Ian Rudge

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How 20 popular websites looked when they launched

From Google to youtube, from craigslist to flickr - how some of today's biggest sites looked back in the early days of their existence.<p>Remember the days when the word Google was not interchangeable with internet? Or when every site seemed to have a Netscape icon on it? Or when Flash was still …

Internet

Four apps that can transform any Android device into a Galaxy S5

There has been a lot of talk about Samsung's latest flagship smartphone. The Galaxy S5 is filled with new and exciting features, which have helped make it one of the hottest products available today. Whether you're not eligible for an upgrade or simply aren't interested in the Galaxy S5, there is …

Is big data dating the key to long-lasting romance?

<b>If you want to know if a prospective date is relationship material, just ask them three questions, says Christian Rudder, one of the founders of US internet dating site OKCupid.</b><p>Special Report: The Technology of Business<p>Big data offers tailor-made shopping<p>Crime fighting with big data weapons<p>Big data …

Big Data

Video games inside of e-books: An idea that’s already here

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>People love video games. People love e-books.<p>In fact, folks love video games so much that they even buy Kindle e-books about video games, like Minecraft novels …

The early days of 25 websites

As the first website when online 25 years ago today, it's easy to forget just how some of our favourite websites looked back in their early incarnations. Rhiannon Williams unearths the best<p>The very first website went online 25 years ago today in December 1990 - in which time the Berlin Wall has …

How Lego Become The World's Hottest Toy Company

They will add to the already gigantic heap of Lego bits: 86 for every person on the planet. The toymaker has enjoyed ten years of spectacular growth, almost quadrupling its revenue.<p>In 2012 it overtook Hasbro to become the world's second-largest toymaker. The number one, Mattel, is now seeking to …

Lego

Sony and Panasonic unveil 1TB 'Archival Disc'

Companies breathe fresh life into optical discs by announcing a new standard for an "Archival Disc", designed as a cheap and robust way to store up to a terabyte of data<p>With MP3 downloads and online film streaming it sometimes seems that the optical disc is all but obsolete, despite relatively …

Could this app allow you to read War and Peace in a day?

A new app called Spritz claims to be able to increase users’ reading speed to as much as 1,000 words a minute. Will it revolutionise how we read?<p>Spritz, a new speed-reading app, claims to allow users to take in up to 1,000 words per minute – more than three times as much as the average adult …

London will test smart crossing system to keep pedestrians safe

Sure, pedestrian detection tech for cars is already in the works, but the city of London wants to keep people even safer by equipping its crossings with a bunch of sensors and devices. London Mayor Boris Johnson just announced that the city will try out a smart crossing system, which he claims has …

TravelCard is An Extremely Portable External Charger That Can Easily Slip In Your Wallet

Running out of battery at important is one problem every one of us face at one point. There are external battery packs available that can help you …

Gear & Gadgets

What 10 Things Should You Do Every Day To Improve Your Life?

Chris Pecoraro—Getty Images<p>Sam Edwards—Getty Images/Caiaimage<p>Jetta Productions—Getty Images<p>by nacoki ( MEDIA ARC )—Getty Images/Flickr RF<p>Reza …

Cocaine

A Solar-Powered Drone Designed To Fly For Five Years Nonstop

Titan Aerospace will test a drone that could track hurricanes, spot pirates, and more.<p>If a drone never had to land, it could track hurricanes, spot pirates and smugglers, follow animal migrations, and even act as an auxiliary GPS. In essence, it would be a geostationary satellite without the …

Drones

Samsung Galaxy S5 Has Three New Battery Saving Technologies

Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with a 2,800 mAh battery, which is considered a big upgrade over its predecessor, which was equipped with a 2,600 mAh one.<p>The …

Texas Instruments shrinks its HD DLP Pico projector chip down to 0.3-inches

We wouldn't say that smartphone projectors have exactly caught fire, Samsung's Galaxy Beam notwithstanding. Part of the problem is the extra bulk required by pico projector components, which is where Texas Instruments comes in with its new HD "Tilt and Roll" DLP Pico chipset. They've now got the …

How to Make Yourself Work When You Just Don’t Want To

There’s that project you’ve left on the backburner – the one with the deadline that’s growing uncomfortably near. And there’s the client whose phone call you really should return – the one that does nothing but complain and eat up your valuable time. Wait, weren’t you going to try to go to the gym …

Jack Monroe: poverty can happen to anyone

I didn't manage to say very much on Channel 5's The Big Benefits Row, beyond an opening remark about people not being able to just rock up to a food bank with a carrier bag and help themselves. I started to talk about the Trussell Trust when Edwina Currie, also on my panel, cut over me to talk …

How the last members of a species were stuffed, archived, and forgotten

When an entire species dies out there is, inevitably, mathematically, a last one. Over at the <i>Krulwich Wonders</i> blog on NPR, the host of <i>Radio Lab,</i> Robert Krulwich, examines three stories of the final, solitary living example of an extinct species. The very last auk, passenger pigeon, and Tasmanian …

Tidy Organizes Your Smartphone Photos Into Albums With Just A Swipe

A new application called Tidy wants to help you better organize the photos you have stored on your smartphone, by grouping them into albums by time, distance, or even by “shapes,” meaning type of photo – panoramas, squares, screenshots, portrait or landscape, for example.<p>The app doesn’t do the …

Huskies Always Express Their Love

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The Hoover Dam of solar is now live in the desert of California. Here’s why it’s so important

Less than a hundred miles from the rim of the Hoover Dam, just outside of Las Vegas at the edge of dusty San Bernardino County, sits a symbol of how …

Biggest-ever solar thermal power plant goes online in California

Solar power just hit the big time in the US -- BrightSource Energy has confirmed that the world's largest solar thermal plant, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California, is up and running. The array, also backed by Google and NRG Energy, produces a total 392MW of power through …

Japanese Internet Giant Rakuten Acquires Viber For $900M

Rakuten, one of Japan’s largest Internet companies, has announced that it will acquire Cyprus-based messaging platform and app maker Viber for $900 million.<p>The deal is the latest and largest in an aggressive acquisition spree by Rakuten as it seeks to “become the world’s No. 1 Internet services …

The Lego Movie – a toy story every adult needs to see

It’s hardly news that life has got a lot worse for a lot of people since the financial crisis hit. Inequality is on the rise, and with it alienation from the worlds of business and politics, which carry on as if nothing has really changed. Many of us brood on the abyss – the sense that, in some …

Artist Klemens Torggler Reinvents The Door

Sliding, rotating, automatic, hinged. We thought we had a pretty firm grasp on the types of doors that exist in the world. How wrong we were.<p>This past week, a new kind of door, created by Austrian designer Klemens Torggler, has been mesmerizing the Internet -- and forever changing the way we look …

Webee: A home hub that’s all about the algorithms

The smart home is fine, but I’m still waiting for the anticipatory home. A home that not only accepts programs and can be controlled remotely, but …

Scent Rhythm Watch Tells The Time With Smells

An innovative prototype watch has been created called the Scent Rhythm watch which has been designed to tell its wearer the time using just smells, …

Beauty

As memories stay online, social companies like Facebook must find better ways to help grieving families

A Missouri man posted a video on YouTube(s goog) this week, asking “Mr. Zuckerberg” to pass on his late son’s Look Back video, a short movie montage …

Vertical farming explained: how cities could be food producers of the future

Populations are growing and cities are booming – but could we soon see skyscrapers turned into centres for crop production? From Chicago warehouses to the south pole growth chamber in Antarctica, the concept of growing food indoors is catching on. Plant scientist Dr Erik Murchie, from the …