Living in Tech

The latest gadgets, games and toys, not to mention the generally cool stuff we do outside of work.

Watch This Guy Survive a Fireworks Blast in a Metal Suit

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Colin Furze Fireworks
Labor Day is nigh, and with it the official end of summer. It’s time to pack away the umbrellas and beach towels, and perhaps spend a few minutes flipping through photos of all the fun times you had over the past couple months: the grilling, the trips, the fireworks… oh yes, the fireworks… Lots of people love fireworks. Chances are pretty good that you’ve set off more than a few in your time. But Colin Furze, the British inventor and… continue…

Apple iWatch Coming Sept. 9: Report

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iOS Health Tracker
Apple will unveil a smartwatch alongside two new iPhones on Sept. 9, according to Re/code. The general assumption is that the two new iPhones will measure 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches, respectively. Although Apple dominates the higher end of the smartphone market, the recent success of oversized smartphones, such as Samsung’s Galaxy S4, has reportedly compelled it to make the next iPhone even bigger. Click here to find iOS-related jobs. The timing of the iPhones’ release isn’t surprising. Throughout the… continue…

Adult Women Outnumber Teenage Boys Among Gamers

Assassin's Creed
More adult women play video games than boys 18 or younger, according to a new study by the Entertainment Software Association (PDF). That might come as a surprise to casual followers of the video-game industry, which relies on games seemingly tailor-made for teenage boys to fuel its burgeoning bottom line. Not only do women constitute 48 percent of everybody tapping away at a game controller, but the number of female gamers aged 50 and over jumped 32 percent between 2012… continue…

Amazon’s Fire Phone Might Be a Flop

Amazon Fire Phone
In June, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos introduced the Fire Phone, the online retailer’s first smartphone. Unlike Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets, which compete at the low end of the touch-screen market, the Fire Phone is a premium device, built and priced to challenge Apple’s iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy line. It runs Fire OS 3.5.0, an operating system built atop Google Android, and features apps such as Firefly, which detects objects in the environment and tells you whether they’re for sale… continue…

Should Microsoft Change Internet Explorer’s Name?

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StatCounter Stats
Should Microsoft change Internet Explorer’s name? Over the past three years, Internet Explorer’s share of the worldwide browser market crumbled from above 40 percent to just over 20 percent today, according to Internet statistics firm StatCounter. Over that same period, Google Chrome rose to become the dominant Web browser, with 45 percent of the market in July 2014. Apple’s Safari browser, inching upward in the rankings, now tops 10 percent. Click here to find browser-related jobs. Faced with that downward… continue…

Introducing Slashdot’s New Build Section

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Maker Faire Robot
Slashdot has nearly two decades of spotting and showing off interesting projects, inventions, technologies, and hobbies. Some of them are strictly personal, some are frankly commercial, and some are the fruits of ambitious organizations (or tiny teams) motivated by curiosity and passion, politics, or just plain fun. The site’s new Build section (build.slashdot.org) offers, under one big virtual roof, everything from makerspace visits and interviews with technologists and innovators, to hands-on projects and inventions. Not everything you’ll find in the… continue…

Microsoft Pulls Latest Windows Update

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Windows 8 image
File this one under “Whoops”: Microsoft has rescinded its latest Windows update after it reportedly caused users’ PCs to either crash or spit back error messages about fonts. The issues with the August update affects Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2003, 2008, and 2008 R2. (In other words, those who refuse to give up Windows XP, despite Microsoft pulling official support for that aging operating system, are safe from this latest snafu.) Click here… continue…

Women in Tech Triumph in Kickstarter Funding

Kickstarter
Women outpace men when it comes to raising money for technology projects through crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter, according to a new study by researchers at New York University and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Jason Greenberg (NYC) and Ethan Mollick (Wharton/UPenn) chose 1,250 Kickstarter projects in five categories: games and technology, where founders were predominantly male; film, with an even gender distribution; and fashion and children’s books, both populated with more female founders and backers. They… continue…

Tech Titans Participate in #IceBucketChallenge

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#icebucketchallenge
What do Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg, Satya Nadella, and Dick Costolo have in common, besides running massive tech companies? All three participated in the #icebucketchallenge, an attempt to raise awareness of ALS, also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Just in case you haven’t logged into Twitter or Facebook over the past few days and seen dozens of people participating in the challenge, here’s how it works: you announce that you’re supporting the need for more awareness,… continue…

Uber and Lyft Attempt to Disrupt Each Other

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Having disrupted the car-for-hire market—at least in some major cities—Uber and Lyft are progressing to the next logical stage: Doing their best to disrupt each other. Lyft has accused Uber of requesting and canceling more than 5,000 rides in the past year, costing its drivers precious time and money. In addition to denying the accusation (“Lyft’s claims against Uber are baseless and simply untrue”), Uber charges Lyft with engaging in the same underhanded behavior: “Lyft’s own drivers and employees, including… continue…