Camera made from one tiny Lego brick actually works - CNET
While working with such a tiny pinhole can be tricky, anybody can follow in Howerter's footsteps and give it a try. The materials list includes a Lego brick, a piece of brass shim stock (which you poke a tiny hole through), black tape and film or photographic paper. You'll also need access to the gear used for developing photos. "The brick's central support tube needs to be removed, which probably requires a Dremel tool. A black brick works best, to minimize reflected light," Howerter says.
Here’s why you only have a 0.2% chance of getting hired at Google
Google gets around 3 million applications a year now, according to HR head Laszlo Bock, and hires 7,000. That means only one in 428 applicants end up with a job, making it far more selective than institutions like Harvard, Yale, and Stanford. Those are pretty thin odds, but when Bock joined in 2006 from General Electric, Google’s hiring process was even more daunting—especially since the company’s future was by no means a sure thing.
This thing uses sound to make any wine taste better - CNET
The Sonic Decanter uses ultrasonic energy to improve a wine's chemical and molecular structure, purportedly giving your wine a better aroma and taste, the company claims. That's because exposing wines to ultrasonic energy is said to break down chemicals like sulfur dioxide, a common wine additive that helps preserve the wine, a process that CEO Michael Coyne claims softens the wine's taste. Decanting the wine takes as little as 15 minutes, and you can start the decanting process either via hard buttons on the Sonic Decanter itself or via the company's connected smartphone app.
Frequent Flyer 'Terrorist' Who Blogs About TSA Troubles Was Watchlisted For Animal Activism
More people than one may think are on the list and there is the hidden list. Those of us that have never done anything bad. Just travel to a Muslim country. Returning from Malaysia got me a private room and intense questions from FBI. It was guilt by association in their eyes. Had a friend that had got in trouble. He said my name in his alibi during questions about his life which happened years before we met. That’s all it takes folks…a mere mention of your name. They wanted to take the mem chip from my camera and view it. I said not without a warrant. But I would show them the photos with the view screen. All this goes on while no less than 50 aged people, with daughters or sons from the same flight, breeze through customs to become illegal as family of Philippine maids. I asked one where she was going? Sacramento, she said. Working for a politician. The old folks were coming here for health care on the government plan. Your tax dollars at work.
Ford Cars Will Soon Come with Pedestrian-Spotting Systems | MIT Technology Review
Ford’s pedestrian detection uses two sensors: radar in the bumper and a camera on the windshield. The radar detects an object, and the camera can determine if it is a person crossing the road. It will work at speeds of up to 80 kilometers per hour (50 miles per hour), but Ford said in a release that it will operate only “in daylight and clear weather conditions.”
This is how NASA banishes odors in space - CNET
Continued Anderson: " I chose to put my nasty shorts/socks/T-shirt onto a handrail in the US segment's Node 1 module. This handrail was near an A/C vent, meaning fresh, cold air would blow across my sweaty laundry for many hours until I donned them -- dry as a bone -- the next day. Decreasing their ability to generate any 'locker room' odors, that special placement also allowed for our environmental systems to easily soak up my sweat and turn it into drinking water for later!"
Now Open - AWS Germany (Frankfurt) Region - EC2, DynamoDB, S3, and Much More
( case study )
was first attracted to AWS by, as they say, the "fantastic technology stack." Empowered by
AWS, they have developed an agile deployment model that allows them to deploy new
code several times per day. They can experiment more often (with very little risk) and
can launch new products more quickly. They believe that the new AWS Region will
benefit their customers in Germany and will also inspire the local startup scene.
How to Set Up For a Video Meeting
Woke up in the middle of the night to take this call from the other side of the world? Wash your face, shave if needed and put the shirt that looks nice on you . Avoid stripes and squares which usually create video noise. A solid-colored top that contrasts well against the background color can help you stand out rather than blend in.
Nokia Gives Bullish Outlook as It Swings Back to Profit
STOCKHOLM—Nokia Corp.’s quarterly earnings gave ample evidence that the company’s main network unit has moved well beyond several years of painful restructuring.
Your Prototype Should Take Less Than 90 Days to Build
When you have a great idea, it’s tempting to let your mind run wild with all the features you could add. But until you have a solid user base that wants those features, they aren’t necessary. In fact, they’ll only muddy your product.
Apple CEO Tim Cook Meets With China’s Vice Premier Following iCloud Security Attack | TechCrunch
Apple CEO Tim Cook met with Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai on Wednesday, and on the agenda was discussing the protection of user information. The meeting took place in Zhongnanhai in central Beijing, which is the central seat of power for the ruling Communist Party of China.
Funding Daily: Today’s tech funding stories, in one place
Let’s say you’re a global ad network. You take credit card payments from your advertisers around the world — your “customers” — and you pay the publishers in many countries who run the websites where the ads run. But, given all the regulations and currencies, how do you pay them?
British comedy 'IT Crowd' gets another shot at US remake - CNET
Geeky Brits Moss, Roy and Jen will return to TV -- but this time as unappreciated American computer nerds. Can Internet, soccer and quizmaster jokes translate from across the pond?
Hands On With Google Inbox: Useful Email Triage Tools For A Mobile Workflow | TechCrunch
Google’s Inbox email app is now available, and we have access to the limited release, which is being distributed via Google’s tried-and-true invite system. While many will have to wait to check it out for themselves, our first impressions might help you decided whether you want to even try chasing down an invite.
Tom Davenport on Hadoop, Big Data and the Internet of Things - Part I
Tom: Well, GE are betting a couple of billion dollars on the industrial Internet saying, "We used to be a big iron company, but now we're a big iron and big data company." They told me that their devices all had sensors in them and now they needed to start extracting the data and making sense of it. The problem that they've faced is that there are almost as many different data formats as there are sensors; there's no common standard. I recall discussing the development of the RFID standard with Sanjay Sarma of MIT. He worked in the lab that coined the term the Internet of Things . Sanjay told me that it took around 15 years to agree on a common standard for RFID data, but he was hopeful that new standards will be agreed upon much more quickly.
Making the Internet of Things Understand Your Voice | MIT Technology Review
With Wit.ai, developers type a handful of plain-English commands they want it to recognize, such as “Wake me up tomorrow at 6” or “Wake me up in 20 minutes,” and note what they want to accomplish through each command—in this case, set the alarm on a hypothetical voice-controlled smart watch. Wit.ai uses what it knows about language to figure out the different ways a command might be expressed. Then, when a user wants to set the alarm for a specific time, that person’s utterances are sent to a Wit.ai server, which analyzes the audio and sends structured data back to the gadget—here, the instruction to set the alarm for the proper date and time. A demo on the company’s site gives an idea of how this can work. Already, about 4,600 developers are using Wit.ai with things like mobile apps , robots , home automation , and wearable devices.
B&O Has a Stunning New High-End Bluetooth Speaker
Bang and Olufsen is usually best known for audio equipment that costs more than your car. But now, it's decided to create something that normal people can afford—its first ever portable Bluetooth speaker.
Battling robots want your help spreading metal mayhem - CNET
"Producing a professionally produced show is only our first goal for this Kickstarter," the campaign page states. "If you help smash that goal, we'll add more to this project that will really bring you into the action, like including a behind-the-scenes professional documentary featuring as many of RoboGames' 54 events as possible: suspense-filled robot hockey, androids who play soccer, tiny nano-sumo robots the size of a quarter fighting in an arena the size of a salad plate! We'll take you with us for an up-close examination of these amazing robots, along with interviews by the intrepid inventors from around the world who built them."
Apple Plans More Stores in China
BEIJING—Apple Inc. plans to increase the number of its Apple-brand retail stores in Greater China to 40 from 15 within two years, Chief Executive Tim Cook said Thursday.
Inbox is a total reinvention of email from Google
As a product, Inbox uses different metaphors than Gmail — or even email. You can sort of map the metaphors as you use it: stars become pins and labels become bundles, for example. But they don't map perfectly and users will need to spend some time with this new way of thinking about email before they'll know if it's any good. Fortunately, Gmail won't go away if you try Inbox, they just use the same data. Inbox is basically your email, but mediated by Google. It's the Google Now version of your regular Inbox.
IBM Smarter PlanetVoice: How An Energy Company Is Using The Cloud To Create A Greener India
Bharat Light and Power (BLP), one of India’s largest clean energy companies, is combining cloud computing, analytics, mobile and social technologies to increase its green power capacity and transform how it operates. BLP wants to use the cloud to generate more renewable energy, improve efficiency and help rein in the growth of greenhouse gases.
Will the check-in survive? Foursquare’s controversial relaunch, by the numbers
Put a fork in them, they're done. Earning that #Failsquare moniker people are dropping all over the internet. Unbelieveable. They've managed to turn the unconditional love of their core base of loyal users
into vitriol. No one who downloaded Foursquare last year and checked in
a couple hundred times is posting nastygrams to their Facebook, it's
that core base of long time users with thousands of check ins. All 4SQ had to freaking do was bring most or all of the
gamification of the old 4SQ to Swarm, and there would be no vitriol. It
would, however, still be the ugliest app design ever. Foursquare will
not make it to see 2016.
Sprint undercuts AT&T, Verizon with $20, 1GB family data plan - CNET
The move is part of Sprint's "double-the-data" campaign and the latest step in its plan to draw attention to its services through lower prices and an offer of more data than the competition. The company, which has been bleeding customers for the past several quarters, has been hampered by a network that's not yet up to par with those of its rivals. New CEO Marcelo Claure has been charged with turning things around.
IGN Live Presents: Halo: The Master Chief Collection – IGN First - IGN
From 11am PT (that's 2pm ET/7pm GMT/5am AET until 1pm PT/4pm ET/9pm GMT/7am AET), we'll be playing Halo: The Master Chief Collection multiplayer live. And because there's so much damn content in this game and we couldn't even begin to try and show it all off, we're taking a slightly different approach: we're taking your requests. Yes, tweet @IGN with the hashtag #IGNFirst with the game, map, mode, and custom rules you'd like to see, and we'll play it!
PreTweet saves you from looking like an idiot on social media - CNET
No more "amazeballs"! Avoid looking like a twit on Twitter by using the PreTweet service to scrub out overused words everybody is tired of seeing on social media.
Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin, Blows Everyone's Mind | WIRED
Think you’re too busy to learn another language? Well, you’re not the CEO of a $205 billion company, and apparently, even this rather demanding job leaves plenty of time to learn some serious Mandarin.
UberHEALTH will be available today, October 23, in Boston, New York and DC from 10 am until 3 pm EST, and Uber users can request this service within their Uber app. Upon arrival, users will receive a flu prevention pack and the option to request a flu shot from a registered nurse for up to 10 people – all at no cost. Even better, for every shot given, Uber will donate $5 to the Red Cross to support vaccination efforts for children including its Measles & Rubella Initiative.
Some Bank Of America Customers Claim Apple Pay Is Double-Charging Them
Some Bank Of America customers were being charged twice for payments made with Apple Pay, according to alerts from Bloomberg.
Pandora AMPs up the Music With New Marketing Platform
With AMP (artist marketing platform), Pandora says it’s looking to ‘eliminate the guesswork’ by letting artists know which songs are performing well (e.g. track-spin counts and which are garnering the most ‘thumbs-up’). This could be used to help inform future singles or which tracks to perform live.
Meet the robot actor starring in a play inspired by Kafka - CNET
Up-and-coming android performer Repliee S1 stars alongside well-known French actors in a piece based on Franz Kafka's absurdist classic "The Metamorphosis."
iPad Air 2 unboxing photos and first impressions
These are some of my first impressions. I will be bring some more interesting tidbits of the iPad Air 2 shortly. Overall, the new iPad Air 2 represents an evolutionary improvement over the original iPad Air. If you’ve the original iPad Air, then I wouldn’t recommend upgrading to the iPad Air 2, however if you’ve an iPad 4, 3 or 2, then the difference would be quite significant (lighter, thinner and faster) and would be worth the upgrade.
Microsoft tweets 'joke' about raises (really) - CNET
The official Microsoft developer account decides to make fun of CEO Satya Nadella's recent faux-pas in suggesting women shouldn't ask for raises.
Android Wear watches can now do more without a smartphone
You can now pre-order the Sony Smartwatch 3 which has a GPS radio and, thanks to the latest version of Android Wear, works for location-based apps without a phone. All Android Wear watches now function as standalone music players too.
SoftBank And Sequoia Capital Make First Investment In Indonesia With $100 Million Into Tokopedia
The move by both SoftBank and Sequoia comes at a time of increased investment activity in emerging market and Asian e-commerce firms. In May, Sequoia led a $100 million round in Korea’s Coupang, while Berlin-based internet incubator Rocket Internet went public earlier this this month. Rocket, known for cloning successful online retailing businesses abroad, created Southeast Asia’s Lazada, an Amazon-like retailer, and Zalora, which focuses on fashion.
Barnes & Noble Launches 10.1-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook
It sports a 3MP rear-facing camera and a 1.3MP front-facing incarnation, which won’t win any awards, and a 1200×800 (149ppi) HD screen. But it has been given a storage boost, with 16GB now available compared to just 8GB of the previous version. As before, you can extend this up to 64GB with a microSD card.
This Fake Log Jams Your Phone So You'll Shut Up and Enjoy Nature | WIRED
Burtch sees her creation as the inverse of the increasingly common sight of cellular towers disguised as trees . Instead of hiding technology in nature to let people remain connected everywhere, the Log Jammer blends into a natural setting to cut off that constant remote communication—to force people to experience the place they’re in. Burtch paraphrases French philosopher Gilles Deleuz: “The problem is no longer getting people to express themselves,” she says. “It’s creating a needed gap of solitude in which they might find something to say.”
Up to 8 players brawl in Super Smash Bros. Wii U
According to today's Nintendo Direct stream, when Super Smash Bros. hits the Wii U it will boast "the highest quality visuals" the series has ever seen running at 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second. That's a good thing too, as you'll need those extra pixels to contain the game's simultaneous 8-player brawls.
The inclusion of an 8-player Smash mode comes with two caveats: 8-person melees are only available when playing offline and not all stages are eligible for that many combatants. Instead, the game features specially-designed, extra large stages to accommodate all those fighters. As you can see from the Nintendo Direct archive video below the break, even these designated stages quickly grow very chaotic when eight fighters are duking it out.
Super Smash Bros. (8/13/2014)
Arrow: "Corto Maltese" Review - IGN
The big news this week was the return of Malcolm Merlyn and Thea Queen, both of whom were last seen leaving Starling City late in Season 2 (well, not counting their cameo last week). Even as Ollie and Roy arrived in Corto Maltese to convince Thea to come home, we saw glimpses into her recent past and her evolution from spoiled rich girl to hardened warrior. I wasn't sure I'd buy her transformation, as six months is a pretty short amount of time to mold someone into a world-class fighter and swordsman. But seeing the lengths Malcolm was willing to go to school his daughter - burning tea, elbows to the face, etc. - you can understand that she had to be a quick study.
Ello Raises $5.5 Million, Legally Files As Public Benefit Corp. Meaning No Ads Ever | TechCrunch
Ello was originally built as a private social network. Over time, so many people wanted to join Ello that we built a public version of Ello for everyone to use.
Ello doesn't sell ads. Nor doest the company sell data about its users to third parties.
Ello is completely free to use. Ello occasionally offesr special features to our users. If it creates a special feature that the consumer …
Free Xbox Music streaming on Windows 8.1 and web will be discontinued in December
I pay. But I also disapprove of this move. It means fewer users. The model for nearly every successful web project (Facebook, instagram, whatsapp, everything) has been to lure users via some mechanism and then once the user base is sufficiently large introduce some pay feature (or method to monetize their users' addictions) - enhanced subscriptions, advertising (or ad opt-outs), extra content, something. This move will move any growth in the opposite direction. The only defensible position is that the free users exceed paid users and that it is impacting service to paid members. If that is the case, free can be futher limited by stream quality, etc. Also, I concur with other posts. If you're a XBL member, this should come "free." I am also an XBL subscriber. A bump in price to cover this would be fine.
Best iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cases - CNET
Speck's CandyShell Inked iPhone 6 cases are due to ship soon (we received an early sample) with striking new designs. The Inked was one of our favorite cases for the iPhone 5/5S and it's also a winner for the 6 and 6 Plus.
Pentagram's Michael Bierut Rebrands The MIT Media Lab
What Bierut ended up with for the finished identity was essentially a typeface, masquerading as a logo. Using the same 7x7 unit grid that figured in the 25th-anniversary logo, Bierut calculated all the possible ways a maximum of three different letters could fit into 49 pixels, yet still be readable. The Media Lab itself has its own logo, denoted by a low-res "ML," where as Media Lab departments each have their own sibling identities, represented by their initials. A plus? It's a design that still looks pretty good on a tote.
'Bloodborne' Hands-On Impressions
The biggest and most obvious changes are two-fold; the lack of a shield means the emphasis is on dodging attacks, which in turn leads into the lock-on and quick step mechanics. In that once you are locked onto an enemy your standard Souls combat roll switches to a far lither orbiting quick step. This means you need to be more spatially aware, as once an enemy reveals themselves you then have the chance to lock-on to them and dance around them with oversized and decidedly pointy weaponry. These quick step mechanics aren’t for show either, as outright avoiding enemy attacks is a key element now.
Structure Connect 2014 live coverage
We’ve been talking about this for years at Gigaom, but over the last 12 months or so we realized that it was actually starting to happen. Just look at Google’s purchase of Nest, Samsung’s purchase of SmartThings, and Apple’s planned HomeKit strategy — all of which has happened in 2014 — to understand how the giants of the tech world are getting ready to create software and services for objects that you wouldn’t have considered computing devices even a few years ago. So we decided to evolve our long-running Mobilize conference into a brand new conference designed to bring together the people and companies making this all happen: Structure Connect.
China's GMO Research Juggernaut Prepares for Climate-Changed Future | MIT Technology Review
In anticipation, the nation is building a storehouse of genetically modified crop strains for future use. China sees this as a way of protecting its long-term security. In fact, the country is the world’s top public spender on genomics and genetic modification of crops, says Scott Rozelle, a China scholar and food security expert at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. “Certainly we [the United States] aren’t doing much—and the big multinationals aren’t doing much right now in terms of spending on plant biotech research,” Rozelle says. “And yet China continues to do it.” So far China has been able to feed itself, so there is no impetus to deploy this new technology, he adds. “Yet they continue to pour money into it. Are they doing it for the love of science? They are putting away for a rainy day—or a non-rainy one. And when that day comes, I think they will have more GM technologies than anyone.”
New Microsoft Garage site invites public to test a wide range of app ideas
Microsoft today launched a new section on its website: The Microsoft Garage is designed to give the public early access to various projects the company is testing right now. The team is kicking off with a total of 16 free consumer-facing apps, spanning Android, Android Wear, iOS, Windows Phone, Windows, and even the Xbox One.
GoPro Competitor iON Cameras Chases After The Home Security Market
“There’s clearly an opportunity,” said Tomaselli in a call. “We already have all the key ingredients for the home security camera. We have the cloud, the app, the sensors are similar to our other cameras, the processor is the same as the action camera. It became very simple when we start thinking about iON the brand. It’s a natural extension of what we’re doing. We don’t want to be an action sports camera junky. What’s the difference between me and GoPro? They want to be a media company, we are an imaging company.”
Nanako learns new swears in faux Persona 4 Platinum
Persona 4 Platinum might not be real, but that doesn't mean Atlus can't borrow a few ideas from this biting fan-made spoof. Spending Chanukah with President Tanaka sounds delightful.
Microsoft sees Surface revenue soar to $908M in Q1 2015, Xbox console sales grow 102%
“Customers are embracing our latest technologies from Surface Pro 3 and Office 365 to Azure and SQL Server,” Microsoft chief operating officer Kevin Turner said in a statement. “Through great execution by our sales teams and our partners, we have been able to deliver our truly differentiated value to the marketplace.”