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Mercury Crossing The Sun For The First Time In A Decade

It may be small, but Mercury takes center stage in the solar system this week.<p>Mercury and the sun have begun to dance in a rare astronomical phenomenon you won't want to miss.<p>In what's known as a planetary transit, the solar system's smallest planet will appear as a tiny black spot slowly crossing …

You can now sign up for Google’s Project Fi cell service without an invite

You can now sign up for Project Fi, Google’s first foray into offering its own cell phone service, without an invite.<p>The service, which launched ten months ago, was an invite-only project until now — though getting an invite wasn’t all that hard. Starting today, anybody in the U.S. can simply sign …

Revive Your Old Laptop Without Spending a Dime

A whole new life awaits your old laptop with Neverware’s CloudReady Chrome-based software<p>Lenovo ThinkPad T400, beloved laptop, was laid to rest after its slowing hard drive and spinning hourglass became too much to bear. Born in 2008, in its youth it overcame Windows Vista and went on to a …

Laptops

Run Windows 98 entirely in your browser

I’m a sucker for old-school operating systems running in ways that feel impossible and now there’s a way to run Windows 98 or a bunch of Linux distributions in your browser, no plugin required.<p>With browser-based Windows 98 you can relive the glory days of the past by playing Minesweeper, changing …

In Employee Email, Apple CEO Tim Cook Calls For Commission On Interaction Of Technology And Intelligence Gathering

Early this morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook sent an email out to employees about the FBI’s request to unlock an iPhone with the subject line ‘Thank you for your support’. The email outlines some responses to Cook’s open letter last week and paints the issue of Apple’s refusal to cooperate as one of …

Edward Snowden's OS of choice gets a major update

If you still assume you don't forfeit the right to privacy by going online, there are very few truly secure OS options. The best one might be the Linux flavor called Tails, recommended by none other than Edward Snowden. Its encrypted apps include email and messaging clients, a web browser, and of …

Linux

What's Coming From Apple in 2016: Apple Watch 2, iPhone 6c, iPhone 7, Skylake MacBooks, and More

With the launch of the Apple Watch, the iPhone 6s and the 6s Plus, the new Apple TV, and the iPad Pro, 2015 was a major year for Apple. The Apple Watch introduced a whole new category, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus saw the debut of 3D Touch, and the iPad Pro brought Apple's largest iOS device yet.<p>iOS …

MacBook Air

Relive Your Childhood on Your Mac With This Nintendo 64 & PlayStation Emulator

Get gaming.<p>The games of yesteryear are now within your reach with all-in-one game emulator OpenEmu‘s latest update, which adds popular titles from …

'OpenEmu' for OS X Now Supports Nintendo 64, PlayStation 1 and More

OpenEmu, an open source retro and arcade game emulator for OS X, has been updated to version 2.0.1 with support for 16 additional gaming systems, including Nintendo 64, Sony PlayStation 1 and PSP, ColecoVision, Intellivision and others listed below.<p>OpenEmu 2.0.1 also features a redesigned user …

Retrogaming

Lost My Name is a customizable children's book for the internet age

With the trend in personalization continuing to grow in apps and gadgets, it’s refreshing to see one company apply the same tech principles to something even more impactful: children’s books.<p>Lost My Name is a publishing startup that specializes in personalized books. And it’s not just slapping your …

How The Internet’s Most Prolific Map Designer Creates His Viral Worlds

To mark the publication of his first book, 17-year-old designer Martin Vargic tells us what inspires his maps, and how he works.<p>Where once they were done under the quill of cartographers, maps today are made by satellite. But Slovakian designer Martin Vargic’s maps are different. Although they …

Make your MacBook chime like an iPhone when you plug it in to charge

The iPhone and iPad have made a cute little chime noise when plugged it into charge since their inception, but the Mac has no such noise as it uses the MagSafe light indicators to show charging status. This changed with the new 12-inch Retina MacBook which doesn’t have MagSafe so it uses the iOS …

OS X

Make better cocktails with this LED-covered Bluetooth stick

The idea of using technology to make a better cocktail is hardly new -- companies as big as Google on down to the smallest startups are trying to enable those of us with no mixing skills to make a passible Martini or Manhattan. The latest is the MixStik, an LED-covered stick you connect to your …

Parallels brings Cortana to the Mac

Microsoft’s Cortana digital assistant is making its way to Android and iOS soon, but the software giant has no plans to bring it to Mac. While you might be waiting a long time to see Cortana appear on your MacBook officially, Parallels is bringing the digital assistant to life today inside OS X. …

Software

Cult of Mac Magazine: 9 uses for old Apple TVs, new iMacs and more

With the Apple TV ready for a radical refresh, it’s time to start thinking about what you’ll do with your old set-top box once you upgrade to the latest and greatest model.<p>You’ll find cool projects for your old Apple TV in this week’s issue of <i>Cult of Mac Magazine</i> for iPhone and iPad. You’ll also …

Hiroshima atomic bomb: a simple toll of a bell signals the moment 80,000 died

Japan,Nuclear weapons,Second world war,Asia Pacific,World news,Shinzo Abe,Arms trade,Ban Ki-moon<p>Japan’s leaders join thousands on the 70th anniversary of the world’s first nuclear attack and warn the weapons must be abolished<p>The silence was broken only by the toll of a single temple bell and the …

Asia Pacific

FDA tells hospitals to ditch IV pumps that can be hacked remotely

The Food and Drug Administration "strongly encourages" hospitals to stop using Hospira's Symbiq Infusion System, because it's vulnerable to cyberattacks that would allow a third party to remotely control dosages delivered via the computerized pumps. Unauthorized users are able to access the Symbiq …

How to set up your own Raspberry Pi powered VPN

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Linux

BlueStacks App Player Allows Macs to Run Android Apps

- Jul 1, 2015<p><i>BlueStacks</i> launched a Mac version of their Android emulator software on Wednesday, giving Mac users access to the app that BlueStacks …

An Ubuntu HDMI dongle that runs Intel hardware is going on sale next week for $110

Canonical has announced that an Ubuntu-flavored version of the Intel Compute Stick will go on sale next week, priced at around $110, via online and brick-and-mortar stockists.<p>Essentially, the Intel Compute Stick is an HDMI dongle that you plug into a TV or monitor to get a PC-like experience, which …

Ubuntu

This $200 DIY WiFi router will make it far easier for whistleblowers (and criminals) to hide online

Devices connecting to the internet have a unique IP address. It's what identifies them to others — but can also be used to track down the device. It's in part why elaborate obfuscation tools like proxies, the Tor network, and VPNs exist, to obscure the user's true IP and location. But down to both …

Wi-Fi

Meet the BAT, an airborne wind turbine

The first time you see this bizarre aircraft floating high above the horizon, you may be confused. It looks kind of like a giant, winged doughnut.<p>It's 35 feet wide, and inventors call it the BAT.<p>It's an unmanned, helium-filled, cylindrical blimp wrapped around three spinning blades that turn wind …