI after he wore prescription Google Glasses into a movie theatre. The man told Gadgeteer that he and his wife were asked to leave by... police, before being questioned for "hours" over fears he was trying to record or broadcast the film. "I kept telling them that I wasn't recording anything - my Glass was off, they insisted they saw it on. I told them there would be a light coming out the little screen if Glass was on, and I could show them that, but they insisted that I cannot touch my Glass for the fear "I will erase the evidence against me that was on Glass." For their part the cinema claimed piracy had been a problem before, and that management had ordered staff to contact the FBI in the event of similar incidents. Take a look...
FOSS Patents is reporting that Apple received two more favourable rulings in their ongoing battle against Samsung in the courts. These judgements increase the chance of Apple winning the March patent... trial “not hugely but significantly”, according to Mueller. In a judgement filed yesterday, Samsung was found to infringe on one of Apple’s asserted patents […]
Cameroon's government is hanging on to its monopoly state telecommunications provider, Camtel, and the result is that the country now has some of the highest international and national wholesale fibre... rates on the continent. The country refused World Bank funding because it
Private buses operated by tech giants that take employees between San Francisco and their Silicon Valley offices will start paying to use public stops. The buses have been the target of protesters... concerned about the tech companies' effect on the community. The post Google, Apple commuter buses in San Francisco to pay for use of public stops appeared first on Digital Trends.
Because when everyone hangs out somewhere, those awkward conversations--just like the ones you end up having in the middle of Walmart when you bump into someone you barely know--are inevitable.
The Sex with Glass app for Google Glass would change the way people have sex, or more appropriately 'view it'.
Rumors Google will launch a Nexus 8 tablet have reignited this week, with a new report indicating it'll launch mid-year and come with an Intel Bay Trail-T processor inside. The post Rumors of a Nexus... 8 tablet are back, and this time it may have an Intel chip inside appeared first on Digital Trends.
Intel has pulled the wraps off a couple new computing devices aimed at the education environment. The new devices include the 10-inch Intel Education Tablet and the 10-inch Intel classmate …
Beats Music has been launched for iOS and Android today and while it will see a launch on Windows Phone by the end of the week, there is no word on whether the app will arrive on BlackBerry later, if... at all. Well the good news is that for those who have managed to get their hands on the leaked version of BlackBerry 10.2.1, you're in luck because one of the main features of the BlackBerry 10.2.1 is the ability to download and install Android APKs directly without having to go through the trouble of sideloading them. In fact if you thought that you could sideload the Beats Music Android app, you'd be out of luck, according to those who have tried. The good news is that if you own the latest version of the leaked BlackBerry OS update or plan to download it, the Beats Music app should load...
Apple has reportedly added the iPhone 5C to the list of smartphones it can repair inside its retail stores. It'll now replace cracked iPhone 5C screens while you wait for $150. The post Cracked iPhone... 5C screens should now be fixed in your local Apple Store for $150 appeared first on Digital Trends.
According to our report from earlier, it was rumored that BlackBerry planned on rolling out BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 on the 28th of January. Given that BlackBerry 10 was announced about a year ago, we... don't see why this would be a stretch of the imagination, although BlackBerry has yet to make an official announcement. In any case if you were hoping for more proof that BlackBerry could indeed release 10.2.1 on the 28th of January, you might be interested to learn that BlackBerry has announced their plans to hold a BlackBerry 10.2.1 preview in Malaysia on the 23rd of January, which is a little less than a week from its rumored release. At the moment the event is being held in Malaysia, but it has also been speculated that the event will eventually be held in other parts of the world ahead of...
President Obama recently announced that there would changes made to the NSA. Some of these changes included the way data was collected, and also how they would stop spying on their allies, just to... name a few. It sounded like a good compromise, but it seems that not everyone agrees or was satisfied with the changes that were made, and Microsoft is one of the companies that aren't too happy about it, as outlined on their blog by their General Counsel & Executive Vice President of Legal & Corporate Affairs, Brad Smith. According to Smith, he believes that more work needs to be done and stated that they will continue working with the current administration and Congress to make reforms that are consistent with their principles as outlined in December last year when the leaders of major tech...
Initial screenshots of the upcoming Windows 8.1 Update 1 didn’t show many signs of changes, but new images distributed today hint at some signs of improved interaction between the "Metro" and... desktop environments. Russian leaker WZor has published several screenshots that show pinned Metro apps in the taskbar section of the desktop in Windows 8.1 Update 1. There's also a new option to "Show Store apps on the taskbar." While it’s not a hugely significant change, it appears to be the first change that Microsoft has implemented on its path towards Windows 9. Microsoft is expected to release Windows 9 in April 2015 with "Metro 2.0" improvements that allow users to run Windows 8-style ("Metro") apps in separate windows on the desktop....
US authorities say they questioned an Ohio man they suspected of recording a movie in a theater with his Google Glass.
US authorities say they questioned an Ohio man they suspected of recording a movie in a theater with his Google Glass.
The team behind cult drawing app DrawQuest have sadly announced that it will be closing shop. For those unfamiliar with it, DrawQuest is was an iOS app — originally for iPad, but with an iPhone... version launched in November last…
(Phys.org) --Spark.io has come up with an open source thermostat. "We spent about $70 on components to put this together (including $39 for the Spark Core); the wood and acrylic were free. We started... working at 10am and finished at 3am, with 3.5 engineers involved (one went to bed early), and the only work we did in advance was order the electronic components." Their step by step demo and encouraging words to Makers that the future is quite open for success have attracted a number of tech sites to give them praise. Spark is a Minneapolis, Minnesota based group, founded in 2012, which carries a motto to give you "the tools to connect everyday electronics to the internet over Wi-Fi." The group is known already for the Spark Core, a small Wi-Fi development board that makes it easy to create...
New CEO, new VCs, more cash Ethernet storage startup Coraid has got itself $29.3m in fresh funding after appointing a new CEO, David Kresse, in September last year....
The German telco has begun offering a free subscription to Evernote's paid product for six months for customers across Europe.
Pioneer has announced a new addition to its line of DJ gear with the Serato compatible DDJ-SZ DJ controller. The company says that the DDJ-SZ is designed for the DJ …
Sony has launched the world's first tablet with screen smaller than 7-inch.
Sony has launched the world's first tablet with screen smaller than 7-inch.
The Todoist todo app has been updated and renamed. It's now called "Todoist Next," and it has been turned into a lean, mean visual-scheduling-and-collaboration machine. I was never a Todoist user,... although apparently I already had an account. But…
Internet retail titan Amazon.com has been reaching out to entertainment studios about licensing television programs for an online streaming service, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.
It's anyone's guess what Snapchat's done behind the scenes to patch up its data vulnerabilities, but the firm's continuing to address the issues with a new public-facing measure. For instance: the app... now has a new (and surprisingly cute) security ...
MemSQL, a big data startup that helps retrieve and analyze data real-time, has raised $35 million in Series B funding from Accel Partners and Khosla Ventures. The financing will be used to expand... product development, offer support to a growing base of users and push aggressively for a bigger share of the big data market, which is expected to reach $32.4 billion by 2017. Apart from Accel and Khosla, MemSQL’s existing investors IA Ventures, First Round Capital and Data Collective also participated in the latest round of funding, bringing the total capital raised so far by the startup to $45 million. Founded by ex-Facebookers Eric Frenkiel and Nikita Shamgunov in 2011, MemSQL is at the forefront of a movement that not only aims to help large enterprises manage big data fast, but also with...
On 22 January 1984 Apple changed the world in two ways. First, it announced to the world that it would soon launch 'Macintosh', the ground-breaking computer which fundamentally changed the way most... companies approached consumer PCs. Second, it released one hell of an advert. The classic '1984' commercial debuted during Superbowl XVIII, after Steve Jobs gave his team one simple brief: "I want to stop the world in its tracks". Famously obtuse in form, and directed by Ridley Scott, the advert showed a female runner breaking into a dystopian movie theatre after images of industrial drudgery reminiscent of its namesake and Fritz Lang's Metropolis. Once inside, the athlete is shown throwing a hammer into the screen, symbolically smashing the face of the Big Brother-like figure (representing IBM)...
An anonymous reader writes "I've been a software engineer for about 15 years, most of which I spent working on embedded systems (small custom systems running Linux), developing in C. However, web and... mobile technologies seem to be taking over the world, and while I acknowledge that C isn't going away anytime soon, many job offers (at least those that seem interesting and in small companies) are asking for knowledge on these new technologies (web/mobile). Plus, I'm interested in them anyway. Unfortunately, there are so many of those new technologies that it's difficult to figure out what would be the best use of my time. Which ones would you recommend? What would be the smallest set of 'new technologies' one should know to be employable in web/mobile these days?"
Square Enix has released the much-lauded Deus Ex: The Fall on Android. It has been available for iPhone and iPad since June last year and now Android tablet and smartphone owners can find out why it's... become a favourite with mobile gamers. Deus Ex: The...
Sony has just announced a Wi-Fi-only version of its 6.44-inch Xperia Z Ultra device, presumably aimed at consumers interested more in diminutive tablets than whopping great phablets that run the risk... of making your head look really small. The post From phablet to tablet: Sony launches Wi-Fi-only version of Xperia Z Ultra appeared first on Digital Trends.
If you have ever used the trackpad on any of Apple's MacBook laptops, you will know that it supports touch and gesture commands, but at the same time it is clickable as well for those who might miss... the click of a regular mouse button. Well it looks like Apple might not feel the same because according to a patent that was recently granted to Apple, it reveals Apple's potential plans for a buttonless trackpad design that may or may not make its way into future MacBooks. Then again this just a patent so like we said, we can't tell if Apple ever plans on integrating it into future devices. The patent basically incorporates the same features and sensors of the current trackpad design, but instead does away with the hinge that allows to be clickable. Instead an actuator will be used to provide...
Taking part in a riot or protest can be dangerous as police might target you even if you were just standing there peacefully. However there is also the chance that no one will recognize you, given... that some protests do consists of tens of thousands of participants, but over in the Ukraine, it looks like the government is trying to scare protestors into staying home. At the moment in Kiev, Ukraine, it seems that there are violent protests going on at the moment where over 100,000 people protested the new laws that would make it illegal to cover ones face, wear a helmet, set up tents, or use a sound system to conduct a peaceful assembly. (more…) Follow: General, legal, Ukraine Government Broadcasts Ominous Text Message To Protestors original content from Ubergizmo.
Brooklyn-based photographer Zack Seckler took to the skies over Botswana in an ultra, ultra, ultra-light aircraft to take these incredible pics of native wildlife doing its collective thang. From less... than 500 feet up, he was able to capture zebras, cows, and vegetation that are so beautifully composed they look like they're part of a painting.
Google Glass has seen many uses but it seems that the device will now be used by the Sacramento Kings to broadcast its games live to viewers around the world. As it stands the Sacramento Kings are... also the first team to accept Bitcoin as a method of payment, and it looks like they have no problems embracing technology as they have also announced that Google Glass will be incorporated into its games as well. Unfortunately this does not mean we will be getting a first-person view from a player's perspective, but rather from the court side seats, so for those who can't afford court side seats and want to feel what it might be like, tuning in to their stream is one way to experience that. According to their media release, "The technology will allow fans at the game, and viewing at home, to...
The BBC is experimenting with Instagram video. Launched late last week, Instafax is a short-form video news service that’s distributed using the BBC News Instagram account. Three 15-second videos... will be published each day over the month-long experiment, and all are designed to highlight the day’s news. "We want the process to be organic, and we're keen to trial new ideas on how we can use our video content to reach new audiences," explains BBC News Online chief Steve Herrmann in an interview with The Guardian. While the Instafax naming is a clear reference to the shuttered Ceefax news service that dominated British televisions in the ‘80s and ‘90s, the BBC’s experiment also mimics other short-from video news services. N...
In the dead of winter, we all crave a little wildlife and outdoor adventure. For a breath of fresh air, invest in apps that could teach you more about trees, birds and everything in between See also:... 10 Apps for Enjoying the Great Outdoors Whether you're a citizen scientist or are just beginning to appreciate nature, these five apps can help you identify a tree by its leaf or test your outdoor nature skills Do you have a favorite nature app? Let us know in the comments below.
Bronze-trimmed Note 3 to be 'available exclusively on Verizon Wireless' While we haven't spotted anything in the way of an official announcement, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in "rose gold white" has... just appeared on Samsung Mobile's U.S. press site with Verizon badging. It's one of the three new Note 3 colors announced by Samsung in December, with the promise that it'd launch "according to each market’s preference." According to Samsung's entry for the device, this bronze-trimmed Note 3 will be exclusive to Verizon. According to leaked Verizon docs seen by Android Central, you should be able to claim a $100 rebate on this new Note 3 color when it goes on sale. But for the moment it's unclear exactly when the gold Note 3 will land on Verizon — at the time of writing the carrier's site...
Good news for embattled smartphone firm
Security researchers at Ben Gurion University claim to have found a flaw in Android's VPN implementation that leaves what should be protected communications completely exposed.
Sony's 6.4-inch Xperia Z Ultra smarpthone is almost big enough it could be considered a tablet, right? Sony seems to agree, as it announced it will start selling a Wi-Fi only variant of the device in... Japan The device is very simple to describe: it's identical to the Xperia Z Ultra, only without the cellular component See also: Sony's 6.4-Inch Xperia Z Ultra Can Be Used Underwater This means it comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, an 8-megapixel camera, a Full HD display, Android 4.2 and water resistance The Wi-Fi Xperia Z Ultra will become available in Japan this week for ¥52,000 ($499). There's no word on pricing or availability in the U.S. or elsewhere
Adobe has issued an update to Adobe Reader, its popular PDF reader app. Version 11.2.0 introduces a new design that matches the look and feel of iOS 7. The new look includes alterations to the color... scheme as well as…
But you won't leave Sony and and Microsoft quaking to their controllers Review The Powers That Be at El Reg originally asked me to take a shufty at the Ouya gaming box when it first launched in the... middle of 2013. I demurred. It seemed obvious to me at the time that the success or failure of this Kickstarter poster child would depend entirely on the enthusiasm with which game makers and the wider developer community clasped the Ouya to their respective bosoms....
The number of video-on-demand subscribers in sub-Saharan Africa will grow by one million in 2014, despite the lack of broadband infrastructure in the region, according to a new report. However, most... of those subscribers will receive VOD-based services not over broadband
Texas Instruments said Tuesday it is eliminating 1,100 jobs worldwide as the chipmaker moves away from slow-growing segments.
King, the developer of Candy Crush Saga, Farm Heroes Saga and other mobile games with