Anders Niemi

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Super Mario 64 Has a Mystery Goomba That Can Never Be Killed

While most gamers have a particular title that they'll play <i>over and over again</i> to a borderline unhealthy degree, not many of us have the fortitude …

Washing Dollar Bills With Carbon Dioxide Could Save Billions

Now that's what you call "real" money laundering.<p>Nothing is better than a crisp, brand new George Washington bill that a vending machine gobbles up. And nothing is more frustrating than trying to flatten out an old, grimy, torn-up one dollar bill that a vending machine refuses to take. Thankfully, …

From Destiny to Guacamelee: five interesting games to try this weekend

Whether you want to explore the galaxy or dress as a wrestler here's a selection of new titles to play while you're staying out of the sun<p>It's sunny and beautiful outside, but you can't spend the <i>whole</i> weekend lolling about in the garden wondering if you should light up the barbecue, thereby …

Meet the 12-year-old boy who makes games instead of going to school

Sam Smith is a 12-year-old game developer. That’s rather young, sure, but that’s not even the strangest part.<p>Sam makes games instead of going to school.<p>Spacepants is Sam’s latest game, available for $1 on iOS and Android devices. It’s a brutally tough “endless runner” — like Jetpack Joyride or …

Six Flags Unveils Tallest, Fastest and Steepest Wooden Roller Coaster

After much anticipation from thrill seekers and coaster enthusiasts, Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois has finally unveiled its newest …

Singapore Is Planning The World’s Largest Floating Solar Farm

A tiny country with little space to spare looks to its water reservoirs to expand its use of renewable energy.<p>There isn’t much extra space in Singapore, since the entire country is smaller than New York City and fully developed. So when the government decided to install more solar power to help …

Why Apple switched from Yahoo to Weather Channel for Weather data in iOS 8

When Apple unveiled iOS 8 earlier this month, it didn’t take long for beta testers to notice it had replaced Yahoo with The Weather Channel as the source of data in the stock iOS Weather app. While recent reports suggested Yahoo was trying to get Apple to put even more of its services on the iPhone …

The Internet's Aswarm In Denial Of Service Attacks And It's Getting Worse

The denial of service attack gets few props for novelty in a field that prizes novelty. In a denial of service (DoS) attack, hackers flood a Web site or application with pointless requests that clog or overwhelm network resources and potentially shut it down. DoS is a cudgel, not a lockpick …

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3: Bigger is better

Microsoft made good design decisions for the Pro 3. That's important, because prior versions always seemed like interesting placeholders till a more fully realized concept came along.<p>The Surface Pro 3 is a vast improvement over the Pro 1 and 2 -- and that alone is huge.<p>Microsoft nailed the physical …

MacBook Air

Add taxi medallion investors to the list of Uber's enemies

When taxi drivers went on strike across Europe last week, one of the things they were protesting was the lack of regulation of one of their most significant competitors: Uber.<p>The taxi strike was ill-thought-out, since it drove many potential customers right into Uber’s arms. But the protest was …

No, phone thieves don't prefer Samsung to Apple

You may be forgiven if you saw the attached bar graph and assumed that Samsung’s smartphones are now the target of choice among New York City’s …

Wearable Wearables: The Full Code Conference Video of Intel's Brian Krzanich

A "smart shirt" is both a wearable computer and a wearable. Discuss.<p>As promised, we’re posting the full videos of interviews from the recent <b>Code Conference</b>.<p>A new video of one of the many stellar speakers for the event, which took place three weeks ago in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., will go up …

How tech's new wave turned UK on to winning ways

London's tech economy is booming as apps and games made there entertain the world – and experts predict the first global trillion-dollar company will rise in the UK, most likely in big data. What is the secret to this rapid success?<p>• 10 things we learned in London Technology Week<p>Near the tree …

Amazon’s Master Of Commerce Move Into The Phone Game

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Alistair Goodman is the CEO of Placecast, where he leads a team of mobile, technology and marketing experts who have created the most scalable, proven, location-based marketing system currently available.</i><p>Mobile is so 2010. So why would Amazon throw its hat into the game of …

Swift bootcamp teaches NYC coders Apple’s new programming language

If you’re a New York-based coder or wannabe coder looking to learn Apple’s new programming language Swift, you may want to check out an upcoming evening tech workshop organized by software development firm TurnToTech.<p>With the next session taking place Monday at their 5th Avenue offices, the number …

Boot Camp

Stem-cell advances may quell ethics debate

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Robert Waddell says he's glad the stem cells that healed him came from "a guy who was 50 years old" and not a human embryo.<p>As a Catholic, Waddell opposes the destruction of embryos and didn't want to rely on embryonic stem cells to cure his kidney disease. But he avoided this …

Why The New York Times and The Washington Post (and Mozilla) are building an audience engagement platform together

There’s no easy fix for comments, which is why Knight’s spending $4 million on software they hope can fit any newsroom’s needs: “It should be a bunch of parts that you can assemble and reassemble.”<p>Both excitement and skepticism surrounded Thursday’s announcement that Knight has invested $3.89 …

Uber Will Send Optimus Prime To Pick You Up In These 3 Cities

Transformers fans and Uber users in Dallas, Phoenix, and Los Angeles now have the chance to get a ride from the legendary Optimus Prime.<p>Uber announced on its blog on Monday that it would be rolling out a partnership with the Transformers franchise leading up to the June 27 release of the newest …

Los Angeles

Google Officially Certified People as Pokémon Masters

On April 1st, one of Google’s many (many, many, many) pranks included having a slew of 150 Pokémon infiltrate Google Maps. While some Google Map …

Google Maps

The Real-Life Science Behind The Summer's Most Outrageous Sci-Fi Movies

When inhumans attack<p>Mechanized suits, alien apes, dinosaur robots -- this summer's blockbusters are brimming with scientific-sounding conceits. But is there any real science to back them up? While you watch, here's something to chew on (besides the popcorn).<p><b>DIGITAL EFFECT: AN ALIEN-BLASTING</b> …

The three majestic natural bridges of Natural Bridges National Monument in Utah invite you to ponder the power of water in a landscape usually defined by its absence. View them from an overlook, or hit the trails and experience their grandeur from below. Declared a National Monument in 1908, the bridges are named "Kachina," "Owachomo" and "Sipapu" in honor of the Native Americans that once made this area their home. This is also home to some of the darkest night skies in the United States. Photo: Manish Mamtani

EXCLUSIVE: Edward Snowden Tells Brian Williams: ‘I Was Trained as a Spy’

Edward Snowden, in an exclusive interview with "Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams, is fighting back against critics who dismissed him as a low-level hacker — saying he was “trained as a spy” and offered technical expertise to high levels of government.<p>Snowden defended his expertise in portions of …

Surveillance

20 Things You Didn't Know About... Noise

<b>1.</b> The Big Bang was noiseless. Everything in the universe expanded uniformly, so nothing came into contact with anything else. No contact, no sound …

X-rays reveal the intricate layers of Egyptian mummies

Mummies on display at the British Museum have been painstakingly X-rayed in high definition to reveal the layers beneath the sarcophagus.<p>Whether or not Egypt-mad Victorians did throw parties to unwrap scavenged mummies, the fascination with such a practise is all too easy to imagine. The preserved …

Archaeology

When will the iPhone 6 be released? September 19th, says German telecom

Ever since the iPhone 4s was released, it hasn’t been hard to predict when Apple will release the next iPhone. In the second week of September on a Tuesday, Apple holds its annual iPhone event; ten days later, the newest iPhone is released in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, the UK, and …

A Neuroscientist’s Quest To Debunk Harmful Misconceptions About Addiction

Columbia neuroscientist Carl Hart untangles the reasons researchers have gotten so much wrong about addiction–and how it’s fueled our obsession with the War on Drugs.<p>Bill O’ Reilly was using his compassionate voice, sweeping his hands dramatically toward the guest in front of him. “The prevalence …

Human Rights

Google's driverless car: no steering wheel, two seats, 25mph

Google has demonstrated its own driverless car, a design that does away with all conventional controls including the steering wheel, and says it will build 100 of the vehicles for testing with the eventual aim of "bringing this technology to the world safely".<p>The company had for several years been …

Microsoft and Skype may have just invented the world’s first real universal translator

Universal translators are a common trope in science fiction. In <i>The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy</i>, they come in the form of the babelfish, a tiny crustacean you jam in your ear. In <i>Farscape</i>, they are bacteria injected into your body. In <i>Star Trek</i>, they take a less squishy form as a wand or tiny …

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