Saish Kakodkar

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Virgin Galactic space plane's re-entry system activated early, say investigators

Virgin Galactic’s space plane broke apart in mid-air seconds after its re-entry system deployed prematurely in an accident on Friday that killed one of its pilots and left another seriously injured, US crash investigators have said.<p>SpaceShipTwo (SS2) was equipped with a “feathering system” to …

This song made with random YouTube music clips is simply amazing

I started watching the music video of <i>Give It Up</i>—the fourth track of Kutiman's first album Thru You Too—with skepticism. After all, how good can a …

A brief history of Samsung mocking Apple announcements

Getting a new phone is usually a pretty exciting moment, but Samsung doesn't let Apple's customers take much time to enjoy it. For years now, it's almost instantly swooped in with mocking ads that criticize Apple's latest announcements for being behind the curve. They've been effective to various …

NATO takes aim at Russia's attacks — online

Ukraine isn't the only place where Russia and the West are facing off. Cyberspace is also a battleground. And at this week’s summit in Wales, NATO leaders seem ready to pledge to a joint defense against cyberattacks — partly in response to Russia’s suspected involvement in cyberwarfare.<p>“Because …

Brainy processing at your fingertips

New research shows that nerve endings in the fingertips perform neural computations that were thought to occur in the brain.<p>The nerve endings in your fingertips can perform complex neural computations that were thought to be carried out by the brain, according to new research published in the …

How the Raspberry Pi Foundation aims to fix computing

Will today's youth be equipped with the skills to build the computers of tomorrow? The people behind the Raspberry Pi microcomputer explain the higher purpose of their tiny gadget.<p>The Raspberry Pi microcomputer, launched in 2012, has already become a fixture of tech culture. Built by a tiny British …

Raspberry Pi

See how Mac magically decluttered our desks over past 30 years

Remember your desk from the ’80s? If you were even alive back then it probably featured an old Macintosh surrounded by a disgusting mess of books, letters, a telephone, a fax machine and probably even a Rolodex. But thanks to the rapid pace of technology, you’d be hard-pressed to find any of those …

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14 Tech Billionaires Who Never Got Their College Degree

But that's not the case for everyone, especially in the tech industry.<p>Billionaire investor Peter Thiel, for example, is paying $100,000 for kids to drop out of school and start their own companies.<p>Thiel has a point: Some of the most successful tech entrepreneurs have racked up billions of dollars …

11 TED Talks That Will Help You Lead A Happier Life

Increasingly, psychologists, neuroscientists, business leaders, and spiritual advisors have studied the mechanics of happiness and how we can utilize them in our everyday lives. Many of them have shared their findings at TED conferences.<p>We've gone through TED's expansive online library of …

Amazon Customers Wake Up to Unexpected Cash

Amazon customers had a pleasant surprise in their email inbox this morning: credits from a settlement between some of the largest U.S. book …

What If Your Phone Knew What You Wanted Before You Asked?

With Siri, Apple promised a system that could fulfill the long-held promise of AI. But to many experts in the field, the system is a letdown. One startup thinks it can do better.<p>Editor’s Note<p>This is part of Co.Exist’s list of World Changing Ideas of 2014. Read more here.<p>“For decades, technologists …

Artificial Intelligence

This Is How Google Can Dominate The Smartwatch Industry For Years To Come

This week’s announcement of Android Wear by Google has felt like a shot in the arm for the smartwatch industry. Short of Apple’s mythical iWatch appearing on a wrist near you, the entrance of Google into the wearable space with a clear focus on the smartwatch as a platform is the move that everyone …

How architect Clive Wilkinson helped Google ditch cubicles and embrace glass

Architect Clive Wilkinson had to convince Google that cubicles were bad for business. "Cubicles are the worst — like chicken farming," says Wilkinson. "They are humiliating, disenfranchising and isolating."<p>The renowned architect spent a few minutes recently with <i>Dezeen,</i> where he revealed details …

The 'Antisocial Network' App for Misanthropes and Loners

Chief of Google's Project Ara talks modular smartphones

In a report, project lead Paul Eremenko talks details about the tech giant's far-out initiative to make a free, open hardware platform for customizable smartphones.<p>It's been a few months since Motorola announced its modular smartphone idea called Project Ara. Since then, Google has sold the phone …

Mobile Technology

SocialRank Helps Users (Especially Brands) Find And Reward Their Most Valuable Followers

Back in 2012, I wrote about a fun little project called MVF, which promised to reveal the most valuable person following you on Twitter. The project was shut down after its creators Alex Taub and Michael Schonfeld joined payments startup Dwolla. But two years later, they’re independent again and …

Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 review

For quite a while now, tablets have been trying to break out as potential replacements for general computing, but unfortunately not quite succeeding.<p>Samsung hopes to continue the good fight with a slightly different outlook, and by, quite literally, blowing up an already well-received top tier …

Gear & Gadgets

Hands-on with the LG G Pro 2 (video)

Knock, knock. Excuse us, we're just unlocking LG's new G Pro 2 with some light taps from our fist. Yes, the Korean company's showing off its 5.9-inch flagship here at Mobile World Congress and its once again gunning for rival Galaxy Note 3's place in the spotlight. Aside from sporting a <i>de rigeur</i> …

The Google Smartwatch Is Real, And It’s Coming Soon (But Maybe Not Too Soon)

Google’s long-rumored smartwatch is real, and still “officially” expected to begin shipping in mid to late March. However, many members of the smartwatch team inside Google believe that date will either be pushed back to June, or the watch will end up shipping incomplete with a smaller feature set …

Apple and Samsung headed for another patent trial in March after failing to reach a settlement

It's back to court for Apple and Samsung. After an attempt at settling their latest patent dispute, the two companies will begin another trial in March, according to a filing with the US district court in San Jose. To be clear, this isn't a re-trial of the case that Apple brought back in 2011 -- …

Through Its Network Of Mentors, HackHands Offers Live Help For New Programmers

With sites like Codecademy and Stack Overflow, there are plenty of ways to learn programming and get help online — but there’s nothing like a live human being who can answer your questions and look at your code, according to the co-founders of a new website called HackHands.<p>One of those …

The Rags-To-Riches Tale Of How Jan Koum Built WhatsApp Into Facebook's New $19 Billion Baby

<i>Click here for our magazine cover story on the Facebook-WhatsApp Megadeal: The Courtship, The Secret Meetings, The $19 Billion Poker Game</i><p>Jan Koum picked a meaningful spot to sign the $19 billion deal to sell his company WhatsApp to Facebook earlier today. Koum, cofounder Brian Acton and venture …

100 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die

Many of the books are 20th century classics or recent bestsellers — the oldest book on the list is Jane Austen's 1813 masterpiece "Pride and Prejudice." It also spans multiple genres, with adult fiction, nonfiction, children's, and young adult novels such as "The Hunger Games" and "Harry Potter" …

Books

Why India's Mars Mission Is So Much Cheaper Than NASA's

Former NASA Administrator Daniel Goldin pioneered a "faster, better, cheaper" approach to America's space program, but he would have been hard-pressed to deliver a Mars mission for the bargain-basement price of India's first probe to the red planet, which blasted off Tuesday.<p>"India's Mars mission, …