Technology Turned Against Kiev Protestors

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Kiev is exploding in protests as Ukraine’s president attempts to move the country away from EU membership and closer into the Russian orbit. On Tuesday, anyone in the vicinity of the protests received the following message on their phones: “Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance.” Registered. Got that? We [Read More...]

Eye Cells From an Inkjet Printer

Close-up of retinal ganglion cell (yellow arrow) in a jet.

Promising news from the world of biotech: Using an inkjet printer, researchers have succeeded in printing adult eye cells for the first time. The demonstration is a step toward producing tissue implants that could cure some types of blindness. Scientists have previously printed embryonic stem cells and other immature cells. But scientists had thought adult [Read More...]

Simulating the Mundane, And What It Means

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One of the stranger backwaters of gaming is niche simulation: using lush 3D engines and expansive environments to simulate everyday tasks like driving a bus, fixing an airplane, collecting garbage, or planting corn. These are not training simulators (which are a different thing), but entertainment products. I don’t mean strategy games, which have a puzzle-like [Read More...]

Which New Game System Should You Buy: Xbox or PlayStation?

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I’ll keep it short: neither. In a year, maybe, you can consider getting into the new generation of consoles by buying either an Xbox One or a PlayStation 4. From what I’ve seen, I’d lean towards the Xbox One, because I prefer the Microsoft ecosystem, it has better multimedia features, and Microsoft has a better [Read More...]

Amazon Air and Our New World of Drones

Amazon plans to take over the world with flying barbecue grills.

The story about Jeff Bezos unveiling a new drone-based delivery system made big headlines this weekend after it was revealed in a surprise 60 Minutes segment. Here’s what it will look like: It’s neat, but is it real? I wouldn’t say I’m skeptical about it. Betting against Bezos usually isn’t wise. They’ve made their mistakes, but [Read More...]

Hear Leonardo’s Incredible Music Machine for the First Time

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Leonardo da Vinci sketched, but never built, this mechanical marvel, blending elements of harpsichord and viola to create something so far ahead of its time it was never built. Until now: Called a “viola organista”’ and looking like a steampunk baby grand, it’s been built by a Polish pianist and mechanic named Slawomir Zubrzycki. As [Read More...]

Vend-a-Book

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Library vending machines? According to this story, it’s a comin’ thing: Changing demographics and difficulty securing new funds for new libraries, The Pioneer Library System in Norman, Oklahoma decided to to use technology to meet its patrons [sic] needs. So last week, it opened the first 24-hour library vending machine in the United States. Built by [Read More...]

Why I Like My Keurig Coffee Maker

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When I first saw a Keurig K-cup single cup coffee machine, I thought it was awful. Let me count the ways it bothered me: It’s trendy. It’s expensive to buy. It’s expensive to operate. It’s wasteful. It’s a solution in search of a problem. I thought the coffee would be crap. Some of those objections [Read More...]


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