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Why bendable electronics could be the future of the internet of things

When the first Harry Potter movie came out in 2001 the idea of the Daily Prophet, a newspaper that contains moving pictures, qualified as magic. A Kickstarter campaign by Ynvisible, a Lisbon-based technology firm, is bringing that magic to life with its displays, held together with paper-thin …

Arduino

How the Movies of Tomorrow Will Play With Your Mind

A neuroscientist in California is dreaming up a new visual vocabulary for cinema that could revolutionize the filmmaking business.<p>0<p>SHARES<p>Since the …

Mysterious White Light On Mars Seen In Images Taken By NASA's Curiosity Rover (PHOTOS)

Is a strange speck of light on Mars evidence of intelligent life on the Red Planet?<p>That's what some are asking after what appears to be a bright white beam of light shining from behind the Martian dunes showed up in images taken by NASA's Curiosity rover.<p><b>Scroll down for photos.</b><p>Scott Waring of the …

Turns out that the very reason that you can play video games is thanks to a gene named after a video game character (and some lessons from a 375 million-year-old fish). Find out why in this week’s It’s Okay To Be Smart

Turns out that the very reason that you can play video games is thanks to a gene named after a video game character (and some lessons from a 375 …

Tech and Science

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Science

NSA system designed to attack 'millions' of computers -- report

The US government designed computerized hacking tools to automate the process of compromising computers with attacks that let it harvest data before it is encrypted, new documents show.<p>Through an operation called Turbine, the NSA crafted an automated system designed to hack "millions" of computers, …

Surveillance

Prisoners 'could serve 1,000 year sentence in eight hours'

Future biotechnology could be used to make prisoners feel as if they were serving a 1,000 year sentence, a team of scientists claim<p>Future biotechnology could be used to trick a prisoner's mind into thinking they have served a 1,000 year sentence, a group of scientists have claimed.<p>Philosopher …

Google Glass’s battery is lousy on purpose, says Google man

Thad Starner has been wearing computers on his face for 21 years. Today he works with Google on Glass, the web giant’s wearable computing project which, because of its high-profile backer and the accompanying publicity blitz, also happens to be the go-to example of all that is good and evil about …

Wearable Tech

Edward Snowden On How To End Mass Surveillance

Here's what you need to know about Snowden's SXSW interview.<p>"Encryption is defense against the Dark Arts," National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden said via Google Hangout to an audience at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, on Monday. Snowden and the second panelist, Chris Soghoian, as …

Game designer will turn a skyscraper into the world’s largest Tetris game

Frank Lee likes to level up. So on April 4, the Drexel University game design professor will turn a Philadelphia skyscraper into a giant game of Tetris. Observers at the upcoming Philly Tech Week event will be able to play a working version of the famous Nintendo block-puzzle game through a …

The Ring Input Device Puts Gesture Control And Home Automation On Your Finger

This embed is invalid<p>There was once a rumor that Apple would actually use a ring device for input to an Apple television. Neither of those gadgets exist yet, of course, but Ring is a Kickstarter project trying to fund a finger-based wearable that could enable the kind of controls envisioned in that …

Code.org Lets You Program Your Own Game Of Flappy Bird

Code.org is putting the incredible popularity of Flappy Bird to good use. It just released a new initiative to help young people (or whoever, really) learn how to code by building their own customized version of the absurdly simple yet highly addicting game.<p>You don’t have to know anything about …

Game Development

Netflix test feature 'Sleep Tracker' can detect when users fall asleep

The good news is<p>Netflixhas built a feature for its service that can detect if users fall asleep while watching a movie. The bad news is that users may never get to try the feature out.<p>The video streaming company held a 24-hour hack day earlier this month during which staffers created numerous …

Grown-Up Men Take More Selfies Than Grown-Up Women

A new study measuring how people take selfies found that women take more selfies than men—but only to a point. After the proverbial hill, it reverses, with men over age 40 snapping more selfies than women over age 40.<p>Surprised? I was.<p>I just assumed selfie-ing was always more of a female thing, …

Type Machine for Android Remembers Everything You Type

It’s a problem we’ve probably all encountered at some point. You enter a chunk of text on your phone, but your fat-fingeredness leads you to accidentally delete it. Or perhaps you jotted something down in one of your apps, but can’t recall where? This is where Type Machine for Android wants to help.<p>…

You Can Pay Via Fingerprint With Samsung's Latest Phone

The company teamed up with PayPal to bring biometric scanning to its Galaxy S5<p>At Mobile World Congress today, Samsung announced the latest version of its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5. If it's anything like the S4, lots of people will buy it. Since it has a larger number in the front, it will …

MWC

IBM Wants The Power Of The Watson Supercomputer In The Palm Of Your Hand

Since its first appearance on "Jeopardy" in 2011, many have pointed to Watson as an indicator of where we're headed with technology like Apple's Siri.<p>If fed enough data, Watson can become an expert on a seemingly unlimited number of topics. Using probabilities, it's able to work out how different …

Cognitive Computing

IBM uses thinking computer to generate chocolate burritos and other weird food

Cognitive computers — machines capable of learning, rather that simply following programming — may one day be able to mimic human brains. But first, they're being used to invent chocolate burritos and Swiss-Thai asparagus quiche. IBM, a leader in the field of cognitive computing who has been …

After two weeks of anarchy, 100,000 simultaneous 'Pokémon' players may actually beat the game

We still don't know if infinite monkeys on infinite typewriters can produce the complete works of Shakespeare, but it appears that tens of thousands of people collectively controlling a <i>single</i> Game Boy can beat a famous game. Two weeks ago, viewers of game streaming site Twitch.tv started playing a …

Anti-NSA Blackphone Smartphone Now Available to Pre-Order for $629

Following numerous leaks and revelations about the surveillance capabilities of the NSA and other international security organizations, the Blackphone has arrived promising greater protection for your personal data.<p>The smartphone, announced last month by encrypted communications firm Silent Circle …

Cell phone as smoking gun: In court, few messages are gone for good

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: 4@astrocady via Pond5<p>When Stephen Baldwin sued fellow actor Kevin Costner in 2012 over a business deal gone sour, …

This is the most sampled song ever

From Herbie Hancock to Justin Bieber<p>Samples and remixes have become a staple of pop music today, with artists blending new and old in seemingly endless combinations. According to the BBC, though, one song has proven particularly popular among DJs and musicians: "Change the Beat," by Fab 5 …

SanDisk microSD can now hold 128GB of your music, videos and photos

SanDisk is best known to Android users for providing the microSD memory cards that faithfully hold all of our photos, videos and music on our devices. Smartphones that support MicroSD usually only do so up to 64GB, so phone manufacturers will now have to design anew to support the new 128GB SanDisk …

Operating Systems

Google reportedly trying to block distracted driving laws for Glass

Google's lobbyists are trying to stop states from limiting how drivers can use its Glass headsets. According to Reuters, the company is speaking to legislators in Illinois, Delaware, and Missouri in an attempt to derail distracted driving bills that would include wearable computing devices like …

Cool Or Creepy? A Clip-On Camera Can Capture Every Moment

With digital cameras and camera phones everywhere, there are few moments we <i>don't</i> document. But some designers still think we're missing the opportunity to capture some important, simple moments. The solution: the Narrative Clip, a wearable camera that automatically and silently snaps an image every …

The K5 security robot will begin patrolling one Silicon Valley campus this year

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Credit: Knightscope<p>The Knightscope K5 robot’s 5-foot-tall bullet-shaped frame is impressive. Studded with cameras and sensors …

Google Expands Underwater Street View To New Locations

Google today added a couple of new locations to its underwater Street View imagery collection, including a number spots around Monaco, Cancun and Isla Mujeres.<p>Google unveiled underwater Street View back in 2012 and has been expanding it (very) slowly ever since. The company has partnered with the …