Mike Safar

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Why state-level single-payer health care efforts are doomed

As members of Congress return from their summer recess, Republican efforts to do away with President Obama’s signature legislative achievement, the …

Health Care

Designing The Perfect Date And Time Picker

What could be so difficult about designing a <b>decent date picker</b>? Basically, we just need an input field and an icon that represents a calendar clearly …

Web Design

20 Free UX eBooks You Must Read

There is always something new that you can learn about UX, whether we’re talking about best UX practices, new trends, prototyping techniques, or …

UI Design

Google gives everyone machine learning superpowers with TensorFlow 1.0 - ExtremeTech

By on February 17, 2017 at 10:30 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>It wasn’t that long ago that …

Machine Learning

Iraqis finally put out some oil fires set months ago by IS

Apple could be making a big change to the way it updates iPhone software

Apple's update cycle for the iPhone has stayed relatively consistent over the past few years: New versions of the iPhone come with a new update, usually signified with a new number (such as iOS 9).<p>After that, updates are delivered with a point — such as 9.1 — and include smaller features and bug …

Tim Cook

FSU shooting victim describes fateful day

How HP Could Once Again Dominate Silicon Valley

Throughout the 48-year history of Hewlett-Packard’s skunkworks division HP Labs, it has innovated many technologies that became commonplace: pocket …

Buyer's Guide: Deals on iPad Air 2, iPhone 6, Original iPad Air, iOS Apps, and More

As we head into Thanksgiving and its accompanying Black Friday shopping holiday, retailers are beginning to offer significant discounts on products in an attempt to lure shoppers ahead of the Black Friday event. Walmart and Best Buy, for example, are offering pre-Black Friday deals, and several …

Siri can be distraction to drivers: US study

The study produced for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that some systems offering hands-free communications for tasks such as navigation or changing radio stations can create "cognitive distractions," which compromise safety.<p>The research comes amid growing use of hands-free technology, …

Handsfree

Least useful hack ever puts Windows 95 on your smartwatch

What happens when you give an Android Wear smartwatch to a 16-year-old with a bit too much time on his hands? You get Windows 95 on your wrist. Now, we frankly have no idea why you'd load a desktop operating system from twenty years ago onto a Samsung Gear Live smartwatch with a 1.63-inch display, …

Plane diverted as passengers fight over seat reclining

Man puts lock on seat to stop woman in front reclining it, leading to argument and both being kicked off United Airlines flight<p>A plane in the US had to be diverted and two passengers removed after one of them started a fight by using a banned device to stop the seat in front reclining.<p>The spat …

The world's largest solar thermal power plant is incinerating thousands of local birds

A common sight in the sky above the world's largest solar thermal power plant is a "streamer," a small plume of smoke that occurs without warning. Closer inspection, however, reveals that the source of the smoke is a bird that has inadvertently strayed into the white-hot heat above the plant's many …

Alan Turing, code-breaker castrated for homosexuality, receives royal pardon

Alan Turing, a British code-breaker during World War II who was later subjected to chemical castration for homosexual activity, has received a royal pardon nearly 60 years after he committed suicide.<p>Turing was best known for developing the Bombe, a code-breaking machine that deciphered messages …

Monkey photo not photographer's, claims Wikimedia - video

Wikimedia, the company that owns Wikipedia, has refused to delete a photo that a monkey took of itself, claiming there is no copyright. British nature photographer David Slater has argued the photograph belonged to him, as it was his camera that was hijacked by the primate. Slater began a legal …

Decelerator helmet: viewing the world in slow motion

Lorenz Potthast's helmet allows the wearer to experience time at a different speed<p>Lorenz Potthast was a first-year arts student when he designed the Decelerator helmet – a hefty piece of headwear that allows the wearer to experience a slowed-down world. "I didn't just want to design another app to …

The Biggest One-Hit Wonders of Classic Rock

On Monday, I examined how people are using data to define one of the murkiest musical genres out there: classic rock. As part of the project, I …

Poorly anonymized logs reveal NYC cab drivers’ detailed whereabouts | Ars Technica

Botched attempt to scrub data reveals driver details for 173 million taxi trips.<p>In the latest gaffe to demonstrate the privacy perils of anonymized …

Prince Charles Tries Out Google Glass

Everyone else is doing it, so why not the Prince? Charles donned the $1500 spectacle while on a tour of Canada this week.<p>We think it suits him.

An Oculus Rift For Chickens Gives Animals The Freedom To Roam Without The Roaming

Oculus Rift has plenty of potential for changing human interaction, but what about other animals? One project from Iowa State University assistant professor Austin Stewart (via FastCo Exist) imagines how VR goggles could make chickens believe they’re free-range, even when they’re not. They can …

Facebook Announces First Data Center with Rapid Deployment Design

Facebook today announced plans to build the first data center using its new “rapid deployment data center” (RDDC) design, its most efficient method to build a data center yet. It will be located in a second building at the company’s existing campus in Luleå, Sweden, the location of the social …

Amanda Knox letter tried to convince Italian court of her innocence

A plea that went unheeded by the courts is released to public<p>An eight-page letter written by Amanda Knox to an Italian appeals court during her retrial for the murder of Meredith Kercher has been released.<p>Ms Knox, 26, was originally sentenced to 26 years in jail, while her boyfriend, Raffaele …

Crime

How I almost lost my $500,000 Twitter user name @jb… and my startup | Ars Technica

Handle is coveted by hackers and Bieber fans alike. One hacker almost got much more.<p>Josh Bryant is the co-founder and CEO of Droplr, a collaboration …

Could Google Maps Help End Poverty?

Last year in the Indian city of Chennai, more than half a million people suddenly appeared from out of nowhere. These men, women and children weren’t rural migrants who had just moved to the city. Neither were they incomers from somewhere else in the world. They were slum dwellers who had lived in …

Why Apple needs to clamp down on its talking cats

After a near £20m settlement over in-app purchases made by children, it would be nice if Apple became as strict about its payment systems as it is about porn<p>It's 4.30 on a gloomy winter's afternoon. I'm sitting with my grandson having one of those conversations in which grandsons explain …

How should states fight the NSA? Turn off the water, say some | Ars Technica

CA senators want to bar law enforcement from helping; others would go further.<p>Two California state senators have introduced a bill that would stop …

Australian doctors pull inch-long cockroach from man's ear

Friends of Darwin man say they have started sleeping with headphones on after insect burrowed into his ear during the night<p>A man in Australia endured a painful hospital visit after a large cockroach burrowed into his ear and his efforts to suck it out with a vacuum cleaner failed.<p>Darwin-based …

Insects

Report: NSA paid RSA to make flawed crypto algorithm the default | Ars Technica

The NSA apparently paid RSA $10M to use Dual EC random number generator.<p>Security company RSA was paid $10 million to use the flawed Dual_EC_DRBG …