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How To Reduce Friction With Good Design

Anders Toxboe, designer for Bonnier Interactive, cites motivation as the force that opposes friction in the realm of interaction design. A properly motivated user will be willing to withstand more friction and still have a positive experience. A poorly motivated user will, on the other hand, give …

How Spelling Keeps Kids From Learning

Mastering English requires abilities that most children don’t develop until they're pre-teens.<p>Johnny in Topeka can’t read, but Janne in Helsinki is effortlessly finishing his storybooks. Such a disparity may be expected by now, but the reason might come as a surprise: It probably has much less to …

Language

The first ladies of science | Science and Technology

<b>Story Views</b><p><b>John Hopton for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online</b><p>The old maxim states that “behind every great man stands a great woman.” But when it …

Boston Dynamics Introduces Spot, A Highly Mobile Four-Legged Robot the Size of a Large Dog

Robotics company Boston Dynamics (previously) has unveiled Spot, a highly mobile four-legged robot about the size of a large dog. Spot is …

List of freely available Programming Books

<b>You may also like to see:</b><p><b>Design Patterns : Singleton Pattern</b>• <b><br>Design Patterns : Decorator Design Pattern - Decorating Objects</b><p>Here I listed freely …

How Emotional Design can Give your Website Much More Impact

<i>This post by Flin Nortier was originally published on the blog of design agency Soda Studio.</i><p>As an interaction designer, how often have you run into projects where you’re asked to ensure a great ‘user experience’, without looking at the cocktail of emotions your design might produce? “Preventing …

Inside the Security Model of BlackBerry 10

LAS VEGAS–The new BlackBerry 10 operating system contains a number of security improvements and upgrades over earlier versions, but there are still …

Animated engine diagrams are hypnotizingly wonderful

Prepare to lose a few hours of your life. Clear your schedule for a bit, and head over to AnimatedEngines.com for some wonderfully explanitory …

Engines

Shocking your brain and making yourself smarter

Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation – or tDCS – is the technique of applying electrodes to the skull and running a small but perceptible current …

Tamagotchi ROM dump and reverse engineering

Often the true key to success is persistence and that holds true for this project which dumped the ROM from the current generation of Tamagotchi …

Clean and minimal self-balancing robot

The VertiBOT is a self balancing robot project taken on for the purpose of exploring how the sensors work in conjunction with some PID …

RHex Robot Can Jump, Swim, Climb Stairs: Nowhere to Run to, Nowhere to Hide - Technabob

Jumping robots must really be in demand I guess. RHex uses six curved leg-scoops to propel the robot into some incredible jumps. This 15-pound …

Anonymous MSFT developer admits Linux is faster than Windows

This shouldn't come as any great surprise, but Linux is faster than Windows, and at least one anonymous Microsoft developer is willing to admit it …

The Most Common Mobile Development Trap: “Porting” To Mobile

<i>Guest author Darrell Benatar is CEO of UserTesting.com.</i><p>It seems so obvious: you have a successful desktop app or website and users are asking for mobile access to it. So you rewrite your current product for mobile. You take out the Flash graphics, rearrange the interface elements, change the font …

Killer Whales Play in the Wake of a Vacationing Couple’s Boat

A couple witnessed several killer whales playing in the wake of a boat on their 20th anniversary vacation in La Paz, Mexico in this video uploaded by …

How to Recreate The Matrix’s Slow Motion Bullet Time Effects With a Ceiling Fan & GoPro Camera

NASA engineer Mark Rober has released a video that shows you how to create the famed slow motion bullet time effects from <i>The Matrix</i> films with a …

Videography

Back to Light, Photos of Batteries Made out of Food

Artist Caleb Charland blends art and science in “Back to Light,” his wonderful photo series of batteries made out of fruit, vinegars, and other …

3D-Printing Mechanical Hands

This is really cool, a MakerBot Industries-supported 3D printable prosthetic hand project.<p>When Richard Van As, a master carpenter in Johannesburg, South Africa, decided to make a set of mechanical fingers, it wasn’t just for fun. He’d lost four of the fingers on his right hand in an unfortunate …

PayPal wants to get rid of passwords in favor of biometric security

While passwords are the way of the land on the internet, PayPal’s chief information security officer Michael Barrett says that passwords and PINs are …

Information Systems

Forget sex: how the idea behind Bang with Friends could revolutionize social interaction

Apple's Find My Friends, a mostly-unrelated concept.<p>Perhaps you've heard of Bang With Friends. It's a rather controversial thing. Simply put, it's a Facebook and mobile app that lets you pick which of your friends you'd like to "bang." Oh, but it's more clever than that: the app won't reveal your …

Meet 'algoraves:' Raves with music generated by artist-controlled algorithmic software

You might never attend one, but keep this bit of information in your back pocket: A new trend today is the ‘algorave,’ in which people dance in a rave-like environment to music generated by algorithms.<p>According to a central algorave website – I abstain from dubbing it ‘official – the goal is to …

15 Pop-Culture Realizations That Will Blow Your Mind

Mind = blown. It's about to happen, so prepare your noggin.<p>Sure, you know oodles of random facts about pop culture and can rattle off <i>Big Lebowski</i> …

This Stop Motion Movie Is Animated Using Individual Atoms

Occasionally, researchers at IBM take a break from exploring the limits of data storage at the molecular level—and instead make stop motion films, …

Stop Motion

Linux 3.9 brings SSD caching and drivers to support modern PCs

Improved Linux drivers boost support for Intel, ARM, and AMD hardware.<p>Linux creator Linus Torvalds last night announced the release of version 3.9 of …

Hacking suspect arrested for 'biggest cyberattack in history'

Remember Spamhaus? The attack was apparently conducted not from a bedroom, but an antenna-equipped mobile van.<p>A Dutch national suspected as the …

CRAPCHA: Completely Ridiculous And Phony Captcha that Hassles for Amusement

We’ve all run into CAPTCHAs, those annoying registration fields you never get right on the first try. But CAPTCHAs do play a valuable role, keeping …

What a DDoS Attack Looks Like

When hackers do cyber-battle, there isn't much to see. Maybe you'll wind up on a crashed website, but the real carnage is happening behind the …

Cybersecurity

Scientists Build Baseball-Playing Robot With 100,000-Neuron Fake Brain

Author: Daniela Hernandez. Daniela Hernandez Business<p>Date of Publication: 04.26.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:00 pm. 6:00 pm<p>If you’ve been to the …

5 Apps to Improve Work Productivity

We all want more time. Time to finish our work, handle tedious errands and check off items from our ever expanding to-do lists. The problem is, the …