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Lin-Manuel Miranda gives fans the gift of his solo 'Hamilton' demos

Before <i>Hamilton</i> was a Broadway smash and a lightning rod for controversy in Trump's America, it was just a searing collection of beats and rhymes. And …

Online fossil hunters to help comb Kenyan desert

<b>Members of the public are being invited to help hunt for fossils in the Kenyan desert, in an online citizen science initiative called Fossilfinder.</b><p>Volunteers will sift one million images from the arid Turkana Basin, a key area for fossils of early human ancestors.<p>These photos were taken by …

Paleontology

LG Rolly wireless keyboard folds into a stick you can fit in any pocket

The mobile accessory market is booming and LG sure doesn’t want to stay at the bench. The Korean manufacturer has been hard at work and today they are announcing one of the most interesting wireless keyboards we have seen in a while. The LG Rolly is a pretty awesome contraption with a mechanism …

Gear & Gadgets

Google Express Workers Vote ‘Yes’ to Union, as Warehouses Plan to Shut Down

Google claims its plans to shut the delivery hubs are unrelated to the union drive.<p>On Friday afternoon, 151 warehouse and shipping workers for Google Express, the search engine’s delivery service, voted in favor of joining a union. Last month, workers at the Palo Alto, Calif., facility agreed to …

Palo Alto

Smithsonian Kickstarter To Save Neil Armstrong's Suit Is Fully Funded

Spacesuit crowd-funding succeeds. Now it's on to Alan Shepard's outfit.<p>The Smithsonian Institute's first ever Kickstarter was a rousing success, exceeding its goal of $500,000. The money will go to restore Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 space suit so the fragile artifact can be displayed at the …

Space Exploration

Intel and Micron announce new ‘3D XPoint’ memory solution 1,000 times faster than current NAND flash storage

Intel has just announced a new breakthrough in computer storage technology developed in collaboration with Micron that is 1,000 times faster than the current-generation NAND flash chips upon which modern solid-state drives are built. The tech is called 3D XPoint (that’s “crosspoint”), and is the …

Computer Hardware

Uber Has 30 Days To Comply With The Law Or Face Suspension In California

Uber faces suspension of its license to operate in the state of California within 30 days and up to $7.3 million in fines for refusing to comply with state laws, according to a judge.<p>The law requires Uber to hand over operational data regarding requests for accessibility to the California Public …

Now You Can 3D-Print Objects Made Of Wood Fibers

Cellulose offers sustainable alternative to metal and plastic<p>From prosthetic hands to an entire bridge, you can pretty much 3D print anything you can imagine. But the materials to make them are diversifying a bit more slowly. Now researchers from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden have …

New OS X exploit breaks Keychain’s security, exposes passwords

A new exploit discovered by researchers from Indiana, Georgia and Peking universities shows that the OS X Keychain, which stores all your passwords, is vulnerable to an attack that allows malicious apps to gather passwords.<p>The exploit, which is titled “Xara” utilizes cross-app resource access and …

Google Chrome

There is a crazy theory going around Prague that says Google will acquire Twitter

Outside the main conference sessions much of the chatter among attendees was about whether Facebook or Google was more powerful in terms of reaching the audiences they need. Both have audiences in the billions, but Facebook seems to be innovating faster than Google right now.<p>There was less talk …

AdWords

How to set up a personalized start page on your own domain that works everywhere

There are several browser add-ons to add frequently visited sites and other features to your blank New Tab page, but I prefer using a custom start page hosted on my domain instead.<p>It’s a simple page that just contains a bunch of links in columns, along with a clock and a Google search box. I run …

Web Development

Pavegen Kicks Off Crowdcube Campaign To Power Up Its Kinetic Flooring Business

Pavegen is on a mission to upgrade the ground you walk on. The U.K. clean-tech startup has engineered a high tech flooring product that can generate enough energy to power lights and even buildings by harnessing kinetic energy from pedestrians walking on it.<p>The surface is also sensitive to where …

Twitter may be trying to buy Flipboard

Twitter is reportedly in discussions to purchase Flipboard. Citing sources familiar with the matter, Re/Code is reporting Twitter wants to purchase Flipboard in an all-stock deal that would value Flipboard north of $1 billion.<p>The ongoing talks have been occuring since the beginning of the year, and …

Anthony Noto

In A Little-Seen Early Apple Video, Jobs And Wozniak Talk About The Company’s Beginnings

When the Mac was new, Apple’s cofounders took a nostalgic look back at the Apple I and II.<p>By 2015 standards, 1984 might seem to fall rather early in the chronology of Apple Computer, Inc. But the company had already seen a lot of history by then. And in the vintage nine-minute video below–really, a …

iOS 9 & OS X 10.11 to bring ‘quality’ focus, smaller apps, Rootless security, legacy iPhone/iPad support

For the first time in several years, Apple is changing up its annual iOS and OS X upgrade cycle by limiting new feature additions in favor of a “big focus on quality,” according to multiple sources familiar with the company’s operating system development plans. We first reported in February that …

iOS
Environmental Health
TED Talks
Oil & Gas Industry

Chrome is still a threat to your MacBook's battery

The awesomeness of Chrome comes at a price<p>Google’s Chrome is the best web browser for my needs. Apple’s MacBooks are the best computers for my needs. So why is the combination of the two such a wretched and chronically compromised situation? Almost every advice column on how to improve MacBook …

MacBook Pro

Inside New York’s Plan To Cover The City In Free, Super-Fast Wi-Fi

Goodbye pay phones, hello public screen-wrapped kiosks.<p>Instagram New York City’s nostalgic old pay phones while you can, because this fall, they’ll start disappearing across all five boroughs. In their place, tall, thin, screen-wrapped kiosks will line the streets. The pillars of technology, also …

Researchers demonstrate quantum entanglement, prove Einstein wrong

What Einstein termed "spooky action at a distance" has been successfully demonstrated in split single particles.<p>Quantum entanglement of a single particle has been observed by researchers -- an event that Albert Einstein believed to be impossible under the contemporary quantum mechanics definition …

Graphene light bulbs are coming this year

The first product made from the wonder material graphene will go on sale later this year: a light bulb. The dimmable LED bulb will reportedly cut …

The real 'Terminator?' Chinese scientists create liquid metal machine

It’s the rise of the machines – a Chinese research team has developed shape-shifting, liquid metal machines. No, this isn’t the idea for a new “Terminator” sequel. Scientists from both the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Tsinghua University’s …

Nanotech

Amazon launches Home Services to sell everything from an oil change to piano lessons

The e-commerce giant wants to bring you that new hammock and the handyman to install it<p>Amazon started out as an online bookstore, but has since expanded into selling almost any physical goods you can think of. But the company believes a lot of the stuff people buy on Amazon are things they could …

eCommerce
Mobile

Elon Musk Releases SpaceX Photos Into the Wild

SpaceX founder responds to tweeted request for free use of the photos.<p>Just a few hours after SpaceX announced that it would allow people to use photos under a Creative Commons license, founder Elon Musk changed his mind.<p>It happened shortly after Musk tweeted the announcement. This was one of the …

Elon Musk

Ingenious giant phone case makes one-hand usage a snap

A simple, ambidextrous case makes using giant phones with one hand easy for everyone.<p>Although initially subject to some mockery when first introduced, the larger-sized phone -- 5.5 inches and above -- is now par for the course. For better or for worse, big screens are here to stay.<p>They do have …

Pub-Sheds: Small Backyard Pubs

If you have a shed behind your house, it’s probably there to store lawn equipment, old paint cans, and an array of other random items currently …

Could DreamCheaper Become The Hotel Booking Industry’s Most Hated Startup?

Berlin-based DreamCheaper, which has been operating fairly stealthily until now, could soon become the hotel booking industry’s most hated startup. It operates a service that aims to ensure you never overpay for a hotel room again, even if you (miraculously) get the best deal available at the time …

The UK Is Building 6 Electric Lagoons To Generate Electricity From The Tides

The tides are always rising and falling. It’s time to use that energy.<p>Few things are more dependable than the tides. As long as the moon is in the sky and gravity rules the earth, the ocean will always run in and run out. So, it’s perhaps not crazy to think of harnessing tidal movements for energy …

Solar Power