Tom Porter

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Microsoft beats Google to the punch: Bing for Android update does what Now on Tap will do

Microsoft today is introducing a major new capability to its Bing Search app for Android. Now when you want more information on the people, places, and things you’re reading about, you can hold down the home button to get contextual information and take related actions courtesy of Bing, without …

Advanced German Volume Training

Here's what you need to know...<p>German Volume Training has a reputation for adding rapid size to new lifters. It's a series of ten sets of …

Skype Translator Preview Going Live Today

Skype has been talking about, and demoing, its new real-time translation software for Skype for a while now, but users will begin getting first-hand experience with the tool as of today. The Skype Translator preview program begins welcoming its first participants into the fold, based on sign-ups to …

Material Question

Graphene may be the most remarkable substance ever discovered. But what’s it for?<p>Until Andre Geim, a physics professor at the University of Manchester, discovered an unusual new material called graphene, he was best known for an experiment in which he used electromagnets to levitate a frog. Geim, …

The 5 biggest myths about metabolism

When faced with unwanted weight, it's easy to place the blame on your metabolism.<p><b>(Life by DailyBurn)</b> -- A source of confusion for some and a scapegoat for extra weight around the midsection for others, metabolism has long been a topic of hot conversation. Without it, we would lack the energy to get …

Why Virtual Reality Is Happening Now

Since the Oculus Rift first made waves with its successful Kickstarter, there’s been a consistent line of criticism based in the notion, “why would it work this time?”<p>It’s a fair question — you can go back decades and see myriad failed attempts to build virtual reality gear for the masses.<p>“Many …

Prostate cancer could be 'switched off' with injection

Scientists have worked out how to stop tumours growing in a breakthrough which could switch off many cancers and even prevent blindness<p>Prostate cancer could be ‘switched off’ after scientists discovered a way to prevent deadly tumours from spreading.<p>Bristol and Nottingham universities found that a …

Best-Ever View of Alien Planet Birth Caught by Giant Radio Telescope

A huge radio telescope in Chile has captured the best-ever image of planets forming around a distant star, researchers say.<p>The spectacular view of …

Not the upgrade we were hoping for: The 2014 Mac Mini reviewed

Removed features and Intel's convoluted CPU lineup make the Mini less versatile.<p>Mid-tier 2014 Mac mini, as reviewed<p>OS<p>OS X 10.10.0<p>CPU<p>Dual-core 2.6GHz …

Futuristic Headset Translates Your Dog's Thoughts Into Human Language

For centuries, man has tried to communicate with his canine companions through commands, gestures, and best guesses. Now a team of designers from the …

Secret, The Anonymous App Worth $100 Million, Launches A Spin-Off Notification App Called 'Ping'

Ping has no tie to Secret's flagship app; it came out of a company hackathon. It's a simple notification tool that pushes topical content to your phone's locked homescreen.<p>"We were fascinated by the idea of an app that could tell you what you need to know, right when you need to know it," Secret …

Reversible, tiny, faster: Hands-on with the USB Type-C plug

Ars chatted with some of the main actors behind the new plug that supports USB 3.1.<p>SAN FRANCISCO—Last week, Ars met up with several representatives …

In Search of Svalbard Sea Monsters

Changing Planet<p><b>Here be dragons!</b><p>On the remote island of Spitsbergen, deep inside the Arctic circle, the remains of some of the most fearsome sea monsters to have prowled the oceans have been entombed in rock for more than 150,000,000 years. National Geographic <b>Emerging Explorer Jørn Harald Hurum</b> and …

Vinli Promises To Bring Autos Into The Smartphone Age

With Vinli, cars are about to get apps. And not just cars made in the future. The system works with nearly any car made after 1996 and is compatible with Android and iOS devices. The company just launched on the Disrupt SF 2014 stage and announced that the Vinli device is available for …

5 ways Google is leading … and Apple is trailing

The tech press, financial analysts, and the Apple Faithful are all eagerly anticipating Apple’s September 9th media event.<p>Expectations are running high as Apple prepares to announce it’s 8th-generation iPhone, alongside a wearable and services that aggregate health data and manage connected homes. …

An Energy-Saving Air Vent In The Cloud Designed By A 13-Year-Old

Father and daughter team Gabi and Shani Zuniga put their heads together with neighbor and long-time friend Danny Eizips to create Ventix, a home heating and cooling device controlled by the cloud.<p>Think of it like Nest, but one step into the future. While the Nest thermostat controls your entire …

Destiny Codes To Unlock Extra Limited Edition Content Leaked, "Not One Time Use, Redeem Now": Updated

Destiny is now available for pre-load on Playstation 4 atleast, and this is not all, few lucky gamers have received Destiny Limited Edition content …

Intel’s New Core M Processors Will Bring Thin, Fanless Convertible Notebooks This Holiday

Intel has launched its Core M processor line at IFA 2014 this year, and is announcing a number of key launch partners that will be shipping Intel M-based convertible notebooks starting this holiday season. The new M chips allow users to build much thinner designs, since they’re incredibly …

Can This Mineral Power The Planet?

It may soon be time to say "so long" to silicon solar panels.<p>Solar panels are cheaper than ever before, thanks to government subsidies and a flooded market. But they’re not yet affordable enough to eclipse traditional energy sources. Enter perovskites: crystalline minerals that may emerge as the …

This Is Not An Optical Illusion; It's A Huge Cloud Of Jelly Creatures

If you stare at this photo for long enough, you'll start to see 3D palm trees swaying in the wind. Just relax your eyes and -- LOL, only kidding!<p>What you're actually looking at is a massive swarm of electric blue Velella velellas, more adorably known as "by-the-wind sailors," a relative of the …

Ancient Mayan Cities Found In Mexican Jungle

MEXICO CITY, Aug 22 (Reuters) - Archaeologists have found two ancient Mayan cities hidden in the jungle of southeastern Mexico, and the lead researcher says he believes there are "dozens" more to be found in the region.<p>Ivan Sprajc, associate professor at the Research Center of the Slovenian Academy …

Groundbreaking Smartphone Battery Charges Up in 30 Seconds Flat

Sick of waiting for your smartphone to recharge? Israeli nanotechnology pioneer StoreDot Ltd just unveiled a groundbreaking new battery that can …

Clean Energy

5 Great Front-End Developer Tools You Must Try

<i>Arnaud Breton is a full-stack developer at mention with a specific focus on the front-end side and user experience. This post originally appeared on the mention blog.</i><p>Over the last few years, we’ve seen tremendous growth in an entirely new generation of Web applications. These apps have become much …

Rawlemon's New Betaray Crystal Ball Harvests Light From The Sun, Moon and Clouds!

In 2012, Inhabitat featured an invention that promised to turn the world of solar power generation upside down. Rawlemon‘s spherical solar …

Clean Energy

How to troubleshoot and fix common issues with your iPhone and iPad

Apple (s aapl) makes it easy to keep iOS devices and all of the apps installed on these devices up to date. Because of this, if you’re having …

Mercedes Active Lane Assist fooled with soda can

In this weekend’s odd news, one Mercedes owner decided to trick his vehicle’s Active Lane Assist feature…using a soda can. By taping the beverage to …

Handsfree

What is Google+ and why should I use it?

Part social network, part beta system<p>Google+ is something of a black sheep in the world of social media. Even as a young network of three years that …

Andrew Mason’s Audio Tour App Detour Steers You Away From The Typical Tourist Traps

I’m about 20 minutes late when I meet Andrew Mason at the famous Boudin Bakery in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf district. It’s a tourist trap, but it’s where Mason wants to meet and who am I to complain? I’m about to get a sneak peek at the thing he’s been working on for the last several months.<p>…

PlayStation Now Beta first impressions: Cloud gaming is very convenient and very expensive

After Sony’s PlayStation Now cloud gaming service launched in open beta on the PlayStation 4 this week, we wanted to see if it lives up to expectations. The service does make it extremely easy to jump right in and play older PlayStation games, but the pricing model will need to be adjusted to …