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Special Operations troops assaulted downtown Tampa … all to thunderous applause

TAMPA — On Wednesday, Special Operations troops from more than a dozen countries jumped out of helicopters, rappelled from buildings and expended hundreds of rounds of ammunition as they attempted to rescue the mayor of this Florida city.<p>The operation was, of course, an exercise, but it was also a …

15 Pretty Pergolas To Inspire Your Outdoor Space

<b>Understated Elegance</b><p>On this rooftop terrace, a pergola adds a sense of enclosure while still providing plenty of sun. A massive outdoor sofa set atop …

Yes, The Pentagon Still Uses Floppy Disks For Nuclear Launches

And they're probably safer than newer technologies<p>A weird and totally true thing about the modern world is that whoever gets to be President of the United States has 7,100 nuclear warheads at their command. Theorized in the 1930s and first built and used in the 1940s, these weapons shape the outer …

Military

Blue Origin will intentionally crash its spaceship during the next test flight

The empty crew capsule will launch with faulty parachutes<p>Blue Origin is planning the next test flight of its reusable New Shepard rocket, but CEO Jeff Bezos just revealed a twist: the empty crew capsule, which sits on top of the rocket, will crash-land on purpose.<p>"On this upcoming mission we also …

Microsoft Next Lock Screen gets improved security, better resource management, and more

For those who aren’t such hardcore Android fans that they turn up their nose at having a Microsoft product on their device, Next Lock Screen has served as a very slick and effective lock screen replacement. What makes it nice is that it showcases your calendar events, email, messages, and missed …

Apps

Plastic OLED to drive huge growth in flexible smartphone panels

Flexible displays may have only made a small appearance in the smartphone market so far, but the industry for plastic OLED panels looks set for a boom across the handset, tablet, TV, and wearable segments. <i>IDTechEx Research</i> has forecast that the flexible OLED market will bring in over $12 billion in …

Samsung Galaxy S7

Acer's new 4K monitor has almost no bezels

Unless you're a diving watch aficionado, you probably hate the word "bezel." And by extension, you probably love the idea of this 4K monitor from Acer, which looks like it might be the best implementation yet of the company's "ZeroFrame" branding. Designed for video and graphics professionals, the …

Freedom, Sanctions and North Korean Ice Cream: Q&A With Defector Hyeonseo Lee

Aged just 17, Hyeonseo Lee crossed the Yalu River from North Korea into China on a whim. After living secretly in China for 10 years, she finally …

The American detained in North Korea had to answer a lot of questions about life in the US

How much does a house cost? Does everyone really own their own home and car? Those were the questions Kenneth Bae was asked by locals who were clueless about life in the United States.<p>Now Bae, who was imprisoned in a foreigners camp in Pyongyang for 735 days on charges of trying to overthrow the …

North Korea

The Pilot Wearable Translator Can Interpret in Real Time

Alright – I have a confession. A secret (and hardly plausible) goal of mine is to learn enough languages to travel the world with ease. There’s not …

Language

Want a smartwatch or fitness tracker? Wait till the fall

The tea leaves are being read, and the message is clear: maybe you want to hang out for a few months. Wearables are taking the summer off.<p>So far, 2016 has been a lame year for wearable tech. The best watches and fitness bands you can buy right now were, for the most part, released in 2015. That's …

Wearable Tech

Samsung Has A New Bendy Phone Problem

Samsung’s future Golden Goose, its game-changing flexible smartphone, might face some unforeseen stiff competition from a new Chinese startup.<p>Built by the unknown Moxi Group, the device is flexible enough to bend around a wrist and be worn as a wearable, representatives explained to …

eReaders

This machine 3D prints metal structures in midair by lasering nanoparticles

One limitation of run-of-the-mill 3D printers is that the structure must essentially be built as a series of layers, each one supporting the next. A new device from Harvard’s Wyss Institute allows metal filaments to essentially be drawn in midair with no support whatsoever. And it uses …

PornHub launches BangFit so you can bang to get fit

In seemingly bizarre news out of the porn industry, PornHub is launching a new fitness system (wearable + workout videos) called BangFit.<p>As its name suggests, it helps you bang to get fit.<p>Here’s how it works:<p>Users can join the game at this website, which will allow users to then sync the game to …

The crazy dream of modular smartphones

File it under ‘it seemed great on paper’… but Google’s project Ara modular smartphone concept is — for all intents and purposes — dead.<p>If you want to be a little more generous, you can say Google has pivoted away from attempting to engineer the impossible — i.e. total smartphone modularity — to …

Get ready for the Xiaomi drone

On Wednesday, Xiaomi is going to unveil a new product. While details are still thin, it looks like the electronics company is about to announce a drone.<p>Xiaomi is a well-known phone manufacturer. But the company now also manufactures all sorts of devices, from Android TV set-top boxes to smart rice …

Pebble announces two new watches and the Core, a pocket computer for runners

“This is Pebble Core,” Eric Migicovsky says with a smile. “It’s our first non-watch product. The simplest way to explain it is that it’s a computer that fits on your keychain. It’s a tiny Android computer without a screen. It has 3D, GPS, Wi-Fi, a little bit of memory and both Android and …

E Ink brings rich color to ePaper, but not to e-readers

E Ink, maker of the ePaper displays found in many e-readers (maddening to have three different e prefixes in one sentence, but it’s unavoidable), announced a brand new type of reflective display that can show a huge range of colors — but the tech is only going to be deployed as signage for …

Terrapattern is reverse image search for maps, powered by a neural network

Terrapattern is a visual search engine that, from the first moment you use it, you wonder: Why didn’t Google come up with this 10 years ago? Click on a feature on the map — a baseball diamond, a marina, a roundabout — and it immediately highlights everything its algorithm thinks looks like it. It’s …

Machine Learning

Heavy Internet use leads to school burnout in teens

As if you didn’t need more proof that your darn kids need to get off the computer and into the back yard, researchers at the University of Helsinki and Department of Psychology have found that excessive Internet use — essentially bordering on addiction — leads to school burnout in teens.<p>There isn’t …

ForcePhone adds pressure sensitivity to any phone using ultrasonics

Force touch may be a feature exclusive to the latest iPhones, but something like it is now possible on pretty much any phone out there, thanks to research from engineers at the University of Michigan .<p>It works not by polling sensors in the touchscreen, but through ultrasound. The phone’s speaker …

Computer Science

Microsoft could introduce not one, but two new Xbox One consoles

Microsoft is playing catch up when it comes to console sales. But it looks like the company doesn’t want to give up on dedicated gaming consoles. According to multiple reports, Microsoft is about to announce a new, slimmer Xbox One around E3 in June, and a more powerful Xbox One next year.<p>In April …

Oh So Good Jack Daniel's Chicken Wings

23.76K Shares<p>Oh So Good Chicken Wings!<p>This recipe came about because I was asked if I would supply a few dishes for a large gathering, so I decided I …

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