Erik C Stillman

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This Intense Real-Life F-35 Picture Looks Like an Iron Man Frame

This is an awesome shot of a test F-35 zipping around California's Edwards Air Force Base sent to us by a tipster. Can you imagine this buzzing by …

Thanks to smartphones, Amazon is softly killing retail shopping and is better at it than Google

The smartphone revolution has proved to be quite a disruptor. While it has opened new opportuities for many new startups, it has brought whole new …

Science Weekly podcast: the everyday mathematics of danger

This week's edition is an extended conversation with statistician David Spiegelhalter and author/journalist Michael Blastland about their new book …

Google engineer blasts domestic spying after receiving NSA award

Google engineer Joseph Bonneau is the first person to be awarded the NSA's "Best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper" award for his paper "The Science of Guessing," which analyzed over 70 million user passwords in an effort to study why we're all so horrible at making strong passwords. "Even seemingly …

Computers sweat for 4,554 hours to simulate cloth movement

Computer-generated graphics for video games have had quite a few challenges thrown at them over the years. Smooth surfaces have gotten pretty darn good, but things like hair, fur, and cloth have been much more difficult to re-create in a realistic fashion. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University …

Android 4.3 hidden feature lets you tap into app permissions

Android users can now control the permissions granted to their apps, courtesy of the latest flavor of Jelly Bean.<p>Available only in Android 4.3, a hidden feature known as App Ops displays the various permissions granted to different apps, according to blog site Android Police. For example, the …

Moto X gesture-tastic camera app makes cameo in leaked APK

We already know the camera app for the Moto X (and Droid Ultra, MAXX and Mini) will feature a minimalistic, gesture-based UI, but the clever souls over at <i>Android Police</i> went one step further and recently leaked an APK of the app. The file (later pulled and cached here) installs just fine on many …

Google's New TV Gadget, the Chromecast

Chromecast doesn't so much "solve a problem" so much as create a new one: Why can't I put my content, whatever it is, on any screen I encounter, at the touch of a button?<p>For the past couple days, I've been playing with Google's new $35 device for your TV, the Chromecast. It works simply: You plug …

MOOCs being embraced by top U.S. universities

Every college atop a leading national university ranking is now embracing massive open online courses (MOOCs).<p>Any student who's attended a chalkboard lecture in 2013 will tell you higher education isn't known for its swift changes.<p>But less than two years after a trio of massive open online course …

Why Microsoft’s reorganization closes the books on an era of computing

Nothing ever stays the same. On more than one occasion, it has taken Microsoft, one of the most important engines powering the rise of the technology …