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23 August

Wired News: Top Stories

  • 16:59
    Ruv.is is reporting that a small subglacial eruption has begun at Iceland’s Barðarbunga after a week of seismic unrest. It appears that the eruption is occurring under about 500 meters (1640 feet) of ice. Airspace over the volcano has been closed with the alert raised to red and more evacuations are occurring apparently no evacuations are occurring. […] -- , ,

Scripting News

Lifehacker

Yahoo! News: Technology News

Engadget

MobileCrunch

  • 12:15
    Apple has created an iPhone 5 battery replacement program after it released a statement saying that it had discovered a “very small percentage” of units “may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently.” This iPhone 5 battery replacement program is the second to arrive. Late last year, Apple had a replacement program for iPhone 5s… Read More -- Gadgets, Mobile, TC

Seth’s Blog

  • 11:31
    Lots of industries have one. You're sitting around the table with your editor discussing a book jacket and someone says, "Maybe we can get Chip Kidd to design it?" Or the ad agency and the client are discussing the new campaign, and inevitably, someone says, "Maybe Tina Fey could be our spokesperson..." And Ben Zander to conduct, Bill Cosby to endorse, Fred Wilson to invest, you get the idea. The shortlist are the esteemed, obvious choices, the folks who are seen as making it all come together. How to get on the shortlist? After all, once you're on the shortlist, not only do your fees (...)

Techmeme

hack a day

  • 13:00
    Some people aren’t too crazy about the rush of RFID enabled credit & debit cards, and the problem is, you don’t really have a choice what card you get if the bank sends you a new one! Well if you really don’t like this on your card for whatever reason, it’s pretty easy to disable. [James Williamson] recently got a new debit card with RFID technology — the problem is it was messing with his access card at work, the readers would beep twice, and sometimes not work. He decided to disable it because of this and that he didn’t really use the tap to pay feature, nor was he completely convinced it (...) --
  • 10:00
    Trillions of cigarettes are smoked every year, leaving behind discarded filters containing non-biodegradable materials that can be recycled into carbon-based products for electrochemical components. This was discovered by a team of South Korean scientists who presented their unique energy storage solution in IOP Publishing’s journal of Nanotechnology. The materials inside the cigarette filters offered up better performance than commercially bought carbon, graphene and carbon nanotubes at the time. They hoped to coat electrodes of supercapacitors with the material to be inserted into computers, (...) --

Mashable!

  • 14:03
    If you're about to become a first-time parent, the thought of diaper duty, burping and other tasks can be intimidating. But thanks to the Internet, you can put aside your fears. From how to pack the perfect diaper bag to properly swaddling your baby, there are plenty of step-by-step video guides from parenting experts on YouTube See also: 22 DIY Tricks to Make Parenting a Little Easier Below, we've rounded up 12 especially useful video tutorials to help you prepare for parenthood. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more... More about Youtube, Videos, (...) -- Youtube, Videos, How To, Features, Tutorials
  • 12:06
    The vinegar and baking soda volcano is a science fair classic, but making science fun for your kids can mean a lot more than making a mess of your kitchen. If science at school doesn't sit with your children, there are plenty of fun and even delicious ways to get them excited about biology chemistry and physics — without a single worksheet. See also: White House Science Fair Kids Are Smarter Than Obama, Says Obama Check out these 11 projects that can lead to magical and educational moments with your kids 1Make 'quicksand' with cornstarch What they'll learn about: Non-Newtonian fluids (...) -- Kids, Features, Education, School, Science
  • 05:11
    LOS ANGELES — The MTV VMAs Video of the Year crown has been placed on some stellar heads over the past three decades. Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer," Sinéad O'Connor's "Nothing Compares 2 U," Pearl Jam's "Jeremy," TLC's "Waterfall," Beyoncé's "Single Ladies" and Rihanna's "We Found Love" are among the category's royalty. This year's Video of the Year nominees, vying to become the next king or queen of the video kingdom, are Beyoncé, Pharrell Williams, Miley Cyrus, Sia and Iggy Azalea See also: Music Memories: What the VMAs Looked Like in 1984, 1994 and 2004 Here five music critics tell (...) -- Mtv, Music, Entertainment, Music Videos, Vmas
  • 05:03
    Concerns about airplane safety are are at a fever pitch thanks to the very visible nature of plane crashes in the past year. But as the perceived need for better danger detectors rises, so does the level of creativity used in addressing potential issues. British aerospace company BAE Systems is designing a "skin" for airplanes that can detect damage and other environmental changes to the plane, helping to diagnose potential issues before they spiral out of control See also: 12 Everyday Items Get the High-Tech Treatment "The idea is to make platforms ‘feel' using a skin of sensors in the (...) -- Planes, Airplane, Skin, Tech, Travel Leisure
  • 04:14
    Matt Smith's run as the Doctor in British science fiction show Doctor Who was sensational — but all those details can tie a wibbly-wobbly, timey-whimey knot in your brain. YouTube users The Fine Brothers revisit the Eleventh Doctor's antics from Seasons 6 and 7 in a nine-minute, single take recap of Doctor Who, just in time for the new season premiere — and Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi's debut — on August 23rd See also: Don't Know What to Expect From 'Doctor Who'? Neither Does the Doctor Careful if you haven't watched any of these episodes — this video contains spoilers, sweetie Image: (...) -- Viral Videos, Videos, Humor, Funny, Doctor Who
  • 03:17
    A SpaceX Falcon 9R rocket exploded mid-flight over McGregor, Texas, early evening Friday. The rocket destroyed itself after detecting an internal fault, SpaceX said. "During the flight, an anomaly was detected in the vehicle and the flight termination system automatically terminated the mission," the private space flight company said in a statement. See also: Elon Musk Just Unveiled SpaceX 2.0 The exploded rocket was a Falcon 9R, the model that successfully delivered the Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station in 2012 Space X's rocket falling out of the sky in pieces!! (...) -- Elon Musk, Spacex, Us World, Us
  • 02:40
    Days after a Brazilian judge requested in a preliminary injunction that the Secret app be removed from the Apple App Store and Google Play store, Apple has removed the virtual confession forum from the App Store in Brazil. Secret is an app that allows users to anonymously share their most intimate confessions with other people browsing the app. Paulo Cesar de Carvalho, the presiding judge, argued that the app is an agent of online bullying and therefore detrimental to the public. He ordered that the app be removed from both Apple's and Google's app stores within 10 days (starting on (...) -- Google, Brazil, App, App Store, Secret
  • 02:15
    Target wasn't the only business that experienced a cyber attack that compromised tens of millions of its customers' credit cards, according to the Secret Service. More than 1,000 American businesses were hit by the same cyber attack that affected in-store cash registers at Target last year, The New York Times reported Friday. According to a Department of Homeland Security advisory obtained by the New York Times, the attacks were "much more pervasive" than initially reported as hackers received access to millions of payment card data being sold on the black market. Homeland Security (...) -- Target, Malware, Secret Service, Data Breach, Cyber Attack
  • 01:57
    In the end it was a bridge that gave away the militants. An investigative journalist says he or she has identified the location used by members of the Islamic State to train a new batch of recruits, all based off clues left in a series of photographs. See also: How the Islamic State Lures Child Recruits to Fight in Syria and Iraq The photos, which show about 80 men, dressed head to toe in combat gear in some kind of training camp, were posted by a terrorist-affiliated media Twitter account in July. On Friday, the citizen journalist, who wrote at Bellingcat — a collaborative website (...) -- Terrorism, Journalism, Iraq, Isis, Us World
  • 00:53
    Kari, Grant and Tory are gone, but their memory is forever blasted into our hearts. The MythBusters M7 Build Team — Kari Byron, Grant Imahara and Tory Belleci — are officially not returning to the show for next season. According to hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman in a farewell video, which was tweeted by MythBusters, the show is going "back to [its] roots" with just Savage and Hyneman at the helm. See also: Mythbusters' Adam Savage: Ignorance Is Not Bliss We want to thank ⓐKariByron ⓐGrantImahara ⓐToryBelleci for their tireless work, and wish them all the best. (...) -- Youtube, Entertainment, Videos, Lists, Mythbusters

Boing Boing

Daring Fireball

  • 09:11
    Throughout the entire rumor cycle for this year’s new iPhones, we’ve been inundated with reports of two new screen sizes, 4.7 and 5.5 inches. But while the physical sizes of these displays leaked early and often, the exact pixel dimensions have not. At this point, there’s too much smoke around the “two new iPhones, 4.7- and 5.5-inch” narrative for there not to be a fire. I think that’s what Apple is planning to announce next month — not because anyone “familiar with the plans” has told me so, but simply because so many parts have leaked corroborating these two sizes. I’ve spent much of the last (...)

TechCrunch

  • 12:38
    German regulators will not pursue a complaint brought against Google by a group of publishers for giving users access to their news articles. A number of German publishers, including Axel Springer and Burda, brought the action under a group called VG Media to demand Google pay them for making their articles available to the public on the search engine without paying them. But Andreas Mundt… Read More -- Crunch-gov, Europe, Government, Opinion, TC
  • 12:15
    Apple has created an iPhone 5 battery replacement program after it released a statement saying that it had discovered a “very small percentage” of units “may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently.” This iPhone 5 battery replacement program is the second to arrive. Late last year, Apple had a replacement program for iPhone 5s… Read More -- Gadgets, Mobile, TC
  • 05:38
    If you’re bored this weekend, go ahead and tear apart your old inkjet printer and grab a few pieces of aluminum. Then head over to Yvo de Haas’ website and get cracking. His new project, called Plan B, is an open source 3D printer that lets you print solid plastic objects by binding a thin layer of plastic powder with an old printer head. How does it work? Well the Plan B is a… Read More -- TC, 3d printing, DIY, hacks, plan b

Om Malik

Yahoo! News: Technology News

Google Blog

  • 00:00
    It was an emotional rollercoaster on search this week. Read on to learn more about what made people laugh and cry. Tragedies and scandals The world was shocked by a video showing the execution of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Questions remain about how the United States will respond to the incident. And there was sad news closer to home too. TV lost an icon when Saturday Night Live’s announcer of 40+ years, Don Pardo, passed away at 96. While some searchers were in mourning, others were looking for answers. Texas Governor and potential GOP (...)

Engadget

  • 09:45
    Gas leaks are huge trouble. Leaky pipes are not only prone to exploding (which is already terrible, of course), they also spew out methane -- a greenhouse gas more potent than carbon dioxide in contributing to climate change. The bad news is,...
  • 08:04
    An experimental nail polish line called Undercover Colors can do more than color your nails to match those shoes: it can tell if your drink's been spiked by a dubious date. Just pretend to stir the drink with your finger, and the polish will change...
  • 06:08
    Can you remember the last time you logged into PlayStation Home? Neither can anybody in Japan, apparently. According to a statement released on the Japanese website, the 3D social space will permanently close in March of next year. Sony didn't give a...
  • 05:40
    Google regularly rolls out Chromecast updates that plug up previous root-friendly exploits, but there's a new method you can use if you want complete control over your streaming device. A group of hardware hackers (fail0verflow, Team Eureka and...
  • 04:57
    No one ever said rebooting spaceflight was going to be easy. The SpaceX team might know that better than anyone, especially on a night like this: one of the company's experimental F9R rockets malfunctioned in a test flight over McGregor, Texas and...
  • 04:42
    New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is not done scrutinizing Airbnb's and its hosts' business practices just yet. He's now asked the company to hand over full, unredacted personal information on 124 hosts in the state, months after receiving...
  • 03:53
    As great as running is for your health, it can also cause you some pain if not done properly -- like a lot of things in life, overdoing it could turn out unwanted results (hello, shin splints). Thankfully, there's a new Kickstarter project which is...
  • 03:07
    It's hardly uncommon for smartphone batteries to lose some of their oomph over time, but Apple just might be able to help if your iPhone 5's battery has been flakier than usual. The folks in Cupertino have figured out that some of the iPhone 5s sold...

Techmeme

hack a day

  • 07:00
    For their Mechanical Engineering senior design project at San Jose State University, [Tyler Kroymann] and [Robert Dee] designed and built a racing motion simulator. Which is slightly out of the budget of most hackers, so before they went full-scale, a more affordable Arduino powered Stewart platform proof of concept was built. Stewart platforms typically use six electric or hydraulic linear actuators to provide motion in six degrees of freedom (6 DOF), surge (X), sway (Y), heave (Z), pitch, roll, and yaw. With a simple software translation matrix, to account for the angular displacement of the (...) --
  • 04:00
    With the release of the Raspberry Pi B+ model comes a whole slew of extra GPIO connectors, a whopping 40 of them in fact — Almost double the original B model! A HAT stands for Hardware Attached on Top, and Adafruit is celebrating by trying to create a new hat, every day. A HAT is a rectangular board measuring 65x56mm with mounting holes for the Raspberry Pi B+ and a 40 pin GPIO header. That doesn’t sound too special by itself, but two of the header pins are reserved for a special auto-configuration system that allows your Pi to have automatic GPIO and driver setup! Now we’re talking! So far (...) --
  • 01:00
    Hackaday Prize entries over time. You people really know how to procrastinate. Click to embiggen. What is the Hackaday crew doing this weekend? Judging Hackaday Prize entries, of course! We need to pare down the hundreds of entries we received to 50 primo entries for the quarterfinals round. We’re going to be slammed the entire weekend, so don’t expect any news on who’s in and who’s out of the competition until Monday. Each of us has about 15 hours of video to go through (multiply the number of entries by two minutes. It’s a lot), and of course we need to read each entry and rate them. We’re (...) --

Mashable!

  • 02:22
    A campaign to support Darren Wilson, the officer who shot six bullets into unarmed Ferguson resident Mike Brown and killed him, has collected nearly a quarter-million dollars in just four days' worth of online donations — and that money will go to Wilson and his family, according to the creators of a controversial fundraising page on the website GoFundMe. "These funds will be used to cover potential legal fees, relocation and living expenses of both Officer Darren Wilson and his immediate family," say the administrators of the "Support Darren Wilson" Facebook page, which started the (...) -- Us World, Us, Ferguson
  • 00:45
    There have been 46 million cars recalled in the U.S. this year. Was yours one of them? A new site from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has the answer. The site, Safecar.gov, lets you look up your car or truck's status by entering your vehicle identification number (VIN) The odds are good that the news will be bad: According to The Los Angeles Times, about 20% of all cars on the road are subject to a recall. This year's figure — inflated by General Motors' seemingly never-ending recall announcements — trumps the old record of 30.8 million vehicle recalls in 2004 See (...) -- Business, Recalls

Boing Boing

Daring Fireball

  • 02:20
    Samsung made a video purporting to show the Galaxy S5 taking the “ice bucket challenge”, not to raise awareness for ALS, but in order to mock competing phones (including the iPhone 5S) for their lack of water resistance. But here’s the thing: Watch the time at the top right of the Galaxy’s status bar. Samsung lacks integrity even when doing something ostensibly for a charity. I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried. ★

TechCrunch

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

Om Malik

  • 01:50
    Everyone's first instinct when they strap on an Oculus Rift is to walk around. Austrian startup Cyberith's Virtualizer is an interesting way to recreate walking, but it wasn't perfect for me. I tried a virtual reality treadmill, and it was OK originally published by Gigaom, (c) copyright 2014. Continue reading….

Wired News: Top Stories

  • 01:35
    In a modern world of self-service technology, enterprises have been introduced to a new technology — shadow IT. Shadow IT, also known as rogue IT or stealth IT, can be defined as IT systems and hardware and software solutions that are not approved or supported by an organization’s IT department. This includes, but is not […] -- , ,
  • 01:35
    The 21st Century has seen technology contribute life-altering realities like getting from New York to Beijing in less than 14 hours or grandparents using Facetime to see their newly anointed “Princes” and “Princesses” of future generations. New technologies have not only democratized widespread access of information worldwide, it has created new ways of providing cheaper […] -- , ,

Lifehacker

  • 01:45
    We all create stories to explain what happens in a day. A story is a tool to help us make sense of the world. But what about the future? What would happen if you turned your to-do list into a story as a rehearsal for the next day? Personally, it's helped me not just Get Things Done, but also boosted my memory so that I've been able to ditch complicated to-do lists and schedules for good. Read more... -- , ,
  • 01:00
    Whether it's a new team cap, brand cap, or a cap you got from that conference you went to that one time—it's yours and you want it to fit just right. You can speed up the breaking in process by wearing it in the shower. Read more... -- , ,








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