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Solving the mystery of Webdriver Torso

Yahoo Technology News - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 04:11

Solving the mystery of Webdriver TorsoSince September last year, a YouTube user named Webdriver Torso has uploaded over 80,000 videos onto their channel, most of which being 11-second clips inexplicably filled with colored rectangles. The channel's eccentric patterns eventually drew the attention of the internet, leading to multiple attempts at understanding the true purpose behind Webdriver Torso. Over at Engadget, James Trew writes about the YouTube account's past and how its many mysteries were eventually solved. ...


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EE could soon ditch Carphone Warehouse and Phones4U

Yahoo Technology News - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 03:22

EE could soon ditch Carphone Warehouse and Phones4UA strategic shift by the UK's largest mobile operator could leave a nasty taste in the mouths of Carphone Warehouse and its new partner Dixons. The Telegraph reports that just weeks after the two UK retailers confirmed plans to merge ...


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Logitech's universal remotes can now control your Sonos speakers

Yahoo Technology News - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 03:00

Logitech's universal remotes can now control your Sonos speakersIf you like to simplify your home theater with universal remotes, there's a good chance that you also like multi-room audio systems. Wouldn't it be swell if you could combine the two? As of today, it's easy.


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Spotify now handles multi-room streaming on Samsung devices

Yahoo Technology News - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 02:18

Spotify now handles multi-room streaming on Samsung devicesIf you've decided to invest in Samsung's wireless audio multiroom system instead of similar offerings from the likes of Sonos, there's good news: it now supports Spotify's Connect system. If you'll recall, that'll allow you to stream music ...


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Nikon 1 V3: Real-world Sample Images

Digital Photography Review - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 02:13
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Nikon's 1 V3 is the newest model in the company's enthusiast mirrorless interchangeable lens camera system. The V3 is built around an 18.4 MP CX-format sensor, and uses a hybrid contrast (171 points) and phase detect (105 points) AF system. The V3 boasts a continuous shooting speed that outpaces DSLRs at 20 fps with full autofocus. The camera is also capable of 1080/60p Full HD video. Click through to see how it performs.

Company creates blanket for tornado protection

Yahoo Technology News - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 01:14
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma company has created a protective blanket that developers say could give children a better chance of surviving debris from a tornado — or bullets from a 9 mm handgun.
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Nano barcodes can trace bombs even after they've exploded

Yahoo Technology News - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 01:05

Nano barcodes can trace bombs even after they've explodedYou may not pay much notice to product trackers like barcodes and RFID tags, but they're absolutely vital in some fields; they cut back on bootlegging and help police determine the origins of bombs. Worcester Polytechnic Institute may have just delivered a major breakthrough, then, by developing nanoparticle barcodes. The minuscule tracers identify an object by producing a unique thermal signature (those colored lines you see in the photo) when they reach their melting point.


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'Minecraft' creator's new game makes a statement with weird horse physics

Yahoo Technology News - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 01:03

'Minecraft' creator's new game makes a statement with weird horse physicsMarkus "Notch" Persson's latest game is all about a horse and a ball. It involves leading the quadruped aimlessly along mountainous terrain, sometimes nudging a giant sphere around the same environment, and little more. According to a Reddit post, Cliffhorse was inspired by Notch's own references to the notoriously strange equine physics in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It took Notch about two hours with the Unity game engine, a handful of free assets, and encouragement from the public to create the free-to-download game. Best known for his work on Minecraft, he says that Cliffhorse is a riff on "the more embarrassing minimum-effort Greenlight games" and Goat Simulator's incredible success. Notch added, "I also threw in a loving jab at paying for early access, which is how Minecraft got here at all."


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This smart hoodie lets you message friends on the sly

Yahoo Technology News - Sun, 06/08/2014 - 23:35

This smart hoodie lets you message friends on the slyYou don't have to be a forward-thinking fashion designer or scientist to produce tech-savvy clothing. Need evidence? Just look at the smart hoodie developed by New York University grad students Alina Balean and Rucha Patwardhan. They've integrated a cellular-equipped Arduino board and switches into the wearable, letting you send messages through discreet movements; you can cover your head to text your mom, or roll up your sleeve to post on Facebook.


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How would you change Intel's Next Unit of Computing?

Yahoo Technology News - Sun, 06/08/2014 - 21:53

How would you change Intel's Next Unit of Computing?What is Intel's Next Unit of Computing? It's far too bulky to be an Intel-hewn alternative to the Raspberry Pi or Arduino, nor is it powerful enough to be designed to replace a low-powered desktop. Sitting awkwardly between the two, we imagine that plenty of you bought one of these for curiosity's sake, but have you used it? What projects did it fit into, and how easy was it to use? Share your experiences of this over at our forums, you never know, some Intel engineers might even be listening.


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Bill Gates' behind-the-scenes work to make sweeping education reforms a reality

Yahoo Technology News - Sun, 06/08/2014 - 21:44

Bill Gates' behind-the-scenes work to make sweeping education reforms a realityOver the past few years, lawmakers have quickly enacted major, sweeping education reforms, and they've done it largely under the radar. The US' new education standards for kindergarten through 12th grade, known as the Common Core, were instituted across the majority of states with little pushback despite the strongly divided opinions of educators and leaders. The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation was instrumental in making the reforms a reality — the foundation stepped outside its normal operating arenas and funneled money to gain broad support for the reforms. ...


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Feedback Loop: must-play video games, Netflix woes and more

Yahoo Technology News - Sun, 06/08/2014 - 20:29

 must-play video games, Netflix woes and moreJune is here! Let's get this summer started with a fresh edition of Feedback Loop. Kris finds a list of video games we must play before we die; Netflix tries to shame ISPs; Tetris hits the big three-zero and we discuss whether everything announced at WWDC was innovative enough. All that and more past the break!


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Review: Quirky Space Bar USB hub

Electronista - Sun, 06/08/2014 - 20:27
When computers don't come with enough USB ports to handle the growing number user obtain, consumers are left to find a way to accommodate them all. Either users can swap out plugs as needed or they can look into another solution like a USB hub. These USB hubs come in a number of configurations, often presenting a number of ports or a device that can travel. But what about a USB hub that is a more permanent solution for desktops? The Quirky Space Bar is one such hub, giving consumers a desktop solution that doubles as a monitor riser. Would it be something to entrust your devices and monitor to...






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Art exhibit tracks bike rides to fight for safer streets

Yahoo Technology News - Sun, 06/08/2014 - 18:02

Art exhibit tracks bike rides to fight for safer streetsBesides creating unique wall prints, the exhibit serves as a tool to show where bike paths are most needed and it's also assisting in the fight to make one German city more bike friendly. When residents download the app and go for a bike ride, they can choose to have their route recorded by the app. That information can then be used as ammunition in the fight to get bike lanes built in the city, which was recently rated by one group as the least bike-friendly city in Germany.


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5 video game trends expected at E3

Yahoo Technology News - Sun, 06/08/2014 - 17:35

FILE - In this June 11, 2013 file photo, show attendees play video games on the new Sony PlayStation 4 at the Sony booth during the Electronic Entertainment Expo, in Los Angeles. With the launch of the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Wii U in the video game industry's rearview mirror, the spotlight at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, held June 10-12, 2014, is expected to shift back to games. From online-only titles to virtual reality experiences, about 200 exhibitors will hype their latest software in hopes of driving away from E3 with The Next Big Thing. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, file)LOS ANGELES (AP) — With the launch of the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Wii U in the video game industry's rearview mirror, the spotlight at this week's Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles is expected to shift back to games. From online-only titles to virtual reality experiences, about 200 exhibitors will hype their latest software in hopes of becoming The Next Big Thing. A sampling:


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Your smart TV can be hacked over the air, but it's not likely

Yahoo Technology News - Sun, 06/08/2014 - 17:08

Your smart TV can be hacked over the air, but it's not likelyIt only makes sense that putting a TV online theoretically exposes it to hackers, but it's now clear that those hacks don't have to go through conventional internet pipelines. A team of Columbia University researchers has published details of ...


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Bungie's Destiny gameplay leaked during stream by alpha tester

Electronista - Sun, 06/08/2014 - 17:05
New gameplay footage of Bungie's Destiny has showed up online, though this time it isn't from the company itself. The game had footage leaked last week when one of the game's alpha testers decided to stream during a play round on the Playstation 4. Activision has been quick to pull videos down on YouTube, but other sources are still available....






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Finally, there's a hoodie that can text your mom

Yahoo Technology News - Sun, 06/08/2014 - 15:57

Finally, there's a hoodie that can text your momWearable electronics don't just have to go on your wrist or your face, it turns out: students in New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) have designed what they call the "Smart Hoodie," a hooded sweatshirt with a GSM radio sewn in that can respond to different gestures. The creators show three of those gestures in their demonstration — touching the hood, touching a sleeve, and rolling up a sleeve — each of which send a different text message to a pre-programmed contact.


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What it's like to drive a Tesla Model S in the UK

Yahoo Technology News - Sun, 06/08/2014 - 15:26

What it's like to drive a Tesla Model S in the UKIn a nutshell: more fun and more practical than you might expect, despite the high upfront cost. The right-hand drive model of the Tesla Model S has just arrived in the UK and it instantly transforms the story of electric cars in this country. Instead of being a glossy, distant, sometimes Hollywood-ised drama taking place along the West Coast of America, I find myself looking at a sleek, relatively unostentatious saloon parked up in the grey drizzle of Canning Town, East London.


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