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7 things people hate about your website

<i>This article is part of DBA, a new series on Mashable about running a business that features insights from leaders in entrepreneurship, venture</i> …

Physics students design real-world Star Wars deflector shields

<i>(Credit: LucasFilm)</i><p><b>Physics students at the University of Leicester designed a concept for fully operational deflector shields, but there's one</b> …

Physics

IBM's Watson Can Now Argue For You

The supercomputer has been programmed to lay out the pros and cons of an argument. Thanksgiving is saved!<p>IBM's Watson supercomputer has already mastered <i>Jeopardy!</i> and can even whip up an innovative recipe. Next step: it'll be elected to the presidency after dominating against humans in a series of …

14 Emerging Digital Technologies That Will Change The World

<i>Policy Horizons Canada worked with futurist and data visualizer Michell Zappa of Envisioning to produce a report called MetaScan 3: Emerging Technologies and accompanying infographics. We are reproducing the summary for emerging digital and communications technologies.</i><p>We have included predictions …

Invention Awards 2014: 360-Degree Infrared Vision

A thermal radar system with a panoramic view<p>Michael Dortch was building video surveillance trailers for industrial parks in Colorado when his clients started asking for near-omniscient views of their properties. They wanted to see intruders in the dark from all angles, but such coverage required up …

The K5 security robot will begin patrolling one Silicon Valley campus this year

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Credit: Knightscope<p>The Knightscope K5 robot’s 5-foot-tall bullet-shaped frame is impressive. Studded with cameras and sensors …

Finally, A Strip-Proof Screw

Using your head<p>The common screw may not have been screaming for a makeover, but consider its shortcomings: stripped heads, tedious pilot holes, endless bit swapping. The company Outlaw has developed a new fastening system that cures all those headaches and could unseat the Phillips head as the …

Woodworking

Fewer Soldiers, More Robots: Pentagon Budgets For The Future

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has proposed the smallest United States military since 1940. It's also the most technologically advanced.<p>The last time the U.S. Army was smaller than 450,000 troops, it was 1940 and the United States had yet to join World War II. Announced yesterday, Secretary of …

Military

Coding Cupboard Is A New U.K. Crowdsourced Marketplace For Budding Devs To Get Project Work

A new crowdsourced marketplace aiming to connect up budding coders with businesses needing to find developers to do one-off project work has launched today in beta in the U.K.<p>Called Coding Cupboard it’s the sister side of Concept Cupboard — a creative industries talent-finding web platform that …

Brightup Is A Smart Home Lighting System That Works With Your Existing Bulbs And Lamps

Smart home lighting is a growing field, with entrants including Philips and LIFX, but one other new contender has a different approach that might appeal more to some. The Brightup system consists of plug socket hardware and in-wall dimmers, connected to and controlled by a central hub via Z-Wave RF …

FounderDating Launches An Easier Way To Find And Sign-Up Startup Advisors

FounderDating, a selective network where entrepreneurs can find co-founders, is adding a new way to pick up advisors. Advisors, who are usually paid with a small cut of equity, can bring lessons learned from years of in-the-field experience.<p>But Jessica Alter, FounderDating’s CEO, said that finding …

Predicting Love And Breakups With Facebook Data

Does it matter that the love of your life doesn’t like your friends? If you hit the one-year anniversary mark, are you more likely to get married? Smitten worry warts are often obsessed with comparing their partners’ behavior to other couples to see if a dreaded breakup is headed their way. Now, …

Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+ (512GB)

Part Number: 10024048<p>Where to Buy<p>MSRP: $899.95<p>Visit manufacturer site for details.<p>CNET may get a commission from these offers.<p>Quick Specifications<p>Compatibility Mac<br>PC<br>• Color Category black<br>• Type solid state drive<br>• Capacity 512 GB<br>• Hard Drive Type external hard drive<p>Full Product Specifications

Thunderbolt

Google bought SlickLogin, the startup that wants to replace passwords with sounds

Google bought SlickLogin, an Israel-based startup that develops alternatives to passwords, including a sound-based authentication technology.<p>Founded by three security experts that used to work for the Israeli military, SlickLogin is a small and young company – the startup launched its service in …

Identity Theft

This Full-Color 3-D Printer Sounds Too Good To Be True. Is It?

Popular Science sat down with botObjects to ask some questions about their controversial 3-D printer. We left with some answers, and some new questions.<p>Back in May, a startup called botObjects unveiled what seemed like a stunning consumer gadget: the world's first full-color, desktop 3-D printer, …

Hung Up

Lasers To Join Israel's Missile Defense System

Iron Dome, meet Iron Beam.<p>Intercepting and destroying projectiles in midair is costly business. Rockets, like the Qassams and Katyushas fired into Israel by Hezbollah and Hamas, cost around $1,000 each. The counter-missiles that the Iron Dome, Israel's rocket defense system, uses to destroy …

Future Android security apps will learn from your phone

Malicious software might not be as huge of a problem as some reports would like you to believe, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t take the time to protect our smartphones from potential attacks.<p>Fortunately, Zimperium, a new mobile security startup, seems to be taking mobile security seriously …

Apps

Take Your Next Flight On This Gigantic Solar Whale-Like Plane

When we picture transportation of the future, we tend to think “sleek.” A Spanish designer has gone in the opposite direction with his vision for an environmentally friendly, futuristic “whale plane” that looks like a cruise ship in the sky.<p>Oscar Viñals, from Barcelona, envisioned the “AWWA Sky …

Solar Panels

Supercomputer Takes 40 Minutes To Create Super-Detailed Model Of 1 Second Of Brain Activity

The human brain won't be surpassed by computers any time soon.<p>Futurists have long talked about the day when computers become as powerful and versatile as the human brain. A recent simulation shows that day is not exactly imminent. In one of the most accurate simulations of the human brain to date, …

Singularity

Fingernail-shaped stylus is manicure-friendly

If you have fingernails that extend beyond your fingertip and have ever used a resistive touch screen -- like the one on the Nintendo 3DS, for …

Touchscreens

Direct Power

The Parenting-Battery is a twist to the numerous battery concepts we have seen here on Yanko Design. It basically houses two pencil cells that can be …

Robotic Clean

The one place I’d like to see robots do their thing is in the domestic space. The Mab is a concept in this direction and looks at giving home space a …

Putting the Book Back in eBook

TwistBook is an eReader with not 1 but 2 eInk screens connected by a flexible binding to mimic the familiar split of paper books. The bisected shape …

Fridge of the Future

Chances are, your upright refrigerator has more than a few items long overdue to be theown out. It’s in part due to our increasingly hectic …

The Roly-poly Pod

Designed specifically for use in airports, the Slater lounge applies the best of biomimicry to create a personal, relaxing and private sanctuary …

KickSkateBoard

Convincing yourself to get a skateboard and kick board at the same time is kinda resource drain. So how about this cool innovative option called the …

This bracelet could replace your passwords, your car keys, and even your fingerprints

Fingerprint readers. Face Unlock. Retinal scanners. They're all no better than your average password, at least the way Dr. Karl Martin sees it. "Your face, your iris — they're all physical features that can be stolen, that you leave everywhere."<p>Luckily, Dr. Martin has a better idea. He's planning …

Scrubba Wash Bag Is A Great Alternative to Hand Washing for Travelers

<b>Scrubba Wash Bag</b> has been awarded Australia’s top innovation in 2012, a pocket sized wash bag that you can carry anywhere with you, weighing only …