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Dropping In on Gottfried Leibniz—Stephen Wolfram Blog

I’ve been curious about Gottfried Leibniz for years, not least because he seems to have wanted to build something like <i>Mathematica</i> and Wolfram|Alpha, …

Google has rebuilt Maps from ‘ground up,’ with iPad version coming this summer

We knew Google would unveil new updates on Google Maps today at I/O, but we didn’t expect it to be <i>this</i> substantial. Google claims it has completely rebuilt Maps with a new interface, search abilities, and faster performance.<p>You can request access to a preview of the new Google Maps here.<p>One big key …

Five ways to right-click on a Mac trackpad

My friend and old boss Ben Patterson answered a reader question on his blog about the various ways in which one can right-click on a Mac trackpad. I read the post and was surprised that my preferred method of right-clicking was not covered. Although my method is a derivative of one of the four Ben …

The sun erupts in the biggest flares of 2013

The X1.7 flare of 12 May, shown in a 171-angstrom wavelength and a 131-angstrom wavelength.<i><br>(Credit: NASA/SDO/AIA)</i><p><b>The sun is getting seriously busy,</b> …

Apple wants you to scratch and claw your iPad

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple nearly three dozen patents, including one that covers how a device responds to acoustic signals such as scratching and tapping.<p>Patent No. 8,441,790, or "Electronic Device Housing as Acoustic Input Device," focuses on tech that would …

Analyst: Nintendo sold 55,000 Wii U units in April

Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter has released his monthly estimates on console sales, and not surprisingly, given recent months, April didn't look too swell for Nintendo and its Wii U.<p>According to Pachter, who estimates console sales in the U.S. based on retail checks, Nintendo sold just 55,000 Wii …

The 30 worst-named tech products

Companies agonize over what to name a product, and we certainly recognize how difficult a process it is to come up with a good name.<p>Over the years, we've seen lots of good ones: the Palm Pilot, the Motorola Razr, TiVo, the Flip cam, are just a few.<p>But today we're not here to celebrate success. No, …

Rats! Why virtual reality doesn't feel 'real'

<b>Have you ever noticed that even detailed, sophisticated virtual reality experiences don't feel completely "real"? It all comes down to your inner ear.</b><p>…

Flipboard adds more curation, social network options with iOS update

When Flipboard launched version 2.0 on iOS and Android not long ago, its self-created magazines seemed to strike a chord with users. The latest version of the app for iOS, 2.02, is capitalizing on that popularity with new features that let you check out your readership and see complete profile …

PhoneDog | The Leader in Mobile Phone News and Reviews

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PSA: Removing Or Adding Sports Teams Or Stocks In Google Now Currently Causes It To Crash Endlessly

Listen up, Android users. If you're using Google Now, don't go to its <i>Settings</i> -> <i>My Stuff</i> and try to modify sports teams or stocks right now, as doing …

Grand Theft Auto IV Millennium Falcon Mod (video)

Yes you guessed it an industrious modder has now created a new addition to the vehicles of the Grand Theft Auto IV game adding the awesome Star Wars …

Zotac ZBOX Mini-Desktops Upgraded With Intel Core i3 And i5 CPUs

If you are in the market for a small form factor desktop mini PC you might be interested to learn that the Zotac ZBOX has been upgraded to now offer …

PetTread treadmill: A giant hamster wheel for cats and dogs

America has a fat problem, and it's not just the humans. Many pets are also toting some extra poundage.<p>You could, of course, take your dog for more walks, or spend more time playing attack-the-fuzzy-thing with your cat. Or you could invest in a pet treadmill. Better yet, check out PetTread, a …

Which Data Recovery Software Should I Use on my Mac?

Reader John has a hard disk gone bad and needs to recover some files off it before he moves on to a newer, more reliable disk. With that, though, …

US Navy's X-47B is the first unmanned plane launched from an aircraft carrier (video)

After limbering up with taxi tests since December, the X-47B unmanned combat air system has finally taken off from an aircraft carrier, making it the first pilotless plane to have successfully done so, and with a catapult launch to boot. Despite the craft's ability to fly on its own, it was …

This Liquid Hydrogen UAV Just Flew for Two Days Straight

In 2009, the Office of Naval Research's super-endurance drone, the Ion Tiger, flew for a record 23 hours, 17 minutes—the longest ever for a fuel …

Costco UK Will Happily Sell You This Awesome $115,000 F1 Simulator

What do you rely on your local Costco for? Gigantic boxes of diapers? Bulk packs of chicken fingers? In the UK, when you're stocking up on bangers …

New Sea Monster Found, Rewrites Evolution?

Cretaceous-era reptile Malawania anachronus discovered in Kurdistan.<p><b>A new species of dinosaur-era sea reptile is rewriting the books on the evolution of so-called sea monsters, a new study claims. (Read "When Monsters Ruled the Deep" from National Geographic magazine.)</b><p>The newfound—and potentially …

Chatting About The Honest Life with Jessica Alba - Momma's Gone City

I was introduced to Jessica Alba and The Honest Company a little over a year ago. In fact, Beau was only about 6 weeks old and he got to come with me …

Genetic Breast Cancer Testing: Big Business, and a Big Lawsuit

Angelina Jolie’s widely-read NYT piece revealing her double mastectomy has raised much attention to the power of genetic screening to predict cancer risks.<p>It has also helped push up the shares of Myriad Genetics, a company that owns the exclusive rights to 24 U.S. patents used in genetic screening …

Twitter Bits: Joss Whedon Gets Personal Account; Kevin Smith Completes 'Clerks III' – /Film

Two cool pieces of news broke on Twitter early Monday and we’ve got them both for you here.<p>First up: <b>Joss Whedon</b>, the director of <i>The Avengers</i>, the …

Grub's up

<b>Why eating more insects might be good for the planet and good for you</b><p>WHAT we eat is dictated as much by culture as by choice or necessity. If you ask …

A fresh way of looking

IN 2000 Tate Britain scandalised the art world by rearranging its unrivalled collection of British art. Instead of grouping works by schools and …

Nicole Kidman Jimmy Choo Ads Might Actually Be 'Nuanced And Refined' (PHOTOS)

Nicole Kidman is no stranger to fashion ads, having posed as the face of Chanel No. 5 for years. But the Aussie actress' campaigns were all about class, subtlety and elegance... none of which come to mind when considering the brash, sexy Jimmy Choo.<p>And yet Jimmy Choo has cast Kidman for its fall ad …

Angelina Jolie has done something extraordinary

Of course, Angelina Jolie is not the first actress to have had a mastectomy, that most medical of terms referring to the removal of at least one of …

Klingons to invade Bing translator, bIjeghbe'chugh vaj bIHegh!

Though some may look down on Star Trek's fictional Klingon language and invoke the infamous phrase uttered by William Shatner -- "Get a life!" -- Microsoft's Bing translation team doesn't see it that way at all. As part of a marketing join-up with Paramount Pictures, the service will be offering …