- Ouya Console Starts Shipping to Kickstarter Backers With 104 Games
- Report: Lenovo Wants to Buy NEC's Mobile Unit
- 8 Vendors You Didn't Know Accepted Bitcoins
- How to Make a Computer From a Living Cell
- Marriage Equality's Huge Week on Twitter
- Violin Made of Lasers Actually Sounds Lovely
- Wearable Cat Ears Respond to What You're Thinking
- Microbiologist Transforms Bacteria Into Photo Art
- 10 IFTTT Recipes to Optimize Your Business
- Study Reveals Adults Are Texting While Driving Even More Than Teens
- Facebook Announces Android Event April 4
- Bejeweled Launches for Windows 8
- Honda's New Odyssey Minivan Has a Built-In Vacuum
- Competition Seeks Next Generation of Cybersecurity Experts
- Hadouken Meme Strikes Internet Like Lighting
- Samsung Galaxy S 4 Pre-Sale Starts April 16 for $249
- Luvocracy: Pinterest for People Who Actually Want to Buy Stuff
- Rare 'BioShock' Audio Diary for Sale
- 6 Essential Apps for Connected Families
- Amazon Buys Goodreads to Make Reading Experience More Social
- Best Buy Employee Saves Vintage Robot From Destruction
- Tacos Are the New Antidepressants
- Petition Asks White House to Reverse NASA Outreach Sequester Cuts
- Pianist Plays Killer 'Walking Dead' Theme Song — Zombies Included
- Flipboard: 100,000 User-Generated Magazines in First 24 Hours
- 'Deep-Fried Gadget' Tumblr Will Make You Strangely Hungry
- Disqus Founder Answers Questions via Live Chat
- Former BlackBerry Chief Says Board Asked Him to Stay In Charge
- Activision Reveals Animated Human That Looks So Real, It's Uncanny
- DDoS Attacks Are Not The Only Way To Disrupt the Global Internet
Posted: 29 Mar 2013 04:21 AM PDT
Users will be happy to know there are already 104 published games for the console, and all are free to try. The available titles include Final Fantasy III, Beast Boxing Turbo, Stalagflight and more
According to Ouya, 8,000 developers have created developer accounts for the system, and new games should be coming "every day"
Though Kickstarter backers will undoubtedly be happy to get their hands on Ouya, the console comes with a couple of caveats that won't sit well with everyone
First, as soon as users boot up Ouya, a software update will happen. While Ouya promises it will be "super fast," it's reminiscent of Nintendo's Wii U launch troubles, which prompted Nintendo president Satoru Iwata to apologize to users Read more...More about Shipping, Console, Tech, Mobile, and Ouya
Posted: 29 Mar 2013 01:46 AM PDT
Japan's NEC is also talking with potential domestic buyers, the source said. Lenovo is a logical partner to NEC, though, given the two companies have already established a PC-building joint venture in 2011 - Lenovo NEC Holdings
"Amid the rapidly changing market we are considering a number of ways to bolster the competitiveness of our mobile phone business, but nothing has been decided," NEC said in a statement.
NEC, which has been forced to lay off 10,000 workers in 2012, has a tiny global smartphone market share, but it hovers around the fourth place in Japan. It does, however, have some very interesting smartphones, namely the dual-scree Medias W we've seen at this year's Mobile World Congress Read more...More about Lenovo, Business, Mobile, and Nec
Posted: 29 Mar 2013 12:19 AM PDT
The Bitcoin — the first decentralized, peer-to-peer digital currency — was introduced on the web in 2009, but interest is bubbling up once again.
Building on the idea that money is essentially a medium for translating value, the Bitcoin uses cryptography (or encrypting digital information to transmit something securely) for its creation and transactions, rather than a central authority. To learn more about how Bitcoins are created and acquired, we've included a handy explainer video from WeUseCoins.com below.
Shopping, Features, Business, Ecommerce, and Economy
Posted: 28 Mar 2013 08:56 PM PDT
If biologists could put computational controls inside living cells, they could program them to sense and report on the presence of cancer, create drugs on site as they’re needed, or dynamically adjust their activities in fermentation tanks used to make drugs and other chemicals
Now researchers at Stanford University have developed a way to make genetic parts that can perform the logic calculations that might someday control such activities.
The Stanford researchers’ genetic logic gate can be used to perform the full complement of digital logic tasks and it can store information too. It works by making changes to the cell’s genome, creating a kind of transcript of the cell’s activities that can be read out later with a DNA sequencer. The researchers call their invention a “transcriptor” for its resemblance to the transistor in electronics Read more...More about Cell, Science, Dna, Computers, and Stanford University
Posted: 28 Mar 2013 08:29 PM PDT
Facebook users weren't the only people affected by the Supreme Court's two gay marriage cases Tuesday and WednesdayTwitter was full of conversations about marriage equality, Prop 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act
Top tweets came from President Obama and Seth MacFarlane; Kennedy was the most mentioned Supreme Court Justice; and "marriageequality" was the most-used term.
Our friends at the Meltwater Group sent along this infographic, which dissects the conversations dominating the social web Tuesday and Wednesday.Us, Gay Rights, Supreme Court, Infographics, and Scotus
Posted: 28 Mar 2013 07:55 PM PDT
Technology lecturer Dylan Menzies doesn’t play the violin in the traditional sense. Instead he uses software and lasers to translate the positioning, speed and motion of a traditional wooden bow into music
More about Lasers, Musical Instruments, Musical Instrument, Music, and Tech
Posted: 28 Mar 2013 07:25 PM PDT
What if you could tell whether or not a friend were paying attention to you based on the position of his ears?
That’s the idea behind Necomimi, a pair of cat-like ears that track your brain waves and move based on what you’re thinking. The ears are being shown off on the floor of this year’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.
Just like the ears of your favorite feline friend, these ears will perk up when you’re paying attention to something, then relax when you do, lying dormant to each side. When you get excited about something, the ears will wag back and forth, displaying your enthusiasm to the world around you. Read more...More about Brain Waves, Tech, and Gadgets
Posted: 28 Mar 2013 06:52 PM PDT
Adorning your living room mantel with a petri dish full of germs normally wouldn’t sound appealing. But once you take a look at Zachary Copfer’s unique creations, you might be intrigued — if you’re not already running to the bathroom to wash your hands.
Copfer is a Cincinnati-based microbiologist-turned-artist who figured out a way to create photographs in bacteria, as shown in the video above. To create this "bacteriography," as he calls it, Copfer uses a process similar to darkroom photography: he replaces the enlarger with a source of radiation and, instead of photo paper, he uses living bacteria on a special plate. Read more...More about Artist, Artwork, Kickstarter, Germs, and Biology
Posted: 28 Mar 2013 06:30 PM PDT
IFTTT (an acronym for "If This Then That") can be a powerful addition to your business tool belt — if used correctly. The service links everyday actions you take on the web, in order to ensure you're more organized and time-conscious.
By creating IFTTT "recipes," users can effectively build a more efficient lifestyle or business, based on tools they already use. For example, you can create the following recipe: "If a shipping status changes on my Amazon order, then send me a text message." Read more...More about Productivity, Small Business, Features, Business, and Open Forum
Posted: 28 Mar 2013 05:53 PM PDT
Contrary to conventional wisdom, it turns out that adults are worse than teenagers when it comes to texting while driving
That's according to the results of a survey conducted by AT&T and published in USA Today, showing that 49% of adult drivers admit to texting behind the wheel. Compare that with 43% of the teen respondents admitting that they text while driving.
The most troublesome part of the survey of 1,011 adult drivers: A surprising 60% of the adult respondents said that three years ago, they never texted while driving. And it's not surprising that 98% of the adult respondents said they knew texting or emailing while driving was unsafe. Read more...More about Parenting, Texting While Driving, Tech, Gadgets, and Family Parenting
Posted: 28 Mar 2013 05:20 PM PDT
Facebook sent out invitations to press Thursday for an Android event to be held at its Menlo Park campus next week.
The event invitation simply invited press to “Come See Our New Home on Android,” with no further description of what’s in store
Early rumors speculate that the announcement may be the long-rumored “Facebook Phone,” a handset created through a partnership with HTC that would run a modified version of Android with deep Facebook integration.
During an interview late last year, however, CEO Mark Zuckerberg indicated that a phone has “always been the wrong strategy” for Facebook, making a "Facebook Phone" announcement, at least in the hardware sense, seem pretty unlikely. Read more...More about Facebook, Android, Tech, Apps Software, and Mobile
Posted: 28 Mar 2013 05:00 PM PDT
Bejeweled is on its way to Windows 8.
Modeled after Bejeweled 3, which is available on some other platforms, Bejeweled Live is an adaptation of the popular game designed specifically for the Windows 8 operating system
“Bejeweled began life on Windows 98 way back in 2001 and has enjoyed tremendous global success on more than 20 different platforms since then,” Heather Hazen, executive producer for the Bejeweled franchise, said in a statement
“We’re confident that the beautiful new design and solid foundation of Windows 8 will provide a fantastic experience with Bejeweled Live,” Hazen added.
Bejeweled Live has three different game modes: Classic, Diamond Mine, and Butterflies. Classic is the version of the game players have come to know and love. Butterflies is a slightly different take on the traditional model, where some gems turn into colored butterflies that can take flight on the board while you play. Diamond Mine has you play the game in a mine you need to dig yourself out of. Read more...More about App, Bejeweled, Windows 8, Entertainment, and Gaming
Posted: 28 Mar 2013 04:20 PM PDT
In addition to features that appeal to the connected generation, like Smart Start and Honda Link, the cloud-based infotainment system, Honda has introduced an idea that really sucks. The company showed off the 2014 Honda Odyssey Minivan at the New York International Auto Show this week, and the stand-out feature is a built-in vacuum
It's called HondaVAC and it's the world's first in-car vacuum, says Tami Giammarco, lead design engineer for the car's interior. She tells Mashable it's great for families who spend a lot of time in the car
It was developed in conjunction with Shop-Vac and is basically a vacuum hose tucked behind a side panel in the rear cargo area. Got a Cheerios spill way up front? The hose reaches all the way to the front driver's seat, so there's plenty of flexibility, and it comes with two attachments; perfect for reaching those crevices in between seats. Read more...More about Autos, Vacuum, Honda, Lifestyle, and Travel Leisure
Posted: 28 Mar 2013 04:02 PM PDT
Think of it as an American Idol in which the contestants aren't fighting for record deals but rather a pathway to joining the next generation of American offensive and defensive cybersecurity experts.
Meet Cyber Aces, a series of experimental state competitions that use a videogame to target participants with the right skills — a mixture of a deep understanding of networking, operating systems and systems administration — to receive a $25,000 scholarship for National Security Agency-level cybersecurity training. Many participants are high school and college-aged, but entrants also include Ph.D. recipients and military veterans Read more...More about Us, Cybersecurity, Us World, and Politics
Posted: 28 Mar 2013 03:42 PM PDT
Sound the alarm, the Internet has a new meme that's about to take off. Internet, meet hadouken. Hadouken, welcome, we hope you stay awhile — 'cuz you are uh-mazing
The meme's spark was kindled in Japan when schoolgirls started posting pictures of themselves throwing balls of lightning at each other, Street Fighter-style. And that's all there is to it. Imgur user grimlockt then kindly pointed it out to the rest of us so we could all benefit from a new photo trendReddit, Meme, Gallery, Watercooler, and Pics
Posted: 28 Mar 2013 03:09 PM PDT
The Samsung Galaxy S 4 smartphone will be available for pre-sale via AT&T starting Tuesday, April 16. It will be priced at $249.99 with a two-year commitment with the carrier.
The new flagship device was announced earlier this month with much fanfare in New York City, but no price details were revealed until now. Other phone carriers on board include Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile
The nearly $250 price tag is a bit higher than most competitors. In fact, the iPhone 5 typically sells for about $200 with the same contract commitment
The 5-inch smartphone comes with what Samsung calls the first full HD Super AMOLED display (1920x1080). The smartphone weighs 4.6 oz. and runs a quad-core 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 in the U.S. (8-core 1.8GHz Exnyos 5 Octa elsewhere). It runs on Android 4.2.2. Jelly Bean and boasts impressive camera functionality, thanks in part to its 13-megapixel rear camera Read more...More about Mobile, Samsung, Smartphone, Tech, and Us
Posted: 28 Mar 2013 02:45 PM PDT
People flock to Pinterest to collect and keep track of inspirations, whether they're recipes to cook, destinations to visit or clothes to wear. But there's a promising new social network with a similar model focused less on dreaming and more on shopping.
San Francisco-based startup Luvocracy, which launched quietly this fall in beta, is based around the concept that we buy products more when they are recommended by others. And since 92% of consumers trust word of mouth over any form of advertising, according to Nielsen, it's a smart strategy for a company to embrace
Here's how the site works: Similar to pinning on Pinterest, users can collect looks and products (from beauty products to tech gadgets) and tack them to boards. They can also repin products from friends, brands and tastemakers, which Luvocracy defines as bloggers, editors and stylists Read more...More about Mobile, Social Media, Pinterest, Business, and Small Business
Posted: 28 Mar 2013 02:19 PM PDT
With the release of BioShock: Infinite and its impressive reviews, there's never been a better time to rustle up odds and ends from the franchise. Case in point: A ridiculously rare functional BioShock audio diary is currently up for grabs.
The eBay auction is slated to close on March 31, so collectors don't have long to bid.
How rare is this audio diary exactly? According to gameshirts702, the seller, there's only a grand total of four of these out in the wild. All of them were created as part of a viral marketing effort for the release of BioShock 2. You might remember a little ARG called There's Something in the Sea, and the audio diaries are a direct result of jumping through all of those hoops. Read more...More about Ebay, Video Games, Entertainment, Gaming, and Bioshock Infinite
Posted: 28 Mar 2013 02:01 PM PDT
The modern family is more connected than ever, with each member toting a smartphone or mobile device to every appointment, event or play date. Sharing your newborn's first moments or checking in with the kids after school becomes infinitely easier with a plethora of family apps, from private networks to monitoring maps
If you need help planning activities for your little ones, social parenting apps like RedRover can give you ideas. Many family apps include GPS-locating services to keep track of members in real time and quell parents' worries with indicators and alerts. Others help kids with their first smartphone using privacy controls and pre-determined texts Read more...More about Apps, Family Social Network, Family, Iphone Apps, and Android Apps
Posted: 28 Mar 2013 01:40 PM PDT
Amazon announced Thursday that it will acquire Goodreads, the popular social network for books, for an undisclosed sum
Goodreads launched in 2007 and currently has more than 16 million members. The service lets users share and review books they've read or want to read, as well as to keep track of what their friends are reading.
In a statement, Amazon's VP of Kindle Content, Russ Grandinetti, said the two companies will work together "to build many new ways to delight readers and authors alike." The acquisition should provide some useful reading data to Amazon and help the ecommerce giant create more of a social reading experience around its Kindle offerings, perhaps giving it a leg up on competition from Apple and Google. Read more...More about Amazon, Kindle, Goodreads, Business, and Startups
Posted: 28 Mar 2013 01:33 PM PDT
When the robot uprising occurs — and preparations for this eventuality are already underway — perhaps our metallic overlords will be persuaded to spare our lives thanks to the kindness once shown by a noble Best Buy employee.
This week, one of the few remaining R.O.B. (Robotic Operating Buddy) units from Nintendo's golden era has been given a new lease on life. At one point destined for destruction in an electronic recycling bin, this kitschy 1980s video game accessory was saved by the quick actions and subterfuge of one nostalgic Best Buy employee.
On Reddit, the employee explained that the robot was brought into his store to be recycled as part of the company's "Renew Blue" program. Though R.O.B.'s production life span was short (on shelves for little more than a year in the mid-’80s), the employee had fond memories of this inanimate video game companion. But when he asked his employer if he could take R.O.B. home and spare him an untimely death, he was denied and told he would lose his job if he tried to abscond with the robot. Read more...More about Robots, Nintendo, Best Buy, Watercooler, and Conversations
Posted: 28 Mar 2013 01:17 PM PDT
Feeling low lately? Down in the dumps? Feel like the world has nothing to offer you and you might as well curl up with your cat and wait for the zombie apocalypse to come? (Alright, alright, no need to get overdramatic people.)
Life's tough, and sometimes science is the best way to see the light at the end of the tunnel. And the famed researchers at Pleated Jeans have uncovered the latest in medical marvels — tacos as antidepressants
Those crunchy, crumbly, cheesy pieces of wonder can bring nothing but goodness to the black hole of your life. Eat and be merry, but ask your doctor first Read more...More about Parodies, Share As Post, Watercooler, Videos, and Youtube Video Lead
Posted: 28 Mar 2013 12:52 PM PDT
A new online petition asks the White House to repeal budget cuts that have spurred NASA to suspend many of its education and public-outreach efforts.
The petition was created on Friday (March 22), the same day that NASA issued two internal memos outlining how outreach activities are being scaled back as a result of sequestration, the set of across-the-board federal cuts that took effect March 1. The memos began circulating outside the agency Friday as well.
"The sequester's recent cuts on NASA's spending in public outreach and its STEM [science, technology, engineering and math] programs must not be allowed," the petition states. "These cuts would end the many programs NASA has for educating the children of our society, as well as many other forms of public outreach held by NASA." Read more...More about Space, Nasa, Education, Petition, and White House
Posted: 28 Mar 2013 12:38 PM PDT
Pianist Sonya Belosouva channels her inner Rick Grimes, the lead character from AMC's The Walking Dead, as she bravely plays a rendition of the television drama's theme song while surrounded by zombies in this slickly produced video.
The Cosplay Piano series plans to tackle more musical themes from the entertainment industry with a touch of cosplay — the type of performance art in which people wear costumes to act as fictional characters Read more...More about Music, Entertainment, Tv, Zombies, and Video
Posted: 28 Mar 2013 12:21 PM PDT
On Tuesday, Flipboard released version 2.0 of its iOS app, allowing its more than 50 million registered users to create their own magazines for the first time. In the first 24 hours after launch, more than 100,000 magazines were created, Paul Katz, Flipboard's partner of strategy and development, revealed on stage at a Magazine Publisher Association conference in New York Thursday.
The statistic doesn't necessarily mean that users love the magazine-making feature, but it does indicate they're interested in it. Reviews of the new version in the iTunes Store have been generally positive, though some users have complained that it makes the app too "convoluted," or that it takes too many steps to create a magazine: Read more...More about Media, Flipboard, Business, and Apps Software
Posted: 28 Mar 2013 12:14 PM PDT
Coming to the Minnesota State Fair in 2016*
A new Tumblr collection, called Deep-Fried Gadgets, takes a look at what some of our favorite digital accessories — tablets, laptops and earbuds — might look like if we dropped them into the vat with the fries
Brooklyn-based artist Henry Hargreaves created the photos. Whether he ate them with a side of ketchup and ranch dressing is yet to be determined
Check them out for yourself in the gallery above. You can stay up to date with future fried photos here.
Do you know of any other new Tumblr pages worth highlighting? Share them with us below Read more...More about Photos, Tumblr, Gadgets, Gallery, and Watercooler
Posted: 28 Mar 2013 11:52 AM PDT
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Posted: 28 Mar 2013 11:47 AM PDT
Amidst Thursday's news that BlackBerry sold 1 million BlackBerry 10 smartphones last quarter, the company also announced that co-founder and former co-CEO Mike Lazaridis has retired from the company's board of directors.
In an interview with Canada's The Globe and Mail, Lazaridis says that he was asked to stay-on as CEO by the board of directors. "I was asked by the board to reconsider my decision. They wanted me to stay on and help," Lazaridis told the publication. Read more...More about Tripntale, Blackberry, Rim, Mike Lazaridis, and Business
Posted: 28 Mar 2013 11:39 AM PDT
Activision showed off the state of the art of real-time graphics on Wednesday, releasing this mind-boggling character demo. The character's skin, facial expressions and eyes look so real, it's uncanny.
When you watch this video, see if you think this character has reached the other side of what's commonly called the "uncanny valley," a term first uttered by early robotics guru Masahiro Mori in 1970. It describes the range of sophistication of animated graphics, from one side of the valley where human figures simply look unrealistic, to the middle of the valley — where they look just realistic enough to be creepy — to our side of the valley, where animation is indistinguishable from reality Read more...More about Gaming, Animation, Uncanny Valley, Tech, and Apps Software
Posted: 28 Mar 2013 11:26 AM PDT
The biggest cyberattack ever, triggered by a dispute between Spamhaus and Cyberbunker, was done using a distrubuted denial of service (DDoS) attack. But relatively high-tech techniques are not the only way to severely slow down the global Internet. As it turns out, you can achieve the same damage, and probably even more, with an axe
On Wednesday, three Egyptian divers were arrested when they were trying to cut off a SeaMeWe 4 undersea cable, one of the main Internet wires that connects countries throughout Europe and Asia, as reported by Reuters. While their motives are still unknown (although we can see their faces, uploaded by the Egyptian navy on Facebook), their action might be linked to a series of disruptions and severed connections suffered by SEACOM, an African submarine cable operator, in the last few weeks Read more...More about Cybersecurity, Us World, and World
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