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By Brad Grier | Accessible Lifestyle and Emerging Technology

Let’s Study Air Resistance—With Coffee Filters

Author: Rhett Allain. Rhett Allain Science<p>Date of Publication: 04.04.17.<p>Time of Publication: 3:34 pm. 3:34 pm<p>In many physics problems, we simply …

Physics

Siri's Not Even the Best iPhone Assistant Anymore

Apple’s Siri may not be the most capable voice assistant, or the most beloved. In the race to dominate the next generation of interfaces, though, …

Amazon

Declining adult coloring book sales challenge bookselling's recovery

The unexpected success of adult coloring books was a huge boon to booksellers, going from a standing start to $90M in sales in 2015, and bringing …

New MacOS virus uses old Windows tricks to get into your laptop

While Mac malware tends to be a rather rare occurrence, Ars Technica reports security researchers have discovered two separate, new macOS viruses that rely on old Windows tricks to get into your laptop and steal your data.<p>One of the attacks, documented by software firm Objective-See, exploits an …

iOS

High Dynamic Range, explained: There’s a reason to finally get a new TV | Ars Technica

HDR noticeably improves content that looks washed out or flat on standard screens.<p>Ever since the HDTV standard emerged in the mid-'00s, screen …

Everything You Need to Know About Netflix Downloads

Netflix announced today that subscribers will be able to download select movies and TV shows for offline playback. The feature had been requested by …

Netflix

Turns out, the leader of the Commodore 64 engineering team retired to Yorktown

YORKTOWN<p>It can’t get a senior discount, but it might as well be ancient history.<p>The nearly 35-year-old hunk of machinery that emerged from a …

Hampton Roads

Apple launches new MacBook Pro laptop with Touch Bar for instant emoji

New thinner, lighter Apple laptops have Touch ID fingerprint scanners, but drop standard USB-A ports and SD card slot for four Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports<p>Apple launch event as it happened<p>Apple has launched the first new version of its MacBook Pro laptop in 18 months, with a new OLED touchscreen on …

Laptops

A Commodore 64 has helped run an auto shop for 25 years

Apple’s Phil Schiller thinks it’s sad that people use 5-year-old computers. Well, Phil, there’s an auto repair shop in Poland that’s going to send …

Phil Schiller

Evolution of Photography: Exposures Versus Keepers

Photographer Mason Resnick created this humorous (but perhaps painfully true?) graphic about how photography has changed since the days of …

Old technology could create new savings for light rail transit

University of Alberta mechanical engineering professors Pierre Mertiny and Marc Secanell are looking to make an old technology new again and save …

Energy

Samsung will reportedly issue worldwide recall of Galaxy Note 7

Reports of exploding batteries may lead to an unprecedented response<p>Samsung is preparing to announce a massive and global recall of its brand new Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency. <i>The Korea Herald</i> also reported earlier that Samsung is "considering" a recall. …

Sunrise is dead, and so is the dream of an excellent calendar app

Running behind schedule<p>Today the sun finally sets on Sunrise, the calendar app that Microsoft acquired last year. Microsoft announced its plan to merge Sunrise into Outlook, its mobile email client, last October. And now Sunrise, which began life as a more socially adept calendar, will now be a …

A.I. Downs Expert Human Fighter Pilot In Dogfight Simulation

Superhuman reflexes<p>In the military world, fighter pilots have long been described as the best of the best. As Tom Wolfe famously wrote, only those with the "right stuff" can handle the job. Now, it seems, the right stuff may no longer be the sole purview of human pilots.<p>A pilot A.I. developed by a …

Apple opens up on how it approaches security following FBI battle

CUPERTINO — In a press briefing Friday, Apple discussed how security works on the iPhone and iOS. The meeting, which was often technical, shed …

iOS

Introducing 825 Canada’s newest Area Code

If you live in Alberta and receive a call from your next-door neighbour showing an 825 Area Code, don’t be alarmed; it’s not necessarily a spoofed …

Canada

How to trick your iPhone into freeing up storage space

A trick to get more storage space on your iPhone has been circulating around the Internet today — but you have to have less than a gig of available …

iOS

Books, Games and Movies; The Value of Entertainment

What makes a game worth more than a book or a movie?Humans like to get more bang for the buck. It’s just the way we think. What’s the relative value …

Board Games

An Alberta solar boom is coming: Almost a billion dollars worth of projects are in development

Alberta on track for 2000 megawatts of solar by 2025, 385 megawatts in development pipeline right now<p>The US solar PV numbers for 2015 are in and they …

Renewable Energy

Go Grandmaster Loses Tournament Against Google’s AlphaGo

Google’s AlphaGo is on a roll. In January, the artificially intelligent <i>Go</i>-playing robot became the first computer to beat a professional player at …

Artificial Intelligence

2017 Ford Escape to feature remote windshield wiper de-icer

A solution to permanently frozen wiper-blades to your car’s windshield in the depths of winter may not be the sole reason to buy a new vehicle but …

Trucks

The weird, wide world of Amazon's Alexa Easter eggs

From Star Trek to Monty Python, Amazon's popular virtual assistant loves a good inside joke.<p>Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa can stream music, read off the day's headlines, or take control of your smart home, but half of the fun is asking questions out of left field to see if she can keep up.<p>And, …

Amazon

How to Design a Worker Placement Game Part 4: Energy Empire

Two years ago, in April of 2014, I started <b>this series</b> on the League of Gamemakers. At the time, I had already begun the game that would eventually …

Game Design

Goodyear Made Spherical MagLev Tires That Are Totally Nuts

I'm rolling on spheres.<p>The tire of the future is a ball. An unbelievably sophisticated, nature-inspired, magnetic-levitation-infused ball. Goodyear just revealed its vision for a concept tire that's intended for the self-driving car of tomorrow. It's called Eagle-360, and it's totally round.<p>Why put …

Transportation

Retro-tech: 2015 was an astounding year for one cassette tape factory | Ars Technica

National Audio Company cannibalizes its competitors, rides wave of popularity.<p>Cassette tapes, like vinyl albums, are making a comeback. While CDs and …

Microsoft narrows Win10 upgrade options to 'Upgrade now' or 'Upgrade tonight'

It's hard to imagine any marketing campaign worse than Microsoft's ongoing "Get Windows 10" debacle. Microsoft is pushing hard for Windows 7 and 8.1 …

Microsoft

Adobe is telling people to stop using Flash

Adobe is finally ready to say goodbye to Flash. In an announcement last night, Adobe said that it will now "encourage content creators to build with new web standards," such as HTML5, rather than Flash. It's also beginning to deprecate the Flash name by renaming its animation app to Animate CC, …

Software

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This smart helmet gives you eyes in the back of your head

<i>(By Ben Gruber, Reuters) –</i> For Marcus Weller the idea started off with an accident. He was riding a motorcycle in Barcelona when he took his eyes off the road to look at a road sign and smashed into the back of a car. A couple of years later he dreamt about that accident, but in the dream Weller …

Augmented Reality