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Allen Bain on Coyote and why we need optimistic science fiction now more than ever

Producer Allen Bain recently launched a new production company called Bainframe, which he set up to focus on adapting some of science fiction’s classic novels. Earlier today, news broke on <i>Deadline</i> that the company had optioned one of the best hard science-fiction novels of the past few decades: …

This lethal Japanese water gun is nothing like a Super Soaker

For some reason, makeshift guns scare me more than, for example, a run-of-the-mill revolver.<p>Thanks to YouTube Asp we now know it’s also possible to kill people with pure H₂O. The Japanese inventor created a water gun that looks like a bazooka, and can shoot hard enough to seriously harm someone.<p>The …

Guns

Forget online dating, Virtual Reality Dating is the new thing

With the likes of Match, Tinder, and the various dating sites out there, dating is big business. But why go through all the hassle of contacting a …

The Time America Almost Nuked Arkansas

The new documentary Command and Control highlights the precarious state of nuclear safety.<p>All it took to nearly blow up the state of Arkansas was wrong kind of wrench.<p>In 1980, a 19-year old safety technician was working at the Titan II Launch Complex 374-7, just north of the small town of Damascus, …

This Leap Motion VR Game Puts You in Zero Gravity

Last week, Leap Motion — the company that’s making virtual reality feel less virtual by the day — released a new demo, Weightless, that lets you play …

Virtual Reality

This Is What People in Other Countries Think About Dating Americans

We apparently have a lot of rules.<p>France<p>"American dating is very organized or planned. And French women think American men are too direct and only want sex. That breaks the charm. The French are more romantic — courtship is more important than sex."<p>Germany<p>"We think Americans are a little bit …

When the Little Green Men Invade Arizona

Could Russian-style "hybrid warfare" happen on American soil?<p>The biggest military victories of the 21st century didn't look like people expected. Consider Russia's seizure of Crimea from Ukraine, which relied upon not fighter jets or advanced warships but crafty public relations, Special Forces, …

Valve is teaming up with Quark VR to launch a Vive that runs over Wi-Fi

A Bulgarian company called Quark VR just announced that it’s working with Valve to create an HTC Vive that streams over Wi-Fi. Given that wireless connections are often unreliable and slower, Quark relies on a special pocket-sized Wi-Fi transmitter that would help stream VR footage. The transmitter …

Tactical Warfare In VR: 'Onward' Is The VR Shooter For Military Simulation Fans

<i>Onward</i> is a blueprint that showcases what first person shooters in VR should look like, but if <i>ARMA</i> isn’t your type of game, you should probably wait …

Summer Lesson VR Game Previewed in New Video

VR technology demo slated for October 13 as launch title for PlayStation VR headset<p>Sony live-streamed a presentation on Nico Nico featuring Bandai …

Watch: Insecure RFID an excellent avenue for destroying privacy

By: John Mack FreemanA video released by Motherboard this week shows how RFID devices sitting around an office (or say, a library) could be used to …

Afraid of Crowds? Virtual Reality May Let You Join Without Leaving Home

Tech & Science virtual reality Augmented reality<p>Terrorism and technology will make joining a crowd seem as outmoded and perilous as getting in a …

This is how to go dark, by an ex-MI5 agent who's done it

We live in a time when it's never been easier for people to get detailed information about us. We don't think twice about adding endless nuggets of …

Surveillance

How the porn industry is taking over Virtual Reality

Librarian turned porn entrepreneur Ela Darling is a rising star in the VR adult industry, making what she describes as “Pretty Porn for Smart People.” She agrees that virtual reality can make people feel more empathy for the people involved, and also have a more considerate approach to sex in their …

Snowden Designs iPhone Add-On To Thwart Surveillance

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and hacker Andrew Huang have designed an add-on device for iPhone 6 that would alert users when they are being …

Innovative Sci-Fi Space Exploration Game Event [0] Set for September Release

Event [0] Coming This September<p>Event [0], the award-winning sci-fi narrative exploration game in which players must build a relationship with a …

Loneliness

Review: 'Down the Deep Dark Web' is a movie every technologist should watch

A new documentary about cryptoanarchists, hackers, and security experts explains about why encryption and privacy are important. This movie will make …

“Science fiction cyber-war is here”: Alex Gibney on “Zero Days” and Stuxnet, the secret weapon that got away

Salon talks to Oscar-winner Alex Gibney about his new film “Zero Days” and a new era of war<p>Alex Gibney has made documentaries about Enron and the Church of Scientology and pioneering gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson and Jack Abramoff, the über-lobbyist who corrupted American politics more than …

MIT’s anonymous online communications protocol Riffle could beat Tor at its own game

Tor has been the go-to for anonymous communication online for years now — and that has made it one of the juiciest targets possible to the likes of the NSA and FBI. A new anonymizing protocol from MIT may prove more resilient against such determined and deep-pocketed attackers.<p>The potential problem …

This Tiny Robot Lets You Play God With Huge AI

We were all quite pumped a few weeks ago when Anki announced its plan to move beyond smartphone controlled cars into emotionally intelligent robots. …

Robotics

(Updated) Portable PC Games Console Raises Over $350,000 Via Kickstarter (video)

<b>Update –</b> It has been brought to our attention that there are a few concerns and possible issues regards this project. To find out more and make your …

MIT anonymity network promises to be more secure than Tor

As crucial as Tor's anonymity network can be for keeping your online activity private, it's not flawless -- a motivated hacker can compromise legions of users, whether they're crooks or privacy-minded innocents. Researchers from MIT and EPFL might have a better way. They've developed an anonymity …