Tim Richards

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This Credit Card Knife Is Terrifyingly Stealth

This credit card is really a knife. Just putting that out there in case it wasn't coming across already. It's a 2.2mm thick, 85.6mm x 54mm CNC …

Archaic but widely used crypto cipher allows NSA to decode most cell calls

Snowden docs make it official: The NSA can crack 30-year-old A5/1 crypto.<p>The National Security Agency can easily defeat the world's most widely used …

Water Tower

The artist Tom Fruin has built this water tower made of colored plexiglas in Brooklyn. The strange structure is a tribute to New York and the “water …

Twitter Tries to Get Your Attention

Twitter’s great, but if you’re a regular human, you can’t spend <i>all</i> of your time looking at it.*So what if someone plops out something interesting, …

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The New Armor That Lets You Sense Surveillance Cameras

Like a creepy digital tap on the shoulder<p>We pass under surveillance cameras every day, appearing on perhaps hundreds of minutes of film. We rarely notice them. London-based artist James Bridle would like to remind us.<p>Bridle has created a wearable device he calls the “surveillance spaulder.” …

One productive week with Microsoft Surface Pro 2 convinces me to try week two

Yes, it’s true. I bought a Microsoft(s msft) Surface Pro 2. I did this last week after sharing some thoughts on using one of the latest hybrid …

Facebook Wants to Know Why You’re Self-Censoring Your Posts

A couple of months ago, a friend of mine asked on Facebook:<p>Do you think that facebook tracks the stuff that people type and then erase before hitting …

Product reviews, how-tos, deals and the latest tech news - CNET

Top Deals and Promotions<p>CNET may get a commission from these offers.<p>Ltd. Ed. Deep Radiance<p>360-degree sound with deep bass, 100-foot Bluetooth range, 20-hour playtime, less than 2 pounds and fully waterproof.<p>Ultra-light and comfortable. Plus great sound, excellent call quality, wireless and wired …

Kobo Arc 10HD Review: Can 'Reading' Sell A High-End Android Tablet?

There are two approaches to making a good tablet device. You can either work on a tablet that is great at creating content, or you can design one for consuming content. Kobo are targeting their latest ten-inch tablet at “the passionate readers, …who love to read digital books, magazines, and …

The touchable web is still just out of reach on my makeshift Chrome OS tablet

Mobile devices might now account for 20 percent of global web usage, but the experience on a tablet can still be frustrating. I found that out with …

Tug Of Authority Over Legal Gap In Online Privacy

Even the most mundane online tasks require us to hand over sensitive data. Privacy policies pass by with an easy click. Yes, each company has its own legal language about the risks we take on, but the standards for consumer protection are murky.<p>"There is no one law in the United States that …

What The Heck Will Google Do With These Scary Military Robots?

Let’s see, we have a company that already knows everything about us, has possibly the world’s largest computer network, has recently built one of the biggest artificial-intelligence teams in the world–a company so powerful that it feels the need to soften its dominance with the informal motto, …

Now Facebook Is Looking At Dumping Intel For ARM

Following on from the news that Google is looking at dropping Intel’s chips for its server farms in favour of custom designed chips based upon the ARM design, we hear of something very similar from Facebook. Indeed, Facebook is sufficiently interested in the idea that it is already making sure that …

There's lots to like at Upworthy, but not much to read

The driving belief for news websites is that more (that's more stories, features, videos, blogs) equals more hits and thus more money. But what if less can also equal more (positive responses from readers, that is)? Ezra Klein, blogging for the <i>Washington Post</i>, examines the startling success (from …

Sprint reportedly interested in acquiring T-Mobile, may offer bid in first-half 2014

The big four U.S. Carriers could be going down to just three sometime in the future, at least if a new report from the Wall Street Journal proves accurate. Reportedly Sprint is currently considering making an offer to buyout T-Mobile. Right now Sprint is said to be studying regulatory concerns but …

Is South Korea full of video game addicts?

As a nonprofit news organization, what matters to us is the same thing that matters to you: being a source for trustworthy, independent news that makes people smarter about business and the economy. So if Marketplace has helped you understand the economy better, make more informed financial …

Consumer tech prepares to invade the operating room

Much like enterprises are using more consumer technology (or consumer-like) technology, hospitals are also trying to figure out how shifts in user …

Humans Make Up Less Than 40 Percent of the Internet’s Traffic

The human race is a minority on the Internet. And no, it's not because your pets have all of a sudden gotten computer-savvy.<p>A recent report published …

15 Million Students Learned to Program This Week, Thanks to Hour of Code

Hour of Code, a five-day-old initiative to get kids to take programming tutorials during Computer Science Education Week, will soon reach 15 million …

Google Pulls Privacy Feature it Says Wasn't Supposed to Be in Android in First Place

With the latest update to Android, Google has removed a hidden feature that had been used to allow phone owners to more tightly control which …

Twitter tests showing tweets near your location on iOS

Over the past few weeks, Twitter has been running a number of public iOS tests with many users seeing slightly different versions of the app compared to others. Today, the WSJ reports that an interesting new feature is appearing for some users that shows tweets nearby their location on a map.<p>The …

LinkedIn Will Kill RSS Support on December 19

LinkedIn yesterday quietly sent out an email to some of its users announcing that its Network RSS feed will be retired on December 19. The company has thus given a week’s notice for the feature.<p>For those who have never used it before, the RSS feed allowed users to subscribe to their network updates …

Tech Companies Take Step Toward The 'Internet Of Things'

Several companies have made what some see as a small step toward TVs, locks and household appliances all talking to each other.<p>As an example, imagine someone trying to break into your house. A smart lock on the door would trigger flashing lights and a camera. The camera would snap pictures of the …

Is Texting Actually Advancing Language?

<i>Part 1 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Spoken And Unspoken.<p><b>About John McWhorter's TEDTalk</b><p>Does texting mean the death of good writing skills? Linguist John McWhorter says that there's much more to texting — linguistically, culturally — than it seems, and it's all good news.<p><b>About John McWhorter</b><p>Linguist …