wiredmikey (1824622) writes Technology giants including Microsoft, Google, Intel, and Cisco are banding together to support and fund open source projects that make up critical elements of global information infrastructure. The new Core Infrastructure Initiative brings technology companies together to
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes Christina Bonnington reports that the public is not gobbling up iPads like they used to. Analysts had projected iPad sales would reach 19.7 million but Apple sold 16.35 million iPads, a drop of roughly
angry tapir (1463043) writes Australia is in the middle of a parliamentary inquiry examining telecommunications interception laws. Law enforcement organisations are using this to resurrect the idea of a scheme for mandatory data retention by telcos and ISPs. In addition,
mknewman (557587) writes For years, critics have been taking shots at NASAs plans to corral a near-Earth asteroid before moving on to Mars — and now NASAs chief has a message for those critics: Get over it, to be blunt.
Zothecula (1870348) writes Hitachi has announced that its installing the worlds fastest ultra-high-speed elevators in the Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre skyscraper in Guangzhou, China. Making up two out of a total of 95 elevators in the building, Hitachi says the
netbuzz (955038) writes A band called netcat is generating buzz in software circles by releasing its debut album as a Linux kernel module (among other more typical formats.) Are you ever listening to an album, and thinking man, this sounds
redletterdave (2493036) writes In just two months since Facebook dropped $19 billion to buy WhatsApp, the five-year-old mobile messaging app on Tuesday announced its its active user base has grown to more than half a billion people. This is not
An anonymous reader writes A NYPD community outreach campaign designed to show images of citizens with cops turned ugly quickly when a deluge of images depicting police brutality came in. From the article: The responses soon turned ugly when Occupy
Dega704 (1454673) writes in with news of the latest FCC plan which seems to put another dagger in the heart of net neutrality. The Federal Communications Commission will propose new rules that allow Internet service providers to offer a faster
the_newsbeagle writes Currently, the best way to check if a person has a high likelihood of developing Alzheimers is to perform a PET scan to measure the amount of amyloid plaque in his or her brain. Thats an expensive procedure.
chicksdaddy writes: In a now-famous 2003 essay, Cyberinsecurity: The Cost of Monopoly, Dr. Dan Geer argued, persuasively, that Microsofts operating system monopoly constituted a grave risk to the security of the United States and international security, as well. It was
sciencehabit writes Many people with profound hearing loss have been helped by devices called cochlear implants, but their hearing is still far from perfect. They often have trouble distinguishing different musical pitches, for example, or hearing a conversation in a
An anonymous reader writes This article goes into the making of upcoming fantasy title The Witcher 3. The studio, CD Projekt Red, reveals that, unusually, itll be releasing the game as a DRM-free download. We believe that DRM does more
For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, AKA FIRST, holds annual robot challenges, in which student teams build robots, then operate them to the cheers of an adoring crowd. Slashdot watched the Dexter Dreadbots build their 2014 contender. (The
An anonymous reader sends this story from Wired: The Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project has since 2007 brought some 2,000 pictures back from 1,500 analog data tapes. They contain the first high-resolution photographs ever taken from behind the lunar horizon,
Doofus writes: The Wall Street Journal has an eye-catching headline: Welders Make $150,000? Bring Back Shop Class. Quoting: According to the 2011 Skills Gap Survey by the Manufacturing Institute, about 600,000 manufacturing jobs are unfilled nationally because employers cant find
An anonymous reader writes Spec-wise, OnePlus One will go toe-to-toe with the latest flagship phones like the Galaxy S5, HTC One (M8), and Sony Xperia Z2. In some areas, it even surpasses them, and at a price point of $300.
Bennett Haselton writes: If you watch a movie or TV show (legally) on your mobile device while away from your home network, its usually by streaming it on a data plan. This consumes an enormous amount of a scarce resource
jfruh (300774) writes Aereo is currently fighting for its life before the Supreme Court, and has issued a warning: if you take us down, you could take the entire cloud storage industry down with us. The company argues that they
mpicpp (3454017) writes with news that Google is publishing all Street View imagery back to 2007. Quoting Ars: The feature hasnt rolled out to many accounts yet, but it looks like a small, draggable window will be added to the
In this episode, weve got tips to bring back your old favorite vintage games on your new big screen TV; we show you how to optimize gaming on your PC; and we turn your smartphone into a mobile gaming console.
The PlayStation 4 has been a comeback product for Sony, which slipped from videogame domination with the pricey PlayStation 3. With Morpheus, the company could reinvent the console gaming experience, but the package has many moving pieces.
The Russian parliaments latest play could see major Western technology firms banned from the country if they dont store data on its soil — a move that would allow Russian authorities to easily snoop on user data.
The industry is used to considering system, storage, and application lifecycles. Companies routinely cycle through new requirements, standing up something new to address the requirements, running for a time, and then retiring equipment or applications. Does it make sense to
Apple briefly mentions further improvements to Touch ID fingerprint recognition in the iOS 7.1.1 release notes, and initial testing reveals significant improvements appear to have been made in the biometric technology.
Amazon spent $6.56 billion in 2013 on technology and content expenses and you can bet that those costs are going higher due to an exclusive HBO licensing deal. Will the HBO deal boost engagement and land incremental Prime subscribers?
Check out this great (as always) comic from xkcd. So? Could you do this? Could a spinning human slow down the Earth? Theoretically, yes. It’s all about angular momentum In an introductory physics course, there are three big ideas. There
Google, Facebook, and Microsoft are teaming up to prevent another Heartbleed. Going undetected for a good two years, the Heartbleed bug threatened to reveal some of our most sensitive information. After researchers finally identified the bug earlier this month, most
In Brick Mansions, parkour maestro David Belle shows off his wall-hurdling, window-jumping, roof-clambering skills. The movie is proof that parkour could be the greatest genre in cinema since the heyday of kung fu flicks. So why isnt Belle the new
On a foggy night in 1888, the passenger steamer City of Chester was headed out of San Francisco Bay when disaster struck. The 202-foot boat was rammed by a much larger steamer, the Oceanic, coming into the bay from Asia.
During a conference this week in Washington D.C., enthusiasts are attempting to rouse support for a manned mission to Mars sometime in the next two decades. NASA is there, as are many key players in the spaceflight community. But there
The Silk Road, for all its clever uses of security protections like Tor and Bitcoin to protect the sites lucrative drug trade, still offered its enemies a single point of failure. When the FBI seized the server that hosted the
In a way, a game like basketball is a physics geek’s delight. It’s a playground where you can apply physics principles to try and get some added insight to the game. You’ve got the interplay of projectile motion and collisions, energy
For the first time, analysts, investors, and the public widely expected Apple to post a drop in iPad sales numbers during its second quarter earnings today. And the numbers didnt lie: The public is not gobbling up iPads like they
American law enforcement has long advocated for universal kill switches in cell phones to cut down on mobile device thefts. Now the Department of Justice argues that the same remote locking and data-wiping technology represents a threat to police investigations--one
Our technology-first approach has failed the city of the future. So-called “smart cities,” powered by technology, carry the promise of responding to the great pressures of our time, such as urban population growth, climate instability, and fiscal uncertainty. But by
After weeks of slowly (excruciatingly slow for some, we’re sure) releasing tiny drips of information about the potentially game-changing One, OnePlus has finally opened the floodgates and launched their “2014 Flagship Killer” phone.
This guy says that now is the time to switch back to Firefox. How many of you guys are still using Firefox? How many of you arent using Firefox but plan to switch?The main reason for switching to Firefox is
Since the Z87 Deluxe/SATA Express ASUS has been working extensively with Intel and SATA Express SSD chipset manufacturers in developing compatibility and performance reliability for the new standard. As the only motherboard company to commit so early and positively, the
For the seventh year in a row, Intel has topped the Environmental Protection Agencys Green Power Partnership National Top 100, a list of the nations leading users of renewable energy. Intel, which meets 100 percent of its electricity load with
Today we look at the GIGABYTE R9 290X 4GB OC and ASUS GeForce GTX 780 Ti DirectCU II OC video cards. Each of these video cards features a custom cooling system, and a factory overclock. We will push the overclock
Seasonic is continually short on marketing but long on performance, and we are good with that. Todays 450 watt G Series computer power supply makes more sense in this new world of lower power desktop CPUs and GPUs. Does the
According to the Wall Street Journal, the FCC is going to propose a new set of rules governing internet access some time tomorrow.The proposed rules would prevent the service providers from blocking or discriminating against specific websites, but would allow
The only thing surprising about this news is that Pincus still has a job at Zynga. Zynga also announced today that Founder Mark Pincus has decided to move on from his operational role as Chief Product Officer at Zynga to
Todays readers. The best part is, almost all of these deals come with free shipping! The coupon codes for the items listed below wont last forever and are limited to stock on hand so youd better get in on these
Wait, isnt calling in a SWAT team an option when you are playing Call of Duty? No? I guess were lucky the kid didnt call in an air strike. Thanks to Peter Walsh for the link. Long Island police dispatched
Well, it looks like its a done deal. Facebook just got the okay from the U.S. Department of Justice and FTC to buy Oculus. Social network giant Facebook Inc has won U.S. antitrust approval to buy Oculus VR Inc, a
The fine folks over at Tripwire Interactive send word that Red Orchestra 2 is free on Steam for 24 hours only. Grab it if you want it, try it if you havent. Today, Tripwire Interactive is pleased to announce a
I guess this is a good deal for Amazon Prime members and FireTV owners but it would have been even better had it included Game of Thrones though. However, the deal excludes some of the networks most popular series, like
Modders-Inc just put the finishing touches on their review of the Cooler Master Elite 110 mini-ITX case. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.The Coolermaster Elite 110 is a small chassis with a big heart. It has the
Corsair has a good reputation for their PSUs, and today they are among the most popular choices for gamers and enthusiasts. The RM1000 is the first PSU from Corsair to find its way into our new testing lab, and it's
Today Apple announced its Q2 results, and sales of the iPhone continue to dominate revenue and earnings for the company.Revenue for the quarter came in at $45.6B – a 4.7% increase year over year, and a
For some time now the consumer electronics industry has been grappling with how to improve the performance and efficiency of display interfaces, especially in light of more recent increases in display resolution. Through the eras of
Hot on the heels of the major 7.1 release, Apple released a new update for iOS on iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad. The iOS 7.1.1 update focuses primarily on fixing the remaining issues with Apple's latest
While the client SSD space has become rather uninteresting lately, the same cannot be said of the enterprise segment. The types of workloads in the enterprise world can require virtually unlimited storage requirements, which creates a large market for various
Pricing for motherboards varies wildly. While the performance platforms command a premium, those based on significant integrated graphics performance are considerably cheaper. In fact in 2014 it seems relatively odd to find a mainstream AMD motherboard for more than $150.
The topic of SO-DIMM memory is an interesting one. As it currently stands, almost all laptops with interchangeable memory slots have SO-DIMM slots, as well as a few motherboards at the low end and systems
Coinciding with this week’s launch of the Radeon R9 295X2, AMD has posted their latest Catalyst drivers, now at version 14.4. Catalyst 14.4 is the first driver set for the R9 295X2, and once certified will
Today, Google announced an update to Hangouts that brings some new features. The first mentioned is merging conversations, which brings feature parity with iMessage in that regard. Google has also improved contact sorting with phone and Hangouts sections as seen
After letting their Never Settle Forever gaming bundle program slowly lapse over the past few months, AMD sends word this morning that they’re going to be significantly refreshing the program. The updated program will now include
One of AMD’s primary feature points for the AM1 Kabini platform was the introduction of low-cost motherboards. The promotional material provided gave a suggested AM1 combined price of $60. Now after release the cheapest APUs are $31 for a dual
A Closer Look at Water ResistanceRecently on the podcast, Anand mentioned that I was looking at how the Galaxy S5 performed when running benchmarks underwater. This ultimately started after the initial Galaxy S5 review was finished,
Silverstone is well-known among technology enthusiasts, and while they offer a great selection of technology-related goods, cases and virtually everything enclosure-related are their specialty. The company offers a very impressive selection of such products, and for variety we decided to
AMD hosted their quarterly earnings conference call this afternoon to announce their financial results for the quarter ending March 2014. While they still reported a GAAP loss of $20 Million ($0.03 per share), year over year
As a consumer, more competition can be a good thing. Competition in manufacturing brings innovation and might help drive core pricing down, whereas competition in selling pits retailers against each other to see who will accept
MSI has had the same core designs for several of their high-end laptops for at least a couple years now; specifically we’re talking about the GT60 and GT70 series. There have been updates and tweaks to the internal components, but
Depthy — new Google Camera app lets you capture some depth information, stored in metadata in the image. Nifty effects become possible. Coping with Stress and Burnout: Explanatory Power of Different Coping Strategies (PLoSone)– interesting taxonomy of burnout (overload, lack
Editor’s note: this post originally published on Chen’s blog Beyond the Bell Curve; this edited version is republished here with permission. A couple years ago, I dug deep into the robotics space because I thought we were seeing the birth
In the new issue ofBioCoder, Peter Sand writes about Hacking Lab Equipment. It’s well worth a read: it gives a number of hints about how standard equipment can be modified so that it can be controlled by a program. This
iBeacons and various BLE technologies have the potential to shake up many established ways of doing business by streamlining interactions.Although there are potentially many uses for iBeacons, much of the initial discussion has focused on retail. (I’ll follow up with
Samsung UX (Scribd) — little shop of self-catalogued UX horrors, courtesy discovery in a lawsuit. Dated (Android G1 as competition) but rewarding to see there are signs of self-awareness in the companies that inflict unusability on the world. Tools for
There is widespread consensus that crowdfunding is a boon, an egalitarian means for bringing products and services to market without relying on banks, venture capitalists, or established financial angels. Myriad platforms now allow entrepreneursand folks with a little (or a
Our new Solid conference covers a lot of ground: hardware, design, manufacturing, and, of course,software. At 10 a.m. Pacific Time / 1 p.m. Eastern Time tomorrow (Tuesday, April 22), Tim O’Reilly will take questions on these areas and how he
In a couple of posts and articles, we’ve nibbled around the notion of standards, interoperability, and the Internet of Things (or the Internet of Everything, or the Industrial Internet, or whatever you want to call it). It’s time to say
I started writing this post to respond to the question: “What is the difference between machine-to-machine (M2M) and the Internet of Things (IoT)?” It turns out, a post answering that question isn’t really necessary. There is already a pretty good
16 Interviewing Tips for User Studies — these apply to many situations beyond user interviews, too. The Backlash Against Big Data contd. (Mike Loukides) — Learn to be a data skeptic. That doesn’t mean becoming skeptical about the value of
Playbook for Strategic Foresight & Innovation — MANY pages of framework and exercises. Good for what it is, but also as a model for how to disseminate your ideas and frame for the world to consume. Why I’m a Crabby
A couple of years ago, I visited theWorld Science Festivalin New York and saw Festo’srobotic bird. It was amazing. I’ve seen things that looked more or less like a bird, and that flew, but clearly weren’t flying like a bird.
morris.js — pretty time-series line graphs. Open Source CT Scanner — all the awesome. Alan Kay’s Reading List — in case you’re wondering what to add to the pile beside your bed. (via Alex Dong) Foldscope — origami optical microscope,
I’ve noticed a number of faint signals recently pointing to a general shift in the speed of technology and the repercussions it’s having on the products we’re seeing come to market. This recent Tweet from Tom Scott got me really
Rod Smithof IBM and I had a call the other day to prepare for our onstage conversation at O’Reilly’s upcomingSolid Conference, and I was surprised to find how much we were in agreement about one idea: so many of the
We’re excited about the third issue ofBioCoder, O’Reilly’s newsletter about therevolution in biology and biotechnology. In the first article of our new issue, Ryan Bethencourt asks the question “What does Biotechnology Want?” Playing withKevin Kelly’s ideasabout how technological development drives
Funders Punish Open Access Dodgers (Nature) — US’s NIH and UK’s Wellcome Trust are withholding funding from academics who haven’t released their data despite it being a condition of past funding. It’s open access’s grab twist and pull move. Digitize
dategrep — print lines matching ranges of dates. Genius! Business Case Guidance in Agile Projects (gov.uk) — how the UK govt signs off on Agile projects, which normally governments have no clue over how to handle properly. Hyper Growth Done
In my post onbiohacking and bioterrorism, I briefly mentioned the possibility of vaccines and other treatments developed outside of institutional research. That may be far-fetched, and I certainly hope we’re never in a situation where DIY treatments are the only
A new study from Strategy Analytics highlights what you almost certainly already know, that no one actually uses the crappy bloatware apps that Samsung puts on its phones. This shouldnt be a surprise at all. But I actually wanted to
Weve talked plenty about the big revolving door between government and big business lately, but there are still some moments that are purely insane that show just how broken the system is. On Wednesday, news broke that former FCC commissioner
About six months before Ed Snowden leaked his documents, we had written a post about why Google should encrypt our email, based on a bit of back-and-forth between Julian Sanchez, arguing why Google should encrypt all email, and Ed Felten,
In the continuing global legal fight over Megaupload, the company apparently is asking the Hong Kong high court to set aside the restraining order on the companys assets that was put in place over two years ago, following a request
So far, grabbing fossil fuels out of the ground has been an unbeatable way to get cheap energy. Since fossil fuels (presumably) come from decaying dinosaurs (and their contemporaries), it makes some sense that growing biofuels might be a way
With all of the trademark insanity we see here at Techdirt, it can occasionally seem like the USPTO doesnt ever render a good decision on whether or not to approve a mark. With that in mind, I occasionally like to
This insight into how police think the public should interact with them is certainly enlightening. (via this tweet and Amy Alkons Advice Goddess blog) The backstory is this: a woman was walking down the street when a motorcycle cop approached
If you were alive yesterday and opened up a web browser, you likely saw the story of how the NYPD attempted to build some social media buzz and found that attempt turned around on its ass. The police force that
The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is so severely flawed that people are extremely hesitant to report security holes in websites, especially after witnessing what happened to Weev (Andrew Auernheimer), who went to jail for exposing a flaw in
Search engines own the internet. The rest of us are just renting space. At least, thats what a Texas court seems to believe. Google is in court fighting a gag order telling it to chase down and remove certain mentions
We mentioned this briefly in our writeup of the oral arguments at the Supreme Court in the Aereo case, but I wanted to focus in on one particularly annoying issue that has come up repeatedly throughout this companys history: the
The ACLU has jumped into a troubling legal fight, in which it appears that the DOJ has issued gag orders against Twitter and Yahoo concerning grand jury subpoenas that have been sent to both companies. This case is one we
We didnt write about this case when it came out because it just seemed so ridiculous, but filmmaker Quentin Tarantino sued Gawker Media earlier this year for linking to a script he had apparently been working on. There had been
Cops lie. Citizens know this. Defense attorneys know this. Prosecutors know this. Most importantly, judges know this. But rarely does it have any effect on the outcome of the case at hand. But in what has been described as a
Many people will be familiar with the name Carlos Slim as intermittently the richest person in the world, generally vying with Bill Gates for that title. Some will probably be aware that his huge fortune -- currently listed as $69.67
Weve covered the ridiculousness of the UKs voluntary web filters. UK officials have been pushing such things for years and finally pushed them through by focusing on stopping pornography (for the children, of course). While it quickly came out that
Back in December, it was revealed that the NSA had given RSA $10 million to push weakened crypto. Specifically, RSA took $10 million to make Dual Elliptic Curve Deterministic Random Bit Generator, better known as Dual_EC_DRBG, as the default random
Robots that mimic biological organisms can take advantage of centuries (or more) of evolution to perform various tasks. Robot locomotion that cheats off nimble animals could be more adaptable in natural environments -- and animal-inspired bots could teach robot designers
Late last fall, we highlighted some very questionable practices by Intellectual Ventures in suing a bunch of big banks for patent infringement. Our focus was on a particular patent, 6,182,894, which was initially assigned to American Express, and which claimed
A recent article in the NY Times talked about how the US State Department is behind a project to build up mesh networks that can be used in countries with authoritarian governments, helping citizens of those places access an internet
This model uses a full set of Intel Z87 features. Besides, it provides additional set of MSI brand technologies. Theoretically it looks good, but lets take a look on practical work. How will it operate during nominal mode and overclocking?
Today we take a look on two of mini-ITX cases which easily can be used to build performance gaming system. The first, Corsair Obsidian 250D has fully compatible with the usual desktop components and offers wide opportunities for expansion. The
Recently Intel has announced a new great PC-class SSD, which has a lot of anticipated features. There are own third generation controller and modern 20-nm MLC NAND. Is Intel 730 an enthusiast dream? Can this drive outperforms unexcelled Samsung 840
The development of the new processor microarchitectures goes on and frequencies of contemporary types of DDR3 SDRAM grow as well. Is there any sense in using high-speed memory with modern Haswell processors? To answer this question, we have analyzed DDR3
A set of two high-end graphics cards must be a great performer. We had tested SLI setup of two GeForce GTX 780 Ti and now we can tell about our decision. Is this configuration a good choice from price-performance point
The board doesnt looks like any other MicroATX mainboard. But in spite of non-typical interior Gryphon Z87 works as most ASUS products. Its real ASUS mainboard with usual for this manufacturer set of features and peculiarities.