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Comcast expands $10 low-income Internet plan | Ars Technica

Low-income adults without kids can now buy $10, 10Mbps broadband from Comcast.<p>Comcast's Internet Essentials program that provides $10-per-month …

Telecoms

Don’t be an Architecture Hipster – A guide

One of my more popular HN comments was a teardown of an all-too-common engineering subculture. The article in question sought to teach “Software …

UML

Obfuscation: how leaving a trail of confusion can beat online surveillance

The art of obfuscation has a grand history, from ‘I’m Spartacus!’ to ghost radar in WWII. Could the same blurred approach give us more freedom online?<p>At the heart of Cambridge University, there’s a library tower filled with 200,000 forgotten books. Rumoured by generations of students to hold the …

Privacy

Skin ages faster in space, a new study looking at mice proves

While beauty creams on Earth often claim to have "antigravity" effects on the skin, a weightless environment may actually cause premature aging of …

The Agenda For The Europas Conference: AI, Drones, Health, FinTech, Fashion & More

The Europas Conference & Awards for European Tech Startups is on on June 16 in London, and TechCrunch is the exclusive Media Partner. Think ‘a summertime Crunchies, with a daytime unconference attached, by a sunny River Thames’. The agenda for the event has just been released. You can find it here …

Startups

Who wants to view photos on their watch anyway?

The merits of owning a smartwatch have been argued for some time, but the launch of the Apple Watch last month reinvigorated the debate about what a “connected” device on your wrist should and shouldn’t offer.<p>By way of example, Microsoft rolled out an update to its OneDrive cloud-storage app for …

Smartwatches

Google I/O Developers Conference

Mobile Photography

India arrests pigeon accused of spying for Pakistan

Alleged spy bird was carrying a 'stamped message' written in Urdu<p>Police in India this week arrested a pigeon on charges of spying for Pakistan. As BBC News reports, the pigeon was taken into custody on Thursday after a 14-year-old boy found it in a historically tumultuous region along the …

India

Radical, science fiction-inspired reasons humans should colonize Mars

It's not uncommon to hear people involved in cosmology and space exploration talk about science fiction.<p>And there's a good reason for that, according to a panel of award-winning science fiction writers at the recent Humans to Mars Summit in Washington, D.C..<p>"We try to inspire other people to …

Space Exploration

When Hubble Stared at Nothing for 100 Hours

In 1995, astronomer Bob Williams wanted to point the Hubble Space Telescope at a patch of sky filled with absolutely nothing remarkable. For 100 hours.<p>It was a terrible idea, his colleagues told him, and a waste of valuable telescope time. People would kill for that amount of time with the sharpest …

7 Mind-Blowing Ways Virtual Technology Will Change Your World

The distinction between what is real and what is fake is blurring and will forever change how you work.<p>Relationships drive business, and there is no substitute for face-to-face interactions. Videoconference capability was supposed to change this, but has never become an equal alternative. In the …

Augmented Reality

Google balloons, “cell towers in the sky,” can serve 4G to a whole state | Ars Technica

A single Project Loon balloon can cover an area the size of Rhode Island.<p>Google’s plan to deliver Internet service from balloons in the stratosphere …

Rhode Island

Cutting-edge hack gives super user status by exploiting DRAM weakness | Ars Technica

"Rowhammer" attack goes where few exploits have gone before, into silicon itself.<p>In one of more impressive hacks in recent memory, researchers have …

Information Security

The Greatest Space Hack Ever

How duct tape and tube socks saved three astronauts<p>In NASA’s 56 years of operation, it has put men on the moon and robots on Mars. But one of its greatest achievements is less well known: the hack that saved the lives of three stranded astronauts in 1970.<p>When an oxygen tank exploded as Apollo 13 …

Space Exploration

The State of 3D Printing and Scanning After CES 2014: The Push For Mainstreaming Begins

Is 3D printing ready to be adopted by mainstream consumers? The short answer is “we don’t know.” However, Judging by scale of the desktop 3D presence on floor of International CES 2014, huge marketing dollars are now being spent to push desktop additive manufacturing mainstream.<p>With industry giants …

Making a Wave Energy Converter Part 6: Building the Spar

<b>This is part six of a 10-part series chronicling the R&D of a wave energy converter. Read parts one, two, three, four, and five.</b><p>With the big yellow foam buoy already built, our team of engineering students now focused on building the long slender spar assembly. The spar is attached to the underside …

Drones Take Flight at the Hardware Innovation Workshop

Drones are so bleeding edge that talks about their future sound like yesterday’s science fiction plots. These are great talks from last May’s Hardware Innovation Workshop–check them out!<p>Chris Anderson’s talk tells a great story. He tried to get his five kids interested in the same stuff he …

Fantastic Fly-In: MAKE’s Homegrown Drones Meetup is a Hit

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23BYheo0spY]<p>MAKE has a tradition: with each new issue, we organize a meetup to let our editors, contributors, and community discuss the projects and features published in its pages. With our Homegrown Drones issue release this week, we may have had our best …

3D Robotics’ Chris Anderson Discusses the Future of Consumer Drones

With autonomous multicopters and aircraft all over the news, 2014 promises to be a big year for drone makers 3D Robotics. The five-year old company has grown from its launch (spinning off from the successful DIYDrones.com community) to over 180 employees, $35M in financing, and three locations — …

Finding Your Way with GPS

A quick exercise in understanding and applying GPS data<p><b>Time Required:</b> 2 Hours• <b><br>Cost:</b> $75–$150<p>For makers, it has become quite cheap to incorporate high-quality geospatial data into electronics projects. And in the last few years, GPS (Global Positioning System) receiver modules have grown much more …

Makers Relish Spontaneity

Makers love sharing ideas and are quick to adopt new and better ways for sharing them. At my public library job I spend a lot of my day explaining things. Sometimes I find myself explaining the same thing over and over again and it seems more efficient if I would just create a referable video to …

HomeGrown Drones: MAKE talks with Brook Drumm

The Joys of Being a Manufacturing Engineer

Frequently, as I read the various articles in MAKE, I come across stories from young folks indicating that they want to become mechanical engineers when they come of age so they can continue to “make things” for a profession. I would like to guide them into perhaps a more suitable profession — one …

Google Makes Lego Even Cooler

A partnership between Google and Lego has ushered in a new age of virtual block-play: Build with Chrome. The venture was announced on the Google Chrome Blog on Jan. 28, where they explained, “There’s something pretty amazing about being able to piece together your ideas with just a collection of …

Drones and Makerspaces: Best Marriage Since Chocolate and Peanut Butter

It’s a DRONE-A-THON in the DC region and this time we’re not talking about a filibuster in the Senate.<p>About 50 drone enthusiasts from the DC Area Drone User Group swarmed Nova Labs this past Sunday for an all day build and fly session. The event was organized by Christopher Vo, a drone researcher …

Send Your Creations to Space with the Global Space Balloon Challenge

Have you ever wished that you could build something and send it to space? While access to space for the average person has increased through the growth of platforms such as CubeSats, the cost and complexity are still prohibitive factors for many. But of course, as makers, we know there’s always an …