20 Long-Predicted Technologies That Are Never Going to Happen - But, sadly, theres a wall. Some innovationsyes, jetpacks included (and especially)simply arent meant to be. Herein, weve cobbled together the 20 most prominent, persistent ideas, popularized by futurists, physicists, and science fiction writers that are definitely never, ever, ever going to happenwhether its because of economic realities or the simple fact that the inventions are actually pretty useless or obsolete. So read on and see what wasnt meant to be! And for some future perfect tech thats, you know, actually here, check out From Popper
Apples live event: time, live stream, what to expect - After launching the iPhone 7 just last month, Apple is saying Hello again on Thursday, October 27. The company is set to announce new products most likely new Mac computers at its second live media event of the year. From Popper
Future Solar Panels Will Generate Energy From Raindrops - - Chinese scientists are now able to create electricity with the assistance of raindrops. This is thanks to a thin layer of graphene they use to coat their solar cells during testing. Graphene is known for its conductivity, among many other benefits. All it takes is a mere one-atom thick graphene layer for an excessive amount of electrons to move as they wish across the surface. In situations where water is present, graphene binds its electrons with positively charged ions. Some of you may know this process to be called as the Lewis acid-base interaction. From X Isle
Pornhub's wild, free VR porn channel will blow your mind | PCWorld - This past January, I attended my first-ever CES, and witnessed a wide world of technological wonders: miraculously small gaming PCs, PC cases shaped like cruise ships, computers with hidden storage partitions that reveal themselves when you wave you hand, and more. But of all the things I tried, only one experience left me awestruck: Naughty Americaâs virtual reality porn. From Nony
PIN number analysis - I was able to find almost 3.4 million four digit passwords. Every single one of the of the 10,000 combinations of digits from 0000 through to 9999 were represented in the dataset. The most popular password is 1234 - its staggering how popular this password appears to be. Utterly staggering at the lack of imagination - nearly 11% of the 3.4 million passwords are 1234 !!! From X Isle
Tips and Myths About Extending Smartphone Battery Life - The New York Times - So why is battery technology still underwhelming? Plenty of companies have been developing smarter battery technology for years, including methods to increase battery capacity tenfold or charge devices by pulling energy from the air. But lithium ion, the technology that most mainstream batteries are based on, is low cost and easily reproducible while being safe â so weâll be stuck with it for the foreseeable future, said Charlie Quong, an executive at Mophie, a battery accessory maker, in an interview. From X Isle
Smartphones Are Better Now That They're Done Imitating iPhones | WIRED - In the beginning there was the iPhone. Then came a bunch of phones that tried to be just like it. Then those phones tried to be different, but in variously off-putting ways. At this weekâs Mobile World Congress, though, smartphones have begun to find the balance between boring and bizarre. From X Isle
WATCH: 580-ton Chinese monstrosity can build bridges in no time - Have you ever wondered how construction projects of goliath proportions seem to just pop up overnight in China? It's thanks to machines like this.This is the SLJ900/32 Bridge Girder Erection Mega Machine. Created by the Beijing Wowjoint Machinery Company, it is 91.8 meters long and weighs in at a whopping 580 tons. From Nony
How Soviets used IBM Selectric keyloggers to spy on US diplomats - A National Security Agency memo that recently resurfaced a few years after it was first published contains a detailed analysis of what very possibly was the world's first keyloggerâa 1970s bug that Soviet spies implanted in US diplomats' IBM Selectric typewriters to monitor classified letters and memos.The electromechanical implants were nothing short of an engineering marvel. The highly miniaturized series of circuits were stuffed into a metal bar that ran the length of the typewriter, making them invisible to the naked eye. The implant, which could only be seen using X-ray equipment, recorded the precise location of the little ball Selectric typewriters used to imprint a character on paper. With the exception of spaces, tabs, hyphens, and backspaces, the tiny devices had the ability to record every key press and transmit it back to Soviet spies in real time. From Nony
Welcome to the Virtual Antique Typewriter Museum - The typewriter is one of the great inventions of 19th Century communications technology. Between the 1860s and 1920s engineers, inventors and even carpenters invested all their creativity in the development of the ultimate writing machine. This virtual museum, that is based on private collections of antique typewriters from around the world, is a tribute to their ingenuity. From Nony
Gramazio Kohler Research - A new field in digital fabrication is emerging. Recent developments in sensing, computation and control allow to create autonomous flying machines that are able to perform complicated construction tasks in unstructured environments. With an interdisciplinary approach, this research investigates the design and the material relationship of architecture and aerial robotic construction. From Nony
Vladimir Putin to present Russias highest tech award to Dr Jayant Baliga - Professor Baliga invented the digital switch or the insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) while working at General Electrical research & development centre in New York state in the US in 1983. The IGBT switches energy hundreds of thousands of times a second, raising the efficiency of any equipment manifold.
Scientific American magazine called him among the eight heroes of the semiconductor revolution, and President Barack Obama awarded him the highest American technology prize last year and he is the 2014 recipient of the IEEE Medal of Honour, a rare distinction. From Supreeth
Microsoft puts the final nail in Nokia's coffin | The Verge - Well, it's really over now. Stephen Elop and Jo Harlow were the last surviving members of Nokia's leadership team to retain prominent positions following the Microsoft takeover, but today they've both been dismissed from their roles. The former Nokia CEO and device chief had morphed into senior Microsoft VPs when the Finnish company's phone business was bought out by Microsoft, but their influence is now coming to an abrupt end. Their departures appear to be the just the top portion of a comprehensive clear-out of leftover Nokia staff, which in itself is the culmination of an ongoing exodus. Any glimmer of hope that Nokia wouldn't be subsumed into the Microsoft monolith and would continue along its own path, albeit under a different name, has today been extinguished. From Nony
The new shape of fusion - ITER, the international fusion reactor being built in France, will stand 10 stories tall, weigh three times as much as the Eiffel Tower, and cost its seven international partners $18 billion or more. The result of decades of planning, ITER will not produce fusion energy until 2027 at the earliest. And it will be decades before an ITER-like plant pumps electricity into the grid. From Supreeth
Local Motors - 3d Printed Car - The 3D Printed Car revolution is here. Showcasing the power of co-creation and micro-manufacturing, the Local Motors Strati struts its stuff on the NAIAS floor from January 12th - 25th. Be the first on your block to own an electric-powered 3D-printed car from the Factory of the Futureâą. From Nony
BBC News - The rise of the Swedish cyborgs - Darkness had fallen over Stockholm as a group of eight people entered Swahili Bobs, a tattoo parlour in the dark alleys of Sodermalm.By day there were tech entrepreneurs, students, web designers and IT consultants - but that night they were going to be transformed into cyborgs From Nony
DATA MASKS - I'm using state of the art face recognition and face detection algorithms to guide an evolving system toward the production of human-like faces. This exposes the way the machine and the surveillance state view human identity and makes aspects of these invisible power structures visible.This is meant as a theoretical and technical investigation into the form and function of biometric surveillance technology, which is the mathematical analysis of biological data. From Nony
'I'm among the first Swedes with a microchip' - Sweden has a global reputation as a leader in developing innovative technologies. But will a trend for inserting microchips in the human body catch on? The Local spoke to one of the first Swedes to choose an implant to unlock her office door.Emilott Lantz, 25, from UmeĂ„ in northern Sweden, got a microchip inserted into her hand last week. From Nony
Move Over, iPhone Cases. Here's Where No 3-D Printer Has Gone Before - Bloomberg - Attend a few 3-D printer expos, and you tend to see some of the same old things on display: plastic skulls, iPhone cases and mini octopuses in neon green. But amid those plastic printouts are a few exhibitors that do capture the imagination of an industry, known both for its over-promises and real possibilities. From Nony
Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos's Startup Is Part of Bid to Deliver Astronauts - Blue Origin LLC, the space-exploration startup Mr. Bezos has been quietly toiling over for years, is part of a team led by Boeing Co. that is expected to soon garner a NASA contract to ferry astronauts to and from the international space station, according to people familiar with the matter. From Supreeth
New designs to breathe life back into our cities - "Urban buildings use up precious materials and cause pollution. We need visionary thinking to create more sustainable designs that respond to their environment" - architect Neil Spiller From Supreeth
Can drones help tackle Africa's wildlife poaching crisis? - Rangers need all the help they can get in the fight against poachers.
Killing elephants for their tusks and rhinos for their horns has become an illicit multi-million dollar business, with demand particularly high in Asia.
An eye in the sky that can help catch wildlife poachers is the dream of many conservationists in Africa. From Supreeth
Data mining your children - Stephanie Simon - POLITICO.com - The data analytics firm has peered into the brains of more than 4 million students across the country. By monitoring every mouse click, every keystroke, every split-second hesitation as children work through digital textbooks, Knewton is able to find out not just what individual kids know, but how they think. It can tell who has trouble focusing on science before lunch â and who will struggle with fractions next Thursday. From Anawaram
LIX: The Worlds Smallest 3D Printing Pen Lets You Draw in the Air - LIX is the latest contender in the handheld 3D-printing field. Launched just a few hours ago on Kickstarter, the developers say the super compact design is smaller than any other pen on the market and it can even be powered by the electricity from a USB port. After turning it on the LIX takes less than a minute to heat up and youre ready to start creating vertical illustrations. Via LIX: From Nony
Dan Berkenstock: The world is one big dataset. Now, how to photograph it ... - We're all familiar with satellite imagery, but what we might not know is that much of it is out of date. That's because satellites are big and expensive, so there aren't that many of them up in space. As he explains in this fascinating talk, Dan Berkenstock and his team came up with a different solution, designing a cheap, lightweight satellite with a radically new approach to photographing what's going on on Earth From Supreeth
The camera which captures 360 degree images up in air - The Panono camera ball takes 360 degree photographs when it is thrown in the air.
The sphere is covered by 36 cameras which, once airborne, simultaneously capture individual images - these are then pieced together in the cloud to produce a 108 megapixel image which can be explored in any direction. From Supreeth
As you probably know, from sucking down cans of Coke and masticating on candy, sugar glucose, fructose, sucrose, dextrose is an excellent source of energy. Biologically speaking, sugar molecules are energy-dense, easy to transport, and cheap to digest. There is a reason why almost every living cell on Earth generates its energy (ATP) from glucose. Now, researchers at Virginia Tech have successfully created a sugar-powered fuel cell that has an energy storage density of 596 amp-hours per kilo or one order of magnitude higher than lithium-ion batteries. From Popper
http://io9.com/freakishly-realistic-telemarketing-robots-are-denying-t-148105029 - Recently, Time Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer received a phone call from an apparently bright and engaging woman asking him if he wanted a deal on his health insurance. But he soon got the feeling something wasn't quite right.
After asking the telemarketer point blank if she was a real person or a computer-operated robot, she chuckled charmingly and insisted she was real. Looking to press the issue, Scherer asked her a series of questions, which she promptly failed. Such as, "What vegetable is found in tomato soup?" To which she responded by saying she didn't understand the question. When asked what day of the week it was yesterday, she complained of a bad connection (ah, the oldest trick in the book).
Here, listen for yourself: From Popper
New Low-Cost Plastic Apple iPhone: Sneak Peek - This is an early look at what appears to be the casing of the lower cost Apple iPhone, presumably intended to slot below the iPhone 5 and 5S and replace the 4/4S. This phone and the 5S is expected to debut around September 2013. From Popper
Smell Camera Snapshots Scents For the Future - A freshly mowed lawn, lit charcoal and sunscreen are just a few summer smells that are as ephemeral as they are memorable. These scents may be fleeting, but a new âsmell cameraâ could help preserve these fragrances forever.
- next comes the Smell-o-phone and the Smell-o-vision From Anawaram
Mac Malware Found On Activist's Computer - Technology News - redOrbit - Previously unknown malware for Mac OS X that appears to have been signed with a valid Apple Developer ID has reportedly been discovered on the laptop of an African activist at a Norwegian human rights conference.According to CNETâs Topher Kessler, the spyware program is a small application known as macs.app and is being identified as OSX/KitM.A. The program appears to be a backdoor application, he said, and it appears to take screenshots of the infected computer before uploading them to remote servers for an unknown purpose. From Nony
3D printing 'bigger than internet' - Proponents of 3D printing say it has the potential to alter radically a number of industries. Peter Marsh, FT manufacturing editor, talks to one such supporter - Abe Reichental of US-based 3D Systems - to find out how it works and if it really is a 'disruptive technology'. From Popper
The Robot Will See You Now - Jonathan Cohn - The Atlantic - IBM's Watsonâthe same machine that beat Ken Jennings at Jeopardyâis now churning through case histories at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, learning to make diagnoses and treatment recommendations. This is one in a series of developments suggesting that technology may be about to disrupt health care in the same way it has disrupted so many other industries. Are doctors necessary? Just how far might the automation of medicine go? From X Isle
F-35 Fighters Are Grounded by the Pentagon - NYTimes.com - The Pentagon said on Friday that it had grounded all of its stealthy new F-35 fighter jets after an inspection found a crack in a turbine blade in the engine of one of the planes.The suspension of flights comes at an awkward time for the military, which is facing automatic budget cuts that could slow its purchases of the planes. The Pentagon grounded all three versions of the jets â for the Air Force, the Navy and the Marines â on Thursday while it investigated the problem. From X Isle
Giant NES controller made from LEGO actually works - For fans of retro games there's nothing better than sitting down, controller in hand, with a classic title loading on the screen in front of you ... except perhaps for sitting down in front of a huge controller made out of LEGO. Which fully works. Yes, that would do it. Thanks to the hard work of one Baron von Brunk, Nintendo fans who never lost their love of the original NES can now see their dreams fulfilled. From Popper
AV-TEST - The Independent IT-Security Institute: Nov/Dec 2012 - "For the second time in a row, Microsoft's Security Essentials failed to earn certification from AV-Test, the independent German testing lab best known for evaluating the effectiveness of antivirus software. Out of 25 different security programs tested by AV-Test, including software from McAfee, Norman, Kaspersky, and others, Microsoft's Security Essentials was just one out of three that failed to gain certification. These results are noteworthy because Microsoft Security Essentials is currently (as of December) the most popular security suite in North America and the world." From Anawaram
Japan plans world's largest wind farm - Japan is moving away from reliance on nuclear power plants after the Fukushima disaster, and plans to plans to build the world's largest offshore wind farm.
Officials say the proposal calls for construction of 143 wind turbines on platforms 10 miles off the coast of Fukushima, where the Daiichi nuclear power plant was damaged in the March, 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
The wind farm will generate 1 gigawatt of power as part of a national plan to increase renewable energy resources following the post-tsunami shutdown of the Japan's 54 nuclear reactors, NewScientist.com reported Wednesday. From Popper
CES Day 1: Bigger phones, tablets, and TVs dominate - The theme during the first day of this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) seemed to be bigger, faster, and stronger.
Bigger television sets are always fun and cool, but people expect those. What really caught the attention of attendees Tuesday were two smartphones that had nearly twice the screen size of the average iPhone or Android device.
China's Huawei debuted Ascend Mate, a 6.1-inch smartphone with strong battery life and HD display. (Apple's iPhone 5 has a 4-inch screen.) From Popper
A Lantern Powered by Gravity - A design team in London has created a lamp powered by gravity called the GravityLight that could free poor, off the grid communities, from using costly and dangerous kerosene fueled lamps.
Attached to the lamp, which is expected to retail for around $10 when it comes to market, is a bag that can hold about 20 pounds of sand or rocks and gravel which acts as the fuel when combined with gravity. From Popper
OMG, the text message turns 20. - It's been hailed for its succinctness and blamed for everything from sore thumbs to the decline of conversation. Love it or hate it, the text message is 20 years old.
The first-ever text message was sent Dec. 3, 1992, by software engineer Neil Papworth, to Vodafone director Richard Jarvis, who received the message on his husky Orbitel 901 cell phone. It read simply, Merry Christmas.
The text is no longer in its teens the age group it's probably most associated with. In fact, it's more of a senior citizen in technology years. From Popper
Steve Ballmer's Nightmare Is Coming True - A lot changed in the last year. Microsoft's nightmare scenario is actually starting to take hold. We're revisiting our slideshow from last year to see how things have played out. From Popper
New Metamaterial Lens Focuses Radio Waves - In many respects, metamaterials are supernatural. These manmade materials, with their intricately designed structures, bend electromagnetic waves in ways that are impossible for materials found in nature. Scientists are investigating metamaterials for their potential to engineer invisibility cloaks materials that refract light to hide an object in plain sight and super lenses, which focus light beyond the range of optical microscopes to image objects at nanoscale detail. From Popper
Amazing: Microsoft turns spoken English into spoken Mandarin in the same voice - Microsoft has today posted a video, and complementary explanation of language translation that goes far past what we thought was currently possible.
In the video, the speaker explains and demonstrates improvements made to the machine understanding of his English words, which are automatically transcribed as he speaks. He then demonstrates having those words translated directly into Mandarin if its actually Cantonese Ill punish myself text. From Popper
The 12 top terrific technologies you didn't buy - Somewhere in an alternate universe, the Earth 2 version of me is typing this article on a brand new Commodore Amiga sipping from a can of Crystal Pepsi when his Palm Pre 4 buzzes with a new CU-SeeMe video call. Unfortunately, in this universe, the best products dont always win. From Popper
A Robot With a Delicate Touch - NYTimes.com - Baxter, the first product of Rethink Robotics, an ambitious start-up company in a revived manufacturing district here, is a significant bet that robots in the future will work directly with humans in the workplace.That is a marked shift from todayâs machines, which are kept safely isolated from humans, either inside glass cages or behind laser-controlled âlight curtains,â because they move with Terminator-like speed and accuracy and could flatten any human they encountered. From X Isle
Watch: Record-breaking swarm of 50 quadrocopters puts on show | DVICE - Residents of Linz, Austria recently saw lights in the sky. 50 of them, actually, as that's the number of quadrotors that took to the air to perform a synchronized light show.Called "The Cloud in the Web," the show featured 50 AscTec Hummingbird quadrocopters all communicating via radio, programmed by a team formed from Ars Electronica Futurelab and Ascending Technologies GmbH. 50 is apparently the highest number of quadrotors that have synchronized with one another all at once, and it's definitely the highest number we've ever seen.Check it out in the video below. The little 'copters move around from just looking pretty to creating shapes and the aerial positioning of the swarm is notable in that it doesn't appear to be affected by the wind. Even on a still day, if you go high enough you'll catch a gust, and these 'copters look pretty high to us.
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10 Tallest Concrete Dams as Seen From Above - Few man-made wonders are as remarkable as the colossal concrete dams of the world. Not only do many of these feats of engineering produce hydroelectric power to help light our planet, they are built to withstand enormous pressures. Climbing to incredible heights, holding back powerful rivers, and surviving the seismic activity caused by earthquakes, these dams stand as testament to the brilliance and skill of their engineers. Whatâs more, the monumental scale of these dams is never more magnificent than when viewed from above. From X Isle
Room Temperature Superconductivity Found in Graphite Grains - Technology Review - Here's an interesting recipe. Take a spoonful of graphite powder and stir it into a glass of water. Leave for 24 hours at room temperature and then filter the powder. Finally, bake overnight at 100 degrees C and allow to cool. And voila! A material that superconducts at over 300 kelvin--room temperature. At least that's the claim today from Pablo Esquinazi and buddies at the University of Leipzig in Germany. From X Isle
One Per Cent: Gentle robotic tentacles can pick up flowers - Ask a typical robot to pick up a delicate object and it is likely to crush the thing between its clumsy metal mitts. That is why George Whitesides and colleagues at Harvard University have been developing a series of "soft" robots with a lighter touch. Their latest creation is a robotic tentacle that can twist around a flower without damaging it.The tentacle is made from flexible plastic containing three air channels that run along the entire limb. Selectively pumping air into these channels causes the tentacle to bend, allowing it to curl around objects with a light grip.
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Missing Touch - Proprioception is the knowledge of the position and orientation of your body and limbs in space, which allows you to touch your nose with your eyes closed, for example. Though commonly called a sixth sense, it is actually an aspect of touch. In prosthetics fields, it is also called the Holy Grail. If you could give an amputee a sense of where their limb is in spacewithout having to look at itthats huge, says Paul Marasco
Bionic fingers. Rewired nerves. Science fiction becomes reality as scientists attempt to give prosthetics a sense of touch. From Guest_2012
The Radome - Amazing Hi-Tech Radar Umbrella ~ Kuriositas - They look as if they might be home to families of extra-terrestrials recently arrived on earth from some sort of galactic cataclysm â and they are everywhere and increasing in number. Yet there is no need to call in the air force just yet if you spot one of these on your travels. Your average radome may look like it is from a science fiction novel but its real purpose is much more down to earth: it is a kind of umbrella. From X Isle
Super fast fiber for Kansas City | Official Google Blog - e embarked on a journey to bring ultra-high speeds to Kansas City, Kan. and Kansas City, Mo. And today, weâre excited to announce Google Fiber. Google Fiber is 100 times faster than todayâs average broadband. No more buffering. No more loading. No more waiting. Gigabit speeds will get rid of these pesky, archaic problems and open up new opportunities for the web. Imagine: instantaneous sharing; truly global education; medical appointments with 3D imaging; even new industries that we havenât even dreamed of, powered by a gig. From X Isle
Handwrite, a new way to search on Google - YouTube - Introducing Handwrite, a fun and easy new way to search Google from your smartphone or tablet.To enable Handwrite, visit www.google.com on your smartphone or tablet, click 'Settings,' found at the bottom of the page, and then enable Handwrite. This feature is currently available in 27 languages.
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Handwrite, a new way to search on Google - YouTube - Introducing Handwrite, a fun and easy new way to search Google from your smartphone or tablet.To enable Handwrite, visit www.google.com on your smartphone or tablet, click 'Settings,' found at the bottom of the page, and then enable Handwrite. This feature is currently available in 27 languages.
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Dynapac Red Carpet by Gosha Galitsky at Coroflot.com - The Dynapac Red Carpet is an environmentally conscious solution for road maintenance in future Mega-Cities, where street traffic is predicted to become increasingly dense and unstoppable. This futuristic road-recycling paver allows inner city traffic to continue its flow without interruptions by letting vehicles drive over it while paving. The machine utilizes an existing process known as Hot-In-Place Recycling, in which the old road surface is re-heated using microwaves. The reclaimed asphalt is lifted into the machine, mixed with a small amount of fresh binder and paved back onto the road. From X Isle
Glasses that add Instagram effects to real life: The ultimate hipster eyewear? | Mail Online - A new pair of glasses will allow hipsters to add Instagram effects to the real world - as if seeing the retro-tinted pictures all over Facebook wasn't enough.The glasses, designed by German Markus Gerke, would have a five-megapixel sensor built in, and would add filter effects using built-in computer.The concept comes in the wake of computer glasses from Google, Olympus and Epson.'You activate the glasses by pushing 'Insta' and choosing between different filters. Just take a picture with your glasses and upload the image straight to Instagram,' says Gerke. From X Isle
Researchers Consider Graphene as a Cure for Desalination Woes | PBS NewsHour - The predominant desalination method today--reverse osmosis (RO)--relies on polymer-based membranes to remove salt and requires great pressure to push water through a semipermeable film.The more pressure applied, the higher the cost. The M.I.T. researchers, led by Jeffrey Grossman and David Cohen-Tanugi, propose that films made of graphene could filter out salt without inhibiting the water flow as much. Graphene, a superstrong sheet of carbon that is only one atom thick, has mostly been seen as a material for improving electronics and optical communications. From X Isle
Clear-n-Clean Side by Side YOU TUBE.wmv - YouTube - This April 2010, NeverWet introduces their first product the Clean & Clear plunger. Imagine a plunger that never gets wet, never gets dirty and best of all virtually never lets any bacteria adhere to its surface. Nanotech coatings prevent water from ever touching a products surface thus making that product super hydrophobic, or easier said, super water repellent.
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New Scientist TV: World's thinnest screen created from soap bubble - We've shown you computer screens made of water and even a touchscreen built out of ice. But now Yoichi Ochiai from the University of Tokyo and colleagues have created the world's thinnest screen from a soap bubble that can display vivid images that are either flat, textured or 3D.
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Scamming the Scammers - Catching virus call center scammers - A few months back I got a call one evening which was clearly a virus call centre scam; you know, the ones that call you out of the blue, tell you your PC is infected with all sorts of nasties and offer to fix it for you? Or maybe you dont know, which of course is why these scams have been going on for quite some time and are still very active today. Fortunately I did know about such things so rather than summarily dismissing them with a level of disdain I normally reserve only for telemarketers, I recorded the audio of the call right up until the point where they were ready to take control of my PC. I published the whole episode in my post titled Anatomy of a virus call centre scam. But I was left wondering; what exactly were they going to do to my PC once they got remote control? Try and squeeze some cash out of me for fixing things? Install their own variant of antivirus? Or just plain old enslave my PC into being part of a botnet? So I decided to find out by letting them do whatever they wanted whilst recording the audio and the screen so the entire experience could be shared. From CC
What Time is it? New Designer Watch Spells it Out For Us | Gadget Lab | Wired.com - Smartphones have become our new timepieces, replacing the watches that once circled on our wrists. The watchmakers' response: Timepieces that are more about art than utility. Biegert & Funk announced that the QLOCKTWO W wristwatch will be shining in our eyes this fall.
The watch displays the time by illuminating full sentences on its face. A grid of 110 letters is arranged to display the time in conversational English or German. The time on the QLOCKTWO W is hidden until the user presses a button on the side of the watch. From X Isle
Inside Foxconn: Exclusive look at how an iPad is made - YouTube - Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd. (trading as Foxconn) is a multinational electronics manufacturing company. It is the world's largest maker of electronic components. Notable products which the company manufactures include the iPad, iPhone, Kindle, PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360.
Foxconn has been involved in several controversies, mostly relating to how it manages employees in China, where it is the largest private-sector employer. Marketplace Shanghai Bureau Chief Rob Schmitz is only the second reporter Apple has ever allowed inside its Chinese factories. See highlights from his tour of the assembly line and the Foxconn facilities.
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Remembering Commodore Founder and PC Pioneer Jack Tramiel - Steve Jobs and Apple snatch up most of the media's attention these days and it often gets overlooked that three machines actually defined the PC revolution back in 1977: the Apple II, the Radio Shack TRS-80 Model 1, and the Commodore PET. From bofh
U.S. Military Offers Millions for First Humanoid Robot | DARPA Robotics Challenge | Innovationnewsdaily.com - Uncle Sam wants you to make a military robot capable of walking on two legs, handling power tools and even driving vehicles. Luckily, the U.S. military's new robotics challenge aims to save lives rather than hunt down human warriors, Terminator-style, on the battlefields of tomorrow.The $2 million challenge by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency appeared in an official online solicitation today (April 10). DARPA wants a humanoid robot to replace humans doing dangerous work in the aftermath of terrorist attacks, industrial accidents or natural disasters â or a combination of disaster scenarios such as the meltdown at Japan's Fukushima nuclear facility after the tsunami. From X Isle
Bill Gates funds new machine that filters toilet waste into 'drinkable' water | Mail Online - Next time you see a dog lapping thirstily at a toilet bowl, pause for thought - next time, it could be you.A new invention - funded by Bill Gates - aims to turn used toilet water into drinking water.Manchester Universityâs Sarah Haigh is an expert in nanotechnology - the science of manipulating atoms in matter - and says, it could make waste water from toilets safe to drink. From X Isle
Glove Lets Deaf-Blind People Text Message | Innovationnewsdaily.com - So far the products produced using remote-touch technology, such as hug shirts and kiss phones, may seem creepy, but here's one that sounds helpful instead. The Mobile Lorm Glove, a prototype created by a lab in the University of Arts Berlin, transmits the touch alphabet used by some people who are both deaf and blind, called Lorm. From X Isle
Google Begins Testing Its Augmented-Reality Glasses - NYTimes.com - If you venture into a coffee shop in the coming months and see someone with a pair of futuristic glasses that look like a prop from âStar Trek,â donât worry. Itâs probably just a Google employee testing the companyâs new augmented-reality glasses.
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US draws up plans for nuclear drones - American scientists have drawn up plans for a new generation of nuclear-powered drones capable of flying over remote regions of the world for months on end without refuelling. From cw
LG begins mass production of first flexible, plastic e-ink displays | ExtremeTech - LG, that South Korean conglomerate that has mostly spent the last few years fading into Samsungâs shadow, has just announced that it has begun mass production of the worldâs first flexible, plastic e-ink display. This is opposed to the hard, heavy, prone-to-cracking glass-laminate e-ink displays found in devices such as the Kindle and Nook. From X Isle
Sand Flea Jumping Robot - YouTube - and Flea is an 11-lb robot with one trick up its sleeve: Normally it drives like an RC car, but when it needs to it can jump 30 feet into the air. An onboard stabilization system keeps it oriented during flight to improve the view from the video uplink and to control landings. Current development of Sand Flea is funded by the The US Army's Rapid Equipping Force. For more information visit www.BostonDynamics.com.
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World's Most Powerful Laser Fired By American Scientists In Pursuit Of Fusion Ignition - Scientists at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California have fired the most powerful laser shot in the history of the world, setting the record with 1.875 MJ of energy. The historic March 15 firing was just 23 billionths of a second long, but generated 411 trillion watts of peak power.That's 1,000 times more than the entire United States uses at any given instant, according to a media release from the laboratory.But the record power didn't stop at 1.875 MJ. According to the lab's media release, the energy produced by NIF actually hit 2.03 MJ before reaching the final chamber, making the ultraviolet laser the world's first to achieve 2 MJ of energy and 100 times more powerful than any similar laser currently in operation.
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World's most powerful laser to tear apart the vacuum of space - Telegraph - Due to follow in the footsteps of the Large Hadron Collider, the latest "big science" experiment being proposed by physicists will see the world's most powerful laser being constructed.Capable of producing a beam of light so intense that it would be equivalent to the power received by the Earth from the sun focused onto a speck smaller than a tip of a pin, scientists claim it could allow them boil the very fabric of space â the vacuum.Contrary to popular belief, a vacuum is not devoid of material but in fact fizzles with tiny mysterious particles that pop in and out of existence, but at speeds so fast that no one has been able to prove they exist.The Extreme Light Infrastructure Ultra-High Field Facility would produce a laser so intense that scientists say it would allow them to reveal these particles for the first time by pulling this vacuum "fabric" apart.They also believe it could even allow them to prove whether extra-dimensions exist. From X Isle
Vibrating Tattoo Could Send Text Alerts Straight to Your Skin | NewsFeed | TIME.com - Since we all need a little more connection to our cell phones and other electronic gadgetry, Nokia has developed a plan to send phone alerts right to our bodies.In an application filed with the U.S. patent office, Nokia has plans for a magnetic vibrating tattoo. The device has âmaterial attachable to skinâ and can pick up a signal from a magnetic field and then transmit that signal to a person by vibrating the device, right on their skin From X Isle
New robot 'Cheetah' breaks land-speed record - Up till now researchers at Boston Dynamics have demonstrated four legged robots that appear meant to carry heavy loads as they tromp through and over rough terrain (e.g. Alpha Dog and Petman, LS3). Now it appears theyve taken a different approach in looking to build robots that can move fast. And apparently, they mean really fast. In the demo video they show off their new robot named Cheetah breaking the unofficial land speed record by galloping at eighteen miles per hour on a treadmill. Cheetah looks very much like the animal it was named for, even arching its back as it picks up speed. But clearly with such a name, the team is aiming much higher. From Guest_2012
Lytro - The Camera - The very first light fields were captured at Stanford University over 15 years ago. The most advanced light field research required a roomful of cameras tethered to a supercomputer. Today, Lytro completes the job of taking light fields out of the research lab and making them available for everyone, in the form of the worldâs first Lytro Light Field Camera.
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Liquid battery could charge green energy - Engineering professor Donald Sadoway on Thursday used an old-school chalk board at the prestigious TED gathering to write the formula for a liquid battery that could one day cut the need for new power plants."The way things stand, electricity demand must be in constant balance with supply," Sadoway told the tech-savvy audience in southern California.Inexpensive batteries made from liquid metal could store electricity from solar panels, wind farms, or existing generation facilities and save it for when it is most needed.That would be a major change from today's consume-it-now-or-lose-it systems."The battery is the enabling device here," he said. "With it we could draw electricity from the sun even when the sun doesn't shine."Sadoway and his team of students at Massachusetts Institute of Technology were so confident in their creation that they started Liquid Metal Battery Corporation and plan to have bistro-table size models out in two years.Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is among the company's backers. From X Isle
2010's Top Security Threats:Facebook,Twitter&iPhone apps - 2010 will see increasing security threats to users of social networking and media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, a security vendor predicted. "In 2009 we saw increased attacks on websites, exploit cocktails thrown at unsuspecting users, infrastructure failure via natural and unnatural causes, and 'friendly fire' become a larger problem than ever." From CC
100 tech innovations that shaped 2011 - The CNET 100 -Ten lists. Ten tech products each. Some of these products you probably own, some you may never have heard of, and some should just die already. These lists are the final word on the devices, apps, and tech ideas--good and bad--that mattered in 2011. Dive into the lists below or sit back and enjoy the video version (which is a lot of fun). From Guest_9
The 10 biggest moments in IBM's first 100 years - Down the memory lane .. Big Blue is celebrating a major birthday in 2011, but it hasn't survived by sheer luck. The company has evolved from basic "business machines" to a major force in software and services. Here's a look at key transitions over the last century. From Guest_9
Physalia, the super yacht - Vincent Callebaut, the Belgian eco-architect extraordinaire known for his whimsical and beautiful green conceptual work, has created yet another solution to the manifold environmental and health problems looming toward us with a fairly large ship running on a scattering of alternative energy sources (check out Hydrogenase, his vision for using biofuels instead of fossil fuels).
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Patented: A Phone for Lonely Cats, Dogs, and Humans - "A large number of individuals have mammalian pets in their homes," Kroll explains. "These are typically dogs or cats. When the pet owners are away at work they often would like to communicate with their pets. Similarly, the pets often would like to communicate with their owner." But "to this date there has been no practical means for this sort of communication," Kroll writes. Until now. From Nony
Flexible Samsung phone 'to be issued in 2012' - Samsung is poised to release a flexible mobile phone, according to reports in the International Business Times. The new Samsung Galaxy Skin will feature an AMOLED display that will allow the phone to bend around a cylinder with a 1-inch diameter. Brighter than the normal screen, the AMOLED display is also low-energy and almost unbreakable, according to the reports. From Nony
Sound of sex could alert internet porn filter - It doesn't take much imagination to guess what a porn video sounds like. It's more impressive, however, when it's a computer that's doing the guessing.Automatic image-analysis systems are already used to catch unwanted pornography before it reaches a computer monitor. But they often struggle to distinguish between indecent imagery and more innocuous pictures with large flesh-coloured regions, such as a person in swimwear or a close-up face. Analysing the audio for a "sexual scream or moan" could solve the problem, say electrical engineers MyungJong Kim and Hoirin Kim at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Daejeon, South Korea. From cw
London to Edinburgh by electric car: it was quicker by stagecoach - In the 1830s, a stagecoach was able to make the same journey in half the time, with two days and nights of continuous driving.
In China I saw a lot of electric vehicles (mostly mopeds) in flat cities like Linyi.
I hilly cities like Qingdao, there very few. Electric vehicles only move the exhaust emissions to the electrical generating plant. From Roddy
Mass. company making diesel with sun, water, CO2 - A Massachusetts biotechnology company says it can produce the fuel that runs Jaguars and jet engines using the same ingredients that make grass grow.
Joule Unlimited has invented a genetically-engineered organism that it says simply secretes diesel fuel or ethanol wherever it finds sunlight, water and carbon dioxide. From Popper
Ultra Small PC Released by Stealth Com - A new hand sized personal computer designed for embedded applications and vehicles has been released by Stealth.Com Inc. The LPC-100M Mobile Ultra Mini PC weighs only 1.2 pounds, has a length of 6.1 inches, a width of 4 inches, and a thickness of nearly one and a half inch. According to its manufacturers, this ultra small computer was designed to utilize the ten to twenty-six volts DC power input that cars and typical remote applications use. From Alter J. Ego
Leopard 2 Main Battle Tanks Delivered to Canada - Canada commissioned KMW to upgrade 20 Leopard main battle tanks in July 2009 for deployment in Hindu Kush. The new version, the Leopard A4M CAN, is specially designed for operations in Afghanistan. Both knowledge from the previously used Leopard 2A6M and state-of-the-art technology that was recently qualified by KMW in collaboration with the German army and the Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB) flowed into the development. From NeoCon
Haliburton Warned BP About Rig Dangers - The probe also has questioned why BP engineer John Guide, the team leader overseeing the project, disregarded warnings of a potential blowout from contractor Halliburton Co., and why rig-based managers neglected to test for flaws in the cement outside the well intended to prevent explosive natural gas from seeping up to the rig. From NeoCon
The Loss of the Deepwater Horizon - Wells must be listened to, they say. On April 20, a small group of men aboard the Deepwater Horizon listened to the nearly complete well and didn't understand what it was telling them.
Key managers were out of the loop for parts of that day.
The veteran BP manager in charge of the rig said he was on shore for training with his phone off. From NeoCon
Royal Typewriters Through the Years - Royal was one of the longest-lived typewriter manufacturers. They introduced their first typewriter, the Royal #1, in 1906 and did not stop manufacturing tyepwriters until the 1970s. The company still exists, albeit having undergone many incarnations as part of various parent companies. Today, Royal is owned by Olivetti and still sells typewriters, though none with the famous Royal brand. From NeoCon
This Is Your Brain Online - Carr is the author of the Atlantic article Is Google Making Us Stupid? which he has expanded into a book, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains. From NeoCon
Micro plane perches to feed on power lines - Miniature surveillance aircraft would never need to return to base if they could cling to overhead power lines to recharge their batteries. Now engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are close to perfecting the trick â taking inspiration from birds.It is no easy feat for an aircraft to slow down quickly in mid-air to hook onto high-voltage cables with enough precision to avoid bridging and shorting neighbouring wires. The MIT engineers' answer is to send their 30-centimetre-wide micro air vehicle (MAV) into a controlled stall, pointing its nose up at just the right point in its trajectory to collide with and hook onto the cable. From cw
Alabama Gets Missle Factory - The plant will be used for final assembly and testing of Standard Missile-3 Block IB, a sea-based missile interceptor, and the Standard Missile-6, an advanced ship-defense weapon, the company said. From NeoCon
Solar plane completes historic 24-hour flight - An experimental solar-powered plane landed safely Thursday after completing its first 24-hour test flight, proving that the aircraft can collect enough energy from the sun during the day to stay aloft all night. From cw
The Winchester Model 70 Story: The Early Years - n 1935, the first Model 70 rifles began to emerge from the Winchester workrooms. Nineteen guns were produced in that year, though they did not leave the factory. In 1936, the first production guns (reaching Serial No. 2,238) were warehoused, and the Model 54 was, to all intents and purposes, a thing of the past, though it formed the basis for the new rifle. In 1937, deliveries were made to the trade. From NeoCon
Russian paper suggests nuclear explosion could cap gulf oil geyser - "Its so simple, in fact, that the Soviet Union, a major oil exporter, used this method five times to deal with petrocalamities," added Moscow reporter Julia Ioffe, writing for True/Slant. "The first happened in Uzbekistan, on September 30, 1966 with a blast 1.5 times the strength of the Hiroshima bomb and at a depth of 1.5 kilometers. From Roddy
Specs for the Oil Rig Deepwater Horizon - he DEEPWATER HORIZON is a Reading & Bates Falcon RBS8D design semi-submersible drilling unit capable of operating in harsh environments and water depths up to 8,000 ft (upgradeable to 10,000 ft) using 18Ÿin 15,000 psi BOP and 21in OD marine riser. From NeoCon
Deepwater Horizon Set a New Drilling Record - On September 2, 2009, Deepwater Horizon drilled on the Tiber oilfield the deepest oil and gas well ever drilled with a vertical depth of 35,050 feet (10,680 m) and measured depth of 35,055 feet (10,685 m), of which 4,132 feet (1,259 m) was water. From NeoCon
BP Will Have to Drill Relief Well - BP concedes that a relief well will eventually have to be drilled in order to successfully shut down the existing leaking well. The graphic below explains what's happening on the ocean floor, and how the relief well will work. From NeoCon
Detroit Thug Used Two Year Old Girl As Taser Shield - The officer pointed the Taser at Cox, who picked up his daughter and held her in front of him, Metz said. Officers grabbed Cox by the arm and the child's mother grabbed the girl, he said. Officers wrestled Cox to the ground, Metz said. From NeoCon
U2 Spy Plane Finds Taliban Roadside Bombs - U.S. military officials said that in the lead-up to the recent operation to seize Marjah in central Helmand from the Taliban, a U2 nicknamed Dragon Lady because of its long wingspan spotted almost 150 suspected bombs dug into roads and at planned helicopter landing sites around the town. From NeoCon
IE8, Safari 4, Firefox 3, iPhone fall on day 1 of Pwn2Own - The first day of the annual Pwn2Own contest in which security researchers can win cash and hardware if they successfully compromise machines using zero-day exploits is finished. Internet Explorer 8 on Windows 7, Firefox 3 on Windows 7, Safari 4 on Mac OS X 10.6, and iPhone OS 3 were all compromised during the competition From bofh
Location, Location, Location - 10 Tech Trends for 2010 - South By Southwest Interactive is nerd paradise Austin's annual tech smash has minted its share of Internet darlings. (Foursquare in 2009; Twitter in 2007.) While this year's conference didn't have a clear breakout star, it did offer insight to the trends and ideas that will be shaping the Web in 2010. From cw
FAA Orders Emergency 737 Inspections - Failure of the lugs could cause vibration leading to structural failure of the horizontal fins and flaps in the tail, possibly resulting in loss of aircraft control and structural integrity, the agencys directive said. From NeoCon
Suspect Swallows Flash Drive - In a bold and bizarre attempt to destroy evidence seized during a federal raid, a New York City man grabbed a flash drive and swallowed the data storage device while in the custody of Secret Service agents, From NeoCon
Small Reactor Powers Nuclear Industry - The smaller Babcock & Wilcox reactor can generate only 125 to 140 megawatts of power, about a tenth as much as a big one. But the utilities are betting that these smaller, simpler reactors can be manufactured quickly and installed at potentially dozens of existing nuclear sites or replace coal-fired plants that may become obsolete with looming emissions restrictions. From NeoCon