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By Kesit Barotoardi | tech, design, lifestyle and beyond

Scary 'Slaughterbots' video shows danger of autonomous killer drones

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>When you're smart, you can make decisions all for yourself.<p>That could be a problem if you're a so-called smart weapon.<p>A video presented on Friday at a meeting of the Convention on Certain Conventional …

10 Beautiful Examples of Motion Design in Mobile Apps

Interactions are a smaller detail of mobile design but can make a tremendous difference to the overall user experience of an application.In the past …

The mobile wars are over

It’s time to call it: The mobile wars are over. The mobile market was once vibrant and variegated, a virtual coral reef of odd devices aimed at specific users. There was a phone with a 3D camera! There was one with a weird version of Android that catered to the security-conscious! There was one …

Mobile

Google's Tango phone, the Lenovo Phab2 Pro, is coming in November

2016 is set to be a very big year for Google phones. The search giant just announced two new Pixel phones to compete with the Apple iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy models. But if you're in the market for a new phone this November with the latest Google tech, you may have a hard decision ahead.<p>Remember …

Augmented Reality

Hack This: Become a Command Line Assassin

One of your operating system's most powerful tools is more accessible than you think.<p>No matter what kind of cluttered, icon-littered hellscape your filesystem happens to be, take heart that your computer provides a pristine alternate reality in the form of its command line interface. Essentially, …

Why Everyone is Talking About Isomorphic / Universal JavaScript and Why it Matters

Originally applied to mathematics, the term “isomorphic” was first popularized in relation to Javascript development by Spike Brehm of Airbnb. Since …

Agricultural Guerrillas Are Secretly Transforming Urban Saplings into Fruit-Bearing Trees

Launched in 2011, the group known as the Guerrilla Grafters has been secretly (and illegally) modifying ornamental trees along the streets of San Francisco. These fruit-lovers make it their mission to graft fruit bearing branches onto the non-fruit bearing trees that line the city, in efforts of …

Confirmed: Oil palms were planted on just-burned land outside an Indonesian orangutan sanctuary

Late last month a tweeted photo went viral among Indonesians. It shows oil palms freshly planted in burned land still shrouded in smoke.<p>The pic was posted by Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, who serves as chief of data and information for Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency. The accompanying text …

South-east Asia

The 16 best ways to sabotage your organization's productivity, from a CIA manual published in 1944

The "Simple Sabotage Field Manual," declassified in 2008 and available on the CIA's website, provided instructions for how everyday people could help the Allies weaken their country by reducing production in factories, offices, and transportation lines.<p>"Some of the instructions seem outdated; …

Hitler’s world may not be so far away | Timothy Snyder

Misunderstanding the Holocaust has made us too certain we are ethically superior to the Europeans of the 1940s. Faced with a new catastrophe – such as devastating climate change – could we become mass killers again?<p><b>It was 20 years after I chose to become a historian</b> that I first saw a photograph of …

The iPhone's New 3D Touch Is the Future of Apple User Interaction—Here's How It Works

It’s official: The new iPhone 6S will have force feedback. But the new feature, called 3D Touch, won’t be quite like any other haptic feature Apple …

Node.js grows up with its first stable release

Node.js, the cool new kid on the JavaScript block, has finally hit a stable version today with the announcement that 4.0 is now available.<p>The release is a big one, because it marks the official merge of Node.js and io.js for the first time after they violently split last year over a dispute with …

7 paid iPhone apps worth $28 that are all on sale for free right now

Labor Day brought with it some great paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free, and several of the 10 apps we shared with you yesterday are <b>still</b> …

ICON_SEARCH

4040-1_0.jpg<p>Cardamom Coffee<p>Coffee purists beware: This post explores coffee add-ins beyond a splash of cream or milk such as sugar, spice and …

Ashley Madison Hack Latest Reminder Stupid Passwords Are Stupid

The recent hack of fembot dating extramarital affairs website Ashley Madison, which resulted in data from millions of accounts being dumped online, has one more salutary yet familiar lesson to deliver: even very well encrypted stupid passwords are still stupid.<p>While plenty of aspects of Ashley …

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China, Japan battle to build Indonesia's first bullet train

The rivalry over this major project is just the latest to flare up as China challenges Japan's long-standing dominance in Southeast Asia as a key source of infrastructure funding.<p>Japan, a top-three investor in Indonesia with huge stakes in the automotive and mining sectors, seemed destined to build …

U.S., Cuba re-establish diplomatic relations, reopen embassies

<b>Havana, Cuba (CNN) —</b> One bitter holdover of the Cold War slipped into the history books at 12:01 a.m. Monday, when the United States and Cuba re-established diplomatic relations. For the first time since severing ties in 1961, they reopened embassies in each other's capitals.<p>Cuban Foreign Minister …

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5 habits shared by Steve Jobs, Malcolm Gladwell, and other visionary thinkers

Want to revolutionize entire industries — and business paradigms — like Steve Jobs?<p>It's not easy. It takes a lot more than sitting at a computer while the children are nestled all snug in their beds and visions of thought leadership dance in your head.<p>Some of my clients are visionaries and leaders …

Launching a startup? Don’t learn to code.

I’ve been a coder for a long time and founded multiple startups. I’ve been successful, but I might have been a lot more successful if I never learned …

11 JavaScript Code Snippets for Dynamic Web Projects

The practice of frontend web development has grown into an enormous topic of discussion. User interface designers have been working up to this point …

Web Development

Arduino and NodeJS Communication With Serial Ports

Hello everyone, 2 days ago I recieved my arduino kit that I had ordered and i’m really excited to tell you that I’ll be posting more arduino …

Solar panels aren't just for roofs anymore — the world's first road paved with solar panels is working better than expected

Now, six months into the trial, engineers say the system is working even better than expected, with the 70-metre test bike path generating 3,000 kWh, or enough electricity to power a small household for a year.<p>"If we translate this to an annual yield, we expect more than the 70k wh per square metre …

35 explanations of Silicon Valley lingo that the rest of the world doesn't understand

But that could create a big gap in the language they use from the rest of the world.<p>In order to bridge the gap, entrepreneur and engineer Kilim Choi, Mathew Hui, and Zeeshan Javed created a site called Silicon Valley Dictionary, an Urban Dictionary for Silicon Valley jargon.<p>"The other day while …

Researchers find new Adobe Flash zero day in Team Hacking leaks

A new Adobe Flash flaw could let hackers lock you out of your computer. Reuters Pictures<p>Hackers are using a previously undiscovered vulnerability in Adobe’s commonly used Flash software to install blackmailing malware on victims’ machines.<p>The Adobe Flash zero day vulnerability was uncovered by …

50+ incredible freebies for web designers, June 2015

New projects are being released all the time that make us excited, curious, inspired and sometimes a little bit jealous. Today we continue our …

Web Design