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HDMI 2.0, delayed but now done, boosts 4K video

A year later than expected, HDMI 2.0 has arrived, bringing support for higher-end high-resolution 4K TVs to the widely used video-audio connector technology.<p>The previous, 2009-era version of the High Definition Multimedia Interface, HDMI 1.4, supports 4K "Ultra HD" video, but with some limits: at a …

CES

SolidRun's $45 CuBox-i mini PC runs both Linux and Android

Mini computers exist thanks in no <i>small</i> part to Moore's Law, but one running Linux andJelly Bean is pretty unique. Developer SolidRun isn't new to the tiny PC scene, but since it released the original CuBox in 2011, it's stayed relatively quiet. That silence breaks with the four CuBox-i models that …

Why the internet of things gives us a second chance to define digital trust and privacy

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock/Pavel Ignatov<p>As we connect more things to the web and share more data, there hasn’t been a coherent …

Mapping websites reveal just how stupid it is to geotag your tweets

Twitter users may be giving away more about their location than they realise.<p>Two new websites, GeoSocial Footprint and<p>Ready or Not, aim to solve this …

Apple imports more Apple TVs – but is it a refresh?

A blog post by supplier-sourcing company Panjiva (via <i>GigaOM</i>) is being cited as evidence that Apple plans to launch a refreshed Apple TV alongside the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C at its media event on September 10th.<p>On August 25th, Apple received a shipment described as “Set Top Box with Communication …

McCain caught playing iPhone poker while senators debate Syria strike

In the middle of a Senate hearing on the use of force in Syria, ex-presidential nominee Senator John McCain (R-AZ) was caught playing a poker game on his iPhone. <i>The Washington Post</i> photographer Melina Mara broke the news by reporting that the senator was "passing the time by playing poker on his …

Apple sets Sept. 10 press event — yep, new iPhones likely

Apple's Sept. 10 media invite highlights the iOS 7 redesign, but (hopefully) foreshadows new iPhones, too.<p>Apple just sent out its invitation to journalists for a Sept. 10 media event at the company headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. Unlike most of the company's invites, this one contains few clues …

iOS

Panasonic officially quits the consumer smartphone business, president says mobile performance was 'unacceptable'

As reported in the <i>Nikkei</i>, Panasonic will today pull out of smartphone market in Japan, and change to outsourced production (offering its brand to other manufacturers) in emerging markets like India. Company president, Kazuhiro Tsuga, has set strict guidelines to turnaround the company, threatening …

Android KitKat unveiled By Google And Nestlé

Google has announced that the next version of its Android mobile operating system will be called ‘Android KitKat’, after Nestlé’s popular chocolate bar.<p>Android has been developed by the company’s engineers under sweet-themed names ever since the release of Android Cupcake in 2009 and continuing in …

Algoraves Are The Nerdiest Way To Get Your Dance On

Algorithms make the music, you make the party.<p>Nerds, gather at the dance party! It's time to algorave. Meaning the DJs will be spinning algorithms, not just dropping beats.<p>At an algorave, DJs compose musical algorithms live to create "sounds wholly or predominantly characterised by the emission of …

Aurigid Meteor Shower 2013 Peaks at Dawn on Sunday

The Aurigid Meteor Shower will peak before dawn on Sunday, Sept. 1. The rare meteor shower has been recorded only four other times–in 1935, 1986, …

National Park Service director gets firsthand look at the Rim fire

The National Park Service's Jon Jarvis says the massive blaze is a taste of things to come in forests across the West.<p>August 31, 2013|By Tony Barboza<p>A member of the BLM Silver State Hotshot crew uses a drip torch to set back… (Mike McMillan, Associated…)<p>GROVELAND, Calif. — As the Rim fire has …

'Tobacco wars' senators take aim at energy drinks

Three Democratic senators who led the fight against tobacco companies aim to limit minors' access to energy drinks.<p>August 31, 2013|By Alexei Koseff<p>Three senators say energy drink makers such as Monster Beverage use advertising… (Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images )<p>WASHINGTON — They are all "veterans of …

Why Do U.S. Behavioral Science Researchers Keep Skewing Their Results?

Go America, land of exaggerating to get ahead!<p>Despite its lofty ideals, science isn't always impartial and unbiased. Scientists on occasion have fabricated data, or at least tweaked it to suit their needs. They've got a career to make, after all, and boring findings don't bring fame and fortune.<p>So …

APOD: Fire on Earth (2013 Sep 01) Image Credit: (AFS, BLM) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130901.html Explanation: Sometimes, regions of planet Earth light up with fire. Since fire is the rapid acquisition of oxygen, and since oxygen is a key indicator of life, fire on any planet would be an indicator of life on that planet. Most of the Earth's land has been scorched by fire at some time in the past. Although causing many a tragedy, for many places on Earth fire is considered part of a natural ecosystem cycle. Large forest fires on Earth are usually caused by lightning and can be visible from orbit. Above, in the year 2000, stunned elk avoid a fire sweeping through Montana's Bitterroot Valley by standing in a river. http://fire.ak.blm.gov/ http://www.blm.gov/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130901 #APOD

Gray Matter: A Venturi Pump That Shoots Fire

A pump that goes from blow to suck with no moving parts<p>When you blow air across the top of a straw dipped in soda, liquid rises up the tube. This might seem strange, but a Venturi pump—named after the Italian physicist who invented it—takes advantage of the same effect, simply by virtue of its …

Mega-Canyon Discovered Beneath Greenland Ice Sheet

And it's on the same scale as parts of the Grand Canyon!<p>A previously unknown canyon has been discovered in Greenland, hidden beneath the ice. It is at least 750 kilometres long. To put that in perspective, imagine a ten kilometre wide gorge, up to 800 metres deep, running from the Southern coast of …

Praising Arizona

Both the pancakes and the swimming are due to being in Arizona for two weeks with the family, where the hotels and motels provided both, usually at breakfast time. The first week was work, the second a holiday.<p>The work part was the fourth workshop in the "Boost" series. Some of the previous …

Newly forming star stretched a light-year long

Hot, bright stars generate harsh stellar winds that are blast ultraviolet radiation toward a protostar, sculpting it into the light-year-long shape …

Robot Security Guard Will Watch Old People While They Sleep

A new project aims to teach robots how to work alongside humans.<p>These eyeball-y robots, created by a consortium of European researchers, are designed to learn how to navigate dynamic human environments without running into people, knocking things over, or getting stuck. The "Lindas," as they've …

This date in science: Pioneer 11 swept past Saturn

Pioneer 11 was the first spacecraft ever to encounter Saturn. It paved the way for the even-more-sophisticated Voyager and Cassini</b> …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

Infrared Car System Spots Wildlife On The Road From 500 Feet Away

Here's how it works.<p>Since their debut 13 years ago, in-car night-vision systems, which identify pedestrians approaching a roadway, have arguably made driving safer. But they come with a pretty big blind spot: animals. Each year, drivers in the U.S. strike about a million deer, causing 27,000 human …