- First Grader Becomes Youngest Person to Ever Develop a Mobile Game
- NHL GameCenter App Is a Hockey Fan’s Best Friend
- Hands On With Facebook Messenger’s New Calling Feature
- 11 Pets With Real-Life Careers
- Carbon Fiber: The Secret of the 2014 Corvette Stingray
- Pandora Listeners Created 1.6 Billion Stations in 2012
- Never Forget This Naked Privacy Violation
- Armstrong Says Infamous Yellow Jersey Tweet Was a ‘Mistake’
- Instagram Is About to Start Sharing Your Data With Facebook
- Google+ Communities: A Beginner’s Guide
- Nike+ FuelBand Integrates With Lose It! App
- This Is How Astronauts Clip Their Fingernails in Space
- Wi-Fi Smart Scale Lets Parents Monitor Weight of Infants and Kids
- Musician Literally Wins Fight for Your Right to Party
- Stream Radio Stations From Around the World
- Watch First Trailer for ‘Twilight’ Competitor ‘Beautiful Creatures’
- Windows 8 Will Cost You $120 After Jan. 31
- Funny or Die Takes on Te’o in eHarmony Ad Parody
- Go Home, Folks — Joe Biden Won the Internet Today
- NHL + Muppets Make New ‘SportsCenter’ Ad One Big Win
- Alicia Keys Will Perform National Anthem at Super Bowl
- Kim Dotcom’s Mega Begins Early Rollout
- Te’o'd: Baseball Star Shares His Own Catfishing Tale
- Take an Incredible Bird’s-Eye Tour of Manhattan
- Did ‘Glee’ Rip Off Web Musician Jonathan Coulton?
- Lawrence Lessig Responds to Aaron Swartz’s Prosecutor
- Seamless Shares Bizarre Special Requests From Flu Sufferers
- Winter Warmers: 10 Gadgets to Keep You Cozy
- What Is Internet Freedom Day?
- A Log-in Finger Ring? Google Working on Password Alternatives
Posted: 18 Jan 2013 08:48 PM PST
Zora used the Bootstrap programming language, and lest you think her older brother Trace, who was a STEM scholar of the year at Zora's charter school, did the work for her, she reconfigured her app on the fly when asked, according to the Pittsburgh Courier.
This could be the beginning of a long career as a programmer and developer for Ball. But first she has to get through first grade.
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On Wednesday Facebook added the ability to make voice calls to its stand-alone Messenger app. The feature is only available for iPhone users, and only works if both the caller and the recipient have Facebook's Messenger app installed on their phone.
While the feature is definitely good news for Facebook users who use the app, Facebook isn't the first company to offer free voice calls over data networks using your iPhone.
Check out the video above for a closer look at how to make calls using Facebook Messenger, as well as a look at some of the competition.
Will you use Facebook Messenger to place calls, or do you have another favorite app? Let us know your thoughts in the commen…
Posted: 18 Jan 2013 08:06 PM PST
1. Monkey Waiters
Kayabukiya Tavern, a restaurant in Japan, employs macaques, certified by authorities to work as waiters. Aside from wearing little outfits, they serve drinks and give customers hot towels. How much do you tip these guys? A handful of soya beans. Photo courtesy of Flickr, Anton Novoselov
Animals have long been trained to carry out tasks, acting as beasts of burden or herders. But you might be seeing them more around the workplace these days -- then who knows who'll be getting that next promotion?
At the risk of being spit on, you can get a llama to carry your golf clubs, or ask that a monkey serves your lunch. From Navy dolphins to a cheetah ambassador, check out our gallery of pets with careers (that are probably cooler than yours).
Posted: 18 Jan 2013 07:44 PM PST
The Corvette has been redesigned only six times since its debut 50 years ago, so for the seventh version that it unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show this week, GM brought to bear some of its most advanced car technologies. A notable one: the addition of carbon fiber into the construction of the sports car.
By using carbon fiber and replacing its steel frame with aluminum, the 2014 Corvette managed to shave 100 pounds off its weight, says Tadge Juechter, the executive chief engineer in charge of Corvette. The car is also 60% stiffer, he says.
Carbon fiber makes up both the car's hood and roof panel, but composite materials also reduce the weight of the fenders, doors, rear quarter and und…
Posted: 18 Jan 2013 07:27 PM PST
Pandora users created over 1.6 billion stations over the course of 2012, and listened to over 1 million different songs by over 100,000 different artists. All that added up to an astounding 13 billion hours of songs listened to throughout the year by a pretty amazing amount of people -- 10,000 of the artists who have songs on Pandora had more than 25,000 unique listeners.
"When we created the Music Genome Project thirteen years ago, we had a dual purpose: connect people with music they love and help talented artists find their audiences," Pandora CEO Tim Westergren said in a blog post announcing the numbers. "We knew if we could get the first part rig…
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Posted: 18 Jan 2013 07:02 PM PST
Farewell, then, Rapiscan machines at airports. It's been genuinely horrible to know you (or rather to not know you, hidden TSA agents in back rooms). If we see invasive public technology of your kind in a hundred years, it'll be too soon.
The agency made it clear it wasn't doing so voluntarily. Rapiscan was set to miss a deadline to turn all its scanners into ones that use generic cartoon images of bodies, a deadline mandated by Congress. (No, that isn't a typo: Congress did something right.)
Posted: 18 Jan 2013 06:49 PM PST
In Part 2 of Oprah Winfrey's exclusive interview with Lance Armstrong, the disgraced athlete said a defiant tweet he posted last fall was a "mistake."
After the USADA stripped the seven-time Tour de France winner of all his titles and banned him from sports for life over charges of taking banned performance-enhancing drugs and blood doping, Armstrong tweeted to his followers a phot of him lying on the couch in his basement, surrounded by the framed yellow jerseys from his seven wins (shown below).
Winfrey asked him if that was the "cocky, arrogant jerk self" that Armstrong described in Part 1 of the interview. Armstrong, wincing at the question, said the tweet was "more defiance" and "…
Posted: 18 Jan 2013 06:10 PM PST
"This means we can do things like fight spam more effectively, detect system and reliability problems more quickly, and build better features for ever…
Posted: 18 Jan 2013 05:39 PM PST
On Google+, users have the ability to manipulate their circles to control the groups of people and brands they receive information and content from, but there's no guarantee those brands or users will circle you to receive your updates.
This is where Google+ Communities come in, Google's version of a group or forum, built to bring people together around particular topics. Launched in December, the types of Communities available to the Google+ audience seem endless -- ranging from science, animals, development and more.
Communities are places where users can share specific questions, comments or content relating to a particular topic with other users who are just as interested in the c…
Posted: 18 Jan 2013 05:06 PM PST
Now, people who wear the Nike+ FuelBand can see their activity on the Lose It! app. This way users can access both the calorie-tracking abilities of Lose It! and the fitness-tracking data of their Nike+ FuelBand for a more comprehensive fitness and health profile. You can learn about how to sync your Nike+ FuelBand to Lose It! on the company's support page.
Posted: 18 Jan 2013 04:58 PM PST
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One way you can make sure your children have a healthy start from infancy is to monitor their weight. A new scale from Withings, for babies and children, features Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technology so you can keep a record of all your child's weigh-ins. The Smart Kid Scale can be used from infancy to eight years old, and sends all weight information to an app on your smartphone. You can keep track of you child's growth and share that information with doctors. The app also allows you to enter your child's h…
Posted: 18 Jan 2013 04:08 PM PST
Or for legal use of the term "power hour," anyway. It's commonly known as a drinking game, during which players take one shot of beer every minute for an hour. The term was actually trademarked in 2010 by realtor Steve Roose, who markets a DVD game named "Power Hour."
Musician and party enthusiast Ali Spagnola has spent the past three years battling Roose over use of the term. Spagnola has an album titled Power Hour, that doubles as a drinking game. She developed and manufactured a shot glass USB as a way to distribute it.
Posted: 18 Jan 2013 03:46 PM PST
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After the promotional upgrade offer ends on Jan. 31, anyone running an older version of Windows will have to pay $119.99 for the privilege of running Windows 8, a Microsoft blog post reveals. And that's just the basic edition; if you want Windows 8 Pro, it'll cost you $199.99.
While it's a steep increase, jacking the price up on Windows 8 upgrades makes some sense. Although Microsoft has provided few details about how many machines are actually now running Windows 8, reports suggest the platform isn't performing as well as expe…
Posted: 18 Jan 2013 02:43 PM PST
As the strange story of Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o and his fictional dead girlfriend unfolds -- and becomes even more complicated and bizarre -- jokes about the incident continue to bubble up across the Internet.
Piggybagging on the Teoing trend, Funny or Die has posted its own parody video to the tune of those hokey eHarmony ads. An actor playing Te'o pretends to feed his imaginary girlfriend strawberries, gives her flowers and discusses their love.
It was revealed earlier this week that the linebacker's girlfriend Lennay Kekua, who of leukemia after being severely injured in a car accident, never existed. Their story of love and loss captivated Americans' hearts this pas…
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Her pre-game performance will be broadcast globally, marking the third time Keys has lent her voice to Super Bowl festivities. Keys helped ring in Super Bowl games in 2005 and 2008.
Kelly Clarkson sang the national anthem in 2012, a year after Christina Aguilera flubbed the song's lyrics at the previous Super Bowl (watch below). Other past performers include Whitney Houston, Garth Brooks, Mariah Carey, Faith Hill, Neil Diamond, Diana Ross, Billy Joel, Jewel, Harry Connick Jr., Dixie Chicks and Cher.
Posted: 18 Jan 2013 01:35 PM PST
Mega is the new venture of the founder of the now defunct Megaupload, which was seized by the U.S. government almost a year ago. The service will launch to the general public over the weekend, but it's already available to some beta users. The features already available, among others, are mobile access, instant messaging and word-processing. Ingrid Lunden of TechCrunch explains that the site basically looks like a "simplified version of Dropbox."
Posted: 18 Jan 2013 01:24 PM PST
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Coulton, famous for releasing geeky songs online under a Creative Commons license, debuted an acoustic cover of '90s rap hit "Baby Got Back" in 2005. Friday morning, Coulton tweeted that Glee had a version that sounded much like his.
The tweet points to a YouTube link for "Baby Got Back," presumably to be included in next week's episode of Glee, titled "Sadie Hawkins…
Posted: 18 Jan 2013 01:09 PM PST
"Why was he being charged with 13 felonies?" Lessig asked.
In an emotional post, Lessig confesses that he hasn't slept since finding out about his friend's death. "I have been frantically trying to explain, to connect, and to make sense of all of this," he wrote. And even though there have been smiles in the midst of these sad times, that hasn't been enough.
"But these smiles have been drowned by endless sadness, and even greater disappointment -- and none more pronounced than the utterly profound disappointment in…
Posted: 18 Jan 2013 12:46 PM PST
While calling a city home means more people are randomly sneezing on your face, it also gives you access to certain services, like food delivery at all hours of the day. This little perk comes in handy when you're stuck in a tiny apartment hacking up mysterious green substances and wiping boogers off your face.
Food delivery service Seamless knows about cold and flu season. Since 2013 began -- and flu germs really started flying -- Seamless has seen a 35 percent increase in chicken noodle soup orders compared to January 2012. Orde…
Posted: 18 Jan 2013 12:31 PM PST
We can't imagine a cuter way to warm your tootsies than these fun slippers. Cost: $34.99 Image courtesy of Mod Cloth
Whether you want to keep snug on the sofa or stay warm at your workplace, we think you'll find something to suit in our selection.
Take a look through our toasty-tastic selection of winter warmers in the gallery above. Let us know in the comments below how you stay warm when the cold weather hits.
Photo courtesy of Mod Cloth
Posted: 18 Jan 2013 11:54 AM PST
Friday, Jan. 18 marks the one year anniversary of the technology community's Internet blackout over the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its sister bill, the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). SOPA was intended to curb online content piracy, but Internet advocates warned it would have disastrous consequences for online free speech and worked to fight the bill. SOPA was shelved by its author soon after the blackout.
The story of SOPA's demise has become such an integral part of the Internet advocacy canon that some opponents of the bill decided the date of the blackout deserves to be documented with a holiday: Internet Freedom Day.
Internet Freedom Day was first proposed by lawyer Marvin Ammori…
Posted: 18 Jan 2013 11:22 AM PST
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