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FretPen Is the Tiniest Guitar You Will Ever Play
Pop off the cap, snap the ball-point end into the guitar body and pluck the tiny string; a Bluetooth-connected smartphone acts as a wireless amp.
Can You Teach a Robot How Not to Be a Jerk?
For some people, the only thing scarier than a robot is a rude robot. But what if you could teach robots how to be polite — even ethical?
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World Cup Stars Fight Racist Taunt With Bananas
World soccer stars throw their support behind Dani Alves after a controversial incident on the pitch.
The Hackaday Prize: You Build Open Hardware, We Send You to Space
Build a piece of hardware that moves past the rut of “Internet-enabled refrigerators” and billion dollar thermostats (we couldn’t resist). Think big, come up with a piece of hardware that has the potential to change the lives of many. Or just build something silly and fun. But do it at a high level, and share your work. We’re not disqualifying entries that don’t share their secrets, but we are giving a strong judging preference on just how open each design will be.
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New MacBook Airs likely launching tomorrow
This is a minor update – and Apple has chosen to focus on processor speed and SSDs. Since you cannot purchase a custom order MBA with 16gbs of RAM as of yet they probably won’t add that to this update. As a matter of fact the MBA only comes with 4gbs standard. That being said the Early 2013 update to the rMBP saw Apple change the standard configuration to include 16gbs of RAM – but this was available as an option in the custom build menu. Now, when they do release the redesigned MBA they’ll probably set the standard amount at 8gbs. Will you be able to purchase more? Most likely no. In the highest level model of the rMBP it comes with 16gbs standard and isn’t upgradeable to more than that. Since the MBA is not designed for Aperture usage they won’t be offering those specs. However, they will most likely upgrade the speed of the memory or flash storage. Then with the release of Syrah – the next OS X codename – they will improve upon Timer Coalescing and their flash storage handling to provide faster performance. All in all, none of that info about the next MBA should matter because you should just purchase a rMBP.
AOL Says Spoofed Emails Appeared To Come From 2% Of Accounts, No Financial Info Affected | TechCrunch
In a blog post , AOL (which owns TechCrunch) wrote that its investigation is still ongoing, but it acknowledged that a “significant” number of users were affected, with the spoofers gaining access to “AOL users’ email addresses, postal addresses, address book contact information, encrypted passwords and encrypted answers to security questions that we ask when a user resets his or her password, as well as certain employee information.”
Code Conference Second Night Will Star Apple Top Execs Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi
Federighi, who has also been at Apple on and off for a very long time, is its SVP of Software Engineering. Also reporting to Cook, he is in charge of the development of iOS, OS X and “Apple’s common operating system engineering teams.” In other words, the stuff — including user interface and applications — that makes your pretty iPhone and iPad work. Federighi came back to Apple in 2009 as head of OS X engineering. He also worked at Jobs’s NeXT, then came to Apple with him. He also did a stint along the way at Ariba, including as CTO.
Microsoft Wins Antitrust Case as Top Court Rejects Novell
Novell was looking to revive a lawsuit that accused
Microsoft of anticompetitive conduct during development of its
Windows 95 operating system in 1994. Novell said that, late in
the rollout process, Microsoft withheld software components
known as namespace extensions so competing developers would have
trouble making their programs run smoothly on Windows.
Anguished Birds: Rovio Net Profit Falls 52% in 2013
Net profit for the year was $37.3 million compared to $77 million in 2012. Revenues were $216.3 million, up slightly from $211 in 2012. In a press release, Rovio CFO Herkko Soininen described 2013 as a "foundation-building year" in which the company invested in new business areas like animation and video distribution and introduced new business models in games.
Can Apple's Angela Ahrendts Spark A Retail Revolution?
Ahrendts, who will become one of only a handful of female members of Apple's tight inner circle over the years, has always been more of a "we" person than a "me" executive, using the plural pronoun whenever she reflects on Burberry's success--sometimes referring to her close partnership with Bailey and often the entire company. The approach should serve her well as she enters the upper ranks of Apple, which has always been a far more collaborative place than people realize. Ive was Jobs's most recognized partner in engineering the company's storied revival, but other executives, such as former chief software-tech officer Avie Tevanian, onetime head of hardware engineering (and "Podfather") Jon Rubinstein, SVP of Internet software and services Eddy Cue, and, of course, then–COO Tim Cook, accomplished minor miracles to help Jobs turn a beleaguered computer manufacturer into the most valuable company in the world. They even partnered with one another to rein in some of Jobs's misdirected passions: Tevanian and Rubinstein would meet every other week to plot their "get around Steve" strategy.
Cryptographers assemble! Mystery text found in 16th-century Homer - CNET
The University of Chicago Library is seeking help identifying mysterious marginalia found in a rare 16th-century edition of Homer's "Odyssey."
Video: Say Halo to Bungie's Bellevue studio
In Destiny you are a Guardian of the last city on Earth, able to wield incredible power. Explore the ancient ruins of our solar system, from the red dunes of Mars to the lush jungles of Venus. Defeat Earth’s enemies. Discover all that we have lost. Become legend.
Destiny delivers an all new way to experience first-person action games. A sweeping adventure set within a bold new universe, featuring an unprecedented combination of cooperative, competitive, public, and community activities seamlessly woven into an expansive, persistent, online world.
The Only 4 Things You Absolutely Need To Know How To Do In Photoshop
The Spot Healing Brush tool is very similar to the Healing Brush tool, except that you don't have to choose the replacement pixels. All you have to do is adjust your brush size, and then click and drag over the area you want to blend in with the surrounding pixels. This tool is particularly great for removing wrinkles or rips in scanned images.
Panasonic forecasts slowdown in profit growth for 2014/15
Industrial products, especially automotive parts, are expected to drive growth this fiscal year, when Panasonic forecasts a 1.6 percent rise in operating profit to 310 billion yen ($3.04 billion), just short of the 325.6 billion yen mean estimate of 20 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters StarMine.
Authy Brings Two-Factor Authentication To The Desktop | TechCrunch
As the company’s founder and CEO Daniel Palacio told me last week, being able to get your second factor from your desktop and laptop makes for a far more seamless user experience. Instead of typing in a code, you can just copy and paste it from the desktop app. For those users who don’t have a smartphone, this also provides an easier alternative to the usual SMS messages services like Authy utilize to send their codes.
Jade writes down Joob Mobile, pursues ports software business | ZDNet
Summary: Having successfully spun out and listed its Wynyard forensics software business last year, Christchurch-based Jade Software aims to be number one in mixed cargo port operations software.
AOL traces mystery spam flood to security breach; passwords and more stolen | PCWorld
According to Reuters , the uptick in AOL spam is related to a security breach that affected roughly 2 percent of users. Hackers made off with e-mail addresses, mailing addresses, encrypted passwords, and encrypted security questions. AOL says it's still investigating the matter in conjunction with federal employees.
U.S. search warrant can acquire foreign cloud, email data, judge rules | ZDNet
The Internet is. What did anyone think. And this time it isn't some NSA think-I-am-a-big-man "revelation". Why is data no different than money or property? If money is in a U.S. bank, it is under U.S. law. Same for goods in a warehouse. Any other country it is exactly the same. And truth be told, in the latter two cases, if it is physically in the U.S. or whatever country, even if the corporate entity holding it is not of that nationality it is still under that nationalities rules.
The truth is that the Internet is rapidly growing up. And suddenly, all of the rules both real and clandestine, that apply to the physical world are now hitting home in cyberspace too. Hey, it was an invention by humans after all. What made anyone think that just because it was a bunch of electrons whizzing around it was any different. In the end somewhere was REAL infrastructure interacting with REAL people.
Like the "new world order" that was supposed to have come out of the 1990s and on. A bit funny, but take a look around. The "new world" is starting to resemble the "old world" more and more.
Wikipedia Redesign Concept
Wikipedia is one of the most visited websites in the world. It hasn’t been changed or redefined during the last 10 years. This is a try to make Wikipedia more modern, readable, useful and personal. Read Less
Microsoft Research Special Projects group tipped to take on Google X | ZDNet
Summary: Microsoft is building a Special Projects team expected to be headed by former DARPA innovation boss Norman Whitaker, which will focus on 'disruptive next-generation technologies.'
New Relic brings in $100M more ahead of IPO
Lewis Cirne is the founder and CEO of New Relic, recently funded Software as a Service company focused on providing application performance management solutions for over 35,000 customers. The company is funded by Benchmark Capital, Ins... read more »
The PiPhone Is A DIY Cellphone Powered By Raspberry Pi | TechCrunch
The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. We want to see it being used by kids all over the world to learn programming.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a UK registered charity …
Look inside a nuclear silo where floppy disks are high tech
In the aftermath of a major cheating scandal , the US Air Force is on a PR offensive. A CBS News crew recently toured a nuclear control center in order to shoot a segment for 60 Minutes . In a behind-the-scenes video released online, CBS' Lesley Stahl talks through her experience touring the facility, revealing her surprise at the aging equipment and relatively inexperienced staff. At one point, a staff member shows Stahl a still-used 8-inch floppy disk, highlighting the tech of the ’70s that helps power the US' nuclear deterrent.
Google Shows Off Hardware Design Using IBM Chips - Digits - WSJ
He did not say whether or how Google might actually deploy Power8 technology to handle Web searches or other computing chores. But the hardware and software efforts certainly suggest that the technology trend-setter is at least seriously considering shifting some of its work away from Intel’s technology.
“The 20 years’ experience we have and all the assets we have in place make us a very tough competitor in this business,” CEO Michael Small told Re/code.
Free Mobile Service Comes to iPhone with FreedomPop
Now you can get a free voice, text, and data subscription on your Android and iPhone. The company also announced its FreedomPop app is now available for iOS with access to free voice, text, and voicemail service. Helpful if you’re currently trapped in a contract and want to reduce the cost of your plan by eliminating most of the text and voice charges. New customers can purchase an iPhone directly from FreedomPop starting at $349 or bring their own Sprint-compatible iPhone 4 and up to the service. Both options are contract-free and support number porting. FreedomPop uses Sprint’s 3G and LTE network.
Europe Begins Its Largest-Ever Cyberwar Stress Test - Digits - WSJ
In a sign of just how seriously Europe is taking the cyber threat, more than 400 cyber security professionals from 29 countries and 200 organisations are today beginning a biannual cyber exercise coordinated by the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA).
Nokia ‘Superman’ will be the best Windows Phone for selfies
We understand that Superman is designed as a 4.7-inch mid-range handset that’s expected to debut towards the end of the year. Microsoft is also currently working towards two Windows Phone 8.1 updates that will be delivered over the course of 2014. Like previous Windows Phone 8 updates, the pair of 8.1 updates will coincide with new handsets and will be rolled out to existing devices. The first update is tentatively scheduled for July, and Superman is expected to debut alongside the second later this year.
Hackers find first post-retirement Windows XP-related vulnerability
Because Microsoft will eventually patch the drive-by bug in IE6, IE7 and IE8, then deliver those patches to PCs running Windows Vista and Windows 7, it's likely that hackers will be able to uncover the flaw in the browsers' code, then exploit it on the same browsers running on Windows XP.
Samsung Galaxy S5 ‘Prime’ Could Bring A Premium Bump To The Android Flagship In June | TechCrunch
Samsung’s Galaxy S5 Prime is already a bit of a known quantity, thanks to leaked references to the gadget and its specs from Samsung’s own site, as well as a preview of the specs from often-accurate analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities. It would make a lot of sense for Samsung to release a second, even more improved device this year in particular, given the relatively modest changes the GS5 introduced over the GS4, and the fact that this will probably be a year in which Apple introduces a significantly redesigned new iPhone, which could boast a bigger screen better able to woo Android users who are interested in more screen real estate.
Hands On With Samsung's Level Headphones
Finally there was Level In, Samsung's premium earbuds. These also have a very clean sound, with a lot of midrange and lower high-end; Samsung wants us to know about its three built-in speakers for different frequencies, which aren't a unique innovation. More importantly, I found them comfortable, and they have volume controls on the cable. The earbuds come with four silicon and three memory foam eartips, a good selection.
BlackBerry Takes Preorders for Indonesia Smartphone - Digits - WSJ
BlackBerry is now accepting preorders for the low-cost, Foxconn-made smartphone it’s releasing first in Indonesia, where its devices have traditionally been popular.
Japanese media firm Kadokawa acquires Dark Souls developer From Software
Japanese media company Kadokawa said today it has acquired Dark Souls developer From Software in an effort to expand the studio’s reach into more entertainment businesses.
WATCH: Tiny Eyeglasses May Bring Big Advances In Robotics
Look out for it in: South America, Africa, Asia, and parts of Europe and North America
Why you should fear it: While modern livestock management here at home has practically eliminated tapeworm-infested pork, the tapeworm eggs can be spread directly from one infected person to another. How? Let's just say that it's really, really important to wash hands after going to the bathroom-- and leave it at that.
Notorious victim: A woman in Arizona went into surgery thinking she had a brain tumor, and woke up later to learn that the cause of her problems had been a tapeworm, not a tumor.
New Relic Raises Pre-IPO Round of $100 Million to Advance Software Analytics - Digits - WSJ
This round, which is $100 million, was led by funds affiliated with BlackRock and Passport Capital and includes T. Rowe Price Associates, Wellington Management and Fidelity. These late-stage investors traditionally buy shares both before and after an IPO in order to stabilize an offering and also take advantage of any IPO gains.
Elon Musk announces SpaceX's protest of Air Force award to ULA (Video) - Silicon Valley Business Journal
In his latest effort to squash what has long been dubbed a space launch monopoly, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced Friday plans by his company to file suit against the Air Force for its bulk contract award to competitor United Launch Alliance.
Microsoft Is Still Going To Sell Nokia's Android Phones
Nokia announced the Nokia X Android phones at the Mobile World Congress tech conference in February. The move caused a lot of head scratching since Nokia was very close to becoming part of Microsoft at the time. And Microsoft is all-in on Windows Phone. The Nokia X phones are very cheap and are sold in emerging markets where most people aren't using smartphones yet.
Watch a creepy robot draw an even creepier joker
A recent Pew Research study says 51 percent of Americans believe robots will be able to create art indistinguishable from a human's. Well, they might be surprised that robots like those already exist , and one of them's this new mechanical Picasso called Roboartist. Obviously, this robotic arm can't think up its own masterpieces, so its operators feed it images to draw -- once it "sees" its subject, the system uses an image processing tool called Canny edge detector to determine where pen strokes go. Roboartist then uses rows of violet lights under the drawing surface as a guide to determine the lines on an A3 paper. If you're curious how its creators assembled the whole thing, Hackaday has its full hardware list (they used an assortment of parts, including Arduino), as well as as a diagram on how its software works. As you can see in the video below, the artistic robot works great and has even successfully sketched an eerie rendition of Heath Ledger's Joker.
Watch out Google Hangouts: Skype rolls out free group video calling | PCWorld
Previously, at least one caller needed an $8.99 per month Skype Premium subscription to organize a group video chat. Google Hangouts has offered group video calling for free for several years now; with Google+ chief Vic Gundotra recently leaving Google for greener pastures , the Microsoft-owned Skype appears to be striking while the iron is hot.
NYC Bars to use iBeacons for pub crawl promotion
iBeacon is a new technology in iOS 7 that lets business owners deliver location-aware notifications to their customers powered by Bluetooth Low Energy. BeaconCrawl is a new kind of Pub Crawl organised by New York City pubs that makes the experience of a pub crawl more interesting by using iBeacons.
Microsoft Wants a Little Research Buzz of Its Own - Digits - WSJ
Microsoft has long had a research arm, whose work contributed to products such as the Kinect motion-sensing system for the Xbox videogame console. The company spent $10.4 billion on research and development in its last fiscal year, and Microsoft has boasted that it has more employees with doctorate degrees than any other company.
E.T. Atari games found in landfill
A worker shows the media the first recovered ''E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial'' cartridge at the old Alamogordo landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico, April 26, 2014. Documentary filmmakers digging in a New Mexico landfill on Saturday unearthed hundreds of ''E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial'' cartridges, considered by some the worst video game ever made and blamed for contributing to the downfall of the video game industry in the 1980s. REUTERS/Mark Wilson
Construction workers unearth legendary cache of Atari games in New Mexico desert
According to urban legend, a massive stockpile of Atari gear — including truckloads of the notoriously awful game E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial — has laid buried in a New Mexico landfill for over thirty years. Today, that story is no longer a myth. Construction crews have uncovered copies of the Atari 2600 game at a landfill deep in the New Mexico desert, near the city of Alamogordo.
OperationSAFE is on JustCoz!
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Cold War Spy-Satellite Images Unveil Lost Cities
I wonder if there are photos of the United State from that era. It would be wonderful to take a look back at many of the cities and countryside that have expanded so much in recent years. I myself would love to see the metropolitan Detroit areas and how they have changed. If it is possible does anyone if these photos are available to the general public. If it is possible Please list a website or an address to contact. I'm sure that I am not the only one who would like to see them!!!
Sweden: The New Laboratory for a Six-Hour Work Day
This mixed record hints at a larger insight: The relationship between hours worked and productivity—let alone other variables like wealth and well-being—is incredibly complex. Spending more time at work doesn't necessarily make you more productive, and may make you less so. For evidence, just take a look at the 2009-2011 data from Europe below. (Americans are something of an exception ; relative to other countries, we work long hours and are very productive.)
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The survival time of chocolates on hospital wards: covert observational study | BMJ
To our knowledge, our multicentre, multispecialty, observational study is the first to provide quantitative data on patterns of chocolate consumption within a hospital environment. The study was appropriately powered to detect a difference between two leading chocolate brands and was conducted robustly over multiple sites, and in multiple specialty situations, to have as much external validity as possible. Bias was minimised by using a similar start time and ensuring that all observers were familiar with the study protocol. Qualitatively, the observers all commented that when a box was first opened the initial phase of chocolate consumption was rapid, followed by a steadier and ever slowing consumption as time progressed. This was confirmed by our exponential decay model, which we believe provides a sound model for these observations. The behavioural or anthropological basis of this model remains unclear and is in need of further investigation, although similar patterns are seen in a variety of biological processes.
Deep sea diving ... in a wheelchair
When Sue Austin got a power chair 16 years ago, she felt a tremendous sense of freedom — yet others looked at her as though she had lost something. In her art, she aims to convey the spirit of wonder she feels wheeling through the world. Includes thrilling footage of an underwater wheelchair that lets her explore ocean beds, drifting through schools of fish, floating free in 360 degrees. (Filmed at TEDxWomen.)
You Can Download Adobe's Patch for the Internet Explorer Flaw Right Now
Just a little over a day after Microsoft revealed a massive Internet Explorer vulnerability, Adobe is pushing out an emergency security update to patch the Flash-enabled flaw. In other words, if you're an IE user (and statistically 26 percent of you are), go download it right now .
This Is What Heartbreak Looks Like In The Digital Age
It's often difficult to articulate the real pain and anguish involved in heartbreak. But artist Victoria Siemer seems to do it better than most, with her series "Human Error." Overlaying intimate Polaroids with computerized error messages, she cleverly connects the futility of dwelling on a broken heart with the uselessness of channeling frustration towards your tech devices.
How Popular Are Your Instagram Pics? Play the Game of Likes to Find Out
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