English Chinese (Traditional) French German Italian Japanese Russian Spanish
  • Home
    Home This is where you can find all the blog posts throughout the site.
  • Categories
    Categories Displays a list of categories from this blog.
  • Archives
    Archives Contains a list of blog posts that were created previously.
  • Login
    Login Login form
Recent blog posts

We've Never Seen This Many Massive Storms on the Pacific at Once

It was a historic moment in meteorology late last week, when three Category 4 storms were simultaneously spotted marching across the Pacific. As if that wasn’t ominous enough, a tropical depression has just added itself to the mix.

Yesterday, NASA’s GOES satellite captured this beautifully ominous image (below) of one typhoon (Kilo), one hurricane (Jimena), one tropical storm (Ignacio), and one tropical depression (Fourteen E) churning across the ocean in synchrony. It’s the very first time scientists have seen more than two Category 4 storms on the Pacific at once. But as we know, it’s an exceptional year —there’s a monster El Nino brewing on them thar seas. And if the weather on the water right now is any indicator, the western US is in for a major walloping this fall.

...
Last modified on
Hits: 53
Rate this blog entry:
0
Continue reading

Posted by on in Engadget

Today on In Case You Missed It: We are seriously in awe of the scientific discovery that came from studying squid. Researchers developed a plastic that can reform, no weaker, after getting cut in half-- just so long as water is applied to it. And if you have a couple hundred dollars to blow, you can use it to buy an alarm clock that syncs with Spotify to gently ease you in and out of sleep with a matching glowing light. Also check out the new smart stethoscope product for medical professionals, allowing them to record the heartbeats they hear, then analyze the sounds in an app.

But I know why you're really here, nerds! If you haven't done so yet, check out the video of the Star Wars live stream in which many, many cool new gadgets are unveiled, all with a Galaxy Far Away theme.

If you come across any interesting videos, we'd love to see them. Just tweet us with the #ICYMI hashtag @engadget or @mskerryd.

Last modified on
Hits: 54
Rate this blog entry:
0

Posted by on in CNET

Check your allergies at the door...

Screenshot by Eric Mack/CNET

If you really want to get a sense of a place, like from the street level, it makes sense to be closer to the street itself.

In Japan's Hiroshima prefecture, arguably no one has their (really cute little) ears closer to the ground, sniffing out the local scene, than the area's famous cats.

...
Last modified on
Hits: 70
Rate this blog entry:
0
Continue reading
image

Further Reading

Later this month, a North Carolina high school student will appear in a state court, facing five child pornography-related charges for engaging in consensual sexts with his girlfriend.

What’s strange is that of the five charges he faces, four of them are for taking and possessing nude photos of himself on his own phone—the final charge is for possessing one nude photo his girlfriend took for him. There is no evidence of coercion or further distribution of the images anywhere beyond the two teenagers’ phones.

...
Last modified on
Hits: 93
Rate this blog entry:
0
Continue reading
  Microsoft on Thursday released major updates of its Skype apps for iPhone and iPad, redesigning their interfaces for better ease-of-use and more visual appeal, while giving iPad users access to options like location sharing and interactive notifications.

image

Both apps have been given a new Recents tab, as well as a search tool, making it simpler to track down people, groups, or conversations. Microsoft has also improved switching between call and chat interfaces, which can be helpful for sharing content mid-conversation.New gesture commands include swiping on a contact to make a call, or swiping on a message chain to delete or respond to it. The iPad app builds in a number of additional improvements, above all location sharing, interactive notifications, and options for starting groups and chats. Sending and receiving photos should be simpler, and users can now import contacts from their iOS address book.The iPhone and iPad apps are separate downloads, but are both free and run on devices with iOS 7 or later.
Last modified on
Hits: 98
Rate this blog entry:
0
image

Amazon announced this afternoon that it’s acquiring Elemental Technologies, a backend mobile video service

It’s paying around $500 million in cash for the company, according to a new report from The Information. (Subscription required.)

Amazon didn’t immediately return a phone call or email request for comment about that figure.

...
Last modified on
Hits: 96
Rate this blog entry:
0
Continue reading

Posted by on in Geek.com
mega man

Everyone’s favorite power-stealing video game icon is on his way to the big screen. 20th Century Fox, Chernin Entertainment, and Capcom have announced plans to make a Mega Man movie. At this point, there’s no word on writers or directors, but the producers do have the impressive rebooted Planet of the Apes franchise under the belts.

As classic video game fans know, Mega Man started out as a robotic lab assistant to Dr. Light and Dr. Wiley until the latter stole the former’s designs, intent on creating evil robots. Mega Man, also known as Rock, finds himself facing off against these villains on a fairly regular basis, gaining their abilities as he defeats them.

Plot-wise, Mega Man seems to fit in perfectly with today’s popular sci-fi landscape. The Hunger Games,  Divergent and Maze Runner franchises all revolve around young people facing gigantic, technologically advanced threats in dystopian futures. Mega Man can fit right into that demographic, even though he’s not exactly the most famous video game character around these days. For a while it seemed like Capcom had mostly given up on Mega Man. Sure he’s got his Archie comics and appearances in games like Smash Bros., but both Mega Man Legends 3 and Mega Man Universe got the axe. Maybe all of this new attention will mean a new entry in one of his many game franchises.

...
Last modified on
Hits: 98
Rate this blog entry:
0
Continue reading

NetNewsWire, the Classic RSS Reader for Mac, Returns with Modern Features

Mac/iOS: Long ago, NetNewsWire was the default pick for RSS reader on the Mac. Then it disappeared for a while. Now, it’s back, with all the trimmings (and price) of a modern RSS reader. That includes a new iOS app.

NetNewsWire works exactly as you’d expect. It’s been updated with a new Yosemite-inspired interface, allows you to bookmark stories, share articles, read in a distraction-free browser, open up tabs, and sync across devices with NetNewsWire Cloud Sync. The syncing is the rub, actually. NetNewsWire doesn’t sync with third-party RSS readers like Feedly (for that, we like Reeder), so you’ll have to import and use NewNewsWire in its own little bubble. It does sync perfectly with the new iOS app though. Thankfully, you can check out a demo before you go shelling out $10 for it.

...
Last modified on
Hits: 86
Rate this blog entry:
0
Continue reading

Earlier this year, we reported that Dom Hofmann, co-founder of Vine, was launching another creative tool called Byte. If Vine inspires creativity by adding a time limit, Byte does so by getting rid of any limits at all. Previously in private beta, Byte is officially live starting today.

Users start with a blank screen and can add images, text, gifs, and music, then share their Byte with other users. Byte encourages collaboration, and will let you remix another person's Byte by adding your own images or removing some of their text.

Byte is like Vine and Instagram on acid

...
Last modified on
Hits: 110
Rate this blog entry:
0
Continue reading
image

More and more Americans are buying into the Apple smartphone ecosystem, largely at the expense of Samsung.

A new report from the digital media analytics company comScore suggests that Apple’s iPhone is continuing to further its lead in the U.S. smartphone market, now accounting for 44.2 percent of all American smartphone users, an increase from the 43.1 percent share it held in April of this year.

A further breakdown shows Apple taking its bite largely out of Samsung’s piece of the pie. Samsung trails Apple with 27.3 percent, while the back of the pack is headed by LG, Motorola and HTC with 8.7 percent, 4.9 percent and 3.5 percent shares of the market, respectively.

...
Last modified on
Hits: 94
Rate this blog entry:
0
Continue reading
Back in 2013, we wrote about an Ohio medical equipment company, named Med Express, which had sued a marginally dissatisfied customer, Amy Nicholls, demanding she take down her eBay review. Her review wasn't even that bad. It just expressed dismay that the product she ordered arrived postage due, meaning she had to pay more than expected to get it. She found that to be a nuisance and expressed it. The lawyer representing Med Express, James Amodio, told Public Citizen's Paul Levy directly that he had filed the lawsuit to get the review taken down, even if it was entirely truthful. Here was Paul Levy, at the time:
I contacted James Amodio, Med Express’s lawyer, to explain to him the many ways in which his lawsuit is untenable. He readily admitted that, as the complaint admits, everything that the customer had posted in her feedback was true; he did not deny that a statement has to be false to be actionable as defamation; but he just plain didn’t care. To the contrary, he told me that I could come up to Medina, Ohio, and argue whatever I might like, but that the case was going to continue unless the feedback was taken down or changed to positive. And he explained why his client was insisting on this change — he said that it sells exclusively over eBay, where a sufficient level of negative feedback can increase the cost of such sales as well as possibly driving away customers
A couple of days later, Med Express's President, Richard Radey, showed up in our comments, appearing to apologize for the lawsuit, and saying it was a mistake and he was instructing his attorneys to drop the lawsuit. He also claimed that the lawyers were doing a lot of this without his knowledge, but he clearly signed an affidavit claiming that the review included "false" information. Paul Levy, once again, pointed out that if this was all a big mistake, it seemed odd that Med Express had filed a bunch of similar lawsuits:
Of the current crop of lawsuits, the suit against Nicholls isn’t even the worst. I haven’t yet been able to see the original documents from the transaction on which Med Express’ lawsuit against Guam resident Tan Jan Chen is based, but the lawsuit against Scranton-area resident Dennis Rogan is over a two-word “neutral” buyer feedback stating “Order retracted.” Apparently, Rogan bought a piece of equipment on eBay but Med Express had to refund his money because, as it explained in a message accompanying the PayPal refund, “This should not have been still listed—we removed this item a few weeks back-it broke.” As in Nicholls’ case, the statement over which Med Express sued for libel was true, but even worse than in Nicholls’ case, Rogan had not even left “negative” feedback.
Also, thanks to a friendly Popehat signal, Nicholls (and Rogan) had found pro bono legal support from Tom Haren and Jeffrey Nye (along with Levy), who quickly filed a response and counterclaims, meaning that even though Radey claimed Med Express was dropping the lawsuit against Nicholls, it couldn't just walk away.

And... because of that, Med Express just got hit with $20,000 in sanctions for filing a bogus lawsuit. You can read the decision here. Even without an anti-SLAPP law in Ohio, the court clearly recognized that this was a frivolous lawsuit. Not only that, the court found that Radey himself appeared to be playing word games in his own testimony to the court.

Specifically, during testimony Radey claimed that he had seen the reviews give "1" ratings in "all of those categories" (on eBay you can rate a seller on 4 different categories). However, as a representative from eBay told the court, the sellers don't actually get to see those ratings -- and, neither Rogan nor Nicholls actually gave Med Express a "1" in every category (in fact, Rogan only rated Med Express in one category and gave the company the highest rating, a 5). That's called lying by Radey.

The deposition of [eBay's] Ms. Long shows that Mr. Rady's testimony was false.
Radey then testified again, in which he tried to tap dance around his earlier false testimony. The court explains here:
Mr. Radey also testified again. His testimony varied from the first hearing in that he attempted to clarify his prior trial testimony wherein he testified he saw Defendants Nicholls and Rogan rated him with all 1's in the detailed seller ratings categories. This time he testified he must have jumped to the conclusion Nicholls and Rogan rated him with all 1's (as opposed to his prior testimony that he basically watched it happen almost live). Mr. Rady also testified he called Ebay years ago and Ebay gave him the idea to file suit against Ebay and buyers leaving negative feedback. The negative feedback could be removed by court order. The testimony wasn't credible.
Apparently, Radey and Med Express went through five different lawyers during this whole process, and back in July, their last lawyer withdrew from the case, citing "irreconcilable differences with the client." And the company has not found a new lawyer.

In the end, the court is not at all impressed by Radey.

...
Last modified on
Hits: 243
Rate this blog entry:
0
Continue reading

Posted by on in Wired

Microwave meals get a bad rap. It’s no mystery why: No matter how many new-age “organic” meals pop up in the freezer aisle, microwave-ready cuisine has long meant Hot Pockets and sad Lean Cuisine dinners, days-old leftovers, and nights spent wordlessly chewing in front of the TV.

Joseph Joseph, the British kitchenware brand known for exceptionally clever cooking gear, is changing that. Its M-Cuisine line includes six sets of devices designed to make something approaching fine dining (in this case, “fine” being more elevated than a frozen burrito) possible in a microwave.

There’s a surprisingly long list of foods you can cook in a microwave. Poached eggs, pasta, and steamed vegetables typically get prepared on a stovetop, but with the right settings, a microwave works too. The trouble for most people, says Antony Joseph, the company’s creative director and half of the fraternal founders, comes down to gear and space. Nearly everyone has a microwave, but “there is a lack of good quality cookware available that is designed specifically for this ubiquitous kitchen appliance,” he says. “As a result, many consumers are forced to improvise with unsuitable containers that often create a mess, break, or are simply unsafe.”

JJ_Mcuisine_StackSet_45001_CO1 Joseph JosephM-Cuisine aims to solve those problems. Everything’s made with injection-molded polypropylene, so it’s microwave-safe and easy to clean. Some of the bowls use a double-walled design, which prevents scalding exteriors. More importantly, though, the pieces are designed around a specific constraint: the microwave plate. You only have one to work with at a time (versus a stovetop with four burners), which could belabor the cooking process. To combat that, the Joseph brothers, along with British design firm Youmeus Design, found ways to pack a ton of utility onto the microwave plate. Take the stackable cooking set ($42). It has a pot at the base, for preparing rice or pasta, a steamer basket for vegetables or fish, a pan for foods that need to sautée, and a lid like a typical microwave plate. This allows you to prep four dishes, more or less at once. Different foods require different cook times, so you can pause the microwave to add or remove dishes as needed without juggling lots of cookware. Likewise, because the Joseph brothers designed the omelet bowl ($12) with one flat-edged side, you can both prep with it, and then tilt it over to cook eggs, as if on a griddle. The Joseph brothers are especially adept at identifying cultural macro-trends, and designing for them. They’ve made a consistent focal point of the constraints of urban living for many years now. Many of the brand’s hallmark products—the folding cutting board, the rainbow-hued nesting bowls and spoons, the flat-stacked cooking spoon set—cater specifically to the needs of young adults who live in cramped apartments but have good taste and an interest in cooking. M-Cuisine speaks to another, adjacent, trend: People don’t really cook anymore, but like to feel as though they do. Joseph Joseph did some in-house research, and found that 60 percent of consumers in the US spend a maximum of 30 minutes cooking dinner, compared to one hour in the 1980s, and 100 minutes in the 1960s. Because more women work now than in the 1960s, and because of the surge in fast food and pre-made meals, those figures won’t surprise anyone. What’s interesting now, however, is the proliferation of delivery start ups—like Blue Apron or Plated—that let us keep cooking meals in 30 minutes, but revive the feeling of a home-cooked meal. M-Cuisine taps into that consumer desire. It’s convenient, but not too convenient. Go Back to Top. Skip To: Start of Article.
Last modified on
Hits: 77
Rate this blog entry:
0

WESTERN DIGITAL subsidiary WD has announced a major upgrade to its My Cloud NAS drive series with a complete overhaul of the WD NAS operating system.

My Cloud OS 3 will roll out to devices later this month, and includes a number of new features backed with an updated version of the My Cloud Mirror device (below).

A new version of the My Cloud Photos app, to be called My Cloud Albums, will work alongside online access from mycloud.com to offer more comprehensive photo and video storage options, as well as direct link creation for collaboration and sharing on specific albums.

...
Last modified on
Hits: 76
Rate this blog entry:
0
Continue reading

Posted by on in Slashdot
An anonymous reader writes: Five years ago, the city of Salisbury, North Carolina began a project to roll out fiber across its territory. They decided to do so because the private ISPs in the area weren't willing to invest more in the local infrastructure. Now, Salisbury has announced that it's ready to make 10 Gbps internet available to all of the city's residents. While they don't expect many homeowners to have a use for the $400/month 10 Gbps plan, they expect to have some business customers. "This is really geared toward attracting businesses that need this type of bandwidth and have it anywhere they want in the city." Normal residents can get 50 Mbps upstream and downstream for $45/month. A similar service was rolled out for a rural section of Vermont in June. Hopefully these cities will serve as blueprints for other locations that aren't able to get a decent fiber system from private ISPs.
Last modified on
Hits: 78
Rate this blog entry:
0

Posted by on in RE/Code

The TV guys, as you may have heard, are looking to the digital guys to help them figure out this whole future of media thing.

And the digital guys? They’re interested in making TV shows.

Here’s the latest example: Tastemade, a Web video startup aimed at people who like making and eating food, has sold one of its shows to the Cooking Channel.

...
Last modified on
Hits: 84
Rate this blog entry:
0
Continue reading

A fully functioning quantum computer is still twelve years off, according to Intel, but the company is already plowing research funding into the field.

On Thursday, Intel promised to fund QuTech, a research unit at the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands, to the tune of $50 million over 10 years, and to provide additional staff and equipment to support its work.

QuTech hopes the partnership will allow it to combine its theoretical work on quantum computing with Intel’s manufacturing expertise to produce quantum computing devices on a larger scale.

...
Last modified on
Hits: 87
Rate this blog entry:
0
Continue reading
$260.00
End Date: Thursday Sep-10-2015 7:59:19 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $260.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
Last modified on
Hits: 130
Rate this blog entry:
0

If you're the type that reads smartphone specifications closely, chances are you're familiar with the name "Snapdragon." It's Qualcomm's system-on-chip (SoC) for mobile devices that typically includes a central processor and a graphics processing unit, and it powers more smartphones than any other type of chip.

Many of today's top smartphones use the Snapdragon 810 chip, one of the speediest on the market. But in a blog post Wednesday, Qualcomm dropped a bomb by revealing that the SoC's next iteration, the Snapdragon 820, will have twice the processing power and double the power efficiency of a Snapdragon 810.

While this probably won't directly translate into a smartphone whose battery lasts twice as long as today's models, the Snapdragon 820 will have a big impact on both the power and battery life of upcoming smartphones featuring the chip.

...
Last modified on
Hits: 128
Rate this blog entry:
0
Continue reading
At the IFA show this week Motorola expanded its Moto 360 smartwatch lineup to include a number of new options, including one wearable designed exclusively for women.
10 Cool Fitness Trackers That Aren't Apple Watch

10 Cool Fitness Trackers That Aren't Apple Watch

(Click image for larger view and slideshow.)

BERLIN -- Motorola unveiled a wristful of new smartwatches this week at the IFA trade show here. The collection of timepieces varies in size, color, and design, and includes a series specifically for women. These wearables pack a punch in the performance department, too, and offer more than just good looks.

The Moto 360 comes in two sizes: 42mm or 46mm for men, and 42mm for women. Each measures 11.4mm thick. The screens measure 1.37-inches for the 42mm size and 1.56-inches for the 42mm size. The display, which is a backlit LCD protected by Gorilla Glass, has a resolution of 360 by 360 pixels. In person, the screens are bright and look sharp. How you adorn the screen is up to you.

...
Last modified on
Hits: 90
Rate this blog entry:
0
Continue reading

Posted by on in Gizmodo

Google May Hold a Nexus Event on September 29

When a company announces a new phone, it generally comes with a tech event. It’s true of Apple, Samsung, LG, and every other smartphone maker out there—except for Google. The Nexus phones usually just come out quietly with a press release and availability in the Google Store. That might be changing this year.

Technology is filled with all kinds of rumors and speculation — real and fabricated. BitStream collects all those whispers into one place to deliver your morning buzz.

...
Last modified on
Hits: 99
Rate this blog entry:
0
Continue reading

Social Login

Subscribe Today

captcha  

Wal-Mart.com USA, LLC