Technology | PJ Media

Technology

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 […]

Can Microsoft Be Saved?

Sunday, October 12th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

That almost seems like a silly question for a company 100,000 employees, two massive cash cows with Windows and Office, and what is probably the world’s best cloud service. Nevertheless, that’s what Bethany McLean is asking in a Vanity Fair interview with former Softie CEO Bill Gates and current Softie CEO Satya Nadella: “The way […]

Why Samsung Sings the Blues

Friday, October 10th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

Via Recode.net: The company said it would report an operating profit of $3.8 billion for the quarter ending in September — a decline of nearly 60 percent from the same time a year earlier. Sales fell to $44 billion, off 20 percent from a year ago. The preliminary guidance, which Samsung issued ahead of its […]

D-I-V-O-R-C-E for H-P

Thursday, October 9th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

HP is spinning off its PC & printer divisions into a new company: The company said Monday that the PC and printer business will use the name HP Inc. The services business will be called Hewlett-Packard Enterprise. HP CEO Meg Whitman will lead the Enterprise business. HP PC and printer chief Dion Weisler will be […]

Are Cell Phones the New Cigarettes?

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 - by Helen Smith

I thought about this question as I read this CNBC article about people cutting back on food, healthcare and other items in order to afford their cell phones: Nearly half of Americans have cut back on spending, including for travel, food and health care, in order to afford their technology. The CNBC All-America Economic Survey […]

A Cock & Ball Story

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

At Kens5.Com: Testicular cancer survivor Thomas Cantley is pushing a giant ball across America to raise awareness for men’s health. He quit his job and sold his house to push a six-foot ‘testicle’ from Los Angeles to New York City after he was diagnosed with testicular cancer, according to his website. He’s travelled more than […]

That’s a Bug, Not a Feature

Monday, October 6th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

9to5Google has the latest …innovation… from Samsung: Yesterday we reported that Samsung’s earlier-than-planned September 26th launch of its new Galaxy Note 4 had been met with complaints from customers regarding a ‘screen gap’ manufacturing issue. Today, a reference discovered in Samsung’s Note 4 manual confirms that the gap is actually a feature, not a flaw […]

BlackBerry: The Endgame

Sunday, October 5th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

That’s what Jean-Louis Gassée is calling it, although it’s certainly been long in coming: It wasn’t until 2010 that RIM acquired QNX, a “Unix-ish” operating system that was first shipped in 1982 by Quantum Software Systems, founded by two Waterloo University students. Why did Lazaridis’ company take three years to act on the sharp, accurate […]

Spyware Creator Jailed

Friday, October 3rd, 2014 - by Stephen Green

Creepy stuff: A Pakistani man has been indicted in the Eastern District of Virginia for allegedly conspiring to advertise and sell StealthGenie, a spyware application (app) that could monitor calls, texts, videos and other communications on mobile phones without detection. This marks the first-ever criminal case concerning the advertisement and sale of a mobile device […]

Going Bam-Bam on Pebbles Prices

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 - by Stephen Green

Pebble smartwatches on sale (temporally?) for just $100. I wouldn’t be surprised if that became the permanent “sale” price, if Android Wear begins taking over the bottom end of the nascent market and Apple takes over the top. But at that price, I might just pick up one to replace the el cheapos I keep […]

A Japanese Elevator to Outer Space!

Sunday, September 28th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

A Japanese firm wants to build a space elevator by 2050: The elevator is being designed to take researchers 96,000 kilogram (km), or 59,652 miles, into space. Robotic cars would be used to carry humans and cargo to a new space station, and they would be powered by magnetic linear motors, which are used in […]

Should You Upgrade To iOS8 on Your Old iPad?

Friday, September 26th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

As promised, I installed iOS 8 on an older iOS device to see if it bogged down, lost functionality, or just became a pain to use. Actually, I installed it on two devices — an iPhone 4s and a first-gen iPad with Retina Display. Both devices use an Apple A5 processor, except that the iPad’s […]