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MIT Media Lab makes your coffee table a computer
Computing is increasingly embedded everywhere, yet the interfaces people use are still largely tied to the original personal computer graphical user interface.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology held an open house to celebrate its 25th anniversary here today, where researchers in the Fluid Interfaces group showed some clues on how...Read More...YouTube politics: A quest for victory or notoriety?
For a few days this month, with midterm election season heating up, the Internet's army of bored office drones cast aside their usual YouTube fodder of strangely-behaving cats and all things lip-synced and Auto-Tuned. They turned instead to what may or may not have been a completely serious political campaign ad: fresh-faced Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell took to the airwaves, and to the Web, with a spot that began with....Read More...Teen Texting Fever May Rage On Into Adulthood
U.S. teenagers are sending or receiving an average of 3,339 text messages a month, more than six every hour they're awake, according to a study released Thursday by Nielsen. Teen girls aged 13 to 17 were the most-active users, receiving 4,050 texts per month. Teen boys outpaced other male age groups, receiving an average of 2,539 texts per month. Young adults came in a distant second with 1,630 text messages per month. The company compiled its study using...Read More...Hit Me, Baby, One More Time - for Science
A researcher in a robotics lab in Slovenia has reportedly been using humans as punching bags to find out the limits on how hard and fast a robot can move if it collides with...Read More...This Facebook Password Will Self-Destruct in 20 Minutes
Facebook has unveiled new measures to keep members secure when they log into its site. One is a temporary password; another is letting people sign out of Facebook remotely. Finally, it will also now regularly prompt members to update their security information. Facebook members must have first listed a...Read More...Android 'Ice Cream' the sweet toothed followup to Honeycomb?
Ah, the age old alphabetical dessert guessing game. Pretty soon we'll have more future Android versions named than existing ones on the market. And you know what? That's okay, because we're hungry. Apparently the President of ARM, Tudor Brown, spilled the vanilla beans to Elizabeth Woyke of Forbes, saying that Android 4.0 will be called "Ice Cream," and while it seems like a bit of an...Read More...WikiLeaks has funds stopped due to 'blacklisting'
WikiLeaks is facing a money crisis after its account with the internet payment company it uses was closed down.
The reason for this, according to the Guardian, is because WikiLeaks has been put on an official US watchlist and an Australian government blacklist.
The 'blacklisting' has been going on since August - around the same time as the Pentagon leaks.
Julian Assange, spokesperson for WikiLeaks, says that...Read More...Next-gen AMD graphics cards coming next week
AMD looks set to release their eagerly awaited next generation of Radeons next week, with CEO Dirk Meyer confirming in an earnings call that the latest graphics card would be arriving.
Meyer was quoted by Anandtech as saying that the wait for the new DX11 cards would be days away.
"We will be launching our second-generation DX11 graphics offerings next...Read More...Be an armchair astronaut
Space is an amazing place, but it's also amazingly dangerous: if your rocket doesn't fall to bits on the way up you have to dodge space junk, keep an eye out for aliens and cross your fingers that you won't burn up on re-entry.
Wouldn't it be great if you could get all the brain-expanding benefits of...Read More...Hackers claim to pwn Conservative Party website
Hackers claim to have pwned the official website belonging to the UK Conservative Party.
Details on the 4chan website, where they discussed the supposed attack, were sketchy, but they claimed the site was vulnerable to a SQL injection exploit. An email to The Reg claimed the site had been defaced, but at time of writing, there was no proof, and the site appeared to be working normally.
The 4chan thread included what appeared to be...Read More...
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