Sonny Ongkowardojo

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7 truths about the mind you missed in psychology class

The longer you live, the more you realize that the difference between success and magnificent failure lies in how well you understand people. If you’re like many, that fact makes you regret not having studied psychology. I hate to be the one to tell you, but holding both a BSc. and an MSc. in …

Robot city: how the machines are driving Pittsburgh's future

After more than a century, steel production in Pittsburgh is all but over, leaving in its wake industries based on higher education, health care, academic research, and robots. Lots of robots. And when it comes to robots, the goal is more focused on building a framework for the future than an …

Context is king: Cover for Android changes your lock screen as you move

Contextual features that use information such as time of day and your location are becoming increasingly important on smartphones today. Today’s smartphones know where you are, where you’re going, who you’re with, and what you like to do. After years and years of claims from smartphone companies …

Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks review

It's been almost exactly a year since Scott Forstall left Apple and Jony Ive and Craig Federighi were put in charge of both iOS and OS X. That gave Apple a chance to create a single, unified design, to make the iPad and Mac into one. Apple's long talked about “bringing together the OS teams” and …

Hankook's i-Flex 'twheels' bid farewell to flat tires

Improvements to the common car tire have occurred incrementally since its inception, but over the next decade, the average rubber roller may become a thing of the past. Hankook (and other manufacturers such as Michelin and Bridgestone) are prepping next-generation tires that are airless, …

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Oily Bits: Introduction

Accelerating hard out of a corner, my rear view mirror suddenly filled with clouds of white smoke.<p>I accepted that this, most likely, was a bad thing. My car at the time, an old Triumph Dolomite Sprint, seemed to be running alright but clearly all was not well.<p>Minutes later the needle on the …

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How my body rejected activity trackers and the 'quantified self'

Earlier this year, I set out on a grand journey. I tested several activity trackers all at once, to decide which was the best in accuracy and in motivating me to lose a few pounds. Today, they sit unused on my desk. And I weigh pretty much the same.<p>What happened? For one, perhaps no one should try …

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