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Researchers sent a text message using only vodka and a fan

Giving a whole new meaning to the phrase "drunk text," York University researchers in Canada have used vodka and a desk fan to send a new kind of text message. In the experiment, they encoded the alphabet in evaporated alcohol, assigning different concentration levels to represent bits 1 and 0. The …

Mobile Rewards Startup Kiip Upgrades Its User Contests With New “Challenges” Product

When Kiip announced last week that that it’s powering rewards in Zepto Labs’ popular Cut the Rope mobile games, co-founder and CEO Brian Wong said it didn’t share one of the key details (because, uh, reasons) — that this is the debut of a new Kiip product called Challenges.<p>The company is best-known …

Learning to code? EngineHere can connect you with devs in a virtual classroom

Want to learn to code? You’ll have plenty of options to choose from, with dozens of providers promising to teach you computer programming skills in no time.<p>But Benjamin Plesser, founder of EngineHere, believes he’s found the optimal “learn to code” model. Plesser is a software developer who …

15 best eBook reader apps for Android

Finding the right eBook reader apps (also called eReaders) can be difficult. There are a variety of eBook types, plenty of file formats to deal with, and then there are different kinds of books (novels, comics, etc) that make the whole experience a little complicated. However, with the right app, …

It’s not about bleeps and bloops: A tour of Sony’s full-blown music studio for video games

SAN MATEO, Calif. — As I enter the Sony PlayStation Music Studio’s marquee audio recording room, I walk right into a live jam session for the soundtrack to Sony’s upcoming PlayStation 4 video game Infamous: Second Son. The music reverberates off the soundproof walls and shakes my ear drums.<p>The …

The 50 best Android games of 2013

From Angry Birds to Despicable Me, Ridiculous Fishing to Clash of Clans, here are this year's top picks for Android players<p>2013 was a very good year for Android games, as more developers recognised the potential of Google-powered smartphones and tablets. From action and puzzle games to sports and …

Legendary hacker Geohot busts rhymes instead of code

Meet 'tomcr00se'<p>George "Geohot" Hotz has accomplished many things. In 2007, aged just 17, he became the first person to successfully jailbreak an iPhone, and within three years he'd also managed to hack the until-then secure PlayStation 3. After Sony filed a lawsuit against him for the hack, Hotz …

Is Intel's Broadwell-Y processor a threat to ARM?

More details are starting to emerge about Intel’s next line of processors. Code named Broadwell, the processors, which are likely to be released in the second half of 2014, are shrunk down versions of Intel’s current Haswell range. Like Haswell, the Broadwell range will come in several types …

Computer Hardware

ASUS teases new dual-boot hybrid with its CES promo clip

Just before a big tech show, ASUS likes to wheel out a baffling teaser to get us all in the mood. Normally, the clips involve panning over some brushed metal, promising that the new gear will transform your life. But every now and again, ASUS decides it's time to travel to a world heritage site for …

Apple CEO Tim Cook Teases 'Big Plans' For 2014

Apple CEO Tim Cook sent a memo over the weekend to employees reflecting on 2013 and talking about the upcoming year of 2014, according to 9to5Mac, which got its hands on a copy of the email.<p>Interestingly enough, Cook teased some “big plans” for 2014:<p>We have a lot to look forward to in 2014, …

CyanogenMod downloaded 10 million times as it begins to go legit

Though CyanogenMod has gotten plenty of ink lately for its Oppo N1 hookup and Google Play approval (and subsequent removal), it's still first and foremost a modding outfit. In fact it just crossed 10 million downloads of its custom Android ROMs, according to its latest stats. That marks a lot of …

Congratulations to the Things Task Manager App – 1 Million Sold

Cultured Code, the makers of the excellent Things task management app, had some big news to share at the end of last week:<p>We are delighted to announce that we’ve reached an incredible milestone today—someone has just bought the millionth copy of Things!<p>I used Things as my task manager for several …

Batkid, Bill Nye, and more: 10 geeky highlights of 2013

From Batkid to a Lego car that actually runs, 2013 was filled with thrilling geek moments celebrating hacker ingenuity, superheroes, and zombies.<p>The past year has been a collection of geeky surprises, ranging from the Ben Affleck-as-Batman announcement to an actual running car crafted from little …

This Is What It Looks Like Inside an Amazon Warehouse

What happens after you click “buy” on Amazon.com? To most people, that’s a mystery. I flew out to Phoenix earlier this month to find out by taking a …

Master of his virtual domain: the rise and fall of the 'Clash of Clans' master

There was a time when George Yao wrapped five iPads in plastic bags and brought them into the shower with him just so he could play a game. Yao, otherwise known as Jorge Yao, was a "hero among mortals" in <i>Clash of Clans</i>, a real-time strategy game where you build a medieval village overrun with …

Avegant tests Glyph wearable display prototype, on track for CES debut

We weren't expecting to see the final Glyph prototype materialize until just before CES, but Avegant is ready to show off the latest consumer design in the flesh, presented above (and again after the break) for your viewing pleasure. The high-res retinal display projects an image directly into your …

Virtuix’s Jan Goetgeluk sees big things for virtual reality in wake of Oculus VR funding (interview)

After years in the wilderness, interest is growing in virtual reality. The turnaround has happened with the rising popularity of the Oculus Rift headset from Oculus VR, which raised $75 million from Netscape founder Marc Andreessen’s venture capital fund.<p>Jan Goetgeluk is the chief executive of …

DARPA Contest Lets Robots Compete to Save Humanity from Itself

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>This weekend, Google-acquired Schaft bested 15 others teams competing in a robotics challenge …

The iOS7 Jailbreak Is Here—But Beware

The Evasi0n team unexpectedly released its iOS 7 jailbreak over the weekend, accompanied by controversy, allegations of bad faith and, for some users, the unannounced inclusion of a Chinese app store that apparently contained pirated iOS apps.<p>Rumors flying across Twitter and on Reddit accused …

Mariposa botnet 'mastermind' jailed in Slovenia

<b>A hacker accused of masterminding one of the biggest ever botnets has been sentenced to just under 5 years in jail.</b><p>Matjaz Skorjanc was arrested in 2010 after a two-year investigation into malware that had hijacked about 12.7 million computers around the world.<p>The 27-year-old was found guilty of …

Chinese court jails World of Warcraft cybercrime ring

Even fake worlds such as the World of Warcraft aren’t safe from cybercrime.<p>Last week, Zhejiang province’s Songyang county court sentenced 10 men to prison terms of up to two years, reports Zhejiang Online. Their crime: Hijacking more than 11,500 World of Warcraft accounts and violating state …

MIT engineers have invented a JARVIS-style home automation system

The home automation systems of tomorrow won’t look anything like they do right now. In the future, you wont have to whip out your smartphone and fire …

Google’s Schaft robot takes top spot at DARPA Robotics Challenge

Built by a Japanese start-up recently purchased by Google, Schaft isn’t what you would call photogenic. It stands 1.48 m (4.8 ft) tall, weighs in at …

Robotics

Celebrities In Santa Suits And Hats Will Make Your Holiday Even Merrier

You've been listening to holiday songs since before Thanksgiving. The Christmas tree has been up for weeks. You're gifts are all wrapped and the holiday cards have been mailed. Now what?<p>Looks like Santa Claus is coming to town! But these Santas are more likely to be flying in from Hollywood than …

Portraiture by Benjamin Garcia

Surreal Portraits.<p>After many years working as illustrator and designer for 2D and 3D animations, Benjamin Garcia started to focus on painting full …