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Dio: The Creators Of Second Life Launch A Platform For Storytelling

Dio is a new site that allows you to connect photos through stories. The results? Strange, varied, and refreshingly experimental.<p>It’s easy to share photos (Flickr, Instagram, Facebook). It’s easy to visit places (Google Street View). It’s easy to tell stories (every blogging platform on earth). So …

Alice In Wonderland

Research Says Parents And Kids Should Play Video Games Together

Two studies look at the benefits of intergenerational video game play. Both found that playing video games with your kids has a positive impact on adolescent development and long-term family outcomes.<p>Of course I like these studies. They validate what I’ve been writing about for a while.<p>A little …

Netflix is balancing its streaming traffic across Amazon’s cloud

Advertisement<p>11 Comments<p>Credit: Netflix<p>Netflix (s nflx) is fighting back outages in the Amazon Web Services (s amzn) cloud computing platform with a …

Cloud Computing

20 Breathtaking Images Of The Earth As Seen From Space

Aleppo, Syria, May 26, 2013 – The Citadel of Aleppo – medieval fortified palace<br>DigitalGlobe—Getty Images<p>1 of 20<p>Digital Globe, a provider of …

Delivery drones are coming: Jeff Bezos promises half-hour shipping with Amazon Prime Air

Jeff Bezos is nothing if not a showman. Amazon's CEO loves a good reveal, and took the opportunity afforded by a <i>60 Minutes</i> segment to show off his company's latest creation: drones that can deliver packages up to 5 pounds to your house in less than half an hour. They're technically octocopters, as …

eCommerce

Hey, Enterprise Developers! Get Agile Or Get Steamrollered

Agile development is no longer an alternative way to develop software. With the pace of technology adoption accelerating at a frenetic pace, agile is increasingly the <i>only</i> way to develop software. That is, if you want to stay in business.<p>Making Each Release A Non-Event<p>Agile software development …

See These Heartbreaking Photos Of The World’s Disappearing Cultures, Before They Fade Away

In the new book Before They Pass Away, photographer Jimmy Nelson has captured a series of gorgeous pictures of 31 remote cultures that are on the verge of disappearing.<p>Over the last three years, British photographer Jimmy Nelson traveled around the world–from Namibia to Papua New Guinea to …

Amazon Kinesis should be a real-time wake-up call for Google

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Amazon(s amzn) Web Services announced a new streaming data service called Kinesis on Thursday but one could argue its biggest …

Animated history of the English language

If you've got 10 minutes, you can learn the history of English — including some interesting background on where specific words and phrases came from. …

Facebook open sources its SQL-on-Hadoop engine, and the web rejoices

Advertisement<p>12 Comments<p>Facebook has open sourced Presto, the interactive SQL-on-Hadoop engine the company first discussed in June. Presto is …

Big Data

Ubuntu launches OpenStack Interoperability Lab

Canonical and its partners will certify Ubuntu OpenStack cloud compliant hardware and software.<p>If you believe Gartner, by 2016, more than half of IT …

Linux

Amazon supports Static JavaScript Apps

It doesn't happen very often when there's a true tech breakthrough, but this is one of those moments. If you care about Internet applications, pay …

Amazing

MIT's 110-core Execution Migration CPU chip moves instructions to the data

Computer scientists at MIT have developed a 110-core CPU chip based on a new architecture in which, instead of bringing data across the chip to the …

Computer Science

Bullet-time rig made from 130 HTC One smartphones

To demonstrate the power of its Snapdragon processor, Qualcomm has set up a bullet-time rig made up of 130 HTC One smartphones.<p>You may not know the technique by name, but you've most likely seen the results of bullet-time photography. Popularized by movies like "The Matrix," it involves a rig of …

Square launches Cash, a peer-to-peer payments service that’s incredibly simple to use

Advertisement<p>12 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Rashevskyi Viacheslav<p>Square officially took the wraps off its planned peer-to-peer payments service …

FYI: Which Came First, The Chicken Or The Egg?

Short answer: the egg.<p>Chickens, as a species, became chickens through a long, slow process of evolution. At some point, a chicken-like bird produced an offspring that, due to some mutation in its DNA, crossed the threshold from mere chicken likeness into chicken actuality. That is to say, a …

Samsung's new 13MP phone camera promises twice the stability, brighter shots

Optical image stabilization for current smartphone cameras leaves something to be desired; you still need a steady hand to avoid blurry photos. Samsung has just unveiled a new, extra-stable sensor that may be considerably more forgiving. The 13-megapixel unit corrects angular errors up to 1.5 …

GE reveals vision for homes of the not-too-distant future

Back in 1950, GE unveiled its vision of the 21st century kitchen complete with pop-up fridge, ice dispenser, plastic plate maker, and ultrasonic …

Sustainability

CloudBees Platform Now Connects To iOS Tool Chain For Enterprise Developers To Build And Test Apps

Developers are pushing to do more app development in the cloud, but IT has a history as a command and control environment that has focused on locking down infrastructure more than opening it up. CloudBees is a company that is offering a middle layer that connects the cloud and enterprise worlds so …

The FAA could loosen its in-flight electronics rules by next year

The US Federal Aviation Administration is set to loosen its rules on in-flight electronics, <i>The New York Times</i> reports. Members of a review panel, who would speak only on condition of anonymity, said they will recommend that the FAA allow "reading ebooks or other publications, listening to podcasts, …

First grid-scale compressed air battery now operational

Compressed air batteries have long promised truly clean energy storage, but they haven't scaled large enough in recent years to be viable companions to renewable power sources. That changes now that SustainX has switched on the first modern air battery large enough to join an electrical grid. The …

Facebook explains secrets of building hugely scalable sites

Facebook, which joined up with Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm, and Samsung to launch Internet.org a few weeks ago, has already produced something for the ostensibly public-minded initiative.<p>It has published a white paper detailing some of its secrets to success.<p>Internet.org launched on …

10 Fascinating Photographs that Look Like Paintings

While we've all seen our fair share of hyperrealistic and photorealistic art, or paintings and sculptures that look amazingly like photographs, it's not too often that we come across photos that look like paintings. Throughout the five-plus years we've been around, we've seen these unbelievable …

Photographers

Why Apple's 64-bit iPhone chip is a bigger deal than you think

iOS is about to go beyond post-PC<p>In the wake of Tuesday's iPhone event, you've likely heard the news that iOS 7 and its core apps have been ported to 64-bit, and Apple's new iPhone 5s now has a 64-bit "A7" system-on-chip (SoC) inside. You might have also heard that it's just a marketing stunt; a …

Intel announces new Quark SoC for the internet of things

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Patrick Moorhead<p><i>This story was updated and rewritten with information from Intel at 11:55 pm.</i><p>At the Intel Developers …

iOS 7's iBeacons could solve indoor mapping, make shopping better, and kill NFC

With all of the focus on iOS 7’s UI changes, the more substantial developer-facing advances (details of which are still under NDA) haven’t been getting quite as much attention. Some of the most promising improvements are being made to the system’s support for Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), …

With iBeacon, Apple is going to dump on NFC and embrace the internet of things

Advertisement<p>182 Comments<p>Credit: Thinkstock<p>At WWDC in June, Apple (s aapl) quietly announced iBeacon, one of the more prominent features of iOS 7. …

Internet of Things

The Internet Timeline

The Internet Timeline<p>Event (Oversea)<p>JPNIC/Resource Management in Japan<p>Event (Japan)<p>1958<p>Open all explanation windows of this year ↑ Back To …

Network Virtualization

VMware NSX, Cisco UCS and Cisco Nexus, TOGETHER solve many of the most pressing issues at the intersection of networking and virtualization.<p>Executive …