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Minecraft-maker releases Cliffhorse spoof video game

<b>Markus "Notch" Persson is "selling" his first video game since Minecraft.</b><p>The Swedish developer is requesting payment for Cliffhorse in the virtual currency Dogecoin, although it can be downloaded without doing so.<p>He has tweeted that the game - in which the player controls a galloping horse that can …

The Engineer Who Proposed Powering The World With A Solar Satellite

Plus, a look at Popular Science's predictions for the future of solar energy in 1972, just as solar-cell research was picking up.<p>The conceiver of one of mankind's coolest ideas for boundless clean energy died last week. He was 90 and first published his ideas in 1968, a year before NASA put a man …

How would you change Intel's Next Unit of Computing?

What is Intel's Next Unit of Computing? It's far too bulky to be an Intel-hewn alternative to the Raspberry Pi or Arduino, nor is it powerful enough to be designed to replace a low-powered desktop. Sitting awkwardly between the two, we imagine that plenty of you bought one of these for curiosity's …

Millennial Trains Project Helps Young People Get Their Ideas Moving

When Patrick Dowd traveled to India on a Fulbright scholarship in 2010 to help lead the Jagriti Yatra — a train trip across India that encourages …

In Case You Were Wondering, This Is What A Portrait Of The Entire Internet Looks Like

To most of us, imagining the contents of the entire world wide web is as laborious an effort as envisioning the entirety of outer space. Between the Wikipedia entries, emails, cat videos, food porn, regular porn and beyond, the many nooks and crannies of the internet seem to stretch to digital …

Design your own 3D-printed braille phone

London-based company OwnFone makes an entire line of personalized mobile phones, including ones marketed to children and seniors. Now it's 3D-printing what it says is the world's first commercially available braille phone.<p>Like their other phones, these credit-card-sized devices don't have screens …

Braille

This smart hoodie lets you message friends on the sly

You don't have to be a forward-thinking fashion designer or scientist to produce tech-savvy clothing. Need evidence? Just look at the smart hoodie developed by New York University grad students Alina Balean and Rucha Patwardhan. They've integrated a cellular-equipped Arduino board and switches into …

Two-thirds of the world’s mobiles are dumb phones. Meet the company getting them online

This might be the worst Facebook experience ever.<p>And yet U2opia mobile, a Singapore-based company founded by Indian entrepreneurs, has catapulted to 17 million users in 36 countries as a result. To understand why, you have to unlearn Facebook—its blue background, viral videos, photo uploads—as you …

Sri Lanka

Apple’s Maps Are Still Lost

Apple, during WWDC last week, delivered some significant updates across various parts of its business. It released, among other things, some 4,000 new APIs (and a new programming language) to developers; a renewed, more aggressive effort in cloud services; and some changes across its mobile and …

SteelSeries' Sentry eye tracker lets you control a PC game with your eyes

Game peripheral maker SteelSeries is introducing its Sentry eye tracker that enables players to control computer games with their eye movements.<p>Proponents of eye tracking argue that it is a faster and more natural way of controlling the action in video games, such as first-person shooters. As a …

Lifestyle Subscriptions: The New Trend In The Cloud

<i>Co-written with Brent Leary</i><p>Did the headphones with Apple’s acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music distract you? While there are obvious benefits in helping Apple expand its “coolness” factor or by acquiring the superior headphone technology and brand, the $3B deal was to address a …

Where Nanosats Will Boldly Go, Business Will Follow

Around 1,000 operational satellites are circling the Earth, some of them the size and weight of a large car. In the past year they have been joined by junior offspring: 100 or so small satellites, some of them made up of one or more 10cm (4-inch) cubes.<p>They may be tiny, but each is vastly more …

Space Exploration

This Microscope Is Made Largely From Paper

If ever a technology were ripe for disruption, it is the microscope. Benchtop microscopes have remained essentially unchanged since the 19th century--their shape a cartoonist's cliché of science akin to alchemical glassware and Bunsen burners.<p>That lack of change has costs. Microscopes are expensive …

Microscopy

Android Simplelocker ransomware encrypts SD card files

<b>A security firm says it has found the first confirmed case of ransomware that encrypts files held by Android devices.</b><p>Eset reports that the Trojan - called Simplelocker - targets SD cards slotted into tablets and handsets, electronically scrambling certain types of files on them before demanding …

Yahoo says mobile isn't an internal 'hobby' anymore (Q&A)

"At the end of the day, the journey for Yahoo is the proof in growth. What we want to show the world is that we can return this company to growth."<p>Adam Cahan, SVP, mobile and emerging products

KPCB Internet trends 2014

The latest edition of the annual Internet Trends report includes:<p>1. Key Internet trends showing slowing Internet user growth but strong smartphone, tablet and mobile data traffic growth as well as rapid growth in mobile advertising.<p>2. Emerging positive efficiency trends in education and …

Trends

Why we’re all so obsessed with deep learning

You might have noticed the flurry of activity lately around deep learning. It’s an approach to data analysis centered around stacks of artificial …

Best deals of the week: Duracell, Mac Apps, DVD Ripper, Scrivener and more! [Deals]

As the week comes to a close (and a new week begins), Cult of Mac Deals wants to shine a spotlight on several of the best deals we’ve offered in the past week.<p>Scrivener 2<p><b>Scrivener</b> is a word processor and project management tool that stays with you from that first, unformed idea all the way through …

This New Tech Could Make Your Future Phone Shatter-Proof

Researchers at the University of Akron are working on a film for smartphone screens that could make a device's display shatter-proof.<p>The film is comprised of a transparent layer of electrodes over a polymer surface, according to a report from the university first spotted by Engadget.<p>These …

Emerging Technology

E3 2014 rumor mill: Fallout 4, Zelda Wii U, and more

It’s that time of year. Something is going to shock the gaming world at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) gaming trade show — we just don’t know what that thing will be.<p>E3 2014 will reveal its secrets this week, but the gaming world is impatient. Blogs, news sites, news aggregators, forums, …

DNA Sequencing Diagnoses Boy's Mysterious Bacterial Disease

This is the first time doctors have used DNA sequencing for emergency diagnosis and treatment.<p>For the first time, doctors have used DNA-sequencing technology to diagnose and treat a boy in an emergency. It's a big step for DNA sequencing—that the technology is able to work so quickly, and to help a …

Check out the first Vine from space, courtesy of astronaut Reid Wiseman

Twitter reached another important space-related milestone yesterday thanks to astronaut Reid Wiseman.<p>Yesterday Wiseman sent out the first short Vine video from his perspective inside the International Space Station. The video itself (embedded below) shows a full orbit of the ISS around the …

WWDC 2014: The right app and device for the moment

About a week before WWDC I was thinking ahead to the iPhone 6 launch this fall. What I was pondering was if a larger iPhone was what I needed, or, …

Nostalgia: Why it is good for you

The past is not just a foreign country, but also one we are all exiled from. Like all exiles, we sometimes long to return. That longing is called nostalgia.<p>Whether it is triggered by a photograph, a first kiss or a treasured possession, nostalgia evokes a particular sense of time or place. We all …

Android can now wake you up when you're close to your bus stop

If you've ever taken the bus or subway home after drinking too much at a party, you know how tough it can be to get off at the right stop -- you may fall asleep well before then. That shouldn't be an issue if you're using a recent Android phone, however. <i>Android Police</i> has noticed that the latest …

Alleged iPhone 6 Rear Shell Shown From Multiple Angles in New Photos

Back in late May, a single photo of an alleged rear shell from the iPhone 6 surfaced, showing what appeared to be a thin metal part with cutouts on the rear for not only the camera, microphone, and flash, but also the iconic Apple logo.<p>A new photo set shared by <i>Nowhereelse.fr</i> [Google Translate] now …

'Skylanders' Trap Masters Revealed Ahead Of E3

Skylander Trap Masters Gearshift and Krypt King announced ahead of doors opening at this year’s E3. Disney Infinity also expected to add Venom to their Marvel line-up at the show.<p>As journalists get ready for hands-on with Skylanders Trap Team at E3 the internet rumor – mill has been hard at work …