Jason Sylvis

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Were All Those Rainbow Profile Photos Another Facebook Study?

The social network learns more about its users than they might realize.<p>Facebook, you may have noticed, turned into a rainbow-drenched spectacle following the Supreme Court’s decision Friday that same-sex marriage is a Constitutional right.<p>By overlaying their profile photos with a rainbow filter, …

The psychology of CCP's virtual reality prototypes

"The strongest component is really EVE: VR,” says Morgan Godat, executive producer of CCP’s VR Labs. I’ve asked him to explain the thinking behind …

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Apple Music is now live.</b> Here's what we thought of Apple's new music streaming service, and some tips and tricks for mastering it.<p><b>2. The first photos of the iPhone 6s just leaked.</b> It looks a lot like the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus on the outside, but will see some internal changes.<p><b>3. In an interview</b> …

India’s Housing.com Fires Its Maverick CEO Who Gave Away His Shares

It’s funny how things can change quickly. Just two months ago, Rahul Yadav, the young co-founder of CEO of SoftBank -backed Housing.com, was heralded as a role model for India’s startup space after giving away his entire shareholding (worth at least $23.5 million) to the company’s staff.<p>Today, …

The original smartwatches: Casio's history of wild wrist designs

I was struck by how many smartwatch features were around decades ago<p>Instead, a company representative tells me, the intent behind the exhibition is to lend context to Casio’s current lineup of more traditional watches. Barring a huge spike in the mid-‘90s when the G-Shock line gained popularity, …

Wearable Tech

Meet Nava, A Startup That Wants To Fix The Government’s Crappy Design

Engineers and designers who refined Healthcare.gov are on a mission to tame the government’s unruly digital presence.<p>After the disastrous launch of Healthcare.gov, a website promising easy sign-ups for health insurance, President Obama corralled a team of top software engineers from companies like …

Garmin's Varia radar warns cyclists about traffic they can't see

Six months. That's apparently how long it takes to buy a company, retool their product, and sell it under a new name. Garmin's new Varia Rearview Bike Radar is a rear light that scans up to 140m behind a bicycle for traffic. It then hands that data on to either a compatible Garmin Edge system or a …

NSA to resume mass surveillance for another 6 months

Following a ruling from the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on Monday, the National Security Agency (NSA) is set to resume its bulk data collection program, which allows it to store and analyze data about American citizens’ phone calls.<p>The Freedom Act — signed on June 1 after section 215 …

Welcome To The Age Of The Micro-Singularity

You know it when it happens: All of a sudden, everyone on the Internet is talking about the same thing. What does it mean for the future of information?<p>Last month, over a billion people around the world suddenly knew the name and appearance of the very same woman, and simultaneously began …

This Smartwatch Keyboard Is The Second Coming Of T9

Remember how you used to text on that ancient cell phone? iType brings that same concept to smartwatches.<p>How does one turn a ballroom into a happening? By pressing one more letter. I watch as a single finger blazes through a sentence describing the meeting I am in. I can’t type this fast on my …

This E-Textile Could Replace Your iPhone

A group of academics has found a way to incorporate electronic devices into fabric’s actual fibers.<p>A honeycomb lattice made of carbon, graphene is not the flashiest of materials. But this flexible, extremely strong, and virtually transparent substance has a hidden power: At one atom thick, it is …

Transform your home into a futuristic wonderland with these HomeKit gadgets

Almost a year since Apple unveiled its home-automation platform HomeKit, the first compatible products were officially announced today — allowing you to start building that <i>Jetsons</i>-style smart home you’ve always dreamed about, operated via Siri using your iPhone, iPad or even Apple Watch.<p>Among the …

Home Automation

LG leaks Apple's plans to launch an 8K iMac this year

It appears that LG just revealed Apple's plans to release an 8K iMac later this year.<p>A press release on company's website states that Apple will get …

The new MacBook's single port comes with a major security risk

After years of development, USB Type-C is making a very big debut. Last week, Apple announced its new MacBook would come with just a single Type-C plug for both power and data, a move that allowed for the slimmest MacBook ever. A few days later, Google unveiled the new version of its flagship …

Information Security

Nintendo enters alliance to develop games for smartphones

TOKYO — After years of scoffing at the threat from smartphones, Nintendo is doing an about face and entering an alliance with Japanese mobile game …

A hard-fought lesson about USB cables

My pal Sean Ragan got a Seek thermal imaging camera add-on for his phone. He was excited to try it out, but the micro-USB jack on his phone is …

Micro USB

Android powered Obox console set for 2016 UK launch

Still can't decide between PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U for your next gen console of choice? Why not avoid messy indecision entirely and pick up an Obox …

Call of Duty

Virtual reality will be huge in 2015, but it won't be perfect for a while

Google Glass has gone into hiding, but headsets aren't going away. CES, this year, was full of them. Google Glass-alikes, augmented reality, virtual reality and plain old over-the-head movie-watching goggles were lurking throughout the show.<p>Virtual reality, however, has become the eye-catching …

Pacific Edge, the most uplifting novel in my library

25 years after its print publication, Pacific Edge finally has an audio edition, thanks to Stefan Rudnicki and Skyboat Media. Skyboat is the studio …

Books

Soderbergh remixes '2001: A Space Odyssey', says Kubrick would 'dig digital'

Just what do you think you're doing, Steve?<p>"Traffic" director Steven Soderbergh has opened the pod bay doors on a sacred piece of cinema, re-editing Stanley Kubrick's 1968 science fiction classic "2001: A Space Odyssey". With the original running 2 hours 41 minutes long, Soderbergh's version trims …

George Clooney

Rapere: The drone that hunts other drones

Fences used to be perfectly fine for keeping prying eyes out of our backyards -- but as drones become more accessible to the consumer, concerns about privacy are on the rise. One new startup wants to fight drone with drone.<p>Rapere -- which is from the Latin word rapio, meaning to steal -- is a drone …

How to find your Wi-Fi password in Windows 8.1

This happens to me often, especially when I'm visiting relatives' houses: My computer knows the Wi-Fi password from when I last connected to the network -- two years ago -- but I've completely forgotten it, though my mother is about 65 percent sure she wrote it down on a Post-it note seven months …

Tiny magnetic keyboard delivers touch-typing with just eight keys

Typing on tablet and smartphone screens isn't everyone's idea of a good time. They're small, it's easy to tap the wrong key and you don't get the satisfying tactile feedback you get from a regular keyboard. A new take on portable keyboards hopes to remedy those problems in a package just one-third …

Rechargeable Batteries

Birthing botflies, Cameron's war on privacy: Podcast 202

• Add to iTunes<br>• Subscribe via RSS<br>• Download<p>Listen this week for an entertaining 45-minute look at the most interesting technology and science stories from …

Google app can now translate languages instantly

A major update to Google's Translate app for Android and iOS lets it interpret cross-language conversations on the fly and instantly translate …

Apps

Bitcoin value plummets below $200

The value of bitcoin has fallen below $200 (£131) for the first time since 2013 as the cryptocurrency continues to slump. Since the start of the year …

Cryptocurrency

WATCH: Parkour might save you in the zombie apocalypse

This mashup of parkour POV videos and zombie chase scenes stars Toby Segar as the Hero escaping zombies using his impressive parkour skills.<p>The Hero …

If you bake, you need a non-stick silicone baking mat

For the last few months, Cory, Jason, and I have been writing about how much we love silicone cookware. I was joking with Jason that we could start a …

Food

LISTEN: The Mary Celeste: A Great Sea Mystery

In 1872 the British merchant ship <i>Mary Celeste</i> was discovered drifting and apparently abandoned 600 miles off the coast of Portugal. In this episode …

Merchant Shipping