Category: Technology

The Silk Road, AKA The ‘Amazon Of Drugs,’ Shut Down By Law Enforcement

October 3, 2013

silk-roadThere’s an intriguing faux “Chinese curse” stemming from Colonial British times. It goes like this: “May you live in interesting times.” The seemingly innocuous curse is often associated with the desire for disorder or law enforcement to be visited on its victim. And if you’re a vendor, or customer, of The Silk Road, boy, your times just got a lot more interesting.

To The Chagrin Of Taxi Lobbists, California Legalizes Ridesharing

September 23, 2013

uber_606Watch out, taxis: ridesharing is legal in California.

Last Thursday, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted unanimously (5-0) for the legalization of ridesharing programs within the state, offering a safe passage for companies operating in legal limbo within the state.

Microsoft hopes the second generation of Surface tablets will improve its market share

September 22, 2013

Microsoft hopes the second generation of surface tablet will improve its market shareMicrosoft is hoping that Monday’s release of its latest version of its Surface tablet will finally crack open the tablet market. So far sales of the Surface RT and Pro have been, well, abysmal. For a company that has one of the highest profiles in the computer market, it can’t seem to come up with a winning formula for its tablets.

The death of a Nintendo legend

September 19, 2013

hiroshi-yamauchiFormer Nintendo President Hiroshi Yamauchi has died at the age of 85. Yamauchi was a legend amongst gamers, having led arguably the most revered video games company through the birth and adolescence of the industry.

JAXA successfully uses two person command center and artificial intelligence for commercial rocket launch

September 14, 2013

JAXA successfully uses two person command center and artificial intelligence for commercial rocket launchJapan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully launched a satellite into orbit using only a two men and laptops.  This dramatically scaled down mission control center was able to function so well because the solid state rocket has its own internal artificial intelligence.

60 Mbps broadband coming to planes

September 12, 2013

60 Mbps broadband coming to planesVirgin America has announced plans for 60 Mbps internet access on flights next year, up to 10 times current speeds. It’s possible thanks to a hybrid system getting signals from above and below the plane.

Disney turns fingers into whispering microphones

September 11, 2013

Disney turns fingers into whispering microphonesHave you ever wished if you could transmit audio by touching somebody’s ear? No. Well please can you pretend you have, or you’ll make Disney feel bad.

The iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C fail to impress

September 11, 2013

iphone-5c-officialAs you have no doubt heard by now Apple has taken the wraps off its new iPhone hardware, the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. Apart from a handful of blinkered tech bloggers and fanboys, the reaction hasn’t exactly been positive.

Nintendo & Sony fight back against smartphones

September 9, 2013

nintendo-2dsWith the rise of smartphones and tablets, the popularity of dedicated handheld games consoles is falling. Both Nintendo and Sony are feeling the pinch, and both have taken steps in stopping the rot, releasing cut-down versions of their consoles. But will this be enough to save this form factor from an untimely death?

Giant OLED flatscreens dominate tech showcase

September 5, 2013

Giant OLED flatscreens dominate tech showcaseA relatively new flatscreen technology has allowed several major TV manufacturers to display huge and stunning screens this week. But a variety of limitations mean it may be some time before you see them in many homes.

Android turns pie into chocolate with KitKat update

September 4, 2013

Android turns pie into chocolate with KitKat updateIn one of the stranger promotional tie-ins, Google has announced the next edition of the Android operating system will be called KitKat. No money is changing hands, but it’s still a bit of a gamble.

Ionic conduction allows gel speaker to work

August 31, 2013

Ionic conduction allows gel speaker to workTake a strip of transparent rubber and incase it between two layers of saltwater gel and what do you get? A speaker. That’s what scientists at Harvard did to prove a point about ionic conduction.

Twitter crosses the (blue) line with new conversation feature

August 30, 2013

Twitter has added some blue lines to its UI, and caused consternation amongst the masses. Is Twitter ruining its user experience in order to go public?

3D scanner released for 3D printer users

August 23, 2013

3D scanner released for 3D printer usersUntil now, if you wanted to use a 3D printer, you had to use software to create the design. Now you can get a 3D scanner that lets you replicate any object — as long as you don’t mind a long wait and mixed results.

Samsung set to release Galaxy Gear, beating Apple to smartwatch punch

August 16, 2013

Smartwatches and wearable computing devices (such as Google Glass) could be the next big thing. Apple is known to be working on an iWatch, but all signs point towards Samsung beating it to the punch with the Galaxy Gear.

Musk announces he will develop the Hyperloop himself

August 14, 2013

Musk announces he will develop the Hyperloop himselfA day after revealing his Hyperloop speed train concept, Elon Musk has decided to build a demonstration prototype.  Previously, he had stated that he didn’t have the time to build it himself because of all of his other projects like Tesla electric cars and SpaceX space capsules.

BlackBerry is either to going private or being sold

August 12, 2013

BlackBerry is either going private or being soldBlackBerry formerly known as Research In Motion (RIM), is forming “a Special Committee to explore strategic alternatives.” What strategic alternatives, you ask? Putting itself up for sale or going private seem to be the most likely alternatives.


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