Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, and according to the CDC, clogged arteries from coronary heart disease kill more than 385,000 people annually. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a tiny device they hope will lower that statistic — it's a 1.4-millimeter silicon chip that takes real-time, 3D images from inside the heart, coronary arteries, and surrounding blood vessels. Using volumetric imaging, it could better guide doctors through heart surgery and allow them to unclog some patients' arteries without major surgery. This lets the chip travel through the blood vessels easily and provide 3D images along the way.
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An unidentified Harvard community member managed to break their way into the university's high-powered "Odyssey cluster" last week all for the purpose of mining Dogecoin, reports the Harvard Crimson. The offending miner was reportedly using the research network to participate in a mining competition, taking up significant resources from the cluster in the process. However, making use of it for Dogecoin mining could potentially be a lucrative enterprise. Since the popular cryptocurrency is currently only valued at less than a cent, mining on a personal computer to make a profit is a hard sell.
The clash between protestors and authorities in the Ukraine that turned Kiev's Independence Square into a war zone this week has been documented in unflinching detail. The latest comes from an aerial drone dispatched by RT News that shows some of the worst of the clashes from high above. In the Ukraine's case, a peace deal between President Viktor Yanukovych and opposition leaders was signed earlier today, something designed to end the conflict that's left dozens dead, and hundreds injured. It was followed by a vote by Ukraine's parliament to free former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
The ability to block people on social networks seems like a basic idea, but that's one thing LinkedIn didn't have prior to today. Now, thanks to a new (and aptly named) Member Blocking feature, LinkedIn will start letting you block other members on the site. LinkedIn points out that while having an option to block users may sound quite simple, it wasn't easy to bake into its product.
Crowdpilot is a free iOS app that lets friends, strangers or paid assistants listen in on your activities and send you 140-character tips. We tried out Crowdpilot and found the service is plagued by delays and a lack of clarity. Downloading Crowdpilot from the App Store was quick and simple.
With net neutrality in flux, disputes over the path of web traffic have taken on an unexpectedly high profile — but at least one high-profile fight may be coming to an end. GigaOm has discovered evidence of a new peering arrangement between Comcast and Netflix, allowing for a more direct route through the network that would result in faster speeds. According to this test by App.net co-founder Bryan Berg, Comcast is now serving Netflix traffic through direct connections, suggesting a fundamental change in the peering connections between the two networks. As the leading web video provider, and thus a substantial portion of the traffic served on most networks, Netflix has faced constant conflict with providers over bandwidth and peering issues.
Federal authorities have indicted four men on 29 counts of fraud, and allege that the group conned dozens of people into funding a fake film starring a bevy of celebrities — including Jean-Claude Van Damme, John Cusack, and Gerard Butler. The group members, who operated under the guise of a company called Mutual Entertainment, LLC, were indicted yesterday on federal fraud charges for running the scam. Three of the men are also being hit with a civil suit filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which alleges that they defrauded some 60 individuals. "Investors were falsely told that actors ranging from Donald Sutherland to Jean-Claude Van Damme would appear in the movie when in fact they were never even approached," a statement from the SEC reads.
What happens when you cross Being John Malkovich with NES classic The Legend of Zelda? You get the terrifying Oculus Rift demo seen in video below the break. The mod is currently just the game's overworld and its first dungeon, but there are plans to scale up the whole game to VR playability by March of this year (yes, for free -- this is Nintendo's property, after all). Should you already have an Oculus headset and a strong constitution, the demo's available right here.
By Nick Brown NEW YORK (Reuters) - Charlie Ergen, the largest creditor of bankrupt wireless venture LightSquared, on Friday objected to a framework of the company's restructuring plan that would pay him in the form of a note while giving other lenders cash payouts. In papers filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York, Ergen, through his investment vehicle SP Special Opportunities, asked Judge Shelley Chapman to rule that the plan is not financially feasible, and to do so before parties devote resources to obtaining creditor support for it. LightSquared's $33 million bankruptcy loan is set to run out around the end of March. Ergen is the chairman of Dish Network Corp, but insists he amassed his roughly $1 billion chunk of LightSquared's senior loan debt on his own behalf.
As Airbnb's housing rental service continues to grow in popularity, the company wants to ensure that all guests have a safe stay. Today, Phil Cardenas — who is Airbnb's "Trust and Safety Manager" — published a blog post revealing that all hosts will need to confirm they've installed both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors by the end of 2014.
If our articles have been tagged properly, the first mention of Oppo on Engadget dates back to August 2005. No one would have thought that this then-fledgling DVD player manufacturer -- a spin-off from Vivo's parent company BBK -- would end up making some interesting smartphones. It's funny how both of these Chinese brands have been getting our attention lately with top specs, nice designs and reasonable prices.
Wireless speed doesn’t come cheap for Americans and Japanese, who pay through the nose for wireless service in exchange for some of the worst-performing LTE networks in the world. That’s the takeaway of new data from Ookla, which gathered performance stats worldwide using its Android and iOS Speedtest.net apps. Whereas US carriers, on average, offered disappointing 13.2 megabit per second (Mbps) download speeds on LTE over the course of 2013, carriers in countries like Australia, Canada, and the UK delivered speeds nearly two to three times faster. In fact, out of the 40 countries with the most LTE tests in 2013, the US offered slower speeds than all of them, with the exception of the Puerto Rico, the Philippines, and India.
Gaming has been scoring big in the headlines lately and Ben Gilbert's been paying attention. The studio that brought you BioShock Infinite has been dissolved and Doom 4 becomes 'Doom' all over again -- which is fine with Terrence since that's how he remembers it anyway. It might be IPO time for the company behind Candy Crush Saga and the numbers behind that reasoning are pretty interesting.
(Reuters) - Satellite TV provider Dish Network Corp reported a 38 percent rise in fourth-quarter profit on Friday and the company's chairman said he saw "nothing good" for competitors if U.S. regulators approve the merger of Comcast Corp and Time Warner Cable. Dish shares rose 1.6 percent to $57.97 after it reported earnings-per-share of 63 cents, beating the 41-cent consensus forecast of analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen said the combination of Comcast and Time Warner Cable would concentrate broadband, video and content in a "nationwide player." "That's going to send a seismic shift across our industry in ways that maybe we can't predict today," he said on a conference call after the satellite TV provider released its results. Comcast, the nation's largest cable company, said on February 13 that it had agreed to acquire No. 4 Time Warner Cable in an all-stock deal for $45.2 billion.