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A Nasty Fever Called Chikungunya Hits Close To Home

Well, look what showed up on our doorstep.<p>The Western Hemisphere has an unwelcome visitor: a painful tropical illness called chikungunya fever.<p>And it doesn't look like the hard-to-say illness is leaving anytime soon. (You can hear how to pronounce it here.)<p>After being a problem in Africa and …

Stephen Hawking iPad app provides a fun way to teach kids about physics

Ssshh, don’t tell the kids they’re learning physics, just tell them it’s an iPad space game! <i>Stephen Hawking’s Snapshots of the Universe</i> is an iPad app containing a mix of mini-games, videos and text that allows children to discover some of the fundamental principles of physics and space.<p>Based on …

The genius behind India’s first 3D printer is a 15-year-old high school dropout

Angad Daryani built his first robot at age eight. By 13, he was building his own versions of the open-source RepRap 3D printer. Now 15, he’s working on “SharkBot,” a modified version of the RepRap which he’ll sell to other “makers” in India, making it India’s first home-grown 3D printer. With …

3D Printing

Recon's extreme sports gear will now stream your death-defying stats straight to Facebook

Much has been written of the loneliness of the long-distance runner, but has anything been done to combat the solitude of the slopes? Recon Instruments is doing its part to bring extreme types closer to their social network by adding Facebook integration to the Snow2 heads-up display. The hardware …

The Future Of The iPhone, If Unbound By The Requirements Of Reality

Apple has taught us to dream.<p>When the company launched game-changing products like the iPod, iPhone and iPad, Apple made us feel like the future we picture in our minds will one day be a reality. And here we are, with Elon Musk working on flying cars while Pebble and friends put your smartphone on …

Apple's 'iWatch' Said to Arrive in October 2014 with Wireless Charging

According to Chinese site <i>C Technology</i> [Google Translate, via <i>GForGames</i>], Apple is planning to release its long-rumored iWatch alongside the next iPhone in October 2014, with the company having tested two iWatch prototypes. However, the report also states that Apple has not decided on the final …

“Bored” With Traditional Releases, Beyoncé Puts Out A New Album In Secret

Surprise! In the early hours of Friday morning, Beyoncé unexpectedly released a new self-titled album full of 14 songs and 17 music videos. The “visual album,” currently exclusive to iTunes, temporarily shut down the service as people rushed to download it.<p>In a statement, Beyoncé said she is …

New Albums

TeliportMe Introduces 3D Effects To Its Panorama App

A panorama photo already gives people a good overview of your surroundings, so how can that experience be improved? Why, 3D effects of course. And that is what the team at 500 Startups-backed TeliportMe has done as it starts by adding four 3D effects — sunflare, snow, fog and rain — to its panorama …

This Pen 3-D Prints Live Cells On A Damaged Bone

Everyone from McDonald’s to Apple is jumping on the 3-D printing bandwagon. But it’s only when you see live cells being printed right onto a damaged bone that you finally start to grasp what this technology is capable of.<p>A new “bio pen” will allow surgeons to “draw” layers of cells on damaged bones …

3D

18 Vintage Tech Ads Prove How Far We've Come

Computer advertisements didn't always feature silhouetted dancers rocking to indie music. Back when the tech was awkward and slow -- so were the ads.<p>"BRB, about to get banished from Eden."<p>"Honey, save some food. With how much this Apple computer costs, we won’t be able to afford to eat for a while."<p>…

Hands on with LG’s curved, self-healing G Flex smartphone

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Alex Colon<p>Unlike most new smartphones I’ve seen this year, the LG G Flex genuinely surprised me. And not just because …

Engineer Connects 27-Year-Old Macintosh Plus to the Internet

Engineer Jeff Keacher says his first “real” computer was a Macintosh Plus. Now 27-years-old, the device has an 8 MHz processor, 4MB of RAM, and a 512×342 resolution 1-bit screen. Keacher decided he wanted to use it to surf the Web:<p>Since this is 2013, Keacher used a Raspberry Pi to do the heavy …

Surprise, surprise: Netflix says users love to binge-watch

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>It’s safe to say that 2013 was the year that binge-watching became ubiquitous in the global lexicon, with the rise in …

15 Million Students Learned to Program This Week, Thanks to Hour of Code

Hour of Code, a five-day-old initiative to get kids to take programming tutorials during Computer Science Education Week, will soon reach 15 million …

Online Education

Valve's SteamOS is ready to download -- only Linux vets are encouraged to apply

Just as promised, Valve has made its first release of SteamOS available for downloads at the same time it ships out prototype Steam Machines to 300 beta testers. Based on the Debian 7.1 flavor of Linux, SteamOS is a platform purpose built for playing PC games on the TV. Cutting out the cruft of …

Humans Make Up Less Than 40 Percent of the Internet’s Traffic

The human race is a minority on the Internet. And no, it's not because your pets have all of a sudden gotten computer-savvy.<p>A recent report published …

The Apple iPhone 5c Review: The Mid-Range Wolf Disguised In Polycarbonate

While it is not quite a curate’s egg, Apple’s mid-range iPhone 5c is a well-balanced evolution of the iPhone 5 that makes some safe choices without endangering the brand. There are some small improvements over last year’s iPhone 5 hardware, notably the update to iOS7. Apple has bundled even more …

Celebrating emoji: artists get physical with the classic smiley face

<i>Emojitracker.com, which updates the number of emoji being used on Twitter in real-time, projected on a gallery wall.</i><p>Back in the ‘90s, when a young employee at the Japanese mobile company NTT Docomo scratched out a series of 12-pixel-square faces and created the template for what would become “the …

Review: LG's Flexible and Self-Healing Smartphone

Curved smartphones have hogged the limelight this year in the gadget world for their groundbreaking technology in hardware — Samsung became the first to roll out a smartphone with a curved display screen in October this year, and LG followed shortly after with the G Flex.<p>The G Flex is LG’s take on …

As Google slowly preps the Chromecast ecosystem, waves of new apps are on the way

HBO Go, Songza and Pandora are about to get more company on Chromecast, according to a <i>Gigaom</i> interview with Google's VP of product management Mario Queiroz where he stated additional waves of apps are coming soon. A public release for the Chromecast SDK -- which should allow developers to build and …

NASA underwater testing slimmer suits for spacewalking on asteroids (video)

In a tank of water in Texas, NASA's busily testing its wardrobe for a future <i>Armageddon</i>-esque mission. The space agency has been taking advantage of its Neutral Buoyancy Lab near the Johnson Space Center in Houston to run some new space suits through the wringer. The suits are a modified version of …

The New Armor That Lets You Sense Surveillance Cameras

Like a creepy digital tap on the shoulder<p>We pass under surveillance cameras every day, appearing on perhaps hundreds of minutes of film. We rarely notice them. London-based artist James Bridle would like to remind us.<p>Bridle has created a wearable device he calls the “surveillance spaulder.” …

How Facebook's New Machine Brain Will Learn All About You From Your Photos

Facebook poaches an NYU machine learning star to start a new AI lab that may very well end up knowing more about your social life than you do.<p>Facebook users upload 350 million photos onto the social network every day, far beyond the ability of human beings to comprehensively look at, much less …

Here's a first look at the Tesla statue in Palo Alto

A statue of famed scientists Nikola Tesla is being unveiled today in Palo Alto after the successful completion of a six-figure Kickstarter campaign.<p>Here’s a first look at the seven-foot-tall monument, which is equipped with free Wi-Fi and a time capsule to be opened in 2043:<p>Gallery: Gallery<p><i>Image</i> …

Apple Has A New Way To Watch You While You Shop And It Could Soon Be Everywhere

iBeacon can give you turn-by-turn directions to help you find an item on a shelf, or it can tell you when your order is ready for pickup, or alert you to deals as you walk by them.<p>iBeacon is one of the new features of iOS 7, and Apple isn't the only one with plans to use it. As the AP's Barbara …

Apps

Snowden and Greenwald: The Men Who Leaked the Secrets

Glenn Greenwald

NASA's E.T. smartphone satellite has phoned home

NASA's extraterrestrial smartphone has phoned home.<p>The 4-inch-square satellite, PhoneSat 2.4, which uses an off-the-shelf Samsung Nexus S phone running Google's Android operating system, transmitted data back to its Santa Clara University ground station, the space agency announced last week.<p>As the …