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Science

The Only 5 Exercises You'll Ever Need

If you're the type spending hours at the gym—chest fly, back row, biceps curl, repeat—it's time to reconsider your routine. Find out how to get …

Gerard Butler

Obama’s NSA Task Force Recommends Major Reforms

Today, the much-anticipated findings of President Obama’s National Security Agency task force have hit the wire [PDF]. The non-binding 200 page report of 40-plus recommendations calls for the end of many of the most controversial programs.<p>Here are the big takeaways:<p><b>1. The government would no longer</b> …

Stunwall: A super simple web app to make your photos look gorgeous

Just came across Stunwall via Hacker News)which appears to be just a very simple way to upload a photo and add a filter to it. What makes this different to others I’ve seen is the elegance of the filters. They’re not too extreme by default and have a beautifully subtle, natural, feel to them.<p>You …

Simple.TV's second-gen DVR streams to mobile apps, ships December 12th for $249 (hands-on)

Simple.TV gave us a peek at its second-generation streaming DVR back in September, and today it's committing to a US launch. The dual-tuner set-top should arrive stateside on December 12th, when it will sell for $250 in a basic kit with both recording and live streaming to local devices. Matching …

Boost is giving new customers $100 off the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Boost Mobile<p>Starting today, Boost Mobile(s s) is now carrying the iPhone, and for the next few weeks you can get it …

Mobile Technology

YouTube Founder Says What We're All Thinking About Google+

Stop trying to make Google+ happen. It's not going to happen.<p>Google's perpetual insistence upon shoving its social network down everyone's throats has finally reached a boiling point. YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim came out of the woodwork to post his first comment in eight years on the …

Why Has the First Medical Tricorder Come from Scanadu?

At the Dublin Web Summit last week, I met Sam de Brouwer, co-founder of one of the most interesting startups of the past couple of years, Scanadu.<p>Following its successful crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, Scanadu’s Scout tricorder is set to go to market in March 2014. The aim is to get one of …

Type Your Own Animated Movie With This Crazy Software

Inside this playful screenwriting software may hide the future of filmmaking: You simply write what you want to see, and that vision plays on screen.<p>Here’s how Hollywood works today: Somebody writes a script. And especially if it’s an animated feature–a piece that will take hundreds of Pixar …

Pivothead's new video capture glasses let you mix and match power, storage and wireless add-ons

Pivothead's video-recording specs have undergone only a slight evolution since they launched early last year, gaining live broadcast abilities through the Air Sync add-on. Here at Expand NY, however, we've seen what's next, as the company's been kind enough to bring along a prototype of its …

Google's Timothy Jordan: Glass is a complete break from the past

Many wonder whether Google Glass has legs as a technology. Will we still be using it (and talking about it) years from now? If you ask Google's Senior Developer Advocate Timothy Jordan, absolutely. Speaking at Expand in New York, he described the wearable eyepiece as a fundamental shift in user …

America's first next-gen aircraft carrier takes high tech to sea

The USS Gerald R. Ford has been under construction for years. Today, the first-of-its-class carrier will be christened, ushering in an era of high-tech aircraft carriers.<p>The world's most-advanced aircraft carrier should be meeting a bottle of champagne today. Head on.<p>The USS Gerald R. Ford will be …

Judge orders Samsung to explain why it shouldn't be fined for leaking secret Apple docs

A judge has determined that Samsung probably violated a court-ordered agreement to keep Apple documents secret, the latest snit in the epic patent battle between the companies that started in the summer of 2012.<p>Judge Paul Grewal asked to look over the documents himself last month. Now, "having …

The killer voice feature Google Now needs next

Using the Nexus 5's touch-free audio controls to instigate search is cool. But there's even more Google can do to turn up the volume on voice.<p>One of the Nexus 5 smartphone's best new features is the always-listening, touchless control over Google Now, the name by which the platform's personal …

Why Chicago Is A New Hot Spot For Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurial hubs are popping up all over the country — from Seattle to Boston to Las Vegas. This week, I attended Techstars Chicago Demo Day, and the city’s incredible ecosystem for entrepreneurs proved that it should set the standard for any town wanting to create an entrepreneurial draw.<p>Here …

The Connected Car: Welcome to the Next Computing Environment

Since the launch of General Motors’ OnStar service in 1996, vehicles with embedded cellular connections have become part of the connected world — an …

Car Tech

Valve introduces Pipeline, teaches high school students how to get a job in gaming

Valve sounds like an incredible place to work, if its "Handbook for New Employees" is any indication, but the game developer responsible for <i>Half-Life</i>, <i>Team Fortress</i>, and <i>Portal</i> typically hires extremely experienced, talented individuals. Where does that leave you if you're a student who dreams of …

Journalism

Phone screens could soon be visible in direct sunlight and even fight germs

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>What is unusual about this sheet of glass?<p>Advertisement<p>That circle in the center isn’t actually a hole; it received a new …

Microbiology

White Motorola Droid Ultra alleged photo shows up

An alleged image of the Motorola Droid Ultra has hit the web well ahead of the phone’s official announcement.<p>After just seeing a picture reportedly showing the new Droid MAXX, we’re now looking at the white version of the Droid Ultra, at least according to <i>xda-developers</i> user <i>xavierk75</i>. However, the …

Mobile Technology

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MDP benchmarks: prepare for ludicrous speed

Today we had a chance to play with Qualcomm's latest MDP devices (tablet and phone) which pack the company's mighty Snapdragon 800 SoC (MSM8974). The tablet is slightly larger than than last year's and features an 11.6-inch 1,920 x 1,080-pixel display, 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM, 32GB of built-in flash …

Top business accessories for your phone, tablet

Richard LaBar has long ditched his heavy laptop in favor of a lightweight iPad mini.<p>"I won't travel without it," says LaBar, who totes around the 7.9-inch tablet (from $329) as owner of LaBar Golf Renovations, based in Bernardsville, N.J.<p>LaBar, 43, uses the pint-sized tablet from Apple for e-mail, …

Microsoft and other U.S. firms disclose security flaws to spies before customers, report claims

Advertisement<p>10 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Blazej Lyjak<p>Imagine you’re a government customer of Microsoft(s msft)’s, in some country that isn’t …

'Project Spark': build a game, or don't, with Microsoft's incredible new sandbox

AI for rocks, playable trees, meaningful use of SmartGlass... Spark has it all<p>I'm an unabashed Sparkaholic. I'm sorry if you clicked on this link looking for a critical, nuanced preview of Microsoft's new game that makes games, because I'm the wrong guy for that. I'm in love. <i>Project Spark</i> comes out …

Google Likely To Shatter The Price Of Glass Ahead Of Widespread Release

The tinkerers over at <i>Catwig</i> have performed what is believed to the first complete third-party teardown of Google Glass. While much of the reveal is just “gadget porn” for those into seeing the internals of new devices, perhaps what’s most fascinating is how unremarkable the insides really are in …

Biology Shows Us How To Prevent Hackers From Stealing Data

Given that digital information is more central than ever, it's worrisome that the history of data security is littered with failure.<p>Organizations seeking to be better prepared for and more resilient in response to information threats may want to draw on a far larger and older source of lessons on …

Viral

Through a PRISM darkly: Tracking the ongoing NSA surveillance story

Advertisement<p>25 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Lightspring<p>It was a relatively quiet week for internet news until <i>Guardian</i> blogger Glenn Greenwald …

Second-generation Moga Power Series mobile device controllers coming this fall

Peripheral manufacturer PowerA will deliver second-generation versions of its Moga controllers for mobile devices this fall, the company announced today.<p>PowerA will produce new versions of its existing Moga and Moga Pro controllers. This year's devices are known as the Moga Power Series, and will …

NSA Prism program taps in to user data of Apple, Google and others

The National Security Agency has obtained direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US internet giants, according to a top …

Surveillance

Google Will Soon Launch Google Web Designer, A Free HTML5 Development Tool For Creating Web Apps, Sites And Ads

Google will soon launch Google Web Designer, an HTML5 development tool for “creative professionals.” The service, Google says, will launch within “the coming months” and is meant to “empower creative professionals to create cutting-edge advertising as well as engaging web content like sites and …

Bose Reveals SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker And QuietComfort 20 In-Ear Headphones With “Aware Mode”

Today Bose is announcing two new products to its lineup, with the introduction of the SoundLink Mini Bluetooth speaker and the QuietComfort 20 In-Ear headphones.<p>Both offer the same high-quality audio Bose prides itself on, and the company claims that the in-ear headphones in particular required …