David Gilson

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One apartment’s Wi-Fi dead zones, mapped with a physics equation | Ars Technica

A doctoral student does the math on where his Wi-Fi is, and isn't.<p>A home's Wi-Fi dead zones are, to most of us, a problem solved with guesswork. Your …

Surface Area

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Google rolling out one-click unsubscribe to Gmail users

Google is adding an "unsubscribe" link in the header of marketing and promotional emails to remove the frustration of trying to find it in the footer.<p>…

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Tactus Raises Series B To Help Bring Its Disappearing Touchscreen Keyboard To Market

There were plenty of media darlings at last year’s CES, but few tickled people’s fancies the way that Tactus and its amazing disappearing tablet keyboard did. The company has spent the past few months crafting reference devices for would-be partners and gearing up to help OEMs bring that impressive …

Why Philips Flattened The Light Bulb

Introducing the SlimStyle, a pancake-shaped light bulb that represents the LED industry’s latest attempt to court skeptical consumers.<p>Yesterday, a federal ban on production of 40- and 60-watt incandescent bulbs went into effect, forcing consumers to switch to more efficient (if less aesthetically …

Light Bulbs

Intel plans a CES coup: Android and Windows in the same computer

Dual OS could dilute Windows dominance, if Microsoft doesn't kill it first<p>The PC industry isn't doing so well. Sales have dramatically slumped, despite the industry’s efforts to tempt consumers with Windows 8 tablets and transforming touchscreen laptops. But next week, the Consumer Electronics Show …

Google tries to protect partners, Nexus devices from Rockstar

Google is looking for an early victory against Rockstar, a patent troll company that’s suing several companies invested in the Android ecosystem.<p>Rockstar is a shell company created by Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, and other companies that purchased the patent portfolio of the now-defunct Canadian …

Intellectual Property

DGiT

Amazon discounts video doorbell to celebrate acquisition of Ring<p>Derrek Leigh2 hours ago<p>You'll still pay full price for the newer models though.<p>How to …

Microsoft’s Windows 8 Is The Perfect OS That Nobody Wants

Windows 8 looks perfect. But new updates may revert its design to appease consumers. What is going on?<p>With Windows 8, Microsoft did the unthinkable: The company designed a groundbreaking interface of boxes called Metro that could scale from laptops, to tablets, to phones, to Xboxes–meaning any …

Microsoft Windows

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You Built What?! A Supersize Robotic Chess Set

Inspired by Harry Potter's magic chessboard, a Lego roboticist takes his creations to the next level<p>A veteran designer of Lego robots (he built one that plays Connect Four), Indiana programmer Steve Hassenplug was looking for something still grander. When he watched the first Harry Potter movie …

3D print extra-tall models with the Deltaprintr

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Deltaprintr<p>“Delta” style 3D printers are among the most elegant in the 3D printing world. They’re tall, adaptable and …

TechBritain Revamps its Interactive Map of UK Startups

It’s been almost a year since TechBritain unveiled its interactive map of the UK tech startup world, letting users explore local tech scenes and clusters around the country.<p>Doug Ward and Shaun Gibson had set out on a mission to highlight not just the companies doing cool stuff in London, but across …

This Soundproof Cardboard Shed Lets You Scream in Peace

Heaven is a place where you can come home, shut the door, take your shoes off, and just start yelling at everything. The TV set, the plants, the …

Metals in your smartphone have no substitutes

A few centuries ago, there were just a few widely used materials: wood, brick, iron, copper, gold and silver. Today’s material diversity is …

National Academy of Sciences

Microsoft to slash Dell Windows 8.1 tablet to $99 -- for a day

Good only on Monday, the price on the Dell Venue 8 Pro is a hefty discount from the usual $299. But there are some catches.<p>Shopping for a Windows 8.1 tablet? You can pick up the Dell Venue 8 Pro for just $99 via Microsoft on Monday, though you'll have to be an early bird to snag one.<p>Starting …

Consumer Tech

The next USB plug will finally be reversible

Work has begun on a new generation of USB that will break compatibility with existing connectors in order to improve ease of use and allow for thinner devices. The new connector, called Type-C, is an addition to the existing USB 3.1 specification and is expected to be finalized by the middle of …

Three's UK customers can now roam in the US for free

UK mobile operator Three is extending its free roaming destinations today. After initially rolling out free roaming to some European markets, Three now supports the US, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Macau. Three customers will be able to use their UK data, text, and calling allowance while in the US …

Samsung’s patent could make big smartphones easier to use for everyone

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: WIPO<p>I like the idea of big smartphones more than I actually like using them. That’s because, even though I have …

Deal alert: Surface RT with keyboard for just $179.99 (Store only)

Head on over to your local Micro Center and you’ll be walking away with a Surface and Touch Keyboard all for the reasonable price of $179.99. If you …

A first look inside Google's futuristic quantum lab

In May, Google launched the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab with hardware from the Canadian quantum computing company D-Wave and technical expertise from NASA. It was an ambitious open research project aimed at exploring both the capabilities of quantum computer architecture and the mysteries …

Twitter Founder Reveals Secret Formula for Getting Rich Online

Ev Williams has figured out the internet.<p>That's what he told the gathered tech heads at the recent XOXO conference in Portland, Oregon, and while he …

Google Glass competitor ships 50K devices, takes Intel investment, hints at Apple connection

Google Glass competitor Recon, which sells the Recon Jet heads-up display and bills itself as the Google Glass for athletes and professionals, has secured an investment from Intel Capital.<p>In perhaps bigger news, the company announced that it has already shipped 50,000 units worldwide of its Snow …

WriteThat.Name’s New Chrome Extension Updates Your Address Book Or CRM With Contact Info Found Online

After a little bit of a rough start, the automatic address book updating service WriteThat.Name has become one of my preferred “set it and forget it” tools for keeping things organized. Built by Paris-based Kwaga, WriteThat.Name is one of those under-the-radar technologies that doesn’t get a lot of …