Richard Traynor

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Visual rendering of first 100 billion digits of pi proves randomness

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Study: family killers are usually men and fit one of four distinct profiles

A study has been published that analyses three decades of criminal records of British murder cases, drawing up psychological profiles of the four …

Google goes down for a few minutes, web traffic drops 40 percent

If you've ever doubted how big an impact Google has on the internet, think again. A two-minute outage from the search giant caused world net traffic …

Hitting The Road Without A Driver

Credit: GM-Carnegie Mellon Autonomous Driving Collaborative Research Lab<p>The cars we drive have gotten ever more sophisticated. They can just about park themselves; they tell us if we're drifting out of our lane; they can prevent skids. Some even automatically apply the brakes if they sense that a …

Young inventor's musical deodorant dispenser goes viral

An 11-year-old boy has spiced up a stick of Old Spice deodorant by making it play the Rocky theme tune when applied.<p>If you need motivational music in the morning to get you pumped up for the day ahead, it seems you are not alone.<p>A musical deodorant that plays a stirring blast of the Rocky theme …

Personal Hygiene

Minecraft creator scraps '0x10c' spaceship game, but fans run with concept

After suffering a "creative block" with development of his <i>0x10c</i> project, Markus "Notch" Persson has definitively killed the idea, saying he has "no future aspirations" for it. The keenly anticipated game involved space travelers who wake up after an eons-long hypersleep and have to deal with …

Here’s what you need to know about the future of gesture-based UI design

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Smartphone screens across the globe are embracing clean design in an effort to feature content on high-end pixel real estate. …

Beats reportedly looking to end fruitless HTC partnership

The popular headphone maker Beats is reportedly attempting to buy back HTC's 25 percent stake in the company. The news comes from a <i>Wall Street Journal</i> report that cites "people familiar with the matter" as claiming Beats is looking to bring in a new investor to provide "fresh funds for growth," and …

New next-gen iOS device rumors: Photos of silver iPad 5 back, more claims of gold 5S

More rumors of Apple’s next-generation iPad and iPhones have hit the web today. TechCrunch added further credence to rumors of a gold iPhone 5S shipping along with the usual black and white models after photos what appears to be the back shell of that device leaked earlier this week. Earlier this …