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MIT 3D-printed the shape-shifting future of pasta

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:31:00 -0400

(image) A new research project from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Tangible Media Group combines 3D printing, molecular gastronomy and macaroni. According to MIT News, researchers Wen Wang and Lining Yao have engineered flat sheets of gelatin an...

Theresa May wants to force tech giants to curb extremist content

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:08:00 -0400

(image) British Prime Minister Theresa May called on global leaders at the G7 conference in Sicily to force internet and social media companies stop the spread of terrorist content available online. "Make no mistake: the fight is moving from the battlefield...

Don't scream: The new 'Friday the 13th' game is out today

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:01:00 -0400

(image) After a slight delay, the first official Friday the 13th game since 1989 is available today on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. If you want to jump right into the action at Camp Crystal Lake, though, you might have to wait for Friday the 13th: The Gam...

Sergey Brin’s secret airship will deliver aid and schlep his family

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:40:00 -0400

(image) Last month, news dropped that Google co-founder Sergey Brin is building an airship on the sly -- not a traditional airplane but an honest-to-god helium-filled dirigible. While he insisted the project wasn't operating under the tech titan, which had p...

The Facebook president and Zuck's racist rulebook

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:18:00 -0400

(image) If a political campaign is an engine then propaganda is its oil, and its gas is the medium of communication with voters. The hacking of the DNC and tonnes of raw crude in propaganda mined out through WikiLeaks, Breitbart and Daily Stormer was black...

Qualcomm pays BlackBerry $940 million in royalty spat

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:03:00 -0400

(image) Qualcomm hasn't been very successful with its licensing practices. It's gotten into trouble in South Korea for charging phone makers over an "unnecessarily broad set of patents" It has also been dealing with lawsuits from the FTC and Apple for simila...

Forget flying cars and get ready for air taxis

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:30:00 -0400

(image) Flying cars are dumb.

Uber is free to operate in Italy on a long-term basis

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:08:00 -0400

(image) If you're in Italy, you can use Uber. A court in Rome today annulled a temporary ban placed on Uber in early April that prevented the company from advertising and operating throughout the country. This didn't completely stop Uber from infiltrating It...

Google will work with Vietnam to remove ‘toxic’ content

Fri, 26 May 2017 13:36:00 -0400

(image) In line with recent agreements to prune their internet content in certain countries, Google's parent company Alphabet will now work with Vietnam's government to remove "toxic" information from its sites. The announcement came today following a meetin...

Almost every adult still watches TV the old-fashioned way

Fri, 26 May 2017 13:02:00 -0400

(image) Surprise: an overwhelming majority of adults still watch TV on a TV despite cord-cutting and the prevalence of mobile broadband. 92 percent of those aged 18 and older according to a recent report from Nielsen, to be exact. "Sure, viewers have more op...

The exciting world of credit card terminals is coming to VR

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:23:00 -0400

(image) In maybe the most boring VR announcement to date, payment processing company WorldPay has decided to bring its services to virtual worlds. The UK-based company, one of the leading payment processors worldwide, used the HTC Vive for its prototype. In...

The best turntable for casual listening

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:00:00 -0400

(image) By Chris Heinonen This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its wor...

Facebook and Google ask Congress for surveillance reform (again)

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:44:00 -0400

(image) It's no secret that the American government monitors the web data of non-citizens it considers potential threats. But major tech companies such as Facebook, Microsoft, and Google are looking to change the way that surveillance is handled by the gover...

Windows metadata bug has been waiting to cripple older machines

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:25:00 -0400

(image) If you're still using Windows 7 or Windows 8, there's another security issue you need to be aware of aside from Wannacry. This one won't hold your computer ransom for bitcoin, though. Actually, it might be more annoying than it is dangerous. Research...

A Paris school is using AI to monitor distracted students

Fri, 26 May 2017 10:58:00 -0400

(image) For those of us who zone out during university lectures, the temptation multiplies when you taking classes from home. Next fall, a business school in France will try to stop online students from getting distracted with an AI app called Nestor. To jud...

Truly intelligent enemies could change the face of gaming

Fri, 26 May 2017 10:30:00 -0400

(image) Live, die, repeat -- the tagline for the 2014 science-fiction film Edge of Tomorrow -- describes its protagonist, who "respawned" every time he died in the real world. Critics noted that the conceit resembled the cyclical experience of playing a vide...

'Far Cry 5' brings cult mayhem to Hope County February 27th

Fri, 26 May 2017 10:14:00 -0400

(image) Far Cry 5 is going to be a little different than you might expect. The new announcement trailer paints a picture of pastoral life that lends itself surprisingly well to the franchise's familiar trappings: hunting, off-road vehicles, airplanes and gun...

Everything you need to know about mobile Amber Alerts

Fri, 26 May 2017 10:00:00 -0400

(image) At 2:38 PM on May 19th, 2017, my phone buzzed, emitting a high-pitched tone. So did the phone of my colleague Roberto Baldwin, who was standing with me inside a Starbucks near our office. Actually, all of the phones in that Starbucks buzzed at the sa...

Oculus Rift officially supports the HTC Vive’s best feature

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:27:00 -0400

(image) The Oculus Rift has technically supported room-scale VR since the system's Touch motion controllers first went on sale last December. But purchasing an additional sensor didn't guarantee foolproof 3D tracking for greater immersion right off the bat....

Time-bending shooter 'Superhot VR' arrives on HTC Vive

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:02:00 -0400

(image) Superhot VR didn't start life as an Oculus Rift game, but it eventually made it to the VR headset. With dual-wielding guns and further tweaks to improve the title for a new interface, it turned into a short-but-sweet slice of virtual reality gaming....

'Pokémon Go' update gives cheaters lousy monsters

Fri, 26 May 2017 08:38:00 -0400

(image) With a new update, Pokémon Go cheaters won't be banned, but instead thrown into a depressing purgatory. As spotted by Reddit's hardcore Pokémon Go site, Silph Road, Niantic is now "shadowbanning" cheaters by only letting them find humdr...

Kodak's chunky, retro cameraphone is coming to the US

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:44:00 -0400

(image) You might not hear much about Kodak these days, but the brand still exists -- it even released a new smartphone with a humongous camera in Europe last year. Now, that same phone named after its Ektra camera from the '40s has made its way to the US. A...

The Morning After: Friday, May 26th 2017

Fri, 26 May 2017 06:00:00 -0400

(image) Welcome to Friday morning. In the last 24 hours, we gazed at SpaceX's latest rocket tests and heard about major financial companies involving themselves in bitcoin. Meanwhile, Microsoft's Twitch competitor has (sort of) relaunched with a new name and...

The ‘Monster Hunter’ series is coming to Nintendo's Switch

Fri, 26 May 2017 04:17:00 -0400

(image) We knew it was going to happen. Capcom will be bringing its hugely popular (at least in Japan) action RPG to Nintendo's hybrid console, although the first title won't be a completely new iteration. Monster Hunter XX is pitched as an expanded edition...

Raspberry Pi is merging with a coding foundation

Fri, 26 May 2017 02:00:00 -0400

(image) Raspberry Pi's credit card-sized computers have helped kickstart a coding revolution. Thanks to their low cost, major companies like Google and VMWare have distributed thousands of the DIY boards to children all over the world in the hope that it'll...