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Star Wars May Be About to Resurrect a Dead Actor

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

It’s called the uncanny valley, the final frontier in digital imagery, the point beyond which artists will be able to create digital human beings which audiences cannot distinguish from the real thing. Inanimate objects are relatively easy to recreate in the computer, and artists have become very good at creating them. Live non-human creatures like […]

WATCH: Meet Atlas the Humanoid Robot

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

We may be a few years out from the dawn of our robot overlords. But we can get a good look at their immediate ancestors. Boston Dynamics has been working on impressive robotics for the past few years, producing four-legged dog-like monstrosities with creepy life-like agility. More recently, they’ve upped the ante with humanoid robots […]

Can an App Foster Altruism in the Local Community?

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Two Israeli app creators have claimed to develop the solution to the growing disillusionment with the false pretenses of social media: Angels Nearby. According to the Times of Israel: Among the tools Angels Nearby employs is a search engine that connects people based on the type of help needed (lifts, loans, housing or feeding newcomers […]

From Cars that Kill to Hijacking Your Treadmill

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015 - by James Jay Carafano

At a security conference this week, hackers showed they could shut down the brakes on a corvette. That’s far from the first auto-hacking story.  What makes this incident particularly noteworthy was that the hackers didn’t go after the uber-cool 2015 corvette. No, they hacked a 2013 model. The greatest cyber threats we may face in our everyday lives […]

Grand Theft Auto, Cyber-style

Thursday, August 6th, 2015 - by James Jay Carafano

Scientists are seriously trying to prove evildoers can do some mighty malicious stuff to your auto. Some of it sounds straight out of a James Bond movie, like taking control of your car while it’s speeding down the highway. In response, auto-makers have promised to beef-up cyber-security for your dashboard.  A new study, however, hints at what […]

Parents, Here’s Your Horrifying Infographic of the Day

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

According to State of Digital, the Internet is dumbing-down our kids:  At the age of just five, more than 50% of American children habitually use a computer or tablet device, while 95% of those aged 12 to 17 years regularly access the internet, spending more time online than their parents or teachers. 80% of American […]

A Doctor Who Advises Parents to Trust…Their Intuition?

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

In an interview promoting his new book The Intuitive Parent, Dr. Stephen Camarata balks at “…the marketing frenzy aimed at ensuring educational success, the neuroscience of learning and the heightened anxiety that has made parenting today a competitive sport.” Quite frankly, it’s a refreshing read coming from the world of academia. Camarata, a father of 7, […]

Auto-Hacking: Car Wars Continue

Thursday, July 30th, 2015 - by James Jay Carafano

Detroit took notice when two researchers demonstrated they could hack into a Jeep Cherokee’s radio and take over control of the vehicle. In response, Chrysler announced an unprecedented cyber-recall, calling on 1.4 million owners to turn in their cherished chariots so the automaker could fix a software vulnerability. There is a serious debate over how seriously to […]

Navy Tests Drones Launched From Submarines

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 - by James Jay Carafano

Think Skynet, but under water. According to the media, “the US Navy has reportedly launched and recovered an underwater drone from its USS North Dakota submarine, which is said to be its first such mission.” Like the rest of the armed forces, the Navy has been taking a hard look at employing drones. The traditional missions […]

Would You Rather Have Your Naked Pics Leaked or Your Financial Data Stolen?

Monday, July 13th, 2015 - by Paula Bolyard

According to a survey released by MasterCard last week, 55 percent of Americans would rather have naked pictures of themselves leaked online than have their financial information stolen. My husband and I were riding in the car together when we heard this news blurb and our conversation went something like this: Me: I don’t even have […]

13 Crucial Apps for Boosting Work Productivity at Home

Thursday, July 9th, 2015 - by Michael T. Hamilton

Whether you work a 9-to-5 job in a brick-and-mortar building or work from home in an office seated conspicuously close to where your family is living, playing, and napping, who doesn’t want to increase their productivity and efficiency? Here are 13 of the best apps and app-combos I find indispensable to working from home. Most […]

How to Handle a Dad Who is a Total Tech Geek

Monday, June 22nd, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

My husband is a huge tech geek. Therefore, as soon as we started talking about having kids he began researching what he thought was the obvious: Baby monitors, of course. And the stroller/car seat combo along with any other device that had convert-to-age capabilities. Before this child was in my womb he’d already made his […]

New Oculus Rift “Touch Controllers” Make Virtual Reality More Real

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

You may have heard of the Oculus Rift, perhaps the most talked about virtual reality platform in recent years. A commercial version of the device is due to hit the market next year. Those who have had access to development versions of the hardware have reported issues with motion sickness. Part of the disorientation emerges […]

Why I Want to Parent Like Steve Jobs

Monday, June 15th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

One of the first discussions we had as new parents involved how we were going to introduce technology to our child. For my husband, a computer geek and career engineer, the immediate desire was to get his kid pushing buttons fast. Suddenly he was ready to change cell providers just to get a more rugged […]

This is Your Brain on Passwords

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 - by James Jay Carafano

Don’t blow your mind! In the future a record of brain biometrics could replace conventional passwords. This may be a little short of extreme mind-control (featured in Sci-Fi movies like the classic 1981 thriller Scanners), but a recent study from researchers at Binghamton University predicted “brain prints” could be  used instead of fingerprints, retina scans […]

Inside the Dark and Scary World of Mommy Tech

Friday, May 29th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

“I don’t know how your father and I managed to raise perfectly healthy children without all this stuff.” That was my mother’s reaction to Buy Buy Baby, the suburban megastore modeled after its sister location, Bed Bath & Beyond. We got a kick out of the baby monitors that allow you to speak to your child […]

7 Things I Want to Say to That Guy Watching Porn at the Library

Friday, May 22nd, 2015 - by Megan Fox

For the past year and a half I’ve been fighting the Orland Park Public Library, trying to get them to stop allowing men to access porn — and even child porn — on library computers (they even permit public masturbation!). To date, not one man has come forward at a board meeting or in the press to […]

HBO’s Silicon Valley Mocks Sexism in the Tech World

Monday, May 4th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

“I’m not a woman engineer. I’m an engineer”. #techinclusion #SiliconValley https://t.co/HrFSzPfyv4 — BlackGirlsCode.Com (@BlackGirlsCode) May 4, 2015 Season 2 of the already-renewed HBO series finds the Pied Piper start up funded and ready to hire. Two of the employees, Dinesh and Gilfoyle, recommend a coder they met through a local tech network: Carla Walton. Jared, […]

Exam Board Thinks Google Searches Should Be Allowed During School Exams

Friday, May 1st, 2015 - by Paula Bolyard

From 9 to 5 Google: The head of a British exam board has said that students should be allowed Internet access – including the ability to carry out Google searches – during exams. The head of the OCR school examinations board Mark Dawe told the BBC’s Today program that this would accurately reflect the way they would work after […]

Red Dawn is Real! Beijing’s Invasion Has Already Started

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 - by James Jay Carafano

China Maybe Taking over Our Internet By James Jay Carafano Remember when Hollywood folded? The suits switched the faux invaders in the Red Dawn  remake to North Korea. Beijing wasn’t happy being cast as the villain invading the USA. Except, people are still wonder if Red China really is the bad guy? Hauwei, China’s massive […]

Your Face Could Be Your Password

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 - by James Jay Carafano

The Day is Coming When Your Body Will be Your Mobile Device By James Jay Carafano Passwords are stupid security. Jimmy Kimmel proved it. Corporate America is frustrated with how dumb we are.  They are busy looking for other ways for you to prove that you are you-before you start using their stuff. The most […]

Is YouTube a ‘Garbage Can,’ as Jerry Seinfeld Says?

Friday, April 17th, 2015 - by Robert Wargas

Jerry Seinfeld recently called YouTube “a giant garbage can [...] for user-generated content.” I can’t fault him for saying this. In this narcissistic age, YouTube is just one of the many receptacles of vanity available to the demos. That said, Seinfeld’s comment is ultimately inaccurate. I think it’s useful to think of YouTube not as […]

Profit from a Glimpse of TomorrowLand

Thursday, April 16th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

This featurette evoking the creative futurism of Walt Disney, which took one form in his Epcot Center and will take another in this year’s feature film Tomorrowland, reminds us how vast the entrepreneur’s vision truly was. He clung to an optimistic view of the future where urban planning would improve the quality of life for […]

You Are Living in the Twitter Dictatorship

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 - by James Jay Carafano

It is far from the first time Twitter has taken to policing the Internet. Recently Twitter deleted 10,000 accounts suspected of being linked to ISIS—in one day. ISIS is fighting back—making death threats against Twitter founder Jack Dorsey. Twitter argues it is trying to be a good citizen online. But, does it makes sense to […]