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An unknown company made an actually decent $99 smartwatch

You probably haven't heard of Mobvoi, the Chinese company that helped Google circumvent some blocked services to bring Android Wear to China. But now might be a good time to get to know the company. Mobvoi debuted its Ticwatch 2 smartwatch on Kickstarter today, bringing its popular smartwatch, …

One Guy's Steam Level Just Broke 1,000

Last time we checked in on renowned Steam demigod PalmDesert, he’d just pushed his Steam level to 600. At the time, he had the highest Steam level in …

Indie Gaming

Heavy Metal and Natural Language Processing - Part 1

Edit: Part 2 of this post can be found here, and part 3 here. Most of the code used in these posts is available here.<p>Disclaimer<p>In this post I refer …

Here’s the Windows 10 clean install you’ve always needed

Windows 10 has been the center of countless controversies over the past year. But while many users have been (often justifiable) complaining about …

Man gets photoshopped in 19 different countries for study on attractiveness

Inspired by a project called Before & After by journalist Esther Honig, a site called Online Doctor asked 19 graphic designers around the world — 11 women and eight men — to take the same photo of a man, and Photoshop it along the lines of what their respective countries consider beautiful.<p>Their …

Photo Manipulation

How I Embraced my Introvert and Joined the Hacker Community

For some people to join a new group is an exciting proposal, to meet new people and interact with them to accomplish a goal is their idea of a good …

Time I

Nintendo opens registration for cross-platform accounts

Nintendo has been gearing up to dive into mobile gaming since last year, and today it’s taking things to the next level. The company has opened international registrations for Nintendo Accounts which will work across mobile platforms and consoles.<p>Gamespot reported that the company began accepting …

Hackers take hospital offline, demand $3.6m ransom

For more than a week, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center has been in a state of emergency after a malware attack shut down the network unless a ransom of $3.6 million was paid.<p>The attack has compromised the hospital’s ability to care for patients as medical professionals have been unable to …

Wikipedia is building an open-source search engine - but it's a little confusing

There have been rumblings in the Wikimedia community since last year that a better search engine is on the way and it looks like that’s true – but not everyone’s happy.<p>In a $250,000 grant document from the Knight Foundation for media innovation, Wikipedia owner Wikimedia describes:<p><i>Knowledge Engine</i> …

Glitching Square Wave Clock Is Designed To Confuse

[Voja Antonic] has built a clock that tells the time in binary with square waves, and trolls the uninitiated in electronics.<p>The clock itself is very …

Kodi takes the fight to sellers of pirate TV boxes

Pirate TV boxes have existed since about five minutes after TV boxes were first introduced. Whether it was rewired cable boxes or satellite TV setups with hacked cards, it's been a reality of the business for decades. The latest iteration on this idea involves a number of Android-powered boxes that …

Kodi

Half-Life Writer Marc Laidlaw Confirms Valve Retirement

Marc Laidlaw, the esteemed sci-fi writer who has worked at Half-Life developer Valve since 1997, has confirmed his retirement from the Bellevue, Washington studio.<p>He was the sole writer for both Half-Life 1 and 2, and had crafted each game's wider narrative. Later, he was assigned as lead writer on …

Micro Tesla Coil makes a Perfect Stocking Stuffer

Tesla coils are always a hit around here at the office. Giant ones that play music with modern-day chain mail wearing DJ’s, ones thrown together in …

The Rising Light Linux Desktop

Our old friend Dobbie03 knows how to make a beautiful, minimal and functional Linux desktop, and this one is no exception. He's been working with …

The ultimate Linux starter kit for small business

Microsoft did its best to usher in a new era of desktop computing with the launch of Windows 8, but many businesses and individuals are opting out. Linux-based operating systems, meanwhile, present an increasingly compelling alternative. Benefits include tougher security and superior …

Linux Command Cheat Sheet

Linux command shelf is a quick reference guide for all linux user who wish to learn linux commands. Commands are divided into 15 categories , which would be more easier to understand what commands to be used in specific requirement.<p>Current linux command shelf version is 1.1. This guide can be used …

Robolinux VM Allows You To Run Windows In Linux

Linux users that might sometimes need the ability to run Windows on their Linux system, could be interested in a useful software application called …

tinyssh

Introduction<p>TinySSH is a minimalistic SSH server which implements only a subset of SSHv2 features.<br>Twitter: @tinyssh<br>Github: …

20 short tutorials all data scientists should read (and practice)

Lyra: An Interactive Visualization Design Environment | UW Interactive Data Lab

The Lyra Visualization Design Environment (VDE) beta<p>Abstract<p>Lyra is an interactive environment that enables custom visualization design without …

Data Visualization

OwnCloud adds $6.3M to its marketing war chest

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$2,400 “Introduction to Linux” course will be free and online this summer

The Linux Foundation is putting its training materials up on edX's platform.<p>Earlier this week, The Linux Foundation announced that it would be …

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Tor develops its own anonymous IM tool to hide chat from spying eyes

Service will force instant message traffic over Tor's network to evade surveillance.<p>The Tor Foundation is moving forward with a plan to provide its …

Raspberry Pi marks 2nd birthday with plan for open source graphics driver

$10,000 offered to first person who can run Quake III on Pi with new driver.<p>The Raspberry Pi Foundation, with help from chipmaker Broadcom, is laying …

“Ouya Everywhere” initiative promises more indie games on more devices

CEO promises "one deal signed" so far, but no definitive device announcement yet.<p>Ahead of this month's indie-heavy Game Developers Conference, …

Here’s how to spend your hard-earned Arscoins

Send coins to a friend or buy a silly hat for the Ars Technica forums.<p>The Arscoin project is for those who want to experiment with digital …

OnLive launches new download/streaming hybrid service plan

Users get streaming versions of downloaded games for a monthly fee.<p>Streaming gaming company OnLive hasn't been in the best shape since it fired its …

New “Snowden Phone” likely not quite up to Snowden-level standards

Still, making an inexpensive, hardened smartphone is difficult.<p>The easiest way to not be tracked via your phone is to not have a phone. Of course, …

Feds drop most charges against former Anon spokesman

In 2012, Barrett Brown was hit with 12 charges related to a link he posted in IRC.<p>Barrett Brown, a self-proclaimed spokesperson for the hacking group …