Living in Tech

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

‘No Google Glass on the Hyperloop’: Signs From the Future

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There’s a good deal of talk about technology that might become commonplace over the next several years—things such as particle-sized robots, or augmented-reality headsets like Google Glass, or the high-speed Hyperloop proposed by Elon Musk. Once those technologies are widely deployed, of course, society will need to indicate their presence. Thirty years from now, security checkpoints could warn anyone passing through to turn off any chips implanted in their brains; on the street, signs could show which roads are specially… continue…

Amazon Could Unveil 3-D Smartphone This Month

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Amazon’s latest promo video shows people (presumably beta testers) gushing about a device in their hands. “It moved with me,” one says. “It’s very real life,” another enthuses. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like that,” suggests a third, while tilting her head back and forth. The shot is always framed so that the object of their awe is just out of sight, but they’re clearly impressed with its capabilities: Amazon accompanied that video with an announcement that it… continue…

Want to Help Lock Down Google’s New Chrome Extension?

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Google wants its developer community to pick through its latest Chrome extension, End-to-End, for potential vulnerabilities. End-to-End, currently in Alpha release, allows users to encrypt, decrypt, digitally sign and verify signed messages within the browser. It implements the OpenPGP standard, IETF RFC 4880. As part of its security process, Google has posted the source code on code.google.com, and it wants those with the skills to give it a thorough looking-over. Click here to see security jobs. “One of the reasons… continue…

Need a Hand? Robot Arm Attachments Here to Help

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In comics and movies, Spider-Man fights Doctor Octopus, a mad scientist with four robotic tentacles. Sounds like pure fantasy, right? Not to the group of MIT researchers who want to make Doc Ock’s limbs a reality. Click here to search robotics jobs. Those researchers recently presented prototypes of their Supernumerary Robotic Limbs (SRLs) at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Hong Kong. The prototypes come in two flavors: a pair of limbs that attach to the… continue…

These 10 People Make a Lot of Money Playing Video Games

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Playing video games and making a six-figure income for your trouble? It’s good work if you can get it, and enough people are getting it for e-Sports Earnings to compile a list of the top 100 of them. They come from around the world and the best of them–Korea’s Lee Jae Dong–is making in excess of $500,000. As Business Insider notes, this is just their winnings. The figures don’t even include sponsorship deals and the like. Just think about it… continue…

Get Ready for a Supersized iPhone 6

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Will Apple unveil the next iPhone at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) this week? Tech punditry seems to think the answer to that question is a big, fat “No,” and it’s probably right—Apple generally uses the show to announce new versions of its iOS and Mac OS X platforms, not hardware. But no doubt about it: The next iPhone is coming this year. The galaxy of websites and blogs that routinely feed the Apple rumor-mill seem to agree on one… continue…

Do You Want Google to Forget You?

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On the Internet, the truism goes, content lingers forever. But now Google—under pressure from the Court of Justice of the European Union—will give anyone living in the EU the opportunity to delete the search-engine results leading to that content. Thanks to the Court’s recent ruling, EU citizens can ask Google to remove results on the grounds of the associated links being “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant, or excessive in relation to the purposes for which they were processed.” Click… continue…

This Guy Will Do Anything to Make a Point [Video]

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You have to give Casey Neistat credit: He throws himself into his arguments. Ticketed for not riding in New York City’s bike lanes, he set out to prove they’re not always the safest place for a cyclist to be. Some people would have rendered an animation. Others would have used a crash test dummy. Neistat prefers the gritty realism of warm cyclist flesh. Take a look and give him his due. Related Stories Big Data and Your Bike Lane Citi… continue…

Take a Look at Apple’s ‘80s iPhone

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Apple has always placed enormous emphasis on good design. “It’s not just about aesthetics,” Jony Ive, the company’s design guru, told The Sunday Times earlier this year. “They care about things that are thoughtfully conceived and well made.” That’s why, for every iPad or Mac unveiled to the public, another dozen products might never make it out of Apple’s labs: something just wasn’t quite right, or executives thought the market wasn’t ready. Despite their abandonment, many of those discards offer… continue…

Analytics-Driven Cities: Hype, or the Future?

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Can you make a city smarter? Despite the hype attached to so-called “Big Data,” many cities haven’t yet rushed to embrace the idea of analyzing massive data sets to holistically improve city services. But change on that front could be underway, with Minneapolis, Minn., and Montpellier, France, working with IBM on analytics platforms capable of boosting efficiencies in transportation, water management and emergency services. Click here to find analytics jobs. Minneapolis is using cloud-based pattern discovery to better track metrics… continue…