A Swiss team has applied Darwinian selection to robot development, producing robots that can walk, cooperate and even hunt each other.
"Just a few hundred generations of selection are sufficient to allow robots to evolve collision-free movement, homing, sophisticated predator versus prey strategies, coadaptation of brains and bodies...
Sunday, 31 January 2010
A Swiss team has applied Darwinian selection to robot development, producing robots that can walk, cooperate and even hunt each other.
Is your browser configuration rare or unique ? If so, web sites may be able to track you, even if you limit or disable cookies.
Panopticlick tests your browser to see how unique it is based on the information it will share with sites it visits.
So I started to think: What would it take to get Flash on the iPad? Seeing that its a political situation the clear answer is that the CEO of Adobe needs to make nice with Steve.
And then it hit me: Who the hell is the CEO of Adobe? Back in the day THE guy at Adobe was Warnock but that was eons ago � so who is running Adobe today?
Saturday, 30 January 2010
The new $499 iPad tablet actually runs Apple about $270 in materials and manufacturing costs, a Wall Street analyst said today.
Policymakers who have become increasingly concerned about drivers using cell phones now have a new worry: According to a study of four jurisdictions that have banned the use of hand-held devices while driving, the laws have not reduced accident rates.
The iPad may not have a camera in its current incarnation, but Apple's at least laying the foundation for one: we just confirmed with extremely trusted sources that iPhone OS 3.2 contains rudimentary support for video calling, which could explain that mysterious space at the top of the device in our leaked pics.
January 28, 2010, is officially "Data Privacy Day." and while the idea is to promote individual control over personally identifiable information, the fact is that selling privacy for profit has failed, and companies accused of invading privacy have prospered.
Friday, 29 January 2010
Several UK Lords have criticized the practices of law firms that send out warning letters to alleged copyright infringers demanding big payments.
The law firms facilitating this copyright abuse have been labeled a scam, and accused of harassment, bullying and intrusion� and legal blackmail� in the House of Lords.
Security experts have warned of a new scam which appears to be threatening Facebook users.
Facebook users are passing around a message, warning each other about the application, called the 'Unnamed app', and unwittingly creating an opportunity for hackers.
Asus' Corporate Vice President, recently confirmed to members of the press that it's planning to release an Eee Pad in the future.
He stated that an affordable touchscreen, 3G-equipped device in the form of a tablet would be unveiled later this year, and it will be equipped with NVIDIA's Tegra 2.
Microsoft Corp posted a bigger-than-expected 60 percent jump in quarterly profit, helped by strong sales of Windows 7, and said it expected business technology spending to recover this year.
Thursday, 28 January 2010
In a spectacular mistake (at least to phone geeks), Walmart.com put up an erroneous page today claiming to be selling a Google Nexus One phone which supports AT&T's, Sprint's and/or Verizon's 3G networks.
Steve Jobs is rehearsing his pitch in the mirror.
Bloggers are already at their keyboards. Today, after years of speculation, Apple will unveil its new tablet device, unofficially nicknamed the iPad. Here are the 6 best � and worst � of the fake iPad ads.
Engadget gets the first hands-on with the iPad!
Oracle announced Wednesday it completed its acquisition of Sun Microsystems in a deal valued at more than $7 billion, a move that transforms the database and business-software giant into a hardware company as well.
Netflix added 1.1 million customers to its ranks in the fourth quarter, a record for the 11-year-old company, and posted a 36% surge in profit, the company said Wednesday.
Wednesday, 27 January 2010
AT&T Inc., the exclusive U.S. wireless carrier for the iPhone, plans to improve the performance of its network to reverse declining customer satisfaction with the service, an Apple Inc. executive said.
If you are looking to invest in technology, these companies are a good start.
"Fatal System Error" is a true-life tale of how U.S. mobsters and Russian gangsters have exploited the Internet and the Web over the past decade to rake in the money.
Author Joseph Menn of the Financial Times shows how cybercrime, techies, gamblers and law enforcement get tangled up from Florida to Costa Rica to Moscow
The default search provider for new installations of Ubuntu Lucid (10.04) and upgrades will be Yahoo! and not Google.
Canonical have struck a revenue sharing deal with Yahoo! which generates income for the company.
Tuesday, 26 January 2010
Thanks to smart tech, ambitious planners, and boatloads of cash, superfast bullet trains are finally coming to the US.
Article contains a brief history, 5 potential areas, challenges, and technology review
Mike Masnick writes that the mainstream entertainment industry's formula for contending with the Internet � desperately trying to invent "new copyright laws or new licensing schemes or new DRM or new lawsuits or new ways to shut down file sharing" � is counterproductive.
With its profit up 50 percent and revenue up 32 percent from the same period a year ago, Apple handily beats expectations while adopting new accounting principles.
In an age of open source, custom-fabricated, DIY product design, all you nee to conquer the world is a brilliant idea.
From Google Desktop to the Windows Sidebar in Vista, there have been several attempts to integrate our online life onto our desktop.
But none of them come close to Rainmeter, a totally customizable platform for decking out your desktop with a variety of useful applets that can stand prominently in the foreground or blend into the background.
Monday, 25 January 2010
The UbuntuOne cloud stoage application is coming to Windows! Finally!
The Penny Shooter Business Card allows you to load up to ten US pennies and fire them off in rapid succession
Sunday, 24 January 2010
From the Computer Rearview Mirror to the George Foreman USB iGrill, each of these products put the fun in functional.
Saturday, 23 January 2010
Once again the music industry has come out with disappointing results for physical music sales, which they blame entirely on file-sharing.
What they failed to mention though, is that their findings show that music pirates are buying more digital music than the average music consumer.
Twitter has begun rolling out location-based trending topics.
These pictures, courtesy of @lisabarone, show the new feature. More will be added to this story as it develops. Is it ironic that a story about Twitter has such a short description? No. It's an outcome you'd expect.
In the next version of Digg youll see stories being presented to you in a more real-time nature, especially stories that your friends have touched.
It will not be just about Digg.com, but also embracing all the content that your friends touch on other websites. Its about being that place where people say, Im going to take a look at Digg bec
Sure, we have iPhones, but where are the no-water instant-clean showers, and the laser pistols, and the zipping around the galaxy in a space-Mustang? Here's our top 10 list of technologies that we ought to have.
Friday, 22 January 2010
Some people want the Apple Tablet to run Mac OS X's user interface.
Others think its UI will be something exotic. Both camps are wrong: The iPhone started a UI revolution, and the tablet is just step two. Here's why.
Microsoft warns that a bug in the kernel of a 32-bit windows versions could allow hackers to hijack PCs.
The company said the bug is 17-years old.
The thief must not have known the rightful owner had installed an Android Application called Lookout because soon after he he stole the phone he began taking pictures of himself with one of the Droid cameras.
If you were alive in the mid-to-late 80s and watched television, youre probably quite familiar with Gordon Shumway, aka, Alf.
Well, it looks like our cat-eating, bouillabaisseball-playing, furry friend from planet Melmac has joined the Twitter ranks.
Thursday, 21 January 2010
As far back as 2000 BC, humans have been busy inventing a variety of tools to help steer us in the right direction.
This timeline is an informative look at just how far we've come when it comes to location based technology.
Chomping chips at the comp again? Crumbs are the least of your worries; the oily residue that coats the keys can cause you to, er, slip up while typing up your work.
Not any more! Japan's Takara Tomy has introduced "Potechi Hand", an ergonomic and bionic arm that grips greasy chips & brings them to your lips.
Rebtel, the Stockholm, Sweden-based VoIP service provider, is buying Free World Dialing, a division of Toronto-based VoIP service provider, Talkster for an undisclosed amount.
As part of the agreement, Rebtel will carry all of Talksters international traffic over its network. Late last year, Rebtel acquired Gorilla Mobile
Wednesday, 20 January 2010
Yahoo Inc knew it had been a target to sophisticated Chinese cyber attacks on U.S. corporations before Google alerted the company to them but chose to remain silent after its bigger rival went public.
After news about the landing of US Airways 1549 in the Hudson first broke on Twitter in January 2009, the microblogging service quickly captured the imagination of a new group of potential users.
Throughout the first months of 2009, Twitter grew at a rapid pace, peaking at a growth rate of 13% in March 2009.
AUSTRALIA Day won't just be celebrated with the usual barbecues and pool parties on January 26.
A throng of Australian websites will mark the event by fading to black as part of a week-long, national protest against the Federal Government's proposed internet filter.
Bill Gates has joined Twitter and is tweeting away using the web interface.
Twitter employee @caroline has confirmed this. He doesn't have that many followers yet, but that will change quickly.
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
Yes folks -- the rumors are true.
Apple is holding an event on January 27th to show off something the company is calling their "latest creation." Read more at Engadget!
Different fractal artwork inspirations and introduction to the inspired fractal artists Jock Cooper.
15 Modern Clock Designs
Apple still owns the mobile app market, which it redefined with the iPhone App Store.
Gartner predicts that market to explode in the next couple years, and Apple stands to make a nice sum in the process.
All kinds of of devices have been dubbed sonic blasters but a new device merits the sonic blaster� label more than most: the Thunder Generator really is a blaster, producing a series of ear-splitting explosions.
Some are so loud, they could be deadly.
Monday, 18 January 2010
Clever DIYer Luke Anderson got an urge to do some building, and realized that his not-so-attractive router would fit nicely and might look rather sleek inside some Lego blocks, so he got building (which you can see in the time-lapse video above).
His step-by-step guide contains Creative Commons licensed design documents and assembly images.
Whether its paint, photography, or any art form, the medium an artist chooses has always been a central part to executing their vision.
Jim Victor has made his choice and an interesting one at that: Butter...
Pictured is whats known as a skimmer, or a device made to be affixed to the mouth of an ATM machine and secretly swipe credit and debit card information when bank customers slip their cards into the machines to pull out money. (This is BB's source link.)
Taking a hint from how the F-35 demon helmet maps multiple video feeds into a 3D space, a Carnegie Mellon University team has created an augmented reality car system to see through any massive obstacle.
The objective: Avoid car collisions.
Sunday, 17 January 2010
Verizon is making no secret of its attempt to raise revenues and get more "lower-end customers" hooked on data.
That's why the company has revamped its device lineup and data offerings, which secretly means raising prices.
Microsoft has admitted that a flaw in its Internet Explorer web browser enabled hackers to gain access to Googles system, an event that resulted in Google threatening to pull its operations in China.
In a post on its Microsoft Security Response Center, director Mike Reavey said that a bug within Internet Explorer could allow hackers to remotely
Saturday, 16 January 2010
New York Citys Times Square, often referred to as the Crossroads of the World,� is famous for its eye-popping display of electronic billboards.
Starting today, one of them will be featuring fugitives wanted by the FBI.
Digg has been abuzz with excitement about the upcoming 2010 Golden Globe Awards, and we've loved being a part of the official coverage of the Golden Globes.
But the fun doesn't stop there...we've got an All Access Pass to Sunday's ceremony, and want to know who you think we should talk to. Submit your questions & comments below!
Its amazing how much the Apple product line and technology in general has evolved in such a relatively short period of time.
The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) was inundated with filings related to net neutrality as the deadline for public comment passed earlier this week.
Opinions on both sides of the net neutrality debate are passionate, and many are in direct conflict with one another.
Friday, 15 January 2010
Microsoft is urging Windows XP users to upgrade away from Adobe Flash Player 6.0, which was originally bundled with the operating system, because of multiple vulnerabilities.
A few weeks ago Comcast decided to settle one of the class action lawsuits brought against the ISP in response to its BitTorrent throttling actions.
Affected users can now claim their part of the $16 million fund that was setup, but only if they state under penalty of perjury that BitTorrent was never used to download copyrighted content.
It's been less than a year since the iPhone 3GS launched, and the rumor mill is already churning out speculation about an upcoming iPhone 4G, expected as early as May.
I don't know accounting well enough to determine how credible this is, but the author argues that Apple's new accounting rules are widely misunderstood and will lower its P/E to 13, sending the stock up 30% or more by year's end. Will be quite impressed if this is true.
Thursday, 14 January 2010
Now any worthwhile player is a home-entertainment hub, replacing cable box and Apple TV alike.
How soon till they handle everything?
The Google Nexus One sold an estimated 20,000 units in its first week, according to market analytics firm Flurry.
As soon as Google Wave was announced, the initial beta users jumped at the opportunity to invite their friends into the world of the "Wave." However, they soon discovered that they had no idea how to utilize Google's latest concoction, and abandoned the online collaboration client as soon as they jumped into it.
The release candidate of Firefox 3.6 is out, and it's faster, more efficient, and uses less memory than its predecessor.
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
Facebook has denied claims that it has plans to charge people to use the site,
despite the increasing popularity of two groups which believe the opposite.
Runcore's CES booth contained a demo showing old computers spruced up with fast SSDs.
Ars explores the reasons that the small-SSD strategy may be the first to reach the mainstream laptop.
All Tech Considered marks 2010 with a tribute -- from musician and writer David Was -- to the laser, which turns 50 years old this year. Was checks out new laser gadgets at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Google is off to a bumpy start with the sale of the Nexus One.
Users are complaining of 3G issues and, more importantly, support problems. Google knows that there are issues, but insists that they will get better as more kinks get hammered out with its new distribution model.
Tuesday, 12 January 2010
How concerned should business users be about wireless security now that another group claims to have cracked the security scheme used by 80 percent of the world's cellular telephones?
High-end laptops usually have low battery life, but ASUS showed a new laptop at CES packing a high-end GeForce GPU and a low-power Intel IGP...and choosing on its own which one to use at any given moment.
The claimed results are dramatic.
Reporter Dan Simmons managed to break a mobile phone marketed as "unbreakable", during a demonstration at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
What is social engineering? What are the most common and most current tactics? And how can you prevent these scams? A guide on how to stop social engineering.
I don't think I need to write any more in the description because the title says it best.
Monday, 11 January 2010
In further proof that Techcrunch founder Mike Arrington has a sense of humor, we present The Richter Scales' "In the Valley" a ballad to the tune of "At the Copacabana" making light of the perpetual back-stabbing, intrigues and general decadence of Silicon Valley culture.
In an interview in front of a live audience, the Facebook founder says if he were starting all over again, he'd make everyone's information public.
Because that is the "social norm."
A week ago we asked readers to help us tell Apple what you want in the next iPhone: the OS, the apps, the hardware.
Within two hours, I had over two hundred emails in my inbox. Within four days, the email total topped 1,100. As I was shifting and sorting through all your suggestions, one thing became clear: you love the iPhone.
A host of video services on the web enable you to watch your favorite TV programs and movies anytime you wish, and Boxee is an open platform striving to weave them all into one neat interface.
To get the Boxee experience onto a TV, D-Link has launched a set-top box dedicated to the open video platform, along with a special remote.
Sunday, 10 January 2010
Fed up of lugging a heavy laptop around? Soon you could be typing and browsing the web in thin air with the aid of a pioneering pocket-sized projector.
Imagination Technologies, the graphics chip maker of which Apple is a part owner, announced Friday its new PowerVR SGX545 mobile GPU.
The new mobile GPU adds full support for OpenGL 3.2 and OpenCL 1.0. The real-world performance is said to deliver 40 million polygons per second at 200MHz.
Add Wired.com to the list of blacklisted sites in China - along with the current alumni - YouTube, Facebook, the BBC, Wikipedia, Google and most recently, IMDB.
IMDB.com unavailable since Wednesday, cause unknown
Heres a first.
VitaminWater has just announced that its newest flavor will be called Connect�, complete with a Facebook logo and a full paragraph description loaded with references to untagging, friend requests, and photo stalking.
Saturday, 9 January 2010
Google support forums are awash with people looking for help for problems with their Nexus One phones -- and unable to find it.
While the 3D TVs shown at CES in 2009 were very much in the prototype stages, this year should see the arrival of 3D TVs we can actually buy.
Panasonic is keen to be at the forefront of the 3D revival and it's stand at this year's CES is dominated by the technology.
Microsoft's demonstration Wednesday of "Slate PCs" made by HP, Pegatron, and Archos was by no means its first involvement in such a form factor.
In fact, the Tablet PC has long been an unrequited love for Bill Gates, who showed the first Tablet PC prototype in 2000 at Comdex in Las Vegas. Here's a look back at other tablet tries through the years.
Apple is leading and HP is playing catch up, but the lack of action from other companies is ensuring that customers and the environment are still losing out
People had high hopes back when it was called the Information Superhighway, but not in their wildest dreams did anyone envision what an awesomely efficient delivery system for pornography had been created.
Friday, 8 January 2010
How can you make a touchscreen thinner and brighter at the same time? Use the pixels as touch sensors, says Apple.
Touchscreens and multitouch technology make up a significant majority of Apple's research into future user interface improvements, and the iPhone introduced some of those UI paradigm shifts into our increasingly mobile computing...
South Korean electronics giant Samsung jumped into the increasingly crowded electronic book reader market Wednesday, unveiling its first devices and a partnership with Google Books.
In August 2009, Google announced that it had agreed to acquire On2 Technologies for - then - roughly $106 million.
At the end ...
3D Televisions are everywhere in 2010, but we doubt the TV viewing worlds willingness to quickly take the plunge.
Thursday, 7 January 2010
Everyone was waiting for this, so... we are proud to announce that the upcoming release of the popular Ubuntu operating system, due for launch in late April this year, will come with a comprehensive manual! The manual is created as we speak and it will be ready to accompany the final release of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS.
The software engineer was just being mischievous when he ordered an old CD-ROM on Amazon that carried a clearly erroneous price tag of $2,904,980,000.
Yet his order was accepted and frivolity ensued before it eventually was cancelled. Yesterday he got a call from Amazon telling him that changes are afoot � and that he may end up holding a record.
Adobe posted a video showing the latest Flash Player happily working on the Nexus One.
It can be used to browse Flash-heavy sites and play online games, but it can also be used to deliver Flash-based ads. From what we can see in the video, Nexus Ones powerful Snapdragon CPU handles Flash with ease. Check out the video below.
Wednesday, 6 January 2010
The Nexus One.
In the modern climate of hyped (and over-hyped) smartphone launches, Google's official entry into the phone-sales game has excelled in a department where many find difficulty: generating legitimate excitement.
One of the things Apple should do to achieve runaway success with the tablet is incorporate textbooks.
The folks at Coursesmart, a joint venture of five publishers that sells college textbooks as ebooks, have produced a video demonstrating how it could work.
"Make no mistake, we've seen an Eee PC 1008 before -- but this whole "P" thing is just getting official today at CES."
What's the connection between Steve Wozniak, the Pope, and Henry Kissinger? That's right, it's hacking.
Search giant's web browser is now the third most popular, behind Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.
Tuesday, 5 January 2010
Entertainment and communications, energy and health care will be key growth areas for the chip sector.
The global financial crisis stopped the chip industry in its tracks in September 2008. Unlike previous semiconductor recessions, this collapse impacted all market sectors, all end-use applications, all regions and all customers simultaneously...
Apple makes great products�you'll get no argument from us.
But Apple also likes keeping tight control over those products, and if anyone outside of Apple's blessed circle attempts to get in, the company is more than willing to try to use (or abuse) the law to its advantage.
With 2009 coming to an end, I bring you a wrap-up of logo design trends.
Do you think designers should follow logo design trends while creating a logo design?
So, that rumored Apple event everyone has been jawing about these past few weeks? Its on and its going to be a big deal.
Watch this amazing video showing the whole of 2009 in 90 seconds.
Monday, 4 January 2010
The Evolution of the Computer [PIC]
Another Apple patent today looks remarkably similar to the functionality of Google Latitude which Apple relegated to WebApp status earlier this year.
This year will see some of the most aggressive anti-piracy action against citizens which, if ministers are to be believed, will dramatically reduce online piracy.
This might be possible, if the measures werent so easily circumvented.
Sunday, 3 January 2010
That's right, humans -- Engadget has its very own Nexus One.
You've seen leaked pics and videos from all over, but no one has you covered like this.
Everyone is clamoring about tablets these days, so it's not too surprising that Google and HTC are set to join the fray.
They are reportedly working together on a Chrome OS Google Tablet.
If youve been paying attention to Mashable, you got an early heads-up on this in mid-December: Googles Chrome browser overtook Apples Safari in the final month of 2009 to become the 3rd place browser behind Internet Explorer and Firefox.
Saturday, 2 January 2010
Thanks to the overclocker NickShih at Xtremesystems forum, Intels 32nm Clarkdale processors have presented their impressive overclocking capabilities before the official launch next week.
Additionally, NichShih broke the world record in SuperPi by completing the SuperPi 1M benchmarks in 6.344 seconds at 6.76GHz.
The open source image editor known as GIMP doesn't need an introduction.
Neither does its multi-window interface. Here is a simple way to try out the single window mode in the upcoming GIMP 2.7.
Apple ends the year with solid iPhone OS growth, a slowing - but stable Mac OS X market share, and its Safari web browser being edged out by Google's Chrome.
The previously phased out 11.1-inch Sony Vaio T has shown back up over at Sony Style Japan.
The good news is that this time, it's a Windows 7 CULV on the inside, even if it looks the same on the outside. The laptop's life is rated at about 11 hours when equipped with the standard battery, or 17 with the large capacity
Friday, 1 January 2010
For IT professionals who are either looking to get back into the workforce or mulling moves to greener pastures, here are the six types of skills most in demand in 2010.
2009 was a hell of a year for AT&T.
Literally. The networks notoriety incited widespread complaints, an ad war with its biggest rival and a consumer protest. Even Saturday Night Live mocked the big A.
AT&T tells the FCC that, with consumers embracing VoIP and wireless, it's time for the agency to schedule a sunset date for landline telephony.
But the move could force the Commission to resolve many long-delayed questions about unbundling and the Universal Service Fund.
It's being reported that Apple has begun censoring iPhone applications that contain any reference to the Dalai Lama in the Chinese App Store.
At least five applications that contain references to the Dalai Lama have been banned.
A look back at the best and worst commercials in 2009 from wireless companies.
Whether it's the Naughty Mrs. Claus, the Verizon and AT&T battles, or the iDon't Droid Commercials...they keep on coming...some making you wince others will crack you up.