Emanuel Ungureanu

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A Look at the Math Behind Image Blurs and Filters

If you enjoy knowing the nitty gritty technical details of how photography technologies work, then you may enjoy the 8-minute video above. Published …

7 Tips to Improve Your Memory

Learning ability is probably the most important skill you can have.<p>Take it from Peter Brown, Henry Roediger, and Mark McDaniel, authors of <i>Make It</i> …

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How the CIA ran a ‘billion dollar spy’ in Moscow

The spy had vanished.<p>He was the most successful and valued agent the United States had run inside the Soviet Union in two decades. His documents and drawings had unlocked the secrets of Soviet radars and weapons research years into the future. He had smuggled circuit boards and blueprints out of …

National Security

Your Favorite Apps Know More About You Than You Realize

Earlier this week, a long-lost co-worker sent me a request on Trivia Crack. The message flashed on my iPhone’s screen, and then later popped up in my …

Lady Gaga’s Backplane Crashes, Burns Money, Tries To Rise Again

You know what no one wants to do? Join a brand’s standalone social network. The problem is that it took Lady Gaga’s startup Backplane four years, multiple founders, and over $14 million to figure that out. According to four sources with intimate knowledge of the company, Backplane was in free fall …

Qualcomm's next chips will help smartphones think for themselves

Qualcomm teased the prospect of smartphones that learn a couple of years ago, and it's now much closer to making them a practical reality. The chip designer has revealed its next big mobile processor, the Snapdragon 820, will be one of the first that can handle its Zeroth cognitive computing …

This Insanely Detailed Animation Is Made From Only 4096 Bytes of Code

The demoscene is an internet subculture that has managed to stay cool for decades. And as the winning entry in a recent demo competition in Tokyo …

9 Apps That Can Change the Way You Work

Although we all fume at our phones and computers sometimes, technology really is incredible. It has changed the way we work, making it faster, easier and cheaper than ever to do business on a global scale.<p>But with a new year in front of us, productivity is top of mind for entrepreneurs, as is doing …

Apps

Tech Q&A: Weak Wi-Fi, job hunting sites and more

<b>Fast fix for weak Wi-Fi</b><p><b>Q.</b> I purchased a game console for the TV in my bedroom, but it turns out my Wi-Fi signal isn't great there. What can I do to get a stronger signal?<p><b>A.</b> Your Wi-Fi router antenna is likely omni-directional. Put the router as high as you can in the center of your house for the …

Apple's iOS Has Once Again Decimated Android When It Comes To Data That Matters

Adobe, which is tracking online shopping, reports the following: "iOS users drove four times as much mobile sales revenue as Android users, 79 and 21 percent respectively."<p>IBM's data produced similar findings:<p><b>iOS vs. Android:</b> iOS once again led the way in mobile shopping this holiday season, …

Apps

Cleveland police release shooting video

Cleveland police in Ohio have released a CCTV recording of Saturday’s fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy. He is seen pointing a toy gun at a passer-by before police arrive.<p>The youngster was reportedly told to show his hands three times before police opened fire.<p>Although a caller had alerted …

The 30 Best Movies of 2014 (So Far)

With Oscar season just around the corner (literally -- we can see it peeking out, all gilded and glittery and begging for attention), we thought we'd run down 10 more of the best movies of 2014. (For those of you playing along at home, this is our third such rundown in three such quarters.)<p>This is …

'Bash' command flaw leaves Linux, OS X and more open to attack

Apparently, the internet has more deep-seated security bugs to worry about than Heartbleed. Researchers have discovered a longstanding flaw in a common Unix command shell (bash) for Linux and Macs that lets attackers run any code they want as soon as the shell starts running. They can effectively …

Fleep collaboration tool comes out of beta, gets premium option

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Fleep, an asynchronous messaging tool for teams that was unveiled a year ago by Skype veterans, has come out of beta.<p>The …

Next-gen OpenGL initiative announced, bridging desktop and mobile APIs

The Khronos Group, the non-profit group behind the popular OpenGL ES graphics API for mobile devices, has just detailed the specification for OpenGL 4.5 and has released SPIR v2.0 (OpenCL C intermediate representation). For us mobile users, Khronos has let out a few more details on OpenGL ES 3.1 …

OpenGL

What an Enterprise! NASA physicist, artist unveil warp-speed craft design

Thanks to a NASA physicist, the notion of warp speed might just travel out of sci-fi and into the real world.<p>NASA's Harold White has been working since 2010 to develop a warp drive that will allow spacecraft to travel at speeds faster than light -- 186,000 miles per second.<p>White, who heads NASA's …

What makes me so tasty? 5 myths about mosquito bites

<b>(CNN) —</b> Just about everyone can agree that mosquitoes are more than a little annoying. They bite, the bites itch and the repellent stinks. Even more disturbing are the incurable viruses these tiny predators can carry, including West Nile, malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever and chikungunya.<p>But just …

Microsoft talks up 'next version of Windows'

The company opens up more about its plans to build bridges between the Windows 8.1 Modern UI and the desktop.<p>Microsoft's Tony Prophet took a moment Wednesday to expand on a key feature in the next version of Windows at a Microsoft conference.<p>Prophet, corporate vice president of Windows Marketing, …

Terry Myerson

Hands on with Project Tango, Google's wild shot at making devices see the world

Today at Google I/O we spent some time at the Project Tango booth; if you’re not familiar with Tango, it’s a new technology Google is working on that will allow phones/tablets to give “human-scale” sense of space and motion.<p>Project Tango was born out of ATAP over a year ago with the very first …

We just played with Android's L Developer Preview

By releasing a Developer Preview of the next version of Android (only known as "L" for now), Google is walking new ground -- and it's blazing a glorious path that will greatly benefit the platform going forward. Developers and manufacturers will no longer be in the dark for upcoming firmware …

The Mind Unleashed

Agreed.

NASA detects mysterious signal ​240 million light years away from Earth

Astronomers have detected a mysterious signal 240 million light years away from Earth, in the Perseus Cluster (top), one of the most massive objects …

Google's head of Android: Apple should temper its criticism

Sundar Pichai says his job is, in some ways, harder than Tim Cook's, but that his approach is more powerful.<p>Google and Apple often appear to be like political parties.<p>One touts its openness, the other seems closed. One claims it's more progressive, the other says it's more tasteful.<p>It's Apple, …

Sundar Pichai

Oculus Acquires the Creator of the Xbox 360 Controller

Virtual reality firm Oculus VR announced today that it has acquired Carbon Design, the product development studio that built the Xbox 360 controller for Microsoft.<p>Oculus said it hopes to close the deal by the end of summer. Carbon Design will remain in its Seattle offices and work closely with the …

7 amazing things we learned during the hacking trial

The phone hacking trial of Rebekah Brooks and other newspaper executives revealed much about the inner workings of Rupert Murdoch's sex-and-scandal tabloids the News of the World and the Sun.<p>News of the World closed in July 2011, amid public revulsion at the hacking of a missing 13-year-old, Milly …

Jeopardy Host Alex Trebek Sets a Guinness World Record

Who is the Guinness World Record holder for most game show episodes hosted by the same presenter? Answer: <i>Jeopardy’s</i> Alex Trebek, of course.<p>Trebek …

What the Histogram on Your Camera Actually Tells You

You've almost certainly seen a histogram on your camera's display at some point, but if you don't take photography particularly seriously you might …

Tor Is For Everyone: Why You Should Use Tor

EFF recently kicked off its second Tor Challenge, an initiative to strengthen the Tor network for online anonymity and improve one of the best free …

An Astrophysicist Explains Our Flying Car Problem

In a new essay at the <i>New York Times</i><i>,</i> a professor of astrophysics at the University of Rochester asks the retro-futurist's most daunting question: …