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The Internet Will Become Self-Aware When Aliens Wake It Up

An extraterrestrial intelligence would have many reasons to make the human internet self-aware.<p>Most people agree the internet is not consciously alive (though my two-year old daughter, who's addicted to internet games, disagrees). Currently, the internet accepts inputs and is pretty good at …

Consciousness
Anime

The man who made 'the worst video game in history'

<b>The video game of Steven Spielberg's ET is considered to be one of the worst of all time and has even been blamed for triggering the collapse of Atari. Howard Scott Warshaw, the gifted programmer who made it, explains how it was rushed out in a matter of weeks - and how he feels about those events</b> …

Retrogaming

There's a new explanation for why you feel your phone vibrating when it's not

At least a few times a day, I find myself lurching for my vibrating phone when it is not in fact vibrating. Sometimes there is an obvious …

University of Michigan

Microsoft just came up with a brilliant way to switch between apps without ever visiting your phone's homescreen

Microsoft's latest experimental free Android app is the "Hub Keyboard," a custom phone keyboard that literally puts information at your fingertips.<p>In addition to letting you tap a message as you would normally, Microsoft's Hub Keyboard also lets you tab through your documents, contacts, e-mail, and …

Apps

Here's why the Datsun 240Z was the first Japanese muscle car

While it may be true that Japan's national motoring identity might always be more Toyota Corolla than Lexus LFA — more affordable mass-market sedan than stomping supercar — those who know will tell you that Japan has long produced the kind of cars that can make the pulse pound or the heart …

Muscle Cars

The Cicret Bracelet puts a smartphone display on your arm with full touchscreen functionality

When Android Wear and Apple Watch launched, each device touted the ability to bring the functionality of a phone to your wrist. This has been executed with varying degrees of success. While I am able to check my notifications and carry out certain tasks on my Apple Watch, an iPhone it is not.<p>That’s …

Disney's solar farm looks like Mickey Mouse because of course it does

Never a company to miss a moment for on-point branding, a new Disney solar farm in Florida is shaped like the head of beloved character Mickey …

Announcing Wolfram Programming Lab

I’m excited today to be able to announce the launch of Wolfram Programming Lab—an environment for anyone to learn programming and computational …

Computer Science

Seaweed Farming May Be the Prescription for Troubled Waters

Even in the dead of winter, the Gulf of Maine is a vibrant place. Birds, crabs, and fish abound. Tiny plumes of smoke rise from the homes of Mainers living along the well-populated Southern coast.<p>But the sea is changing. The Gulf has warmed faster than any body of water in the world, with climate …

IBM bets on mergers and algorithms for growth

After 14 consecutive quarters of declining sales IBM is turning increasingly to mergers and acquisitions in the hope of reviving growth. But one of …

Machine Learning

This safe battery won't burst into flames - Futurity

A new lithium-ion battery that shuts down when it gets too hot and restarts when it cools could prevent fires in laptops, hoverboards, and other …

Lithium Ion

Can MIT researchers save the incandescent lightbulb?

Bright but inefficient incandescent bulbs have been on the way out for years, in favor of low-wattage LEDs. Researchers at MIT and Purdue University …

Skype announces group video calls coming to Android, iOS, and Windows 10 Mobile

Microsoft-owned online voice and video calling service Skype is announcing today that in the next few weeks it will be rolling out video calls for groups of people — more than two — on iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows 10 Mobile.<p>The feature, announced today in a Skype blog post, comes as Skype …

The worst product designs of all time

We’ve seen lots of poorly designed gadgets and products over the years, but how do we pick the worst of the worst? I stumbled across this old Quora …

Everything Technology

Your iPhone won't blind you at night thanks to this handy feature

A new feature called Night Shift in iOS 9.3, which is currently in beta, means the days of being blinded by your phone in the middle of the night should be over soon.<p>Night Shift employs a technique similar to Mac and Windows app F.lux, changing the tint of your screen from blue to yellow at night …

Get a taste of coding with this affordable and beginner-friendly web developer course

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>ShutterStock / timofey123 Breaking into the world of web development takes a lot of work. There are coding languages to learn and …

Web Tools

This New Incandescent Bulb Uses Nano Mirrors to Match LED Bulb Efficiency

Energy-saving bulbs may have some competition in the shape of an ageing technology. Scientists have developed a new kind of incandescent light bulb …

New WiFithing Internet Of Things Hardware Requires No Programming (video)

WiFithing has created a new piece of hardware specifically designed to create Internet of Things projects that requires no coding and can be used …

Will LiFi Take Big Data And The Internet Of Things To A New Level?

The enormous demand for WiFi and transmissions of mass quantities of data is putting a strain on the current technologies. With the predicted exponential growth of mobile devices, by 2019 more than ten billion mobile devices will exchange 35 quintillion (1018) bytes of information each month — and …

Internet of Things