Archive for July, 2013

Hamburger, Hamburger, Lab-Burger?

The world’s first lab-grown hamburger will be served Monday (Aug. 5) in London in front of an invitation-only crowd, according to NBC News. No word on a special sauce, lettuce or a sesame bun. The “meat” was grown from cow stem cells in a laboratory vat, then combined with lab-grown fat to create the proper juicy bite of a hamburger. Continue reading

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Pebble not meeting your needs? The Basis knows just a little too much about you for your comfort? Is the Metawatch too meta?

Well then meet the Hot Watch, out of Dallas. The company just launched the product on Kickstarter, and though the campaign is mostly bull shit (with arguments like: “your phone is too expensive to risk taking out of your pocket”), the product seems to be pretty fly for a new guy… in the smartwatch space. I’m funny, dammit. Laugh! Continue reading


In late 2006, researchers from the Institute of Hydrobiology at the Chinese Academy of Sciencesin Wuhan, China returned from a six-week journey on the Yangtze River, dejected.

They had searched far and wide for signs of the baji — commonly known as the “Goddess of the Yangtze,” China’s famed river dolphin — and came up empty. Months later the freshwater species was declared functionally extinct. Continue reading


Manufacturing smartphones is a competitive game. I’m talking playing StarCraft in South Korea rough. Succeeding in this market is akin to getting into an Ivy League university, then going on to join the NFL. It’s not impossible, but neither is becoming president. Continue reading


There are more or less two kinds of people in the world: People whose first impulse upon buying a 3D printer is to build James Bond’s car, and everyone else. New Zealand resident and programmer Ivan Sentch? Yeah, he’s the first kind. Continue reading

The battle for the best and most powerful Android smartphone in the world is sometimes heavily fought in benchmark scores. This is how the Galaxy S3 was known to be the better Android phone. Same is true with the Galaxy S4. Continue reading

There’s been intense interest lately in the new National Security Agency data center in Bluffdale, Utah and its capabilities. The NSA isn’t likely to allow the world a look inside the new Utah data center anytime soon. But that hasn’t always been the case. Continue reading

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Let newsmakers embed your content and they’ll look to you for material, likely publish more to you, and you’ll have more content to advertise against. That’s why Facebook today begins allowing “public” posts to be embedded on third-party sites, a strategy pioneered by Twitter in 2010 and recently copied by Instagram. Embedding is slated for a full roll out, but for now you can get preview on five sites. Continue reading


General Keith Alexander, head of the NSA, gave the keynote speech at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas today. It was more interesting than I expected. Continue reading

IDG News Service – Researchers in the U.S. have managed to spoof GPS (Global Positioning System) signals to send a yacht hundreds of meters off course, while fooling the crew into thinking the yacht was remaining perfectly on course. Continue reading