8 Feb 2014 - Global
Sometimes simple thrills and basic fears just aren't enough for crazies so they combine adventures and challenges into a sort of super extreme Frankensteinian dance with danger. That's how we end up... with guys trying to walk a tightrope across the sky that are connected by two hot air balloons. If you fall, you plummet to the ground (like skydiving).
The shortlist for the Sony World Photography Awards has been announced in the Professional, Open, and Youth categories. Photographers from 166 countries submitted nearly 140,000 images, the highest... number of entries in the awards' seven year history. The winners of the Open and Youth categories will be announced on March 18. Professional category winners will be announced April 30. See gallery
[From In-Car Tech] We have seen JBL GreenEdge systems in Priuses, but the latest on the block is the 2015 Subaru Legacy with a Harman Kardon GreenEdge branded audio system.
Earlier this month, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone unveiled his mysterious startup Jelly. The question-and-answer app was met with a mix of criticism and head scratching. Tech-watchers asked if the... world really needed another Q&A service. Skeptics questioned how it would compete with existing solutions and pointed to the rocky history of previous products like Mahalo Answers, Formspring, and Aardvark.
Panasonic is serious about the 4K-capable GH4 as both a video AND stills camera. But particularly in the stills category, a price tag that will likely push 2 grand and a sensor that is only Micro Four... Thirds size makes for an uphill battle when it comes to convincing folks to jump on board. In […]
According to the rumors, Canon is set to announce the successor of the G1 X in the form of the Canon G1 X Mark II (or G1 X II which is what the rumors are referring to it at the moment) on the 12th of... February. This is to be expected considering that the G1 X was launched nearly two years ago, making it ripe for an update. Now thanks to the folks at Canon Rumors, the image you are looking at above could be the first image we are seeing of the camera ahead of its announcement. The specs of the camera remain a rumor for now since Canon has yet to make an official announcement, so do take it with a grain of salt for now. For starters it seems that we can expect the G1 X II to share similar specs to the G1 X. The camera is rumored to feature a 20.2MP 1.5-inch CMOS sensor and a 24-120mm lens...
Friday's rather spectacular opening ceremony for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, was capped by the ceremonial lighting of the Olympic Cauldron. This is a huge honor, one that Russia... bestowed upon acclaimed figure skater Irina Rodnina and hockey legend Vladislav Tretyak. Rodnina is also a member of parliament of Vladimir Putin's United Russia political party The lighting itself went smoothly, but another problem soon arose: In a matter of minutes, people began realizing that Rodnina posted a racist, doctored photo of Barack and Michelle Obama on Twitter just five months ago See also: Glee Over Sochi Problems Is a Problem of Its Own
It’s hard to believe, but one of the major patent disputes in the mobile industry has come to a close. Nokia published a press release on Friday informing the public that it had reached a settlement... with HTC, and the two companies have signed a patent and technology agreement. Under the terms of this agreement, “HTC will make payments to Nokia and the collaboration will involve HTC’s LTE patent portfolio, further strengthening Nokia’s licensing offering.” The companies say that they will look into future collaboration opportunities as well. “We are very pleased to have reached a settlement and collaboration agreement with HTC, which is a long standing licensee for Nokia’s standards essential patents,” said Paul Melin, chief intellectual property officer
Web: You can automate your Dropbox with Wappwolf , including converting PDF files to TXT, but if you need your PDFs as Doc files to open in MS Word or other word processors, Convertii is the way to... go.
If you want a Mercedes-Benz S-Class but don't want to look like a tyrannical dictator, the 2015 S-Class Coupe is on the way. It will combine the luxury and technology of the S-Class sedan with more... emotional styling. The post 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe: Rumor Roundup appeared first on Digital Trends.
kc123 writes "David Davis MP, a former shadow home secretary, has told the Guardian that police would be able to access the new central NHS database without a warrant as critics warn of catastrophic... breach of trust. The database that will store all of England's health records has a series of 'backdoors' that will allow police and government bodies to access people's medical data. In the past police would need to track down the GP who held a suspect's records and go to court for a disclosure order. Now, they would be able to simply approach the new arms-length NHS information centre, which will hold the records. The idea that police will be able to request information from a central database without a warrant totally undermines a long-held belief in the confidentiality of the doctor-patient...
This Little Feet Mug is a simple ceramic coffee mug, until you take a second look and find out it has its own feet. Created by Dylan Kendall, each mug is handmade, which gives the mug its own unique... personality...
The Manhattan Subway Cloth is a premium cleaning pocket cloth that allows for quick and easy cleaning of your eyewear, camera lenses and device display screens. It doesn't need any water to clean... touch-screens or sunglasses, so you can pull...
We know that thieves have been increasingly targeting people’s smartphones and tablets for theft in recent years and the problem has gotten so bad that the New York City Police Department says that... iPhone and iPad thefts alone accounted for 18% of all grand larcenies in the city last year. IDG News, via Network World, reports that legislators in California have written a bill that would require any smartphone or tablet sold in the state to come equipped with a “kill switch” that would brick the devices in the event that they’re stolen. IDG News says that proposed bill is incredibly vague and gives carriers and manufacturers a lot of leeway to figure out how they’ll implement kill switches. “Carriers
Ooh, lights. Pretty. It's like stepping into an enchanted forest from the future. Romain Tardy and Squeaky Lobster created this installation called The Ark during Proyecta Oaxaca at the Ethnobotanical... Garden in Oaxaca, Mexico. It's built around the cacti that line the heart of the garden and the installation projects lights onto it and gives voice to the plants.
Snapchat has had a rough few months, what with the massive scraping of its users' information and such. The latest headache for the company comes in the form of a …
HBO has released the trailer for its upcoming serial jab at the tech world: Silicon Valley. The series is a half-hour show currently pegged for an eight-episode season, coming from …
Bitcoin's popularity has come with ups and downs, the most recent of which being criminal charges against three vendors for money laundering, something believed to be the first case of …
Google appears to have managed to avoid a costly fine in Europe where the Competition Commissioner Joaquín Almunia was investigating the company for antitrust practices related to its local Search... business, after a third settlement offer was apparently accepted by the EU. However, due to the secrecy surrounding the event, several members of the European parliament (MEP) have already cast their doubts over the deal, The Register reports. For some reason, Google competitors, consumers, MEPs and the press did not actually receive access to Google's proposed concessions. Almunia on Wednesday said that testing the new search concessions wasn't necessary, when asked about the absence of testing by journalists, joking that he had become an "expert" on search. However, not all MEPs
NASA's Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes have spotted one of the most distant galaxies ever seen.
The Nikon Df is going away because of the Fujifilm X-T1. The post Weekend Humor: On the Heels of the Fujifilm X-T1, Nikon Recalls the Df appeared first on The Phoblographer.
A military-style attack on a electrical substation in California last April nearly shut down power in the state, and raised serious questions about the security of US infrastructure. Now a group of... lawmakers are asking industry groups whether the US power grid needs its security improved to keep something like that from happening again. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) along with three other senators today requested both the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation to look into whether the federal government needs to bolster security at such facilities. That request includes whether there need to be new standard security measures beyond what the federal government already requires.
State regulators unveiled the proposed piece of legislation, hoping to suppress theft of mobile devices. But will resistance from the wireless industry halt the effort?
AOL Inc chief executive Tim Armstrong tried to tamp down a backlash after he blamed a pension cut on costs stemming from two employees' "distressed babies," insisting that the Internet provider was... focused on families.
Ibrahim Sana worked for a global tech company, then broke off to start his own venture. Last year, he was crowned one of Israel's seven most promising young entrepreneurs by a financial newspaper.
Yahoo is making another move to improve its web services, but this time it's not an acquisition. The Wall Street Journal reports that the company will partner with Yelp to bolster its local search... offerings. According to an anonymous source, a change in the following weeks will see Yelp listings and reviews will appear directly in Yahoo searches. It's not clear yet how the feature will work, but Yelp results will likely show key details and star ratings right inside its search results. Currently, results for restaurants on Yahoo brings up a special section of search results from the company's own Yelp-like service, Yahoo Local. It has listings, reviews, contact information, and more for restaurants and other locations. The company j...
Team USA's Sage Kotsenburg won the first snowboard slopestyle gold medal in Winter Olympics history on Saturday afternoon in Sochi. Kotsenburg's underdog victory, earning him the first gold medal of... the 2014 games, came over a talented field including Mark McMorris of Canada and Norway's Staale Sandbech Not in the field: American megastar and marketing powerhouse Shaun White, who dropped out of the slopestyle competition earlier this week after tweaking his wrist in a practice run on Sochi's difficult course Many see White's late cancellation as a prudent play to focus on the halfpipe contest (in which he's heavily favored). But others see a selfish move by a big-time icon at the expense of younger, hungrier snowboarders
Dong Nguyen, creator of the app that's been making $50,000 a day in ad revenue (and that some have called the worst smartphone game ever), tweets that he's pulling the game.
AT&T has to choose a new color scheme for its budget prepaid brand Following an extensive suit culminating in a three-day hearing, T-Mobile has won a court case finding that AT&T's prepaid brand Aio... Wireless was using colors too similar to T-Mobile's in its branding. The lawsuit, which sparked up quickly after Aio Wireless launched, claimed that AT&T specifically used a color it calls "plum" that was very close to T-Mobile's trademark magenta color specifically to confuse customers. A federal court in Texas has now ordered AT&T to stop using its current "plum" color scheme, specifically "magenta or similar colors," for the prepaid brand in marketing, advertising, stores, web sites and social media. It's not clear at this time what color scheme AT&T will choose to switch to, or if it will...
The popular wedding blog The Wedding Chicks has become the focus of much of the photo community’s ire today after an article on the popular photography blog Fstoppers brought attention to one of... their business practices. Namely: that they offer “social media packages” in which photographers can pay the blog to have their work featured […]
NBC will air all 15 events of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics online, where it will live stream some 1,000 hours of coverage. But really, the network would much rather you watch them tape-delayed on... TV. The post NBC warms to streaming for Sochi, but still leaves cord-cutters out in the cold appeared first on Digital Trends.
Just a quick game. It only takes a second. I, I need to beat my high score. That stupid bird. DAMMIT! Ok this time I'll do better. DAMMIT! Alright the ad distracted me. F*CKKKK! I was doing so good.... NOOOooo!
Watching the Russian Interior Ministry Police Choir sing Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" at the opening ceremony is an exalted experience. Sadly, NBC and music rights holders are steadily removing copies from... YouTube.
It looks like The Big Bang Theory has some geek comedy competition as HBO released a teaser trailer for its new comedy series, Silicon Valley, on Friday. See also: Illustrated Video Explains the Big... Bang Theory in 5 Minutes Created by the man behind cult classics like Office Space, Beavis & Butthead and King of the Hill, Mike Judge’s new HBO series was inspired by his own experiences working as a Silicon Valley engineer in the late 1980s. According to Re/code, the show will follow introverted, social misfits living in the “Hacker Hostel,” a “startup incubator” owned by a dot-com millionaire in Silicon Valley as they discover and develop a valuable search algorithm for a website.
io9: Add this to the list of things we never knew existed but now desperately need: The Evolution Door, a "flip-panel" invention by Austrian designer Klemens Torggler. We've all opened a thousand... doors but I bet you've never opened a door like this.∞ Read this on The Loop
New genetic evidence strengthens the case that one well-known type of cholesterol is a likely suspect in causing heart disease, but also casts further doubt on the causal role played by another type.... The findings may guide the search for improved treatments for heart disease.
Getting in the right shape might be just as important in a biology lab as a gym. Shape is thought to play an important role in the effectiveness of cells grown to repair or replace damaged tissue in... the body. To help design new structures that enable cells to "shape up," researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have come up with a way to measure, and more importantly, classify, the shapes cells tend to take in different environments.
Nerval's Lobster writes "Earlier this week, news reports leaked that the NYPD is evaluating whether to give its officers Google Glass for investigations and patrols. Google, which is sensitive to... accusations that it works hand-in-hand with governments or law-enforcement agencies to monitor civilians, suggested that the NYPD must have purchased the units on its own initiative, rather than partner with the company. Some pundits and many civil libertarians hate the idea of law enforcement wearing Google Glass or other electronics that can send a constant stream of video and audio to a government (or even third-party) server. But at the same time, wearing Google Glass could also compel cops (and other law-enforcement personnel) to be on their best behavior at all times, particularly when it...
This week in Tech Reads: Microsoft's new CEO, Steve Wozniak's view of where Apple should head next, ancient computer art, and much more!
And it's a surprisingly talented opponent, at that. Father-of-the-year, anyone?
Web: The next time you're planning a trip, head to Orbitz's Labs section and take a look at the Hotel Rates Heatmap. It might save you some cash by helping you figure out when the rates of your... visiting city are likely to be at their lowest.
When a car company calls a car "ultimate," it probably means the car is the best it can possibly be. We spent a day with the Jaguar XJ Ultimate to see whether it truly is the best of the best.
Same-sex couples can celebrate yet another victory in their long fight for equality. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will soon extend federal privileges to married same-sex couples, according to... several news reports. Under the new guidelines, same-sex spouses won't be compelled to testify against each other, will be eligible to file for bankruptcy together and will be entitled to the same rights and privileges when visiting family members in federal prisons. These new extensions are the latest ripple effect of the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in June of 2013
The 2014 Lexus IS F is an anachronism. Latest - and potentially last - in a line of performance sedans, its 460 HP, 5.0-liter V8 engine and Fuji racetrack tuned …
"Flappy Bird" will not be available for download after Sunday morning, game developer Dong Nguyen said Saturday in a surprising series of tweets.
It turns out we're not the only ones who are ready to see this patent battle royale come to an end. Last night, Judge Lucy Koh denied Samsung a retrial in the case that will not die, but took the... opportunity to shame Apple's lawyers for bringing the...
Hannah Kearney would have made Olympic history — if not for two medaling sisters. Instead, Saturday's women's freestyle moguls skiing competition at the Winter Olympics was twice as nice for the... Dufour-Lapointe family of Montreal Sisters Justine and Chloe won the gold and silver medals, respectively, for Canada. Kearney, an American hoping to become the first freestyle skier in Olympic history to win gold at back-to-back Winter Olympics, finished third for the bronze. She'll officially retire after this year's games See also: Sage Kotsenburg: Snowboarding Gold Medal Was 'Random' Gold medalist Justine Dufour-Lapointe is 19 years old, while her silver medalist sister, Chloe, is 22. A third Dufour-Lapointe sister, 24-year-old Maxime, was also in the competition, but did not medal
The 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia are spread out across seaside and ski resorts near the Black Sea. Take a two-minute tour of all the facilities from above.
A federal court has granted T-Mobile a preliminary injunction against AT&T subsidiary Aio Wireless on grounds that the low-cost carrier's color scheme infringes on T-Mobile's iconic magenta. In the... decision, Federal District Court judge Lee Rosenthal writes that "T-Mobile has shown a likelihood that potential customers will be confused into thinking that Aio is affiliated or associated with T-Mobile based on the confused association between Aio’s use of its plum color and T-Mobile’s similar use of its similar magenta color." The opinion preliminarily prohibits Aio Wireless from using its plum color in advertising, marketing, and store design. Aio Wireless is a low-cost, no-contract carrier owned and operated by AT&T. The prepaid...
It goes without saying that most of us own a smartphone or at the very least, a mobile phone these days. Hence, those of us with smartphones and use them to the fullest will know that one of the... “habits” which have been formed in the modern day would include charging our respective handsets at
James Dean would have turned 83 today. If he were still alive, perhaps he'd have a Twitter account. But instead, there's just a fan account controlled by unknown owners with more than 8,000 followers.... The management firm that controls Dean's licensing empire thinks the account should be shut down and has sued Twitter over it the matter, according to The Hollywood Reporter. See also: Twitter Readies for Transparency Fight Despite NSA Deal The company behind the lawsuit is CMG Worldwide, a firm that controls the commercial estates of a number of deceased celebrities. Its president, Mark Roesler, told The Hollywood Reporter that the firm has asked Twitter to shut down @JamesDean for more than a year.
News organizations publishing leaked National Security Agency documents have inadvertently disclosed the names of at least six intelligence workers and other government secrets they never intended to... give away, an Associated Press review has found.
theodp writes "Among the billionaires who helped Bill Gates pave the way for charter schools in WA was Walmart heiress Alice Walton. The Walton Family Foundation spent a whopping $158+ million in 2012... on what it calls 'systemic K-12 education reform,' which included $60,920,186 to 'shape public policy' and $652,209 on 'research and evaluation.' Confirming the LA Times' speculation about its influence, the Walton Foundation issued a press release Wednesday boasting it's the largest private funder of charter school 'startups,' adding that it has supported the opening of 1 in 4 charter schools in the U.S. since 1997 through its 1,500 'investments.' But as some charter school kids have learned the hard way, what the rich man giveth, he can also taketh away. For the time being, though, it looks...
Developer Dong Nguyen will keep making games, but Flappy Bird will be no more by the end of the weekend. The somewhat reclusive developer of inexplicable runaway hit Flappy Bird has announced that... he "cannot take this anymore" and will be removing the game from app stores in 22 hours, as of 2:02 PM EST today. Dong Nguyen explained on his Twitter account that the takedown isn't due to any legal reasons, and that he won't be selling the rights to the game. Flappy Bird apparently is making $50k every day in ad revenue, which makes the take-down seem bizarre, but one can imagine that an indie developer that never sought the spotlight may be under a little too much pressure. He said earlier that the game has ruined his simple life, so he hates the game. Nguyen says he'll keep making games...
HP server customers are about to get an unwelcome surprise when they need to update firmware or apply a service pack. Effective later this month, those downloads, which often fix critical bugs, will... require either a current warranty or an extended support agreement.
GoPro’s rise to the undisputed title of action camera king has been nothing short of meteoric. The company has gone from an operation out of founder and CEO Nick Woodman’s van, to a massive... company that expects revenue to top 1 billion this year (a great story that you can find out about here) and […]
A year ago a ruling went into effect by the Librarian of Congress that made it a crime to unlock your cellphone (changing the settings on the phone to be able to be used on a different phone carrier).... When that ruling went into effect, there was public outcry across the technology community that such a basic technology was now illegal to use.
Store your cupcake liners wrong and they can get bent out of shape easily. It's probably happened to every baker out there, but there's an easy fix if you have a few round cutters at hand, says The... Cake Blog, who borrowed the tip from Lovely Cakes.
The creator of controversial and addictive mobile game Flappy Bird has said he plans to yank it from the App Store and Google Play within a day, claiming he "cannot …
Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen has said that he will take the game down — presumably removing it from the iOS and Android app stores — tomorrow for reasons unknown. On Twitter, Nguyen, whose... surprise hit is making $50,000 a day in ad revenue, said that he "cannot take this anymore" and would remove the game 22 hours from now, or midday Sunday. He ruled out a couple of the most obvious potential explanations, saying that there were no legal problems, the game had not been acquired, and he had not quit making games. I am sorry 'Flappy Bird' users, 22 hours from now, I will take 'Flappy Bird' down. I cannot take this anymore. — Dong Nguyen (@dongatory) February 8, 2014 It is not anything related to legal issues. I just...
By now, you've been accosted by enough of your Facebook friends "look back" videos to realize that you do not ever want to look back at your life via social media It's basically a timeline of bad... choices, bad statuses and bad haircuts rolled into a one-minute shareable video (thanks, Facebook) — that is, unless you're Walter White See also: A Look Back Through Rob Ford's Facebook Timeline In that case, your look-back video becomes an epic compilation of your life's greatest hits and highs, from lowly chemistry teacher to underworld kingpin Heisenberg Hey, Jesse, remember the pizza on the roof? So funny! Wait, bro, you never Liked my status about my new hat? What's up with that?
T-Mobile has won its battle over the color magenta, with a federal court ruling AT&T's subsidiary brand Aio Wireless must cease using the distinctive hue. The case, filed back in …
The developer of the popular mobile game Flappy Bird just declared that he's taking the game down tomorrow. Dong Nguyen, an indie game developer based in Hanoi, Vietnam, tweeted, "I am sorry 'Flappy... Bird' users, 22 hours from now, I will take 'Flappy Bird' down. I cannot take this anymore." He then elaborated, "It is not anything related to legal issues. I just cannot keep it anymore."
After reaching the top of App Store charts, the hit iOS game Flappy Bird will be removed from the App Store. According to tweets from the developer Dong Nguyen, it sounds like the game will be removed... from both the iOS and Android app stores in just 22 hours. In the tweets, Nguyen says he […]
Dong Nguyen, the developer of Flappy Bird, the viral hit that remains at the top of the App Store rankings, has promised on Twitter to remove the app from the App Store because the sheer amount of... attention the app has drawn is something he isn't interested in dealing with. Nguyen has repeatedly said on Twitter that the press is "overrating the success" of his games and that the sudden fame and attention is something he doesn't want, tweeting "please give me peace". He said today that though he is planning to remove Flappy Bird from the App Store, he will continue to make games. However, he isn't interested in the future of Flappy Bird and he won't sell the app to another developer. I am sorry 'Flappy Bird' users, 22 hours from now, I will take 'Flappy Bird' down. I cannot take this...
CCP Games, the developer of space battle MMOG Eve Online, will be erecting a monument in Iceland to pay tribute to every single player of the game.
This past 4th of July 2013, a European team of astronomers led by Hongsheng Zhao of the SUPA Centre of Gravity at the University of St Andrews presented a radical new theory at the RAS National... Astronomy Meeting in St...
A tweet from Dong Nguyen, creator of the maddening and virally popular game Flappy Bird, says the game will disappear from the Android and iOS app stores at noon tomorrow. And here I'd just gotten... past the first three pipes!
Networking experts are running out of superlatives to describe the coming tidal wave/explosion/cataclysm of mobile data traffic. Cisco last week said mobile data is expected to grow by 11 times in the... next four years, reaching 18 exabytes per month by 2018. An exabyte is 1 billion gigabytes. Mobile data traffic is expected to grow by 61 percent annually into 2018, with the extra traffic from just one year--2017--expected to be triple the entire mobile Internet in 2013. Cisco anticipates the number of mobile users to reach nearly 5 billion by 2018 (up from 4.1 billion in 2013) and more than 10 billion mobile-ready devices, including machine-to-machine connections by then (up from 7 billion in 2013).
In Autumn 2007, someone took a picture of me and put it on the web. In this low-angle shot taken at my peak weight, I looked like Jabba the Hutt wearing a blue T-shirt. Since the picture illustrated a... popular blog post, it immediately became the first result when you did an image search on my name. Mortified at the sight of what I had become, I immediately did two things: I started to eat better and exercise in order to lose weight, and I flooded the Internet with better-looking images of myself hoping to drive the fat picture off the front page of search results. The second effort was a lot easier than the first, but eventually both were successful.
Now that the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency has approved a pilot program to oversee tech commuter buses from the peninsula, they’re asking for feedback from the community. A few weeks ago,... the board of the SFMTA approved a program where tech companies like Apple, Google and Facebook would have to pay $1 for every stop they made. This week, the agency just opened up a page here where San Francisco residents can offer input on where buses should stop. Should they be centralized at one place or distributed throughout a neighborhood? Should certain stops be prohibited because the buses are causing too many congestion issues? Whoever you are — whether you a San Francisco-based tech worker that commutes down to Mountain View or Menlo Park or someone who feels their rents are...
Hit iOS game Flappy Bird will be removed from the App Store and Google Play on Sunday, after sitting as the top-selling game on both app marketplaces for roughly a month. Dong Nguyen, the creator and... designer of Flappy Bird, said in a series of tweets: "I...
Bose has just announced their latest SoundLink product, which so happens to be the Bose SoundLink Bluetooth speaker III. Touted to be the best-performing Bluetooth speaker from Bose to date, it is... said to deliver a brand new level of audio performance, coming in an all-new design, sports a longer battery life, and will be
Microsoft Excel is a great way to make spreadsheets, but can also be used to make graphs. Here's a quick guide on how to make a graph using Excel. Doing so only take five steps, so it's easy to pull... off too! The post How to make a graph in Microsoft Excel appeared first on Digital Trends.
With the "King of the Monsters" returning to the big screen later this year after a decade long absence, we look back at the 60 year history of Godzilla, from his time on film, TV, comics, and video... games. The post Looking back on 60 years of Godzilla before he tears down the city again in 2014 appeared first on Digital Trends.
StonyCreekBare writes "What options are available for distributed storage for families? My two brothers, my daughter and her husband, and his mother all have homes in various parts of the country. We... use various cloud storage providers to keep our shared data. This has numerous limitations and we are starting to think maybe we can do it better ourselves. We all have decent Internet connections, are all somewhat tech savvy, and think that by leveraging the Internet we can maybe provide for our needs better and at lower cost by buying some hardware and doing it ourselves. How would you go about implementing such a family-oriented, distributed cloud platform? What hardware? What applications, beyond simply the preservation and sharing of family data, (grandkids' photos, home videos, and more)...
Renault's new concept car, the Kwid, is chock-full of futuristic ideas, including a flying quadrocopter drone that would launch from the car's roof The "flying companion," as Renault calls it, could... be controlled manually (from a tablet on the car's dashboard) or fly autonomously in order to warn about traffic jams and other problems on the road ahead. It could also relay live video back to the car See also: Flying Beer Drone Is Intoxicating, FAA Delivers Immediate Hangover Kwid, first shown at the 2014 New Dehli Auto Expo, is a small SUV vehicle with a very modern design, which Renault thinks would fit in great into India's roads
Even with months to go before the launch of Bungie's Destiny title, Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick is putting huge faith in the new game franchise. "We expect Bungie's Destiny, an innovative... shared-world, first-person action game to be Activision...
Updated features expected to hit within the next few days We travelled to this week’s App World event in San Francisco to learn about new and interesting apps coming to Android. One section of the... show – TV Hackfest - specifically showcased apps relating to television and video viewing. Inside of the TV Hackfest area, we met with Anthony Rose, Co-founder and CTO of Zeebox. Zeebox is a second-screen TV app that offers a customizable TV guide, news feeds for users’ favorite shows, discussion rooms for those shows, and more. The Android version of Zeebox is due for an update with exclusive features within the next few days. Check out our hands-on video to see how Zeebox can make watching the shows you like better and easier.
Smart, networked devices around the home could help the elderly remain independent --
This week, in the run up to the now-underway Winter Olympics, we've been talking a lot about Sochi: can it be built in time? Are those bathroom pictures real? We also got a cool glimpse at how new... streetlights will change cinema and learned about some cool gadgets. Check out our best stories of the week.
For a second time, Judge Lucy Koh rules that remarks about protecting patents from foreign companies weren't enough to sway jury. But she admonishes Apple's legal team.
HBO takes on the tech world in the new teaser for "Silicon Valley." The eight-episode half-hour sitcom is set to debut on April 6 and, based on the short clip below, young hot shots in the Bay Area... are about to get roasted, HBO style. The comedy from Mike Judge ("Office Space") follows four friends trying to make it in the booming tech industry. They'll come face to face with those monolithic corporate campuses, TED Talks and fancy bowls of ramen. In preparation for "Silicon Valley, Judge and executive producer Alex Berg researched the huge tech boom developing in the Bay Area. At the TV Critics Association winter press tour, Judge commented on real-life tech executives. "They all have to shroud their capitalism with this 'we're making the world a better place' thing," he said. The cast...
Through February 11th, you can get Jack Orlando: A Cinematic Adventure, Septerra Core: Legacy of the Creator and Enclave for $1.79 each. New to GOG.com this week, you can now sink to the Depths of... Peril, enjoy the funky new sounds of Jazzpunk, and let loose your inner Viking with The Banner Saga.
[From AppleTell] GOG.com has three Topware Mac games on sale for $1.79 each, and rolls out Depths of Peril, Jazzpunk and The Banner Saga for OS X.
During the week, we consume words in snackable, tweetable bites. But on the weekends, we have the time to take a dive into the murkier, lengthier depths of the Internet and expand our attention spans... beyond 140 characters. We can brew a cup of coffee and lie back with our iPads, laptops, smartphones and Kindles. Since you're bound to miss a few things during the daily grind, we present to you, in our weekly installation of Mashable Must Reads, a curated list of can't-miss stories from around the web to read and reflect on. (You can find last week's must reads here.)
The bundled Mail app for Mac has taken an odd turn since the release of OS X Mavericks, gaining a collection of odd bugs and incompatibilities with a variety of email providers. Apple has released... several updates aiming to resolve the difficulties (particularly with Gmail), but many users continue to report issues with the once ...
The unannounced Samsung 'Huron', or SM-W750V, has crossed the desk of the FCC, confirming its existence just in case you had any shred of doubt. The FCC document didn't reveal too many details about... the supposed 5-inch handset, but does indicate Verizon...
On the Internet, there are several kinds of communities. There are the ones where everybody goes by real identities — in theory, at least — such as Facebook. There are ones where you can choose to... participate using either your real identity or a manufactured one, such as Twitter. And then there are communities where anonymity is kind of the whole point. Such as Secret, a new iPhone app which debuted just last week. At the moment, it seems, half of Silicon Valley is fixated on it — though it’s hard to say just who, since it’s a community with no names, profiles or photographs. The overarching purpose of Secret, say its creators, “is to not build only an app, but a platform that will bring more authenticity, self-awareness and empathy to the world.” People, in other words, are...
Remember the days before Internet, when you actually had to remember your friend's and family's birthdays? When celebrating the anniversary of their existence meant more than writing on their Facebook... Timeline, or sending them a rushed text that sadly reads, "HBD"? Technology has made us lazy friends. It's time to bring back the classic way of celebrating your loved ones' big day. Of course, by that we mean publicly embarrassing them on the one day of the year they can call their own See also: Mouth-Watering Twitter Cake is Good Enough to Tweet For some reason, humans have an inclination to humiliate the ones we love out of an odd display of affection. Whether you're singing "Happy Birthday" at the top of your lungs in a crowded restaurant, or smashing their face in cake, here are some...
From incredible images of Sochi Winter Olympics venues as seen from space, to Mars rover Curiosity's first photo of the Earth taken from the surface of the Red Planet, don't miss these amazing space... images of the week for Feb. 8, 2014.
b"m wireless has a brand new Bluetooth speaker which is small enough for you to wear on your wrist, allowing you to access your smartphone and favorite music in a jiffy regardless of where you are.... This speaker band will function as a stylish extension of your smartphone, where it is a safe and quick
Moving on means saying goodbye, and Jimmy Fallon has always been a showman. With Jay Leno’s retirement, Fallon is getting a promotion – and an earlier spot – on The Tonight Show. While he didn't... tear up like Leno, to say goodbye to Late Night, the show he hosted for five seasons, he decided to bring in a little help. See also: Jay Leno's Emotional 'Tonight Show' Farewell Speech Will Make You Teary In Fallon’s most emotional of all his many viral hits, the Muppets join the outgoing host for a wacky rendition of The Band’s 1968 hit “The Weight.” The Muppets pulled out all their usual stops, with an absurd, yet sweet duet by none other than Kermit and Miss Piggy, while Fallon swapped beats with Animal himself.
mspohr writes with this excerpt from The Register: "Spanish hackers have been showing off their latest car-hacking creation; a circuit board using untraceable, off-the-shelf parts worth $20 that can... give wireless access to the car's controls while it's on the road. The device, which will be shown off at next month's Black Hat Asia hacking conference, uses the Controller Area Network (CAN) ports car manufacturers build into their engines for computer-system checks. Once assembled, the smartphone-sized device can be plugged in under some vehicles, or inside the bonnet of other models, and give the hackers remote access to control systems. 'A car is a mini network,' security researcher Alberto Garcia Illera told Forbes. 'And right now there's no security implemented.'"
There are proportionally more female tech entrepreneurs in the Middle East than anywhere else in the world, according to a recent US study.
Who owns @JamesDean? At the moment, it's a fan account, tweeting out inspirational quotes and pictures, but according to a new piece in The Hollywood Reporter, the estate of the late actor is leading... a campaign to shut down the account, taking Twitter all the way to federal court. The estate wants to convert @JamesDean to an official account, similar to the estate-run Facebook page, but so far, Twitter isn't budging.
Gillmor Gang - Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Live recording session today at 10am Pacific. Find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/GillmorGang
Gillmor Gang - Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Live recording session today at 10am Pacific. Find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/GillmorGang
California grows a mind-boggling amount of the nation's produce: 99 percent of artichokes, 97 percent of kiwis, 97 percent of plums, 95 percent of celery, and on and on. That's why the record-breaking... drought (yes, it's finally raining--no, it won't help much!) can affect your grocery bill, even if you live nowhere near California. But with almonds--the state's most lucrative agricultural export--the effect could reverberate for years.
PetaPixel readers should already be familiar with Eric Paré‘s work. Often a combination of multiple photographic disciplines, his videos offer, if not something unique, then something at the very... least different from the multitude of time-lapse, stop-motion and light painting work out there. His newest project, called WindScale, is a combination of time-lapse and stop-motion […]
The Cable Key is a seamless solution to all your power needs. This lightweight charger cable is there when you need it and out of the way when you don't. The high-speed USB 2.0 connection ensures a... quick charging session…
The first day of Winter Olympics competition after the opening ceremony offered a beautiful, cloudless day in Sochi, RussiaMashable's Photo of the Day captures Japanese snowboarder Yuki Kadono... mid-flight during the Snowboard Men's Slopestyle Final. Kadono finished eighth Saturday, while U.S. snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg took home America's first gold medal of the Winter Games Getty Images photographer Cameron Spencer took the picture of Kadono sailing through the sky. He gave Mashable some analysis of his perfect shot . See also: Winter Olympics Photo of the Day: Fireworks Sparkle in Sochi's Night Sky
Is Google's Android Play Store full of adware and malware or isn't it? According to Hewlett-Packard's latest Cyber Risk Report, it all depends which firm's mobile antivirus scanner you run. The IT... giant's researchers tried to get some handle on the problem by comparing a sample of 500,000 apps from the Play Store against a two million-strong database of known malware and adware samples, coming up with some startling numbers. Looking at straight malware, HP uncovered a list of recognized Trojans that had been downloaded by users anything from 1.1 million to 11 million times globally. When it came to less serious but still potentially troublesome adware apps, these had been downloaded anything up to tens of millions of times.
An analysis of which apps most suck the life out of your phone's battery claims that two well-known names are near the top.
An analysis of which apps most suck the life out of your phone's battery claims that two well-known names are near the top.
As the first phone with a curved screen to go on sale in the U.S., the LG G Flex commands attention. It screams, both as an object and as a new kind of device, "Hey, look at me!" Once you do, the... implied follow-up is, "Do you like what you see?" Uh, kinda? I've spent a lot of time with many different smartphones over the past few years, and never once have I thought, "You know what this phone needs? A curved screen." I have, however, occasionally longed for a bendable phone that I could fold up into a sugar-cube-size device. That would truly be amazing (not to mention useful) and curved phones are a stepping stone toward that magical future. Some variation of that vision is probably why LG reportedly spent years designing the device.
From star trails over Joshua Tree National Park to an image of massive sunspot AR 1967, don't miss these spectacular night sky images by stargazers and SPACE.com readers.
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This moving commercial about Bell's whisky does more in two minutes than most movies do in two hours. Give it a try. I went in expecting nothing--I mean, it's a commercial!--and walked away gently... holding my heart. It's definitely better than any commercial that aired during the Super Bowl and probably more heartwarming than some Oscar movies.
Insider sources tell the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post that the NSA's phone data collection processes are mostly focused on landlines and cover around 20-30 percent of numbers. The post New... reports say NSA phone tracking covers 20-30 percent of calls appeared first on Digital Trends.
No one likes paying bills, but there are ways to make each month a little less painful. These are some quick tips to conserve a little bit of energy and in turn save money at the same time. The post... 15 Foolproof ways to save money on your electric bill appeared first on Digital Trends.
Just because it's cheap doesn't mean it's worth buying. Many budget TVs look great on paper, but fail to deliver the kind of picture quality you expect from an HDTV. To help steer you in the right... direction, we've assembled out eight favorite TVs in the under-$500 segment. The post Burn the receipt! No one will know you spent under $500 for one of these TVs appeared first on Digital Trends.
An anonymous reader writes "At the start of this week, documents released by whistleblower Edward Snowden detailed DDOS attacks on chatrooms by a British online intelligence unit dubbed the Joint... Threat Research Intelligence Group (JTRIG). Now he has released a new trove showing that JTRIG is about much more than purely online annoyances. According to the documents, released to NBC News, JTRIG's role is to "deny, disrupt, degrade and deceive" by any means possible. These techniques include destroying an individual's computer with a custom virus dubbed "Ambassador's Reception", setting up social media honey traps to harvest embarrassing information, actively attacking companies online and off, and planting data on people's systems."
The brainchild of Mike Judge, creator of "Beavis and Butt-head" and "Office Space," and two fellow writers, "Silicon Valley" promises an acidic take on the silly and the con.
Hold your breath. The oldest land predators on earth were able to grab, rip and dismember large prey - thanks to "steak-knife" teeth they got, reveals research.
American snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg won the first Olympic slopestyle gold medal in the history of his sport on Saturday afternoon in Sochi — it was also the first gold medal of the 2014 games The... 20-year-old from Park City, Utah, scored a surprising win over a strong field including Canadian favorite Mark McMorris. How surprising? It seems even Kotsenburg himself could hardly believe he'd reached the slopestyle final See also: Sochi Problem? No Problem: Bobsledder Demolishes Jammed Bathroom Door After the morning semi-final, but before the ultimate round, Kotsenburg took a quick Twitter break. Here's what he had to say — we'll admit, his apparent shock is rather endearing:
China has opened a fourth Antarctic research base, authorities said here on Saturday.
The secret to the differences between male and female traits - including body mass index (BMI), height, blood pressure and lipid levels - lies in chromosome X.
The Classics are must-see, must-read, must-play works revered by The Verge staff. They offer glimpses of the future, glimpses of humanity, and a glimpse of our very souls. You should check them out.... 1994 was an awesome year to be a nerd. A decade had passed since Revenge of the Nerds, and popular conceptions of awkward enthusiasts had evolved to the point where Weezer’s “Buddy Holly” video could put four cardigan-wearing squares at the top of the charts. After that, there was always another word attached to nerd: “cool,” a conflation which sent both terms into a perennially cloudy spiral of meaning. Bassist Matt Sharp took a detour from Weezer in 1995 with a side project called The Rentals. Their debut album was a humbly...
Blame the RPG's. After a generation of character building and class development in video games, quantifying our own personal stats has become as second nature as Second Life. And with these handy apps... and gadgets at your disposal, you'll be power leveling through your days in no time.
A car guy in a romantic situation. This can only end well, right?
Serious photographers who host their pictures at 500px will soon get to profit from their skills -- if not quite in they way they'd expect. The company has just unveiled Prime, a licensing store... that's theoretically more lucrative than many cut-rate...
The video above is of a little boy named Josh totally flipping out over his YouTube "likes." That's right, his YouTube "likes." Here's the backstory: It was Josh's dream to get just one "like" on his... first-ever YouTube video, Yahoo Shine reported. When he got what he'd asked for, he was so excited that he made another video to express his joy. That adorable video gathered lots of attention on Reddit and quickly went viral. Now, just days later, Josh's YouTube channel, Sir Fedora, has a whopping 68,000 subscribers. He's also racked up more than 40,000 Twitter followers. As for his first video -- it currently has more than 10,000 "likes". Not too shabby for a kid whose goal was a single "like." We can all learn a little something from Josh -- and that's to not take anything for granted. By...
Epson can forgive you if your first thought when you hear augmented reality is Google Glass, even though you're wrong. Google may never had actually described its wearable as an …
The U.S. is officially the world's capital for spam-spewing zombified computers after taking top spot on the 2013 Dirty Dozen Spampionship league table. Security software firm Sophos has revealed the... results of the top spam-relaying nations. Once again it was the U.S. which collected the title, generating 14.5 percent of the total spam volume sent. However, the gap to second place narrowed, with China reemerging as a major player in the spam sending Dirty Dozen, leaping from 4.6 percent to 8.2 percent, while Russia's spam contribution edged up from 3.0 percent in Q3 to 5.5 percent. The Dirty Dozen results were compiled to show where in the world are the origins of the greatest volumes of spam during the final three months of last year. Sophos senior security analyst Paul Ducklin said the...
Three out of every four iOS users are running iOS 7, but Apple's redesigned mobile operating system still has its fair share of issues--and fixes for many of them may still be a month away. At first,... there was the lock screen bypass exploit. Then came the iMessage bug. The "screen of death." Battery issues galore. Now there's a new vulnerability that allows someone who grabs your phone to quickly disable Apple's "Find My iPhone" service, which securely tracks the location of all registered iOS and Mac devices. That would effectively hide the device from iCloud's protective service. After that, this hypothetical bad guy could also to switch the phone to another iCloud account, gaining the ability to remotely install apps and to siphon some data off the device. Normally, the iPhone requires...
Scientists who study Earth, the sun and stars have long used high-altitude scientific balloons to carry their telescopes far into the stratosphere for a better view of their targets. Not so much for... planetary scientists. That's because they needed a highly stable, off-the-shelf-type system that could accurately point their instruments and then track planetary targets as they moved in the solar system.
Ice storms may be a slushy nightmare to brave on your own, but they do come with one glistening silver lining: icicles Sure, they're a little dangerous, but they are also the gorgeous result of an... otherwise disgusting storm plaguing your town. Take a walk down your icy street and you'll see them dangling from trees, benches and building ledges See also: 10 Ways Snow Days Change in Adulthood Check out these Instagram photos of icicles that will temporarily lessen your winter weather fatigue. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.
Between shower spy cams and stray dogs, the Sochi Winter Olympics have been a bit bizarre, to say the least. But you don't have to go to Russia to see the absurdity yourself. Just check out the... official website. It seems that even the English-language version of the Russian Olympics website is not without some glaring examples of being truly lost in translation. Here are some screenshots from it that would make Yakov Smirnoff proud. Official homepage poll: "The Opening Ceremony does not need to be divided into components," for those still sitting on the fence. Featured store item: Because nothing says "Olympic memories" like "bowl for hamsters." Also available: Apparently a flask is a "must-have" in Sochi. After all, it's Russia. Another reader poll: Enough baby pacifiers for 125 hockey...
Multiple cities around the world have impressive startup scenes, from San Francisco and London to lesser-known tech hubs such as Grenoble, France, and Ramallah, Palestine. However, many cities saw a... drastic decrease in the number of new startups last year, as compared to 2012. According to data from SeedTable, 64 startups were founded in San Francisco in 2013, compared to 336 in 2012. In London, 39 startups were founded in 2013, as opposed to 216 in 2012. See also: 10 Startups to Watch in 2014 Created by Statista, the following chart shows the number of startups founded in 10 cities in 2012 and 2013
First time accepted submitter AdamnSelene writes "Forbes reports on a National Republican Congressional Committee sanctioned campaign worthy of the NSA: fake candidate websites that use identical or... similar pictures and color schemes to solicit donations to defeat the Democratic candidate. The Tampa Bay Times reports that the NRCC initially refused to refund the contribution from a Tampa Bay doctor who caught onto the scam, and he had to contact his credit card company to challenge the charges. The National Journal reports that the NRCC-sponsored effort may run afoul of Federal Election Commission regulations, though it expects that the bipartisan FEC will be toothless when it comes to enforcement. However, I have to wonder whether this is finally a good enough reason to use the DMCA and...
A team of archaeologists has discovered a crucial clue to human ancestry in a set of 800,000-year-old footprints left in a beachside sediment bed in England. The prints offer an important look into... early human habitation in northern Europe, with height estimates suggesting the prints were left by a shorter, smaller-brained human ancestor known as Homo Antecessor. The footprints are the oldest ever discovered outside of Africa, where similar prints in Lake Tanzania have been dated back as far as 3.7 million years.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is asking security vendors to submit malware samples for investigation. The tools will be used by the Investigate Analysis Unit to improve its "global awareness of... the malware threat." The post The FBI is collecting its own library of deadly malware appeared first on Digital Trends.
In Milton Keynes, 75 miles north of London, the UK is launching its first all-electric buses. The years-long pilot program consists of eight buses traveling a 15-mile route between the ...
When it comes to security, this hasn't been Snapchat's year. First hackers leaked a massive amount of private user data ; then we discovered how dumb easy it is to circumvent Snapchat's anti-robot... feature . Now, cyber security researchers have shown that Snapchat can be used to launch a denial-of-service attack that freezes your smartphone, according to the L.A. Times.
So maybe your workspace isn't a cluttered mess , but maybe it just isn't the haven of productivity you wish it was. If you're looking to upgrade from your modest laptop on a desk to something more... impressive, here are 10 cheap DIY upgrades to make it a battlestation worthy of your time.
Freelancers looking for more assignments should diversify the types of jobs they work on, new research suggests. A study from the University of California's Haas School of Business discovered that... freelancers who demonstrate work commitment through an incremental career path, by moving between similar — but not identical — types of jobs, are the most likely to be given work. Additionally, freelancers who work on only one type of job, or on too many disparate types of jobs, are less likely to win assignments. The study's author, UC Berkeley assistant professor Ming Leung, said previous study findings recommend that freelancers specialize in a particular type of work so prospective employers know the freelancers' area of expertise. However, the new study found that other factors are more...
Microsoft is impoloring its technically astute customers to help friends and family who are still running Windows XP get rid of the soon-to-be-retired operating system. The Redmond, Washington... company's appeal was akin to General Motors asking customers to help the Detroit automaker sell new 2014 Cadillac Escalades, or General Mills asking consumers to convince friends to switch from their monochrome Cheerios breakfast cereal to something more colorful, like Trix or Lucky Charms. "Today marks 60 days until the end of support for Windows XP and we need your help spreading the word to ensure people are safe and secure on modern up-to-date PCs," said Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc, a spokesperson who frequently blogs for the firm. "As a reader of this blog, it's unlikely you are running Windows...
Twitter users have been discussing the Winter Olympics in many different languages over the past week. Now there's an account that will let you tweet in 75 of them for free One Hour Translation, a... professional translation company with headquarters in Israel, is offering its services for free to Twitter users during the games in Sochi See also: Follow the Olympics With These 5 Apps Users need only tweet at One Hour Translation's handle (@OHT) including an unfamiliar phrase and the language they want it translated into. They will receive a translated response "within moments," according to a company press release. (Users need not be in Sochi for the service to work.)
With financial woes mounting, the Audiophiliac wonders if a series of great headphones might help save Sony?
Motorola swept us off our feet with the affordable Moto G. But after two months and a software update, how has life fared for the little phone that could? Back in late November 2013, Alex Dobie and... myself tooled up and headed to London to meet Motorola's latest Android smartphone. We already knew the name, but what we didn't know was just how much Motorola would blow us away that afternoon with the new Moto G. It's easy to pay lip service to budget devices and then forget all about them. But one thing was immediately clear; the Moto G was different. This was a phone we wanted to take notice of. Motorola has had something of a reduced presence in recent times outside of North America, with the last new UK release being the RAZR i about a year before. With the Moto G, it was back with a...
These images show how the world of a century ago depended on steel --
Helena Price, a freelance photographer, was confused with a character from a popular Brazilian soap opera. She has since become an international meme.
Skywatchers have a lot to look up for in February 2014. Weather permitting, diligent observers should be able to spot a plethora of planets, comets and stars in the night sky this month.
linjaaho writes "Yesterday, the admin list of Finnish language Wikipedia received a request for comment from the National Police Board of Finland. The Police Board claims that the fundraising message... appearing on the top of the Wikipedia pages is illegal fundraising and is punishable by criminal law. The Police Board asks how much money have they raised and ask for justification for the campaign. This is not the first time the Police Board has attacked fundraising; in 2012, a crowdfunded textbook Kickstarter project was delayed by a similar request for comment."
The Mobile World Congress is approaching fast and MWC 2014 is sure to deliver some surprises. We take a look at the hottest rumors and stir up our expectations in time for Barcelona's mobile tech... extravaganza. The post MWC 2014 is coming: What to expect from the biggest mobile show of the year appeared first on Digital Trends.
Keeping your commute functioning in winter often means keeping the tracks unfrozen. That's why when temperatures dropped to well below freezing last week, the Long Island Rail Road needed to do... something to keep all the moving parts working. And this crazy-looking fire mechanism is how they did it.
A stylus can be a useful replacement for your finger when using an iDevice, but they're largely far from prefect. With about a week to go on Kickstarter, the Zen precision stylus aims to solve many of... the issues by including unique features like shock absorption and a 3-in-1 design that lets you carry less in your pockets.
[From AppleTell] The Zen precision stylus for touchscreen devices includes unique features like shock absorption and a 3-in-1 design that lets you carry less in your pockets.
Internet-savvy Tea Party activists have shoved the once small-government fringes of the Republican party into the spotlight, with Libertarian-leaning Sen. Rand Paul a leading figure. At the State of... the Net Conference, I spoke with this new leader in the Republican party, asking about what life would be like for innovators if he and his small-government brethren continue their rise to power. I kept it deliberately philosophical to understand how Paul will view issues in the future. Here are a few take-aways. Science Funding, If You Can Find It “The real explosion of the Internet was the lack of control,” argues Paul, in response to my question about if the Internet’s origins in military labs proves that government is essential to American innovation. Paul maintains that we...
Welcome to The Verge: Weekender edition. Every Saturday, we'll bring you some of the best and most important reads of the past seven days, from original reports, to in-depth features, to reviews and... interviews. Think of it as a collection of some of our favorite pieces that you may have missed — or that you may just want to read again. You can follow along below, or keep up to date on Flipboard.
Body language is important in an interview, but it's hard to remember to be animated in a video chat interview. The Daily Muse spoke to experts about the do's and don'ts of a Skype interview and an... important lesson was to be expressive without being too animated.
Remember Hal Lasko, the 98-year-old semi-blind artist who makes beautiful prints using Windows 95-era Microsoft Paint ? He was in Microsoft's gorgeously sentimental commercial that aired during last... Sunday's Super Bowl, as Mashable points out. Which is great, because we love the guy and his gorgeous work.
Welcome to Feedback Loop, a weekly roundup of the most interesting discussions happening within the Engadget community. There's so much technology to talk about and so little time to enjoy it, but you... have a lot of great ideas and opinions that need...
LONDON -- Exotic particles never before detected and possibly teensy extra dimensions may be awaiting discovery, says a physicist, adding that those searching for such newbies should keep an open mind... and consider all possibilities. Such particles are thought to fill gaps in, and extend, the reigning theory of particle physics, the Standard Model, said David Charlton of the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, who is also a spokesperson of the ATLAS experiment at the world's biggest particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), and one of the experiments that pinpointed the Higgs boson particle thought to explain why other particles have mass. Charlton addressed an audience of researchers last month at a talk titled "Before, behind and beyond the discovery of the Higgs...
The latest update to Plants vs. Zombies 2 features the return of Zomboss, and it's up to players to mow him down in an epic boss battle. Zomboss will be released weekly in three of the most popular... worlds: Egypt, Pirate, and Wild West. Additionally, the newest power-up, Snowball, freezes all enemies on the screen giving players an icy edge in the neverending war between plants and zombies.
[From AppleTell] The latest update to Plants vs. Zombies 2 features the return of Zomboss, and it's up to players to mow him down in an epic boss battle.
Footprints pressed into the mud of modern-day England more than 800,000 years ago might represent the oldest known human tracks ever found in Europe, archaeologists say.
Vine is a year old. Follow the link to see the Vine greatest hits (funny as hell) or look at the post to see my favorite.∞ Read this on The Loop
cartechboy writes "We've all been there. You're relying on your vehicle's built-in navigation system to get to that meeting downtown, but then suddenly the car loses the satellite signal due to the... concrete skyscraper canyon you're in--and you're about to be late. Swiss semiconductor manufacturer U-Blox thinks it has the solution with 3D Automotive Dead Reckoning, or 3D ADR for short. It's a new navigation chip that uses the vehicle's built-in sensors to track speed, horizontal movement, and elevation. The 3D ADR system measures movement in three dimensions, letting the navigation system can keep track of the vehicle's location even when it loses its connection to GPS satellites. Imagine never having to see your navigation screen saying connection lost again. In an age where our phones...
Team USA bobsledder Johnny Quinn got trapped in his Sochi bathroom while taking a shower when his door jammed and wouldn't open. Luckily, the former NFL football player turned slider had more than... enough muscle to breach what looks like a rather flimsy door.
Now this is how you handle one of those "Sochi problems." The catch-all term has been used this week primarily to reference the dilapidated, unfinished hotel accommodations journalists found upon... arriving in the Winter Olympics' host city this week, becoming the games' dominant story of the past few days. The problems had been mostly experienced by reporters, however, with no athlete-accommodation horror stories making ripples That is, until Team USA bobsledder Johnny Quinn stepped out of the shower late Friday night, found himself locked in a tiny bathroom and took matters into his own hands
Dragonfly mating involves violent battles, flashy courtship dances and heart-shaped coitus.
I love the Olympics∞ Read this on The Loop
Amazon made a big splash in the tech world when it announced plans to use drones for insanely fast delivery. While we're many years from Prime Air becoming a reality, there are still plenty of cool... features available today for members of Amazon Prime Most people in the program sign up for the free two-day shipping, which can pay for itself depending on how much you shop. It can also be a great multimedia source, thanks to a large free streaming video library and a Kindle e-book lending library. See also: Amazon Drone Delivery: Why It's Not Crazy But there's more to be had than these three features. Below, check out some of the extra perks that Prime has for you
Advances in tech designed to shave a millisecond or two off a competitor's time.∞ Read this on The Loop
I reckon it's time to check in on one of my bolder predictions. Some 18 months ago, I wrote "In Five Years, Most Africans Will Have Smartphones." Let's get this out of the way: most of the smart money... thinks I'm wrong by at least three years. Worldwide, according to Gartner, smartphone sales exceeded feature phone sales in 2013, for the first time -- but Africa remains a different story.
If I started telling you about a new all-wheel-drive, turbodiesel-powered off-roader, you'd probably think I was talking about a 4x4 truck or SUV, right? Wrong. Check out the RNT, a concept from... Indian motorcycle company Hero that could be the only back-country survival tool a motorcycle adventurer would ever need.
It was a story too good to check. Olympics-bound NBC News reporter Richard Engel gets off the plane in Sochi and steps into a fog of malware, Wi-Fi honeypots and sinister auto-downloads. Within... minutes, his phone is compromised. Rushing to turn off his Wi-Fi and freeze his banking apps, he barely escapes with his checking account intact. To an innocent viewer, the message is clear enough: the Russian internet is no place for the weak.
Bill introduced by SF district attorney, opposed by industry trade association.∞ Read this on The Loop
While men are quicker to change employers today than they were 30 years ago, women stick with their jobs for significantly longer than they used to.
Google knows that not everything in Field Trip will reach the high watermark of creepy areas around New York, but it hopes that the app's latest update will make cool spots easier to find wherever you... are. The search giant's Niantic Labs has added a...
An unknown mega-society of chimpanzees has been discovered living in a 50,000sqkm forest in northern Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes "Fox News reports that Republican lawmakers in the House are pushing legislation that would prohibit the EPA from proposing new regulations based on science that is not... transparent or not reproducible. The bill introduced by Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., would bar the agency from proposing or finalizing rules without first disclosing all "scientific and technical information" relied on to support its proposed action. "Public policy should come from public data, not based on the whims of far-left environmental groups," says Schweikert. "For far too long, the EPA has approved regulations that have placed a crippling financial burden on economic growth in this country with no public evidence to justify their actions." The bill, dubbed the Secret Science Reform...
Flappy Bird strategy guide: top 5 ways to score higher and stay saner at Flappy Bird, the game everyone loves to hate ... or hates to love! Flappy Bird is the hottest game on the Play Store — at... least for the moment — and topmost on every gamer's mind is how to get a higher score than their friends without smashing their phone to pieces in the process. Flapp Bird is a fantastically terrible game, its design is derivative, its mechanics maddening, and its popularity no doubt the result of incredible rage-of-mouth marketing. Yet despite all of that (or maybe because of it), we can't. Stop. Playing. So how can you get better at Flappy Bird faster? For some games it's simply a matter of finding the right tips, hints, and cheats. Flappy Bird, however, is so simple, that there are few to no...
The embedded video is pretty thrilling.
Does the background on your Samsung Galaxy S4 need sprucing up? Here's how to change wallpapers. If you’re trying to get a new look for your Samsung Galaxy S4, we can help you change out the... wallpaper really easily. Not only can you set a wallpaper for the home screen, but you can set a different (or the same one) for your lock screen as well. Press and hold your finger on a clear area of the home screen for a moment. Tap Set wallpaper on the pop-up window that appears Tap Home screen, Lock screen, or Home and lock screen as desired Tap your wallpaper source. Gallery will let you look through your entire library of images, including camera, saved pictures, and screenshots. Live wallpapers are animated and interactive. Wallpapers will present the preloaded wallpaper options. When picking...
Disappearing picture service Snapchat has a new security headache to worry about: independent security researchers from Spain have reported a loophole that can lead to a denial-of-service attack. The... post New Snapchat hack could crash your phone appeared first on Digital Trends.
Indian travel booking site, MakeMyTrip, has acquired EasyToBook, an Amsterdam-based hotel booking portal, for around $5 million. With this acquisition, MakeMyTrip is hoping to increase its proportion... of revenue earned through online hotel bookings, and also target inbound customers traveling to Asia. “With the ETB acquisition, we are expanding our presence beyond South East Asia,” MakeMyTrip founder Deep Kalra told me. “One of our key company objectives is to continue growing the share of the hotels and packages business in our overall revenue mix,” he added. MakeMyTrip is among the early online businesses in India. It became the poster child for the country’s growing Internet population after raising $70 million in a Nasdaq public offering in August 2010. Since then, MakeMyTrip...
This week, Cult of Mac Magazine is all about the Olympics. Whether you’re a cord cutter or just like to slack off at work, our ever-resourceful reviews editor Charlie Sorrel has compiled all the... tips you need to watch without…
“What if?” can be a dangerous question, especially when it comes to fanfiction Fanfic is a type of story in which aficionados of a fictional world write alternate endings and storylines. People... who loved the Harry Potter series or Doctor Who, for example, take to the Internet to pen their own versions of what should happen — but sometimes, they go a bit too far See also: Amazon's Latest Venture: Fan Fiction In the fanfic world, the term “shipping” applies to relationships between characters that fans would like to see happen. For example, some Harry Potter fans might prefer a storyline in which Hermione ends up with Harry instead of Ron. If they're feeling daring, some writers will ship characters who don't even belong in the same universe, such as Khan from Star Trek and Loki...
Made of a highly durable TPU material that feels great when gripped, the Mobi Products Soft Shell Case features anti-slip properties that gives your Samsung Galaxy S4 more grip on all types of... surfaces. Plus, it has a special anti-dust coating and cut-outs for all features. The Mobi Products Soft Shell Case is available for just $4.95, 67% off today only. Take your pick from blue, purple, pink, green or white! Canada Deal of the Day: Mobi Products Braided Horizontal Pouch (Black/Gray) Save 20% on all other Android accessories during our Valentine's Sweet Deal promotion by using coupon code: sweet20
Hot flashes, depression, and most of all, anxiety, affect the thinking skills of midlife women with HIV, so screening for and treating their anxiety may be especially important in helping them... function, according to a study just published. The reproductive stage, whether it was premenopause, perimenopause or postmenopause, did not seem to be related to these women's thinking skills.
The first clinical trial of a drug intended to delay the onset of symptoms of Huntington disease reveals that high-dose treatment with the nutritional supplement creatine was safe and well tolerated... by most participants. In addition, neuroimaging showed a treatment-associated slowing of regional brain atrophy, evidence that creatine might slow the progression of presymptomatic disease.
Medics have spoken about their role treating the injured following the typhoon that hit the Philippines in what they believe was the UK's first joint civilian and military humanitarian response... effort. The model, which saw part of the team board HMS Daring, helped treat hundreds of people cut off on remote islands by the typhoon which struck last November.
Laparoscopic diaphragm mapping - an electronic reading of the diaphragm nerves - is safe and can be performed in multiple centers with success, a new study shows. Early diaphragm mapping can quickly... determine if a phrenic nerve injury is complete, allowing for early ventilator planning and prevention of weaning trials for patients with spinal cord injuries.
The good news: More people survive stroke now than 10 years ago due to improved treatment and prevention. The bad news: Women who survive stroke have a worse quality of life than men, according to a... study published.
In a new study, results show that African-Americans were 39 times more likely to die of a stroke if they were exposed to an infection.
NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland and Goddard Center Director Chris Scolese congratulated the Goddard team recently for progress in development of the James Webb... Space Telescope....
Walmart's sale runs through March 7, and the company will also give you at least $100 for any iPad you trade in. Target's deal, starting tomorrow, is good for the next week.
Canning Windows Phone and using Android would be a huge mistake.
Canning Windows Phone and using Android would be a huge mistake.
As a geek, I have a part of my brain that lusts after cool toys. Sure, I've wanted a full-sized Robot replica from "Lost in Space" but at 25 grand it was a bit dear, and the glowy Moon credenza was so... expensive the price wasn't even listed. But now we have something both totally cool and relatively affordable: a full globe of the planet Mercury, using images from the amazing MESSENGER space probe! It's made by Replogle, renowned for their globes, and sold by my friends at Sky and Telescope magazine. I have one of their topographic moon globes and it's really nice; the attention to detail is excellent and it's very sturdy. It sits on my desk and I always get comments on it from visitors. So I imagine this Mercury globe is of similar top-notch quality. Up until very recently we didn't even...
Cheap energy from sunlight could displace kerosene in African villages --
Through some rough calculations and component comparisons, TechPolicyDaily's Bret Swanson works out how expensive a theoretical smartphone would have been back at the start of the 1990s. The post An... iPhone would have set you back $3.56 million in 1991 appeared first on Digital Trends.
Half a dozen iconic images from popular films, television shows, art, and music have been captured in a video that's less than a minute long. The 50-second spot was created by advertising company Grey... to promote the culture section in the UK's Sunday Times, and manages to pull together six moments from these different mediums in one, uninterrupted take. The end result includes recent fixtures like Mad Men, to Forrest Gump, Reservoir Dogs, and Daft Punk. That's joined by a silhouette shot of Rodin's The Thinker, as well as a closeup of Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam.
In another hectic week for the virtual currency, the Central Bank of Russia has decided to prohibit the use of Bitcoin in the country due to its links to criminal activity and volatile value. The post... Russia bans Bitcoin, labels it a “money substitute” appeared first on Digital Trends.
All you need to stay connected to the 2014 Winter Olympics is a Facebook page. The social networking site is helping fans tap in to this year's games in Sochi through a variety of different pages and... tools. If you want to stay updated on your favorite athletes, check out their official individual Facebook pages. Want to celebrate the games from your hometown? Search for Olympics-themed happenings with the social network's Events tool See also: 20 Twitter Accounts to Follow For the 2014 Winter Olympics Here are four easy ways to stay in touch with all things Olympics — let the games begin.
The term "Google bus" has come to symbolize very real tensions between tech companies and the communities they call home. Here's a look below the surface.
Rdio may be small, but new Chief Executive Anthony Bay tells CNET he's already planning for when it's big in his first interview since taking over as head of the streaming music service.
(Phys.org) --A design trio called The Workers have won the IK Prize for their idea on how to apply digital innovation to enhance people's enjoyment of art. They have thought up a project to allow... remotely controlled robots to roam the Tate Britain after hours, enabling people worldwide connect to the website and take a self-guided tour. Called After Dark, their robot-aided tour project is for anyone who wants to experience the Tate Britain in this manner and it signifies unique access to great works of art. This is the first year for the IK Prize, an award to celebrate creative talent in the digital industry. The winner is provided with funds that also cover a production budget. Jimmy Wales, a IK Prize juror and founder of Wikipedia, announced the prize winner on Thursday. The robots are...
When you race down an icy track on your back at upwards of 80 miles an hour, even the slightest design tweaks and training tips can make the difference between victory and catastrophe. The post To... shave fractions of a second, lugers turn to GoPros and computer design appeared first on Digital Trends.
As a photographer it can be hard to track your progress. If you are starting out in photography, or branching into new styles, you take a lot of photos and do a lot of projects. The post Useful... Photography Tip #90: Create a Photography Journal appeared first on The Phoblographer.
Hit game pulled, despite No. 1 status: what happened?
Nasa's Curiosity rover has taken a photograph of Earth from the surface of Mars, showing what our planet looks like from 100 million miles away.
Is the Karbonn Titanium X the best full HD economy smartphone available in the market?
This commentard needs your input Readers' corner We return from our regular trawl of El Reg Forums with this nugget from Bronek Kozicki, who is rebuilding his home PC "for serious use". He wants your... advice on which combo of Linux distro and virtual machine would work best....
[From GamerTell] Flappy Bird was clearly compelling enough to get tons of downloads in its original form, but its new-found stardom has prompted the developer to release an update for the iOS version... that makes everything look and feel a little better.
The world could be going gung-ho over the extraordinary story of a mediocre student's journey---from a public school in Hyderabad to the Microsoft headquarters, but Satya Nadella's father Bukkapuram... Nadella Yugandhar does not seem to understand just what this hoopla is about.
The world could be going gung-ho over the extraordinary story of a mediocre student's journey---from a public school in Hyderabad to the Microsoft headquarters, but Satya Nadella's father Bukkapuram... Nadella Yugandhar does not seem to understand just what this hoopla is about.
A new security bug has been reportedly discovered in photo-sharing app, Snapchat, which causes smartphones to crash.
You no longer have to grab one of Firefox's ever-changing nightly builds to try the browser's new Australis interface ahead of its official launch. Mozilla has just released a new Aurora version that... includes Australis' simpler, more customizable...
A legislation unveiled in the state of California would require smartphones and other mobile devices to have a "kill switch".
It's the week of everything. Like a lucky dip of tech. As February rolls on the headline-grabbing product this week is the launch of the Sony PS Vita Slim, available right now. Perfect for enhancing... the PlayStation 4 experience, but stronger than its...
Yahoo has reportedly announced that it has no plans to update its Flickr app for Windows Phone.
Nokia has reportedly uploaded a mysterious Windows Phone teaser on its US YouTube account.
A new research has dispelled the finding of a widely publicized Princeton study that stated that Facebook would lose 20% of its users between 2015 and 2017.
A new research has dispelled the finding of a widely publicized Princeton study that stated that Facebook would lose 20% of its users between 2015 and 2017.
Taiwan's MediaTek Inc is barreling into the US market with a new major global branding campaign.
Taiwan's MediaTek Inc is barreling into the US market with a new major global branding campaign.
jfruh writes "When the German domain registrar Key-Systems registered and maintained the domain h33t.com, should it have been obvious that their customer would use the site for unauthorized... distribution of Robin Thicke albums? A regional German court says that they should've known, and once they had been notified they should have taken steps to prevent it from happening. Obviously domain registrars are worried that this will upend their entire business model."
LinkedIn has reportedly shut down its Intro mail service, four months after its roll out.
Researchers at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid are currently developing a new form of biometric authentication based on personal body odor. The Group of Biometrics, Biosignals and Security... (GB2S), with help from the Spanish engineering consulting firm Ilía Systems Ltd, hopes that its work can used as a novel form of citizen security while also being used in the realm of disease detection.
An unbelievable ice cave, our electric Earth and the Olympic Games in Sochi from space - a few of our amazing picks from this week.
AOL CEO Tim Armstrong said changes to the company's 401(k) retirement plan were made in the wake of President Obama's healthcare law.
A new research paper from the labs of University of Notre Dame researchers Holly Goodson and Mark Alber helps resolve an ongoing debate about the assembly of a subcellular network that plays a... critical role in cell function and disease.Goodson and her former postdoctoral fellow Kamlesh Gupta (now a senior scientist at W. M. Keck Center for Transgene Research) from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry teamed up with Alber's group from the Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics, to study the dynamical behavior of subcellular fibers called microtubules.
A study led by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital offers a new avenue for scientists to pursue in the quest for desperately needed treatments for ALSSt. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists... led a study showing that mutations in a gene responsible for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) disrupt the RNA transport system in nerve cells. The findings appear in the current issue of the scientific journal Neuron and offer a new focus for efforts to develop effective treatments.
The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) has issued "Guidelines for safety in the gastrointestinal endoscopy unit." The purpose of this new guideline is to present recommendations... for endoscopy units in implementing and prioritizing safety efforts and to provide an endoscopy-specific guideline by which to evaluate endoscopy units. The guideline is published on the website of GIE: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal of ASGE.
Researchers in the UK have found that inflammation in the brain following an infection can adversely affect how spatial memories are formed. This new study, which is published in the journal... Biological Psychiatry, builds on existing research linking infections to decreased cognitive function.Study leader Dr. Neil Harrison, from the Brighton and Sussex Medical School, says: "We have known for some time that severe infections can lead to long-term cognitive impairment in the elderly.
Our cells produce thousands of proteins, but more than one-third of these proteins can fulfill their function only after migrating to the outside of the cell. While it is known that protein migration... occurs with the help of various 'nanomotors' that push proteins out of the cell, little is known about their precise mechanical functioning. New research by Anastassios Economou (Laboratory of Molecular Bacteriology - Rega Institute) and his team reveals the inner workings of one such nanomotor, called SecA, with new clarity.
The rise of tuberculosis (TB) in Zimbabwe during the socio-economic crisis of 2008-9 has been linked to widespread food shortage, according to a new study led by Canadian researchers from the... University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health published in PLOS ONE.
We tend to be creatures of habit. In fact, the human brain has a learning system that is devoted to guiding us through routine, or habitual, behaviors. At the same time, the brain has a separate... goal-directed system for the actions we undertake only after careful consideration of the consequences. We switch between the two systems as needed. But how does the brain know which system to give control to at any given moment? Enter The Arbitrator.
Monkeys that ate a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids had brains with highly connected and well organized neural networks - in some ways akin to the neural networks in healthy humans - while monkeys... that ate a diet deficient in the fatty acids had much more limited brain networking, according to an Oregon Health & Science University study.The study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, provides further evidence for the importance of omega-3 fatty acids in healthy brain development.
In his 2014 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama referred to an August 2013 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study that showed a decline in the obesity rate among low-income... pre-school children, saying, "Michelle's Let's Move! partnership with schools, businesses and local leaders has helped bring down childhood obesity rates for the first time in 30 years, and that's an achievement that will improve lives and reduce health care costs for decades to come.
February articles outline best practices and holes in adoption and useYou can successfully integrate technology into patient care, but it isn't easy. Just ask Kaiser Permanente Northern California... (KPNC) and its 3.4 million members. Robert M.
Quality leaders outline action plan for national oversight, collaboration and patient-centered approachesHow best to implement key recommendations recently identified by the Institute of Medicine... (IOM) for the delivery of high-quality cancer care is the focus of two peer-reviewed articles from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Do you ever have days when the simplest task can feel physically challenging? It could be down to your social and personal sense of power. New research suggests that people who feel personally and... socially powerless see the world in a different light and perceive tasks to be more physically demanding, compared with individuals who have a strong sense of power.This is according to a study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology.
Previous research has shown that moderate exercise can help turn energy-storing white fat into brown fat - the "good" fat that burns energy and helps keep us warm. But new research published in Cell... Metabolism suggests that shivering for 10-15 minutes can do the same job.According to the research team, led by Dr. Paul Lee of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney, Australia, the findings indicate that brown fat could be a therapeutic target against obesity and diabetes.
Scientists have for the first time identified a way in which different parts of the brain don't talk to each other very well in many people with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
Can the coal industry blame its fading status on the federal government?
Apple CEO Tim Cook believes that it is hard to do hardware, software and services and link them together.
Evidence of our forebears found in modern-day Miami and Britain highlight the list.
Only treating the symptoms of a problem may mask the real issue at hand.
Buy low, sell high. That's the investor's credo, and one Apple Inc appears to have followed when it pounced on a drop in its own stock price to buy $14 billion of its shares in two weeks.
Selfies taken on most major smartphones are almost uniformly of poor quality.
Selfies taken on most major smartphones are almost uniformly of poor quality.
A Proxy advisory firm has advised shareholders to reject activist investor Icahn's demand that Apple expand its stock buyback programme.
The Justice Department says it has closed an investigation of Samsung Electronics Co.
The Justice Department says it has closed an investigation of Samsung Electronics Co.
Why would Shell abandon massive amounts of Arctic oil?
[From In-Car Tech] I just returned from seeing my first Nissan NV200 Taxi in the sheet metal. Color me as impressed as the NV200 Taxi is yellow.
The PlayStation. The Walkman. The Trinitron. The transistor radio. All icons in Sony’s storied history from an era when the Japanese giants still roamed the earth. The Sony of today is not like the... Sony of yesterday. For every memorable blockbuster, there’s an infamous flub: The late embrace of MP3, losing its hold on the digital imaging market and of course, failing to attract adoption to Betamax, UMD, MemoryStick, and endless other formats and systems. The Sony of today is a bloated industrial machine barely holding together. It’s worn out and slowed to a crawl. The once innovative company now follows instead of leads. It’s playing catch-up instead of breaking new ground. But things are changing. The Sony of tomorrow is looking leaner than ever. It doesn’t look like the Sony of...
Sales of Apple’s iconic music player have fallen by more than half over the past year.
Eat a chocolate a day, but check the label first.
NASA's Curiosity mega rover has successfully crossed over the 'Dingo Gap' sand dune- opening the gateway to the science rich targets in the Martian valley and mountain beyond. "I’m over the moon... that I’m over the dune! I successfully crossed the “Dingo Gap” sand dune on Mars," Curiosity tweeted overnight Thursday. Curiosity drove westward over […]
krakman writes with this excerpt from Bloomberg News: "Bitcoin plunged more than 8 percent [Friday] after a Tokyo-based exchange halted withdrawals of the digital currency, citing technical... malfunction. Mt. Gox, claimed in a blog post it needed to 'temporarily pause on all withdrawal requests to obtain a clear technical view of the currency processes.' It promised an 'update' — not a reopening — on Monday, Feb. 10, Japan time. This is day after Russia's Prosecutor General concluded Bitcoin and other digital currencies are illegal under current law."
HTC and Nokia are peacefully settling their patent dispute amid reports that the two companies are planning to collaborate for future projects.The leading tech companies have said that they would... settle their legal differences, with Nokia agreeing ...
The United States issued a fresh travel alert for Americans attending the Sochi Winter Olympics, citing cybersecurity threats.
THE NSA reportedly collects less than 30 per cent of calling data from Americans despite its massive efforts to sweep up US phone records.
The unusual marriage of hardware pairs an Android tablet and a Windows 8 laptop.
Music service makes you a video DJ
The Grand Leather Bean Bag Chair from Restoration Hardware is a hybrid that combines elements of bean bags as well as traditional leather arm chairs. The floppy and shapeless look and feel of the... plump bean bag is hidden within...
Damian Sanders, one of the true pioneers of professional snowboarding, will soon release his revolutionary fitness product on Kickstarter, the XBAR. The XBAR is a cutting-edge and dynamic exercise... device that allows the user to perform over 100 different exercises...
The DirectDeck Griffin GC22062 is a cassette adapter and mic cable that allows you to make and receive hands-free calls on your smartphone through your vehicle's stereo cassette deck. All you have to... do is pop the cassette adapter into...
The Dinosaur Tissue Holder is one of several such animal-themed tissue holders from Sparkly Pony. It's not a sleek machine-made product, but does have a certain homey charm. It's like your kid's... school project, and quite funny and brilliant too....
Curling is easily one of the most misunderstood and confusing sports in the Winter Olympics, and consequently the butt of many jokes. Although the sport may not have the cache of the luge or ski jump,... that doesn't make the competition any less intense, and this GoPro video shows the elegant sport of curling like we've never seen it before. Who knew sliding stones across an ice rink could be so epic? See also: Curling is Sexier Than You Think. These Calendars Are Proof If you're at all confused about the ins and outs of curling, Mashable has created an infographic describing the game, and Andy Richter from Conan joined The Orange County Curling Club for an in-depth look at the sport.
The US military is spending millions to build "vanishing" technology that self-destructs on the battlefield, like the tape recorder that goes up in smoke in the "Mission: Impossible" television show.
To be fair, if you put together every second of any movie in one image, that image would almost always look like the skin and scales of dinosaurs but I swear my mind is making me believe it even more... for Jurassic Park. It also kind of looks like a Magic Eye picture and I half expect T-Rex to pop out and chase after me.
Tech enthusiasts who used to see Apple as a kindred spirit are voicing their frustration over its policies.
Tech enthusiasts who used to see Apple as a kindred spirit are voicing their frustration over its policies.
The Internet entrepreneur accused of being the mastermind behind an online marketplace for illegal drug sales called the Silk Road was scheduled Friday to go on trial in November.
The Homeland Security Department is back to flying drones along the country's borders more than a week after one crashed into the Pacific Ocean.
The National Security Agency collects less than 30% of all US phone calls, much less than previously thought, according to media reports.
Scientists who study Earth, the sun and stars have long used high-altitude scientific balloons to carry their telescopes far into the stratosphere for a better view of their targets. Not so much for... planetary scientists. That's because they needed a highly stable, off-the-shelf-type system that could accurately point their instruments and then track planetary targets as they moved in the solar system.
(Nanyang Technological University) Nanyang Technological University will be showcasing its latest R&D expertise in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle technology at the Singapore Airshow, one of the most... important aerospace and defence exhibitions in the world, held from 11 to 16 February.
Oh wow, this is wonderfully psychedelic. Oslo based illustration agency, byHands, shows off its wide variety of illustrative styles in this excellently eclectic, experimental animation. I only wish... there were more of it.
What happens in museums when all the visitors leave and the lights turn off is no longer just a series of Ben Stiller movies, it's now an interactive art project of its own. Later this year, Tate... Britain — in London — will employ a small battalion of robots that live stream what they see to remote users on the internet who can actually take control and steer them around to particular pieces. Each unit is equipped with a flashlight, casting a type of light on the works that gallery visitors wouldn't typically see unless they were a real-life character in a Dan Brown novel.
The companies will also explore future technology collaboration opportunities, HTC said.
The Winter Olympics are so chock full of gorgeous images that, starting Friday, we're making a series out of it Our first Photo of the Day captures fireworks at the opening ceremony in Sochi from... afar. Photographer Streeter Lecka took this shot of fireworks lighting up the Russian night sky from the hills overlooking the Olympic Park See also: 34 Thrilling Photos From the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony The opening ceremony kicked off at 8 p.m. Sochi time (11 a.m. ET) Friday. Eighty-eight national delegations marched in front of thousands. The U.S. Olympians wore Ralph Lauren-designed outfits. And Jamaica's six-man bobsled team was one of the smallest delegations, but appeared very happy to be in attendance
A U.S. judge has denied Samsung's request for a retrial in a patent dispute with Apple, but she also chastised Apple's lawyers for making the Korean firm's "foreignness" an issue in closing remarks to... the jury. The order from Judge Lucy Koh late Friday means a damages award against Samsung of $290 million still stands. But she clearly took issue with the way Apple summed up its case to the jury, saying it suggested an "American-versus-non-American theme." The case at the District Court in San Jose, California, is the one in which Apple was initially awarded just over a billion dollars in damages in August 2012. Koh struck down $410 million of the award, partly because the jury hadn't calculated it properly, and ordered a new trial to determine the correct damages.
Although they have already appeared online, Samsung made the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 mini Black Editions official in a press release sent out on Friday. The launch of the flagship Galaxy S5 is just... weeks away, but there’s still no indication from Samsung that the torrent of Galaxy S4 models will taper off any time soon. The Galaxy S4 Black Edition is virtually identical to previous releases: 1.9 GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 5-inch 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 13-megapixel rear camera and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The Galaxy S4 mini Black Edition will feature the same specs as former models as well: 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display, 1.7 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 8-megapixel rear camera and Android
[From AppleTell] The latest Humble Weekly Sale features a psychically gifted kid, the smallest doll in the world, and more. There are details. Want to see them?
It's all about Double Fine in this week's Humble Weekly Sale. Featured are a psychically gifted kid at a boot camp, trick-or-treating kids, and the smallest doll in the world. Pay more than the... average (currently $6.00), and you'll get some Jack Black. Pay about $10 more and you'll experience explosive decompression and unbearable loneliness!
The opening ceremony for the 2014 Winter Olympics were a dazzling sight to behold. With fireworks, beautiful choreography and an appearance of some strange furry characters on the ice, it was an... overall success for Sochi. But Russian President Vladimir Putin probably would have done things a little differently, if he'd had the chance. After all, he is the manliest man on the Internet, what with all the shirtless horseback riding and the shirtless fly fishing and the taming of angry leopard cubs See also: 10 Eerie Similarities Between Disney Movies and the Opening Ceremony Twitter users all over are buzzing about what Putin's opening ceremony would have looked like, had we all just manned up and given him his druthers
Daniel_Stuckey writes "Ross Ulbricht, the alleged administrator behind the illegal online drug marketplace the Silk Road, will get his day in court on November 3rd, according to a blueprint laid out... today in New York's Southern District Court by Judge Katherine Forrest. Ulbrict, alleged by the government to be Silk Road founder Dread Pirate Roberts, is facing four charges (PDF via Wired) related to narcotics conspiracy, running a criminal enterprise, conspiracy to commit computer hacking, and money laundering (other charges have been brought against him regarding murder for hire in Maryland). Appearing today in court—clean-shaven, in a navy blue prison uniform—he pleaded "not guilty" to all charges. Next week, on February 13th, Josh Dratel, Ulbricht's defense attorney, will be handing...
In some weird alignment of the moons, New York Fashion Week and the Winter Olympics opening ceremony fell in the same week. So you'd expect that the Olympic athletes — in reverence of Anna Wintour... — would arrive in Sochi dressed like something out of Vogue. Not so much See also: All the Weirdest Moments From the Sochi Olympic Opening Ceremony Instead, the athletes swapped peplums and tailored pantsuits for rainbow-colored puffy coats (thanks, Germany) and patriotic Christmas sweaters (here's to you, Team USA) At least everyone looked warm — well, except for those guys from Bermuda in shorts.
New York may be known for awe-inspiring buildings such as the Chrysler and the Empire State Building — but they've got nothing on a new set of towers that’s set to spring up this summer. The... complex, known as Hy-Fi, will be built primarily from organic material — a combination of chopped-up corn husks and fungi (specifically mycelium, the vegetative part of fungus) mixed together in brick-like molds See also: The Answer to Affordable Housing Could Lie Within a 3D Printer The resulting organic bricks will be used to create three towers. At the top, a smaller set of bricks will be coated in a reflective film will increase the amount of sunlight the fungi receive — thereby expediting the building process.
It still looks like magic. To be honest, I haven't ruled out magic as a reasonable explanation for this yet yet. The MIT morphing table that lets you create a virtual version of you has some new... tricks up its sleeves and they're just as impressively mesmerizing as the first time we saw it. Watch it control the red ball and inception a false reality on it.
The New York Times has published a lengthy response written by filmmaker Woody Allen to abuse allegations levied against him by his daughter, Dylan Farrow, in the same paper a week earlier. It is... something of an unusual move for the NYT, whose editorial page editor, Andrew Rosenthal, said in a Feb. 5 article that the paper might publish Allen's answer to the accusations. “Normally, we don’t publish a direct response," he told the Times' Margaret Sullivan, but “in this case, it was so personal, we thought that we should.” See also: Dylan Farrow Speaks Out on Woody Allen Sexual Abuse Allegations
Mobile game soared to top of charts on iTunes, Google Play.
It's no secret that Google wants to bring its very popular Chromecast dongle to international markets this year, and it appears that buyers in the U.K. may be the first to officially purchase the... device. The Chromecast will apparently launch in the country "within weeks," according to The Next Web. Local electronics retailer Currys expects to start selling the dongle on March 1st, although Google apparently told the publication the date is "provisional" for now. Pricing details for the international Chromecast, which sells in the U.S. for just $35, have yet to be unveiled. The device is expected to be similarly affordable in other regions as well. It's not known yet whether the Chromecast will also be launched in other
New 'Zap Zones' still limited to Droid devices, unfortunately Droid Zap, the curiously-named picture and video sharing app announced alongside Motorola's new Droid devices, is opening up to all phones... running Android 4.0 and above today. The app makes it (relatively) simple to share pictures and videos between devices by opening the app and swiping on the screen with two fingers. While the app would actually install on any device before, functionality was limited to just receiving files — you needed to have a Droid to send. The ability to send and receive is now open to every device that it will install on, and the app has also been redesigned to be decidedly less "Droid" looking. The premise is still the same, though — choose or take a photo or video, then swipe up on the screen...
I really enjoyed Tim's interview. What I took from the interview is that Apple still cares about the things it always cared about: Design, building great products, and being the best. I'm glad to see... that hasn't changed. Here are a couple of points I picked out: There will be new categories and we’re working on some great stuff. We’re not ready to talk about it. We’re really working on some really great stuff. I think no one reasonable would say they’re not a new category. That seems like a warning that some analysts might consider the new products as being in an existing product category. If that's the case, I have to think Apple would innovate that existing category similar to what it did with the iPod and iPhone. We’re still spending an enormous amount on really great talent...
Subscription boxes, gadgets and more. Here are some tech-inspired Valentine's Day ideas.
Students talk about the latest ways tech has taken hold on campus.
A lot of products come out each week — we don't highlight all of them, but all of them make it into The Verge Database. In Spec Sheet, a weekly series, we survey the latest product entries to keep... track of the state of the art.
Google has slowly but steadily evolving Google+'s photography-centric features, the latest of which includes two much-anticipated additions: HDR Scape, which brings single-click tone mapping to images... via Google+ on the …
Will Team USA triumph? Will Russia rule the roost? Will Germany grab more gold? Whichever way it happens, you can keep track of the Sochi Winter Olympics with Mashable's interactive medal tally, above... The map tallies the gold, silver, bronze and total medals won by each country. Click on a medal color, or total medals, and you can see how your country stacks up against the others. The map will update every day with a new medal count. See also: The Complete Sochi Winter Olympics Schedule for Week 1 In the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, the United States earned the most medals overall (37), but host Canada walked away with the most gold medals (14). Look for Russia to improve its total medal count these Winter Olympics after its sixth place finish in 2010.
Fuelband SE by Nike Category: Activity tracker Works With: iOS devices Price: $149.95 Until Apple finally comes out with its eagerly anticipated iWatch, Nike — at least in terms of style — is... perhaps the closest thing to Apple in…
Well, well, well. Isn't this good to know? Turns out, you can strain all the ice cream out of cookie dough ice cream and use its dough to bake cookies. Surprise! It's actually cookie dough! It's not... just factory made cookie flavoring made to make you crave ice cream more (even if it still is all that).
Just in case it wasn't already clear that Samsung is prepping a next-generation Windows Phone for Verizon, the company has just passed the device (the SM-W750V) through the FCC. The approval confirms... the presence of Big Red-friendly LTE and CDMA...
Photo-sharing site 500px has launched 'Prime' a licensing service that it is describing as 'the world's most intelligent marketplace' with fees that start at $250. Interestingly, the company is also... claiming that the photographer will get 30% of every fee for a licensed image, no matter 'how it is bought, who buys it, or under what license'. Click through for more details.
Over-the-top streaming services may be making a name for themselves with original content, but HBO is continuing to punch back with its own new set of shows. Recode has the first teaser for the... network's upcoming half-hour comedy Silicon Valley. Coming from Mike Judge — the creator of Office Space and Beavis & Butthead — the show follows a group of would-be entrepreneurs as it skewers the tech world and startup culture. At first glance the show seems to set the stage in all the right ways, but we'll get a better sense of how it compares to his previous work — and other recent shows centered on startups — when it debuts on April 6th.
Interfacing with rovers, laptops and other tech needed to explore the Red Planet, while dealing with the confines of a spacesuit can be difficult. MarsCrew134's crew engineer Sue Ann discuss her... research into the problem.
They were a British family on a day out -- almost a million years ago.
Contractor's systems believed to be point of entry A Maryland refrigeration contractor is has confirmed its connection to the data breach of retail giant Target....
One login to sync it all The Mozilla Foundation has taken a further step into the world of online services with the introduction of Firefox Accounts....
When the over-sized Olympic ring failed to open during the opening ceremony at the Sochi Winter Olympics, the Internet took note. That's right; now you can order your very own "Sochi Problems"... t-shirt, complete with a malfunctioning Olympic ring. See also: 9 Eerie Similarities Between Disney Movies and the Opening Ceremony The hashtag #SochiProblems has been popular on Twitter in the last few days and even sparked its own Twitter handle after visitors to the Russian city were less than thrilled with their accommodations Buy yours before the IOC unleashes their lawyers on the seller. BONUS: 34 Thrilling Photos From the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony
It seems that ahead of CP+ which is taking place next week, Nikon has decided to unveil a host of new cameras. This isn't too surprising given that Nikon's announcements during CP+ will probably be... overshadowed by announcements made by other manufacturers, so this is one way of getting the leg up on the competition. That being said, Nikon, in addition to the Coolpix AW120 rugged camera that we just covered, has announced four additional new Coolpix cameras in the form of the Coolpix P600, Coolpix P530, Coolpix PS9700, and the Coolpix P340. (more…) Follow: Photo-Video, coolpix 530, coolpix p340, coolpix p600, coolpix s9700, nikon, Nikon Unveils Coolpix P600, Coolpix S9700, Coolpix P530, Coolpix P340 original content from Ubergizmo.
With the comic book industry proving that films based on unreal properties can be wildly successful, Hollywood has turned its eye to video game properties. Here's a look at the films based on video... games, and how likely it is they make it to film. The post A look at all the video games Hollywood hopes to adapt (and hopefully won’t screw up) appeared first on Digital Trends.
Target: Hip young Asian 'trend setters' - the marketers' target, not the Flying Companion's Visitors to the Delhi Auto Expo motor show are getting the first look at a new concept car from Renault, the... Kwid, which features a controllable quadrocopter drone that flies out of the roof....
So far, you've had to use Snapseed on your phone to add high dynamic range effects to Google+ photos after you've taken them -- not very convenient if you're at your computer. That won't be a problem... after today, though. Google has brought its mobile...
Persistence, it turns out, does pay off. After rejecting it five times, Apple has finally approved an app that tracks every U.S. drone strike and sends a push notification to users every time a flying... robot carries out a deadly mission around the world. Josh Begley, the data artist and developer who made the app, finally got through Apple's careful approval process on Friday, more than a year and a half after the first rejection by the company's App Review Team See also: Mapping the Blind Spots: Developer Unearths Secret U.S. Military Bases It took persistence, but it took also some semantic trickery. Begley got the app approved because he removed the word "drone" from the name of the app and from its description. For the first three attempts, it was called Drones+, then Dronestream for...
Photographers, if you're on the lookout for a new camera that will be able to withstand the rough terrain, then Nikon might have something for you in the form of the Nikon Coolpix AW120, a rugged... camera that Nikon claims is waterproof, shockproof, and freezeproof, making it the ideal camera for you to bring on an outdoors trip. Of course these protective features will only protect to a certain extent, so to dive into specifics, the AW120 is waterproof up to depths of 18m, shockproof from drops as high as 2m, and freezeproof from temperatures as cold as -10C. (more…) Follow: Photo-Video, coolpix aw120, nikon, Nikon Coolpix AW120 Rugged Camera Announced original content from Ubergizmo.
Just last week, Google confirmed that they would be selling off Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for much less than what Google had originally paid for the company. However it seems that Lenovo would not... be keeping everything of Motorola as Google had announced that several of Motorola's assets, such as Project Ara, would be transferred over to Google instead which might explain why the company was not too fussed about selling Motorola to Lenovo at a lower price than what they paid for it back in 2011. That being said, it looks like Google will also be owning a 6% stake in Lenovo to top things off. This is according to a stock exchange filing which revealed that once the deal between Google and Lenovo is complete, Google will be walking away with not only the money that they got from the...
We have been hearing rumors about a Nexus 8 for a while now. In fact it was back in 2013 that we caught wind that the Nexus 8 might be a LG-made device instead of an ASUS-made one, which we weren't... sure if it was either the LG G Pad or the Nexus 8 that some were talking about. That being said, a recent report from the folks at DigiTimes has claimed that if you were looking forward to an 8-inch Nexus tablet, perhaps your wait could soon be over as the tablet has been rumored to launch towards the end of April. The report goes on to claim that the reason behind Google launching an 8-inch tablet is because they felt that competition in the 7-inch category was too stiff, so by launching into the 8-inch category, they would be avoiding some competition. Plus we're assuming the 8-inch form...
Shut it down, YouTube cover singers. Your "Get Lucky" covers are no longer relevant. The Russian Police Choir performed a delightfully offbeat rendition of Daft Punk's hit song before Friday's Winter... Olympics opening ceremony in Sochi. Their goofy performance was filled with awkward choreography, big smiles and impressive harmonies. Your browser does not support iframes. See also: All the Weirdest Moments From the Sochi Olympic Opening Ceremony Friday's performance wasn't the first for the Russian Police Choir. A clip of the group performing the Daft Punk hit has garnered more than 3 million views since hitting the Internet in November 2013.
Here it is. Mike Judge's long-awaited and irreverent take on the tech scene in Silicon Valley -- creatively titled Silicon Valley -- debuts April 6 on HBO. And we've got your first look at the show's... trailer, which debuts on the premium cable channel this weekend.
The eyes of the world were trained on Sochi on Friday morning for the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, as awesome athletes prepared to perform heroic deedsMeanwhile, there was some quiet... heroism back at home in the Heimlich maneuver stakes, from no less a personage than Clint Eastwood. See also: Russian and American Officials Spar Over Olympians' Yogurt Shipment The legendary screen actor was chatting with Steve John, director of the tony Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament, at a party for the event on Wednesday night, according to local outlet The Carmel Pine Cone. Then John began to choke on a piece of cheese, and Eastwood sprung into action
Adding a solid-state drive (SSD) to your computer is simply the best upgrade at your disposal , capable of speeding up your computer in ways you hadn't thought possible. But as with any new... technology, there's plenty to learn. Here's everything you should know about your SSD, whether you're interested in upgrading or just like to know the ins and outs of your hardware.
Starting about two days ago and lasting until about two weeks from now, it's all Olympics all the time. That's all fine and well, but if you're looking for a reprieve, you've come to the right place.... From fungus towers to slinky-like sculptures, here are the most beautiful things we showed you this week.
Here at Mobile Nations we like to think of ourselves as being real tech for real people. And we know that in addition to owning smartphones, real people go on dates, send each other photos, have sex,... and all sorts of other stuff. The smartphone is playing a greater and greater role in all of that, so we wanted to know just how you are using your smartphone to get it on. We're not afraid to ask the prickly questions. Even that leads to us finding out you're into prickly things (to each their own). Now, I know where your brain is going, and we're not suggesting that you engage in sexy times with your smartphone (that's weird and a potential trip to the ER), but we know that plenty of you use your smartphone to facilitate said sexy times. So we've put together this little survey that delves...
Around a year ago, Facebook previewed what it called a “fresh, new look for News Feed,” the cascading column of photos, status updates, links, and ads that greets users when they log in. The... re-imagined News Feed featured a luxurious amount of white space and a minimal amount of clutter, allowing expansive images, videos, and stories to breathe. It also broke the monolithic feed into several streams divided by content—one for photos, one for music, one for friends, and so on. The result was an obviously superior version of Facebook’s most defining feature. ...
First time accepted submitter Rasberry Jello writes "I consider myself someone who 'gets code,' but I'm not a programmer. I enjoy thinking through algorithms and writing basic scripts, but I get... bogged down in more complex code. Maybe I lack patience, but really, why are we still writing text based code? Shouldn't there be a simpler, more robust way to translate an algorithm into something a computer can understand? One that's language agnostic and without all the cryptic jargon? It seems we're still only one layer of abstraction from assembly code. Why have graphical code generators that could seemingly open coding to the masses gone nowhere? At a minimum wouldn't that eliminate time dealing with syntax errors? OK Slashdot, stop my incessant questions and tell me what I'm missing." Of...
There are alternatives to culling animals in cities, so why does the practice continue?
Mozilla gears up for the biggest overhaul to Firefox in more than three years as it prepares Australis for all.
A drastic change in plant life may have been responsible for the sudden demise of the woolly mammoth and other large mammals of the tundra 10,000 years ago, a study suggests.
Receding ocean waves have exposed the oldest human footprints in Europe -- from as far back as 800,000 years ago. Only three other sets of footprints, discovered in Africa, are more ancient.
My personal passion for innovation and tech (Geek Girl alert!) has lead me to try and push financial services firms from a stone-age mentality about technology toward the Jetsons-era approach taken by... most other industries. I have long held that financial services firms tend to see technology spends as merely "expense items" rather than the "revenue generators" that they can be. In other words, they will only invest in new tech when the old stuff is kaput, rather than imagine how making investments in new technologies early might give them an edge over the competition. It's an attitude born out of a financial services culture that privileges rigidity and sticking with the status quo. But that culture has to change. Today, there is extra urgency behind the need for a shift toward...
[From GamerTell] The Last Of Us won all the awards at DICE 2014 last night. All of them. Everyone else? Go home.
A hemline half-way up the thigh is no longer synonomous with rebellion and newly-won sexual freedom as it was in the mini's first decade.
LinkedIn sent a notice email to users today to warn them that it is "retiring LinkedIn Intro". Intro unveiled in October 2013. So, it is barely a few months old. It seems strange to retire such a... young service but not necessarily surprising considering...
The Nexus 7 tablet was launched more than half a year ago, which makes it by technological standards relatively "old". However the tablet is a decent one with pretty decent hardware specs, not to... mention its affordable price tag makes it a great purchase for someone who is shopping on a budget but wants the best value for their money. That being said, we're sure some of you guys are looking forward to the LTE model as well, which is why the good news is that according to the folks at Droid-Life, they claim that according to their sources, the LTE model for Verizon could go on sale as soon as next week, starting on the 13th of February. Now a LTE Nexus 7 for Verizon is not exactly a secret. In fact Verizon it was as long ago as last year that Verizon promised that a Nexus 7 with LTE would...
The 17th annual D.I.C.E. Awards (that's Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain to you n00bs), which celebrates outstanding achievements in the world of gaming, took place Feb 6. Among the nominees... for "Game of the Year" were critically acclaimed fan favorites like "Grand Theft Auto V," "BioShock Infinite" and "The Last of Us." So which game took home the big honor? Don't worry; we're going to reveal the winners of each category, including "Game of the Year." But first we want to give you the opportunity to pull a Kanye and tell us which game you really think should have won. Vote in each of the polls below, and then click the link to learn the winner.
Any mention of tech buses in San Francisco should come with a trigger warning, because pretty much every discussion surrounding the massive, much-maligned vehicles comes fully equipped with deep... contention. Now, the winners of an unofficial competition to rebrand the behemoths--which are often partially bright white and completely unmarked--has sparked a new debate over art, ownership, and community. Buckle up.
Flappy Bird has to be one of the more popular games available for Android at the moment. In fact we're not sure if its developer even expected for the game to be raking in the money to begin with, but... it's one of those things that you never expected to be so fun, addictive, and incredibly frustrating at the same time. Well if you're looking to improve your technique with the game, a video has been posted on YouTube under Dumb Stupid Videos in which the video's narrator promises to teach you how to "cheat and beat" the incredibly popular game. While we won't spoil it for the rest of you guys, let's just say that there is a very unexpected twist at the end of the video which might also be a great, but expensive way, of curbing your addiction of the game. So if you have a couple of minutes to...
Those with a Roku player were graced with a new homescreen for a while over the winter holidays, shaking of the typical purple homescreen with a bit of snow-themed color. …
Does popular IM app Snapchat have security flaws? Yes it does, as you might recall it wasn't too ago that Snapchat experienced a data leak that resulted in millions of user names and phone numbers... getting public. Now we would think that having that one security scare was enough to send the developers at Snapchat scrambling to make their app as secure as possible, but perhaps there could be more work left to be done, thanks to a recent report by cyber security research, Jamie Sanchez. Sanchez recently discovered a security vulnerability that would allow hackers to flood a Snapchat user with thousands of messages in seconds, essentially leading to a denial of service. "By reusing old tokens, hackers can send massive amounts of messages using powerful computers. This method could be used by...
ERWIN (Emotional Robot with Intelligent Network) is the world's friendliest robot, built by an Indian student in UK, capable of expressing five basic emotions while interacting with a human.
A subduction zone is a collision between two of Earth's tectonic plates, where one plate sinks into the mantle underneath the other plate.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Apple CEO Tim Cook explained his views on topics ranging from smartphones to cash return to shareholders. To understand how Apple will make decisions in... the future, it’s important to parse his words and thoughts. Briefly below we’ll look at the financial and the strategic comments made by the technology executive. Strategic As has been recently pointed out by ZDNet’s Ed Bott, Apple generates more than half its revenue from the iPhone line of smartphones. No other product group at Apple breaks the 20 percent mark. Given that reality, Apple’s work to expand the carrier base that it can sell iPhones into is key for the company. According to Cook, Apple will pick up 50 new carriers globally this quarter alone. That’s nearly breakneck...
Goldsmiths researchers say those with high emotional intelligence are more likely to get in the 'zone', and say it could explain the secret of musical success.
A security expert is calling "fraudulent" a recent NBC News story about computer hacking at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, CNET reports, after discovering certain inconsistencies with NBC reporter... Richard Engel's story. Robert Graham from Errata Security said NBC’s warning that "if you bring your mobile phone or laptop to the Sochi Olympics, it’ll immediately be hacked the moment you turn it on," was fraudulent, as it suggested that athletes and their families will be almost certainly hacked when connecting their devices to local Wi-Fi networks when arriving in Sochi. Graham revealed that Engel was actually "getting hacked" in a café in Moscow, not Sochi, and his devices were hacked because they were accessing fraudulent Winter Olympics websites set up by
We apologize for any errors you may have witnessed Adrianne Jeffries encounter today. To be completely honest, it's the end of the week and we're tired. So things didn't go exactly as we planned. Is... it really that big of a problem? Come on! Why do you have to be like that? Why can't you just accept us the way we are? Whatever. Enjoy this episode. We'll see you on Monday.
Ross Ulbricht, the alleged creator of the Silk Road online black market, will go to trial in November and be held until then without bail, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday. Ulbricht has pled... not guilty to a range of charges tied to his alleged activities with Silk Road, including a so-called "kingpin" charge often reserved for organized crime groups. He was arraigned Friday at the U.S. Court for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan. At that hearing, Judge Katherine Forrest set the trial for November. Prosecutors and defense attorneys will attempt to sort out what evidence can be presented at trial, according to a schedule laid out by the judge.
It seems the Loch Ness Monster has left the building — that is, if she was ever in it. For 18 months there have been no confirmed sightings of the supposed being, said to reside in the second... largest body of water in Scotland. It's the longest period of time without a Nessie sighting in nearly 90 years, the BBC reports. See also: 10 Amazing Google Earth and Maps Discoveries Gary Campbell is a Scottish accountant who has been keeping a register of Nessie sightings for 17 years, back when he claims to have seen something suspicious himself. Campbell said this is the first time since 1925 no one has come forward for so long.
The Permian Period lasted from 299 million to 251 million years ago. Two groups of animals that dominated the period would later branch into mammals and reptiles.
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We have heard how BlackBerry and Foxconn have teamed up to create a series of BlackBerry handsets, with the first fruit from their efforts expected to debut at MWC 2014 in the form of the BlackBerry... Jakarta. However we expect that the Jakarta might not be the only handset that BlackBerry has up their sleeves, thanks to a recent benchmark sighting in which a certain BlackBerry Ontario has been revealed. If you're wondering why the Ontario name sounds familiar (apart from the fact that it is a province in Canada), it is because it is a BlackBerry 10 device that has been talked about in the past. However given BlackBerry's recent financial troubles, we had heard that the Canadian company had reportedly put on ice future BlackBerry devices, although this was before their partnership with...
Did you guys know there is a Gizmodo subdomain where you can go for all things photographic? Yep! It's called Reframe, and it's where you'll find additional coverage of gear, techniques, news, and all... kinds of great stuff related to the crafts of photography and videography.
I can't imagine climbing 10 feet and this guy did 1500 with no equipment. He's basically Spider-Man. Rock climber Alex Honnold used no equipment to scale the 1500-foot limestone wall of El Sendero... Luminoso in El Potrero Chico, Mexico. It's the first ever free solo ascent of the wall.
Sony had recently announced that they would be selling off their VAIO PC division to a Japanese investment firm who would continue producing VAIO computers, except that its availability would be... limited to Japan at the moment. Considering that the VAIO PC division was pretty much the only division in Sony that ran Microsoft's Windows platform, does that mean that Sony is done with Windows completely? Well yes and no. Speaking in Tokyo, Sony's CEO Kazuo Hirai confirmed (via ASCII) that Windows for PC is not part of Sony's future, but the good news is that they might not discount Windows for mobile entirely. “Windows products will go to the new company," he said, and at the same time reaffirmed Sony's commitment to mobile, such as smartphones and tablets. “In the mobile arena, we decided...
Nokia and HTC have settled their long-running patent infringement battles, which played out in several countries and have seen a handful of HTC phones banned from sale in Europe. The two companies,... both major players in the smartphone industry, said they have agreed on a "patent and technology collaboration" that will settle all outstanding litigation. Precise details were not revealed, but the companies said HTC will pay Nokia an undisclosed sum and the collaboration will involve HTC's patents on LTE technology. LTE, often called 4G, is a high-speed wireless data transmission technology being rolled out by carriers in many countries. Nokia's chief intellectual property officer, Paul Melin, hailed the agreement as validating Nokia's patents while HTC's general counsel, Grace Lei, said her...
LinkedIn is killing its Intro service--a function designed to display your contacts' LinkedIn profiles directly in Apple Mail messages. LinkedIn launched Intro last fall, not even four months ago;... the company gave no explanation for its demise. Though Intro is shutting down, people will still be able to use Rapportive, an email service that displays correspondents' contact information on Gmail and which powered the Intro service.
Quite simply because the science of crystallography has revolutionised how we live - and yet few people know about it.
The winter of 2010 was brutal. In February, three blizzards smashed into the mid-Atlantic in the span of three weeks, burying the region under record amounts of snow. Thousands of people lost power;... grocery-store shelves were stripped bare; cars were abandoned on highways; even the federal government shut down. The first two blizzards, which were Category 3 winter storms, paralyzed cities from Washington, D.C., to New York and became known, collectively, as the Snowmageddon. Lisa Zaval, a researcher studying perceptions of global warming, told me that she noticed that the “storm seemed to have a very strange side effect: an increase in skeptical remarks about global warming.” News reports, she said, expressed disbelief in the phenomenon, while blogs like If Global Warming Is Real Then...
We may not spend a lot of time thinking about the emoticons we insert into our emails and text messages, but it turns out that they reveal something interesting about the way we perceive facial... expressions.
Yes, sometimes doctors use TV shows and Google in addition to textbooks and experience to sort out what's going on with their patients.
Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal, the opening created by the small hole found in each of the vertebrae that make up the human spinal column.
Victory is just a root away God I hate this game. I just want it to be done so it can go away. Hats off to the developer who figured out how to make a few dollars from endless frustration and a couple... hours of coding, but Flappy Bird needs to die. It hit me this afternoon — the best way to stop playing a game is to cheat so hard you'll never be able to match the result by normal means. After that, you never want to play again and don't care when everyone else talks abut playing it. Luckily, Flappy Bird is as easy to cheat at as it is to die flapping.
When a certain Los Angeles office building lights up, it's a dark day for nearby cellphone users, according to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. Fluorescent lights at Ernst & Young Plaza, a... 41-story tower near the heart of downtown, emit frequencies that interfere with the Verizon Wireless 700MHz network, the agency said in a citation issued on Friday against building owner Brookfield Office Properties. The FCC's message comes through loud and clear in the filing: Brookfield could be fined up to US$16,000 a day if it keeps using the interfering lights, up to a total of $112,500. The alleged violation could also lead to "criminal sanctions, including imprisonment," the citation says.
The Roku 3 and Apple TV duke it out, our high-end Valentine's Day gift picks, and snowmaking tech revealed.
There's a "social media photo booth" at the Olympic Village in Sochi and the idea is simple, but cool: Athletes step into the booth, take a selfie, share it online. The space is also a convenient... place to connect with other Olympians IRL The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has posted several of the photos to Facebook, and here's one of Team USA women's bobsledder Elana Meyers. See also: 15 Winter Olympians to Follow on Instagram On Thursday, however, the selfie booth got a more high profile visitor than Meyers — a more high profile visitor than probably any Olympian, in fact. Here's a selfie from none other than United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, which the IOC shared exclusively with Mashable on Friday
Rejecting less-than-perfect livers is a risky decision for patients.
We've all been there before. You're out at a bar with friends when--suddenly--you find yourself talking the man and/or woman of your dreams. You exchange numbers, and the next morning, after carefully... crafting your first sober communication, you await his or her response with bated breath. Your phone vibrates. You look down, eyes opened wide. And then--there it is, burning your eyes like a slap in the face. Green chat bubbles.
If your car still has a cassette deck (and you're not using it), Instructables user alanreid shows off how to build a smartphone holder right into that deck to make better use of that wasted space.
You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the... top headlines for the past 24 hours -- all...
Findings could also explain why they're invisible to night-vision goggles.
Bippity boppity boo-yah, the opening ceremony looked familiar The kickoff to the Winter Olympics on Friday included the type of artistry and magic that would make Walt Disney proud. Fireworks cascaded... over Sochi and a Prince Charming lookalike danced to Swan Lake. The whole thing looked eerily similar to a few of our favorite Disney movies See also: The Evolution of Winter Olympics in GIFs Although Mickey Mouse would never put on a show without checking the lights first BONUS: Sochi Opening Ceremony Highlights
Got a lot of hard drives to wipe? Here are three different methods you can use to wipe them - software, hardware, and the hands-on method.
An anonymous reader writes "Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), are leaning on the United States government to discourage India from allowing the production and sale of... affordable generic drugs to treat diseases such as cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and hepatitis. India is currently on the U.S. government's Priority Watch List — countries whose practices on protecting intellectual property Washington believes should be monitored closely. Last year Novartis lost a six-year legal battle after the Indian Supreme court ruled that small changes and improvements to the drug Glivec did not amount to innovation deserving of a patent. Western drugmakers Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis, Roche Holding, Sanofi, and others have a bigger share of the fast-growing drug market...
[From GamerTell] Team Ninja will be bringing their unique style to the PS4.
In May 2013, a storm uncovered these ancient footprints on an English beach. At over 800,000 years old, they're the oldest human ancestor footprints ever found outside of Africa. The storm that... revealed them soon washed them away too, but scientists have been studying the footprints for months after the fact, thanks to 3D imaging.
Giant dancing teddy bears, women in questionable outfits, a girl flying through the air — we're not describing a Miley Cyrus concert, but rather the Winter Olympics opening ceremony. The Olympics... usually stand for tradition, culture and athleticism, but the opening ceremony gives countries a change to add their own particular flair. And what did Putin opt for? Disney-inspired ballerinas, a mechanical horse and dancing jellyfish. See also: 13 Olympic Figure Skaters Whose Faces Might Get Stuck Like This Sochi also had a bit of hard time getting all five Olympic rings working properly. Perhaps there's hope for the closing ceremony, though.
Following its plan adjustments earlier this month, Aio Wireless has announced the expansion of its product offerings with three additional smartphones: the Moto G, Nokia Lumia 520, and the ZTE …
A massive avalanche violently invaded the Passeier Valley--in South Tyrol--yesterday. In this video it looks harmless until you get to the 1:30 mark. Then things start to get scary and weird.
Around this time last year a space rock crashed into the Earth above Chelyabinsk, Russia. It brightened the skies for hundreds of kilometers, broke windows and injured many people. Let’s look back... at the event. What happened, and what did we learn? (...)Read the rest of Astronomy Cast Ep. 334: Chelyabinsk (46 words) © Fraser […]
Relive the 2014 D.I.C.E. Awards thanks to the magic of photographic technology, with looks at the evenings top winners and a rare peek at Rockstar Games' founders. The post Rockstar Games founders,... Naughty Dog highlight our 2014 D.I.C.E. Awards gallery appeared first on Digital Trends.
As promised, Facebook now lets you edit your Look Back video. The social network recently launched a Look Back page to celebrate its tenth anniversary. If you visit that page, Facebook's algorithm... will auto-generate a video of your profile history....
With teens and young adults leaving Facebook in droves, it’s up to social networks like We Heart It to pick up the slack. The new image-centric app is gaining a ton of traction with this... highly-coveted target demographic, breaking the…
In this week's episode of Ask A VC, Storm Ventures' managing director Jason Lemkin joined us in the studio to talk about enterprise, sales models and more.
Samsung has been reprimanded by the U.S. Justice Department for using its standards-essential or FRAND patents to seek an import ban against some older Apple products into the United States. The DoJ... investigated the case after concerns were raised about companies unfairly wielding their standards-essential patents to hamper competition. As part of their extensive legal back-and-forth over patents, Samsung and Apple went before the U.S. International Trade Commission which ordered an import ban on several older Apple products saying they had violated a particular standards-essential Samsung patent. Apple argued that Samsung was asking an unfair licensing fee, but the ITC ruled that the Samsung's claims could proceed nonetheless. The Obama administration ended up vetoing the import ban, the...
Would it be more expensive for HTC to find workarounds for their devices in order to avoid infringing upon Nokia's patents, or to sign an agreement with them in which HTC would pay Nokia in order to... use their patents? Perhaps HTC has crunched the numbers and realized that the latter would make better financial sense because Nokia has recently announced that they and HTC have agreed to settle all outstanding patent litigation and to enter into a patent agreement, although exactly how much HTC will be paying Nokia for the right to use their patents remains unknown, unsurprisingly. (more…) Follow: Cellphones, HTC, legal, Nokia, Patent, Nokia And HTC Agree To Settle Their Patent Litigations original content from Ubergizmo.
Does Nokia have a new device in the works that has yet to be announced? At the moment we can only think of two devices that the Finnish company has yet to reveal: the Nokia Normandy and the Nokia... Lumia Icon which is a Windows Phone handset destined for Verizon. While it looks like Nokia could be making the announcement soon thanks to a new teaser trailer that Nokia recently uploaded onto YouTube. The clip itself is relatively short and is about 15 seconds long. All the video contains is a sound of a car engine revving and the words, "Have you heard what's coming?" and "See and hear what you've been missing." Of course the video could be talking about the Nokia Normandy, which is allegedly Nokia's take on Android, but at the end of the video, a Windows Phone logo pops up which would then...
The Suck UK Rechargeable Bottle Light turns old bottles into new lights. The sleek bottle stopper houses an LED light for creative mood lighting.
While Apple's Mac computers are starting to become more commonplace, it is safe to say that their distribution numbers still pale in comparison to the likes of the Windows platform where it is used... more widely, especially in schools, businesses, and governments. That being said, is it fair to compare iOS to OS X where the latter is viewed as a niche player just because it is by Apple? Well perhaps not, and that's what Apple's CEO, Tim Cook refutes when asked if the mobile market will eventually follow the PC market where Apple will end up catering to a niche market with iOS. Cook stated that directly comparing the PC and mobile market doesn't work due to the differences. One of the reasons is because unlike Mac where there aren't as many apps available compared to Windows, iOS has a very...
Unique 'smart covers' make modding your mobe a snap Upstart Finnish smartphone company Jolla has released a developer kit that enables independent tinkerers to create devices for The Other Half (TOH),... Jolla's exclusive, snap-on peripheral system....
A new report put out by IHS Technology shows TV sales have dropped for two years in a row, down to 34 million in 2013 for the first time in 5 years. But the drought isn't likely to last long, with... some tantalizing new technology on the horizon. The post TV sales take a hit in 2013, but the slump won’t last long appeared first on Digital Trends.
The "smart city" might not be so smart, and gentrification might not be so bad. Plus a sad story about how urban development is destroying Chinese villages--300 of them per day. This is our weekly... look at What's Ruining Our Cities.
Law would force vendors to offer remote bricking Lawmakers in California have introduced a bill that would force vendors to equip all mobile phones and tablets in the state with a remote-wipe tool....
Despite the yearly release schedule, the gaming populace has still yet to tire of the Call of Duty franchise, a series of first-person shooters that has kept Activision at the top of its game for... nearly a decade. Call of Duty: Ghosts was another huge success late last year, but during Activision’s earnings call earlier this week, President and CEO Bobby Kotick told investors that Destiny, the upcoming title from the creators of Halo, could be Activision’s “next billion dollar franchise.” Kotick said that he and his colleagues “expect that Destiny will become the best selling new video game IP in history when it launches across Xbox and PlayStation consoles on September 9th.” Considering how few original properties have been
Squeaks past Exxon Mobil, sets sights on Cupertino Apple may handily hold the title of World's Most Valuable Company when measured by the size of its market capitalization, but the number-two spot,... long held by fossil-fuel pusher Exxon Mobil, has been usurped by one of Cupertino's craftiest competitors: Google....
NASA's Aqua satellite snapped a photo of a dust storm blowing over the Taklimakan Desert in China on Feb. 1, 2014. The source of the dust is actually seasonal ponds that leave behind minerals picked... up by winds.
Big Blue tackles big cloud compatibility problem IBM has developed a tool to tackle fragmentation in the cloud management ecosystem, and hopes its approach will encourage more providers to support... OpenStack-based applications without having to run OpenStack....
Researchers have created a prosthetic hand that allows the wearer to feel objects via wires to the nerves in the upper arm.
If you have been frustrated with the hugely successful and extremely difficult game Flappy Bird, here's a tutorial that will teach you how to beat the hell out of it. It's actually really easy once... you learn this technique.
The prepaid carrier chooses Valentine's Day to expand its smartphone portfolio with three new offerings.
While it's been widely reported since Wednesday that Fazio Mechanical Services was the third party vendor whose login information the Target hackers hijacked, president and owner Ross E. Fazio has... finally put out an official statement confirming his company's role in the attack.
Soon you'll be able to use OpenTable to not only book your restaurant reservation, but pay for your meal as well. As rumored last year, the program is currently being tested at new diners and... restaurants in San Francisco area, with plans to expand to...
Save 20% on all Android cases and accessories this Valentine's Day by using coupon code 'sweet20' at checkout! Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and while you're probably thinking flowers and... chocolates for the significant other in your life, you don't want to forget to take care of the other sweetie in your life. You know the one we're talking about. The one that's in your hand all day long. Your phone! In honor of Valentine's Day, you can show your Android a little love and save 20 percent on all Android cases and accessories at ShopAndroid.com in our Valentine's Day Sale. To take advantage of the savings, all you need to do is enter in coupon code sweet20 during the checkout process. Free shipping is available on all orders over $50 (domestic U.S./Canada), and you have lots...
Sex toys are great, but they still can't compare to skin-on-skin contact. That may be about to change--kind of--thanks to a new generation of internet-enabled playthings that fall under the... awesomely-named umbrella of teledildonics. These toys let long-distance partners "feel" each other in real-time via data-enabled devices.
A merry TIDWRTWHUFOO to you and yours! This week’s installment brings you some DIY, some dangerous, and some fun. Can you guess which is which? Probably not, because all of these robots will... eventually eat your eyes like lychee jellies. First up we have this autonomous Ardiuno robot that looks fairly harmless. Created by a cool Redditor, the robot can go around objects using a very basic bit of logic and some sensors. The code for the robot is right here and the video is unique in that the robot’s creator expresses heartfelt joy at his creation and he is not screaming in terror as the robot mauls his couch. Then we have this autonomous boat that can map hard-to-access rivers and lakes and features an on-board laser scanner and autonomous quad-copter that can get a bird’s eye view....
It's the end of a long week and the beginning of Winter Olympic madness. Don't let your smartphone or tablet get left behind--turn it into a gold-medal productivity star, or the olympic village of... time-wasting games, with our favorite new apps.
This week in our time capsule news round-up we have 100-year-old papers that look like they were printed just yesterday, a Girl Scout capsule that won't be opened until the year 2214, and some... artifacts in Florida from the ancient Age of Videotape.
Spreading salt (or gravel) on snow or ice helps it melt faster and provides some much-needed traction. Redditor TheGuyThatAteYourDog shows us an easy way to spread salt evenly.
iOS 7.1 is currently scheduled for release in March, according to 9to5Mac. The long-awaited update is said to include numerous bug fixes and slight tweaks to iOS 7's user interface. Apple recent... distributed the fifth beta of iOS 7.1 to registered iOS developers, so 9to5Mac's timeframe isn't by any means unreasonable. The site previously reported on some of the visual changes included in the betas so far; Apple has made small changes to the dialer, Music app, and users also now have the option of turning off wallpaper motion, or the "parallax" effect, while keeping folder animations turned on.
This has been a long time in the making, but after almost three months of testing in the highly experimental Firefox Nightly release channel, Firefox’s new Australis user interface has now found its... way into the pre-beta Aurora channel. The new user interface, which the company has been working on for a long time, gives the browser a more Chrome-like look. As in Chrome, the settings and options are now behind the same kind of drawer menu next to the URL bar as in Google’s browser and rounded tabs at the top of the screen. These similarities with Chrome is likely the first thing users will notice. Indeed, if you quickly switch back and forth between the two, you’ll likely get confused about which one is which. The team also completely redesigned the menu too, and added a large number...
$79 ZTE Sonata 4G also available starting today As the Moto G continues its march through seemingly every carrier and retailer, Aio Wireless has just announced that it will carry Motorola's... inexpensive handset starting February 14th. The Moto G will set you back $149 without a contract, which is a $30 savings over the unlocked GSM model but currently a $50 bump over the carrier-specific CDMA versions on Verizon and U.S. Cellular. Another even cheaper device, the ZTE Sonata 4G, also goes on sale from the prepaid carrier today. It's hard to expect much with this device, and you'll be getting a 4-inch 480x800 display, dual-core processor and a 5MP camera. But for $79 off-contract, that will probably be enough. Aio Wireless operates on the AT&T network (and is actually owned by the carrier),...
An anonymous reader writes "Mozilla has officially launched the Gigabit Community Fund, an organization that seeks to 'advance the development, experimentation and implementation of learning and... workforce opportunities enhanced by new, super powerful Internet technologies.' The intent is to provide funding around cities like Kansas City and Chattanooga (and more, as fiber networks spread) for people to build open source applications that take advantage of super-fast fiber connections. 'The new $300,000 fund aims to bring discoveries out of the lab and into the field to help move prototypes to Minimum Viable Pilots and get tools in the hands of users. In each city, two, 12-week pilot periods will run, with up to 10 projects receiving awards between $5,000 and $30,000.'"
[From GamerTell] The Banner Saga has exceeded its creators' expectations, becoming a commercial and critical success. And despite King.com's threats to Stoic Games over the use of 'Saga' in The Banner... Saga title, the developer has confirmed they're moving forward on the next installment.
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According to a new study by think tank Demos, 10,000 tweets containing a racial slur of some sort are posted on Twitter every day. To arrive at that figure, the group’s social media unit analyzed a... whopping 126,975 English-language tweets from around the globe over a 9-day period last November. It’s not all bad news though. As many as 70 percent of tweets containing racial epithets use them in a “non-derogatory fashion -- often to describe themselves or their own community” in a way that might express group solidarity or “re-claim” slurs. Only one percent used them as part of a political statement or call to action. The U.K.-based study comes only a few months after Twitter rolled out the “report abuse” button in August. Researchers who conducted the study found that as few...
There's a kind of stop-motion animation* called "vinylmation" right this minute, if you did not know, using vinyl toys as the models and just as simple a stop-motion technique as …
Following the popularity of those battle bots from a few years ago, it only makes sense that someone, somewhere, would pit quadcopters against each other in a battle to the death--or at least first... crash.
Podcast MP3 URL: ://traffic.libsyn.com/androidcentral/acpc170.mp3 Thing 1: Devices, devices everywhere Sony Xperia Z1 Compact versus Z1 HTC One, one year on LG G Flex (AT&T) review Red Nexus 5... unboxing and hands-on Pebble Steel retail unboxing and hands-on Chromecast reportedly hitting the UK as soon as March 1 HTC: A wearable device will be here by the Christmas season First HTC M8 photo shows dual rear cameras Thing 2: More things Nexus 5 launcher becomes 'Google Now Launcher' after Search update NBC News and the bullshit 'ZOMG Sochi Olympics Android hack' story Android 4.x now on 78.6% of active devices, KitKat still under 2% Beta version of Pebble app with new appstore now available to developers Samsung Unpacked 5 (and Galaxy S5, perhaps) coming to Mobile World Congress Google...
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal today, Apple CEO Tim Cook talked extensively on a variety of topics, ranging from business in general to product specifics. Among them …
LinkedIn has "retired" its barely-three-months-old iPhone app, LinkedIn Intro. LinkedIn says it wants to focus on other projects, but the real reasoning may be because of Intro's invasive nature, as... how critics have described the app. The post Intro, we hardly knew you: LinkedIn gets rid of its 3-month-old email-centric iPhone app appeared first on Digital Trends.
Just take a look at the surface of the Moon and you can see it experienced a savage beating in the past. Turns out, the whole Solar System is a cosmic shooting gallery, with stuff crashing into other... stuff. It sure sounds violent, but then, we wouldn’t be here without it. (...)Read the rest of […]
Every week brings us news of another Web site taken out by hackers or even foreign governments. At the heart of all this digital mischief is the denial of service attack, which floods a Web site... with... --
If you're looking for the best iPhone case ever made, look no further. When it comes to iPhone cases I've tried just about all of them. Protective cases from companies like Otterbox, Lifeproof, and... HardCandy, super-slim cases that add barely any bulk to the device, wallet cases for holding cash and cards, and just about […]
Your host Terrence O'Brien weaves his way through this week's hot topics with the agility of an Olympian athlete, aided by what can only be described as: the cult of Joseph Volpe's personality.... Missing from today's podcast is Ben Gilbert, who will be...
APPLE has repurchased $US14 billion of its stock in the two weeks after its financial results and revenue outlook disappointed investors.
iPhone: If you're looking for a quantified self tracker that manages to be both simple and filled with charts, Reporter is an iPhone app that pings you with simple quizzes throughout the day and then... collates that into graphs.
A new PayPal service lets you order a custom-written poem for your paramour just in time for Valentine's Day. Crave writer Michael Franco tells you all about it in partial verse.
I use my iPad Air a lot, and when Logitech sent me their new $149.99 CAD FabricSkin Keyboard Folio for iPad Air I was very interested in trying it out.
I don’t care if you’re surrounded by the most wonderful people in the world; waiting for the check to arrive in the midst of a food coma is the worst part of dining out. So I’m glad that... OpenTable is trying to get rid of the paper check ritual for good. A pilot program in San Francisco is letting diners pay through their phones, so they can just get up and leave whenever they feel like it. Users who participate in the program add a credit card through the OpenTable app beforehand. Items then show up on the bill in real-time, and diners can pay at the end with just a swipe. Tax and tip are added automatically, and receipts are sent via e-mail. There’s no paper bill invovled. OpenTable spokeswoman Tiffany Fox told me by e-mail that the goal really is to let you leave the restaurant...
The iTunes sidebar is now invisible by default, but if you’re one of us who like to show the sidebar all the time you may also want to customize what’s visible in it. This lets you control whether... or not to hide or show any of the iTunes library media types that are visible in ...
It would seem that the term "exports" is going to be continuing to take hold as Blizzard has suggested that they'll be funding "collegiate exports" soon. This "Membership Milestone Program" …
A clever new idea could save renewable energy for when the wind is not blowing and the sun is not shining.
Gasping and shivering, entrepreneurs from 26 Finnish startups jumped into near zero-temperature water Friday in one of the most unusual pitches ever for funding.
Have you ever dreamed about living in your favorite movie? Maybe you want to float through space chatting with HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey, or kick it with crazy Jack Nicholson in The Shining.... Well, now you can get one step closer with these posters of classic movie interiors.
Sega redesigns the iconic blue hero for a new game and TV series, California pushes for a smartphone kill switch, and Amazon adds new tricks to its shopping app.
Did you watch that? It’s total crap. The security expert quoted in the piece, Kyle Wilhoit, has just written a blog post that calls out the report, essentially saying that the hacks shown in the... video can happen anywhere, and…
Apple is currently developing iOS 7.1, the first significant update to iOS 7. It's largely expected to release in less than a month. Unlike iOS 7, iOS 7.1 will not be a completely new OS update. It... therefore won't roll out with any mind-blowing features,...
We trey out and speak to the creators of TicketLeap, a new service that's trying to take online ticketing to the next level with a new mobile-first design and ticketing engine. The post TicketLeap... lets you cash in on your shindigs with DIY ticket sales appeared first on Digital Trends.
Coaches for the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Olympic teams are using a slow-motion video iPad app to record, analyze, and improve athlete performance ahead of competitive events that will begin next... Wednesday. Ubersense Coach, the app being used, specializes in slow motion video analysis, allowing coaches to record up to 120 FPS video using the iPhone or iPad camera. Captured video is then played back in super slow motion for a frame-by-frame analysis of technique. The app, which Ubersense says is used by professional and amateur coaches alike, also includes zooming and panning tools, side-by-side comparisons, and both audio recording and drawing tools for making notes. Along with being used by the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Olympic teams, the Ubersense Coach app has also been promoted by...
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"Our games will be cool," assured Dmitry Chernyshenko, president of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, during his speech at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony Friday. The festivities, which NBC... will broadcast stateside at 7:30 p.m. ET Friday, opened with the Parade of Nations, where athletes from 88 national delegations introduced themselves by walking into Fisht Olympic Stadium while wielding their countries' flags. The three-hour ceremony continued with a glimpse at Russian history (watch NBC's sneak peeks, below) See also: 'Lesbian' Duo tATu Performs at Winter Olympics Opener The night ended with hockey legend Vladislav Tretiak and figure skater Irina Rodnina lighting the Olympic Cauldron. They were the final torchbearers on the months-long torch relay, which included sending the...
Shutterstock, the publicly traded stock photography and video site, has quietly launched support for 4K video. As the company tells us, it has already amassed a catalog of over 11,000 videos that are... now available for anybody who needs ultra high-res images of somebody scrolling on an iPad or having a fun meeting in the office. There is a very slim chance that you have a 4K screen on your desk or in your living room, but it’s really just a matter of time (years?) before you will. As demand for 4K content increases, demand for 4K stock video will also surely increase, and the company is trying to position itself as an early leader for users who need this kind of video content for their projects. At just over 10,000 videos, the 4K library is still a small slice of Shutterstock’s overall...
There's not many places where you can be indoors and have a spectacular view of the Aurora Borealis, but the Churchill Northern Studies Centre in Canada is one. This incredible shot of the the aurora... was taken from inside a plexiglass dome created specifically for being able to watch the sky from indoors. Astrophotographer Alan […]
Displaying pixel art at larger sizes in your house can be as simple as making a large print, but that means you’re stuck with a single image. San Francisco’s Jeremy Williams wants to make... something a little more dynamic, so he has created the Game Frame, a square box with 256 LED lights that’s designed to make it easy to show off pixel art and OG video game art. The Game Frame calls to mind a simpler time, when we used graph paper to create most digital art, and if you could assemble colored squares, you could help build a AAA video game title. It’s also a modern interpretation, however, and a way to display either your own original creations or those that live in your fondest memories. Pre-installed on the Game Frame are 40 new animations from pixelart legend eBoy, but you can...
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As we continue to evolve our Industry Insider analysis service, we continue to get good ideas. Insiders has grown already much faster and much larger than I could have expected from when we launched... the service. Thanks to ...
Monoman writes "The Washington Post reports, 'The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics start tonight. But if you're among the 9 percent of U.S. households who have broadband but don't subscribe to paid... television, it will be nearly impossible to (legally) watch the games online this year. ... That's because while NBC is streaming all of the events live online, full access to the livestream will only be available to paying cable subscribers. And thanks to a $4.38 billion exclusive deal NBC struck with the International Olympics Committee (IOC) in 2011 for the privilege of broadcasting the Olympic games in the U.S. through 2020, cord-cutters don't have a lot of options.' Is this a money play by Comcast/NBC to get some subscribers back? Should the FCC step in and require NBC to at least provide a...
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center collected images of all the cities and surrounding areas that have hosted the Winter Olympics since 1924. Most of these photos were taken by satellites, but some are... from astronauts who were living on board the International Space Station. See also: Is There an Olympian From Your Hometown in Sochi Right Now? The 2014 Winter Olympics are underway in Sochi after a spectacular — albeit a little strange and not quite flawless — opening ceremony. Take a look at these amazing images below. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.
In December, a rumor surfaced that Apple was working on iOS 7.1 with a expected release date in March. Since then, the company has seeded the third, fourth, and fifth betas of the update to... developers, and is likely putting the finishing touches on the public release version. According to a report from 9to5Mac, Apple will be releasing iOS 7.1 next month, as previously expected.
[From AppleTell] Apple has seeded the third, fourth, and fifth iOS 7.1 betas to developers, and is likely putting the finishing touches on the public release version.
I don't know about you, but my home bar is a mess. It's two shelves utterly stuffed with bottles any way they'll fit, with no rhyme or reason behind it. Rarely do I have any concept of how much I have... left of what; I have to check every bottle and hope there's enough to scrape together a decent cocktail. In the future, it wouldn't have to be this way.
There are certain dishes most amateur chefs refuse to try. One of the biggies: homemade pasta. But good DIY tagliatelle, fettucini, and tortellini is doable--you don't even need a pasta machine. The... cooks at Stack Exchange provide tips on cooking up pasta from scratch.