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Homeland Security is testing nightmare scenarios where toy drones become flying bombs

Drunk crash landings are the least of our problems<p>Here's a hypothetical matchup for you. A column of tanks covered in thick armor, capable of firing many bullets of both large and small caliber. On the other side, a bunch of plastic quadcopters you bought at the local Walmart. Who wins? According …

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Microsoft’s New App Strategy: Turning Google Into A Dumb Pipe

Microsoft doesn’t just want its hands on every operating system. It also wants eyes in every cloud.<p>If you had made a list a couple of years ago of all the things you’d never expect Microsoft to do, it might have included a number of items.<p>Full-blown Office for iOS and Android? Sounds unlikely. Free …

Google Maps tests your geography knowledge with 'Smarty Pins' game

Google's engineers want to help you brush up on your geography knowledge. The company has taken its vast Google Maps database and used it to create a new game called <i>Smarty Pins</i>. The concept is extremely simple: Google asks you a random trivia question about a specific city or country, and you're …

The Fire Hydrant Gets a Makeover + This Is Why You Should Care

Fire hydrants aren’t something we usually think of until we get a ticket for parking next to one. But retired NYC firefighter George Sigelakis has spent a lot of time thinking about them. He’s been working on revolutionizing the century-old design for about 20 years at his company Sigelock Systems. …

Did An Ad Agency Just Create “The World’s Most Beautiful Sustainable Font?”

With Ryman Eco, a typeface that uses 33% less ink than standard fonts and 27% less ink than the leading sustainable font, Grey London says it has created an eco-friendy and beautifully designed font alternative.<p>When a story about a young boy who determined (erroneously, some say) that the …

Google Makes Creating Maps Easier For Developers, Adds GeoJSON Support To JavaScript API

Google Maps is announcing a small update today that makes life a bit easier for developers who want to use the service by adding GeoJSON support to its JavaScript API.<p>GeoJSON is an open-source data format that has found widespread adoption in the last few years and is quickly becoming something of …

The Rise of OpenStreetMap

<b>om·ni·pres·ent</b>adjective \-zənt\: present in all places at all times<p>This definition of omnipresent sums up many facets of society. Fast food chains? Everywhere. Reality TV shows? You know the answer. And what about Google? Yup, right again.<p>What started as a simple search engine back in 1998 is now …

The Most Revealing Broadband Adoption Maps We've Ever Seen

Everything You Need to Know About the Bitcoin Protocol

<i>This research is courtesy of Sander Duivestein, professional speaker and trendwatcher at VINT, the International Research Institute of Sogeti, and Patrick Savalle, founder and technical director at Mobbr crowd payments.</i><p>Bitcoin is big news again. The digital cryptocurrency is on the frontpage of …

We're one step closer to nuclear fusion energy

Scientists with the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory announced today that they have achieved a critical …

This is What Happens When You Teach Machines the Power of Natural Selection

Psychopathic machines? Lethal AI? These are the concepts we should be thinking about when we talk about the benefits of self-improving software. An …

Could Google Maps Help End Poverty?

Last year in the Indian city of Chennai, more than half a million people suddenly appeared from out of nowhere. These men, women and children weren’t rural migrants who had just moved to the city. Neither were they incomers from somewhere else in the world. They were slum dwellers who had lived in …

“Become An iOS Developer In 8 Weeks”: The Truth About Hack Schools

As coding courses and bootcamps flourish, some students get left behind–and that promise of a six-figure salary pops like a bubble.<p>After the design firm where he worked as a web developer went under, Ray S. turned the bad news into an opportunity to transition into iOS development. The Chicago-area …

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These are the places in the US where people still don’t have smartphones

Smartphones: In the US, they’re everywhere, right? Not quite, suggests a new interactive map assembled by mapping company Esri, based on data from consumer research firm GfK MRI.<p>People who live in cities are way more likely to have smartphones. Darker counties represent higher smartphone ownership. …

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The fall (and rise?) of Yahoo: How the web giant crumbled and built some great tech in the process

At one point not so long ago, Yahoo (s yhoo) was one of the top technology companies in the world. “The only exception [was] Google,” Bassel Ojjeh, a …

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All Time Favorites<p>We put Shark Tank's bizarre and amazing products to the test<p>4:02<p>The tech 'Back to the Future' predicted for 2015 -- and what it missed<p>5:50<p>Emoji dos and don'ts<p>2:49<p>Super-creepy 3D-printed cape responds to onlookers (Tomorrow Daily 248)<p>7:53<p>Behind-the-scenes of Disneyland's 60th …

Programmer Robert McNally Put Together An Awesome Presentation On What Bitcoin Really Is

Some former gold bugs certainly think so.<p>And its value has skyrocketed in recent months.<p>But many readers at this point are probably wondering ... what exactly is Bitcoin?<p>Robert McNally, an iOS developer at parking payment startup QuickPay, gave the following presentation to last year's Hackers' …

The 20 Most Amazing PCs Ever Made

The personal computer has been a popular household tool for several decades. I’ve been building my own for nearly as long, but aside from being powerful devices for all-manner of tasks, the ability to customize a PC to your personal needs is something that fascinates millions of people the world …

Pizza, programming, and starting an industry: Bill Gates, the college years

Bill Gates' presence as a titan of the computing industry is now taken for granted, but before all that he was just a (rather extraordinary) college student. Biographer Walter Isaacson takes a look at the software mogul's earlier years at Harvard for the <i>Harvard Gazette</i>. It's a look back at a human …

Aquamatix thinks it can solve the water crisis with the internet of things

There are companies trying to solve all sorts of data and application-development problems at our Structure: Europe LaunchPad competition next week, …

The Truth About Marissa Mayer: An Unauthorized Biography

On the morning of Thursday, July 12, 2012, Yahoo's interim CEO, Ross Levinsohn, still believed he was going to be named permanent CEO of the company.<p>He had just one meeting to go.<p>That meeting was a board meeting, to be held that day in a room on the second floor of Yahoo's Sunnyvale, Calif., …