Christopher Ondrako

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The Chinese village with the secret to long life

Her T-shirted charges trailing behind her, the young guide swept into Huang Puxin's home and flicked her tour flag towards the centenarian, who was waiting on the sofa beneath a giant bas-relief inscribed with the word "longevity". "The old man is 113," she mumbled into her headset, turning …

This man was just evicted from Beijing’s underground heating system—and there are many more like him

In a luxury residential neighborhood in northeastern Beijing, a 52-year-old man named Wang Xiuqing has been living in the underground pipelines (link in Chinese) of the city’s heating system for 10 years.<p>On Dec. 6, after seeing news reports (Chinese) of Wang and others’ underground abodes, …

HP launches self-healing computer startup software to cure malware attacks

Hewlett-Packard is introducing self-healing computing startup software that can repair itself after a malware attack.<p>The new HP BIOSphere with SureStart technology is a new kind of startup software that runs when a personal computer is turned on. The BIOS — basic input output software — runs on …

Samsung prepares to take on Apple and Google again as smartwatch patent revealed

Samsung’s designs for a smartwatch have been revealed in a series of patent filings, confirming the company is preparing to take on Apple and Google in the new market.<p>The <b>Samsung</b> device will have a bendable screen that wraps round the wrist, controlled by a small panel with keys like those featured …

SIM Cards Have Finally Been Hacked, And The Flaw Could Affect Millions Of Phones

Smartphones are susceptible to malware and carriers have enabled NSA snooping, but the prevailing wisdom has it there’s still one part of your mobile phone that remains safe and un-hackable: your SIM card.<p>Yet after three years of research, German cryptographer Karsten Nohl claims to have finally …

Verizon leak shows VZ Edge upgrade program: trade your phone in once you've paid off half of it

T-Mobile's been grabbing a lot of headlines lately with its consumer-friendly handset deals and upgrade programs, but it appears that Big Red has similar ideas. The folks at <i>Droid Life</i> have acquired a Verizon document detailing a new VZ Edge program that'll allow folks to trade in their phones once …

Twitter Tries Harder to Explain Itself

It’s common knowledge — Twitter is too tough for the average, non-techie person to pick up. Even CEO Dick Costolo agrees.<p>That’s part of why Twitter …

World's most and least safe airlines are mostly what you'd expect

A website has produced what it described as “the world’s first comprehensive airline rating system” based on flight safety.<p>Airlineratings.com was …

Emotions Run High After Boston Bombing Suspect's Burial

The news that Boston Marathon bombings suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev has been buried in a rural cemetery just north of Richmond, Va., is causing controversy there.<p>According to the <i>Richmond Times-Dispatch</i>, concerns are being expressed by "a local Islamic leader, Caroline County officials and some …