Matthew Engstrom

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Robot Callers Are Denying That They're Robots

A reporter at <i>TIME</i> magazine recently got a phone call from a woman named Samantha West who wanted to talk about health insurance. When the reporter …

Ferris Bueller

Government Scientists Created Crude Oil from Algae in Mere Minutes

Be excited, Earthlings, because science has a surprise for you. Engineers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have …

10 New Skills You Can Learn in 6 Months

If you're entering the job market or a new industry, you may find your resume lacking in skills and experience — especially if you just graduated …

The Simpsons Moleskine Limited Edition Notebook

Moleskine is no stranger to big name collaborations, and while the Star Wars partnership is one of our personal favorites to date, their latest …

Endor Speeder Bike floaty pen

ThinkGeek's scored a lot of the Star Wars Endor Speeder Bike Floaty Pens sold at this year's Star Wars Celebration Europe. As they note, it depicts …

Amazon, Applebee’s and Google’s job-crushing drones and robot armies: They’re coming for your job next

<b>(Ociacia, MaraZe via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>It’s inescapable: We’ll be replaced by robots or turn into them. What happens to waitresses and taxi drivers then?<p>Andrew Leonard<p>December 6, 2013 7:45pm (UTC)<p>Alienation comes easy when you stumble into the glare of a modern airport off a red-eye flight. …

Why is Microsoft scared of Chromebooks?

Something has Redmond spooked<p>"It’s pretty much a brick," says <i>Pawn Stars</i>’ Rick Harrison as he rejects a Samsung Chromebook brought in by an actor playing a customer. Microsoft really doesn’t want you buying this thing.<p>But why? Just how big of a threat are Chromebooks, Google’s oft-ridiculed web-only …

NSA spycraft mixes it up with World of Warcraft

The National Security Agency, along with its UK counterpart, the GCHQ, has taken to video games to spy on alleged terrorists, according to a new report.<p>The Guardian reported on Monday that leaked documents obtained from Edward Snowden show that the NSA several years ago determined that online games …

Book Excerpt: How Minecraft Creator Markus Persson Almost Took a Job at Valve

In September 2010, Minecraft was just over a year past its initial, unfinished release. A “full” version wouldn’t come out for 14 more months. If not …

Minecraft

Codecademy Releases Its First Educational App, A.K.A. My New Subway Time Killer

Although I write a lot about apps and Internet stuff, I never really learned to code.<p>I threw the “really” in there to soften the blow, but the fact is, I straight up don’t know how to do it. I started learning at one point in middle school, but my high school didn’t push CS, and by college I spent …

Google barge on 'hiatus' amid scrutiny from two agencies

Whether it's a Google Glass store or a showroom for all things Google X, one thing is clear: No one will be visiting Google Barge anytime soon.<p>The once-mysterious barge, currently sitting idle alongside a pier at Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay, is officially "on hiatus," CNET has learned. And …

Nintendo’s latest update unifies Wii U and 3DS accounts

Nintendo gamers who own both the Wii U and the 3DS have been struggling with a major disconnect in the Japanese company’s online platform. While …

FreeBSD project acts on suspicions over potential Intel and Via “backdoors”

The FreeBSD project will diminish the importance of the so-called random number generators (RNGs) that are built into recent chips from Intel(s intc) …

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 …

With Steam Machines on the Horizon, Valve Makes Its Linux Love Official

Linux mascot Tux the penguin with a cake bearing the logo of Valve’s games store, Steam.“Gabe Newell is the Steve Jobs of the gaming industry.”That’s …

Gaming

The Xbox One Interface Is About To Get More Like Windows 8

The Xbox One interface is… let’s be charitable and say that it’s a work in progress. Either way, it’s not what you call “universally loved.” Microsoft’s solution? Windows 8!<p>Or, at least, incorporating elements of Windows 8 into the Xbox One interface. That’s the plan according to leaked internal …

Virtual Piggy, A Paypal For Minors, Rebrands As Oink After It Buys Domain From Kevin Rose’s Milk

Oink — a user-review app created by Kevin Rose’s startup lab Milk before Milk was acquired by Google and Rose later joined Google Ventures — never made it past its six-month birthday, but today the name and domain at least are getting another lease of youthful life. Virtual Piggy, a payments …

Technical Machine gets $1M to let web developers play with the internet of things

Technical Machine (see disclosure) has raised $1 million in seed round funding led by True Ventures (see disclosure) with Slow Ventures and angels …

EA CEO: Google, Apple Are Serious Competition For Xbox One, PS4

Microsoft and Sony get a chance to breathe now. The Xbox One and PS4 are both on the market, and they’re selling very well. Sony has moved 2.1 million consoles since its worldwide launch, and Microsoft sold 1 million worldwide on Day 1. Sony appears to have a lead, but but both consoles are …

The Cyber Security Arms Race Is About To Go Nuclear

By Victor Kotsev4 minute Read<p>Cyber security presents a big enough challenge as it is when it’s just your Gmail password and online banking. A whole …

Windows 1.0: The flop that created an empire

The big story in The New York Times on November 20, 1985, concerned Hurricane Kate's advance as it smashed into northern Cuba and the Florida Keys before barreling north to threaten the Gulf Coast. But another big story -- for the technology world -- was about to unfold thousands of miles away in …

Watch LG's new flexible phone heal itself after a knife scratch

When LG announced its curved smartphone, the G Flex, it boasted that the handset was coated with a "self-healing" material and even compared it to Wolverine from <i>X-Men</i>. LG later released a promotional video showing off the tech in action, but it's only now that someone has put the company's claims …

The complete guide to fixing your credit score

A couple of years ago, I found myself in a catch-22. I decided it was time for me to start building my credit. The advice from nearly everybody: "Just apply for a credit card." Easier said than done: as soon as I started applying, I received rejection letters letting me know that I was not eligible …

This 23-year-old’s open-source project, a server running on Raspberry Pi, gives the middle finger to Google

For most of us, Google shutting down Reader was annoying. For Jacob Cook, it was a call to arms.<p>He’s now building an operating system that anyone can use to replace all of the services that Google provides — or any other cloud company, for that matter. Email, chat, file sharing, web hosting: With …

What’s inside Sony’s PlayStation 4: Upgradeable hard drive, 8GB fast memory, internal power

<i>Corrected 10:30 a.m. Pacific</i><p>This might be a first: Instead of waiting for gadget butchers* like iFixit to post their own disassembly videos, Sony, (working with <i>Wired</i>) has published its own teardown of its upcoming PlayStation 4 — before the new console even hits the streets. Check out the …

A sometimes true, sometimes false history of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4

Next week begins what many will consider the official roll out of next-generation consoles when the PlayStation 4 launches in North America. The following week sees the debut of Microsoft's Xbox One. The dual holiday season releases will bring nearly two years of rumor, speculation, anticipation …

The Paradoxical Traits Of Resilient People

Resilient people develop a mental capacity that allows them to adapt with ease during adversity. Like bamboo, they bend but rarely break. How resilient are you?<p>Journalist Hara Estroff Marano once wrote in a <i>Psychology Today</i> article “The Art of Resilience”:<p>“Resilience may be an art, the ultimate art …

Xbox Live's free 'Games with Gold' promo comes to Xbox One in 2014

Microsoft's Games with Gold promotion, in which Xbox Live Gold subscribers get access to free games each month as part of their membership, is coming to Xbox One, according to the company.<p>Xbox Live director of programming Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb says details on how Microsoft will implement Games …

Let the console hype begin: New details on Xbox One and PS4 launch events

Christmas is coming a wee bit early for gamers out there, as two next generation consoles are set to hit shelves in the next week-and-a-half.<p>First, …