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20 Oct 13:00

Bluesmart wants to crowdfund the 'world's first' connected luggage

by Aaron Souppouris
Losing your luggage is no fun, but while companies like Trakdot have been selling trackers for some time, a startup is taking to Indiegogo to create what it calls the "world's first smart, connected carry-on." Bluesmart is a small suitcase with a...
19 Oct 19:00

Inside Seattle's invitation-only VR summit

by Philip Palermo
Tech aficionados have been flocking to Seattle's Living Computer Museum for the past few years to get up close and personal with relics from computer technology's past. For one night earlier this month, though, I got a chance to peek at its possible...
17 Oct 07:55

​Video: Self-driving Audi RS7 tears around F1 track, no one dies

by Christofer Lloyd

17 Oct 14:00

At Last: Technology To Make Injections Painless

by Mary Beth Griggs


Scared of needles? You aren’t alone. According to some estimates, as many as 1 in every 10 people are frightened of needles, and experts fear that the fear of pain may deter people from getting important injections at the doctor’s office. 

But what if getting a shot didn’t hurt? That’s the idea behind new research presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, which showed how vibrations and pressure applied to the injection site right before a shot could reduce pain. 

“Our early research suggests that using a device that applies pressure and vibration before the needle stick could help significantly decrease painful sensations by closing the ‘gate’ that sends pain signals to the brain,” lead author of the study William MacKay said in a press release.  

The 'gate' that MacKay refers to is related to the gate control theory of pain. The theory basically says that pain occurs for people when it reaches the brain, and the stimulus that causes pain has to travel through neurological gates along the spinal cord to get there. By occupying those gates with other sensations (like vibrations or pressure), the sensation of the needle stick is able to slip by our neurological defenses. 

The researchers also looked at the effects of heat and cold, but found that the combination of pressure and vibration seemed to have the most dramatic pain reduction effect. (Adding heat to the combination of pressure and vibration also reduced pain, but not by a significant amount.)

The study was small, with a sample size of only 21 people, but the researchers are hopeful that by quantifying people’s perceptions of pain they can help other researchers develop or improve devices already in the works that have the same goal. And there are plenty of people and companies interested in finding a needle that doesn’t hurt or terrify patients. Other vibrating needles are slowly making their way towards the market, and, as we reported a few weeks ago, some researchers are developing pills with needles inside that you can swallow. 

16 Oct 20:10

How Microsoft Appointed Itself Sheriff Of The Internet

I had no idea that Microsoft had appointed itself sheriff of the internet. Did you? Microsoft says it needs to wield this kind of extreme power to keep the internet safe. It's part of determined attitude towards security that has pervaded the software giant since its Windows operating systems were attacked by a series of malicious internet worms more than a decade ago—an attitude that, in some respects, the company should be commended for. Comments
17 Oct 09:24

Twitter: Yes, you're all going to see tweets from people you don't follow

by Mat Smith
Remember when tweets started appearing in your Twitter feed from people you weren't even following? Well, it's no longer an experiment. In a post outlining Twitter's "spirit of experimentation", the social network says it's happening across all...
16 Oct 21:00

Hands On: Apple’s iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3

by Ryan Smith

The other big announcement for the day is of course Apple’s new iPads, the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3. As signaled by their names, neither is intended to be a massive departure from their (still for sale) predecessors. But both of them, the iPad Air 2 in particular, pack a number of improvements over the 2013 models.

In-hand, the iPad Air 2 is not as significant a departure from its predecessor as the original Air was from earlier iPads, but if you are familiar with the original Air then you can appreciate the fact that Apple has taken it down from 7.5mm thick to 6.1mm thick. The weight is roughly the same (437g vs. 469g) so it’s not much lighter in the hand, but handling it makes the change in size more apparent.

Perhaps more readily apparent is the anti-reflective coating, a first for an iPad. While Apple’s controlled demo room doesn’t give us the opportunity to introduce too much light, in what testing we could do there’s definitely a difference. Whatever it is that Apple is using, the coating doesn’t seem to have changed the clarity at all; it is seemingly still as clear as the non-coated iPad mini 3.

Meanwhile the A8X inside presents us with a new mystery. This is a new chip, and we know very little about it besides Apple’s claims of 40% better CPU performance and 2.5x better GPU performance. The CPU performance points to a dual core “Enhanced Cyclone” configuration like A8, while the GPU performance number is well in excess of what we saw going from A7 to A8. So comparing A8X to A7, we are most likely (finally) looking at a hex-core Imagination PowerVR GX6650 GPU. However, this alone does not explain where the roughly 1 billion additional transistors compared to A8 have gone. Most likely there are additional surprises to be found.

Moving on, we have the iPad mini 3. Unlike the iPad Air 2, Apple isn’t overhauling the hardware by nearly as much, so the iPad mini 3 is a smaller upgrade over its predecessor than the iPad Air 2 is. Size and weight stay the same, so the new mini feels the same in your hands as the old one. The display is also once more a 2048 x 1536 pixel display, though it did look a bit better than we recall the iPad mini 2’s display being, so it may be a new panel (but this is something we’d need to test).

Apple hasn’t replaced the SoC or WiFi radio – it’s still an A7 and 802.11n respectively – so performance isn’t any different either. What’s left to set apart the new mini from the old then is the inclusion of Apple’s Touch ID sensor along with a larger 128GB storage option. It’s admittedly not much, especially when the iPad mini 2 is now $100 cheaper. On the other hand it is available in Gold, and as we’ve seen with the iPhone that has proven to be a very popular option at launch.

16 Oct 20:15

Hands On: Apple's iMac with Retina Display

by Ryan Smith

We just got done with our hands-on time with Apple’s new products, and we’ll start with what’s likely the sneakiest of them, the iMac with Retina Display.

Why “sneaky”? The answer is all in the HiDPI display, which Apple calls the “Retina 5K Display”. The retina display is definitely the star of the new iMac, as the rest of the hardware is largely a minor specification bump from last year’s model. In fact turned off you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference between the 2013 (non-retina) and new retina models, but the screen is immediately evident once on.

At 5120x2880 pixels, the new Retina 5K Display is precisely 4x the pixels of the 2560x1440 panel in last year’s model. What this means is that Apple can tap their standard bag of tricks to handle applications of differing retina capability and get all of it to look reasonably good. This also means that 2560x1440 content – including widgets – will scale up nicely to the new resolution. Apple does not discuss whom they have sourced the panel from, but given the timing it’s likely the same panel that is in Dell’s recently announced 27” 5K monitor.

Much more interesting is how Apple is driving it. Since no one has a 5K timing controller (TCON) yet, Apple went and built their own. This is the first time we’re aware of Apple doing such a thing for a Mac, but it’s likely they just haven’t talked about it before. In any case, Apple was kind enough to confirm that they are driving the new iMac’s display with a single TCON. This is not a multi-tile display, but instead is a single 5120x2880 mode.

This also means that since it isn’t multi-tile, Apple would need to drive it over a single DisplayPort connection, which is actually impossible with conventional DisplayPort HBR2. We’re still getting to the bottom of how Apple is doing this (and hence the sneaky nature of the iMac), but currently our best theory is that Apple is running an overclocked DisplayPort/eDP interface along with some very low overhead timings to get just enough bandwidth for the job. Since the iMac is an all-in-one device, Apple is more or less free to violate specifications and do what they want so long as it isn’t advertised as DisplayPort and doesn’t interact with 3rd party devices.

Update: And for anyone wondering whether you can drive the 5K display as an external display using Target Display Mode, Apple has confirmed that you cannot.

Meanwhile driving the new display are AMD’s Radeon R9 M290X and R9 M295X, which replace the former NVIDIA GTX 700M parts. We don’t have any performance data on the M295X, though our best guess is to expect R9 285-like performance (with a large over/under). If Apple is fudging the DisplayPort specification to get a single DisplayPort stream, then no doubt AMD has been helping on this matter as one of the most prominent DisplayPort supporters.

The rest of the package is very similar to the 2013 iMac. It comes with an Intel Haswell desktop class CPU paired with 8GB or more RAM, 802.11ac support, and Apple’s SSD + HDD Fusion drive setup. Apple now offers a higher speed CPU upgrade option that goes up to 4GHz (4.4GHz Boost) – likely the Core i7-4790K – that should make the high-end iMac decently more performant than last year’s model by about 10%.

15 Oct 16:12

Google's Nexus Player offers streaming and gaming for $99

by Billy Steele
Remember the Nexus Q? Yeah, we'd rather forget it, too. Google regained its streaming cred with the Chromecast, and now it's looking to offer up another set-top box. The compact Nexus Player will handle streaming, games and run Android apps. An...
15 Oct 16:04

Google reveals the $649 Nexus 6, pre-orders begin on October 29th

by Chris Velazco
Forget the pomp and circumstance that comes with a formal launch event -- Google just outed the new Nexus 6 on its official Android blog, and it's just about everything the rumor mill said the Motorola-made device would be. The Nexus 6 is the first...
15 Oct 16:07

Google's Android 5.0 is called Lollipop

by Edgar Alvarez
Google has just revealed that the next major version of Android, 5.0, will be known as Lollipop. After months of teasing the OS, the search giant is finally taking what was previously known as Android "L" into the mainstream, with the first set of...
15 Oct 00:16

What draws English fans to Dortmund?

More than 1,000 English fans travel to the majestic Westfalenstadion for every home match. BBC Sport investigates why.
14 Oct 22:09

Robert Downey Jr. Will Be Iron Man Again in Captain America 3

by David Konow

Never Say Never, Especially When It Comes to Iron Man

14 Oct 23:10

What Hackers Do With Your Data

Here's an article about what hackers do with your data complete with a hilariously bad picture of what Business Insider thinks a "hacker" may look like. Here's The short answer is they sell it on the cyber criminals' black market. According to a report released earlier this year by the RAND Corporation's National Security and Research Division, the hacker market is highly sophisticated and organized. The hacker market has, in some respects, become more profitable than the illegal drug trade, that report found. Comments
14 Oct 22:10

Stupid Criminals of the Day

Someday criminals are going to figure out technology and then we won't hear about these kinds of stories anymore. In the mean time, feel free to point and laugh at these idiots. New Orleans police say they've identified one of two men accused of robbing three women at gunpoint early Friday morning (Oct. 10) in the Marigny neighborhood, and then taking pictures of themselves on one of the victim's cell phones. Comments
14 Oct 21:57

South Korean data breaches leave every citizen's ID at risk

by Jon Fingas
There are big data breaches, and then there are massive, nation-changing data breaches. South Korean officials have warned that hacks targeting the country's national ID number system were so damaging that the government may not only have to revamp...
14 Oct 21:06

Facebook CEO and Founder, Mark Zuckerberg, Donates $25M to Fight Ebola

by Jason Mick
Zuckerberg is joining with Bill Gates and other philanthropists in trying to make a last ditch effort to stem the rising tide
14 Oct 04:15

mitchwagner: New York Comic Con attendee cosplays as every...


New York Comic Con attendee cosplays as every Johnny Depp character at once.

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14 Oct 13:11

Foo Fighters Team With Zac Brown To Cover Black Sabbath's 'War Pigs'

by Ryan Kristobak
Foo Fighters began its week-long residency on the "Late Show with David Letterman" on Monday night, in support of the band's upcoming album, and accompanying HBO series, "Sonic Highways." Joined by Zac Brown, Dave Grohl and his crew unleashed a wicked cover of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs." Brown is set to be featured on the band's album and the Foo Fighters recorded a track at Brown's Southern Ground Studios in Nashville.

Grohl also sat down with Letterman to explain what fans can expect from the band's HBO series. Describing the process behind the construction of the album, Grohl said they spent one week in each of the eight cities, recording and interviewing famous musicians from that area. On the final day, Grohl would then take the transcripts of those interviews, and would cut and paste lines to build each song's lyrics.

Foo Fighters' "Sonic Highways" releases on Nov. 10, and their HBO series premieres on Oct. 17.
14 Oct 14:26

5 'Pulp Fiction' Fan Theories That Will Completely Change How You See The Movie

by Todd Van Luling
"Pulp Fiction" was released in U.S. theaters 20 years ago today, on Oct. 14, 1994. This was the first movie Miramax green-lighted after being acquired by Disney, making the super violent film, technically, a Disney movie. Although Mia Wallace may never be considered one of the Disney princesses, there's a definite magic to the now decades-old movie (the gimp is right up there with Smee and Iago as an iconic Disney villain sidekick).

Over the years, many details about Quentin Tarantino's cult favorite have been picked apart by enthralled fans, which have led to some pretty game-changing theories. After reading a few of these, you won't be able to watch the movie the same way again.

Here are five theories that might not be fiction.

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1. The briefcase contains Marsellus Wallace's soul.

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The briefcase is used as a MacGuffin, which is a plot device that moves the story forward, but ultimately has no explanation. Due to its lack of explanation, fans have theorized wildly on its contents, guessing theories such as it containing radioactive material (due to the glowing) or the diamonds from Tarantino's first film, "Reservoir Dogs."

Perhaps the most popular theory, however, is that the briefcase contains Marsellus Wallace's soul. Snopes has an example of this theory:

Remember the first time you were introduced to Marsellus Wallace. The first shot of him was of the back of his head, complete with band-aid. Then, remember the combination of the lock on the briefcase was 666. Then, remember that whenever anyone opened the briefcase, it glowed, and they were in amazement at how beautiful it was; they were speechless. Now, bring in some Bible knowledge, and remember that when the devil takes your soul, he takes it from the back of your head.

Yep, you guessed it. What is the most beautiful thing about a person: his soul. Marsellus Wallace had sold his soul to the devil, and was trying to buy it back. The three kids in the beginning of the movie were the devil's helpers. And remember that when the kid at the end came out of the bathroom with a "hand cannon," Jules and Vincent were not harmed by the bullets. "God came down and stopped the bullets" because they were saving a soul. It was divine intervention.

In a 1995 interview with Playboy, Samuel L. Jackson explained how he asked Tarantino what was in the suitcase and got the reply, "Whatever you want it to be."

2. The "pulp" in "Pulp Fiction" is "toilet paper." If every character went to the bathroom faster, the whole movie would be different.

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Every time Vincent Vega goes to the bathroom, something terrible happens.

When Vega spends a long time psyching himself up at Mia Wallace's house, she overdoses on his heroin. At the diner, if he hadn't been reading "Modesty Blaise" in the bathroom, he probably wouldn't have let Jules Winnfield talk calmly with the robbers. Once again, if he wasn't reading "Modesty Blaise" at Butch Coolidge's house, he would have been ready to kill the boxer on the run.

It wasn't just that whenever he'd go to the bathroom, something bad would happen, Vega also took way longer than a normal person every time. Starting to read a book in the middle of hanging out with Winnfield is sort of rude. Why did he cherish his bathroom time so much?

On top of Vega's bathroom habits, other characters in the movie really could have benefitted from hurrying up a little. The assailant from Brett's apartment would have been in the room to begin with if he hadn't taken so long in the bathroom, which could have led to both his and Marvin's survival. Slightly more of a stretch as nothing changes at the diner due to her action, but Wallace, too, could have spent less time in the bathroom and not done cocaine, which led to an eventual overdose.

Just like "Modesty Blaise," perhaps this movie is bathroom fiction.

3. Jules Winnfield's Ezekiel 25:17 monologue is a "misquote," but could actually be the real passage from how The Bible was written in Tarantino's universe.


Before executing Brett in his apartment, Jules Winnfield says he's memorized a passage from Ezekiel 25:17 and says:

The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of the darkness. For he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know I am the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you.

This isn't how the Bible passage actually goes in real life (in any translation) as it's pulled from the intro of a 1976 Sonny Chiba movie called "The Bodyguard."

But what if in Tarantino's universe, the Bible was actually more hyper-violent. As Reddit user ProfessorStephenHawk points out, "If the Bible had been translated in this way, it would mean a world where more emphasis is placed on 'striking down' evil men. Even saying those who do so are blessed. That kind of change in text would have some consequences, ie. much more badassery throughout history."

The ultra-violence in Tarantino movies would certainly make a lot more sense if Jesus was more of a Django-esque character in the Bible.

4. The classic movie mistake of the bullet holes already being in the apartment wall before Vincent and Jules are shot at was actually intentional.

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Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield are attempting to collect Marsellus Wallace's suitcase from Brett's apartment when a surprise assailant jumps out and tried to shoot them with a gun. All shots miss, Vega and Winnfield kill the assailant and Winnfield chalks it up to "divine intervention," saying, "We should be fucking dead" and "God came down from Heaven and stopped these motherfucking bullets."

In this scene, however, the bullet holes behind Vega and Winnfield that were seemingly caused by the assailant's missed shots are there before he even jumps out. Most people think of this as a huge set design mistake and it is one of the classic big ones. But what if it wasn't a mistake?

The theory is that the assailant, unbeknownst to him, was attempting to kill them with a fake gun which is "why the revolver on the gun doesn't rotate when it shoots." This explains how the assailant could miss so many times at such a close range and puts Winnfield's belief that this was a miracle in further question. The movie already purposely establishes Winnfield's and certainly Vega's doubt about why God would intervene in such a situation and perhaps Tarantino was purposely adding more confusion. As mentioned above, Winnfield's famous Ezekiel 25:17 memorized passage isn't even actually from the Bible.

That said, the bullet holes do not appear in the wall for the first part of the apartment situation.

5. The canceled pilot Mia starred in was "Kill Bill."


At Jack Rabbit Slims, Mia Wallace tells Vincent Vega about the pilot she starred in called "Fox Force Five." In "Pulp Fiction," it never got picked up, but what if it ended up getting revived as a movie starring Wallace a few years later. Wallace describes the other girls in the force, "There was a blonde one ... she was a leader. The Japanese fox was a kung fu master. The black girl was a demolition expert. French fox’s speciality was sex. [Mine was] knives."

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Interpret this as you will, but Tarantino has said that "Kill Bill" exists in a "movie movie universe." That means it's a movie that the characters of his more grounded films, such as "Pulp Fiction," would go see.

This is not the only connection "Pulp Fiction" has to other Tarantino movies. Vic Vega from "Reservoir Dogs" is Vincent Vega's brother. Tarantino also uses a fictional brand of cigarettes called "Red Apple" which appears in "Pulp Fiction along with many of his other movies.

Image Right: "Kill Bill."

But what's not a theory? It's been 20 years and still nobody has done the twist better.

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All images from "Pulp Fiction" unless otherwise noted.
13 Oct 17:00

This Woman Sees 100 Times More Colors Than The Average Person

by Alexandra Ossola

To tetrachromatic artist Concetta Antico, the world is, "like a mosaic of color."

When Concetta Antico looks at a leaf, she sees much more than just green. “Around the edge I’ll see orange or red or purple in the shadow; you might see dark green but I’ll see violet, turquoise, blue,” she said. “It’s like a mosaic of color.”

Antico doesn’t just perceive these colors because she’s an artist who paints in the impressionist style. She’s also a tetrachromat, which means that she has more receptors in her eyes to absorb color. The difference lies in Antico's cones, structures in the eyes that are calibrated to absorb particular wavelengths of light and transmit them to the brain. The average person has three cones, which enables him to see about one million colors. But Antico has four cones, so her eyes are capable of picking up dimensions and nuances of color—an estimated 100 million of them—that the average person cannot. “It’s shocking to me how little color people are seeing,” she said.

"You might see dark green but I’ll see violet, turquoise, blue. It’s like a mosaic of color.”

Although tetrachromats have more receptors in their eyes, their brains are wired the same way as a person with normal vision. So how can a brain like Antico’s change to see more colors? Like anything else, practice makes perfect, even when it comes to neural pathways. 

For years, researchers weren’t sure tetrachromacy existed. If it did, they stipulated, it could only be found in women. This is because of the genes behind color vision. People who have regular color vision have three cones, tuned to the wavelengths of red, green, and blue. These are connected to the X chromosome—men have one, but women have two. Mutations in the X chromosome cause a person to perceive more or less color, which is why men more commonly have congenital colorblindness than women (if their one X chromosome has a mutation). But the theory stood that if a woman received two mutated X chromosomes, she could have four cones instead of the usual three.

This is the case with Antico; researchers confirmed that she is a tetrachromat in 2012. One percent of the world’s population is thought to be tetrachromatic, but it’s not easy to demonstrate empirically. “The difference between [the color dimensions perceived by] a tetrachromat and someone with normal vision is not as dramatic as the difference between someone who is colorblind and someone with normal vision,” according to Kimberly Jameson, a cognitive scientist at the Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences at the University of California in Irvine. She and her colleague Alissa Winkler at the University of Nevada in Reno have been studying Antico for about a year to better understand tetrachromacy. The differences in color perception are hard to detect because they’re small, Jameson said, but the tests that are currently used are not designed for more than three pigments--red, green and blue.

Based on Antico's genes, Jameson has determined that Antico's fourth cone absorbs wavelengths that are "reddish-orangey-yellow, but what it appears to Concetta is uncertain at the moment," she added. Since the tests aren't calibrated for this wavelength, empirically demonstrating tetrachromacy is still really difficult.

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Jameson and Winkler are on the hunt for more tetrachromats in order to better understand how their brains work. Jameson became fascinated with how people are able to form and communicate concepts, especially when the way they perceive the world can vary so widely. “If you have an extra cone class in the retina, that greatly complicates how that signal might be taking shape as it leaves the retina. We want to understand how that’s happening,” she said. This likely has to do with how the brain wires itself when it receives certain signals frequently over time—a concept called neuroplasticity. Lots of studies about neuroplasticity in animals and some in humans have shown that two individuals with the same capacity for visual perception can have drastically different vision later in life just based on what they were exposed to early on. Researchers still aren’t totally sure why this is the case. “One possibility is that the system learns how to use these signals—the wiring creates the proper code so they can be used in the cortex,” Jameson said.

So even though many more tetrachromats may exist in the world, they may not have exceptional color perception, because they haven’t trained their brains to pay attention. Antico, in this case, presents a rare exception. “I was different than a regular 5-year-old — I was painting at age 7, I was so fascinated with color,” she said. For years, she was exposed to exceptional color, so her brain became wired to take advantage of her tetrachromacy.  

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Antico has a personal stake in the continued research of tetrachromacy. Five years ago, when Antico’s daughter was 7 years old, the family learned that she was colorblind. “I didn’t think it had anything to do with me, but she’s colorblind because of me. I have a mutation,” Antico said. The more she helps scientists understand tetrachromacy, she figures, the better they will be able to help people like her daughter. “If we understand genetic potential for tetrachromacy and how their perception differs, we can understand quite a lot about visual processing of color that we currently don’t understand,” Jameson agreed.

But Antico may have stumbled upon a different way to help those who are color deficient. She is a professional artist who has been teaching painting for over 20 years, and she has a number of students who are colorblind. “One of the things that has been made apparent by looking at their artwork is that they have a good appreciation for color, unlike any other individual who I’ve ever seen that is color deficient,” Jameson said. “It’s very possible that by being tuned in from a very early age to color differences, [Antico] may have acquired some understanding and articulation for how to help them do that.” This hypothesis still needs to be proven empirically, of course, but Jameson is intrigued by the prospect of improving people’s perception of color through the training that neuroplasticity allows.

In addition to spending her time helping researchers better understand tetrachromacy, Antico hopes to open an art school for the colorblind and create an online platform for people around the world to discover if they are tetrachromatic. “I want to be sure before I die that I’m able to define tetrochromatism,” she said. “There have to be more tetrachromats out there. Maybe I can lead the way for that.”

13 Oct 12:43

Samsung readying crazy fast next-gen WiFi devices

by Steve Dent
Samsung has revealed that by 2015 it may be selling WiFi devices that use unlicensed, 60GHz spectrum to transfer data at 575MB/s -- five times faster than current tech. If that sounds familiar, it's also the WiGig Alliance's 802.11ad WiFi standard,...
13 Oct 10:17

You can now tweet money to friends, if you live in France

by Steve Dent
Starting tomorrow, any French resident with a bank account and Twitter handle will be able to transfer money simply by tweeting it. The new service, dubbed S-money, was launched last month by French mega-bank BPCE and Twitter. It differs from...
13 Oct 19:52

Resident Evil is getting its own TV series

by Sean Buckley
If you love Zombies, but find The Walking Dead's narrative a little too serious, pay attention: a campier option is coming soon. Constantin Film, the production group behind the Resident Evil movies has announced that the franchise is being adapted...
14 Oct 05:08

Dropbox passwords posted online and millions more might follow

by Mariella Moon
If you haven't activated two-factor authentication on Dropbox yet, you may want to do so now, just in case you end up finding your credentials posted on the internet. A document posted on pastebin earlier contains 400 Dropbox usernames and passwords,...
14 Oct 02:45

Ireland to Close Loophole Apple and Google Used to Evade EU Taxes

by Jason Mick
Threat of fines against Irish government and corporate partners like Apple prods Irish officials to take action
12 Oct 21:10

Ballmer, Gates No Longer on Speaking Terms

Vanity Fair recently ran a long piece on the decaying friendship of former CEO Steve Ballmer and Microsoft founder Bill Gates. So, what would it take to break up decades long best friends? The short version consists of two words: Nokia and Vista. The problems started right around 2001, when an apparent power struggle — Ballmer was the new CEO at the time, but Gates was still around — led them to a strained relationship. Comments
11 Oct 00:51

Nielsen admits a software glitch has been screwing up recent TV ratings

by Richard Lawler
Fist the bad news: No, Firefly isn't coming back. But, if you've ever felt like the ratings system didn't accurately represent the popularity of your favorite show, this might be something to take note of. Today The Nielsen Company issued a statement...
28 Sep 14:47

Brown Wood Owl: The Juvenile’s Journey

by RJ Evans

The Brown Wood Owl has a special place in Sri Lankan folklore, known as the devil bird. So when filmmaker Thivanka Perera came across a pair in the crevice of a tree trunk he decided to monitor their progress.  The resulting short film tells the story of survival against all the odds and while the ending is not a completely one, this reflects the way that nature operates. This film officially selected for the 2014 Wildlife Conservation Film Festival in New York.