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Remarkable 240-Year-Old Doll Automaton Can Write Actual Programmable Text

Designed and constructed in the 1770s, this extraordinary little doll is actually a self-operating machine that's believed by some to be one of the oldest examples of a computer. Known as “The Writer,” the automaton was built by Swiss-born watchmaker Pierre Jaquet-Droz in order to entertain …

U.S. set to blame North Korea for Sony hack

The U.S. is ready to blame North Korea for the crippling hack attack at Sony Pictures, as the studio said Wednesday it would cancel next week's planned release of its controversial comedy "The Interview."<p>U.S. investigators say an announcement pinning the blame on hackers working for the Pyongyang …

The creator of Minecraft just outbid Beyoncé and Jay Z on this $70 million megamansion

New kid on the block<p>Back in September, <i>Minecraft</i> creator Markus "Notch" Persson became ludicrously wealthy after Microsoft bought the game for $2.5 billion. And as of this week, he's now the owner of a $70 million megamansion in Beverly Hills, California. According to <i>Curbed</i>, it was all but expected …

Google Patents a Micro Projector for Google Glass

<b><br>Yikes, distractionitis!</b> Today the US Patent Office revealed a patent from Google for a micro projector for a future version of Google Glass. …

Hackers using Gmail drafts to steal data and update malware

Gmail drafts folder holding any incriminating goodies? Perhaps a drafted up email to an ex that you never sent?<p>Hackers have cottoned on to the …

The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats

<b>Memo:</b> From Nick Hanauer <b><br>To:</b> My Fellow Zillionaires<p>You probably don’t know me, but like you I am one of those .01%ers, a proud and unapologetic capitalist. I have founded, co-founded and funded more than 30 companies across a range of industries—from itsy-bitsy ones like the night club I started in …

Google Straps A Street View Camera On A Camel's Hump To Capture Liwa Desert

Google’s Street View Trekker cameras just got a bit of a lift.<p>Since 2012, Google has been letting users explore landmarks like the Grand Canyon 0r the Taj Mahal that are only accessible by foot via the Trekker, a backpack with a green soccer-ball-like camera at the top that captures panoramic …

£743 untraceable gun 3D-printer sells out in 36 hours

Americans want guns without serial numbers. And apparently, they want to make them at home.<p>On Wednesday, Cody Wilson's libertarian non-profit Defense …

BadUSB Can Turn Thumb Drives Into Cyberweapons

BadUSB is a dangerous USB security flaw that allows attackers to turn a simple USB device into a keyboard, which can then be used to type malicious …

New Nexus 6 Guns For iPhone 6 Plus: Here's What To Expect

Android users may be swamped for choice, but few handsets get fans more excited than a new Nexus device. Cited as a ‘reference device’ for manufacturers and developers alike, the Nexus range offers cutting edge specifications for budget basement prices and this looks set to continue next month with …

Google Gives San Francisco Free Wi-Fi in Public Places

On Wednesday, San Franciscans were able to hook their gadgets up to free Wi-Fi that launched in 32 new public locations. All that connectivity was …

Drone video captures close-up of erupting volcano

Gallery: Drone video captures close-up of erupting volcano<p>Gallery: Drone video captures close-up of erupting volcano<p>+ 7<p>+ 6<p>+ 5<p>This epic video isn't a …

The cost difference to Apple between the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus: $15.50

Apple may be struggling to meet demand for the iPhone 6 Plus, but the effort will be worthwhile according to some number-crunching by IHS cited by <i>Bloomberg</i>: it makes an extra $84.50 in profit on the larger model.<p>It costs an additional $15.50 to make the larger iPhones, according to a breakdown by …

Wacom’s New Stylus Series Offers A Digital Pen For Every Scribbler, Sketcher And Note-Taker

Wacom has a series of new stylus devices for tablets and smartphones that it’s launching today, including three new Bamboo devices and a new Intuos version, with two aimed specifically at the iPad with special Bluetooth-powered pressure sensitivity abilities. Two entry-level Bamboo styluses offer a …

Panasonic X940 4K Ultra HD TV Unveiled With Massive 85 Inch Screen

Panasonic has today unveiled a new selection of 4K Ultra HD TVs that its has launched with the flagship TV coming in the form of a massive 85 inch …

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Acer Chromebook 13 review

The best Chromebooks all have one thing in common: they’re small. The most popular Chromebooks have small, low-resolution 11.6-inch displays. They may offer a low price, stellar battery life, and fast performance — but sometimes you just want a bigger computer.<p>Acer’s new Chromebook 13 appears to be …

YouTube now lets you tip your favorite video makers

If you've been itching to tip YouTube video producers, you'll be glad to know that you can finally reward those people for their hard work: the Fan Funding feature has launched in Australia, Japan, Mexico and the US. If a video host sets up a virtual tip jar, you can use your Google Wallet account …

Instagram Explains the Technology Behind Hyperlapse

A day after launching Hyperlapse, a nifty app for creating moving timelapse videos, Instagram has published an explanation of the image stabilization technology behind it.<p>Previously, making compelling hyperlapse videos was a time-consuming, and often expensive, process. Microsoft recently outlined …

If you can't tell editorial from advertorial, there's a browser plug-in for that

Google product engineer Ian Webster believes sponsored articles should be more easily identifiable (as they should be!), so he built the AdDetector plug-in in his spare time to make that happen. More and more publications turn to sponsored content or native ads these days (even Tumblr does it), but …

Steve Ballmer cuts ties with Microsoft but still owns 333 million shares

Steve Ballmer quit being Microsoft CEO last year, and now he's stepping down from the company's board of directors.<p>In a public letter to Satya Nadella, who replaced him as CEO, Ballmer announced he's shifting his focus to run the Los Angeles Clippers, the basketball team he just bought for $2 …

Windows 9 preview expected next month

Microsoft is expected to deliver an early preview version of Windows Threshold next month, the codename for what will likely be named Windows 9. The software maker has been gradually working on the release over the past several months, adding and tweaking features ready for a "technology preview" …

Google Eyes Dropcam, Company That Thinks Monetizing User Data Is 'Tricking the User'

If Google is really going to buy Dropcam, the video camera startup might have to readjust some of its company values.<p>The Information reported Tuesday that Google is considering buying Dropcam, which makes $150 cameras that stream video to a computer or phone.<p>But there might be one ideological …

Hacker who helped feds gets no more time in prison

The infamous hacker known as Sabu who cooperated with the FBI for three years to take down his former associates and help authorities disrupt or mitigate cyber attacks including those targeting U.S. military, Congress and law enforcement websites was sentenced on Tuesday to time served.<p>Hector …

Google Fiber: we don’t charge for peering, don’t have fast lanes

Google (S GOOG) used its Google Fiber internet access business Wednesday to chime in on the continuing debate around peering and internet fast lanes, …

Draw secret sound messages with PhonoPaper

Record and exchange sounds on paper<p>We're all used to "seeing" sound, whether through the notes and staves of traditional sheet music or the visual equalizers that once accompanied every EDM artist's live performances. PhonoPaper approaches visualization differently. It's a free app for Android and …

My favourite waste of time: why Candy Crush and Angry Birds are so compulsive

There is one question a lot of people ask while playing Candy Crush Saga: why am I playing Candy Crush Saga?<p>This saccharine-splattered casual gaming treat, which hit 500m downloads last November, is both utterly compulsive and totally inexplicable to a huge number of its users.<p>The same goes for …

Dubai police use Google Glass to crack down on traffic violators

Applications allow officers to record violators and identify wanted vehicles<p>Police in Dubai have begun using Google Glass as part of an effort to crack down on traffic violations. An official with the emirate's police force confirmed to <i>Gulf News</i> this week that traffic officers are testing the …