Heath Holcomb

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Eat and Drink Your Way Through The Columbia River Gorge

The Columbia River Gorge — a designated National Scenic Area — lies a half an hour east of Portland, and in addition to offering one of the most dramatic landscapes in the country, it has orchards, vineyards, and fields full of berries, fruits, and produce. Living among these farms, most local …

3 Things the Tech Industry Can't Ignore

In the tech industry, it's easy to get caught up in the minutiae. But we should all step back and witness an industry in transition. Here's what I …

Apple now tracks and promotes all available and upcoming HomeKit accessories and packages

Apple has overhauled its list of compatible HomeKit accessories with a major update this month. Apple now details accessories by category rather than brand and provides a much more comprehensive list with external links and availability status.<p>You can find the newly updated site at …

Ditch your nail and hammer. Build your dream house in just 2 days using only wooden bricks.

'Brikawood' is shaped into boards and spacers that interlock to make building a house easy and fast.

What is Object Oriented Programming?

Java is the primary language used to create Android apps. Java, you may have heard, is an ‘object oriented’ programming language. But what precisely does that mean?<p>Before Object Oriented Programming<p>One of the easiest ways to understand what is meant by ‘object oriented’, is to define what it is <i>not</i>. …

6 Reasons Cities Are Located Where They Are

Frank Lloyd Wright once described cities as both ‘our glory and our menace’. With more than half of the world’s population now living in cities, …

The Tesla founder says he can build a 100MW battery storage farm within 100 days or provide the system free of charge<p>Elon Musk, the billionaire co-founder of electric car giant Tesla, has thrown down a challenge to the South Australian and federal governments, saying he can solve the state’s energy …

Australian Labor Party

The next iOS will deeply change the iPhone, and you won't even notice

If you're the type of person who immediately updates their iPhone to the latest version of iOS every time new software drops, here's a friendly …

Scientists can’t seem to figure out how ancient Mars got so warm

NASA’s Curiosity rover shoots down a big theory explaining how liquid lakes and rivers flowed on the Red Planet<p>After four and a half years of exploring Mars, NASA’s Curiosity rover has made a new discovery that only deepens a long-standing mystery about the Red Planet — namely, how the world used …

Carbon Dioxide

Apple File System (APFS): What you need to know

Previously, Apple published a support document stating that APFS will not be supported on Fusion Drives at High Sierra's launch. If you've converted …

Apple Watch

Alpha Centauri: Why Our Neighboring Star System Holds So Much Potential

<i>Project Blue contributed this article to</i> <i>Space.com's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights</i><i>.</i><p>Alpha Centauri is having a moment: Our mysterious neighboring …

Apple reportedly starting iPhone 8 production early

Apple is getting a head start manufacturing the iPhone 8, according to a report from analysts at BlueFin Research Partners. “Early indication [is that Apple is] trying to pull in next generation iPhone builds as much as possible,” write John Donovan and Steve Mullane in a note issued this …

These gritty space operas combine extravagant, high-tech invention with real human drama. Thirty years after they began appearing, here are some of the best<p>Our first image of Iain M Banks’s Culture universe is a man drowning in sewage: a stark precedent for what was to come. And 30 years after its …

Science Fiction

Elon Musk plays 'Minecraft' differently than you do

Since December, Elon Musk has been discussing plans to build a tunnel to help avoid LA traffic problems. It's been hard to tell if he was serious about "The Boring Company," but a few days ago <i>Wired</i> reported a test trench was already under construction somewhere in the vicinity of SpaceX's …

Elon Musk

The Detailed, Depressing Reason Deep Space Nine and Voyager May Never Get Full HD Versions

Pretty much ever since the Blu-ray remasters for the original <i>Star Trek</i> series and <i>The Next Generation</i> were unveiled, fans have wondered when <i>DS9</i> or</i> …

Science Fiction

4K TV broadcasts are coming: here’s what you need to know

ATSC 3.0: What is it?<p>Ajit Pai, the new chairman of the FCC, published an op-ed today in <i>Multichannel News</i> advocating for the television industry to move forward with implementing ATSC 3.0, the latest standard to govern over-the-air broadcast TV. Along with the editorial, Pai presented a proposal to …

How Lockheed Martin Could Make the F-22 Raptor Even More 'Stealth'

Lockheed Martin and the United States Air Force have been working on improving the performance of the F-22 Raptor’s stealth coatings.<p>While the Raptor …

New Results From CERN Could Fill One of The Biggest Gaps in The Standard Model of Physics

How our Universe broke the rules of symmetry.<p>Of the many unanswered questions that stand in the way of the Standard Model of physics being able to …

​Apple reportedly designing its own chip for Mac laptops

Apple is reportedly designing a chip for Mac laptops that could boost battery life while also helping it achieve more independence from Intel chips, which are currently the brains of devices.<p>Citing people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg said Wednesday that Apple is working on a chip for Mac …

MacBook Pro

'Substantial evidence' the universe is a hologram

International team of researchers carry out observational tests of holographic cosmology.<p>Scientists have found 'evidence' that the universe is a …

Trump's election is prompting more scientists to run for public office

Last December, marine biologist Gianna Pantaleo attended the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union. Pantaleo, who works at the University of California at Santa Barbara, was presenting research on how climate change has damaged coral reefs.<p>"We're at this pivotal point where we really need …

Physicists Have Found a Metal That Conducts Electricity But Not Heat

Defying one of the most fundamental laws of conductors.<p>Researchers have identified a metal that conducts electricity without conducting heat - an …

What's new for CarPlay in iOS 10.3

While there aren't a lot in the way of shiny new features in iOS 10.3, the update does bring a nice addition for CarPlay users: Apple has added a …

Apps

These are the dash cams your car has been waiting for

Having a dash cam can mean the difference between a small fender bender that wasn’t your fault costing you nothing and costing you thousands. How? If …

Dashcam

Quickly find a lost Roku remote with this trick

Everyone knows the frustration of misplacing a remote. When all you want to do is relax and binge-watch your favorite show, first you've got to set off on a top-to-bottom sweep of the room or house until you (hopefully) find it under the couch or in between the cushions.<p>If you happen to misplace …

Smart TV

Pay TV loses ground to antenna-only households

A study released Wednesday by market research firm Parks Associates shows a steady increase in stateside TV customers who are forgoing traditional cable.<p>Some 15 percent of US broadband households now get all of their TV from an antenna. That number has increased steadily over the course of five …

Pay-TV

Apple released its next big thing and nobody noticed

While Microsoft and especially Google have made their competitive strategies clear— even Samsung and Baidu have started to make rumbles in the market — there's one elephant that, notably, isn't in the room yet: Apple, the most valuable company in the world and a notorious latecomer to any new …

New twist on fusion power could help bring the world limitless clean energy

Both stellarator and tokamak have same underlying principals, but it is too early to tell which offers best hope.<p>Matthew Hole, <i>Australian National</i> …