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An Eerie Tour of China's Abandoned Disneyland Knockoff

There were big plans for Wonderland, a Disney-esque park outside of Beijing. It was supposed to be the biggest amusement park in Asia. But …

Ball lightning has been captured on video for the first time ever

Reports of ball lightning have existed for hundreds of years, but footage of the rare phenomenon, which appears transiently in the form of a glowing …

The Darth Vader Lightsaber iPhone Battery Uses The Force. Well, Electrons, But Still.

Some of us have seen <i>Star Wars</i>, and liked it. Some of us have seen <i>Star Wars</i>, and loved it. And some of us are currently fretting over whether or not …

New object recognition algorithm learns on the fly

Scientists at Brigham Young University (BYU) have developed an algorithm that can accurately identify objects in images or videos and can learn to …

Machine Learning

iPadian: The iOS Simulator For Windows

Advertisement<p>Do you wish you could run iOS apps on Windows? You’re not alone and let me be frank: it’s not possible. Here’s what is possible, …

Start your own digital camera manufacturing business with this Raspberry Pi tutorial

Technology has gotten so easy. Gone are the days when you had to solder stuff together, learn BASIC or DOS prompts, change a video card – if you …

Clever chemistry improves a new class of antibiotics

(Phys.org) —A new class of molecules called acyldepsipeptides—ADEPs—may provide a new way to attack bacteria that have developed resistance to …

Stylish screensaver recreates the iOS 7 lock screen experience on your Mac

Want to bring iOS and OS X even closer together than they already are? Christian Heudens has recreated the iOS 7 lock screen to your Mac as a free downloadable screensaver. The thin fonts look great on a Retina Display. It’s a neat way to give your Mac a bit of individuality and make your …

NSA review panel casts doubt on bulk data collection claims

The members of president Barack Obama’s surveillance review panel on Tuesday rejected some of the central contentions offered by the National Security Agency for its bulk collection of phone records, including the program’s potential usefulness in preventing the 9/11 attacks.<p>Testifying before the …

Here’s What Steam’s New Virtual Reality Interface Looks Like

Early this morning, Valve announced that they were working on a new interface for Steam, custom-tailored for virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift.<p>Unless you’re a super-ultra-mega early adopter and have a Rift nearby , it can be kind of hard to picture what such an interface might look …

Obama: Marijuana no more dangerous than alcohol

President Obama doesn't think marijuana is more dangerous than alcohol, "in terms of its impact on the individual consumer," he told "The New Yorker" magazine in an interview.<p>"As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the …

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'PhoneSat' made from Samsung Nexus S calls Earth from space

NASA's newest tiny, cheap "PhoneSat" — a super cheap satellite made out of off-the-shelf Android hardware — has dialed home from orbit, meaning all systems are go.<p>The 2.2-pound satellite was built using a heavily-modified Samsung Nexus S and uses a two-way S-band radio so that engineers can command …

The Xbox One is the Ultimate Culmination of Microsoft's Vision

Now that the Xbox One has finally hit the market, one of Microsoft’s visions has almost come true. For years, the company has been trumpeting its long-term plan to have ‘three screens and a cloud‘ for its flagship products, but until recently it had failed to deliver due to ageing devices (the Xbox …

You Will Be Mesmerized By These XBox And PlayStation GIFs

As much as the consoles change, the controllers really stay pretty much the same. These hypnotizing GIFs from the folks over at Gadget Love prove it.<p>Many gamers will remember the monolithic controller of the original Xbox that shipped with the system in 2001. Microsoft slimmed it down for Xbox 360 …

Apple Patents Face Recognition Tech For Enhanced iPhone Privacy And Automated Controls

Apple has been issued a patent by the USPO today (via AppleInsider) that describes a system for using facial recognition and detection on a mobile or desktop computing device. This could work a lot like the Android face unlock option, which has been criticized before for its fallibility, but is …

A Russian Company Just Released This Two-Sided Smartphone

Oil-rich Russia is a major market for foreign handset makers such as Apple and Samsung Electronics, but it has so far not been successful in designing handsets.<p>Moscow-based Yota Devices plans to sell the phone in 20 countries next year after making its 2013 debut in Russia, Austria, France, Germany …

United Arab Emirates

Apple, PrimeSense And Perceptive Computing Or: Why Your Phone Will See In 3D

Last month Apple confirmed the acquisition of Israeli motion-sensing company PrimeSense. Initial thoughts turned towards applications in the Apple TV set-top box, but other reports that Apple was interested in its ‘mapping’ capabilities as well.<p>After some digging and asking around, it seems like …

NSA Spying Scandal Could Cost U.S. Tech Giants Billions

The National Security Agency spying scandal could cost the top U.S. tech companies billions of dollars over the next several years, according to …

Radiation Increases Breast Cancer Rates

(NewsTarget) Researchers recently found a direct positive connection between girls receiving more radiation for cancer and developing breast cancer …

NSA Borrows an Advertiser Trick to Track Hacking Targets

“Cookies” are usually used by advertisers to track average Internet users, but the latest Edward Snowden leak reveals that the National Security …

Enormous earthquakes ‘are missing’ from records

<b>The Earth could have been struck by many more huge earthquakes in its recent history than was previously thought, scientists say.</b><p>Research suggests that half of all quakes measuring more than 8.5 in magnitude that hit in the 19th Century are missing from records.<p>Scientists are scanning historical …

Geology

Apps vulnerable to hacking, warns security company

Huge numbers of apps in both Apple's and Google's app stores have been targeted for hacking, with financial apps on Android particularly vulnerable, according to new research.<p>In significant numbers of cases, apps have been hacked and uploaded to third-party stores or Google Play either to capture …

Mark Zuckerberg Says Facebook Is Done With Being Cool

In a wide-ranging interview with James Bennet, editor-in-chief of The Atlantic, Mark Zuckerberg talks immigration reform, government requests for user data, and Facebook losing its cool.<p>A Democrat? A Republican? No, Mark Zuckerberg prefers to label himself as pro-knowledge economy, where ideas make …

GE just invented the first “internet of things” device you’ll actually want to own

Quirky<p>If you’ve always wanted to be able to check, from anywhere in the world, exactly how many eggs are in your fridge at home, the Egg Minder is for you. Sure, it sounds silly. Do we really need an internet-connected device and companion smartphone app to tell us something so inessential? But …

Internet of Things

Walmart to Sell iPhone 5c for $27, iPhone 5s for $127 Beginning Friday

Walmart will begin a holiday sale on Friday that will see the retailer drop price of Apple's iPhone to just $27 with a two-year contract, reports the <i>Los Angeles Times</i>. Though the iPhone 5c is normally priced at $99, Walmart and other retailers have been selling the phone at a discount since shortly …

NSA Reportedly Uses Google Cookies To Target Suspects

According to information once again leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency secretly targets suspects using the same tool that allows advertisers to target consumers — small files known as “cookies.” In fact, the Washington Post has released more classified slides, …