Christopher Atkinson

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10 essential entertainment apps for Android | Drippler - Apps, Games, News, Updates & Accessories

Since the launch of Android in 2008, hundreds of thousands of apps have made their way to Google Play. Not all of them are any good, but some are …

Top 10 most popular Android apps from last week: Helium, Avia, GTA: San Andreas | Drippler - Apps, Games, News, Updates & Accessories

Every week we cover new Android apps with Fresh Meat on Wednesday, followed by Android Gaming on Thursday and Top 10 app updates on Friday. On …

Must-have video conferencing apps for Android | Drippler - Apps, Games, News, Updates & Accessories

Video conferencing is not exactly something new to mobile devices. In fact, when 3G was first introduced to GSM networks, video-calling was the …

Fresh Meat: 10 new Android apps worth checking out | Drippler - Apps, Games, News, Updates & Accessories

New apps need lovin’ too, right? Every day there are thousands of new entries on the Google Play store, but many go unnoticed and never receive the …

Find Out Who's Snooping Around on Your Samsung Galaxy S3—And Why | Drippler - Apps, Games, News, Updates & Accessories

Snapchat was created for the sole purpose of removing evidence from your mobile that a photo or video ever existed. That way, snoopers can't find any …

Updated: 90 best free Android apps 2013 | Drippler - Apps, Games, News, Updates & Accessories

Best free Android apps: 1-20<p>The open source nature of Google's OS means there are plenty of fantastic apps for Android to be found.<p>And most of the …

Intel, HP prepare for the end of days -- Windows XP's, that is

Intel and Hewlett-Packard are giddy about the prospects for the demise of an operating system that won't die.<p>As the sun sets on support for Windows XP nears, Hewlett-Packard and Intel executives say they're looking to new horizons.<p>In case you've been living under a rock, support for Windows XP ends …

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7 Facebook Statistics You Should Know For An Engaging Facebook Page

<i>This post was originally published on the Buffer blog.</i><p>One of the things we focus on most at Buffer is the best time to post to Twitter and Facebook. This is because we want to help you get more engagement with your audience, which is beneficial for everyone.<p>While the best time to post is definitely …

Da Vinci's String Organ Must Be Heard To Be Believed

The man who painted the Mona Lisa, and was the first to sketch out the helicopter and the submarine, also dabbled in music. So here's the question: What musical instrument did Leonardo da Vinci design?<p>There isn't an easy answer. His 15th-century sketches indicate something between a harpsichord and …

Google Wants To Make Your Passwords Obsolete

<i>Update to add comment from Google on U2F technology.</i><p>If there’s one thing that decades of computer use have taught security experts, it’s that most of us are really bad at creating good passwords. After the recent data breach involving Adobe’s customer accounts, security researcher Jeremi Gosney …

A 60-Year-Old Technology Offers A Solution To A Modern Problem

Tape is the oldest computer storage medium still in use. It was first put to work on a UNIVAC computer in 1951. But although tape sales have been falling since 2008 and dropped by 14% in 2012, according to the Santa Clara Consulting Group, tape's decline has now gone into reverse: sales grew by 1% …

Microsoft Should Be Worried About Google’s Chromebooks

Just ahead of the holiday shopping season, Microsoft ramped up its FUD machine and launched the next phase of its infamous anti-Google Scroogled campaign last week. This time, the company is targeting Chromebooks, Google’s cheap ChromeOS-based, web-centric laptops. Why is Microsoft worried about …

Mesmerizing Translucent Waves from 19th Century Paintings

The late 19th century Armenian-Russian painter Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky created some truly spectacular paintings of seascapes that capture the beautiful, shimmering essence of the tumultuous waters. The marine artist gained recognition for his impeccable ability to recreate the expressive …

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The upside of PRISM: At least we’re talking about data privacy — or the lack thereof

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Barb Darrow<p>So, just how freaked out are consumers by governmental data scooping? Techies have known about many of …

I was sold by Mum and Dad to make images of child abuse

One of Raven Kaliana's earliest memories is being taken to a family portrait studio by her parents, at around the age of four. The studio was in the basement of a department store in a town 50 miles from their home. Once they had arrived, they waited for another couple to arrive with their own …

Why are Messaging Apps Selling Stickers?

This week I rather playfully poked fun at Viber’s introduction of paid-for stickers. That’s because the concept of adding sticker shops has become an industry standard, after the likes of MessageMe, Kik,WeChat, Line, Path, Kakao Talk, Cubie, Maaii, and now Viber, introduced them.<p>Here’s what I …

You Built What?!: A Compact Mechanical Crossbow With the Precision of a Laser

Wrist-mounted weaponry brought to you by the letter Y<p>Last October, after hurting his knee playing hockey, Patrick Priebe was holed up in his apartment near Cologne, Germany, with nothing to do. He was sitting at his computer, staring at his keyboard, when the "Y" key caught his eye. Priebe didn't …

Transparent gel speaker ushers in a future of 'soft machines'

How would you like a speaker system in your living room that was completely clear? Or, better yet, an active noise-canceling window that could mute the outside? The technology is already here, and a team of materials scientists at Harvard is showing us what’s now possible with ionic conduction, or …

FYI: What's The Point Of Sex?

Lots of animals reproduce asexually. Why not humans?<p>This may seem obvious. But in evolutionary terms, the benefits of sexual reproduction are not immediately clear. Male rhinoceros beetles grow huge, unwieldy horns half the length of their body that they use to fight for females. Ribbon-tailed …

The Genius of Whisper, the Massively Popular App You Haven't Heard Of

It's anonymous. It's ephemeral. It's PostSecret optimized like FarmVille.<p>I have a secret to tell you: There is a mobile app you've probably never heard of that gets 2.5 <i>billion</i> page views a month, substantially more than all of CNN. It's called Whisper, and the youths just love it.<p>Here's how it …

CIA Kept Area 51 Secret Because Rumors Cooler Than Reality

A spy plane, an intelligence agency, and the magical logic of conspiracy theories all made an American legend.<p>Yesterday the CIA declassified a 400-page document about Area 51, the secret facility in the Nevada desert that has fascinated armchair historians and tormented conspiracy theorists for …

Carbyne could upset graphene as the strongest material in existence

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: Rice University<p>Graphene, a one-atom-thick sheet of carbon atoms, has been the recent wunderkind of the material …

Fossil Reveals Long-Lived Mammal Group's Secret

New Jurassic find in China provides fresh evidence of early mammal evolution.<p><b>The discovery of a 160-million-year-old fossil of a rodent-like creature is helping shed light on how one of the most evolutionarily successful mammalian groups to ever live gained dominance.</b><p>Dubbed <i>Rugosodon eurasiaticus</i>, …

Now We Know That Snowden Stole Files Before Booz Allen

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>While much of the speculation surrounding NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's actions has focused on …

Secret Audit Finds NSA Broke Privacy Rules Thousands Of Times Each Year

Top secret documents and an internal audit leaked from ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden show unauthorized surveillance of Americans or foreigners inside the United States. Both are restricted practices.<p>Some of the infractions can be as simple as an analyst making a typo, but others include …

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Area 51 and its purpose declassified: No UFOs, but lots of U-2 spy planes

A newly declassified CIA history from 20 years ago spills the story about Nevada's Area 51 and its secret mission — which was not to study UFOs, but to test the U-2 and other spy planes.<p>The CIA's story about the legendary test site is contained in "The Central Intelligence Agency and Overhead …

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Edward Snowden documents show NSA broke privacy rules

<b>The US National Security Agency (NSA) broke privacy rules and overstepped its legal authority thousands of times in the past two years, according to documents leaked by Edward Snowden.</b><p>The incidents resulted in the unauthorised electronic surveillance of US citizens, according to documents published …

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The Government Now Admits There's an 'Area 51'

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Newly declassified documents, obtained by George Washington University's National Security Archive, …

Evolution Punishes Selfish People, Game Theory Study Says

How long can you get ahead by screwing other people over?<p>Contrary to our Darwinian inclinations, evolution may not be as dog-eat-dog of a world as we thought it was. The selfish can survive for a while, but according to new game theory research, long-term survival requires cooperation.<p>Game …