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This Isn’t Quite Picard’s Replicator, But It’s Closer…

Thursday, December 25th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

Via CNN: The “Foodini,” as it’s called, isn’t too different from a regular 3D printer, but instead of printing with plastics, it deploys edible ingredients squeezed out of stainless steel capsules: “It’s the same technology,” says Lynette Kucsma, co-founder of Natural Machines, “but with plastics there’s just one melting point, whereas with food it’s different temperatures, […]

Ships with Frickin Laser Beams

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

The Navy’s ship-deployed laser we talked about last month has been deployed on the USS Ponce — and tested, too. And it works: The Navy announced that it had deployed and fired a laser weapon this fall aboard a warship in the Persian Gulf. During a series of test shots, the laser hit and destroyed […]

A Big Advance in Solar

Monday, December 15th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

With a tip of the hat to Charlie Martin, a team of Australian scientists just blew away the previous record for solar conversion efficiency: A team from the University of New South Wales, Australia, just set a new world record for solar energy efficiency by successfully converting 40.4% of available sunlight into electricity. And what’s […]

The Truth About Uber

Thursday, December 11th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

The controversial app-based taxi company is taking some heat — justified in one ugly incident — for various things, but I did get my first Uber experience last weekend and thought I’d share it with you. I flew into LA on Friday for a quickie overnight to attend Kurt Schlichter’s surprise 50th birthday roast. The […]

E-Warfare

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 - by Stephen Green

Robert Fox says the counterattack may have already begun: Last week the Financial Times reported that the computer security specialists Symantec had identified one of the most powerful attack viruses, code named ‘Regin’. It appears to have been aimed at Russian and Gulf banking networks; it gets in, does its work, then disappears in days […]

‘What’s Holding Back iCloud’

Saturday, November 29th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

No one, apparently: While Apple is known for providing a top-notch integrated software and hardware experience, its ability to provide services, particularly those that run remotely, has been scrutinized in recent years. Apple Maps was a fiasco on its own, leading to a shakeup of the company’s executive team, and the company hasn’t fared particularly […]

Hit Me with Your Selfie Stick

Friday, November 28th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

Read, via The Mirror: Sadly, they’re not arresting them for the crime of making people look uncool. No, the Korean government are organising a crack down because the bluetooth devices haven’t been properly tested before going on sale and could cause other electronics to malfunction, Korea Times reports. Anyone found selling the untested tech could […]

Beware: E-Cigs Can Give You Malware

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Specifically, Chinese-made e-cigarettes. If you plug them into your computer’s USB port to charge them up, you may be loading malware on your machine. Many e-cigarettes can be charged over USB, either with a special cable, or by plugging the cigarette itself directly into a USB port. That might be a USB port plugged into […]

Haunting Melissa 2 Arrives in iTunes Store Thursday

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 - by Andrew Klavan

Dark Hearts:  The Secret of Haunting Melissa, should be available for download from the iTunes store this Thursday, the 20th, tomorrow as I write. This is the sequel to the innovative ghost story in an iOS app, created by Neal Edelstein and scripted by me. I haven’t seen the whole thing yet, but I’ve seen […]

Google Glass Chief: Google Glass 4X Too Expensive

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

That’s from the man himself, Astro Teller, head of the company’s Google X lab: Wearables, from Glass to smartwatches, also need to be cheaper — a lot cheaper — before they go mainstream. “Every time you drop the price by a factor of 2, you roughly get a 10 times pick up of the number […]

The $800 Million Hacking Threat from the North

Monday, November 17th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

From StrategyPage.com: In late October South Korean intelligence reported that between May and September North Korea managed to distribute over 20,000 to South Korean smart phone users games containing spy software. The North Korean “spyware” was seeking information from banks as well as documents relating to reunification plans and defense matters. The spyware allowed the […]

Peanut Butter Diamonds?

Sunday, November 16th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

I’m not sure exactly how to lead you into this story, so without any further ado… Diamonds are typically created more than 800 kilometers (500 miles) below Earth’s surface when temperatures over 2200 degrees Celsius (4000 degrees Fahrenheit) and pressure 1.3 million times greater than the atmosphere combine and crystallize carbon into the clear white […]

Net Neutrality Isn’t

Friday, November 14th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

At Forbes: Most things are not public policy issues, yet get turned into such. Obama’s letter is purely about taking a thriving enterprise — our wild and wonderful Internet — and turning it into a public utility (the legalistic details behind the scenes involve a “reclassification” of up-until-now free Internet services as a public utility). […]

We’re Landing on a Comet

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

Saying it out loud makes it even cooler. Try it. “We’re landing on a comet.” More: A miniature spacecraft cast off from its mother ship Wednesday to start a lonely, nerve-wracking descent to the rugged terrain of a comet. The European Space Agency’s washing-machine-sized spaceship, named Philae, detached from its carrier just after 3:30 a.m. […]

Coming Soon: Dark Hearts: The Secret of Haunting Melissa

Monday, November 10th, 2014 - by Andrew Klavan

Some of you were probably too busy voting Democrats out of office to notice that a terrific new trailer for the Haunting Melissa sequel came out on YouTube last week. HM was director Neal Edelstein’s innovative ghost-movie-in-an-app that climbed the App Store bestseller list in 2013. The script to that film was by your humble correspondent as is the […]

Smart TV, Dumb Policy

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

Via Red Flag News: A 46-page privacy policy which is now included in all newly purchased Samsung Smart TVs states that voice recognition technology “may capture voice commands and associated texts” in order to “improve the features” of the system. The policy, a summary of which is also posted online, ominously advises users to, “Please […]

Mario Knows When You Are Sleeping…

Friday, October 31st, 2014 - by Stephen Green

At PCWorld.com: The Quality of Life (QOL) Sensor sits by a user’s bedside and monitors body movements, heart rate and breathing via radio waves. The non-contact unit then sends the data it gathers to cloud-based servers for analysis. Users can then access results that show their sleep and fatigue levels. The system will also automatically […]

Who Pays for Apple Pay?

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

It seems so simple: Plug your credit card information into your smartphone, which anonymizes your data, then uses your thumbprint and a “tap” at the register to authorize retail purchases. This should be win-win-win. You get added security and convenience, retailers get simplified payments, and banks get extra protection from fraud. So why did drug […]

It Was My Understanding There Would Be No Math

Friday, October 24th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

There’s (almost) an app for that: I’ve seen the future and it is math less and it is awesome and it is this PhotoMath app that solves math problems just by pointing your phone’s camera at them. It’s like a cross between a text reading camera, a supremely sophisticated calculator and well, the future. Point […]

The End of the Tablet?

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 - by Stephen Green

Apple’s results conference call on Monday revealed another record-breaking quarter with record-breaking iPhone and Mac sales, but iPad sales were down for the third straight quarter, and down Q2Q from a a year ago. Steve Jobs famously predicted that PCs were like trucks, tablets were like cars, and most people really only needed a car. […]

Will You Buy a Hoverboard Someday? Now You Can for $10K

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Daily Question

Hat Tip: The Guardian

The Yosemite Mini Review

Saturday, October 18th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

Here it is: John Siracusa’s bathysphere-deep review of OS X Yosemite. For rabid Mac lovers, skip my mini review and delve into all 25 pages of his. As always, he’s amazing. My initial impression is twofold, the new features and the new look. Everything feels snappier, or at least as snappy as before. The new […]

The 10 Coolest Sci-Fi Technologies and How Close They Are to Reality

Friday, October 17th, 2014 - by Walter Hudson

The cell phone. The tablet. The touchscreen interface. All were once figments of imagination portrayed in science fiction. But for every imagined sci-fi technology that becomes realized, many more remain outside our grasp. Some are peaking over the horizon, while their most promising applications remain untold years away. Here are the 10 coolest sci-fi technologies, […]

How Many Hours Of Internet Per Day Qualifies as an ‘Addiction’?

Thursday, October 16th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Daily Question

From Mediaite yesterday, “Man Gets Treated for Addiction to Google Glass“: Addiction to technology is a real thing. So is internet addiction. But a man who was admitted to the Navy’s Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation Program recently may have one of the first ever-cases of an addiction to Google Glass. Yeah, those digital glasses that […]